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Button out to cut Lewis lead

F1: Jenson Button has warned McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton he is not prepared to let the title gap between them become any greater.

After the Spanish Grand Prix, in which Hamilton crashed out when running second and Button ended fifth, the reigning world champion had a 21-point advantage on his fellow Briton.

But Hamilton has managed to open up a 15-point lead at the top of the drivers' standings.

"I'm 15 points behind Lewis, which in old money (under the previous points system) was about six, and I don't want that to grow any more," said Button.

Pietersen 'ready'

CRICKET: Andrew Strauss is confident Kevin Pietersen is reporting for England duty ready to produce his best again -- irrespective of Pietersen's difficulties with his county club side, Hampshire.

CYCLING: Tour de France winner Alberto Contador will leave Astana at the end of this season after rejecting the offer of a contract extension.

RUGBY: Peter de Villiers has been given a vote of confidence by the South African Rugby Union and told that his job is safe despite three Tri-Nations losses.

TENNIS: Ireland's James McGee crashed to yet another defeat against his bogey opponent, Josh Goodall, losing 7-6 4-6 6-2 in the first round of the ITF Futures event in London.

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