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Important news for important people Volume 3166 Sunday April 29, 2018
International Business Sports
Terminally-ill British toddler Alfie Front-line negotiators from more It’s one NBA first that LeBron James Cabo San Lucas
Evans died on Saturday after doctors than 190 nations gathering for cli- could perhaps have done without, but Partly cloudy (day)
withdrew life support, following a mate talks in Bonn on Monday face the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar is Sunrise: 6:49 AM
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“I just met with a great group of State Department officers who work here at the miss” Study
Confident Pompeo makes Middle East diplomatic debut Scientists keep pigs’ brains
alive for 36 hours
“They are hopeful that the State US-based researchers have success-
Department will get its swagger back, fully kept alive the brain cells of de-
that we will be out doing the things capitated pigs for 36 hours, sparking
that they came onboard at the State concerns over the ethics involved in
Department to do,” he promised. such frontline research.
The former Kansas politician is The MIT Technology Review said
seen as an anti-Iran hawk with hard- a team at Yale University led by neu-
line views about projecting US mili- ro-scientist Nenad Sestan had carried
tary might, and his socially conserva- out experiments on between 100 and
tive opinions might be out of place at 200 pigs sourced from an abattoir.
the State Department. Sestan had presented the findings
But in his former role as director of the experiments, where his team
of the CIA he was also a would-be restored blood supply to the dead
peacemaker -- he recently made a pigs’ brains, in late March to a con-
secret visit to North Korea to meet ference organised by the US National
dictator Kim Jong Un and lay the Institutes of Health (NIH).
groundwork for a historic planned The researchers said they had suc-
summit with Trump. During Pom- ceeded in delivering oxygen to the
peo’s short confirmation process crit- cells via a system of pumps and blood
ics pointed to past statements critical maintained at body temperature, the
of Islam and of same-sex marriage, MIT Technology Review said.
US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo (Photo AFP) which they said made him an unsuit- Thanks to this system, dubbed
Washington’s newly appointed sec- on Thursday and set off within two able champion of American ideals BrainEx, millions of cells were kept
retary of state landed in Riyadh Sat- hours for Brussels, will consult with abroad. But there is also optimism, in good health and were capable of
urday on a tour of America’s key leaders of Iran’s main regional oppo- palpable among the officials around functioning normally, the review
Middle East allies, after vowing to nents ahead of the announcement. him on the trip, that US diplomacy said. However, there was nothing to
bring some “swagger” back to US But he also has a second, more per- at last has a chief who can speak for indicate that these cells experienced
diplomacy. sonal mission, to show foreign capi- the president and will focus on the some form of consciousness, it said,
Mike Pompeo touched down in tals and his own colleagues that US department’s core missions. citing Sestan as saying he was “con-
Saudi Arabia shortly after authorities diplomacy is back on track after the After his talks with Jubeir, Pompeo vinced” they did not.
in the kingdom said they had inter- troubled reign of his sacked prede- was due to have dinner with Prince Such experiments could herald ad-
cepted four missiles fired at the south cessor Rex Tillerson. Mohammed, who has strengthened vances in restoring blood circulation
of the country by Yemeni rebels, un- Trump’s first secretary of state, his ties to Washington since being ap- at the micro level, including in the
derlining the tensions in the region. a former oil executive, failed to fill pointed in June. brain, the article said.
The Saudi capital is the first stop senior positions, embarked on un- The prince, or MBS as he is com- They could also be potentially use-
on a three-day trip that will also take popular bureaucratic reforms and monly known, is the kingdom’s de ful in the study and treatment of some
him to Israel and Jordan to update had conspicuously little chemistry facto ruler and a would-be social re- cancers and debilitating diseases such
friends on President Donald Trump’s with the president. Pompeo -- a for- former who launched an anti-corrup- as Alzheimer’s, it added.
