SHANGHAI (AP):Nico Rosberg of Mercedes escaped unscathed from a wild first lap at the Chinese Grand Prix yesterday, and then showed why he’s the driver to beat this year in Formula One (F1).Rosberg started on pole position and led nearly the entire race by a wide margin to extend his perfect start to the season with a third consecutive win and his sixth straight dating back to last season.He becomes just the fourth driver in F1 history to win six straight races, joining Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher, and Alberto Ascari.Vettel, who collided with Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen at the first corner of the chaotic opening lap, finished 37.7 seconds behind Rosberg in second place, while Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat used an aggressive race strategy to take third only the second podium of the 21-year-old’s career.36-point leadEvery driver who has started an F1 season with three straight wins has gone on to win the title that year. Rosberg now has a 36-point lead over Mercedes team-mate and reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton in the drivers’ standings, but he’s not looking too far ahead yet.”It’s the longest season in F1 history. We have 21 races, so that’s 18 to go,” Rosberg said. “Of course, I’m happy with the way it’s gone and I’m feeling good and the car is there, but I don’t want to say more than that.”Lewis is not many points behind … and he’s as focused and motivated as ever.”It was a weekend to forget for Hamilton, a four-time winner at the Shanghai circuit. First, he got a five-place grid penalty for an early gearbox change and then he was forced to start the race in the back row after an engine problem on Saturday prevented him from setting a time in qualifying.To make matters worse, he also got tangled up in the first-corner accident between Vettel and Raikkonen yesterday, losing a front wing that brought the first of an extraordinary five pit stops in the race and a seventh-place finish.creditable secondVettel worked his way through the field after the collision by running his first 16 laps on super-soft tyres to claim a creditable second.Raikkonen finished fifth after having been knocked to the back of the field by the collision with Vettel.The collision came when Kvyat made an aggressive pass on the inside of Vettel, causing the German to swerve and hit Raikkonen on the outside. An angry Vettel fumed on his radio, “Kvyat’s attack was suicidal. There was no way he could have made the corner with that speed.”Vettel exchanged angry words with Kvyat after the race, but the Russian was unapologetic.”It was a risky move, of course,” Kvyat said. “But these kinds of moves can bring you a podium, so I’m on the podium, (Vettel’s) on the podium, it’s fine. I will keep on risking like this and everyone should expect that.”
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — The Athletics ended up in familiar place Friday night following a 9-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners at the Coliseum.Hello, .500.A one-sided to defeat to an American League West team in a 16-41 tailspin dropped the Athletics record to 35-35 — the 15th time this season they’ve won as many as they’ve lost. Coming as it did after a day off following an arduous 6-4 road trip to Anaheim, Texas and …
2 December 2014The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has unveiled the high-powered Afro 4000-series diesel locomotive, which it says will improve the efficiency of passenger rail services in South Africa.Mosenngwa Mofi, the chief executive of Prasa Rail, said at the launch at Cape Town station on Monday that the introduction of the new locomotive was “a realisation of a dream – a dream that will change the travelling experience of all South Africans”.The new high-powered locomotive marked a turning point in the State-owned entity’s ambitious plans to modernise and rehabilitate South Africa’s railway network, which has suffered from ageing infrastructure and rolling stock and delays.According to a report in Business Day, the new locomotives were designed in Spain by rail industry manufacturer Vossloh according to Prasa specifications to suit local conditions and come fitted with the latest technology.UpgradeThe upgrade project was outsourced by Prasa to Swifambo Rail Leasing, a local company who, in turn, awarded the contract to Vossloh to supply 70 new high-tech locomotives at a cost of R3.5-billion. Fifty of these will be Euro Dual electro-diesel and 20 are Euro 4000 diesel locomotives.“The critical factor is to improve the journey experience and encourage more long- distance travel,” Mofi said. “This can only be achieved by providing reliable, efficient locomotives to haul these trains, thus minimising en-route delays.”Mofi said Prasa would also acquire other new, modern trains over the next 10 years as part of a R51-billion contract with the Gibela Rail Consortium.The Spanish locomotives will be tested for three months, and would start operating officially in March 2015.Long distanceThe new locomotives will be used primarily to serve the long-distance market, with 10 of the 70 locomotives allocated to the Eastern Cape region.The trains will run along six long-distance corridors, including the Johannesburg to Cape Town route. This will be increased to 10 corridors as soon as Prasa received the new stock during the first half of 2015.The locomotives have a display unit with various management systems that will allow the driver to detect and reset any faults. They are the first in the country to have two driving cabs – allowing the train to travel in both directions without turning.The trains have automatic doors and open gangways that would allow for visibility throughout the train.SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov
