SportsNet - May 2012
After 44 years, it finally happened.
On May 13, 2012, Manchester City won the Premier League title in the dying minutes of perhaps the most exciting and nail-biting finishes in the league's history.
Francis Lee, who was part of the Manchester City side that won their last league title in 1968, said, "It was real Roy of the Rovers stuff to come back with five minutes to go and score twice, it was unbelievable."
"Unbelievable" it truly was.
With all the financial backing and star players. the City season still went down to the wire. "Manchester City is blue" read many placards, but it could have easily stayed red.
Local rival Manchester United were dethroned, but that shouldn't take away another spectacular season for the Red Devils. Sir Alex Ferguson's squad came within a final shot from Sergio Aguero from winning yet another title.
Pastor Maldonado drove an excellent race to take the chequered flag at the Spanish Grand Prix in Catalunya.
This win was the first for the Williams team since the 2004 Brazilian grand prix won by Juan Pablo Montoya. Also there was a fire that broke out in the Williams garage in the fuel storage area, while the mechanics were celebrating.
Maldonado is the first driver from Venezuela to win a Grand Prix. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso took second place, 3.1 secs behind the leader after fighting hard in the finishing laps. Alonso had an excellent start, leading the race for the first 27 laps. He was over taken after the first round of stops. The second round of stops offered some hope to the Ferrari driver, who pushed hard for a win but had to be content with second place. Kimi Raikkonnen of Lotus was third. Lotus showed some excellent pace during the practice sessions and Kimi was disappointed after finishing third. After the race he commented "The car did not run when it mattered the most" as the car struggled in the initial stages and only threatened the Ferrari towards the end. Kimi finished only half a second behind Alonso.
The last time the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series was in 1993.
The No. 1 song was "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston. Will Smith was "The Fresh Prince of Bell Air" and the sitcom star was yelling "Yo homes smell ya later," to the cab driver.
A lot has changed since then. The Blue Jays' playoff drought continues to drag, as the club has failed to make the playoffs since Joe Carter hit the walk-off homer in Game Six of the 1993 World Series.
The Blue Jays finished with a 81-81 record and placed 4th in the AL East in 2011, despite having Jose Bautista, who is one of the best hitters in the American League. Bautista offers Toronto hope going forward, but there is still a lot of work to do.
The ability for a player to be "clutch" is often analyzed by sports fans and pundits. The topic is often difficult to accurately evaluate.
Here is the definition of "clutch" in relation to sports:
1. Being or occurring in a tense or critical situation: won the championship by sinking a clutch putt.
2. Tending to be successful in tense or critical situations: The coach relied on her clutch pitcher.
Now basketball fanatics always rave about how "clutch" NBA superstar Kobe Bryant is.
Bryant is the all-time leader for hitting the most game-winning shots. Now does this mean that Bryant is the most clutch player in the league?
Well, that's debatable.
With a team trailing by one or two points, or tied, in the final 24 seconds of regular-season and playoff games since 1996-97, with a minimum of 30 shots. Here are the players' shooting statistics:
It all ends on Sunday, May 13.
Let's take a look at what we have got.
Manchester United vs Sunderland, Manchester City vs QPR
What's at stake?
1. For the Manchester duo it's the English Premier League Title. The ultimate prize .
2. The bragging rights as to who is the real deal in Manchester
3. For QPR it could mean survival and another year in top flight football.
If QPR manage a draw at Eastland's and United win against Sunderland it's all over for City. For QPR even a draw will ensure them safety. For United only City's failure can get them the title even if they defeat Sunderland. One thing for sure whatever be the outcome of these games you are going to see lot of emotional scenes at both the venues.
Everton vs Newcastle, Tottenham Hotspur vs Fulham, West Brom vs Arsenal
What's at stake?
Champions League Football