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Bernie Ecclestone

Bernard Charles Ecclestone is a British business magnate. He is the former chief executive of the Formula One Group, which manages Formula One and controls the commercial rights to the sport, part-owns Delta Topco, the previous ultimate parent company of the Formula One Group; as such, he was described in journalism as'F1 Supremo'. Ecclestone entered two Grand Prix races as a driver, during the 1958 season, but failed to qualify for either of them, he became manager of drivers Stuart Lewis-Evans and Jochen Rindt. In 1972, he bought the Brabham team; as a team owner he became a member of the Formula One Constructors Association. His control of the sport, which grew from his pioneering the sale of television rights in the late 1970s, was chiefly financial, but under the terms of the Concorde Agreement he and his companies managed the administration and logistics of each Formula One Grand Prix, making him one of the richest men in the United Kingdom. On 23 January 2017, it was announced that Ecclestone had been replaced by Chase Carey as chief executive of the Formula One Group, though he has been appointed as chairman emeritus and will act as an adviser to the board.

Ecclestone and business partner Flavio Briatore owned the English football club Queens Park Rangers between 2007 and 2011. Ecclestone was born in South Elmham, a hamlet three miles south of Bungay, Suffolk; the son of a fisherman, he attended primary school in Wissett before the family moved to Danson Road, South East London, in 1938. Ecclestone left Dartford West Central Secondary School at the age of 16 to work as an assistant in the chemical laboratory at the local gasworks testing gas purity, he studied chemistry at Woolwich Polytechnic and pursued his hobby of motorcycles. After the end of World War II, Ecclestone went into business trading in spare parts for motorcycles, formed the Compton & Ecclestone motorcycle dealership with Fred Compton, his first racing experience came in 1949 in the 500cc Formula 3 Series, acquiring a Cooper Mk V in 1951. He drove only a limited number of races at his local circuit, Brands Hatch, but achieved a number of good placings and an occasional win, he retired from racing following several accidents at Brands Hatch, intending to focus on his business interests.

After his accident, Ecclestone temporarily left racing to make a number of lucrative investments in real estate and loan financing and to manage the Weekend Car Auctions firm. He returned to racing in 1957 as manager of driver Stuart Lewis-Evans, purchased two chassis from the disbanded Connaught F1 team, whose driver line-up over the years had included Lewis-Evans, Roy Salvadori, Archie Scott Brown, Ivor Bueb. Ecclestone attempted, unsuccessfully, to qualify a car himself at Monaco in 1958, he entered the British Grand Prix, but the car was raced by Jack Fairman. He continued to manage Lewis-Evans. Lewis-Evans suffered severe burns when his engine exploded at the 1958 Moroccan Grand Prix and succumbed to his injuries six days later, his friendship with Salvadori led to his becoming manager of driver Jochen Rindt and a partial owner of Rindt's 1970 Lotus Formula 2 team. Rindt, on his way to the 1970 World Championship, died in a crash at the Monza circuit, though he was awarded the championship posthumously.

In early 1972, Ecclestone purchased the Brabham team from Ron Tauranac. During the 1971 season, Ecclestone was approached by Ron Tauranac, owner of the Brabham team, looking for a suitable business partner. Ecclestone made him an offer of £100,000 for the whole team, which Tauranac accepted; the Australian stayed on as designer. Colin Seeley was brought in against Tauranac's wishes to assist in design and management. Ecclestone and Tauranac were both dominant personalities and Tauranac left Brabham early in the 1972 season; the team achieved little during 1972, as Ecclestone moulded the team to fit his vision of a Formula One team. He abandoned the successful customer car production business established by Jack Brabham and Tauranac – reasoning that to compete at the front in Formula One you must concentrate all of your resources there. For the 1973 season, Ecclestone promoted Gordon Murray to chief designer; the young South African produced the triangular cross-section BT42, the first of a series of Ford-powered cars with which the Brabham team would take several victories in 1974 and 1975 with Carlos Reutemann and Carlos Pace.

Despite the increasing success of Murray's nimble Ford-powered cars, Ecclestone signed a deal with Alfa Romeo to use their powerful but heavy flat-12 engine from the 1976 season. Although this was financially beneficial, the new BT45s were unreliable and the Alfa engines rendered them overweight; the 1976 and 1977 seasons saw Brabham fall towards the back of the field again, before winning two races again in the 1978 season when Ecclestone signed the Austrian double world champion Niki Lauda, intrigued by Murray's radical BT46 design. The Brabham-Alfa era ended in 1979, the team's first season with the up-and-coming young Brazilian Nelson Piquet when Alfa Romeo started testing their own Formula One car during this season; this prompted Ecclestone to revert to Cosworth DFV engines – a move Murray described as "like having a holiday". Piquet formed a close and long-lasting relationship with Ecclestone and the team, losing the title after a narrow battle with Alan Jones in 1980 and winning in

2018–19 San Diego State Aztecs men's basketball team

The 2018–19 San Diego State men's basketball team represented San Diego State University during the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Aztecs, led by second-year head coach Brian Dutcher, played their home games at Viejas Arena as members in the Mountain West Conference, they finished the season 11 -- 7 in Mountain West play to finish in a tie for fourth place. They defeated UNLV and Nevada to advance to the championship game of the Mountain West Tournament where they lost to Utah State; the Aztecs finished the season 22–11, 11–7 in Mountain West play to finish in a tie for fourth place. They defeated Fresno State and New Mexico to become champions of the Mountain West Tournament; as a result, they received the Mountain West's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. As the No. 11 seed in the West region, they lost to Houston in the First Round

Scrubbird

Scrubbirds are shy, ground-dwelling birds of the family Atrichornithidae. There are just two species; the rufous scrubbird is rare and restricted in its range, the noisy scrubbird is so rare that until 1961 it was thought to be extinct. Both are native to Australia; the scrubbird family is ancient and is understood to be most related to the lyrebirds, also the bowerbirds and treecreepers. All four families originated with the great corvid radiation of the Australia-New Guinea region; the population of the noisy scrubbird was estimated at 40 to 45 birds in 1962. Conservation efforts succeeded in increasing the population to around 400 birds by the mid-1980s, they have subsequently been reintroduced to several sites, but remain endangered; as of 2002, the population had recovered to around 1,200 birds. Birds of both species are about the same size as a common starling and cryptically coloured in drab browns and blacks, they occupy dense undergrowth—the rufous scrubbird in temperate rain forests near the Queensland-New South Wales border, the noisy scrubbird in heaths and scrubby gullies in coastal Western Australia—and are adept at scuttling mouse-like under cover to avoid notice.

They run fast. The males' calls, are powerful: ringing and metallic, with a ventriloquial quality, so loud as to be heard from a long distance in heavy scrub and painful at close range. Females build a domed nest close to the ground and take sole responsibility for raising the young