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Smaller teams see progress in money talks

Jan 31 2019 Published by under 苏州半永久

Sauber, Force India and Lotus bosses told reporters at an Abu Dhabi Grand Prix briefing that Ecclestone had apologised for calling them ‘beggars’ and recognised they had a point in seeking a re-distribution of revenues.


“It’s one of the first times, I wouldn’t be arrogant to say it’s the only time, where you really feel somehow that with some key people the coin has dropped,” declared Lotus principal Gerard Lopez.

“When CVC took over, the sport was generating $245 million for the teams, it’s now generating close to $900 million, but it’s almost in a worse state than it has ever been.”

The three teams had sent a letter to Ecclestone earlier in the week seeking a meeting at the season-ending race after being frustrated in their calls for cost cuts and a more equitable division of revenues.

They argue that a sport that returns $900 million to the teams, albeit in unequal shares, should not be in a position where some have gone into administration and others are in danger of collapse.

Top teams such as Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull receive special payments and also sit on the sport’s decision-making ‘strategy group’.

The teams had spoken in their letter, signed by Force India deputy principal Bob Fernley, of “a questionable cartel” of rights holder and top teams that controlled “both the governance of Formula One and, apparently, the distribution of…funds.”

One British politician has subsequently brought the matter to the attention of the European Commission’s competition authorities.

Force India boss Vijay Mallya sensed a more cooperative spirit on the part of the rights holders, noting that Ecclestone and CVC co-chairman Donald Mackenzie “had done their homework”.

“My take is they are seriously thinking about how to address this issue,” he added.

Lopez said the EU was discussed briefly in Saturday’s meeting and, while shrugging off a suggestion that it had been the issue that made the penny drop, recognised it was lurking in the background.

“I鈥檝e dealt with the EU in two of our businesses, I’m not sure whether or not something is going to happen but you do not want the EU to get involved in any business,” he said.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Toby Davis)

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French mood slumps after doubles defeat

Jan 31 2019 Published by under 苏州半永久

Les Bleus, chasing a first title since 2001, are now 2-1 down against Switzerland after Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau lost 6-3 7-5 6-4 to Federer and Stan Wawrinka.


To add to their problems they have doubts about Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s fitness after the French number one did not play on Saturday despite being tipped to pair up with Gasquet.

“I know everybody expected to see Jo playing doubles today but Richard and Julien was an interesting option,” captain Arnaud Clement told a news conference.

“Jo played four sets (on Friday). We knew Federer and Stan would play today and play again on Sunday. It was a good option for him to rest, for him to have a lot of energy for tomorrow.”

Tsonga lost 6-1 3-6 6-3 6-2 to Wawrinka in Friday’s opening singles, never looking at ease on the clay of the Pierre Mauroy stadium, before Monfils hit back by sinking Federer in straight sets.

French tennis federation president Jean Gachassin told the Itele TV channel “Jo has pain in his elbow. I hope he can play tomorrow” but Clement refused to confirm the injury.

“Imagine if there was something, I wouldn’t tell you anyway,” said the captain.

Even fully fit Tsonga would not start as the favourite against Federer as the 17-times grand slam champion seems to have shrugged aside his recent back problems while Wawrinka must also be fancied to defeat Monfils.

“Nothing is broken,” said Clement. “But it is a difficult situation. It’s tough to take. I can’t lie about that. But my players have very strong personalities.

“They know exactly where we stand right now. That’s not where they wanted to be. We haven’t lost yet. Even if the Swiss team have more chances, we still have a chance too.”

(Editing by Ian Chadband)

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Rosberg beats Hamilton to Abu Dhabi pole

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Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa failed to split the leading two but could still play a big part in Sunday’s season-ending ‘duel in the desert’ with their cars right behind on the second row.


Hamilton, hoping to become Britain’s first multiple champion since Jackie Stewart in 1971, leads Rosberg by 17 points but the double points on offer means Sunday’s winner will take an unprecedented 50.

The Briton, world champion with McLaren in 2008, was fastest in the first two phases of qualifying but a messy lap in the tense final shootout left him unable to deny Rosberg his 11th pole of the 19-race season.

