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It was a night of exhilarating joy for the Republic of Ireland and at the final Emmanuel Mudiay Womens Jersey whistle, with players in red shirts collapsing to the ground, excruciating pain for a Wales team whose latest attempt to qualify for a World Cup finals, desperately wishing to play in their first tournament since 1958, has ended unsuccessfully once again. Gareth Bale, like Ryan Giggs, Ian Rush and all those others, will just have to wonder when, if ever, that chance will come and, boy, did Wales miss their most celebrated player during that jarring, nerve‑shredding finale when they seemed to run out of ideas and Tom Lawrence, with one last free-kick to drop into the penalty area, let the nerves get the better of him. His cross missed everyone, went out for a throw-in, and there was a roar of joy and relief from the only corner of this stadium that was not a sea of red. It was not long until the victory was confirmed, the celebrations started for real and the team led by Martin O’Neill could start looking forward to the play‑offs, with the draw to follow next Tuesday 17 October.Cardiff in full voice but Republic of Ireland fans sing longest and loudest How many times have Ireland done this over the years? They came here, unashamedly, for a 1-0 win and their game‑plan went exactly as they hoped: soaking up long spells of pressure, accepting their opponents would have more of the ball but making sure, in telling positions, they did better things with it.James McClean’s goal, 12 minutes into the second half, was a beauty and once they had the lead an air of inevitability started to descend. Wales had so much of the ball in the last half hour but their play became Bucks Authentic Jersey riddled with tension and they came up against a team, camped in their own half, who gave everything to hold on.It was typical Irish glory, using all the traits that have helped them on their most illuminating nights, with unlikely heroes such as Shane Duffy and David Meyler, and the Group D permutations always meant one team had to drop out. Wales have come so far under Chris Coleman, most notably that journey to the Euro 2016 semi-finals, but they met their match here and ultimately they were reminded about the miseries this sport can produce. Their crowd sung one of the more memorable renditions of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, belted out a cappella, you will ever hear. Yet it ended with their first competitive defeat Men's Thon Maker Swingman Black Adidas Jersey: NBA Milwaukee Bucks #7 Alternate on home territory since September 2013 and legitimate questions about whether Coleman, with his contract due to expire in the summer, will continue.Ireland’s players chased everything. They were quick in the tackle, faced down their opponents when another team might have crumpled, and did all the things that are considered essential for wearers of that shirt. True, there was not a great deal of refinement from O’Neill’s men but there was a great spirit of togetherness and to give them their due, it was a beautifully taken goal that changed the complexion of the group, with such serious ramifications for the hosts. Unfortunately for Wayne Hennessey it was also a personal ordeal bearing in mind the Wales goalkeeper started it, with his throw putting Ashley Williams in trouble. Williams has had a difficult start to the season for Everton and, straight away, he looked vulnerable. Jeff Hendrick was on him in a flash, taking the ball and spinning down the right touchline.Hendrick’s cross was aimed towards Harry Bucks Jersey Arter Bucks Authentic Jersey but Nuggets Jersey McClean Nuggets Authentic Jersey was following in. Arter’s dummy was exquisite and McClean struck his right-foot shot, first‑time, with power and precision, arrowing into the bottom corner.McClean’s first contribution of the night was the kind of bone-rattling challenge, with Aaron Ramsey the unfortunate recipient, that was a throwback to the time Roy Keane introduced himself to Marc Overmars, the old-fashioned way, on the day Ireland qualified for the 2002 tournament. Later McClean and Meyler caught Joe Allen in a sandwich that left the Wales midfielder with concussion, putting him out of the game after only 37 minutes.

