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US$50mil technology boost for struggling Renault team

Formula One champions Renault announced a US$50mil programme of long-term technology investment yesterday after slipping behind their main rivals on the racetrack this season.

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No star treatment at the Village

Beijing lifted the curtain on the Olympic village here yesterday, offering journalists a glimpse inside the home away from home for about 10,500 athletes during the August 8-24 Games.

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Olympics: Four 2016 bid cities unveil plans amid downturn

LONDON (AP) - The four cities vying for the 2016 Olympics released their detailed bid plans Friday, touting compact venue layouts, lasting sporting legacies and financial security at a time of global economic turmoil.

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Green boost for World Cup with first Chinese sponsor

BEIJING: Yingli Green Energy, one of the world's largest manufacturers of solar panels, was unveiled as the first Chinese company to sponsor the FIFA World Cup yesterday.


Qatar happy to accommodate change in World Cup dates

(Reuters) - Host nation Qatar is happy to accommodate a change in the dates for the 2022 World Cup, while insisting it can still stage the tournament in summer.


Japan coach Zaccheroni backs winter World Cup in Qatar

(Reuters) - Alberto Zaccheroni, coach of Asian champions Japan, has thrown his support behind switching the date of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from July to January.


More to life than driving around in circles, says Rosberg

(Reuters) - Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg said on Friday he was enjoying the freedom of retirement and could turn his focus to renewable energy now that he has left the racetrack.

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Solar cars begin race across Australian desert

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The World Solar Challenge began on Sunday with 42 solar cars crossing Australia's tropical north to its southern shores, a gruelling 3,000 km (1,864 mile) race through the outback.


Saudi Arabia to host Formula E's 2018-19 season opener

LONDON (Reuters) - The all-electric Formula E motor racing series will start its 2018-19 season in Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, organisers said on Thursday.


How one humble English club is greening up soccer

LONDON (Reuters) - Tucked away in the leafy Cotswold hills, English fourth-tier club Forest Green Rovers rarely make sporting headlines, but have become unlikely trailblazers for something more pressing than three points on a Saturday afternoon.