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Kyle Larson looks to capture his first Foxwoods 301 victory at New Hampshire

Kyle Larson looks to capture his first Foxwoods 301 victory at New Hampshire

Kyle Larson had big shoes to fill replacing NASCAR legend and seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson as the flag-bearer for Hendrick Motorsports.

But heading into Sunday’s 3 p.m. running of the Foxwoods Resort & Casino 301 at New Hampshire, Larson holds a dominant position in the Cup Series driver standings. The Elk Grove, Calif., native will be at the wheel of the No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet.

Larson’s driver stats this season are comparable to Johnson in his prime years. In 21 starts, Larson has four wins, five second-place finishes, and 12 stage wins — with 11 in the top five and 14 in the top 10. He tops the driver standings with 826 points.

In 10 Cup Series starts at NHMS, Larson has not taken the checkered flag but has four top five finishes and five in the top 10.

Three-time NHMS winner Kyle Busch is the second-hottest driver on the circuit. Busch, in the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, is a teammate of last year’s runner up and three-time NHMS winner Denny Hamlin.

Busch, in his 19th Cup Series season, has posted top three finishes in the last four races and six top five placements in the last eight. Busch secured his place in the NASCAR playoffs with wins at Kansas and Pocono. In 29 races on the Magic Mile, Busch captured two of his three wins in the last five years along, with 11 top five finishes and 16 in the top 10.

“New Hampshire has been a pretty decent place for us over the years, so we are looking forward to going back there for another win,” said Busch. “To be fast at Loudon you have to have good brakes and you have to roll the center and get that good forward bite off the corners.”

Busch endured his worst race in Loudon last August after blowing a right front tire and making contact with the wall early on, putting the race under caution. He exited the track, entered the infield garage area for repairs and never returned.

“Last year I ran three laps then ‘boom’ and then I went home,” lamented Busch. “I had tire failure, but typically we run well there and we we’ve got a strong package for there.”

The Bell tolls

Christopher Bell, operator of the No. 54 DeWalt Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, captured his third straight Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Saturday’s running of the Ambetter Get Vaccinated 200. There was no Xfinity race at NHMS in 2020.

Bell captured all the stages, led 151 laps and took the checkered flag in a runaway with extended stretches of green flag racing in the second half of the race. Bell finished 6.241 seconds ahead of runner up Justin Allgaier in his first Xfinity race of the season. Bell has been a fixture on the Cup Series this season and will compete in Sunday’s Foxwoods 301.

“What I’ve figured out is that I’ve had really fast race cars at this track,” said Bell. “I just love being here with Joe Gibbs Racing and the last three times I’ve been here have been amazing.”

A.J. Allmendinger took the lead after the second caution and engaged in relentless duels with Bell and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Harrison Burton.

Bell took the lead on lap 44 to rob stage one from Allmendinger just as the race went under caution. Bell led just two laps in the stage, then capturing stage two, leading for 39 laps, and was in first place at the midway point.

Preece’s pieces

Ryan Preece made a strong inside move off the final to slingshot past Ronnie Silk and Justin Bonsignore and take the checkered flag in the Whelen Modified 100.

Preece, the operator of the No. 6 Riverhead Raceway Chevrolet captured his first career win on the Magic Mile followed by Bonsignore and Silk. Defending champion Bobby Santos of Franklin placed eighth.

“This has been that one track that has really eluded me,” said Preece. “It’s been so tough because I’ve been in position before and things didn’t work out and I’ve come so close.

“When they both broke it in there, I just saw my opportunity to go under them and it was really cool.”

Bonsignore, reigning modified tour champion, enjoyed the pole after registering the top qualifying time (29.271) and best speed (130.122), but he gave up the lead to Preece after the first caution. Preece, Bonsignore, Andy Seuss and Jon McKennedy jockeyed in a four-car race through the first half of the event that featured several lead changes.

Bonsignore took a substantial lead on Preece after the midway point and enjoyed a good stretch of clean air green flag racing before the second caution on lap 73. Silk took the lead when the racing resumed and held on through two late-stage cautions.

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‘Get your own song!’ Eamonn Holmes hits out at England fans after Euro 2020 victory

'Get your own song!' Eamonn Holmes hits out at England fans after Euro 2020 victory

Last night, Kane again scored the winning goal – taking his shot after a missed penalty, causing celebrations across the country.

However, as the celebrations got underway, Sky News’ David Blevins tweeted: “Official: Commentator confirms that England fans have stolen ‘Sweet Caroline’ from Northern Ireland fans. I prefer the word ‘borrowed’ myself.”

“Get yer own song Ingerland [sic],” added Irish Mirror’ Jilly Beattie.

After seeing the post, Eamonn responded: “Guys, I’ve been itching about this all night. Not a single reference to us. #GAWA Football or Boxing. @NeilDiamond would have got nowhere with that Song if it wasn’t for Our Wee Country.”

