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Racing Point may be Unable to Provide Upgrade for Checo after Stroll’s Crash

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Racing Point may be Unable to Provide Upgrade for Checo after Stroll's Crash

Sergio Perez is having a rough year at Racing Point this season. For starters, his sudden replacement with Sebastian Vettel served a huge blow to the Mexican’s faith on the team.

Furthermore, he might have to compromise on his upgrade at Sochi after Lance Stroll suffered a huge crash at Mugello last weekend.

Racing Point have been synonymous with controversy this season. After the unannounced replacement of Checo, Racing Point were looking forward to pacifying him with an upgrade at Sochi.

Formula One F1 – Tuscan Grand Prix – Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy – September 13, 2020 The car of Racing Point’s Lance Stroll is removed from the track after he crashed out Pool via REUTERS/Claudio Giovannini

Lance Stroll had a similar update already installed in his car before rolling out at Mugello. However, after Stroll crashed at the Arrabiata corner, the car suffered heavy damages. Therefore, the previously promised upgrade for Checo looks highly unlikely.

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Racing Point apprehensive about Checo’s upgrade at Sochi

The new upgrade included changes in new shrink-wrapped sidepods, a new floor, front wing, engine cover, and brake ducts. Lance was ahead of Checo in the Drivers’ Championship and for other obvious reasons, he was provided with the upgrade.

However, considering the crash, Racing Point will have a tough time supplying both the cars with the upgrade at Sochi.

Szafnauer, the Racing Point Team Principal, was optimistic about the upgrades, even after Stroll’s crash. He claims that the upgrades have delivered on their promise of better results. Despite their driver skidding off the track, Szafnauer is interested in the numbers.

“It is hard to know [exactly]; However our upgrade was meant to be a couple of three-tenths, and that is exactly what the performance difference was,” Szafnauer told Sky F1.

Lance Stroll’s ability to compete for the podium at Mugello has impressed the team, and they look forward to its implementation at Sochi again.

However, Szafnauer didn’t disclose much on whether both the racers would get the upgrades. He evaded the question and remarked, “We’ll have to do a lot of work to get enough parts together for both of them to have the upgrade in Russia.”

Racing Point aims at beating McLaren and Renault this season. Although the task may seem difficult, it is not impossible if they maintain the consistency with which they have delivered so far.

READ MORE- WATCH: Debris From Lance Stroll’s Crash Hits Alex Albon During Mugello F1 Race

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Yankees’ loss to Jays opens door for unfavorable playoff scenario

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So much for that 10-game winning streak turning the Yankees’ season around.

With Thursday’s 4-1 loss to Toronto in Buffalo, the Yankees have lost four of their past five as they head into their final series of the regular season against the Marlins in The Bronx.

After Wednesday’s wipeout that featured four errors, the offense couldn’t figure out left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu and dropped five of their seven games at Sahlen Field.

The victory clinched a postseason berth for the Blue Jays — and cost the Yankees a chance to secure second place in the AL East. Instead, there’s still a chance they could finish as low as seventh in the AL seeding.

Shut down for most of the game, the Yankees scored a run in the eighth before Gary Sanchez, who was relegated to a part-time player prior to the game, pinch-hit for Kyle Higashioka with the bases loaded, two out and the Yankees trailing by three runs.

He sent a 1-2 pitch from Rafael Dolis out to deep center, but Randal Grichuk tracked it down at the wall for the final out of the inning.

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Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is safe as Luke Voit can’t catch a throw during the fourth inning of the Yankees loss on Thursday.Getty Images

Jordan Montgomery, whose role in the playoffs is undetermined, was solid, allowing three runs in 5 ¹/₃ innings, striking out eight.

Clint Frazier’s nice running catch in deep right robbed Teoscar Hernandez of an extra-base hit to end the first.

Gio Urshela extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a second-inning double, but he was stranded at second.

In the bottom of the inning, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. continued his dominance over the Yankees with a solo homer to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead.

Consecutive two-out doubles by Cavan Biggio and Bo Bichette in the third made it 2-0.

Luke Voit led off the sixth with a single and Aaron Hicks followed with a broken bat hit through the right side of the infield. Giancarlo Stanton struck out to fall to 1-for-16, and Gleyber Torres flied to right to send Voit to third.

