Lewis Hamilton wore pride colors on his helmet for the second consecutive race yesterday while competing in Saudi ArabiaGETTY IMAGES
Prior to the first Saudi Arabian Grand Prix yesterday, F1 driver LEWIS HAMILTON said that he "wants to do everything in his power to be a force for positive change" in the country. Hamilton yesterday wore "Pride colours on his race helmet for the second race in a row," having done so at the Qatar Grand Prix on Nov. 21. He said that he "feels uncomfortable racing in the country." Hamilton added that he "knows the impact he can have on an entire country is minimal," but said that it is "important to raise awareness wherever possible" (ESPN.com, 12/3).
NAMES: DePaul men's basketball coach TONY STUBBLEFIELD in July paid $1.63M for a five-bedroom, 5,000-square-foot brick house in Lincoln Park (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 12/3)....The N.Y. Times reviewed its best sports books of '21, among them "Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP." Also included was SETH WICKERSHAM's book on the Patriots dynasty and SCOTTIE PIPPEN's book "Unguarded" on the MICHAEL JORDAN-era Bulls (N.Y. TIMES, 12/4).
IN MEMORY: Former IAAF President LAMINE DIACK, who was "convicted last year of corruption for receiving bribes linked to a Russian doping scandal," died on Friday at his home in Senegal at 88. Diack was "for decades one of the most powerful men in sports" as a member of the IOC and as the head of the IAAF, which he headed from '99-15. He saw his legacy become "mired in disgrace in November 2015 after he was detained in France over accusations of corruption and money laundering and of accepting more than $1 million in bribes from the Russian athletics federation" in '11 (N.Y. TIMES, 12/3)....PAT SULLIVAN, who covered golf for the S.F. Chronicle for "the better part of 25 years," died Tuesday at the age of 78. He "recently had been diagnosed with lung cancer" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 12/6).