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Vettel to start last at Malaysian GP

SEPANG: Sebastian Vettel’s world championship hopes suffered a huge blow on Saturday when his Ferrari failed to set a time in qualifying, meaning he will start last in the Malaysian Grand Prix. Vettel, 28 points behind Lewis Hamilton in the title race, lost drive on his first flying lap. “It …

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Malaysian GP: Fans throng Sepang Circuit for last qualifying session

SEPANG: Motorsports fans turned up in droves to catch the final qualifying session of the Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix on Saturday. Sepang International Circuit CEO Datuk Razlan Razali said some 27,000 spectators, the highest number recorded on a Saturday during race weekend, had attended the event. “On Friday …

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Hamilton on pole for Malaysian Grand Prix

SEPANG: World championship leader Lewis Hamilton will start from pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix with title rival Sebastian Vettel at the back of the grid. Hamilton had been off the pace all weekend in practice but his Mercedes team turned it around in qualifying to head Ferrari’s Kimi …

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Leicester's Shakespeare hopes rest will solve Vardy's hip problem

(Reuters) – Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has said he expects Jamie Vardy to overcome his hip problem with rest during the international break. Vardy picked up a knock in the 1-1 draw at Huddersfield and played in the 3-2 defeat to Liverpool last week with the help of a …

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Soccer-Liverpool match 'special' for me, says Newcastle manager Benitez

(Reuters) – Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United host Liverpool in Premier League on Sunday and the manager said playing against his former side will be a special and emotional experience. The Spaniard was in charge of the Merseyside club for six years from 2004 and guided them to their fifth Champions …

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Hamilton struggles again as Raikkonen quickest

SEPANG: World championship leader Lewis Hamilton reverted to an old aerodynamic package Saturday but again struggled to keep pace with the Ferraris in the final practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix. After a torrid Friday with a new set-up which Mercedes boss Toto Wolff dubbed “one of the worst …

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No rest yet for red-hot Lukaku, says Mourinho

(Reuters) – Romelu Lukaku has started all of Manchester United’s games in the Premier League and Champions League but the Belgian strike cannot expect a break just yet, manager Jose Mourinho has said. Lukaku has hit the ground running since signing from Everton in the off season with six league …

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Hazard must exploit God-given talent, says Conte

(Reuters) – Midfielder Eden Hazard must continue to be decisive on the pitch and exploit the talent he is blessed with to become one of the game’s greats, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has said. The Belgian has made just three substitute appearances in the league since returning from an ankle …

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Burnley forward Walters ruled out with knee injury

(Reuters) – Striker Jon Walters will miss Burnley’s Premier League game at Everton on Sunday and faces a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury, manager Sean Dyche has confirmed. The former Stoke City player was not included in the Ireland squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifying games …

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Figure skater Julian Yee is first-ever M'sian to qualify for Winter Olympics

PETALING JAYA: Thanks to national figure skater Julian Yee Zhi-Jie (pix), the Jalur Gemilang will fly at a Winter Olympics arena for the first time in history. The 20-year-old took to Instagram to document the historic event on Saturday, stating that it has been a long, tiring and meaningful journey. …

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