Bottas beats Hamilton to take pole for Eifel Grand Prix

NURBURG, Germany — Valtteri Bottas ended Lewis Hamilton’s run of five consecutive Formula One pole positions by claiming first place on the grid at the Eifel Grand Prix on Saturday.

Hamilton briefly sat atop the time charts after toppling Max Verstappen in the third session, but his teammate Bottas sped through seconds later with an unbeatable time, fastest in all three sectors of the Nurburgring track.

“It’s such a nice feeling when you get it done the last lap,” the Finnish driver said, adding his final run was “spot on.”

Bottas’ time beat Hamilton by .256 seconds and Verstappen by .293. Ferrari recovered a little ground after a miserable run of races, with Charles Leclerc qualifying fourth and Sebastian Vettel 11th.

Teams went into qualifying with much less information about the track conditions than usual after bad weather wiped out both Friday practices, leaving only one hour on Saturday to perfect the setups. It was especially hard for teams to get the most grip from their tires in chilly conditions in western Germany.

Sunday’s race could be held in temperatures of just 8 degrees Celsius (47 F), making it easily one of the coldest races in recent years.

“If it’s any colder than this, I’m going to have to race with my scarf on,” Hamilton joked after qualifying.

The cold makes it hard to get heat into the tires, which can cause understeer. Driving slowly behind the safety car if there’s an accident will cause the tires to cool down even more. However, the weather could also allow drivers to use the same set of tires for longer.

“We’re all in the same boat. I don’t really know how far the tires will go, but when it gets a bit cooler, generally they can go a bit further,” Hamilton said.

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Unseeded Iga Swiatek defeats Sofia Kenin to capture French Open title

PARIS — Minutes after suddenly becoming a Grand Slam champion at age 19, while ranked just 54th, Iga Swiatek held a microphone during the French Open trophy presentation and was hesitant for pretty much the only time over the past two weeks.

“First of all, I’m not very good at speeches,” Swiatek began, haltingly, “so, sorry, because I won my last tournament like two years ago, and I really don’t know who to thank.”

When she’s got a racket in her hand, it’s a whole different story. With the poise of a veteran and the shots of a champion, Swiatek wrapped up a dominating run at Roland Garros, grabbing the last six games to beat Sofia Kenin 6-4, 6-1 in Saturday’s final.

“Two years ago, I won a junior Grand Slam, and right now I’m here. It feels like such a short time,” Swiatek said, her voice cracking. “I’m just overwhelmed.”

Swiatek (pronounced shvee-ON’-tek) is the first Polish tennis player to win a major singles trophy and said, “I know it’s pretty crazy back home” — where one newspaper’s front page was splashed with the headline “Poland Garros” ahead of the final.

When she smacked one last heavy-topspin forehand winner to claim her first tour-level title of any sort, Swiatek placed her right hand over her mouth and crouched, shaking her head.

Hard to believe? Maybe. This was, after all, only her seventh major tournament; she’d never been past the fourth round.

“It’s, like, a life-changing experience,” Swiatek said. “Yeah, I just feel like I kind of made history.”

The way she played these two weeks — with those great groundstrokes, the occasional drop shot, terrific returning and impressive court coverage — made this outcome less of a surprise.

Kenin said Swiatek’s “spinny forehand up the line” bounces high enough

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Ariadna Gutierrez says ‘ghost’ comment on Pia Wurtzbach was misunderstood

Ariadna Gutierrez (left) and Pia Wurtzbach (Images: Instagram/@gutierrezary, @piawurtzbach)

Colombian beauty queen Ariadna Gutierrez stated that many had misunderstood her recent comment about Pia Wurtzbach, whom she likened to a ghost.

Gutierrez said people “don’t ever understand” the remark, which she made in an interview with Miss Colombia 2017 Laura Barjum and one Hector Cermeno.

Following the backlash Gutierrez received on social media, a fan explained in an Instagram comment that the Colombian beauty queen did not say anything wrong. The supporter (@aylindaflo) pointed out that Gutierrez simply did not see Wurtzbach often, which made her compare the latter to a ghost.

The fan also noted that “she was like a ghost” is a Colombian expression, as seen in a screenshot posted by the local pageant website Pageanthology 101 on Facebook.

Ariadna Gutierrez, 2015 Miss Universe 1st Runner-Up, responds to her supporter in instagram explaining her comment…

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She then stressed that Gutierrez underestimated Wurtzbach until the final night of the competition. Gutierrez replied to the fan, saying, “@aylindaflo bruh I know!!”

“[E]xactly what I said but [people] don’t ever understand what I said smh (shaking my head),” she added. “[T]hank you for saying it HOW IT IS.”

The beauty queen also said she felt sad for the kind Filipinos she has met, who are not like those who bashed her over the remark.

Gutierrez now seems to be taking the backlash in stride as she shared a quote by author Orrin Woodward on Oct. 8. The phrase said: “Learn to use the criticism as fuel and you will never run out of energy.”

Following the viral interview, Radost Todorova, who represented Bulgaria in Miss Universe 2015, criticized Gutierrez for her comment as well. However, she clarified that she did not mean to offend

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