This week’s roundup also features casual lacrosse goalkeeping, how to deal with a high-speed crash and a threatening parasol at the Tour de France
1) The Open is back at Royal Birkdale for the first time in nine years. Some of the greats of golf have conquered Birkdale, which first hosted it in 1954, including Arnold Palmer in 1961, Lee Trevino in 1971 (the 100th Open), Seve Ballesteros in 1976 and Tom Watson in 1983. The last time it was held at the Merseyside course, Padraig Harrington won to retain the Claret Jug; here are 10 of the best from the 2008 Open, featuring Harrington’s stunning five-wood approach to the 17th that sealed his victory ahead of Ian Poulter. And here’s a nice tour of the course courtesy of the head pro at Birkdale, Brian Hodgkinson.
2) Here’s a lovely series of interviews behind the scenes in the New Zealand dressing room following their series draw with the British & Irish Lions, which captures some of the camaraderie and spirit within the squad and what it means to be an All Black. For something with more of a Hollywood blockbuster feel, check out the Lions’ version looking back after a barnstormer of a final Test.
3) It is the British Grand Prix this weekend but sadly the event may not be around at Silverstone for much longer, so let’s take a moment to savour some highlights: five of the best overtakes at the circuit; Lewis Hamilton’s 2008 win in the wet; and for a bit of 90s old school you can’t beat this opening lap by Jean Alesi on board his Ferrari in 1995. If some in-depth Formula One analysis is your thing then here’s a corner-by-corner breakdown from up above, and while it’s not Silverstone, any talk of the British Grand Prix is excuse enough to dig out Ayrton Senna’s greatest lap when he tore around Donnington in 1993.
4) It is the start of Women’s Euro 2017 too, with 16 teams vying for continental supremacy. Here’s Uefa’s preview of the tournament which will be hosted by the Netherlands, where all eyes will be on Germany who have won the tournament in its various guises on each of the past six occasions. Here are some of the highlights from the 2013 competition, a tournament thatalso featured a rousing and surprisingly catchy official song by Swedish heartthrob Eric Saade: you’ve been warned.
5) Finding bull from the traditional 7ft 9.25in is tricky enough but how about 45 metres? With a little helping hand from gravity and no end of perseverance, these chaps prove it can be done.
1) An awkward moment from Major League Lacrosse. Here’s zoned-out Atlanta Blaze keeper Adam Ghitelman having a drink, minding his own business, then noticing the ball has just flown past him into his net. He’s not happy.
2) How to handle a high-speed motor sport collision? Take your hands off the steering wheel to avoid being injured by the jolting, then wait it out. Here’s Gary Paffett’s crash, and how he dealt with it via on-board footage.
3) Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia needed his best school playground British Bulldog skills to get from first base to home.
4) After you! No, after you! No, really, you have a go, we’ll watch.
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