LITESPORT 44 Monday, 14 September 2009 London Lite Inbrief Rest is best for tired out Usain USAIN BOLT is looking forward to enjoying a well-earned rest after concluding his unbeaten season with another victory at last nights World Athletics Final in Thessalonika. Bolt blew away the field in the 200metres as he just missed his Greek all-comers record set last year by one-hundredth-of- a-second with a time of 19.68sec. Bolt who slowed 10m from the line, said: Im just happy that the seasons over. Tiger is simply the gr-eightest TIGER WOODS cruised to a comfortable eight-shot victory in the BMW Championship in Illinois today to move to the top of top of the FedEx Cup standings. The Americans victory at Cog Hill was the 71st of his illustrious career and came as no surprise after his sublime course-record 62 in Saturdays third round. The win - Woods sixth this season - came courtesy of a final round of 68 to finish 19-under-par overall. Its a Walker in the park for US THE United States have claimed the Walker Cup for a third consecutive time with an emphatic 16.5-9.5 victory over Great Britain and Ireland in Pennsylvania. The bi-annual amateur contest was sealed after just three of the afternoons 10 singles matches when Peter Uihlein defeated 20- year-old Stiggy Hodgson 3&1. That gave the hosts, led by non-playing Buddy Marucci, an unassailable 13-6 advantage. Just dandy for the Yankees THE New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 13-3 to strengthen their lead at the top of the American League East. The Boston Red Sox racked up a double against the Tampa Bay Rays with 3-1 and 4-0 wins. The Los Angeles Angels beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2, the Detroit Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 while the Kansas City Royals trounced the Cleveland Indians 7-0. Argentina may join Tri-Nations TRI-NATIONS giants Australia, New Zealand and South Africa have invited Argentina to join them in a new four-nation championship from 2012. Following South Africas Tri- Nations-clinching triumph in New Zealando in Saturday, SANZAR chief executive Andy Marinos said: The Pumas, ranked sixth in the world, will see the Tri-Nations evolve to be a truly southern hemisphere championship. Pain game: Delon Armitage ANDREW STRAUSS has challenged Englands understudies to prove they can fill the boots of Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff. Englandjustaboutmanagedtopaper over the cracks during the Ashes, but have been horribly exposed through- out the Nat-West one-day series which they now trail 4-0 after Saturdays seven-wicket trouncing at Lords. Minus the talents of their stellar batsman, Pietersen, and only genuine all-rounder,Flintoff, Strausss side look woefully short of matchwinning tal- ent, and just as wor- r y i n g l y a n y personality. It is always hard to be without your two best players but thats the reality we are in, it is not going to be changing for a while so other people have to stand up, said Strauss (right). Hope- fully when they do return we have got more potential matchwinners. Inagood,functioning one-dayteamyouhavegot matchwinners everywhere. The top six have all got to be capable of getting one-day international hundreds. And hundreds generally win you games. We are all capable of doing that butwehaventdoneit.Untilsome- onedoesdoitwearealwaysgoing to find things a little bit difficult. Whether the likes of Owais ShahandRaviBoparaarecapa- ble of fulfilling their potential looks highly doubtful, but Strauss was correct in stating that his side looks certain to be without Pietersen and Flin- toff in tandem for longer than had been predicted. The South African- born Pietersen was swanning around Monza yesterday, mixing it with the glitterati at the Italian Grand Prix, complaining that his recovery from an Achilles injury, which forced him out of the final three Tests of the summer, was slow going. I saw a couple of surgeons during the week but its slow at the moment. Ive got an open wound in my leg, he said. But Im really hoping to be back for the South Africa tour at the moment, thats my target now. Flintoff, of course, has no chance of beingfitforSouthAfricaasherecovers from his latest bout of knee surgery. But the prospect of him never play- ing again for his country was raised by his agent Andrew Chandler, who claimed the 31-year-old is seriously considering becoming a freelance cricketer. On Friday he was awarded an incre- mental contract by the ECB, worth around30,000,butthatwouldpaleinto insignificance compared with the lucrative Twenty20 deals which will come his way once he regains fitness. Im not saying hes not going to play for England because he probably will do,Chandlersaid.Buthesdefinitely goingtoplayfordifferentteamsduring the year. We were negotiating with South Australia and the Durban team, the Nashua Dolphins. And theres been an offer from Northern Transvaal. BY JAMES GOLDMAN In the pits: Kevin Pietersen was at the Italian Grand Prix yesterday complaining his recovery was taking a long time Pietersen,batsman, genuineonlyand Flintoff,all-rounder, tal-matchwinning wor-asjustandent, yourwithoutbeto butplayersbesttwo werealitythethats goingnotisitin,are aforchangingbeto peopleothersowhile saidup,standtohave Hope-). dotheywhenfully moregothavewereturn functioninggood,aIn gothaveyouteamone-day gotallhavesixtopThe gettingofcapablebeto internationalone-day generallyhundredsAndhundreds. games.youwin doing thatWe are all capable of some-Untilit.donehaventwebut goingalwaysareweitdodoesone bitlittleathingsfindto cult.diffi OwaisoflikestheWhether capa-areBoparaRaviandShah potentialtheirllingfulfiofble butdoubtful,highlylooks statingincorrectwasStrauss tocertainlookssidehisthat Flin-andPietersenwithoutbe fortandemintoff hadthanlonger predicted.been Armitage dislocation fear rocks Exiles LONDON IRISH are sweating over the future of their England full-back Delon Armitage after he was taken off with a suspected dislocated shoulder in yesterdays 40-10 victory over Gloucester. The 25-year-old, who played all of Englands games last season, left the pitch with 20 minutes of the Guinness Premiership clash to go. Exiles boss Toby Booth said: Delon is a tough cookie, he will front it out. I have no idea how long hell be out. Losing Delon for any amount of time would be massive, hes an international full-back and we want him on the pitch. Touch wood its not too serious and well get him back soon. Armitages injury marred Irishs bonus-point romp that produced two tries for Sailosi Tagicakibau and a third for Armitage, with referee Dean Richards also awarding a penalty try. The citing officer will undoubtedly pour over the vicious fight that erupted in the closing seconds. WASPS are the early Premiership leaders after their 17-15 win at Bath on Saturday, where new signing Tom Varndell scored two more tries. SARACENS beat Northampton 19-16 in front of 44,000 at Wembley to join Wasps on eight points. 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