x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Pete Sampras's trophies stolen

Pete Sampras has had most of his trophies stolen from a storage facility.

Pete Sampras has had most of his trophies stolen from a storage facility. The Los Angeles Times reported that thieves took most of the tennis legend's trophies from his 64 Tour wins, two Davis Cups, an Olympic ring and six trophies for world No 1 rankings from 1993 to 1998. But Sampras, 39, still has all but one of his 14 grand slam trophies. "Losing this stuff is like having the history of my tennis life taken away," he said.

Del Potro will play in Sydney

Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina, the 2009 US Open winner, will resume his comeback from a 12-month injury lay-off as a wild card at the Sydney International next month. Del Potro fell from four to 259 in the world tennis rankings when he dropped out of the Tour after this year's Australian Open and had surgery on his right wrist in May. He withdrew from this year's US Open and lost his first comeback match in September.

Badoer calls it quits at Ferrari

Luca Badoer, the Ferrari test driver, is standing down after 13 years with the Formula One team, Ferrari said yesterday. Badoer, 39, raced for Minardi between 1993 and 1999 and also competed, without success, in two grands prix for Ferrari as a stand-in for the injured Brazilian Felipe Massa in the season before last. Badoer, from Italy, holds the Formula One record for the most race starts without ever scoring a point - 51.

Wales without winger North

George North will miss the start of the Six Nations rugby after the Wales winger was ruled out for three months with a shoulder injury. The 18-year-old underwent surgery this week after hurting his left shoulder during Wales' international against Fiji on November 19. He still played against New Zealand on November 27. Wales are already without Shane Williams, another winger, who also has a shoulder problem.