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Chris Froome has signed a new contract with Team Sky for 2014 and will have the nucleus of the team which helped him win the Tour de France at his side again.

Froome heads a list of 10 riders who have signed on again, including Peter Kennaugh, David Lopez and Ian Stannard, who were part of the line-up that helped him succeed Bradley Wiggins as Britain's second winner of the Tour.

They have also put pen to paper along with Luke Rowe, Salvatore Puccio, Sergio Henao, Chris Sutton, Danny Pate and Xabier Zandio.

Wiggins, on the other hand, is heading into the final year of his contract with the team.

Two of Froome's key support riders, Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas, extended their deals mid-season.

Froome said on on Monday: "This has been an incredible year for me and I'm delighted to finish it off by signing a new contract with Team Sky. I've been with this team since the start and I know this is the right place for me to continue to grow as a rider.




Former Formula 1kca/ak reserve driver Maria de Villota, 33, was found dead in a hotel room in Seville on Friday morning, the president of the Spanish Automobile Federation, Carlos Garcia, has confirmed.

"I have just found out. It is a very hard to take. There is no explanation for what has happened," he told Spanish National Radio.

"She was a great person and an example for everyone."




The possible move of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from the summer to winter was a "mess" of FIFA's own making, British Sports Minister Hugh Robertson said Monday.

In comments to Britain's Press Association, Robertson added that he saw no other option than moving the tournament to the winter to escape the stifling heat of Qatar in the summer.

"I don't think anybody in the world of football thinks a World Cup in Qatar in the summer is a sensible or deliverable option," Robertson told PA.

"To that extent, this is a mess of FIFA's own making.

"I don't blame the Qataris at all - they wanted the World Cup and every country is entitled to have that ambition and they entered the bidding competition in the way suggested by FIFA. I entirely blame FIFA."

Qatar was awarded the right to host the 2022 tournament in 2010, but FIFA, UEFA and footballers' union FIFPro have since called for it to be moved to a different time of year.

However, proposals to change the date of the tournament have met with opposition from leading European clubs, who are concerned about disruption to their traditional calendars.

"I also don't see that moving this (to winter) should be allowed to disrupt the years either side of the event," said Robertson, who was part of the delegation for England's failed bid for the 2018 World Cup in 2010.




Sunderland chief executive Margaret Byrne said on Tuesday that the club sacked manager Paolo Di Canio in order to avoid becoming "cut adrift" at the foot of the Premier League.

The 45-year-old Italian was fired on Sunday after Sunderland drew one and lost four of their opening five league games, culminating in a 3-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion.

Reports in the British media suggest Sunderland's players were unhappy with the outspoken Di Canio's methods, but Byrne said he was removed purely to improve the club's chances of staying up.

Writing in the match-day programme ahead of Tuesday's League Cup third-round tie with Peterborough United, she said: "Whilst the focus is on tonight's game, I know how disappointed each and every supporter was after Saturday's result at West Brom. Everyone at the club felt the same disappointment.

"After Paolo saved us from relegation last season, we gave him an opportunity to take the club forward this season.

"When it became obvious it wasn't working, we had to take the decision to part company with him. We felt it was better to do this now as we ran the risk of being cut adrift at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League.




Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday announced that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has extended his contract, tying him to the club until 2016.

The Swede, whose existing deal was due to expire in the summer of 2015, is now set to stay at the Parc des Princes until near his 35th birthday.

"I don't see a more ambitious club in Europe than Paris Saint-Germain," the former Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and AC Milan striker said in a statement released by PSG.

"My wish is that Paris Saint-Germain is my last big Club."




Premier League leaders Liverpool crashed to their first defeat of the season at home to Southampton on Saturday, while Everton enjoyed a stirring 3-2 win at West Ham United.

Liverpool were without injured playmaker Philippe Coutinho, sidelined by a shoulder problem, but they came close to taking the lead in the first half at Anfield when visiting goalkeeper Artur Boruc produced a full-stretch save to keep out a Steven Gerrard free-kick.

Daniel Sturridge then had a penalty appeal turned down after tangling with Dejan Lovren, and it was Lovren who broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute with a back-post header from a left-wing corner.

Only a fine triple save from Simon Mignolet prevented Southampton from adding to their lead, but Lovren's goal proved enough to inflict a first league defeat on Liverpool since a 3-1 loss to the same side last March.

Liverpool will lose their grip on first place if Chelsea win at home to Fulham later on Saturday, while Everton now trail their city rivals by only a point after Romelu Lukaku scored on his debut to settle a thrilling game at Upton Park and help preserve the last unbeaten record in the division.

