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The Captain among billionaires

Several sport headlines during the last few weeks have revolved around the role of billionaire team owners in their teams. Last week, Manchester City won their case in court regarding the alleged breach of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play, and some have suggested that such idea has died. The Emirati petro-money has turned the team around. So has the Qatari ownership of Paris Saint-Germain. Both teams run at a loss.

As CNN reports, Newcastle might be sold to a Saudi-led group which could bring more billionaire money to English football but the British Parliament is pressuring the Premier League owners to block the transactions amidst Saudi Arabia’s record of Human Rights abuses, including silencing the opposition, and also for being found guilty by the World Trade Organization for facilitating pirate football streams.

But across the pond there is a billionaire that knows how to run teams at an operational profit and by being successful. “The Captain” Roger Penske, who bought the IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year, had a round weekend: His Penske Racing drivers won both IndyCar races, Austin Cindric (USA) won the NASCAR Xfinity Series race in Texas (Joey Logano finished 3rd in the Cup race) and Scott McLaughlin (NZL) won a Supercars Championship race in Sydney. While at the same time reporting an expected profit in his company…During the pandemic…In the car dealership industry…Now that is why he is called “The Captain”.

 

Five things to know from last week
  1. Zidane y Messi. Zinédine Zidane clinched his 11th title with Real Madrid by winning his second La Liga Championship as a Manager this weekend. Second was Barcelona, whose Lionel Messi (ARG) secured a record 7th Pichichi -the title for lead goal scorer- breaking the draw in 6 with Zarra (ESP, Athletic, 1944-53) . He also lead on assists. In England, Chelsea and Arsenal will meet in the FA Cup Final. FIFA reviews the world of club football.
  2. Not everything for Penske. Penske Racing had a very successful weekend but not in IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, where Cadillac led a 1-2-3 at the Cadillac Grand Prix of Sebring. Felipe Nasr (BRA) came back to action after testing positive for Covid-19 only to win alongside teammate Felipe Derani (BRA). Across the Pond, United Autosports won the first round of the European Le Mans Series at Paul Ricard, by taking the Overall/LMP2 and LMP3 class wins. Motorsport-Total covers the sportscar world (German).
  3. A week of injuries. Moto GP came back to action in Jerez (ESP), where Fabio Quartararo (FRA) took home his first Grand Prix win. Six-time World Champion Marc Márquez (ESP) was leading the race until he made a mistake and went back to 18th, only to rebound to 3rd before a spectacular crash that broke his arm and will make him miss the Andalusian Grand Prix. Carl Crutchlow (ENG) suffered a commotion during warm-up and Alex Rins (ESP) a luxation during qualifying. They will also miss the next race. Watch the Spanish GP highlights (MotoGP)
  4. ESport crafts. Warcraft 3 held its Gold League Summer Season, one of the two most important tournaments of the year. Wang “Infi” Xuwen (CHN) has over ten World Championship-level titles. In Starcraft, The DreamHack Masters Summer -a Tier I event- was won by Joona “Serral” Sotala (FIN), who could not avenge his Finals loss at Europeans last weekend, since Riccardo Reynor Romiti (ITA) dropped in Semi-Finals to Cho Trap Sung Ho (KOR). Ilta Sanomat reports he has made 750,000 EUR in his career (Finnish)
  5. Photo FinishThe 1-million USD TVG.com Haskell Stakes (GI) were won on a photo finish by Mike Smith (USA), riding Hall of Fame Trainer Bob Baffert’s Authentic, the favorite. Jockey Paco López (MEX) could not believe his horse Ny Traffic was defeated. Earlier, Joe Bravo (USA) rode Aquaphobia to win the United Nations Stakes (GI). ESPN has the reactions form Monmouth Park
GLOBAL PODIUM OF THE WEEK
Lewis Hamilton wins the Hungarian Grand Prix. Photo: Mercedes F1.

Gold: Lewis Hamilton 

(England, Auto Racing)

Lewis Hamilton did not only totally dominate for the second week in a row, but he also broke records. By winning the Hungarian Grand Prix for eight time, he has tied Michael Schumacher on the record for most wins on a single circuit. 

