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Xiaomi Mi 11 Announced With Snapdragon 888 SoC, Likely to Accompany Mi 11 Pro

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Xiaomi Mi 11 has been announced during a virtual keynote at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit 2020. The new smartphone will be amongst the first phones to come with the newly launched Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC.



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SPEED SPORT Power Rankings

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Power Rankings

We’re closing in on the end of the 2020 season! Were there any movers and shakers in the SPEED SPORT Power Rankings this week? Click below to find out.

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The National Hockey League of Nations

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Here are the best representatives from all 31 teams for eight countries: Canada, U.S., Finland, Sweden, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Russia — plus some wild cards.



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Schroder says he intends to start at PG for Lakers

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Despite the fact the Lakers started LeBron James at the 1 last season and are thin at that position on the bench, Dennis Schroder says he intends to start at point guard next season.



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Zonnique Responds To Criticism Over Reginae’s Birthday Party

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The party was held at Republic Lounge in Atlanta.



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A young family faces financial ruin trying to protect their baby from Covid-19

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A young family faces financial ruin trying to protect their baby from Covid-19



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Texans' Fuller, Roby banned six games for PEDs

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Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller V and cornerback Bradley Roby have had their seasons cut short, as they were suspended six games Monday for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.



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Audi Planning Dakar Rally Entry In 2022

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Audi officials have announced plans to compete in the Dakar Rally in 2022 with an innovative prototype that combines an electric drivetrain with a high-voltage battery and a highly efficient energy converter.

Cross-country rallying will be the spearhead of the Audi factory motorsport commitment in the future.

“A multifaceted commitment to motorsport is and will remain an integral part of Audi’s strategy,” said Markus Duesmann, Chairman of the Board of Management and Board of Management Member for Technical Development and Product Lines at AUDI AG. “We want to continue demonstrating the brand’s slogan ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ in international top-level motorsport in the future and develop innovative technologies for our road cars. The toughest rally in the world is the perfect stage for this.”

After many international successes in a wide range of categories, Audi is returning to rallying, which marked the beginning of the brand’s successful history in motorsport. Beginning in 1981, the Audi quattro revolutionized rallying. Today, permanent four-wheel drive is a standard, not just for rally cars.

The vehicle Audi will use during the Dakar Rally will be driven by a powerful electric drivetrain. The energy required for this comes from a high-voltage battery, which can be charged as required while driving via an energy converter in the form of a highly efficient TFSI engine. The aim is to permanently improve the performance of the electric drivetrain and the battery in the years to come. The experience gained in this process should then be incorporated into the further development of future electrified production models.

Audi is the first car manufacturer that has committed to develop a viable alternative drive concept for the Dakar Rally. In 2012, Audi achieved the first victory for a hybrid racing car in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Audi R18 e-tron quattro remained unbeaten in the world’s most important endurance race three times in a row.

Since 2014, Audi has also been competing in fully-electric racing via Formula E. First in a supporting role for the team of its longstanding partner ABT Sportsline, and from 2017 with full factory involvement. After six years, the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team is the most successful entry in the history of Formula E with 43 podium finishes, including 12 victories. Special highlights include winning the drivers’ title in 2017 and the teams’ title in the first season on a factory level in 2018.

“Formula E has accompanied the transformation phase at Audi,” says Markus Duesmann. “Today, electromobility at the four rings is no longer a dream of the future, but the present.” The Audi e-tron is a bestseller in many markets. With the RS e-tron GT, Audi will soon bring its sporty spearhead onto the road. And as early as 2025, around 40 percent of sales are expected to be achieved with purely-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. “This is why we are taking the next step in electrified motorsport by facing the most extreme conditions. The many technical freedoms offered by the Dakar Rally provide a perfect test laboratory for us in this respect.”

The Dakar Rally will replace Audi’s factory involvement in Formula E, which will no longer be continued in the form of an Audi factory team after the 2021 season. The use of the newly developed Audi powertrain by customer teams will remain possible beyond next year.