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Lewis Hamilton has put himself within touching distance of a fourth Formula One world championship after his victory at the Japanese Grand Prix Chad Johnson Youth Jersey in Suzuka. His fifth win in the past seven races, plus a spark plug failure that forced his rival, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, to retire after only four laps means the Mercedes driver holds an almost insurmountable points lead going into the final four races of the season.Hamilton had entered the race with a 34-point advantage over Vettel and leaves 59 ahead, with 100 available. If the 32-year-old wins at the next round in the US and Vettel finishes below fifth, the title will be his and he will become Britain’s most successful racing driver, with one more F1 championship than Sir Jackie Stewart. “I could only have dreamed of having this kind of gap,” Hamilton said. “Ferrari have put on such a great challenge all year long. All I can really say is that I have to put it down to my team. They’ve done a phenomenal job.”Vettel suffered a spark plug problem that proved terminal and it followed a sequence of races in which the championship has swung firmly in Hamilton’s favour. The German crashed out on the first lap in Singapore and could manage only fourth at the next round in Malaysia when he started from the back of the grid after an engine change. His failure to finish at Suzuka is his second DNF in three races. Vettel knows he has a mountain to climb but remains hopeful. “We go flat out for the last four races and see what happens,” he said. “We still have a chance this year, it is not as much in our control as we would like but overall Women's Reebok St. Louis Blues #11 Brian Sutter Authentic Blue 2017 Winter Classic NHL Jersey the team is in a good way. I think we have got further than people thought. We have a lot of positives but today is not a day to look at positives.”Amid the commotion as Ferrari mechanics hurried to fix his spark plug problem on the starting grid before the race, Vettel missed the national anthem, earning himself a reprimand from the race stewards to add to the one imposed on him at the Monaco Grand Prix in May. Another reprimand this season would earn the German driver a 10-place grid penalty.Hamilton had managed his lead from pole well, although the Red Bull of Max Verstappen, who finished second, stayed Jakub Kindl Youth Jersey with him to the end. The British driver had proved uncatchable but was sympathetic to his rival. “I think it’s kind of unbelievable really, to think that we are where we are,” he said. “I was excited actually to have a good race with Sebastian here Kings Jersey as Kings Authentic Jersey I Bucks Jersey was Bucks Authentic Jersey in the last race – but he’s obviously been incredibly unfortunate. In Formula One it is a lot about reliability, it is about the team’s whole performance.”Mercedes have won the past three drivers’ and constructors’ championships and appear certain to do so again but the team’s executive director, Toto Wolff, refused to be complacent. “If I told you Seb was going to DNF twice you would have said it was impossible,” he said. “This is motor racing, you have a DNF or two and suddenly things swing around. So we shall not count our chickens.”It was a view shared by the driver who won two of those three titles, despite having his third for the team all but in his grasp. “There’s still a long way to go,” Hamilton said. “One hundred points is a lot of points. Anything can happen in life. I’ve just got to try to keep my head down and hopefully continue to perform like this.”There was certainly no resemblance to Wasps’ 64-23 win at the same venue in February 2016, when the visitors ran in eight tries. Young was keenly aware of the need to crank things up with ball in hand, injuries notwithstanding. “We’ve got to be more direct and get over the gain-line,” he acknowledged. “It would be too easy to use injuries as an excuse. We’ve got to get more out of this group of players.”“But I look at the personnel, the change of system,” he said in reference to the three-man defence. “It is better to implement that now. Those are the things we have to look at. For me, the qualification was done and it’s the change in system, looking at players who can take us forward. I would imagine there’ll be some tougher selection decisions next month [for the Wembley friendlies against Germany and Brazil].”

