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Jose Maria Olazabal in Ryder Cup captain"s buggy at Spanish Open

Olazabal has best drive at Spanish Open with signed Ryder Cup captain's buggy

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Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

15:01 GMT, 17 April 2013

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UPDATED:

16:55 GMT, 17 April 2013

Jose Maria Olazabal has a cool set of wheels at the Spanish Open with the former Ryder Cup captain cruising around in his skipper's buggy.

Olazabal masterminded Europe's win over the United States at Medinah last year and all 12 of his players signed the front of his cart.

Sergio Garcia and Francesco Molinari are the only two of Olazabal's troops teeing it up in Valencia this week – the former the bookies' favourite and the latter the defending champion.

Home hopes: Jose Maria Olazabal (right) and Sergio Garcia at Parador de El Saler for the Spanish Open

Home hopes: Jose Maria Olazabal (right) and Sergio Garcia at Parador de El Saler for the Spanish Open

Garcia, who finished in a tie for eighth at The Masters on Sunday, was all smiles as he hitched a lift with Olazabal during Wednesday's practice at Parador de El Saler.

Meanwhile, Miguel Angel Jimenez will put his recovery from a broken leg to the test on his return to action in Valencia.

Jimenez, who surpassed Des Smyth as the oldest winner on the European Tour when he lifted the Hong Kong Open aged 48 years and 318 days last November, suffered the injury a month later while skiing near his home in Malaga.

'My leg is improving daily,' the 49-year-old told reporters. 'I work out every morning in the gym and I'm actually a little ahead of schedule on my rehab. I am not one hundred per cent fit, but I want to test myself and see how I feel.

Good to be back: Miguel Angel Jimenez is making his return to action after recovering from a broken leg

Good to be back: Miguel Angel Jimenez is making his return to action after recovering from a broken leg

'I can't wait to be back on Tour with my friends and I'd hate to miss the chance of playing at El Saler.'

Jimenez made his tour debut in the Spanish Open 30 years ago and will be making his 599th career appearance this week.

'Javier Arana's wonderful design blends beautifully with its natural surroundings, both in the pine trees area and in the dunes area. For me it's the best course in Spain and I love all the holes,' Jimenez added.

'It's a beautiful layout with a strong finish; the 17th is a good par three towards the dunes and the 18th is spectacular. Once you play at El Saler you get hooked. It's such an enjoyable course that you keep wanting to come back.

'I have many fond memories of El Saler. We used to play many tournaments in the 80's and I won an Under-25 event in 1986. We also played two or three Campeonatos de Levante, and later on a few European Tour events. The last I played was the 2003 Seve Trophy.'

Different ball game: Garcia and his dad Victor watch former tennis ace Juan Carlos Ferrero during the pro-am

Different ball game: Garcia and his dad Victor watch former tennis ace Juan Carlos Ferrero during the pro-am

Sebastian Vettel to start Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from back of the grid

Hamilton can turn the heat on relegated championship leader Vettel in Abu Dhabi

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UPDATED:

21:40 GMT, 3 November 2012

Lewis Hamilton is perfectly placed to disrupt Sebastian Vettel's hopes of a hat-trick of world championships in Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Hamilton took pole position from the Red Bulls of Mark Webber and Vettel at a circuit on which he has never been off the front row in the race's four years.

After qualifying, Vettel's car was found to have insufficient fuel, infringing F1's technical regulations.

Ditched: Sebastian Vettel could not steer his car back to the pits on his out-lap

Ditched: Sebastian Vettel could not steer his car back to the pits on his out-lap

The German's times were cancelled and he starts from the back of the grid.

Either Vettel or Ferrari's Fernando Alonso will finish the year as a triple F1 world champion.

Hamilton made it clear he thinks
Alonso would be more deserving. Vettel's Red Bull is the latest in a
succession of superb cars from British design genius Adrian Newey and
Hamilton says: 'Lots of people wish they could have Adrian's car so they
could show they're just as competitive as Sebastian.

Pole vault: Hamilton beat the Red Bulls for speed

Pole vault: Hamilton beat the Red Bulls for speed

'I don't really get to race against him. He puts his car on to the maximum engine setting and he's gone.

