Lewis back in the fast lane
Three-time F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton put an emphatic full stop on a woeful run of form by romping to victory in Sunday’s Monaco GP. In putting on a peerless display of sure-footed driving in treacherous conditions, the Brit closed the gap on Mercedes teammate and Championship leader Nico Rosberg to 25 points. Hamilton has endured a difficult start to the season, with technical problems and indifferent driving seeing him well off the pace.
Rosberg finished down in seventh – a result which has cast serious doubts over his ability to maintain his title ambitions. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo can, however, feel hard done by, after he was forced to be content with second position his pit team messed up his tyre selection. Understandably miffed, he called his crew “headless chooks”. Gotta love them Aussies, hey?
No-one was more relieved than me on Sunday – I put some money on Hamilton to defend the title at the beginning of the season. Bring on the champers, Lewis!
Pirates fluff their lines
Orlando Pirates gave up an early lead and conceded three first-half goals to hand the Nedbank Cup title to SuperSport United at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday. The Buccaneers’ defence was absolutely atrocious, affording goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo precious little protection, while Matsatsantsa took full advantage of the mayhem at the back with some clinical finishing. The side from the capital than showed their opponents how to defend in the second stanza and held on to give Stuart Baxter his second Nedbank Cup triumph. Will that be the last we see of Eric Tinkler? We reckon the big man should be packing his bags for Portugal right about now.
Real win the Undecima
Real Madrid snatched an unprecedented 11th Champions League on penalties in a gritty encounter against bitter city rivals Atletico Madrid in Milan on Saturday, repeating their heroics against the same opponents two seasons ago. Real set the San Siro alight early on and grabbed an early goal through captain Sergio Ramos, but they paid the price for sitting back and holding onto their lead in the 79th minute when Belgian flyer Yannick Ferreira Carrasco converted a Juanfran cross. With neither side able to break the deadlock in extra time, Los Blancos were able to held their nerve during the penalty shootout to emerge victorious. Cristiano Ronaldo predictably took the last penalty to spark wild celebrations. The Portuguese superstar, who did nothing but pat down his immaculate hair during the game, was widely panned for his performance, but you can’t argue with abs.
Gatebe breaks Comrades record
Big props to South African runner David Gatebe, who shattered the Russian Leonid Shvetsov’s 2007 down run record of 5:20.49. The 2013 Two Oceans champion had never before finished in the top ten of the world’s most popular ultra-marathon. Ludwick Mamabolo and Bongmusa Mthembu filled out the top three to make it a stunning day for South African athletics. Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula was so impressed that he upped the prize money on offer for breaking the record by R50 000 to R150 000. It’s almost enough to compel me to get off the couch and into training…