Tuesday 23 January 2018

Vettel keeps cool in pole position as Red Bull rule up front for Korean GP

FORMULA 1: Pole-position king Sebastian Vettel clinched his ninth top spot of the season to edge out Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber in qualifying for tomorrow's Korean Grand Prix.

For Vettel it is the most poles in a year since Michael Schumacher in 2001.

Red Bull locked out the front row for the fourth time this season, and the eighth for Vettel and Webber as a pairing, with the duo split by just 0.074seconds.

On the second row will be Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton in his McLaren.

"The important thing was not to lose focus, to remain calm, and now our job is done today," said Vettel. "We will see tomorrow."

GOLF: Sweden's Peter Hedblom shot 64 to take go one shot clear at the top of Castello Masters leaderboard after two rounds.

Scot Paul Lawrie, chasing a first victory since 2002, and Spain's Ricardo Gonzalez were joint leaders after 18 holes having both matched Hedblom's seven-under round yesterday but neither could break 70 this time.

Hedblom is nine under overall having signed for a first-round 69.

Irishman Peter Lawrie matched the top rounds of the day with a 64 that included six birdies and an eagle.

Returning Ryder Cup vice captain Sergio Garcia added a 73 to his first day 71 to sit two over and should miss the cut.

BASEBALL: The Texas Rangers, who had never won a playoff series in 50 years as a franchise, booked a World Series debut on Friday and made believers out of the vanquished New York Yankees.

"They out-hit us, they out-pitched us, out-played us," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after the Rangers' 6-1 win completed a 4-2 victory in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series.

The Yankees won their 27th World Series crown last season and led Major League Baseball in runs scored this year but they were outscored 38-19 in a decisive series triumph by Texas.

"They beat us straight up," said Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher.

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