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FINAL
Saturday 31 March 2018
Sport
telegraph.co.uk/sport
J U RGE N K L O P P
E XC LU S I V E I N T E RV I EW
PAUL COOPER FOR THE TELEGRAPH
My faith
My football
My future
Roaring Tiger
ot back
How Woods got
into the swing again
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Special report, pages 12-13
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Ready to rumble
F
Fear of losing drives
m
me on, says Joshua
Big-fight focus, pages 14-15
E
England
fight back
Bairstow reaches
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ccentury before
bowlers strike early
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Pages 16-17
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Saturday 31 March 2018 The Daily Telegraph
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
‘You can’t be in a team
and behave like a star’
Jurgen Klopp tells
Sam Wallace how
his German roots
and being a ‘really
average’ player
shaped his
managerial
approach
J
urgen Klopp recalls
the days when he was
just about making a
living as a footballer
in Mainz and the
club’s visionary
manager, the late
Wolfgang Frank, was
trying to introduce
modern psychology to a battlehardened squad of Bundesliga 2
strug
relegation strugglers.
firsst time
tim I realised I was
“The first
co
onfi
fident was in
i a meeting when
confident
they said ‘Come on, draw a tree’,”
Klopp says. “An
“And there were all
these
thes
e e little trees
tree and my tree was as
big as the f------ paper, but that was
only becaus
because I couldn’t draw.
And
d the guy taking the
session looked at it and
said: ‘That’s confidence!’ Since
then confidence has been my
hobby.”
Klopp chuckles at the memory
in his office at the Melwood
training ground, where his denim
jacket hangs on a chair and the
view is out to the same training
pitches where Bill Shankly and Bob
Paisley plotted their triumphs.
Klopp has a challenge of his own
to consider: first today’s game
against Crystal Palace and then
Liverpool face runaway Premier
League leaders Manchester City on
Wednesday, in the first leg of what
is shaping up to be an epic
Champions League quarter-final.
Klopp is a very modern inheritor
of an august job, but there are
strong similarities with those of his
illustrious Anfield predecessors,
who had to fight for their place in
the game. Klopp only turned
professional at the age of 23, by
then a father, and an impecunious
university student. He says that
when he finished playing at 33 the
choices were stark. “I had no
money in my account. It was
always enough to live, to survive,
but nothing else. So it was ‘Okay,
what are we doing now?’”
Now 50, and one of the most
famous managers in the world, it
means he thinks differently about
life. We discuss his Protestant faith,
introduced to him in the little
Black Forest town of Glatten where
he grew up, adapted over the years
and by his own admission not
particularly strict. There is also his
respectful opposition to Brexit, and
his firmly held belief, as a child of
West Germany, that the European
Union is, for all its imperfections,
“the best idea we had so far”.
Before all that, however, there is
the small matter of Pep Guardiola’s
City, and a European meeting of
the Premier League’s two most
attacking, high-pressing teams.
Klopp likes to joke that he got more
out of his limited abilities as a
dogged forward-turned-defender
at Mainz, than Guardiola did as
Barcelona’s 1990s midfield
maestro. “I think maybe I got more
of the maximum from my playing
career than Pep Guardiola. You
have to ask him that! He was really
good. I can say I got 100 per cent
out of my career.”
Both Klopp and Guardiola ask
some of the best players in the
world to sacrifice themselves for
the team, although to Liverpool’s
manager that is second nature.
“That’s how I understand football.
You want to be part of a team,
behave like part of a team. You
can’t have all the benefits of being
part of a team and then behave like
a single star. If you want to do that,
play darts.
“The main thing is to make each
other stronger. That is how I
understand life, but in a football
team it is especially like that. Help
your mate to be the best he can be
and he will help you to be the best.
“Being selfish is always easier
than being unselfish. It’s a double-
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Sport Football
job, caring about yourself and
another. Only from outside do
people think ‘He’s so big, you
cannot tell him anything’. There’s
no player in the world like that.”
He pauses at this point and,
tongue firmly in cheek, imagines a
conversation with Lionel Messi –
perhaps the one exception to that
rule. “’Ahem, Leo, we have Getafe
on Saturday, if you were able to
play that would be nice.’ All the
rest, they have to train, they want
to train, they love the game.”
‘I believe my life
taught me to deal
with pressure. I
always had it.
It’s good’
Klopp demands a lot from his
players and it goes back to his past
at Mainz, a broke second-tier
German club in the mid-1990s,
who at that point had “never even
had a toe in the Bundesliga”. “In
those days, if nobody wanted you,
it was like ‘Hmmm, maybe you can
try Mainz’.” For 11 years they
battled relegation down to the last
few days of every season and only
when they were safe did they know
they would be paid for the next 12
months.
“That was pressure. I believe
my life taught me to deal with
The Mainz man:
Jurgen Klopp
(below) in action
during his playing
days with Mainz,
for whom he
made over 300
appearances, and
went on to
manage
pressure. I always had it. It’s good.
That’s the thing about educating
your kids – you think, ‘How can I
create a situation for them to learn
that?’ It’s not possible. You can’t
create it. I came through with a lot
of luck and fantastic mates.
Sensational characters around me.
We were really average
footballers, but we fought.”
His religious faith is part of his
belief in the strength in the
collective. “Being a Christian gives
me a few rules.
Being a
Protestant is
nice, it
leaves a few doors open. It’s
obviously not that dogmatic.”
His father Norbert was a
travelling salesman, away all week,
and his mother Elisabeth would
often asked a misbehaving young
Jurgen, ‘What if God sees you
doing that?’. “I would say, ‘Ah, he
won’t worry about that, he’s too
busy’. It [faith] gives me a lot of
things. I was always interested in
people my whole life. I am not
nosy, I am interested in people. I
am a good listener and I really like
to hear people tell me their story.”
In the Swabian tradition there
was a prayer before bedtime and
his grandmother would take him
to church, “and then fall asleep
after one minute”. Klopp was never
sure why he had to go to church,
but he did notice that when his
sport-obsessed father got home he
was never that angry no matter
what had happened in the interim.
“My father was mostly fine and
God didn’t think I did too badly. He
thought I was a nice kid. Praying in
church like this didn’t make me a
Christian. I thought it was about
common sense. There must be
something that leads us, that keeps
us all in line and then I found my
own way to believe. It was not a
style. No-one pushed me in that
direction. They tried, but that
pushed me in the wrong direction
and I found the way back alone.”
Having had 14 managers in 11
years at Mainz, he took over
himself in 2001 amid yet another
crisis and revolutionised the club,
eventually securing promotion to
the Bundesliga. Now Mainz
produces many top managers and
sporting directors. His mentor
Frank died in 2013, aged 62, of a
brain tumour. In his last days he
visited his old player, then
Borussia Dortmund manager, at a
training camp in Switzerland
where Klopp arranged for one of
Germany’s top neurosurgeons to
examine his old boss. “The only
thing they could say was ‘Sorry,
too late’. He [Frank] was very
proud. He always said, ‘One day I
will sit in Switzerland in my house
in the mountains and you will
come and tell me your stories’. A
few of us could tell a few stories
now.”
During the Balkans conflict in
the 1990s, Klopp recalls at Mainz at
the time they had Croats, Bosnians
and Serbs playing together in the
team, including his current
assistant Zeljko Buvac, the
Bosnian-Serb who is regarded as
the tactical expert. More fuel for
Klopp’s belief in the collective
that informs his opposition to
Brexit – one that begins with a
joke. “I am in a privileged
situation, although if in the
worst-case scenario Britain
starts ejecting the EU
nationals,” he says, “it would
be funny if they started with
the football managers.”
He makes it clear that it is
not his business to “criticise
any decisions of the people
in Britain” and does not
“think for a second about
my situation”, but he has
given the wider issue a
lot of thought. “If I have
a problem in a club, if I
have a problem in a
family, if I have a
problem somewhere,
then I stay in the
family, stay in the
club and sort the
problem. I think
Jurgen
Klopp
on...
Student
life
‘I had no
money in my
account. It
was always
enough to
live, to
survive,
but nothing
else’
Faith
‘Being a
Protestant
is nice, it
leaves a few
doors open.
It’s obviously
not that
dogmatic’
Brexit
‘If you have
to make a
decision for
the whole
country then
find a
solution for
the whole
country and
not for old
people in the
countryside’
The
future
‘As long as
my family
feel
comfortable
here and
like it here,
I always
fulfil
contracts.
But that’s
not all in my
hands’
the EU was far away from being
perfect, but it was the best idea
we had so far. That’s historically
proven. As long as countries are
together in a unity then all is
good. If it’s not good then let’s
improve it. There were hard
times in the last two years in the
EU with Greece, countries in
southern Europe really struggling
financially, then refugees because
of the crisis in Syria. But that’s a
problem for all people. Let’s sort
it together.
“If such a fantastic country and
a strong partner like Great Britain
want to try to go the way alone I
don’t see the benefit. I can’t see it.
I am maybe not the best-informed
person [but Brexit] was like
countryside against cities, was a
little bit young against old and
that is not how democracy should
work. If you have to make a
decision for the whole country
then find a solution for the whole
country and not for old people in
the countryside. That’s all. But I
am happy I live here and I deliver
that message constantly to all my
friends. I tell them, ‘I don’t know
all English people, but those I
meet are fantastic’.”
He wants to stay at Liverpool,
having agreed a new contract two
years ago until 2022. When asked
about the inevitable interest from
Bayern Munich, he points out he
did not sign his current deal “like
this”, miming having his hands
tied behind his back and gripping
a pen between his teeth. “As long
as my family feel comfortable
here and like it here, I always
‘If such a fantastic
country like Great
Britain wants to go
it alone, I don’t see
the benefit’
fulfil contracts. But that’s not all
in my hands. I really hope we
never reach a situation where
people say ‘Hopefully he leaves
tomorrow’. But nobody needs to
worry about that moment – if
anyone is worrying.”
His beliefs, his experience, his
faith, have all contributed to who
he is and as he prepares for the
monumental task of reaching a
Champions League semi-final he
has hard decisions to make. “You
think about it by yourself.
“What is right, what is wrong.
If you think it is good for all of us
then it is probably right. That is
how I understand a football team.
I don’t do anything that I feel bad
about afterwards. I do everything
in order that everyone feels
better. Sometimes one player
doesn’t feel that much better in
the moment, but in the long term
he will.”
He goes back to those days at
Mainz, with the war raging in the
former Yugoslavia and he
wonders anew at the complete
unity in that diverse dressing
room. “If we think about how
different cultures, countries,
colours, live together, work
together – have a shower
together! – then look at a football
team. In a football team nobody
cares. They sleep in doublerooms and there is no issue with
anything. That’s outstanding.
“Football was always a good
example.”
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Saturday 31 March 2018 The Daily Telegraph
FINAL
Sport Football
Mourinho: Ask Pogba why he struggles
James Ducker
NORTHERN
FOOTBALL
CORRESPONDENT
Jose Mourinho has told Paul Pogba
to start shouldering the blame for
his poor Manchester United form.
The United manager said questions about Pogba’s struggles
needed to be directed at the France
midfielder and insisted the player’s
current woes had nothing to do
with his near 10-week lay-off earlier in the season.
Pogba has started just four of
United’s last 11 games over the past
two-and-a-half months, during
which time his relationship with
Mourinho has become strained.
The 25-year-old scored in an
impressive showing in France’s 3-1
win over Russia in St Petersburg on
Tuesday, when he was subjected to
racist taunts from home fans, amid
hope of an upturn in his form.
But Mourinho declined an invitation to praise Pogba’s display, before
he insisted he was doing everything he could to get the best out of
his £89 million signing.
Asked what Pogba’s poor form
was down to, Mourinho replied:
“Ask him. Ask him when you get a
chance what he thinks about it.”
When Mourinho was asked what
he could do to help Pogba realise
his potential, the manager – whose
side face Swansea at Old Trafford
today – said: “I work. I cannot do
AFP
United midfielder told
to take responsibility
Manager also defends
his treatment of Shaw
Under strain: Jose Mourinho (left) has selected Paul Pogba (right) to start just four of Manchester United’s last 11 games
anything else.” Mourinho was also
insistent Pogba’s absence with a
torn hamstring for over two months
has had no bearing on the player’s
troubles since the turn of the year.
“His option, with the medical
opinions, was not to go to the sur-
gery table and his recovery was
really, really good and I think he is
more than fine, which is an area
sometimes where you have a recurrence,” Mourinho said. “In his case
– not at all. It is nothing to do with
his injury. His recovery was good.”
Pogba offered Didier Deschamps
a frank account of his problems
during talks with the France coach
on international duty. There were
also reports of Mourinho speaking
to Deschamps about Pogba, but the
United manager denied having any
dialogue with him. “Not true, I
think the last time I spoke with
Didier Deschamps was probably
when we played against each other
many years ago,” he said.
Luke Shaw is another player
enduring a tough time under Mourinho. The left-back was subjected
to another scathing attack after
being substituted at half-time of
United’s 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final
win over Brighton a fortnight ago.
Some players and staff at Old
Trafford fear Mourinho’s relentless
criticism of Shaw is tantamount to
“bullying” and there were reports
yesterday that the defender asked
the manager at half-time of the
Brighton game: “Why are you
always picking on me?”
Asked if he expected Shaw to still
be at the club next season, Mourinho said: “I think so. But I always
say the door is open for everyone so
no problem for him, but I think so.”
Mourinho also defended his
treatment of Shaw, who could be
granted a reprieve against Swansea,
with Ashley Young seeking to prove
his fitness after suffered a knock to
the knee in England’s 1-1 draw
against Italy on Tuesday.
“You are saying he asked me why
I changed him?” Mourinho said. “A
report that Luke asked me, ‘Why I
changed him?’ I told him. He didn’t
ask me the question. I told him.”
Shaw has started just one league
game since Mourinho claimed in
January there were few better leftbacks, but the manager insisted
“nothing” had changed since then.
“I am the coach,” he said. “I make
the changes I want to do. The moment when a new rule comes in
that forbids managers to do that
then I become a pundit, not a
manager. He’s selected [against
Swansea]. He’s in the 18.”
Wilkins ‘in induced coma’ after cardiac arrest and fall at home
Former England captain Ray
Wilkins is reportedly seriously ill
after suffering a cardiac arrest.
The 61-year-old is said to have
been placed in an induced coma after falling and hitting his head after
suffering the heart attack at home
in Cobham, Surrey, on Wednesday.
“He’s in hospital, he’s had a cardiac arrest and is in intensive care,”
Wilkins’ wife, Jackie, told the Daily
Mirror. “He is not in a good state at
all, I’m afraid. He’s critically ill. The
cardiac arrest led to a fall which has
meant he’s had to be put in an induced coma. It’s very, very bad.”
Wilkins, who played for Chelsea,
Manchester United, Queens Park
Rangers and Glasgow Rangers during his illustrious career, had previously been given the all-clear after
undergoing a double heart bypass
operation last July. Since retiring
he has been a highly successful
coach, notably with Chelsea, and
Illustrious career:
Ray Wilkins
played for Chelsea
and Manchester
United
has worked as a pundit.
Messages of support for Wilkins
began to flood in from around the
football community last night.
Frank Lampard wrote on Instagram: “All thoughts and strength
with this man and his family tonight. An absolute gentleman.”
Chelsea tweeted: “The thoughts
of everybody at Chelsea Football
Club are with Ray Wilkins and his
family tonight. Keep fighting Ray,
you have our love and support.”
Didier Drogba also added his
support, writing. “Just found out
about the news, be strong Ray
Wilkins and family. We blue army
are sending you our prayers on this
religious day”.
Wilkins made 84 appearances for
England, captaining the national
side on 10 occasions.
The Daily Telegraph Saturday 31 March 2018
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5
Looking
down How
long can
you cling on
at bottom?
Simmering fear
and loathing at
West Ham may
boil over again
Average length of
time in top flight
for relegated
sides
2008-09
9.3 yrs
Newcastle,
Middlesbrough,
West Bromwich
2009-10
3.3 yrs
Burnley, Hull,
Portsmouth
2010-11
Sam Dean
Moyes calls for calm and
urges bitter fans to rally
behind his players –
not against the board
T
hree weeks since the
London Stadium
erupted in the most
dramatic and
damaging fashion, an
underperforming
West Ham United team return to
their unloved home with even
more questions and even more
doubts than before.
Will there be a repeat of the
protests that so marred the 3-0
defeat by Burnley, when hundreds
of supporters hurled abuse, and
objects, at the club’s owners and
five fans invaded the pitch? What
could be the trigger for another
outpouring of anger? And what will
happen if Southampton, today’s
opponents, take an early lead?
David Moyes, the manager, has
said he believes the fans will get
behind the team, while Mark
Noble, the captain, has pleaded for
unity. But it will take more than
pre-match positivity and an open
letter to patch up these wounds.
The rifts are not just between
the supporters and the board, but
also between the fans themselves.
Some believe that the side must be
backed to avoid relegation, but for
others the ultimate aim of ridding
the club of co-owners David Gold
and David Sullivan is more
important than Premier League
survival. “A lot of people are torn,”
says Paul Turner, the vice
chairperson of the West Ham
United Supporters’ Association.
“Torn between showing our
displeasure and it having an effect
on the players, or not showing
displeasure against the board
and letting them get away
with what some people feel is
mismanagement.”
Moyes, for his part, yesterday
made it clear that the atmosphere
in the Burnley game had a severe
impact on his players. Statistically,
he said, the side’s running figures
“dropped off a cliff ” after the first
pitch invasion. He has vowed that
the side will be “mentally stronger”
in the event of further unrest, but
also warned that the club will be
unable to attract new signings if
this atmosphere persists.
Steps have been taken to avoid a
repeat, including a major increase
in security (at an extra cost of
£60,000 to the taxpayer) and the
installation of a security barrier in
front of the directors’ box. It was
from that area of the stadium that
the owners were directly targeted
against Burnley, with Sullivan
being struck on his glasses by a
coin. Police this week held a call
with various fan groups in an
attempt to gauge what protests
may or may not have been
arranged, while Moyes has
attended two meetings with
supporters in the last few days.
These are reasonable steps, but
it is hard to imagine they will
soothe a rage so incandescent
among some fans that a banner was
recently created saying that
Sullivan, Gold and Karren Brady
had “done more damage to the east
end of London than Adolf Hitler”.
There has been uncertain talk of
a “static protest” among some
groups, while it seems certain that
a “ramble” – not a “march” – will
take place from Stratford to the
3yrs
Blackpool,
West Ham,
Birmingham
2011-12
8yrs
Blackburn, Bolton,
Wolves
2012-13
3.7yrs
Wigan, QPR,
Reading
2013-14
5.7yrs
Norwich, Cardiff,
Fulham
Turn off: David
Moyes has said
that scenes like
those in the last
home game
against Burnley
will prevent
international
players joining
the club in the
summer
‘We can’t
lose our
focus
like we
did. We
have to
stay
strong’
stadium before the game.
Estimates from some supporters
say that only a couple of hundred
fans will take part, while others
think it may be closer to 1,000 by
the time it has reached the
stadium. The Daily Telegraph
understands that some supporters
are looking to bring black balloons
into the ground as a visual
demonstration of unhappiness.
“Everyone is waiting to see what
will happen,” Turner says. “If West
Ham go 1-0 down, there might still
be an attempt to galvanise support
for the players. If the team starts
tanking badly, then there might be
something much more sustained
against the ownership.”
The other school of thought
among some supporters is that
many are simply embarrassed by
what happened against Burnley,
particularly after it emerged that a
female steward suffered
concussion and that another
steward has a blood clot behind
one eye after he was assaulted.
There is no shortage of
questions, then. What is for sure is
that Moyes will be desperately
hoping the fans stay behind the
side, even if he is convinced the
players would cope better the
second time around if there was
trouble. “We have spoken to the
players about what we are going to
do if anything happens,” Moyes
said. “We can’t lose our focus like
we did. We have to stay strong and
look after each other. I want to
appeal to really good international
players. I want them to say they
want to join West Ham United. I
don’t think what happened against
Burnley is going to make those
players want to join us.”
The all-important undercurrent
to all this is that defeat by
Southampton would consign West
Ham to the relegation zone. Mark
Hughes, the new Southampton
manager, has said he wants to
“affect the atmosphere in the
ground” as he prepares for his first
league game at his new club. If he
succeeds, and West Ham collapse,
the fallout could be explosive.
2014-15
1.3yrs
Hull, Burnley, QPR
2015-16
12 yrs
Norwich,
Newcastle,
Aston Villa
2016-17
4yrs
Hull,
Middlesbrough,
Sunderland
This season
based on current
standings
2017-18
8yrs
West Bromwich,
Stoke,
Southampton
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Saturday 31 March 2018 The Daily Telegraph
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Sport Football
What happens to Spurs
and Chelsea if they fail
to finish in the top four?
Matt Law
FOOTBALL NEWS
CORRESPONDENT
The London clubs meet
tomorrow knowing
there are big issues for
whoever finishes fifth
The managers
‹ Chelsea Antonio Conte is
expected to leave at the end of the
season, wherever Chelsea finish, so
the bigger issue is whether failure
to qualify for the Champions
League would impact on their
search for a replacement.
Luis Enrique or Thomas Tuchel
are unlikely to be put off the
prospect of succeeding the Italian
if Chelsea finish fifth, but it would
probably kill off any slim hope of
landing the man who would be
their ideal first choice – Mauricio
Pochettino. Chelsea know there is
little chance of taking Pochettino
away from Spurs, but they will
make a check if they pip their
London rivals to fourth place.
‹ Tottenham Daniel Levy, the
chairman, is hopeful of convincing
Pochettino to sign a new contract
and lead Spurs into their new
stadium next season. Qualification
for the Champions League would
obviously make that easier, but the
Argentine’s future is not dependent
on it. Tottenham would fight any
move for their manager from
Chelsea, even if they finish fifth,
and Paris Saint-Germain’s interest
is not causing any major panic. An
approach from Real Madrid would
get Pochettino thinking, but the
smart money is currently on him
signing a deal and sticking around
for at least another season.
How big clubs fared during a year of Champions League exile
Tottenham
Manchester Utd
Liverpool
Chelsea
Confined to the
Europa League
after reaching the
previous season’s
Champions League
quarter-finals,
Spurs failed to
qualify from their
group. With Gareth
Bale and Luka
Modric still gracing
the Lane, however,
Harry Redknapp’s
side finished
fourth, but were
denied Champions
League football by
sixth-placed
Chelsea’s triumph
in the final.
Under new
manager Louis van
Gaal, United
invested in the likes
of Daley Blind,
Luke Shaw and
Angel Di Maria. The
previous season’s
seventh-placed
finish, which left
Old Trafford
without European
football for the
first time in 15
years, was
upgraded to fourth,
bringing a prompt
return to the
Champions
League.
With the end of the
Steven Gerrard era,
the main summer
recruits were
Roberto Firmino
and Christian
Benteke. Brendan
Rodgers was
replaced as
manager by
Jurgen Klopp in
October but
progress was slow,
finishing eighth in
the Premier
League and beaten
finalists in both the
Europa League
and the League
Cup.
The arrival of new
manager Antonio
Conte, and his early
transition to a
three-man defence
and use of wingbacks, along with
the key
recruitment of
N’Golo Kante from
champions
Leicester City,
prompted such a
revival that Chelsea
regained the title
and narrowly
missed out on the
Double when
falling to Arsenal in
the FA Cup final.
(2011-12)
(2014-15)
Keeping their stars
‹ Chelsea Thibaut Courtois is still
yet to sign a new contract and will
only have 12 months remaining on
his deal at the end of the season.
Without Champions League
football, it may be hard to convince
the Belgian to commit himself past
his final year – even if Chelsea’s
offer would make him the highestpaid goalkeeper in the world.
Similarly, Eden Hazard will have
two years left at the end of the
season and it is hard to see why he
would sign a new deal or ignore
interest from Real if the club finish
outside the top four. It should,
(2015-16)
(2016-17)
however, be noted that Chelsea
kept all of their stars when they
failed to qualify for Europe two
years ago.
‹ Tottenham Toby Alderweireld
looks set to leave, regardless of
where they finish, and doubts
remain over Danny Rose’s future at
the club. Mousa Dembele has also
revealed talks over a new contract
will not take place before the
World Cup, as he assesses his
options. A place in the Champions
League could influence Dembele’s
decision. Tottenham, though, are
confident of securing Harry Kane,
Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen and
New signings
big summer and they need to get it
right. The World Cup and the
earlier closure of the transfer
window will make things more
difficult, so being able to offer
players Champions League football
would obviously be an advantage.
‹ Chelsea Despite missing out on
European qualification, Chelsea
enjoyed a highly successful
transfer window two summers ago
– signing N’Golo Kante, Marcos
Alonso and David Luiz, who were
all key to last season’s title success.
Their budget is unlikely to
change dramatically based on
where they finish, but this will be a
‹ Tottenham Pochettino’s targets
will not change depending on
where Spurs finish and he already
has to shop in a different market to
most of his rivals, in any case.
But Tottenham are desperate to
land Ryan Sessegnon if Fulham are
not promoted and will have a
better chance of convincing him
not to go to Manchester City if they
Hugo Lloris to new contracts, with
Levy insistent that only players
whom Pochettino is willing to sell
will leave ahead of the move into
the new stadium.
The Daily Telegraph Saturday 31 March 2018
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7
Courtois and
Kane face
fitness fights
for vital game
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By Matt Law
Race for Champions League and how run-ins compare
Manchester Utd
Today Swansea
(h). April 7, Man
City (a). 15, West
Brom (h). 18,
Bournemouth (a).
29, Arsenal (h).
May 5, Brighton
(a). 13, Watford (h).
To be confirmed
West Ham (a)
Liverpool
Today Crystal
Palace (a), April 7,
P
D
L
30 26
30 20
31 18
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5
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1
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4
85 20
58 23
73 34
81
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Chelsea
30 18
30 17
7
5
5
8
59 25
52 27
61
56
Everton (a). 14,
Bournemouth (h).
22, West Brom (a).
28, Stoke (h). May
5, Chelsea (a). 13,
Brighton (h).
Tottenham
Tomorrow
F
A PTS
W
Manchester City
Manchester United
Liverpool
Chelsea (a).
April 7, Stoke
(a). 14, Man City
(h). 17, Brighton (a).
30, Watford (h).
May 5, West Brom
(a). 13, Leicester
(h). To be
confirmed
Newcastle (h).
Chelsea
Tomorrow
Tottenham (h).
April 8, West
Ham (h). 14,
Southampton (a).
19, Burnley (a).
27, Swansea (a).
May 5, Liverpool
(h). 13, Newcastle
(a). To be
confirmed
Huddersfield (h).
secure a top-four spot. Part of Levy
compelling Pochettino to sign a
new contract could be
demonstrating to him that Spurs
will have the sort of money it will
take to remain competitive near
the top. Levy operates a big bonus
system at Tottenham, which means
the wage structure will not change
too much, regardless of Champions
League qualification.
