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Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes driver expects stay beyond 2018

Hamilton’s victory at Spa-Francorchamps was his 200th race in Formula 1 Lewis Hamilton says he expects to sign a new contract at Mercedes to keep him at the Formula 1 team beyond 2018. Title rival Sebastian Vettel signed a new three-year deal this month to keep him at Ferrari until the end of 2020. “I don’t know if everyone expected him [Vettel] to sign a three-year deal but it doesn’t change much for me,” Hamilton said. “I planned to extend with the team in the second half of the season…

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Fernando Alonso: McLaren driver ‘surprised’ by criticism

Alonso will start the Italian Grand Prix from the back of the grid as a result of Honda fitting a new, upgraded engine to his car in first practice McLaren’s Fernando Alonso says he is “surprised” by claims he retired a healthy car at the Belgian Grand Prix. The Spaniard emphasised the ways he had shown his commitment to McLaren despite an uncompetitive and unreliable car. He said: “It seems people forgot I have been racing here for three years and fighting (at the back of the grid). “I gave…

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Vuelta a Espana: Chris Froome crashes twice as his overall lead is cut

Tomasz Marczynski claimed his maiden Grand Tour win on stage six Briton Chris Froome crashed twice and saw his lead cut by 20 seconds in the Vuelta a Espana as Tomasz Marczynski claimed a solo victory on stage 12. Team Sky rider Froome fell on a downhill section in the last 6km of the 160.1km route from Motril to Antequera. The incident allowed second-placed Italian Vincenzo Nibali to make up time on Froome, who leads by 59 seconds. Poland’s Marczynski led with 21.5km to go and won by 52 seconds…

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NBA — Kyrie Irving trade complete, Boston Celtics’ focus shifts to a solving roster puzzle

On Friday, three days after his team acquired Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens stood inside the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame still trying to emotionally process a league-rocking swap of All-Star point guards with Boston’s primary rival. For all his excitement about what lies ahead with Irving, Stevens wanted to first laud what Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder meant in pushing Boston to the brink of title contention. A young Celtics fan had put Stevens on the spot in a question-and-answer session by asking him why…

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Caroline Wozniacki says it is unfair she had to play on outer court while unseeded Maria Sharapova got top billing

After losing to unranked Ekaterina Makarova in the second round of the US Open, No. 5 seed Caroline Wozniacki alluded to it being unfair she had to play somewhere other than Arthur Ashe Stadium while unranked Maria Sharapova, who advanced to the third round, was able to play on that court Wednesday. After knocking off No. 2 seed Simona Halep in the first round, Maria Sharapova needed three sets to shake off Timea Babos and reach the third round of the US Open. “I think putting out a schedule where…

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Conor McGregor toasts Floyd Mayweather, laments lack of training time

MMA star Conor McGregor broke his silence on social media Thursday by raising a toast to his fans, his team and even Floyd Mayweather, regretting only that he didn’t have more time to prepare for his fight against the now-retired boxer. “Just coming back around after a whirlwind couple of days,” McGregor posted on Instagram. “… It truly was an amazing and enjoyable camp, and honestly I feel with just a little change in certain areas of the prep, we could have built the engine for 12 full rounds under…

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