Toro Rosso F1 driver DANIEL RICCIARDO "will replace" Australian countryman MARK WEBBER as teammate of three-time world champion SEBASTIAN VETTEL at Red Bull in '14, according to Garloff & Bach of SPORT BILD. The move is expected to be officially announced at the Belgium F1 Grand Prix weekend in Spa-Francorchamps. Red Bull Motorsports Dir Helmut Marko said, "We won't say anything ahead of Spa. That's all I can say" (SPORT BILD, 8/17). The AFP reported ex-world champion KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN and even Vettel's long-time rival FERNANDO ALONSO "have also been linked to the Red Bull vacancy," with Webber retiring from F1 at the end of the season. Ricciardo, 24, has been sponsored by Red Bull since '08, and he "started driving for Toro Rosso last year, claiming 21 Formula One points from 41 Grand Prix races" (AFP, 8/19).
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Getty Images named LEE MARTIN Senior VP/Sports. He will also continue in his role as Senior VP/Sales for Europe and Japan (THE DAILY). ... Australian Karting Association Ltd. Chair MICK DOOHAN announced long-time Australian motorsport administrator KELVIN O'REILLY as the governing body's new CEO (AKA).
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Cyclist CHRIS FROOME "wants to see drug cheats in cycling handed lifetime bans." While Froome "feels the sport has now moved on from past scandals," he believes that "harsher sanctions still need to be handed down to anyone testing positive for drugs." Froome: "I definitely think there need to be harsher penalties for people who break the rules. I'm not so sure they should be allowed back into the sport at all" (SKY SPORTS, 8/18). ... Former Colombian football player CARLOS VALDERRAMA will star in Argentine film director NÉSTOR MONTALBANO's upcoming movie, "Por Un Puñado De Pelo," ("For A Handful Of Hairs"). The movie "will hit the big screen on Nov. 7" (MARCA, 8/18). ... Police said that a young Australian baseball player gunned down while jogging along a road in Oklahoma "was the victim of a random drive-by shooting by a 15-year-old and two other teenagers." CHRIS LANE, 22, "who grew up in the northern Melbourne suburb of Oak Park," had a scholarship to play baseball at Oklahoma's East Central University (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 8/19).
The Age's SAMANTHA LANE: "Some taxi driver gold: "you are the driver behind the wheel of your life". #Sunday #byePerth"
London Daily Mirror's JOHN CROSS: "How is that not a penalty? What's the point of goal line technology when you've got refereeing mistakes like that? Bonkers."
London Daily Mirror sports editor ED MALYON: "Michael Owens has one tone. Dull."
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