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A question for the Suns after losing to the Mavericks in Game 3

You might be scratching your head trying to figure out why the Phoenix Suns played so poorly against the Dallas Mavericks in Game 3 of their playoff series. (Author: Gardener)

Game 3DALLAS — As usual, a Suns media relations worker distributed copies of the official scorer's report to Friday night's post-game press conference, including leaving a couple at the table in front of coach Monty Williams and the players. The 103-94 loss to Dallas in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals raised a lot of questions, so let's get to them. How does a good team look so bad? Maybe the Suns were due for one. They had won four straight playoff games, including the first two of that series against the Mavericks. Those were in Phoenix, and the Mavericks were back home trying to avoid a sweep in the best-of-seven series. But not like the Suns lost on Friday. It was one of their worst performances of the whole season. The 94 points were a season low. They committed 17 turnovers and gave up eight offensive rebounds. Those two categories led to the Mavericks' 38 points, Williams said. May 6, 2022; Dallas, Texas, United States; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) is pressured by Dallas Mavericks guard Frank Ntilikina (21) during game three of the second round for the 2022 NBA Playoffs at the American Airlines Center. The Suns only took 76 shots and only managed 44.7 percent of them. About 20 of those errors came around the basket, Williams said. It's the first time the Suns have shot under 50 percent this postseason. "We just couldn't get it together tonight," he said. "We played in sections, it felt like." How bad was the offense? At one point, I wrote in my notes, "If Jae Crowder gets cold, where will the Suns find their offense?" His best act of the night was coming to the game in black leather pants with large pockets on the sides. Otherwise, Paul delivered one of the worst playoff performances of his career. He's committed seven turnovers, all in the first half, one just below his career playoff high. "I also felt like all seven were back-to-back," Paul said, smiling, then admitting the quote was missing a few more back-to-backs. "If I don't flip the ball like that, it's a different game." As usual, Paul's teammates followed suit. Devin Booker had five turnovers. Together, Booker and Paul only made 22 shots, made 12 turnovers, and scored 30 points. May 6, 2022; Dallas, Texas, United States; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) reacts during their win over the Phoenix Suns in game three of the second round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs at the American Airlines Center. Their coach, Jason Kidd, did a masterful job of preparing his team for Game 3, but not necessarily by adjusting his schedule or changing his player rotation. After games one and two, he called on players other than guard Luka Doncic to get involved offensively. And after watching the Suns pick Doncic's defense in Game 2, Kidd reiterated that Doncic needed help but added that Doncic needed to participate defensively. Recap: From Suns' Turnovers to Dallas' Urgency, 5 Takeaways from Game 3 The Mavericks were successful on both counts. Guard Jalen Brunson, who had 22 points in the first two games, had 28 points Friday night. And Doncic took part in defense, also scoring 26 points and finishing with 13 rebounds and nine assists. May 6, 2022; Dallas, Texas, United States; Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) reacts during his loss to the Dallas Mavericks in game three of the second round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs at the American Airlines Center. Can you say anything good about the Suns' performance? Sure, at least they played together. All were bad. He had 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists. How did the Suns deal with playing their worst game in a while? Everyone who met with reporters — Williams, Paul, Booker, and Crowder — credited the Mavericks for not being able to afford to fall 3-0 down that series. "We've been on shows before," Booker said. And people want to see more basketball games, so we're going to play more basketball games.” By “people,” we're assuming Booker meant the NBA and its umpires. That's a problem because the Suns players spent way too much time complaining to the umpires in Game 3. Forwards Mikal Bridges and Paul received technical fouls. Booker grumbled throughout the game. The Suns' preoccupation with officials was a distraction, and there were already enough of them on the road against a desperate opponent. No, they're 2-1 up and they won't play as badly as they did on Friday. Paul will not make seven turnovers in one half again. You won't miss as many short, easy shots anymore. Booker will make more than 13 shots and Paul more than nine. May 6, 2022; Dallas, Texas, United States; Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams reacts after calling a time-out against the Dallas Mavericks in game three of the second round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic After summarizing the Suns' issues with reb hitting, offensive execution, shooting and defensive communication, Williams said, "All of those categories are going to be better on Sunday." A cynic would note that's not such a bold prediction is because those categories couldn't have been worse than they were in Game 3. But the Suns bounced back from the occasional terrible performance in the regular season, and they did so after their two first-round losses to the Pelicans. Overall, Friday's loss just means the Suns, as Booker said, will play some more basketball, such as a Game 5 in Phoenix on Tuesday. That's not a terrible thing, unless they play it as badly as they did on Friday. Reach Kent Somers under Kent. [email protected] This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: A Question for the Suns After Losing Game 3 to the Mavericks: What Was That?

