Vettel Praises New Pirelli Tires

Ban Pirelli (foto: Reuters)

SILVERSTONE – Leaders standings Formula One (F1), Sebastian Vettel became who fastest in last day tests new tires Pirelli in Silverstone. Red Bull driver record time of 1 minute 32.894 seconds.

Vettel down in the afternoon local time, to continue the task of Carlos Sainz Jr. who previously drove the Red Bull. German rider gobble trajectory approximately 78 laps. Vettel also admitted satisfied with the tires latest Pirelli.

“We had three days of testing with different drivers and different cars and use without failure. Not to mention the very hot conditions here, “said Vettel, as reported Yahoosport, Saturday (20/07/2013).

“Obviously, we are very limited on what we could do, but for me not so much difference with the tires. This quite nice get some laps, although good to to get the feeling them, “firmly Vettel.

Tire test of the riders that took place at Silverstone is part of Pirelli efforts are being unleashed their new tires. This new tire will be used at the Hungarian Grand Prix next weekend to the rest of the season.
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Where’s Brooklyn at now?

The Brooklyn Nets are all-in for the 2013-14 season. How will this play out? We go 5-on-5:

 

 

 

1. Fact or Fiction: The Nets have the best starting five in basketball.

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Forsberg, ESPNBoston.com: Fiction. On paper, the Nets have a very talented starting five. But let’s see it on the floor before we start handing out superlatives. For the moment, Miami holds the right to all of the “best” titles, including the only one that truly matters in the NBA.

 

 

Jeremy Gordon, Brooklyn’s Finest: Fiction. If it’s where each individual player might fall within the ranking of his position, then sure — you can make an argument that the Nets have a top-10 player at every spot. But it’s still the sum that ultimately matters, and this Nets starting five needs to play at least one game before they make any designs on the top position.

Michael Wallace, ESPN.com: Fiction. On paper? Yes. It’s hard to out-fantasy that unit of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez. But dig a bit deeper based on recent evidence, and there are some serious concerns with each one of those players, from age to consistency. Until the Nets prove their value on the court, it’s all fiction.

Brian Windhorst, ESPN.com: Fiction. They have the most high-profile starting five, I would agree with that. We need to see them play together to have a feel for how they define their roles. There are two All-Stars from last season in the lineup. The Heat had three All-Stars in their lineup, the Bulls have two and get Derrick Rose back, the Clippers have two, the Rockets have two, the Knicks have two, the Thunder have two, and the Spurs have two. There are a lot of excellent starting lineups, let’s wait and see.

Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPNNew York.com: Fiction. Few can match the name recognition, and there will be nights when they look like an All-Star squad. However, Jason Kidd’s starters may not even play a ton together for much of the season because he has to regulate Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce’s minutes. And there isn’t one Nets starter who’s in the top two at his position.

 

 


 

 

2. Fact or Fiction: KG and Pierce are still All-Star caliber players.

 

 

 

 

 

Forsberg: Fact. With Boston’s 2007-08 squad as a guide, the Nets ought to expect a downturn in individual production from all of their stars as they assemble, but Garnett and Pierce still can make a case for the midseason exhibition. Garnett, a fan-voted starter last season, rebounded like an All-Star in the postseason and his defense remains a game-changer, while Pierce’s all-around efforts help him garner consideration annually.

Gordon: Fact. When they play, that is. Last season, Garnett averaged his lowest minutes count since his first year; Pierce, in his career. Their per-36 stats remained the same and the Celtics were better with them on the court, but Jason Kidd managing their minutes should keep them off the All-Star squad, barring some unexpected collapse from the rest of the competition.

Wallace: Fact. But only based on fans voting them in as starters. Otherwise, they’ll have a difficult time at this stage beating out LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, Luol Deng, Chris Bosh and possibly Josh Smith at those dynamic frontcourt spots. If Brooklyn lives up to expectations, the Nets’ balance may make it difficult for Pierce or Garnett to register the numbers necessary to make them surefire All-Stars.

Windhorst: Fact. Pierce had a pretty good season last year but had to compete with the likes of James, Anthony, Deng and George as a wing player and didn’t make it. Garnett is still one of the most valuable big men in the game. There is some question about the minutes they’ll probably get with such a deep team and that may affect their numbers and perhaps their candidacy.