Author: Daniel Bird
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Three things Gareth Southgate’s England can learn from Italy’s semi-final victory

Three things Gareth Southgate’s England can learn from Italy's semi-final victory

Donnarumma distribution 

It is easy to forget that the former A.C. Milan keeper is still just 22 years of age, such is the length of time he has operated at the highest level. 

However, even with six years of regular Serie A experience Gianluigi Donnarumma is yet to master the art of distribution. 

The PSG-bound goalkeeper put his own side under pressure a number of times with his poor attempts to find an Italy shirt with his feet. 

The Azzurri number one was forced into making a smart save halfway through the first half from Dani Olmo, but the chance stemmed from his own poor clearance. 

Southgate will have surely made a note of that knowing full well that if a similar chance were to fall to the feet of Harry Kane, it would almost certainly end up in the back of the net. 

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Andy Murray gives retirement verdict after dramatic victory in Wimbledon opener

Andy Murray gives retirement verdict after dramatic victory in Wimbledon opener

Murray took the first two sets, then breezed into a 5-0 lead in the third against Georgia’s 24th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili.

But with a smooth path to the second round seemingly there for the taking, Murray suffered a third-set collapse as he lost seven games in a row to lose the set.

The tournament organisers then decided the players should take a break while the Centre Court roof was closed.

And, after the players emerged, it was Murray who looked the more revitalised as he broke immediately and battled past his man to claim a 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 win in front of an enthralled Centre Court crowd.

Speaking after his hard-fought, gruelling victory, Murray said he was just happy to put his injury woes behind him and be back on the hallowed grass of SW19 again.

“Yeah, it’s amazing to be back out here playing again on Centre Court,” he said. 

“It’s such a brilliant atmosphere and something since I came back to play the last eight, nine months I really missed playing in front of the fans.

“It was an amazing reception when I came out, and a great atmosphere for the whole match, so thanks for that.

“I did well to win the fourth set in the end because that was mentally not easy going back to the locker room after losing that third (set), so I did well.

Murray they explained how he managed to refresh himself during the break after looking physically and mentally spent at the end of a remarkable third set.

Murray then explained the mental battle of being away from competitive tennis for so long as he battled his way back to fitness ahead of this summer’s Wimbledon championships.

“It’s been extremely tough, even these last few months,” he said. 

“I didn’t have the most serious of injuries, but it’s been extremely frustrating not being about to get on the court and I’ve had such little momentum over these last few years.

“I just kept trying, kept working hard in the gym, kept doing all the right things to get me back in this position. And I feel very lucky I get to do it again.”

And the Scot laid to rest any concerns about his tennis future as he told the Centre Court crowd, as well as the  huge global television audience, that he has no intention of hanging up his racquet just yet.

“I keep getting asked is this going to be my last Wimbledon, my last match,” he said. 

“I dunno why I keep getting asked about it. 

“No! I’m gonna keep playing. I want to play. I’m enjoying it and I can still play at the highest level. 

“I mean, he’s ranked 28 in the world and I’ve hardly played any match and I beat him, so I’ll keep going.”

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GB News hails boycott victory – Full list of advertisers BACKING Andrew Neil's channel

GB News hails boycott victory - Full list of advertisers BACKING Andrew Neil's channel

Speaking on Thursday night, Mr Neil dismissed the Stop Funding Hate group, which published a list of companies whose adverts were seen on GB News in a bid to starve the channel of advertising income.

Mr Neil claimed the group were opponents of a free society and said firms which kowtowed to their demands were acting as the “useful idiots of bigots bent on censorship”.

He added: “It is quite remarkable that serious executives and well-established companies can be so easily cowed.

“They have all taken the knee to Stop Funding Hate. It is important they – and you – realise to whom they are in thrall.

“Stop Funding Hate does not stand for a liberal, inclusive society. It is dominated by far-Left agitators and cranks that push for advertiser boycotts of any media organisation with which it disagrees.”

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Raheem Sterling fires England to victory over Croatia in opening Euro 2020 clash

Raheem Sterling fires England to victory over Croatia in opening Euro 2020 clash

Raheem Sterling fired England to a tense 1-0 victory over Croatia in their opening fixture of Euro 2020. The result means redemption for Gareth Southgate and his team after they defeated the side who sent them crashing out of the 2018 World Cup in extra-time.

Early on, Phil Foden struck fear into the Croatia defence as he found a yard on his left-foot to cut in and curl a shot against the base of the post.

The superb Kalvin Phillips then lashed an eye-catching volley which stung the ‘keeper’s hands before Croatia eventually rode the storm of England’s fast start and grew into the game.

