NZ Herald 1 Jan 2013Nearly two-thirds of New Zealanders support lowering the drink-drive limit – although the Government says it won’t act until more research is carried out.A Herald-DigiPoll summer survey found 65 per cent backing for cutting the limit from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg.Research shows an average-sized adult male can consume about six alcoholic drinks in 90 minutes before hitting the current limit.The limit has been dubbed “legal drink driving” by critics, but the Government has said it will not decide on lowering it until more research is complete.It expects to receive data from the Ministry of Transport and a driver-simulation study from Waikato University next year.Yesterday, national road policing manager Superintendent Carey Griffiths said he backed a reduction.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10856835
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No games have been played in the Premier League for six weeks and the competition is not likely to resume until at least June due to the national lockdown and social distancing.Arsenal says the reduction in annual earnings by the players and coaches will take effect next month.The club says in a statement that “if we meet specific targets in the seasons ahead, primarily linked to success on the pitch, the club will repay agreed amounts. We will be able to make those repayments as hitting these targets, which the players can directly influence, will mean our financial position will be stronger.”Arsenal has 10 games remaining and is eight points from fourth place with a game in hand on Chelsea as it chases Champions League qualification.___ ___The Professional Fighters League has canceled its upcoming season because of the coronavirus pandemic and plans to resume in spring 2021.The mixed martial arts promotion was expected to begin competition in May. The competition format includes a regular season, a postseason and a championship event, making it unique in MMA. Last year, the promotion staged six regular-season events, three playoff events and a championship event on New Year’s Eve.CEO Peter Murray says the PFL will pay its fighters a monthly cash stipend to help support them and their families throughout 2020.The 2021 season will be distributed on ESPN platforms in the U.S. and to 160 countries by the league’s international media partners. The PFL said it will produce new programming across ESPN and PFL platforms for the rest of this year. Fritz Keller writes in Kicker magazine “we guarantee that resuming play … will not cause a burden for the healthcare system.”He adds that “there will be no use by sportspeople of testing capacity which would be missed elsewhere.”No top league games have been played since March 11.The German league has been more bullish than other major European competitions about the chances of resuming in May or June with widespread coronavirus tests for players. That push is partly driven by fears that several clubs face financial collapse without TV and sponsorship money.German state and local officials could potentially veto games in their areas. Keller says unified rules for soccer around the country would help clubs “quickly and without bureaucracy.” New York and New Jersey residents Zygi, Mark and Lenny Wilf announced Monday that the bulk of the money has been earmarked to support health care workers, the elderly, food banks, social service organizations and Jewish philanthropic causes in New York, New Jersey, Minnesota and Israel.Among the organizations receiving help are United Way Worldwide, the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund, RWJBarnabas Health, Jewish Federations of North America, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Second Harvest Heartland, Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund for Coronavirus and Vikings.1rmg.com.“We are focused on trying to provide as many resources as possible to meet their needs and assist some of the most vulnerable populations during this unprecedented time,” Vikings owner/chairman Zygi Wilf said.The family made an initial donation of $500,000 last month.United Way Worldwide is one of six national charitable organizations recommended by the NFL as part of its Draft-A-Thon fundraising campaign tied to this week’s NFL draft. Purdue says the father of freshman men’s basketball player Brandon Newman has died of complications from the coronavirus.Chicago police say 59-year-old Officer Ronald Newman died early Friday. He was a decorated officer, with 137 awards in his 19 years on the force. Newman spent the bulk of his career in the department’s 4th District on the city’s South Side.In a statement, Purdue said athletic department officials were “deeply saddened” by the death and have reached out to the Newman family.___Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, his coaches and players have agreed to a 12.5% pay cut for the next year to help the club deal with the financial impact of the coronavirus. April 20, 2020 Aguero hasn’t played a competitive match since March 8 because soccer is shut down in England and across most of the world during the outbreak.