|Lewis Hamilton insists Nico Rosbergs early 36-point title lead is a big deal but says he is up to the challenge as he targets his first clean weekend of 2016 in Russia. Rafael Palmeiro Jersey . Hamiltons attempts to become a four-time champion have been dogged by problems in the opening three rounds. A combination of poor starts, collisions and reliability problems have left him closer to the Ferrari and Red Bull drivers in the standings than Rosberg, his Mercedes team-mate.Meanwhile, Rosberg is yet to be beaten on race day in 2016 and is on a run of six straight victories stretching back to last November. But, as part of a record-breaking 21-race season, 18 rounds still remain with 450 points still up for grabs.Asked if 36 points - the equivalent of a race victory and fourth-place finish - was therefore not yet a big deal in title terms, Hamilton replied: I dont look at it lightly and I dont look at it like its not a big deal, its a big deal.Its 36 points, its a lot of points, a race and a bit, and I dont take it for granted that it is a big step. However, while aware that he has significant early ground to make up, Hamilton points out he twice overhauled similar deficits to Rosberg en-route to winning the title in 2014 - the second time when there were only seven races of that season left.I know Ive got work to do, he added. I dont look at it and I think ah, its nothing but on the flip side, in a shorter period of time Ive come from 29 [points behind].Rosberg: Lewis will fight backThere are 18 races, it is an average of two points a race [to make up], so its not impossible.Hamilton downplayed a suggestion that overhauling an in-form Rosberg could prove his greatest career challenge - its one of them, but Ive been racing 23 years and theres been a lot of challenges, from the get-go, he said - but is aware his season requires an upturn.Despite the advantage of pole position at the first two rounds, Hamilton has yet to run higher than sixth at the end of an opening lap in 2016. His problems were compounded in Bahrain and China, where he started last after an engine change, by first-corner collisions with other drivers. Natalie Pinkham is joined by former McLaren mechanic Marc Priestley and former Williams Senior Operations Engineer Dominic Harlow to look ahead to Russia I had the best start of the whole grid in the last race. We have been working on that issue and obviously I had a good start [in China], Hamilton said.When is the Russian GP on Sky?Its just the last two races Ive been driving with a loss of performance of nearly a second in each race.But Im hoping for a clean weekend and, by a good start, hopefully move on from there.Ive still had two poles, and I didnt get to qualify in the last race, so hopefully we have another chance this weekend.Watch the whole Russian GP weekend - LIVE ONLY on Sky Sports F1. The race begins at 1pm on Sunday, with build-up from 11.30am. Or watch the race without a contract for £6.99 on NOW TV. Also See: Rosberg expects rivals fightback When is the Russian GP on Sky? Rowan Wick Cubs Jersey . An in-person hearing allows for Garbutt to be suspended for five games or longer as per the leagues Collective Bargaining Agreement. Garbutt delivered a high hit to Penner in the second period of Sundays game. Jody Davis Cubs Jersey .com) - The 12th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes continue a four-game homestand at Value City Arena on Wednesday night when they face off against the High Point Panthers in a non-conference matchup. https://www.cheapcubs.com/3230t-joe-girardi-jersey-cubs.html . Rookie Christian Vazquez got his first three major league hits and drove in three runs, while David Ortiz had three RBIs to break open the game in the sixth inning and lead Boston over the Houston Astros 8-3.ST. LOUIS - Matt Adams hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 2-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series with the NL Central rival they topped in the division series last fall. Matt Carpenter walked to lead off the ninth and Matt Holliday flied out. Adams then hit his 10th homer on an 0-1 pitch from Justin Wilson (2-1) for his first career gaame-winning homer. Joe Maddon Cubs Jersey. It was the Cardinals first game-winning homer since Skip Schumaker connected against the Kansas City Royals on June 19, 2011. Charlie Morton allowed one hit in seven innings for Pittsburgh, which stranded 12 runners. Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals 11-game winner, scattered seven hits in seven scoreless innings. Pat Neshek (3-0) worked a perfect ninth against the top of the order for St. Louis. ' ' '