2014
12.17

Mercedes plan to let team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg battle for the title again next season reports BBC Sport

Hamilton beat Rosberg to the World Championship by 67 points, but there were several flash points, notably at Monaco, Hungary and Belgium.

Team boss Toto Wolff said: “I’m very optimistic we can continue the way we have done this season – if we can stay on top of the situation

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2014
12.16

Rory McIlroy has added to his trophy collection for 2014 by picking up the European Tour Golfer of the Year award reports BBC Sport

The world number one from Northern Ireland, 25, won the BMW PGA Championship before back-to-back majors success at the Open and US PGA.
McIlroy also won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational as he topped the Race to Dubai standings and helped Europe to a Ryder Cup victory at Gleneagles.

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2014
12.15

Amir Khan says he is approaching his peak after scoring a unanimous points victory over Devon Alexander reports BBC Sport

He is now targeting a bout against Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao after retaining his WBC Silver welterweight title in Las Vegas
And the Bolton-born fighter is confident he could beat either man.
“I feel better at 28 than I did at 26,” he said. “I’m hitting my peak and getting better as a fighter. I can’t wait to show the world what I have.”

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2014
12.11

Jenson Button’s Formula 1 career will continue into a 16th season following McLaren’s decision to retain him alongside new signing Fernando Alonso reports BBC Sport
McLaren finally announced their line-up on Thursday after taking weeks to decide whether to keep Button, 34, or 2014 team-mate Kevin Magnussen, 22, who will stay on as test and reserve driver

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2014
12.08

Ronnie O’Sullivan withstood an epic Judd Trump comeback and a broken ankle to claim a fifth UK Championship title reports BBC Sport

O’Sullivan led from the off and went 5-1 ahead in the first session, before Trump pulled two frames back to stay within touching distance in York.
He then fell 9-4 behind but a superb revival saw Trump emerge from the brink, making breaks of 120 and 127 to level the contest at 9-9.
But Trump fouled from a snooker in the last as O’Sullivan won 10-9

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2014
12.04

England captain Alastair Cook has been given a one-match ban for his side’s slow over rate in Wednesday’s one-day international win over Sri Lanka reports BBC Sport

The ban was triggered because it was Cook’s second such offence in 12 months.
England were ruled to be one over short of their target at the end of the rain-reduced game in Hambantota.
Cook, who will miss Sunday’s fourth ODI in the seven-match series, was also fined 20% of his match fee.

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2014
12.01

Former Formula 1 driver Mark Webber is in a “satisfactory” condition after being injured in a crash in a World Endurance Championship race in Brazil reports BBC Sport

The Australian, 38, who quit F1 in 2013 after 12 years, was racing for Porsche in the Six Hours of Sao Paulo event.

Race organisers said there had been a “serious” collision between his car and the Ferrari of Italy’s Matteo Cressoni.

A statement on Webber’s website said the driver remained in a local hospital overnight “for precautionary checks”.

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2014
11.27

Moeen Ali’s sublime maiden one-day international century could not prevent England losing the opening match with Sri Lanka by 25 runs in Colombo reports BBC Sport

In only his sixth ODI, the 27-year-old Worcestershire left-hander hit 11 fours and five sixes in 119 from 87 balls.

Ravi Bopara was last out for 65 as England were dismissed in the 48th over to trail in the seven-match series.

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2014
11.24

Lewis Hamilton says winning his second world title is the start of “something special” for himself and Mercedes reports BBC F1

After winning Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to clinch the title, Hamilton, 29, said: “I wanted to be part of something building and growing

He is one of seven men to win the championship twice, leaving him one behind three-time victors Sir Jack Brabham, Sir Jackie Stewart, Lauda, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna

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2014
11.21

Lewis Hamilton made an important statement ahead of the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix by beating rival Nico Rosberg in Friday practice reports BBC F1

Hamilton was quicker in both sessions, by 0.133 seconds in the first and 0.083secs in the second.

The two traded fastest times throughout the day as their season-long battle comes to a nail-biting climax.

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