Youngmisuk: Fiction. Because of age, new roles and the minutes limit they should be on, Garnett and Pierce likely won’t be All-Star caliber players this season. Nor do they have to be during the regular season. They still may be voted All-Stars, but the goal is to have Garnett and Pierce fresh and playing like All-Stars in the postseason.

 

 


 

 

3. Fact or Fiction: Deron Williams will reassert himself as a top-five PG.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forsberg: Fact. With both Derrick Rose and Rajon Rondo coming off ACL rehab, this is probably easier than it sounds. But Williams should absolutely benefit from the additional talent around him. After averaging 18.9 points and 7.7 assists in a bit of a “down” year last season, it’s scary to think of the numbers Williams is capable of posting now. And team success has a way of making every floor general look even better.

Gordon: Fact. He’s got tough competition, but he was already playing like a top-five point after the All-Star break. The tricky thing is that all the best points play so differently that it’s hard to rank them along a firm scale — how do you value Stephen Curry against Rajon Rondo, for example? — but Deron should be in the conversation.

Wallace: Fact. I’m willing to write off the past two seasons based on the injuries, turmoil and drastic roster turnover. But D-Will is all out of excuses at this point. He’s either going to solidify his stature as an elite player or he’ll hitch himself to Joe Johnson as the biggest bust of a starting backcourt max money could buy. He’ll get his mojo back.

Windhorst: Fact. If you look at the numbers after the All-Star break last season you could make the argument he was already there. Williams seemed to be soured a bit by that season and a half he was mired on bad teams in Newark and didn’t come in the best shape or with the best mindset to Brooklyn. He seemed like a different player in March and April and you would assume he carries that over to November.

Youngmisuk: Fact. Williams will be even more rejuvenated with the talent surrounding him. He will be eager to show that this is his team and veterans such as Garnett and Pierce will make him better. Also, Kidd — his friend, mentor and coach –- will push the right buttons and get the best out of Williams.

 

 

 


 

 

4. Fact or Fiction: Coaching will be the Nets’ biggest weakness in 2013-14.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forsberg: Fiction. Coaching is one of the team’s biggest wild cards at the moment given the untested nature of first-year coach Jason Kidd. That said, having a proven top assistant such as Lawrence Frank will ease Kidd’s transition and prevent coaching from hurting this team. Coaching will get blamed as the Nets’ biggest weakness if they struggle, but chances are the Nets will have more glaring issues elsewhere.

Gordon: Fact. Only by default, though. It’s hard to look at the lineup and see a strongly identifiable weakness, and we know that Kidd is still learning the ropes — some of the plays during his first Summer League games were drawn up by Frank, who’s surely going to justify his fat contract. It hopefully will be less so as the year wears on.

 

 

Wallace: Fiction. Kidd has a solid mentor beside him on the bench in Frank. Kidd was always a coach on the floor during his remarkable career at point guard. Managing clutch situations, egos and minutes will be a challenge as coach. But he’s got a team of veterans who appear to have his back. But it’s still early. Adversity hasn’t struck yet. Age will be their biggest strength — and potential weakness.

Windhorst: Fiction. While I think it is a risk to trust a team with such championship aspirations to a rookie coach, health will be a huge factor. This is an older team and their youngest star, Brook Lopez, is coming off foot surgery. Last season, injuries to Lopez and Joe Johnson really gave the Nets problems. If they’re healthy, they’ll be contenders.

Youngmisuk: Fiction. Kidd may be a rookie and there certainly will be a learning curve. Kidd, though, will lean on his staff, especially Frank. The Nets have potentially bigger pitfalls such as health, age and chemistry.

 

 

 


 

 

5. Fact or Fiction: The Nets will win a championship by 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

Forsberg: Fiction. Money can build you a competitive team and a fantasy roster, but championship teams have a little something extra and we won’t know if Brooklyn has that until we see this group on the floor. The Nets will give themselves a short window to compete for a crown, but winning one in the next two seasons is no slam dunk, particularly if the group in Miami keeps its band together.

 

 

Gordon: You’re not getting me to answer this one with a straight face. If everything breaks right for them — Garnett and Pierce’s health, Kidd’s feel for the job, etc. — the Nets should surely be in the running. But all of that means they carry more risk than any other contender, too. (Hey, the boom-or-bust thing is kind of fun, right?)