West Ham twice took the lead, via a deflected shot from Ravel Morrison and a Mark Noble penalty, only for Leighton Baines to level on each occasion with a pair of sensational free-kicks from 25 yards.

Noble was then sent off for a rash foul on Ross Barkley before Lukaku bravely headed home an 85th-minute winner in his first game since signing on loan from Chelsea.





England resume their World Cup qualifying campaign at home to Moldova on Friday, the first of four games that will determine if they make it to Brazil in 2014.

Although they trail Group H leaders Montenegro by two points, qualification remains in England's hands as they have a game in hand.

After tackling Moldova, they face a testing trip to Ukraine on Tuesday before back-to-back home games against Montenegro and Poland in October.

Roy Hodgson's side were held to a 1-1 draw away to Montenegro in their last qualifying game in March -- a disappointing result, given their dominance of the first half in Podgorica -- and their subsequent friendly displays have been mixed.

They were held to a 1-1 draw by the Republic of Ireland in May and drew 2-2 with Brazil in the inaugural match at the revamped Maracana in Rio de Janeiro in June.

Their last outing, meanwhile, was a topsy-turvy home game with old rivals Scotland, who twice went in front, only to lose 3-2 after Southampton striker Rickie Lambert scored the winning goal moments after coming on for his England debut.


In their last 10 matches, England have only kept clean sheets against Group H whipping boys San Marino, and although they crushed Moldova 5-0 in last September's reverse fixture, the eastern European side have improved significantly since then.

Montenegro needed a 78th-minute goal from Mirko Vucinic to overcome Moldova in March, while Ion Caras's side only lost 2-1 to Ukraine before holding Poland to a creditable 1-1 draw in Chisinau in June.

England manager Hodgson says he will not take Moldova lightly, although he is confident that his players' thoughts are not already turning towards the showdown with third-place Ukraine in Kiev next week.



Lewis greets but starts Baltimore

Playoffs: Washington quarterback is injured and the Seahawks back from 14-0 to 14-24 at home the Redskins. The linebacker took leave of his audience leading the defense of the Ravens to the success of Indianapolis, now there is the challenge to Denver Seattle can place a comeback in Washington, going from 14-0, while Baltimore gets rid of Indianapolis.

Washington-Seattle 14-24

The challenge between the two rookie luxury, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson, rewards the quarterback in Seattle. Washington in the best way possible, is the goal in its first two drives, but then slows down due to the recurrence of the knee injury of RG3. Mike Shanahan decides to leave the field in a Griffin clearly in poor condition and the attack of the Redskins lost the key to the problem. Seattle takes over the reins of the match and with the races of Marshawn Lynch manages to overturn the result. Next 14-0 after two splendid drive embroidered by Robert Griffin III Washington becomes predictable in attack and Wilson back below the Seahawks producing 13 points in the second quarter. The recovery is the prerogative of all guests because Griffin is a tremendous effort, but grits his teeth and remains in the field. Seattle passes to lead with the goal of Lynch (20 runs for 132 yards and a TD) to 7’08” from the end.




Real Madrid has the very big coconut from the tree: Gareth Bale from Tottenham to come, go for it more than 100 million Euros and a player from Madrid to London. But how real can afford that?

Gareth Bale is for sale and for a total of 120 million Euros. In recent years, the fans of Tottenham Hotspur bristled every time vehemently against advances to their superstar, with the above slogan – just a “not” they added another. Now the Welshman is probably to Real Madrid.  Madrid paid about 100 million to Tottenham, added the player Alvaro Morata comes as a dowry worth about 20 million. Whether one takes the pure cash flow of 100 million or more with Morata into expecting Balestier transfer is far more valuable than the most expensive in any case: 2009 was 96 million Euros for Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United to Real. The Merengues take more than ten years the best-known and most expensive players in the world, David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo and Luis Figo to Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale just now.




Dortmund play against Bayern Munich at the German Supercup and the endless loop of Proverbs puts into motion again. “Play with a high priority,” “we know that we can beat Bayern”, “Duel at eye level” – it is this very subtle type of muscle game, which they in Dortmund now dominate and cultivate before each duel with Bayern. Where such verbal set pieces, mostly set by BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke in the world, before the meeting on Saturday evening (20.30 clocks ZDF) cover the real question: How much Borussia Dortmund is really in this season?

The Supercup could it a first, albeit very preliminary answer to give. The game in Dortmund is sandwiched between all the Audi, telecom and Uli Hoeness cups, those pseudo tournaments that allow the major sponsors of German football during the summer break. Among all these balmy kicks almost goes under, that the game on Saturday is the only relevant sporting showdown before the season started. In Dortmund, it’s on the evening especially about prestige, but it is more than a careful palpation.