Sport shorts: Dettori strikes gold at Royal Ascot, Torres retires, Cech returns to Chelsea
Ten things from the world of sport on Friday 21 June
1. Frankie’s on another level
Italian jockey Frankie Dettori won the first four races on Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot yesterday - a result that “almost brought Britain’s betting industry to its knees for a second time”, The Guardian reports.
Included in Dettori’s four victories was Gold Cup success on Stradivarius, the seventh time he has won the race.
John Gosden, the trainer of Stradivarius, said: “He is a phenomenon. Frankie is like a player who gets to the final of Wimbledon and then raises it to another level. For a kid of 48 he is remarkable. And when he rides here he goes to another level.”
2. Torres retires
Former Chelsea and Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has announced that he will retire from football. Currently playing in Japan for Sagan Tosu, the 35-year-old won the 2010 Fifa World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships with Spain. During his club career he won the Champions League with Chelsea and Europa League with Atletico Madrid.
3. Warner’s top knock
David Warner hit 166 as Australia beat Bangladesh by 48 runs in the Cricket World Cup yesterday at Trent Bridge. Warner has now scored two centuries in the past eight days following his 107 against Pakistan. The win meant that Australia returned to the top of the World Cup standings.
4. Rory hopes for special Open win
Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy is aiming to secure the “most special win” of his career when The Open is held on home soil at Royal Portrush next month. The four-time major winner told the Belfast Telegraph: “There’s nothing that I’d like more than to lift that Claret Jug in front of all my friends and family. Would it be my most special win? One hundred per cent. I haven’t tried to hide that fact. I didn’t know if I’d ever have an opportunity to do that. It’s going to be a massive week for golf, for the country, for me personally, and I have to go out there with a good mindset and not let the occasion get the better of me.”
5. England to face Cameroon in last 16
Ajara Nchout scored twice, including an injury-time winner, as Cameroon beat New Zealand 2-1 to finish third in group E at the Fifa Women’s World Cup. The Indomitable Lionesses will now face England’s Lionesses on Sunday at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes (4.30pm).
Women’s World Cup round of 16 draw
- 22 June: Germany vs. Nigeria (4.30pm; BBC Online); Norway vs. Australia (8pm; BBC Two)
- 23 June: England vs. Cameroon (4.30pm; live on BBC Two); France vs. Brazil (8pm; BBC Online)
- 24 June: Spain vs. US (5pm; BBC Two); Sweden vs. Canada (8pm; BBC Online)
- 25 June: Italy vs. China (5pm; BBC Two); Netherlands vs. Japan (8pm; BBC Online)
6. Golfer disqualified… for running out of balls
Challenge Tour golfer Clement Berardo was disqualified from an event in Spain after running out of balls during the opening round. ESPN says that the 32-year-old Frenchman lost the final ball in his bag on the 16th hole.
7. Cech returns to Chelsea
Chelsea have confirmed that former goalkeeper Petr Cech has been appointed as the club’s new technical and performance advisor. Cech played for Arsenal before hanging up his gloves at the end of the season. Sky Sports reports that the 37-year-old will provide advice on all football and performance matters.
8. Neymar’s next move?
What does the future hold for Brazilian superstar Neymar? The maverick forward has only been with Paris Saint-Germain for two seasons after his world-record £198m move from Barcelona, but according to reports he wants to leave the French champions. Could he return to Barcelona or make a move to their bitter rivals Real Madrid?
9. ‘Maggie snatcher’
Manchester City are set to beat rivals Manchester United to the signing of Leicester centre-back Harry Maguire. The Daily Mirror reports that City boss Pep Guardiola will snatch Maguire away from United in a £65m deal. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on the 26-year-old, but according to the Mirror the Red Devils have failed to meet Leicester’s valuation.
10. Murray’s winning return
After having career-saving hip surgery in January British tennis star Andy Murray celebrated a winning return to the court at Queen’s yesterday. The 32-year-old partnered Spain’s Feliciano Lopez at the Fever-Tree Championships and the duo won their doubles match 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 against Colombian top seeds Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal.