Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene insists they are not going to give up on the 2016 title, despite an increased threat from Red Bull over recent races. Todd Ewen Jersey . After the British Grand Prix, Ferrari are 131 points behind leaders Mercedes in the Constructors Championship and yet the gap back to Red Bull in third is just six points. It should be a tight battle for the rest of the year, said a buoyant Christian Horner after Max Verstappen finished second at Silverstone. But Arrivabene continues to insist his Ferrari team are focusing on winning the title ahead of Mercedes. At this stage of the season if I say we are going to give up, its not absolutely correct. We need to be focused, the Ferrari team principal said. In terms of problems, bad luck and everything we have had already, we are at the top in terms of points. But I hope that these kind of points go down and we start to get better.To say we give up, not at all. I think the fact that Red Bull has performed very well is good for Formula 1, but I still think that our target is Mercedes and not Red Bull.In the drivers standings, Kimi Raikkonen is the highest-placed non-Mercedes driver in third on 106 points, followed by Red Bulls Daniel Ricciardo six points back in fourth.Raikkonens team-mate Sebastian Vettel is two points behind the Australian in fifth while Verstappen in sixth on 90 points.Speaking at the in-season test at Silverstone this week, Raikkonen reiterated Arrivabenes point: Were not going to give up until its not possible anymore, he said. Mercedes is ahead of everybody right now but that doesnt mean we should give up. After the race at Silverstone, Vettel admitted that Red Bull seemed to have taken a step forward.Speaking to Sky Sports News HQs Craig Slater, the German said: I think they probably did, so fair enough, but I think we did a step back so we need to see why these conditions - the tyres, the circuit, the wind - didnt suit us and we were struggling so much. Red Bull boss Horner, meanwhile, has good reason to think his team can be the ones to challenge Mercedes.After the race at Silverstone, he said: Weve out-scored Ferrari by 15 points here [18 after Rosbergs penalty], we out-scored them last week by 13 points, and some of the circuits coming up should play to our strengths.We have a very strong car, two great drivers and the engine is improving.Red Bulls improved performance also hasnt gone unnoticed by the world champions. Nico Rosberg had this to say on their recent performances after Sundays race: Theyve done well to catch up. Were still the best but lately they have been our closest competitor. For sure we need to keep an eye on them. Sometimes its Ferrari, sometimes its Red Bull which definitely helps us. Its good to fight against them - it was great to have a battle with Max, he said of his race-long battle with Verstappen for second place.A battle he eventually lost, after he was demoted to third when Mercedes were penalised by the stewards for illegal radio messages. Red Bulls Max Verstappen pulls off the best overtake of the British Grand Prix going past Nico Rosberg Rosberg also thinks the coming races could tell a lot about who will be the real threat to Mercedes, with teams beginning to switch their focus to the development of their 2017 cars.Its going to be interesting now to see how much development still happens. For sure youre going to be shifting more and more to next year.Thats going to be the key for the upcoming races, to see whos bringing how much and whos bringing how many resources to next year. Thats a big factor at the moment.Watch every session of the Hungarian Grand Prix live on Sky Sports F1 from July 22-24. Also See: The Martin Brundle column Behind the scenes at Silverstone British GP driver ratings WATCH: Hamilton crowdsurfing! Hampus Lindholm Jersey . That further limits the options of Australia coach Ewen McKenzie, who on Monday suspended six players who were involved in a night out in Dublin ahead of the Saturdays 32-15 win over the Irish. The Wallabies play Scotland on Saturday before facing Wales on Nov. Anaheim Ducks Shirts .Under the agreement announced Monday, the Cuban defector is guaranteed $68.5 million over six seasons.Tomas gets a $14 million signing bonus that is payable within 30 days of the deals approval by Major League Baseball, and then salaries of $2 million next year, $4 million in 2016, $6 million in 2017 and $10 million in 2018.A quarterback will be selected with the No 1 pick of the 2016 Draft. Whether it will be North Dakota States Carson Wentz or University of Californias Jared Goff, we as yet dont know, but Los Angeles Rams have traded up from the 15th pick to top spot for the privilege of picking their franchise quarterback of the future.For every success story like Peyton Manning - taken with the top pick in the 1998 Draft - there is a cautionary tale like JaMarcus Russell, taken No 1 in 2007. Here we take a closer look at the quarterbacks taken with the first pick since the turn of the century…Jameis Winston (2015) Jameis Winston impressed during his first year as quarterback for Tampa Bay Buccaneers Much like this year, there was little separating the top two quarterbacks in the 2015 Draft, with much speculation as to whether the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would pick Winston, or Marcus Mariota.They ultimately plumped for Winston, who rewarded them with 4,042 passing yards - the third-most by a rookie in NFL history - in his first year. Mariota didnt fare too badly either mind, becoming the first rookie QB to record two games with at least four touchdown passes, for