LITESPORT 38 Thursday, 20 August 2009 London Lite BELL RINGS UPStraussout afterlunch asAshes remainsin thebalance BY NEAL COLLINS Inbrief End of the war with Warnock CRYSTAL PALACE manager Neil Warnock has escaped punishment for his reaction to the phantom goal at Bristol City last weekend. Warnock remonstrated with referee Rob Shoebridge but his comments were not deemed as a personal attack. Liverpool assistant manager Sammy Lee has been charged with improper conduct after a clash with the fourth official during the match at Tottenham on Sunday. Hughton hails 43,904 in Toon CARETAKER boss Chris Hughton urged Newcastle to keep the crowds flocking to St James Park after 43,904 turned up to see Shola Ameobi score the only goal as the Magpies edged past Sheffield Wednesday to go level on points with leaders Cardiff in the Championship. Hughton said: We dont take our fans for granted. What we must do now is give them something to turn up in their thousands for. Murrays Cin the next round DEFENDING champion Andy Murray admitted he had found it difficult to impose himself in the first set before eventually dominating his match to reach the third round of the Cincinnati Masters with a 7-6 (7/3) 6-2 victory over Nicolas Almagro. The 22-year-old was pushed in the first set as his Spanish opponent produced some fierce hitting but went on to book a place in the third round against Radek Stepanek. IAN BELL produced a defiant half-cen- tury as England fought back from a couple of early Aussie blows in the Ashes decider at The Oval today. Andrew Strauss and Bell (below) shared a second wicket stand of 102 before the captain was caught behind for 55 off 101 balls by Brad Haddin off Ben Hilfenhaus just after lunch on day one. Television replays suggested Hilfen- haus may have overstepped with the wicket-taking delivery but the no-ball wasnt spotted. Cook, who poked out at a useful delivery from Peter Siddle and was neatly caught at second slip by Ricky Ponting, made just 10 and at 12-1 it lookedlikeAustraliahad made the perfect start after Strauss had won the toss and elected to bat. Englands second- wicket pair then had to come through an awk- ward hour-and-a-half -- the first 15 minutes batting under lights as forecast cloud cover made for temporarily gloomy conditions. Strauss was not deflected from the obvious decision at the toss, however, and did all he could with the bat before lunch to make his judgment look sound. His 89-ball 50 was notably fluent, fea- turing 10 sweetly-timed fours off Aus- tralias four-man pace attack. The tourists, as expected, went into a match they need only draw to clinch the Asheswithateamunchangedfromtheir victory in the fourth Test at Headingley. There were no surprises in selection for England either, Andrew Flintoff fit for his final Test and Jonathan Trott mak- ing his debut. Monty Panesar and Gra- ham Onions were left out as England chose to persevere with paceman Steve Harmison. Bellenduredapredictablystickystart. Before scoring, he was struck on the wrist by a short ball from Siddle -- umpire Asad Rauf probably getting a close call right by giving Bell not out. Bell needed attention for a bruised knee but battled on with Paul Colling- wood -- promoted to four in the order -- to reach his 50 off 73 balls. ENGLANDvAUSTRALIA ASHES2009 FIFTHTEST Godmadeherlooklikethis,saysgrandma THE mother of Caster Semenya, the South African who saw her 800m win at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin last night overshadowed by allegations that she is a man, insists: My child is a girl and nobody can change that. Semenya left Britains Jenny Meadows (right) in third place but now faces a gender test. Dorcus Semenya said from the rural village of Seshego near Polokwane: I am not even worried about it because I know who and what my child is. People can say whatever they like. Semenyas grandmother Maphuthi Sekgala, 80, said Caster been teased since the day she joined the village football team as the only girl. She said: I know shes a woman. I raised her myself. What can I do when they call her a man? It is God who made her look that way. But Casters headmaster admitted today it was years before he realised she was a girl. Eric Modiba, head of the Nthema Secondary School, from where Semenya graduated last year, added: She always played with the boys. She liked soccer and she wore pants to school. She never wore a dress. It was only in Grade 11 (two years ago) that I realised shes a girl. The furore is expected to die down when Usain Bolt runs in the 200m final tonight, looking to add to the 100m he won in world record time on Sunday. BY GEOFF TEATHER Hidden gender: Caster Semenya celebrates her 800m final win day she joined the village football team as the God who made her headmaster admitted she wore pants to school. She never wore a dress. It was only in Grade 11 (two years Bolt runs in the nal tonight,200m fi looking to add to the 100m he won in world Axed Lescott annoys Moyes DAVID MOYES admits he is gambling with Evertons European future by axing England defender Joleon Lescott from tonights clash with Sigma Olomouc at Goodison Park. The Everton chief has dropped Lescott for his bad attitude as the transfer saga with Manchester City rumbles on. He said: Joleons attitude has not been right these past days, he has disappointed me. LiveonBBC2from4.45pm usefulaatoutpokedwhoCook, andSiddlePeterfromdelivery was neatly caught at second Ponting,Rickybyslip made just 10 and at 12-1 it hadAustralialikelooked startperfectthemade wicket pair then had to awk-anthroughcome --hour-and-a-halfward rst 15 minutes battingthe fi cloudforecastaslightsunder temporarilyformadecover Fulham get the Greening light FULHAM are set to complete the signing of West Brom midfielder Jonathan Greening on a season- long loan. 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