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Lewis Hamilton Snatches Victory at 2021 British Grand Prix Thriller

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Lewis Hamilton overcame a controversial ten second time penalty to emerge victorious in a dramatic 2021 British Grand Prix thriller at Silverstone.

On the original race start, Hamilton was fended off by pole-sitter, Max Verstappen who proceeded to violently spin out at Copse to cause a 36 minute red flag as Charles Leclerc took the lead.

Leclerc thereafter held the lead on the restart and throughout the pit window as Hamilton was made to serve a 10s time penalty during his stop, as punishment after stewards adjudged him responsible for Verstappen’s crash.

Hamilton however found pace on his hard tyres as he reeled off McLaren’s Lando Norris then Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas before catching and passing Leclerc on lap 50 as the Monegasque ran wide at Copse.

Come the checkered flag, Hamilton clinched his eighth British GP victory ahead of Leclerc, Bottas and Norris as Daniel Ricciardo, Carlos Sainz, Fernando Alonso, Lance Stroll, Esteban Ocon and Yuki Tsunoda rounded out the top ten.

In the driver standings, Hamilton reduced his 33 point title deficit to Verstappen down to just eight points with his win, whilst Norris moved up to third above Bottas and Sergio Perez who dropped to fifth after failing to score points.

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On the initial start, Hamilton made an excellent getaway on used medium tyres compared to Verstappen on fresh mediums with the latter running wide through Abbey to defend his lead as Hamilton settled into the slipstream until they reached Wellington Straight.

Hamilton swept past into Brooklands but Verstappen braked late on the inside to defend his lead but Hamilton got the slipstream into Copse as he dived to the inside, with Verstappen cutting across only to violently spin into the outside barrier after striking Hamilton’s front left tyre.

Stewards consequently red flagged the race a lap later to allow for repairs to tyre barriers with the race getting underway 36 minutes later, with Leclerc in the lead heading to the standing restart after passing Hamilton who was nursing damage to his front left following contract.

On the standing restart, Leclerc fended off Hamilton to retain the lead as Norris leapfrogged Bottas whilst Sebastian Vettel spun out of points contention on the exit of Luffield as he battled Alonso.

Perez found himself 19th on the restart after taking the original start from the pit lane but swiftly worked his way up to the cusp of the top ten, eventually breaking through to ninth after the opening round of stops.

Leclerc encountered cuts in his Ferrari power from lap 15 until he was told on lap 25 to avoid upshift when the power cuts, whilst fending off a resurgent Hamilton who stopped on lap 27 whilst he himself pitted on lap 30.

Norris meanwhile endured a slow stop after an issue with his right rear on lap 22 with Bottas consequently overcutting him a lap later, although the pair came out ahead of Hamilton after the latter made his stop as Leclerc briefly led Sainz in a Ferrari one-two.

Sainz however would like Norris endure a slow pit stop after Ferrari struggled with his front left wheel in hot temperatures, which left him sixth as Ricciardo fought him off throughout the remainder of the race.

Up front, Hamilton was unleashed by Norris on the inside of Copse on lap 31 whilst Perez opted for a second stop on lap 39, which failed to pay dividends as he tangled with Kimi Raikkonen at end of lap 46 to drop both down the order.

Hamilton meanwhile caught Bottas on lap 40 with Mercedes instructing both drivers to swap on lap 40 at Stowe, with the Brit proceeding to reel Leclerc in at around one second per lap as he eventually caught the Ferrari driver on lap 50.

Both drivers found themselves level entering Copse that same lap with Hamilton on the inside with Leclerc on the outside, only for the latter to run wide which let Hamilton through into the lead to clinch his eighth British GP victory in front of an elated Silverstone crowd.