Young players
‹ Chelsea Missing out on the
Champions League and dropping
into the Europa League could offer
more chances to youngsters such
Staying put: Dele Alli is likely to sign a
new deal regardless of Spurs’ position
as Ethan Ampadu and Callum
Hudson-Odoi. It could also impact
on Ruben Loftus-Cheek and
Tammy Abraham, who could be
needed to boost the squad.
‹ Tottenham Pochettino offered
chances to the likes of Tom Carroll,
Josh Onomah and Harry Winks last
time Spurs were in the Europa
League, so failure to qualify for the
Champions League would open up
more opportunities to the club’s
latest youngsters, such as Kyle
Walker-Peters and Juan Foyth.
Chelsea are worried goalkeeper
Thibaut Courtois is losing his race
to be fit for their crucial Premier
League match against Tottenham.
Harry Kane, meanwhile, is working tirelessly to try to prove he can
at least make the substitutes’ bench
for the visitors.
Chelsea and Spurs will make late
decisions over Courtois and Kane,
but the Belgian had still not managed to train fully ahead of the
weekend.
Courtois has been suffering with
a hamstring injury that kept him
out of the FA Cup success against
Leicester City and forced him to
withdraw from international duty
with Belgium.
The 25-year-old had been hopeful of recovering in time to face
Spurs tomorrow, but Chelsea have
placed Willy Caballero on standby
due to the failure of Courtois to
train properly all week.
Antonio Conte, Chelsea’s head
coach, refuses to take any chances
over the fitness of his players, even
in key games, and will not risk
Courtois unless he can be convinced the keeper is ready.
Caballero has made 10 appearances for Chelsea this season since
joining on a free transfer, but the
36-year-old has played only once in
the Premier League for Conte’s
team – in the 4-0 success over
Brighton in January.
Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham manager, has refused to rule
Kane out of his plans for the trip to
Stamford Bridge, and Telegraph
Sport understands the striker
returned to training in a bid to be
ready.
Kane has been out since March 11
after suffering ankle ligament damage against Bournemouth, but has
made a quicker than expected
recovery and is desperate to be part
of the Tottenham squad tomorrow.
Chelsea hope that Andreas Christensen will be fit to take his place in
the centre of the three-man defence
against Tottenham after the Dane
returned to training. Gary Cahill
will deputise in the middle if he
suffers a setback.
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Sport Premier League
Match details and possible teams
Crystal Palace v Liverpool
13
Hennessey
29
5
Wan-Bissaka Tomkins
4
12
3
Sakho
Van Aanholt
18
7
Milivojevic McArthur
Cabaye
10
17
11
Townsend
Benteke
Zaha
19
9
11
Mane
Firmino
Salah
20
14
5
Lallana
Henderson Wijnaldum
26
4
6
66
Robertson
Van Dijk
Lovren
AlexanderArnold
1
Karius
Today 12.30pm
DLLLLW
DWWWLW
Out Speroni,
Dann, Puncheon
(all knee), Schlupp,
Sako (both ankle),
Wickham (groin),
Ward (muscle).
Tests Zaha
(knee), Tomkins
(knock), Sorloth
(hamstring).
Out Gomez
(ankle), Can
(back).
Tests Robertson
(leg), Lovren
(ankle).
Dubravka
22
6
2
3
Yedlin
Lascelles
Clark
Dummett
8
10
Shelvey
17
15
Ritchie
Perez
Kenedy
9
Mounie
21
23
Van La Parra Pritchard
Quaner
10
6
Mooy
Hogg
5
25
26
Kongolo
Jorgensen
Referee N Swarbrick Lancashire
28
TV
Mohamed Salah’s
league goals for
Liverpool
Schindler Hadergjonaj
Lossl
Today 3pm
DDWDLW
LWWLDL
Out Darlow
(shoulder), Elliot
(back), Gamez
(ankle).
Test Ritchie
(groin).
Out Williams
(ankle), Hefele
(knee).
Tests Stankovic
(knee), Kongolo
(hip) Scannell
(shoulder), Mooy
(knock), Billing
(back).
17
Top-flight games
Huddersfield have
failed to score in
TV
Top scorers
Dunk
Duffy
Bong
6
24
Total shots
Everton
Crystal Palace
Watford
West Brom
Man Utd
13
19
Locadia
Gross
Izquierdo
Fouls won
Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur
Southampton
Arsenal
AFC Bournemouth
Cards red/yellow
West Brom
Tottenham Hotspur
Chelsea
Man Utd
Arsenal
9
8
Vardy
Iheanacho
11
25
21
14
Albrighton
Ndidi
Iborra
A Silva
28
15
16
2
Fuchs
Maguire
Dragovic
Simpson
Schmeichel
Arsenal v Stoke City
24
6
20
18
Bellerin
Koscielny
Mustafi
Monreal
8
10
29
11
Ramsey
Wilshere
Xhaka
Ozil
9
14
30
Karnezis
2
6
5
25
Janmaat
Mariappa
Prodl
Holebas
28
16
29
22
Carrillo
Doucoure
Capoue
Zeegelaar
25
18
Crouch
Diouf
11
4
24
22
Jese
Allen
Fletcher
Shaqiri
3
6
17
2
Pieters
Zouma
Shawcross
Bauer
Butland
9
11
Deeney
Richarlison
Man City
Liverpool
Man Utd
Arsenal
Chelsea
40
32
32
26
25
Wilson
17
King
24
4
16
19
Fraser
Gosling
L Cook
Stanislas
11
5
3
2
Daniels
Ake
S Cook
Francis
27
Begovic
13
Adrian
41
21
27
Rice
Ogbonna
Evra
5
3
Zabaleta
Cresswell
30
5
5
5
5
5
Arsenal
Leicester
West Brom
Liverpool
Chelsea
7
5
5
5
5
13
12
11
11
10
Man City
Man Utd
Watford
Tottenham Hotspur
Chelsea
17
14
11
11
10
LWLLLW
LDDDLL
Out Cazorla
(foot).
Tests Wilshere,
Kolasinac,
Lacazette (all
knee), Ramsey
(groin).
Out Cameron
(hamstring), Grant
(wrist), Ireland
(calf),
Choupo-Moting
(muscle), Adam
(ban).
8
16
Antonio
Noble
18
Kouyate
17
20
Gabbiadini
11
Redmond
16
Tadic
Ward-Prowse
18
14
Romeu
6
5
2
Bertrand
Hoedt
Stephens
Soares
13
McCarthy
see Brighton safe. The fact they can
play this game amid little pressure is
testament to their recent form. Soon
their fixtures could resemble standard
mid-table fayre – and Chris Hughton
won’t mind one bit.
Prediction 2-2
Tom Prentki
13
Courtois
2
Azpilicueta
Moses
24
Rudiger
Cahill
7
4
Kante
Fabregas
22
8
Stoke have never
got a point at the
Emirates Stadium
TV
Live, Sky Sports
Highlights MOTD2
18
Hazard
Today 3pm
WLWWLL
WLDDLW
Out Deulofeu,
Kaboul (both
foot), Sinclair
(muscle),
Kabasele,
Cleverley (both
hamstring),
Chalobah, Hoban
(both knee).
Out A Smith
(knee), Arter
(calf), Mings
(back).
Test Mousset
(illness).
23
27
11
Eriksen
Moura
Lamela
19
12
Dembele
Wanyama
33
15
Dier
5
Lloris
39
31
6
McTominay
Matic
Pogba
7
9
19
Sanchez
Lukaku
Rashford
4
14
12
Clucas
Ki
Carroll
Dyer
5
16
Points won from
losing positions
by Bournemouth
DWLDDL
Out Reid, Obiang
(both knee),
Collins
(hamstring),
Byram (ankle),
Carroll (foot).
Tests Lanzini
(knock), Kouyate
(illness).
Tests Austin,
Davis (both
hamstring),
Bertrand (back).
2
Both teams have
scored in 10 of the
past 13 meetings
1
Foster
25
23
26
2
Dawson
McAuley
Hegazi
Nyom
10
20
18
11
Phillips
Krychowiak
Barry
Brunt
19
9
Rodriguez
Rondon
11
10
25
13
Lennon
Hendrick
Today 3pm
LLLLLL
DDLDWW
Out Morrison
(Achilles),
Sturridge
(hamstring).
Tests Chadli
(thigh), Barry
(knee).
Out Defour, Brady,
Walters (all knee).
Tests Heaton
(fitness),
Gudmundsson
(knock).
Referee L Probert Wiltshire
3
6
28
2
Mee
Long
Lowton
24
Points West Brom
have lost from
winning positions
29
Pope
Everton v Manchester City
Pickford
4
25
6
Keane
Funes Mori
Jagielka
2
TV
20
15
Schneiderlin Klaassen
Martina
11
14
7
Walcott
Tosun
Bolasie
10
7
Aguero
Sterling
8
21
D Silva
25
35
30
LWLLWW
WDWWWW
Out Stekelenburg
(groin), Holgate
(ankle), Davies
(neck), Gueye
(hamstring),
Sigurdsson,
Mangala (both
knee), McCarthy
(leg), Williams
(ban).
Out Mendy
(knee), Stones
(head).
Tests Aguero
(knee), Delph
(muscle).
side yet to be beaten by Pep Guardiola
since he moved to the Premier League.
But with City two wins away from the
title, Sam Allardyce will need the
greatest scalp of his Everton reign to
halt the timing of the trophy parade.
Prediction 1-3
Chris Bascombe
17
Referee P Tierney Lancashire
14
2
Laporte
Walker
85
Number of league
goals Manchester
City have scored
31
Highlights MOTD
Highlights MOTD
Match notes Everton are the only
Fernandinho De Bruyne
Zinchenko Otamendi
TV
Tonight 5.30pm
1
Gundogan
Highlights MOTD
Match notes Burnley have lost on
Taylor
43
TV
nine of their past 11 visits to the
Hawthorns, where they have not won
since 1969. West Brom, though, have
Barnes
lost their past seven league games.
Alan Pardew’s side were unlucky last
4
17
time out and may be good for a point.
Jon Culley
Cork Gudmundsson Prediction 1-1
Wood
Kenny
Tomorrow 4pm
10
West Bromwich Albion v Burnley
events off the pitch as much as on it,
after crowd problems at West Ham’s
3-0 defeat by Burnley. West Ham have
lost the past three, while Southampton
have won only one league game since
November.
Prediction 1-1
Gerry Cox
Goals conceded
by West Ham in
past three games
Out Fer (Achilles),
Bony (knee),
Rangel (groin),
Sanches
(hamstring)
J Ayew (ban).
Referee R Madley West Yorkshire
26
Fabianski
Highlights MOTD
Today 3pm
6
WDWLWD
Out Herrera,
Jones (both
hamstring), Rojo
(knock), Blind
(ankle).
Tests McTominay
(ankle), Romero,
Young (both
knee).
find out how his Manchester United
players have responded to him
questioning their character. Paul Pogba
and Alexis Sanchez may feel they have
something to prove against a Swansea
side who know how to park the bus.
Prediction 2-0
Mike Whalley
1
TV
DLWLLL
11
33
Today 3pm
LWLWWW
Match notes Jose Mourinho is set to
17
16
Referee A Madley West Yorkshire
Ederson
TV
Live, BT Sport 1
Highlights MOTD
Table
1
2
Man City
Man Utd
HOME
AWAY
P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
30 14 1 0 51 10 12 2 1 34 10 65 81
30 12 2 1 33 7 8 3 4 25 16 35 65
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Liverpool
Tottenham
Chelsea
Arsenal
Burnley
Leicester
Everton
Bournemouth
31
30
30
30
30
30
31
31
10
10
10
11
6
6
9
6
6
4
2
2
4
5
2
4
0
1
3
2
5
4
4
6
10
9
11
17
12
17
18
26
8
8
7
3
5
4
2
3
3
3
3
4
6
5
5
5
11 Watford
12 Brighton
13 Newcastle
31
30
30
6
6
5
4
6
4
5 22 26
3 21 21
6 15 15
4
2
3
14 Swansea
30
6
2
7 15 19
2
2 10 17 29 -16 36 Burnley (H), Huddersfield (A)
4 9 7 19 -12 34 Huddersfield (H), Crystal Pal (A)
4 8 15 25 -10 32
Leicester (A), Arsenal (H)
5 8 10 23 -17 31 West Brom (A), Everton (H)
15 Huddersfield
31
5
5
6 15 22
3
2 10 10 30 -27 31
Referee A Marriner West Midlands
16 Crystal Pal
31
4
5
6 18 23
3
4
32
17 West Ham
LLWLLW
WDWWWW
Out Ampadu, Luiz
(both ankle).
Tests Christensen
(muscle), Barkley,
Courtois (both
hamstring).
Out Winks
(ankle).
Test Kane (ankle),
Alli (groin),
Wanyama (knee).
try and claw back Spurs’s five-point
advantage in the race for the top four.
Their home league record over Spurs is
formidable, but their opponents have a
greater momentum and might just gain
a famous, narrow victory.
Prediction 1-2
Jason Burt
Vertonghen Trippier
1
23
Shaw
Olsson V D Hoorn Fernandez Mawson Naughton
Vicarage Road, where they have won
three in a row, after two away
thrashings. Javi Gracia’s men have
Premier League safety in sight – similar
to Bournemouth, who include Lewis
Cook, fresh from his England debut.
Prediction 2-1
Arindam Rej
Match notes Chelsea have to win to
7
Davies
2
Lindelof
Highlights MOTD
Alonso
Son
Referee C Pawson South Yorkshire
0
3
Giroud
in their remaining Premier League
games of retaining focus amid their
Europa League priority. Stoke have
more to play for following a winless run
stretching more than two months. It
might be a good time to play Arsenal.
Prediction 1-1
Jeremy Wilson
3
Bailly
Abraham
TV
10
Willian
25
Valencia
10
Referee C Kavanagh Manchester
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur
15
De Gea
Referee J Moss West Yorkshire
Lemina
21
28
1
Match notes The focus may be on
Joao Mario Hernandez
22
Manchester United v Swansea City
Match notes Watford return to
13
Match notes Arsenal face a challenge
Lacazette Aubameyang
1
35
30
23
17
16
Tomorrow 1.30pm
Cech
Out Amartey
(hamstring),
James (Achilles).
Test Iheanacho
(hand).
Watford v Bournemouth
Goals in last 10 mins
Chelsea
Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool
Man Utd
33
Out Brown (knee),
Sidwell (back),
Skalak (ankle).
Tests Stephens
(hamstring), Bong
(thigh), Knockaert
(ban), Ulloa
(ineligible).
Glenn Murray has
scored eight in his
past 12 outings
1
Goals in first 10 mins
Headed goals
2/66
1/58
4/51
3/52
1/54
Man City
Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur
Arsenal
Man Utd
Right-foot goals
10
9
9
9
8
Set-piece goals
353
343
338
327
324
LDLDDW
Match notes One more win should
Murray
Left-foot goals
367
343
341
340
333
Hit the woodwork
527
519
513
482
472
Propper
25
Today 3pm
DWDWWL
West Ham United v Southampton
Fouls committed
28
24
21
15
14
West Ham
West Brom
Watford
Huddersfield
Man Utd
Schelotto
Highlights MOTD
Premier League statistics
West Ham
AFC Bournemouth
Man Utd
Burnley
Swansea
3
Live, Sky Sports
Highlights MOTD
Referee M Atkinson West Yorkshire
33
1
Liverpool
Man City
Tottenham Hotspur
Chelsea
Arsenal
22
17
newly-promoted teams that will go a
long way to deciding which one of them
stays up. A win for Newcastle would
launch them clear of the drop zone.
Huddersfield will look to frustrate and
create problems for the home team.
Prediction 2-1
Luke Edwards
24
Salah (Liverpool)
Kane (Tottenham)
Aguero (Man City)
Sterling (Man City)
Lukaku (Man Utd)
5
Match notes A clash between two
Gayle
17
21
Stephens
toughest test of a favourable run-in for
Crystal Palace. Liverpool’s team
selection could be crucial, with Jurgen
Klopp likely to rotate his squad ahead
of the Champions League meeting
with Manchester City.
Prediction 1-3
Sam Dean
Diame
11
1
Ryan
Match notes This looks to be the
Newcastle United v Huddersfield Town
12
Brighton v Leicester City
Spurs have failed
to beat Chelsea in
32 away games
TV
Live, Sky Sports
Highlights MOTD2
38
31
26
39
12
21
25
23
30
5
4
5 16 20
2
5
18 Southampton 30
19 Stoke
31
3
5
7
4
6 16 21
7 17 25
2
1
6
5
31
2
7
6 16 24
1
20 West Brom
4
4
5
8
4
6
9
7
35
28
26
16
15
24
12
14
24 39
16 34
16 25
24 14
14 1
26 2
32 -13
23 -12
63
61
56
48
43
40
40
36
Next games
Man Utd (H), Tottenham (A)
Man City (A), West Brom (H)
Everton (A), Bournemouth (H)
Stoke (A), Man City (H)
West Ham (H), Southampton (A)
Southampton (H), Newcastle (A)
Watford (A), Leicester (H)
Newcastle (H), Burnley (A)
Liverpool (H), Swansea (A)
Crystal Pal (H), Liverpool (A)
Brighton (A), Watford (H)
9 12 25 -18 30 Bournemouth (A), Brighton (H)
9 20 37 -21 30
Chelsea (A), Stoke (H)
Arsenal (A), Chelsea (H)
6 13 23 -15 28
9 12 33 -29 27 Tottenham (H), West Ham (A)
4 11 8 25 -25 20
Swansea (H), Man Utd (A)
The Daily Telegraph Saturday 31 March 2018
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Injured Sturridge
has cost West Brom
£50,000 a minute
By John Percy
Daniel Sturridge has cost West
Bromwich Albion a staggering
£50,000 a minute since his January
loan move, but manager Alan
Pardew has defended the signing of
the Liverpool striker.
Struggling West Brom paid
£3.8 million to land the England
international but he has played
only 77 minutes and the deal is
under increasing scrutiny after he
was ruled out of the next two
matches – against Burnley today
and Swansea next weekend.
The 28-year-old moved to the
Hawthorns in a bid to revive his
hopes of playing at the World Cup
but those chances are now over.
Pardew’s recruitment of Sturridge,
who suffered from persistent injury
problems at Liverpool, was seen as
a huge boost in West Brom’s fight
for survival, after scrapping bids for
Watford’s Troy Deeney and Islam
Slimani of Leicester City.
But Sturridge has not played
since coming off in the fourth
minute of the 3-0 defeat at Chelsea
in February and the deal appears a
gamble that has badly backfired.
“You’re in a transfer window
when Premier League clubs release
players because they’ve got injury
records or are not in good form,”
Pardew said.
“Unfortunately for Daniel, to pull
a hamstring is a serious injury and
you can’t accelerate that process.
“You’ve got to understand that
one of the strikers we were very
interested in, which was a buy
[Slimani], hasn’t played either.
“I have to say that Daniel has
been committed to the club, with
the work he’s done and everything
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Pardew defends signing
Liverpool striker on loan
He’s been serious loss to
the team, says manager
Today
Out: Daniel Sturridge has not played for West Brom since the middle of February
else. I hope we see him on the pitch
because he’s one of the few players
in this group who can get a goal
from nothing. He’s been a serious
loss to the team.”
Albion paid a £2 million loan fee
for Sturridge and are also meeting
the full amount of his £120,000-aweek wages until the end of the
season. But the signing is under the
microscope after chief executive
Mark Jenkins admitted this week he
was “shocked” at the state of the
club’s finances after returning to
the Hawthorns in February. Albion
appear doomed to relegation and
are bottom of the league, 10 points
adrift of safety.
Pardew said: “We’ve only won
three times this season so it suggests
it’s going to be very difficult to stay
up, if not impossible.
“We’ve just to take one game at a
time and let’s just see if we can get a
victory and build on it. The dressing
room at Bournemouth in the last
game was devastated, it’s as hurt as
I’ve been as a manager.”
BASEBALL: MLB, Tampa Bay v Boston - BT Sport 1 11pm;
LA Dodgers v San Francisco - BT Sport 1 2am (Sun).
BASKETBALL: NBA, Boston v Toronto - BT Sport 2 12.30am.
CRICKET: Second day of the fourth Test from
Johannesburg, South Africa v Australia - Sky Sports Cricket
8.55; third day of the second Test from Christchurch, New
Zealand v England - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports
Cricket 11pm.
FOOTBALL: Premier League, Crystal Palace v Liverpool - Sky
Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League 11.30,
Everton v Manchester City - BT Sport 1 5pm; Ladbrokes
Premiership, Motherwell v Rangers - BT Sport 1 12pm; Serie
A, Bologna v Roma - BT Sport 2 11.15, eir Sport 1 11.25,
Sassuolo v Napoli - eir Sport 1 1.55, Juventus v AC Milan BT Sport 2 7.30; Ligue 1, Dijon v Marseille - eir Sport 1
3.55; Bundesliga, Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund - BT
Sport 2 5pm; Sky Bet League Two, Luton v Barnet - Sky
Sports Main Event 5.30.
GOLF: Houston Open - Sky Sports Golf 7pm, Sky Sports
Main Event 7.40; Women's ANA Inspiration - Sky Sports Golf
11pm.
HORES RACING: From Musselburgh - ITV4 1.30.
RUGBY UNION: European Champions Cup, Munster v Toulon
- Sky Sports Action 2.30, Sky Sports Main Event 2.55;
European Challenge Cup, Edinburgh v Cardiff - Sky Sports
Action 5.30.
TENNIS: Miami Open - BT Sport/ESPN 6pm.
Tomorrow
BASEBALL: MLB, New York Mets v St Louis - BT Sport/ESPN
6pm, LA Dodgers v San Francisco - BT Sport/ESPN 1.30am.
BASKETBALL: NBA, San Antonio Spurs v Houston Rockets BT Sport 2 8.30pm.
CRICKET: Third day of the fourth Test from Johannesburg,
South Africa v Australia - Sky Sports Cricket 8.55, Sky
Sports Main Event 9am; fourth day of the second Test from
Christchurch, New Zealand v England - Sky Sports Main
Event, Sky Sports Cricket 11pm.
CYCLING: Tour of Flanders - Eurosport 1 9.15.
GOLF: Houston Open - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports
Golf 7pm; Women's ANA Inspiration - Sky Sports Golf 11pm.
MOTORCYCLING: British Superbike Championship from
Donington Park - Eurosport 2 3.30.
RUGBY UNION: European Champions Cup, Clermont
Auvergne v Racing 92 - Sky Sports Action 12.30, Leinster v
Saracens - BT Sport 2 3pm.
FOOTBALL: Premier League, Arsenal v Stoke - Sky Sports
Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League 12.30, Chelsea v
Tottenham - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier
League 3.30; Bundesliga, Werder Bremen v Eintracht
Frankfurt - BT Sport 2.30, Mainz v Borussia
Monchengladbach - BT Sport 1 5pm; Ligue 1, Lyon v
Toulouse - BT Sport 1 7.45.
WINTER SPORTS: Curling World Championships from Las
Vegas - Eurosport 1 4.30.
Results and fixtures
Sky Bet Championship
Sky Bet League One
Sky Bet League Two
Vanarama National League
Barnsley (1) 2
Moore 7
Potts 78
Bristol C (1) 2
Diedhiou 31
Brownhill 90 12,236
AFC Wimbledon (0) 0
Barnet (0) 2
Akinde 51 pen 87 pen
Crewe (0) 1
McKirdy 70
AFC Fylde (0) 2
Smith 47, Hardy 54
FC Halifax (0) 0
Brentford (0) 1
Mepham 68
Sheff Utd (0) 1
Basham 55
11,174
Boreham Wood (0) 0
Barrow (0) 0
Blackpool (0) 1
Daniel 56
Crawley (0) 1
Payne 49 pen
Cardiff (2) 3
Zohore 16
Mendez-Laing 45
Paterson 64
Burton (1) 1
Bent 21
Cambridge Utd (2) 3
Ibehre 4
Maris 22
Brown 59
Bromley (0) 1
Hanlan 66 pen
Wrexham (0) 1
Jennings 52
1,403
Cheltenham (0) 0
Carlisle (0) 1
Devitt 74 pen
Chester FC (0) 0
Derby (L) L
Sunderland (L) L
Luton (0) 1
Hylton 88 pen
Torquay (1) 2
Healey 3
Romain 66
Leeds Utd (1) 2
Ekuban 4
Hernandez 50
Bolton (0) 1
Le Fondre 53
Colchester (2) 2
Eastman 15
Prosser 28
Grimsby (0) 0
Stevenage (0) 0
Lincoln City (0) 3
Rowe 60
Green 62
Palmer 86
Exeter (1) 2
Stockley 10
Taylor 78
Mansfield (0) 0
Accrington (0) 1
Conneely 60
5,053
Newport Co (1) 1
Demetriou 40
Coventry (0) 1
Biamou 79
4,667
Middlesbrough (0) 1
Bamford 90
Fleetwood (1) 1
Sowerby 22
4,378
Doncaster (1) 2
Rowe 43 70
4,533
21,086
Bristol R (0) 2
Telford 65
Lines 85 pen
Bury (0) 1
Danns 54
Northampton (0) 0
Charlton (2) 4
Reeves 14
Fosu 19 51
Magennis 79
35,377
Wolves (2) 2
Helder Costa 32
Ivan Cavaleiro 37
27,658
Millwall (2) 2
Williams 1
Gregory 33
Nottm Forest (0) 0
Norwich (0) 0
Fulham (0) 2
Johansen 66
Cairney 70
Reading (1) 1
Aluko 13
QPR (0) 0
Sheff Wed (0) 4
Nuhiu 50 90
Lucas Joao 52
Forestieri 90
Preston N E(0) 1
Moult 72
9,030
Scunthorpe (1) 1
Toney 12
7,479
Plymouth (2) 4
Lameiras 3 88
Carey 33 52
Southend (0) 0
11,965
16,004
26,750
20,273
26,588
HOME
AWAY
P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
6,416
Oxford Utd (0) 1
Henry 56 pen
Rochdale (1) 3
Rathbone 45
Davies 80
Henderson 90
Shrewsbury (1) 1
Thomas 8
1,951
623
4,131
3,107
5,461
Dover P
Tranmere P
Postponed - due to waterlogged pitch.
5,368
Eastleigh P
Ebbsfleet Utd P
Postponed - due to waterlogged pitch.
Wycombe (0) 0
Chesterfield (0) 1
Reed 56
5,713
Morecambe (1) 1
Lang 43
6,368
8,038
Rotherham (0) 1
Lavery 68
Peterborough (0) 1
Marriott 90
9,573
Port Vale (1) 2
Pugh 45
Whitfield 82
Wigan (1) 3
Grigg 40
Vaughan 49
Powell 66
Oldham (0) 0
Swindon (0) 1
Norris 55 pen
1,830
Gateshead (0) 0
Dag & Red (0) 0
Guiseley (0) 1
Widdowson 76 og
Leyton Orient (0) 3
McAnuff 48 75
Mooney 90
764
9,785
Notts Cnty (0) 0
4,098
2,313
10,625
HOME
AWAY
P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
Yeovil P
Forest Green P
Postponed - due to waterlogged pitch.
