Lewis Hamilton: Formula One legend Sir Jackie Stewart backs Mercedes driver for knighthood

first_imgLewis Hamilton clinched a record-equalling seventh F1 world title by winning the Turkish GP on Sunday; Sir Jackie Stewart backs Mercedes driver for knighthood: “He’s now a seriously top-line sportsman in the world… I think he certainly deserves it” Last Updated: 16/11/20 11:34pm Damon Hill says it is remarkable how Hamilton has been able to produce such high standards season after season “Seven world championships, more races than anybody else – this guy is better than anyone else in the world. He truly is a fantastic ambassador for Great Britain.”Hamilton fired an ominous message to his rivals after his victory in Istanbul – insisting he’s “just getting started” in Formula One. Damon Hill, who also won the Formula One world championship in 1996, says Hamilton has been “extraordinary” since winning his first world title in 2008.“I think he relishes the opportunity to show how much better he is than everyone else and he certainly did that yesterday,” Hill told Sky Sports News. Three-time F1 world champion Sir Jackie Stewart says Lewis Hamilton deserves a knighthood after winning a record-equalling seventh world title – Advertisement – 0:31 2:56 Former F1 world champion Nico Rosberg says ex-Mercedes team-mate Hamilton is now an all-time great – Advertisement – – Advertisement – center_img 0:33 Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle believes Hamilton is ‘one of the greatest’ sports stars Great Britain has produced 1:18 Damon Hill says it is remarkable how Hamilton has been able to produce such high standards season after season Three-time F1 world champion Sir Jackie Stewart says Lewis Hamilton deserves a knighthood after winning a record-equalling seventh world title Sir Jackie Stewart says Lewis Hamilton deserves to receive a knighthood for his achievements in Formula One.Hamilton equalled Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven world titles on Sunday after clinching victory in the Turkish Grand Prix.He is now statistically the most successful driver in Formula One history – having already held the records for most race victories, pole positions and podiums.Three-time world champion Stewart, who was himself knighted in 2001, believes Hamilton should be honoured for his achievements in the sport.“I’ve been privileged to get a knighthood myself and it took me a wee while apparently to get a knighthood in comparison because I was retired from motor racing by the time my knighthood came along,” Stewart told Sky Sports News. Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle believes Hamilton is ‘one of the greatest’ sports stars Great Britain has produced “But certainly Lewis deserves it. He’s now a seriously top-line sportsman in the world and that’s a wonderful thing to have, and the fact that he is British is the most important thing of all, with regards to the knighthood is concerned. I think he certainly deserves it.”Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle has also backed Hamilton for a knighthood and insists the former McLaren driver is one of the greatest sportsmen the country has produced.“Lewis appeals to a huge amount of people. He’s the only true global star in motor racing and head and shoulders above everybody else,” Pringle told Sky Sports News.“He’s one of the greatest sportsmen this country has ever produced and we need to start recognising that as a country. He’s notably among the peers who have all been knighted and he hasn’t been and I question that. Former F1 world champion Nico Rosberg says ex-Mercedes team-mate Hamilton is now an all-time great “I think it’s very difficult to appreciate how exhausting it is to pull yourself together every year, year on year, to fight for a World Championship because it’s one to thing to be a racing driver and compete in Formula One, but it’s quite another to have the expectation that Lewis has created for himself every year.“That means dealing with the questions from us guys, the press, and also the requirements for sponsors and travel and organisation of your life because you can’t just turn up to a hotel and walk in the front door – he’ll never get anywhere!“It’s exhausting to do, what 13 seasons now he’s done in Formula One, and that’s hard work in itself, but to keep going and keep fresh like he has done is extraordinary.“He is saying there basically he feels fresh as a daisy so that is bit of a warning to everyone else.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

