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Dec 18, 2013

Dark start to year gives way to bright future

TORONTO (Reuters) – An NHL season that nearly never was will be remembered as one that set the course for a bright new future in a seminal year bookended by a deal that secured a decade of labor peace and a multi-billion TV agreement.

It was a rough start to 2013 with players locked out by owners, the New Year’s Day outdoor Winter Classic canceled and the season on the brink of being scrapped before a last-gasp deal in early January salvaged a 48-game schedule.

Dec 2, 2013

Bills no hit as losses pile up at home away from home

TORONTO (Reuters) – The Buffalo Bills made their annual trip to Toronto on Sunday but despite appearances by the Beach Boys and Toronto’s infamous crack-smoking mayor, the NFL again failed to generate any buzz north of the border.

A 34-31 overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons added another line to a dismal record for the Bills at their home away from home.

Nov 18, 2013

Formula One still chasing American dream

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A year after making a splashy return to the United States, Formula One’s American dream has yet to come true with the glamour sport unable to captivate a market it has long coveted.

While motor racing fans across the globe planned their Sunday around the U.S. Grand Prix, for Americans it was just another event on an action-packed day of National Football League (NFL) games and NASCAR.

Nov 18, 2013

Motor racing-Formula One still chasing American dream

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov 18 (Reuters) – A year after making a splashy return to the United States, Formula One’s American dream has yet to come true with the glamour sport unable to captivate a market it has long coveted.

While motor racing fans across the globe planned their Sunday around the U.S. Grand Prix, for Americans it was just another event on an action-packed day of National Football League (NFL) games and NASCAR.

Nov 18, 2013

Bottas scores first points for Williams

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – After a weekend filled with accusations of favoritism and dirty tricks, Williams ended the U.S. Grand Prix on a high note with Finnish rookie Valtteri Bottas scoring his first Formula One championship points.

“It is a great day and I’m very happy for the team,” Bottas told reporters. “We got finally some points with me as well, four points.

Nov 18, 2013

Grosjean blossoms into Lotus team leader

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Romain Grosjean was hailed as a future Lotus leader on Sunday after second place at the U.S. Grand Prix highlighted just how much progress the Frenchman has made since his ‘first lap nutcase’ days of 2012.

“You have represented Lotus in a very proud way,” he was told by American great Mario Andretti, F1 world champion with the old Lotus team in 1978, in a podium interview.

Nov 18, 2013

Motor racing-Bottas scores first points for Williams

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov 17 (Reuters) – After a weekend filled with accusations of favouritism and dirty tricks, Williams ended the U.S. Grand Prix on a high note with Finnish rookie Valtteri Bottas scoring his first Formula One championship points.

“It is a great day and I’m very happy for the team,” Bottas told reporters. “We got finally some points with me as well, four points.

Nov 18, 2013

Motor racing-Grosjean blossoms into Lotus team leader

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Romain Grosjean was hailed as a future Lotus leader on Sunday after second place at the U.S. Grand Prix highlighted just how much progress the Frenchman has made since his ‘first lap nutcase’ days of 2012.

“You have represented Lotus in a very proud way,” he was told by American great Mario Andretti, F1 world champion with the old Lotus team in 1978, in a podium interview.

Nov 18, 2013

Straight eight puts Vettel ahead of Schumacher

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Sebastian Vettel promised he would never get used to winning, even as he celebrated a record eighth victory in a row at the U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday.

Asked whether he felt like pinching himself at what he had achieved, Red Bull’s quadruple world champion grinned: “Not just step back and pinch. I think step back and hit hard. That’s more like it.”

Nov 17, 2013

Motor racing-Straight eight puts Vettel ahead of Schumacher

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Sebastian Vettel promised he would never get used to winning, even as he celebrated a record eighth victory in a row at the U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday.

Asked whether he felt like pinching himself at what he had achieved, Red Bull’s quadruple world champion grinned: “Not just step back and pinch. I think step back and hit hard. That’s more like it.”