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Ricciardo wins chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Vettel penalised

first_imgRed Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo won a chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday, with Formula One championship leader Sebastian Vettel finishing fourth after being penalised for swerving into rival Lewis Hamilton who came home in fifth.Hamilton’s Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas finished second after overcoming a first-lap collision with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, while Canadian teenager Lance Stroll was third for his first podium after being pipped on the line by Bottas.Ferrari’s Vettel got a 10-second stop-go penalty, which saw him drop from second to ninth, after he steered into race leader Hamilton under safety car conditions after a red-flag stoppage.“Nothing happened, did it?” Vettel said to Sky Sports. “He brake-checked me as well, so what do you expect? I’m sure he didn’t do it on purpose but for sure it was not the right move.“I got damage, he risked damage,” added the German. “After the incident, we were side by side, I raised my hand and showed him that I wasn’t happy with that.”Vettel reacted incredulously when he learned of the 10-second penalty on lap 32, while Hamilton, whose hopes of victory were later ended when he had to pit due to a loose head rest, complained over his radio that the sanction was insufficient.“I don’t really care about (what happened),” Hamilton responded. “It’s done and dusted and we move on.“I think it’s just not driver conduct. It’s dangerous driving and to get a 10-second penalty for that…“I don’t need to say anything else.”CRAZY RACEVettel leads the overall standings on 153 points ahead of Briton Hamilton on 139 and Finland’s Bottas with 111.Australian Ricciardo’s first victory since he won the Malaysian Grand Prix last year lifted him to fourth on 92.“I can’t really believe it,” said Ricciardo. “It was a crazy race. We knew the podium was a chance after the restart, then we heard of the problems with Lewis and Seb.“(I didn’t think I’d win) for all my money, but this was the race we expected last year, all the safety cars and chaos. We had to stay out of trouble and certainly pulled it off today.”The 18-year-old Stroll’s previous best had been a ninth-placed finish on home soil earlier this month, but he kept his nerve under pressure to become the youngest Formula One driver to make the podium in his maiden season.The anticipated Mercedes dominance was tested early on when Bottas came off the kerb and collided with Ferrari rival Raikkonen, forcing both Finns into the pits.While Raikkonen was ultimately forced to retire later in the race, Bottas staged a remarkable comeback, emulating his fine performance on the Sochi street circuit to battle back to a podium position before overhauling Stroll on the line.Force India’s Esteban Ocon finished sixth, equalling his career-best performance, although he may rue missing out on the podium after clashing with Mexican team mate Sergio Perez, whose retirement ended his 37-race streak of consecutive finishes.Ricciardo’s Red Bull team mate Max Verstappen, the pacesetter during practice on Friday, was forced to retire for the fourth time in the last six races with engine trouble on lap 11 after the Dutchman attempted to attack Perez and take third.last_img read more

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NBA preps for expanded betting on games

first_img The casinos, however, are balking at legislative mandates insisting upon the use of official data. Joe Asher, the CEO of bookmaker William Hill USA, told The New York Times that such a mandate “sets up monopoly pricing power. This whole thing of official league data is like a smoke screen.” It’s a major issue to work through, especially if in-game betting – people betting on various aspects of games after they’ve already started – catches on in the United States the same way that it has in the United Kingdom. In-game betting, which is huge in Europe, is still relatively small in this country. Most Nevada bookmakers say in-game options make up no more than five per cent of their sports-wagering business, although William Hill has said it accounted for nearly 25 percent of its sports business in the US during 2017. Only a handful of states have legalised sports betting since the Supreme Court decision in May, though several more states are expected to get operations up and running in the next year or so. Bettors now have been largely playing the basics – will Team X beat Team Y by more than six points, will the teams combine to score more than 210 points, that sort of thing. “There’s a couple of things about official data that make it advantageous for sports betting,” said Scott Kaufman-Ross, an NBA vice president who oversees fantasy sports and gaming. “Most is the speed. … That’s important for in-game betting.” LAS VEGAS (AP): Here’s a scenario: LeBron James is four assists and three rebounds shy of a triple-double after three quarters. A bettor, who is watching at home and utilising a mobile app, decides to gamble that James will get those assists and rebounds in the final 12 minutes. The wager then gets made before play resumes. The NBA wants that bettor to see the best possible data. So the league is seeking to get stats out quicker than ever. Fast isn’t fast enough for the NBA anymore, not when it comes to stats – especially now that the US Supreme Court has opened the door for states to allow wagering on games. The league has upgraded its stat systems in the past year to try and get its data out as close to real-time as possible, even aiming to beat the typical lag of 7-15 seconds that it takes for television or streaming services to show whatever happened. It’s about what the NBA calls official data. The league’s stance is that getting accurate stats to bettors is critical so the player knows what they’re betting on and the casinos will know when to pay out or not. But how much value that data has for casinos – and whether they will pay anything for it – remains unclear. “My view is we should be compensated for our intellectual property, but we can do that directly, again, with commercial relationships with gaming establishments,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, whose league had hoped this matter would be resolved with federal regulation instead of various policies getting worked on state by state by state. Silver met with betting officials in Las Vegas earlier this month, and how data should be provided was one of the topics on the agenda. The NBA has said it is seeking a one per cent “integrity fee” on wagers, which the league said would offset their additional security costs and compensate them for the data they can provide. CASINOSlast_img read more

