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London: Senior politicians cast doubt on the Russian GP on Tuesday and called for the race to be cancelled. The event in Sochi has been thrust into the limelight after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in Ukraine, killing 298 people, with the sport anxiously watching developments. Meanwhile, Ecclestone confirmed that Formula One will race in Mexico City next year. It last hosted a race in 1992.

Rafal wins

Paris: Poland’s Rafal Majka captured his second stage victory at the Tour de France on Wednesday, winning Stage 17th with a late breakaway on the last of four tough climbs in the Pyrenees. Vincenzo Nibali of Italy, who finished third, retained the leader’s yellow jersey.

Cyclists in trouble

Glasgow: Sri Lanka’s cycling team took to the open road for training at the Commonwealth Games but prompted a police response as they rode along one of Scotland’s busiest motorways on Wednesday. Four cyclists, wearing Sri Lankan team training jerseys, travelled along the M74, braving 70 mile per hour traffic and the wrath of Scottish police since bicycles are banned on motorways.

Sally doubtful

Glasgow: Olympic champion Sally Pearson of Australia says she’s a doubtful starter for the 100 metres at the Commonwealth Games due to hamstring problems, though she still hopes to compete in her speciality 100-metre hurdles event.

Shakhtar move

Kiev: Shakhtar Donetsk will shift their headquarters to Kiev and play their Champions League and domestic games in the western city of Lviv to escape from Ukraine’s strife-torn east, CEO Sergei Palkin confirmed.

Maiden victory

New Delhi: India’s Ankita Raina recorded her maiden victory on the WTA circuit when she overcame Japanese qualifier Junri Namigata in the opening round of the $125,000 International Women’s Open in Nanchang, China. She won 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.

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