F1 2017 Season Preview

It’s 2017, it’s March and that means one thing! Another season of Formula One will soon be getting underway. 2016 saw the longest season in F1 history with a total of 21 Grand Prix. There’s only 20 this year spread over the next nine months spread over four continents.

F1 2017 race calendar [Image from Sky Sports]
F1 2017 race calendar [Image from Sky Sports]

The Formula One season starts in March with the Australian Grand Prix on 26th March. April has three races as China (9th April) and Bahrain (16th April) is the first double header of the season. April closes with the Russian Grand Prix (30th April). The drivers then return to Barcelona in May which is followed by the crown jewel: Monaco! read more

NUFC 2016/17 EFL Championship Season: February

Love was in the air in February as Valentine’s Day has been and gone but the football season continued. The Champions League knockout stages commenced and we moved nearer to knowing who will be lifting the league titles this season and who will be nearing relegation come to the end of the season.

10 Football Developments: February 2017

  1. Former West Ham, Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard announced his retirement from professional football.
  2. Cameroon won the 2017 African Cup of Nations in Gabon following a 2-1 win over Egypt with goals from Nicolas Nkolou and Vincent Aboubakar following Mohamed Elneny’s opener.
  3. Sean Raggett heads Lincoln City's winner at Burnley in the FA Cup [Image from The Mirror]
    Sean Raggett heads Lincoln City’s winner at Burnley in the FA Cup [Image from The Mirror]
    In the FA Cup, Lincoln City’s dream story continued after they defeated Premier League Burnley at Turf Moor 1-0 to become the firs non-league side to reach the Quarter-Finals in 102 years. Meanwhile, the dream came to an end for Sutton United at the hands of Arsenal while their reserve goalkeeper got himself in bother after eating a pie.
  4. uefa_champions_league_logo_2The Champions League returned and Arsenal performed as they usually do against the big boys of European football; embarrassingly. They fell to a 5-1 defeat in Bavaria against Bayern Munich at The Allianz Arena.
  5. The following week, Manchester City came from 2-1 behind to defeat AS Monaco 5-3 at the Etihad in the first leg of their round of 16 tie and the next day, Leicester City faced off against Sevilla in Spain. They lost 2-1.
  6. That was Claudio Ranieri’s game in charge of Leicester City shockingly, the FIFA Coach of the Year was sacked 298 days after winning the Premier League in last season’s fairytale.
  7. In the Europa League, the curse of Wembley struck again for Tottenham Hotspur as they drew 2-2 on the right with KRC Genk following a Harry Kane own goal, Dele Alli red card and 1-0 defeat in the first leg saw them crash out of the competition at the round of Round of 32 stage
  8. Manchester United progressed to the Round of 16 stage following a 3-0 win at Old Trafford and 1-0 in France against St Etienne. Their reward in the next round was a tie against FC Rostov.
  9. Sticking with Manchester United and they won the EFL Cup at Wembley after a 3-2 victory over Southampton. Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring with a free-kick and Jesse Lingard made it 2-0 before a Diego Gabbiadini brace brought the scores level. Ibrahimovic scored the winner with three minutes remaining.
NUFC: February 2017 News
  • Tiote eventually left Newcastle United and is now in China with Beijing BG [Image from The Mirror]
    Tiote eventually left Newcastle United and is now in China with Beijing BG [Image from The Mirror]
    Cheick Tiote protracted departure from Newcastle United was confirmed early in the month as the 30-year-old Ivorian midfielder after 156 appearances for Newcastle joined Chinese second-tier side Beijing Enterprises.
  • Former Newcastle United player Lee Clark left Kilmarnock on the 15th to become manager of League One side Bury FC. Upon his announcement, Clark expressed that he had an amazing year in charge of Kilmarnock and that the club ‘will always have a special place in my heart but I still have huge ambition to one day manage at the highest level in England, which is obviously the Premier League, and I feel that the fresh challenge of managing a club in England’s League One could provide me with the platform to build towards this goal.’
Newcastle United underwent an unbeaten February
Newcastle United underwent an unbeaten February

On the pitch, Newcastle underwent an unbeaten February but unusually for Newcastle they drew a few games; enough that they drew as manage games as they had done in all competition this prior to February…

The Results

Screen Shot 2017-03-17 at 18.56.02Newcastle United started February with the visit of Queens Park Rangers to St James’ Park in this midweek encounter. Hoping to dispel the ghosts of the FA Cup defeat to Oxford United, manager Rafa Benitez made nine changes. Ayoze Perez and Isaac Hayden were the only survivors in the starting 11 as Karl Darlow, DeAndre Yedlin, Jamaal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, Jonjo Shelvey, Matt Ritchie, Yoan Gouffran and Daryl Murphy all came into the side. They faced a QPR side now managed by Ian Holloway sat 19th in the Championship table on 33 points following a 2-1 defeat at home to Burton Albion last time out. read more

Superbowl 51 and 11 other sporting comebacks

This is new for me as the title suggests. My interest in sport does not normally apply to American Football but nevertheless, for only the second time ever, I found myself watching the Superbowl. Amidst the lengthy breaks between minimal bits of play, it was a captivating experience and the way it swung from the underdog Atlanta Falcons to the New England Patriots had me wondering; where would it rank in terms of sporting comebacks.

So, in the post, I will outline a number of comebacks; where teams have managed to salvage a draw or a victory from the jaws of defeat within one single sporting event. read more