** Tuesday 17 April 2018 Fighting for a future re Money running outt for our golden girlss G Guardiola’s plans at risk Champions City could C be handed transfer ban b Page 11 Page 4 P telegraph.co.uk/sport Sport W E ST H A M 1-1 ST O K E C I T Y Carroll’s hammer blow Injury-time goal stuns Stoke Hart’s gaffe lets in Crouch Page 8 Pogba and Sanchez threatened with axe Mourinho could drop United’s struggling superstars from Wembley semi-final -final 2 Tuesday 17 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph ** Sport Football Misfiring ring superstars How Pogba and Sanchez’s Mourinho ready to drop key men in Cup semi-final Manchester United’s form has fluctuated wildly in their past three Premier League outings and has been mirrored by the erratic performances of their two most high profile players, Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez. v West Brom om 15 April Lost 1-0 James Ducker ALL NORTHERN FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT United coach acts after West Brom shambles Players can seal place at Wembley tomorrow Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are all under threat of being dropped for Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham after Jose Mourinho promised to wield the axe in the wake of Manchester United’s abject showing against West Bromwich Albion. Mourinho reacted to Sunday’s dismal 1-0 defeat by the Premier League’s bottom club, which handed the title to rivals Manchester City with five games to spare, by admitting the performances of some players had already persuaded him not to start them at Wembley this weekend. Those who did not start or feature against West Brom are likely to be given the opportunity to stake their claim for a starting place against Spurs in tomorrow night’s league match at Bournemouth as Mourinho demands a reaction. But the United manager – who had torn into his players at halftime – was adamant that others had blown their chances of starting the semi-final after reacting furiously to what he witnessed against Darren Moore’s struggling side. “Rotating is not the right word – if I play a player against Bournemouth and the player is phenomenal, he plays the semi-final,” said Mourinho. “So it is not rotating, because rotating looks like a player that plays against Bournemouth is to give a rest to somebody that is going to play against Spurs in the semi-final. “So the word is not rotation – it is an opportunity for people, for some people to play and to try to get a place in the team for Spurs, and some of the guys who played [against West Brom] don’t have a place in that team [against Spurs]. They don’t have a place in that team.” Asked to confirm that he would not be fielding players whom he felt underperformed against West ‘It is not rotation. If someone is phenomenal against Bournemouth, he plays the semi-final’ Brom at Wembley, Mourinho replied: “Yeah. What is the criteria for a manager to choose a team? I only know one criteria – it is the way they play. It is the only way I can select players. Or do you want me to go for the price they cost, or their salary, or their beautiful face or … The only way is to go with performance.” Mourinho claimed he had “smelt” the performance coming after accusing his side of getting carried away by their 3-2 derby win eight days earlier and acting “like to Pogba loneliest of all in team of strangers COMMENT Midfielder and Sanchez summed up inept display that was all too familiar, writes James Ducker T here was more than a frustrated pitch to the groans that emanated from the South Stand at Old Trafford on Sunday as Manchester United tied themselves in knots against the Premier League’s bottom club. They were much more agonised in tone than usual, which stemmed less from the knowledge that Jay Rodriguez’s 73rd-minute goal for West Bromwich Albion was about to hand Manchester City the title, as painful as that was, than the understanding that this was not an isolated incident on an excruciating afternoon. SANCHEZ The Chilean was deployed in a left-sided attacking role in all three matches but his touch maps show little correlation. Against West Brom, he ended up chasing after the ball repeatedly and roaming in frustration across the pitch, whereas he held his position on the left against Swansea and scored. He mostly played deeper against City and played a key role in setting up all three goals. win against City was the most important thing ever”. Herrera was withdrawn at halftime against West Brom for Jesse Lingard while Mata and Sanchez – both of whom completed 90 minutes as Mourinho finished the game with six attacking players on the pitch – struggled for much of the game. Pogba lasted just 58 minutes before being substituted after his latest anaemic display – the third time in the past seven league matches he has started in which he has been replaced – although Mourinho said the France midfielder’s yellow card had some influence on his decision. Nonetheless, Pogba – who had scored twice in the derby to inspire United’s fightback from 2-0 down – is among those in the firing line, with Mourinho admitting after the game the Frenchman was one of those overcomplicating matters and taking “one more touch always”. Pogba’s woes came only days after Mourinho had told the midfielder he needed to start delivering consistently. “It was not just him,” Mourinho said when asked if he had been disappointed with Pogba’s performance. “And he had a yellow card, so he was in a more difficult position than others. “Playing with only two midfield players, you cannot play with one player in risk of not being able to make a foul. You can do it if your team is not losing the ball, but our team was losing the ball so easily with the complication [of our football]. “Everything was complicated. So we were losing lots of balls, so by losing lots of balls, with turns and flicks and tricks, the midfield players and central defenders are at risk of one touch, one late challenge and they are out. So Paul was out As Alexis Sanchez, head buried in his chest, ran into his umpteenth roadblock and Paul Pogba delivered another apathetic display before Jose Mourinho put everyone out of their misery by withdrawing the France midfielder 13 minutes into the second half, United fans had concluded well before the end that this was a script they have long wearied of reading. When did United last play well for more than 20 minutes here or there, one half here, one half there? When did they last look like a confident, cohesive, coherent unit from the first whistle to the last? Since Christmas, they have been lurching from one game to the next in a fog of muddled thinking and mediocrity punctured by the occasional highlight or fleeting flourish when the obvious talent they possess wins out, despite the system and structure. Can anyone say with confidence what sort of team might show up against Bournemouth tomorrow, or Spurs in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday? The second half against Everton on Jan 1 was very good, the first was not. The second period against Chelsea was pretty good, the first half was not. The first halves at home to Liverpool and Swansea City offered optimism, the final 35 minutes at Crystal Palace was an impressive salvage operation after a lamentable beginning, a familiar tale to the Manchester derby with its limp opening first 45 minutes and dramatic 16-minute secondhalf renaissance. v Man Cityy 7 April Won 3-2 v Swanseaa 31 March Won 2-0 because of the yellow card because, in terms of the way he played, he was not worse than some of the others who were on the pitch for 90 Strained relationship: Jose Mourinho has grown frustrated with Paul Pogba As for the wretched lows – West Brom joined a canon already comprising Tottenham away, Newcastle away, Sevilla home and away and a deathly-dull goalless The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 17 April 2018 ** 3 performances lack all consistency POGBA v West Brom 15 April Pogba was deployed in his preferred position on the left of a midfield three against City and West Brom but his touch maps illustrate the inconsistency of his positioning and movement over the two games. After a lamentable first half at the Etihad, the midfielder recovered impressively to score twice in a 3-2 win but on Sunday he was wholly ineffectual. Against Swansea he played in a midfield two with Nemanja Matic, drifted in and out of the game and was unable to ghost into the box once. Conte fears players are starting to switch off By Matt Law Lost 1-0 v Man City 7 April Won 3-2 v Swansea 31 March Antonio Conte is fighting to keep a grip on his Chelsea squad as he desperately tries to salvage something from the season. Chelsea travel to seventh-placed Burnley tomorrow before their FA Cup semi-final tie against Southampton at Wembley on Sunday. A strong finish to the season and winning the FA Cup would maintain Conte’s reputation as one of the best coaches in world football. But he has become concerned that his players are beginning to switch off, with Champions League qualification almost out of their reach. Antonio Rudiger’s omission from the squad for the dramatic Premier League comeback against Southampton has raised questions over his relationship with Conte. Rudiger admitted that he had “probably” been dropped for being perceived to have criticised Conte’s tactics, but the Germany international is not the only Chelsea player to have questioned the Italian’s approach. Having dumped Diego Costa by text message over the summer, Conte has fallen out with David Luiz and Kenedy this season. His repetitive training sessions, which worked so well last term, and preference for keeping his players on their toes by refusing to share his plans, have caused annoy- FA Cup Semi-finals Won 2-0 minutes.” Mourinho said United’s inconsistency was down to attitude, and not age, after being asked if he was getting enough from his experienced players. “Consistency has nothing to do with age, it has to do with personality, it has to do with the way you live for football, what is your priority in your life, what is your ambitions, it is not to do with age,” he said. “I met players who are 30 years old, not consistent at all, and I found boys of 18, 19, 20, real men, real pros, so it is not about the age.” draw at home to Southampton over the past four months. There were victories against Derby, Huddersfield and Brighton in the FA Cup, but the performance for long periods in those games was in keeping with a side perennially trying to force the issue, short on wit, imagination and an obvious game plan. The Premier League dictates United are the second-best team in the country but, beyond directing people to the points column, it is hard to make a persuasive argument that Mourinho’s side are better than Liverpool and Spurs. Look a little further down and can they even be said to display the sort of unity, order and team spirit that so clearly permeates Sean Dyche’s Burnley, for example? The West Brom shambles was as notable for its lack of fight as its dearth of quality. City are swashbuckling, sure, but does anyone honestly believe that brand of football can be played without a means the only problem – perhaps only Jesse Lingard, a second-half substitute, emerged with any credit among the outfield players on Sunday – but they, more than anybody, embody the aimlessness that has rigidly taken hold. The hope for United supporters was that Sanchez and Pogba’s star turns in the second half of last weekend’s 3-2 derby win would be a platform on which to kick on. But West Brom represented several steps back, their performances entirely in keeping with recent displays in which neither has seemed to know what they are supposed to be doing. Sanchez at least puts himself about and, over his career, has not been averse to leading himself down blind alleys, but he is running into trouble far too often when a simple look up, as evidenced against City, would suffice. Pogba? If he wants to stay – and the efforts of his agent, whom Pep Guardiola said offered City Pogba in January, suggest exit routes have been explored – he has a funny way of showing it. He reeked of indifference on Sunday, as he has in many games, and Mourinho, for one, is making no attempt to hide his irritation. He started in his preferred position on the left of a midfield three against a team with only one away win in 16 league matches before then. So what was his excuse this time? In a team of strangers, he looks the loneliest and most lost of the lot. United have gone from one game to the next in a fog of muddled thinking and mediocrity sound structure underpinning it, in which every player has a very clear sense and understanding of their positions, roles and duties? Sanchez and Pogba are by no Final Whistle: P16 Wembley Saturday Man Utd v Tottenham, 5.15pm. TV BBC1 Sunday Chelsea v Southampton, 3pm. TV BT Sport 1 ance. Conte last week spoke to individuals to try to find out whether there were any grievances he could address. Chelsea fell two goals behind against relegation-threatened Southampton and put in a woeful first-half performance. Conte ripped into his squad at half-time at St Mary’s, describing their performance as “s---”, before the introduction of Olivier Giroud swung the game for Chelsea. Despite the comeback, Conte appeared to acknowledge his players were not interested in trying to save his reputation when he insisted they must perform for the badge, not the coach. After West Ham held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, Rudiger said he did not “understand why, after 1-0, we always drop and let the opponent get more ball possession”. Conte could suffer another setback if Marcos Alonso is retrospectively banned for the challenge on Southampton’s Shane Long that went unpunished. 