Formula One hits streets of Monte Carlo, Newcastle and Bedford play in first leg of Championship play-off and did you know Pakistan's cricketers were on tour?PIT STOPS ON THE SHORE …Formula One motors into its most famous venue this week...
Formula One hits streets of Monte Carlo, Newcastle and Bedford play in first leg of Championship play-off and did you know Pakistan's cricketers were on tour?PIT STOPS ON THE SHORE …Formula One motors into its most famous venue this weekend with talk of tyres dominating the paddock. Monaco, the great street circuit, draws the bright and beautiful to its tax haven shoreline. Expect Ferrari, Lotus and Force India to benefit from the slight changes Pirelli have been allowed by the FIA to make to tyres now so prone to degradation that the swirl of endless pitstops are affecting results. Just ask Red Bull. Gives burning rubber a whole new definition. Sunday 1pm, SSF1, highlights BBC1BIG GAME HUNTERS …The first leg of rugby's Championship play-off final between Newcastle and Bedford is on Wednesday. If Bedford win the two-legged tie (second leg on 29 May) London Welsh could be reprieved from Premiership relegation. While Newcastle meet the entry criteria for the Premiership, Bedford do not, although the Blues, following Welsh's example last year, say if they win the final they would challenge any decision to keep them out of the top flight. Thursday 7.30pm, Sky Sports 4SURPRISE TOURISTS …New Zealand are playing at Lord's but did you know Pakistan are also on tour here this week? After Pakistan beat Scotland by 96 runs in Edinburgh on Friday the teams face a rematch on Sunday, before matches against Ireland in Dublin on Thursday and Sunday. Misbah-ul-Haq captains the team, with Kamran Akmal and Saeed Ajmal in the ranks. It's all part of the long buildup to the Champions Trophy in England next month, when they line up in Group B with India, South Africa and West Indies.OTHER LONDON FINAL …Wolfsburg and Lyon contest the women's Champions League final at Stamford Bridge on Thursday. Lyon are the holders, while Wolfsburg – riding the German wave of success ahead of the men's final at Wembley – accounted for Arsenal Ladies 4-1 over two legs in the semi-final. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children and are available online from chelseafc.com/uefawomensfinal.GAME 39 IMITATION …Chelsea and Manchester City meet this week in the unlikely settings of St Louis and New York City on Thursday and Saturday as part of the new fad of a "post-season tour". Tickets for the St Louis game sold out in 20 minutes and are still on sale for the game at the 50,000-capacity Yankee Stadium. Brian Kidd leads City while Rafael Benítez signs off for Chelsea before his contract expires at the end of May.BEAMING SMILES …The 2013 Women's British Team Gymnastics Championships take place on Sunday at the Guildford Spectrum. The absence of last year's winners, City of Liverpool, means the title has been thrown – or rather tumbled, rolled, balanced and leaped – wide open. Last year's silver medallists, the Academy, hope the talented Ruby Harrold can take them one place higher on the podium and Notts, third last year, feature the Downie sisters, Ellie and Becky as well as the stalwart Niamh Rippin. Other contenders include Park Wrekin College, the only club to field two teams that will include the 2013 senior Welsh champion, Georgina Hockenhull, and the 2011 British champion, Rhyannon Jones.Motor sportFormula OnePakistan cricket teamGymnasticsWomen's footballRugby unionguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds
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