The Euros, tumbling track records and a skydiving pitch invasion
1) You may have been made aware that Euro 2020 kicks off on Friday, so get yourself in the mood with this run-through of each of the competition’s finals. This year’s tournament starts in Rome with Turkey v Italy – who met in the second game of Euro 2000, Italy winning 2-1. England, meanwhile, meet Croatia on Sunday, and the teams have all sorts of previous. Putting aside that World Cup semi-final, at Euro 2004 Croatia were on the receiving end of the fullest early flowering of Wayne Rooney, but had their revenge in denying Steve McClaren’s umbrella a presence at Euro 2008. Then on Monday, Scotland play their first tournament match for 23 years and their first at the Euros since they were eliminated from Euro 96 on goal difference, despite a fine win over Switzerland. Their opponents are the Czech Republic, who they beat twice in the Nations League just last year. This weekend also features a tournament debut for Finland, so here’s a little piece about their journey.
2) Never a booking for me, Clive. A skydiver lands on the pitch at a fifth-tier game in Poland and gets shown a yellow card for his troubles.
3) Some college baseball heroics, as Tennessee Volunteers’ Drew Gilbert’s walkoff grand slam seals victory over Wright State Raiders in the 2021 NCAAregionals. The celebrations are not restrained.
4) World records have been tumbling left, right and centre in athletics as the debate over super spikes keeps rumbling. So here’s a video recap: Sifan Hasan smashed the women’s 10,000m record in Hengelo last Sunday, a mark that stood until when Letesenbet Gidey eclipsed it in 29min 01.03sec just two days later. Given that Junxia Wang’s 1993 world record stood for 23 years, it’s a measure of how the game’s changed. And there’s also been progress in sprinting – here’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce becoming the fastest woman alive, running a 10.63s 100m in Kingston last week.
5) “Where did gravity go?” Conor McGlynn scores from well inside his own half for Hartford Athletic against New York Red Bulls II in the USL.
6) And this is really worth a watch: the Harlequins and England prop Joe Marler talks about his mental health struggles and coping strategies in this documentary, Big Boys Don’t Cry.