4 Tuesday 17 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph ** Sport Football City could be given transfer ban in By James Ducker Manchester City face an anxious wait to discover if they will be hit with a transfer ban for allegedly breaching rules around the signing of a teenage player, with a verdict in the controversial Benjamin Garre case finally due to be delivered within the next week. Pep Guardiola is hoping to add at least three more players to his squad this summer as City seek to build on their exceptional title success by creating a dynasty. But their transfer plans could be threatened if the Court of Arbitration for Sport rules in favour of Velez Sarsfield, an Argentine club who claimed City acted unethically by approaching Garre when he was still 15 and flouted transfer rules by signing the attacking midfielder days after his 16th birthday. If the CAS sides with Velez, the Premier League champions face the prospect of being banned from registering players for the next two transfer windows. Fifa had upheld City’s argument that Garre was free to join them after his 16th birthday because he holds an Italian passport, but Velez alleged that Fifa rules only allow players under 18 to move between clubs in European countries. Velez also took the world governing body to the CAS after it rejected an initial complaint from the South American club in September 2016. City believe they acted within the rules and have always felt they were on strong ground, given that Fifa ratified the transfer. The landmark court case was heard in July last year and a verdict was originally due to be delivered last autumn. However, the complex nature of the case resulted in the outcome being significantly delayed. A spokesman for the CAS told The Daily Telegraph early last month that the “arbitral award” was being finalised and the parties involved would be informed by the end of March but, after further delays, it is now expected that the verdict will be announced by the end of this week or early next week. If City were found guilty, they would have the right to a technical appeal. Such a scenario could delay the implementation of a transfer embargo and, depending on the time it takes to complete any appeal process, leave Guardiola free to Speeches, Oasis and Jagerbombs How Manchester City players celebrated being crowned Premier League champions Future talent: Benjamin Garre (centre) playing for City in the FA Youth Cup strengthen his squad this summer. Velez would also have the right to a technical appeal if the CAS rules in favour of City and Fifa. Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have all been subjected to transfer bans in the past few years after being found guilty of breaching rules around the signing of international players under the age of 18. Meanwhile, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Schalke are among the clubs to benefit financially from City’s title win, with the triumph triggering a series of additional transfer payments. Tottenham will receive £1.5 million from City under the terms of the projected £50 million deal that took right-back Kyle Walker from Spurs to the Etihad last summer. Liverpool will net £1 million from Raheem Sterling’s transfer in 2015, which cost an initial £44 million. Schalke will earn €1 million Europe’s top clubs who have had transfer bans Barcelona were banned from signing players for the whole of 2015 after an appeal that bought them six months’ grace was dismissed. They were originally sanctioned for 10 offences over four years of illegally recruiting nonSpanish minors (players under the age of 18). Real Madrid were prevented from signing players in January 2017 for the same offence over a period from 2005-14 (breaching the strict criteria regarding the transfer of foreign players under the age of 18) and Atletico for both 2017 windows. (£865,000) from Leroy Sane’s transfer from the German club in 2016. City’s players will receive huge bonuses for winning the championship. The traditional pool split is no longer in operation with players now earning varying sums depending on the terms of their individual contracts since City have favoured a move to heavily incentivised deals. Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, for example, will receive a £500,000 bonus for winning the title, in addition to an £800,000 bonus he had previously triggered for completing more than 60 per cent of City’s league games this season. It is thought other senior players such as Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Vincent Kompany will receive similar amounts to De Bruyne for winning the title. City’s first leg John Stones and Bernardo Silva are in party mood as they get behind the wheel and head off for the start of Sunday night’s celebrations in Hale. MAN CITY VIA GETTY IMAGES CAS to rule over signing of Argentine teenager De Bruyne lands title bonus worth £500,000 Guardiola prepares to extend deal By James Ducker Pep Guardiola is expected to sign at least a one-year contract extension at the end of the season as Kevin De Bruyne urged the Manchester City manager to make more signings this summer to help take the new Premier League champions to “another level”. Guardiola is out of contract at the All right Jack Now Silva has found a new partner, Kyle Walker, or Captain Jack as he apparently became known for the night. end of next season but there is optimism he will pen an extension that ties him to the Etihad Stadium until at least June 2020. City’s hierarchy were talking privately about wanting to keep Guardiola for a decade long before Sunday’s coronation and would like him to sign a much longer-term deal. They have talked previously about the freedom Guardiola has been given in Manchester and how Hale heroes Word gets out that Hale Wine Bar is where the action is and supporters mob Silva and Walker outside (right), and grab a selfie with Stones (far right). The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 17 April 2018 ** 5 Sport landmark case Alexander-Arnold triggers huge pay rise in breakthrough season By Chris Bascombe Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold’s exceptional season has been rewarded after the defender triggered an incentive bonus in his contract. Alexander-Arnold signed a fiveyear deal at Anfield in July last year but the club realised he had the potential to make sterling progress. Several appearance clauses were included to recognise his development and the most recent was activated after his 30th senior appearance, improving his terms. He has now made 39 appearances under Jurgen Kopp. The 19-year-old has continued to prove his value in a breakthrough campaign, particularly when excelling in the Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City. Although Liverpool do not publi- Long haul: Pep Guardiola is likely to stay at City the job is far removed from the acute political pressure that came with managing Barcelona and in many ways Bayern Munich. Guardiola is determined to finish the final five games of the season with a flourish as he aims to smash the record Premier League points haul – set by Chelsea in 2004-05 – by becoming the first to reach the magical 100-point barrier. But preparations for next season are alGood Kompany City captain Vincent Kompany gets into the swing of things by giving a victory speech before belting out a few songs as the night continued to swing. ready well under way, with City targeting three signings, not least a defensive midfielder and versatile forward, and De Bruyne hopes further recruits will help the club retain the title and propel them to new heights in the Champions League. “Of course it’s important for the club to add new players and to keep getting stronger,” the City midfielder said. Teenage talent: Trent AlexanderArnold will now earn around £40,000 a week cise player salaries, it is believed the youngster’s has significantly increased to at least around £40,000 a week as a result of his performances. Further recognition may yet follow if Gareth Southgate is convinced of Alexander-Arnold’s international credentials before the World Cup, although England are not short of quality on the right of their defence with Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier. Like Klopp, Southgate will be buoyed by Joe Gomez’s upbeat assessment of his injury, which could see him back in contention for the trip to West Bromwich Albion this weekend. Gomez, 20, is hopeful of being fit for the Hawthorns after recovering from the ankle problem suffered while on international duty. He has missed the last three weeks, including five Liverpool fixtures. 6 Tuesday 17 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph ** JASON BURT CHIEF FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT Benitez shows why he should be in running for job at bigger club The Spaniard’s achievement in overcoming a toxic backdrop, and lack of financial resources, to help Newcastle to safety in the Premier League this season has reaffirmed his status as an elite coach R afael Benitez spent yesterday at his family home on Merseyside celebrating his 58th birthday having given the Newcastle United players two days off. Even then he found time, early in the morning, to watch again Newcastle’s win over Arsenal that confirmed they would be in the Premier League next season. Later in the day, he watched Everton’s draw away to Swansea City on Saturday. Everton, who had considered trying to hire Benitez as their manager earlier in this campaign when Ronald Koeman was sacked, are Newcastle’s next league opponents and it is not lost on the Spaniard that a positive result would help him finish above them this season despite their lavish spending. He would be making a point – like all managers, Benitez is motivated by such things. In fact, it is entirely possible that if Newcastle, currently on 41 points, pushed on they could even overtake Leicester City and finish eighth in their first season back in the top flight. That would be a remarkable achievement. Indeed there are those close to Benitez who already believe that keeping Newcastle up this season – with five games to go – and bringing them to their current position of 10th is already his most significant achievement since he first came to England in 2004. At the time, he had just won his second La Liga and the Uefa Cup with Valencia. That is a bold statement and, frankly, an absurd one when Benitez won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005. But what they mean is that given the difficult circumstances he has faced at Newcastle, the stifling ped the toxicity that had enveloped ey’s club around Mike Ashley’s unpopular ownership, the sapping distractions that could have brought, and the politicss and tewardship economics at play, his stewardship has been a triumph of management and good coaching and staying focused. rket, the As with the stock market, ng biggest opponent of being successful in football is eds uncertainty, which breeds excuses, and there have been very astle for few certainties at Newcastle some time beyond the universal desire for Ashley to sell the club. Interestingly, Benitez, who has a e of the reputation for being one ers, most political of managers, d” has “compartmentalised” o that. He has pushed it to one side. Staying up is an achievement borne out on the pitches of Newcastle’s training ground at Darsley Park where er, has been Benitez, a former teacher, asking questions of his players all season to see how they respond. amples There are positive examples tle team – throughout the Newcastle from the performances of Jamaal th the Lascelles, entrusted with captaincy when he was just 22, to aking a late, Jonjo Shelvey who is making if improbable push, to be included in England’s World Cup squad – to er Martin the signing of goalkeeper Dubravka. d that It is well documented Benitez targeted three positions, ticular, and three players in particular, castle last summer when Newcastle remier won promotion to the Premier er, a tall League: a No 1 goalkeeper, uick, centre-forward and a quick, skilful wide player. At that time his first choices vailable were Willy Caballero, available on a free transfer after being released by Manchester City, Tammy Abraham and Kenedy, both of whom were available on loan from Chelsea. None were signed while Newcastle lost defender Paul Dummett, a key player, to injury until the end of December. But such was Benitez’s determination that he successfully returned for Kenedy in the January window, he managed to get Islam Slimani from Leicester City – albeit he has not featured much through injury – and he brought in Dubravka on loan from Sparta Prague when everyone appeared to be telling him that a new goalkeeper was the least of his problems. Newcastle had talented keepers in Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot, and they interchanged as first choice, but neither had the force of personality that someone like Dubravka could bring, with Benitez going beyond the scouting reports in his research by consulting the defender Waiting game: Rafael Benitez will be in a strong negotiating egot at g position this summer Martin Skrtel, who played under him at Liverpool. Newcastle have collected 16 points from a possible 21 since Dubravka went into the team, conceding just six goals in seven matches and losing just once. It is just one example of Benitez’s good work and confirms that he remains a more than competent manager and, maybe, one who deserves not only greater recognition for his achievements at Newcastle but to be considered when conversations take place about who should be in charge of bigger and better-resourced clubs. That is choppy water. If, as was posed on social media on Sunday, Arsenal were to turn to Benitez should Arsene Wenger leave, would it be such an underwhelming appointment? Although