EINDHOVEN. November 29 -- After scoring in Barcelona’s 2-1 win over PSV on Wednesday night, Lionel Messi wrote his name into the history books yet again.
The victory secured top spot in Group B for the Catalan giants, as they’ve collected 13 points from their five games thus far to comfortably make it through to the knockout stage of the Champions League.
As seen in the video below, Messi was on the mark yet again as he dazzled with a brilliant goal for the visitors against PSV, playing an influential role in the build-up before producing a great finish to break the deadlock. In doing so, he broke yet another record, one previously held by Cristiano Ronaldo, as he bagged his 106th goal for Barcelona in the Champions League, thus giving him the title of scoring the most goals in the competition for a single club. Ronaldo previously held it with 105 for Real Madrid, but of course, he will no longer be able to surpass his great rival having secured a move to Juventus this past summer.
Now, it remains to be seen if either superstar can add another trophy to their collection given both teams have made it safely through the group stage and with both men in fine form this season, it would come as no surprise if they led their respective teams on a deep run in Europe.
MONACO, November 14 -- Max Verstappen feels he “f**ked up” the opening six races of the 2018 Formula 1 season before a change in approach inspired by his father helped kick-start his season.
Verstappen got caught up in incidents through each of the first six race weekends of the year, culminating in an FP3 crash in Monaco that put him out of qualifying, where teammate Daniel Ricciardo took pole en route to a race win one day later. Verstappen’s season has since picked up, taking wins in Austria and Mexico, plus seven further podium finishes to put himself in contention for P3 in the drivers’ championship heading to the final race of the year.
“This year, the first six races, I basically fucked up. Afterwards, we did a much better job,” Verstappen said last week in Brazil, reflecting on his 2018 campaign. “It’s not really changing my approach to how I’m racing. I’m still the same person. I’m always going for the gap, you could see that in Mexico as well, I was there to win and not be second. “I just wanted it too much initially. I really wanted to try and challenge even with the package we had it was not possible. “Sometimes my dad told me ‘when I’m going slow, I’m still going fast enough.’ I got that approach back after Monaco, and it seemed to make me faster than I was before, but without mistakes.”
Verstappen explained how the influence of his father, former F1 driver Jos, had been crucial to his change in approach and mindset this year. “He’s the only one who really knows me,” Verstappen said.
“We share everything together, so I think it’s always good to reflect, and you can always improve which everybody can. That’s what we did. “Of course in some critical situations, like it was in the beginning of the year, then of course you talk a lot about it. It would be wrong to be really stubborn and try to fix it yourself, then you always go back to the person who really knows you."
LONDON, November 13 -- Formula 1 Director of Motorsports Ross Brawn says Max Verstappen must learn to channel his emotions in the wake of the dramatic Brazilian Grand Prix.
Verstappen rose from fifth to the lead – passing both Ferrari and Mercedes drivers – but was spun when backmarker Esteban Ocon attempted to un-lap himself. Ocon was deemed responsibly for the incident and handed a 10-second stop-and-go penalty.
Verstappen took to the radio to criticise Ocon before recovering to place a close second to Hamilton, though in the FIA’s Weigh Bridge area confronted the Frenchman and shoved him three times. The FIA deemed it was a breach of its regulations dictating that no deliberate physical contact must make place and handed the Red Bull driver two days of public service
“The Dutchman’s push in the closing stages was not enough to retake the lead and after that, Max vented his anger in parc ferme, making physical contact with Ocon,” said Brawn. “It was not an edifying sight and though understandable it was of course not justifiable. “The incident with Ocon was a cruel moment, but in the aftermath Max showed [that] he has made enormous progress in his career [but he] is still not able to manage his emotions in these situations, an essential next step.
“Having said that, one mustn’t forget he is still very young and while his conduct wasn’t justifiable we can all understand the frustration he felt after the incident and again at the end of the race, the outcome of which should not cancel out what was an amazing performance from the Dutchman. “After all, it’s not every day you drive past two Ferraris and two Mercedes. “I’m sure Max will learn from what happened and that everything that happened, including the penalty he was given, will contribute to his development as a driver and mainly as a man.” Brawn added that Ocon “didn’t think through” his attempt at getting by Verstappen. “It has to be said there was no reason for him to take on Verstappen as though he was fighting for his first win in Formula 1,” said Brawn. “He deserved the 10-second stop and go penalty he was given in the race. Drivers must not forget they are role models for the fans and for youngsters who want to follow in their footsteps.
