Mercedes have ‘real big problems’ to resolve says Hamilton

first_imgSEPANG, Malaysia (Reuters) – Formula One world champions Mercedes have some “real big problems” to fix with their car, title favourite Lewis Hamilton said on Sunday after finishing second in the Malaysian Grand Prix.The Briton, now 34 points clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and well on his way to a fourth title, started in pole position but lost out to Red Bull’s 20-year-old Dutch driver Max Verstappen.Hamilton was helped by an engine problem sidelining Vettel in qualifying and another issue preventing the German’s team mate Kimi Raikkonen from taking his place on the front row of the starting grid.But Verstappen was significantly faster once the race started while Vettel showed the Ferrari’s potential by going from last to fourth and beating Hamilton’s team mate Valtteri Bottas.“There is (a fair amount of work still to do) but there’s nothing we can do,” Hamilton, who was also gifted a win in Singapore two weeks ago when both Ferraris collided at the start, told Sky Sports television.”It’s the way the car is.”I think globally we have not got the best car and we’ve done an exceptional job with what we have. There are some real big problems that I can’t really explain to you…“But we really need make sure we rectify them for next year’s car if we’re going to have any chance of fighting both these teams next year when they step up their game,” added the Briton.Hamilton said the car was good at some races, and not at others, but Mercedes would do everything they could to stay ahead.Team boss Toto Wolff also sounded far from celebratory, despite Hamilton stretching his lead by six points with a hefty dose of luck.“I am just very down, I must say,” declared the Austrian.”We have lost so much pace this weekend…how can a car that is so fast on many circuits lose so much with a tire that is overheating?“Probably if you look at the real pace today it would have been P5 (fifth). And that is worrisome. Now let’s see what happens in Suzuka. We have a couple of days to try and understand.”The Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka follows on immediately from Malaysia, with four races remaining after that.last_img read more

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Football hits the road for critical rivalry game

first_imgThere is no doubting the historical appeal of the Notre Dame-USC rivalry, which dates back to 1926. But this weekend’s game carries a little extra juice than normal. No. 11 USC and No. 13 Notre Dame both enter highly ranked and with one loss, with Saturday’s game acting not only as a rivalry matchup but also as a College Football Playoff eliminator. “It’s really neat to have the two teams where we are right now,” head coach Clay Helton said. “Nationally ranked, a big game with a lot on the line. It reminds me a lot of how our game versus Penn State was in the Rose Bowl. It’s two teams when they’re playing well, it’s great for the game.” For USC, the question will be if it can turn in its first complete game against a ranked opponent since its Week 2 romping of Stanford. Against Utah last week, the Trojans fumbled three times in the first quarter and trailed by 14 at the half, while Utes running back Zach Moss gashed USC’s defense for 113 first half rushing yards. But in the second half, the team as a whole turned a switch. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold did not turn the ball over for the rest of the game, captaining three long scoring drives, while the defense gave up just one score. “I look forward to putting a full game together, like we did in that second half,” Helton said. “Showing that type of football, that clean, hard-nosed attitude that those kids had … It’s going to be needed in this game.” Perhaps the biggest challenge for the Trojans as they play on the road in South Bend, Ind., will be containing an elite Fighting Irish rushing attack with a depleted defensive line. While Helton expects junior defensive lineman Rasheem Green to play through an ankle injury suffered against Utah, it was a rough week for the nose tackle position. Having already lost highly touted freshman Marlon Tuipulotu to season ending back surgery, junior Josh Fatu suffered a concussion after being involved in a car accident and redshirt senior Kenny Bigelow officially transitioned to a non-football role after two previous knee surgeries. Now starting at nose tackle is Alaskan freshman Brandon Pili. In his first career start, Pili will be tasked with penetrating an experienced Irish offensive line and curtailing a ground attack led by junior running back Josh Adams and junior quarterback Brandon Wimbush. Adams has rushed for 776 yards on nine yards per carry, while Wimbush has run for 402 yards and eight touchdowns in a dual threat role. “[Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly] had DeShone Kizer the last couple of years and leaned on the passing game,” Helton said. “This year, you can tell he’s got two runners — one is the quarterback and one’s the big back. They’re spreading you out in three wide sets and running for 308 yards per game.” Compounding Notre Dame’s revamped ground and pound offense, is a stout run defense that has given up just one rushing touchdown all year. In their 20-19 loss to Georgia, the Irish held both Nick Chubb and Sony Michel to under 100 yards. Junior tackles Chuma Edoga and Toa Lobendahn are expected to play through various injuries, but freshman running back Stephen Carr remains out with a foot injury. With the Irish secondary ranking No. 78 in passing yards allowed per game, Saturday’s clash may come down to Darnold’s arm. In addition to the emergence of freshman wide receiver Tyler Vaughns as a threat over the past three games, USC’s deep tight end corps has done an excellent job of alleviating pressure on go-to slot man Deontay Burnett. Helton has confidence in four players, who will all play a significant number of snaps against Notre Dame. “[Sophomore tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe] helped us for about 12 plays last week,” Helton said. “We look forward to that number increasing as he gets healthy and more confident …That position right now is really stockpiled when you look at it with a lot of great talent. Not only do you have Daniel but you have Tyler [Petite], who’s having his best year by far, you’ve got the emergence of Josh Falo, who’s made two touchdown catches in the last two games and then you’ve got Erik Krommenhoek, who’s done the dirty work.” When USC heads to South Bend, Ind., for the 86th edition of a storied rivalry, more than the Jeweled Shillelagh hangs in the balance, as both schools fight to remain alive in the national title conversation. “It’s the best intersectional rivalry in all of college sports today,” Helton said. “Everybody wants to win this so they can leave their mark in history.”last_img read more