The pole was the team’s 18th of the campaign, with Brazilian Massa taking the one that got away, and ensured Mercedes became the first engine manufacturer to take every pole in a season since Ford in 1969.

“It’s only one step, a very small step,” commented Rosberg, who needs someone to get between him and Hamilton in the race to have a chance of winning the title if neither Mercedes has mechanical trouble.

“This weekend is about the championship, not about pole position. It would have been great if there was a Williams in between us, but that can always happen tomorrow.

“All I can do is try to go for the win and keep the pressure on,” added Rosberg.

Hamilton, winner of 10 races this year to Rosberg’s five but under increasing pressure, has said he wants to take the title with a win and looked unhappy at the outcome.

“I generally didn’t have the best of laps but I enjoyed the qualifying session,” said the 29-year-old. “Tomorrow is going to be a special day.”

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and four times world champion Sebastian Vettel filled the third row with Toro Rosso’s Russian roookie Daniil Kvyat and McLaren’s Jenson Button eighth in what could be his last race in Formula One.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso, the Spaniard who is set to join McLaren next year, were ninth and 10th respectively.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Toby Davis)

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Survivor tells of Kenyan bus terror attack

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One gunman shot from the right, one from the left, each killing the non-Muslims lying in a line on the ground, growing closer and closer to Douglas Ochwodho, who was in the middle.


And then the shooting stopped. Apparently each gunman thought the other shot Ochwodho. He lay perfectly still until the 20 Islamic extremists left, and he appears to be the only survivor of those who had been selected for death.

Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels, Al-Shabab, attacked a bus in northern Kenya at dawn on Saturday, singling out and killing 28 passengers who could not recite an Islamic creed and were assumed to be non-Muslims, Kenyan police said.

Those who could not say the Shahada, a tenet of the Muslim faith, were shot at close range, Ochwodho told The Associated Press.

Nineteen men and nine women were killed in the bus attack, said Kenyan police chief David Kimaiyo.

Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the killings through its radio station in Somalia saying it was in retaliation for raids by Kenyan security forces carried out earlier this week on four mosques on the Kenyan coast.

Kenya’s military said it responded to the killings with airstrikes later on Saturday that destroyed the attackers’ camp in Somalia and killed 45 rebels.

The bus travelling to the capital Nairobi with 60 passengers aboard was hijacked about 50km from the town of Mandera near Kenya’s border with Somalia.

The attackers first tried to wave the bus down but it didn’t stop so the gunmen sprayed it with bullets, police said. When that didn’t work they shot a rocket propelled grenade at it, the officers said.

The gunmen took control of the vehicle and forced it off the road where they ordered all the passengers out and separated those who appeared to be non-Muslims- mostly non-Somalis – from the rest.

The survivor, Douglas Ochwodho, a non-Muslim head teacher of a private primary school in Mandera, said he was travelling home for the Christmas vacation.

Ochwodho said passengers who did not look Somali were separated from the others. The non-Somali passengers were then asked to recite the Shahada, an Islamic creed declaring oneness with God. Those who couldn’t recite the creed were ordered to lie down. Ochwodho was among those who had to lie on the ground.

Two gunmen started shooting those on the ground; one gunman started from the left and other from the right, Ochwodho said. When they reached him they were confused on whether either had shot him, he said.

Ochwodho lay still until the gunmen left, he said. He then ran back to the road and got a lift from a pick-up truck back to Mandera where he was rushed to hospital. He spoke from a hospital bed where he was being treated for shock.

Seventeen of the 28 dead were teachers, according to the police commander in Mandera County.

Two police officers who insisted on anonymity because they were ordered not to speak to the press said the attackers had more sophisticated weaponry than the police who waited for military reinforcements before responding.

Kenya has been hit by a series of gun and bomb attacks blamed on al-Shabab, who are linked to al-Qaeda, since it sent troops into Somalia in October 2011.

One notorious attack was on Nairobi’s upscale Westgate Mall in September 2013 in which 67 people were killed. Al-Shabab said it was responsible for other attacks on Kenya’s coast earlier this year which killed at least 90 people.

Kenya has been struggling to contain growing extremism in the country. Earlier this week the authorities shut down four mosques at the Kenyan coast after police alleged they found explosives and a gun when they raided the places of worship.

