Vettel takes aim at Hamilton with Singapore sling

first_img0Shares0000Sebastian Vettel trails Lewis Hamilton by 30 points in the standings. © AFP / ATTILA KISBENEDEKSINGAPORE, Singapore, Sep 12 – Sebastian Vettel is under growing pressure to slash Lewis Hamilton’s championship lead at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix — and erase Ferrari’s painful memories from last year in the process.Mercedes normally struggle at the steamy Marina Bay Circuit, but in 2017 Hamilton won from fifth on a rain-soaked grid after a first-lap shunt scuppered both Ferraris and the Red Bull of Max Verstappen. Ferrari and Vettel are still smarting after Hamilton won at Italy’s Monza 10 days ago, despite the Marinello team locking out the front row at their home grand prix.Vettel’s first-lap spin after contact with Hamilton enabled the Englishman to extend his lead in the drivers’ standings to 30 points and the German vowed to bounce straight back in Singapore, where he has won a record four times.“For sure it’s a disappointment right now,” Vettel said after the race. “But I am turning the page and focusing on Singapore — I like the place and I am happy to go there.”Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff warned this week that Ferrari and Red Bull would have the edge on Mercedes on the tight, twisting street circuit. But with rain forecast again this week, anything could happen.“Singapore has features that we’ve struggled with in the past,” said Wolff.“The short straights, the slow, tight corners and the bumpy surface all make the Marina Bay Street Circuit one of the trickiest for us.“On paper, the track should favour the Ferraris, but the championship fight is so close that predictions are almost meaningless.”– ‘Win the damn thing’ –Vettel said he was not worried about the gap to Hamilton growing to 30 points with seven races remaining, and is relishing the chance to pounce on one of his favourite tracks.“I think we have the pace,” the four-time world champion said. “The points sound a lot, but actually it doesn’t take a long time to get them down.”Red Bull have suffered a lean season but will fancy their chances of picking up a second 2018 win to follow Daniel Ricciardo’s triumph at Monaco’s similarly twisty street circuit.The Austrian team have not won in hot, humid Singapore since 2013, when Vettel was behind the wheel, but Ricciardo has remarkably finished second in each of the past three years.“It’s a place where I have good races and finish pretty strong,” said Ricciardo. “I’ve had four podiums and three second places in a row there, so it’s about time I win the damn thing.”Verstappen echoed his team-mate’s optimism. “I think the whole team is looking forward to Singapore because we know we have a real chance to have a good result there,” said the Dutchman, who turns 21 at the end of the month.“The race has been a strong one for us in the past and I think we should be able to challenge for a podium.”Off the track, much attention will focus on Kimi Raikkonen after Ferrari announced that the former world champion would be replaced by Monaco’s Charles Leclerc, 20, next year.More than 20,000 fans had signed an online petition urging Ferrari to stick with the veteran Finn, who will now join Sauber, for one more season at least.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Premier League: Benteke’s debut Liverpool goal should not have stood

first_img Liverpool striker Christian Benteke 1 Christian Benteke’s controversial winner for Liverpool against Bournemouth on Monday should not have stood, the Premier League has clarified.Benteke’s close-range finish at Anfield was allowed by referee Craig Pawson, despite team-mate Philippe Coutinho attempting to play the ball from an offside position, and secured a 1-0 victory for the Reds.The decision was widely criticised after changes to the interpretation of the offside rule this summer and the Premier League, in conjunction with referees’ body PGMOL, has clarified the situation, accepting an error was made.A statement read: “The Premier League has this week written to its clubs to clarify the new interpretation of the offside law decided by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) this summer.“Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) issued this guidance in order to clear up any misunderstandings that arose following the goal awarded to Liverpool in their Monday night match against AFC Bournemouth.“The Premier League does not generally comment on decisions made by match officials. However, given the recent change to the interpretation of the offside law and the fact that it was made close to the start of the season, the league felt it was appropriate, in this instance, to publish in order to inform fans and other stakeholders.”In the incident in question, Benteke turned in a deep cross from Jordan Henderson at the far post after the ball flew past an offside Coutinho.Under the new guidance, Coutinho did not need to have touched the ball to have been considered interfering with play, as he would in the past.Coutinho only needed to play at the ball while it was close to him and for his action to impact an opponent. In this case that criteria was fulfilled and the law therefore not correctly enforced.The statement used stills from the match to illustrate the point and underneath it said: “Expected outcome: Offside offence.”The decision to write to clubs may slightly appease Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, who said after the game he would like an explanation.“That is the clearest example of the new rule you will see,” Howe said in his post-match press conference. “A yard and a half offside and he is clearly impacting the goalkeeper. I don’t think that is a tough one.”The Cherries actually had double cause for grievance on the night after a Tommy Elphick goal was harshly disallowed for a foul.Howe said: “I would like some feedback on both decisions.”last_img read more

