Feb 062017

Lady Gaga made history with a remarkable performance at Super Bowl 2017 (Super Bowl LI (51)) in Houston, Texas on Sunday.

Lady Gaga Show Super Bowl NFL 2017

Lady Gaga @ SuperBowl 2017

The pop diva delivered a message of tolerance during the much-awaited final of the American National Football League (NFL).

Standing atop the roof of NRG Stadium, dressed in a sort of metallic outfit and surrounded by red and blue drone lights swirling behind her in the sky, the singer kicked off the half-time show with patriotic songs such as “God Bless America” ​​and “This Land is Your Land” pointing at the fact that the United States is “a nation of liberty and justice for all”.

She then jumped off the roof as secured by ropes and made it to a ground stage where she continued with her super-hits “Poker Face”, “Born This Way” and “Just Dance”.

“Hello, Houston, hello world, we are here to make you feel good,” she said in front of tens of thousand spectators and more than a hundred million TV viewers.

After thirteen minutes of spectacular colorful display, Lady Gaga ended her halftime set by throwing the microphone and leaping again into empty space.

Super Bowl is presented as the most watched sporting event in the world with over 100 million viewers in the United States. This year, Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots disputed the Championship final that was claimed in the end by “The Patriots”.

Video: Lady Gaga Show Super Bowl NFL 2017, Houston, Texas (FULL SHOW)

Dec 022016

Nico Rosberg of Mercedes-Benz announced this afternoon his retirement from Formula 1 with immediate effect and the shocking news comes just days after he was crowned a world champion.

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Nico Rosberg unveils shocking retirement (pic: Facebook)

The unexpected decision was explained by 31-year-old German driver in an open letter that was posted on both social media websites Facebook and Twitter:

Nico Rosberg retirement statement:
“Since 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my ‘one thing’ to become Formula One World Champion. Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target.And now I’ve made it. I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right. My strongest emotion right now is deep gratitude to everybody who supported me to make that dream happen.

“This season, I tell you, it was so damn tough. I pushed like crazy in every area after the disappointments of the last two years; they fuelled my motivation to levels I had never experienced before. And of course that had an impact on the ones I love, too – it was a whole family effort of sacrifice, putting everything behind our target. I cannot find enough words to thank my wife Vivian; she has been incredible. She understood that this year was the big one, our opportunity to do it, and created the space for me to get full recovery between every race, looking after our daughter each night, taking over when things got tough and putting ourchampionship first.

“When I won the race in Suzuka, from the moment when the destiny of the title was in my own hands, the big pressure started and I began to think about ending my racing career if I became World Champion. On Sunday morning in Abu Dhabi, I knew that it could be my last race and that feeling cleared my head before the start. I wanted to enjoy every part of the experience, knowing it might be the last time… and then the lights went out and I had the most intense 55 laps of my life. I took my decision on Monday evening. After reflecting for a day, the first people I told were Vivian and Georg (Nolte, from Nico’s management team), followed by Toto.

“The only thing that makes this decision in any way difficult for me is because I am putting my racing family into a toughsituation. But Toto understood. He knew straight away that I was completely convinced and that reassured me. My proudest achievement in racing will always be to have won the world championship with this incredible team of people,the Silver Arrows.

“Now, I’m just here to enjoy the moment. There is time tosavour the next weeks, to reflect on the season and to enjoy every experience that comes my way. After that, I will turn the next corner in my life and see what it has in store for me…”

Nico Rosberg won his first Formula One trophy last Sunday at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi after he finished second in the Grand Prix of the United Arab Emirates, behind his teammate Briton Lewis Hamilton who in turn ranked second in the 2016 overall driver standings, writes BBC.

Nico claimed the world title after his father Keke Rosberg (Finland) became a F1 world champion for Williams back in 1982.

The Rosbergs are the second family in which father and son claim the Formula 1 world trophy after the British Graham Hill (1968 Lotus) and his son Damon Hill (1996, Williams).

Nov 282016

Lewis Hamilton faces the risk of being suspended by his F1 team Mercedes-Benz because he deliberately disobeyed orders received during the last Formula 1 Grand Prix of the season in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday.

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Lweis Hamilton (pic: wikimedia commons)

In the last laps of the race in Abu Dhabi, the Briton slowed down the pace in efforts to deny his teammate and rival, Nico Rosberg, a first world title. As a consequence, Rosberg was about to be caught up by Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen, but fortunately he mananged to defend his 2nd position and thus preserve the leading position in the overall rankings.

Hamilton’s strategy could have given results, but aroused the wrath of Torger Christian “Toto” Wolff, the Executive Director of Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team. Wolff was irritated by the fact that Hamilton undermined the public authority of team’s race managers after being urged several times to speed up and not jeopardize the stage victory.

