Tag Archives: porsche

Birmingham striker Marlon King arrested on his birthday after a Porsche involved in serious smash

Birmingham striker Marlon King arrested on his 33rd birthday after a Porsche involved in serious smash

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

23:48 GMT, 26 April 2013

|

UPDATED:

23:48 GMT, 26 April 2013

DM.has('shareLink', 'shareLinks',
'id': '2315575',
'title': 'Birmingham striker Marlon King arrested on his birthday after a Porsche involved in serious smash',
'url': 'http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2315575/Birmingham-striker-Marlon-King-arrested-birthday-Porsche-involved-smash.html',
'eTwitterStatus': 'Birmingham%20striker%20Marlon%20King%20arrested%20on%20his%20birthday%20after%20a%20Porsche%20involved%20in%20serious%20smash%20http://bit.ly/11qSyN4%20via%[email protected]'
);

Birmingham City striker Marlon King was arrested on his 33rd birthday after a Porsche was involved in a serious road smash which left one man in hospital.

Nottinghamshire police said King was questioned on suspicion of dangerous driving after a three-car crash in Winthorpe on Friday.

Road smash: Birmingham striker Marlon King was arrested on Friday

Road smash: Birmingham striker Marlon King was arrested on Friday

A Porsche, a Volkswagen Polo and a Vauxhall Astra were involved in the crash at 2:50pm.

The driver of the Polo, 35, was air-lifted to Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre with serious injuries, while others suffered minor injures.

The former Middlesbrough, Coventry and Watford striker was later released on police bail.

King had recently got his career back on track after he was jailed for 18 months in October 2009 for groping a woman in a nightclub and breaking her nose after she spurned his 'disgusting' advances.

King was last month ruled out for the season after being forced to undergo knee surgery.

Maria Sharapova launches partnership with Porsche in sexy photoshoot

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

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

13:57 GMT, 22 April 2013

|

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

Write caption here

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

Matt Prior interview: India beware England"s world-class wicketkeeper

EXCLUSIVE: Prior warning! India beware… England's keeper has gone from mouthy upstart to world beating all-rounder

|

UPDATED:

23:00 GMT, 28 October 2012

Matt Prior has come a long way since he was unfairly singled out for being a bit too gobby during his debut Test summer of 2007.

These days, his glovework is barely noticed. His batting average of 42 is the stuff of a genuine all-rounder. And, most pertinently of all as far as England’s tour of India is concerned, it was Prior who phoned Kevin Pietersen during the summer at the height of the texting controversy to find out what on earth was going on.

It’s true that Pietersen was dropped from the Test side the following day. But not before he and Prior had endured a heart-to-heart that history may yet record as the starting point of Pietersen’s ‘reintegration’.

Glove story: Matt Prior has proved himself as top class with gauntlets and bat

Glove story: Matt Prior has proved himself as top class with gauntlets and bat

Prior’s response to this suggestion is that of the archetypal team player. ‘I don’t think I can take any credit because next day all hell broke loose,’ he told Sportsmail. ‘There’s been a bit said about the phone call. I just did what I’d do if it had been anyone: KP or Broad or Swann, or any one of my team-mates.

‘If they’ve got an issue in the dressing room, the right thing to do is to speak to them and say, “what’s up” And I’d do exactly the same if the same thing happened again. But hopefully it won’t.

‘I can see that Kevin wants to be a part of this team — and for us that’s great news.’

The charges against Prior during the 2007 home series against India ranged from the puerile to the pernicious. Not only was he accused of having scattered the jelly beans at Trent Bridge that so enraged India’s attack leader Zaheer Khan. He was said to have bragged to Sachin Tendulkar about driving a Porsche.

Both claims were untrue, yet Prior took them on the chin, knuckled down after subsequently losing his Test place, and is now — like all good keepers — the beating heart of the fielding effort.

If he is still keeping spirits up come the fourth Test at Nagpur in December, we’ll know Alastair Cook’s tourists have punched above their weight.

Prior, who along with his team-mates was due to arrive in Mumbai on Monday following a training camp in Dubai, is pragmatic about the challenge ahead.

Since David Gower captained England to victory in 1984-85, India have lost only four Test series at home out of 40.

Point to prove: Prior says England are still hurt about defeat to South Africa

Point to prove: Prior says England are still hurt about defeat to South Africa

Only Pakistan, South Africa and Australia have triumphed there in that time. ‘India is as tough as it gets for an England cricketer,’ said Prior at Chance to Shine’s Brit Insurance Annual Achievement awards. ‘For this team, it’s the final frontier. We haven’t won there for 28 years, which is longer than it took us to beat the Aussies in Australia.

