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September 8-14, 2020

AlphaTauri wins the Italian Grand Prix
When inequality brings beauty

Shock wins are particularly sweet in Formula 1 due to the inherent difficulties that being in a smaller team creates. Six of the first seven Grands Prix this year had been won by Mercedes-Benz and one by Red Bull. Indeed, we had to go back to the 2013 Australian Grand Prix to find a race that had been won by a driver that did not have a Mercedes-Benz, Red Bull or Ferrari car, when Kimi Räikkönen (FIN) won driving a Lotus-Renault. That, of course, until this week.

Pierre Gasly’s (FRA) maiden F1 win was special as he won it driving an AlphaTauri, which is the team formerly named Toro Rosso and previously Minardi; the small Italian team from Faenza, a town close to the Monza Circuit, where the Italian Grand Prix was being held. Minardi, the small Italian team that from 1985 to 2005 usually occupied the very last places on the grid and would celebrate a points finish as a win.

Shock wins are unusual because they require several factors to align for them to happen. This week it was a timely red flag caused by Charles Leclerc’s (MON, Ferrari) crash and a penalty to Lewis Hamilton (ENG, Mercedes-Benz), who entered the pits while they were closed, frustrating his chances to win on the same weekend he had broke the record for the fastest ever F1 lap. There were two Grands Prix we could remember with this one.

First, the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix, when only three drivers made it to the checkered flag, giving small Ligier team a win close to home in France, with a young Olivier Panis (FRE) -the last time a French driver won. Second, the only other time this team had won (under the Toro Rosso guise), which was also at this track, when a young Sebastian Vettel (GER) won his first Grand Prix.

The home wins by the Toro Rossos and AlphaTauris and Ligiers of the world will be remembered for decades to come because we know how hard they are. We all want a more competitive and equal Formula 1 but ironically only because there are such intrinsic inequalities in this sport that we can also have shock wins that are as special as the aforementioned. At times Scuderia Ferrari has looked unbeatable but now, while Ferrari is still Ferrari and Alpha Tauri is still Alpha Tauri, both are in the covers of the Italian journals, but this time for very different reasons than they historically have.

Maybe we don’t need reverse grids or something of the sort, but we need to appreciate when the Davids beat the Goliaths, and for that we need Davids and Goliaths. Or maybe we need them to have more of these with ideas like that one. Maybe it is F1’s intrinsic inequalities that make us remember that sport is a game that represents the capitalist reality – a world where few win and the majority lose. But that makes it all more special when the underdogs win, and that is why we like shock wins. Because they are a reflection of the sweet wins in life. And then we remember that F1 is a human activity, where big wins are humanly possible even when against the odds, which is how most people are born.
 

 

