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Ecclestone back as CEO of Formula 1

FORMULA 1: Bernie Ecclestone's control of Formula One was fully restored yesterday after overcoming court cases that threatened his grip on the motorsport series.

The 84-year-old Ecclestone stepped down as a board member of F1's holding company this year while standing trial for bribery in Germany. The case was closed in August when Ecclestone made a $100 million settlement payment.

Investment group CVC Capital Partner, F1's controlling shareholder, announced Ecclestone's return to the board in a statement yesterday.

CVC also said that former Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo and Paul Walsh, the former chief executive of drinks giant Diageo, will become non-executive directors from January.

Ecclestone built his powerbase in F1 from the 1970s, and helped to create the Formula One Constructors' Association that controlled the business side of the series, including selling the TV rights.

The British-based company later became known as Formula One Management.

It has fought regular tussles with the teams over finances, but has retained control of the global motor racing extravaganza.

Italian rider's doping ban

CYCLING: Italian rider Mauro Santambrogio faces a lifetime ban after testing positive for doping shortly before a previous ban expired.

The International Cycling Union says the 30-year-old Santambrogio tested positive for testosterone on October 22 and is provisionally suspended.

Santambrogio was serving an 18-month ban, which expired November 2, for using the blood-booster EPO at the 2013 Giro d'Italia.

He was stripped of his win in a Giro mountain stage and disqualified from the race.

Santambrogio reportedly received a reduced 18-month ban this year after giving evidence to the Cycling Independent Reform Commission.

That panel was launched by new UCI leadership to investigate doping in the Lance Armstrong era and alleged complicity by the governing body. It is due to report in February.