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Sauber out to make a point GENEVA: Formula One minnows Sauber outlined their ambitions for the upcoming season on Friday - to win some points which is something they failed to do in 2014.An all new driver line-up - Swede Marcus Ericsson and F1 rookie Brazilian Felipe Nasr - take over from Adrian Sutil and Esteban Guttierez, the Mexican who has moved to Ferrari as a test driver.Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn, in an interview on Sauber's official website, commented: "2014 was a very disappointing year. "However, this is in the past, and we now focus on what comes next. We have learnt our lessons and are confident for the new season."We have to improve, and be able to fight for championship points."Sauber struggled to cope with the dramatically revised technical landscape last term, and hope that 2015 will prove less of a headache for their mechanics.Their new C34 car will be put through its paces in ...

Kenya marathoner Jeptoo gets two-year ban for doping NAIROBI: Top Kenyan female marathon runner Rita Jeptoo has been handed a two-year ban after being caught doping with the banned blood-boosting hormone EPO, officials said Friday.The suspension, announced by the local governing body Athletics Kenya, was the minimum mandatory punishment she was facing under international anti-doping regulations in place when she was caught in an out-of competition test last year.Jeptoo, winner of the last two consecutive Boston and Chicago marathons, is the biggest name ...

Magic McIlroy seizes Dubai lead with late flourish DUBAI: World number one Rory McIlroy made three birdies in his last three holes in the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic to take sole possession of the lead on Friday.The Northern Irishman calmly rolled in a 20ft birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole on the Majlis course to finish a sensational bogey-free round of eight-under par 64 as he moved to 14-under par 130 for the tournament. That gave him the breathing ...

Cummings shocks Valverde on second day in Mallorca MADRID: Britain's Stephen Cummings proved strongest in the final climb on day two of the four-race Playa de Palma Challenge on Friday just ahead of Spaniard Alejandro Valverde.The 33-year-old MTN-Qhubeka rider, winner of the Tour of the Mediterranean in 2014 and a stage of the Tour of Spain in 2012, surprised the favourites in the final push and held on ahead of Movistar's Valverde.Italy's Davide Formolo of Cannondale was third at six seconds after the ...

Pellegrini urges Costa 'change' LONDON: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini risked angering Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho on Friday by insisting banned Blues striker Diego Costa needs to change his game. Chelsea forward Costa has been ruled out of Premier League leaders Chelsea's top-of-the-table clash with City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday after being hit with a three-match ban Friday.The Spain international was suspended after being found guilty of a Football Association charge of violent conduct for stamping on Liverpool's ...

Italy lock Geldenhuys out for 45 days MILAN: Italy lock Quintin Geldenhuys has been ruled out for 45 days with knee ligament damage, meaning he will miss the start of the Six Nations, the Italian rugby federation said Friday.The South African-born second row forward had already been replaced in the squad by Treviso lock Marco Fuser.Italy kick off their Six Nations campaign at home to Ireland on February 7 and away to England a week later.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Phoenix Open first round scores PHOENIX: Scores on Friday after the conclusion of the first round of the $6.3 million US PGA Phoenix Open (USA unless stated/par 71):64 - Ryan Palmer65 - Bubba Watson, Keegan Bradley, Daniel Berger66- Zach Johnson, Martin Laird (SCO), Ben Martin, Robert Streb67 - Justin Leonard, Angel Cabrera (ARG), Graham DeLaet (CAN), Brendon de Jonge (ZIM), James Hahn, William McGirt, Michael Thompson, Shawn Stefani68 - K.J. Choi (KOR), Geoff Ogilvy (AUS), Rory Sabbatini (RSA), Aaron Baddeley ...


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