Best of the Weekend: July 29-30

It was an action-packed weekend as Formula 1 wrapped up the first half of the calendar in Hungary and UFC 214 saw it’s fair share of controversy. Join us as we round up the best of the Weekend!

Vettel hits back in Hungary

Just when you thought Mercedes were getting the upper hand in the Formula 1 season, Ferrari hit back in spectacular style at the Hungaroring on Sunday with a one-two finish to put the Silver Arrows firmly back in their quiver.

Sebastian Vettel fought with his damaged steering for most of the race, but was ably supported by Kimi Raikkonen’s rear guard action as the Ferraris locked up the first two positions, holding off both Valtteri Bottas and then Lewis Hamilton as the Finn gave the Brit the opportunity to attack the prancing horses.

Hamilton then politely gave up three points as part of a deal with Bottas by letting him back into third position.

Vettel now has a slightly more comfortable lead of 14 points (up from one point) over his nearest rival to take into the summer break.

The excitement picks up again in Belgium at Spa next month.

Di Grassi E-lated after Montreal win!

Meanwhile, the environmentally friendly version of motor racing came to a surprise conclusion in Montreal when Lucas di Grassi sealed the championship with a win and a seventh place over the two-race weekend.

Di Grassi had entered the weekend 10 points behind rival Sebastien Buemi, but was able to pull off a shock win after Buemi suffered misfortune in both races (including a collision with Di Grassi’s teammate Daniel Abt in race one).

Still, it was an electrifying end to the weekend and the championship, with Di Grassi finally triumphing in the sports’ third season.

Lee leaps to top the leaderboard in Scotland

South Korea’s Mi Yang Lee pulled off a shock win at the Scottish Open on Sunday coming from nine shots off the overnight lead to clinch victory with a final round 66.

Lee’s victory came after Aussie veteran Karrie Webb slipped up, dropping three shots in two holes from the 16th to drop out of the lead.

Lee finished at six-under par for the tournament at the Dundonald Links, one shot ahead of compatriot Mi Jung Her and Webb, who tied for second place.

Another veteran of the tour Christie Kerr finished in tie for fourth place with Spain’s Carlota Ciganda.

It was Lee’s second LPGA Tour title.

Also in Europe, England’s Jordan Smith claimed his debut European Tour crown with a playoff victory over defending champion Alex Levy.

After both players finished on 13 under, it was Smith who took the title after Levy missed a short birdie putt for the win.


Not a bad result for just your 25th tournament on tour!

It was also a playoff that decided matters on the PGA Tour, after overnight leader Charley Hoffman finished tied with defending champion Jhonatton Vegas at the Canadian Open.

This time though, it was the defending champion who triumphed as the Venezuelan birdied the first extra hole to take the trophy.

It was Vegas’ third PGA Tour title. And he duly celebrated in true Canadian style!

Atlanta Is once again John’s

Out on the courts it was a case of ‘home sweet home’ for John Isner, who wrapped up yet another win (his fourth in five years) at the Atlanta Open.

Isner’s victim on this occasion was compatriot Ryan Harrison, who he defeated in two tie breaks.

Isner has now been in the final of the tournament in seven of the eight years it has been held. An amazing record to say the least.

Other winners this weekend on the courts of the world were China’s Peng Shuai, who defeated Japan’s Nao Hibino 6-3, 6-2 to claim her second WTA title at the Nanchang Open.

Italy’s Fabio Fognini picked up his fifth ATP title in Switzerland with a straight sets victory (6-4, 7-5) over Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann.

While in Germany, Leonardo was triumphant in the battle of the Mayers, as the Argentine overcame his German namesake Florian in three sets to lift the German Tennis Championships.

Jones rattles Cormier’s bones

UFC 214 witnessed the return of Jon Jones, the former light-heavyweight champion finally getting back into the ring for the first time in almost two years to take on champion and fierce rival Daniel Cormier.

And it was Jones who emerged triumphant, his devastating kick to the head in the third round knocked the stuffing out of Cormier before he finished him off with a flurry of head shots.

It was a supreme effort by the much-vilified Jones, who was humble in victory.

Has he turned over a new leaf?

The co-main event saw Tyron Woodley fend off the advances of Damian Maia to retain his welterweight title in a fight labeled one of the most boring ever by fight fans.

Many pundits though backed Woodley’s approach against takedown expert Maia.

In other action, Cris Cyborg finally won her long-awaited UFC belt with a patient third-round TKO win over Tonya Evinger.

While UFC newcomer Volkan Oezdemir pulled off the performance of the night with a 42-second knockout of contender Jimi Manuwa of Great Britain.

All in all, it was pretty eventful night in the octagon.

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