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Vettel brushes off talk of title

F1: A dominant Sebastian Vettel is refusing to believe he already has one hand on this year's Formula One world championship following a fourth consecutive victory.

Since Lewis Hamilton retired with a gearbox failure on lap 23 of the Singapore Grand Prix last month, Vettel has not looked back, chalking up a phenomenal total of 204 consecutive laps in the lead.

That has taken in wins at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, Japan, Korea and yesterday in India as he triumphed again at the Buddh International Circuit, beating Ferrari's Fernando Alonso by just under 10 seconds.

Vettel now has a 13-point cushion over Alonso, with three races remaining.

He said: "This was obviously another good step for us, but there is still a long way to go.

"We have seen this year how quickly things can change, so this race has gone and now we focus on Abu Dhabi this weekend."



Sky: Yates hasn't been forced out

CYCLING: Team Sky continue to re-affirm their zero tolerance policy to doping but have stressed Sean Yates' departure was not enforced.

Yates left his position as lead sports director yesterday and has promptly retired.

The British team released a statement yesterday, saying: "After Team Sky reaffirmed its position on anti-doping, the management team started a series of individual interviews with riders, management and support staff.

"Sean has been interviewed and there were no admissions or disclosures that would have required him to leave the team."

Yates' decision came three days after Team Sky's Bobby Julich stood down from his role as race coach. American Julich admitted to having taken a banned substance in the 1990s.



Falcons knock Eagles off perch

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: The Atlanta Falcons maintained their 100pc winning start to the season after they thrashed the Philadelphia Eagles 30-17.

Matt Ryan gave his side the perfect start, throwing for touchdowns on each of their opening three possessions and ending the day with 262 yards.

Defeat left the Eagles at 3-4 with Michael Vick yet to record a win against his former side.

Kicker Robbie Gould was the Chicago Bears' hero as his field goal won the game against the Carolina Panthers 23-22.


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