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Maria Sharapova launches partnership with Porsche in sexy photoshoot

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

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Andy James

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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

Real Madrid 3 Galatasaray 0: match report – Cristiano Ronaldo scores

Real Madrid 3 Galatasaray 0: Classy Ronaldo and Co on course for semi-finals

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20:35 GMT, 3 April 2013

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UPDATED:

21:05 GMT, 3 April 2013

Real Madrid took a huge step towards reaching the last four of the Champions League by strolling to a comfortable victory over Galatasaray at the Bernabeu.

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring early in the first half before Karim Benzema doubled the hosts' lead.

Substitute Gonzalo Higuain's second-half header put the result beyond doubt, and made Madrid's task in the second leg at the Turk Telecom Arena next Tuesday look far easier.

Up and over: Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first against Galatasaray at the Santiago Bernabeu

Up and over: Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first against Galatasaray at the Santiago Bernabeu

Up and over: Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first against Galatasaray at the Santiago Bernabeu

MATCH FACTS

Real Madrid: Diego Lopez, Varane, Ramos, Coentrao, Khedira, Ronaldo, Ozil (Modric – 80), Alonso, Essien, Di Maria (Pepe 86), Benzema (Higuain 65)

Subs not used: Adan, Marcelo, Arbeloa, Kaka

Booked: Essien, Modric, Ramos

Goals: Ronaldo 9, Benzema 29, Higuain 73

Galatasaray: Muslera, Dany Nounkeu, Kaya, Eboue, Altintop (Bulut 78), Inan, Felipe Melo, Riera (Amrabat 83), Sneijder (Zan 46), Yilmaz, Drogba

Subs not used: Iscan, Balta, Sarioglu, Kurtulus

Booked: Dany Nounkeu, Felipe Melo, Yilmaz, Drogba

Referee: Oddvar Moen

Attendance: 80,000

Galatasaray's coach and players had
insisted before the game that they would try to attack the Primera
Division champions and would not settle for holding out for a draw. They
were loyal to their promise in the first half, but it left them very
exposed at the back.

Madrid, who have the reputation for
being one of the best counter-attacking teams in Europe, were given a
generous amount of space by their opponents and made full use of it.

They had their first attempt on two
minutes, Benzema heading just over the bar after a cross from Angel Di
Maria, and they took the lead after just nine minutes.

Xabi Alonso supplied the ball up to
Mesut Ozil from his own half and the German played a one-two with
Benzema, which allowed him space to deliver an excellent low pass into
the path of Ronaldo, who calmly chipped the ball over goalkeeper
Fernando Muslera and into the net.

Gala played pretty football but
struggled to penetrate the Madrid backline and were limited to shots
from outside the area. Didier Drogba turned Raphael Varane on the
18-yard line and shot just over the bar, while Wesley Sneijder also
missed the target from 20 yards.

In the goals: Karim Benzema got the second for the hosts

In the goals: Karim Benzema got the second for the hosts

Sea of red: Galatasaray fans lit a flare to celebrate the occasion

Sea of red: Galatasaray fans lit a flare to celebrate the occasion

Ozil could have doubled the lead when
a long Sergio Ramos header out of defence led to Madrid attacking, but
the midfielder, receiving the ball from Ronaldo, could not put his shot
past Muslera.

Madrid's second goal arrived just
before the half-hour mark. Michael Essien, a surprise inclusion in the
starting line-up at the expense of Alvaro Arbeloa, delivered a high ball
into the box which fell at the feet of Benzema, who was in space, took
one touch to control the pass and slotted home from six yards.

Galatasaray's best chance of the half
fell to Emmanuel Eboue just before the interval. The former Arsenal
player burst through on goal but hit his shot straight at Diego Lopez's
legs.

Sneijder, unimpressive in the first
45 minutes against his former club, was removed at half-time and
replaced by defender Gokhan Zan – a move which saw Fatih Terim's side
switch to a back three, with Eboue pushing up to right midfield.