plans for the Iran nuclear deal. mer army officer, businessman and tion drive to secure his own control At the same time, the article noted
Pompeo was met on the tarmac in conservative congressman -- wanted over the oil-rich royal elite. that Sestan himself raised some of
Riyadh by a sizeable Saudi Arabian to set off on the road immediately on Like Trump and Pompeo, he is a the ethical issues involved in such
delegation, including the kingdom’s being sworn in, in order to reach out tough opponent of Iran, but his war research. In an open letter publised
foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, to NATO and Middle East allies. against the Tehran-backed Huthi Wednesday in Nature magazine,
and ambassador to the US Khalid But he has promised to address militia in Yemen is stumbling and Sestan and another 16 top scientists
bin Salman -- brother of the power- State Department staff in Washington has contributed to the country’s and philosophers said the authori-
ful Crown Prince Mohammed bin on his return on Tuesday, and was full large-scale humanitarian disaster. A ties should lay down specific rules
Salman. of praise for the staff who scrambled Saudi-led coalition air strike over- to guide them in their work on hu-
Trump is widely expected to pull to put together his first foreign itiner- night killed dozens of Yemeni rebels man brains. Recent advances have
the United States out of the Iran ac- ary. including two commanders, state me- seen what are known as brain “surro-
cord next month, re-imposing sanc- “I just met with a great group of dia said Saturday. Trump also wants gates” composed of real human cells
tions against Tehran’s nuclear pro- State Department officers who work Riyadh to do more and spend more to -- whether in tiny organoids grown in
gram. Pompeo insists the president here at the mission. They may have support the US-led operation in Syria the lab, in grey matter removed from
has not yet made the decision. been demoralised, but they seemed to defeat the Islamic State group and a human patient, or brain tissue im-
The former CIA chief, who was in good spirits,” he said Friday, at allow American forces to come home planted into animals -- as part of ef-
sworn in as Trump’s top diplomat NATO headquarters. more quickly. forts to study the brain.

Page 2 Sunday April 29, 2018
“The only master of life, from the beginning to its natural end, is God, and our duty is to do everything to protect life”
British toddler at centre of legal battle dies

Terminally-ill British toddler Alfie the baby’s brain fibre had been lost
Evans died on Saturday after doctors and said there was “no prospect of
withdrew life support, following a recovery”.
long legal battle and a campaign by Pope Francis intervened several
the parents that drew support from times in a case that touched hearts
Pope Francis. around the world and prompted vigils
“Our baby grew his wings tonight in Italy and Poland.
at 2:30am (0130 GMT). We are Earlier this week the pontiff wrote
heartbroken. Thank you everyone for on Twitter that he hoped the parents’
all your support,” the mother, Kate “desire to seek new forms of treat-
James, wrote on Facebook. ment may be granted”.
The parents had fought to take “The only master of life, from the
their son, who had a degenerative beginning to its natural end, is God,
condition that caused irreversible and our duty is to do everything to
brain damage, out of a hospital in protect life,” he said.
Liverpool in northwest England to a Thomas Evans had also met with
clinic in Rome but lost a final court the pope in the Vatican last week and
appeal on Wednesday. asked him to “save our son”.
Doctors had already removed life Italy granted citizenship to the
support on Monday after the parents toddler on Monday in the hope of fa-
lost a previous appeal to keep him cilitating his transfer to the Bambino
alive despite doctors’ recommenda- Tributes for terminally-ill British toddler Alfie Evans (Photo AFP) Gesu (Baby Jesus) paediatric hospital
tions. embrace,” wrote the pontiff, who met the hospital recommended withdraw- in Rome.
Alder Hey Children’s hospital, the child’s father Thomas Evans in ing life support. After losing his legal battle, the
where the 23-month-old was being the Vatican last week. The parents disagreed and the two father on Thursday had asked sup-
treated, expressed their condolences. Supporters began to leave floral sides went to court. porters, who have staged angry vigils
“All of us feel deeply for Alfie, tributes outside the hospital and a At a hearing in February the hos- outside the hospital where the baby
Kate, Tom and his whole family and post on the “Alfie’s Army” Facebook pital’s lawyers argued that Evans had was being treated, to go home.
our thoughts are with them. page, which has 801,000 members, suffered “catastrophic degradation Medical staff have been subjected
“This has been a devastating jour- said balloons would be released from of his brain tissue” and said Italian to severe online abuse and police of-
ney for them,” the hospital said. a park near the facility later on Sat- doctors who visited the child were ficers had to be deployed outside the
Pope Francis tweeted he was urday. agreed on the “futility” of trying to clinic on Monday after some protest-
“deeply moved” to learn Alfie had Evans was born on May 9, 2016 find a cure. ers tried to gain entry.
died. “I am deeply moved by the and was first taken to hospital in Helen Cross, an expert in child The case is the latest in a series of
death of little Alfie. Today I pray December of that year after suffer- epilepsy at another children’s hospi- high-profile battles between parents
especially for his parents, as God ing seizures. His condition worsened tal in London, told the hearing that of seriously ill children and the Brit-
the Father receives him in his tender and, a year later, in December 2017, scans showed over 70 percent of ish authorities.

