In what was an exciting race, Jenson Button steered clear of trouble to win his first World Championship, securing the Constructors title along with Rubens Barichello for Brawn Mercedes by finishing in fifth place. The start of the race provided many incidents, with Trulli, Sutil and Alonso being involved in an accident which took all three out of the race, prompting the release of the safety car. In another incident on the same lap, Raikonnen was forced to pit for a damaged front wing. At that time, Kovalainen who also pitted, was released with the fuel hose still attached to the car, spilling fuel a into Raikonnen’s path and causing a short inferno which thankfully caused no damage. These incidents compromised Raikonnen’s good start, the Finnish driver finally finishing in sixth place.
Polesitter Barichello, who stayed out of trouble and led the race initially could not equal the overall pace of race winner Mark Webber and second placed Robert Kubica, a late puncture further adding to his misery in his run to eighth place, too far behind to maintain his title challenge to Button. Vettel, who also had a mathematical chance of the World Championship, could not fight for victory or the championship after starting the race from fifteenth place. He finished in fourth. Lewis Hamilton produced a great run to the final podium position after starting in seventeenth place. His team McLaren were adamant that, had he started higher in the grid, he would have fought for the victory.
In a season with many new regulations, Brawn Mercedes, by being more prepared than all the other teams and starting the season so well have won both the Drivers and the Constructors championship with a race to spare. By the time teams such as Red Bull and Mclaren (with Ferrari giving up their 2009 challenge at an early stage to focus on 2010) had caught up in terms of pace, they were simply too far behind. While the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi will be a free for all as drivers look to end the season on a high, the similar regulations next year will allow all teams to be better prepared as teams now focus for the 2010 Formula One World Championship.
All hail Barca, the 2009 European Champions. Barcelona beat (comfortably!) the Red Devils with 2-0. Eto’o gave the opener while Messi sealed the title with a sweet header after a fantastic cross by Xavi.
Man Utd were never allowed to play their own game as Barca fully dominated the field with quick and accurate passing game, disorienting Sir Alex Ferguson’s team. With Ronaldo and Rooney out of their waters, United had no guns to fire and never posed a real threat to Victor Valdes.
Barcelona are the deserved Europeans Champions. They have been playing tremendous football in all competitions without any major slumps in their performance offering a hell of a spectacle most of the times. Lots of credits to Pep Guardiola, a man who won the treble on his first year as a manager of team playing in high level.
I think that Man Utd’s real weakness was its midfield something that Sir Alex should ponder on. May be Ribery or someone else could add some pace and imagination to United’s game next season.
On the second series in the Eastern Conference Finals of NBA, Orlando Magic where just a second away from making the 2-0 and getting really close to the final as they give the next two games at home. Turkoglu scored a jump shot 3 seconds before the end and everyone thought the game was over. One second was left on the tick and the ball was out-of -bounds. This is when LeBron found some space with a quick manoeuvre and jumped instantly for the 3-pointer to equalize for the Cleveland Cavaliers to 1-1. Take a look at James’s buzzer beater..
Jenson Button with his cars is simply unstoppable. The Brawn GP driver won the Barcelona GP – first GP in Europe this season – and reached four wins in five races! Team-mate Rubens Barrichello finished second followed by Red Bull’s Mark Webber, with Sebastian Vettel coming forth.
The Ferraris and McLarens dissapointed their fans once again failing to put up a confident performance. F1 Champion, Lewis Hamilton, finished 9th, just outside the points, while Felipe Massa ended the race on 6th after a fuel-saving strategy on the last laps.
It just doesn’t seem possible now that Ferrari and McLaren can do something to get back on the game. Brawn and Red Bull have both found a momentum that has ‘fortified’ them on the top places.
Lewis Hamilton said after the race: “what can I say, what can I do, I drove my heart out as I always do and that car is just not good – I just had no grip,” [..]For sure at the moment, I don’t have a car to win the championship. [..]Everyone is wondering what’s going on, but the car is that bad. I am driving the socks off it but… There’s just no hope.” (!!!)
Chelsea had the ticket to Rome until the last minute but Iniesta hadn’t said his last word. It was the last five minutes when Barca, although with ten on the field due to Abidal’s red card, were exerting tremendous pressure on Chelsea’s defence. It was until the 92nd minute when Iniesta fired the shot beating the excellent Petr Cech.
Although I am a Chelsea fan, I still feel the need to say that (objectively) speaking, the referee did affect the result and hence the who goes to Rome outcome. There were plenty of controversial decisions, including Abidal’s red card, but it’s quite obvious here that on the 2nd leg Chelsea got ripped off..
What I am glad for we are going to enjoy CL final between the two best teams of the season, two teams who enjoy playing attacking and aggressive football. Let’s hope at least the the referee will not interfere on the final’s outcome as much as he did on this one.
In an tremendous final where the climax came in the end, the “Greens” came out winners and claimed their 5th Euroleague trophy beating CSKA Moscow 73-71. Panathinaikos started the game psyched and unstoppable going on half time with a 20 points lead (48-28).
The Russians however, came stronger on the second half playing passionate and effective defence. The score difference went to as close as two points in the 4th quarter but Panathinaikos were composed enough to defend well in the last chance and be the ones to drink Champagne from the Trophy!
Barcelona gave a harsh lesson to Los Merengues after they demolished them 6-2 at Santiago Bernabeu. With an exceptional passing game, absolute ball possession and clinical finishings, Barca managed to embarrass Real in front of their own crowd and secure the Primera Division title.
Although Higuain gave Real the opener, no one saw the storm coming. Xavi and Iniesta were doing anything they wanted in the midfield while Henry, Messi and Eto’o were switching positions all the time disorienting Real’s defence.
This is the best Barcelona we’ve ever seen in its recent history. The spectacular and productive football they generate is beyond measure. Real has a lot of work to do to catch up with this role model team and I think it will take more than landing Cristiano Ronaldo in Madrid this summer.
In one of the best semi-finals in the recent final 4 basketball history, Panathinaikos and Olympiacos offered a hell of a spectacle in an encounter that proved to be an epic clash. The ‘Greens’ managed to beat the ‘Reds’ 84-82 with Jasikevicius and Batist bringing their A-Game to the court.
Panathinaikos – who make it back to the Euroleague Final after two years – will play for their fifth Euroleague title against CSKA Moscow who beat Barcelona in the first semi final. There are absolutely no favourites for this game as the two finalists have been dominating the elite of the basketball community for the past years and both of them are in top shape.
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