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The Sunday Stroll: 28 August, 2011

August 28, 2011

Last weekend England wrapped up their 4-0 Series whitewash over India, capping the day by being presented with the ICC Mace for being the world’s #1 Test side. Great effort chaps.

Stuart Broad was rightly awarded Man of the Series for his important runs with the bat, remarkable bowling figures of 25 wickets at just 13.84-a-piece, and that hat-trick in the second Test. To think he was nearly dropped prior to the Series!…

And whilst we’re on the subject of whitewashes – here is England’s 12th man, Tom Hampton, endearing himself to the fans by taking a catch in practice only to crash into a bucket of whitewash and send paint flying everywhere. Smooth moves, sir…

Although as far as embarrassing moments at cricket matches go, you don’t do much better than this fella at the Somerset v Glamorgan Twenty20 clash earlier this summer…

… actually, come to think of it, it would appear you do…

Over in the world of football, Chelsea this week signed talented Spanish attacking midfielder Juan Mata from Valencia. A much needed signing for the Blues, who were – and possibly still are… – in desperate need of some youth and creativity in the midfield. This kid’s got skills…

It’s just like watching Dennis Bergkamp in his pomp (albeit against Emmanuel Eboué…)

The various European draws took place this week, with no less than eight English teams in the Champions League and Europa League; not half bad! Tottenham’s fans face a somewhat less-than-arduous trip to Dublin for an encounter with footballing minnows Shamrock Rovers, whose passage to the EL group stages was aided by this belting goal by Pat Sullivan. Take a bow, son…

Away from football, F1 travels to Belgium for the iconic Spa Grand Prix this weekend, a track which features the legendary Eau Rouge corner. Here’s Kimi Raikkonen taking Eau Rouge flat out – such is the gradient it almost looks like he is taking off!…

And here, highlighting the danger the corner poses, is Ricardo Zonta…

The race takes places later today, although qualifying yesterday was somewhat dominated by Pastor Maldonado’s decision to seemingly drive into Lewis Hamilton following a last corner skirmish…

It’s been a while, but Andy Murray finally beat Novak Djokovic and won a title, all in one go! Albeit the 2011 Cincinnati title was gifted to Murray when Djokovic retired in the second set…

Thanks for reading folks. Stay classy…

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