His party said Protesters have filled streets across the country since the court ruling on Thursday
One badly hurt in ‘shooting at- Greece decides on F-16 warplane upgrade: official
tack’ on vigil for Brazil’s Lula Tens of thousands of people took to themselves as “La Manada”, or “The risking getting killed, and still get
recognised as a victim of a serious
Pack” in English.
the streets in Spain on Saturday to
A man was seriously wounded early protest against the acquittal of five An online petition calling for the attack against sexual freedom while
on Saturday when a gunman opened men of gang raping an 18-year-old disqualification of the judges who ensuring that the perpetrators do not
fire on a vigil in the southern Brazilian woman at Pamplona’s bull-running acquitted the men had gathered more enjoy impunity,” the newspaper said.
city of Curitiba, where former presi- festival. than 1.2 million signatures by Sat- In their ruling, the judges said that
dent Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is serv- Protesters have filled streets across urday. The issue also hogged the “it is indisputable that the plaintiff
ing time for corruption, his party said. the country since the court ruling on headlines of newspapers all around suddenly found herself in a narrow
In a statement, the Workers’ Party Thursday, leading Spain’s conserva- the country and an order of Carmelite and hidden place, surrounded by five
(PT) said a dawn “shooting attack” tive government to say it will con- nuns added their voices to the wave older, thick-bodied males who left
left one man in serious condition after sider changing rape laws. of condemnation of the court judge- her overwhelmed and unresponsive.
a bullet struck him in the neck, while In Pamplona itself, police said that ment. Under Spain’s criminal code, Already on Thursday, large crowds
a woman was lightly wounded by fly- “between 32,000 and 35,000 people” evidence of violence or intimidation of mainly women had marched in cit-
ing debris. The vigil outside the fed- took part in a demonstration on Sat- must exist for the offence of rape to ies across Spain, including Madrid
eral police building began on April urday, rallying under the slogan “it’s be proved. and Barcelona, following the court
7, when Lula, who is 72, entered the not sexual abuse, it’s rape”. But that was a legal nuance that sentencing. In the northern city of
building to begin a 12-year sentence The protest passed off without in- was “not always easy to establish,” Santander protesters blocked roads,
for corruption. cident, a police spokesman said. top-selling daily El Pais wrote in an public television TVE reported. Then
The PT, which Lula co-founded, It marks the third day of protests editorial. It “leads to the painful ques- on Friday, thousands of people dem-
has pledged to continue the vigil un- since a court acquitted five men of tion of just how much a person needs onstrated outside the Pamplona court
til his release. Although the protest sexual assault, which includes rape, to fight to avoid being raped without where the judgement was made.
began outside the police station, it but found them guilty of the lesser
was later ordered to move to a spot offence of “sexual abuse”. They were
some 800 meters (yards) away. “This jailed for nine years.
is outrageous,” tweeted PT president The men, aged 27 to 29, had been
Gleisi Hoffmann, identifying the bad- accused of raping the woman at the
ly wounded man as an activist from entrance to an apartment building in
Sao Paulo. “We are expecting tough Pamplona on July 7, 2016, at the start
measures from the security services.” of the week-long San Fermin festival,
Initial information indicated a which draws tens of thousands of
passerby fired several shots, some of visitors. The five, all from the south-
which struck a chemical toilet; flying ern city of Seville, filmed the inci-
debris struck a woman in the shoulder dent with their smartphones and then
causing minor wounds, a security ser- bragged about it on a WhatsApp mes-
vice statement said. saging group where they referred to

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“We did not know such important urban changes had been carried out in this era, probably under Justinian”
Thessaloniki subway dig unearths secrets of ‘city under the city
Shovels and brooms in hand, some this era, probably under (Byzantine with the arrival in the 15th century found the remains of mud-bricked
two dozen workmen trudge around Emperor) Justinian,” said Polyxene of thousands of Sephardic Jews ex- workshops where jewellers plied
the remains of an ancient villa, deep Adam-Veleni, head of the culture pelled from Spain. The excavation their trade -- as they still do today, in
beneath the bustle of modern-day ministry’s Thessaloniki antiquities has turned up over 300,000 items of blocks of flats above the subway dig.
