British success and never-ending football…

It may be summer, but the sport keeps rolling on, with Britons making the last seven days particularly special in their own separate ways.

We’ll start with the Brits then, and with that Justin Rose’s particularly apt and astonishing victory at the US Open, the first English winner of a golf major since Faldo in 1996.

Justin Rose
Justin Rose is the first English winner of a golf major in almost a decade. Photo: Camron Flanders (via Flickr)

Having negotiated the difficult Merion course for a 72 hole score of one over par, Justin eventually finished two clear of Mickleson and Day to claim the tournament as his own. It was made more special however by the occasion of Father’s Day.

Having lost his Dad in 2002 to Leukaemia, Justin’s Father’s Day maiden major victory is the heart-warming story of the week. Congratulations Justin.

The next success story comes from Queen’s, as Murray ground out his third Aegon Championships victory in the warm up to Wimbledon.

Murray’s three setter against Cilic saw him forced to fight back from a set down as he did against Tsonga in the semis. Forced to do it the hard way, Murray looks capable of digging in over the two week emotional marathon that is Wimbledon.

We move finally, in this British love-inn style section, to the qualification of England’s one day cricket team to the semi finals of the ICC Champions Trophy.

Having hammered the Australians and surrendered a decent batting total to Sri Lanka, the final game against New Zealand was crucial.

In a game restricted to 24 overs each, Cook and Root helped England to a handy score of 169, but were made to sweat by a New Zealand rally lead by Kane Williamson’s knock of 67 off 54 balls. England’s bowlers however, suited to the seam and swing that British conditions allow, held their nerve.

Finally a round-up of the opening Confederations Cup games, and I must admit, having been starved of football for a month, I rather over-ate this weekend. By 0100 hours on Monday morning, I was full, having consumed some rather mouth-watering football from Spain. Those lads know how to play.

Spain, despite the 2-1 scoreline, outplayed their Uruguayan opponents, with Iniesta, Xavi, Pedro, Fabregas and co. Demonstrating sublime skill, technique and movement. They really are a joy to watch.

They must be careful however, because they are beginning to create a reputation that precedes them, and that is a reputation for overreaction. As an audience we can all see when a player is overreacting, and no team, no matter how good, is above the scorn of the public.

In other games, Brazil beat Japan 3-0 with a conductor’s performance from Oscar, and Italy pipped Mexico to the post in a truly enthralling encounter, with Pirlo and Balotelli making the difference for Italy. The games so far have been contested in an enjoyably competitive manner, and the tournament shows promise.

One to look out for in the next week is Spain v Tahiti, a game which will make headlines whether the expected or the unexpected occur.

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