Other Sports Lewis Hamilton Aims To Seal Sixth Formula One Title In Singapore Grand Prix

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Singapore: Lewis Hamilton aims to turn up the heat in his bid for a sixth Formula One championship at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver heads into Sunday’s race with a 63-point lead over teammate Valtteri Bottas. As with last year’s race, drivers can expect sweltering heat and humidity. In addition to the heat, a thick haze has set in over the city-state with advisories issued from the national government over “unhealthy” air conditions. Hamilton will be hoping for a repeat of the 2018 race here when he won comfortably from pole position to extend his championship lead. He was on a major roll entering last year’s GP, having won four of the past five races.While he already has eight wins this season, the British driver last won at the Hungarian GP in early August. “The offset schedule and the climate make it a demanding weekend for the team,” Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said of the night race. “Temperatures in the garage can easily reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 F) or more with high humidity levels as well. It’s a tough environment to work in and it’s equally challenging for the drivers and the car itself.” Hamilton has won here the last two years. A win on Sunday would move him a step closer to his third straight championship and sixth overall, moving him just one away from equaling Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven titles. Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc heads into Singapore having won the previous two races this season. After his first-ever F1 victory in Spa at the Belgian GP, the 21-year-old Leclerc became the first Ferrari driver to win the Italian GP since Fernando Alonso in 2010.Also Read | Charles Leclerc Wins Maiden F1 Race In Spa, Dedicates It To His Late Friend Anthoine HubertLeclerc, who is now fourth in the standings, finished ninth for Sauber here last year. “Singapore is maybe the toughest track for us drivers physically, just because of the heat and the humidity,” Leclerc said. “After two positive weekends in Belgium and Italy, the race in Singapore doesn’t look as good on paper for us, because of the very different circuit layout, featuring lots of slow corners and fewer straights … but we will give our all to have a good result.”Also Read | Mercedes boss rages at ‘poor preparation’ after Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas fail to score pointsThe 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) Marina Bay Street circuit is one of the hardest tracks for overtaking in F1, so whoever takes pole on Saturday will have the upper hand. The driver leading the field has won eight times in the past 10 years. Max Verstappen, third in the drivers’ standings, has been on the front row at Marina Bay the past two years while Bottas has never started in the top three. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Hamilton are the only two drivers on the grid with victories at Singapore with four wins each. But Vettel, whose contract ends in 2020, is now 22 races without a win. He has dropped down to fifth in the championship, 115 points behind Hamilton. “We have seen before that anything can happen in this race, so the final result is hard to predict,” Vettel said. “Off the track, there will also be a lot of pressure on the teams as this race is back to back with Russia.”last_img read more

Central FC will get paid when government has the money – Skeene

first_imgTHREE-time Digicel Pro League champions Central FC will have to continue to wait to collect their million-dollar winner’s prize because of the Government’s payment schedule.The 2016/2017 champions of Trinidad and Tobago’s professional league are also owed the balance of their prize money from the 2014/2015 season.But, according Dexter Skeene, the Chief Executive Officer of the TT Pro League, this is not unusual.“For those of us who have been in the league from inception, we understand that the prize monies are paid the year after and continuing throughout because if you understand how Government subventions (are) paid, it is not paid in the particular year. You get it whenever the Government has money,” Skeene told the Newsday.Club owner Brent Sancho, while speaking to Sportsmax.tv shortly after the conclusion of the season, described the club as being in survival mode.“We have had no real support from Corporate Trinidad and Tobago and inconsistent support from the government, so survival is key,” Sancho said.“Even though we have won prize money– more than TT$ 2 million – we still haven’t received it for the past two to three years, so we have reached a stage now where survival is paramount for the club’s success.”Skeene empathised with the club’s position, saying that the government will do whatever is possible to help.“I understand Central FC. They are crying out. They want to be able to have the funds because they’re involved in the CONCACAF Club Championships as well. We’re trying to make every effort to assist them,” he said, adding that he wished the club well.“We hope that they go out and represent us well. They’re one of our top clubs. They’ve won it three times, congratulations to them. They’ve done remarkably well given the circumstances and we hope that they go out and represent us in the (Club Championships) and help us to reach further than they have done in the past.”last_img read more