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DORMANN, BLUES UPSET NO. 4 RAMS

first_img Matchup History Next Match: Trent University 2/10/2019 | 3:00 p.m. Preview Buy Tickets Alina Dormann exploded for a season-high 26 points to help the University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s volleyball team take down the No. 4 Ryerson Rams 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 25-20, 25-20) on Friday night at Mattamy Athletic Centre.TORONTO STATS: Fourth-year right side hitter Dormann registered 23 kills, two aces and one block, while adding eight digs on the night.Fourth-year middle Anna Licht chipped in with 9.5 points off eight kills, 1.5 blocks, and had seven digs. Second-year middle Jenna Woock put up eight points with seven kills, while third-year left side hitter Brianna Patrick also had eight points, all off kills.First-year setter Hayley Goodwin posted a game-high 37 assists and added eight digs, while fifth-year veteran Anna Feore posted seven points off six kills, and added 12 digs in the victory.HOW IT HAPPENED: The two juggernauts went back-and-forth in the first set, but it was the Blues up 16-12 at the first technical timeout. Dormann dominated the rest of the way, registering seven kills, including the one that clinched the opening set, 25-18.The see-saw battle continued in the second set. Toronto was able to take the 16-15 advantage at the technical timeout. The defending national champions responded thought, going on a 7-0 run to help take the second set 25-21.Toronto put the pressure back on Ryerson, leading 16-10 at the third technical timeout. They kept pouring in the points and put together a 7-2 run, which led to a 25-20 set victory.The fourth set was similar to the first two. The Blues went into the technical timeout leading for the fourth straight time, this time 16-14. Toronto did not look back the rest of the way, snagging it 25-20.UP NEXT: The Blues are not back in action until next Sunday (Feb. 10) afternoon, when they host the Trent Excalibur at the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport. First serve is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Full Schedule Roster last_img read more

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Man United transfer regret? The stats that show Red Devils were RIGHT to sign this versatile star

first_img 3 He is regarded as one of the finest defenders on the planet, but Raphael Varane’s career could have taken a different trajectory had he completed a proposed move to Manchester United in the summer of 2011.It has recently been revealed that the Frenchman had ‘one foot in Old Trafford’, before he decided to join Real Madrid, following United’s own choice to recruit Phil Jones from Blackburn Rovers.Jones arrived in Manchester as one of English football’s bright, young hopes, but according to Varane his signing signalled that United weren’t as serious about the former RC Lens defender as he first thought.When quizzed about his protracted move to Old Trafford, he is quoted as saying: “Manchester Untied? They had just signed Phil Jones in my position.“My first reaction when Real wanted to sign me was not, ‘Of course I will go’. I only made my decision when I knew that the coach wanted me to play in the first team.”Given the development of Varane over the past three seasons it seems as though United dropped a massive clanger in snapping up Jones, but is that fair on the Englishman?Take a look at their respective stats… 3 Upon first glance, it seems as though – statistically at least – Jones has been far more useful to Man United than Varane has in the same period to Real Madrid.From the moment he joined the Red Devils, Jones was thrust into the first team and became a regular fixture in the first team ranks, notching up a hugely respectable 29 league appearances in his debut season – a solid total for a player who was just 19 years old at the time.Varane may be one-year younger than his English counterpart, but as can be seen during his first campaign, he featured just nine times for the Spanish giants. While it can fairly be argued that competition for places in Madrid is far more competitive than it is at Old Trafford, it would be unfair to discount just how quickly Jones appeared to settle at the club.One huge aspect of his increased game time is perhaps down to his versatility. Jones frequently plays an array of positions for United, a trait that does offer wild inconsistency in his performances. However, his use at full-back and in central midfield are largely indicative of his hugely greater tackling, crossing and other attacking statistics in comparison to Varane.That’s not to write off Jones’ talents however. While Varane is judged to be a ‘classier’ operator in comparison to the ‘rough and tumble’ Jones, the Englishman has quickly adapted to the rigours of top level football – despite his own injury struggles.Varane has face some well-publicised knee complaints over the past seasons, but Jones in turn has also struggled with his own knee and muscle problems that have stopped him becoming an even more frequent starter for United.The debate will naturally continue as to whether United signed the wrong player, especially in consideration of the current defensive crisis the club is enduring, but to point at Jones as a mistake buy would be incredibly unfair.For his apparent short-comings as a player, Phil Jones has been hugely effective when called upon, and his signing can still prove to be one of the smartest United have made in recent years.Man United fans, despite your current defensive problems, did you sign the right man? Comment below…center_img Phil Jones was signed instead of Raphael Varane 3last_img read more

