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Majestic Hamilton wins in Belgium to close in on Schumacher record

first_imgTopics : Max Verstappen came third for Red Bull, seven seconds further adrift, to claim his sixth podium finish in succession.Hamilton, who had to nurse his car home on worn tires, has 157 points in the title race, 47 clear of Verstappen. The ‘black arrows’ lead the constructors’ championship with 264 points, well ahead of Red Bull on 158.”It wasn’t the easiest of races,” said Hamilton. “It was a bit of a struggle, but nonetheless I think it was ok in the end.”At the British Grand Prix at the start of August, Hamilton had clung on to win after one of his tires disintegrated. “I was concerned that we’d have a scenario like Silverstone, but the tire seemed to have quite a bit of rubber left on it at the finish.”Bottas admitted he could not match his team-mate’s pace.”The start was a good opportunity, but Lewis played it really well and I just couldn’t catch him. In the same car, with Lewis driving a flawless race, it was really difficult.”Verstappen said he had a dull afternoon. “It was pretty boring, not very interesting and not much to do,” he said. “I ran out of tire at the end so I was just stretching it out and saving the tires.”Daniel Ricciardo produced the fastest lap on his final lap as he claimed fourth ahead of his Renault team-mate Esteban Ocon, and Alex Albon, in the second Red Bull. Lando Norris was seventh in the sole McLaren.Pierre Gasly finished eighth for Alpha Tauri ahead of the Racing Points of Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez. On a troubled weekend, last year’s winner Charles Leclerc was 14th, one place behind outgoing Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel. Drama and ceremony On a cool dry day in the Ardennes, the race was preceded by drama and ceremony with Carlos Sainz’s McLaren suffering an exhaust failure that ruled him out and then a minute’s silence, in memory of French F2 racer Anthoine Hubert, and the now-familiar drivers’ anti-racism demonstration before the national anthem.Hamilton made a smooth start from his record 93rd pole position ahead of Bottas while Verstappen fought to defend third position against Ricciardo.Bottas chased Hamilton in vain, the champion controlling his advantage with imperious speed in the early laps as they pulled clear of the rest.”We have one push now?” asked Bottas. “Yes, but we agreed not to use it against each other,” replied Mercedes.”I’ve never heard of that,” replied the clearly miffed Finn, who had said on Saturday that he would attack his team-mate to keep alive his own title bid.The safety car came out on lap 11 after  a collision involving Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi and George Russell of Williams. The Italian spun into the barriers in front of the Briton whose car was hit by an errant rear wheel as he took evasive action.The damaged cars left debris strewn across the circuit, but the drivers walked away unhurt. “I’m ok,” said Russell on team radio. “Nowhere I could go, guys.”The leaders pitted immediately, Bottas only just returning ahead of Verstappen after a slow stop. Ferrari appeared unready when Leclerc pitted, another issue in a bleak weekend that saw their drivers bump wheels in a scrap for 12th.After the re-start, Bottas closed to nine-tenths briefly, on lap 17, but Hamilton raised his pace and was gone. Lewis Hamilton stretched his lead in the drivers’ world championship and closed to within two wins of Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record of 91 on Sunday with a majestic, if ultimately tense, Belgian Grand Prix victory.The series leader and six-time champion registered his 89th career win with another flawless drive to take his fourth Belgian triumph, finishing 8.448 seconds clear of his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.It was Hamilton’s fifth win in seven races this year and extended his record run of points-scoring races to 40.last_img read more

Man City target Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto

first_imgManchester City have made Barcelona aware of their interest in signing the versatile Sergi Roberto, according to a report in El Mundo Deportivo.Advertisement It is said that City transfer chief Txiki Begiristain has led the interest with the blessing of Pep Guardiola, although the report clarifies how any transfer would have to be a straight money deal.The name arose between the two clubs in informal transfer talks between the two clubs, with full-backs Nelson Semedo and Joao Cancelo said to be possibly involved in a swap deal this summer.28-year-old Sergi Roberto is under contract at the Camp Nou – where he has spent the entirety of his professional career – until 2022, with his contract set to enter a crucial period later this year. Read Also: Man City, Inter waited for Messi to signify he wanted Barca exitHe has made 274 first-team appearances for the Blaugrana and despite naturally being a central midfielder, has often been deployed at right-back ahead of Semedo in recent seasons.Sergi Roberto has played a prominent squad role in six La Liga titles, two Champions League titles and five Copa del Rey successes.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading…last_img read more

