Lewis Hamilton began the 2017 Formula One season similar to 2016 when he grabbed his fourth consecutive pole position at the Australian Grand Prix. The only difference this time around being that he was pushed to the limit by Sebastian Vettel, who took second place just over two tenths behind. Valtteri Bottas made a strong start to his Mercedes campaign by finishing third and was just over two hundredths of a second behind the Ferrari driver.
Andrea Pirlo believes Gianluigi Buffon is the best goalkeeper of all-time, but thinks the Juventus icon is now too old to move to another club. New York City midfielder Pirlo hailed Buffon after the shot-stopper reached 1000 professional appearances by playing for Italy against Albania on Friday. Asked for his view on the best keeper in history, Pirlo told Corriere dello Sport: "For me, it is Buffon.
England's football team paid tribute to the victims of Wednesday's London terror attack ahead of their World Cup qualifier at home to Lithuania on Sunday. England's players, led by captain Joe Hart, wore black armbands at Wembley and the game was preceded by the laying of wreaths in the centre circle and a minute's silence. "We know how important the national football team is for the feeling of the nation," England manager Gareth Southgate said ahead of the game.