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Tennis

Murray sees long term link with Lendl
Agencies
London, December 14, 2012
First Published: 23:28 IST(14/12/2012)
Last Updated: 23:31 IST(14/12/2012)

Andy Murray has said that he wants coach Ivan Lendl to stay with him on a long-term basis, possibly for the next five years.

The Scot hooked up with the Czech legend a year ago and in the last 12 months he won Olympic gold in London, his first major title at the US Open and reached the final at Wimbledon.

Going into the Australian Open in Melbourne in January, Murray feels that the partnership has proved its worth and should be extended.

"Ivan and I have a very good relationship, it's very honest and open, that's why it has worked so well and why both of us are planning long term," he was quoted as saying in a number of national newspapers.

L'Equipe award for Bolt
Paris: French sports daily L'Equipe announced their annual awards for the 2012 year in sport this week with Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt leading the list.  The well respected paper handed Bolt the men's 'Champion of World Champions' award for the third time following his second Olympic treble at the London Games where the Jamaican sprinter won the 100m and 200m before anchoring his country to the 4x100m crown.

Rabobank renamed Blanco Pro Cycling
The Hague: The Dutch Rabobank cycling team will be renamed Blanco Pro Cycling Team in 2013, the team announced.  In October, Rabobank decided to end its sponsorship after 17 years.  A new head sponsor has not been found yet and that's why the team decided to compete under the name Blanco.

Haug's departure a huge loss: Schumi
Berlin: Norbert Haug's sudden and unexpected departure from Mercedes will tear "a massive hole" in both the team and Formula One, seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher said on Friday.

The 43-year old Schumacher, who retired from the sport last month for the second time as a Mercedes driver, paid tribute to the Mercedes motorsport chief with a statement on his website. "Since I entered professional motorsport, Mercedes and Norbert Haug together were part of it, so this step will mark a big break," he said.


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