HOME
AWAY
P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
Maidenhead Utd (2) A Sutton Utd (3) A
Pritchard 6
Eastmond 11
Hyde 29
Walton 37, John 42
Abandoned - due to waterlogged pitch.
Maidstone Utd (0) 1
Lafayette 90
Hartlepool (1) 2
Woods 25 89 pen
2,559
Solihull Moors (0) 0
Aldershot (0) 0
1,734
Woking (1) 2
Carter 20
Grego-Cox 84
Macclesfield (1) 3
Blissett 35, Marsh 54
Whitehead 90 2,158
HOME
AWAY
P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
Wolves
39 14 3 2 41 16 12 4 4 30 18 37 85
Cardiff
38 15 3 2 38 14 9 4 5 23 18 29 79
Wigan
37 11 6 2 30 9 13 2 3 41 14 48 80
Accrington 38 14 2 3 37 18 10 3 6 28 22 25 77
Macclesfield 40 11 6 3 27 18 12 3 5 30 25 14 78
39 10 7 2 34 15 10 5 5 34 26 27 72
Blackburn
38 12 6 2 40 18 11 4 3 32 17 37 79
Luton
40 14 2 4 54 21 7 9 4 28 21 40 74
Sutton Utd 39 11 5 4 33 23 10 4 5 27 19 18 72
Fulham
Aston Villa 38 11 6 2 36 18 9 3 7 25 19 24 69
Shrewsbury 39 12 3 3 25 10 11 6 4 27 21 21 78
Wycombe
40 10 5 5 40 30 10 6 4 33 24 19 71
Wrexham
Derby
40 10 9 1 30 14 7 8 5 17 17 16 68
37 9 5 4 29 14 7 9 3 26 20 21 62
Rotherham 39 12 3 5 39 21 8 3 8 25 25 18 66
Notts Co
40 12 6 2 37 17 6 7 7 24 25 19 67
Aldershot
40 9 6 4 32 20 9 8 4 28 25 15 68
Middlesbro 39 11 3 6 27 16 7 5 7 28 22 17 62
Scunthorpe 40 7 7 6 24 22 8 8 4 33 26 9 60
Exeter
39 12 3 4 27 15 8 3 9 25 29 8 66
Tranmere
39 13 2 4 40 17 6 8 6 25 23 25 67
Bristol City 39 10 5 4 31 18 6 9 5 25 26 12 62
Plymouth
39 11 2 7 33 28 6 7 6 18 19 4 60
Coventry
39 12 3 4 29 13 7 5 8 19 19 16 65
Boreham W 40 10 5 5 26 20 7 10 3 27 17 16 66
Millwall
39 10 7 3 30 18 6 6 7 18 19 11 61
Peterboro
39 10 4 6 33 25 5 9 5 28 24 12 58
Lincoln City 39 11 6 3 35 21 6 7 6 21 21 14 64
Dover
40 10 5 5 28 14 7 8 5 25 21 18 64
39 11 3 5 29 16 7 4 9 23 28 8 61
Charlton
38 9 6 5 27 22 7 4 7 23 24 4 58
Mansfield
39 10 8 2 37 20 6 7 6 19 21 15 63
AFC Fylde
40 10 8 3 48 25 7 3 9 25 26 22 62
Ebbsfleet
38 9 6 4 28 19 5 9 5 21 24 6 57
Bromley
38 8 6 5 32 20 7 5 7 28 27 13 56
Sheff Utd
Preston N E 39 7 7 5 22 19 8 8 4 27 22 8 60
Portsmouth 38 10 3 7 29 19 7 1 10 19 28 1 55
Swindon
39 8 3 8 24 33 11 1 8 36 26 1 61
Brentford
39 7 10 3 33 22 7 3 9 22 25 8 55
Bristol R
Carlisle
40 7 8 5 29 20 9 4 7 28 29 8 60
Leeds Utd
39 8 5 7 27 25 7 3 9 25 29 -2 53
Bradford Ci 38 7 2 9 22 28 9 3 8 27 28 -7 53
Colchester 40 9 6 5 29 19 6 7 7 20 25 5 58
Dag & Red 39 11 2 7 36 30 4 8 7 21 21 6 55
Ipswich
38 8 4 7 24 19 7 3 9 23 29 -1 52
Southend
39 10 6 4 30 21 3 5 11 15 38 -14 50
Newport Co 39 6 10 3 26 20 7 5 8 23 30 -1 54
L Orient
Norwich
39 6 8 6 20 21 7 5 7 21 25 -5 52
Doncaster
38 7 7 4 27 19 5 6 9 20 26 2 49
Cambridge U 40 11 5 4 27 17 3 7 10 15 35 -10 54
Gateshead 38 7 8 5 29 19 4 8 6 22 21 11 49
QPR
Eastleigh
39 11 2 6 34 26 5 4 11 22 32 -2 54
40 6 6 8 28 24 7 5 8 21 27 -2 50
VANARAMA NATIONAL.-North: Alfreton Town 1
Nuneaton 1-Boston Utd 3 Kidderminster
2-Brackley 0 Harrogate Town 0-Bradford P A 2
Stockport County 3-Gainsborough 4 Spennymoor
Town 1-Salford City 2 Curzon Ashton 1-Tamworth
L North Ferriby Utd L. South: Bognor Regis Town
P Chelmsford P-Braintree Town A Oxford City
A-Concord Rangers P Hungerford Town P-Dartford
1 Hampton & Richmond 0-Havant and W 2
Weston-S-Mare 0-Poole Town P Whitehawk
P-Truro City 3 Hemel Hempstead 3-Welling P Bath
City P.
EVO-STIK SOUTHERN.-Prem: Dunstable 0
Slough 3.
BOSTIK.-Prem: Burgess Hill Town P Wingate &
Finchley P-Dulwich A Dorking Wanderers
A-Tonbridge Angels P Harlow P.
Fixtures 3pm unless stated
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Birmingham v Ipswich
Hull v Aston Villa (5.30)
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Walsall v Portsmouth
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Aberdeen v St Johnstone
Celtic v Ross County
Hibernian v Partick
Kilmarnock v Hamilton
Motherwell v Rangers (12.30)
HOME
AWAY
P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
Celtic
30 9 5 0 30 8 11 3 2 29 12 39 68
Rangers
31 7 2 7 25 19 11 2 2 36 17 25 58
Aberdeen
30 9 2 4 23 14 8 3 4 21 19 11 56
Hibernian
30 7 3 4 22 17 7 7 2 21 16 10 52
Kilmarnock 30 7 3 6 24 24 5 7 2 16 14 2 46
Hearts
31 6 7 2 18 9 4 5 7 14 20 3 42
St Johnstone 31 5 4 7 15 25 5 3 7 16 18 -12 37
Motherwell 30 6 4 5 18 12 4 2 9 16 27 -5 36
Hamilton
29 4 3 8 21 29 4 3 7 19 22 -11 30
Dundee
30 4 2 9 14 24 4 2 9 16 24 -18 28
Partick
30 5 3 7 17 20 1 4 10 9 30 -24 25
Ross County 30 2 5 8 18 27 3 2 10 15 26 -20 22
LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
Dumbarton v Livingston
Dunfermline v Queen of the South
Falkirk v Brechin
Inverness CT v St Mirren
Morton v Dundee Utd
P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
39 9 5 5 26 25 3 6 11 19 31 -11 47
Gillingham 38 4 9 5 21 20 8 4 8 22 23 0 49
Crawley
N Forest
39 8 2 9 20 25 5 5 10 23 31 -13 46
Sheff Wed 39 6 7 7 29 29 4 7 8 16 24 -8 44
Fleetwood 39 5 6 9 28 31 8 3 8 23 26 -6 48
Cheltenham 40 7 6 7 27 24 5 6 9 31 34 0 48
Maidenhead 39 7 6 6 24 20 5 7 8 28 38 -6 49
St Mirren
Blackpool
Stevenage 39 7 8 4 34 22 4 4 12 16 34 -6 45
Hartlepool 40 6 5 8 22 23 6 7 8 26 35 -10 48
Livingston
29 6 7 2 20 13 8 3 3 27 18 16 52
Hull
38 6 7 6 37 29 3 5 11 16 30 -6 39
Oxford Utd 38 7 5 7 30 30 5 5 9 23 28 -5 46
Crewe
40 8 3 9 27 29 5 1 14 23 36 -15 43
FC Halifax
Morton
30 6 2 6 19 15 6 8 2 21 13 12 46
Reading
Bolton
Barnsley
39 4 7 9 22 29 5 5 9 23 28 -12 39
39 8 4 7 22 24 1 8 11 12 34 -24 39
39 3 8 9 18 28 4 5 10 21 30 -19 34
Walsall
38 7 6 6 26 27 4 5 10 21 30 -10 44
Yeovil
37 8 4 7 27 19 3 5 10 20 38 -10 42
Maidstone 40 5 8 8 24 31 6 5 8 23 29 -13 46
Dundee Utd 28 8 3 3 24 16 5 3 6 14 19 3 45
MK Dons
39 6 8 6 22 24 4 4 11 17 28 -13 42
Morecambe 39 6 6 7 19 23 3 9 8 19 25 -10 42
Woking
40 9 5 7 31 28 3 3 13 18 38 -17 44
Dunfermline 30 7 4 3 26 17 4 6 6 18 14 13 43
AFC W'don 39 7 3 9 19 25 4 6 10 18 25 -13 42
Port Vale
Barrow
38 3 10 6 18 21 6 4 9 25 29 -7 41
Queen of Sth 30 4 6 5 21 22 7 3 5 26 23 2 42
Birmingham 38 7 2 10 14 21 2 4 13 14 36 -29 33
Oldham
Forest Green 39 9 2 9 30 30 2 5 12 17 37 -20 40
Solihull M
40 6 7 7 23 25 4 4 12 17 28 -13 41
Inverness
27 6 3 4 17 12 3 4 7 15 20 0 34
Burton
Northamptn 40 6 4 11 16 33 4 6 9 20 34 -31 40
Grimsby
Torquay
39 3 5 10 18 27 5 5 11 18 35 -26 34
Falkirk
28 5 6 4 22 20 3 4 6 9 20 -9 34
Sunderland 38 2 6 11 17 33 3 7 9 21 35 -30 28
Rochdale
37 5 8 4 17 15 3 6 11 21 31 -8 38
Chesterfield 38 7 3 10 25 30 2 4 12 16 38 -27 34
Chester FC 40 4 5 11 16 30 2 8 10 18 36 -32 31
Dumbarton 28 3 3 8 8 21 3 6 5 11 17 -19 27
*Not including Derby v Sunderland
Bury
39 6 4 10 17 25 1 5 13 15 34 -27 30
Barnet
Guiseley
Brechin
39 2 4 13 13 36 5 5 10 15 34 -42 30
39 6 7 6 26 27 5 7 8 19 23 -5 47
37 7 3 8 27 27 3 7 9 23 38 -15 40
40 8 3 9 27 25 7 5 8 23 32 -7 53
40 6 6 8 23 25 4 6 10 20 30 -12 42
40 4 8 8 15 23 5 3 12 17 38 -29 38
40 5 6 9 18 25 3 3 14 18 34 -23 33
39 6 10 4 32 30 5 6 8 24 32 -6 49
40 7 5 7 25 24 4 9 8 17 27 -9 47
38 3 8 8 17 25 2 3 14 16 47 -39 26
29 13 1 1 34 9 8 2 4 23 20 28 66
29 0 4 11 9 29 0 0 14 10 36 -46 4
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE ONE
Alloa v Arbroath
East Fife v Ayr
Queen’s Park v Airdrieonians
Raith v Albion
Stranraer v Forfar
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE TWO
Annan Athletic v Berwick
Cowdenbeath v Stenhousemuir
Elgin v Stirling
Montrose v Edinburgh City
Peterhead v Clyde
VANARAMA NATIONAL.-North: Blyth Spartans v
AFC Telford, Darlington v Southport, Leamington
v FC United of Manchester, York v Chorley.
South: Chippenham v Eastbourne Borough,
Gloucester v St Albans, Wealdstone v East Thurrock.
EVO-STIK NORTHERN PREMIER.-Prem: Ashton
Utd v Mickleover Sports, Coalville Tn v
Workington, Halesowen v Stourbridge, Lancaster
City v Sutton Coldfield Tn, Marine v Buxton,
Matlock Tn v Stalybridge, Nantwich Tn v Farsley
Celtic, Rushall Olympic v Altrincham, Shaw Lane v
Barwell, Stafford Rangers v Grantham, Whitby v
Warrington Tn, Witton Albion v Hednesford.
EVO-STIK SOUTHERN.-Prem: Bishop’s Stortford
v Merthyr Tn, Chesham v Redditch, Dorchester v
St Neots Tn, Farnborough v Kings Langley, Frome
Tn v Banbury, Gosport Borough v Biggleswade Tn,
Hereford FC v Royston Tn, Hitchin v Tiverton,
Kettering v Weymouth, St Ives Tn v Basingstoke,
Stratford Tn v Kings Lynn Tn.
BOSTIK.-Prem: Enfield Tn v Brightlingsea
Regent, Hendon v Met Police, Leatherhead v
Billericay, Margate v Worthing, Merstham v
Harrow Borough, Needham Market v Tooting &
Mitcham, Staines Tn v Folkestone Invicta,
Thurrock v Leiston.
DANSKE BANK IRISH PREMIERSHIP:
Warrenpoint Tn v Dungannon Swifts.
Tennent's Irish Cup Semi-finals: Cliftonville v
Loughgall, Coleraine v Linfield
JD WELSH PREMIER: Bangor City v The New
Saints FC (5.15), Barry Tn v Prestatyn Tn (2.30),
Connah’s Quay Nomads v Cardiff Met Uni (2.30),
Llandudno v Aberystwyth (2.30), Newtown v
Carmarthen (2.30).
PRESS & JOURNAL HIGHLAND: Brora v Turriff
United, Buckie Thistle v Forres Mechanics,
Clachnacuddin v Huntly, Fort William v Cove
Rangers, Keith v Nairn County, Strathspey Thistle
v Lossiemouth, Wick Academy v Deveronvale.
Breedon Aggregates League Cup final:
Formartine United v Fraserburgh.
FERRARI PACKAGING LOWLAND: Cumbernauld
Colts v Gretna 2008, East Stirling v Spartans,
Gala Fairydean v Hawick Royal Albert, Selkirk v
Dalbeattie Star.
FA WOMEN’S SUPER LGE 2: Doncaster Belles v
Watford (5).
Tomorrow
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Dundee v Hearts (12.30)
FA WOMEN’S SUPER LGE: Arsenal v Chelsea
(12.30), Birmingham v Sunderland (2), Everton v
Bristol City (2), Man City v Reading (2), Yeovil v
Liverpool (12.30). SUPER LGE 2: Brighton v
Tottenham (2), Durham v Oxford Utd (12),
Sheffield FC v Millwall Lionesses (2).
10
Saturday 31 March 2018 The Daily Telegraph
FINAL
Sport Football
One to go Pep has beaten
every team - bar Everton
City concerned
over keeping
hold of Sterling
Guardiola says winger
will be coveted by rivals
Aguero faces late fitness
test to play Everton
By James Ducker
Pep Guardiola fears a fight to keep
Raheem Sterling after admitting
the £100 million-rated Manchester
City and England winger’s fine
form has put him firmly in demand.
Sterling is due to enter the final
two years of his existing £180,000a-week contract this summer. City
want to extend his deal and are prepared to offer a substantial pay rise
– but Sterling’s impressive displays
have caught the attention of Real
Madrid, Barcelona and Paris StGermain.
Sterling’s valuation could soar
again if he thrives for England at
the World Cup finals in Russia and
Guardiola is aware the 23-year-old,
who has scored 20 goals in all competitions this term, is increasingly
coveted.
“No doubt, it is so important [to
keep Sterling]. But the deals are the
deals. The agents, circumstances,
maybe other clubs are interested in
him,” the City manager said ahead
of tonight’s trip to Everton.
“In terms of contracts I’m not the
guy, it’s Txiki [Begiristain, the
director of football] that is talking
about that.”
City could clinch the title against
rivals Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium next Saturday if the
clubs match each other’s results
this weekend.
It is a far cry from City’s previous
visit to Goodison Park in January
last year when they suffered a humiliating 4-0 loss – the heaviest
league defeat of Guardiola’s managerial career – and the Catalan
admitted he had feared the worst if
results did not improve.
“In that moment, I thought that
could happen, that it doesn’t work
and at the same time I thought, ‘OK,
In demand: Raheem Sterling’s contract with Manchester City expires in 2020
if next season it’s not going well, if
it’s the same then Txiki or Ferran
[Soriano, the chief executive] or the
other people would decide, ‘OK,
Pep, you are not good enough with
those players to do what you can do
and change’.
“I am not saying that because
now we are in this position. I said
last season many times when I was
asked, ‘I am going to insist [playing
this way]. Of course, if it’s not going
well and we are not winning, you
think, ‘What do we have to do?’
That is normal. All managers think
the same when they don’t win.”
Guardiola said he would make a
late call on whether to involve
Sergio Aguero against Everton – the
only side Guardiola is yet to beat
after less than two seasons in the
Premier League – after the striker
suffered a knee injury three weeks
ago that forced him to miss the
Stoke game as well as Argentina’s
friendlies against Italy and Spain.
City are unlikely to take any
chances ahead of the first leg of
their Champions League quarterfinal against Liverpool on Wednesday. “He is much better. We will see
[on Saturday],” Guardiola said.
John Stones could miss the Everton game after being substituted in
England’s 1-1 draw against Italy on
Tuesday with concussion. Fellow
defender Benjamin Mendy is edging closer to a first-team return
after the cruciate knee ligament injury he suffered last September but
Guardiola was unsure whether the
Frenchman would be available
against United.
“He’s much, much better, the last
week to 10 days he’s been training
with us, but it’s a long injury,” he
said.
Clyne returns as Gomez
faces up to a month out
By Chris Bascombe
Nathaniel Clyne has joined
the Liverpool squad for the
first time this season for today’s trip to Crystal Palace,
but Jurgen Klopp is without
Joe Gomez for up to a month.
Gomez suffered an ankle
injury on duty with England.
That makes Clyne’s return
from back surgery well
timed, although Trent Alexander-Arnold remains the favoured option ahead of the
game at Selhurst Park.
Clyne’s last appearance
was during pre-season, July
12, against Tranmere Rovers
and despite some under-23
appearances he will need to
wait for his first start.
“Joe’s injury is serious
enough to keep him out for a
couple of games, but not out
for
the
rest
of
the
season. We hope he will be
back training in three to four
weeks,” said Klopp.
“But Clyney is fit and training, so that is good news. I
have no fear of putting him
in, no, but of course he does
not have the rhythm. You can
see in training that everything is there again.”
Meanwhile, Sam Allardyce
does not believe his position
as Everton manager is insecure as he seeks the major
scalps that could shift perceptions of his period in charge.
“I have no problem with
the security of my position
and never have,” he said
ahead of his side’s game with
Manchester City.
“Only other people have
created that insecurity. It is
not an insecure position for
me and never has been.”
Benitez: My
job is tougher
than Wagner’s
By Luke Edwards
Rafa Benitez has argued it
has been far easier for
Huddersfield Town than
Newcastle United this season
because there is nothing like
the same sort of expectation
on manager David Wagner’s
shoulders.
“We are in a decent
position now, but it has been
much harder for us than
them,” said Benitez ahead of
the two sides’ relegation
clash at St James’ Park today.
“Huddersfield had nothing to lose. Our first game
against them this season, it
was their first at home in the
Premier League and you
could feel the atmosphere.
“They are so happy to be
here, so it’s a win-win situation for them.”
In brief
Wigan back on top
Wigan are back in pole
position in the League One
title race after cruising to a
3-0 home win against
Oldham thanks to goals from
Will Grigg, James Vaughan
and Nick Powell. Shrewsbury
could have gone top but lost
3-1 at Rochdale. Shrewsbury
thought they had a chance to
level the game in injury-time
when referee Richard Clark
awarded them a penalty –
only for the official to change
his mind and award a corner,
from which the hosts broke
downfield to score.
Kewell plays down link
Crawley Town manager
Harry Kewell has played
down suggestions he is set to
take over at Charlton if an
Australian consortium
completes their takeover at
the club. “I am an Australian
manager in the league and
people have decided to put
two and two together,” he
said. “Don’t get me wrong,
I’m flattered, but no one has
approached me.”
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Sport Championship
Sunderland
raise hopes as
Rowett rips
into Derby
Nuno ‘lost it’ after nine-man win
Middlesbrough
Bamford 90
Wolves
Costa 32, Cavaleiro 37
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Derby County
Vydra 42
Att: 27,658
Sunderland
By Jason Mellor at the Riverside
Honeyman 10, Fletcher 36, McGeady 50 pen,
O’Shea 76
Att: 27,890
By Jon Culley at Pride Park
GETTY IMAGES
Nuno Espirito Santo was forced to
defend himself amid suggestions he
had celebrated excessively after
Wolverhampton Wanderers took
another significant step towards
clinching a Premier League return.
Tony Pulis refused to criticise his
opposite number, despite an incendiary reaction from the Portuguese
manager after a dramatic victory
for his nine-man Championship
leaders saw the Wolves manager
gesticulate wildly while jumping
provocatively right in front of the
Middlesbrough bench.
“I didn’t see all the incidents
afterwards, they were obviously
delighted as they’d just won,” Pulis
said. “To be honest, I don’t know
the fella [Nuno]. It might be different if he was someone I knew. I’d
have reacted differently. He’s very
welcome to come into my room,
but I doubt he will.”
For his part, Nuno admitted his
emotions got the better of him as
his side, despite having Ruben
Neves and Matt Doherty sent off,
restored their six-point advantage
at the top of the table thanks to a
first victory on Teesside since 1951.
“Everyone in the stadium lost
control,” Nuno insisted, claiming
decisions by referee Stuart Attwell
added to the fractious atmosphere.
“It’s difficult to control your emotions when a bad decision can cost
you. The referee was not able to
control the teams.”
Even with nine men, Wolves look
too good for the Championship. It
appears a matter of when not if they
are promoted back to the Premier
League as, in the space of 90 breathless minutes, they accumulated
Flat out: Nuno Espirito Santo celebrates with midfielder Romain Saiss after his nine-man side held on to beat Middlesbrough
more points than they had managed
over the previous 26 years in this
corner of the North-East. They now
require a maximum of three wins
from their remaining seven games.
Wolves are unbeaten in 27 games
when they have taken the lead this
season, meaning that the outcome
here looked in little doubt once the
visitors’ dominance was rewarded
by scoring twice in the space of five
minutes as half-time approached.
Barry Douglas was the source of
both goals, first sending over an
inviting cross for the unmarked
Helder Costa to volley in his fourth
goal in his last nine league appearances at the back post in the 32nd
minute. The advantage was soon
doubled, Darren Randolph saving
Willy Boly’s near-post header from
a Douglas corner, only for the ball
to loop across goal where Ivan
Cavaleiro had the simple task of
nodding into an unguarded net.
Middlesbrough had to make the
running after the break, but it was a
task which proved largely beyond
them as the visitors coped with
relative ease, at least until Neves
made an unnecessarily exit with 25
minutes remaining, picking up a
second caution inside two minutes
for an ugly lunge at George Friend.
Doherty’s second caution for a
flailing elbow, Friend again the
victim, as the pair challenged for an
aerial ball, saw Wolves further di-
minished shortly after. But their
opponents failed to take advantage
until Patrick Bamford’s fine volley
in the fourth minute of stoppage
time set up a nervy final 90 seconds,
which the visitors safely negotiated
to cap a display which spoke volumes about their qualities. Pulis
added: “They’ve invested well and
will do so again when they go up.”
Middlesbrough (4-3-3) Randolph; Shotton (Cranie 70),
Ayala, Gibson, Friend; Clayton (Assombalonga 70),
Leadbitter (Howson 63), Besic; Traore, Bamford,
Downing. Subs Konstantopoulos, Fry, Baker, Harrison.
Booked Leadbitter, Shotton, Cranie.
Wolves (3-4-3) Ruddy; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty,
Saiss, Neves, Douglas; Costa (Gibbs-White 84), Afobe
(Bonatini 63), Cavaleiro (N’Diaye 58). Subs Norris, Batth,
Vinagre, Hause. Booked Ruddy, Doherty, Neves, Saiss,
Bennett. Sent off Neves (56), Doherty (71).
Referee Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire).
Warnock tells Cardiff to relax Rapid-fire Fulham keep up
as they close in on promotion pressure on Warnock’s side
Cardiff City
Zohore 16, Mendez-Laing 45, Paterson 64
Burton Albion
Bent 21
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1
Att: 21,086
By James Candy
at the Cardiff City Stadium
Neil Warnock is only five wins from
leading Cardiff City back to the
Premier League. The 69-year-old
manager has transformed a team
who were 23rd in the Championship
when he took over 18 months ago
into promotion favourites.
This latest hard-fought triumph,
courtesy of goals from Kenneth
Zohore, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing
and Callum Paterson, moved them
to one victory off their club record
of nine in a row. “I’m not too bothered about records,” said Warnock.
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“We’re in a fantastic position so let’s
enjoy it.”
Liam Boyce had failed to punish
Cardiff twice and Burton were
made to pay. Junior Hoilett found
Zohore, who volleyed his fourth
goal in six matches.
The visitors spoilt the party five
minutes later when Darren Bent
tapped in, but Cardiff took the lead
when Zohore flicked on for
Mendez-Laing to charge towards
goal and smash the ball into the roof
of the net. They put the icing on the
cake when Paterson scored his
fourth goal in as many games.
Cardiff City (4-3-3) Etheridge; Manga, Bamba, Morrison,
Bennett; Grujic, Bryson (Gunnarsson 66), Paterson;
Mendez-Laing (Wildschut 85), Hoilett, Zohore (Madine
71). Subs Peltier, Pilkington, Murphy, Ward.
Booked Bryson.
Burton Albion (4-4-1-1) Bywater; Brayford (Egert 76),
McFadzean, Naylor, Flanagan; Sordell, Murphy, Allen,
Dyer; Boyce (Davenport 69); Bent (Sbarra 82). Subs
Turner, Samuelsen, Buxton, Campbell. Booked Naylor,
McFadzean.
Referee Simon Hooper (Wiltshire).
R O U N D -U P
Quick-fire second-half goals from
Stefan Johansen and Tom Cairney
inspired third-placed Fulham to a
2-0 win at Norwich.
