Extreme E launches impressive Drivers’ Programme for climate change series

Formule E sister series Extreme E has added a world-class Drivers’ Programme for their climate change series after some big names expressed their interest to be a part of the Championship.

The likes of FIA World Rally Championship title Champion Sebastian Ogier, FIA World Rallycross front runners Andreas Bakkerud and Kevin and Timmy Hansen along with former Formula 1 Champion Alain Prost’s son Sacha Prost will all be a part of the Championship starting in 2021 in Greenland.

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The founder of Extreme E, Alejandro Agag was optimistic about the impact that the series will have, and the drivers that will be a part of it.

“We have revealed the car, and our first race location, but any good championship needs top driver talent in order to be truly successful,” Agag said.

“This world-class list of drivers, representing the very best male and female talent from multiple disciplines across top-tier motorsport, illustrates Extreme E’s serious sporting credentials. It certainly marks another very important step as we continue the development of our exciting new series,” he continued.

The event will feature electric SUVs being utilised across five remote locations in the world and will include 12 cars going up against each other.

The global voyage aims at promoting the adoption of electric vehicles to help save the planet and preserve the environment.

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Jamie Chadwick set to race in Extreme E climate change special

Williams development driver Jamie Chadwick has been confirmed as another entrant in the Formula E sister series Extreme E, which is based on bringing attention to climate change.

BBC Sport report that Chadwick will join Katherine Legge of Great Britain and Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky as the three drivers now confirmed for the Extreme E series, which will kick off in Greenland in 2021.

Electric SUVs will be utilised across five remote locations in the world and will include 12 cars going up against each other.

“Racing in incredible locations, raising awareness for climate change… what’s not to love,” Chadwick said when asked to comment on her intention to participate in the series.

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“As part of the generation who are needing to be increasingly more aware of our environment, and having grown up in the countryside in England, for me it is more relevant than ever to be raising awareness. It really is a win-win,” Chadwick went on.

If you are wondering what Extreme E is all about, it truly is all about the future, with slick design and a futuristic look to it. Here is what an Extreme E car looks like.

Environmental experts from Cambridge University will also be present to conduct research in locations such as the Himalayas, the Arctic, an island in the Indian Ocean, the Amazon rainforest and desert terrain to possibly restore areas affected by climate change.

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Jordan Henderson reveals real reason why Liverpool lost to Napoli in UCL

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson

Liverpool slumped to a surprise 2-0 defeat to Napoli in their first UEFA Champions League (UCL) match, and the defending Champions suddenly have some work to do in their group.

Following the loss, Liverpool star Jordan Henderson has revealed that a lack of penetration in the final third cost the Reds on the night despite playing well.

“I felt we played some good stuff, it was just the final bit I felt we were missing today,” the Liverpool skipper revealed to BT Sport.

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“At home Napoli are a good side and they are going to create some good chances. You’ve got to be prepared to defend as a team, which I felt we did.

“We won some great balls in midfield and counter-attacked really well, but it was just that last little bit – and obviously the mistakes for the goals – that we need to improve on.

“Overall, we can be better of course. We’ll take responsibility, we’ll move forward and try to react in the right way.”

Other notable results on the same night included a goalless draw between Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona in Germany, while UEFA Europa League (UEL) Champions Chelsea suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge against La Liga outfit Valencia.

Davis Cup Director hints at Roger Federer retirement, says he might not play tournament

Roger Federer leaves the court after his US Open loss to Grigor Dimitrov

Roger Federer failed to pick up a single Grand Slam victory this year, and following a quarter final departure from the US Open Tennis Championships 2019, talk of retirement has come up again.

Federer himself recently said that he could be done by the time Wimbledon rolls around next year, and now Davis Cup Tournament Director Albert Costa has also laid down his reservations.

“It’s difficult but you never know. Next year he could play, we are not on his mind. It would be something amazing but he has not been playing for years,” he said to Tennis World USA.

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The Swiss maestro also spoke about Rafael Nadal winning the US Open and nearing his tally of Grand Slam wins.

“I may see it in a more relaxed way. I know, I had my moments. The moments, where I broke the records,” Federer said.

“Nobody can take those moments away from me, like when I broke Pete Sampras’s record in 2009. Everything happening after that, comes as a bonus. If others experience the same moments, I‘m happy for them.”

Nadal himself has struggled with injuries in the recent past, as has Novak Djokovic, but the top three continue to dominate tennis regardless.

Reports: Lionel Messi wants Barcelona to sign Liverpool defender

Barcelona were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League (UCL), and it appears some changes might be in the offing for the next transfer window.

Don Balon are reporting that star player Lionel Messi wants the Blaugrana to focus on strengthening their defence, and in particular the right back position.

The likes of Sergi Roberto and Nelson Semedo haven’t exactly been prolific for the Catalans, and the next transfer window could provide Barcelona with some options at the back.

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Messi reportedly wants Barca to look at Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold, after the England International impressed during the UCL clash between the two teams last season.

Another name that is being mentioned is that of Bayern Munich star Joshua Kimmich. Both players are very versatile, and Kimmich in particular can even be utilised in midfield.

