Ferrari say Vettel is ahead of Hamilton for 2021 seat

first_imgBy Alan BaldwinREGGIO EMILIA, Italy (Reuters) – Sebastian Vettel is Ferrari’s first choice to partner Charles Leclerc next year, team boss Mattia Binotto said yesterday, despite speculation that they want six times world champion Lewis Hamilton.The 32-year-old German had a difficult and disappointing 2019 season, outperformed by Leclerc in the young Monegasque’s first year at Ferrari, and is out of contract at the end of 2020.Hamilton is in a similar position with Formula One champions Mercedes, although the Briton is expected to stay, and met Ferrari chairman John Elkann last year.Binotto told reporters at the launch of the Italian team’s new SF1000 car, however, that Vettel remained very much part of future planning even if he no longer retained clear number one status.“Seb is our first choice at the moment,” he said.“Obviously it is something we are discussing with him and we will continue discussing, but he is certainly our first option, our preference.”Asked whether he could therefore rule out Hamilton, who can expect to become the highest paid Formula One driver of all time if he stays at Mercedes, Binotto refused to be drawn.“We are focused on our drivers,” he said. “And we are considering Seb as our option at the moment.”Pressed on whether Hamilton might still be a ‘fallback option’, Binotto said that was not under consideration.Vettel, asked if he wanted to stay at Ferrari for what would be a seventh successive season, said age was certainly not a factor.“I feel young enough. You spoke about Lewis, he’s even older,” he said of the 35-year-old who can equal Ferrari great Michael Schumacher’s record seven championships this year and also beat the German’s unprecedented 91 wins.“So that’s not a limitation. So yeah, happy to keep going.”Vettel started last season as the clear number one at Ferrari, the sport’s most successful team but without a title in 12 years, only for Leclerc to take more wins, poles, podiums and points.In December, Ferrari extended 22-year-old Leclerc’s contract to the end of 2024 — a huge vote of confidence from a team that has rarely committed itself to even the greatest of drivers for so long.The pair clashed on track, most famously with a collision in Brazil when they were warned about their behaviour, but Binotto said they would be free to race on equal terms from the start of this season.“Last year we said Seb would have been first driver, and Charles second,” he said.“I think that after a year both have shown they can fight for the best result so they will be on the same level. Let’s say they can both fight for being ahead and that’s it. So let them race.”last_img read more

Syracuse gets 1st win of season, drops Kansas in straight sets

first_img Published on September 15, 2019 at 6:14 pm Contact Nick: Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (1-4) secured its first win of the 2019 season with a straight-set win over Kansas (4-4) in the Kansas Invitational. The Orange, whose 0-4 start marks their worst since 2016, dominated the Jayhawks with nine aces and nine blocks. Syracuse also tallied 11 more kills than Kansas.In the first set, sophomore setter Elena Karakasi assisted on four of nine points, as the Orange jumped to a 9-5 lead to start the set. But two attacking errors from freshman Marina Markova and a shaky set from Karakasi allowed Kansas to score four unanswered points to take a 17-13 lead.A pair of service aces from sophomore Polina Shemanova and Markova would close the gap with Kansas, tying the set at 18. Kansas would record two kills to snag a two-point advantage, but a timeout from SU head coach Leonid Yelin would calm his team down. Coming out of the time out, Syracuse rattled off six unanswered points to win the first set, 25-21.    Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorAdvertisementThis is placeholder textErrors hindered the second set for the Orange, again, but a Markova service ace gave Syracuse a 16-12 point advantage. Then, two Kansas kills, followed by an attacking error from Karakasi, tied the score at 18. The set would continue to go back-and-forth, as Syracuse relied on Shemanova to close out the set. With the scored tied at 29, Shemanova stepped up with two kills to end the set at 31-29. Syracuse dominated the third set, as more sharp play from Shemanova and Markova pushed the Orange to an early eight-point lead. Syracuse wouldn’t look back, as they avoided sloppy play to take the third and final set by 13 points. After struggling in her first four starts, Karakasi shined in the win, posting a career-high 34 assists while recording just four errors. Markova also had 19 kills in the victory.Syracuse will continue its nine-game road trip with a match against Northeastern on Friday.     Commentslast_img read more

