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Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher at Race of Champions

Vettel and Schumacher aiming for sixth German success at Race of Champions

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UPDATED:

14:36 GMT, 15 December 2012

Sebastian Vettel hopes to add the Race of Champions title to his Formula One drivers' championship trophy when he partners Michael Schumacher in Bangkok.

The German duo are chasing a sixth consecutive victory in the race but face tough competition from around the world.

David Coulthard teams up with touring car driver Andy Priaulx for Great Britain.

Flying the flat: Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel at the Race of Champions opening ceremony

Flying the flat: Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel at the Race of Champions opening ceremony

'We are always excited to come to the Race Of Champions as it’s always a highlight for us at the end of the year,' Schumacher said.

'We’re happy to be over here in Bangkok this time and we’re very much looking forward to showing what we can do down on the track later on.

'Clearly what Sebastian and I are here to do is to take our sixth ROC Nations Cup win. There is tough competition around us tonight so it will be a big challenge.'

Eyes on the prize: Schumacher and Vettel are going for a sixth successive win

Eyes on the prize: Schumacher and Vettel are going for a sixth successive win

Eyes on the prize: Schumacher and Vettel are going for a sixth successive win

Vettel, who won the Formula One title in the final race in Brazil said: 'What’s
special about the Race Of Champions is that it’s a good challenge with
the different cars and it’s a great opportunity to meet drivers from
different categories.

'I’ve been coming back with Michael
for a few years now and all the drivers enjoy this event. It’s very
relaxed – you can compete against each other and then grab a drink after
the race and have some fun.

'There are a tough set of competitors
around and it’s always hard to predict what will happen. We will work as
a team to try and win the ROC Nations Cup for Team Germany again.'

Bit steep that one: Schumacher retired from Formula One for a second time recently

Bit steep that one: Schumacher retired from Formula One for a second time recently

Brit special: David Coulthard (left) and Andy Priaulx have teamed up

Brit special: David Coulthard (left) and Andy Priaulx have teamed up

Jen Chang wants to be director of football at Monaco

Now former Liverpool media chief Chang wants to be director of football at Monaco

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UPDATED:

12:02 GMT, 28 November 2012

Jen Chang, Liverpool’s hapless former
media chief who was never suited to the post, has shown an even more
unlikely interest in becoming director of football at Monaco —
especially as one of the reasons given for his departure from Anfield
was that his family was still based in New York.

One link for Chang is that Bruce
Bundrant, Liverpool’s former head of partnerships, is commercial
director at Monaco. But he only overlapped with Chang at Anfield for a
few weeks.

French fancy: Former Liverpool chief Jen Chang (right)

French fancy: Former Liverpool chief Jen Chang (right)

Chang left the club following the Twitter storm with spoof blogger 'Duncan Jenkins'.

The club were forced to apologise to Jenkins, real name Sean Cummins, for the 'inappropriate actions' of Chang, after they met in a Manchester restaurant.

Chang wrongly believed inside information used by Cummins on Twitter had been fed to him by an Anfield mole.

The fan then alleged in a blog that Chang made a series of threats to him, which included revoking his shared season ticket.

After accusing Cummins of costing the club 300,000 extra in the Fabio Borini transfer from Roma this summer because of 'information' posted on the Jenkins Twitter feed, Cummins pointed out that all his information was lifted from fans' forums.

Exclusive: Sportsmail revealed the turmoil at Liverpool

Exclusive: Sportsmail revealed the turmoil at Liverpool

It is then alleged that Chang demanded he tweet under the fake account to 'confess' there was no mole and the whole account was made up.

After Cummins complained, Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre spoke to both men before apologising for Chang’s error.

In his letter to Cummins he wrote: ‘I acknowledge some of the elements you highlight were not appropriate. I would therefore like to apologise to you on behalf of Liverpool FC, for any upset and distress this caused you.’

'Clearly it is not appropriate for me to comment on how the club is managing this internally, and I trust you understand this.'

Chang has been in New York sorting out the family home after Hurricane Sandy.

