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Steve Clarke named Reading boss - sports round-up

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Former Chelsea assistant and West Brom manager Steve Clarke has taken over the managerial vacancy at Reading. Nigel Adkins was relieved of his duties at the Madejski Stadium yesterday.

The final straw for the former Southampton manager came after a 6-1 defeat against lowly Birmingham over the weekend.

Hamilton wants more success

Lewis Hamilton has set his sights on seven more years in Formula 1 after scooping his second world title this season. The Mercedes driver claimed the BBC Sports Personality of the Year prize on Sunday to round off his successful 2014.

Hamilton saw off team-mate Nico Rosberg to claim his first world title since his 2008 triumph with McLaren, and says he hopes to continue adding to his title haul for the foreseeable future with Mercedes.

"I feel like I've got another seven years in F1," he told BBC Sport. "That's the goal. I got the first title in 2008 and now a second title, so the sky is the limit from here."

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McIlroy ends year on a high

Rory McIlroy finished behind Hamilton on Sunday night in Glasgow, but has still finished his year on a high after being named the European Tour Golfer of the Year.

The world number one claimed five titles in 2014 including two majors as well as his first World Golf Championship.

Pietersen dropped from IPL contract

Kevin Pietersen has been left without an IPL side after he was dropped by the Delhi Daredevils. The former England batsman has been released from a contract worth a reported £880,000. 

The Daredevils have finished bottom of the IPL for the last two years and are now undergoing a major shake-up. "We have submitted our list of releases to the IPL governing council and I can confirm that we have released Kevin Pietersen, Dinesh Karthik and Murali Vijay among the marquee players," chief executive Hemant Dua said.

Changes

"We have only retained 11 players from the last season of IPL. We are looking at rebuilding our squad. He (Pietersen) has not played any cricket really this year. He was bought for £880,000. That frees up a lot of money.

"Karthik was an expensive buy. It was the decision of the Daredevils management. The rationale behind releasing some of the marquee players is going into the auction with a bigger purse and also look from the perspective of being cost effective."

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