there would not be the vitriol that greeted him at Chelsea, it woul would hardly be embraced. Yet, w why not? There is nothi nothing in Benitez’s body of work as a manager to suggest that he iis no longer worthy of being at a Champions League club, wh while Arsenal currently do not enjoy that status even if they have the resources. With one year left on his New contract at Newcastle, it remains to be seen what Benitez does. He stro is in a stronger than ever position, loved by the su fans, supported by the player players. Per Personally, I hope he stays Newcastle is a stays. good fit. Bu obviously it But wou be shrewd for would him to wait and see wha happens around what c the club’s ownership. The certainty of stayin up should staying flush out potential buyer and, with that buyers secure already, it secured should give them plenty of time to compl complete a deal. The Benitez can Then decid Pep Guardiola decide. shou be the should man manager of the seaso followed by season, Sean Dyche, but Ben Benitez deserves re recognition. The job he has d done at Newcastle and the circumstances he has dealt with should not be underestimated. He has reaffirmed his staatus as an status c elite coach. Zaha could become Palace’s version of Le Tissier er T here is a perception that Wilfried Zaha will eventually have to leave Crystal Palace to fulfil his potential. But what if his potential is to be one of the greatest players in Palace’s history? Maybe even their greatest? What if keeping them in the Premier League season after season is, in itself, good enough? It may not bring Zaha medals but, maybe, it is the environment that suits him best and where he can play his best football. There is always that pressure ke a change. to move on, to make d Palace But Zaha (right) and e for each might just be made at Matthew other in the way that ymous Le Tissier is synonymous with Southampton.. The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 17 April 2018 *** 7 Sport Football Arsenal’s slump raises fears of pre-season nightmare By Jeremy Wilson DEPUTY FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT Arsenal’s slide down the Premier League has left them facing the prospect of a nightmare pre-season that would involve managing Europa League qualifiers and expected matches in Singapore just 11 days after the World Cup final. Uefa has confirmed that a Europa League space for English teams will go to the club finishing seventh in the Premier League, provided that Southampton do not unexpectedly win the FA Cup. The extra place follows Manchester City also winning the League Cup but, with Burnley now only two points behind Arsene Wenger’s team following Sunday’s fifth consecutive away defeat in the league – this time at Newcastle – finishing seventh has become a very real possibility. That would mean entering the Europa League at the second qualifying round stage, with the first match scheduled for July 26. That is the same date as Arsenal have been planning to face Atletico Madrid as part of an international tournament Main target: Arsene Wenger is now clearly prioritising the Europa League in Singapore that also includes Paris St-Germain. There is no Emirates Cup competition this year but potentially five further Europa League qualifying dates on Aug 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. Arsenal were already certain to rest players from the Singapore competition because of what has always been Wenger’s desire for them to have at least three completely clear weeks of rest during the summer. The World Cup stretches between June 14 and July 15 and, while players such as Aaron Ramsey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will not be involved, many other key personnel will be. Arsenal can avoid this scenario by either winning the Europa League – in which case they would return to the Champions League – or by finishing fifth or sixth in the Premier League to go straight into the Europa League groups. Although Wenger is now clearly prioritising the club’s Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid, the prospect of qualifying rounds does ensure that there is still plenty of incentive to ensure they do not fall behind Burnley. Arsenal had never finished outside the top four under Wenger until last season, when they were fifth but did win the FA Cup, and face a comparable situation this year. No decision has been made on whether Wenger will continue as manager for what is the final year of his contract, but the pressure for change will become intense if they do not now win the Europa League. The club’s board have not yet made a decision and, while performances and the failure again to mount a Premier League title challenge will be of greatest concern, the general apathy of supporters will also be considered. Recent home league games have seen large numbers of empty seats. Pochettino urges Spurs to come out firing next season Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham Hotspur must be quicker out of the blocks next season if they are to challenge champions Manchester City for the Premier League title. City beat Spurs 3-1 at Wembley on Saturday and were confirmed as champions the following day. The defeat ended Spurs’s impressive 14-match unbeaten run in the league, but their title challenge went off the rails during a poor start to the season. They slipped 21 points behind City with a 4-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium in December. “We feel very disappointed because [on Saturday] we lost to one of the best teams in Europe, and surely the best team in England,” manager Pochettino said yesterday. “That’s part of our ambition, how we’re thinking now – we believe we’re capable of beating any team. That is good. But it’s not easy to be consistent through the whole season. The challenge for us in the next few years [is] to be consistent, try to start the season better. City started the season really well – we started with a lot of problems. We were very unstable in the way we started the season.” Fourth-placed Spurs are competing with Liverpool and Manchester United for second place, and they can move a point behind Jose Mourinho’s side with a win at Brighton & Hove Albion tonight. Chris Hughton, the Brighton manager, dismissed suggestions that Tottenham would be distracted by their FA Cup semi-final on Saturday. “With Tottenham and where they are at the moment and the aspirations that they have, they still have the ability to finish in second place and I would imagine that is very much high on their list of priorities,” he said. “We will need to play well, we will need a Tottenham side that’s not at their best [to get a positive result].” Game zone Brighton Tottenham 7.45pm. Sky Sports Main Event Tottenham could give out of favour Toby Alderweireld his first league appearance since October and Fernando Llorente is also in contention after missing the Manchester City game for personal reasons. Brighton, who have lost four straight games, are without the suspended Davy Propper. 8 Tuesday 17 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph ** Sport Premier League Hart blushes spared by Carroll after gift to struggling Stoke Matt Law FOOTBALL NEWS CORRESPONDENT at London Stadium 1 1 West Ham United Carroll 90 Stoke City Crouch 79 Att: 56,795 Gareth Southgate had turned up at the London Stadium to see two of England’s goalkeepers, but Joe Hart will be desperately hoping the manager of the national team had left before his spill almost gifted Stoke City what would have been a priceless victory. Andy Carroll spared Hart’s blushes to some extent, but the way in which West Ham’s goalkeeper gifted Stoke substitute Peter Crouch the 79th-minute opener handed a World Cup advantage to Jack Butland. Stoke’s fans sang “England’s No 1”, both in support of Butland and to mock Hart, as Crouch cele- Player ratings West Ham 3-4-2-1 5 Hart 6 Rice 6 Ogbonna 8 Cresswell ■ 7 Zabaleta 6 Kouyate ■ 6 Noble 5 Masuaku 6 Fernandes 6 Mario 7 Arnautovic Table Stoke 3-4-2-1 7 Butland 6 Zouma 6 Shawcross 6 Martins Indi ■ 6 Bauer 7 Ndiaye ■ 7 Allen 6 Pieters 7 Shaqiri 5 Ramadan 5 Diouf Substitutes Hernandez (Fernandes 76), Lanzini (Masuaku 81), Carroll (Mario 86). Subs not used Adrian (g), Hugill, Evra, Cullen. brated what they thought would be a winner. Having been sent on with 15 minutes remaining, Crouch reacted quickest to slide the ball into the net after Hart had fumbled Xherdan Shaqiri’s shot straight into his path. But, fortunately for Hart, West Ham had their own big man to call on and Carroll scored for the first time since January, having been out injured for three months, to secure a point and stop secondfrom-bottom Stoke making ground on them. There were 90 minutes on the clock when Carroll volleyed Aaron Cresswell’s low cross past Butland and there was still time for another of West Ham’s substitutes, Javier Hernandez, to have what would have been a winner chalked off for handball against Carroll. It was referee Michael Oliver’s decision to rule out the Hernandez goal at the end of his first match in charge since handing Real Madrid the crucial Champions League penalty against Juventus and sending off Gianluigi Buffon. Buffon hit out at Oliver repeatedly following the Cameron (Sobhi 62), Crouch ■ (Bauer 70), Ireland (Diouf 87). Subs not used Grant (g), Fletcher, Campbell, Sorensen. Referee Michael Oliver (Northumberland) Manchester City (C) P W 33 28 D 3 L 2 F A PTS 93 25 87 Manchester Utd Liverpool 33 22 5 34 20 10 6 4 63 26 78 35 71 70 Tottenham Chelsea 33 20 33 18 6 9 65 30 57 33 67 60 Arsenal Burnley Leicester 33 16 6 11 33 14 10 9 33 11 10 12 62 45 33 29 49 47 54 52 43 Everton Newcastle Bournemouth Watford Brighton 34 11 9 14 33 11 8 14 34 9 11 14 34 10 7 17 33 8 11 14 39 35 41 42 31 54 42 56 60 46 42 41 38 37 35 West Ham Huddersfield Crystal Palace 33 34 34 8 11 14 9 8 17 8 10 16 41 59 27 54 36 54 35 35 34 Swansea Southampton Stoke 33 33 34 8 9 16 5 13 15 6 10 18 27 46 33 53 31 64 33 28 28 West Brom 34 4 12 18 27 52 24 7 6 Costly: Peter Crouch takes advantage of Joe Hart’s error to put Stoke ahead incident and the official’s wife, Lucy, a Women’s Super League referee, has received abuse and threats. Carroll’s full-time complaints, as he argued that he had not committed handball before teeing up Hernandez, were far more respectful. The two other second-half goals that were disallowed for offside against Marko Arnautovic were decided by one of Oliver’s assistants. Karren Brady had urged us all to tune into her new television show at 8pm and, for the first 45 minutes, it had proved to be good advice from West Ham’s vice-chairman. It was 15 minutes before kick-off that a message on Baroness Brady’s Twitter account read: “15mins until my new show Give it a Year starts on ITV, hope you watch it and hope you enjoy it!” Whether or not Brady and her social-media team realised that Give It A Year clashed with West Ham’s game against Stoke is not clear, but those who tuned into her 30-minute show did not miss much in terms of what was happening at the London Stadium. Arnautovic had been targeted by Stoke fans during his first game against his former club in December. Here, he was booed by the travelling supporters every time he touched the ball, but looked the player most likely to break the deadlock during the first half. He wriggled around Ryan Shawcross in just the seventh minute and saw his low shot from a tight angle deflected out of play by Butland, as West Ham started the brighter. Butland had also kept out Arthur Masuaku in the opening stages and it was the Stoke man who was the busier of the two England goalkeepers in the first half. Arnautovic clearly wanted to rub more salt into Stoke’s wounds and it looked like he would get his goal 10 minutes before the break. Pablo Zabaleta surged into the penalty area and found the Austrian, who, from close range, smashed the ball straight into the chest of Butland and the ball flew out for a corner. Mark Noble tested Butland once more before Oliver sounded the half-time whistle and gave everybody the chance to convince themselves this could only get better. Fortunately, it did. An Arnautovic header got the home fans off their seats but he had been standing in an offside position when Cresswell’s cross was delivered and the goal was correctly ruled out. Mame Biram Diouf squandered a great chance for Stoke moments later as Moritz Bauer sent in a low centre that the striker wastefully skied over the bar. Manager Paul Lambert sank to his knees. The home side thought for a second time they had taken the lead, only for the assistant referee’s flag again to deny them. Edimilson Fernandes danced away in celebration when his low shot hit the net, but Arnautovic, who had attempted to help the ball in with his heel, had been standing yards offside. Butland was at full stretch to save another Cresswell free-kick that VAR penalty ruling causes half-time mayhem in Bundesliga match A bizarre video assistant referee decision caused chaos in a Bundesliga game last night when the teams were ordered back on to the pitch at half-time because the referee decided to award a penalty after watching a replay on TV. Players of Mainz 05 and Freiburg were astonished when referee Guido Winkmann was notified by video referee Bibiana Steinhaus, who was watching in Cologne, that he should check a replay of a handball incident just before his halftime whistle. Winkmann watched the incident again on the pitchside screen and evidently decided Freiburg’s Marc Oliver Kempf had deliberately put his hand to the ball. He ordered the players back on to the pitch, much to the bemusement of Freiburg coach Christian Streich, who was seen shaking his head in disbelief. “We’re not going out,” said Streich as he led his confused players back into the changing room. Some were looking at TVs to determine exactly