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VIDEO: Tiger Woods hits embarrassing drive at Abu Dhabi Championship

VIDEO: Tiger hits embarrassing topped drive that just makes it past ladies' tee

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11:52 GMT, 18 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:52 GMT, 18 January 2013

The ugly topped drive that barely makes it past the ladies' tee – it's the shot that brings us hackers out in cold sweats. Is there anything more embarrassing on the golf course

Well, just ask Tiger Woods. The 14-time major champion proved that even golfing Gods are not immune from first-tee meltdowns (although it was actually his tenth hole) when he pulled his drive low into the rough at the Abu Dhabi Championship, his first tournament of the year.

Woods looked on aghast as his shot travelled barely 130 yards. We know how you feel, Tiger. But we also secretly enjoy it when it happens…

Oh Tiger! Woods reacts after hitting his shocking drive off the first tee

Oh Tiger! Woods reacts after hitting his shocking drive off the first tee

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Novak Djokovic suffers unusual injury scare at Hopman Cup ahead of Australian Open

VIDEO: Djokovic suffers unusual injury scare ahead of Australian Open as he was hit by a railing while signing autographs at Hopman Cup

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UPDATED:

15:10 GMT, 31 December 2012

Novak Djokovic endured a strange injury scare ahead of his Australian Open defence as a railing fell on his leg while he was signing autographs in Perth.

The Serbian was representing his country at the Hopman Cup and he limped away from court after his 6-3 6-4 win over Andreas Seppi.

But the 25-year-old recovered in time to play the mixed-doubles encounter with Ana Ivanovic.

Djokovic said: 'It was a bit of a shock and I'm glad that the children involved are OK. I am fine.'

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Injured: A barrier gave way while Djokovic was signing autographs

Injured: A barrier gave way while Djokovic was signing autographs

Injured: A barrier gave way while Djokovic was signing autographs

Unusual: The world number one hobbled off court in Perth

Hurt: The world number one hobbled off court in Perth

The Serbian was representing his country at the Hopman Cup and he limped away from court after his 6-3 6-4 win over Andreas Seppi.

It was a hectic day for the world number one as he arrived late in Australia after winning an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi.

'I arrived quite late last night and didn't get a lot of hours of sleep and I felt like I was dream-walking,' he said after beating Seppi.

'I broke the ice after the first set and felt a little bit better.'

Despite losing the mixed-doubles, Serbia beat Italy 2-1 as Ivanovic beat Francesca Schiavone 6-0 6-4 in the women's singles match.

Warm-up: Djokovic was representing his country at the Hopman Cup as part of his Australian Open preparations

Warm-up: Djokovic was representing his country at the Hopman Cup as part of his Australian Open preparations

Recovery: Djokovic came back to play the doubles match with Ana Ivanovic

Recovery: Djokovic came back to play the doubles match with Ana Ivanovic

Victory: Serbia beat Italy 2-1 in Perth despite losing the mixed-doubles match

Victory: Serbia beat Italy 2-1 in Perth despite losing the mixed-doubles match

VIDEO Watch Djokovic being hit by collapsing barrier

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Novak Djokovic issues warning to Australian Open rivals after Abu Dhabi win

I'm playing amazing! Djokovic issues ominous warning to Australian Open rivals after Abu Dhabi victory

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17:20 GMT, 29 December 2012

Novak Djokovic warned his Australian Open rivals that he is in ‘amazing’ form ahead of his quest for a third successive title in Melbourne.

The Serb beat Nicolas Almagro in three sets in the final of the Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament after crushing tough Spaniard David Ferrer 6-0 6-3 in the semis.

And Djokovic, who has beaten Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray in the last two finals in Australia, wants to be the first man to claim three titles in a row Down Under.

Champion: Djokovic beat Almagro in three sets in the final in Abu Dhabi

Champion: Djokovic beat Almagro in three sets in the final in Abu Dhabi

Hat-trick: The Serb is looking for a third-straight Australian Open title

Hat-trick: The Serb is looking for a third-straight Australian Open title

‘I will be very motivated to hear that nobody has done this so I will try to make history there,' he said.

'I will be very flattered to be the first person to do that.