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Mavs going defensive, Top Suns 103-94 for a 2-1 series deficit

DALLAS (AP) -- Luka Doncic got the help he and the Dallas Mavericks needed -- from... (Author: Gardener)

Top SunsUse the Next and Previous buttons to navigate. Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (left) and Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) battle for a loose ball in the second half of Game 3 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series on Friday, May 6, 2022, Dallas. Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) walks off after being penalized for a foul in the second half of Game 3 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series against the Phoenix Suns Friday, May 6, 2022 in Dallas was called. Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) argues with a call in the first half of Game 3 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks, Friday, May 6, 2022, in Dallas. Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson (13) drives past Phoenix Suns guard Cameron Payne for the basket during the second half of Game 3 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, May 6, 2022 in Dallas. Dallas Mavericks forward Reggie Bullock (25) reacts after scoring against the Phoenix Suns in the second half of Game 3 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, May 6, 2022 in Dallas Has. Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives into Dallas Mavericks forward Reggie Bullock (25) in the first half of Game 3 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, May 6, 2022 in Dallas the basket. Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) passes the ball in front of Dallas Mavericks guard Frank Ntilikina (21) during the first half of Game 3 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series, Friday, May 6, 2022, in Dallas. Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) salutes a Dallas Mavericks fan as he salutes after the team's loss in Game 3 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, May 6, 2022, in Dallas leaves the place. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban celebrates Friday, 6 DALLAS (AP) -- Luka Doncic got the help he and the Dallas Mavericks needed -- from Jalen Brunson on offense and himself, Reggie Bullock and others on the Defense. The Dallas superstar had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and the Mavericks ramped up defensive pressure to return in their Western Conference semifinals series with Phoenix, beating the Suns 103-94 on Friday night. The Mavericks spoiled Chris Paul's 37th birthday, forcing the 17-year-old pro to have his most turnovers in each half of a playoff game with seven before the break. Dallas cut the Suns' lead to 2-1, ending an 11-game losing streak against Phoenix, including the regular season. "Energy, man," Doncic said of the best Dallas defensive line in the series. The energy and execution were better. Paul ran out of turnovers after halftime, but the Suns eventually struggled with their shooting when they didn't turn it. Phoenix shot 45%, ending a streak of at least 50% shooting in the playoffs after eight games. "It felt like all seven were back to back to back," said Paul, whose career best playoff game is eight turnovers. "When I'm not flipping the ball like that, I feel like it's a different game." Jae Crowder scored 19 for Phoenix, but the Mavericks limited Devin Booker's impact in the same way Paul did. Booker scored 18 goals but was only 2 of 7 within the 3-point line, and Paul had 12 with just nine shots (five of them) in the Suns' lowest-scoring game of the season. Doncic narrowly missed a triple-double with nine assists while Brunson led Dallas with 28 points after struggling in the two Phoenix losses when Doncic averaged 40 points but didn't get enough help. "I found a way to get back on my feet tonight," Brunson said. Sunday will be another brutal game. I have to bring the same energy, the same intensity, the same everything.” A scrambling Dallas defense was the biggest difference, starting with the opening strike where Bullock shadowed Paul all over. Paul had six turnovers in the first 16 minutes, including one when he simply lost the ball trying to work his way to the basket. Dallas' only turnover before halftime was an offensive foul on Doncic, who disliked the call enough to mimic what he thought were flop moves from Paul. The Suns targeted Doncic's defense as they shot 84% to pull away for a 20-point Game 2 win in the fourth quarter. The 23-year-old Slovenian showed up early in the game, winning a fight with Deandre Ayton for a loose ball. "When you see your best player do that, it's kind of whimsical," said Dorian Finney-Smith. Doncic had to go with his fifth foul early in the fourth quarter, and the Suns reduced an 18-point deficit to nine early in the second half shortly after he came back. How to Use an Air Fryer Brunson responded with free throws to put the lead back into double digits, and the Mavericks got enough stops to stay comfortably ahead. The lead was eight when Doncic stopped Crowder from getting a steal near midfield with a minute left, resulting in a corner 3 from Bullock, who scored 15. "It wasn't like us," Booker said. We've got a run.” Suns: Mikal Bridges was called out for a technical foul late in the first half and Paul got one early in the second half. Both came on downtime. He played sparingly in the first two games of the series. Outsiders: Bullock, who spent much of the first half guarding Paul, was reported at half-time with a rib injury as a questionable. Orlando coach Jamahl Mosley, a former Dallas assistant, was present at the game. The Mavericks gained favorable possession early in the second half when the ball seemed to go wide of theirs. Officials ruled Dallas Ball, and when the Suns tried to ask officials to reconsider, Brunson quickly got to Finney-Smith, who hit a 3 without dribbling.

