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Mexico back on F1 calendar

August 15th, 2019 | Posted by admin in 上海性息 - (Comments Off on Mexico back on F1 calendar)

Plans for a Grand Prix in New York have been dropped from the provisional calendar for the 2014 Formula One season, revealed to reporters on Thursday, but Mexico does return.

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New Jersey had hoped to stage a race around a 3.2-mile street circuit with views of the New York City skyline but, instead, Mexico can look forward to hosting a first Grand Prix since 1992 at the Hermanos Rodriguez circuit.

A race in South Korea also features in the 21-event calendar.

A first draft of the 2014 provisional calendar has been distributed to teams ahead of this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix but must be approved at a meeting of the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council due to take place in Croatia on September 26-28.

If it is approved and all the races take place, the teams will face their longest season in the history of the sport.

In addition to the return of Mexico, where big and enthusiastic crowds have always greeted F1, the calendar includes an event in Russia at the winter Olympic venue Sochi.

As expected, the season will start in Australia on March 16 with Malaysia a week later.

The Korean Grand Prix has been moved from the end of season run of flyaway events to become the fourth race of the campaign, taking place in the week after the Chinese GP.

However, the event is likely to only be made official subject to the completion of a contract.

The Austrian Grand Prix is also due to return and has been given a provisional date of June 22.

The returning Austrian race is pencilled in for June 22, earlier than the original July 6 date.

The new Russian Grand Prix at Sochi will become a back-to-back with Abu Dhabi, while the Mexican Grand Prix is being twinned with the United States Grand Prix at Austin, Texas.

Draft calendar for the 2014 Formula One season:

March 16 – Australia (Melbourne)

March 23 – Malaysia (Sepang)

April 6 – China (Shanghai)

April 13 – South Korea* (Korea International Circuit)

April 27 – Bahrain (Sakhir)

May 11 – Spain (Barcelona)

May 25 – Monaco (Monaco)

June 8 – Canada (Montreal)

June 22 – Austria (Red Bull Ring)

July 6 – Great Britain (Silverstone)

July 20 – Germany (Hockenheim)

July 27 – Hungary (Budapest)

August 24 – Belgium (Spa)

September 7 – Italy (Monza)

September 21 – Singapore (Marina Bay)

October 5 – Japan (Suzuka)

October 19 – Russia* (Sochi)

October 26 – Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)

November 9 – Mexico* (Mexico City)

November 16 – USA (Circuit of the Americas, Austin)

November 30 – Brazil (Interlagos)

* Subject to confirmation

India’s Lahiri lights up European Masters

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CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland, Sept 5 AFP – Unheralded Anirban Lahiri of India carded an eight under par 63 on Thursday to take a two-shot lead after the opening round of the European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre.

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Ranked 178 in the world entering the prestigious EPGA event in the Swiss Alps, the 26-year-old from Bangalore built his score around two eagles, including a 140-yard second shot on the ninth that flew straight into the cup.

Spanish veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez – who set the course record of 61 on his way to winning in 2010 – and Englishmen Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood were two shots back.

“It’s nice to come back here with a bang as it was a tough pill to swallow last year missing the cut in the manner I did, so I’m delighted,” said Lahiri.

“I did not get off to a great start to be one over after four but then you never really expect to then have two eagles, so I tried just to build on the momentum of that.”

Two-time Ryder Cup winner Thomas Bjoern of Denmark was alone on five-under 66 after firing five birdies during a solid bogey-free round.

Six players, including Spanish veteran Jose Maria Olazabal, Scotland’s Stephen Gallagher and Thailand’s Pariva Junhasavasdikul were a further shot back on 67.

The day, however, belonged to Lahiri, who was lying in fourth place after an opening-round 66 last year but got caught out by a change in weather conditions on day two and ended up shooting an 81 to miss the cut.

“Playing here last year was a new experience for me as I went out in the second morning with about four layers on and after three to four holes I was sweating like a pig,” he recalled.

“The next thing I knew I had to peel off some clothes but then the clouds rolled in and the wind got up and I started then feeling like an icicle on the back nine.

“So that was a harsh lesson to learn and hopefully I can make amends this week.” added Lahiri, who only qualified for his first major at the 2012 British Open, where he not only made the cut but scored a hole-in-one during his third round.

Mowen’s rapid Wallabies rise continues

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Late-blooming Wallabies forward Ben Mowen’s amazing ride just gets better.

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After playing just five Tests in his debut season of Test rugby, the 28-year-old has been named Australia’s vice-captain for Saturday night’s Rugby Championship clash with South Africa.

A costly hamstring injury to skipper James Horwill has seen Will Genia given the captaincy for the Suncorp Stadium encounter and Mowen promoted as deputy.

The No.8, who had consistently been overlooked by former coach Robbie Deans until this season, rates it an even bigger honour than gaining his first Test cap.

“It’s the proudest moment of my rugby career for sure,” Mowen said.

“I feel extremely privileged to be a part of this group, and then to get a responsibility like vice-captain it means the world to me.”

Virtually unwanted by the NSW Waratahs two seasons ago when they signed Rocky Elsom from the Brumbies, Mowen’s move to Canberra was the trigger for his rapid rise this year.

