Thomas Hunter
at the Crikey sports desk writes:


Questions asked about coaches. Hawthorn coach Alastair
Clarkson says he left 20-year-old rookie Zac Dawson on a rampaging Nathan Thompson yesterday
for the young player’s education. But many fans this morning will be asking why
the education of one player should potentially cost the club a win. Carlton
fans have their own questions this morning following their team’s demoralising
loss to Collingwood yesterday. Leading by two points at half time, the Blues
were blown off the park in the second half, with Collingwood looking
increasingly like a serious finals contender. If the mood of Blues fans at the
MCG was any indication, the Carlton faithful have lost patience with Pagan and
fellow coaches.

Formula One championship alive and
well.
The race for the Formula One crown is very much alive, with Michael
Schumacher taking the honours in the European Grand Prix overnight. Schumacher
grabbed the lead from Alonso in the 38th lap during the Renault driver’s second
refuel. He then lost the lead briefly during his own refuel, but regained it
again in the 44th lap and held on for victory. Alonso came in second with
Ferrari driver Felipe Massa coming in third – his first podium finish in 58
starts. With Ferrari now looking like a serious contender for the championship,
team bosses have set Massa the task of taking points from Alonso in future
races. “That’s a big challenge but I think there will be occasions (he can).
Today he wasn’t very far off,” technical director Ross Brawn said.
Aussie Mark Webber bombed out on lap 13, this time suffering hydraulic failure.

McEwen scores stage win. Robbie
McEwen was first across the line in the 197-kilometre second stage of the Giro
d’Italia
on Sunday. McEwen edged out Germany’s Olaf Pollack
and Italian Paolo Bettini to record the win, but the overall lead stays with
Paolo Savoldelli, who finished in the main group to retain the pink jersey. The
third stage represents another chance for McEwen to earn a stage win, with the
202 kilometre journey expected to finish in a mass sprint to the line.

Barbaro wins KentuckyDerby. The 132nd Kentucky Derby was
won yesterday by Barbaro, who stormed to the lead at the top of the straight to
take victory by six and a half lengths, the fifth largest winning margin in the
history of the event, and the largest since 1946. Trainer Michael Matz
described the win as a “dream come true”,
but he’s a trainer who’s had a few dreams come true in his lifetime. Matz is
the Olympic silver medal-winning equestrian rider who carried the US flag at the
1996 Atlanta Games. He also survived a plane crash in 1989 in which 112
people died. Now Barbaro has won six races from six starts, pundits give him a
chance of becoming the first horse since 1978 to win the Triple Crown, with the
Group I Preakness Stakes (about 1900m) and Group I Belmont Stakes (about 2400m)
being raced in the next month.

Peter Fray

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