One person was killed during the raid on two of the mosques on Monday. Police said they shot dead a young man trying to hurl a grenade at them.

The government had previously said the four mosques were recruitment centres for al-Shabab.

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Bayern demolish Hoffenheim to extend Bundesliga lead

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With second-placed VfL Wolfsburg losing 3-2 at Schalke 04, Bayern go seven points clear, having yet to lose in any of the three competitions they are in this season.


Mario Goetze drilled in with Bayern’s first shot on goal in the 23rd minute to go joint top of the scorers’ list with seven and Robert Lewandowski headed in his sixth of the campaign from a cross by Arjen Robben.

The Dutchman then added a third for Bayern, who welcomed back Bastian Schweinsteiger as a second-half substitute for his first appearance since the World Cup final having recovered from a knee injury.

Substitute Sebastian Rode completed the rout to lift Bayern to 30 points. Hoffenheim finished with 10 men following the late dismissal of Adam Szalai.

“We had problems at the start but then we then hit our stride,” said coach Pep Guardiola, whose team travel to Manchester City for the Champions League next week.

“But 4-0 is too much,” said the Spaniard after his team set a club record having conceded just three goals in their opening 12 league matches.

Hoffenheim coach Markus Gisdol heaped praise on his opponents and predicted they would win the title.

“They are the best team and that is why they will be champions again,” he said.

Fellow Champions League club Bayer Leverkusen beat Hanover 96 3-1 with forward Stefan Kiessling ending a drought by scoring his first league goal since August.

Leverkusen are fourth on 20, level with third-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach, who lost 3-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Schalke exploded into action against in-form Wolfsburg, scoring three times in the opening 25 minutes as they prepare to meet Chelsea in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Wolfsburg roared back with goals from Ivica Olic and Nicklas Bendtner and Naldo hit the bar in stoppage time but Schalke hung on to move up to sixth on 17.

Last season’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund, who visit Arsenal in the Champions League on Wednesday, squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at promoted Paderborn.

There was further bad news for last season’s runners-up as Marco Reus, who had only just returned to the side, was the victim of a robust challenge and was injured again.

Dortmund are 14th on 11 points, two above last-placed VfB Stuttgart.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; editing by Toby Davis)

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Scotland crush Tonga in five-try rout

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Flanker Blair Cowan, fullback Stuart Hogg, centre Alex Dunbar, prop Geoff Cross and wing Tommy Seymour scored the tries and scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw kicked 12 points as the Scots earned their second victory in three November test matches.


Tonga flyhalf Latiume Fosita converted four penalties, punishing Scottish maul infringements, to put the visitors 12-7 ahead after half an hour before Hogg’s breakaway try gave the hosts a 14-12 halftime lead.

Both sides had a player sinbinned, Tonga flanker Nili Latu and Scotland’s Dunbar, in the first half of the match, played on the artificial pitch at Kilmarnock FC’s Rugby Park.

Scotland began the test window with a 41-31 win over Argentina before losing to New Zealand 24-16 last weekend. Tonga were fresh from wins over Georgia and the United States.

“I think the guys can take a lot of confidence from that (second half),” head coach Vern Cotter, who has breathed new life into a Scotland side beaten 21-15 by the Pacific Islanders two years ago, told the BBC.

“(But) if we come back thinking we can reproduce the same stuff (in the Six Nations), that’s a trap, that’s dangerous.”


Scotland replied to Fosita’s early penalty when New Zealand-born man-of-the-match Cowan went over from a maul after 13 minutes during Latu’s spell in the sin bin.

The home side gave away numerous penalties in the first half though, allowing Fosita to rack up points with a perfect kicking performance, his fourth success coming after Dunbar was shown the yellow card for a dangerous tackle.

However, Hogg was quick to pick up the loose ball at a tackle with Scotland defending deep inside their 22 and he ran the length of the pitch to level the score at 12-12 before Laidlaw’s second conversion gave them a narrow halftime lead.

Fosita missed a penalty early in the second half before flyhalf Finn Russell attacked down the blindside in the 48th minute and passed to Dunbar who broke through two tackles to touch down in the corner.

It was the signal for the Scots to dominate the rest of the match.

