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Russia’s Daniil Medvedev beats Dominic Thiem at the ATP Finals. Sei Young Kim continues her LPGA hot streak.
Dustin Johnson wins golf’s US Masters with a record-breaking performance, Tyson Fury delays his return to the ring.
Golf stars assemble for a very unusual Masters Tournament at Augusta National.
"Mercedes wrap up the Formula 1 constructors championship, as Novak Djokovic does the bare minimum; Barcelona’s struggles in La Liga continue, as Gareth Bale steps up to the Premier League plate; England clinches the Six Nations; Usyk calls out Joshua; and the Nico Rosberg-Lewis Hamilton rivalry resumes in new Extreme E competition. This is Sport Confidential.”
Khabib Nurmagomedov is hailed the GOAT, as he heads into retirement a winner, Lewis Hamilton is well on his way too.
Liverpool’s Premier League defence copped a huge blow in a savage Merseyside Derby at the weekend, as Virgil van Dijk suffers a horrific knee injury; Zlatan Ibrahimovic leads AC Milan to derby victory over city rivals Inter; New Zealand one-ups Australia in the Bledisloe Cup; the LA Dodgers qualify for the World Series, and we look at the LeBron/MJ GOAT debate. This is Sport Confidential
Rafael Nadal joins Roger Federer on 20 grand-slam titles with his 13th French Open crown, as Iga Swiatek takes the women’s singles title; LeBron James clinches a fourth NBA title; Lewis Hamilton equals Michael Schumacher’s Formula 1 wins record; and Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappé face off in the UEFA Nations League. This is Sport Confidential.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause disruptions in world sport, but competition hasn’t completely ground to a halt. The French Open enters its second week in Paris, as the NBA Playoffs heat up. The summer transfer window closes in Europe; Liverpool gets smashed; a ferocious filly wins the Preakness Stakes, and the Prancing Horse looks to its youth. This is Sport Confidential.
The French Open gets underway in chilly Parisian conditions; Lewis Hamilton is denied another F1 record; double Dutch at the UCI world championships; Manchester City stumbles in the Premier League while the rest of the league bickers over handball; the Tokyo Olympics remain a chance to be held in 2021; and LeBron James readies himself for another NBA championship tilt. This is Sport Confidential.
Bryson DeChambeau overpowers Winged Foot at the US Open, earning his first major championship, as a young Slovenian wins the Tour de France. Novak Djokovic breaks records at the Italian Open, and so do a couple of Spurs stars as Tottenham wins big without Gareth Bale. LeBron James is frustrated despite his Lakers’ success, and things are heating up in the NHL and MLB. This is Sport Confidential.
The US Open shows that sport can operate in a Covid-19 bubble but the nation has other issues to address like the shameful boos at the NFL moment of unity to start the season. Lewis Hamilton wins a chaotic Tuscan Grand Prix on Ferrari home soil, Mirim Lee takes a dip into Poppy’s Pond as golf’s latest major winner and football is back in the England. This is Sport Confidential.
Sport’s stand against injustice wins worldwide approval, Novak Djokovic’s bid to improve the lot of men’s tennis, not so much. Lionel Messi and Barcelona’s 700 million Euro stoush has also aggrieved fans. On the field, Lyon’s women’s team shines in Champions League, Jon Rahm and Dustin Johnson putt the lights out and the Tour De France begins. This is Sport Confidential.
Serena loses to a player outside the top 100, a world number 318 wins on the US PGA Tour and an Olympian says a gold medal ruined his life. But In a year of unforeseen circumstances, one thing was entirely predictable. Barcelona sacking its coach after a six goal defeat. This is Sport Confidential.
After months of virus misery, sport was ready for something different. Like the smiling new face of golf, a driver not with Mercedes winning an F1 race and an old player suddenly becoming a young coach of the future. This is Sport Confidential.
As sport tries to return to normal competition the second wave of COVID-19 wreaks havoc.