From the joy of the Bleues du rugby and basketball player Gabby Williams to the disappointment of Benoît Cosnefroy, beyond the almost miraculous return of Tiger Woods, find the great moments of the sports weekend.
Rugby: the Blues continue their clear round in the Tournament
For their first trip to the Six Nations Tournament, Gaëlle Hermet’s teammates provided the supplies in Scotland. Signing an improved win (8-28), they continue their clear rounds and hold their place in the tail of the English at the top of the standings.
If the first half was successful, interrupted by four tries, including another double by Laure Sansus, the second was less controlled. Troubled by the XV du Chardon, the Tricolores were often penalized and failed to deteriorate the score.
Ligue 1: Paris flies towards title, Marseille and Rennes make the hole
A trio escapes in Ligue 1. For PSG, the possibility of seeing the title escape with a twelve-point lead over the first pursuer seems a long way off. The Parisians take another step in Clermont (1-6) with great success. But this weekend the smooth running is on the side of Marseille and Rennes. Taking advantage of Strasbourg’s draw against Lyon (1-1) and Nice’s loss against Lens (3-0), they are now seven and six points ahead of fourth place respectively.
Marseille didn’t shake against Montpellier (2-0), scoring two goals in the first twenty minutes. The ride was less peaceful for Rennes in Reims (2-3). After taking a three-goal lead thanks to double scorer Benjamin Bourigeaud and Martin Terrier, the Bretons saw Reims return to a length. But Bruno Génésio’s men persisted to get closer to the Champions League.
Golf: The Return of Tiger Woods
The achievement should have already been there. Fourteen months after his serious car accident, from which he emerged nearly amputated with one leg, Tiger Woods appeared on the mythical green of the Augusta Masters. After two rounds, the legend of American golf (won fifteen majors, including five in Augusta) finally broke loose in the last two days. With a final card of +13, the Californian had his worst performance in Augusta.
But not enough to reduce his joy of being there to the warm applause of golf fans. †It’s hard to put into words what I’m feelingthe American explained to CBS. Considering where I was a little over a year ago and what the future held for me at the time, it’s great to be here and have been able to play all four rounds.†
Formula 1: Charles Leclerc untouchable at Australian Grand Prix
He flew over the Australian Grand Prix. With no competitor after Max Verstappen retired in the 39th lap, Charles Leclerc offered his second win of the season.
In his Ferrari, the Monegask dominated the race from start to finish. In the end, he won ahead of Sergio Lopez’s Red Bull and George Russell’s Mercedes. The French, Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly finished 7th and 9th. In the general classification, Charles Leclerc widens the gap with second place, now occupied by George Russell.
MotoGP: Bastianini above, Quartararo limits damage
And two for Enea Bastianini. The Italian won his second race of the season on Sunday by winning the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin. Bastianini defeated Jack Miller (Ducati) at the end of the race, winning ahead of Alex Rins (Suzuki) and Miller. Imperial in intelligence and control, the Gresini Ducati rider regains the lead in the Drivers’ Championship.
For the French drivers, on the other hand, another weekend full of contrasts. Reigning world champion Fabio Quartararo saved seventh, despite a Yamaha that is nowhere near as important on the COTA circuit in top speed. “El Diablo” is fifth in the driver standings, 17 points from the lead. Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati), only ninth on Sunday after starting from fourth place, is eighth.
Cycling: Cosnefroy caught on at Amstel Gold Race
The moment of a few minutes, Benoitt Cosnefroy thought he had won the race. In an intense final sprint with Michal Kwiatkoswki (Ineos Grenadiers), he was first announced as the winner, before the photo finish revealed something else. For a gut it was the Pole who crossed the line first, Sunday in Valkenburg. Seven years after his first success in the Netherlands, he signed his second win in the event.
Cosnefroy and Kwiatkoswki started as a duo about thirty kilometers from the finish and held their ground in the closing moments of the race. Billed as the race favourite, Mathieu van der Poel never managed to catch the right breakaway and finished the race in fourth place.
Basketball: The Tricolor International Gabby Williams European Champion and Best Player
Five months before the Women’s World Cup, Gabby Williams is in excellent shape. The winger of the French team, bronze medalist at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, confirmed all her talent on the European stage. The naturalized American carried her Hungarian team from Sopron to the title of the Women’s Euroleague and dominated the Turkish side of Fenerbahçe in the final (60-55) on Sunday in a duel with Bria Hartley, also a naturalized tricolor international. Best of all, Williams was voted the MVP of the Final Four, averaging 14.5 points, 5 rebounds, and 3.5 steals. The 25-year-old was already voted best defender in the Euroleague last season.