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Great Run VII.

Race cars, motorbikes and trucks in the heart of Budapest?

Yes, this is the Great Run, which apart from being a fantastic and spectacular event for the spectators, has the explicit aim of bringing the motorsport closer to the people. This event has become a tradition in the Hungarian capital, allowing fans as close to the race cars, motorbikes, trucks and drivers as could never come true in a closed circuit.

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How to catch the Liebherr 2019 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships

Day 1 of the biggest Table Tennis event of the year starts on 21st of April (Saturday) at the Hungexpo, Budapest, Hungary!

The World Table Tennis Championships have been held since 1926, biennially since 1957.

Five individual events, which include men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s double and mixed doubles, are currently held in odd numbered years. In 2019 Budapest will be the host of the event. The world’s best table tennis athletes will compete at Budapest during Easter. This is going to be the fourth time when the Hungarian capital hosts the most important event of the year in this sport. Almost 70 years later after the last rendez-vous the “Pearl of Danube” will be the home of the sport that everyone loves. Table tennis is for everyone. The Organising Committee planned to follow through the dream of the best world championships ever, therefore they will provide side-programs for the families and the exhibitors. The Fun zone and the exhibition stands will be waiting for their visitors, exhibitors and table tennis supporters, at HUNGEXPO Budapest Fair Center.

A total of 8 tables of LIVE streaming on itTV will satisfy your every table tennis need.

Kicking things off will be the Mixed Doubles action at 8 am GMT with 4 tables coming to you from the main hall and 4 more from the second hall. The action does not stop as qualification continues until the top 128 Men & Women’s Singles and the top 64 pairs in Men’s, Women’s & Mixed Doubles events emerge on 22nd April. TV production will commence at 4 pm GMT on the same day.

Fans can expect the best viewing experience from the 22nd – 28th of April as the 2019 World Championships is broadcasted all over the world. Wondering where to catch it all?

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Chinese Grand Prix driver ratings

 

Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton struggled throughout the weekend, but when it mattered in qualifying, he produced a strong lap to secure a front row start. With starts being arguably his weakest area, he was on top of it this weekend, and after taking the lead into the first turn, controlled proceeding unchallenged thereon in.

Rating: 9.0

Valtteri Bottas

It was a more on form Bottas this weekend after a poor showing in Bahrain. Taking his seventh pole position, Bottas’ chance of a win slipped away mere metres into the Grand Prix. However, he kept Hamilton in his sights throughout to secure another 1-2 finish for Mercedes.

Rating: 8.0

Sebastian Vettel

After a disastrous outing in Bahrain, Vettel was gunning for the win in Shanghai. However, as Mercedes was simply in a class of its own, a podium finish was probably the best he could have achieved.

Rating: 7.5

Max Verstappen

Verstappen did well to split the Ferraris in the race after heavily outperforming teammate Pierre Gasly in qualifying. He had a go on Sebastian Vettel, but just didn’t have the pace in the car to keep up with the German.

Rating: 8.0

Charles Leclerc

Leclerc ended up getting hit hard by Ferraris strategy call. It seemed he lacked a little pace compared to Vettel throughout the weekend, but still should have finished in at least fourth place.

Rating: 7.0

Pierre Gasly

Heading into the season, Red Bull probably expected Gasly to pick up mostly sixth place positions. That he managed in China but was still a long, long way off Verstappen. Nevertheless, it was an improvement from Australia and Bahrain.

Rating: 6.0

Daniel Ricciardo

It was the race that Ricciardo was hoping for. After two consecutive DNF’s for Renault, picking up the ‘best of the rest spot’ and his first points of the year was exactly what he needed as he continues to acclimatise himself in his new team.

Rating: 8.0

Sergio Perez

Typical Sergio Perez. After missing out on a spot in Q3, the Mexican perfected a one-stop strategy, doing what he does best. Obtaining more points for Racing Point, it was a smooth and successful race for the 29-year-old.