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Packers officials say $500,000 in grant money has been established for organizations supporting Milwaukee County residents dealing with the effects of the pandemic. Future grants through the fund will be announced later.The grants given so far are designed to address hunger concerns, human services, health and wellness plus assistance to domestic violence victims and help for the elderly and the homeless.The Packers relief fund is providing $1.5 million overall, and $1 million is being directed to Brown County organizations through the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation. A portion of those funds already has been distributed to 10 Brown County nonprofit groups for food and hygiene concerns, housing assistance, transportation, medication and other basic needs.___Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and his wife, J.J., have donated $150,000 to a local fund providing personal protective equipment for health care workers along with lab supplies to expand testing amid the coronavirus pandemic. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says there is a chance for large public gatherings later in the summer, which could lead to games at Yankee Stadium and the Mets’ Citi Field.De Blasio announced Monday that parades and city-permitted events had been canceled through June because of the novel coronavirus but said progress in fighting the pandemic will determine what is allowed after that.“For all of us sports fans, we’re asking this question, can our leagues come back in 2020, at all? I think this is an area where we don’t know yet,” he said during a news conference. “I’m taking what I think is a cautious, steady approach to how we reopen New York City. And we have to always plan on the worst-case scenarios. We have to protect ourselves. But there’s also better-case scenarios that could come along and could get proven that might open up possibilities for later on, late in the summer, going into the fall. There may be opportunities.”___The family that owns the Minnesota Vikings has increased its donations to COVID-19-related causes to more than $5 million. The Latest: Big Ten announces members of disease task force The NFL and the Players Coalition are donating more than $3 million to seven areas significantly affected by the new coronavirus.As part of the league’s Inspire Change program, a donation of $3.05 million will be sent to health systems, individual hospitals, and nonprofit organizations in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Washington, and impacted regions of Florida and Louisiana.“We know that during this difficult time, our minority and low-income communities are struggling disproportionately with the impact of COVID-19,” said Players Coalition co-founder and former NFL star Anquan Boldin. “Communities in Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore and more are getting hit hard right now, and we want to do our part in ensuring these areas have even the basic needs. We are glad we can partner with the NFL to support the organizations who are on the ground providing for these families.”___Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim and football coach Dino Babers are taking voluntary pay cuts to help the university cope with the drain of financial resources due to the new coronavirus pandemic. Also taking the voluntary 10% pay cuts are women’s basketball coach Quentin Hillsman, men’s lacrosse coach John Desko, and women’s lacrosse coach Gary Gait. Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud announced the austerity moves in a letter Monday morning to students and faculty. He said the university has been hit with more than $35 million in unplanned expenses and unrealized revenue.All new capital projects also have been placed on hold, except for the renovation of the Carrier Dome. The $118 million project includes a new permanent roof for the home of the school’s football, basketball, and lacrosse teams.___Regional government officials in Germany have discussed sports and the coronavirus pandemic on a conference call and say soccer could resume in mid-May. The Memphis Grizzlies are buying lunch each day this week for workers at a COVID-19 testing site.The Grizzlies are feeding approximately 50 workers each day through Saturday at the Tiger Lane testing facility outside the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium at the Memphis Fairgrounds.Coach Taylor Jenkins is providing lunch Thursday, and coaches for the Grizzlies and the G League Memphis Hustle have Tuesday. Forward Jaren Jackson Jr. has covered two days, while the Grizzlies are picking up the other two.___The Green Bay Packers have distributed the first round of Milwaukee grants to 16 nonprofit organizations as part of the Packers Give Back COVID-19 Community Relief Fund. A summary published by the city of Bremen says “continuing play in the soccer Bundesliga … is considered justifiable from the middle or end of May as per the current state of discussions.”Bremen senator Anja Stahmann chaired the call. She says resumption would require “the strictest hygienic and medical conditions.”The last top-level soccer game in Germany was played on March 11 but clubs have been pushing to resume the season in empty stadiums.Clubs are facing financial shortfalls without revenue from broadcast deals and sponsors.