LITESPORT London Lite Monday, 19 October 2009 43 HAVE THAT PAY RISEBREAKING NEWS... Republicface Frenchexam THE Republic of Ireland were handed a tough draw for their World Cup play-off today when they were paired with France. The Irish are at home for the first leg on 14 November and travel to Paris four days later. The last time the two sides met was in a World Cup qualifier in September 2005 when the French won 1-0 courtesy of a Thierry Henry goal. The full draw for the European zone is: Republic of Ireland v France; Portugal v Bosnia; Greece v Ukraine and Russia v Slovenia. HAMMERS ALERTED BY BOWE BELLS: PAGE 40 On top of the world: Jenson Button kisses boss Ross Brawn, left, hugs his father, above left, and is congratulated by reigning champ Lewis Hamilton, above. Meanwhile Jarno Trulli and Adrian Sutil were fined 6,000 for fighting after their first-lap crash, left, and Kimi Raikkonen raced on after bursting into flames, below DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP 1. JENSONBUTTON(GB)BRAWN 89PTS 2. SEBASTIANVETTEL(GER)REDBULL 74 3. RUBENSBARRICHELLO(BRZ)BRAWN 72 4. MARKWEBBER(AUS)REDBULL 61.5 5. LEWISHAMILTON(GB)MCLAREN 49 6. KIMIRAIKKONEN(FIN)FERRARI 48 7. NICOROSBERG(GER)WILLIAMS 34.5 8. JARNOTRULLI(ITA)TOYOTA 30.5 9. FERNANDOALONSO(SP)RENAULT 26 10. TIMOGLOCK(GER)TOYOTA 24 CONSTRUCTORS TITLE 1.BRAWN-MERCEDES 161PTS 2.REDBULL-RENAULT 135.5 3.MCLAREN-MERCEDES 71 4.FERRARI 70 5.TOYOTA 54.5 6.WILLIAMS-TOYOTA 34.5 7.BMWSAUBER 32 8.RENAULT 26 9.FORCEINDIA-MERCEDES 13 10.TOROROSSO-FERRARI 7 FINAL GRAND PRIX 1NOVEMBER:ABUDHABI,YASMARINA Westwood keeps his eyes on major prizes LEE WESTWOOD is back in the habit of winning and he has no intention of shedding it. A two-stroke victory over Italian Francesco Molinari at the Portugal Masters ended more than two years without success for the 36- year-old. In that time Westwood has gone agonisingly close to victory in the US Open and Open, been beaten in three play-offs and had an amazing 26 top-10 finishes. Now he is back up to fifth in the world -- only one off his highest ever position eight years ago -- and wants to keep on climbing. Winning is definitely a habit and I got out of the habit, he said afterwards. It was nice to finish it off -- you never know when the next win is going to come and you start to question yourself. You always slightly doubt yourself in the back of your mind. Englands Sheridan out for four months ENGLAND prop Andrew Sheridan will miss the autumn internationals after being ruled out for four months with a shoulder injury. Sheridan sustained the damage when a scrum collapsed during Sales Heineken Cup victory over Cardiff Blues on Friday night. The 29-year-old Lions prop will undergo a full reconstruction of his left shoulder on Wednesday. News of his setback comes as Nick Easter today warned the brutal rugby being played in Europe could seriously hamper Englands team selection ahead of the forthcoming Tests against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand. Easter, who needed nine stitches to repair a head wound in Harlequins recent Guinness Premiership win over Bath, has already seen nearly a dozen of his fellow England senior squad members hit by injury, even though the new season is only six weeks old. The Quins No8 said: Rugby at the moment is a brutal game. It is taking its toll on the players and the injuries seem to have just followed on from the problems the Lions had in South Africa in the summer. Easter returned to action on Saturday alongside fellow Test stars Ugo Monye and Danny Care, but could not stop the London club losing 23-19 to Toulouse. BY GEOFF TEATHER Big miss: Sheridan blow for internationals Buttons title triumph overshadowed Australian Mark Webbers second vic- tory of the season for Red Bull. Lewis Hamilton, who now relinquishes his crown,finishedthirdafterstarting17th on the grid. Fergie finally gets charged SIR ALEX FERGUSON has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association for his remarks about referee Alan Wileys fitness. The Manchester United manager has already apologised to Wiley but that has not saved him from an FA charge. He now has two weeks to respond and can request a personal hearing if he wishes. Ferguson (right) made his comments following Uniteds 2-2 draw with Sunderland at Old Trafford on 3 October. He accused Wiley of not being fit enough for a game of that standard and accused him of walking up the pitch for the second goal needing a rest. In his subsequent apology, Ferguson said: I would wish it to be noted that I have always respected Mr Wileys integrity. 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