But the hot-hitting Urshela grounded to second to end the threat.

Montgomery gave up a one-out single in the sixth before Adam Ottavino entered and allowed another hit to Guerrero and a two-run double to Alejandro Kirk to give Toronto a 4-0 lead.

Frazier, without the mask he’s worn since spring training 2.0 began, broke an 0-for-14 slide with a leadoff single in the seventh, but Ryu kept him there.

The Yankees finally broke through in the eighth against right-hander Anthony Bass.

After Aaron Hicks and Stanton walked with one out, Gleyber Torres grounded into a forceout to put runners on the corners for Urshela, whose infield single drove in a run. Frazier followed with a walk to load the bases for Sanchez.

The Yankees failed to rally against Dolis in the ninth.

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Six questions about College Football Playoff after Pac-12’s return to play

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Six questions about College Football Playoff after Pac-12's return to play

The 2020 college football season took another turn Thursday night with the Pac-12 Conference’s decision to opt back into the College Football Playoff race.  

The Pac-12, which followed the Big Ten by postponing its fall season in August, will now play a seven-game season beginning Nov. 6. That means all five Power 5 conferences are back on — but the COVID-19 pandemic will still be a factor given that more than 20 games have already been postponed or canceled since the season started in the first week of September.

The College Football Playoff, which started in 2014, likely will see a one-of-a-kind race as a result. There is a lot to sort out over the next three months.  

How many games is everybody playing?  

Let’s stick with the Power 5. Here are the number of regular-season games each conference intends to play in 2020:  

ACC : 11. Ten conference games and one nonconference game. That’s the most of any Power 5 conference. There are no divisions.  

SEC : 10.  Conference-only, with six division games and four crossover games. 

Big 12 : 10.  Nine conference games and one nonconference game. Every Big 12 team is scheduled to play every other team in the conference. No divisions.  

Big Ten : 8. Conference-only, including six division games and two crossover games. The schedule will have no open weeks.  

Pac-12 : 7. Conference-only, with six division games and a crossover game that will count in the standings. The Pac-12 also will have no open weeks.  

Does starting early (or late) matter?  

That will be an interesting question given the traditional arguments about whether it’s best to lose in September or November.  

The ACC and Big 12 started their seasons on Sept. 12. The SEC opens this weekend, the Big Ten begins play Oct. 24, and the Pac-12 will cap off the openers with its Nov. 6 start.

2020 SCHEDULES: ACC | Big Ten | Big 12 | SEC

The ACC and Big 12 have the most room to reschedule league contests that are affected by players testing positive for COVID-19. For example, the Notre Dame-Wake Forest game that was postponed this week has been rescheduled for Dec. 12.  

Conversely, the Big Ten and Pac-12 have less wiggle room with rescheduling should teams be impacted by positive COVID-19 tests.  

Will teams that play more games get the benefit of the doubt?  

College football arguments are already subjective, but the SEC will have the most to say if plays all 10 games. The conference features six top-10 teams in the AP Poll.  

The SEC has put a team in the College Football Playoff every year, has had three different schools reach the CFP championship game and is the only conference to produce national championships since 2014.  

That is going to put pressure on the top contenders in the Big Ten and Pac-12 to stay unbeaten over a shorter season, especially without the benefit of nonconference games.  

The two simplest rules for making the CFP remain the same, even if they will be tested by the number of games.

— Stay unbeaten. Nine of the 24 CFP participants finished unbeaten in the regular season; eight Power 5 champions and Notre Dame, which is in the ACC this year.  

— Don’t lose twice. The other 15 CFP participants had one loss. Ohio State (2016) and Alabama (2017) are the only one-loss Playoff teams that didn’t win their conference championship. 

Will the Group of 5 have a chance at the Playoff?  

The Group of 5 — especially the American Athletic Conference — seemed to have an opportunity when just three Power 5 conferences were playing. 

The road has gotten tougher with the return of the Big Ten and Pac-12. Teams such as Cincinnati, Memphis and UCF — which routed Georgia Tech on Sept. 19 — have no margin for error off the field and do not have multiple nonconference showcases to impress the CFP committee.  

