London Lite Thursday, 23 July 2009 37 ARSENAL FIRST GAME: EVERTON (A) LUKASZ FABIANSKI is not in Austria for the Gunners pre-season tour. Arsene Wenger said: He has a little knee problem, but he should be available for the Emirates Cup. PRE-SEASON: July 27 Szombathelyi (a) 29 Hannover (a) August 1 Atletico Madrid (h), 2 Rangers (h) 8 Valencia (a) CHELSEA FIRST GAME: HULL (H) MIDFIELEDER Jack Cork is a target for Championship outfit Reading. The youngster could be loaned out by Carlo Ancelotti to gain more first team experience. PRE-SEASON: Sat AC Milan (Baltimore) July 27 Club America (Arlington) August 1 Reading (a), 9 Man United (CS, Wembley) FULHAM FIRST GAME: PMOUTH (A) THECOTTAGERShave takenSouthAfrican midfielderKagishoDikgacoiontrial. The24-year-oldwilltrainwiththeclub thisweekwiththeaimofwinninga contract. PRE-SEASON:Sat Peterborough (a) TOTTENHAM FIRSTGAME:LIVERPOOL(H) ENGLANDUnder-20 keeperDavidButtonhas joinedCreweonasix-monthloanand AdelTaarabt(above)hasgonetoback toQPRonaseason-longloan. PRE-SEASON:Tomorrow Barcelona (Wembley)Sun Celtic (Wembley)July29 WestHam(Beijing)31TBC(Beijing)August 2 SouthSChina(HongKong)9Olympiakos (h) WEST HAM FIRST GAME: WOLVES (A) JONATHAN SPECTOR has now joined the clubs Austrian training camp after being given extended leave following his summer international commitments. PRE-SEASON:July 29Tottenham(Beijing) 31 TBC (Beijing)August 8Napoli (h) CHAMPIONSHIP CRYSTAL PALACE FIRSTGAME:PLYMOUTH(H) NEILWARNOCKShopes ofre-signingWestBroms CraigBeattiearesettobethwarted aftertheScotopenedtalkswithHearts. PRE-SEASON: Tomorrow Bristol Rovers (a) July 28 Norwich (h) 30 Bromley (a) August 2 Gillingham (h) QPR FIRSTGAME:BLACKPOOL(H) MARTIN ROWLANDS is on course to start the new season after proving his fitness following a six-month lay-off with a knee injury. PRE-SEASON:FriOxford Utd (a)July 28 Wycombe (a) August 1Southampton (h) READING FIRST GAME: FOREST (H) STEPHEN HUNT has been forced out of the clubs pre-season trip to Sweden because of a groin problem. PRE-SEASON:TomorrowBristolRovers (a)Sat ToloIF(a) 28 QvidingFIF(a)August 1Chelsea (h) WATFORD FIRSTGAME:DONCASTER(H) ALEC CHAMBERLAIN insists Scott Loachs confidence will not be dented by his Euro Under-21 horror-show. The Hornets coach said: Rubbing shoulders with those players will have done him good. PRE-SEASON: July 29 St Albans (a) August 1 Parma (h) LEAGUE ONE BRENTFORD FIRST GAME: CARLISLE (A) ANDY SCOTT has admitted he still wants to make two or three more signings before the start of the new season. PRE-SEASON: Sat Croydon (a) August 1 Hayes & Yeading (a) CHARLTON FIRST GAME: WYCOMBE (H) NEWsigningFrazer Richardsonhaswarnedit willhardtoquicklybouncebackinto theChampionship.Leedshavebeen tryingfortwoyearsnow,hesaid. PRE-SEASON: Sat Barnet (a) July 28 Ipswich (h) August 1 Bournemouth (a) GILLINGHAM FIRST GAME: SWINDON (H) STUART LEWIS could miss the start of the season after injuring his ankle in Tuesdays win at Bishop Stortford. Lewis was stretchered off and will find out the full extent of the injury this week. PRE-SEASON: Saturday RUFC Calais (a) July 28 Bromley (a) 30 Croydon (a) August 1 Thurrock (a) 2 Thurrock (a) 2 Crystal Palace (a) 4 Whitstable Town (a) LEYTONORIENT FIRST GAME: BRISTOL R (A) GERAINT WILLIAMS is confident his side remain on track despite Tuesdays 3-2 defeat to Ebbsfleet. This time of year is all about performances, he said. PRE-SEASON: Sat Luton (a) 30 St Albans City (a) August 1 Dag & Red (a) MILLWALL FIRSTGAME:SHAMPTON(A) DANNYSENDA successfullycamethrough hisfirstappearancein16monthswith a45-minutedisplayinthe1-0victory overShelbournethisweek. PRE-SEASON: Sat Stevenage (a) July 28 Dartford (a) August 1 Middlesbrough (a) SOUTHEND FIRST GAME: HFIELD (H) DOUGIEFREEDMANsat outlastnightsfriendly clashwithIpswichaftersufferingan ankleinjuryintraining.Hewillbeout foraweek. PRE-SEASON: Sat Dag & Red (a) July 28 Barnet (a) 31 Stevenage (a) WYCOMBE FIRST GAME: CHARLTON (A) JON-PAUL PITTMAN reckons results in August will make or break Wycombes season. Pitmann said: The first month will be a huge test but were relishing it. PRE-SEASON:TomorrowEastbourne(a) July28 QPR (h)August 1BristolCity (a) LEAGUE TWO BARNET FIRST GAME: LINCOLN (A) IANHENDONhastipped strikerJakeHyde,19,to makeanimpressionatUnderhillthis season.Hesaid:Hewillbeknocking onthefirstteamdoorfromtheoff. PRE-SEASON: Sat Charlton (h) July 28 Southend (h) 29 Billericay (a) August 1 Ebbsfleet United (a) DAG & RED