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The Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix is known for its glitz and glamor, but months after the Montreal event was canceled due to COVID-19, many frustrated ticket holders say they are still waiting for refunds without a that a schedule is in sight. « I worry that I won’t see that money again, » said Eileen Sheridan, the tickets worth almost 1. Bought $ 800. In April, with the outbreak of the pandemic, the Canadian race that was held for the 12th. until 14. June was scheduled to be postponed. At the time, organizers hoped to postpone the event, but it was officially canceled in late July. Sheridan who lives in Guelph, Ont. bought the tickets directly from Octane Racing Group, the official promoter and promoter of the race. She was told that due to the volume of requests, refunds would take up to 60 days. But when October was rolling around and she still had no money back, she contacted customer service. They apologized for the delay but were unable to give her an exact date for their refund to be completed. Sheridan contacted her again in early December and received the same response. « It’s a significant amount of money for us, » said Sheridan. « It’s been a tough year for everyone and it would definitely go a long way with us. « It would be nice to have the money back in my pocket. « Long Delays CBC has spoken to several ticket holders in British Columbia, Ontario and the United States. None of them have received any refunds. Some, like Jay Howard of Toronto, bought their racing tickets from authorized F1 ticket dealers rather than the promoter. Howard bought four tickets from montrealgrandprix. com last christmas. He thought it would be a great way to graduate from high school and grade 18. Celebrating his son’s birthday. After the race was canceled, Howard was given a full refund of his nearly 1. Promised $ 900. When the delay went well beyond the predicted 30 to 60 days, Howard repeatedly reached out to the dealer to find out what was going on. Fed up, he decided to reach out to CBC Montreal last week after the reseller told him he hadn’t gotten any money back from the organizer five months after the event was canceled. « I feel taken advantage of, » said Howard. The owner of montrealgrandprix. com, Angelo D’Ambra said he feels terrible for his customers and understands that they are angry and disappointed. With Christmas around the corner, many people expected to get their money back. « We don’t have it, » said D’Ambra, who received inquiries. « I swear to you, I literally broke down with customers who have to make this call and told them, ‘It’s your money. I know it’s your money. You deserved your money back, we just don’t have it. « He said his company buys tickets from the Octane Racing Group but is independent of them. « . « We have not received any refunds for the tickets from Octane, » he said. D’Ambra is asking its customers to trust that the refunds will come in at some point. Soured on F1 The whole experience left a bad taste in Taimi Williamson’s mouth. « Enough is enough. It’s time to give people their money back, « said Williamson, who bought her tickets from another authorized F1 dealer. When she was told that the reseller could not reimburse it because the promoter had not yet issued a reimbursement, she contacted Octane Racing Group directly. She was told that there was no record of her purchase. Even though the reseller buys tickets from them, he does not pass on any customer information. Williamson has now passed all of their ticket information to Octane. « Obviously, I’d like to have $ 800 on my credit card before Christmas because it’s been a pretty steep month, » said Williamson, who lives in London, Ont. She believes the fans are being treated badly and is unsure if she would ever buy tickets to an F1 race again. « I think it’s awful from a customer service perspective, » she said. Recourse to Consumers Jeff Orenstein, an attorney for the Consumer Law Group, said it did not matter whether the tickets were purchased directly from the promoter or an intermediary. In situations where an event is canceled and a new date is not selected, consumers who live in Quebec or deal with a Quebec-based business are eligible for refunds under the Quebec Consumer Protection Act. He advises consumers to complain to both the Better Business Bureau in Quebec and the Bureau of Consumer Protection. « There is power in numbers, » said Orenstein. He also suggests that customers check with their credit card company and request a chargeback for the purchase. If that doesn’t work, people can go the legal route, but it can be expensive. It can also be complicated if the reseller is selling the ticket at a premium. If people do decide to go to court to get their money back, he recommends naming as many people in the distribution chain as possible. « So maybe there will be a little guilt game between the defendants, » Orenstein said. « But here, too, consumers don’t care who pays them back, they just want their money back. « François Dumontier, President of the Canadian Grand Prix and Head of Octane Racing Group, declined a request from CBC Montreal to comment.