Thessaloniki. department. “We were surprised to importance, including 50,000 coins, Golden wreaths and jewellery were
Suddenly, one of them breaks away discover the road in such exceptional in addition to two marble plazas, a also found in over 5,000 graves and
to deliver the latest find -- a small condition. This phase of the city’s 15-metre (nearly 50-foot) fountain tombs along the subway route, but it
clay head of a hook-nosed, bearded history was mostly unknown to us,” and an early Christian church. was another, more humble discovery
man with an ugly grin. she told AFP. Other finds such as Alongside the stone-paved road, that excited archaeologists, Adam-
“Probably a votive offering,” notes the villa are older, dating to the late the Decumanus Maximus, crews also Veleni said.
the junior archaeologist on duty. fourth century AD.
A 15-year subway project in On the floor of the villa’s hot bath,
Greece’s northern metropolis, sched- archaeologists found a gold ring. Foreign Exchange
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“The potential tie-up would see the combined business take Tesco head-on” Trade war
UK supermarket giant Sainsbury says in merger talks with Asda Deadline looms on US
Britain’s supermarket chain Sains- billion (11.4 billion euros, $13.8 bil- and in distribution. “We are demand-
bury said Saturday it was in talks lion). Richard Lim, from economics ing an urgent meeting with Asda to steel tariff exemptions
to merge with rival Asda, in a deal research consultancy Retail Econom- get the answers and assurances our Key US trading partners face a loom-
that would create a retail giant with ics, told the BBC that the merger members need and deserve. GMB ing deadline on Tuesday when crip-
around 30 percent share of the British would be a “game changer in the UK will be making sure the voices of su- pling tariffs on steel and aluminum
market. grocery market of epic proportions”. permarket workers are not lost amidst are set to take effect -- and they are
“Sainsbury’s confirms that it and “The potential tie-up would see the all the talk of mergers and acquisi- urging the White House to exempt
Walmart Inc. are in advanced discus- combined business take Tesco head- tions.” them permanently.
sions regarding a combination of the on,” he said. British retail sales have been badly The major suppliers, including
Sainsbury’s and Asda businesses,” Joanne McGuinness, national of- hit in recent months by a combination Canada, Mexico, South Korea and
Sainsbury said in a statement. ficer with the Usdaw shopworkers of weaker consumer spending, slower the European Union, were granted a
Britain’s biggest retail chain is cur- union, said: “We will be seeking ur- economic growth and snowy weather. temporary reprieve when President
rently Tesco with a market share of gent meetings with the businesses to Traditional retailers like Sainsbury Donald Trump imposed the tariffs in
27.6 percent, followed by Sainsbury get more detail on what a possible and Asda have also been put under March.
and Asda with 15.8 percent and 15.6 merger will involve. pressure by the growth in online re- The measures were largely aimed
percent respectively, according to “Our priorities will be to protect tailers and low-cost rivals like Aldi at overcapacity in China but the scat-
data from Kantar Worldpanel. our members and ensure any deal be- and Lidl. tershot approach hit many allies and
The combined company would tween the retailers does not impact on Sainsbury previously bought cata- key suppliers and governments in
have 2,800 stores. Sainsbury said a their jobs or incomes.” logue retailer Argos and furniture those countries have threatened to re-
further statement on the proposed Tim Roache, general secretary of merchant Habitat in 2016. taliate if they are not exempted.
merger would be made at 0600 GMT the GMB union, said: “Our first pri- The deal would still have to be ap- That threat of escalating trade
on Monday. The Press Association ority is to safeguard the job of every proved by Britain’s Competition and war has halted the steady upswing
reported the deal would be worth £10 single Asda member, both in stores Markets Authority (CMA). in global stock markets while com-
panies around the United States are
“It is absolutely important that France and Germany agree on questions” reporting that rising costs are already
hitting their bottom line.