Hamilton smashed the Hungaroring track record en route to his record 90th pole position -and tied record of seventh at the track-, led more laps than anyone and the last laps of the race were also the race lap records. Only five drivers finished on the lead lap. Total domination by the now Championship leader.

Watch his 90th pole position lap (F1)

John Ram is the new number one in Golf. Photo: PGA.

Silver: Jon Rahm

(Spain, Golf)

The 26 year-old Basque has become the second Spaniard to top the Official World Golf Rankings, after winning the PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio. On a field that featured the World’s best and featured Woods’ comeback, several of the top players missed the cut and rounds over par were the norm. Rahm had a key Saturday that gave win a four-stroke difference entering Round 4. Rahm went three over par (75) but it was still enough to win by three (-9), testament of the difficult conditions that justify his number 1 place.

Watch the highlights of his Round 4

Simon Pagenaud comes from last to win. Photo: Simon Pagenaud Facebook.

Bronze: Simon Pagenaud

(France, Auto Racing)

Simon Pagenaud overcame a bad qualifying effort that put him 23rd and last only to win an exciting IndyCar Iowa 250 Race 1 by defeating Scott Dixon. He did everything right and executed Team Penske’s strategy perfectly by pitting early and holding the gas consumption optimally. Then Pagenaud had another good race on the second round and went on to finish 4th in a race won by his teammate and defending series Champion, Josef Newgarden (USA). Few times a driver has won from last. The previous was Pagenaud’s compatriot Sébastien Bourdais, in 2017.

Watch the Race 1 Highlights

GLOBAL SPORTS AGENDA
 

Week Preview

 

Baseball fans have finally been assuaged their thirst for ballplay with the preseason games, but the official playball is this week. The Blue Jays are finding an emergency host since they were not allowed to play their home games in Toronto.

Horse Racing has its largest weekend in South Africa. Ascot, Saratoga and Curragh also hold important Grade I races.

The Darts World Matchplay Championship will define its finalists and so will eSports’ Arena of Valor, as its Premier League comes to an end.

NASCAR goes to Kansas and the MotoGP World Championship has its second Round in Jerez with its four categories: MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3 and MotoE.


Aussie Rules Football:

AFL Season
 

Auto racing:

NASCAR Cup, Trucks x2 (Kansas)
 

Baseball:

Major League Baseball
 

Boxing:

Óscar Valdez (MEX) vs Jayson Vélez (PUR)
Vergil Ortiz Jr. (MEX/USA) vs Samuel Vargas (COL)

Cricket:
ICC World Test Championship Series England vs West Indies

Horse Racing: 

A.P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase Handicap, Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (USA)
King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (ENG)
Durban July, Garden Province Stakes (RSA)
Grosser Dallmayr-Preis Bayerisches Zuchtrennen (GER)
Tattersalls Gold Cup (IRL)

Golf: 

PGA Tour (Twin Cities, MN)
 

Mixed Martial Arts:

Robert Whittaker (AUS/NZL) vs Darren Till (ENG)

Motorcycling: 

MotoGP (Andalusian GP)

Simracing:  

Formula Simracing
W Series Esports League
BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup

Darts:

PDC Tour – Betfred World Matchplay (ENG)

eSports

LCS Summer 2020
Call of Duty League
eFootball.Open
Arena of Valor Premier League 2020
Overwatch League

   

 
SPORT’S BEST VALUES

Avail: Biri Biri

Alhaji Momodu Njie, also known as “Biri Biri”, passed away aged 72, in Dakar, Senegal. Biri Biri has been Gambia’s gretest football player and one of the best in African football’s history. A legend of the Sevilla F.C., his football was different for its time, namely with his explosive sprints and dribbling.

Watch a program about him and the emotive way Sevilla’s fans received his return to the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán stadium three years ago, saluting the grandstand that bears his name. He made his way to Europe because Danish club B 1901 made a training camp in The Gambia.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“It is impossible for them to be illegal…Brake ducts, just so you know, take a long time to design and make, they are very, very complicated, and we have 886 individual drawings for our brake ducts.”

Otmar Szafnauer

F1 team Racing Point’s Boss
On Renault’s protest to the FIA over Racing Point’s car legality

For Autosport.com

 
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