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first_imgTech-based agriculture company TaniHub Group is eyeing expansion to Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Sumatra in the next few years, gunning for wider distribution for its products, as the firm’s operation passes its four-year mark, according to an executive.“One of the challenging conditions is that some [farmers] do not have the capacity to distribute their produce across Indonesia,”  CEO Ivan Arie Sustiawan said Monday in a virtual presser.“Imagine if there is a big harvest, say, for mangoes in East Java,” he added. “If we can distribute this product evenly not only to Java but also to Sumatra, Sulawesi and Kalimantan, the price will become more stable and there will be no drastic drops in prices simply because of the harvest.”Established in mid-2016, TaniHub, which sells the agricultural produce online, partners with more than 30,000 smallholder farmers and operates five distribution hubs across Indonesia. The service has seen increasing demand since the COVID-19 outbreak, as consumers shift to shopping online.Read also: Online groceries thrive as customers avoid supermarkets TaniHub Group announced in April that it had secured US$17 million to expand its services to up to 100,000 farmers by 2021.The new investment, which is an extension round of its series A funding, brings the total equity funding raised by the company to $29 million since 2016.Read also: TaniHub Group raises $17m to expand services to 100,000 farmers by 2021TaniHub Group operates three business arms: online food marketplace TaniHub, peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform TaniFund and supply chain services unit TaniSupply.Despite the ongoing health crisis, the company has developed its first packing and processing center (PPC) in Malang, East Java. It will officially launch the facility on Sept. 24, the company announced.“We developed the Malang PPC to respond to the needs or challenges with regard to fast production and processing, as well as uniformity in processing,” said Vincentius Sariyo, the director of TaniSupply.The facility, to be operated by TaniSupply, uses machines that can sort fruit products based on texture, size and weight. It is expected to reduce processing by two days, according to Sariyo.TaniHub Group also plans to develop such a facility in Majalengka regency, West Java and Medan in North Sumatra in the near future, as the start-up wanted to develop the facility in every province, he added.TaniFund also recorded 250 new farmers and 43 new farmer groups registered for its services. However, farmers have been facing difficulties in selling produce as the country imposes large-scale social restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus. Farmers’ terms of trade fell below the key threshold to 99.47 in May, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data, with value below 100 indicating farmers booked deficits.The farmers’ terms of trade has since rebounded to 100.09 in July.Although some of its merchants have been forced to close, the tech company stated that it also relied on its operations in small cities with fewer epidemic-related restrictions compared to those in big cities, according to Ivan.With increased online shopping, the company also plans to recruit more staff. center_img Topics :last_img read more


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first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer promised a return to the “United way”, bringing through young players and committing to an attacking approach and he certainly boosted the mood of the club after the misery of the late Mourinho period.But the reason the fans fury is vented at Woodward and not Solskjaer is not just because the Norwegian is a popular former player but because of the club’s repeated failings in the transfer market.Solskjaer wanted to bring in compatriot Erling Haaland in January, with the striker, rated one of the most exciting young forwards in Europe, reportedly keen to join United.Yet, somehow, United allowed Borussia Dortmund to snap him up from RB Salzburg and the dream of a young attack with Haaland flanked by Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford was unfulfilled.Jude Bellingham, a 17-year-old from Birmingham City, was the next major target, the kind of box-to-box midfielder United is lacking, but again he chose to move to Dortmund rather than Salford.This window has seen United’s well documented pursuit of one of Dortmund’s prize possessions, English winger Jadon Sancho, but with the deadline looming on Monday, there is no sign of a deal.United has brought in Donny van de Beek from Ajax, who Solskjaer has so far, in the league, restricted to appearances from the bench.Media reports suggest United is close to acquiring Brazilian left back Alex Telles from Porto and Edinson Cavani, the Uruguayan striker, but a 33-year-old free agent is hardly the kind of signing