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The Sunday Stroll: 21 August, 2011

August 21, 2011

Earlier this week Cesc Fábregas completed his somewhat protracted return from Arsenal to boyhood club Barcelona. Within two days he already had his first trophy, helping Barcelona to a 3-2 Spanish Super Cup triumph over great rivals Real Madrid. Fábregas only played 10 minutes, but that was long enough to set up Lionel Messi’s late winner…

The match was marred however by the seemingly now-customary brawl between Barcelona and Real players, substitutes, staff and coaches. Quite what example this sets is up for debate, however what a shamefully sad way to spoil what had been a fine sporting contest…

English teams Tottenham, Fulham, Stoke and Birmingham took to the European stage on Thursday in the first legs of their Europa League play-off matches. Stoke won 1-0 away to Thun, whilst Birmingham drew 0-0 with Nacional, although the headlines belonged to Spurs who stuck five past Hearts up at Tynecastle in a sparkling and fluent performance. A spanking to some perhaps, but there is a fairly large disparity in budget between the two sides…

Fulham put in a thoroughly professional performance to see off Ukrainian side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 3-0, with Clint Dempsey bagging a brace for the Cottagers. Read our match report via this link, and/or watch the highlights below…

In the world of cricket England are guaranteed to usurp India atop the ICC Test rankings table after taking an insurmountable 3-0 series lead with their victory at Edgbaston last weekend. They are developing into a hugely formidable team, with great quality and depth in the bowling department, and a batting line up seemingly hell-bent on scoring as many runs as possible all the time. This was epitomised by Alastair Cook’s monstrous 294 at Edgbaston and Ian Bell’s 235 at The Oval – daddy hundreds if ever there were a pair…

And to think it wasn’t that long ago that England were bowled out for just 51 against the West Indies! What a turnaround…

In 2006, Goldsborough Cricket Club 2nds suffered the worst score in modern English recreational cricket. Their defeat to Dishforth Cricket Club resulted in ten of their batsmen getting out for a duck and the last man left stranded on zero. In their first encounter since that day, Goldsborough were given a helping hand as they attempted to restore a little pride – Secret Cricketer, Michael Vaughan…

After the success of ‘Way Back Home’, Danny MacAskill is back at it with his latest video, the beautifully shot ‘Industrial Revolutions’…

The London-Surrey Cycle Classic, the test event for the 2012 Olympic road race, took place last weekend, with British Tour de France Green Jersey winner Mark Cavendish winning the event in front of thousands of fans. Here are his post-race thoughts…

As far as basketball goes, this is pretty mental…

And we leave you with something all sports fans love – a good old howler of a miss, this time from Werder Bremen’s Lennart Thy…

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