Nick
Place & Thomas Hunter at the Crikey sports desk write:

F1
title race starts to get interesting.
The Formula
One drivers’ championship is wide open after German Michael Schumacher won his
third straight race
overnight to move within 11 points of defending champ
Fernando Alonso.
“We (Ferrari) had a superb weekend,”
Schumacher told reporters after taking his home Grand Prix, while Alonso could
only manage fifth, to see his championship lead cut by six points.A
win is worth ten points and there are six races left, so Alonso increasingly has
little room for error, especially with the ever competitive, perhaps overly
competitive Schumacher sniffing a title in what may be his last season.Alonso, driving for
Renault, blamed “tyre blisters” for his lacklustre result. We’d recommend a
soothing salve in time for the next race, in Hungary on Sunday.

Warne
reacts to sex talk in usual fashion.
Another day,
another sex scandal. Our never-boring spinner, Shane Warne, appears to be
responding to the impending release of the much-hyped biography by Paul Barry
in his usual fashion: by wandering onto an oval in England and playing some
great cricket. While Warney’s ex-wife, Simone Callahan, does the media rounds
yet again to damn the book’s saucy teasers – like alleging Shane had sex with more than
1000 women – Warne has been calmly captaining Hampshire into title contention in
English county cricket.Warney’s
strategy in the field to out-think Yorkshire’s batsmen (including Darren
Lehmann and Jason Gillespie) was praised by The Times as “proactively imaginative” and he also took three
wickets along the way. Hampshire’s
victory (its first in 111 years at Southhampton) puts it third on the table
with a game in hand and a real chance of stealing the silverware. No prizes for guessing how the world will expect Warney to
celebrate, should his team manage to win.

Karrie
Webb eyes British Open.
After winning the Evian
Masters in France over the weekend, Karrie Webb has confirmed herself as the in
form player on the women’s golf tour. Webb claimed the win by a single shot
from 16-year-old Michelle Wie, who blew a two stroke lead after the 11th, and
Englishwoman Laura Davies, who tied with Wie for second. Webb is the only
player on the women’s tour to have three wins for the season, and after beating
the majority of the field she’ll be competing against this week at the British
Open, she goes into the tournament with a confidence missing in recent years. Indeed,
2006 has been something of a comeback year for the former world number one: prior
to her win in the Kraft Nabisco in March, she had not won a tournament for two
years. For her troubles, Webb pocketed $US450,000, putting her at the head of
the LPGA money list with a lazy $1.5 million for the year.

Peter Fray

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