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Hamilton helped me quit –Schuey

F1: MICHAEL SCHUMACHER admitted Lewis Hamilton’s move to Mercedes was enough to convince him to turn his back on Formula One for a second time.

The 43-year-old was left without a seat with the German marque for next season after Hamilton’s switch from McLaren on a three-year deal was confirmed last week.

With very few options available to him, Schumacher felt the |time was right to end a two-part career that saw him claim an unprecedented seven world titles and 91 race victories.

He said: “We all know Lewis is one of the best drivers we have around and I am sure he and the team will have a successful future,” he said. “The team had an option in Lewis that helped me decide. I have no hard feelings.”

Hanson’s Ryder rage

GOLF: Peter Hanson has now played two Ryder Cups and been on two winning sides, but when the Swede looks back on last weekend’s events in Chicago it is not all good memories.

Hanson was so unhappy about not being given a game all Saturday that even now he says |of captain Jose Maria Olazabal: |“I might not send him that many Christmas cards.”

The only member of Europe’s side not to contribute anything to the points total at Medinah, the |35-year-old still believes he played a part – by shutting himself away while his anger was at its worst.

“I just locked myself in a dark room and stayed there for a couple of hours,” said Hanson, now at the Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland and already 12 behind over-night leader South African Branden Grace, who shot a European Tour record-equalling 60 at Kingsbarns.

Moore hot in Vegas

GOLF: American Ryan Moore flirted with golf’s magical jackpot, a 59, before he bogeyed his penultimate hole on the way to a sizzling 10-under-par 61 in the opening round of the Las Vegas Open. “It was one of those days that you just keep putting it in play,” said the 29-year-old Las Vegas resident, who has played the TPC Summerlin layout countless times.

IRB admit Alain’s slip

RUGBY: Australia’s Rugby Union has criticised Irish World Cup referee Alain Rolland after the IRB were forced into a U-turn over a substitution gaffe. Despite insisting this week that he was right to force Australia to play with just 14 men in their Rugby Championship defeat to South Africa last Saturday, the IRB yesterday confirmed that he had erred.

Ireland pip Belgium

HOCKEY: Ireland claimed a dramatic 2-1 win and a top-four place at Belgium’s expense in the Electric Ireland Champions Challenge at Belfield last night. Audrey O’Flynn struck in the final second of |extra-time.