Position Driver Team Laps Time
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 52 1h 58m 23.283
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 52 + 3.871
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 52 + 11.125
4 Lando Norris McLaren 52 + 28.573
5 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 52 + 42.624
6 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 52 + 43.454
7 Fernando Alonso Alpine 52 + 72.093
8 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 52 + 74.289
9 Esteban Ocon Alpine 52 + 76.162
10 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 52 + 82.065
11 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 52 + 85.327
12 George Russell Williams 52 + 1 Lap
13 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 52 + 1 Lap
14 Nicholas Latifi Williams 52 + 1 Lap
15 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 52 + 1 Lap
16 Sergio Perez Red Bull 52 + 1 Lap
17 Nikita Mazepin Haas 52 + 1 Lap
18 Mick Schumacher Haas 52 + 1 Lap
RET Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 40 Technical
RET Max Verstappen Red Bull 0 Collision

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Aberdeen and Hibernian progress in Europa Conference League

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It was a successful night for clubs from Great Britain and Ireland in the Europa Conference League on Thursday.

Hibernian, Aberdeen, The New Saints, Bohemians, Dundalk and Linfield all progressed to the third qualifying round, with Connah’s Quay Nomads the only British or Irish club to be eliminated.

Hibs arrived in Andorra 3-0 up from the first leg at Easter Road but fell behind to Santa Coloma, before quick replies from Jamie Murphy and Daniel Mackay sealed a 2-1 win on the night and 5-1 aggregate victory.

Aberdeen became the second Scottish Premiership side through. The Dons held a healthy 5-1 lead from the first leg at Pittodrie against BK Hacken and progressed despite a 2-0 defeat in Sweden.

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Will Patching’s injury-time winner sent Dundalk through in dramatic fashion at Estonian league leaders Levadia Tallinn. With the tie evenly poised at 2-2 from last week’s first leg at Tallaght, the Lilywhites fell behind but David McMillan equalised approaching before Patching secured their passage courtesy of a strike from the edge of the box.

League of Ireland Premier Division rivals Bohemians followed Dundalk through with a 3-0 win and 4-0 aggregate success against F91 Dudelange. Robert Cornwall and Georgie Kelly (2) scored the goals at Dalymount Park.

A goalless draw in Bosnia was enough for Linfield as they advanced passed Borac Banja Luka 4-0 on aggregate.

The New Saints recorded their biggest aggregate victory in Europe with another emphatic win over Kauno Zalgiris. Leading 5-0 from the first leg in Lithuania, Saints advanced 10-1 thanks to further goals from Danny Redmond, Louis Robles (2), Declan McManus and Danny Davies.

Connah’s Quay Nomads were unable to make it a clean sweep and follow Cymru Premier rivals Saints into the next round, despite a win against Prishtina on the night. Jamie Insall (2), George Horan and Callum Morris were on the score sheet but last week’s loss in Kosovo proved too much of an uphill task.

Elsewhere, there were some shock results as AEK Athens, BATE Borisov and Steaua Bucharest were all knocked out of the competition.

AEK and Steaua were both eliminated on penalties, by Velez Mostar and Shakhter Karagandy respectively, while a 4-1 win for Dinamo Batumi at BATE saw them progress 4-2 on aggregate.

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USA women’s basketball schedule: How to watch every 2021 Olympic team game from Tokyo

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The U.S. women’s basketball team is heading to Tokyo with a goal of winning its seventh consecutive gold medal.

With the WNBA season paused for the 2021 Olympics, Team USA has loaded up with some of the country’s top talent. The women’s squad possesses a terrific blend of veterans (Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi) and youngsters (Ariel Atkins, A’ja Wilson), and it sure doesn’t hurt to have the reigning Finals MVP (Breanna Stewart) on the roster.

Can anyone challenge Team USA? Or will the Americans bring the gold home once again?

Here is everything you need to know to watch Team USA Olympic games, including the tipoff times and TV channels for each contest.

MORE: Watch the 2021 Olympics with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Team USA women’s basketball Tokyo Olympics schedule

The opening ceremony at the 2021 Olympics is July 23. The women’s basketball tournament tips off two days later on July 25 and ends with the medal games on Aug. 7.