AppBet horse racing tipster picks her Wincanton winners

first_img Share StumbleUpon 1Alan Alger – Betway311.41 2Jacob Johns – Easyodds37.72 3Phillip Anderson – Before The Off36.17 4Ciaran O’Brien – William Hill35.29 5Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air14.50 6John Hill – Coral24.25 7Alex Donohue – Ladbrokes24.11 8Michael Shinners – Sky Bet24.00 9bettingexpert1.534.00 10Stuart Tilly – Argyll Entertainment14.00 11Darren Moore – Betting Gods23.66 12Trevor Keane – Sportego23.50 13Matthew Hulmes – Betfred23.25 14Paddy Power13.00 15Timeform1.792.92 16Russell Yershon11.88 17Charlie McCann – BetVictor11.75 18Stephen Power – @racingblogger21.69 19John Cruces – Dafabet11.25 20Michael Whittle – Team FA10.91 21Ed Nicholson – Unibet10.73 RankTipsterRace WinsPoints Share Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 The horse racing tipster for AppBet, the providers of a free online service combining odds comparison and integration with betting accounts, has supplied expert tips for today’s Tipster Challenge.Sarah Shannon has been the AppBet horse racing tipster since the app’s conception back in 2015. A passionate tipster with over five years’ experience in the betting industry, she is currently on a roll with a 25% strike rate.She will be going up against Stephen Harris and the experts from Timeform for the six-race meet at Wincanton. Harris, who represents leading affiliate bettingexpert, climbed a place to 9th at Doncaster last week after a 15/2 victory on Rocky’s Treasure.____________________________________2:10bettingexpert: Cornish WarriorCould improve a chunk for joining the excellent Mulholland stable.Timeform: Fountains WindfallHas twice shaped well in competitive-looking handicaps in recent weeks, and this may well represent a good opportunity for him to add to his tally, despite conceding weight all round.AppBet: Fountains WindfallDespite being under a penalty for strong form in his recent handicap run at Sandown the drop back to novice company should suit him here, and with his trainer enjoying a good spell, he looks the one to beat.____________________________________2:40bettingexpert: Sleep EasyHas shaped better than the bare result in both handicaps so far and can defy topweight.Timeform: Pure VisionGot his act together in handicaps to end 2016, and given his useful bumper ability, he can be expected to win more races in this sphere.AppBet: Pure VisionAfter winning at Lingfield back in December, he also put in a very strong performance to finish second at Uttoxeter last time out. Given weight by all the other horses in this race, he makes a strong case for an early double for A J Honeyball here.____________________________________3:10bettingexpert: BallinvarrigBounced back to his best at Leicester last time and has been found a weak race to follow up in.Timeform: BallinvarrigNot an obvious type to follow up but has been found an uncompetitive event and remains on a fair mark despite a 10lb rise.AppBet: BallinvarrigPlacing in both his previous starts over course and distance, the nine-year-old should have the class to win this four-horse race after winning by 14 lengths last time out at Leicester.____________________________________3:40bettingexpert: MurrayanaUseful hunter has an obvious chance on the ratings and will like this speed track.Timeform: Apple’s QueenA small field but easy to make a case for at least three, with Apple’s Queen fancied to build on his point wins for the Alners and come out on top on his hunter chase debut.AppBet: Apple’s QueenWinning his last two outings on point to point courses, it looks as though the six-year-old will have a very promising career and she looks set to do well here.____________________________________4:10bettingexpert: TangleyHeld in high regard by his excellent stable and can put two disappointments in bumpers behind her on hurdling debut.Timeform: TangleyRan out a 10-length winner on her sole start in points and it would come as no surprise were she to leave her bumper form (well supported both starts) behind now sent hurdling.AppBet: TangleyTrained by Harry Fry, more is expected from this mare who has failed to fire in her last two bumper races. The switch to hurdles could be what she needs, and coming from a good yard she does make a strong case here.____________________________________4:40bettingexpert: Lady LongshotCaught the eye last time and can improve to land this weak looking handicap.Timeform: Lady LongshotMade more of an impact on her handicap debut at Exeter and could be the one to beat.AppBet: Skylark LadyShe makes a strong case here following her runner-up effort at Fakenham earlier in the season, she handles the ground and distance well and could pick up a first win for her new stable here.____________________________________Where will Sarah Shannon enter on the Tipster Challenge leaderboard? Related Articles Submit Better Collective secures esports vision by acquiring for €35m February 28, 2020 ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020last_img read more

New Rules Prevent Undue Delays in Settling Labor Disputes

first_imgThe Ministry of Labor has instituted stringent measures aimed at protecting employers and employees at workplaces across the country.According to a statement issued by the entity’s Director of Communications J. Kortu Nyandibo, quoting Minister Neto Z. Lighe, the new guidelines, named; ‘Regulation 19’ is intended to “facilitate the speedy and expeditious disposition of all Labor actions filed before it.”The move is to afford the Ministry the opportunity to quickly arrest labor related matters, arising from workplaces.“Pursuant to Section 34.2(a) of the Executive Law which empowers and authorizes the Ministry to regulate and set guidelines for the protection of the rights of both employees and employers in the country, and in conformity with Section 4302 (3) of Chapter 42 of the Labor Practices Law of Liberia, the ministry announces the regulation setting forth the timing and duration of labor hearings,” Lighe declared.Providing details about the new rules, the Labor boss said Section 1 of Regulation 19 specifies and mandates that “all Labor hearings at the Ministry of Labor shall be concluded in a minimum of two months and the maximum of six months.’’“All hearing officers are mandated in the spirit of speedy and expeditious disposition of Labor actions or disputes, to declare null and void, all cases pending before the Ministry of Labor and which the parties litigant and/or their counsels have failed to proceed or continue after 120 days, for abandonment and failure to proceed.“Section 2 also assures that this mandate is in keeping with Article II Section 9 of Appendix No. 3 of the Labor Law and Labor Practices Law of Liberia,” he said.According to Lighe, pronouncement of this regulation becomes imperative owing to the increased number of protracted cases on the docket of hearing officers at the Division of Labor Standards.  It therefore is deemed expedient to guide against undue delays in handling labor disputes.It is in the same spirit and intent of speedy and timely investigation of labor cases that the question of default judgment was raised and regulated in several labor related laws introduced by the government of Liberia, said Lighe.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more