LITESPORT London Lite Monday, 9 November 2009 39 Inbrief Another kick in ribs for Casey THE rib injury which blighted Paul Caseys season now appears to have ended it and the Ryder Cup stars bid for a maiden Order of Merit title. The world No4 quit after just two holes of his final round at the World Golf Championships- HSBC Champions because of a recurrence of the nagging muscle problem. He remains fifth on the Race to Dubai with just two events left. Graham props up in the final ENGLAND prop James Graham is ready to give everything in pursuit of Gillette Four Nations glory. Graham was part of the outstanding pack that laid the foundations for Englands 20- 12 win over New Zealand at Huddersfield on Saturdaywhich secured their place in this weekends final against Australia. Its another 80 minutes and then its off on holiday for a lot of the lads, he said. Love Storey of cycling couple BRITISH cyclings golden couple fly off on a romantic retreat today after another peerless display at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships. After playing their part in four of GBs 10 gold medals at the first major event in the build-up to London 2012, husband and wife duo Sarah and Barney Storey will abandon their bikes in Manchester. He doesnt know where were going, said Sarah. Aussies break open the Bolly BOWLERS Doug Bollinger and Mitchell Johnson led Australia to a series-clinching victory over India. The tourists won by six wickets to take a 4-2 lead in the series with one match still to play. India slumped to 75-7 as Bollinger (5-35) and Johnson (3-39) ran through the top order and were all out for 170. Ravidra Jadeja (57) and Praveen Kumar (54 not out) batted well but Australia won with 8.1 overs to spare. Rising Phoenix next for Lakers THE Los Angeles Lakers made it five wins in a row with a 104- 88 victory over the New Orleans Hornets. The NBA champions were led in scoring by Kobe Bryant who finished with 28 points, and the Lakers now have a three-day break before taking on the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, which promises to be a more searching test of form, after the Suns 102-90 win over the Washington Wizards. ItscrystalcleartoAndre...Andywillwinaslam Fizzy with success: Andy Murray toasts his victory in Valencia ANDRE AGASSI is in no doubt Andy Murray will win grand slam titles -- and believes his tortured spirit will help him achieve his dream. The British number one won his sixth title of the season in Valencia yesterday with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Russias Mikhail Youzhny. Statistically, 2009 has been the best year of Murrays career but it is his failure to win one of the big four that has increasingly grabbed the attention. Agassi, though, believes his attitude will see him break his duck. I think hell win multiple grand slams, said the former world No1, who was Murrays childhood idol. Its been my prediction for a while. This year was disappointing for him. I know he was on the verge in a couple of grand slams with the hopes of doing it (winning). I think once he does one, the floodgates will open. BY JAMES GOLDMAN THE shocking news emanating from South Africa is that England, two games into their 12-week safari, are looking suspiciously like a team of world-beaters. Captain Andrew Strauss slammed 117 not out against the Warriors in Kimberley yes- terday, leading his side to another easy vic- tory against a strong provincial outfit. And fellow opener Joe Denly, who slapped a quick 82 as England chased down the 255 victory target with 10 overs to spare, appears to be over his Champions Trophy blues. The Kent batsman purred: I was a little bit disappointed with the Trophy, getting those starts and then getting myself out. Ive learnt from that and hopefully this knock is the start of putting that right and get- ting the sort of scores the team want from me. But even now, Denly cant take his place in the ODI team for granted. South African-reared Jonathan Trott, who was not in the Champions Trophy squad, scored an abuse-free 85 against the Diamond Eagles in Englands opening tour game on Friday, while Test opener Alastair Cook also features in the one-day squad after scor- ing two 40-over tons for Essex. KevinPietersenfliesinthis week to create further com- petition, but Denly insists: It was just nice to get out there and spend some time in the middle. It is important to get some runs under your belt before the international games start and just have as much time out there as you can. It was quite tricky to begin with becausethepitchisabitslowandtheywere bowling cutters which were hard to get away. It was really about getting used to the pace of the pitch. Once I did that, I felt the more time Ispentouttheretheeasieritbecame for me to time the ball and in the end I was feeling very comfortable. Denly, whose 85-ball innings included seven fours and two sixes, wasalsopleasedwiththeinfluence Strauss had on his innings. He added: It was brilliant to get ourselves off to a good start like that and the more I bat with Straussy the more I enjoy it. He is great to bat with and he is a very experienced player. He is in great touch at the moment and that makes life easier for me when he is batting that well. Graeme Swann (left) was the pick of theEnglandbowlerstaking3-26inhis 10 overs. NEAL COLLINS will join the tour to South Africa next month. For further info go to or follow nealcol on BY NEAL COLLINS disappointed with the Trophy, getting those gettingthenandstarts thishopefullyandthat ofstarttheisknock putting that right and get- thescoresofsorttheting takecantDenlynow,evenBut his place in the ODI team for African-rearedSouthgranted. 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