Sports Shorts

Vettel beats Hamilton to pole in Valencia

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel took a big step toward becoming Formula One's first repeat winner of the season after qualifying on pole position for Sunday's European Grand Prix for the third year in a row. The 24-year-old double world champion whooped with joy over the team radio after beating McLaren's Lewis Hamilton to the top slot with a best time of one minute 38.086 seconds in the Valencia heat. His 33rd career pole lifted Vettel to equal third place with four-time champion Alain Prost and the late Jim Clark in the sport's all-time records. (Reuters)

Rampant New Zealand thrash Ireland 60-0

New Zealand posted a record-breaking 60-0 thrashing of Ireland in its third and final rugby test match at Waikato Stadium on Saturday to complete a series sweep. The All Blacks, who squeezed past the Irish with a last-gasp Daniel Carter drop goal in Christchurch last week, scored nine tries including two each to Sam Cane and Sonny Bill Williams, and had the game won at halftime leading 29-0. Ben Smith, Hosea Gear, Israel Dagg, Liam Messam and Adam Thomson also scored as the world champions recorded their largest winning margin against Ireland. The previous largest margin was 53 points, when the All Blacks won 59-6 in 1992. It was the third time in their 27 tests that the All Blacks have held Ireland scoreless. (Reuters)

Oswalt returns in style to inspire Rangers

Roy Oswalt returned to the major leagues with style as he fired the Texas Rangers to a 4-1 win over the Colorado Rockies in Arlington on Friday. The Rangers signed 34-year-old Oswalt to a minor league contract on May 29 but promoted him after just four starts in the minors. The right-hander allowed one run in six and two-third innings in his first start since pitching for Philadelphia in Game Four of the 2011 National League Division Series. Oswalt helped Texas improve to 44-27 to lead the way in the American League West on the back of seven straight wins. The Rockies dropped to 26-43, having won just 13 of their last 15. (Reuters)

Black Caviar holds on for Royal Ascot glory

Unbeaten Australian raider Black Caviar secured a 22nd consecutive victory, winning by a head to land the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday. The mare, ranked only behind Frankel in the world and racing outside Australia for the first time, was almost caught at the end of the six-furlong sprint but held on from Moonlight Cloud for jockey Luke Nolen and Melbourne trainer Peter Moody. (Reuters)