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Talks rejected
on ?shameful?
treatment of
Windrush
generation
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Amelia Gentleman
Downing Street has rejected a formal diplomatic request to discuss the
immigration problems being experienced by some Windrush generation
British residents at this week?s Commonwealth heads of government
meeting, rebuffing a request from representatives of 12 Caribbean countries
for a meeting with the prime minister.
?We did make a request to the
Chogm summit team for a meeting to
be held between the prime minister
and the Commonwealth Caribbean
heads of government who will be here
for the Chogm and regrettably they
have advised us that that is not possible,? said Guy Hewitt, the Barbados
high commissioner.
The refusal has given Caribbean
diplomats the impression that the
UK government is not taking a sufficiently serious approach
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to the problem, which is
? Theresa May will tell MPs today that the Syria airstrikes were launched because ?we believed it was the right thing to do? PHOTOGRAPH: BEN CAWTHRA/LNP
May hits back at critics:
bombing Syria was ?in
our national interest?
Heather Stewart
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Political editor
Theresa May will today hit back at
critics of military action in Syria by
insisting the decision to unleash
airstrikes was aimed at preventing
human suffering, and was in Britain?s
national interest, as she is questioned by MPs about the strikes for the
first time.
With the government braced for
highly charged exchanges in the
Commons as MPs return from their
Easter recess, May will emphasise the
international support for the bombing raids.
She will tell MPs: ?Let me be absolutely clear: we have acted because it
is in our national interest to do so. It
is in our national interest to prevent
the further use of chemical weapons
in Syria and to uphold and defend the
global consensus that these weapons
should not be used.?
May is expected to add: ?We have
done it because we believed it was the
right thing to do. And we are not alone.
There is broad-based international
support for the action we have taken,?
pointing out that she has secured the
?The British people
want moral and
political leadership,
from government,
not kneejerk
military responses?
Jeremy Corbyn
Labour leader
support of a string of world leaders.
She will give a statement to MPs this
afternoon, after refusing to recall
parliament last week to seek MPs?
approval before action was taken.
Her remarks will come after Jeremy
Corbyn described the attack on Syria
as ?both wrong and misconceived?.
In an article for the Guardian, Corbyn says the attack by the west was
?either purely symbolic ? a demolition
of empty buildings, already shown to
be entirely ineffective as a deterrent.
Or it was the precursor to wider military action. That would risk a reckless
escalation of the war and death toll,
and the danger of direct confrontation
between the US and Russia.?
He adds: ?Neither possibility offers
an end to the war and suffering, or any
prospect of saving lives ? rather the
opposite. Now is the moment for moral
and political leadership, not kneejerk
military responses.?
Corbyn also takes aim at the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, saying:
?Boris Johnson?s blithe acceptance
that the conflict will now continue
on its current course and that peace
negotiations would be an
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? Neville Lawrence says he intends
to spend the 25th anniversary of his
son?s murder in 1993 in church
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Stephen Lawrence?s father
says he forgives the killers
The initial investigation into
Stephen?s death was ?marred by
a combination of professional
incompetence, institutional racism
and a failure of leadership by senior
officers?, according to the judicial
inquiry into the case by Sir William
Macpherson.
Neville Lawrence?s decision to forgive the killers comes after Scotland
Yard admitted it had run out of leads,
although it hoped that this week?s
three-part BBC One documentary,
Stephen: The Murder That Changed a
Nation, could result in new witnesses
coming forward.
In the documentary, which starts
tomorrow night, Doreen Lawrence ?
Stephen?s mother and Neville?s former
wife ? describes the killers as ?idiots?
and complains that ?they had more
rights than we did?.
In 2012, after the convictions of Norris and Dobson, she said she could not
forgive them because ?you can only
forgive somebody when they have
shown remorse and accepted what
they have done ? and they haven?t?.
In an interview to mark the 25th
anniversary of the killing on 22 April
1993, Neville Lawrence said: ?The
fact that I had to lose my first child
has been devastating. I can?t begin to
explain the pain and the anguish me
and my family have suffered over the
past 25爕ears.?
But he said that the death of his son,
an aspiring architect, had triggered
social change: ?When these boys killed
my son Stephen, they created a legend.
There is debate about racism, there are
organisations set up to help to make
people understand about racism, the
police have been put under the spotlight, because of Stephen?s death.?
He said he had been motivated to
intervene in the recent surge in knife
crime in parts of the UK.
Lawrence speaks to young people
to spell out the dire consequences
of carrying a weapon. He said: ?It is
even more urgent now that I talk to
these youngsters and explain to them
the pain and the suffering they inflict
on爁amilies.
Robert Booth
Focus on senior detectives
The father of Stephen Lawrence has
said he will forgive his son?s killers,
25 years after they stabbed the 18-year
old to death as he waited for a bus in
Eltham, south-east London.
Neville Lawrence, 78, said the
decision to forgive the gang for the
racist attack was ?the hardest I will
ever make in my lifetime?, but that
he was embracing his Christian faith
and planned to spend the anniversary
of his son?s death in church.
Two of the group of up to six men
who attacked the teenager and his
friend Duwayne Brooks, because they
were black, have been convicted of
murder, but the rest have evaded justice. David Norris and Gary Dobson are
both serving life sentences following
convictions six years ago after being
tied to the murder scene by advances
in forensic science.
Three other men who have consistently been accused of the killing but
never convicted are Jamie Acourt, 41,
his brother Neil Acourt, 42, who uses
his mother?s maiden name Stuart, and
Luke Knight, 41.
The National Crime Agency is
considering a new criminal inquiry
into the Lawrence case, potentially
placing four former detectives
under criminal investigation for
misconduct in public office.
It is understood to focus on
why officers in charge of the first
investigation 25 years ago did not
make arrests for two weeks despite
police repeatedly being given the
names of suspects. Those being
considered for the new inquiry are
the senior management team in
the first investigation. They have
retired and have always denied any
wrongdoing.
They are Det Supt Ian Crampton,
in charge for the first three days
after the murder; Det Supt Brian
Weeden, who took over as senior
investigating officer; DCS William
Ilsley, who oversaw them; and
DI Ben Bullock, deputy senior
investigating officer.
The NCA does not suspect the
four officers acted corruptly.
Vikram Dodd
The moment we lost trust G2 Page 10
Student nurses
may be forced
to halt courses
after loan errors
the National Union of Students, are
calling on Damian Hinds, the education secretary, to urgently intervene to
ensure those student nurses affected
will receive the financial support they
had budgeted for next term.
In a joint letter to Hinds, the organisations said: ?We are writing to ask
you to take urgent action to ensure
healthcare students in England and
Wales affected by errors made by the
SLC will receive their anticipated payment of support in spring, as they had
budgeted for.
?We also ask that you use the power
at your discretion as education secretary to write off overpayments in the
long term for these students.?
The letter added: ?Our student
members are telling us that the risk
of receiving a reduced payment, or
no payment at all, will compromise
their ability to continue studying. In
some cases, we are hearing concerning
reports from individual students who
are considering discontinuing due to
these financial pressures.?
Overpayments of between �0 and
�000 have been made in error by the
loans company, according to the RCN,
which added that many students had
queried the sums but had been assured
the payments were correct.
According to the letter, a ?huge
volume of calls? were being made by
?worried and distressed students?
who were concerned about their financial future. ?A sudden withdrawal of
payments will have disastrous consequences for these students, who
budget on a term-by-term basis
according to loan and grant forecasts,?
it said.
The letter, which was organised by
the RCN, is signed by the Chartered
Society of Physiotherapy, the NUS,
the Royal College of Midwives, the
Royal College of Occupational Therapists, the Royal College of Speech and
Language Therapists, the Society of
Radiographers, the College of Podiatry and Unison.
In response to the letter, a Department for Education spokeswoman
said: ?We have been clear that none of
the affected student nurses should suffer hardship as a result of this error. We
have been working with the Student
Loans Company to ensure students
have the support they need and will
shortly provide details on specific initiatives to help them.?
Patrick Greenfield
Hundreds of student nurses whose
loans and grants have been cut off or
reduced because of administrative
errors are facing financial hardship
and in some cases may not be able to
continue their studies, nurses? leaders have warned.
More than 800 people at 20 universities have been told that the Student
Loans Company had paid out too much
and that subsequent payments would
be reduced or halted to recover the
difference, the Royal College of Nursing said.
