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26 runs in
rain-hit 1st ODI
Vettel's recklessness plays straight into Hamilton's hands
SINGAPORE --- Lewis Hamilton had
been worried about how many
points he would lose to Sebastian
Vettel at the Singapore Grand Prix.
It was supposed to be a damage
limitation exercise for Mercedes
after a poor performance in
Instead, Hamilton took a
signi icant stride toward the world
title after winning yesterday's race
from ifth place on the grid.
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo
prevented a Mercedes 1 2 by
inishing ahead of Valtteri Bottas.
Fourth place went to Toro Rosso's
Carlos Sainz Jr. --- a career best for
the Spanish driver.
Vettel made one of the worst starts
of his distinguished career, throwing
away pole position as he recklessly
caused a crash heading into the irst
corner. The Ferrari driver took three
others out with him --- and critically
none was a Mercedes.
Instead of moving ahead of
Hamilton in their enthralling title
battle, Vettel now trails him by 28
points with six races left.
"It couldn't be a more perfect
scenario," Hamilton said. "I
de initely went in today thinking
it was about damage limitation. To
come out of it in the other direction
is a shock."
Vettel was supposed to score
heavily here. With less speed
and 23 turns, the hard-braking
Marina Bay circuit suited
Ferrari much more than
Mercedes. This was further
reflected in qualifying, with
Bottas sixth and Ferrari's Kimi
Raikkonen starting fourth.
Furthermore, Vettel had
the Singapore record for wins
(four) and podiums (six).
But in a few seconds, he
threw it all away.
The German driver gunned
across the track, triggering
irst-turn mayhem and causing
a domino effect as Raikkonen,
Red Bull's Max Verstappen and
McLaren's Fernando Alonso all
crashed with him.
On one of the toughest tracks
in Formula One for overtaking,
Hamilton would have been
pleased with a podium inish.
Instead, the ield opened up
perfectly for the British driver to seal
his third straight win, seventh of the
season and 60th overall.
"I capitalized on the incident,"
Hamilton said. "Who could have
known that would happen?"
Following a massive downpour
several hours beforehand, more
heavy showers soaked the circuit
just before the race which started 8
p.m. local time (1200 GMT). (AP)
Golovkin, Alvarez ight to a brutal draw
LAS VEGAS --- Canelo Alvarez and
Gennady Golovkin argued afterward
about who won their middleweight
No one could argue it wasn't a
Golovkin retained his
middleweight titles on Saturday
night, ighting to a 12-round draw
with Alvarez in a brutal battle that
ended with both ighters holding
their hands aloft in victory. It was a
ight neither deserved to lose and,
when the scores were tallied, neither
The middleweight bout years
in the making lived up to its hype
as the two ighters traded huge
punches and went after each other
for 12 rounds. Neither was down or
seriously hurt, but both landed big
punches to the head that had the
crowd screaming in excitement.
Alvarez rallied late to win the last
three rounds on each scorecard
and pull out the draw, though both
ighters claimed victory.
"I won 7 8 rounds easily," Alvarez
said. "I was superior inside the ring."
"Today people give me draw. I
focus on boxing," Golovkin said.
"Look my belts, I'm still champion.
I've not lost."
Golovkin was the aggressor
throughout and landed punches that
had put other ighters to the canvas.
But he couldn't knock Alvarez down,
and the Mexican boxer more than
stood his own in exchanges with
Triple G. The two were still brawling
as the inal seconds ticked down.
Alvarez was leading after the
irst three rounds, then Golovkin
dominated the middle rounds. After
a pep talk from his corner, Alvarez
came out more aggressive in the 10th
round to pull out the draw.
Two scorecards were close, with
Golovkin ahead 115 113 on one and a
114 114 draw on the other. But veteran
judge Adalaide Byrd inexplicably had
Alvarez winning 118 110, giving him
all but two rounds. The Associated
Press scored it 114 114.
Golovkin, who has never lost in
38 ights, retained his middleweight
titles. But Alvarez showed that he
could not only take the punches of
the ighter from Kazakhstan but land
telling punches of his own.
A frenzied crowd of 22,358 at the
T Mobile Arena roared throughout
the ight as the two middleweights
put on the kind of show that
boxing purists had anticipated.
They brawled, used sharp jabs and
counter punched at times, with
neither one willing to give the other
Ringside punching stats credited
Golovkin landing 217 of 703 punches
while Alvarez landed 169 of 505.
The draw was the irst mark on
Golovkin's record, which now stands
at 37 0 1. Alvarez is now 49 1 2, his
only loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Alvarez was guaranteed $5 million,
while Golovkin had a $3 million
guarantee. Both were expected to
make much more on a share of the
pay-per-view revenue. (AP)
Saunders retains WBO
LONDON --- Billy Joe Saunders
remained on course to challenge
either Gennady Golovkin or Canelo
Alvarez after Saunders defended
his WBO middleweight title with
a unanimous points decision over
American Willie Monroe Jr. on
The 28-year-old Saunders, (25-
0, 12 knockouts) was ighting for
the irst time under new trainer
Dominic Ingle. He received scores of
117 111, 115 114, 117 112 from the three
ringside judges. (AP)
Gennady Golovkin reacts following a fight against Canelo Alvarez during a
middleweight title fight on Saturday night in Las Vegas. The fight was called
PICTURE JOHN LOCHER
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates after winning
the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City Circuit
PICTURE YONG TECK LIM
CHENNAI --- Hardik Pandya put in
an impressive all-round performance
as India beat Australia by 26 runs
under the Duckworth-Lewis method
in a rain-curtailed first ODI yesterday.
Pandya scored 83 runs off 66 balls
as India won the toss and reached
281-7 in 50 overs. With the ball,
Pandya took 2-28 as the tourists
were restricted to 137-9 in 21 overs
after being set a winning target of
Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal
took 3-30 in five overs.
The Australian innings was
delayed by nearly 2 1/2 hours as
persistent rain kept the players
inside. On two occasions, the rain
stopped long enough for teams to
come back on with renewed targets
set. But the rain returned again to
Finally, at 8.30 p.m. local time,
the match resumed with Australia
reduced to 29-3 in the seventh over.
India 281 for 7 in 50 overs
(Pandya 83, Dhoni 79, Coulter-Nile
3-44) beat Australia 137 for 9 in 21
overs (Maxwell 39, Chahal 3-30,
Pandya 2-28) India win by 26 runs
Durham have begun an
investigation after a woman was
left with a broken leg and two
other spectators were injured
when part of a stand at Chester-
le-Street collapsed during the T20I
between England and West Indies
The incident took place at around
9.30pm, midway during England's
innings, in the north-east corner of
the ground. Around 200 spectators
were moved out of the area for
the remainder of the match after
a section of the floor appeared to
have caved in. It was confirmed on
Sunday that a woman was treated
for a broken leg at Newcastle RVI
The club said that the stand
was a permanent fixture at the
ground, rather than additional
seating brought in to lift capacity
for internationals, and that it had
passed safety inspections ahead of
A statement during the match
said: "During the course of the
second innings between England
v West Indies at Emirates Riverside,
three spectators were injured when
a small section of the North-East
Terrace flooring became unstable
causing them to fall.
The Riverside, which has hosted
26 international fixtures since being
opened in 1995, was recently barred
from hosting Test matches following
a financial bail-out from the ECB
that also resulted in the club losing
its first-division status. (AP)
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