Berget completes Cardiff move

first_img Solskjaer has already brought in midfielders Magnus Wolff Eikrem and Mats Moller Daehli from Heerenveen and Molde respectively. Berget, who like Eikrem and Daehli shares an agent with Solskjaer, was out of contract with Molde in the summer and has signed a two-and-a-half year contract at Cardiff City Stadium. The 21-year-old has made just four appearances for the Red Devils this season, one of which came in the Community Shield win over Wigan. A move to Cardiff would allow the England cap to gain regular first-team action, but Solskjaer insisted, contrary to reports, that the player has not had a medical. ”You have to ask Manchester United,” said the Bluebirds boss. ”He is a Manchester United player. I cannot comment about players who are not Cardiff players. Nothing has been concluded. “I can confirm he has not had a medical for Cardiff. I can say that. I don’t know what he has done with other clubs but he has not had a medical with Cardiff.” Cardiff are also close to completing a deal for Wigan defender Ivan Ramis after having a bid accepted by the Sky Bet Championship club. Cardiff are currently bottom of the Premier League and, with survival the priority, Saturday’s trip to Bolton in the FA Cup may be a fixture Cardiff could do without. But Solskjaer wants his side to use the fourth-round tie as a means of generating momentum. He said: “Tomorrow is going to be an important game for the club. “It is vital to build momentum and confidence. I hear many people say it is a distraction but for me it is another chance to get to know the lads and for them to implement what we are trying to do. “The FA Cup was the biggest one-game occasion in football. I watched probably all of them. This is one final we really want to get to and this game is massive for us. “But we need fresh legs and energy, especially mental energy, we need to rotate as we have another game on Tuesday and then Saturday.” And the Norwegian has urged his players to believe they belong at the elite level. “Sometimes they need to get told they are better players than they think they are,” he said. “You cannot outperform your ego. So, they have got to start believing that they belong in the Premier League and that they should be playing against the Manchester Citys and the Manchester Uniteds.” Solskjaer said on Friday: “I’m delighted to welcome Jo to the club. He went through his medical last night and signed his contract this morning. “He’s a forward and a full Norwegian international and arrives on a very good deal for us. He knows the way I want to play, he’s a secondary frontman and is a very strong and intelligent footballer. He’ll do well for us.” The trio of Eikrem, Daehli and Berget may not be the big-name signings Cardiff fans would like to see, but Solskjaer has backed the trio to shine in English football. “We are talking about three full internationals I have brought in for a very cheap price compared to what they give us,” he said. “They are long-term value for money. “Of course they haven’t played in the Premier League but they are all full internationals and I know them because I have had them before. “I know their personalities.” Another man expected to complete a move to Cardiff is Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha. Press Association Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made his third Norwegian signing after Molde striker Jo Inge Berget completed his move to Cardiff for an undisclosed fee.last_img read more

