Max Verstappen extended his lead over Lewis Hamilton in the driver’s standings to 18 points after victory at the Styrian Grand Prix. The Dutchman looked untouchable in Austria after an electric start from pole position in a fairly uneventful race at the Red Bull Ring.
Verstappen crossed the line in Austria with a mighty +35.743-second lead over Hamilton, despite the Briton trying his hardest to find a way to close the gap at the Red Bull Ring.
“I mean, you never know of course how it’s gonna end up,” said Verstappen, when asked if it felt like an easy victory.
“But straightaway I felt good balance in the car, and it was good to manage the tyres basically from the start.
“Felt like to the end I had a little bit of tyres left, of course, they pitted one lap earlier than us, so we reacted to that and then we just kept on going, trying to hit our lap times, it worked really well for us.”
Hamilton and Mercedes looked to bounce back in France but, despite a vast improvement from the previous two races, a clever strategy call from Red Bull saw Verstappen extend his lead at the top of the standings to 12 points heading into two rounds at Austria.
And now with an 18 point lead, the Dutchman is keen to keep up the momentum.
He said: “Yeah, it’s looking really good, so we just have to keep on going, keep pushing really hard and then I’m confident that we can do a very good job again.”
England will face old foes Germany in their first knockout stage match at Euro 2020 after Joachim Loew’s side progressed as Group F runners-up courtesy of a thrilling 2-2 draw with Hungary on Wednesday evening. The match will be played in front of 45,000 supporters at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday afternoon with a kick-off time of 5.00pm.
Germany confirmed their participation in the fixture thanks to the result at the Allianz Arena, with Leon Goretzka’s late equaliser saving the four-time world champions from a humiliating defeat on home soil.
Hungary took the lead on two occasions but were unable to hold on and progress to the knockout stages of the tournament despite a commendable performance.
France finished as Group F winners on five points after winning just one and drawing two of their three matches, while Portugal also qualified in third place after playing out a 2-2 stalemate of their own with the 2018 World Cup winners.
Meanwhile, England’s narrow victory over the Czech Republic on Tuesday sealed their place at the top of Group D and another high-profile meeting with Germany at a major tournament.
Raheem Sterling’s early goal proved to be the difference between the two sides, with Bukayo Saka and Jack Grealish also starring for the Three Lions.
If they manage to overcome the challenged posed by Germany in the next round, they will face either Sweden or Ukraine in the quarter-finals.
The Netherlands, Wales, Denmark or the Czech Republic could await England in the last four in the event of the Three Lions progressing, while France, Belgium or Italy are the most likely finalists on the other side of the draw.
Gareth Southgate spoke of his optimism after Tuesday’s win over the Czechs, suggesting that his side are more than capable of stepping it up a notch in the business end of the tournament.
“There is more to come from us, definitely,” the 50-year-old told ITV Sport. “We’re not fluent but we have moments where we are a good side.
“We haven’t scored from a set play yet. I know people laugh about us only scoring from set plays but they are crucial in big matches and we have to get those nailed.
“We wanted to win the group, we wanted to stay at Wembley and we will wait and see who we play tomorrow.
“They are different sorts of tests but there are a lot of good things we are doing.
“We have managed to get most of the squad into games, 90 minutes for Harry Maguire which was important, Hendo [Jordan Henderson] got 45 minutes which was a real step forward. There were a lot of positives for us.”
The Three Lions have faced Germany at a number of major tournaments over the years to varying degrees of success.
England’s legendary triumph in the 1966 World Cup final will live long in the memory of supporters of a certain age, while younger generations may remember the heartbreak of Euro 96, with Southgate famously missing a crucial penalty during a semi-final shoot-out at Wembley to send Sir Bobby Robson’s side packing.
Germany strolled to another victory in the first knockout round of the 2010 World Cup, a match overshadowed by Frank Lampard’s iconic goal that never was.
Max Verstappen is staying humble after victory around the streets of Monaco, despite now leading the driver’s standings by four points.
Verstappen enjoyed glory in the principality as his main title rival Lewis Hamilton suffered a torrid weekend, with his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas retiring mid-race after a pit stop disaster.
The Dutchman has never led the Drivers’ Championship standings in his F1 career, and to add to his accolades, Red Bull now also lead the Constructor’s standings too.