what was going on. The Freiburg team eventually emerged back on to the pitch, Handball incident: Freiburg players confront referee Guido Winkmann where Winkmann explained to Streich that it was a penalty for the home side. Pablo De Blasis, who had to wait for Alexander Schwolow to retake his place in goal, held his nerve to score inside the left corner as the Freiburg keeper dived the other way. “We thought that when the whistle goes for half-time, that the first 45 minutes are ticked off,” Freiburg sporting director Jochen Saier told Eurosport at half-time. “That wasn’t the case in this scene, we have to accept that with heavy hearts. Things are getting stranger.” Kempf, who conceded the spotkick, was substituted at half-time. There was a further 10-minute delay before the start of the second half as fans threw hundreds of toilet rolls on to the pitch in a protest against Monday evening matches. Many German fans have opposed the introduction of Monday games, saying matches should be played at the weekend when most supporters can attend. Protests have taken place during most Monday games. Mainz went on to beat Freiburg 2-0. The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 17 April 2018 ** 9 Moyes defends his goalkeeper despite ‘surprise’ blunder By Matt Law David Moyes backed West Ham United goalkeeper Joe Hart after he almost handed Stoke City what would have been a precious victory in their fight against relegation. Hart fumbled Xherdan Shaqiri’s shot to allow Peter Crouch to give Stoke a 79th-minute lead, but Andy Carroll stepped off the bench to secure a point at the end. England international Hart had been superb in West Ham’s draw at Chelsea, but blew his big chance to move ahead of Jack Butland in the national team pecking order. Gareth Southgate and his England assistant Steve Holland were present to see Hart and Butland, although it is unclear whether or not they had left before Crouch’s goal. “He had two very similar shots in the first half and he took them quite comfortably in his midriff,” said Moyes, the West Ham manager. “So it was a surprise that it spilt out. But, look, if you’re a goalkeeper it’s going to happen. “Last week, after he made fantastic saves at Chelsea, I said to him ‘Well done’. I didn’t go over the top because I expect him to do that. “Tonight I’ll tell him ‘You should have done better on that one’.” Paul Lambert thought his Stoke side had secured their first Premier League victory on the road since October until Carroll scored and insisted his team deserved a bit of luck after seeing West Ham have three goals disallowed. “I must have walked under a ladder or broken a mirror somewhere because I have not had any luck whatsoever,” said the Stoke manager. “I was due it, the team was due it, the football club was due it and if it Advice: David Moyes will tell keeper Joe Hart that he should have done better is offside, it doesn’t matter if it is marginally offside, or close, it is offside.” Stoke, who are still five points from safety, entertain Burnley on Sunday and Lambert added: “If we can win, I think it will set the cat right among the pigeons. We are playing well, we have got an incredible support behind us, and I am pretty sure come Sunday, there will not be many stadiums rocking the way ours can rock.” Everton target Brands says it would be ‘hard’ to leave PSV Late drama: Andy Carroll scores a spectacular volley to equalise in injury time had glanced off the head of Joe Allen. Lambert responded by throwing on Crouch and, with under 15 minutes remaining, counterpart David Moyes sent on Hernandez. But it was Crouch who made the telling impact, thanks to Hart’s terrible error. That should have been the moment that gave Stoke hope, but Moyes called for Carroll and he made his own mark. It would have been the dream finish for Carroll and West Ham if Hernandez’s stoppage-time goal had been allowed to stand, but, just as he had in Madrid, Oliver got his big decision spot on. Results and fixtures Premier League West Ham (0) 1 Stoke (0) 1 Carroll 90 Crouch 79 56,795 VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE.-North: Curzon Ashton 2 Nuneaton 2. South: Chelmsford 3 Wealdstone 0. EVO-STIK NORTHERN.-Prem: Stourbridge 2 Workington 3. EVO-STIK SOUTHERN.-Prem: Hitchin 0 Slough 1. BOSTIK.-Prem: Brightlingsea Regent 0 Leatherhead 7-Kingstonian 2 Merstham 1. SSE AIRTRICITY LGE.-Prem: Bray 1 Shamrock Rovers 0-Derry City 3 Bohemians 1-St Patricks 1 Waterford 0. PREMIER LGE 2.-Div 1: Derby U23 1 West Ham U23 0-Everton U23 1 Liverpool U23 3. Div 2: Blackburn U23 0 Aston Villa U23 1-Brighton U23 5 Stoke U23 1-Reading U23 1 Newcastle U23 4. GERMANY: Mainz 2 SC Freiburg 0. Fixtures Kick-off 7.45 unless stated PREMIER LEAGUE Brighton v Tottenham By Chris Bascombe Marcel Brands, the PSV Eindhoven technical director, has admitted he faces a “hard” choice on whether to leave the Dutch club this summer amid interest from Everton. The Merseyside club continue to court Brands with yet another Goodison restructure appearing inevitable at the end of the season. After PSV secured the Dutch championship over the weekend, Brands said: “I have a contract at PSV. There is interest but it is hard to leave this beautiful place.” There is continued ambiguity over the long-term positions of several senior Everton figures. Chief executive Robert Elstone’s imminent departure to rugby league will create a significant opening, but it is inconceivable that a figure of Brands’s clout could be lured without being guaranteed the authority to oversee a thorough review of all footballing operations. That will not end the uncertainty surrounding director of football Steve Walsh, while manager Sam Allardyce has been unable to convince sceptics he should be considered anything more than a quick fix. In brief SKY BET LEAGUE ONE Bradford v Portsmouth Doncaster v Bury Gillingham v Rotherham Rochdale v Oldham Shrewsbury v Charlton Wigan v Oxford Utd SKY BET LEAGUE TWO Accrington v Yeovil Exeter v Chesterfield Lincoln City v Wycombe LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP Brechin v Dundee Utd Dumbarton v Inverness CT St Mirren v Falkirk LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE TWO Berwick v Stenhousemuir VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE Aldershot v Gateshead Bromley v Dagenham & Redbridge Dover v Tranmere Eastleigh v Ebbsfleet Utd Guiseley v Barrow Hartlepool v Leyton Orient Maidenhead Utd v Sutton Utd North: Blyth Spartans v AFC Telford, Boston Utd v Harrogate Tn, Brackley v Bradford P A, Chorley v Stockport Co, FC United of Manchester v York, North Ferriby Utd v Gainsborough, Southport v Salford City, Spennymoor Tn v Kidderminster. South: Braintree Tn v Whitehawk, Concord Rangers v Bognor Regis Tn, East Thurrock v Dartford, Gloucester v St Albans, Truro City v Hungerford Tn, Poole Tn v Hampton & Richmond. EVO-STIK NORTHERN.-Prem: Ashton Utd v Stalybridge, Barwell v Lancaster City, Buxton v Altrincham, Coalville Tn v Halesowen, Grantham v Hednesford, Matlock Tn v Rushall Olympic, Mickleover S v Marine, Warrington Tn v Shaw Lane. EVO-STIK SOUTHERN.-Prem: Basingstoke v Bishop’s Stortford, Biggleswade Tn v Hereford FC, Gosport Borough v Kettering, St Ives Tn v Stratford Tn, St Neots Tn v Banbury, Tiverton v Dorchester. BOSTIK.-Prem: Dorking Wanderers v Billericay, Lowestoft Tn v Wingate & Finchley, Thurrock v Folkestone Invicta, Tonbridge Angels v Harlow. SSE AIRTRICITY LGE.-Prem: Cork City v Sligo, Limerick FC v Dundalk. DANSKE BANK IRISH PREMIERSHIP: Ballinamallard Utd v Carrick (8), Glentoran v Dungannon Swifts. Wolves eye loan stars Wolves are set to spend £20 million to sign loan stars Benik Afobe and Willy Boly after clinching promotion. Both will cost £10 million, with Afobe arriving from Bournemouth and Boly from Porto. Forest want Rhodes Nottingham Forest want to sign Sheffield Wednesday striker Jordan Rhodes on a season’s loan. Brazil to play at Anfield Philippe Coutinho is set to return to Anfield in June when Brazil play Croatia there as part of their World Cup preparations. investigation into racist abuse directed at French players by Russian fans in St Petersburg last month. Batshuayi blow Vidal to have surgery Chelsea’s on-loan striker Michy Batshuayi will miss the rest of the season with the ankle injury he sustained playing for Borussia Dortmund against Schalke on Sunday, but has not been ruled out of the World Cup. Russia back probe Russia have promised to cooperate with a Fifa Bayern Munich’s influential Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal needs knee surgery and looks doubtful for their Champions League semifinal first leg against Real Madrid. The injury was inflamed at a training session on Sunday. “Arturo will definitely be out for a while,” said manager Jupp Heynckes. 10 Tuesday 17 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph ** Sport Rugby Union Premiership must cherish English coaches MICK CLEARY Y TALKING G RUGBY The next generation ration of coaching talent nt would benefit from approach pproach taken by New Zealand Home guard Trio showing the way Rob Baxter Tipped as a future England coach, Baxter has overseen Exeter’s rise from promotion to Premiership champions within seven years W here have all the English coaches gone? To the dole der, Nick queue for Jim Mallinder, ngston in Kennedy and John Kingston eland – Stuart recent times. Or to Ireland Lancaster, nurturing the next r’s finest, or generation of Leinster’s he backbone Andy Farrell putting the winning into the Grand Slam-winning nd, too, where national team. Scotland, oing Richard Cockerill is doing h undersignificant things with achieving Edinburgh. Or even es of Joe France, where the likes ague Worsley and Rory Teague (Bordeaux) and Alex King at Dean Richards g their Montpellier are plying Returned from his trade to good effect. And Bloodgate ban to mention, too, should be join Newcastle in made of Richard Hill, 2012, with the club former England and Bath set for their highest e scrum-half, long since finish this season d in resident in France and since 1998 atters in charge of all rugby matters n area. and around the Rouen If these men had been New Zealanders, they would not have decision last week to part company been exiled from their domestic at the end of this season with game so readily. The likes of Joe Kingston. The four bottom clubs in Schmidt or Vern Cotter or Scarlets’ the Premiership have all made Wayne Pivac, favoured to take over sackings this season. And there are from countryman Warren Gatland, now questions beginning to swirl when he steps aside at Wales after around Todd Blackadder, the the 2019 Rugby World Cup, are all director of rugby at Bath, the team effectively on long-range occupying the next rung in the sabbaticals, honing their craft until ladder. When will clubs learn that the return-home whistle sounds as stability and certainty count for so once it did for Graham Henry and much in sport? Take the top three Steve Hansen. in the Aviva Premiership – Exeter Only three of the 12 Premiership Chiefs, Saracens and Wasps. Rob clubs have an Englishman at the Baxter has been at the Chiefs as helm following Harlequins’ boy and man, Mark McCall has been at the heart of the Anfield Boot Room set-up at Sarries, stepping up when one of the founding fathers of that ethos, Brendan Venter, had to cut short his time due to family matters back in South Africa, while Dai Young has come through the club’s near-bankruptcy at Wasps to make the team one of the most compelling outfits in England. Does it matter that English coaches are not at the forefront of the domestic game? After all, the national team are coached by an Australian, the first time the Rugby of the game’s m most accomplished practitioners, Schmidt, to return to native shores. becaus a man has a New Just because Zealand accen accent does not ma him intrinsically necessarily make a better coach than an Englishman S (or Welsh or Scottish etc). Of course, talent and aptitude and knowledge an and understanding are fundamentals After that, though, fundamentals. it is about gain gaining experience, bad as well as good good. Lancaster and bet Farrell are better practitioners for tra the trauma of the 2015 R Ru Rugby World Cup just as Henry was for the Al Blacks’ high-profile All qua quarter-final defeat by Fran in Cardiff in 2007. France Coa Coaches need to be at sha end. It is troubling the sharp that nine Premiership clubs l by nonare currently led T RFU is acutely Englishmen. The n aware of the need to have coaches throug the system so that coming through the union has options when it findi Eddie Jones’s comes to finding successor. The big step would be to strike some sort of deal with the c Premiership clubs to have a quota of English coaches working in Steve Diamond leagu As things stand, the league. Sale regularly n obligation on any there is no compete for a top-six c of the 12 clubs to do anything spot and produce a appoi whomever they but appoint number of hight be the best man consider to class academy for the job job. So, veteran products including Irishman Declan Kidney is the Curry twins L hired at London Irish causing En a nascent English coaching Ke talent, Nick Kennedy, to walk Mallind away. Mallinder’s successor at Gar Franklin’s Gardens will be, yes, gues you have guessed it, a (highly regarded) Kiwi, Chris Boyd, Football Union had ever gone arriving from the Hurricanes for outside its own territory. Yes, it the start of next season. does matter. The importance of The RFU has a substantial succession planning is paramount. financial partnership with its After Henry signed off his sharpclubs, worth £225 million over an end coaching career by helping the eight-year period through to 2024. All Blacks to the World Cup on At its heart is the release of players home soil in 2011, his right-hand for England duty and training man, Hansen, was there to take camps. Now is the time for some over, already schooled in the ways joined-up thinking as to how the of the international game. When next generation of England Hansen moves on – and that coaches might be legislated for in departure has a habit of being such arrangements. postponed – the New Zealand New Zealand can help place its union can simply promote his men where it sees fit. England assistant, Ian Foster, or invite one needs to find a way to follow suit. Bristol become Bears for return to elite Folau offers to ‘walk away’ By Ben Coles Bristol Rugby will return to the Premiership next Gallagher Premiersh season under a new name as club Bristol Bears, the t have revealed. rev The new name name, logo and kits we were anno nounced yestery day and will be w Bear faced: Bristol’s new-look shirt adopted in the summer, with the club having secured promotion 10 days ago. Supporters criticised the rebranding on social media, with one asking: “Just checking it’s not the 1st April?!!”