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  • 14 Aug
    导出博客文章PHILADELPHIA -- It wasnt that Aaron Rodgers didnt want anyone to see what was
    wrong with his left leg.No, the reason the Green Bay Packers quarterback ducked
    into the tent behind the bench was so no one would see him drop his drawers, as
    he put it, while he received medical attention.Rodgers said he pulled his
    hamstring on the opening drive of the third quarter and had the trainers tape
    his leg between series. When he emerged from the hut behind the visitors bench
    at Lincoln Financial Field, the Monday Night Football cameras were waiting for
    him.I just didnt want to be getting taped up on the television, Rodgers said.
    But obviously, when I walked out and saw the camera right in my face, I knew
    there was probably some sort of mini-story growing. But no, I had to drop my
    drawers a little bit to get taped up and just wanted to do [that] in the privacy
    of that tent.Rodgers not only finished the game but also put together one of his
    best performances of the season when the Packers needed it most. They snapped a
    four-game losing streak with a 27-13 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.Rodgers
    mobility was limited after his injury, but he said he did not think it would
    prevent him from being ready for Sundays game against the Houston Texans. He
    suggested the injury might have been in part due to waiting all day to play a
    night game for the second straight week.I was a little tight in the first half
    for some reason, Rodgers said. I dont know if it was sitting around the last two
    weeks, these night games, when you do a lot of resting. Ill be good to go,
    though.Coach Mike McCarthy was less committal about how the injury would impact
    Rodgers the rest of the season.I cant tell, McCarthy said after the game. We
    wont know until tomorrow.Rodgers completed 30 of 39 passes for 313 yards, two
    touchdowns and no interceptions, and the Packers were especially proficient on
    third down, converting 10 of 14 times. At 71 percent, that was the highest rate
    by any team in a game this season and the Packers highest in a game since Week 8
    of 2013.But all most people wanted to talk about after the game was Rodgers
    injury and his trip to the tent. Center?Corey Linsley?said he wasnt even aware
    that Rodgers was hurt. In fact, he said he thought the quarterback went under
    cover for another reason.Maybe he just had to go,?Linsley said.
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    just outside of the crease on the right side. YAS MARINA, Abu Dhabi -- Nico
    Rosberg clinched his first world championship with a gutsy drive to second
    behind Lewis Hamilton at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.The German, who needed a
    podium finish to secure the title, weathered a tense opening two stints of the
    race and made a decisive overtake on Max Verstappen at mid-distance to
    consolidate second position. In the closing stages title rival Hamilton
    attempted to back his teammate into the chasing Sebastian Vettel and Verstappen,
    despite several instructions to speed up from the Mercedes pit wall. But it was
    to no avail as Rosberg held on to finish just 0.4s behind Hamilton and secure
    the championship.?The title win means Rosberg follows in the footsteps of his
    father, Keke, who won in 1982, and makes him the second second-generation world
    champion after Damon Hill. Yas Marinas dramatic finish capped a season which has
    ebbed and flowed between the Mercedes drivers and means Hamilton has won the
    final four races of the year without claiming the title.Hamiltons tactic of
    backing Rosberg toward the chasing pack was hardly surprising considering he
    came into the weekend as clear underdog. At the chequered flag the top four were
    covered by just 1.6s, one of the closest finishes in recent memory and a fitting
    climax to a close season between Mercedes drivers, who have shared 19 of the 21
    victories this season.The title fightHamilton led away cleanly from pole at the
    start, getting into Turn 1 ahead of Rosberg, who stayed ahead of the Red Bulls
    and Ferraris. Behind, Verstappen tapped the sidepod of Nico Hulkenberg and spun
    around, though he avoided the wall and rejoined in last. Red Bull teammate
    Daniel Ricciardo dropped behind Kimi Raikkonen at the start as the Finn took
    advantage of superior grip from his ultra-soft tyres.?In the opening stint,
    Hamilton did what many expected ahead of the weekend, backing Rosberg into the
    pack and not opening up a gap. He pitted very early, coming in on Lap 7 for soft
    tyres, though his stop was delayed slightly for Raikkonen -- who also took softs
    from third position. All eyes were then on Rosbergs in-lap, and the German also
    found himself held in the box as compatriot Sebastian Vettel came in behind him.