France, Germany vow joint eurozone reform plan And many economists say the tac-
Germany and France on Saturday meeting,” the former mayor of Ham- but discussions have gone nowhere. tics are likely to be counterproduc-
pledged to deliver a joint proposal to burg said after talks in the Bulgarian Macron’s grand ambitions for the sin- tive and undermine cooperation at a
reform the eurozone in time for a lead- capital. gle currency bloc have already been time when allied Asian and Western
ers summit in June, despite their big He added: “If you look at the significantly watered down, with nations seek a united front on Iran,
differences on the future of the bloc. schedule you see that (the meeting) ideas for the creation of a eurozone North Korea and China’s violations
“We strongly believe that we is desperately needed to get this suc- finance minister or joint borrowing of intellectual property rights.
should be able to find a compromise cess in the end.” by member states dropped. They worry that Trump will focus
between France and Germany for Under the impetus of French Presi- Instead officials are mainly focused on a short-term win, rather than more
the next council of June,” French Fi- dent Emmanuel Macron, EU leaders on deepening the bloc’s banking important longer-term changes. That
nance Minister Bruno Le Maire said have pledged to table a set of reforms union, with hopes to formally launch is especially true if Trump continues
at a joint press conference with his at the summit in June that France says a European-wide deposit-insurance to concentrate on forcing a reduction
German counterpart Olaf Scholz. are necessary to reboot Europe after scheme that would be implemented in the US trade deficit, which econo-
“It is absolutely important that the setbacks of Brexit. over the long-term. mists agree is not the right way to
France and Germany agree on ques- The renewed promise of a Franco- Negotiators are also trying to draw gauge a healthy trading relationship.
tions,” said Scholz as he confirmed German plan comes despite resis- up a plan for an EU rainy day fund “If that’s the sole metric and that’s
the joint plan for reforms despite tance by Germany to follow through as well as aid to help countries adopt done by purchasing a few more Boe-
widespread talk that divisions be- on Macron’s ideas amid resistance by economic reforms. “The truth is, we ings...that doesn’t actually get at more
tween the EU powerhouses were too political allies of German Chancellor are starting to run out of time,” Eu- medium term structural issues in Chi-
great. Angela Merkel. ropean Commission Vice President na that will make a difference in the
Le Maire “will visit me in Berlin Eurozone finance ministers have Valdis Dombrovskis said on Satur- long run,” said economist Stephanie
and this will be a very hard working for months discussed the proposals, day, urging for compromise. Segal of the Center for Strategic and
International Studies.
“There is no country that could accept what we see today that big companies are not (taxed)” “I fear if we declare victory with a
one-off from China, we’ve broken a
Macron digital tax plan faces EU rebuff lot of eggs and without actually mak-
French President Emmanuel Ma- ly otherwise it could lead to an es- said Germany was behind the princi- ing the omelet,” she told AFP.
cron’s ambitious plans for an EU dig- calation with America, knowing that ple of the digital tax. Taxing the likes Trump met last week with French
ital tax targeting US tech giants such we already have trade war rhetoric,” of Facebook was “a big moral ques- President Emmanuel Macron and
as Google or Facebook faced strong he added. Luxembourg hosts the EU tion”, Scholz told a joint news con- German Chancellor Angela Merkel
headwinds on Saturday, provoking headquarters for Amazon and along ference with Le Maire after the talks. but he gave no indication of whether
anger from Paris. with Facebook and Apple hub Ire- “There is no country that could ac- he would extend or make perma-
Finance ministers from the EU’s land, is loathe to see US tech giants cept what we see today that big com- nent the tariff exemption for the EU,
28 member states discussed a contro- head for the exit. panies are not (taxed),” Scholz said. which exported over $7.7 billion of
versial proposal aimed at claiming a A European source said the luke- The special tax is the latest mea- steel and aluminum to the US market
bigger share of billions of euros from warm response, which also included sure by the European Union to rein last year. Macron in an address to the
mainly US multinationals that shift a muted Germany, drew the “cold in Silicon Valley giants and France US Congress urged Washington to re-
earnings around Europe so as to pay fury” of French Finance Minister would like a deal by the end of the ject protectionism.
lower tax rates. Many of the countries Bruno Le Maire who asked ministers year. “We need a free and fair trade, for
expressed caution out of fear of scar- if Europe would “be strong or not”. The transatlantic shot across the sure,” Macron said. “A commercial
ing off high tech investment, but also “One thing I learnt from my week bow has been championed by Ma- war opposing allies is not consistent
of provoking US President Donald in the USA with President Macron: cron who believes the measure would with our mission, with our history,
Trump while the threat of a EU-US the Americans will only respect a be a popular accomplishment for the with our current commitments for
trade war still looms. show of strength,” Le Maire said in EU ahead of European elections next global security.”
