Lewis Hamilton speaks on how Formula 1 can drive change

F1’s season-opening weekend also represents the public launch of the sport’s new We Race As One initiative.

On the sport’s return at the Austrian GP, Hamilton spoke to Sky Sports F1’s Martin Brundle in his first sit-down TV interview since the Australian GP was cancelled in March.

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The full, wide-ranging interview will air during the course of Sky Sports F1’s coverage of the Austrian GP weekend – including our Diversity in Motorsport programme at 1pm on Saturday ahead of qualifying.

Hamilton has spoken about racist abuse he suffered when he was a youngster in karting and asked if he had also ever experienced racism inside F1, Hamilton said: “I have. I won’t talk about which that experience was, but I have, particularly in the earlier phases of my career here.

“I would say over the last years I haven’t, it’s not something that I particularly see.

“What I do see though is very much like when I was at school. I’d go to school as 1,500 kids and I was one of maybe five or six black kids and you feel quite alone. The feeling that you’re led to not feel like you particularly fit into society.

“When you walk into the paddock of Formula 1 there might be one or two other people of colour in this whole paddock, in all the teams. This is nothing new for me: this has been the case the way it has been since I got to Formula 1, since I started karting.

“It’s been something I’ve been talking to Toto [Wolff] about, really trying to improve diversity within our team and it’s great that he has been so open to listening and not kind of fighting back, because a lot of people do take offence to it or feel like you’re being targeted.

“But it’s not about that, it’s about working together, moving forwards, being understanding and trying to improve.”

Asked if he would take a knee at a race this season, “I’ve not spoken to the other drivers. During this time the question has been asked to me and, honestly, it’s not been something that has been on the top of my mind.

“I’ve not come here this weekend with a determined mind frame to go and kneel before the race. So, I really don’t know, you’ll see on Sunday whether I decide to do that and whether I feel it’s appropriate. But I hope that we are all united one way or another. I’m sure the drivers will speak before the race so we are kind of aligned.”

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Scottish League One to play 27-game 2020/21 season

Scottish League One clubs will play a 27-game season starting on October 17, with sides due to play each other three times instead of four.

The move – confirmed by the SPFL on Thursday after it was voted on by League One sides – will see the third tier of Scottish football mirror the Scottish Championship.

Discussions are ongoing regarding the fixture programme for Scottish League Two in 2020/21.

Neil Doncaster, chief executive of the SPFL, said: “Following a period of consultation with all League One clubs, they have today formally voted to approve the altered programme for the 2020/21 season.

“This is positive news and gives clubs a greater level of clarity and, crucially, a target date to aim for.

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Manchester City vs Liverpool team news: Phil Foden and Eric Garcia start for City vs unchanged champions

Phil Foden will start for Manchester City against Liverpool on Thursday evening, live on Sky Sports, with Eric Garcia also named in the starting XI.

Foden and Garcia come in as two of three changes from the 2-1 defeat at Chelsea last week, with Gabriel Jesus also in for Bernardo Silva. Riyad Mahrez drops to the bench, while Fernandinho is serving the second of his two-match ban for his sending off at Chelsea.

Garcia has been out since suffering a worrying head injury in the win over Arsenal on June 17.

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Newly-crowned champions Liverpool are unchanged from their 4-0 win over Crystal Palace last week.

Joel Matip appeared in the Merseyside derby when Liverpool resumed their season on June 21 but has been sidelined since with a toe problem.

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The teams

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Garcia, Mendy, Gundogan, Rodri, Foden, De Bruyne, Sterling, Jesus

Subs: Bravo, Stones, Zinchenko, Bernardo, David Silva, Mahrez, Cancelo, Otamendi, Doyle

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Henderson, Mane, Salah, Firmino

Subs: Adrian, Milner, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Origi, Jones, Elliott, Williams

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Match Report – Melbourne 27 – 25 Sydney

The Melbourne Storm produced a stunning comeback to down the Roosters 27-25 in a golden-point thriller at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday night.

Trailing 22-12 with 12 minutes remaining the Storm were running out of time, but scored two tries in three minutes through Jahrome Hughes and Paul Momirovski to give them a 24-22 lead.