the fans were expecting.Mourinho had long tried to persuade Woodward to bring in a top quality central defender and Solskjaer did get Harry Maguire last summer, but he looks badly in need of a quality partner.United isn’t the first club to struggle to get the players they want but it is an unusual position for it to be in after the years when Ferguson pulled off coup after coup in the market.Many fans blame Woodward and those sentiments were strengthened by recent comments from former player Patrice Evra who criticised United for sending “lawyers” rather than soccer people to talk to potential signings.Former captain Gary Neville, now a pundit for Sky Sports, believes the players are being impacted by the constant struggles in recruitment.”It’s the psychological damage of Manchester United not bringing the players in that I also think is hampering the players’ thoughts,” he said on Sunday.”They see Liverpool sign players, they see City sign players, they see Chelsea sign players. The minute Spurs go 2-1 up it’s almost as if all those negative thoughts drain every single little bit of confidence out of them.”(That is) not right – but that’s what’s happened here. I think ultimately these players at this moment in time felt as though the club wanted support,” he said.Not for the first time, Woodward heads into a deadline day with all eyes on him and with the club back in crisis mode. Indeed, had he taken one route out of the stadium, he would have had a taste of the frustrations of those fans, with a small group gathered with a banner calling for his resignation and that of the American Glazer family, who own the club.The protest would not have been a spontaneous reaction from fans, who due to COVID restrictions, were forced to watch the game on television, but almost certainly an expression of deeper, longer-established discontent.Seven years after Alex Ferguson ended his trophy-laden 26 years in charge at the club with his 13th Premier League title, United is still struggling to get anywhere near the levels the club took for granted under the Scotsman.David Moyes and Louis van Gaal came and went without moving the club forward and Jose Mourinho, now at Spurs, masterminded Sunday’s destruction against the club who sacked him less than two years ago. Topics :center_img Another season, another mess at Manchester United.On Sunday, the club which prides itself on being one of the biggest global brands in sport was humiliated in a 6-1 home Premier League defeat by Tottenham Hotspur.Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, sat watching alone in the stand, would surely have considered how an Old Trafford full of spectators would have reacted to such a loss coming near the end of another frustrating transfer window.last_img read more


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first_img A season out of Europe could potentially cost as much as £100 million ($123m) and City had hoped for an early resolution before the coronavirus outbreak took hold. CEO Ferran Soriano said shortly after the ban was announced that he hoped it would be settled by early summer. He also denied the allegations, insisting the club will do “everything that can be done to prove” their innocence. City say they have “irrefutable evidence” that the claims are not true while Mr Shea believes the club will also argue about the manner of UEFA’s investigation. “It’s clear from the statements that City made following the decision and from their previous attempt at CAS to stop the disciplinary case being referred to UEFA’s adjudicatory chamber, that they are certainly peeved about how the disciplinary process has been conducted with various media leaks and so I have no doubt they will raise a number of procedural arguments,” he said. “In any event, the CAS panel will consider this case de novo which means they will review all the evidence and arguments from both parties afresh and reach its own decision, which City have actually welcomed by referring to the need for an impartial judgment at CAS. “City refer to irrefutable evidence in support of its position so, notwithstanding all their arguments regarding procedural unfairness, it’s certainly possible that they will deny that sponsorship deals were inflated and that there has been a breach of the regulations. I’ve not seen the evidence so I obviously can’t comment on whether City are likely to succeed with such an argument or not. “I strongly suspect that City will also try to challenge the legality of the FFP regulations on the basis that they contravene EU competition law. CAS previously deemed them to be compliant with EU competition law in the case involving Galatasaray in 2016, but I am expecting City to raise fresh arguments on this issue. “Finally, I fully expect City to argue that the sanction of a two-season ban is disproportionate. AC Milan were also handed a two-year ban in 2018 for failing to comply with the FFP regulations. On appeal to CAS, it was