Fulham stretched their unbeaten
run to 17 games with a hard-fought
triumph, but remain seven points
behind Neil Warnock’s Cardiff in
second. Slavisa Jokanovic, the
Fulham manager, said: “We just
have to keep picking up good
results and then see what happens
in May. But I am not worried about
that now, it’s only the next game I
am thinking of.”
Shaun Williams scored after just
27 seconds as Millwall beat
Nottingham Forest 2-0 to
maintain their play-off push. The
win extends Millwall’s unbeaten
run to 13 league matches and takes
them to within one point of the top
six with seven matches remaining.
Williams’s first-minute header
put Neil Harris’s men in charge,
before Lee Gregory’s 10th goal of
the season doubled their advantage
before the break. Meanwhile,
Bristol City missed the chance to
break into the play-off spots, but
claimed a share of the spoils in
their 2-2 draw with struggling
Barnsley thanks to Josh
Brownhill’s late equaliser.
Atdhe Nuhiu netted scored
twice as Sheffield Wednesday
beat play-off hopefuls Preston 4-1.
Lucas Joao and fit-again Fernando
Forestieri got the other Wednesday
goals, while Louis Moult scored for
the visitors.
Caleb Ekuban and Pablo
Hernandez scored for Leeds as
they beat Bolton 2-1. Adam Le
Fondre’s second-half effort kept
the visitors in the game, but Leeds
managed to hold on to seal all
three points.
Derby’s crumbling promotion campaign took another turn in the
wrong direction as a shock win for
relegation favourites Sunderland
left Gary Rowett’s side eight
matches without a win.
Derby were in the second automatic promotion place at the beginning of the year, but have won only
two league matches from 13 in 2018.
There are echoes of Derby’s collapse under Steve McClaren in 2015
in the way their season is unravelling. Where they were seven points
clear of seventh place in January,
they are now clinging to a top-six
position only on goal difference.
Rowett said he was embarrassed
with the performance, which he
described as the poorest he had
watched in six years as a manager.
“I didn’t think there was a psychological problem but now I have
to say maybe there is,” he said. “I’ve
been the first one to criticise people
who suggest we haven’t got the bottle when the chips are down, but
I’m questioning it myself tonight.”
In driving rain, Derby were the
architects of their own misfortune
as Sunderland claimed a first win in
Long wait: John
O’Shea scored his
first league goal in
five years for
Sunderland
11 matches to climb off the bottom.
George Honeyman’s 25-yard shot
was headed into his own net by fullback Craig Forsyth and a woefully
careless pass by Richard Keogh allowed Ashley Fletcher to score.
Derby responded before halftime as Matej Vydra volleyed in his
19th goal of the season yet, four
minutes into the second half, came
another self-inflicted wound.
Forsyth compounded his bad
night by bringing down Lynden
Gooch inside the penalty area, enabling Aiden McGeady to restore
Sunderland’s two-goal cushion.
John O’Shea completed Derby’s
miserable night, stabbing home his
first goal in four years.
Sunderland
manager
Chris
Coleman described his side’s display as “superb” but warned it must
not be a one-off. “We have given
ourselves a chance, but we have to
follow it up against Barnsley on
Monday,” he said.
Derby County (4-2-3-1) Carson; Baird, Keogh, Davies,
Forsyth; Thorne (Nugent 58), Johnson; Weimann, Vydra,
Lawrence (Palmer h-t); Jerome (Ledley 83). Subs Roos
(g), Wisdom, Pearce, Thomas. Booked Vydra, Johnson.
Sunderland (4-2-3-1) Camp; Love, Kone, O’Shea, Oviedo
(Matthews 81); McNair (Wilson 78), Cattermole; Gooch
(Maja 90), Honeyman, McGeady; Fletcher. Subs Steele
(g), Lualua, McManaman, Robson. Booked Kone, Love,
Cattermole, O’Shea.
Referee James Linington (Isle of Wight).
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Sport Golf
How Tiger got his bite back –
SPECIAL Rebuilding the body
REPORT It was at the Champions’ Dinner in
A latenight
arrest,
chronic
back pain
and awful
form put
Woods
on the
brink.
Now he
has a shot
at a fifth
Augusta
title.
James
Corrigan
reveals
how he
did it
‘To win
would
be the
greatest
return
in the
history
of sport’
the Augusta National clubhouse
last year when Tiger Woods
delivered the bombshell to Jack
Nicklaus: “That’s it, I’m done.” He
was not talking about his starter.
Sir Nick Faldo, with his three
green jackets, was in the room.
Recalling the sad, hunchbacked
figure who had trouble sitting
down throughout the meal in
honour of Danny Willett, the 2016
champion, Faldo also suspected
that this had a discernible feel of
the last supper.
“Tiger had been through three
back surgeries at the time, was
obviously still in agony whenever
we’d seen him of late and was
saying ‘this is it’,” Faldo recalled
this week.
“So if he is to win this year’s
Masters, then to my mind it would
be the greatest comeback not just
in the history of golf, but in the
history of all sports.”
At that Augusta dinner, Faldo
had not even witnessed the low
point that occurred shortly after
golf ’s most exclusive evening.
Two months later, the world
gasped as mugshots were released
by the Florida Police Department
depicting Woods in a red-eyed,
pathetically bleary mess after a
late-night arrest when found
slumped over his steering wheel.
“There looked no way back,”
Faldo said.
Except, by then, Woods had
undergone a fourth operation.
True, he was still, as the therapists
say, “trapped in the prison of the
dependency”, but there was at least
a light through that opiate haze.
Two weeks after the 2017 Masters,
the 41-year-old underwent an
anterior lumbar interbody fusion
and this was his and, yes, golf ’s,
“Eureka!” moment.
The trio of microdiscectomies
had not worked, regardless of the
statements of Woods and his
Pravda-like team thereafter. The
surgeons had chiselled away at the
discs cutting on to the nerve, but
each time the contact would
resume and the agony would
re-ensue.
There was only one more option.
“It was no surprise that Tiger and
his doctor decided to go with this
procedure after all the other
treatments had been exhausted,”
said a spokesman for the muchlauded Spine Health Institute in
Florida. “It is quite a common
sequence.”
The problem was that Woods
was adamant after his last
microdiscectomy that there would
be “no more operations, no more
going under the knife”.
Yet after months of being bound
to the sofa, unable even to venture
out into the back garden for a
kick-around with his children,
Woods relented.
He would at least look into the
possibility,
It has not been known until now,
but Rory McIlroy, Woods’s
neighbour and friend, has revealed
to Telegraph Sport that Woods’s
salvation began in Britain. “Tiger
told me the story about how he’d
been fixed and how it was a
‘mini-miracle’,” McIlroy said.
“He actually travelled all the way
to London to see the ultimate
consultant on these things, who
told him that the only guy who
could fix this was in Texas.”
Dr Richard Guyer was the Dallas
specialist who took just under
three hours to repiece the icon and
perform the spinal fusion
procedure that basically entailed
removing Woods’s damaged disc
and re-elevating the collapsed disc
space to normal levels.
And that allowed one of Woods’s
vertebrae to heal to the other. It
was described as “minimally
invasive”, which “accessed the
spine” from the “front of the body”.
In truth, Woods had not even
contemplated these kinds of
returns. “I got a second chance at
life – I am a walking miracle,” he
said on his website yesterday.
So long as he followed the rehab
plan and broke the habit of a
golfing lifetime by not returning to
whacking his driver too soon, the
medics assured him there was no
reason why his physical health
should be an issue.
Except there was still an
enduring physical problem
coursing wildly deep within his
veins.
He was addicted to prescribed
Rebuilding the swing
painkillers and the drying out
would be painful.
“You think they save your life
and then they almost kill you –
‘almost’ if you’re lucky,” so Cathryn
Kemp, the author of the celebrated
Painkiller Addict, told The
Telegraph.
Woods checked into rehab
in June and claims now to be
clean. Now came the time to
resurrect his career.
Back for more:
Tiger Woods says
he is enjoying
playing again and
pain-free after
shaking off his
demons, such as
his arrest (top
right)
When Woods received the green
light to resume playing, he did so
on his own terms and with his own
philosophy.
Woods officially announced in
December he had split from Chris
Como, his fourth and seemingly
final swing adviser, and gone solo.
Whether he has received any
assistance since is not known, but
it has been the subject of constant
speculation – particularly because
he has reached remarkable swing
speeds that were apparently long
behind him and his battered frame.
The rust has come flying off in
ridiculous fashion, with a 12th,
second and fifth-placed finishes in
has past three events, having only
resumed his career five
tournaments ago.
Pete Cowen – the worldrenowned coach from Yorkshire
who has guided the likes of Henrik
Stenson, Willett and Darren Clarke
to majors and Lee Westwood to
world No 1 – believes Woods is
responsible for rediscovering his
own majesty.
“If there is one player who could
work it out himself then it’s him –
he knows the swing better than
any other player nowadays,”
Cowen told Telegraph Sport.
“But it’s the swing speed that’s
the thing. That’s defying age, right
THE REMODELLED SWING
1
Tiger’s address position
resembles the form he
had in his dominant
years. He is standing
taller, the butt of the club
is looking into his navel
(a) and his forearms are
parallel (b). This is a far
cry from his 2010-2013
set-up which was
characterised by
aggressive tilts and
angles
(c)
(b)
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– just in time for the Masters
there.” McIlroy noticed it as soon as
he played with him in that friendly
round in November.
“It was incredible when he first
drove the ball – I was like, ‘Wow’,
where did he get that speed from?”
he said. “I went there worrying
about what sort of Tiger I’d see.
And I honestly left thinking he
could stun the world again.”
Certainly, Woods has astonished
the boffins who operate the
tracking machines. His clubhead
speed at the recent Valspar
Championship – where he
recorded his first top-three placing
in almost five years – was measured
at 129.2mph, the fastest on the PGA
Tour this year.
“He isn’t thrashing it, but he’s
still maintained the speed and
actually increased it,” Cowen said.
“And it’s actually as much from
deceleration as from acceleration.
The swing doesn’t look violent, but
it’s now like the one-inch punch.
The same power as the haymaker
but with that power used much
more efficiently. The titanium plate
in there is probably helping him as
it is giving him a bit of restriction,
but also control. It’s not a ‘bandaid’ swing any more. The stability
is all the way through the body. In
the past, he tried to get groundforce through moving the weight
down, but now he has just done it
through weight structure.”
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thinking
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The distance is there but, as yet,
the direction is palpably not. “If
there’s one reason not to fancy him
at Augusta it’s his inaccuracy off
the tee,” Cowen said. “You can’t
spray it all over the place there like
maybe you once could. Tiger’s
been taking a driving-iron off the
tee recently and been getting away
with it, but I’m not sure that will
work at the Masters. It would be no
shock at all, however, if he turns
up with his driver suddenly on
point. People forget that he is an
utterly remarkable sportsman. He
does things nobody else can – he is
the Usain Bolt of golf. And now he’s
fit and as fast again…”
Apart from the driving, one
alarm bell does still sound in the
distance. During one of his aborted
comebacks a few years ago, Woods
3
(d)
the land, make duffs on that.
Believe me, when Tiger came
back this time he knew that his
short game would be his
strength. Look at his putting. He
can rely on it more than any other
golfer. His stroke is beautifully
orthodox – so simple and the
same every time. Tiger’s never
lost that.”
RISES AND FALLS IN RANKINGS
Good swings
display good
geometry. Look at
how Tiger’s knees,
hips, shoulders
and left arm are all
'planed' (d). If you
have all these
components
talking to one
another the swing
(d)
can unlock and
play free. Jam up
and confuse these
planes and you're
likely to invite
injury and poor
play
2010
2012
2014
2016
2018
exhibited a sudden propensity to
duff and thin pitch shots. The
dreaded “yip” word was diagnosed,
with Gary Player declaring: “Tiger
has the cancer of golf – and with
the chipping yips there’s no way he
can win, no way at all.”
Player was not alone in his
alarmist overtures, with Woods’s
former coach Hank Haney also
chiming in. Blessedly, those
statements of doom seem
premature. Woods’s short game
has looked razor-sharp.
“I never believed he had the
chipping yips,” said Cowen. “As
Tiger said, he was just in between
methods of swinging and it seeped
through to his chipping. And it
only happened into the grain on
Bermuda grass and I’ve even seen
Phil Mickelson, the best chipper in
‘He’s in
the mix,
but you
have to
ask if he
has the
nerve to
win it?’
Fastest club head speed (mph)
129.2
Tiger Woods
129
Kevin Tway
Keith Mitchell
Tony Finau
127.6
127.3
Dustin Johnson
126.6
Gary Woodland
126.4
Luke List
126.4
Peter Uihlein
126.3
(e)
J.B. Holmes
Rory McIlroy
126
125.4
Speeds measured on PGA Tour this year
(d)
(d)
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Pictures: Getty Images
I like what I see here. Tiger’s
hips and shoulders are very
'gated' – synchronised, in
other words (e). His biggest
improvement, when you
lump all of this together, is
that he can control the
swing path better and
reduce unwanted side-spin
By Nick Bradley, former coach to Justin Rose and Sky Sports analyst
Woods thought he was finished
as a professional golfer. His
decision to undergo the spinal
fusion was more to do with the
alleviation of the constant pain
and the wish to be an active
father than returning to the
competitive fairways.
The “minor miracle”, as he
termed it to McIlroy, gave him
another shot. The 42-year-old
came back a different Tiger, not
keeping up his well-worn
pretence of being “here to win”
regardless of the state of his
health and game, but instead
admitting: “I’m just learning how
to play tournament golf again.”
Cowen thinks this change of
mindset was important. “It freed
him up, took the pressure off and
allowed him to enjoy it,” he said.
Woods, himself, was stunned
how quickly his form returned,
finishing second and fifth in just
his third and fourth official PGA
Tour events. In the heat of
contest, the famous intensity still
seemed there, but there was
something else – an appreciation
of simply being out there.
Notah Begay, his long-time
friend, summed it up best, saying:
“He’s a completely different
person. He’s gone through public
humiliation. He’s gone through
personal challenges. He’s gone
through physical injury. He’s
gone through technical problems
in all parts of his game. He’s risen
above it and is a guy who is really
appreciative of the ability to play
the golf he’s capable of.”
That is great news for the fans,
with whom he appears so much
more engaged. But is it all roses
for the competitor himself? In his
pomp, the Woods psyche was
impregnable, letting in no one
and nothing in the ceaseless,
sentiment-free quest for
domination. Now he is much
more open, a friend and even a
mentor to the young generation.
What will that do to his legendary
focus down the stretch?
It is perhaps the most
intriguing question of this
Masters and beyond. No matter
how much they love “the new
Tiger”, it is “the old Tiger” the
audience craves. Woods claims it
is still there, but not even he
really knows. “Does he have the
nerve?” Faldo said. “He’s
certainly loving the opportunity,
healthy enough to compete with
the best. He’s right in the mix. It’s
been 10 years since his last major
win, though. It would be
unbelievable, the greatest
achievement of his career. But
you ask yourself over and over,
does he have the nerve?”
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FINAL
Sport
Gareth A Davies
BOXING
CORRESPONDENT
Briton almost a stone
lighter from Takam fight
Parker will be ‘prepared
to go to dark places’
Anthony Joshua admitted last night
that “a fear of losing” drives him on
as he weighed in almost a stone
lighter than his last outing, and his
leanest for four years, in advance of
his fight with Joseph Parker at the
Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
The unbeaten 28-year-old will
take a huge step towards unifying
the heavyweight division if he adds
Parker’s World Boxing Organisation title to his own International
Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association belts.
Joshua has promised an improved performance from his last
outing against Carlos Takam, and
when he tipped the scales at 17st
4lb, it was clear how he intends to
deliver on that vow: he aims to be
sharper, faster and more dynamic
than his New Zealand opponent.
But while the performance is
significant, Joshua knows it is
more important that he simply
ends the fight with arms aloft, his
professional record improved to 21
wins from as many bouts.
Joshua walks a tightrope of expectation every time he steps into
the ring and the pressure is on the
heavy favourite to deliver a victory
that ensures his blossoming career
and commercial appeal – and his
sponsors have been obvious here
– continue their frighteningly meteoric rise, with the bid to conquest the United States market
next on his horizon. He dare not
fail.
“There’s definitely a fear of losing because it keeps me going,”
explained Joshua. “I have to make
sure I stay focused on the task at
hand. The fear of losing keeps me
motivated because I know how
‘There’s
a fear of
losing as
it keeps
me
going. I
have to
make
sure I
stay
focused’
Packing a punch Why Briton’s jab is key
Why it works
Anthony
Joshua has
height and
range, at 6ft
6in tall and
with a longer
reach than
Joseph Parker.
He can control
the fight with
his jabbing left
because it is
sharp, heavy,
fast and
accurate. Used
effectively, it
can even be a
power punch,
which
Wladimir
Klitschko
employed as a
controlling
force.
How it works
Off his jab,
Joshua can
throw his
right hand
over the top.
The one, then
the one-two,
as they are
known, are
combinations
he will be
looking to
establish
early, to
command
Joshua reach
range and
control the
fight. Joshua
can keep
Parker at bay
with the jab,
make him
cover up and
then time the
right hand
to follow.
82in
Victories finished with
a left-handed punch
11/20
Height
6ft 6in
quickly the tables can turn. One
minute you’re the man and the
next you’re not. I know how easy it
is to be forgotten about.”
Concerns remain, though, that
he is a “work in progress”, as assessed by trainer Rob McCracken.
Yet the hype around the “AJ” juggernaut thunders on.
It is 11 months since he climbed
off the canvas to knock out
Wladimir Klitschko in the fight of
the decade in front of 90,000 at
Wembley Stadium.
It is five months since that somewhat flat display against Takam,
witnessed by 78,000 at the Principality Stadium. They were contrasting evenings that gave Joshua
great experience but also raised
questions – not least from himself
– that are yet to be answered.
His physique shows his dedication to the task, McCracken yesterday disclosing to The Daily
Telegraph that Joshua has been
“more relentless and ruthless than
ever in training”.
Tonight that must transfer to the
ring. Parker is a fellow unbeaten
world champion, and the 26-yearold is himself six pounds lighter
than his last title defence, against
Hughie Fury in Manchester.
Parker is adamant he is “prepared to go to dark places” to make
his own mark on the history of the
sport and with the biggest-ever
boxing audience in New Zealand
expected to tune in – an estimated
half a million fans – he faces his
own pressures.
And while the hype is over, this
fight is big. Very big. It will be aired
in 215 countries, compared to 140
that showed the Joshua-Klitschko
bout. As with that contest the
build-up to this occasion has been
respectful, the two men swapping
handshakes rather than insults.
It is not a foregone conclusion,
either. Glenn McCrory, the former
world cruiserweight champion
and a fighter brave enough to have
sparred over 90 rounds with Mike
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Joshua shapes up for
vital step to global rule
Face to face:
Anthony Joshua
and Joseph Parker
weigh in while a
dancer does the
haka (right)
Tyson, told The Telegraph yesterday that he believed Parker must
“adopt an Evander Holyfield-like
strategy” if he is to return home
with the two belts. That means
Parker “must take Joshua into the
late rounds, move and box smart,
and make raids” on the two-belt
champion, from the outside.
“It has to be like Holyfield when
he fought Riddick Bowe the sec-
Poulter has ‘no expectations’ despite keeping Masters dream alive
GOLF
By James Corrigan
GOLF CORRESPONDENT in Houston
Ian Poulter is not going to let his
Masters dream die without a fight.
Having missed out on an Augusta
berth in agonising fashion last
weekend, the Englishman gave
himself a shout of gaining the final
place in the Augusta field with a
brilliant 64 in the second round of
the Houston Open.
Poulter, 42, was in danger of
missing the cut here after a mediocre first-round 73 that left him
124th. But eight birdies and no bogeys hurtled him up the leaderboard into the top 25.
He is still four behind the Ameri-
can Beau Hossler, with the likes of
Rickie Fowler on 10-under and Jordan Spieth on nine-under. Yet
surely nobody has more motivation.
“I’m not thinking about it, I’m
not talking about it,” Poulter said
when asked about Augusta. “I’m
going to have no expectations going into the weekend.
“I’m just going to go play golf, try
to have a bit of fun. This game is
frustrating at times, but rounds like
this certainly help out.”
Indeed, it was well-timed after
what happened at the WGC Match
Play. After Poulter had reached the
quarter-final in Austin, he was told
by the media that he had done
enough to break back into the
world’s top 50 before Monday’s
Masters deadline.
However, the stats gurus had
made a mistake and just before he
teed off against Kevin Kisner,
Poulter was informed that he in fact
needed to reach the semi-final.
Poulter refused to blame the distraction for causing the ensuing
8&6 loss, but he was clearly annoyed. His mood was not helped
when he discovered that at 51st in
the rankings he had fallebn short
by less than three hundredths of a
ranking point.
On seven-under Poulter is alongside his great friend Justin Rose.
The world No 5 once again highlighted his rude form going into
Augusta, where he intends to go
one better than last year.
Lee Westwood also needs to win
or else his proud run of 13 successive Masters will come to an end.
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On five-under, following a 70, the
veteran is just about in touch.
For Ireland, Paul Dunne and
Shane Lowry moved promisingly
into position with a 71 and 68 to
take them to nine-under and eightunder respectively.
They, too, are hunting the title
which comes complete with a ticket
to Georgia, but must now contend
with Poluter on a mission.
At the ANA Inspiration, the first
major of the season, the English
pair of Charley Hull Jodi Ewart
Shadoff were on seven-under, five
off the clubhouse lead set by Swede
Pernilla Lindberg and Korean Sung
Hyun Park.
Ewart Shadoff shot a 67 while
Charley Hull fired a 68 in the second round at the Mission Hills
course in California.
The Daily Telegraph Saturday 31 March 2018
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15
Head to head
Anthony Joshua Joseph Parker
British
Nationality NZ/Samoa
AJ
Nickname
Joe
28
Age
26
20-0 (20 KO) Record 24-0 (18 KO)
WBA, IBF
Titles
WBO
Orthodox
Stance
Orthodox
6ft 6in
Height
6ft 4in
17st 4lb
Weight
16st 12lb
82in
Reach
76in
65
Rounds boxed
123
ond time,” McCrory said. “Be fast,
dynamic, slip jabs, make the bigger
man work...match him, be faster.”
Those who favour Joshua – and
that is to say the vast majority – do
so because of his imposing physicality, the experience gained in
those two ground-breaking stadium fights. By going through 21
rounds and pulling through when
in deep trouble against Klitschko,
Joshua has shown the world he has
heart, chin and stamina. He is a
champion, despite being a work in
progress.
What we do not yet know is how
Parker will respond under that
kind of pressure. He has never
been badly hurt in a fight, never
been down. We have not yet seen
him come through a tunnel of
trouble, raise himself from the du-
ress of being hurt, nor indeed will
he have experienced an occasion
or atmosphere such as that he will
encounter when he makes his ring
walk tonight. His team insist he is
ice cool, but will the cauldron of
Cardiff have some effect – either
positive or negative?
“The first few rounds can go several ways,” explained Parker. “We
can either test each other out, or
we can go in
for the kill. It
ends on
just depends
who is going to follow the game-plan
first, and who is goecute it to
ing to execute
the best of their
ability.
le bet“People
ting on Joshua
to knock me out are making a big
mistake. Everyone will be in for a
big surprise. I back my ability and I
have a great chin.”
Against that, Joshua believes he
has had “the best camp of his career” and is confident he can finish
his rival.
“I want this to be a complete
performance. If I had a bet, I would
put it on Anthony Joshua to knock
Joseph Parker out,” he said. “Losing that little bit of weight has
made things easier. I’ll be a little
bit sharper and able to react a little
bit quicker.”
On the undercard, Alexander
Povetin, the WBA heavyweight
No 1, meets another Briton, David
Price, who has a last-chance-saloon opportunity, but the Russian
– who has tested positive for meldonium in the past – should
emerge victorious and is the likely
pp
next opponent
for Joshua,, at Wembley Stadium, in the summer.
So far, everything has gone to
plan for Joshua. But there is no
way that Parker can be writshorter
ten off. He may be shorter,
underdog
lighter and a long underdog.
But he is young, fast, undefeated, ambitious and very
tough.
Parker will give his all,
all
and make it a great spectacle, but there is just
the feeling that Joshua’s
tel
physicality may tell
from five rounds onwards. There is so
much on the line for
both, on an occasion for the sport
to savour. Fight
nights do not get
much bigger.
Anthony Joshua v
Joseph Parker is live
on Sky Box Office
tonight
Meninga lifts Saints to long-awaited Good Friday win over Wigan
R U G BY L E AG U E
St Helens ended a 10-year wait for a
Good Friday win over arch-rivals
Wigan after a pep talk from Australia coach Mal Meninga.
Meninga, who is still revered for
his one-season stint with Saints in
1984-85, took up an invitation from
coach Justin Holbrook to address
his players before kick-off at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
They responded with a 21-18 victory in a gripping contest that
ended Wigan’s run of eight successive Good Friday derby triumphs
and keeps Saints top of the table
“It’s great that Mal could be here
and I got him in to talk to them,”
said Holbrook, an Australian who is
in his first full season in Super
League.
“Although he was only here for a
season, everyone still talks about
the impact he had. To get Mal to the
game was awesome.”
Hull overcame the early loss of
winger Bureta Faraimo to a red card
to claim a gutsy 30-22 victory over
Hull KR in an action-packed derby
in front of a stadium record crowd
at KCOM Craven Park.
Faraimo was sent off by referee
Chris Kendall for a dangerous
tackle on Chris Atkin but his teammates dug deep to secure a remarkable win in the first meeting
between the bitter rivals since Rovers’ return to Super League.
Fetuli Talanoa took his try tally
for the season to nine with a double
while Danny Houghton returned
from injury with a score and Jamie
Shaul and Jake Connor also crossed.
It’s a squeeze:
Zeb Taia (red and
white) scores
St Helens’ second
try despite the
attentions of
Wigan players
Thomas Minns scored a hat-trick
for the hosts and Ryan Shaw went
over but Rovers were unable to
make their man advantage count as
Hull completed a sixth straight
derby win.
The Warrington coach, Steve
Price, was delighted with the imme-
diate impact winger Josh Charnley
had on his side as the Wolves
defeated local rivals Widnes 32-18 to
move up to third place.
Charnley was making his first appearance for Warrington since returning to the 13-man code after an
18-month spell in rugby union with
Sale and made a great start with two
tries. Price said: “He’s a special
player and that’s why we have
brought him to the club.”
Jordan Rankin failed with a lastminute drop goal as Huddersfield
settled for a credible draw against
champions Leeds in Chris Thorman’s first game in charge.
In the end, centre Ash Handley’s
second try of an entertaining West
Yorkshire derby after 76 minutes
and Kallum Watkins’ third goal rescued a point for Leeds.
