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Jul 4, 2013

Motor racing-Alonso wary of Pirelli Silverstone test

NUERBURGRING, Germany, July 4 (Reuters) – Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso is reluctant to take part in a test at Silverstone this month because he fears a repeat of the scenes at the British Grand Prix on Sunday when exploding tyres put drivers’ lives at risk.

The Spaniard, second in the standings behind Red Bull’s triple world champion Sebastian Vettel, was almost hit on the head by a strip of tread flying off Sergio Perez’s McLaren in front of him.

Jul 4, 2013

Motor racing-Sauber are in “difficult situation”, say Hulkenberg

NUERBURGRING, Germany, July 4 (Reuters) – The Sauber Formula One team – one of the smallest in the paddock and without a main title sponsor – are working on a solution to their financial problems, driver Nico Hulkenberg said on Thursday.

Problems at Sauber were highlighted last week when McLaren announced that the Swiss outfit’s chief designer Matt Morris would be leaving to join the more high-profile British team as engineering director.

Jul 3, 2013

Vettel still searching for elusive home win

NUERBURGRING, Germany (Reuters) – Sebastian Vettel has never won his home German Grand Prix or a race in July, so this week’s trip to the Nuerburgring was set to be challenging for the world champion even before last weekend’s tire debacle.

The exploding Pirellis from the British Grand Prix have Formula One drivers on edge but talk of a boycott in Germany has been played down with the Italian firm saying rear tires will be made stronger in the short turnaround from Silverstone.

Jul 3, 2013

Motor racing-Vettel still searching for elusive home win

NUERBURGRING, Germany, July 3 (Reuters) – Sebastian Vettel has never won his home German Grand Prix or a race in July, so this week’s trip to the Nuerburgring was set to be challenging for the world champion even before last weekend’s tyre debacle.

The exploding Pirellis from the British Grand Prix have Formula One drivers on edge but talk of a boycott in Germany has been played down with the Italian firm saying rear tyres will be made stronger in the short turnaround from Silverstone.

Jun 25, 2013

Real’s Ancelotti raises eyebrows as a born winner

By Mark Meadows

(Reuters) – New Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti can be both shy and charming, twitchy yet composed, but one certainty is his continued ability to win top trophies with different clubs.

The 54-year-old has left the easy riches of Paris St Germain for the Bernabeu because he loves new challenges and Real hope he can gather silverware as quickly as he did at Chelsea, winning a league and cup double in his first season in 2010.

Jun 25, 2013

Soccer-Real’s Ancelotti raises eyebrows as a born winner

June 25 (Reuters) – New Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti can be both shy and charming, twitchy yet composed, but one certainty is his continued ability to win top trophies with different clubs.

The 54-year-old has left the easy riches of Paris St Germain for the Bernabeu because he loves new challenges and Real hope he can gather silverware as quickly as he did at Chelsea, winning a league and cup double in his first season in 2010.

Jun 19, 2013

Kirsten leaves South Africa no wiser about ‘choke’ habit

LONDON (Reuters) – Choke is a word which has haunted South African cricket for three decades but rather than shy away from it, departing coach Gary Kirsten has embraced the term in a bid to end their semi-final hoodoo.

Wednesday’s heavy Champions Trophy semi-final defeat by England at The Oval, where the Proteas could only score 175 all out in a seven-wicket defeat, was an eighth last-four loss out of nine played in major tournaments.

Jun 19, 2013

Cricket-Kirsten leaves South Africa no wiser about ‘choke’ habit

LONDON, June 19 (Reuters) – Choke is a word which has haunted South African cricket for three decades but rather than shy away from it, departing coach Gary Kirsten has embraced the term in a bid to end their semi-final hoodoo.

Wednesday’s heavy Champions Trophy semi-final defeat by England at The Oval, where the Proteas could only score 175 all out in a seven-wicket defeat, was an eighth last-four loss out of nine played in major tournaments.

Jun 19, 2013

England ease into final as South Africa choke again

LONDON (Reuters) – Hosts England sauntered into the Champions Trophy final after South Africa ‘choked’ in yet another semi-final when they were bowled out for 175 in fairly benign conditions at The Oval on Wednesday.

South Africa were favourites heading into the tournament but limped through the group stage and have now bowed out in eight major international last-four clashes and won only one.

Jun 19, 2013

Cricket-England ease into final as South Africa choke again

LONDON, June 19 (Reuters) – Hosts England sauntered into the Champions Trophy final after South Africa ‘choked’ in yet another semi-final when they were bowled out for 175 in fairly benign conditions at The Oval on Wednesday.

South Africa were favourites heading into the tournament but limped through the group stage and have now bowed out in eight major international last-four clashes and won only one.