the Tennessee Titans.Andrew Luck (2012) Andrew Luck won three of four encounters against Peyton Manning, the man he replaced at Indianapolis Colts Once again, quarterbacks were taken with the first and second picks, although this time Luck was predicted to be the top pick by many over Robert Griffin III, and so it proved.There had even been a Suck for Luck campaign the previous year, with many hoping their team would lose, get the top pick of the draft and pick Luck. He was seen as the surest QB prospect coming out of college since Manning in 1998, and as luck would have it, thats who hed end up replacing at Indianapolis Colts.Cam Newton (2011) Cam Newton struggled against a dominant Denver Broncos defence in Super Bowl 50 Arguably, Newton is the one on our list to have tasted the most pro success, with SuperCam proving an unstoppable force both in the air, and on the ground.His rookie season saw him throw for an astonishing 4,051 yards and rush for 14 touchdowns. A couple of quieter years - by his standards - followed, but he was back to his best last year, leading Carolina Panthers to the Super Bowl with 35 touchdown passes, and 10 scores on the ground. Sadly, the season would end in defeat to Denver Broncos.Sam Bradford (2010) Could Sam Bradford (left) be set to follow former coach Chip Kelly (right) out the door at Philadelphia Eagles? Bradford is the toughest of the No 1 picks to grade. Is he an overrated player, afforded more opportunities - like the one he was given but failed to grasp with Philadelphia Eagles last year - than his talent deserves? Or is he endlessly unlucky, troubled constantly by injuries or coaching/system changes?After four such seasons with St Louis Rams, the Eagles traded for Bradford, looking to build Chip Kellys explosive offence around him. But after a poor 7-9 season, Kelly is gone and Philadelphia have traded up to the second pick of the 2016 Draft, where they will take a quarterback.Matthew Stafford (2009) Matthew Stafford was benched during a 42-17 blowout loss to Arizona Cardinals in 2015 The bullet-armed Stafford arguably possesses the strongest throw of all the names on our list, but has been plagued by inconsistency during his pro career.Staffords peak was undoubtedly in 2011 when he threw for 5,038 yards and an incredible 41 touchdowns. He has passed the 30-mark only once since, when notching 32 scores last year, but that belies a woeful start to the year as Detroit Lions went 0-5 with Stafford benched after three interceptions in a blowout loss to Arizona Cardinals.JaMarcus Russell (2007) JaMarcus Russell was criticised for being overweight and under-prepared during his time with Oakland Raiders Undoubtedly the biggest draft bust on our list, and maybe of all time. Russell posted a 7-18 record during his three years with the Oakland Raiders, tallying 18 touchdowns to 23 interceptions. Anaheim Ducks Store. After ultimately burning out of the NFL due to weight and drug issues, Russell attempted a comeback in 2013 but was not signed. To make matters worse for Raider Nation, they passed on such talent as Calvin Johnson, Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch taken later in the draft.Alex Smith (2005) Alex Smith (far left) was selected first, ahead of Aaron Rodgers (third left) in the 2005 Draft Once again, the debate ahead of the 2005 Draft was which of two quarterbacks would be selected No 1 overall by San Francisco 49ers. They picked Smith, but the biggest surprise was to then see future NFL Hall-of-Famer Aaron Rodgers slide all the way to the 24th pick, where Green Bay Packers gleefully snapped him up.Smith took a long time to settle in comparison to Rodgers, but has ultimately carved out a decent NFL resume, first with San Francisco and now with Kansas City Chiefs.Eli Manning (2004) Eli Manning holds aloft the Vince Lombardi trophy after one of two triumphs in the Super Bowl with the New York Giants Another QB tussle for the top two picks, although this one was more personal. San Diego Chargers selected Manning, but there was a problem: he didnt want to play for them. He wanted to go to New York and play for the Giants, which he ultimately did after the two teams agreed a trade - Philip Rivers in turn heading for the sunshine coast of California.Eli hasnt matched his older brother Peytons career in terms of stats, but did for some time hold the Super Bowl advantage, with two wins to one until Peyton evened things up with Denvers win in Super Bowl 50 before retirement.Carson Palmer (2003) Carson Palmer took Arizona Cardinals to the NFC Championship game in 2015 but then struggled in defeat to Carolina Panthers Much like Bradford and Luck have been since, Palmer was the first to be touted as the best college QB since Peyton. He didnt disappoint, throwing 32 touchdowns in only his second season with the Cincinnati Bengals and then topping the 4,000-yard mark in his next two.A torn elbow disrupted his 2008 season and he failed to reach the same stratospheric heights following surgery. An unsuccessful trade to the Raiders followed and Palmers career appeared to be drifting until Arizona Cardinals picked him up. Personal bests of 4,671 yards and 35 touchdowns last year have seen him return to the top tier of NFL QBs.David Carr (2002) David Carr suffers one of his record 76 sacks for Houston Texans in 2002 Houston Texans came into the NFL as an expansion franchise in 2002, and chose Carr as their first draft pick. Sadly though, the burden of that tag weighed heavily on Carr, as did multiple defensive lineman, with the quarterback sacked a staggering 76 times in his rookie season behind a woefully put together