Sport News Summary:June 2012

ATHLETICS

Mo Farah retains his 5000m title , Rhys Williams the 400m hurdles and Robbie Grabarz wins the High Jump at the European Championships in Helsinki. Britain  and many other countries send weakened teams to the event which is being held only a month before the Olympics.

BASKETBALL

Lebron James finally wins an NBA title as the Miami Heat win the championship against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

CRICKET

The third test between England and the West Indies at Edgbaston is drawn giving England a 2-o series victory. The first two days of the match are totally washed out. Tino Best makes the highest score ever by a test number 11 when scoring 95.

England win the one day series with the West Indies 2-0 and also win the 20-20 game.

CYCLING

Bradley Wiggins continues his excellent start to the season with a victory in the Critérium du Dauphiné Stage race.

Mark Cavendish wins the Ster ZLM Toer. His first stage race General Classification win.

FOOTBALL

England’s women beat Holland 1-0 at Salford in a qualifying match for Euro 2013 through Rachel Yankey’s quickly taken free-kick.

GOLF

Webb Simpson wins the US Open after a good final round sees him overhaul several players.  Graeme McDowell finishes tied for second.

HORSE RACING
Was wins the Oaks at Epsom for Aidan O’Brien.

The odds-on favourite Camelot wins the Derby comfortably by five lengths. It gives trainer Aidan O’Brien his fourth English Classic out of four for the season. His son Joseph is the jockey making them the first father/son team to win the race. O’Brien’s horse St.Nicholas Abbey retains the Coronation Cup.

I’ll Have Another is withdrawn a day before the Belmont Stakes so is unable to attempt to win the Triple Crown after taking the first two legs.

At Royal Ascot Frankel gives one of the finest displays ever seen by a racehorse when winning the opening race of the meeting by eleven lengths.  Australian wonder horse Black Caviar wins her 22nd consecutive race with a very narrow victory at Ascot after her jockey eases up too much. Frankie Dettori shows he can still ride well in big races on board Colour Vision who wins the Ascot Gold Cup.

ICE HOCKEY

The Los Angeles Kings win their first Stanley Cup with a victory over the New Jersey Devils. The Kings only made the play-offs as the eighth and bottom seeds in the Western conference.

MOTOR CYCLING

Jorge Lorenzo extends his lead in the Moto GP standings by winning the British GP at Silverstone. Cal Crutchlow finishes sixth after starting at the back of the grid following a crash in practice where he sprains an ankle.

At the Dutch GP Lorenzo is taken out by another rider at the first corner leaving Casey Stoner to win.

MOTOR RACING

Lewis Hamilton wins the Canadian Grand Prix, the seventh different winner in the first seven races of the F1 season.

Anthony Davidson breaks his back in a crash in the Le Mans 24 hour race. The race is won by Fassler,Lotterer and Treluyer who retain the title.

Fernando Alonso becomes the first driver to win two F1 races this season after an eventful European Grand Prix in Valencia. Vettel dominates the early stages but on the restart after a safety car intervention his car stops. Alonso makes his way through the field with an impressive drive to take advantage.  Lewis Hamilton tangles with Maldonado on the penultimate lap when pushing for a podium place with both men failing to finish. This enables Michael Schumacher to finish third to be the oldest man on the podium since Jack Brabham in 1970.

ROWING

Britain win three golds at the final World Cup regatta in Munich. The women’s pair and double sculls and the men’s lightweight four all win but the men’s  flagship boat the heavyweight four lose to Australia twice in two days.

RUGBY UNION

Scotland score a shock win over Australia in the first Test of their tour and also beat Fiji and Samoa.

England lose the first two tests of their tour to South Africa but salvage a draw in the final match.

Wales lose all three tests in Australia, the second 25-23 to a last minute penalty.

Ireland lose 22-19 in New Zealand to a final minute drop goal but are thrashed 60-0 in the final Test.

TENNIS

The French Open at Roland Garros. Serena Williams loses for the first time ever in the opening round of a Grand Slam when losing an marathon match with France’s Virginie Razzano. Number One seed Viktoria Azarenka loses in the 4th round to Dominika Cibulkova and defending champion Li Na also exits in the 4th round. Heather Watson is the only British woman to make the second round.

The men’s tournament goes to script with the Big Three all making the semis,although Djokovic and Federer have to come from behind to win in five sets in their quarter-finals. Andy Murray suffers from back problems early in the tournament but makes the quarter-finals where he loses to David Ferrer.

Maria Sharapova wins the French Open to complete her set of all the Grand Slam titles with a straight set win over surprise finalist Sara Errani of Italy. Errani shocked Sam Stosur in the semi while Sharapova beat Petra Kvitova.

The men’s semi-finals see Rafael Nadal continue his smooth passage to the final with an easy win over Ferrer and Djokovic winning surprisingly easily in straight sets over Federer.

In the mens final Rafael Nadal takes the first two sets against Djokovic. The weather closes in but play continues and Djokovic wins eight games in a row to take the third set. Play is suspended and resumes on the Monday with Nadal a break down in the fourth. He breaks back and wins the set to claim a record seventh French Open title.

At Queen’s Andy Murray loses in his first match. The final ends when David Nalbandian is defaulted when a set up against Marin Cilic. He injures a line judge when kicking at an advertising board and is automatically disqualified.

TRIATHLON

Alistair Brownlee returns from injury to defeat his brother Johnny in the World Series event in Kitzbuhl. They finish first and second.

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