• 00:14

    Changing Fortunes Shave Points On Slick Track at F1 Brazilian Grand Prix

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    Nico Rosberg got out in front of championship leader and teammate, Lewis Hamilton, at the start of the race, and held on to win the Formula One Grand Prix, in Brazil. The win shaved 7-points away from Hamilton’s 24-point lead.


    The day offered a few surprises that started when, the only driver to win a race other than the Mercedes team, Red Bull Daniel Ricciardo, had car problems and could not finish the race after lap 39.  While 4-time champion and Ricciardo teammate Sebastian Vettel, finished fifth.


    Pit stop delays due to a loose belt and graining tires cost Williams-Martini’s most promising driver, Valtteri Bottas, a third or fourth place finish. However, the Finn still managed to finish tenth.  


    Bottas teammate, the Brazilian Felipe Massa coming in third was a crowd pleaser. He was at home, surrounded by friends, fans and family.  To see Massa standing on the podium, meant a lot to the vibrant crowd and the country.


    Out-going McLaren driver and 2009 champion Jenson Button, had an impressive fourth place finish, while Vettel could not push the car higher than fifth.  After a benign battle on the track with his teammate Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso was sixth, leaving Raikkonen seventh.


    In other on-track action, Sauber driver Nico Hulkenberg, who is not sure if he will have a seat in 2015, finished eighth, and the young rookie Kevin Magnussen with McLaren, was ninth.


    The championship leader Lewis Hamilton, and second place Nico Rosberg, will have to wait until Abu Dhabi on November 23rd, to see who will be crowned, the 2014 champion.

  • 00:19

    Practice At The Singapore Grand Prix and Countdown To Circuit of the Americas

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    There were a few surprises on the track during practice at the Singapore Airlines Formula One Grand Prix in Singapore.  A surprise showing by the Ferrari team gave fans a reason to sit up and take notice. At the end of the first practice session, the fastest man on the track was Fernando Alonso.  MercedesAMG driver, Lewis Hamilton, was second fastest, followed by his teammate, Nico Rosberg.


    Four-time champion Red Bull Sebastian Vettel seems to be improving and had the fourth fastest car.  Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado did not disappoint when he ended his practice session, after hitting the side of the wall at a turn known as, ‘the Singapore Sling’.  Rosberg had to cut short his second lap, when Maldonado hit the wall. Prior to Maldonado’s crash, Rosberg was fastest on the track, so Hamilton must not under-estimate him at qualifying.  By the end of practice 2,  fastest on the track was Hamilton, Alonso, Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen then Sebastian Vettel.


    The weekend entertainment during the Singapore Grand Prix features, family friendly entertainment, and late night performances for the mature party set.


    Stay tuned to Xiro Xone News and F1 Sports for all news, updates and analysis.


     

  • 00:57

    720 Degree Tennis: Henner Lenhardt - Junior Grand Prix Tennis

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    Henner Lenhardt played college Tennis and graduated from Florida State University. Henner is a USPTA Tennis Professional for more than 25 years.  He is also a member of USTA coaches commission, Director of Tennis at Burlingame Country Club, and is a oard member of Junior Grand Prix Tennis.


    Bill Patton is a 26 year veteran of the Tennis Industry. He has a B.S. in Industrial Psychology from CSUEB, and has written a Masters Thesis in Education at National University.  As an Author, Coach, Thought Leader, Tournament Director, etc. he has never stopped working to branch out and learn new things. Bill has written two books so far with more on the way, The Art of Coaching High School Tennis, and Playing Sports Right: Your Way on Amazon.  You can also contact Bill directly for discounted and signed books.  Aside from that Mr. Patton also is an account manager for TennisConnect Professional Services (TCPS, LLC), which provides incredible website services and power components for clubs and tennis professionals.  You can follow Bill on Twitter,  Facebook, and WordPress


     

  • 00:15

    Xiro Xone News F1 Sports: Russian Grand Prix Qualifying

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    Pole sitter Lewis Hamilton was a commanding presence, on the track today in Sochi during qualifying, at the Formula One Russian Grand Prix.  He was two-tenths ahead of his teammate, Nico Rosberg who secured second.


