Germany’s Nurburgring can welcome up to 20,000 fans next month when it hosts Formula One, organizers said Monday, after local authorities gave it the go-ahead alongside stringent health measures.Spectators have been conspicuously absent from motorsport’s top competition this year due to restrictions to combat the coronavirus pandemic, but races later in the calendar have started to open up. The previous event at Tuscany’s Mugello circuit held around 2,000 fans, and the organizers of this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix in Sochi are hoping for an audience of 30,000. Ticket sales will take place in several stages depending on how the virus situation develops, with the final allocation of seats not being sold until organizers can be sure of virus infection rates.The maximum number of spectators allowed will also be just 20 percent of the 100,000 top capacity of the circuit.Other measures to protect fans include designated seats and a “visitor guidance system” to ensures that spectators from different grandstands don’t meet.Coronavirus cases continue to tick up in Germany, with daily infection numbers on Saturday reaching the highest level since April.The race on Oct.11 marks the return of the Nuerburgring to Formula One after an absence of seven years, when Germany’s four-time champion Sebastian Vettel won in 2013.Topics :
One to watch: Emre CanThe Germany international scored the winner in last weekend’s tense 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin despite playing as part of a back three.The 26-year-old, who usually plays in midfield, has been a reliable figure for Dortmund since joining from Juventus in January.He has shown his versatility by adding steel to a sometimes vulnerable side while still providing an attacking threat, having also marked his debut in February with a stunning long-range strike against Bayer Leverkusen.Key stats39: Successive seasons in the Bundesliga for Werder Bremen.90: Bundesliga goals scored by Bayern this season. The club record is 101.12: Number of times Bayern have won the league and cup double.Fixtures (all times 1330 GMT unless stated)FridayHoffenheim v RB Leipzig (1830)SaturdayWolfsburg v Freiburg, Fortuna Duesseldorf v Borussia Dortmund, Hertha Berlin v Eintracht Frankfurt, Cologne v Union Berlin, Paderborn v Werder Bremen, Bayern Munich v Borussia Moenchengladbach (1630)SundayMainz v Augsburg, Schalke v Bayer Leverkusen (1600) Bayern Munich will be without Thomas Mueller (R) and Robert Lewandowski, who have contributed to 60 of Bayern’s 90 league goals this seasonBerlin, Germany | AFP | Bayern Munich could secure an eighth straight Bundesliga title this weekend, but host Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday without suspended duo Thomas Mueller and Robert Lewandowski.Bayern will be confirmed champions with a win on Saturday if second-placed Borussia Dortmund lose at relegation-threatened Fortuna Duesseldorf earlier in the day.That scenario would give Hansi Flick’s side an unassailable 10-point lead with three games remaining.But Bayern are without Lewandowski, the league’s top scorer this season with 30 goals, and Mueller, who is one short of the Bundesliga record of 21 assists in a single campaign.“It’s annoying, but we can’t do anything about it,” said Bayern coach Flick.Thiago Alcantara is likely to replace Mueller, while winger Serge Gnabry could take Lewandowski’s place up front if he is fit after a back injury.Bayern proved they can score goals without Lewandowski by thumping Hoffenheim 6-0 in late February when the Polish striker was injured.They had a scare in Wednesday’s German Cup semi-final win over Eintracht Frankfurt, when Danny da Costa equalised for the visitors before Lewandowski sealed a 2-1 win with his 45th goal this season.Mueller admitted Bayern were “tired”, “worn out” and scrapped their way to victory in the first of three games in six days.But they are still in the running to repeat their 2013 treble having beaten Chelsea 3-0 away in their Champions League last-16 first leg before the competition was suspended in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.Fourth-placed Gladbach pulled off a shock 2-1 victory at Borussia Park when the sides met last December.But Marco Rose’s side have been erratic of late, crushing Union Berlin 4-1 at home at the end of May before stumbling to defeat at Freiburg last weekend.Rose hopes to include Swiss forward Breel Embolo, with the 23-year-old fit after an ankle knock.– Bremen’s basement battle –At the foot of the table, fallen giants Werder Bremen face a crucial game at Paderborn in a battle of the bottom two.Florian Kohfeldt’s Bremen are six points from safety in 17th and three off the relegation play-off place following back-to-back home defeats.Bremen, who were in the Champions League a decade ago, have spent more seasons in the top flight than any other club, but are running out of time.“We know how much is riding on this game,” said American forward Josh Sargent. “This club has such a long history, and no one wants to let the team or the city down.” Share on: WhatsApp
27 Aug 2016 Lily May scores a runaway win over mixed field Girl international Lily May Humphreys finished six shots ahead of the mixed field at the North of England U16 stroke play championship at to claim her third title of the year.Humphreys, who was 15-under par at Pannal Golf Club, Yorkshire, also became the first girl to win U16 and U14 trophies in the same year – and she equalled the course record with her second round of seven-under 67.The 14-year-old, from Channels in Essex, adds these titles to her earlier wins in the Fairhaven Trophies and the English girls’ U16 open championship. “It’s my best season and I couldn’t really have made it any better,” she said.She added: “It was good to beat all the boys! I was really happy to do that.” There were three girls among the first five players and their strong performance was highlighted by the fact that, for the first time, the final group on the last day was made up of two girls and one boy.Humphreys finished with a total of 281 and was followed in the scoring by her two playing partners on 287: Will Hopkins (Belton Park) was the U16 boys’ winner on one-under par on the boys’ card, and fellow international Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer) was girls’ runner-up, scoring nine-under par on the girls’ card.Next were Luke Bartram (Rossendale) who was runner-up in the U16 boys’ event on 291 (+3), and Hannah Screen (Berkhamsted) who was third in the girls’ event on 293 (-3). Meanwhile Dominic Clemons (Gog Magog) won the U14 boys’ title on 299. All six players are member of England Golf squads.Humphreys’ overall score was her lowest yet over four rounds, and her bogey-free 67 was a personal best. “I really wanted to go low and that made me very happy,” said Humphreys. The course record was previously set by another Essex player, Gabriella Cowley.“I played really well,” said Humphreys. “Before I went I had a little trouble off the tee but I sorted it out, luckily, and drove the ball well. That helped me because my approach play was really good and gave me the opportunity to get the ball close for my birdies.”Humphreys, Williamson, Screen and Martha Lewis (St George’s Hill) made up an England Golf team which beat Switzerland in an U16 international on the day before the championship began. Humphreys, who rates Pannal as one of her favourite courses, commented: “I played really well in the match so I went into the tournament with a good feeling.”It is anticipated that her first round score of five-under the CSS will qualify her for the final of the Daily Telegraph BMW junior championship in Portugal in November.Caption: Top, an England one-two-three in the girls’ event. Lily May Humphreys, (centre) with runner-up Amelia Williamson (right) and third-placed Hannah Screen.(Image courtesy Nik Screen).