Bournemouth player pens new one-year deal

first_img1 Shaun MacDonald Bournemouth midfielder Shaun MacDonald has signed a new one-year deal with the Barclays Premier League club.The 27-year-old signed for the Cherries in 2011 and has won three caps for Wales since coming through the youth ranks at Swansea.MacDonald has made 99 appearances for Bournemouth, including eight this season, and he admits it was an easy decision to make.“It’s come at the right time,” MacDonald told Cherries Player.“The club is going in the right direction, in the Premier League and it’s a great squad that we have got here.”last_img

Gangster gone good

first_imgMARIO Corona and Dorly Goodman have important lessons for us all. As a teacher at Cleveland High School, Goodman didn’t throw up her hands at Corona, a student many would think was unredeemable. Instead she pushed the teenage gangster to do more. And although Corona was steeped in a violent and dangerous life in the streets, he didn’t let his tough early life as a gangster stop him from accomplishing his dreams. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsNow this former gangster, who publicly thanked Goodman on Tuesday at the San Fernando Valley Faith Committee’s annual community summit, is a graduate student at the University of Southern California. As a community advocate, he no doubt can help use the lessons he learned through personal experience to make a difference in the live of kids with similar tales. 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

Mou on the move? PSG ‘will bid to lure Jose away from United next summer’

first_img1 Paris Saint-Germain will make their move for Jose Mourinho this summer after the Manchester United boss heaped praise on the Ligue 1 giants. Mourinho left the door open for PSG to snatch him from Old Trafford this week, saying ‘(in) Paris there is something special. Magic, quality, youth, it’s fantastic’.The United boss has attempted to pour cool water on speculation he is about to leave, but PSG – who tried to sign Jose in 2016 – will try and lure him next summer, according to The Sun. Mourinho said: “I have my contract that ends in May/June 2019, we are in October 2017, so I don’t know what to say.“One day you say I am going to sign a five year contract and the next day you say I am going to leave.“The only thing that I said and is true and there was not misinterpretation of my words is I am not going to end my career at Manchester United.”But ahead of United’s Champions League clash against Benfica, he said: “I ask how is it possible in modern football that a manager is going to last 15 or 20 years, I think Wenger is the last one, it is impossible for us, to last for so long.“If in this moment I want to finish my career in four or five years my ambition would be to end my career at Manchester United.” Mourinho and his team are in Portugal ahead of United’s clash with Benfica last_img read more

Bayern Munich confirm interest in Arsenal and Liverpool target Leon Goretzka

first_imgBayern Munich have confirmed their interest in Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka.The 22-year-old Germany international, who is out of contract in the summer, has scored six goals in 12 appearances this season to help Schalke reach the winter break in second place behind Bayern in the Bundesliga.He has been strongly linked with a move away from the club, with Liverpool and Arsenal reportedly interested.But Bayern have now also signalled their intent to try and sign the player this month.“Leon Goretzka is a great player, that’s clear,” Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said via the club’s official Twitter account.“He is a Schalke player and we obviously respect that. But he is a Germany international and we can say that we are interested in him.” The highly-rated 22-year-old midfielder is out of contract at Schalke in the summer 1last_img read more

