LITESPORT London Lite Tuesday, 30 June 2009 31 Inbrief Melo says no to Arsenal bid FELIPE MELO has ended speculation about his future by signing a one-year contract extension at Fiorentina. The 25-year-old Brazil international had been strongly linked with Arsenal, but is now tied to the Tuscan club until June 2013. Fiorentina announces that its sporting director Pantaleo Corvino met in Milan with Felipe Melos agent and an agreement was reached to extend the players contract until 2013 with a buy-out clause included, said the club. Etoo wants to reign in Spain SAMUEL ETOOS agent has confirmed he would like to remain at Barcelona next season and has been offered a two-year deal despite reports of a 25m switch to Manchester City. Arsenals Kolo Toure remains a target for Mark Hughes, with Arsene Wenger lining up Stuttgarts 22-year-old Serdar Tasci to replace him. PINNACLE GROUP, fronted by former Southampton star Matthew Le Tissier, are reported to have withdrawn their bid for the Saints. LITE&BITTER Gotanaxetogrind?Doithere... RE LIONS (L&B 28/06) ODriscoll was concussed by his own bad tackle, Jenkins collided with a team-mate. Cliff Barnes, SW19 RE LIONS (L&B 28/06) Lions cant play rugby with the big boys from the South and now were the bad guys? Go play in the Premiership! Also, Epsom MACCA (L&B 28/06) Burger got his punishment. ODriscoll got praise from Dewi for admitted illegal tackle which also put a Bok out the game and on neuro table. Wortels, SM1 WILLIAM WALLACE (L&B 28/06) Rogers Swiss army knife to take the Highlanders head and Fed-ex it back north. There can be only one winner. Beefeater, W2 WILLIAM WALLACE (L&B 28/06) why all the fuss and support for a Jock who does not reciprocate by supporting the English footy team? English ASH To be considered for publication, texts must be submitted with name and address or postcode. Please restrict messages to 25 WORDS. Thanks. >>Text TELLUS to 65800 followed by a space and your messageEach text costs 50p plus standard network charges >>Text LL RANT to 65400 Terms apply. See MARK NOBLE was forced to watch Ger- many lift the Euro Under-21 trophy in Malmo last night and said: It was one of the worst things Ive ever had to do. StuartPearcesmenweresupposedtoend 25yearsof hurtfortheyoungLions,instead they were unable to stop another classic chapter of teutonic misery. West Ham midfielder Noble, who played in the semi-final penalty shoot-out defeat against Holland two years ago, said: See- ing them collect the trophy was one of the Were gutted. We dont know what went wrong Wimbledonroof instead--wasthatothers, like Arsenal star Theo Walcott and Wat- ford keeper Stuat Loach, didnt really play either. Boss Pearce (right) refused to dissect Loachs performance, but the 21-year- old should have done better with Germanys first three goals. He was too slow off his line when Mesut Ozil played a through ball for Gonzalo Castro to chip him in the 23rd minute and he misread the swerve on Ozils free kick early in the second half as England slipped 2-0 behind. Lee Cattermole clipped the bar and had a header cleared off the line, while Adam Johnson fluffed a great chance from six yards as England tried to pull one back. But the game was settled when Sandro Wagners low shot went straight through Loachs legs and he added a fine fourth six minutes from time. Pearce -- who revealed after the final he has signed a new two-year contract --said:Wereabitfrustratedbutwehave to improve. In two years time we have to be one better. We are in the top two in Europe. We have to be in the top one. worse things Ive ever had to do. I didnt really watch most of it, I couldnt. It was too much. I wanted it to be us, not them. This is harder to take than 2007. Were gutted,terriblygutted.Wethoughtwecould go out and win the game and obviously that didnt happen. I dont know what went wrong. We started well, we started sharply. Obviously it was a setback with their goal and that was terrible for us. Im just gutted for ourselves and for England. I thought wed be bringing home the trophy. We knew Pearces men were without banned Manchester City keeper Joe Hart -- hero of the semi-final shoot-out over hosts Sweden -- and forwards Gabriel Agbonlahor and Fraizer Campell. What shockedthenation--mostof whomturned over to watch Andy Murray under the GERMANY U21.......4 ENGLAND U21........0 BY GEOFF TEATHER Swede and sour: Mark Noble, far right, in despair after last nights Euro Under-21 Final defeat in Malmo ButFlintoffs timing is out says Strauss ANDREW STRAUSS insists Andrew Flintoffs time- keeping is not a big issue. Flintoff has been disciplined after missing the team bus for a visit to World War I sites in Belgium on Saturday. Strauss said: We dont really want to go into it too much. It was a private weekend. He missed the bus. Punctuality has been an issue with a few players and were trying to make a few steps to make sure it doesnt happen again. Freddy said he made a mistake, appropriate action has been taken and we move forward. I think he knows he mustnt do it again. KEVIN PIETERSEN believes Michael Vaughans decision to retire from all cricket -- confirmed at Edgbaston today -- has come at just the right time and shows what a great man he is. Former England captain Vaughan, 34, officially quit in an Edgbaston press conference today and Pietersen, who made his Test debut under Vaughan in the Aussie-bashing summer of 2005, said: That just shows what a great man he is. Hes a good, good guy. To let Andrew Strauss know he can continue leading the team and Ravi Bopara know he can go in at No3 without having to worry about anything -- the timing is perfect. Hes left us in really good shape and good hands. Straussy still communicates with Vaughany; I do too, and I know a lot of the senior players still do. Among them is Andrew Flintoff, another who has recently led England. Flintoff said: He gave confidence to his team and he helped me as a player and as a bloke -- he is a mate as well. He will go down as one of the greats. Strauss said: I count Michael as a good friend and a team-mate and I know what a tough decision this will have been. I learned a great deal from watching him captain the side for five years at close hand. His ability to identify a new strategy for outwitting the opposition was a priceless asset. Former England and Yorkshire team- mate Matthew Hoggard added: Its a big blow for Yorkshire and for England. He thought it was right to step aside and give the very talented youngsters we have got here at Yorkshire a chance. Its a very personal decision. He knew it was the right time. I dont think theres anything we could do to change it. BY NEAL COLLINS Innings closed: Michael Vaughan WEST HAM chief executive Scott Duxbury says that a deal to bring Inter Milan midfielder Mancini to Upton Park is still on. Speaking in an interview with fansite, he said: Were pretty much there with Milan. Im flying out to see the player. Mancinis got lots of offers and options -- so its down to Gianfranco really. If Gianfranco and Mancini can hit it off and Mancini wants to come then Im 80 percent sure itll happen. 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