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Ricciardo is F1’s pass master in a season of fewer moves

first_imgAustralian Daniel Ricciardo replaced Red Bull team mate Max Verstappen as Formula One’s pass master in 2017 but the season saw half the number of overtaking moves following the introduction of faster and wider cars.According to figures released by tyre supplier Pirelli on Tuesday, there were a total of 435 overtakes over the 20 races. In 2016, when there were 21 rounds, the sport racked up 866 moves.That worked out at an average of 21.8 per race in 2017, compared to 41.2 last year.Azerbaijan Grand Prix winner Ricciardo made 43 overtakes, including 13 at Silverstone where he went from 19th on the British GP starting grid to finish fifth.Verstappen, who topped last year’s Pirelli statistics with 78 passes in a season that also brought him a first victory, managed only 22 this time around.On the plus side, the 20-year-old Dutch driver tied with Mercedes’ four times world champion Lewis Hamilton as the drivers who were overtaken least (twice in total).The likely lack of overtaking had been flagged up before the season as a consequence of Formula One’s new-look cars which were faster through corners but harder to get past on slower circuits like Monaco.The worst race for passing was the Russian Grand Prix, with just one overtake registered, while the liveliest was Azerbaijan’s chaotic race with 42.Red Bull were the team with the most overtakes and, along with championship runners-up Ferrari, the ones who were passed the least.An overtaking manoeuvre was deemed to be one that occurred during a complete fast lap, but not the first of any race. Any position changes due to major mechanical problems or drivers being lapped were not included.Pirelli said pole position in 2017 was on average 2.450 seconds faster than in 2016, and the fastest race lap was on average 2.968 seconds quicker.The highest speed recorded was 362.4 kph by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in Mexico.Next season will see an even faster tyre introduced, with softer compounds generally.last_img read more

NBA: Popovich unhappy as Spurs suffer first defeat

first_imgSan Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard top-scored overall with 30 points to continue his impressive start to the season.But the Spurs were left scrambling after ceding the initiative early on to the chagrin of the experienced Popovich.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“I thought we started out pretty unaggressively for whatever reason,” Popovich told reporters.“They shot several uncontested shots. I think we followed them around so to speak, just reacted to their offense. BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. EDITORS’ PICK San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich signals to his players during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, in San Antonio. Utah won 106-91. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)LOS ANGELES—San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich bemoaned his team’s slow start as the Western Conference heavyweights suffered their first loss of the season with a 106-91 defeat to Utah on Tuesday.George Hill scored 22 points to lead the fired up Jazz, who improved to 2-2, against a powerful San Antonio who had routed Golden State in their season-opener last week.ADVERTISEMENT Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND MOST READ “We got back in the game somewhere in the second quarter and the third when we were a bit more aggressive and got into passing lanes.“But every time it was a one or two-point deal we’d miss a shot or they’d make one or turn it over. Overall they outplayed us. They executed fantastically for the entire 48 minutes — we were in and out in that regard.”Spurs veteran Spanish international Pau Gasol also cited his team’s sluggish opening spell as a factor behind the defeat.“We definitely allowed them to play too comfortable and get into a rhythm early on,” he said.“It’s not normal. They executed well, give them credit. But we didn’t put enough pressure on their offense. They executed better down the stretch, took tough shots and we didn’t.ADVERTISEMENT We are youngcenter_img 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports “We should have put a bit more pressure on them. Once we were down we stepped it up, but you’ve got to start from the get go.”RELATED STORIESNBA: Spurs thrash Warriors on Durant’s opening nightLeonard dulls the pain as San Antonio turns up the heat on MiamiSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Guiao: ‘I really thought I would retire with Rain or Shine’ View commentslast_img read more