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Reports – Chelsea, Man United and Tottenham set to miss out on PSG star

first_img1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action for Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimovic may never grace the Premier League as the striker wants to end his career at AC Milan, according to reports.The Swedish maestro, who turns 34 in October, has revealed his desire to leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer and return to Milan – the club where he spent two seasons between 2010 and 2012.Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham have all been linked with one of world football’s biggest names but it looks unlikely Ibrahimovic will add an English club to his glowing CV, having already played in the top flight in Spain, Italy, France, Holland and Sweden.chelSky Sport Italia is reporting that Ibrahimovic’s agent, Mino Raiola, has met Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani to discuss the possibility of bringing the attacker back to the San Siro.Although PSG have given no indication they will sell their fans’ favourite, Ibrahimovic has just one year remaining on his current deal and it is believed Milan are willing to offer the veteran forward a three-year contract.The former Ajax and Barcelona man’s future is expected to be decided this summer.last_img read more

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Blow for Man United! Borussia Dortmund star could sign new deal

first_imgBorussia Dortmund have not given up hope of convincing reported Manchester United target Ilkay Gundogan to extend his contract with them.The Germany international is out of contract next summer and he has turned down Dortmund’s offer of an extension, fuelling rumours he could leave as early as this summer.United and Barcelona have been linked with the 24-year-old, but his future could still be in Westphalia, according to the Bundesliga club’s general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke.“Maybe there is still a chance that he has a rethink,” he told the WAZ newspaper. “We are in talks and Ilkay is a decent lad.”Gundogan joined Dortmund from Nurnberg in 2011 and has made 117 appearances for the Westphalian side, scoring 12 goals.Injury restricted him to 23 appearances last season and ruled him out of last summer’s World Cup. Ilkay Gundogan in action for Borussia Dortmund 1last_img read more

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Fantasy Premier League tips: The transfers you should make in Gameweek 8

