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Lewis Hamilton’s astounding performance in the Turkish Grand Prix gave him his 10th victory of the season—and, more crucially, saw him claim the seventh drivers’ title of his career, to equal the record of Michael Schumacher. The 51-year-old retired German racer won his 7th World Championship in Formula One in the year 2004.

By winning the Turkish GP, on November 15, 2020, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has equalled that record and urged kids to “dream the impossible”.

“For all the kids out there who dream the impossible you can do it too, man. I believe in you guys. Thank you so much everyone for your support,” Hamilton said after the win.

“We dreamed of this when I was young, when we were watching the grand prixs and this is way, way beyond our dreams. It’s so important for kids out there to hopefully see this – don’t listen to anybody that tells you you can’t achieve something. Speak it into existence, you’ve got to work for it, you’ve got to chase it. Never give up and never doubt yourself,” Hamilton said, speaking to Sky Sports.

The Racing Point’s Sergio Perez and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel completed the podium after a thrilling race in Istanbul. Hamilton had started the race in sixth, risen to third midway through the first lap and then dropped back to sixth by the end of Lap 1 after an error at Turn 9. But a decision to change his intermediate tyres just once saw Hamilton drive a masterful race to claim victory by over 25 seconds from Perez.

Behind Hamilton, a dramatic last lap saw Sergio Perez overtaken by Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc for P2, only for Leclerc to overcook it at Turn 12, with Perez retaking second as Vettel made it through on his teammate to claim a first podium of the season.

Hamilton won his 1st World Championship in 2008, becoming the youngest driver ever to win the title and also the first black racer to do so. “7X Formula 1 World Champion. Wow. To everyone that has supported me along the way, this is for you. To my incredible family, where do I even start? I am eternally grateful for your unconditional love, sacrifices and support,” Hamilton wrote on Twitter.

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Leading Proteas in Test cricket is going to be tough, says Elgar

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Cape Town [South Africa], March 6 (ANI): South Africa Test captain Dean Elgar has said that leading the side in the longest format would be a tough job, but he ensured that he will be putting his best foot forward.
On Thursday, Cricket South Africa (CSA) appointed Elgar as the Test captain while Temba Bavuma was appointed as the white-ball skipper.
“It’s going to be tough, and something that you have to be willing to do. Otherwise, I don’t think you should be put in this position. I am fortunate to be put in this position and that the hard work I have put in behind the scenes has been noticed,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Elgar as saying.
“I’ve played a few more games since then and learnt a lot more about what Test cricket and how a team operates behind the scenes. I have been part of the leadership group for a couple of seasons now. Then, I was a young guy just sitting there. Deer in the headlights. I’d like to think I have established experience since then,” he added.
Elgar has so far played 67 Tests in his career and this makes me the most experienced player in the current Proteas group. The left-handed batsman has scored 4,260 runs at an average of 39.81.
“It’s going to be a serious challenge, but it’s a challenge I’m really looking forward to. I feel if we get a few things in place we can definitely take the Proteas brand back to where we were a few years ago. That will be my biggest goal. We owe it to the game to carry on moving it forward. We’ve got a long line of young, exciting players who’ve been breaking down doors in domestic cricket to try and get a foot in this squad,” said Elgar.
“It’s good to have fresh blood around. We aren’t at the level of experience we were a couple of years ago, but we do have a couple of experienced players in the squad. I’m going to rely on them to help me through this journey,” he added. (ANI)

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ISL 7: Last games were difficult to control due to injuries, says Ferrando

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Panaji (Goa) [India], March 6 (ANI): After playing out a 2-2 draw against Mumbai City FC in the first leg of the Indian Super League (ISL) semi-final, FC Goa coach Juan Ferrando said that the last few games were difficult for him to control due to injuries to his players.
Goa broke the deadlock through Igor Angulo’s penalty (20′) before his goal was canceled out by Hugo Boumous (38′). Goa took the lead again through Saviour Gama (59′) but Mourtada Fall (62′) soon netted a vital equaliser to help the Islanders in restoring parity.
“We had clear chances. We can play against Mumbai City. Not only two key players, I lost a lot of players. (Jorge) Ortiz was playing today with difficult feelings, Edu (Bedia) was not at his 100 per cent, I lost Ali, Princeton. Very difficult to prepare the team,” Ferrando said during the post-match press conference.
“Sometimes it was good. In transition, we repeated the same mistakes. The last few games were difficult to control. There are a lot of injuries. We were playing with six players who were 100 per cent fit. The rest of the players had big problems. Edu Bedia for example has a fracture but had injections to help the team. But it is difficult to play in these conditions. It was our mentality to win all the time. But sometimes it is not possible,” he added.
Talking about the tackle on his player Princeton, Ferrando said: “Tackle on Princeton is not football, Fall’s tackle is taekwondo. I’m very happy because Leander was working all season. I believe and trust in him. There are a lot of players with problems on the pitch. In case, all the players are there, then you can use Ishan (Pandita). But today I didn’t know if several players were ready to play 90 minutes.”
Mumbai City and FC Goa will now clash in the second leg of the ISL semi-final on Monday. (ANI)

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Swiss Open: Men’s doubles pair of Rankireddy, Shetty progress to semis

