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Motor racing-Rallying Monaco leg 1 classification

Jan 20 (Gracenote) - Leg 1 Classification from the Rally of Monaco on Thursday 1. Thierry Neuville (Belgium) Hyundai 15:01.100 2. Sebastien Ogier (France) Ford +00:07.800 3. Juho Haenninen (Finland) Toyota 00:15.000 4. Kris Meeke (Britain) Citroen 00:15.800 5. Ott Taenak (Estonia) Ford 00:19.400 6. Elfyn Evans (Britain) Ford 00:21.000 7. Craig Breen (Ireland) Citroen 00:25.400 8. Daniel Sordo (Spain) Hyundai 0

UPDATE 2-Rallying-Monte Carlo stage cancelled after fatal roll

* Spectator killed after falling down bank (Adds statement from World Rally)

Motor racing-Russell joins Mercedes young driver programme

LONDON, Jan 19 Formula One world champions Mercedes have recruited British teenager George Russell as the third member of their young driver programme, joining established F1 racers Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon.

Motor cycling-Daredevil Marquez races up downhill slope

KITZBUEHEL, Austria, Jan 19 Spanish MotoGP champion Marc Marquez opted for an alternative method to tackle one of the toughest Alpine ski courses in Europe -- charging up it on his Honda bike.

Rallying-Ogier fastest in Monte Carlo shakedown

Jan 18 World champion Sebastien Ogier, starting a new adventure with the M-Sport Ford team after Volkswagen's departure, was fastest in testing for the season-opening Monte Carlo rally on Wednesday.

UPDATE 1-Motor racing-F1 body approves Liberty Media takeover

* Formula one's governing body also a shareholder (Adds detail)

Motor racing-F1 governing body approves Liberty Media takeover

LONDON, Jan 18 Formula One's governing body gave its approval on Wednesday to CVC Capital Partners' sale of the sport's commercial rights to Liberty Media.

Motor racing-Hamilton backed 'nice guy' Bottas as team mate

LONDON, Jan 18 Triple Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton supported Mercedes' decision to hire Valtteri Bottas early on and the team can hope for fewer fireworks between their drivers this season, boss Toto Wolff said on Wednesday.

Shareholders approve Liberty Media F1 takeover-related proposals

Jan 17 Liberty Media Corp said its shareholders voted to approve funding and changes related to the takeover of Formula One (F1) racing car series.

Motor racing-Bottas can be as quick as Rosberg, says Lauda

LONDON, Jan 17 Niki Lauda believes new Mercedes signing Valtteri Bottas can be as fast as the man he replaced, retired Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg.

Dhoni: the legacy of a cricket champion

When Dhoni finally hangs up his boots for good in all forms of cricket, he'll be best remembered as a handsome and charismatic leader who inspired India to scale cricket's greatest heights.

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