    The 53-lap street circuit with challenging twists and turns, on a purposefully built track, is in the heart of the beautiful Black Sea Resort in Sochi. The long straight before turn one is where Hamilton will likely battle with Rosberg to hold onto, first position. The other drivers also view the location as a great place to improve, their position during the race.


    Williams-Martini driver, Valtteri Bottas was third. Bottas set the fastest first and second sectors on his final run, but started to struggled towards the end of the lap and lost the rear of the car in the last corner.  As a result Bottas had to settle for third on the grid, with Jenson Button taking his best dry qualifying of the year in fourth.


    Russian driver Daniil Kvyat for Toro Rosso, was excited to race at his home circuit. He made an impressive showing by securing 5th position, the best qualifying result of his career.   


    Disappointed, was Daniel Ricciardo in 7th who had a bit of a problem with the grip, of the new track stating, “It was hard to read the grip.”  His Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel in eleventh position was not satisfied with the rear of the car while taking corners. He said, “The car felt nervous”.


    Force India continues to work hard for points. Team Principal Vijay Mallya said “the penalty against Nico Hulkenberg was unfortunate and strategy options will be limited on a track where overtaking appears difficult.”  At the end of the day, the teams learned quite a bit from qualifying on the new track.


     


     

  • 00:15

    Lewis Hamilton’s Dramatic Pole At Formula One Grand Prix Qualifying in Singapore

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    Just when Nico Rosberg thought he would be pole sitter for the Formula One Grand Prix in Singapore, his team-mate Lewis Hamilton pulls the rug out in Q3 by seven one-thousandth of a second.  Red Bull Daniel Ricciardo was 3rd, his team-mate Sebastian Vettel 4th, and Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso was 5th.  This was the sixth pole position of the 2014 season for Hamilton and a much needed one, for a track like Singapore. Sundays race in Singapore will be the first test of the new radio rules.


    Entertainment- The Pet Shop Boys-Kicking off the weekend is UK’s most successful music duo and three-time Brit Award winner Pet Shop Boys, who are slated to enthrall audiences before the start of the Formula One qualifying session on Saturday. Having sold more than 50 million records worldwide, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe’s energetic electropop sound, avant-garde costumes and fervent fan base will transform the Circuit Park into an electrifying pre-race party


    Six-time Grammy winner and Emmy winner Ziggy Marley will perform in Zones 1 and 4 at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Fresh from winning Best Reggae Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards, Ziggy Marley will mark his debut performance in Singapore at the seventh edition of the night race. He will perform after the on-track action at the Village Stage on Saturday, 20 September and before the Formula One race on Sunday, 21 at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre Stage.


    Returning to Singapore after thirteen years, one of UK’s biggest pop star Robbie Williams will perform after the Formula One qualifying on Saturday, 20 September 2014 at the Padang Stage


    Originally from Colombia, The Shock’s cover Latin Pop, Latin Jazz and reggae. The 7-member band will groove on Zone 1 at the Village Stage on Friday and Sunday, as well as the Paddock Club Lifestyle Stage on Saturday.


    Stay tuned to Xiro Xone News and F1 Sports


     

  • 00:16

    Lewis Hamilton Wins The Italian Grand Prix At Monza In A Sea Of Red

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    Mercedes AMG driver Lewis Hamilton just won the Italian Grand Prix at the home of Ferrari. The 2008 World Champion was in pole position but got off to a bad start due to car trouble. His teammate Nico Rosberg took the lead pushing Hamilton back, and into fourth position. Pressure started to take its toll on Rosberg and he made two mistakes, the second of which proved to be an opportunity for the faster Hamilton to move back into first position.  Once Hamilton regained the lead, he kept it throughout the race.  Hamilton's teammate Nico Rosberg came in second and Williams-Martini driver and former Ferrari driver Felipe Massa, crossed the finish line third. The disappointment of Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso's DNF did not prevent the fans from showing their love of the Ferrari F1 team. The Ferrari organization was out in full force along with the Ferrari family. The Mercedes Team is currently in the lead for the constructors’ title, and with six more races before the end of the season, it looks as though Mercedes will maintain that position. The Italian fans were gracious, excited, and seemed to emjoy the event. The after race entertainment was, the still popular musical group, Duran Duran.

