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Maria Sharapova launches partnership with Porsche in sexy photoshoot

Gentlemen, start your engines! Sharapova launches Porsche partnership with stunning photoshoot

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

13:57 GMT, 22 April 2013

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UPDATED:

15:03 GMT, 22 April 2013

Now, we definitely don't subscribe to the old adage of women and the inability to drive, but there was more than a eyebrow or two raised when Porsche chose their first ever global endorser as Mario Sharapova, especially when statistics claims 88 per cent of 911 buyers are men.

The powerful Russian tennis star, known for her deafening grunt on the court, will front up campaigns for the German car maker for the next three years.

Wheely nice view: Maria Sharapova has launched a new partnership with car maker Porsche

Wheely nice view: Maria Sharapova has launched a new partnership with car maker Porsche

Wheely nice view: Maria Sharapova has launched a new partnership with car maker Porsche

'Maria is the perfect choice,' said Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller. 'Her profile and charisma are an ideal fit for Porsche.'

Porsche join the likes of Nike, Evian, Tag Heuer and Samsung in partnering up with one of the most marketable sportstars in the world, taking Sharapova's revenue for endorsements alone beyond 20million a year.

Blonde ambition: The deal will take Sharapova's earnings from endorsement beyond 20million a year

Blonde ambition: The deal will take Sharapova's earnings from endorsement beyond 20million a year

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Blonde ambition: The deal will take Sharapova's earnings from endorsement beyond 20million a year

As well as her tennis and multitude of
other endorsements, the Russian is currently keeping the money rolling
in with her Sugarpova sweets, which have sold more than 1.5 million bags
in six months.

To celebrate the latest launch, Sharapova, who previously had a deal with Land Rover in 2006, posed with the stunning vehicles in Stuttgart, where it is manufactured.

The event coincides with her arrival for the defence of her Porsche Tennis Grand Prix crown, which takes place in the city this month.

Sweet spot: Sharapova has plenty of means of bring in extra cash beyond her work on the court

Sweet spot: Sharapova has plenty of means of bring in extra cash beyond her work on the court

Sweet spot: Sharapova has plenty of means of bring in extra cash beyond her work on the court

Sweet spot: Sharapova has plenty of means of bring in extra cash beyond her work on the court

Romelu Lukaku fights to release father from prison

Lukaku fights for father's release after he's given 15 months in prison for assaulting lover and keeping her in his car boot

By
Declan Warrington

PUBLISHED:

10:37 GMT, 5 April 2013

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UPDATED:

12:49 GMT, 5 April 2013

Romelu Lukaku is fighting to release his father Roger from a Belgian prison after he was sentenced to 15 months in jail for assaulting a female and keeping her in the boot of his car.

The father of the Chelsea striker, currently on loan at West Bromwich Albion, was stunned by the verdict after failing to attend the trail and claimed that the woman, a former lover, had invented the story.

Lukaku Snr missed his trial after he moved to another part of Brussels and claimed that he missed his summons because he wasn’t registered at his new address.

Battler: Lukaku has made a big impact at West Brom this season

Battler: Lukaku has made a big impact at West Brom this season

‘My client was sentenced because he didn’t appear in court,' his lawyer said. ‘He doesn’t belong in jail. His wife is suffering, but his sons, Romelu and Jordan, are doing everything to get their dad free as soon as possible.

‘Mr Lukaku has lodged an objection to the judgement and the case will be tried again in the coming days. To this day, we still do not know the date of the trial.’

Promising: But the striker may not be able to help his father

Promising: But the striker may not be able to help his father

Mansfield chairman John Radford gives boss Paul Cox an 85,000 Aston Martin as reward for thrashing Barrow

Mansfield chairman gives boss Cox an 85,000 Aston Martin as reward for thrashing Barrow

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

00:48 GMT, 10 February 2013

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UPDATED:

00:50 GMT, 10 February 2013

Mansfield Town were motoring when they clocked up an 8-1 win over Barrow — and so impressed was chairman John Radford, he gave his Aston Martin to manager Paul Cox as a reward.

The keys to the 85,000 Vantage Coupe, with the registration MT51 COX, were handed over after a Matt Green hat-trick, helped wrap up a Blue Square Premier win.

