San Miguel Beer center June Mar Fajardo goes up for a shot against Barangay Ginebra. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo has extended his PBA reign into the new year as he is on his way to winning another Best Player of the Conference award.But the three-time MVP said his focus is solely on winning games for San Miguel Beer, which is currently on top of the standings midway through the 2017 Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round View comments Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Ang layo pa, at ‘di ko pa iniisip yan (It’s still too far away and I don’t think about it much),” Fajardo told INQUIRER.net Monday. “Ang iniisip namin ang manalo ng games kasi malalakas na rin kalaban (Our focus is winning and our opponents have become stronger now).”“Iyong BPC ‘di ko masyadong pinapansin (I really don’t think about the BPC that much).”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 returnFajardo is averaging 44.2 SPs, 20.2 points 17.2 rebounds that are both career-highs to go along 1.5 blocks.The 27-year-old Fajardo is just one BPC plum shy of matching his mentor Danny Ildefonso for the most number of awards with five. MOST READ Fajardo tipped to make history anew in new year ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Fajardo’s teammates are also in the hunt for the Philippine Cup BPC award with point guard Alex Cabagnot in third and 2013 MVP Arwind Santos in sixth and the award’s frontrunner doesn’t mind sharing the limelight. “Okay naman kasi balanced nga scoring namin ngayon and suportahan namin lagi ang maganda nilalaro (This is good because we have this balanced scoring in the team, and we’ll support anyone who’s having a good game),” said Fajardo. He also acknowledged Cabagnot’s efforts in their 101-86 win over Meralco on Wednesday. Cabagnot had a team-high 21 points before leaving the game early after suffering an injury early in the third quarter.“Makaka treinta ata siya kung di siya na injure eh, (He could’ve scored 30 if he didn’t get injured),” said Fajardo.ADVERTISEMENT
Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Australia’s former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash was adamant that Djokovic’s time as a dominant force was over.“His defeat just shows that Novak has absolutely lost his edge, there’s no doubt about that,” Cash told the BBC.“I’d love to see him competing, to be a true number two fighting for that number one spot, but at this rate I don’t think we will see that.”Djokovic, who faced the media moments after coming off the Rod Laver Arena court where he has won six finals, agreed that his opponents now know he is beatable.“Sure. They wouldn’t be playing against me or any other opponent or any other tournament, for that matter, if they don’t believe that they can win,” he said. “They go out and they try their best.”Asked what he would take from the defeat, he said: “Take my bags and I go home.”Rafael Nadal, a 14-time Grand Slam champion and the 2009 Australian Open winner, and one of those who can capitalise on Djokovic’s early departure from the draw, said he saw nothing significant about his great rival’s loss.“What Novak did here is just amazing. Six victories, six titles. For a lot of years he has been in the semi-finals, finals and winning here,” Nadal said after reaching the third round.“This is probably an accident, that’s all,” added the Spaniard. “He’s playing well. Everybody has the chance to lose when you go on court.” Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely 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 The 12-time Grand Slam champion’s latest calamity comes on the back of a troublesome second half of last season where he lost his world number one ranking to Andy Murray and relinquished his Wimbledon and US Open titles.After winning the French Open in June for the first time, Djokovic held all four Grand Slam singles titles, but he has not won a major since.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 returnBecker, who split with Djokovic at the end of last year after three years as his coach, says the door is now open to the next generation as the Serb nears his 30th birthday.“I’m really shocked that Novak Djokovic lost,” said Becker, who is part of Eurosport’s live coverage of the Australian Open. DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal LATEST STORIES UFC: BJ Penn’s coach, ‘gun to his head,’ says his fighter won’t retire Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ MOST READ “I thought he was playing much too defensive and never really took the initiative and never really fought for it.”Becker, a six-time Grand Slam champion and twice winner of the Australian Open, said Djokovic’s fall offers his younger rivals the incentive to push on. “It’s a big door open now,” Becker told the New York Times in Melbourne. “We talked about the next gen for a long time, and now is the time for these 19-, 20-, 21-year-olds to go through the door.