44 Wednesday, 2 September 2009 London Lite LITESPORT Inbrief Strauss in line for top award ANDREW STRAUSS and Graham Onions are among 14 players nominated for the ICC cricketer of the year award. Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is also among the contenders with Shiv Chanderpaul, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Thilan Samaraweera, Graeme Smith, AB de Villiers, MS Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh, Daniel Vettori and Saqib Al Hasan. Nielsen set for early departure AUSTRALIA coach Tim Nielsen will return home from England early to spend time with his family, leaving his assistant Troy Cooley in charge for the final leg of the tour. Having overseen Australias second successive Ashes series defeat on English soil last month, Cricket Australia have granted Nielsen leave to fly back to Adelaide after the fourth game of the upcoming seven-match one- day series. Greipel takes a grip in Liege GERMAN Andre Greipel took advantage of a huge pile-up not far from the finishing line to win yesterdays fourth stage of the Vuelta a Espana in Liege. The stage was being set up for another massed sprint finish when, with less than three kilometres to go, one of the lead riders in the peloton slipped when going around a roundabout and caused a massive crash that affected all but six riders. Brits in bits at world boxing WELSH super-heavyweight Andy Jones suffered a crushing defeat in the World Boxing Championships in Milan. Jones was stopped in just 99 seconds by Cuban Erislandy Savon, nephew of the legendary Felix, who won three Olympic gold medals and six world titles in his career. There was no better luck for Irish super-heavyweight Cathal McMonagle beaten by Croatian Thomas Markovic. Heres to you Mr Robinson THE New York Yankees tightened their grip on first place in baseballs American League East with a 9-6 victory over Baltimore. The Bronx Bombers were 6- 5 down at Camden Yards but responded well with Robinson Cano slugging a two-run shot off Orioles starter David Hernandez. Jorge Posada belted his 18th and 19th homers of the season and Nick Swisher and Eric Hinske went back- to-back in the seventh. KeyperiodforRoryasheaimsforEuropestopspot RORY MCILROY has the chance to become the European Tour number one for the first time this week. Victory at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland -- the first counting event for next years Ryder Cup -- would lift the 20-year-old Northern Irishman (left) above both Martin Kaymer and Paul Casey. Kaymer is expected to be out of action for the whole of this month after breaking a foot go-karting and having surgery last week, while Casey returns from his rib muscle problem in Boston rather than Crans-sur-Sierre. McIlroy had his own injury scare while moving house following his joint third place finish in the US PGA Championship last month. He said: I sliced a chunk out of my finger, third one on the left hand. I was getting my keys out of my pocket to slice open a box, but sliced my finger instead. The good news is that its healing well. Ive been out practising and it feels fine. WIN TICKETS TO ENGLANDS FIRST ODI AGAINST AUSTRALIA AT THE OVALENGLAND won the Ashes in dramatic style this summer and as the partying dies down, our heroes have to turn their minds to beating the Aussies in the One Day International series as well this week. Our boys must now channel their skills to the shortened version of the game as they take on their bitter rivals in seven ODIs. Australia will be fired up to regain some pride after their humiliating defeat in The Ashes, but England, fresh from their final Test triumph, will be bursting with confidence and want to continue the party. The rivalry between the teams this summer has been at fever pitch. To join the Ashes rivalry visit FANvFAN.com. 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Entrants must be over 18 (only one entry per person). Usual rules apply. Winners will be chosen at random. The editors decision is final. To bet against other cricket fans with better odds and more markets, please go to betfair.com. BY DAVID DIBBLE Tomorrow, live on Sky Sports 3, from 3.30pm Lancashire manage 28 overs the day after Twenty20 washout farce A FULL 28 overs were possible in the first ses- sionof LancashiresLVCountyChampionship Division One match against Sussex this morn- ing, despite Englands Twenty20 meeting with Australia being rained off at Old Trafford yesterday. Match officials last night sent 19,500 fans homedisappointedwhentheyabandonedplay without a ball being bowled due to problems with the bowlers run-ups. The countys chief executive Jim Cumbes was angry at the decision not to play, insisting domestic cricket could be played in similar conditions, and there were few lingering effects on the square today, with the hosts moving to 71-3 at lunch. Speaking after yesterdays abandonment, Cumbes said: If this was a domestic fixture, LancashireversusYorkshireonaFridaynight with16,000peoplein,wewouldhavebeenplay- ing, he ranted. I dont see what the difference between that and international cricket is. If we cant play international cricket in those conditions we shouldnt be playing it. Weve got to consider what competition we are playing. This is a Twenty20 competition where we know were not going to be playing in 100 per cent normal conditions. His sentiments were echoed by David Lloyd, SkysTVpunditandformerLancashirecounty star, who Twittered: Today has been a total shambles...last question... is cricket the main priority at O.T.? But England skipper Paul Collingwood, believes the safety of players should always come first and that the umpires were correct in their decision to call off the game. You cant play on surfaces which could damage careers, said Collingwood. The umpires came up to us and said they think its unfit for international cricket. Whenyouvegotalotof peopleinthecrowd, its a brave call to make but its good that they are making those calls. I spoke to Michael Clarke and both of us said if youre asking your boys to run in 100 per cent then it is going to be dangerous. BY JAMES GOLDMAN Farcical: Paul Collingwood trudges off the rain sodden Old Trafford turf which caused the abandonment of yesterdays Twenty 20 internationalFirst ODI: Friday, live on Sky Sports 1, from 12.30pm Old Trafford fit for play just 12 hours on 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.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html