The Week in Review: Sport

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OLDHAM ATHLETIC, fighting to avoid relegation, beat Aston Villa 1-0 on Sunday making Manchester United the champions of football's Premier League 26 years after their last First Division championship. Celebrations off the field ensued, but there was a sobering moment on Monday when Blackburn Rovers took the lead against them. The champions however underlined their new status, winning 3-1.

Presiding over his last game as manager at the City Ground before retiring, Brian Clough watched Sheffield United boost their survival hopes by beating Nottingham Forest 2-0 and therefore condemning them to became the first team to be relegated from the Premier League.

Clough temporarily reneged on his retirement announcement, saying that he would see out his contract unless the director Chris Wootton, who made allegations about him to a Sunday newspaper, also resigned. But by the end of the week Clough was back in resignation mode.

Stephen Hendry shrugged off an indifferent season when he defended his Embassy World Championship snooker title in Sheffield. Leading Jimmy White 12-4 after the first day, his final score of 18-5 meant that White was runner-up for the fourth consecutive year.

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