Saturday 18 November 2017

Rain writes off GP qualifying Contador in threat to sue over media reports Serena set for return to WTA action in Austria

F1: Persistent rain has forced the qualifying session for tomorrow's Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka to be postponed until tomorrow morning.

Heavy downpours ruined this morning's final practice and, as conditions showed no signs of abating and light faded, the unusual decision was made.

The start time for today's scheduled session had been delayed three times before the race director halted attempts to get the action under way.

The postponement was disappointing for the thousands of fans who attended the circuit, but team personnel did their best to entertain the grandstands by racing makeshift boats along a river of water flowing down the pit lane, while mechanics from several teams came out to applaud the crowd for their patience at the end of a frustrating day.

Lotus driver Heikki Kovalainen felt the FIA made the right decision, however.

"Shame about the weather but it was the only decision to postpone the quali," the Finn said.

Mageean 10th in 1500m final at Games in Dehli

athletics: Down's Ciara Mageean was 10th in the Commonwealth Games' 1500m final in Delhi yesterday, in a time of 4:10.85.

A silver medallist at the World Juniors this summer, the Delhi championships is the 18-year-old's first senior tournament and she was always going to struggle in such an experienced field, from which Kenya's Olympic champion Nancy Jebet Lan'gat took gold in 4:05.26, ahead of New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin (4:05.97) and Scotland's Stephanie Twell (4:06.15).

Contador in threat to sue over media reports

CYCLING: Tour de France winner Alberto Contador has threatened to sue various media and websites for defamation after reports that his urine sample showed indications of possible blood doping. In a statement issued by his press officer, Jacinto Vidarte, the rider said he will "take legal actions against defamatory information published so far by various media and websites, due to their absolute lack of veracity".

Serena set for return to WTA action in Austria

TENNIS: Serena Williams has confirmed she will return to WTA Tour action after three months out injured at next week's tournament in Linz, Austria. The 29-year-old has finally recovered from an operation on the foot she cut at a restaurant shortly after retaining her Wimbledon title at the start of July.

MLB: Philadelphia 7 Cincinnati 4.

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