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Alex Ferguson electric car: Manchester United boss drives new Chevrolet Volt

After blowing his gasket on Boxing Day, Fergie's new electric car is right up his street…

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UPDATED:

13:36 GMT, 31 December 2012

He may have turned 71 today, but Sir Alex Ferguson has never been afraid to modernise, as his latest new signing shows.

The Manchester United manager has been purring about his latest investment, the energy-saving electric Chevrolet Volt.

When running in its near-silent electric mode the Volt has a range of around 50 miles, capable of getting Fergie to and from United’s training ground at Carrington.

Buzzing: Fergie drives his new Chevrolet Volt to training every day

Buzzing: Fergie drives his new Chevrolet Volt to training every day

Blowing his gasket: Fergie loses his cool with referee Mike Dean

Red faced: Fergie loses his cool with referee Mike Dean

CHEVROLET VOLT
Maximum
battery
life performance – with option of charging at home
0-62 mph in 9 secondsCapable of running in pure electric mode for 40-80 km

‘I think the Volt is absolutely phenomenal,’ said Ferguson.

'A
friend of mine drove one in the States and kept going on and on about
it, so when I had the opportunity I said 'yeah I’m going to try it
because it’s the car of the future, really.

'I’m very pleased with it.’

An added bonus for the Scot is that the Volt only attracts a five per cent tax charge, meaning a higher rate taxpayer such as Ferguson will only have to pay 58.25 per month.

Ferguson isn’t the only man connected with United to enjoy cutting down on his carbon footprint.

Ex-United captain Gary Neville speaks proudly of the fact he owns a hybrid car and when he’s not driving his Vauxhall Ampera, he takes the train.

So how long before the rest of the team follow their manager's lead and swap their super cars for hybrid motors

Modest: Fergie's new car will stand in contrast to some of his star players

Modest: Fergie's new car will stand in contrast to some of his star players

Top gear! How Fergie's new car compares to the best of the rest…
Wheely good: Legendary George Best used to drive his Lotus Europa to Old Trafford

Wheely good: Legendary George Best used to drive his Lotus Europa to Old Trafford

All smiles: Brian Clough steps into his car outside his hom after Derby after he was sacked by Leeds in 1974

Moving on: Alan Ball starts up his Ford after being sacked by Blackpool in 1981

Start the car: Late greats Brian Clough (L) and Alan Ball make a getaway in their cars after being sacked by Leeds and Blackpool in 1974 and 1981 respectively

Villa Car Park: The 1983 Aston Villa squad had MG Maestro cars delivered after the club signed a two-year sponsorship deal with Austin Rover

Villa Car Park: The 1983 Aston Villa squad had MG Maestro cars delivered after the club signed a two-year sponsorship deal with Austin Rover

Wheeler dealer: QPR boss Harry Redkanpp is famed for giving interviews in his Range Rover

Wheeler dealer: QPR boss Harry Redkanpp is famed for giving interviews in his Range Rover

Ticketless Newcastle fans will not be arrested in Bruges during Europa League clash

Ticketless Newcastle fans will not be arrested in Bruges but are still warned to stay away

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UPDATED:

17:20 GMT, 1 November 2012

Belgian police have withdrawn their threat to arrest ticketless Newcastle United fans trying to make their way to next week’s Europa Cup clash in Bruges.

Newcastle have been given less than 2,500 tickets for the return leg of the Group D game on Thursday, but at least twice that number could make the trip over the North Sea.

Amid fears that visitors from Tyneside would attempt to get tickets among home fans, including the Bruges Ultras, police in the city originally threatened to arrest any supporters without tickets who attempt to breach a security cordon round the Jan Breydel Stadium. But they have now announced they will simply be 'sent away'.

In Bruges: Newcastle travel to Belgium for the Europa League clash next week

In Bruges: Newcastle travel to Belgium for the Europa League clash next week

A Bruges Police spokesman said: 'A meeting point will be installed in the very centre of the town, on the Market Place on November 8, from noon till 6pm local time.

'Ticket holders will be informed in due course where and when they are expected to gather in order to be accompanied from the Market Place (local name Markt) to the stadium, some miles further uptown.

'Fans who do not have a ticket are not expected to go or be anywhere near the football stadium. When spotted in the vicinity of the stadium, they will be sent away.

'Tickets have to be bought beforehand. They cannot be bought the day of, nor the day preceding, the football game.'

