“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.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):Bowling coach Roddy Estwick expects a positive approach to pay dividends for West Indies, as they enter today’s final day of the second Test chasing a world record 456 to level the three-Test series.West Indies finished the penultimate day at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on 171 for four, still requiring a further 285 runs to overhaul their massive target and grab their first win of what has been a tough tour.”A lot will depend on the first hour or the first session and how Roston Chase and (Jermaine) Blackwood approach it,” Estwick said following the day’s play.”I thought today (yesterday) we played reasonably well. We probably lost two wickets too many, but at least I like how we were positive. I found in the first innings, we got stuck and we were unable to rotate the strike, and we weren’t able to turn it over.”Today, we looked a lot better. Kraigg played wonderfully well. I thought he was a bit unlucky with his decision, but I thought they came out and showed positive intent and that kind of spread through the team.”Resuming yesterday on 114 for one, Pakistan declared their second innings on 227 for two at lunch, to put themselves in pole position to take victory.TOP SCOREOpener Leon Johnson then fell cheaply for nine and Darren Bravo for 13 as West Indies slipped to 60 for two, before Brathwaite stroked a top score of 67 and Blackwood, an unbeaten 41, to keep their side alive.Estwick said the final day would be a challenging one and it was important that West Indies remained focussed throughout and not let their guard down.”(They have to) keep playing the same way, keep being positive. If you’re positive, you get those close fielders from around the bat and then you have a better chance of survival so I would say keep playing the same way, assess the situation, make sure you don’t relax too much because this is Test cricket,” the former Barbados seamer stressed.”You’ve got to be patient. This is Test cricket. It is very, very hard and you can see that the conditions here are very, very tough. They’re unforgiving, and you’ve got to keep working. You can’t afford to relax.”Estwick said one of the big lessons West Indies would take away from the ongoing tour was the value of discipline and focus.”When you’re bowling you’ve got to be patient. You have to learn to bowl one side of the wicket,” he pointed out.”One of the differences between the two teams is when their batters got in, they got big hundreds and I hope that our players would learn from that and move their averages from the mid-30s to the 40s and 45 and the only way you can do that is by churning out big scores.”SCOREBOARDPAKISTAN 1st innings 452WEST INDIES 1st innings 224PAKISTAN 2nd innings(overnight 114 for one)Sami Aslam c wkp Hope b Gabriel 50Azhar Ali c Holder b Cummins 79Asad Shafiq not out 58Younis Khan not out 29Extras (b4, lb3, w1, nb3) 11TOTAL (2 wkts decl., 67 overs) 227Fall of wicket: 1-93, 2-164.Bowling: Gabriel 12-2-36-1 (nb2), Cummins 7-0-26-1 (w1, nb1), Brathwaite 15-2-33-0, Bishoo 20-0-77-0, Holder 7-0-22-0, Chase 6-0-26-0.WEST INDIES 2nd innings (target: 456 runs)K Brathwaite lbw b Mohammad Nawaz 67L Johnson b Yasir Shah 9D Bravo c Mohammad Nawaz b Rahat Ali 13M Samuels c & b Yasir Shah 23J Blackwood not out 41R Chase not out 17Extras (lb1) 1TOTAL (4 wkts, 62 overs) 171Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-63, 3-112, 4-124.Bowling: Sohail Khan 10-2-24-0, Rahat Ali 14-1-40-1, Yasir Shah 18-2-60-2, Zulfiqar Babar 15-5-32-0, Mohammad Nawaz 5-0-14-1.Position: West Indies require a further 285 runs for victory with six wickets standing.Toss: Pakistan.Umpires: M Gough, R Illingworth; TV – P Reiffel.
MIAMI — A cousin of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to plead guilty to drug charges, the last defendant whose case is pending in the federal government’s Biogenesis of America investigation.New court documents show that Yuri Sucart will change his plea at a hearing next Friday before U.S. District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga. Sucart is charged in a seven-count indictment with testosterone distribution and conspiracy to distribute the performance-enhancing substance.Sucart was among those charged in connection with the now-closed Biogenesis clinic in Coral Gables operated by Anthony Bosch, who posed as a doctor. Baseball’s investigation esulted in the suspensions of 14 players, including Rodriguez for all of last season.Bosch and the others have pleaded guilty. Bosch received the longest sentence at four years in prison.If Sucart pleads guilty, Rodriguez would not have to testify in open court.TweetPinShare0 Shares