Amid slump, Garcia hopes Elasto Painters learn from setbacks

first_imgMalaysians look to Filipinos to understand basketball better Sporting an almost opposite demeanor to the now-NLEX coach, Garcia believes that the Elasto Painters are mature enough to man up to their faults as they seek to make it to the quarterfinals.“It’s just that we have to make them believe that we have a chance. We have to make them believe that we are still a good team,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnOnce carrying a 5-2 card, Rain or Shine suddenly finds itself at a precarious position after losses to San Miguel (107-101 in overtime), Meralco (82-72), and on Sunday, against GlobalPort (117-99).The string of losses put the Elasto Painters at an even 5-5 slate, needing a win against Alaska on Wednesday to avoid going to a knockout playoff against Blackwater. Garcia is wishing that the slump would be enough of a reality check for his wards after he said some players failed to submit to the selfless system Rain or Shine is known for. “Some players are just playing for themselves, not thinking anymore like the old Rain or Shine team who helps each other out. Now, we look disjointed. We know what the problem is and we just have to fix it. The main problem is between them. They’re no longer sharing the ball, and at times, are too gun-shy. We are not as fluid as before,” he said. “We just have to step out and must make a recovery after these losses.”Garcia is also keeping his hopes up that these struggles will serve as a blessing in disguise to toughen up this new-look Rain or Shine team.“If we have to get through this to get better, then I’ll take this,” he said. “We still have a chance to make it to the top six, depending how we play against Alaska. I’m more worried of our players on how they react and I hope they can step out of their shadows and talk to themselves and fix these problems.”ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member View comments MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDespite Rain or Shine’s three-game slump at the tailend of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup eliminations, coach Caloy Garcia said that he won’t revert to the old ways of former coach Yeng Guiao.“The difference now is there’s no one to curse at (the players),” he said, talking about the ex-mentor’s ways of toughening up his squad.ADVERTISEMENT Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’last_img read more

Experts say no immediate need for it

first_img“A vast majority of people will need new machines,” he said. Consumers who do upgrade to Vista will immediately notice a new look and feel when navigating around the desktop and in folders, although most of the major changes have to do with the internal coding of the system, Kelley said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Before purchasing Vista, consumers are advised to check if their current PCs and laptops meet the minimum system requirements for the graphic-intensive operating system. Head to Microsoft’s Windows Update Advisor (microsoft.com /windowsvista/getready/upgradeadvisor/default.mspx) to download a program to see if your current machine can handle Vista. Keep in mind that the adviser only works for those running Windows XP. In order to run the most basic version of Vista – Home Basic – Microsoft recommends a PC or laptop with at least an 800 megahertz processor, 512 megabytes of RAM (random access memory), at least 15 gigabytes of hard-drive space, and a graphics processor that is capable of running the video accelerator DirectX 9. But those who have run beta versions of Vista recommend a faster central and graphics processor and at least 1 gigabyte of RAM for even the basic version of Vista. To take advantage of Vista’s graphic-intensive features in the Home Premium and Ultimate editions – which use DirectX 10 – Dan Kelley, service manager for Action Computers in Denver, recommends a 128-megabit or higher graphics processor. Those graphics cards are typically found on high-end desktops designed to handle intense video games and big, powerful laptops that replace those desktops. Consumers may face difficulties when trying to upgrade components to meet Vista requirements, as it’s nearly impossible to upgrade a graphics card on a laptop and desktop upgrades start at $200, Hamilton said. In recent months, retailers have been selling computers with stickers that tell customers whether the computer is capable of running Vista. There’s no compelling reason for the average home PC user to rush out and buy the Windows Vista operating system when it goes on sale today. That’s the message from computer experts who have been testing Microsoft’s latest operating system for more than a year. “I would say hold off and wait until you’re ready to buy a new computer,” said Brandon Hamilton, chief executive of the Rocky Mountain Tech Team, an information-technology company in Boulder, Colo. “It’s a resource hog.” Windows Vista is the latest operating system available from Microsoft since the release of Windows XP in October 2001. While a Vista system was released for businesses late last year, home users will be able to purchase one of four versions of Vista. last_img read more

Mourinho “not worried” despite Chelsea’s striker shortage

first_img1 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists he is remaining calm despite the prospect of facing Manchester United on Sunday without injured strike duo Diego Costa and Loic Remy.With summer signing and joint Premier League top scorer, Costa, already on the casualty list with a hamstring problem, the Stamford Bridge outfit were dealt another blow when No.2 forward Remy limped out of the Blues’ 6-0 Champions League destruction of Maribor.The Frenchman began the rout with a clinical finish early in the first-half but pulled his groin in the process, and was forced off moments later and replaced by veteran Blues hero Didier Drogba.Mourinho confirmed Remy has a “muscular injury” and faces a period out, while the Portuguese boss also suggested he doesn’t expect Costa to be fit for the trip to Old Trafford.“I don’t know the dimension and I’m not worried,” the manager said following the win. “When a player is injured, play another one.“Tomorrow is a day off and the doctor is forbidden to call me to speak about injuries. I don’t want to speak about injuries. Man United… I don’t want to know.“We don’t cry on injuries. It’s our philosophy, we don’t cry. We just think one injury means an opportunity for somebody else.“We cannot hide. In this moment we have some problems with players that are not available to play.“We will prepare the game Thursday, Friday, Saturday to try to be at our best possible level against an opponent which we respect very, very much.”It leaves 36-year-old Drogba, who has only just returned from an ankle injury, as Chelsea’s sole remaining fit senior striker.On Monday Mourinho insisted the Ivorian was not ready to play 90 minutes, but was happy with his performance as the Blues legend scored his 158th Chelsea goal from the penalty spot to make it 2-0 against the Slovenian champions.“I was not expecting him to play 75 [minutes],” the boss added.“I spoke with him yesterday and we spoke about 30, but he was comfortable to play 75 minutes.“It was very, very important for Didier. The best thing for a player to improve his condition is to play.“His last goal for Chelsea was the most important goal in the history of the club. So to be back and to score again at Stamford Bridge is nice for him.” Chelsea forward Loic Remy limps out of 6-0 Champions League victory over Maribor with a groin injury last_img read more