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The Mavericks use turnovers from Suns to win Game 3, reducing the series deficit to 2-1

Dallas scored 22 points from 17 Phoenix turnovers to secure a 103-94 Game 3 win that cut the Suns' lead to 2-1. (Author: Gardener)

SunsDALLAS — The Phoenix Suns attempted 14 fewer shots from the field. They turned the ball over 17 times, resulting in 22 Dallas Mavericks points. And Chris Paul committed a season-high seven turnovers on his 37th birthday. "I also felt like all seven were back to back," Paul said. Add Jalen Brunson, who had a game-high 28 points, along with Luka Doncic, who scored 26 points from foul play, and Phoenix lost Friday's Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals 103-94 in front of a sold-out crowd of 20,777 at the American Airlines Center. Luka Doncic (77) had 26 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists in the Mavericks' Game 3 win. "I think we quickly got to 38 points behind (turnovers and offensive rebounds)," said Suns coach Monty Williams after Phoenix also gave up eight offensive rebounds and 16 second-chance points. "I just felt like they put a lot of effort into developing those tip-outs or 50/50 balls, whatever the case was. Someone has to get 4 wins no matter if you are down or you always have to believe in it. "Every game is a must for Luka Doncic. Game 3 secured. Ready for Game 4. Game 4 takes place in Dallas on Sunday afternoon (3:30pm ET, ESPN), followed by Game 5 on Tuesday in Phoenix (10pm ET, TNT). "I just need to understand the situation, understand that we've been in (a playoff) series before," said Devin Booker, who has committed five turnovers. So we're going to play some more basketball." The Suns, who led 2-1 in that best-of-seven, shot under 50% for the first time in the postseason. They scored 44.7% of their goals on shots, 13 of 28 from 3-point range. Fourth-seeded Dallas made just eight turnovers and led by as many as 18 points, but Phoenix came within eight with 1:09 to go before Reggie Bullock closed the door with a 3 with 55 seconds left. "It was a great team win," said Mavs coach Jason Kidd. They helped at both ends and Luka was great on defense. We were 2-0 going into their home game and people want to see more basketball games. We were 2 :0 before their home game and people want to see more basketball games so we're going to play more basketball.” — Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) May 7, 2022 Jae Crowder hit a team-high 19 points, hit 5-of-8 of 3 to lead the Suns while Booker added 18. The Suns played without Torrey Craig, who suffered an elbow injury in Game 2. "T Hey just wanted it a little bit more," Crowder said. They played more aggressively. "The only Number that Phoenix had in his favor was Doncic, who was in trouble. Doncic picked up his fifth in the fourth quarter, with Dallas leading by 17 points and 8:07 to go. He left the game and mimicked what he thought Paul was drawing the offensive foul. "I don't think it was a foul," said Doncic. It's a physical game, but the fifth foul? I don't know the last time someone called a fifth foul for it." The Suns came within nine with 4-11 left, but Brunson responded with four points, giving his last two Dallas a 99-86 lead with 2 :07 before the end The Mavs led by 15 points at the end of three as Brunson had 24 points on 9-of-19 shooting after shooting 21 on 9-of-28 combined in Games 1 and 2 "I just wanted him to be aggressive," Kidd said as Brunson shot 10 of 21 for the game. "We spoke before the game. Just be yourself and I thought this was the first time he was aggressive. Doncic caught his fourth foul with Dallas at 71-55 with 5:14 in the third. He didn't play the rest of the quarter, but Dallas still led by 15 points, 82-67, and went into fourth place after Phoenix was within 12. Williams said. "You saw it, but we just didn't have the same offensive connection that we had in Phoenix." Phoenix trailed by 14 points before ending the first half with a 10-3 run draw at the break inside of seven, 51-44. The Suns opened with a 13-7 advantage before Dallas embarked on a 19-3 run to gain 10 points, 26-16." Some of that is to be expected when you're playing against a team and you're two games ahead," Williams said. "You know they're going to come out and hit you in the mouth, but I thought we could have calmed down a bit more on offense. "Fine Not that all seven stood back to back to back either. And right there some back-to-backs too. twitter.com/uclC3Zei5t— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) May 7, 2022 Paul committed all seven turnovers in the first half. His career high in the playoffs is eight sets against the San Antonio Spurs in 2012 while he was playing for the Los Angeles Clippers. If I don't flip the ball like that, I feel like it's a different game," Paul said. The 17-year-old veteran also drew a technical foul at 9:45 in the third. "I clapped," Paul said. "He also called a tech over to me in New Orleans," Paul continued. It was about a minute and a half into time-out and he called a tech because I was running across the field." Mikal Bridges was also hit by a technician at 1:27 in the second quarter. "It's one of those deals where it's a crisp, physical game," Williams said. Dallas, on the other hand, pulled no technical fouls in the game and committed only one turnover in the first half that didn't earn Phoenix any points. This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: The Mavericks use the Suns' turnovers to win Game 3 and cut the series deficit to 2-1