held that the Adjudicatory Chamber had failed to consider all the facts and so it referred the case back to the Adjudicatory Chamber to make a proportionate decision based on all the facts.” City also have another trick up their sleeve, according to Mr Shea. He says they can look to the example of former Peru captain Paolo Guerrero, who was allowed to play in the 2018 World Cup when a Swiss supreme court froze a 14-month ban for a positive drugs test. “If City’s appeal is rejected, they could potentially take the case to the Swiss Federal Tribunal for a further appeal or even the European Commission, European Court of Justice in Luxembourg or European Union Court of Human Rights depending on the arguments,” Mr Shea added. Read Also:Allegation: Arsenal want us out of Europe – Man City “At that point, the club could seek a suspension of the sanction in order to play in next year’s Champions League – an example of this is the Peru player Guerrero.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Coronavirus outbreak has condemned the world of football to a near-total shutdown and schisms remain over the short-term future of the game. Debates rage over what to do with the remainder of current seasons; when should they resume? How should they restart? Should they be voided altogether? Manchester City, currently banned from the Champions League for the next two years by UEFA over a serious breach of Financial Fair Play regulations, are among those clubs caught in the crossfire with potential knock-on effects for Pep Guardiola’s side. The Premier League champions have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to overturn the decision but that case is up in the air with no current date for it to be heard and the Swiss institution not hosting any in-person hearings until May at the earliest. The situation is further complicated by the uncertainty surrounding the European footballing calendar with all leagues, other than Belarus, shut down and no way of knowing when they will be completed. Champions League football is also suspended with no plans to restart and City’s second leg against Real Madrid was postponed just before all football in England was closed down. City deny any wrongdoing over UEFA’s investigation. However, with an appeal not going to be heard any time soon, the club could lodge an application to “stay” the punishment which, if upheld, would allow them to play in next season’s competition. That possibility has seemingly not gone down well with City’s league counterparts; eight sides in the top 10 have reportedly written to CAS outlining their objections. John Shea, a dispute resolution lawyer at Lewis Silkin’s sports practice, says City’s Premier League rivals are not currently parties in the case and would have to prove they would be affected by any “stay”. “An application to stay the execution of a decision is usually submitted at the same time as the statement of appeal. City’s appeal was submitted back in February and at that stage I don’t think City requested a stay because CAS proceedings can proceed on an expedited basis, meaning a decision could be made by the summer and before the start of next season,” he told Goal. “However, Covid-19 may have affected this timetable especially, so there is likely to be a backlog and that’s assuming that it is safe to return at that stage. “Arbitrators and parties are now encouraged to conduct hearings by video conference or to render decisions based on written submissions, but this is unlikely to be appropriate in a case of this importance. “Under R37 of the CAS code, a party may apply for a stay of the decision through what is called provisional measures and if such an application is made, the other party is required to respond to the application within 10 days. “Other Premier League clubs are not currently parties to the proceedings but if they can prove that they are directly affected by the decision, for example because they could qualify for the Champions League in City’s place, then they might have standing to intervene in the CAS proceedings and make submissions. 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first_imgHow many remember Tim Krumrie, the pro-bowl defensive tackle of the Cincinnati Bengals?  He is probably most remembered for the broken leg he suffered in the Super Bowl game against the San Francisco Giants back in the early 90’s.  He played for the Bengals from 1983-1994.  The dairy farmer from Mondovi, Wisconsin, was about to lead the Bengals to a Super Bowl victory when the grotesque leg injury occurred.  San Francisco scored on a late pass play to edge out the Bengals.Krumrie coached with the Bengals from 1995-2002, the Bills from 2003-2005, and the Chiefs from 2006-2009.  It was in 2011 that Jerry Glanville, an old friend of Krumrie, who asked him to help coach the Hartford Colonials in the UFL.  As far as I know, he is still in that position.  Krumrie is in the collegiate Hall of Fame.  He played for the Wisconsin Badgers.  Some people say that he was good enough to be a collegiate wrestler, but he chose football instead.  He was one of the most liked Bengals during his tenure along with current broadcaster, Chris Collinsworth.last_img read more


