The president of UEFA doesn’t see Germany or Spain as favourites to win the tournament in Brazil this year and instead thinks that South American teams will prove stronger.”Brazil and Argentina will be very difficult to defeat. The last two World Cups have been by Europeans and I think that bothers South Americans,” said Platini in an interview with French daily Le Parisien.Platini scored 41 goals in 72 appearances for France between 1976 and 1987.The UEFA President Platini had never held back in his assessment of the current situation.“The biggest problem was São Paulo. There was still questions about the number of seats. FIFA want to know exactly how many there are.”“There were also additional structures that nobody wants to pay for.
Kyle Busch dominated the field to win the TicketGuardian 500 at Phoenix on Sunday, earning his 199th career national series victory.Busch led most of the way but needed to pass Ryan Blaney in the final 20 laps to finish on top. Blaney ended in third place, getting passed by Martin Truex Jr as he faded down the stretch. Take a look at what happened to Jones’ @JoeGibbsRacing machine. #NASCARGoesWest pic.twitter.com/IXUip9AbDd— NASCAR (@NASCAR) March 10, 20193:59 p.m. — We’re a third of the way through Stage 1, and Blaney continues to lead the field.3:53 p.m. — Ryan Blaney leads after 10 laps. Chase Elliott was penalized for jumping the start of the race.PENALTY: @chaseelliott is penalized for a restart violation.He must serve a pass-through penalty. pic.twitter.com/h66Bk60WPx— NASCAR (@NASCAR) March 10, 20193:48 p.m. — Green flag! It’s go-time in Phoenix. Aric Almirola finished in fourth, while Denny Hamlin claimed fifth.Watch NASCAR live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)It was a mostly clean race, but minor crashes wiped out Alex Bowman and Erik Jones. Brad Keselowski was nearly forced to exit in Stage 1, but was able to repair his car in his pit stall before grinding out a top-20 placement.Kevin Harvick, who won this competition in 2019, finished ninth on Sunday after struggling from the restart twice in the last stage.TicketGuardian 500: 2019 winner, order of finishFinishDriverTeam (Car No.)Laps led1.Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs Racing (18)1772.Martin Truex Jr.Joe Gibbs Racing (19)…3.Ryan BlaneyTeam Penske (12)954.Aric AlmirolaStewart Haas Racing (10)265.Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs Racing (11)76.Kyle LarsonChip Ganassi Racing (42)…7.Kurt BuschChip Ganassi Racing (1)…8.Jimmie JohnsonHendrick Motorsports (48)49.Kevin HarvickStewart Haas Racing (4)…10.Joey LoganoTeam Penske (22)…11.Clint BowyerStewart Haas Racing (14)…12.Ryan NewmanRousch Fenway Racing (6)…13.Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Roush Fenway Racing (17)…14.Chase ElliottHendrick Motorsports (9)…15.Ty DillonGermain Racing (13)…16.Chris BuescherJTG-Daugherty Racing (37)…17.Paul MenardTeam Penske (21)…18.Daniel HemricRichard Childress Racing (8)419.Brad KeselowskiTeam Penske (2)…20.Matt TifftFront Row Motorsports (36)…Lead changes: 17Cautions: 9Sporting News provided full coverage of the TicketGuardian 500. Here’s how Busch won:NASCAR at Phoenix results: Full race highlights from TicketGuardian 5006:51 p.m. — Kyle Busch wins the TicketGuardian 500!Kyle Busch sweeps Phoenix, wins his second straight race here. First win of the year. NASCAR national series win No. 199.— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) March 10, 20196:50 p.m. — Truex Jr. passes Blaney for second.6:49 p.m. — Busch appears in full control here. Meanwhile, Truex Jr. is closing in on second.6:46 p.m. — Ten to go. Can Busch hang on?6:44 p.m. — Kyle Busch takes the lead!6:41 p.m. — With 20 laps remaining, Blaney is still ahead of Kyle Busch for first place. Martin Truex Jr., Aric Almirola and Austin Dillon round out the top five.6:29 p.m. — Fifty more laps. Blaney has edged in front.6:22 p.m. — Here’s a look at the leaderboard right now.Top-10.1. @Aric_Almirola2. @Blaney3. @austindillon34. @KyleBusch5. @KyleLarsonRacin6. @KurtBusch7. @JimmieJohnson8. @RyanJNewman9. @MartinTruex_Jr10. @joeylogano #NASCAR— Chris Knight ツ (@Knighter01) March 10, 20196:17 p.m. — Back to green. Hopefully it stays that way for a while.6:12 p.m. — Two straight cautions for Ryan Preece have grinded this final stage to a snail’s pace. Restarts have been very chaotic on this track, leading to several incidents.5:59 p.m. — Caution. Elliott spins.AROUND GOES ELLIOTT. pic.twitter.com/6EfVuBbPNF— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) March 10, 20195:53 p.m. — We’re down to the final 100 laps at ISM Raceway. Familiar names atop the leaderboard: Kyle Busch in first and Jimmie Johnson in second.NEW LEADER: @KyleBusch takes the top spot from @JimmieJohnson !(and look at the racing behind them!) pic.twitter.com/cOeqAgakzU— NASCAR (@NASCAR) March 10, 20195:43 p.m. — Caution. Bowman has some more trouble, and he’s now done for the day.5:31 p.m. — Jimmie Johnson has run in the top 10 most of the afternoon, and he’s up to fourth place right now. In 17th for the season, he could really use a good result here.5:10 p.m. — Kyle Busch wins Stage 2, which will end under caution.Stage 2 complete:KyBusch Bowyer Harvick Truex Hamlin Newman Johnson Logano Elliott KuBusch— Jayski (@jayski) March 10, 20195:09 p.m. — Caution. Alex Bowman hit the wall. 5:01 p.m. — There are 20 more laps remaining in Stage 2. Kyle Busch is still in the lead, just ahead of Bowyer and Kevin Harvick.4:45 p.m. — Kyle Busch leads early in Stage 2. Clint Bowyer is up to second place.4:32 p.m. — Keselowski is apparently going to try to come back after repairing his sway bar in pit stall.NASCAR said Keselowski can make the sway bar repair in his pit stall, so that’s what they’re going to do under caution. He got the free pass after meeting minimum speed.— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) March 10, 20194:30 p.m. — Blaney takes Stage 1!Ryan Blaney wins Stage 1 at Phoenix. Second stage win of the year, second playoff point.Also getting stage points: Almirola, Logano, Bowman, KyBusch, Larson, A.Dillon, Byron, Elliott, Harvick.— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) March 10, 20194:21 p.m. — Another caution late in Stage 1. This time it’s for Keselowski crashing into the wall. He’s done for the afternoon, it appears.Something broke for Brad … pic.twitter.com/PXxYn6sAsn— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) March 10, 20194:15 p.m. — Kyle Busch is in first place through 50 laps. Denny Hamlin is in second, Ryan Blaney is in third and Austin Dillon is in fourth.4:06 p.m. — Caution. Erik Jones lost control.