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Luka, Mavs fire message to Suns during game 3 win

DALLAS — The Mavericks' 103-94 win in Game 3 of their second-round series against the Phoenix Suns highlighted one aspect of Luka Doncic's fierce competitiveness: pick him at your peril. After two days of criticism for his lax defense in Game 2 on Wednesday night, Doncic morphed into the targeter, the hunter and the all-rounder aggressor on Friday night at the American Airlines Center to... (Author: Gardener)

LukaLuka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks handles the ball as does Chris Paul of the Phoenix Suns during the second half of game three of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals at American Airlines Center on May 6, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. DALLAS -- The Mavericks' 103-94 win in Game 3 of their second-round series against the Phoenix Suns highlighted an aspect of Luka Doncic's fierce competitiveness: After two days of criticism for his lax defense in Game 2 on Wednesday night, Doncic transformed into the targeter, the hunter and the jack-of-all-trades aggressor Friday night at the American Airlines Center to end Phoenix's streak 2-1. He had 26 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists and two steals in 34 minutes, a penny shy of his fourth career playoff triple-double. He overcame foul troubles in the second half and ended the game with MVP chants at the foul line. He even taunted veteran All-Star Chris Paul by snapping his head back a couple of times to mimic a flop, and Mikail Bridges by shaking his head after throwing Defensive Player of the Year runner-up at the post and on hit the ground over him . Doncic left no doubt that Phoenix's championship-struggling squad wouldn't reveal their flaws this time around. The Suns cut the Mavericks' lead to 10 points (96-86) with four minutes left, and then a Paul 3-pointer and Bridges layup put them within 8 points (99-91) with about a minute left. But Reggie Bullock hit a corner three from the bench on the next possession to restore the double-digit lead, ending the Mavericks' 11-game losing streak against the Suns and ensuring they avoided their first losing streak in three games since December 2019. 3-7 In 439 best-of-seven NBA playoff series that started 2-0, only 31 teams (7.1%) have broken through deficit to advance. Dallas still faces a hole coming in Sunday afternoon's quick turnaround for Game 4 against the NBA's only 60-win team. But Jalen Brunson's 28-point bounceback, which led six Mavericks who hit double digits and provided Doncic with a scoring and ball-handling complement to level the offense, was a positive start. "I know I had to do better," said Doncic. "It was really bad in the second half (of Game 2). I think I made a big leap in defense this year and the second half was terrible for me and I knew I had to give something back to my team and play better defense. Hours before Friday's kick-off, many fans on social media worried that a critical comment from coach Jason Kidd after team's morning shootout would anger Doncic. The Mavericks coach said Doncic doesn't just need teammates to "protect" him with rotations and blitzes when the Suns chased pick-and-roll switches like they did mercilessly in the second half of Game 2. "He has to defend," Kidd said. You can always ask for help, but you have to participate and Luka did that for us on this journey. And so he will have to do it (in