Australia’s Mark Webber is to leave Formula One at the end of the current season, he announced on his official website on Thursday. The 36-year-old Red Bull driver has signed a contract with Porsche from the 2014 and will compete in the manufacturer’s LMP1 sports prototype at the Le Mans 24 Hours race and the World Endurance Championship, the German company said. Webber has already raced twice on the famous French circuit, finishing runner-up in the GT Championship in 1998. "It’s an honour for me to join Porsche at its return to the top category in Le Mans and in the sports car World Endurance Championship and be part of the team,” he said in a Porsche statement posted on markwebber.com. “Porsche has written racing history as a manufacturer and stands for outstanding technology and performance at the highest level.’
Tour de France
Cycling’s greatest race, the Tour de France, begins on Saturday, hoping to cast off the recent cloud of suspicion and scandal of doping with a celebration of its historic 100th edition. A total of 198 riders from 22 teams will line up for the 212-km first stage from Porto-Vecchio to Bastia on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. Three weeks, 3,403.5 kilometres and 20 stages later, only the very best — and most fortunate — will finish.
Matter of ethics
The controversy over Laxman Sivaramakrishnan’s appointment as a players’ representative on an International Cricket Council committee refuses to end with the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations now referring the matter to the ICC ethics officer for an independent investigation.
In an attempt to break the deadlock on the proposed IPL-style football tournament, AIFF’s marketing and commercial partner IMG-Reliance (IMGR) has called for a meeting with I-League clubs.
The All India Football Federation&’s U-15 Regional Academy Kolkata beat East Bengal&’s U-19 Team in a friendly match at the East Bengal ground on Thursday.
The Cricket Association of Bengal awarded the Best District Cricketers based on their performances in the last year. The winners are as follows: Best District U-14 Cricketer – Sumit Singh, Best District U-16 Cricketer – Chandan Kumar Singh, Best District U-19 Cricketer – Akashdip Ghosh, Best Sub-Division Sub-Junior Cricketer – Dipayan Dutta.
Nehwal No 3
Saina Nehwal gained a place to be the world No 3 in women’s singles in the latest Badminton World Federation rankings. Parupalli Kashyap remains India’s top-ranked men’s player despite dropping two places to be 13th.