Melbourne speed kid to take son of Schumacher’s spot

The 19-year-old won the Formula Renault Eurocup title in 2019 before moving up to F3 last year, taking the title in a nail-biting final race of the season at Mugello.

Piastri described himself as ”super excited” to be with the team.

”We had a very successful 2020 season and Prema has proven to be the team to beat once again in F2 this year, so I’m extremely happy to be moving into the championship with them.”

René Rosin, Prema’s Team Principal, said of Piastri: “Not only he is a talented racer with outstanding speed skills. He has a clear understanding of the complexities of today’s motorsports and he is extremely adaptable.

”Having witnessed his progress and success throughout the 2020 season, taking our relationship to the next step for the 2021 FIA Formula 2 Championship felt like the natural thing to do and we look forward to having him on-track right from Bahrain.”

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TNT books a spot in the PBA Philippine Cup finals

The TNT Tropang Giga advanced to the finals of the PBA Philippine Cup
after beating the Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters, 91-81, in their semifinal rubber match on Friday. — (PBA Images)

By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

The TNT Tropang Giga booked a spot in the finals of the PBA Philippine Cup following their 91-81 victory over the Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters in their semifinal rubber match on Friday at the Angeles University Foundation Sports Arena in Pampanga.

The steadier team throughout the match, TNT frustrated Phoenix on its way to barging into the championship of the Philippine Basketball Association All-Filipino Cup, where it was last in seven years ago.

Ray Parks Jr. led the way for the Tropang Giga in the win, churning out all-around numbers of 26 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.

The contest got off to a competitive start, with the teams knotted at 10-all midway into the opening quarter, before TNT sprinted to build a 25-20 lead at the end of the first 12 minutes.

In the second quarter, offense tapered off a bit as defense was stepped up by both ends.

The score was at 40-34, in favor of the Tropang Giga, at the halftime break.

Phoenix tried to make its move in the third period, led by Calvin Abueva, but still found the going tough with TNT ready for everything its opponent threw en route to padding its lead to nine points, 62-53, heading into the final canto.

The Tropang Giga went for the jugular early in the fourth quarter, stretching their advantage to 16 points, 83-67, with 3:26 to go.

The Fuel Masters tried to make a last-ditch attempt to salvage the victory after, but could only come to within eight points, 89-81, with 32 seconds to go before TNT went to close things out.

Guard Simon Enciso finished with 12 points to backstop Mr. Parks, with Roger Pogoy, Jayson Castro and Jay Washington each adding 11 markers.

For Phoenix, who came just a win away from making its first-ever PBA finals appearance, it was Mr. Abueva who led with 23 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and three blocks.

Matthew Wright had 13 points with Jason Perkins tallying 11 points and 11 boards. TNT was awaiting its opponent in the finals between the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings and Meralco Bolts, who were to play in their own semifinal winner-take-all later on Friday.

The best-of-seven PBA Philippine Cup finals begin on Sunday, Nov. 29.

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Melbourne Stars down Perth Scorchers by seven wickets to earn spot in WBBL final

The Melbourne Stars’ remarkable turnaround has continued after cruising past the Perth Scorchers by seven wickets to earn a place in their maiden WBBL final.

Last year’s wooden spooners crushed the Scorchers at North Sydney Oval on Wednesday night, securing the victory with 22 balls to spare, to advance to Saturday’s decider.

Captain Meg Lanning’s decision to bowl first paid dividends, with the Stars restricting dangerous openers Beth Mooney (27) and Sophie Devine (12) before running through the Perth line-up.

Spinner Alana King had the middle-order in knots, taking all the key wickets to finish with economical figures of 3-16.

Former Australia batter Nicole Bolton saved some face for Perth, compiling a vital 32 to help the Scorchers post 8-125 from their 20 overs.

The Stars experienced some nervous moments, particularly when medium-pacer Heather Graham clean-bowled Lanning (22) with a stunning seaming delivery.

But English allrounder Nat Sciver (47 not out) and teen sensation Annabel Sutherland (30 not out) guided the Stars home with a commanding 67-run partnership.