Five things to know from last week
  1. Djokovic disqualified.  Novak Djokovic (SRB), world’s number 1 tennis player, was disqualified from his Round of 16 match at the US Open against Pablo Carreño Busta (ESP) after he accidentally hit a line judge in an outburst. This leaves a field of eight players that have never won a singles Grand Slam tournament. The women’s single tournament has featured a series of upsets, notably Caroline Garcia (FRA) defeating #1 seed Karolina Pliskova (CZE) in the Round of 64, only to be defeated by #28 seed Jennifer Brady (USA), who also took Angelique Kerber (GER) out. Fellow US American and #2 seed, Sofia Kenin (USA) was upset by Elise Mertens (BEL) in the Round of 16, meaning Serena Williams (USA) is the best seed that remains in the tournament as it reaches Quarter Finals (#3). Djokovic apologized for the incident (Insidethegames.biz)
  2. A Series of one. The ITU Triathlon World Championship Series only consisted of one event – the Hamburg Triathlon, meaning it “only” took this race for Vincent Luis (FRA) to defend his World Championship, while Georgia Taylor-Brown (ENG) dominated the female triathlon. France took their third consecutive Relay World Championship, even without Luis. Watch the men’s race highlights (World Triathlon)
  3. The Bob Baffert Show. Bob Baffert’s Authentic upset favorite Tiz The Law at the Kentucky Derby, ridden by John Velázquez (PUR). This marks Bob Baffert’s sixth win at the Derby, tying the record with Ben Jones. These days also saw a few jockeys take two Grade 1 wins: Florent Geroux (FRA) (La Troienne Stakes and the fastest ever Kentucky Oaks), Luis Sáez (PAN) (Spinaway Stakes and Woodward Handicap) and Victor Rocha (BRA) (Grande Premio Ipiranga and Grande Premio Barao de Piracicaba). Baffert also won the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante Stakes, with Princess Noor and Víctor Espinoza (MEX) (Horse Racing Nation)
  4. Dustin Johnson settles it. The hotly contested debate over the world’s best golfer seems to be settled, as Dustin Johnson (USA) won the PGA Tour Championship tournament with a score 21 under-par, although he had 10 by default due to his PGA Playoffs results. Xander Schauffele (USA) was the best at the tournament but had to settle for a joint second with Justin Thomas (USA), while previous number one, Jon Rahm (ESP) was fourth. DJ is in his best form (Sky Sports)
  5. Herlings’ 90th win. Jeffrey Herlings won both races at the FIM World Motocross Grand Prix of Italy in Faenza, his third consecutive race win and his second straight Round win. With these wins he now has 90 World Championship race wins, tying him with Antonio Cairoli (ITA) as second place in history, although only 29 are in the maximum category, for Cairoli’s 66. Regardless, the 2018 World Champion is solidly leading the World Championship. Meanwhile in Estonia, World Rally Champion Ott Tänak (EST) won his home Rally (Speedcafe)
GLOBAL PODIUM OF THE WEEK
Andrea Locatelli wins again. Photo: WorldSBK

Gold: Andrea Locatelli 
(Italy, Motorcycling)

Andrea Locatelli dominated Round 8 of the World Supersport Championship in Aragón and was riding third during Round 9 when Raffaele de Rosa (ITA) collided with Jules Cluzel (FRA). This opened the door to the Italian, who now breaks the record of most World Supersport race wins in a year, and extends his record of more consecutive race wins and most consecutive race wins from début, having won all nine races this year.

Watch the second race from Aragón II (RTVE)

Sifan Hassan after breaking the Hour World Record. Photo: Wanda Diamond League/Tomas Sisk

Silver: Sifan Hassan

(Netherlands, Athletics)

Both Sifan Hassan and Mo Farah (ENG) broke the One-Hour Run World Record at the Brussels Diamond League Meet (AG Memorial Van Damme), albeit Hassan broke the record by a bit over a lap, while Farah broke it for a bit over 55 meters. Her Half-Marathon time was lower than her Personal Best. 

Watch the Race (Wanda Diamond League)

Bronze: Mohammed Farah

(England, Athletics)

Both Sifan Hassan and Mo Farah (ENG) broke the One-Hour Run World Record at the Brussels Diamond League Meet (AG Memorial Van Damme), albeit Hassan broke the record by a bit over a lap, while Farah broke it for a bit over 55 meters. Farah broke Haile Gebrselasie’s (ETH) last standing World Record, which he set in 2007. 

Watch the Race (Wanda Diamond League)

GLOBAL SPORTS AGENDA
 

Week Preview

 

The Tour de France continues after the rest day and Primož Roglič (SLO) leads over current Champion Egan Bernal (COL) but the most impressive has been Wout van Aert (BEL), who has won two stages comfortably. He is only 43rd.

Formula 1 continues its Italian tour but this time without the Porsche Supercup, as Larry ten Voorde (NET) already won the Championship. The DTM meanwhile will go back to Germany after their stop in Netherlands, where local driver Robin Frijns (NET) took his first win. So did Rookie Sheldon Van der Linde (RSA) under the rain.

England has clinched the T20 Series against Australia so star Jos Buttler will be given permission to see his family after 10 weeks, but will be back for the One Day International Series.

The Darts PDC Autumn Series will begin, featuring Michael Van Gerwen (NET), who is set to lose his four-year World reign after losing in the Premier League Darts, but will not feature Gary Anderson (SCO), who has decided to skip the tournament on covid-related concerns.

It will be a busy week for team sports in North America, with the first half of the NHL Conference Finals between the New York Islanders (#6) and Tampa Bay Lightning (#2), and (#3) Dallas Stars against (#1) Vegas Golden Knights.