“I don't think that Ocon, when he attacked Max during the race, was simply thinking of trying to get in the points. “I believe it was more the case that he was caught up in the moment and didn’t think it through, maybe fighting to the death with the race leader might not have been the best plan, even when that driver is one with whom you had some spirited fights in the lower formulae. “Overall, Sunday was a lesson for both Verstappen and Ocon, one they won’t forget in a hurry. It’s just another part of their learning curve.”
SAO PAULO, NOVEMBER 11 -- Lewis Hamilton took a lucky win in the Brazilian Grand Prix after Red Bull's Max Verstappen lost the lead in a collision with backmarker Esteban Ocon.
Verstappen was on course for a superb win when Force India's Ocon left his car on the inside of the Red Bull at the Senna S and pitched it into a spin. The incident dropped the Dutchman back to second place and although he came back at Hamilton, he could not quite catch him.
Verstappen remonstrated with Ocon in the driver weighing area afterwards and pushed the Frenchman three times as he expressed his anger at what had happened.Both drivers were called to see the race stewards to explain the incident, with Verstappen ordered to carry out "two days of public service" to atone for "making deliberate physical contact with" Ocon.
The punishment has echoes of that served by Sebastian Vettel after his collision with Hamilton at the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Vettel ended up taking part in educational activities organised by the FIA, Formula 1's governing body. Hamilton's win helped Mercedes secure the constructors' championship.
They never looked like losing that as Ferrari's challenge faded but the race win was another matter.
This should give them the confidence and stimulus to put these rules in place."
Under the previous IOC guidelines, approved in 2003, athletes who transitioned from male to female or vice versa were required to have reassignment surgery followed by at least two years of hormone therapy to be eligible to compete. Now, surgery will no longer be required, with female-to-male transgender athletes eligible to take part in men's competitions "without restriction".
Meanwhile, male-to-female transgender athletes will need to demonstrate that their testosterone level has been below a certain cut-off point for at least one year before their first competition.
"The overriding sporting objective is and remains the guarantee of fair competition."
"To require surgical anatomical changes as a precondition to participation is not necessary to preserve fair competition and may be inconsistent with developing legislation and notions of human rights," it added.
It now seems as if that cash injection has failed to materialise as F1 supremo Ecclestone says Marussia won't attend the Austin race.
Marussia will be joined on the sidelines by Caterham, who are under administration and seeking a new buyer.
"Neither of those two teams are going to go to America," Ecclestone told Reuters journalist Alan Baldwin
With both Marussi and Caterham out, just 18 cars will take to the grid at the United States GP.
SOCHI, October 12 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin, who watched Russia’s first ever Formula One Grand Prix racing in Sochi, was quite content with the event, according to Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone.
He said he was sitting next to Putin during the race and saw that the Russian President was satisfied.
Earlier on Sunday, Putin awarded the winner of the race, Britain’s Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton, a team Mercedes pilot, finished first in the race held in the Russian Black sea resort city of Sochi.
Russia’s Daniil Kvyat from Toro Rosso team finished in the 14th position. The Russian Grand Prix was held at the racing track located near the Olympic Village in the coastal area of Sochi. The contract to include Russia in the calendar of F1 racing for the 2014-2020 period was signed in 2010 in Sochi by then-Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin and F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone.
SOCHI, October 12 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin will have talks with King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, who arrives on a working visit in Russia, in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi on Sunday.
The two leaders “plan to focus on building up bilateral co-operation in trade, investment, energy, financial and humanitarian spheres.” They also expect to discuss topical issues on international agenda, primarily the current situation in the Middle East and North Africa, the Kremlin noted.
Putin and the Bahraini monarch “will discuss the situation in the Middle East, particularly actions staged against Islamic State militants, and will certainly raise trade and economic issues,” Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters. He also did not rule out that the interlocutors would talk energy carriers.
After the talks, Putin and Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa will visit the first ever F1 Russian Grand Prix due in Sochi on Sunday.
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