Gift: John Radford rewarded his manager handsomely

Gift: John Radford rewarded his manager handsomely

Radford, 56, who is also the club’s owner, had only got to One Call Stadium at half-time after returning from Ireland and was so blown away by the 5-1 scoreline that he told Cox the car was his.

The manager said: ‘I’m not sure if it’s a wind-up. Maybe I’ll get to the car park and find a bike with some stabilisers on it.’

Stoke manager Tony Pulis choosing gradual development over spending spree

Stoke proud of their project as Pulis claims he won't be splashing the cash in Janaury

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 25 December 2012

Tony Pulis insists Stoke City will not be ‘caught with their pants down’ by spending lots of money in January.

Stoke are sitting pretty in ninth place in the Barclays Premier League, level on points with Boxing Day's opponents Liverpool, but their manager said the club will continue their policy of ‘gradual redevelopment’.

Qualities: Tony Pulis is happy with the gradual progress being made by Stoke

Qualities: Tony Pulis is happy with the gradual progress being made by Stoke

Qualities: Tony Pulis is happy with the gradual progress being made by Stoke

In November, Stoke invested a further 6million in their Clayton Wood training ground to improve the facilities for Academy teams, having spent just 5.5m on bringing Geoff Cameron and Michael Kightly to the club last summer.

Pulis said: ‘We have a plan, and it’s gradual and gradual. It’s not one we’re going to throw loads and loads of money at and then get caught with our pants down.

‘We’ve spent on and off the pitch and we’re continuing at the moment. We’ve got a new build at the training ground and it’s going to cost us a lot of money.

‘The structure of the team is very organised. We work very, very hard on the training ground and we’ve got gradually better over the years we’ve been in the Premier League, but we are a football club that came into the Premier League after 23 years out, so we’ve had to spend a lot of money not just on the team, but on the structure.

‘The training ground, putting the stadium back into place after no investment, car parks, the lot.’

Peter Ndlovu fighting for his life after horror car crash kills his brother Adam Ndlovu

Coventry legend Ndlovu fighting for his life after horror car crash kills his brother

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UPDATED:

13:46 GMT, 16 December 2012

Former Coventry star Peter Ndlovu is in a critical condition in hospital after a horror car crash which claimed the life of his brother.

Ndlovu, who also played for Birmingham, Sheffield United and Huddersfield during a 13-year career in England, is in a coma after his sports car crashed in Zimbabwe.

Adam Ndlovu, also a former footballer who played for Zimbabwe, died in the incident near Victoria Falls.

Horror: The smashed-up BMW X5 on the side of the road that was reportedly driven by Adam Ndlovu

Horror: The smashed-up BMW X5 on the side of the road that was reportedly driven by Adam Ndlovu

Horror: The smashed-up BMW X5 on the side of the road that was reportedly driven by Adam Ndlovu

Pictures from the scene of the crash show the smashed-up front of the BMW X5 by the side of the road. According to reports in Zimbabwe, Adam was driving the car as they returned from watching a local match.

Peter Ndlovu was a favourite among
Coventry fans during the 90s. He scored 39 goals in 176 matches before
leaving for Birmingham. He had a short loan spell at Huddersfield before
joining Sheffield United.

Coventry wrote on Twitter: 'All our thoughts and wishes go out to former Sky Blue Peter Ndlovu and his family. Keep strong Nuddy.'

A
tweet from the Blades read: 'Our thoughts are with former player Peter
Ndlovu, who has been critically injured in a car accident in his native
Zimbabwe.'

Legend: Peter Ndlovu

Legend: Peter Ndlovu

Hero: Peter Ndlovu starred for Coventry (left) in the Premier League before joining Birmingham

Tragedy: Adam Ndlovu - who played for Zimbabwe - died in the car crash

Tragedy: Adam Ndlovu – who played for Zimbabwe – died in the car crash

Birmingham's own statement read: 'The thoughts of everyone associated with Birmingham City Football Club are with Peter Ndlovu and his family following news of a serious car crash in Zimbabwe. Peter was a very popular player during his time at St Andrew's and we hope he pulls through this difficult time.'

