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A Schu-In

by | 29th, September 2003

‘ONLY a freak result in Japan can now stop Michael Schumacher winning a record sixth Formula 1 title after the German won a rain-affected US Grand Prix yesterday.

The German wins

Indeed, for 17 laps yesterday, Schumacher was the 2003 champion, but Kimi Raikkonen came back to take second place and so ensure the championship will go to the wire.

However, such news is predictably overshadowed by the news that David Beckham may miss England’s crucial Euro 2004 qualifier in Turkey with a foot injury.

We seem to go through this every time England have a match these days and it is hard to believe that a sore right foot will keep Beckham away from Istanbul in 12 days times.

As the Indy points out, Beckham was struggling with a groin injury before the matches against Macedonia and Liechtenstein and of course broke his metatarsal just before the World Cup.

And given that Beckham was yesterday talking about being fit to play for Real Madrid in Wednesday’s Champions’ League game against Porto, one must expect the injury to have cleared by Saturday week.

To events on the field and, as an ex-Manchester United player, Beckham will have been glad to see two of the club’s bitterest rivals losing yesterday.

Liverpool were undone by a hat-trick from Kevin Lisbie, while Leeds United went down 4-0 to Everton, with Steve Watson scoring a hat-trick.

The Guardian points out that it is little under a year since Leeds manager Peter Reid was sacked as boss of Sunderland and his position is once again under threat.

“Any more displays as feeble as this,” it warns, “and, for all the financial implications of dismissing him, Reid’s position will become untenable.”

If Peter Reid needs inspiration, he should look to golf and Lee Westwood, who yesterday confirmed his rehabilitation after three years in the golfing doldrums.

The 30-year-old Englishman won the Dunhill Links Championship – his second victory in a month – to show that he is back to where he was before his slump.

And, says the Telegraph, it showed that his ability to handle the pressure of the closing stretch was undiminished.

“Some people are confident when they’re in the lead and some aren’t,” he said. “Luckily, I’m one of those who is.”

Unluckily for Kimi Raikkonen, so is Michael Schumacher.’

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