Final showdown

The Houston Astros defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 in their best of seven play-off series to join the Chicago White Sox in the deciding baseball World Series. Frank Thomas hopes to lead the White Sox in their first success since 1917, while the Astros headed up by Jeff Bagwell, have reached the final of the season for the first time.

It’s a knock out

Audley Harrison will finally face former British heavyweight champion Danny Williamson December 10. The Olympic gold medallist has not set the professional ranks alight since Sydney 2000, while Williams resurrected his career with a thrilling KO defeat of Mike Tyson. Ricky Hatton’s November 26 WBA welterweight unification clash with champion Carlos Maussa is going ahead following the dismissal of former promoter Frank Warren’s appeal for an injunction.

Legge Up

Guilford born Katherine Legge has become the first woman for over a decade to be given a test drive in Formula One. Minardi boss Paul Stoddart confirmed that the third placed driver in the US Atlantic series will be taking the wheel next month. Meanwhile a mystery 12th team looks set to joint the Formula One circuit in 2006. Middle Eastern backers are proposing to run second hand cars filling the grid for the first time in many years.


Retired American 200 and 400metre record holder Michael Johnson is to coach in China. His brief will be to produce world class sprinters ready for the 2008 Olympic games in Peking.