SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (CMC): World champion Lewis Hamilton equalled the legendary Ayrton Senna with 80 podium finishes, as he cruised to victory in yesterday’s Belgian Grand Prix. The Brit, who started on pole, took the chequered flag in one hour, 23.40 minutes, to beat Mercedes teammate and main title rival Nico Rosberg into second and record his sixth win of the Formula One season and the 39th of an already stellar career. Lotus’ Romain Grosjean finished third for the troubled outfit’s first podium in two years. “It’s been incredible. The whole circuit just packed out with all you fans. So thank you all for coming. And for me, just an amazing weekend again,” a thrilled Hamilton said afterwards. “Incredible job done by the team throughout the pit stops, throughout the whole weekend, the guys back at the factory … . You know, today was a dream. The whole weekend, the car was fantastic. So thank you guys.” Starting on pole, Hamilton got away well, while Rosberg, second on the grid, struggled and fell behind Force India’s Sergio Perez and Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull. By the time he reclaimed second spot, Hamilton was nearly nine seconds clear and controlled the race to the end. “Nico had obviously good pace, but I was able to answer most of the time. So I was fairly relaxed at the front,” said Hamilton, whose paternal grandparents hail from Grenada. “The car, was feeling great, and it was really about looking after the tyres, particularly at the end when I saw that one of the tyres had blown on another car. I was being very cautious. So in the last two laps, Nico was allowed to close the gap.” With the win, Hamilton moved to 227 points, 28 clear of Rosberg.
Of … Oh, Canada. Never again.Because of problems with the IG Field artificial surface in both end zones, the Raiders and Green Bay Packers played Thursday night on an 80-yard field.Key players from both sides remained on the bench, and an announced crowd of 21,992 watched the Raiders beat the Packers 22-21 in what could be the last time you play an NFL team play an exhibition game on Canadian soil.Daniel Carlson won the game with a 33-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining.
ICC had earlier given a clean chit to England’s James Anderson due to lack of video evidenceHe may have been let off after an ICC hearing but it has now come to light that England pacer James Anderson did admit to abusing Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja during their altercation in the opening Test in Nottingham.According to a report in ‘ESPNCricinfo’, Anderson had threatened to break Jadeja’s teeth during the altercation. The matter was brought to a close earlier this week when an ICC appointed judicial commissioner exonerated both the players of the respective charges brought against them.”…he (Anderson) admitted to having continuously abused Jadeja, pushing him and acting in breach of the spirit of cricket. He also threatened to break Jadeja’s teeth, the BCCI’s counsel contended while appealing the sentence earlier handed to Jadeja by match referee David Boon,” the report said.”These were two different but overlapping cases. The BCCI counsel took part in the appeal against Jadeja’s sentence, but the case involving Anderson was pursued by the ICC’s lawyer, as is the protocol for Level 3 charges. The BCCI counsel didn’t get a chance to cross-examine Anderson during that main case but did so during the Jadeja appeal.”The cross-examination was intense and aggressive, say those present, and began with the BCCI counsel addressing Anderson using some of the swear words allegedly used by the player, catching him by surprise,” he added.Chronicling the incident, the report stated that the abuse by Anderson was continuous.”The incident took place as the players were walking off for lunch on the second day of the Trent Bridge Test. Anderson had appealed for a catch at the wicket against Jadeja with the first ball of the over, after which he was seen having a word with Jadeja. Umpire Bruce Oxenford’s witness statement said he intervened and asked Anderson to stop chirping. The chirping, though, continued,” he said.advertisementAnderson reportedly even refused to acknowledge his actions as against the spirit of the game.”Anderson didn’t contest MS Dhoni’s statement as witness that he abused Jadeja again, and asked him to return to the dressing room, this is also when he is said to have threatened to break Jadeja’s teeth. Anderson was asked if he thought his actions were against the spirit of cricket. He said, ‘Yes’,” he said.