SPORTS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2009
Trulli, Kovalainen to drive for Lotus Massa to drive
Ferrari F1 car
again this year
LONDON: Felipe Massa will drive a Ferrari Formula
One car again this year as the Brazilian continues his recov-
ery from life-threatening head injuries suffered in July, Fer-
rari said on Sunday.
The Italian team said on their website (www.ferrari.com)
that Massa would drive one of their 2007 cars, with demon-
stration tires, at the Mugello circuit some time in the next
“I wanted to jump into a Formula One car before the
end of the year, so I made the most of being in Maranello to
do it,” said the Brazilian, who was at the team’s factory for
Ferrari’s Christmas party.
Massa, who also drove the 2007 car in October to test
his recovery, joined the team’s test drivers Luca Badoer and
The newly-announced drivers for the Malaysian-backed Lotus F1 team, Jarno Trulli of Italy (Right) and Heikki Kovalainen of Finland, pose with the team principal Tony Marc Gene in dressing up as Father Christmas for the Ferrari
Fernandes after a news conference in Kuala Lumpur Dec. 14, 2009. (Reuters) employees and their families.
The Brazilian attended Ferrari’s Christmas lunch on Sat-
KUALA LUMPUR: Italian Jarno Trulli and Finn Trulli, who has managed one grand prix win at Mo- medium term,” said the 28-year-old. urday and heard the team president Luca di Montezemolo
Heikki Kovalainen will drive for Lotus in the 2010 For- naco for Renault in 2004 in a 12-year career, spent the Lotus are one of four new teams entering the sport hold him up as an example for a team that won just one race
mula One season, the new Malaysian-backed team an- last ﬁve seasons at Toyota. next season in an expanded 26 car starting grid. in 2009 and lost the constructors’ title.
nounced on Monday. At Lotus, Trulli will be reunited with former Jordan, AirAsia airline entrepreneur Fernandes said he had “This has been a very bad year, not up to Ferrari’s usual
Experienced Trulli had been strongly linked to the Renault and Toyota technical head Mike Gascoyne. set an initial goal of being “the best among the new standard,” said Montezemolo.
team after Toyota pulled out of the sport, while Kova- “We are pretty conﬁdent that the car will not only teams” in 2010. “None of us is happy with the ways things went -- we
lainen was freed up after being replaced at McLaren by be ready but will be reliable and good enough to be “We are not setting any big targets, we want to at were hardly ever competitive enough to ﬁght for the win and
world champion Jenson Button. Malaysian Fairuz Fauzi ﬁghting for good positions,” said Trulli, 35. least be the best of the new teams, but I think it shows that is not our style. However, every one of us has the will
was named as the team’s third driver. Kovalainen has also won one grand prix in Hungary our seriousness today by announcing two really world and the ability to react and get back, not just to being very
“Trulli will bring us a lot of experience to develop last year and will be looking to rebuild his conﬁdence class drivers,” Fernandes added. competitive, but also to winning,” he added.
the team and Heikki is a young driver but has phenom- at Lotus after being overshadowed by Lewis Hamilton The team’s target was for a mid-January engine start “The symbol of our desire to ﬁght back is really Felipe,
enal experience so I think we have two fantastic driv- at McLaren. and for the car to roll out by the ﬁrst week of February, who knew how to deal with a very difﬁcult and dramatic situ-
ers with Fairuz as well,” team principal Tony Fernandes “We all are ready for a tough start and a difﬁcult few said Fernandes. ation and all of us can take that as our example next year.”
