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Lewis pleases McLaren boss Cash woes see Hoops withdraw from game Mageean off to a flyer

FORMULA 1: McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh had cause to congratulate Lewis Hamilton after witnessing his discipline following his smash in practice.

Hamilton was the main casualty of the wet conditions that prevailed over Hockenheim in the morning as he ripped off the front wing and left rear wheel after sliding into a tyre barrier.

The 25-year-old did not return to the track until 12 minutes from the end of the second session, covering 10 laps that creditably saw him end seventh fastest.

Hamilton finished seven-tenths of a second behind Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, yet could have gone much quicker, only to spurn the opportunity as he preferred to focus on getting in as much running as possible rather than attempting to set a fast time.

"Losing track time was a little bit of a setback," Whitmarsh said. "But I actually have to congratulate Lewis.

"Because he got out there late, I was niggling the engineer, telling him Lewis should have a run."

Cash woes see Hoops withdraw from game

BASKETBALL: Shamrock Rovers' Hoops basketball team have been forced to withdraw from the Men's Superleague due to financial difficulties.

The Dublin outfit had a disappointing campaign on the court last season, finishing bottom of the Southern Conference, and things went from bad to worse yesterday as they announced that they would not take part in Ireland's premier basketball league for the forthcoming season.

Mageean off to a flyer

ATHLETICS: Young Kildare middle-distance runner Paul Robinson took a top-10 finish at the World Junior T&F Championships in Moncton, Canada, yesterday, where rising star Ciara Mageean got her campaign off to a flying start.

Only four Europeans qualified for the boys' 1500m final and Robinson (St Coca's) was less than a second outside his personal best, finishing ninth in 3:44.56 in a race won by the reigning world junior cross-country champion Caleb Ndiku (Kenya) in a new PB of 3:37.30.

European Youth Olympic champion Mageean (Lisburn AC) cruised through her 1500m opener, winning it in 4:16.73.

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