Losing the Premiership jersey final is becoming a curse

Losing the Premiership final is becoming a curse. Like Exeter last season and Bath the year before Wasps have lost three of their first five Premiership matches and defeat at Saracens on Sunday would dump them in their worst run since 2014.Wasps started with victories over two clubs who finished in the bottom three last season, Sale and Worcester, but then lost to Harlequins and Bath at home with a 14-point reverse away to the team who defeated them in the final in May, Exeter, sandwiched between.Like many clubs Wasps have a long injury list but they have struggled to recapture their broken-play swagger of recent seasons, and not only because Kurtley Beale has returned to Australia. Bath strangled them last weekend at the Ricoh Arena by slowing down their ball and narrowing their lines of attack. “I hope it is not a hangover from the final but Bath and Exeter dipped after losing in one,” says the Wasps director of rugby, Dai Young. “We have said since the start of the season, including the victories, that we have not been playing the way we like.“We had enough quality to see us through in the first two rounds but we need to get our accuracy back and respect the ball more, both when it comes to kicking and passing. We have been losing the possession and territory battles because we have lacked patience and composure, and we need to defend for fewer periods. “Last season has gone. Although we believe we are a good team, we are not good enough to beat many sides in the Premiership if we are well below standard. Bring our A-game and we are more than a match for anybody, difficult to beat. We have dropped below the standards we set. Injuries have hindered our preparation as well as performances but we need to be more simple and direct rather than playing too much in the wrong areas and causing ourselves problems.”The last time Wasps lost three league games in a row, in 2015, they ended the run with victory over Worcester, as they had the year before after four straight defeats, but Saracens will take rather more toppling. Wasps have won only two of the last 11 league meetings between the clubs but, looking at it another way, they have won two of the last three, including a 64-23 success at Allianz Park during the 2016 Six Nations. “The defeats have been a poke in the eye and everyone at the club, coaches and players, need to look at ourselves,” says Young. “We are all in it together. We win together and we lose together. It has highlighted the fact that what we did last season will not be good enough this one; the game Capitals Jersey has Capitals Authentic Jersey moved Rams Jersey on Rams Authentic Jersey We need to move on with it. We are conceding a lot of points. We are more of an attacking team than a defensive one but the boys are working hard and we are up there in tackle completion. We are just giving teams too many chances.”Wasps’ England flanker James Haskell has yet to taste victory this season having Men's Reebok Detroit Red Wings #16 Vladimir Konstantinov Authentic White Away NHL Jersey missed the first two matches because of injury. He believes a trip to the home of the Champions Cup winners for the last two seasons will focus minds.“Going away to Saracens is an opportunity to test yourself and you have to win these games if you have a desire to be successful this season,” he says. “Results have been disappointing but you cannot fault the boys’ work ethic or desire to play. Sometimes it just does not go the way you want. “All teams go through a bad period. Exeter lost a few games early on last season but still went on to win the Premiership. It is about turning things around and that is not by trying harder but being smarter and making sure as individuals we all improve. We need to raise the bar. It is easy in this position to look elsewhere but you have to look at home and ask what you can do. If everyone finds an extra 10%, we will get the results we deserve.”

Clifford leaves Eddie jersey Jones with headache for autumn

The victory for Harlequins was polished but Jack Clifford’s suspected dislocated shoulder promptly removed the shine. The back-row joins their walking Rishard Matthews Womens Jersey wounded – already a seemingly endless list – and leaves Eddie Jones with a further headache for England’s autumn internationals in November.The 24-year-old, drafted into the England training squad for the injured Billy Vunipola last month, was withdrawn shortly before half-time against Sale and is a serious doubt for the autumn fixtures. With Vunipola already out of the running and Nathan Hughes missing Wasps’ trip to Saracens on Sunday, Jones is swiftly running out of options at No8.It is rotten luck for Clifford, who underwent surgery on the same shoulder in April and subsequently missed England’s June tour of Argentina, and it is untimely for Harlequins, who ended last weekend with 25 players on the injured list. In addition Kyle Sinckler is suspended until late November, Will Collier went off with a back injury and James Horwill was a late withdrawal after failing his concussion protocols. “It looks as if [Jack has] dislocated his shoulder,” said Harlequins’ director rugby, John Kingston. “It’s frustrating for him. Last night we had five players in question, two missed out, three got in – he was one. He had [painkillers] to get him out there in the first place