“When the top dog is struggling a bit -— and no disrespect to Andy Murray, but Novak was the top dog -— the way was blocked. But now it’s a shift.”‘Take my bags and go’Becker said Djokovic was missing his trademark intensity and will to win in Thursday’s match, and wasn’t “mentally going crazy” as he used to.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves in his second round match against Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. (Ryan Pierse/Pool via AP)Former coach Boris Becker claimed Novak Djokovic has lost his aura of invincibility and his era of dominance is over after his seismic early exit at the Australian Open.The tennis world was abuzz over six-time champion Djokovic’s stunning five-set loss to the 117th-ranked Uzbek Denis Istomin, his earliest exit from a major since Wimbledon 2008.ADVERTISEMENT Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims View comments Gamboa officially assumes post as new PNP chief
China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos “It’s a lot better to be with him than against him,” McDermott said. D’Angelo Russell paced the struggling Lakers with 29 points. Jordan Clarkson scored 14 points off the bench and Julius Randle added 13. Magic Johnson, the Lakers’ new president, was in the building to watch the team for the first time since taking over basketball operations. “It’s good. It like you’re starting over and trying to impress,” Russell said. “It’s like coming to a new team. Trying to impress the GM (general manager) and the guys in the front office with your play, with your off the court and the way you handle yourself.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots in front of Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac (40) and guard D’Angelo Russell (1) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Oklahoma City won 110-93. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Russell Westbrook earned his 28th triple double of the season as the Oklahoma City Thunder eased past the Los Angeles Lakers 110-93 late Friday.Westbrook scored 17 points on four-of-17 shooting from the field to go with 17 assists and 19 rebounds at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Alex Abrines and Andre Roberson each had 19 points and combined to hit eight three-pointers.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Steven Adams collected 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder, who improved to 33-25.Oklahoma City also received strong contributions from its newest members, Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott, who were traded from Chicago on Thursday. 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 return“It felt great,” Gibson said. “I didn’t want to mess up. I was able to calm down and have a lot of fun with the guys. It’s a great group of guys, real unselfish. I had a great time tonight.” Westbrook reached his triple-double midway through the quarter, giving his new teammates a taste of what the type of season he has been having. Heat fire 17 three pointers in victory over Atlanta 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline moved a game away from a third place finish after sweeping the Power Smashers, 25-20 25-18 25-15, in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Saturday at Philsports Arena in Pasig City.The Cool Smashers leaned on Alyssa Valdez, Thai Kuttika Kaewpin and American import Laura Schaudt, whose kill clinched the game a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three duel.ADVERTISEMENT The Power Smashers just simply couldn’t match the Cool Smashers’ firepower with Kannila Thipachot their lone player hitting in double-digit scoring.A kill by Pau Soriano made it, 16-8, and Creamline never looked back as it rolled in the third set while the Power Smashers had the hard time figuring out the Cool Smashers’ unpredictable offense.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet MOST READ With no chance for revenge, Dillinger tells TNT: Beat Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ “They’re playing happy, they’re playing inspired and everyone is playing with a jigh intensity,” said Creamline assistant coach Oliver Almadro.Valdez unleashed a game-high 21 points while Kaewpin and Schaudt scored 13 and 11 points, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundCreamline was relegated to the battle for third tiff after losing to Bali Pure in three sets in a deciding Game 3 of the semifinals on Thursday.The two teams meet again on Tuesday with the Power Smashers looking to even the duel in Game 2. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in View comments
