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March 13, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
The Formula One season is set to start in Australia with Sebastian Vettel again the driver everyone else is chasing. Vettel is seeking his fourth consecutive Formula One championship as the international racing series opens its 19-race season Sunday with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. The 25-year-old German, who drives for Red Bull Racing, became the youngest three-time champion last year when he edged Ferrari's Fernando Alonso by three points in the title standings.
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November 24, 2013 | Wire reports
Free-agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed on a four-year contract, giving the All-Star a fresh start after his Biogenesis drug suspension last summer. The Cardinals filled a need by getting a top-hitting shortstop a month after losing the World Series in six games to Boston. Pete Kozma and Daniel Descalso , although generally good fielders, are light hitters. The deal was expected to be worth more than $50 million. "We are pleased to announce that Jhonny has agreed to terms and I know he is equally excited to be joining the Cardinals," General Manager John Mozeliak said in a statement.
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November 21, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Sebastian Vettel hopes to join only two other drivers in Formula One history by winning his third consecutive championship Sunday at the Brazilian Grand Prix. After finishing second in the U.S. Grand Prix last Sunday in Austin, Texas, Vettel holds a 13-point lead over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso as Formula One wraps up its season at the Interlagos track south of downtown Sao Paulo. If Vettel wins the title, the 25-year-old German driver for the Red Bull team would join Michael Schumacher and Juan Manuel Fangio as the only drivers to earn three straight Formula One championships.
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November 23, 2013 | Wire reports
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is out indefinitely because of torn cartilage in his right knee that will require surgery, team officials said Saturday. The former NBA most valuable player had an MRI exam in Los Angeles on Saturday and was found to have a medial meniscus tear, which he suffered during a game at Portland on Friday. Rose sat out last season recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The timetable for his return this season was not immediately clear.
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October 11, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton simply put into words what a good number of Formula One fans probably are feeling about Sebastian Vettel's dominance of the sport: It's boring. After Vettel won his fourth consecutive race last weekend in South Korea, putting the Red Bull driver on a likely path to his fourth consecutive Formula One championship, Hamilton was quoted as saying "I feel for the fans. " Hamilton -- himself the 2008 Formula One champion who now drives for Mercedes -- then went on Twitter this week to "clarify" his remarks.
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October 14, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
It's down to Vettel versus Alonso, Red Bull versus Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel took a big step toward his third consecutive Formula One world championship Sunday with the Red Bull driver's third consecutive win, at the Korean Grand Prix on the Yeongam Circuit in South Korea. The victory vaulted the 25-year-old German to a six-point lead over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, himself a two-time champion, who finished third Sunday, 14 seconds behind Vettel. Mark Webber, Red Bull's other driver, finished second.
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August 23, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Formula One returns this weekend after a break of nearly a month, with three former champions trying to stop Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel from capturing a fourth consecutive world title. Vettel holds a 38-point lead over second-place Kimi Raikkonen of the Lotus team in the championship standings heading into Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in eastern Belgium. Two-time champion Fernando Alonso of Ferrari is right behind in third, 39 points behind Vettel.
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October 15, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
With a third consecutive victory, Sebastian Vettel is suddenly closing in on a third consecutive Formula One title. The Red Bull driver won the Korean Grand Prix at Yeongam, South Korea, on Sunday to move ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in the F1 championship standings by six points with four races remaining - erasing what looked like a commanding lead for the Spaniard only three weeks ago. Vettel started second on the grid behind Mark Webber...
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November 18, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Looking back at the weekend's motor racing, including Jimmie Johnson's sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup title and Sebastian Vettel's win victory at the U.S. Grand Prix, five things come to mind: Johnson raises an extraordinarily high bar even higher. Imagine how daunting Johnson's the 38-year-old driver's dominance feels to his peers. In It must be disheartening. Take Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and Kasey Kahne. They're among NASCAR's best and had a shot at this year's title by making the Chase for the Cup playoff.
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November 18, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Looking back at the weekend's motor racing, including Jimmie Johnson's sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup title and Sebastian Vettel's win victory at the U.S. Grand Prix, five things come to mind: Johnson raises an extraordinarily high bar even higher. Imagine how daunting Johnson's the 38-year-old driver's dominance feels to his peers. In It must be disheartening. Take Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and Kasey Kahne. They're among NASCAR's best and had a shot at this year's title by making the Chase for the Cup playoff.
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October 23, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
The U.S. Grand Prix is less than a month away but the Formula One title is likely to be decided long before the series returns to North America. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel is all but certain to have clinched his fourth consecutive world championship by Nov. 17, when the U.S. race is held at the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas. In fact, the 26-year-old German is likely to clinch Sunday at the Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit just south of New Delhi.
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October 12, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Juan Martin del Potro served notice on Saturday that he's a force again in men's tennis by upsetting No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal, 6-2, 6-4, in the semifinals of the Shanghai Masters. Del Potro, who has climbed back to No. 5 in the world after a debilitating wrist injury cost him most of 2010 on the tour, will play second-ranked Novak Djokovic in the finals. Djokovic beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-2, 7-5, in the other semifinal. The last time Del Potro defeated Nadal was in the semifinals of the 2009 U.S. Open, which happens to be the only Grand Slam singles title of the Argentine's career.
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October 12, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Rock 'n' roll legends Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the band KISS have cut back their concert schedule to about 70 shows a year now. Stanley is finishing his autobiography. The pair are opening a chain of restaurants/bars. And they're anticipating the start of the Arena Football League season, where the new team they own, the L.A. KISS, will debut at the Honda Center in Anaheim. In video interviews with The Times this week at the Ducks' home opener at Honda Center, Simmons and Stanley discussed their vision and hopes for the team.
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October 11, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton simply put into words what a good number of Formula One fans probably are feeling about Sebastian Vettel's dominance of the sport: It's boring. After Vettel won his fourth consecutive race last weekend in South Korea, putting the Red Bull driver on a likely path to his fourth consecutive Formula One championship, Hamilton was quoted as saying "I feel for the fans. " Hamilton -- himself the 2008 Formula One champion who now drives for Mercedes -- then went on Twitter this week to "clarify" his remarks.
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September 20, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Formula One changes things up a bit this weekend with a night race in Singapore, but that's unlikely to alter Sebastian Vettel's title march. The 26-year-old Red Bull driver, in seeking his fourth consecutive Formula One championship, also is looking to capture his third consecutive Singapore Grand Prix. The German driver holds a 53-point lead over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso heading into Sunday's race. And to no one's surprise, Vettel posted the fastest lap in Friday's two practice sessions on the 3.15-mile Marina Bay Street Circuit, followed by his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber.
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August 26, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Looking back at the weekend in motor racing -- including the NASCAR race in Bristol and Formula One's Belgian Grand Prix -- five things come to mind: 1. Jeff Gordon's Chase hopes are in big trouble . . . With only two races left before NASCAR's 12-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup title playoff starts, the four-time champion needs to make something happen. Gordon finished seventh Saturday night at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway but he's 13th in points without a win this season.
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August 23, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Formula One returns this weekend after a break of nearly a month, with three former champions trying to stop Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel from capturing a fourth consecutive world title. Vettel holds a 38-point lead over second-place Kimi Raikkonen of the Lotus team in the championship standings heading into Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in eastern Belgium. Two-time champion Fernando Alonso of Ferrari is right behind in third, 39 points behind Vettel.
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