game 3). Just as he did as a teenage phenom at Real Madrid with tough coaching, Doncic responded. Despite a dip in shooting efficiency in the first two games -- 11 of 25 from the field and 2 of 7 of three -- Doncic matched first-half triple-double pace after 12 minutes with seven points, seven rebounds and five assists to become the greatest main character of the Mavericks in the series. He often nodded his head and yelled at fans on the sidelines after big games, but kept his emotions in check while Phoenix drew two technical fouls. At some points, Doncic made money signs with his hands when he disagreed with the referees' calls. He even recorded the first butt rebound and assist sequence of his career when, after a first-quarter miss, he fell on his back in traffic, catching the ricochet while sitting spread-legged in the paint throwing the ball Ball to Dorian Finney-Smith for a cut to the basket. After drawing his fourth foul in the third quarter with 5:14 left, Doncic went to the bench earlier than his usual full quarter turn and shook his head to the delight of the crowd. The Mavericks then led by 16 points (71-55). Then Doncic signed his fifth with 8:07 remaining and the Mavericks led 90-73. He was thrilled that the coaching staff didn't challenge his off-ball shoulder kick with Jae Crowder, but his teammates maintained the double-digit lead (95-84) when Doncic returned at 4:39. "I didn't think it was a foul," said Doncic. I don't know the last time someone called a fifth foul like that.” Perhaps the extra break helped save energy for a late steal and transition foul to keep the Suns from forcing clutch time where they have thrived best this season. In fact, the Mavericks showed renewed energy from the start of Game 3 — not just because former assistant and Orlando Magic head coach Jamahl Mosley, ex-cowboy Dez Bryant and Masters Champion Scottie Scheffler were among the 20,000 home fans who, according to Doncic "crazy" was energy." After scoring just nine points on 3 of 12 shots in Game 2, Brunson joined what Kidd called the "scoring party" to drop 10 points in the first quarter, where the Mavericks made deliberate isolation plays to help him regain his rhythm in round 1. Brunson's 24 points in three quarters was more than his 22 points in Games 1 and 2 combined. For the first time in this series, Doncic has the other four Mavericks starters together not surpassed Ugh it was really awful," Brunson said of his poor start to this series after a first-lap breakout. Kidd tweaked e the rotation to bolster the defense, which hadn't allowed more than 120 points in consecutive games this season before the Suns combined for 250 points in Games 1 and 2, and it showed. The Suns' 94 points marked their lowest point total this season, and they shot 44.4% from the field, their first under-50% time this postseason. Frank Ntilikina played in Josh Green's signature defensive specialist rotation pattern, part of an effort to wear down the Suns all-star duo through the fourth quarter, and provided additional backcourt depth in Doncic's spot voids. Dallas even made adjustments to respond to the NBA's moves Friday afternoon when the league fined the organization $25,000 for "standing on or trespassing on the field during play." They kept their hands low on the ground after Doncic backed away and knocked Bridges over, for example celebrating a technical foul by Paul down the center of the field and pinning Booker all through the fourth quarter.