Injury Knocks Ekundayo Out of Title Defence

first_imgSpeaking from his base in London Larry said: “I am bitterly disappointed not to be fighting at the weekend after all the training I’ve gone through. I was looking forward to bringing sporting success to Nigeria and continue to climb up the world rankings, but my team decided that I couldn’t take the risk to fight with such an injury.”Larry’s manager, Ben Gray also said: “Larry is a great boxer, but even he can’t fight a man with only one hand! Larry carries the hopes of a nation on his back and it would not be right to send him into battle without giving him the best opportunity of victory”.Ekundayo will be out of action for 6-8 weeks whilst his hand heals, once this is done the bout will be rescheduled for later in the year.Speaking further, the boxer’s Special Adviser, Bimbo Folayan said “this is a very big loss to Larry considering the amount of time and effort he has put in, but I know Nigerians will support their man and join me in cheering him on when he returns”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s African Boxing Union Champion, Larry Ekundayo, has pulled out of his scheduled title defence fight because of injury.The ABU Champion injured his hands during training in preparation for his scheduled titled defence in London. Undefeated Ekundayo, who won the belt in October 2015, was scheduled to defend it against the Tanzanian boxing star Saidi Mundi on June 4, in London.last_img read more

Marshall to push six-year global plan

first_imgThe USC Marshall School of Business is readying its new six-year strategic plan that includes 12 initiatives Marshall hopes will change the way business schools across the country approach undergraduate education.Initiatives introduced in the plan include a brand new building for undergraduate business students, increased interdisciplinary collaboration with every school on campus, a teacher mentor program and a proposed three-degree global program, according to Deborah MacInnis, Marshall’s vice dean for research and strategy.Marshall’s previous strategic plan ended in December 2010.The timing was right to refocus now that President C. L. Max Nikias introduced the Campaign for the University of Southern California, the university’s new $6 billion capital campaign, according to MacInnis. The university’s new strategic plan is set to be released later this fall.Most of the funding for Marshall’s initiatives will be raised as part of the Campaign for the University of Southern California. The fundraising goal set for Marshall and the Leventhal School of Accounting is $400 million.Marshall’s new strategic plan will focus heavily on expanding its global initiatives.“We want to send every single undergraduate student on an overseas experience while they are at Marshall,” said Jim Ellis, dean of Marshall School of Business.  “At some point we will make it a requirement.”A program has also been proposed for future Marshall undergraduate students where three of their four undergraduate years would be spent abroad in Europe and Asia, receiving a degree from USC and all of the  institutions they attend overseas.“In today’s business world [global strategy] is critical to the success of anyone operating in that environment because there are no [longer] boundaries in business,” Ellis said. “In order to be a successful business person today, you have to know how cultures work and you have to understand how currencies and markets work.”Fifty million dollars will go to a new, state-of-the-art building dedicated entirely to undergraduate business students.“We are out of space,” said Ellis, who teaches his own class in Taper Hall of Humanities. “A number of years ago we cut the size of our classes, so we have a better ratio between the professors and the students. When you do that you just need more classrooms.”Business students agreed that there is a need for a new building and were excited to hear about the new plans.“A new building will be great,” said Mateo Epshteyn, a senior majoring in business administration. “The business building feels like a business building. The other buildings are much more welcoming.”The new building is expected to be located on the corner of Figueroa Street and Exposition Boulevard, taking the space of the old registration office, and will offer the latest in technology and architectural design.The strategy will include the hiring of 25 new faculty members. They will be able to partake in a future mentorship program, where veteran faculty will help teach, train and support them when needed.Students are now playing an integral part in shaping the history of Marshall. MacInnis said she is currently in the process of forming teams that will make the broad ideas proposed in the strategic plan more concrete.Teams are comprised of students, faculty and staff and will have until November to present their plans for the next six years.Ellis and his staff hope the new strategic plan will enhance the educational experience at Marshall.“We want our students to have the best experience,” Ellis said.  “We want them to learn the most and do that in the best environment. That’s what life at USC is all about. Only the best.”last_img read more

Syracuse women’s lacrosse will resume suspended game against Canisius on May 3

first_img Published on April 14, 2016 at 4:43 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Syracuse’s game against Canisius, which has been suspended since April 3, will be resumed on Tuesday, May 3 at 4:30 p.m. in Buffalo, New York.The game is tied at 10 with 6:05 remaining. Just before the game was postponed due to weather, the Golden Griffins scored three straight goals to tie up the Orange. SU sophomore attack Riley Donahue had two goals and two assists before the stoppage in play.The game will not conclude until after the Orange return from Blacksburg, Virginia for the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, which will be played April 28 to May 1.No. 4 Syracuse (12-3, 4-1 ACC) had originally rescheduled its game against Canisius (7-5, 4-0 Metro Atlantic Athletic) from April 5 to April 3 because SU had more competition dates than the NCAA allows, head coach Gary Gait said. That meant Syracuse hosted Duke at noon, won 14-12 and then boarded a bus to Buffalo to take on Canisius just a few hours later.The Canisius pause came amid of Syracuse’s current five-game win streak.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBefore Canisius, Syracuse stares down home games against No. 3 North Carolina and Louisville, a road test at Cornell and the ACC tournament. Comments Related Stories Syracuse and Canisius postponed with score tied at 10 in 2nd halfcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Clippers owner Donald Sterling banned for life; NBA will push for sale of team

