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  • Force India Agree To Long-Term Mercedes Engine Deal Beginning In 2014

    Force India will use Mercedes engines when F1 "introduces its new regulations next season," according to Andrew Benson of the BBC. The sport is "switching from the current normally aspirated 2.4-litre V8s to turbo-charged 1.6-litre V6s with more extensive energy recovery systems." Force India, which has used Mercedes engines since '09, has a new deal to stay with them "from 2014 onwards." The deal was "expected following Force India's decision to sign German Adrian Sutil this year rather than Ferrari-linked Jules Bianchi, who ended up at Marussia" (BBC, 3/28). The PTI reported the agreement "will see Mercedes-Benz supply Force India with a complete Power Unit (internal combustion engine plus energy recovery system), transmission and all associated ancillary systems under the new regulations" for '14 (PTI, 3/28).

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  • League One Coventry City To Play Final Three Regular-Season Games At Ricoh Arena

    League One Coventry City will play its final three scheduled league games of the season at the Ricoh Arena "after the agreement of a short-term deal," according to the BBC. Coventry City FC Ltd and Arena Coventry Ltd Joint Administrator Paul Appleton made the announcement "in a short statement on Thursday morning." The club has been locked in a year-long rent row with ACL, its landlords. The club said, "We apologise profusely to fans about the confusion. We are delighted this has now been resolved. Moving forward, we hope that we can continue a constructive dialogue with ACL with the aim of securing a sustainable future for the club at the Ricoh Arena" (BBC, 3/28). The PA wrote the final line of Coventry's statement suggests the club's long-term future "may still lie at the venue, which is jointly owned by the Alan Edward Higgs Charity and Coventry City Council." The lengthy row centers on Coventry's refusal to pay an annual rental fee of £1.28M ($1.94M), the highest in both League One and the Championship "by some considerable distance, while also bemoaning the fact they do not get access to 100% of matchday revenue" (PA, 3/28).

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  • Man City Exploring Other International Cities To Expand Football Academies

    Man City said it is "exploring other destinations around the world" for future expansion, according to Mike Keegan of the MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS. The club already runs coaching centers in cities including Miami and L.A., and "have been rumoured to be in the running to create a new team in New York that would compete in America’s MLS." A spokesperson confirmed that "further expansion is on the cards," after Man City doubled the size of its football school in Abu Dhabi (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS, 3/28). AFP reported the coaching center in Abu Dhabi, named the MCFC School of Football, "has doubled in size since it opened a year ago." It now caters for 550 boys and girls between ages 5 and 18, and is "run by five coaches on weekday evenings and Saturdays." Coaching at the school "takes the form of 10-week courses, all of which follow the same training techniques and philosophies of Roberto Mancini's first team" at Man City (AFP, 3/27).

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