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SPIELBERG, Austria -- Red Bulls hopes for a triumph on its home circuit were dampened Friday as Mercedes regained its dominance in Formula One, clearly setting the pace on the opening day of practice for the Austrian Grand Prix. Custom Los Angeles Rams Jerseys . With Daniel Ricciardos maiden victory in Canada two weeks ago, Red Bull ended a six-race winning streak by Mercedes but the Australian driver and his teammate Sebastian Vettel did not come close to matching their rivals speed on the Red Bull Ring. Lewis Hamilton beat teammate Nico Rosberg to the fastest time in the second practice. Hamilton completed his best lap on the 4.3-kilometre (2.7-mile) track in 1 minute, 9.542 seconds, topping Rosberg by 0.377. Ferraris Fernando Alonso was almost a second off the lead in third. Vettel came sixth, more than 1.4 seconds behind Hamilton, while Ricciardo posted the eighth fastest time. Mercedes also came 1-2 in the opening practice, with Rosberg beating Hamilton by 0.140. "Its so close between the two of us," Rosberg said about the fight with Hamilton for pole position. "Im hoping we will still have the edge on everybody else. That seems to be the case today." However, Hamilton said he wouldnt mind if Rosberg started in front of him on Sunday. "Hunting definitely brings out the better side," the 2008 F1 champion said. "When you are in front, you feel vulnerable and any mistake you make you are going to be caught." In the morning session, Ricciardo and Vettel came only 13th and 15th respectively. "We clearly did better in the afternoon," Vettel said. "We are not there where we want to be when it comes to speed ... but it will be warmer on Saturday and Sunday and I think that will bring us closer." In the first session, Vettel brought his car back to the garage undamaged following a spectacular incident in the final turn. He came off the track and spun twice on the grass before the car came to a standstill on the track again. "That wasnt planned of course," the four-time champion said. "I went too wide and the wet grass was slippery." Ricciardo also spun on the same spot shortly afterward, prompting team boss Christian Horner to joke "they were just warming up the crowd." "We are trying to find out the limit, and both just came on the grass," said Horner, adding the track was still lacking grip during the first session. "There was also a little bit of rain in the air. Thankfully everything is fine." Rosberg quit his first practice after 19 laps with a minor problem to his hybrid engine, enabling his technicians to fix the problem in time for the afternoons session. The German, however, couldnt keep up with Hamilton this time and didnt hide his anger as he was unaware over engine tests his team was applying on his car toward the end of the second session. "I was suddenly losing power and asked over the radio what was happening," Rosberg said. "Only then they told me they had changed my engine settings." Rosberg leads Hamilton in the drivers standings by 140-118 points going into Sundays race, the first GP in Austria since 2003. Most of the 22 drivers knew the track only from computer simulation. Alonso is one of just four drivers who raced on the track before, alongside McLarens Jenson Button, Ferraris Kimi Raikkonen and Williams Felipe Massa. The track is one of the shortest on the F1 calendar and features fast straights and only nine turns. Weather conditions could become an issue in the race as strong winds in the second practice Friday caused several drivers problems, especially on the third and eighth turns. The second session was considerably faster than the first as temperatures went up and teams were able to test their so-called supersoft tires, which helped cut lap times by approximately 0.6 seconds. The third practice is scheduled for Saturday, followed by the qualifying. Brian Allen Rams Jersey . The Italian side scored twice in a four-minute span in the second half to defeat former stars from S. Ramik Wilson Jersey . Top-seeded Djokovic, who is making only his second appearance this year after reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, was a 6-3, 6-3 winner over 54th-ranked Istomin of Uzbekistan. "It wasnt as easy as the scoreline indicates," said Djokovic, who has won in Dubai on four occasions.OTTAWA - Now that Curtis Lazar has secured his spot on the Ottawa Senators roster, his next order of business will be seeing if he can extend his stay in teammate Chris Phillps basement.I guess thats the next discussion were going to have, the rookie forward said with a smile. I woke up this morning to congratulations cards from all the kids, so that was cool.The Senators confirmed Wednesday that Lazar would be dressing for his 10th game Thursday night and will not be returned to the Western Hockey Leagues Edmonton Oil Kings.The decision was not surprising, as the 19-year-old has fit in nicely with the Senators since the start of the season.Lazar got the news shortly after the Senators 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night.(Assistant general manager) Pierre Dorion tracked me down and we went to (GM) Bryan Murrays office and he asked me if I wanted to stay and I gladly accepted the offer, said Lazar. Its another step. Im going to be here past that nine-game mark thats pretty cool, but then again I dont want to get too far ahead of myself. At any point I could get sent back. I just have to continue to working hard, thats the biggest thing.Its a huge honour for myself.Senators coach Paul MacLean had been guarded in his evaluation of Lazar throughout the process, but on Wednesday he finally gave Lazar praise for his performance.It was a very easy decision to keep Curtis, said MacLean. The way that he played. The consistency that hes shown. Hes shown the ability to adapt to the game and to raise the level of his game. We feel very comfortable and confident in him staying here is going to make us a better team.The decision means Lazars entry-level deal will now kick in regardless of whether or not the Senators choose to send him back to junior at some point.Despite just nine NHL games to his credit, Lazar has played with a maturity well beyond his 19 years.Hees got real good hockey sense, said MacLean. John Kelly Jersey. He seems that hes in the right place a lot. He just knows where to go and thats probably his best skill is that he knows where to go.Lazars teammates werent surprised that he would be remaining in Ottawa.Hes earned the right to be here, said Bobby Ryan. At times youve got to remember hes 19 because he comes in the room and hes so professional already. I dont think there was any doubt in our minds in the room that he was staying.The Senators have been using youth to their advantage as Lazar, Mike Hoffman and Mark Stone have been one of the teams most productive lines of late.Right now theyre a goal-a-game line for us, MacLean said. We project going forward theyre going to be very consistent players for us and we believe that Curtis playing in the centre ice position is his best position. How high he ends up playing in the lineup Im not sure because I dont number them one, two, three four, but I know he plays between 12 and 15 minutes a night. Does he get to 15-20 thats going to depend on how they play.In the coming weeks the Senators will need to make another roster decision. The team is currently carrying the maximum 23 players, but when defenceman Marc Methot returns to the lineup a move will need to be made.Lazar, a native of Salmon Arm, B.C., is looking forward to celebrating with his family next week as the Senators head out on a three-day western road trip starting in Vancouver Tuesday night.Notes: Phillips was given a maintenance day and will be a game-day decision Thursday. He left Tuesdays game with a lower body injury. MacLean did not name his starting goaltender for Thursdays game against the Minnesota Wild. D Mark Borowiecki could return after missing the last three games with an undisclosed injury. RW Alex Chiasson is expected to return to the lineup after missing Tuesdays game. Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys From China Cheap Nike Basketball Jerseys Wholesale Hockey Jerseys China Nike Baseball Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys China Cheap Football Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Canada Wholesale NHL Jerseys Canada Wholesale Nike MLB Jerseys Canada Cheap NBA Jerseys Authentic Canada Stitched Soccer Jerseys Canada Cheap Jerseys Canada NFL ' ' '

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