Syracuse zeroes in on limiting Quinnipiac scoring threat Babstock

first_imgWhen the Orange hits the ice this weekend for a series against Quinnipiac, it will need to be able to stop one of the best players in women’s collegiate ice hockey, Kelly Babstock.The junior forward for Quinnipiac already won Eastern College Athletic Conference Hockey Player of the Week two weeks in a row, and was also named to the preseason All-ECAC First Team. In her junior season, she’s already racked up 100 career points.“She’s really good,” junior defender Brittney Krebs said. “She’s quick and has a good knowledge of the ice. She’s going to be tough to battle against, but we’ll do our best.”The Orange knows that due to the presence of the hard-to-stop forward, playing solid defense will be critical this week. For the Orange to have any chance to win this game, it needs to figure out a way to at least slow her down.The captain of Syracuse’s defense, Jacquie Greco, will be facing a familiar foe in Babstock. The two have been in national camps throughout the years. As a senior, Greco said she has heard about the things Babstock has done on the ice for several seasons.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs a veteran player, Greco has experience dealing with talented opponents on the ice, and knows the team needs to keep it simple on Friday and Saturday.“Sometimes playing simpler is better against really good teams,” Greco said. “We’re just going to tell our defense, ‘Be simple. Don’t play the body. Don’t try and fish for the pucks or you might get beat around.’”While no specific game plan has been formed to stop her yet, head coach Paul Flanagan has a general idea of what the Orange must do to stop her.“When we’re on defense we need to try to get to her and stick with her as much as you can,” Flanagan said. “For our defensemen, as a group, to just have an awareness that you can’t give her a lot of space and time to do things.”Part of the reason Babstock has so much talent is because of her family’s hockey background. Her brother, who played ice hockey, influenced her to play the sport and her father mentored her.Babstock said without her father, she would not be playing at the high level she’s been playing at this season.“My dad was the one who taught me everything and I give him all the credit because if it wasn’t for his skills he had and the knowledge of the game he gave to me I don’t think I would be where I am right now,” Babstock said in an email.Babstock’s coaches have also been instrumental in her being able to expand her talent. They taught her skills in practice to help her continue to improve into the player she is now.“Practice,” Babstock said. “Just practicing and learning from my coaches of the various different situations is what improved my skills.”Now Syracuse is going to look to limit some of her skills and scoring opportunities.The Orange played well last week, beating Penn State twice in back-to-back shutouts. This performance and Syracuse’s tough performances in its first two games — both losses — gave Flanagan confidence in the team he has seen so far on the ice.Come Friday and Saturday, Flanagan knows this team will have to work hard defensively to have any chance of beating Quinnipiac and Babstock.“This early into a season, you try to identify a culture of the kind of team you’re going to be,” Flanagan said. “This team knows we’re going to have to be a hard-working team. We’re not good enough to take a night off. We have to consistently be a hard-working team, stay positive and stay focused. I think we can play with anybody.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 18, 2012 at 1:49 am Contact Ryan: rlraigro@syr.edulast_img read more

Salvation Army wins big at Nhyira FM Church Olympics

first_imgAshanti Region’s favourite radio station, Nhyira 104.5 FM, pulled off yet another thrilling experience for over 30 churches in a sporting extravaganza on Saturday.Religious groups converged to compete for honours in a friendly atmosphere amid fanfare at the Nhyira Church Olympics held at the Ridge Park, Danyame in Kumasi.Prizes and bragging rights were up for grabs in football, table tennis, snooker, arm wrestling and athletics, among others, which drew thousands of Christians to the venue.Saint Theresa’s Catholic Church at Asawasi picked up the laurel for the passion of the nation, soccer.Salvation Army, Wiamoase in Sekyere South District, shrugged off all opposition to emerge ultimate champions for the 3rd edition of the Nhyira Church Olympics.last_img

Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan not bitter over previous NBA All-Star exclusions

