Hypersofts dominate Formula 1 teams’ Mexican Grand Prix tyre choice

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Konta overcomes Belgium’s Mertens in Kremlin Cup

Konta has dropped to 44 in the singles rankings British number one Johanna Konta beat Elise Mertens 6-3 7-5 in the first round of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. Konta sent a powerful forehand into the corner to break Mertens to love and take the opening set in 34 minutes. Mertens, ranked 16 in the world, broke her rival for the only time in the first game of the second set but Konta recovered to level at 4-4. The Belgian had to serve to stay in the match at 6-5 down but failed to do so as Konta broke to

Game Wrap: Brewers defeat Dodgers, lead NLCS 2-1


Mason Crosby hits FG as time expires to help Packers top 49ers

A pick, a penalty and a game-winning kick. Quite a final minute for the Green Bay Packers. Mason Crosby kicked a 27-yard field goal as time expired to cap an 81-yard drive set up by Kevin King’s interception with 1:07 left, and the Packers outlasted the San Francisco 49ers for a 33-30 win on Monday night. The final drive was extended after 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman was called for an illegal contact penalty on third-and-15 that wiped out a sack of Rodgers with 43 seconds left. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers rushed up the middle for a 21-yard gain on the next

Brewers blank Dodgers to retake NLCS lead

A veteran starter, an intimidating bullpen and a twice-demoted shortstop who is suddenly flashing power helped the Milwaukee Brewers take a 2-1 lead in the NL Championship Series. Jhoulys Chacin combined with four relievers on a five-hitter and Orlando Arcia hit a two-run homer in a 4-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday. Los Angeles loaded the bases against Jeremy Jeffress in the ninth inning, but the struggling closer shut the door. He struck out Yasmani Grandal and pinch-hitter Brian Dozier to complete Milwaukee’s third shutout in six playoff games this year. “Our guys that we’re giving the

Kyle Larson’s speed at Talladega NASCAR Cup race ’embarrassing’

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Red Sox ace Chris Sale released from hospital, will rejoin team for Game 3

Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale was released from the hospital Monday and will rejoin the team in Houston before Game 3 of the AL Championship Series. Sale was released from Massachusetts General Hospital, where he had gone because of a stomach illness after he pitched in the series opener. He was hospitalized Sunday night for observation. Manager Alex Cora said “everything is fine” and Sale would be back with the team before Game 3 on Tuesday. When asked about Sale’s status for the rest of the ALCS, Cora said he wanted to see the pitcher first before making that

Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, owner of NFL’s Seahawks and NBA’s Blazers, dead at 65

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the man who persuaded school-friend Bill Gates to drop out of Harvard to start what became the world’s biggest software company, died on Monday at the age of 65, his family said. Allen left Microsoft in 1983, before the company became a corporate juggernaut, following a dispute with Gates, but his share of their original partnership allowed him to spend the rest of his life and billions of dollars on yachts, art, rock music, sports teams, brain research and real estate. Allen died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer, the Allen family said

Changing of the guard as Scott Arfield takes over as Canada soccer captain

A changing of the guard is under way with the Canadian men’s soccer team with Scott Arfield taking over as permanent captain from Atiba Hutchinson. Health permitting, Arfield will lead out the 79th-ranked Canadians against No. 177 Dominica in CONCACAF Nation League qualifying play Tuesday at BMO Field. The Glasgow Rangers midfielder also wore the captain’s armband for last month’s 8-0 win over the U.S. Virgin Islands. Arfield, who left practice early Sunday as a precautionary move with a minor knock, has won 13 caps for Canada since making his debut in March 2016. The 35-year-old Hutchinson, arguably Canada’s best

Gleb and Vadim Alekseenko banned from tennis for life for match fixing

Ukrainian twins Gleb and Vadim Alekseenko have been banned from tennis for life and each fined $250,000 (£190,018) for match fixing. The pair were found guilty of multiple match-fixing offences at a number of ITF Futures tournaments between June 2015 and January 2016. They also arranged for another person to bet on matches which they contrived the result. The case was based on an investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit. The match-fixing offences occurred at tournaments in Romania, Russia, Germany and Turkey on the Futures tour, tennis’ third-tier of tournaments. Vadim Alekseenko is 1,113th in the ATP rankings, having reached

Crown the L.A. King: GMs predict LeBron as MVP

Most NBA general managers expect LeBron James to win the MVP award in his first season with the Los Angeles Lakers and for the Golden State Warriors to end the season with their third consecutive NBA championship.

Those were the big takeaways from the league’s annual GM survey, in which NBA decision-makers answer 49 questions about the league’s best teams, players, coaches, fans and offseason moves.

The Warriors were the overwhelming favorites to win the 2018-19 NBA title, receiving 87 percent of the vote. The Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics tied for second with 7 percent of the vote.

Vote percentages were based on the pool of respondents to the particular question rather than all 30 GMs, and the GMs were not permitted to vote for their own personnel.

Last year, the Warriors received 93 percent of the vote when GMs were asked to predict a title winner. Golden State has won three of the past four NBA championships and will have the opportunity this season to become the first NBA team to win three straight crowns since the Lakers (2000-02).

Most GMs expect the Warriors to face the Celtics in the NBA Finals; Boston received 90 percent of first-place votes when the executives were asked to rank the best team in the Eastern Conference. Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors garnered 10 percent of first-place votes among Eastern teams.

Many NBA GMs don’t expect James to slow down in his first season as a Laker. The 16-year veteran received 30 percent of the MVP vote. Golden State’s Kevin Durant was a close second, finishing with 27 percent of the vote.

Last season, James, a four-time MVP, led the category with 50 percent of the vote, and Houston’s James Harden won the award.

GMs also voted James, 33, as the player who forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments, the best passer, the best leader, the most versatile player and the player with the best basketball IQ.

Milwaukee‘s Giannis Antetokounmpo (30 percent) was the leading vote-getter when GMs were asked which player they would pick to start a franchise. New OrleansAnthony Davis (23 percent) and Durant (20 percent) also received significant votes in the category.

Last year’s winner, Minnesota Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns, did not crack the top six this year.

Other categories of note: Denver‘s Jamal Murray was voted as the player most likely to have a breakout season; Davis was voted as the NBA’s best center and power forward; DeMarcus Cousins signing with Golden State was voted as the most surprising move of the offseason; the Lakers, who signed James in free agency, won the vote for the team that had the best offseason; and the Celtics’ Brad Stevens was voted as the league’s top coach.

Lastly, NBA GMs predicted that Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic is most likely to win Rookie of the Year, but that Phoenix Suns big man Deandre Ayton, the top overall pick of the 2018 NBA draft, will be the best player in the class five years from now.


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