1) The Monaco Grand Prix takes place this weekend. The winding streets of Monte Carlo do not often make for the most exciting racing but when drivers do make a move, it can be very dramatic. There have been some crackers down the years, from Stirling Moss’s 1961 victory to Olivier Panis’s 1996 triumph from 14th on the grid. Let’s also not forget that they called Graham Hill ‘Mr Monaco’ for a reason. And here are some feelgood Monaco moments.
2) Sunday’s Women’s Champions League final proved disastrous for Chelsea, but they have an immediate chance to bounce back when they face Everton in the fifth round of the FA Cup. The WSL champions last won the Cup in 2018, when they beat Arsenal 3-1 in front of 45,000 fans at Wembley. Watch out for memorable goals from Ramona Bachmann and Fran Kirby. That win avenged Chelsea’s defeat two years earlier, when Danielle Carter jinked right and left before curling in one of the great final goals to seal the trophy for the Gunners. Everton lost last year’s final to Manchester City, but can look back to the 2010 edition for inspiration, when Arsenal were again involved. Fara Williams, Kim Little, Jill Scott, Rachel Yankey and Toni Duggan were on the pitch that day but it was Natasha Dowie who won the Cup for the underdogs in extra-time with a finish reminiscent of Michael Owen’s against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup. Oh, go on then.
3) Sergio Agüero’s Manchester City – and almost certainly Premier League – career will come to an end on Sunday after a decade. The striker provided the most dramatic finish to an English top-flight season in 20 years when he scored the winner against QPR in 2012. The Argentinian has brought plenty of joy to the faces of City fans since his debut against Swansea almost a decade ago when he announced his arrival with two goals from the bench. His 257 City goals included plenty against Manchester United, such as this and this. And the rest.
4) The joys of crowds returning means professional cyclists once again have to put up with people in Baywatch costumes chasing them up a hill … until the motorcycle gets involved. Some fans are very annoying, others create a fine spectacle and one even took a sharp left-hand from Chris Froome.
5) It is at this time of year that trophies are lifted around the world to celebrate success. The Welsh Premier League have a cracking trinket, as Connah’s Quay Nomads found out this week.
6) Marcell Ozuna hits a home run off the big screen. There is a reasonably long history of baseball players breaking things with dingers.