Professional bodies and trade
unions, including Unison, the RCN and
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? Helen Housby, who scored a goal
in the final second, and her England
team-mates celebrate their victory
PHOTOGRAPH: SCOTT BARBOUR/GETTY IMAGES
Shock England gold heralds
new world order for netball
Martha Kelner
Gold Coast
With one second left on the clock,
Helen Housby, known to her teammates as the Ice Queen, scored the
winning goal as England beat Australia
to a historic Commonwealth netball
gold that could signal a huge shakeup in the sport.
Against all the odds and in a Commonwealth final for the first time,
England stunned world champions
Australia on their own turf in front
of a crowd of 8,000, the majority of
whom were dressed in the green and
gold of the hosts.
As the unlikely scenario began to
unfold, one Australian spectator inside
the Gold Coast?s Coomera Indoor
Sports Centre suggested England winning ?would ruin the whole Games?,
and he was only partly joking.
While it was the first time England
had been in a major final since 1975,
Australia have contested every single
Commonwealth final and their best
players are celebrities, adorning billboards and regularly recognised as
they walk down the street. Defeat had
not been contemplated. It was also the
first time New Zealand had failed to
reach the Commonwealth final, suggesting a new world order could be
forming in netball, especially in light
of England?s victory.
Housby, 23, from Cumbria, netted
the winner as the final buzzer sounded
to clinch a 52-51 win. Just four seconds
earlier she had missed her shot but
was awarded a penalty by the umpire,
which she duly converted.
?It?s every shooter?s dream to score
the winning goal in the Commonwealth
Australia topped the medal table
with a total of 198 medals
? Gold ? Silver ? Bronze
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50
100
1 Australia 198
2 England 136
3 India 66
7 Wales 36
8 Scotland 44
20 Northern Ireland 12
Source: Gold Coast 2018
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Games final,? she said. ?This is the best
day of my life and it?s the best day of
all these girls? lives.?
The win was orchestrated by Tracey
Neville, the head coach. She believes
the gold medal has the power to transform the fortunes of the sport in Great
Britain by encouraging increased
funding and commercial investment.
Participation in netball has
improved dramatically at the grassroots level, with nearly 30,000 people
playing on courts across England last
year. Netball was awarded �.9m by
Sport England for this four-year cycle,
twice as much as tennis and athletics,
making it the second-highest funded
sport in the UK, behind cycling.
But at elite level only 24 players are
on full-time contracts, compared with
scores for England?s antipodean rivals.
Their salaries range from �,000 to as
little as �,000, according to Neville.
?We have a massive noose around
our neck to keep our funding and to
attract more people to the sport,? she
said. ?Hopefully this will take us one
step in the right direction. We do need
to back this up and show we have consistency and it?s not just a bad day at
the office for the No 1 team.?
She added: ?We have 24 players on
funding but when they go back to their
own environments they have no one
to train with.
?In Australia they?re in professional
environments and can get used to that
repetitive day-in, day-out competition, which the athletes need to get if
you?re going to start to win Commonwealth Games and World Cups.
?Hopefully we can pay for more
professional people in England to
drive the pathway, to drive the level
of competition.?
The netball victory was one of three
English gold medals as the curtain
came down on the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Team England?s
overall medal tally of 45 gold, 45 silver and 46 bronze puts them second
behind Australia and represents their
best ever away Games.
Wales overtook Scotland on the final
day, winning a 10th gold to see them
climb to seventh on the medal table,
just above their home nation rivals.
It was a chaotic final day of competition as Games organisers were heavily
? Callum Hawkins was leading the
marathon when he collapsed
criticised for not providing sufficient
medical assistance to a Scottish marathon runner who collapsed but was
not attended to by paramedics for several minutes.
Callum Hawkins was leading the
marathon by almost two minutes and
was less than two miles from the finish
when he collapsed from exhaustion in
30C (86F) heat.
The 25-year-old, who finished
fourth at the World Championships
marathon in London last summer, had
looked set for gold but began to sway
in distress and fell over on the kerb.
He continued briefly but collapsed
again, hitting his head on one of the
roadside barriers.
Hawkins was taken to hospital and
remained there overnight, although
he was sitting up and talking.
Fellow athletes were damning of
how long it took for professional assistance to arrive.
The marathon world record holder
Paula Radcliffe tweeted that there
were ?big questions? for the local
organising committee and medical
staff. ?That should never happen,?
Radcliffe said.
The former middle distance runner Steve Cram, commentating on the
BBC, said it was a disgrace that it took
so long for any paramedics to attend
to Hawkins.
?I?m just concerned for his welfare.
Where on earth is the help? You cannot just wait at the finish line. I think
it?s disgraceful.?
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Syria conflict
? Karen Pierce, UK ambassador
to the UN and Nikki Haley, her US
counterpart. The UN security
council meets today to discuss Syria
PHOTOGRAPH: JASON SZENES/EPA
Reaction
Defiant Assad
praises Russia
as Putin looks
for response
Andrew Roth
Moscow
Bashar al-Assad struck a defiant tone
yesterday as he welcomed a Russian
delegation the day after a US-led coalition launched missile strikes against
Syria, praising Moscow?s military
support and declaring Syria would
stand its ground against the ?agenda
imposed by the west?.
Vladimir Putin has criticised the
strikes launched by the US, UK and
France as an ?act of aggression?. But
with a direct clash between Russia and
the US unlikely, Moscow may look for
other ways to hit back at the west,
using Russia?s status as superpower
spoiler to undermine key goals of US
foreign policy.
Russia could cause problems for
the US and its allies abroad by providing more advanced arms to Syria or
helping North Korea flout sanctions,
as well as heating up the Ukraine crisis, launching cyber-attacks or upping
its support for rightwing populist politicians across Europe.
However, Moscow may recognise
that the strikes were a one-off designed
largely to send a political message and
would not have a long-term impact
on President Assad?s prospects or the
war in Syria.
That would leave the door open to
another prize that analysts say Russia
wants: a public summit between Putin
and Donald Trump, which the US president had proposed in a phone call last
month. This could change, or at least
marginally improve, the dynamic in
Moscow?s favour.
From a simple point of view, Saturday?s missile strikes appear to be the
latest escalation on Syria?s crowded
battlefield . Moscow?s nominal
response was to convene a UN security council session to condemn the
strikes (its resolution failed to pass)
and threaten to sell advanced Russian
S-300 air-defence systems to Syria and
other countries, deterring interventions in Syria for states such as Israel.
Sanctions are a possible response.
Russian lawmakers are already proposing counter-measures to US
sanctions this month that targeted
those close to Putin and sent Russian stocks tumbling. But Moscow
lacks the economic heft to inflict
equal pain. Other possible responses
include use of cyber-weapons, which
have increasingly played a role in the
jousting between Russia and the west.
The government accused Russia
of launching the 2017 NotPetya ransomware cyber-attack, which crippled
key infrastructure and firms across
Europe, including hospitals in the UK.
Despite the heated rhetoric, Saturday?s strike may paradoxically signal
a de-escalation of tensions. There was
a sense of relief in Moscow, and one of
defiance in Syria, as it became clear
that the strikes would be limited to
three chemical weapons sites.
UN urged to investigate
Syria?s chemical stocks
Patrick Wintour
Diplomatic editor
Western powers will attempt to put
diplomatic momentum behind the
military strikes in Syria by calling on
the UN to investigate the country?s
chemical weapons stockpiles.
The aim is to show that the western military intervention was allied to
a political and diplomatic strategy to
remove chemical weapons from Syria
once and for all.
A draft resolution will also call
on the UN to try to reinvigorate the
stalled peace talks, accept a ceasefire
and restore humanitarian access to
besieged areas.
The diplomatic initiative came as
the US appeared to have decided to
maintain a presence of 2,000 troops
in Syria indefinitely.
The UN security council will meet
today to discuss the call for a push to
eliminate the covert Syrian government stockpiles, placing pressure on
Russia to stop protecting the Assad
regime from a UN inquiry into use of
chemical weapons.
The US, UK and France have produced a draft resolution that includes
proposals for an independent investigation into alleged toxic gas attacks
in Syria to identify perpetrators. The
Organisation for the Prohibition of
Chemical Weapons (OPCW) would be
instructed to report within 30 days on
whether President Bashar al-Assad?s
government has fully disclosed its
chemical weapons stocks.
The security council has been
deadlocked since November over
establishing responsibility for chemical attacks, as opposed to determining
whether an attack has occurred.
The draft resolution also calls for
medical evacuations and safe passage
for aid convoys to all areas of Syria. A
ceasefire resolution adopted in February that never took effect should also
be enforced, it adds.
