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Nico Rosberg heads into the season-deciding Abu Dhabi GP holding a 12-point lead over Lewis Hamilton in the battle for the 2016

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Nico Rosberg heads into the season-deciding Abu Dhabi GP holding a 12-point lead over Lewis Hamilton in the battle for the 2016 F1 world title. Olivier Giroud Chelsea Jersey . Its been a season of twists, turns and even collisions for the Mercedes team-mates and its made for a thrilling title race. Here, we chart how the Drivers Championship has unfolded so far in 2016 with one round to go. Australian GP A slow getaway from Lewis Hamilton saw the pole-sitter drop as low as seventh in Melbourne, while it looked like Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari were in control after storming to the front off the line. However, a red flag following Fernando Alonsos heavy crash scuppered the Scuderias strategy and both Mercedes drivers capitalised, with Nico Rosberg eventually finishing eight seconds ahead of his team-mate.Nico absolutely drove brilliantly - but he absolutely got the luck as well, noted Sky F1s Ted Kravitz. Drivers Championship standings Position Driver Team Points 1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 25 2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 18 Bahrain GPAnother pole for Hamilton, but another poor start saw him make contact with Valtteri Bottas at Turn One. The world champion dropped as low as ninth before fighting his way back to third in a damaged W07 behind Kimi Raikkonen, while Rosberg was rarely troubled on his way to his fifth victory in a row - a streak stretching back to the 2015 season.Nico Rosberg is faster, better, and has greater self-belief than back then [when Hamilton overturned a points deficit in 2014], said Martin Brundle. In my view Rosberg has a real chance to win this championship, although Lewis still has the edge on speed. Drivers Championship standings Position Driver Team Points 1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 50 2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 33 Chinese GPRosberg left the drama and chaos behind him in Shanghai to extend his winning run and open up a commanding lead in the title race. Hamilton started at the back of the grid due to power unit problems in qualifying and and suffered front-wing damage at the first corner, wher Vettel and Raikkonen also made contact. The Brit eventually finished seventh with Rosberg winning ahead of Vettel and Daniil Kvyat by over 30 seconds. Drivers Championship standings Position Driver Team Points 1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 75 2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 39 Russian GPAnother power unit failure for Hamilton saw him qualify in 10th, allowing Rosberg to take another pole position. And once again, the leader avoided yet more first-lap carnage - this time involving Kvyat and Vettel - to dominate the race from start to finish. A seventh win in a row put Rosberg level with Michael Schumacher and Alberto Ascaris legendary streaks - and in complete control of the championship - though Hamilton was able to limit the damage by finishing second. Drivers Championship standings Position Driver Team Points 1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 100 2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 57 Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were involved in a dramatic crash on the first lap of the Spanish Grand Prix Spanish GPAfter the perfect start to 2016, Rosberg well and truly came crashing down to earth - and he brought Hamilton with him. A dramatic first-lap collision between the two Mercedes team-mates opened the door to their rivals, with Max Verstappen taking an historic first F1 victory in his first race for Red Bull. Ferraris Kimi Raikkonen was just behind the teenager in second, and leapfrogged Hamilton in the standings. But all the debate after the race was focused on the first lap collision between the two Mercedes cars.Hamilton goes for the gap, but the angle Rosberg is coming over... It was risky, but that is racing, said Anthony Davidson about the Turn Four crash. It was very aggressive from Rosberg I must say. Anthony Davidson analyses the crash between Mercedes pair Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton on the final lap of the Austrian Grand Prix. Drivers Championship standings Position Driver Team Points 1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 100 2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 61 3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 57 Monaco GPHamilton finally ended his Monaco GP hoodoo and secured his first win of the season at F1s showpiece event with excellent tyre-management skills - though he was perhaps fortunate after a Red Bulls pit stop blunder cost Daniel Ricciardo. As for Rosberg, the German struggled following the