Team USA is one of 12 teams to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. It will be playing in Group B. Its group-play opponents will be France, Japan and Nigeria.

Date Game Time (ET) TV channel
July 27 USA 81, Nigeria 72 12:40 a.m. USA Network
July 30 USA 86, Japan 69 12:40 a.m. USA Network
Aug. 2 USA vs. France 12:40 a.m. USA Network
Aug. 3-4 Women’s basketball quarterfinals TBD TBD
Aug. 6 Women’s basketball semifinals TBD TBD
Aug. 7 Women’s basketball gold-medal game 10:30 p.m. TBD
Aug. 7 Women’s basketball bronze-medal game 3 a.m. TBD

How to watch Olympic women’s basketball games

  • TV channels: USA Network, NBCSN
  • Live streams: NBCOlympics.com, fuboTV

USA Network is scheduled to broadcast all of the U.S. women’s basketball games live with encore showings on NBCSN later in the day. 

Women’s basketball games can also be streamed online at NBCOlympics.com or with fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.

USA Olympic women’s basketball roster

Name Team
Ariel Atkins Washington Mystics
Sue Bird Seattle Storm
Tina Charles Washington Mystics
Napheesa Collier Minnesota Lynx
Skylar Diggins-Smith Phoenix Mercury
Sylvia Fowles Minnesota Lynx
Chelsea Gray Las Vegas Aces
Brittney Griner Phoenix Mercury
Jewell Loyd Seattle Storm
Breanna Stewart Seattle Storm
Diana Taurasi Phoenix Mercury
A’ja Wilson Las Vegas Aces

USA Olympic women’s basketball coaching staff

Name Team
Dawn Staley University of South Carolina
Dan Hughes Seattle Storm (retired in May)
Cheryl Reeve Minnesota Lynx
Jennifer Rizzotti Connecticut Sun

Women’s Olympic basketball schedule 2021 

(All times Eastern)

July 25

Game Time
South Korea vs. Spain 9 p.m.

July 26

Game Time
Serbia vs. Canada 4:20 a.m.
Japan vs. France 9 p.m.

July 27

Game Time
Nigeria vs. United States 12:40 a.m.
Australia vs. Belgium 4:20 a.m.
Puerto Rico vs. China 8 a.m.

July 28

Game Time
Canada vs. South Korea 9 p.m.

July 29

Game Time
Spain vs. Serbia 4:20 a.m.
Belgium vs. Puerto Rico 9 p.m.

July 30

Game Time
United States vs. Japan 12:40 a.m.
France vs. Nigeria 4:20 a.m.
China vs. Australia 8 a.m.

July 31

Game Time
Canada vs. Spain 9 p.m.

Aug. 1

Game Time
South Korea vs. Serbia 8 a.m.
Nigeria vs. Japan 9 p.m.

Aug. 2

Game Time
France vs. United States 12:40 a.m.
China vs. Belgium 4:20 a.m.
Australia vs. Puerto Rico 8 a.m.

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Ryan Murphy creates a doping firestorm in swimming with claims that Olympic races are ‘probably not clean’

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TOKYO — Ryan Murphy won a silver medal at the Olympics here on Friday, then spent the aftermath creating an international stir around doping by claiming that his races, and swimming in general, were not clean.

“I do believe there is doping in swimming,” Murphy, a 26-year-old American, said. And he said an executive at FINA, the international swimming governing body, had told him as much.

Murphy sat a few feet away from Evgeny Rylov, the Russian who beat him earlier in the week and again on Friday in the 200m backstroke. Shortly after the race, Murphy had been asked whether he had any concerns about his opponents doping.

“I’ve got about 15 thoughts,” he said. “Thirteen of them would get me into a lot of trouble.”

The ones he eventually gave sent him, hours later, walking down a sidewalk outside the Tokyo Aquatics Center, a few reporters trailing him, one telling him that he’d “completely ruined Evgeny’s moment.” He said that wasn’t his intention. “Congratulations, Evgeny,” he said. His voice wavered as he spoke. “I want Evgeny to get his due.”

