Tuesday 12 December 2017

Ecclestone in talks over bribery case

Motor Sport: Lawyers for Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone have held talks with German prosecutors to try to settle a bribery trial that threatens his grip on the motor sport.

Ecclestone, 83, went on trial in Munich in April over allegations he bribed a former German banker as part of the sale of a major stake in the motor sport business eight years ago. If convicted, the British billionaire could face up to 10 years in jail and would have to cede control of a business he has built up over the past four decades.

"Public prosecutors and the defence are discussing the possibility of an agreement," a spokesman for the German authorities said.

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: A 16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter failed a doping test after becoming the youngest ever female to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the sport, organisers said.

Chika Amalaha has been provisionally suspended from the Glasgow Games after testing positive for diuretics and masking agents after winning the 53-kilogram (117-pound) division last Friday.

"I am rather saddened and disappointed this has happened to a 16-year-old," WADA President Craig Reedie said. "WADA will look at the circumstances surrounding this case once we know the full facts."

CRICKET: Stuart Broad was delighted with the performance of the England bowlers as they claimed seven wickets on day three of the third Investec Test against India.

James Anderson (three for 52) and Broad (three for 65) kept chipping away, and Moeen Ali picked up two bonus wickets, as India closed day three at the Ageas Bowl on 323 for eight in reply to 569 for seven declared.

Broad said: "I think we've had a good day. Obviously we set it up with the bat and had a huge amount of scoreboard pressure which always helps because if you bowl a slightly fuller ball that gets driven for four, you've got so many runs on the board to go again."

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