and it’s disappointing because he was playing ever so well. It’s too early to say how long he’ll be out.”In the face of all that upheaval, however, Harlequins had their first-half blitz and 17 points from Marcus Smith, who continues to show an authority beyond his years, to thank for victory against a Sale side who began the match every bit as poorly as they were impressive against Gloucester last week. Three second-half tries from the Sharks opened the possibility of an unlikely comeback but ultimately Smith steered his depleted side home.With Joe Marler at his abrasive best after emerging from the physio room described by Jamie Roberts as “a morgue” this week, and Danny Care at his liveliest, it was a relative stroll for the home side in the first half, as Brett Hull Womens Jersey three tries within the opening 24 minutes testified.Care teed up the first for Tim Visser with an artful kick, Marler barged over for the second from close range and Joe Marchant charged down Sam James for the third – Smith converting each of them with no little conviction. Sale were on the scoreboard when Mike Haley evaded Men's Adidas Miami Heat #10 Tim Hardaway Swingman Black Road NBA Jersey Chris Robshaw’s tackle a little too easily and carved his way in under the posts. Harlequins then had more hardship to endure before the interval as Clifford was withdrawn and soon followed by his team-mate Collier with Sale’s Josh Beaumont also taken off. The Premiership’s alarming injury rate shows little sign of abating.Harlequins at least had a penalty that Smith in this mood was not going to miss, and his second of the evening gave Harlequins a 20-point lead at the break. Another Care kick, this time a grubber, was expertly gathered by Visser seemingly to put the game to bed after 48 minutes but Halani Aulika barrelled over for a second Sale try and James’s interception effort put the visitors firmly on the front foot.Ross Harrison’s close-range effort Red Wings Jersey earned Red Wings Authentic Jersey Sale Titans Jersey a Titans Authentic Jersey bonus point but Smith’s chip over the top led to Marland Yarde’s late try which condemned Sale to a 10th straight away Premiership defeat. “We didn’t get off the bus with the right mentality,” said Sale’s director of rugby, Steve Diamond. “We asked them at half-time to get a bonus point and it’s a small consolation. Last week all the planets aligned and our top players played well. It’s frustrating. We probably thought after last weekend we were a world XV.”Harvey is also claiming his words have been taken out of context by some media outlets. Yet I have checked the transcript and it is quite clear. “We make a conscious scheduling decision to try to keep matches such as local derbies – or those teams you can travel to in an hour or hour and a half – at weekends because more people are able to get to them,” Harvey said. “So, rather than having a local derby on a Tuesday night, where people are generally working and the crowds will be much lower.,72625

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Suddenly, everything became that little bit clearer when Shaun Harvey, chief executive Authentic Brandon Scherff Womens Jersey of the Football League, started talking about “conscious scheduling decisions” and it transpired there was a reason why the people who still Dolphins Jersey like Dolphins Authentic Jersey to Redskins Jersey see Redskins Authentic Jersey their teams in person, the old-fashioned way, often face the most inconvenient journeys at the most inconvenient times.Until now you, like me, might have thought it was simply bad luck when the relevant teams were assigned to those long-distance trips on Tuesday and Wednesday nights and their travelling fans were left trying to work out how to get home before birdsong. It cannot have been easy, for example, for Leeds United’s followers to pack out the away end of Cardiff City’s stadium on a Tuesday night last month bearing in mind the hassles of getting home, the prospect of a four‑hour slog each way and the absence of any late trains back (unless they were prepared to leave early to catch the 9.55pm, spend almost five hours on the platform at Crewe, change for a second time at Manchester Piccadilly and eventually arrive in Leeds at 7.47am).That, however, feels like a breeze compared to some of the other late‑night treks the league has thrown up so far this season. On the same evening Leeds played in south Wales, how many supporters of Plymouth Argyle had the stomach for a 570-mile round trip to Wigan Athletic? There were 34 in the away end at Brunton Park when Stevenage travelled 540 miles to and from Carlisle that evening. Yet it is a way of life for many thousands, covering more miles than your average Eddie Stobart truck and finding out the hard way that vast stretches of the M1, the M6 and various other motorways can be coned off on the graveyard shift, often without a single fluorescent jacket in sight.Already this season there have been plenty of other examples: Norwich at Middlesbrough, Sunderland at Ipswich, Morecambe at Yeovil, Cardiff Byron Maxwell Youth Jersey at Preston, Hull at Fulham, Blackpool at Plymouth, Southend at Shrewsbury. In the coming weeks there will be Doncaster versus Portsmouth, Gillingham against Wigan, Sheffield United at QPR, Rotherham at AFC Wimbledon and Millwall at Sheffield Wednesday. And on and on.It happens, it is