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In Brief: Breen right on track for title

RALLY: Waterford's Craig Breen has established a sizeable lead after the first day of Rally de Espana as he looks to take the S2000 World Rally Championship title this weekend.

Breen began the day two points ahead of second placed PG Andersson on the Championship leaderboard, knowing that if he could finish ahead of the Swede he would be world champion for the second successive year.

The Waterford driver was trailing after two stages but didn't panic and hit back in style on stage three. The Irishman held steady on stage four with Andersson clawing back some time but on stage five the Swedish driver hit a bank, which cost him nearly two minutes.

Breen was fastest again on the last stage of the day in Salou and he now leads by 3 minutes and 41.5 seconds from Andersson.

There will be another six stages today with the final six stages tomorrow.



Andy's handy

TENNIS: Andy Murray wasted no time booking his place in the semi-finals of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London last night.

The Scot knew prior to his final group match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga that one set would be good enough after Novak Djokovic defeated Tomas Berdych this afternoon.

And he took any potential drama out of the situation by winning the opening set 6-2, which ended Tsonga's hopes of progression.

It is the second time the 25-year-old has reached the last four at the O2 and the third time at the tournament as a whole.



Vettel repents

FORMULA ONE: Sebastian Vettel has apologised for swearing live on air in an interview with David Coulthard following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Vettel said: "I'm sorry if I have offended anyone who was watching." Vettel had said starting the race from the back of the grid due to a penalty was "obviously a chance to f*** it up and we didn't do that".

BOXING: Wladimir Klitschko believes the spirit of Emanuel Steward is still with him as he prepares to defend his world heavyweight titles for the first time without the revered trainer in his corner tonight.

Steward, who died last month aged 68, took Klitschko under his wing in 2004. "I can tell you that the real spirit of Emanuel Steward is with us," said Klitschko before tonight's bout with Mariusz Wach in Hamburg.


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