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Sunday 17 December 2017

McLaren: We’ve let Button down

F1: McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh has admitted failing Jenson Button throughout the course of the Canadian Grand Prix.

Button finished a wretched 16th in a race won by team-mate Lewis Hamilton who now also leads the championship. In contrast, Button finds himself 43 points adrift.

Whitmarsh said: “We just didn’t give him a car he could do it with. We have to get it right.”

O’Brien back for Ireland

CRICKET: Wicketkeeper Niall O’Brien is back in the Ireland squad for this month’s RSA Challenge match against Australia in Belfast and is likely to play alongside debutant fast bowler Tim Murtagh.

O’Brien was dropped by coach Phil Simmons earlier this year, when he opted for a contract in the Bangladesh T20 competition ahead of Ireland’s World T20 qualifying matches in the UAE.

Cuban ace Theofilo dies

BOXING: Cuba’s three-time Olympic heavyweight champion Theofilo Stevenson has died at the age of 60, according to reports.

Stevenson, considered one of the greatest ever fighters never to turn professional, won gold at Munich 1972, Montreal 1976 and Moscow 1980. A bout against Muhammad Ali was touted in the Seventies but he refused to give up his amateur status and it never took place.

Sagan lands Swiss double

CYCLING: Slovakian rider Peter Sagan (Liquigas) won the third stage of the Tour de Suisse from Martigny to Aarberg (195 km), and celebrated his second victory after winning the time trial last Saturday. Nicolas Roche (Ag2r-La Mondiale) was 40th, leaving him fifth in the general classification, which is led by Rui Costa (Movistar).

Gillick makes small stride

ATHLETICS: David Gillick made little improvement on his second comeback race in Moscow last night, finishing last in the 400m in 48.27, fractionally faster than his 48:36 run in Turin last Friday.

Cricket: England sealed a 2-0 series win over West Indies yesterday after the rain-affected third and final test was abandoned as a draw.

GOLF: The 2016 Curtis Cup will be played at Dun Laoghaire GC.

MLB: Toronto 3 Washington 6, Atlanta 0 NY Yankees 3, Miami 4 Boston 1, LA Dodgers 2 LA Angels 3.

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