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Hamilton eyes improvement

MOTORSPORT: Lewis Hamilton believes it is back to the drawing board for McLaren after their day of pain in Bahrain on Sunday.

Hamilton was deposed from the top of the championship standings by Sebastian Vettel as the reigning title holder took his first win of the season and 21st of his Formula One career.

Two bungled pit stops saw Hamilton finish eighth to trail Red Bull's Vettel by four points.

With McLaren team-mate Jenson Button retiring a lap from home when on course for fifth, it proved a day to forget for McLaren.

With a gap of three weeks to the next race in Spain, Hamilton hopes answers can be found.

"I wasn't quick," he said. "I scored four points, but there aren't a lot of positives to take. We have to go back to the drawing board and try and figure out where we are losing time."



Jones revels in Crucible shock

SNOOKER: Jamie Jones was set to return to his home town today for a breather after knocking out Shaun Murphy to cause the biggest shock so far at the World Championship.

In Sheffield, Ronnie O'Sullivan will be looking to convert a 7-2 lead over Peter Ebdon into a straightforward win, and last year's runner-up Judd Trump starts against Dominic Dale.

But in south Wales, Jones is poised for a jubilant welcome after making a triumphant Crucible debut against 2005 world champion Murphy.

The 24-year-old said after his 10-8 win: "For my Crucible debut, I played well. That's not my best. I can play better."



Nadal: Top spot is not my target

TENNIS: Rafael Nadal has played down the significance of his victory over Novak Djokovic in Monte Carlo, saying winning tournaments was his priority rather than reclaiming the world number one spot.

The Spaniard broke a seven-match losing streak against Djokovic with a 6-3 6-1 final victory on Sunday and continues the clay court season defending the Barcelona Open this week.

"My challenge is to play well in Barcelona, not to be number one," Nadal said.

MLB: NY Mets 1 San Francisco 6 (first game), NY Mets 2 San Francisco 7 (second game), Texas 4 NY Yankees 7, Chicago Cubs 3 St Louis 2, Kansas City 1 Toronto 4, Minnesota 5 Boston 6, Milwaukee 6 Houston 5.

NBA: Indiana 103 Detroit 97, Washington 101 Charlotte 73, New Jersey 87 Philadelphia 105, Memphis 109 Cleveland 101, Milwaukee 92 Toronto 86, San Antonio 124 Portland 89.


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