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first_imgSizing Europe and Realt Dubh are Ireland’s representatives among a list of 10 for the Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday. Both hold entries in other races, though, with Henry De Bromhead yet to decide whether this test or the Ryanair Chase will be the option for the 2011 Champion Chase hero, while Realt Dubh also holds an entry in the Grand Annual on the final day of the Prestbury Park jamboree. Connections of Mail De Bievre have paid £17,500 to add him to the race, while Nicky Henderson’s Sprinter Sacre likely to be a very hot favourite. Unbeaten in seven chase starts to date, he is considered by many to be a Festival banker after winning the Tingle Creek and Victor Chandler Chases on his only two starts this term. Last year’s winner Finian’s Rainbow is also still in the hunt for Henderson, while Cue Card is in a similar situation to Sizing Europe as he could take in either this race or the longer Ryanair Chase. Paul Nicholls’ Sanctuaire was well beaten in the Tingle Creek but he could try his luck against Sprinter Sacre once again, while Somersby is set to represent Mick Channon. The Philip Hobbs-trained Wishfull Thinking and Richard Rowe’s Tataniano complete the list of possible runners. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned his side cannot expect any “presents” from their Barclays Premier League rivals this season as the Gunners look to mount a long-overdue sustained title challenge. “The fact that of the four top teams last year, three have changed manager will certainly create the most interest to see how they all respond to that,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “These teams changed managers, but there is a stability there [in terms of the players], so that shouldn’t create too much uncertainty. “(But) let’s not expect presents from these clubs because that would be the wrong way to go into the championship – let’s just think they will be as strong as ever and make sure that we are strong.” England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – who was one of three Gunners involved against Scotland at Wembley on Wednesday – also stressed Arsenal must deliver consistency, having gone on an unbeaten 10-match league run at the end of last season. “We have got to focus on our job in hand,” he said. “I am sure for the neutral looking in, with the managerial changes and players coming in, it always makes it exciting, that is what the Premier League is all about. “I am sure it is going to be a really good season, another exciting one.” Chief executive Ivan Gazidis may have talked up Arsenal’s new “financial firepower” at the end of last season, but so far the only confirmed signing has been France Under-21 forward Yaya Sanogo, and that was on a free transfer from Auxerre. Arsenal, who failed to land Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain earlier in the summer, continue to pursue wantaway Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, but will have to up their bid to closer the £50 million demanded to close out the protracted transfer. Wolfsburg have, meanwhile, moved to deny reports a £17million deal for Brazil midfielder Luiz Gustavo has been agreed, while 20-year-old Lille winger Florian Thauvin is also said to be on Wenger’s radar, together with Romania forward Ciprian Marica following his release by Schalke. While the Gunners boss clearly is determined to bolster his squad, albeit not in time for next week’s crucial Champions League play-off first leg against Fenerbahce in Turkey, Wenger accepts patience will be key as the clock ticks down towards the September 2 deadline. “We are active. We are in a situation like Manchester United, like Chelsea, where everybody expects signings and at the moment not a lot has happened,” the Arsenal manager said. “There are 18 days to go, so that is a long time in the transfer market and we will be active. “I cannot certify what the number [of players coming in will be], but we will be active until the end, that is for sure.” Arsenal have fitness doubts over several players ahead of the Villa game, including England forward Theo Walcott (knee), midfielders Mikel Arteta (thigh) and Aaron Ramsey (ankle). The Gunners, meanwhile, have announced Bodog as their official Asian betting partner in a three-year, multi-million pound deal. The Emirates Stadium club enjoyed a successful pre-season tour to Indonesia, Vietnam and Japan earlier this summer as they continue to develop the Arsenal brand in new markets. Press Association With the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, Wenger is now the longest-serving boss in the top flight, while the managerial changes at both Manchester City and Chelsea could offer Arsenal the advantage of stability when the new campaign kicks off this weekend. Wenger, though, warned against any suggestions life would thus be made somewhat more straightforward for Arsenal, who have not won a trophy since 2005. read more


