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Button to take fast lane

FORMULA 1: World champion Jenson Button is expecting a vast improvement in his speed and in the racing spectacle at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix this weekend after a disappointing seventh in his debut for McLaren at the season-opening Bahrain GP.

Hamilton was third behind Ferrari pair Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa in the 2010 season opener earlier this month at Bahrain, where a new ban on in-race refuelling led to harsh criticism that it resembled a procession because of a lack of overtaking.

Melbourne's Albert Park circuit is one both McLaren's British drivers enjoy. "I think we'll be a lot closer here. This circuit should suit as well," Button said today. "Lewis has had a good time here before and also I have so hopefully we can get a good result. Last year was a fairytale race for me. I took pole and victory, which was one of the most satisfying and emotional moments of my career."

Bruno mourns 'Arry passing

Boxing: Former world heavyweight champion Frank Bruno has spoken of his sadness at the death of BBC commentator Harry Carpenter, describing the legendary broadcaster as a "real friend".

Carpenter died aged 84 on Saturday at King's College Hospital, London. During his lengthy career he became closely identified with Bruno, whose catchphrase "Know what I mean, 'arry?" featured in their post-fight interviews. Bruno's agent said the former fighter was "very upset" at the news.

Meanwhile, Audley Harrison has claimed he will retire if he fails to beat Michael Sprott in London when they meet in a European title fight at Alexandra Palace on April 9.

Cricket: Australia cruised to a 10-wicket victory in the first Test against New Zealand in Wellington today, taking 23 overs to polish off the 106 runs required at the Basin Reserve.

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