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Since making his Formula One debut for HRT at Silverstone in 2011, Daniel Ricciardo has become one of the sports most recognisable and likeable faces. His infectious smile has been ever-present through the highs and lows, and many experts believe hes a potential future world champion.As Ricciardo gears up for his 100th Formula One start this weekend at the German Grand Prix, ESPN looks back at the Australians top five races from his career so far.5 - 2015 Singapore Grand PrixAwesome weekend! Started off strong and finished stronger. Seb was quick and I think we both had fun exchanging fastest laps. - Daniel Ricciardo.Only twice has Ricciardo finished a race in second place and no doubt his runner-up trophy was much more welcomed in Singapore last year than earlier this season in Monaco.It was a dominant display by Ricciardo all weekend, who finished every practice session in the top four before qualifying a surprise second on the grid alongside Sebastian Vettel.With the Mercedes pairing of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg struggling for pace and ultimately settling for fifth and sixth respectively, both Ricciardo and Vettel could sniff a win and treated fans to a great scrap throughout.Track position proved vital and in the end Vettels Ferrari managed to hold off Ricciardo, but what was most pleasing for the Australian was his gap to the field. Third placed Kimi Raikkonen trailed by 16 seconds, while teammate Daniil Kvyat finished over half a minute behind.Throw in the fastest lap of the grand prix and youve got all the makings of a memorable weekend.4 - 2014 Australian Grand PrixI really feel for Daniel, who drove a great race in his first race for his new team, in front of his home crowd. - Jenson Button.It may have ultimately ended in disaster, but Ricciardos performance at his home race -- in his first outing with senior team Red Bull -- was one to be savoured.Ricciardo thrived in the rain-soaked qualifying session to snatch second on the grid, some 10 places higher than four-time world champion and new teammate Vettel.When Sunday rolled around there was a real sense that he could become the first Australian to ever stand on the podium at Albert Park and he duly delivered.His barnstorming drive to hold onto second place despite the pursuit of the McLarens delighted the home fans, before sensationally being disqualified and stripped of his points and podium for a fuel flow breach.While the 18 points have long been removed from his name, the jubilant podium celebrations that followed his stunning drive will live with him forever.3 -2014 Abu Dhabi Grand PrixIt was an unbelievable drive from Daniel. He was quick throughout with some great overtaking moves. It was a drive that epitomised his season. - Christian Horner.After Red Bull was excluded from qualifying for failing to comply with front wing regulations, both Ricciardo and Vettel were forced to start the 2014 season finale from the pitlane. Adding to Ricciardos woes was the fact the German started ahead of him due to a superior practice time.As the grid formed and race start neared, it seemed his stellar 2014 was set to conclude in disappointment as even a points finish from the back of the grid would be a challenge.What followed wasnt part of the script.Ricciardo drove a faultless race -- nailing the fastest lap in the process -- which saw him climb 16 places to finish fourth and only eight seconds off what would have been one of the most remarkable podiums in Formula One history.So impressed was Red Bull team principal Christian Horner after the race that he joked about starting in the pits every race.2 - 2016 Chinese Grand PrixI could feel the car start to wobble and I looked in the rear and could see the tyre was gone. But, the second part of the race was one of the best races of my life. - Daniel Ricciardo.Immediately after stepping out of the cockpit of the RB12, Ricciardo hailed his gritty Shanghai drive -- despite not finishing on the podium -- as one of his finest.A lightning start from second on the grid saw him snatch the lead of the race from polesitter Nico Rosberg. He was then able to hold the Mercedes at bay in the opening laps despite a clear pace differential that favoured the German.But luck abandoned him on lap three when his rear tyre exploded on the back straight, sending rubber confetti into the sky and Ricciardo plummeting from the lead to 17th in the blink of an eye.The next 53 laps was a driving masterclass as he fought his way back through the field, pulling off more overtakes than any other driver in the process. His sensational pass on Hamilton and Massa in the dying stages earned a hard-fought fourth place finish and even more recognition that he had arrived as a world class driver.1 - 2014 Canadian Grand PrixIm still in shock. This is ridiculous. The race really came to life the last 15, 20 laps. We saw Hamilton had a problem and then Rosberg was slow on the straights. - Daniel Ricciardo.Ricciardos maiden win in Formula One was as unexpected as it was memorable.The first six races of 2014 had proved to the world that Ricciardo was the right man to take over from compatriot Mark Webber at Red Bull -- the only thing missing had been a race win.Ricciardo would line up sixth in Montreal but a win seemed almost out of the question with Mercedes locking out the front row.By the mid-point of the race the silver arrows had built up a lead of 20 seconds over the chasing field, before an MGU-K failure struck which resulted in compromised speed. While the issue forced Hamilton to retire, Rosberg managed to nurse his car home.Having passed both Williams, Ricciardo -- as he so often did in 2014 -- sensed a win was on the cards and pulled off a stunning move into turn one on Sergio Perez five laps from home to take second place.He then set out on hunting down the race leader and on the penultimate lap swept by Rosberg and into the lead on the back straight to join Jack Brabham, Alan Jones and Mark Webber as an Australian Formula One race winner. Custom San Francisco Giants Jerseys . Bryant, who signed a five-year, $34 million contract as a free agent with Cleveland in March, reported symptoms on Monday morning, a team spokesman said. Austin Jackson Jersey .S District Court against Major League Baseball, the Office of the Commissioner and his own union, the MLBPA. . 