The document ?demands? that the
Assad regime engage in peace talks ?in
Protesters target RAF base
The government of Cyprus is
facing strong criticism over the
use of an RAF base on the island
in US-led airstrikes against Syria,
with hundreds of protestors
demonstrating at the facility.
More than 350 people gathered
yesterday in Akrotiri, south-west
Cyprus, calling for the base to be
closed. ?Nato killers go home? was
sprayed in red paint on a wall.
President Nicos Anastasiades?
administration was forced
on the defensive after four
Tornados took off from the base
on Saturday carrying missiles
for a strike west of Homs. The
government?s spokesman said that
while Anastasiades had not been
forewarned about use of the base,
Theresa May had reassured him
Cyprus would not be endangered.
Helena Smith Akrotiri
good faith, constructively and without
preconditions?.
The western initiative came as the
US envoy to the UN, Nikki Hayley, said
American troops would remain in Syria
until their mission is complete. Last
month Donald Trump shocked military advisers by announcing they
would be coming home soon.
Hayley told Fox News the troops
will stay until Islamic State is defeated,
Syria?s chemical weapons stockpile
cannot be used to harm US interests,
and there is a vantage point to watch
what Iran is doing inside Syria. ?We are
not going to leave until we have accomplish those things,? she said.
She also announced fresh US sanctions will be applied today against
companies linked to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government.
?Assad knew that Russia had its
back, Assad knew that Russia would
cover for them at the United Nations,
and Assad got reckless, and he used it
in a way that was far more aggressive,?
she said. ?We have to be conscious of
the fact that we can?t allow even the
smallest use of chemical weapons.?
France wants to follow up the airstrikes with pressure for Russia to
recognise it must restrain Assad. Syria
continued air raids yesterday using
conventional weapons.
EU foreign minsters are expected
to back the French call today in Brussels. The proposal is also likely to be
discussed at an Arab League summit.
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May hits back at her
critics: bombing was
?in national interest?
abdication of responsibility and
morality.?
In further remarks that could prove
controversial in the wake of the Salisbury poisoning, he also urges ?a shift
from the rhetoric of endless confrontation with Russia?, which he says could
?help lower the temperature and make
a UN consensus for multilateral action
to end Syria?s agony more likely?.
The government has also
announced that it will urge the Commons Speaker, John Bercow, to grant
an emergency debate afterwards, to
allow MPs more time to express their
views. The debate would be aimed at
pre-empting attempts by Labour and
the Scottish National party to force a
vote on the decision to trigger action
? though Conservative MPs have been
placed on a three-line whip tomorrow
in case opposition parties succeed.
The Liberal Democrats leader, Sir
Vince Cable, accused the prime minister of failing to consult parliament
because she feared losing a vote.
?Theresa May had a chance to try and
persuade parliament but bottled out of
it through weakness,? he said.
The prime minister will pledge a
fresh diplomatic onslaught to seek
to bring the Assad regime back to
the negotiating table in Geneva, and
ensure chemical weapons attacks are
fully investigated.
Senior government ministers
were out in force seeking to explain
the rationale behind the bombing
raids this weekend, with the foreign
secretary, Boris Johnson, insisting
they were ?timely, appropriate and
The French foreign minister, JeanYves Le Drian, also called for urgent
action to avoid a further humanitarian disaster by forestalling an expected
Syrian assault on the last major opposition-held province of Idlib.
He said jihadist groups that dominate the area should be disarmed and
Russia must order Syria to hold back
from further assaults. Russia ?should
join our efforts to promote a political
process in Syria that would allow a way
out of the crisis?.
The foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, speaking on the BBC?s Andrew
Marr Show yesterday, said it would be
?an extra? if the strikes led to Russia
pressing Assad to negotiate, but the
aim had been to deter and degrade
Syria?s ability to use chemical weapons rather than change the course of
the civil war.
Both Russia and Syria continued to
denounce Saturday?s assault. But at an
emergency meeting of the 15-member
UN security council on Saturday only
three countries backed a Russian resolution denouncing the airstrikes as
an illegal act of aggression.
Vladimir Putin yesterday warned
that any new western airstrikes would
provoke ?chaos?. In a phone call with
his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, the Russian president said: ?If
such actions, carried out in violation
of the United Nations charter, are
repeated, that would inevitably provoke chaos in international relations.?
Novichok
Boris defends
remarks on
Moscow role
Patrick Wintour
Diplomatic editor
Boris Johnson has for the first time
defended his apparent claim that
Porton Down scientists had told him
Russia was responsible for deploying
a military grade nerve agent to poison
Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia
in Salisbury last month.
Making the first defence of this
claim since Porton Down scientists
said they could only describe the
agent as novichok, but not ascertain
its country of origin, Johnson implied
he had never said Porton Down told
him Russia was responsible.
Since he made the claim, the
Organisation for the Prohibition
of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has
confirmed the British finding that
the nerve agent was that described
by British scientists, but again did
not say the agent could only have
been made in Russia. Johnson was
severely criticised over misdescribing
commensurate?. Johnson said the
strikes were aimed narrowly at sending a signal to the Syrian regime that
the use of chemical weapons was
unacceptable ? not on seeking to
resolve the wider conflict.
?There?s one overwhelming reason why this was the right thing to do,
and that is to deter the use of chemical weapons, not just by the Assad
regime but around the world,? he said,
describing the action as a response not
only to the Douma attack but repeated
use of chemical weapons in Syria in
the past few years. ?Finally the world
has said, enough is enough,? he told
the BBC?s Andrew Marr programme.
He added: ?This is not going to turn
the tide of the conflict in Syria; one can
hope it encourages the Russians to the
negotiating table in Geneva, to get a
political process properly going ? but
that is, as it were, an extra. The primary
purpose is to say no to the use of barbaric chemical weapons.?
May is likely to face questions from
Tory MPs anxious about the potential
consequences of last week?s raids, the
government?s plan for tackling the
broader Syrian conflict, and the decision to ignore the recent convention of
seeking parliament?s approval before
military action.
Journal Leader comment Page 2;
Polly Toynbee Page 3;
Jeremy Corbyn Page 4 ? Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn
in The Andrew Marr Show studio
his conversations with Porton Down
chiefs, mainly in an interview with
Deutsche Welle last month. There is
great pressure on British politicians to
be precise in their allegations against
Russia, and the source of them.
Johnson told BBC One?s The Andrew
Marr Show yesterday: ?I thought I was
being very clear to Deutsche Welle, the
German programme, which is that
Porton Down told us in absolutely
no uncertain terms that this was a
military grade novichok agent, and
furthermore of a type that had been
produced and stockpiled in the former
Soviet Union.?
He told the BBC he asked Porton
Down ??Are you sure about that?? And
they said they were absolutely certain
that it was. Now it is not the business
of Porton Down, and I don?t know if
whether it is even possible for them
to identify the origin, any more than
you might be able to identify the origin
of a sample of sulphuric acid. But, as
the OPCW confirmed this week, it was
indeed a military grade nerve agent
novichok of a type that has been stockpiled likely for assassination purposes
by Russia in the last 10 years.?
But the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, told Marr he wanted proof. Asked
if he agreed with his shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, that it was a
Russian state-sponsored attack, he
said: ?If we are going to make a clear
assertion like that we have got to have
the absolute evidence to do it.?
Analysis
Heather Stewart
The challenges facing
?unshowy? PM as she
makes the case for
airstrikes to Commons
C
onservative whips were contacting
backbenchers this weekend, warning them
to be ready to support the prime minister as
she makes the case for the Syrian airstrikes.
Theresa May?s innate caution, and
tendency to reserve judgment until she
has studied all the evidence, is sometimes a political
handicap ? serving her badly in the wake of the Grenfell
Tower fire, for example, whose enormity she appeared
slow to grasp.
But allies believe her step-by-step approach to
decision-making and unshowy manner are cast in a
different light when it comes to national security ?
particularly in the highly-charged atmosphere that
descends on the House of Commons when military
action is discussed. In the wake of the Salisbury nerve
agent attack, May and her colleagues painstakingly and
publicly built up the case for taking action against the
Kremlin; a stance that won over most of the House of
Commons ? though not Jeremy Corbyn ? and ultimately
many of the UK?s international partners.
The prime minister will be keen to display the
same kind of careful logic today, as MPs return to the
Commons after their fortnight-long Easter break to hear
her case for joining the bombing raids early on Saturday.
Yet the stakes are far higher, and for several reasons.
