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Keke Rosberg is well known for not interfering in the racing affairs of his son. In any case, there is not much he can say when comparing his championship finale in 1982 with Nicos encounter this weekend. The only vague similarity would appear to be that both races were in a desert region: father in Nevada; son in Abu Dhabi. Otherwise, nothing stacks up.Keke had won just a single race during a bizarre season; Nico, so far, has claimed nine during a much longer and more predictable campaign. Even when it comes to similar strategic necessities, their respective tactical methods are diametrically opposed.Nico, despite having the points advantage, has eschewed a conservative approach and says he intends to treat this weekend like any other by going for the win. Keke only needed to finish fifth (or higher) back in the day when P5 was worth two points. And that was his sole intention - particularly after qualifying sixth.Caution was the watchword in the Williams pit (there was no garage as such, all of the teams being housed in a nearby convention centre). With the unimaginative track defined by concrete walls zigzagging through a car park at the back of Caesars Palace, it seemed sensible to accept that first lap skirmishes could result in damage (even allowing for no nose wings at all, never mind the aerodynamic sculptures hanging off the front of todays F1 cars).Pit stops were not part of the race strategy in 1982 but the Williams mechanics could be seen diligently practising changes of suspension parts, the theory being that they could pull in Rosberg if necessary, carry out repairs and still finish fifth. In such an event, a lap chart would be even more essential than usual.There was no computerised timing 34 years ago. Frank kept the Williams lap chart as he sat at the pit wall. With so much riding on the result in Las Vegas, however, the boss needed to supervise all aspects of the running of this race - which ruled out keeping an accurate lap chart.On race morning, I had wandered over to the Williams motorhome (a Winnebago; not the pre-fabricated edifices we see today) to have a brief chat with Keke who, in tee shirt and jeans, was chilling outside and enjoying a cigarette. Frank was anything but relaxed; a human dynamo restlessly moving around. Looking tense, he beckoned me inside the motorhome. Thinking I was about to be interrogated over something I had written, I was not prepared for what came next.Dyou think youd be able to keep our lap chart? I mean, what do you say? I kept a lap chart at every race (it was the only means of recording the story). But to do it here, by the Williams pit wall, sun blazing down, the championship depending on it? You must be joking.And yet I heard myself saying Okay, Frank while thinking: What the **** are you doing! No pressure, then.Frank took out his pen and ticked Lap Chart: Maurice on a long list. I was glad he had asked on race morning. Had it been the day before, I wouldnt have slept a wink.The bonus, of course, was to be right at the heart of this race and championship. Journalists were not allowed in the Williams pit. And there I was, standing in the Holy of Holies alongside the boss, Patrick Head, Frank Dernie, Charlie Crichton-Stuart and chief mechanic, Alan Challis. But, rather than enjoy it, I had just one thought: Dont screw up!I was dreading the sight of that white Williams coming into the pits but relieved to see Keke finish the first lap in one piece. He was down in seventh place and out of the points. No matter; there were another 74 laps to go.Stayed calm, Rosberg bided his time, even when overtaken by John Watson, Kekes main championship rival. The McLaren driver needed to be at least second, with Rosberg out of the points. Wattie quickly moved ahead of Mario Andrettis Ferrari, everyone then shuffling forward one place when Riccardo Patrese retired his Brabham.Some time later, as Watson moved into third, Frank peered over my shoulder. The lap chart said Rosberg was fifth - which, fortunately, agreed with Franks assessment of progress. Now all Keke had to do was stay there; easier said than done, Rosberg a few laps earlier having narrowly missed Andretti when the Ferraris rear suspension failed.With two laps to go, Williams moved across the pit and quietly instructed his sponsorship coordinator (and mate) Crichton-Stuart to tell Alan [Challis] to get the flags ready. It was the first time all week that Frank was prepared to concede his man was about to win the title. Challis appeared with the Union Jack and Saudi flag (in deference to the teams main sponsor) and the perspiring but ecstatic team waved their man home. I duly marked car number 6 in fifth place on the chart.Job done. . Reigning world champion Eve Muirhead of Scotland opened with a 12-2 rout of Winnipegs Jennifer Jones in a battle of teams bound for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. . They had already blown a double-digit lead, fans were hitting the exits, and a long seven-game road trip waited at the end. . -- When the Florida Panthers fell behind by two goals in the first period to the top team in the NHL, it appeared they were on their way to yet another loss. . Their experience showed Tuesday as the No. 10 Badgers