After a slow start to the second-half, Raheem Sterling broke the deadlock after being slid in by Phillips and nicking it past the onrushing goalkeeper to bag his first tournament goal for the Three Lions.

Gaining momentum, England almost doubled their lead minutes later when Harry Kane latched onto a back-post cross before ultimately fluffing the strike.

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Croatia upped the pace as they realised defeat may be on the horizon, but England were calm and collected as they saw the narrow victory over the line. 

The Three Lions can rejoice in their strong start to Euro 2020, while all eyes will be on tomorrow’s game involving Scotland and Czech Republic as the other two members of Group D prepare to battle it out.

In the aftermath of the tie, Raheem Sterling rolled his eyes when asked if he had justified his selection after scoring the winner. 

The likes of Jack Grealish and Marcus Rashford had been heavily discussed in the lead-up to the tournament, but it was the big game experience of Sterling which eventually tempted Southgate. 

In response to the question, the match winner simply said: “I’m trying.”

Sterling also said: “I always said to myself if I come here, growing up two minutes down the road, I know I have to score here. It was a great feeling to actually do it.

“There’s a lot of different reasons why I haven’t scored for my club and it’s totally irrelevant now. I’m here with England and I’m enjoying my football. That’s the most important thing.

“It’s been a long season for me but I couldn’t wait to get here and get started with England.”

Kalvin Phillips was a peripheral figure in England discussions leading up to the tournament, but the Leeds midfielder shone on a blazing afternoon at Wembley Stadium. 

Phillips said: “It’s the first time I have found him [Raheem Sterling] with a pass since I’ve linked up with England.

“It’s a great feeling to get an assist and a great feeling for the three points. I’m laid back – that’s the kind of person I am regardless of what is thrown at me. I just try and take it in my stride.

“There’s a lot of talk about me and Declan Rice fighting for one position but when we play together, I think we play really well.”

Manager Gareth Southgate was also full of praise for Phillips, saying after the game: “I think that Kalvin is a player who is so understated and who has had a fantastic start to his international career.

“He was immense throughout the game, as they all were.

“I’m so pleased for Raheem. He’s had this hex, if you like, at tournaments with not being able to get a goal. I thought he was dangerous with his play right from the start.”

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Novak Djokovic sticking to 2020 promise with dominant French Open first round victory

Novak Djokovic sticking to 2020 promise with dominant French Open first round victory

He moves on into the second round to take on Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas, who defeated Lucas Pouille in straight sets.

But Djokovic will almost certainly have one eye on the second week of the tournament where he could end up facing Federer in the quarter-finals.

The No 8 seed got off to a strong start against Denis Istomin, but faces a tough second-round test against Marin Cilic.

Nadal meanwhile also won in straight sets against Alexei Popyrin, with the potential of meeting Djokovic in the semi-finals.

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PS Plus vs Games with Gold May 2021: Microsoft scores a SHOCK victory over Sony

PS Plus vs Games with Gold May 2021: Microsoft scores a SHOCK victory over Sony
PlayStation Plus and Xbox Games with Gold releases have been announced by Sony and Microsoft.

The new batch of Xbox Games with Gold titles include Dungeons 3 and Armello on Xbox One, as well as LEGO Batman and Tropico 4 on Xbox 360.

Armello and LEGO Batman are out now, while Dungeons 3 and Tropico 4 will be available from May 16.

Over on PlayStation Plus, Sony has announced that the PS5 version of Wreckfest will be added to the line-up on May 4.

The destruction derby game will be available alongside the PlayStation 4 editions of Battlefield 5 and Stranded Deep.

With the PS Plus and Games with Gold titles about to be released, now seems like a good time to pit Sony against Xbox in a battle of the free games.

PlayStation Plus has dominated Games with Gold in 2021, so it will be interesting to see if Microsoft’s Games with Gold service can strike back.

Judging by the line-up, it’s looking like another victory for Sony, but perhaps Microsoft’s line-up is full of hidden gems.

Wreckfest: “Burn rubber, break rules and shred metal in this full-contact racer from the creator of the FlatOut. Race and upgrade patched-together cars, improving their looks and toughening up their body armour to survive the epic crashes and neck-to-neck fights over the finish line in competitive races.

“Enjoy some hilarity in Challenge modes as you get behind the wheel of crop harvesters, three-wheelers and much more, then challenge your friends online in multiplayer up to 24 players.”

Battlefield 5: “Enter mankind’s greatest conflict with Battlefield V as the series goes back to its roots in a never-before-seen portrayal of World War 2. Experience all-out multiplayer** with your squad in the vast Grand Operations and the cooperative Combined Arms, or take on single player War Stories.

“As you fight in epic, unexpected locations across the globe, enjoy the richest, most immersive Battlefield yet.”