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FINAL
Sport Second Test
Scyld Berry
CRICKET
CORRESPONDENT
in Christchurch
England’s new-ball pair
take four early wickets
Wicketkeeper ensures
recovery from 94 for five
Joe Root did not exactly scream “I
told you so!” at his new-ball bowlers when they made immediate inroads into New Zealand’s batting,
after England had been dismissed
for 307. But England’s captain could
have been forgiven for doing so.
Root came out of second slip and
sat on his bowler’s shoulder at midoff. With his encouragement, or direction, James Anderson and Stuart
Broad pitched the new ball up and
took New Zealand’s first four wickets for only 17 runs, ramming home
the initiative which Jonny Bairstow
had wrested from New Zealand
with his fifth Test century.
Broad, in particular, benefited
from pitching the new ball up at last
in pursuit of penetration, not back
of a length for economy. He drew
Tom Latham into a drive, just as the
textbook would have it, and had
him caught behind for a duck then
had Ross Taylor caught at first slip.
Never mind if both balls were wide,
they were full enough to tempt. At
the other end a full ball from Anderson was too much for the frail defence of Jeet Raval.
Broad took a third wicket in his
opening spell - untold riches after
the Ashes - by dismissing Henry
Nicholls for a duck. Umpire Bruce
Oxenford turned down Broad’s appeal but, again, the ball was full
enough not to be going over the
stumps. It was Broad’s 405th Test
wicket, taking him level with Curtly
Ambrose. Due reward for Broad for
upping his game.
It was a state of affairs that had
looked highly unlikely. Par for the
first innings of this second Test,
which began on damp grass, was
around 320, so new depths for this
tour were being plumbed at 94 for
five when Bairstow bustled out to
do what he does best. He could bat
higher up the order, whether as a
keeper or specialist batsman, but
nobody can counter-attack, and
also inspire the lower order, like
Bairstow and his belligerence.
Bairstow, who began by channelling his aggression into his running
Scoreboard
At Christchurch
ENGLAND First Innings
New Zealand won toss
R
B 4 6
AN Cook b Boult
2
7 0 0
MD Stoneman c Latham b Southee 35 111 4 0
JM Vince lbw b Southee
18 41 3 0
*JE Root b Southee
37 63 5 0
DJ Malan lbw b Boult
0
1 0 0
BA Stokes c Watling b Boult
25 63 4 0
†JM Bairstow c Taylor b Boult 101 170 11 1
SCJ Broad c Sodhi b Southee
5
6 1 0
MA Wood b Southee
52 62 7 1
MJ Leach c Watling b Southee
16 64 2 0
JM Anderson not out
0
4 0 0
Extras (b9, lb5, w1, nb1)
16
Total (96.5 overs)
307
Fall of wickets 1-6 (AN Cook, 2.4 ov), 2-38 (JM
Vince, 16.1 ov), 3-93 (JE Root, 35.6 ov), 4-94 (DJ
Malan, 36.5 ov), 5-94 (MD Stoneman, 37.2 ov),
6-151 (BA Stokes, 58.6 ov), 7-164 (SCJ Broad, 61.6
ov), 8-259 (MA Wood, 79.6 ov), 9-307 (MJ Leach,
95.2 ov)
Bowling Boult 28.5-5-87-4; Southee 26-7-62-6; De
Grandhomme 17-4-44-0; Wagner 20-5-69-0; Sodhi
5-0-31-0.
New Zealand First Innings
(at 12.30am UK time last night, day two)
R
B 4 6
JA Ravel c Bairstow b Anderson
5 15 0 0
TWM Latham c Bairstow b Broad 0
3 0 0
KS Williamson not out
9 11 0 0
LRPL Taylor c Cook b Broad
2 13 0 0
HM Nicholls lbw b Broad
0
7 0 0
Extras
0
Total (7.1 overs, 4 wkts)
17
Fall of wickets 1-0 (TWM Latham, 1.3 ov), 2-14 (JA
Raval, 4.1 ov), 3-17 (LRPL Taylor, 7.1 ov)
Bowling Anderson 4-1-7-1; Broad 4-1-10-3.
Umpires M Erasmus (S Africa), B Oxenford (Aus).
between the wickets, inspired a
hat-trick of partnerships. First was
one of 57 with Ben Stokes, which
enabled a flustered England to
regain some poise. Secondly, after a
brief liaison with Stuart Broad, who
died not so much with his boots as
pink slippers on, came the stand of
95 with Mark Wood, which brought
England back into the game as the
pair made hay in the last 18 overs
before the second new ball; and
thirdly, Bairstow’s stand of 48 with
the debutant Jack Leach took England into the almost forgotten realm
of respectability. Above all, however, Wood in the course of his 52
off 62 balls reminded his teammates that cricket is a game which
can be enjoyed.
This Test squad has more than its
share of anxious introverts, and the
Auckland Test was one grim experience. On his recall, Wood’s ebullience was a cool draught at the end
of a long and dusty tour.
Wood had first played cricket
against Bairstow when they were 11,
and Wood was captaining Northumberland’s juniors against Yorkshire. If Bairstow was already his
father’s son, Wood was his uncle’s
nephew in that his main batting
coach was his uncle Neil, who
opened the batting for Northumberland. Thus, the sight of Bairstow
puffing out his chest was a reassuring one for Wood, who is playing
only his 11th Test – and, what is
more, puffing out his chest as Neil
Wagner’s bouncers flew past it.
Kane Williamson also made a
mistake, for once, in using the medium-pace of Colin de Grandhomme too much and the wrist-spin
of Ish Sodhi too little – not until
Bairstow and Wood were set,
whereupon Wood thumped three
short balls in one over to the boundary. “The worrying thing is, I’ve got
a 50 [in Tests] before a five-for, so
I’ve done that the wrong way
round, haven’t I?” Wood said, a
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Broad makes inroads
after Bairstow’s heroics
Heaven sent: Jonny Bairstow looks to
the sky after reaching his century
natural comedian. “When I went
out to bat, obviously we were in a
bit of trouble, and Jonny knows I
like to have fun and a bit of crack
out there, which made it easier. You
forget the situation and concentrate on each other, which made it a
lot easier for me.
“Jonny, being a batsman, knows
how to construct things. At times, I
chance my arm a little but, as a
lower-order player, Trevor [Bayliss,
the coach] always talks about it’s
not how you get your runs, it’s how
many you can get. I was more
disappointed I got out the last ball
before the new ball – I let Leachy on
his debut go in and face the new
ball, which was a bit rubbish, but
apart from that I had a great time
with Jonny and enjoyed it.
“I’ve worked hard on it [batting]
in the last week gearing up for this
match, and it was nice the practice I
had done I could take it into the
game. I actually started as a kid as a
batsman, but when it got above 70
miles an hour I realised I wasn’t that
good. I think I get to 20 and think
Database
Rugby Union
European Champions Cup
Quarter-finals
Scarlets 29 La Rochelle 17
Scarlets: L Halfpenny, P Asquith, S Williams, H
Parkes, S Evans (D Jones 46), R Patchell, G Davies
(A Davies 77), R Evans (D Evans 69), K Owens, S
Lee (W Kruger 57), T Beirne, D Bulbring (L
Rawlins 57), A Shingler, J Davies, J Barclay (R
Elias 77).
La Rochelle: C Bouldoire, V Rattez, A Retiere, P
Aguillon, S Barry, J Sinzelle, A Bales (T Kerr
Barlow 57), D Priso (K Tufele 63), P Boudehent, U
Atonio (M Boughanmi 53), R Sazy, M Tanguy, L
Botia, Z Kieft (G Lamboley 57), A Amosa (H
Forbes 57).
Scores: 3-0 Halfpenny pen (5 mins); 3-5 Sazy try
(9); 3-7 Bales con (10); 6-7 Halfpenny pen (12);
9-7 Halfpenny pen (19); 12-7 Halfpenny pen
(26); 12-10 Bales pen (40); 15-10 Halfpenny pen
(46); 20-10 Patchell try (61); 22-10 Halfpenny
con (63); 27-10 S. Williams try (76); 29-10
Halfpenny con (77); 29-15 Boudehent try (80);
29-17 Nobles con (80).
HT: 12-10. Referee: Luke Pearce.
Anglo-Wesh Cup final
Bath 11 Exeter 28
Bath: T Homer, M Banahan, W Hurrell (D Atkins
73), J Wilson, C Vuna, F Burns (R Priestland 64),
C Cook (M Green 73), K Fotuali’i, B Obano (L
Noguera 64), N Charles (J Walker 54), S Knight (V
Delmas 59), M Lahiff, L Douglas (L Charteris 54),
C Ewels, T Ellis.
Exeter: S Cordero (H Strong 73), T O’Flaherty, T
Hendrickson, O Devoto (G Steenson 75), J Short, J
Simmonds, W Chudley, S Townsend (J Snow 73),
M Low (J Kenny 78), J Innard (S Malton 65), G
Holmes (J Owlett 70), T Salmon, D Dennis (W van
der Sluys 78), M Kvesic, J Salvi.
Scores: 0-5 Innard try (5 mins); 0-7 J. Simmonds
con (6); 0-10 J. Simmonds pen (13); 0-13 J.
Simmonds pen (16); 3-13 Burns pen (19); 8-13
Vuna try (25); 8-18 Innard try (29); 8-20 J.
Simmonds con (31); 8-25 Salmon try (33); 11-25
Burns pen (53); 11-28 J. Simmonds pen (69).
HT: 8-25. Referee: Craig Evans.
European Challenge Cup
Quarter-finals
Newcastle 25 Brive 10
Newcastle: S Hammersley (T Penny 76), A Tait, C
Harris, J Matavesi, Z Kibirige, T Flood (S Socino 71),
S Stuart, S Lockwood, S Lawson, S Wilson (T
Davidson 74), C Green (R Vickers 71), S Robinson,
R Burrows, W Welch, N Latu (C Chick 76). T: S.
Wilson, Kibirige, Tait (2). C: Flood. P: Hodgson.
Brive: T Laranjeira, G Namy, F Le Bourhis, S
Burotu, S Galala (F Romanet 65), N Bezy, F
Cazenave (V Lobzhanidze 55), J Brugnaut (N
Leleimaefaga 63), F Da Ros, S Bekoshvili (J
Johnston 53), J Snyman (P Marais 53), J Uys, S
Hireche, R Marais, E Herjean. T: Herjean. C: Bezy.
P: Bezy. HT: 12-10. Referee: John Lacey.
Pau 35 Stade Francais 32
Pau—T: Vatubua, Stanley, Daubagna, LespiaucqBrettes. C: Taylor (3). P: Taylor (3).
Stade Francais—T: Daguin, Francoz, Camara,
O’Connor. C: Plisson (3). P: Plisson (2). HT: 27-14.
British & Irish Cup Quarter-finals
Jersey 22 Doncaster 10
Jersey—T: Hardy, Pincus, Cope (2). C: Cope.
Doncaster—T: Hunter. C: Flockhart. P: Flockhart.
HT: 12-0.
Leinster A 17 Munster A 6
Leinster A—T: Timmins, Kelly. C: Frawley (2). P:
Frawley. Munster A—P: B. Johnston (2). HT: 7-6.
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Richmond 12 Nottingham 20
Richmond—T: Goodrick-Clarke, Saysell. C: Saysell.
Nottingham—T: Scanlon, Lyons, Robinson.
C: Lyons. P: Scanlon. HT: 0-15.
P W D L B
F A Pts
Bristol
19 18 0 1 16 760 366 88
Ealing
18 15 0 3 15 645 374 75
Bedford
18 9 2 7 16 550 468 56
Jersey
19 11 1 7 8 441 399 54
Cornish P’s
19 9 0 10 16 557 503 52
Yorkshire
18 10 1 7 8 416 454 50
Doncaster
19 8 1 10 16 496 498 50
Richmond
19 9 0 10 8 383 488 44
Nottingham
18 8 1 9 7 422 483 41
Hartpury RFC 19 6 1 12 13 399 482 39
Lon Scottish 19 4 1 14 12 423 637 30
Rotherham
19 1 0 18 6 327 667 10
NATIONAL LGE.-1: Bishop’s Stortford 15
Blackheath 5-Old Elthamians 6 Ampthill & Dis 18.
Coventry
26 25 0 1 231097 379 123
Darlington
25 18 1 6 19 693 546 93
Ampthill & Dist 26 16 4 6 19 682 492 91
Plymouth A
24 15 2 7 20 663 433 84
Blackheath
26 15 2 9 15 690 530 79
Old Elthamians 26 14 1 11 14 630 589 72
Birmingham 26 13 2 11 14 589 655 70
Bishop’s St
26 13 1 12 14 610 606 68
Caldy
26 11 0 15 18 613 612 62
Cambridge
25 11 0 14 13 488 492 57
Rosslyn Pk
25 9 2 14 17 615 693 57
Esher
25 8 2 15 21 631 734 57
Hull Ionians 25 8 1 16 16 559 782 50
Loughboro S 25 7 3 15 13 582 767 47
Old Alb’s
26 7 1 18 13 508 808 43
Fylde
26 3 0 23 6 334 866 18
2, South: Henley 17 Taunton Titans 20.
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P W D L B
F A Pts
Cinderford
26 25 0 1 24 947 431 124
Chinnor
26 23 1 2 21 845 543 115
Redingensians 26 18 1 7 22 802 551 96
Taunton Titans 26 19 0 7 18 869 561 94
Redruth
26 15 0 11 23 765 592 83
Henley
26 12 2 12 20 673 711 72
Tonbridge
26 14 1 11 12 594 549 70
Bury St Ed
26 13 0 13 17 704 672 69
Worthing
26 11 0 15 20 676 851 64
Canterbury
26 11 1 14 15 601 642 61
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7 Cardiff Rugby 39-Carmarthen Quins 34 Ebbw
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Merthyr 29-RGC 1404 HT Cross Keys HT-Swansea
19 Pontypridd 54.
P W D
L
F
A Pts
Merthyr
8 7 0 1 252 161 43
Carmarthen Q 9 7 1 1 227 169 40
Cardiff Rugby 9 6 0 3 266 157 36
Pontypridd
8 5 0 3 250 199 32
Llandovery
6 5 0 1 133 79 29
RGC 1404
6 4 1 1 205 118 29
Newport
7 5 0 2 174 146 28
Ebbw Vale
8 5 0 3 192 116 25
Bedwas
8 4 0 4 193 163 25
Aberavon
9 3 0 6 148 166 21
Cross Keys
6 3 0 3 110 129 17
Llanelli
8 2 0 6 191 259 15
Swansea
9 2 0 7 170 289 13
Bargoed
7 2 0 5 88 183 10
Bridgend
7 1 0 6 127 211 10
Neath
9 0 0 9 146 351 3
Rugby League
Betfred Super League
Huddersfield 22 Leeds 22
Huddersfield—T: Simpson (2), O’Brien. G: Brough
(5). Leeds—T: Watkins, Hall, Handley (2).
G: Watkins (3). HT: 14-6.
Hull K R 22 Hull 30
Hull K R—T: Minns (3), Shaw. G: Shaw (3).
Hull—T: Houghton, Talanoa (2), Shaul, Connor.
G: Sneyd (5). HT: 12-22. Att: 12,090
Salford 32 Catalans Dragons 16
Salford—T: Bibby, Evalds, Johnson, Jones,
Welham. G: Lui (6). Catalans Dragons—T: Yaha
(2), Bird. G: Gigot (2). HT: 12-4. Att: 2,328
St Helens 21 Wigan 18
St Helens—T: Barba, Taia, Grace. G: Richardson
(4). DG: Richardson. Wigan—T: J. Tomkins (2),
Isa. G: Escare (2), Williams. HT: 12-2.
Warrington 32 Widnes 18
Warrington—T: T. King (2), Charnley (2),
Akauola, Westwood. G: Goodwin (4).
Widnes—T: Chamberlain (2), Hanbury. G: Inu (2),
Gilmore. HT: 10-12.
P W D
L
F
A Pts
St Helens
8 7 0 1 228 96 14
Wigan
7 5 0 2 202 103 10
Warrington
9 5 0 4 168 149 10
Castleford
6 5 0 1 105 114 10
Leeds
7 4 1 2 136 129 9
Hull
8 4 0 4 183 158 8
Wakefield
7 4 0 3 128 111 8
Widnes
8 3 0 5 159 157 6
Salford
8 3 0 5 142 170 6
Huddersfield
8 2 1 5 114 216 5
Hull K R
8 2 0 6 134 172 4
Catalans
8 1 0 7 92 216 2
BETFRED.-Ch'ship: Batley 18 Dewsbury
10-Featherstone 16 Toronto Wolfpack 24-Halifax
30 Barrow 4-London 16 Toulouse 36-Sheffield 38
Rochdale 20-Swinton 10 Leigh 40.
P W D
L
F
A Pts
Toulouse
8 7 0 1 314 130 14
Toronto
8 6 1 1 216 128 13
London
7 6 0 1 307 118 12
Featherstone
8 6 0 2 264 166 12
Halifax
7 4 0 3 140 130 8
Leigh
8 3 0 5 216 182 6
Dewsbury
7 3 0 4 108 130 6
Batley
6 3 0 3 130 192 6
Barrow
7 2 1 4 108 192 5
Rochdale
6 1 0 5 93 186 2
Sheffield
7 1 0 6 118 258 2
Swinton
7 0 0 7 100 302 0
League 1: Bradford 30 Oldham 12-Coventry 18
Newcastle 32-Doncaster 14 York 16-Hemel Stags
12 London Sk 18-Hunslet 22 Keighley 38-W Wales
6 N Wales 54-Whitehaven 14 Workington 12.
P W D
L
F
A Pts
Bradford
4 4 0 0 138 50 8
Doncaster
4 3 0 1 150 52 6
York
4 3 0 1 86 70 6
Workington
4 2 0 2 162 90 4
Newcastle
3 2 0 1 112 56 4
Oldham
4 2 0 2 78 56 4
Hunslet
4 2 0 2 88 94 4
Whitehaven
4 2 0 2 50 76 4
Keighley
4 2 0 2 100 136 4
North Wales
4 1 1 2 90 86 3
London Skolars 4 1 1 2 84 138 3
Coventry
3 1 0 2 50 118 2
Hemel Stags
4 0 0 4 48 98 0
West Wales
2 0 0 2 12 128 0
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FINAL
17
How top three keep failing
By Alistair Tweedale
I’m like Bradman and try too much.”
It was a beneficial toss for Williamson to have won because the
second Test began on damp grass
but Boult and Southee made the
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Cricket
4th Test
South Africa v Australia
At Johannesburg (day 1 close) S Africa won toss
South Africa — First Innings
D Elgar c Sayers b Lyon
19
A K Markram c M R Marsh b Cummins
152
H M Amla c Handscomb b Cummins
27
A B de Villiers c Paine b Sayers
69
*F du Plessis lbw b Cummins
0
T Bavuma not out
25
K Rabada c Renshaw b Sayers
0
†Q de Kock not out
7
Extras (b8 lb6)
14
Total (for 6, 88 overs)
313
Fall of wickets: 1-53, 2-142, 3-247, 4-247,
5-299, 6-299.
To Bat: V D Philander, K A Maharaj, M Morkel.
Bowling: J R Hazlewood 18-3-60-0, C J Sayers
26-6-64-2, P J Cummins 19-3-53-3, N M Lyon
21-1-95-1, M R Marsh 3-0-23-0, M T Renshaw
1-0-4-0.
Umpires: I J Gould and N J Llong.
Baseball
MLB: Arizona 8 Colorado 2-Atlanta 8 Philadelphia
5-Baltimore 3 Minnesota 2-Cincinnati P
Washington P-Detroit P Pittsburgh P-Kansas City
7 Chicago White Sox 14-LA Dodgers 0 San
Francisco 1-Miami 4 Chicago Cubs 8-New York
Mets 9 St Louis 4-Oakland 6 LA Angels 5-San
Diego 1 Milwaukee 2-Seattle 2 Cleveland 1-Tampa
Bay 6 Boston 4-Texas 1 Houston 4-Toronto 1 New
York Yankees 6.
most of it by bowling a full length.
Given their method of playing
within the crease, Alastair Cook
and Dawid Malan could not have
done much more – other than push
forward further, as Leach was to do
against the second new ball.
Joe Root and James Vince had a
hand in their own dismissals by
playing over-attacking shots: Vince
aimed through square leg rather
than mid-on while Root got carried
away as so often in the Ashes. He
played a perfect on drive, but
Southee’s next ball was a perfect
off-cutter which Root hit all round.
Basketball
NBA: Detroit 103 Washington 92-Golden State
107 Milwaukee 116-Miami 103 Chicago
92-Sacramento 103 Indiana 106-San Antonio
103 Oklahoma City 99.
BBL CH'SHIP: London 96 Newcastle Eagles
84-Manchester Giants 94 Surrey Scorchers
96-Sheffield Sharks 75 Bristol Flyers 76.
Golf
HOUSTON OPEN (Humble, Texas).-1st rd scores
(US unless stated): 64—P Dunne (GB); 65—B
Hossler; L Glover; K Tway; 66—J Suri; S Ryder;
R Pampling (Australia); R Armour; R Fowler;
67—S Stricker; B Cauley; S Stefani; J Kokrak;
G Chalmers (Australia); M Every; B Stegmaier;
S Power (GB); B Burgoon; G Murray;
M Thompson; K Mitchell; B Snedeker;
P Harrington (GB); 68—H Varner III ;
N Lindheim; D Lee (NZ); S Jaeger (Germany);
J Rose( GB); B Haas; S Lowry (GB); H Stenson
(Sweden); J Spieth; L List; R Diaz (Mexico);
C Hadley; S Piercy; M Kuchar; M Piller; F Gomez
(Argentina); T Hoge; K Streelman; J Dahmen;
K Bradley; P Mickelson; J.J. Henry; D McCarthy;
A Ancer (Mexico); T Duncan; 69—R Garrigus;
B-H An (S Korea); A Wise; J Lovemark; E Grillo
(Argentina); D Berger; C Campbell; R Henley;
J Curran; L Westwood (GB); R Sabbatini (S
Africa); A Loupe; D.A. Points; W Kim (S Korea);
R Oppenheim; C-T Pan (Taiwan); J Hahn;
M Hughes (Canada); T Merritt; J Byrd; T Pieters
(Belgium); 70—A Schenk; M Jones (Australia);
N Lashley; M Kaymer (Germany); G Ogilvy
(Australia); K Kraft; R Streb; C Reavie; E Tracy;
T Finau; R Werenski; T Lovelady; E Els (S
Africa); C Kirk; R Baca; R Goosen (S Africa);
B Gates; S Saunders; J Blixt(Sweden); A Cejka
(Germany); D Van Der Walt(S Africa); R Blaum;
Alastair Cook
Mark Stoneman
James Vince
Cook has scored just nine runs in
three innings in New Zealand so
far and that unbeaten 244 in
Melbourne aside has failed to
make it to 40 in 11 attempts this
winter, averaging a miserable
12.8. His career average is 45.9.
In Christchurch it was a
familiar story, the left-arm pace
of Trent Boult proving Cook’s
downfall for the third time out of
three in this series. It was a good
ball that swung away to crash
into off stump, but Cook’s
footwork was non-existent.
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ded.
highly regarded.
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with three 50s in 12 innings this
winter, but an average of 27.8 has
failed to fully convince. In the
Ashes and this New Zealand
series Stoneman has been caught
nine times, of which six have
been caught behind or at slip,
plus another at gully. He is being
deceived by the slightest
movement too often, pushing at
balls moving away from his body.
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decision-making have been poor,
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Reinstated at No 3 after being
dropped for the catastrophic first
Test in Auckland, Vince managed
just 18 here before being trapped
leg-before, but this dismissal was
not typical of his winter form.
Only once since his 83 in the
first innings of the first Ashes
Test has Vince gone past 25, with
Australia showing military
discipline in probing on or
outside off stump in an attempt
to draw Vince – whose off-drive
can be one of the great sights in
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Test
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J Huh; B Harkins; 71—N Watney; A Putnam ;
S Brown; C Gribble; C Howell III; S-S Han;
S O’Hair; B Garnett; R Cabrera-Bello (Spain);
C Stroud; J Dufner; W McGirt; L Griffin;
A Baddeley (Australia); H Mahan; M Kim;
J Wagner; D Frittelli (S Africa); R Knox (GB);
J Vegas (Venezuela); B Barber; 72—P Malnati ;
P Uihlein; B Crane; R Palmer; S Kang (S Korea);
T Van Aswegen( S Africa); D Bozzelli; H English;
73—S Stallings; B Silverman (Canada);
D Fathauer; N Taylor (Canada); Z Cabra;
S Sharma (India); J.B. Holmes; T Gooch;
I Poulter (GB); C Villegas (Colombia); C Conners
(Canada); C Tringale; 74—B Stuard; K Ju Choi (S
Korea); P Rodgers; J Randolph.
WOMEN'S ANA INSPIRATION (Rancho Mirage,
California).-1st rd leaders (US unless stated):
65—P Lindberg (Sweden); 66—B Recari (Spain);
A Uehara (Japan); 67—H N Jang (S Korea);
J Korda; A Valenzuela (China); 68—C Choi (S
Korea); L Thompson; C Kerr; I G Chun (S Korea);
B Altomare; S H Park (S Korea); 69—E Talley;
J Song; A Olson; S Y Yoo (S Korea); C Hull (GB);
H Y Park (S Korea); K Tamulis; 70—L Li;
M Sagstrom (Sweden); I Park (S Korea);
B M. Henderson (Canada); P Phatlum (Thailand);
K Kaufman; S Y Kim (S Korea); A Yin; N Hataoka
(Japan); L Ko (NZ); J Ewart Shadoff (GB);
L Duncan; P Creamer; M Jutanugarn (Thailand);
H Green (Australia); B Law (GB); 71—C Inglis
(US); N Korda; I K Kim (S Korea); M Reid (GB);
N Broch Larsen (Denmark); M Khang;
J Concolino; J Lee (S Korea); C Clanton; J Shin;
P-Y Chien (China); S Feng (China); A Ashok
(India); A Thitikul (Thailand); A Munoz (Spain);
E-H Ji (S Korea); S-J Smith (Australia); A Sharp
(Canada); G Lopez (Mexico); M J Hur (S Korea);
72—J E Lee (S Korea); R O’Toole; F Parker (GB);
O Kristinsdottir (Israel); K Icher (France);
A Ernst; J Y Ko (S Korea); A Stanford; J Yan
(China); T Joh; A Jutanugarn (Thailand);
C Masson (Germany); S Gal (Germany); R Zheng
(NZ); A Suzuki (Japan); J Park; S Lewis 73—M
Lee (S Korea); M Alex; C Matthew (GB); H J Choi
(S Korea); C Lacrosse; B Lincicome; C Kung
(Twn); H J Kim (S Korea); L Vu; Y Tseng (Taiwan);
N Y Choi (S Korea); M Stackhouse; A Nordqvist
(Sweden); K Kirk (Australia). Also: 74—G Hall
(GB); 81—L Davies (GB).
