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Heather Watson, Laura Robson, Johanna Konta and Emma Raducanu
El Loro Emma Raducanu got through to the quarter finals in the Stuttgart Open last week so has improved her ranking by 82 places to 221 but in the race singles rankings 24 places to 58. As a result she has been given a wildcard in the Madrid Open which starts today. Katie Boulter is seeded, Harriet Dart has to come through the qualifiers. [ more ]
El Loro Well done, GB on beating France in the Billie Jean King Cup playoffs to go through to the finals. Although Katie Boulter lost her first singles match yesterday, Emma Raducanu levelled by beating Caroline Garcia. Then today Katie Boulter won her second singles match and Emma Raducanu has just won hers. So GB through 3-1. What's more GB were playing away to France on a clay surface which Emma isn't used to, There would have been a doubles match involving Harriet Dart and Heather Watson but... [ more ]
El Loro Well done, Katie Boulter on winning her first WTA 500 title in the San Diego tournament She is now in the top 30 with a ranking of 27, [ more ]
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West Indies v England
El Loro West Indies got the required runs comfortably so the series was drawn. England were expected to win the series comfortably. Considering they are up against New Zealand and Australia over the next few months, their chances are looking grim. [ more ]
El Loro England avoided the ignominy of going in the list of 100 worst test innings scores thanks to Stokes and Butler. All oot for 123. West Indies require 192 runs to win. Not a huge target and plenty of time to get the runs but not an easy wicket to bat on. [ more ]
El Loro In the third test England's second innings overnight score is 39 for 5. Need another 7 runs to avoid England's lowest ever Test innings score. Need to get over 80 to avoid being in the list of 100 worst innings scores. Subject to weather, looks unlikely that the match will go beyond the third day. [ more ]
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The 2015 Cricket World Cup
El Loro England knocked out of the world cup having been beaten by Bangladesh. One match left and they could finish bottom of the table. If they beat Afghanistan (and that's far from certain) it will be their worst ever Word Cup and even if they win, it would be equal to their previous worst. [ more ]
El Loro Looking at table A, looks at present that New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Australia will qualify out of the group stage with the other qualifier being most likely to be Bangladesh or England. Bangladesh play Scotland tonight so a Scotland win would help England's chances. The Bangladesh England match could well decide which qualifies. Bangladesh's last group match is New Zealand and England's is Afghanistan. [ more ]
Extremely Fluffy Fluffy Thing Flash in the pan! [ more ]
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England v Sri Lanka
El Loro Cook out again cheaply in the second Test, this time for 10 runs. Just how long will England retain him? His current form is a liability to the team and he needs to be dropped so that he can try to regain some form from county cricket. [ more ]
El Loro I haven't started a thread for the England v India test series as I've given up following the England team as the current level of performance makes it rather depressing. I see that India got 457 runs off their first innings. In reply England are currently 25 for 1 with Cook out again for 5 runs. Hardly surprising. [ more ]
Cold Sweat Although defeated we do seem to have at least found a couple of promising players. [ more ]
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The Ashes Down Under 2013/14
El Loro If the Ashes were bad enough for England, things have just got a lot worse. Final match of England's participation in the current World Tweny20 has now finished. Their last match was against the Netherlands. The Netherlands batted first and in their 20 overs got to 133 for 5. England were all out for 88. Jonathan Agnew, the BBC correspondent, says that this makes it questionable as to if the interim coach Ashley Giles would now be given the job on a permanent basis. At least the England... [ more ]
El Loro Not surprisingly Andy Flowers has gone. Breaking news - Kevin Pietersen has not been selected for either the tour of West Indies or the World Twenty20. [ more ]
El Loro England have at long last won a match against Australia today in the ODI at Perth. England got 316 runs in their 50 overs with Jos Butler getting 71 runs and Ben Stokes 70. Australia were all out in the 48th over for 259 with Darren Finch getting 108 runs and Ben Stokes getting 4 wickets for 39 runs. Although Ben Stokes dropped a catch towards the end of the Australian innings, it's not surprising that he was The Man of the Match. [ more ]
