LITESPORT 46 Monday, 5 October 2009 London Lite Inbrief Serenas set to snatch top spot DINARA SAFINA looks set to lose her world number one ranking after a shock defeat by wild card Shuai Zhang in the second round of the China Open today. The Russian has held the top spot since April despite failing to win a grand slam title. Serena Williams, who has won two of the four major titles this season while remaining behind Safina, will overtake her rival if she wins her second-round match against Ekaterina Makarova. Dyson cleaning up St Andrews ENGLANDS Simon Dyson made a dream start with six birdies in the first seven holes on the final day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews this morning. Rory McIlroy -- joint second with Dyson when he teed off again in an event spilling into an extra day because of Saturdays gale-force wind -- was four shots behind Dyson alongside Scot Richie Ramsay, who turned in 33. Dolphins finally deliver a win WITH quarterback Chad Henne making his first NFL start, the Miami Dolphins controlled the ball for 37 minutes and earned their first victory by beating hapless Buffalo 38-10 to get their season up and running. Henne, a second- year pro, shook off six sacks and managed the game well in his first start replacing Chad Pennington, sidelined by a season-ending shoulder injury. Henne finished 14 for 22 for 115 yards. Carter cant cry over spilt Milk ROB MILKINS brought new father Ali Carter back down to earth by beating him 5-1 in the Grand Prix first round. World number five Carter was only able to focus on playing after his wife gave birth to their first child, son Max, just ahead of the Glasgow tournament. Chinas Ding Junhui is also through to the second round after fighting back to beat Matthew Stevens of Wales 5-4. Long eyes the perfect finale SEAN LONG will bring down the curtain on his St Helens career on one of the biggest stages after helping them to a fourth successive Grand Final. Saints squeezed past his former club Wigan 14-10 in the second semi- final to set up a repeat showdown with Leeds at Old Trafford on Saturday. It was brilliant, said the 33-year-old of his farewell appearance at Knowsley Road. I didnt want to go out with a loss. VETTORIS PAIN Hamstrung: Daniel Vettori misses todays Champions Trophy final, while Ricky Ponting is still struggling to come to terms with a second consecutive Ashes defeat on English soil Hamstring injury means Kiwi skipper misses final Breeders Cup remains an option for Sea The Stars OUTSIDERS New Zealand were dealt a huge blow ahead of the Champions Trophy final with captain Daniel Vet- tori ruled out through injury. Vettori,arguablytheBlackCapsbest player, was sidelined with a hamstring strain which meant Brendon McCul- lum led the team. New Zealands entire campaign has beenjinxedbyinjurywithJacobOram, Jesse Ryder and Daryl Tuffey all crocked and replaced in the 15-man squad during the event. Stand-in skipper McCullum won the toss and opted to bat first as New Zea- land opted draft in off-spinner Jeetan Patel in Vettoris place. HoldersAustralia,meanwhile,named the same XI which crushed England by nine wickets here on Friday night. The Aussies are poised to return to the top of the one-day rankings, but that wont make up for the pain of consecutive Ashes defeats on English soil for their skipper Ricky Ponting. The Aussies have reacted in the best possible fashion since they surren- dered the famous urn in August -- by mauling every team put in front of them. ShouldtheydispatchNewZealandin Centurion today, and reclaim the ICC Champions Trophy, they will again be regarded as the best 50 over side on the planet. But not even some tangible silver- ware and a win over another familiar foewouldtemperthefeelingsof regret Ponting still harbours over another Ashes failure. This doesnt make up for anything, said Ponting. The Ashes is done and dusted and we werent good enough to win that series, unfortunately. We are a different group of players here now, that are focused on one day cricket. If we happen to play well and win the tournament, I think we will look back on the past five months as being a really good period in Austral- ian cricket. We have introduced a lot of guys to international cricket -- a lot of guys have got 20-30 games under their belt and10or12Testmatchesandarereally starting to find out what international cricket is all about. If you look ahead to the next 12 months I think this group of players will be taking the Australian cricket team a long way forward. We had a tough preparation but this has certainly been the best and most enjoyable Champions Trophy Ive played in. BY JAMES GOLDMAN Unbeatable: Sea The Stars glides to victory in Paris yesterday TRAINER John Oxx will let the dust settle before deciding whether or not to send all conquering Sea The Stars to America for the Breeders Cup Classic at Santa Anita in November. Sea The Stars was already assured his place in the history books as he headed to Paris ahead of yesterdays Arc, but after a stunning victory in the 4m Group One Longchamp contest, he ranks as one of the all-time greats in European racing. It was his sixth Group One success in as many months and connections will take their time before deciding whether a bid for win number seven, and a $5 million prize, is on the cards. Its wonderful that its over and a great relief, said Oxx. Hes done a lot this year and we take it race by race with him. We will let the dust settle and now is not the time to make a decision about the Breeders Cup. We will see how the horse is and then decide. To have got as far as the Arc is a lot to be thankful for. I cant see him staying in training next year, but we havent discussed it. Winning jockey Mick Kinane added: He exceptional -- hes just a phenomenal, rare horse. They were all going along at a nice pace and I knew I would need a bit of luck in the straight, no matter what happened, but I knew I had the pace to go anywhere I wanted. THE GLORY SO FAR May.......2,000 Guineas June......Derby July........Eclipse Aug.......JuddmonteInternational Sep.......Irish Champion Stakes Oct.......LArcDeTriomphe 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.html48.html49.html50.html51.html52.html53.html54.html55.html