Safety Car start of the wet-dry race, and finished behind two Force Indias and a McLaren in seventh place. For the first time in 2016, Rosberg had been beaten by his team-mate.That was probably one of Hamiltons best-ever victories, said Damon Hill. Amazing. Drivers Championship standings Position Driver Team Points 1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 106 2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 82 Canadian GPThe Montreal race brought yet more first-lap contact between the Mercedes drivers - though this time Hamilton escaped unscathed while Rosberg was nudged off the track. Instead it was Vettel who the world champion had to fight off on this occasion, with tyre strategy eventually playing into his hands. Rosberg had to watch Lewis win again and finished only fifth after spinning while attacking Verstappen in the closing stages. Drivers Championship standings Position Driver Team Points 1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 116 2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 107 European GPHamilton was on a roll heading into the inaugural Baku grand prix, but a mistake in Q3 cost him pole position. Meanwhile, it was a near-perfect weekend for Rosberg, who led every lap from pole position and was untroubled by the inconsistent power deployment that was troubling his team-mate. Hamilton eventually finished a distant fifth, with Vettel and Sergio Perez completing the podium. Drivers Championship standings Position Driver Team Points 1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 141 2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 117 Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg collide on the last lap of the Austrian GP giving Hamilton the lead and Rosberg a broken wing Austrian GPRosberg was a man on a mission in Spielberg and fought back from sixth to lead the race, but he was badly losing grip in the closing stages. With Hamilton, angered by his teams strategy, closing in, a dramatic final lap followed. Lewis went around the outside of Turn Two but Rosberg refused to yield, colliding with his team-mate and forcing both off the track. However, the German came off second best and fell to fourth thanks to the damage to his W07.He wanted to be 31 points ahead, but through poor racecraft, he ended up with a lead of only 11 points, said Brundle. Drivers Championship standings Position Driver Team Points 1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 153 2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 142 British GPThe threat of team orders was hanging over the Mercedes pair coming into Hamiltons home grand prix, but in truth the title rivals were never even close to each other at Silverstone. A faultless Brit led from start to finish while Rosberg, who had followed his team-mate, was dropped to third behind Verstappen after receiving a 10-second time penalty from the stewards for Mercedes radio error. As for Hamilton...Hes 31 and I think hes absolutely smack in the prime of his career now, said 1996 world champion Hill. Thirty-one, 32, 33. Hes able to drive and think and make decisions, its not all flat-out. Drivers Championship standings Position Driver Team Points 1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 168 2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 167 Hungarian GPThe race at the Hungaroring was effectively decided when a fast-starting Hamilton beat the pole-sitting Rosberg off the line to assume control on a circuit where overtaking is notoriously difficult. Twice Rosberg closed to within half a second of his team-mate only for Hamilton to immediately increase his pace and pull away, sealing his fifth Hungaroring win and taking a lead of the world championship for the first time in 2016. Drivers Championship standings Position Driver Team Points 1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 192 2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 186 German GPAgain, the Hockenheim race was decided by the first corner with Hamilton charging off the line to overtake Rosberg as the German slipped down to fourth behind the Red Bulls. Nicos day then went from bad to worse with the stewards handing him a five-second penalty after pushing Verstappen off the track with an aggressive move. Hamilton, meanwhile, had now won six of the last seven races and has a fourth world title firmly in his sights...Twelve down and nine to go, we have seen a remarkable turnaround in the championship battle these past few weeks, said Brundle. Drivers Championship standings Position Driver Team Points 1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 217 2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 198 Sky F1 looks back at all the races leading up to the German Grand Prix to see who has come out on top. Belgian GPRosberg may have stopped Hamiltons winning streak, cutting his title lead to nine points with victory in Spa, but both Mercedes drivers had reason