BERLIN – Borussia Mönchengladbach’s striker Marcus Thuram was sent off for spitting against an opponent and his team lost 2-1 to Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Thuram spat out Hoffenheim’s defender Stefan Posch in the 77. Minute after a disagreement in the face. Referee Frank Willenborg received a signal to consult the video and showed the French player the red card. The score was 1-1. « It’s a shame for the team and a shame for him, » said Gladbach’s team-mate Valentino Lazaro. “It doesn’t fit his character at all. Midfielder Christoph Kramer showed less understanding. “His fuses have blown. Of course, that should never happen to him. You can’t excuse that, ”said Kramer. Gladbach’s coach Marco Rose apologized “on behalf of the entire club” and added: “It just doesn’t belong on a football pitch. It goes way beyond the borders. Posch was booked for his part in the fight and then replaced Kevin Akpoguma, the Ryan Sessegnon for Hoffenheim’s close-range winner in 86. Minute. The penalty from Lars Stindl brought Gladbach in the 34. Minute in the lead, but Andrej Kramaric equaled in the 75. Minute off and Sessegnons later winner extended Gladbach’s winless run to six games in all competitions. LEIPZIG’S MISSED CHANCECologne goalkeeper Timo Horn helped his team to the 0-0 in Leipzig, where Jan Thielmann almost scored a winner in stoppage time for the guests. Leipzig missed the chance to get to the top ahead of the late game between Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich. Leverkusen – the only unbeaten team – lead the defending champions by one point. SCHALKE MISERY CONTINUED Even a change of coach did little to ensure that Schalke was successful without a win in the long run. Fabian Klos scored at the beginning of the second half for relegation rival Arminia Bielefeld and beat the team of interim coach Huub Stevens 1-0. Arminia Bielefeld moved six points over Schalke, who stayed down. Stevens replaced the sacked Manuel Baum on Friday for the game against Bielefeld and the cup game against Ulm on Tuesday, before Schalke find a permanent replacement for the new year. The winless run in the Bundesliga is 29 games and follows Tasmania Berlin’s league record of 31 games in a row without a win from the 1965/66 season. Eren Dinkci scored a 1-0 last minute win for Werder Bremen in Mainz and Eintracht Frankfurt a 2-0 win in Augsburg. ___More AP football: https: // apnews. com / Soccer and https: // twitter. com / AP_SportsCiaráN Fahey, The Associated Press
SOUTHAMPTON, England – Manchester City beat Southampton 1-0 in the English Premier League on Saturday. Raheem Sterling turned a Kevin De Bruyne cross home early and they held on to the league after consecutive draws. Southampton went third in the standings after losing their last eleven games. Manager Pep Guardiolas Stadt looked consistently determined, despite not being on the right track yet, having only scored 19 goals from their first 13 league games. Southampton started bright, confidently chasing goalkeeper Ederson and forcing some hasty kicks into contact. When the chance arose, City was clinical when Sterling was 16. A well-hit cross from De Bruyne scored in the minute. Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said ahead of the game he was open to making Theo Walcott’s loan permanent from Everton for the entire season and wanted to repay his manager’s trust in him, which City kept on right all afternoon Page caused problems. Southampton’s abandonment was made more difficult, however, after Danny Ings, who has scored seven goals this season, was sent off shortly before the break. ___More AP football: https: // apnews. com / Soccer and https: // twitter. com / AP_SportsThe Associated Press
