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Holden star Craig Lowndes has rocketed back into Supercars title contention with a dominant display on Sunday at Queensland Raceway. Roman Josi Jersey .The Team Vortex veteran fired past championship leader Jamie Whincup on the line of the 200km race in Ipswich before charging unchallenged to his 12th win at the venue.No other driver has won more than five races at the 3.12km circuit.The 42-year-old Lowndes victory - his second of the year - puts him 150 points behind Whincup (1821) in the championship standings with Shane Van Gisbergen (1711) and Mark Winterbottom (1701) sandwiched between the pair.It also takes him level with Mark Skaife on 80 wins for Holden - the most by a driver for the manufacturer.This is the 17th season since Lowndes won the last of his three championship titles.Lowndes dismissed the suggestion the 2016 championship race was turning into a two-man race between Whincup and Van Gisbergen.Theres probably a blanket between four or five cars up the front, Lowndes said.Theres still a lot of racing to be done ... what we need to do is be more consistent.Whincup completed a pair of runner-up finishes for the weekend to extend his championship lead over Van Gisbergen to 110 points.Van Gisbergen made a snap decision to pit when he felt an error by Fords Scott Pye might spark a safety car midway through the race.But Pye rejoined the circuit, leaving Van Gisbergen stuck in the middle of the field before an eventual 12th place finish.Whincup said second was the best he could hope for despite starting on pole.Lowndesys was a rocket, he had better tyres as well, he said.We maximised it, ran second.Fords Chaz Mostert came third on the back of a strategy play by his team, passing teammate Winterbottom and Nissans Michael Caruso in the dying stages to secure a podium finish.Defending champion Winterbottom finished fifth and is 120 points behind Whincup in the title standings.The Supercars next stop is the Sydney Motorsport Park SuperSprint from August 26 to 28. Yannick Weber Jersey . Olli Jokinen, Mark Scheifele, and Bryan Little each had a goal and an assist as Winnipeg won 5-2, handing Calgary its record-setting seventh consecutive loss on home ice. Pekka Rinne Predators Jersey . Perhaps Carroll was so prepared for a break because he believes there is very little the Seattle Seahawks need heading into the off-season. "I dont see anything that we need to add. We just have to get better," Carroll said. http:///...lm-predators-jersey/ . It was just business as usual for the Thunder at home. Durant scored 32 points and the Thunder beat the Bulls 107-95 on Thursday night for their eighth straight win. Hull City could not have asked for a more triumphant return to the Premier League. Now, they must find a way to build on their monumental season-opening victory.The Tigers look to generate more momentum on the road Saturday against Swansea City, who also are trying to open with consecutive victories.Saddled with injuries, an interim manager and a disgruntled fan base bitter with ownership, Hull didnt seem like a side ripe to take down the reigning league champions. However, the club that earned promotion through the Championship playoff showed no signs of intimidation en route to a stunning 2-1 home victory over Leicester City last Saturday.It was the first time in Premier League history the defending champion lost to open the season.I thought the players had it in them to produce something, caretaker manager Mike Phelan told Sky Sports. Obviously characters a big issue when a lot of things are not going your way in preseason.The Tigers displayed plenty of character as Adama Diomande opened the scoring during extra time of the first half. They showed even more after keeping their composure following Riyad Mahrezs equaliser on a penalty kick, then taking the advantage on Robert Snodgrass goal in the 57th minute.Though Leicester recorded 18 shots, only five were on target. That lack of finishing production weighed on the champs, and enough frustration settled in to allow Hull to stick around and ultimately prevail.All credit to the football players, said Phelan, who took over following last months departure of Steve Bruce. They showed a lot of the determination... At this level, you have to master the ball, you have to take the ball and play with confidence, character and courage.The big challenge for Hull is to sustain all that and prove their opening stunner was not a fluke.Winning on Satuurday gives us a big lift and we need to keep going and giving 100 percent, Diomande said. Viktor Arvidsson Jersey. Well stick together no matter what happens and we were delighted to get the win against the champions.The Tigers are 1-1-2 in league play against Swansea, most recently falling 3-1 at Liberty Stadium on April 4, 2015 -- their previous season in the top flight.Swansea will try to take down a second straight promoted side after winning 1-0 at Burnley last Saturday. Leroy Fer scored in the 82nd minute as the Swans finally made good on one of their 21 shots on the fixture.It was a good test for us and a great game to take three points from, defender Stephen Kingsley told Swanseas official website. We dealt with their threats pretty well and can take a lot of encouragement from that.Its vital to get off to a good start, and now we will look to continue that against Hull.The Swans won their first three top-division matches two years ago, and appear poised to pick up where they left off from beating Liverpool and West Ham United and tying Manchester City in the final three weeks last season.We needed to get a result to get some confidence building, captain Jack Cork said. We defended very well all game and our wingers caused a lot of problems for them.Everyone can be proud of their performance.Swansea could get more of a boost if talented Welsh defender Neil Taylor is ready to return. He sat out the opener while regaining his match fitness from some downtime following his role in the Euros.Hulls Sam Clucas should have a little more jump in his step after signing a new three-year deal this week. The versatile midfielder had six goals in Championship play last season. ' ' '
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