First and most obviously, sending diplomats back
to Moscow is on a different moral scale to deploying
bombers to attack Syria, putting lives at risk and
intervening in a bloody and complex proxy conflict.
Second, unlike in the Salisbury case, May failed to
make the argument to MPs ? or,
by extension, the public ? before
?Trump?s belligerent
ordering action. Downing Street
claims with parliament in recess,
tweets undermined
the timing was too tight, and insists
the idea of a carefullyanyway that in certain cases the
government is free to order military
calibrated operation to
action without prior approval.
maintain a ??rule-based
Since the attack, it has published
what it believes to be the legal case
international order???
for intervention, and sent Boris
Johnson out to answer some of
MPs? key concerns, making clear the
?timely, appropriate and commensurate? intervention
is not meant to lead to a wider involvement in the Syrian
conflict. But a number of MPs, including party stalwarts
such as Ken Clarke on her own side, were angered by
May?s failure to consult them, adding to the sense
Downing Street was in too much of a hurry.
And third, while the raids were coordinated with
key allies, not unilateral, the driving force behind them
was the US ? and Donald Trump?s belligerent tweets
throughout last week undermined the idea this was a
carefully-calibrated operation to maintain what May
calls the ?rules-based international order?.
This is a central idea in May?s thinking about foreign
policy, much repeated in her speeches. In Philadelphia
last year, she urged US Republicans to work with the
UK to ?recommit ourselves to the responsibility of
leadership in the modern world?.
That speech ? delivered en route to the infamous
White House hand-holding trip ? was intended partly
to distance May from Trump, playing up the role of
multilateral institutions he had derided, for example.
But it is hard to share the ?responsibility of
leadership,? with a president so erratic and unbiddable
? and with Corbyn determined to highlight the risks of
military action, and even question its legality, May faces
a challenging start to the new parliamentary term.
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News
Syria conflict
The attacks
Costly ?reworks
display with no
long-term plan
Luke Harding
The images seemed convincing. The
scientific research facility in Barzeh,
north of Damascus, was once a modern, sprawling complex ? and the
alleged home of Bashar al-Assad?s
chemical weapons programme.
As dawn broke on Saturday morning the facility was revealed as a
smouldering ruin. Concrete office
blocks had been transformed into
squashed grey rectangles. The site
was a wreck. Syrian soldiers in blue
uniforms picked their way slowly
over the rubble, hosing down a few
lingering flames.
Over at the Him Shinshar bunker, west of the city of Homs, it was
the same story. Satellite images
had shown its underground chemical weapons storage facility to be
a green-topped hump. By Saturday
this no longer existed. From the air
there was a white, powder-like crater surrounded by red-brown fields.
On the face of it, the attacks by the
US, France and Britain were a military success. More than 100 missiles
had hit their targets. Four Tornado
GR4s from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus
unleashed eight Storm Shadow missiles and safely returned.
Videos posted by the US Department of Defense showcased its
?Equivalent to a
fake confrontation
in which all the
moves are scripted
in advance?
David Clark
Former special adviser
military?s multiple strike capabilities. Out in the Mediterranean,
a Tomahawk cruise missile was
launched from the submarine USS
John Warner. From the USS Monterey, another lit up an ink-black sky.
There were shots, too, of US air force
crews preparing to deploy in a B-1
bomber. If you looked closely you
could see its name: ?Black Widow?.
Afterwards the man behind this
show of force, Donald Trump, struck
a triumphal note. In a tweet he congratulated France and the UK on
a ?perfectly executed strike? and
thanked them for their ?wisdom and
the power of their fine military?.
Trump concluded: ?Could not
have wished for a better result.
Mission accomplished!? The US
president was seemingly oblivious to the fact that his predecessor
George W Bush made the same bold
and exaggerated claim in 2003 following his invasion of Iraq. The
disaster there continues.
Trump later dismissed criticism
by the ?fake news media? and said
he had knowingly reiterated the
term ?mission accomplished?. ?Use
often!? he tweeted.
The decision to attack Syria followed the regime?s use of poison
gas on 7 April against the rebel-held
Damascus suburb of Douma, now
reoccupied by regime forces. Viewed
in narrow terms, the strikes worked.
No civilians were killed. Crucially,
Russian military casualties were
avoided.
Trump had telegraphed his intention to hit Syria well in advance, on
Wednesday. This allowed the regime
? and its Iranian and Russian backers
? time to move men and munitions
out of the target zones. Assad?s ability to gas his own people remains.
Most civilians have been killed by
conventional weapons.
Yesterday, the spectre of direct
conflict with Moscow was receding. The Kremlin had threatened
an apocalyptic response to a US-led
attack on Syria. This didn?t happen.
Yet for Theresa May the decision
to attack Assad brought political
problems. First, it was clear that the
timing of the raid was determined
by the White House, with the UK
meekly following. Second, there
were doubts the strikes would make
any difference to Syria?s civil war,
now in its seventh year.
Third, and most important, May
failed to consult parliament. Her
Brexit government has vowed to
restore sovereignty. But not this
time, over the fundamental question
Strikes were launched against three targets in Syria
More than 100 missiles
were used, including ...
US
Turkey
JASSM cruise missiles
Syrian regime airbases
Airbases with
known Russian
positions
Aleppo
Tartus
RAF Akrotiri
Syria
Homs
unit cost
Person to scale
Tomahawk cruise missiles
Deir ez-Zor
Beirut
Source: ISW, Pentagon
$0.85m
Sea-launched
Iraq
Lebanon
76 missiles
hit a scientific
research facility
in the Damascus
suburb of
Barzeh
Egypt
Nusaybin
Raqqa
Hama
Cyprus
Launched from B-1B Lancer heavy bombers
Kobane
Damascus
Israel
Jordan
Saudi Arabia
British and
French planes
took part in an
attack on two
sites at Him
Shinsar, which
included a
storage facility
and bunker for
chemical
weapons
$1.5m
UK and France
Storm Shadow/Scalp cruise missiles
Eight launched from Tornado GR4s based
at RAF Akrotiri and French Rafale fighters
�79m
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? A Syrian soldier at the remains of
the Scientific Studies and Research
Centre, north of Damascus. Right
from top: satellite images of the Him
Shinshar bunker before and after the
western attacks; and below, a closer
image of the site after the attacks
MAIN PHOTOGRAPH: LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/GETTY
Chemical weapons
Inspectors arrive as Assad
boasts Ghouta is ?purified?
UN chemical weapons investigators
were yesterday set to begin examining
the scene of a chemical attack in the
Syrian city of Douma which prompted
the joint US, French and British strikes
on military installations and chemical weapons facilities near Damascus.
The arrival of the delegation from
the Organisation for the Prohibition of
Chemical Weapons (OPCW) came as
the Syrian military announced it had
?purified? eastern Ghouta, of which
Douma is a part, after a two-month
scorched earth campaign against
rebels that killed 2,000 civilians.
?Units of our brave armed forces,
and auxiliary and allied forces,
completed the purification of
eastern Ghouta, including all its
towns and villages, of armed terrorist
organisations,? the general command
statement said. The regime of Bashar
al-Assad refers to all forces and groups
opposed to it as terrorists.
The OPCW had said it would
continue to deploy to Damascus despite the strikes on Syrian
government installations in the early
hours of Saturday. The OPCW mission
will arrive in Douma eight days after
the chemical attack, and days after the
area fell to the Russian military and
Syrian government forces, which also
entered Douma on Saturday.
The delay, along with the possibility
of evidence tampering by the forces
accused of perpetrating the attack,
raises questions about what the
OPCW?s inspectors will be able to
uncover. Both Russia and Syria had
invited the OPCW to investigate the
attack in Douma, which they had
hoped would stave off the threat of
western retaliation.
The chemical attack in Douma
last Saturday was the final stroke in
a relentless bombardment to crush
the rebellion in eastern Ghouta, the
last stronghold of rebels fighting to
overthrow Assad near Damascus.
The campaign had drawn fierce
condemnation from western powers
and UN officials, with one describing it
as a ?monstrous annihilation.?
The attack killed at least 42 people
and refocused attention on the
violence in Syria, provoking a pledge
of retaliation from Donald Trump.
But the retaliatory strikes did little
to perturb the Assad regime, which
yesterday resumed its bombing of
other regions in central Syria.
?It?s good that there was a response,
but the pressure needs to continue,?
said one medic who treated the
chemical attack victims. ?It doesn?t
have to be military, with bombings,
but the pressure must continue until
the killing stops in all Syria. In the end,
everybody wants peace in the entire
area, nobody wants the killing, wars,
bombing and forced displacement that
we suffered to continue.?
