Bahrain win gives Webber world title
MANAMA • Australia's Mark Webber claimed the World Endurance Championship title on Saturday, after a fifth-place finish in the season-ending Six Hours of Bahrain race.
Porsche team-mates Romain Dumas, Marc Lieb and Neel Jani won the race, but it was not enough to deny 39-year-old Webber - who retired from Formula One in 2013 after 215 grands prix and nine wins - and co-drivers Timo Bernhard of Germany and New Zealander Brendon Hartley from sealing the world title.
Hafeez refuses offer due to Amir presence
DUBAI • Senior Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez has become the first cricketer to refuse to play alongside compatriot Mohammad Amir, who is back on the playing field after serving a five-year ban for spot-fixing.
Hafeez said he was approached by his agent to play for Chittagong Vikings in the Bangladesh Premier League, which started yesterday.
But he added that he refused it "point blank" when he knew Amir was also in the team.
Champions League ban for Ghent fans
PARIS • Supporters of Belgian football club Ghent have been banned from travelling to tomorrow's Champions League tie at Lyon in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks that killed 130 people in Paris on Nov 13.
France's Interior Minister announced yesterday that the main reason for preventing Belgian fans from attending the match at the Stade Gerland was that police forces were currently too stretched while they protect national security.