Official opposes No Child law loopholes

first_imgWASHINGTON – A congressional proposal to make No Child Left Behind more flexible would riddle the five-year-old education law with loopholes, Education Secretary Margaret Spellings said Wednesday. “We must refuse to make any changes that would make us less accountable for educating every child to grade-level standards in reading and math,” she said in a speech to business leaders. The 2002 law, which is now up for renewal, requires annual testing in grades three through eight in math and reading. Schools that miss yearly goals face consequences, such as having to pay for tutoring or replace principals. The House proposal, being circulated by senior Democrats and Republicans on the education committee, would allow schools to get credit for tests in subjects other than math and reading. “We’ve learned a lot in those five years, and this is an attempt to be smarter, fairer and better at what we’re doing,” Miller said. The congressional proposal also distinguishes between schools that fail to meet annual goals by a little from those that fail by a lot. Spellings said she generally likes that but said the House bill would reduce the likelihood that struggling students in the lower-priority schools would get tutoring – something she opposes. The administration and congressional lawmakers agree on one key change. They want schools to measure the performance of individual students over time rather than comparing the scores of students in a certain grade with students in that grade the year before. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Committee Chairman George Miller, D-Calif., said that would give educators a fuller picture of how students are doing. Spellings said that would water down the law. She sent Miller a letter Wednesday outlining her concerns. A provision that would allow children with limited English skills to take tests in their native language for five years – up from three – is also running into opposition from the Bush administration. And another point of concern, Spellings said, is a plan that could increase the number of special-education students taking tests that are easier than the regular exams. Miller countered that parents and educators have been clamoring for such changes to the law since it was passed five years ago. last_img read more

Liverpool transfer report: Reds tracking 19-year-old Espanyol midfielder

first_img1 Marc Roca could be set to leave Espanyol Liverpool are monitoring Espanyol prospect Marc Roca.The 19-year-old midfielder has entered the final year of his contract with the Spanish club and his future remains unclear.According to Marca, Liverpool are among the clubs keeping close tabs on the situation and could be about to make an offer to sign him.His current contract contains a buy-out clause set at £1.35million, which Espanyol are desperate to increase in any new deal.However he may decide against penning a fresh contract altogether unless he gets assurances on his first-team involvement.The teenager has started six La Liga games this term, but he may opt against extending his stay at Espanyol and try his hand in England instead.last_img read more

