LITESPORT 36 Tuesday, 13 October 2009 London Lite Sam says Monty can be the ace in his pack SAM TORRANCE believes the fact Colin Montgomerie is still playing against the best golfers in the world will boost Europes chances of success at next years Ryder Cup. Monty who will be up against US captain Corey Pavin at Celtic Manor next year has played in 22 tournaments this season Strong-arm Louis in world title bid at 02 LOUIS SMITH is wary of the threat posed by British rival Daniel Keatings at Londons Gymnastics World Championships this week. The Olympic bronze medallist from Beijing will go head-to- head with fellow Huntingdon club gymnast Keatings on the pommel horse at the O2 Arena which is also hosting the gymnastics at London 2012. The 20-year-old from Peterborough finished third in Beijing with Keatings a creditable 20th. Dan is a good competitor but this is an individual competition, said Smith. I wish him all the best but I hope he doesnt do too well. The arenas spectacular and amazing. It is one of the best Ive been in across the world. FOR tickets 020 7462 1571 or Ready to hand out a pommeling: Beijing Olympic bronze medallist Louis Smith alone and Torrance believes his regular appearances on the Tour will enable him to bond with other players. He will be a very good captain and is still on the Tour, said Torrance. That is imperative I think When I was captain I was still on Tour and playing with them week in, week out. You can create a bond and camaraderie with the others. Things like that are very important. Paving the way: Monty and Pavin Borthwick set for Wilko comeback Sarries captain good to go on Thursday Inbrief Belgian cyclist dies, aged 34 BELGIAN cyclist Frank Vandenbroucke died yesterday in Senegal at the age of 34 . The Belgian media suggest he suffered a pulmonary embolism. His former coach Jose De Cauwer said: Frank was a super talent, yet difficult to coach. Now this happens, at the age of 34. This is much too young. He won 54 races but called time on his career this season after drug problems and allegations. Leicestershire in Hoggy link LEICESTERSHIRE are hoping to hold talks with former England bowler Matthew Hoggard after his Yorkshire career came to an acrimonious end yesterday. Foxes chief executive David Smith said: We havent spoken to him yet but we do want to talk to him. He is a player I have asked our head coach Tim Boon to try and speak to. He is a player of the calibre we are interested in. Oram bows out of Test cricket NEW ZEALAND all-rounder Jacob Oram has announced his retirement from Test cricket but will continue to represent his country in the shorter forms of the game. The 31-year-old has been plagued by injuries during his career and believes stepping away from the Test arena will allow him to prolong his stay at the top. My body cannot handle the strains and stresses that come with being an all-rounder, he said. Younus Khant take any more YOUNUS KHAN has quit as skipper of the Pakistan cricket team but the Pakistan Cricket Board have refused accept his resignation, according to reports. Pakistan were accused by a Parliamentary committee of deliberately losing to Australia in their final Champions Trophy group game to ensure India would not join them in the semi-finals. Younus has denied the allegations, as has team coach Intikhab Alam. Chicago douse Calgary Flames THE Chicago Blackhawks posted one of the greatest comebacks in NHL history as they rallied from five goals down to claim a 6-5 overtime win against the Calgary Flames at the United Center. The Blackhawks shipped five goals in just five first-period minutes John Madden pulled one back with two minutes and Brent Seabrook was the man who delivered the killer blow in the added period as he found the net after 26 seconds. ENGLAND captain Steve Borthwick will lead Premier- ship leaders Saracens out at Toulon on Thursday insist- ing: I am good to go. Borthwick admitted yester- day he had feared a career- threatening injury after being kicked in the eye by Gloucester hooker Olivier Azam on 27 September. The 6ft 6in lock spent ago- nisinghoursattheMoorfields Eye Hospital before he was eventually cleared of any seriousdamageonhiseyeball and his eye-socket. Azam was suspended for 12 weeksafterpleadingguiltyto kicking an opponent but he has lodged an appeal, to be heard tomorrow night. Borthwicks eye is still bloodshot but he is desperate to be back in action and will play in Thursday nights Amlin Challenge Cup trip to Jonny Wilkinsons Toulon. I am good to go. It has healed really well, said Borthwick, 30. It was a nervous time. The eye swelled shut immediately soIcouldntseeanythingand it had taken a bang so it was numb and I couldnt feel any- thing. I was very alarmed by it. I spent that night in hospi- tal and they told me as early as possible that everything was okay. Theysaidtheeyeballitself was healthy but they had surgery booked for the next day because they were 95 percent certain I had a fracture. Thankfully the next morn- ing when they did more tests they said there was no frac- ture and that the eye just needed to heal. Ittookseveraldaystoopen up but I have got my vision back and as a rugby player I am desperate to play so I am really looking forward to get- ting back involved. Borthwickfiredsomechoice words to Azam as he left the field at Vicarage Road after the incident. The pair have spoken briefly since then but Borth- wick would not comment further because of the F renchmans pending appeal. The original disciplinary panel accepted Azams claim that he had lashed out with his right leg in an attempt to free his left ankle, which was being twisted at the bottom of a ruck. 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