Tuesday 22 January 2019

Hamilton says there's no trust with Rosberg

Formula One: Lewis Hamilton said trust is not something he applies to motor racing after being asked about his relationship with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg following the controversial incident involving the two at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Hamilton's race at Spa was ultimately wrecked after the front right-wing of Rosberg's car hit his left-rear tyre, resulting in the Briton suffering a puncture. Hamilton, who later claimed the German's actions were intentional, was eventually forced to retire late on in the race, while Rosberg went on to finish second and subsequently move 29 points clear of his rival in the fight for the title.

When asked if there was a base of trust and understanding for the two team-mates to be able to work together from here, Hamilton said ahead of this weekend's race at Monza. "Trust is a big word and that's not really something that I would particularly apply to racing on the track. Nico and me, we've been racing for a long time and I think we set a good foundation a long long time ago so that's what we work from."

Maybin motoring at Masters

Golf: Former champion Richie Ramsay admitted the chance to make history had crossed his mind in the opening round of the Omega European Masters.

An eagle and six birdies in his first 15 holes at Crans-sur-Sierre left Ramsay needing to birdie the last three on the par-70 layout to record the first ever 59 on the European Tour.

But he eventually signed for an eight-under-par 62 to share the lead with Italy's Edoardo Molinari, two ahead of Ramsay and Molinari were two shots ahead of Ulsterman Gareth Maybin, and Englishmen Tommy Fleetwood and Graeme Storm, who all made 64s in the first half of the day.

"On the 16th I thought that if I could make my birdie putt I'd have a good chance, because the last two holes are decent chances for birdie," Ramsay said. "But once I missed the putt, I obviously knew the game was up."

Michael Hoey was next best of the Irish carding a 65 for five under, ahead of Shane Lowry, Pádraig Harrington (both -4), Peter Lawrie (-1), Simon Thornton (+3) and Darren Clarke (+4).

Best is yet to come - Frampton

Boxing: World title challenger Carl Frampton has vowed 'the best is yet to come' ahead of his date with destiny this weekend.

The Irish sensation takes on Kiko Martinez for his IBF super-bantamweight world title on Saturday night, in a 16,000 capacity arena in Belfast's Titanic Quarter.

The bout, live and exclusive on BoxNation, will see the unbeaten 27-year-old make his first bid for a world title as he faces the tough Spaniard Martinez, an opponent he previously overcame via a ninth round stoppage early last year.

"It's going to be a dream come true to win the world title. I started this long journey at seven years old and had my ups and downs, so to become a world champion in my 20th year of doing this sport, in a stadium built for myself - it's what dreams are made of," said Frampton. Victory, he believes, will take him to another level. "I don't think you've seen the best of me. I'm 27, in the prime of my life but there's still plenty more to come. I can see and feel the improvements everyday in training and after sparring. The best is definitely yet to come," he said.

Irish squeezed out of Rio spot

Equestrian: THE Irish show jumping team came tantalisingly close to obtaining automatic qualification for the Rio Olympics when finishing seventh at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy yesterday afternoon.

Ireland's quartet of Darragh Kenny, Bertram Allen, Denis Lynch and Cameron Hanley moved up one place from their overnight position, but because Olympic host nation Brazil were ahead in today's table, Ireland needed at least a sixth place to ensure qualification.

Nevertheless the top-10 finish was one of Ireland's strongest performances this year, with just a single fence denying them a qualification place. Though missing out on team medals, Lynch (19th), Allen (20th) and Kenny (24th) all now qualify for the first round of the Individual Finals tomorrow at Caen.

Irish team manager Robert Splaine said: "We were one of the better teams here today and to finish one place out of the Olympic qualification zone was very disappointing.

"I'm gutted for the lads, as their effort was tremendous."

Ireland's next opportunity to book a ticket to Rio will come at the European Jumping Championships at Aachen, Germany in 2015.

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