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In Pictures: The week’s winners and losers
We take a look at the sporting week’s winners and losers.
Sebastian Vettel emerged victorious at the Interlagos Circuit in Brazil, becoming the youngest triple champion in Formula One history when he finished sixth behind the victorious Jenson Button. Fernando Alonso finished second but it was not enough to overhaul Vettel’s lead.
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Michael Schumacher(***)s waved farewell to his fans at the season-ender. (***)I enjoyed most of it,” the 43-year-old German said of his return. (***)It wasn(***)t as successful as we wanted it to be but still I learned a lot for life and I(***)m quite glad for the good emotions again. Now is a good time to go...(***)
Despite FA Cup and European Champions League success last season, Chelsea have parted company with manager Roberto Di Matteo. After a run of just two wins in eight games in all competitions enough was enough for owner Roman Abramovich. Former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez takes over as (***)interim(***) first-team manager.
Ireland were the stand-out performers for the northern hemisphere in the latest round of November internationals with an impressive 46-24 victory over Argentina. Elsewhere world champions New Zealand dominated Grand Slam champions Wales in a 33-10 win, Australia nipped Italy 22-19 and the Springboks edged England 16-15.
Real Madrid suffered a major setback to their Spanish title hopes slumping to a 1-0 defeat at Real Betis.
World number one Rory McIlroy claimed his fifth title of the season with victory at the season-ending championship of the European Tour in Dubai, where he birdied the last five holes to beat Justin Rose by two shots.
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was honoured with a nine-foot statue outside Old Trafford to mark his 25th anniversary at the club: (***)Normally people die before they see their statue, so I(***)m out-living death,(***) remarked the 70-year-old Scotsman.
Olympic luge champion Felix Loch led a German sweep of the top-five positions at the season-opening race, the first time in the men(***)s World Cup that all five lugers from one nation finished ahead of the field.
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