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Formula 1 2022: Assessing the key team-mate battles so far as George Russell holds Lewis Hamilton lead
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Formula 1 2022: Assessing the key team-mate battles so far as George Russell holds Lewis Hamilton lead

Who's leading the key team-mate head to heads at the halfway stage of the season? Assessing Charles Leclerc vs Carlos Sainz, Lewis Hamilton vs George Russell and more, comparing qualifying and race results; Watch the French GP live on Sky Sports F1 this weekend, Sunday's race at 2pm New cars, new title contenders - and new team-mate battles. It's been an epic first half of the 2022 season with wheel-to-wheel action aplenty between rival teams and drivers, but the ultimate yard stick in F1 is beating your team-mate, one that can be crucial come contract time. There have been some impressive - and somewhat surprising - benchmarks being set by drivers so far this year, as the comparisons below show as we round up all the key numbers and results from 11 rounds. QUALIFYING Verstapp...
Bing creates history in making semis at World Champs
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Bing creates history in making semis at World Champs

Auckland sprinter Portia Bing has become the first New Zealander to advance to the women's 400m hurdles semi-finals at a World Champs. She's also the first New Zealand athlete in any hurdles event to make it beyond the heats at a global championship for 54 years. Appearing at her third World Championships, in Eugene, Oregon, the 29-year-old finished fifth in heat two, recording 55.72 - outside the four automatic qualification positions, but her mark was quick enough to advance as the joint fastest of the four athletes to qualify on time. Bing was drawn in lane seven made an aggressive start and looked fluid over the hurdles throughout and she looked poised for a top four spot as she entered the home straight. However, off the final hurdle the Ukrainian Viktoriya Tkachuk finishe...
“Tough to think’: Kiwi drivers reflect on Pukekohe closure
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“Tough to think’: Kiwi drivers reflect on Pukekohe closure

The chequered flag is getting set to wave for the final time at a beloved New Zealand motor racing circuit. Over the past six decades, Pukekohe Raceway had hosted many of the sport's greatest moments on Kiwi soil. But that would all come to an end in April next year when the circuit closed to allow the venue to be exclusively used for horse racing. It will mean the end to an era for New Zealand motorsport, and former Supercars star Greg Murphy said the sad news was still sinking in. "It's tough to think it's not going to be there anymore. "We've got a huge population of motorsport enthusiasts and petrolheads in this country and Pukekohe is synonymous with the sport. "A lot of people are going to be really sad they're not going to be able to go there, sit on the hill and w...
Oleksandr Zinchenko: Why Manchester City player fits Arsenal’s style of play under Mikel Arteta
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Oleksandr Zinchenko: Why Manchester City player fits Arsenal’s style of play under Mikel Arteta

Arsenal have agreed a £32m deal for Manchester City's Oleksandr Zinchenko; 25-year-old has won four Premier League titles but made just 15 top-flight appearances last season; Zinchenko can play at left-back and in central midfield It was an afternoon that nearly saw Manchester City's season fall apart, but an unlikely hero stepped up. City were 1-0 down to Aston Villa at half-time on the final day of last season. Liverpool would go on to beat Wolves at Anfield so Pep Guardiola needed some inspiration or the title would fall into Jurgen Klopp's hands. During the break, Guardiola turned to his bench. Raheem Sterling was there, so too Ilkay Gundogan and Jack Grealish. But it was Oleksandr Zinchenko who was picked, coming on for makeshift centre-back Fernandinho in a reshuffle of City...
Henrik Stenson set to be stripped of Ryder Cup captaincy and join LIV Golf Invitational Series
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Henrik Stenson set to be stripped of Ryder Cup captaincy and join LIV Golf Invitational Series

Henrik Stenson, a five-time Ryder Cup player, has been heavily linked with the LIV Golf Invitational Series since its launch earlier this year; despite rumours Tommy Fleetwood is not joining LIV; next event is due to take place in New Jersey from July 29-31 Henrik Stenson is expected to be imminently stripped of his Ryder Cup captaincy, with the Swede poised to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series. The 2016 Champion Golfer of the Year, who is set to lead Team Europe in next September's edition of the biennial contest, has been regularly linked with the Greg Norman-fronted tour. Stenson told reporters that his schedule for the remainder of the year was "undecided" after missing the cut on Friday at The Open in St Andrews. The 46-year-old now set to commit to the brea...
‘Bazball’ – England Cricket happy with the results but not the phrase
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‘Bazball’ – England Cricket happy with the results but not the phrase