With two minutes remaining, Kyle Flanagan landed a superb penalty to level the scores before Luke Keary knocked over a field goal to make it 25-24 to the Roosters with a minute on the clock.

However, the drama was not over as Ryan Papenhuyzen nailed a one-pointer of his own to send the game into golden time at 25-25.

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Sky Sports Fanzone & Watchalongs: What is it, how it works, where to experience

Take the return of the Premier League to the next level with the Fanzone feature as part of Sky Sports’ live coverage.


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On Thursday night, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Glen Johnson are the special guests from 8pm on Sky Sports Football

Fans will now be able to use a new feature on the Sky Sports website on your phone (optimised on iOS for iphone 8 and above), laptop or PC to watch select matches with friends in a video room and interact while the action unfolds, giving them the chance to chat about the match and influence the crowd noise they hear on screen.

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Whether watching with fans of your own club or mixing with rival supporters, users of the feature can post predictions, join in-match polls and use the Sky Sports stats to fuel the virtual conversation.

Get into the game with family and friends

Invite up to five people to your Fanzone to catch the match together. Log in online on your phone, laptop or PC, set up your Fanzone and send a link to your fellow fans. The Fanzone opens 15 minutes before kick-off and will close 15 minutes after the match.

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Have your say/pretend you’re a pundit

Do you usually yell at the screen during a game? Or fancy yourself as the next big-name pundit reporting live from the Sky Sports News studio? Share your views on the players and their performance in live opinion polls.

Watchalong with pundits and presenters

While using the Fanzone feature on, fans can also simultaneously view the Sky Sports Watchalongs (via the Sky Sports Football channel), where Sky Sports pundits and presenters will be watching the game, reacting to events and answering your social media questions.

Choose the cheer you hear with Watchalong

Also with the Watchalong, fill your home with the sound of the stands so you feel like you are right there at the game. Drown out any support for the opposition and vote for your team’s chant to be played through the TV.

Viewers can see which crowd noise is being voted for in the ‘Choose a Chant’ poll and analyse match stats as the game is going on.

Where can I experience Fanzone and Watchalongs?

The Fanzone feature is available to Sky Sports customers on on phone, laptop or PC on the following games, with more to be announced for future rounds.

The Watchalong feature will be available to view on Sky Sports Football; Carlton Cole and Steve Sidwell join Adam Smith and Zac Djellab from 8pm on Sky Sports Football.

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There are three ways to watch the game on TV, where Fanzone is available. For the full Fanzone experience head to the Football channel.

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Who can use Sky Sports Fanzone?

If you are a Sky customer with a Sky Sports subscription, you can create a Fanzone, but you can share your Fanzone link with anyone. If you invite someone who has Sky Sports with another provider to your Fanzone, their live stream may be out of sync with yours.

How do I create my Fanzone?

  • Sign in to on your phone or laptop
  • Select Sky Sports Fanzone
  • Select Create Your Fanzone. You’ll see an icon to invite people to your Fanzone which creates a link that’s unique to your room
  • Copy and share your link with up to five other people to catch the match together in your Fanzone. Please don’t share your link on social media in case someone unwanted tries to join.

How long is the Fanzone?

Sky Sports Fanzone opens 15 minutes before live kick-off. If you use video call, this will close 15 minutes after the match ends, but you can keep the conversation going via text chat. The Fanzone session will stay open until it’s closed by Sky.

Let us know what you think

With the Premier League returning, we couldn’t wait to create Sky Sports Fanzone. It’s a new beta feature available for some upcoming games, which means we’re still working on it. We’d love to know what you think so we can make it even better. Please email your feedback to [email protected]

Here’s a list of all the supported devices and browsers.

  • Android 4.1 and above, using Chrome 58 and above.
  • iPad and iPhone 8 or above, running iOS/Safari 12.1 and above .
  • macOS 10 and above, using Chrome 64, Firefox 75, Safari 12.1 and above.
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Sports to come together to celebrate NHS and key workers

A range of sports, including football, cricket and rugby union, are to come together to celebrate the NHS and key workers on the organisation’s 72nd birthday this weekend.

Members of the public are also encouraged to take part in the ‘Thank You Together’ initiative by applauding the “commitment, courage and sacrifice shown by so many” on their doorsteps at 5pm on Sunday.

