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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Button vows to race for wins

F1: Jenson Button (pictured) has promised to continue racing his heart out for the remainder of this year's Formula One campaign despite conceding the title race is over.

For the third successive year, Button had to settle for a runner-up spot in last Sunday's Italian Grand Prix, leaving him trailing race winner Sebastian Vettel by 117 points in the title race, with 150 available.

Button, however, concedes while the championship is drawing to a close, it will not stop his competitive instincts kicking in as he will keep on gunning for race wins in the final six events.

Asked if the title had now gone, the McLaren star replied: "Yeah, there's no chance.

"We've known that for a little while. It won't change anything though. We're still going to have amazing racing, like it has been in the last few races.

"Whatever we do, because we are racers, you want to win.

"That doesn't change because there's no championship to win. You still want to win every race."



Johnston fit for one-day

CRICKET: Trent Johnston has been declared fit for next week's one-day internationals against Canada, but the former Ireland captain was due to sit out the InterContinental Cup clash between the sides, which started today in Rathmines.

Johnston was injured before last month's England match and, with the International Cricket Council confirming yesterday that the two ODIs against Canada will count towards 2015 World Cup qualification, the big man's knee will not be risked over four days.

Kevin O'Brien and Paul Stirling were also absent from last night's team meeting, but only because they were at an awards dinner in London, and they were due to fly to Dublin in time for the 10.30am start.

After wrapping up a maximum points victory over Namibia in their first qualifier last week, Ireland will be looking to claim top spot in the eight-nation tournament which they won between 2005 and 2008.



Brady pass record ends

NFL: New England quarterback Tom Brady threw a rare intercepted pass but was otherwise in command as he guided the Patriots to a 38-24 win over the Miami Dolphins.

Brady threw for a team-record 517 yards and four touchdowns as the reigning AFC East champions started a season with a victory for the eighth consecutive campaign.

However, defensive end Jared Odrick picked off a deflected pass to set up a Miami touchdown and end Brady's NFL-record streak of 358 passes without an interception.

MLB: Baltimore 2 Tampa Bay 5, Pittsburgh 6 St Louis 5, Atlanta 4 Florida 5 (12 innings), NY Mets 2 Washington 3, Cincinnati 8 Chicago Cubs 12, Houston 5 Philadelphia 1, Chicago White Sox 4 Detroit 14.

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