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Swing Out Sister back to PH this April LATEST STORIES “I hear that a lot,” she says. “But I also hear people saying I’m a lot better than her.”There’s no ground for comparison, to say the least. Daquis, with her all-heart brand of play, media savvy and pretty face, has helped make local volleyball gain the level of popularity it has never enjoyed before.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundSoutheast Asian dominanceBut it was Barina-Rojas, a 5-foot-8 open spiker from Cebu, who laid down the foundation for the country’s dominance in Southeast Asia during her 14-year stint as a national player. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet In the know SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball01:58SEA Games 2019: Melcah Caballero wins another rowing gold for Philippines08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends01:40Filipinos 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ MOST READ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working A dream fulfilled for Christian 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit Thelma Barina in her heyday.Some volleyball fans, those who are just experiencing the local sport’s “second coming,” are too quick to call her the Rachel Anne Daquis of her generation.For the record, Thelma Barina-Rojas doesn’t mind being compared to the new face of Philippine volleyball.ADVERTISEMENT She sharpened her all-around volleyball skills enough to land her a spot in the national team as its “captain ball” for many years.“I’m happy with what I see now in Philippine volleyball,” says Barina-Rojas, now a PE teacher at Makati Gospel School and head coach of its volleyball squad. “I’m very positive that we can bring back our glory days in the sport.”According to her, one of the national team’s biggest advantages now is its height.“We have many tall players now who are talented and very smart on the court,” says Barina-Rojas, who married volleyball referee Rodrigo “Buboy” Rojas and bore him three children, namely, Rossinni Tracey, Rodd Tyron and Ross Therese.She says she always watches games, especially those in the UAAP and NCAA, on TV and follows the sport and how it has progressed from being just a niche sport into a full-blown mainstream spectacle that it is today.“Back then (in the national team) we treated each other like real sisters,” says Barina-Rojas. “I guess that’s something no coach can easily teach his players.”She says that kind of relationship among teammates was the key to the country’s volleyball success back then. “We would signal each other (about our intended play) with our eyes and body language,” she recalls.During those years, especially before the SEA Games, the national team would hold training camps in Japan to strengthen the squad’s chemistry.“That’s how we learned about Japanese techniques,” she says. “During the training camps we matured as players and as a team. That’s what we need now if we want to become strong in the sport again.”And that’s coming from somebody who has “been there, done that.” She won four gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games when the Philippines battled Indonesia, not world-ranked Thailand, for dominance in the sport in the region. She helped the country win the gold medal in the 1981, 1985, 1987 and 1993 editions of the Games.Barina-Rojas took the Most Valuable Player and Best Open Spiker awards in the 1987 SEA Games, and was Best Service Receiver in the 1991 edition.Gold-medal droughtIt’s interesting to note that after the 1993 SEA Games, the Philippines has never won a gold medal again in the biennial competition.Barina-Rojas, now 56, embraced the sport when she took up accounting at Southwestern University in Cebu City.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
“We came on to the straight, and as we came onto the straight, Kyle (Gregg) accelerated. There was a big space between Doug and Kyle, and I took the opportunity to go through. When I got through, halfway past, he (Gore) evidently had planned to close the door, but I don’t think he realised how quickly I had gone through,” Summerbell said. “It’s a racing accident. It may have been alleviated if the starter may have been starting the races lower down. The rest of the field hadn’t come round onto the straight, and to tell the truth, this was every race today (Sunday),” he said. Meanwhile, Gore said that with his car out of commission, there was very little likelihood of his racing again this season. “My car looks like it is written off. If we do decide to repair it, it couldn’t be done in Jamaica. We would have to send away to Germany,” he said. Three marshals, two of which