Brumbies coach Jake White stunned all and sundry when he named the recruit captain ahead of Wallabies front-rowers Stephen Moore and Ben Alexander before he’d made his ACT debut.

“It was a massive (surprise),” Mowen said. “I wasn’t expecting that at all and it’s a similar feeling to the one I have at the moment.

“It’s amazing when I look back at that decision (to leave NSW).

“I was enjoying my time at the Waratahs and they were a great bunch of guys. There were so many positives but the toughest thing was challenging myself outside that arena.

“Sometimes you just have to move out of your comfort zone and back yourself.”

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie also saw Mowen’s leadership attributes early on when he named him captain for his Waratahs debut in a trial against Queensland in 2008.

McKenzie said the Brisbane product’s captaincy experience, intellect and complimentary personality to Genia led to his promotion as vice-captain.

The Wallabies are aiming to keep intact their unbeaten record against the Springboks at Suncorp Stadium and also end the visitors’ current nine-Test winning streak.

Lineout caller Mowen said the biggest thing he’d learned in Test rugby was that every moment mattered.

“There are no small moments, everything counts and every moment could be the one that turns the tide and can win the Test.”

That was rammed home when Mowen was penalised for pulling back New Zealand lock Brodie Retallick in backplay in Wellington, which cost Australia a shot at penalty goal and a 9-7 lead.

Instead the All Blacks kicked their own three-pointer in a massive momentum shift on the way to a 27-16 result.

“It was a big lesson and I’m sure I’ve learned it.”

Growing sports revenues demand strategy, vision

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The 26 federations which took part in the 2012 London Olympics will divide up more than half a billion dollars in International Olympic Committee money, the largest amount ever dished out by the Olympic body.

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They shared less than $300 million only four years earlier at the Beijing Olympics, Andrew Ryan, general director of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) told Reuters on Thursday.

“This is a very significant increase,” Ryan said. “In Barcelona in 1992 that figure was less than $30 million in total and federations divided up about $1.5 million each.”

After what Ryan said was the “phenomenal success” of the London Olympics last year, federations, split in four groups, made no less than $14 million and as much as $47 million for athletics.

Rankings have been recalculated for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics, placing 28 sports – including new ones golf and rugby – into five groups.

“Sport is growing globally and international federations (IFs) see the same growth in their own revenues as in the revenues from the Olympics,” Ryan said.

“The IFs are ramping up their revenues.”

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He said income distributed from the Rio Games would again be in the $500 million range due to the long-term TV deals that have been agreed years before, the main source of the federations’ Olympic revenues.

But as Olympic revenues grow every four years so will international federations earnings.

Broadcasting revenues alone, the biggest source of income for the IOC, are predicted to top $4 billion until 2016.

“The future for federations is to think ahead, have a strategic plan. There will be casualties… those who fail to understand and modernise,” Ryan said.

One of the federations that failed to read the writing on the wall was wrestling which lost its spot in the 2020 Olympics in February.

The federation jumped into action, overhauling the sport and its administration in the past seven months to make a shortlist along with softball/baseball and squash for inclusion back in the Olympics and the Games’s financial gravy train.

“One of the consequences (of this growth) is that the gap between Olympic sports and non-Olympic sports is growing,” Ryan said.

An Olympic exit is certain to severely curtail a sport’s popularity, funding and reach. It means a cut in funding and a drop in overall broadcasting revenues, equipment sales, membership numbers as well as government funding in many countries and far less exposure.

“Every year by just being an Olympic sport it brings in hundreds of millions of dollars,” Ryan said. “It is serious. It is not just the few millions (in Olympic revenues), it is the hundreds of millions they would lose by being out of the Games.”

(Editing by Ed Osmond)

New Yahoo logo slims down

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Web giant Yahoo has updated its logo with slimmer letters, while keeping its familiar purple colour and exclamation mark.

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“We knew we wanted a logo that reflected Yahoo – whimsical, yet sophisticated,” Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer said in a blog post. “Modern and fresh, with a nod to our history. Having a human touch, personal. Proud.”

On the Yahoo home page, visitors will see the familiar exclamation mark dancing along the letters before settling at the end of the name at a slight angle.

The updated logo comes as the internet pioneer continues a quest to re-invent itself after being eclipsed by Google in the world of online search.

Mayer says the Yahoo team “didn’t want to have any straight lines in the logo. Straight lines don’t exist in the human form and are extremely rare in nature, so the human touch in the logo is that all the lines and forms all have at least a slight curve.”

As a result, the design has “thicker and thinner strokes – conveying the subjective and editorial nature of some of what we do,” Mayer said.

She added that the new logo evokes the “Yahoo yodel” by making the final O larger than the first.

“We wanted to preserve that and do something playful with the OO’s,” Mayer said.

“We wanted there to be a mathematical consistency to the logo, really pulling it together into one coherent mark.”

The unveiling generated considerable reaction on social media and tech blogs, much of it unfavourable.

Silicon Valley gossip blog ValleyWag called the new logo “ugly”, and the news blog TechCrunch noted that users still preferred the old design.

“Yahoo! turned the logo refresh into a month-long event, a purple smoke and mirrors affair to mask inactivity with marketing,” wrote Sam Biddle on ValleyWag.