    Despite the delay Rosberg emerged marginally ahead of Raikkonen and managed to
    hold second position.Rosberg then had to deal with the attentions of Verstappen,
    who was yet to pit and now acting as rear-gunner for Red Bull as they hoped to
    bring Ricciardo back into proceedings. Ricciardo pitted earlier than expected,
    however, coming in on Lap 9, and emerging in a tight train of cars behind his
    teammate. Rosberg, being warned not to take any risks against Verstappen, held
    station in third. It soon became apparent Red Bull and Verstappen were thinking
    of a one-stop strategy.?The key moment for Rosberg came on Lap 19. Shortly after
    being given a message that he had to pass Verstappen in the next few laps, the
    two men nearly touched as Rosberg went wheel-to-wheel with the teenager through
    the second chicane, with Rosberg getting a better exit out of Turn 9. Rosberg
    then got ahead through the kink at Turn 10 to make the move stick. Two
    consecutive fastest laps afterward would prove crucial at Rosbergs next stop,
    when he emerged ahead of the Red Bull driver, whose one-stop strategy had moved
    him into podium contention.What followed was a final roll of the dice for
    Hamilton. With Vettel also going for a longer second stint in the lead, Hamilton
    started to back Rosberg into the chasing Red Bulls behind, despite several
    hurry-up messages from the Mercedes pit wall..ddddddddddddVettels pit stop on
    Lap 37 elevated the Mercedes pair back into a 1-2 -- the Ferrari emerged in
    sixth behind Verstappen, Ricciardo and Raikkonen but on the super-soft tyre.
    Hamilton got another message on Lap 43, saying Vettel, now just 10 seconds down
    the road, was an imminent threat to the lead.By the 47th lap, Mercedes was
    instructing Hamilton to up the pace, with the world champion replying: I suggest
    you guys let us race, as Vettel continued to close in for Ferrari. The Ferrari
    driver soon became a bigger concern as he caught and passed Ricciardo in fine
    style, with Hamiltons pace dropping further as the red car got closer and
    closer.?Hamiltons tactics set up a grandstand finish, with Verstappen and Vettel
    edging ever closer to the leading Mercedes drivers. Executive director
    (technical) Paddy Lowe even got on the radio to instruct Hamilton to speed up,
    to which the world champion replied he was doing the only thing he could to win
    a fourth title. As the laps ticked down, Vettel soon eased past Verstappen and
    found himself staring down the gearbox of Rosberg. With third position enough
    for a first championship, Tony Ross reminded his driver not to do anything
    stupid if Vettel got close -- though he never did.Rosberg did not put a foot
    wrong, driving flawlessly under immense pressure in the closing laps to cross
    the line as the 2016 world champion. The German driver held his head in his
    hands on the cool-down lap, then celebrated the win by performing some
    Vettel-esque donuts with his car opposite the main grandstand before returning
    to parc ferme.The rest?Behind the front four, Ricciardo and Raikkonen soon faded
    when Vettels and Verstappens one-stop strategies propelled them toward the
    front. Raikkonen had been running third early in the race but soon faded when he
    was kept on the two-stop strategy, meaning he soon gave up valuable track
    position to the one-stopping cars who ended the tail of the warring Mercedes
    drivers.?Force India capped its season by finishing as best of the rest behind
    the top three teams, with Nico Hulkenberg signing off his second stint with the
    team by finishing seventh ahead of Sergio Perez. The result secured what had
    already been a likely fourth position in the constructors championships, a
    remarkable achievement for a team competing on a limited budget compared to the
    top teams.A strong drive from Felipe Massa saw him finish ninth on the 250th and
    final F1 race of his career, one place ahead of former Ferrari teammate Fernando
    Alonso. Haas narrowly missed out on points at the final race of the year, with
    Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez finishing 11th and 12th. Esteban Ocon was
    next across the line for Manor, though the Force-India-bound Frenchman nearly
    wiped out teammate Pascal Wehrlein as the pair diced for position with 10 laps
    to go. Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr finished 14th and 15th to cap a weekend
    which has seen Sauber struggle, though Manors failure to score any points means
    they held on to 10th in the championship.Jolyon Palmer was the last classified
    car and his season ended on a sour note, tangling with Carlos Sainz at Turn 17.
    Sainz would retire two laps later with a gearbox problem, which followed Daniil
    Kvyats retirement on Lap 15, capping a miserable weekend for Toro Rosso. Jenson
    Buttons final race ended on Lap 12 after a scary right suspension failure, while
    Valtteri Bottas and Kevin Magnussen both retired in the opening five laps. ' ' '