Customer racing remains the second major pillar in AUDI AG’s future motorsport program. Audi Sport customer racing will continue to offer its customers a comprehensive model portfolio, as well as intensive service for worldwide racing. In addition, the program includes competing with the Audi R8 LMS in major endurance races like the Nürburgring 24 Hours and in international racing series such as the Intercontinental GT Challenge.

“In addition, we are evaluating other possible fields of activity for us in international motorsport,” says Julius Seebach, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. “In doing so, we have our customers’ wishes in mind as much as the company’s future strategy, which is clearly focused on electrification and carbon-neutral mobility. This is why we are intensively preparing to enter the new sports prototype category LMDh with its highlight races, the Daytona 24 Hours and Le Mans 24 Hours. The most important message for our fans is that motorsport will continue to play an important role at Audi.”

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Allmendinger & Kaulig Set For Full Season Xfinity Effort

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LEXINGTON, N.C. – A.J. Allmendinger will be returning to full-time competition with Kaulig Racing for the upcoming NASCAR Xfinity Series season.

Allmendinger, who retired from full-time competition in 2018, joined Kaulig Racing’s Xfinity Series lineup in 2019, where he made five starts, earning a win at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL and two top-five finishes. In 2020, Allmendinger piloted the No. 16 Chevrolet for 11 races, and recorded two wins, his first on an oval at Atlanta Motor Speedway, as well as a back-to-back win at the Charlotte ROVAL.

“As a part time driver for Kaulig Racing in the Xfinity series, I have really enjoyed working with all the women and men in the organization these past two years,” said Allmendinger. “The love of showing up to NASCAR races has returned for me, and I truly have enjoyed myself on and off the racetrack. It starts with Matt Kaulig and Chris Rice. I can’t thank them enough for giving me a call at the start of 2019 and offering me races that continued into 2020. More than anything, I have really loved being part of the team and watching the growth of the organization, and because of that, the opportunity to come back full-time in 2021 was something I just could not pass up.”

Kaulig Racing recently announced the return of Justin Haley, as well as the addition of Jeb Burton to its stable. All three will race full-time for the team next year.

“I am very grateful for Matt Kaulig, Chris Rice and everybody at Kaulig Racing for allowing this to happen,” Allmendinger said. “I can’t wait to work with my son, Justin Haley, full-time and now Jeb Burton as well. I’m ready to go after a championship in 2021!”

During Allmendinger’s tenure in the NASCAR Cup Series from 2007 – 2018, he made 371 starts and recorded one win and 11 top-five finishes. Before joining Kaulig Racing, the California native made 11 Xfinity Series starts and recorded two wins and three top-five finishes. In 16 starts with Kaulig Racing, he surpassed that, recording three wins and eight top-five finishes.

“Having A.J. race full-time for Kaulig Racing will only elevate our program to another level,” said Chris Rice, president of Kaulig Racing. “I truly believe his veteran experience has helped us in every race he has ever run with us, and that is evident in his finishes. I’m sure he will complement our other two great drivers we already have, as he’s been a great teammate since day one. I love the challenge in front of us to go after the championship in 2021 with all three of our drivers.”

Kaulig Racing began as a one-car team in 2016 and expanded to two, full-time entries in 2020 with a part-time, third entry. The 2021 season will mark the first time in the team’s history it fields a third, full-time entry.

“Kaulig Racing has come such a long way in only a few short years,” said team owner, Matt Kaulig. “We started this team in 2016 and have made the playoffs every year. This year we stepped up even more, and had two cars in the playoffs with one in the Championship 4 at Phoenix. With AJ Allmendinger added to our stable, and three fantastic drivers, we will have an even better chance at the championship.”

Allmendinger will pilot the No. 16 Chevrolet for Kaulig Racing beginning at Daytona Int’l Speedway on Feb. 13.

Sponsor announcements will be made at a later date.

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