Marcus Ericsson got into some turbulent air while running near the front of the Indy 500 and slapped the outer wall in Turn 2, bringing out the second caution flag on the hot, sunny day in Indianapolis.Scott Dixon had led the first 28 laps before taking the field down pit road for the first set of stops. He was still in first after the stop with Takuma Sato, Alexander Rossi and Marco Andretti close behind.The weather could play a factor in the race. It is much warmer than it typically is during the race in May.___1:40 p.m. August 23, 2020 Associated Press The Latest: Davison first out of Indy 500 in fiery crash The countdown is on to the start of the Indy 500, which was delayed from its traditional date in May because of the coronavirus pandemic and will be run without fans for the first time in its 104 editions.New track owner Roger Penske, whose team has four cars in the field, and IndyCar executives have tried to create an entertaining prerace show for broadcaster NBC. But the build up to “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” is still somewhat eerie without the 250,000-plus fans who typically show up inside the Brickyard.Driver introductions took place with the voice of the public address announcer echoing off the empty stands. There also will be no military parade or balloon release, two staples of race day. But there will be Jim Cornelison singing “Back Home Again in Indiana” and the Air Force’s famed Thunderbirds performing a flyover.___More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest from the Indianapolis 500, which was delayed from Memorial Day weekend because of COVID-19:___2 p.m. Marco Andretti has led the field to the green flag for the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500, the familiar field of 33 roaring down the canyon-like front stretch of empty seats at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.The warm-ups found Andretti following the IndyCar two-seater driven by his grandfather and 1969 winner Mario Andretti with his father and team owner Michael Andretti in the second seat. It was the first time that the three generations of the family were on the track at the Brickyard at the same time.The call to start the engines was delivered by Roger Penske, whose family purchased the speedway along with the IndyCar Series. He promised that fans would be “back home again in Indiana” in 2021.___1 p.m. James Davison has brought out the first caution flag of the Indianapolis 500 when he made contact with the wall in the opening laps and his right front tire turned into a ball of fire.Davison was able to exit the car without any problem. His car was still smoking as it was lifted onto a flatbed truck.Scott Dixon went immediately to the front when the green flag dropped, passing pole sitter Marco Andretti heading into Turn 1. Ryan Hunter-Reay also was on the move in the opening laps as Honda flexed the muscle it has shown all month.___1:30 p.m.
5 Felipe Anderson: Lazio attacker being watched by the club – click the arrow above, right, to see other Man United transfer rumours – Old Trafford scouts are said to have gone to watch the 22-year-old attacker in action. Anderson has enjoyed a good season at Lazio, but could cost around £30m you can see the lowdown on him here.< 5 Raphael Varane: Man United want to see if the Real Madrid ace is available – Man United are said to have enquired about the availability of Real Madrid's Varane. It is being reported he could cost around £20m. Karim Benzema: Real Madrid striker doesn't want to leave! Click the arrow above, right, to see other Man United transfer rumours – Benzema will NOT be leaving Real Madrid, says his agent Karim Djaziri, who explained he would only go if the club told him he was surplus to requirements. What is Karim going to do in Manchester? He's happy in Madrid and doesn't want to leave, he said. He wants to retire there. This news is likely to disappoint Man United who were said to be interested in the striker. 5 Dani Alves was leading Man United on! Click the arrow above, right, to see other transfer rumours from Old Trafford – After all that talk about unhappiness, the Brazil right-back is staying with Champions League winners Barcelona. Alves will stay at the club until at least 2017, so Man United manager Louis van Gaal will have to look elsewhere. Here, talkSPORT looks at the other rumours surrounding the club. More players are certain to follow Memphis Depay to Man United when the summer transfer window opens.There is likely to be players leaving to make room, with Robin van Persie, Nani and Javier Hernandez rumoured to be heading through the Old Trafford exit.Here, though, talkSPORT looks at the latest players linked with a move to Manchester, beginning with Lazio’s Felipe Anderson, who has had a great season in Italy’s Serie A.Click the arrow above, right, to see the latest rumours./p> 5 5 Petr Cech: A move to Old Trafford may be difficult – click the arrow above, right, to see other Man United transfer rumours – Inter’s Samir Handanovic said he will stay in Italy, and while Hugo Lloris is being heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford, another player said to be on the radar is Petr Cech. However, as the Independent points out, the goalkeeper appears to be keen on staying in London. Next week we will have a meeting with Chelsea when the situation is clearer and all the cards are on the table. If I move, it brings difficulties. I must change everything, looking for housing, a school for children and so on, he said.
International law firm Gowling WLG has launched an online benefits portal that integrates a bespoke employee discounts scheme and concierge service for its UK employees.The portal, provided by Xexec, will provide UK staff with access to over 3,000 bespoke discounts, including vouchers for lifestyle, health and wellbeing products, cashback offers, and shopping cards for a range of retailers.The new scheme also includes a lifestyle concierge service that allows employees to get tickets to sports, arts, and entertainment events in the UK, as well as book restaurants, flights, and hotel rooms.The new portal enables staff to access the benefits whether they are at home, at work, or on the move. Gowling WLG, which employs 1,400 staff globally, delivered its previous employee discounts scheme on a largely ad-hoc basis via its intranet.Neil McKie (pictured), head of reward and performance at Gowling WLG, said: “We’re proud to be recognised as a top employer and we take employee benefits seriously. Not only does it allow us to attract and retain the best talent, but it also helps us get the most out of our teams.“I know that our team really values the range of benefits that [the new scheme] can bring to their lives both in and out of the office.”