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  • Qatar bid team accused of sabotaging rival bids for 2022 FIFA World Cup

    Allegations of a “black-ops” campaign by Qatar’s bid team for the 2022 FIFA World Cup have sparked controversy as accusations of extensive sabotage emerge. The Qatar bid team is accused of using ex-CIA connections and public relations firms to run a fabricated propaganda campaign against rival US and Australian bid teams. The scandal emerged after a confidential source provided documents to The Times (UK), detailing how the Qatar bid team undermined support for hosting the ... ► Read more

  • Socceroos fail to qualify in Fifa World Cup after loss against Peru

    The Socceroos, in their last attempt at qualifying for round two of the Fifa World Cup, have lost against already-eliminated Peru 2-0 on Wednesday. The Australian team, who tied against Denmark last Thursday, was in with a fighting chance to progress to the next round in the Russian-hosted football World Cup. The team however just couldn’t seem to find enough luck or break through Peru’s tight-knit defence in order to claim a long awaited victory. ... ► Read more

  • Aussies victorious in Monaco, Indianapolis

    Australian drivers won two of the most prestigious motor sport events, the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500, on Sunday. Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo, racing for Red Bull, had an almost perfect Monaco Grand Prix, topping the time sheets in all practice and qualifying sessions, and winning in the Principality for the first time in his career. Ricciardo held onto first place despite complaining of a loss of power in the first half ... ► Read more

  • Ricciardo on pole for Monaco GP with record-breaking qualifying lap

    Daniel Ricciardo will start the Monaco Grand Prix from pole position, after setting a record-breaking lap time in qualifying of 1:10.810. Ricciardo shaved over a second off the time set by last year’s polesitter, Kimi Räikkönen. The Australian Formula One driver, who lives in Monaco, has never won in the principality, but came close in 2016 when he qualified first, but lost the race due to a bungled late-race pitstop and finished second. He also ... ► Read more

  • Commonwealth Games: Chairman says ‘we got it wrong’ about closing ceremony

    Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Chairman Peter Beattie has said that “we got it wrong” after the closing ceremony barely focused on athletes and instead featured long speeches by dignitaries. Many patrons began to leave the event only one hour into the ceremony after athletes entered the stadium, only to stand on the fringes of the stage in darkness. The ceremony included several speeches, including one from Mr Beattie which many viewers say took the focus ... ► Read more

  • Week in Brief: 25-31 March 2018

    Story of the week Russia expels 59 officials following diplomatic expulsions from West Following the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the West over the Sergei Skripal nerve agent attack, Russia has hit back by expelling 59 diplomats themselves. The United States, Australia and more than a dozen European countries contributed to the initial round of diplomatic expulsions. The United States expelled 60 diplomats; Australia expelled two diplomats suspected of being undeclared intelligence operatives; Britain expelled 23; Canada ... ► Read more

  • Super Bowl 2018: did you catch the game-within-the-game?

    Image credit: Cable News Network (CNN International) Super Bowl 2018 has just finished and for many of us it is time to pore over the results and strategies, and think about who the winners and losers were and why. If you thought that this article would evaluate the big game between the Eagles and the Patriots, you were wrong. The game-within-the-game is the advertising extravaganza that often gets nearly as much attention as the event ... ► Read more

  • Formula 1: Bottas wins final race of 2017 in Abu Dhabi

    Photo credit: Manuel Goria/Sutton Images (Formula 1 website) Valtteri Bottas has won the 2017 Formula One season finale at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. This marks the Finn’s third career win since joining Mercedes at the start of the season, and was a great way to end the year ahead of the four-month off-season before 2018. For two back-to-back races Bottas had started from pole position and under pressure from a four-time World ... ► Read more

  • Formula 1: Bottas on pole for Abu Dhabi season finale

    Photo credit: Glenn Dunbar/LAT/Sutton Images (Formula 1 website). Valtteri Bottas has secured pole position at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit for the final Grand Prix of the 2017 season, with a lap time of 1:36.231. This is the Mercedes’ drivers fourth pole of both this year and his Formula One career, and a new fastest qualifying lap at the circuit since Sebastian Vettel’s 1:38.481 in 2011.   Bottas will be under significant pressure to convert ... ► Read more

  • Formula 1: Vettel victorious in Brazil

    Photo credit: Mark Sutton/Sutton Images (Formula 1 website). Sebastian Vettel has won the 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix after getting past the Mercedes of pole-sitter Valtteri Bottas into turn one on the opening lap. Bottas kept hot on the heels of the Ferrari right to the end of the race, with just 2.762 seconds separating them at the chequered flag. Vettels’ Ferrari teammate Kimi Räikkönen drove a characteristically consistent race, starting and finishing in third. It ... ► Read more

  • Formula 1: Bottas on pole in Brazil, Hamilton in early crash

    Photo credit: Kym Illman/Sutton Images (Formula 1 website). Valtteri Bottas has taken pole position for the 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix, his Mercedes crossing the finish line with a qualifying time of 1:08.322. The Finn will start first on the grid for the race tomorrow for the third time in his career, third time this season, and third time since joining Mercedes at the start of the year. Bottas has seen this as part of a series ... ► Read more

