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26 October 2015

Weekend Sport Round-Up: Hamilton wins US GP, World Cup Semis, Aston Villa says bye to Sherwood & A defeat in the 2nd Test for England

A thrilling weekend jam-packed with nail biting sport from Hamilton becoming a World Title holder to a All Black – Wallaby World Cup Final. Catch up here with our weekend sport round-up to talk the talk…

Hamilton clinches 2015 world title

Lewis Hamilton has joined the pantheon of three-time F1 World Champions, equaling the all-time British record, after winning a thrilling, topsy-turvy United States GP. In a race that served up more drama than many this season put together, Rosberg looked set to make Hamilton wait until next week’s Mexican GP to close out the 2015 title as he led his Mercedes team-mate heading into the final 10 laps. However, as he attempted to re-establish his lead after a late safety car amid growing pressure from his team-mate, Rosberg made an unforced error and ran off the track – with the mistake allowing Hamilton through to the lead and a championship-winning position.

And with Ferrari’s Vettel only finishing third, Hamilton’s 10th win of the season was enough to clinch the crown with three races to spare. “It’s the greatest feeling of my life,” declared a clearly emotional Hamilton over the radio on the slowing down lap as the enormity of his achievement began in sink in. He then broke down in tears in the podium holding room. Not only has the 30-year-old tied Sir Jackie Stewart’s British record for World Championships, Hamilton has also realised the dream he has held since childhood of emulating his hero Ayrton Senna as a three-time champion. He is also the first British World Champion to win back-to-back titles.

New Zealand power through South Africa to reach the World Cup Final

New Zealand were twice forced to come from behind as they beat South Africa 20-18 in a bruising World Cup Semi-Final at Twickenham on Saturday. Despite a sixth minute try from Jerome Kaino, the All Blacks trailed at half-time courtesy of four penalties from Handre Pollard, with Kaino sin-binned moments before the interval. But the World Cup holders hit the front foot on 52 minutes when replacement Beauden Barrett crossed in the corner, with Bryan Habana yellow-carded for infringing in the build-up.

Although South Africa made it a two-point game with 11 minutes remaining, the All Blacks held on in the pouring rain to progress to a fourth World Cup Final. Dan Carter kicked 10 points for the victors, including a second-half drop goal and he helped New Zealand maintain their territorial advantage at the death.

Adam Ashley-Cooper stars as Australia beat Argentina in Semi-Final

We now know the finalists of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Australia waltzed into a record-equalling fourth Rugby World Cup Final after beating Argentina 29-15 in the second Semi-Final at Twickenham yesterday. They will now line up against New Zealand to stop them from becoming the first nation in Rugby World Cup history to defend their title. The nervous Pumas leaked two early tries to Rob Simmons and Ashley-Cooper, but were battling for equilibrium when referee Wayne Barnes showed no mercy for Tomas Lavanini’s misjudged low tackle on Israel Folau and showed him a yellow card. But the occasion continued to rock the Pumas with Santiago Cordero knocking on in the process of tapping a mark he was trying to take quickly. Australia struck straight from the scrum, Argentina’s backline all flying inwards, gifting Ashley-Cooper an unopposed run-in for the second try, which Bernard Foley converted to push Australia 14-3 up after 10 minutes. Argentina won a fine breakdown penalty but fluffed their five-metre lineout before Sanchez slotted his second three-pointer after a scrum penalty. However, the points came at a price as the Pumas’ lost danger man Juan Imhoff to injury.

Australia now roll on into the final, where they will aim to dethrone defending champions the All Blacks in a clash between the two best sides in the competition, while Argentina face South Africa in a battle for third place.

Aston Villa manager sacked after eight months

Aston Villa have sacked manager Tim Sherwood after eight months in charge. Villa are bottom of the Premier League following a 2-1 defeat by Swansea – the club’s sixth straight league loss – and Sunderland’s first win of the season. The club said in a statement: “The board believes the results on the pitch were simply not good enough and that a change is imperative”. Ex-Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes is among those in the frame to replace Sherwood, 46.

Former Lyon manager Remi Garde, 49, has also been linked with the job, with French TV station Canal Plus – who employ him as a pundit – reporting he is in advanced talks with Villa. Under 21 manager Kevin MacDonald has been placed in interim charge.

The club are expected to speak to a number of potential replacements, and an announcement may not be made until after next week. Appointed in February to replace Paul Lambert, Sherwood reached the FA Cup final and led the club to a 17th-placed finish in his first season in charge, but has only won one of ten league matches this term. Villa have not won since the opening day and are four points from safety.

Tourists face defeat in second Test in Dubai

England face a fight to avoid defeat on the final day of the second Test after Pakistan continue to dominate. Setting a Test record of 491 to win following’s Pakistan declaration on 354-6, the tourists reached 130-3 by the close of day four in Dubai. Joe Root was unbeaten on 59, having seen Ian Bell fall for 46 after tea. Earlier, Younus Khan went to 118 – his 31st Test century – and Asad Shafiq made 79 as Pakistan added 132 to their overnight total. England will retain some hope of saving the game while the accomplished Root remains at the crease. However, with leg-spinner Yasir Shah and slow left-armer Zulfiqar Babar finding increasing turn on a wearing pitch, Pakistan can reasonably expect to wrap up victory and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

“If England can get their act together and bat properly, there are no terrors in the pitch. “England assistant coach, Paul Farbrace told TMS: “There’s no point turning up tomorrow if we don’t believe we can survive. “There aren’t many demons out there. It is turning but it’s slow turn and it’s about application.”

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Written By Tom