FORMULA ONE: Lewis Hamilton may have won the Singapore Grand Prix with a drive smoother than his pre pubescent face, but the real winner was Jenson Button.

Button, who started in eleventh place on the grid, finished in fifth and one place higher than his nearest rival Rubens Barichello. With only three races oto go, Button can secure the F1 title if he scores five points more in the Japan Grand Prix.
“I came away with a result which doesn’t look so good on paper, but it’s almost like a victory to win these points,” said Button (pictured below).
“I gained one point on Rubens and lost one point on Sebastian [Vettel] so all in all it is almost the perfect race.
“I’ll go to Japan feeling very positive and looking forward to the next race.
“Rubens can still beat me, for sure, but this result has taken a lot of weight off my shoulders.”

BOXING: For a man named after a woman’s dress, Carl Froch is a cheeky git.
Still, when you’re as hard fuck with a WBC title around your belt line, you can probably afford to be, so the cheeky Frocher couldn’t resist one last jab at Joe Calzaghe after admitting defeat in his bid to tempt the Welshman out of retirement.
“I’m not going to give him any stick or try and lure him out of retirement because I don’t think it would be the right thing for him to do,” said a dignified Froch.
“As the proud warrior that he is and a strong, determined man retiring undefeated, I’m going to give the man the respect he deserves.”
Then he added: “But he needs to loosen up a bit on Strictly Come Dancing.”

OLYMPICS: Normally, when politicians try and associate themselves with sport the results reflect unfavorably on the nation. Think Tony Blair having a game of headers with Kevin Keegan or George Bush pitching the opening ball at a baseball game.
So what horrors did Barack Obama get up to when he became the first serving US president to help spruik an Olympic bid?
Obama flew to Copenhagen to lobby the IOC for Chicago’s 2016 Olympics bid, but faced competition from prime minister Yukio Hatoyama of Japan, president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil, and King Juan Carlos of Spain. With Carlos dressed as a matador, Hatoyama as a sumo wrestler, da Silva as a busty, hot pant wearing football fan, and Obama as a mini-skirt wearing, pom-pom waving, U-S-A screaming cheerleader, the four heads of state made passionate cases.

Quotes of the week

“THE Beard saved me many times, I hope he saves me this time too,” – on-the-brink Argentina coach Diego Maradona calls for another helping hand from the man upstairs.

“THE Quakes will celebrate Darren Huckerby Day at the stadium, honouring Huckerby in a pre-game ceremony on the field. The first 5,000 fans will also receive a Supercuts Darren Huckerby Day player card, along with a Supercuts Earthquakes roll-a-banner,” – San Jose pull out all the stops for their upcoming MLS game with New York Red Bulls.

“IF I was a supporter, looking at our results, I would be booing me. The bottom line is that if results don’t change I’m sure there will be changes. Since I’ve been in football I’ve always brought something to the clubs I’ve been involved with but I’ve not brought anything to Ipswich,” – Roy Keane decides that honesty is the best policy.

“I’M gutted about what I have done. I just wanted to celebrate,” – Jake Clarke, the fan who was shoved in the face by Craig Bellamy has been fined £305 and banned from attending matches for three years.

“IT IS disappointing,” – David ‘controversial’ Moyes on Everton being without nine injured first-teamers for tomorrow’s Europa League game at BATE Borisov.

“While it is disappointing we don’t have the pick of all our players, that doesn’t make our involvement any less enjoyable,” insisted David Moyes.