first_imgSo is Jordan, though he wished he could have played in his first NBA All-Star Game with teammates Chris Paul (nine-time All-Star) and Blake Griffin (five-time All-Star). Paul has missed the past 13 games after having surgery to treat a torn ligament in his left thumb. Griffin sat out 18 other games to recover from right knee surgery. Still, the Clippers (35-21) remain in striking distance behind San Antonio (43-13) and Golden State (47-9).“Being without (Paul) is tough, but they’ve done a good job of weathering the storm and winning some games while he has been out,” Kerr said. “Once he’s back, you know they’re going to get a lot better.”Will the Clippers be better enough after either falling in the first round (2016, 2013) or West semifinals (2015, 2014, 2012) since Paul, Griffin and Jordan have played together?Jordan mused Paul and Griffin’s possible inclusion in this year’s All-Star Game would not have come at the expense of the Warriors, which boast Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Jordan argued the “Spurs are never a sleeper” before calling Gregg Popovich “a hell of a coach” and forward Kawhi Leonard “one of the best players on both sides of the ball.”Though he said it would be “really cool” if the Clippers acquired Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony before the Feb. 23 trade deadline, Jordan sounded concerned about something else.“We have to get healthy,” Jordan said. “When we get a full team, we’ll be OK.”The Clippers have been OK mostly because of Jordan, who observed he took on a heavier workload and leadership role without Paul and Griffin. That arguably secured an All-Star nod for Jordan, enabling him a more pleasant experience to break up the NBA grind.“We beat each other up so much during the season. It’s good to get a break,” Jordan said. “It’s good to see these guys and not be intense.”So, Jordan jokingly revealed his mock dislike for Durant after he declined the Clippers in free agency last summer. With Kings center DeMarcus Cousins mused he most looks forward toward seeing Jordan shoot free throws during the All-Star Game, Jordan called Cousins a “hater.” Jordan also soaked in his visit to New Orleans with friends and family, while enjoying po-boy sandwiches.“I’m really excited,” Jordan said. “I want to have as much fun as possible.”It sounds like Jordan already has with frequent smiles, laughs and playful insults. “I’m excited; this is my first one,” Jordan said. “Hopefully, there will be more.”He also swatted away any notion of feeling snubbed in recent seasons as quickly as he does with one of his blocks.“That’s a way harsh word,” Jordan said. “I could’ve made it a couple of times. But everything happens for a reason. The timing was right this year. I’m just excited to be here. I didn’t really come out and play hard to make the All-Star team. I’m lucky and blessed to be a part of this.”Western Conference coach Steve Kerr listed Jordan, San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge as well as Portland’s Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollom as players recently “being on the outside looking in.” But Kerr argued Jordan’s play should not escape the naked eye as he ranks first in the NBA in field-goal percentage (69.5 percent), third in rebounding (13.8) and ninth in blocks (1.7).“It should have happened a couple years ago. He means so much to his team,” said Golden State forward Kevin Durant, who became close friends with Jordan during the 2016 Rio Olympics. “He’s well respected around the league as one of the best big men and a different big man than what we’re used to seeing. He’s so athletic and gets off the floor so quickly. He’s a freak of nature. I’m so happy for him.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img NEW ORLEANS >> The endless quips captured a man eager to crack a joke any chance he can.As Clippers center DeAndre Jordan discovered, NBA All-Star weekend provides a format both for stars and standup comedians.Jordan jokingly called Saturday’s practice the toughest of his life in preparation for Sunday’s All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center. Jordan contended he plans to shoot “every time I touch it” so he can break the record that Indiana’s Paul George set in 3-point field goals (nine in 2016). Jordan said he also practiced more on his free throws than preparing for Saturday’s NBA dunk contest, an obvious jab on his poor marks from the foul line this season (50.2 percent) and through his nine-year NBA career (43 percent).In between laughs, Jordan spoke of his upcoming stint as a Western Conference reserve with the same excitement children have when they open Christmas presents.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw hopes to ‘get back quick’ from back injury

