IndyCar Portland: Sebastien Bourdais, Will Power top practices

IndyCar Portland: Sebastien Bourdais, Will Power top practices

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Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan’s Sebastien Bourdais topped the timesheets on Friday ahead of IndyCar’s race at Portland.

Bourdais, who was the last Indycar driver to win at Portland back in 2007, set a best time of 57.398 seconds to hold off Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon by just 0.0246s in the opening practice session.

Dixon, who suffered a harmless Turn 2 spin, was forced to skip the last five minutes of the 45-minute practice session as punishment for twice taking the checkered flag in yesterday’s open test.

But Dixon missed very little, as the final five minutes were disrupted by two red flags caused by Andretti’s Zach Veach and Harding driver Alfonso Celis Jr’s errors at the Turn 10/11 complex.

Reigning IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden took advantage of the disruption to finish third ahead of Marco Andretti and team-mate Will Power.

Power then topped the afternoon’s session with a time of 57.4053s ahead of Andretti and a shock third place for banned Formula 2 driver Santino Ferrucci, who had been 12th in the morning’s running.

Ferrucci is making his return to IndyCar with Dale Coyne Racing after a difficult debut in Detroit that drew criticism from Ed Carpenter Racing’s Spencer Pigot.

Dixon was fourth in the session ahead of the returning Jack Harvey in the Michael Shank Racing affiliated entry, run in conjunction with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

His SPM team-mate and stand in for the injured Robert Wickens, Carlos Munoz, took his best placing of 16th in the afternoon session.

Drivers who suffered a miserable day included DCR’s Pietro Fittipaldi who did not complete any laps in the morning, due to a brakes problem, and Penske’s Simon Pagenaud crashed in the second session after showing middling pace in the earlier running.

Free practice one result

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 57.3975s
2 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 0.0246s
3 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.1861s
4 Marco Andretti Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 0.3139s
5 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.3688s
6 Jordan King Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.3898s
7 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.3917s
8 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 0.3940s
9 Ed Jones Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 0.4841s
10 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.5787s
11 Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing Dallara/Honda 0.5831s
12 Santino Ferrucci Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 0.5994s
13 Max Chilton Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 0.6489s
14 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.6697s
15 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.6923s
16 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 0.7084s
17 Gabby Chaves Harding Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.7290s
18 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 0.8306s
19 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.8880s
20 Matheus Leist AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 0.9797s
21 Charlie Kimball Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 0.9922s
22 Carlos Munoz Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1.0979s
23 Tony Kanaan AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1.1222s
24 Alfonso Celis Juncos Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.5679s
25 Pietro Fittipaldi Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda

Free practice two result

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 57.4053s
2 Marco Andretti Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 0.0615s
3 Santino Ferrucci Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 0.0765s
4 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 0.1609s
5 Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing Dallara/Honda 0.2931s
6 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.3101s
7 Gabby Chaves Harding Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.3169s
8 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.3172s
9 Jordan King Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.3862s
10 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 0.4195s
11 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.4261s
12 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 0.4419s
13 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.4499s
14 Charlie Kimball Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 0.4797s
15 Ed Jones Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 0.4961s
16 Carlos Munoz Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 0.5088s
17 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.5200s
18 Max Chilton Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 0.6092s
19 Pietro Fittipaldi Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 0.6772s
20 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 0.6910s
21 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 0.7174s
22 Tony Kanaan AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 0.7884s
23 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.8432s
24 Matheus Leist AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 0.8435s
25 Alfonso Celis Juncos Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.1209s

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August 31, 2018 at 04:17PM

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Report: Brewers acquire Gio Gonzalez from Nationals

Report: Brewers acquire Gio Gonzalez from Nationals

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The Brewers have acquired left-hander Gio Gonzalez from the Nationals in exchange for two minor leaguers, according to multiple reports from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and MLB.com’s Jamal Collier. It’s not yet clear which players will be returned to the Nationals, however, and neither team has officially announced the swap.

Gonzalez, 32, came off of one of his best seasons with the team in 2018 after posting a 15-9 record in 32 starts with a 2.96 ERA and 3.3 fWAR and earning consideration for the 2017 NL Cy Young Award. This year has been a slightly different story: he’s compiled a 7-11 record in 27 starts and produced a 4.57 ERA, 4.3 BB/9, 7.8 SO/9 and just 1.4 fWAR through 145 2/3 innings so far. Over the last month, he’s been on shaky ground as well, dragging a 7.47 ERA over just 31 1/3 innings as he struggled to make it past the fifth inning in five of seven starts.