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first_img Both players had made the step up from academy level to professional terms in the winter of 2013, with Josh Murphy saying: “I’m delighted and I’m just glad it’s all sorted now. “The club has got a big place in my heart and I’m happy to sign, and now the real work begins.” Josh Murphy has already featured 29 times for Norwich, including in the first half of their promotion season last year, though he missed the final push of their play-off triumph due to spending time on loan at Wigan. His brother Jacob is well behind on two Norwich appearances, but gained first-team experience with Colchester last season, and the duo will now be contracted until 2017. Press Associationcenter_img Norwich have handed fresh contracts to twin brothers Jacob and Josh Murphy.last_img read more


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first_imgThe University of Virginia says no student-athletes tested positive for the coronavirus last week. The school has had four positive results since fall programs returned to preseason training.The school says a total of 238 athletes were tested for COVID-19. There have been no positive results since a report was issued on July 24.None of those that tested positive required hospitalization, and those with the positive results were instructed to self-isolate for 10 days or until they did not register a fever for three consecutive days. Those deemed to have been in close contact also were asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.___Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey has weighed in on the powerhouse league’s situation regarding a decision on the football season. “I defer to the position of the college football players. What I see from the college football players, they really want to play,” Abbott said Monday night. “It’s their careers, it’s their health.”Texas is home to five Power Five conference schools in the Big 12 and SEC, and several other major college programs. “I think schools should work with (players) on protocols to make sure their health can be maintained and secured and allow them to play. Once they are able to establish that, we can work out how many people to let in the stands to watch.”A Republican, Abbott pushed Texas toward one of the nation’s quickest reopenings of the state economy in May, only to dial it back when COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths rapidly increased. New cases and hospitalizations have stabilized and decreased, but coronavirus deaths in Texas have reached nearly 8,500. The state’s rolling positivity rate has rapidly increased to nearly 20 percent, nearly double its rate of just over a week ago. The FCS school said the Lions’ leadership council voiced those concerns to the coaching staff Saturday.North Alabama said in a statement Monday the school will “make every attempt to structure a meaningful football experience for this fall while remaining focused on health and safety.”North Alabama has switched, until at least Friday, to a model in which players can voluntarily continue physical conditioning in groups of 12 or fewer. Team and position meetings will be held in person with social distancing and masks mandatory.North Alabama moved to FCS in 2018 after winning three straight Division II national championships from 1993-95.___ Rugby Europe announced the dates for the two remaining matches: Spain vs. Russia on the weekend of Oct. 24, and Spain vs. Netherlands on Oct. 31.The winner among those three will join Scotland, Ireland, and Italy in qualifying for the 2021 World Cup in New Zealand.European qualifying will be played on the weekends of Dec. 5, 12, and 19. The winner qualifies directly, and the runner-up goes to a repechage. The schedule will be announced after the Women’s Europe Championship is finished.___North Alabama has suspended football practices until at least Friday after team leaders expressed concerns about COVID-19. Sankey posted on Twitter he doesn’t know if college football can be played during the COVID-19 pandemic. He said the best advice he has received since the pandemic started was to be patient in making decisions. “This is all new & you’ll gain better information each day,” Sankey posted.“We know concerns remain,” Sankey said. “We have never had a FB season in a COVID-19 environment. Can we play? I don’t know. We haven’t stopped trying. We support, educate and care for student-athletes every day, and will continue to do so…every day.”