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first_imgMEXICO CITY (AP):Lewis Hamilton survived a nervous start to win the Mexican Grand Prix yesterday, grabbing another victory as he chases Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg for the Formula One season championship.But with a 19-point deficit to Rosberg and just two races left, Hamilton is running out of time.Rosberg finished second.Hamilton started on pole position and held the front, despite locking his wheels and cutting through the grass on the first corner. He recovered to hold position and drove off to grab his 51st career victory, tying Alain Prost for second most in F1 history.The two-time defending champion is keeping what pressure he can on Rosberg in the title chase. Rosberg can still win his first career championship if he gets a second and third-place finish in the final two races in Brazil and Abu Dhabi.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished third after Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was penalised five seconds after the race for leaving the track and gaining the advantage. The move came in a late-race duel between Vettel and Verstappen for third.As they crossed the finish line, Vettel pulled alongside Verstappen and waved his finger at him. The Dutch teenager responded by shaking his fist. The penalty pushed Verstappen back to fifth behind his Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo.Hamilton has been bedeviled by poor starts all season, but got a good bolt off the line into one of the longest straights in Formula One. A big wheel lockup approaching the first sent him through the turn and driving into the grass, but he held position before driving off for the victory.Rosberg battled with Verstappen all afternoon. They bumped tires on the first corner, sending the Mercedes driver into the grass. Rosberg held position and race stewards decided there would be no penalty, but without the bump, Verstappen likely would have emerged in second for the early laps.last_img read more

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first_imgThe city isn’t motivated by pure altruism of course. It’s a simple reality that in the event of a major natural disaster there won’t be enough paramedics, firefighters and police to cope. So local residents will be on their own for an undetermined length of time and it could be a thirsty wait without an emergency water supply stashed away. The message: Those who aren’t prepared will become a burden. “If businesses are prepared, if residents are prepared, it eases the ability for us as a government agency to move into recovery (mode),” said Brian Sunshine, assistant to the city manager. “We’re trying to encourage our residents and businesses to be prepared for a minimum of five days” without outside help. Erik Pounders, a geologist with the U.S. Geologic Survey who will give one-hour talks at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on “Earthquake Awareness,” is a little more blunt. “Your survival is up to you,” he said. “We’re so used to being taken care of that when some major disaster happens that’s beyond the control of anyone, people just expect someone is going to take care of them and it’s just not possible.” The San Andreas Fault has, on average, a large earthquake every 150 years, Pounders said. The last one occurred 320 years ago. The looming likelihood of a devastating earthquake at any moment on a fault that Southern California’s water and power lines cross has prompted the organization of a massive disaster drill scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 13, 2008. “The goal is to have everybody in Southern California participate,” Pounders said. “All the schools are going to have this drill at 10 a.m. on this date. We’re trying to get businesses involved. In Japan they do this every year.” Awareness is the key to disaster preparation, of course. Which is why the Expo will boast an earthquake simulator nicknamed the Quake Cottage. And why local police departments will show off such toys as a recently acquired armored vehicle dubbed the BearCat and Torrance’s 40-foot-long mobile command vehicle. Matsuda, who preaches disaster readiness, said her family is prepared for the worst. “We’ve got enough water to support us for five days,” said Matsuda, who has a 1-year-old child and is married to a Torrance police officer. “I’m very much like the Torrance community: I’m taking small measures week by week to better my preparedness situation. “It’s not perfect, but if I do a little at a time, I will be a great example to the community.” nick.green@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Nick Green STAFF WRITER A massive earthquake inflicting catastrophic damage that overwhelms emergency services and cuts off supplies of food and water is something few South Bay residents want to contemplate. So people don’t prepare for that possibility, said Kristin Matsuda, a member of the city of Torrance’s Disaster Council. “It’s an issue that’s tough to get people to deal with,” she said. “Because you would just rather assume it’s not going to happen and if it is going to happen it’s not going to happen to me.” In hopes of changing that head-in-the-sand attitude, the city of Torrance is sponsoring a “Disaster Preparedness Expo” on Saturday at the Civic Center during what is Disaster Preparedness Month. A geologist from the U.S. Geological Survey will explain why residents – and businesses – of the Los Angeles Basin should prepare for a long-overdue massive earthquake. Vendors will be on hand selling everything from fire extinguishers to “The Ultimate Home Inventory Guide.” And more than 35 government agencies, nonprofit groups and companies will staff booths and provide demonstrations on how to survive a natural disaster. last_img read more

