LITESPORT Nick as a parrot: Easter limps off for London Lite Monday, 26 October 2009 39 Inbrief American Arnot lands 2012 role lLONDON 2012 have appointed Doug Arnot, one of the key figures in Salt Lake Citys staging of the 2002 Winter Olympics, as their director of games operations. Arnot has also worked for the USAs hosting of the football World Cup at 1994 and was chief executive of USA Rugby. Arnot said: Joining LOCOG is another fantastic chapter in my life and I cannot wait to get started. London 2012 is a unique challenge. Problems stack up for Gatland lWALES will be without two Lions scrum-halves for their opening autumn Test against New Zealand on 7 November. An ankle injury has sidelined Mike Phillips for the entire four-game programme, and Wales coach Warren Gatland is also minus Dwayne Peel due to release regulations. Gatland said: We will have Dwayne to train with us for three days in Test week, but that he will have to go back to Manchester on matchday. Sheridans out of Six Nations lENGLAND prop Andrew Sheridan is almost certain to miss the entire Six Nations, according to one of the UKs leading orthopaedic surgeons. Sheridan, 29, was ruled out for four months by his club Sale, after it was revealed he required a full reconstruction of his left shoulder. But Simon Moyes, who works at the Wellington Hospital, said: I would expect Andrew to be out for at least six months. Aussies struck by injury fears lPACEMEN Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson are both doubts for Australias second ODI against India in Nagpur on Wednesday. Strike bowler Lee bowled only six overs in the opening four-run win at Vadodara yesterday. After a scan on his sore elbow, Lee -- like Johnson, who has an ankle problem -- will be reassessed. All-rounder James Hopes also had a scan -- on a hamstring strain -- and is definitely out. Yankees set for World Series lTHE NEW YORK YANKEES beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 on Sunday to clinch a return to the World Series. Andy Pettitte set a post-season record with his 16th win as the Yankees took an unassailable 4-2 lead in the series and claimed a 40th AL pennant. Pettitte restricted the Angels to one run and seven hits, and struck out six in 6 1/3 innings to send the Yankees to the World Series for the first time since 2003. Sick of injury crises? You and me Borth!Noroomforself-pity, roarsEnglandcaptain Big four avoid early clash in Match Play THE top four players on the European Tour money list have all avoided each other in the draw for the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Spain this week. For the first time in a history dating back to 1964 -- and always previously played at Wentworth -- the event starts with a group stage. Decided by the world rankings, current Race to Dubai leader Lee Westwood is seeded second. Paul Casey, back after tearing a torn rib muscle, is seeded No1 while German Martin Kaymer and Northern Irelands Rory McIlroy, are the fifth and sixth seeds. Kaymer, second in the Castello Masters yesterday after his comeback from a go-karting injury, tackles Spains Sergio Garcia, Aussie Robert Allenby and Englands Oliver Wilson. All group matches at Finca Cortesin near Marbella are to be played to the 18th green, while the semi-finals on Saturday and final on Sunday are over 36 holes. Back on top: Steve Borthwick rises above the rest for Saracens at Vicarage Road yesterday Hes back: Martin Kaymer how they stand P w d L F a Pts Saracens........... 6 6 0 0 121 85 24 London Irish...... 6 5 0 1 167 71 23 Wasps................ 6 5 0 1 137 82 21 northampton......6 4 0 2 129 96 19 Leicester..............6 3 1 2 93 82 16 newcastle............6 1 3 2 90 95 12 worcester............6 2 0 4 107 113 11 Harlequins........ 6 2 1 3 89 113 11 Gloucester...........6 2 0 4 96 136 9 sale .......................6 1 1 4 85 109 9 Bath.......................6 1 1 4 92 113 8 Leeds ....................6 0 1 5 58 169 3 ENGLAND captain Steve Borthwick told injury-hit England today: Stop feel- ing sorry for yourselves. With the Autumn Tests looming, England boss Martin Johnson saw his tally of wounded Elite players rise to 14 over the weekend with the loss of Leicester prop Julian White and Harlequins No8 Nick Easter. But Borthwick, fresh from leading his Saracens back to the top of the Pre- miership, insists: We are facing a major challenge in these three Test matches and need to be resilient. We cant feel sorry for ourselves and need to be very strong as a group and usethissituationasamoti- vation. This is where we will see what strength in depth we have. With continuing doubts over Brothwicks role as England leader, Brendan Ven- t e r, t h e Sarries director of rugby, said: Id like 15 Steve Brothwicks in my team. And Borthwick shrugged: Ill takeMartinJohn- sons judgement o ve r o t h e r peoples. I have a greatrelation- shipwithBrendan and have learnt a hug e amount from in a short space of time. We have our knockers as a club and I am used to that. The team always comes first and Brendan has talked a lot about selfless- ness and as a England team, those values are also important. Johnno worked really hardinthisareaandbythe end of the season we were a galvanised group. I was tested last season and as a team, we were found wanting in the Autumn but became a for- midable side in the Six Nations and played some excellent rugby, finishing the season very well against Argentina. Borthwicklinkedupwith the squad last night after helping Sarries to a 21-15 win over Leeds on a week- end when all four London sides reigned supreme. He added: We are six from six and had a very honest meeting in the dressing room and spoke about being wasteful. WASPS lost cen- tre Dominic Wal- douck with a fracturedcheek- bone as they recorded abonus point 35-6 win at Gloucester while HARLE- QUINS held on for a 26-22 victory at Worcester. LON- DON IRISH bounced back from theirHeineken C u p l o s s t o Llanelli Scarlets withan18-12victory against Leicester. by neal collins Group A: (1) Casey, (8) Goosen, (9) Kim, (16) strange. Group B: (4) Garcia, (5) Kaymer, (12) allenby, (13) wilson. 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