Wallace: Fiction. It’s hard to say for sure that any team will certainly win a title by 2015. But the Nets have their work cut out with the Heat, Pacers and Bulls collectively in the midst of their prime. Considering Garnett and Pierce have a relatively short window of opportunity, the Nets have this season and next to get it done. I’ll believe how reliable they are when I see it. But I wouldn’t be absolutely stunned if they broke through.

Windhorst: Fiction. I can’t possibly predict what the landscape will be in the 2014-15 season, so basically I’m answering this on this season. If all teams stay healthy, I believe the Heat and Pacers are still better than the Nets. The Bulls are right there as well. I am not picking them to win the East at this point, so I can’t say they’ll win the title.

Youngmisuk: Fiction. They will contend but they might be the third-best team in the East. If they don’t win it all, the task only gets more difficult. The Nets’ cap-strapped roster will only get older while the 2014 superstar free-agent crop may alter the balance of power in the league, with the top players constantly looking to join forces to create the next star-studded team.

Benitez backs Ancelotti Earn Success in Madrid

Naples – Carlo Ancelotti will start the adventure with Real Madrid in the season 2013/2014. Rafael Benitez in order to provide support for the coach nicknamed Don Carlo success with El Real.

Seat vacant after Madrid coach Jose Mourinho decides to move to Chelsea. To replace The Special One, on June 25, Los Blancos recruiting Ancelotti.

The former Real Madrid B were now dealing with Napoli, Benitez, Ancelotti has the belief that to achieve success with Los Merengues.

Benitez believes that Ancelotti will be able to bring Madrid back victorious after ending the season without a trophy last season.

“We have a very good relationship. He is a good coach, a good person, and I believe that he will (bring Madrid) has achieved success. Somehow, Madrid has lost all desire to win,” said Benitez told Eurosport that dilanir by Football Espana.

“I think that Madrid has always been a team that should be winning with a bit of superiority and it disappeared. And somehow he would bring it back,” added the coach who once worked with Valencia, Liverpool, Inter Milan, and Chelsea.

 

Higuain get Closer to Napoli

Napoli – Gonzalo Higuain will most likely soon be a Napoli player. The Argentina striker has been rumored to be in Italy to continue the process of transfer to the Stadio San Paolo.

Diansir Italian Football, Higuain had landed in the city of Rome on this day, Wednesday (24/7), and immediately underwent medical tests. Napoli reportedly put up 37 million euros for Real Madrid to get the 25-year-old player, beyond a certain bonus amount can be up to 3 million euros.

Higuain joined Les Merengues in 2006. When digaet of the River Plate, he was rewarded with a transfer value of 12 million euro nominal.

During the joint El Real, the 25-year-old attacker was a success, although in the last few seasons have played alternately with striker Karim Benzema as a starter. Total Higuain Madrid appeared in 187 games and 107 goals packing.

Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, was intending to improve the team after losing Cavani who sold to Paris Saint-Germain. Previous Higuain industrious associated with two other clubs: Juventus and Arsenal.

A look at how Chris Froome won the Tour de France

PARIS (AP) — Chris Froome is the second successive British rider to win the Tour de France. Here’s a look at his key moments:

Stage 1

Froome only had a few difficult moments on the bike. But one of those happened before the race had begun, with Froome tumbling off his bike after clipping a curb and grazing his right knee before the Stage 1 start. He changed bikes and returned to the peloton ahead of the official flag drop to start the Tour. If anything, it was the right time to fall because Froome avoided a heavy crash later on in the stage, when organizers changed the finish line area at the last minute because a team bus was camped on the line and unable to move.

”If that’s the only crash I have this Tour, I’ll take that,” Froome said at the time.

Stage 8

The first week of the Tour was about avoiding crashes and drinking enough water to cope with the searing heat as the race moved from Corsica and along the Mediterranean to Nice, Marseille and Montpellier. Once the race hit the high mountains of the Pyrenees, Froome launched a devastating attack on the last climb up to Ax 3 Domaines, and none of his rivals could even come close to catching him. That earned him the race leader’s yellow jersey – and the first question about doping. Froome’s incredible uphill speed drew comparisons to serial doping cheat Lance Armstrong, who was stripped of all seven Tour titles. Froome said he understood the suspicion but insisted he is clean. It would be the first of a barrage of questions he and Sky team manager Dave Brailsford would have to answer.

