Hamilton gets empty feeling thinking about F1 without fans

PARIS — Driving around Formula One tracks without fans cheering at Silverstone and Monza would literally feel “very empty” for world champion Lewis Hamilton.

The first 10 races this season have been postponed or cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the iconic Monaco Grand Prix scrapped for the first time in 66 years.

F1 remains hopeful that the season can start in early July with a doubleheader at the Austrian Grand Prix, and that 15 to 18 of the 22 scheduled races can yet be completed.

But all of them would be held without any spectators until it is safe.

“It’s going to be very empty,” Hamilton said on Saturday, evoking the subdued atmosphere of preseason testing in Spain.

“For us it’s going to be like a test day, probably even worse than a test day in a sense,” the Mercedes driver said. “On a test day there’s not a huge amount of people in Barcelona, but there are still some.”

However, any racing would provide a welcome boost to people during lockdown.

“I’m getting messages from people around the world who are struggling during this period because they’re not getting to watch sports,” Hamilton said in a video posted online by Mercedes. “It just shows just how significant sport is in people’s lives, it brings us all together and it’s so exciting and captivating. I don’t know how exciting it is going to be for people watching it on TV, but it’s going to be better than nothing.”

Hamilton was praised for publicly questioning whether the season-opening Australian GP should go ahead on March 15. It was eventually cancelled, but only two days beforehand and with fans still queuing up.
Hamilton had used the first official news conference with F1 drivers to say he was shocked that organizers planned

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Ligue 1 Team of the Season 2019/20: PSG’s Neymar, Mbappe and Di Maria among attacking weapons

For most leagues around the world, the 2019/20 season hasn’t officially concluded but given its suspension because of COVID-19, its continuation – should it resume – would almost feel like a new mini-campaign to check off the remaining fixtures.

As such, it seems only fair to acknowledge the players who have performed admirably during the course of the normal campaign.

We’re putting together the Team of the Season for each of Europe’s top five leagues.

In this edition, we picked 22 of the best performing players in Ligue 1 and, with your help, narrow it down to the best XI. France’s top flight has been ended with Paris Saint-Germain officially crowned champions with a 12-point lead and a game in hand.

Using polls on our Instagram Stories, we pit players in each position against each other and let you decide who deserves to make the cut.

Predictably, PSG boast the most entrants with Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria, Marquinhos and Idrissa Gueye making the cut. However, there are four inclusions from Rennes as well after a fine season sees them occupy third place in the standings.

Follow our Instagram page to get involved. Here’s what our Ligue 1 Team of the Season looks like:

GK: Predrag Rajkovic (Reims)

Having spent the last four seasons with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Predrag Rajkovic had managed to remain one of the best kept secrets where goalkeeping talent is concerned. The 24-year-old is a well-rounded keeper with no significant weakness while his handling and reliability is where he excels. After a superb campaign with Stade Reims during which he kept the most clean sheets (12) and conceded the fewest goals (21), he’s certainly not flying under the radar anymore.

RB: Hamari Traore (Rennes)

Hamari Traore

Hamari Traore is attracting a lot of interest from clubs around

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McGregor accepts ‘challenge’ but De La Hoya says there isn’t one

Irish mixed martial arts artist Conor McGregor arrives for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)

MANILA, Philippines — Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor has accepted Oscar De La Hoya’s challenge to a boxing match.

The only problem is that there was never any challenge as far as De La Hoya is concerned.

“I accept your challenge, Oscar de la Hoya,” McGregor posted on Twitter Friday.

McGregor’s tweet was a response to De La Hoya’s claim that he would knockout the former UFC featherweight and lightweight king in two rounds if both of them would figure in a boxing fight.

The 47-year-old De La Hoya, a retired six-division boxing champion, though, cleared his comments were just answers during a recent interview with Brian Campbell on CBS Sports’ “State of Combat” podcast and nothing more.

“For the record: McGregor, I never challenged you. I was just asked a question and I simply spoke the truth…” De La Hoya tweeted Saturday.

The 31-year-old McGregor has fought only once inside the boxing ring when he lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. via TKO in 2017.

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