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It seems like the NFL is all about the quarterbacks. Not only do they contribute to success in the field, but they can also be the main reasons for failure. Just ask the jokes that the Jets and Jaguars are whose lukewarm race for the No.. 1 overall draft pick is about as exciting as Blake Bortles and Sam Darnold’s work in recent years. But as we eventually move through the doldrums towards the spring rebirth – the draft is slated for late April in Cleveland – the remnants of the Big Apple and First Coast fan base will believe every word they say about Trevor Lawrence hear and Justin Fields. Of course, these standout college quarterbacks have the final say on whether or not they end up in either location as both of them still have college eligibility. Could the daunting prospect of getting into such dire situations with the pros make Clemson extraordinarily alluring for Lawrence for another year? The same goes for the Ohio State for Fields. Though there were other factors, Peyton Manning stayed in Tennessee for his senior season in 1997, avoiding – you guessed it – the J-E-T-S, who had gone between 1 and 15 and had the top overall selection. More likely, especially because of the money, but also because they won’t shy away from challenges, Lawrence and Fields (or Fields and Lawrence) will go 1-2 on draft. These are desperate times for the Jets and Jags to realize two teams are booming in their divisions: Buffalo and Miami at AFC East, Tennessee and Indianapolis at AFC South. Both the Jets and the Jaguars have missed QBs far too often lately – Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith, and Darnold in New York; Bortles and Nick Foles in Jacksonville – but have no choice but to try again. The general belief is that Lawrence, who has won a national title and has handled the limelight and pressure at Clemson with serenity, is the best prospect. ESPN’s Mel Kiper says so in his most recent ranking. « He makes it look easy, » writes Kiper. “Lawrence has everything NFL teams want a starting quarterback from height to arm talent to the ability to process reads and make the right throw. Adds colleague Todd McShay, « Lawrence is the best quarterback I’ve seen since Andrew Luck was drafted by the Colts in 2012. Lawrence’s intangibles are high-end and I love his huge arm and the mobility it brings in its size. He needs a bit of refinement with his pocket presence and his footwork is still going on, but this kid is the real deal. Yes, that is a swooning in the training facilities of the jets and jaguars. However, in the opinion of most design analysts, Fields is not a bad consolation prize. « He’s more than a double threat quarterback. He can easily disassemble defenses or choose deep passes, « notes USA Today’s Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz. “Fields is a great starting point for an organization that appears to be facing an upcoming reset. Jacksonville has little to no baggage when it comes to adding a quarterback. Foles has moved to Chicago, Gardner Minshew looks like a career backup, albeit with a good edge, and youngest entrant Mike Glennon is a journeyman. It’s not that easy in New York / New Jersey. Darnold was the third draft pick in 2018, then Adam Gase was hired to make him a star. Instead, Darnold has only proven one thing: He is prone to injury. And gases appears on the way to a 0-16 season and then out the door of Florham Park. There’s little market for an unproven and often beaten up Darnold, and he might be too young at 23 to give up entirely. But would that create an awkward situation in the quarterback room with Lawrence or Fields on board? Aside from these two bottom-enders, no other teams should peck very high in the quarterback market. But Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, and New England could all be in the mix. Later on, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, and even Tampa Bay and New Orleans could answer the QB question. Consider the other extraordinary prospects for Grabbag 2021 as follows: Offensive Linemen Penei Sewell of Oregon, Rashawn Slater of Northwestern, and Wyatt Davis of Ohio State; narrow end / wide angle Kyle Pitts of Florida; Virginia Tech defense attorney Caleb Farley and Patrick Surtain II, whose father was a great professional; and linebacker Micah Parsons from Penn State and Joseph Ossai from Texas, all underclassmen. The upcoming draft will be difficult as many collegians have opted out due to the COVID-19 pandemic and many players whose teams haven’t been on the field too much. Whether you have a serious injury or want to avoid the jets and jaguars, look for Lawrence and Fields on the April draft. Or Fields and Lawrence. ___More AP NFL: https: // apnews. com / NFL and https: // twitter. com / AP_NFLBarry Wilner, The Associated Press
