Sunday, October 28, 2007
Arsenal regains TOP SLOT,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Man-Ghuu's hope shattered...........Fabregas scores................to even Gerrard's goal..1-1 draw
Steven Gerrard put the home side ahead in the seventh minute with a fierce shot. But Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas hit his 10th goal of the season with 10 minutes left to ensure both sides continued their unbeaten starts to the Premier League season.
Arsenal joined defending champions Manchester United, who beat Middlesbrough 4-1 on Saturday, on 26 points and with the same goal difference, but leads the standings having scored more goals.
Liverpool dropped to sixth place on 20 points, while Blackburn moved up to fifth with a 2-1 win over Tottenham, which remained in the relegation zone after conceding an injury-time goal for the fifth time this season.
Bolton moved up a place with a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa, while Derby replaced Bolton in last place after a 0-2 home loss to Everton.
While Arsenal went into Sunday’s match at Anfield unbeaten in any competition since April, Liverpool were seeking a return to form after a 1-2 Champions League loss to Benfica in midweek.
The Gunners, who routed Sparta Prague 7-0 on Tuesday, pressured Liverpool with their fast, accurate passing, but Gerrard drew a save from goalkeeper Manuel Almunia with a low shot before Liverpool took the lead from a free-kick move just outside the area. The kick was touched sideways to Gerrard, who smashed a shot through the defensive wall and into the net.
Tottenham fired coach Martin Jol in midweek after the club’s poor start, but his replacement Juande Ramos watched from the stands and saw a performance typical of those that have blighted the club’s season.
Tottenham led Blackburn at White Hart Lane through Robbie Keane’s 49th-minute penalty kick, awarded for a foul on Aaron Lennon by Stephen Warnock.
Tottenham peppered Blackburn’s goal with shots that either missed or were saved by goalkeeper Brad Friedel, but were unable to hold onto the lead. Benni McCarthy hit a 60th-minute equaliser that deflected off defender Michael Dawson and, in added time, Christopher Samba took advantage of another defensive lapse.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Arsenal put on a magical display at the Emirates Stadium as they closed in on the Champions League knockout stages.
Cesc Fabregas' stunning strike put the Gunners ahead after five minutes and David Hubacek's own goal made it 2-0.
Theo Walcott got his first Champions League goal after a goalkeeping error before Alexander Hleb scored one and set up Walcott for his second.
Fabregas finished a fabulous move and substitute Nicklas Bendtner wrapped up Arsenal's best ever home win in Europe.
Monday, October 22, 2007
BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld leads Lewis Hamilton during the Brazilian Grand Prix
BMW's cars held up Hamilton during the race but were not excluded
Lewis Hamilton still has a slim chance of taking the F1 title after McLaren said they would contest a decision not to punish two other teams in Brazil.
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen won the race to edge out Hamilton, who finished seventh, for the drivers' championship.
Race stewards then investigated alleged fuel irregularities by Williams and BMW Sauber, but decided not to punish them.
Had they been disqualified, Hamilton would have finished fourth, earning him enough points to become world champion.
McLaren notified motorsport's world governing body, the FIA, late on Sunday of their intention to appeal against the stewards' verdict.
The problems with the BMW Sauber and Williams cars centred on a technical infringement - a fuel-temperature irregularity - which could have given them an advantage.
Nico Rosberg finished fourth in his Williams while the BMW duo of Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld were fifth and sixth.
But after a three-hour hearing, the race stewards chose to impose no penalty on either team, ensuring Raikkonen could celebrate the first F1 title of his career by finishing one point ahead of Hamilton and McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso.
It's very unsettling to have this appeal, but there is so much at stake and the FIA have to find somehow a way of being consistent
The outcome has upset former world champion Damon Hill, who has accused F1's race stewards of exercising double standards.
He feels McLaren have been on the wrong side of FIA decisions on more than one occasion this season while other teams have escaped censure.
"It does get quite difficult to see where the consistency lies," Hill told Radio 5live.
