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Hamilton: Corner ridiculous

F1: Lewis Hamilton has criticised Singapore Grand Prix track organisers for turning a chicane into "the worst corner I've ever driven in F1".

Hamilton's close friend Adrian Sutil felt the full force of the left-right-left turn 10 kink during yesterday's second practice session when he hit the modified second kerb, which sent him soaring a few feet off the ground before landing on his front-left wheel, breaking his suspension.

Asked about the track modifications, Hamilton said: "I think they have made it worse. The chicane is the worst corner I have ever driven in F1. It's just ridiculous. You approach that corner at 160mph to 170mph, and then you brake hard. If something goes wrong, somebody's brakes fail and you hit one of those kerbs, then you are going to see a nasty accident."

Irish sweat on Botha fitness

CRICKET: Ireland will make a late decision Andre Botha's fitness before their first one day International against Zimbabwe in Harare tomorrow.

Botha was unable to field in the Intercontinental Cup this week after requiring three stitches in a hand injury and, although he is improving, the all-rounder may be saved for the games on Tuesday and Thursday.

The three-match series is the first chance Ireland have had to face a full-member country in a 50-over contest since the International Cricket Council announced it is planning to exclude non-Test playing nations from the 2015 World Cup.

A whitewash in the three-match series would see Ireland stay above Zimbabwe and leapfrog Bangladesh to ninth place in the ODI rankings, but this still would not be sufficient to gain a place at cricket's premier tournament. Zimbabwe and Bangladesh would, however, take part.

O'Sullivan defeats Hendry

Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan sent Stephen Hendry tumbling out of the World Open but admitted he might not last the distance in Glasgow.

Seven-time former world champion Hendry has not won a ranking title for five years, and the wait goes on after he failed to punish O'Sullivan for some occasional careless play.

O'Sullivan is now at the quarter-final stage after his 3-1 win, but he acknowledged: "Stephen of old would have trounced me."

O'Sullivan's last title came over a year ago, but the 34-year-old suggested it could be difficult to stay focused.

"You make a 147, play Jimmy White, play Stephen Hendry (in a week) -- it's over isn't it?" O'Sullivan said. "They were easy to get up for, those matches. But against other players I might struggle."



Woods eyes Stricker pairing

GOLF: Tiger Woods is not sure whether he will have Steve Stricker as his partner at the Ryder Cup next week.

The pair won all four games together at last year's Presidents Cup, but Woods said: "I'm not sure who I will play with; it keeps changing.

"I just have to take care of my own business and be ready to play."

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