State media have portrayed Saturday morning?s attacks, which the
Pentagon said targeted military and
chemical weapons facilities, as a ?tripartite aggression,? a phrase meant to
evoke the 1956 campaign by Britain,
France and Israel against Egypt during
the Suez crisis. The chemical attack on
Douma was followed in quick succession by a deal in which the local rebel
group, Jaish al-Islam, agreed to leave
the city, along with the forced exile
of thousands of civilians who did not
wish to live under Assad?s rule.
Thousands of people left the city on
buses bound for opposition-controlled
territory in northern Syria, but many
decided to remain rather than risk
displacement. Pro-regime forces in
Aleppo province yesterday opened fire
on buses carrying rebels and civilians
from Ghouta, killing a 14 year-old-boy,
a monitor said.
to identify the factors that would
make negotiations any more likely
to succeed.
Greater US engagement does not
appear to be one of them. Buried
in Trump?s statement announcing
the strikes was a rejection of US
ambition and engagement. ?No
amount of American blood or
treasure can produce lasting peace
and security in the Middle East. It?s a
troubled place,? he said.
The US strove not to threaten
Russian positions in Syria, knowing
the risk of a wider conflagration, and
to Russia?s self-appointed position
as the power broker in Syria.
?Just as interesting is what the
strikes were not,? said Richard
Haass, president of the the New
York-based thinktank the Council
on Foreign Relations. ?They were
not intended to unseat the Assad
regime or directly protect the Syrian
people. Although President Trump
expressed his disappointment with
Russian and Iranian support for
Assad, the strikes took care not to
engage them directly.?
The agenda of the Geneva peace
process remains where it was ? a
universal acceptance amongst the
interlocutors that the Assad regime
remains in power but his delegation
refuses to engage on potential
constitutional constraints, both in a
transition and thereafter, the degree
of federalism and the possibility of
UN-supervised elections.
A draft UN resolution from
western powers, to be discussed at
the security council today, calls on
all sides to negotiate, but the Syrian
government delegation to Geneva
has refused to do so and will feel
under no new pressure to engage.
Assad, a master of the waiting
game, knows he can starve and
bomb the Syrian opposition from
its remaining redoubts so long as he
does not resort to chemical weapons
again. ?As long as Assad can pursue
his military strategy through
conventional weapons, Syrians will
continue to die and there will be
no resolution to the conflict,? said
a statement from the official Syrian
opposition negotiating team.
Kareem Shaheen
Istanbul
of war. What began as a 45-minute
raid is likely to rage for weeks inside
the House of Commons.
Yesterday Jeremy Corbyn questioned the concept of humanitarian
intervention. He told the BBC?s
Andrew Marr Show he was in favour
of a ?war powers act? that would
force future UK governments to put
any proposed military strike to parliament. May probably would have
won had she held a vote last week.
She didn?t.
Trump?s critics say the strike
had all the authenticity of a phoney
wrestling bout of the kind Trump
used to enjoy as a celebrity TV
tycoon. David Clark, former special
adviser to the late foreign secretary
Robin Cook, was scathing, calling
it ?a fake confrontation in which all
the moves are scripted in advance?.
The attack, critics said, was an
expensive firework display, executed without any long-term plan.
Syrian exiles opposed to the regime
decried its modest ambition. They
predicted that Assad would continue
to murder his opponents exactly as
before.
Analysis
Patrick Wintour
?Damascus will feel under no
new pressure to engage in talks?
M
ission
Accomplished!?
tweeted Donald
Trump, in an
ill-chosen echo
of George W
Bush?s hubristic declaration of
victory in the Iraq war. ?Mission
Accomplished?? ran the sceptical
headline of the Gulf News, the
Dubai-based newspaper, in a
reflection of the mood across the
Arab world at the modest scale of
the western strikes delivered on
Bashar al-Assad?s war machine.
Before the strikes, leading human
rights campaigners in the Syrian
opposition such as Fadel Abdul
Ghany said they wanted to see the
west attack the entire Syrian air
force, including all its airfields. His
hopes were dashed.
?If this is it, Assad should be
relieved,? said Randa Slim rom the
Washington-based thinktank the
Middle East Institute. The Syrian
government sent out a video of
Assad turning up for work in the
presidential palace as normal.
The UK foreign secretary, Boris
Johnson, suggested an extra benefit
of the strikes might be encouraging
Vladimir Putin to bring Assad to
the negotiating table. But it is hard
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Mark Brown
Arts correspondent
Working-class people are still hugely
under-represented in the arts and the
people at the top ? mostly well-paid
middle-class white men ? are least
likely to see it.
The conclusion is reached in a
report published today, billed as the
first sociological study of social mobility in the creative industries.
The study uses interviews with
237 people in the creative industries
together with academic analysis
to shine light on a problem that the
authors concede is a longstanding one.
The percentage of people working
in publishing with working-class origins is 12.6%. In film, TV and radio it
is 12.4% and in music, performing and
visual arts it is 18.2%.
?Aside from crafts, no creative occupation comes close to having a third
of its workforce from working-class
origins, which is the average for the
population as a whole,? the study says.
One of the authors, Dave O?Brien,
said the sector was ?quite socially
closed? and ?dominated by middleclass white people?. He said the sector
was well aware of problems exposed in
the report, which raised questions of
why things did not change. ?If it knows
there are these social problems, why
isn?t it doing better??
The Panic report, a detailed followup to research published in 2015, has
been released by Create London and
Arts Emergency, a charity set up to
challenge the ?old boys? network? in
the creative industries.
The report coincides with a separate
day of discussions and screenings at
the BFI on Saturday exploring what it
means to be working class in film and
TV and celebrating it.
The keynote interview was with
Maxine Peake, who spoke of the prejudice she faced in the industry, with
some people always assuming that a
northerner would be working class.
?There is only one class in the north
and that?s working class and if you?re
a woman you will be slightly brassy
and a bit blousy; if you?re a man you?re
either aggressive or you?re angsty and
poetic. That is the entire north in a nutshell,? she said.
Police try to dispel fears
of ?Manchester pusher?
after canalside attack
Josh Halliday
North of England correspondent
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Police chiefs have attempted to allay
fears of a ?Manchester pusher? stalking the city?s waterways, after a cyclist
was hurled into a canal at night.
Rumours of a possible serial attacker
have been revived after a 34-year-old
office worker was thrown into the city?s
Bridgewater canal, then kicked back in
as he tried to save himself from drowning. The victim said he was lucky to be
alive after being attacked by a ?complete psychopath? on the canal path
near Old Trafford football stadium at
10pm last Tuesday.
Greater Manchester police (GMP)
said they were looking for the suspect,
said to be a white male aged between
20 and 40, but stressed there was no
evidence to link it to other incidents.
The victim, who said he almost
drowned after his legs became tangled
in his bicycle while he was below the
surface of the canal, said he had asked
police about the ?Manchester pusher?
legend and said ?they were well aware
of the stories?.
?I definitely feel like I?m lucky to
be alive. I could easily have drowned
because of what he did,? he told the
Sunday Times. The victim?s wife
posted a warning about a ?canal
pusher? on a Greater Manchester community page on Facebook.
At least 76 bodies have been discovered in the waters of Greater
Manchester since 2007. Seventeen of the deaths are classed as
?unexplained?, meaning neither the
police nor a coroner was able to determine how the person died.
Police and council chiefs have tried
for years to dispel the ?myth? of a serial
canal pusher but the theory often
resurfaces. In 2015, GMP bosses said
there was ?no evidence whatsoever?
of a serial attacker after a psychology
professor suggested the relatively high
number of deaths could be down to
foul play.
Pat Karney, Manchester?s city council?s city centre spokesman, told the
Guardian yesterday that the theory
of a Manchester pusher was an urban
myth. ?The police and the council
have examined every case in the city
centre over the last 10 years and have
found no link or connection between
the fatalities. Most of the tragedies
are through accidents caused by
alcohol,?爃e said.
?It?s an urban myth that will never
die and any time there?s an incident
or accident it comes up again. I think
it causes distress to the families that
have lost their loved ones.?
Ch Insp Andy Sutcliffe said of Tuesday?s attack: ?I understand ? that
people will be alarmed, but I need to
stress there is no evidence to suggest
this is linked to any other incidents and
we?ve had no further reports.
?While we are carrying out our
inquiries and finding out exactly how
and why this happened, our main
priority is the wellbeing of the victim, and we need to make sure that
his best interests are at the forefront
of our investigation.?