Remember, UCF finished No. 12 in the final CFP rankings in 2017 and No. 8 in 2018 despite back-to-back undefeated regular seasons. It’s going to be tough to crack that top four.  

Will the regular season end on Dec. 19?  

As of now, the Big 12 is scheduled to play its championship game on Dec. 12. The Pac-12 is scheduled to play its conference championship game on Dec. 18. The ACC, Big Ten and SEC will go on Dec. 19, and the College Football Playoff selection show is scheduled for Dec. 20.  

That is assuming each conference’s schedule goes according to plan. Given the postponements and cancellations thus far, it will be interesting to see how many games each school plays over the next three months. It also will be interesting to see if continued cancellations and postponements lead to pushing back the timetable.  

How intense will the CFP arguments get?

Buckle up. There is a reason every other tweet says the 2020 season will get its own “30 for 30” documentary.  

Notre Dame is in the ACC. Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State’s Justin Fields — players who have been at the forefront for the push to play — could be the top two picks in the 2021 NFL Draft. Players who have opted are trying to opt back in. Nobody started before Labor Day and the Pac-12 is starting after Halloween.  

The Sun Belt upsets of Big 12 teams on Sept. 12 could be just the beginning on the field. COVID-19 will continue to be in the backdrop, making it is the most fluid college season of all time. We don’t know which teams will finish, but we know everybody is at least going to try to start.  

The arguments are going to be intense. Would one-loss Big Ten champion Ohio State be more deserving than one-loss SEC runner-up Florida? Would undefeated Oregon get in over one-loss SEC runner-up Alabama? What if all five conferences have unbeaten champions? What if Clemson beats Notre Dame in South Bend and then loses to the Irish in the ACC championship game? What about a Texas-Oklahoma split? Oh, those arguments are coming, and they have more variables than ever.  

Maybe the end of the road is the traditional monopoly of Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma. Or maybe — just maybe — this season will produce the most unlikely four-team playoff yet.

That, as they say every five seconds, would be peak 2020.

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Mets, David Peterson beat Nationals to keep playoff hopes alive

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WASHINGTON — David Peterson’s season is concluding just as it has reached a zenith.

The rookie pitcher didn’t even possess a roster spot when summer camp began, but became an integral piece of the Mets’ rotation out of necessity. Now the Mets have to love the potential gem they have unearthed.

Thursday night Peterson kept the Mets’ scant playoff hopes alive with his strongest start of the season in a 3-2 victory over the Nationals.

The Mets (26-31) are still mathematically alive for second place in the NL East, which carries a postseason berth, and also breathing, albeit barely, in the wild-card race. Their deficit on the Giants and Phillies for the final wild-card spot is two games with three remaining. The Brewers also sit ahead of the Mets. In the race for second place in the NL East, the Marlins began play Thursday night with a 2½-game lead on the Mets with the Phillies sitting in between.

Peterson (6-2) lasted seven innings — his longest career start — and allowed one earned run on four hits with one walk and four strikeouts. The left-hander lowered his ERA to 3.44, an oasis for a team whose back-end rotation options — Rick Porcello, Michael Wacha and Steven Matz — have all disappointed at various degrees.

Peterson was strong late into his start, escaping trouble in the sixth by retiring Kurt Suzuki and Yan Gomes in succession after Juan Soto had doubled with one out. In the seventh he allowed a leadoff single to Josh Harrison before getting three outs.

It was a second straight superb start for Peterson, who allowed only one run over six innings in a victory over the Braves last Saturday. The left-hander also reached double digits in strikeouts for the first time in his career with 10 in that game.

Robinson Chirinos, who entered batting .149, delivered his first homer of the season, a two-run shot in the fifth, that gave the Mets a 2-1 lead. Guillermo Heredia singled leading off the inning against Patrick Corbin before Chirinos cleared the fence in right-center.

In the sixth, Chirinos hit a grounder to the first-base hole — and beat Corbin to the bag — for an RBI single that extended the Mets’ lead to 3-1. Robinson Cano’s bunt single against the shift started the rally before Amed Rosario walked and Heredia’s fly ball to right advanced Cano to third.

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David Peterson is seen pitching against the Nationals tonight.AP

Harrison’s RBI single in the fourth brought in the game’s first run. Soto walked leading off the inning to begin that rally.

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