Vettel fighting to keep F1 title challenge alive in Russia

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “We try to give it everything we have. We still believe that we have a chance,” Vettel said. He added that he is “staying in the moment” and thanked fans for messages of support.“We have races in the past we should have won but didn’t and others we won but shouldn’t have,” he said. “Everything is possible.”It’s the second season in a row that Vettel has started strongly only for Hamilton to surge in the second half. Last year the British driver won five times in six races from August to October to deal a heavy blow to Vettel’s bid for a fifth title. Hamilton has won four of the last five this time round and hopes he can continue that good form to snuff out Vettel’s hopes.Still, Hamilton rejects the idea his lead means he has one hand on the championship trophy.“I don’t think you ever have one hand on it. You either have both hands or you don’t,” he said. “There’s still a long way to go.”ADVERTISEMENT Now Vettel comes to Russia, where the long straights should in theory favor Ferrari. Then again, Ferrari was widely expected to dominate the last two races in Italy and Singapore, both of which Hamilton won.Vettel seems uncertain of his chances in Russia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We expect to be competitive here. Having said that, we need to take into account the races where we struggled to have the race pace,” the four-time champion said Thursday.The title is still mathematically within his grasp. Even if Hamilton finishes second to Vettel in the remaining six races, the German would win the title by two points. 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Lance Stroll, for example, is widely expected to switch from Williams to Force India after his father led a takeover of the team last month.The number of free seats dropped by one Tuesday when Sauber said Ferrari reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi will partner Raikkonen, with Marcus Ericsson dropping into a reserve role.Williams driver Sergei Sirotkin said Thursday he was “not hugely concerned about his future,” but remarked that “unfortunately this is Formula One, so you can never be 100 percent certain about anything.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew While Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen could still mathematically become champion, each would need at least four wins from the last six races, something which seems almost impossible.RUSSIAN RIDDLESWinding around arenas from the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi’s circuit is barely used outside of F1 race weekends and in the words of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo “feels like driving flat out in a car park.”The smooth asphalt and generally cool conditions mean tire wear is very low, leaving teams to work out how long the “hyper-soft” tire compound, new for this year, can last on track. The track’s gray backdrop can also make it hard to judge braking and turn-in points.“It’s a track where the timing is crucial to find the right rhythm,” Vettel said. “Everything looks the same so there’s no reference.”Pole position isn’t everything in Russia, as Bottas proved last year when he started third and slipstreamed past both Ferraris on the opening straight to win, but it’s hard to overtake.CONTRACT UNCERTAINTYThe big teams have confirmed their 2019 lineups but many drivers remain on edge.Force India’s Esteban Ocon is targeting a spot at struggling Williams — likely a step back given his eight top-10 finishes this year — but admits he may be forced to skip the 2019 season entirely.“It could be an option to be on the bench next year, but even if that’s the case I will be back in ’20 and I will be back stronger and prepared,” he said Thursday. “The only thing I look at is Formula One and my only target is to be world champion one day.” FILE – In this file photo dated Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during the Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore. Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari are 40-points behind the lead even though his Ferrari has often seemed the faster car, Thursday Sept. 27, 2018, ahead of the upcoming Russian Grand Prix. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, FILE)SOCHI, Russia — Have Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari blown their title chance?That’s the key question ahead of the Russian Grand Prix as Vettel enters with a 40-point disadvantage to Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton even though his Ferrari has often seemed the faster car.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more

