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WINNERS & LOSERS

A WEEKEND is a long time in sport, as this lot will attest. But while for some it was a few days to remember, others may wish they had never ­­­set foot out of the house.

ENGLAND CRICKETERS
They made us wait 35 years but England have finally won a limited-overs cricket tournament, and few could argue that they did not deserve it. Rain-affected anomalies in the group stage aside, England convincingly beat all comers, not least Australia, who had no answer to Paul Collingwood and co in the final.

AMIR KHAN
The Bolton light-welterweight looks a transformed fighter and now fancies his chances of unifying the division after seeing off New Yorker Paulie Malignaggi in impressive fashion in his own back yard.

JENSON BUTTON
A blunder by a McLaren mechanic scuppered the world champion’s dreams of repeating his success at last year’s Monaco Grand Prix yesterday, and with it Button’s lead in the drivers’ standings was blown away by Red Bull. It is not his fault, but pre-season sceptics who dismissed his chances of defending the title are now looking a good deal more smug.

KEVIN-PRINCE BOATENG
How quickly his impression of Wembley must have changed. Portsmouth’s hero of their FA Cup semi-final triumph proved the villain of their final defeat to Chelsea on Saturday, missing from the penalty spot with a fudge of a kick that squandered the brief hope Pompey had been handed of nicking a most unlikely upset.