Something From The Weekend: Steve Borthwick, Padraig Harrington, Graham Alexander, Lewis Hamilton and a chocolate boat

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The Good

Steve Borthwick

Saracens ended Northampton's unbeaten record at Vicarage Road yesterday. And while their outside-half Derick Hougaard was untouchable with the boot, it was the deposed England captain Borthwick whose brains and brawn were simply far too much for the Saints.



Padraig Harrington

There's always a bit of extra pressure on the Ryder Cup captain's wild-card picks and the Irishman is no exception. So it was good to see him finding some scintillating form ahead of next weekend's biennial golfing bloodbath. Padraig hit a best-of-the-day 64 at the Vivendi Trophy in Paris. Next stop Celtic Manor.



The Bad

Graham Alexander

Burnley's spot-kick maestro missed from 12 yards against Bristol City, and the Clarets went on to draw the match 0-0, missing a chance to clamber up to fifth in the Championship table. Nothing remarkable about that you might think. Except that Alexander had scored 18 straight for Burnley from 12 yards before he sent that one wide at Turf Moor, and 74 from 79 in all. Clearly more practice is needed.



Lewis Hamilton

The Stevenage speed merchant managed to go further in Singapore yesterday than Monza (where he crashed on the first lap) but not by much. He made it to 36 laps before being forced off track literally and metaphorically by championship leader Mark Webber of all people. A bad day, and possibly a terminal blow to his title bid.



The Odd

Chocolate boat

Now that's a sweet sporting moment. French chocolatier Georges Larnicol bet one of his friends that he could create a sea-worthy craft entirely from chocolate. Yesterday he cleaned up and won the euros when his tasty four-metre vessel successfully took to the water in the Breton port of Concarneau. Reports are emerging of a similar food-themed event taking place in Delhi at the moment: Commonwealth Games officials are making a hash of the whole event.

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