“We didnt have the energy we needed,

MELBOURNE, Australia – Formula Ones season-opening race ended in rancour and controversy Sunday as initial second-place finisher Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull disqualified for a breach of fuel regulations, five hours after Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg took the checkered flag. Ricciardos exclusion from the results tarnished what had been a day of celebration for local fans, who were jubilant that the Red Bull driver had apparently become the first Australian to finish on the podium at his home race. However just before midnight, stewards ruled that Ricciardos car had “exceeded consistently the maximum allowed fuel flow” and that the team refused an instruction from the races technical delegate Charlie Whiting to change the fuel-flow sensor before the race and a further request during the race to reduce the fuel flow. Red Bull immediately announced it would appeal the decision. “Inconsistencies with the FIA fuel flow meter have been prevalent all weekend up and down the pit lane,” a Red Bull statement said. “The team and (engine supplier) Renault are confident the fuel supplied to the engine is in full compliance with the regulations.” The exclusion capped a day of shocks at the Albert Park street circuit. Thought Rosbergs victory was little surprise, given Mercedes had been the dominant team in preseason testing and across the race weekend in Melbourne, few would have expected pole sitter Lewis Hamilton and defending four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel to be mere onlookers after half a dozen laps. Both Hamilton and Vettel suffered engine failures, illustrating the difficulties all teams are having getting performance and reliability out of the sports new V6 hybrid engines. Ricciardos disqualification meant Kevin Magnussen was promoted to second in his debut race, ahead of his McLaren teammate Jenson Button, giving the team a bright start to the season and the lead in the constructors championship after a very disappointing 2013. Rosberg started third on the grid and was first to reach turn one, then drove away from the field to eventually win by 24.5 seconds at the Albert Park street circuit. The margin of victory and the authority of the performance showed why Mercedes is considered a strong favourite to finally win its first constructors title this season. “I had an unbelievably quick car today,” said Rosberg, whose world champion father Keke won the inaugural Australian F1 GP in 1985. “It was such a pleasure to drive, its such a great feeling and I really look forward to the new races.” Rosbergs delight was a contrast to the disappointment on the other side of the garage as Hamilton quickly retired a car that was only firing on five cylinders. “We looked so strong but to then have a hiccup is tough for everyone, but we will bounce back,” Hamilton said. Like Mercedes, Red Bull was on one hand celebrating a strong performance in the opening race while also harbouring concern about the engine problems that caused the retirements of their top drivers. “We learned the car is quick, we just need to get everything together,” Vettel said. “No doubt well fix this issue, the question is how soon?” Ferraris Fernando Alonso finished fourth in a worryingly uncompetitive performance for the Italian team, while Williams driver Valtteri Bottas recovered from losing a wheel early in the race to finish fifth; pulling off a succession of impressive passing moves that showed the strong potential of the car. Force Indias Nico Hulkenberg and Ferraris Kimi Raikkonen — in his return to the team after six years away — finished sixth and seventh respectively, ahead of the Toro Rosso pair Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat. After Ricciardos exclusion, Force Indias Sergio Perez was promoted to the final points-paying position in 10th. The 19-year-old Kvyats 10th place made him the youngest driver ever to earn an F1 point, breaking Vettels record set at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix. The 21-year-old Magnussen was the second-youngest driver to claim a podium finish, behind Vettels record at the 2007 U.S. Grand Prix. Despite fears that few cars would complete the race due to a series of reliability problems in preseason testing and over this weekend, 15 of the 22 racers finished. There was only one major accident, with Caterham driver Kamui Kobayashi slamming into the back of Felipe Massas Williams at the first corner, immediately ending the race for both drivers. Magnussens heady performance for a rookie driver illustrated why McLaren put such faith in him, discarding Sergio Perez after a single season to make room. McLaren leads the constructors championship after one race; an impressive recovery after a dire 2013 season in which the high-achieving team failed to secure a single podium. “Its not a win but it feels