Hamilton inches closer to F1 title in Japan

first_img VERY CLOSE “I was able to hold him behind me, but he got very close,” Hamilton said. “We had a bit of traffic, but it was very close at the end.” Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas was fourth, followed by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. The Force India duo of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez was sixth and seventh, respectively. Haas driver Kevin Magnussen was eighth, followed by teammate Romain Grosjean. Williams driver Felipe Massa rounded out the top 10. Vettel’s early retirement put a serious dent in his fading hopes of coming back to win the championship. He also had mechanical issues at Malaysia and started at the back of the grid before working his way to a fourth-place finish. “It is obviously a pity the last two races with the reliability issues,” Vettel said. “But you know, it’s like that sometimes. Of course it hurts, and we’re all disappointed.” Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson also retired early when he ran across the gravel and dived nose-first into the barriers. Carlos Sainz lost control of his Toro Rosso, spinning across the gravel into the wall on the outside and retiring after the second lap. Mercedes also increased its lead in the Constructors’ standings to 145 points over Ferrari. Red Bull is in third place with 303 points. The next race is October 22 in the United States. SUZUKA, Japan (AP): Championship leader Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese Grand Prix yesterday, taking a major step towards winning his fourth Formula One (F1) title. The Mercedes driver crossed the finish line 1.2 seconds ahead of Malaysia GP winner Max Verstappen to claim his eighth F1 victory of the season and third at the Suzuka circuit. Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo was third. “The track was fantastic today and the team did an unbelievable job,” Hamilton said. “Max drove an outstanding race. Obviously, it wasn’t easy for us.” Hamilton moved 59 points clear of title rival Sebastian Vettel with four races left. Vettel was forced to retire on the third lap when his Ferrari lost power. Starting from pole position next to Vettel, Hamilton held the lead through the first turn. With Vettel out of the race, it quickly became a showdown between Hamilton and Max Verstappen. Hamilton built up a four-second lead over the Red Bull driver through the first 15 laps and made his only pit stop on the 23rd lap. Verstappen pitted a lap earlier than Hamilton, then produced some good laps to cut the lead to 1.7 seconds midway through the race. Verstappen closed to within a second at the start of the final lap, but traffic allowed Hamilton to escape once more and seal the narrow win.last_img read more

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Tiffany & Co. Now Open on the Disney Dream

first_imgShare This!Disney Cruise Line‘s Disney Dream recently added a brand new shopping destination onboard, and to celebrate, you are going to want to break out your Tiffany Blue! That’s because the premier jewelry brand, Tiffany & Co. can now be found on deck four, near the ship’s grand atrium.This is the second Tiffany & Co. found on a Disney ship; the Disney Fantasy also features a similar retail establishment. The Tiffany’s that you can find on the ships offer the same level of impeccable service, as well as that legendary style you expect from the brand.If you are looking for something unique, this location onboard the Disney Dream will also feature special jewelry selections that can only be found here, including a beautiful sterling silver necklace.Shopping at Tiffany & Co. at sea will be an experience you don’t want to miss.last_img read more

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Don’t underrate the Confed Cup