  • 00:15

    Lewis Hamilton Wins Russian Grand Prix Giving Mercedes First Championship Title

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    ‘The Brilliant Brit’ Lewis Hamilton, driver for Mercedes dominated the track in Sochi today, winning the inaugural race of the Formula One, Russian Grand Prix.  In what can only be called a spectacular performance on the track, Lewis Hamilton clinched the Constructors Championship title for the Mercedes AMG F1 team giving them their first ever; win, of the title that honors the entire team.


    Mercedes won 13 out of 16 races thus far, with three more remaining. Lewis Hamilton won 9 of the 13 for Mercedes. One does not have to be a fan to recognize Hamilton is a superior driver who has made a great contribution to the Mercedes team. As usual, the dignified and gracious Hamilton pointed out, the engineers, mechanics and workers in the factory and the garage were all part of what made his success on the track possible.


    Starting in second and finishing second was Hamilton’s teammate, Nico Rosberg. He tried to overtake Hamilton on lap-1 but ran out of space and locked up. The error forced Rosberg to pit early for a tire change on lap 2. But when he got back out, he did a great job fighting his way from eleventh, to a second place finish, on the same set of tires. Rosberg has four wins under his belt and exclaim, “I’m looking forward to the last three races.”


    Fans can always count on an impressive drive by Valtteri Bottas, with Williams-Martini.  He landed third on the podium giving his team enough points to leapfrog over Ferrari. Bottas seemed satisfied with third after giving up second position to Rosberg, something his fans believe would not have happened had Bottas been more aggressive, in protecting his position.


    Rounding out the top five were Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen, with McLaren. Sergio Perez with Sahara Force India scored a point for his team coming in tenth.

  • 00:15

    Lewis Hamilton Wins Grand Prix Suzuka Ahead Of Nico Rosberg And Typhoon Phanfone

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    The Formula One Japanese Grand Prix got off on an extremely wet track with blinding visibility, behind a safety car. The race was red-flagged in the second lap due to increasingly harsh weather. By lap ten, track conditions had improved enough to recall the safety car and the race recommenced with pole sitter Nico Rosberg in the lead, closely followed by teammate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton. In lap 43 Adrian Sutil crashed his car along the tire barriers as torrential rains started once again. Then disaster hit in lap 44 as Marussia driver Jules Bianchi veered off the track hitting the Crain that was cleaning up the Sutil crash site.  Hamilton had a ten second over Rosberg when the safety car was once again deployed due to the severity, of the Bianchi crash and worsening weather conditions, which lead to race officials stopping and calling the race.


    Third place on the podium was Red Bull Sebastian Vettel followed by his teammate Daniel Ricciardo. Sadness over the Bianchi crash kept the celebrated atmosphere at a minimum. This win was a 30th career victory for leader and 2008 champion Lewis Hamilton who is one win short of matching champion hero and compatriot, Nigel Mansell’s record.

  • 00:06

    Qualifying Day at The F1 Grand Prix in Brazil, Nico Rosberg On Pole

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    Lewis Hamilton is the Formula One championship leader, but his teammate Nico Rosberg, did not let that stop him, from fighting for the championship until the final race, in Abu Dhabi.


    Rosberg beat Hamilton by the slimmest of margins 0.033 seconds, and when they took the podium, Hamilton reached out his hand to his teammate, for a congratulatory handshake. This is the 10th pole for Rosberg and the best year of his career.  Although teams do not get points for pole positions, Rosberg will be rewarded for his efforts when he receives the inaugural pole position trophy.


