Formula One's corporate brouhaha was briefly interrupted by an outbreak of motor racing as the Bahrain Grand Prix got the race it didn't deserve: that is, a very good one, as Sebastian Vettel took his first win of the season and went top of the drivers' championship.
For McLaren it was an afternoon of Wacky Races-style mishap in the pit lane, where a wheel man's fumbling cost Lewis Hamilton vital seconds. "I don't even know who the wheel man is, but I will go and see the guys," Hamilton said, trying and failing to sound chilled out about it all. Better news for Lotus, who achieved two podium finishes for the first time since 1979.
Kipsang cruises in London
The London Marathon was again dominated by wheezing daytime TV presenters, people dressed as ewoks and, above all, the massed Olympic hopefuls of Kenya, the home of triple-lunged distance running. Wilson Kipsang coasted home in the men's race, two minutes ahead of countryman Martin Lel. "I am tired now, happy but tired," Kipsang said afterwards, looking alarmingly bright-eyed and entirely un-fatigued. Mary Keitany retained her title as Kenya took a 1-2-3 in the women's race.
Ronaldo breaks Barcelona
Club football's most biliously overheated city rivalry saw Real Madrid all but claim the La Liga title with a stunningly efficient victory in el Clásico at Camp Nou, Cristiano Ronaldo's 42nd goal of the season sealing a 2-1 defeat of a strangely limp Barcelona. Los Meringues are now seven points clear of their tiki-taka tippy-tappy rivals, setting up an apparently inevitable seventh league title across four countries for José Mourinho (older, greyer, saggier, still special). In Germany, Borussia Dortmund clinched a second successive Bundesliga title with a 2-0 defeat of Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Westfield makes appeal
Mervyn Westfield is appealing: the former Essex bowler turned spot-fixer has been released from jail wearing a tag and is attempting to have his sentence quashed despite originally pleading guilty. And more bad news from beyond the boundary: just when you thought it was safe to go back to Pakistan, apparently it isn't yet. Bangladesh will not, sadly, be touring there this month after a court challenge in Dhaka over security concerns.
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