JENSON BUTTON will issue a personal thank-you to the entire Brawn GP workforce tomorrow after being crowned Formula One world cham- pion. Button is to visit the teams factory in Brackley when the mood will be in stark contrast to the one he experienced just over 10 months ago. On that occasion it was the dayafterHondahadannounced they were pulling out of the sport and the 29-year-old believed he would not be com- peting this season. The rest, as they say, is his- tory, with Button and Brawn completing one of the most stunning transformations in F1 history. It is why his gratitude will know no bounds tomorrow afterhisfifthplaceinSundays Brazilian Grand Prix was enough to give him the title. I saw pretty much everyone at the party we held that night, said Button. It was nice to see them, but it was quite busy and I couldnt con- gratulate them in the way I wanted to. Its always difficult in a nightclub to speak to people because its so loud and theres so much going on. Everyones celebrating but you cant feel the emotion together. So Im at the factory tomor- rowandImsoexcitedaboutit. Im doing some work in the simulator ahead of the race in Abu Dhabi. But mostly it is to see every- onethatmadethishappen,that put this together, spending the day with those people and that will be a special time for me. Button was greeted by fans and banks of photographers when he visited the Bluewater shoppingcentreinKentearlier today,wherehewastakingpart in a promotional event for Virgin Media. The Grand Prix star, dubbed the Frome Flyer, flashed a number one sign with his fin- ger in front of a gleaming Mercedes. In reflecting on his champi- onship triumph, Button was able to assess just how his life hadturnedaroundfromearlier in his career. Then he was renowned as a playboy, and he readily con- cedes now that at the age of 20, he arrived in the sport too soon. Now, he still has friends and family around him at grandsprix,buthehasbecome totally focused on his career over the years the absence of his girlfriend Jessica Michi- batafromSaoPauloonSunday speaks volumes. The two are expected to meet up at the end of this week for the first time since the weekends emotional triumph. As I youngster I used to think about winning the title, I didnt think about the future because you dont, remarked Button. Youre a competitive person, so you just think about winning there and then in that category. For the last four or five years Ive been training Ive been thinking about how it would feel to cross the finish- ing line and to take the cheq- uered flag in a race knowing youareworldchampion.Thats what has spurred me on. win over European champions Leinster, the Scarlets defeat came as a shock and a successful Leicester revenge mission could prove key to the season. Toby Booth, the Irish director of rugby, said: Declan is having a scan on his knee and it looks like ligament damage. Steffon will be back against Leicester and, once again, in the firing line and there is no question that we missed him against the Scarlets. 28 Tuesday, 20 October 2009 London Lite Inbrief Leicestershires Hoggard offer lLEICESTERSHIRE have offered former England seamer Matthew Hoggard a three-year contract. The 32-year-old is seeking a new county after he was released by Yorkshire last week and Leicestershire have moved quickly with their senior coach Tim Boon and chief executive David Smith meeting Hoggard yesterday. We are in the ball park financially, Smith said, I think we would say we are hopeful. Angels hit back after 3-0 hell lJEFF MATHIS struck a two-out double in the 11th inning as the Los Angeles Angels came back from 3-0 down to edge the New York Yankees 5-4. The dramatic comback reduces their deficit in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series to 2-1 and ended the Yankees perfect post-season record. The series continues in Los Angeles tonight. lGame four live: ESPN America, 0.30am Hingis rejects tennis return lMARTINA HINGIS will not join fellow former world number one players Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin in making a comeback. No, no, no, sure, the 29-year-old Swiss told LEquipe when asked whether she planned another comeback. You cant just snap your fingers and say lets go and play the Australian Open. She was handed a two-year ban from October 2007 after testing positive for cocaine at Wimbledon. Lion Peacock struts his stuff lENGLAND skipper Jamie Peacock is confident his side can turn the tables on Australia and New Zealand in the Gillette Four Nations series. Peacocks men were humbled in Australia last year, losing to the Kangaroos and suffering back-to-back defeats by eventual champions New Zealand. Now on home soil, he said: I would imagine it is more difficult touring in this country than in Australia. Broncos launch a Royal charge lTHE Denver Broncos continued their unbeaten start to the new NFL season with a 34-23 victory at division rivals the San Diego Chargers on Monday night to move to 6-0 for the campaign. Eddie Royal became only the 11th player in NFL history to return a kick-off and a punt for touchdowns in the same game as his team snapped a three-game losing streak in San Diego and opened a three-and-a- half-game lead in the AFC West. wiN four NAtioNS ruGby tickEtS wE are giving two lucky readers the chance to Get in the Game with the Gillette four Nations rugby League competition. weve got four tickets for each winner to see the first clash of the tournament, with Australia taking on New Zealand at the twickenham Stoop Stadium. 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Now Exiles lose Danaher with Leicester showdown looming LITESPORT DECLAN DANAHER sent London Irish spiralling into an even deeper gloom last night when it was revealed he suffered damaged knee ligaments in Saturdays Heineken Cup defeat against Llanelli Scarlets. Flanker Danaher, 29, who scored a try but failed to prevent a devastating 27-25 defeat at the Madejski Stadium, will be out for at least a month. With Leicester -- who pipped the Exiles 10-9 in last years Guinness Premiership play-off final -- arriving in Reading on Saturday, London Irish boss Toby Booth will be hoping the return of rested England flanker Steffon Armitage will raise spirits. 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