The Stars, who had previously never finished a season higher than fifth, will take on the winner of Thursday night’s semi-final between two-time defending champions Brisbane Heat and the Sydney Thunder in the final.

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Greg Chappell urges Australia to find Test spot for Will Pucovski

All signs, however, are pointing to Burns retaining his place, with coach and selector Justin Langer and captain Tim Paine having highlighted the success of his combination with Warner last summer.

Warner, who national selector Trevor Hohns revealed would be consulted before a final call was made, did his best to remain impartial when speaking to reporters on Monday, but said: “For me, you don’t break something that is working”.

Will Pucovski has starred as an opener for Victoria this season.Credit:Getty Images

Pucovski could still find his way into the XI following next month’s Australia A match against the Indians in Sydney in which he and Burns are both playing. And with only two first-class matches under his belt as an opener, there is the potential his Test debut could come in the middle order not at opener, possibly at the expense of Matthew Wade.

Whatever the case Greg Chappell, who retired from the national selection panel after the Ashes tour last year, believes the 22-year-old’s successive double centuries in his only two matches for the season demand inclusion.

“I think Pucovski has done enough. He’s a player of the future, he’s a potential champion,” he told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age on Monday. “The sooner he plays and works out what he’s got to do at that level, the sooner he becomes the player we think he can be.

“My belief has always been and will always be [that] you ignore youth at your peril. The safe selection isn’t necessarily the best selection.”

His comments follow those of brother and fellow former Test captain Ian Chappell, who in a series of weekend media appearances said now was the time to blood Pucovski.

“Burns isn’t your future,” Ian Chappell told Nine on Sunday.


The younger Chappell was a Test selector on the first occasion Pucovski was chosen in an Australian Test squad, for the two-match series against Sri Lanka in early 2019. The emerging star ended up withdrawing for mental health reasons and also made himself unavailable just before he was going to be named in the Test squad last summer.

Pucovski’s welfare remains an obvious concern but he has declared himself ready for a Test call-up.

“The biggest challenge for him this year would have been having to go into the bubble in Adelaide,” Greg Chappell said. “He seems to have coped with that well enough and he’s made runs.

“The reason you want him to play now is because David Warner and Steve Smith are there. They’re the blokes you want him to learn from. He’s not going to learn any more from playing with blokes at first-class cricket but he can learn a lot from playing alongside Warner, Smith, [Marnus] Labuschagne and whoever else is in that international batting line-up.”

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Pavlesic and Kaye vying for Sydney FC keeper spot

Sydney FC’s goalkeeping crisis has led to a selection showdown between teenage custodians Adam Pavlesic or Levi Kaye for an AFC Champions League berth.Already without first-choice gloveman Andrew Redmayne, who stayed in Australia for the birth of his child, the Sky Blues’ goalkeeping stocks took another hit in Qatar on Thursday night when deputy keeper Tom Heward-Belle was sent off in his side’s 2-1 loss to Chinese club Shanghai SIPG.

With Sydney’s Champions League campaign on life support after picking up just three points from match, a baptism of fire awaits either Pavlesic or Kaye in the Sky Blues’ must-win Group H match against South Korean club Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors on Wednesday night.

Pavlesic, 18, is a Sydney scholarship contract holder, while 19-year-old Kaye plays for the club’s NPL team.

“It’s up to one of them to train well and we’ll make a decision,” Sydney coach Steve Corica said in contemplating which of the two young keepers would replace the suspended Heward-Belle, who was red-carded for handling the ball outside his penalty area.

“We’ve got four or five days before our next match so we’ll see how they cope with the pressure.

“What they’ve got to see it as is an opportunity. It’s about taking the chances when they come and this is an opportunity for one of those young boys to do that – it’s as simple as that.”

Corica was not able to substitute an outfield player to bring on either Pavlesic or Kaye after Heward-Belle’s stoppage-time send off because Sydney had already used their three second-half windows for substitutions.