unshakeable and the people who shape their lives around watching their teams need extraordinary levels of commitment. Sometimes you get lucky with the fixtures, sometimes you don’t. But it is a grind and a lot easier, to imagine, to accept the worst inconveniences if it can be blamed on a quirk of the fixture computer. Except it turns out now that it is not quite as innocent as perhaps we thought. Indeed, it transpires it is actually intentional to have it this way if you caught Harvey’s interview with BBC Radio 5 Live and heard his admission that it was all cooked up behind the scenes for the shorter‑distance fixtures to be held at Men's Reebok Detroit Red Wings #62 Thomas Vanek Authentic Red 2016 Stadium Series NHL Jersey weekends and the games with more challenging travel to be packed into midweek slots, without a care in the world apparently for the people it might affect. “It’s a deliberate act,” Harvey said.Well, at least it is out in the open now. “It’s deliberate in so much as we don’t set out to make a fan’s life more difficult than it has to be,” Harvey continued. “We don’t wake up in the morning and think how can we make the most inconvenient set of fixtures.”Yet that doesn’t make it feel a great deal better to learn that the Football League is purposefully shaping the fixture list this way, deliberately sending teams from the north down to the south coast, or vice versa, as well as all sorts of other hellish late-night trips.What Harvey didn’t say was when this policy was introduced and, though I have asked that question of his organisation, the only guidance in response was that it was nothing new. No date could be put on it – I suspect because the people at the top would rather us not know.That last line is the key one. It probably does help weekend attendances but are the figures so much better that it is worth causing all that extra inconvenience for all those ?

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Gloucester continue to confound. Eight days after conceding 57 points to Sale, one Authentic James Van Riemsdyk Youth Jersey of the few teams that finished below them in the table last season, they toppled the league leaders in an oscillating encounter that summed up the opening sequence of matches in the Premiership, full on but flowing.After coming from behind three times, Gloucester looked to have secured victory 18 minutes from time when Willi Heinz’s individual try from a scrum 40 metres out put them 12 points ahead, but they have been at the wrong end of the table in recent seasons for a reason: too often they play with their heart rather than head.So when moments after Heinz, picking up the ball earlier than he had intended after it was deflected out of the scrum, had broken the tackle of his opposite number, Cobus Reinach, eluded the grasp of Harry Mallinder and outpaced Stephen Myler, had given Gloucester time to breathe, they found themselves having to come up for air again. Jason Woodward, who scored Gloucester’s third try early in the second-half after catching Heinz’s cross-kick, received the ball in his 22 and his inclination was to look up and then run. With the defence committed, a long kick would have given his side territory but he chose to pass the ball outside to David Halaifonua who had geared himself for a chase and dropped it at the second attempt.One penalty and two lineouts later, Northampton, who are playing closer to the gainline this season and operating with more snap and width, had pulled back to within five points when the replacement hooker, Mike Haywood, was at the heart of a driving maul on the Gloucester line. The Cherry and Whites had not beaten Northampton in seven attempts in the league in a run stretching back to 2013 and having lost five of their previous seven league matches, they had to prevent despair turning into panic. They managed it, just, but it is their facility for turning advantage into deficit in the time it takes to pass along the line that makes them so fickle. Gloucester are nothing if not unpredictable, trading in the unexpected. They have the component parts but struggle to assemble them.Here, they made a bustling start, fired by indignant fury, hitting rucks hard and getting the ball wide where Henry Purdy needed only the smallest of space. They got on top up front, twice forcing Dylan Hartley to pop out of scrums, and at times resembled a team in the play-off positions rather than one far closer to the bottom of the table.The home faithful, though, have become used to their side reflecting four seasons in one afternoon. The spring Gloucester started with here was followed by the heat they generated for the opening try, but Alex Lewis Youth Jersey a falling off then saw them caught cold as the Saints, far too easily, scored in the corner while their second try also came gift-wrapped. Two minutes before, Gloucester had been camped under Northampton’s posts with options either side of the ruck. The Men's Reebok Detroit Red Wings #56 Teemu Pulkkinen Authentic White 2017 Centennial Classic NHL Jersey ball came out the other side and the visitors countered quickly, Reinach’s chip to the line looked like it would result in a try only for the ball to bobble out of George North’s reach.Gloucester make themselves work twice as hard as they need to by doubling up on mistakes. There was a sequence of play Ravens Jersey in Ravens Authentic Jersey the