Nico Hulkenberg joins Sauber for 2013 season

Hulkenberg makes Sauber switch to fill gap left by McLaren-bound Perez

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UPDATED:

11:52 GMT, 31 October 2012

Sauber have unsurprisingly swooped to sign Nico Hulkenberg who has long been linked with a race seat since Sergio Perez announced his forthcoming switch to McLaren.

Hulkenberg returned to drive in Formula One at the start of the year with Force India after a season as reserve for the Silverstone-based marque.

Prior to that, Hulkenberg had spent a year with Williams, only to be dropped at the end of his debut campaign in 2010 as the team opted to recruit a pay-driver in Pastor Maldonado.

Sign him up! Hulkenberg will replace Perez who is McLaren-bound

Sign him up! Hulkenberg will replace Perez who is McLaren-bound

That was despite Hulkenberg taking a superb pole position in trying conditions in the penultimate race of the season in Brazil, which has long remained one of his most eye-catching performances.

The 25-year-old German has continued to impress this season, and with Sauber eager to fill the gap to be left void when Perez departs, they see Hulkenberg as the ideal replacement.

Team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said: 'We've been observing Nico for some time now, and his performances have been very persuasive.

'That was the case in GP2 and has continued into Formula One. An obvious highlight was how he scored pole at Interlagos in 2010 despite the most challenging external conditions.

'He clearly showed he can seize the chance if it arises. But high spots like that are one thing; systematic teamwork is another, and on that score I have confidence in Nico too.

On the move: Hulkenberg will race with Sauber next season

On the move: Hulkenberg will race with Sauber next season

'I'm sure he will fit in very well with the Sauber F1 Team. We look forward to working together with him.'

With three races remaining, Hulkenberg has the edge on Force India team-mate Paul di Resta, with a five-point gap between the duo as the team chase Sauber for sixth place in the constructors' championship.

Assessing his switch to the Swiss-based marque, Hulkenberg said: “It is a well-placed team and very competitive.

'Plus it's a team in which young drivers have repeatedly delivered exceptional performances. I would like to take up that baton.

'The team is currently going through a very positive development and I'm certain that together we can achieve a lot.

'Until that time I will remain fully focused on my job with Force India. I'd like to thank the management at Force India for giving me the chance to return to Formula One as a team driver.'

The second seat remains up for grabs, with Sauber to make an announcement at 'a later date'.

Current occupant Kamui Kobayashi is known to be seeking sponsorship in a bid to hang on to his drive, but faces competition from others who can provide funds.

Michael Schumacher still motivated to continue F1

I'm not quitting yet… Schumacher still motivated to succeed despite Mercedes snub

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UPDATED:

12:02 GMT, 2 October 2012

Michael Schumacher insists he is as ambitious as ever to succeed in Formula 1 despite facing the prospect of being without a drive next season.

It was announced last week that the 43-year-old legend will be replaced at Mercedes by Lewis Hamilton for 2013 after the Briton opted to end his 14-year association with McLaren.

Still in love: Michael Schumacher is committed to F1 despite having no drive next season

Still in love: Michael Schumacher is committed to F1 despite having no drive next season

For Schumacher, six years after retiring first time around, the exit is looming again, although there are rumours he could yet replace Sergio Perez at Sauber after the Mexican's switch to McLaren, whilst an 'upstairs' role at Mercedes is also a possibility.

Despite all the uncertainty, Schumacher insists his immediate focus is on the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

He said: 'My motivation is completely intact after the news last week, especially because Suzuka is one of the season's highlights for me.

Replaced: Schuey has seen his seat go to British driver Lewis Hamilton for 2013

Replaced: Schuey has seen his seat go to British driver Lewis Hamilton for 2013

'I enjoy the circuit – it has sections that challenge you as a driver like almost nowhere else. Then there are the fans: they love motor racing and it is fun to feel their passion.

'Logically, it would also be nice to achieve a sporting highlight this weekend, although my chances are of course very limited because of my grid penalty. But I've always approached these things as a challenge.'

Singapore Grand Prix extends stay on F1 calendar until 2017

Singapore Grand Prix extends stay on calendar until 2017 after signing five-year deal

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UPDATED:

11:45 GMT, 22 September 2012

Singapore have agreed a deal with Formula One to extend the country's grand prix contract for another five years until 2017, the government said on Saturday.