'The Australian Open is my most successful grand slam and hopefully I can get a shot at the title next year.'

Dominant: Djokovic crushed Ferrer 6-3 6-0 in the semis

Dominant: Djokovic crushed Ferrer 6-3 6-0 in the semis

Warning: The Serb thinks he is in 'amazing' form

Warning: The Serb thinks he is in 'amazing' form

Speaking after his dominant win against Ferrer, Djokovic said it was a 'perfect performance'.

'Last year I played an amazing few matches and this year I am playing amazing as well.

'It felt great, after a few weeks of preparation and hard work, more focusing on fitness and just gradually increasing the hours on the tennis court.

'It was a perfect performance against one of the best players in the world, especially in 2012 where he had his best year.

'It is a great confidence boost for me. It's something I will look at as a positive indication of my form in this tournament.'

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Rafael Nadal out of Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament with virus

Virus delays Nadal's comeback as former world No 1 forced out of Abu Dhabi tournament

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17:12 GMT, 25 December 2012

Rafael Nadal's long-awaited return from injury has been delayed further after he pulled out of this week's exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi with a virus.

The 11-time Grand Slam champion made the announcement on his Facebook page on Christmas Day saying he was 'very disappointed' to miss out after seven months on the sidelines with a left knee problem.

Nadal has not played since suffering his shock second-round exit at Wimbledon to unheralded Czech Lukas Rosol.

Blow: Rafael Nadal's comeback has been delayed due to a virus

Blow: Rafael Nadal's comeback has been delayed due to a virus

Despite the setback Nadal, 26, claimed he had recovered from his knee problem and that doctors had advised his withdrawal after a stomach infection had caused his illness.

'Everything was ready and I am eager to return to competition but the doctors have forbidden me from competing in Abu Dhabi due to a stomach infection that has left me with a fever,' Nadal wrote.

'My recovery has gone well – my knees are better – and I was eager to return to competition. I'm sorry for my fans in the Emirates and throughout the world. I hope to be there the coming year.

'I am very disappointed that I will not be able to compete in Abu Dhabi this year.'

Nadal had made a slower-than-expected recovery from his knee problems in the summer to delay his return.

The 26-year-old attempted to ease any concerns that this latest blow represented a further setback, saying his rehabilitation remained on course ahead of the start of the Australian Open on January 14.

'My rehab has gone well, my knee feels good and I was looking forward to competing,' he said. 'Unfortunately doctors have informed me that my body needs to rest in order to fight this stomach virus.'

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Rafael Nadal preparing for comeback

Nadal not focused on results as former world No 1 prepares for comeback

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11:35 GMT, 22 December 2012

Rafael Nadal will not worry about results as he makes his latest comeback from persistent knee problems.

The 26-year-old Spaniard won the French Open this year but missed the last six months of the season after playing at Wimbledon when he knew he was not fully fit.

Now he is ready to return at an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi next week, although he admits his knee is still not 100 per cent and his focus is not on results.

Coming back: Nadal in action against Thomaz Bellucci during Wimbledon in June

Coming back: Nadal in action against Thomaz Bellucci during Wimbledon in June

'I am not nervous,' he told The Times. 'The only thing is the knee.

'The rest of the things – I can play better, I can play worse – it doesn't matter how I play tennis in the next month or month and a half.

'For me my goal is not Abu Dhabi, it is not Doha, it is not the Australian Open – my goal is to try to be fit, to be 100 per cent recovered with my knee and 100 per cent fit in my personal performance by Indian Wells and Miami [in March], to try to arrive to Monte Carlo and the clay-court season in good shape.'

He added: 'It will take time. The people have to know when you are outside of the competitions and haven't played for a long time, you will have problems to come back to your best.'

Wary: Nadal admitted his troublesome knee is not yet 100 per cent

Wary: Nadal admitted his troublesome knee is not yet 100 per cent

Since Nadal last swung a racket in anger, there is a new grand-slam winner on the scene with Andy Murray having beaten Novak Djokovic in the US Open final shortly after seeing off Roger Federer to win Olympic gold.

It was not east at Flushing Meadows, as Djokovic roared back from two sets down to level at 2-2, but Murray held his nerve to win the trophy as Nadal felt he would.

