The new form of scouting. Sport this week
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August 4-10, 2020

James Badwin. Photo: Torque Esports.
The new form of scouting

Scouting new talent has traditionally been on site. Several of the World’s best athletes in history have been discovered by professional scouts on trips around the world. Iinformation technology has
opened further opportunities to reduce market failures by scouting for talent around the world, online.

Videos are one way in which players can be recruited, such as with video contests or submissions, but that cannot show the whole spectrum of what it takes for a player to win a game. It would take a more advanced technology such as Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality to do that. While it would have been inconceivable not long ago, detecting talent from around the world through simulations will be the tendency in the near future.

An example of a sport that has taken advantage of such technologies is car racing. James Baldwin (ENG) last year won the World’s Fastest Gamer contest, which helped propel his Simracing career, which consolidated after winning the Virtual Edition of the Race of Champions. His simracing antics gave former F1 World Champion Jenson Button (ENG) the trust to put James on one of his cars for the British GT Championship. Last weekend he made his debut in Oulton Park, and he won. His first ever car race. “Winning my first race wasn’t part of the script when we got to the track on Friday”, – he said (The-Race).

Karting used to be the training ground for car racing but Baldwin did not have enough funds to continue racing (BBC). Thanks to simracing he has got a second chance in car racing and is taking the bull by the horns. Expect more cases like this one in other sports.


Five things to know from last week
  1. Cups are lifted. Several European Cups were lifted as Arsenal defeated Chelsea 2-1 for a record 14th FA Cup won, led by their number 14, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (GAB). In France, Paris Saint-Germain defeated Lyon on penalties 6-5 to win the Coupe de la Ligue, a week after winning the Coupe de France. Neighboring Belgium had the Belgium Cup final, won by Royal Antwerp over Club Brugge (1-0). But the player of the week was Lazio’s Ciro Immobile (ITA), equaling a record 36-goal season to win the Capocannoniere (most goals scored) and Scarpa d’oro. The Serie A finished this weekend, won by Juventus. More numbers with FIFA.
  2. Wild rain. Torrential rain shuffled the positions on the IMSA Sportscar race at Road America, and Penske’s Helio Castroneves (BRA) and Ricky Taylor (USA) were able to win as Helio passed Renger van der Zande (NET) with five minutes to go. The LMP2 race was won by Ben Hanley (ENG) and Henrik Hedman (SWE), after Simon Trummer (GER) went off course during the rain. In GT, Jordan Taylor (USA, Ricky’s brother) and Antonio Garcia (ESP) made it a three in a row for Corvette, this time trailing teammates Oliver Gavin (ENG) and Tommy Milner (USA). In GTD, AIM Vasser Sullivan have also won three races,this time thanks to Frankie Montecalvo (USA) and Townsend Bell (USA). Bell had been passed by Marino Farnbacher (GER) on the penultimate lap only to also run off course. IMSA has some takeaways
  3. Indian Premier League will be played in the UAE. The IPL (Cricket) will return starting September 19th, concluding November 10th. The matches will be played across the United Arab Emirates and there will also be a Women’s T20 Challenge, clashing with Australia’s Women’s Big Bash League. The BBC has more details.
  4. Horse Racing World. There were several Grade 1 Horse Races held throughout the week. Some highlights include the Goodwood Cup, where Frankie Dettori (ITA) rode Stradivarius (IRL) to the Stallion’s fourth consecutive win. The Nassau Stakes (G1) at Goodwood had an Irish 1-2 won by Ryan Moore (ENG) and Fancy Blue. In the US, José Lezcano (PAN) rode Vexatious to upset Midnight Bisou in the Personal Ensign (G1), at Saratoga. Irad Ortiz Jr (PUR) rode Improbable to a second straight Grade 1 win, at the Whitney Stakes, also in Saratoga. Collusion Illusion and Echo Ton won the Grade 1 races at Del Mar. US Racing has the Stake results from the US
  5. Female sport is also backThe LPGA had their comeback tournament in Ohio and it was won by Danielle Kang (USA) over over Celine Boutier (FRA). The WNBA is also already running and the WTA is set to return this week, with a minor tournament. The Road Cycling World Tour also returned with the Strade Bianche. LPGA shared some stats ahead of their return.
Frankie Dettori riding Stradivarious to win the Goodwood Cup. Photo: Twitter @edward_whitaker

Gold: Lanfranco “Frankie” Dettori and Stradivarius (IRL)

(Italy, Horse Racing)

Dettori keeps on breaking records. This week he won his sixth Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup (Grade I), a joint record. Stradivarius was even more impressive, taking his fourth consecutive win in the race, second straight with Dettori. It was an exciting two-furlong race where they overtook Santiago (ENG) to win. Stradivarius will race at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, where Dettori will ride Enable (ENG).

Dettori then went to Germany and won another Group I race, the 162nd Henkel Preis Der Diana (German Oaks) riding Miss Yoda (GER), for his first ever victory at the race. These two wins came a few days after Dettori had won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.

Watch the Goodwood Cup Stakes (Racing TV)

Lewis Hamilton winning his 7th British Grand Prix. Photo: Facebook - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team

Silver: Lewis Hamilton

(England, Auto Racing)

Hamilton keeps on dominating Formula 1. He took the pole position – his record 91st pole- and 7th in the Silverstone circuit. He then went on to dominate his home British Grand prix from flag to flag, not losing the lead for a single lap. It was not uneventful though, as he finished the race in three wheels after suffering a tyre failure on the last lap. He had amassed such a lead that he still won by over five seconds ahead of Max Verstappen (NET, Red Bull). Lewis is now 30 seconds ahead of teammate Vallteri Bottas (FIN) in the Championship standings, and Mercedes-Benz almost doubles the number of points Red Bull has in second, for the Constructors Championship. With this win, Hamilton extends his record of most wins at the British Grand Prix, with seven -a home race wins record in F1-, and his record of flag to flag wins in F1 with twenty.

