American F1 team to unveil Lopez as one of their drivers

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Hart the latest manager to leave Rangers under Briatore

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QPR begin hunt for new manager

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David Tremayne: Where Flavio can go from here

Flavio Briatore's success yesterday in having a French court overturn the lifelong ban imposed upon him last September by the FIA following the "Crashgate" race-rigging scandal leaves the question "where now?" for the colourful entrepreneur, and for motor sport's governing body.

Flavio Briatore: The ego who landed... with a crash

Poll of the Decade: In the first of our series of features revealing the results of our online survey into the good guys, wrongdoers and key moments of the past 10 years, Flavio Briatore is named villain of the decade

Pandora: Peter sets a date for Mandela biography

After several lengthy delays, it appears that Peter Hain's long awaited biography of Nelson Mandela is finally headed for the bookshelves.

Sport in brief: Mosley hits back at ‘desperate’ Briatore

Motor Racing: Max Mosley has launched a defensive broadside at disgraced ex-Renault F1 team principal Flavio Briatore. Mosley spoke out in the light of remarks made by Briatore in leaked court documents relating to the Italian’s legal proceedings against the FIA.

Hart apppointed as QPR manager

Paul Hart has been named the new manager of QPR.

Sport Vote: Villain of the Decade

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The week ahead: 13/12/2009

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And the winner is...The X-Factor. Expect a gazillion people to vote for Stacey (so my colleagues tell me) and line Simon Cowell's pockets while about eight people anoint Jenson Button as BBC Sports "Personality" of the Year. Meanwhile, snooker's Pukka Pies championship is getting very tasty in Telford.

Hit & Run: So long to loft living

It's official. It's no longer fashionable to live in a loft. The monument to 1990s city living – all open plan with no bourgeois walls or middle class privacy – as popularised by Friends and Jamie Oliver – is dead.

QPR owner tops football rich list

QPR shareholder Lakshmi Mittal is the richest man in British football, according to new research.

The ten most controversial bosses in sport

This week Flavio Briatore, the former Renault team principal, was banned for life from Formula One by the Motor Sport Council for his involvement in a race-fixing scandal. The flamboyant Italian millionaire, known for a string of glamourous girlfriends and an extravagent lifestyle, is also a co-owner of QPR. However his expulsion from F1 also calls into question his involvement with QPR, as it means he may fail the Football League’s rules that no director or owner of a club can be "the subject of a band from a sports governing body relating to the administration of that sport."

Emotional return for Chelsea's Joe Cole

Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole has described the emotion of returning from injury in last night's Carling Cup third-round victory over QPR at Stamford Bridge.

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