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19Sep/20

Vettel penalised as Ricciardo wins chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix

first_img(REUTERS)-Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo won a chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday, with Formula One championship leader Sebastian Vettel finishing fourth after being penalised for swerving into rival Lewis Hamilton who came home in fifth.Hamilton’s Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas finished second after overcoming a first-lap collision with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, while Canadian teenager Lance Stroll was third for his first podium after being pipped on the line by Bottas.Ferrari’s Vettel got a 10-second stop-go penalty, which saw him drop from second to ninth, after he steered into race leader Hamilton under safety car conditions after a red-flag stoppage.“Nothing happened, did it?” Vettel said to Sky Sports. “He brake-checked me as well, so what do you expect? I’m sure he didn’t do it on purpose but for sure it was not the right move.“I got damage, he risked damage,” added the German. “After the incident, we were side by side, I raised my hand and showed him that I wasn’t happy with that.”Vettel reacted incredulously when he learnt of the 10-second penalty on lap 32, while Hamilton, whose hopes of victory were later ended when he had to pit due to a loose head rest, complained over his radio that the sanction was insufficient.“I don’t really care about (what happened),” Hamilton responded. “It’s done and dusted and we move on.“I think it’s just not driver conduct. It’s dangerous driving and to get a 10-second penalty for that…“I don’t need to say anything else.”CRAZY RACEVettel leads the overall standings on 153 points ahead of Briton Hamilton on 139 and Finland’s Bottas with 111.Australian Ricciardo’s first victory since he won the Malaysian Grand Prix last year lifted him to fourth on 92.“I can’t really believe it,” said Ricciardo. “It was a crazy race. We knew the podium was a chance after the restart, then we heard of the problems with Lewis and Seb.“(I didn’t think I’d win) for all my money, but this was the race we expected last year, all the safety cars and chaos. We had to stay out of trouble and certainly pulled it off today.”The 18-year-old Stroll’s previous best had been a ninth-placed finish on home soil earlier this month, but he kept his nerve under pressure to become the youngest Formula One driver to make the podium in his maiden season.The anticipated Mercedes dominance was tested early on when Bottas came off the kerb and collided with Ferrari rival Raikkonen, forcing both Finns into the pits.While Raikkonen was ultimately forced to retire later in the race, Bottas staged a remarkable comeback, emulating his fine performance on the Sochi street circuit to battle back to a podium position before overhauling Stroll on the line.Force India’s Esteban Ocon finished sixth, equalling his career-best performance, although he may rue missing out on the podium after clashing with Mexican team mate Sergio Perez, whose retirement ended his 37-race streak of consecutive finishes.Ricciardo’s Red Bull team mate Max Verstappen, the pacesetter during practice on Friday, was forced to retire for the fourth time in the last six races with engine trouble on lap 11 after the Dutchman attempted to attack Perez and take third.last_img read more

