LITESPORT London Lite Friday, 7 August 2009 39 HUMILIaTEd bREakIng nEwS... Seb is forced to wait to earn Spurs SEBASTIEN BASSONG was today officially unveiled as a Tottenham player -- but the defender will not be available for the first two games of the Premier League season. Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has paid around 8m to Newcastle to bolster his backline with Michael Dawson currently ruled out and Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate also doubtful for the opening match against Liverpool. But 23-year-old Bassong must serve a suspension after being sent off playing for the Magpies against Fulham at the end of last term. Tottenham confirmed the signing on their website this morning with a statement reading: We have reached agreement with Newcastle for the transfer of Sebastien Bassong, following the player successfully completing a medical and agreeing personal terms. Fulhamface longtrekfor EuroLeague showdown FULHAM face a nightmare trip to the very edge of Europe after being drawn against Russian outfit Amkar Perm in the final play-off round of the Europa League. The Cottagers sealed their place with a comfortable 3-0 win over FK Vetra to cruise to a 6-0 aggregate victory, but must now make a long and potentially exhausting trip to Amkar -- the most easterly club in top-flight European competition. The city of Perm is 2,223 miles from London, leaving Fulham with a mammoth seven-hour flight. Roy Hodgsons Premier League side will also face potential problems given the fact they may have to play on an artificial pitch, with Amkar laying down the fake turf in 2005. Elsewhere in the Europa League draw, Aston Villa got Rapid Vienna, Everton were paired to play Czech side Sigma, while Hearts will face Dinamo Zagreb. gunners face celtic: pages 36-37 AUSTRALIA pulled a masterstroke by this morning recalling Stuart Clark into their Test team for the first time this series. The leading wicket-taker in the last Ashes clash -- a 5-0 whitewash in Australia -- Clark was overlooked for the first three Tests despite Mitchell Johnsons dismal lack of form. But he was handed a recall, in place of spinner Nathan Hauritz, and made a sensational immediate impression by taking the crucial early wickets of Alastair Cook and Paul Collingwood. And if that was not bad enough, Clark then struck again just before lunch to dismiss Stuart Broad and leave England on the brink of total humiliation at 72-6. The choice of Clark, whose figures after Broads wicket were 3-7 from just 6.5 overs, vindicated the Aussie selectors who had surprisingly overlooked fellow paceman Brett Lee, despite his recovery from a rib injury. The 32-year-old, who has not featured in the series so far, was confident that he would be ready for action after bowling at full speed in training, but was again left out of the squad. by neil martin Go Fourth: Aussie Stuart Clark Clark the aussie Superman as Lee is left on the sidelines TV and radio Sky Sports 1 10am-7pm, highlights: 8pm and 3am. Channel 5 highlights: 7.15pm. BBC radio 4 from 10.45am. Five Live Sports Extra 10.25am-6.30pm. wEaThEr Today: Bright intervals but with good chance of light rain and showers. Tomorrow: a fair day, should be rain-free with sunny spells Peter Siddle. With Englands batting order shortened by Flintoffs absence the arrival of a struggling Ravi Bopara hardly filled Headingley with hope. And six balls and just one run later, the Essex batsman was back in the pavilion after playing a monumentally bad shot to steer the ball to Michael Hussey at gully off Ben Hilfenhaus. England were 16-2 and Bopara must fear his return to Test cricket is over with Jonathan Trott in the wings. Ian Bell was next, inexplicably trying to play Mitchell Johnson at shoulder height, only to glove the ball to Brad Haddin behind the stumps, 39-3. Collingwood was the fourth failure, out for a duck to Ricky Ponting in slip off the recalled Stuart Clark, before Alastair Cook joined the procession at 63-5, caught by Michael Clarke off the increasingly dangerous Stuart Clark. As lunch loomed, Stuart Broad, pro- moted up the order after Flintoffs withdrawal,walkedwhenhewascaught off Clark by Simon Katich -- though the ball appeared to fall short. Utter humiliation: Strauss, left, falls for three, Bopara, above, goes for one, Bell, above right, is caught behind for eight and Collingwood, right, is gone for a duck. They were soon joined by Alastair Cookand Stuart Broads as England slumped to 72-6 at Headingley this morning HH 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.html36.html37.html38.html39.html