Sport in brief: Korea can seal it for Webber

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Mark Webber believes the inaugural Korean Grand Prix could give him the win which will edge him towards his first Formula One drivers' championship. Webber leads the standings by 14 points from Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and his Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel as F1 steps into the unknown at Yeongam.

"We all have to go there, see the track and get on with the job – it's the same for everyone," said the 34-year-old Australian. "I need to win again, and I am very confident I can do that." Webber added that, with three races to go – and following the introduction of 25 points for a win – it is too early to back off and play the percentages.



Moto GP: Happy return for Stoner



Casey Stoner celebrated his 25th birthday by taking pole in qualifying for his home race – today's Australian MotoGP. The Ducati rider clocked a fastest lap of 1min 30.1sec in the final minutes before rain began to slow his rivals at Phillip Island. He is chasing a fourth consecutive win in the race. The new world champion Jorge Lorenzo will be second on the grid, with the American Yamaha rider Ben Spies third. Valentino Rossi could only manage eighth place.



Golf: Harrington on course



Padraig Harrington is closing in on his first victory in two years after opening up a five-stroke lead heading into today's final round of the Johor Open. The Irishman, whose last title was the 2008 US PGA Championship, played the whole of the third round in Malaysia with a neck injury. "If I wasn't leading, I would have definitely pulled out," he said. "It was a bit better at the end but it was a substantial problem." However, he showed no ill effects as he fired five birdies with only one bogey in the Asian Tour event.

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