Stage 9

Isolated in the Pyrenees on a day when his Sky teammates fell apart, Froome had to withstand attacks from rivals all on his own. Colombian climber Nairo Quintana attacked him four times on the last climb but couldn’t break the Briton’s resolve. It was a defining moment as it showed he could defend just as well as he attacks.

Rest Day 1

Why was this rest day significant? Because Froome and Brailsford had to answer several questions about doping as the atmosphere started to turn sour. Self-professed Twitter experts provided a myriad of data, cycling blogs were full of comparisons with Armstrong and mainstream media outlets were keen to probe into why Froome is so good. It was a mere appetizer compared to what would happen on Rest Day 2.

Stage 11

Froome comes second to Tony Martin in the first time trial, missing out on victory by 12 seconds. It was still a victorious day for Froome as he finished more than 2 minutes ahead of archrival Alberto Contador and extended his race lead over the Spaniard to nearly 4 minutes.

Stage 13

For the first and only time, Froome loses to Contador after the Spaniard launched a clever late attack on a windy sprint stage to claw back more than 1 minute. It raised hopes – which proved fleeting – that the 2007 and ’09 champion could close the gap.

Stage 15

Froome did it again: another solo burst on the last climb up Mont Ventoux in Provence, one of the Tour’s most famed climbs. Froome showed rare emotion as he spoke of the pride he felt wearing the yellow jersey on the 100th Tour. His lead over Contador grew to 4 minutes, 25 seconds.

Rest Day 2

More questions about doping. Froome and Brailsford again assured reporters that they are racing clean. Brailsford offered to give the World Anti-Doping Agency unlimited access to Froome’s performance data. Froome snapped: ”Lance Armstrong cheated. I’m not cheating. End of story.”

Stage 17

Froome clinched his third stage victory, finally getting the time trial win he craved on a hilly course. Froome made up ground in the last third of the course after changing bikes, beating Contador by 9 seconds to move 4:34 ahead of him.

Stage 20(equals)

Froome assured everyone he would not go for any more stage wins in the three tough Alpine stages of the race. He stayed safe on Stages 18 and 19, but could not resist one last go on the penultimate 20th stage, jousting with Quintana and Joaquim Rodriguez on the day’s last climb up to Annecy-Semnoz. This time, Quintana beat him. But Froome still managed to extend his lead over Contador, who slipped off the podium and down to fourth.

Stage 21

Nothing left for Froome to do except ride safely on the processional stage and then enjoy a glass or three of chilled Champagne.

Winning 79-0 and 67-0, Clubs It Finally Punished

Two Nigerian club amateur get sanction from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). The sanctions were imposed following allegations of match-fixing that occurred at some time ago.

The two clubs are Plateau United and Police Machine FC. They won with a score very badly on opponents 79-0 and 67-0 respectively. Allegations of match-fixing rampant because both Plateau and the Machine have recorded a goal as much as possible in order to get through to the professional division league Nigeria.

Not only are the two teams, it appeared that both teams were defeated, Akurba FC and FC Bubayaro also be penalized. NFF thus penalizing the four clubs who allegedly did the alleged match-fixing.

NFF has done their investigation and sanctions by banning four clubs to participate in football activities in Nigeria for 10 years. Not only that, all the players and team officials sentenced to life imprisonment for not dabbling in the world of football.

“NFF has accepted the recommendation and decide on sanctions. Subsequently, we will announce this matter to the club, the federation, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and FIFA. We will publish the name and photo of the players were punished for data to become more complete,” said Vice President of the NFF, Michael Okeke Umeh, as reported by Football411. (one)

Serena Williams and LeBron James, Best Athlete version of Espy Award 2013

LeBron James and Serena Williams got a gift as the best male and female athletes Espy version (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Award 2013, held at the Kodak Theatre on Wednesday (07/17/2013) local time.

James, who had just delivered the Miami Heat won the NBA title two years in a row, beating candidates such as Miguel Cabrera baseball players, football players Adrian Peterson, and swimmer Michael Phelps.

This is the title back-to-back for James. In addition, he was also named the Best Championship Performance and Best NBA Player.

