Hold The Back Page: 23/10/2010

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Fernando Alonso

Everyone's favourite Spaniard may be having the odd sleepless night in South Korea, and not because of the humidity.

Italian motor cars and reliability have never been the cuddliest of bedfellows, so Ferrari's world-title contender and occasional beneficiary of team orders will be desperate for the one engine he has left of the eight permitted during a season to last to a not-so-bitter end. Alonso is 14 points behind Mark Webber with three races left but another new big end would spark a 10-place grid penalty. "We need to be careful not to overheat anything," says the team principal, Stefano Domenicali. Unfortunately, with Brazil and Abu Dhabi coming up, that won't be easy.

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Kaizer Chiefs fans

You thought, hoped, prayed you had heard the last of the vuvuzela. You haven't, but it's not all bad news, because the controversial actions of a few, albeit ingenious, Kaizer Chiefs fans in South Africa could result in the infernal instrument that blighted the World Cup this summer being confined to history at the country's football grounds. "Should vuvuzelas continue to be used as missiles they could be banned," said the South African Premier League. Now, this column wouldn't normally condone acts of violence, but surely it's worth one player taking one in the eye for the ears of the wider population?

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Sun, sea, sand and...snooker!

Brazil, the home of samba snooker. No one can say Barry Hearn isn't making good his promise of overhauling the staid, smoky world of the green baize. The beaches, cocktails, beautiful women... even Rocket Ronaldinho O'Sullivan might not complain about a trip to next year's inaugural Brazil Masters, especially with $200,000 prize-money on offer. "It'll be interesting to see how keen the players will be on playing snooker rather than hanging out on the beach," said an excited Neil Robertson yesterday. Someone's going to have to break it to him that it's in Sao Paulo, 40 miles of polluted traffic jam from the sea.