Inbrief Paula ready for New York test lWORLD record-holder Paula Radcliffe will compete in the New York Marathon on 1 November, according to race organisers. Race director Mary Wittenberg told the New York Times that the 35-year-old, a three-time winner, will return to defend her crown. Wittenberg said: I think the motivating thing here is that no- one since Grete Waitz has been in a position to go for four victories here. Bresnans sorry for Twitter rant lENGLAND all-rounder Tim Bresnan has apologised to his bosses over an expletive-laden rant at a fellow Twitter user. Bresnan, 24, swore on his Twitter page in response to a mocked- up image which made him look overweight. If you are an England player you have obviously got to behave in a certain way, said England team director Andy Flower. It is as simple as that. Yamaha opt to chop Toseland JAMES TOSELAND looks set to lose his place in the FIM MotoGP World Championship next season after Yamaha announced that current World Superbike rider Ben Spies was replacing him. Toseland, 28, has been the only British rider in the series for the past two seasons but he has endured a disappointing second season. He said: I want to thank Yamaha globally for their faith in me, they have treated me like royalty. Victorians may call on Flintoff lANDREW FLINTOFF has emerged as a potential target for the Victorian Bushrangers in Australias Twenty20 Big Bash which starts on 28 December. With Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan possibly unavailable, coach Greg Shipperd said: Muralis obviously our first choice but Flintoff would be welcome in any team across the world. We have lots of plans behind the scenes. Close race for 2016 host city lBRITISH IOC member Sir Craig Reedie believes tomorrows vote for the 2016 Olympics host city will be one of the closest ever. Chicago and Rio de Janeiro are viewed as the favourites ahead of Madrid and Tokyo. Reedie said: This is a very, very close race between four outstanding bids. US President Barack Obama is among those due to be present at the ceremony in Copenhagen. 42 Thursday, 1 October 2009 London Lite Strauss deserves HH LITESPORT Hetookover apantomime andturned thingsround by neal collins ANDREW STRAUSS will have his leg- endary focus severely tested before tomorrows Champions Trophy semi- final against Australia. The England captain, 32, could be named cricketer of the year tonight at the ICCs glittering awards ceremony at the Sandton Convention Centre just hours before the showdown in nearby Centurion. And England spinner Graeme Swann believes Strauss deserves t h e a w a r d , despite local anger over the fact no South Africans have b e e n sh o r t - listed for the accolade. Swann said: He deserves recognition. He took over at a ridiculous time in English cricket with the pantomime that wasgoingon,and the circus that was following us around at the t i m e, a n d hes done an admirable job. He has led from the front, hes a very calm and reassuring leader. He has led with dignity and done everything right so far. So its just dessertsheisupthere.Hisbattinghas also gone through the roof. Fast bowler Graham Onions is Eng- lands other player in contention for a gong, having been named in the emerg- ing cricketer of the year category. Onions featured in Englands shock opening victories in Group B over Sri Lanka and South Africa which sealed their last-four tussle with Australia at Centurion tomorrow. Few could have envisaged the turn-around in Englands fortunes after their 6-1 NatWest series defeat against the Aussies last month. But Swann grins: Thats what makes usexcitingthough,isntit?Thefirstfew games in England we were awful and knew we were awful. We were talking about playing a fear- less brand of cricket but it was coming across as timid as a pussy cat, really. But over here something has clicked. I have no idea what it is, there has been no inspiring team talk or special, magic moment, or meeting with a guru, any- thing like that. Wicketkeeper Matt Prior returns to training today after a virus but Ashes hero Stuart Broad is a serious doubt. TheNottinghamshirepacemanneeded ascanonhisglutealregionearliertoday before having a fitness check at Centu- rion with physio Kirk Russell, doctor Mike Stone, England captain Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower. The 23-year-old simulated running between the wickets but did not appear to be moving freely. Two Andys are better than one: Strauss and coach Flower plan for Englands semi-final tomorrow while Anderson and Swann left celebrate Englands shock success NewpartnerforButton,but itsnothingforJessicatofear Jess the two of us: Button with girlfriend Jessica Mitchibata JENSON BUTTON looks set to have a new team-mate at Brawn GP next season, as Rubens Barrichello is on the verge of a swap with Williams Nico Rosberg. Kubica had initially been a target for Williams but the team have now turned their attention to Barrichello in an all-new driver line-up alongside current Williams reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg for 2010. Barrichello has visited Williams headquarters in Oxfordshire, and is close to agreeing terms. Button, meanwhile, is struggling to reach an agreement with Brawn over an improved deal for next season, with sources saying the two parties are some way off, but it is not thought the wrangle will scupper a deal. Meanwhile Button, who arrived at the circuit for the Japanese Grand Prix with girlfriend Jessica Mitchibata, has played down his chances of winning the Formula One drivers title this weekend. I dont come into this race thinking Im going to seal the title here, he said. lFerrari have confirmed the arrival of Fernando Alonso on a three-year deal. by kriss iversen Asreigning champ,Fab wantsrain BRITISH Touring car champion Fabrizio Giovanardi is praying for rain as the final three races of the season loom at Brands Hatch on Sunday. The Italian is trailing Team RACs Colin Turkington by 13 points and said: In the past I have outperformed Colin in the wet. I will pray to God to ask him to make sure it is p*****g it down. lWith a 30,000 crowd expected, tickets cost 28 for adults, children under 12 free. 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