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Davis Cup - US v GB
El Loro Originally Posted by Extremely Fluffy Fluffy Thing: Pity that they didn't play the fifth match anyway, as it would have been good experience/practice. In the States, the timing would have clashed with the Superbowl Final which is the biggest sporting event in the States and is the biggest television event of the year there. Although GB would have liked to have played the last match they had enough sense to realise it would not have been popular with either the US players, the specators, and... [ more ]
Extremely Fluffy Fluffy Thing Pity that they didn't play the fifth match anyway, as it would have been good experience/practice. [ more ]
El Loro AndyMurray beat Sam Querrey 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (3-7) 6-1 6-3 to give Britain an unassailable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five tie in San Diego. It is the first time Britain have beaten the USA since 1935. They will travel to Italy in April for the quarter-final, which will almost certainly be played on clay. The match between James Ward and Donald Young wasn't played as GB had won the 3 matches required to get through to the quarterfinal stage. [ more ]
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US Tennis Open 2013
El Loro I was expecting Nadal to regain the number one world ranking position but he remains in second with Djokovic on 10,980 points and Nadal on 10,860 points. Murray remains in third place. Dan Evans has improved by 30 places to 149th. No changes at the top in the Women's rankings with Serena Williams remaining in first place well ahead of Vistoria Azarenka. Laura Robson has slipped from 32nd to 35th and Heather Watson from 76th to 77th. [ more ]
El Loro Rafael Nadal beat world number one Novak Djokovic in a pulsating four-set final to claim his second US Open title in New York. The Spaniard, 27, held on magnificently in the third set to go on and win a gripping contest 6-2 3-6 6-4 6-1 in three hours and 21 minutes. One incredible 54-shot rally - the longest in the tournament by 20 shots - summed up a battle that thrilled the 23,000 spectators in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Nadal has now won 13 Grand Slam singles titles and moves within one of Pete... [ more ]
Xochi Just wanted you to know I've found my way to this thread now and I'm watching the 3rd set of the men's final right now. Thanks EL. [ more ]
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The Ashes 2013
El Loro Bell's just been run out on 17 Australia 206 for 5 and light has ended the game. Woakes 17 not out. So it's a draw and as you cam imagine the crowd are booing the umpires. There will be quite a demand for the law to be changed. It's been an exciting day made possible by the Australians making a sporting declaration today. The series ends 3 - 0 to England. The next Ashes series in Australia later this year could be really good as Australia seem to have make progress in developing a good side. [ more ]
El Loro 21 runs needed off 4 overs - England 206 for 4 And the light is getting darker [ more ]
El Loro 33 runs needed off 5 overs, so a better over for Australia. Ominously one of the umpires has checked his light meter so things could be brought to a very abrupt unsatisfactory end to everyone apart from the umpires, [ more ]
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Wimbledon 2013
Moonie I see Cameron is saying Andy Murray should get Knighted On the other hand I bet Cameron is thinking Alex Salmon should get knotted Nice 'sound bite' though [ more ]
Moonie Originally Posted by El Loro: Originally Posted by moonie: Originally Posted by jacksonb: Originally Posted by moonie: I do find it strange that every time Andy Murray is on the telly they call him 'British' which he is for now But, the point is, if Tim Henman had won the title during his career, he would have been 'the first Englishman' to win Wimbledon , then the first Britain to win since 1936. So why isn't Andy Murray, firstly, 'the first Scotsman' to win Wimbledon and then the first... [ more ]
El Loro Originally Posted by moonie: Originally Posted by jacksonb: Originally Posted by moonie: I do find it strange that every time Andy Murray is on the telly they call him 'British' which he is for now But, the point is, if Tim Henman had won the title during his career, he would have been 'the first Englishman' to win Wimbledon , then the first Britain to win since 1936. So why isn't Andy Murray, firstly, 'the first Scotsman' to win Wimbledon and then the first Britain? Am I nit-picking?? Tim... [ more ]
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Nadal - back from injury... and back to his best??
