Lewis Hamilton has been crowned Formula One world champion for a fourth time despite a stunning opening-lap collision with rival Sebastian Vettel at the Mexican Grand Prix.

Hamilton finished only ninth following the explosive turn-three incident, after which the British driver asked if Vettel had deliberately crashed into him.

The championship rivals both sustained damage in the collision as Hamilton's Mercedes limped back to the pit lane with a right-rear puncture while Vettel stopped for repairs to his Ferrari's broken front wing.

And although a determined Vettel fought back through the field to cross the line in fourth place, he fell well short of the victory he required to prevent Hamilton from winning the title with two rounds to spare.

Max Verstappen, who also banged wheels with Vettel in a frenetic start to Sunday's race, took advantage of the first-lap mayhem to win from Valtteri Bottas with Ferrari's
Kimi Raikkonen completing the podium places.

Hamilton, 32, has now surpassed Sir Jackie Stewart by becoming the first British driver to win more than three titles.

He had vowed to seal his fourth championship in style. After qualifying only third, Hamilton knew that the 800-metre charge to the first corner – the longest on the calendar – represented his best chance of writing his name into the record books with his 10th victory of the year.

Pole-sitter Vettel, Verstappen and Hamilton charged three abreast at 220mph into the left-handed opening turn. Verstappen then made his move around the outside of Vettel at the right-handed second corner before the pair banged wheels.

Vettel then clumsily tapped the back of Verstappen's Red Bull before Hamilton sensed his opportunity. He roared around the outside of Vettel at the ensuing turn, and the Ferrari driver – now down to third – made contact with Hamilton's right-rear rubber.


Jose Mourinho has expressed his unhappiness with Manchester United fans over what he regards as unfair treatment of Romelu Lukaku.

Saturday’s 1-0 home victory over Tottenham saw striker Lukaku fail to score for a fifth successive game but he did set up substitute Anthony Martial’s 81st-minute winner, moments after hitting the post with a header.

Professional performance from @ManUtd today… back on track after blip last weekend! @RomeluLukaku9 & @AnthonyMartial combining again!

— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) October 28, 2017

Regarding the Belgian, who has netted 11 goals for the club this season, United boss Mourinho told MUTV: “I would like the supporters to explain to me why they don’t support him so much because he gives everything.

“I think it is not fair when scoring the goal or not scoring the goal makes the whole difference.

“I don’t think it is fair at all. So, I’m a bit disappointed – but not with him. With him (I am) very pleased.”

Great scenes after an important victory!


The Stamford Bridge groundsman had better watch his back…

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard is best known for his dazzling performances on the field.

But it appears the Belgium international is just as creative off the pitch as he is on it.

Hazard took to Instagram on Sunday to upload a picture of his back garden which he has transformed into a mini football pitch.

With two goals and a football present on the grass, Hazard has creatively outlined the pitch with leaves, accompanying the picture with the caption ‘Pitch perfect. Play hard, have goals and beleaf ???? ?? #sundayfunday #family #lovethegame”

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CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) One big weekend trumped two weeks of worry for No. 6 Clemson and got the Tigers back in the national championship pictures.

Clemson (7-1, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) got about everything it needed Saturday with a dominating bounce-back win over Georgia Tech, a confident, healthy return from injured quarterback Kelly Bryant and a couple of timely losses from undefeated teams ranked above the Tigers.

”I think for us,” Clemson co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott said after the Tigers 24-10 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday night, ”a championship was on the line tonight.”

One that had looked in doubt following the Tigers’ shocking, 27-24 loss at Syracuse two weeks earlier.

Then second-ranked Clemson dropped in the rankings behind several undefeated programs that, if all things remained equal, it would have a hard time jumping to make the College Football Playoff for a third straight year.

Even before kickoff, the Tigers got some necessary help when Ohio State rallied past No. 2 Penn State 39-38 and surprising Iowa State defeated No. 4 TCU, 14-7 – two of those programs with perfect records who, if they won out, would’ve been in that final four before the Tigers (7-1, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).

