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It's a scenario with which they have become familiar having won the last three drivers' and constructors' championships. Toto Wolff, the head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, said Hamilton and his teammate Valterri Bottas were in prime shape to make the most of the changes.
  • Celtics allow nightmarish late-game rally in 105-99 loss to 76ers

    Celtics allow nightmarish late-game rally in 105-99 loss to 76ers

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    Boston missed the opportunity to gain ground on the idle Cleveland Cavaliers and remains two games behind the Eastern Conference leaders. The Boston Celtics are winners in four of their last five games and they will be gunning for a fourth straight win win after sneaking past the Nets in a 98-95 win on Friday.
  • Sebastian Vettel right to be positive after Australian Grand Prix qualifying

    Sebastian Vettel right to be positive after Australian Grand Prix qualifying

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    The new regulations for 2017 allowed for wider tires with more grip and durability, greater aerodynamics, bigger fuel loads and increased downforce and were created to increase speed. The first two sessions have confirmed that is the case among the top contenders. "It's a circuit I enjoy ... it's a fun layout". After struggling with some issues in Barcelona, we didn't know if we'd have the same thing here.
  • Daniel Ricciardo: Red Bull can 'reel in' Mercedes

    Daniel Ricciardo: Red Bull can 'reel in' Mercedes

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    Although the Aussie reluctantly admits that his team aren't going to be favourites, he still feels as though Red Bull can challenge for victory in Melbourne, saying that he hoped he could put pressure on the teams. "It's not a weight on my shoulders, it means more work for sure. It is my target and aim to be world champion, and I will do what I can to make it happen this year, but I am not expecting it".
  • Hamilton posts fastest time in 1st practice at F1 opener

    Hamilton posts fastest time in 1st practice at F1 opener

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    The drivers had a lot to say about the cars after their practice sessions . Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 14. Hamilton said "Valtteri has done a great job and it is great for Mercedes. For those with even the smallest bit of knowledge of the sport and its inner-workings, an agreement between Horner and Wolff on any subject is a rarity.
  • Wales could pick Woodburn

    Wales could pick Woodburn

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    Bale has not missed a competitive global for almost three-and-a-half years, and is raring to go as Wales seek to back up reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2016 last summer by qualifying for a first World Cup since 1958. The 17-year-old was born in Chester but has already played for Wales between U15 and U19 level and could be about to cement his worldwide allegiance once and for all.
  • Lightning rally multiple times to dump Bruins

    Lightning rally multiple times to dump Bruins

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    Boston has lost four straight, including a 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, to fall out of third place in the Atlantic Division and into the wild card free-for-all. RW Nikita Kucherov notched his third career hat trick (second this season) and scored his 37th goal of the season as Tampa Bay beat Boston 6-3.
  • Dontari Poe signs with Falcons, strengthening defensive line

    Dontari Poe signs with Falcons, strengthening defensive line

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    Poe, who has a history of back injuries, was deemed expendable and visited multiple teams during a lengthy free agent tour. "Poe is an athletic, big guy that can push the pocket", Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. He's been a pillar of what has been at times one of the better defensive teams in the National Football League since he was drafted in the first round in 2012.
  • NCAA basketball: North Dakota holds head high in loss to Wildcats

    NCAA basketball: North Dakota holds head high in loss to Wildcats

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    He averaged 5.5 points and 3.3 rebounds past year and 6.0 points and 3.5 rebounds as redshirt freshman in the 2014-15 season. "We came out and gave them a fight", said Crandall. "Kadeem seems like always in the play, whether it's a big rebound, a defensive stop, a good pass, he does everything". Entering the tournament, they played at the nation's second-slowest tempo according to kenpom.com, and they were second in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 56.5 points per game .
  • Devin Booker Scores Historic 70 Points vs. Celtics

    Devin Booker Scores Historic 70 Points vs. Celtics

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    And his 70 points were the most ever scored against the Boston Celtics, too. Devin chose to change that. Booker accepted the challenge and when the final buzzer sounded, and obviously exhausted Devin Booker had become the 6th player in History to score 70 points .
  • Safa president Danny Jordaan has his heart set on top Caf spot

    Safa president Danny Jordaan has his heart set on top Caf spot

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    Hayatou's allies, also stunned by the result, suggested he had been blindsided by many of his former close colleagues but had also been too confident of victory. Ahmad Ahmad has been representing the South zone in the executive committee of CAF since 2013. His first job, he said earlier on Thursday, would be to introduce a new code of ethics and he has also pledged to extend ethics checks on African football officials.