Struggle: Didier Drogba led the line for the visitors

Struggle: Didier Drogba led the line for the visitors

Three and easy: Gonzalo Higuain scored the third with a glancing header

Three and easy: Gonzalo Higuain scored the third with a glancing header

Three and easy: Gonzalo Higuain scored the third with a glancing header

The tactical change did not help the
visitors' attacking ambitions, and they went on to pose even less of a
threat after the break as they had before it.

Madrid also dropped their intensity
in the second period. Ronaldo and Di Maria both had chances to test
Muslera, the better of which fell to the Argentinian, but the goalkeeper
had little trouble with either effort.

Higuain came on for Benzema on 65
minutes and seven minutes later made the triumph secure when he headed
in a free-kick from Xabi Alonso.

Rough and tumble: Sergio Ramos (left) drags Didier Drogba to the floor in the second half

Rough and tumble: Sergio Ramos (left) drags Didier Drogba to the floor in the second half

Rough and tumble: Sergio Ramos (left) drags Didier Drogba to the floor in the second half

Jose Mourinho's side rode out the
final minutes of the game with little trouble. Alonso and Ramos both
picked up yellow cards which mean they will miss the second leg.

Achieving victory was much lighter
work for Madrid than their two hard-fought games with Manchester United
in the previous round but, barring a complete collapse in Istanbul, they
can be confident of reaching their third consecutive Champions League
semi-final under Mourinho.

Putting out fires: Sami Khedira (right) and Ramos tackle Burak Yilmaz

Putting out fires: Sami Khedira (right) and Ramos tackle Burak Yilmaz

Over you go: Ronaldo hits the deck after Semih Kaya (centre) backs into the Portugal forward

Over you go: Ronaldo hits the deck after Semih Kaya (centre) backs into the Portugal forward

Everton target Alvaro Negredo says he will play in England

Sooner or later I will be playing in England! Everton target Negredo encourages bids

By
Rik Sharma

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07:15 GMT, 25 March 2013

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UPDATED:

07:15 GMT, 25 March 2013

Everton will be encouraged by the news that 13million rated Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo is open to a move to England.

David Moyes tried to procure the striker in the summer but could not match the La Liga side's valuation of their Spain international.

The 27-year-old hitman who has 15 goals
in 26 league games this season, claims that he likes English football and he
will play in the country at some point.

One day: Alvaro Negredo wants a move to England and Everton are interested in him

One day: Alvaro Negredo wants a move to England and Everton are interested in him

'It is a league that I like and sooner or later I will play in it,' he said.

'President Jose Maria del Nido received some offers in January, but decided not to consider them.

'We’ll see what is going to happen in the future.'

Bad times: Negredo could not help as Spain stumbled to a 1-1 draw with Finland

Bad times: Negredo could not help as Spain stumbled to a 1-1 draw with Finland

Australian Open 2013: Maria Sharapova beats Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-2

Maria's Melbourne march continues as she sees off Makarova with ease

By
Steven Donaldson

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07:21 GMT, 22 January 2013

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UPDATED:

08:04 GMT, 22 January 2013

Four-time major winner Maria Sharapova has advanced to the semifinals of the Australian Open with a 6-2, 6-2 win over fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova.

Second-seed Sharapova reached her 16th career Grand Slam semi-final in 66 minutes. She broke Makarova's serve five times and hit 22 winners.

Sharapova has dropped only nine games en route to the semifinals, including a pair of 6-0, 6-0 wins.
Sharapova next plays sixth-seeded Li Na of China, who defeated Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska earlier in the day, 7-5, 6-3.

