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JEREZ---Engine trouble limited
Red Bull s new car to a handful
of laps on the third day of For-
mula One preseason testing, with
Daniel Ricciardo sputtering to a
halt seconds into his debut with
the world champion on Thurs-
Ricciardo made it only halfway
around the Jerez track before his
RB10 rolled to a stop and began
spouting smoke from the back.
After team mechanics tended
to the car, Ricciardo went back out
for a mere two trips around the
circuit before calling it quits.
That gives Red Bull a measly
total of 14 laps through the first
three days of testing, which ends
Fernando Alonso's new Ferrari
also stopped after 26 laps just
before the Ayrton Senna chicane.
His Spanish fans cheered him on
from the stands as he was ferried
back to the pitlane.
But after a quick fix in the
garage, Alonso was back out and
adding up the laps to finish his
first day of testing with 58.
"It was good to get back behind
the wheel," said Alonso, who added
that he expected Red Bull to have
worked out the kinks by the sea-
son-opening Australian Grand Prix
on March 16.
"It's not our focus what others
are doing," the former two-time
champion said. "They have little
running so far but plenty of time
before Australia. They will put
things in place."
Kevin Magnussen impressed in
his F1 debut for McLaren by post-
ing the day's fastest lap at 1 minute,
23.276 seconds after he took the
wheel from Jenson Button in the
afternoon and blazed through 52
McLaren has rebounded nicely
from its no-show on Tuesday due
to an electrical problem and has
clocked the quickest lap time for
two straight days, with Button
doing so on Wednesday.
Felipe Massa also had a strong
start to his stint at Williams with
the session's second-fastest lap,
0.424 seconds behind Magnussen.
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton was
the busiest driver, putting in a
day's high of 62 laps and showing
no jitters after Tuesday's crash.
Red Bull's sister team, Toro
Rosso, also had a bad day when
Jean-Eric Vergne's car stalled in
the pitlane. After it was pushed
back to the paddock, it ground to
a halt a second time. (AP)
Struggling Red Bull calls it quits
NEW YORK---Investigators have
seized more than US$21.6 million
in knockoff souvenir football jer-
seys, caps and other merchandise,
shut down illegal Web sites and
made dozens of arrests in a crack-
down on Super Bowl counter-
feiters, authorities said yester-
The seizures and arrests were
announced at a Manhattan news
conference where NFL and law
enforcement officials displayed
fake Payton Manning and Russell
Wilson jerseys---complete with
knockoff Adidas labelling---Broncos
and Seahawks hats, Super Bowl
T-shirts and other goods made to
look like official NFL gear.
The Super Bowl is the annual
championship game of the Nation-
al Football League.
The league and law enforcement
"are working hard to prevent fans
from being scammed by criminals
seeking to profit from the public's
passion for the NFL, their home
teams and the Super Bowl," Anas-
tasia Danias, an NFL senior vice
president, said in a statement
issued three days before the game
in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
During an eight-month opera-
tion, investigators seized more than
202,000 Super Bowl-related items
that, if legitimate, would have been
worth more than US$21.6 million.
Authorities called the dollar
amount a record for similar
enforcement operations before
other Super Bowls, including one
last year that netted about US$17
million in seizures.
Authorities say most of the
knockoffs were manufactured in
China. They say once the makers
learned the Broncos and Seahawks
made the Super Bowl, they rushed
to make the goods with the teams'
logos. Then the goods were smug-
gled into the United States, often
using overnight shipping.
Some of the items make their
way to street corners in Times
Square and elsewhere where they
are sold for half the price or less
of legitimate merchandise. But
others are offered on Web sites
designed to trick buyers into think-
ing they are purchasing officially
licensed goods worth the nearly
full price they pay.
US Immigration and Customs
Enforcement has obtained court
orders to shut down several of the
bogus Super Bowl gear Web sites.
Authorities warn that users of the
Web sites risk identity theft, and
that proceeds can go to other illegal
activities like drug trafficking.
Earlier this week, New York
authorities announced the arrest
of two men on charges they made
high-quality counterfeit Super
Bowl tickets and sold them online.
US grabs $21.6 million in
counterfeits before Super Bowl
In this photo provided by the Queens County District Attorney's Office, Richard Brown, Queens County
District Attorney Robert Brown displays counterfeit Super Bowl tickets at a news conference Tuesday, in
New York. AP PHOTO
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