LITESPORT London Lite Wednesday, 12 August 2009 31 Inbrief Dan can be the man right away DAN CARTER is confident he is up to starting New Zealands Tri-Nations Test against Australia in Sydney in just over a week if he is required. The star pivot, back in the international ranks after a lengthy lay-off with a ruptured Achilles tendon, came through an intense All Blacks training camp in Auckland today. He said: I feel like Im ready to play at international level again. I know to expect a huge step up. Hattonsfocused onhometalents RICKY HATTON believes he can cultivate the next Mancunian world champion by tapping into a reservoir of talent in the capital of boxing. Hatton Promotions hosts its next event in 10 days time and Hatton is confident he need not look much further than his own back yard to find a fighter capable of following in his footsteps. The former world champion said: I think in Manchester there is a hotbed for champions. Imm is out for US PGA battle TREVOR IMMELMAN has pulled out of the US PGA Championship with a wrist injury -- the only player in the worlds top 100 not taking part at Hazeltine this weekend. The 2008 Masters champion, who also missed The Open and US Open with the same problem, revealed the news on his Twitter page saying: Tweaked the same left wrist hitting out the rough. Seriously frustrated at this point. Northants hit by their ICL links NORTHAMPTONSHIRE will not be allowed to take part in the Champions League if they qualify from Englands domestic Twenty20 tournament because the side contains three players associated with the unauthorised ICL, said league chairman Lalit Modi. Champions League rules are very clear that no team with players connected to any unauthorised cricket can be a part of it, said Modi. New dad Roger wins for twins ROGER FEDERER claimed a 7-6, 6-4 win over Frederic Niemeyer in the second round of the Montreal Masters last night -- in his first game since the birth of his twins. Daughters Charlene Riva and Myla Rose have both travelled to Canada with mum Mirka and the world No1 put on a decent show for them. After five or six weeks without a match youre just a little bit slow on your reaction, Federer said. But I was happy with that. MontrealrunwillbemintforMurray Handy Andy: Murray seals win ANDY MURRAY says he will be using the Montreal Masters as an extended warm-up for the US Open later this month -- rather than trying to overtake Rafael Nadal in the world rankings. The Scottish star opened his campaign with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Jeremy Chardy yesterday in his first singles match since losing the Wimbledon semi-final to Andy Roddick. Murray could move to No2 in the world if he reaches the last four in Montreal and Nadal loses his second round game. But he is more focused on shedding some of the rustiness and playing plenty of games in preparation for the US Open which starts on 31 August. The one thing I wanted from this tournament was to play a lot of matches, three of four to get back into the swing of things, he said. I want to try and improve my ranking as much as possible, but Im not thinking about it too much. Rafas missed three months of the tour and if I do overtake him its not like Ive been playing so much better than him. Murray will now play Juan Carlos Ferrero or Gael Monfils in the third round, while Nadal -- who is making his comeback after a knee injury -- takes on fellow Spaniard David Ferrer later tonight. BY NEIL MARTIN Live on Sky Sports Xtra, from 4pm Tiger has won them all and now hes on the hunt for Olympic gold TIGERWOODSalreadyhas14major titles in the bag, but he wont sleep easy until an Olympic gold medal is hanging round his neck. The International Olympic Com- mittee will tomorrow trim a line-up of seven sports -- baseball, softball, karate, squash, golf, rugby sevens and roller sport -- to a shortlist of two for consideration for addition to the Olympic programme for 2016. Woods has already written to the IOC backing golfs inclusion but ahead of this weeks US PGA Cham- pionship at Hazeltine, he confirmed for the first time that he would seek to add a gold medal to his haul of trophies. Either golf or rugby is expected to become an Olympic sport in 2016 when Chicago could be the hosts. Playing in front of his home crowd would especially appeal to Woods who, when asked if he would tee it up for a medal, replied: If Im not retired by then, yeah. Golf is a truly global sport and I think it should have been in the Olympics a while ago. If it does get in, it would be great for golf and especially for some of the other smaller countries that are now emerging in golf. I think that it is a great way for themtocompeteandplayandgetthe exposure that some of these coun- tries arent getting. The world No 1 would be 41 and should still be in good shape come 2016 when one of his Olympic rivals could be defending PGA champion Padraig Harrington. The Dubliner, who will partner Woods in the first two rounds at the Hazeltine course in Minnesota, is also in favour of golf returning to the Olympics -- it featured in the Games of 1900 and 1904. He said: Im sure there are a lot of athletes out therewhowouldneverput golf down as a sport. They will never understand what goes into golf. But most golf- ers realise what goes into it and will see it as being a natural spor t for the Olympics. By then Northern IrishsensationRory McIlroy should be inhisprime,butforthe now the 20-year-old (right) will be con- cerning himself with addressing a recent slump in form. After impressive displays at The Masters and US Open earlier this year, since July McIlroy has failed to break the top 40 in three suc- cessive tournaments. Last weeks T68 finish at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational was his worst finish of the year but McIlroy insisted he had not run out of steam ahead of the final major of the season. I dont think its tired- ness. I was speaking to a few people about it last night and in golf youre always going to have a few lulls, and then youre going tohaveobviouslythehighs, as well, McIlroy said. Medal of honour: World No 1 Tiger Woods hopes to be going for gold when the Olympics come to Chicago in seven year time BY JAMES GOLDMAN theinfeaturedit--Olympicsthe 1900 and 1904.Games of He said: Im sure there athletes outare a lot of putneverwouldwhothere down as a sport. 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