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Thursday 8 December 2016

Red Bull is on the rise

Daniel Ricciardo believes Red Bull are catching up and head into this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix as Formula One's third-fastest team.

"Hopefully, the leaderboard is not lying too much,", said the Australian after ending Friday practice behind Mercedes' world champion Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

"Today looked good but I don't want to jump to conclusions yet...I still think Mercedes for sure are quicker but Ferrari as well is at the moment a small step ahead.

"We seem to be a bit quicker than Williams at this stage. They always seem to come on a bit stronger on Saturday but for now we seem to be the third-best team and we're trying to at least hold that."

Red Bull have endured a tough start to the year and have taken a step back after being the only team to have beaten Mercedes to the top step of the podium last year.

Cricket

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Kevin Pietersen will make his long-awaited return to domestic cricket this weekend as he begins his attempt to force his way back into the England reckoning.

The controversial batsman has been named in Surrey's 13-man squad for the three-day warm-up against an Oxford University side at The Parks, which gets under way tomorrow.

A short statement on Surrey's official website said: "Kevin Pietersen is named in the squad as Surrey head to The Parks for their final pre-season game before their opening first-class fixture against Glamorgan next week."

boxing

Kell Brook insists he feels "unbeatable" as he prepares for a second title defence when he is challenged by Frankie Gavin on May 30.

The 28-year-old IBF welterweight champion defended his title against Jo Jo Dan in Sheffield last month but is now ready to take on Gavin as a meeting with Amir Khan continues to prove illusive.

Khan will instead face Chris Algieri as he looks for a path to face Floyd Mayweather at some point.

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