The report says that signing Kimmich could help Barca have a replacement for Dani Alves, who was known to push forward and even do the job of a midfielder at times.

Alexander-Arnold would be an equally strong option in attack and defence, however the reluctance of Liverpool to sell could be a serious problem for the La Liga giants to counter.

Cristiano Ronaldo reveals Premier League club he nearly joined before Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo joined Manchester United in 2003 from Sporting Lisbon, but the story might have been very different, the Portuguese superstar has revealed.

In a recent interview on ITV with Piers Morgan, Ronaldo discussed that he was very close to joining Arsenal instead of Manchester United back in 2003, and even had a conversation with then manager Arsene Wenger.

“It’s true. (I came) very close, one step away. Incredible. They’re a fantastic club.

“It didn’t happen, but I appreciate what they did for me, especially Arsene Wenger.

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“You know football, you never know where you’re going to play. The life is like that.”

“It’s part of my sacrifice, my obsession to win, to have success. When I say success, I have worked for that. Talent is not enough, I dedicate so much that this is part of me, records are part of me.”

“I don’t follow the records, the records follow me. I’m addicted to the success, and I don’t think it’s something bad, I think it’s good. It motivates me. If you’re not motivated, it’s better to stop.”

As it turned out, CR7 made it to United instead, and emerged as a world beater under Sir Alex Ferguson, eventually moving on to Real Madrid and now Juventus.

Fans troll Manchester United star Jesse Lingard after he flaunts himself on FIFA 20 cover

Jesse Lingard isn’t in the best of ways at the moment. After a promising FIFA World Cup with England last year, he hasn’t fired for Manchester United like fans would have wanted him to.

Moreover, his behaviour off the pitch has landed him in hot water with the higher ups at the club, and his juvenile antics seem to highlight that he isn’t the most mature player out there.

After another poor start to this campaign, an injury problem has kept the England International out of action. He has now decided to share his face on the FIFA 20 cover, but it hasn’t gone according to plan.

Lingard uploaded his special edition FIFA cover in the hope that fans would rush to pick it up, but he seems to have got just the opposite of that from the public. Take a look.

Safe to say he probably didn’t see that coming…

PSG boss Thomas Tuchel reveals the most underrated Real Madrid player ahead of UCL clash

Real Madrid take on Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in the big game of the night in the UEFA Champions League (UCL), and it isn’t one you would want to miss.

Ahead of the clash, PSG boss Thomas Tuchel spoke highly about the contributions of one Real Madrid star, who might be overlooked at times but is truly vital to the team’s performance.

Tuchel reckoned Karim Benzema is invaluable to Los Blancos, and said that it appears he has been a member of the team for around 25 years.

“It feels like he’s (Benzema) been at Real Madrid for 25 years!” Tuchel said, Marca report.

“We saw him against Levante and it’s scary, he’s one of the most underrated players in the world.

“He’s top class, very difficult to defend against because he doesn’t only play as a number nine; he goes wide, he goes everywhere.

“He has a lot of quality and crosses well, he’s good at heading – what more can I say?”

Benzema is expected to be a part of the action against the Parisians, and he could come across his former teammate Keylor Navas who moved to PSG from Real Madrid this summer.

“Of course it’s something special for him, he was Real Madrid’s goalkeeper for a long time and he had a lot of success in that team,” Tuchel said about Navas.

“The goalkeeper position is special because you have to take responsibility for your mistakes alone, but he’s very strong mentally, that’s why he played at Real Madrid and I’m happy he’s with us.

“He always smiles, he’s calm and has a great spirit.”

 

Manchester United best Premier League big six team in one department

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Manchester United might not be top of the table at the moment, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has inspired a change at the club. Don’t believe us? Let the stats do the talking.

Some recent data collected after the first few weeks of the new Premier League season shows that Manchester United are actually the best team in the traditional top six sides when it comes to pressing their opponents.

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United have a pressing rate of 8.30% and that keeps them above even Liverpool, who have revolutionised this style of play in many ways since Jurgen Klopp took over.

It may not have manifested itself into results just yet, but this is proof that Solskjaer has suddenly got the Red Devils playing the way he wants them to.

This is a huge difference from United last season under Jose Mourinho, who were known to play more cagey football rather than press their opponents high.

The Norweigan boss has spoken about a higher work rate required at the Premier League giants, and it appears they are showing just that.

Roger Federer reveals he has a WhatsApp group with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic excluded

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The Laver Cup is about to begin soon, and it appears that Roger Federer takes his duties as a member of Team Europe rather seriously. He even has a WhatsApp group with his teammates!

Among those teammates is his long time rival and friend Rafael Nadal, Federer explained.

“Last year’s (WhatsApp) chat is still here and I am the guy who likes looking back at previous years. But the old chat became silent and a new one was created,” Federer said.

The chat includes his Team Europe teammates such as Stefanos Tsitsipas, Fabio Fognini, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem apart from Nadal.

He further discussed his plans of playing Davis Cup in 2020.

“I do not necessarily plan it,” Federer said.

