Rosberg wins Monaco Grand Prix, team-mate Hamilton in second place

Nico RosbergMonaco, May 26 - Nico Rosberg beat Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in a tense fight for victory in the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday.

The race, according to the BBC, started off as a slow-burner, but came alive in the closing laps with Ricciardo challenging Hamilton, and a series of dramatic incidents led to constant changes for the lower points positions.

Nadal: It's not easy to go from hard courts to clay

Nadal: It's not easy to go from hard courts to clayMonaco, April 15 - Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, who will make his debut at the Monte Carlo Masters Wednesday, said it was not easy to make the transition from hard courts to clay because it took time to make adjustments and find a rhythm.

"Let's not forget that I only play five or six tournaments on clay a year," Nadal said in a press conference.

Actor DiCaprio ventures into racing world with Formula E

leonardo-dicaprio-formula-eMonaco, Dec 10 : Venturi Automobiles has announced a joint venture with award winning actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio to enter a team in the new FIA Formula E Championship - the world’s first fully electric race series beginning in September 2014.

Based in Monaco, the new Venturi Grand Prix Formula E Team has been co-founded by DiCaprio and Gildo Pallanca Pastor, founder of pioneering EV manufacturer Venturi Automobiles, together with Bert Hedaya and Francesco Costa.

Monte Carlo Masters results

Roberto-BautistaMonte Carlo, April 16 : Spanish tennis player Roberto Bautista upset French 11th seed Gilles Simon at the Monte Carlo Masters here.

The following are the results of the ATP Monte Carlo Masters tournament Monday:

Spanish-Italian duels continue in Europa League group stage

Spanish-Italian duels continue in Europa League group stage Monaco - Lazio will face Villareal, while Valencia come up against Genoa in Italian-Spanish duels in the draw for the group stage of football's Europa League made in Monaco on Friday.

It follows the Champions League draw on Thursday which also threw up Spanish-Italian pairings, with Barcelona drawn in a group with Inter Milan while Real Madrid facing AC Milan.

Second stage of Tour de France gets underway

Second stage of Tour de France gets underway Monaco  - The second stage of the 2009 Tour de France got underway Sunday in the principality of Monaco, with Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara wearing the leader's yellow jersey and race favourite Alberto Contador in second place.

The stage covers 187 kilometers from Monaco to Brignoles and is likely to end in a sprint to the finish, despite the presence of four modest climbs on the route. In case of a sprint, the favourite to win the stage is Mark Cavendish of Great Britain.

"I'm happy with the time," Armstrong says after first stage

"I'm happy with the time," Armstrong says after first stage Monaco - Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong said Saturday he was happy with his race after completing his first Tour stage in four years, the
15.5km individual time trial in Monaco.

"I'm happy," the 37-year-old Armstrong told journalists when he had changed into street clothes after finishing the first stage of the 2009 Tour. "Even if we don't win, I'm happy with the time."

All eyes on Armstrong as 2009 Tour de France gets underway

All eyes on Armstrong as 2009 Tour de France gets underway Monaco- The first stage of the 2009 Tour de France got underway Saturday in Monaco as Dutch rider Kenny van Hummel rolled down the starting ramp.

Prince Albert II of Monaco gave the official start to the race, but most of the attention was focused on seven-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong.

The 37-year-old Texas native is making a comeback to the Tour after a retirement from cycling of more than three years and the 15.5km individual time trial through the streets of Monaco appears tailor-made for him.

Monaco Formula One Grand Prix starting grid

Formula One Grand PrixMonte Carlo - Starting grid for Sunday's Monaco Formula One Grand Prix, the sixth of 17 season races over 78 laps of 3.340 kilometres for a race distance of 260.520 kilometres.

First row 1. Jenson Button, Britain, Brawn GP 2. Kimi Raikkonen, Finland, Ferrari

Second row 3. Rubens Barrichello, Brazil, Brawn GP 4. Sebastian Vettel, Germany, Red Bull

Third row 5. Felipe Massa, Brazil, Ferrari 6. Nico Rosberg, Germany, Williams

Fourth row 7. Heikki Kovalainen, Finland, McLaren-Mercedes 8. Mark Webber, Australia, Red Bull

Nadal avoids a marathon with two quick catch-up wins

Rafael NadalMonte Carlo  - Rafael Nadal saved energy, earning two wins in a total of three hours to blast into his fifth straight semi-final at the Monte Carlo Masters on Friday as the tournament got caught up after Thursday rain.

The top seed in the chase for five trophies on the trot at the European clay-season opener, by beating Nicolas Lapentti 6-3, 6-0 then notched his 25th win in a row at the venue 6-3, 6-3 in a quarter-final over Croatian Ivan Ljubicic.

"I played less than three hours, that's always important. I just went to the court and tried to play my best. The first match was not long and I was totally hundred percent in the second.

Murray ready to take his success on to clay

Murray ready to take his success on to clay Monte Carlo  - Andy Murray kick-starts his clay season at the weekend fresh off his third trophy of 2009 at Miami as he plays the Monte Carlo Masters.

"I want to do better than I did last year and try to reach the quarter-finals of one of the big tournaments," said the world number 4.

The Scot is planning a full schedule on the dirt, where he never got past a third round in 2008. He is scheduled for Monte Carlo starting Sunday, Rome and Madrid prior to Paris.

FIA and F1 teams agree cost-cutting package

FIA and F1 teams agree cost-cutting packageMonaco  - Formula One teams and the international motorsport federation FIA reached agreement Wednesday on cost-cutting measures for the sport from next year.

Their proposals at a meeting in Monaco will be put forward to the FIA World Motor Sport Council on Friday.

A joint statement from FIA and the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) gave no details of the proposed savings, saying full details will be released following Friday's meeting.

Monaco’s Prince finds new friend in Putin

London, Sep 22: Russian officials have sent a team of builders to Monaco to erect a three-bedroom “dacha” in Prince Albert’s garden, as a sign of the growing friendship between Moscow and the tiny principality on the Riviera.

The simple wooden building has the function of a pool house at Albert’s estate in the hills behind Monte Carlo and reflected the growing bonds with Moscow that have helped to turn Monaco, a glamorous tax haven, into the favourite playground of Russians.

Albert’s spokesman declined to comment but a former adviser saw the dacha as evidence of the warm friendship that has developed between the 50-year-old bachelor prince and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Sarkozy: Mediterranean Union like Franco-German reconciliation

Nicolas SarakozyMonaco - French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday in the city state of Monaco compared the proposed Mediterranean Union to the beginning of the current friendship between France and Germany.

Referring to the proposed union of European nations and countries along the Mediterranean rim, Sarkozy said: "It will certainly not be easier than the reconciliation between Germany and France," but added that in the end the Franco-German reconciliation was a success.

Sarkozy called the Mediterranean Union "one of France's most important political projects."

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