'Bazball' hasn't gone down well with English cricket officialdom... the phrase that is. The results certainly have. The head of England's men's cricket programme doesn't like the "Bazball" but is surprised how quickly the test team's new approach has clicked under coach Brendon McCullum and captain Ben Stokes. England had won only one of their previous 17 tests when former Black Caps skipper McCullum was put in charge. They then beat New Zealand three nil and the toppled India. "I never thought it would work like this," Key told BBC Test Match Special. "There will be times when it won't work, but for now it's been fantastic to see." Key, however, felt the term 'Bazball' did not do justice to the hard work put in by McCullum and Stokes. "I'm not mad on Bazball the ph...
How many beers can the Claret Jug hold?
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How many beers can the Claret Jug hold?

The British Open winner Cameron Smith has confirmed the venerable Claret Jug can hold two beers after testing its capacity while celebrating his maiden major title. The Australian golfer staged one of the greatest back-nine charges at a major championship to win the 150th edition of the event and the trophy that has been handed to winners since 1873. "I'm definitely gonna find out how many beers fit in this thing, that's for sure," Smith said when asked how he would be celebrating, later estimating he would have about 20 jugs' worth. In an Instagram video filmed before he took the trophy back to his Florida home, Smith confirmed the results of his celebratory experiment. "I guess everyone's been asking how many beers fit in the Claret Jug, it's pretty much exactly two," the 28-...
Walsh out of the medals
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Walsh out of the medals

The 30-year-old Christchurch-based thrower, who was hunting a third successive world outdoor medal, struggled to find his absolute best although an impressive fifth round throw of 22.08m elevated the double Olympic bronze medallist to fourth as he threatened a podium position. Producing his equal best finishing position at a World Championships, Gill unleashed a best for the day of 21.40m to place seventh in his fourth successive World Athletics Championship final. The USA claimed a clean sweep of the podium as Olympic champion and world record-holder Ryan Crouser fired out a monster championship record 22.94m in round five to dislodge defending champion Joe Kovacs, who posted a season's best of 22.89m to claim silver. A personal best of 22.29m by Josh Awatunde earned bronze to en...
David Liti can’t deny pressure ahead of Commonwealth Games
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David Liti can’t deny pressure ahead of Commonwealth Games

At his first Commonwealth Games in 2018 the weightlifter had the freedom that comes with being a relative unknown. But by the end of the Gold Coast games, New Zealanders knew the name David Liti, after he won gold in the 105kg+ division at just 21 years old. The gentle giant also won hearts and minds on the Gold Coast - awarded the David Dixon Award for sportsmanship shown towards his injured weightlifting rival. The Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, which gets underway on the 28th of July, are going to feel very different for Liti, who'll be competing in the 109+kg division. The 26-year-old admitted he felt the pressure that inevitably comes when expectations are high. "As much as I try to deny it deep down inside, I know for myself that the pressure is a lot bigger this ti...
Conference realignment slows as Big 12, Pac-12 may be realizing they’re worth more together than apart
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Conference realignment slows as Big 12, Pac-12 may be realizing they’re worth more together than apart

Conference realignment has become an increasingly frustrating attempt to squeeze dollars out of a system that has consolidated resources at the top. The best brands and most of the money are among those 32 teams in the Big Ten and SEC -- and the networks that own their major television rights (ESPN and Fox). Everything else has become a scramble to the point that one source within the Big 12 said a worst-case scenario would be nothing happening in the league. That would mean staying at 12 teams with BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF In the fold after Texas and Oklahoma leave before the 2025 season. Some Big 12 athletic directors are worried that the conference's media rights dollars won't stretch far enough to add more programs without their payouts being diminished. Outgoing commissi...