Sport John Button celebrates with his son Jenson after he claimed the 2009 Formula 1 drivers' world championship

The British driver was talking at the launch of McLaren's new car

Motorcycling: Pedrosa quickest at German GP

Dani Pedrosa boosted his hopes of claiming a first win of the season by topping both practice sessions yesterday, ahead of tomorrow's Moto GP German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring.

MotoGP: Retiring but not quiet – Stoner sets pace

The reigning champion Casey Stoner, who is to retire after this season, proved his mind remains focused as he headed the practice times yesterday for tomorrow's British MotoGP at Silverstone.

Moto GP: Jorge Lorenzo adds to lead in Spain

Jorge Lorenzo tightened his grip on the MotoGP championship lead when the Spanish Yamaha rider came out on top in a battle with compatriot Dani Pedrosa to win the Catalunya Grand Prix yesterday.

John McGuinness returns to the Isle of Man

Motorcycling: Risking all for a win at speed

Infamous Isle of Man TT circuit poses extraordinary dangers but riders just keep coming

Motorcycling: Lorenzo shines for home fans

Jorge Lorenzo captivated the Spanish crowd in practice for tomorrow's Catalan Grand Prix. After taking up the MotoGP championship lead following a dominant win 12 days ago in the wet in Le Mans, the Majorcan was comfortably the fastest man again around Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya.

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Motorcycling: Casey Stoner claims Portugal win

The Australian MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner went back to the top of the standings by a single point yesterday after beating his Spanish rival Jorge Lorenzo to win in Portugal for the first time.

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Sylvain Guintoli of France and Team Effenbert

Motorcycling: Guintoli triumphs in Netherlands

Sylvain Guintoli finished in first and second places in the two races of the Dutch round of the World Superbike Championship at Assen yesterday.

The record-breaking Rube Goldberg machine

Inventions: Heath Robinson, eat your heart out

A team of geeks has devoted 5,000 man hours over six months to building a van-sized contraption designed to do nothing more complicated than pop a single balloon. Because, well, why not?

Motorcycling: Confident Brookes earns pole

Australian Josh Brookes will start from pole position on his Tyco Suzuki in the opening round of the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch today as a record contingent of eight foreign riders pressures the home competitors.

Tiger Woods chips out of a bunker during his return to form at the Bay Hill Invitational

Woods eclipses McDowell to surge ahead

For the first time in two and a half years, Tiger Woods is on top of an American leaderboard going into the weekend. In 2009 it would have seemed so simple. Now it is simply so enthralling.

Rory McIlroy reacts after winning the Honda Classic on Sunday to became the top-ranked golfer in the world

How McIlroy became king of the world

The moppy-haired boy from Belfast always thought he would be world No 1. Now expect him to dominate the game for decades, writes James Corrigan in Miami

Rory aims for world domination but despite his admiration for a fallen hero he'll do it the McIlroy way

McIlroy poised to claim his throne

Rory takes two-shot lead into final round of Honda Classic with world No 1 spot the reward for victory

Thai disaster costs Lloyd's $2.2bn

Thailand's worst flooding in 50 years last October will cost the Lloyd's of London $2.2bn (£1.4bn), the insurance market warned yesterday.

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