The new M-Sport Ford signing saw his Monte Carlo pre-event test this week cut short after clipping a bridge parapet, which sent his Ford Puma off the road and into a roll down a 15 metre drop, before coming to rest on its roof. Luckily Breen and co-driver Paul Nagle were able to escape from the cockpit unhurt and M-Sport was able to retrieve the car from the mountainside with a crane and complete an overnight repair . Despite the incident, Breen says his confidence hasn’t been knocked, with the 31-year-old eager to begin his first full-season in WRC’s top tier. “Honestly speaking I still feel quite good, perhaps famous last words,” said Breen at the WRC’s official season launch. “Literally the last comment I made to Paul [Nagle] before we set out on that run was ‘everything feels amazing and I feel really confident', and then that happened. “But honestly the accident as much as it was a bit gut wrenching knowing the effort that has gone in to prepare the car, it … [Read more...] about Breen’s confidence “still high” after WRC testing crash
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5 WASHINGTON - The Justice Department's decision to charge Oath Keepers with seditious conspiracy last week makes clear that prosecutors consider the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol part of an organized assault to prevent the peaceful transfer of presidential power. But so far the department does not appear to be directly investigating the person whose desperate bid to stay in office motivated the mayhem - former president Donald Trump - either for potentially inciting a riot or for what some observers see as a related pressure campaign to overturn the results of the election. The House select committee on Jan. 6 is investigating both matters, separate from the Justice Department, and has aggressively pursued information about Trump and those closest to him. But FBI agents have not, for example, sought to interview or gather materials from some of Trump's most loyal lieutenants about their strategy sessions at the Willard hotel on how to … [Read more...] about The Justice Dept. alleged Jan. 6 was a seditious conspiracy. Now will it investigate Trump?
9 ALTENMARKT-ZAUCHENSEE, Austria (AP) — Federica Brignone saw a gutsy run rewarded with the victory Sunday in the fifth women’s World Cup super-G of the season. Racing in perfect, sunny conditions, the Italian gained about three-tenths of a second on her rivals with an attacking and risky approach in the middle part of the Kälberloch course. While many racers posted faster times at the first split, no one matched Brignone’s pace in the turning steep section. “I was really attacking from the top to the bottom," said the overall World Cup champion from two seasons ago. "Today was not easy to put all the pieces of the puzzle together, because there’s some girls really fast in some sections, but then making a small mistake.” The top 20 finished within 1.04 seconds of the winning time. Corinne Suter came closest with a strong finish to close the gap to Brignone to 0.04 seconds. It was the best result of the … [Read more...] about Italian skier Brignone wins World Cup super-G with gutsy run
Ukraine has accused Russia of "continuing to wage a hybrid war" after a massive cyberattack. KYIV: Ukraine said Sunday it had "evidence" that Russia was behind a massive cyberattack that knocked out key government websites this past week, while Microsoft warned the hack could be far worse than first thought. Tensions are at an all-time high between Ukraine and Russia, which Kyiv accuses of having massed troops on its border ahead of a possible invasion. Some analysts fear the cyberattack could be the prelude to a military attack. On Friday, Washington also accused Russia of sending saboteurs trained in explosives to stage an incident that could be the pretext to invade its pro-Western neighbour. "All the evidence points to Russia being behind the cyberattack," the Ukrainian digital transformation ministry said in a statement. "Moscow is continuing to wage a hybrid war." The ministry urged Ukrainians not to panic, saying their personal information was protected. The purpose … [Read more...] about Ukraine says has ‘evidence’ Russia behind cyberattack
The six-time MotoGP world champion has been out of action since suffering concussion in a motocross training incident in November which triggered a return of a double vision – or diplopia – he previously had in 2011 after a Moto2 crash. After missing the final two rounds of the 2021 MotoGP campaign and the post-season test, Marquez was allowed to return to motorcycling training last week and opted for a motocross outing. Since then Marquez faced the media during Honda’s 2022 racing presentation last Friday when he admitted his doctors didn’t know how long his recovery would take but did receive a boost when it was confirmed he would not require surgery. Marquez, who is undergoing his second serious injury comeback in as many years after badly breaking his arm in the 2020 MotoGP opener, said on Friday he wanted to try completing a track day at a Grand Prix circuit to be “100% sure that when I start the pre-season I will be fixed and I will be ready to do a normal season”. … [Read more...] about Marquez back on track at Portimao to step up MotoGP return preparation
Fintech startup Spring Free EV and Cox Automotive have partnered to provide used electric vehicles to smaller businesses through a new subscription program, the two companies said Thursday. Business owners can more affordably shift their fleets from gas-powered to electric vehicles, paying a per-mile usage fee and a modest monthly fee, according to Sunil Paul, chief executive and co-founder of San Francisco-based Spring Free EV. "The biggest problem with EVs is that they cost too much, especially up front, compared with gas-powered cars, even though the operating cost of EVs is much lower," said Paul, a serial entrepreneur who co-founded ride services company Sidecar. Spring Free EV has vehicle supply agreements with Tesla, Nissan and others, Paul said. Business owners can more affordably shift their fleets from gas-powered to EVs Atlanta-based Cox, a unit of Cox Enterprises, will handle vehicle acquisition, refurbishment and delivery, while Spring Free EV will … [Read more...] about Spring Free EV, Cox Partner To Supply Used EVs To Small Businesses