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> Three days after going on the DL with a back injury for the second consecutive season, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw said it was a “big relief” when an examination showed it wasn’t the same herniated disc that sent him to the sidelines for 75 days last season.But this injury (a lower back strain) will sideline Kershaw for an undetermined length of time. He denied that any timetable has been placed on his return.“There’s no timetable. Whoever said that is very much mistaken. False source,” he said, referring to reports (tacitly endorsed by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts on Monday) that pegged his recovery time at four to six weeks. “People just tend to run with stuff these days. No timetable. Could be sooner. We’ll see how it goes.”Kershaw insisted there were no warning signs or issues with his back before the second inning of Sunday’s start. Regardless, he said “it’s miserable” being injured and unable to pitch “even more so this year with all I’ve done to maintain it.” “That’s how it worked out last year. I didn’t really have a choice,” he said. “Ultimately, I’d just like to pitch every fifth day until the postseason and then pitch. That’s not what’s going to happen so I’m going to make this work.”Ravin steps upIt’s been a rough but ultimately rewarding few days for Dodgers pitcher Josh Ravin.The 29-year-old right-hander sat on a bus driving from Iowa, where the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers were wrapping up a road trip, to Oklahoma for five hours in the small hours Monday morning. Ravin and pitcher Edward Paredes then waited for another bus to take them to the airport. There, they waited through an hour-long delay before takeoff, then another hour-long delay upon landing in California.When Ravin finally got into a game and pitched three scoreless innings against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night, he did the Dodgers a tremendous service. Their regular long reliever, Brock Stewart, moved into the starting rotation Wednesday. Manager Dave Roberts was bracing for the possibility of a “bullpen game.” He needed someone to eat innings.“Those are conversations that we had this past winter,” Roberts said, “where looking at what Josh did for us in September and potentially how our ’pen would be constructed, and the value of a person who could go two or more innings, would be huge for us. I think if you look at stretching guys like (Brandon) Morrow out, (Josh) Fields is not really a two-inning guy – he’s maybe a one-plus. So to have Ravin be able to eat up six outs and pitch him in leverage spots is huge.“(Tuesday) was a big night for us, for him.”Ravin needed only 33 pitches to record nine outs.AlsoThe Texas Rangers had two evaluators in attendance in Oklahoma City to scout a game started by pitcher Walker Buehler on Wednesday. The Dodgers have expressed interest in Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish as Monday’s trade deadline approaches, and Buehler is regarded as the Dodgers’ best pitching prospect. … Outfielder Alex Verdugo, second baseman Willie Calhoun and one of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ top-10 prospects were also in the lineup for the game. … Roberts acknowledged the possibility that the Dodgers would add an extra bench player for the weekend series against the San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers played with a three-man bench for the third consecutive day Wednesday. … The probable starting pitchers for the Giants series: Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood will face Giants left-hander Matt Moore on Friday, Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill will face Giants left-hander Ty Blach on Saturday, and Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu will face Giants righty Matt Cain on Sunday.J.P. Hoornstra contributed to this story Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The fact that he has had none of the more severe symptoms that accompanied last year’s disc issue does give Kershaw, and the Dodgers, reason for optimism that he can “get back quick.”“It’s definitely not as painful this year,” he said. “Every-day life isn’t really affected right now, which is good. Last year, I couldn’t sit, couldn’t really bend in anyway. This one is not nearly like that, so I’m just trying to play that balance of wanting to do a lot but making sure I don’t make it worse before it heals. That’s where we’re at.”Kershaw is taking medication and doing physical therapy at this point with, again, no target date to begin baseball activities. Roberts said Kershaw has to be symptom-free before any of that can begin. Because this year’s back injury occurred a month later than last season, Kershaw could sit out the disputed four to six weeks and return in a similar time frame as last year when he made five starts before the postseason.“I’m thankful that our team looks like we’re in a pretty good spot to play in the postseason right now,” he said. “You obviously can’t take that for granted. It gives me something to shoot for I guess. I might not pitch as many starts as I’d like in the regular season. But I’d definitely like a few before October.”Having been through that experience a year ago, Kershaw acknowledged he knows how to plot his return this time. But he would not put any specifics on how many starts he felt would be necessary to prepare him for the postseason.last_img read more

Arsenal full back Kieran Tierney with a touching gesture to teen who had his…

first_imgAdvertisement bhgaNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9xrkWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2ngae( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 295Would you ever consider trying this?😱5mj8jjCan your students do this? 🌚lm8aRoller skating! Powered by Firework Kieran Tierney, the latest Arsenal signing from Celtic is already winning hearts in North London after his touching gesture for a young Arsenal fan who was attacked by bullies for wearing an Arsenal home kit.Advertisement The wingback sent the young fan Jack Staniard, a kit with his name and number on the back with a heart-touching note.Advertisement Tierney’s note read: “Dear Jack, I understand that you have been through a tough time recently and experienced things most people don’t.“That must have been very upsetting for you and on behalf of everyone at Arsenal Football Club I send you our very best wishes.Advertisement “It’s sad to hear that you’ve been through what you have, and I can’t even begin to imagine the pain and suffering you have endured.“I hope you make a full recovery physically and mentally and please keep me updated on your progress.”He added: “I heard you’re a big Arsenal fan which we truly appreciate and thank you for your support.”The schoolboy said: “I think Kieran is amazing – I had no idea until my mum sent me a picture of him with the top.“I didn’t believe her at first and then it later arrived with the letter.“I’d like to thank him very much for what he did for me. I’m a fan of both Arsenal and Tierney.“I’ve known who he is since he started playing for Celtic. I know where he’s from and some of my mates have met him and said he’s a really nice guy.”The attack is not disclosed and is unclear as it is an ongoing case. Local police have arrested a 15 year old responsible for the bullying of Jack.Kieran Tierney is Scotland’s most expensive player of all time but his gestures have been priceless. Advertisementlast_img read more