Radio intervention (lap 51/55) between Mercedes’ technical director Paddy Lowe and Lewis Hamilton:

“Lewis, this is Paddy. We need you to pick up the pace to win this race”.

“I’m in the lead right now. I’m quite comfortable where I am”, answered Hamilton.

Hamilton applied his tricky strategy until the end of the race, even if it became apparent for him that he will lose world title in favor of Nico Rosberg. According to The Telegraph, Lewis Hamilton is likely to be fired because he violated team orders and created anarchy in Abu Dhabi. Pressed on whether Hamilton could face sanction or even suspension, Wolff replied: “Everything is possible.”

Hamilton’s contract with Mercedes is valued at 30 million pounds per year.

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Nov 272016

Nico Rosberg ranked second in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the last race of the 2016 Formula 1 season, and this result was enough for the German driver to win the world title, the first of his career. “The big loser” of the day was Lewis Hamilton, who, despite winning the contest in United Arab Emirates, ended the year on the second place in the overall standings.

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Nico Rosberg (pic: Wikimedia)

With this F1 world title, Nico Rosberg joined the select list of families – both father and son – who won the world crown in Formula One: – Keke Rosberg won in 1982. The short list features also Briton Damon Hill (Williams – 1996 ) and his father Graham Hill (1968 Lotus), writes BBC.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: F1 rankings:
1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes 1: 38: 04 013
2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes +00: 00 439
3. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari 00: 00 843
4. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – TAG Heuer 00: 01 685
5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – TAG Heuer 00: 05 315
6. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari 00: 18.816
7. Nico Huelkenberg – Force India – Mercedes 00: 50.114
8. Sergio Perez – Force India – Mercedes 00: 58.776
9. Felipe Massa – Williams-Mercedes 00: 59.436
10. Fernando Alonso – McLaren 00: 59.896
11. Romain Grosjean – Haas – Ferrari 01: 16.777
12. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – Ferrari 01: 35.113
13. Esteban Ocon – Manor – Mercedes
14. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – Mercedes
15. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – Ferrari
16. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – Ferrari
17. Jolyon Palmer – Renault
Carlos Sainz Jr – Toro Rosso – Ferrari
Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – Ferrari
Jenson Button – McLaren
Valtteri Bottas – Williams-Mercedes
Kevin Magnussen – Renault.

Video: F1 2016 Abu Dhabi: Rosberg and Hamilton Post-Race Interview

About Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg is the son of Finn Keke Rosberg and german Sina. He was born just four days after his father Keke won the Detroit Grand Prix back in 1985.

Rosberg greu up in Monaco, where he now lives with his wife Vivian and daughter Alaia. He speaks five languages, but not Finnish, the native language of his father.

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton were teammates in the famous racing karting in 2000.

Nico Rosberg made his Formula 1 debut in 2006, in the Bahrain GP for the team Williams.

Rosberg joined Mercedes in 2010 when he had Michael Schumacher as a teammate. During that season, Nico gathered 142 points, while Schumacher just 72.

2016 Driver Standings Formula One:
1. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes 385 points / champion
2. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes 380
3. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull 256
4. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari 212
5. Max Verstappen – Red Bull 204
6. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari 186
7. Sergio Perez – Force India 101
8. Valtteri Bottas – Williams 85
9. Nico Huelkenberg – Force India 72
10. Fernando Alonso – McLaren 54
11. Felipe Massa – Williams 53
12. Carlos Sainz Jr – Toro Rosso 46
13. Romain Grosjean – 29th Haas
14. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso 25
15. Jenson Button – McLaren 21
16. Kevin Magnussen – Renault 7
17. Felipe Nasr – Sauber 2
18. Jolyon Palmer – Renault 1
19. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor 1
20. Stoffel VANDOORNE – McLaren 1
21. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas 0
22. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber 0
23. Esteban Ocon – Manor 0
24. Rio Haryanto – Manor 0.

Constructors Rankings Formula One 2016:
1. Mercedes 765 points – world champion
2. Red Bull – TAG Heuer 468
3. Ferrari 398
4. Force India – Mercedes 173
5. Williams-Mercedes 138
6. McLaren 76
7. Toro Rosso – Ferrari 63
8. Haas – Ferrari 29
9. Renault 8
10. Sauber – Ferrari 2
11. Manor – Mercedes 1.

