2011 F1 Season Resumes This Weekend at Belgium

Anxiety grows in McLaren as tAhey want to start reducing distances with Red Bull Racing, and Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps gives them good sensations about it.

It sure won’t be a smooth ride for Red Bull Racing this second half of the season, for their rivals’ cars have evolved to a point where their RB6 is no longer a break point. A strong attack to their leadership is expected for the upcoming Belgium Gran Prix, with which the season will resume on Sunday 28th after a three-week break.

If last season Lewis Hamilton was anxious to win this classic race for the first time ever, which he ended up doing, this year he is anxious to ride again through the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, as he is seduced by its curves and the sensation of ridding to the limit. No wonder why the 26-year-old British driver from McLaren describes it as one of his favorite circuits.

Confident in the good results achieved by his team in the last two races -with a victory from him at Germany followed by another one from his teammate and countryman Jenson Button in Hungary- Hamilton ‘s expectations for Belgium are atop to begin shortening 88-point distances with the solo leader of the competition: Sebastian Vettel from Red Bull Racing.

As far as the weather concerns at Spa drivers will find very similar conditions as the ones experienced at Hungaroring, which is humid in some passages of the race and dry in others. Pirelli already announced what tire compounds will be available for that race: medium and soft. They think of them as the best suited to the characteristics of the racetrack, and based on them, McLaren will build part of their strategy.

Button believes that they learned a lot about the medium tires from their experience at the European Grand Prix, which has been translated into improvement. Although he hasn’t been able to complete any of the past two races disputed in Belgium, the 31-year old former world champion hopes to run with better luck this time, claiming that their MP4-26 is in optimum conditions for the race.

McLaren’s objective for the race is clear: not giving up the pressure on Red Bull in the eight races that are left. If they can find an ally in Fernando Alonso from Ferrari, who has the same goal, just maybe they can put the energy drink squad in trouble.

Truth is that after six victories in 11 races Vettel no longer needs to finish in first place to clinch his second F1 title in a row. Last year he became the youngest driver (23-years-old) to win the World Drivers’ Champioship with only five victories and 256 points. This season he currently has only 22 less and a fourth place is his worst result of the year makes it pretty evident that his rivals will be racing this second half of the season for nothing more than pride.

Mathematically there are still options for Alonso, Hamilton and Button to come from behind and give us a thrilling ending, but we can’t forget about Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber, the Australian driver who comes in second place with 149 and will be one more obstacle on their way.

Highland Ascent Announces Extended Season For Winter Skills Courses

As many people know hillwalking in the winter is a different ballgame to the summer. You are depending much more on your personal skills to walk on snow and you have to be able to read the surrounding area of snow to make sure there isn’t any danger of an avalanche. You also need to know what weather conditions you are able to walk in. You could end up in a white out and then you would have to be able to navigate yourself out of it by just using your compass bearing and a map. You have to ask yourself if you are able to do that. You can then decide whether to pay a guide to take you safely up a hill and back down again or you could learn those skills so you can walk in winter conditions in the future. It can’t be just done by reading a book. You have to get out there and do it.

Highland Ascent offers Winter Mountaineering Skills Courses and guided winter walking in the Highlands of Scotland. After the success of Winter Skills courses in December 2010 and January 2011 Highland Ascent has decided to extent the Winter Skills Course season into mid March. Usually the company would run these courses only till late February. However due to last year’s great winter season and the high demand on courses, they have decided to run one more course on the weekend of 19-20 March 2011. All Winter Skills Courses are based in the Aviemore area.

A 2 day course covers all personal skills required for winter walking in the Scottish Highlands. That includes kicking steps, cutting steps, walking with crampons, tripping and last not least ice axe arrest. All these skills are really required when you walk in snow. After all you need to know what to do when you end up on neve or ice.

A 5 day course usually covers all the skills of the 2 day course plus much more. You will also learn how to build an emergency snow shelter, avalanche awareness, winter some navigation, rope work, snow anchors and stay overnight in a now hole. Staying in s now hole can be a lot of fun since you build your own accommodation. You can make them as comfortable as you like, all depending on how hard and deep the snow is. This is pretty much the ultimate winter skills course to get you from a summer hillwalker to a winter mountaineer.

1967 Season in NCAA Basketball

The 1967 NCAA Basketball Tournament was quite an exciting tournament. This tournament was like years previous. There were 23 teams invited to play to decide which team is the best team in the nation. Those 23 teams participate in single elimination play. The teams that had better season in the regular season are seeded higher than those teams that had poor regular seasons.

The tournament games would be spread over Maryland, Illinois, Kansas, Oregon Colorado, Virginia, Rhode Island and Kentucky. The previous season the world was shocked by the all black team from Texas Western that changed the face of college basketball.

Texas Western started things off right again this year, beating Seattle in the first round of the tournament. Unfortunately, Texas Western did not have any more magic remaining for the 2nd round. They fell to Pacific by a score of 72-63.

The other teams to advance in the first round of the tournament were Princeton, St. John’s, Boston College, Dayton and Virginia Tech. North Carolina, Indiana, Tennessee, SMU, Louisville, Kansas, Wyoming, Pacific and UCLA had already earned a bye to the semifinals of their region.

Princeton would have to square off against North Carolina in the semifinals. North Carolina was a solid team and looked like a real contender to win the whole tournament. They showed what they were made of in this game with an impressive victory over Princeton.

Boston College and St. John’s faced off in a classic matchup. These teams brought things all the way to the wire as Boston College was able to sneak out a victory by a margin of 63-62. Dayton pulled off a similarly tough win against Tennessee. The final score of that matchup was 53-52.

Virginia Tech, Houston, SMU and UCLA also managed to win their games. The most impressive of all of these victories came at the hands of UCLA. UCLA managed to put their opponents out of their misery with a convincing 109-60 win. This win opened everyone’s eyes and UCLA was instantly the team that stood out from the rest of the field.

The next round helped UCLA’s case as they took out Pacific by a score of 80-64. UCLA would head to the Final Four without a team really offering a scare to them.

SMU and Houston squared off in a tough battle, but Houston was able to keep things under control. They managed to hold off SMU and took the win by a margin of 8 points.

Dayton managed to take out Virginia Tech and North Carolina easily beat Boston College to become the last two teams in the Final Four.

Dayton and North Carolina would square off on one wide while UCLA and Houston would play on the other side. North Carolina had looked rather impressive to this point, but they were not able to hang with Dayton. Dayton headed to the Finals with a 14 point victory.

UCLA was equally dominant over Houston, winning by 15 points to take on Dayton in the National Championship Game.

The National Championship Game would be another testament to the dominance of UCLA in 1967. They easily took out Dayton by a score of 79-64. UCLA was the new National Championship team.

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1966 Regular Season in MLB

Koufax lead the organization in Wins, ERA and also Strikeouts that period for the 2nd year in a row. The Dodgers took care of to win 95 video games on the period as well as they would certainly lead the National League in victories. With so numerous groups winning even more compared to 80 video games in the National League( 6 ), it was essential that some groups took a whipping from the leading groups in the organization.

Alou batted.342 on the period to lead the organization in batting standard. Koufax lead the organization in Wins, ERA and also Strikeouts that period for the 2nd year in a row. The Dodgers took care of to win 95 video games on the period as well as they would certainly lead the National League in success. The Twins handled to win 89 video games, excellent for 2nd in the American League. With so lots of groups winning even more compared to 80 video games in the National League( 6 ), it was needed that some groups took a pounding from the leading groups in the organization.