Hamilton was leading the world championship by 14 points coming into the weekend, but struggled for grip and pace in qualifying, leaving the seven-time world champion a lowly seventh on the starting grid.
The Briton looked to try and make up some places during the pit stop window, which didn’t work out for the team – with Hamilton finishing where he started.
Play Zombies Ate My Neighbors, where you appear in every demented horror flick ever.
Follow up with Ghoul Patrol, where you are terrorized in the Ghosts and Ghouls exhibit at the city library.
The cult classic Zombies Ate My Neighbors and its sequel make their long-awaited return in Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol! Play these classics from the golden age of 16-bit gaming with new enhancements and never before seen museum features.
Zombies Ate My Neighbors
Hey, where’s that scary music coming from? Yikes! It’s Zombies Ate My Neighbors, where you appear in every demented horror flick ever to make you hurl ju-jubes.
What are Zeke and Julie, our two wholesome teenage stars doing in a 16-bit game like this?! Trying to save the nice neighbors, cheerleaders, and babies from a fate worse than polyester!
Who could put this slice of suburbia in such goose-pimply hysteria? Zombies, relentless chainsaw maniacs, mummies, evil dolls that just won’t die, lizard men, blobs, vampires, giant ants, martians, and more.
Will these crazy kids survive the night? Find your way through 55 horror-filled levels like a grocery store gone bad, a shopping mall awry, a mysterious island and your own back yard. Don’t miss “Weird Kids on the Block,” “Mars Needs Cheerleaders,” and “Dances w ith Werewolves.”
You can fend off the freaks with a virtual candy counter of weapons like uzi squirt guns, exploding soda pop, bazookas, weed wackers and ancient artifacts. Also grab power ups-o-rama like secret potions and bobo clown decoys. Does this game ever end?!
Zeke and Julie, our intrepid teenagers, visit the Ghosts and Ghouls exhibit at the city library, where they find an old treasure chest containing an ancient spirit book. Naturally, they cannot resist reading it. Suddenly, a horrific snaggle-toothed spirit emerges.
Now, this snarling phantom and his dastardly minions are infesting Metropolis and slithering their way into the history books, where they plan to rewrite history with their spooky ways. Only you have the power to go back in time to de-spook an encyclopedia of zombified historic dudes.
Terminate, with prejudice, using crossbows, ping-pong ball machine guns, Martian “Heatseeker” guns, and more.
Vaporize garbage can ghosts and ninja spirits, rescue bug-eyed librarians and wigged-out pirates, dodge flying books and adolescent-eating plants!
Only our two heroes have the power to get the mighty beastly spirit back into his book and stop the madness. Ghoul Patrol to the rescue! Pre-order today!
Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol
Disney, Lucasfilm Games
The cult classic Zombies Ate My Neighbors and its sequel make their long awaited return in Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol! Play these classics from the golden age of 16-bit gaming with new enhancements and never before seen museum features. Zombies Ate My Neighbors Hey, where’s that scary music coming from? Yikes! It’s Zombies Ate My Neighbors, where you appear in every demented horror flick ever to make you hurl ju-jubes. What are Zeke and Julie, our two wholesome teenage stars doing in a 16-bit game like this?! Trying to save the nice neighbors, cheerleaders and babies from a fate worse than polyester! Who could put this SLICE of suburbia in such goose-pimply hysteria? Zombies, relentless Chainsaw Maniacs, Mummies, Evil Dolls that just won’t die, Lizard Men, Blobs, Vampires, Giant Ants, Martians and more. Will these crazy kids survive the night? Find your way through 55 horror-filled levels like a grocery store gone bad, a shopping mall awry, a mysterious island and your own back yard. Don’t miss “Weird Kids on the Block”, “Mars Needs Cheerleaders” and “Dances With Werewolves”. You can fend off the freaks with a virtual candy counter of weapons like uzi squirt guns, exploding soda pop, bazookas, weed wackers and ancient artifacts. Also grab power ups-o-rama like secret potions and bobo clown decoys. Does this game ever end?! Ghoul Patrol Zeke and Julie, our intrepid teenagers, visit the Ghosts and Ghouls exhibit at the city library, where they find an old treasure chest containing an ancient spirit book. Naturally, they cannot resist reading it. Suddenly, a horrific snaggle-toothed spirit emerges. Now, this snarling phantom and his dastardly minions are infesting Metropolis and slithering their way