___The College of Charleston is suspending all sports competition for the fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.The South Carolina school, a member of the Division I Colonial Athletic Association, said Monday the move would affect full-time fall sports like men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross-country and volleyball. It also would affect teams with year-round schedules like men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, equestrian and sailing. Those teams would not compete during the fall. ___The Mountain West has become the second FBS conference to postpone its football season, punting on the fall with an eye toward playing in the spring.The Mountain West’s decision comes less than a week after it announced plans to play an eight-game conference football season and allow its members to pursue two nonconference games.Now the 12-team Mountain West, which includes Boise State, Air Force and San Diego State, joins the Mid-American Conference as leagues from the highest tier of NCAA Division I football to bail on the fall season and hope to make a go of it in the spring.___ The Hall said Monday it will discuss rescheduling plans on Oct. 29. Chairman Lanny McDonald said the most likely scenario is to have the ceremony in November 2021, either by waiving the 2021 election or combining the 2020 and 2021 classes. He said a virtual induction ceremony was ruled out.___Old Dominion is canceling its fall sports season because of the coronavirus pandemic.President John Broderick made the announcement Monday, saying he knows student-athletes and fans will be disappointed, but playing “posed too great a risk.” The decision was made with input from athletic director Wood Selig, medical and health experts and state and local officials, he said. The school said all athletes would continue training in anticipation of spring competition. Its winter and spring sports teams are still on track to compete when those seasons are scheduled.Charleston athletic director Matt Roberts said the school suspended fall sports for the safety and well-being of its athletes, coaches and staffers.___The season-ending Tour of Guangxi in China has been finally canceled.The Chinese government last month canceled all international sports to the end of the year, and organizers of the cycling race made their exit from the calendar official on Monday. The men’s race was postponed from October, overlapping the Giro d’Italia, to November, towards the end of the Spanish Vuelta. The Latest: Asian Beach Games postponed The games were initially scheduled to be staged in Sanya, China, from Nov. 28-Dec. 6. The OCA says the decision to push the dates back was taken in collaboration with the Chinese Olympic Committee and the local organizers. As was the case for the Tokyo Olympics, which were pushed back to the middle of 2021 by the IOC, the name — Asian Beach Games Sanya 2020 — and the logo will remain unchanged.An OCA general assembly to decide between Doha, Qatar and Saudi capital Riyadh as host for the 2030 Asian Games had been scheduled to be held on the sidelines of the games in Sanya.The delayed beach games on the southern Hainan island will begin a crowded schedule for multi-sports events in China, with Beijing set to host the Winter Olympics in February 2022 and Hangzhou hosting the Asian Games six months later.___Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said colleges should continue trying to find ways to have a college football season that would protect player health in the coronavirus pandemic. Old Dominion, under first-year coach Ricky Rahne, joins the 12-team Mid-American Conference and Connecticut as Football Bowl Subdivision schools that have decided not to compete in football. Field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and the Monarchs’ first volleyball team also won’t compete.Selig said he hopes that fall sports can be played in the spring if it’s safe and has NCAA approval.“This is just right thing to do for everyone involved,” Selig said.___The Women’s Rugby Europe Championship is scheduled to be finished off in October so European qualifying for the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup can start in December. Associated Press August 10, 2020 The one-day women’s race on Nov. 10 was also off.The UCI also has taken the women’s Tour of Chongming Island in China, which was postponed from May to Oct. 23-25, off the calendar without a public word.___The Hockey Hall of Fame has postponed its 2020 induction because of the pandemic. The ceremony was to have taken place Nov. 16 in Toronto.The 2020 class was announced in June and featured forward Jarome Iginla, winger Marian Hossa, defensemen Kevin Lowe and Doug Wilson, Canadian women’s goaltender Kim St. Pierre and longtime general manager Ken Holland. UTEP has postponed the start of preseason football practice after four players tested positive for the coronavirus. School officials say all four players were asymptomatic and placed in a 14-day quarantine. School medical staff also recommended the entire team and coaching staff also go into a five-day quarantine before everyone is tested again on Wednesday.Results of those tests will be determined when practice will begin, the school said.