received leg injuries, and another a head injury in the crash, were also released from hospital yesterday. Doug Gore has said he would be out for the rest of the season after a crash with David Summerbell Jr at the Jamwest Motorsports and Adventure Park in Westmoreland on Sunday. Gore told The Gleaner that he was released from hospital yesterday morning after doctors gave him the all-clear following the crash, which wrote off his Audi TT DTM and Summerbell’s Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII race cars. “I’m very, very, sore and feeling pains all over. Otherwise, I’m just glad to be here after such a violent crash. It could have been a lot worse. It’s probably the worst I’ve had in my 20-odd years of racing, and I’ve had my share,” Gore said. “I just need a little bed rest and I will be fine,” he added. The crash happened at the start of the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) Group 4 event, the feature race of the day. Gore, the defending CMRC Driver’s champion, was looking to secure a win for Jamaica, to take the country title from Guyana. Summerbell sought to explain the accident which happened shortly after the start of the race, as he, Gore, and Kyle Gregg were jostling for position. HOW IT HAPPENED
For the first time in more than two decades, Jamaica will host a top professional golf association event, this as the PGA Latino America tour tees off with the BMW Classic at Cinnamon Hill in Rose Hall, St James. One hundred and forty-four golfers from 22 countries will take part in the inaugural event that will close out the first half of the PGA Latino America tour. Seven Jamaican players are in the field which will feature as many as 78 Americans. The rest of the field includes 17 golfers from Argentina, Mexico 7, Canada 6, Trinidad &Tobago 6, Australia 3, Colombia 3, Brazil 2, Chile 2, Peru 2, Venezuela 2, Bolivia 1, England 1, Guatemala 1, Israel 1, Italy 1, Japan 1, Norway 1, Scotland 1 and Uruguay 1. Jamaica’s national amateur champion, Jonathan Newnham, who did not make the qualifiers, will still get a chance to play with some of the best PGA Latin America players, as he was given a sponsor’s exemption. Also, receiving a sponsor’s invite is another national player, Montego Bay’s very own, Sean Morris. They will join Jamaicans, Zandre Roye, Fabian Campbell, Orville Christie, Romaine Evans and Seebert Walker Jr in the main field. Tournament director Peter Lindo says the Cinnamon Hill course is in great shape and some exciting golf is anticipated over the next four days. “We are expecting some low scores from these pros here this week, the greens are fast and true and the course is in pristine condition, and we are excited to have professional golf back in Jamaica after a 25-year absence,” Lindo said. Argentinian Nelson Ledesma is the number-one ranked order of merit player in the field followed by Guatemala’s Jose Toledo and American Brandon Matthews. The winner of the BMW Classic will pocket US $31,500 of the US $175,000 purse.
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP):As Daniel Ricciardo celebrated winning a hectic Azerbaijan Grand Prix yesterday, title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel clashed in a bitter incident that could shape the rest of an intriguing Formula One season.Hamilton accused Vettel of “disrespectful” driving after the four-time champion pulled alongside Hamilton and appeared to deliberately swerve into him when they were behind the safety car approaching the midway point of a stop-start race.”Ultimately, what happened today was disrespectful. It’s not deserving of that reaction from someone you have respect for,” Hamilton said. “A multi-world champion should behave better than that. It’s what you expect in go-karts. That’s not how you drive.”Vettel, who is chasing a fifth world title to stop Hamilton winning a fourth, was given a 10-second time penalty for the incident. Hamilton, less angry in his media briefing than immediately after the race on television, maintained Vettel shunted him on purpose.”It couldn’t be clearer. It’s clear as blue skies,” the British driver said. “Some people don’t like to own up to their own mistakes.”After eight races of a see-saw season, Vettel’s Ferrari leads second-placed Hamilton’s Mercedes by 14 points 153 vs. 139. They have won three each and over the first seven races both had spoken at length of their huge admiration for each other.PRESSURE SHOWINGBut this is the first time they have been main rivals for the title, and the pressure is showing.”Today wasn’t fair play. Today was obviously a different Sebastian we’re seeing,” Hamilton said. “I like to think that I remain respectful and I’ll continue to do so. I want to win the championship the right way.”Ricciardo secured his