Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 2nd 2013 Contents Finally! Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton checks out the winner's
trophy after taking the checkered flag at the Hungarian Grand
Prix on Sunday.
Issue 99 • Friday, August 2, 2013
with Dennis Tayé Allen Twitter: @ttgameplan
"This is probably one of the most important grand prix wins
of my career," Hamilton told the crowd after his fourth win at
the Hungarian circuit in seven years but his first with a team
other than McLaren.
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel keeps his lead in the Formula
One championship, 38 points clear with third.
Kimi Raikkonen took second place for Lotus---10.9 seconds
behind Hamilton - after doing one stop fewer and holding off
Vettel in the tense closing laps.
"I told Kimi I was not happy but he was laughing. That's rac-
ing," Vettel, who had complained over the radio after one failed
attempt to pass that Raikkonen had not given him enough
room, said with a smile.
Hungary marked the midpoint in the season and after 10 of
the 19 races Vettel goes into the August break with 172 points.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso says his fifth place on the grid in
Hungary is a sign Ferrari are back to form after a tough period.
Alonso qualified only 10th and eighth at the last two races
and has slipped to 34 points behind Vettel in the title fight.
The guys at the Premiere Football Academy have done it
again---this time for the youngins!
Through the agency of the PFA, 20-year-old Queen's Royal
College standout Makesi Lewis has secured a scholarship to
Felician College in New Jersey.
Lewis may not be a household name outside of the SSFL's
North Zone, but that was only a minor drawback for the lanky
"Makesi is one of the more exceptional players at the
academy," said PFA director, Dion Sosa.
Anthony Creece, coach at the PFA, added: "His grades are
impressive, his play is impressive. Schools are looking for stu-
dent athletes, so all of it is important."
Lewis credits his parents, Mervyn and mom Cherryl-Ann,
with instilling in him the balance that kept him focused on
both the sports and the books.
"I come from a football family. From the time I born I've
been playing football. My dad must have seen 98 per cent of
my games---I've always had his support. And not just him, but
my mom too. From primary school right up to when i started
playing Intercol in Form Four," Lewis said. Felician is a NCAA
Division II school and competes in the Central Atlantic Colle-
giate Conference, where the Golden Falcons placed eighth in
the 12-team CACC conference play in the 2012 season.
• You can catch up with Makesi on Twitter: @makesi_lewis16
By now you've heard about Miami
Heat baller Dwayne Wade's ex-wife,
Siohvaughn Funches sitting on the
street in downtown Chicago, protesting
against...whatever it is she got beef
Now, in any situation there's always
three sides: his side; her side and the
truth. I wasn't there, so I can't tell you
what is the truth---but...I can tell you I
ain't see in DWade sitting on the side of
the road with no magic marker sign
eh...Say what yuh want (and Funches
spoke at length with jocksandstiletto-
jill.com in a May interview here:
tinyurl.com/loaczul) but somewhere
the talk just not adding up.
DWade is saying he's giving her
$25,000 a month. She's countering
that by saying her mortgage is $75,000
overdue. How does that automatically
translate to DWade not paying her is
Funches also makes some remarks
about the way their son Zaire has been
paraded as the "Best Fifth Grade bas-
ketballer", and that the child has not
adjusted to the current situation and is
suffering academically as a result.
There may be some truth to that,
seeing that he did grow up with his
mom and any child will have diffi-
culty with their parents' breakup.
However, the side of the street
ain't no place to be raising a child,
and that spectacle sealed it for me.
Through his attorney, DWade
maintains that not only has he pro-
vided for his ex throughout this
process, they actually reached a
settlement in the case July 16,
three days before Siohvaughn launched
her street side protest.
The statement reads, in part: "De-
spite false allegations by Ms. Funches
claiming to be "homeless" and "desti-
tute," Dwayne Wade has maintained
over the years financial support to his
ex-wife by providing her with income
over $25,000 on a monthly basis, paid
for her home mortgage, maintenance
and security at the house, four cars, in-
surance, taxes and all of her attorney
fees throughout this process. Ms.
Funches has made a mockery of home-
lessness which is a serious and per-
sonal issue for Mr. Wade as his mother
was homeless for a period of time
when he was a child."
Funches claims to be enrolled in law
school, which prevents her from hold-
ing a job. Hopefully that rectifies itself
soon and she can find some money to
get herself together and stop being so
Funches on the pavement:
Young ZWade's highlight reel:
QRC player, Makesi Lewis, off on full-ride scholarship to New Jersey.
Street-side with Dwayne Wade's
ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches.
"This is a very positive weekend," Alonso said. "No doubt
we were a little bit lost in Nuburgring and Silverstone.
"Here we are a little happier, especially as we were wor-
ried we would not be competitive at all."
Hamilton, who won from pole position in Hungary for
McLaren last season, led from pole on a day when track tem-
peratures reached 50 degrees Celsius to secure the 22nd win
of his career.
The Brit had started on pole for the third race in a row and
made a good start while teammate Nico Rosberg, who re-
tired with flames shooting out of the rear of his car four laps
from the end, plunged from fourth to 12th after one lap.
He was later hit with a 20-second post-race penalty - is-
sued in lieu of a drive-through because it was applied after
the race - did not cost Grosjean his finishing position of sixth
place because he was 21.524s clear of Button at the end.
Vettel then lost time behind Button after a pitstop while
Hamilton pulled away at the front and was able to control
the race and manage the.
The Pirelli tyres, which had been the biggest concern be-
fore the start of the race, were changed after a spate of
blowouts at last month's British Grand Prix---one of which
cost Hamilton a likely victory from pole.
Although he dominated at the Hungaroring, Hamilton
says it is "far too early" to talk about challenging for the
championship this year.
"I know the guys [at the team] are working hard... but
we've got a lot of tough races coming up.
"When you have a win like this, you get excited and think
anything is possible and this shows it is," said Hamilton.
"But it is still too early to say whether or not we can chal-
Formula One resumes on August 25 at Circuit de Spa-
Francorchamps for the Belgian Grand Prix.
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