Rating: 9.0

Kimi Raikkonen

Like Bahrain, Raikkonen had a pretty quiet weekend. After ending his streak of Q3 appearances, he too drove a one-stop strategy and picked up more points for Alfa Romeo.

Rating: 8.0

Alexander Albon

Albon was the popular choice for Driver of the Day after the race, as he drove to a solid P10 finish after starting from the pit lane. It was a great race drive, but his wreck in FP3 which put him out of qualifying can’t go unmentioned. It remains to be seen if his Honda power unit can be used again going forward.

Rating: 7.5

Romain Grosjean

Grosjean was unlucky to not be able to set a time in the final stage of qualifying, as Haas came from having no pace in Friday practice to getting both cars in Q3 when it mattered. Even though they did not show the pace that they had at the first race of the season in Australia, it was strategy which was the limiting factor that meant Grosjean couldn’t score any points.

Rating: 7.0

Lance Stroll

Stroll has continued his seven-race streak of being eliminated in Q1 (although four of these were for Williams), and he did not show the same pace that his teammate Perez had in his Racing Point during the race. A late pitstop prevented him from a possible P11 finish, but this would still not have earned the Canadian any points.

Rating: 6.0

Kevin Magnussen

Magnussen had a similar strategy to his teammate Romain Grosjean, a strategy that ultimately didn’t work. However, the Dane did not have the speed of Grosjean in the race.

Rating: 6.0

Carlos Sainz

Sainz suffered yet another blow in what has been a horrible start to the season for the Spaniard, as he lost a lot of time in his first lap collision with Kvyat. He extracted all he could from the car in qualifying, where he was comfortably faster than his teammate Norris, and then had good race pace in his comeback drive.

Rating: 6.5

Antonio Giovinazzi

Giovinazzi is had another weekend to forget, where he was unlucky to not be able to complete a timed lap in qualifying. However, he also was quite far off the pace of his teammate Kimi Raikkonen during the race. The Italian also managed to be beaten by Sainz, which should never have happened given the gap between the pair after lap one.

Rating: 5.0

George Russell

Yet again we do not feel that it would be fair to give the Williams’ drivers a rating, as they can only be compared against themselves. It was still a relatively good performance from Russell, who made a two-stop strategy work to beat his teammate Kubica for the third race running.

Rating: N/A

Robert Kubica

Kubica had a much better weekend than the previous two rounds of the season, as he was much closer to his teammate George Russell both in qualifying and the race. He is still suffering from issues with his Williams car that aren’t apparrent on Russell’s FW42.

Rating: N/A
Lando Norris

Norris had his first retirement in Formula 1 at the Chinese Grand Prix, which came after a disappointing qualifying meant he was caught up in the first lap incident with Kvyat and his teammate Sainz. He didn’t have much pace in the race up until his retirement, due to heavy damage to the floor, sustained during the incident.

Rating: 5.0
Daniil Kvyat

Kvyat performed well in qualifying to miss out on a Q3 appearance by only 0.022s, the stewards deemed the Russian to be the cause of the first lap incident with the two McLarens. This meant he was awarded a drive-through penalty, which effectively ruined his race. Toro Rosso later retired the car to reduce the engine and gearbox mileage.

Rating: 6.0

Nico Hulkenberg

After losing out by a small margin in qualifying to Ricciardo, Hulkenberg was unfortunate to have to retire his RS19 after only 15 laps due to yet another MGU-K problem for Renault.

Rating: N/A

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Giro d’Italia to start in Budapest in 2020

The Italian Grand Tour will begin in Hungary for the first time.

The 2020 Giro d’Italia will start in Budapest, Hungary – a first, with no other Grand Tour yet to visit the central European country.

This will be the 14th Grande Partenza to take place outside of Italy, with the first three stages of this year’s edition taking place on Hungarian soil.

Budapest follows a progressive international push by RCS Sport. In recent years, it has begun its three-week Italian Grand Tour in Jerusalem, Amsterdam and Belfast. The first ever foreign Giro start was in 1965, when the race began in San Marino.