Mapleleafs Jersey first Mapleleafs Authentic Jersey half when they had a lineout in the Northampton 22 that they messed up and then were penalised at the subsequent scrum to find themselves defending again. They did not exert control, and if at outside-half Owen Williams was making his first start for the club and his first for seven months, missing his first four kicks at goal and at times appearing to struggle with the pace of the game, there is little synchronised about their play. They remain stronger individually than they are collectively.The hosts were fired by desire after the collapse at Sale, epitomised by Henry Trinder whose two first-half tries gave Gloucester a 10-7 interval lead. The first came after he ran on to Billy Twelvetrees’s long pass, accelerating away from the cover after stepping inside and recovering after stumbling five metres out.His second, after Heinz’s long blindside pass from a ruck, saw him step away from North and through two tackles.

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Danny McGuire reiterated the time was right to leave Leeds after finishing his near two-decade association with his hometown club with another Grand Alan Page Womens Jersey Final success and the Harry Sunderland Trophy.For only the second time in Grand Final history, a single player pooled each and every one of the votes for the man-of-the-match award, following in the footsteps of his Leeds team-mate Rob Burrow, who achieved that feat in 2011. McGuire was sensational as Leeds won the Grand Final for the eighth time in only 14 seasons, comfortably beating Castleford 24-6 in his 424th and final game for the Rhinos. He will now embark on a new challenge with Hull Kingston Rovers in 2018, and the half-back was delighted to end his time with Leeds with the title.“It’s a fairytale,” he said. “I went to bed on Friday night and dreamed of the fairytale finish. A new challenge will be good for me but I was determined my Leeds career would finish on a positive note, and it couldn’t have gone any better. I said it was the right thing for the club and myself and I stick by it.” McGuire’s final game for Leeds evoked memories of 2015, when the club’s long-serving trio of Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leuluai also left the club with a Grand Final win. Their coach, Brian McDermott, admitted the challenge was not to replace McGuire in 2018 but to evolve without him. “It’s the same as when Vikings Jersey Kevin Vikings Authentic Jersey and Coyotes Jersey JP Coyotes Authentic Jersey retired, you don’t replace them, you adapt,” he said.For Castleford, the post-match discussion surrounding their first Grand Final appearance revolved around Zak Hardaker, the England international who was dropped 48 hours before kick-off for a breach of club rules. Their coach, Daryl Powell, admitted the details of the player’s indiscretions – which are understood to have ruled out his chances of a place in England’s World Cup squad – will be made public shortly.“It was a big disruption,” he said. “It’s nothing to do with me but you’ll all be made aware of it pretty quickly, I think.” Powell was left to rue a slew of handling errors by the Tigers. “We saved our very worst till last,” Powell said. “We just created too many errors and credit to Leeds, they deserved to win. We just made unforced errors, mistakes and dropping the ball Men's Adidas Miami Heat #15 Mario Chalmers Swingman White Home Finals Patch NBA Jersey is so hugely disappointing. You have to wait a long time before we can straighten it up but it is what Shane Doan Authentic Jersey it is.”Bulls make history in women’s Grand Final Bradford Bulls became the first winners of the Women’s Super League Grand Final after they beat their West Yorkshire rivals Featherstone 36-6. Played at the Manchester Regional Arena as a curtain-raiser for the men’s Grand Final at Old Trafford, the Bulls were far too good for Featherstone as they ended their domestic season unbeaten, adding the league to their Challenge Cup success. Led by the outstanding Lois Forsell, tries from Kirsty Moroney and Forsell herself put Bradford ahead and, while Georgia Roche replied for Featherstone, that was as good as it got for them. Charlotte Booth scored to open up a commanding lead before half-time and second-half tries from Claire Garner, who also kicked four goals, Amy Hardcastle, Charlene Henegan and Haylie Hields rounded off the victory. Renault’s Jolyon Palmer finished in 14th but has a 20-place grid penalty for new power-unit components and the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz Jr was in 15th place but will also take a 20-place grid penalty for using new power-unit components.Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly was in 17th and the Williams of Lance Stroll in 18th, while the stewards did not find Pérez to be at fault for impeding the Canadian on his final hot lap and took no further action against the Mexican. The two Saubers of Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein were in 19th and 20th.McLaren’s Fernando Alonso did well to put his car into 10th place but Honda had no good news for the fans at their home race, he receives a 35-place grid penalty for taking a range of new powerunit components. McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne was in 11th, with Renault’s Nico Hülkenberg in 12th and the Haas of Kevin Magnussen in 13th.

