LITESPORT 34 Wednesday, 5 August 2009 London Lite STUS BROADFloweris surehis struggling paceman willbloom BY NEAL COLLINS Saracen Brits happy to adopt a Brits lifestyle SCHALK BRITS -- the hooker who snubbed the Springboks to play rugby in London -- insists Playing for Saracens is a life change thing. Brits, on tour in South Africa with the Sarries, will play three warm-up games around Cape Town before starting the season under new boss and countryman Brendan Venter. The club is currently plagued by critics who claim Sarries are a foreign franchise, thanks to their 6m backing from a South African investment company. Brits, 28, said: My only aim at the moment is to help Sarries and not being that old, I suppose I could always go back to South Africa. But I played more than 50 games of Super 14 rugby and played for the Springboks. I am looking forward to experiencing rugby in the Premiership and have always wanted the challenge. Its a different kind of rugby they play here. Before I opted for Sarries there was a chance to play in France but this is also about a whole life change thing and thats why my partner and I are here in London. It was difficult to give up South Africa but its something I really wanted to do at this time in my career. Brits announced his arrival by helping the Barbarians defeat England at the end of last season -- a match that brought him face-to-face with Sarries and England skipper Steve Borthwick. Brits admits: Steve is a tough cookie. He is a really good captain and its a privilege to be alongside him. Besides the Cape Town trip, Sarries will take on London Welsh at Old Albanians on 23 August and Nottingham on 25 August before the Middlesex Sevens on 16 August. BY HARRY LANE Barbarian past: Schalk Brits takes on England Inbrief Bernie says Can can come back MONTREAL is poised to be added back into the Formula One calendar after boss Bernie Ecclestone agreed a deal for the Canadian Grand Prix. The event was dropped from the schedule in 2009 after a dispute over rights fees. But after meetings with city officials yesterday Ecclestone revealed: We have an in-principle agreement of how were going to make the race happen. Buick golf deal runs out of gas AMERICAN car brand Buick has ended its sponsorship deals with the PGA Tour. Buick, a title sponsor on the US tour for 51 years, made the decision after the restructuring of parent company General Motors. The announcement means the end of the Buick Open, won last weekend for the final time by Tiger Woods, as well as the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines in southern California. Mason not for the high jump OLYMPIC high jump silver medallist Germaine Mason has withdrawn from the Great Britain team for the World Championships in Berlin which begin on 15 August. Mason, 26, suffered an ankle injury at last Fridays Grand Prix meeting in Stockholm and UK head coach Charles van Commenee said: This is another blow to the team and the loss of Germaine, a proven championship performer, is particularly disappointing. Marin falls in battle of Som SIXTH seed Marin Cilic suffered a surprise exit in the second round of the ATP Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington at the hands of Somdev Devvarman. The Indian qualifier claimed a 7-5, 6-4 win over the Croatian and will now play either Rainer Schuettler or 11th seed Ivo Karlovic. German Schuettler set up his second round game against Karlovic by beating Argentinas Leonardo Mayer 6-1, 3-6, 7-6. Keothavongs set for surgery BRITISH No1 Anne Keothavong will have surgery on her injured knee next Tuesday. Keothavong, who ran into a fence post during a doubles game in California last week, said on her site today: Saw the surgeon Jonathan Webb today and hell operate on me next Tuesday. Earlier, she complained: Some muppet just walked in to me and killed my knee. Must take crutches out next time to whack muppets. ENGLAND coach Andy Flower last night leapt to the support of under-pres- sure paceman Stuart Broad before Fri- days fourth Ashes Test at Headingley. The 23-year-old Nottinghamshire seamer has been the least impressive of Englands bowlers so far, taking just six wickets at a Ponting-pleasing 57.50. But his vital fifty in the drawn third Test at Edgbaston on Sunday supports his case as a true all-rounder. Broad, whose dad Chris was a Test opening bat, now averages 40.21 with the ball and 30.33 with the bat after 20 Tests. He has scored four Test fifties but taken five wickets in an innings just once. WarwickshirebatsmanJonathanTrott has been brought into the squad to give England the option of playing six bats- menif all-rounderAndrewFlintoff fails a fitness test on his right knee. ButbowlersSteveHarmisonandRyan Sidebottom are also in the 14-man party, providing competition for Broad. Asspeculationoverhisplacegrewlast night, coach Flower said: He has han- dled everything that international cricket has thrown at him incredibly well. I think he is a fantastic young cricketer now and he is going to be even better as he progresses. Yes, he has had a quiet series with the ball but he is part of that five-man attack. Its not always you taking all the wickets, sometimes it is about building up the pressure and you can miss out on the wickets and the kudos. I am very happy with Stuart, he is a great competitor who is learning about bowling and batting in the best arena possible and he is doing very well. His innings at Edgbaston was impressive and the last time we played at Heading- ley he played an even more impressive knock (67 not out) against the South Africans, stressed Flower. Flintoffs fitness will be the deciding factor in Englands selection debate but the Australians have fitness problems of their own with vice-captain Michael Clarke ordered to rest after straining anabdominalmuscleduringhisheroic match-saving century on Monday at Edgbaston. The leading run-scorer in the series so far (352 at 88) will skip nets today as a precaution. Australian physio Alex Kountouris said: Clarke will continue to be treated with a view to him being fit for the fourth Test beginning on Friday. And Brett Lee may not be ready to return after the rib injury which has kept him out of the series so far. Though Lee himself insists hes 100 percent 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