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It would be tough for a kid getting drafted or a free agent player making a decision to lay for this franchise without a change of ownership in place,” players union vice president Rojer Mason Jr. told this newspaper. “I would hope it gets done sooner or later.”Mason Jr. revealed the players union also considered a league-wide boycott had Silver provided a less swifter punishment.The NBA decided otherwise, making a ruling four days after a set of audio recordings released by TMZ and Deadspinfeatured comments made by Sterling to girlfriend V. Stiviano, urging her not to bring black friends to Clippers games. Silver said the NBA’s investigation confirmed it was Sterling’s voice in those tapes.“The views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply offensive and harmful,” Silver said. “That they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage and my personal outrage.”The Clippers organization released a statement that said: “We wholeheartedly support and embrace the decision by the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver today. Now the healing process begins.” Clippers guard Chris Paul added in a statement, “My teamamtes and I are in agreement with his decision. We appreciate the strong leadership from Commissioner Silver and he has our full support.” Clippers president Andy Roeser will handle the day-to-day operations, while Clippers coach Doc Rivers will oversee basketball operations. Rivers, who suggested uncertainty beforehand whether he would stay if Sterling still owned the team, downplayed that variable.“We’re going to let this play its course,” Rivers said. “I’m not in the position nor do I want to be in a position where I’m threatening anything. I want my players to be comfortable.”In 2009, Sterling paid $2.7 million to settle a lawsuit that accused him of practicing housing discrimination in various L.A.-based real estate properties to blacks, Hispanics and families with children. Former Clippers general manager Elgin Baylor filed a wrongful-termination lawsuit against Sterling that likened his leadership to that of a Southern plaintation owner, a case a jury eventually rejected. Silver said the NBA never penalized Sterling beforehand because there was never definitive proof of guilt. “We did not take into account his past behavior,” Silver said. “When the board ultimately considers his overall fitness to be an owner in the NBA, they will take into account a lifetime of behavior.”Silver said he did not know if Sterling will fight the decision. But Silver downplayed any concerns surrounding Sterling’s comments being recorded in a private setting.“Whether or not these remarks were shared in private,” Silver said, “they are now public and they represent his views.” Amid racially charged comments attributed to him in a released audiotape, Clippers owner Donald Sterling faces a lifetime suspension, $2.5 million fine and a possible forced sale of the franchise, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced in a press conference Tuesday in New York.“I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers organization or the NBA,” Silver said.Sterling, who has overseen the Clippers franchise for the past 33 years, will not be allowed to attend any basketball games or practices or have any say in business or personnel decisions. Sterling also will be barred from attending the NBA’s Board of Governors meetings. Silver said the fines will go to anti-discrimination organizations selected by the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association.Silver added he will urge the Board of Governors to force the sale of the team.center_img “I will do everything in my power to assure that happens,” said Silver, who added he needs only a three-quarters vote for a measure to pass. “I fully expect to get the support I need from the other NBA owners to remove him.”Silver’s decision sparked strong support.Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban tweeted he agreed “100%” with Silver’s punishment against Sterling. Lakers legend Magic Johnson tweeted praise, lauded Silver’s “great leadership” and added, “Former and current NBA players are very happy and satisfied with Commissioner Silver’s ruling.”“Adam was decisive, firm and compelling and showed great leadership in his condemnation of the horrible and offensive comments that have led to this action,” Lakers president Jeanie Buss said in a statement.Yet, according to a league soruce familiar with the proceedings, the NBA currently does not know when the next Board of Governors meeting will take place for a vote.last_img read more

MLB, players reportedly far apart after first financial proposal for shortened season

