Canadian F1 driver Lance Stroll reveals he tested positive for COVID-19

SILVERSTONE, England — Canadian Formula One driver Lance Stroll said he intends to race at the Portuguese Grand Prix this week after finishing a period of self-isolation following a positive test for the coronavirus.

Stroll, who drives for Racing Point, pulled out of the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nurburgring a day before the Oct. 11 race because he felt unwell and said Wednesday he later tested positive for COVID-19.

In a post on Instagram, the Montreal native said he spent 10 days at home in self-isolation with mild symptoms and returned a negative test on Monday.

"I feel in great shape," the Canadian driver wrote, "and I can’t wait to be back with the team and to race in Portugal."

Stroll, who was replaced by Nico Hulkenberg at the Eifel GP, is in ninth place in the drivers’ standings on 57 points.

The first practice at Algarve is Friday.

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‘Pearl Next Door’ queen Adrianna So finally gets her time to shine

Adrianna So in a teaser poster for “Pearl Next Door.” Image: The IdeaFirst Company

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Finally landing a lead role after seven years in the biz — and in the midst of a pandemic — is a feat not lost on Adrianna So, the star of the upcoming girls’ love series “Pearl Next Door.”

“This is all too surreal. I never imagined this could happen,” So told INQUIRER.net. “I dreamed of it, yes, but I didn’t really think it was possible.”

“So I feel very honored but at the same time very pressured. I just hope I can live up to the expectations.”

It was through The IdeaFirst Company that she got her breakout role in the hit and widely praised boys’ love (BL) series “Gameboys,” where she portrayed charming BFF and fan-dubbed “bi queen” Pearl Gatdula who made sure that #LoveWins for #CaiReel (Elijah Canlas as Cairo and Kokoy De Santos as Gavreel).

IdeaFirst will soon deliver one of the first GL series in the country this October. As with “Gameboys,” it is secretive of the release date; fans’ only clue so far is that it could air on a Friday. The series is directed by Ivan Andrew Payawal of “Gameboys” and written by Keavy Vicente.

“Pearl deserves to have her own series. There’s more to her than being a shipper,” Vicente told INQUIRER.net of the decision to create “PND.”

Who is your girl, Pearl?

“PND” revealed its cast last August, comprised of Iana Bernardez, Phillip Hernandez, Rachel Coates and Cedrick Juan.

The whole team has been tight-lipped about details of the show. So could only say, “[You’re] going to see different layers of Pearl for sure.”

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Folayang returns to Singapore as comeback bid begins

Former lightweight champion Eduard Folayang. INQUIRER PHOTO/TRISTAN TAMAYO

MANILA, Philippines — Brimming with confidence, former two-time ONE lightweight world champion Eduard Folayang hopes to rediscover his form in the same place he’s celebrated his most memorable victories.

Folayang has fallen off the rankings after dropping three of his last four fights, including a split decision loss to Pieter Buist last January in Manila.

But a ring return to Singapore for ONE: Inside the Matrix may be just what the Team Lakay legend needs to get back on track in hopes of contending for a title again.

“It always starts in Singapore,” said Folayang, who left for Singapore Wednesday along with his coach Mark Sangiao, in Filipino during Tuesday’s PSA Forum webcast.

“This fight is really important for myself, my team and the country as well because we want to get the belt for the third time and it always starts in Singapore because I’ve had good experiences there.”

Folayang (22-9), is 6-1 in Singapore and it was in the Lion City where the Filipino MMA icon delivered the biggest win of his career when he stopped Japanese legend Shinya Aoki to capture the lightweight crown for the first time.

Though, upbeat, victory won’t come easy for Folayang against Australian Antonio Caruso (7-1).

Another loss could be the final blow to the 36-year-old Folayang’s bid for to reclaim the belt.

Despite his ward’s predicament, Sangiao has no doubt Folayang’s time is not yet over.

“We’re claiming this. We’re claiming Eduard to be the lightweight champion again. I believe in him, and for as long as the fire is still there I believe he can still do it.”


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