Renault back in F1 after Lotus takeover
PARIS • Renault will return to Formula One as a constructor next year after signing key contracts on Thursday to acquire the struggling Lotus team.
Announcing the move, a big boost for the sport after months of uncertainty, the French carmaker's chief executive Carlos Ghosn said he wanted the team to be competitive by 2019.
Red Bull, meanwhile, said yesterday that they will use a Renault engine, branded by luxury watchmaker TAG Heuer.
We were right to play Cheryshev: Real boss
MADRID • Real Madrid president Florentino Perez believes the rules were not broken by fielding Denis Cheryshev in their 3-1 King's Cup win over Cadiz , as neither the player nor the football club were notified he was banned.
The goal-scorer was taken off at half-time on Wednesday night when it appeared that Real became aware he was suspended, having being shown a third yellow card playing for Villarreal in last season's competition and having failed to serve the ban.
But Perez, having consulted the club's legal team, insisted they did nothing wrong.
Phelps wins 200IM at Winter Nationals
SEATTLE (Washington) • Michael Phelps easily won the 200m individual medley by holding off Chase Kalisz on Thursday at the 2015 US Winter Nationals event.
Phelps, a record 18-time Olympic gold medallist, clocked 1min 57.61sec, 1.16sec faster than the runner-up at the King County Aquatic Centre.
Rodgers' late play rescues Packers
LOS ANGELES • Quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw a 61-yard desperation touchdown pass on the final play of the NFL game, as the Green Bay Packers pulled off one of the most stunning comebacks in franchise history on Thursday.
Rodgers dropped back, scrambled to the right and then took off for the scrimmage line and threw into the end zone where Packers' tight end Richard Rodgers made a leaping, two-handed grab to give Green Bay a 27-23 win over Detroit. They were down by as many as 20 points.
Becks' group faces land purchase woes
NEW YORK • Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber says David Beckham's Miami expansion group needs to solve its stadium issues "soon" or risk not being added as the 24th team in the North American league.
The warning to Beckham's group, which will meet him at the MLS Cup final this weekend, came on Thursday as its latest stadium plan has hit a snag. Owners of the land near the stadium of Major League Baseball's Miami Marlins do not want to sell.
Fewer fans expected at daytime Test
SYDNEY • The first day-night cricket Test was a roaring success but organisers are bracing for swathes of empty seats at next week's daytime Test match between Australia and the West Indies in Hobart, Tasmania.