Archive for July, 2006

Michael Schumacher makes it 3 in a row at Hockenheim

Michael Schumacher  won his third successive victory when he won the German GP at Hockenheim on Sunday. Felipe Massa made it a 1-2 for Ferrari while Kimi Raikkonen,who started on pole,finished third.

Renault had a poor outing as world champion Fernando Alonso finished 5th and Giancarlo Fisichella finished one place behind the Spaniard. The result saw Alonso’s lead in the drivers championship cut down by another 6 points.

Schumacher now has 89 to the Spaniard’s 100.The season will now head to Hungary where Alonso became the youngest driver to win a GP in 2003.

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Ledley King out for 8 weeks

Versatile Tottenham defender Ledley King will be out for upto 2 months after suffering a knee injury in training. King,who missed the bus to Germany because of a foot injury,is now expected not to return till early September.

The injury will come as a big blow to Martin Jol’s side who look as strong contenders for Europe with the sigings of Dimitar Berbatov and Didier Zokora.

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Shearer rejects Mclaren offer

Ex Newcastle and England striker Alan Shearer has rejected an offer from new English coach Steve Mclaren to be part of England’s backroom team.

Shearer will continue his work with BBC as a soccer pundit.

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Records tumble in Colombo

Mahela Jayawardene scored 374,the fourth highest score in test cricket behind Matthew Hayden’s 380 ( against Zim) and Brian Lara’s 400 & 375  (against Eng) as Sri Lanka finished on a mammoth 756/5 in response to South Africa’s first innings score of 169 all out.

Kumar Sangakkara who has been very consistent with the bat for the Islanders for quite some time now,fell 13 runs short of a  maiden triple hundred.The duo put on 624 runs,which is the highest ever partnership for any wicket ever in any form of the game.

The partnership beat the Sri Lankan record of 576 set by Jayasuriya and Mahanama against India  ( in Colombo at the Premadasa)and the 577 between Vijay Hazare and Gul Mohammad for Baroda against Holkar .

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Trulli signs three year contract extension

Jarno Trulli,who joined Toyota from Renault has signed a contract extension which will see him drive for the team till 2009

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Pompey sign David Thompson

Portsmouth have signed midfielder David Thompson on a free transfer.Thompson has previously played for Liverpool,Coventry,Blackburn and spent his last season at the JJB stadium with the Latics ( Wigan).

Thompson was once considered good enough to be a part the English squad but recent injuries have hampered his career.A 1.5 million pound move to Blackburn ended in a free transfer to Wigan.Wigan also released him at the end of last season.He is currently in Fratton Park on a one year deal.

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Blackburn sign Benni McCarthy

FC Porto striker Benni McCarthy has signed for premiership side Blackburn Rovers .McCarthy who was bought by Porto for 3.5 million euros made the move for an estimated fee of 2.5 million pounds.

McCarthy is best remembered as the player whose two goals led to Manchester United’s exit from the 2004 Champions league,which Porto went on to win. McCarthy is likely to pair up with ex Wigan and WBA player Jason Roberts at Ewood Park.

McCarthy is a regular for South Africa and played for Spanish club Celta Vigo before moving to Porto.The Premiership will represent a stiff challenge for him,though.

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