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter The latest offer, according to multiple reports, would not tie salaries to revenue, but instead have players accept reductions right off the bat. Rather than have all salaries cut by a flat percentage, the higher paid players would take bigger cuts, according to reports.According to an ESPN report, players at the top of the pay scale would see their salaries cut by about 56 percent, while those at the bottom would be cut only about 8 percent. Those cuts would be in addition to the salary already lost simply by half the games already being lost.For example, Mike Trout was set to make $36 million in 2020. His full pro-rated salary for half a season would be about $18 million, but under the owner’s proposal it would be about $8 million.“We made a proposal to the union that is completely consistent with the economic realities facing our sport,” MLB spokesman Pat Courtney said. “We look forward to a responsive proposal from the MLBPA.”In March, the sides agreed to a deal that would pay players a small percentage of their salaries in April and May, regardless of whether games were played, in exchange for players still receiving service time in 2020. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error That deal also called for players to be paid a pro-rated portion of their full salaries based on the number of games played.In an 82-game season, as has been proposed, all players would then make roughly half of their full salaries.While players believe that agreement settled the issue of salaries, owners contend that agreement was contingent on games being played with fans in attendance.As it now appears a foregone conclusion that the season would at least begin in empty ballparks, thereby slashing the teams’ revenue, owners are seeking further reductions in salaries.Owners have contended that if they paid players their full salaries, even on a per-game basis, for games without fans, they would lose more money by playing than by not playing. If no games are played, owners would lose TV revenue but pay nothing in player salaries for the rest of the year.Although the financial agreement seems to be the largest hurdle for the sport to resume, the two sides also must agree on the safety protocols that would allow players to return to action during the coronavirus pandemic.A 67-page document detailing the testing, social distancing and cleaning procedures was sent from owners to the players earlier this month.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings Major League Baseball officials submitted their first formal proposal to the players regarding the financial terms of the sport’s return to action on Tuesday, leaving the union disappointed, according to multiple reports.Several outlets reported that the union leadership was unhappy with the owners’ proposal that players accept reduced salaries, with the highest paid players taking the biggest hits.The sides likely have about a week to 10 days to iron out their differences if they are to reach an agreement in time to start the season around July 4, the date in the plan the owners had presented two weeks ago.Owners initially floated the idea that players’ salaries would be capped at a predetermined percentage of the revenue, but players balked at that idea before it ever became a formal offer. Angels manager Joe Maddon questions defensive metrics that rate Mike Trout poorly last_img read more

Yasiel Puig isn’t the only intriguing Reds outfielder in 2019

first_img“The last couple years, I didn’t work hard because I still have a contract to go,” Puig said. “Now I think I’ll work hard more than any year in my life.”  MORE: Opening Day schedule for all 30 MLB teamsHere’s why that’s not a big deal: Puig is the headline maker, but he’s not the only story that could unfold in a remodeled outfield for Cincinnati. Billy Hamilton (Royals) and Adam Duvall (Braves) are gone. Puig and Matt Kemp, also brought over from Los Angeles, are in and will fight for time with Jesse Winker, Scott Schebler and perhaps even 2016 first-round pick Nick Senzel, an infielder who’s getting outfield reps in spring training.  So, who fits where?  Puig started in right field in the exhibition opener, and that would appear to be where he’s expected to start. The bigger question is where he can carve out a niche in the order. Puig hit mostly in the bottom third of the Dodgers’ order last season, but there will be an opportunity to move up a few spots with the Reds. This is a chance for Puig to be a star, and he needs to take advantage of it.  If he doesn’t, then the other outfielders will take advantage.  Schebler has the most experience from last season. He hit .255 with 17 homers as a regular in right field and hit .296/.333/.456 against lefties. Knowing Puig hit .209 against lefties and is .250 for his career, there could be a platoon of sorts that leads to an opportunity for more starts in center field.  Kemp is a sleeper to watch this season. He hit .290 with 21 homers and 85 RBIs last season, but that’s not why he’s interesting in Cincinnati. Look at his .289 with 10 homers and 36 RBIs in 36 career games at the Great American Ball Park. Kemp hit a homer in his spring debut hitting behind Joey Votto, and he has a chance to scrape out enough at-bats across all three outfield positions (although he hasn’t played center field since 2014) to be a key contributor in the top third of the lineup.  MORE: Sporting News All-Stars return in 2019 Topps Heritage setWinker, a 2012 first-round pick, hit .299 with seven homers and 43 RBIs last season. He is favored to start in left field. That leaves Senzel, who hit .314 across the minors the past three seasons and fared well enough in Triple-A that it won’t be long before he’s in the lineup.   The outfielders who stick will be the ones who can provide protection for Votto and Eugenio Suarez. The outfielders who consistently hit in the leadoff and No. 3 spots around Votto will be the best bets for success. For Puig, that means working into the top third of the lineup — even if he doesn’t have as much recent experience in those spots.  There are enough outfield options to make for some excitement around the Reds, who have finished last in the NL Central each of the past four seasons. Puig can be a catalyst for that — and there is an opportunity to be that exciting contributor he was early in this career with the Dodgers. Puig says he’s going to work hard. If he doesn’t, then he won’t be able to cash in on that contract year. And one of those other stories in Cincinnati’s outfield will be much more interesting. The Reds made some bold offseason moves heading into the 2019 season, and none made a bigger splash then bringing Yasiel Puig into the mix.  Puig is in a contract year with the Reds, and his comments to ESPN about his time with the Dodgers made their own splash this week. last_img read more