Stranded Deep: “Test your survival skills in this open world adventure. In the aftermath of a mysterious plane crash, you are stranded in the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Alone, without any means to call for help, you must do what you can to survive.

“Explore underwater and on land as you hunt for supplies to craft the tools, weapons, and shelter you’ll need to stay alive. Stay sharp: hunger, thirst, and exposure conspire against you as you brave treacherous elements and the dangerous creatures of the Pacific.”

Armello: “A grim fairytale board game comes to life, this swashbuckling adventure brings together the deep tactics of card games and the rich strategy of tabletop games, all combined into a character-building RPG.

Dungeons 3: “Help the Dungeon Lord succeed in conquest in this dungeon building, real time strategy game. Head the frontlines under the guidance of his chief lieutenant, the dark elf Thalya, and command the most terrifying army the world has ever seen.

“Choose among orcs, succubae, zombies, and more, and use every trick in the book to take down the do-gooders of the overworld once and for all!

Lego Batman: “He is vengeance… He is the night… He is Lego Batman. Build, drive, swing, and fight your way through Gotham as the caped crusader and his sidekick, Robin. And, in a gameplay twist, play as the villains in story mode and help in their nefarious plans to take over the city.

Tropico 4: “As El Presidente, the ruler of your small island nation, it is your job to gain the support of the people, negotiate with foreign superpowers, and even deal with any natural disasters which threaten your country.

“Test your political mettle and remember that everyone has an agenda, so while it’s good to keep your friends close, it’s better to keep your enemies closer.”

While Battlefield 5 is the highest-profile release, Wreckfest is actually the highest rated game on the list.

Wreckfest has a score of 82% on Metacritic, compared to 73% for Battlefield 5 and 64% for Stranded Deep.

Over on Xbox One, Armello has an impressive Metacritic score of 80%. Dungeons 3, on the other hand, has a score of 72%.

The Xbox 360 games are similar, scoring 76% for LEGO Batman and 77% for Tropico 4.

In terms of a winner, while I think the PlayStation Plus is the more exciting of the two, the numbers don’t lie. For the first time this year, Xbox Games with Gold gets the victory.

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Nintendo Scores Another Victory In Its War Against Switch Piracy

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Back in 2020, Nintendo took legal action against Le Hoang Minh – a Vietnamese citizen trading on Amazon under the name Winmart – to prevent the sale of RCM Loaders, which use special software to hack the console and permit the running of unlicensed code, as well as pirated games. It has now been confirmed that Nintendo has obtained an injunction against Winmart.

The judgment was handed down by the US District Court for the Western District of Washington on April 15th, and means that Winmart is now prohibited from selling such devices – or similar products designed with the aim of “circumventing the technological security measures for Nintendo’s consoles” – in the US.

Nintendo also claims that Winmart “abused” the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in order to keep selling the devices on Amazon. Amazon had temporarily removed the devices after Nintendo filed a copyright infringement notice, but Winmart responded by submitting a DMCA counternotification which claimed the removal have been a mistake. Nintendo’s stance is that it had no other option but to take legal action against Winmart in order to prevent the RCM Loaders from being listed on the digital store again.

This follows news that Nintendo is also taking legal action against Gary Bowser, one of the supposed leaders of the piracy group Team Xecuter. Last year, the company also won a $ 2 million lawsuit against Uberchips.com and its owner, Tom Dilts Jr., who was accused of selling tools that enable customers to play pirated games on their Switch consoles.

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Novak Djokovic lays down marker to Rafael Nadal with Jannik Sinner victory

Novak Djokovic lays down marker to Rafael Nadal with Jannik Sinner victory
Novak Djokovic beat Miami Open finalist Jannik Sinner without breaking out of second gear to lay down a marker to world No 3 Rafael Nadal, who is the favourite for the Monte-Carlo Masters title.
Sinner, 19, suffered a narrow defeat to Hubert Hurkacz in Miami earlier this month but rose to No 22 in the world rankings following his impressive run to the final.

The Italian was no match for world No 1 Djokovic when they met in the second round in Monte Carlo.

He was looking to become just the third teenager to beat Djokovic at an ATP event and was offered a glimmer of hope when he broke in the third set.

But that seemed to trigger the Serbian 18-time Grand Slam winner into action and he got his clay campaign underway with a 6-4 6-2 victory.

“It feels great, also playing here in Monaco where I reside,” Djokovic said.

“I have been using this club as a training base so It feels like playing at home and it was very good encounter.

“It was a great first match for me. Jannik is in form, he played the finals of Miami and has been playing well.

“I just hung in there today and found the right shots at the right time.”

Djokovic was expected to have a much tougher run battle against one of the most promising players on the tour.

Djokovic will face the winner of Dan Evans and Hurkacz in the next round.

He has been drawn in the opposite half of the tournament to early favourite Nadal, who is an 11-time champion in Monaco.

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