Penalty gives Hamilton big Chinese GP challenge

first_img “When you hear on the Wednesday morning that you’re arriving at the weekend with a penalty already, of course, that changes the approach to the weekend and it changes the mindset a little bit,” he said at the track yesterday. “But for me, a challenge is an opportunity to rise.” Rosberg is confident after sweeping the races in Australia and Bahrain to start the season – and capturing five straight races going back to last season – but he knows he can’t count Hamilton out, particularly on a track where the British driver has prevailed four times before. “A Hamilton that starts sixth is still going to challenge for the win and we know that,” Rosberg said. “I’m not taking anything for granted at all.” Hamilton noted that his teammate will most likely have an “easier weekend” with his penalty, but added: “I’m going to be pushing as hard as I can. It doesn’t mean I can’t win the race.” SHANGHAI (AP): Reigning Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton will have to make up considerable ground in the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday if he’s going to capture his first race of the season, and close the gap with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the drivers’ standings. Hamilton received a five-place grid penalty in Shanghai for making an early switch of his gearbox after it was damaged in a collision at the Bahrain Grand Prix two weeks ago. Hamilton, though, seemed unfazed by the fact he can only start as high as sixth in Sunday’s race, even though he’s already 17 points behind Rosberg in the standings following a disappointing start to the season. RISE TO THE CHALLENGE TECHNICAL ISSUES Ferrari will also be looking to challenge the Mercedes cars after a series of technical issues slowed the team’s start to the year. Sebastian Vettel was forced out of the race in Bahrain with engine failure on the warm-up lap, and Kimi Raikkonen failed to finish in Australia due to a problem with the turbo charger. “We didn’t have the start that we wanted, which is not a big secret,” Vettel said. “The performance is not yet where we want to be. But there’s nothing that shakes me or makes me nervous for this season or the next couple races because I know that this team is very strong.” McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, meanwhile, is looking forward to just getting behind the wheel again following a frightening crash at the season-opening race in Melbourne that left his car in a mangled heap on the track and him with a fractured rib.last_img read more