There had been some doubt about the future of the event, the only night race on the calendar, but on the eve of the fifth edition the Singapore government said a new five-year deal had been agreed.

Under the lights: The race is in its fifth edition this season

Under the lights: The race is in its fifth edition this season

Formula One's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said he was 'more than happy' with the Singapore race and paid tribute to the government's 'courage' to bring a night race to the calendar.

'All of us like being here. So we are all here for another five years,' Ecclestone added. 'They have started something so popular worldwide.'

The race was first held in 2008 on the Marina Bay street circuit and has become a social highlight of the Formula One calendar that rivals Monaco and Abu Dhabi as a draw for dealmakers and corporate heavy-hitters.

Night race: The Singapore Grand Prix has become a favourite since its debut in 2008

Night race: The Singapore Grand Prix has become a favourite since its debut in 2008

Formula One had also planned a flotation worth up to $3 billion in Singapore but that has been put on hold due to weak and volatile financial markets.

A feasibility study carried out after the 2010 race found that the grand prix had brought in 420 million Singapore dollars ($331.37 million) in tourism receipts in the first three years.

Umpire Billy Doctrove to retire

Umpire Doctrove to retire after 14 years as leading official

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UPDATED:

10:28 GMT, 7 June 2012

Umpire Billy Doctrove has announced his retirement from the International Cricket Council's Elite Panel.

The 56-year-old Dominican said he will not be extending his current contract, which expires at the end of June.

Doctrove had been due to officiate in the upcoming series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, but pulled out due to a family bereavement.

Calling it a day: Billy Doctrove has decided to retire from umpiring

Calling it a day: Billy Doctrove has decided to retire from umpiring

That means Doctrove's final appearance as an umpire was during the second Test between New Zealand and South Africa in March.

'After much consideration I have informed the selectors of my decision to retire,' Doctrove said in a statement.

'It has been an incredible 14 years for me as an international umpire and I have enjoyed every moment of it.

End of the road: Billy Doctrove is to retire after 14 years

End of the road: Billy Doctrove is to retire after 14 years

'It was a highlight to umpire in the ICC World Twenty20 final in Barbados. That was a special and an unforgettable occasion.

'I am extremely thankful to my family and friends worldwide, for their support and encouragement that they afforded to me during my career.

'I would also like to thank the WICB and the ICC for the many opportunities they provided me to serve this wonderful game.'

Doctrove, who was promoted to the International Panel of ICC Umpires in 2004, stood in 38 Tests, 112 ODIs and 17 T20 internationals.

Arsenal keen on Crewe"s Nick Powell

Arsenal to do battle with United and Chelsea for Crewe star Powell

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UPDATED:

09:04 GMT, 3 June 2012

Arsenal have entered the battle to sign Crewe's highly rated star Nick Powell.

The 18-year-old made huge contribution to his club as they reached League One via the play-offs.

His stunning goal in the play-off final against Cheltenham was the highlight of his 16 goals.

Highly rated: Nick Powell (right) is wanted by a number of top teams

Highly rated: Nick Powell (right) is wanted by a number of top teams

And Powell has attracted the attention of several top-flight clubs including Manchester United who appear to be favourites for the 10million-rated front man with Chelsea also keen.

But Powell has also been the subject of rave reports by Arsenal scouts to manager Arsene Wenger.

Wenger was impressed with what he saw and has been given the go-ahead to pursue Powell as a summer target.

Yet much will depend on the recommendation of Crewe’s director of football Dario Gradi.

Euro 2012: Cristiano Ronaldo likes that Portugal are underdogs

Ronaldo claims being underdogs suits out-of-form Portugal

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UPDATED:

14:37 GMT, 29 May 2012

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo believes the pressure is off his country as they prepare for a daunting group at Euro 2012.

After being forced to qualify via the playoffs for the tournament, the Portuguese are not being talked up as potential champions, especially as they share Group B with Germany and the Netherlands.

