For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android. Thousands, including Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, are expected to throng Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral Wednesday to mourn the giant of the sport, Niki Lauda, who died on May 20 at the age of 70.The body of the three-time world champion, clad in a race suit, will be laid out in a closed casket topped with his race helmet in the centre of the cathedral from 08:00 to 12:00 local time (06:00 GMT to 10:00 GMT) followed by a public mass and a private funeral.It will be the first time a sports star has been laid out in the cathedral, an honour previously accorded to prominent personalities such the archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Franz Koenig, and the former crown prince of the Austrian-Hungarian empire, Otto von Habsburg.Austrian media have reported Hamilton will attend, together with other Formula One heavyweights such as Bernie Ecclestone and Mercedes chief Toto Wolff, to mourn Lauda, who won the drivers’ world championship in 1975 and 1977 with Ferrari and in 1984 with McLaren.Even after retiring as a race driver, the Austrian remained a fixture on the circuit. Most recently, as non-executive chairman at Mercedes F1 since 2012, he was instrumental in bringing in Hamilton, sparking a run of success for the team.The Briton won the Monaco Grand Prix Sunday, which he described as the “hardest race I think I’ve ever had”.“That was for you, Niki. Your fighting spirit was right there with me every step of the way. I know you are looking down and taking your hat off to us. I miss you, we truly miss you and I hope we did you proud today, legend,” Hamilton posted on Twitter after the race.In all, some 300 VIP guests are expected to attend the mass Wednesday, with 800 further seats and 3,000 standing places open to the general public.Former F1 drivers Gerhard Berger and Alain Prost are expected to speak, as is Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and former California governor and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.During the mass, songs including “Amazing Grace”, “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman, John Lennon’s “Imagine” and “Hero” by Family Of The Year will be played.Lauda, who had struggled with health issues since miraculously surviving a 1976 race crash that saw his car engulfed in flames, died at the University Hospital Zurich in Switzerland, nine months after he underwent a lung transplant.Lauda, recognised by his trademark red cap hiding scars from the accident at the Nuerburgring in Germany, also underwent kidney transplants.One of the kidneys was donated by Birgit Wetzinger, a former flight attendant, whom the racer and businessman later married and with whom he had twins, a boy and a girl, in 2009.Lauda also had three other sons from previous relationships.Besides racing, Lauda’s second passion was aviation. He founded and then sold several airlines with his latest, Laudamotion, going to Ryanair in 2018.It is not clear where Lauda will be laid to rest. The family reportedly has turned down an offer by the city of Vienna to receive a “grave of honour” in the city’s vast Central Cemetery.
All 15 members of South Africa’s World Cup squad have already featured in this year’s competition, but assistant coach Malibongwe Maketa said ensuring everyone had a chance to play was never part of their thinking and their approach of choosing the best team to win the next game will continue in the two dead rubbers they have remaining.South Africa are already eliminated from semifinal contention and, with their match against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street on Friday being their penultimate game, there had been suggestions from some quarters that the Proteas should make changes.“Our plan has always been to try and play the best team possible for the conditions and there’s no way we’re going to shift our mindset away from winning every game to now giving guys a chance just because we’re out of contention. We owe it to the tournament and to ourselves to win our last two games and we want to make sure we finish well for the millions of people supporting us back home.“Our focus is on representing our country and we want to make sure we finish on a high. It’s about our legacy of this World Cup and we don’t want it to be winning one game out of 10; three out of 10 sounds a bit better. We want to walk away with our heads held high from the last two games,” Maketa said in Durham on Wednesday.When asked how he felt after being told that Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani had said “heads must roll” back home, Maketa said he and the other coaches knew what they had signed on for, but he added that he hoped they would be remembered more for the good work they had done over the last two years.“It’s been tough for all of us because we haven’t performed as well as we would have liked and we have to suffer the consequences. We are strong enough, man enough to say it hasn’t worked out. We are willing to take responsibility but hopefully the lot of good work we had done before what is a one-off competition will count for more, judge us on the last two years.“That’s our profession as coaches and we all have to take collective responsibility. If heads roll we can say we gave it our best shot and I think our work has contributed to something for Cricket South Africa,” Maketa said.For more news your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.