”If we want something, we’re going to have to go get it,” Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said. ”And we’re one of the teams that has a chance and that’s where we wanted to be.”

It’s the second straight season that Clemson got a little help from others to maintain its championship run. The 10-0 Tigers, ranked third and solidly in the playoff picture, were stunned at home by Pitt, 43-42, a loss that looked like it drop them like a stone down the rankings and out of the title chase. But later that day, No. 2 Michigan and No. 4 Washington also lost, giving Clemson a reset and keeping it among the top five the following week – a more forgiving and manageable spot from which it followed with five straight wins including an ACC and national championship.

It’s hard to dispute that the Tigers are primed for a similar scenario this year and will give selectors things to consider when he first CFP rankings come out Tuesday.


LONDON (AP) Coach Hue Jackson believes he has the backing of the Cleveland Browns’ ownership after the team lost its first eight games for the second consecutive year.

Jackson, whose Browns lost 33-16 to the Minnesota Vikings at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday, has overseen one victory since being hired prior to last season, a 20-17 win at home against the San Diego Chargers in Week 16. In all, the Browns have lost 34 of their last 36 games, beginning with a 26-23 overtime defeat to the Denver Broncos on Oct. 18, 2015.

”I totally have the support of (Jimmy and Dee) Haslam,” Jackson said. ”I don’t feel any change in that. I know everybody is concerned about the losing, my job. I mean, there’s all kinds of questions out there. I get all that. That’s never been what my thought process is.”

Running back Isaiah Crowell’s 26-yard touchdown run marked the first time Cleveland opened the scoring this season, and its 13-12 halftime lead was the first it has held through eight games.

And rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer, in and out of the lineup this season, entered the game with a league-leading 11 interceptions, but did not throw one for the first time against the Vikings.

Those are little things that other teams may take for granted, but for the Browns, who have their bye next week, Jackson sees them as building blocks.

”We’ve got to find a way to win,” Jackson said. ”That’s what we try to do as coaches and that’s what we’re going to do and that’s what it’s all about – winning and losing. We’ve got to get some things better, do some things better and go from there.

”We’ve got the second half of the season left, eight more games, and we’ve got to work at them.”

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Gliucester fly-half Owen Williams expressed his relief after holding his nerve to kick his side to a 22-21 victory in the West Country derby against Bath with a last-gasp conversion.

Lock Ed Slater clattered over the line five minutes into additional time, leaving Williams to covert the pivotal place kick and clinch the Cherry and Whites’ first away win in the Premiership since March.

The lead changed hands five times in an enthralling encounter at The Rec, with Bath wing Semesa Rokoduguni and Gloucester skipper Willi Heinz scoring two tries apiece. Victory moved Gloucester to eighth, while Bath are fourth.

“I know how big of a kick it was, but it was just important to control my processes and as soon as I saw it going through the posts, I let out a big scream,” said Williams.

Leicester, meanwhile, took full advantage and climbed to third after defeating Newcastle 30-13 at Kingston Park. England internationals Ben Youngs and Jonny May were among the try-scorers for the Tigers.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Florida is parting ways with coach Jim McElwain a day after a third consecutive loss and nearly a week after he said players and families had received death threats.

The person says the parties are negotiating McElwain’s $12.5 million buyout. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity Sunday because the school hasn’t made the move official.

Florida (3-4, 3-3 Southeastern Conference), which is still paying former coach Will Muschamp, would like to significantly reduce McElwain’s sum and could use his actions over the last week as leverage.

Regardless of the outcome, McElwain’s tenure will be remembered for failing to fix a floundering offense. Three years ago, McElwain proclaimed he could win with his dog at quarterback. The Gators currently rank 113th in total offense, in triple digits nationally for the third time in McElwain’s three seasons.

