Sport In Brief: 23/05/2009

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Camier eyes Donington Park win

British Superbike Championship pace-setter Leon Camier is confident of extending his current 11-point advantage at the top of the standings as he heads into the third round of the season at Donington Park.

The Bank Holiday weekend meeting could see Camier further stamp his dominance on his rivals with his team set to use a new and improved engine in the already dominant Yamaha YZF-R1. The 23-year-old said: "The Airwaves Yamaha team has been working hard since Oulton Park on developing the race bikes and getting new engines ready, so it'll be great to see how the new package performs. If our top speed is competitive, I think we'll be looking good for some more strong results.

Gloucestershire sign Clark for two pre-Ashes games

Gloucestershire have confirmed they are awaiting a visa for Stuart Clark before finalising a short-term deal for the Australia paceman. In the move, which is likely to reopen the debate about whether English counties should be signing Australian players in an Ashes year, Clark could play in two Championship matches. The period of Clark's contract will coincide with the absence of Kiwi James Franklin, who will be playing in the Twenty20 World Cup. Clark is in need of match practice ahead of the Ashes, which starts on 8 July, after a long injury lay-off following elbow surgery.

Australia fined £5,000 for Davis Cup no-show in India

Australia's tennis federation have been fined $10,000 (£5,000) but escaped suspension or relegation for refusing to play a Davis Cup match in India. The International Tennis Federation said yesterday that Australia will lose the hosting rights of thier next home match and they will also have to pay undetermined costs to the ITF and the All India Tennis Association. The decisions were announced yesterday by the ITF's Davis Cup committee. Australia refused to travel to Chennai, India, for an Asia/Oceania Zone Group 1 match earlier this month, citing security reasons.

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