Laidlaw added two penalties before Cross broke over the Tongan line in a maul in the 67th minute and Seymour put the icing on the cake with his third try in three tests, touching down from Russell’s chip into the goal area.

(Reporting by Rex Gowar in London; Editing by Ian Chadband)

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Jokowi controversially flies economy to attend son’s graduation

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Skipping the usual heavy security protocol for heads of state, Widodo and his wife Iriana queued for check-in at Jakarta airport like ordinary passengers before taking their economy seats.



Widodo is known for his common touch, and his family have maintained a modest lifestyle since he became leader of Southeast Asia’s biggest economy last month.


The presence of the president, known by his nickname Jokowi, caused a buzz at Jakarta’s airport as passengers shouted and clamoured to shake his hand, with some taking selfies on their phones.

Skipping the usual heavy security protocol for heads of state, Widodo and his wife Iriana queued for check-in at Jakarta airport like ordinary passengers before taking their economy seats.   

Some, though, thought it was a publicity stunt.


“Why should he go through the metal detector, join the queue, etc? Sir, stop polishing your image, just act natural,” Rangga Aditya commented on news portal Detik苏州半永久网会所,.


Harry Azet tweeted: “Living a fake life is difficult: Jokowi went to Singapore flying economy but slept in an expensive hotel.”


Widodo stayed in a five-star hotel on Orchard Road, Singapore’s shopping mecca, an Indonesian embassy spokesman in Singapore told AFP.


But his choice to fly economy also won widespread praise, with many urging other government officials to follow suit.


“Jokowi sets a good example by flying economy. Hopefully other officials can follow in his footsteps,” tweeted Anita Tobing.


Widodo said he did not use the presidential private jet or the VIP terminal because he was travelling for personal reasons.


“I am going for family matters, a private agenda, not a state visit — so why should I use the facility?” Widodo told reporters.


The president and his wife were in Singapore to see their youngest son, 19-year-old Kaesang Pangarep, graduate from the Anglo-Chinese International School on Friday evening. The couple have two other children.


Widodo had breakfast with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong before flying back to Jakarta on Saturday morning.

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City ready to revive season following international break

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City had won just once in six games before the international break and were knocked out of the League Cup, fell eight points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea and saw their Champions League challenge all but ended at the hands of CSKA Moscow.


Things looked to be following a familiar pattern against Swansea when they fell behind at the Etihad Stadium to Wilfried Bony’s early goal.

They hit back, however, through Stevan Jovetic and a trademark effort from powerhouse midfielder Yaya Toure and are now one point behind second placed Southampton, who play Aston Villa on Monday, and eight behind unbeaten leaders Chelsea who beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0.

“We are absolutely confident the way we play and sure that we are going to win the game,” Pellegrini told the BBC.

“Very happy because we won the game. We played very well and had a lot of chances to score the third goal and we defended well.

“We have to play seven games more before the end of December and we have to fight for all of them.”

Before the game Pellegrini talked of the crucial need to win their remaining eight Premier League games of the calendar year to maintain pressure on leaders Chelsea.

After last season’s November international break, City embarked on a stunning run of 20 games unbeaten in all competitions, winning 18, and it is likely they will have to produce a similar run this season.

“We have had two weeks to clear our heads and I think the performance was good other than the first 20 minutes. It was a really big win,” captain Vincent Kompany told the BBC.

“Given the last month we will take a win and it is good we are creating chances again. We have given ourselves a challenge but football is made of challenges. We can get a lot of good out of this year.”

Manchester City host Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday before a trip to Southampton next Sunday.

(Reporting By Tom Hayward; editing by Toby Davis)

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NZ’s Retallick wins player of the year

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All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick has been crowned World Rugby Player of the Year for 2014.


Retallick, who played in New Zealand’s 34-16 victory over Wales on Saturday, became the fourth player from his country to win the award presented to him in Cardiff after the clash at Millennium Stadium.

The 23-year-old, who has played 35 Tests for New Zealand since making his debut against Ireland in June 2012, has thrived in the All Blacks’ pack and follows in the footsteps of teammates Kieran Read (2013), Dan Carter (2005 and 2012) and Richie McCaw (2006, 2009 and 2010).

