SEPANG, Malaysia -- Lewis Hamilton fired the latest shot in the close Formula One title fight against Nico Rosberg by edging his Mercedes teammate and setting the fastest time in Fridays practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix.Rosberg had bettered Hamilton in every on-track session in the previous race in Singapore en route to a third successive win that saw him reclaim the lead in the drivers championship, but Hamilton responded in the steamy conditions at the Sepang International Circuit.His best lap time of 1 minute, 34.944 seconds was almost a quarter of a second better than that of Rosberg as temperatures on the resurfaced track climbed past 58 degrees (136 F).It was briefly much hotter than that in pit lane, where a fire engulfed the Renault of Kevin Magnussen, causing the first practice session to be red-flagged.A fuel leak, which could not be stopped for several minutes, saw the fire repeatedly re-ignite despite the efforts of team mechanics and track marshalls, who doused the car in huge volumes of extinguisher foam.Magnussen sprang from the car when the flames began to lick at the cockpit, and was unhurt.Hamilton said it was a good day today, no issues to report.Theres a lot of data to analyze tonight to make sure we have a good understanding of the tires and of our position relative to the others, Hamilton said. Overall a good building block for tomorrow and the rest of the weekend.Most drivers were enthusiastic about the resurfaced track, which has made the circuit several seconds faster than last year. A feature is the remodeled final turn; the main overtaking spot on the circuit. It now has a negative camber, dropping lower at the outside, which will enable a variety of passing methods.It also meant there was very little tire degradation, making two pit stops rather than three the likely optimal strategy.The new track surface is really enjoyable to drive, Rosberg said. Challenging, but with good grip.Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were third and fourth fastest, both within a second of Hamiltons time, while Red Bulls Max Verstappen was fifth and Force Indias Sergio Perez sixth.The fastest laps of Hamilton and Rosberg indicated that Saturdays qualifying session will again likely be a shootout between the two Mercedes drivers. However Ferrari and Red Bull were both enthusiastic about their performance on their long runs, which simulate race pace with heavier fuel loads and long stints on the same tires.Vettel, who won this race last year in similarly hot conditions, felt the high track temperatures help Ferrari relative to Mercedes.Historically we seemed to do well when its warm and today was quite warm, Vettel said. Our pace wasnt too bad from what I was told. If thats the name of the game, that the hot conditions suit us, then it might be a good thing.Verstappen, on his 19th birthday, acknowledged that Red Bull was off the pace in qualifying trim, but capable of challenging Mercedes in race conditions.I felt there was quite some lap time in the soft, Verstappen said. But I was most happy in the long run, it felt like I could do what I wanted with the car, I could throw it into the corner like I wanted to and still the pace was there.McLaren driver Fernando Alonso was seventh on the timesheets, but will start from the back of the grid on Sunday due to penalties for installing a newly developed power unit, which he used on Friday. Bobby Cox Jersey . The Croatian served 21 aces and hit 42 winners against Sijsling, who double-faulted to give Cilic a 4-3 lead in the deciding set. "All the players, they know me and they were really happy to see me and they were really happy that this is over for me," Cilic said. 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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Deshaun Watson bolstered his Heisman Trophy candidacy by passing for three touchdowns and running for two more to lead third-ranked Clemson to a 42-35 victory over No. 19 Virginia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game Saturday night.Winning consecutive league titles for the first time in 28 years likely will send the Tigers (12-1, No. 3 CFP) back to the four-team College Football Playoff for the second straight year, providing Watson with an opportunity to resolve unfinished business from last January, when his team lost to Alabama in the national championship game.The Clemson star completed 23 of 34 passes for 288 yards, including TDs of 21 and 10 yards to Jordan Leggett and 15 yards to Hunter Renfrow for a 42-28 lead midway through the fourth quarter. He also rushed for 85 yards on 17 attempts for the Tigers. Theyve won back-to-back ACC titles for the first time since winning three straight from 1986-88.Watsons Virginia Tech counterpart, Jerod Evans, was just as impressive. The 6-foot-3, 238-pound ran for two touchdowns and rallied the Hokies from a 21-point deficit to make it close at the end.The Hokies (9-4, No. 23 CFP) scored on three straight possessions, trimming what was once a 35-14 deficit to seven points on Evans 5-yard run early in the fourth quarter and Cam Phillips 26-yard TD reception with just under 6 minutes remaining.Virginia Tech got the ball back with a chance to force overtime. Evans drove his team to the Clemson 23, where the drive stalled when Tigers cornerback Cordrea Tankersley intercepted a pass on fourth-and-6.THE TAKEAWAYClemson: Its been a year-long quest to get back to the CFP, and the Tigers survived every test with the exception of a 43-42 loss to Pittsburgh in early November -- a game in which the Tigers turned the ball over three times but still came within a fourth-aand-1 conversion of winning.dddddddddddd Watson was overshadowed early in the season, when ACC player of the year Lamar Jackson was posting gaudy statistics for Louisville, however the Clemson quarterbacks performance Saturday night added to the sterling resume hes put together for Heisman Trophy consideration .Virginia Tech: The Coastal Division winners werent just happy to be in the title game. Coach Justin Fuente and his players were determined to make the most of the Hokies first appearance in the title game in five years. And for a half, they kept it close, weathering Clemson scoring on its first three possessions to build a 21-7 lead. Even after being outgained 148 yards to minus-14 while falling behind by three TDs in the first 10 minutes of the third quarter, Evans rallied his team to make a game of it in the fourth quarter.DISQUALIFIEDClemson LB Dorian ODaniel was ejected in the opening quarter after being penalized for targeting on a high hit on Virginia Tech RB Sam Rogers, who was dropped for no gain on a pass reception. The call, along with Terrell Edmunds 20-yard reception on a fake punt play and a 15-yard pass interference penalty against Tankersley, fueled the Hokies first scoring drive, a 12-play, 77-yard march that McMillian finished his TD run.UP NEXT:Clemson: Awaits official word on a berth and seeding in the CFP, which begins with the national semifinals on Dec. 31.Virginia Tech: Will travel to a bowl game hoping to finish its season under Fuente with 10 wins for the first time since 2011. Fuente also would become the first coach in school history to win 10 games in his first season leading the Hokies.---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25. 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