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Motor racing: Vettel takes 50th win and F1 championship lead in Canada

Monday, 2018-06-11 06:49:45
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Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel celebrates winning the race on the podium. (Reuters)
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Sebastian Vettel capped an emotional weekend for Ferrari with a clinical pole-to-flag win at the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday to retake the lead in the Formula One world championship from Mercedes’s Lewis Hamilton by a single point. The victory was the 50th of the German’s career and left him on 121 points to Hamilton’s 120 after seven races, with the Briton coming home fifth.

* Mo Salah appeared with the rest of Egypt squad at a final training session in Cairo before flying to Russia on Sunday for the country's first World Cup appearance in 28 years. The 25-year-old has not played since injuring his right shoulder in Liverpool's Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid last month and is considered a doubt for Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday.

* Dustin Johnson reclaimed the world number one ranking by cruising to a six-shot victory in the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Tennessee on Sunday. The 33-year-old, knocked off the top of the rankings last month by fellow American Justin Thomas, mixed three birdies, a bogey and a stunning final-hole eagle to finish on 19 under par.

* Belgium's Thierry Neuville threw caution to the wind as he won the last six stages of the Rally of Italy on Sunday (June 10) to overturn a 6.8-second deficit and edge Frenchman Sebastian Ogier. Neuville, driving a Hyundai, was still 0.7 seconds behind Ogier (M-Sport Ford) entering the closing 6.96km Powerstage but gained 1.4 seconds to finish the race 0.8 seconds ahead.

* FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Sunday (June 10) the global soccer governing body would not discuss the possibility of having a 48-team World Cup in Qatar in 2022 at its congress next week, saying it would first discuss the matter with the host country.

* Annie Park produced a scintillating final round to claim her first career at the ShopRite LPGA Classic on Sunday (June 10). The 23-year-old from New York, who had started the day in the chasing pack at eight under, carded an eight-under-par 63 to claim victory by one shot. Park's flawless round included six birdies and an eagle, leaving her with a 54-hole aggregate 197, 16 under par for the tournament.

* Scotland's cricketers pulled off the greatest victory in their history to beat England for the first time amid scenes of disbelief and jubilation at the tiny Grange ground in Edinburgh on Sunday. England were all out for 365 after Scotland made 371 for five, their highest total in a one-day international.

Reuters, CNA