et by the time the core of their team matures. Acquiring Staal would make sense if the Leafs were in the midst of a Stanley Cup

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Sochi, Russia (SportsNetwork. Willie Snead IV Jersey .com) - Formula One world championship leader Lewis Hamilton claimed his seventh pole of the season after topping his Mercedes teammate, Nico Rosberg, and Williams Valtteri Bottas in Saturdays qualifying for the inaugural Russian Grand Prix. Hamiltons lap around the brand-new Sochi Autodrom was clocked in 1 minute, 38.513 seconds, which beat Rosbergs lap by 0.2 seconds. This 3.637-mile (5.853- kilometer), 18-turn street circuit is located on an Olympic venue. Sochi hosted the XXII Olympic Winter Games in February. Pole is a great place to start, said Hamilton, who will start first in a grand prix for the 38th time in his F1 career. An amazing job done by the team, constantly improving and moving forwards this year. Thanks to them. Were able to be on the front row quite often. Its great to come here (to Sochi). Its a beautiful place, and the weather has been amazing. Really enjoying driving this track. On his final run, Bottas had the quickest time in the first two sectors, but he got loose and ran wide in the final two turns, finishing 0.407 seconds behind Hamilton. I risked it a bit too much in the last two corners, went a little bit wide, and when you go offline, its really slippery like everyone saw. and that was it, Bottas said. Hamilton, who has won the last three grand prix (Italy, Singapore and Japan), enters Sundays Russian GP with a 10-point lead over Rosberg. Every race is important at the moment, Rosberg said. We have four to go. They are all just as important. Today, Lewis was quicker - all weekend really. So, Ive been working hard to try to get close but didnt manage to get closer than those two tenths (of a second) now, but thats the way it is. I need to accept that. Mercedes has swept the front starting row nine times this season, including five straight grand prix, a streak that began in Belgium on the fourth weekend in August. It wasnt the easiest session, Hamilton said of qualifying for the Russian GP. These guys (Rosberg and Bottas) were looking quite strong. Just hooking up a lap from some reason it wasnt the same as practice. But Im really grateful that I got the pole here for the first time. Its going to be tough tomorrow. Its a long way down to turn one, so well find out how that works out. If Hamilton or Rosberg wins this race, then Mercedes will clinch the F1 constructors championship. Mercedes currently holds a 190-point lead over its closest competitor, Red Bull. Jenson Button placed his McLaren fourth on the grid, while Russian Daniil Kvyat from Toro Rosso qualified a career-best fifth in front of his home crowd. It feels great securing P5 in todays qualifying here in my home country, Kvyat said. Im very happy we could put it all together and achieve my best ever qualifying result. The car felt very good and everything worked out well, so well done to the team. Kevin Magnussen from McLaren finished sixth in qualifying, but Magnussen received a five-spot grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change. He will start 11th. Magnussens penalty allowed Daniel Ricciardo from Red Bull to move up to sixth on the starting grid, followed by Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen. Ricciardos teammate, Sebastian Vettel, the four-time F1 world champion, failed to advance into the final qualifying round for the first time since the Austrian Grand Prix in June. Vettel will start 10th. I wasnt comfortable in the car today, Vettel said. It was very difficult. I think we took a step back from this morning (final practice), and we expected the rear to be a lot stronger and the track to pick up more than it did. The car felt nervous, so I couldnt take the speed into the corners. I lost the rear many times around the lap and therefore wasnt quick enough. Felipe Massa from Williams did not make it into the second round, as he qualified 18th. Massa experienced a fuel pressure problem. I had no real power throughout qualifying, and we were trying different things to resolve this out on track, but in the end, there was nothing I could do, Massa said. Mark Andrews Jersey . -- Catriona Matthew remained atop the Airbus LPGA Classic leaderboard Friday, birdieing four of the last seven holes to take a one-stroke advantage over Charley Hull into the weekend. Hayden Hurst Jersey . Born in Berkeley and raised in Oakland, where he later pitched for the As, Ross beat the Giants for the first time in six career appearances by throwing eight scoreless innings to lead the San Diego Padres to a 2-1 victory Friday night. . The motion to expand the stadiums capacity passed through by a count of 39-3, with Toronto mayor Rob Ford being among those in opposition.Anyone who becomes general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs should be forced to take the following pledge before their first day on the job. With their right hand raised, they must repeat: I promise not to trade away young players and draft picks for players whose best years are behind them, I promise not to trade away young players and draft picks for players whose best years are behind them. I do solemnly swear I will not trade away young players and draft picks for players whose best years are behind them. Dave Nonis, of course, took no such pledge when he took the job almost three years ago. But heres hoping he made at least a private vow to himself not to repeat the mistakes of those who came before him. Weve all seen the pattern. A Maple Leaf general manager starts out on a blueprint to build the team through patience and smarts, developing from within and keeping a core of young players that can mature and come of age together. But it never turns out that way because somewhere along the way he hits the fast-forward button and the plan goes out the window. The panic sets in when the draft picks that were supposed to fuel the Leafs improvement dont pan-out, forcing him to mortgage the future just to keep the teams head above water. Which is why news that the Leafs have interest in the potential availability of Carolina centre Eric Staal is so worrisome because it would take the Leafs down a similar path as that where their previous plans have gone astray. Only theres no reason it should. Early in their third season under Dave Nonis, the Leafs remain a work in progress just in terms of reaching the post-season. Theyve got a fair amount of talent but dont play the game in a way thats conducive to consistently winning. They arent talent poor. Baltimore Ravens Jerseys. . Theyre young, frustrating at times, and still a long way from reaching their collective potential. But this is a team, unlike some past Leaf teams, which has at least chance to mature into something decent. In Gardiner, Rielly, Kadri, van Riemsdyk and Kessel the Leafs have four players all age 27 or younger who either are, or have the potential to become front line NHLers. They have a goaltender in Jonathan Bernier who looks a lot like a rising star and a rookie in Stuart Percy who is fitting in well so far during just his second season as a pro. And last seasons top pick, William Nylander, appears to possess the skills that could make him able to play as a rookie 19-year-old next season. So theres lots of young trees in the forest, so to speak. To sell off a combination of those assets and or draft picks for a player in Eric Staal who turns 30 this month is asking for a repeat of history. Staal has already played a ton of hockey in his career – 771 games, suffered some significant injuries and his best season in terms of goals and points is now eight years ago. Would he immediately become the Leafs best player? Probably. But for how long? Theres absolutely no way to know that but there are so many great hockey players whose abilities decline significantly past their early 30s. Which means that if the Leafs were to acquire Staal, hes likely to become a fading star on an expensive ticket by the time the core of their team matures. Acquiring Staal would make sense if the Leafs were in the midst of a Stanley Cup window with maybe two years remaining in it. But theyre nowhere near being able to compete for the Cup. They need a lot of things before that happens. But nothing more than patience. Cheap Canadiens Jerseys Cheap Predators Jerseys Cheap Devils Jerseys Cheap Islanders Jerseys Cheap Rangers Jerseys Cheap Senators Jerseys Cheap Flyers Jerseys Cheap Penguins Jerseys Cheap Sharks Jerseys Cheap Blues Jerseys Cheap Lightning Jerseys Cheap Maple Leafs Jerseys Cheap Canucks Jerseys Cheap Golden Knights Jerseys Cheap Capitals Jerseys Cheap Winnipeg Jets Jerseys ' ' '

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