blunted a Saint Louis surge to win 63-57 and advance to face West Virginia in Wednesdays finals of the Cancun Challenge. . A lawyer for MLB, Matthew Menchel, confirmed Wednesday the league dropped its case against Biogenesis of America, its owner Anthony Bosch and several other individuals. The lawsuit had accused Biogenesis and Bosch of conspiring with players to violate their contracts by providing them with banned performance-enhancing substances. ARLINGTON, Texas -- David Lough was willing to endure a little pain to help the Kansas City Royals win. Robbie Ross hit Lough with a pitch with the bases loaded to force in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, and the Royals beat the Texas Rangers 4-1 Saturday. Lough thought he had a broken right wrist when he left the game after getting plunked. His fears worsened when he couldnt move his fingers for about 20 minutes. Lough was finally able to enjoy the three-run 10th inning that lifted the Royals to only their second win in 11 games. "I had the X-rays and a lot of strength came back in my arm after that," Lough said. "Im glad we got the win more than anything." Ross (2-1) had only allowed one run in 24-1-3 innings this season before Saturday. The left-hander gave up a leadoff single to Alcides Escobar in the 10th. Eric Hosmer followed with a single and Billy Butler was intentionally walked to load the bases. Ross struck out Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain before Lough came up. Lough was hit on a 2-1 pitch to force in the go-ahead run. That snapped Ross scoring streak at 20 1-3 innings. "Stuff is going to happen no matter what," Ross said. "I have to bounce back and get back to helping the team win." Lough left the game after getting plunked with a fastball in the right arm. The rookie outfielder tried to stay in the game but slowly walked off the field in obvious pain as he was replaced by pinch-runner Jeff Francoeur. George Kottaras, who entered the game in the ninth inning, lined a two-run double over the head of Nelson Cruz in right. The Royals had only scored 22 runs in their past 10 games and were 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position before Kottaras broke the game open. "It was a big win," Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. "(Ross) is one of their guys who has been throwing good." Aaron Crow (1-1) pitched 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief and Greg Holland worked a perfect 10th for his ninth save in 11 chances. The Rangers had runners on second and third with two outs in the ninth but Crow retired Jurickson Profar on a foul pop to end the threat. James Shields, who had lost his last four starts, allowed one run in seven innings as he looked to win for the first time since Aprril 30.dddddddddddd He gave up five hits, struck out five and walked one. In Shields previous four starts, the Royals had only scored seven runs behind him. "I dont care about run support as much as winning the game," Shields said. "Ive got to do a better job pitching." Nick Tepesch made his first career start against his hometown team and allowed an unearned run in 6 1-3 innings. The rookie gave up seven hits and struck out two. Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre left the game after the ninth inning with tightness in his left hamstring. Beltre was injured running the bases in the fourth. Rangers manager Ron Washington said Beltre is day to day. Texas designated hitter Lance Berkman was ejected for arguing a called third strike in the first inning. Berkman took a 2-2 pitch from Shields that home plate umpire Todd Tichenor ruled was a third strike. The Rangers first-year designated hitter was tossed from the game after a brief argument with Tichenor. "I didnt think I said or did anything that would warrant the ejection," Berkman said "But he obviously felt different." Shields retired 10 in a row before the Rangers scored in the fourth. Beltre and Cruz singled with two outs. Mitch Moreland then lofted a soft single to centre that scored Beltre and put the Rangers ahead 1-0. Tepesch grew up in Blue Springs, Mo., about 15 minutes from Kansas Citys Kauffman Stadium. The right-hander needed only eight pitches to retire the side in the first and recorded nine groundball outs through four innings. Kansas City tied the game in the fifth when Lough singled with one out and scored on A.J. Pierzynskis passed ball. NOTES: Washington said Alexi Ogando (right biceps tendinitis) will throw a bullpen session Sunday. The right-hander allowed two unearned runs in a rehab start for Double-A Frisco on Friday night. Washington said the team will make the decision whether to activate Ogando after the bullpen session. . Kansas City LHP Danny Duffy, who underwent Tommy John surgery last June 13, and made his second rehab start for Double-A Arkansas Friday and gave up two runs in 3 2-3 innings. Yost said theres no timetable for his return. . Former President George W. Bush had a front row seat near the Texas dugout. Jerseys NFL Cheap Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic China Jerseys Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping NFL Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping ' ' '

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