Oklahoma outlasts TCU with controversial first-down call from refs

first_imgFor the second time this season, Oklahoma staved off an upset-minded opponent to keep its Big 12 and College Football Playoff hopes alive. And for the second time, that win came in controversial fashion.On Saturday, the victory was secured after an iffy spot by officials, who awarded Sooners quarterback Jalen Hurts a first down that allowed Oklahoma to run the clock out instead of punting the ball to TCU for one final drive. Oklahoma got a first down on this play to seal the game… k pic.twitter.com/kATsjs3bso— 🅱️🅰️Ⓜ️ (@big__bam) November 24, 2019Officials gave Hurts the first down on the field and, after a lengthy review, said the call on the field stood. It was yet another controversial call by Big 12 officials in an OU game; refs failed to call what looked to be defensive pass interference by Oklahoma on Iowa State’s 2-point conversion attempt in the final seconds of the Sooners’ 42-41 win on Nov. 9.Regardless, Oklahoma advanced to 10-1 (7-1 Big 12) with the victory. Hurts finished the game with 318 combined yards and four touchdowns (and two turnovers that nearly cost his team dearly).Here are some of the reactions from the controversial first-down spot:Tonight’s @Big12Refs officiating crew just robbed TCU out of a chance at victory against Oklahoma. Nothing new.— Burnt Orange Nation (@BON_SBNation) November 24, 2019And Oklahoma is going to win because of it. Just a horrific spot, but no way to overturn it.FINAL: Oklahoma 28, TCU 24— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) November 24, 2019TCU just got robbed. No way that was a first down vs. Oklahoma.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) November 24, 2019That last replay review went like:”Where is the spot. Where did he get to?””Oklahoma is our last chance at a playoff spot in Big12. The call on the field is correct. He made the spot of gain.””Alright…….call stands. Game over.”— Trent Smallwood (@SmallwoodTrent) November 24, 2019The Big 12 has 10 teams. They’re fine with 4th-and-close-enough for Oklahoma. Math isn’t a strong suit.— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) November 24, 2019First Down Oklahoma pic.twitter.com/03XlzK3MpI— Reese Waters (@reesewaters) November 24, 2019 Oklahoma ended up winning 28-24 and securing a berth in a fourth consecutive Big 12 championship game (2010, 2017-19).MORE: How Oregon’s loss affects Playoff raceHere’s a replay of the pivotal spot. The video seems to show Hurts was stopped well short of the line to gain on third down.last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESGEOVANNI FRANCO, CAUSEFORCOMMOTION, WINNER:  “She was getting really good a year ago, and then she had to be turned out for a little vacation, so we’ve been waiting a long time. Eric was confident she would run well because of the way she’s been training. She’s still improving from what she showed last year.  As you saw, she just galloped through the stretch.”TRAINER QUOTESCAUSEFORCOMMOTION, ERIC KRULJAC, WINNER: “She makes it easier to get up in the morning. We had to give her a little time, she had a little injury/mishap, an issue with a suspensory, but we caught it early at Del Mar and instead of giving her three months off we gave her six or seven. She has come back a monster. Before she would not leave the horses, hopefully that is all behind her. She had the tendency to get the lead and then wait on them, (that’s why), we lost a couple of races including last year’s Santa Barbara.“Really good horses can pretty much excel at almost any distance but at their distance the really excel, her father (Americain, by Dynaformer) was a champion sire in Australia, United Emirates and Europe. He won the Emirates Melbourne Cup (Nov.6, 2012). I practiced my G’day mate!”OWNER QUOTESTOM KESSLER, PART OWNER CAUSEFORCOMMOTION:  “This is great, her value as a broodmare just went way up.  We’ll run her through this year and then we’re going to breed her.”NOTES: The winning owners are Kruljac, E. Dunham, Jim Reed, J. Sondereker, D.&S.YipCauseforcommotion and jockey Geovanni Franco win the Grade III, $100,000 Santa Barbara Stakes, Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more