Weekend Sport

It was a Spanish one and three in the MotoGP in Jerez, Dani Pedrosa cruising to victory and Jorge Lorenzo finishing third. Italian multiple champion Valentino Rossi finished in second place. Pedrosa now leads the championship, six points ahead of Lorenzo and ten ahead of Rossi.

Pedrosa, last year’s championship runner-up, took the race lead early from the front of the grid and was never really troubled. Casey Stoner, the reigning World Champion, finished in eleventh place. He began the race from seventh on the grid but two trips into the gravel hampered any ideas of a charge up to the front.

In La Liga, Real Madrid increased their lead at the top of the table to six points with a comfortable 3-1 home win against Sevilla. Heinze, Raúl and Higuaín were the scorers for Real, Kanouté netting for the visitors. Villarreal had little trouble brushing aside Atletico 3-0 with goals from Cazorla and Nihat (2). This win takes them above Barcelona and into second place. Racing Santander consolidated fifth spot with a 3-0 victory over Espanyol.

In Division 2, leaders Numancia continued their winning ways and are looking a good bet for promotion, although it was actually touch and go. Numancia took the lead with a goal from Del Pino but in the ninetieth minute, Moisés got an equaliser for Gimnastíc. Then, with just a few seconds to go in the match, on to the field came Toché and promptly netted the winner.

Both the Blue and Whites and Sporting Gijon dropped points, Málaga drawing 0-0 with visitors Albacete and Sporting achieving the same scoreline against Celta.

In the Primera Andaluza Grupo 3, the local lads, CD Nerja, lost out to Benamiel, 2-1 the final score. Leaders CD Ronda beat BNS Remedios 2-0 and in the battle between the teams in second and third spots it was Estepona (2nd) 1, Torremolinos (3rd) 0. So the right result, according to the form books anyway.

In the Andalucía Open golf tournament, Frenchman Thomas Levet claimed the title after a play-off against 19 year old Briton Oliver Fisher. Lee Westwood, the reigning champion and overnight leader, finished in third place, three strokes behind the leaders.

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