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This weekend’s Premier League and EFL fixtures will be preceded by a moment’s applause, while England’s Test series against the West Indies – which begins on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports – has been named the #raisethebat series.

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England rugby union head coach Eddie Jones and a selection of his players will also record thank you messages.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: “The Premier League will support the NHS and its moment of thanks to recognise the efforts of the health workers, key workers and all those who have shown kindness and care to others during these months.”

Rugby Football Union chief executive Bill Sweeney added: “Rugby, like the wider sporting community and the nation as a whole, is extremely grateful to and proud of all those who have worked tirelessly through this pandemic going above and beyond to support local communities and the NHS.

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Ilkay Gundogan: Manchester City know where they have to improve

Ilkay Gundogan has warned newly-crowned Premier League champions Liverpool that Manchester City know exactly where they have to improve next season.

Pep Guardiola’s side host Liverpool at the Etihad on Thursday, live on Sky Sports Premier League, having relinquished their two-year reign at the summit with a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea last Thursday.

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City currently sit 23 points off Liverpool, having lost eight Premier League games this season – more than they lost in the previous two seasons combined.

And although Gundogan readily admits Jurgen Klopp’s side are fully deserving of this season’s crown, he knows exactly how City are going to bounce back.

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“We know where we can improve next season to challenge for the title again,” Gundogan exclusively told Sky Sports News.

“We won the title back-to-back which is always tough but the motivation for next season will be there to win it again.

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Dan Carter: All Blacks legend to play club game with Southbridge

Dan Carter will make a return to his native Canterbury this weekend for his first rugby game in New Zealand since 2015.

The 38-year-old All Blacks legend, who spent his entire New Zealand professional career playing for the 10-time Super Rugby champion Crusaders, will line out for club side Southbridge as he continues to build up his fitness.

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Last month Carter did what many Christchurch-based fans think was treasonable by joining the Blues.

However, the two-time Rugby World Cup winner said he was not match fit enough to return to the field at the time and would need several weeks of the Super Rugby Aotearoa season to get prepared to play, which includes a match in club rugby.

“That’s the plan,” Carter told Newshub. “I’m hopeful to get down there and pull on the blue and white of the Southbridge hoops this weekend.”

Carter grew up in the small rural community of Southbridge, south of Christchurch, and recently raised more than NZ$20,000 (£10,000) for the club by auctioning one of his All Blacks jerseys.

Carter joined the Blues after stints in France and Japan but has not played since February after Japan’s Top League was shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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He barely played in the past 18 months after undergoing neck surgery in 2019.

The fly-half’s return this weekend could pave the way for him to make his Blues’ debut against the Crusaders in Christchurch on July 11, live on Sky Sports.

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard rages at players’ mentality after West Ham defeat

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard laid into his players' mentality after their winning run was ended by a last-gasp defeat at West Ham.

Andriy Yarmolenko's 89th-minute decided earned a 3-2 victory for the relegation-threatened Hammers, ending Chelsea's run of three straight wins since football's restart.

Willian had given Lampard's side the lead from the penalty spot just before half-time, but the London rivals went into the break level after Tomas Soucek cancelled out the opener.

Michail Antonio gave West Ham the lead six minutes after the restart, but there hope for Chelsea when Willian equalised with just under 20 minutes remaining.

But Lampard was left raging after Yarmolenko's late winner meant Chelsea failed to capitalise on a defeat for their third-placed rivals Leicester.

Furious Lampard, whose team have dropped 18 points from winning positions, said: โ€œWe had an opportunity to go third, but you have to do every part of the game well to win.

"I'm not happy with any of the goals. You don't get given victories for scoring two goals, you have to be better than that.

โ€œThere's no point in being down but I can't help but say the truth today which is that it's a game we should have won tonight.

โ€œIt's not a big surprise โ€“ this is something that has happened a few times. We have had opportunities to jump teams above us and close gaps, and we haven't taken them.

โ€œThat's a sign of where we are and the reason why the rest of us are chasing Liverpool and Manchester City is the consistency they have developed.

"If you don't get details right in big games, you're going to drop points. I think at times we have played really well this season. As a group we need to find more consistency.

