Best of the Weekend

Colin Cowherd knows exactly how No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 12 Syracuse will end on Saturday

The football leagues of Europe may have been on hold this weekend, but Formula 1, Moto GP, UFC, and the US Open ensured there was plenty to enjoy in the sporting weekend that was…

Yet another record for Serena

‘Record setting’ and ‘Serena Williams’ are phrases used with considerable regularity these days, with the world number one continuing her incredible dominance of women’s tennis.

Proving that the Rio Olympics was a minor blip and despite struggling with a shoulder injury, Williams set another record this weekend, surpassing Martina Navratilova’s mark of 306 grand slam singles victories.

There has been much talk of Williams beating Steffi Graf’s record of grand slam singles titles won, but while she would have to wait until Saturday to write her name in that record book, there is another milestone beckoning for Williams: If she beats Yaroslava Shvedova on Monday night she will have won more grand slam singles matches than any player, beating the mark currently held by Roger Federer.

The greatest athlete ever? Nike certainly thinks so…

‘Proud and honoured’

Staying with records, while the weekend didn’t end as well as Lewis Hamilton would have hoped, the Briton did join Formula 1 legends Juan Manuel Fangio and Ayrton Senna as the only drivers to have claimed five pole positions at Monza.

With 56 pole positions to his name, the Mercedes driver really does know how to get it right on a Saturday. The list of pole position-related Hamilton records is long, but includes: consecutive seasons with a pole from debut season and pole positions at most different grand prixs, underlining his consistency throughout.

What a difference two weeks can make

However, when it comes to F1 there really was only one winner this weekend and that was, of course, Nico Rosberg.

The German made the most of his team-mate’s poor start to lead from the first lap to the last in a dominant performance at Monza. Sure, having the best car in the field certainly helps, but Rosberg managed his race perfectly.

Rosberg sits just two points behind Hamilton in the World Championship standings. The best part of that? The Championship race is hotting up once more just as F1 heads to Asia – bring on Singapore!

The first of many wins for Vinales

Movistar Yamaha’s decision to sign Maverick Vinales for the 2017 season underlined the 21-year-old’s standing as one of the best up-and-coming racers in MotoGP. The Spaniard’s victory at Silverstone on Sunday showed he isn’t just one for the future, he’s already arrived.

Spain seems to be churning out top riders and Vinales could be the next in a long line of World Champions.

Score one to Ronaldo…

Cristiano Ronaldo is currently sidelined by injury, but the Real Madrid ace still managed to get one over Lionel Messi thanks to the good folk at FIFA 17.

The official top 50 ratings for the new blockbuster game have been revealed, with Ronaldo the highest-ranked player.

What a blow from Bader

Josh Barnett, Alexander Gustafsson and Ryan Bader were all in the wins at UFC Fight Night 93 in Hamburg, but it’s Bader’s victory that was achieved in the most impressive fashion.

Bader’s 14 victories in UFC light heavyweight division are the second most in divisional history behind Jon Jones (16). And win number 14 couldn’t have come in a more comprehensive manner…

That must have hurt…

So close, yet so far

Rory McIlroy would have felt a very different kind of pain after his near-miss at the 18th hole at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Sunday.

McIlroy’s tee shot on the par-five put him some 210 yards away from the pin which was impressive in itself, but what came next was both amazing and a little heart-breaking…

A shout-out to his playing partner, Harris English who didn’t do too badly either!