___ Associated Press University of Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel has volunteered to reduce his salary by 5%. School president Mark S. Schlissel announced the cost-saving move as part of the institution’s plan to cut costs due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Schlissel says the school may have to endure losses as much as $1 billion through 2020.Manuel, who was hired four years ago, had a $990,000 salary in 2019. Schlissel says he decided to cut his salary as school president by 10% for the rest of the year, starting on May 1.___ Dalton, who has one year left on his contract with Cincinnati, told medical professionals in a video that “it’s a true honor for us to help support you all in this fight” by contributing to the University of Cincinnati Health Crisis Response Fund.Dr. Richard P. Lofgren, the president and CEO of UC Health, said the Daltons’ support “lets these health care heroes know that the community is behind them.”— Joe Kay reporting in Cincinnati___The company that makes Louisville Slugger wood baseball bats has closed its factory, furloughed 90 percent of its employees and shut its popular museum. Hillerich & Bradsby Co. says it has continued to cover all health care benefits for its 171 furloughed workers. The remaining 10% of employees have taken 25 percent pay cuts.The wood bat factory closed on March 19, three days after the Louisville Slugger Museum shut. The 120-foot bat outside its headquarters now a banner across the barrel reading “Flatten the Curve.”The 165-year-old company produces about 2 million wood Louisville Slugger bats a year at its downtown Louisville plant, with around 50,000 going to Major League Baseball.H&B CEO John Hillerich IV told The Louisville Courier Journal that if the company doesn’t soon crank up its Pennsylvania mill — and MLB has no timetable to start its season — then some of the set to become bats might spoil.___ The T20 World Cup is scheduled for Oct. 18-Nov. 15 in Australia. It is cricket’s biggest global tournament this year and hasn’t yet been called off.ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney says the organization is continuing to “take advice from experts and authorities” about the T20 tournament.Sawhney says there is a need to “share knowledge and … build a deep understanding of what it will take to resume international cricket.”___The president of the German soccer federation says resuming league play will not mean taking resources away from healthcare workers amid the coronavirus pandemic. Government officials and the presidents of the league and the federation met for nearly eight hours this weekend.The government says the league and the federation have agreed to use part of the money from soccer television rights to help other sports in Spain. It says they will also create a contingency fund of 10 million euros ($10.8 million) to aid more vulnerable athletes.___Contingency planning for the men’s Twenty20 World Cup will be among the topics for discussion when the heads of the top cricketing nations hold a specially convened meeting this week about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the sport.The chief executives of the International Cricket Council’s 12 full members and three associate representatives also will discuss the rescheduling of series, the program of future tours and the key factors behind the resumption of international cricket on Thursday’s conference call. Chairing the group is Chris Kratochvil, the University of Nebraska medical center’s associate vice chancellor for clinical research and professor of psychiatry and pediatrics.The task force was initially formed March 7 at the request of Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren. The group includes one representative from each of the Big Ten’s 14 member schools.The task force is designed to provide counsel and medical advice to ensure the safety of the Big Ten’s students, coaches administrators and fans.Among other members of the group are: Edith Parker, dean at Iowa’s college of public health; Boris Lushniak, dean of Maryland’s school of public health; Preeti Malani, Michigan chief health officer; and Susan Koletar, director of Ohio State’s division of infectious diseases. ___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Big Ten has announced the membership of its task force for emerging infectious diseases. ___Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been using some of his spare time in lockdown to teach British kids how to speak Spanish.The Argentina international has been signed up by the BBC as part of its home-schooling initiative while educational establishments are closed during the coronavirus pandemic.Aguero is teaching kids how to count in Spanish. His lessons became available on a day kids in Britain would have usually returned to school after the Easter holidays.Aguero says “it’s a tough time for children at the moment, and also for parents trying to keep them focused on their education from home.” ___The Spanish government says it has reached a deal with the country’s soccer league and federation for teams to return to practice.The government has not provided a timetable or given any other detail about when practice would resume. It says it will depend on the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic and on decisions by health authorities.The government says strict protocols will have to be followed when teams begin training again. The Spanish league and the federation have created health protocols for the return to training.The league says the competition is not expected to resume until the end of May at the earliest and games will be in empty stadiums at first.
