LITESPORT London Lite Monday, 20 July 2009 39 IS aShTOnIShIngbREakIng nEwS... Donovanfull ofpraisefor oldfoeBecks LANDON DONOVAN, the LA Galaxy star who sparked the David Beckham dispute with disparaging remarks about the former England captain, was full of praise for Becks today. After seeing Beckham booed by banner-waving fans during the 2-2 draw with AC Milan yesterday, Donovan -- who accused Beckham of a lack of professionalism in a book -- said: He was integral in both goals. Theres not another player on a team in this league that can make those plays. It was an exciting game. Reports suggest Chelsea and Tottenham are ready to bring the 34-year-old home, although Beckham said last week he was keen to return to Milan. Cold comfort as Tom leaps up rankings TOM WATSONS agonising play-off defeat at The Open has still improved his world ranking an incredible 1,270 places -- from 1,374th to 104th. If he had holed his eight-foot putt on the final green and become, at 59, the oldest major winner in history by 11 years, Watson would today be ranked 45th in the world. The title was taken by Stewart Cink instead and he moves up from 33rd to ninth as a result. Watson (above) did not have any ranking points prior to Turnberry under the two-year system and was listed as joint 1,374th. Latest top 10: 1 Tiger Woods 10.82pts, 2 Phil Mickelson 8.53, 3 Paul Casey 6.60, 4 Kenny Perry 6.21, 5 Sergio Garcia 6.02, 6 Steve Stricker 5.88, 7 Henrik Stenson 5.88,8Geoff Ogilvy5.74, 9StewartCink 5.04, 10 Jim Furyk 5.01. the old fogey almost did it: page 36 GRAEME SWANN was Englands unsung hero as he ended with four wickets and the prize scalp of Aussie Michael Clarke. The Nottinghamshire spinner produced a superb ball to get rid of the major thorn in Englands side and said: We knew it was a massive ask for them but with the way they batted last night we knew anything was possible. With the Clarke wicket I was surprised more than anything. He batted fantastically well and to get him out was the key wicket -- I will take all the glory after that I think! Australia captain Ricky Ponting was quick to admit England deserved their win. We were outplayed right through from first ball, not just the big moments but the little ones in between, he said. We have to bounce back pretty quickly. We have to regroup and hit the ground running. I have full confidence in my guys. Im proud of how we fought it out, but we were off the mark on day one. Our bowling in the second innings was as good as it has been and to get 400 in the last innings shows we are still doing a lot of things right. balloffme refusing to enforce the follow- on when the Aussies were all out on Saturday morning, said: To win an Ashes Test at Lords is something a lot of people have dreamt of doing and to be the 11 guys that pulled it off is extra special. When you play Australia you expect to face a comeback and thankfully Fred was fantastic. Taking 20 wickets at Lords is always hard work. It was a tricky one with the follow-on but when you win, thats the vindication you need. Swannplayssecondfiddlebut ishappytotaketheMichael becks faces baying mob: pages 1 & 5 Arise Sir Freddie: England hero Andrew Flintoff enjoys the celebrations after taking three crucial wickets today -- and five in the innings -- as England dismissed the Australians for 406 to go 1-0 up in the Ashes series. He then made an emotional farewell to the crowd in his last Lords Test HH Gotcha! Swann bowls key man Clarke 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.html36.html37.html38.html39.html