And he's off.
After spending more than half his life as a McLaren employee, Lewis Hamilton has announced he will walk away from his $22m a year contract in order to take up a $24m a year deal with Mercedes, where he will fill the seat of retiring geriatric great Michael Schumacher. "I will be forever grateful for the opportunity McLaren gave me," Hamilton yawned, presumably while reclining on a gold-leaf chaise longue wearing a boiler suit woven entirely from high denomination bank notes. Mexican tyro Sergio Pérez has already signed up to replace him.
England crash out of T20
The ICC World Twenty20 continues to provide cut-price firework displays, oddly homemade-looking podium dancers and more rustic scythes than a Cotswold tourist pub – all without offering, as yet, any real clue as to who might win it. The notable exception to that rule being reigning champions England, who were dumped out of the tournament unceremoniously after defeats by West Indies and holders Sri Lanka.
Another historic victory
Football: never knowingly underblown. "We wrote history for our team," was the verdict of skinny-tied touchline dreamboat Andre Villas-Boas after Tottenham's 3-2 win at Manchester United, a result that leaves his former club Chelsea three points clear at the top of the Premier League. In Italy Juventus continue to dazzle: a 4-1 cuffing aside of Roma means the league leaders are now 45 matches unbeaten in Serie A. And in La Liga, Barcelona remain practically perfect in every way after coming from two goals down to beat Sevilla 3-2 and maintain their 100% record.
US sporting haplessness
Meanwhile American sport continues to explore its own self-destructive take on industrial relations. Lockout #1 update: the NHL remains in chaos as players and owners negotiate the divvying up of their $3.3bn purse. The start of the regular season next week could yet be an ice hockey free zone. Lockout #2 update: referees in the NFL have finally agreed a new deal, ending a walkout most notable for the efforts of a bunch of enthusiastic but often spectacularly hapless amateur stand-in refs over the last three weeks. Which is, at the very least, an excellent idea for a sporting-comedy blockbuster, probably starring Will Ferrell.
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