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The Sunday Stroll: 9 October, 2011

October 9, 2011

G’day folks. A veritable feast of sporting action this weekend – RWC quarter-finals, international football, Formula One; plenty to choose from. Anyways, why not grab a cuppa, take a break, and use your glazzies to viddy this here’s Sunday Stroll…

Former England fast bowler Graham Dilley sadly passed away earlier this week, a man most famed for playing the supporting role alongside Ian Botham in the great turnaround Test at Headlingley in the ’81 Ashes. Few recall that Dilley actually outscored Botham for the majority of their game-changing 117 run partnership. Anecodataly, the fast bowler from Kent will also always be remembered for this:

Lillee, caught Willey bowled Dilley…

Get this guy in the slips! What a catch…

From the slips to slipping, and everyone loves a ref who lunges in two-footed, right?!

What odds eh? Wayne Rooney’s dad is arrested in a betting scam that centres on deliberate red cards and then his son gets sent off for England a few days later. Ridiculous. Anyways, here is Wayne’s latest moment of petulence…

Petty. Unlike this moment of owl-killing brutality by Luis Moreno…

Moreno’s comment on the incident: ‘I was not trying to hurt the owl. I did it to see if it would fly.’ Hmm. Anyways, it would seem Mr Moreno does not discriminate between birds and humans when it comes to his penchant for kicking animals. Perhaps he would be better served focusing on the round thing the other 21 players tend to chase…

Here are the highlights from England’s 2-2 draw with Montenegro. Qualification to Euro 2012 secure. Now for the usual build up in expectations, only to be crushed by either flat displays or a lame exit on penalties…

England should check to see if this ‘keeper has dual nationality. God knows Capello could do with him in net next time a big tournament comes around and the quarter- or semi-final inevitably goes to penalties. Against the Germans, naturally. Meh. Anyways, five penalty saves in one afternoon – top tekkers…

Obviously the world’s rugby attentions are firmly focused on the Union format, but check out this quite incredible try by Australia against New Zealand in the Rugby League format. Brilliant…

Here’s James Haskell’s World Cup Diary…

In the big tournament, England lost to France yesterday, with Wales getting the better of the Irish in the opposing quarter-final. Today, New Zealand (unsurprisingly) put out Argentina, whilst Australia overcame South Africa in a tight contest! To cheer your weary English hearts, here is the Tongan celebration from last week when the minnows overcame the French…

Warms the heart, doesn’t it?…

Anyways, F1 visited Japan this weekend, and earlier this morning Seb Vettel wrapped up his second Drivers’ World Championship – so congrats to him. Not that it has ever been in doubt. Jenson Button drove superbly to seal take his third win of the season.

Whilst we’re on motorsport, cast your glazzies to viddy this bizarre clip. “He has a seagull! No he doesn’t – it’s his nose!!” [We’re still not to sure what exactly is going on either…]

Over at cycling’s Tour of Beijing, Yannick Eijssen was forced out of the race after a helicopter got a tad too close to the action, ‘blow[ing] a signboard into the path of a TV motorcyclist, who then collided with the BMC rider.’ It is as scary as it is ridiculous that such a thing could happen…

And to finish, this might interest a few. Laguna Seca: race bike v street bike v street car…

As ever, thanks for reading folks. Stay classy…

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