LITESPORT 34 Tuesday, 29 September 2009 London Lite Inbrief Sarries book a Boks office hit SARACENS will face South Africa at Wembley as part of the Springboks tour this autumn. The Guinness Premiership leaders will host the tourists on 17 November before they move on to Tests against France, Italy and Ireland. Saracens coach Brendan Venter said: This is yet more evidence of our clubs ambitions. I can assure you our players will need no extra motivation for this match. Wall falls with shoulder issue ANTHONY WALL has pulled out of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland this week with a shoulder injury. Wall sustained the problem last Friday playing for Britain and Ireland against Continental Europe in the Vivendi Trophy. Martin Kaymer and Paul Casey, first and second on the European Tour money list, are also missing this week with toe and rib injuries respectively. Rory ready to roar for Britain RORY McILROY has his sights on a notable double - World Cup glory with Ireland in November and an Olympic gold medal for Great Britain in 2016. The 20-year-old could compete for either nation if golf is voted back into the Olympics next week, 105 years after it last appeared. But McIlroy said: Its a bit of an awkward question still, but I have a British passport and it would be Great Britain for me. Big Botha blow for Harlequins HARLEQUINS have announced the departure of their South African international forward Gary Botha for family reasons. The former Springboks hooker will make his final appearance for Quins in next Saturdays Guinness Premiership clash against Bath. Botha, 27, said: I have enjoyed my time at Quins, and it is with a heavy heart that I will be leaving. I would like to place on record my gratitude to the club. ECB to go Dutch as Irish pull out IRELAND have turned down the chance to be part of the ECBs new domestic one-day competition next season, with Holland taking their place. Ireland were invited to be part of a restructured 40-over competition, but their cricket board opted against accepting due to increased international commitments. This was not an easy decision for us, said chief executive Warren Deutrom. 2012athletes run up 10m on Visa card SEBASTIAN COE has hailed todays announce- ment of a multi-million pound sponsorship deal by payment card giant Visa for Britains 1,200 Olympic and Paralympic athletes as a ground- breaking moment for British sport. Visawillbecomethepresentingpartnerof Team 2012, which was launched at the Olympic Park today, in the run-up to the London Games in three years time. The 10m will go towards a 50m funding short- fall for Olympic and Paralympic sports. Coe, chairman of the London organising com- mittee, said: Todays launch of Team 2012 is a ground-breaking moment for British sport. Team 2012 will help bring to reality the dreams of future generations of athletes in competing at the very highest level. We are delighted to have Visa as the presenting partner and driving force behind Team 2012. The announcement at the Olympic Park in east London came after an agreement was finally reached with athletes agents over image rights. There was resistance initially from some agents, including those representing Sir Chris Hoy, Rebecca Adlington and Christine Ohuruogu. A deal was struck after UK Sport guaranteed no fewer than four athletes from a minimum of three sports will be used in any images to pro- mote Team 2012 or their sponsor, with no undue prominence given to any athlete. Sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe added: This is a terrific vote of confidence by the business com- munity in the work being done to give our medal hopefuls the best chance of striking gold in 2012. It is fantastic that Visa has stepped forward, and I am confident that this extra funding build- ing on the unprecedented levels of public funding for our athletes will help our Olympic and Para- lympic teams deliver even more medals in London. Team 2012 is a joint project involving UK Sport, the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association, and the organising com- mittee of the London Olympics. The sponsorship will help fund sports governing bodies provide the training and competition support for athletes. Money thanks: Seb Coe hails sponsorship deal BY GEOFF TEATHER McLarenpoisedto unveilRaikkonen MCLAREN are confident they are strong enough to have two megastar drivers, with Ferraris Kimi Raikkonen tipped to join Lewis Hamilton next year. They are set to announce a return for Raikkonen, who drove for McLaren from 2002 to 2006, as a replacement for Heikki Kovalainen. McLaren struggled to find the right balance with two star names on their books in Hamilton and two-time world champion Fernando Alonso in 2007. But Mercedes boss Norbert Haug said: Managing two megastars, I dont think that honestly its a problem. Hamilton is hoping to maintain the momentum from his victory in Singapore when he makes his Suzuka debut at the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend. Harrison aims to beat Williams in an Audley fashion AUDLEY HARRISON has threatened to inflict more punishment on Danny Williams in Fridays Prizefighter Heavyweights III event. Harrison, 37, thinks victory in the eight-man, one-night tournament will see the relaunch of his career and lead to him becoming World Champion inside two years. However, Williams, the current British Champion, stands between Harrison and Prizefighter glory at Londons ExCel Arena as the pair, who have fought twice with one win apiece, could only meet in the final. He beat me with a split decision and I destroyed him second time out, said Harrison (left). 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.html40.html41.html42.html43.html