LITESPORT London Lite Friday, 14 August 2009 29 Inbrief Just gr-eight for top tennis stars ALL top eight players in the world have reached the quarter- finals of an ATP Tour event for the first time in history. Roger Federer beat Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 7-6 at the Montreal Masters to join Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin Del Potro, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Nikolai Davydenko in the last eight. Its definitely a special occasion, Federer admitted. Deadly Cin for Williams sisters VENUS and Serena Williams were both surprisingly knocked out of the Cincinnati Open last night. Second seed Serena lost 7-5, 6-4 to Austrias Sybille Bammer, while in-form Italian Flavia Pennetta ended the hopes of third seed Venus with a 7-6, 6-4 victory. But Kim Clijsters brilliant comeback continued as she battled to a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win over French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. Jack is jumping for Games golf JACK NICKLAUS says hes thrilled that golf has been recommended for inclusion in the Olympic programme for the 2016 Games. The IOC will make a final vote in October on whether to add the sport -- as well as sevens rugby. And legend Nicklaus admitted: We are thrilled with the news. Obviously, the IOC recognises the merit of golf as a global sport, and that golfs traditions and inherent ideals embody the Olympic spirit. Marathon plan for Games team LONDON Marathon organisers will help design and manage the marathons for the 2012 Games in Stratford, it was announced today. The London Marathon will provide staff and equipment at no cost to London 2012. London Marathon race director Dave Bedford revealed: We are delighted to have been chosen to see this task through, particularly with our knowledge of the streets of London. NFL surprise as Eagles pick Vick DISGRACED quarterback Michael Vick is back in American Football after joining Philadelphia Eagles. Vick, once the NFLs highest-paid player, was convicted in 2007 of conspiracy and running a dogfighting operation, and served 18 of a 23-month sentence in federal prison. The 29-year-old is currently still banned from playing in NFL games but has been told he will be able to feature again in October. RecordbreakerBoltcanthelpbutbeacoolrunner USAIN BOLT has vowed to maintain his uniquely relaxed approach on the biggest occasions ahead of the World Championships in Berlin. Bolt has surprised onlookers with his casual preparation for races, the triple Olympic champion being happy to pose for the cameras and play to the crowd before the start. While his rivals stare intently ahead and barely acknowledge their name being announced in the stadium, Bolt is playing up to the fans with his trademark Lightning Bolt pose. And the 22-year-old sees no reason to change as he prepares to add world titles to his Olympic gold medals over 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay. The time to get focused is when the starter says, Take your marks, Bolt said. Before then Im just chilling and relaxing. Its fun to see some of the other guys standing there really tense. Weve all done this hundreds of times before so you should not be tense. Bolts main rival for world glory, American Tyson Gay, believes the Jamaicans antics have done wonders for the sport He said: Usain is very exciting, funny and has a lot of personality, and he backs it up at the same time. Its good for the fans and its good for me as well. MARK WAUGH has told England they might as well not bother turning up at The Oval next week as their Ashes dreams are already dead in the water. The series is tantalisingly poised at 1-1 heading into the fifth Test decider, but the crushing nature of Australias victory at Headingley has sent Eng- lands selectors scuttling back to the drawing board. Mark Ramprakash, Jonathan Trott and Robert Key have all been touted as candidates to beef up Englands impo- tent batting line-up. But Waugh, scorer of six Ashes cen- turies between 1991 and 2002, believes England are a spent force and wont be able to halt the Aussie juggernaut by freshening up their middle order. IdontthinkitmatterswhoEngland play in the last Test, he said. I think theyre gone at the game. I think Australia are a lot better. They bowled very poorly in the first three Tests but at Headingley they bowled well and Englands batting line-up is suspect. RaviBoparaatthree,IanBellatfour are just two ordinary players and I dont think it matters who they play. Rob Key is one guy who could come in but I think the English bowling was absolutely dreadful at Headingley. England are at least likely to be able to call upon Andrew Flintoff, in what is set to be the talismanic all-rounders Test finale. It was Flintoffs superhuman effort with the ball at Lords which tilted the balance in Englands favour early on. Without their weapon of mass destruction firing on all cylinders, however, Andrew Strauss side never threatened to restrict the tourists to a manageable total at Leeds. And Waugh believes Englands over reliance on a hobbling Flintoff will play right into Australias hands. He said: You cant just rely on Flin- toff. Freddie is a big match player but you cant have him going into a Test match at 75 per cent because it wont be good for anyone. You cant just rely on one or two players the whole time and they need others to stand up to do the job. One man who wont be putting his name in the frame for a Test recall is Marcus Trescothic. The Somerset opener was mulling over the idea of making a one-off appearance for his country, following his retirement last year as a result of his battle against depression. But the 33-year-old, who smashed 80 from 61 balls in last nights Pro40 win over Gloucester, has decided against making a comeback. He said: Ive gone too far down the line in battling my stress problems to change my mind. Aussie Waughning You Poms are a busted flush, goads former Test star Ravi Bopara at three, Ian Bell at four are just two ordinary players You cant just rely on Flintoff... you cant have him going into a Test match at 75 per cent BY JAMES GOLDMAN THESERIES FIRSTTEST Cardiff,matchdrawn SECONDTEST Lords,Englandwin THIRDTEST Edgbaston,matchdrawn FOURTHTEST Headingley,Australiawin FIFTHTEST TheBritOval,20-24Aug Hes a shoe-in: Usain Bolt unveils his natty new footwear BY DAVID DIBBLE 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.html