. Another described the move as a “complete lack of respect for the club’s history and tradition”. Bristol’s owner, Steve Lansdown, revealed in a press release that the process of rebranding the club had been planned for some time. Bristol were previously known as Bristol Shoguns between 2001 and 2005 as part of a sponsorship deal with car manufacturer Mitsubishi. “The rebranding is not a kneejerk decision – it’s a process that we have been exploring for a number of years and everybody involved has worked tirelessly to deliver a strategy that we trust and believe will result in success,” Lansdown explained. “The burning ambition is to see 27,000 supporters at Ashton Gate and, to fulfil this desire, we must continue to appeal to new fan bases and broaden our reach. “Our aspirations are to reach the very top. “We believe the Bristol Bears brand will open up new markets – both domestically and abroad – as we embark on an exciting new chapter.” Bristol are 18 points clear of second-placed Ealing Trailfinders at the top of the Championship. By Ben Coles Israel Folau, the Australia international, has revealed that he offered to walk away immediately from his reported A$2 million (£1.09 million) per year contract with Rugby Australia if it was felt his religious views were damaging the sport. Writing in a column for the PlayersVoice website, Folau explained his beliefs and the background behind his response to a question about his Instagram post this month in which he said God’s plan for gay people was “Hell … unless they repent of their sins and turn to God”. After a meeting with Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle, Folau wrote: “I told them it was never my intention to hurt anyone, but that I could never shy away from who I am, or what I believe. After we’d all talked, I told Raelene if she felt the situation had become untenable, I would walk away from my contract immediately.” The 29-year-old full-back said he was not trying to force a move away from Australian rugby. “This is not about money or bargaining power,” Folau wrote. “It’s about what I believe in and never compromising that, because my faith is more important to me than my career.” Folau also stressed he was in no way homophobic. “This could not be further from the truth. I believe in inclusion.” The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 17 April 2018 *** 11 Sport Frampton uses sports psychologist before fight B OX I N G By Gareth A Davies HEATHCLIFF O’MALLEY FOR THE DAILY TELEGRAPH BOXING CORRESPONDENT All smiles: England’s triumphant players celebrate their dramatic victory over hosts Australia in the Commonwealth Games final at the weekend Crisis over funding threatens England’s golden netball era NETBALL Sam Dean National team in battle to remain professional Women’s sport suffering from lack of investment England’s netball team are fighting for their professional future beyond 2019 because of a shortfall in funding that could leave the sport’s governing body unable to support its gold medal-winning athletes. England Netball is struggling to find the funds that would allow the national team to remain professional, despite Tracey Neville’s side beating Australia on Sunday to claim their first victory at a Commonwealth Games. The ruling body is trying to source enough commercial revenue to keep its elite programme in place, but its chief executive, Joanna Adams, has warned that brands and companies are not investing enough in women’s sport. “There has to be a reality check,” said Adams. “People are not ploughing money into women’s sport. “Everybody says they are – there are a few brave brands – but realistically people are talking a good game but not parting with money.” England’s netball team are reliant upon elite funding from Sport England, whose remit is to cater for grass-roots sport. Sport England gave £3 million to the national side in 2017 as part of a total award of £16.9 million to England Netball. But that money will fund the England national team only until next year’s World Cup in Liverpool. From August 2019, the top level of the sport must generate its own revenue, regardless of how successful the England team may be. As it stands, this would mean that the governing body would not be able to continue the full-time programme that was launched in 2016. “We put that in place two years ago and it has delivered a Commonwealth Games gold medal,” Adams told The Daily Telegraph. “There would be an England team but it would not be funded by us. It would be girls that had jobs and trained less regularly, and we would try to compete with the top teams in the world who are fully professional.” Netball cannot be funded by UK Sport, the body responsible for the development of elite sport, because it is neither an Olympic nor Paralympic event. It had previously been one of the few sports to receive direct, elite- Reality check: Joanna Adams warned of a “disaster for women’s sport” level funding from Sport England. However, Sport England’s financial backing will now be focused on the grass-roots levels of the sport. “It is a disaster for women’s sport, when everybody is saying we are on the up, that our funding is going to stop,” said Adams. She added that the task has been made harder for netball as, unlike in sports such as football, rugby and cricket, there is no men’s game that can provide financial support. “We sell out venues but we are not a venue owner,” said Adams. “Everything has gone right for us as a sport, but none of it makes a huge amount of money yet. If we do not have an elite team, people are not going to come and watch a second- rate England team get slaughtered by Australia and New Zealand.” The concern is that the absence of a competitive team would damage netball’s remarkable growth at the grass-roots level. In terms of participation figures, netball is the fourth-biggest team sport in the country, and is by far the biggest team sport for women. The success of the England team in Australia also appears to have had a clear impact on the lower echelons of the game, with Netball England experiencing a spike of nearly 2,000 per cent on its ‘session finder’ web page, which helps portupeople find opportuy in nities to play their local area.. gA Sport England spokes-man said its funding will continue to “help women of all ages get port”, back into the sport”, adding: “Sportt England’s remit is to help ordinary people get active, and England Netball has always ways understood this means we will no longer be able to invest in high-performance sport. We have been supporting England and Netball to develop an ambitious bitious commercial programme so they are not reliant on public money.” ey.” Carl Frampton has revealed that he is working with a sports psychologist ahead of a potentially defining fight against Nonito Donaire in Belfast this weekend. The Northern Irishman hopes the bout against a former fourweight world champion will help to repair a reputation that was damaged with his defeat by Leo Santa Cruz in Las Vegas 14 months ago. Since then Frampton has made several important changes to his approach, including changing trainer Shane McGuigan to Jamie Moore and employing a psychologist to help with his motivation. “You see online people like to moan,” Frampton, who won his last fight against the Mexican Horacio Garcia on points, said. “Two fights ago, I lost my title to Leo Santa Cruz. And then the last fight I had a performance that was OK, but I think was over-criticised. “I lost a close fight fair and square to Leo Santa Cruz. Suddenly though, it’s ‘Frampton is over the hill’. People like to have their opinions and voice those on social media, but that’s all it is really.” In Frampton’s other recent change, he is using Manchester’s Institute of Health and Performance, benefiting from sports science experts who work with Manchester City. His sports psychologist is based in Belfast. “I’m working with a guy called Dr Mark Elliott,” revealed Frampton. “He’s helped me a lot. “When I was an amateur we used the Irish psychologist who I found very beneficial. But a lot of the times you were doing it with a group of people. All the lads are there and no one’s really listening, everyone is messing about. But it’s something I always tried to pay attention to and listen to. It’s definitely beneficial. It’s reassuring me that I’m a world-class fighter.” He explained: “He’s the one who suggested to monitor all my sessions and write everything down just so I can recap. “It’s probably something I should have been doing, but I wasn’t for whatever reason and it’s never too late to start.” Unhappy reaction: Carl Frampton has hit out at his online critics 12 Tuesday 17 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph ** Sport Specsavers County Championship Gurney and Ball mop up during an ‘outstanding hour’ At Old Trafford Nottinghamshire (222 & 10-4) beat Lancashire (158 & 73) by 6 wkts Even by the panicky standards of the last few days, when wickets have clattered all over the country, Lancashire’s collapse at Old Trafford yesterday was spectacular, with eight batsmen departing for 15 runs in 60 balls. The result was an embarrassing six-wicket defeat as newly-promoted Nottinghamshire finished the job on a dramatic final morning of the Specsavers County Championship Division One match at Old Trafford. The Red Rose men were eventually bowled out for a secondinnings 73 as left-arm seamer Harry Gurney took six for 25 and Jake Ball claimed four for 14, taking his total to nine in the match. Requiring just 10 to win, the visitors still managed to lose four wickets in the first 25 balls of their innings before Samit Patel and Riki Wessels calmed matters and completed their side’s win at 12.30pm. Helping Gurney to conjure this astounding victory was Ball, who again bowled beautifully. “Extraordinary is probably the right word for it,” said the Nottinghamshire coach Peter Moores. “It was an outstanding hour of cricket by us. “The quality of the bowling and the quality of the catching was absolutely fantastic. Harry Gurney set the tone: he’s bowled brilliantly all How England’s batting hopefuls fared After first game Haseeb Hameed 3, 19 The opener suffered – along with his teammates – in a low-scoring match at Old Trafford. Liam Livingstone 9, 12 Fared even worse than Hameed, although his 12 was actually Lancashire’s third-highest score in their second innings. James Vince 75, 12 An elegant half-century in the first innings was followed by failure in the second, albeit on a seamerfriendly pitch. Samit Patel 28, 4* All-rounder scored almost 1,000 runs last season but was relatively quiet in Notts’ win at Lancashire. game, he’s held length and moved the ball both ways. “And Jake Ball did what Jake Ball can do. If he wanted to make a statement first game of the County Championship, then he’s done it with nine wickets in the game.” There was no doubt that the 27-year-old believes he has a lot to prove this season after being discarded by England after just one match of last winter’s Ashes tour. Ball lost his place after returning disappointing match figures of one for 115 in the first Test in Brisbane and was not selected for the subsequent tour of New Zealand. Last week he spoke forcefully about his stop-start four-Test career spread over three series, saying: “I haven’t had a run of games where I’ve shown what I can do and proved to people what I can do.” Yesterday he showed he is certainly formidable on a green-top in April, producing the delivery of the match to knock out Steven Croft’s off stump. He finished with match figures of nine for 57, with Gurney just behind him on eight for 43. Still the drama was not done as Joe Mennie picked up three Nottinghamshire wickets out of the four to fall as the match hurtled to its breakneck conclusion, with Patel and Wessels finding the resolve to limp over the line. Lancashire captain Liam Livingstone said: “It’s been a funny game, really. At times the pitch has looked unplayable and at times it has looked pretty good. It’s disappointing, but we dust ourselves down and go again next week.” GETTY IMAGES All fall down: Liam Livingstone departs for just 12 (right) and Harry Gurney celebrates taking his sixth wicket (left) Lancashire skittled for 73 by visitors’ pacemen Moores hails players for ‘extraordinary’ display Fiery Edwards takes three At the Ageas Bowl Hampshire (290 & 244) beat Worcestershire (211 & 127) by 196 runs Fidel Edwards ripped through Worcestershire as Hampshire skittled the newly promoted side for 127 to win their opening Specsavers County Championship Division One fixture by 196 runs. The West Indies paceman was handed his county cap before the start of play and celebrated by taking three for 33, including two wickets in two balls, in a whirlwind morning spell. Gareth