'Fernando, for me, is more accurate,' Hamilton added.

'He hits all the apexes. Sebastian
misses four apexes on a single lap and still goes quickest. His car is
just that far ahead of everyone else's.'

There may be trouble ahead: Vettel stands next to his car after qualifying

There may be trouble ahead: Vettel stands next to his car after qualifying

Of their respective merits Hamilton
says: 'I have my own opinion. That just confirms it, when you miss all
those corners . . . '

Vettel would no doubt be affronted, particularly after suffering a nightmare day.

He missed the last session of
practice with a brake problem and was playing catch-up during
qualifying, clipped the wall and then fell foul of the rules.

Repeat performance: Lewis Hamilton stopped his car on the track in Barcelona

Repeat performance: Lewis Hamilton stopped his car on the track in Barcelona

After nearly five hours of
deliberation race stewards discovered that there was insufficient fuel
in the car for sampling purposes.

The thinnest of silver linings for Vettel was that Alonso qualified seventh – now sixth – in a Ferrari that struggled for pace.

Yet with double DRS overtaking zones, he will aim to exploit Vettel's misfortune and finish on the podium at the very least.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Live: 1pm, Sky Sports F1 & BBC1. Highlights: 7pm, BBC3

Newey at the epicentre of Red Bull"s timely title revival, says rejuvenated Webber

Designer Newey at the epicentre of Red Bull's timely title revival, says Webber

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UPDATED:

18:39 GMT, 30 October 2012

Mark Webber has hailed Red Bull design guru Adrian Newey as 'a beacon' who shines over the entire team.

Much of Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel's recent resurgence in this year's Formula One world championship is being credited to Newey.

The 53-year-old is the only designer to have helped three different teams – Williams, McLaren and Red Bull – win constructors' championships.

Red Bull head into this Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on the brink of claiming their third successive title, while four consecutive wins have propelled Vettel into a 13-point lead in the drivers' race.

Renissance man: Adrian Newey (bottom right) has been credited with Red Bull's recent resurgence

Renissance man: Adrian Newey (bottom right) has been credited with Red Bull's recent resurgence

With the regulations stable for next season, how Red Bull are ending this campaign is ominous for the other teams ahead of 2013.

For Webber, he readily concedes the Newey factor is one of the reasons why he spurned overtures from Ferrari to stay on another year with Red Bull.

Asked whether Newey was still motivated, Webber said: 'Definitely, yeah. When I go to the factory it's always a good sign when I see his car there. I'm happy.

'He is always coming up with ideas. Whenever Adrian is around it just brings everyone up – the engineering guys, the mechanics. He is such a beacon for our team.

'For us, when it is a bit smelly, he just sticks to his guns, and when it's going well, you never notice it.

'When we finished first and second in Korea the debrief was no different, and that's just such a quality of Adrian, and that's why it's great to have him. He was a big factor in me staying.'

Top man: Mark Webber and Newey celebrate in Japan in 2010

Top man: Mark Webber and Newey celebrate in Japan in 2010

Fernando Alonso certainly believes Newey is the difference and why a 44-point lead over Vettel six races ago is now a 13-point deficit.

'When we had a similar car to everyone I think we were leading the championship,' said Alonso.

'Now we are fighting against Newey's car, let's say, because they are first and second in all the races, it's not only Sebastian.'

Vettel, however, believes that comment to be unfair given the amount of people behind the scenes at the Red Bull factory in Milton Keynes.

'I don't think, in general, this is just a fight between us race drivers,' said Vettel, on the official F1 website.

'It is rather a competition amongst teams and all of their members. If you walk into the Red Bull Racing garage you will see that every single individual is committed 100 per cent to making the team more competitive, even if someone is not feeling entirely well. So I don't think this would be a fair statement towards any team member.'

Newey spent nine seasons with McLaren, from 1997 to 2005, before switching to Red Bull, playing a critical role in the team going from a start-up organisation to champions in just five years.