"If you go back to the beginning of the season, McLaren's argument is that Ferrari won the very first race using a device which was later found to be illegal by the FIA.
"They removed it but the result stood.
"It's very unsettling to have this appeal, but there is so much at stake and the FIA have to find somehow a way of being consistent.
"I can see how a couple of degrees fuel temperature can be regarded as being so negligible that it wouldn't make any difference.
"But we're talking about such tiny differences all the time in Formula One, there has to be a line where you're one side or the other."
Under FIA regulations, no fuel on board a car may be more than 10 degrees centigrade below ambient temperature - the prevailing temperature on the track.
If you put chilled or cool fuel into a car you get between 5 and 10 horsepower increase
But in initial findings there was a clear discrepancy.
Heidfeld's fuel was 13C lower than ambient at his first stop and 12C lower at his second.
Kubica's varied by 14C, 13C and 13C at his three stops, while Rosberg's was 13C and 12C out at his two stops.
Cooler fuel can give a car a performance advantage.
It is denser, so it can take slightly less time to refuel a car or marginally more fuel can be added in the same time.
Cooler fuel would also give a slight power advantage for about three laps before returning to the temperature out on the track.
However, the total advantage for each car over the race distance was almost certainly no more than a second.
Former F1 team owner Eddie Jordan agrees that cars do gain an unfair advantrage if they use cooler fuel but thinks McLaren will find it hard to launch a successful appeal.
He says it will be difficult to prove that the fuel temperatures at the time the fuel entered the cars broke the rules.
"If you put chilled or cool fuel into a car you get between 5 and 10 horsepower increase," he told 5live.
They shouldn't bother appealing, whilst Hamilton has doen superbly this season he choked when the pressure was on at the start.
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"Now that is a significant amount and would be enough to exclude a car if it was found to have done so, but I am not sure at this late stage how you can actually get that proof."
Hamilton could only finish seventh in the final race of the season at Interlagos after a poor start, hampered by an apparent mechanical problem on lap eight when he dramatically slowed at one point, almost to a stop.
He could be seen rocking in his McLaren, virtually willing it to get going, while all the time the field streamed by.
Whatever the problem, his car finally regained power, but he was left with too much to do.
Finn Raikkonen, 28, led home team-mate Felipe Massa in a Ferrari one-two at Interlagos.
Alonso finished on the same points as Hamilton, but the double world champion from Spain was third on countback.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Lewis Hamilton, who might be punished for having used two sets of wet tyres in the morning session, finished first in second session.
This is a good result for the British pilot despite he has never been to Interlagos before; in addition, he left Spaniard Fernando Alonso and Finn Kimi Räikkönen behind, who finished second and third respectively.
Hamilton was 122 thousandths-of-a-second faster than defending champion Alonso, 345 thousandths-of-a-second faster than Räikkönen; Ferrari's second pilot Felipe Massa finished between them.
.1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) 1:12.767
.2. Fernando Alonso (SPA) 1:12.869
.3. Felipe Massa (BRA) 1:13.075
.4. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN) 1:13.112
.5. Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) 1:13.549
.6. Robert Kubica (POL) 1:13.587
.7. Nico Rosberg (GER) 1:13.655
.8. Kazuki Nakajima (JPN) 1:13.664
.9. David Coulthard (GBR) 1:13.706
10. Nick Heidfeld (GER) 1:13.785
11. Ralf Schumacher (GER) 1:13.829
12. Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) 1:13.879
13. Rubens Barrichello (BRA) 1:13.892
14. Jenson Button (GBR) 1:14.095
15. Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) 1:14.152
16. Jarno Trulli (ITA) 1:14.179
17. Sebastian Vettel (GER) 1:14.409
18. Takuma Sato (JPN) 1:14.431
19. Anthony Davidson (GBR) 1:14.477
20. Mark Webber (AUS) 1:14.543
21. Adrian Sutil (GER) 1:15.095
22. Sakon Yamamoto (JPN) 1:15.715