Berg, Brad Wheal, Liam Dawson and Kyle Abbott – the latter ending with figures of four for 45 – also took a wicket each on the final morning to send Hampshire to the top of the Division One table with 21 points. Captain James Vince said: Scoreboards Specsavers County Championship Division One Hampshire v Worcestershire At The Ageas Bowl Worcestershire chose to bowl Hampshire — First Innings 290 (Berg 75no, Vince 75, Leach 4-42) Worcestershire — First Innings 211 (Cox 65) Hampshire — Second Innings 244 (Abbott 51) Worcestershire — Second Innings (Overnight 59-3) D K H Mitchell lbw b Abbott 35 J C Tongue c Wheal b Berg 4 T M Head not out 45 G H Rhodes c Amla b Edwards 1 †O B Cox b Wheal 0 E Barnard lbw b Edwards 4 *J Leach c McManus b Edwards 0 S J Magoffin c Vince b Dawson 6 Extras (lb6 nb2) 8 Total (49.5 overs) 127 Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-18, 3-50, 4-67, 5-67, 6-95, 7-96, 8-101, 9-101. Bowling: G K Berg 13-4-26-1, K J Abbott 17-6-454, F H Edwards 11-2-33-3, B Wheal 5-1-15-1, L A Dawson 3.5-2-2-1. Umpires: Jeremy Lloyds and Martin Saggers. Hants (21pts) beat Worcs (4pts) by 196 runs Lancashire v Nottinghamshire Notts chose to bowl At Emirates Old Trafford Database Lancashire — First Innings 158 (Ball 5-43) Nottinghamshire — First Innings 222 Lancashire — Second Innings (Overnight 58-2) K K Jennings lbw b Gurney 27 *L S Livingstone c Moores b Ball 12 S Chanderpaul c Taylor b Gurney 0 D J Vilas c Wessels b Ball 6 S J Croft b Ball 0 J Clark c Nash b Ball 0 T E Bailey c Moores b Gurney 1 J M Mennie c Moores b Gurney 0 G Onions not out 0 Extras (b4 lb4) 8 Total (34.2 overs) 73 Fall of wickets: 1-49, 2-51, 3-58, 4-62, 5-66, 6-66, 7-66, 8-73, 9-73. Bowling: J T Ball 10-5-14-4, L J Fletcher 6-1-160, H F Gurney 12.2-5-25-6, S R Patel 6-2-10-0. Nottinghamshire — Second Innings *S J Mullaney c Onions b Mennie 1 J D Libby c Livingstone b Mennie 4 C D Nash c Hameed b Mennie 0 L R P L Taylor c Livingstone b Onions 0 S R Patel not out 4 M H Wessels not out 1 Extras 0 Total (for 4, 5 overs) 10 Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-5, 3-5, 4-9. Did Not Bat: †T J Moores, L Wood, L J Fletcher, J T Ball, H F Gurney. Bowling: G Onions 3-0-6-1, J M Mennie 2-1-4-3. Umpires: Graham Lloyd and Neil Mallender. Notts (20pts) beat Lancs (3pts) by 6 wickets Yorkshire v Essex At Emerald Headingley Match abandoned without a ball bowled. P W L D Bt Bl Ded Pts Hampshire 1 1 0 0 2 3 0 21 Nottinghamshire 1 1 0 0 1 3 0 20 Yorkshire 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 Essex 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 Worcestershire 1 0 1 0 1 3 0 4 Lancashire 1 0 1 0 0 3 0 3 Somerset 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Surrey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Division Two Kent v Gloucestershire At Canterbury Gloucestershire chose to bowl Kent — First Innings 64 (M D Taylor 4-20) Gloucestershire — First Innings 110 (Roderick 51, Henry 4-33) Kent — Second Innings 153 (Bell-Drummond 61, Higgins 5-22) Gloucestershire — Second Innings (Overnight 61-1) B A C Howell not out 52 †G H Roderick lbw b Henry 26 J R Bracey c Gidman b Henry 0 J M R Taylor lbw b Stevens 2 G L van Buuren b Stevens 9 R F Higgins not out 0 Extras (b1 lb7 w1 nb4) 13 Total (for 5, 28 overs) 108 Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-81, 3-81, 4-84, 5-102. Did Not Bat: K Noema-Barnett, C N Miles, D J Worrall, M D Taylor. Bowling: M J Henry 14-3-37-3, D I Stevens 9-139-2, G Stewart 2.2-0-10-0, W R S Gidman 2.4-18-0, H W Podmore 0-0-6-0. Umpires: Neil Bainton and Michael Burns. Gloucs (19pts) beat Kent (3pts) by 5 wickets Warwickshire v Sussex At Edgbaston Sussex chose to bowl Warwickshire — First Innings 299 (Ambrose 81, Bell 70, Wiese 4-56) Sussex — First Innings (Overnight 194-6 (Stone 6-52)) *†B C Brown c Ambrose b Barker 91 O E Robinson c Ambrose b Barker 12 D Wiese lbw b Stone 106 I Sharma b Stone 22 S G Whittingham not out 0 Extras (b2 lb4 nb8) 14 Total (88.5 overs) 374 Fall of wickets: 1-30, 2-68, 3-77, 4-77, 5-88, 6-166, 7-194, 8-349, 9-361. Bowling: K H D Barker 25-5-99-2, C J C Wright 19-3-76-0, O P Stone 22.5-4-80-8, J S Patel 16-2-64-0, W M H Rhodes 6-0-49-0. Warwickshire — Second Innings W M H Rhodes b Robinson 6 D P Sibley not out 42 I R Bell c Brown b Sharma 10 I J L Trott lbw b Sharma 4 A J Hose not out 15 Extras (nb10) 10 Total (for 3, 35 overs) 87 Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-45, 3-55. Did Not Bat: S R Hain, †T R Ambrose, K H D Barker, *J S Patel, O P Stone, C J C Wright. Bowling: I Sharma 9-3-16-2, O E Robinson 11-141-1, D Wiese 10-4-16-0, S G Whittingham 2-0-50, L W P Wells 3-0-9-0. Umpires: Steve O’Shaughnessy and Paul Pollard. Warwicks (10pts) drew with Sussex (12pts) P W L D Bt Bl Ded Pts Middlesex 1 1 0 0 1 3 0 20 Gloucestershire 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 19 Sussex 1 0 0 1 4 3 0 12 Warwickshire 1 0 0 1 2 3 0 10 Northants 1 0 1 0 0 3 0 3 Kent 1 0 1 0 0 3 0 3 Derbyshire 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Durham 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Leicestershire 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Glamorgan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 IPL.-Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders 200-9 (20 overs); Delhi Daredevils 129 (14.2 overs). Kolkata Knight Riders won by 71 runs. Baseball MLB: Boston 3 Baltimore 1-Cincinnati 2 St Louis 3-Houston 1 Texas 3 (EI)-LA Dodgers 7 Arizona 2-Miami 3 Pittsburgh 7-NY Mets 3 Milwaukee 2-San Diego 10 San Francisco 1-Seattle 1 Oakland 2-Tampa Bay 4 Philadelphia 10-Washington 5 Colorado 6. Basketball NBA.-Play-Offs, 1st rd, Eastern Conf, : Boston 113 Milwaukee 107 (Boston lead series 1-0)-Cleveland 80 Indiana 98 (Indiana lead series 1-0). Western Conf: Oklahoma City 116 Utah 108 (Oklahoma lead series 1-0)-Houston 104 Minnesota 101 (Houston lead series 1-0). Cycling TOUR OF THE ALPS (Arco - Folgaria, Italy 134.6km).-Stage 1: 1 P Bilbao (Spain) Astana Pro Team 3h 26m 41s, 2 L Sanchez (Spain) Astana Pro Team +6s, 3 I Cuervo (Colombia) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec same time, 4 T Pinot (France) Groupama-FDJ +10s, 5 C Froome (GBr) Team Sky, 6 D Pozzovivo (Italy) Bahrain-Merida both same time. Ice Hockey NHL.-Play-Offs, 1st rd, Eastern Conf: Philadelphia 1 Pittsburgh 5 (Pittsburgh lead series 2-1)-Washington 4 Columbus 5 (Columbus lead series 2-0). Western Conf: Los Angeles 2 Vegas 3 (Vegas lead series 3-0)-Minnesota 6 Winnipeg 2 (Winnipeg lead series 2-1). The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 17 April 2018 ** 13 Bland was ‘poetry in motion’ as he pioneered the art of fielding By Nick Hoult Colin Bland, a pioneer of fielding in an era when the skill was much less valued than it is in the modern game, died yesterday at the age of 80. He had been suffering from colon cancer. Bland played 21 Tests for South Africa in the 1960s but in later life moved to London and worked for the MCC as a fielding consultant in 2004. A formidable presence mainly at cover, Bland was renowned for the accuracy and power of his throwing and athleticism. Nicknamed the “Golden Eagle”, he began a proud tradition of fine South African fielders that later included Jonty Rhodes and, most recently, AB de Villiers. Bland would practise for Visitors take spoils after wobble at Canterbury R O U N D -U P wickets in Hampshire romp Cap that: Fidel Edwards took two wickets in two balls “We are always looking for perfection but it was a very good start. The way we started the game set us up quite nicely, which allowed us to get over par in the first innings.” The day began with the simple equation of Hampshire needing seven wickets and Worcestershire requiring 264 runs, a draw appearing a distinctly unlikely result. George Rhodes typified the Speedway SGB PREMIERSHIP: Belle Vue 47 Poole 43-Leicester 55 Somerset 35-Wolverhampton 60 Rye House 30. Tennis ATP T’MENT (Monte Carlo, Monaco).-1st rd: A Bedene (Slovenia) bt M Basic (Bih) 6-4 7-6 (7-3); N Djokovic (Serbia) bt D Lajovic (Serbia) 6-0 6-1; B Coric (Croatia) bt J Benneteau (France) 6-2 6-3; A Rublev (Russia) bt R Haase (Holland) 7-6 (9-7) 2-6 7-5; P Herbert (France) bt P Lorenzi (Italy) 7-6 (9-7) 6-4; A Ramos-Vinolas (Spain) bt J Donaldson (US) 6-3 6-3; R Bautista Agut (Spain) bt P Gojowczyk (Germany) 6-4 6-3; S Tsitsipas (Greece) bt D Shapovalov (Canada) 6-3 6-4; G Muller (Luxembourg) bt F Mayer (Germany) 7-5 6-4; K Nishikori (Japan) bt T Berdych (Czech Rep) 4-6 6-2 6-1; M Raonic (Canada) bt L Catarina (Monaco) 3-6 6-2 6-3. Horse Racing Kelso Going: Heavy-soft in places 2.10 (2m2f25yds nov hdle): Calix Delafayette (B Hughes 9-2) 1; Sunny Destination (14-1) 2; Johnny Pedlar (40-1) 3. Delire D’Estruval 1-3F. 7 ran. 18l, 9l. (J Ewart). 2.40 (2m6f151yds h’cap hdle): Chicoria (H Reed 11-4) 1; Geronimo (9-4F) 2; Forty Crown (16-1) 3. 6 ran. nk, 1l. (Tristan Davidson). NR: Tomkevi. 3.10 (2m5f133yds h’cap ch): Always Tipsy (Lucy Alexander 14-1) 1; Beau Sancy (28-1) 2; tricky conditions by taking 35 balls to get off the mark before edging Edwards to slip. The paceman cleaned up the tail when he pinned Ed Barnard on the pads in front before finding the edge of Joe Leach’s bat next ball. Travis Head, who blocked out the hat-trick ball at the start of the next over, provided the only real barrier to a rout with a well-made 45 not out. Havana Jack (7-1) 3. Voyage A New York 7-2F. 9 ran. 1l, 3l. (N Alexander). NR: Dun Faw Good. 3.40 (3m2f39yds h’cap ch): Lowanbehold (T Willmott 5-1) 1; Silver Tassie (10-1) 2; Smuggler’s Stash (5-1) 3. Streets Of Promise 11-4F. 9 ran. nk, 6l. (Miss S Forster). 4.10 (2m1f14yds h’cap ch): Charlie Snow Angel (J Hamilton 10-3) 1; Halcyon Days (9-1) 2; Mumgos Debut (5-1) 3. Las Tunas 11-4F. 6 ran. 21/4l, 11/4l. (Miss S Forster). NR: Duhallowcountry. 4.40 (3m2f39yds mdn ch): Diamond Brig (Mr T Hamilton 5-4F) 1; Chanceiton (7-1) 2; For Yes (10-1) 3. 7 ran. 21l, 4l. (Mrs W Hamilton). 5.10 (2m2f25yds h’cap hdle): Make It Happen (B Campbell 10-3) 1; Lastin’ Memories (3-1F) 2; Divine Port (6-1) 3. 8 ran. ns, 7l. (Miss L Russell). Placepot: £4,304.70. Quadpot: £209.50. Windsor Going: Heavy 2.20 (5f21yds h’cap): Marietta Robusti (S De Sousa 9-2) 1; Give Em A Clump (4-1) 2; Billy Booth (8-1) 3. Mother of Dragons 3-1F. 6 ran. 4l, 5l. (M Channon). NRs: G Eye Joe, Maygold. G Eye Joe| Rule 4 applies to All Bets, deduct 20p in the pound. 2.50 (5f21yds nov): Blown By Wind (James Doyle 2-1F) 1; Awake In Asia (4-1) 2; Artair (9-4) 3. 7 ran. 31/2l, 13/4l. (M Johnston). 3.20 (1m2f nov): Sevenna Star (R Havlin 8-11F) 1; King’s Proctor (4-1) 2; Morning Skye (9-2) 3. 7 ran. 14l, 3l. (J Gosden). 3.50 (1m2f h’cap): Nordic Combined (A Atzeni 13-2) 1; Bombero (2-1F) 2; Essenaitch (15-2) 3. 10 ran. 11/4l, 13/4l. (W Kittow). 4.20 (6f12yds h’cap): Mobsta (S De Sousa evs F) 1; Glory of Paris (4-1) 2; Bahamian Dollar (7-1) 3. 10 ran. nk, 1l. (M Channon). NRs: Major Pusey, Nightingale Valley. 4.50 (1m31yds h’cap): Icart Point (A Kirby 11-4F) 1; Lady Alavesa (15-2) 2; Unbridled Spirit (4-1) 3. 9 ran. 21/2l, 33/4l. (C Cox). NR: Mom Said. 5.25 (1m31yds h’cap): Bakht A Rawan (S De Sousa 4-1F) 1; Harlequin Striker (11-2) 2; Caledonia Duchess (12-1) 3. 10 ran. 11/2l, 11/4l. (W Kittow). NRs: Anif, Wicker. Jackpot: £4,281.50. Placepot: £17.30. Quadpot: £3.60. Fixtures Rugby Union GREENE KING IPA CH'SHIP: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ealing Trailfinders (7.45). PRINCIPALITY BUILDING SOCIETY PREMIERSHIP: Cross Keys v Llandovery (7.30), Newport v Bargoed (7.15). WRU.-National Lge, Div One, West Central: Bridgend Athletic v Bonymaen (7.15). Sport on TV CRICKET: Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 3pm. CYCLING: Tour of the Alps Eurosport 1 1pm; Tour of Croatia - Eurosport 1 2.30. FOOTBALL: Brighton v Tottenham - Sky Sports Main Event, 7.30; Inter Milan v Cagliari - BT Sport 2 7.30; Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern Munich - BT Sport 1 7.45. TENNIS: ATP, Monte-Carlo Masters - Sky Sports Main Event 10am. Gloucestershire wrapped up a five-wicket Specsavers County Championship Division Two win over Kent with two sessions to spare in the morning sun at Canterbury. Resuming on their overnight score of 61 for one and in pursuit of a modest victory target of 108, Gloucestershire wobbled slightly in losing four more wickets before eventually securing the win shortly before noon. On the back of an impressive bowling display, Gloucestershire travelled home with 19 points, while Kent took three. “Gareth Roderick’s 51 in our first innings was easily worth a hundred in the context of this game,” said the Gloucestershire head coach, Richard Dawson. “He was exceptional and the way he and Benny Howell batted in our second innings was vital because they kept a high tempo.” David Wiese and Olly Stone took the individual honours as Warwickshire and Sussex had to settle for bonus points from a rain-affected draw at Edgbaston. Sussex allrounder Wiese made the first Championship century of the season, a cleanly hit 106 from 105 balls, before becoming Stone’s seventh victim. Stone finished with a career-best eight for 80. Golden Eagle: Colin Bland of South Africa has died aged 80 hours throwing at one stump and was known for saving his team 20-30 runs in the field. His most famous performance was in the Lord’s Test of 1965 when he ran out Jim Parks and Ken Barrington with direct hits, turning the match in his team’s favour. Ali Bacher, Bland’s South Africa team-mate, said: “Fielding for us used to be 15 minutes of catching and throwing, but Colin would spend hours practising by himself, chasing a ball, picking it up and throwing at the stumps. We’d watch him and would think he was from a different planet. “It was a case of come and watch Graeme Pollock bat and Colin field – he was amazing. Colin was incredibly graceful, sheer poetry in motion. He was magic.” Bland made three Test centuries before his international career ended after a fielding accident in Johannesburg during a Test against Australia in 1966 when he crashed into the advertising boards, badly damaging his left knee. He continued to play domestic cricket until 1974 before turning to coaching. 