1) Roma legend Francesco Totti finally confirmed his retirement this week at the age of 40 and after 600 appearances for the Serie A club. Here’s a look back at the 24 years between his first and last games for Roma. While you can feast on his best goals here. He did it for Italy on plenty of occasions, too, notably at Euro 2000 and in moments at the triumphant 2006 World Cup. He also featured in his share of naff adverts as well, mind.
2) The first grand tour of the cycling season, the Giro d’Italia, gets under way this weekend and there are plenty of big names hoping to be crowned the winner in Milan on 28 May. The Giro has an impressive hall of fame featuring five-times winner of the event Eddy Merckx, Alberto Contador – who triumphed in 2008 and 2015 – the 2013 and 2016 winner Vincenzo Nibali, and Ireland’s Stephen Roche, who triumphed in 1987, falling out with his team spectacularly en route to the triple crown.
3) The news that all pre-2005 world and European athletics records are to be erased has stunned those who set legitimate bests back in the day. So here’s a chance to relive some: Colin Jackson storms through to set the 110m hurdles world record in Stuttgart in 1993, the jumping Geordie Jonathan Edwards sets two world triple jump records in a row two years later in Gothenburg, a collection of Hicham El Guerrouj’s bests in the 1500m, mile and 2,000m and Paula Radcliffe’s marathon effort of 2003. The great Kenenisa Bekele’s 2004 5,000m world record run also misses the 2005 cut-off after this week’s decision.
4) Continuing the goalscoring goalkeepers theme of last week’s blog, how about this from Oscar Pérez? It’s a towering header all right but what it makes it so good – and so rare – is the fact that he’s 44 and scores the goal in the 93rd minute against the club from whom he is on loan where he is still held up as a legend by fans. Does he refuse to celebrate? Course not. He explodes like a firework. Brilliant. Also spilling over in stoppage time: the Russian Cup final between Ural Yekaterinburg and Lokomotiv Moscow, where a late brawl led to four finely flourished red cards.
5) After six years of toil in League One, Sheffield United finally have a promotion, and a League One trophy, to celebrate. The emotion all rather got to their manager, Chris Wilder, who nearly tossed it over the top of their open-top bus during their victory parade after taking a tumble. Which brought to mind Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey mishap in 2011.
6) Talking of records, who hasn’t tried to impress others with wheelies in moments of youthful daring? Well none has gone so far as the Japanese stunt rider Masaru Abe, who set a new world record for covering 500.5322km with front wheel aloft in more than 13 hours, five hours longer than his previous record.
2) And try this for a greyhound comeback.
3) Taylor Garner takes a hanger for North Melbourne against Fremantle in the AFL.
4) Juan Román Riquelme: geometry and artistry.
5) Last week featured some woof! from Ousmane Dembélé – turns out his whole game was pretty good.
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