Class of 2017 forward Oshae Brissett has verbally committed to Syracuse, he announced Saturday night. He chose SU over offers from Oregon, Memphis and Southern California, among others.Brissett is the Orange’s first commit in the 2017 class. He’s ranked with four stars by ESPN, with three stars by 247Sports.com’s composite rankings and with three stars according to Scout.com.247Sports’ composite ranking lists Brissett as the 138th best player in the 2017 class. Brissett is listed at 6 feet 9 inches and 190 pounds according to multiple recruiting sites. He’s a native of Ontario, Canada.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNext season, Syracuse has five available scholarships if all eligible players return. SU’s forwards eligible to play in 2017-18 are Paschal Chukwu, Tyler Lydon, Matthew Moyer and Taurean Thompson. The Orange will have 11 scholarships — rather than the typical 13 — as a result of the NCAA’s sanctions against SU. Published on November 13, 2016 at 11:54 am Contact Paul: firstname.lastname@example.org | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments
D?j? vu, anyone?No, you weren’t seeing a replay of last year’s Wisconsin team on the road this past Saturday, and yes, Nebraska scored 20 unanswered points to overcome a 17-point deficit in the third quarter to beat Wisconsin 30-27, the second biggest comeback in Huskers’ history.Once again, in a recurring theme of Badger teams on the road, the team jumped ahead by a big lead, had its opponents by the proverbial throat and somehow found a way to let yet another key victory slip through its grasp.While last year’s Michigan State and Ohio State losses were soul-crushing blows because of the way Wisconsin lost, there is an air around recent Badger teams that no lead on the road, no matter how large, is ever safe. Sure, losing away from home is a common theme in football, but losing the way the Badgers have been is getting old.So what gives? The Badgers are 0-2 on the road this year, and although both losses have been against teams currently ranked in the top 25, the team looks like a shadow of its former self.During the Bret Bielema era at Wisconsin, the team is just 21-18 overall on the road. Against opponents in the top 25 away from Camp Randall? The Badgers are just 2-7, and that includes bowl games and games played at neutral sites.But placing the blame for the Badgers most recent loss is a tough assignment.The players themselves failed to execute multiple times through the duration of the Nebraska game. Montee Ball dropped a pass that hit him in the hands and looked like a sure-fire touchdown, as Ball had slipped behind the last line of Husker defense on a wheel route. Sure, quarterback Joel Stave underthrew the ball, but it was a play Ball has made multiple times throughout his illustrious career at Wisconsin and one he should’ve made Saturday.And how about the offensive line? The group once again showed flashes of vast improvement but ended up losing the battle in the trenches. In the first quarter there was one instance in particular where Montee Ball ran through a hole so big you could’ve driven a Mack truck through it. Ball bounced off one tackler and finally found himself in space. The Badgers gained 110 yards on the ground but only gained 56 total yards rushing. The Badgers’ O-line struggled with pad level once again and failed at times to adequately pick up blitzes, especially in the second half.The kicking game didn’t exactly save the Badgers either. While Nebraska’s Brett Maher looked like one of the nation’s best, going 3-4 and only missing a 51-yard field goal, Wisconsin’s freshman kicker Jack Russell missed his only field goal from 41 yards out and also missed a critical extra point. In a game where the Badgers only lost by three, Russell’s performance was a difference in the outcome.But it’s unfair to point the finger at just one player. Football is truly a team sport, and it takes a collective effort by both players and coaches alike to win in an environment like Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium.So how about that coaching? Wisconsin offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s play calls were impressive throughout the first few drives, as aggressive passes and multiple play-actions left Nebraska wondering what hit it. A 54-yard pass to Jared Abbrederis to set up the first score and a 29-yard pass to Abbrederis for a touchdown were breaths of fresh air for Badger fans who had seen very conservative play calling throughout the first four weeks of the season.But then, for whatever reason, the Badgers failed to move the ball. Who knows, if the Badgers’ defense didn’t create two turnovers, would the offense have even scored 20 points? The fact is, the Badgers’ offensive stall in the second