But Murphy had said what he’d said, and although he’d said it through a blur of post-race emotions, he believed it. “It is a huge mental drain on me to know throughout the year that I’m swimming in a race that’s probably not clean,” Murphy explained in the initial interview. “And that is what it is. The people that know a lot more about the situation made the decision they did. It frustrates me, but I have to swim the field that’s next to me. I don’t have the bandwidth to train for the Olympics at a very high level and try to lobby the people who are making the decision that they’re making the wrong decisions.”

Ryan Murphy and Evgeny Rylov attend an awkward news conference together after the men’s 200m backstroke. (Yahoo Sports)

Murphy never explicitly accused Rylov of cheating, but never explicitly said he thought Rylov was clean, either. Rylov, when asked about Murphy’s comments, said, “I have always been for clean competition,” but declined to address Murphy’s claims.

And Murphy never explicitly mentioned Russia, which is supposedly “banned” from these Games for a years-long state-sponsored doping scheme, but which has sent hundreds of athletes in white-blue-and-red tracksuits and uniforms to Tokyo under the “Russian Olympic Committee” label. When asked whether he believed the Russian Olympic Committee should be competing at these Olympics, Murphy said he didn’t “have time to get involved in this situation. But there is a situation. And that’s a problem. I’m sorry that there is a situation, but I don’t – I don’t know enough about it to give a 100% certain answer there.”

Speaking at a news conference before Murphy and Rylov arrived, Great Britain’s Luke Greenbank, the bronze medalist in the event, also didn’t mention Russia, but connected the dots: “Obviously it’s frustrating, as an athlete, having known that there is a state-sponsored doping program going on.”

Rylov then arrived, and moments later Murphy did, and Rylov gave him a head nod, apparently unaware of what Murphy had said earlier, and thus began the most tense and awkward news conference of these Olympics.

Murphy was asked, specifically, whether he thought the 200-meter backstroke final that he’d just swum was clean.

“The thing that’s frustrating is that you can’t answer that question with 100% certainty,” he said. “And I think over the years, that’s kinda come out. And so yeah, I can’t answer that question, I don’t know if it was 100% clean. And that’s because of things that have happened over the past.”

Rylov was immediately asked: “Do you think they’re referring to you?”

“I have always been for clean competition,” Rylov said in Russian. “I’m always tested. I’ll fill out all the forms. So from the bottom of my heart, I’m for clean sport. … So I don’t know how to react to that. Ryan didn’t accuse me of anything, therefore I’d rather not react.”

Murphy then faced pressure to back up his allegations, and revealed that at U.S. Olympic trials last month, he’d had a conversation with new FINA executive director Brent Nowicki. Murphy said that Nowicki, a fellow American, told him: “It’s gonna be hard, and it’s gonna take a long time to clear this sport of doping.”

“So when you hear that from the top, that’s tough to hear,” Murphy said. “And so, that is — yeah, that’s what I believe.”

Yahoo Sports has reached out to FINA for comment.

Murphy was stoic and measured throughout the news conference. A foreign reporter asked him about Justin Gatlin, the American sprinter found guilty of doping. Murphy defended the U.S. anti-doping system, and said it wasn’t “apples to apples.” After a moderator thanked the three swimmers for their time, and as Rylov posed for selfies with a few Russian reporters, Murphy got up to leave, but almost looked, for a split-second, as if he had more to say.

Twenty seconds later, outside the venue, when asked if he did, he stopped, and that’s when the gravity of the sudden firestorm he’d created began to hit him. “I’m not accusing anyone of anything,” he clarified. He tried to reframe his original answer in a milder way. As he walked away, a reporter chased him and told him that his comments had “taken all the focus away from all of your victories,” and that “it’s just completely dominated everything now, and will dominate probably for the rest of the event.”

“I’m sorry you feel that way,” Murphy said.

And then he kept walking.

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