'I really thought Andy would win because the tennis owed him something,' said Nadal. 'That was my feeling.

'The Olympics was a big change and with the calm of winning that at home, you go to a grand-slam final and you feel that Andy, before the match, believed he was favourite.

'If you really believe in yourself, it doesn't matter if you were leading by two sets to love and the opponent comes back.'

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Max Chilton lands Marussia F1 deal for 2013

Max power! Chilton becomes fourth Brit on grid after landing Marussia deal

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UPDATED:

12:05 GMT, 18 December 2012

Max Chilton insists he is 'already up to speed' with Formula One after Marussia confirmed the promising youngster as the fourth Briton on the grid for the 2013.

Chilton replaces Caterham bound Charles Pic for the 2013 season and despite having just two Formula One tests under his belt, the 21-year-old Reigate-born racer is convinced he is ready to make the step up from the GP2 grand prix feeder series.

'It's hard to put into words how I'm feeling today, with the announcement that I will be racing for the Marussia F1 Team in 2013,' said Chilton.

Done deal: Chilton has been handed a permanent drive with Marussia in 2013

Done deal: Chilton has been handed a permanent drive with Marussia in 2013

Max Chilton: Racing history

British Formula Three Championship (2007-09)

Chilton tasted victory at one race in three years, ending his final season 4th in the standings.

GP2 series (2010-12)

The Briton graduated to the F1 feeder series in 2010. After two largely lacklustre years, Chilton ended last season with two wins from the final four rounds finishing 4th in the championship.

'It comes at the end of what has been
a fantastic year for me, and those steps – my GP2 pole positions and
wins, my performances in the F1 Young Driver Test and in FP1 at Abu
Dhabi – have given everyone the confidence in my ability to compete at
the highest level of motor sport.

Behind the wheel: Chilton made his F1 debut at Abu Dhabi last year

Behind the wheel: Chilton made his F1 debut at Abu Dhabi last year

'I am very fortunate to have spent
the last six races with the Marussia F1 Team as Reserve Driver, which
means that instead of a standing start, I am already up to speed and at
ease with the people, the culture, the systems and of course, the 2012
package.

'During the period since the Japanese
Grand Prix, I have watched at very close quarters the incredible
commitment and determination to succeed that saw everyone in the team
pushing until the very last race. I feel very lucky to be able to embark
on my F1 racing career with this group of people.

Brit of all right

Lewis Hamilton

Chilton becomes the fourth Brit on the grid next year, joining Lewis Hamilton (right), Jenson Button and Paul Di Resta.

With just three seats left to be confirmed next season, only Germany can boast the equal number of drivers. But with Adrian Sutil tipped for a return that could become five.

The other countries who will be represented in 2013 are France (3), Australia (2), Mexico (2), Finland (2), Spain, Brazil, and Venezuela.

'Pre-season testing is just a few
weeks away, so my focus now is to continue my physical preparation
whilst spending as much time as possible working with the technical team
to help develop the car I will drive in my debut F1 season.'

Chilton is the son of Grahame
Chilton, the non-executive chairman of insurance giant Aon Benfield's UK
holding company who is reportedly worth around 100million.

Eyes on the prize: The 21-year-old will drive for Marussia next season

Eyes on the prize: The 21-year-old will drive for Marussia next season

However, he has previously stated
that the estimated 9.5m funding he has secured to realise his Formula
One dream does not come from the family coffers.

Even so the funding boost will be
welcomed at Marussia who narrowly missed out 10m in prize money after
being pipped to tenth place in the constructors' championship by
Caterham at the season finale in Brazil.

Marussia team principal John Booth is
adamant that, funding aside, his young protege has the talent to help
the Banbury-based team build on the solid progress they made in 2012.

Booth said: 'We have spent a
significant amount of time evaluating his performances during 2012, both
in our own car in a testing situation and also from the pit wall as we
monitored his progress alongside the other members of our junior talent
pool during Grand Prix support races.

'We felt confident enough in his
ability and potential to appoint him to the role of Reserve Driver in
September and since that time his development has been rapid in all
aspects. First and foremost, he has shown himself to be extremely
capable in the car.