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Willy T Ribb's landmark F1 way

The pioneering racing driver tells Giles Richards how he fought discrimination and is now championing diversity in Formula 1 (Author: Gardener)

Willy TOn the eve of the Miami Grand Prix, the pioneering black American driver is typically effusive in his admiration for Lewis Hamilton, who he believes transformed Formula One. "You won't see another driver achieve as much as Lewis Hamilton in 200 years." Bold and confident, Ribbs speaks with authority and wit, the 67-year-old, a smile never far from his lips as he expresses himself earned its place in racing history the hard way. Ribbs was the first black driver to test an F1 car, in 1986 for Bernie Ecclestone's Brabham team at Estoril, and the first African American to qualify and then drive in the 1991 Indy 500. Over the course of his long career, he overcame racism, which ran the gamut from what he describes as "opposition, barriers and denial based on one thing: the color of my skin" to death threats, but met it with fearless boastfulness. "It could demoralize a lot of people, I wasn't like that," he says. There are two races in the country this year for the first time since 1984, and next year there will be three when Las Vegas joins Miami and Texas. Ribbs is pleased that the sport, which he's loved since he wore diapers, is back on the rise in the United States, but believes Hamilton's integral part in it should be recognised. "When I spoke to Muhammad Ali, he said to me that all people unite as champions, no matter the color of their skin, and Lewis plays in this Muhammad Ali league," he says. "He's at that level now in terms of interest for everyone, especially people of color who've never had that before, who've never had a representative that looked like them. “Now Lewis Hamilton is a big name in this country among African Americans and people of color. The sport has gotten it now, it has opened it up and caught the attention of millions and millions of people of color around the world. That's the biggest thing for Formula 1, at the moment it's a crossover sport with crossover appeal." When ex-world champion Mario Andretti mentions his name, the big man immediately says: "Ah, Willy T", affectionately. Ribbs is now a diversity and inclusion advocate for F1, an initiative that effectively started when Hamilton insisted F1 needed to address these issues while championing the Black Lives Matter movement. Coming to Europe in 1975 to pursue his dream, by 2001 he had raced in a variety of disciplines including IndyCar, Champ Car, Trans-Am, Nascar and Imsa. He claimed 17 victories in the Trans-Am series but had grown up loving Formula One amidst family dinner talks in California about Juan Manuel Fangio, Jim Clark and Stirling Moss. Ribbs learned his trade in the UK and slammed into wheels with Nigel Mansell in Formula Ford at Brands Hatch, with both drivers finishing on the podium, an experience he recalls with a broad grin. "We screwed up during the race, it was absolutely reckless and fun but clean," he says. "After the race we drove around the track with our laurel wreaths on the back of this truck, we shook hands and Nigel and I are still friends to this day, I love him dearly." He recalls telling him about Stirling Moss and John Surtees was welcomed with open arms in the UK as they only saw a fast rider and that he didn't want his race to define him. “I saw myself as a racer, not a racer of any particular color. I didn't consider Jim Clark or Graham Hill or Jochen Rindt or any of those guys as anything other than a racer. In 1986 the test didn't turn into a ride with Brabham, but Ribbs was happy to have a chance. At Indianapolis 1991, he received a round of cheers as he dragged his underperforming car through qualifying to win the race. His joy was evident as he rolled through the pit lane with his arms raised. However, on a weekend where the car chewed through six engine changes, the race was a disappointment as the sixth retired on lap five. He didn't think about the impact his achievements would have at the time, just viewing it as part of his ambition to become the best driver he could. But his legacy as the first black driver to make those moves was vital, he now acknowledges, not least from Hamilton inviting him to race as a guest. "In 2012, at the US GP, I spoke to his father Anthony and he said, 'I followed you and you were one of the reasons I wanted Lewis as an F1 driver,'" he says. Ribbs believes Hamilton is doing a similarly inspiring job of ensuring F1 has an audience in the US for the future but of course has a uniquely Willy T attitude. “I see Lewis as the best ambassador for diversity and inclusion and I see Willy T Ribbs as the second best ambassador. "Having Lewis and Willy T as the chassis with F1 as the engine is the biggest thing for the sport that you're going to see in America now, F1 has never been bigger."