2ND TEST (day 3 of 5).-Christchurch: New
Zealand v England (11pm).
4TH TEST (day 2 of 5).-Johannesburg: South
Africa v Australia (9am).
WOMEN'S T20 TRI-SERIES.-Final, Mumbai:
Final: Australia v England (5.30am).
Hockey
Rugby Union
EUROPEAN LGE (Rotterdam).-Eighth finals:
Holcombe 4 Polo (Spain) 7-Royal Herakles
(Belgium) 4 Atletic Terrassa (Spain) 2-Racing
Brussels 9 Dinamo Kazan (Russia) 0-Kampong
(Holland) 1 Rot-Weiss Cologne 0.
EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS CUP QTR-FINALS
Munster v Toulon (3.15)
EUROPEAN CHALLENGE CUP QTR FINALS
Connacht v Gloucester (1)
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues (5.45)
BRITISH & IRISH CUP QTR-FINALS
Bedford v Ulster A
Ealing Trailfinders v Cornish Pirates
NATIONAL LGE.-1: Cambridge v Hull Ionians
(2.30), Darlington Mowden Park v Esher (2),
Plymouth Albion v Loughborough Students.
2, North: Blaydon v Luctonians (2), Chester v
Leicester Lions, Macclesfield v Sale, Otley v South
Leicester (2), Sheffield v Tynedale.
WRU NATIONAL CH’SHIP: Beddau v Bedlinog
(2.30), Glynneath v Skewen (2.30), Narberth v
Newcastle Emlyn (2.30), Newbridge v Pontypool
(2.30), Rhydyfelin v Cardiff Met (2.30), Trebanos
v Tata Steel (2.30).
WRU NATIONAL.-Div 1, West: Crymych v
Gorseinon (2.30), Llangennech v Gowerton
(2.30), Tycroes v Llanelli Wanderers (2.30).
North: Bala v Llangefni (2.30), Caernarfon v
Colwyn Bay (2.30), Mold v Bro Ffestiniog (2.30).
East: Dowlais v Nelson (Postponed), Pontypool
Utd v Penallta (2.30), Ynysybwl v Brecon (2.30).
Ice Hockey
NHL: Boston 4 Tampa Bay 2-Buffalo 3 Detroit
6-Calgary 1 Columbus 5-Chicago 6 Winnipeg
2-Los Angeles 4 Arizona 2-Minnesota 5 Dallas
2-Nashville 5 San Jose 3-New Jersey 3 Pittsburgh
4-Ottawa 3 Florida 2-Vancouver 2 Edmonton 1.
ELITE LGE.-Play-offs qtr-finals, 1st leg: Belfast
4 Nottingham 3-Coventry 2 Cardiff 4.
Speedway
NATIONAL LGE: Belle Vue 50 Coventry 40.
Tennis
ATP & WTA T’MENT (Miami, Florida).-Men, Qtrfinals: P Carreno-Busta (Spain) bt K Anderson (S
Africa) 6-4 5-7 7-6 (8-6); A Zverev (Germany) bt B
Coric (Croatia) 6-4 6-4. Semi-final: J Isner (US) bt
J M Del Potro (Argentina) 6-1 7-6 (7-2).
Women, Semi-finals: S Stephens (US) bt V
Azarenka (Belarus) 3-6 6-2 6-1; J Ostapenko
(Latvia) bt D Collins (US) 7-6 (7-1) 6-3.
Fixtures 3pm unless stated
Cricket
BT NATIONAL CUP.-Semi-finals: Stirling County
v Hawick, Watsonians v Melrose.
BT NATIONAL LGE.-Div 1: Dundee HSFP v
Aberdeen Grammar, Edinburgh Acads v Cartha Q
P, Falkirk v Musselburgh. Div 2: Biggar v
Kirkcaldy, Hamilton v Lasswade, Howe of Fife v
Preston Lodge FP, Peebles v Whitecraigs.
Div 3: Ardrossan Acads v Hillhead/Jordanhill,
Gordonians v Glasgow Acads, Haddington v
Orkney, Highland v Dalziel, Murrayfield Wanderers
v Perthshire.
ULSTER BANK LEAGUE.-Div 1, Section B:
Dolphin v Shannon (1.30), UCC v Naas (1.30).
WOMEN'S TYRRELLS PREMIER 15S: Firwood
Waterloo Ladies v Wasps FC Ladies (1.30),
Worcester Valkyries v Darlington Mowden Park
Sharks (2)
Tomorrow
Cricket
2ND TEST (day 4 of 5).-Christchurch: New
Zealand v England (11pm).
4TH TEST (day 3 of 5).-Johannesburg: South
Africa v Australia (9am).
1ST T20 INT'NAL.-Karachi: Pakistan v West
Indies (3pm).
MCC UNIVERSITY MATCHES (day 1 of 3,
11am).-Fenner’s: Cambridge MCCU v
Nottinghamshire. Bristol: Gloucestershire v
Cardiff MCCU. Canterbury: Kent v Oxford MCCU.
Hove: Sussex v Loughborough MCCU. Edgbaston:
Warwickshire v Durham MCCU. New Road:
Worcestershire v Leeds/Bradford MCCU.
Rugby Union
EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS CUP QTR-FINALS
Clermont Auvergne v Racing 92 (1)
Leinster v Saracens (3.30)
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Sayers shows way as Australia begin new era
Debutant strikes right
note as tourists take the
field in Johannesburg,
writes Dermott Blakeley
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‘O
nce you get the
baggy green you
don’t want to give
it back, do you?
I’m proud as
punch to be
wearing Australian colours.”
It was an innocent sort of
statement made to ABC Radio by
Chadd Sayers, Australia’s newest
Test cricketer, after the first day of
the fourth Test at Johannesburg.
But with so much emphasis on
the words of the players banned
from the team that turned out at
the ground known as the Bullring,
those who remain tell another
story. Of wanting to be part of the
future, not necessarily linked with
the troubled recent history.
After a week in which Australian
cricket’s reputation has been
dragged through the gutter by the
ball-tampering actions of three
players, it was significant to hear
Sayers express pride in wearing the
fabled cap. That pride is why
Australians were so incensed when
the sandpaper scandal of Cape
Town was unveiled, and the Test
team were plunged into turmoil.
Sayers is Test cricketer 452. As
statistician Ric Finlay observed,
England’s number 452 was Tony
Greig. It shows Australian cricket
does not burn through Test
players, although this week they
discarded 44 Test centuries and
138 matches of experience between
Steve Smith and David Warner,
along with Cameron Bancroft.
When Warner, the former
vice-captain, confronts the media
today, anything is possible. He
could accept full responsibility in a
manner similar to Smith, or he
might blow up the Australian camp
by implicating others. But with
coach Darren Lehmann
Sign of the times: South African supporters lampooned the Australians while (below) England’s Barmy Army join in the fun
announcing he would resign after
this Test, and the aforementioned
players suspended for nine to 12
months, the opening day of this
Test was one for renewal.
Criticism of the team’s
aggressive culture had grown too
strong to be ignored. New full-time
captain Tim Paine set about doing
just that. Before play, he asked his
South Africa counterpart, Faf du
Plessis, if the teams could shake
hands to symbolise a breaking of
bread. It was a telling first act as
Australia’s 46th skipper.
“We still want to keep a really
competitive brand of cricket, but I
think there’s times we’ve got to be
more respectful of our opposition,”
he said. “At times, we’ve tended to
push the boundaries. I think we’ve
seen that people don’t like that, so
it’s time for us to change.
“It was still competitive, there
wasn’t too much verbal going on
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back and forth between the two
sides. It still felt like a Test match.”
Sayers only got his gig thanks to
Mitchell Starc’s risk of developing
another stress fracture in his right
leg. The direct replacements for
the discarded three were Joe
Burns, Matthew Renshaw and
Peter Handscomb, all batsmen
with brief Test histories.
The combination of four
changes, and four players who are
not strongly associated with the
previous era, really did give the
feeling of a fresh start. It was not
an easy one, with Aiden Markram
smashing a century and AB de
Villiers flying to another 50. South
Africa were on top at 247 for two.
But Sayers worked hard at De
Villiers and eventually got his
inside edge for 69. He then
followed up with nightwatchman
Kagiso Rabada two balls later, after
Pat Cummins had knocked over
Markram and Du Plessis in
consecutive balls. “Some days they
nick them, some days they don’t,”
mused Sayers of his work against
De Villiers. “He’s one of the best
batsmen in the world, if not the
best. I’m not going to forget that
any time soon.”
As for how the team had come
together, the most straightforward
man in the side put it best. “Hasn’t
been a great week for the boys, but
I think their spirits rose on the field
knowing we had a job to earn back
respect and a job to win the game.”
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Richards says
Newcastle
must improve
to reach final
Newcastle
Brive
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REX/SHUTTERSTOCKUTTERSTOCK
Richard Bath at Kingston Park
Halfpenny and Patchell carry
battling Scarlets to semi-finals
Scarlets
La Rochelle
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Tom Cary at Parc y Scarlets
Eighty thousand fans are expected
to pack Cardiff ’s Principality
Stadium for tonight’s bout between
Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker.
They will have to go some to match
the noise generated at the final
whistle of this heavyweight Champions Cup contest in Llanelli, as
Scarlets secured a place in the semifinals of Europe’s elite competition
for the first time in 11 years.
Second-half tries from Rhys
Patchell and Scott Williams – plus
five penalties from the ever-trusty
boot of Leigh Halfpenny – saw them
through against a La Rochelle team
who lost star player Levani Botia
early on and never quite recovered.
Scarlets will now travel to play
either Leinster at the Aviva Stadium
or holders Saracens at the Ricoh
Arena and captain Ken Owens –
who was named man of the match
– described the victory as a “job half
done”. “We have got another big
game in three weeks,” said the
hooker. We will get better and improve. The atmosphere was fantastic. It has been a barren 11 years.”
As Owens implied, it was not perfect, free-flowing rugby of the type
that saw off Bath in the group
stages. But it was gutsy. A controversial try after nine minutes had
handed La Rochelle the initiative; a
chip over the top landed awkwardly
for Halfpenny and lock Romain
Sazy managed to get a hand on it,
with TMO David Grashoff ruling
there had been a clear grounding.
Cue boos from the stands.
La Rochelle dominated possession and territory, but their indiscipline proved fatal, conceding seven
penalties in the first half alone.
Halfpenny kicked four from four to
give Scarlets a 12-10 lead at halftime. Scarlets extended their advantage further at the start of the
second half – Halfpenny knocking
over another penalty after Dany
Priso was late releasing Gareth
Davies – but they had to cope with a
number of injuries themselves.
James Davies, who began the
game at flanker, had to move to the
right wing after Paul Asquith hobbled off. And when Steff Evans took
a knock to the head early in the second half, Dan Jones came on, with
Crucial moment: Rhys Patchell
stretches Scarlets’ lead by scoring
their first try in the second half
Patchell moving to full-back and
Halfpenny to the wing.
The reshuffle proved instrumental to Scarlets’ second-half try, with
Jones throwing the miss-pass to
Patchell that led to the latter’s score
after the impressive Hadleigh
Parkes had crashed up the middle.
Scarlets had just withstood a period of huge La Rochelle pressure,
with John Barclay securing the
crucial turnover on his own line.
The hosts’ line-out maul defence
was exemplary. Scarlets scored a
second try late on through centre
Williams after excellent work from
Aaron Shingler and Davies out
wide, with Pierre Boudehent’s
reply for La Rochelle a mere
consolation.
The Parc y Scarlets crowd – increased to nearly 16,000 through
temporary seating – roared their
approval at the final whistle.
“It has taken 11 years to get back
to the same stage,” Owens said. “It
was the biggest game of my club career. I am just so proud of the boys.”
The Falcons did not so much as soar
as claw their way to a win that
should have been sealed by halftime. Staccato, slipshod and penalty
prone, they rarely got out of second
gear.
Dean Richards’s side have turned
winning losable matches into an art
form, and against the 13th-best side
in France, Newcastle’s mediocre
display was enough to take them
into a Challenge Cup semi-final
against the winners of today’s tie
between Connacht and Gloucester.
“We didn’t play well,” agreed
Richards. “Last week there was lots
of endeavour and accuracy; this
week there was just endeavour. If
we play like that again then we
won’t get anywhere near the playoffs or the Challenge Cup final.”
The first try, though, was a thing
of beauty: Sam Lockwood charged
on to Toby Flood’s hard, flat pass,
carving through the Brive midfield
before drawing the full-back and
throwing a lovely inside pass for
Scott Wilson to romp over.
Nicolas Bezy replied with a
penalty, but Zach Kibirige went
over for the hosts after a run from
blindside Ryan Burrows, before
Brive No 8 Etienne Herjean made it
12-10 at half-time.
The crucial try came on the hour,
Flood dummying through Brive’s
defence and unleashing wing Alex
Tait with a beautiful long pass.
Flood then broke down the
blindside before throwing another
long pass to Tait for the easiest of
tries, before Joel Hodgson added an
injury-time penalty.
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Sport Rugby Union
Schools talent factory
puts Leinster top of class
Tom Cary
in Dublin
England could learn a
lot from the success
story of Ireland’s
production line
L
einster’s RDS Arena
was rocking last Friday.
Two teams committed
to throwing the ball
about, thousands of
fans going potty in the
stands and some real talent on
display. It was not Johnny Sexton,
Garry Ringrose and Cian Healy
showing off their skills, though. It
was Blackrock College versus
Belvedere College in the final of
the Bank Of Ireland Leinster
Schools Senior Cup. And the
standard of rugby was frightening.
If Leinster are driving Ireland’s
success on the world stage – and
having contributed 50 per cent of
Ireland’s playing squad for the
recent Six Nations, it would seem
to suggest they are – then these
schools represent the talent factory
driving Leinster.
It is an extraordinary success
story, but one that is perhaps
under-appreciated outside Ireland.
It bears close scrutiny, though,
because there may be lessons in
this system for England. Just
consider the numbers: Of the 23
players who make up Leinster’s
match-day squad to face Saracens
in tomorrow’s Champions Cup
quarter-final, 17 played in this
competition as schoolboys before
joining Leinster’s academy.
In fact, well over 50 per cent of
Leinster’s current squad attended
one of the 16 schools who compete
in the Leinster Senior Schools Cup.
And the reality is the talent pool
is even more concentrated than
that. The vast majority of those
players went to one of the five or
six big schools who habitually win
the Cup. Blackrock College (alma
mater of Brian O’Driscoll and
current Leinster players such as
Ringrose, Jordi Murphy and Joey
Carbery) lead the way. Last Friday’s
35-12 victory was their 69th in the
Horstmann
honoured
as Exeter
land more
silverware
competition, having won the
inaugural trophy way back in 1887.
Then you have Belvedere (Healy),
Clongowes Wood (Rob Kearney,
Fergus McFadden), St Michael’s
College (James Ryan, Luke
McGrath, Ross Byrne). Thirteen of
Leinster’s senior squad went to St
Michael’s alone.
To appreciate how and why
these schools are able to produce
such a staggering number of top
rugby players – and Ireland
internationals – you need only
attend one of these Cup games.
Played in a six-week window in
February and March, they are big
showpiece occasions, almost
professional in feel.
The final itself is a huge
occasion, played at the RDS with a
full team of officials. The match is
broadcast live on television and
attended by anything up to 10,000
partisan supporters.
“It’s a real occasion, isn’t it?”
grins Justin Vanstone, the English
head coach of Blackrock. I’m 15
years over here now and I’d never
seen anything like it until I came
over. It’s just incredible.”
Vanstone – in common with his
opposite number at Belvedere, Phil
Werahiko – identifies the close
relationship with Leinster Rugby
as the key ingredient. He says the
province will provide resources
and coaching expertise if
requested – former England head
coach Stuart Lancaster has been in
to give a number of workshops
since he arrived last year, for
instance – but generally they trust
the schools to develop the talent.
“They put a lot of trust in our
set-ups,” says Vanstone, who
A N G L O -W E L S H C U P
Exeter
Bath
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Att: 8,074
By Paul Bolton at Kingsholm
Exeter gave Kai Horstmann the perfect retirement present by winning
the first silverware of the season
Two on one:
Belvedere duo
David Lacey and
Alex O’Grady
attempt to halt
Blackrock’s
James Tarrant
‘The
school
students
would
kill each
other to
play for
Leinster’
doubles as the school’s PE teacher.
“I think they trust the framework
that is in place and there is no
massive rush on their part [to get
the students into the Leinster
academy].”
It cannot all be that, though.
England has some extremely
successful public schools of its own
– Millfield, Whitgift, Sedbergh,
Wellington College. “I think it’s the
fact that there is such a focus on
the province here,” suggests Kieran
Campbell, the head of Ulster’s
academy. “There is a real parish
mentality. They [the Leinster
school students] would kill each
other to play for Leinster. Whereas
in London you have Quins,
Saracens, London Irish… the
students don’t necessarily care
who they play for.”
Once they reach Leinster’s
academy, Campbell notes, there
also appears to be less pressure on
them to sign professional forms. All
of them are encouraged to go
through further education.
“The biggest difference as I see it
is that in England [the academies]
have to make a decision on players
at 18 or else they go somewhere
else,” agrees Peter Smyth, the
academy manager at Leinster (and
a former player and teacher at
Blackrock himself). “We like to
leave it a bit later than that, until 19
or 20.”
“Perhaps that [making decisions
later] has driven us to be more
intuitive?” adds Campbell.
“Whereas English clubs have the
edge in terms of size, particularly
in earlier age groups, given time, as
rugby intelligence comes into it…
there is a real focus here on core
skills and on decision-making.”
Lancaster, whose own son is
going through the English
academy system and is therefore
extremely well placed to comment,
cautions against reading too much
into that.
“Clearly the system works well
here in Leinster,” he tells me. “You
have to be careful not to generalise,
though. English clubs and
academies do an excellent job with
young players in England, too. It’s
not better in Ireland. It’s just
different.”
Whatever it is, it is working. You
need only look at Leinster’s
team-sheet for tomorrow.
and their second Anglo-Welsh Cup
in four years.
Horstmann, the former England
Saxons No 8, will retire at the end of
the season to start a job in Exeter’s
commercial department. As he has
yet to feature in Exeter’s Premiership title defence, this is likely to
have been his last senior appearance and he signed off by lifting the
trophy as captain for the day.
“When you’re getting absolutely
flogged in pre-season, and you have
done it for a long time like I have,
it’s pretty horrific but moments like
this completely make up for it,” the
36-year-old said.
“I don’t know how many times
people get the opportunity to play
in finals throughout their career,
but I suspect, for the majority, you
can count them on one hand. So
when you get an opportunity to win
it and bang it in like we did is something special.”
Exeter will hope to add further
silverware in the remaining two
months of the season. They are currently eight points clear of Saracens
at the top of the Premiership and
demonstrated the depth of their
squad by including only one player
– Joe Simmonds – who started in
last week’s league win at Bath in a
much-changed team.
“We are blessed with youngsters
coming through who very much
buy into what we are doing. We
know how we target the season and
every bit of silverware is precious
for us and we do that as a squad,”
Horstmann said.
“We train as a squad. The nonmatch-day squad will put in a hell
of a shift to make sure that the 23
The Daily Telegraph Saturday 31 March 2018
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21
Saracens’ challenge is as
big as any of my Tests for
South Africa, says Burger
this season, notably when they hit
a seven-match losing streak
towards the turn of the year, a
slump that included what Burger
calls “a thunderbolt moment”, the
46-14 Champions Cup loss at home
to Clermont Auvergne. Saracens
have made it this far, reaching the
knockout stages for the seventh
year in succession, only by the skin
of their teeth. Burger, though,
believes that such profound
setbacks can be a cleansing, and
hence galvanising, experience.
Remember, this is a man who was
part of the South Africa side who
lost to Japan in the 2015 Rugby
World Cup yet recovered to make
the semi-finals.
“It would have been easy to
disintegrate [either in Brighton or
post-Clermont], but it was nice to
Big influence:
Schalk Burger
Vunipola, Burger has become an
influential figure, as much for his
persona as for his on-field playing
presence. He is 35 next month (and
has signed a contract extension
through to June 2019) but still plays
with the fervour, if not quite the
pace, of his youth, when his blond
thatch and often blood-spattered
features were an arresting sight.
Burger has fond memories of
Dublin, as much for the late-night
Guinness haunts, for he tends to
approach the post-match with the
same zeal as he attacks a game, first
playing against Ireland at
Lansdowne Road in 2004 and also
recalling a try he scored at Croke
Park in 2009. “It was a sensitive try
because it was just after the Lions
tour to South Africa,” said Burger,
who had been arraigned during
that series for an eye-gouging
incident involving Ireland wing
Luke Fitzgerald. “We always had
battles against Ireland. Everyone
underestimates how physical they
are.”
Burger will be back home in
Cape Town when England round
off their three-Test series at
Newlands. He expects the
Springboks to be ‘buzzing’ under
new coach Rassie Erasmus,
expressing the belief that South
Africa “has
has more than e
enough
talent to become a good side again”.
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of that to cause an upset.
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On which any
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Munster
Toulon
Clermont Auvergne
Racing 92
Leinster
Saracens
Today, 3.15pm
TV: Live on Sky Sports Action
‹ Munster are boosted by the
return from injury of Simon Zebo
and Andrew Conway as they
make six changes from the side
who beat Scarlets last time out.
Toulon have recalled Ma’a Nonu
and Francois Trinh-Duc, while
Guilhem Guirado returns in the
front row.
Tomorrow, 1pm
Tv: Live on Sky Sports Action
‹ Clermont have made 12
changes after losing 49-0 to
Toulon last weekend, with Nick
Abendanon among those
recalled. Racing 92 have made
five changes, with Leone
Nakarawa, Wenceslas Lauret and
Yannick Nyanga restored to the
starting line-up.
Tomorrow, 3.30pm
TV: Live on BT Sport 2
‹ Defending champions
Saracens have been boosted by
the news that Owen Farrell is fit
to start at fly-half having
recovered from a quad problem.
Leinster have recalled their
Ireland internationals, while Dan
Leavy will win his 50th Leinster
cap at openside flanker.
Despite being double
European champions the
club are clear underdogs,
writes Mick Cleary
S
chalk Burger, the former
Springbok flanker, has
faced down some
challenges in his time,
notably staring across the
halfway line as the All
Blacks performed the haka during
a 12-year international career, so it
is quite a measure of what awaits
Saracens at the Aviva Stadium
tomorrow when the back-row
forward compares the size of his
team’s task to anything he faced in
the green shirt of South Africa.
There is a relish in the words of
Burger when he describes the
enthusiasm for the job in hand,
very much in keeping with the
scar-laced, unremitting, noquarter-given-or-expected
performances he has put in down
the years. His upbeat, defiant tone
fits the Saracens ethos. For Burger,
read Brad Barritt, back into
training only hours after having a
titanium plate fitted into a
fractured cheekbone, men of
resolve and commitment to the
cause. Few believe that Saracens,
despite being back-to-back
defending champions, can topple
Leinster, the only unbeaten side in
the tournament. Tellingly, that
sizeable minority includes the
entire Saracens’ squad.
“The biggest thing for me with
South Africa was not to let the
jersey down, our jersey and that of
the opponent, just don’t disappoint
the All Black either,” said Burger.
“Leinster are expecting us to come
over and be very competitive out
there and I think we should do
that. For sure [I liken this to a Test
match]. This is a similar challenge.
You invest so much emotional time
and energy being with your club.
There are a lot of good mates here.
And the big thing for mates is that
they pull together and put in a
performance representative of
Saracens and what we stand for.”
That desire to produce a
high-octane Saracens showing has
not always delivered the goodies
‘It would have been
easy to disintegrate,
but it was nice to
stick in and put in
hard work together’
stick in and put in hard work
together,” said Burger. “That was a
re situation but when a
high-pressure
laying well, that’s
team is not playing
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are prepared going into Premiership games. Exactly the same when
we are in an Anglo-Welsh week.”
Bath failed to match Exeter’s firsthalf intensity and found themselves
17 points adrift after hooker Jack
Innard smuggled over for two tries
and lock Toby Salmon for another.
Cooper Vuna’s try and a penalty
from Freddie Burns hinted at a
fightback but Bath, as they have so
often in recent weeks, lacked composure in attack.
Having won this competition 10
times in 13 seasons immediately
before rugby went professional in
1996, Bath have won only two
trophies in the last 20 years, the last
of them the European Challenge
Cup in 2008. Another barren season
beckons as they are eight points off
a play-off place and struggling to
qualify for next season’s European
Champions Cup.
“It’s too early to be talking about
where we sit on the ladder. We are
playing for pride. We need to get
performances on the track, if we do
that we will get results,” said director of rugby Todd Blackadder.
22
Saturday 31 March 2018 The Daily Telegraph
***
Sport Racing
Trainer should land his
fourth Dubai World Cup
Blue Point fancied to
strike for Godolphin
By Marcus Armytage, at Meydan
Trainer Bob Baffert has already
won three Dubai World Cups with
Silver Charm (1998), Captain Steve
(2001) and Arrogate (2017). “Three
times,” he confirmed, “but it has
always been a long time between
drinks.”
Today, he fields favourite West
Coast who, by process of elimination – the retirement of Arrogate
and his nemesis Gun Runner – is
the best horse in America, although
he does not yet bring with him the
lustre which California Chrome
and Arrogate added to the past
three World Cups. “He needs to
step up now. This is his coming out
party,” said Baffert.
“I’m more worried about the
jump than the draw [stall nine]. Eve-
ryone says the rail here is golden and
that you want the inside post but
you can’t really judge a race before
its run. A good horse will win from
anywhere. My other runner
Mubtaahij won the UAE Derby and
has finished second and fourth in
this race. He is probably as well as he
has ever been since I’ve had him.
“The only reason I’ve been successful in three World Cups is
because I’ve brought the best
horses and, on paper, West Coast is
the best but he’s still got to have the
trip, he’s not speed crazy, he likes
close stalking. ”
Baffert still has two contrasting
views of last year’s World Cup victory with Arrogate; one of the greatest performances he has ever seen
and yet, paradoxically, a complete
disaster. “We knew he was really,
really good, but we didn’t know he
Meydan Selections
1.50 Big Orange; 2.30 Mendelssohn;
3.05 Blue Point; 3.40 XY Jet; 4.35
Benbatl; 5.10 Poet’s Word;
5.50 West Coast .
was that good, to do that,” he said,
recalling the race when the horse
fell out of the stalls, got baulked and
was soon 20 lengths off the pace
before hunting them down and
beating Gun Runner by 2½ lengths.
However, Arrogate was never the
same again.
“I still beat myself up about it,” he
explained. “He went off form horribly. It bottomed him out. He lost a
lot of weight and muscle around his
withers. I should have kicked him
out for 60 days and forgotten about
him. If he hadn’t gone off they’d
have let me run him for another
year and if I’d known that, that’s
what I’d have done.
