Lewis Hamilton wins British GP to close in on Schumacher’s record

SILVERSTONE, England — Lewis Hamilton held on to win the British Grand Prix on Sunday despite a puncture on the last lap to clinch an 87th career win and move within four of Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record.

The championship leader’s record-extending seventh Silverstone win saw him finish six seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who unexpectedly moved up a place after Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas sustained a puncture with three laps left.

With Hamilton so far ahead, Verstappen went in for a tire change in a bid to gain an extra point for the fastest lap but that pit stop ultimately cost him victory because Hamilton’s front left shredded with half a lap to go. Verstappen swallowed up most of the 25-second gap but ran out of time.

“I definitely haven’t experienced anything like that. I thought my heart was going to stop,” Hamilton said. “Up until that last lap everything was relatively smooth sailing. When I heard his (Bottas’ tire) went I looked at mine and it seemed fine.”

Charles Leclerc finished third for Ferrari with Daniel Ricciardo fourth for improving Renault and British driver Lando Norris fifth for McLaren.

“It was a very tricky race,” said Leclerc after his second podium of the season. “I am very happy with how I managed the tires from beginning to the end.”

When his tire melted, Bottas had to come back for a tire change and dropped out of the points altogether into 11th spot and 30 points behind Hamilton in the title race after four races.

Sebastian Vettel, a four-time F1 champion, placed 10th and has now failed to get into the top five for his worst start to a season since 2008.

Montreal’s Lance Stroll was ninth while Toronto’s Nicholas Latifi was 15th.

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Unbeaten Mark Magsayo set for Sept. 23 bout in LA

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MANILA, Philippines — Undefeated featherweight Mark Magsayo is set to make his MP Promotions debut on Sept. 23, more than a year since he last fought.

As per RingTV.com, Magsayo’s bout will be on a Premier Boxing Champions card and will be pitted against a “solid” young fighter who will help boost the Bohol native’s progress, according to MP Promotions president Sean Gibbons.

Gibbons added that Magsayo, who signed with MP Promotions last March, is “two or three fights” away from contending for a world title.

Magsayo (20-0, 14 KOs) is expected to fight at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles without fans as a precaution against COVID-19 especially with the state of California tallying more than 500,000 positive cases as of posting time.

Philboxing, though, reported that Magsayo is set to face Jose Haro (15-1-1, 8 KOs).

Magsayo’s last match was a unanimous decision win over Panya Uthok in Tagbilaran City and he’s prepared himself tirelessly since arriving in Los Angeles in July.

Training under famed trainer Freddie Roach at Wild Card Gym, Magsayo has sparred with larger welterweights in Viktor Postol and Aram Amirkhanyan while also throwing hands with junior featherweight Azat Hovhannisyan before the Los Angeles county ordered the closure of indoor training facilities due to the pandemic.

The 25-year-old Magsayo continued to train outdoors with conditioning coach Justin Fortune at open-air facilities like UCLA’s track and public places like Pan Pacific Park and Griffith Park where Manny Pacquiao also works on his conditioning during his past training camps in LA.


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‘We were complacent’: Lampard fumes after Chelsea’s FA Cup loss

Chelsea’s English head coach Frank Lampard arrives for the UEFA Champion’s League round of 16 first leg football match between Chelsea and Bayern Munich at Stamford Bridge in London on February 25, 2020. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)

Frank Lampard accused his Chelsea flops of complacency after they blew the lead in Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat against Arsenal.

Lampard’s side made the perfect start at Wembley as Christian Pulisic fired them ahead.

But Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang equalized from the penalty spot before halftime and made it 2-1 with a fine finish after the interval.

“We started well for 10 or 15 minutes, scored a goal and had other chances. From that point, we can only blame ourselves in football terms,” Chelsea boss Lampard told the BBC.

“We decided to take control as in being complacent, let’s try and play short passes like it is a bit of a stroll. A final can never be a stroll and we allowed them back into the game.”

Lampard had tried to get his players to refocus, but he conceded Chelsea have been hampered by a lack of cutting edge and defensive mistakes all season.

They weren’t helped by the extremely harsh second half dismissal of midfielder Mateo Kovacic and injuries to Pulisic and Cesar Azpilicueta.

Denied his first trophy as Chelsea boss, Lampard couldn’t hide his frustration.

“All I can do form the sidelines is shout. There are elements in our game that we have worked hard on all year, but that is in you as a group,” he said.

“We were slow, we played back on ourselves, invited pressure, then didn’t really know where to go from that. We didn’t play well enough to win a final.

“It doesn’t help to have two hamstrings (Azpilicueta and Pulisic) and a

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