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Chinese grand prix qualifying

Hamilton on pole position in China after Webber runs out of fuel in qualifying in another Red Bull farce

By
Ian Parkes, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

07:07 GMT, 13 April 2013

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UPDATED:

07:16 GMT, 13 April 2013

Lewis Hamilton lit up the Mercedes garage by grabbing his first pole position for the team since joining them at the start of the year.

For the 27th time in his Formula One career, Hamilton will lead away the field come the start of tomorrow's Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit.

Joining the 27-year-old on the front row will be Kimi Raikkonen in his Lotus ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg in his Mercedes.

More to follow…

Pole position: Hamilton qualified fastest on Saturday

Pole position: Hamilton qualified fastest on Saturday

Sergio Ramos to make 100th Spain cap in World Cup qualifier against Finland

There's a lot of love in the Spanish camp as Ramos prepares for 100th cap against Finland

), World Cup (2010)

Caps: 99

Goals: 8

Debut:Spain 3-0 China, 26 March 2005

In another photo tweeted by Arsenal's
Santi Cazorla, Ramos is shown to be particularly affectionate to
Chelsea's Juan Mata in rubbing his knee.

The reality could well be, however, that the defender is simply trying to ensure his team-mates are relaxed and happy so that they can secure victory on such a big personal occasion.

'I feel great pride and responsibility as it is difficult to achieve at my age but I made my debut when I was very young and have had coaches who have trusted in me,' Ramos told AS earlier this week.

'It's a record that I am proud of. I am 26 and am happy to have achieved so much so young.'

Pucker up: Ramos showed where his heart lies

Pucker up: Ramos showed where his heart lies

Close control: Ramos shows why he is so valued by the national team

Close control: Ramos shows why he is so valued by the national team

Kissing again Ramos really is a warm chap

Kissing again Ramos really is a warm chap

Competitive streak: The defender pursues the talented David Silva in training

Competitive streak: The defender pursues the talented David Silva in training

Matthew Stevens beats Neil Robertson in Kaikou Open semi-final

Stevens nicks final two frames to squeeze past Robertson into first final for five years

By
Steven Donaldson

PUBLISHED:

14:08 GMT, 2 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:08 GMT, 2 March 2013

Matthew Stevens reached his first ranking final in five years after winning the last two frames to secure a 6-5 win over Neil Robertson in the Haikou Open in China.

The Carmarthen 35-year-old finished with breaks of 60 and 51 respectively to overhaul his Australian opponent and book his place in his first final since the 2008 Bahrain Championship.

The match was not without controversy after referee Eirian Williams incorrectly replaced the balls following a Stevens foul in frame four, with Robertson winning the frame and levelling at 2-2.

Held his nerve: Matthew Stevens beat Neil Robertson in a final-frame shootout

Held his nerve: Matthew Stevens beat Neil Robertson in a final-frame shootout

Rio Ferdinand expected to follow Ryan Giggs and sign Manchester United contract extension

Ferdinand set to follow Giggs in signing new United contract despite interest from the States and Far East

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Old guard: Rio Ferdinand (left) is likely to join Ryan Giggs in signing a contract extension at Manchester United

Old guard: Rio Ferdinand (left) is likely to join Ryan Giggs in signing a contract extension at Manchester United

Ferdinand seems more likely to sign yet so far, the 34-year-old has still to commit himself, amid rumours of interest from the US, China and the cash-rich Far East.

However, Ferguson is confident Ferdinand will remain at Old Trafford.

'That is a strong possibility,' he said. 'It would have to happen before the end of the season.'

Ferdinand is managing a long-standing back complaint and his performances this season suggest he still has a major role to play with the Red Devils, even if England boss Roy Hodgson is not interested.

He is virtually certain to be involved against Real Madrid on Tuesday, when United look to secure their place in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Stalwart: Ferdinand joined United in 2002 and has been a regular since

Stalwart: Ferdinand joined United in 2002 and has been a regular since

'I think he has had a great season,' said Ferguson.

'He has managed himself the right way and we have contributed to that in the preparation we give him.

'He doesn't play every game in the same way that Ryan doesn't play every game.

'But in terms of key matches he has been absolutely brilliant.

'Two weeks ago, against Real Madrid, he was excellent so we need to get him ready for the big one on Tuesday.'

Jamie Carragher can stand alongside Tony Adams and John Terry – Jamie Redknapp

I wasn't sure about Carra at first. In training, we all wanted to face him… but he's turned into a great player and can stand alongside Adams and Terry as a defensive giant

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Silver lining: Jamie Carragher lifted the League Cup in 2012 – it will almost certainly be his last domestic trophy

Warrior: A brave defender, Carragher would put his body on the line for Liverpool

Warrior: A brave defender, Carragher would always put his body on the line for Liverpool

Of all of my team-mates, nobody has worked harder than Carra to become the player he is. He deserves everything he has achieved in an age when young players are too quick to leave the training ground and shy away from the work required to master their art.

When he first came into the Liverpool squad, I wasn't sure. In training, Gerard Houllier would set us up one-on-ones – attack versus defence – and we all wanted to face Carra.

Passion: Carragher in action against Manchester United's Wayne Rooney

Passion: Carragher in action against Manchester United's Wayne Rooney

Strength: Carragher was a regular for England during his earlier years

Strength: Carragher was a regular for England during his peak

But after one summer, he came back with a
different approach – and began to stop everyone who tried to go past
him. He was fitter, faster, stronger. Since then, he has enjoyed a
wonderful career and can stand alongside Tony Adams and John Terry as a
defensive giant.

I would advise any young defender to travel to Liverpool and watch him play while you still can. The way he leads, the way he reads the game, the way he defends.

In quieter moments at a packed Anfield, you can hear his voice as he organises and manages on the pitch. In a time when players move from club to club like mercenaries chasing the money, Carragher has stayed loyal to one club.

Tony Adams

John Terry

Leaders: Carragher can claim to be among defensive greats such as Tony Adams (left) and John Terry

He could have finished in America or China, but it means more to him to be a one-club man for Liverpool than it does to grab a few more quid from the game.

He's a funny man, a magnificent defender and a great friend.

Australian Open 2013: Maria Sharapova beats Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-2

Maria's Melbourne march continues as she sees off Makarova with ease

By
Steven Donaldson

PUBLISHED:

07:21 GMT, 22 January 2013

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UPDATED:

08:04 GMT, 22 January 2013

Four-time major winner Maria Sharapova has advanced to the semifinals of the Australian Open with a 6-2, 6-2 win over fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova.

Second-seed Sharapova reached her 16th career Grand Slam semi-final in 66 minutes. She broke Makarova's serve five times and hit 22 winners.

Sharapova has dropped only nine games en route to the semifinals, including a pair of 6-0, 6-0 wins.
Sharapova next plays sixth-seeded Li Na of China, who defeated Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska earlier in the day, 7-5, 6-3.

More to follow…

In top form: Maria Sharapova made it safely into the semi-final

In top form: Maria Sharapova made it safely into the semi-final

No answer: Ekaterina Makarova could not continue her brilliant run at Melbourne as she was undone by Sharapova

No answer: Ekaterina Makarova could not continue her brilliant run at Melbourne as she was undone by Sharapova

Anne Keothavong loses first-round match in Shenzhen

Keothavong crashes out of Shenzhen with straight sets defeat

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UPDATED:

09:09 GMT, 31 December 2012

Defeat: Keothavong lost her first-round match on Monday

Defeat: Keothavong lost her first-round match on Monday

Anne Keothavong's season got off to the worst possible start as she was knocked out of the WTA tour event in Shenzhen by China's Peng Shuai on Monday.

The British number three, who came through qualifying over the weekend, was beaten 6-4 6-0 by the sixth seed in the first round.

The defeat will be a setback for Keothavong's Australian Open preparations with the first grand slam of the year starting in Melbourne in two weeks.

Laura Robson won her first-round match on Sunday as she triumphed 6-2 6-1 over Romania's Edina Gallovits-Hill.

Second seed Marion Bartoli dropped just one game against Chinese wildcard Wing-Yau Chan.

British number one Heather Watson is playing in the ASB Classic in Auckland this week.

Rio Ferdinand considers China move

Ferdinand considers China move as United defender's contract nears end

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UPDATED:

08:36 GMT, 19 November 2012

Rio Ferdinand's 10-year career at Manchester United could end this summer when his contract expires after revealing to friends there is a 'big chance' he will be leaving.

The defender is weighing up his future, but has told friends he has no intention of retiring – with a move abroad the most likely option for the 34-year-old.

One option open to Ferdinand is to play in China where he could secure a deal which would improve on the 130,000-a-week he receives at Old Trafford, according to reports in the Guardian.

On the move Ferdinand's 10-year spell at Old Trafford could be ending

On the move Ferdinand's 10-year spell at Old Trafford could be ending

Sir Alex Ferguson is hopeful he will stay and intimated he believes Rio has plenty of football left in his before he retires.

'I think Rio can play for two or three more years,' the manager said. 'He is not as quick as he was but that is not a big issue for me. His experience is important and there is no reason he can't stay on. I didn’t even realise his contract was up.'

But Ferdinand has since told Inside United: 'The best thing I can do is to look at it at Christmas, and then again in the summer, to see how I'm feeling and go from there.

'But hearing the manager say things like that definitely puts the spring back in your step.

'I'll have a better idea of that in December or January time, when the games start coming thick and fast. That is when it really hits you and you know the hard work really has to start.

Still got t: Sir Alex says Ferdinand can compete at the top level

Still got t: Sir Alex says Ferdinand can compete at the top level

'I’ll probably get a better gauge of where I’m at fitness-wise and the benefit of having the summer off then.'

Ferdinand managed 38 appearances in all competitions last term and has been a regular again this season, despite the back condition which has hampered him in recent seasons.

Nicolas Anelka left Chelsea for Shanghai Shenhua in January for around 175,000-a-week, and Didier Drogba joined him in the summer on a two-and-a-half year deal worth a reported 195,000-a-week.

United regular: Ferdinand has battled back from injury

United regular: Ferdinand has battled back from injury

Judd Trump beats Neil Robertson to claim International Championship crown

Trump beats Robertson to claim International Championship title

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UPDATED:

22:50 GMT, 4 November 2012

Judd Trump became the first winner of the International Championship, beating Neil Robertson 10-8 in the final in Chengdu.

The 22-year-old Bristolian became
world No 1 with his semi-final hammering of Peter Ebdon and on Sunday added
the 125,000 first prize.

Champion: England's Judd Trump

Champion: England's Judd Trump

A tight match seemed to have swung Robertson's way when he led 8-6 but his rival left-hander found another gear, breaks of 96 and 119 helping him turn the contest around.

The first four frames were split before Robertson returned from the first interval to open up a 4-2 lead, with breaks of 51 and 41 in frame four.

Trump took two contrasting frames to level – the first at one visit after a stunning opening red, the second a messy affair – but Robertson took the last of the afternoon session with a 50 break to lead 5-4.

The evening began with a re-rack and then a cagey start to frame 10, but Trump took it with a run of 57 to level the match once more.

He nudged ahead but Robertson responded with breaks of 68 and 88, and a 73 after the interval took the Australian 8-6 ahead.

Trump looked to be in trouble when he hammered the black off the table having gone 22 ahead in the vital 15th frame, but responded to close to within one.

And the world number one proved his mettle, going close to a century in the next and then making 119 to go ahead at the perfect time with just one frame needed for the title.

He opened up in the next with a swerve to pot a long red and then split the pack well, but could only make 39. Robertson failed to respond, though, and another superb opening red and pink set Trump on the way to victory.

It was Trump's third ranking title, having won the China Open and the UK Championship last year, while for Robertson it was only a second defeat in 12 ranking finals.

Judd Trump new snooker world No 1 after International Championship final win

Top Trump: Judd is new world No 1 after beating Ebdon to reach final in China

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UPDATED:

12:50 GMT, 2 November 2012

Judd Trump roared to the top of the world rankings for the first time as he beat Peter Ebdon 9-1 to reach the International Championship final in Chengdu.

The 23-year-old Bristol cueman assured himself of the number one slot with a ruthless performance against an out-of-sorts Ebdon, who paid a high price for his frequent mistakes.

Former world champion Ebdon made the only century, a 106 break in the fourth frame, but that was a blip in the flow of the one-sided contest, and Trump goes on to face the winner of Saturday's second semi-final between Shaun Murphy and Neil Robertson in Sunday’s final.

Top of the world: Judd Trump is now the new world snooker No 1

Top of the world: Judd Trump is now the new world snooker No 1

With 125,000 going to the winner, plus a slew of ranking points, the new tournament has instantly become one of the most important on the World Snooker tour.

And while his stablemate Ronnie O’Sullivan missed the trip, citing illness, Trump, whose first major title came at the China Open in April 2011, is reaping the benefits.