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When it came down to it, FC Barcelona – mes que un club, remember – could not bring themselves to go all Nick Foligno Youth Jersey in. The threatened loss of six points – three for the defaulted match, three more as a penalty – was enough to Pacers Jersey persuade Pacers Authentic Jersey them Blue Jackets Jersey to Blue Jackets Authentic Jersey stage their match against Las Palmas behind locked doors in a deserted Camp Nou, while outside the streets of the city rang with the echoes of violent confrontations between police and voters in an independence referendum ruled illegal by the national government.The club’s decision was an important one. Barça is a powerful international symbol of Catalan identity. A refusal to play Sunday’s match would have added tinder to the fire of the independence movement. But they compete in a league where their final standing against Real Madrid has been measured in the last three seasons by two points, one point and three points. So they took the safer option, leaving Gerard Piqué who has never made a secret of his Catalan pride, to join up with the Spain squad and face uncomfortable questions about divided loyalties. Meanwhile, fans who had voted for independence pointed to the example of Welsh clubs competing in the English league as evidence that independence from Spain would not have to mean ejection from La Liga. Few would want an entirely autonomous Catalonia to incorporate a future of Barça competing in a domestic mini-league made up by FC Girona, Gimnàstic de Tarragona and Lleida Esportiu.Keep politics out of sport? Don’t make me laugh. Politics infiltrates sport at all levels. Think about the decision to start next year’s Giro d’Italia in Israel. For one partner in the deal, that’s obviously a matter of money – €17m, apparently. For the other, it represents valuable image-polishing. This is not quite the same as launching the Tour de France in Yorkshire, which was not, the last time I looked, surrounded by walls aimed at keeping out people from Lancashire or County Durham. Or there’s Qatar, whose appalling treatment of migrant workers on the 2022 World Cup stadiums was exposed – not for the first time - by Human Rights Watch this week. Do we really think the Qataris are investing so heavily in football, at home and abroad, out of a sheer love of the game? The coming days might Rodney Stuckey Youth Jersey tell us whether FC Barcelona has a further role to play in the dramatic reawakening of old regional tensions and whether the events of Sunday will join the line of football matches that played a part in shaping history, a phenomenon that could be said to have begun in 1969 with a conflict between El Salvador and Honduras that became known as the Football War.Tensions between the two countries had been heightened by the migration to Honduras of hundreds of thousands of Salvadorans, leaving a country one-fifth the size of its neighbour but with a population 40% greater, prompting the Honduran government to enact reforms intended to keep land out of the hands of immigrant farmers while expelling Salvadoran labourers. The fuse for open conflict was lit when the two countries met in the qualifying tournament for the 1970 World Cup. The first match was held in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, where the visiting players were kept awake by crowds letting off firecrackers and breaking windows in their hotel. The home team won by a single goal, prompting an 18-year-old girl watching at home in El Salvador to take her father’s pistol from his Men's Reebok Detroit Red Wings #62 Thomas Vanek Premier White 2017 Centennial Classic NHL Jersey desk and shoot herself dead. Amelia Bolianos was given a state funeral, her coffin accompanied by the president of the republic and the players of the football team.When Honduras arrived in San Salvador for the return leg a week later, the welcome included rotten eggs and dead rats thrown through their hotel windows. They made their way to the Flor Blanca stadium in armoured cars, passing through angry crowds holding portraits of the dead girl. El Salvador won this one 3-0, which meant that the tie progressed to a play-off on neutral ground in Mexico City. El Salvador won 3-2 with an extra-time goal from their right-winger, “Pipo” Rodríguez, a qualified civil engineer, a few hours after their government had dissolved diplomatic relationships with Honduras in protest against further mass expulsions.

