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Tuesday 17 April 2018
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Guardiola’s
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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
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Pogba and Sanchez
threatened with axe
Mourinho could drop United’s struggling superstars from Wembley semi-final
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Tuesday 17 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
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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
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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
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Saturday
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Chelsea v Southampton, 3pm.
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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.
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Tuesday 17 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
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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).
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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.
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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?
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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.
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I hope he
stays Newcastle is a
stays.
good fit.
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wou be shrewd for
would
him to wait and see
wha happens around
what
c
the club’s
ownership.
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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.
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decide.
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should
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manager
of the
seaso followed by
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Sean Dyche, but
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Benitez
deserves
re
recognition.
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done
at Newcastle
and the
circumstances he
has dealt with
should not be
underestimated.
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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.
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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
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ration of
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benefit from approach
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taken by New Zealand
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Rob Baxter
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England coach,
Baxter has overseen
Exeter’s rise from
promotion to
Premiership
champions within
seven years
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the English
coaches
gone?
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Kennedy and John Kingston
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recent times. Or to Ireland
Lancaster, nurturing the next
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generation of Leinster’s
he backbone
Andy Farrell putting the
winning
into the Grand Slam-winning
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national team. Scotland,
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Richard Cockerill is doing
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achieving Edinburgh. Or even
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France, where the likes
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made of Richard Hill,
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set for their highest
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finish this season
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charge of all rugby matters
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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.
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(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.
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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.
Eventually the trainer took him to
4.30 - Skywards Reward (nb)
5.05 - Dica
5.40 - Lily’s Gem
2.10 Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (4) 2m 3f £4,549
1 624 Chicago Lady (27) D McCain 7 11 12
L Murtagh (3)
2 FP2 Scales [T] (21) (D) Kerry Lee 12 11 8
R Patrick (3)
3 22P Tickanrun (41) (BF) M Hammond 8 11 3
J Bowen
4 483 Strike West (35) M Hammond 6 11 2
H Reed
5 797 Permission Granted (88) Mrs R Dobbin 6 10 12 R Day
T Dowson (3)
6 7FP Aniknam (10) P Kirby 8 10 12
7 00P Herecomesnelson (56) Katie Scott 9 10 8
C Bewley
8 970 Captain Black (23) W Coltherd 6 10 7
Sam Coltherd
9 832 Border Victor [P] (19) F Murtagh 6 10 6
J Hamilton
S.P. f’cast: 11-4 Scales, 7-2 Border Victor, 4-1 Chicago Lady, 5-1
Tickanrun, 8-1 Strike West, 10-1 Aniknam, 20-1 Others.
2.45 188Bet Novices’ Handicap Chase (4) 2m 4f £6,498
1 112 Onlyfoolsownhorses [T] (239) (C)(D) M Hammond 7 11 12
F O’Toole (3)
2 112 Skipping On [H] (9) (D) Laura Morgan 9 11 9 P Cowley (5)
3 9P7 Imperial Prince (72) I Duncan 9 11 0
Derek Fox
4 532 Romulus Du Donjon (9) Mrs R Dobbin 7 11 0 L Murtagh (5)
5 437 Crawfords Mill (17) S Crawford (Ire) 6 10 13 B Hughes
S.P. f’cast: 11-8 Skipping On, 7-4 Onlyfoolsownhorses, 9-2 Romulus
Du Donjon, 15-2 Crawfords Mill, 33-1 Imperial Prince.
3.20 188bet.co.uk Novices’ Hurdle (4) 2m 3f £4,549
1 558 Cave Top (31) Oliver Greenall 6 12 3
Ross Turner (7)
2 133 Teescomponents Lad (33) (D) G Boanas 5 11 5 Miss E Todd (7)
3 246 Duke Debarry (55) N Henderson 7 10 13 N De Boinville
F O’Toole (3)
4 59 Excalibur (25) M Hammond 5 10 13
5 -66 Forth Cave (181) Mrs D Sayer 6 10 13
S Quinlan
D Cook
6 28 Informateur (73) Mrs S Smith 5 10 13
N Moscrop (5)
7 438 Rajapur [P] (19) D Thompson 5 10 13
8 7PP Royal Summit [T,WS] (93) Mrs A C Hamilton 7 10 13 J Hamilton
S.P. f’cast: 11-8 Duke Debarry, 7-2 Teescomponents Lad, 4-1 Cave
Top, 11-2 Informateur, 8-1 Rajapur, 33-1 Excalibur, 50-1 Others.
3.55 188Bet Handicap Chase (4) 3m 2f £6,498
1
2
3
4
5
Mahler Lad [V] (62) (D) D McCain 8 12 0
B Hughes
Solid Strike (27) Paul Collins 10 11 12 Ross Chapman (3)
Milanesque [B,T] (27) P W Flynn (Ire) 9 11 5 Kielan Woods
Misfits [T] (17) Miss L Russell 7 11 3
Derek Fox
Attention Please [P] (32) (D) (BF) Mrs R Dobbin 8 11 2
R Day (3)
6 561 Achill Road Boy (17) (CD) W Coltherd 9 11 0 Sam Coltherd (5)
7 P55 Onderun (17) G Bewley 9 10 7
J Bewley (3)
S.P. f’cast: 11-4 Mahler Lad, 4-1 Misfits, Milanesque, 9-2 Achill
Road Boy, 11-2 Attention Please, 15-2 Solid Strike, 25-1 Onderun.
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.
Marlborough
1.50 - Elhafei
2.25 - History Writer
3.00 - Van Beethoven
3.35 - Purser (nap)
4.10 - The Warrior
4.45 - Kew Gardens
5.20 - Inshiraah
5.55 - Storm Over
Going: Good to soft-soft in places TV: Sky 432 & Virgin 536
Draw: Any advantage in the draw is dependent on the position of the
stalls.
[B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces
1.50 Alex Scott Maiden Stakes (Div 1) (4) 3YO 7f £6,469
1
Atalanta’s Boy [H] D Menuisier 9 0
L Morris 6
Aurum C Appleby 9 0
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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.
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