All sports and their best images

SPORTEL Awards 2018As every year, the SPORTEL Awards international competition rewarded the most outstanding sports images of the year. Known as the “Golden Podium Awards”, the trophies are presented to the directors who have produced the best sports segments of the previous year.

Every year, numerous Olympic champions and celebrities from the sporting world take part in the ceremony, which is held under the high patronage of Prince Albert II of Monaco and under the patronage of the IOC. Read more

Thierry Henry named new Monaco coach

Thierry HenryThe 41-year-old French World Cup winner, who had been working as an assistant coach for the Belgian national team since 2016, signed a contract with Monaco through until June 2021. The former striker will be joined by Joao Carlos Valado Tralhao, under-23 coach at Benfica, and Patrick Kwame Ampadu, coach at the Arsenal Academy.

Henry replaces Leonardo Jardim, who was sacked in midweek following a string of poor results that left Monaco languishing in 18th in France’s Ligue 1. Henry knows Monaco well having graduated from their youth system and making his professional debut for the Principality club in 1994. Read more

Linford Christie, the sphinx legend

Linford ChristieThe only British man to have won gold medals in the 100 m at all four major competitions open to British athletes: the Olympic Games, the World Championships, the European Championships and the Commonwealth Games, will be the president of the jury of the 2018 Sportel Awards in Monaco. He was also the first European to break the 10-second barrier in the 100 m and still holds the British record in the event. He is a former work indoor record holder over 200 m, and a former European record holder in the 60 m, 100 m and 4X100 m relay.

Christie was born in Saint Andrew in Jamaica, where he was brought up by his grandmother. Read more

Bixente Lizarazu, the “Basque” winger champion


L’ancien champion du monde 1998 est membre du jury des Sportel Awards 2018 à Monaco

An enthusiast in several sports from a young age, Lizarazu began his professional career with Girondins de Bordeaux, joining the club’s youth setup as a 15-year-old in 1984 and initially playing as a winger. After being told he would not make a career from football due to his frail physicality as a teenager, he impressed the staff with his determination and became a member of the senior squad in 1988 alongside forward Christophe Dugarry. He was retrained to play as a counter-attacking left back at the suggestion of coach Didier Couécou and soon replaced the veteran Gernot Rohr (later to the be the club’s manager) in the position. Read more

Moto – Dovizioso wins for Ducati

Andrea Dovizioso

Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Misano Adriatico, Italy – September 9, 2018 Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso celebrates his win on the podium REUTERS/Max Rossi

by Alan Baldwin

MISANO ADRIATICO, Italy (Reuters) – Italian Andrea Dovizioso won the San Marino Grand Prix for Ducati on Sunday while reigning world champion Marc Marquez finished second to increase his MotoGP championship lead to 67 points.

Local favourite Valentino Rossi managed only a distant seventh for Yamaha and lost second place overall to Dovizioso who now has 154 points to Spaniard Marquez’s 221 with six races remaining. Rossi has 151. Read more

Tennis – Rising star Osaka has bright future to lead sport

Naomi Osaka

Sep 5, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates her win over Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine in a quarter-final match on day ten. Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS

by Steve Keating

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. Open that began by celebrating a 50th anniversary could end with Serena Williams snatching a record equaling 24th Grand Slam title but it may well be remembered as Naomi Osakas coming out party.

The daughter of a Japanese mother and Haitian father, the charismatic Osaka has offered signs that she possesses all the talent and personality necessary to fill the void that will be left when the likes of the Williams sisters and Sharapova eventually retire. Read more