โ€œThe players have to show an extra mentality to do those bits to see the game through.โ€

Lampard had said his side had "got lucky" in their 1-0 FA Cup defeat to Leicester at the weekend – and following Wednesday's defeat, the manager said he felt a defeat like this had been coming.

The result meant they stayed failed to leapfrog Leicester into third place in the Premier League, while their advantage over fifth-placed Manchester United in the race for the Champions League places is now just two points.

"I'm very aware of it, he told Sky Sports. "I get to see the group as closely as anybody because it's my job, and I've seen us play great games, but I've seen us have moments when there have been opportunities around us to capitalise on a situation, close a gap, jump a team.

"And that's the difference at the moment, that shows how much work we've got to do."

Lampard was asked if his side could have done better to defend Antonio's sucker-punch decider, which came on the break as Chelsea went in search of a winner themselves.

"At that point you feel like we're the team that's going to win the game, we're dominating," the Chelsea boss replied.

"But you always know that Antonio he can stick it, and if we we're going to open up to try and score that winning goal we have to be ready to run the other way and defend, and defend better. Yeah we could [have done better]."

The manager called for perspective with Chelsea still in a strong position in the race for the Champions League, but insisted it was a game from which his side should have taken three points.

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"We're two points ahead of Manchester United, who have been playing fantastic, they're on a great run, they've beaten us twice and we're two points ahead of them," he said.

"Wolves are having a great season, they're two points behind us. We're one point behind Leicester who have had a great season.

"We're upset because we've come here and we want to win the game and we're in a decent position. So there's no point in me being down, but I can't help but say the truth, it's a game we should win today."

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Mikel Arteta: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang willing to stay at Arsenal

Mikel Arteta insists captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is willing to stay at Arsenal after his side’s 4-0 victory over Norwich.

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Aubameyang, who scored twice against Norwich to take his tally to 19 Premier League goals for the season, has just a year to run on his contract but, while Arteta insists negotiations do not involve him, he feels the Gabon international is keen to stay put at the Emirates Stadium.

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“He is willing to stay with us,” Arteta said. “He is really happy where he is.

“He can see what we are trying to do and hopefully he can evolve as well some parts of his game he might feel he can improve. We are pushing him every day.

“I leave that to the football club and the senior people that finalise the contracts.

“Auba knows really well what my thoughts are towards him and the project that I want to create, and how much he is part of that. And after that it is not in my hands.”

The Gunners ran out comfortable winners as Aubameyang was gifted two goals as well as laying on Granit Xhaka’s first of the season before Cedric Soares marked his debut with the last in comprehensive win.

Aubameyang’s first, coming after he was gifted possession by Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul, saw him reach 50 Premier League goals in 79 appearances – making him the fastest Arsenal player to make it to the landmark.

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‘Keep hitting landmarks, Auba’

Speaking after the win, Gunners boss Arteta praised Aubameyang and is hopeful his captain can score another 100 goals for the club.

“A player that is able to score as many goals as he has done in that short space of time tells you everything about the importance that he has for us,” Arteta said of his captain.

“Players that can make the difference in any moment in the game every three days in competitions. That is a big task and he has done that at different clubs.

“[I hope he can score] at least another 100 but I don’t know. I am not a magician.

“What he has achieved today to be the fastest to score 50 in the whole history of this club tells you everything about his mentality and the way he works every day on his finishing, on trying to help the team. He’s decided to be better and better every day. So hopefully we can keep him here for a longer period.”

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Auba: Talks ongoing over new deal

Meanwhile, Aubameyang insists talks over a new deal are ongoing.

With Bukayo Saka committing his long-term future to the Gunners on Wednesday, focus now turns to the Arsenal captain’s future, but he was not giving anything away.

“I know [fans want me to sign a new contract] and I am really happy that Bukayo Saka signed ‘da ting’ and now we’ll see,” he told BT Sport.

“We’ll talk with the football club and see what happens but first of all I am really focused on the games coming until the end of the season, so we’ll see.”

Auba’s impressive stats

Aubameyang’s opener was his 50th Premier League goal in just 79 appearances, with only five players managing to do so at a quicker rate than the Arsenal skipper (Fernando Torres, Mohamed Salah (72), Ruud van Nistelrooy (68), Alan Shearer (66) and Andy Cole (65).

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