List of F1 world champions since 1990 until today:
2016 – Nico Rosberg – Mercedes
2015 – Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes
2014 – Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes
2013 – Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull
2012 – Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull
2011 – Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull
2010 – Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull
2009 – Jenson Button – Brawn
2008 – Lewis Hamilton – McLaren
2007 – Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari
2006 – Fernando Alonso – Renault
2005 – Fernando Alonso – Renault
2004 – Michael Schumacher – Ferrari
2003 – Michael Schumacher – Ferrari
2002 – Michael Schumacher – Ferrari
2001 – Michael Schumacher – Ferrari
2000 – Michael Schumacher – Ferrari
1999 – Mika Hakkinen – McLaren
1998 – Mika Hakkinen – McLaren
1997 – Jacques Villeneuve – Williams
1996 – Damon Hill – Williams
1995 – Michael Schumacher – Benetton
1994 – Michael Schumacher – Benetton
1993 – Alain Prost – Williams
1992 – Nigel Mansell – Williams
1991 – Ayrton Senna – McLaren
1990 – Ayrton Senna – McLaren

Most titles won in Formula 1:
7 – Schumacher
5 – Fangio
4 – Prost, Vettel
3 – Brabham, Stewart, Lauda, ​​Piquet, Senna, Hamilton
2 – Ascari, Graham Hill, Clark, Fittipaldi, Hakkinen, Alonso.
Photo credit: By AngMoKio (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Nov 242016

An interesting video shows six racing drones trying to catch up with a lavish Porsche 718 Cayman S.

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Porsche 718 Cayman chasek by drones (capture: Youtube/Porsche)

German carmaker Porsche and Ali-A, a blogger specialized in Youtube video games, organized a unusual competition that involved a 718 Cayman coupe and six drones.

The sports car was supposed to run in such a way that the flying gadgets would not be able to get in its proximity.

Furthermore, according to the rules of the game, the car had to pass through three check points placed along the makeshift track where the race took place.

Behind Porsche’s steering wheel sat Mauro Carlo, a racing driver who managed to set the record for the world’s longest steady drift back in 2011. At that time, Carlo drove a Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG and skidded relentessly over a distance of two kilometers until one of vehicle’s tires blew up.

In this game, six operators controlled the drones and did their best to get as close as possible to the sportscar and thus “catch” it. The 718 Cayman S had more than one chance to breakaway and, whenever a drone triggered the proximity sensors installed on the sportscar, a blue smoke was released confirming that the vehicle lost one of its three lives, writes autoevolution.com. The Cayman lost 2 two lives but in the end managed to sucessfuly make it to the final spot and win the race.

The 718 Cayman S delivers 350 hp and 420 Nm. Fitted with a robotized transmission and an optional Sport Chrono Package, Cayman S is able to speed from 0 up to 100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 285 km/h.

Video: Race Drones Vs. Porsche 718 Cayman

Nov 232016

Total show last night in UEFA Champions League. Borussia Dortmund defeated Legia Warsaw thanks to remarkable 8-4 result that broke the old record in terms of number of goals scored.

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Record-breaking score in Dortmund

With seven goals in the first half and five in the second, the confrontation between Borussia and Legia made history. The 12 successes surpassed the all-time record of goals scored in a Champions League match in the new format.

In November 2003, French team of Monaco unveiled its strong abilities by winning 8-3 over Deportivo La Coruna of Spain, according to BBC.

The match at “Signal Iduna Park” last night has checked another record: Legia Warsaw is the first soccer team in history to score four Champions League goals in Dortmund.

Borussia scorers: Kagawa 17 ‘and 18’, Sahin ’20, ’29 Dembele, Reus ’32, ’52 and ’90 +3, Passlack ’81
Legia scorers: Prijovic ’10 and ’24, Kucharczyk ’57, ’83 Nikolics.

Even Borussia’s great rivals from Bayern Munich appreciated the sporting show in Dortmund by posting on their official Twitter account a suggestive GIF image with the following caption: “What a show, @BVB!!!! Bravo!”

Nov 192016

RB Leipzig claimed a surprising 3-2 away win against Bayer Lverkusen on Friday in a match part of the 11th leg of the German championship, and is provisionally on first place in Bundesliga rankings with three points ahead of Bayern Munich.

RB Leipzig

RB Leipzig players enjoying victory over Lerverkusen (pic: Facebook)

Kevin Kampl opened the scoring for Leverkusen in the first minute of the clash, but Julian Baumgartlinger’s own goal (4 ‘) canceled out the narrow advantage. Julian Brandt put the hosts on the lead at the end of first half (45 + 1 ‘) and Hakan Çalhanoğlu could have increased the gap if he did not miss a penalty kick in minutes 54. But it was Leipzig squad who took advantage of the situation as Emil Forsberg scored the equalizer in minutes 67 and Willi Orban earned the 3-2 victory in minutes 81.

Leipzig has gathered 27 points so far and tops the rankings just three points of Bayern Munich which ranks second. However, Bayern have one match less and could get back atop if winning the match against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

Following this match, Leipzig has reached six consecutive wins in Bundesliga and became the first newly promoted team that is unbeaten after the first 11 matches disputed on the first stage of the German football.

The team that used to hold that record was Kaiserslautern, who also became the first newly promoted side ever to win the Bundesliga back in 1997-98. This season, Leipzig are looking to emulate that feat.

