44 Friday, 26 June 2009 London Lite LITESPORT Inbrief Pakistan ruled out of 2011 Cup PAKISTAN will not host any matches at the 2011 World Cup, it has been confirmed. The ICC board had already made the decision at a previous meeting in April following the spate of terror attacks in Pakistan, not least the assault on the Sri Lanka team bus. But following talks with the Pakistan Cricket Board, the decision was reaffirmed yesterday. Alternative hosts for the 14 matches are still to be decided. Lee Valley gets 2012 accolade LEE VALLEY Athletics Centre and Loughborough University have been selected as Performance Centres for London 2012. The decision was made by UK Athletics Olympic Task Force. UKA head coach Charles van Commenee said: It has been a thorough process, but we have decided that Lee Valley and Loughborough will be where we will concentrate most of our resources in the next few years. Donington get on track for GP DONINGTON PARKS Grand Prix aspirations took another step towards being realised today as the circuits chief executive Simon Gillett put pen to paper on a document which paves the way for major redevelopment. Work to get the circuit up to Formula One standards in time to host the 2010 British Grand Prix had been on hold while the local council reviewed their decision to grant planning permission. French star in deception row THE New Zealand Rugby Union has accused French centre Mathieu Bastareaud of deception after he admitted fabricating a story that he was assaulted in Wellington after the second Test against the All Blacks. Bastareaud has issued a statement apologising for making up the story. New Zealand rugby chief, Steve Tew, said: Like all New Zealanders, I am extremely disappointed with this series of events. Saracens star is up for Sale SALE have completed the signing of flanker David Seymour from Guinness Premiership rivals Saracens. The 24-year-old England A and Under-21 forward rose through the ranks with the London club and made 105 appearances. Sharks director of rugby Kingsley Jones said: David is a good signing for us, he has a high work rate and plenty of pace. When I found out he was available, I made my move to sign him. PhilscomealivetothesoundofMunich Price is right again: Phillip shot a 67 THREE days after world No882 David Duval finished runner-up at the US Open, world No981 Phillip Price is threatening to upset the favourites at the BMW International in Munich. The 42-year-old Welshmans best round for over two years -- a five under par 67 which left him joint third, one behind Englands Richard Finch and three behind South African Retief Goosen -- gives him the chance to rescue his European Tour career. Best remembered for beating Phil Mickelson in a Ryder Cup singles at The Belfry in 2002, Price had to rely on his career earnings of more than 4m to remain a member of the circuit at the end of last year. But he has added little more than 10,000 in 13 starts this season, making only four halfway cuts. Without a win since the 2003 European Open, Price moved to the US Tour two years later and admits now: I lost my way in the US, probably. You have to try things, but it didnt work out. I came back, my wife and I had another baby and I lost the zest for Tour life a bit. Its been a struggle for three years and it got very depressing. Its a tough environment and I stopped making the effort for a while, but Im trying hard now to turn it around. Goosen rolled in eight birdies in his 64 yesterday, but was left wishing he had changed putters a week ago. It would have been nice to make them at the US Open -- I holed nothing there, said the 40-year-old. Goosen, 16th at Bethpage Black, added: I tested a new putter in the pro-am here and it felt sort of good, so I decided to give it a try. The twice US Open champion is seeking his first European Tour victory for over two years, but in the past eight months has tasted victory in Asia, Africa and America. Finch earned fame last year for his Irish Open win at Adare Manor -- mostly, though, for falling in the river playing a shot on the final hole. BY KRISS IVERSEN KP is fighting fit ITS the news Ricky Ponting and co didnt want to hear: Kevin Pietersen is fit and ready to slay the Aussies and win back the Ashes. Englands talismanic batsman, whose magnificent 158 at the Oval back in 2005 secured the little urn, revealed two weeks ago that his troublesome Achil- les was in danger of ruling him out of the opening Test in Cardiff. But with 12 days to go until hostilities commence, Pietersen, who admitted he was only at 70 per cent during the World Twenty20, confirmed he has made rapid progress and is ready to make Australias worst nightmares a reality. Im doing everything pain-free, said Pietersen, who averages 53.50 against the old enemy. Im waking up every morning feeling absolutely fine. The improvements have been huge and Ive made sure my rehabilitation programme has been done well every day. I have been as professional as I can during the programme. Ive been able to do all the exercises, routines and drills without feeling any pain. Ive been skipping for minutes on end, which is a huge contrast to how I was before the Netherlands game (in the World Twenty20 on 5 June). Then, I couldnt even walk down the stairs in my house. For a player who thrives on taking centre stage, being forced to contem- plate potentially missing out on the biggest challenge of his career was a sobering thought. I never thought my Ashes chances were finished but I didnt enjoy it, he said. Its the first injury Ive had in international cricket thats kept me out of a series and left me not knowing when I could play again. Needing to go through the full rehab process was not something I really enjoyed. Its one of the hardest things Ive had to deal with. And despite his determination to ensure he plays a full part in the eagerly anticipated series, Pietersen will not risk his long-term future by playing with a nagging injury. The likes of Andrew Flintoff, and particularly Simon Jones, have never been the same since 2005 in terms of their fitness, and Pietersen doesnt intend to make the same mistake. He said: I have made sure that I dont go into an Ashes series with an injury. Ive seen too many big players go into a Test series injured and theyve come out the other end worse, particularly if theyve been playing against Aus- Im doing everything pain-free. 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