LITESPORT Inbrief Superbikes off to Brands Hatch l THE Brands Hatch circuit in Kent is to stage the opening round of the 2010 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship. The shorter Brands Hatch Indy circuit will be used for the opening round on Easter Monday, 5 April, and the final round will be at Oulton Park in Cheshire on 10 October. The series returns to Brands Hatch on 8 August when the longer Grand Prix circuit will be used. Ray downed by a Power surge lPHIL TAYLOR came from 2-0 down to beat Raymond van Barneveld in the final of Skybet World Grand Prix in Dublin last night. Reigning champion Taylor started slowly and kept fluffing his doubles as his old rival opened up an early lead. But the Englishman fought back to win five successive sets, before eventually prevailing 6-3 for the ninth Grand Prix title of his world- beating career. Ferrariadamant no Mas no Mas lFERRARI have confirmed Felipe Massa will not return to Formula One this season. The Brazilian has been sidelined since fracturing his skull in an incident in qualifying for Julys Hungarian Grand Prix. Having retained a hope of being fit to take part in the season finale in Abu Dhabi on 1 November, the 28-year-old admitted last week his chances of returning this season were very, very low. And Ferrari have now ruled it out completely. Patently hes the best about lTHE Indianapolis Colts became the fourth team to reach 5-0 for the season as Peyton Manning threw more than 300 yards for the fifth consecutive game in a comfortable 31-9 road victory at the Tennessee Titans. Manning threw three touchdown passes, two of them to rookie Austin Collie, and racked up 309 yards as the Colts consigned last years AFC South champions to a fifth straight defeat this season. Malinga to join up with Monty lLASITH MALINGA has signed for the Highveld Lions after agreeing to a short-term contract with the South African franchise. The Sri Lanka fast bowler will follow England spinner Monty Panesar to the Johannesburg team and is set to play in the Standard Bank Pro20 competition from February next year. Playing cricket in South Africa is always a challenge, and I hope the experience will make me a better cricketer, said Malinga. London Lite Monday, 12 October 2009 39 Murray loses his No3 spot ANDY MURRAY dropped down to World No4 today after arch-rival Novak Djokovic regained the No3 spot by winning the China Open. Djokovic claimed his third ATP tour title of the year with a 6-2, 7-6 victory over Marin Cilic, who had beaten Nikolay Davydenko and top seed Rafael Nadal on his way to the final in Beijing. Murray opted to miss the Japan and China Opens to given his left wrist injury more time to heal. Murray is planning to return to the tour for the Valencia Open, which starts on 2 November. Lachlanlacksnothingoncouragefront WASPS Australian full-back Lachlan Mitchell bounced back from last weeks emergency trip to Stoke Mandeville hospital to help set up an 18-13 Amlin Challenge Cup win over Racing- Metro at Adams Park yesterday. Mitchell was rushed off in an ambulance when he injured his neck against Northampton. Then the 22-year-old took another dizzying blow against the French early in yesterdays clash. But he went on to play a full part in a victory which saw Dave Walder kick all 18 points. With the Italian job to come in Roma next weekend, Mitchell said: My first touch ended with me feeling a sparko. I did feel dizzy for a short time and then it cleared up. Mark van Gisbergen is fit to return and I really wanted to do well and get the chance to play in Rome. That was a motivation to put in a good show. Young hooker Tom Lindsay needed a stretcher to remove him from the contest and has suffered suspected ligament damage just days after the club captain Tom Rees, fly-half Danny Cipriani and hooker Rob Webber are all facing sustained periods out of the game with injury. lSARACENS, the Premiership leaders, got their Challenge Cup campaign off to a winning start against Rovigo at Watford, winning 36-12. Young outside half Jake Sharp, 18, marked his debut with three penalties, a drop-goal and conversion. Derick Hougaard also added a conversion. Kevin Sorrell, Don Barrell, Michael Horak and Rodd Penney scored tries for the home side. They play Jonny Wilkinsons Toulon at Stade Felix-Mayol next on Thursday night. pool three P W D L F A Pts SaracenS 1 1 0 0 36 12 5 touLon 1 1 0 0 33 17 4 CAstres 1 0 0 1 17 33 0 rovigo 1 0 0 1 12 36 0 pool four P W D L F A Pts BAyonne 1 1 0 0 61 3 5 WaSpS 1 1 0 0 18 13 4 rACing Metro 1 0 0 1 13 18 1 rugBy roMA 1 0 0 1 3 61 0 by harry lane Pain is no barrier: Lachlan Mitchell takes a hit from a pair of Racing-Metro tacklers at Adams Park yesterday AUSTRALIAN Neil Robertson clinched the Grand Prix trophy in Glasgow with a 9-4 win over Chinas Ding Junhui. His fourth title makes Robertson the most successful player from outside the British Isles in ranking tournaments. In an initially tight battle, he was 2-0 up after a 124 in the opener, then Ding led 3-2 with knocks of 80 and 112. Robertson levelled with 108 in the sixth and at 4-4 took an epic 58-minute ninth to edge ahead, before winning five straight frames. After sealing his fourth title and rising to three in the provisional rankings, Robertson said: Its incredible. The way I played in the semi (against John Higgins) was probably the first time I have produced the top level on TV. It was always going to be tough sustaining that in the final. Yesterdays clash was the first ranking final between two overseas players since 1985. Robertsonfinishesinbaizeof gloryafterDing-dongbattle Aint life Grand: Neil Robertson by geoff teather 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.html