Tottenham thrash Tranmere Rovers to advance to FA Cup fourth round

first_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Tottenham Hotspur advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a comfortable 7-0 win over Tranmere Rovers.The visitors found it tough going at Prenton Park for the opening 40 minutes, but went ahead through a moment of magic. It was the unlikely figure of Serge Aurier who scored it, producing an unstoppable effort from 25 yards that saw the ball swerve dramatically in the air before finding the top corner with five minutes of the first half still to play.The lead was doubled after the break through Llorente, but it was the irrepressible Hueng-Min Son who was at the heart of things.The winger again drove at the defence before cutting it back from inside the box to allow the striker an easy tap-in.Lucas was denied a penalty moments later after racing through on goal and getting a touch to the ball, but the onrushing Davies made contact with his outstretched foot on the ball and was rightly rewarded for a brave effort. scrap Aurier added his second with a powerful effort from close range on the angle to effectively finish the game.It was three goals in eight minutes when Son waltzed through the defence before slotting in with his left foot as Spurs begin to cut loose.Oliver Skipp found Llorente with a fine, defence-splitting pass in the 71st minute for him to add his second, and he cleverly flicked in for his hat-trick moments later after Lucas had time to pick his man out with a low ball from the left. Llorente grabbed a hat-trick at Prenton Park Most Read in Football SORRY 4 gameday cracker Tottenham are 6-0 up against Tranmere, now bring on Harry Kane 😳📻 Live coverage → https://t.co/nOCybh8ExD pic.twitter.com/8hWUR8asc3— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 4, 2019Harry Kane completed the rout after coming off the bench. Captain  for the evening Dele Alli played a perfectly weighted ball through for the England captain to flick the ball over the despairing Scott Davies. RANKED revealed 4 Spurs will find out their fate on Monday night center_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 4 BEST OF Aurier managed to get on the scoresheet twice from right-back The South Korea star was at his very best against Tranmere, driving at the defence and breaking in behind the lines all evening.His energy and adventure proved too much for the Rovers defenders, and his intelligent and selfless running enabled others around him to profit.If his country reach the final of the Asia Cup, Son will miss four Premier League games and that is not a scenario Mauricio Pochettino will want to envisage.What next for Spurs in the FA Cup? Son was sensational against Tranmere The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 4 latest Star Man – Hueng-Min Son Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions The draw for the fourth round will take place at Molineux on Monday 7 January, after Wolverhampton Wanderers’ third round tie against Liverpool.last_img read more

SA sport’s fantastic fans

first_img20 May 2004Fans are the lifeblood of the sporting industry. Without them, a sizeable chunk of the world’s media would be out of a job, outdoor advertising would be restricted to bus stops, and sponsorships would not have been invented.For many South Africans, supporting, playing, living, breathing sport is simply the way things are. It is how they are meant to be. And they wouldn’t want it any other way.Many years ago, I read an interesting book by James Michener. Not a novel the size of a brick, which is what most people think he produces, it was called simply “Michener on Sport”. A true fan of sport, Michener named just three countries as being absolutely fanatical about sport: the then East Germany, Australia, and South Africa.The fans and the flagToday’s South African sports fans are easily spotted – the flag “new” South African catches the eye at sporting events around the world. And with face-painting so much in vogue, it is common to see the six colours leaping out from cheering South African faces.The ubiquitous flags are popular items on sale at big matches, along other regalia. Supporters’ kit and memorabilia are big business in South Africa, and soccer’s Bafana Bafana, rugby’s Springboks, and cricket’s Proteas sell huge numbers of shirts.South African sports fans love a winner, but they can be extremely critical of failure, and the chorus of disquiet when things are not going well can become quite deafening.However, despite dire predictions, and ceaseless complaints, South African sports fans continue to support their teams. Even when national support is not an issue, South Africans are true sport lovers at heart. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Emirates gets US nod for biometric boarding

first_imgPhoto: Emirates Emirates is talking with authorities from other countries about biometric boarding after receiving approval to offer the technology on flights to the US.The approval came after a successful trial on services from Dubai to New York and Los Angeles.READ: More than 150,000 stranded after Thomas Cook collapses.The Dubai-based airline says it is the first carrier outside the US to receive approval for biometric boarding from US Customs Border Protection (CBP) and expects to implement for all 12 of its American destinations by year-end.It has also started rolling out biometric boarding for passengers on the US end with the system in place on its Washington-Dubai flights with more to come.The airline says the process reduces the time for identity checks to two seconds or less and does not require pre-registration.Customers who choose not to use the technology can simply approach the gate desks.Emirates does not store any biometric records of its customers and says the data is managed securely by CBP.The pilot program through the July to August peak period involving the New York and Los Angeles services saw some flights achieving 100 percent biometric boarding.The system clicks the passenger’s photo at the boarding ate and this is then matched against CBP’s gallery in real-time to verify the person’s identity in two seconds or less.Emirates cautions that the system may not work for those who haven’t traveled to the US. for a long time or whose images are not in CBP’s gallery.“Our ultimate aim is to help our passengers travel paperless, without the need for passports and IDs,’’ Emirates Group Security divisional vice president Dr Abdulla Al Hashimi said.“Biometric boarding is one more step in streamlining processes at our hub using digital technology, saving our customers time and giving them peace of mind.“We are talking with authorities of several countries to make security using facial recognition technology more acceptable and accessible.”The announcement came as global aviation security symposium AVSEC Global 2019 was being held in Dubai.Emirates currently flies to New York, Newark, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.last_img read more