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More primary
children set
for ?rst-pick
school places
Sally Weale
Education correspondent
Grenfell ?wiped �5,000
o? the value of my home?
�m battle over cladding
could leave thousands
with ?ats they cannot sell
Lisa O?Carroll
A homeowner in a housing complex in
London with Grenfell-type cladding
has been told the value of her �5,000
home is now just �,000.
Galliard Homes, the developer of
the 11-block complex in New Capital Quay (NCQ), Greenwich, faces a
�m-�m bill to replace the cladding and is locked in a legal dispute
over who should pay.
The dispute, which could take years
to resolve, has left Cecile Langevin,
32, and potentially thousands of others up and down the country with an
unsellable flat. ?It is like someone has
taken away our life choices, our freedom. And nobody is doing anything
about it,? she said in tears.
She has a 2�-year-old son, was due
to give birth to her second child on
Saturday and had put the flat on the
market in the hope of moving out of
London to a bigger home.
She got an RICS-approved surveyor
to value her flat and he came back with
a �,000 price tag. But now she realises the whole complex is blighted.
?All ongoing sales in the development have fallen through. Banks are
not lending to potential buyers and
provide valuations of zero for flats in
our development,? she says.
Langevin is one of about 2,000 residents in NCQ, Greenwich, believed
to be the largest private development
found to have flammable cladding
after the West London disaster that
cost 71 lives. ?I don?t sleep at night. I
wake up most nights for a few hours
and I write emails to people I think that
can help,? said Langevin.
?I can?t move very fast. What would
happen if my husband was away one
night? We are on the seventh floor. If I
was there with my son and new baby
and all the people were at the stairs
and I can?t get out.?
While cladding remains on such
buildings the fire brigade requires
24/7 fire patrols in case evacuation
is needed. In three private blocks,
including one in Croydon and one in
Salford, leaseholders could face bills
of tens of thousands of pounds.
?It is quite shocking that the residents are living in potential death traps
while everybody else tries to deny liability for the cost of making them safe.
Residents could bring group legal proceedings to recover the cost of fixing
the buildings and for the considerable distress they must be suffering,?
said Chris Haan, a lawyer at the London law firm Leigh Day. He has been
approached by a number of homeowners at NCQ and says they may have a
case against the developers for breach
of contract when they sold homes ?fit
for habitation when completed?.
Langevin bought the flat in 2014
through savings, a mortgage and a
�,000 government loan under the
Help to Buy scheme for people without
enough savings to get on the property
ladder. She can repay that loan without selling under the government
rules. But she believes she only has to
repay 20% of the market value, which
at �,000, means she owes �,000
and the government loses �,000 of
its loan to her.
Langevin believes that many other
homes in the NCQ development were
bought under the Help to Buy scheme,
which was heavily promoted by Galliard at the launch. She has had no
answer from Target HCA, which is
administering the scheme, other than
to say it is a ?novel? request.
?They are being evasive, because
they know if they have to do this for
me they have to do it for everyone
who asks,? she said. Regardless of
how much of the government loan she
has to repay, Langevin is still in huge
?It is like someone
has taken away
our life choices,
our freedom. And
nobody is doing
anything about it?
Cecile Langevin
Flat owner
? Cecile Langevin in her flat, which
has Grenfell-type cladding and is
now said to be worth only �,000
PHOTOGRAPH: MARTIN GODWIN/GUARDIAN
negative equity because the value of
the flat has plummeted.
She is now suffering evident mental
stress. She cannot move out and rent
to others because she would feel terrible if they were caught in a fire. It is
also not permissible under her Help to
Buy contract. She contacted the housing minister, Dominic Raab, who did
not reply. ?I don?t think he cares about
ordinary people,? she said.
It is likely thousands of homeowners are in Langevin?s situation, with
government data showing 301 blocks
over 18 metres tall have Grenfell-type
cladding, of which 130 are private sector and 13 are hospitals or schools. Of
the public buildings only seven have
had their cladding replaced so far.
A spokesman for the Ministry of
Housing, Communities and Local
Government said: ?We have made
clear that we want to see private sector landlords follow the lead of the
social sector and not pass on the costs
of essential cladding replacement to
leaseholders. We are keeping the situation under review and ministers
are meeting industry representatives
shortly to discuss this.?
Campaigners say the cladding is
causing financial ruin for homeowners. ?The blight caused by Grenfell is
national and the government doesn?t
seem to be too bothered about that. So
far what we have heard from Greenwich and Croydon is just the tip of the
iceberg,? said Martin Boyd, trustee at
the charity Leasehold Knowledge
Partnership, a service that advises
leaseholders on their rights over Grenfell cladding.
Galliard Homes declined to
comment.
Parents in England will find out today
if their child got into their top choice of
primary school to join reception class
in September, with many likely to face
disappointment as pressure on places
continues in some areas of the country.
On what has become known as
National Offer Day for primary schools,
half a million families will receive
emails during the course of the day,
and letters later in the week, confirming whether they have been offered
a place at their first choice of school.
Despite fewer applications this year
? as a population bulge moves into secondary schools ? thousands of families
are still likely to miss out on their top
choice, particularly in London, where
86% got into their first preference last
year, with that figure dropping to 68%
in Kensington and Chelsea.
Early data pointed to a slight gain
on last year?s figures in some areas. In
York, for example, 94.2% of children
secured places at their first-preference
school this year ? up from 92.9% last
year ? and just 11 children failed to get
into a preferred school, down from 25.
Last year, 97.2% of four-year-olds
in England were offered a place at one
of their top three choices. Many parents appeal, in a last-ditch attempt to
win a place at their first-choice school.
The Good Schools Guide says the
success rate of appeals varies widely.
In 2016-17 a third in the north-east
went in the child?s favour but in London the success rate was only 7%. The
GSG?s Elizabeth Coatman said: ?However unfair it may feel, the length of
your school run, having siblings at
other schools, super-sized classes and
poor Ofsted reports are unlikely to be
successful grounds for appeal.?
Paul Whiteman, general secretary
of the National Association of Head
Teachers, said: ?This can be an anxious
time for families. Choosing the right
primary school and securing a place
there can feel like a battle for parents.
?We lack a coordinated approach to
place planning. The government?s own
figures show that an extra 654,000
school places will be needed in England by 2026 to meet the 9% rise in
pupil population,? he said.
?Until the government creates a
national strategy to guarantee there
are enough school places for every
child in England, the annual anxious
wait for families will continue.?
? Places for 654,000 more pupils will
be needed by 2026 as numbers rise
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Space scientists set
to launch hunt for
20,000 new worlds
Telescope hitching ride on a
SpaceX rocket will search
near some of brightest stars
Ian Sample
Science editor
If the vagaries of weather and rocket
science do not intervene, the most
ambitious search yet for alien worlds
around the sky?s brightest stars will
begin today with the launch of Nasa?s
newest planet-hunting spacecraft.
After final preparations at the weekend, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey
Satellite (Tess) will be ready to take off
at 6.32pm local time (11.32pm UK) from
Cape Canaveral in Florida. It is mission
controllers? first chance to launch in a
window that will be open until June.
Lofting hardware into space
involves bated breath, but for those
who have put time and money into the
$200m (�0m) Tess space telescope
there is an extra frisson. It is the first
Nasa mission to hitch a ride on a Falcon 9, a rocket made by Elon Musk?s
SpaceX company, and which was certified for such missions only in February.
Barring mishaps, such as the gloriously euphemistic ?rapid unscheduled
disassembly? when a Falcon 9 rocket
stage exploded in 2015, Tess will be
flung into a highly elliptical orbit
around Earth. The telescope will swing
as far out as the moon as it scours the
heavens for planets, then swoop
towards Earth to beam back data. Each
orbit, which has never been attempted
before, will take nearly 14 days.
?Everything is go for a launch on
Monday,? said Stephen Rinehart, Tess
project scientist at Nasa?s Goddard
Space Flight Center in Maryland. ?Putting stuff up in space is not without
risk, but at this point there is nothing
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more we can do. We think we?ve got
a spacecraft that is ready to kick ass.?
Tess follows Nasa?s Kepler space
telescope, which transformed understanding of planets beyond the solar
system. When Kepler was launched in
2009, astronomers knew alien worlds
circled stars, but had little idea of their
number and sizes. Kepler has so far
found more than 2,300 ?exoplanets?;
a similar number await confirmation.
