Europe’s finished: Ecclestone
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone says Europe will likely be left with only five Grand Prix in the coming years as the sport moves into other places around the world. The 81-year-old Ecclestone said in an interview in Marca newspaper that “Europe is a good place for tourism and not much else. Europe is finished.” Ecclestone did not say which races would remain, only that he would like to take F1 to South Africa and Mexico, and that he expects to maintain about 20 Grand Prix per season. F1 has recently gone to South Korea and India, while Russia has a deal to be a host in the future. Ecclestone expects the US Grand Prix, due to be held in November next year in Austin, Texas, to be abandoned when governing body the FIA meets on Dec. 7.
Red Star director resigns
Red Star Belgrade managing director Ivan Adzic stepped down on Tuesday after coming under fire from the club’s fans following a 2-0 home defeat by champions and bitter city rivals Partizan. Saturday’s defeat, which was marred by serious crowd trouble and a touchline brawl between rival players and staff, left 1991 European Cup winners Red Star seven points behind first division leaders Partizan. “I came to this position in 2009 at a very difficult time for Red Star, when the club was debt-ridden and comprised only 10 players under contract,” Adzic told Red Star’s official Web site. “I wish to take the pressure off the players and staff members so that they can prepare for the remaining two games before the winter break,” Adzic said. Red Star president Vladan Lukic said after the derby the club would hold general elections next year to inject fresh blood into its management structures. Once a force in eastern Europe, Red Star have been reduced to playing second fiddle to Partizan in the Serbian top flight, with the champions in a commanding position to clinch a record fifth successive league title.
Men’s practice called off
The first practice run for the men’s World Cup downhill race at Beaver Creek, Colorado, was canceled on Tuesday after skiers protested against the condition of the course. Led by American Bode Miller, the skiers complained that some sections on the Birds of Prey piste were unsafe and demanded that they be fixed. The practice session was canceled as stewards set about repairing the course ahead of the next scheduled training run. The race is due to take place tomorrow. “Bode asked us for our opinion and we supported him,” Austria head coach Mathias Berthold told reporters. “I think it’s a good thing that we received the back-up from other leading skiers in this matter.”
Johnson under the knife
Dustin Johnson has undergone surgery in Jupiter, Florida, to repair cartilage in his right knee. He is expected to be out of competition until sometime next month. Johnson won The Barclays in August to become the first player since Tiger Woods in 1999 to win in each of his first four years on the USPGA Tour straight out of college. He has five career wins. His agent, David Winkle at Hambric Sports, said on Tuesday that Johnson has been feeling pain since July, when he was a runner-up to Darren Clarke in the British Open. Johnson is expected to be crutches for a week, then resume chipping and putting. He should be at full speed by the end of this month before returning to golf.