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Last year's FIFA World Player Lionel Messi (Argentina), his team-mate in the Spanish club Barcelona club Xavi (Spain), and Real Madrid's Portuguese international, Cristiano Ronaldo, have been shortlisted for the 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or FIFA France Football announced Monday at a press conference held at the headquarters of France Football magazine in Paris.
The 2011 Formula 1 championship was wrapped up Sunday with Australian driver Mark Webber benefitting from a dose of misfortune to his Red Bull team-mate and world champion Sebastian Vettel, who was hampered by a gearbox problem to record his first victory
The sports world today mourns the death of the Wales national football team manager, Gary Speed, aged 42, who was found dead at his home in Huntington, Chester, England, after apparently after committing suicide.
Sunday marks the final round of the 2011 Formula One World Championship, and after the recent dramas of 2010 and 2008 it's a much lower-key end to the season with the Drivers and Manufactures' titles already wrapped up in favour of Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull team. The champion starts in pole position, his 15th of the season, breaking Nigel Mansell's record for the most in a season and lining up on the front row ahead of Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber at Interlagos on Sunday.
Lewis Hamilton obtained his third victory of the season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after champion Sebastian Vettel, who started from pole position, retired at the second corner with a puncture that left the German driver and his Red Bull team perplexed, unable to explain why his rear tyre suddenly deflated after the first corner.
Seventeen years after their firs victory, Tunisian club Esperance won the 2011 CAF Champions League title once again after defeating Wydad Casablanca 1-0 on aggregate with a goal from Ghanaian-born defender Harrison Afful after both teams had finished their first leg in the 47th edition of the competition in a scoreless draw.
The International Atheltics Federation, IAAF, has chosen London to host the 2017 World Athletics Championships, five years after organising the 2012 Olympic Games. London won the vote over Doha for the right to stage the global showpiece for the first time, thus fulfilling a promise of a legacy for track and field. London and Doha were the only candidates for the 2017 showpiece.
The Commonwealth Games Federation has chosen Australia's Gold Coast to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The vote went in its favour by a 43-27 margin over its only rival, the Sri Lankan city of Hambantota.
Sebastian Vettel won a titanic battle with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button to take his 14th pole position of the season and equal Nigel Mansell's record of 14 pole wins in a season. The Red Bull driver showed he has no equal at the moment and edged out the McLarens with the final lap of qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
American boxer Joe 'Smokin' Joe' Frazier, who became the heavyweight champion of the world and earned boxing immortality with three epic battles against Muhammad Ali, has died at the age of 67 in Philadelphia a month after being diagnosed with liver cancer.
Although we are still two months away from the 2012 finals, the Confederation of African Football, CAF, has already released the draw for the qualifiers of the 2013 edition that was scheduled to be hosted by Libya. However after consultations, CAF moved the competition to South Africa.
Barcelona's Argentine international Lionel Messi, winner of the last two editions of the FIFA Golden Ball Award has once again been shortlisted by the International Football Federation for the 2011 award. For the second year running, the list of 23 players is replete with Barcelona players, with no fewer than eight nominated.
Formula 1 Racing Champion Sebastian Vettel added anohter jewel in his crown when he became the first driver to achieve a stragithforward win the first India Grand Prix Sunday. The Red Bull driver won ahead of a battling Jenson Button, who finished second in his McLaren after beating Ferrari's Ferna
In their third ever final of the Africa Cup of Nations to be played next year in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, Libya, were drawn in a very tough Group A and will play in the 2012 tournament's opening match against co-hosts Equatorial Guniea on January 21.
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