Sport In Brief:
Motorsport: Briatore faces appeal fate
Published 05/01/2010 | 05:00
FLAVIO BRIATORE is expected to learn this afternoon whether his lifetime ban for race-fixing will be overturned by the French courts.
The former Renault team principal is suing motorsport's governing body, the FIA, after he was found guilty by its world council last September of ordering Nelson Piquet Jnr to crash deliberately at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix to help Fernando Alonso win the race.
Pat Symonds, Renault's former director of engineering who received a five-year ban for his role in the scandal, has also appealed to the Tribunal de Grande Instance.
Briatore, who is seeking a €1m in damages, claims the ruling was a "legal absurdity" and that the FIA was used by former president Max Mosley as "a tool to exact vengeance" following disagreements between the pair last summer that led the teams to threaten to start their own series.
If the ban is upheld, Briatore could be forced to give up his co-ownership of QPR under the Football League's "fit-and-proper persons" rule.
The Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets wrapped up play-off berths on the final day of the regular season on Sunday but the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers were not as fortunate.
The Ravens (9-7) used a 21-13 win over the Oakland Raiders (5-11) to grab one of two AFC wild card spots and end the slim post-season hopes of the Steelers (9-7), who had earlier beaten the Miami Dolphins (7-9) 30-24. Baltimore will play at New England in the other AFC wildcard game next Sunday.
In the NFC, the Dallas Cowboys (11-5) galloped to a 24-0 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles (11-5) to win the East Division title and set up a play-off rematch between the two teams in Texas on Saturday.
The other NFC play-off game will have the Arizona Cardinals (10-6) hosting the Green Bay Packers (11-5) in another rematch on Sunday. Green Bay crushed Arizona 33-7 on Sunday as the Cardinals, like a number of teams, rested most of their starters.
Evander Holyfield's WBF heavyweight title bout against Francois Botha has been postponed to give the boxers and organisers more time to prepare.
Promoter Eddie Bazira said the fight, which had been scheduled to take place in Uganda on January 16, will now be held on February 20.