Rahaman’s Park Christmas tree collapses

first_img…sabotage suspectedThe annual Christmas tree light-up was nearly halted as sections of the structure came crashing down on Saturday morning in a suspected act of sabotage. However, Ray Rahaman has announced that the celebration will go full steam ahead for this evening as he made alternative arrangements for another tree. At about 11:00h on Saturday, traffic along several sections of the East Bank Demerara highway crawled at a snail’s pace after the Rahaman’s Park tree fell onto the roadway. The Police were quickly alerted and traffic ranks were deployed to re-direct traffic, as workmen removed the tree which Rahaman believes cannot be fixed due to the damage it sustained.Rahaman told Guyana Times that the tree’s destruction was the work of a saboteur given that the straps holding the 70-foot structure were removed and were missing.“Someone came here last night, went under the tree and took off all of the ratchet straps and stole the straps that were locking the tree together. The tree was doing fine, everything was tested,” he noted.Rahaman however stated that the annual tree light-up will go ahead as planned as an ever-green Christmas tree, also standing at 70 feet, has been identified to illuminate the area. The businessman observed the danger that surrounded the artificial tree’s collapse, as only moments earlier, a workmen was atop the structure.“If I had come back 15 minutes after with the extra lights, he would have been up there, and he would have been no more,” he stressed.Rahaman however encouraged the public to come out and enjoy the launch which begins at 17:00h this evening with the ceremonial light-up.last_img read more

North Peace Museum – Adopt an Archival Photograph Fundraiser

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Museum is hosting a fundraiser with ‘Adopt an Archival Photograph,’ which will help museum staff continue to catalogue and process important images they continue to receive from the area.Twenty-four archival photographs were selected from the Museums collection, to be adopted. The adoptee chooses an image they would like to adopt and the monetary amount they would like to ‘adopt’ their selected photograph for. In reciprocation, for the donation, the Museum will provide an 8×10 copy of the picture, a certificate of adoption and a tax receipt in the amount you donated.- Advertisement -Heather Sjoblom, Curator of the Fort St. John North Peace Museum shares, the funds that are raised will go back to support and preserve the collection of photographs at the Museum. Cataloging photos with their information is a long process that started in 2011. These images are put into a database. There are currently thousands of photographs with new ones coming to the Museum.This is a unique gift idea opportunity as there is an assortment of visual representations available to adopt, such as the Alaska Highway, businesses, sports and more.There is a physical binder of all of the photographs and information at the museum if you want to have a look in person.This fundraiser runs from now until the end of November.Advertisement To see and learn more on choices; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Milla remembers W. Cup magic as history beckons for Africa

first_img0Shares0000Caermoon World Cup trailblazer Roger Milla reflects on Italia ’90 with AFP © AFP / GERARD FOUETYAOUNDE, Cameroon, Jun 11 – Cameroon great Roger Milla has told AFP that he never received the credit he deserved for his World Cup goal-scoring exploits.Milla, lured out of retirement at the ripe old age of 38, left an indelible mark on the 1990 finals in Italy. Considered an intriguing addition to a Cameroon team expected to head home after the group stages, Milla turned the tournament, and the fate of African football, on its head.Following a shock 1-0 win over Argentina, Milla came off the bench to score twice in the final minutes of a 2-1 win over Romania, his second a fierce strike from the right side of the area.After a 4-0 drubbing by the Soviet Union, Milla, again, stepped up to the plate.He came off the bench again to hit his second brace, in extra-time, to secure a 2-1 win over Colombia that sent Cameroon into the last eight, the first African side to make it to the quarter-finals.In Russia, Cameroon will be absent but Milla can take pride from the presence of a record five African teams — Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia — in the 32-nation World Cup starting Thursday.Thoughts of that strong African contingent got Milla reflecting on those heroics 28 years ago.“The most beautiful goal was my second against Romania,” he told AFP.“I hope you’re going to write about it, because no other player has scored a goal like that!”He added: “I don’t know why you (the media) don’t talk more about Africans. For me, it’s because of racism!“If a Brazilian, German or Frenchman had scored a goal like that, you would burst everyone’s eardrums talking about it.“But since it was a Cameroonian, a black player, it was hardly talked about. Still, Europeans told me that it should be rated among the world’s best.”– Oldest World Cup scorer –After Milla’s heroics, a record five African teams are among the 32 nations in Russia for the 2018 finals © AFP / ANTONIO SCORZAEach of Milla’s strikes were followed by what would become his trademark celebration — running to the corner flag and shimmying his hips from side to side as if dancing to his own personal tune.In the run-up to Italia 90, the striker who had played for French clubs Bastia and Saint-Etienne had been anticipating a life of retirement in the sun on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion.But a last-minute request by Cameroon president Paul Biya, who urged him to grab his boots and get on a plane to Italy, made sure Milla, and African football, would never be the same again.Milla’s magic was felt far beyond Italy.“After that first qualification for the quarter-finals, FIFA’s eye were opened,” said Milla.“The whole world understood that in Africa there are a lot of great players, and some great football-playing nations.“Ghana (2010), Senegal (2002) went on to emulate our achievements. But that year, a door opened for African football.”Aside from the 1990 finals, Milla had seen a “perfectly good goal” disallowed in a scoreless draw with Peru at Cameroon’s maiden World Cup at Spain ’82.Then, at USA ’94, he became at 42, the tournament’s oldest ever scorer.After a 2-2 draw with Sweden and a 3-0 defeat to Brazil, a 6-1 drubbing by Russia, in which Milla scored, capped a poor campaign by the Africans.“I scored the only goal against Russia in our final match with technical ease and the strength of a player much younger than myself!“I showed the whole world that, even at 42, if you’ve treated yourself well, you can do it.“I’m a legend in Africa, and in South America, where ‘King Pele’ asked me why I wasn’t born a Brazilian!“I did for my country and for my continent, I’d like it if they talked about it more in Europe, and in France, where I spent my entire career.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Sadio Mane wins two Liverpool Player of the Year awards in debut season

