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Pole-sitter Hamilton stings in the rain SEPANG: Peerless Lewis Hamilton waited out a torrential downpour before snatching pole position at the Malaysian Grand Prix in a wet and wild qualifying session on Saturday.The Mercedes driver and reigning world champion set a fastest time of 1min 49.834sec, ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, after rain halted qualifying for 35 minutes.The commanding drive from Hamilton, hit by mechanical problems this week, will fuel his charge towards a second race win after he dominated the season-opener in Australia.Vettel was the day's other big winner and he whooped and hollered to his team as he seized second place from Mercedes' Nico Rosberg in the dying seconds.Rosberg was relegated to third on the grid, ahead of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat, with 17-year-old Max Verstappen starting from sixth in Sunday's race."It was a fantastic job for the team to have us both (Hamilton and Rosberg) up here again," a delighted ...

Juve dismiss phantom Marchisio knee injury MILAN: Serie A champions Juventus have played down the extent of a knee injury suffered by Claudio Marchisio after the midfielder was sidelined by Italy medical staff who claimed his season was over.Marchisio was ruled out of Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifier away to Bulgaria after undergoing an MRI scan which revealed a torn anterior cruciate knee ligament inury. He was expected to be out for up to six months.However the Juve midfielder could return to ...
Spain's Alba out of Netherlands friendly MADRID: Spain left-back Jordi Alba will return to his club side Barcelona for further tests on a thigh injury picked up in the European champions 1-0 win over Ukraine on Friday.Alba had to be replaced by Bayern Munich's Juan Bernat 12 minutes from time and will miss Spain's friendly in Amsterdam against the Netherlands on Tuesday."Our doctors have been in contact with Barcelona's doctors," said Spain boss Vicente del Bosque."He will leave the squad tomorrow ...
Error-afflicted Chiefs still too good for Cheetahs HAMILTON: A much-improved scrum in the second half steered an ill-disciplined Waikato Chiefs to a 37-27 win over the Central Cheetahs in Hamilton on Saturday.The Chiefs, the most penalised team in the competition, avoided the pitfall of fatigue that often hits New Zealand sides returning from South Africa, but they could not avoid the wrath of referee Craig Joubert.Playing without regular hooker Hika Elliott, who was red-carded in last week's loss to the Coastal Sharks ...
Tuktamysheva takes worlds gold with ease SHANGHAI: Russian teenager Elizaveta Tuktamysheva took gold at the World Figure Skating Championships in Shanghai Saturday, finishing well ahead of her rivals after the women's free skate.The 18-year-old European Champion scored 132.74 in the final segment to finish with 210.36 overall, some distance in front of second placed Satoko Miyahara (193.60) of Japan and Russia's Elena Radionova (191.47) in third.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Boxing hero Pacquiao is top tax-payer in Philippines: govt MANILA: Boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, who faces his biggest fight against unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather, already holds top spot as the number one taxpayer in the Philippines, government records showed Saturday.A list of top individual tax-payers for 2013, posted on the Bureau of Internal Revenue website, put the boxer-turned-congressman at number one with 163.84 million pesos ($3.72 million) in taxes paid.This was about 64 percent higher than the second-highest taxpayer.Internal revenue chief Kim Henares confirmed ...
Misfiring Germany under pressure against Georgia TBILISI: Germany coach Joachim Loew is set to name a full-strength side for Sunday's clash at Georgia as the world champions look to get their Euro 2016 qualification back on track.The Germans are used to dominating qualifiers for major tournaments, but have picked up only seven points from their first four matches so far on the road to France 2016.The world champions find themselves in the unusual position of joint second in Group D, three ...


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