Must-see sports moments of the week: Norwich City's pair of scorchers

There were plenty of eye-catching sporting moments from the week past, particularly in England where a team scored not just one, but two cracking goals in the same match. Yahoo Singapore picks out a selection.

Wes Hoolahan scored one of the two stunning goals in Norwich’s 5-1 win over Nottingham Forest (Photo: AFP)

Norwich City’s crackers

What’s better than winning a match in which your team score five goals? Scoring two absolute crackers in it, as Norwich City fans found out over the weekend.

The Canaries not only trounced Nottingham Forest 5-1 in an English Football League Championship match, but scored two stunners through midfielders Jonny Howson and Wes Hoolahan in the game.

Howson’s goal, which was the opener in the game, was simply technical ability at its best. A miscued header from a Norwich corner dropped nicely for Howson at the edge of the area, who needed no further invitation to slam a dipping effort into the top corner.

Hoolan’s effort, the third in the game, was a solid one too. After a teammate won a aerial challenge and nodded the ball onto his path, the Irishman took a look, spotted the goalkeeper off the line, and unleashed a belter that gave the keeper absolutely no chance.

Which goal was better? Watch to decide for yourself.

 

How to get yourself ejected from a basketball game? Punch someone in the groin, of course

We have no idea what was going through the mind of New Orleans Pelicans’ rookie Buddy Hield, but we are sure there was nothing friendly when Hield punched Sacramento King’s DeMarcus Cousins in the groin while trying to get around a screen.

Yes, you read that right. Cousins had set a perfect screen for Ben McLemore, when Hield, in trying to prevent his man from getting past him, decided to hit Cousins at his most vulnerable spot.

 

It definitely wasn’t the wisest thing to do, considering the Kings center is 6-foot-11, while Hield stands five inches shorter (and several pounds lighter).

Tennis star shows off footy skills

France’s Benoit Paire is a decent tennis player, but the 27-year-old might have carved out a career for himself in football, especially after he was caught on cameras juggling a tennis ball superbly.

Paire was awaiting a medical timeout in his match against Germany’s Dustin Brown when he decided to show off his skills. Despite the size of the ball, Paire managed to keep it up with an amazing 22 touches.

In between those 22 touches, he showed off some brilliant flicks, and ended it by trapping the ball and smashing it to the other end of the court. We are impressed.

 

Heartwarming moment between Jermain Defoe and young fan

Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a form of brain cancer, since the age of two and has been told his birthday in May, which will be his sixth, might be his last.

A lot of money was raised to pay for his treatment, but there has been no bigger gesture than what Sunderland and their players did. Lowery has been made a mascot on numerous occasions, giving him the chance to walk out with his heroes.

Last Friday, the young fan received a surprise visit from some of the players, including Jermaine Defoe, Sebastian Larsson, John O’Shea and Vito Mannone at the hospital. And it was from a visit that one heartwarming moment captured on the camera went viral.

The photo, posted onto Lowery’s Twitter account that is handled by his parents, show Lowery sleeping in bed cuddling Defoe. The tweet was retweeted over 28,000 times, and gained over 71,000 likes. What made the moment even more moving was that Defoe personally replied “Love you little man” with the hashtag #bestfriends to Lowery’s tweet.

 

It was certainly very moving, and here’s hoping Lowery can hang on in his fight against cancer.

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