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Max Verstappen has defended Red Bulls decision to pit for intermediates during the Brazilian Grand Prix, a call which cost him a shot at a win but prompted his sensational fightback to third.Verstappen stole the plaudits with a stunning drive through the field in Brazil, which came after fantastic overtakes on Kimi Raikkonen and Nico Rosberg earlier in the race. The teenager had been between the Mercedes drivers but had to pit late in the race to reverse Red Bulls decision to put him on intermediate tyres as rain intensified.Though he thinks second position was safe he is unsure if he would have caught and passed eventual race winner Lewis Hamilton.When asked if he felt that call cost him the win, Verstappen replied: Win maybe not, but second was definitely possible. I think we were in quite a safe position in second but sometimes you have to gamble a little bit -- were trying to win the race -- that is what we tried today. We got some great overtakes so I am very happy, of course.Emerging from his final stop in 16th, Verstappen then scythed through the field with remarkable pace, overtaking Daniel Ricciardo, Daniil Kvyat, Esteban Ocon, Felipe Nasr, Nico Hulkenberg, Sebastian Vettel, Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez in a charge back to third.Explaining his whole race, Verstappen said: In the first [overtake] one I was trying some different lines. I found a good one and I knew that if Kimi [Raikkonen] was not going to take that line, had a good chance of overtaking. That worked out, he couldnt work out what was happening in front of him. I pulled out of all the spray and passed him.From there on I was a bit relieved because they were a bit slower behind me so I could follow the guys in front. But then of course with the red flags and stuff at the end, twice actually... The second one I didnt really understand... It was similar to before.When we restarted again, the track was worse than before, I had good pace and a good fight with Nico in Turn 3, tried to follow Lewis [Hamilton] a bit and had a massive moment, lucky to not crash the car.I got call to box, we did a pitstop, the first lap was pretty good and then it started to rain harder than before and last sector was undriveable on inters. We had to pit again and I was 15th, 16th, started to pass people again, couldnt see where I was on the straight, but passed a lot of them - and to get back on the podium was a great result here.Discount Shoes Black Friday . You can watch the game live on TSN at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt. The Flyers had won seven of eight before dropping their last two outings on consecutive days over the weekend. Philadelphia was handed a 6-3 loss by the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday afternoon before dropping a 4-1 decision to the Rangers the following night in New York City. 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Spencer Abbott also scored in the shootout for the Marlies (25-13-4).CHICAGO -- The steady breeze from four, large portable fans whooshed through the Chicago Cubs luxurious new digs, sucking away whatever moisture lingered from the just-shampooed carpets.They missed a spot, laughed reliever Mike Montgomery, sitting at his locker. The left-hander lifted the sole of his shoe to show it was wet. You can still smell the champagne here.On the morning after the Cubs clinched a playoff spot, few members of the team with the best record in baseball had wandered back into the clubhouse ahead of an afternoon start still three hours away. Manager Joe Maddon, though, was already in his office and focused on what mattered next: breaking a century-and-counting World Series hex.I see now what everyone was talking about, said Montgomery, who arrived from Seattle in July as part of a four-player trade. Joe knows so much about baseball -- situational play, what the data calls for, what makes guys tick -- but he makes it look easy. So you dont always see how he works.Indeed, Maddons fingerprints are all over this team. With the playoff opener looming Friday at Wrigley Field, plenty of the credit for assembling this sudden juggernaut goes to Theo Epstein, the Cubs president of baseball operations. He helped assemble the lineup and has added complementary parts like Montgomery, closer Aroldis Chapman and outfielder Jason Heyward in a timely fashion.But its Maddons job to fit those pieces together. More impressive still is how hes made nearly every one of them better.Take the steady improvement that has second-year star Kris Bryant battling teammate Anthony Rizzo for Most Valuable Player. Or starter Kyle Hendricks breakout campaign and Cy Young candidacy.In Bryants case, it involved teaching the much-touted third baseman to cope with expectations. Maddon accomplished that by encouraging Bryant to take a few shifts in the outfield and even at first base, giving the youngster another skill to learn instead of obsessing over every at-bat.dddddddddddd In Hendricks case, it might have involved a deep data dive alongside pitching coach Chris Bosio, seeing whether the right-handers pitch sequence, location or delivery needed tweaking.But it might have been something as simple as this. A few weeks ago in Pittsburgh, Hendricks saw Maddon heading in his direction in the dugout. Hendricks expected Maddon to question his decision to stop at second base after Chris Coghlan singled behind him.Instead, Maddon asked him about the mascot at Dartmouth, where Hendricks went to college.When youre known as the Big Green, is that like Gumby? Maddon asked. Is he your guy? What does the mascot look like?Hendricks smiled at the memory. Nearly every other player on the roster has a similar story to tell.I got maybe 10 career at-bats. I couldnt remember the last time I batted in a game, Montgomery recalled. But I got a hit the other night and it was one of the happiest moments of my career. ...So Joe comes up to me the next day and starts discussing hitting with me and we have this long conversation about it, like I actually know what Im doing. He probably knows thats not the case. But now, Montgomery chuckled, Im already thinking, `Maybe Ill get another one.In an interview room just off the new clubhouse, Maddon parked behind a bank of microphones. Instead of the big picture, reporters wanted to know where he went after the party in the clubhouse broke up. In addition to being one of the best managers in baseball, Maddon is one of the most entertaining.I did not go out last night, he said.Why not? came the follow-up question.I had nothing, Maddon said smiling, sliding his elbow along the table and pretending he was about to nap.Dont believe it.This is one guy who always has something up his sleeve. ' ' '

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