first_imgLiverpool forward Sadio Mane was a double winner at the club’s end of season awards ceremony.The Senegal international, currently sidelined after a knee operation, was voted both the players’ and supporters’ player of the year.Despite being out since April 1 Mane is still the club’s leading scorer with 13 goals, and his importance to the side has been highlighted in his absence with 11 points taken from the six matches he has missed and only seven goals scored.“I just want to thank my team-mates and supporters for giving me this honour,” he said.“It means so much to me. I feel at home at this club and in this city.“My team-mates, the staff, the manager and the supporters have all made me feel so welcome since I joined the club.“I have loved every minute of playing for Liverpool this season and can’t wait to get back fit to help the team again.”Mane will hope to have Champions League football to look forward to when he returns next season.Liverpool have two matches remaining and six points would guarantee a top-four finish, although results elsewhere involving Arsenal and Manchester United may mean a maximum return is not required.Despite some scratchy performances of late which have made securing a Champions League spot trickier than it may have been, manager Jurgen Klopp, who presented Mane with his players’ player award, is satisfied with how things have gone.“I am absolutely okay with this season but we want as much as possible. We have two very important games left,” he said.“I thought the boys did really well in a lot of games. We’ve had some fantastic performances in some games.”Eighteen-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold, who made his debut in the EFL Cup win over Tottenham in October and has gone on to make 12 first-team appearances, was named young player of the season.“This season has been unbelievable being in and around the first team. My goal at the start of the season was to try to play with the under-23s as much as I could and it has really gone well,” he said.Ben Woodburn, who became the youngest goalscorer in the club’s history with his strike against Leeds in the EFL Cup in November aged 17 years and 45 days, won academy player of the season.“This award means a lot. I’ve been working hard all season to try to be the best I can,” said the teenager.Emre Can’s brilliant overhead kick against Watford last week was goal of the season.Fellow midfielder Lucas Leiva received a special recognition award after celebrating 10 years at the club while Liverpool’s Wales captain Sophie Ingle won women’s players’ player of the year. 1 Sadio Mane has claimed two Player of the Year awards at Anfield last_img read more