26Aug/20

Miller: Dodgers and Astros go back and forth to give us a series

first_imgLOS ANGELES — OK, so now, 10 games into their postseason run, the Dodgers are in a series, a real series.Their first season. The last series.The World Series.Hey, when you’re playing for the championship of the globe – even if the only teams eligible to participate are in the U.S. and Canada – it can’t be as easy as winning a beer-league softball title, right? They lost despite having the ball and game in the hand of Kenley Jansen, who had allowed only one unearned run in this postseason and no earned runs in more than a month.“I’m human,” Jansen said later. “I can’t do anything about it now. Today was their day.”The Dodgers lost, all right, when George Springer hit a two-run homer off Brandon McCarthy in the 11th inning, after they had come back in the manner of a miracle to stretch the game beyond 10 innings.See, the Astros sort of won this game twice, which the Dodgers made a necessity by refusing to go quietly.That was fitting, given everything that happened over the four hours, 19 minutes it took to resolve this thing. The score was tied at 1-1, 3-3 and 5-5. Both teams led by two runs at least once. Starting in the ninth inning, there were a combined six home runs hit.“That was definitely one of the best games I’ve been a part of,” the Dodgers Charlie Culberson said. “A great ballgame. Unfortunately, we lost.”Leading 3-2 entering the bottom of the ninth, the Culberson and his teammates watched in likely amazement as the Astros tied the score on a Marwin Gonzalez homer off Jansen.Then, in the 10th, Houston took the lead on back-to-back home runs by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa off Josh Fields.To understand how shockingly and suddenly the mood shifted at Dodger Stadium, consider that after Correa’s homer the boos raining down on the Dodgers were nearly as epic as anything this team has done lately.Yeah, a classic fall in the Fall Classic.But the Dodgers, of course, weren’t done, and, despite this loss, it’s still hard to imagine this team being done until it has accomplished its goal.Now trailing 5-3, the Dodgers pulled even on a Puig homer – a drive as brilliant as the blue streak he has painted in his hair for this series – and a two-out RBI single by Kiké Hernandez.That comeback, however, only made what happened against McCarthy all the more difficult to take and made Culberson’s 11th-inning homer all the more frustrating, that tying seventh run still eluding the Dodgers.So now, after cruising to victories in eight of its first nine postseason games, this team finds themselves even with the talented and grinding Astros at a game apiece. In other words, the Dodgers find themselves in a series.“Nobody said it would be easy,” Culberson said. “We’re here to fight.”This is a series, certainly, the American League champions looking decidedly more threatening than what the rest of the National League could throw at the Dodgers.And all this soured just as dramatically as the Dodgers had earlier turned Game 2 in their unlikely favor.They actually provided the night’s initial twist when Corey Seager sent Dodger Stadium into orbit, nearly 55,000 fans – minus several hundred in Astros orange – launching from their seats and into the steamy night air, steamy yet still not warm enough to prevent chills.Seager, having just dominated a 97-mph fastball from a dominating Verlander, let out his own exhaust as he watched his game-altering two-run homer in the sixth streak toward the stands.He screamed. Really, he unleashed a guttural, primal, opened-mouth growl caught by cameras in spectacular slow motion.It was the highest of drama in the highest of def, coming from a player hardly known for his bursts of overwhelming emotion.That shot gave the Dodgers a sudden 3-1 lead on a night when Verlander was unhittable into the fifth inning and sustaining his velocity like he hadn’t – according to an ESPN report – since 2011.The home run also fit the script of what the Dodgers had been doing all postseason, coming up with big moments in the biggest moments.In their first nine postseason games entering Tuesday, the Dodgers had trailed at the end of only 13 of 81 innings, and eight of those came in their Game 4 loss to the Cubs in the National League Championship Series.In other words, the Dodgers had been ahead or tied 84 percent of the time, which brought with it a certain degree of comfort.Thanks to the Astros, all that changed in Game 2.Yeah, the theater was remarkable, from opening pitch to closing swing. In fact, the theater began even earlier than that.It started with an elaborate first-pitch ceremony that involved Vin Scully faking a rotator cuff injury and having to give way to Fernando Valenzuela, who tossed the ball to Steve Yeager.It was a bit much maybe, perhaps a tad over-the-top even. But this is L.A., and over-the-top is what we do sometimes, OK?The 11 crazy, wonderful, flustering innings that followed the opening ceremonies Tuesday proved that. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img And there was nothing easy about this one for the Dodgers or their fans, this 7-6, bullpen-imploding, last-call, extra-large, extra-inning loss to the Astros in Game 2 of the World Series.“If you thought it was going to go 4-0, you’re crazy,” outfielder Yasiel Puig said through an interpreter. “These are the two best teams in American baseball. That’s what you get.”The Dodgers lost despite taking a lead into the ninth, something they hadn’t done on 98 previous such occasions this season.They lost despite getting ahead after struggling against Houston’s best pitcher, the fume-throwing Justin Verlander.last_img read more