told reporters at a ceremony in Malaysia’s parliament. weeks and months ... but we can progress all the way The Lotus F1 team, which was set up in September, Massa, overall runner-up in 2008, will partner Spain’s
“It’s a wonderful mix of experience, youth and pas- throughout the season and establish our name and the is supported by the Malaysian government as part of double world champion Fernando Alonso at Ferrari next
sion and shows our seriousness to be a world champion- team so that we earn the respect of everybody else on Prime Minister Najib Razak’s “Malaysia” initiative to year. -Reuters
ship contender.” the grid and I think we can achieve good results in the promote racial unity among Malaysians. -Reuters
James scores 44 points as Cavaliers calm Thunder Spurs roll over Clippers 115-90
LOS ANGELES: Tim Duncan scored Spurs swingman DeJuan Blair came
DALLAS: LeBron James scored a season-high the improving Oklahoma City Thunder 102-89 on A 14-0 fourth-quarter run, fueled by James 21 points before sitting out the fourth in leading all the rookies with a ﬁeld goal
44 points to help the Cleveland Cavaliers see off Sunday. and a half-court shot from Mo Williams, ﬁnally quarter, Richard Jefferson and Manu Gi- percentage of 59.3, made 7 of 9 shots and
broke the Cavaliers free of the Thunder, who had nobili each had 17, and the San Antonio ﬁnished with 14 points. Michael Finley
led by eight points in the ﬁrst half. Spurs beat the Los Angeles Clippers 115- missed his fourth straight game because
“That was a big momentum-changer,” the 90 Sunday night. of a sprained left ankle.
Thunder’s Jeff Green said of the 45-foot shoot that Duncan left with 1:48 left in the third Point guard Baron Davis, plagued
put the Cavaliers up 94-87. It was a lucky shot. quarter after he was accidentally elbowed by an upset stomach that prevented him
But those things happen. There’s nothing you can on the right side of the head by teammate from practicing on Saturday, came off the
do about it.” Matt Bonner while trying to rebound a bench for the ﬁrst time this season and
Williams had eight points, including back-to- missed lay-up by Sebastian Telfair with led the Clippers with 20 points in 30 min-
back three pointers, and James six points in the the Spurs leading 83-73. utes.
spree as the Cavaliers held the Thunder without a The Spurs, who shot 57.3 percent, Los Angeles used its ﬁfth different
point for more than six minutes.” have won three straight and eight of their starting lineup. Telfair made his ﬁrst start
“Any shot like that hurts,” Williams told re- last 11. They have beaten the Clippers 13 for the club and got only two points in 20
porters when asked about the half-court effort. straight times since March 3, 2006, and minutes - the only Clippers starter who
“You think you have a big stop. You’re down only have won 21 of the last 23 meetings. did not score in double ﬁgures. -AP
four. Then all of a sudden, you’re down seven. It
takes the life out of you.”
James knocked down ﬁve three-pointers and
had seven rebounds, six assists and four steals for
the Central Division-leading Cavaliers, who im-
proved to 17-7.
“He was in a zone, there was no doubt,” Thun-
der coach Scott Brooks said.
“You can’t do much about it. He’s one of the
best players in the world. We couldn’t guard him
Center Shaquille O’Neal was back in the line-
up after getting hit in the face in Friday’s game
against Portland and experiencing blurred vision.
He played 18 minutes, had six rebounds, two
blocked shots and ﬁve points.
Kevin Durant had 29 points and Green 26 for
Oklahoma City (12-10), who have shown steady
improvements after ﬁnishing last season bottom of
the North West division with a 23-59 record.
“They’re a totally different ballclub,” Williams
said of the Thunder. “Those young guys are grow-
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James dunks in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin ing up. It’s no secret why they’re winning games
Durant during their NBA basketball in Oklahoma City, Dec. 13, 2009. (AP) right now.” -Reuters
Gay gets 41, Grizzlies beat Heat 118-90 Evans, Johnson lead Hawks
MIAMI: Rudy Gay scored a career-high will - swinging on the rim after dunks and to 130-107 win over Nets
41 points, Marc Gasol made all seven of his drawing some Heat ire for it, taking half-
shots on the way to a 16-point, 15-rebound court alley-oop lobs and even connect- ATLANTA: Maurice Evans scored 22 points, and Joe John- San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan (right) puts up a shot as Los Angeles Clip-
effort, and the Memphis Grizzlies enjoyed ing on three 3-pointers in the third, when son added 21 points and 10 assists to help the Atlanta Hawks pers Chris Kaman defends during their NBA basketball game, Dec. 13, 2009, in
a rare road blowout by beating Miami Heat Memphis blew the game wide open. beat the New Jersey Nets 130-107 on Sunday for their fourth Los Angeles. (AP)
118-90 on Sunday night. The Grizzlies built a 15-point lead in straight win.
