CYCLING - Fabian Cancellara won the Prologue of the 2012 Tour de France, making it the fifth edition of the Tour that the Swiss will have worn the yellow jersey in. He has become only the eighth rider in TdF history to have been the race leader in at least five different instalments of the Tour de France.
REVIEW - Cancellara to wear yellow in five Tours
DAILY FOOTBALL QUIZ QUESTION - 30 June 2012
FOOTBALL - Which team received a red card in every group match in a European Championship and still qualified for the next round?
INFOGRAPHIC - Tour de France 2012: Prologue
CYCLING - During the 2012 Tour de France, our team wishes to share with you a daily Infographic, capturing our Stat of the Day, a Review of yesterday’s stage, a Fun Fact, a daily Quiz Question, as well as our Favourites and Rider to Watch for the forthcoming stage. Today: the Prologue (Liège - Liège). Enjoy!
LONDON CALLING – Countdown to the 2012 Olympics: 27
27 - 27 entities have won exactly 1 Olympic medal, including Cuba/USA, which won fencing team foil gold in 1904. Click ‘Read More’ to see the complete countdown from 100 until today.
ON THIS DAY - 1998: Owen wonder goal (and a red card)
FOOTBALL - The Last 16 match between England and Argentina at the 1998 FIFA World Cup was full of drama. A fabulous run and ditto finish by the 18-year-old Michael Owen sent English hearts soaring, only to be dampened by a quite astonishing red card challenge by David Beckham. Argentina won the tense affair after a penalty shootout.
BIRTHDAY - 30 June: Michael Phelps (Swimming)
SWIMMING - Michael Phelps is 27 years old today. Phelps is already regarded as one of the greatest swimmers of all time, having broken numerous world records and won multiple gold medals at both World Championships and Olympic Games. “The Flying Fish” was the youngest American male swimmer at the Olympic Games of the age of 15 years in 2000 Sydney Games. After that he won 16 Olympic medals, 14 gold medals and two bronze medals. One to watch in London.
Shares birthday with: Susan Hayward, Yngwie Malmsteen, Mike Tyson
IN THE NEWS: Final win needed by #1-bound Federer
TENNIS - If Roger Federer reaches the final at Wimbledon his projected points total for the post-Wimbledon ATP rankings will be 10,275. Since the current leader (Novak Djokovic) already has 10,370 projected points, Federer must somehow overtake that total. A Federer overall victory will give him 11,075 points. In that scenario, the draw dictates that Djokovic cannot accumulate more than 11,000 points, since his best possible result would be reaching the semifinals.
PREVIEW: Tour de France 2012 participant facts
CYCLING - The 99th edition of cycling’s Tour de France will start this Saturday, 30 June, in the Belgian city of Liège. We have had a look at the peloton and tell you below which facts jump out about the 198 riders in the race.
PREVIEW: Tour de France 2012 in nationalities
CYCLING - From the 198 riders that will start the 2012 Tour de France, 44 will be domestic, making the French the most common nationality in this race. Click Read More to find out which nationalities are most prevalent.
DAILY FOOTBALL QUIZ QUESTION - 29 June 2012
FOOTBALL - Which five English players have played at a World Cup or European Championship while under contract at an Italian club?
LONDON CALLING – Countdown to the 2012 Olympics: 28
28 - There will be 28 sports on the Olympic programme at Rio 2016 with Golf and Rugby7s added to the current 26. Click ‘Read More’ to see the complete countdown from 100 until today.
BIRTHDAY - 29 June: George Hincapie (Cycling)
CYCLING - George Hincapie is 39 years old today. On Saturday, the New Yorker will start his 17th Tour de France, setting a new record and surpassing the old mark of 16 by Holland’s Joop Zoetemelk. Hincapie, Lance Armstrong’s former right hand, has finished 15 of the previous 16 Tours he started. If he finishes this, he will equal another Zoetemelk record.
Shares birthday with: Gary Busey, Joan Laporta, DJ Shadow
REVIEW: Nadal's worst Grand Slam result since 2005
TENNIS - Lukáš Rosol beats Rafael Nadal in the second round. It is the first time since the 2005 Wimbledon that Nadal failed to reach the 3rd round at a Grand Slam.
REVIEW - Germany v Italy 1-2
FOOTBALL - On Thursday, 28 June, Italy beat Germany in their semifinal encounter at Euro 2012. They will face Spain in the final on Sunday.
PREVIEW: Semifinal - Germany v Italy
FOOTBALL - On Thursday, 28 June, Germany and Italy will meet in their semifinal encounter at Warsaw’s National Stadium. It is the 30th match of Euro 2012 and we have assembled some key facts and figures on this match.
DAILY FOOTBALL QUIZ QUESTION - 28 June 2012
FOOTBALL - For which team did Cesare Prandelli play the most matches in his career?
LONDON CALLING – Countdown to the 2012 Olympics: 29
29 - Pierre de Coubertin (FRA) was the longest serving IOC president - 29 years from 1896 until 1925. Click ‘Read More’ to see the complete countdown from 100 until today.
BIRTHDAY - 28 June: Lars Riedel (Athletics)
ATHLETICS - Lars Riedel is 45 years old today. Riedel is a former German discus thrower and one of the most famous Athletics representatives of his country. He won one gold Olympic gold medal, five World Championship titles and one European Championship title. Riedel ended a sheer endless career by retiring in 2006.
Shares birthday with: Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Mel Brooks, John Cusack
REVIEW: Portugal - Spain 0-0 (2-4 on penalties)
FOOTBALL - FOOTBALL - On Wednesday, 27 June, Spain eliminated Portugal on penalties in their semifinal encounter at Euro 2012.
PREVIEW: Semifinal - Portugal v Spain
FOOTBALL - On Wednesday, 27 June, Portugal and Spain will meet in their semifinal encounter at Donetsk’s Donbass Arena. It is the 29th match of Euro 2012 and we have assembled some key facts and figures on this match.