Max parties until dawn
After a grueling season and an agonizing wait to be confirmed as Formula 1 champion, Max Verstappen was in a rush to finally get the party started. Leaving him turned out to be more difficult. The sun was already rising over Abu Dhabi when Verstappen left the celebrations around 7 a.m. “All emotions come out of it,” the teary-eyed Dutchman said on a video call on Monday. “So it was a lot of fun. Of course when I woke up it wasn’t that fun. I may have regretted that last drink.
AS Roma stops its mini-doldrums
AS Roma ended their recent worrying Serie A formative spell on Monday by beating struggling Spezia 2-0. Corner goals from Chris Smalling and Roger Ibanez put coach Jose Mourinho’s side back on track after the loss in Bologna and a home blow to the champions Inter last weekend. Roma are sixth with 28 points, two points behind ACF Fiorentina, who hold the UEFA Europa League qualifying spot, and tied with Juventus in seventh after a draw in Venice on Saturday. However, they are far from their real goal of reaching the UEFA Champions League as they are eight points behind fourth-placed Napoli and, lacking some key players, failed to convince at Stadio Olimpico in Rome. “I was happy with the goals because we spent 25 minutes working on the corners yesterday,” Mourinho told Sky Sport Italia. “I’m also happy with the result but I didn’t like the way we played … even when we had a two-goal lead, I didn’t feel the game was over.”
Paris breaking with tradition
The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Paris, July 26, 2024, will take place on the Seine, organizers announced on Monday, breaking the long-standing tradition of the Summer Games of a procession of athletes and official. More than 160 boats filled with athletes and officials from more than 200 countries will sail nearly 6 km between the Austerlitz and Jena bridges in the center of Paris, with the closing ceremony to be held at the Trocadéro, an expanse of gardens and fountains that overlook the Eiffel Tower. “Today is a defining moment,” said Tony Estanguet, triple Olympic gold medalist in C1 canoe and president of the Paris 2024 organizing committee. “There are a lot of emotions, a lot of enthusiasm. The opening ceremony is by far the most important of the scorers. Paris 2024 organizers are expecting 600,000 people for what they call the biggest Olympic ceremony ever.
Pakistan breaks T20 record
Pakistan became the first men’s team to win 18 Twenty20 internationals in a calendar year, beating the West Indies by 63 points in the first game of their three-game series on Monday. Mohammad Rizwan (78) and Haider Ali (68) put in a dominant batting performance as Pakistan set tourists a goal of 201 in Karachi. Bowlers finished the job for the home team after Mohammad Wasim picked up four wickets and Shadab Khan took three as the West Indies were knocked out for 137. Pakistan’s 18th T20 win was an improvement on their record of 17 victories in 2018.
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