to celebrate after emerging unscathed from a race of chaos and controversy. Starting from the last row of the grid after a host of engine change penalties, Hamilton, profiting from Vettel, Raikkonen and Verstappens first-corner crash, finished third, while Rosberg enjoyed an incident-free cruise. Drivers Championship standings Position Driver Team Points 1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 232 2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 223 Italian GPThe Monza race was Hamiltons to lose as the Brit started on pole - but lose it he did. Hamilton was at a loss to explain what had gone wrong as his hopes of winning the race were scuppered by a terrible start, and in the end he conceded that second place was the best he could manage. Rosberg wasnt complaining; his one-stop strategy worked to perfection and once again he eased to victory. The chase was on. Drivers Championship standings Position Driver Team Points 1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 250 2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 248 Singapore GPThe pendulum in the title race swung once again in Singapore as Rosberg enjoyed a near-perfect weekend while his team-mate struggled. Not only did the German secure pole by 0.7s but he followed that up with a faultless race, though he was pushed all way by Ricciardo in the closing stages. As for Hamilton, his Friday running was badly disrupted through mechanical glitches, while brake issues persisted for both W07s in the race. Still, this was a ragged performance from the world champion, perhaps one of a man under pressure, now eight points behind his rival.Three on the bounce and 75 points in four weeks, faultlessly. It looks like its Lewis who is slightly on the back foot, noted Brundle. Drivers Championship standings Position Driver Team Points 1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 273 2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 265 Lewis Hamilton’s engine fails whist leading the Malaysia GP. Malaysia GPThe most critical day in this seasons title race? After Rosbergs hat-trick of wins, Hamilton seemed set to reclaim the points lead during a dominant Sepang performance in which he claimed pole from his team-mate by 0.4s and then led the race from the Red Bulls by over 20 seconds. But then, entering lap 41 of 56, BANG. In the space of seconds, as Hamiltons Mercedes went up in a plume of smoke, a 28-point swing suddenly transpired as the Briton retired and Rosberg salvaged third behind the one-two-finishing Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.A disbelieving and angry Hamilton initially appeared to stoke talk of a conspiracy, before later insisting he had full faith in Mercedes. I have no idea whats going to happen in these next five races, all I can do is do what Ive done this weekend, he insisted. Drivers Championship standings Position Driver Team Points 1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 288 2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 265 Japanese GPJust days after the heartache of Sepang, Hamilton became embroiled with a row with the media at Suzuka after he spent more time playing on Snapcat in the Drivers Press Conference than answering their questions. On Saturday he then walked out of his regular press briefing due to what he said was exaggerated coverage of his actions. On the track, Hamilton was pipped to pole by Rosberg and then once more went into reverse at the start, dropping to eighth while his team-mate went on to claim another untroubled, but crucial win. Hamilton recovered to third, but couldnt get past Max Verstappen, meaning he dropped 10 more points to Rosberg - giving the German a 33-point title lead. For the first time, his title defence was now out of his hands. Drivers Championship standings Position Driver Team Points 1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 313 2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 280 United States GPHamilton brought his five-race victory drought to an end at the US GP with his 50th career win, but Rosberg limited the damage to seven points lost courtesy of a fortuitous final pitstop under the Virtual Safety Car. After the stormy events of Suzuka, Hamilton was a model of consistency all weekend and led all but three of the Austin races 56 laps.He said post race that he knew exactly how the start would be and that it worked to perfection, said Brundle. As we have often seen he was in a class of one on Sunday afternoon, serenely taking victory although still publicly poking his team about reliability and power loss. Drivers Championship standings Position Driver Team Points 1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 331 2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 305 Mexican GP2015s return to Mexico had been dominated by Rosberg, but Hamilton didnt give his title-leading team-mate a sniff of victory on this occasion as he dominated the entire