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Ecclestone takes pressure out of tyre row MONZA: Not for the first time, Bernie Ecclestone exerted his authority over Formula One and the sport's leading drivers with a few forthright words when he intervened to defuse a simmering row over the quality of Pirelli's tyres.He also gave a clear signal of possible intent and assured the Italian company not only has security and backing during a difficult period, but, another long-term deal with the sport in prospect.After hearing of continuing complaints from four-time champion German Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, whose expletive-riddled anger had been aired widely after last month's Belgian Grand Prix, the sport's commercial boss issued a rare official public statement.This said: "Pirelli has been a first class partner of Formula 1 during the five seasons in which it has been the official supplier of tyres to the FIA Formula 1 world championship."We continue to have full confidence in the safety, quality and suitability of its ...

Afridi Trolled By a Fan Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi has always stayed in touch with fans via social networking sites, Twitter and Facebook. He is very active on social media and listens carefully to criticisms and suggestions by fans. Afridi on Monday had a live chat with fans, where he welcomed all questions and criticisms on him. One of the fan tried making fun of his hasty attitude on crease, which he took it quite sportingly.Twitter and Facebook has helped ...

Croatia appeal one-point penalty: UEFA PARIS: Croatia have appealed against a one-point deduction after a swastika was daubed on the pitch when they played Italy in a Euro 2016 qualifier in Split in June, UEFA reported on Friday.The appeal will be heard later this month and until then, Croatis remain top of Group H on goal difference, level on 15 points with Italy, following the Italians' 1-0 win in Malta and Croatia's goalless draw with Azerbaijan.Norway, 1-0 winners in Bulgaria, ...

International Players Ready to Make Appearance in PSL In Pakistan Super League (PSL) a number of famous international players from cricketing world have shown their interest and are ready to make an appearance in PSL.According to local media reports, from West Indies, the Kieron Pollard is ready to make an appearance in the PSL, while the top two bowlers Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree have also shown availability for the tournament. Dwayne Bravo is another player who is interested in representing a team ...

Serena, Djokovic, Nadal seek US Open last 16 spots NEW YORK: History-chasing Serena Williams tries to recover from a poor serving performance and reach the US Open fourth round Friday while Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal also seek last-16 berths.Three-time defending champion Williams has won her past 30 Grand Slam matches, completing a "Serena Slam" by taking four major titles in a row, and could add to her legend even more in the Flushing Meadows fortnight.The 33-year-old American, who faces compatriot Bethanie Mattek-Sands in ...

Bob Arum expects Pacquiao to retire in 2016 LOS ANGELES: Manny Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum says the Filipino boxer is ready to hang up his gloves after one more fight in 2016 and then make the switch to being a full-time politician.Arum told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday night that the 36-year-old Pacquiao wants to get on with his political career and run for the Senate in the Philippines."I believe he'll take one more fight, then run for the Senate in the ...

Hewitt says g'bye to US Open in five-set thriller NEW YORK: Lleyton Hewitt passed the torch to the next generation of Australian tennis talent Thursday, losing his final US Open match to countryman Bernard Tomic in an emotional five-set thriller.Rallying from two sets down to grab two match points in the fifth set, Hewitt could not convert and eventually fell to Tomic 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 5-7, 7-5 after three hours and 27 minutes."It was nice to be able to turn it into a decent ...


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