LITESPORT London Lite Thursday, 5 November 2009 43 Inbrief F1 teams gave Button needle ROSS BRAWN has accused Formula One rivals of getting at Jenson Button during his march to the world title. There were people, when they became aware of Jensons contractual situation, who tried to unsettle him during the championship, he said. A move to McLaren is still an option but Button has already made it clear he would prefer to remain at Brawn. Freddie ready for Lancs deal ANDREW FLINTOFF has signed a three-year contract to play one- day cricket for Lancashire. The 31-year-old England all- rounder, who retired from Tests at the end of the Ashes series, is currently recovering after surgery to his right knee in late August. Flintoff said: I am looking forward to being around the Lancashire dressing room more now I have retired from Test cricket and this contract will give me flexibility. Cricket women bowled over THE England and Wales Cricket Board have congratulated leading figures in the womens game after a top awards ceremony. The England national side, winners of the World Cup, World Twenty20 and the Ashes, were named team of the year at the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards. ECB chief David Collier said: This has been an outstanding year for womens cricket in England and Wales. Wales test is a coup for Coops GARETH COOPER is determined to seize his chance when Wales launch their autumn Test series against New Zealand at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday. Cardiff Blues scrum-half Cooper has been handed Wales number nine shirt in the absence of British and Irish Lions pair Mike Phillips and Dwayne Peel. This was the sort of occasion I came back for, he said. I am delighted to be facing the All Blacks again. Houston have a real problem KOBE BRYANT scored 41 points as the Los Angeles Lakers edged the Houston Rockets 103-102 after overtime in the NBA. Bryant, who weighed in with 31 in the previous days overtime win against the Oklahoma City Thunder, went 10 better this time, while Andrew Bynums 17 points and 17 rebounds were similarly critical to the outcome. Bynum landed the match-winning free throw. World-beatingYankeesenjoyMatsuifinish HIDEKI MATSUI called it the best moment of my life as the New York Yankees finally saw off Philadelphia Phillies to win the World Series at their new stadium last night. Matsui -- the first Japanese player to hit a World Series home run in 2003 -- landed the Most Valuable Player award after picking up a record six runs batted in. The man known as Godzilla in his homeland struck a two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning last night, followed by a single and a double which each allowed two Yankees to score. The Phillies offered little in response to the Yankees, who won 7-3 to secure a 4-2 series triumph without the need for tonights seventh game. Matsui, 35, said: Certainly its been a long road and very difficult journey. I guess this is the best moment of my life right now. BY DAVID DIBBLE Youll get booed but it wont be the Boer WarAB DE VILLIERS has dismissed the prospect of a new Boer War on the eve of Englands opening game in South Africa. Before Andrew Strausss men begin their 12-week campaign with a day- night game against a Presidents XI under the lights in Bloemfontein tomorrow night, De Villiers offered consoling words to the four South Africa-born Englishmen, Strauss, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior and Jonathan Trott. De Villiers, who delivered 600 runs in the six Tests against Australia last winter, said: Like any other touring sidetheyllobviouslygetsomeboosand the normal kind of stuff. But I dont think theyll get a bad reception. Obviously because theyre South Africans who went over there and did pretty well, the guys will react a littlebitmoretowardsKPandJonathan Trott, but I dont think in a bad way. The crowd want us to win, but I dont think it will be too bad. Obviously there are a few South Africans in the England squad. I would like to give credit to them -- obviously theyve made a big decision in their careers to go over there. Well done to all the South Africans who have come through there. It will beinterestingtoplayagainstthemnow. When you walk across the boundary rope its England against South Africa and thats all that matters. AB, who scored 163 in his last outing at Newlands, also told CricinfosSwitch-Hitpodcast:England beating Australia to win the Ashes last summerisalittlebitof addedpressure onus,butwevegottheteam,thetalent and the potential to handle that. I think theyve got a very talented bowling line-up. Losing a guy like Andrew Flintoff was a big loss, but they had quite a few youngsters put their hands up in the Ashes. James Anderson and Stuart Broad have done extremely well. I rate Steve Harmison as a class bowleranditsdisappointingnottosee him in the squad, but it makes sense thattheyareinthesquadaboveHarmi- son. Anderson and Broad had amazing Ashes series and it will be interesting to see them over here with a bit of swing in these kind of conditions in South Africa -- its going to be a big challenge for our batters. South Africas poor showing at the ChampionsTrophy--theycrashedout to England at Centurion last month -- leaves De Villiers adding: We let our- selves down. We played poor cricket. Weve got a point to prove now. NEAL COLLINS will be covering the Tests in South Africa. See www.nealcollins.co.uk Plenty of obstacles: England captain Andrew Strauss, in Bloemfontein yesterday, was born in Johannesburg but AB De Villiers, above, believes the South African fans wont be too bad BY NEAL COLLINS The MVP: Yankees Hideki Matsui 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