‘Someone mentioned to me recently that it doesn’t seem as big as the Ashes because it’s not the old enemy and it doesn’t probably capture the nation’s imagination as much as Australia.

‘But for us it’s a massive series, and it will be a huge challenge.’ Prior has spent his time since the end of the English season ‘getting really quite fit and stripping off a few pounds’.

Wicketkeeping under the Indian sun can be a gruelling business. But he is also determined to help erase the memories of a traumatic summer in which England imploded, on and off the field. ‘To win in India would be very special. What would make it more special is that we would have come back from a tough summer.

‘I’m a big believer that team hardships can, if dealt with in the right way, lead to the team being stronger. And that ultimately is the most important thing.’

Is the team still hurting after losing the Test series — and the No 1 ranking — to South Africa

‘There’s hurt whenever you lose a Test series,’ said Prior. ‘The No 1 spot is certainly something we want to get back. But it’s not going to be an overnight thing. With Cooky now coming in as captain, it’s an exciting time for the team to start again, and say, right, that was a good two-year period, and we’re about to start on another period.

Mates: Prior gets on well with Kevin Pietersen and helped his reintegration

Mates: Prior gets on well with Kevin Pietersen and helped his reintegration

‘This is a window of opportunity to see how far we can get over the next year to 18 months.’

Central to England’s hopes of triumphing in a country that has brought them a single Test victory — Andrew Flintoff’s ‘Ring of Fire’ win at Mumbai in March 2006 — from their last four visits will be their batting against India’s spinners. In that regard, England’s three trips to Asia in 2012 have not been auspicious.

‘You can’t keep performing like that against spin on subcontinental wickets,’ said Prior. ‘I think we learned a lot of lessons.’

Chief among them, believes Prior, is that there is no one-size-fits-all method of tackling spin.

‘Maybe where we have gone wrong is that we tried to follow one template,’ he said. ‘I don’t think you can do that.’

Pietersen once claimed Prior was England’s best player of spin. Had he not middled a sweep straight into the midriff of Lahiru Thirimanne at short leg at a crucial stage of a fourth-innings run chase at Galle in March, they might even have won the Test series in Sri Lanka. So what’s his secret

‘I see it as a game of cat and mouse. Rotating the strike is the biggest thing. It’s all well and good hitting boundaries and big shots to release pressure, but if you can rotate the strike, you can release the pressure that way.

‘You’ve got to try to move fielders. That allows you then to hit ones and twos into an area that’s as safe as possible. That’s my way of doing it — but everyone has their own way.’

The modesty is unnecessary, for Prior’s way sounds as thoughtful as any. Besides — as Pietersen will confirm — he has earned the right to be listened to.

Matt Prior was supporting Chance to Shine, the campaign to bring cricket back to schools. To make a donation visit www.chancetoshine.org

Brendan Rodgers stars in US documentary

Review: Boss Rodgers is the star in US documentary look at Liverpool

|

UPDATED:

01:00 GMT, 11 September 2012

From the club who brought you the Boot Room, here is something all together less secretive.

Being: Liverpool is an American documentary billed as the first of its kind, a behind-the-scenes look at life at a major Barclays Premier League club.

If Brendan Rodgers was not keen on having his first strides at Anfield caught on camera then he did a good job of hiding it.

Behind the scenes: Brendan Rodgers (left) and Tom Werner (right) star in the US documentary about Liverpool

Behind the scenes: Brendan Rodgers (left) and Tom Werner (right) star in the US documentary about Liverpool

The television crew follow him everywhere, from his first meeting with the staff at the training ground to the passenger seat of his club Porsche and the living room of his enormous new house in Formby, where he awkwardly reveals through gritted teeth that the son of his assistant manager, Colin Pascoe, is dating his 16-year-old daughter.

The first episode of this fascinating series is a scene-setter that seems rather dependant on a happy ending down the line.

We are pitched into the gloom of Kenny Dalglish's final days as Liverpool manager, cutting from footage of their FA Cup final defeat by Chelsea to a scene in a Merseyside pub where the verdict is grim.

The narrator talks of a 'three-year lull of mediocrity for a club synonymous with glory' and the shot cuts to Tom Werner and John W Henry, the owners, as they attempt to explain from a couch how Dalglish's departure was part of a strategy that had been in place all along.

Henry says: 'When we first talked with Kenny he understood and we understood that there was going to be a time when he stepped aside when we found the right person for the long term.

