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Super season buoys Button

F1: Jenson Button is eager to use his scintillating form as a springboard for a title triumph next season.

Button's emotional victory in Japan on Sunday means he has now been on the podium in the last five races, thanks to two wins, two seconds and a third in his McLaren.

The 31-year-old has scored 101 points in that run, just seven less than two-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, who has won the other three Grand Prix.

"This is a great base for next year," Button said. "I want to fight for victory in all four races left this season and I think we should be able to do that.

"If we can do it, it would be a fantastic platform for next year, and ending on a high is the best way to do it.

"Red Bull have done it the last couple of years. We need to do the same thing."

No play in NBA following row

Basketball: The National Basketball Association season's first two weeks have been cancelled and more games are in jeopardy after owners and players failed to reach a new labour agreement.

NBA Commissioner David Stern announced last night, after seven hours of talks with the National Basketball Players Association at a Manhattan hotel, that 100 regular-season games had been wiped out.

Asked if the announcement means there's no chance of having a full 82-game season, Stern said: "Yes, I think that's right. And every day that goes by, I think we need to look at further reductions in what's left of the season."

The season was slated to start on November 1.

Lions continue winning streak

Gridiron: The Detroit Lions continued their perfect start to the NFL season with a 24-13 home victory over the Chicago Bears yesterday.

Jahvid Best ran rampant for 163 yards and a score as Detroit improved to 5-0 to mark their best start since 1956.

MLB: Texas 7 Detroit 3 (11 innings) - Texas lead best-of-seven series 2-0; Milwaukee 3 St Louis 12 - best-of-seven series tied at 1-1.