Hungarian Grand Prix: Daniil Kvyat moves closer to race ban with grid drop

first_imgToro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat was two penalty points away from a race ban on Saturday after Hungarian Grand Prix stewards handed the Russian Formula One driver a three-place grid drop.Kvyat will start 16th on Sunday and was also given a penalty point, taking his 12-month tally to 10, for impeding Williams’s Canadian rookie Lance Stroll during qualifying.Any driver who accumulates 12 points in the space of a year is automatically given a ban. (Also read: Paul Di Resta impresses after diving into the deep end)Kvyat has now collected points on three successive race weekends and will not shed any of his tally until after the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 22 — meaning he has to stay out of trouble for the next seven races.In Austria the Russian was handed two points for a collision with McLaren’s Fernando Alonso while in Britain he collected two more for a first-lap incident with Spanish team mate Carlos Sainz.”Stewards determined that Kvyat was on an exceptionally slow lap having spun earlier and damaged his tyres,” the governing FIA said in a statement on Saturday.While accepting that he was warned by the team very late of Stroll’s approach, and that he also pulled to the right when he saw the Canadian, the stewards ruled that they were not mitigating factors.”Kyvat was driving exceptionally slowly and taking the racing line at the end of Q1 (the first phase of qualifying) when other drivers were attempting to set fast laps and this led to the unnecessary impeding,” the FIA said.advertisementlast_img read more

Giannis and Others Set Big International Interest in the NBA Playoffs

first_imgMilwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo returns to the playoffs in Toronto on Saturday afternoon. Except in Greece, where it’ll already be very early Sunday morning.They won’t mind staying up late in Athens to watch.Same goes for plenty of other places around the world at this time of year. All eight of the NBA first-round playoff series that start this weekend have international players involved, meaning the game’s global reach will be on full display once again.And as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said at the All-Star break, the league expects the international players to keep coming.“I grew up in Athens not having much,” Antetokounmpo said earlier this season. “And being in the situation and to keep pushing, keep pushing, it’s a great feeling because all the hard work I did in my life, it paid off.”Now the playoff stage again awaits Antetokounmpo, and plenty of other international players. By the NBA’s count, there’s 54 — including some with dual citizenship like Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving — from 28 different countries set to appear in these playoffs.Here’s some of the top international storylines for the postseason:___VAMOS, GASOLWe know a Spanish big man is headed to the second round.San Antonio’s Pau Gasol and Memphis’ Marc Gasol were on opposite sides in the 2015 All-Star Game, have gone head-to-head a slew of regular-season times — and now the brothers will face off in the playoffs for the first time.The Spurs and Grizzlies are a first-round series in the Western Conference.Once they actually take the floor, the Gasols will become the sixth set of brothers to meet in the postseason, joining the Mikans (George and Ed, 1949, 1950 and 1953), the Kings (Bernard and Albert, 1983), the Persons (Chuck and Wesley, 1996), the Grants (Horace and Harvey, 1999), and the Wrights (Dorell and Delon, 2016).___SIX SPURSSan Antonio has six international players on its roster this season.That’s down a few from recent years.The Spurs had nine international players when they won their most recent NBA title in 2014. Some remain, like Manu Ginobili, Patty Mills and Tony Parker. Davis Bertans, Joel Anthony and Pau Gasol are now in the silver and black as well.While the six Spurs are a lot, it’s not the most in these playoffs. Utah and Toronto each have seven international players on their playoff rosters.___FINALS REPRESENTATIONIf an international player appears in this year’s NBA Finals — almost guaranteed to happen — it would be the 24th consecutive year that at least one player who doesn’t hail from the United States got in the title series.There’s seven active players in these playoffs with at least one All-Star appearance that the NBA define as being international: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Marc and Pau Gasol, Manu Ginobili, Al Horford, Kyrie Irving and Tony Parker.___VIVA LA FRANCEUtah’s Rudy Gobert and San Antonio’s Tony Parker are two of the six French-born players in this postseason, and they’ll be asked to carry big roles.Parker enters these playoffs 115 shy of 4,000 postseason points in his career. He’d be the second international player to reach that milestone — after only his longtime and now former San Antonio teammate Tim Duncan (5,172).Parker is also the NBA’s all-time international playoff assist leader. And he’s third in playoff steals by an international player, behind No. 2 Hakeem Olajuwon — and yet another Spur, No. 1 Manu Ginobili.Gobert is a Defensive Player of the Year candidate for the Jazz, and now gets to make his playoff debut.___THERE ARE OTHERS, TOONot all the best international players are in the playoffs.And that speaks to the depth of the foreign influence on the league today.Among players born outside the U.S., five of the top eight scorers this season didn’t reach the postseason. Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving was first, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo was third and Memphis’ Marc Gasol was sixth on that list — but No. 2 Andrew Wiggins of Minnesota, No. 4 Goran Dragic of Miami, No. 5 Joel Embiid of Philadelphia, No. 7 Danilo Gallinari of Denver and No. 8 Kristaps Porzingis of New York will all be watching the playoffs from afar.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Scheer promises to create Canada Cyber Safe certification for digital products

first_imgMONTREAL — Conservative party Leader Andrew Scheer says if elected his government would create a certification system to let consumers know if certain digital products meet federal security standards.The certification regime was one of several data protection and cybersecurity policies Scheer introduced today during a speech to a business luncheon hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal.Scheer says the “Canada Cyber Safe” certification would ensure products that incorporate artificial intelligence or that can access the internet meet ethical and safety standards.He says a Conservative government would also force companies that want to collect electronic data to use clear language in user agreements and to obtain prior informed consent from Canadians.The Tory leader adds his government would define what he calls binding cybersecurity standards for critical infrastructure sectors.He says he would also create a cabinet committee on cybersecurity that would conduct periodic testing of government departments’ digital infrastructure defences against cyberattacks.Scheer’s policy comes as millions of Canadians over the past year have been victims of data breaches.In late July, Canadians learned of a massive data hack at credit card giant Capital One Financial, which compromised the personal data of roughly six million Canadians and exposed one million social insurance numbers.The Canadian Presslast_img read more