West Coast’s opposition includes
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov’s
North America, who is well drawn,
and Pavel, who is a popular outsider after working well at Meydan.
It would be foolish to rule out
Andre Fabre’s distinctively white
faced Breeder’s Cup Turf winner
Talismanic, who makes his dirt
debut having warmed up with a
smooth win on Chantilly’s allweather. Fabre is in the dark about
how he will act on the surface, but
Musselburgh
Going: Good to soft-soft in places
TV: ITV4 1.50, 2.25, 3.00 & 3.35 / Sky 432 & Virgin 536
Draw: In races up to a mile low numbers are usually at an advantage.
[B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces
1.50 toteplacepot Handicap (3) 7f £12,450
1 5-3 Masham Star (21) (D) M Johnston 4 9 7 P J McDonald 5
2 189 Hayadh (7) (D) Rebecca Bastiman 5 9 7 Daniel Tudhope 8
3 16- Set In Stone (181) (C) (BF) A McGuinness (Ire) 4 9 4
R Scott (3) 1
K Stott 3
4 0-0 Lualiwa (38) (D) K Ryan 4 9 4
5 10- Ower Fly (182) (D) Mrs R Carr 5 9 3
P Mulrennan 2
6 060 Sharp Defence [B] (28) (D) A McGuinness (Ire) 4 9 2
Josephine Gordon 4
7 30- Lefortovo (260) J Hughes 5 8 13
DOUBTFUL 11
8 -45 Twin Appeal [B] (52) (CD)(D) (BF) T D Barron 7 8 11
Ben Robinson (5) 6
9 14- Imperial State [T,WS] (245) M W Easterby 5 8 8
Nathan Evans 7
10 9-5 Luis Vaz De Torres [H] (11) (CD)(D) R Fahey 6 8 7
P Hanagan 10
J Fanning 9
11442 Exchequer [P] (11) (D) R C Guest 7 8 7
S.P. f’cast: 7-2 Twin Appeal, 5-1 Imperial State, 6-1 Lualiwa, 7-1
Set In Stone, Luis Vaz De Torres, 8-1 Masham Star, Hayadh, 12-1 Ower
Fly, 14-1 Others.
2.25 Borderlescott Sprint Trophy Cond Stakes (2) 5f £18,675
1 -13 Caspian Prince [H,T] (56) (CD)(D1) M Appleby 9 9 10
Ben Curtis 2
11- Alpha Delphini [P] (166) (CD)(D) B Smart 7 9 2 G Lee 4
-58 Blue De Vega [P] (7) R Cowell 5 9 2
P J McDonald 9
66- Desert Law (199) (CD)(D) P Midgley 10 9 2 P Mulrennan 8
46- Kyllang Rock (175) (D) J Tate 4 9 2 Daniel Tudhope 3
-00 Line Of Reason (49) (CD)(D) P Midgley 8 9 2 J Fanning 5
516 Memories Galore [P] (53) (D) Roger Fell 6 9 2
T Hamilton 1
8 6-6 Royal Brave (23) (CD)(D) Rebecca Bastiman 7 9 2 J Hart 7
9 00- Taexali [B] (134) (D) A McGuinness (Ire) 5 9 2 R Scott 6
S.P. f’cast: 5-4 Alpha Delphini, 5-1 Desert Law, 11-2 Kyllang Rock,
6-1 Caspian Prince, 8-1 Line Of Reason, 14-1 Blue De Vega, 25-1
Memories Galore, Taexali, 50-1 Royal Brave.
2
3
4
5
6
7
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Baffert: He is no Arrogate, but
West Coast is the best horse
Show time: West Coast must step up to the plate, says trainer Bob Baffert
summed up the race, by saying: “I
respect all the American horses,
but there is no Curlin or Arrogate.”
Trainer Peter Miller has four
runners on the card including
sprinter Richard’s Boy (3.05), who
survived the Californian forest fires
that ravaged stables at San Luis Rey
Downs training centre last December. He was found 10 miles away
after being set loose by stable staff.
As much as I respect American
sprinters, I prefer the claims of Blue
Point, trained for Godolphin by
Charlie Appleby. He is only now
starting to fulfil early potential and
is reportedly training well.
Meydan
Going: Fast; TV: SIS Draw: Low numbers should prove best
5.50 Dubai World Cup (Group 1) (Dirt) 1m 2f $4,444,444
1
2
3
4
5
Awardee [B] (41) (D) M Matsunaga (Jpn) 8 9 0 Y Take 1
North America [T] (21) (CD)(C) S Seemar 6 9 0 R Mullen 2
Gunnevera [B,T] (63) Antonio Sano (Usa) 4 9 0 J Rosario 3
Furia Cruzada [H,T] (21) (C)(D) E Charpy 7 8 9 A Fresu 4
Mubtaahij [T] (21) (CD)(C) B Baffert (Usa) 6 9 0
V Espinoza 5
6 11- Forever Unbridled (148) D Stewart (Usa) 6 8 9 M Smith 6
7 2-1 Talismanic (25) A Fabre (Fr) 5 9 0
M Barzalona 7
8 4-4 Pavel [T] (56) (BF) D O Neill (Usa) 4 9 0 M Gutierrez 8
9 3-2 West Coast [B,T] (63) (D) B Baffert (Usa) 4 9 0
J Castellano 9
10212 Thunder Snow [P] (21) (CD)(C) (BF) S bin Suroor (Uk) 4 9 0
C Soumillon 10
S.P. f’cast: 10-11 West Coast, 7-1 Talismanic, 8-1 North America,
Forever Unbridled, 10-1 Thunder Snow, Gunnevera, 14-1 Pavel, 16-1
Mubtaahij, 50-1 Others.
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321
5-3
423
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Yesterday’s Results
3.00 totesport.com Royal Mile Handicap (2) 3YO 1m £18,675
1
2
3
4
5
Ventura Knight (24) (D) M Johnston 9 7 J Fanning 11
Miss Bar Beach (154) K Dalgleish 9 6 Daniel Tudhope 5
Chookie Dunedin (198) K Dalgleish 9 3
C Beasley 4
Ayutthaya (182) K Ryan 8 12
T Eaves 3
Book of Dreams (19) (D) M Johnston 8 12
P J McDonald 2
6 9-1 Fake News (21) T D Barron 8 12
Ben Curtis 6
7 -24 Joe’s Spirit [H] (79) (BF) R Fahey 8 12
T Hamilton 1
8 11- Indomeneo (172) (D) R Fahey 8 10
P Hanagan 10
9 412 Breaking Records [H] (21) H Palmer 8 9 Josephine Gordon 8
10331 Hard Graft (53) D Brown 8 6
A Mullen 9
11 -33 Shuhood (19) I Williams 8 5
P Mathers 7
12 -24 Chingachgook (43) R Fahey 8 2
C Hardie 12
S.P. f’cast: 7-2 Ayutthaya, 6-1 Fake News, 7-1 Indomeneo, Breaking
Records, 8-1 Miss Bar Beach, Book of Dreams, 10-1 Ventura Knight,
12-1 Shuhood, Joe’s Spirit, 16-1 Others.
1-4
8470216-1
3.35 totepool Queen’s Cup Handicap (2) 1m 6f £62,250
1
2
3
4
Clever Cookie [P] (161) (D) P Niven 10 9 10 J Garritty 12
Mount Tahan (26) K Ryan 6 9 7
S Gray 10
Time To Study (155) (CD) M Johnston 4 9 2 P J McDonald 4
Carbon Dating (14) (CD) A McGuinness (Ire) 6 9 2
R Scott (3) 13
5 2-5 Cape Cova (75) M Appleby 5 9 2
D Costello 6
6 01- Sir Chauvelin (J56) J Goldie 6 9 0
Daniel Tudhope 8
7 46- Brandon Castle [H,T] (98) (D) Archie Watson 6 8 11
A Mullen 3
8 111 American Gigolo [H,T] (11) H Fry 6 8 7
P Hanagan 2
9 6-2 Mixboy (46) K Dalgleish 8 8 7
J Fanning 11
10 18- Fire Jet (149) (D) J Mackie 5 8 7
J Quinn 9
11 28- Graceland (185) M Bell 6 8 7
Ben Curtis 5
12 00- Mirsaale [P] (J6) (D) K Dalgleish 8 8 7
C Beasley 7
13 5-1 Night Of Glory [P] (J44) A Balding 4 8 6
Josephine Gordon 14
14 00- Euchen Glen (140) J Goldie 5 8 6
B McHugh 1
S.P. f’cast: 5-1 American Gigolo, 11-2 Time To Study, 7-1 Sir
Chauvelin, 8-1 Night Of Glory, Mixboy, 10-1 Mount Tahan, 12-1
Graceland, Carbon Dating, Brandon Castle, 14-1 Others.
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01966
Bath
Marlborough
1.50 - Twin Appeal
2.25 - Alpha Delphini (nap)
3.00 - Ayutthaya
3.35 - Sir Chauvelin
4.10 - Bengali Spirit
4.45 - Silvanus
5.20 - Queen’s Sargent
4.10 toteexacta EBF Stallions Novice Stakes (4) 2YO 5f £4,205
1
Bengali Spirit R Fahey 9 2
P Hanagan 5
2
I Am A Dreamer M Johnston 9 2
P J McDonald 3
3
Mayson Mac D O’Meara 9 2
Daniel Tudhope 2
4
The Great Heir K Ryan 9 2
T Eaves 4
5 9 Lippy Lady (1) J S Moore 8 11
DOUBTFUL 1
S.P. f’cast: 6-4 I Am A Dreamer, 9-4 Bengali Spirit, 7-2 Others.
4.45 totetrifecta Handicap (5) 5f £4,399
1 8-9 Imagine If (17) (D) Roger Fell 4 9 8
T Hamilton 6
2 10- One Boy (166) (CD)(D) P Midgley 7 9 7 P Mulrennan 2
3 5-6 Jacob’s Pillow [P] (31) (D) Rebecca Bastiman 7 9 7
Daniel Tudhope 3
4 453 Tommy G (11) J Goldie 5 9 4
P J McDonald 7
5 -70 Economic Crisis (43) (CD)(D) A Berry 9 9 2
Connor Murtagh (5) 9
6 -34 Silvanus (21) (CD)(D1) P Midgley 13 9 2
G Lee 1
7 37- Geoff Potts (122) (BF) R Fahey 5 9 1
P Hanagan 4
8 99- Laughton [WS] (151) (CD)(D) K Ryan 5 9 0
T Eaves 8
9 88- Foxtrot Knight (175) (D) Mrs R Carr 6 8 12 J Garritty 5
S.P. f’cast: 5-2 Tommy G, 4-1 Geoff Potts, 6-1 Jacob’s Pillow, 8-1
Imagine If, Laughton, 10-1 Silvanus, One Boy, 12-1 Others.
5.20 Happy Easter EBF Maiden Stakes (4) 7f £5,175
1 22- Chief Justice (168) R Fahey 3 8 13
P Hanagan 1
P Mulrennan 6
2 65- Farhh Away (185) M Dods 3 8 13
3
Hop Maddocks T D Barron 3 8 13
Ben Curtis 7
4 8- Party Fears Too (213) J Goldie 3 8 13
B McHugh 2
5 28- Queen’s Sargent (198) K Ryan 3 8 13
S Gray 5
6
Zig Zag Zyggy A McGuinness (Ire) 3 8 13 R Scott (3) 3
7 5 On A May Day (23) M Johnston 3 8 8
P J McDonald 4
S.P. f’cast: 11-10 Queen’s Sargent, 2-1 Chief Justice, 10-1 Others.
Going: Heavy
1.50 (5f160yds nov): Dan’s Dream (F Norton 11-4) 1;
Grandma Tilly (25-1) 2; Little Boy Blue (3-1) 3. General
Jack 9-4F. 9 ran. 41/2l, nk. (M Channon). NR: Roman River.
2.20 (5f10yds): Izzer (F Norton 5-4JF) 1; John Betjeman
(25-1) 2; Deep Intrigue (5-4JF) 3. 7 ran. 1l, 21/2l. (M
Channon). NR: Dixieland.
3.30 (5f160yds): Under The Covers (F Norton 4-1) 1;
Arrogant (16-1) 2; Quench Dolly (11-4) 3. Hyperfocus
13-8F. 6 ran. 1l, nk. (R Harris). NR: Here’s Two.
5.05 (5f10yds h’cap): The Daley Express (F Norton 7-2)
1; Glory of Paris (11-4) 2; Major Pusey (5-2F) 3. 6 ran.
nk, 33/4l. (R Harris). NRs: Delagate This Lord, Jashma, Red
Alert, September Issue.
The 2.55, 4.00 & 4.35 races, all on the round course, were
abandoned due to unsafe track conditions following heavy
rain.
Placepot: £43.20. Quadpot: £7.80.
Lingfield
Going: Standard
1.30 (7f1yds h’cap): Take The Helm (Adam J McNamara
8-1) 1; Reckless Endeavour (22-1) 2; Gallipoli (6-1) 3.
Wahash 4-1F. 13 ran. 3/4l, nk. (B Meehan). NR: War Glory.
2.00 (1m7f169yds): Funny Kid (M Guyon 7-2) 1; Lord
George (10-1) 2; Watersmeet (3-1JF) 3. Red Verdon
3-1JF. 9 ran. ns, nk. (C Ferland (FR) ).
2.30 (7f1yds): Diagnostic (James Doyle 7-2F) 1;
Carolinae (15-2) 2; Lucymai (5-1) 3. 13 ran. 1l, 1/2l. (W
Haggas).
3.05 (6f1yds): City Light (T Bachelot 8-1) 1; Kachy (118F) 2; Kimberella (8-1) 3. 8 ran. 11/2l, 11/4l. (S Wattel
(FR) ). NR: Atletico.
3.40 (6f1yds): Corinthia Knight (O Murphy 5-4F) 1; Lake
Volta (12-1) 2; Rock On Baileys (12-1) 3. 10 ran. 1/2l, nk.
(Archie Watson).
4.10 (1m1yds): Lucky Team (T Bachelot 40-1) 1; Second
Thought (11-8F) 2; Goring (9-1) 3. 11 ran. 11/4l, hd. (J
Boisnard (FR) ).
4.40 (1m2f): Victory Bond (James Doyle 3-1JF) 1;
Master The World (5-1) 2; Abe Lincoln (14-1) 3. Mr
Owen 3-1JF. 10 ran. 1/2l, 1l. (W Haggas).
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £3,728.09 carried over.
Placepot: £77.20. Quadpot: £5.70.
Newcastle
Going: Standard
1.40 (5f h’cap): Dynamo Walt (T Eaves 12-1) 1; Fendale
(9-1) 2; Move In Time (16-1) 3. Oriental Lilly 5-1F. 14
ran. hd, hd. (D Shaw).
2.10 (5f nov): Cowboy Soldier (L Morris 15-8) 1;
Midsummer Knight (7-2) 2; Gowanbuster (12-1) 3.
Black Sails 7-4F. 7 ran. 1/2l, 21/4l. (R Cowell).
2.45 (7f14yds h’cap): Chaplin Bay (J Garritty 7-1) 1;
Welliesinthewater (5-1) 2; Tadaawol (9-2JF) 3.
Insurplus 9-2JF. 9 ran. 11/2l, 1/2l. (Mrs R Carr).
3.20 (1m4f98yds h’cap): Island Brave (L Morris 7-1) 1;
Stargazer (12-1) 2; Eye of The Storm (50-1) 3. Shabeeb
7-2F. 14 ran. ns, 3/4l. (Mrs H Main).
Following a stewards’ inquiry, Stargazer who finished 1st
was disqualified and placed 2nd.
3.55 (1m5yds): Gronkowski (J P Spencer 13-8F) 1;
Iconic Sunset (33-1) 2; Dark Acclaim (14-1) 3. 10 ran.
11/4l, shd. (J Noseda).
4.25 (5f): Snazzy (D Probert 5-1) 1; Harperelle (16-1) 2;
Hard Forest (2-1F) 3. 12 ran. 1/2l, hd. (C Fellowes).
4.55 (1m2f42yds h’cap): Casey Jones (R Havlin 7-4JF) 1;
Rude Awakening (7-4JF) 2; Dawn Dancer (7-1) 3. 5 ran.
1/2l, 33/4l. (J Gosden). NR: Harmonica.
Placepot: £391.60. Quadpot: £23.10.
Whistler’s Naps
Crievehill (2.05 Haydock Park today) and Jennys Surprise (4.35
Ffos Las tomorrow) are naps this weekend for Whistler (Marcus
Armytage), of The Sunday Telegraph.
Scoop6
Today's Scoop6 races are: 2.40 Haydock Park; 3.00 Musselburgh;
3.15 Haydock Park; 3.35 Musselburgh; 3.50 haydock Park; 4.25
Haydock Park.
The Daily Telegraph Saturday 31 March 2018
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Sport Racing
Haydock Park
Chelmsford City
Marlborough
2.05 - Native Robin
2.40 - William Of Orange
3.15 - Behind Time
3.50 - Baby Ticker
4.25 - Aaron Lad
5.00 - Sheneededtherun
5.35 - Talk Of The South
Going: Good to soft-soft in places
TV: ITV4 2.05, 2.40 & 3.15 / Sky 432 & Virgin 536
2.05 Middle Distance Chase Series Final (2) 2m 4f £30,950
1
2
3
4
Crievehill (21) (D) N Twiston-Davies 6 11 12 S Twiston-Davies
Creep Desbois (44) B Pauling 6 11 5
D Jacob
Orbasa [B] (14) (D) P Nicholls 7 11 2
H Cobden
Twenty Eight Guns [P,T] (15) (D) M Scudamore 8 10 12
T Scudamore
5 PP2 Aloomomo [B] (21) (D) (BF) W Greatrex 8 10 9 G Sheehan
6 114 Native Robin (42) (D) J Scott 8 10 5
N Scholfield
7 253 Masterplan [P] (21) (D) C Longsdon 8 10 4 Jonathan Burke
8 645 Amber Gambler (64) I Williams 8 10 0
T J O’Brien
S.P. f’cast: 15-8 Crievehill, 4-1 Creep Desbois, 6-1 Orbasa, 7-1 Others.
421
512
454
514
2.40 Two Mile Handicap Hurdle Series Final (2) 2m £30,950
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
539
511
223
147
635
303
784
Chti Balko (21) (CD)(D) D McCain 6 11 12 Will Kennedy
Joke Dancer (35) (CD)(D) Mrs S Smith 5 11 3
D Cook
Applesandpierres [P] (14) (D) D Skelton 10 11 2 H Skelton
Super Sid (35) (D) T R George 6 10 12
N Fehily
Sleepy Haven [B] (51) (CD)(D) J Candlish 8 10 11 S Quinlan
Wolfcatcher [P,T] (35) I Williams 6 10 8
T J O’Brien
Zulu Oscar (89) (D) J Scott 9 10 7
N Scholfield
8 253 William Of Orange [B,T,WS] (28) (D) D McCain 7 10 6
L Murtagh (5)
9 514 Spectator [T,V] (49) (D) T Vaughan 7 10 2
A Johns
10480 Percy Street [B] (73) (D) (BF) N Henderson 5 10 1 J McGrath
11224 Holryale [T] (126) (D) D Skelton 6 10 1 Bridget Andrews (3)
S.P. f’cast: 4-1 Joke Dancer, 6-1 Percy Street, Holryale, 7-1 William
Of Orange, 8-1 Wolfcatcher, Applesandpierres, Chti Balko, 12-1 Others.
3.15 Staying Chase Series Final Handicap (2) 3m 2f £30,950
1 135 Delusionofgrandeur (56) Mrs S Smith 8 11 12 D Cook
2 414 Wicked Willy (56) N Twiston-Davies 7 11 1 S Twiston-Davies
3 64F Potters Legend [P] (15) (BF) Mrs L Wadham 8 11 0 A Coleman
4 -6U Moss On The Mill [P] (81) (D) T R George 10 10 13 A P Heskin
5 231 Behind Time [P] (14) H Fry 7 10 11
B J Geraghty
6 422 Private Malone [V] (8) Emma Lavelle 9 10 10 G Sheehan
7 732 What Happens Now (15) D McCain 9 10 9 Will Kennedy
8 464 Killala Quay [B] (38) C Longsdon 11 10 9 Jonathan Burke
9 U51 Shanroe In Milan (64) C Longsdon 6 10 8 Paul O’Brien (5)
10152 Horatio Hornblower [P] (21) N Williams 10 10 5 H Cobden
11451 Abracadabra Sivola [P,T] (14) (C) D Pipe 8 10 1 D G Noonan
S.P. f’cast: 4-1 Behind Time, 11-2 Potters Legend, 7-1
Delusionofgrandeur, Shanroe In Milan, Wicked Willy, 8-1 Others.
3.50 Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Series Final (2) 2m 3f £30,950
1
2
3
4
5
6
462
218
F40
FP2
316
131
Coillte Lass [P] (14) P Nicholls 7 11 12
A Thorne (7)
Castafiore [H,P] (21) C Longsdon 5 11 8 Paul O’Brien (5)
Whatduhavtoget (95) D Skelton 6 11 6
H Skelton
Lamanver Odyssey [T] (36) (D) H Fry 6 11 5
N Fehily
Awesome Rosie (35) A King 7 11 2
W Hutchinson
Potters Midnight (15) Mrs L Wadham 8 11 0 J Quinlan
7 382 All My Love (15) Mrs P Sly 6 11 0
Kielan Woods
8 111 The Delray Munky [P] (33) (D) I Jardine 6 10 11 Mr B Lynn (7)
9 464 Monar Rose [H,T] (36) B Case 6 10 11
D Jacob
T Cannon
10223 Peggies Venture (26) A King 7 10 9
11 -87 Whatsthatallabout [T] (36) N Mulholland 7 10 9 T Scudamore
12212 Baby Ticker (48) D Whillans 9 10 6
C Whillans (3)
13340 Midtech Valentine (81) (D) I Williams 7 10 2 T J O’Brien
14354 Reivers Lodge [H,T] (98) S Corbett 6 10 0 J Corbett (5)
S.P. f’cast: 6-1 Awesome Rosie, 7-1 Peggies Venture, Potters Midnight,
8-1 All My Love, The Delray Munky, Whatduhavtoget, 10-1 Others.
4.25 Stayers Handicap Hurdle Series Final (2) 2m 7f £30,950
1 121 Red Rising (56) D Skelton 7 11 12
H Skelton
A Nicol
2 231 Nautical Nitwit (28) P Kirby 9 11 5
Craig Nichol
3 311 Planet Nine (35) Mrs R Dobbin 6 11 5
4 213 Clondaw Native [P] (51) Stuart Edmunds 6 11 4 T J O’Brien
5 172 Classic Ben [P] (38) Stuart Edmunds 5 11 4 C Gethings
A Thornton
6 122 Head To The Stars (20) H Daly 7 11 0
W Hutchinson
7 -P3 Tara View (116) A King 7 11 0
T Whelan
8 324 Zeroeshadesofgrey [B] (35) N King 9 11 0
9 442 Bryden Boy [P] (56) (D) Jennie Candlish 8 11 0 S Quinlan
S Bowen
10183 Malapie (20) (D) Mrs C Bailey 10 10 11
11246 Southfield Royale [T] (51) N Mulholland 8 10 9 T Scudamore
12731 Culture De Sivola (55) N Williams 6 10 9
H Cobden
13211 Aaron Lad (20) (D) Dr R Newland 7 10 8 S Twiston-Davies
14125 Early Retirement [P] (38) Mrs C Bailey 6 10 6 A Coleman
15254 Fingerontheswitch [P,T] (51) (D) N Mulholland 8 10 4 H Reed (5)
16523 Hatchet Jack (42) (BF) P Henderson 6 10 4 P Brennan
S.P. f’cast: 9-2 Red Rising, 7-1 Aaron Lad, 8-1 Culture De Sivola, 10-1 Others.
5.00 Mares’ Chase Final Handicap Chase (2) 2m 6f £30,950
1 153 The Nipper (50) (C) W Greatrex 7 11 12
G Sheehan
S Bowen
2 212 Rons Dream (7) (BF) P Bowen 8 11 10
3 321 Two Smokin Barrels (23) M Scudamore 9 11 8 T Scudamore
4 1P1 Tara Mist (44) (D) H Daly 9 11 7
T J O’Brien
A P Heskin
5 232 Song Saa [T] (81) T R George 8 11 4
A Coleman
6 861 Timeforwest (20) Jonjo O’Neill 6 11 2
P Brennan
7 134 Socksy [T] (36) (BF) F O’Brien 7 11 1
A Wedge
8 7P6 Still Believing (36) E Williams 10 11 0
9 13F Maid Of Milan [P] (130) (BF) C Mann 7 10 12 H Bannister
102R2 Milly Baloo (20) T Easterby 7 10 6
D Cook
H Teal (7)
11324 Marienstar [T] (21) N King 7 10 5
12121 Sheneededtherun [T] (36) M Scudamore 8 10 3 J Kington (3)
S.P. f’cast: 5-1 Timeforwest, 11-2 Tara Mist, 6-1 Two Smokin
Barrels, 7-1 Song Saa, 8-1 Rons Dream, The Nipper, 10-1 Others.
5.35 Tim Molony Handicap Chase (3) 3m 4f £12,512
1 343 Cloudy Too (21) (C) Mrs S Smith 12 11 12
D Cook
2 162 Muckle Roe (20) N Twiston-Davies 9 11 8 S Twiston-Davies
3 725 Blameitalonmyroots (36) O Sherwood 8 11 7 H Beswick (7)
4 1P1 Kilcullen Flem [P] (16) P Kirby 8 11 2
A Nicol
J M Davies
5 4PP Milborough [B] (21) I Duncan 12 11 1
A Johns
6 P41 Bassarabad [T,V] (67) T Vaughan 7 11 0
7 673 Streets Of Promise [P] (9) (BF) M Scudamore 9 10 12 T Scudamore
8 P24 Zerachiel [P] (20) I Williams 8 10 10
T J O’Brien
9 211 Talk Of The South (20) P Henderson 9 10 7 P Brennan
H Skelton
10P63 Ckalco Des Loges [T] (14) D Skelton 6 10 4
S.P. f’cast: 4-1 Bassarabad, 9-2 Muckle Roe, 5-1 Talk Of The South,
7-1 Kilcullen Flem, Cloudy Too, 8-1 Zerachiel, 10-1 Others.
