23 May 2011

7am sports heads

7:15 am on 23 May 2011

Blackpool and Bimingham have joined West Ham as the three clubs dropping to the second tier of English football next season.

Blackpool went down fighting, losing 4-2 to the champions Manchester United while Birmingham lost 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur.

The world motor racing champion Sebastian Vettel edged out Lewis Hamilton by less than a second at the Spanish formula one Grand Prix, giving the 23 year old German his fourth win from five races this season, and a 41 point lead over Hamilton in the championship.

Despite being knocked out by Fiji in the semi-finals of the penultimate round in London, the NZ rugby sevens team has won the world series for the first time in three years.

South Africa beat Fiji in the London final.

The Queensland Firebirds have set their sights on becoming a title-winning dynasty after their record 57-44 win in the ANZ netball championship grand final over the Northern Mystics, which completed an historic unbeaten season.