Baseball preview: National League East 2015 team-by-team capsules

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error 2014 Record: 96-66Rank in NL Runs: ThirdRuns Allowed: FirstManager: Matt WilliamsRotation: Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez Doug Fister. Is this the year the WashingtonNationals get over the hump? L.A. Daily News columnist Mark Whicker breaks down the National League East.• MORE BASEBALL PREVIEW: National League West team-by-team capsules• MORE BASEBALL PREVIEW: National League Central team-by-team capsulesWASHINGTON NATIONALScenter_img Bullpen: Tanner Roark, Matt Thornton, Aaron Barrett, Craig Stammen, Rich Hill, Xavier Cedeno, Blake Treinen.Closer: Drew Storen.Lineup:1B Ryan Zimmerman2B Danny EspinozaSS Ian Desmond3B Yunel EscobarLF Tyler MooreCF Michael TaylorRF Bryce HarperC Wilson RamosDL: CF Denard Span, OF Jayson Werth, OF Nate McLouth, RHP Casey Janssen.Bench: 2B Dan Uggla, C Jose Lobaton, OF Mike Carp, OF Matt den Dekker, OF Clint Robertson.Fun Fact: Nationals were the only team in the N.L. East that didn’t have a losing record, and were 16-17 against playoff teams.Fun Fact II: Fister was the only pitcher to start 25 games and strikeout fewer than 100 batters (98). He went 16-6.Best Case: Harper can play a full season, fireworks included.Worst Case: Nationals can’t replace power than they lost.Forecast: First. Bullpen could still betray them in playoffs.• MORE BASEBALL PREVIEW: 2015 MLB pre-season predictionsMIAMI MARLINS2014 Record: 77-85Rank in Runs Scored: SeventhRuns Allowed: 11thManager: Mike RedmondRotation: Henderson Alvarez, Mat Latos, Jarred Cosart, Dan Haren, Tom Koehler.Bullpen: Bryan Morris, A.J. Ramos, Mike Dunn, David Phelps, Sam Dyson.Closer: Steve Cishek.Lineup:1B Michael Morse2B Dee GordonSS Adeiny Hechavarria3B Miguel PradoLF Christian YelichCF Marcell OzunaRF Giancarlo StantonC Jarrod SaltalamacchiaBench: OF Ichiro Suzuki, INF Donovan Solano, 1B Jeff Baker, C Jeff Mathis.DL:: RHP Jose Fernandez, RHP Aaron Crow.Fun Fact: Ozuna was seventh among N.L. outfielders in homers, fifth in RBI.Fun Fact II: Ramos gave up one home run in 64 innings but gave out six walks every nine innings.Best Case: Fernandez returns in June with same brilliance.Worst Case: Ownership gets antsy if Marlins start poorly.Forecast: Second. They’ll go as far as rotation takes them.NEW YORK METS2014 Record: 79-83Rank in Runs Scored: EighthRuns Allowed: SeventhManager: Terry CollinsRotation: Matt Harvey, Bartolo Colon, Jason deGrom, Jon Niese, Dillon Gee.Bullpen: Jeurys Familia, Jeremy Blevins, Alex Torres, Carlos Torres, Sean Gilmartin, Rafael Montero,Closer: Jenry Mejia.Lineup:1B Lucas Duda2B Daniel MurphySS Wilmer Flores3B David WrightLF Michael CuddyerCF Jose LagaresRF Curtis GrandersonC Travis d’ArnaudBench: INF Ruben Tejada, OF John Mayberry Jr, C Anthony Recker, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis.DL: RHP Zack Wheeler, RHP Bobby Parnell, LHP Josh Edgin, RHP Vic BlackFun Fact: At 41, Colon had the Mets’ only 200-inning season.Fun Fact II: The Mets were seven games over .500 when they weren’t playing Washington.Best Case: Harvey looks as good as he did in the spring.Worst Case: Duda doesn’t build on his 30-homer season.Forecast: Third. With much better depth and strong pitching, a playoff bid is at hand.ATLANTA BRAVES2014 Record: 79-83Rank in Runs Scored: 14thRuns Allowed: ThirdManager: Fredi GonzalezRotation: Julio Teheran, Alex Wood, Shelby Miller, Wandy Rodriguez, Trevor Cahill. Bullpen: Jason Grilli, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan, Josh Outman, Eric Stults, Matt Capps.Closer: Craig Kimbrel.Lineup:1B Frankie Freeman2B Jace PetersonSS Andrelton Simmons3B Chris JohnsonLF Jonny GomesCF Eric YoungRF Nick MarkakisC Christian BethancourtBench: INF Alberto Callaspo, INF Phil Gosselin, INF Kelly Johnson C A.J. Pierzynski, OF Todd Cunningham.DL: LHP Mike Minor, OF Melvin Upton Jr.Fun Fact: Braves lost 31 games in which they had quality starts, seven more than anyone else in the N.L.Fun Fact II: Kimbrel has led the league in saves in four consecutive years.Best Case: Peterson and Bethancourt are ready to contribute.Worst Case: Freeman is intentionally walked 30 times.Forecast: Fourth. Announce new stadium plan, strip the roster. It’s the way of the world.• MORE BRAVES: Atlanta trades closer Craig Kimbrell to San Diego PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES2014 Record: 73-89Rank in Runs Scored: NinthRuns Allowed: 12thManager: Ryne SandbergRotation: Cole Hamels, Aaron Harang, David Buchanan, Jerome William, Sean O’Sulllivan.Bullpen: Ken Giles, Jake Diekman, Justin De Fratus, Andy Oliver, Luis Garcia.Closer: Jonathan Papelbon.Lineup:1B Ryan Howard2B Chase UtleySS Freddy Galvis3B Cody AscheLF Ben RevereCF Odubel HerreraRF Jeff FrancoeurC Carlos RuizBench: OF Grady Sizemore, OF Jordan Danks, OF Darin Ruf, INF Cesar Hernandez. C Cameron Rupp, INF Makiel Franco.DL: LHP Cliff Lee, OF Dominic Brown, RHP Jonathan Pettibone, RHP Chad Billingsley, LHP Mario Hollands.Fun Fact: The Phillies are the only franchise that is more than 1,000 games under .500.Fun Fact II: Revere put the ball in play in 88 percent of his plate appearances last year, best in the league.Best Case: Giles and Papelbon continue to dominate the eighth and ninth.Worst Case: Hamels get hurt.Forecast: Fifth, and still plagued with contract bloat.last_img read more

