Top Sport Stories Of The Week: 24th-30th June

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Updated: June 30, 2013

Here is a round-up of this week’s top sport stories from around the world including football, rugby union, cycling, tennis, NFL, NHL and F1.

Football

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Brazil won the Confederations Cup after dominating Spain 3-0 in the final. Italy finished third in the competition after defeating Uruguay 3-2 on penalties after it finished 2-2 after extra time. Spanish youngster Isco has transferred from Malaga to Real Madrid for a reported £23m and Italian Carlo Ancelotti is named as the new Real Madrid manager. Frenchman Laurent Blanc will replace Ancelotti as Paris St-Germain manager. Argentinian Carlos Tevez has left Manchester City to Juventus for £12m. Chelsea has signed German Andre Schurrle for £18m from Bayern Leverkusen. Liverpool has signed Belgian Simon Mignolet and Spaniard Iago Aspas for a combined £16m.

Rugby Union

The British and Irish Lions won 35-0 against the Melbourne Rebels earlier in the week, but lost 16-15 against Australia. The Lions gave up a 12-9 half time lead, meaning the series score is currently 1-1. The Lions are hopeful that their captain and Welsh flanker Sam Warburton, Welsh centre Jamie Roberts, and prop Alex Corbisiero will be injury-free and available for the final test game against Australia next week.

Cycling

The 100th edition of The Tour De France started on Saturday with a thrilling last 5 kilometres with three of the favourites to win the stage Mark Cavendish, Andre Greipel and Peter Sagan being held up in a crash which lost them valuable time, when coming up to the end there was confusion when The GreenEdge bus got stuck on the finish line, the organisers alerted the team of the finish line that was changed to a kilometre before the end then they changed the finish-line to its original place. Marcel Kittel managed to take the stage win and the yellow jersey for the first time in his career. All riders start the second stage on the same amount of time due to the confusion of the where the finish-line was. – Seb True

Tennis

Photo: Dennis Grombkowski

Photo: Dennis Grombkowski

In Wimbledon, Britain’s Andy Murray and Laura Robson have advanced to the last 16 stage of the men’s and ladies’ tournament respectively. This is the first time this has happened in 15 years. However, Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Swiss Roger Federer made shock early exits from the tournament, whilst seven players including Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pulled out in the second round because of injury. Men’s favourite Novak Djokovic from Serbia and Women’s favourite Serena Williams from the USA are still in the competition.

NFL

Aaron Hernandez has been charged with first-degree murder, in addition to five

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gun-related charges. If convicted, the maximum possible sentence is life in prison without the possibility of parole. Subsequently, the New England Patriots decided to release Hernandez on the day he was arrested. Also, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was voted number one on the ‘Top 100 players in the NFL’ by his peers. QB Peyton Manning from the Denver Broncos was second and WR Calvin Johnson from the Detroit Lions was third.

NHL

On Monday night Chicago Blackhawks won their second Stanley Cup in the last four years. It looked like the Blackhawks would lose the game 1-2 against The Boston Bruins after goals from Chris Kelly (Bos), Jonathan Toews (Chi) and Milan Lucic (Bos). But then a couple of minutes from the end Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland scored

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two late goals that led to Chicago winning the game 3-2 and gave them the 4-2 victory in The Series. – Seb True

F1

Photo: EPA

Nico Rosberg (Ger) has won the British Grand Prix after world champion, Sebastian Vettel (Ger) retired from the race with just 11 laps to go. It is Rosberg’s second race win of the season and has shown to spectators that the Mercedes has finally got race pace. Pirelli also made news after four drivers from four different teams all had a suspected puncture to their left rear tyre. McLaren’s Sergio Perez (Mex), Ferrari’s Felipe Massa (Bra), Toro Rosso’s Jean Eric Vergne (Fra) and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton (GBR) all had to suffer the unanswered punctures. After the announcement of Mark Webber (Aus) leaving the sport at the end of the season, the Australian finished runner up with double world champion, Fernando Alonso (Spa) in third place. Next weekend is the German Grand Prix. – Jamie Davies

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