While mum’s the word on the plan not to consider him for the Test captaincy, Quinton de Kock doesn’t sound too perturbed about that expected snub.In fact, the Proteas’ skipper in the limited overs formats readily admits he’s still “trying to get a feel” for his current portfolio, which probably explains why he’s chilled about national director of cricket Graeme Smith’s thought process.“I must be honest, I think I took it pretty slowly,” De Kock said on Tuesday, referring to his elevation into the role during the England tour.“I’m still figuring out how to go about things. I’ve learnt quite a bit. But I feel I didn’t do too badly. It was really more about taking it step-by-step and just throwing my ideas into the mix straight away, about how I saw things going forward.”The 27-year-old’s own inexperience in the role as well as the Proteas’ general inconsistency meant positive results weren’t immediately forthcoming, but the domestic summer did end on an encouraging note with a memorable 3-0 ODI series whitewash of the Australians.“We’re obviously busy rebuilding as an ODI team. In the T20s we seem to be knowing a bit better about what’s going on and where we want to be. A highlight was undoubtedly our series against Australia, we had quite a young team and they had a powerhouse one. So to beat them 3-0 was quite something,” said De Kock.The emergence of men like Janneman Malan, Heinrich Klaasen and Kyle Verreynne in that series “allowed” De Kock to tail off to an extent on his personal contributions with the bat, though that shouldn’t detract from the massive role he played during the season.He hit a brilliant 107 on his ODI captaincy debut at Newlands against the English and also made 69 in a losing cause in the so-called Pink ODI at the Wanderers. There were also two half-centuries against the Ashes rivals.Yet De Kock is resting on his laurels at all – continued growth as leader needs to be complemented by runs.“I think I played decently during the season. There was a time where I was becoming a bit grumpy about not converting all my starts into big scores, especially in Test cricket. But I don’t think it was bad. I still want to get better, the most important thing for me now is to start making big hundreds.”For more news your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.
Drop-goal hero Joel Stransky had the opportunity to walk down memory lane this week, rewinding the clock 25 years to the memorable day the Springboks beat New Zealand to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Stransky, who earned 22 Bok caps, was among nine of the squad’s players who met at Ellis Park on Wednesday, on the anniversary of their title, with the Golden Lions sharing some pictures on social media. “We then zoomed in with the other guys from around the country. We had a little toast at 3 o’clock and paid tribute to the guys who are no…
An announcement by the Hungarian Government, with special focus on people from Britain and non-EU countries, was sent to the teams at the Red Bull Ring on Saturday, according to Autosport.The report said that those who break the lockdown measures would face imprisonment or a 15,000 Euros fine.An official communication, sent to the teams, was quoted saying: “Attendees of UK or other non-EU or EEA nationality should not leave the venue, or their accommodation, for any reason other than for travel between the two locations and for their pre-arranged arrival and departure to and from Hungary.”The document, a copy of which has been seen by Autosport, added that “attendees of UK or other non-EU or EEA nationality may not use public transport and taxis.“Any meals should be taken at either the venue or the accommodation and any free time should be spent within the boundaries of the accommodation.“Failure to adhere to these additional restrictions will be punishable by the Hungarian authorities and may result in imprisonment and/or fines of up to approximately 15,000 Euros.”Seven Formula One teams are based in Britain and the restrictions are expected to apply to most of the 2,000 people expected to be present at the Hungarian race.It was made clear also that it was recommended that all F1 personnel who travel to Budapest adhere to the Hungarian restrictions.The warning comes as F1’s governing body the FIA are investigating Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes for leaving the Formula One ‘bubble’ at Spielberg this week to return home to Monaco.