Cold Sweat Not back to his best but still the best on clay. [ more ]
Extremely Fluffy Fluffy Thing Yes, now that it's come down to Nadal v Ferrer. I feel Nadal NOT at his best is still grater than what Ferrer has produced so far. Though admittedly I haven't seen as much of Ferrer as I have of Nadal. [ more ]
El Loro I think it's more than likely that Nadal will win today's final. Latest odds are 1/9 for a Nadal win and 13/2 for a Ferrer win. [ more ]
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French Open 2013
Extremely Fluffy Fluffy Thing Nadal breaks, 5-3 Nadal Nadal serving for the match....he loses the first point!....but wins the next two....and the next....TWO MATCH POINTS! ....and a few strokes later it's Game, Set and Match to Nadal 3 sets to love, 6-3 6-2, 6-3 [ more ]
Extremely Fluffy Fluffy Thing Originally Posted by Cold Sweat: Can Ferrer turn it around? Lol Haha! Very unlikely. [ more ]
Extremely Fluffy Fluffy Thing Ferrer holds, 3-3 Nadal holds, 4-3 Nadal [ more ]
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~Sparkling Summer~ Hi Pasty welcome to our humble (2nd) home My name is Summer, I love christmas and pancakes, and I have a cute dog. I can't answer your question, but i have given up fizzy drinks for lent because they're just plain bad for you. I hope you like it here [ more ]
Enthusiastic Contrafibularities Originally Posted by Yellow Rose: Hi and Welcome Pasty Not sure which energy drinks you have in Oz, there was a uk documentary a few weeks ago that tested the well known energy drinks here and they weren't found to be very beneficial, mainly sugar. It was suggested that sportsmen either drank milk or eat players can often be seen to eat them in the breaks of a long running match. Hi Pasty, welcome. Regarding your question (as above). I saw a programme on TV that completely... [ more ]
Baz Welcome to the forum Patsy Hope you will enjoy it. [ more ]
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Australian Open 2013 - Men's Singles Final - in detail.
Katerina I don't think I've ever seen a match turn on a feather really did seem to be the turning point for Novak! Andy was obviously in some pain after the first two sets as well. He's a different player now though, and this loss won't bring him down as it would have done a couple of years ago. Great final And nice to see Andre Agassi presenting the trophies. [ more ]
Rexi Just got back from my walk ... disappointed at the result, but he's on fine form. Well done Andy, and thanks again to you Fluffs [ more ]
Scotty Originally Posted by Extremely Fluffy Fluffy Thing: Thanks Scotty, *crawls off to get some sustainance.* Relax and enjoy [ more ]
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Australian Open - Ladies Final - Not full cover
Extremely Fluffy Fluffy Thing I tend to prefer the men's tennis myself. Wasn't even sure if I could watch today's match - but I seem to have managed! [ more ]
Yogi19 Originally Posted by Katerina: Thanks for the updates Fluffy, I prefer watching the men's game but was wondering how this final would turn out. I can't watch Azarenka, she's so noisy! Hubby and I are the same. We think she sounds like a very loud owl, and "hoots" with every shot. [ more ]
Katerina Thanks for the updates Fluffy, I prefer watching the men's game but was wondering how this final would turn out. I can't watch Azarenka, she's so noisy! [ more ]
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Australian Open 2013 - blow by blow account (almost) - 2nd, men's Semi-final
Soozy Woo Originally Posted by Extremely Fluffy Fluffy Thing: Originally Posted by Soozy Woo: EFFT - what a trooper Thanks for that and well done I'm amazed at myself really, after about the third game I was wondering if I could last THREE sets, let alone Five! I guess it's the same for the players [ more ]
~Sparkling Summer~ Great, thanks all and well done Andy id like him better since I discovered he has border terriers [ more ]
Extremely Fluffy Fluffy Thing My apollogies to anyone I missed in the chaos. [ more ]
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US Tennis Open 2012
El Loro This year's ATP World Tour Finals where the top eight ranked men compete for the top prize will be in London this year from November 5th to 15th. Subject to any injuries, Andy Murray is guaranteed to be playing. It would be nice if he could end the season by winning that. [ more ]
Katerina I'm pretty sure he's the only man to win Olympic Gold and the US Open title in the same year. Great achievement! [ more ]
El Loro Final result was 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2. Andy Murray is the first British man to win a Grand Slam event since 1936 when Fred Perry won the US Open. He's had the best summer of his life, tennis-wise, and is a new player. Credit should also go to his coach Ivan Lendl (who also lost his first four Grand Slam finals before winning at the fifth attempt). [ more ]
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Olympics London 2012 - Tennis
El Loro Re: Olympics London 2012 - Tennis [ more ]