14 Tuesday 17 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph *** Sport Racing Bell’s nose for danger puts him in peril in boxing ring MARCUS ARMYTAGE YTA TA AGE ITV racing presenter takes time out from day job to have a crack at boxing in charity event T yson Fury, they say, is looking for a soft touch for his comeback fight and if he does not mind a super middleweight, can I put forward Oli ‘Golden Boy’ Bell of ITV Racing, fresh from last week’s Grand National television triumph. Bell has taken this week off from ITV’s coverage of the classic trials at Newmarket and Newbury to make his ring debut in front of 1,000 baying punters at the Clapham Grand on Thursday night in a white-collar boxing event. It is in aid of WellChild, a worthy charity which tries to get seriously ill children and young people out of hospital and looked after at home. As much as one hates to be negative, it might not be the worst idea for Bell to scribble down their helpline number for when he comes round some time on Friday. Like all these things, it seemed like a jolly good idea late one night at a mate’s birthday party where another mate was recruiting for the boxing evening and another mate – obviously not that close – offered to fight him. Having just been booked to present ITV’s World Boxing Super Series at the time, Bell said “yes” on the basis of research. The Change of sport: ITV Racing’s Oli Bell following morning, when he changed his mind and rang up to cancel, there was a mix-up – they thought he was calling to pay the deposit for the fight and now there is no getting out of it, except that his pal has cried off after sustaining a broken rib in training. The more observant of you might have noticed Bell’s nose was Exeter 3.10 Prydis Handicap Chase (3) 3m 7f £9,495 4.20 - L’Auberge Du Bois 4.55 - Never Learn 5.30 - Herbert Park Going: Soft TV: Sky 432 & Virgin 536 [B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces 2.00 Novices’ Hurdle (4) 2m 6f £4,224 1 -41 King Calvin [T] (40) Jack Barber 6 11 5 N Scholfield 2 1 Master Tommytucker (53) (C) P Nicholls 7 11 5 H Cobden 3 328 Benechenko (22) (BF) F O’Brien 6 10 13 Brodie Hampson (5) 4 U35 Ericas Lad (38) Miss J Du Plessis 7 10 13 James Best R Johnson 5 435 Hunt Politics (25) W Greatrex 6 10 13 6 122 Applesolutely (38) R Mitford-Slade 7 10 12 M G Nolan 7 1P3 Bean Liath (19) D L Williams 7 10 6 Mr Shane Quinlan (7) 8 45 Dawn’s Little Lady (74) Miss S Robinson 6 10 6 R T Dunne S.P. f’cast: 15-8 King Calvin, 5-2 Master Tommytucker, 3-1 Applesolutely, 8-1 Hunt Politics, 10-1 Benechenko, 20-1 Others. 2.35 Handicap Hurdle (4) 2m 7f £6,498 1 224 Sandhurst Lad [P,T] (36) (BF) W Greatrex 7 12 0 T Greatrex (7) 2 311 Garrane (27) J Scott 6 12 0 N Scholfield 3 462 Albert D’olivate [P,T] (20) N Mulholland 8 11 12 N Fehily T Cannon 4 035 Inch Lala (22) J Farrelly 6 11 12 5 345 Norse Legend [P] (11) (BF) C Tizzard 7 11 11 H Cobden 6 222 Lerichi Belle [H] (66) (BF) M Keighley 7 11 7 H Stock (5) 7 6P6 Vango De Vaige (39) P Hobbs 5 11 7 R Johnson T Scudamore 8 667 Skinflint [P,T] (22) D Pipe 6 11 5 9 132 Cheque En Blanc (25) G L Moore 6 11 4 Jamie Moore 10064 Costante Via (31) N Twiston-Davies 7 11 4 S Twiston-Davies 11453 Jully Les Buxy [P,T] (33) K Burke 8 11 4 W Hutchinson 12248 Mountain Of Mourne [P] (27) Miss L Blackford 9 10 13 James Best 13265 Minella Gathering (36) (D) P Henderson 9 10 11 P Brennan 14523 Point N Shoot [B,T] (16) (D) N Hawke 7 10 9 T Buckley (10) 15752 Bact To Black [P] (9) R Walford 6 10 8 M Griffiths S.P. f’cast: 7-2 Garrane, 11-2 Albert D’olivate, 7-1 Norse Legend, 15-2 Sandhurst Lad, 8-1 Bact To Black, 10-1 Others. Knockanrawley [P] (39) K Bailey 10 11 13 M Hamill (5) Krackatoa King [V] (31) Kerry Lee 10 11 12 Jamie Moore Wizards Bridge [B] (11) (C) C Tizzard 9 11 10 H Cobden Royal Palladium [P] (89) (C) Miss V Williams 10 11 10 C Deutsch 5 123 Ballyheigue Bay [P,T] (23) C Gordon 11 11 9 T Cannon 6 584 Spookydooky [P,T] (27) (BF) Jonjo O’Neill 10 11 7 R Johnson 7 157 Yanmare [P,T] (53) (CD) N Twiston-Davies 8 10 8 J Bargary S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Wizards Bridge, 4-1 Ballyheigue Bay, 9-2 Krackatoa King, 5-1 Knockanrawley, 7-1 Spookydooky, 8-1 Royal Palladium, 14-1 Yanmare. 5 4- Dark Force (383) Miss V Williams 5 10 12 A Coleman 6 -0R Daylami Kirk (89) R Hodges 7 10 12 H Cobden 7 560 Havisham [T] (22) J Snowden 6 10 12 T J O’Brien 8 43 Isis Blue [T] (106) K Burke 8 10 12 N Scholfield 9 682 L’Auberge Du Bois (20) J Scott 6 10 12 M Griffiths 10 -84 Lough Ryn (54) N Mulholland 6 10 12 N Fehily 11 8-8 Sgroppino (173) P Hobbs 6 10 12 R Johnson 12P42 The Cannister Man [H] (41) Sam Thomas 6 10 12 C Deutsch 13 46- Presenting Lucina (588) N Mulholland 6 10 5 T Scudamore S.P. f’cast: 11-4 Lough Ryn, 11-2 The Cannister Man, 13-2 Sgroppino, 7-1 L’Auberge Du Bois, 8-1 Dark Force, 10-1 Isis Blue, 14-1 Others. 3.45 188Bet Handicap Hurdle (4) 2m 2f 111yds £6,173 4.55 Handicap Chase (5) 2m 3f £3,899 1 2 3 4 P55 846 P11 -3P 1 /P- Muhtaris [P] (F25) (D) I Williams 8 12 0 Edward Austin (10) 2 664 Drops Of Jupitor (53) (CD) A Honeyball 6 11 13 R McLernon 3 450 Master Work (22) (CD) P Hobbs 5 11 12 T J O’Brien 4 142 Rainy Day Dylan [H,T] (43) (D) N Mulholland 7 11 11 N Fehily 5 631 Choix Des Armes [H] (8) P Nicholls 6 11 11(7ex) S Twiston-Davies 6 632 Take A Break [T] (35) (D) (BF) N Hawke 7 11 10 T Buckley (10) 7 537 The Brothers (67) C Tizzard 5 11 10 H Cobden 8 800 Mr Fickle (60) G L Moore 9 11 5 Jamie Moore 9 36U Tea Time Fred [P] (31) Mrs S Gardner 9 11 5 Lucy Gardner (3) 10053 The Mighty Ash [B] (67) Mrs F M Shaw 8 10 13 Mr M Legg (5) 114P5 Mahler’s First (20) V Dartnall 6 10 13 C Gethings 12PPP Samson’s Reach (38) (D) R J Price 5 10 11 D Jacob 13U03 Kayf Charmer (26) Miss L Blackford 8 10 0 Sean Houlihan (5) S.P. f’cast: 2-1 Choix Des Armes, 11-2 Rainy Day Dylan, 6-1 Drops Of Jupitor, 13-2 Take A Break, 7-1 Tea Time Fred, 14-1 Others. 4.20 Bet At 188bet.co.uk Maiden Hurdle (5) 2m 1f £3,249 1 2 3 4 756 P95 343 F86 Alminar (27) N Hawke 5 10 12 T Cannon Ballymagroarty Boy (27) N Hawke 5 10 12 C Gethings Bellamy’s Grey (20) C J Gray 6 10 12 M G Nolan Cappaway (11) E Williams 5 10 12 C Ring (3) 1 243 Never Learn [T] (22) C Tizzard 7 12 2 H Cobden 2 6P0 Holeinthewall Bar (96) Mrs T Barfoot-Saunt 10 11 12 Jamie Moore 3 67P Daveron (39) (D) R J Price 10 11 7 J Nixon (7) 4 464 Irish Thistle (27) D L Williams 11 10 13 S Twiston-Davies 5 9-3 Kahdian (22) Mrs H Rees 8 10 6 D G Noonan 6 422 Kavanaghs Corner [T] (39) (BF) S Earle 9 10 5 C Shoemark 7 U45 Valshan Time [B,WS] (240) Mrs L Young 6 10 4 James Best S.P. f’cast: 7-4 Kavanaghs Corner, 3-1 Kahdian, 7-2 Never Learn, 7-1 Irish Thistle, 10-1 Daveron, 14-1 Valshan Time, 25-1 Holeinthewall Bar. 5.30 Novices’ Hunters’ Chase (6) 3m £1,872 1 U39 Bohemian Rhapsody [P] (F23) Matthew Hampton 9 11 10 Mr C J Todd (7) 2 P/P Brandy And Red (79) P D Rogers 9 11 10 Mr J Newman (3) 3 623 Creative Inerta [T] (23) (D) Ben Clarke 8 11 10 Mr D Andrews (7) 4 -41 Herbert Park (51) (C)(D) R J Alford 8 11 10 Mr R Dingle (7) 5 P5P Strong Conviction [T] (23) J Cole 8 11 10 Mr B R Jones (7) 6 34U Thereyarsee [T] (17) (D) Mrs S Alner 9 11 10 Mr L Williams (3) 7 253 Uncle Jimmy (25) Miss B Childs 11 11 10 Mr N Lawton (7) 8 427 Varene De Vauzelle [P] (23) B Lund 9 11 10 Mr James King 9 113 Palmaria [H] (23) (D) Mrs C Keevil 8 11 3 Mr W Biddick S.P. f’cast: 5-2 Thereyarsee, 7-2 Creative Inerta, 4-1 Palmaria, 6-1 Uncle Jimmy, 15-2 Herbert Park, 10-1 Bohemian Rhapsody, 20-1 Strong Conviction, Varene De Vauzelle, 33-1 Brandy And Red. Carlisle Going: Chase: heavy-soft in places; Hurdle: soft-heavy in places TV: Sky 432 & Virgin 536 Marlborough 2.10 - Chicago Lady 2.45 - Skipping On 3.20 - Cave Top 3.55 - Attention Please one side and said: “Stop apologising, Oli – this is boxing.” After two months of training three times a week, Bell was due to find out his new opponent last night, when they were going to line up four blokes and see which was the least likely to hurt him. His nose, though, remains vulnerable. When the ITV team went to a beauty salon in Liverpool last week as part of their coverage, Bell was selected to have the shave with the cut-throat razor. To open up the pores, a hot towel was placed across his face and the only part visible was his nose. Steve, whom it soon became clear was not an expert in this facet of the barber’s craft, not only cut Bell three times but spent 20 minutes dabbing one wound, left him with half a beard and used his nose as a joystick. “Behind the towel I was in tears,” admitted Bell. www.justgiving.com/fundraising / oli-bell Newmarket Marlborough 2.00 - Master Tommytucker 2.35 - Minella Gathering 3.10 - Wizards Bridge 3.45 - Drops Of Jupitor not looking its normal self on television last week either. Usually a one-layer make-up man, he needed constant touching up to cover bruising that he sustained after walking on to an uppercut when the instructions to his Lithuanian sparring partner not to harm him were lost in translation. “They said, ‘All right, Oli?’ when he hit me,” recalled Bell. “I said, ‘Go steady – I’ve got the Grand National on Saturday’.” An orthodox fighter – Russian Orthodox might serve him better – Bell seems to be pinning his hopes on the fact that the Dale Youth Boxing Club, where he trains in Ladbroke Grove, is where George Groves started out, even though it is a bit like drinking in Gordon Elliott’s pub and hoping to be the next Davy Russell. When the public schoolboy first turned up, he politely said “sorry” every time he hit his trainer. 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P41 536 572 342 F13 4.30 Handicap Hurdle (4) 2m 1f £4,549 1 121 Skywards Reward (9) (CD) M Hammond 7 11 13 H Thompson Brown (10) 2 06P Graystown (10) W Coltherd 6 11 12 Sam Coltherd (5) 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pastoral Music (34) D McCain 5 11 11 A P Lane Suggestion (147) P Kirby 6 11 7 A Nicol Floramoss (19) (BF) G Boanas 7 11 6 B Hughes Emilyogue (316) J Ryan (Ire) 5 11 2 Thomas Brett (7) Perseid (23) (D) Mrs B Butterworth 8 11 0 S Quinlan Instingtive (9) (CD)(D) Miss L Harrison 7 10 13 Ross Chapman (3) S.P. f’cast: 10-11 Skywards Reward, 11-2 Floramoss, 8-1 Perseid, 10-1 Graystown, Suggestion, 12-1 Others. 200 -09 333 870 335 154 5.05 188bet.co.uk Handicap Chase (3) 2m £8,122 1 432 Pistol Park [T] (17) (D) B Ellison 7 11 12 B Hughes 2 455 Grey Gold (38) (CD)(D) Kerry Lee 13 11 10 R Patrick (5) 3 311 Dica (41) (D) Paul Collins 12 11 7 Ross Chapman (3) 4 447 Wolf Sword (17) (C) Mrs S Smith 9 11 4 D Cook 5 314 Ulis De Vassy [P] (22) (D) Laura Morgan 10 10 0 P Cowley (5) S.P. f’cast: 6-5 Dica, 2-1 Pistol Park, 13-2 Wolf Sword, 7-1 Grey Gold, 14-1 Ulis De Vassy. 5.40 188Bet Standard Open NH Flat Race (5) 2m 1f £2,599 1 -21 The Some Dance Kid (64) D McCain 5 11 5 L Murtagh (5) 2 P2 Geordielandgangsta (135) Mrs R Dobbin 5 10 12 Craig Nichol 3 7 Let’s Get At It (118) H Whittington 5 10 12 H Bannister C Bewley (3) 4 113 Pieceoftheaction (24) C Grant 5 10 12 5 Baymore Road F Murtagh 4 10 7 S Quinlan Will Kennedy 6 3 Dizzy Chief (254) A Crook 6 10 5 B Hughes 7 32 Lily’s Gem (17) S Crawford (Ire) 5 10 5 J Bewley (3) 8 0- Samba Time [H] (420) G Bewley 6 10 5 S.P. f’cast: 2-1 Lily’s Gem, 11-4 The Some Dance Kid, 5-1 Dizzy Chief, 13-2 Let’s Get At It, 8-1 Geordielandgangsta, 10-1 Others. 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Balding 9 0 Calendimaggio M Channon 9 0 C Bishop 7 3 T Marquand 13 4 08- Catapult (152) C Lines 9 0 Giovanni P Chapple-Hyam 9 0 J Mitchell 5 5 G Mosse 4 6 5-3 Global Art (24) E Dunlop 9 0 R Kingscote 6 7 3- History Writer (228) D Menuisier 9 0 J Crowley 8 8 33- Jawwaal (242) J Gosden 9 0 King’s Slipper C Cox 9 0 A Kirby 2 9 Mutafani S Crisford 9 0 S De Sousa 11 10 P Hanagan 3 11 22- Porth Swtan (165) C Hills 9 0 J Osborn (7) 12 12 8- Saphil (221) J Ryan 9 0 Stormer R Hannon 9 0 S Levey 10 13 S.P. f’cast: 11-4 Jawwaal, 3-1 History Writer, 5-1 Porth Swtan, 7-1 Bacacarat, 10-1 Global Art, 12-1 Stormer, 14-1 King’s Slipper, 16-1 Mutafani, 20-1 Others. 3.00 Montaz Restaurant Novice Stakes (4) 2YO 5f £5,175 1 2 3 Aloysius Lilius K Ryan 9 2 T Eaves 6 Ballistic R Cowell 9 2 L Morris 3 3 I Am A Dreamer (17) (BF) M Johnston 9 2 P J McDonald 5 Jackstar T Dascombe 9 2 R Kingscote 1 4 Pesci R Fahey 9 2 P Hanagan 8 5 Treasure Quest B Meehan 9 2 O Murphy 4 6 Van Beethoven A P O’Brien (Ire) 9 2 R L Moore 2 7 W Buick 7 8 4 Ynys Mon (18) C Hills 9 2 S.P. f’cast: 15-8 Van Beethoven, 3-1 I Am A Dreamer, 7-1 Pesci, 8-1 Ynys Mon, Aloysius Lilius, 10-1 Jackstar, 14-1 Ballistic, Treasure Quest. 3.35 British EBF bet365 Conditions Stakes (3) 3YO 7f £9,704 1 3-4 Purser (18) (D) J Gosden 9 9 L Dettori 1 R L Moore 2 2 81- Accessor (182) (D) R Hannon 9 6 G Mosse 3 3 31- Global Humor (288) (D) E Dunlop 9 6 M Harley 5 4 17- Stormbringer (234) K Ryan 9 6 5 21- Symbolization (221) (D) C Appleby 9 6 W Buick 4 S.P. f’cast: 15-8 Purser, 9-4 Symbolization, 3-1 Stormbringer, 8-1 Accessor, 10-1 Global Humor. 