Top 5 moments from the weekend

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Here at Careers in Sport, we take a look back on the top five sporting moments from the weekend. There were lots of key talking points, from the Tuscan Grand Prix to the return of the Premier League! 

Article by William Ledbury (WilliamLedbury)

Number 1: The Return of the Premier League

Football isn’t quite the same as we originally know it, with supporters still unable to attend matches due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but this weekend saw the return of the Premier League. It has only been six weeks since the conclusion of the 2019/20 season, but the players are back on our screens ready for another thrilling campaign. Arsenal kickstarted the return, with a thumping 3-0 victory over London rivals Fulham at Craven Cottage. Alexandre Lacazzete made Premier League history when he became the first man to record the first goal of an English top-flight campaign on two occasions. Other notable scorelines from the weekend included Liverpool 5-4 Leeds and West Brom 0-3 Leicester.

 Number 2: 6 car crash at incident-strewn Tuscan Grand Prix.

Yesterday afternoon saw one of the most dramatic races Formula 1 has seen in years. Six cars were forced to retire before a lap had passed. The first of two red flags at the Tuscan Grand Prix was caused by a massive crash on the start/finish straight that wiped out four cars on the spot – and forced a 25-minute race stoppage while the mess was cleared up. Lewis Hamilton continued to assert his dominance, winning his 90th Grand Prix Victory. It was his sixth win in nine races, increasing his lead to 55 points as we pass the halfway mark. Hamilton is now just one win shy from Schumacher’s all-time record of wins. His partner at Mercedes, Valterri Bottas, came second and Thai-British driver Alex Albon took a maiden podium in third.


Number 3: Dominic Thiem clinches his first grand slam

Austria’s Dominic Thiem won his first grand slam title, after a gritty encounter with Alexander Zverev in the US Open final this weekend. Having lost his last three major finals, it was looking likely that Thiem was set to lose another in agonising fashion. However, his opponent Zverev looked edgy throughout – and Thiem took full advantage. Thiem took his third championship point when Zverev pulled a backhand wide. Thiem is the first player to claim a Grand Slam title from two sets down since Argentine Gaston Gaudio at the French Open in 2004.

Number 4: England beat Australia in thrilling second ODI to level series at 1-1

World Champions England claimed an unbelievable victory this weekend, As Australia crumbled in the second one-day international at Emirates Old Trafford. Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer stunned the Aussies, as they threw away a victory in the ODI series. Chasing 232 to win the series, Australia were cruising at 144-2 – but up stepped Woakes and Archer to induce a collapse of four wickets for three runs in 21 balls. Australia let victory once again slip from their grasp – the second time they had done so on this tour. One thing is for sure – England never knows they are beaten. They always seem to have the ability to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. 

Number 5: Tom Brady loses his opening match with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

After nearly two decades with the New England Patriots, Quarterback Tom Brady and his new side Tampa Bay Buccaneers lose to the Saints on the opening weekend of the NFL season. The match ended 34 – 23, and Brady admitted that his new side didn’t perform the standards required. Last year, the Buccaneers averaged 28.6 points per game while the New England Patriots averaged 26.3 points per game – so this performance was below average in several different ways. Whenever a player joins a new side, there undoubtedly has to be time for them to gel with their new coach and players – especially with there being a lack of pre-season due to the COVID-19 pandemic! Maybe we should abandon the Brady to Buccs hype for now at least, and see where the two are at in a few matches time.