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MELBOURNE, Australia - Formula Ones season-opening race ended in rancour and controversy Sunday as initial second-place finisher Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull disqualified for a breach of fuel regulations, five hours after Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg took the checkered flag. Ricciardos exclusion from the results tarnished what had been a day of celebration for local fans, who were jubilant that the Red Bull driver had apparently become the first Australian to finish on the podium at his home race. However just before midnight, stewards ruled that Ricciardos car had "exceeded consistently the maximum allowed fuel flow" and that the team refused an instruction from the races technical delegate Charlie Whiting to change the fuel-flow sensor before the race and a further request during the race to reduce the fuel flow. Red Bull immediately announced it would appeal the decision. "Inconsistencies with the FIA fuel flow meter have been prevalent all weekend up and down the pit lane," a Red Bull statement said. "The team and (engine supplier) Renault are confident the fuel supplied to the engine is in full compliance with the regulations." The exclusion capped a day of shocks at the Albert Park street circuit. Thought Rosbergs victory was little surprise, given Mercedes had been the dominant team in preseason testing and across the race weekend in Melbourne, few would have expected pole sitter Lewis Hamilton and defending four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel to be mere onlookers after half a dozen laps. Both Hamilton and Vettel suffered engine failures, illustrating the difficulties all teams are having getting performance and reliability out of the sports new V6 hybrid engines. Ricciardos disqualification meant Kevin Magnussen was promoted to second in his debut race, ahead of his McLaren teammate Jenson Button, giving the team a bright start to the season and the lead in the constructors championship after a very disappointing 2013. Rosberg started third on the grid and was first to reach turn one, then drove away from the field to eventually win by 24.5 seconds at the Albert Park street circuit. The margin of victory and the authority of the performance showed why Mercedes is considered a strong favourite to finally win its first constructors title this season. "I had an unbelievably quick car today," said Rosberg, whose world champion father Keke won the inaugural Australian F1 GP in 1985. "It was such a pleasure to drive, its such a great feeling and I really look forward to the new races." Rosbergs delight was a contrast to the disappointment on the other side of the garage as Hamilton quickly retired a car that was only firing on five cylinders. "We looked so strong but to then have a hiccup is tough for everyone, but we will bounce back," Hamilton said. Like Mercedes, Red Bull was on one hand celebrating a strong performance in the opening race while also harbouring concern about the engine problems that caused the retirements of their top drivers. "We learned the car is quick, we just need to get everything together," Vettel said. "No doubt well fix this issue, the question is how soon?" Ferraris Fernando Alonso finished fourth in a worryingly uncompetitive performance for the Italian team, while Williams driver Valtteri Bottas recovered from losing a wheel early in the race to finish fifth; pulling off a succession of impressive passing moves that showed the strong potential of the car. Force Indias Nico Hulkenberg and Ferraris Kimi Raikkonen — in his return to the team after six years away — finished sixth and seventh respectively, ahead of the Toro Rosso pair Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat. After Ricciardos exclusion, Force Indias Sergio Perez was promoted to the final points-paying position in 10th. The 19-year-old Kvyats 10th place made him the youngest driver ever to earn an F1 point, breaking Vettels record set at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix. The 21-year-old Magnussen was the second-youngest driver to claim a podium finish, behind Vettels record at the 2007 U.S. Grand Prix. Despite fears that few cars would complete the race due to a series of reliability problems in preseason testing and over this weekend, 15 of the 22 racers finished. There was only one major accident, with Caterham driver Kamui Kobayashi slamming into the back of Felipe Massas Williams at the first corner, immediately ending the race for both drivers. Magnussens heady performance for a rookie driver illustrated why McLaren put such faith in him, discarding Sergio Perez after a single season to make room. McLaren leads the constructors championship after one race; an impressive recovery after a dire 2013 season in which the high-achieving team failed to secure a single podium. "Its not a win but it feels like a bit of a win," Magnussen said. "The team is coming off a difficult season and they just wanted to come back. "The team is massively motivated to stay on top and they are a team that should be on top in Formula One." Buy Sneakers Online Cheap .3 million qualifying offer to outfielder Michael Cuddyer on Monday. Cheap Wholesale Sneakers Free Shipping . -- Nick Bjugstad snapped out of his scoring slump and spoiled Drew MacIntyres first NHL start. http://www.cheapsneakersfire.com/ . Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane came up big when it counted, tallying two goals and an assist. 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Because of his size and versatility, Wright has always remained Seattles security blanket should something happen at the position.So its little surprise that with Wagner out for at least a couple of weeks following a turf toe injury suffered last week, it will be Wright starting in his place on Sunday when the Seahawks visit St. Louis.Ive done it before. Its something thats not new to me at all, Wright said Wednesday. I hate to see Bobby go down but guys have to step up and I believe well handle it just fine.Wagner is the latest injury blow for the Super Bowl champions. Starting centre Max Unger (foot) and starting tight end Zach Miller (ankle surgery) have already been ruled out for this week. Miller will miss his third straight game and Unger his second.The one piece of possibly positive injury news is that cornerback Byron Maxwell could return sooner than expected from a calf strain suffered in Sundays loss to Dallas. Carroll said Maxwell will be evaluated daily but he wasnt ready to rule him out for this week.Hes made a big jump and well see. Well go day-by-day and see what happens, Carroll said. Its an unusual strain that he has but he has shocked the guys with how quickly hes bounced back by this point.Wagner was hurt in the second quarter last Sunday. He returned in the second half but was noticeably slower moving around the field. Rather than move Wright to the middlle mid-game, the Seahawks used undrafted rookie Brock Coyle to bridge the second quarter until Wagner could return.ddddddddddddWith a full week to prepare and outside linebackers Malcolm Smith and Bruce Irvin both healthy, it made more sense for the Seahawks to move Wright to the middle. Carroll did not have an exact timeframe for Wagners return, but said he would not need surgery.Malcolm is a legitimate starter on our team. Bruce is back raring to go and playing good football. K.J. is one of our favoured guys because of all of his versatility that he has, Carroll said. We maintain leadership and a voice in the huddle so were very fortunate we have this depth and (linebackers coach Ken Norton) has done a great job to keep these guys rotating. So in the event that you have to do something we have a really classy guy stepping in who really knows what hes doing.Smith, the Super Bowl MVP, was in for 25 plays against Dallas after not playing at all defensively the previous week against Washington. Smith had off-season ankle surgery and missed part of training camp during his recovery.Wright started the first game of his career back in 2011 at middle linebacker because of an injury to starter David Hawthorne. He filled in for two games last season when Wagner was out with a high-ankle sprain.Wright said there is little difference between the two positions, other than the need to call the plays.He has great instincts, Carroll said. 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