Sport in brief: New hope for Donington over British Grand Prix

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Motor Racing: Bernie Ecclestone has hinted that Donington Park is still a rival to Silverstone to host the British Grand Prix next season.

Asked if he would reopen talks with the circuit despite its failure so far to secure the required funding, the F1 rights holder told the BBC: “Definitely. If someone comes along with the right ideas and funding, then yes.” But he also warned that further delays could result in Britain failing to stage a race at all. “We are having an FIA meeting on 11 December to decide the calendar. If nothing is in place by then, Britain will be taken off.”

Crusaders could move north to new home

Rugby League: Uncertainty again surrounds the future of Wales' Super League club, following reports that it might prove more of a viable concern in the north than in the south of the Principality. The Crusaders – formerly the Celtic Crusaders – will play their first game of next season against Leeds at Wrexham rather than their new base at Newport. Leighton Samuel, who has financed the Crusaders at Bridgend since their inception, is rumoured to want to pull out. He is currently out of the country on business. Dave Hadfield

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