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The Sunday Stroll: 5 June, 2011

June 5, 2011

Stunning finale to the Indy 500 last weekend. Rookie JR Hildebrand was leading going into the final lap but crashed at the final turn, allowing Dan Wheldon through to sneak his second victory. Remarkably a three-wheeling Hildebrand still made it across the line in second, but for the millions watching and rookie himself it was a gut-wrenching moment… so close to a famous win. We hope his time will come…

For those that enjoy motor racing, here are 15 minutes of highlights…

Monaco GP – Vettel won (with a bit of fortune), Button missed out (thanks to a lack of fortune), Petrov and Pérez (sort of) lucked in (in that they emerged unscathed from trips to the hospital), and the fans missed out after a red flag enabled Vettel and Alonso to change their knackered tyres. Nevermind eh. Hamilton entertained afterwards with some fairly outspoken remarks…

Pérez was reportedly subject to a scarcely-believeable 80G of lateral forces in his crash. It is testament to advances in safety that there’s a very good chance he will be racing at Canada in the next grand prix. Furthermore, such advances eventually filter down into road car technology… and that can only be a good thing

Isle of Man TT this week too. Here’s a fairly explicit example of the dangers these TT riders face…

Side-car action too. Tough sport, all about you and your partner knowing what’s required of each other, precise steering and weight positioning. Knowing the proximities of your side-car passenger helps…

Here are highlights from Kimi Raikkonen’s NASCAR debut at the Charlotte Motor Speedway earlier this week. Rumours have it that his in-car audio feed was suitably hilarious

England pulled off a great win over Sri Lanka earlier this week. After countless hours lost to rain, the hosts allowed Ian Bell to complete his ton before declaring with a modest lead of 96 and barely three hours cricket left in the match. Surely no result would be possible?? Normally, yes, but then again Sri Lanka don’t get skittled for just 82 in under 25 overs every week do they! Remarkable performances all round.

Jonathan Trott won the ECB Cricketer of the Year award on Tuesday, just reward for a stirling 12 months when runs have come for fun for Trotty, regardless of opposition or format. Congrats indeed. Also awarded was the Moment of the Year. You’ve seen it before and you’ll see it again, for it will go down as one of the great backfiring cricket sledges. Mitchell Johnson barely put a foot right in the Ashes last winter, with his ‘chat’ to Jimmy Anderson proving just as misdirected as the majority of his deliveries…

Sepp Blatter’s re-election and the Fifa corruption scandal… it’s hard to know what to make of it all really. The farcical notion of an election where only one candidate takes part and abstentions don’t count as votes meant that he only needed one vote (his own) to get back in for another term. Shock horror he’s back in power for four more years…

Man United legend Paul Scholes retired from football this week. Not only was he bloody talented, with cracking vision, phenomenal array of passing, and a knack for scoring goals, but he was a model professional – low-key, modest, family-orientated. A few fellow pro’s could learn a thing or two from this man. Here’s a retirement tribute video…

Thankfully United’s players avoided following in Sergio Ramos and Maarten Stekelenburg’s footsteps and the PL trophy was not dropped off their title bus parade…

What was dropped however, was this child at a baseball match in the States. To the culpable father, hang your head… you let the baseball get away!

And as for this chap, KO’ing your pitcher – great idea…

Proof the Brazilians aren’t always the best at football…

Mind you, imagine if Craven Cottage was like this each week. South American footballing atmosphere – quite something to behold…

Here’s Jed Mildon pulling off a world-first BMX triple back flip…

And here’s a rather cool but pretty mental custom half-pipe…

To Paris and the French Open, and the usual suspects of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray made it to the semis, although for one ball-boy a certain moment in Murray’s QF match will prove a moment to forget. Poor lad looked distraught at his accidental error…

And as per usual Murray lost his semi final to one of the big three, this time Nadal, who went on to beat Federer in the final. That’s Nadal’s sixth French Open success… no mean feat. Well done, Rafa…

Sailing: a leisurely and innocuous past-time, oui? Not when it comes to the Extreme Sailing Series. Monster crash, man overboard…

Shaquille O’Neal is retiring from basketball. God bless the Shaq-Attack…

Finally, big rumours this weekend that Paris Hilton will be attending the Barcelona MotoGP event to see her 125cc team (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing). Here are a few sample tweets on the matter from MotoRaceFeed

‘As Ms Hilton is visiting the MotoGP circus this weekend, we get to see how many people she can squeeze into her box.’

‘I’m not going to make any comments about “discarded rubber”, “dirty lubricants” or “discharged fluids” about Paris Hilton’s race team. Yet.’

‘Rumours Paris Hilton was up late polishing her riders’ helmets are unfounded.’

Ah brilliant stuff.

Alas, we leave you with a ‘Miss of the Season’ compilation. You can’t help but love ’em…

As ever folks, thanks for reading. All the best…

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