first_imgDanny JordaanFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialI wish to disagree with those who believe that the Fifa Confederations Cup, scheduled to kick off on 14 June 2009, is not a serious tournament.While I can understand that some people are making a comparison between it and the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the 2009 Confederations Cup is absolutely crucial for South Africa. It is, after all, the official dress rehearsal for the Fifa World Cup next year, and in so many respects it will set the tone for the global showpiece. In a nutshell, it will test our preparedness and provide valuable pointers in so many areas on the road ahead.Crucially, it will usher in a vital new culture of football in our country in which we play host to some of the world’s top soccer nations – their teams, officials, supporters and media – while imparting to our own communities the special significance of their respective roles in playing, administrating, supporting and reporting on the beautiful game.It is not difficult to understand, therefore, the great importance we attach to it, because positive outcomes in the execution of the Fifa Confederations Cup imperatives will instil an immense sense of confidence, both here and abroad, in respect of our progress in putting on the best Fifa World Cup of them all.In order to do that, however, we must stage the best Fifa Confederations Cup of them all.And to coin a famous phrase of another soccer-lover, “Yes we can!”It is good for us to remember that President Barack Obama, who successfully campaigned on those inspirational words for the United States presidency, will be watching the Fifa Confederations Cup with intense interest. His national team is one of the eight competing nations in South Africa next month and the way the tournament is portrayed in the US will be critically examined and projected around the world.Indeed, the mere fact that this is a tournament involving all six Fifa’s football confederations, as well as the holders of the World Cup and hosts, South Africa, means that the message it sends out will reach right across the globe and be consumed by all those football nations who will ultimately play in next year’s Fifa World Cup.The best marketing brains like to use the phrase “advertising you cannot buy” – and that’s exactly the promise the Fifa Confederations Cup holds for South Africa.Permit me to use an example from another sport. Cricket South Africa recently agreed at the shortest notice to stage the Indian Premier League (IPL) – eight teams representing the best players in the world in an event of 59 back-to-back matches.By all accounts, it was an extraordinary success – providing advertising that South Africa just could not buy.The IPL in South Africa was not just good for cricket but it did wonders in enhancing South Africa’s credibility as a preferred destination to host blue riband global events of any nature. Apart from the acclaim for it from abroad, the IPL extravaganza re-instilled confidence in all South Africans in respect of our capability to stage and enjoy a great sporting experience – and to extend the red carpet of hospitality to any and every nation.This then is the promise of the Fifa Confederations Cup in which we have the honour to welcome the top footballers from Italy, Brazil, Spain, Egypt, the United States, Iraq and New Zealand.By ensuring their comfort, security and enjoyment, we do not just embrace them – we embrace the world.For South African soccer followers, there is the rare opportunity moreover of seeing many of the world’s great teams and players in action at our home grounds – a year ahead of the Fifa World Cup itself.This is a gilt-edged opportunity, too, for our own team, Bafana Bafana, to play in this exalted company, test themselves against the best, and for us to cheer them on. What better opportunity can there be for them, for us?Yes, the Fifa Confederations Cup is not as important as the Fifa World Cup – because nothing in world sport surpasses that marquee attraction – but it is the next best thing by far in the Fifa firmament.There is a misconception that next month’s tournament cannot provide a true measure of our preparedness for the “main event” because the host cities and venues that will stage the matches of the Fifa Confederations Cup 2009 do not include all those for the Fifa World Cup 2010.This is simply not so because those Fifa World Cup host cities and stadiums that do not form part of the Fifa Confederations Cup programme are all preparing on one and the same template and will thus enjoy the rare opportunity to closely monitor next month’s operational plan to ensure that they, too, are on track ahead of 2010.Also all those people working on the Fifa Confederations Cup – think of the thousands of volunteers – will take their hard-earned experience into 2010.And all those South African soccer-lovers who just cannot wait to revel in the once-in-a-lifetime experience of 2010 now have the privilege to raise the roof early in 2009Is next month’s tournament an important one for all of us? You bet it is.Dr Danny Jordaan is chief executive officer of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee South Africa.last_img read more

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‘Magnificent Fridays’ for Boks, Proteas

first_img25 January 2011The government has launched a “Magnificent Friday” campaign to encourage South Africans to get behind the country’s national sporting teams, three of which are gearing up for World Cups taking place this year.Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, along with the national rugby, cricket and netball associations, launched the campaign in Pretoria on Friday.Mbalula called on all citizens to wear their favourite team’s jersey, as well as participate in the numerous activities in the pipeline, every Friday leading up to the respective World Cup tournaments.The 2011 Cricket World Cup, taking place in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, starts next month, while the Netball World Championship takes place in Singapore in July, and the Rugby World Cup kicks off in New Zealand in September.“Every Friday is going to be a rocking Friday,” Mbalula said at Friday’s launch, which was broadcast live on SABC2’s Morning Live programme. “Every Friday will be magnificent. Through this campaign, we are building a movement of excellence and success.“The response this morning from South Africans was fantastic,” Mbalula added. “We want to make things happen in the area of sports in this country, we want people to understand that we are alive, vibrant and we rock!”Next Friday, the Magnificent Friday campaign will be taken to Park Station in Johannesburg.“Through this campaign, we want our people to rally behind our national teams, but we are also deepening nation building, and we want our people to demonstrate passion for their various sporting codes.”Mbalula said Magnificent Friday would kick off in his department with staff members wearing the three national team’s jerseys. “Throughout the campaign, we will be leading from the front, along with the Department of Arts and Culture.”The minister added that he expected players to reciprocate by demonstrating their fighting spirit on the field and by “making the nation proud”.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Singer/Songwriter Lydia Rene Headlines The Soundcheck Series At Pub Webb – Tuesday, June 28

