This weekend the India Premier League of Cricket (IPL) kicksoff for the 2018 
season.  The IPL is aTwenty20 tournament among teams representing Indian  
cities and some states.  It runs through April and May, beginning thisweekend, 
with most of the games being played today.  As a T20 competition, it uses the 
shortestand most action filled format in the sport, over a dynamite two 
monthseason.  Each team gets to pitch only 20overs (sets of six pitches), so 
the play is very brief and exciting.  This sport also features some fairly 
heftymoney, so the Indian teams are able to attract foreigners to play.  Each 
of the eight teams may employ up to fourforeigners.  

The top team in recent years has been the Mumbai Indians, whowere champions 
last year, and indeed three times in recent years.  If they are not the 
league’s most popularfranchise – and they might well be – then it is at least 
unquestionable thatthey are its most successful. Three wins in the past five 
seasons haveestablished that. The holders have an enviable squad again, with 
Jasprit Bumrahbeing their top Indian player, who is a clutch player, who always 
shines atthis time of year.  He is a seamer, one ofthe top three in the world, 
which means he has the knack to be able to bowl theball so that the seam hits 
the earth, and can cause complicating deviationswhich can confuse the batsman.  
This isalso the home of Evin Lewis, of Trinidad, who in other formats, and in 
T20i hasproves himself to be a good player.   

 Meanwhile, Sunday is also the day of the running of theBahrain Grand Prix.  
Sebastian Vettel was'chuffed' after claiming pole for Sunday's race as Ferrari 
lock out front row.  On the other hand, there was disappointmentfor world 
champion Lewis Hamilton, who received a five-place grid penalty,which could 
adversely affect his chances. the German took pole position for Sunday’s race 
with a lap of 1 minute,27.958 seconds in the final seconds of the qualifying 

Vettel is now well placed to open up a commanding early leadin the championship 
as world champion Lewis Hamilton was only fourth quickest,but will start ninth 
due to a five-place penalty for a gearbox change madeafter practice on Friday.  
Hamiltonadmitted it was now a case of damage limitation for the race and trying 
tominimise the potential points loss to championship leader Vettel.  Hamilton 
said “I’ve got the softer tyre so I should be able to go longer 
[beforepitting]. There are a couple of different strategies tomorrow so I will 
try andeek out every last bit of power and strength from the car.” 

>From France, don't miss today's Premier cycling event among the Spring 
>classics:  The 2018 Paris–Roubaix is a road cycling one-day race that is 
>scheduled to take place on 8 April 2018 in France. It will be the 116th 
>edition of the Paris–Roubaix and the fifteenth event of the 2018 UCI World 
>Tour, commonly referred to as the "Hell of the North."  

The race is known for it's "pave" or cobblestone sections which pop up when 
least expected, and are generally surrounded by mud and waterholes.  This year 
there are 9 cobbled sectors included in the 256.3 km route.  Peter Sagan, 
perennial nice guy, pro, and contender, has great hopes.  He has great hopes 
almost every years, but seems to save his great energy for the Grand Tours.  

Posted By Rex to SR at 4/08/2018 01:02:00 AM  

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