LITESPORT London Lite Friday, 23 October 2009 43 Inbrief Leinster defend banned Shane lLEINSTER are mystified by the decision to reject Shane Jennings appeal against his 12-week ban. The Ireland flanker was issued the ban for making contact with the eye area of Nick Kennedy in Leinsters Heineken Cup defeat by London Irish on 9 October. We are mystified by the decision and the whole process because we still maintain that Shane wasnt guilty of anything, said coach Michael Cheika. Bag man tied with Olazabal lJOSE MARIA OLAZABAL found himself in a tie with his former caddie when the Castello Masters resumed in Spain today. Olazabal and Italian Emanuele Canonica, who carried his bag in this years Masters, were both on six under par, two behind Sergio Garcia. Masters champion Angel Cabrera, was disqualified after failing to make it in time from the 36-hole Grand Slam for this years major winners in Bermuda. Hopley wants players to rest lTHE Rugby Players Association hope compulsory rest periods for all players during the season will be introduced by Premier Rugby. RPA chief executive Damian Hopley is concerned by the burden being placed on players with many clubs forced to trim their squads because of the bleak financial climate. We want to identify a solution that can ensure player welfare remains the primary concern for everyone, he said. Todt succeeds outgoing Max lJEAN TODT will succeed Max Mosley as the new head of motorsports world governing body, the FIA, after winning the presidential election in Paris. The former Ferrari team boss claimed the majority of the 221 votes cast to defeat his Finnish rival Ari Vatanen. Todt, 63, was the favourite to win the vote after being backed by Mosley abd F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone. Angels keeping Yankees at bay lTHE Los Angeles Angels withstood a late fightback by the New York Yankees to post a 7-6 triumph in game five and keep alive the best-of-seven American League Championship Series. The Yankees could have ensured a World Series return against the Philadelphia Phillies but the hosts had other ideas and secured the win which reduced their deficit to 3-2. lGame six, Sunday, ESPN America, 1am Never mind the Boks, I want to win Ashes again! ItlooksallDonand dustedasSilverstone comestotherescue ENGLAND off-spinner Graeme Swann handed South Africa the ultimate slap-in- the-face last night -- insisting beating them this Christmas is just a preliminary for another crack at The Ashes. Swann, 30, leaves for Johannesburg next week saying: Youre meant to say youre focusing on the next match but I darent look further than the next 18 months. I want to keep performing and doing well, hopefully winning in South Africa, because to be in the team with the chance to retain the Ashes over there really whets my appetite. South Africa have been billed by some as a tougher test than Australia, but Swann insists the Ashes is the all-impor- tant series. His only regret is not being allowed to celebrate properly after victory at The Oval won the little urn back. For an Englishman, Australia home or away is the best challenge there is -- you growupwantingtoplayintheAshes.They still have the best player in the world in Ricky Ponting, and Michael Clarke wasnt far behind him in the summer. In 2005 they deservedly got drunk for two days. That is how it should have been. Their results over the next 18 months had nothing to do with that whatsover. There were injuries and a few diminishing play- ers at the end of their careers. We didnt get the chance to celebrate the Ashes, we werent almost allowed to celebratebecauseitwassuchapublic-rela- tions thing. Im wondering what we have to do to start celebrating. Swannadmitshiscareercouldhavebeen over after he was dropped by Duncan Fletcher nine years ago. He said: I didnt even want to play cricket. I wanted to give up and become a hack. I couldnt imagine playing for England again. lGET your mates in one place and you could win a 36,000 experience of a lifetime with Vodafone 360. Swannyg66 and Nealcol on AdidASolymPic2012 ShirtSuPforGrAbS With only 1000 days to go until the london 2012 olympic Games, official Sportswear partner, adidas, has teamed up with litESPort to offer six lucky winners the chance to win a limited Edition 1,000 days to Go olympic pictogram t-Shirt. Each of the pictograms represent a different sporting discipline at the Games. for the chance to win, simply answer the following question: How many gold medals did Team GB win at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games? a) 19 b) 5 c) 1 text LL SPORT with your answer, name and a number where you can be reached to 65400. (texts cost 50p plus standard network charges). or, e-mail us at and leave the same details (please specify adidas in the subject field). All entries to be received by 9am tomorrow. Entrants must be over 18 (only one entry per person). usual rules apply. Winners will be chosen at random. the editors decision is final. DONINGTON Parks hopes of staging next years British Grand Prix appear to have finally collapsed. Nine days ago circuit chiefs issued a last-ditch plea to potential investors to help raise the money required to stage the race, due to be held on 11 July. Donington Holdings PLC, the parent company of Donington Ventures Leisure Limited run by CEO Simon Gillett, said they were looking to secure 135m through the issue of high- yield bonds. But according to reports on BBC Radio 5 Live, and quoting unnamed banking sources, it has been suggested the bond issue has now been withdrawn. The withdrawal of the bond would appear to leave Gilletts dream in tatters, and now one of two options lies open to Ecclestone. Either the 78-year-old steps in to save Donington by putting up the money himself or, as is more likely, he will thrash out a deal with Silverstone, the home of the race for the last 23 years. However, Damon Hill, president of the British Racing Drivers Club which owns Silverstone, has stated the circuit is only interested in a similar 17-year contract to Donington, Coming over the Hill: Damon Hill wants Silverstone to host the British Grand Prix by james goldman NOV1:ENGlANdSquAdArrivE. NOV6:PrESidENtSXi,bloEmfoNtEiN NOV8:PrESidENtSXi,KimbErlEy NOV10:SAfricAA,20/20bloEmfoNtEiN NOV13:firSt20/20,JohANNESburG NOV15:SEcoNd20/20,JohANNESburG NOV17:SouthAfricAA-50-ovErS,PotchEfStroom NOV20:1Stodi,JohANNESburG NOV22:2Nd odi,cENturioN NOV27:3rdodi,cAPEtoWN NOV29:4thodi,PortElizAbEth DEc4:5thodi,durbAN DEc9-10:SAAirWAySXi,tourmAtch,EAStloNdoN DEc11-12:SAAirWAySXi,tourmAtch,EAStloNdoN DEc16-20:1SttESt,cENturioN DEc26-30:2NdtESt,durbAN JaN3-7,2010:3rdtESt,cAPEtoWN JaN14-18:4thtESt,JohANNESburG JaN19:ENGlANdSquAddEPArt south africa tourby neal collins Leaving South Africa in the shades: England spinner Graeme Swann 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.html44.html45.html46.html47.html