Old hand: Newey listens to Mika Hakkinen during his McLaren days

Old hand: Newey listens to Mika Hakkinen during his McLaren days

Despite Red Bull's domination, and after working alongside Newey for many years, McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh is adamant he and they are not fireproof.

'I've a feeling there are quite a few decent people at Red Bull, but Adrian is undoubtedly very talented,' said Whitmarsh.

'If you are going to have consistent performance then you need a lot of good people, great drivers, a committed team.

'Adrian is legendary in the sport and he does an extraordinarily good job, but he is beatable. All these people are beatable.

'That's what we set out to do. We don't always achieve it, but we will be trying hard to do that.'

Fernando Alonso rage after Ferrari chief suggests Spaniard was at fault in India

Alonso 'flies into rage' after Ferrari chief suggests Spaniard was at fault in India

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UPDATED:

15:18 GMT, 30 October 2012

Fernando Alonso's frustration at being left trailing in the wake of Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel boiled over ahead of Sunday's Indian Grand Prix according to reports in Italy.

Already concerned at the lack of development with his Ferrari, Italian newspaper La Stampa claimed Alonso was left fuming by comments from team technical director Pat Fry which appeared to suggest the Spaniard was partly to blame for qualifying down the order in fifth.

Indeed, Alonso is understood to have been on the verge of Tweeting a disparaging message about his car only to be persuaded not to push the button by high ranking Ferrari staff as talks with team principal Stefano Domenicali progressed into the early hours of Sunday morning.

Champagne performance: Alonso finished second at the Indian Grand Prix

Champagne performance: Alonso finished second at the Indian Grand Prix

Assessing Alonso's display in qualifying, Fry said: 'In order to be where we wanted and where we were capable of being, we needed to be perfect today and we weren't.'

La Stampa reports that Alonso 'flew into a rage' upon hearing Fry's comments and had intended to hit back with a Tweet along the lines of: 'I want my 1.2 million followers to know that the key aerodynamic components at the rear of the Ferrari are still the same as they were in May.'

A barnstorming performance in India on Sunday saw Alonso finish second behind Vettel, his highest finish since winning the German Grand Prix back in July. But Vettel's win, his fourth in succession, moved him 13 points ahead of his Ferrari rival.

The Italian marque has struggled to extract more pace from their car just as the Red Bull has started to fly thanks to a series of developments by design guru Adrian Newey.

Twitter ye not: Alonso came close to sending a retaliatory message

Twitter ye not: Alonso came close to sending a retaliatory message

Comments by Alonso that he is fighting both Vettel and Newey were not well received by the reigning world champion, the interpretation being that his success is simply down to the superiority of his machine.

However, in light of the news emanating from Italy, it is certainly possible to view Alonso's words as more of a criticism at Ferrari's technical ability than Vettel.

New parts will be bolted onto Alonso's car in this weekend’s race in Abu Dhabi and the double world champion will doubtless be desperately hoping his team have got their sums right.

If not, and with only three races to go, Vettel’s march to third successive drivers' title would seem unstoppable.

Premier League winter ball unveiled

New balls please! Winter is coming, so time for the Premier League hi-vis

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UPDATED:

13:03 GMT, 26 October 2012

With the clocks going back this weekend and a definite chill in the air, winter is fast approaching and that means the return of ultra-bright yellow footballs to the Premier League.

This year's ball is the Nike Maxim Hi-Vis and will be seen on all pitches in the Premier League, Serie A and La Liga from this weekend until March.

Nike say the Maxim, with its bright yellow contrasting with segments of purple, cyan and magenta in a distinctive design, will be more visible than ever.

Bright: The Nike Maxim Hi-Vis will be used in all Premier League matches from this weekend until March

Bright: The Nike Maxim Hi-Vis will be used in all Premier League matches from this weekend until March

Resistance: Heavy rain this winter will be no problem for the Maxim

Resistance: Heavy rain this winter will be no problem for the Maxim

It's all to do with the 'flicker effect' which allows players to pick out the edges of the pattern against the yellow base colours – thus judging its flight better.

Nike boffins have spent hours in the lab perfecting this Rapid Direction and Response (RaDaR) technology to ensure players have every chance of spotting the ball.

