LITESPORT 34 Thursday, 10 September 2009 London Lite Inbrief Wasps chief is buzzing off WASPS have announced that chief executive Tony Copsey is to leave the club. Wasps are now under the ownership of businessman Steve Hayes, with a new-look board including executive chairman Mark Rigby and director Lawrence Dallaglio, the former Wasps and England captain. Copsey, who will quit this autumn, said: I have had a fantastic time with Wasps. Flutey shoulder op is confirmed ENGLAND manager Martin Johnson has confirmed that centre Riki Flutey will undergo exploratory shoulder surgery on Monday. Flutey, who has had a shoulder problem since the Lions tour of South Africa earlier this summer, could now emerge as a major doubt for Englands autumn Tests that include a Twickenham appointment with New Zealand. Flutey joined French club Brive from Wasps in the summer. 10 more riders reach for Sky TEAM SKY, the British cycling team formed with the aim of winning the Tour de France, have revealed 10 more signings. The newly-formed outfit, headed by British cycling performance director Dave Brailsford, followed yesterdays announcement of six British riders with international stars, including 22-year-old Edvald Boasson Hagen, ranked third in the world, and his fellow Norwegian, Kurt Arvesen. Hushovd falls over Cavendish MARK CAVENDISH finished fifth on the third stage of the Tour of Missouri to concede the yellow jersey to stage winner Thor Hushovd. The Norwegian, who won the stage between Farmington and Rolla, leads Cavendish on the aggregate of the place finishes in the first three stages. Hushovd said: Its always good to be in yellow. Its confusing to get beaten by Cavendish every time, so Im really happy to win. Oh de Cologne! Woods on fire ENGLANDS Chris Wood made a sizzling start to golfs Mercedez- Benz Championship in Cologne this morning. The 21-year-old, fifth in The Open as an amateur last year and third at Turnberry in July, shot a six under par 66 for an early one-shot clubhouse lead over South African James Kingston and Australian Scott Strange in the elite 78-man event. He said: I felt completely in control the whole way round. Saracen Alex is just too Goode to be true SARACENS fly-half Glen Jackson is urging England manager Martin Johnson to keep a close eye on the man ear- marked to replace him -- Alex Goode, 21, who is currently playing at full-back. English-qualified Kiwi Jackson, 33, said before Saturdays historic Premiership clash with Northampton at Wembley: Alex is going to be a great player for England for many years, I can assure you, and we are very lucky to have him. Its great that hes being given a chance at full-back, a position you can grow into, and hell learn to play there. The sooner he becomes involved with England, the better. His kicking and punting is very good and he has skills and speed. I cant speak highly enough of him. Goode (right) may have to wait another season before he can get his hands on the Saracens No10 jersey, though. The evergreen Jackson is under pressure for his place from both Goode and summer signing Derick Hougaard in his final season. After last weeks opening win over London Irish at Twickenham, Jackson said: Its great that, at 33, in my last year in rugby, Im getting to play at Twickenham and Wembley It will be a privilege to be part of it. BY HARRY LANE Federers caught cold in NY but doesnt lose his cool ROGER FEDERER complained about the plunging temperatures in New York as he carved out a not-quite-cool US Open quarter-final victory over 12th seed Robin Soderling. UnfanciedSwedeSoderling--appar- ently relishing a cold autumn snap morethanhishot-favouriteSwissrival -- won a rare set as Federer struggled to finish things off. Five-time defending champion Fed- erer,28,tookan11-0careerrecordover Soderling, 25, into their floodlit encounter,havingcrushedhisyounger rival at Wimbledon and a one-sided French Open final. Last nights win extended his unbeaten run at Flushing Meadows to 39 matches and Saturdays clash with Serb Novak Djokovic will be Federers 22nd consecu- t ive G r a nd S l a m semi-final. But Federers feat was not achieved without a fight though. Soderling looked down and out after two quick sets but then made Federer work for the 6-0, 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (8-6) victory which lasted two hours and 33 minutes. Federer turned to Scandinavian cli- mate comparisons as he attempted to explain why the match shifted away from him, having taken a two-set lead in just 59 minutes with some crisp, clean-hitting tennis. He said: I dont know, I had a really good start, itwascoldsoIfeltathome being from Switzerland but then it got even cooler and him being from Sweden I think that played in his favour! I thought it was a great match towards the end. I got off to a flier but Im happy I still got through. Fourth seed Djokovic reached the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows for the third year in a row as he moved pastVerdasco7-6(7-2),1-6,7-5,6-2--but theSerbianknowshewillhavetoturn up the heat on Saturday. Djokovic said: It feels great. I havent done that in the past three Grand Slams this year, so mentally it was very important for me. I have been playing against Roger many,manytimesandalotof different kind of surfaces. There are no secrets, its a matter of having a good day. BY NEAL COLLINS ROGER FEDERER last night told Andy Murray: You have the game to do much better. The British No1 crashed out in straight sets to Croatias Marin Cilic in round four on Tuesday night but champion Federer, who beat Murray in last years final, said: Its just not easy to win Grand Slams and even though I have a lot of victories, I played many times when I didnt win. Its a tough road and you have to finish the deal and its a hard thing to do. Its a pity because Andy had a great summer and leading into the US Open he was one of the favourites. I think he has the game to do much better and he must move on from it. Serb Novak Djokovic will be consecu-22ndFederers S l a mG r a ndt ive But Federers feat achievednotwas fightawithout lookedSoderling afteroutanddown two quick sets but then made Federer work for the 6-0, 6-3, victory(8-6)7-6(6-8),6-7 hourstwolastedwhich I had a really good start, homeatfeltIsocoldwasit butSwitzerlandfrombeing himandcoolerevengotitthen thatthinkISwedenfrombeing Andy had a great summer and leading into the US Open he was one of the favourites. I think he has the game to do much better and he must Prince of darkness: an all-black Roger Federer froze out Robin Soderling as temperatures plunged in New York last night. Soderlings racquet also experienced a cold snap (inset) as he tried to weather the storm Roger:Murray mustdobetter IWozoutof mydepth, saysOudin CAROLINE WOZNIACKI brought an end to the amazing run of American teenager Melanie Oudin with victory in the quarter- finals of the US Open. The Dane, 19, showed why she is ranked ninth in the world with a 6-2 6-2 win over the 17-year-old Oudin. Shes such a strong player, she doesnt give you anything for free, said Oudin, who made 43 unforced errors. This has been a great experience. I hope to come back next year and do even better. In the girls singles, Britains Heather Watson beat Americas Courtney Dolehide 6-3 6-2 in her second-round match. Watson will play Annika Beck of Germany or Denmarks Mai Grage in the third round.