Alonso wins at Silverstone,Usain Bolts home and England’s women in a spot of bother!

F1 –Sunday’s F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone was won by Spain’s Fernando Alonso. Championship leader (by 80 points right now) Sebastian Vettel was second (after a crew error in the pits), with Mark Webber third and Lewis Hamilton fourth.

GOLF – Luke Donald won the Scottish Open at rainy Castle Stuart, but Colin Montgomery, despite carding a 10 under-par, failed to qualify for the British Open for the first time since 1989. “I’m gutted” said Europe’s Ryder Cup captain.

The winner of Scotland’s event has never gone on to win the British Open which starts at Royal St George’s, Sandwich today.

FOOTBALL – England’s women, like their male counterparts, lost a penalty shoot-out last Saturday to France in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Germany where the hosts suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Japan whom England beat 2-0 in group B.

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has signed virtually a ‘new’ team! He’s recruited 10 players since May including Wes Brown and John O’Shea from Manchester United and David Vaughan from Blackpool. And I expect Fabregas, Nasri, Bendtner and Almunia to leave Arsenal this month!

Zinedine Zindane is now Director of Football at Real Madrid. Drat, I had hoped to sign him for Union Mojacar!

CYCLING – Thor Hushovd still leads the Tour De France but Britain’s Bradley Wiggins is out after breaking his elbow in a pile-up in last Friday’s stage which was won by Mark Cavendish, the 17th victory of his career. Brits David Murray and Geraint Thomas are looking good in the arduous race which ends at the Champs-Elysées in Paris on 24 July.

ATHLETICS – Jamaican Usain Bolt, despite a bout of ‘flu, clocked 20.03 seconds to win the 200m from Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre in Paris last week. At the same meeting, Chris Tomlinson set a new British record of 8.35m for the long jump.

On Sunday, four Brits, Jenny Meadows (400m), Phillips Idowu (triple-jump), Dai Greene (400m hurdles) and Mo Farah (5,000m), all won ‘gold’ in Birmingham.

CRICKET – England’s women have retained top spot in the world by beating Australia in a triangular tournament; Durham, Lancashire and Warwickshire are 1-2-3 in the County Championship and Alastair Cook led England to a 3-2 ODI series win over Sri Lanka following a 16-run victory in the fifth and final game at Old Trafford.

TENNIS – Andy Murray was in tears after helping GB beat Luxemburg in a Davis Cup-tie in his home country, Scotland. GB now play Hungary in a promotion decider in mid-September

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