first_img 12 12 It’s October and we’ve now reached the eighth week of this year’s Fantasy Premier League.We’re about to break up for yet another fortnight of international fixtures, but you still can’t afford to take your eye off the ball.In fact, this week is probably more important than most; given that the person who comes out on top by the end of it will have bragging rights over your entire mini-league for the next two weeks!So, if you don’t want to have to listen to any of your mates crowing about their lead for the next 14 days, or if you want to be the one doing the crowing yourself, then take note of which players we think you should get and which we think you should get rid of.Check out the Fantasy Premier League transfers you might need to make this week by clicking the yellow arrow above, right… 12 In: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – £11.1m – Click the arrow above, right, for more transfer tips – He’s back. Following the Copa America, Alexis Sanchez’s early season form looked to be desperately short of the heights he had hit last season. However, the Chilean was back to his best with a hat-trick against Leicester last week and, after a goal in mid-week, will look to continue this form against Manchester United. Out: Joe Gomez (Liverpool) – £4.7m – Click the arrow above, right, for more transfer tips – Joe Gomez has been dropped… it’s as simple as that really! At the start of the season, this £4.7m prospect looked like a bargain of a way into Liverpool’s defence. Now however, Alberto Moreno has annoyingly fought his way back into the side and 18-year-old Gomez is sitting on the sidelines. 12 In: Jamie Vardy (Leicester) – £6.6m – Click the arrow above, right, for more transfer tips – The obvious replacement for any injured striker would be the current Premier League top scorer. As things stand that’s not Sergio Aguero, not Diego Costa, but Leicester’s Jamie Vardy! Vardy has netted six times for the Foxes so far this season and is currently in great form having scored five times in his last four appearances. In: Juan Mata (Manchester United) – £8.8m – Click the arrow above, right, for more transfer tips – In stark contrast to Toure, Juan Mata’s last four games have been sensational, as the small, Spanish maestro has recorded three goals and two assists in a short space of time. The only question lies in whether Mata will be able to maintain his form in United’s tough next three fixtures, which see the Red Devils travel to Arsenal and Everton before hosting the Manchester derby. Out: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) – £6.0m – Click the arrow above, right, for more transfer tips – There was bad news for Arsenal fans and some Fantasy Premier League managers alike this morning as manager Arsene Wenger revealed in his press conference that Laurent Koscielny’ has suffered a hamstring injury and will be out for the next three weeks. Out: Yaya Toure (Manchester City) – £8.9m – Click the arrow above, right, for more transfer tips – Yaya Toure started this season looking like the player he was in 2013/14 again. However, he recorded just one assist in City’s last four games and his form seems to have now dropped back to the level of the Yaya Toure we saw in the 2014/15 campaign. In: Eric Dier (Tottenham) – £5.1m – Click the arrow above, right, for more transfer tips – To find Koscielny’s replacement you needn’t look further than across north London to Spurs. This is because Eric Dier has kept three clean sheets and scored one goal in his last four appearances. Despite being considered a defender in Fantasy Premier League terms, Dier is becoming rather well accustomed to his new midfield role in the Tottenham side; meaning that more goals are likely to follow for the young Englishman. 12 12 Out: Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) – £5.8m – Click the arrow above, right, for more transfer tips – Bournemouth’s dreadful luck with injuries this season continued this week as striker Callum Wilson was ruled out for six months with an anterior cruciate ligament injury. This comes as a massive blow to both Wilson and many Fantasy Premier League managers across the country; we wish him a speedy recovery. 12 In: Theo Walcott (Arsenal) – £8.5m – Click the arrow above, right, for more transfer tips – It’s been a strange start to the season for Arsenal’s Theo Walcott as he has had to fight with Olivier Giroud for the position of Arsenal’s lone striker. Despite being a midfielder in Fantasy Premier League terms, Walcott looks to be slowly asserting his dominance over the position; netting twice in his last three appearances. 12 12 12 Out: Pedro (Chelsea) – £9.5m – Click the arrow above, right, for more transfer tips – After a fast start for the Blues, Pedro Rodriguez’s form at his new club has quickly deteriorated with his poor finishing now only adding to Jose Mourinho’s woes. In his last three appearances Pedro has failed to claim a goal or an assist, a record undeserving of his £9.5m price tag. 12 Out: Andre Ayew (Swansea) – £7.2m – Click the arrow above, right, for more transfer tips – Like Yaya Toure, Swansea’s Andre Ayew started the campaign in sensational form and looked a bargain for just £7.1m. However, also like Toure, Ayew’s form has collapsed of late, as the Ghanaian has not managed a goal or an assist in his last three matches. 12 In: Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – £8.2m – Click the arrow above, right, for more transfer tips – Romelu Lukaku has struggled to hit consistent form of late but, after grabbing week’s game against West Brom by the scruff of the neck, you could well believe that he’s about to. Lukaku scored twice and set up another as his Everton side came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at the Hawthorns on Monday in what was truly an incredibly performance from the big man.last_img read more

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Klopp the big favourite for Liverpool job, Big Sam set for Sunderland – Coral Daily Download

first_imgNicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Coral’s PR manager looks at the contenders to succeed the sacked Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool boss, revealing Jurgen Klopp is the 1/5 favourite for the job, with Carlo Ancelotti next in the betting at 3/1.She also looks at the contenders for the Sunderland post following Dick Advocaat’s departure, with Sam Allardyce the current 4/5 favourite. Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

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Bicyclist stretches his legs and rides to his job

