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Whitmarsh: Heat is on Ferrari

F1: MARTIN WHITMARSH has piled the pressure on Ferrari, despite seeing his McLaren team endure a difficult Japanese Grand Prix weekend which ended with Lewis Hamilton making a Twitter gaffe, criticising his own team-mate Jenson Button unfairly.

BUTTON and Hamilton could only finish fourth and fifth at Suzuka as McLaren struggled for pace relative to the stunning performance of the Red Bulls.

Sebastian Vettel cruised to the win to narrow Fernando Alonso's championship lead to four points.

Hamilton did at least trim 10 points off his own deficit to Alonso after the Ferrari driver failed to finish.

Team principal Whitmarsh believes it is Ferrari and Alonso who are the ones under the most pressure after seeing their championship lead all but wiped out.

Whitmarsh said: "Let's be positive about it. I guess Fernando will be going home more unhappy than most, he is under pressure, more pressure frankly from Sebastian than from us, but we have closed that gap again and we have five races to go."

ICC to probe Indian TV corruption claims

CRICKET: The ICC has confirmed it is urgently investigating allegations of corruption made by an Indian television news channel against ICC umpires.

India TV named six officials it claimed were willing to fix matches for money in the build-up to the World Twenty20.

The ICC has urged the private station to hand over any documents which could help its probe, while reiterating its zero-tolerance stance towards corruption, stressing none of the umpires named were involved in the World Twenty20.

An ICC statement read: "The ICC and its relevant members have been made aware of the allegations made by India TV and calls on the station to turnover any information which can assist the ICC's urgent investigations into this matter."

English ruling out return for Woodward

RUGBY: England's Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie has ruled out an imminent return to Twickenham for Clive Woodward.

England's 2003 World Cup-winning coach recently left his position as the British Olympic Association's director of sport following London 2012.

Ritchie is anxious to draw on the expertise of those involved in the Olympics but he insisted: "We don't have any vacancies.

"I respect totally what Clive did in rugby and the Olympics, but I am not going to get into hypotheticals."

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