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

Lowe’s League Pass Rankings: NBA’s most watchable teams

It’s time for our Seventh Annual League Pass Rankings.

This is a watchability ranking based on a complex algorithm Bill Simmons and I unearthed while rifling through Dr. James Naismith’s archives. These are not power rankings. Louder: These are not power rankings.

Teams are awarded between one and 10 points in five categories:

Zeitgeist: Will normies care about this team? Will talking about them get you anywhere at parties?

Highlight probability: Does any player make you linger just in case he does something special?

Style: Are they fun to watch? Do they embrace any unconventional strategies?

League Pass minutia: When choosing between blah matchups on a Tuesday in February, when a third of the league has been effectively eliminated, pleasing uniforms and commentary can win the day.

Unintentional comedy: Blame Simmons.


For six years, DeMarcus Cousins and strong comedy scores lent the Kings standing they didn’t deserve. Finally: The league’s most wayward and depressing franchise lands in the basement.

Even so, there are reasons to tune in. We get to watch De’Aaron Fox zip around instead of George Hill passing up 3-pointers, pouting, and doing everything short of writing “TRADE ME” on his sneakers. The Kings ranked dead last in pace in 2017-18, dragged down by Hill’s walk-it-up style and an endless reel of Zach Randolph jab steps. Let Fox fly!

Everyone is curious about Harry Giles‘ all-around game, and how he meshes with Marvin Bagley on a potential frontline of the future.

(How many “X’s of the future” have passed through Sacto over the past 15 years? Who is the most depressing “X of the future”? Is it Ben McLemore, “shooting guard of the future”? I’m a little worried about McLemore returning to the site of one of the NBA’s grisliest crimes: Kawhi Leonard stealing the ball from him on back-to-back possessions.

Leonard didn’t just rip the ball away. He ripped away McLemore’s soul. What will happen when McLemore dons a Kings jersey and crosses the same expanse of hardwood where Leonard ended him? Will a sinkhole open?)

But Giles and Bagley have to fight for minutes among a frontcourt so overcrowded, longtime Sixer Nemanja Bjelica may play more at small forward than he should. I remain intrigued with Willie Cauley-Stein, who made a leap as a passer last season. If he hits free agency — seems likely — he’ll make an interesting flier for another team.

The uniforms and courts are nice. Long live this powder blue alternate!

Grant Napear is honest and funny on play-by-play, but Doug Christie has huge shoes to fill taking over for pun king Jerry Reynolds in the other chair.


This looks like a roster of creaky support players without a superstar to prop them up. Hey, wait …

The perimeter play figures to alternate between languid and boneheaded, and the boneheaded isn’t even that fun post-LeBron. We don’t get to enjoy Jordan Clarkson looking off the world’s best player to meander into a 13-foot floater! J.R. Smith’s boners have no meaning without any stakes! Who is Kevin Love throwing full-court outlet passes to? Will he heave one to nobody, just out of sadness? Collin Sexton intrigues, but his highlights will come between piles of rookie point guard mistakes.

The leftover big men are either slow, or lob-dunk mooches in dire need of a superstar from whom they might mooch. Minnesota Love — Cleveland’s version of “Team USA Melo” — should reemerge, but Love is older, and can do only so much stylish stuff with this surrounding crew.

Cleveland is a bottom-four art team — bland court, hideous uniforms. Austin Carr’s cackle and Smith’s comedy score get them only so far.


I’ve given up trying to get people to care about the Hawks. I couldn’t do it when they won 60 games.

Hey, there’s Jeremy Lin! And one of the Plumlees! And Alex Len! Wait, why are they here? No one knows!

Youth gets Atlanta the tiebreaker over Cleveland. I am more excited to watch whatever Trae Young does every night than anything in a Cavs game. Young will score 30 one game, go 2-of-30 with 12 turnovers the next, and throw a half-dozen dazzling passes during both.

John Collins jumps three times in the span it takes most bigs to go up and down once. He started hitting corner 3s and attacking off the bounce late last season, and if that keeps up, he becomes a really interesting modern big.

Taurean Prince caught fire in March and April. He’ll either blossom into a bona fide second/third banana, or become the type of frisky-but-replaceable wing someone overpays in two years. Lloyd Pierce, fresh from Philly, is going to let these guys run and jack 3s.

These late-1960s powder blue throwbacks are a welcome sight:

The red really pops, and I love the black in that tricolored striping.

Revised lottery odds might dissuade these guys from their tankiest impulses, but there are going to be some grotesque losses.


Every summer in Dubrovnik, Croatia, local water polo clubs hold a tournament in the open sea. The referee stands on a boat. During last summer’s quarterfinals, the referee wore a blue Magic tank top. I wanted to swim over and interrogate him. Where did he get this shirt? Why? Was he Mario Hezonja‘s father? Had he ever Googled Evan Fournier?

This is how I feel the one or two times a year I see a Magic fan outside of Magic games. No team could score lower in the Zeitgeist category than the post-Dwight/SVG Magic. They are a true NBA curio. I think Jacque Vaughn was involved at some point?

Fournier never made the jump. Almost nothing about Terrence Ross‘ game has changed in six seasons. Jonathon Simmons‘ head-down fearlessness is entertaining, but it doesn’t lead anywhere interesting.

The juice is up front. Aaron Gordon is a highlight machine still searching for the right role — or fighting attempts to coax him into it. Nikola Vucevic adds something every season. Jonathan Isaac has monster two-way potential. Mohamed Bamba is literally the longest player in NBA history.

That sounds exciting, but there is some chance Team Wingspan — and any plan to play Isaac, Gordon, and a true center together — flops on the floor. (I feel the tingling of Magic-related deja vu.)

It would help to have an above-average point guard to spoon-feed everyone. The Magic have D.J. Augustin and Jerian Grant. /Tugs collar

Steve Clifford is a smart coach, but his Charlotte teams were (effectively) boring: get back on defense, don’t dare crash the offensive glass, play low-risk offense. I’m interested to see how he adapts to this strange personnel.

Random: I like watching Wesley Iwundu. He moves like an NBA player. David Steele and Jeff Turner are a top-five announcing duo. And these?

These rule, forever.


This hurts. No big-small duo brings as much ground-bound trickster artistry as Marc Gasol and Mike Conley. Big Spain even whipped out a finger roll last season!

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