F1 eyes 24 races
Formula One is planning to expand to 24 races in the near future, with some rotation of circuits, Formula One chief executive officer Chase Carey said on Thursday. The sport has penciled in a record 23 races for next year, dependent on developments in the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced organizers to rewrite this season’s schedule and limit races to Europe and the Middle East. Carey, who is handing over to former Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali in January while remaining as non-executive chairman of the Liberty Media-owned sport, was speaking to investors. “We expect to move to a 24-race calendar in the next few years and will probably rotate a few races so we will be able to accommodate a few new partners, but they will be limited as long-term partnerships continue to be our priority,” he said.
MLB minimum salary rises
The minimum salary in Major League Baseball is to rise to US$570,500 next season, a hike of US$7,000. Under the league’s collective bargaining agreement with its players’ association, the minimum was US$535,000 in 2017, US$545,000 in 2018 and US$555,000 last year. In the final two seasons of the five-year deal, the increase is calculated as the rise from October to October in the consumer price index for urban wage earners and clerical workers. Last month’s figure was announced on Nov. 12 by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the MLB rise was confirmed by the commissioner’s office on Thursday after it conferred with the players’ association. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, MLB and the players’ association agreed to prorated salaries for this year, which reduced the major league minimum from US$563,500 to US$208,704.
Ramos to miss Inter game
Real Madrid are to be without captain Sergio Ramos for their Champions League trip to play Inter after they confirmed on Thursday that he sustained a hamstring injury on international duty with Spain. Ramos was substituted in the first half of the team’s 6-0 thrashing of Germany on Tuesday. “After undergoing tests under the supervision of Real Madrid’s medical team, Sergio Ramos has picked up a hamstring problem,” Real said in a statement. Local media reported that Ramos would miss the visit to high-flying Villarreal in La Liga action today and the Champions League match next week.
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McGregor return announced
Conor McGregor has agreed to return to the UFC for a rematch with Dustin Poirier on Jan. 23 at UFC257. UFC president Dana White on Thursday told reporters that McGregor has ended his latest retirement from mixed martial arts by signing an agreement for a 155 pound fight with Poirier. White has not decided whether UFC257 is to be held in Las Vegas or in the UFC’s COVID-19 bubble in Abu Dhabi. “But if the world continues in the direction it looks like it’s headed, it will 100 percent be Fight Island,” White said, meaning the United Arab Emirates. McGregor (22-4) has fought in the UFC cage just twice since November 2016, but he dramatically stopped Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in 40 seconds at UFC246 in January last year.
After a long week cooking and cleaning in the cramped households of Hong Kong, a group of Philippine domestic workers are using their Sunday off for an unlikely hobby: cricket. They are proving rather good at it. Despite no background in the game, scant coaching and little time, the SCC Divas have made a startling impact, winning Hong Kong’s development league twice in their first two seasons and going unbeaten since stepping up to the main divisions this year. Along the way, they have inspired the Philippines’ first national women’s cricket team, providing seven of its players, while shaking up Hong Kong’s sleepy
One of this year’s strangest NFL stories appears to have reached a conclusion, with robbery charges against former New York Giants cornerback Deandre Baker dropped by authorities in Florida. The 23-year-old Baker was facing a possible life sentence after he was charged with four counts of robbery. It was claimed that Baker, along with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar and two other men, robbed partygoers of thousands of US dollars in cash, watches and other valuables at a party in Florida in May. The charges against Dunbar were dropped in August. Baker, a first-round pick for the Giants last year, was
The treatment of Pacific Island rugby union players in the professional era is compared to colonialism in a new documentary film produced and narrated by former Samoa international Dan Leo. Oceans Apart: Greed, Betrayal and Pacific Island Rugby accuses World Rugby and the sport’s elite nations of exploiting the player resources of the Pacific Islands while retaining almost all of the wealth that those players create. The island nations of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga have a combined population of only 1.5 million people, but provide almost one-quarter of all professional rugby players. At last year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan, 42 players
‘THAT HURT’: Ferran Torres scored an inspired treble, and despite Sergio Ramos leaving the pitch with a hamstring strain, Germany could not stem the tide Spain on Tuesday dealt Germany their worst defeat in 89 years with a stunning 6-0 victory in Seville to qualify for the UEFA Nations League finals, joining France, who came from behind to beat Sweden 4-2. Germany have not been beaten so heavily since losing to Austria by the same scoreline in a friendly in 1931. “That hurt,” German midfielder Toni Kroos said. “The Spanish team showed us at every turn how it’s done — with and without the ball.” “There are no excuses. Now we know where we stand,” Serge Gnabry added. Spain were as sublime as Germany were abysmal in Seville, where