The 2021 Giro d’Italia is already due to start in Sicily, Italy’s southern island. This year’s Giro, starting May 11 with Egan Bernal leading Team Sky, will begin in Bologna.

France’s Marseille had been in the running to host the 2020 start before the organiser decided on Budapest.

The race should begin on Friday, as other recent Giros have done when beginning abroad. It will allow an extra rest day when returning home to the Bel Paese.

The Giro caravan faces a 550km drive to the nearest city, Trieste in Italy’s far northeast, or alternatively it could take a flight to the very south in the heel of the country. In 2014, the Giro left Dublin for Bari in the south east – a 2700 kilometre journey.

No distance appears too far for the Italian organiser, however, after its 2018 start in Jerusalem. The race flew three hours to Sicily, with the hour’s time difference, to begin the race 48 hours later. Chris Froome went on to win the race overall.

The Giro/Budapest deal could be linked to Hungarian sponsor Kométa. The Italian-owned meat processor has invested millions in Hungary in recent years.

The announcement comes one month after the European Union’s center-right leaning coalition, the European People’s Party, suspended Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party, which has led an aggressive anti-European Union campaign and has been accused of eroding judicial independence and press freedoms.

The 2020 Giro d’Italia will start in the capital, Budapest, with two more stages in Hungary before transferring to Italy. The Giro d’Italia has had a previous 13 starts outside Italy.

Other foreign starts in the Giro d’Italia:
1965 San Marino (Republic of san Marino)
1966 Monte Carlo (Principality of Monaco)
1973 Verviers (Belgium)
1974 Vatican City
1996 Athens (Greece)
1998 Nice (France)
2002 Groningen (the Netherlands)
2006 Seraing (Belgium)
2010 Amsterdam (the Netherlands)
2012 Herning (Denmark)
2014 Belfast (Northern Ireland)
2016 Apeldoorn (the Netherlands)
2018 Jerusalem (Israel)

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Wigan Athletic 1 Norwich City 1: Farke´s leaders drop points again

Teemu Pukki scored a late equaliser as Norwich City dropped points for the second Championship game in a row, the leaders drawing 1-1 away to Wigan Athletic to give Leeds United and Sheffield United hope in the promotion race.

The Canaries were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Reading in midweek and they slipped up again at the DW Stadium on Sunday, where Reece James scored the opener with a contentious penalty.

Ben Godfrey was penalised for handball on the stroke of half-time, even though Sam Morsy’s shot rebounded off the defender’s leg on to his arm.

James beat Tim Krul with the resulting penalty to set up a potential shock, and the Norwich goalkeeper then made a superb save to deny Leon Clarke midway through the second half.

But Norwich levelled in the 81st minute when Pukki, crowned the Championship Player of the Season on Monday, was slipped through on goal by Kenny McLean to slot home his 27th league goal of 2018-19.

Norwich could not force a winner despite eight added minutes, though, and it was instead Wigan who had the ball in the net, Clarke having a header ruled out for a marginal offside during the extended injury time.

With four games to go, Daniel Farke’s men are four points clear of Leeds, with Sheffield United – who drew at home to Millwall this weekend after conceding in added time – a further three back.

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Ben Simmons hits out at the boo-boys after shock 76ers loss

Ben Simmons hit out at the boo-boys after he was the target of the fans’ jeers in the Philadelphia 76ers shock loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday.

The Sixers fell to a 111-102 defeat in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference round one playoff series despite being heavy favourites on home court.

It was a particularly tough evening for Simmons, who had just nine points and seven rebounds, and was loudly jeered after a missing a three-throw in the third quarter.

After the disappointing setback, a frustrated Simmons took aim at the dissenting voices.

“If you are going to boo, then stay on that side,” he said.

“That is how you feel. If you are a Sixers fan and going to boo, stay on that side.”

Team-mate Joel Embiid was reluctant to criticise the fanbase but says he can understand why some players would take exception.