'He said to me in our first conversation that he would be ready for that.'

That right person, they hope, is Rodgers. This series is dependant on him, seemingly both as the willing and able supplier of soundbites and also as the man who will deliver the contrast to the programme's introduction.

In terms of the soundbites, he has made a fast start. In discussing his family work ethic, he says: 'I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth, I was born with a silver shovel'.

During some of the excellent scenes where he discusses his coaching philosophy, he says: 'You educate players, you train a dog.'

Slow start: Rodgers' Liverpool side have struggled so far this season

Slow start: Rodgers' Liverpool side have struggled so far this season

Board games anyone Luis Suarez (centre) is filmed playing Monopoly with team-mate Lucas Leiva

Board games anyone Luis Suarez (centre) is filmed playing Monopoly with team-mate Lucas Leiva

Later he says: 'Every player I see as a son.' The American audience will love it, which is largely the point, but it's also a risk.

Given the footage already accrued and, indeed, some of the David Brent-at-his-desk-style interviews with Rodgers, it won't be difficult to lampoon the manager if he isn't given the time to implement his brilliant playing systems.

The programme is about more than Rodgers. The first episode introduces characters from the club doctor and Rodgers' family to the players.

In one clip, during the club's pre-season tour to the US, the now departed Charlie Adam is having a 'conversation' with Boston Red Sox outfielder Cody Ross.

'Ever play cricket' asks Ross. 'No,' says Adam. And almost nothing else. Wonderfully awkward.

Face of a star: The scenes where Rodgers talks about his coaching philosophy are particularly revealing

Face of a star: The scenes where Rodgers talks about his coaching philosophy are particularly revealing

Steven Gerrard takes the crew inside his home and shows a bit of his frustration at living with four women but no son, while another scene shows Lucas playing Monopoly with Luis Suarez and discussing the need for the foreign players to stick together.

Fabio Borini, in a fascinating scene during his medical, tells the doctor about his difficulty sleeping during Italy's Euro 2012 campaign.

In all, it covers a lot of bases, as Henry would say.

*The first in a six-part documentary series airs in the US on Sunday.

Norwich players have to drive old car if worst trainer

Norwich team spirit driven by fear of having to step into clapped-out car

|

UPDATED:

10:23 GMT, 21 April 2012

Norwich winger Elliott Bennett has revealed the secret behind Norwich's success this season – a clapped-out Porsche 924.

The Canaries have far exceeded expectations by nestling into mid-table in their first Premier League season in six years, and much of the credit has to go to manager Paul Lambert, who has clearly created a positive atmosphere behind the scenes at Carrow Road.

All together now: Norwich celebrate Bennett's strike against Spurs on Easter Monday

All together now: Norwich celebrate Bennett's strike against Spurs on Easter Monday

Bennett told The Sun of some of the club's morale-boosting forfeits, which include players having to drive into training in an old banger.

The summer signing from Brighton, who scored the winner against Spurs on Easter Monday, said: 'Every Friday we have a young v old match.

'If, say, the young lads win, they get to choose a player from the old lads who has been the worst trainer.

'Everyone votes and you then have to wear a 'donkey of the week' shirt and drive the banged-up car. We all clubbed together and paid 50 each as it cost 1000.

Working wonders: Lambert has done a fine job at Carrow Road

Working wonders: Lambert has done a fine job at Carrow Road

'It does not start all the time and
there have been a few problems. I have not driven it yet – thankfully –
but there are still a few weeks to go.

'Steve Morison gets voted a lot but much of the time, very unfairly. It seems to be the strikers more than the defenders who get voted.

'The players drive it to training. I am not sure if you would get it to the city centre.'

The white 1980s Porsche 924 looks likely to fail its next MOT, so Lambert's squad have decided to auction it off for charity.

Debut season: Bennett had never played higher than League One before this campaign

Debut season: Bennett had never played higher than League One before this campaign

The car has certainly served its purpose
though. Bennett added: 'The team spirit is massive. A lot has been said
about it this season and I’d say it was justified.

'No-one has been talked about individually.

'We have a good bit of fun on a Friday and the match is played at a good tempo.

'No one wants that yellow jersey and to have the drive the car.

'Although I wouldn’t call it a car to be honest. It is just something on wheels.'

Nicklas Bendtner cleared of damaging cars as Lee Cattermole is bailed to reappear

Bendtner cleared of damaging cars in Toon as Sunderland pal Cattermole is bailed to reappear

Sunderland striker Nicklas Bendtner has been cleared of vandalising cars parked near the home of his team's arch rivals.