Former Birmingham co-owner David Gold tweeted: 'Peter Ndlovu is one of the nicest footballers I ever met. We are all thinking of you Peter, get well soon.'

Former Coventry team-mate Darren Huckerby wrote: 'Terrible news about Peter Ndlovu and his brother, hope he pulls through.'

Mick Quinn added: 'Sad news about my former team-mate Peter Ndlovu involved in a car crash. He is in a coma, sadly brother Adam dead, thoughts and prayers to them.'

Peter has been working as a coach for the Zimbabwe Young Warriors Under 23 team.

VIDEO: A classic Peter Ndlovu goal from 1995 – a contender for MOTD goal of the season…

Zlatan Ibrahimovic fails to attend training for Paris Saint-Germain

Sulking Ibrahimovic puts Chelsea and City on alert after striker fails to turn up for training at PSG following row over parking

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UPDATED:

12:58 GMT, 14 December 2012

Paris Saint-Germain’s enigmatic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was absent from training yesterday.

With PSG set to face table-topping Lyon on Sunday evening, supporters will undoubtedly have been concerned to see their maverick forward missing from the team’s collective training session at Camp des Loges yesterday morning.

And his absence from the group training session may also have been a point of concern for the Club’s President Nasser Al-Khelafi, who was in attendance observing the team’s preparations ahead of Sunday’s crucial game.

Happy Zlatan Ibrahimovic failed to turn up for yesterday's collective training session

Happy Zlatan Ibrahimovic failed to turn up for yesterday's collective training session

A club spokesman told French paper L'Equipe that Ibrahimovic was following an adapted, personal regime and doing his own work in the gym.

Although there may not be any evident breakdown of the relationship between Ibrahimovic and PSG, relations have shown signs of deterioration in recent weeks.

According to reports in France, the pony-tailed star was left enraged last month by PSG staff after he was refused permission to park in the club’s car park which is reserved for technical staff.

Ibrahimovic, who is famous for his ‘unique’ personality, wanted to leave his car in the area reserved for staff as it is located nearer to the club’s training ground than the car park dedicated to the players.

As a response to the refusal by the on-duty car-park wardens, the Swede instead decided to park his car at the entrance to the technical staff car park, therefore blocking all other vehicles from entering and leaving the complex.

Prolific: Ibrahimovic (left) has scored 17 goals already at PSG

Prolific: Ibrahimovic (left) has scored 17 goals already at PSG

Although Ibrahimovic only joined big-spending PSG from AC Milan in the summer, certain English clubs may be intrigued by the latest developments in the on-going soap opera that is the career of the mercurial Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Ibrahimovic has played for some of Europe’s top clubs – including Ajax, both Milan clubs and Juventus – but there has always been the impression that the Swede has never really seemed settled, and has failed to stay at any one club for longer than three seasons.

The forward, who has won nine league titles in his career at various clubs, was even unable to settle at Barcelona, famously complaining – “I was a Ferrari being driven like a Fiat” – making reference to the way that the Catalan giants failed to build their team around him.

Struggling: Mario Balotelli was substituted in Manchester City's 3-2 defeat against Manchester United

Struggling: Mario Balotelli was substituted in Manchester City's 3-2 defeat against Manchester United

Chelsea are believed to be doing everything possible to secure Atletico Madrid striker Falcao in the January transfer window, but Roman Abramovich may be interested in pursuing Ibrahimovic should his attempts to secure Falcao falter.

Elsewhere, with Manchester City’s forward line struggling for goals, and with doubts surrounding the future of Mario Balotelli, City boss manager Roberto Mancini – who Ibrahimovic played under at Inter Milan – may be tempted to enter the market to bring in an extra slice of star quality as his side attempt to defend their Premier League title.

Ibrahimovic has 17 goals to his name already this season, making him the leading goalscorer in Ligue 1.

Silverstone pay 1m in refunds after summer Grand Prix washout

Torrential downpours leave Silverstone chiefs counting 1m refund cost

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UPDATED:

15:43 GMT, 4 December 2012

Silverstone officials have revealed the 1million cost of refunding 10,000 ticket holders who were unable to attend this year’s British Grand Prix as the circuit's infrastructure collapsed under the heavy rainfall in the build-up to July's showpiece event.

