Monday, October 31, 2011

WTA Championship

2011 WTA Tour Championship Final
Sinan Erdem Dome, Istanbul

Petra Kvotova (CZE) def Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
7-5, 4-6, 6-3

WTA Season-End Ranking

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Indian Grand Prix

Airtel Grand Prix of India
Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

Pole Position: Sebastian Vettel

1. Sebastian Vettel - RBR Racing

2. Jenson Button - McLaren Mercedes

3. Fernando Alonso - Ferrari

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Malaysian Grand Prix

Shell Advanced Malaysian Grand Prix

Sepang International Circuit, Sepang

Marco Simoncelli has died from the injuries he sustained in a crash on the second lap of the Malaysian Grand Prix. He was 24.

Simoncelli was fighting for fourth with Alvaro Bautista when he lost the front of his bike and slid across the circuit, into the path of Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi, both of whom appeared to hit the Honda.

Simoncelli lay stricken on the track after the crash, his helmet having come off during the incident.

He was taken by ambulance to the circuit's medical centre, but at 4.56pm local time it was announced he had succumbed to his injuries.

The death was the first fatality in MotoGP since Daijiro Katoh, also a Gresini rider, passed away as a result of injuries sustained in the 2003 Japanese Grand Prix. The last fatal accident in the world championship series came when Moto2 rider Showa Tomizawa was killed at Misano last September.

Simoncelli had established himself as one of the most exciting new stars in MotoGP this season, his second year at the top level with the Gresini Honda team.

A former European 125cc champion, Simoncelli was a race winner and frontrunner during three years in world championship 125cc racing before coming to the 250cc series in 2006.

He spent four seasons with the Gilera team, with the breakthrough coming in 2008 when he not only became a winner for the first time, but charged to the title, beating Alvaro Bautista.

Simoncelli stayed on in 250cc to defend his title in 2009, although he narrowly lost the crown to future Gresini MotoGP team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama after an early-season injury left him playing catch-up.

He secured a MotoGP seat with Gresini for 2010 and became ever more competitive as his rookie season went on.

That earned him a factory specification Honda this season, and he took full advantage to get among the frontrunners from the outset.

Pole positions at Catalunya and Assen came amid a run of six straight front row starts, although incidents in races meant he could not deliver the results his speed promised - and led to rows with other riders.

But Simoncelli calmed his style as the season progressed, finally taking his maiden MotoGP podium at Brno, and achieving a career-best second in Australia just a week ago. He had also secured works Honda equipment again with Gresini next season, ensuring he would have started 2012 as a potential MotoGP winner.

Rugby World Cup

World Cup 2011 Finale
Eden Park, Auckland

France vs New Zealand
7 - 8

Monday, October 17, 2011

Australian HP

Iveco Australian GP
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Phillip Island, Victoria Australia

1. Casey Stoner - Repsol Honda Team

2. Marco Simoncelli - San Carlo Honda Gresini

3. Andrea Dovizioso - Repsol Honda Team

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Shanghai Masters

Shanghai Rolex Masters
Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena, Shanghai

Andy Murray def David Ferrer
7-5, 6-4

Korean GP

2011 Formula 1 Korean Grand Prix
Korean International Circuit, Yeongam, South Jeolla, South Korea
Pole Position: Lewis Hamilton

1. Sebastian Vettel - RBR Renault

2. Lewis Hamilton - McLaren Mercedes

3. Mark Webber - RBR Renault

Monday, October 10, 2011

WTA Beijing

Olympic Green Tennis Center, Beijing

Agnieska Radwanska (POL) def Andrea Petkovic (GER)
7 - 5, 0 - 6, 6 - 4

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Japanese GP

2011 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix
Suzuka International Racing Circuit, Suzuka City, Japan
(Pole Position: Sebastian Vettel)

1. Jenson Button - McLaren Mercedes

2. Sebastian Vettel - RBR Renault

3. Fernando Alonso - Ferrari

Monday, October 3, 2011

Japan GP

2011 Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix
Twin Ring Motegi, Motegi, Japan

1. Danny Pedrosa - Repsol Honda Team

2. jorge Lorenzo - Yamaha Factory

3. Casey Stoner - Repsol Honda Team

Saturday, October 1, 2011

WTA Tokyo

Toray Pan Pacific Tennis Tournament
Ariake Coliseum, Ariake, Koto, Tokyo

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) def Vera Zvonareva (RUS)
6 - 3, 6 - 2