20 Mar 2017By Sunil

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks dejected during the Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion (Getty Images)

SBS World News Radio: It has been a big weekend in sport, with plenty happening both in Australia and overseas.

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We start with football, and, quite possibly, we start with the end.

The end of an era, that is.

While Chelsea continued its march to the English Premier League trophy with another win, this time over Stoke, attention now is focused on the spots below.

Arsenal is five points outside the top four spots after its latest defeat, this one to West Bromwich Albion in depressingly predictable fashion.

And the side's struggles are increasing speculation about the future of long-time manager Arsene Wenger.

The Frenchman has become an icon since he took over the club in 1996, leading Arsenal to three Premier League titles and six FA Cups.

But the last of those Premier League titles was back in 2004, and the team's recent problems have many wondering whether the team's best days under Wenger are now well behind it.

Wenger says he has made up his mind whether he will return next season -- but he is not telling anyone for now.

"Don't worry, I will ... I know what I will do with my future, so you will soon know. We are in a unique bad patch that we never had in 20 years. We lose game after game at the moment, and that is, for me, much more important than my future."

Meanwhile, the men's AFL season starts March 23 but, two days later, the inaugural AFL women's season will come to its conclusion.

The Brisbane Lions had already secured a spot in the grand final prior to this past weekend, and we now know their opponent will be the Adelaide Crows.

They beat Collingwood by 24 points to book a spot in the season-ending showdown.

Sarah Perkins, one of their stars in the triumph, has told Fox Footy making the grand final is a triumph for her personally as well as for her team.

"It's pretty amazing, isn't it? I had a pretty tough journey to get here. But I can't thank (coach) Bec Goddard and the Adelaide Crows and these girls enough for having the faith in me and giving me the chance to show what I've got."

But sport can be a tough taskmaster, even if you win.

England had already sealed this year's Six Nations Rugby Union championship going into its final-round game against Ireland.

But it had more at stake -- a victory against Ireland would have been its 19th straight win over a major rugby nation, a new world record.

It also would have given England the so-called Grand Slam, winning the Six Nations title with five wins in five matches, for the second consecutive year.

But Ireland managed to spoil the party, winning the match 13-9 in Dublin.

The man who has led England to such a positive turnaround in its fortunes, Australian coach Eddie Jones, says the defeat is bitter but provides motivation going forward.

"This was like a World Cup final. We got beaten, 13-9. So you come away with a silver medal. And it doesn't taste good, and it makes you want to get the gold medal."

However, sport does not always have to be about bittersweet endings.

Just ask surfer Owen Wright.

The 27 year-old Australian suffered a career-threatening brain injury in 2015.

This past weekend, he made his comeback to the World Surf League in an event on the Gold Coast.

And he did not just survive, he thrived.

He beat countryman Matt Wilkinson in the final to win the event and was emotional as he was carried off the beach after the triumph.

He has told Fox Sports his triumph is not just one over his surfing opponents, but also one over fear.

"I think it was the start of February, I was sitting in the doctor's office, and there were question marks on the year. There were a lot of fears to push through to get back into the sport, and back into what pretty much what took me out -- and could have taken me out forever."

Stephanie Gilmore won the women's event.

 

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