LITESPORT London Lite Tuesday, 27 October 2009 31 Inbrief Alonso ready for au revoir lFERNANDO ALONSO is preparing for an emotional farewell to Renault this weekend. Alonso faces his last Grand Prix with the team ahead of his big- money move to Ferrari, ending a two-year association. Ahead of the season-ending inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Alonso said: I would love to finish the season and my Renault career with a great result. It will be an emotional race. Grand Prix is not a Don deal lHOPES rose today that the British Grand Prix can be saved in the wake of the imminent demise of plans to take the race from Silverstone to Donington. The technical deadline for Donington promoter Simon Gillett to raise the 135m necessary expires at midnight tonight but he is not expected to meet it. The only viable option is for the Grand Prix to remain at Silverstone. Aussies hope over Johnson lAUSTRALIA coach Tim Nielsen has refused to rule paceman Mitchell Johnson out of the second ODI against India tomorrow. Cricket Australia indicated earlier in the day the left-armer had succumbed to an ankle injury. But while Brett Lee is definitely out, Nielsen said: Mitchell woke up a lot better this morning than we thought he would be when we drafted him in the media release yesterday evening. Its all just toe embarrassing lPROP Petero Civoniceva is aiming to step out for Australia against England on Saturday after making a successful comeback from an injury to his big toe. The 6ft 4in, 17st 4lb Penrith Panthers forward cannot hide his embarrassment at being sidelined for more than three months with a ruptured toe ligament. I was scared of being kicked out of the front rowers union with such a small injury, he said. Best news par none, says Phil l GOLFS inclusion in the Olympic Games programme is the greatest thing to happen to the sport, according to world No2 Phil Mickelson. The sport will be included for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro along with rugby sevens. Everybody that I have talked to is excited about golf becoming an Olympic sport. It is the greatest thing to happen to our sport, said Mickelson. Unpicked lock Nick feels such a twitter Richard Blaze Steve Borthwick Ben Kay Louis Deacon Courtney Lawes Kennedyguttedas Bestfumes:Icant believehesnotin NICK KENNEDYS twitter to fellow England forwardJamesHaskellgivesacluetotheLondon Irish locks current state of mind after Martin Johnson named his revamped squad for the Autumn Internationals yesterday. Kennedy, in excellent form for a club battling for Premiership supremacy, finds himself effec- tivelyrelegatedtoNo7inthesecond-rowpecking order, without a call from the England boss despite the current injury crisis. Kennedy, who tweets as Nicky_k told Haskell: Im gutted Im not at PHP, a reference to Eng- lands picture-perfect Pennyhill Park training facility in Bagshot. Johnson has turned to Leicesters uncapped Richard Blaze and Northamptons Courtney Lawes as he attempts to deal with the injury crisis which has decimated his original 32-man Elite Player Squad. Johnsons squad now has three locks from his old club -- Blaze, Ben Kay and Louis Deacon -- plus captain Steve Borthwick and Lawes for the Tests against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand. And Wasps veteran Simon Shaw is hoping to be fit for the final showdown against the All Blacks. JohnsonsdecisiontoignoreKennedy,whowon the first of his seven caps against the Pacific Islandersayearago,hasdumfoundedDickBest. The former England coach said: I rate Kennedy as one of the best line-out forwards in the world and it is very difficult to believe he has been left out of a squad hit by injuries. He will be around for a long time and will see off many of those new guys who have been pre- ferred. I dont see what Blaze and Lawes bring to the party that Kennedy cannot supply and he has the asset of having played Test rugby. Irish director of rugby Toby Booth added: I am surprised he has been left out but we cant controlthatkindof thing.Allwecandoasaclub is put Nick in a position to stake his claim for a Test place and maybe England want him to per- form in a particular way to suit their style. He has played very well for us but England, obviously, feel there are some deficiencies. They see Nick as a work in progress and this is quite a fall from grace. by neal collins FORMER Wasps star James Haskell (right) came in from the cold at Stade Francais yesterday when he was named among Martin Johnsons long list of injury replacements. Haskell left Adams Park for France with Riki Flutey and Tom Palmer amid dire warnings about their cross-channel England prospects from Johnson last year. But -- like Toulons Jonny Wilkinson -- Francophile Haskell, 24, finds himself back in training with England at Pennyhill Park today and pencilled in at No8 for the opening Autumn Test against Australia at Twickenham on 7 November. On last night he gushed: Guess whos back, back again. Night all, just watching Jimmy Carr. Big training day tomorrow. That was soon followed by: PS: thank you all for your messages, means a lot to me. Haskell is likely to start against the Wallabies after Harlequins No8 Nick Easter suffered a calf injury. Despite his injury woes, Johnson insists: The whole squad is looking forward to three very tough games. We have strength in depth. lStay in touch with LiteSport by following @nealcol on by neal collins Injuries? 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