38 Friday, 2 October 2009 London Lite Inbrief Eye citing for kicker Olivier lGLOUCESTER hooker Olivier Azam has been cited for kicking England captain Steve Borthwick during a Guinness Premiership game. Saracens skipper Borthwick was forced off after the incident during last Sundays clash at Vicarage Road. He had a scan after being detained in hospital overnight. Although Borthwick needed five stitches, he is likely to be back in action later this month. Going away to see home stars lMARTIN JOHNSON will be in France for tonights Top 14 clash between Stade Francais and Brive. The England manager joins forwards coaches John Wells and Graham Rowntree to watch a game that could feature up to five current England players. Wasps James Haskell and Tom Palmer went to Stade Francais in the summer while Jamie Noon linked up with Andy Goode and Steve Thompson at Brive. Idowu named European No1 lWORLD triple jump champion Phillips Idowu was today named European athlete of the year. The Briton took gold in Berlin with a personal best leap of 17.73m. Idowu will be presented with his award at the European Athletics Convention in Budapest on 17 October, alongside the female winner Marta Dominguez. Idowu is the first Briton to win the award since sprinter Dwain Chambers in 2002. Obabam full of Chicago support lBARACK OBAMA launched an emotional appeal today to the IOC to choose his home city Chicago to host the 2016 Games. Chicago and Rio de Janeiro are viewed as favourites to win the contest ahead of Madrid and Tokyo. Obama told the 106 IOC members: I urge you to choose Chicago, I urge you to choose America. If you do I promise you Chicago will make the world proud. Getting Games back on track lTHE Commonwealth Games Federation President Michael Fennell believes a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh next week is vital in getting New Delhis preparation for October 2010 up to speed. The citys work for the Games is severely behind schedule and, in a letter to the local organising committee last month, Fennell warned the situation posed a serious threat to the event. Snubbed Strauss Englandcan takerevenge afterICCgo forJohnson by neal collins ANDREW STRAUSS found himself beaten to the International Cricket Councilscricketerof theyearawardby avanquishedAustralianlastnight--but the Ashes-winning captain can take immediate revenge at the Champions Trophy in South Africa today. Mitchell Johnson took the ulti- mate accolade from the ICC at the Sandton Convention Cen- tre but in the semi-final at Centurion tonight, Strauss could win the one that really matters. And he aims to play a major role in seeing England to Mon- days final against New Zealand or Paki- stan, who play in the second semi tomorrow. He said: The age of 32 is a good time for a batsman. You have experienced quite a lot and learned a lot from yourmistakes. Im hopeful the next two years will be the best two y e a r s o f m y career. And he added: We a r e a l l excited about taking on Aus- tralia again. T h i s i s a great chance for us to nab another victory off them. Left-hander Strauss was short- listed for the award after being named man of the series in the 2-1 Test victory over Australia, scoring 1,323 runs, including six hundreds, at an average of 60.13, in thequalificationperiod,whichranfrom August 13, 2008, to August 24, 2009. But he had to be content with just a place in the World Test XI, alongside Stuart Broad while injured duo Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen were picked in the one-day XI. Coach Andy Flower said: Hes been a brilliant leader and he has led with the bat in hand as well. In some respects he has, not held our batting together, but been the rock around which our batting order has functioned. He is strong, he is decisive, he is fair and I think he is a brave and strong leader for England. Thoughbeaten6-1intheone-dayseries which followed the Ashes triumph, Flower added: Weve made some slight adjustments in the way we want to approach one-day cricket. Wed like to see some of those things happen again against Australia and I think the guys are confident they can do that and win the game. Africas Golden Lions in hunt for veteran Shaw Predator too: Simon Shaw in action for the British and Irish Lions WASPS veteran lock Simon Shaw heads the list of European players on the Golden Lions shopping list for next years Super 14. The 36-year-old lock is wanted by South Africas Johannesburg-based franchise, along with homesick Saracens flanker Wikus van Heerden. Manie Reyneke, chief executive of the Golden Lions -- formerly known as Transvaal -- said: We are negotiating with a number of overseas players, including Shaw. Though Shaw says he has yet to be approached, interest in South Africa was heightened by his heroic outings for Ian McGeechans Lions during the summer. Shaw has yet to return to training at Wasps after injuring a metatarsal during the 2-1 series defeat against the Springboks. Wasps, who entertain Northampton at Adams Park on Sunday, have also been rocked by the knews that flanker Tom Rees may need further surgery on his injured shoulder. Meanwhile HARLEQUINS, who play Bath in the televised game at The Stoop tomorrow night (Sky Sports 3, 6.05pm), are still looking for their first win of the season. Skipper Will Skinner said: Its obviously not the best start. But the performances havent been bad, especially the draw up at Newcastle last Friday. by kriss iversen Sarriesinsist onputting thebootin PREMIERSHIP leaders SARACENS today sent out a defiant message after the Vicarage Road faithful booed them for relying on the boot during the 19-16 win over Gloucester last week. Before Sundays trip to Newcastle, chief executive Edward Griffiths said: Nobody wants to hear boos from our fans but we are committed to creating a winning culture. LONDON IRISH have rested Ryan Lamb, the divisions 62-point top scorer, for tonights clash at Sale Sharks. Ready to grumble: Paul Collingwood prepares for Englands Champions Trophy semi-final against Australia at Centurion today as captain Andrew Strauss, below, shows off his cap LITESPORT H 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.html44.html45.html46.html47.html