fifth career win, while Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas overtook 18-year-old Canadian Lance Stroll’s Williams in the closing metres to take second place.Vettel finished fourth, while Hamilton was fifth.The safety car came out three times in quick succession before a red flag stopped the race on lap 22 of 51 because debris littered the track.Shortly before that, the Hamilton-Vettel incident occurred.While behind a safety car, Hamilton, who was in the lead, appeared to slow his car right in front of Vettel causing Vettel to drive into him. An irate Vettel then accelerated alongside Hamilton, gesticulated and moved his car to the right and into him.Vettel thought Hamilton had slammed the brakes intentionally which is known as brake-testing which Hamilton denied.”The stewards looked at my data,” Hamilton said. “Clearly, I didn’t.”Speaking on Britain’s Channel 4 television just after the race, Hamilton went as far as to say that Vettel “disgraced himself”, adding that “if he wants to prove he is a man, we should do it out of the car”.But Vettel maintained that Hamilton was just as much to blame.”If I get a penalty, then we should both get a penalty,” the German driver said. “He did something similar a couple of years ago in China at a restart. It’s just not the way to do it.”Race results:1. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Red Bull – TAG 51 laps2. Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes – Mercedes +3.904s3. Lance Stroll CAN Williams – Mercedes +4.009s4. Sebastian Vettel GER Ferrari – Ferrari +5.976s5. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes – Mercedes +6.188s6. Esteban Ocon FRA Force India-Mercedes +30.298s7. Kevin Magnussen DEN Haas-Ferrari +41.753s8. Carlos Sainz ESP Toro Rosso-Renault +49.400s9. Fernando Alonso ESP McLaren-Honda +59.551s10. Pascal Wehrlein GER Sauber – Ferrari +1m 26.573s11. Marcus Ericsson SWE Sauber – Ferrari +1m 29.550s12. Stoffel Vandoorne BEL McLaren-Honda +1m 30.041s13. Romain Grosjean FRA Haas-Ferrari +1 lapDid not finishKimi Raikkonen FIN Ferrari – Ferrari 46 laps completedSergio Perez MEX Force India-Mercedes 40 laps completedFelipe Massa BRA Williams – Mercedes 26 laps completedNico Hulkenberg GER Renault – Renault 25 laps completedMax Verstappen NED Red Bull – TAG 12 laps completedDaniil Kvyat RUS Toro Rosso-Renault 11 laps completedJolyon Palmer GBR Renault – Renault 10 laps completedRead more at http://www.crash.net/f1/results/261703/1/azerbaijan-grand-prix-race-resultsDriver standings:1 Sebastian Vettel GER FERRARI 1532 Lewis Hamilton GBR MERCEDES 1393 Valtteri Bottas FIN MERCEDES 1114 Daniel Ricciardo AUS RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 925 Kimi Raikkonen FIN FERRARI 736 Max Verstappen NED RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 457 Sergio Perez MEX FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 448 Esteban Ocon FRA FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 359 Carlos Sainz ESP TORO ROSSO 2910 Felipe Massa BRA WILLIAMS MERCEDES 2011 Nico Hulkenberg GER RENAULT 1812 Lance Stroll CAN WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1713 Kevin Magnussen DEN HAAS FERRARI 1114 Romain Grosjean FRA HAAS FERRARI 1015 Pascal Wehrlein GER SAUBER FERRARI 516 Daniil Kvyat RUS TORO ROSSO 417 Fernando Alonso ESP MCLAREN HONDA 218 Jolyon Palmer GBR RENAULT 019 Marcus Ericsson SWE SAUBER FERRARI 020 Stoffel Vandoorne BEL MCLAREN HONDA 021 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA SAUBER FERRARI 0
MANY DOUBTERS Sunday ushered in an era many wanted to postpone. It’s time to ponder world athletics without the incomparable Usain Bolt. It’s a mark of respect for a career so great that it makes smiles appear. His athletic brilliance is one thing. As strange as it seems, his monumental 100- and 200-metre records – 9.58 seconds and 19.19 seconds – may well be broken in the distant future. Theoretically, someone could match his stunning consistency with sprint doubles in three back-to-back Olympic Games. It’s a stretch of the imagination but it’s possible. It’s harder to imagine a better Brand Jamaica ambassador than Bolt. Along with the speed that has been passed down from his ancestors, Bolt broke the mould of the stony-faced running machine. During his decade at the top, he was the epitome of fun at high speed. Carl Lewis and Michael Johnson, the previous kings of athletics, left the sport with far less fanfare than Bolt received last weekend at the World Championships in London. Lewis’ detractors warmed to him and his tuxedo track suits near the end of his brilliant career. By comparison, Johnson was far quieter and less colourful than the tall man from Trelawny. There were times when Bolt was a running machine and other times when he was a superhero. The first