“I am fully supportive of the recommendations of our sports medicine personnel and team doctors,” coach Dana Dimel said. “We can’t wait to resume preparations for our fall season, but safety comes first.”The Miners play in Conference USA. 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first_imgMercedes driver Lewis Hamilton cruised to a comfortable victory in the Styrian Grand Prix.The world champion’s first victory of the year was founded on a stupendous performance in wet qualifying, in which he took pole by more than 1.2 seconds.Hamilton led from pole position, headed only at the pit-stops, as team-mate Valtteri Bottas overtook Red Bull’s Max Verstappen late on for second.The Ferraris retired early after colliding with each other on lap one.It was another dark day for the Italian team, after an uncompetitive showing in qualifying, as Charles Leclerc apologised for a rash move on the first lap that took out both cars. Another anti-racism protestHamilton led the majority of drivers in taking the knee ahead of the race – and then raised his fist in a black-power salute twice after the race, as he stood on the front of his car with his helmet still on, and again on the podium.The drivers’ pre-race anti-racism protest was not as well co-ordinated as it had been at the same track for the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix last weekend, but the message was clear.A handful of drivers were not present for the moment ahead of the playing of the Styrian regional anthem, but all who were wore “end racism” T-shirts other than Hamilton’s, whose said “Black Lives Matter”.Of those who were there, only Charles Leclerc, Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen and Daniil Kvyat chose not to kneel.Hamilton celebrated his first win of the season by raising his fist on the podium, reminiscent of the 1968 Olympics, when two African American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised a black-gloved fist during the US national anthemNo problems for Hamilton on trackHamilton, who has pledged to continue the fight against racism this year in parallel with his quest for a record-equalling seventh world title, was in total control of the race from the start. He converted his pole position into a lead at the first corner, survived an early safety car period following a collision between the two Ferrari drivers, and never looked back.The fight was all behind him, as Mercedes sought to get Bottas ahead of Verstappen.The Finn had qualified fourth in the rain, 1.4secs slower than Hamilton, passed McLaren’s Carlos Sainz by lap six, but was not able to make much progress towards the Red Bull.When Red Bull made Verstappen’s pit stop for fresh tyres on lap 24, Hamilton was brought in three laps later, while Bottas was left out 10 laps longer than the Dutchman.The aim was to give him a tyre off-set and greater pace at the end of the race. And it worked. Bottas crept up on Verstappen and was with him with five laps to go.Bottas looked to have the move down on the straight towards Turn Four on lap 66, but Verstappen fought back around the outside of the corner and held on to the place.But his valiant defence lasted only another lap before Bottas was able to storm past to complete a Mercedes one-two.He retains the championship lead over Hamilton, but it is now down to eight points.The Ferraris collide during the first-lap meleeCalamity for FerrariFerrari had worked flat out to bring upgrades to their car ahead of this race, after showing a dismal pace the week before. But they did not have the effect they had hoped and the cars could qualify only 10th and 11th. Leclerc started a further three places back after a three-place grid penalty for blocking in qualifying.But things got much worse in the race. Leclerc made an over-ambitious move up the inside of Turn Three on the first lap as Vettel was hemmed in on the outside and the two cars collided.Vettel’s rear wing was torn off and Leclerc suffered floor damage and both had to retire.Sergio Perez was passed by Lando Norris at the end of the grand prixFlying Racing PointsSergio Perez in particular and Racing Point in general did not have a good day in the wet in qualifying, with the Mexican down in 17th on the grid, but the so-called ‘Pink Mercedes’ was soon making up ground.The likes of McLaren and Renault said before the race that they were concerned about the Racing Point’s pace, and their worries were well founded. Perez picked off driver after driver in a car that has drawn criticisms because of its likeness to last year’s Mercedes – which Racing Point admit they have copied – until he was up into the top six after the pit stops.He passed Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault on lap 48, with just over 20 to go, and set off after Alexander Albon.Perez was soon with