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsCompared to the handful of cross-country races and nine 500-mile road races he has entered, the trip to work is a yawn. Still, it has its merits. “It saves on gas,” said Williams, who carries a fit 155 pounds on his 5-foot-10 frame. “And it’s a lifestyle I picked up in the late ’80s, and I just continued it.” With the mortgage paid off, the bike mechanic and salesman at Performance Cyclery in Saugus has settled into a schedule that suits him and pays the bills. He leaves his Lake Isabella home at 2 a.m. Mondays and – depending on winds, weather and rest stops – arrives at work eight to 12 hours later, returning Thursday night or Friday. During the week, he stays with friends in Newhall. His route threads along Highways 155, 178 and 184 and onto southbound Interstate 5. He has avoided collisions in his three years on the route – where uphill climbs and prevailing winds can lengthen the return leg by up to two hours. SANTA CLARITA – John Williams is doing his part to conserve gas by riding his bicycle to work – 145 miles each way. Fellow commuters offer encouragement, especially as he pedals up the Grapevine. “Drivers honk and give the thumbs-up on Interstate 5 in both directions,” he said. “Truckers honk. I like them because they push the wind for me.” While May is National Bike Month and May 18 is Bike to Work Day, Williams hardly need incentives to climb aboard his 15-pound carbon-fiber Kestrel and hit the road. And some California Highway Patrol officers have learned bike riding is is allowed on I-5 between San Francisco and Castaic – where Williams exits at Hughes Lake Road – during calls to superiors after pulling Williams over. The concept of riding to work takes on greater meaning since gas prices have shot up more than 10 cents in the past week. The Automobile Club of Southern California reports the cost of a gallon of regular gas in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area averages $3.34; a week ago, it was $3.20. One local station is charging $3.69 a gallon for regular gas. The recent uptick in gas prices has not yet driven herds of desperate motorists into Williams’ shop, but he noticed a 15 percent increase in first-time cyclists since last fall. Roger Hasper, owner of Newhall Bicycle Co., applauds the plan to outfit all Santa Clarita city buses with bike racks by June, but seeks routes tailored to cyclists’ needs. “I think what happens first is people who are already pedaling are the first ones who start to commute. If prices of gas continue to rise, we’ll get people coming in saying, `I need a bike.’ “A temporary rise in fuel will not make them act,” he said. “Taking money out of their wallet for a prolonged amount of time will make people think alternatively about commuting on their bike.” Parents have not been prevailing on their offspring to ditch the drive and ride bikes to school, but Connie Hall, office manager at Mountain View Elementary School in Saugus, has seen more car-pooling since the school’s 1,068 students have returned from spring break. Cyclists who partake in May 18 events will be rewarded with pit stops and free rides on mass transit. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is offering free bus and train rides, and in Northern California, the city of Alameda is offering free rides on its two ferries. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Drive to register Hispanic voters aims to boost political clout

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Organizers have identified more than a dozen swing states with anywhere from 50,000 to 900,000 legal residents eligible to apply for citizenship – enough to influence state and congressional elections if they become Americans. The groups have also commissioned studies estimating that as many as 3 million U.S.-born children of immigrants will be voting age by 2008. In a trend activists attribute in part to fear that the government will crack down on immigration, citizenship applications are already up nearly 20 percent over last year. The citizenship push might not have a major impact in the November elections, because applications typically take at least eight months to process. Still, organizers believe greater voter registration by immigrants who have become citizens could sway elections this fall in congressional districts where lawmakers identified as anti-immigrant – mostly Republican – are vulnerable. LOS ANGELES – Immigrant rights groups have a message for unsympathetic politicians around the country: Change your stand or risk getting voted out of office. A coalition of unions, Hispanic activists and religious groups is trying to convert the big street protests of recent months into long-term political power by launching nationwide citizenship and voter registration drives Saturday in at least 19 states. The Democracy Summer campaign aims to register 1 million new voters and persuade many of the 8 million legal residents in this country to apply for citizenship. “We want to make sure no politician will dare propose the criminalization of immigrants in the future,” said Angela Sembrano, a top organizer in Los Angeles. One district is in San Diego, where Republican Rep. Brian Bilbray beat Democrat Francine Busby by 5 percentage points earlier this month in a special election to replace former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, who is in prison for taking bribes. Bilbray made a crackdown on illegal immigration the centerpiece of his campaign, calling for construction of a fence along the entire U.S.-Mexican border. His slim victory in a district where Republicans far outnumber Democrats gave immigration activists hope for the November election. In the district “there is a tremendous Latino community that could make a difference,” said Enrique Morones, president of Border Angels, an activist group that is helping organize the drives.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more