LITESPORT London Lite Monday, 21 September 2009 39 Inbrief Floyd keeps his fans weighting A MATCH-UP between Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Manny Pacquiao would certainly settle the argument over who is the best fighter in contemporary boxing. Instead, Mayweather decided to end his 21-month absence from the ring by destroying Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez with a ruthlessly clinical display in Las Vegas on Saturday, although there was controversy over claims he had a ten pound advantage. Dubai prize pot chipped away THE European Tour has confirmed that prize money in the season-ending Dubai World Championship is being cut by 25percent because of the economic downturn. There will be the same reduction from 6.1m to 4.6m in the Race to Dubai bonus pool on offer to the seasons top 15 money- winners. The 60-strong field compete from 19-22 November. Cavendish in race for fitness MARK CAVENDISH will be given until Thursday to prove his fitness to race for Great Britain in cyclings World Championships on Sunday. The Manxman, who has amassed 10 Tour de France stage wins in two seasons, is recovering from the lung infection which forced him out of the Tour of Missouri earlier this month. Cavendish is included with Olympic gold medallist Geraint Thomas. England return tosceneof2003 THE Australian Rugby Union have confirmed the Wallabies will face England in two Tests next June. The matches, at the Subiaco Oval in Perth and Sydneys ANZ Stadium, will see England return to the scene of their 2003 Rugby World Cup final triumph over Australia. Sydney is a heartland for the game and it will be great to see our old nemesis, the English, back in town, said ARU managing director John ONeill. Soucek too fast for his F2 rivals ANDY SOUCEK sealed the 2009 Formula Two championship at Imola yesterday. The Spaniard earns a test drive for the Williams F1 team, this third place providing an unassailable points lead with three races of the season still remaining. Soucek said: As you can imagine I feel fantastic. The test with Williams is a real chance for me to get into F1. Hopefully I will have a very good test. HE may have just bowled the spell which prevented a 7-0 whitewash, but Graeme Swann wouldnt grumble if he didnt bowl at another Australian until the next Ashes series. England avoided the ignominy of becoming the first international team to lose every match of a seven-game series at Trent Bridge yesterday. Even then, Andrew Strausss flops made heavy weather of what looked a straightforward task. After Swann had worked his magic with the ball, taking 5-28 from ten near perfect overs, to restrict Australia to 176 all out, England looked to be coast- ing on 106-0. Butthelossof openersJoeDenlyand Andrew Strauss in quick succession sparked a typical collapse, with Eng- land losing four wickets for 12 runs in the space of 27 balls at one stage. It took Durham all-rounder Paul CollingwoodandTimBresnantoguide England home with 60 balls to spare, and man-of-the-match Swann hopes this consolation victory marks the suspension of Anglo / Aussie rivalry. He said: I firmly believe a change of scenery will do us good. Just thinking about a guy like Ravi, justthefactthatitsadifferentbowling attack coming will serve him well and will serve the team well. This series seemed ever such a long one once we were four or five-nil down. You have got to drive 200 miles and face the same team again who have just smashed us. Having won today, we are going away thinking at least we dont have to play Australia again in the next game, and you never know. I wouldnt be at all sur- prised if particularly the likes of Ravi go out there and see it as a fresh challenge and smash them all over the place. Despite the gruelling nature of this series, captain Strauss, one of the few England players to emerge with his reputation intact, is looking forward tothefreshchallengeof theICCCham- pions Trophy. England flew out to South Africa last nightandbegintheircampaignagainst Sri Lanka on Friday. Strauss (inset) said: Its the Cham- pions Trophy, its one of the big events, to be honest. Ithinktheressomethingveryexcit- ing about being in the same couple of hotels as all the best players in the world. Its quite intoxicating and its an event everyone wants to win. The schedule is tough, theres no doubt about that. By the looks of things, its not going to be changing. So as players, you need to be as fit as possible and when you have got oppor- tunities to have a rest, you need to take them and make sure you can maintain a consistent level of performance. BY JAMES GOLDMAN GROUP A AUSTRALIA WORLD RANKING:3RD KEY MAN: SHANE WATSON PAKISTAN WORLD RANKING: 4TH KEY MAN: UMAR GUL INDIA WORLD RANKING: 2ND KEY MAN: YUVRAJ SINGH WEST INDIES WORLD RANKING: 8TH KEY MAN: DEVON SMITH GROUP B ENGLAND WORLD RANKING: 6TH KEY MAN: STUART BROAD SOUTH AFRICA WORLD RANKING: 1 KEY MAN: JACQUES KALLIS SRI LANKA WORLD RANKING: 5 KEY MAN: TILLAKARATNE DILSHAN NEW ZEALAND WORLD RANKING: 7 KEY MAN: SHANE BOND Top two teams into semis on 2/3 October Final on 5 October CHAMPIONS TROPHY FIXTURES Tomorrow: SA vs SL SuperSport Park, Centurion Wenesday: PAK vs WI New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg Thursday: SA vs NZ SuperSport Park, Centurion Friday: SL vs ENG New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg Saturday: WI vs AUS New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg IND vs PAK SuperSport Park, Centurion Sunday: NZ vs SL New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg SA vs ENG SuperSport Park, Centurion 28 Sep: AUS vs IND SuperSport Park, Centurion 29 Sep: ENG vs NZ New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 30 Sep: AUS vs PAK SuperSport Park, Centurion IND vs WI New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg Nice Swann son: Graeme Swann celebrates his matchwinning performance yesterday While England fly, their rivals warm-up in the sun WHILE England were still in the air, their Champions Trophy group rivals Sri Lanka had their feet firmly on the ground in South Africa. Playing in a pre-tournament friendly against the West Indies, the ageless Muttiah Muralitharan took 3-17 off six miserly overs and their younger spin sensation Ajantha Mendis took 3-31 off 10 as a below-strength West Indian line-up succumbed for 201 in Pretoria. After a 108-run thumping at the hands of Pakistan in Benoni on Friday, yesterdays warm-up victory was just what Sri Lanka needed. Dale Richards and Devon Smith scored half-centuries for the West Indies, but without Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shiv Chanderpaul, the Windies fell apart and were skittled with four overs to spare. Mahela Jayawardene led the way with 67 as Sri Lanka got home in the 48th over. New Zealand produced a pre- tournament upset when they beat India by 103 runs in Potchefstroom. Martin Guptill (63) and Jesse Ryder (57) and Neil Broom (66 off 46 balls) saw the Kiwis to 302 and the India reply never really got going. 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