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That’s What He Said…

“In a difficult year where everything was manipulated by Mosley, that’s the only good news.”

–Former Renault team boss Flavio Briatore, when asked how he felt about the return of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher


Mayfield Allowed to Drive Following Positive Drug Test

Photo of Jeremy Mayfield by Valli_Hilaire.

Photo of Jeremy Mayfield by Valli_Hilaire.

NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield was allowed to drive following a positive drug test, which was not for steroids. NASCAR will not reveal what banned sustance he tested positive for; however, they have said that it was not a performance-enhancing substance and it was not alcohol related, which means that he likely tested positive for the abuse of a prescription drug, narcotics, or controlled substances.

Mayfield appealed the initial positive result, which allowed him to practice on Friday at Darlington. He was not suspended until his backup sample also tested positive. He said that he tested positive due to a mixture of over-the-counter drugs, but NASCAR has refuted that explanation by saying that “A combination of an over-the-counter drug taken with a prescription drug could not cause the positive that we took action on.”

Mayfield has been suspended indefinitely.


It’s a little old, but still crazy!

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Laureus World Sports Awards Part 1

The nominations for the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards are out!! Here are the nominees:

Laureus World Sportsman of the Year:

Usian Bolt (Jamaica)-first man to win 100m, 200m & 4x100m Olympic gold medals in world record times

Lewis Hamilton (UK)-youngest Formula One World Champion in history (23 years and 300 days)

Rafael Nadal (Spain)-won French Open, Wimbledon & Olympic gold medal en route to capturing the number one ranking

Michael Phelps (US)-won eight gold medals in a single Olympic games to overtake Mark Spitz’s record

Christiano Ronaldo (Portugal)-beat Giacomo Agostini’s record 68 500cc wins, and won 6th senior world title

Valentino Rossi (Italy)-beat Giacomo Agostini’s record 68 500cc wins, and won 6th senior world title

Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year:

Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia)–became first woman to win 5,000m & 10,000m at same Olympics

Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia)–created her 24th world record in Beijing to win the pole vault gold medal

Lorena Ochoa (Mexico)–won seven tournaments in 2008, was almost $1m ahead on money list

Stephanie Rice (Australia)–won three swimming gold medals in Beijing; set 5 world records in 2008

Lindsey Vonn (US)–won Alpine World Cup title, also World Cup discipline leader in downhill

Venus Williams (US)–won her 5th Wimbledon title in 2008, also won Olympic doubles gold medal

World Breakthrough of the Year:

Rebecca Adlington (UK)-19, unknown at the start of the year, won Olympic 400m & 800m freestyle

Novak Djokovic (Serbia)–21, won his first Grand Slam tennis title at the Australian Open and rose to number 3 in the world rankings

Ana Ivanovic (Serbia)–20, won first Grand Slam at French Open, was tennis World No.1 for 9 weeks

Anthony Kim (US)-23,won two PGA Tour events and was a member of the winning US Ryder Cup team

Sebastian Vettel (Germany)–youngest ever F1 Grand Prix winner (21 yrs, 73 days)

Zou Kai (China)-won three gymnastic gold medals in Beijing on his Olympic debut

Who do you think should/will win?

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Quote of the Day: Helio Castroneves

Photo by bradjward.

Photo by bradjward.

“It’s been a long seven weeks. I’m a foreign person and I’ve been judged in a foreign country. I’m very thankful to have received a fair trial. I do love this country.”

-IndyCar driver and “Dancing with the Stars Champion” Helio Castroneves, after being cleared of tax evasion charges on Friday.

Malaysian GP: Button Wins in a Rain-Shortened Race

Here are highlights of the wet and wild Formula 1 Malaysian GP:

Australian GP: Brawn Racing Teammates Button, Barrichello Finish 1-2

Jenson Button Brawn GP by cbc888.Jenson Button had to hear the skeptics for two years who thought that he was overrated and overpaid. Well, he has shut them up now.

Jenson Button was spectacular en route to what was an easy win. He dominated for the entire race and the day became sweeter for Button, as well as his teammate Rubens Barrichello, when Sebastien Vettel and Robert Kubica, who were running in second and third respectively, ran each other off of the track with three laps to go. Barrichello, consequently, finished in second and Jarno Trulli crossed the finish line in third. Trulli, however, was given a 25 second penalty after the race for overtaking Lewis Hamilton during the safety car period, which left Trulli out of the points.

Trulli’s penalty meant that reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton finished in third. Hamilton had performed poorly in qualifying and he also had a gearbox failure, which left him to start the race in 18th, but he drove like a champion as he threaded through the field en route to a third place finish.

Current Drivers Standings:
1. Jenson Button–10
2. Rubens Barrichello–8
3. Lewis Hamilton–6
4. Timo Glock–5
5. Fernando Alonso–4
6. Nico Rosberg–3
7. Sebastien Buemi–2
8. Sebastien Bourdais–1
————————————————————–(have 0 points)
9.   Adrian Sutil
10. Nick Heidfeld
11. Giancarlo Fisichella
12. Jarno Trulli
13. Mark Webber
14. Sebastian Vettel
15. Robert Kubica
16. Kimi Raikkonen
17. Felipe Massa
18. Nelsinho Piquet
19. Kazuki Nakajima
20. Heikki Kovalainen

Highlights of the Race:

(Photo by Big Bonifacio)