Three takeaways from Astros’ nerve-wracking ALDS Game 2 win over RaysThis game was Gerrit Cole’s masterpieceIf anyone doubted that Gerrit Cole was going to be making more than $200 million this year, or $300 million or $400 mil—you get the picture, this game showed they were gravely mistaken.Gerrit Cole, Nasty 86mph Knuckle Curve…and Sword. ⚔️14th K. pic.twitter.com/PghxRaVSg0— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) October 6, 2019This was Cole’s masterpiece, his ninth symphony, his Mona Lisa. This performance was so good the 29-year-old was nearly untouchable in Game 2 going 7 2/3 innings, striking out 15 and walking just one while allowing four hits.Gerrit Cole. 💯🔥13th K. pic.twitter.com/2bMXzM4QMV— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) October 6, 2019Cole broke the Astros’ playoff franchise record of 14 strikeouts, became the first pitcher in playoff history to toss 6 2/3 innings while striking out 13 without walking a batter or allowing a run and he became the first pitcher since Statcast began tracking in 2008 to get 33 swings and misses in a playoff game.Gerrit Cole, Back to Back Disgusting Knuckle Curves. 🤮🤮 pic.twitter.com/IHA2RrmhYE— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) October 6, 2019Alex Bregman loves to show up All-StarsThere’s no denying Alex Bregman loves the spotlight. If people are watching he is trying to put on a show whenever he can and he did that once again in Game 2 hitting a home run off of Rays starter and 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell.Orange Crush. pic.twitter.com/8aQM4MEKTi— MLB (@MLB) October 6, 2019Snell has had his moments against the Astros in his career but Bregman doesn’t care much. He enjoys homering off of All-Stars in the postseason and he especially loves homering off of Cy Young Award winners.Bregman’s home run off of Snell was the seventh of his postseason career. He is a list of all of his victims:Chris Sale (2): seven-time All-StarClayton Kershaw: three-time Cy Young winner, eight-time All-StarKenley Jansen: three-time All-StarCorey Kluber: two-time Cy Young winner, three-time All-StarTrevor Bauer: one-time All-StarSnell: one-time Cy Young winner, one-time All-StarWhoever is pitching to Bregman in the postseason, beware of the long ball.Beating the shift is not that easy: IllustratedPlayers and teams should try to exploit the shift more, but sometimes it’s simply not that easy. A lot of times if a player beats the shift a team doesn’t care. A perfect example is Athletics first baseman Matt Olson.Teams aren’t shifting so they can field one of his many ground balls, they’re doing it because if he hits a ground ball to the left side they don’t really care. In a way, if he does that, the shifting team has won because Olson didn’t hit a home run — or at least a hard-hit line drive or fly ball — which is what he is trying to do every single at-bat. After closer Roberto Osuna gave up a run and loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, Harris came in and shut the door with a strikeout of Travis D’Arnaud and an easy groundout by Kevin Kiermaier.The forgotten man in 2018 is now the savior in 2019. Related News During the fifth inning of Game 2, A. J. Pierzynski and Joe Girardi were talking on the FS1 broadcast about how Kevin Kiermaier should try to beat the shift. The Astros had three men on the right side of the infield and the left side was almost completely open. But on the next pitch after they said that, Gerrit Cole dropped in a nasty curveball down and into Kiermaier.Gerrit Cole, Back to Back Disgusting Knuckle Curves. 🤮🤮 pic.twitter.com/IHA2RrmhYE— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) October 6, 2019That is a very tough pitch to hit the opposite way, and another thing people don’t talk about much with the shift is this: Teams don’t get into the shift and then throw pitches that make it harder to hit into them, with a few exceptions. They will throw pitches like the one Cole threw to Kiermaier knowing that it’s 1) hard to hit the other way, and 2) a very hard pitch to make solid contact on anyway.So the next time you are tempted to say: just hit the ball the other way, remember that it’s more complicated than just getting your hands inside the ball. Will Harris got a tough break last year. He was left off the Astros’ playoff roster after a rough season and had to watch Houston lose in five games to the Red Sox without being able to do a thing.But in Houston’s 3-1 Game 2 win over the Rays in the American League Division Series, he came up big. What we learned from Yankees’ ALDS Game 2 win over Twins
