This weekend was loaded with sports news. The American basketball players became world champions for the fourth consecutive time in Australia on Saturday October 1. In Ligue 1, the surprising Lorientais remain clinging to the podium after their victory against Lille, Sunday October 2, just behind the two behemoths, Paris and Marseille.
Also on Sunday, the rain delayed the motorcycle and Formula 1 Grand Prix. In poor weather conditions, Miguel Oliveira (KTM) won in MotoGP in Thailand and Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) in Formula 1 at the Singapore Grand Prix, depriving Max Verstappen of a second consecutive title. Here’s what not to miss from the sports weekend.
Ligue 1: Lorient follows the rhythm of PSG and OM
Paris, Marseilles and… Lorient. It is the trio that stands out at the top of the French championship at the end of the 9th day. With its victory acquired on Saturday against Nice (2-1) thanks to a sublime free kick from Lionel Messi and a goal from Kylian Mbappé at the end of the match, Paris regained the Ligue 1 throne that Olympique had temporarily taken from it. from Marseille.
The Phocaeans easily won in Angers (0-3), Friday, in a meeting marked by the good performance of side Jonathan Clauss. For its part, Lorient confirmed its surprising start to the season by winning with panache against Lille (2-1). The Bretons, outnumbered, found the resources to score the winning goal in the last minutes and validate their place on the podium.
At the foot of the podium, RC Lens is still on the lookout behind Lorient after its victory by the smallest of the gaps (1-0) against Olympique Lyonnais, where the crisis is brewing with a fourth consecutive defeat in Ligue 1. Dominating and more inspired, the Sang et Or stumbled several times on Anthony Lopes and materialized at the very end of the match on penalty.
Basketball World Cup: fourth consecutive title for the Americans
They kept their crown. The Americans won the Basketball World Cup, Saturday, October 1, in Sydney (Australia), by winning against China in the final (83-61). In a one-sided match, the United States suffocated the Chinese, victorious over the French team in the quarter-finals, on all aspects of the game.
— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) October 1, 2022
This new coronation is the fourth consecutive for the United States, and the eleventh in the history of this emblematic nation of basketball. Australia, host country of the competition, completes the podium with the bronze medal, which they won without debate against Canada (95-65).
Top 14: Imperial Toulouse, La Rochelle on the lookout
The European champions have come out of the Ile-de-France trap. La Rochelle won against Racing 92 on Saturday (24-19). A victory that allowed him to pass leader for a few hours since Stade Toulousain went to win on the lawn of the champion of France, Montpellier (17-19). The shock of the fifth day, very disputed, tipped under the boot of Melvyn Jaminet, formidable against the poles (5/5).
On the Clermont side, the Auvergne club took advantage of a second consecutive match in their lair to crush Lyon (43-20), the last winner of the European Challenge. This victory, which confirms its current good feelings, allows Clermont to pick up at the foot of the provisional top 3. The LOU, on the other hand, suffered once again from its defensive problems.
For the other results, Toulon outclassed the Paloise Section (17-34), in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques. Union Bordeaux-Bègles provided him with the essentials against his opponent of the day, Stade Français, by winning 15-10. Finally, Perpignan signed a second consecutive victory at home against Castres (14-10).
F1: Max Verstappen has to wait
Contested on a wet track, and marked by numerous exits from the safety car, the Singapore Grand Prix had its share of surprises in store. Starting with the name of the winner. No Max Verstappen at the top of the podium, seventh without ever managing to regain the lead, but his faithful lieutenant, Sergio Pérez. The Dutchman even got a fright when he got out of his trajectory on the 40th lap and will have to wait before lifting his second world champion title.
Speaking of patience, it will still take two and a half hours to confirm the Mexican’s victory, under penalty procedure for not having respected the necessary distance with the safety car. No offense to the drivers of the Italian scuderia, who will have to settle for the runners-up, “Checo” does indeed hold his victory despite a five-second penalty, the fourth of his career. Black day, on the other hand for Alpine which saw its two pilots stop their race for engine failures.
MotoGP: Fabio Quartararo lost big
He completely missed his race on Sunday. Fabio Quartararo, leader of the world championship, completely missed the Grand Prix of Thailand. In difficult conditions (rain delayed the race by an hour), El Diablo suffered more than anything else. Starting in fourth position, he finished this Grand Prix in 17th place after spending the entire race at the back. He therefore leaves Buriram without any points in his luggage.
His rout benefited Miguel Oliveira (KTM), winner ahead of Jack Miller and Francesco Bagnaia, the two Ducati riders. The latter is moreover only two small points from Fabio Quartararo (219) and completely revives the title race.