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Fury on track for Klitschkos

BOXING: Promoter Mick Hennessy insists Tyson Fury remains on course to dethrone the Klitschko brothers after the heavyweight’s Manchester homecoming.

Fury made a successful first defence of his Commonwealth title against Neven Pajkic, but not until the Canadian made a mockery of his reputation as a light puncher to dump Fury to the canvas in round two.

But the Irishman responded to the first knockdown of his 17-fight career to floor Pajkic twice before forcing a conclusion 17 seconds from the end of the next session.

“He wants the Klitschkos. So 18 months from now he’ll beat the Klitschkos,” Hennessy said.

Hamilton: Win is good for soul

Motorsport: Lewis Hamilton left Abu Dhabi wearing the smile of a winner again after a win he said was “good for the soul”.

Following the most tortuous time of his career, Hamilton took the chequered flag for the third time this year, matching the feat of McLaren team-mate Jenson Button, and 17th of his career.

The triumph was due in part to the puncture sustained by Sebastian Vettel just two corners into the 55-lap race, which forced his retirement.

All Black sorry for drunken rampage

RUGBY: All Black Zac Guildford has issued a public apology after media reports alleged the winger had assaulted two men in a naked, drunken rampage at a bar in the Cook Islands.

“I want to apologise to the people who I offended that night, the patrons and staff who witnessed my behaviour, and the Cook Island people. I am truly sorry for what I did,” he said.

Springbok killed

RUGBY: The president of the South Africa Rugby Union has described reports that former Springbok Solly Tyibilika (32) has been killed as “very distressing”.

Fed beats Tsonga

TENNIS: Federer, who ended a 10-month wait for a tour success in Basle last week, continued to build momentum ahead of the ATP World Tour finals in London later this month with a first win at a tournament that has always eluded him in the past.

He blew away his French rival away in winning the first set in just 30 minutes, before he coped with some much improved tennis from Tsonga to edge the second on a tie-break.

Tsonga has twice beaten Federer this year and looked as though he could record a third upset when he forced two break points in the first game of the match, but Federer regained his composure.

Federer broke his opponent at the first attempt and Tsonga made a handful of unforced errors as 3-0 became 5-1, leaving the Swiss to serve for the set.

Tsonga would take Federer to a tie-break in the second set but the Swiss quickly regained the initiative, going 6-1 up and then serving for the win.