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Daniel Ricciardo still has the hunger for F1 but doesn't rule out giving NASCAR a shot one day

Daniel Ricciardo knows he's closer to the end of his F1 career than the start. (Author: Gardener)

Daniel RicciardoA Philadelphia-based vegan food company has accused Dunkin' and Beyond Meat of stealing its tagline. The donut chain and the plant-based meat giant teamed up a few years ago to create a vegan breakfast sandwich that was sold in Dunkin's stores. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Vegadelphia, contended that Dunkin Brands Inc and Beyond Meat Inc collectively "knew of this federally registered trademark from information and persuasion when they created the indistinguishable slogan "great taste, plant-based" for a celebrity." took over. loaded national ad campaign in support of their Beyond Sausage meat substitute menu item."

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F1 owner Liberty Media buys land in Las Vegas for $240 million

Formula 1 commercial rights holders Liberty Media are buying a $240 million property in Las Vegas to build the pit and paddock complex for a grand prix next year, they said on Friday. (Author: Gardener)

Liberty MediaMay 6 (Reuters) - Formula 1 commercial rights holders Liberty Media are buying a $240 million property in Las Vegas to build the pit and paddock complex for a grand prix next year, they said on Friday . Formula 1 and Liberty Media are promoting the race themselves with their entertainment company Live Nation and local stakeholders. "Liberty Media has entered into an agreement to acquire 39 acres east of the Strip to finalize track design and provide pit and paddock capacity," Liberty CEO Greg Maffei told analysts on a earnings call on the first quarter. "I expect the transaction to close in the second quarter and the purchase price to be $240 million. McLaren team principal Zak Brown, reacting to the news at the first Miami Grand Prix, said it was a positive move for the sport "I think Liberty's commitment to Formula 1 has been great," the American told reporters. “I think the fact that Liberty is bringing skin into play in certain parts of the business shows their commitment. “And they're doing it because they think it's going to help him grow, which is good for them and good for us.” Along the 6.12km course of the Las Vegas Grand Prix, drivers will be able to take in landmarks like the Blast by the Bellagio Fountain and Caesars Palace for an event expected to draw 170,000 fans.

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F1's Sebastian Vettel calls out a growing climate crisis ahead of the Miami Grand Prix

Ahead of the new F1 event, the Aston Martin driver said: "I find it alarming and I'm surprised that we're going to a place that won't be there in 50 years." (Author: Gardener)

Sebastian VettelMIAMI—Sebastian Vettel used his platform ahead of the Miami Grand Prix to highlight a growing global issue: climate change. At the opening party on Wednesday, the Aston Martin driver wore a t-shirt that read "Miami 2060 - 1st Grand Prix Underwater - Act Now or Swim Later". When asked if the message was addressed to politicians, Vettel told Sky Sports F1: "No, it's not a political message. I'm not a politician; I don't want to be political. I think that's a very human message. “I think it's great that we have a race [in Miami]. There are great people here and it will be very exciting next weekend. But I find it alarming and surprised that we're going to a place that won't be there in 50 years and everyone is doing and carrying on as usual. Vettel is right: climate change threatens in the coming years that the area will go under water. Flooding more than six feet above the tide line has the potential to fill Hard Rock Stadium with a foot and a half of water, according to analysis by Climate Central ahead of Miami's 2020 Super Bowl LIV. The flood event could occur "through a combination of sea level rise, high tide and storm surge," the report said. A 2019 report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts sea levels in southeast Florida will rise two and a half feet by 2060. Hard Rock Stadium is less than 10 feet above sea level. "The situation is very, very serious," Vettel told Sky Sports. "Obviously I wanted to express my feelings with the t-shirt, and rather than just drawing a dark cloud or a bad scenario, I thought I'd do it in a way that people could understand and maybe relate to. She doesn't try to take a political stand.

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Lewis Hamilton unhappy with F1 jewelry ban but takes off earrings despite threatening to sit out

Hamilton said he was willing not to host the Miami Grand Prix if F1 enforced a ban on jewelry, but later backed down (Author: Gardener)