FIRST GAME: CREWE (A) JOHNSTILLremains adamantstrikerPaul Bensonwillnotbeleavingtheclub thissummerdespiteGillinghams continuinginterestintheforward. PRE-SEASON: Sat Southend (h) July 27 Braintree Town (a) 29 Birmingham (h) August 1 Leyton Orient (h), 3 Enfield (a) Fixtures are subject to change LONDON CALLING Yourclub-by-clubguidetoalltheteamsinandaroundthe capital.Keepupwiththelatestnewsonyourclubeveryday OwensackstrainerVaughan MICHAEL OWEN has sacked Nicky Vaughan as trainer at his lavish Cheshire racing stables. Owen (right), in the Far East on a pre-season tour with new club Manchester United, told staff at his Manor Farm complex the news in a conference call. A successor to Vaughan, who described the move as a bolt out of the blue is expected to arrive early next month. I havent spoken to Michael, everything has been done by his mother, said Vaughan. Working with high-profile people, these things are always likely to happen. Thats life. LITE&BITTER Gotanaxetogrind?Doithere... WHAT do our cyclists need to do to get recognition? Mark Cavendish is the best sprinter in the world and Bradley Wiggins is third in the Tour de France after two weeks of racing. Will either of them be up for sports personality of the year? Paul, Sussex MACCA (L&B 22/07) youre a goose. The way the Yanks are playing at the moment they would destroy the England football team. Shows you know nothing too. Mitch, Putney PAT@BANK (L&B 22/07) ask any Galaxy player what they would do to play for their country? The answer would be anything! Becks is just taking action to play for England. AndUR JOHANN STRAUSS (L&B 22/07) strewth, your man Freddie Flintoff spoiled our beach barbie celebrations. Fair dinkum, but we miss Warneys flipper, an English wicket ripper! Cmon Ricky, bash the Poms! Dingo Dermot 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 Going on holiday? You can now keep up with all the action in LiteSport by logging on to: LITESPORT Yes,youcanCountyonMurray ANDY MURRAY will attempt to pass the theory part of his driving test today -- just 24 hours after playing for North of Scotland against humble Hertfordshire in the AEGON County Cup at Eastbourne. The World No3 couldnt stop a 5-4 defeat but teamed up with Owen Hadden to win all three of his doubles matches. Murray said: I wasnt doing anything, so it was an easy decision to come and play. North of Scotland captain Ian Conway said: It says a lot about Andy that he wanted to support his country. Wiggins needs trial of the century to restore his Tour BRADLEY WIGGINS heads into todays time trial desperate to get himself back into the top three after a disappointing final day in the Alps yesterday. The Londoner dropped from third to sixth in the Tour de France after finish- ingseventhinLeGrand-Bornand,nearly five minutes behind race leader and heavy favourite Alberto Contador. Wiggins is a strong time-trialist and willhopetorecoverlostgroundover40.5 km around scenic Annecy. Garmin Slipstream sports director Matt White said: Its going to be an interesting one -- this Tour is far from over. We hope to take time on a lot of people. How much, we will see. Wiggins was third in the time trial on the opening day of the Tour, although he did finish behind Contador. The Spaniard finally claimed the yel- low jersey on Sunday, extending his lead yesterday after finishing the stage sec- ond, just behind winner Frank Schleck, whose brother Andy was third. That trio, along with Andreas Kloden, broke clear on the testing Col de Romme -- the penultimate climb of the day -- to leave Wiggins and seven-time winner Lance Armstrong trailing. Armstrong dropped two places to fourthoverallaftercominginfifth,more than two minutes adrift. He is now 3.55min behind team-mate Contador. Andy Schleck is now second overall, 2.26min behind Contador, with Frank Schleck third. He is difficult to beat, Frank Schleck saidof Contador,whodidnotcontestthe finish yesterday. BY NEAL COLLINS OVERALL STANDINGS After Stage 17 1. Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 2. Andy Schleck (Lux) Saxo +2min 26sec 3. Frank Schleck (Lux) Saxo +3min 25sec 4. Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana +3min 55sec 6. Bradley Wiggins (Gbr) Garmin +4min 53sec 72. Charles Wegelius (Gbr) Lotto + 1hr 14min 25sec Next stages Today: Stage 18, Annecy time trial (40.5km). Tomorrow: Stage 19, Bourgoin to Jallieu-Aubenas (178km). 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