Jolyon Palmer will remain at Renault for the 2017 F1 season alongside Nico Hulkenberg with Kevin Magnussen set to move to Haas. Anthony Rendon Nationals Jersey . The French squad had already signed Hulkenberg to lead the team next year, leaving current incumbents Palmer and Magnussen to battle it out for the second seat.Paddock rumour suggested Renault favoured retaining Magnussen, despite a late surge in form from Palmer, but the Danes expected move to Haas opened the door for Palmer to keep his seat for a second season. Im over the moon to be racing with Renault for a second season and I cant wait to reward the teams faith in me on track, said Palmer. Having worked out of Enstone since 2015 I can fully appreciate the development of the infrastructure this year. This means I share the excitement of the team looking to 2017 and our new car.For me, its been a steep learning curve driving in Formula 1 and I know that I am performing better than ever, and that theres still more to come. There is tremendous drive and enthusiasm in Enstone and Viry looking to next year and I am honoured to be part of this. 2017 F1 line-ups Mercedes Lewis Hamilton Nico Rosberg Ferrari Sebastian Vettel Kimi Raikkonen Red Bull Daniel Ricciardo Max Verstappen Force India Sergio Perez Esteban Ocon Toro Rosso Carlos Sainz Daniil Kvyat Williams Valtteri Bottas Lance Stroll McLaren Fernando Alonso Stoffel Vandoorne Haas Romain Grosjean Kevin Magnussen Renault Nico Hulkenberg Jolyon Palmer Sauber TBC TBC Manor TBC TBC Palmer has scored one point in his 19 F1 races to date, with his solitary points finish coming in Malaysia. We are delighted to retain Jolyon as our driver for the 2017 season. Jolyon has shown his hunger to develop with us as the team grows and we have been impressed with his increasingly strong performances on track as the season has progressed, said Renault chief Jerome Stoll.We are confident that the combination of Jolyon and Nico Hulkenberg offers a very promising driving force to meet our goals. Jolyon understands the teams spirit and motivates everyone he works with. The line-up of Jolyon and Nico harnesses the benefits of continuity and fresh blood.I am sure that having Nico as a team-mate will help push Jolyon to greater achievements. We thank Kevin Magnussen for his efforts in 2016 as he has done a great job for us this year. We wish him all the best for 2017 and beyond.2017 provisional schedule, test dates and driver line-upsCan Nico Rosberg clinch the title at Interlagos? Watch the Brazilian GP live on Sky Sports F1 on Sunday, the race begins at 4pm; Watch the whole race weekend with a NOW TV week pass - £10.99, no contract Also See: F1 gossip column The 2017 driver line-ups Hulkenberg joins Renault Hulk move makes sense Sean Doolittle Jersey . Ramirez is still hitting behind Puig, only now they are in the third and fourth spots, and the change is starting to generate positive results for manager Don Mattingly. Hunter Strickland Jersey . QUARTERBACKS Carson Palmer (vs Colts)Last week: 30/42, 419 yards, 2 TDsWinners of their last three and now tied for the final wild card spot in the NFC, the Cardinals are worth keeping an eye on.Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says he gave no thought to the England job and has backed Sam Allardyce to be a success in the role. Howe was mooted as a potential successor to Roy Hodgson in the national press following Englands Euro 2016 exit to Iceland, but was not contacted about the role by the Football Association. Allardyce was confirmed as Hodgsons replacement on Friday, signing an initial two-year deal with the FA, and is tasked with ensuring England qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. But when asked if he would have considered the role, Howe told Sky Sports News HQ: To be honest, I have not given it a minutes thought. This summer has been about Bournemouth and making sure that were competitive next season. Allardyce has signed a two-year deal as England manager Weve been working hard in the transfer market to bring the right players here and that will continue.Howe added: Its a very good appointment, I think Sam will do very well, hopefully. Howe believes speculation linking him with the England job is down to the performances of his players We are all desperate, everyone in the country, for England to be successful and I think Sam will do his very best to bring that to us.Howe also believes speculation linking him with the England role is down to the work of his players, credditing them for the clubs rise from the relegation zone of Sky Bet League One to the Premier League. Aaron Barrett Nationals Jersey. Allardyce says its time for the England team to deliver success It speaks volumes for the players and what they have achieved over the past few years, he added. Its been an incredible rise for the club and we consolidated in the Premier League last year. From my perspective, I am just pleased that the players efforts and performances have been recognised in that manner. Also See: Sam: Euro 2016 can be positive Allardyce: I cant stop smiling England appoint Allardyce Rooney backs Allardyce hiring ' ' '
