At Silverstone, in England, Formula One driver Mark Webber on Thursday said his run-in with Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel during the Malaysian Grand Prix earlier this year had played no part in his decision to leave the sport at the end of the year. The Australian announced on Thursday that he would leave Formula One at the end of the season for sportscar racing in the World Endurance Championship. On 24 March, Webber was leading the Malaysian GP at Sepang and was set for victory until triple world champion Vettel defied team orders to pass Webber for victory. Asked if that incident had influenced his signing for Porsche&’s sportscar programme from 2014, Webber said: “No, I’ve had a personal plan and I’ve stuck to it. This is the next chapter. Going forward I will remain tightly inside the Red Bull family, working with the brand and watching and supporting fellow-Red Bull athletes push the boundaries.”
World number one Tiger Woods, unable to defend his United States Professional Golfers Association national title this week because of a left elbow sprain, says he might not be 100 per cent for the British Open but will be "good enough." Speaking on the eve of the $6.5 million tournament run by his foundation and staged at the par-71 Congressional Country Club, the 14-time major champion said he had not started to strengthen his elbow ahead of July’s showdown at Muirfield. "It’s nice to have a four-week break before the Open," Woods said, adding: "I listened to my docs. I’m not touching a club. We’re treating it and eventually I’ll start the strengthening process of it, then start hitting balls to get up to speed for the British."
South African Paralympic hero Oscar Pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend, is to resume limited training for his mental well-being, but does not plan a return to competition, his family has announced. “Oscar has decided to resume a low-key track routine. He is not contemplating a formal return to athletics and this training is not with the aim of preparing for competition,” a statement said.
Rime in TFA
Arunachal Pradesh footballer Gumpe Rime, having been Shillong Lajong FC’s goal-keeping coach for four years, has joined the Tata Football Academy.
The Indian Badminton League is all set to hold its first players auction in New Delhi on 19 July with more than 150 participants. Each franchisee can own 11 players, including a maximum of four foreign ones and one U-19 region-specific talent.
Following are selections for Saturday&’s Bangalore races:
2 pm: Rumour Has It; 2.30 pm: Mystic Lavenders; 3 pm: Bronzino; 3.30 pm: Nickel Chrome; 4 pm: Chase The Sun; 4.30 pm: Wind Of Soul; 5 pm: Trust Me Boy; 5.30 pm: Esteban. Best bet: Esteban.