Around the world in 42 days: French sailor smashes solo record

Around the world in 42 days: French sailor smashes solo record

Updated December 18, 2017 06:59:50 Photo: French skipper Francois Gabart celebrated his world record in the Brest harbor in western France. (AP: Thibault Camus) Related Story: World-record-breaking sailor arrives home in France French sailor Francois Gabart has broken the record for sailing around the world alone, circumnavigating the planet in just 42 days and 16 hours. Key points: Francois Gabart beat the previous record by more than six days Organisers had tracked his journey by satellite A crowd of supporters waited to welcome him in nearby Brest That is more…

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Adelaide Lightning’s one-point loss to University of Canberra Capitals leaves finals hopes in the balance

Adelaide Lightning’s one-point loss to University of Canberra Capitals leaves finals hopes in the balance

ADELAIDE Lightning’s WNBL finals hopes are hanging by a thread following a heartbreaking one-point defeat to University of Canberra Capitals. A gutsy fightback after a sluggish start drew the Lightning level with 30 seconds remaining at the National Convention Centre on Sunday. But Jordan’s Hooper’s free throw at the death consigned Adelaide to an 88-87 loss and left it two wins adrift of the top four with three minor round games to play. Lightning assistant coach Jason Chainey praised the character of his side despite its playoff chances taking a…

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Lindsey Vonn strikes back with Val d'Isere win

Lindsey Vonn strikes back with Val d'Isere win

At 33, Vonn became the second oldest woman — after Elisabeth Goergl (33) — to win a World Cup race and closed the gap on the all-time record of victories. She trails record holder Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden by just eight World Cup wins. It was Vonn’s first victory since a downhill in Garmish-Partenkirchen, Germany, in January. She last won a super-G in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy in January 2016. The American clocked one minute 4.86 seconds on a shortened course in Val d’Isere, with Italian Sofia Goggia second in 1:05.17…

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Hamilton stays silent on Paradise Papers allegations

Hamilton stays silent on Paradise Papers allegations

But the Briton brushed aside talk about his financial arrangements ahead of Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix, preferring to focus on the track. “My team released a statement and I don’t have anything else to add to that,” Hamilton told reporters in Sao Paulo on Thursday. “I’m planning to keep the pressure exactly the same as it’s been generally all year … my mentality coming into this weekend is to try and win.” A statement issued by one of Hamilton’s representatives earlier this week refuted the allegations, saying that the F1…

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'We're watching Bradman here': Smith levels up yet again

'We're watching Bradman here': Smith levels up yet again

Posted December 16, 2017 07:20:42 Photo: The Australian captain’s domination has reminded some of grainy footage from a bygone era. (AAP: Dave Hunt) “We’re watching Bradman here.” There it was. None of the usual caveats. No appending of ‘esque’. No ‘best since’ modifiers. Nothing to hide behind. Watching Bradman, Donald George. It’s an idea that has been creeping up, harder to resist as Steven Peter Devereux Smith proceeds to pile up runs. As Jim Maxwell watched the latter at the WACA, dominating the second day of the third Ashes Test,…

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