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SUZUKA, Japan -- Nico Rosberg beat Lewis Hamilton to pole position at the Japanese Grand Prix by just 0. Nmd_r1 Sko Hvit .013s as the two Mercedes drivers went head to head in an incredibly tight battle at Suzuka.Rosberg, who leads Hamilton by 23 points in the drivers standings, hooked up a 1:30.647 on his second attempt after a small mistake on his first effort left him behind Hamilton for the first time this weekend. Hamilton was marginally quicker than Rosberg in the first sector on his second attempt, but the lap time leaked away in sectors two and three to give Rosberg his eighth pole position of the season.Calculated in distance, the gap between the two Mercedes drivers equates to just 82cm. Ferraris Kimi Raikkonen secured third place on the grid with a slender 0.079s advantage over Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel. The German will be demoted three places on the grid for the penalty he incurred on the first lap of the Malaysian Grand Prix last weekend.The two Red Bulls were a further 0.2s adrift in fifth and sixth, but were also incredibly close with Max Verstappen 0.062s ahead of teammate Daniel Ricciardo. Closest of all were Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean, who set identical times down to one thousandth of a second. Perezs Force India will start ahead of the Haas driver because he set his lap time earlier in the session, but an eighth-place starting position still represents progress for Grosjean and the American team.Nico Hulkenberg took ninth place in the second Force India ahead of Esteban Gutierrez in the second Haas. The two Williams were knocked out in Q2 after Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa completed just one flying lap compared to their rivals two. Bottas had his entry to the first Degner compromised by traffic and then locked up in the final chicane, leaving him just 0.078s off Perezs Q2 time and a place in Q3.The two Toro Rossos will start a row behind the Williams after Daniil Kvyat took 13th and Carlos Sainz spun at Spoon on his second attempt to settle for 14th. Fernando Alonso took 15th for McLaren-Honda on the Japanese manufacturers home turf, ahead of Jolyon Palmer who made his first Q2 appearance since the Belgian Grand Prix. McLarens struggle on Hondas home turf was underlined by Jenson Button being knocked out in Q1 after setting a time 0.032s slower than teammate Alonso in Q1. It looked briefly as though Kevin Magnussen could knock both of the Honda-powered cars out in Q1, but ultimately he finished 0.204s shy of the cut for the second stage of qualifying.Marcus Ericsson will start 19th ahead of Felipe Nasr in 20th and Manors Esteban Ocon in 21st. Pascal Wehrlein was 0.208s slower than his teammate, but with a gearbox penalty hanging over him he was destined to start from last place regardless. Adidas Nmd Salg . What general manager Dave Nonis called "short and productive" negotiations ended with Kessel signing a US$64-million, eight-year contract on Tuesday. Adidas Eqt Norge . -- Jaye Marie Green shot a 4-under 68 on Thursday to increase her lead to five strokes after the second round of the LPGA Tours qualifying tournament. . Dallas hasnt ruled out the star quarterback for Sunday nights game against Philadelphia, but all signs point to Romos back injury pushing Kyle Orton into the starting role after two years of limited play as the backup. Surely Ortons name isnt the first that comes to mind for fans wanting a change after years of damaging interceptions, fumbles or, most infamously, the field goal flub when Romo dropped the snap on a kick that could have won his first playoff game in 2006. DURHAM, N.C. -- Dukes available roster has already evolved and thats before the season opener Friday night against Marist.But the convenient part for the Blue Devils, who enter the season with the No. 1 ranking, is that there might be a surplus of talent.That talent goes on display with the first game of the season at Cameron Indoor Stadium.A luxury is that we have so many talented guys that our practices are really intense, fifth-year senior forward Amile Jefferson said. I think well be OK.Duke played two preseason games without forward Jayson Tatum, who suffered a foot injury in practice more than two weeks ago, and center Harry Giles, whos coming off a surgical procedure in September.Coach Mike Krzyzewski said he expects Tatum to be on the court for the opener, though Giles wont play in the first weekend.Then the team announced this week that freshman forward Marques Bolden, whos another member of the heralded recruiting class, will miss at least two games because of a lower-leg ailment after sitting out the second exhibition.Senior guard Matt Jones said the Blue Devils are benefiting from using various player combinations during practices and in the teams two exhibition romps past Division II teams.Were still learning about each other and learning the flow of the game, Jones said.Krzyzewski said the injury bug is a concern in general.We had a lot of big, athletic guys in Duke polos, he said, referring to players out of uniform on the bench for exhibition games.Duke, which is the top-ranked team in the preseason for the eighth time, is aiming for a season-opening victory for the 17th year in a row. Krzyzewski has a 34-2 record in openers as coach of the Blue Devils.Marist arrives ass the opponent for a game thats part of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. Adidas Neo Lite Racer Norge. Duke starts the season with home games on back-to-back days, with Saturdays matchup coming against Grand Canyon.Once we start Friday, well play eight games in November, Krzyzewski said, noting the busy schedule. We feel really good about (Tatum) and things for him have moved on really well.Duke and Marist have never faced each other.Third-year coach Mike Maker is aiming for some traction with the Red Foxes. Marist is coming off a pair of seven-win seasons.Twice, Maker took Williams College to the Division III championship game. He has one 30-win season, so that pales in comparison to Krzyzewski.Marist fifth-year senior guard Khallid Hart is the leading returning scorer in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. He posted 20.3 points per game last season while averaging a league-high 36.5 minutes per game.As a team, the Red Foxes were picked to finish eighth in the preseason coaches poll.Marist also unveils guard Richie Mitchell, a junior college transfer after one season at Weatherford College.He will add quickness and playmaking ability to our backcourt and he has a reputation for being a great teammate and a hard worker, Maker said.Its a daunting opening stretch for the Red Foxes, who play only one of their first five games at home.Marist became Dukes opening opponent after Albany, which had been scheduled to play in Durham, pulled out because of New Yorks public-school ban on non-essential travel to North Carolina because of the states controversial law known as HB2. ' ' '