Albon, but while the Anglo-Thai had been having an unremarkable race in the second Red Bull, he picked up his pace and was able to hold Perez back.The Mexican finally made a bid for the position with two laps to go but came to grief as he tried to pass at Turn Four in a mirror of the collision between Hamilton and Albon at the same point last week.Perez was alongside Albon, on the inside, but the Red Bull driver tried to hang on around the outside of the turn and tagged Perez’s front wing on the exit. Perez limped around the remaining two laps, but was passed by McLaren’s Lando Norris for fifth at the final two corners of the last lap.Their scrap was part of a hectic midfield battle in the closing laps, as Norris took advantage of Perez’s team-mate Lance Stroll racing with Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo for seventh and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz, who qualified a brilliant third, faded in the race to finish ninth.Driver of the daySuperb as Hamilton was, let’s give it to Perez for his clinical drive up from the back of the grid, which included a superb overtaking move around the outside of the fast Turn Six on Ricciardo. A shame it came to grief in the collision with AlbonWhat happens next?The races are coming thick and fast in this coronavirus-interrupted season, and another follows this coming weekend, the Hungarian Grand Prix.What they saidLewis Hamilton: “Firstly big thank you to my team. What a weird year but great to be back driving with this kind of performance. The team did a fantastic job, it was just for me to bring it home. I tried to get fastest lap but not going to get it with 40-lap-old mediums compared to someone with fresh tyres.”Valtteri Bottas: “It was a good battle with him [Max Verstappen]. I had a bit more pace at the end than him. Racing so close is always good fun. It could’ve been more satisfying and I could’ve been more satisfied but I’m looking forward to next week.”Max Verstappen: “I tried to push for victory but we are just a bit too slow. I pushed as hard as I could. I tried to make it difficult for Valtteri to pass me, even though I knew he was going to get me the next lap. It was fun because the rest of the race was a bit boring.” Drivers took the knee or stood once again before the racelast_img read more


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first_img⌚YOU ⌚KNOW ⌚WHAT ⌚TIME ⌚IT ⌚IS ⌚ pic.twitter.com/6Rk8sMAgkC— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) March 24, 2019 What’s Next?Spurs (42-31) at Celtics (43-30) 7:30 p.m. ET — San Antonio was just one of the hottest teams in the NBA, but it has lost it’s last two games. Boston is still struggling to find consistency, as it has enters Sunday having lost three straight. Both squads have All-Star caliber talent and are looking to get back on track. Kemba Walker dominated the contest, totaling 36 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for Charlotte. He even shared the ball with style, rewarding Miles Bridges’ defensive efforts by throwing him a lob on the break.🔥 SWAT → LOB → JAM! 🔥WHAT A SEQUENCE BY @MilesBridges AND @KembaWalker #hornets30 @HornetsOnFSSE pic.twitter.com/LETz3vp6CD— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) March 23, 2019Kyrie Irving had a respectable night in his own right for Boston. The point guard tallied 31 points, seven rebounds and six assists.The Hornets are just 2 1/2 games back from the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics are firmly in fifth place.Charlotte will need to string together a few more signature wins to get into the postseason.Studs of the NightKarl-Anthony Towns racked up 33 points and 23 rebounds in Minnesota’s 112-99 victory over Memphis.Trae Young poured in 32 points and 11 assists as his Hawks topped the 76ers, 129-127.Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 14 rebounds in Utah’s 114-83 trouncing of Chicago.Luka Doncic recorded 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists is Dallas’ 126-91 win over Golden State.Dud of the NightKris Dunn scored four points on 1-of-8 shooting in the Bulls’ loss.Bogdan Bogdanovic only managed six points on 2-of-11 shooting as the Kings topped the Suns 112-103HighlightsTrae Young ended Philadelphia’s night with a game-winning floater in Atlanta.slow motion for you.ice in his veins. pic.twitter.com/DWUuO3Zpjl— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) March 24, 2019DeMarcus Cousins showcased his handles and blew by Dallas’ Luke Doncic for a slam.Point Boogie 👀 pic.twitter.com/0SVZxE1VNK— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) March 24, 2019Damian Lillard knocked down his usual clutch 3-pointer in Portland’s 117-112 win over Detroit. The Hornets shocked the Celtics Saturday, overcoming an 18-point lead in the final eight minutes to claim a 124-117 victory in Charlotte.Boston entered the game having lost two straight, and the Hornets extended their recent slide.last_img read more