Based on Kepler?s observations,
astronomers now believe the Milky
Way is home to at least 2bn potentially
habitable planets where it is neither
too hot nor too cold for life-sustaining
water to flow. But for all Kepler?s success, it observed only a fraction of the
sky, and most of the stars it studied
are extremely faint, making it hard for
astronomers to look more closely at
the planets that swing around them.
This is where Tess comes in. The
space telescope will spend two years
observing 200,000 of the brightest
stars, most no more than 300 light
years away. Like its predecessor, Tess
is designed to spot alien worlds by
detecting the subtlest of shadows they
cast as they move across the face of
their parent stars.
Prof Bill Chaplin, of Birmingham
University, will use Tess data to look
at how stars contract and expand as
seismic waves surge through them.
His calculations will help astronomers
? A Nasa illustration of Tess, which
will observe 200,000 of the brightest
stars in the search for exoplanets
confirm the masses and ages of new
planets they find. ?When you look up
at the night sky, we?ll know about the
planets that are around the stars you
can see with the naked eye,? he said.
Mission scientists hope to spot
500 Earth-sized planets and perhaps
20,000 new worlds in all. Astronomers will then draw on ground-based
telescopes, and soon-to-launch spacebased observatories such as the James
Webb space telescope, scheduled
Music
review
Brightest
star of her
generation
Beyonc�
Coachella festival, California
?????
Eve Barlow
I
s that a catwalk?? says one
woman, awaiting the arrival
of this year?s Saturday night
headliner. ?It?s Beyonc�. Of
course it?s a catwalk,? snaps
another. ?Is she gonna bring
any guests out? She doesn?t want
someone to cramp her style, right??
says the woman. ?Dude, her style is
uncrampable,? comes the reply.
It?s true: Beyonc�s style cannot
be cramped. When she headlined
Glastonbury for the festival?s 40th
anniversary in 2011, it was big for
Beyonc�. Tonight, the slot she was
initially intended to do in 2017
(before announcing her second
pregnancy) is big for Coachella.
She comes out dressed as a
modern-day Cleopatra, revealing
herself at the end of that catwalk
behind scores of dancers led by
a Black Panther mascot. ?Ladies
and gentlemen, welcome to
Beyonc� homecoming 2018,? is the
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announcement over the PA, as a full
marching band and orchestra take
position on an enormous pyramid
structure on the stage. Before the
first song kicks in, Beyonc� has
changed outfits into booty shorts
and a jersey. ?Coachella, y?all
ready?? she says, and launches into
Crazy in Love.
Thus begins a show that is
somehow not just about Beyonc�.
She makes it about far more than
her or her career: it?s about black
excellence, female power and the
unrelenting possibility of self-belief.
She has only a handful of white
dancers among a reported 100. Her
set is in thrall to soul, jazz, gospel,
dance, melody and music itself.
Tonight, Beyonc� plays political
as fiercely as she plays feminist.
During Sorry she hones in on
the line ?suck on my balls? with
furious wrath. She flits between
going hard and expressing sweet
graciousness towards the audience
during her addresses. The artistry
of the transitions between songs,
and the travel across her 20-year
catalogue ? combined with the
sheer awe of scores of people on
stage moving and playing in perfect
unison ? proves that Beyonc� is in
a league of her own, the greatest
of a generation, both a leader of
a huge group and a solo star of
unconquerable talent.
She?s also indebted to her musical
past, and not just her own history.
She splices Drunk In Love with Nina
? In a league of her own: Beyonc�
mixes soul, jazz, gospel and dance as
she performs at the Coachella festival
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?Is she gonna bring
any guests out? She
doesn?t want her style
cramped, right??
?Dude, her style is
uncrampable?
Overheard exchange in
the Coachella audience
for 2020, to look more closely at the
planets. With those follow-up measurements, scientists can find planets?
masses and densities, and perhaps
even the gases in their atmospheres.
If water, methane and other key molecules are found, scientists can start to
talk about whether life could, or did,
gain a foothold on the distant worlds.
Rinehart said: ?There are some people on the mission who are very, very,
very keen to find Earth-sized planets in
the habitable zones of their host stars
and that would be absolutely fabulous.
?But the data on all these planets
is interesting because they help us
form a picture of how planetary systems form and evolve. It?s going to be
a game-changer.?
In 2028, the European Space Agency
plans to launch Ariel (Atmospheric
Remote-sensing Infrared Exoplanet
Large-survey), to study the atmospheres of 1,000 exoplanets ranging in
size from Jupiter to barely larger than
Earth. Giovanna Tinetti, principal mission investigator at UCL, said: ?Tess
will provide hundreds of exoplanets,
especially super-Earths, which will
be optimal targets for atmospheric
characterisation with Ariel.?
Rinehart said: ?My real hope is we
start finding things we didn?t expect.
If we knew what all the answers were
before we launched the mission, why
the hell would we fly the mission??
Simone?s Lilac Wine, elevated on a
crane over the crowd. She has a go
at husband Jay Z?s back catalogue,
her orchestra alluding to Dirt Off
Your Shoulder. When she sings
the infamous ?I woke up like this?
line she turns to Coachella and
asks: ?How did you wake up this
morning?? The thing is, Beyonc�
did wake up like this. There?s clearly
a double entendre to the notion of
wokeness, but the show doesn?t
get woke at the expense of actually
waking everyone up to the joy and
togetherness of live performance.
Once she?s proved her mettle
more times than necessary, the
thought of potential guests starts
looming. She covers a smidgen
of Dawn Penn?s You Don?t Love
Me (No, No, No) and you wonder
if it might segue into Destiny?s
Child?s No, No, No, but not yet. A
few hits to get through ? Hold Up,
Countdown, Check On It ? and then
Jay Z comes out for Deja Vu. After
Beyonc� has spent almost an hour
singing scorned female anthems
about adultery, they display a heartmelting chemistry for one another.
Moving into Run The World,
however, she appears in army khaki,
and you know it?s coming. She has to
pay her dues to the thing that got her
to this point.
It?s the reunion of Beyonc�, Kelly
and Michelle; destiny arrives with
Destiny?s Child. For her final guest
appearance Beyonc�s little sister
Solange comes on to complete the
family love-in, staging a dance-off
between the two of them that sings
of sweet solidarity and universal
sisterhood, before ending things
with Single Ladies and Love On Top.
Midway through the set, Beyonc�
turned to the crowd and said: ?Thank
you for allowing me to be the first
black woman to headline Coachella.?
The crowd left the Empire Polo Field
venue in Indio with only one thing to
say: I was there.
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Windrush
?injustice?
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by No 10
Continued from page 1
affecting large numbers of long-term
UK residents who came to Britain
as children.
Some have been threatened with
deportation to countries they left as
children 50 years ago and have not
returned to since. Others have been
denied access to healthcare, lost jobs
or been made homeless as they do not
have sufficient paperwork to prove
they have the right to be in the UK.
Hewitt said the number of people coming forward to say they were
affected by the immigration anomaly
was ?increasing exponentially?. Satbir Singh, chief executive of the Joint
Council for the Welfare of Immigrants
(JCWI), said dozens of people had contacted the charity seeking help after
publicity about the issue last week.
Downing Street acknowledged that
a request had been received from the
Caribbean high commissioners and
confirmed that a meeting had not been
scheduled. Although the subject is not
on the Chogm agenda, officials said
there would be ?a number of opportunities? for the heads of delegations to
meet the prime minister and discuss
this ?important issue?.
The Jamaican high commissioner,
Seth George Ramocan, said he would
be seeking to raise the issue despite
the lack of a formal meeting. ?We have
senior citizens in limbo. It is not explicitly on the agenda, but we want our
heads of government to bring it to the
attention of the wider body,? he said.
Late on Friday, the Home Office
issued a new guidance summary of
what Commonwealth-born, longterm UK residents should do if they
are concerned that they do not have
the necessary papers to prove their
right to be in the UK.
? How the Guardian broke the
story of people who have found
themselves victims of the Home
Office?s ?hostile environment? policy
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News
Immigration status
The guidance acknowledges that
problems are just beginning to arise
because of newly tightened immigration rules, and states: ?Recent changes
to the law mean that if you wish to
work, rent property or have access to
benefits and services in the UK then
you will need documents to demonstrate your right to be in the UK. The
government believes this is a proportionate measure to maintain effective
immigration control.?
It adds: ?We recognise that this is
causing problems for some individuals who have lost documents over the
long period of time they have been in
the UK ? No one with the right to be
here will be required to leave.?