Texans team.Carr never really recovered from the experience, suffering a further 68 sacks in the 2005 season and spent much of the rest of his career as a back-up. His brother Derek is at least faring a little better as a Raider, picked in the second round in 2014.Michael Vick (2001) Michael Vick explodes into the endzone and into the NFL for Atlanta Falcons in 2001 Commonplace in the NFL now with the likes of Newton, Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick etc, but Vick was a true pioneer as a duel threat quarterback, astonishing the league with his passing and running ability in his first few years with the Atlanta Falcons.Just as he should have been peaking, Vick was jailed for 21 months for his involvement in an illegal dog fighting ring. He had moderate success with the Eagles upon release, but is now serving as a back-up with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and its a case of what could have been for his NFL career.Follow the 2016 NFL Draft on Sky Sports 1 from midnight on Thursday and via our live blog here at www.skysports.com/nfl Also See: NFL Draft: Beginners Guide Making sens of the NFL Combine 2015 Draft: Non-first round surprises 2015 Draft: Hits and misses ' ' '
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork. Richaun Holmes Jersey .com) - DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 18 rebounds but fouled out late in regulation and had to watch two overtime periods from the bench. His teammates stepped up in crunch time and the Sacramento Kings took a 114-112 win over the Phoenix Suns, extending one of the best starts in franchise history. Darren Collison had 16 points and Ben McLemore scored 15 for the Kings, who improved to 5-1 on the young season despite shooting just 3-of-16 from behind the arc. They have also won five straight games for the first time since 2006-07. Eric Bledsoe had 23 points and eight assists for Phoenix, losers in three of four. Goran Dragic scored 22 points and Miles Plumlee filled the stat sheet with 15 points and 16 rebounds. We just gotta do a better job of closing out games, Bledsoe said. Phoenix led 88-77 through three quarters, but the visitors dominated the fourth, holding the Suns to just 4-for-18 shooting. Plumlee made it 94-83 with his free throw at 7:28 when Sacramento rattled off 11 straight points to tie it. Cousins scored five during the run, including free throws at 4:57 to make it 94-94. The Kings took their first lead of the fourth when Cousins converted a three- point play at 1:37. After empty possessions both ways, Bledsoe tied it when he darted through the defense for a scoop layup. Sacramento took a timeout to advance the ball but whatever play was drawn up in the huddle ended before it began, with Cousins getting called for his sixth foul on an illegal screen. Former King Isaiah Thomas, who signed with Phoenix this offseason, missed a contested 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded. The Suns scored the first seven points of overtime, with P.J. Tucker hitting a triple from the left wing at 3:34 to make it 106-99. They were held scoreless the rest of the way as Sacramento clawed back. Collison scored back-to-back field goals and McLemore made a pair of free throws. Collison split a pair from the stripe to tie it. The Kings had the final look this time, but Rudy Gay dribbled off his leg and had to settle for a heave from near midcourt. Gay finished with 11 points on just 5-for-22 shooting. Bledsoes layup three minutes into the second overtime period gave the Suns a 112-108 lead. Once again, the Kings fought back. McLemore potted a triple from the corner and Gay hit a turnaround jumper. Collison split a pair at the line with 15.1 seconds left to make it a 114-112 game. They made runs, we made runs, said Gay. We had to finish out like we do. Were starting to get that mentality about us now. Phoenix had two final looks at the basket, with Tucker missing a corner 3-ball and Marcus Morris coming up short on his fade-away midrange jumper. Game Notes The Kings are 3-0 on the road for the first time since 1995-96 ... The Kings are 5-1 for the first time since starting 9-1 in the 1999-2000 season ... Tucker scored 15 for the Suns ... 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Im just trying to get better at my ground game. Johnson improved to 21-2-1 with his fifth straight title defence. Cariaso dropped to 17-6. In the co-main event, lightweight Donald Cerrone moved closer to a title shot with a unanimous decision over Eddie Alvarez. Cerrone used powerful leg kicks to wear down Alvarez, winning 29-28 on all three scorecards. Theres no quit in this dog, Cerrone ssaid. Marvin Bagley Jersey . . If youre going to beat me, you better do it in the first. In a battle of rising featherweights, Conor McGregor made short work of Dustin Poirier, earning a TKO victory in the first round. McGregor improved to 16-2, and Poirier fell to 16-4. I dont just knock them out, I pick the round, McGregor said. When featherweights get hit by me its a whole new ballgame. Yoel Romero survived a back and forth brawl to beat Tim Kennedy by TKO, and No. 1 womens bantamweight contender Cat Zingano moved into position for a title shot with a third-round TKO over Amanda Nunes. Former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz highlighted the undercard with a first-round TKO over Takeya Mizugaki. Jorge Masvidal, Stephen Thompson, Brian Ebersole, Kevin Lee and Manvel Gamburyan also won. On the preliminary card, Stephen Thompson defeated Montreals Patrick Cote by unanimous decision. Judges scored the bout 29-28, 29-28, 30-27 in favour of Thompson. ' ' '