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MONTREAL -- When misfortune finally struck the Mercedes AMG team, Red Bulls Daniel Ricciardo was there to take the prize. Yuta Watanabe Jersey . Ricciardo passed series leader Nico Rosberg with two laps to go and held on for his first Formula One victory in a wild Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon. The 24-year-old became the first non-Mercedes driver to win in seven races this season, although even he admitted there was luck involved and that it is too early to say that Red Bull is back as a championship contender. "Obviously Mercedes had their issues and that enabled us to close on them," a giddy and still disbelieving Ricciardo said after the race. "Its a bit surreal. Really cool." The Aussie driver remembered to save some champagne from the post-race podium celebration to spray on his race engineer, Toronto native Gavin Ward. Rosberg finished second despite engine and brake problems, while the second Red Bull driven by four-time world champion and defending Canadian Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel came in third. The race ended under a caution flag after a spectacular crash involving Sergio Perezs Force India car and Felipe Massas Williams. They narrowly missed taking Vettel out. Both drivers appeared unhurt as they got out of their cars on their own. They were checked out by track doctors, then had further tests at Sacre-Coeur Hospital and were released. Race stewards found Perez at fault for the crash and penalized him five grid positions at the next race. The Red Bull team ruled F1 as Vettel won the last four championships, but a switch to more fuel-efficient turbo engines this year saw Mercedes emerge with what looked like an unbeatable car. Mercedes AMG won the first six races of the season, with Lewis Hamilton winning four and Rosberg taking two. They had finished one-two in the five previous races. But the long straights and tight corners of Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve have a history of mishaps, crashes and heartbreak, and this thriller was no exception. Rosberg kept the lead over Hamilton off the start and both were comfortably in front until just over midway through the 70-lap event. But then both cars at once developed problems with their Energy Recovery Systems, which convert the energy the car produces into extra power, and that led to rear brakes trouble. Hamilton, a three-time winner in Canada, exited the race with his brakes emitting smoke after 48 laps. It was a second retirement for Hamilton, who was out of the season-opening Australian GP after two laps with engine trouble. Rosberg needed all his skill to keep his Mercedes on the track and managed to hang on through the final laps with a line of competitors pushing from behind. But Ricciardo finally got past on the final corner leading to the homestretch of the 4.361-kilometre course. "I was pleased I was managing to stay ahead with this huge train of cars behind me," said Rosberg. "One guy got by, but I still managed to hang on. "Losing is disappointing for us as a team. We have such speed and such a great car, to not win and just have one car come in second is hugely disappointing for us. Our ambition is to finish one-two. We have to make sure we get back there next race in Austria." Ricciardo had spent several laps just trying to get by Perez, whose Mercedes-powered Force India was stronger in the straights, but the Mexican made a braking error and the Aussie shot past on lap 66. "I needed a bit of a mistake from him," said Ricciardo. "He got close to Nico and perhaps overshot the braking in the last chicane and I managed to just stay with him on the exit. "Once I had the outside line free, I made it work." Rosberg earned 18 points to stretch his lead in driver standings over Hamilton to 22 points. Ricciardo, who finished third in the previous two events, moved into third spot, 61 points off the lead. Vettel earned his second third-place finish of the year, but said the Red Bulls still have a long way to go to catch Mercedes. "We have a competitive car, but not yet a competitive package to match them and beat them regularly," said the German. "Today we got lucky. "It feels great and its a great reward for the whole team after such a painful winter and a difficult start to the season. To get both cars on the podium and beat at least one of the Mercedes, I think thats a very positive day for us." Rosberg said: "We are fully aware that Red Bull is still an amazingly strong team and pushing like crazy to catch us." Vettel came within a metre or two of being taken out by Massa, who whizzed across the final chicane straight into a retaining wall. "I saw something white coming in the mirror and at the last second, I turned right and Felipe was in the air flying past," he said. "I was quite lucky he didnt hit me. I saw him just in time." Ricciardo spent the last two years with Toro Rossi and moved to Red Bull team when his compatriot Mark Webber retired. He became the fourth Australian to win an F1 race after Jack Brabham, Alan Jones and Webber. "Very proud," said the Perth, Australia native. "It was great to hear the Aussie anthem. Its been three years since I won a race (in any series). Its a feeling I missed a lot." The safety car came out during the first lap after a crash that took out both Marussia cars spread debris across the track. Max Chilton looked to lose control and bump Jules Bianchi, who slammed into a wall. Neither was injured. Esteban Gutierrez was given permission to race, starting from pit lane, despite not taking part in qualifying. The Mexican missed qualifying while having his Sauber chassis changed after a crash in the final practice session on Saturday. He left the race after 64 laps. The next race is June 22 in Spielberg, Austria at a track, perhaps ominously for Mercedes, called the Red Bull Ring. Mike Bibby Jersey . Thaddeus Young scored seven of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, Evan Turner added 22 points, and the 76ers hung on for their first road win since Nov. 1, beating the depleted Los Angeles Lakers 111-104 on Sunday night. Mike Miller Jersey . Chris Heisey connected for his first grand slam and Devin Mesoraco homered and drove in a career high-tying four runs as Cincinnati took advantage of Tampa Bays depleted pitching staff for a 12-4 victory on Sunday. https://www.cheapgrizzlies.com/234p-jamychal-green-jersey-grizzlies.html . Saskatchewans Darian Durant is expected to miss the rest of the Roughriders season with a torn tendon in his right elbow. The 32-year-old, who will undergo surgery in the next couple days to repair the injury, was added to the teams six-game injury list Tuesday.This the weekend, that after it’s all played out, Europe will catch its collective breath for the traditional fortnight holiday break. Meanwhile, the barmy English go hammer and tongs at it right on through the festive season. The Barclays Premier Leagues very own version of the 12 Days of Christmas kicks off lunchtime Saturday at the Etihad and the curtain will come down tea time New Years Day at White Hart Lane when Spurs entertain Chelsea. Here below are my BPL holiday and New Years wishes BOXING DAY BARGAIN MARIO Liverpools Mario Balotelli’s drought in front of a BPL goal this season has gone on for so long that his fabled, Why Always Me? t- shirt has likely faded beyond recognition. The t-shirt famously unveiled by the Italian maverick after he scored for Manchester City at Old Trafford came just a few short days after setting his bathroom ablaze with fireworks. I wonder if Mario, who has hardly been setting them ablaze in front of goal this season, shook hands when he departed AC Milan in the summer with the incoming Fernando Torres. Suspended for Sunday’s Arsenal match, Burnley on Boxing Day must be the game Mario finally pots one. GENIE IN THE LAMP-ARD It was firmly with tongue in cheek I proclaimed in TSN.ca’s BPL Preview that summer signing Frank Lampard would be the newcomer of the year. No one could have thought we’d ever see the Chelsea legend in a Manchester City shirt, let alone banging in the winning goal week after week. Poor Don Garber must have been wearing out the plush carpet at MLS’s Manhattan HQ when he tuned into last Saturday’s defeat of Leicester by the BPL Champions - Lampard’s lone goal enough to seal the three points. HUMBLE PIE, GRINCH AND BARE IT He lapped it up all last season did Brendan Rodgers, as Liverpool went toe-to-toe with anyone who dared attempt to dislodge them from top spot. April’s thoroughly enthralling 3-2 victory against Manchester City had the Anfield faithful dreaming of a very first BPL title. Rodgers was loving every single minute of it. Then, we all know what happened afterwards. Apart from a significant investment on mega-white teeth over the summer, something else must have unhinged the Liverpool manager’s character in the off season. From his ill-advised early season rant at Roy Hodgson, if he dared select and overplay any of his players, to Rodger’s continual harping on about rightful media criticism of his team’s performances, his transfers have all come with the opportunity cost of the manager not owning up and taking responsibility for what is Liverpool’s worst start in 50 years. Give it up in 2015, Brendan. Take a leaf from legendary Everton manager Harry Catterick, who famously said about defeat, it wasn’t excuses which were needed, but adjustments. HOWAY THE LADS No one BPL club’s supporters are more deserving of a trophy than those silverware-starved Geordies. Newcastle has not won a major trophy since John and Yoko’s famous bed-in for peace in a Montreal hotel. The year was 1969, that same season Newcastle were triumphant in the UEFA Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. Shareef Abdur-Rahim Jersey. Their form this season has been so erratic, a top-four spot and a place in the Champions League next spring is likely beyond even Pardew Out. Here’s to a date at Wembley in May for that famous 50,000-plus bare-bellied Toon Army choir. NEW BALL BOYS FOR JOSE As Wimbledon’s umpires have their iconic “New balls, please” request to the ball boys delivered oh so politely - here’s to Mourinho reclaiming his composure, manners and a word for the victorious opponent the next time Chelsea are defeated. The Chelsea was manager rightly scolded by all after saving his fury for the St. Jamess Park ball boys right after Newcastle had deservedly destroyed Chelsea’s unbeaten record earlier this month. What a racket, oh Special One. PANTOMIME MAROUANE After today’s latest, I’m a Moyes victim outburst from Marouane Fellaini, let’s now hope the BPL player who most resembles a Christmas panto character can move on from his quite horrendous opening season at Old Trafford. Fellaini has recently rediscovered his real inner footballer and should now fully focus on playing and allow his feet (and elbows) do his talking. SWAN LAKE Any illusion still remaining that the English don’t dive was fully destroyed last Saturday at Stamford Bridge with England centre-half Gary Cahill in the starring role. Cahill’s embarrassing attempt to con Chris Hoy in awarding Chelsea a second-half penalty was described as something out of Swan Lake by Hull manager Steve Bruce. Let’s hope the gatekeepers of the beautiful game can rid the football pitch of this outright cheating. Save the theatrics for the stage...or, in Cahill’s case, the circus. WINTER WHEELING DEALING As the BPL greets 2015 with a full slate of fixtures on New Years Day, this will also denote the official switching on of the winter transfer window lights - the razzle and irrational dazzle as club’s make their investments in title pushes, Champions League places and wining relegation battles. Hard to imagine the 2015 window will also signify the four-year anniversary since Roman Abramovich donated over £50 million to Liverpool so they could buy Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll. Hearing for 2015’s window, Manchester United is willing to make Radamel Falcao’s loan a permanent deal. Not sure if it’s on the basis of paying the big Columbian $10 million for each goal netted or for each appearance made. WHO ATE ALL THE PIES? For those of you most fortunate to have witnessed in the flesh a BPL experience, you will all well know that a pie and a pint at half-time is as much part of the action inside the stadium as what occurs down on the pitch. Here’s to Steven Gerrard carrying a truckload of those world famous Anfield pies in his carry-on when he pulls up MLS sticks in 2015. Noel.Butler@BellMedia.ca @TheSoccerNoel on Twitter Live BPL action across the TSN Radio Network on Saturday as Aston Villa hosts Manchester United. Pre-game coverage begins at 9:30am et/6:30am pt. ' ' '

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