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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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Soccer

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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Soccer

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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Soccer

Chelsea decide date for first Kai Havertz transfer bid after receiving price-tag boost

Chelsea will reportedly bid for Kai Havertz once the midfielder has played in Saturday’s DFB Pokal final against Bayern Munich. The match could prove to be his final game in a Bayer Leverkusen shirt as he prepares to embark on a new chapter.

The Blues have made the German international one of their top targets ahead of the summer transfer window.

They have already landed Hakim Ziyech and Havertz’s international team-mate Timo Werner but Roman Abramovich is not prepared to stop spending there.

According to The Telegraph, German sources claim Chelsea will make their first offer once Saturday’s match is out of the way.

Leverkusen will want no distractions heading into the contest despite being aware of the interest surrounding Havertz.

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Their Bundesliga season ended in frustrating fashion last weekend when they were denied a top-four finish.

It means the club will not be playing Champions League football next season, something that could push Havertz closer to the exit door.

Chelsea were boosted by the final standings in Germany and it means Leverkusen will be more inclined to sell Havertz at a cheaper price.

Earlier this year, they slapped a £90million valuation on Havertz.

Chelsea are not prepared to pay anywhere near that figure and will start negotiations way below that figure.

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Frank Lampard is set to lose both Willian and Pedro at the end of the season.

The wide duo have agreed contract extensions until the end of the season but have struggled to negotiate beyond that.

Pedro has already signed a pre-contract agreement with Roma.

Havertz will bring productivity in the final third having scored 12 times in the Bundesliga this season.

Before the season was completed, former Chelsea and Leverkusen hero Michael Ballack has urged the youngster not to rush his decision.

“Players with his quality are in demand everywhere,” Ballack told Bild.

“But I think he’s in good hands in Leverkusen. The conditions there are perfect for young top players and their development.

“Bayer play attractive football and their training facilities are very good.

“Leverkusen also offer a cautious environment, and as a player you can make mistakes without being the focus of criticism. You should appreciate that.

“Of course a player like Kai Havertz has to play in the Champions League, so it would be important for Leverkusen to qualify for it.”

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Soccer

Timo Werner reveals what Antonio Rudiger told him about Chelsea to help seal transfer

Timo Werner has revealed that Antonio Rudiger played a big role in convincing the German international to join Chelsea. Last month the Blues agreed to pay Werner’s £53million release clause at RB Leipzig, beating a host of European rivals to the 24-year-old’s signature.

Werner is believed to have penned a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge, with some reports suggesting the striker could earn as much as £270,000-a-week.

The new Chelsea signing had looked destined to join Liverpool before the Reds pulled the plug on a deal due to the financial implications of the coronavirus crisis.

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The Blues immediately swooped in with Werner’s compatriot and former Stuttgart team-mate Rudiger putting in the groundwork to ensure the pair reunited in west London.

Speaking about Rudiger’s influence on his move, Werner told RB Leipzig’s official YouTube channel: “Yes, of course, I spoke to him. I’ve known him for a long time, seven years now.

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“He is a leading player there and knows all there is to know – I think he played there for two or three years already.

“So there wasn’t really a better person I could talk to than him. I asked him what it’s like, what the environment is like, what the coach is like…

“He was positive about it all. It would have been strange for him to say different, though!

“He was full of praise. He said that the city was incredible and that you can only be happy there.

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“So it was useful to be able to talk to him, and he really helped me in making my decision.”

Chelsea fans are delighted to see such a high-profile signing secured ahead of a 2020/21 campaign where they hope the Blues can challenge for the Premier League title.

Werner is not the only new arrival, with Hakim Ziyech set to link up with the Blues in the next few weeks after agreeing a move from Ajax in February.

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Werner has also opened up on why he chose Chelsea over a number of other suitors, saying: “Why specifically Chelsea? Okay I have come to love playing football, and I’ve come to love playing football here in Leipzig.

“I just wanted to try something new for myself. I want to learn a new language and experience a different environment.

“Why, Chelsea? I think that Chelsea has similarities to Leipzig.

“They have a young team, just like us. They have a young and ambitious coach, who one hand was very friendly and likeable during our talks.

“He can really convince you to join. But he also really understands football. When you combine that with young players, but also some world champions and star players…

“And then add in the fact that it’s perhaps an even bigger club than Leipzig. All these things combine to make me go: ‘Okay, it’s time to call it a day in Leipzig.”

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Soccer

Man Utd’s Champions League hopes rest on two players – ‘It will be down to them’

Manchester United’s hopes of securing qualification for the Champions League next season is all down to Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba, according to former Tottenham striker Darren Bent. Fernandes has continued his fine start at United since his £46.6million arrival from Sporting Lisbon in January. The Portugal international scored a brace in the 3-0 win at Brighton on Tuesday.

Fernandes has started to build a partnership with Pogba, who has featured in all five games since lockdown after recovering from the ankle injury that had kept him out of the majority of the campaign.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side sit fifth in the Premier League table, which could be enough to qualify for the Champions League pending Manchester City’s appeal against their two-year European ban imposed on them by UEFA.

United are unbeaten in their last 15 matches in all competitions but Bent says how they finish the season will largely be down to how Fernandes and Pogba perform.

“The obvious one [who has impressed me] is Bruno Fernandes and the impact he’s had on the squad, I think he’s been fantastic,” Bent told Premier League Productions.

