LITESPORT London Lite Thursday, 15 October 2009 39 Froch will be easy as pie says Dirrell UNBEATEN American Andre Dirrell believes he can go all the way in the Super Six World Boxing Classic -- but insists he is focusing solely on Carl Frochs WBC super- middleweight title. The pair begin the tournament by squaring off at the Trent FM Arena in Frochs home city of Nottingham on Saturday night with Frochs prestigious belt at stake, before going through at least two more bouts in a bid to reach the Super Six semi-finals. Dirrell, a relative unknown from Detroit, said: Everybody -- including Carl Froch -- knows I am the most highly-skilled fighter of the six. I know Im in shape and that Ive worked my hardest. Im confident that will get me through Froch -- easy as pie -- and the next two as well. But my biggest focus is the WBC belt right now, Im not worried about the tournament. Ill handle this fight first and take the rest as they come. Froch, 32, responded during a heated press conference: The language has been bad, the banter has been terrible and I dont want to get involved in any of that nonsense. He knows hes in deep water on Saturday and he knows when I start connecting with the bombs hes going to be in trouble. Ive got a feeling he is going to run scared Live on Saturday, Primetime, 9.30pm. LITE&BITTER Gotanaxetogrind?Doithere... WAKEY, wakey Fabio. Time to take a Crouch, team him up with Defoe & it might not be the only double well see next year both at home AND away! Tom IF we win the World Cup I am sure charities will welcome the 400k bonus donation from John Terry! Neale, EC3 JONESY (L&B 14/10) is that all YOU can come back with? No imagination, thats your problem mate. Grow some brain cells and learn to sledge. Now, go do your homework. You know AFC are the best, you keep losing to them on Pro Evo. Ryanaldo JONESY (L&B 14/10) no, that response was spot on. The answer you are seeking is a paltry two titles. Losers! Forever in our shadow. Up the Arsenal. Top Gun, BR6 To be considered for publication, texts must be submitted with name and address or postcode. Please restrict messages to 25 WORDS. Thanks. >>Text TELLUS to 65800 followed by a space and your messageEach text costs 50p plus standard network charges >>Text LL RANT to 65400 Terms apply. See thisislondon.co.uk/lite GREAT BRITAINS Beth Tweddle will concentrate on the floor final at the Gymnastics World Championships after this disastrous fall on the uneven bars at the 02 Arena last night. The former world champion had been one of the favourites for gold but, as our pictures show, she lost her grip whle performing her trademark Tweddle move and tumbled out of the competition in 11th place. In the floor exercise the 24-year-old from Cheshire claimed the fourth highest score to progress to Sundays final. Tweddle said: Ive got a floor final to look forward to, so thats a silver lining. But Im gutted about the fall. I didnt know anything about it until I hit the floor. Its just one of those things. Last orders at the bar for fallen Beth FELIPE MASSA has been forced to backtrack on comments made about Fernando Alonso after claiming his future Ferrari team- mate knew all along about the Singapore race-fixing scandal. It is hardly an auspicious start ahead of their relationship, with Alonso recently signing a three- year deal from 2010 with Ferrari, replacing the departing Kimi Raikkonen. In a briefing with Brazilian media, Massa was clear in his remarksthatAlonsowasawareof theplotthatculminatedinNelson Piquet Jnr deliberately crashing his Renault in last years Singa- pore Grand Prix, helping the Spaniard to claim a remarkable victory. ItwastheteamandNelson,but Alonso was part of the problem, Massa is quoted as saying. He knew. We cannot know it, (but) of course he knew. Absolute certainty. Alonso has long maintained he was completely unaware of any plan and was cleared by the FIA, who handed Renault a suspended two-year lifetime ban from For- mula One following a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council. The incident resulted in Flavio BriatoreandPatSymondsresign- ing from their positions as team principal and executive director of engineering respectively. In return for his testimony, PiquetJnrwasgrantedimmunity from prosecution. Massas comments, however, naturally sparked a storm in his native Brazil ahead of Sundays grand prix at Interlagos where he will wave the chequered flag. Within hours Massa attempted toplaydownandclarifyhiswords via a statement on Ferraris web- site, although he could not deny he has underlying suspicions. WhatIvesaidistheoutcomeof a hunch Ive had and is not based on any concrete evidence, said Massa, who has previously stated he would have been world cham- pion but for the crash. The FIA World Council announcedthattherewasnoindi- cation that Fernando may have been informed of what had hap- pened and I respect this outcome. Obviously Im very disap- pointedaboutwhattranspiredlast year in Singapore. Ihavealreadysaidseveraltimes what I thought about it and now its time to close that chapter and to look to the future. What is certain is that this epi- sode will not mar in any way the relationship Ill have with Fern- a n d o w h e n w e w i l l b e teammates. Meanwhile, David Coulthard believesitsimportantthatJenson Buttonwinstheworldtitle,ahead of RubensBarrichello,inorderfor the sport to maintain its sexy image. He said: Jenson should do it. If youthinkselfishlyaboutthesport, Jenson would be better the better champion. Younger has got a bet- ter image. DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP 1. JENSONBUTTON(GB)BRAWN 85PTS 2. RUBENSBARRICHELLO(BRZ)BRAWN 71 3. SEBASTIANVETTEL(GER)REDBULL 69 4. MARKWEBBER(AUS)REDBULL 51.5 5. KIMIRAIKKONEN(FIN)FERRARI 45 6. LEWISHAMILTON(GB)MCLAREN 43 7. NICOROSBERG(GER)WILLIAMS 34.5 8. JARNOTRULLI(ITA)TOYOTA 30.5 9. FERNANDOALONSO(SP)RENAULT 26 10.TIMOGLOCK(GER)TOYOTA 24 GRANDS PRIX TO GO SUNDAY:BRAZIL,SAOPAULO 1NOV:ABUDHABI,YASMARINA Best of enemies: soon to be teammates Alonso and Massa Massa backtracks over Alonso Crashgate rowBY JAMES GOLDMAN 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