After receiving the trophy as the best athlete, James-nominee name another nominee, then said, “(Trophy) for the four of us, man, I just keep it in my house.”

On the women’s side, Williams defeated gymnast Gabby Douglas, swimmer Missy Franklin, and basketball player Brittney Griner. Aside from being selected as the best female athlete, Williams was also selected as the best tennis player.

Other tennis player ever to be selected as the best athlete is Monica Seles (1993) and Venus Williams (2002).

Espy Award is an annual event to give awards to athletes, individuals or the best team, which is initiated by one of the cable television network in the United States, ESPN.

The event was held since 1993, in February or March, every year. However, since 2003, the event was held on Wednesday in July, the day after the Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Game.

This is the season when the branches of the sport in the U.S. is not being rolled, such as the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL), and the National Hockey League (NHL).

Federer Fails Stepping into the Final

Roger Federer (Foto: Reuters)

HAMBURG – Step Roger Federer had stopped at the German Tennis Championships semifinals after losing the fight stright through a set of qualifier, Federico Dulbonis, Sunday (07/21/2013) early morning hrs.

In that match, Federer was beaten 6-7 (7) and 6-7 (4) of Dulbonis, which is a world-ranked 114. Former world number one was lost within one hour, 53 minutes, as well as a second defeat Federer this year from players who rank in the top 100.

“He (Dulbonis) played well, he’s a little more aggressive than I was,” Federer said, as reported by Heraldnet, Sunday (07/21/2013).

Previously, the Swiss tennis player Sergiy Stakhovsky surrendered at hand in the second round of Wimbledon 2013 with a 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 5-7, 6-7 (5). Stakhovsky is itself a world-ranked 116.

The victory over Federer, made ​​Dulbonis became the third qualifier to advance to the final of the ATP World Tour this year. At the top of the party, would Dulbonis against Fabio Fognini of Italy.

Fognini aside Spaniard, Nicolas Almargo battle through two sets, and in one hour 49 minutes. In the meantime, this is a failure of Federer this year after winning just one title from nine tournaments.

Dennis Rodman Immortalized in Hall of Fame Basketball (SMAN 1 Payakumbuh).

Springfield – The name of controversial former basketball player, Dennis Rodman was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. This eccentric man looked very emotional time welcome the honor it.

Proclaimed ESPN, ceremonies took place on Saturday (13/8/2011) early morning hrs. Rodman looked even shed tears often choked several times when delivering a speech that lasted 13 minutes.

Rodman express gratitude for their coaches and apologizing to his family for the shortcomings and mistakes over the years.

Besides Rodman, there are nine others who entered in the Hall of Fame class of 2011. But Rodman managed to emerge as the center of attention at the event.

In this event, Rodman wore two outfits. When he arrived, a man who has a lot of tattoos was wearing a gray suit and matching cowboy hat feathers.

He then changed into a black suit complete with a logo of the Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls at the back. Both clubs were brought Rodman won five NBA championship.

“I do not play basketball for money, I do not play basketball for the sake of popularity,” said Rodman. “What you see here is more than an illusion that I love to be someone who is very colorful.”

During his career, Rodman was known as a ferocious defensive style and accomplished rebounder. Men’s 198 cm berpostur touted as the greatest rebounder of all time according to statistics in the NBA by scoring the highest rebound 11 954 times.

Rodman began his career with the Pistons in 1986. For seven years, he successfully presented two titles in a row in 1988-89, 1989-1990.

San Antonio Spurs had defended two seasons before moving to the Bulls. With Michael Jordan, a former basketball player Dennis The Menace is nicknamed earn three championship rings and move to Los Angeles in 1998 continued to Maverciks Dallas next year before continuing his career outside the NBA.

Lyon: Gourcuff Not For Sale!

The emergence of the news will be great interest from several European clubs make Olympique Lyonnais fame should re-affirm that Yoann Gourcuff is not for sale.
Arsenal duo La Liga, Atletico Madrid and Valencia is associated with future 27-year-old players.
Reported strong Gourcuff will leave associated with the Ligue 1 appearances last season, only playing in 18 games due to injury be an excuse as if Lyon will release Gourcuff.
“Yoann Gourcuff will not go away during the transfer window, it is true a lot of approaches (from other clubs) but I think he will bertajan,” said President Lyob adviser, Bernard Lacombe in OL TV.