SOUTH AFRICA coach Peter de Villiers was forced into a humiliating apology last night for his bizarre comments in the wake of Schalk Burgers gouging of Lions wing Luke Fitzgerald during the Second Test. Burger was banned for eight weeks on Sunday night but De Villiers continued to defend his man, and even suggested the Lions should buy tutus and take up ballet if they didnt want to face what he considered to be normal incidents on the rugby pitch. After his comments, South African Rugby Union chiefs met with De Villiers, who said: It was never my intention to suggest that I condone foul play -- that is the last thing I would ever do and I apologise for creating any other impression. De Villiers, who has declined to undergo any media training, has injury problems before Saturdays third Test at Ellis Park. His take on the casualties? Its like being in an accident. If somebody dies in a car accident you just replace them and thats what we will have to do. Injuries are rife in the Lions camp too. Ireland centre Brian ODriscoll will fly home tomorrow, along with Wales prop Adam Jones. ODriscoll, Lions skipper in New Zealand four years ago, was concussed during the 28-25 defeat in Pretoria three days ago. Former Wasps centre Riki Flutey could replace ODriscoll while Wasps prop Phil Vickery may return for Jones, who has a dislocated shoulder. The Springboks announced today they will appeal over the two-week ban handed to Bakkies Botha for the tackle which caused the Jones injury. 34 Tuesday, 30 June 2009 London Lite LITESPORT De Villiers tutu sorry after his ballet outburst BREAKING NEWS... CHELSEA will make their first signing of the summer tomorrow when Yuri Zhirkov arrives from CSKA Moscow for 18m. Zhirkov will sign a three-year contract, with the option for a fourth season. The 25-year-old can play left-wing or left-back. New Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti has revealed AC Milan veteran Paolo Maldini turned down an offer to become part of his coaching staff. Ancelotti said: If I could have taken anyone to Chelsea, it would have been Maldini. HIS TIMINGS STILL PERFECT: PAGE 31 Out Boks: Peter de Villiers BY NEAL COLLINS For Petes sake: How LiteSport broke the news of De Villiers outburst yesterday SWATS NEXTMurray poised to swipe The Mosquito into Wimbledon net FINALHUMILIATIONFOR ENGLANDSKIDS:PAGE31 ANDY MURRAY will spend today swotting up on his opponent in tomorrows quarter-final Juan Carlos The Mosquito Ferrero, before attempt- ing to swat him out of Wimbledon. Murray, recovering from last nights epic encounter under the roof and the lights at Wimbledonslatelateshow,hasteedupameeting with the former world No1 and French Open title holder (inset) who says he intends to fight fire with fire when the two men battle for a place in the mens semi-finals. Ferrero, called the Mosquito because of his speed and wiry, strong physique, had no answer to Murrays aggression in the semi-finals of the Aegon Championships at Queens Club earlier this month. But the 29-year-old Spaniard, who is seeded 70 in the world, believes he learned enough to end Murrays Wimbledon dream for another summer. The first wild card to reach the last eight since Goran Ivanise- vic in 2001 when the giant Croat beat Tim Henman on the way to winning the final, Ferrero said: Right now I have a little bit more rhythm than I had at Queens. And I learned I have to be aggressive all the time. Murray likes to play at one level, and then he changes the rhythm very fast. It is very difficult to play against him because of that. Andy is playing amazing. But I will be there with my team to support me, and that will be enough. Last nights marathon was watched by a TV audienceof 12.6mtwicethenumberwhoviewed Murrays match against Viktor Troicki on Saturday. BY GEOFF TEATHER seeded 70 in the world, believes he learned enough to end Murrays Wimbledon rst wild card to reach theThe fi last eight since Goran Ivanise- vic in 2001 when the giant onHenmanTimbeatCroat nal,the way to winning the fi InowRightsaid:Ferrero have a little bit more rhythm than I had at Queens. And I aggressivebetohaveIlearned tolikesMurraytime.theall hethenandlevel,oneatplay isItfast.veryrhythmthechanges himagainstplaytocultdiffivery MURRAY EARNS HIS NIGHTHOOD: PAGES 32-33 Moscow red is new Blue Itsofficially overandout forVaughan MICHAEL VAUGHAN urged the next generation to take up the challenge of delivering a winning England side after confirming his retirement today. Vaughan, 34, led England to the Ashes four years ago but has failed to recapture the form necessary to see him recalled for this summers series against Australia. Vaughan (right) said: It has been an enormous privilege to have captained my country and this is one of the hardest decisions I have had to make. We have some fantastic talent coming through the English counties and, with the next Ashes series upon us, now is the time for the younger players to rise to the challenge. Australia captain Ricky Ponting said: I am a bit surprised. Only a couple of months ago I was thinking Vaughan might be named in the first Test squad. I thought he might have a bit more to offer. index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html