LITESPORT London Lite Tuesday, 22 September 2009 35 Inbrief Henin headin back to court FORMER world No1 Justine Henin is poised to announce her comeback to professional tennis 16 months after she retired. The Belgian retired in May 2008 at the age of 25 saying she no longer had any passion for the game. Henin, who won the French, US and Australian Opens, but never Wimbledon, saw compatriot Kim Clijsters win the US Open a week ago after just a month back on the professional circuit. Its brawl over for three weeks GEORGE STOWERS of London Irish and Gloucester captain Gareth Delve were both suspended for three weeks following their brawl at the Madejski Stadium. The two players came to blows after Stowers dangerous tackle on Gloucester scrum-half Dave Lewis in the final minute of Irishs 40-10 victory on 13 September. Both players are free to play again on 12 October but will miss the Heineken Cup first round fixtures. ECB in support of Test champs THE England and Wales Cricket Board are supportive of a world Test championship, in principle. International Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat has suggested England and India are the only countries blocking the proposed venture. We are fully engaged with the ICC over proposals for a world Test championship and are supportive in principle, said an ECB spokesman. Fury spar is on Hayes agenda DAVID HAYE is keen to spar with young heavyweight Tyson Fury ahead of his WBA title clash with Nikolai Valuev in November. Former undisputed cruiserweight king Haye will attempt to take the WBA title off 7ft 2ins Valuev when they meet in Germany on 7 November. If Tysons available, then yes. Im around at the moment and if hes got a fight coming up I am more than willing to spar with him, Haye said. A two-week wrist will see Andy fit again ANDY MURRAY has avoided serious injury to his left wrist and only needs to take two weeks rest before resuming his bid to become the World No1 and win a first Grand Slam. Murray (right), the World No3, had a scan on his injured wrist yesterday which confirmed a sprain and tendinitis with the inflammation likely to disappear with rest and he is scheduled to take part in the important tournament starting in Tokyo on 5 October with the Scot scheduled to be second seed behind Roger Federer with Rafael Nadal still hampered by injury. A spokesman for Team Murray said: Andy is going to rest the wrist and will make a decision next week about the Tokyo tournament but it is looking hopeful following the scan he had in London. Meanwhile, Lawn Tennis Association chief executive Roger Draper would not object to Murray taking time out from Davis Cup duty following the teams slump into Euro/Africa Zone Group II. He said: Id completely understand why hed be making those decisions because at the end Andy should be focusing his attentions on winning grand slams. Thats where his priorities should quite rightly lie. BY DAVID DIBBLE Gommers ashamed of Bloodgate affairBY NEAL COLLINS FORMER England scrum-half Andy Gomarsall admits he is ashamed he did nothing to prevent the Bloodgate affair at Harlequins last season. Gomarsallendedhisthree-yearstay at The Stoop and headed north to newly-promoted Leeds when he was toldhiscontractwouldnotberenewed in the summer. But he was sitting next to Tom Wil- liams on the Quins bench in April when boss Dean Richards -- subse- quently banned for three years -- and physio Steph Brennan banned for two years sent on Williams, who later came off feigning injury by bit- ing into a blood capsule (inset). Quins were fined for their duplicity against Leinster in last years Heineken Cup, but the fall-out contin- ues as, without Richards, they have slumped to the foot of the Guinness Premiership this season after the highs of last winter, when they fin- ished a best-ever second in the table. Gomarsall, 35, said: When com- mentsweremadethattheseniorguys at Quins should have taken control, I did feel kind of ashamed. I am being truthful here, I cannot ever remember anyone asking me to do anything like that, but I do realise that it could have been me sent on against Leinster. Would I have said no to Deano? I would like to think I would, but Tomonlyhadafewminutestodecide, infrontof 14,000peopleunderintense pressure to win a quarter-final -- which means it is very tough to make a rational decision in an instant. I had massive sympathy f o r h i m i n t h a t situation. After the Leinster game I felt very pas- sionate about what had gone on, but events took off and it became public knowl- edge. I believe we, the senior players, would have done something about it -- or at least spoken about. Because the senior guys hadnt been involved, it was kind of brushed under the carpet. It was between the management and some people might say that was a cop out, but it really wasnt part of an individuals job. Gomarsall played his 189th match in the Premiership against London Irish last Sunday but was unable to prevent a 56-7 home defeat but even Leeds, thanks to a draw against Newcastle, are above rock-bottom Quins, who have lost three out of three. Harlequins visit Leeds on 6 December, but Gomarsall insists: It hasnt coloured my memories of being involved with Quins. This incident is very sad, but I believe the club will continue to grow. I have never been involved in anything like that and I never will. Sportsmanship is some- thing I have always prided myself on. nalpressure to win a quarter-fi veryisitmeanswhich-- tough to make a rational decision in an instant. I sympathymassivehad t h a ti nh i mf o r buton,gonehad and itevents took off became public knowl- thewe,believeIedge. havewouldplayers,senior or--itaboutsomethingdone at least spoken about. Sunday but was unable to prevent a 56-7 home defeat but even Leeds, thanks to a areNewcastle,againstdraw whoQuins,rock-bottomabove three.have lost three out of What Andy did next: Gomarsall in action during Leeds 56-7 defeat against London Irish last weekend Lucky break for Borthwick ENGLAND captain Steve Borthwick should be fit to take part in Englands Autumn Tests, but Quins centre Jordan Turner-Hall could be ruled out by a shoulder problem. Both were hurt as Borthwick led Saracens to victory at The Stoop last weekend. Scans revealed Borthwicks rib is not broken and the damage has been diagnosed as a sprained rib cartilage. Turner-Hall will have a shoulder scan today. Quins have dispelled fears that England wing Dave Strettle has suffered yet another metatarsal injury and he is expected to be fit in a week. Williams press on with KERS WILLIAMS will continue to develop their KERS energy recovery system for next season despite other Formula One teams agreeing to shelve the technology. KERS recovers energy generated by the brakes and stores it to give drivers a brief burst of extra power at the push of a button. McLaren and Ferrari have both won this season using KERS- equipped cars but Williams arent yet ready to race with theirs. 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.html