‘Schumacher is as good as he ever was’

»Mercedes ridiculed reports on Friday that seven-times champion Michael Schumacher had been told to raise his game or have his Formula One contract terminated a year early.

Motorsport vice-president Norbert Haug said the sport's most successful driver may even be driving better than ever despite his 41 years and being out-raced by young team-mate Nico Rosberg.

“We are currently a little bit handicapped with our car but I have no complaints and no regrets that we're going to achieve our target,” added the German. “We need to work hard. As I said before. We are sticking together and Michael is, for me, as good as he ever was and probably even better. He's relaxed, concentrated.

"He doesn't need anybody to defend him, certainly not me but we are very happy with the job he's doing and we need to give Nico (Rosberg) and him a better car.”

Ban on away fans is unfair, says Marseille
»Olympique Marseille said a decision to ban away fans from their matches against Paris St Germain was unfair, reports Reuters from Paris.

“This decision is unfair to our fans. Our supporters travel everywhere in France and there are no incidents to report,” Marseille president Jean-Claude Dassier told the club's website ( on Friday.

The French Football League (LFP) decided on Thursday to ban away fans from clashes between the Ligue 1 champions and PSG, citing security fears after violent clashes between rival fans last season.

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Super Hockey-man!
»The National Hockey League is teaming up with Stan Lee, the co-creator of Spider-Man, Iron Man, X-Men and other iconic comic book heroes, to create a new series of superheroes representing each of the 30 league cities and incorporating hockey elements as a way to market the sport.

Under the deal, the NHL and SLG Entertainment, led by Lee's Pow! Entertainment, will form Guardian Media Entertainment LLC (GME) to create 30 "Guardian" superheroes.
Starting in January, the new heroes will be used on the Internet, mobile phones, in novels and comic books, gaming, arenas, broadcast, merchandise, and promotional and sponsorship materials.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but the characters will be co-owned by the NHL and SLG Entertainment.

Ronaldinho would welcome Kaka return
»Ronaldinho would welcome Kaka back to AC Milan with open arms, the Brazilian said on Friday following a raft of speculation linking the Real Madrid man with the club he graced for six years.

Kaka's father and agent was spotted at Milan's headquarters on Thursday but the club said he was there for "bureaucratic reasons".

"If he did return to Milan I would welcome him. He is a great champion and made history with this club," Ronaldinho told reporters after committing his future to Milan for at least the rest of the season.
Tiger to turn up at motherland!
»World number one Tiger Woods will travel to his mother Kultida's native Thailand next month to play in a one-day Skins game.

The 14-time major winner will join Thai number one Thongchai Jaidee, Britain's Paul Casey and Camilo Villegas of Colombia in a four-man, 18-hole event at the Amata Spring Country Club in Bangkok on Nov 8, organisers said on Thursday.

It will be Woods's first competitive appearance in Thailand for 10 years.

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