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.

WINNER
THEO WALCOTT
A hat-trick and a devastating all-round attacking display were just the tonic for Walcott after his World Cup snub, and disillusioned Arsenal supporters. Next target: consistency

WINNER
RICKY PONTING
The Australia captain’s characteristically bold prediction that his men could pull off an Ashes whitewash when England visit later this year looks just a little less silly after Pakistan triumphed at the Oval

LOSER
TOM DALEY
He may just be coming back from a tricep injury and it wasn’t his favoured 10m event, but a ninth place finish in the 3m springboard at the Youth Olympics was a massive let-down for the 16-year-old

LOSER
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO
Last year’s US Open champion will not defend his title after the Argentine admitted defeat in his battle to recover from a wrist injury in time. Good news for Andy Murray

LOSER
ROBERTO MARTINEZ
The Spaniard is hot favourite to be the first axed top-flight boss after a 6-0 drubbing by Chelsea took Wigan’s tally in their last three Premier League games to 18 goals against, none scored