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DOHA, Qatar – Ulsan Horang-i from South Korea came from behind to defeat Persepolis from Iran 2-1 and become Asian champions for the second time on Saturday. Two goals from Brazilian striker Junior Negrao gave the Tigers victory in the Asian Champions League final in Doha. Ulsan also won in 2012. The result left Iran still looking for a first continental championship since 1993, Persepolis also lost in the 2018 final. South Korea has a record of 12 titles, five more than Japan. « We have worked so hard over the past month and I want to thank the players, » said Ulsan coach Kim Do-hoon. “The final was tough against a very good team, but we’re very happy . . . To be masters of Asia. While Ulsan was in control of the first half, a defensive mistake by Park Joo-ho Mehdi Abdi enabled Persepolis in the 45th. Minute to bring with a low shot in the lead. Ulsan equalized just before the break. Yoon Bit-garam, who hit the post in the ninth minute, was overthrown by Ahmad Nourollahi in the area. Junior Negrao’s penalty was saved by Persepolis goalkeeper Hamed Lak, but the striker, who was the top goalscorer in the K-League in 2020, scored after the rebound. Ulsan had a second free kick eight minutes into the restart after a handball from Mehdi Shiri and this time the Brazilian made no mistake scoring his seventh goal of the tournament. Persepolis pushed forward but couldn’t find the equalizer despite a penalty five minutes from time. The coronavirus outbreak resulted in the tournament being suspended from March to September. Qatar, hosting the 2022 World Cup, stepped in to host all remaining games in a bio-safe environment. ___More AP football: https: // apnews. com / Soccer and https: // twitter. com / AP_SportsThe Associated Press
A December rite in the NFL, along with Christmas, Hanukkah, and meaningless games for the Jets, Bengals, and Lions, is the release of play-off scenarios. These scenarios get less complicated as the league gets deeper into the month. Suffice it to say, eight of the top teams can win something this weekend. The main focus is of course on two of the clubs that are already in the playoffs: the defending Super Bowl champions Kansas City (12: 1) in New Orleans (10: 3). Kansas City owns the AFC West Crown and takes first place in the AFC with one win plus losses from Pittsburgh and Buffalo. With just one goodbye for this season’s playoffs, that’s huge. New Orleans takes NFC South with a Buccaneers win or loss. The race for No.. 1 conference seed is scarce, the Packers one game ahead of the Saints, the Rams and Seahawks one game behind. Drew Brees will be active after missing four games with broken ribs and a collapsed lung, leading to a fascinating matchup with Patrick Mahomes. « You want to play against the great quarterbacks that you saw growing up and that you looked up to and played the game, » Mahomes said before the Saints announced Brees’ return on Friday. Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is a player to watch. He is tied for the NFL leadership on touchdowns at 14. In the meantime, Brees has to do without the star-wide recipient Michael Thomas, who has had a tough season after winning the « Offensive Player of the Year 2019 » award. He was excluded from the game because of an ankle injury. Thomas had played two games after several injuries, in which he had left 100 yards in the last four games – with Taysom Hill at the quarterback. The action started on Thursday evening with a little more football. Rookie Justin Herbert completed a 53-yard pass for Jalen Guyton, who set up Herbert’s touchdown sneak from inside the 1 as the Los Angeles Chargers won 30-27 in Las Vegas. The chargers (5-9) had lost nine in a row within the AFC West. Las Vegas (7-7) had scored a field goal in the only other possession of the extra time. Buffalo (10-3) in Denver (5-8), Saturday The Bills can take their first AFC East title since 1995 with a win. Her previous season of 11 wins was 1999. Buffalo receiver Stefon Diggs could kick off this afternoon game. Diggs has 100 catches for 1. 