Sport in Brief: Facebook brothers in Oxford crew

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Rowing: The American twins who sued the founder of Facebook for stealing their idea have been named in the Oxford crew for the 156th Boat Race against Cambridge on 3 April.

Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss claimed that Mark Zuckerberg, a fellow student at Harvard, had based Facebook on their plans for a social networking site called ConnectU. In 2008, they were offered a settlement worth a reported £43m after a four-year legal battle.

The Winklevoss brothers, 28, are dual American national champions and they boast an Olympic pedigree, having finished sixth in the men's pair at the Beijing Games. Oxford president Sjoerd Hamburger is the only surviving member of last year's winning crew and the Dutch Olympian yesterday accepted the official challenge from Cambridge counterpart Deaglan McEachern. Oxford also feature Ben Myers in the bow seat after the 20-year-old put in a series of impressive training performances. The Cambridge coach, Chris Nilsson, named Henry Pelly, last year's president and a veteran of two Boat Races, at stroke

FIA launches supercar world championship

Motor Racing: FIA president Jean Todt launched the FIA GT1 World Championship in Paris yesterday. The new series will sit alongside F1, WRC and WTTC as the FIA's fourth fully accredited world championship. Six manufacturers and 12 teams will line up to contest the inaugural season. Aston Martin, Corvette, Ford, Nissan, Lamborghini and Maserati will each supply two private teams with two cars, making up a grid of 24 supercars. The series is aimed solely at private teams, a move designed to keep control of costs. The season gets under way at the Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi on 17 April. Macilister Bryan

Germany held at start of world title defence

Hockey: Holders Germany rallied after being outpaced early on by South Korea to draw their first pool A match 2-2 at the men's hockey World Cup in Delhi yesterday. The top Asian side scored two goals in the first 15 minutes to put the Olympic champions under pressure in the absence of several experienced players. Florian Fuchs and Benjamin Wess scored in the second half for Germany, who are aiming for a third straight world title. In the same pool, New Zealand beat Canada 3-2 in the opening match. Veteran Ryan Archibald scored a stunning field goal with four minutes left to secure a dramatic win.

Force India settle accounts to race on

Motor Racing: Force India have ended speculation surrounding their future by confirming their accounts are now up to date. A report a month ago indicated the team faced dissolution after failing to lodge their mandatory financial accounts for 2008 before last October's deadline. The team were granted an extension to 25 February and their chief executive officer, Otmar Szafnauer, confirmed that the team had complied with the deadline. "The matter was a storm in a tea cup, as there was never a real risk to us," Szafnauer said. "It is normal to get extensions like that."

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