like a bit of a win,” Magnussen said. “The team is coming off a difficult season and they just wanted to come back. “The team is massively motivated to stay on top and they are a team that should be on top in Formula One.” SACRAMENTO, Calif. — One night after going scoreless in the New Jersey Nets close win, Anthony Morrow was looking to make amends. The veteran guard with the dangerous outside shot made six 3-pointers and scored 24 points to lead the Nets past the Sacramento Kings 111-99 on Saturday night for their season-high third straight victory. Morrow played his first two seasons with Golden State, yet looked anything but comfortable in his return to Oakland, missing all six shots as the Nets rallied from 19 points down to beat the Warriors on Friday night. Coming off the bench against the Kings, Morrow got going early and remained on his game, shooting 6 for 11 on 3s. It was fifth time in his careeer that Morrow made at least six 3s. He ranks fifth on the NBAs all-time 3-point shooting percentage at just over 43 per cent. “I dont ever think Im having an off night,” Morrow said. Yet he was a little surprised the Kings continually left him open on the perimeter. His first 10 shots were all from beyond the arc, and he made 8 of 17 overall, while also adding five rebounds. “It (being left open) doesnt happen all the time, not as much as it used to,” Morrow said. “When it happens I have to take advantage of it, especially having Deron (Williams) out there and everybody that draws so much attention. Its going to open up a lot of opportunities for myself and other shooters on the team.” The Nets have won four of five games and have opened a four-game Westeran road trip with consecutive victories. “Its rare being in this stratosphere,” Nets coach Avery Johnson said. “Guys are really feeling good about themselves. Even though its a team game, a lot of it has to do with Gerald Wallace. Its his defence, his competitive spirit. He settles our team down when we are getting out of sorts. He passes, he shoots, he rebounds.” Williams had 19 points, 15 assists and six rebounds for the Nets, who had lost 12 of their previous 13 visits to Sacramento. Wallace, who came to the Nets several weeks ago in a trade with Portland, added 18 points. Kris Humphries had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Johan Petro scored 12 points. The Nets, now 12-16 on the road, are one of two teams — along with New Orleans — to have a better record on the road than at home. Tyreke Evans scored 23 points for the Kings, who have dropped ffive of their last six.dddddddddddd. DeMarcus Cousins had 14 points, Marcus Thornton scored 13 and Isaiah Thomas added 11 points and six assists. The Kings were coming off a one-point win Friday in Utah and looked strong in the first quarter when they led 35-31. But they looked sluggish in the second and third quarter when New Jersey built its double digit advantage. “We didnt have the energy we needed,” Kings coach Keith Smart said. “There were six 3-pointers in our first and third quarters, so we didnt have what was going to be necessary to win this game. Tonight was one of those nights where they kept us in a bind trying to find the right group to match up to their guys.” Williams helped halt the Kings fourth-quarter rally from a 19-point deficit. He made two free throws and added a jumper to put the Nets on top 106-95 with 2:37 remaining. Sluggish for much of the second and third quarters, the Kings scored 12 consecutive points to pull to 102-95 with 3:55 remaining when Francisco Garcia converted on a fastbreak layup. Both teams shot poorly to open the fourth before DeShawn Stevenson made a 3-pointer and Williams followed with a driving layup to give New Jersey a 102-83 lead midway through the quarter. Morrrow connected on three 3s and scored 10 points in the third quarter when the Nets outscored the Sacramento 32-20 to take a 91-76 lead into the fourth. After a productive first half, Cousins went to the bench with his fourth foul. He missed all five shots and was scoreless in the third. “We didnt have any energy in the second half, plus we let Morrow take all those shots. He just kept shooting and we didnt stop it.” Ahead by three points at the half, the Nets scored the first six points of the third quarter and went on 13-3 run. Morrows fourth 3-pointer of the game put New Jersey ahead 72-59 with 7:44 remaining in the period. NOTES: Kings reserve John Salmons missed his third consecutive game with a sore right hip and Nets guard Jordan Farmar didnt play for a fourth straight game due to a strained groin. … Williams had nine assists in the opening half when the Nets shots 57 per cent. … The Nets committed 19 turnovers, including five by Williams. … The Kings signed Terrence Williams for the remainder of the season. He had joined the team recently on a 10-day contract. Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys ‘ ‘ ‘