first_imgGAA Bingo- Every Thursday Evening In St Marys Hall Clonmany at 9.00pm Everyone Welcome.Match & Win for 12/9/2013 No’s Drawn 6,7,9,21 No Jackpot Winner Next Weeks Jackpot Is €2,300.00, €15 Consolation Winners Were John Brennan Leenan, Neil Grant Gortfad, John Porter Main Street Ballyliffen, Shane Doherty (JJ) Tiernasligo, Lola Kelly Tullagh. Thank-you to all in the Parish and beyond for your support in the weekly lotto.TABLE QUIZ IN AID OF THE CLUBS DEVELOPMENT FUND IN THE STRAND HOTEL THIS WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 18TH AT 9.30PM, Please do your best to get a Team together and join in the craic on the night. CLG Iorras Wishes Good Luck to Mickey Grant and Margaruite Mc Laughlin on their recent Wedding. Best wishes and good luck for your future together.CLUB MEETING: Next Meeting On Wednesday 25th September at 8.30pm.IORRAS GAA CLUB DEVELOPMENT DRAW – Tickets are now on sale at €5 a ticket or 3 tickets for €10 great prizes to be won.BUY A BLOCK – Urris GAA Club are running a BUY A BLOCK Fundraiser Drive for the Development of the New Club House. Individuals can contribute €10 towards buying a block, and they will be then have their name framed on the club wall along with all contributors we would be grateful if you would consider supporting this fund raising drive. Contact Rose Kelly for further information 0877770639. FACEBOOK – Find us on Facebook CLG Iorras/Urris GAA and keep up to date on all the latest Fixtures Results and Training plus lots of other links and news.Club Merchandise – Club Merchandise to buy all year round hats, gear bags, hoodies and jackets something for everyone Contact Donal Kelly 0876461707.Club Website items for the notes please send to or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday evening.   GAA NEWS – URRIS HOST TABLE QUIZ FOR CLUB DEVELOPMENT FUND was last modified: September 15th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Urris GAA club noteslast_img read more


first_imgHow totally embarrassing but all in a good cause!Pramerica Employees did a Onesie day in aid of the “Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy” charity”. Back Row: From Left to Right Stephen McDaid, Conal McKinney, Dan Sheerin, Barry McIntyre, David Doherty, Kevin Timoney, Donal Friel and Lorraine Gallagher.Front Row Left to Right: Shirley Boyle Mairead Doherty(Carson) Rachel Jones Evan and Ciara Colhoun. ‘ONESIE’ IS NOT AMUSED AT PRAMERICA! was last modified: May 6th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:charitypramericalast_img read more


first_imgA Donegal man is hoping to put his body on the line today – for the sake of his beloved sport.Glentogher man Ronan Doherty will today fly the flag for Ireland at the Hercules Olympia bodybuilding competition at The Charter Hall in Colchester, England.Ronan is no stranger to the sport of bodybuilding as he has won many titles. He was a bodybuilding champion at the early age of 17, winning teenage titles here in Ireland and also as far away as the USA.He is a man that loves the sport putting many hours into his training and diet but he is enjoying every minute of the sport that has literally been a very big part of him for many years.Ronan has had his eyes on this contest for quite a while now.And is very confident that the hard work is done after putting in lots of preparation for the event over the last few weeks. Said Ronan: “I want to thank all my friends and family for all the support they have given me over the years.“They been there through thick and thin for me.” RONAN PUTS HIS BODY ON THE LINE FOR HIS SPORT! was last modified: May 11th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:body builderRonan Dohertylast_img read more