He edged out Willie le Roux (South Africa), Julian Savea (New Zealand), Jonathan Sexton (Ireland) and Duane Vermeulen (South Africa) for the award.

Retallick’s accolade completes a hat-trick of awards for New Zealand, as the All Blacks were named World Rugby Team of the Year for the eighth time and Steve Hansen the World Rugby Coach of the Year for the third year in succession.

All three of these awards are selected by an independent panel of judges, chaired by Australia’s World Cup 1999 winning captain John Eales and also comprising Will Greenwood, Gavin Hastings, Raphael Ibanez, Francois Pienaar, Agustin Pichot, Scott Quinnell, Tana Umaga and Paul Wallace.

Under Hansen’s guidance in 2014 New Zealand equalled the record of 17 consecutive victories by a major nation, secured a series whitewash over England, the Bledisloe Cup for the 12th successive year and won a third Rugby Championship title in a row.

World Rugby chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “Brodie Retallick has been at the heart of another hugely successful year for the All Blacks with his superb lineout skills, ball carrying ability and work at the breakdown playing a huge role in a June series win against England, the Rugby Championship title and a strong November series.

“New Zealand showed again in 2014 that they are the team to beat in international rugby, demonstrating remarkable consistency and dominance, the likes of which has rarely been seen before.”

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Chelsea win to stay top as City, United enjoy victories

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Chelsea played some dazzling football to easily beat West Brom 2-0 at Stamford Bridge with goals from Diego Costa and Eden Hazard to stretch their unbeaten start to the season to 18 matches in all competitions.


City came from behind to defeat Swansea City 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium with Yaya Toure scoring the winner, while United, who have struggled since Louis van Gaal took over, won 2-1 at Arsenal to climb to fourth with their first away win under the Dutch coach.

Arsenal, who have not finished outside the top four since 1996, slipped to eighth on 17 points — their lowest tally after 12 matches for 32 years.

Chelsea lead the table with 32 points from 12 games, followed by Southampton, who have 25 from 11 and play at Aston Villa on Monday.

City have 24 points and United have 19, ahead of Newcastle United on goal difference. Newcastle, who are fifth, continued their rise up the table with a 1-0 win over bottom-placed Queens Park Rangers.


Although there are still 26 matches left, Chelsea reinforced their position as overwhelming title favourites by demolishing West Brom, who were already 2-0 down when they had defender Claudio Yacob red-carded for a two-footed lunge on Costa.

After seeing his team make it six league wins out of six at home, manager Jose Mourinho told Sky Sports: “We played spectacular high quality football in the first half.”

Across London in the evening kickoff, United did not sparkle like Chelsea but they eked out the result they craved at Arsenal, who lost at home in the league for the first time since the opening day of last season.

Arsenal had plenty of chances to win but wasted all of them and went behind in the 56th minute when Kieran Gibbs sent a deflected cross flying past his own goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny who later went off injured.

Replacement keeper Emiliano Martinez could not stop Rooney completing a great week by making it 2-0 after a United counter-attack in the 85th minute.

Rooney won his 100th cap for England versus Slovenia last Saturday and on Tuesday against Scotland scored his 46th goal to move to third on England’s all-time scoring list.

Arsenal came back when Olivier Giroud, on as a substitute after a three-month injury absence with a broken leg, scored with a stunning 22-metre strike but United held on for the win.

Van Gaal told the BBC: “I think it is a fantastic victory at the right moment. We have a lot of injuries but despite that we won a difficult away match.

“At the end, I can laugh but you can imagine if they score one of four or five chances in the first half then it is a different game.”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger added: “It was one-way traffic and we lost the game, we have to take it on the chin. I know we’ll be criticised for it but you have to respect the energy levels we put in.”

West Ham United, who started the day in fourth place, ended it in sixth after losing 2-1 at Everton who made it seven matches without defeat in all competitions. Leon Osman scored the winner on his 400th club appearance. In the day’s other matches, Burnley won 2-1 at Stoke City, with Danny Ings scoring twice inside two minutes in the first half, and Leicester City, who have not scored for five league matches, drew 0-0 with Sunderland.

(Reporting by Mike Collett; Editing by Ian Chadband and Ken Ferris)

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