Gay made 15 of 28 shots, topping his the ﬁrst quarter, took a 62-49 lead into the Devin Harris, who started despite a sprained left pinky ﬁn-
previous career best by ﬁve points, and be- half and outscored Miami by 13 in the third ger, scored 23 points for the Nets, who allowed a season high in
came just the fourth player since January
2007 to score at least 40 against Miami in a
to take a 93-67 lead into the ﬁnal 12 min-
utes. If the Heat had a white ﬂag, it would
points in their third consecutive loss - dropping the NBA’s worst
record to 2-22. Cricket
regular-season game. Jamal Crawford did so have been waved. Josh Smith and Al Horford each ﬁnished with 16 points
on Dec. 1, 2008, while LeBron James and
Ben Gordon each accomplished the feat last
From the opening tap, Memphis seized
control. Perhaps the best testament of the
Grizzlies’ aggressiveness came from the
for Atlanta, which improved to 10-2 at home. Jamal Crawford
added 13 points, and Mike Bibby and rookie Jeff Teague each
It was just the 20th win in 95 road games
for Memphis dating to the start of the 2007-
08 season. Of those, only one was by more
fact that Memphis shot 17 free throws in
the ﬁrst 11 minutes, while the Heat hadn’t
shot a single one.
Evans made his ﬁrst start this season after forward Marvin
Williams was unable to play because of an upset stomach.
New Jersey dropped to 2-4 since general manager Kiki
Sri Lanka one-dayer to Nagpur
than 20 points, a 118-95 cakewalk past the “It’s 16-zip, John,” Heat coach Erik Vandeweghe became interim coach Dec. 1.
Los Angeles Clippers back March 4. Spoelstra pleaded at one point with ofﬁcial The Nets’ last lead came on Courtney Lee’s 3-pointer with NEW DELHI: The Indian cricket board has moved Friday’s second one-day
Memphis had won only three times John Goble, to no avail. 5:34 left in the second quarter, but Atlanta went on a 19-7 run international against Sri Lanka from Visakhapatnam to Nagpur, it said in a state-
away from home all season, by a total of The Heat led only twice, at 2-0 and 4-2 that ended on Johnson’s 6-foot jumper in the ﬁrst minute of the ment on Monday. There had been security concerns over the eastern port city
17 points. The 28-point win Sunday was the after Wade posted up Mayo and scored with third to make it 64-50. staging the match due to major political agitation sweeping the eastern state of
largest for the Grizzlies since a 109-80 win ease on Miami’s ﬁrst two possessions. After Randolph Morris’ free throw in the ﬁnal minute gave Atlanta Andhra Pradesh. The ﬁve-match series begins in Rajkot on Tuesday.
over Minnesota on Dec. 1, 2007. that, absolutely nothing worked for Miami, its biggest lead at 26 points. Sri Lanka has also been ﬁned for a slow over rate in Saturday’s six-wicket
Gay got rolling quickly, shooting 5 of which got out-rebounded 49-26. Brook Lopez ﬁnished with 19 points and 12 rebounds for Twenty20 defeat against India in Mohali, the International Cricket Council
9 from the ﬂoor in the ﬁrst 12 minutes on Gasol had his ninth double-double of New Jersey, which endured its third loss of 19 or more points. (ICC) said. Match referee Jeff Crowe docked skipper Kumar Sangakkara 40 per-
a combination of everything from reverse the season wrapped up by halftime, get- Reserve Terrence Williams added 18 points for the Nets. cent of his match fee and the rest of the players 20 percent each after the team
lay-ups in transition to fall-away jumpers. ting 12 points and 11 rebounds before the Harris had 15 points in the second half on 6-for-10 shoot- fell two overs short in the stipulated time. -Reuters
And as the game went on, he scored at break. -AP ing. -AP