Steelers WR Wallace focused on efforts, not boos

first_imgWalking back to the huddle, beating himself up a little bit after failing to hold onto a Ben Roethlisberger heave that would have gotten the Steelers out of an early hole last week against San Diego, Wallace tried not to take it personally.That doesn’t mean he succeeded.“I think they’re out to get me a little bit,” Wallace said with a smile.Then again, the easygoing 26-year-old understands he has no one to blame but himself. Wallace took a calculated risk last summer when he decided to hold out during training camp. Coming off his first Pro Bowl and entering the prime of his career, Wallace didn’t want to leave the Steelers as much as he simply wanted to get paid a little more — OK, a lot more — to stay.When management balked, Wallace reported less than two weeks before the season started and pledged not to let his uncertain future mess with his head.It hasn’t exactly happened.Sure, Wallace is on pace to match the 72 receptions he put up a year ago and he needs two touchdowns over Pittsburgh’s final three games to set a new career-high.Yet it’s the slip-ups — such as a handful of costly drops and a pair of fumbles — that have outweighed the spectacular. Wallace is in the midst of perhaps the most productive season of his four-year career. It just doesn’t feel like it.While the former third-round pick has shown the ability to adapt to offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s short-passing game and he’s accepted the fact there are fewer deep shots to go around, he knows he’s done little to calm critics who viewed his holdout as a betrayal.“Anything I do is going to be magnified, good, bad, it doesn’t really matter,” he said. “I’ve just got to do what I need to do and I don’t give anybody a reason to say anything. Whatever happens I take full responsibility for it.”And to be honest, he’s OK with it.“I don’t want nobody to ever say it’s enough,” he said. “I always want somebody to have a knock on me. Always, because it’s always going to make me a better player and it’s always going to give me something to strive for.”Even if, at the moment, Wallace is content with striving to avoid the kind of mental miscues that have cost the Steelers (7-6) this season. They are, after all, tied with Cincinnati for the AFC’s last wild card spot heading into Sunday’s game in Dallas (7-6) and could be in a better place.Wallace has six drops this season, tied for 16th most in the NFL. The names higher on that list include Wes Welker, Calvin Johnson and Dez Bryant.The difference, of course, is that none of those guys skipped training camp, and Wallace knows it.“I made the bed,” he said. “I’ll lie in it.”No matter how uncomfortable it can get.Wallace raised eyebrows last week when he admitted to having his mind wander during games. Looking back, he admits he probably should have kept that to himself.“When you’re not getting the ball into the games sometime you might get a little frustrated and lose focus in the game, not on the game, but sometimes you get mentally not focused on the things you always need to be focused on,” he said.It certainly looked that way against the Chargers. Backed up deep in their own end in the second quarter, Roethlisberger tested his sprained right shoulder and flung it as far as he could. Wallace had a step on the defender and stretched to haul it in, only to have it bounce off his hands to the turf.Though Wallace rebounded to catch seven passes for 112 yards and two scores, it’s the one he couldn’t bring in that stuck with him afterward.“All I keep thinking about was the drop I had,” Wallace said. “But you can’t dwell on that.”Besides, there’s plenty of other things to think about, including the future. Wallace has tried to block out what will happen once the season ends, adding it would be “selfish” if he started wondering where he’ll be playing next year.Maybe, but with 2013 fast approaching, there’s a real chance Wallace could be playing his final games in Pittsburgh.The Steelers signed teammate Antonio Brown to a contract extension while Wallace was working out by himself in Florida. And the rapid development of Emmanuel Sanders combined with the money Wallace could earn on the open market makes the prospect of Wallace sticking around seem unlikely.If time is growing short, Wallace is trying to make it count. So is his quarterback.“He has all the confidence in himself and we have it in him,” Roethlisberger said. “We’re confident that he’s going to come out and be great. There’s never a second thought in my mind about it.”In Wallace’s either.“It’s not like I’m out here dropping every pass,” he said. “I made a lot of plays, too, as well. But I definitely would like to make every single play on the field.“I’ve just got to keep working at it and I think things will go my way.”NOTES: LB James Harrison (illness) did not practice on Wednesday … S Troy Polamalu was held out of practice but it was not injury related … LB LaMarr Woodley, who has missed the last two games with an ankle injury, was a full participant … Coach Mike Tomlin met with RB Rashard Mendenhall to talk about the one-game suspension Mendenhall received for conduct detrimental to the team. Tomlin called the meeting productive.(Follow Will Graves at www.twitter.com/WillGravesAP) by Will GravesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Wallace heard the boos. And the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver knew it didn’t have as much to do with the pass that had just clanged off his hands as with the expectations — self-imposed or otherwise — he just can’t seem to meet. BIG CATCH–Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace (17) makes a touchdown catch past San Diego Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer (23) in the third quarter on Dec. 9, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright) last_img read more