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BiH Delegation went to Mediterranean Games in Mersin

first_imgDelegation of 45 athletes, 16 coaches and 2 officials of the Olympic Committee of BiH are soon to leave for Turkey, where they’ll participate at the Mediterranean Games in Mersin, reports klix.baThe games will be held from 20 to 30 June and more than 4500 athletes from 24 countries will participate together with 1500 coaches and officials.The head of BiH delegation is Said Fazlagić and his deputy Dejana Sadžak, and the following athletes:shooting:Darija Kitić, boxing: Alem Čolpa,Velibor Vidić, Džemal Bošnjak, Bojan Aladžić (coaches Almedin Fetahović, Vlado Railić, Said Čolpa), taekwondo: Armin Gredić (coach Belmir Berberović), bocce:Dario Stojičić, Andrija Čorluka, weight lifting: Olivera Jurić, judo: Dražen Subotićm Larisa Cerić, Amel Mekić, Mitar Mrdić, Selma Sejdinović (coach Branislav Crnogorac), athletics: Biljana Cvijanović, Dušan Babić, Hamza Alić, Kemal Mešić, Dejan Mileusnić (coach Mehmed Skender),swimming: Ivana Nikolić (coach Željko Panić) karate: Mirsada Suljkanović, Alem Kupusović, Nermin Potur, Edin Muslić, Admir Zukan (coach Denis Muhović),wrestling: Ajdin Brkić, Elvir Čosić (treneri Sanel Bečković, Milenko Perkić).Football players to compete at Mediterranean Games are: Vedran Kjoševski, Omar Marković, Armin HOdžić, Amar Rahmanović, Fedor Predragović, Mirko Marić, Branimir Odak, Anto Petrović, Jozo Špikić, Haris Hajradinović, Emir Plakalo, Damir Sadiković, Almir Čerimagić, Renato Gojković, Adin Čiva, Almir Kasumović, Haris Muharemović, Halil Hajtić (coaches Murat Jaha, Eldin Jarodić, Admih Zaimović, Vlado Jagodić, Sakib Malkočević, Toni Karačić.(photo: wikipedia)last_img read more

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