    For race leader Lewis Hamilton, his use of intelligence and skill helped him win the Constructors Championship for Mercedes. It also helped him out-perform his teammate by winning 10-races this season. So for Hamilton, the fight for the championship continues until he crosses the finish line on November 23, 2014.


    Interlagos has been on the race calendar since 1974 and it is the second shortest race of the season. The track was refurbished and appears to be rough on tires. According to Paul Hembrey with F1 tire supplier Pirelli, the track asphalt is oily, and if it rain, you don’t have to be an expert to know that oil and water do not mix.


    Rounding out the top five in qualifying were, Williams-Martini Felipe Massa, who is Brazilian and looking for a win at home. Fourth was Massa’s teammate Valtteri Bottas, and fifth was McLaren driver Jensen Button, expected to depart Formula 1 at the end of the season.


    Several drivers did better on the track today, than they have done most of the season. Perhaps it was to raise their standings before the end of the season, or, they may be afraid of being replaced by a younger driver, with the hunger they once had. Whatever the reasons, qualifying at the Brazilian Grand Prix has set the stage for what may be a dream, or a nightmare, for fans and driver.

  • 00:31

    Talking in Circles: Sprint Leaving Cup; Sprint UNLIMITED; Brian Vickers out

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    Lots to talk about on tonight's episode. 


    First we start with Sprint, the Cup Series title sponsor since 2004 (was originally Nextel) has announced that they will not return after their contract expires after the 2016 season. We discuss why Sprint may be making this change, and who the possible replacements for them could be... 


    The season opening exhibition race, the Sprint Unlimited has also gone under a couple of changes. The pole sitters, as well as past Daytona pole sitters, and all of the Chasers from 2014 will be eligible for the 2015 race. These changes are known as the Danica clause. We'll discuss our thoughts on these changes for 2015. 


    Also, some more unfortunate for driver, Brian Vickers. Vickers, the current driver of the #55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota in the Sprint Cup Series will now miss at least the start of the 2015 season now due to an illness once again. This will be the 3rd time in his career that he will miss significant time due to illness.


    Frank Kerr has also been hired for Richard Petty Motorsports' NASCAR Xfinity Series team. 


    And on the truck side, Ray Black, Jr will run for rookie of the year at SS-Greenlight Racing in 2015, as he will run the full schedule.


    Also, if we have time, we will talk about the changes talking place on pit road now that the NASCAR officials will no longer be in every pit stall. 

  • 00:15

    Lewis Hamilton Wins Singapore Grand Prix

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    A re-broadcast of Xiro Xone News and F1 Sport.


    Lewis Hamilton has fought tooth and nail all season for every point he has earned, and Sunday was no different. Lewis Hamilton is one of the most intelligent and skillful drivers that ever hit a Formula One track.  Hamilton drove 192 miles in a 61-lap race, under pressure from two Red Bulls, a Ferrari, and an 18-minute safety car.


    Hamilton's experience on the track and understanding of the car, along with smart tire strategy and better pit stops, kept him in the lead while tackling tight turns at top speed. Of course it can be said, his toughest fight was in Hungary when he went from pit lane to a third place podium finish, in spite of car trouble, and slow pit stops.


    Fighting back and in desperate need of a podium was Sebastian Vettel, with Red Bull. Four-time champion Vettel was not satisfied with third or fourth, so he ramped up his competitive nature and overtook team-mate Daniel Ricciardo to secure himself, a second place finish. Two impressive finishers gaining points for their teams were Fernando Alonso for Ferrari and Felipe Massa for Williams-Martini. Jean-Eric Vergne with Toro Rosso and Sergio Perez with Sahara Force India, came in sixth and seventh respectively.


    Next race, Suzuka, in Japan


    After Race Entertainment- Nine-time Grammy Award winner John Legend will bring his blend of R&B and soul to the Formula One night race on Sunday. Also headlining, Jennifer Lopez at the Padang Stage and Six-time Grammy winner and Emmy winner Ziggy Marley will perform in Zones 1 and 4 at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

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