England lock Joe Launchbury has committed his future to Wasps and their move to Coventry by signing a new deal reports BBC Sport
The 23-year-old was set to be out of contract in the summer, with Premiership rivals Saracens reportedly interested in his services
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- Brodie Retallick of New Zealand competes for the ball with Joe Launchbury of England during the QBE International match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium
Britain’s Chris Froome said he may not compete in the 2015 Tour de France, as the route was unveiled on Wednesday reports BBC Sport
Team Sky’s 2013 winner, who crashed out this year, may instead ride in the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana
“The team and I will give it some careful consideration before we make any commitments to which of the grand tours I will compete in,” he said.
Current champion Vincenzo Nibali and Spain’s Alberto Contador will start as favourites over a tough course
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- Chris Froome of Great Britain and Team Sky leads the race as he attacks on the final climb and claims the points at the top of the Cote de Jenkins Road during stage two of the 2014 Le Tour de France from York to Sheffield in Sheffield, United Kingdom. Froome is followed by Tejay van Garderen of the United States and the BMC Racing Team, Vincenzo Nibali of Italy and the Astana Pro Team who won the stage and the overall race leader’s yellow jersey and Alberto Contador of Spain and Tinkoff-Saxo
Valentino Rossi marked his 250th premier class Grand Prix by winning the Australian MotoGP on Phillip Island reports BBC Sport
The 35-year-old Italian, who is second in the championship standings, won the 27-lap race from eighth on the grid.
World champion Marc Marquez looked to be coasting to victory when he went off on a corner with 10 laps remaining.
Bradley Smith was third, his first podium finish, after fellow Briton Cal Crutchlow crashed out on the final lap when sitting second
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- Valentino Rossi of Italy rider of the #46 Movistar Yamaha MotoGp Yamaha celebrates after winning the 2014 MotoGP of Australia at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Phillip Island, Australia
Fernando Alonso is leaving Ferrari at the end of this season, the company’s former president Luca Di Montezemolo has confirmed reports BBC F1
Alonso’s departure is an open secret in Formula 1 but the team have not yet announced it, nor their decision to replace him with Sebastian Vettel.
Di Montezemolo told Italian television: “Fernando is leaving for two reasons.
“One, he wants another environment. Two, because he is an age when he cannot wait to win again.”
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- Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari drives during the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore
McLaren driver Jenson Button tells BBC F1 that he “would love to go racing” next season “in a competitive car in Formula 1″
Despite not being sure of a drive in F1 in 2015, he said is enjoying his racing and has a good relationship with Kevin Magnussen, sharing technical information for the benefit of the whole Team.
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- Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates in Parc Ferme after claiming third place on the grid during qualifying ahead of the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit in Northampton
Lewis Hamilton hailed the “mind-blowing” Mercedes car after they won the constructors’ championship and he secured his ninth win of the season reports BBC F1
He won the drivers’ title in 2008 and now leads team-mate Nico Rosberg by 17 points in this season’s title race
Mercedes have been virtually untouchable this season, winning all but three races and securing one-two finishes nine times so far.
“The foundations of this success were built by Ross (Brawn) and he played such an important role in the team to prepare this success,” said Mercedes boss Toto Wolff
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- Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP locks up approaching turn two next to Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP during the Russian Formula One Grand Prix at Sochi Autodrom in Russia
Wasps have announced they will start their new life at the Ricoh Arena in December after acquiring a 50% interest in the Coventry stadium reports BBC Sport
The London-based Premiership club will jointly own the ground with the Alan Higgs Trust, allowing Coventry City to play there still as tenants.
“This is a watershed moment in the history of Wasps,” said the club’s chief executive, Nick Eastwood
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- James Gaskell of Wasps scores his teams second try as Simon Hammersley of Newcastle fails to stop him during the Aviva Premiership match between Wasps and Newcastle Falcons at Adams Parkin High Wycombe, England
Andy Murray produced a convincing display to beat Jerzy Janowicz 7-5 6-2 in the second round of the Shanghai Masters in China reports BBC Sport
The Scot impressed from the start and lost just four points on his serve during the opening set.
Murray saved two break points with aces at the start of the second set and broke Janowicz in the fourth and eighth games on his way to victory.
The 27-year-old will now play Spaniard David Ferrer in the third round
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- Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a backhand in his match against Marin Cilic of Croatia during day seven of the China Open at the National Tennis Center in Beijing, China
A serious accident involving Marussia’s Jules Bianchi overshadowed Lewis Hamilton’s victory in the Japanese Grand Prix reports BBC F1
Hamilton took his eighth win of the season after passing team-mate and title rival Nico Roberg for the lead around the outside of the fast Turn One
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel was third ahead of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo and McLaren’s Jenson Button.
The race result seemed insignificant in the context of Bianchi’s injuries, but Hamilton’s eighth victory this season will surely be remembered as one of the greatest drives of his career. It extends his championship lead to 10 points with four races to go and 125 available
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- Adrian Sutil of Sauber F1 leads a mid field group of cars during the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka Japan
Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in second practice in the Japanese Grand Prix, beating team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg by 0.24 seconds reports BBC F1
The two Mercedes drivers were in a league of their own, more than a second clear of the rest of the field.
Williams’s Valtteri Bottas was third ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel at Suzuka.
The two Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso were sixth and seventh respectively.
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- Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP drives during practice for the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan