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British duo fear Schumacher Morgan seals England deal

MOTOR SPORT: Jackie Stewart reckons Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are living in fear of being "beaten up" by Michael Schumacher in this season's Formula One world championship.

Seven-times champion Schumacher will be the centre of attention on his return to the sport at next weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix at the age of 41.

The German's decision to end his three-year retirement means four world champions will be on the grid this season.

Stewart, Britain's most successful F1 driver with three titles, said: "Do they (Hamilton and Button) really want to be beaten up by a guy of 41 years, who's already been out of the sport? He's going to come back and say, 'I know how to do this, and I certainly know how to thread the needle'."

Meanwhile, financially troubled team US F1 will have to submit a new application to enter the 2011 Formula One world championship. FIA, motor sport's world governing body, last night definitively confirmed this year's entry list that only includes 12 teams, not the 13 as planned.

Morgan seals

England deal

Cricket: Dubliner Eoin Morgan has been awarded an incremental England contract for 2009-10, a day after his unbeaten match-winning century in Bangladesh.

The 23-year-old qualifies for the deal having played six one-days and four Twenty20 games for England this season.

The deal means he will receive a one-off payment (a "small five-figure sum") from the ECB, on top of his match fees and salary from his county side Middlesex.

Meanwhile, Ireland bowler Boyd Rankin is recovering well from his foot injury, and expects to play a full part in the ICC World Twenty20 next month.

TENNIS: Ireland's Sam Barry yesterday crashed to a shock first-round defeat in the ITF U18 Circuit event in Luxembourg.

Barry was the No 2 seed for the Grade 2 indoor tournament, but he came up short against France's Gregoire Barrere on a 6-3 6-7 (5/7) 3-6 scoreline.

SNOOKER: Former Crucible champion Ken Doherty was due to begin his bid to qualify for next month's World Championship against Jimmy 'the Whirlwind' White today.

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