More to follow…

In top form: Maria Sharapova made it safely into the semi-final

In top form: Maria Sharapova made it safely into the semi-final

No answer: Ekaterina Makarova could not continue her brilliant run at Melbourne as she was undone by Sharapova

No answer: Ekaterina Makarova could not continue her brilliant run at Melbourne as she was undone by Sharapova

Australian Open 2013: Laura Robson joins Caroline Wozniacki for Stella McCartney adidas promotion

Mirror, mirror… who's the fairest of them all Robson joins Wozniacki and Kirilenko for an unconventional practice Down Under

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Hopeful: Robson lost in straight sets to Jelena Jankovic in the first round last year, but 2012 saw a run of good form for the teenager

Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Kirilenko and Laura Robson played tennis in the world's first mirror court for the Adidas by Stella McCartney media launch

Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Kirilenko and Laura Robson played tennis in the world's first mirror court for the Adidas by Stella McCartney media launch

Original: Robson was joined by Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Kirilenko as she played tennis in the world's first mirror court for the Adidas by Stella McCartney media launch

After a brutal first round loss at the hands of Jelena Jankovic last year, the teenager will be keen to prove herself in her tie with France's Benoit Paire.

It should be an evenly matched affair, with Paire ranked only one place below Robson, at 54th.

And the Brit can go into this year's tournament with confidence, having had a sensational 2012 that saw her named WTA Newcomer of the Year.

She reached the Olympic doubles final alongside Andy Murray and took home a silver medal, as well as reaching her first WTA final in Guangzhou.

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The European Tour is in Shanghai this week for the BMW Masters.

Most of Jose Maria Olazabal's Ryder Cup team are in action – Sergio Garcia is the only one missing – and you can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

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Back together: Most of the Ryder Cup team are in Shanghai for the BMW Masters

Back together: Most of the Ryder Cup team are in Shanghai for the BMW Masters

Maria de Villota relives horror smash before British Grand Prix

'I had 140 stitches in my face and they looked like boat rope. I was terrified.' Female F1 driver De Villota relives horror smash in which she lost an eye

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11:25 GMT, 10 October 2012

Formula One test driver Maria de Villota has spoken for the first time about the horror smash in which she lost her right eye.

The 32-year-old spent a month in
hospital after suffering serious head injuries when she crashed into the back of a team transporter during a
straight-line test for Marussia on July 3.

Maria De Villota before the crash

Speed queen: Maria De Villota before the crash

De Villota has now returned home but she continues to suffer from headaches and has lost her sense of smell and taste.

'I remember everything – even the moment of the impact,' di Villota told
the Spanish Hola magazine.

'When I woke up everybody was around me and they didn't even know if I
was going to speak, or how I was going to speak. I started speaking in
English because I thought I was on an FIA check-up and that the nurse
was a trainer.

'Then my dad said 'Please, Maria, speak Spanish, because your mother is
missing half the things', and then I became aware of everything: of what
had happened, where I was and why.'

The smash, which happened at Duxford Airfield in the run-up to the British Grand Prix, had had a profound effect of De Villota.

'The accident has given me a new perspective about life, about the
things that matter,' she said.

'It has taught me that to achieve what
you want you have to educate yourself in sacrifice through effort.

Crash: De Villota suffered serious head injuries

Crash: De Villota suffered serious head injuries

'Now I have just one eye maybe I perceive more things than before.
Before this, my life was a race against the clock, and now I see you
have to stop and measure things in a different way.'

De Villota admitted she was shocked the first time she saw her injuries, but she is sure that the worst is now behind her.

'In the beginning they were covering it [the eye] so I couldn't see it,'
she added.

'The first day I looked at myself in the mirror I had 140
black stitches on my face, and they looked like they had been stitched
with a boat rope, and I had lost my right eye. I was terrified.

'I have to undergo more surgery soon, but the worst is now behind.'

She added: 'I have headaches that they don't know how long will last – maybe years.

'I have to control my efforts a lot because of the cranial pressure. I
have also lost smell, and taste, which is linked to smell. Now I like
things with a very strong taste.'