Chaos ensued as waterlogged campsites and car parks were forced to close while the roads surrounding the Northamptonshire track quickly became gridlocked.

The damage was such that race organisers told fans to stay away from Saturday qualifying in a desperate attempt to give grass car parks time to drain in time for the race on Sunday.

It never rains, but it pours: The drivers - and spectators - struggled in the wet conditions

It never rains, but it pours: The drivers – and spectators – struggled in the wet

It never rains, but it pours: The drivers - and spectators - struggled in the wet conditions

Remarkably, as the conditions improved, a record 127,000 spectators watched Red Bull’s Mark Webber roar to victory.

But Silverstone Circuits Managing Director, Richard Phillips, who admitted at the time he had considered quitting his post, has vowed to do all he can to ensure the misery endured by thousands is not repeated next year.

Park and Ride schemes will be expanded to cover all three days of the grand prix while shuttle services from local train stations will also be increased.

In addition, investment will also be made in improving the venue’s non-tarmacked car parks in an attempt to prevent them turning into quagmires should the heavens open once more.

Phillips said: 'For more than 10 years now, fans have had little or no issue getting in and out of the circuit for the British Grand Prix, so it's important to keep the problems of this year in perspective.

Counting the cost: Silverstone chiefs have paid out 1m in refunds

Counting the cost: Silverstone chiefs have paid out 1m in refunds

Counting the cost: Silverstone chiefs have paid out 1m in refunds

'That said, the traffic issues on the Friday of this year’s event, and having to ask a number of fans to stay away on the Saturday, were far from ideal.

'We have learned from this year’s experience and are taking steps to ensure we’re better equipped to deal with whatever the weather may throw at us in future.

'This year's torrential weather, waterlogged campsites and saturated car parks created a 'perfect storm' of unforeseeable issues, to which we were having to react throughout a difficult and challenging day. We are confident that we won’t see a repeat of the events of this year.'

Phillip Yau Wing Choi dead: Second fatality at Macau Grand Prix

Second fatality rocks Macau as Hong Kong racer Yau Wing Choi is killed in qualifying

PUBLISHED:

14:16 GMT, 16 November 2012

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UPDATED:

14:16 GMT, 16 November 2012

This weekend's motor sport action in Macau has been marred by a second fatality in less than 24 hours after a local touring car driver was killed in qualifying at the Asian street circuit.

Phillip Yau Wing Choi, from Hong Kong, succumbed to injuries suffered in a crash at Mandarin Bend in qualifying for the Macau Touring Car Cup, a support race to this weekend's Macau Grand Prix.

The incident comes a day after Portuguese motorcycle rider Luis Filipe de Sousa Carreira died after a crash at Fisherman's Bend at the Guia circuit.

Tragedy: Carreira died from injuries sustained in his crash on Thursday

Tragedy: Carreira died from injuries sustained in his crash on Thursday

'The Macau Grand Prix Committee regrets to announce that Phillip Tau Wing Choi… has succumbed to injuries sustained in a racing accident during the qualifying session this afternoon,' read a statement by race organisers.

'The incident occurred at Mandarin Bend at 13.11. The qualifying session was immediately red flagged.

'After the incident, two fully-equipped rescue cars were at the scene, followed by the extrication car. The position of the racing car required cutting in order to facilitate extrication. At 13.19, the competitor was removed from the car, and at 13:20 Mr Yau was transported by ambulance to hospital where he was admitted at 13.24.

'Continuous CPR was performed however he succumbed to his injuries at 13.51.

'The Macau Grand Prix Committee has contacted the family and the members of the team. The Committee expresses its sincere condolences.'

The annual Macau meeting attracts competitors from all over the world to compete in a range of categories, and is the blue riband event of both the Formula Three and World Touring Car Championships.

Wayne Rooney close to getting a parking ticket in Manchester city centre

Rooney escapes a booking… Injured England star avoids picking up a parking ticket after leaving his Bentley on the double yellows

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UPDATED:

16:16 GMT, 13 November 2012

With the rest of the England squad jetting off to Stockholm for Wednesday's friendly with Sweden, perhaps the injured Wayne Rooney found himself at a bit of a loose end.

