SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Lewis Hamilton beat Max Verstappen to the fastest time during first practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix as championship leader Nico Rosberg had to settle for third.Hamilton set his fastest time on a set of fresh soft tyres midway through the session and was on an even quicker lap on his second attempt before backing off in the middle sector. The slim margin over Verstappen suggests Red Bull has an opportunity to take the fight to Mercedes this weekend, which could be crucial for the championship if Hamilton can win the race with the two Red Bulls in second and third ahead of Rosberg.But Rosberg, who only needs to finish second or third this weekend to stay on track to beat Hamilton to the title, has had strong form in Sao Paulo in recent years and will be looking to the afternoon session to overturn the 0.230s deficit he had to his teammate in the morning. Red Bulls Daniel Ricciardo will also be hoping to improve after finishing 0.380s off teammate Verstappen and 0.476s off the best time overall set by Hamilton.Valtteri Bottas was a distant fifth for Williams, 1.2s off the pace, as Ferrari took itself out of the running for the top times by opting not to use the soft tyres during the 90 minute session. Williams and Force India look set for another close battle with Bottas just over a tenth ahead of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg and 0.189s quicker than teammate Felipe Massa in eighth. The two Ferraris were split by just 0.002s in ninth and tenth as they used the slower medium compound tyre to set times 1.67s off Hamilton. Sebastian Vettel spun off in Interlagos tricky middle sector towards the end of the session, but no obvious damage was done to the car.Carlos Sainz finished the session 11th ahead of teammate Daniil Kvyat, who experienced a puncture midway through the session. Jenson Button led McLaren teammate Fernando Alonso in 13th and 14th, with Romain Grosjean 15th despite admitting he was lost with the set-up of his car towards the end of the session.The Saubers of Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson were 16th and 17th ahead of Manors Esteban Ocon, who was just under a tenth quicker than Jolyon Palmers Renault and teammate Pascal Wehrlein in 19th and 20th. Charles Leclerc was 21st as he drove Esteban Gutierrezs Haas during FP1 while Russian Sergey Sirotkin finished 22nd after an outing in Kevin Magnussens Renault. Xander Bogaerts Jersey
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It was just this kind of instant respect that I had for him. He said to me: `This has to become the No. 1 thing in your life, and I was willing to do it, Lloyd said. And from that point on, from the minute we started together, everything that hes asked of me, I would do it every single day and Im still doing it today.Galanis is brutally honest about what he found when he first started working with Lloyd: a gifted player who had been coddled by coaches and who wasnt willing to put in the work to be great.She was just cruising by on her talent, he said. She was so much better than everyone else, but I knew that someday she was going to meet up with the rest of the Carli Lloyds, and because of her inconsistency and her lack of fitness she was in for rejection at some point.Galanis was a player himself back home in Australia. He came to the United States in 1997 and saw potential in training high-level soccer players for professional careers. In 2000, he founded the Universal Soccer Academy in Lumberton, New Jersey.James told my dad, `Look, Im going to train your daughter for free. Im going to get her on the national team. And all I ask in return is that she be as dedicated as she can be, Lloyd said. That was it.Galanis employs what he calls the Five Pillars: physical power, mental toughness, character, technical skills and tactical awareness.Both Lloyd and Galanis acknowledge the mental piece was one of the biggest obstacles, but she dutifully attacked the tasks he gave her.She sees that Im there for her. She sees that Im always working to make her better, Galanis said. And I see that shes fully dedicated and shes all in 110 percent with this. We both respect each other and support each oother.dddddddddddd So, yes, we know its special. And we knew it was special right from the beginning.Lloyds success wasnt magic; it was both a process and hard work, Galanis said. There were also setbacks: Lloyd was benched before the 2012 London Games by then-coach Pia Sundhage, who liked the combination of Shannon Boxx and Lauren Holiday in the central midfielder position. The demotion didnt last long, however, because Boxx was injured in the opener.Lloyd started the rest of the way and scored both goals in the gold-medal match against Japan at Wembley Stadium. Shes the only player to score winning goals in consecutive Olympic finals: At the Beijing Games in 2008, she scored in overtime for a 1-0 victory against Brazil.Her biggest moment came on the games biggest stage. She scored three goals in the first 16 minutes last summer in the World Cup final against Japan in Vancouver. Vice President Joe Biden was among the U.S. fans in attendance.One person who wasnt there was Galanis, who was vacationing with his family in Greece. Lloyds family stays home during big tournaments so she can focus, and likewise Galanis doesnt attend all of them, instead encouraging her from afar with texts and emails. Lloyd called him afterward and he asked what she was doing.Winning World Cups, he recalled her saying nonchalantly.Galanis has worked with other national team players, including goalkeeper Hope Solo and former defender Heather Mitts. More recently he has worked with Yoreli Rincon, a promising 22-year-old midfielder who plays for the Colombia national team.But none has been a full-time job, except Lloyd.After a pair of exhibition matches this month, Lloyd and the rest of the U.S. national team heads team to Brazil for the Olympics, opening with a game against New Zealand on Aug. 3.The United States has the last three gold medals in the sport. No team has won a World Cup then the Olympics in consecutive years.After the Rio Games, Lloyd will marry her high school sweetheart, Brian Hollins. And her book, When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World, which details her relationship with Galanis, is set for release at the end of September.She loves it when something big is sitting there waiting to be taken -- she wants it to be hers, Galanis said. Other people fold under pressure. Carli thrives under pressure. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys
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