half resulted from a combination of a few factors.For one, the Badgers never seriously controlled the line of scrimmage. The longest run of the day was a 14-yard scamper from Ball. As far as telling numbers go, the Badgers averaged just 1.4 yards per carry against the Huskers. When the run game was completely shut down in the second half – the team had just four rushes of more than three yards – there was no way to sell the play-action pass, the lethal tool that had set up its first-half scores.Another reason was that Nebraska simply made adjustments after the second half that Wisconsin could, for some reason, not adjust to themselves. There were multiple instances where it seemed the Huskers’ defense knew exactly what was coming, as Ball was stuffed behind the line of scrimmage on multiple instances, including a key third-and-1.Canada got conservative in his play calling; of that there is no doubt. It looked more like the Badgers were playing not to lose in the second half. When it mattered most, the Badgers had four consecutive drives of five plays or fewer during the Nebraska comeback. The Badgers were outcoached in Nebraska, plain and simple.And where was Melvin Gordon? A week after the redshirt freshman’s breakout 100-plus yard effort against UTEP, the electric tailback only received two touches. Montee Ball is an outstanding running back, but having a change-of-pace back is something the Badgers have always utilized and thrived on.But enough of the criticism and pessimism.If there’s anything good that can be taken after this loss, it’s that the goal of the Big Ten Championship Game remains obtainable. It’s a long conference season, and the Badgers have a chance to get some confidence back against a weak Illinois team. With another road game looming in the distance in West Lafayette against Purdue in just two weeks, a game that will likely determine who gets to represent the Leaders Division in Indianapolis, the Badgers need to find a way to play the way they did in those first two quarters of the Nebraska game for the entire 60 minutes.Because if they don’t, the Badgers will be watching the Big Ten Championship Game not from the field but from their own couches back in Madison.Nick is a fifth-year senior majoring in history and English. Besides covering the football team, Nick is also a member of 91.7 WSUM’s “The Student Section” that airs Mondays from 4-6 p.m. and “The Badger Herald Sports Hour,” which airs Sundays from 4-5 p.m. Have a comment about the column? Email him at email@example.com.
Submit Share Betgenius expands virtual sports range with Kiron August 20, 2020 Matt Stephenson – BetgeniusItalian betting firm Gruppo SISAL has selected industry data and software provider Betgenius as the lead marketing programmatic partner for its flagship Matchpoint Italia subsidiary.The marketing partnership will see Betgenius data and insights technologies enhance Matchpoint digital acquisition campaigns, optimising player targeting, messaging and promotions.Moving forward, the Matchpoint brand will integrate Betgenius’ industry-specific programmatic media trading desk, which will allow the bookmaker to serve better dynamic inventory, driving player conversions through targeted ‘most-relevant’ messaging.Updating stakeholders, Marco Tiso, Director Online Gaming Business Unit at Sisal, said: “In the ultra-competitive Italian sports betting market, it is vital to acquire and retain customers strategically. By partnering with Betgenius we can be sure of targeting the right customers, with the right message, at the right time.”Utilising its data capabilities, Betgenius has developed a programmatic trading desk developed solely for industry betting and iGaming operators.Enhancing partner marketing dynamics the trading desk’s advertising is driven by real-time sports data, allowing clients to display engaging content such as live odds and scores within dynamic creative formats.A pleased Matt Stephenson, Managing Director at Betgenius, said: “As experts in helping sportsbook and casino brands deliver creative, effective campaigns that build meaningful connections with their customers, we are excited to see the results of our partnership with Sisal.” Related Articles TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Share CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach August 27, 2020
