Hamilton leads only practice session as F1 returns to Imola

IMOLA, Italy — Lewis Hamilton finished ahead of Max Verstappen in the only practice session for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on Saturday as Formula One returned to the Imola circuit for the first time since 2006.

Hamilton clocked 1 minute, 14.726 seconds on the Enzo and Dino Ferrari track to finish 0.297 ahead of Verstappen’s Red Bull.

Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas was third, 0.492 behind.

In a sign of F1’s progress, Hamilton was more than eight seconds faster than Michael Schumacher’s pole position time for the 2006 San Marino GP at Imola.

Mercedes can clinch a record seventh straight constructors’ title in Sunday’s race unless Red Bull outscores it by 34 points — something Red Bull hasn’t done in more than four years.

Only one 90-minute practice session was held as part of an abbreviated weekend inserted into the rescheduled calendar due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Pierre Gasly of Alphatauri was fourth and Charles Leclerc of Ferrari was fifth.

Qualifying was scheduled for later Saturday.

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PBA to set to resume games with new protocols in place

PBA games at the Angeles University Foundation gym. PBA PHOTO

SMART CLARK GIGA CITY — The Philippine Basketball Association will be resuming its games on Tuesday, November 3, following a new schedule of games.

Teams, meanwhile, can return to practices beginning Sunday, November 1.

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said the Department of Interior and Local Government has recommended to the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases the insertion of a marshal within the bubble to “to oversee and ensure the league’s compliance with [the new] health protocols.”

The league postponed its games and practice on Friday afternoon following the IATF’s drafting of new parameters.

Part of these new measures, according to Marcial, is the setting up of a temporary quarantine facility within Clark Freeport.

The league will be shelving a total of nine games before accommodating a new schedule, not counting the first three matches that were called off due to two false positive cases.


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Ronaldo COVID-free after 19 days but virus hits other Serie A teams

In this file photo taken on October 11, 2020 Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo jumps during the Nations League football match between France and Portugal, on October 11, 2020 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, outside Paris. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)

MILAN, Italy –  Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has tested negative for coronavirus after nearly three weeks but Serie A clubs Atalanta, Sassuolo, Crotone and Parma on Friday revealed new cases.

Ronaldo first tested positive for COVID-19 on October 13 while playing with Portugal.

“Ronaldo carried out a check with a diagnostic test (swab) for COVID-19. The exam provided a negative result,” the Italian champions said in a statement.

“The player has, therefore, recovered after 19 days and is no longer subjected to home isolation.”

Juventus next play at promoted Spezia on Sunday, with all matches now behind closed doors.

Serie A leaders AC Milan also announced that defender Matteo Gabbia, goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and striker Jens Petter Hauge have all tested negative.

Donnarumma and Hauge “are authorized to return to training” before unbeaten Milan travel to Udinese on Sunday, with Gabbia “undergoing medical screening” on Saturday.

A record number of over 31,000 people on Friday tested positive for COVID-19 in a 24-hour period in Italy.

The 35-year-old Ronaldo had missed four games including Wednesday’s 2-0 Champions League defeat to Lionel Messi’s Barcelona, and Juventus’s 2-0 win at Dynamo Kiev in their Group G opener.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s return will be a boost for Andrea Pirlo’s faltering side who are fifth in Serie A, four points behind leaders AC Milan.

Ronaldo scored three goals in Juventus’s first two league games — a 3-0 win over Sampdoria and both goals in a 2-2 draw at AS Roma.

But the nine-time reigning champions have been held to three

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