Lakers notes: Wafer looks for more than taste of NBA life

first_img “He’s a highly competitive kid,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. “He’s a child in many aspects of basketball. He’s probably played a lot at the wing and we’re forcing him out there on top of the floor to play a guard position. So that’s where he’s struggling a little bit. “He’s a great shooter. He’s got quickness. He takes the ball to the basket really hard and he competes very well on defense. … I’m really pleased with his talent. We anticipate that it’s a growth year for him, like Andrew (Bynum), so we want to keep encouraging him, keep him learning in the process of competing with these guys.” Wafer probably will have to beat out second-year guard Sasha Vujacic for a spot on the Lakers’ active roster. Another possibility would be for the Lakers to send Wafer to the NBA Development League while retaining his rights, something Jackson mentioned before camp opened. “I really wouldn’t want to go but you have to do what you have to do,” Wafer said. He also is a testament to just how young the Lakers will be this season. A year ago, the team still held out hope that Malone would play after recovering from knee surgery. Now the Lakers have a player in Wafer whose father played against Malone in high school. A good hurt: One unintended benefit of Lamar Odom’s off-season shoulder surgery is that it somehow improved the mechanics of the 6-foot-10 forward’s shot. Odom said his shot never has felt smoother and he now expects to connect whenever he is left open. Odom spent time working on his shot, since he wasn’t cleared by doctors to play until this week. He is a career 30.9 percent 3-point shooter who could see more opportunities to shoot from long range playing in the backcourt this season. Also: A report on the Lakers’ exhibition opener late Tuesday night against Golden State is available at The Lakers will play the Warriors again Wednesday at 10 p.m. PDT. Ross Siler, (818) 713-3610 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It didn’t matter. An AAU team out of Little Rock, Ark., found Wafer and helped put him on the national radar. By the end of his senior year, Wafer had a scholarship to Florida State and an invitation to play in the McDonald’s All-American game. Now consider the circumstances Wafer found himself in this April, when he decided to enter the NBA Draft after two turbulent years as a Seminole, culminating in a season in which he was regularly benched and twice suspended for disciplinary reasons. HONOLULU – Playing in the tiny town of Homer, La., just across the state line from Arkansas in what could be called Karl Malone country, Von Wafer nearly went unnoticed his first three years as a high school basketball player. “I was going to a Class C school, it had like 150 students K-12,” said Wafer, who averaged 32 points a game almost anonymously as a junior at Pineview High School, “so nobody really ever came to see me play.” center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week He read plenty of reports saying he would not get drafted. He wasn’t about to be welcomed back to Florida State, even if he didn’t sign with an agent. He was selected by the Lakers in the second round with the No. 39 pick. “Every day I think about that,” Wafer said. “I made sure I looked at the negative things people said about me every day when I was going through my workouts so I could be motivated. Sometimes I look at them from time to time now.” Maybe it’s not such a good idea to bet against Wafer, as the 20-year-old guard tries to make the team out of training camp. After all, Wafer said he won’t merely be content with a spot on the roster; he wants to carve out a 10-year career in the NBA. “It’s good to be where I’m at right now but it can be gone away at any given time,” Wafer said. “I set my standards a little bit higher. When I get there, I think I’ll be proud of myself then.” Exactly where Wafer fits is in question. He connected on 48 percent of his 3-pointers in summer-league play and could be the shooter the Lakers need off the bench. But he has little experience handling the ball, part of the job description for a guard in the triangle offense. last_img read more

Search continues for missing Canadian diver off Fanad Head

The search operation for a missing diver who disappeared off the coast of Fanad Head resumed at first light early this morning.Lough Swilly Life Boat, Portrush Life Boat, the Sligo-based Rescue 118 helicopter, and a number of local boats are searching the area for the diver.The missing diver was reported to Malin Head Coast Guard at 4:30 pm after failing to resurface. A major search operation was immediately launched yesterday evening, but they had to stand down at around 10 pm due to lack of light. The diver, believed to be Canadian, is understood to have been exploring shipwrecks 65 meters below along with other divers.The search operation is concentrated 14 miles north of Malin Head.We will bring you more as we have it.Search continues for missing Canadian diver off Fanad Head was last modified: August 15th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:diverdonegalFanad Headlough swilly life boatmissingportrush life boatRESCUE 118 read more