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    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- This time, Lewis Hamilton is not going to lose any sleep on the eve of the Formula One title decider. Lac Edwards Jersey .The defending champion is second favorite heading into Sundays race with the pressure on rival Nico Rosberg, who is chasing his first ever title.Rosberg holds a 12-point lead and needs only to finish third -- even if Hamilton wins -- to take the F1 title, 34 years after his father Keke Rosberg was crowned F1 champion for the only time.Two years ago, the championship also went down to the last race in Abu Dhabi. But Hamilton was in the stronger position and had it all to lose because of a controversial double points rule that applied only to the final race and kept Rosberg in contention.It also kept Hamilton up all night in what he said is the only time he has failed to sleep the night before a race during his entire career.The reason I wasnt able to sleep then was that Id worked so hard during the year, and faced lots of different challenges, Hamilton said Saturday after taking pole position in qualifying for Sundays race. I had more wins but that double points system could have just thrown everything into the pit when it wasnt deserved. I have everything to gain tomorrow so its the complete opposite end of the spectrum and Im super excited.Hamilton is used to this kind of pressure, and knows how it feels either way.He also won on the last day of the season in 2008, beating Brazilian Felipe Massa by one point in a dramatic finale.Massa won the Brazilian GP and thought he had sealed the championship but, with Massas Ferrari team celebrating wildly, Hamilton just did enough to cross the line in fifth right at the end.The previous year, Hamilton lost the title by one point to Ferraris Kimi Raikkonen.This season, both Mercedes drivers have won nine races each in a topsy-turvy campaign that started out largely in Rosbergs favor when he won the opening four races of the campaign as Hamilton struggled with engine problems.Although Rosberg trailed Hamilton by 19 points heading into the summer break, he then turned the tables on Hamilton to lead again by 33 points.But victory in the past three races has kept Hamilton in the hunt.It sets up the perfect scenario for tomorrows race, Merecedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff said. Its going to be a thrilling showdown to a fantastic season.In the setting evening sun on Saturday, Hamilton dominated qualifying to clinch pole ahead of Rosberg.Red Bulls Daniel Ricciardo qualified in third and starts on the second row with Raikkonen.With temperatures cooling on the Yas Marina circuit, Hamilton edged out Rosberg by .303 seconds to take his career-best 12th pole of the season and 61st of his career -- just four behind Brazilian great Ayrton Senna.Its kind of crazy to think I have 12 poles, a jubilant Hamilton said. We put the car in a real sweet spot today.Although Rosberg entered the race not needing to push for pole he insisted that he was going flat out.Im not ecstatic about today, said Rosberg, who took pole here in the two previous years. Lewis was just a little bit quicker.Rosberg has finished runner-up to Hamilton for the past two years but his season has seen the best and most focused driving of his career.Im proud of my season, Rosberg said.Both drivers may be relieved to see that teen sensation Max Verstappen is starting the race from sixth on the grid alongside Ferraris Sebastian Vettel.The 19-year-old Dutchman has been involved in several altercations with other drivers this season -- notably Vettel and Raikkonen -- and has earned a reputation for risky overtaking moves.With Vettel and Verstappen vying to finish in fourth place overall, and only five points separating them, both Mercedes drivers will be looking to steer well clear of that private battle.Getting stuck behind another driver in midfield is another potential headache.In the 2010 title decider, which also went down to the wire in Abu Dhabi, title favorite Fernando Alonso entered the race with an eight-point lead.But, following a tactical error, the Spanish driver got stuck behind Vitaly Petrov for much of the race and was unable to overtake as Vettel secured his first title. 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The New Zealand Breakers have scored a dramatic 98-92 overtime victory over Melbourne United.Tied at 83 after four quarters on Friday night, United went ahead by four in overtime before back-to-back three-pointers from Breakers big man Robert Loe put the visitors in front 94-92 with less than one minute on the clock.Tom Abercrombie sealed the win with a breakaway dunk, finishing with 17 points that included 5-of-6 from long range at Hisense Arena.Alex Pledger recorded 20 points and 10 rebounds while veteran guard kirk Penney chipped in with 17.With key players Chris Goulding and Todd Blanchfield sidelined, United turned to reserve guard Kyle Adnam (19 points) and Tai Wesley (17) but were unable to prevent a third-straight defeat for the home side.The Breakers dominated early with strong rebounding and accurate outside shooting to build a 27-13 lead late in the opening quarter.But the introduction of Adnam sparked the home side, the reserve guard scoring 10 straight points in a 13-0 United run.David Andersens hook shot saw Melbourne take their first lead of the match with three minutes left in the half but two quick baskets from import forward Akil Mitchell helped New Zealand go into the main break ahead 41-40.United kept up the pace in the third quarter with Adnam, Wesley and Nate Tomlinson hitting from outside in a 19-6 surgee. Juston Burris Jersey. Down by eight at the final change, Abercrombie caught fire with four three-pointers to give the Breaker a 83-81 lead before Ramone Moore sent the game into overtime.The Breakers will aim for three straight wins when they host the Brisbane Bullets on Sunday, and Melbourne hit the road to face the Illawarra Hawks.Breakers coach Paul Henare felt confident that his veteran leaders would find a way to win despite at times not being at their best.Weve got guys that have won championships and have been through the ringer in multiple situations, said Henare. Youve got to have that level of trust with your guys.Obviously we needed to dig deep and guys needed to step up ... but happy for them to get the result that they deserved.Despite being unhappy with the outcome, Melbourne coach Dean Demopoulos could not fault the effort of his undermanned team.My guys played as well as they could but the other team was better, said Demopoulos.We had opportunities to win the game in regulation but couldnt get it done.Demopoulos praised young guard Kyle Adnam who played a major role in keeping United in the match.When he got his opportunity, he made the most out of it ... it just wasnt quite enough, he said. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
      March 17, 2018 3:12 AM MDT