LITESPORT 32 Wednesday, 26 August 2009 London Lite Inbrief Brads Had his fill and flies off AUSTRALIA wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has been ruled out of the NatWest series against England through injury. Haddin will undergo an operation on the finger he broke during the Ashes series and will therefore miss the two Twenty20 matches and seven one-day internationals over the next month. An Australia team spokesman said: Brad is going to have surgery in Sydney tomorrow. Armstrong says Brits are strong LANCE ARMSTRONG has backed a new British cycling team to be a force to be reckoned with at the Tour de France. A British-funded Team Sky is being put together by British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford. And seven-time Tour winner Armstrong said: Not only are they going to be in the Tour de France, they are going to be a factor. This is a great step forward for cycling. Katie is the Hof meister in USA BRITISH number three Katie OBrien has progressed to the second qualifying round of the US Open with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Nikola Hofmanova of Austria. The world number 104 from Humberside will now face Georgias Anna Tatishvili in the next round. OBrien said: It went better than I expected to be honest. I havent felt great in the last few weeks so its great to come through. Valuev confirms Haye challenge DAVID HAYE has been told his WBA heavyweight world title fight against Nikolay Valuev will definitely take place. Doubts remained about the 7 November bout, with former champion John Ruiz threatening legal action to fight Valuev instead. But Chris Meyer, general manager of Valuevs promoter, said: We have struck a deal with Team Ruiz for him to step aside. Everything has been sorted out. Oliver eager to pick up trophy OLIVER WILSON insists he is on the brink of winning his first professional golf tournament. The 28-year-old, eight times a runner-up on the PGA Tour, was the first player ever to make the European Ryder Cup team without claiming a title. But ahead of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles which starts on Thursday, world number 44 Wilson said: I feel like I have a great opportunity to win. Time for Luke to show hes made of Wright stuff ANDREW FLINTOFFS retirement from Test cricket has sparked a three- way battle between Stuart Broard, Adil Rashid and Luke Wright to fill his boots. Broads Ashes winning performance at The Brit Oval has put him in pole position, but leg-spinner Rashid and Sussex all-rounder Wright (left) can also boast substantial claims. Aussie legend Shane Warne is a massive fan of Rashid, while Wrights performances in the World Twenty20 also stand him in good stead. The 24-year-old links up with the England squad on Friday, following tomorrows one-day international against Ireland in Belfast believing he can force his way into the Test side. I have massive ambitions to play Test cricket, said Wright. Its natural for people to think of me as a one-day player, but Ive been working very hard at my four-day game, and its starting to go well for me. I enjoyed my time on the last England Lions tour to New Zealand, and playing in the World Twenty20 in June was amazing, so its up to me to keep showing people what I can do. BY JAMES GOLDMAN HARLEQUINS stand prepared today for more blood to be spilled in the scandal that has shamed rugby union. Following the revelations in winger Tom Williams testimony over the fake blood injury where he describes the immense pressure he was put under not to disclose full details of the scam and was offered extra perks not to implicate the club the Rugby Football Union could consider further action against Quins. In a statement yesterday, the RFUs disciplinaryofficerJudgeJeff Blackett said: Todays statement introduces new information into the equation which we were not aware of. On these new allegations, difficult though it might be, we must have the full information before we decide on next steps. Williams revealed how Quins former director of rugby DeanRichards,chief executive Mark Evans and chairman Charles Jillings leaned on him not to give full disclosure about the closing mo me n t s o f t he Heineken Cup clash against Leinster on 12 April, when Williams left the field with an apparent blood injury to allow specialist kickerNickEvansback on. He described Rich- ards, who was banned for three years for orchestrating and ordering the scam, as a dictator figure who forced him into lying to the original hearing. There was no doubt that he ran the show,saidWilliams.Ididnotfeelable to challenge his authority. In a meeting with me and, I think, Steph Brennan (the former Quins physio who bought the fake blood cap- sules at a Clapham novelty shop and supplied them to Williams) Richards provideduswithcompletedstatements to read and sign. The way in which Dean presented it to me made it clear that I had no real choice and that I was expected to toe the clubs line. On another meeting, with Evans, Williamsrevealed: Markwasfriendly but outlined the consequences of me appealing on a full disclosure basis. He told me this route could result in the club being expelled from the Heineken Cup, they would lose sponsors, Wendy (Chapman,clubdoctor)andSteph(who was banned for two years) could be struck off for life. The 26-year-old said he had been offered a new four-year contract plus other benefits by Evans and Jillings if he appealed solely against the length of his ban and did not implicate the club. Williams, whos one-year ban was reduced to four months, also admitted he asked for his mortgage to be paid in return for agreeing to the demands. WIN CHALLENGE CUP FINAL TICKETSWANT to guarantee your seat at the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final? LiteSport joined forces with The Co-operative, sponsor of The Co-operative Championships and Conference, and official partner of the RFL, to give you the chance to win one of three pairs of tickets to watch Huddersfield take on Warrington at Wembley Stadium on this Saturday, 29 August. Three lucky winners will each receive a pair of tickets to the long awaited final. The match features two of Super Leagues premier teams going head to head in what promises to be another thrilling spectacle of rugby league with a chance to take their place in history. For the chance to win, simply answer the following question: Who won last years Challenge Cup Final? Text LL SPORT with your answer, name and a number where you can be reached to 65400. (Texts cost 50p plus standard network charges). Or, e-mail us at sport. and leave the same details (please specify Challenge Cup in the subject field). All entries to be received by 9am tomorrow. Entrants must be over 18 (only one entry per person). Usual rules apply. Winners will be chosen at random. The editors decision is final. Led by their values and principles, The Co-operative work with members to ensure when the benefits are passed around its good for everyone. For more information visit www. Quins first cut may not be the deepestBY GEOFF TEATHER I had no real choice and was expected to toe the club line Blood-letting: Williams with physio Brennan, who supplied a blood capsule, left, and above, dictator Richards give full disclosure closingtheabout t heo fmo me n t s clashCupHeineken against Leinster on 12 April, when Williams anwitheldfitheleft apparent blood injury specialistallowto backEvansNickkicker 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