LITESPORT 38 Wednesday, 21 October 2009 London Lite Inbrief Kent wont be signing Hoggy KENT are not in the race to sign out-of-contract Yorkshire seamer Matthew Hoggard. The newly-promoted county had been in contact with the former England right-armer, 32, who has already been offered a three-year deal by Leicestershire. Kent head coach Paul Farbrace said: We have been talking to a few players already about next season, but nobody is jumping off the page at moment. Champ Rossi in switch to rally MOTOGP world champion Valentino Rossi will drive a Ford Focus in Marchs Mexico Rally in the World Rally Championship. It is the last chance to race in WRC before new rules in 2011. I cant let the opportunity escape me, Rossi said. The 30-year-old, who can win his ninth MotoGP title at the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend, has raced in the British and New Zealand rallies and could switch to four wheels permanently. Williams hopes to be Quins in HARLEQUINS prop forward Dave Williams has signed a new contract for 2010 and set himself the target of establishing himself in the Super League team. The 22-year-old Londoner joined Harlequins at the age of 15 and was awarded a squad number this year, although injury restricted him to a solitary senior appearance. He said: I struggled with injuries last season but now Im raring to go. Brendon backs Test showdown NEW ZEALANDS Brendon McCullum is in favour of the proposed annual Test cricket championship which would see the top eight Test nations play every November with the top four going onto semi-finals and finals the following September. McCullum, aware of the threat posed by Twenty20, said: It would be good to see some increased status around the Test matches otherwise it could be in danger. Yankees hand out a thrashing THE New York Yankees thrashed the LA Angels 10-1 to establish a 3-1 lead in baseballs American League Championship Series. The Angels reduced their overall deficit to 2-1 with a 5-4 win on Monday night but Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run homer as the Yankees ran riot to move within one game of the World Series. Live tonight at 1am: Philadelphia v LA Dodgers, National League series, game five on ESPN America. Phillies lead 3-1. Terminator Tim offers England Payne relief Oi, mind my knee: Tim Payne in action against Gloucester last season -- hell be hoping to avoid injury against the same opposition for London Wasps on Saturday ENGLAND boss Martin John- son has a major headache before the autumn interna- tionals--butTimPaynerelief is at hand. With Wasps team-mate Phil Vickery (neck), Sale giant Andrew Sheridan (shoulder) and hooker Lee Mears (knee) all out of the England front row next month, Payne has announced himself fit to win his 13th cap against Australia on 7 November. Payne just has to avoid prob- lems against Gloucester on Saturday -- which is no mean feat the way things are going -- to take his place in John- s on s E n g l a nd s ide at Twickenham. Payne, 30, says: Losing Vicks and Sheri is a major blow but I want to stamp my mark during these Tests and show everyone I can do a job. I would love to play in the Six Nations and the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand. I want to hang on in there . I know Australia will be tough and we want to make it hard for them to get anywhere near us. SincecomingtoLondonfrom Cardiff six years ago, Payne has steadily built his reputa- tion while helping Wasps becomeEnglishandEuropean champions. He can play both sides of the scrum -- an art in itself -- but prefers the No1 jersey that Sheridan has regularly filled at Test level. Payne, who was called up by the Lions as cover for Sheridan in the summer, hopes the attributes he has developed at Wasps will keep him in the squad long term. He said: Myself and Sheri are different players and eve- ryone knows he destroyed Australia in the 2007 World Cup. My game is all about work-rate. When I first arrived at Wasps, Warren Gatland said that they wanted me to concentrate on the basics at scrum, line-out and hitting rucks. Anything after that is a bonus. If I get my basics right then everything else will follow. I do feel comfortable in the England squad and I know Sheri is first choice. I have got my head down and worked hard because if you start moping about you will give off negativity. I know Sheri is where he is because he is a great player and I want to push him hard along with other loose-head props. Sheridan and Vickery are among12menfromEnglands 32-strong Elite Player Squad to have been hit by injury. So deep are the problems that, on M ond ay, Jo h n s on w i l l announce a revised squad list for the three Tests. BY NEAL COLLINS NOV7 ENGLANDVAUSTRALIA NOV14 ENGLANDVARGENTINA NOV21 ENGLANDVNEWZEALAND AllgamesareatTwickenhamand kick-offat2.30pm,liveonSkySports2 AUTUMN FIXTURES Pain in the neck: England captain Phil Vickery is out for three months England Payne relief hopes the attributes he has developed at Wasps will keep him in the squad long term. He said: Myself and Sheri are different players and eve- ryone knows he destroyed Australia in the 2007 World Cup. My game is all about When I first arrived at Wasps, Warren Gatland said that they wanted me to concentrate on the basics at scrum, line-out and hitting rucks. Anything after that is a bonus. If I get my basics right then everything else will follow. I do feel comfortable in the hard because if you start moping about you will give off negativity. I know Sheri is where he is because he is a great player and I want to push him hard along with other loose-head props. Sheridan and Vickery are among12menfromEnglands 32-strong Elite Player Squad to have been hit by injury. So deep are the problems that, on M ond ay, Jo h n s on w i l l announce a revised squad list for the three Tests. ENGLANDVAUSTRALIA ENGLANDVARGENTINA ENGLANDVNEWZEALAND AllgamesareatTwickenhamand kick-offat2.30pm,liveonSkySports2 AUTUMN FIXTURES Pain in the neck: England captain Phil Vickery is out for three months WIN TICKETS TO SEE HIGH-FLYING SARACENS TAKE ON LEEDS THIS SUNDAY THIS weekend, Guinness will be bringing the Guinness Premiership to life by offering you the chance to be at the match between Saracens and Leeds Carnegie at Vicarage Road on Sunday (kick-off: 3pm). With top-of-the-table Saracens off to a flying start and looking for their sixth win in a row and Leeds fighting hard to record their first victory since returning to the top flight, this should be a great match. 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