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But the first semifinal of the womens soccer tournament between Sweden and Brazil felt as much like a race against time as anything else.Sweden tried to outlast the clock for 120 minutes and take its chances in a shootout.Marta tried to outlast a lifetime of minutes to come up with a defining moment of glory for Brazil.For both, the clock finally ran out.Which goes a long way to explaining why Sweden will play for gold after edging Brazil 4-3 in a penalty shootout that followed 120 minutes of scoreless soccer. In front of 70,544 people in the Maracana, a voice vote suggesting almost all of them rooting for the host, Sweden absorbed, managed, dulled and finally escaped the Brazilian attack.For the second game in a row, frustration reigned. For the second game in a row, following a quarterfinal shootout win against the reigning Olympic champion United States, Sweden ceded possession, soaked up shots and let what most will call a better team run itself out.Although the language barrier makes it difficult to confirm, it didnt sound like anyone from Brazil called the Swedes covardes after the Europeans replicated their earlier stunner, right down to the Lisa Dahlkvist penalty that clinched it.It is a very different way of playing, I have to say that, allowed Sweden coach Pia Sundhage of the contrast with her past jobs, including the United States. With the U.S. team it was attacking football, great personalities in the box. Now its the other way around. If I mentioned Abby Wambach, to give an example, I will now mention Linda Sembrant and Nilla Fischer.Those two defenders anchored the middle of a back line that was under siege from the outset, pressed by 11 Brazilian players and deafened by tens of thousands in the stands. They were stars on this day, if you cared to appreciate their work.Take one sequence with a little more than half an hour gone. With the right back next to her threatened by one of Brazils endless diagonal long passes that sought to slip behind the defense, Fischer had to step out to stop the advance. As if connected by a rope, Sembrant slid inside and was in position to deflect the ball then played toward what had a second earlier been open space.Perhaps a minute later, as another wave of Brazilian possession washed over Sweden, it was Sembrant pulled wide to assist the left back vulnerable next to her. When Brazils Beatriz then beat Sembrant, Fischer came across and timed a tackle to perfection to force a goal kick. The 32-year-old defender stayed down for a minute, then got up and limped on, a new attack surely imminent.If this isnt the kind of soccer people think will sell the sport -- a team advancing with 35 percent of possession and 27 fewer shots than its opponent -- then so be it. But it ought to be the kind of athletic effort that is appreciated. There is no margin for error, no room for anything but collective effort.When I started coaching, I wanted to play attacking football and take a lot of chances, said Sundhage, noting that this included her time with the United States. Now whatever team I have in front of me, I adjust my way of playing and try to coach that way because we need to get out the most of the players. If its a lot of attacking, defending -- four in the back or five in the middle -- it doesnt matter. My job is to make sure that they want me to lead the team, to be the coach, and trust what were doing. And in order to do that, I need to know the players.For all of that effort expended, there was still a moment that seemed fit for the setting. After a foul on Brazils Beatriz, Marta stood over a free kickk in the 118th minute.dddddddddddd A little more than 20 yards from goal, she had an opportunity to shake Brazils most famous stadium with the kind of noise no woman ever generated on a soccer field in this soccer-mad country.At 30, Marta is not the player she was even a few years ago, there are simply too many games on her legs. But she is still Marta, still able to show in bursts things that few if any other players can do. So many times Tuesday it felt like she was close to making it happen.She swung her foot at history, but Swedens organization left her with room only to bounce a shot into the waiting arms of goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl. Marta made her final kick on the day count, burying the opening shot of the shootout, but even that noise was quickly dulled when Lotta Schelin, another star with more career behind her than ahead, answered in kind.So Brazil, which drew nearly 150,000 fans to its final three games in three different cities, will play for bronze in Sao Paulo. But even with that game to play, and a medal in its own Olympics no insignificant prize, it felt like the end of a run Tuesday afternoon. Brazil coach Vadao was asked whether the next generation was ready if those 30 or older like Marta, Cristiane and the indomitable Formiga, playing in her sixth and final Olympics, will soon be gone.Theyre needed in order to pass this on to the new generation, especially considering there is little support in Brazil for womens football. Vadao said. So this makes the replenishment a bit slow. So if you lose five, six, seven players, of course, this is going to affect the new generation. And a lot of hard work and effort will have to be put in to replacing them. Its not easy to replace the women, as opposed to the men, where the structure and the support is all there.The Brazilian team should be judged by results. Pity support, a condescending pat on the head, is barely better than no support at all in any push for equality. At some point, it would oddly say more about the health of the womens game in Brazil if instead of cheers, the team left the field after a game like this to a chorus of boos. Or at least the background noise of grumbling.But the team should also be judged based on its circumstances. Context does matter. And there was something inspirational about what this team tried to do. The starting lineup in the semifinal included players based in seven countries. The 33 players who started for the other semifinal teams were spread across just five countries. Granted, thats true for the Brazilian men, too, but they go abroad to seek their fortunes. The women do because its their only choice to play.This loss wont take away from all that we have done to get here, Marta said in Portuguese. We have the match for the bronze medal now, and we will fight until the end to get that medal. We have to pick up the pieces to try to win this medal.Swedens Sofia Jakobsson, who played her own role in the tactical success by stretching the field with fresh legs as a second-half substitute, counts several Brazilian players as close friends from her time on pro teams in Russia and now France.They are playing for home and in front of so many people out there, Jakobsson said. Im happy for our team, but I feel for them. But soccer is like that. One team wins and one team loses. Im happy for us, but Im sad for them.A lot of people will be sad Brazil is out of the running for gold.Yet the reasons to celebrate Brazil share common root with the reason to celebrate Sweden.Take what you have and make something of it. And dont worry what anyone else says. 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