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    October 25, 2018 10:13 PM PDT

    YAS MARINA, Abu Dhabi -- Lewis Hamilton kicked off the Abu Dhabi title showdown by beating Nico Rosberg in the weekends opening practice session with a margin of over 0. Chris Terry Jersey .3s.Hamilton comes into the weekend trailing Mercedes teammate Rosberg by 12 points and needs the German to finish off the podium if he wants any chance of a fourth world championship. He kicked off his weekend in fine style, setting a 1:42.869 on the soft tyre -- improving on his previous best on the softer ultra-soft tyre. Rosbergs best was on the ultra-soft tyre but was 0.374s shy of his teammates benchmark.FP1 was far from perfect for the reigning champion, who spun on the exit of Turn 5 after a long stint on ultra-soft tyres, but his position at the top of the timing screen will give him confidence hes continued his form after three consecutive race wins.Rosberg finished second, something he can settle for on Sunday and win the championship, but will be wary of the close proximity of Red Bulls Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, who finished just 0.1s behind with times set on the soft tyre. Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari look a fair way off after the first hour and a half, with the No.5 car 1.1s behind Hamilton. However, it is worth noting that of the three practice sessions, FP1 and FP3 are the least representative as qualifying and the race take place later in the day at sunset.Sergio Perez split the Ferrari drivers to take sixth, albeit on the ultra-soft tyre compared to two soft tyre times. Raikkonen was seventh, half a second behind teammate Vettel. Carlos Sainz finished eighth to round off the drivers within two seconds of the world champions. Felipe Massa, who spun in an identical manner to Hamilton on the exit of Turn 5, finished ninth ahead of Saubers Marcus Ericsson. Alfonso Celis, taking part in his final FP1 of the season, finished 11th, but a full 1.2s off Perez in the other Force India.On a weekend which has seen most teams load up on the soft and ultra-soft tyre, the super-soft, the middle compound in this weekends range, was the least popular of the opening 90 minutes. The only drivers to set their quickest time on it were 12th- and 13th-place drivers Romain Grosjean and Felipe Nasr, though the former spun out at Turn 1 during the session.Esteban Gutierrez finished 14th ahead of Williams Valtteri Bottas, who held firm with the teams usual practice of holding back on Fridays. Renault pair Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen finished 17th and 18th, with just 0.007s covering them. Fernando Alonso could only manage 18th for McLaren on a weekend he and the team expect to lead to a strong result. Manors Pascal Wehrlein separated Alonso and teammate Jenson Button, who only completed 10 laps after what looked like a power issue mid-way through the session.Jordan Kings second FP1 appearance of the season ended in 21st and included a spin on entry to Turn 5, which saw him lose the car mid-way through the chicane. Daniil Kvyats Toro Rosso rounded off the timesheet after suffering an early left-rear puncture, continuing the teams recent run of tyre issues. Brendan Gallagher Jersey . Sulaiman, 44, was chosen unanimously Tuesday in a vote by the leadership, the World Boxing Council said. Sulaiman becomes the sixth president of the organization. Jordie Benn Jersey .S. -- Nikolaj Ehlers registered a hat trick for the third straight game and Jonathan Drouin had a goal and five assists as the Halifax Mooseheads hammered the host Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 10-1 on Tuesday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. ;. -- The Bishops Gaiters are showing they belong among the countrys top varsity football teams.MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Mike Miller had several teams interested in his 3-point shooting as a possible missing link for a long playoff run. It didnt take him long to figure out where he wanted to be: Memphis. The sharp-shooting Miller said Tuesday that the Grizzlies are "right there" when it comes to winning a championship with what he calls the NBAs two best big men in Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, an underrated point guard in Mike Conley and a lockdown defender in Tony Allen. So one of Millers first calls after the Miami Heat decided to amnesty him was to the Grizzlies chief executive officer Jason Levien. Miller said the two had same idea, "It was a perfect fit and how can we make this work to get back here." The two got it done. The Grizzlies announced Tuesday morning that they had signed the best 3-point shooter in franchise history as part of their efforts to improve a team coming off its first Western Conference final. Memphis did not disclose details of the contract. Miller was introduced at a midday news conference at the FedExForum, where Miller drew applause from backers as he walked out with new head coach Dave Joerger and a standing ovation after the event. "We are extraordinarily pleased to welcome Mike Miller back to Memphis," Levien said in a statement announcing the signing. "Mike is a special figure in our community both on and off the court. Mike is an elite 3-point shooter, as Grizzlies fans know firsthand, and we expect his shooting, play-making, hustle and leadership to be a key component in our team competing with the best in the NBA next season." Miller still holds eight franchise records with the Grizzlies, including 3-point shooting percentage and the most 3s made and attempted. He spent parts of six seasons with the Grizzlies from 2003 through 2008. He helped the Heat win the past two NBA titles, and has shot 41 per cent from 3-point range in his 13 NBA seasons. He will collect more than $12 million in salary from the Heat over the next two seasons. For Miller, money was a consideration along with the opportunity to return to a familiar place with the added bonus of trying put the Grizzlies into the NBA Finals. "We missed yall," Miller told fans at the news conference. "I am so happy to be back. Ten years ago, when I came here, me and my family fell in love with this community and these people. ... You guys made the decision real easy to come back here." In his previous tenure with the Grizzlies, Miller averaged 14.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.33 assists. Al Montoya Jersey. He shot 47.7 per cent from the field, including 41.5 per cent from outside the arc. The 6-foot-8 guard, will be entering his 14th season after being selected out of Florida by Orlando with the fifth overall pick in the 2000 draft. He earned Rookie of the Year honours in his first season with the Magic and also was voted Sixth Man of the Year while with the Grizzlies. The theme of Tuesdays announcement was steps to a championship -- a different approach from Millers first stop in Memphis where the goal was simply to make the playoffs. Miller was part of those Grizzlies teams that set the NBA record for most playoff games lost at 12 straight. Miller now knows what it takes to make the Finals and win a title. "The difference between making the playoffs and making the Western Conference finals and making the Finals is a huge step," Miller said. "For this team to make that step ... is big. The next step is even harder, and its got to be commitment." The Grizzlies took nothing for granted pursuing Miller. Levien said he was willing to throw in "the kitchen sink" to secure him. Joerger even went to South Dakota where Miller was attending a charity event. Levien said he told Joerger "dont come back until you bring Mike with you." Joerger said Miller provides not only leadership, but the ability to stretch the floor with his long-range shooting. That should loosen up the inside for the Grizzlies low post tandem of Randolph and Gasol. "Maybe for other teams in the NBA, hes a hired gun," Joerger said. "For us, hes not a hired gun. Hes a part of the fabric of our organization for a long time. Hes part of the community for a long, long time, and it runs a lot deeper than standing out there making some 3-point shots." Miller, who has a history of back problems, said he feels better now than he has in years. He went through last season with no problems at all, and will do whatever necessary to help the team win "whether its to fill up (Joergers) glass of water or make shots." "After being a part of a championship team and seeing how hard it is to win, it takes all of that," Miller said. Miller held up his Grizzlies jersey without a number. He wore 33 when he was in Memphis before, but Gasol -- the defensive player of the year -- will be keeping that number. Miller said Gasol is too good to give up a number, and buying it from Gasol doesnt seem to be an option either. 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