Week 5 fantasy kicker rankings see one name continue to fall slowly: Stephen Gostkowski. He’s still in our top 10, but barely, as he’s struggled to be consistent even on simple PAT attempts. The long-time Patriot is still a fantasy starter, but he’s no longer one of the top names at the position. The other projected top name that’s frustrated fantasy owners is Michael Badgley (groin), who continues to missing games, forcing punter Ty Long to be the Chargers’ kicker. Badgley becomes an immediate top-10 sleeper if you see him activated, but don’t hold your breath at this point.This week’s “dome watch” features our No. 5 and No. 6 kickers, Ka’imi Fairbairn and Matt Bryant, who will duel in Houston’s climate-controlled stadium against each other. Brett Maher and Mason Crosby will face each other in Jerry World. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Chicago and Oakland travel to London, so Eddy Pineiro and Daniel Carlson are bigger question marks than either would normally be. It’s just hard to know what shape the field will be in for kicking field goals. WEEK 5 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/STThe two kickers on bye in Week 5 are Detroit’s Matt Prater and Miami’s Jason Sanders. San Francisco’s Robbie Gould and the Jets’ Sam Ficken will return after a week off.WEEK 5 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endReminder: These rankings will be adjusted throughout week if there are injuries, cuts, or weather concerns, so check back often for the latest updates!WEEK 5 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | FD cash | FD GPP | DK cash | DK GPP LISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY WEEK 5 PREVIEW PODCAST BELOWWeek 5 Fantasy Rankings: KickerWEEK 5:Top waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Trade values | Snap counts1Justin Tucker, BAL @ PIT2Greg Zuerlein, LAR @ SEA3Harrison Butker, KC vs. IND4Joey Slye, CAR vs. JAX5Ka’imi Fairbairn, HOU vs. ATL6Matt Bryant, ATL @ HOU7Wil Lutz, NO vs. TB8Brett Maher, DAL vs. GB9Mike Nugent, NE @ WAS10Jake Elliott, PHI vs. NYJ11Jason Myers, SEA vs. LAR12Mason Crosby, GB @ DAL13Eddy Pineiro, CHI vs. OAK (UK)14Dan Bailey, MIN @ NYG15Aldrick Rosas, NYG vs. MIN16Chase McLaughlin, LAC vs. DEN17Daniel Carlson, OAK vs. CHI (UK)18Austin Seibert, CLE @ SF19Chris Boswell, PIT vs. BAL20Brandon McManus, DEN @ LAC21Josh Lambo, JAX @ CAR22Robbie Gould, SF vs. CLE23Cairo Santos, TEN vs. BUF24Randy Bullock, CIN vs. ARZ25Stephen Hauschka, BUF @ TEN26Dustin Hopkins, WAS vs. NE27Adam Vinatieri, IND @ KC28Matt Gay, TB @ NO29Sam Ficken, NYJ @ PHI30Zane Gonzalez, ARZ @ CIN
Pope Francis accidentally tags Saints in a tweet, Twitter has a field day The Saints have gone 4-0 in Brees’ absence.See the full interview here: “Absolutely, absolutely,” Brees told Cox Sports Television, when asked whether he noticed any progress in his recovery over the last week. “I think [there’s progress] just the way that it feels. The way that it functions. level of strength, level of flexibility, and stability. We’re just getting to ramp up the throwing, throwing an NFL ball. I feel good doing that but there’s more to it. [I] can’t just stand still and throw a ball and say ‘I’m ready to go.’”There’s a lot more that goes into it, just taking it one step a time.” Related News Drew Brees is optimistic as he progresses through rehab following thumb surgery.The Saints quarterback said after the team’s win in Jacksonville Sunday that everything is going well. Alvin Kamara injury update: Saints running back (ankle) listed as questionable after missing Friday practice Brees was seen without a thumb brace at the team’s practice on Friday and he threw some routes.Drew Brees with no thumb brace at #Saints practice on Friday. Did some receiving routes during the workout. @FOX8NOLA pic.twitter.com/ADaN6EwSek— Garland Gillen (@garlandgillen) October 11, 2019Brees sustained a torn ligament in his thumb and had surgery Sept. 18 after consulting with two doctors and speaking to other professional athletes who had a similar injury, including Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Thunder guard Chris Paul. He said after the Saints’ Week 2 loss to the Rams he originally hurt his thumb on a pass attempt to Jared Cook before later hitting it on Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald.He stands firm on the idea he can return before the six- to eight-week timeline he was initially given.“I’m still ahead. My expectations are maybe a bit aggressive,” Brees said. “There’s certainly been those days when you didn’t quite make it as far as you had expected in your mind, in regards to progress. Then I’m reminded by those around me, this is still really, really good for all things considered.”
