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    Grid penalty a ‘kick in the face’ for Grosjean – Steiner

    Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says the FIA’s decision to hit Romain Grosjean with a penalty for causing a collision on the opening lap of the Spanish Grand Prix just adds insult to injury. The Frenchman lost control in the middle of the pack at Barcelona’s Turn 3 soon after the start, but then attempted to put himself out of harm’s way by furiously spinning his wheels, a move which ultimately wreaked havoc on himself and two other drivers, Nico Hulkenberg and Pierre Gasly. In hindsight, Steiner doesn’t believe his driver had many options once things were put in motion. ‘Uneventful’ race delivers more points to Haas and Magnussen “He…

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    Bottas still in the dark with Mercedes one-lap pace

    Valtteri Bottas admits Mercedes’ outright speed over a single qualifying lap will remain unknown until next week when the Silver Arrows hit the track in Melbourne. The German purposefully avoided running on Pirelli’s hypersoft compound in pre-season testing, believing its race-pace work on the medium and soft tyres was the most relevant approach to preparing its new W09 car. “For us, I have to say that the one-lap pure pace is a little bit unknown,” Bottas said. “We’ve seen some quick times from others but I guess we will find out in a couple of weeks.” Hamilton rallies the Mercedes troops with personal message Mercedes is generally perceived to have…

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    One in Every 122 Humans Forcibly Displaced by War and Persecution: UN

    As wars and persecution escalate worldwide, one out of every 122 people on the planet is a refugee, seeking asylum, or internally displaced, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported Thursday. Taken together, this population of humans wrenched from their homes by violence would constitute the 24th largest country in the world. The agency’s new report, Global Trends: World at War, chronicles what UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres calls “an age of unprecedented mass displacement.” Based on data gathered in 2014, the study documents the harrowing human toll of new wars, resurgent conflicts, and long-term violent displacement. At least 59.5 million people were violently…

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    Hamilton happy with pole despite ‘so-so’ qualifying

    Lewis Hamilton clinched his 75th Formula 1 pole position on Saturday after coming out on top in qualifying for the 2018 French Grand Prix. Hamilton was over a tenth of a second faster than his team mate Valtteri Bottas, and almost four tenths ahead of title rival Sebastian Vettel. But he felt that he should have been able to get even more out of the Mercedes today. “I’m really happy with the pole,” he insisted. “But I always strive for perfection and there was some time left on the track, so I still have stuff to work on. “Qualifying is always tough. Q3 has not been spectacular. Q1 and Q2…

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    F1i readers choose their favourite 2018 car!

    After a week of presentations followed by four painful days of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, we polled our readers to find out which was their favourite 2018 design. The results are in and we have a clear winner with the House of Maranello’s SF71-H which was rewarded with almost one third of your votes. This year’s prancing horse is indeed an appealing design and one which has succeeded in perfectly integrating the Halo, obviously an important aesthetic factor. Gallery: Ferrari’s SF71H in detail Next in line is McLaren’s MCL33 which received 24 percent of your votes, thanks in no large part to the team’s decision to return…

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    Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em: Week 12 lineup advice, matchups, DFS picks | Sporting News

    Whether you’re playing for a playoff berth, playoff seeding, or simply to stay out of last place so you don’t have to suffer an embarrassing punishment, all fantasy football owners are officially in “must-win mode.” With every lineup decision mattering more than ever, you’re likely looking for comprehensive Week 12 start ’em, sit ’em advice — and that’s exactly what we have for you right here (plus NFL DFS picks!). The final week for byes is another bad one, with the Cardinals, Chargers, Chiefs and Vikings getting the week off. And once again, there are a host of key injuries to keep tabs on, including James Conner (shoulder), JuJu Smith-Schuster…

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    NFL power rankings: Ravens jump Patriots; Cowboys, Colts climb; Steelers, Eagles dip for Week 12 | Sporting News

    Week 11 went mostly according to plan in the NFL. While the AFC powerhouses flexed their muscles a little more, a few of the better NFC teams had to dig deep to pull out games they desperately needed ahead of the stretch run. Still, there was enough good and bad to create some more shakeup in the league’s power struggle heading into Week 12, from the top to near the bottom. While there are seven teams that have eight or more wins, there are now 14 teams that have between four and six wins. MORE: Latest NFL QB power rankings From 1-32, here’s how all of the league’s teams stack up…

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    College football Week 13 picks against the spread for every top-25 matchup | Sporting News

    Just two weeks remain in the college football regular season, and Week 13 features two games between ranked teams. That starts with the Big Ten showdown between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 9 Penn State at Ohio Stadium at noon on FOX. That game will likely decide who represents the Big Ten East in the Big Ten championship game. No. 24 Texas A&M travels to No. 4 Georgia in a SEC showdown at 3:30 p.m. on CBS. MORE: Week 13 college football picks, straight up Those two games will set the table for rivalry week and conference championship week. Here is a look at our record so far this…

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    British Fashion Council launches new membership programme

    The British Fashion Council (BFC) has launched a new membership programme with an annual subscription and an international professional network for British designers. The BFC Membership will provide designers, who are at “various stages in fashion business from emerging to established brands” access to an online portal featuring relevant industry news, government updates and insight reports, as well as opportunities to attend business development seminars, workshops and events from across the fashion industry, all highlighted in a weekly newsletter. BFC Members will also be able to contribute to the industry through mentoring talent schemes for emerging businesses, share their knowledge and expertise at designer roundtables and commission insight reports. In…

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    Australian GP: Friday’s action in pictures

    After the smiles and poses of media day, everyone got down to business on Friday in Melbourne. Check out our first batch of pictures from the action in Albert Park. 78 You may also like Japanese GP: Friday’s action in pictures Japanese GP: Thursday’s build-up in pictures Russian GP: Sunday’s action in pictures Russian GP: Saturday’s action in pictures Russian GP: Friday’s action in pictures Russian GP: Thursday’s build-up in pictures