LITESPORT London Lite Friday, 21 August 2009 35 IT FOR ENGLANDbREAkING NEwS... Vettel signs look good for Red Bull SEBASTIAN VETTEL has signed a contract extension with Red Bull Racing until at least the end of the 2011 season. The new agreement also contains an option for the 22-year-old German to continue with the Milton Keynes-based squad for 2012. Vettel (below) is a graduate of the Red Bull Junior Team and has already won three grands prix in a 36-race career. He lies third in the 2009 drivers standings, 4.5 points behind team-mate Mark Webber, who extended his contract for a further season last month, and 23 points behind championship leader Jenson Button. Brawns Rubens Barrichello was leading after the first practice round of the European Grand Prix in Valencia on Sunday, ahead of Heikki Kovalainen in the McLaren. Brits Lewis Hamilton and Button came in at third and fourth. The new boys, Luca Badoer in the Ferrari and Renaults Romain Grosjean were predictably down the order in 20th and 17th places. Fergiewont spendagain SIR ALEX FERGUSON will not go back into the transfer market to solve Manchester Uniteds early season scoring problems. A return of just one goal in the champions first two fixtures, including Wednesdays shock defeat at Burnley, has led to suggestions that Ferguson could scrap his initial plan and make a move for one of Valencias outstanding pair, David Villa and David Silva. However, he insisted that will not happen: That is it. I have already made the point and I am sure of it. This is a great group of players. Undoing BUtton: page 31 TEST sponsors npower today renewed their deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board for a further two years. The energy supplier have been title sponsors of domestic Test matches since 2001 and will extend their relationship until 2011 at the earliest. They have also taken up an option to extend the period by a further two years, which would incorporate the 2013 Ashes series. Kevin Miles, chief executive of npower retail, said: Were delighted to announce our continued sponsorship of Test cricket: to be at the heart of the game for 11 years is something we can be extremely proud of. Test cricket and particularly the current npower Ashes Series continues to capture the publics imagination and were thrilled to be involved. David Collier, the ECBs chief executive added: The ECB believes Test matches are the pinnacle of cricket and is committed to growing its popularity both at home and overseas. We are therefore delighted npower will continue as the title sponsor of our home series until 2011. As part of the new arrangement, two more purpose-built cricket facilities will be built in the UK. Hilfenhaus celebrating claiming his wicket Flintoff to miss one dayers to have op on knee Test sponsors power ahead with new two-year contract Battle of wounded knee: Freddie Flintoff will be out until next summer ANDREW FLINTOFF needs surgery on his gammy knee -- and he is scheduled to have the seventh operation of his career on Tuesday. Flintoff, 31, playing in his last Test before retirement, missed the disastrous fourth Test at Headingley because of the knee but was passed fit for the final encounter, though he was out for just seven yesterday, Englands only single-figure score. Now the pain from his knee -- he has a condition known as a chondral defect where bone is rubbing against bone -- has forced him to reconsider his role in the one-day series against the Australians, where England are already without Kevin Pietersen. Just last week, Freddie was named in the squad to play Ireland in Belfast on 27 August and the Twenty20 internationals against the Australians at Old Trafford on 30 August and 1 September, followed by the seven-match one-day series, which starts back at The Oval on 4 September. The ECB would neither confirm nor deny reports of an imminent operation this morning, saying: As we have said previously, an operation remains an option at the end of the series. He will be reassessed at the end of this current match. London surgeon Andy Williams uses a technique where he creates micro- fractures of the bone to stimulate tissue growth where the cartilage has been worn away. If Freddie enjoys a good rehab, he may be able to play by next summer. By neal collins jermains wright on: page 33 Commited: ECBs David Collier 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.html