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“Not only that as well, Pogba has kind of seen what Fernandes has been doing and it’s like he’s kind of said: ‘Well hold on, I’m a good player as well, you’re not going to forget about me’.

“So both of them in tandem have been fantastic.

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“[Anthony] Martial’s been good, scored a hat-trick, [Marcus] Rashford’s still trying to find his feet, [Mason] Greenwood, young kid, 18 years old, looks like he knows how to play the Manchester United way.

“So for me I think those two in the middle of the park, Pogba and Fernandes, I think however far Manchester United go this year, whether they get into the top four, it will be down to them two.”

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Meanwhile, legendary United striker Dwight Yorke has explained how Pogba has changed his game while playing alongside Fernandes.

“When it comes to Pogba, Pogba recognises now that he doesn’t need to do it all,” Yorke told Stadium Astro.

“Before, I think he needed to do it all at United because it was so frustrating at times watching.

“He felt like he needed to make a wonder-pass and I think now with Bruno coming in and hitting the ground running, not only can he score but he can create himself as well.

“So he doesn’t need to play those killer balls all the time and I think that’s relieved him to recognise sometimes I can do it simple.”

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Rugby

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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Soccer

Chelsea ace offered to PSG but two English clubs also interested in £27m player

Chelsea have reportedly offered Kurt Zouma to Paris Saint-Germain ahead of the summer transfer window. Two English clubs are also said to be interested in the French defender, who is believed to be valued in the region of £27million.

Zouma has struggled to nail down a starting berth at Chelsea this season, rotating with Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori since the turn of the year.

The centre-back has still racked up 34 appearances across all competitions this term but is not considered indispensable to the Stamford Bridge club.

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The Blues are currently in the process of overhauling their first-team squad ahead of next season, having already secured the signings of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.

Manager Frank Lampard is now targeting Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell but a new central defender is also on the transfer wishlist.

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And funds need to be raised through player sales in order to fund these deals while space also needs to be made on the wage bill.

With this in mind, Zouma is thought to be the centre-back most at risk of departing in the upcoming window.

The latest report from France suggests the 25-year-old has already been offered to Ligue 1 champions PSG.

TF1 reporter Julien Maynard claims a move from Chelsea has been proposed in the past few days while PSG boss Thomas Tuchel is appreciative of Zouma’s talents.

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However, no discussion has started between the clubs over details of a transfer and two English clubs are also credited with interest in the Blues ace.

One of these is believed to be Tottenham, with Jose Mourinho reportedly keen on the player.

It has even been claimed that Mourinho passed on Zouma’s name to Spurs chairman Daniel Levy as a priority target in the upcoming window.

Meanwhile, it has been suggested that Everton could attempt to re-sign a player who excelled while on loan at Goodison Park last season.

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However, Maynard’s report does not specify the English clubs involved.

Zouma is unlikely to be the only Chelsea player linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer, with Michy Batshuayi and Tiemoue Bakayoko also expected to depart.

Atletico Madrid are expected to take up their £48.5m option on Alvaro Morata while the Blues are believed to be willing to listen to offers for Danny Drinkwater, Victor Moses and Davide Zappacosta.

Meanwhile, Emerson Palmieri looks destined for a return to Serie A with Juventus leading the race for the full-back while Marcos Alonso is attracting attention from Inter Milan.

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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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Man City vs Liverpool Watchalong

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 skysports.com, 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 skysports.com 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 skysports.com/fanzone 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.
  • Windows 10, using Chrome 64, Firefox 75 and above.

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Tennis

Wimbledon 1985 final result: Who won Wimbledon 1985 final? Boris Becker vs Kevin Curren

Wimbledon was cancelled this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. However, tennis fans can still relive some classic matches over the next two weeks, courtesy of the BBC.

The broadcaster holds the rights to the famous tournament in the UK.

But with no action this year, a series of classic Wimbledon programming will be aired in its place.

In 1985, Boris Becker burst onto the scene as an unknown 17-year-old.

He fought his way through the men’s draw to set up a clash with Kevin Curren in the final.

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Who won the 1985 Wimbledon final?

The 1985 final was won by Becker in four sets.

The young German sealed the trophy with a 6–3, 6–7, 7–6, 6–4 victory over Curren.

In doing so, Becker became the first unseeded player and the first of his nationality to win the Wimbledon singles title.

He also became the youngest ever male Grand Slam singles champion but this record would later be broken by Michael Chang at the 1989 French Open.

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Recalling his famous victory back in 2015, Becker told BBC Sport: “It was a very different emotion.

“I didn’t quite know what, I couldn’t grasp it, but I knew it was a life-changing moment.”

Also speaking on the 30th anniversary of the final, Curren told the Guardian the defeat to Becker was special memory, rather than a bitter one.

“He [Becker] always has a little dig at me about it,” said Curren.

“But it’s been a very special part of my life and the greatest tournament in tennis. I’m very grateful for the experiences I’ve had.”

How to re-watch the 1985 Wimbledon final

The classic final will be shown on BBC Two this afternoon.

Coverage will be presented by Clare Balding and runs from 1.30pm until 4.30pm.

Fans can also live stream the action via the iPlayer app and on the BBC website.

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Boris Becker at a glance

DOB: November 22, 1967

Born: Leimen, Germany

Height: 6’3″

Turned pro: 1984

Win-Loss record: 713-214

Grand slam titles: 6

ATP tour titles: 43

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