Kempton Park
Going: Standard TV: Sky 432 & Virgin 536
Draw: No advantage
[B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces
2.00 Matchbook EBF Novice Stakes (5) 3YO 1m 2f £5,175
1 61- Crossed Baton (197) J Gosden 9 9
R Havlin 2
2 32- Tigre du Terre (197) (BF) R Hannon 9 6 T Marquand 1
3 2 Caspar The Cub (39) A King 9 2
W Carson 4
4
Childe Harold Mrs H Main 9 2
C Shepherd 8
5
Definition C Hills 9 2
L Morris 3
6 52- Escalator (151) C Fellowes 9 2
S Donohoe 5
7 05 Karakoram (33) W Muir 9 2
M Dwyer 10
8
King of Burgundy J Portman 9 2
R Hornby 9
9 0 Lumen (17) R Charlton 9 2
K Shoemark 6
10
Star Of Southwold [WS] R Hannon 9 2
G Mahon (5) 7
S.P. f’cast: 6-4 Tigre du Terre, 5-2 Crossed Baton, 4-1 Caspar The
Cub, 10-1 Escalator, 12-1 Definition, 16-1 Others.
2.35 Magnolia Stakes (Listed) (1) 1m 2f £25,520
1 6-9 Autocratic (35) (D) Sir M Stoute 5 9 0
R Kingscote 5
2 14/ Dommersen (574) (C) (BF) J Gosden 5 9 0
R Havlin 3
3 15- Fabricate [P] (189) (D) M Bell 6 9 0
A Atzeni 4
4 378 Snowy Winter [T] (1) (C) Archie Watson 4 8 9 E Greatrex 1
5 413 Stellar Surprise [T] (32) S C Williams 4 8 9 Fran Berry 2
S.P. f’cast: 6-4 Autocratic, 7-4 Fabricate, 6-1 Dommersen, 8-1
Stellar Surprise, 10-1 Snowy Winter.
3.10 Novice Stakes (4) 7f £6,469
1 12- Plunger (148) (C) P Cole 3 9 6
R Da Silva 3
T Marquand 4
2 21- Qaysar (129) (CD) R Hannon 3 9 6
Emblazoned J Gosden 3 8 13
R Havlin 6
3
4 08- Epsom Bounty (150) P Phelan 3 8 13
K O’Neill 8
5 0- Hombre Casado (143) Ed Walker 3 8 13
L Keniry 5
6
Pivotal Man R Varian 3 8 13
A Atzeni 9
7 7 Plentyinthetanksir (16) D M Simcock 3 8 13
George Bass (7) 2
8
Super D J K Ryan 3 8 13
J P Spencer 1
Wicked Sea [H] R Hannon 3 8 8
Hollie Doyle 7
9
S.P. f’cast: Evens Qaysar, 4-1 Emblazoned, 6-1 Pivotal Man, 8-1
Plunger, 12-1 Super D J, 14-1 Wicked Sea, 25-1 Others.
3.45 Matchbook Casino Handicap (4) 1m 4f £6,469
1 132 Time To Blossom (38) (CD) (BF) S Crisford 5 9 7 A Atzeni 8
2 161 Argus (42) (C)(D) A Dunn 6 9 6
L Keniry 2
3 -11 Inn The Bull (33) (D) A King 5 9 4
T Marquand 5
4 1-2 Warm Oasis (58) (D) (BF) J Fanshawe 4 9 3 D Muscutt 6
5 21- Stanley (164) (CD) R Hughes 5 9 3
S W Kelly 3
Dayverson De Barros 4
6 5-8 Berrahri (24) (C) J Best 7 9 3
7 /9- Vincent’s Forever [H] (262) (C) E De Giles 5 9 3 C Shepherd 1
D Probert 7
8 4-3 Hazamar [T] (17) Mrs S Leech 5 8 8
S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Warm Oasis, 3-1 Inn The Bull, 9-2 Time To Blossom,
5-1 Stanley, 8-1 Argus, 14-1 Hazamar, 25-1 Vincent’s Forever,
Berrahri.
4.20 Matchbook Rosebery Handicap (2) 1m 3f £31,125
1 -90
2 313
3 264 951
5 3-4
6 -61
7 4-2
8 209 -36
10 36-
Eddystone Rock (41) J Best 6 9 7
R Havlin 15
Kyllachy Gala (2) (C) M Botti 5 9 5 M Monaghan (3) 8
Battersea (149) R Varian 7 9 5
A Atzeni 4
Fire Fighting (8) (C)(D) M Johnston 7 9 2 R Kingscote 12
Crowned Eagle (88) M Botti 4 9 1
D Muscutt 7
Contrast (42) R Hannon 4 9 1
T Marquand 3
Emenem (32) (C) S Dow 4 9 0
J F Egan 9
Arab Moon (169) (CD)(C) W Knight 4 8 13 L Morris 11
Intrepidly (24) (C) J Noseda 4 8 10
Fran Berry 13
Jacob Cats [V] (167) (CD)(C)(D) W Knight 9 8 10
C Shepherd 2
Phil Dennis (3) 6
11 -13 Testa Rossa [B] (23) J Goldie 8 8 7
12153 Wimpole Hall [P] (42) (C) (BF) W Jarvis 5 8 6 D Probert 14
E Greatrex 5
13 22- Tuff Rock (159) Ed Walker 4 8 5
J Haynes 1
14132 Kelly’s Dino [P] (38) (BF) K Burke 5 8 2
DOUBTFUL 10
15125 King Kevin [B] (2) (BF) E Dunlop 4 8 2
16 6-1 Sputnik Planum [T] (21) M Appleby 4 8 0 DOUBTFUL 16
S.P. f’cast: 13-2 Contrast, 7-1 Battersea, 15-2 Kelly’s Dino, Arab
Moon, Tuff Rock, 10-1 Others.
4.55 Matchbook Racing Handicap (2) 6f £15,562
1 -15 Udontdodou (71) (D) (BF) R C Guest 5 9 7 J P Spencer 4
A Atzeni 3
2 68- Solar Flair (238) (CD)(D) W Knight 6 9 7
3 331 Tomily (7) (D) R Hannon 4 9 7
Hollie Doyle 5
[B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces
1.40 totesport.com Novices’ Hurdle (4) 2m 3f £4,549
1 423 Donna’s Delight (60) (CD) A M Thomson 7 11 7 B Hughes
2 8-1 Book Of Love (21) M Todhunter 9 11 0 Ross Chapman (3)
3 443 Going Gold (14) Richard Hobson 6 11 0
J Bowen (3)
4 6-P Goliath [P] (8) K Dalgleish 6 11 0
R Hogg (7)
5 P9 Hooligan Jack (99) I Jardine 5 11 0
J Hamilton
6 1-5 Lovely Schtuff (121) Mrs J Stephen 6 11 0
R Day (3)
7 7 Younoyounoyouno (88) I Jardine 5 11 0
C O’Farrell
8 0 Ella’s Dene (95) T Reed 7 10 7
T Dowson (3)
9 435 Koala Keel [T] (34) N Alexander 6 10 7 G Cockburn (3)
S.P. f’cast: 15-8 Donna’s Delight, 9-4 Going Gold, 6-1 Koala Keel,
7-1 Younoyounoyouno, 8-1 Lovely Schtuff, 16-1 Others.
2.15 totepool Cashback Club Novices’ Chase (3) 2m 4f £7,473
1
2
3
4
5
6
Alzammaar (56) Sam England 7 11 4
D England
Bollin Ace [P] (10) (D) T Easterby 7 11 4
J Hamilton
Always Tipsy (49) (D) (BF) N Alexander 9 10 12 G Cockburn (3)
Ballycrystal (28) (BF) B Ellison 7 10 12 N De Boinville
Beau Sancy [T] (11) Kenny Johnson 6 10 12 Alison Clarke (7)
Secrete Stream [B] (122) (D) Ruth Jefferson 9 10 12
B Hughes
7 122 Elusive Theatre (21) S Crawford (Ire) 7 10 11 J J Slevin (3)
8 23P Expresstime (18) C Grant 5 10 5
C Bewley (3)
S.P. f’cast: 11-4 Secrete Stream, 7-2 Alzammaar, 4-1 Ballycrystal,
5-1 Bollin Ace, Elusive Theatre, 14-1 Expresstime, 16-1 Others.
212
215
51U
232
066
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Marlborough
1.40 - Donna’s Delight
2.15 - Elusive Theatre
2.50 - Our Valentina
3.25 - Wolf Sword
4.00 - Skipthescales
4.35 - Smuggler’s Stash
5.10 - Lily’s Gem
2.50 Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (4) 2m 1f £4,549
1
2
3
4
5
6
4 443 Pistol Park [T] (6) B Ellison 7 11 11
N Moscrop (5)
5 125 Un Guet Apens [B] (40) (CD)(C) J Ewart 10 11 8
Steven Fox (5)
6 P44 Wolf Sword (35) (CD)(D) Mrs S Smith 9 11 5 Sam Coltherd (5)
7 434 Verona Opera (21) (C) S Crawford (Ire) 7 10 13 J J Slevin (3)
8 -21 Bright Prospect (76) (D) Mrs J Stephen 9 10 11
Ross Chapman (3)
9 4P5 Indian Voyage [T] (6) (CD)(C)(D) M Barnes 10 10 5
D Irving (3)
S.P. f’cast: 4-1 Calipto, 9-2 Chidswell, 5-1 Bright Prospect, 7-1 Pistol
Park, The Clock Leary, 8-1 Wolf Sword, Verona Opera, 10-1 Others.
Our Valentina (21) (C) S Crawford (Ire) 7 12 2 J J Slevin (3)
Crawfords Mill (21) S Crawford (Ire) 6 11 12 J Bowen (3)
Earth Lady (89) M Todhunter 6 11 11 Ross Chapman (3)
Dancing Amy [T] (21) Miss L Russell 5 11 9 C Bewley (3)
Cockley Beck (59) (D) (BF) N Richards 6 11 9
R Day (3)
Princess Mononoke (16) (D) D McCain 7 11 7
Miss A McCain (7)
7 232 Pixiepot (20) (D) P Niven 8 11 4
B Hughes
8 -09 Nanacaulsitesker (F47) A Berry 6 10 12
T Phelan
9 666 Angel’s Envy (103) I Jardine 6 10 11
C O’Farrell
10P98 Avondhu Pearl (103) W Coltherd 7 10 9 Sam Coltherd (5)
11P83 Play Practice (16) J Walton 8 10 3
J Hamilton
S.P. f’cast: 10-3 Pixiepot, 4-1 Princess Mononoke, 9-2 Crawfords
Mill, 5-1 Cockley Beck, 6-1 Our Valentina, 12-1 Others.
1 531 Luckime (47) (D) Miss V Williams 6 11 12
R T Dunne
2 325 Volcanic [T] (20) (C) D McCain 9 11 11
B Hughes
3 111 Letemgo (40) (CD)(D) A B Hamilton 10 11 9 Ross Chapman (3)
4 314 Skipthescales [P] (33) P Kirby 6 11 5
T Dowson (3)
5 727 Native Optimist (65) Mrs S Walton 11 11 5 F O’Toole (3)
6 FPP Royal Salute [B,T,WS] (57) G Bewley 8 11 4 J Bewley (3)
7 243 General Mahler [T,WS] (55) B Ellison 8 11 2 N Moscrop (5)
8 22 Geronimo (21) A M Thomson 7 10 13 Mr Alex Chadwick (7)
S.P. f’cast: 7-4 Luckime, 11-4 Letemgo, 7-1 Volcanic, General
Mahler, 8-1 Geronimo, 10-1 Skipthescales, 20-1 Others.
3.25 Scoop6 At totesport.com Handicap Chase (3) 2m 4f £8,447
4.35 Irish Lotto Handicap Chase (4) 3m 2f £6,498
5P5
043
-PP
533
234
142
1 233 Chidswell (21) (D) (BF) N Richards 9 11 12
R Day (3)
2 1P5 The Clock Leary (154) (D) D McCain 10 11 12 B Hughes
3 555 Calipto (36) (BF) Miss V Williams 8 11 11 Mr H Nugent (7)
4.00 totesport.com Handicap Hurdle (3) 3m 1f £7,798
1 211 Smuggler’s Stash [V] (22) (CD) Mrs R Dobbin 8 12 3
R Day (3)
2 222 Finaghy Ayr [P] (16) (C) I Duncan 10 11 12
B Hughes
5.45 - Touch The Clouds
6.15 - Warburton
6.45 - Navajo Star
7.15 - Grandfather Tom
7.45 - George Of Hearts
8.15 - Arabian Jazz
8.45 - Billyoakes
Going: Standard TV: Sky 415 Draw: No data available
[B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces
5.45 Bet placepot At totesport.com Handicap (6) 1m £3,429
1 427 Hipz [V] (33) (C) G Margarson 7 9 7
Jane Elliott (5) 6
2 373 No Approval (8) (D) D Bridgwater 5 9 7 Poppy Bridgwater (7) 4
3 331 Malaysian Boleh [B,E] (9) (C) P McEntee 8 9 3
Rossa Ryan (5) 7
F Norton 8
4 653 Mr Potter [V] (9) (C) R C Guest 5 9 0
5 031 The King’s Steed [B,T] (14) (D) S Lycett 5 8 13 K Shoemark 5
6 166 Touch The Clouds (21) (CD) W Stone 7 8 11 L Edmunds (3) 3
7 78/ Red Sniper (513) R Brisland 4 8 7 Nicola Currie (5) 1
K O’Neill 2
8 00- Favorite Story (150) C Wallis 4 8 7
S.P. f’cast: 11-4 The King’s Steed, 3-1 Malaysian Boleh, 5-1 No
Approval, 6-1 Mr Potter, 7-1 Hipz, 10-1 Others.
6.15 Novice Stakes (5) 3YO 1m £5,175
1 78- Capital Flight [H] (189) P Cole 9 2
R Da Silva 3
M Monaghan (3) 5
2 83 Capla Jaipur (16) M Botti 9 2
F Norton 8
3 22- Communique (156) M Johnston 9 2
Jacob Mitchell (7) 2
4 8 Guardiola (42) M Bell 9 2
G Wood (3) 1
5 42 Warburton (10) (BF) C Appleby 9 2
6 2- Well Suited [H] (264) (BF) S Crisford 9 2 K Shoemark 7
S W Kelly 4
7 86- Apache Blaze (101) R Brisland 8 11
8 04- Diablery (101) W Stone 8 11
L Edmunds (3) 6
S.P. f’cast: 2-1 Communique, 9-4 Warburton, 9-2 Well Suited, 6-1
Capital Flight, 8-1 Capla Jaipur, 25-1 Apache Blaze, 33-1 Others.
6.45 channelsestate.co.uk Handicap (6) 2m £3,429
Marlborough
2.00 - Crossed Baton
2.35 - Autocratic
3.10 - Qaysar
3.45 - Inn The Bull
4.20 - Kelly’s Dino
4.55 - Sparkalot (nb)
5.30 - Ascot Day
4 -11 Reflektor (33) (D) T Dascombe 5 9 0
R Kingscote 1
5 629 Human Nature [T] (21) (C)(D) S C Williams 5 8 8
Milly Naseb (5) 2
L Morris 6
6 711 Sparkalot (10) (CD) S Dow 4 8 8
S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Reflektor, 3-1 Tomily, 4-1 Udontdodou, 9-2
Sparkalot, 10-1 Human Nature, Solar Flair.
5.30 Bet At racinguk.com Handicap (4) 6f £6,469
1 -34 Afandem (18) (D) M Johnston 4 9 9
A Atzeni 7
G Mahon (5) 4
2 4-6 Repton (10) R Hannon 4 9 8
3 311 Excellent George [T] (28) (D) S C Williams 6 9 7
Milly Naseb (5) 8
4 755 Ascot Day (7) (D) D M Simcock 4 9 4
J P Spencer 2
L Morris 5
5 77- Patrick (183) (D) P Midgley 6 9 4
6 27- Bahamian Sunrise [B] (143) J Gallagher 6 9 2 H Crouch 6
7 /32 Wediddodontwe (52) (D) R C Guest 4 8 13
P Makin 3
8 67- Lord Cooper [P,T] (126) (CD)(D) J Santos 4 8 9 M Dwyer 1
S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Excellent George, 4-1 Wediddodontwe, 5-1 Afandem,
6-1 Repton, 7-1 Ascot Day, 10-1 Patrick, Bahamian Sunrise, 20-1
Lord Cooper.
Carlisle
Going: Good to soft TV: Sky 432 & Virgin 536
Marlborough
3 344 Lowanbehold (33) Miss S Forster 11 11 11 T Willmott (7)
4 7P5 Onderun [P] (33) G Bewley 9 11 9
J Bewley (3)
5 134 Misfits [T] (15) Miss L Russell 7 11 9
B Campbell (5)
6 1P5 Dick Darsie (22) Mrs S Smith 8 11 7 Sam Coltherd (5)
7 256 Achill Road Boy (16) (BF) W Coltherd 9 11 1 C O’Farrell
8 RP6 Purple Harry (39) Miss T Jackson 10 10 11 Ross Chapman (3)
9 546 Scorpo (8) V Thompson 7 10 11
T Dowson (3)
1083P Kalastar (133) Katie Scott 9 10 0
S Mulqueen (3)
110P7 Thedfactor [P] (15) Mrs J Walton 9 10 0
D Irving (3)
S.P. f’cast: 11-4 Smuggler’s Stash, 7-2 Finaghy Ayr, 6-1 Misfits, 7-1
Dick Darsie, 8-1 Achill Road Boy, Lowanbehold, 12-1 Others.
5.10 Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (5) 2m 1f £2,599
1 P Belle Of York [WS] (122) M Todhunter 5 11 0 Ross Chapman (3)
2 35 Blue Baton (45) Miss L Russell 5 11 0
B Campbell (5)
3 227 Derriana Spirit (73) N Richards 5 11 0
R Day (3)
4 64 Donnas Dream (24) C Grant 5 11 0
C Bewley (3)
5 06 Fig’s Pride [H] (65) N Alexander 5 11 0 G Cockburn (3)
6 -53 Lady Samback [T] (258) M Barnes 6 11 0
D Irving (3)
7 3 Lily’s Gem (95) S Crawford (Ire) 5 11 0
B Hughes
8
Sailing Away Mrs S Walton 5 11 0
F O’Toole (3)
9 0 Sueno Toms (54) N Alexander 5 11 0
S Mulqueen (3)
10
Rosey Mrs R Dobbin 4 10 7
C O’Farrell
11
Ruby Tiger H Daly 4 10 7
A Tinkler
S.P. f’cast: 2-1 Derriana Spirit, 7-2 Ruby Tiger, 5-1 Lily’s Gem, 8-1
Rosey, 10-1 Blue Baton, 12-1 Lady Samback, 14-1 Others.
1
2
3
4
5
Temasek Star [P] (2) A McCann (Ire) 7 9 11 M Monaghan (3) 8
Guards Chapel [V] (J14) (D) G L Moore 10 9 8 J Watson (7) 9
Leoro [P,T] (14) C Mann 4 9 8
S W Kelly 6
Dalasiri [P,T] (10) J Farrelly 9 9 8
T Clark (3) 2
Navajo Star [V] (10) (CD)(C)(D) R Brisland 4 9 8
David Egan (3) 4
6 164 Indian Red (18) (BF) M Tompkins 4 9 4 L Edmunds (3) 10
Rossa Ryan (5) 1
7 464 Caracas (14) Kevin Frost 4 9 3
8 003 Im Waiting [P,T] (22) A McCann (Ire) 5 9 2 Fran Berry 5
T Marquand 7
9 8-5 Kimene (72) W Stone 4 9 1
DOUBTFUL 3
10 0-6 Charlie Chaplin [B] (2) R Eddery 4 8 4
S.P. f’cast: 3-1 Leoro, 7-2 Indian Red, 4-1 Temasek Star, 6-1
Navajo Star, Im Waiting, 14-1 Others.
34R
-86
-41
6-5
124
7.15 totesport.com Handicap (4) 3YO 5f £7,310
1 114 Grandfather Tom (10) (D) (BF) R Cowell 9 7 E J Walsh (3) 3
2 -42 Midsummer Knight (1) K Burke 9 2
C Lee (3) 6
K O’Neill 5
3 311 Samovar [B] (10) (D) S Dixon 9 1
4 324 Wiff Waff [H,T] (22) (D) S C Williams 8 13 D Muscutt 4
R Kingscote 2
5 -31 Becker (64) (D) J Given 8 13
6 -22 Kodiac Express (9) (D) Mike Murphy 8 11 Nicola Currie (5) 1
S.P. f’cast: 11-4 Samovar, 7-2 Grandfather Tom, 4-1 Becker, 5-1
Wiff Waff, Midsummer Knight, 8-1 Kodiac Express.
7.45 Bet Trifecta At totesport.com Maiden (5) 6f £5,175
1 3-5 Promising (84) (BF) R Hannon 4 9 9
T Marquand 4
Capla Demon Miss G Kelleway 3 9 1 Aaron Jones (3) 2
2
3 42- George Of Hearts [WS] (155) (BF) R Hughes 3 9 1 S W Kelly 3
4 9-9 Irish Times (9) H Spiller 3 9 1
Fran Berry 1
Maximum Power Tim Pinfield 3 9 1
M Dwyer 5
5
S.P. f’cast: 4-9 Promising, 11-4 George Of Hearts, 16-1 Capla
Demon, 20-1 Maximum Power, 25-1 Irish Times.
8.15 Bet Scoop6 Fillies’ Handicap (5) 3YO 7f £4,399
1 541 Make Magic (32) (CD) D M Simcock 9 7 George Bass (7) 5
C Noble (5) 3
2 41- Arabian Jazz (204) (D) M Bell 9 5
3 03- Image (142) P McBride 9 4
Rossa Ryan (5) 2
4 31- Eesha Beauty (212) (D) M Botti 9 4 M Monaghan (3) 4
5 344 Mother of Dragons (4) P McEntee 8 13 Nicola Currie (5) 1
S.P. f’cast: 15-8 Arabian Jazz, 2-1 Eesha Beauty, 7-2 Make Magic,
8-1 Image, 10-1 Mother of Dragons.
8.45 totepool Bets At totesport.com Handicap (6) 6f £3,429
1 128 Fareeq [B,T] (24) (CD)(D) C Wallis 4 9 7 Joshua Bryan (5) 6
W Carson 5
2 524 Billyoakes [P] (19) (CD)(D) C Wallis 6 9 7
3 -75 Breathoffreshair [P,T] (43) (D) (BF) R C Guest 4 9 6
K Shoemark 9
4 682 Alfonso Manana [B] (19) (D) J Given 4 9 6 R Kingscote 7
5 786 Deeds Not Words [P] (19) (D) M Wigham 7 9 5 F Norton 2
Fran Berry 10
6 344 Tawaafoq [H] (28) M Quinn 4 9 5
7 6-5 Arcanista [P] (16) (D) C Dwyer 5 9 5 Jessica Cooley (7) 8
J Watson (7) 11
8 568 Mercers [P] (12) (D) P Butler 4 9 4
9 405 Dream Ally (18) (CD)(D) J Weymes 8 9 3 Phil Dennis (3) 3
D Brock 1
10449 Tasaaboq [P,T] (21) (D) P McEntee 7 8 7
11575 Justice Rock [H,T] (19) (CD)(D) P McEntee 5 8 7
Nicola Currie (5) 12
K Fox 4
12 9-9 Multi Quest [B] (19) (CD)(D) J Long 6 8 7
S.P. f’cast: 4-1 Billyoakes, 9-2 Breathoffreshair, 5-1 Alfonso
Manana, 6-1 Fareeq, 8-1 Tawaafoq, 12-1 Others.
24
Saturday 31 March 2018 The Daily Telegraph
***
Final whistle
On International
Transgender Day,
Renee Richards
can stand tall for a
brave battle with
tennis’s top brass,
says Simon Briggs
Trailblazer
who fought
and won in
sex-switch
struggle
oday, as you
may or may
T
not be aware,
is International
Transgender Day. One
suspects that Dr Renee
Richards – the worldrenowned eye surgeon
– would not need
reminding. But despite
her status as the first
transgender woman to
play professional sport,
Richards rarely speaks
about her trailblazing
past.
It is hard to blame her,
when she has been back
and forward over this
extraordinary story so
many times. There have
already been two
autobiographies and two
movies, in the first of
which she was played by
Vanessa Redgrave.
Richards was born in
1934 as Richard Raskin.
The son of a surgeon and
a psychiatrist, Dick
Raskin was part of New
York’s Jewish intellectual
elite and a fine athlete,
too. His left-handed
serve, delivered from a
rake-like 6ft 2in frame,
helped him to captain the
Yale tennis team,
dominate the All Navy
Championships and win
a New York State title. He
married a model,
fathered a son and, from
the outside, seemed to be
enjoying a charmed life.
So much for
appearances. In fact,
Raskin was locked in a
desperate battle between
male and female selves
that lasted a couple of
decades before he finally
underwent gender
reassignment surgery in
1975. Renee means
‘reborn’ in French,
although Richards claims
not to have known this at
the time.
rreal
Things turned surreal
ards
the next year. Richards
n
won a tournament in
hird
California under a third
name (Renee Clark),, and
vening
was outed on the evening
tor
news after a spectator
ocious
recognised that ferocious
serve. After weeks of
controversy, the US Open
introduced a
chromosome
re
screening procedure
to keep her out. It
was stubbornness,
er
more than any wider
Women’s game: Dr Renee
enee
e story
Richards’s remarkable
retains its resonance today
‘People call
her a reluctant
pioneer. No
one is more
important in
the movement
for acceptance’
point of principle, that
drove Richards to sue.
“I’m basically a selfish
person,” she has written.
After all she had been
through, she was
damned if she was going
to let the United States
Tennis Association take
away something she
loved. In court, the
defendants used the
thin-end-of-the-wedge
argument, supplemented
by a dose of Cold War
parano USTA lawyer
paranoia.
Georg Gowen made
George
refere
reference
to “worldwide
experi
experiments,
especially
in Iron Curtain countries,
pro
to produce
athletic stars
me
by means
undreamt of a
ye
few years
ago”.
Yet Judge Alfred
Ascion correctly
Ascione
observ that the number
observed
athl
of athletes
in Richards’s
positio was vanishingly
position
small, and ordered that
she be allowed to play. At
197 US Open,
the 1977
Richar lost to Virginia
Richards
Wade in the first round of
single but reached the
singles,
o the women’s
final of
double before a team
doubles,
featur
featuring
Martina
Navra
Navratilova
– a player she
would later coach for
two years – beat her.
Ascione was right to
scoff at the idea of a
transgender avalanche.
More than four decades
later, there have still been
only a handful of cases.
Caster Semenya is the
nearest comparison in
terms of notoriety, but
she was born with
internal testes, which
technically makes her an
intersex athlete rather
than a transgender one.
Society is very
different today, but even
in this more enlightened
era, Richards’s story
retains its resonance.
This month, New York
attorney John Coffey
organised a panel
evening on the case at the
Brooklyn Bar Association.
He was surprised and
delighted by the turnout,
and all the more so when
Richards herself made a
late decision to
participate.
“People describe
Renee as a reluctant
pioneer,” said Coffey,
“but I believe that as
time went on she
realised how much her
case mattered. No one is
more important in the
movement for
acceptance.”
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