“We are not putting on the brakes, the closed-door session, according to year, in which anti-Brussels populists Merkel, whose visit was briefer
but we do not want a stand alone so- the source. Getting all countries on could do well. The most controversial and who has had more chilly rela-
lution that will not work,” said Lux- board is crucial as tax reforms in the part of the plan is to slap an emer- tions with Trump, steered clear of any
embourg Finance Minister Pierre EU require unanimity and the back- gency tax on digital companies with tough talk. “We had an exchange of
Gramegna as he arrived for talks in ing of Berlin is especially key. worldwide annual turnover above views on the current state of affairs
Sofia, Bulgaria. But Finance Minister Olaf Scholz 750 million euros ($924 million), on the negotiations...and the decision
“I will insist that we talk to the was reported to have stayed mum such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, lies with the president,” she said at a
Americans quickly and constructive- during the heated debate, although he Airbnb and Uber. White House press conference.

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“Game seven, I always said, is the two greatest words in sports” Auto
James, Cavs face must-win game 7 as free agent speculation swirls ‘Greedy’ Vettel relieved,
Raikkonen feels the pain
It’s one NBA first that LeBron James Sebastian Vettel feared he had messed
could perhaps have done without, but up his bid for pole position by mak-
the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar is ing an error as he became over ex-
embracing his first-ever game seven to cited during Saturday’s qualifying for
come in the first round of the playoffs. the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
The Indiana Pacers forced Sun- Ferrari’s world championship-
day’s game-seven decider in their leader said he was “a bit greedy”
Eastern Conference series with a on his final run while his team-mate
dominant 121-87 victory over the Kimi Raikkonen cursed himself for a
Cavs on Friday. “painful” error that cost him pole.
Although James has never before Vettel was on top ahead of defend-
faced this particular challenge so ing champion Lewis Hamilton of
early in the post-season, he is 4-2 all- Mercedes as they began their final
time in game sevens, most recently in flying runs.
the last game of the 2016 NBA Finals Then, he said, he tried too hard to
when the Cavaliers triumphed over improve his lap and locked up at Turn
the Golden State Warriors. Three and had to abandon his lap. He
“Game seven, I always said, is the took pole with his earlier fastest lap.
two greatest words in sports,” said “I was happy with my first run and
James, who has averaged 33.2 points then in the second run I felt the car
in all the game sevens he has played. was on fire straight away – I was feel-
“Us having a game seven on our LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers (Photo AFP) ing faster and set for it.
floor, our fans are going to be truly That put the Cavs up 3-2 in the team, as a free agent. Now the pos- “I think I got a bit too excited for
excited to be a part of that. series, but Indiana then snapped sibility that he could again forsake Turn Three and tried to brake later,
“And hope our guys are excited Cleveland’s streak of 13 consecutive Ohio looms large with the Cavs fac- quite a bit later, than the laps before
about that as well, and understand triumphs in potential series closeout ing an early playoff exit. and then I had a lockup when I hit the
that (you) just don’t take those mo- games. The 33-year-old has said as recent- bumps and my front left tyre was flat
ments for granted.” Now a Cavs team that featured in ly as September that he plans to retire spotted. “I was quite upset at the time
A Cavs team that struggled for con- the last three NBA Finals is fighting as a Cavalier. in the car because I burned my shot at
sistency all season still hasn’t quite to make it to the second round. But that hasn’t dampened ram- an improvement – and I didn’t know
put it all together against the Pacers. James himself has been to eight pant speculation that he will forego a what was going on around me.
