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Vettel Storms to Pole in China

World championship leader Sebastian Vettel breezed to pole position for Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix after his Red Bull left Britain's Jenson Button trailing 0.7 seconds back in second place.

The 23-year-old German clocked a lap of one minute 33.706 seconds in Saturday's qualifying session, the fastest ever time recorded at the Shanghai circuit, sending a strong message to rivals that he remains the man to beat.

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Hodgson Backing for Struggling Torres

West Bromwich manager boss Roy Hodgson has said that Spanish striker Fernando Torres will eventually start scoring goals for Chelsea despite his poor start at the Club.

Torres was at Liverpool with Hodgson as coach, before transferring to Stamford Bridge in January after which Hodgson was sacked and eventually ended up at West Brom.

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Toyota to Operate All Plants in May at Half Volume

Japan's Toyota Motor Co. said Friday it would operate all its domestic plants at half normal volume from May 10 to June 3, citing problems with parts supply following the quake and tsunami disaster.

"As (Toyota) continues to address its production situation in Japan following the disaster, it has decided that vehicle production from May 10 to June 3 will proceed at approximately 50 percent of normal," the company said.

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Hamilton Puts McLaren Future in Doubt

Lewis Hamilton hinted Friday that he could leave McLaren in search of more success if the British team cannot provide him with a car capable of winning multiple world championships.

The 26-year-old Briton, who won the title for McLaren in his second season in 2008, said in Shanghai that his loyalty to McLaren had "limits" and that he was keen to maximize his time in the sport.

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Rivals Hope to End Vettel Charge in China

McLaren and Ferrari may look to Mark Webber to help clip his teammate Sebastian Vettel's wings in this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix -- and end his runaway start to the 2011 world title race.

Both McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton found the pace to mount a challenge to the defending world champion in last Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix.

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Mourinho Fumes Over Card Conspiracy

Jose Mourinho lit the fuse on Real Madrid's explosive Champions League semi-final showdown with Barcelona by claiming his club don't get the same treatment from UEFA as their Catalan rivals.

Mourinho will be without Ricardo Carvalho for the first leg against Barca after the Portugal defender triggered a suspension when he was booked for a foul on Tom Huddlestone in Wednesday's 1-0 win over Tottenham in the quarter-final second leg.

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Real Madrid Close on Dortmund's Sahin

Real Madrid have made contact with Borussia Dortmund's Turkish play-maker Nuri Sahin over a move to the Spanish giants, according to a report in Wednesday's edition of the German daily, Bild.

Bild claim that Sahin, voted the best player in the first half of the current German season, has received an offer from Real, where Sahin's friend Mesut Ozil is already on the books.

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Berlusconi 'Dreams' of Ronaldo at Milan

AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi said he would not rule out trying to lure Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo to the San Siro in the next transfer window -- if his club win the league title.

"Ronaldo at Milan? Dreaming isn't forbidden, and sometimes dreams come true," Berlusconi, who is also the embattled prime minister of the country, told Italian channel Italia 7 Gold.

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Rafael The Only Blip for United Ahead of Chelsea

Brazilian Rafael could be Manchester United's only doubt for the Champions League quarter-final, second leg clash at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old suffered a knee injury in last week's first leg at Stamford Bridge, won 1-0 by United, ruling him out of Saturday's Premier League win over Fulham.

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Webber Dominates Formula One Malaysian Practice

Red Bull's Mark Webber went quickest in both Malaysian Grand Prix practice sessions on Friday in a dominant display which raised hopes he can erase a disappointing start to the season.

Webber, fifth two weeks ago in Melbourne, bested McLaren's Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, while his team-mate and 2010 champion Sebastien Vettel focused on testing Red Bull's misfiring Kinetic Energy Regeneration System (KERS).

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