LITESPORT London Lite Tuesday, 7 July 2009 31 Inbrief F1 chief: Sorry I was an idiot BERNIE ECCLESTONE has issued an apology after telling The Times he admired Adolf Hitlers ability to get things done. The backlash has forced the F1 commercial chief into apologising in The Times and The Jewish Chronicle. He said: I have no complaints about the quote, it is what I said but it was not what I meant to say. Im not an admirer of dictators, who rule by terror. Im just sorry that I was an idiot. Banned tennis star dies at 24 FRENCH tennis player Mathieu Montcourt has died aged 24. The French tennis federation said on Tuesday that Montcourt had died overnight but that the causes of his death are not yet known. Ranked 119 in the world, he was found dead by his girlfriend in the stairwell of his Paris apartment. In May, Montcourt was handed a five-week ban and fined $12,000 for betting on other matches. Rugby League on a Crusade THE Rugby Football League have sent in a task force to help out struggling Super League club Celtic Crusaders. Leighton Samuel, the Crusaders owner and chairman, this week reacted to concerns over the clubs financial state by insisting he remains fully committed, and today the RFL revealed their support. The Crusaders are bottom of the table with just two wins from their first 19 matches. Ferrie ferocious attack on Open ENGLANDS Kenneth Ferrie launched a scathing attack on organisers of the Open Championship today after fearing a closing bogey had ended his hopes of surviving the final qualifying competition. The former European Open champion three-putted the green for a five-under-par 68 and aggregate score of seven under. The pin placing on the 18th is an absolute disgrace horrific, ridiculous, said a furious Ferrie. Pakistan hurt by magic spells SRI LANKA produced a stunning 50-run win inside four days over Pakistan in the first Test at Galle to go 1-0 up in the three-match series. Pakistan had started the fourth day needing only 97 to overhaul Sri Lankas target of 168 and with eight wickets in hand, but were undone by superb spells from left- arm paceman Thilan Thushara and left-arm spinner Rangana Herath. Pakistan were bowled out for 117. Cipriani axed from elite squad as fit-again Wilkinson steps up DANNY CIPRIANI has lost his place in Englands 32-man elite player squad to Jonny Wilkinson. Cipriani started last season as Englands first choice fly-half yet finished it as a substitute for the Saxons at the Churchill Cup. The 21-year-old Wasps back must settle for a place in the second-string Saxons squad after making way for World Cup winner Wilkinson, who has returned to full fitness. Wilkinson, who left Newcastle for French club Toulon at the end of last season, has been plagued by injuries since his last-gasp drop-goal in the World Cup final against Australia in 2003. Cipriani was seen as his natural successor but has failed to impress England boss Martin Johnson. Ugo Monye, the Harlequins wing who top scored on the Lions tour, retains his place ELITE SQUAD: Forwards: S Armitage (Lon Irish), S Borthwick (Sarries), G Chuter, J Crane, T Croft, L Deacon (all Leicester), N Easter (Quins), D Hartley (Northampton), B Kay (Leics), L Mears (Bath), T Payne (Wasps), T Rees, S Shaw (both Wasps), A Sheridan (Sale), P Vickery (Wasps), J White (Leics), D Wilson (Bath), J Worsley (Wasps). Backs: D Armitage (Lon Irish), M Banahan (Bath), D Care (Quins), M Cueto (Sale), H Ellis, T Flood (both Leics), R Flutey (Brive), D Hipkiss (Leics), P Hodgson (Lon Irish), U Monye (Quins), O Morgan (Gloucs), M Tait (Sale), M Tindall (Gloucs), J Wilkinson (Toulon). SAXONS: Forwards: R Blaze, D Cole (Leics), A Corbisiero, N Kennedy (both Lon Irish), C Lawes (Nton), M Mullan(Worcs), T Mercey (Saracens), L Moody (Leics), L Narraway (Gloucs), D Paice (Lon Irish), C Robshaw, W Skinner (both Quins), G Skivington, D Ward-Smith, R Webber (all Wasps), N Wood (Gloucs), B Woods (Leics). Backs: N Abendanon (Bath), B Barritt (Saracens), D Cipriani (Wasps), B Foden, S Geraghty (both Nton), T Ojo (Lon Irish), S Myler, (Nton), P Sackey, J Simpson (both Wasps), D Strettle, J Turner-Hall (Both Quins), S Vesty (Leics), D Waldouck (Wasps), R Wigglesworth (Sale), M Young (Newcastle). BY DAVID DIBBLE Fly guys: Wilkinson, left, and Cipriani Lions doctor warns youre just too big for your own good LIONS tour doctor James Robson has warned modern rugby players are get- ting too big for their own good as the team returned from South Africa with a record casualty list of 14 names. Robson, who first toured with the Lions in 1993 and is a veteran of five tough trips to the southern hemi- sphere, said: This was the most physi- cal series Ive ever been involved in. Though Tomas OLeary, Tom Shank- lin and Jerry Flannery were injured even before the tour began, the serious injuriestoWelshpropsGethinJenkins and Adams Jones during the second Test in Pretoria left Robson reeling. Jenkins needed a plastic plate in his smashed cheekbone while Jones is out for the season after surgery on a shoul- der dislocated by Bakkies Botha, who was banned for his challenge. Robsonsaid: We are reachinga level where players are too big for their skill levels. They have become too muscle- boundandbulky. Weneedtocomeback to a stage where they are smaller and the skill levels are higher. I think you may see changes in the physical nature of the players in order to speed up the game and allow them to cope with increased skills. This has been the toughest tour I have experienced. The Test matches have been more physical than any I have been involved in over a period of almost 20 years. Had there been another game this week, at least 10 players would have been unable to continue. As a spectacle the games have deliv- ered but I still have anxieties about the number of matches players are sub- jected to in Europe, compared to the southern hemisphere. I hope, at some point, that welfare will become a bigger part of player management. Theres a lot of talk and rhetoric but, for the players sake, I hope more action is taken. Among the measures Dr Robson may recommend is that future Lions tours span a longer period but incorporate fewermatches.Youhavetolookatthe midweek games and the length of the tour. Personally, I would like a slightly longer tour with less frequent games. I dont want to lessen Lions tours but perhaps it should be eight games spread over eight weeks. SOUTH AFRICA have been charged for wearing armbands saying Justice 4 Bakkies during their third Test defeat last Saturday. Botha was banned for two weeks for an illegal charge on Adam Jones in Pretoria. The IRB statement said: Such an act demonstrates a clear disregard for the disciplinary process. Brutal reality: Lions doctor James Robson, left, helps Gethin Jenkins off with a fractured cheekbone during the second Test BY NEAL COLLINS THECASUALTYLIST TOMAS OLEARY (ankle) TOM SHANKLIN (shoulder) JERRY FLANNERY (elbow) LEIGH HALFPENNY (thigh) STEPHEN FERRIS (knee) RYAN JONES (concussion) EUAN MURRAY (knee) LEE BYRNE (foot/thumb dislocation) ADAM JONES (shoulder) GETHIN JENKINS (fractured cheekbone) BRIAN ODRISCOLL (concussion) JAMIE ROBERTS (wrist) MATTHEW REES (concussion) RIKI FLUTEY (shoulder) 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