As a result, Socceroos fullback Rhyan Grant was used between the posts for the dying stages of a contest Sydney could easily have won had they taken their chances.

Sydney led 1-0 at half-time through a Trent Buhagiar goal but it could have been 3-0 had they not wasted at least two golden opportunities.

A Shanghai side inspired by Socceroos midfielder Aaron Mooy made the Sky Blues pay for their wastefulness, with a Li Shenglong second-half double sealing SIPG’s win.

“We deserved more but you’ve got to take your chances when they come,” Corica said.

“That’s the whole point of this competition. If you don’t do that you get punished. We only got the one goal and sometimes that’s not enough.

“We have to start winning games. Draws aren’t enough for us at the moment.”

Late Qatar arrival Anthony Caceres will be available to take on Jeonbuk but fellow midfielder Luke Brattan could again be sidelined with the hamstring injury that forced him to miss Thursday night’s loss.

Corica was on Friday night awaiting the results of defender Ryan McGowan’s latest COVID-19 test. If it came back negative, McGowan was set to travel from Scotland to Qatar on Saturday.

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Montreal Impact secure playoff spot with 3-2 victory over D.C. United – Montreal

Romell Quioto scored the go-ahead goal in the 88th minute as the Montreal Impact secured a playoff spot with a 3-2 win over D.C. United on Sunday at Audi Field.

The result gave Montreal the No. 9 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Impact will visit the New England Revolution in a play-in match on Nov. 20.

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Victor Wanyama tied the game in the 74th minute with a powerful header off a corner kick.

Donovan Pines put the hometown side on the board with a goal at the nine-minute mark.

Bojan pulled Montreal even four minutes later. Ola Kamara restored United’s lead in the 33rd minute.

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Hodge in line for Wallabies starting spot

He’s honoured by comparisons to Adam Ashley-Cooper but utility ace Reece Hodge craves a return to the Wallabies starting line-up, and it could happen this Saturday night.

After being a regular in Australia’s starting XV since debuting in 2016, Hodge has come off the bench in the first three Bledisloe Cup clashes with the All Blacks.

But the 26-year-old looms as a serious option to replace either inside centre Irae Simone or winger Filipo Daugunu for this week’s final trans-Tasman Test of the year at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has conceded that Hodge’s versatility “probably” counted against him when considered for a starting role.

But with Rennie likely to add some much-needed experience to the backline in pursuit of a face-saving victory over the All Blacks, Hodge is a frontrunner for inclusion.

“The great thing about Reece is he covers the whole backline bar nine. So he gives us genuine versatility there,” Rennie said.

“He’s a big man, he’s got a very good kicking game. We’ve been really impressed with his ability to square up the attack.”

Hodge has started in 30 of his 41 Tests and proved with his near-60-metre shot that hit the upright in Wellington that he can also handle goalkicking duties.

“Obviously anyone in the whole squad here would love to be starting against the All Blacks. They’ve been the best team in the world for a number of years now,” he told AAP.

“In saying that, any time you get the chance to pull on a Wallabies jersey, whether it’s No.1 or No.23, you’d jump at it. It’s such a privilege to represent your family and everyone else in Australia in that jersey.

“I’m not going to sit here and lie and say I’m not going to push for a starting berth, like everyone else in the squad would.”

Having worn the numbers 15, 14, 13, 12, 11 and 10 for the Wallabies, it’s little wonder he’s become Australia’s Mr Fix It, a tag Ashley-Cooper wore for 121 Tests.

“It’s not the worst comparison,” he said.

“He’s obviously a 100-Test Wallaby, four World Cups and had a pretty impressive career and someone I definitely looked up to when I was coming through when I was younger.

“I definitely wouldn’t mind being compared to ‘Swoop’.”

Rennie will name his team on Thursday, with the match doubling as the second game of the Tri Nations tournament, meaning the Wallabies must win to retain any hope of landing some silverware in 2020.

Lock Lukhan Salakaia-Loto needed scans for an ankle injury but the Wallabies on Monday were hopeful he’d be fit for selection.

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