Share Related Articles StumbleUpon TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share Di Maio’s man Giacomo Lasorella takes leadership of AGCOM August 17, 2020 CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach August 27, 2020 Submit Italian horseracing fans are ready for an exciting summer with restrictions on broadcasting racing content from abroad set to be fully removed, just in time for the country’s operators to counter the loss of revenues from the impending ban on gambling advertising. We caught up with Fabio Massimo Molinari, Commercial Director at Vermantia – Italy, to find out more.SBC: When does the relaxation of the rules officially come into place? And what does it mean exactly?Fabio Massimo Molinari: Officially, the relaxation of the Italian horseracing programme – the Palinsesto Complementare – comes into force in July.As to what it means. For many years previously, the country’s regulator – Italy’s Customs and Monopolies Agency (Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli) – enforced protectionist policies to safeguard revenues around its own horseracing. This meant strict rules that ensured the focus of broadcasting was on Italian racing events and a very limited number of international ones via the national horseracing programme. That’s all set to change now, and for the first time in history there will be no restriction on screening international content from abroad. SBC: How will it impact upon customers, operators and suppliers?FMM: I have no doubt it will have an excellent impact for all. For customers, this will transform the way Italian bettors engage with global horseracing. While previously any international racing event broadcast by Italian bookmakers would have to conform to the established time slots, customers will soon be able to enjoy the best of live racing from around the world at any time of day. For operators and suppliers, this will prove to be a great opportunity to expand their offering beyond the traditional fixtures and is likely to be a major boost of acquisition and retention. SBC: What do you make of the timing, especially given the impending blanket ban on advertising?Fabio Massimo MolinariFMM: Without question, the advertising ban and the relaxation of the Palinsesto Complementare are correlated. In my view, the Italian government believes that responsible gaming needs tools to communicate the risk of gambling excessively – such as with this ad ban, but also wants to seek out ways to improve the industry without relying on advertising. Of course, the relaxation of regulations is an effective way of doing that – by helping the business model to renew itself, while giving itself even greater visibility. It’s also a positive, because any restrictions on promotion can now be mitigated by the expansion of content acting as a marketing tool in its own right. As we have seen in other markets, live racing data and pictures from across the world’s racetracks adds excitement and offers a new betting experience. SBC: Do you expect the change to generate greater interest in the Italian market?FMM: I’m sure it will. Italy has always been a country that inspires the international betting industry to innovate. Whether that be number or shops, figures or volume of business, but also in terms of technology. The value of Ippica (horseracing) is clear already – and the love of action-packed, live betting events already well known to both domestic and international operators. It makes sense that Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli wants to make the industry more attractive internationally, as well as increasing the allure of the market, however – one must respect the previous regulations that were in place. Italy is very proud of its local racing, and any international partner looking to enter the market needs to ensure they strike a balance between domestic and international horseracing.
FaZe Clan in Cancun (Copyright: Joe Stephens)FaZe Clan left Cancun both the happiest team and $250,000 (£186,000) better off after they were crowned the champions of Season 4 of ECS. The CS:GO competition saw three days of play at The Hard Rock hotel in Cancun, with FaZe seeing off mousesports in a dramatic grand finale. The Season 4 finals also saw FACEIT partner with YouTube to introduce Loot Drops filled with FACEIT points. These were to reward viewers for watching the livestreams on YouTube Gaming. The finals saw over 15 million redeemable FACEIT points awarded to viewers in these Loot Drops. Michele Attisani, Chief Business Officer and Co-Founder of FACEIT commented: “Cancun has proved a fantastic location for the season 4 finals, the players have all had an amazing time and this is evident in the extremely high standard of play we’ve seen over the weekend. “We want to thank everybody that tuned in for the finals and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back for season 5 in June when we return to Wembley.”Esports Insider says: Congratulations to FaZe Clan for winning what must have been one of the more enjoyable esports events to take part in when not in front of a screen. A few days in Cancun and $250,000 doesn’t sound bad to us, the location was a decision well made by FACEIT.
