On the face of it, there isn’t much going on this Sunday. In fact, it’s been a slow weekend for sport. Sure, we saw the start of a new Championship season in the football but, when it comes to truly top class elite sport, British sport isn’t having the best of time of it. Let’s call it a week off.
One thing seems clear, and that’s England have a brilliant chance of retaining the Ashes as Kevin Pietersen’s score of 113, as well as decent turns from Cook and Bell, mean that Australia have even less time to secure the win that’s vital to keeping them in with a shout. Day three tomorrow could be the last day that we see good weather in Manchester, so England’s delaying tactics – while not pretty – may just give us something to shout about.
That’s it, that’s the good news over.
It’s World Championship season and, as badminton’s big showcase prepares to get under way, Barcelona gets ready to bring down the curtain on an exciting World Aquatics Championships. Tomorrow is the final day but it perhaps couldn’t come soon enough for Britain’s hapless swimming team, who are looking likely to return home without a single medal. Not one to bring up Australia again, but it wasn’t long ago that we were mocking them for their poor show in the water.
Gary Hunt is still the only British medallist at the multi-sport event that also includes high diving, synchronised swimming, open water racing and water polo. GB’s swimmers now put their faith in the likes of Hannah Miley and Roberto Pavoni, who take part in Sunday’s heats. Men and women’s relay teams will also be vying for a place in tomorrow’s 4x100m finales.
It’s day two of cycling’s “legacy” event tomorrow in the form of RideLondon and it’s the turn of the elite men’s race, in the form of the Surrey-London Classic. A strong field is expected; Team Sky may still have an excuse to celebrate, following Chris Froome’s triumph in the Tour de France and Bradley Wiggins coming home first in the Tour of Poland’s final time trial, but they’re opting to send a decent team that includes Ben Swift and Joshua Edmondson. Tour rider David Millar rides for Garmin-Sharp and the national team is also represented with brothers Simon and Adam Yates and Owain Doull.
It all seems over for the challengers at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational as Tiger Woods still holds a seven shot lead over the rest of the field. Even so, complete collapses have happened in the past and Chris Wood has done well to maintain his presence at the top of the leaderboard. Luke Donald has also crept into contention, though it would be a fool who reckons that Tiger will relinquish his grip on the trophy. Over at the Reno-Tahoe Open, Russell Knox lies in eighth and has a shout of winning if he continues his rate of improvement.
Huddersfield Giants can return to the top of the Super League table in the likely event that they beat lowly Salford tomorrow. Warrington will also be looking to keep up the pressure but could face a challenge from a Castleford side eager to rub salt into the wound following Widnes Viking’s humiliation on Friday. Wakefield v Bradford is also a derby to look forward to towards the bottom of the table.
Sports in Brief
The World Superbikes Championship takes in its first event since the tragic death of Andrea Antonelli in Moscow. Racing moves on to Silverstone and the British trio of Jonathan Rea, Tom Sykes and Leon Camier will want to forget about the “chaos” of qualifying and look to win the two races on home soil.
Three quarters of the gold medal-winning show jumping team will contest the King George V Gold Cup with only Nick Skelton not present. Ben Maher, Peter Charles and Scott Brash will try and bring the cup home, after it went to Dutch hands in 2012.
Six teams are in action in the latest round of Women’s Super League matches but leaders Liverpool Ladies won’t be one of them. Everton Ladies will be hoping to close the gap between the the top two teams when they welcome Bristol Academy in the top clash of the day.
Tennis – Rogers Cup
Shooting – European Championship Shotgun
Triathlon – Istanbul European Cup
American Football – Premiership North and Premiership South
Baseball – National Baseball League
Eventing – several
World Games update
Tomorrow is the final day of the eclectic World Games, the multi-sport festival in Cali, Colombia that welcomes the disciplines deemed not special enough to gain their place at the Olympics. As its the last day, there’ll naturally be a few medal chances for Great Britain:
Korfball – Great Britain have had a surprisingly dismal Games but a narrow win over Germany today sets up a 5th – 6th place playoff with Russia.
Orienteering – Great Britain’s mixed relay team are set to take part in the final competition amongst a strong field.
Squash – Depending on his match against Simon Rosner of Germany goes tonight, Peter Barker will face an almighty challenge against either world number 3 Gregory Gaultier of France or home favourite Miguel Angel Rodriguez in the final.