Lauda backs Vettel to win this year’s Formula One title

London, Aug 20(ANI): Austrian Formula One legend Niki Lauda insists that Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel will put his blunders behind him to win this year’s championship.

Lauda rates Vettel as 2010’s most outstanding driver, but after a series of crashes, the German is currently third behind team-mate Mark Webber and McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton.

“Webber has surely had a cheerful summer break and Vettel will be fretting for a while. That is something he has to go through, but he is young enough to put things like this behind him quickly,” The Sun quoted Lauda, as saying.

“I am not sure if this is any consolation for him, but the championship is getting more and more exciting with every race. And I think millions of fans are interested to see if after so many unhappy situations he can still win the title,” he added.

The 61-year-old also believes that Red Bull will consolidate their lead at the top of the constructors’ table.

“We have seen very often that there is an outstandingly fast car that doesn’t make it to the chequered flag too often. And until the Hungarian Grand Prix that was the case with Red Bull,” Lauda said.

“They have the fastest car and I always believed it is only a matter of time before they will prevail and internally come to terms with errors of the human and technical kind,” he added. (ANI)

Anand, Krishnan to welcome Queen’s Baton Relay in Chennai

New Delhi, Aug.20 (ANI): Some of the top names in India sports will welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay for the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi, which reaches Chennai on August 20 from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Among those who will participate in the relay include current and four time world chess champion Vishwanathan Anand, tennis legend Ramesh Krishnan, former Asian Games 800m gold medalist Shiny Wilson, squash ace Joshna Chinappa and former Indian hockey captain Mohammad Riaz.

Also to be seen with the baton will be hockey player Vijay Philips, Arjuna and Dronacharya Awardee G. Sreedharan, athlete Gyaneshwaran and former champion swimmers Sebastian Xavier and Wilson Cherian.

Hundreds of sportspersons and sports lovers are also expected to participate in the event.

The baton will travel to Puducherry on August 21 before touching Thanjavur, Rameshwaram, Madurai and Kanyakumari, then reaching Kerala on August 26 before coming back to Tamil Nadu to visit Wellington and Ootacamund before it heads for Karnataka on September 1.

The Chennai leg would mark the 56th day of the 100 day relay. The South India leg of the relay commenced last week in Hyderabad and travelled through Andhra Pradesh, touching Vishakapatnam, Vijaywada and Tirupati before moving on to Port Blair in the Andaman Islands.

The Queen’s Baton Relay has seen widespread participation from former and current athletes and sportspersons apart from a lot of enthusiasm from all walks of society including the youth, students, celebrities and the political spectrum. (ANI)

Premier League football star in police probe following sex assault at party claim

London, Aug 20 (ANI): The mansion of Bolton Wanderers star Jlloyd Samuel, in Lymm in Cheshire, has been searched by the police after a woman claimed she was sexually assaulted at his party.

Police has arrested a 28-year-old man from the Nottingham area in this connection.

The detectives are expected to question Samuel as he was hosting the party, The Sun reports.

Twenty-nine-year-old Samuel threw a party at his luxury 600,000 pounds home following Wanderers’ Premier League season opener against Fulham, which ended 0-0.

A number of his team-mates along with their friends attended the Saturday night party, to celebrate the beginning of the new season and Bolton”s opening drawn game against Fulham.

On Tuesday the 30-year-old woman approached the police to file her complaint. (ANI)

Berbatov aims to create ‘beautiful art’ on football pitch

London, Aug 20(ANI): Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov, who scored in the club’s first two competitive games this season, has promised to create “beautiful art” on the football pitch.

Berbatov had scored through a delicate lob in the Community Shield win over Chelsea, followed by a well-taken effort in United’s opening Premier League tie against Newcastle.

“Football is like art and my aim is to create beautiful things on the pitch to help the team be successful,” The Daily Express quoted Berbatov, as saying.

“Our aim is to win the title back and I know we have the players to do it. The manager has said it could be my season, but I want this to be our season.”

“We are all looking forward to the challenge. We want to win every competition we are in and it is important we entertain the fans as well. For me, that is what football is all about,” he added.

The 29-year-old further admitted that competition to be Wayne Rooney’s partner has stiffened following the arrival of Mexican striker Javier Hernandez, and the return from injury of Michael Owen and Federico Macheda.

“There is great competition for places in every game, which makes you more motivated to produce your best every day and show the boss you want to keep developing. That helps you improve as a player and ultimately helps the team,” Berbatov said.

“When you come to play with the best, you have to work hard to be on their level. And when you make that step, you start to grow up on and off the pitch.”

“Whenever you hear anyone say ‘Manchester United’ you immediately think of the biggest team in the world and when you have the chance to see what it is like on the inside, you feel very lucky to be part of it,” he added. (ANI)

Corruption allegations against CWG organizers should be probed: Fennell

New Delhi, Aug.19 (ANI): Commonwealth Games Federation chief Mike Fennell said on Thursday that all allegations of corruption against the Commonwealth Games organisers should be probed.

Fennell said this today in a news conference, as he wrapped up a two-day inspection of the venues and identified some areas of concern which he felt needed to be addressed immediately.

He told reporters today that the CGF has left it on the Indian authorities to investigate the charges of financial irregularities that have rocked the Organising Committee (OC).

Fennell, however, expressed his ‘happiness’ with the overall preparations but wanted the organisers to speed up work on finer details like landscaping and cleaning.

“The intention and objective of this visit was to take a further look at the venues. There has been reporting of corruption. It has been of great concern for the CGF,” said Fennell

“From the CGF’s point of view, we have not been associated with any corruption anywhere and we feel it needs to be thoroughly investigated by the Indian authorities. We have encouraged all government authorities to conduct inquiry,” he said. (ANI)

Tejaswini Sawant : Tejaswini Sawant won Gold at World Championships

Tejaswini Sawant on Sunday became the first Indian woman shooter to clinch a gold medal at the World Championship by finishing on top with a world-record equalling score in the 50m Rifle Prone event in Munich, Germany.

Sawant shot a score of 597 (100,100,100,99,99,99), equalling the 1998 record set by Marina Bobkova of Russia.

The 29-year-old Commonwealth Games gold medallist was level with Poland’s Ewa Joanna Nowakowska in the final score but managed to clinch the top honours with a better perfect score tally.

Kazakhstan’s Olga Dovgun settled for the bronze with a score of 596.

About Tejaswini Sawant (from wiki)

Tejaswini Sawant (Marathi: तेजस्विनी सावंत) (born: 12 September 1980) is an Indian shooter from the Maharashtrian city of Kolhapur. In 2006, she won gold medals in Women’s 10m Air Rifle singles and Women’s 10m Air Rifle Pairs (with Avneet Kaur Sidhu) events at the Commonwealth Games at Melbourne. In 2010 she became the World Champion in the 50m Rifle Prone event in Munich, Germany. She was selected to represent India at Commonwealth Games ahead of Asian Games gold medallist Anjali Ved Pathak Bhagwat and world record holder Suma Shirur after winning 5 gold medals, 6 silver medals and 5 bronze medals at the national championships. She has also represented India at the 9th South Asian Sports Federation Games in 2004 in Islamabad where she helped India win gold medal.

Sawant won a bronze medal in 50 metre rifle three positions at the 2009 ISSF World Cup in Munich. On 8 August 2010, she became the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the World Championships with a world-record equalling score in the 50m Rifle Prone event in Munich, Germany.

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