4.10 Plusvital Energene-Q10 Handicap (2) 1m £16,172 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1-0 0-0 126-8 6-0 6132- Fire Brigade [T] (24) (CD)(D) M Bell 4 9 7 J P Spencer 1 Withernsea (24) (D) R Fahey 7 9 4 T Hamilton 9 Mafaaheem (233) Owen Burrows 4 9 3 J Crowley 16 Examiner [T] (38) (D) S C Williams 7 9 2 Fran Berry 17 Brilliant Vanguard [P] (24) (D) K Ryan 5 9 1 K Stott 6 Plutonian (159) (D) C Hills 4 9 1 W Buick 5 Almoreb (195) (D) (BF) R Hannon 4 9 0 D O’Neill 7 8 169 8-2 10 0611 2612 04- Noble Peace (126) (D) Mrs L Pearce 5 8 13 J Haynes 18 Isomer (25) (BF) A Balding 4 8 13 O Murphy 13 Frank Bridge (214) (D) Eve J-Houghton 5 8 12 C Bishop 4 Roller (306) (D) (BF) M W Easterby 5 8 11 S De Sousa 11 Chiefofchiefs [P] (200) (D) C Fellowes 5 8 11 S Donohoe 2 13 -15 Constantino [B] (38) (D) (BF) R Fahey 5 8 11 P Hanagan 10 14 40- Sinfonietta (139) (D) D Menuisier 6 8 11 R Kingscote 15 15055 London [H] (36) (D) P McEntee 5 8 11 Nicola Currie (5) 19 16 2-6 The Warrior (66) (D) Mrs A Perrett 6 8 11 J Mitchell 8 17 39- Red Tea (147) (C)(D) P Hiatt 5 8 11 L Morris 14 18 0-3 Secret Art (25) (CD)(D) W Knight 8 8 8 M Dwyer 3 19712 Glory Awaits [B] (20) (D) D M Simcock 8 8 7 W Cox (5) 12 S.P. f’cast: 13-2 Mafaaheem, 7-1 Fire Brigade, 8-1 Plutonian, 10-1 Secret Art, Almoreb, 12-1 Constantino, Roller, 14-1 Sinfonietta, Isomer, Glory Awaits, Chiefofchiefs, 16-1 Others. 4.45 bet365 Feilden Stakes (Listed) (1) 3YO 1m 1f £22,684 1 16- Stage Magic [P] (192) C Appleby 9 5 W Buick 8 2 41- Kew Gardens (185) (C) A P O’Brien (Ire) 9 3 R L Moore 5 J Crowley 7 3 36- Arbalet [T,WS] (185) H Palmer 9 0 A Atzeni 2 4 3-3 Dark Acclaim (18) M Botti 9 0 5 -38 Fortune’s Pearl (18) A Balding 9 0 O Murphy 3 6 13- Mildenberger (199) M Johnston 9 0 James Doyle 4 L Dettori 6 7 21- Msayyan (181) J Gosden 9 0 8 1- New Show (260) K Ryan 9 0 T Eaves 1 S.P. f’cast: 2-1 Kew Gardens, 3-1 Mildenberger, 9-2 Stage Magic, 6-1 Msayyan, 12-1 New Show, 14-1 Dark Acclaim, Arbalet, 20-1 Fortune’s Pearl. 5.20 bet365 Handicap (2) 7f £16,172 1 19- Absolutely So (186) (D) A Balding 8 10 0 Joshua Bryan (5) 6 L Dettori 7 2 34- Medahim (235) R Hannon 4 9 7 3 60- Accession (199) (CD)(D) C Fellowes 9 9 7 S Donohoe 17 A Atzeni 8 4 96- White Lake (178) (D) R Varian 6 9 6 C Lee (3) 14 5 8-5 Mjjack (24) (D) (BF) K Burke 4 9 6 6 7-0 Stamp Hill [V] (24) (D) R Fahey 5 9 4 P Hanagan 4 7 6-6 Love Dreams (27) (D) M Johnston 4 9 4 P J McDonald 9 H Bentley 1 8 11- Inshiraah (262) (D) G Peckham 4 9 3 9 -41 Take The Helm (18) (D) B Meehan 5 9 3 Adam J McNamara (3) 11 10 0-0 Donncha (24) (D) R Eddery 7 9 1 J Crowley 16 11 14- Mazyoun [B] (169) (D) H Palmer 4 9 0 DOUBTFUL 3 12 71- Medieval [P] (206) (CD) P Cole 4 8 13 R L Moore 12 S W Kelly 5 13 -80 Gossiping (53) (D) G L Moore 6 8 13 14 24- Juanito Chico [H] (262) (D) W Jarvis 4 8 12 J P Spencer 13 15 07- Robero (157) (D) M W Easterby 6 8 11 S De Sousa 15 16 68- Taurean Star (193) (D) R Beckett 5 8 10 O Murphy 10 17 -85 Pastime [P] (24) (D) Miss G Kelleway 4 8 7 Aaron Jones (3) 2 S.P. f’cast: 4-1 Inshiraah, 6-1 Medieval, 7-1 Medahim, 10-1 White Lake, Mjjack, 12-1 Juanito Chico, Take The Helm, Absolutely So, 14-1 Others. 5.55 Quy Mill Hotel & Spa Handicap (3) 5f £12,938 1 2 3 4 5 Evergate (10) (D) R Cowell 4 9 7 J Crowley 9 Major Jumbo (219) (D) K Ryan 4 9 6 Nicola Currie (5) 3 King Of Rooks (278) (D) H Spiller 5 9 5 Fran Berry 1 Storm Over (178) (D) R Cowell 4 9 3 L Morris 2 Erissimus Maximus [B] (38) (D) C Dwyer 4 9 1 S De Sousa 4 P Hanagan 6 6 0-8 George Bowen [V] (23) R Fahey 6 8 13 7 -85 Orient Class (18) (D) P Midgley 7 8 13 Connor Murtagh (5) 8 D Probert 5 8 6-3 Move In Time (18) (D) P Midgley 10 8 8 9 6-0 Super Julius [P] (102) (D) Eve J-Houghton 4 8 8 E Greatrex 7 10444 Arzaak [B] (11) (D) C Dwyer 4 8 7 Josephine Gordon 10 S.P. f’cast: 4-1 Storm Over, 9-2 Major Jumbo, 6-1 Move In Time, Erissimus Maximus, 7-1 Evergate, 8-1 George Bowen, 10-1 Orient Class, Arzaak, 16-1 Others. 2-6 91/851-37 Whistler’s Nap Samson’s Reach (3.45 Exeter) is today’s nap for Whistler (Marcus Armytage) of The Sunday Telegraph. The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 17 April 2018 *** Meltdown in Monte Carlo The American No 5 Jared Donaldson is likely to receive a stiff fine today after shameful scenes on the main court of Monte Carlo (left), where he tried physically to intimidate the chair umpire Arnaud Gabas. Gabas had come down from the chair to point out a mark on the clay when Donaldson pushed into his personal space shouting, “There’s a mark right here! Yes it is! You’re not showing me one mark!” Hawk-Eye later revealed Gabas had picked out the wrong mark for a serve from Albert RamosVinolas, but that did not justify the behaviour. He wound up losing 6-3, 6-3, and drew jeers from the crowd as he refused to shake Gabas’s hand. Djokovic finds form as he puts worries in past Simon Briggs TENNIS CORRESPONDENT in Monte Carlo Fellow Serbian Lajovic is thrashed in opener Time with Agassi before coaching split ‘amazing’ Novak Djokovic did not just come home yesterday; he came back to himself. Playing a stone’s throw from his Monte Carlo apartment, Djokovic ended a grim spell of almost three months without a win by crushing Serbian compatriot Dusan Lajovic in just 56 minutes. Then, in the interview room, Djokovic addressed reports that there had been an acrimonious edge to his parting with former coach Andre Agassi. It is true that, when he confirmed his coaching changes at the start of this month, he had barely mentioned Agassi at all, preferring to heap praise on another now-departed assistant in Radek Stepanek. But when asked specifically about Agassi’s decision to announce the split first – via an interview with ESPN that aired a fortnight ago – Djokovic played the issue down. “I don’t care who comes in and says things in the press first,” he replied. “I mean, nobody offended anybody. We’re still in a very good relation. “You have to understand that, first of all, we didn’t have any commitment. He was genuinely wanting to help and to give me advice and to share his experience with me. The last eight, nine months with Andre was just amazing.” The one mistake that Djokovic did admit yesterday was that he had raced back too quickly from elbow surgery in late January. With hindsight, he should not have participated in Indian Wells and Miami, the two big American events of the 15 spring, where he suffered uncharacteristically listless defeats against a pair of unheralded opponents in Taro Daniel and Benoit Paire. On the back of his fourth-round exit from the Australian Open, this was the first time he had gone on such a lean run since 2007. If Djokovic now appears to have put such struggles behind him, that may be because he has reunited with Marian Vajda, the avuncular Slovakian coach who had been his mentor and father figure since the age of 19. They stopped working together last May and Djokovic, frankly, has not been the same player since. “Today, finally after two years I was pain-free,” said Djokovic. “Obviously having Marian is a lot of positive emotions. He knows me very well, so we worked on a lot of great things in the last 10 days. Physically I think I’m getting in a better shape as the weeks go by.” It is virtually unheard of for Djokovic to find himself in action on the Monday of Monte Carlo. On his last 10 visits to this event, which include everything but his debut appearance in 2006, he has enjoyed the bye offered to the top eight seeds. But Djokovic did not look at all disgruntled by his early start. Quite the reverse, this presented an opportunity to ease into the tournament against a lesser opponent. His reward for this 6-0, 6-1 demolition job will be a much tougher-looking second-round meeting with Borna Coric, the athletic young Croatian who is in the form of his life. Meanwhile, this afternoon’s schedule features a first European appearance of the season for the new British No 1. Having rushed back from Marrakech, Kyle Edmund will face Andreas Seppi, the Italian he beat in the fourth round of January’s Australian Open. Edmund played his first ATP final on Sunday in Marrakech, losing to the experienced Spaniard Pablo Andujar. Evans to start comeback after cocaine ban at Glasgow tournament By Simon Briggs Dan Evans’s rehabilitation into the tennis tour will begin in just over a week, after the Lawn Tennis Association announced yesterday it will grant him a wild card into qualifying for the Glasgow Challenger. But there is a catch: not only has Evans subjected himself to numerous checks in return, covering everything from his physical fitness to his mental state, but he has also granted the LTA the right to dopetest him at any time. Evans’s yearlong ban for the recreational use of morcocaine ends a week tomorrow, although he has been nnis allowed to train at tennis facilities since February. Coming back with no ight rankings points, he might en normally have been expected to enter a bottom-rung $15,000 Futures event like the one in Jerba, Tunisia, which starts on April 30. Instead, the LTA’s support means he has Wild card: Dan Evans will compete in Glasgow opportu the opportunity to benefit from po the extra points and prize money on offer at the new $100,000 Challenger in Scotstoun. A strong run there might mean E that Evans can bypass the Futu Futures stage of his comebac entirely. back “We have been havin ing regular contact w with Dan,” said the L LTA’s head of performance Simon Timson. “He has shown genuine commitment to getting his tennis career back on track. He has passed our agreed checks over the last six weeks and it is on this basis we have agreed to provide him with a place in the qualifying tournament for the upcoming ATP Challenger event.” Some will argue Evans’s offence should make him ineligible for this support. But former LTA chief executive Michael Downey set an awkward precedent last year when he gave Maria Sharapova – who was also returning from a doping ban – a wild card into Birmingham. There is also the question of what the Glasgow Challenger is doing on the calendar in the first place. The LTA has spent at least £150,000 on staging this event yet not a single British player appeared on the direct entry list. Still, if Scotstoun smooths Evans’s return to mainstream tennis, it will have achieved something for the British game. “I want to thank everyone who has supported me,” said Evans in a statement. “I have learnt a lot about myself in my time away. I am now committed to training hard, resuming my career and getting back to where I was. If there is a lesson to be learnt it’s that it is every athlete’s responsibility for what they put into their bodies.” 16 Tuesday 17 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph *** Final whistle Semi-final against Spurs feels like a defining moment in battle between United manager’s fans and critics, writes Jim White Mourinho needs Cup salvation to silence the naysayers here is one thing we can T all agree on about Jose Mourinho: he has divided the Manchester United fans into two distinct camps. As has happened everywhere he has worked before, so at Old Trafford there is a growing fault line between those who regard him as the real deal and those who reckon him a dispiriting force of anti-football. Social media fizzes with opinions about his style and methodology. Every time the team lose, the naysayers pile in, bemoaning his lack of adventure, drive, ambition. When United win, the manager’s supporters – amongst whom I count myself – kick back with statistical evidence of substantial points accumulation and goals scored. Idealism against pragmatism: Mourinho embodies the schism that has run through the English psyche throughout history. But what is so odd about this season is that, as it has progressed, it has become ever harder to predict which group will have the upper hand. Take last week. After the victory in the derby, everything looked to be going the way of those who believe in the manager. There was a spirit and unity about things that suggested a proper challenge could be mounted next season. This is clearly a man who knows what he is doing. A week later, after defeat by West Bromwich Albion, the antiMourinho voices have yelled back: woeful, insipid, clueless among their printable observations. All season it has been like this. The Mourinho backers point out that, as seasons go, this can hardly qualify as failure, particularly after the immediate post-Ferguson years; there is a chance of silverware, plenty of league points have been won, lots of goals scored. Controversial: Jose Mourinho’s approach has been questioned by fans When it looks as if there is purpose and meaning, the next outing is mired in incoherence The Mourinho doubters answer back that never mind the statistics, the City victory aside, how many performances have stuck in the memory? How many times have you been moved to the edge of your seat? The online jousting mirrors United’s current condition. Watching them for more than half a century, I cannot remember a time as head-scratching as this. It is not simply that Manchester City have won the title with a style and panache once associated with United. This is nothing to do with jealousy (well, only a little). More it is a symptom of a season played out to a disjointed rhythm of one step forward, two back. When it looks as if there is purpose and meaning, the next outing is mired in incoherence. After shredding the best team in the Premier League, against the worst the same players performed as if they had barely been introduced. At Liverpool and Tottenham, it is not like this. There is a recognition of a plan which helps to insulate the fans against defeat. No one at Anfield or Wembley has any doubt that the man in charge is leading them to the promised land. But at United, relative improvement has done nothing to quell the doubters. Every match they seem to be waiting to pounce. And too often, as against Sevilla or West Brom, performances give them ammunition. Now the season approaches its critical juncture in deciding which group – the believers or the doubters – will be in the ascendant. For the manager who has long prided himself on being able to plot a one-off, set-piece match, the FA Cup semi-final with Spurs will be a defining moment. Against a side rippling with adventure, which United will turn up? It is indicative of a baffling season that, like, I suspect, everyone of red persuasion, I have absolutely no idea.