38 Friday, 16 October 2009 London Lite LITESPORT Inbrief Aussies arent over the Hil yet lAUSTRALIA today announced they are to retain Andrew Hilditch as chairman of selectors - despite their Ashes defeat last summer. Hilditchs re-engagement came on the day Cricket Australia also confirmed Michael Clarke will replace Ricky Ponting as their Twenty20 captain. Ive learnt a lot from Ricky Ponting over the last few years - and Ill continue to learn from him, Clarke predicted. Phillies get off to a flying start lRAUL IBANEZ hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-6 in game one of baseballs National League Championship Series. The reigning World Series champions were under pressure, but Ibanez duly stepped to the plate and powered a home run to right field. lGame two live on ESPN America at 9pm followed by LA Angels v Yankees. Quins keep up with the Jones lHARLEQUINS have signed Leeds Rhinos academy player Ben Jones on a one-year contract. The 21-year-old will be reunited at the Twickenham Stoop with his old Leeds academy team-mates Luke Gale and Ben Kaye. Harlequins have a great reputation for developing young players into Super League players, said Jones. Im really excited about moving to London and cant wait to get started. Froch will leave Dirrell in Notts lCARL FROCH has dismissed the threat of American Andre Dirrell ahead of their Super Six clash in Nottingham tomorrow. Either Froch, Britains WBC super- middleweight champion, or Dirrell will taste defeat for the first time. Froch, the 32-year-old unbeaten in 25 fights, said: Dirrells speed is not a problem. Its all about distance and timing. Jermain Taylor was a very fast fighter, and look what happened to him. Molinari leaves McIlroy trailing lFRANCESCO MOLINARI continued to produce stunning golf at the Portugal Masters in sunny Vilamoura today -- and Order of Merit leader Rory McIlroy was among those battling to stay in touch. Italian Molinari, 26, had equalled the lowest round of his European Tour career with an opening nine-under-par 63 -- and he went around the first nine in 31 this morning, threatening the best 36-hole total of his career. wEbbER wONT MARK WEBBER gave Jenson But- tons world title challenge a signifi- cant boost last night when he announced he would not be helping his Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettels desperate quest for victory in Brazil on Sunday. Speaking ahead of the opening practice sessions at the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo, Webber was asked if he would obey team orders to help Vettel. He said simply: I doubt it. The straight-talking Australian, who lives in Buckinghamshire, then went on to explain why he wanted Britains Button to win the title, while making no mention of his Ger- man rival. Webber, 33, said: Theres no one else who deserves the championship more than Jenson. Hes won more races than anyone. Hes done a lot of overtaking, the other guys havent done that. Hes done a lot to get himself out of stickysituationstokeephischam- pionshipalive,andIdontthinkother people have done that. Is Jenson the best driver in the field? Thats another question. Is he the best driver? Was Damon Hill the best driver in 1996? The car is a very powerful factor. But is Jenson going to win the championshipandwillhedeserveit? Yes. The apparent rift between the two Red Bull drivers is just what Button is after -- the Englishman will have his hands full dealing with his own team-mate and nearest rival Rubens Barrichello, But Vettel will be deter- minedtomaintainhisownchallenge following his dominating drive from pole position to the chequered flag in Japan a fortnight ago. That timely victory took the 22- year-old German sensation to within 16 points of championship leader Button with a maximum of 20 to be won this weekend and at the season by neal collins Now team orders are dismissed as a load of Red Bull The world title, then the Hollywood movie JENSON BUTTON wants to win the world title in Brazil on Sunday, then make a Hollywood movie about Brawn GPs incredible story this season. The team that was on the scrapheap just 10 months ago after Honda pulled out of Formula One need a mere half a point from the final two races to take the constructors title. As he walked the track with team boss Ross Brawn, championship leader Button said: The team went through a lot over the winter. It was not just whether they could compete, it was whether people had a job that could pay for their kids school and what have you. It was a very difficult situation, and I think a lot of them found it very tough, but they had good leadership. Thats what counted and it gave them hope, a positive outlook for the future. In the end we got the deal done and we were able to go racing. When everyone saw the car drive for the first time in Barcelona they were very surprised by the pace of it. Ross Brawn has achieved so much in this sport, but to win a championship with his own team will be far greater than what hes achieved in the past. Its an amazing story, a Hollywood movie for sure -- if it happens. Grin and win it: Ross Brawn and Jenson Button walk the Interlagos circuit yesterday by harry lane Outsider Vettel raises The contenders: Vettel, Button and Barrichello are the last three standing 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