'Not only that, Max very quickly
embedded himself within the team, thanks in no small part to the fact
that he is a lively and affable character who we've enjoyed having
around. Having been integral to our race weekend engineering environment
for the past three months already – as well as having undertaken a
significant part of our simulator programme – Max has already found his
feet.'

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Manchester City quash New York MLS franchise rumours

Man City quash rumours of 100m New York MLS franchise involving Beckham

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11:09 GMT, 15 December 2012

Manchester City have rejected speculation they are in discussions to buy a new MLS franchise.

City, who yesterday reported annual losses of 97.9m and increased turnover of 231.1m, were said to be on the brink of being awarded a franchise that would be based in the Queens district of New York.

It had been suggested David Beckham had been approached to be part of the scheme, which was to be named New York City Football Club and cost Blues owner Sheikh Mansour 100m.

No truth: Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour is not about to start a Major League Soccer franchise in New York, according to the club

No truth: Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour is not about to start a Major League Soccer franchise in New York, according to the club

However, Manchester City officials have today distanced themselves from the talk.

'Manchester City are not buying an MLS club,' said City in a short statement.

Sheikh Mansour has used his involvement with City, on which he has now lavished well in excess of 1bn, to raise the profile of Abu Dhabi.

Farewell: David Beckham waved goodbye to the MLS and LA Galaxy earlier this month, but was rumoured to be involved in the New York venture

Farewell: David Beckham waved goodbye to the MLS and LA Galaxy earlier this month, but was rumoured to be involved in the New York venture

It was suggested an involvement within the MLS would add to the work that has taken place turning City from a mid-ranking Premier League club into last season's champions.

A second MLS franchise in New York is set to be based in Queens, close to the site of Flushing Meadow, which currently hosts the US tennis open.

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Rafael Nadal ready for Abu Dhabi return to tennis

Nadal ready to put six-month layoff behind him with return to court in Abu Dhabi

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22:30 GMT, 11 December 2012

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 11 December 2012

Rafael Nadal will return to tennis in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi this month after six months out with a knee injury.

'Can't wait to get back on court in Abu Dhabi,' Nadal said.

'I won the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in 2010 and 2011 – would love to get my hands on the trophy again this year!'

Welcome back: Rafael Nadal is set to return to action in Abu Dhabi

Welcome back: Rafael Nadal is set to return to action in Abu Dhabi

Nadal's latest comments contrast with an interview he gave last week, when he struck a far more cautious tone.

'I will only come back when I am fit. I won't come back worrying about my knee,' he told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.

'The results will not worry me in the first tournaments back.

'We are in the last stage of the
recovery and I want to recover as soon as possible but I will not rush
back and then have to stop again in six months or a year's time.'

'I have the goal of returning in Abu Dhabi but neither Abu Dhabi nor Australia are the end of the world for me.

He added: 'Miracles do not exist and I am unlikely to return and compete for the Australian Open.

'My recovery is going well. This past month I have taken an important step. I feel happy and the doctors are too.'

Downplayed: Nadal believes he will not be a title contender for the first few months of the season

Downplayed: Nadal believes he will not be a title contender for the first few months of the season

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Rafa Benitez writes open letter to Chelsea fans saying he will make them a success

Benitez writes open letter to Chelsea fans after his first league win saying he will fight for trophies at Stamford Bridge

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UPDATED:

08:14 GMT, 9 December 2012

Rafa Benitez has written an open letter to the Chelsea fans and says he will do all he can to bring success to Stamford Bridge.

The Chelsea interim manager has endured a testing baptism to his time in the Blues hot-seat and has been jeered by some supporters unhappy with his appointment in the wake of Roberto Di Matteo’s sacking.

The former Liverpool boss won his first league game in charge of his new side at the fourth attempt in the 3-1 win over Sunderland on Saturday just days after their Champions League defence was brought to a shuddering halt at the group stage.

Putting it in writing: Rafael Benitez has written to Chelsea fans telling them he will do all he can to deliver success

Putting it in writing: Rafael Benitez has written to Chelsea fans telling them he will do all he can to deliver success

The Spaniard has highlighted the relentless schedule of matches since his appointment, with the Sunderland game their fifth in a fortnight, and was keen to pay tribute to the Chelsea fans who have been in touch to offer their support.