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first_img Advertisement Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson was recently in The Herd, and said that although Ezekiel Elliott has been incredible, a large portion of the credit for the Dallas running game is due to their dominant offensive line. What does the tape say about how much of the Cowboys’ success in the run game is Elliott, and how much is the dominant offensive line?Cosell:A successful run game is always a combination of both. Just focusing on Elliott, he has excellent vision, and runs with patience. There’s no wasted motion with him and he’s deceptively strong with impressive lower body strength. Talent wise, he’s not on the same level as Adrian Peterson in his prime.Ezekiel Elliott’s 32-Yard Touchdown Wins Game Of The Year For Cowboys pic.twitter.com/dvrxInmHUg— SportsCast (@SportsCast_THN) November 14, 2016 Greg Cosell stopped by The Herd for his weekly appearance to talk X’s and O’s with Colin, and take the audience inside the film room to breakdown performances from the past NFL week. There isn’t anyone in the business that’s better at explaining “why” players and teams are succeeding or struggling. All steak and no sizzle.Colin asked Cosell what the film tells him about the Week 10 performances from around the NFL.Roll the film.Marcus Mariota outplayed Aaron Rodgers in the Titans 47-25 blowout win over the Packers last week. What does the film say about Mariota’s progression from rookie to second year pro? Colin thinks that Washington has been overlooked and is maybe the most underrated team in the NFL. Washington, led by Kirk Cousins, moves the ball exceptionally well, even though they struggle in the red zone at times. What does the tape say about Kirk Cousins development?Cosell:Jay Gruden is impressive with his pass game concepts, and they have a lot of weapons, which have increased as the season has progressed. Vernon Davis and some other pieces have emerged. Kirk Cousins is a classic orchestrator. He makes certain throws very well, but he has limitations because of his average arm talent. He’s effective at making the throws he needs to make in the context of their offense.Jordan Reed 23 yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins. #WASvsCIN #Redskins #nfluk pic.twitter.com/ArI65OfYuF— SportzNow1 NFL (@SportzNow1NFL) October 30, 2016Colin thought the Seattle/New England Sunday night game was one of the best regular season games he’s seen in a long time. Russell Wilson played an incredible game. A large part of the Seahawk offensive attack is predicated on getting him outside the pocket. Are his scrambling and rollouts by design, or improvisation? What does the film say?Cosell:It’s not by design, but they don’t discourage it. They’re happy for him to scramble if it’s there, but they don’t want him to just drop back and run around. They’ve evolved over the last several years as Marshawn Lynch’s role decreased, and now with his departure. They’ve transformed into a predominantly shotgun based, spread passing team, with 3 and 4 wide receiver personnel. When Lynch was there, they were more of an under center, play action team.One of Colin’s other takeaways from the game was that New England’s defensive personnel is average after the departure of Chandler Jones, and most recently linebacker Jamie Collins, who was dealt to the Browns in a midseason trade. What does the tape say about the Patriots defense this year?Cosell:The Patriot defense isn’t as good as they were last year. Chandler Jones was and is a very good player. There’s no way to tell what the situation was that facilitated the Jamie Collins trade, but if you strictly look at the physical talent, you could argue that he’s one of the Top 5 linebackers in the league. That kind of raw ability is tough to replace. The players they’ve replaced them with just aren’t the same level of athlete.1. Lockett release off line gets CB hips going wrong way2. Russell Wilson is very good3. Lockett eating celebration pic.twitter.com/C2bcJ7bXl4— Ben B (@guga31bb) November 17, 2016center_img Cosell:The Titans offense is predicated on base personnel, and they use 2 and 3 tight end formations more than any team in the NFL, with Delanie Walker playing as their hybrid wide receiver/tight end. This week they had a great feel for Dom Capers’ Packer defense that played a lot of man coverage. The Titans were ready to attack in both the run game and in the pass game by creating concepts to defeat the coverage. Mariota has thrown the ball well in the last 2 weeks. He still doesn’t have the responsibility of making a large number of pre-snap reads.The Mariota transformation hasn’t been talked about enough.. For the college spread QB naysayers: 7step undercenter slot fade.. Eyes hold FS pic.twitter.com/IlPiEJf0eq— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) November 14, 2016 Elliott has the luxury of running behind the Cowboys’ line, is there a running back that has been impressive despite running behind a below average offensive line?Cosell:Jay Ajayi with the Miami Dolphins was an impressive prospect coming out of college, but had a bad knee and some other issues which dropped him in the draft. He’s a big back who runs hard. He’s not as talented as Elliott, but he’s been exceptional this year in Miami.Jay Ajayi is for reals pic.twitter.com/5mfZ5ol8ch— Eric (@EricElizondo8) November 7, 2016Colin thought Carolina was a team that was primed for a second half surge, but they were disappointing in a home loss to Kansas City. Cam Newton has been inconsistent. The success Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota are having has made Colin question Cam. What does the film say about his struggles?Cosell:It’s a year by year league. The last two weeks, they’ve played two defenses in the Rams and the Chiefs who were aggressive and challenged them with their defensive front looks, man blitz schemes, and man to man coverage. Carolina struggled against both. Cam needs a productive run game to be successful, and he isn’t as effective unless the run game is the starting point of the offense. This year they’ve struggled in the running game and so has Newton.Chiefs’ Eric Berry Breaks Several Tackles For Spectacular Pick-Six Interception Off Cam Newton pic.twitter.com/9AHlwzurMS— SportsCast (@SportsCast_THN) November 13, 2016last_img read more

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