Even taking his recent slump into account, the lefty has consistently proven to be an above-average starter for an above-.500 team, and will aim to finish strong as the Brewers make a push for the playoffs next month. He’s still owed $2 million of the $12 million club option that was exercised for 2018 and is scheduled to enter free agency in the fall.

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August 31, 2018 at 04:30PM

49ers announce 12 cuts, including Joe Williams, Aldrick Robinson

49ers announce 12 cuts, including Joe Williams, Aldrick Robinson

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The 49ers announced 12 roster moves Friday, including the previously reported departures of running back Joe Williams and receiver Aldrick Robinson.

San Francisco made Williams a fourth-round pick last year, but he spent his rookie season on injured reserve with a foot injury. Robinson, a five-year veteran, appeared in all 16 games for the 49ers last season and made 19 catches for 260 yards and two touchdowns.

The 49ers also cut: offensive lineman JP Flynn, running back Ja’Quan Gardner, offensive guard Chris Gonzalez, quarterback Jack Heneghan, defensive lineman Chris Jones, punter Jeff Locke, offensive tackle Pace Murphy, tight end Wes Saxton and offensive lineman Darrell Williams.



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August 31, 2018 at 04:24PM

Dolphins trade safety Jordan Lucas to the Chiefs

Dolphins trade safety Jordan Lucas to the Chiefs

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Dolphins trade safety Jordan Lucas to the Chiefs





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The Chiefs needed some help in the defensive secondary, and they’ve gotten it.

Via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins have traded safety Jordan Lucas to Kansas City.

A sixth-rounder in 2016, Lucas will net a seventh-round pick in 2019 for the Dolphins.

He’s the latest example of a guy who would have been cut, if he hadn’t been traded. Look for more moves like this over the next day, with teams having needs and a fairly low spot in the pecking order for waivers giving up a late-round pick to get a guy they likely wouldn’t sniff, if he ended up on the waiver wire.



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August 31, 2018 at 04:24PM

Reports: Brewers get LHP Gonzalez from Nats

Reports: Brewers get LHP Gonzalez from Nats

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The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired left-handed starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez from the Washington Nationals, according to multiple reports.

The news was first reported by The Athletic.

Gonzalez is 7-11 with a 4.57 ERA in 27 starts this season. The two-time All-Star is 124-97 with a 3.71 ERA in 11 major league seasons.

He is the second pitcher acquired Friday by the Brewers, who currently occupy one of the two National League wild-card spots. Earlier in the day, Milwaukee acquired left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno from the Chicago White Sox.

The Nationals also dealt right-handed reliever Ryan Madson to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.

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August 31, 2018 at 04:21PM

‘You can give money to all kinds of people’ – Man City chief on spending, players & European success

‘You can give money to all kinds of people’ – Man City chief on spending, players & European success

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Txiki Begiristain welcomes £60m Riyad Mahrez from Leicester in the summer, taking Pep Guardiola’s spending to £536m since he joined the club in 2016

During All Or Nothing, Manchester City’s recent documentary, there was a revealing contrast between the intensity of manager Pep Guardiola on the training pitch and the coolness of the club’s boardroom, where Txiki Begiristain plotted his next move in the transfer market.

Swivelling in his white leather chair, City’s director of football gave the impression that he was several moves ahead of his opponents.

Having Abu Dhabi owners, who have spent approximately £1.4bn on players alone during their 10-year reign clearly helps, but the former Barcelona director is keen to impress that it’s money spent well.

In a rare interview, he tells BBC Sport why some people cannot be trusted to spend money wisely, why City won’t tear up the team if they don’t succeed and why they are not yet feared in Europe.

‘We want to win this race. We need to do it fast’

“You can give money to all kinds of people.

“There are people who work and they do well and they spend all the money, and for nothing. They enjoy life for three or four years.

“Then you give money to people who want to do well. Of course, they have to run and do it quick – but they spend the money and it stays there. Then you see the project, the philosophy, the way to work, a way to play. Once we get success doing it this way, we know that it is going to stay here forever.

“It is true that we have spent a lot of money – that is because we want to move fast. We want to win this race. We need to do it fast. We need to spend the money.

“The other clubs got there because they have been spending money for 50-60 years. They have been signing the best players in the world, spending a lot of money that Manchester City could not spend.”

