Long-term review: FOX 38 Factory Fork with GRIP2 Damper holds fast, charges down

Spring 2020 saw the downgrading of the much-loved Fox 36 enduro fork to the “all-mountain” category, making way for the all-new Fox 38. With stanchions just 2mm wider, the 38 is now their long-travel enduro specialist. We’ve been riding the 160mm travel, 44mm offset Factory level fork with the GRIP2 damper on our Cannondale Jekyll […]

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Arsecast Extra Episode 394 – 19.01.2021

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog.

In this episode we discuss the 3-0 win over Newcastle at the Emirates on Monday. The Gunners produced a much better second half to ensure the win and a fifth successive clean sheet. We chat about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being back among the goals, the continued – and very exciting – impact of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka, Thomas Partey’s start and what he brings to midfield, as well as an overall look at the last few weeks and the points we’ve amassed. Then there are listener questions about Ainsley Maitland-Niles, what Smith Rowe’s emergence means for the transfer business we might want to do for that position, Edu’s January clear-out, Cedric solid display, and lots more.

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Big Machine Racing Team formed, to field full-time NASCAR Xfinity car for Jade Buford

Yet another new NASCAR team has joined the fold, this time led by one of the biggest music label moguls. On Tuesday, Big Machine Records founder Scott Borchetta announced the formation of the Big Machine Racing Team, a NASCAR Xfinity Series team that will field the #48 Chevrolet Camaro for Jade Buford on a full-time basis in 2021.

“I’ve always been involved in racing, it’s a part of my DNA,” Borchetta stated. “Whether as a competitor, a fan or a sponsor, racing is a constant in my life and is a part of our Big Machine culture. The formation of the Big Machine Racing team only broadens the integration opportunities for our recording artists and the sport.”

Founded in 2004, Big Machine Records serves as a label for country and pop artists that include clients like Tim McGraw and Rascall Flatts. Taylor Swift also began her widely successful … Read the rest

Ferrari, not just the engine: key to redemption is also aerodynamic performance

Efficiency is an important word: it means the ability to succeed in what are your functions or to be able to achieve your purpose. The efficiency of an F1 car, on the other hand, is a much more technical concept, which concerns the relationship between the aerodynamic load generated and the drag of the car.

In other words, a single-seater is efficient if it manages to have good grip (and therefore remains flattened to the ground when cornering) but the grip generated does not slow it down too much on the straight, driving it like a brick in the middle of the track when it comes to opening wide the gas.

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Tiafoe: ‘I Was In A Dark Place, Now I’m Ready For Great Things’

Frances Tiafoe has used the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to reflect, step away from the sport and assess his game and his career.

Having dropped more than 30 places in the FedEx ATP Rankings in the early months of 2020, he struggled for form and confidence. But while the five-month suspension of the ATP Tour stopped many in-form stars from carrying their momentum into further events, it helped Tiafoe to break a cycle of disappointing results and find his way out of a difficult position.

“The pandemic was probably the best thing that happened to me in my career, if we are going to be frank. I was in a dark place pre-pandemic,” Tiafoe told ATPTour.com. “My ranking took a serious hit, obviously losing the quarter-finals [points] in Melbourne. It kind of saved me, because I had Miami coming up where I was defending quarter-finals [points].

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Azur Lane Getting More Italian Shipgirls With New Update

Yostar has been revealing the new content coming to its shipgirl-focused mobile gacha game Azur Lane.

The next update will bring a rerun of the Italy-focused (or Sardegna Empire, as the country is called in the game) “Empyreal Tragicomedy” event that will bring back fan-favorite Littorio, Zara, and more.

Yet we’re also getting new shipgirls in the form of SSR heavy cruiser Pola and Elite destroyer Vincenzo Gioberti.

You can see what they look like below.

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Photos: Fans will love seeing happy Man United man in training

Manchester United fans will be pleased to see Darren Fletcher getting stuck in during the training sessions ahead of the clash with Fulham tomorrow evening.

The former midfielder was recently promoted to the first-team coaching staff and is clearly enjoying his new role as he was caught with a big smile on his face the entire time.

Fletcher’s career at United ended rather prematurely due to some health problems and supporters were always unhappy with how he had to leave the club.

Now that he’s back and involved in a more hands-on role, it’s a pleasure to see him once again having an impact in Carrington.

The early noise so far is that Fletcher is known for his tactical and analytical skills so hopefully he proves his worth to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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Potential Simakan alternatives for Liverpool at centre-back

Defender Mohamed Simakan has been linked to Liverpool as a replacement for the long term injury-stricken Virgil Van Dijk. The Strasbourg own injuries have seemingly prevented a move to Anfield. With the rumour seemingly all but dead, with some Liverpool fans declaring the club ‘cursed’, who could manager Jurgen Klopp target instead?

There can be no denying that Van Dijk is irreplaceable, and the dip in form since Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford’s horror tackle on the Dutchman in October’s Merseyside Derby has been plain to see. A return of two points from nine, prior to Liverpool’s 4-1 FA Cup victory over a shadow Aston Villa side, is the like not seen since the bleakest latter days of Brendan Rodgers’ regime.

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Frank Lampard on whether certain Chelsea players are ‘letting him down’ as Leicester defeat sparks heightened chance of sack

In the post-match press conference following Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat to Leicester, Frank Lampard was asked whether he feels as though ‘certain players’ are ‘letting him down’.

Lampard, who is now facing immense pressure surrounding his job after five defeats in Chelsea’s last eight Premier League games, maintained his usual class as he answered honourably.

The Athletic’s Simon Johnson told talkSPORT today that Lampard could be sacked if the Blues were to lose to Leicester, with that now happening at the hands of his former coach Brendan Rodgers, things aren’t looking very promising for Frank at all.

Lampard insisted that it’s not for him to say whether certain players are ‘letting him down’ personally rather that there are a number of Blues stars that are ‘not playing as well as they should be’.

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Juve midfielder on Messi-Ronaldo comparison: “I choose Cristiano”

While many players had the honor of playing alongside one of the two best players in the modern era, Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi, few were the ones who were lucky enough to share a locker-room with both legends.

However, these men will never be able to escape the inevitable questions regarding the two serial Ballon d’Or winners. Questions that aim to compare the Argentine and the Portuguese in every aspect possible.

After the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala, two additional names were added to the prestigious list last summer, when Juventus and Barcelona completed a swap deal that sent Miralem Pjanic to the Camp Nou, while Arthur Melo went in the opposing direction.

Desimpedidos do Brasil channel (via Corriere Dello Sport) interviewed the the Old lady’s summer arrival, and here’s what the Brazilian midfielder had to say about his current teammate Ronaldo and his former captain Messi.… Read the rest