“I love the fans and I never say anything about them. They show us love. It’s understandable. They come in, they pay a lot of money, they want the game to be entertaining. They want to watch us win so I understand why they boo,” Embiid said.

“But the fact that it’s after every single miss, when shots aren’t going to fall. Tonight they didn’t fall, but for me, I’m fine. I’ll play through anything.

“But for some guys it’s annoying. It can be annoying. It’s like every missed shot, you get booed so you get the next one and it’s kind of like, ‘should I shoot it or should I not because I’m about to get booed?’ I don’t know. Some guys are like that. It’s hard. I think we all got to do a better job.”

Jimmy Butler had no qualms with Simmons’ comments but can understand the fans’ discontent.

“He’s [Simmons] a grown man,” he said. “If that’s the way that he feels, that’s the way that he feels.

“They want to see us win – I want to see us win, too. In the end, I think we just gotta do better.

“I guarantee if we’re winning, they’re not booing, so that’s the way to change it.”

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MLS Review: Vela extends LAFC´s winning run

Los Angeles FC defeated Cincinnati 2-0 on Saturday to remain top of the Western Conference in MLS, as DC United took advantage of a slip up from Columbus Crew.

Mark-Anthony Kaye headed home Carlos Vela’s corner in the 32nd minute at Banc of California Stadium to put LAFC ahead against their fellow expansion franchise.

And Vela sealed all three points in second-half stoppage time, receiving a pass from Eduard Atuesta before advancing into the area and firing a low finish past Spencer Richey.

The result leaves LAFC three points clear of second-placed Seattle Sounders, who had Will Bruin’s brace to thank for a 3-2 win over Toronto, Jozy Altidore netting a double in vain for the visitors to CenturyLink Field.

LA Galaxy are a point further back in third after winning their fourth match in succession as Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s pair of first-half strikes earned a 2-0 victory at home to Philadelphia Union, who had Auston Trusty sent off for committing a second bookable offence with 14 minutes to go.

In the Eastern Conference, DC United came from a goal down to win 3-2 away to Colorado Rapids and go top of the standings.

Columbus Crew dropped to second following a 1-0 loss at Montreal Impact, who are now just two points behind them in third place.

There were five goals inside the first 32 minutes of Minnesota United’s match at home to New York City, who had Ismael Tajouri to thank for rescuing a point in a 3-3 draw and sparing the blushes of Sean Johnson, the goalkeeper having conceded a comical own goal to gift the hosts the advantage.

MLS Cup holders Atlanta United claimed their first league win under Frank de Boer thanks to Ezequiel Barco’s double in a 2-0 victory at New England Revolution.

In other matches, there were 2-1 wins for Real Salt Lake, Dallas and Houston Dynamo against Orlando City, Portland Timbers and San Jose Earthquakes respectively.

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It´s pretty special – Stephen Curry breaks Ray Allen´s postseason threes record

Stephen Curry reflected on a “pretty special” achievement after surpassing the legendary Ray Allen to become the NBA’s all-time leader for postseason three-pointers.

The superstar point guard was in top form as the Golden State Warriors earned a 121-104 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series at Oracle Arena.

Curry trailed Allen by seven heading into Sunday’s encounter and drained his eighth in the third quarter to take his postseason threes to 386.

It has taken Curry just seven trips to the playoffs to break the record, in comparison to 11 for Allen, and he was in buoyant mood.

“That’s pretty special. I mean, I always talk about longevity and the all-time great shooters. Ray Allen, Reggie Miller – anytime we can pass them in the record books, it’s pretty special,” Curry said.

“I shot a lot of [three-pointers], so I got to make a lot of them.

“The way I play, the shots I take, obviously have confidence every time you rise up, but to be in the same category and to pass a guy like Ray Allen and all the iconic moments he’s had in playoff games and Finals games and all that type of stuff, it’s pretty surreal.