El Loro Serena Williams (Gold) beat Maria Sharapova (Silver) 6-0, 6-1. Victoria Azarenka (Bronze) beat Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-4. In the Men's Singles, the match for Bronze between Novak Djokvic and Juan Martin Del Potro is scheduled to start at noon. The final between Andy Murray and Roger Federer is scheduled to start at 2 pm. This will be over a possible 5 sets rather than the 3 sets for the previous games. The Mixed Doubles final between Andy Murray and Laura Robson against the number 1 seeds... [ more ]
El Loro Yesterday Federer beat Del Potro 3-6, 7-6, 19-17 and Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic 7-5, 7-5. The match for the bronze will presumably start at noon tomorrow with the final after that. No rest day for Murray though as the Mixed Doubles match with Laura Robson was postponed from yesterday and is currently underway. If they were to win that then the semi finals are also today. The Womens singles bronze match between Azarenka and Kirilenko was scheduled to start at noon today but has been... [ more ]
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Wimbledon 2012
El Loro After Wimbledon, the men's singles rankings now show Roger Federer up to number 1 ranking pushing both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal down one place. Andy Murray remains in 4th place. In the men's doubles rankings Jonathan Marray's victory rockets him up the rankings from 76th to 21st. The leading British women's rankings are now: 75th Anne Keothavong (from 77th) 79th Heather Watson (up from 103rd as a result of getting into the 3rd round) 99th Elena Baltacha (from 101st) 113rd Laura Robson... [ more ]
Extremely Fluffy Fluffy Thing It was Muf. Too tense for me to do my usual running commentary. [ more ]
Ensign Muf Very tense game this [ more ]
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French Open Tennis 2012
Katerina Originally Posted by Cold Sweat: Wow - sounds like Nadal resumed on the Monday with the same intensity that he had started the match with on the Sunday! I saw it live, he certainly did. Djokovic didn't stand a chance. [ more ]
Cold Sweat Wow - sounds like Nadal resumed on the Monday with the same intensity that he had started the match with on the Sunday! [ more ]
Extremely Fluffy Fluffy Thing Djokovic serving to stay in the match - but it's no real contest and soon it's all over and Nadal is the champion, for the 7th time. Nadal wins in 4 sets. 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5. [ more ]
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Australian 2012 Open
El Loro And eventually Novak Djokovic bear Rafael Nadal 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 in five hours 53 minutes making this an ultra long final. Needless to say he retains his position as number 1 in the world rankings. There was some British success. In the boys doubles finals Liam Broady and Joshua Waed-Hibbert defeated Czech Adam Pavlasek and Croat Filip Veger 6-3 6-2. [ more ]
Extremely Fluffy Fluffy Thing Rain halts play! [ more ]
Extremely Fluffy Fluffy Thing Hmm....Nadal looks the weaker of the two right now. But only slightly - could all change yet. [ more ]
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Rugby World Cup
Former Member Ah, yes. Kingsholm and the Cherry-and-Whites! [ more ]
El Loro I have to confess that I haven't been watching it at all. As it's so early, I'm either still in bed, or working. I don't pay much attention to rugby which is disgraceful as I live in Gloucester which is very much a rugby place. [ more ]
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Wimbledon 2011
El Loro Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal 6:4, 6:1, 1:6, 6:3 George Morgan and Mate Pavic won the boys doubles final against Oliver Golding and Jiri Vesely 3:6, 6:4, 7:5. [ more ]
El Loro The men's final between Nadal and Djokvic is today on Centre Court. The boys doubles final is the third match on Court 1. It is guaranteed that there will be one British winner this year as Oliver Golding (with Jiri Vesely) is palying against George Morgan (with Mate Pavic). [ more ]
El Loro Petra Kvitova beat Maria Sharapova 6:3, 6:4 and is the first Czech since Jana Novotna in 1998 to win at Wimbledon. Liam Broady was beaten by Luke Saville 6:2, 4:6, 2:6. [ more ]
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French Open Tennis
El Loro Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer in the final 7:5, 7:6. 5:7, 6:1. This is the sixth time he has won the French Open equalling Bjorn Borg's record. [ more ]
El Loro Na Li beat Francesca Schiavone in the final 6:4, 7:6 She is the first Chinese player to win a Grand Slam event. [ more ]
El Loro Roger Federer beat Novak Djokovic 7:6, 6:3, 3:6, 7:6 So Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer face each other on Sunday's final. [ more ]
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History may be made in tennis with the Japan Open final
El Loro But it was not to be. There was no mention on the BBC site, but I tracked this down from The Times of India website: OSAKA (Japan): Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn won the the singles crown at the Japan Women's Open tennis tournament Sunday, dashing Kimiko Date Krumm's bid to become the oldest player to win a tour title. The 33-year-old Thai ace, the runner-up here in 2001 and the doubles champion with Maria Sharapova in 2003, took the match with a 7-5, 6-7 (4/7), 6-1 victory over the... [ more ]
