LITESPORT London Lite Tuesday, 8 September 2009 37 Inbrief Bath duo still in hot water FORMER Bath co-captains Michael Lipman and Alex Crockett are considering their options after losing an appeal against their nine- month suspensions. The RFU hearing was their final hope of having the bans, imposed for missing drugs tests, reduced. The duos suspensions run from June 1, 2009 until February 28, 2010, and they must now pursue legal means if they are to have the sanction altered. A Boston glee party for Steve STEVE STRICKER birdied the last two holes to claim a dramatic victory in the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston. Stricker went level with clubhouse leaders Jason Dufner and Scott Verplank, who closed on 16 under, on the 17th green before gaining another stroke on the par-five 18th to take the title. Padraig Harrington finished two shots back and Tiger Wood a further three after a final round 63. Hendry wins in baize of glory STEPHEN HENDRY completed a remarkable turnaround, coming back from 4-0 down to seal a 5-4 win over Marcus Campbell in the second round of the Shanghai Masters. Ryan Day also advanced with a tense 5-3 win over Li Yan. Other winners this morning were Ricky Walden, who eased past Mark King 5-1, and Marco Fu, who took his game against Nigel Bond on a final-frame decider. Paula targets Brumcomeback PAULA RADCLIFFE will race in the World Half Marathon Championships in Birmingham next month. The 35-year-old, who opted not to run the marathon at last months World Championships in Berlin, was named today in the Great Britain team for the event on 11 October. The marathon world record holder chose not to run in Berlin as she did not feel she was fit enough to win the gold medal. Fallons causing treble already KIEREN FALLON was the toast of punters yesterday following a 254-1 treble at Folkestone on just his fourth day back in action. A Kieren Fallon treble is never going to be good news for the bookies, said Corals David Stevens. What this treble does prove is that Fallon and Luca Cumani are going to be a force to be reckoned with, and well be keeping a close eye on everything they team up with in future. SARACENS will become the first rugby union club side to stage a match at Wembley Stadium this weekend. Saturdays carnival day pre- game entertainment includes an appearance by Britains Got Talent winners Diversity sees Northampton Saints as the visitors but Sarries captain Steve Borthwick said he is confident after last weekends win over London Irish. It was a display of great character. London Irish are a side who everyone has tipped will be in the mix for silverware, he said. Now we have another massive occasion to look forward to. Everyone is excited about running out at Wembley. Stress will be undoing of Button FERRARIS Felipe Massa believes Jenson Button will throw away his chance of becoming world champion unless he can prove he has got the bottle to handle the pressure. Massa, recovering from his horrific accident in the Hungarian Grand Prix, believes the only explanation for Buttons recent demise following his sensational start to the season, is the stress of defending his lead in the title race and believes his fellow Brazilian, Rubens Barrichello, has a chance to steal the crown. He said: Look at me, last season I came to Brazil six points behind Lewis Hamilton and I almost won the championship. That was one race. Rubens has five races to close 16 points. Its a big possibility. If Jenson carries on in this bad way it will help Rubens a lot. We hear you one day but not the next, Anderson tells fans Aeroplane sailing: England fans show rare signs of life as a Lancaster bomber flies over Lords during Sundays defeat against Australia JAMES ANDERSON fears Eng- lands fans and players are both suffering from burnout. After reclaiming the Ashes last monthamidscenesof wildcelebra- tion, England have plummeted back to earth on the back of two tame defeats in the seven-match N a t We s t S e r i e s a g a i n s t Australia. Anderson, who took 12 wickets and regularly troubled Australias batsman during the Ashes, has struggled for rhythm in the one- dayers at Lords and The Oval. And the 27-year-old (below) believes his performances have tailedoff asaresultof apunishing schedulewhichsawtheteamasked to play a 50 over game against Ire- land just four days after winning back the urn. Andersonsaid:Ideallywedhave wanted a few more days after the Ashes to let things settle down and let peoples bodies recover, but it justwasnttobe.Itsjustsomething we have to try to get used to. The fast bowler then challenged The Rose Bowl crowd to lift Eng- land tomorrow night after admitting he had been underwhelmed by the reaction the team received in London last week. He continued: We remem- bered the atmos- phere we got all t h e w a y through the Oval Test match, and especially on that last day, and then we came into the one- dayer, which was very quiet, and a very different atmosphere. AndatLordsaswell,itwasvery different. Its strange when, from thedressingroom,youcanactually hear players shouting encourage- ment on the field, because obvi- ously through the Ashes you couldnt hear that. Spinner Graeme Swann agrees that is was always going to be dif- ficult for England to raise their game, so soon after a draining Ashes series. It was inevitable that after the Ashes it would be hard for us to pick ourselves up and play in a seven-match series, he said. But thats not to say that its not very important. Its the fast bowlers I feel sorry for. Its easy for people like me who bowl spin and bat near the end to justgetonwithitbecausewecould play every day of the year. But its tough for the likes of Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson. They have started to get niggles now because we are playing with- outabreakandthereisno time for rest and preparation. Meanwhile, Gra- ham Onions will replace the injured Andrew Flintoff in Englands 15- man squad for the ICC Champi- ons Trophy in SouthAfricawhich begins later this month. 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