Continental: The ball will be used in the Premier League, Serie A and La Liga this winter

Continental: The ball will be used in the Premier League, Serie A and La Liga this winter

Pattern: The purple, cyan and magenta design will help players pick the ball out better

Pattern: The purple, cyan and magenta design will help players pick the ball out better

Practice: Liverpool took delivery of a set of the new balls at their training ground this week

Practice: Liverpool took delivery of a set of the new balls at their training ground this week

The winter Maxim has the same technical spec as the standard one, which apparently has a 'superior touch and a consistent feel in all weather conditions.'

Handy for those Arctic nights in Wigan this winter then.

And ball buffs can own their own hi-vis Maxim from this weekend for the sum of 90.

Real Madrid announce plans for Bernabeu remodelling

Real Madrid show the future's bright with bold new plans for light-draped Bernabeu

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UPDATED:

15:57 GMT, 2 October 2012

It is already one of the planet's most iconic stadiums, but the Santiago Bernabeu, home of Real Madrid is set to be given a facelift to bring it line with the 21st century.

Club president Florentino Perez unveiled plans to remodel the facade of the 85,000-seater stadium with a state-of-the-art design that drapes the monstrous structure in light.

Scroll down for video of the bold new design for the Bernabeu

Brave new world: Real Madrid have announced plans to remodel the Bernabeu

Brave new world: Real Madrid have announced plans to remodel the Bernabeu

In a statement, Perez said it will provide the stadium 'with an outer skin that will be a crowning architectural achievement'.

He added: 'The Bernabeu has to become a unique stadium, the best in the world, and the crowning achievement of 21st Century stadium architecture.'

Leisure facilities and restaurants will also be integrated in its structure.

Madrid have been at their current home since December 1947.

QPR to produce 3D match day programme

QPR take things into a new dimension with 3D programme

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UPDATED:

11:29 GMT, 24 September 2012

QPR may have maintained their Premier League status by the skin of their teeth last season – but now it seems they are pushing on and ready to enter a new dimension. The third dimension to be exact.

The Loftus Road club are set to produce a 3D programme for their London derby with West Ham on October 1, as they go in search of their first league win of the season.

The eye popping matchday magazine will be a first in the Premier League but it has been done before by three other teams, including Championship side Millwall.

Eye popping: The QPR players Nedum Onuoha, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Ryan Nelsen get a first look at the one-off programme

Eye popping: The QPR players Nedum Onuoha, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Ryan Nelsen get a first look at the one-off programme

Fans buying the programme will be given a pair of 3D glasses to read the 84 page publication, of which 75 per cent will have the ground breaking special effects.

Hoops editor Ian Taylor said: ‘Our new-look matchday programme has been tremendously well-received by the fans this season, but we wanted to try something different and forward-thinking and the result is a 3D programme of real substance and style.

Impressive stuff: Park Ji-Sung enjoys the programme

Jamie Mackie

Impressive stuff: Park Ji-Sung and Jamie Mackie take a look at the new programme

‘The publications team at QPR have worked around the clock in the last few weeks and alongside O-Publishing who have been first-class from a design perspective, we're really happy with the final product.’

QPR striker and former West Ham forward Bobby Zamora will be featured in the one off programme in the Q&A feature.

P.S…

Have Spurs taken an even bigger leap forward with their publication You may need special glasses to read the R’s 3D programme, but Tottenham have gone a stage further by producing an augmented reality compatible shirt.

Fans with smartphone or tablet are able to access special video features when they point their device at the club’s shirt or badge.

Club sponsor Aurasma have produced a mobile app that allows fans to access match highlights and exclusive interviews when their device is pointed at the shirt in the programme.

Chelsea third kit 2012/13 revealed

Black and yellow: European champions Chelsea unveil new third strip

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11:50 GMT, 26 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Releasing three kits a season has become normal for many Premier League clubs and it's no different at Chelsea who have a history of pushing the envelope in design for their change strip.

And their third kit for the 2012/13 season is no different with the club revealing a striking yellow and black number.

In recent years we have seen the club run out in luminous green, luminous yellow and orange and black in strips that have garnered attention.