first_img As a singer, songwriter, musician and composer, Lydia Rene’s versatility gives her music an undeniable rich sound. The soulful singer/songwriter was raised right outside of Philly and cites Jill Scott as one of her influences in crafting her rich sound and poignant, positive music. She was raised in a musical family where the bare minimum was learning piano. Outside of her solo efforts, Rene has also been able to work with some talented artists in their own right. She really began writing songs for others after a chance opportunity with producers Tejumold and Johari Newton who were a part of the classic Miseducation of Lauryn Hill project. She has worked and performed with artists like Eric Roberson, Jaguar Wright, Jean Baylor and more. On Tuesday, July 28, Lydia Rene headlines the next edition of Pier Entertainments popular new artist showcase, The Souncheck Series at Pub Web. The Soundcheck Series featuring Lydia Rene When: Tuesday, June 28, 8 p.m. Where: Pub Webb, 1527 Cecil B. Moore Avenue Cost: $10 More Info: Click here for details. Lydia Rene(Courtesy of the artist)last_img read more

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REFEREES GEAR ORDER FORM- UPDATED

first_imgEveryday the office staff at Touch Football Australia receive phone calls or emails from referees Australia-wide needing gear. To help make the process a little easier for all involved, a referees gear order form has been updated and loaded onto this website. It contains all of the items available for referees to purchase, as well as mailing and payment details. Simply download the form, fill it in and return to the TFA office by fax or email. Remember to highlight the required sizes and make sure you fill in the appropiate section (red and blue or green and gold). Please click here for the gear order form: REFEREES GEAR ORDER FORMlast_img read more

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12 hours agoRoma coach Paulo Fonseca: My players are devastaetd

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Roma coach Paulo Fonseca: My players are devastaetdby Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma coach Paulo Fonseca admits his players are stunned after their 1-1 draw with Europa League opponents Borussia Monchengladbach.Nicolò Zaniolo had Roma in front with a header, but deep into stoppages the referee awarded a penalty in the Europa League match for handball, even though it clearly hit Chris Smalling in the face.“It is difficult to accept a decision like that,” Fonseca told Sky Sport Italia.“All the players are devastated. We faced the Bundesliga leaders and were in constant control of the game, despite the difficulties. It’s really hard to accept this, we deserved a different result.”Fonseca played centre-back Gianluca Mancini in midfield on the night.“He’s a fighter and a good player. He’d never played in that position, so it wasn’t easy, but he did very well. We’ll see if he plays there against Milan at the weekend, the truth is we don’t have many options.“If Edin Dzeko can’t play, then I may as well go upfront! I think Zaniolo is the only possibility, even if it’s not his position.” last_img read more

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Wilson would be a good replacement for Kane Rosenior

first_imgLiam Rosenior feels Callum Wilson would be a perfect replacement for Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane who is currently injured.Spurs may act swiftly in the transfer market to replace Kane who is ruled out until March with an ankle injury.And former Fulham, Hull and Brighton defender Rosenior accepted January is a “difficult window” – but said Spurs need to make a move.“I think the Tottenham fans will be desperate for the club to get someone in,” he said on Sky’s Debate.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Mauricio Pochettino has done such a good job. They were minutes away from knocking Juventus out of the Champions League last season and I am desperate for them to take the next step. Now is the time to make that mark.“I look at Callum Wilson and think he’s the perfect fit. He is of a profile where he would be delighted to have the chance to play for a club like Tottenham. He gives them the pace to run in behind and I wouldn’t be surprised if they do put a marker down and show they want to keep Pochettino and build for the future.“I praised Tottenham in the summer because they realised they had an outstanding head coach who has performed nothing short of a miracle to get them in a position where can challenge Manchester City and Liverpool, but now they are in a position where they have to do something.”last_img read more

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