167 yards. He will face a depleted Denver Secondary who has lost five cornerbacks in the past two weeks: A.. . J. . Bouye to a PED suspension; Bryce Callahan to a foot injury; and Kevin Tolliver II, Essang Bassey and Duke Dawson to ACL tears. That leaves CBs De’Vante Bausby and rookie Michael Ojemudia along with Nickel Will Parks to try and limit the dynamic Diggs. Carolina (4-9) at Green Bay (10-3) Saturday night The Panthers have lost seven of their last eight games, but they have a prolific rookie at home, Jeremy Chinn. He leads all rookies with 91 tackles and has two fumble returns for touchdowns, a sack and a forced fumble in the last two games. Carolina will need all of that and more against the Packers, who won NFC North and shared the best record of NFC with New Orleans. The Packers own a tiebreaker to kill the Saints on Sept.. to beat. 27. Green Bay WR Davante Adams has received a touchdown pass in eight straight games, the third longest such streak in a single season in the Super Bowl era. Jerry Rice scored a touchdown pass in 12 consecutive games and A in 1987. J. . Green made it into nine games in a row in 2012. Despite missing two games with a hamstring injury, Adams still has 14 touchdown catches to take Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill to the NFL lead. Seattle (9-4) in Washington (6-7) The Seahawks get a playoff place with a win or a draw for the eighth time in nine seasons. What happens inside the 20-yard line could be telling: Seattle’s red zone offense is the second best in the league at 74. Success rate of 5%, and Washington’s defense in the red zone ranks second at 50%. . Every team has a dangerous defender who can swing too. Seahawks Safety Jamal Adams has 8 1-2 sacks, most in one season from a defensive back, since sacks became official status in 1982. Washington and Chase Young, the No.. 2 total selection in design, introduces newbies with 5 1-2 bags. Last week against San Francisco, he had a sack, a forced fumble, and a 47 yard fumble return for a TD. New England (6-7) in Miami (8-5) A defeat means no playoffs for New England. Of course, Tom Brady is now playing in Tampa Bay. One of Miami’s strong points is takeaway. The Dolphin streak of at least one forced turnover in 19 consecutive games is the longest in the NFL. Miami ranks at the top of the NFL with 25 takeaways and second in sales differential with plus-10. Xavien Howard’s nine interceptions are the most in a season in the NFL since Chicago’s Tim Jennings had nine in 2012. Patriots cornerback J.. . C.. . Jackson is second in interception at seven. Tampa Bay (8-5) in Atlanta (4-9) A great matchup for Brady as the Bucs try to overcome a 13-year playoff drought, the second longest string in the NFL behind Cleveland. You need a win and an unlikely connection between Minnesota and Chicago. Brady is 6-0 and has for 1. 908 yards and 13 touchdowns thrown with just two interceptions in six career starts against the Falcons, all with New England. That includes the performance of 466 yards on the Super Bowl comeback four seasons ago. With outstanding recipient Julio Jones unable to stay healthy, Calvin Ridley of Atlanta has stepped up. He had eight catches for 124 yards and one touchdown last week. His six 100-yard games are tied for the NFL leadership. « It’s always difficult when you miss a great player. There’s no question about that, « says QB Matt Ryan of Jones. « When he’s out there, he’s a differentiator for us. « Detroit (5-8) in Tennessee (9-4) Tennessee takes a playoff spot by winning and losing in Baltimore, or by winning and losing the Dolphins and the Browns winning. Derrick Henry, whose Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson compared to Jim Brown, ran for a season high of 215 yards and scored two TDs against Jacksonville. He is the first player to complete four career games with at least 200 yards of rushing and two or more TD runs. Detroit has five straight against Tennessee and CB Jeff Okudah, the No.. 1, lost. 3 overall selection in draft, had end-of-season surgery to repair a groin injury. Jacksonville (1-12) in Baltimore (8-5) Look here for a focus. The Ravens have run at least 100 yards in 36 consecutive games, seven less than the NFL record Pittsburgh set in 1974-77. Baltimore averages 173. 