City won the 2017-18 Premier League title by a 19-point margin over Manchester United

‘You don’t need to change 11 players every year’

“I know we cannot win all the time but that is the target. Everyone coming to this club has to know that we are here to win.

“Not winning is a failure. Of course, it is going to happen. We are not here to think: ‘We won the league last year, we will win it again in three years.’

“The club stays; the people do not. People need to be successful, otherwise others will come. They are not coming here just to enjoy life – they are coming to fight to win.

“We know if we don’t win, it doesn’t mean everyone will be out. If you fight, if you play well, if people are happy, if the idea is good and the idea works, then you change a couple of pieces in the squad and you are back again.

“You don’t need to change 11 players every year. You need to change two or three.

“If you win, you need to bring someone in to create competition. If not, you have to improve some pieces, but the idea stays and the work is there to try and win again.”

Despite their outlay, Manchester City are yet to make it past the quarter-finals of the Champions League

Are European clubs intimidated by coming to the Etihad?

“Not yet. We need to face those kinds of games. Getting to the semi-finals of the Champions League is the main target. Having the experience of playing in semi-finals helps you get to the finals.

“We have to become a winning club. It doesn’t mean we have to win the Premier League for the next 10 years. It means we have to fight for the title – really fight, be there.

“If you do that, you know you are going to fight for the Champions League. It is a matter of getting the experience to play in those games: that game to win the league; that game to win the semi-final of the Champions League. You need time for this.

“We are getting there. It is closer than we think. What happened last season helps now to become one of the favourites for everything. This is the pressure.

“It is not only about the players you have. It is also what the club means for the opponent. If you go to [Real Madrid’s stadium] the Bernabeu, you are playing against 11 players but you are also playing against the stadium, the history, everything. That history, that stadium, those players, affects everything – the opponent, the referee.

“The only way to become one of them is to always be a winning club.”

Stockport-born Phil Foden has broken into the City team in the last two seasons

Do you plan to get more young Mancunians in the team?

“We are already working on it.

“The City Football Academy is a signal from the owners that they are going to be here for a long time, that they believe in this city and this club, and that project has a long life.

“There are two ways of finding talent. One is to look in the elite development squad and find who is coming through, who are the big names for the under-16s and under-18s. The other is when scouts come with names but they need to see the level we have here at home.

“If someone is coming they have to be better than what we have in the under-16s. One of the key things in our strategy, in all ages, is to try to bring in the best talent in the world.

“We start with English players, but then at 16 we can bring some talent in from Europe, so they have to compete with the English talent. Then when they are 18, we can bring players in from all over the world.

“I have to work for the next two seasons. You see the squad – who is coming down, who is coming up, which positions. We have very good people but you have to be ready.

“Some of the young players can get unbelievable offers from other clubs. You have to understand who wants to move, who wants to stay and what the risk is of losing players.

“You always have to be working on new talent coming. See the market – who is finishing his contract, who is not.

“There are three months [in the transfer window] that are unbelievable. Everyone is working, trying to find new talent.”

Watch the full interview with Txiki Begiristain on Football Focus at 12:00 BST on Saturday, 1 September on BBC One.

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August 31, 2018 at 04:12PM

Aaron Donald doesn’t waste time celebrating, returns to doing what he loves

Aaron Donald doesn’t waste time celebrating, returns to doing what he loves

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Aaron Donald broke the bank in becoming the highest-paid defensive player in history. He held out through training camp last year and again this year, finally getting a new contract that will allow him to get back to work and his parents to retire.

It’s a good feeling,” Donald told Myles Simmons of the team website. “I’ve got great agents; that’s all I can say. That was never my mindset to try and [become the highest-paid defensive player], but when you’ve got a great team and great agents like I do, they’re going to handle the business side. And my job is just to play the game. So, long process, but you’ve got to trust the process. It’s a blessing.”

Donald, who worked out with his brother while holding out, rejoined his teammates Friday. He missed the season opener last year and still won defensive player of the year.

This year, Donald has 10 days to ready himself for the Rams’ season opener. He said it will take two practices for him to get up to speed.

“I started here,” Donald said. “We went through the bad, and now I want to go through the good with this organization. So I’m just happy to be a part of it, and I’m happy the thing got done so I can go do what I like to do — what I love to do — and that’s play football.”



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August 31, 2018 at 04:18PM

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