From Indy 500 To Giro d’Italia, Here Are Five Sport Stories You Might Have Missed

It's been a busy weekend in the world of sport
11:23, 31 May 2021

It’s been a busy weekend in the sporting world and whilst most of the talk might have been around Chelsea’s Champions League final victory over Manchester City or Naomi Osaka’s continued battle with the tennis authorities at the French Open, there were plenty of other stories that went under the radar. 

From the Indy 500 to the Giro d’Italia, here are five sports stories you might have missed this weekend...

Helio Castroneves Shows The Old Guys Have Still Got It At Indy 500

Helio Castroneves became the fourth driver to win the Indy 500 for the fourth time with victory in Sunday's 105th instalment of the iconic race.

The 45-year-old Brazilian, who also won in 2001, 2002 and 2009, took the lead from Alex Palou for the final time with two laps to go and joins Rick Mears, A.J. Foyt and Al Unser as a four-time winner.

"I still got it, don't you think?" said Castroneves. "Tom Brady won the Super Bowl. Phil Mickelson won the PGA. The old guys still got it.

"We're still kicking the young guys' butt. We'll teach them a lesson. We've still got it."

The race was held in front of a crowd of 135,000 - the world's largest sporting event since the start of the pandemic.

 

Egan Bernal Wins Giro d’Italia

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Egan Bernal sealed overall victory in the Giro d’Italia as his Ineos Grenadiers team-mate Filippo Ganna won the closing time trial in Milan, whilst Britain’s Simon Yates claimed a podium finish.

The Colombian finished with a safe ride in the final time trial, a 30.3-km effort around Milan, to beat Italy’s Damiano Caruso by one minute 29 seconds, based on provisional results.

The 24-year-old, whose 2020 season was hampered by back problems after he won the 2019 Tour de France, said, “I was just focused on my effort, thinking I can’t do a mistake, I don’t want to lose the Giro in one corner.

“I was starting to push in the parts where I could push but in the corners I don’t take any risks. I think it was the first time trial I enjoyed. I always suffer in the time trials but today was a special one.

“There were a lot of Colombian flags and all the people cheering for me when I arrived and I realised I had won it was an incredible feeling. I cannot describe what I’m feeing inside of me.”

Lancashire Triumph In Thrilling Roses Match

Lancashire secured their first County Championship win over Yorkshire at Old Trafford for 21 years in an absolute thriller. 

Yorkshire fought hard to secure a draw but victory was secured inside the last 30 minutes when they were bowled out for 271 in their second innings to give Lancashire victory by an innings and 79 runs.

Lancashire fast bowler Saqib Mahmood, who led the way with five wickets, told BBC Radio Lancashire, "Possibly the best feeling I've had on a cricket field. My throat's gone after the end there.

"We said at tea that we've been in that sort of position twice already this season and we had to just keep grafting hard for wickets right to the end.

"Having the crowd back in definitely helped us. I was really tired going into that last spell and then suddenly, you pick up a wicket and the crowd picks you up and you don't feel tired any more.

"It was a great team effort. Everyone stuck to their roles and contributed throughout the four days. To take five wickets in a Roses match makes it even more special."

 

Kyrie Irving Calls Out Fan Treatment After Bottle Thrown In NBA Play-Offs

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A fan was arrested during Brooklyn Nets’ 141-126 win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday after throwing a bottle at Kyrie Irving, prompting the guard to say that supporters are treating players “like they’re in a human zoo”

The bottle narrowly missed Irving as he left the court following the victory and he believes the sport is now “at a crossroads” after five spectators were given indefinite bans after separate incidents last week. Washington Wizards point guard Russell Westbrook had to be restrained by security after a fan poured popcorn over him.

"It's been that way for entertainment for a long time with underlying racism and just treating people like they are in a human zoo," Irving added.

Irving scored 39 points as the Nets took a 3-1 play-off series lead with the win over the Celtics.

Rosberg X Racing Make It Two From Two In Extreme-E

Rosberg X Racing made it two wins from two in the new Extreme E season after snatching victory in the Ocean X Prix in Senegal this weekend, surviving a clash in the final with X44, Lewis Hamilton’s team.

RXR drivers Johan Kristofferson and Molly Taylor continued to set the pace in Extreme E after claiming in the series opener in Saudi Arabia in April, but they had to dig deep to secure victory in Dakar. Taylor was in the car for the first lap of the final, and found herself wheel-to-wheel with Christina Gutierrez in the X44 car that had set the pace in qualifying. The two cars touched and ultimately sent Gutiérrez off the track into a dune, ruling the team out of the race with suspension damage.

Next up on the Extreme E calendar, the teams head to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland between August 28-29.

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