Liverpool fans told to not wear red vs Napoli but Ancelotti defends ‘beautiful’ city

first_imgLiverpool have told their supporters to avoid wearing red and to remain vigilant while in Naples ahead of their Champions League opener against Napoli.The Reds kick-off their European campaign this evening, and talkSPORT brings you full LIVE commentary of the San Paolo clash. Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff LIVE on talkSPORT on target “In every city there are also some stupids, of course, in Naples too.”Liverpool head into the match on a brilliant run of form, having won all five of their Premier League games so far this season.However, they return to the San Paolo slightly less than a year after their previous visit, in which they were beaten by Lorenzo Insigne’s injury-time winner. Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son rookie error Napoli vs Liverpool (Tuesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTBorussia Dortmund vs Barcelona (Tuesday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Olympiakos vs Tottenham (Wednesday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORTShakhtar Donetsk vs Man City (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTPSG vs Real Madrid (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Eintracht Frankfurt vs Arsenal (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Leicester vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Derby (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Newcastle vs Brighton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTWest Brom vs Huddersfield (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more deals appointed Man United transfer news live: £17m bid for Barca wonderkid, English starlet linked 1 Carlo Ancelotti, the Napoli manager, has already defended the city, insisting it is beautiful despite suffering with a poor reputation for a long, long time.“Napoli is not a dangerous city” said Ancelotti. “Napoli is a beautiful city.“People can come here, enjoy the city, the sea, the food, and also the people, that is wonderful too. What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:00Loaded: 8.27%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ statement Liverpool kick off their European Campaign at Napoli tonight Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Getty LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS update And ahead of the match Liverpool have published a list of do’s and don’ts which their supporters should adhere to to avoid trouble on the Italian coast.They include not wearing red in the city and using shuttle buses to travel to the San Paolo, and also remaining vigilant as supporters may be targeted for robbery and assault.The two clubs met in last season’s Champions League and both ties passed without major incident, and the 2,500 travelling supporters hope for the same outcome this time around. Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta stalemate latest targets Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Michael Owen discusses his move to Real Madrid from Liverpoollast_img read more

Arsenal ‘have no January plans’, United’s transfer fears, Coutinho return still on?

first_img update Griezmann is the latest ‘what might have been’ story for Arsenal… 2 latest on target 2 LATEST FOOTBALL HEADLINES Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho could still return to Liverpool – if Bayern Munich decide not to sign him permanently next summer when his loan deal from Barcelona is up. (AS)Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is prepared to leave the club in January if he does not play more. Inter Milan and Major League Soccer side Vancouver Whitecaps are among the teams interested in the 33-year-old. (The Sun)Crystal Palace are interested in Inter Milan forward Gabriel Barbosa. The 23-year-old is currently on loan at Flamengo in his native Brazil. (PassionInter)Aston Villa are due to pay Bournemouth an extra £250,000 after Tyrone Mings made his England debut. The clause was agreed between the two clubs when Villa signed the 26-year-old from the south coast club in July. (Daily Telegraph)Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has dismissed speculation Cristiano Ronaldo could retire and says he is happy at the Serie A club. (Daily Star)Luka Modric has pleaded with Gareth Bale to stay at Real Madrid after the Wales forward almost left the club last summer. (The Independent) targets Philippe Coutinho joined Bayern Munich on loan in August after a tough first full season with Barcelona – but is a return to Liverpool still on the cards? Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti stalemate Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future center_img rookie error Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son statement talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Wednesday’s papers and online…Arsenal boss Unai Emery is NOT looking to sign any new players in the January transfer window, according to Gunners guru David Ornstein. (The Athletic)Ornstein also claims Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League at the end of the 2016-17 campaign cost them the chance to sign Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid. (The Athletic) appointed Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship AFP or licensors Real Madrid remain keen on signing Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante and are prepared to offer £86m PLUS James Rodriguez to sign the Frenchman. (El Desmarque)Manchester United are reportedly concerned about the difficulties of signing any new players in the January transfer window. (Metro)Tottenhamhave upped their pursuit of Jose Mourinho amid uncertainty over the position of manager Mauricio Pochettino. (Daily Express)Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic is said to be considering a move to Juventus or Manchester United, having fallen down the pecking order at the Nou Camp. (Marca)Juventus and Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic is still wanted by Man United, but the 33-year-old has been told to lower his wage demands. (ESPN) Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff AFP or licensors Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman last_img read more

It takes two: Marshfield Tennis Association puts on doubles tournament

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Tennis Association staged its annual Marshfield Doubles Tournament on Aug. 6 at Boson Courts.A total of 40 players participated in six brackets.Grant Reckner and Tom Duncan won the Men’s A Doubles, beating Chris Gritzmacher and Lee Brandenburg in the finals 6-2, 6-4. Evan Fait and Derek Reckner topped Jack Haessly and Ayush Shukla 6-2, 6-4 in the consolation finals.Duane Haakenson and Brett Haakenson won the Men’s B and Women’s combined bracket, beating Garry Koehler and Nick Reckner 4-7, 7-6, 11-9 in the finals. Craig Paulman and Luke Kaiser teamed to win the consolation bracket, taking down Paul Roberts and Lee Gostomski 6-1, 6-0.The Women’s B and Youth combined bracket was won by Lillie James and Taylor Konczal, who defeated Joan Frericks and Ava Critelli 6-2, 6-2 in the championship match. Lucas Paulman and Ryan Paulman beat Kacy Wesolowski and Olivia Devedas 6-1, 6-2 in the consolation finals.Mixed Doubles were won by Renee Wesolowski and Jeff Eisberner. They beat Tom Duncan and Ashley Schultz in the finals 6-2, 3-6, 10-5. Olivia Haessly and Jack Haessly beat Shukla and Critelli 6-3, 4-6, 10-7 in the consolation finals.Ryan Paulman and Kristen Gerndt won the U17 adult/child doubles bracket, and Zach Brandenburg and Lee Brandenburg took first in the U12 adult/child doubles competition.last_img read more

Is Your Site Prepared for an Onslaught?

first_imgOn Wednesday, AdGrok followed up with “a blog post about a blog post,” in which the startup discussed its experiences and “lessons learned” from having an unexpectedly successful blog post and from having an unexpectedly slammed server. The post notes the importance of Twitter as a distribution channel, the usefulness of browser-based Olark for real-time chat and customer support, the recommendation for the WP-Cache plugin for better WordPress performance, the accuracy of Google Analytics.Not given as part of the bulleted list of observations was Garcia-Martinez’s “incantation of Amazon EC2 demons.” Although it’s not clear how much of AdGrok keeping their systems running on Tuesday was the incantation, how much was the demon, and how much was the cloud, it’s recognition that responsive scalability should be a key consideration when planning your startup infrastructure. Your blog getting a sudden influx of traffic, your website getting swamped on launch day – these are good things, and you want to be prepared to respond. You don’t want to get some great buzz, then have your server combust.AdGrok has successfully generated some buzz with original blog content. It managed to keep the blog up when under fire. The next task, of course, is sustaining and extending that momentum.Photo credit: Flickr user Wonderlane Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#tips Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… On Tuesday, AdGrok co-founder Antonio Garcia-Martinez penned a masterfully incendiary blog post in which he blasted the “backwater” tech scene in New York. It was only the company’s third post on its blog, but it was a doozy. Go read it.Now imagine, for a moment, what happened to a brand new startup with a brand new blog when thousands of people on Tuesday did just that: on someone’s recommendation, they clicked through to read to the post. The post was voted to the top of Hacker News. Robert Scoble tweeted a link. The post hit Techmeme. By one o’clock in the afternoon, AdGrok’s blog was “totally wedged and we all start panicking. We can’t even SSH into the box.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more