case was exemplified when his precise sprinting at the 2009 World Championships produced mind-boggling world records. The other came into stark relief when he bounced back from injury just in time to nip Justin Gatlin in the 100m at the 2015 World Championships. Sadly, there are Jamaicans who doubt him. One gentlemen beckoned me across on Tuesday at the supermarket only to ask, “Hubert, you tink him fake pull in the relay?” It’s a sad thought about an icon who has always given his all. Presumably, such Jamaican doubting Thomases are few. For me, the painful end to Bolt’s career confirmed that he had run the thread off the tyre. Thirteen major individual gold medals, 52 sub-10 100m races and 34 sub-20 200m efforts will do that. Confronted with a deficit in the 4x100m relay, he drew for a gear that was no longer there. It doesn’t matter now. It doesn’t even matter that the cramp may also have been caused by a long wait to race in ghastly London weather. What we saw at the end of the World Championships was an outpouring of love for Mr Brand Jamaica, Usain Bolt. Fittingly, while he walked a coronation lap of the London Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Park, the air was filled with music by Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley. Travelling Jamaicans know the difference he has made. When they ventured abroad in the past, their hosts would ask about Marley. If the journey was to an international athletics event, the question would refer to legendary Herb McKenley. Now all they ask about is Bolt. – Hubert Lawrence has watched Bolt since 2000.
MOSCOW (AP): Day Three of the 2018 World Cup began yesterday with France becoming the first team to benefit from a penalty called after video review in a World Cup match. Antoine Griezmann put France ahead with the ensuing penalty kick. Australia tied it with a penalty kick by Mile Jedniak, but France moved ahead again when Paul Pogba’s shot hit the crossbar and then made it over the goal line. The tally was confirmed by goal line technology. In the second match, Lionel Messi missed a penalty kick and Iceland managed a 1-1 draw against Argentina in the first World Cup appearance for the tiny island nation. Late yesterday, Peru’s Christian Cueva sailed a penalty kick over the goal in a match against Denmark, which won 1-0 on Yussuf Poulsen’s goal in the 58th minute. The final match was a 2-0 win for Croatia over Nigeria. Luka Modric scored on a penalty kick after Croatia went ahead on a first-half own-goal by Nigeria. The 1998 champions, France, with several European club stars in their starting team, laboured to beat a gritty Australia 2-1 in yesterday’s early game. The French team was given a controversial penalty kick, eventually converted by Griezmann in the 58th minute, after the referee watched the replay of a foul on the sideline. Then Pogba scored the winning goal in the 81st minute with the aid of goal-line technology. “I’m not going to complain about the use of video today,” France coach Didier Deschamps said. “It helped correct a mistake.” Pogba had been unimpressive until the goal, but the Manchester United midfielder set up a one-two with substitute Olivier Giroud and beat Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan to give France the victory. After a balanced first half in the Group C match at the Kazan Arena, France were awarded the first penalty following a VAR review. After checking images of a tackle from behind by Joshua Risdon on Griezmann, referee Andres Cunha pointed to the penalty spot. “When I received the knock, I believed there was a penalty,” Griezmann said. “The referee did not blow his whistle, so I moved on with that. But when he went to see if there was a penalty, I immediately thought about how I would take it.” Griezmann hit a powerful shot that left Ryan stranded, four minutes before Jedinak then sent France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris the wrong way to put the teams level following Umtiti’s clumsy foul. France had controlled possession and circulated the ball well before the interval, but after four shots in the first eight minutes, the French failed to get a single shot on target in the remainder of the first half. GROUP DYNAMICS It’s the ideal start for France, whose ambition is to finish at the top of a group that also includes Peru and Denmark. A win against the South Americans next would allow France coach Didier Deschamps to rotate his players for the final game. Australia, whose goal is to survive the group stage, will need two good results to escape elimination. MBAPPE THE YOUNGEST Kylian Mbappe became the youngest player to represent France at a World Cup at 19 years, 178 days. He was 10 months younger than Bruno Bellone, who played at the 1982 World Cup in Spain.