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Friday 18 August 2017

Marussia out of Texas and into administration

F1: Marussia will miss the United States Grand Prix this weekend after becoming the second Formula 1 team in four days to go into administration.

London-based administrators FRP Advisory said in a statement that Marussia will "continue to operate" but confirmed they would not take their place on the grid in Austin, Texas.

The news comes hot on the heels of Caterham entering administration on Friday.

AMarussia F1 team administrator said: "With the Marussia F1 team now in administration, the joint administrators have assessed that, given the current financial circumstances of the group, it is not viable for the Marussia F1 team to participate in the next race, the 2014 Formula One United States Grand Prix.

"Following Austin, there are two further rounds of the 2014 championship remaining, in Sao Paulo and Abu Dhabi, and the team's participation in those races will depend on the outcome of the administration process and any related negotiations with interested parties in what is a very limited window of opportunity."

Djokovic wary of Federer

Tennis: Novak Djokovic may be asking Roger Federer for one or two tips in the coming weeks about how to combine parenthood with playing on the ATP Tour.

World number one Djokovic (pictured) became a father last week and is eager to be involved in his son's life despite his busy travelling schedule with the tennis tour.

"I will try to have my family travel with me as much as they can, obviously," the Serbian said at the Paris Masters, which will decide the four remaining spots for this month's ATP World Tour finals. "There are many other players who have the similar situation, so I try to talk with them and get some tips or some necessary experiences that they can share with me so it can help in my own case."

There will not be a lot of baby talking, however, when business starts in Paris for Federer and Djokovic, who will battle it out this month to claim the world number one spot at the end of the season.

Djokovic, who has a slim advantage over world number two Federer, is wary of the threat. "I never thought ... never signed him out, never ruled him out," he said.

Trump survives China scare

Snooker: Former champion Judd Trump survived a scare at the International Championship in Chengdu.

Trump, who lifted the title in 2012, was taken to a final-frame decider by Jimmy Robertson in a match where the former world number one failed to get going.

Eighty-two was the Bristolian's highest break and in the end he ground out a 6-5 win with a clinching 67.

Neil Robertson had an easier time of it, beating Matt Selt 6-3, while Rod Lawler overcame rising star Oliver Lines 6-3.

Peter Ebdon failed to make a break over 50 but still beat Andrew Pagett 6-1, Shaun Murphy whistled through his tie with Yu De Lu 6-1 and Ricky Walden saw off David Morris 6-3.

Stephen Maguire was dumped out, though, losing 6-5 to Nuppon Saengkham despite a tournament-high 140 in the ninth frame.

Elsewhere there were wins for Fergal O'Brien and Marco Fu.

England injury list 'a cycle'

Rugby: Players' chief Damian Hopley insists the injury problems afflicting England are cyclical rather than evidence of an increased rate of attrition in the game.

Seven British and Irish Lions in Alex Corbisiero, Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Mako Vunipola, Geoff Parling, Tom Croft and Manu Tuilagi have been ruled out of the entire QBE Series at Twickenham.

Injury updates on Billy Vunipola, Joe Marler, David Wilson and Luther Burrell are expected on Tuesday with Burrell likely to miss at least the opener against New Zealand on Saturday week.

Hopley, chief executive of the Rugby Players' Association, said: "Dare I say it, but it's a cycle. If these players are not coming back to fitness by the Six Nations then it becomes an issue. What it does do is give an opportunity to other players to stake a claim.

"It's a really unfortunate situation that so many high profile players are injured at the same time, but I don't think it's a crisis."

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