  • Formula 1: Verstappen wins in Mexico as Hamilton clinches fourth Championship

    Photo credit: Steven Tee/LAT/Sutton Images (Formula 1 website) Max Verstappen has won the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix after snatching the lead from polesitter Sebastian Vettel in the first two corners of the race. Starting from the front row, the Red Bull driver quickly took the lead after a brief bump with Vettel’s Ferrari. Vettel subsequently made contact with Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes, causing damage to the Vettel’s front wing, and a puncture Hamilton’s right-rear tyre. However, ... ► Read more

  • Formula 1: Vettel on pole for Mexican Grand Prix

    Photo credit: Mark Sutton/Sutton Images (Formula 1 website) Sebastian Vettel has positioned himself well to continue challenging for the 2017 Formula One Drivers’ World Championship, putting his Ferrari on pole for the Mexican Grand Prix. Vettel denied Red Bull’s Max Verstappen the title of “youngest-ever polesitter” by just 0.086 seconds at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, and it is Vettel himself who will continue to hold that title. Verstappen will instead start second ... ► Read more

  • Formula 1: Hamilton wins US Grand Prix with Vettel hot on his heels

    Photo credit: Mark Sutton/Sutton Images (Formula 1 website) Lewis Hamilton has maintained his Formula 1 World Driver’s Championship lead after winning the United States Grand Prix, and the 35 points earned by him and teammate Valtteri Bottas at Austin has secured the 2017 Constructor’s Championship for Mercedes, with three races left in the season. The battle for the Driver’s Championship continues, however, as Sebastian Vettel’s second-place finish for Ferrari keeps him in the running for ... ► Read more

  • Formula 1: Hamilton and Vettel on front row for Austin

    Photo credit: Zak Mauger/LAT/Sutton Images (Formula 1 website) Lewis Hamilton has taken yet another pole position for Mercedes this season, with a lap time of 1:33.108 at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin. Lining up beside him for the United States Grand Prix is the Ferrari of main championship rival Sebastian Vettel, who is expected to push hard in an attempt to reduce Hamilton’s 59-point lead. On the second row of the grid will ... ► Read more

  • Formula 1: Hamilton wins in Japan as Vettel retires from race

    Photo credit: Andy Hone/LAT/Sutton Images (Formula 1 website) Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton has claimed his fourth Japanese Grand Prix victory, and his third at the Suzuka International Racing Course, as his closest championship rival, Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, retired due to technical issues at the start of the race. Hamilton is now on 306 points, leading Vettel in the Championship by 59 points. Hamilton, who took pole position in qualifying yesterday, held the lead from the ... ► Read more

  • Formula 1: Hamilton claims his first pole position in Japan

    Photo credit: Mark Sutton/Sutton Images (Formula 1 website) Lewis Hamilton has claimed his first pole position at the Japanese Grand Prix, setting a new lap record of 1:27.319 at the Suzuka International Race Circuit. His time was more than three seconds faster than last year’s pole-setting time of 1:30.647 set by 2016 World Champion Nico Rosberg. This is also the 85th pole position taken by Mercedes. Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas qualified second, but has incurred ... ► Read more

  • Formula 1: Verstappen wins the final Malaysian Grand Prix

    Photo credit: Manuel Goria/Sutton Images (Formula 1 website) Max Verstappen snatched the lead from pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton in the opening laps of the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix, and kept his Red Bull ahead of the Mercedes to claim victory in what was the last Grand Prix in Malaysia for the foreseeable future. The Dutchman, who celebrated his 20th birthday only the previous day, held the lead for most of the race to secure the second ... ► Read more

  • Formula 1: Hamilton takes pole in Malaysia qualifying as Vettel fails to set time

    Photo credit: Mark Sutton/Sutton Images (Formula 1 website) Lewis Hamilton will be first on the starting grid at what will be the last Malaysian Grand Prix for the foreseeable future. A solid qualifying performance saw the Briton take pole position in his Mercedes, while his closest title rival, Sebastian Vettel, failed to set a time due to issues with his Ferrari’s power unit. Despite Mercedes’ noticeably poor performances in the practice sessions on Friday and ... ► Read more

  • Formula 1: Hamilton extends Championship lead with victory in Singapore

    Photo credit: Mirko Stange/Sutton Images (Formula 1 website) On a weekend that looked set to be dominated by Red Bull and Ferrari, it was Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes that was first across the finish line in the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix. Despite starting fifth on the grid, Hamilton seized several opportunities that brought him his 60th win, and extended his lead in the Formula One World Championship to 28 points. The rain returned just before the ... ► Read more

  • Formula 1: Vettel secures pole ahead of Red Bull in Singapore

    Sebastian Vettel set a blistering lap time during qualifying at Singapore's Marina Bay Street Circuit to secure pole position for Sunday's race. Vettel's time of 1:39.491 is over three seconds faster than Nico Rosberg's pole-setting time in 2016. ► Read more