So he hopped in his silver Bentley – having made sure his clothing exactly matched the paintwork – and tore off into Manchester city centre on Tuesday morning.

Slinging the expensive sports car down a side street, the tracksuited striker mooched off looking like the world's wealthiest hoodie.

I'll just leave this here: Wayne Rooney, dressed in a similar hue to his car, parks his expensive Bentley in a Manchester side street

I'll just leave this here: Wayne Rooney, dressed in a similar hue to his car, parks his expensive Bentley in a Manchester side street

Double yellows: A passing traffic warden notices Rooney has left the Bentley where he shouldn't have and issues a ticket

Double yellows: A passing traffic warden notices Rooney has left the Bentley where he shouldn't have and issues a ticket`

Another look: The warden takes down details of Rooney's registration number. The star got away with the fine after a friend spotted the warden and moved the car in the nick of time

Another look: The warden takes down details of Rooney's registration number. The star got away with the fine after a friend spotted the warden and moved the car in the nick of time

Unfortunately, the Manchester United man didn't bank on a traffic warden with no respect for stellar reputations.

Noticing Rooney had parked on double yellows, he didn't hesitate on slapping a ticket under the Bentley's expensive wipers.

Luckily for Wazza, he dodged the fine – small change for a man who earns 17m a year anyway – after one of his pals appeared and moved the car.

Rooney picked up an ankle injury in United's 3-2 comeback win at Aston Villa on Saturday and was forced to withdraw from Roy Hodgson's squad for the friendly on Wednesday night.

Hoodie: Rooney wears a silver Nike tracksuit as he takes a stroll in Manchester city centre

Hoodie: Rooney wears a silver Nike tracksuit as he takes a stroll in Manchester city centre

Cheers, pal! Rooney reclaims his keys after someone moves his car off the double yellows for him

Cheers, pal! Rooney reclaims his keys after someone moves his car off the double yellows for him

He could miss the visit to Norwich
City this weekend, though his manager Sir Alex Ferguson seems to have
plenty of potent striking options with Robin Van Persie and Javier
Hernandez hitting form.

England take on old foes Sweden on Wednesday night to mark the opening of the new Friends Arena.

Robbie Savage buys 300 Hyundai at car auction

Forget your 160k Mercedes, Robbie: Savage gets the car many fans thinks he deserves… a 300 Hyundai

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UPDATED:

14:36 GMT, 9 November 2012

It appears retirement from football has hit Robbie Savage where it financially hurts… in the car department.

The motor-mad former Leicester, Blackburn and Birmingham midfielder has been forced to turn attentions from his glamorous collection of cars, which include a Porsche, Lamborghini and Aston Martin, for something rather more understated.

Change in fortune: Savage with his !60k Mercedes (right) and his 300 Hyundai purchase

Change in fortune: Savage with his !60k Mercedes (right) and his 300 Hyundai purchase

Savage, who infamously irked his former Derby team-mates after arriving at the club in a 160,000 Mercedes when the Rams were rooted to the foot of the Premier League in 2008, has bought a ten-year old Hyundai for a mere 300 at a car auction.

'I love my cars but gone are the days where I was earning 30,000-a week in the Premier League,' said Savage.

'Aston Martins, Lamborghinis Ferraris Not anymore. I am going to try and get a bargain today.'

And the former Wales captain, who retired from football in 2011, was true to his word.

End of the road: Savage, who retired in 2011, has purchased a Hyundai for 300

End of the road: Savage retired in 2011 after stints with Leicester, Blackburn, Birmingham and Derby

On his unspectacular purchase, Savage, who now works in the broadcasting media, said: 'I like the colours more than anything. I like the bit where they've filled in it with a bit of plastic and it is taxed until the end of next month, so I have done well.'

Savage then attempts to drive off but stalls before winding down the window to make his excuses. 'I haven't driven a geared car for ages either,' he moans.

The satirical video is nothing more than a promotional event for betting company William Hill, but perhaps some fans will say Savage has now finally got the car his on-pitch displays warranted.