Zidane makes history as Real clinches a hat-trick of UCL titles

first_img0Shares0000The French manager kisses the Champions League trophy following the enthralling final in Kiev on Saturday night. Photo/COURTESYKIEW, Ukraine, May 26 – Zinedine Zidane became the first coach to win three straight Champions League titles after guiding Real Madrid to their record 13th UEFA Champions League after beating Liverpool 3-1.Karim Benzema struck a bizarre opening goal after an error by goalkeeper Loris Karius on 51 minutes before Liverpool, who lost leading scorer Mohamed Salah to injury in the first half, replied through Sadio Mane. Bale replaced Isco on the hour and connected with an outrageous acrobatic effort on 64 minutes to put Real back in front.The Welshman sealed a record-extending 13th European Cup title for Real with seven minutes left as another dreadful mistake from Karius allowed his long-range shot to find the net.“It has to be (my best goal), a Champions League final, there’s no bigger stage,” Bale said.“Very disappointed not to start the game; I felt like I deserved it. The best I could do was to come on and make an impact, and I did.”Gareth Bale wheeling away after notching a brace.Real boss Zinedine Zidane became the first coach to win the Champions Leagues in three consecutives seasons, having only taken charge of the team in January 2016.Sadio Mane had briefly restored parity, but Bale put Real in front again and then made it 3-1 late on with a long-range strike that the unfortunate Karius could only punch into the net.Jurgen Klopp’s and Liverpool’s own evening was marred by the loss of a distraught Mohamed Salah to injury in the first half, the Egyptian coming off half an hour in having damaged his shoulder.This was not to be Salah’s night, with Real allowing Zinedine Zidane to become the first coach ever to win the Champions League three years in a row.Madrid are the first team to achieve that feat since Bayern Munich in 1976. This is their fourth title in five years, and their 13th overall.Cristiano Ronaldo has now won five in his great career, but even he could not argue that this was Bale’s evening.The Welshman had been tipped to feature in the Real starting line-up but in the end was left out for Isco — just as he had been in the final win over Juventus last year — before making an emphatic impact as a substitute.– Salah’s tears –Mohamed Salah was forced off injured only half an hour into the Champions League final© AFP Sergei SUPINSKYFor Liverpool, this game will be remembered for the disaster that befell goalkeeper Karius in the second half, and for Salah’s tears as he departed the pitch at the NSC Olympiyskyi.The Egyptian hurt his left shoulder as he went down in a challenge with Sergio Ramos in the 25th minute. Five minutes later he made way for Adam Lallana.His presence at the World Cup could now be in doubt, as could that of Dani Carvajal — the Real right-back came off with a hamstring injury before the interval.Those injuries temporarily took the sting out of the game after an enthralling start, with Liverpool on top.It had been uncomfortable for Real, but after Salah departed, they sensed their chance. They even had the ball in the net in the 43rd minute, only to be denied by a marginal offside call.Ronaldo’s header from Isco’s cross was parried by Karius, and Benzema turned in the loose ball, but the Frenchman had come from a fraction ahead of the last defender and the flag came up.If that was a let-off for Liverpool, they were their own worst enemies at the start of the second half.– Careless Karius –Loris Karius sobs on the pitch as he apologises to the Liverpool fans following his two huge errors during the game. Photo/COURTESYIsco struck the bar after Lallana diverted the ball into his path, before Benzema opened the scoring in the 51st minute.It was a moment of unbelievable carelessness from Karius, who attempted to roll the ball out to the nearest red shirt only for Benzema to stick out a leg and send it trickling into the net.Klopp’s side really could have let their heads drop, and yet they were soon back level, Mane turning the ball in after Dejan Lovren headed down James Milner’s corner.But their renewed hope was crushed upon the introduction of Bale.The Welshman had been on the field barely two minutes when he met Marcelo’s cross from the left with an improbable leap, back to goal, 15 yards out, to send an overhead kick on his left foot arcing over Karius and in.Such a strike deserved to be the winner, although it was his long-range shot that beat the embarrassed Karius in the 83rd minute that made sure of the victory.Mane hit the post for Liverpool in between Bale’s strikes, but they will have to wait a while yet before winning their sixth European Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

T20 cricket has brought in mixed fare: Tare

first_imgMumbai, Mar 12 (PTI) The advent of the revolutionary Twenty20 cricket has brought in some negatives along with a lot of positives into the game, said Mumbais Ranji Trophy winning captain Aditya Tare here. Delivering the Legends Clubs keynote address on the occasion of former India captain Vijay Hazares birth anniversary yesterday at the Cricket Club of India, the wicket keeper batsman said while T20 cricket has brought in a lot of money into the sport, it has also affected spin bowling. “I feel there are a lot of positives. Me being the cricketer from the T20 generation, what comes to my mind is it brought in a lot of spectators. “I am fortunate to play this game today, I can earn a living, can lead a good life because of the cash. Lots of crowd and a lot of sponsors coming in has changed the entire mindset,” he said on some of the positives of the shortest format. “There are also a lot of negatives in T20. (Former Test opener) Madhav (Apte) sir spoke about quality of spinners (during the programme). That is one of the major reasons why spinners do not have that quality (bowling) with red ball. “In T20, the moment you flight the ball, the batsman hoists it beyond the boundary. Its not possible to flight the ball in T20, (as) the captain stops you from bowling. “With invention of T20, we are struggling in spin. In yesteryear, wed have 2-3 quality spinners in the squad. Now it has completely changed in the Indian team, you cannot play two spinners except in India. “Also the technique in batsmen (has changed), with a lot of bottom hand coming in, which wont get you runs in the four-day format,” he pointed out. (More) PTI SSR ARS AH AH BASadvertisementlast_img read more