RB Leipzig were founded in 2009 and, with the backing of Red Bull, won four promotions in seven seasons to reach the top flight for the first time this year.

Video: Bayer Leverkusen vs. LB Leipzig: 2-3: Full Highlights and Goals

Bundesliga Ranking:
1. RB Leipzig (23-9) 27 points (+ 1 play)
2. Bayern Munich (24-6) 24
3. Hoffenheim (18-11) 20
4. Hertha Berlin (17-10) 20

Nov 052016

Manchester City, the team coached by Pep Guardiola, claimed just a 1-1 draw after their home match against Middlesbrough as part of eleventh leg of the championship of England (Premier League). City came close to victory, but the guests managed to successfully hit in stoppage time and save a point.

Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola (pic: wikimedia)

The citizens took the lead in minutes 43 on goal by Sergio Kun Aguero, but Middlesbrough leveled the scoreboard thanks to De Roon’s equalizer in minute 90 + 1.

Other results on Saturday:
Bournemouth – Sunderland 1-2
Burnley – Crystal Palace 3-2
West Ham United – Stoke City 1-1

Confrontation between Chelsea – Everton resulted in a 3-0 win for will be disputed Saturday evening while the rest of the matches, Arsenal – Tottenham Hotspur, Hull City – Southampton, FC Liverpool – Watford, Swansea City – Manchester United and Leicester City – West Bromwich Albion, will take place on Sunday.

Premier League Rankings:
1. Manchester City (25-10) 24 points (+ 1 play)
2. Arsenal (23-10) 23
3. Liverpool (24-13) 23
4. Chelsea (21-9) 22
5. Tottenham (14-5) 20 etc.

Video: Manchester City vs Middlesbrough game highlights and goals:

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Nov 052016

Andy Murray needed only one victory at Paris Masters tournament to dethrone Serbian Novak Djokovic atop ATP rankings. And the Briton is set to take over the leading role in men’s tennis next Monday as he qualified in the final thanks to Canadian Milos Raonic who abandoned the competition.

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Andy Murray to hold ATP number one position for first time (pic: wikimedia)

After Novak Djokovic was eliminated in the quarterfinals, Andy Murray had to reach the tournament final to become world’s number one. This condition was met after his semifinal opponent, Milos Raonic (5 ATP), withdrew before the match due to an injury.

Andy Murray, 29, is the second oldest player to become ATP number 1 after John Newcombe, who become a world leader at the age of 30 back in 1974.

Murray is the first British to take over the first position in ATP rankings and 26th tennis player in the Open Era.
After more than 7 years since he ranked second on 17 August 2009, Andy Murray spent in overall 76 weeks on the second position of the standings.

This year, he won seven trophies from 11 disputed finals. The Briton dominated the tournaments in Vienna, Shanghai, Beijing, Wimbledon, London, Rome and the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Novak Djokovic had been an ATP leader since 7 July 2014 when he grabbed the first spot from Rafael Nadal. The Serbian became the ATP no.1 for the first time on July 4, 2011, holding the leading position for a total of 223 weeks.

In the Paris Masters final, Andy Murray will face American Jonh Isner (ATP 27), who defeated Croat Marin Cilic (10 ATP), 6-4, 6-3. Cilic forced Novak Djokovic out in the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 7-6 (2) victory.

The statistics behind Murray’s climb to number one, according to BBC
– He is the 26th man to hold the top spot since computerised rankings began in 1973.
– A player’s ranking is determined by his best 18 tournament results over the preceding 52 weeks.
– Murray is the second-oldest player to debut at number one behind John Newcombe, who was 30 years and 11 days old when he achieved the feat in 1974.
– Murray holds the record for the longest time between first becoming number two and becoming number one – seven years and over two months.
– His seven stints at number two are tied with Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg for the longest in the ATP’s database of week-by-week records, which goes back to June 1984.
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Oct 192016

Rafael Nadal inaugurated a tennis academy that bears his name in his hometown of Manacor on Wednesday, during a ceremony that was attended by Swiss tennis player and friend Roger Federer and many other officials, including ITF president David Haggerty, and ATP Chief Chris Kermode.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal (wikimedia)

“It’s a dream come true and a special day for me,” said Nadal before opening a complex that covers a surface area of ​​24,000 square meters.

The sports center accommodates a minihotel, 26 clay courts, a gym, two swimming pools, a mini-football field, etc. The building will house the offices of the Foundation Rafael Nadal, along with a museum of national and international sports that will feature articles donated by athletes.

Federer, the holder of record 17 Grand Slam titles, congratulated Nadal for his achievement: “It’s a great idea to have an academy like this”.

Nadal, 30, who has never played a final since last April in Barcelona, ​​does not exclude to give up his participation to the Champions Tournament in London (November 13 to 20).

This year, he won two titles, both on clay (Monte Carlo and Barcelona).
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