League Notes: Lewis Hamilton Says F1's Three-Engine Limit 'Sucks'
Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton said that the move to limit drivers to just three engines next season "sucks." Drivers are limited to four engines this season "before incurring grid penalties, and the rules are cutting that back" in '18 to reduce costs. Hamilton said that reducing the number of engines would mean drivers were "able to push hard in races less often" (BBC, 11/13).
Starting next season, managers in Japan will be able to request video reviews of calls on the field of play "following a decision on Monday by Nippon Professional Baseball." Until now, video reviews "were restricted to three plays" -- balls caught against an outfield wall or fence, plays at the plate and potential home runs. Under the request system, potential home runs and safe and out calls on the bases "may be challenged" (KYODO, 11/13).
Horse Racing Ireland CEO Brian Kavanagh said that bookmakers should not be allowed to "refuse bets on Irish horse races." Kavanagh wants bookmakers to be "compelled to lay a minimum-liability bet and has called for a radical overhaul of industry regulation." Kavanagh: "I think there is a need for an independent Gambling Commission to regulate all forms of gambling and gaming in Ireland" (LONDON TIMES, 11/13).
National Rugby League side South Sydney CEO Shane Richardson called on Rugby League Int'l Federation execs Nigel Wood and David Collier to "address a meeting of NRL clubs before the end of the World Cup and explain their plans for the sport." Richardson was responding to reports about the "emergence of a FIFA-style window on the third weekend of June next year," when NRL and Super League players could "theoretically disperse and represent their countries as footballers have for many years" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 11/13).