Lewis Hamilton clinched his second drivers’ World Championship with a comfortable victory in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.The 2008 champion became only the fourth Briton to win two world titles.Hamilton, second in qualifying, took the lead at the start and controlled the race, as Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg suffered car trouble and finished 14th.”This is the greatest day of my life,” the 29 year-old said.”2008 was a great year in my life. The feeling I have now is way, way past that. The greatest feeling ever.”Hamilton moves level with Britons Jim Clark and Graham Hill on two titles, and is one behind Sir Jackie Stewart. Play media The moment Hamilton clinched the titleHe joins a number of other drivers on two titles, including his great contemporary rival Fernando Alonso. Michael Schumacher is the all-time record holder with seven, while the most successful current driver is Sebastian Vettel on four.Rosberg, who started on pole, was left struggling by the failure of his hybrid system. With two laps to go, he was told to retire by his engineers at Mercedes but said: “I would like to go to the end.”As Hamilton crossed the line, Prince Harry, attending the race, took to the team radio to say: “Lewis, well done for not making the British public sweat. You are an absolute legend.” Hamilton stood on his car to celebrate after he returned to the pits and then went over to embrace girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger and his family, who had flown in for the race day to support him.Watch race highlights, tonight, Sun 23 Nov, 19:00-20:00 GMT, BBC ThreeThe Englishman’s win was his 11th of the season, compared to Rosberg’s five, and he finished 67 points clear at the top of the title standings. It was the 33rd win of Hamilton’s career, moving him clear of his great rival Fernando Alonso into fifth in the all-time list.Rosberg, who entered the race needing to win and hope Hamilton finished lower than second in order to win the title, was never in the position he needed to overhaul his rival. Play media Lewis Hamilton: Second championship doesn’t feel realWhile Hamilton made a perfect start to the day-night race under the setting sun at the impressive Yas Marina circuit, Rosberg’s Mercedes bogged down and the Briton was into the lead well before braking for the first corner.Hamilton completed the first lap 1.2 seconds in front, and inched clear until he was 2.7 seconds in front by the time he made his first pit stop on lap 10, always giving the impression of being in control.The gap stayed at about that margin until lap 23, about half-distance, when Rosberg suffered a failure of the energy recovery system on his Mercedes. From then on, it was a matter of damage limitation for Rosberg, who asked his team to tell him what he needed to do to finish in the top five – the result that would give him the title should Hamilton retire.Lewis Hamilton shares a kiss with girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger”How’s it looking, to be in the position I need if Lewis has a problem?” Rosberg asked after about 34 laps.”It’s not looking good, Nico,” his engineer Tony Ross told him. “What the hell does that mean?” Rosberg replied plaintively. “What times do I need to do?””Just drive flat out,” he was told.But lacking 160bhp for 33 seconds of the lap, Rosberg was helpless as he slipped down the field, battling problems with his brakes, which were put under extra strain as a result of his problems.Hamilton is only the fourth British driver to win more than one world title Williams took a double podium with Valtteri Bottas taking third, ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who drove brilliantly to take fourth after starting from the pit lane because both Red Bulls were found to be illegal after qualifying.Jenson Button took fifth for McLaren in what could be the final race of an illustrious career – the team have yet to choose whether Button or team-mate Kevin Magnussen will partner Fernando Alonso, who is moving from Ferrari, in 2015.Play media Rosberg hopes hit by mechanical problemThe Force India team used an inverted tyre strategy to take a strong sixth and seventh with Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez.Ricciardo’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who also started from the pit lane, was eighth.Alonso, in his last race for Ferrari took ninth, ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and Magnussen.Hamilton said he needed to go for a run to clear his head after waking up earlyAs the sun set on the Yas Marina Circuit, Hamilton’s lightning start saw him take the lead early onHopes of a tense battle between the Mercedes drivers were dashed as Rosberg hit technical problemsHamilton went on to win the race and ended the season 67 points ahead of his team-mateIt was “hammer time” for the Mercedes driver as he flew the union flag on his slow-down lapHamilton thanked his engineers for sticking by him throughout his title winning seasonHamilton said on the podium it was “the greatest day of my life”Non-alcoholic champagne was flowing freely on the podium – drinking alcohol in public is banned in Abu When Rosberg hit trouble, Mercedes put Hamilton’s car into conservative settings and the tension he was feeling as he neared his goal became apparent when he said: “Please don’t turn up the car – I am comfortable. I can go faster if I need to.”Williams took a shot at beating Hamilton to the race win by putting second-placed Felipe Massa on to super-soft tyres for a short final stint at his final stop with 12 laps to go.Massa closed to within nine seconds of Hamilton with eight laps to go and kept reducing the gap but Hamilton controlled his pace to ensure he had plenty of margin in hand to keep Massa at bay.