Fans have also been advised to carry proof of identity at all times, something they must show officers when requested to do so.

They also intend to use hashtags #CLUNEW and #politiebrugge on social networking site Twitter for visitors.

Vuelta a Espana: Chris Froome falls back as Joaquin Rodriguez keeps lead

Froome falls back as Rodriguez fends off Contador to keep Vuelta lead

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UPDATED:

18:32 GMT, 2 September 2012


Leaders: Spanish cyclists Joaquin Rodriguez (right) of Katusha and Alberto Contador (left) of tSaxo Bank-Tinkoff

Leaders: Spanish cyclists Joaquin Rodriguez (right) of Katusha and Alberto Contador (left) of tSaxo Bank-Tinkoff

Joaquin Rodriguez withstood the attacks of fellow Spaniard Alberto Contador to defend his overall lead on the 15th stage of the Vuelta a Espana on a day which saw Chris Froome lose further ground on the leaders.

The stage was won by Caja Rural's Antonio Piedra who escaped a small breakaway group with 10 kilometres to go on the 186.5km stage into Lagos de Covadonga in the Picos de Europa mountains to win in a time of five hours, one minute and 23 seconds.

Ruben Perez of Euskadi-Euskaltel, Lloyd
Mondory of Ag2r La Mondiale and Piedra's team-mate David de la Fuente
were next, just over two minutes in arrears.

Rodriguez, of Katusha, had beaten Contador to the 14th stage win and spent today making sure his rival could not get away in the battle for the leader's red jersey, particularly on the final special category climb at the end of the stage at the summit in Lagos de Covadonga.

In the overall standings Rodriguez remains 22 seconds ahead of Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank's Contador, with Movistar's Alejandro Valverde one minute 41 off the lead and Team Sky's Froome now 2:16 in arrears of Rodriguez.

Liverpool draw Gomel or Renova in Europa League draw

Rodgers gets ready for first game in charge of Liverpool… and it's a glamour tie against minnows from either Belarus or Macedonia

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UPDATED:

12:52 GMT, 20 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Brendan Rodgers' first competitive game in charge of Liverpool will see him face either FK Renova from Macedonia or FC Gomel of Belarus in the third qualifying round of the Europa League.

The Reds, who only qualified for the competition by virtue of winning last season's Carling Cup, were seeded in Group Two and could have been paired with Dundee United for clashes that are set to be played on August 2 and 9.

But the three-time winners instead await the winners of a second qualifying round clash, with Gomel taking a 2-0 lead into the second leg next Thursday.

Europa plan: Brendan Rodgers and John W Henry talk at training in America

Europa plan: Brendan Rodgers and John W Henry talk at training in America

Gomel, who play at the Central Stadion, are managed by Oleg Kubarev and finished third in the Belarusian Premier League last year, while Renova were fourth in the Macedonian First League.

Rodgers will be looking to make an immediate impact in his first two matches in charge – with the domestic campaign getting under way a little over a week after the Reds play their second leg clash.

Success in the Premier League will be paramount after Liverpool finished eighth last season but Rodgers has already spoken about setting high standards from the off.

The Reds were seeded alongside Dinamo Moscow, Steaua Bucharest, Bursaspor, the winners of Young Boys v Zimbru Chisinau and Mura 05 v CSKA Sofia.

Ready for battle: Manager Brendan Rodgers oversees his Liverpool players prepare for the season in America

Ready for battle: Manager Brendan Rodgers oversees his Liverpool players prepare for the season in America

They could also have faced Ukrainian side FC Arsenal Kyiv or the winners of NK Osijek v Kalmar FF, FC Spartak Trnava v Sligo Rovers and Maccabi Netanya FC v KuPS Kuopio.

Liverpool are currently on a pre-season tour of North America and will play their first pre-season game against Toronto on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Scottish side St Johnstone could face French giants Marseille in the third qualifying round, if they can overhaul their 2-0 first-leg deficit against Turkish side Eskisehirspor in the second round of qualifying.

Dundee United enter the competition at the third qualifying stage and they face a tough test against Dynamo Moscow if the are to advance to the play-off round.

St Johnstone lost in Turkey last night but now have a huge incentive to win the return leg at McDiarmid Park next week to set up a historic and lucrative tie with nine-time Ligue 1 champions Marseille.