weekend at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Struggling with the set-up on his Mercedes, Rosberg came as close as he had all year to not qualifying on the front row, but responded under pressure at the end of Q3 to take second to Hamilton.Despite contact with Verstappen at the first corner of the race, and then a fresh onslaught from the Dutchman later on, Rosberg stood firm and claimed another important second-place finish. But his points advantage over Hamilton was now down to 19. Drivers Championship standings Position Driver Team Points 1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 349 2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 330 Brazilian GPRosbergs first realistic chance to wrap up the world title came at Interlagos, but Hamiltons third supreme victory in a row denied the German and meant their title fight would go all the way to Abu Dhabi.On a Sunday of non-stop rain and several stoppages, Hamilton was never headed at the front while Rosberg was fortunate to finish second. Although the championship leader was overtaken this time by Max Verstappen, he regained second place when Red Bull gambled on switching to intermediate tyres and the Dutchman dropped down the order. It meant Rosbergs title advantage was cut to 12 points heading into the Abu Dhabi decider.But, after a season of numerous twists and turns, its Rosberg who remains in the world championship box seat with a third place in the decider sufficient for his maiden crown. Drivers Championship standings Position Driver Team Points 1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 367 2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 355 Dont miss the #DuelintheDesert live on Sky Sports as the F1 title race goes to the wire. Watch the entire Abu Dhabi GP weekend on Sky Sports F1 on November 25-27. Watch the whole race weekend with a NOW TV week pass - £10.99, no contract The title race goes down to the wire as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg go head to head in Abu Dhabi. Coverage gets underway from November 25 on Sky Sports Also See: Abu Dhabi title permutations All of 2016s results and calendar The Formula 1 Gossip Column Latest championship standings Ruben Loftus-Cheek Jersey .This one was bigger than most.Ben Roethlisberger and LeVeon Bell came up big in a game that Pittsburgh had to win Sunday, leading the Steelers to a 42-21 drubbing of the Cincinnati Bengals that left the AFC North race wide open. Ross Barkley Chelsea Jersey .J. Mayo made seven three-pointers and scored 25 points, Ersan Ilyasova added 20, and the Milwaukee Bucks placed seven players in double figures in a 130-110 rout of the Philadelphia 76ers, who lost their 11th straight game on Monday night. http://www.chelseasoccerjerseysonline.com/womens-marcos-alonso-chelsea-jersey/ . Price was hurt at the start of Wednesdays practice after facing just one shot as the team worked on their power play. He left the ice in discomfort and appeared to be favouring his leg. A Habs source told TSNs John Lu that Price suffered the injury in Sochi and not before the Olympics.ST. PETERSBURG – To say Sergio Santos is struggling would be an understatement. To suggest a mutual parting of the ways between the Blue Jays and their former closer after two and a half injury-interrupted seasons would be right on the mark. After the 31-year-old laboured through the seventh of Saturdays 10-3 loss to the Rays, an inning in which he gave up two runs on three hits and two walks to spike his season ERA to 7.78, Santos suggested hes having difficulty getting into a groove due a lack of consistent game action. "Its just kind of, to get that slider was a little tough today," said Santos. "I dont know if it has to do with not getting as much work in the last couple of weeks as I would have liked but thats part of the game as well." Santos time in Toronto has been a grind. Acquired from the White Sox for pitcher Nestor Molina before the 2012 season, he was supposed to be the Blue Jays closer for years to come. There was reason to believe. Santos had authored a 30-save campaign for Chicago in 2011, his second season in the big leagues after converting to pitcher from shortstop, the position he played when the Jays had him in their system in the mid-2000s. However, a shoulder injury in April, 2012, turned out to be season ending when it required surgery. Two weeks into the 2013 season, Santos went down with a triceps strain and a month later underwent a procedure to clean bone spurs out of his elbow. Santos was terrific upon his return in the final two months of the year, making 24 of his 29 appearances and allowing earned runs in only three of them. This year, Santos went to the disabled list after a May 9 appearance with a forearm strain. He returned on June 17 and after six-straight scoreless appearances (5 1/3 innings), hes been hit hard in his last four outings, allowing five earned runs in just 2 1/3 