Sport’s worst enemy: This week in sport.
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Global Edition

June 29-July 6, 2020

Floods in Malaysia. Photo by Mohammad Kamrul Hasan.
Sport’s worst enemy


Without a planet, there can not be humans, or facilities; let alone sport. It is straightforward. But humanity is not doing enough to protect our global commons. En route, sport as we know it can be a thing of the past.



The Rapid Transition Alliance released the “Playing Against the Clock” report by David Goldblatt. He details how within three decades, half of previous Winter Olympic hosts will be unsuitable for winter sport, how golf courses like St. Andrews are unlikely to live by the end of the century and stadiums for clubs such as Cardiff City and Hull City will be entirely under water.



Sport contributes heavily to global warming but Sportspedia believes that sport can also become a source of positive example and harness its power to move people to save this planet. If sport leaders really love sport, they must make their sport carbon neutral, as the report calls for.

Five things to know from last week

GLOBAL PODIUM OF THE WEEK

James Baldwin winning the Virtual Race of Champion. Photo: ROC

Gold: James Baldwin

(England, Sim Racing)

James Baldwin, also known as the “World’s Faster Gamer”, proved why that nickname is valid by becoming the “Champion of Champions” at the “Race of Champions”, on its 2020 Virtual Edition, featuring some of the world’s best drivers and simracers.

Baldwin defended his 2019 eROC title by beating Nils Naujoks (GER) and then went on to beat World Rallycross Champion, Timmy Hansen (SWE), who had won the drivers’ division after beating NASCAR Mexico Champion, Rubén García Jr (MEX).



Baldwin also went on to win the Nations’ Cup with Romain Grosjean (FRA) by beating Team Sweden, with the two last Rallycross World Champions Hansen and Johan Kristoffersson, in a rally car simulating the Off-Road Gran Canaria track.



Watch the whole broadcast here

Denny Hamlin wins at Pocono. Photo: Instagram (@kevinharvick)

Silver: Kevin Harvick

(United States of America, Auto racing)

Kevin Harvick maintains the lead at the NASCAR Cup Series after scoring more points than any other driver this weekend at the Pocono doubleheader.

Harvick won Saturday’s Pocono 350 and then finished second to Denny Hamlin in Sunday’s Pocono Organics 325, albeit scoring more points in that one too due to better results within the race’s stages.



With the win, Harvick has now won on almost every single NASCAR Cup track throughout his career except for the two most recent additions and has won three races this season.



Watch the extended highlights from NBC

Denny Hamlin wins at Pocono. Photo: Instagram (@dennyhamlin)

Bronze: Denny Hamlin

(United States of America, Auto racing)

The other side of the permutation with Harvick was Hamlin, who finished second in the first Pocono race but beat Harvick in the second one, leading more laps than any other driver.



While Hamlin sits sixth in the Championship, he has won four races, more than any other driver this season.



This win was also a milestone win for him, as he tied Jeff Gordon as the winningest driver at Pocono, with six race wins.



Highlights from FOX

GLOBAL SPORTS AGENDA

1821 Epsom Derby. Illustration: Wikipedia.

Week Preview


Formula 1 is back with the Austrian Grand Prix, first of two races at the Red Bull Ring.


Indianapolis will receive both the IndyCar Series and NASCAR during the same weekend for the first time. The NASCAR Xfinity Series and IndyCar will utilize the road course on 4th of July while NASCAR Cup will utilize the oval, the day after.


The original Derby, the Epsom Derby (G1), will be held this Saturday. So will the Oaks (G1). On Sunday Sandown will have the Eclipse Stakes, to make it three Grade 1 races in England on the same weekend.


France will be holding the Prix du Jockey Club and the Prix de Diane at Chantilly, where they have been held since 1843 and 1836. Two of the most prestigious in Europe.


New livery for Mercedes Benz. Photo: Mercedes-Benz F1.

June 30-July 6 2020

Auto racing:

Formula 1 (Austrian GP)

NASCAR Cup (Indianapolis)

IndyCar (Indianapolis)



Horse Racing: 

Metropolitan Handicap, Manhattan Stakes

(USA)

Epsom Derby, Epsom Oaks, Eclipse Stakes
 (GBR)

Prix du Jockey Club, Prix de Diane (FRA)


Golf:

PGA Tour (Detroit)



Simracing: 

GPVWC Germany



Chess:

Chessable Masters 2020



Para Powerlifting

Online World Cup Results



eSports:

Overwatch League Matches

LCS Summer 2020

Call of Duty League

Arena of Valor Premier League 2020

Global StarCraft II League



Aussie Rules Football:

AFL Season

FULL AGENDA

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Photo: Liverpool Echo.

“I am a human being and your passion is also my passion but right now the most important thing is that we do not have these kind of public gatherings…We owe it to the most vulnerable in our community, to the health workers who have given so much and whom we have applauded and to the police and local authorities who help us…”


Jürgen Klopp

Liverpool trainer, for Liverpool Echo

SPORT’S BEST VALUES

The no-hitters. Photo: ESPN

Excellence: The no-hitters

It is now thirty years since the day two no-hitters -one of the rarest possible feats in baseball- were achieved on the same day.



In Toronto, Oakland’s Dave Stewart (USA) did it n route to winning the Blue Jays 5-0.



Later that same June 29, Dodgers’ Fernando Valenzuela (MEX) won a cleaner 6-0 to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals, at the peak of the Fernandomania.



MLB has made Valenzuela’s game available online

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1. FC Saarbrücken

Resilience: Wendell Scott

The BBC is featuring the story of Wendell Oliver Scott (August 29, 1921 – December 23, 1990), the first black driver to compete in NASCAR.

Scott went on to win a NASCAR Cup race and he was introduced to NASCAR’s Hall of Fame in 2015.



But beyond his competitive success, it is his resilience struggling against racism from his origins as a ·moonshiner” and his “win or wreck” attitude that has been mostly admired.

Several discuss his legacy for the NBC.




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