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Three years Justin Abdelkader Youth Jersey ago the Japanese Grand Prix came to a sombre, muted close. There were no post-race Astros Jersey celebrations Astros Authentic Jersey at Redwing Jersey Suzuka Redwing Authentic Jersey in 2014 and the crowd filed away in a hushed silence as the seriousness of Jules Bianchi’s accident sunk in across the circuit. It proved to be every bit as dreadful as everyone had feared.Bianchi had sustained a serious head injury and died as a result nine months later. His was the first on-track fatality since Ayrton Senna was killed at Imola in 1994. The sport had been dealt the harshest possible reminder that, despite the vast improvements in safety, it remained inherently dangerous. At Suzuka, three years on, it is clear the FIA is still relentlessly pursuing the goal of making F1 safer. But it is a task that requires them to strike a difficult balance and one that demands Laurent Mekies is the FIA safety director. He was in the role when Bianchi crashed into a track-side recovery vehicle in heavy rain and vividly recalls its effect on F1. “It was a big shock,” he says. “The sport had not seen any fatalities at the top level for many, many years. We are aware it can strike at any point but it doesn’t take away the fact that when it happened it was very shocking.” That sense of shock has not entirely dissipated, especially when returning to Suzuka but safety no longer attracts headlines and of late, when it has, the FIA has been on the receiving end of the unfavourable ones. It has faced the brickbats from drivers, fans and teams for everything from trying to regulate the danger out of the sport to ruining the aesthetics of the cars.Much of it is undeserved, although it could doubtless better communicate what it is trying to do and why it is doing it. Mekies, who was a chief engineer in F1 before joining the governing body, acknowledges it should do so but he is also insistent that behind the scenes its pursuit of improving safety is not at odds with the sport itself. “There is not a single thing we do that is there to prevent accidents,” he says. “What we Carlos Beltran Womens Jersey do is to make sure that the guy who has an accident can walk away from it. We know accidents are part of the sport. We just want to make sure the guys can walk away afterwards.”This goal has underpinned the changes that have seen F1 move from the fatality-ridden 1970s to those 20 years without a death. The work is often not seen but has been continuing apace in the background throughout, which was still the case before Bianchi’s incident.“If you look at what the FIA had done prior to that you cannot talk about complacency,” he says.“We are pushing safety improvements – more often than not against public opinion because people forget so quickly about the potential risk. We are in the line of fire.”Of late they have publicly ventured over the parapet. Cockpit protection had been on the FIA agenda and was being researched since before Dan Wheldon was killed Men's Reebok Detroit Red Wings #16 Vladimir Konstantinov Authentic White 2017 Centennial Classic NHL Jersey when he crashed at the Las Vegas Motorspeedway in 2011 and this year the FIA announced the Halo cockpit protection device would be mandatory on all cars next year. It had to impose the regulation since agreement on the device could not be reached but has won few supporters for doing so. The Halo has been proved to reduce the chance of head injuries but its aesthetics have led to condemnation. Although criminal charges were brought and a suspension cost Boban his place in Yugoslavia’s team at the 1990 World Cup finals, his gesture made him a folk hero to his fellow Croats during the bloody war that raged from 1991 to 1995, by which time he was starring for Milan and sending part of his salary back home to help the fight against Serbia.Back in Mexico City, the black-gloved fists of Tommie Smith and John Carlos in 1968 and the raised hand of Diego Maradona in 1986 were political statements.

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