Benitez used his own website to reach out to the Chelsea fans, saying: ‘From the moment I accepted the offer to join Chelsea, my team and I have worked towards improving the results and getting the wins that we all want – no matter what hours we have to put in and the effort and sacrifice in order to achieve this.

In the goals: Fernanado Torres scored a brace against Sunderland

In the goals: Fernanado Torres scored a brace against Sunderland

Winning feeling: Juan Mata helped secure Chelsea's first league win under Benitez

Winning feeling: Juan Mata helped secure Chelsea's first league win under Benitez

'As you can imagine from what you may have seen, we have been immersed in the tasks ahead and since the change in my work situation it has been a cycle of training and matches with virtually no time to do anything else.

'My official presentation as Chelsea manger took place on Thursday November 21 and I came straight from Abu Dhabi where I was giving a lecture. We literally walked straight off the plane into running my first training session in Cobham. After two sessions we faced my first match in charge against Manchester City and then just a further two sessions before facing Fulham in a local derby.

'Two massive league commitments in just three days. We had a couple of conditioning workouts with referrals and then another London derby against West Ham United. We rested on Sunday and then the same timetable again, Nordsjaelland and then Sunderland.

'The team’s win against the Danish side (6-1) was the biggest home win of the season for Chelsea but was not enough for us to progress in the competition. The results of previous matches of the group stage and the results that occurred on the night in other games left us without options. We would have liked to be able to offer our fans another ending to this story, to offer our fans another Champions League win but we now look forward to the Europa League.

'We are now challenged with the Club World Championship in Japan and it will not be easy – I tell you this from the experience of two previous participations with differing results. This team is willing to give everything to try and return with a new title to bring home to the fans.

'But let’s get back to why I am writing this letter and the basic purpose of trying to give a full account of my new situation and feelings before I seize this exciting new challenge of coaching at Chelsea FC. It is on that basis of the challenge I accepted the offer that was made. With the same faith, the same honesty, with the same loyalty and dedication I put into each of my previous projects.

Getting it right: Benitez says he has had little time to work with the Chelsea players on the training pitch

Getting it right: Benitez says he has had little time to work with the Chelsea players on the training pitch

‘That said, thank you all for your support, to those who have sent messages, emails, letters… To those who have called, who have tried to contact by any means possible… To all, I sincerely thank you for your support. We’re going to Japan right now to fight for the FIFA Club World Cup spurred on with all of your support.’

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Lewis Hamilton sticks obscene message on his McLaren helmet again

Lewis Hams it up by sticking obscene message on his McLaren helmet again

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UPDATED:

23:53 GMT, 16 November 2012

If anyone could upstage Formula One's return to the United States amid a potential championship decider with one crass act it was Lewis Hamilton in practice.

He emblazoned his helmet with the initials H.A.M. – short for hard as a m*****f*****.

Tough guy: Lewis Hamilton shows off his helmet

Tough guy: Lewis Hamilton shows off his helmet

We can deduce that was the nudge-nudge meaning because he tweeted the same initials at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa in August, advising his followers to look up the meaning if they did not know it.

It remains to be seen whether he will be told to remove the offending words ahead of qualifying on Saturday, or Sunday's race.

The timing is embarrassing because the ruling body, the FIA, warned drivers only a few days ago to moderate their language after Kimi Raikennon and Sebestain Vettel both swore in the heat of the moment on the podium in Abu Dhabi.

Lewis Hamilton of McLaren

Hamilton's McLaren team have regularly failed to exercise any form of discipline over their occasionally errant driver. They did not even fine him when he posted secret team telemetry on line, also at Belgium.

That may partly have been because they were trying to woo him into staying with them, but now he has agreed to join Mercedes next year they may take a more hard line approach.

Drivers generally gave high marks for the new $400 million track hosting the first U.S. Grand Prix since 2007.

'It's a great track to drive,' added Hamilton, who won the world championship in 2008.

'Generally, the track is cool all around. The turn one is pretty unique going uphill. It's definitely not easy. I think a lot of people are going to have some troubles this weekend.'