The former IndyCar driver made an emotional return to the racetrack Sunday, driving a parade lap before the circuit’s race in Toronto. Wickens suffered a spinal-cord injury in a crash in August, and his ceremonial lap around Exhibition Place was his first time on a track since the accident. A $160,000 Acura NSX was modified by Arrow to allow the Canadian native to drive with hand controls. “I am over the moon with how crazy this is,” Wickens said. His passenger was fiancee Karli Woods, and Wickens is determined to dance at least once with her at their wedding this year.
One year after publicly rejecting an offer to join Barcelona, the French forward put on his new blue-and-burgundy shirt and thanked the Spanish champions for giving him a second opportunity. Griezmann signed his five-year contract with Barcelona to complete his move from rival Spanish club Atlético Madrid. Griezmann had flirted with joining Barcelona last year in a “behind-the-scenes” documentary that followed him for weeks as he contemplated the pros and cons of staying at Atlético or making the jump. “This year is different,” Griezmann said at Camp Nou.
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