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Standing out: Chelsea have unveiled their new third strip for next season

Standing out: Chelsea have unveiled their new third strip for next season

That will also be the case with their latest release which although features yellow, a longtime staple on Chelsea change strips, looks more like a goalkeeper's jersey with its flashy design on the front of the kit.

According to designers adidas, the striking sun graphic on the front of the black shirt creates a contrast in colours, giving the impression of power, while the fade in the graphic represents speed.

The Chelsea badge is black and white and stands out against the sun graphic.

Although the kit is based on something as hot as the sun it is laced with adidas' ClimaCool technology, a mixture of heat and moisture controlling materials, ventilation channels and 3D fabrics which improve air flow to the skin in the key heat zones.

Sun coloured mesh panel also feature on the sleeves of the shirt for better breathability in core sweat zones.

Force India pay 650,000 legal costs to Caterham

Force India forced to cough up 650,000 in legal costs to Caterham

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UPDATED:

19:40 GMT, 4 May 2012

Force India have been ordered to pay
650,000 legal costs to rival Formula One team Caterham and their
technical chief Mike Gascoyne.

The amount is in addition to the
700,000 in fees Force India had to pay Italian race car design company
Aerolab in a dispute over intellectual property rights.

Fined: Force India paying a chunk in legal fees

Fined: Force India paying a chunk in legal fees

A High Court judge ruled in March that Force India had failed to demonstrate there had been 'systematic copying' of their designs by Aerolab and Caterham.

Despite that decision both Force India and another team, Marrussia, have asked F1's governing body, the FIA, to investigate the case further.

Wimbledon ditch plans for new "player pod"

EXCLUSIVE: Roger and out: Federer triumphs at Wimbledon again as 'player pod' is ditched

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21:55 GMT, 17 April 2012

Wimbledon is set to abandon building their controversial new 'space-age' player facilities area whose design has proved unpopular with some prominent All England Club members, believed to include seven- time winner Roger Federer.

The huge pod-like structure was due to be built opposite the Centre Court, but is now expected to be abandoned as part of a new development strategy entitled Wimbledon 2020.

An announcement was made a year ago that it was to become a striking feature of the iconic sporting venue in time for next year’s Championships, and plans had gone so far as for a section of the pod to have been constructed off-site, ready for installation.

Verbal volley: An artist's impression of the player facility which didn't impress the likes of Roger Federer

Verbal volley: An artist's impression of the player facility which didn't impress the likes of Roger Federer

Because of that it is believed that the Club may have to swallow a substantial loss that, according to one member, could rise to seven figures in the likely event of it being mothballed.

The rethink will please traditionalists like Federer who were unimpressed with its futuristic design. A high-profile Wimbledon personality described the facility, which has been compared to the Media Centre at Lord’s, as ‘hideous’.

It is ironic that the project was likened to a feature at Lord’s, where chaotic and strife-ridden attempts at redevelopment have been in sharp contrast to the slickly-executed rebuilding of Wimbledon, for whom this could be seen as a rare slip-up in 15 years of substantial remodelling.

The pod was to have been built over a lawn on the roof of the main media area that is sited opposite the side of the Centre Court where the umpire sits, and a widely-held view was that it would be out of sympathy with the All England Club’s understated feel.

Not a fan: Roger Federer spoke out against the development

Not a fan: Roger Federer spoke out against the development

The Club’s hierarchy realise they still need to expand their indoor facilities for players on a site where space remains at a premium, and architects have been engaged to come up with a more popular solution. Another move likely to emerge next week when the All England makes its preview presentation of the 2012 Championships is an improvement in the prize money for early losers in the singles, reversing the trend of recent years when their proportion of prize money has shrunk compared to the stars.

In 2011 first-round losers made 11,500, a rise of just 2.2 per cent from the previous year amid what was an average increase of 8.5 per cent from 2010.

Following protests from the Association of Tennis Professionals that too small a slice of Grand Slam profits is going on prize money — the word ‘strike’ has even been used on occasions — a healthy rise for the rank-and-file can be expected to help alleviate those concerns.