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Wimbledon 2010
El Loro Sunday's matches on Centre Court are:- Gentlemen's Singles - Finals Tomas Berdych (CZE)[12] vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP)[2] Mixed Doubles - Finals Wesley Moodie (RSA)[11] / Lisa Raymond (USA)[11] vs. Leander Paes (IND)[2] / Cara Black (ZIM)[2] and the all British boys doubles final is the third match on Court 1. [ more ]
El Loro Saturday's finals on Centre Court are:- Ladies' Singles - Finals Serena Williams (USA)[1] vs. Vera Zvonareva (RUS)[21] Gentlemen's Doubles - Finals Robert Lindstedt (SWE)[16] / Horia Tecau (ROU)[16] vs. Jurgen Melzer (AUT) / Philipp Petzschner (GER) Ladies' Doubles - Finals Elena Vesnina (RUS) / Vera Zvonareva (RUS) vs. Vania King (USA) / Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) [ more ]
El Loro Thanks, brisket. [ more ]
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Tennis: French Open
brisket The Red Button schedule for Wed 26th May: BBC RED BUTTON MATCHES Court Philippe Chatrier 11:00 Start Time 1. Women's Singles - Second Round Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) v. Venus Williams (USA)[2] 2. Men's Singles - Second Round Roger Federer (SUI)[1] v. Alejandro Falla (COL) 3. Men's Singles - Second Round Andy Murray (GBR)[4] v. Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) [ more ]
brisket Don't they have the use of Hawk-eye (I think it's called) for this championship? [ more ]
brisket Thanks El Loro. (Memories not what it used to be y'know.) [ more ]
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Does no-one like cricket here?!
El Loro Not that anyone seems to be interested but yeaterday England won the World Cup 20 20 competition by thrashing Australia. This is the first time England has ever won a one day World Cup event. [ more ]
Psycho Seal yeah that was pretty embarassing... but somerset won [ more ]
El Loro If England continue to play as they have these last couple of days, then there is little point in them bothering to turn up at all. A disgustingly bad performance. [ more ]
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Moto GP 2010
Heatseek Volcanic ash cloud forces postponement of Japan MotoGP The volcano continues to billow ash and smoke into the air The Japanese MotoGP at Motegi has been called off because of air travel problems caused by the cloud of volcanic ash in Europe. Circuit officials said next Sunday's race had been postponed and that details of alternative dates would be announced from the start of the week. Reports suggest it may be moved to 3 October as round 14 of the championship before Malaysia and Australia. [ more ]
Heatseek Valentino Rossi wins Qatar MotoGP as Stoner crashes out Rossi wins opening race (UK users only) Defending world champion Valentino Rossi won the opening race of the 2010 MotoGP championship in Qatar after Casey Stoner crashed while in the lead. Stoner, who had won all three previous races at the venue, crashed out on lap five when well clear of Rossi. The Italian held off Andrea Dovizioso's challenge to break clear and win by more than one second, so the real drama was in the battle for... [ more ]
Former Member Who da man! Casey! Look out Rossi [ more ]
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NASCAR is back on tv in the UK
Former Member Yeah, I've not been watching for all that long, but like you say, they might be able to repair that section hopefully [ more ]
Dave Would have been a terrific race had it not been for the track issues. I hope they simply repair that section rather than repave the entire track. It was the first time I've seen the drivers actually have to drive the cars there in years. I've been to pretty close to 80 races at Daytona and that one was definitely one that I wish that I had been to in person. I don't think I've said that in perhaps the last 5 years. We'll see, but I've got my fingers crossed! [ more ]
Former Member Thanks for the info Dave allthough I've got Virgin so not sure if I'll get it. I did see the Daytona race though [ more ]
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Moto GP 2009
Former Member Yeah, that's a shame. Due to some 'big head Texan' Tozzy has to move I think he could have done well given the chance [ more ]
Heatseek Toseland says goodbye to MotoGP Britain's James Toseland finishes 12th in his last race in MotoGP for the Yamaha Tech 3 team in Valencia and says he is leaving for World Superbikes with his head held high. [ more ]
Heatseek Pedrosa ends season with victory Pedrosa was rarely threatened once he took the lead Spaniard Dani Pedrosa delighted the home fans as he won the final MotoGP race of the season in Valencia. New world champion Valentino Rossi came second, with his Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo in third place. Casey Stoner, who had qualified on pole, missed the race after a cold tyre caused him to crash in the warm-up lap and smash his windscreen. That ensured Lorenzo finished second in the championship... [ more ]
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