The NBA will also have a defining week with the Conference Semifinals. The remaining teams are: Milwaukee, Miami, Toronto, Boston, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston, Los Angeles Clippers and Denver.


Aussie Rules Football:
AFL Season

Auto racing:
Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (Nürburgring x2)
FIA Formula 1 (Tuscan GP)
GT World Challenge Asia (Sepang x2)
GT World Challenge powered by AWS (Magny-Cours x3)
International GT Open (Red Bull Ring x2)
NASCAR Cup (Richmond)
NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series (Richmond)
Super GT (Motegi)

Baseball
Major League Baseball Regular Season
Nippon League
KBO

Basketball:
NBA Playoffs Conference Semifinals
WNBA regular season

Billiards:
UMB Virtual OneCarom Challenge
WPSBA World Snooker Tour Championship League 2020

Chess:
Champions Showdown:Chess 9LX

Cricket:
ODI England vs Australia
T20i 3 England vs Australia

Darts:
PDC Tour Autumn Series Days 1-3 (Germany)

eSports:
Apex Legends Global Series Summer Circuit – Playoffs APAC, Americas
Arena of Valor (Garena Challenger Series Summer 2020, RoV Pro League 2020 Winter, Arena of Glory Winter 2020)
Hearthstone Gold Team Championship Season
League of Legends LCK Regional Finals 2020
SMITE Pro League/2020 Season/Phase 2
Starcraft II Gold Series Team Championship 2020 Fall Season
Global StarCraft II League Season 3
ESL Pro League Season 12: North America
ESL Pro League Season 12: Europe
Overwatch League Playoffs
Quake Pro League Season 2: Stage 1

Golf:
LPGA ANA Inspiration (Rancho Mirage, California)

Horse Racing: 
Gran Premio Estrellas Juvenile Fillies, Juvenile, Distaff, Classic, Mile, Sprint (Argentina)
PFD Food Services Makybe Diva Stakes (Australia)
St Leger Stakes (England)
Qatar Prix Vermeille, Grand Prix de Paris (France)
148th Longines Grosser Preis Von Baden (Germany)
Irish Champion Stakes, Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes, Comer Group International Irish St Leger, Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes, Moyglare Stud Stakes, Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes (Ireland)
Avrasya, Avrasya (Turkey)

Ice Hockey:
NHL Playoffs (Conference Finals)

Mixed Martial Arts:
Bellator Bantamweight Championship: Juan Archuleta (USA) vs Patchy Mix (USA)

Motorcycling:
FIM Bajas World Cup (Portugal)
FIM Motocross World Championship (Faenza x4)
FIM MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3, MotoE World Championship (Misano)
FIM Speedway Grand Prix (Poland x2)

Para Cycling:
UCI World Road Racing Championship

Road Cycling:
UCI World Tour Tirreno–Adriatico
Tour de France (WT)
UCI Women’s World Tour Giro d’Italia

Simracing:
eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series
GPVWC

Tennis:
US Open (USA)

   

 
SPORT’S BEST VALUES

Innovation: Lou Brock

Lou Brock passed away, aged 81. He was an innovator on stealing bases in baseball and even back in the 1960’s, he utilized technology to “synchronize your movement with the pitcher’s movement” (New York Times); he filmed pitchers and studied their tendencies to help his tactics when stealing bases. He led the Majors in steals six teams and is the only one to steal 50 or more in 12 straight seasons. A Hall of Famer and World Series Champion; former All-time leader in steals. A child that played baseball with rocks and branches when he worked in a cotton plantation, and then made it big to the point that the League’s leader in stolen bases received an award with is name. MLB Network remembers him.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“And this is the reason why I am going to continue in the club. Now I am going to continue in the club because the president told me that the only way to leave was to pay the €700 million (£624m/$823m) clause, and that this is impossible…I would never go to court against Barca because it is the club that I love, which gave me everything since I arrived. It is the club of my life, I have made my life here.”

Lionel Messi (ARG)
Olympic Gold medalist, Six-time Ballon D’Or, Three-time Club World Champion
F.C. Barcelona player

For Goal

 
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