Watch the race highlights (Formula 1)

Justin Thomas (USA) win the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Photo: PGA Tour.

Bronze: Justin Thomas

(USA, Golf)

Justin Thomas reclaimed his number 1 spot at the Official World Golf Rankings and the FedEx Cup by winning the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis. Justin is only 27 but has already won 13 tournaments, three this season (more than any other player). Only Tiger Woods (USA) and Jack Nicklaus (USA) had won 13 tournaments by this age. Thomas entered Sunday on fifth place yet he still managed to win by three strokes. This is his second World Golf Championships win.

Watch his winning highlights (PGA)


Week Preview


Formula E will have an electrifying end to their season, as they will host the final six races in a period of nine days, with all races in Berlin-Tempelhof. The weekend is stacked with car racing, as it includes F1’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone, NASCAR, GT World Challenge in America and Europe, ELMS, NHRA and others.

FIM has World Championship races for MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3, MotoE, Motocross, Superbike, Supersport 300 and Supersport – where Andrea Locatelli (ITA) seeks to dominate again as in Jerez. 

Magnus Carlsen (NOR) and Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS) went to four games in the first set of the Legends of Chess Final, which included a forced draw by the World Champion and a game of nerve. They might be defining the result a few minutes after this newsletter is out.

Premier League Lacrosse has its Championship week as so do several eSports Leagues, such as the Quake World Championship, the Global StarCraft II League, the Honor of Kings World Champion Cup 2020, and the PUBG Mobile World League. The Overwatch League regular season also comes to an end.

Other activity include several Horse Racing Grade 1 races, and the return of the UCI Cycling World Tour (men and female). PGA has the PGA Championship, to which Richy Weresnki (USA) qualified after winning the PGA Barracuda Championship last weekend.

MLB is playing but is still at risk after several players have tested positive for Covid19, including 13 for Cardinals and 20 for Marlins. Brewers have lost Lorenzo Cain and Yoanis Céspedes, who opted to skip the rest of the season.

Aussie Rules Football:
AFL Season

Auto racing:
Formula 1 (70th Anniversary GP)
NASCAR Cup, Trucks (Michigan)
Formula E and Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy (Berlin x6)
GT World Challenge powered by AWS (Misano)
GT World Challenge America (Sonoma)
European Le Mans Series (Spa 4 Hours)
Super GT (Fuji)
NHRA (Indianapolis x2)
Stadium Super Trucks (Elkhart Lake)
International GT Open (Hungary)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup (Silverstone)
Supercars Championship (Hidden Valley)
British Touring Car Championship (Brands Hatch)

Major League Baseball Regular Season
Nippon League

NBA regular season
WNBA regular season

2020 World Snooker Championship (R1, R2, Quarters)

World Boxing Council World Female Super Feather Title: Terri Harper (ENG) vs Natasha Jonas (ENG)

Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour (Legends of Chess, Tour Final)
FIDE Online Olympiad

2019–21 ICC World Test Championship England v Pakistan

Tour de Pologne
Milan-San Remo
Postnord UCI WWT Vårgårda West Sweden TTT, RR

Global StarCraft II League Finals
Honor of Kings World Champion Cup 2020 Finals
Overwatch League end of regular season
PUBG Mobile World League 2020 – Season 0 Finals
Quake World Championship

PGA Tour (PGA Championship)

Horse Racing: 
Larc Prix Maurice De Gheest (France)
Longines Test Stakes, Ketel One Ballerina Stakes, Runhappy Travers Stakes (USA)
Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (Ireland)
130th Longines Grosser Preis Von Berlin (Germany)

Ice Hockey:
NHL Playoffs

Premier League Lacrosse Playoffs and Final

FIM World Superbike, Supersport, Supersport 300 (Portugal)
FIM Motocross World Championship (Latvia)
FIM MotoGP World Championship, Moto2, Moto3, MotoE (Czechia)



Peace: How Football Stopped a Civil War

A study by Emilio Depetris-Chauvin, Ruben Durante, and Filipe Campante presents the following Abstract: “We examine whether shared collective experiences help build a national identity, by looking at the impact of national football teams’ victories in sub-Saharan Africa. We find that individuals surveyed in the days after an important victory of their country’s national team are 37 percent less likely to identify primarily with their ethnic group, and 30 percent more likely to trust other ethnicities, than those interviewed just before. Crucially, national team achievements also reduce violence: countries that (barely) qualified to the Africa Cup of Nations experience less civil conflict (9 percent fewer episodes) in the following months than countries that (barely) did not.”

Sport has the potential to help reduce conflict through processes of nation-building, particularly in high-stakes games. The study says this is not only due to post-win euphoria. Read the analysis by The Economist, read the full study, published by the American Economic Association, and watch a brief video with Drogba’s plea for peace.


“He had just landed in Germany…I think he was flying to Germany to do some kind of sports car test or something. I don’t know what category of racing. But he landed there and said ‘I just landed here, I’m going to do a test’. And I said ‘well, maybe you should jump in a Formula 1 car’. So he said ‘yeah, absolutely’. I think he spent an hour on the ground in Cologne to grab his boots and a helmet. I think the helmet he grabbed isn’t to spec anyway. And then he flew into Birmingham so he landed here about 7, 7:30 last night.”

Otmar Szafnauer
Racing Point F1 team boss
 On Nico Hülkenberg’s (GER) emergency call to sub Sergio Pérez (MEX)

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