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BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) Police say a soccer fan died after he was hit by a rock thrown by rival supporters at a game in Malawi.

Police spokesman George Mulewa identified the fan as 25-year-old Boaz Mwesumo. Mulewa says an autopsy found that Mwesumo died of head injuries sustained in the violence Wednesday at a cup game between two third-tier teams, Kakoma FC and Chicago FC, in northern Malawi.

Mulewa says Chicago fans became ”overexcited” when their team took a 2-0 lead. The rival supporters started fighting and Mwesumo was hit by a rock thrown from the Chicago supporters section. Police are investigating.

The death comes three months after eight people died in a stampede at a game in the Malawian capital Lilongwe marking the country’s independence from Britain.

There is an increase in football-related violence in the southern African country with poor crowd control.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) With his team trailing by five points late in the fourth quarter, Ohio State defensive end Sam Hubbard tore into the Penn State backfield and tackled Trace McSorley and Saquon Barkley at the same time in one big group hug.

The dazzling play for a 7-yard loss was symbolic of how the Buckeyes’ defensive front had its way most of Saturday night in the raucous 39-38 Ohio State victory and dominated in the fourth quarter when it needed stops the most.

Hubbard thundered in nearly untouched from the left end just as McSorley was tucking the ball into Barkley’s gut on a run-pass option play. Hubbard wrapped up both, with some finishing help from defensive end Jalyn Holmes.

”We needed a big play to get our offense back on the field, so I just went for it and took them both out,” said Hubbard, one of a dozen Ohio State defenders who recorded a tackle-for-loss.

Later in the fourth quarter, after the Buckeyes had taken the lead, the D-line took over again, sacking McSorley and pressuring him into three errant passes to seal the improbable win.

”Their defensive line, as the game wore on, we had a hard time with those guys,” Penn State coach James Franklin said.

The win moved Ohio State (7-1, 5-0 Big Ten) from No. 6 to No. 3 in the AP Top 25 , and dropped Penn State (7-1, 4-1) from No. 2 to No. 7. The first College Football Playoff rankings are to be released Tuesday.

The standout performance by Ohio State’s defense was overshadowed by quarterback J.T. Barrett’s heroic effort. The fifth-year senior threw for three fourth-quarter touchdowns in leading the Buckeyes to their biggest win of the season. He finished with 328 yards and four TDs.

But Ohio State’s defense held Barkley – who entered the game as the Heisman Trophy front-runner – to just 44 rushing yards on 21 carries, 36 of the yards on one touchdown run in the second quarter. Nine of his 21 carries resulted in lost yards.


Leicester City 2, Everton 0

Leicester manager Claude Puel savoured a winning start to his tenure after the Foxes produced flashes of their Premier League title-winning best to heap more misery on struggling Everton.

England striker Jamie Vardy finished a glorious sweeping move to open the scoring and recalled winger Demarai Gray’s shot was helped in by Toffees defender Jonjoe Kenny for the second.

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Victory was only Leicester’s third in the top flight this term and lifted them to 11th in the table, while Everton remain 18th after a fourth consecutive defeat in all competitions.

“It was impressive because they played very well in the first half, with good combinations between the players and a fantastic first goal,” said former Southampton manager Puel.

“It was a little more difficult in the second half because Everton is a very good team and they tried to come back into the game. But we saw a Leicester team with a good attitude, good structure and a lot of solidarity. It’s a very good result.”

Everton caretaker boss David Unsworth pleaded for more time after suffering back-to-back losses since stepping in for the sacked Ronald Koeman last week.

“Whoever gets the honour of being the Everton manager, myself included, needs time with this set of players because you all have your different ideas,” Unsworth said.

“Every manager has their ideas about how they want to play – I certainly do – and you need time on the training ground to implement those ideas.

“The second half was much better and the positivity and the way we wanted to play on the front foot was there for all to see, but we gave them a two-goal start and for the first half we didn’t perform.”