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Cookson hits back at McQuaid

CYCLING: The contest for the presidency of world cycling's governing body became even more tetchy yesterday when current leader Pat McQuaid was accused by his challenger of "bullying" and engaging in "absurd and entirely counter-productive feuds".

Seeking a third term as UCI president, McQuaid went on the offensive on Tuesday and said pledges in the election manifesto of rival Brian Cookson were "half-baked, fundamentally flawed and financially impractical".

Cookson, who is promising to clean up cycling after numerous doping scandals in McQuaid's eight-year reign, hit back a day later to continue an increasingly bitter feud. "His bullying and haranguing style seems designed to antagonise everyone who does not share his approach to the governance of world cycling," Cookson, president of British Cycling, said in a statement.


F1: Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has admitted to being left confused by Mercedes' punishment in the tyre test saga which he feels "does not fit the crime".

Mercedes were last week reprimanded and banned from a young drivers' test at Silverstone next month for their part in helping Pirelli run the rule over a range of potential new rubber at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya shortly after the Spanish Grand Prix.

Ahead of this weekend's British Grand Prix at Silverstone, where the debate is certain to continue, Horner has spoken openly about what he believes is a suspect sanction.

"The problem with the penalty such as the one Mercedes have been given is that it is not a particularly strong deterrent to break the sporting regulations," said Horner.


GOLF: Tiger Woods is optimistic his injured elbow will be "good enough" for next month's British Open Championship at Muirfield.

Woods made the assessment in a press conference ahead of this week's AT&T National at Congressional, which the American world number one is hosting.

Woods has been advised to rest and receive treatment on an injury he first suffered during his victory in the Players Championship in May.

He aggravated the problem by hitting out of heavy rough at Merion during the US Open.

Woods said: "I'm listening to my docs, not touching my clubs, and we're treating it.

"Eventually I'll start the strengthening process, start hitting balls and get it up to speed for the British."