The World Cup can be glorious for many reasons. Custom St. Louis Cardinals Jerseys . On Sunday it stepped up to educate viewers. Arjen Robben was fouled in the box deep into added time in the match against Mexico. The key word in that sentence is fouled. Defender Rafa Marquez stepped in and stood on the foot of Robben in the penalty area. At no level of this sport, from youth football to the World Cup, is a defender allowed to step on an opponents foot. None. It was a clear penalty. 100 times out of 100 a referee should give it. However, there was a huge outrage on social media once the decision was made. Just after contact, Robben kicked his left foot into the air and threw his arms back, flopping to the floor. Robben cheat then was trending. But is he a cheat? Let us look at the facts from Sunday, ignoring what some people think he is like as a professional. Robben, who earlier in the game was fouled and didnt get a penalty for staying on his feet, falls to the ground theatrically. However, as he is falling to the ground the real incident has already happened. The defender, Marquez, has misjudged his duties; he is too late and has dived in late and connected with the foot of Robben. It is the referees duty at this time to decide if this is a foul. His decision should not be clouded by Robbens reaction. This, of course, is easier said than done. A football referees job is one of the hardest in professional sports yet, for some, there is an expectation for him to be judge and jury in cases such as this. Was it a foul? Did the player dive? Here is what you need to know about these questions. Referees are VERY good at deciding what is and what is not a foul. They are not, and should not be, VERY good at deciding if a player is diving. To come up with this verdict you have to measure intent. This is VERY dangerous territory. For some, Robben was cheating in this scenario. For some, his actions are worse than Marquez, even though the skipper of the Mexican national team rashly DIVED in and committed a foul in the final minutes of a monumental football match. The verdict is in on Marquez. It was a foul. So, what of Robben? Those throwing around the word cheat must be sure the player had intent and desire to cheat the referee or opponent. Whenever someone is guilty of something those accusing must always be clear of the rule itself and it is worth quoting the rules on simulation which comes under FIFAs Law 12 on fouls and misconduct. Unsporting Behaviour (Simulation) Directive: If blatant simulation, caution. If minimal contact, consider cautioning player. For the worst part of the crime - something they call blatant simulation - the guardians of the game instructs referees to give a yellow card; exactly the same card that players receive for a poor challenge or time wasting, for example. When such a moment happens, that directly impacts a match it is worth noting UEFAs stance explained in article 10 under 1C on suspensions applied to misconduct: Suspension for two competition matches or for a specified period for acting with the obvious intent to cause any match official to make an incorrect decision or supporting his error of judgement and thereby causing him to make an incorrect decision. That rule was applied in 2009 when UEFA banned Arsenals Eduardo for simulation against Celtic in the Champions League. However, as this case proved, it is very difficult to judge whether a player has obvious intent to dive. Arsenal rightly challenged the two game ban applied to their striker and it was overturned. We are now at a stage in 2014 where we are evaluating how every footballer goes down to the ground under a challenge with many rushing to the assumption that they are diving cheats. This is not helping anyone. As Arsenal proved when they overturned the Eduardo ban, accusing someone of intentionally trying to simulate is very dangerous. Asking a referee to do the same is even more moronic and the game is already at a crossroads with this as fouls are now being missed based on what happens directly afterwards. And this is the biggest concern. Fouls, seen by referees, are being missed because of the outrage over simulation. Fouls are already being missed as it is. Not through incompetence but because the game is so difficult to officiate. Referees rely on players to help them with this and if a player falls down theatrically under a legitimate foul, no ones attention should be turned to the latter. This, of course, is as likely as officials missing clear penalties and players simulating. The clear obsession with this area of the sport is growing and growing, particularly from a crowd who dont watch the game as often. Despite the obsession, the crime remains a difficult one to judge. Perhaps, then, energy is better used elsewhere? Dont count on it. For example, if Robben had been booked for diving, would there have been such an outrage when Netherlands would have been denied a clear penalty in the dying minutes? Not even close. Bruce Sutter Jersey . -- In the stadium program sold at the Miami Dolphins game on Halloween, Richie Incognito was asked whos the easiest teammate to scare. Harrison Bader Cardinals Jersey . Seriously. Seven years of losing has brought many different faces, players and management, to the annual pre-season get-to-know-the-team round up.Toronto FC striker Jermain Defoe was named MLS Player of the Week on Monday. The England international had both goals in TFCs season-opening 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday. The 31-year-old continues a remarkable run that has seen him score in his debut with every club hes played for in West Ham, Bournemouth, Tottenham, Portsmouth and the English national side. DDefoe was also named in the MLS Team of the Week, alongside fellow Toronto designated player, midfielder Michael Bradley. Roger Maris Cardinals Jersey . TFCs Jonathan Osorio was named to the teams bench and Ryan Nelsen was named its coach. Vancouver Whitecaps winger Kekuta Manneh, who scored the lone Vancouver goal in the teams 1-1 draw with Chivas USA, was also named to the bench. ' ' '