Lewis HamiltonSeven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton used a Friday morning press conference to rail against an FIA ban on jewelry, but later backed down after a series of talks with FIA officials, according to a Press Association report . Hamilton will now remove his ear piercings for this weekend after indicating he is ready to sit out the Miami Grand Prix in defiance of F1 rules. FIA officials issued a notice to competitors on Thursday, explaining that "the wearing of jewelry (sic) in the form of piercings or metal necklaces is prohibited during competition and may therefore be checked before the start", as a reminder of a recent sanctions agency crackdown on drivers who wear jewellery. Hamilton has expressed that he feels unfairly offended by the rule and, as if to clarify, he showed up for his press conference seemingly wearing as many rings, necklaces, bracelets and watches as he could. "I feel like it's almost like a step backwards when you think about the steps we're taking as a sport and the more important issues and causes that we need to focus on," Hamilton said. I've been in sports for 16 years, I've been wearing jewelry for 16 years. In the car I always wear only my earrings and my nose ring, which I can't even take off. Hamilton then went on to state that he was willing to sit out the Miami Grand Prix, explaining that his team had a backup driver (Nick de Vries) and that "there's a lot to do in the city anyway". However, he later agreed to take out his earrings while receiving a two-race Therapeutic Use Exemption for his nose ring, which cannot be easily removed. The FIA ​​​​has banned drivers from wearing jewelry in the cockpit for several years - on the grounds that jewelry poses a safety risk that could, among other things, hinder medical intervention and emergency rescue in the event of a serious accident. But after several years of lax enforcement, the rule is now being enforced much more strictly by F1 racing director Niels Wittich and FIA President Mohamed ben Sulayem. Last week the FIA ​​gave Formula E drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Mitch Evans a harsh sentence for wearing necklaces in their cockpits, handing them a suspended €1,000 fine and adding a point to their licences. Off the track, Hamilton's disagreements with FIA officials over the jewelry ban are a distraction from what has been a dreadful start to the 2022 season for the seven-time world champion.

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I will not race if Formula 1 enforces jewelry ban

Lewis Hamilton said he will spend the weekend sightseeing in Miami rather than racing this weekend if the sport's governing body, the FIA, toughly enforces a ban on drivers wearing jewelry in cars. (Author: Gardener)

FormulaMIAMI — Lewis Hamilton has called Formula 1's ban on drivers wearing jewelry in cars "a step backwards" and "very silly" and said he would happily spend the weekend sightseeing in Miami rather than racing this weekend drive when the sport's governing body, the FIA ​​​​rigorously enforces the rule. Ahead of Sunday's Miami Grand Prix, race director Niels Wittich reminded drivers that under the FIA's International Sporting Code they are forbidden from wearing jewelry in cars, which was also lifted ahead of April's Australian Grand Prix. In Miami, the FIA ​​​​banned jewelry as part of a Technical Acceptance Declaration distributed to all teams and clarified what clothing drivers must wear under their overalls for safety reasons. Wittich's clarification: "The wearing of jewelry during competition can impede medical interventions as well as subsequent diagnosis and treatment if this should be necessary after an accident. The presence of jewelry can delay the emergency due to the risk of "snagging" Removal of rider safety equipment such as helmet, balaclava and overalls." be checked before take-off." Hamilton appeared to make a point in Friday morning's press conference as he wore multiple necklaces, rings on each finger and three watches, each set to a different time zone. "I couldn't wear any more jewelry today" , he joked when asked about the ban. Hamilton said he has two piercings that are difficult to remove. "I have platinum so it's not magnetic. In 16 years I've had so many MRI scans and I didn't have to take the platinum out because it wasn't easy." Hamilton, who added he was ready to sign a waiver absolving the FIA ​​of responsibility, could FIA President Mohammed bin Sulayem on Thursday but said he plans to discuss the issue ahead of Sunday's race."I feel like it's almost like a step backwards when you think about the steps we're taking as a sport and the bigger causes that we need to focus on," he added. "I think we've made really big strides as a sport. It's such a small thing. "I've been in sport for 16 years and I've been wearing jewelry for 16 years. In the car, I only ever wear my earrings and my nose ring, which I can't even take off." The four drivers sat next to Hamilton in the press conference, he offered his support. AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly said he would do without a n religious symbol not comfortable when he is racing. "I see [Hamilton's comments]. I think there are bigger things to focus on. "I have a religious item that I wear to races, which is important to me. I don't feel comfortable wearing it I don't have it in the car. I feel like it's personal, we should be free to do what. We believe it's the right thing for us. It should be a personal choice."

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