Nine persons, including eight children, were killed and 15 others were injured when a pick-up van collided with a mini-truck in Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur district, police said on Monday. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed grief over the incident and directed officials to provide all possible help and treatment to the injured. The accident took place around 11 p.m. on Sunday near Sadikpur village under the Hafizpur police station limits. The victims were returning to their Salepur Kotla village in the pick-up van after attending a marriage, they said. The mini-truck coming from the opposite direction collided with the van which was carrying 20 children. The impact of the accident was so severe that the van was torn apart and its occupants were thrown out on the highway, police said.Truck driver flees The truck driver fled the spot after the incident, they said. The injured were rushed to a hospital where doctors declared nine persons, including eight children, dead, police said.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)For a few minutes, Tennessee Volunteers fans were a bit confused as to why four-star linebacker recruit Quart’e Sapp was no longer considering playing for their program. After all, it was just a few days ago that Sapp officially narrowed his decision down to four schools – Michigan State, Missouri, Miami (FL) and Tennessee. But the high school senior was actually pulling a fast one on Vols fans – while he only had three hats on the table in front of him, he pulled a fourth one out to commit to UT. Check it out, via 247 Sports’ Jake Rowe.Sapp is now the 15th Tennessee commit ranked four stars or better by 247 Sports. UT’s class is rated fourth overall.
Auburn’s Newton overcomes controversy, wins Heisman and National Championship Auburn, which started the season as the No. 22-ranked team in the nation, got an unexpected boost from transfer quarterback and 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton. Cam led the Tigers to a 14-0 record, which ended with a 22-19 win over Oregon in the BCS National Championship Game. The win gave Auburn its first national title since 1957. “Anything is possible,” Cam said after the game. “I guarantee you five or six months ago, nobody would have bet their last dollar to say that Auburn University is winning the National Championship.” However, Cam didn’t just make headlines for his on-the-field performance this season. In early November, allegations surfaced that Cam’s father, Cecil Newton, attempted to solicit money from Mississippi State when his son was being recruited as a junior college transfer. On Dec. 1, the NCAA ruled that although Cecil did in fact shop Cam’s services during his recruitment, neither Cam nor Auburn was aware of Cecil’s actions, so the association ruled Cam eligible. On the field, Cam passed for 2,854 yards and 30 touchdowns, and rushed for 1,473 yards and 20 touchdowns. Despite the controversy surrounding him throughout the season, he still earned the third-highest percentage of first-place votes in the history of the Heisman Trophy. What does it take to be No. 1? In October, five teams were ranked No. 1 in the nation in as many weeks. After defending national champion Alabama lost its first game of the season to South Carolina on Oct. 9, Ohio State took the No. 1 spot. The Buckeyes’ reign as the nation’s top team only lasted a week, as they dropped their Oct. 16 matchup at Wisconsin, 31-18. “We have to bounce back because we can’t let this define us. We can’t lose another game,” Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor said following the loss. Following OSU’s loss, Oklahoma rose to No. 1 in the season’s first BCS standings. However, just like the Buckeyes, Oklahoma couldn’t manage to maintain its position for a full seven days, as the Sooners lost their Oct. 23 game at Missouri, 36-27. Oklahoma’s loss was Auburn’s gain, as the Tigers climbed to No. 1 in the following week’s BCS standings, only to have Oregon top them in the polls a week later. Auburn eventually reclaimed the nation’s top spot following its SEC Championship win over South Carolina on Dec. 3. ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’ wins ‘The Granddaddy of Them All’ January 2010’s Fiesta Bowl contenders Boise State and Texas Christian University entered the season at No. 3 and No. 6, respectively, leaving critics wondering what impact having both mid-major schools go undefeated in the regular season could have on the BCS. Among those critics was OSU President E. Gordon Gee, who told The Associated Press that even if they were to go undefeated, neither TCU nor Boise State was worthy of competing for a National Championship because of the low level of competition both teams faced. “We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor. We play very fine schools on any given day,” Gee said. Boise State eliminated itself from national championship consideration with its 34-31 overtime loss to Nevada on Nov. 26. The loss snapped the Broncos’ 24-game winning streak, which dated to a 2008 Poinsettia Bowl loss to TCU. Mountain West conference champion TCU went undefeated, finishing No. 3 in the regular season BCS standings and earning itself a bid to the Rose Bowl. The Horned Frogs defeated Wisconsin 21-19 in the bowl game. “Today we played for us, and for all the schools that wanted a chance,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said following his team’s Rose Bowl victory. TCU finished the season ranked No. 2. Out with the old, in with the new At season’s end, prestigious programs Florida, Miami (Fla.) and Michigan began searching for new head coaches. Florida’s coaching vacancy came as a result of 46-year-old Urban Meyer’s retirement, following six seasons and two national titles with the Gators. Former Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp was named Meyer’s replacement Dec. 11. Miami fired coach Randy Shannon before the Sun Bowl, after the team went 7-5 in 2010. In four seasons as the Hurricanes’ coach, Shannon’s record was 28-22. On Dec. 13, former Temple coach Al Golden was introduced as the team’s new coach. Following its blowout loss in the Gator Bowl, Michigan fired coach Rich Rodriguez, who went 15-22 in his three seasons in Ann Arbor, Mich. “Michigan is not used to this,” said Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon. “Michigan fans expect more than this, and so do Michigan athletic directors.” Michigan announced Tuesday it hired former San Diego State coach Brady Hoke as its 19th head coach in program history. Facing suspensions, Buckeyes overcome adversity, break losing streak vs. SEC On Dec. 23, the NCAA announced that five OSU juniors — Pryor, Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas — would be suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling awards, gifts and university apparel, and receiving improper benefits in 2009. A sixth player, Jordan Whiting, will be suspended for one game for receiving discounted services due to his status as a student-athlete. “My selfish acts were very young and immature,” Pryor said in an apology on Dec. 28. “I’m just very deeply sorry about it. I didn’t mean to hurt anybody at all or bring anything down or bring embarrassment to our university.” The suspended players were, however, allowed to play in the Buckeyes’ 31-26 Sugar Bowl victory over Arkansas on Jan. 4. The bowl win snapped OSU’s nine-bowl-game losing streak against SEC opponents. In the game, Pryor contributed 336 yards of total offense; Posey and Herron each scored a touchdown; and Thomas came up with a game-saving interception with less than a minute remaining in the game. Despite their Sugar Bowl performances and looming suspensions, the suspended Buckeyes committed to returning to OSU next season.
Former Red Devils and Wales star Mickey Thomas is well aware of the situation Bale is in right now and has seemingly felt his fellow countryman could use an advice.He thinks Bale could only complete a perfect career with a Premier League title – something he will not be able to get while playing in Bayern Munich, who are reportedly more than interested in acquiring him.“He’s got enough money. Surely now it’s not how much he can earn. His CV would be enriched and complete with a Premier League winner’s medal. I’d argue that is worth more than all the money he gets,” Thomas said, according to Goal.“OK, I know he has won La Liga and the Champions League with Real Madrid, but he hasn’t won the Premier League.”Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I wouldn’t want to finish a career like his without a Premier League winner’s medal.”“Unfortunately, he’s had Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar blocking his path to becoming the best player in the world.”“If he came to England and started doing the business, winning trophies in this country, then it will have been the perfect career,” Mickey went on to add.“He could go to Germany and play for Bayern Munich, but it’s time to prove himself in the Premier League.”
Rangers midfielder Eros Grezda insists the team showed character during their 2-1 win over Hearts despite being one man down for more than 20 minutes.Rangers fell behind to an early own goal from defender Gareth McAuley but scored twice before half-time through Connor Goldson and Alfredo Morelos.Steven Gerrard’s men had to play the last 20 minutes of the game with ten men after Scott Arfield saw red for a late challenge on keeper Zdenek Zlamal.But Grezda reckons the team’s determination showed through as they battled to earn an important victory.He said, according to Evening Times: “It was a really hard game. The guys never lost belief after going 1-0 down and we came back fast. We are very happy.”Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“It’s a long way to the end [of the season] but for the moment we have a lot of games and we just have to go one by one.”“We have to give maximum effort in every game and go for the win. But the end is so far.”“As I said we go for every win so we will see what will happen.”“That’s football. We lacked a bit in the first 20 minutes but after they scored we showed our best face and scored two goals and that decided it.”“We played with less players in the second half but I’m really proud of the guys that they made it.”