Marco Andretti Continues Dominance, Edges Dixon to Indianapolis 500 Pole

Despite wind gusts upwards of 15 mph or more, Marco Andretti becomes the first Andretti in 33 years to win the pole position for the 104th Indianapolis 500 with a four lap average of 231.068 mph.

The qualifying order was decided with the slowest of the fast nine going first, meaning Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver Takuma Sato was the first driver out to set a time. The 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner had an incredibly consistent performance that would put him on pole for majority of the session with a four-lap average of 230.725 mph. He would end the session third, his best ever Indy 500 starting position.

Sato’s teammate Graham Rahal went out second, and fought a loose car all run. On his last lap, Rahal had to get out of the gas in turn one on his final lap, killing his average. He would finish eighth with a … Read the rest

Ferrari boss reacts to Sebastian Vettel’s statement that his opinion “is no longer important”

Scuderia Ferrari Team principal Mattia Binotto has stated Sebastian Vettel will no longer advise on the future of the Scuderia, after the German had earlier stated his opinion “is no longer important”.

Sebastian Vettel was voted Driver of the Day in Barcelona, as the four-time champion held on to seventh place despite running on very worn soft tyres after starting 11th on the grid.

The 33-year-old was heard again on team radio arguing with his race engineer about tyre strategy, after being told to race on his tyres before being asked to preserve them until the end.

Afterwards Vettel said to Sky Italia: “My opinion is no longer important.

“Apart from everything, the car is what it is, we are trying to do our best, it’s a tough season for everyone.”

When confronted with Vettel’s earlier comment, Binotto was not at all amused, and countered by stating that the fact the German was leaving … Read the rest

Cecchinato, Rodionov Lead Challenger Return To Todi

This week, as the ATP Challenger Tour kicks off its long-awaited restart, players have descended on the scenic town of Todi in central Italy. After a two-year hiatus, the Internazionali Di Tennis Citta Di Todi is back for a 12th edition.

The Challenger 100 event is one of two stops on the circuit, as professional tennis returns on the clay of Todi and Prague. Located in the Umbria region, the Tennis Club Todi 1971 is nestled at the base of the hilltop town and offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding municipality.

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This week, seven players in the Top 150 of the FedEx ATP Rankings are competing in Todi, led by top seed Roberto Carballes Baena. Three-time ATP Tour champion and former World No. 16 Marco Cecchinato leads the Italian charge along with third seed Federico Gaio.

Carballes Baena opens against 21-year-old Jurij Rodionov, while Cecchinato faces … Read the rest

Shaqiri hints at Liverpool stay in new interview: “It’s going to be an exciting season”

Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri has hinted that he may stay with the Reds for the upcoming season, after reports linked him with a move away.

The Swiss international joined the reigning Premier League champions from Stoke City in 2018 and has been a very useful squad player since.

Jurgen Klopp surely wouldn’t want to lose a player of Shaq’s quality, and his latest interview with LFC journalist Glenn Price suggests he’s staying.

Everybody is excited to play again and to defend the season we had last season,he told the club’s official website while on training duty in Austria.

It’s very difficult but we try to achieve again a lot of things and we want to win a lot of games. We have the capacity, we have the team who is still hungry and wants to win many titles.

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Video: Chelsea target Reguilon bags fine assist for Sevilla vs Man United as Suso scores

In the 25th minute of Sevilla’s Europa League semi-final tie against Manchester United, the Andalusian outfit were back on level terms after a brilliant counter-attack.

Star full-back Sergio Reguilon showed his marauding style as he was played in behind with a well-worked one-two, the Spaniard then drilled the ball across the box.

United ace Brandon Williams was well out of position, leaving Suso free to slot the ball into the back of the net at the far post to cap off a well-worked move from Sevilla.

According to ESPN, Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign the ace, he’s enjoyed a wonderful campaign whilst out on loan at Sevilla, with the talent valued at around €25m.

Take a look at Sevilla’s equaliser below:

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Blaise Matuidi: ‘Sarri surprised me’

Blaise Matuidi explained his reasons for leaving Juventus this summer and revealed former coach Maurizio Sarri surprised him during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The 33-year-old midfielder agreed to terminate his contract with the club by mutual consent in order to David Beckham’s Inter Miami following three successful seasons in turin.

“The time had come for a change of direction,” Matuidi told L’Equipe newspaper, “The first contact with Inter Miami was in December, but at the time, I said it was too early in my career, as the Euros were coming up, and we didn’t have all these COVID problems. The way I saw it, I’d obviously stay at Juve.

“When they called me again in June, the context had changed. Staying in quarantine made me realise I had to think about my family and spend more time with them. I looked back over my career and thought, what else are you … Read the rest

Messi’s stance is clear: either the board leaves or I’ll leave

Lionel Messi continues to put pressure on the Barcelona board. Reportedly, he has a very clear stance about the crisis at Barcelona: either the board run by president Bartomeu leaves, or Messi himself will leave. The Argentine is dissatisfied with the management, and lack of planning. Not to mention the latest 8-2 humiliation against Bayern Munich, which marked as Leo’s worst defeat in his career.

The only way Messi changes his mind about leaving the club goes through a new and convincing sporting project. Many journalists believe that the rumors regarding the Argentine leaving his home club is a way to put pressure on Bartomeu.

Even though Messi has communicated that he wants to leave immediately, a senior member within the club reminded that “Lionel Messi has a contract until June 2021, with a release clause of €700m”.

However, when it is about the best player on the planet, anything … Read the rest

Man United and Solskjaer get plans for the summer going with latest deal

Manchester United have announced academy graduate Tahith Chong has joined Werder Bremen on loan for the 2020/21 season.

Chong joined United from Feyenoord in 2016 and has been limited to just 16 appearances in all competitions since being promoted to the first team in 2018.

The winger, 20, signed an improved contract in March, keeping him with the club until the end of the 2022 season.

Negotiations between the two European clubs concluded after a decision was reached over how the player’s wages will be split.

Given the current transfer market, many teams who do not have the same financial power of a club like United will be looking at … Read the rest

Review: Tumbleweed’s radical moto-inspired, mountain touring Persuader handlebars

My partner recently picked up a pair of Tumbleweed Bicycle Company’s Persuader handlebars to potentially put on her gravel bike as part of a flat-bar conversion. After they sat in the parts bin, piquing my interest every time I walked past, I decided to throw them on my Specialized Chisel hardtail mountain bike. More recently […]

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British Grand Prix – a true classic at Silverstone

Sunday’s race will be the 71st British Grand Prix. This and the Italian GP are the only two races to have featured every year on the World Championship calendar. In fact, if Formula 1 can be considered to have a home, it’s probably Silverstone.

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This historic venue sprung up from an RAF airfield, using the perimeter roads and on 13 May 1950, it hosted the first-ever Formula 1 Grand Prix and it was also here, one year later, that Scuderia Ferrari took its first win in the category, courtesy of the Argentine José Froilàn Gonzàlez in a 375 F1.

Three circuits. Over the years, the British Grand Prix has been run at three different venues. This year, Silverstone hosts the race for the 54th time, while it was run at Aintree five times and at the swoopy Brands Hatch track … Read the rest