Finally. It finally happened. It may have taken till game No. 8 of his young NHL career, but the New Jersey Devils’ Jack Hughes is officially an NHL goal scorer. In the first period, with his family and friends in attendance, and brother Quinn skating for the Vancouver Canucks, Hughes scored a beaut of a power-play goal. Off the pass from Taylor Hall — who was also a No. 1 overall pick and took a few games to get his career going — he sniped the puck top shelf past Thatcher Demko from the right circle.Hallsy to Hughes for Jack’s 1st NHL goal 👏 pic.twitter.com/RN8lerlhvL— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) October 19, 2019Hughes’ celly clearly showed how important getting that first one was to the 18-year-old center. Not only did it put him officially on the board, but it clearly took a ton of weight off his young shoulders. He was slightly prophetic on Thursday night when he suggested that after collecting his first career NHL point against the New York Rangers the “floodgates will open now and now that the first one’s come, it’ll start to come.”The goal is a big step for Hughes, who came close on Monday against the Panthers but has struggled to find his footing early on. He now has a two-game point streak.”It’s really good,” Hughes told MSG’s Erika Wachter during the first intermission. “Always nice to get a goal in the first period. You’ve got the rest of the game to look forward to and to get on the board finally, it’s such a thrill.” MORE: Hughes ready to “start rolling” following first NHL point”Awesome, really happy for him,” added Nico Hischier during the intermission on MSG. “I think you saw in his celly he was really jacked up, so really happy for him.”Oct. 19 is a big day for Devils’ first-round picks. Two years prior Hischier, who missed Saturday’s game recovering from a rib injury, netted his first two career goals in Ottawa.
In last year’s playoff race, Joey Logano, who was probably going to have to win to get into the championship at Homestead, pushed Martin Truex Jr. out of the way and went on to win.He also beat out Truex for the victory at the championship, but had he not first won at Martinsville, he may have never gotten that chance.Truex did not take kindly to the shove, but that is just the way Logano races. Right now, in 2019, it looks like Truex and Logano will be going to the final round as they sit second and fourth respectively in the NASCAR standings, but both know wins will get them in which could make for some crazy racing down the stretch again.And with Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney sitting on the outside looking into the championship four, we could easily see some fireworks at the track. This could be a very good one again.NASCAR at Martinsville: What time does the race start?The First Data 500 will take place Sunday, Oct. 27. Live coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET.What channel is NASCAR on today?The First Data 500 will be broadcast nationally on NBCSN. The race also can be live-streamed on the NBC Sports App. It’s the first race of the third round of NASCAR’s playoffs, and if last year’s playoff race at Martinsville is any indication, this is going to be a good one.Martinsville Speedway is the shortest track in NASCAR which can produce some insane pushing and shoving from time to time and especially down the stretch. NASCAR at Martinsville schedule: How to watch First Data 500Here’s a daily schedule of events leading up to the First Data 500.(All times Eastern)Friday, Oct. 25TimeEventChannel11 a.m.Truck Series rookie practicNo TV12:05 p.m.Truck Series first practiceNo TV2:05 p.m.Truck Series final practiceNo TVSaturday, Oct. 26TimeEventChannel9:05 a.m.Cup Series first practiceCNBC/NBC Sports App/MRN10:05 a.m.Truck Series qualifyingFS112 p.m.Cup Series final practiceNBCSN/NBC Sports App/MRN1:30 p.m.Truck Series NASCAR Hall of Fame 200FS1/MRN4:35 p.m.Cup Series qualifyingNBCSN/NBC Sports App/MRNSunday, Oct. 27TimeEventChannel3:30 p.m.Cup Series First Data 500NBCSN/NBC Sports App/MRNNASCAR at Martinsville starting lineupBelow is the entry list for the First Data 500.StartingDriverNumberTBDLandon Cassill00TBDKurt Busch1TBDBrad Keselowski2TBDAustin Dillon3TBDKevin Harvick4TBDRyan Newman6TBDDaniel Hemric8TBDChase Elliott9TBDAric Almirola10TBDDenny Hamlin11TBDRyan Blaney12TBDTy Dillon13TBDClint Bowyer14TBDRoss Chastain15TBDRicky Stenhouse Jr.17TBDKyle Busch18TBDMartin Truex Jr.19TBDErik Jones20TBDPaul Menard21TBDJoey Logano22TBDWilliam Byron24TBDReed Sorenson27TBDCorey Lajoie32TBDMichael McDowell34TBDMatt Tifft36TBDChris Buescher37TBDDavid Ragan38TBDDaniel Suarez41TBDKyle Larson42TBDDarrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.43TBDRyan Preece47TBDJimmie Johnson48TBDTBA51TBDTBA52TBDJJ Yeley53TBDTimmy Hill77TBDAlex Bowman88TBDMatt DiBenedetto95