8 yards on the ground and over 200 yards each in the last two games. QB Lamar Jackson leads the NFL with a 6. 3 yards per carry average and ranked 10th in the league with 793 yards of rushing. In Jacksonville’s dire season, including losing their last 12 games, James Robinson becomes the fourth uncovered rookie in NFL history to rank 1. Rushing at 000 yards. He leads all rookies this season in scrimmage yards (1. 361), Rushing Yards (1. 035), rushing attempts (224), first downs (65), and rushing TDs (seven). . Houston (4-9) in Indianapolis (9-4) Philip Rivers keeps reaching milestones. He has 417 career touchdown passes and takes three to put Dan Marino in fifth place. Rivers would also be 238. Make a career start and Tony Gonzalez for No.. 1 tie. 8 on the league’s all-time list. While the Colts are right on the postseason mix, the Texans are one of the NFL’s biggest flops. Particularly embarrassing was last week’s 36-7 against Chicago’s incompetent offense. New York Jets (0-13) at Los Angeles Rams (9-4) Did someone say a mismatch? Are you invoking the Rule of Grace? The NFL’s best defense – that would be the Rams – comes before the NFL’s worst offense. The Rams are also frontrunners in the league in defending passes, and the Jets are last in defensive passports, a main reason they’re heading for their third 0-16 season in NFL history. Additional incentive for the hosts: Los Angeles wins a place in the playoffs with a win. Pittsburgh (11-2) in Cincinnati (2-10-1) Monday night The only salvation for this prime time matter is that the Steelers can secure the AFC North title if Cleveland loses or Pittsburgh wins. Pittsburgh has dominated the series, winning 11 straight and 14 straight wins. The Steelers drive a series of 70 games with at least one sack, an NFL record. Probably the only reason for this matchup on a Monday evening in December was the presence of Bengal’s QB Joe Burrow. Sorry he will be absent with a torn knee. Cleveland (9-4) at New York Giants (5-8) The Browns are 3-0 against NFC East teams this season and 9-4 for the first time since 1994. With another win, the Browns will achieve their highest overall victory since their rebirth in 1999. They went 10-6 in 2007. They’ve also scored more than 40 points in consecutive games for the first time since 1968, but Cleveland has allowed 82 points in the last two games. Giants quarterback Daniel Jones was constrained by a thigh problem last week and is now struggling with ankle problems. Another loss for New York could destroy all post-season hopes, even in this weak league. Philadelphia (4-8-1) in Arizona (7-6) Former QBs Kyler Murray and Jalen Hurts from Sooners are there. Hurts won his first career start last week, replacing Carson Wentz and leading a surprise over New Orleans. He has to take care of Haason Reddick. The Cardinals had eight sacks in their win over the Giants last weekend and Reddick set a franchise record with five sacks. Philly turned in 53 bags, but Hurts wasn’t caught by the Saints. Murray has also led the Cardinals to a 3-0 record against NFC East and won those games 94-32. San Francisco (5-8) in Dallas (4-9) On the original NFL schedule, this was Sunday night’s game. It shows how far these teams have fallen that the league brought it to the afternoon. America’s team? With one more loss, San Francisco will become the second team in the past 13 seasons to end the season with a record loss after losing the Super Bowl. Carolina went 6-10 in 2016. The Cowboys have allowed a league high of 400 points (30). 8 per game), 36 shy away from the franchise record of 10 years ago. The seven points admitted against Cincinnati last week were the fewest since a 31-6 win over Miami in week 3 last season. Chicago (6-7) in Minnesota (6-7) Yes, both teams are alive in the playoff race? I’m not sure if anyone deserves it. The Bears and Vikings rank eighth in the NFC, one game behind Arizona for last place on the wildcard. Chicago has won its last two games in Minnesota. The last time the Bears had three straight wins against the Vikings was 1983-85. ___More AP NFL: https: // apnews. com / NFL and https: // twitter. com / AP_NFLBarry Wilner, The Associated Press
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