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The Sunday Stroll: 16 October, 2011

October 16, 2011

One of the worst kept secrets in the sporting world was confirmed earlier this week, with current World Champion and Green Jersey holder Mark Cavendish announcing his signature with Team Sky.

Great news for Team GB’s Olympic hopes of course, although quite how Team Sky expect to satsify the needs of both Cavendish (for the sprint title) and Bradley Wiggins / Chris Froome (for the overall classification) in next year’s Tour remains to be seen (read Chris Boardman’s thoughts on the matter here)…

Anyways, Cav & co. – beware the flying antelope…

England’s young cricketers impressed in their opening warm-up match on their tour to India earlier this week. Jonny Bairstow smashed a 53-ball century, Stuart Meaker took three wickets in an over, and leggie Scott Borthwick bagged a 5-fer. Not exactly a bad start…

Here’s the South African football team celebrating their qualification for the African Cup of Nations. Nothing special about that eh. Or is there? Perhaps they should have checked the rules before celebrating. Turns out they hadn’t qualified. How embarrassing…

A selection of the best goals from the international break. By ‘eck there are some beauties in there. Clint Dempsey’s strike stands out (being totally neutral and objective, of course)…

Meanwhile United’s Javier Hernández unfurled this beauty, albeit in training…

And, following the other week’s highlighting of bugs in Fifa12, here’s Ronaldo getting all swampy in PES2010…

The best of Lua Lua – Blackpool’s new signing!

F1 has travelled to Korea this weekend, with Seb Vettel winning an intense race. Last weekend’s trip to Suzuka ended with one of the least unexpected events in recent memory – a second world title for Seb Vettel. Here’s a fascinating comparison between Vettel and Jenson Button showing just how close the pole position battle was. A mere nine-thousandths of a second seperated the duo, but this video shows just where the time was won and lost…

Shock horror – Lewis Hamilton had another coming together with another driver. And like a moth to a lamp, it just so happened to be Felipe Massa once again…

And from the expected to the unexpected, Suzuka also hosted one of the most unusual moments too, albeit on the F1 2010 racing game, with a car falling through the bridge and on to the track. Bizarre…

On a related aside, a huge pat on the back to Kip Hughes for his remarkably heroic endeavours to free rival stock car racer Terry Muskrat from his burning wreck earlier this month…

T’was a flashback to the far more dangerous days of F1, where heroic acts – no less heroic – were sadly required on a far more regular basis…

The 2011 British Superbikes Championship went down to the final corner, with Brit Tommy Hill pipping popular American John Hopkins to the line and the title by just half a wheel after a race- and season-long battle. Quite breathtaking. Here are the highlights of the final race…

Vintage to-the-flag racing. Reminded me of this last-lap classic between Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi. Shivers down the spine. Bravo, Vale

MotoGP was in Australia this weekend, and home-boy Casey Stoner took pole in his quest for a second title before wrapping up his second world title. Top stuff, Casey…

Down in New Zealand, the Rugby World Cup is reaching its final stages. The two victorious semi-finalists were France and New Zealand, meaning Wales and return home empty-handed. The Welsh were harshly reduced to 14-men in the first-half (see below), but still played the better rugby throughout and were unlucky not to progress. They’ll no doubt rue numerous missed kicks and one card-happy ref (who just so happens to be Irish and of French descent)…

England had already returned from their Stag Do – sorry, “World Cup campaign” – although there was time for centre Manu Tuilagi to get his team in the press for all the wrong reasons one further time before departure, leaping off the back of a reversing ferry just as it was about to dock. IQ test anyone?

You cannot help but love this: an incredible nine-dart finish from Irishman Brendan Dolan. Oh yeah, and it was in Dublin. *Crowd goes wild…*

Elsewhere, David Haye announced his retirement from boxing – news which had about as much an impact as his right hook did against Klitschko earlier this summer. As a reminder, here he was spewing out the excuses…

All basketballers and frisbee-ites(?) check this out…

How to celebrate a touchdown and look like a fool…

As ever folks, thanks for reading…

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