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July 28-August 3, 2020

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (CAN, Kansas City Chiefs) knows it's best to opt out of this season. Photo: Instagram @LaurentDuvernayTardif
Too soon?

Several of the most popular team-sport leagues in the United States of America and Canada are back in action. Namely, Major League Soccer and Major League Baseball. The National Hockey League is slated to return this week and the National Basketball Association and the National Football League soon thereafter.

Current NFL Champion Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (CAN, Kansas City Chiefs) is the first practicing medical doctor in the league and he has decided to forego 2.75 Million USD and will instead get $150,000 for a Friday agreement (CNN), as he has decided to opt out of the 2020 season to avoid potentially transmitting covid-19 to other people in the community just for playing the sport he loves, he Twitted. Several players have voiced their concerns. Pre-season has been cancelled but the NFL Players Association has agreed to start training camp this week.

As soon as MLB came back, Covid-19 struck. Fourteen Marlins players/staff tested positive (USA Today) after their away match against the Philadelphia Phillies, which has led to the cancellation of the Orioles-Marlins and Yankees-Phillies games. MLB hopes this is just an isolated case. The NHL (Edmonton and Toronto) and NBA (Walt Disney World) will instead have a “Bubble” without need for further travel. The bubble has held up for the Major League Soccer (Walt Disney World) but Dallas and Nashville had so many cases that they had to be withdrawn.

Meanwhile, the NFL draft a complicated plan that could take 79,360 tests in August just for players, plus the tests for the media, and league/team staff, Forbes reports. In a World where some do not have access to tests and in a country that has more deaths than any other country for the virus, is it really worth the cost just to enjoy sport? Duvernay-Tardif has it clear: he is better placed serving people as a Doctor in Québec.

 

Five things to know from last week
  1. Lax lax? Major League Lacrosse adopted a “hub” model to its 9-day season in Annapolis, Maryland. Still, the Connecticut Hammerheads and the Chesapeake Bayhawks had positive cases and forfeited from the semifinals. The Boston Cannons beat the Denver Outlaws 13-10 to become Champions. Meanwhile, the Premier Lacrosse League Championship Series started. US Lax Magazine has more.
  2. Football Cups. Cristiano Ronaldo’s (POR) Juventus clinched the Italian Serie A for ninth year in a row. Paris Saint-Germain won the French Cup but their star Kylin Mbappé (FRA) got injured and will be out for three weeks. In the US, the National Women’s Soccer League got cancelled but the Challenge Cup crowned Houston Dash, who beat the Chicago Red Stars. FIFA has more numbers from the weekend.
  3. Belgian National Day. Belgian sport contributed to the National Celebrations this week. First, the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT won the GT World Challenge Europe at Imola, with Mirko Bortolotti (ITA), Kelvin van der Linde (RSA) and Matthieu Vaxiviere (FRA); Bernhard Delhez (BEL) won in the Am Class. Then, Dimitri Van den Bergh won the PDC World Matchplay -the second most important Darts tournament- in his first attempt, by beating four World Champions. Sky Sports reviews Dimitri’s making
  4. Fastest KO ever. Current flyweight World-Champion Seniesa Estrada (USA) only needed seven seconds to beat Miranda Adkins (USA) to score the fastest KO in female boxing, ever. This was for the  WBC Silver Light-flyweight Title. Prospect Edgar Berlanga (USA/PUR) also scored a first-round KO over Eric Moon, and Mexicans Vergil Ortiz Jr (USA/MEX) and Óscar Valdez (MEX) won by KO as expected, against Jayson Vélez (PUR) and Samuel Ramos (COL), respectively. In MMA, Robert Whittaker (AUS/NZL), former UFC Middleweight Champion, beat Darren Till (ENG) aby enduring a bloody injury in the last round.  See Estrada’s KO (DAZN)
  5. Virtual titlesWith one race to go, Jernej Simončič (SLO) clinched his second Formula Simracing World Championship, after Petar Brljak (CRO) suffered a technical problem while in an exciting chase to the lead with fresh tyres. In Asia, the Arena of Valor Premier League concluded with the Flash Wolves (TWN) upsetting the Buriram United Esports (THA) to win the Premier online tournament. Meanwhile, Call of Duty League’s playoffs are set (Dexerto).
GLOBAL PODIUM OF THE WEEK
Frankie Dettori (ITA) and Enable (GBR) after winning their third King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes at Ascot. Photo: Ascot

Gold: Lanfranco “Frankie” Dettori and Enable (GBR)

(Italy, Horse Racing)

The Dettori-Enable partnership is one of the greatest in history of Horse Racing and it is due to come to an end, as Enable is retiring at the end of the year. Nevertheless they keep on breaking records: This weekend, Enable became the first horse to win the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes at Ascot for the third time. With the win, Dettori also tied the historic tally of most wins by a jockey, with seven. Enable has 14 wins in 17 races.