“So [I’m] definitely honoured and grateful for those opportunities. I always joke, though: I shoot a lot of threes. I’d better make a lot of them.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr was astounded by the achievement of Curry, who had 38 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists.

“That’s remarkable, given that he’s kind of right in his prime,” he said. “He’s got a lot of years left.”

Golden State forward Draymond Green believes the argument over who is the greatest shooter in NBA history has now been closed.

“I don’t think there’s much argument when anyone says he’s the greatest shooter of all time,” Green said.

“I don’t know if you can find many people to argue that.”

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Emery challenges Ramsey to end Arsenal career in style

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has challenged Aaron Ramsey to end his career with the club on a high.

The Gunners are in the thick of a four-way battle for two Champions League qualification spots in the Premier League and have one foot in the Europa League semi-finals after earning a 2-0 quarter-final first leg win over Napoli on Thursday.

Ramsey – who will leave the Emirates Stadium for Italian champions Juventus at the end of the season – scored the opener against Napoli and Emery wants him to continue his fine recent form in the closing weeks of the season.

“It’s not easy for him after he signed for Juventus but his focus is to help us and his attitude is a very amazing attitude towards each training session,” he told a media conference ahead of his side’s visit to Watford on Monday.

“I continued speaking with him about doing something very important in the last matches here in two competitions that are very important for us.

“He wants to do something important for the supporters and I want to do something important for him in his last matches here.”

Sixth-place Arsenal will climb back into the top four if they overcome the Hornets and Chelsea fail to pick up any points against Liverpool on Sunday, and Emery knows his side will have to be at their best against the FA Cup finalists.

“We are showing we are competitive and have a good mentality,” he added.

“At Watford, we need to be defensively hard and strong, like we are at home now, and in the attacking moments use the best opportunities to find chances to score.”

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Chinese GP: Hamilton storms to race victory

 

Lewis Hamilton has taken the lead in the world championship for the first time in 2019 as he crossed the line in first place at the Chinese Grand Prix.

The Briton was unchallenged on his way to his 75th career win, as he beat teammate Valtteri Bottas to the chequered flag at the Shanghai International Circuit.

Hamilton got the jump on Bottas off the line, and took the lead into the first corner, making it three from three races in 2019 that the pole sitter hasn’t headed the pack into the opening corner of the Grand Prix.

Charles Leclerc also got past his teammate Sebastian Vettel at Turn 1, but couldn’t keep up with the Mercedes’ who started to pull away.

There was a brief virtual safety car period after Daniel Kvyat came together with the two McLarens on the exit of Turn 6. Daniil Kvyat received a drive-through penalty for the incident, whie McLaren failed to score any points.

On the 11th lap, Leclerc let Vettel past to allow the German to go in chase of Bottas in front. However, Vettel failed to pull away quickly and while he towed Leclerc along, Max Verstappen closed in in the Red Bull.

The Dutchman then triggered the pit stops, as he boxed for medium tyres. Vettel responded on the next lap, coming out just in front of the 21-year-old. Verstappen attempted an overtake at the Turn 14 hairpin, but failed to make the move stick, getting pushed out onto the grass by Vettel.

When Leclerc pitted a number of laps later, he emerged far behind Verstappen in fifth place, where he would remain for the rest of the race, even after the second round of pit stops.

Out in front, Mercedes was unchallenged and decided to stack their cars when they made their second pit stops, after Vettel and Verstappen.

Pierre Gasly drove a lonely race but picked up his best result at Red Bull, crossing the line in sixth place. However, he pitted in the last couple of laps and managed to pick up the extra point for the fastest lap.

Daniel Ricciardo also had a quiet race for Renault but managed to pick up his first points of the year, finishing in seventh place. He headed Sergio Perez and Kimi Raikkonen who were eighth and ninth respectively.

After starting from the pitlane, Albon drove a one-stop strategy to pick up the final point on offer, while also winning the Driver of the Day vote.

It was a tough day for Haas, who failed to pick up points despite having both of its cars inside the top ten for the start of the Grand Prix.