By Sam Bulcock
Weekend Sporting Round-up
The Big Story
Late Show From Leicester
Leicester City had to rely on a last minute penalty from Leonardo Ulloa to grab a point against West Ham in a highly controversial match on Sunday afternoon. Referee Jon Moss stole the post-match headlines after a series of contentious decisions that left both sides feeling aggrieved.
Leicester had taken a first-half lead when Jamie Vardy fired passed Adrian in the West Ham goal for his 22nd goal of the season. Vardy was then at the centre of the games first major talking point when he was given a second yellow card after being adjudged to have dived looking for a penalty.
Moss then endeared himself to the home crowd further still when he awarded a penalty for the visitors after Wes Morgan was penalised for pulling down Winston Reid. Andy Carroll blasted the Hammers level before Aaron Cresswell gave them the lead two minutes later with a glorious volley.
Moss wasn’t done there though awarding another penalty, this time for Leicester in the final seconds which Ulloa gratefully slotted home.
The Foxes are now eight points clear of Tottenham at the top of the table who travel to Stoke on Monday night.
Villa’s Fate Finally Confirmed
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Aston Villa’s defeat to Manchester United on Saturday confirmed their relegation to the second tier of English football for the first time since 1987. Marcus Rashford scored the only goal for United who still harbour hopes of finishing in the top four.
Villa will now look to rebuild in the Championship under a new management team with David Moyes and Nigel Pearson the current frontrunners for the job.
Rampant Rosberg Remains Perfect
Nico Rosberg won his third race in a row at the Chinese Grand Prix to maintain his 100% start to the 2016 Formula 1 season. The German was in control for the majority of the race and now holds a 36-point lead at the top of the drivers’ standings.
Lewis Hamilton, who started from the back of the grid after engine trouble in qualifying, battled through the field to eventually finish seventh but already faces an uphill struggle to win a third successive title.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished second with Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat taking the final podium spot.
England cricket captain Alastair Cook found himself the subject of an unusual debate over the weekend after landing himself in trouble over his choice of helmet. Cook was spoken to by officials from the England and Wales Cricket Board after failing to comply with new regulations.
The new regulations were brought in after high profile injuries to Craig Kieswetter and Stuart Broad. Cook did change his helmet on Monday but got little use out of it as he was dismissed for just 1 batting for Essex in their County Championship match with Sussex.