32 Monday, 27 July 2009 London Lite LITESPORT Inbrief Paybok time in 2015 rugby bid ENGLISH rugby chiefs will travel to Dublin tomorrow confident they have inflicted a rare international defeat on South Africa by winning the battle to host the 2015 World Cup. The Rugby Football Union were named as the preferred bidder ahead of reigning champions South Africa and rivals Italy while Japan would be the choice to host the 2019 tournament -- the first in Asia. Stadium keeps seats in reserve THE woman in charge of the 2012 legacy has revealed that she may revamp the plan to scale down the main stadium from 80,000 to 25,000 seats after the Games, especially if it becomes a big part of Englands 2018 World Cup bid. Baroness Ford said: It is cast in stone that we leave a Grand Prix athletics stadium. If we won the World Cup bid, that would be one reason to keep the stadium at a particular capacity. Not a Luol of laughs for GB GREAT BRITAIN will have to cope without NBA star Luol Deng for this summers European Championships. National coach Chris Finch named his 17-player squad today with Chicago Bulls forward Deng, 24, left out after failing to recover from a stress fracture in his right tibia in February. Deng said: I was only cleared to shoot a couple of weeks ago. Im on my way but not there just yet. Tom pondering whats gone on TOM WATSON insisted he had no regrets about a two-week visit to Britain in which he finished runner- up in the Open championship at Turnberry and tied for eighth in the Senior Open at Sunningdale. The 59-year-old American said: Its been a very emotional couple of weeks, magical for a while, but in the end nothing substitutes for winning. It was a special moment in my life that Ill cherish and take with me. Razzaq routs woeful Windies ABDUR RAZZAQ took 4-39 as Bangladesh won the first one-day international against West Indies by 52 runs in Dominica. Mohammad Ashraful and Shakib hit half-centuries as Bangladesh set the Windies a victory target that was to prove elusive. Devon Smith made 65 from 84 balls in response but a target of 247 was never really within reach and the Windies were bowled out for 194 from 43.4 overs. Now well jump on Johnsons weakness insists KPKEVIN PIETERSEN ignored his crutches to have another pop at strug- gling Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson before Thursdays third Test at Edgbaston. Englands master batsman had an operationonhistroublesomeAchilles tendon last Tuesday but that didnt stop him warning Johnson: England will be preying on your weakness. PietersenandJohnson--whoisalso being embarrassed by a very public row between his mum and his fiancee -- had a set-to before the final day of the drawn first Test in Cardiff. And the off-form Johnson, lethal for the Aussies in South Africa but spray- ing it all over the place on this tour, is under huge pressure for his place in the vital third Test. Hebowled18overs for107runsintheir latest tour match against Northamp- tonshire and took just one wicket with his final ball. And as the man heralded as the new Glenn McGrath struggles to regain his con- fidence,Pietersensaid:We certainly know that hes struggling. I think every- body can see that hes struggling. Thegoodthingweredoing at the moment in this England team is that were preying well on guys that arent play- ing well. I think Mitchell Johnson is a guy that the guys are preying on. But he is a fantastic bowler and he might come back really strong at Edgbaston. Its going to be an impor- tant thing to get on top of him and get on top of this Australian side. Pietersen, who limped along to see his county Hampshire beat Sussex in the Friends Provident Trophy final at Lords on Saturday, then turned his attention to the Aussies generally. The29-year-old,ruledoutfortherest of the series, said: Theyve still got their fantastic players and a team led by a great player in Ricky Ponting. Butitsverydifferentto2005and2007 becausetheydonthavethepresence and personalities any more. My first ten Ashes Tests I had [Shane] Warne at first slip, [Mat- thew]Haydeninthegully,Youhad [Justin] Langer, [Adam] Gil- christ, Ponting behind you. Andyouplayandmissaball and theyre telling you exactly what youre doing and what you shouldnt be doing. Which I enjoyed and I found a whole load of fun. But theres not the presence on the field now. If we play good cricket like we didinourwin at Lords, we can beat this Aussie side. GEMMA SPOFFORTH has the 100metres backstroke world record in her sights after coming within 0.01seconds of Kirsty Coventrys mark at the World Championships in Rome today. The 21-year-old was fastest through to tonights semi-finals after touching in 58.78seconds, just outside the mark Coventry set last year in Beijing. It saw Spofforth lower her own European record by 0.27seconds, setting a new championship record in the process, and meant a Speedo- clad swimmer prevailed against a sea of Jaked, Arena and Adidas suits. Spofforth, fourth in the Olympics, said: I still cant quite believe it. It was a minute or so before I realised it was a 58 and not a 59. When I looked up I thought it was a 59.78 not a 58.78. It felt really smooth, not rushed. I am not hedging my bets for tonight but I would like to go faster. Lizzie Simmonds, who focuses more over 200m backstroke, was eighth fastest through in one minute 00.04 seconds, a new personal best. Six world records fell last night. Fast back: Gemma is in action tonight BY GEOFF TEATHER Hop to it: Kevin Pietersen at Lords on Saturday and a troubled Mitchell Johnson, left BY NEAL COLLINS PontingcranksuppressureonFred RICKY PONTING believes the loss of Kevin Pietersen from the rest of the Ashes series will place an even greater strain on Andrew Flintoff. 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