Ryder Cup 2012: Jose Maria Olazabal: I went through hell… I couldn"t speak

I went through hell… I couldn't speak, reveals captain Ollie after epic comeback

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21:12 GMT, 1 October 2012

Jose Maria Olazabal said he had 'gone through hell' during Europe's Ryder Cup triumph – at one point being too emotional to speak to Lee Westwood.

The 46-year-old captain was one of many members of the European team who flew home without sleeping following a party that went on into the early hours.

Before leaving, he revealed the strain he had been under.

Feeling the pressure: Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal during the singles

Feeling the pressure: Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal during the singles

‘You go through hell, it was torture because you can’t do anything about it, you don’t hit the shots,’ he said.

‘I looked at the leaderboard and the first five matches were blue and I thought, “This might happen”. Lee then came on the tee and asked me how I was doing and I had to walk away.’

Olazabal’s emotions poured out after the victory as he drew inspiration from the memory of his great friend and former Ryder Cup partner Seve Ballesteros.

Sealed with a kiss: Olazabal gets his hands on the Ryder Cup on Sunday

Sealed with a kiss: Olazabal gets his hands on the Ryder Cup on Sunday

At the closing ceremony he had told his players: ‘Every man dies but not every man has the chance to live. You have made me feel alive again this week.’

Olazabal put victory down to two passages of play. ‘Justin Rose knocking in that huge putt on the 17th then birdieing the next, then Sergio Garcia winning the last two holes to win his point. Without them we would not have win.’

Ryder Cup 2012: Tiger Woods blasted by bookies

Woods admits Molinari tie felt worthless as bookies blast former world No 1 for conceding putt and costing them MILLIONS

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12:59 GMT, 1 October 2012

Tiger Woods claimed neither he nor the United States team were interested in salvaging a tie from the 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah as bookies were left raging at the 14-time major champion.

Woods conceded a putt to gift Francesco Molinari a half in the final singles match just moments after Martin Kaymer had made sure the Europeans would keep hold of the trophy.

The match ended 14-13 to Jose Maria Olazabal's team but a 14-14 draw, which would have been enough for Team Europe as holders, was the result the bookies were banking on.

All over: Tiger Woods congratulates Francesco Molinari after giving him a half

All over: Tiger Woods congratulates Francesco Molinari after giving him a half

Betting firms faced a combined multi-million payout in what was their most expensive ever Ryder Cup.

The unlikely comeback cost Ladbrokes 650,000 and Coral 400,000, while other bookmakers also reported heavy losses.

Two punters even bet 500,000 on Europe to win as the odds fell.

Cough up: Bookies were the big losers after Woods gave Molinari hiss putt

Cough up: Bookies were the big losers after Woods gave Molinari hiss putt

A Ladbrokes spokesman told MailOnline: ‘No-one bets on a tie. It cost us just over 650,000 last night on Tiger’s miss. Tiger is not a bookie’s friend this morning.

‘At 8:20pm, Europe were 33/1 to win and USA were 1/50. It was a nightmare result. The USA were heavily backed pre-tournament. We were so close. It was our most expensive one ever.’

A Sky Bet spokesman told Sporting Life: ‘While it was impossible not to get caught up in such a fantastic victory, Woods's miss resulted in us taking a really heavy beating.

No roar: Tiger Woods was left to rue a wasteful day by Team USA

No roar: Tiger Woods was left to rue a wasteful day by Team USA

‘(But) our decision to pay out on both (Martin) Kaymer and Molinari securing the winning points will have made the night even more special for those who kept the faith.’

A Coral spokesman told MailOnline: ‘It was the biggest betting Ryder Cup we've ever had. We took 1million. During the first two days confidence was a bit shot. People didn't really back Europe then.

‘We were staring at the ideal result when Woods was at the final hole. Had it been a tie we would have kept everything we'd taken because no-one backs a draw. But it was a 400,000 hit.’