Cleveland didn’t take a lead in NBA Finals, including the last seven. $35.6 million player’s option on his “When I then aborted the lap and
the series until a game-five triumph He reached the championship se- contract, become a free agent on July came in I was told ‘pole position’, so
in which James’s 44 points included ries four times, earning two titles, 1 and depart. The Los Angeles Lak- I was quite happy – really happy.
a buzzer-beating three-point game- while with the Miami Heat before his ers and Philadelphia 76ers have been “The team has done well, we
winner. return to Cleveland, his hometown mentioned as potential destinations. changed the car again overnight and
found even more performance.” Raik-
The Seahawks made Griffin the 141st overall pick konen lamented an error that cost him
Griffin’s NFL dream alive after Seahawks draft one-handed linebacker pole. “Obviously it was a fuck-up,”
he said. “A mistake. It cost us quite a
Shaquem Griffin’s odds-defying foot- Griffin’s left hand was amputated in 2016 he was the Defensive Player few places so -- not the greatest end.
ball journey is set to continue after when he was four because of a rare of the Year in the American Athletic “I don’t know, it just got sideways.
the linebacker who lost one hand at birth defect called Amniotic Band Conference. The 6-foot (1.8m), 227 I got it back, but I knew already it
the age of four was drafted Saturday Syndrome. pound (102.97 kg) player impressed was all gone because it’s flat out and
by the Seattle Seahawks. But he enjoyed an outstanding ca- at the NFL scouting combine, clock- a long straight after that.”
The Seahawks made Griffin the reer at the University of Central Flor- ing a blazing 4.38 sec in the 40-yard He added: “I’ve been a few times
141st overall pick, in the fifth round, ida, where he appeared in 39 games dash -- first among all lineback- disappointed. This is a different story
of the 2018 draft -- answering the with 26 starts, amassing 175 tackles, ers present. Using a prosthetic on and today, what can you do? I can
prayers of a player who had hoped to 18.5 sacks two interceptions and 11 his left arm he posted 20 repetitions only look in the mirror. It’s painful.”
join his twin brother, Shaquill Grif- passes defended. on the bench-press as NFL hopefuls In the Mercedes garage Hamilton
fin, who was drafted by Seattle in the His play earned him a first team were put through their paces by team praised his mechanics who changed
third round last year. all-conference selection twice and representatives in March. “pretty much everything” on his car
to improve the performance from
“I beat her at the US Open last year, but that’s a completely different surface” practice Friday to grab second in
qualifying Saturday.
‘Chilled’ CoCo seeks Pliskova revenge in Stuttgart final The Briton said: “We were strug-
CoCo Vandeweghe will be out for months ago. “She kicked my ass here tive capital was Lindsay Davenport gling yesterday, but the engineers did
clay-court revenge when she faces last year,” the American said. “Hope- in 2005. some really great work last night to
Karolina Pliskova on Sunday for the fully this year will be different. The 16th-ranked Vandeweghe has understand where we were and how
Stuttgart Grand Prix title. “I beat her at the US Open last proved a revelation this week on a we could progress forward. “Thank
The American has risen to the oc- year, but that’s a completely different surface that she has never shone on you to them for their hard work. It
casion this week on her least-pre- surface.” before, seeing off world number one was a much more reasonable car.
ferred surface, reaching her first clay Pliskova, who didn’t face a break Simona Halep in the quarter-finals. “There were still areas where we
final by seeing off France’s Caroline point on Saturday, admitted serve “I’m playing relaxed, chill,” the were lacking, but it’s a work in prog-
Garcia 6-4, 6-2 in Saturday’s semi- will be crucial on Sunday with both 26-year-old with a pair of Dutch ress, and to be that close to Ferrari
finals. women possessing two of the biggest grass-court titles on her WTA cur- is definitely a positive.” Asked what
Fifth seed Pliskova, who defeated games on the tour. riculum vitae said. the team changed on the car, he said:
Vandeweghe in the Stuttgart second “I will need to play well and serve “It’s like I’m on the beach in Cali- “Pretty much everything! We did a lot
round a year ago, booked her spot well, those are the keys to the match,” fornia. I wouldn’t say that I don’t of work, a lot of changes!”
with an identical scoreline win over said Pliskova. “I will have to get as care, but I’m not taking the matches Hamilton congratulated Vettel on
Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit in 65 min- many balls back as possible.” deadly seriously. gaining his third straight pole.
utes. While Pliskova owns a clay title “I’m one step closer to the title “He did a great job today and Fer-
Vandeweghe stands 3-2 in her from three years ago, everything is (and a flame-red Porsche 718 Box- rari have been so dominant in the last
head-to-head series with Pliskova, new to hardcourt-bred Californian ster which has been on display by the few races, pace-wise. We knew they
but is still bruised by her loss to the Vandeweghe. The last American to court all week). I’m excited to be in would be quick here and they have
slender Czech in the German city 12 reach a final in Germany’s automo- the final.” been all weekend”.

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