'We know we are in the group of death with Germany, Netherlands and the team who knocked us out (to the playoff) in the qualification phase, which was Denmark,' Ronaldo told Bwin.

Underdog: Cristiano Ronaldo says he likes that the pressure is off

Underdog: Cristiano Ronaldo says he likes that the pressure is off

'Those are going to be some very tough matches but I am confident we will go past the group phase. I know we will not be favourites. Even better!' he added.

Portugal faced whistles from their fans after a disappointing 0-0 home draw against Macedonia on Saturday left question marks over the team's form.

They play Turkey in a friendly at the weekend, their final test before leaving for Poland where the 27-year-old Real Madrid forward's trickery, pace and ferocious shots are expected to be a highlight.

While he would love to captain Portugal to a first major success, Ronaldo said he expected Spain to retain their title.

Neighbours: Ronaldo thinks Spain will win

Neighbours: Ronaldo thinks Spain will win

'I don't think there will be surprises in this Euro, Spain are very strong and there are teams right behind them which are also very tough so I don't think there will be any surprises,' he said.

Having missed out on the trophy in Euro 2004 when hosts Portugal were beaten by Greece in the final, Ronaldo's form will be vital.

Ronaldo scored only one goal in each of the last three major international tournaments – Euro 2008 and the World Cup finals in Germany and South Africa.

Alan Pardew named LMA Manager of the Year

'My greatest achievement!' Pardew hails LMA award after taking Newcastle back into Europe

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UPDATED:

01:22 GMT, 15 May 2012

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has hailed his League Managers Association (LMA) Manager of the Year award as the highlight of his managerial career so far.

Pardew picked up the gong on Monday night and was also named Barclays Manager of the Season.

The former West Ham and Charlton manager has earned plaudits this term for taking Newcastle back into Europe with a fifth place finish – just missing out on the Champions League spots.

All smiles: Pardew poses with his Barlcays award for manager of the year

All smiles: Pardew poses with his Barlcays award for manager of the year

Pardew told Newcastle's official website: 'It is an incredible honour to be named Manager of The Year by the League Managers Association.

'Coming from my fellow managers, this really is as good as it gets and has to be the highlight of my managerial career so far.

'This award is not just for me though. Everything we have achieved at Newcastle United this season has been achieved as a result of an incredible team effort.

'The board, my coaching staff, backroom team, players and our magnificent supporters – they all play a crucial role and I thank every one of them.'

New kid in Toon: Newcastle have been mighty impressive this season

New kid in Toon: Newcastle have been mighty impressive this season

Neil Mellor forced to retire with knee injury at just 29-years-old

Ex-Liverpool striker Mellor forced to quit with knee injury at just 29

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UPDATED:

16:48 GMT, 9 May 2012

Preston striker Neil Mellor has been forced to retire from professional injury through injury.

The 29-year-old former Liverpool forward has struggled to regain full fitness since damaging his knee against MK Dons in 2011 and has decided to quit following medical advice.

Cut short: Neil Mellor's playing days are over after a long struggle with a knee injury

Cut short: Neil Mellor's playing days are over after a long struggle with a knee injury

'I have agreed to keep lines of communication open with Graham Westley just in case I come across a miracle cure but realistically, and regrettably, this is the end of my playing days,' said Mellor.

Preston manager Westley added: 'The team's record without Neil this season says everything about the man and character that he is. I'm gutted that I didn't get the chance to work with him beyond his cameo against Bury.

Devastated: Preston manager Graham Westley said he was 'gutted' that Mellor was forced to retire

Devastated: Preston manager Graham Westley said he was 'gutted' that Mellor was forced to retire

'He has had a tough decision to make, but he has no real choice in the matter. Everybody here will wish him the very best.'

Mellor started his career at Liverpool and made 21 appearances after making his debut against Ipswich at Anfield in December 2002.

A highlight of his days at Liverpool was his blistering volley against Arsenal in 2004. With the game poised at 1-1, Mellor's goal clinched the game from Arsene Wenger's side.

He signed for Preston in the summer of 2006 after loan spells at West Ham and Wigan and made his last appearance for North End as a late substitute against Bury in March.