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F1: Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to Brazil win

Nico Rosberg held off Mercedes team-mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton to win a race-long battle at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Hamilton fought back to close a seven-second margin after a spin at about one-third distance just as he appeared to be set to take the lead.

But Rosberg did just enough to hold him off in a tense final part of the race.

It reduces Hamilton’slead in the title race to 17 points, with 50 available in the final race in Abu Dhabi.

“I’m very happy with the whole weekend,” said Rosberg. “I’ve been feeling comfortable in the car and controlled the gap to Lewis in the race.”

Hamilton can win the title by finishing second to Rosberg in Abu Dhabi on 23 November, even though double points will be on offer.

But the Englishman may rue a half-spin on lap 28 which, as it turned out, decided the race in Brazil.

Rosberg had made his second pit stop on lap 26, with Hamilton less than two seconds behind him.

Hamilton stayed out. He set the fastest lap of the race to that point next time around, having set three sectors that were the fastest anyone had set up to that point.

The Mercedes engineers calculated that his first lap had not been enough to leapfrog him ahead and decided to keep him out for one more lap to give him extra time to build the advantage he needed.

But he dropped a wheel on to the white line on the entry to Turn Four, the Descido do Lago and ran wide into the run-off area, half-spinning.

Hamilton said: “Ultimately it cost me the win. I was a much quicker up to that point. I went a second quicker, thought I was going to pit on that lap, used all my tyres and on the next lap there was nothing left.

“I locked the rear and went wide. No-one’s mistake but mine.”

The incident cost Hamilton seven seconds, which he reduced to two over the course of their third stint.

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World Cup : Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has resigned

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has resigned, the country’s football federation (CBF) has confirmed.

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Scolari, 65, won the tournament in 2002 but the hosts could only finish fourth at this year’s event.

Brazil were thrashed 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals then lost 3-0 to the Netherlands in the play-off.

“Luiz Felipe Scolari and his fellow coaching staff surrendered their positions to the board,” the CBF said in a statement.

“Scolari and his entire coaching staff deserve our respect and gratitude. They were responsible for returning to the Brazilian people your love for the national team, despite not having achieved our greatest goal.”

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World Cup : Germany Thrash Hosts Brazil 7-1

Brazil’s World Cup dreams ended in humiliating and brutal fashion as Germany inflicted their heaviest defeat in the first semi-final in Belo Horizonte.

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A thunderous occasion that began with Brazil riding a tidal wave of emotion was reduced to a nightmare as Germany were 5-0 up inside 29 remarkable minutes in front of a disbelieving Estadio Mineirao crowd.

Brazil’s players mourned the absence of the injured Neymar before kick-off, but captain Thiago Silva was an even bigger loss. The result was their first competitive home defeat in 39 years, and the end of their hopes of making it to the World Cup final at the iconic Maracana on Sunday.

Instead, Germany will meet either Argentina or Netherlands, who meet on Wednesday in Sao Paulo.

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World Cup : Brazil Can Cope Without Neymar

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari says his side will cope without injured striker Neymar when they face Germany in Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final.

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The 22-year-old has scored four of Brazil’s eight goals at the tournament but will play no further part after he suffered a fractured vertebra in the 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia.

Scolari said his squad were fully focused on the task at hand.

“Neymar has done his share. Now it’s up to us to do our share,” the coach said.

“We have accepted what has happened and we are focusing on other things.

“In this match we will be playing not just for ourselves [and] everything we’ve ever dreamed of, but also for Neymar and everything he’s done for us.”

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