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Basel [Switzerland], March 6 (ANI): Indian men’s doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy on Friday (local time) progressed to the semi-finals of the ongoing Swiss Open.
The pair defeated Malaysia’s Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi 12-21, 21-19, 21-12 to progress ahead in the tournament.
Satwiksairaj and Chirag lost the first game quite comprehensively but the duo made a stunning comeback to win the next two games to progress ahead in the tournament.
Now, the duo would lock horns against Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussemn in the semi-finals of the Swiss Open later today.
Earlier on Friday, Sai Praneeth bowed out of the Swiss after losing against Lee Zii Jia 14-21, 17-21.
PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth have also progressed to the semi-finals of the Swiss Open after winning their respective matches here on Friday.
Sindhu secured a 21-16, 23-21 win over Busanan Ongbamrungphan while Srikanth defeated Kantaphon Wangcharoen 21-19, 21-15 to advance in the competition.
Earlier on Friday, Indian mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa’s fine run in the ongoing Swiss Open came to a disappointing end after a defeat in the quarter-finals.
In the singles match, Ajay Jayaram’s fine run at the Swiss Open Super 300 came to an end with the defeat against Thai badminton player Kunlavut Vitidsarn. The shuttler from Thailand thrashed the India badminton player in two straight sets 21-9, 21-6. (ANI)

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Sumit Nagal bows out of Argentina Open

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Buenos Aires [Argentina], March 6 (ANI): Indian tennis player Sumit Nagal on Friday (local time) bowed out of the ongoing Argentina Open after losing his quarter-final clash.
Spain’s Albert Ramos Vinolas outclassed Nagal 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 at Court Guillermo Vilas.
The first set was won by Nagal 6-4 and he was looking on course to win one more set in order to qualify for the semi-finals.
But, the Spaniard manages to change his fortunes around and he ended up triumphing in the next two sets to win the quarter-final and progress ahead in the tournament.
On Thursday, Nagal had outclassed World no. 22 Christian Garinto in the Argentina Open and registered his biggest win of the career. In the second round clash, Nagal defeated Chile’s Garinto 6-4, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the tournament.
This was Nagal’s first-ever win over a Top 50 player. Nagal has faced top-ranked players like Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem in the past.
He was even able to clinch the first set against Federer in the 2019 US Open. Nagal encountered Thiem in the second-round clash of the 2020 US Open.
Nagal had bowed out of this year’s Australian Open in the first-round. (ANI)

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ISL 7: Mumbai needs to be more clinical, says coach Lobera

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Panaji (Goa) [India], March 6 (ANI): After being held to a 2-2 draw by FC Goa in the first leg of the Indian Super League (ISL) semi-final, Mumbai City FC coach Sergio Lobera admitted that his side needs to be more clinical if they want to win the competition this season.
Goa broke the deadlock through Igor Angulo’s penalty (20′) before his goal was canceled out by Hugo Boumous (38′). Goa took the lead again through Saviour Gama (59′) but Mourtada Fall (62′) soon netted a vital equaliser to help the Islanders in restoring parity.
“I don’t think we were lucky because we had chances to score more goals and we need to be more clinical. We even had control of the game but we were playing against a team that is comfortable with the ball. But we had clear chances, more chances. I’m not happy. We had chances to score more goals,” Lobera said during the post-match press conference.
The Mumbai coach also admitted that it was a tough job for him to pick the final starting XI for the match against FC Goa.
“It was difficult. I had very good players and a squad. Today I want to play more offensive because we are missing some important players. We want to take advantage of it. But next game we need to think about the first XI,” said Lobera.
Mumbai City and FC Goa will now clash in the second leg of the ISL semi-final on Monday. (ANI)

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IPL key factor in learning what protocols need to be followed for T20 WC, says Sawhney

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London [UK], March 6 (ANI): International Cricket Council’s (ICC) chief executive, Manu Sawhney has said that the postponement of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) would surely be used as one of the examples before finalising bio-secure protocols for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
PSL had gotten postponed on Thursday after a string of Covid-19 positive cases and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that the safety of players is paramount and it would now look to hold the league in a different window this year.
“It is extremely important for everybody to realise that in the case of risk mitigation, it is not a linear curve. For example, given a series which is a bilateral series, let’s say between two teams, versus let’s say a World Cup, which has 16 teams coming from 16 different countries into one country, the risks associated with that are exponentially larger and way different. And those are the complexities that all of us are right now are going through and understanding each day better than the day before as to what needs to be done,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Sawhney as saying.
“So, for us right now, learning from what is happening in the various T20 leagues, learning from what India is doing currently – and BCCI has done a great job – and post this the IPL will be a very key factor in terms of learnings before we look at what are the protocols we’ll have to follow for the T20 [World Cup] later in the year,” he added.
The T20 World Cup is slated to be hosted in India this year in October-November. The venues for the tournament are yet to be revealed.
“But getting 16 teams from different countries with their quarantine protocols, with their risk factors….getting them into the country, then making sure the tournament happens and making sure that the players can then get back to their respective countries is an enormous challenge and a challenge where everybody needs to come together and everybody needs to realise that there is a high probability that things may not go as per plan. And to have the faith that everybody is trying to do his best to make things happen given the uncertainty which still exists,” said Sawhney.
The BCCI is also looking to host the Indian Premier League (IPL) in India this year. The venues are yet to be announced for the 14th edition of the tournament. (ANI)

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