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Lotus Racing to become Team Lotus

»Malaysian motor sport boss Tony Fernandes on Friday breathed new life into one of motor racing's most emotive marques by renaming his Formula One team as Team Lotus for 2011.

The name change from Lotus Racing comes after Fernandes secured the rights to the name of the team which debuted in 1958 and won six drivers' championships and seven constructors' titles.

The greats who drove for Team Lotus include the likes of Stirling Moss, Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna.

"It's difficult to express just what it means to us to now be able to say we are Team Lotus, one of the most iconic names in any form of sport worldwide, but we have been working very hard to make this dream come true, and today it has," Fernandes told reporters in Singapore.

"My thanks go to David (Hunt) for looking after the Team Lotus brand so well over the period of his stewardship, and keeping the integrity of Team Lotus together.”

Portsmouth demand Genoa pay up

»Portsmouth have complained to the authorities in England and Italy after failing to receive any money from Serie A side Genoa for the summer transfer of Ghana's Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Andrew Andronikou, administrator of the Championship (second division) English club, told Reuters on Thursday that Pompey had run out of patience and had made formal complaints to the English Football Association and Italian federation.
"They were due to pay the first instalment two weeks ago," he said.

"We've been listening to all sorts of excuses, such as missing bank details which were on the contract. It's come to a point where we've had enough."

Andronikou said Genoa had yet to pay Portsmouth any money, with the second of four instalments due in a week or so, and added that he would like to understand what Genoa had received from Milan.

Socceroo Moore faces drinking charge

»Former Australia defender Craig Moore is set to be charged with illegally drinking alcohol after being arrested in the Gulf emirate last week over an alleged altercation with a policeman, a prosecutor said.

Moore, who has been released on bail, allegedly argued with a taxi driver over a $13.60 fare, Dubai police said last week.

The 34-year-old, who retired after the World Cup in South Africa, was also accused of having an altercation with a policeman who arrived on the scene, police said.

Sami al-Shamsi, a Dubai chief prosecutor, told Reuters that Moore faced one charge relating to the illegal consumption of alcohol although he did not disclose any further details. Al-Shamsi said complaints of evading a taxi fare and insulting a policeman had been dropped.

An attorney said charges of illegal drinking usually lead to fines, although imprisonment is not ruled out.

France, Spain in war over Zidane’s son

»World football icon Zinedine Zidane said he had no preference which national team his sought-after son Enzo played for, as a potential France v Spain tug-of-war over the 15-year-old gathered momentum.

Enzo, named after Zidane’s hero, the former Uruguay star Enzo Francescoli, was born in France but has spent the past nine years in the Spanish capital where he is already a star of Real Madrid’s youth team.

Earlier this month former World Cup winner Zinedine said he would decide which side his son plays for when the teen is called up. And Spain, the reigning World Cup champions, appear ready to put in the first claim.

Gines Melendez, the coordinator of the under-16 side and coach of Spain’s under-17 side, told French television station TF1 he planned to call up Enzo, whose mother is Spanish, for the under-16 side.  “We will select him for Spain. We intend to talk to his father and to call him for the month of October,” he said.Asked about his son’s skills, the France legend who played a pivotal role in helping France win the 1998 World Cup, admitted he may have passed on a trick or two.

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