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The Sunday Stroll: 13 November, 2011

November 13, 2011

MotoGP paid tribute to Marco Simoncelli at Valencia last weekend, with all of the riders from all three classes taking part in a parade lap lead by Marco’s close friend and 1993 World Champ Kevin Schwantz, followed by a minute of noise featuring fireworks and applause. It was touching, it was poignant, and, most of all, it was fitting. The clip of Marco at the very end of this video brought tears to my eyes. Ciao, Marco…

As for the racing itself, mixed conditions gave fans a suitably enthralling race, with 2011 champion Casey Stoner winning a drag race against Ben Spies out of the last corner, crossing the line a mere 0.015s ahead. Brit Cal Crutchlow finished fourth, the first top five finish by a Brit in the four-stroke MotoGP era, and also claimed the rookie of the year crown.

Fittingly and most movingly, in the Moto2 race Michele Pirro claimed Gresini’s (Simoncelli’s team) first win of the season…

And although the above clip is with Italian commentary, it does offer an insight into the feeling of the occasion. Here’s a nice video we found…

Meanwhile Dominique Aegerter celebrated his first Moto2 podium finish in this rather unusual manner…

Quite how this chap (below) walks away from this crash with just a wrist injury is beyond me, although MCN do a great job of offering an explanation

Cricket fans – you’ll love this (providing you’re not Australian of course…). Australia 47 all out against South Africa…

Also in cricket, earlier this week Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman in the history of the game to score 15,000 Test runs – quite some achievement…

Former F1 driver Alex Zanardi, who lost both legs in a horrific crash whilst racing in the CART series in 2001 before incredibly recovering and racing again (in specially adapted cars), has won his class at the famed New York Marathon. The now 45-year-old Italian came home first in the Handcycle category (hand-operated three-wheeled cycles), and has designs on competing in the London 2012 Olympics. Here’s Zanardi’s famous last-lap move on Bryan Herta at Laguna Seca which became known simply as ‘The Pass’…

In current F1, here’s a clip from Malaysia that might have escaped your attention…

Over in NASCAR, Kyle Busch picked up a ban for this cynical revenge-taking, accident-causing shunt with Ron Hornaday. Quite frankly I am staggered that NASCAR essentially allows an on-track revenge policy in the first place. Ludicrous…

Boxing great Joe Frazier sadly passed away earlier this week, Muhammad Ali having said that he was praying for his great rival as he condition got worse. Frazier and Ali shared some of boxing’s most iconic contests, not least the legendary ‘Thriller in Manilla’ bout…

Ever wonder how Barcelona were just so goddam good at that football malarkey?? Got a spare 15 minutes? If so, check this out…

England only went and beat World & Euro Champions Spain in a friendly yesterday. Interesting fact – England have a better win% without Wayne Rooney than with him since his debut. Elsewhere, Wales stuck four past Norway including this peach from Craig Bellamy…

Rory Donnelly – take a bow…

Peter Leven –  take a bow, too…

Not exactly the most popular of goal celebrations this one…

Everyone loves a calamitous goalkeeping error (except the ‘keeper at fault obviously). Virgil Vries, look away now…

Right, here’s a truly bonkers feature courtesy of Wikipedia and the world’s greatest (8-a-side) goalie, Yacine Aitsiselmi [and I know you were all thinking “surely that’s Heurelho Gomes“, but you would be wrong]. LAD. Anyways, here’s the full explanation from Wikipedia:

1994 Caribbean Cup, Qualifying Tournament – Anomaly

There was an unusual match between Barbados and Grenada.

Grenada went into the match with a superior goal difference, meaning that Barbados needed to win by two goals to progress to the finals. The trouble was caused by two things. First, unlike most group stages in football competitions, the organizers had deemed that all games must have a winner. All games drawn over 90 minutes would go to sudden death extra time. Secondly and most importantly, there was an unusual rule which stated that in the event of a game going to sudden death extra time the goal would count double, meaning that the winner would be awarded a two goal victory.

Barbados was leading 2-0 until the 83rd minute, when Grenada scored, making it 2-1. Approaching the dying moments, the Barbadians realized they had little chance of scoring past Grenada’s mass defense in the time available, so they deliberately scored an own goal to tie the game at 2-2. This would send the game into extra time and give them another half hour to break down the defense. The Grenadians realized what was happening and attempted to score an own goal as well, which would put Barbados back in front by one goal and would eliminate Barbados from the competition.

However, the Barbados players started defending their opposition’s goal to prevent them from doing this, and during the game’s last five minutes, the fans were treated to the incredible sight of Grenada trying to score in either goal. Barbados also defended both ends of the pitch, and held off Grenada for the final five minutes, sending the game into extra time. In extra time, Barbados notched the game-winner, and, according to the rules, was awarded a 4-2 victory, which put them through to the next round.

How unfathomably bonkers…

Never a dull moment on the golf course with John Daly. In the Australian Open earlier this week he found the water six times on the 11th hole (yep, six times!!) and duly quit in the middle of his first round…

Never a dull moment with Andy Roddick either. Here’s the American losing his temper (and his racket) in the Paris Masters earlier this week…

I have seen some pretty crazy things in my time, but this is right up there. Literally. Kiteboarder on snow gets a mental lift…

This is pretty crazy too. Love extreme sports…

What did you get up to last week? Oh nothing much – just casually rode a 90ft wave. As you do…

And we leave you with this – another slight error on the new Fifa12…

All the best folks…

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