into the history books, where they plan to rewrite history with their spooky ways. Only you have the power to go back in time to de-spook an encyclopedia of zombified historic dudes. Terminate, with prejudice, using crossbows, ping-pong ball machine guns, Martian “Heatseeker” guns, and more. Vaporize garbage can ghosts and ninja spirits, rescue bug-eyed librarians and wigged-out pirates, dodge flying books and adolescent-eating plants! Only our two heroes have the power to get the mighty beastly spirit back into his book and stop the madness. Ghoul Patrol to the rescue! NEW FEATURES • Save Feature: Quickly save your progress in either game and continue your adventure wherever and whenever you want • Museum Features: Watch a video interview with one of the original Zombies’ developers or explore numerous galleries containing game art, previously unreleased concept images and marketing assets • Soundtrack: Listen to the entire soundtracks for both games in the included music players • 2 Player Mode: Play the game with two player local co-op • Achievements: Track your game progress with a set of achievements covering both games
Author: Ken Humphries, Sr. Producer, Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire
Cyprus: An explainer on why the country is divided
It attracted more than 1.3 million UK visitors in 2019 – a third of the total tourists – and with international travel poised to restart, it’s sure to be in high demand this summer and beyond whenever it gets the green light. Here’s our pick of the cream of Cyprus… As we’ve said, the island is blessed with those 300-plus sunny days and even in winter it can be a mild climate alternative to jetting way for a long-haul break.
But it comes into its own from late spring to early autumn with pretty much wall-to-wall warm sunshine and dazzling blue skies.
The peak holiday season months of July and August are of course the hottest at up to a sizzling 38C, though if that’s a bit too strong a trip into the Troodos Mountains offers some respite at a typical 24C.
Temperatures in the sea are kind too, with the water around 22C from June to November, climbing to 27C in August.
There’s something for all with monasteries, churches, three UNESCO World Heritage Sites and places associated with Greek mythology.
The Theatre of Kourion, just outside Limassol, is one of the island’s most impressive archaeological sites, dating from the 2nd century BC.
It seated up to 3,500 spectators for gladiator and wild animal fights and is still in use today for less gory entertainment including cultural activities and theatrical performances (entry €4.50). Further west, the Archaeological Park of Kato Paphos has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980 with numerous monuments that date from the 4th century BC to the Middle Ages.
Highlights include the Tombs of the Kings and the intricate mosaic floors of four Roman villas (€4.50).
Cyprus is famous for its stunning beaches (Image: Getty)
Delicious halloumi is a traditional Cypriot dish (Image: Getty)
Aphrodite Adonis when he for a while Kolossi Castle, nine miles west of Limassol, was first built in the 13th century and was used as the Grand Commandery of the Knights of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, then was taken over by the Knights Templar and rebuilt in the 15th century.
During this time, the Knights produced and exported a sweet wine, which became known as the vin de Commanderie.
When to visit: The castle is open all year round but opening hours do vary per month so check before travel. Entry costs €2.50 per person.
The beaches in Cyprus are top-notch, with 64 having the coveted Blue Flag status. Lara Bay on the Akamas Peninsula and Sirena Bay in Protaras are standouts.
FEEL THE LOVE
Cyprus is forever associated with Aphrodite as the Greek Goddess of Love was said to be born from the foam of the sea around the island.
Aphrodite’s Rock, a large sea stack near Kouklia, is her mythical birthplace and swimming around the rock at midnight is said to make the swimmer younger by a year for every lap (the beach here is excellent too).
The Baths of Aphrodite is an attractive natural grotto with a pool near Latchi on the Akamas Peninsula and it’s here that the goddess bathed in the waters. According to Greek mythology, Aphrodite met her mortal lover Adonis here when he stopped at this lush spot for a drink while hunting.
Tombs of the Kings is near Paphos (Image: Getty)
Cyprus is also a haven for divers (Image: Getty)
Is there anyone out there who doesn’t like halloumi? The semi-soft cheese, made from a mixture of goat’s and sheep’s milk, is the flagship of Cypriot cuisine and served in hotels and restaurants all over the island.
