Ashes in action, Wimbledon wrapped-up, plus lots of other great stories this week. Please feel free to share and spread the word.
So England beat Australia in the first Test. Geoffrey Boycott didn’t see it coming. Nobody saw it coming, did they? Well, apart from Andy Bull (read the past 2 pars), Jonathan Agnew, Michael Clarke… So what do Australia do now? Ditch the oldies. But don’t feel sorry for Shane Watson.
Meanwhile, Pakistan have just completed one of the greatest run chases in cricket history to secure victory in the third Test with Sri Lanka. So are Test run chases getting easier?
The best post-slam summary is always Jon Wertheim’s 50 things. Here’s what you need to know about Wimbledon 2015.
Did you know Andy Murray is a tennis nerd?
Big upsets in tennis are on the wane — unless you’re Rafael Nadal (via me in the FT)
Transfer time. Arguably more fun than the actual game itself.
I have this idea that a Manchester United suit sat down at the European players database that I assume they have, typed in “midfield”, “<£30m”, “IS NOT English” and “Sch*” and two players came up. Unable to decide, they bought both.
If Angel di Maria goes to Paris, what does that say about the Premier League?
Back in time: the bizarre tragedy of Zaire’s World Cup debut.
Safe to assume Messi’s grandpa isn’t one for hugs when you graze your knee.
Finally, a brilliant quote from a player who changed the game: “I hate to lose a ball more than missing a goal”
He may have done good things for golf, but is it really so hard to say that Donald Trump is a bigoted fool? Apparently it is.
CYCLING – TOUR DE FRANCE
Remember baseball’s recent hacking story? Here’s one from the Tour de France, as Sky say Froome’s data was stolen. Is this going to be a new theme?
This is a wonderfully written portrait of Carl Froch’s career, who retired this week.
Where are all the female Grandmasters?
ADD THEM TOGETHER
Fancy trying out chessboxing? It doesn’t sound such fun after all.
You have to watch John Oliver on stadiums. You really do. Allow 15 mins, but it’s worth every second.
You would have thought it might be easier than this to build soccer stadiums in the US.
What Finland can teach America about baseball.
DeAndre Jordan and how the craziest day in NBA history unfolded.
Basketball careers are going on and on, thanks to data.
Tyson Gay: drugs cheat? He says not. Feel free to disagree.
You learn something new: I didn’t know F1 teams staged dummy pitstops to fool other teams. But now I do, I really hope they don’t ban it.
The new fastest way to swim sounds tough and not that sociable.
That’s it – see you next Tuesday.