LITESPORT 34 Thursday, 6 August 2009 London Lite COLLY BACKS PAUL COLLINGWOOD knows exactly how to rescue the Ashes if Andrew Flintoff loses the battle with his wounded knee at Headingley tomorrow -- call for the Barmy Harmy! Collingwood, stubborn hero of the drawn first Test in Cardiff, had to face Durham team-mate Steve Harmison this morning in the nets (right) before tomorrows fourth Test starts in Leeds. And he told me: It wasnt really batting, it was survival. Harmy is bowling so well at the moment, and hes taking loads for Durham. He might be a Newcastle fan, grinned Sun- derland-mad Collingwood, But if anyone can do what Freddie did at Lords (5-92), its him. Collingwood also faced Flintoff -- wearing a brace on the problem right knee -- in todays session. Flintoff came through it, just as he did the day before the third Test, where he took 0-93 off 30 overs but scored 74 on one leg Collingwood said optimistically: Look, Fred- die was stiff and hes obviously in pain, but hes been that way for most of this series -- and look what hes managed to do. You cant write him off, even on one leg, but wehavetohaveaFreddieorHarmyforthisTest. They bowl a different kind of 90mph. They have bounce and height, the kind that gets batsmen out -- or gets you wickets at the other end. Harmys getting swing too, shaping it away. In the nets, it was a bit spongy and the overhead conditions were making it nip about a bit -- I wasnt exactly getting a lot of runs! Harmy in that kind of form is just special. His confidence is high, hes bowling well. Hes been in the squad but left out before Lords and Edg- baston but he could do it here if Freddie cant. AndIbelievehecandodamage.Ishouldknow, Ive got the bruises to prove it! England captain Andrew Strauss also faced bothHarmisonandFlintoff inthenetsyesterday, admitting afterwards it was impossible to know whether Freddie will be ready. Flintoff won the second Test at Lords with the ball and made the third Test at Edgbaston safe with the bat. Yorkshire fans are desperate for the 31-year-old Lancastrian to be fit for a match which could see England go an unbeatable 2-0 up in the series with just The Oval to come. Strauss confirmed England will leave their Flintoff/on decision until the last minute, explaining: We need to see how he reacts to the workhedidtoday--andweprobablywontknow thatforsureuntilthemorning.If hesfitenough to do his job in the side then hell play; if not, he wont. Its that simple. An upbeat Strauss added: If you put teams under pressure, they eventually crack. I think its a great opportunity for us to nail home our advantage and win the series. AustraliacaptainRickyPontingalsohasinjury problems.FastbowlerBrettLeeinsistsheisover the rib problem which has kept him out of the series so far and Michael Clarke is strugging with a stomach-muscle strain. WicketkeeperBradHaddin,whobrokeafinger while warming up in Birmingham, is willing to play -- with the help of pain-killing injections. Join a host of cricket legends at the Vodafone Street Sixes in Broadgate Circus from 5pm on Thursday, 13 August. Visit vodafone.co.uk/cricket for more details Inbrief Eli becomes a very rich Man QUARTERBACK Eli Manning has become the highest-paid player in the NFL after signing a staggering 173,00-a-week deal with the New York Giants. The contract is worth a reported 57m over the next six years, an average of 9m. Manning has now surpassed his brother Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts in the salary stakes, with the elder sibling paid around 8.6m annually. Golf boost as PGA go Green THE PGA TOUR has added the Greenbrier Classic to its schedule for July, 2010. Just days after car company Buick pulled out from sponsoring tournaments, the PGA announced the new event which will be sponsored by and hosted at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said: We are delighted. The Greenbrier has a long and storied history in golf. Coach: It wont be a gift Boks SOUTH AFRICA coach Peter de Villiers has warned his players to expect a tougher task when they play Australia in the Tri-Nations on Saturday at Cape Town. The Springboks have recently won back-to-back matches against a struggling New Zealand side. But de Villiers said: The Wallabies play with more structure. They have a solid scrum and, with respect to the All Blacks, will be more competitive in the line-outs. Quins seeking Bradford repeat HARLEQUINS RL coach Brian McDermott takes on Bradford for the second time in a week on Saturday insisting: We want to finish in the top eight, but it would be pointless getting there if we were not playing well. McDermott will check on the fitness of Karl Temata (knee) and Daniel Heckenberg (shoulder) before naming his side for The Stoop. Tony Clubb is definitely ruled out by a two-match ban. Hot Rod gives Becker a blast TOP seed Andy Roddick breezed through to the third round of the ATP Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington on Wednesday but third seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was dumped out. Roddick strolled to a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Benjamin Becker, but Tsonga lost in three sets against American John Isner. Fellow seeds Tommy Robredo, Mardy Fish, Viktor Troicki and Igor Andreev were also knocked out. Harmisons ready to fill Flintoffs boots if dodgy knee fails the acid Test EXCLUSIVE BY NEAL COLLINS Kneesy does it: a pained Andrew Flintoff bowls to Andrew Strauss this Schu in: Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher drives something a bit smaller yesterday Schumachers formula MICHAEL SCHUMACHER has been forced to prepare for his sensational return to Formula One by driving a go-kart. The seven-time world champion (right) is set to replace the injured Felipe Massa in the Ferrari team at the European Grand Prix in Valencia on 23August. But having been blocked by rival teams Williams, Red Bull and Torro Rosso from testing the official Ferrari F60 F1 car, Schumacher instead squeezed himself behind the wheel of a go-kart in Lonato, Italy. Karting has a very good training effect, that is why I just jumped into a testing day of the Tony Kart team in Lonato, the German explained. There is nothing better for my preparations at the moment -- in terms of steering wheel forces for example karting is even more difficult than Formula One. And the fact that it has been boiling hot here is simulating the temperatures expected for Valencia. Meanwhile, 40-year-old Schumacher still has major concerns that his BY NEIL MARTIN 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