LITESPORT London Lite Thursday, 6 August 2009 35 BARMY HARMYBREAKING NEWS... Bassongson brinkof8m Spurstransfer NEWCASTLE defender Sebastien Bassong (above) is believed to be on the verge of a move to Spurs after completing a medical this morning. He will be announced as manager Harry Redknapps fourth signing of the summer later today for a fee of around 8m. Redknapp has made no secret of his desire to sign the Frenchman, particularly as he could be without three centre-halves for their season-opener against Liverpool on 16 August. Jonathan Woodgate and Michael Dawson are both injured while Ledley King has done little pre-season training on his dodgy knees. Redknapp said last week: I like Bassong, he is a young player with a good future and a good central defender. Toulouse last night claimed they had rejected a 12m offer from Spurs for 19-year-old midfield enforcer Moussa Sissoko. HELL BENT ON SUNDERLAND: PAGE 32 Tomorrow, live on Sky Sports 1, from 10am (Start: 11am). Radio: BBC Radio 4 and Five Live Sports Extra ENGLAND vAUSTRALIA ASHES 2009 Key men GRAHAMONIONSENGLAND SOlethalontheFridayofthe EdgbastonTest,buttoothlesson dayoneanddayfivein Birmingham.Heonlywinswhen hesswingingthislad...and Onionsreducesyoutotears whenheisnt.Still,LilyAllenwas askingifhewasmarriedonher Twittersitewhenhestarted ploughingthroughthetourists lastFriday.Letshopefora swingingtimeagaintomorrow. SHANE WATSON AUSTRALIA TWOfiftiesonhisdebutasaTest matchopenersuggestthe decisiontoaxePhillipHugheslast timeoutwasacutemovebythe Aussies.Butsooftenthatfirst, adrenalin-chargedappearanceat thetopoftheorderisdifficultto repeat.Wonderifhellstruggleto keephisheadatHeadingley? FourthTest2005 25-28 August, Trent Bridge England win by three wickets ENGLANDwentallwobblyinthe penultimateTestofthelastAshes series.Theyfinallygothomeby threewicketsafterbeingseta targetofjust129. Theywere57-4and116-7as ShaneWarne(4-31)andBrettLee (3-51)threweverythingat England,butthehostsclungon grimlywithAshleyGileshitting thewinningruns. Latestbetting 4THTESTODDSEngland 5-2;Australia7-4;Draw5-4. TOPMATCHWICKET-TAKER JAnderson5-1,BHilfenhaus6-1, MJohnson6-1,GOnions7-1, AFlintoff8-1,PSiddle10-1, GSwann10-1,SBroad12-1. THEASHESEngland8-13, Australia5-1,Draw9-4. FOURTH TEST, HEADINGLEY Teams from England: Strauss (capt), Cook, Bopara, Bell, Collingwood, Prior, Flintoff, Broad, Swann, Anderson, Onions, Harmison, Trott, Sidebottom. Australia: Katich, Watson, Ponting (capt), Hussey, Clarke, North, Manou, Johnson, Siddle, Hauritz, Hilfenhaus, Clark, Haddin, Lee. The words you never thought youd hear an Aussie utter... morning at Headingley in his knee brace for success?Go-karting! body will pass the stringent medical that is required before he can race again for Ferrari, especially following a neck injury sustained while testing motorcycles earlier this year. Despite a rigorous training regime that has seen him lose 3kg in double- quick time, his spokeswoman Sabine Kehm admitted the medical will not be a formality. It is not sure yet the neck will hold and the comeback can be started, she revealed. It depends on medical investigations. Only after those will it be clear whether he will be able to drive. From the very beginning it was made clear Michael would require medical checks. It is normal. Michael is fully geared up, and fully on it. He has been for a week now. But he is a human being, and we have to make sure everything is fine. body will pass the stringent medical that is required before he can race again for Ferrari, especially following a neck injury sustained while testing motorcycles Despite a rigorous admitted the medical will not be a formality. It is not sure yet the neck will hold and the comeback can be started, she revealed. It depends on medical investigations. Only after those will it be clear whether he will be able to drive. From the very beginning Drugs not widespread in rugby insists Barnes PLAYERS union chairman David Barnes (left) is confident Baths recent problems are not indicative of a widespread drug culture in rugby. Bath have lost five leading players for drug-related offences in five months, including internationals Matt Stevens and Justin Harrison, who both admitted to taking cocaine. Prop Barnes has been elected on to a five-strong leadership group at the club and said: I dont suddenly believe a massive drugs problem has erupted in rugby over the last few months. When we look at society in general, illicit drugs are available and we would be naive to think that simply because rugby players are not allowed to touch them that no rugby players do. utter... SHANE WATSON (left) has finally uttered the words every England fan wants to hear, admitting: Were definitely a bit nervous. Its the kind of statement the old Aussie teams would never have dreamt of. But this lot know they have got their backs to the wall. With England 1-0 up, victory at Headingley will wrap up a series victory whatever happens in the last Test at The Oval and Watson confessed: As a group I think were definitely a bit nervous. We know we had to bat really well at Edgbaston to get out of trouble. We need to win at least one Test. The intensity is rising. Sauber sour as BMW sale hits the skids PETER SAUBER has pointed an accusing finger at BMW after failing with a rescue bid to save the team. Sauber had attempted a takeover of after BMW announced eight days ago they are to pull out of the sport at the end of the season. But the 65-year-old claimed BMWs demands were far too high and moaned: I am incredibly disappointed and disconsolate. For me this is the bitterest day in my 40-year career in motor sport. It is also a devastating setback for the team. Other solutions must now be sought. 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