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Lewis Hamilton: on pole for Japanese Grand Prix

World champion Lewis Hamilton is on pole for the final race in Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday, his 80th since his first at Canada Grand Prix in 2007. This is also his eighth pole of the season.

It was another big day for Mercedes, with a front-row lockout for the race tomorrow.

But another disappointing day for Ferrari. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel is locked in the ninth place after an error.

The Mercedes team of Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas appeared to have read read the tricky weather perfectly in Suzuka Japan, ensuring that both of their drivers were able to bang in their best laps early in Q3 before the rain arrived to secure their fifth consecutive one-two in qualifying.

Max Verstappen was third for Red Bull on a day when team mate Daniel Ricciardo dropped out of Q2 with suspected power unit issues. The Dutchman finished ahead of the leading Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen, with the Haas of Romain Grosjean a spendid P5.

It was a great qualifying, meanwhile, for Toro Rosso, with Brendon Hartley claiming his best ever grid position in sixth, one place ahead of team mate Pierre Gasly at the track that engine supplier Honda built back in 1962.

Esteban Ocon was eighth, ahead of Vettel, with his Force India team mate Sergio Perez winding up P10.

This, however, is a day that would be remembered for a Mercedes ‘masterstroke’…

Kimi Raikkonen starts fourth next to Max Verstappen on the second row.

Hamilton earlier on Saturday had limbered up for qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix by posting the fastest lap in a rain-hit final free practice.

The Formula One championship leader pushed his Mercedes to a time of one minute, 29.599 seconds, just over a tenth quicker than Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel after a typhoon downpour had forced all 20 cars to dive back into the Suzuka pits.

Hamilton leads Vettel by 50 points with just five races left this season.

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Liverpool, Spurs, PSG into Last 16, Napoli, Inter out

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BARCELONA, SPAIN – DECEMBER 11: Lucas Moura of Tottenham Hotspur (27) celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal with Erik Lamela and Fernando Llorente as Jasper Cillessen of Barcelona looks dejected during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between FC Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur at Camp Nou on December 11, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)


Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur picked two of the remaining four tickets into the Last 16 of the UEFA Champions League, knocking out two Italian favourites, Napoli and Inter.

Liverpool heeded the advice of Coach Jurgen Klopp and really put up a magical display against Napoli at Anfield, with Mo Salah almost walking into the net with the only goal of the match in the 34th minute.

The goal, well deserved because Liverpool put on a gutsy display, was all the Reds needed to oust Napoli from the next round. The Italians had arrived at Anfield as group leader with nine points. They left demoted to third place.

The other member of the Group C, Paris Saint Germain whipped
FK Crvena Zvezda, a.ka. Red Belgrade 4-1, with goals by Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Marquinhos to lead the group with 11 points.

Liverpool came second with 9 points, while Napoli, with same points will now be relegated to Europa League.

In Camp Nou, Tottenham Hotspur also forced Barcelona to 1-1 draw to scrape passage into the Last 16, along with Barcelona, which had qualified weeks ago, with two matches to spare.

The Londoners were helped by PSV Eindhoven, which also played a 1-1 draw with Inter at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium in Milan.

PSV scored first in the 13th minute and took Inter’s Mauro Icardi, 60 minutes after to slot in the equaliser. BUt they needed a win to move to the next round. Like Napoli, they will also now be relegated to the Europa League.

Through to round of 16: Ajax, Atlético Madrid, Barcelona*, Bayern München, Borussia Dortmund*, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain*, Porto*, Real Madrid*, Roma, Schalke, Tottenham Hotspur

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Aspectator at one of the venues of the ongoing 19th National Sports Festival (NSF) in Abuja, Adeboye Osomo yesterday proposed to his girlfriend, Funmilayo Talabi, before many eyes.

Other spectators who were at the Package B of the National Stadium to watch a male volleyball event between Anambra and Rivers, were astonished to see Osomo down on his knees.

A surprised Talabi, with tears in her eyes, quickly drew him near and gave him a hug before presenting her finger for the engagement ring.

Osomo who confirmed that both of them had been friends since their secondary school days and over the last 10 years.

The graduate of Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun in the Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta, said he now works with AYM Shafa, a petroleum company in Abuja.

“My fiancée has been a source of inspiration to me right from the time we have been together,’’ he said.

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NSF 2018: Edo women pummel FCT by 9 wickets

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Team Edo’s women cricketers on Sunday pummelled their FCT counterparts by nine wickets at the ongoing 19thNational Sports Festival (NSF) in Abuja.

In the first innings, FCT scored 55 runs all out after 15.3 overs, while in the second innings Edo scored 56 runs for the loss of 1 wicket after 9.2 overs.

However, Edo won by 9 wickets as Favour Eseigbe emerged Player of the Match, having scored 13 runs out off 26 balls, with two wickets for 10 runs in 3.3 overs.

On the other hand, it was the other way round in the male category as FCT defeated Edo by 1 wicket.

In the first innings, Edo scored 91 runs all out after 19.1 overs, while in the second innings FCT scored 92 runs for the loss of 9 wicket after 19.4 overs.

Gbenga Ariyo of FCT emerged Man of the Match, having scored 14 runs off 23 balls and after taking 4 wickets for 7 runs in 2 overs.

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