It was a week of 2018 World Cup qualifiers and was loaded with incidents. We also heard a bolt out of the blues news.
Eagles outfox the Foxes in Uyo
Nigeria’s national football team, the Super Eagles, took a massive step towards qualifying for the 2018 World Cup by beating Algeria 3-1 in Uyo. Victor Moses scored two goals, sandwiched by one from Mikel Obi. The step was massive considering that Zambia went to Cameroon to hold the Indomitable Lions to a 1-1 result. Nigeria thus leads group D with six points, four from Cameroon, in second place with two points. The next match for the Eagles is against the Lions in August 2017.
Curry sets NBA 3-pointer record
Stephen Curry has set an NBA record by scoring 13 3-pointers in one game. He achieved this against New Orleans Pelicans, the Golden State Warriors triumphed 116-106. Curry finished with 46 points, just three days after his league-record streak of 157 games with at least one 3-pointer was snapped when he went 0 for 10 on 3-point tries in a 117-97 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Ireland ended 111-year loss record to New Zealand
Ireland ended an 111-year hoodoo against New Zealand’s All Blacks in Chicago. The Irish were outstanding as they inflicted a five-try hammering to end an 18-match unbeaten run for Steve Hansen’s side. Though Ireland had to defend gallantly for the last quarter of the match, Robbie Henshaw sealed the history-making win with a try with less than four minutes of the clock to make it a 40-29 win.
Hamilton pushes championship to final race
Lewis Hamilton ensured with his first Brazil Grand Prix win that Nico Rosberg will not be crowned world champion until after the last race of the season – that comes up in Dubai in two weeks. In a rain-soaked race that took over three hours to complete, Hamilton raced perfectly and his win could have meant more if Red Bull had not thrown away second place to a chasing Rosberg. Hamilton would now be praying that his Mercedes teammate does not end on the podium in Abu Dhabi.
Czech Republic made it 3 in a row
The Czech Republic were crowned Fed Cup champions for the third consecutive time with an enthralling 3-2 victory over France in Strasbourg.
France had rallied for a 1-1 score in the best-of-five tie, as France’s world number 23 Caroline Garcia beat world number six Karolina Pliskova 6-3 3-6 6-3. But the Czechs confirmed their victory when the doubles pairing of Pliskova and Strycova beat Garcia and Kiki Mladenovic 7-5 7-5 to wrap up the Czechs’ fifth title in six years.
Bolt to train at Dortmund
This was surely a bolt from the blue. Borussia Dortmund CEO, Hans-Joachim Watzke revealed that triple world champion, Usain Bolt, will train with the German club as the Jamaican seeks to develop a second career as a footballer. “We decided this some time ago. Puma CEO Bjorn Gulden who is member of our board has told us that Usain [Bolt] is highly interested in practising with us. For us, that’s no problem. Our coach Thomas Tuchel likes the idea as well.” At least running is a big part of football…
A really absurd red card for Dzeko
In what must have looked really funny to many, who did not know that this incident occurred during a very serious 2018 World Cup qualifier – this was the stuff of World’s best gags. Bosnia’s Edin Dzeko was shown a red card for pulling down the pants of Greece defender, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, but afterward, the Roma striker actually said he was surprised to have been sent off. “I got a red card for no reason, I don’t know why. The referee says I started the whole thing, but I was the only one ending on the floor, so how could I have started it?” The only explanation is that he was sleepwalking during the incident!
Enjoy the hilarious exchange here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vy5343Wj2g
Don’t sleepwalk through the week – make sure that your actions and intents are spot on.