Woods' half was his only return of a miserable four days for the former world No 1.

He said: 'It was already over. We came here as a team – this is a team event. And the cup was already been retained by Europe, so it was already over.

Yanks but no thanks: Woods halved with Molinari

Yanks but no thanks: Woods halved with Molinari

'You come here as a team and you win or
lose as a team, and it's pointless to even finish. So 18 was just, hey,
get this over with. Congratulations to the European team. They played
fantastic and they deserve the cup.'

That incident rounded off a dismal three days for Woods in which he failed to win a single match.

The 36-year-old 14-time major winner lost three times in partnership with Steve Stricker on Friday and Saturday and was even stood down for a match for the first time in his career.

Captain Davis Love faced further questions over his decision to rest Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, after the pair enjoyed three wins together, for the Saturday afternoon fourballs.

But over the course of the three days, Love felt he had done everything he could to secure victory – after all, his side had led 10-6 heading into the singles.

Love said: 'I wouldn't have done anything different, they played great. They did everything we asked them to do, and I can honestly say that I've been a part of a lot of teams and I've never seen a team of golfers like this, and I'm proud of them.

Just champion: Team Europe produced a stunning final-day comeback

Just champion: Team Europe produced a stunning final-day comeback

'It was certainly a difficult loss. I think any Ryder Cup loss is difficult. There are some guys on this team that have lost before and it's never fun any way it happens. This was certainly not what we expected.

'They got beat by some holed putts, chip-ins, some incredible shots, and some matches got flipped at the end on long putts and great saves by the other team.

'I have to congratulate Europe on the way they played, they played great.'

Ryder Cup 2012: Europe"s golfers pay tribute to Seve Ballesteros

Do it for Seve: Europe pay tribute to the great Spaniard as they try to retain the Ryder Cup

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17:49 GMT, 30 September 2012

Europe's Ryder Cup team will hope to pull off an unlikely victory on the final day of the tournament inspired by the late, great Seve Ballesteros.

All of Europe's players took to the Medinah Country Club course on the final day of the 39th Ryder Cup – trailing the USA 10-6 over night – dressed in navy jumpers and trousers and a white shirt – just as the Spaniard used to wear.

The tribute has been organised by European captain Jose Maria Olazabal to honour his friend, with whom he formed a dominant partnership in the competition.

True blue: Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal talks with Justin Rose, wearing the famous all blue clothes

True blue: Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal talks with Justin Rose, wearing the famous all blue clothes

Ballesteros, who died in May last year after a long battle with cancer, captained Europe to victory in his native Spain in 1997 after playing in the contest eight times.

The pairing of the two Spaniards became a fixture at this event beginning in 1987 at Muirfield Village when Olazabal was a Ryder Cup rookie.

Severiano Ballesteros

Ian Poulter

Inspiration: Seve was famed for wearing a blue jumped and trousers and Europe's team, including Ian Poulter, wore similar outfits on the final day

‘He was a great figure,’ he said. ‘I think not just for myself but for the whole European squad, not just that year but every year that he played in that team. We are going to miss him a lot.

‘It's going to be actually the first time that he's not going to be with us. He was a special man.

Famous pose: Europe's players had a Seve Ballesteros logo stitched onto their sweaters

Famous pose: Europe's players had a Seve Ballesteros logo stitched onto their sweaters

It's written in the sky: The words 'Do it for Seve' are written above the golf course

It's written in the sky: The words 'Do it for Seve' are written above the golf course

‘I believe Seve reflected the core of Ryder Cup values. More than anything, I learned from him what true passion is all about. Seve, we miss you.’

Olazabal choked back tears during the tournament's opening ceremony on Thursday as chairman of the European Professional Golf Association Phil Weaver paid his own tribute to Seve – describing the Spaniard as 'The heartbeat of that team.'

In what promises to be a colourful Sunday scene the US PGA has encouraged home supporters to turn up at Medinah wearing red.