Watch their win from this weekend (Global Horse Racing)

Fabio Quartararo after winning two Moto GP races. Photo: Facebook Fabio Quartararo.

Silver: Fabio Quartararo

(France, Motorcycling)

It took over 20 years for a French rider to win a MotoGP race but in two weeks Fabio Quartararo has won two races, and leads the World Championship with authority. The Satellite-Yamaha rider has won both races from pole and this time around he also had the fastest lap at the Andalusian Grand Prix. He was joined in the podium by the two official Yamaha riders: Maverick Viñales (ESP) and Valentino Rossi (ITA).

Watch the race highlights (MotoGP)

William Buick wins the Bayerisches Zuchtrennen. Photo: https://www.galoppmuenchen.de/ by way of Lajos-Eric Balogh - turfstock.com

Bronze: William Buick

(Norway*, Horse Racing)

William Buick could not beat Dettori at the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes at Ascot, finishing second riding Sovereign (IRL). One day later he was not in England but in Germany, and won the Grosser Dallmayr-Preis Bayerisches Zuchtrennen, a Grade I race, by riding Barney Roy. A first and a second in two countries in two days was not a bad weekend for the Norway-born* jockey with British and Danish nationalities.

Watch the Bayerisches Zuchtrennen (Global Horse Racing)

GLOBAL SPORTS AGENDA
 

Week Preview

 

Horse Racing will have more World-Clas events than any other sport this weekend. The Goodwood Festival will feature Stradivarius’ attempt to win a fourth Goodwood Cup. The festival will be the first major event with crowds in England since the start of the pandemic. 5,000 will be allowed entry on the final day. There is also major action in France, Germany and USA.

League action resumes or continues in the US with the second week of MLB, the NHL playoffs, the NBA seeding games, and the end of the Premier Lacrosse League regular season. Australia’s AFL continues while baseball is also taking place in Japan, South Korea -with fans- and Chinese Taipei.

Michael Thompson (USA) earned his way to this weekend’s PGA World Golf Championships FedEx St. Jude Invitational by winning the 3M Open. PGA also hosts the Barracuda Championship; and LPGA resumes with the LPGA Drive on Championship.

Motorsports are also active with Lewis Hamilton’s (crowd-free) homecoming Formula 1 British Grand Prix, NASCAR Cup at New Hampshire and the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship at Road America.


Aussie Rules Football:
AFL Season

Auto racing:
Formula 1 (British GP)
NASCAR Cup (New Hampshire)
IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship (Elkhart Lake)
Porsche Supercup (British GP)

Baseball
Major League Baseball
Nippon Professional Baseball

Basketball:
NBA completion of regular season with “seeding” games

Billiards:
2020 World Snooker Championship (First games)

Chess
FIDE Online Olympiad (Start)
Legends of Chess (Playoffs)

Cricket:
2019–21 ICC World Test Championship England vs West Indies Series

eSports

eFootball.Open (KO Stage)
Global StarCraft II League Quarterfinals
Honor of Kings World Champion Cup 2020 (Playoffs start)
LCS Summer 2020 (Regular Season)
Overwatch League (Regular Season)
PUBG Mobile World League 2020 – Season 0 (Start)

Golf: 
PGA Tour World Golf Championships FedEx St. Jude Invitational, Barracuda Championship (USA)
LPGA Tour (Ohio)

Horse Racing: 
Qatar Goodwood Cup Stakes, Qatar Sussex Stakes, Qatar Nassau Stakes (ENG)
Bing Crosby Stakes, . Allen Jerkens Memorial Presented by Runhappy, Personal Ensign, Whitney Stakes, Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (USA)
Prix Rothschild (FRA)
162nd Henkel Preis Der Diana (German Oaks) (GER)

Ice Hockey:
NHL Playoffs

Lacrosse:
Premier Lacrosse League Regular Season completition

Simracing:  
GPVWC
W Series Esports League
 

   
 
SPORT’S BEST VALUES

Motivation: Naazim Richardson

One minute of ringside motivation by Philly’s trainer Naazim Richardson, on his fighter Shane Mosley’s (USA) fight against Antonio Margarito (MEX). Richardson passed away this week, but will be remembered for his energy and outspoken attitude. He trained World Champions Shane Mosley, Bernard Hopkins (USA) and Steve Cunningham (USA).

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Being at the frontline during this off-season has given me a different perspective on this pandemic and the stress it puts on individuals and our healthcare system. I cannot allow myself to potentially transmit the virus in our communities simply to play the sport that I love. If I am to take risks, I will do it caring for patients.”

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
NFL 2020 Champion 

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