Sunday 17 December 2017

Alonso fastest in the first test

FORMULA 1: Ferrari finished the first pre-season test on a high note as Fernando Alonso was fastest in yesterday's session.

The Spanish double world champion had a quickest lap of 1 minute 18.877 seconds to go seven-tenths of a second faster than the rest of the field.

The Italians rebounded from a subdued start with the second fastest time this week among 2012 designs, although Alonso's running was restricted to 39 laps due to a hydraulics problem.

Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne was second ahead of Red Bull's defending world champion Sebastian Vettel, whose best lap was 1:19.606. Lewis Hamilton was fourth for McLaren.

Saxo sweating

CYCLING: The Professional Cycling Council have announced their intention to rule on the World Tour status of Alberto Contador's Team Saxo Bank-SunGard squad, following the Spaniard's conviction for doping.

Team Saxo Bank-SunGard could lose their status among the world's leading teams after Contador was stripped of his 2010 Tour de France victory and handed a two-year ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport following his positive test for clenbuterol in July 2010.

Sharapova exit

TENNIS: World number three Maria Sharapova slumped to a surprise 6-4 6-4 defeat against German Angelique Kerber in the Paris Open quarter-finals yesterday.

The top-seeded Russian broke first in both sets but failed to take her chances and was eventually eliminated when she hit a forehand out on match point.

"It was a hard day. She played extremely well," said Australian Open runner-up Sharapova.

"I was not as aggressive as I would have liked to be and she has a lot of power."

Sharapova denied she took Kerber lightly.

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