The prosecution withdrew the case against him after he was charged with five counts of criminal damage with Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole.

The Danish star, on loan with Sunderland from Arsenal for a year, and who scored the only goal in the Black Cats' win over Liverpool on Saturday, was not at Newcastle Magistrates' Court for the hearing.

Day in court: Lee Cattermole turns up at Newcastle Magistrates

Day in court: Lee Cattermole turns up at Newcastle Magistrates

Cattermole was present, dressed in a grey suit and black shirt, and no pleas were entered to the five charges relating to 4,168.27 of damage caused to cars on December 6.

The cars were parked in Stowell Street in Newcastle's China Town – only a few hundred yards from Newcastle United's Sports Direct Arena.

The case was adjourned at the request of the prosecution.

Cattermole, 23, who gave his address as Aislaby near Yarm, Teesside, was granted unconditional bail until 2pm on March 26 when the case will be heard again.

Busy: Nicklas Bendtner scored and got carried off against Liverpool on Saturday

Busy: Nicklas Bendtner scored and got carried off against Liverpool on Saturday

The same court banned Bendtner from driving for 56 days last month after he was caught driving his Porsche 911 at 103mph.

He is a huge star in his native Denmark – a journalist flew in from Copenhagen to cover the hearing today – and was engaged to Baroness Caroline Luel-Brockdorf, a wealthy member of the Danish royal family and the mother of his child.

They split soon after the birth of their son in December 2010.

The striker is currently playing in a mask after suffering a broken nose. It has been customised to include his initials, his 52 shirt number and the Danish flag.

In Toon: This map shows how close Stowell Street is to St James' Park

In Toon: This map shows how close Stowell Street is to St James' Park

Nicklas Bendtner banned from driving

Bendtner banned from driving after Sunderland striker admits speeding at over 100mph

Sunderland striker Nicklas Bendtner was banned from driving for 56 days and fined 660 after admitting speeding at almost 104mph in his Porsche.

Bendtner was late for a flight from Newcastle Airport when he was caught by a Northumbria Police traffic officer on the A696 dual carriageway, which has a 70mph limit, last December.

The Dane, who is on a season-long from Arsenal, did not appear before Newcastle magistrates for the hearing.

Man in the hat: Nicklas Bendtner watched Sunderland beat Arsenal on Saturday

Man in the hat: Nicklas Bendtner watched Sunderland beat Arsenal on Saturday

The court was told the 24-year-old was in Denmark for 'contractual obligations'.

He was deemed to not be absent from court because he was legally represented at the hearing.

Sarah Robinson, prosecuting, said Bendtner was spotted driving his convertible Porsche 911 Turbo and he was measured to be driving at 103.6mph for 0.137miles at 10.53am on Saturday December 10.

Barry Warburton, defending, said: 'I understand he was going to Newcastle Airport, he was slightly late for a flight and unfortunately he speeded.

'It was a Saturday morning, there was very little traffic on the road and weather conditions were fine.'

Addressing the bench, he added: 'Not withstanding the fact he is in Denmark, he has been absolutely no trouble to anybody. In my respectful submission, your public duty can be discharged by treating him with leniency.'

Man in the mask: Bendtner's protection for his broken nose

Man in the mask: Bendtner's protection for his broken nose

The solicitor said his client had 'substantial' disposable income and could pay the fine immediately with a credit card.

Chairman of the bench Edward Wardrobe imposed a 56-day driving ban, and fined the footballer 660, plus 30 costs and a 15 victim surcharge.

No penalty points were added to the three Bendtner has on his licence.

In 2009, his father Thomas said his son was lucky to escape with only cuts and bruises after crashing his Aston Martin on the way to training.

A photograph of the written-off sports car showed it had been badly mangled.

Suspended: Bendtner has been hit with a 56-day driving ban

Suspended: Bendtner has been hit with a 56-day driving ban

He will appear before the same court in a week alongside Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole.

They were charged with criminal damage after a number of cars were attacked in Newcastle's Stowell Street in December.

Bendtner was engaged to Baroness Caroline Luel-Brockdorff, a wealthy member of the Danish royal family and the mother of his child. They split soon after the birth of their son in December 2010.

The self-confident striker is currently playing in a mask after suffering a broken nose.

It has been customised to include his initials, the '52' shirt number and the Danish flag.

Bendtner was ineligible to play for Sunderland in their win against Arsenal in the FA Cup on Saturday.