Enjoy it served on a skewer with grilled vegetables and drizzled in grape syrup, or grilled and wrapped in warm pitta bread.
The pine-clad range, home to ancient copper mines, tops out at an impressive 6,404ft and there are ski runs at two sites in the winter.
If conditions are right, it is even possible to ski down the mountain in the morning and go swimming in the sea in the afternoon.
Visitors will find quaint villages, pretty nature trails and fascinating museums, as well as escaping the fierce summer heat.
Must-sees include Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis, a Byzantine church which is unremarkable from the outside but has magnificent interior murals which date back as far as the 11th century. Close by, you’ll find Kakopetria, a pretty village tucked in to the Solea Valley, which has narrow stone-paved alleys and charming two-storey houses with wooden balconies and jars of colourful preserved fruits on sale.
Authentic Cyprus does not get much more authentic than this.
Get away from the crowds in rural Cyprus (Image: Getty)
Aphrodite’s Rock is said to have magical properties (Image: Getty)
Besides its beauty, Lara Bay is a haven for loggerhead and green turtles. A conservation station has for the sea in Lara Bay been set up and local ecologists place aluminium cages to protect turtle eggs from predators. Visit between May and August for a chance to see the turtles arriving on the beach to lay their eggs.
DIVE, DIVE, DIVE
Scuba divers will love MS Zenobia, a Swedish roll-on-roll-off ferry which capsized off Larnaca harbour in 1980.
It is now rated as one of the top 10 wreck dives in the world and is home to species of fish including grouper, barracuda, moray eels and stingrays plus turtles and octopus. Much of the ferry and its cargo of tractors is intact.
AND WINE NOT?
A long-standing tradition of winemaking dates back to Ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian times, though recent archaeological finds of old wine jugs in villages may be as much as 5,500 years old. The Akamas Wine Route runs through rugged coastlines and charming villages where winemakers work with the indigenous Xynisteri (white) grape variety which flourishes in a climate tempered by the sea breeze.
Commandaria is a fabled dessert wine made from two local grapes grown on the southern slopes of the Troodos Mountains, with only 14 villages entitled to give the name to their produce. The name comes from the Grand Commandery at Kolossi Castle as the Knights were renowned for producing it.
Mediterranean food and olive oil have gone hand in hand for millennia. The Oleastro Olive Park and Museum, near Pissouri, is Cyprus’s first such museum and visitors can discover the extraction methods, the role of olive tree in art and the Med diet plus customs, traditions and history. An ecological olive mill allows visitors to watch the oil extraction between mid-October and February (€3).
Rachael Blackmore can make history today by becoming the first woman to triumph in today’s Unibet Champion Hurdle with Honeysuckle. Last season at Cheltenham, Blackmore and HONEYSUCKLE (3.05, nap, ITV) put down the markers for Champion Hurdle glory when taking the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle.
On that occasion Blackmore again showed that she is equal to any male rider riding and Honeysuckle displayed all the attributes to take the hurdling crown.
Since that victory the pair were impressive winners of last month’s Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown where Abacadabras finished second and Sharjah was third.
If Nicky Henderson has Epatante, the defending champion, back to her best she will become the first mare to make it back-to-back victories in the race. Problems with her back were blamed for her down-fall at Kempton last time out when second behind Silver Streak.
She showed that was not her true running when giving Henderson a record eight victories in last year’s Champion Hurdle when Sharjah finished behind her in second with Silver Streak back in sixth place.
On a line through Sharjah, Epatante, attempting to give her owner JP McManus a staggering tenth victory, is well-held by Honeysuckle.
French recruit James Du Berlais is the each-way value. The gelding has some smart form, and his trainer Willie Mullins is making the right noises about the 20-1 shot.
Goshen, set for glory in last season’s Triumph Hurdle before unseating his rider at the last hurdle, has to be a serious player after his impressive victory at Wincanton last month.
Officially, he is the highest rated runner in today’s contest but on a bare form needs to improve.
Honeysuckle, winner of all her 10 races, can make it a sixth victory for mares’ in hurdlings’ ultimate prize by emulating African Sister (1939), Dawn Run (1984), Flakey Dove (1994), Annie Power (2016) and Epatante (2020).
But success for the Henry de Bromhead-trained star will be all about Blackmore making history in a race that has been celebrated by men since it was first run in 1927.