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Who will replace Mark Webber at Red Bull?

As Formula 1 takes its traditional summer break, one of the key talking points within the media and the paddock is the question of who will replace Mark Webber at Red Bull Racing.

Departing | Australian driver Mark Webber is to retire from Formula 1 at the end of the season. (Image | GT Spirit)

Departing | Australian driver Mark Webber is to retire from Formula 1 at the end of the season. (Image | GT Spirit)

The team’s hierarchy will use this three-week break to discuss which driver they believe to be the best appointment once the Australian leaves to race for Porsche next season, in the classic Le Mans 24 Hour race.

Before the last outing in Hungary, the two leading candidates for the seat were Lotus’ Kimi Räikkönen and Daniel Ricciardo, of Red Bull’s sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso.

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The World Championships in Athletics that follow an Olympic Games can often have the feeling of “going into the office the morning after the work Christmas party”. A bit of a let down following the thrill of the main event.

Expectation | As at the 2012 London Olympic Games, all eyes will be on Mo Farah, the main hope for British glory. (Image | Daily Express)

Expectation | As at the 2012 London Olympic Games, all eyes will be on Mo Farah, the main hope for British glory. (Image | Daily Express)

All the effort that went into the preparation for the London 2012 Olympic Games can drain an athlete, both physically and psychologically. Where do you go once you have climbed Mount Everest?

For the world’s premier track and field athletes, they head to Moscow for the 2013 World Championships. From a British perspective, this is not a meet to be anticipated with a great deal of confidence.

Of the trio that brought us that magic hour last summer, Jessica Ennis-Hill is absent with injury, while Greg Rutherford has suffered injury problems, and struggled for form all year. Only Mo Farah heads to Moscow looking like a potential world champion in waiting.

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Lewis Hamilton cruised to victory from pole at the Hungaroring to record his first victory for Mercedes since his switch from McLaren at the end of last season, writes James Oliver.

Relief | Lewis Hamilton holds the winner's trophy aloft after his first race victory for Mercedes. (Image | The Telegraph)

Relief | Lewis Hamilton holds the winner’s trophy aloft after his first race victory for Mercedes. (Image | The Telegraph)

His victory, beating Kimi Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel into second and third respectively, was Hamilton’s fourth at the track and all the more impressive considering Mercedes’ history with high rear tyre degradation in soaring temperatures.

The lack of this on Hamilton’s rears enabled the Briton to drive in his normal style without having to nurse the tyres, as has been the case throughout the Formula 1 World Championship this year.

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I love the Olympic Stadium: the sheer majesty of the arena, and the fact that Britain has something approaching its very own sporting citadel. It stands as proof positive that the country is capable of building high-profile arenas on time, and on budget, after the shambles that was, and is, Wembley Stadium.

Full house | A year on from the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Olympic Stadium remains a special place. (Image | CBBC)

Full house | A year on from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Olympic Stadium remains a truly special place, but one fraught with problems and contradictions. (Image | CBBC)

I love the sense of reverence you can feel from people as they make their way to the stadium. An intangible feeling of being part of something that is bigger than themselves.

I love the piquant aroma of positivity that seems to emerge from the place, like a perfume counter, making all that are in it feel a little more optimistic about life.

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David West's decision to stay in Indiana maintains the Pacers' status as second-best in the East

David West’s decision to stay in Indiana maintains the Pacers’ status as second-best in the East

In Part One of our countdown of the NBA’s top movers this summer, we reviewed the likely impacts of the arrivals of Carl Landry, Jose Calderon, JR Smith and others in their new (or old) destinations.

While each of those players brings an impactful signing to their new club, the men we have left on the list are all potential season-altering deals. Here are the top ten free agents most likely to shape the 2013-14 NBA season…

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Chauncey Billups is one of several players returning to a former home in 2013 free agency (Image | ABC)

Chauncey Billups is one of several players returning to a former home in 2013 free agency (Image | ABC)

Free-agent season is often the most unpredictable month of the NBA calendar. Mixed in with the inevitable re-signings and weeks-long dramas that everyone loses interest in are a clutch of utterly unpredictable stories of new arrivals (and homecomings) that change the landscape of the league.

With that in mind, we’ve picked out the top 20 free agent moves of the summer so far.

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Mid-season syndrome for the Essex Spartans

Currently second from bottom of the second tier of the National league, the Essex Spartans have suffered five losses and only picked up one win so far this season.

WORD | Caption. (Image | Emma Webb)

Struggle | The Essex Spartans have only picked up one win out of six games so far this season. (Image | Emma Webb)

Kicking off back in April with a brand new and enthusiastic committee, a thoroughly rejuvenated youth squad and a roster of 58 senior players, the Spartans took to the field with every confidence that this season belonged to the Black Tide. So where did it all go wrong?

Head coach Marc Saunders said: “The results speak for themselves, but they don’t paint the full picture.

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The British and Irish Lions took to the field in Sydney on Saturday knowing that their place in the rugby history books would be secured if they could beat their Australian hosts.

WORD | Leigh Halfpenny... (Image | talkSPORT)

Game face | Leigh Halfpenny celebrates as the British and Irish Lions wrap up a 2-1 series win in Australia. (Image | talkSPORT)

When they left the field 80 minutes later, the Lions had a 2-1 series win and became the first side since 1997 to achieve success in the Southern Hemisphere.

First test: Lions 23 Australia 21

The first match kicked off the series in a brutal fashion, with Wallabies centre Christian Leali’ifano being stretchered off less than a minute into his international debut.

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The women’s game in tennis can struggle to get any meaningful attention, for a number of reasons connected to, and independent of, the sport itself.

Overshadowed | Women's tennis is often ignored for a number of reasons, but the treatment of Marion Bartoli rightfully caused outrage. (Image | The Guardian)

Overshadowed | Women’s tennis is often ignored for a number of reasons, but the treatment of Marion Bartoli rightfully caused outrage. (Image | The Guardian)

Having to deal with the lack of great rivalries compared to previous years, the incomparable brilliance currently on show in the men’s game, and pervasive sexism that still exists in society, it looked as though the 2013 Wimbledon Championships women’s singles final might end up being an eminently forgettable affair.

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David Moyes, Manchester United's new manager, has been quick to make his mark on the club's coaching infrastructure (Image | Sky)

David Moyes, Manchester United’s new manager, has been quick to make his mark on the club’s coaching infrastructure (Image | Sky)

As a Manchester United supporter, I was entirely pleased (and not surprised) when David Moyes was appointed the successor to Sir Alex Ferguson. What came as more of a surprise, however, was the subsequent overhaul of the Old Trafford coaching staff.

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