innings. He insisted its not a matter of confidence. "Not so much that," said Santos. "Once you get in the flow of the game and you get there consistently its a lot easier to kind of have those pitches. When you dont its just tough because you can throw as many flat grounds and bullpens as you want but theres nothing like a game situation." Santos wants the ball more and feels thats the only way hell harness a slider that, when Santos is commanding the pitch, is as nasty as any in the game. On the other hand, manager John Gibbons cant be blamed for using Santos in mop up duty. Until a relief pitcher proves he can perform in relatively non-pressure situations, hes unlikely to be handed the ball with the game on the line. Santos did rack up five saves to start the year when Casey Janssen was down with an oblique strain but he blew his next three, including on that frigid night in Minneapolis when the bullpen allowed six runs on just one hit, an otherworldly eight walks and three wild pitches in the eighth inning of a loss to the Twins. Santos hasnt been the same since. Its believed general manager Alex Anthopoulos is facing the same budgetary pressures he did during the quiet offseason. There is a need to upgrade the bullpen. There is a need to acquire an infielder. While the club has been pleasantly surprised by the performance of its starting corps, there isnt a team in baseball that wouldnt upgrade its rotation if presented with the right deal. Santos makes $3.75-million, the final guaranteed year of a deal that includes three consecutive cllub options ($6-million in 2014; $8-million in 2015; $8. Davide Zappacosta Chelsea Jersey. 75-million in 2016). Given the strange nature of relievers, how they can go from underachievers to consistent performers and vice versa in the blink of an eye, Santos could be of use to another team with playoff aspirations. He has the stuff. He also has a salary that, if moved, would help to facilitate a dollar in-dollar out deal. Anthopoulos talks often about getting "creative" in trade talks. This one seems rather obvious. McGowan explains Friday meltdown Dustin McGowan has generally been very good since returning to the Blue Jays bullpen on May 18. In 22 relief appearances, the 32-year-old has posted an ERA of 2.86 and an opponents OPS of .605. Hes allowed earned runs in only three appearances. Yet the perception of McGowan is changing, somewhat, because his two biggest meltdowns have happened recently and theyve both been ugly. On June 28 against the White Sox, it took McGowan one pitch to erase what had been 6 2/3 innings of scoreless work by Marcus Stroman. He hung a slider to Dayan Viciedo, who hit a three-run home run to turn a 2-0 Jays lead into a 3-2 deficit, from which Toronto wouldnt recover. Fast forward to Friday night, with four scoreless appearances (four innings) in between, McGowan entered the game in the seventh inning with a 5-2 lead. He walked Evan Longoria on a full count. He walked James Loney on five pitches. That brought up right-handed hitting Sean Rodriguez, who on the third pitch in a 1-1 count slammed a game-tying home run. Just like the pitch to Viciedo, it was a cement-mixer slider. "It seems to be my nemesis right now, the hanging slider," said McGowan. "Ive got to fix that." In advance of the home run, McGowan was up with his fastball and at other times wide. He was bouncing his slider but the Rays wouldnt offer. He knew in the bullpen he was in for a battle. "Getting loose I was a little erratic, too" said McGowan. "For me, sometimes, its different coming from the pen to the mound, usually you can lock in on a hitter. Its just one of those games where I couldnt find anything." While McGowan admitted the sting of failure more than once in a brief period can affect confidence, he vowed the next time a crucial situation called for a slider, hell throw it. It doesnt hurt the psyche when the team bounces back and wins, as the Jays did with three runs in the ninth for an 8-5 final score. "That made it a lot better," said McGowan. "If we had lost the game it would have been really hard on me but we came back and won the game, the guys battled back and that made it a lot easier." Kawasaki okay Munenori Kawasaki wasnt in Saturdays starting lineup after feeling hamstring tightness the night before. Approached by TSN.ca, Kawasaki announced his availability. "No problem," said Kawasaki. "I play today." Kawasakis hit .289 in 23 games since rejoining the club on June 17. Hes proven an adequate defender at second base. "Just cramps," said Kawasaki. "Just cramps. I play today, no problem." Reimold not okay Nolan Reimold also was injured in Friday nights game and the news on the recently acquired outfielder isnt as good. An MRI revealed a left calf strain. Reimold was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Anthony Gose was recalled to take Reimolds place. ' ' '

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