Verstappen storms to unlikely victory over Mercedes duo

SILVERSTONE, England — Max Verstappen sprung what could be the surprise of the Formula One season by beating Lewis Hamilton to win the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Red Bull driver crossed the line at Silverstone 11.3 seconds clear of Hamilton, with Valtteri Bottas third.

“I didn’t see it coming but after the first stint it seemed we were really good on tires,” Verstappen said after his ninth career win. “We had a lot of pace in the car. I didn’t have any tire issues and we kept pushing.

“It was an incredible result to win, so everything worked out well and I am very happy.”

Mercedes had been expected to cruise to its fifth win from as many rounds this season. But both Hamilton and Bottas struggled with their tires to clear the way for Verstappen to take an unlikely win.

“It was a massive challenge,” Hamilton said. “Congrats to the Red Bull team and to Max. They didn’t have the problems we had today.

“It was definitely unexpected to have the blistering as hardcore. as we experienced. I was nervous the tire was going to explode but I am grateful I managed to progress and get through the race.”

Charles Leclerc finished fourth for Ferrari ahead of Red Bull’s Alexander Albon. Racing Point’s Lance Stroll of Montreal was sixth. Toronto’s Nicholas Latifi was 19th.

Hamilton will head to next week’s Spanish Grand Prix with a 30-point championship lead over second-place Verstappen. Hamilton has 107 points, Verstappen 77 and Bottas 73.

Hamilton’s Mercedes team has been the class act of the field this year and, after pole-sitter Bottas beat Hamilton to the first corner, it looked as though it would be a straight fight between the all-black cars for victory.

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Jerwin Ancajas raring to unify belts

FILE – Jerwin Ancajas of the Philippines gestures to fans after defeating Ryuichi Funai of Japan in their 12-round super flyweight IBF world title fight in Stockton, California on May 4, 2019. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

MANILA, Philippines — Staying in just one weight class for so long has been somewhat unheard of in the current boxing landscape with fighters usually tend to jump from one division to another.

World champions usually take this path to earn more lucrative deals or test their skills against the best in the sport and this is what Jerwin Ancajas also dreams of.

Ancajas (32-1-2) has reigned as the IBF super flyweight world champion since September of 2016 when he defeated McJoe Arroyo for the strap.

And while one of his top goals is to become an undisputed champion, Ancajas knows a lot of factors come into play before fights are made and it largely depends on the promoter.

“I want to become the undisputed champion but I think that’s a difficult achievement to get because even though the other champions say that they want to fight me or I say that I want to fight them the fights still depend on the promoter,” said Ancajas in Filipino in a Zoom interview with Inquirer Sunday.

“There are promoters who want to protect their fighters, that’s what I’ve come to learn in boxing.”

Ancajas said that if he doesn’t become an undisputed champion, then the next best thing for him is to be a unified super flyweight champion instead before considering climbing up.

“My dream is to unify my belt with at least one more then maybe I’ll move up in weight,” said Ancajas.

The 28-year-old southpaw’s wish, though, could become a reality soon.

Ancajas still has a penciled title defense against

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Manchester salvos come at just the right time for unlikely heroes Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes

A bold counter-attack from Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler saw England get away with daylight robbery in Manchester, as the hosts returned from the jaws of defeat to snatch victory over a spirited Pakistan.

Being notoriously slow starters in a Test series is a reputation which has stuck with England in the recent past, but they took it to a completely new level at Old Trafford before scripting a sensational fourth innings run chase.

Having been completely outplayed by the visitors for the best part of three days, Joe Root’s side will count themselves lucky to have sneaked a victory in an enthralling finish on Saturday. At the forefront of their thrilling win in the opening Test were two of the most unlikely heroes in Woakes and Buttler.

Going from villain to hero over the course of four days, Buttler produced a batting performance that might have just saved his England Test career. His diminishing returns with the bat over the past two years had already been under the microscope, and question marks over his place in the side were only raised further after a poor wicketkeeping display in the recent series win over the West Indies.

His multiple dropped catches in Manchester could have proved costly for him and England, with a CricViz analysis showing that those lapses had cost the team as many as 84 runs. Hence, the pressure on his shoulders was immense when he came out to bat at 106-4 on Day Four.

He could only watch from the other end when a Shaheen Afridi delivery absolutely took off from a length to hit Ollie Pope’s gloves. In the same phase of play, Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah was starting to torment the batsmen by making excellent use of the big rough on a deteriorating pitch.

To

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