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“I also have to speak with my agent. But there are no conversations. It’s more about being in the same situation for Laver Cup, Davis Cup or any other thing. And it’s more about speaking to ITF and not Pique Directly. I hope Davis Cup goes well as well as the ATP Cup.

“I am not sure what will happen the following years. At the ATP Cup best players compete because they want to play in Australia.”

He also spoke about Nadal winning the US Open.

“Winning two Slams over one year is unbelievable.

“He had to change something after dealing with issues on hard courts and he did it. After Monte Carlo he started dominating. With him I am never surprised because I know what he is a capable of. For me it’s a deep satisfaction to play at such an age.

“I am just trying to keep winning and playing for Grand Slam wins. We will see how the race will go at the end. It’s an amazing time for tennis with three players who were able to win so much. I try to have my best career, Rafa too. Everyone, including Djokovic, want to be fit and healthy.”

Roger Federer’s coach reveals Swiss superstar’s reaction to Rafael Nadal winning US Open

Former World No.1 calls Rafael Nadal 'GOAT' ahead of Roger Federer after US Open win

Rafael Nadal won his 19th Grand Slam by lifting the US Open Tennis Championships 2019 trophy recently, and is now ever closer to matching Roger Federer’s incredible Grand Slam winning record.

Fans would have been wondering how the Swiss maestro felt about his close rival winning the tournament ahead of him, and Federer’s coach has now lifted the lid on just that.

“No, I don’t think he stresses (about Nadal catching him up),” Federer’s coach Severin Luthi told Reuters.

“He focuses on himself. He has a lot of respect for Rafa and knows what it takes to win that many titles.

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“I don’t see him in any way stressed. He won’t be completely destroyed if Rafa makes the 20.”

“It’s good for the fans. Especially the ones who thought it was all over when Roger had 16 or 17 and Rafa had 14,” he went on.

Nadal was visibly emotional after a long and nervy US Open final against Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev, in a match that went to five sets after the Spaniard had won the first two sets.

The fight back from Medvedev was admirable, but Rafa’s ability to win big matches through sheer perseverance has been lauded by fans and former tennis players alike.

Frank Lampard reveals who is their penalty taker after Ross Barkley’s UCL miss for Chelsea

Ross Barkley missed a late penalty

Chelsea slumped to a 1-0 defeat at home in their opening UEFA Champions League (UCL) encounter with Valencia, and a lot of the media attention was directed at one Ross Barkley.

The England International missed a spot kick during the game, and it ended up hurting the Blues dearly, as they lost the match and question marks emerged over the club’s designated penalty taker.

Jorginho has taken penalties before, and manager Frank Lampard revealed his stance on the matter soon after.

“Ross is the penalty taker and was designated in pre-season. Jorginho would have been the penalty taker, or Willian on the pitch but when Ross comes on it’s him,” Lampard said.

Lampard was quick to defend Barkley on the missed penalty, suggesting that he had been in the same position several times during his career where he ended up missing penalties.

It’s been an up and down start to Lampard’s coaching career at Chelsea, and he will hope that his team gets back to winning ways again soon.

Cristiano Ronaldo reveals he should have more Ballon d’Or wins than Lionel Messi

Ronaldo Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed all in a recent ITV interview with Piers Morgan, and reckons that he deserves more Ballon d’Or victories than his bitter rival Lionel Messi. 

“I would love [more], and I think I deserve it,”he said on “Cristiano Ronaldo Meets Piers Morgan”.

“Messi is a fantastic guy, a fantastic player. He’s in the history of football – but I think I have to have six or seven or eight to be above him.

“My relationship with him is, we are not friends, but we have shared this stage for 15 years.

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“I have a good relationship with him and I know that he has pushed me to be a better player and I have pushed him to be a better player as well.”

The Juventus forward then reckoned he should be considered as the greatest in the world for what he has done.

“I’m sure I’m in the history of football for what I have done and what I’m continuing to do, but one of the best players in history.

“For me, the number one in history, but for some fans, if the number one is another one and I’m second, it doesn’t matter.

“I know I’m in the history of football as one of the greatest ever,” Ronaldo said.

Borussia Dortmund Sporting Director reveals Manchester United wanted talented star this summer

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Manchester United may have signed just Daniel James in attack this summer transfer window, but as it turns out, they did try and sign other players. They just didn’t get them. 

Borussia Dortmund Sporting Director Michael Zorc spoke before the club’s home UEFA Champions League (UCL) group stage match against Barcelona, and revealed some rather interesting news.

He said that United had come calling for Sancho and wanted to discuss, but Dortmund refused to talk to the Red Devils because they were so sure that they did not wish to sell the England International.

So United were left to rue their position in Europe as a result, as they couldn’t even manage to negotiate for the talented young star, who started the 0-0 draw against Barcelona.

Despite a bright display and a penalty chance as well, the German side were unable to get all three points against a Barca team that did not have Lionel Messi available from the start.

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen made a stunning save from Marco Reus’ penalty in the second half to ensure both teams shared the spoils after an intriguing clash.