However, there was nothing new in
the guidance, and charities expressed
frustration that the government continues to suggest that people seek legal
advice. That is often prohibitively
expensive for people who have been
told they are not permitted to work and
are not eligible for benefits.
There is a growing awareness of the
problem, which may affect thousands
of people who came from Commonwealth countries as children, often
travelling on their parents? passports,
and have never formally been naturalised. Although anyone living in the UK
continuously since before January 1
1973 is legally entitled to live in the UK,
people who have not applied for passports (often because they have never
had enough money to travel outside
the UK) may struggle to prove that they
are entitled to be here.
Some people moved before the
countries they were born in became
independent, and assumed that they
were British. The Migration Observatory at Oxford University estimates
that some 50,000 Commonwealthborn people in the UK, who arrived
before 1971, may not yet have regularised their residency status.
Many may not yet know that they
could face problems, since the issue
emerges only when they apply for a
pension, for example, or have some
other new engagement with UK
authorities, and papers are requested.
Kimberly McIntosh, of the race
equality thinktank the Runnymede
Trust, said: ?It is shameful and abhorrent that this is where we are, 70 years
after Windrush. We need a resolution
for all of the Windrush Commonwealth long-term residents.?
Albert Thompson (who has asked
for his real name not to be used after
legal advice) has been waiting to have
radiotherapy for prostate cancer since
he was told last November he was not
eligible for free NHS treatment unless
he could prove he was in the UK legally.
He said yesterday: ?I?m very angry
about this.?
British passport ?asco
The Caribbeans robbed
of security by red tape
An increasing number of people
who were born in the Caribbean and
came to the UK as children in the
1950s and 1960s are experiencing
severe problems with their
immigration status because they
have never formally naturalised or
applied for a British passport. These
are the children of the Windrush
generation, invited to move to the
UK by the government to help with
post-war rebuilding of this country.
All we spoke to are here legally, but
with newly-tightened immigration
rules they are being asked to prove
their status, despite having lived
in the UK for half a century. For
some, the consequences have been
catastrophic. These are among the
stories the Guardian has told.
Paulette Wilson ?
Wilson, 61, moved to the
UK in 1968 when she was
10. Because she has never
applied for a passport and
had no papers proving she
had a right to be in the UK,
she was classi?ed as an illegal
immigrant. Last October she
was sent to the Yarl?s Wood
immigration removal centre,
then taken to Heathrow
ahead of deportation to
Jamaica, a country she had
not visited for 50 years and
where she has no surviving
relatives. The former cook,
who served food in the House
of Commons and had 34
years of national insurance
records, was horri?ed at the
prospect of being separated
from her daughter and
granddaughter. A last-minute
intervention from her MP and
a local charity prevented her
removal. She has been given
a biometric card, proving she
is here legally, but will have to
reapply in 2024, and is already
worried about that process.
?It scares
the living
daylights
out of
you ? the
threatening
language on
the letters?
Elwaldo Romeo Romeo, 63, received a letter
from the Home O?ce telling
him he was in the UK illegally
? despite living here for 59
years since moving from
Antigua at the age of four
with his mother, who came
to work here as a nurse. The
letter stated: ?You have NOT
been given leave to enter the
United Kingdom within the
meaning of the Immigration
Act 1971? and o?ered ?help
and support on returning
home voluntarily?. Romeo
has worked in London for over
40 years, and has children and
grandchildren here. ?It scares
the living daylights out of you
? the threatening language
on the letters,? he said. The
problem may have been
caused by an administrative
error on his birth certi?cate.
Albert Thompson ?
Thompson (who has asked
for his real name not to be
used after legal advice),
63, arrived in London from
Jamaica as a teenager in 1973,
to join his mother who was
here as a nurse. He worked
as a mechanic and paid his
taxes until he became ill with
cancer. Suspicion about his
immigration status led to him
being evicted last summer,
and he was homeless for three
weeks before a charity housed
him. When he arrived for his
?rst radiotherapy session
last November, he was told
that unless he could prove
he was eligible for free NHS
treatment he would have to
pay �,000. He can?t pay, is
not receiving prostate cancer
treatment and is profoundly
worried about his health.
?I?m very angry with the
government. I?m here legally,
but they?re asking me to prove
I?m British,? he said. He is also
dismayed at the NHS. ?It feels
like they are leaving me to die.?
Renford McIntyre ?
McIntyre, 64, sleeps on a
sofa in an industrial unit
in Dudley. He has lived in
the UK since arriving from
Jamaica in 1968 at 14 to join
his mother, and worked for
48 years as an NHS driver and
a delivery man, but in 2014 a
request for paperwork from
his employers showed he did
not have documents showing
he had a right to be in the UK.
He was sacked and the council
told him he was not eligible for
housing support or bene?ts.
?I?ve worked hard all my life,
I?ve paid into the system. I?ve
sent them details of my NHS
pension, and HMRC records
going back 40 years.? he said.
?How do they expect me to
live? How am I expected to eat
or dress myself ??
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?They messed up my
life. I had a steady
job. It broke my
heart losing it. When
my mum passed
away, I wasn?t there?
Michael Braithwaite ?
Braithwaite, 66, lost the job
he loved as a special needs
teaching assistant last year
after his employers ruled
he was an illegal immigrant.
He arrived from Barbados
with his parents in 1961, aged
nine, and has lived here ever
since; he assumed he was
Anthony Bryan ?
Bryan, 60, has spent three
weeks in immigration
removal centres in the past
two years. He worked as a
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British. He had been in his
primary school job for 15
years when a routine check
on his papers revealed that
he did not have an up-to-date
identity document. He was
asked to submit documentary
proof that he had the right to
live in the UK. He had never
painter and decorator for over
40 years, but lost his job when
Capita told him he had no
right to be in the UK, adding
that it could face a �,000
?ne if it continued to employ
him. In November, police and
immigration o?cials arrived
on a Sunday morning at his
home with a battering ram;
a plane ticket was booked to
take him to Jamaica, where
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Hubert Howard ?
Howard, 61, arrived with his
mother in the UK aged three
from Jamaica and has never
lived anywhere else. Because
he has insu?cient paperwork
proving he had a right to be
in the UK, he was told he was
an illegal immigrant. He lost
a job with the Peabody Trust,
despite the fact that he was
a highly-regarded employee
who had worked for the
housing organisation for more
than a decade. His problems
?rst emerged when he wanted
urgently to visit his mother in
Jamaica when she became ill.
He was unable to get a British
passport and his mother
died without him seeing
her. Unable to work, he was
also told he was not entitled
to bene?ts because he had
no immigration status here.
?They messed up my life,?
he said. ?I had a steady job. It
broke my heart losing it. When
my mum passed away, I wasn?t
there, and I still haven?t been
at her graveside.?
Sarah O?Connor ?
O?Connor, 57, moved from
Jamaica 51 years ago when she
was six. She was challenged
by the bene?ts agency to
prove she was here legally
last summer, after losing the
job in the computer shop
where she had worked for
16 years. Although she has
successfully interviewed for
several jobs, employers have
had to withdraw their o?ers
when they found she has
no passport. She attended
primary and secondary
schools here, held a driving
licence, was married to a
Briton and has four British
children, so was devastated
when her immigration status
was questioned. The Home
O?ce has now promised to
waive the fees usually charged
for a biometric card.
applied for a passport and
was unable to prove he was
here legitimately. He was
devastated to lose his job.
Shortly after publicity about
the case last week, the Home
O?ce emailed his lawyer to
say he had been granted a
biometric card.
he left when he was eight. He
travelled to the UK on his older
brother?s passport in 1965, and
had no documents of his own
to prove status, so struggled to
convince o?cials he had the
right to be in the UK. O?cials
now agree he is here legally.
He has spent over �000 on
legal bills and application fees,
but has had no apology from
the Home O?ce.
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In brief
NHS
Weather
Trusts spend millions
on arm?s-length ?rms
Spring displays will
be short but sweet
Hospital trusts are spending millions
of pounds setting up arm?s-length
private companies, which health
unions fear will turn staff who are
transferred to them into ?secondclass employees?.
Fifteen trusts in England have
already spent �2m between them
creating wholly owned subsidiaries,
figures released under the Freedom
of Information Act show.
The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre
trust on Merseyside, one of the
NHS?s cancer hospitals, has spent
the most ? �1,335 ? on setting up
a firm called PropCare with the help
of the consultants Hill Dickinson
and KPMG.
Gloucestershire hospitals trust
has spent �3,000 establishing
Gloucestershire Managed Services,
with another �,000 likely to go on
it. The Royal Free trust in London
has spent an estimated �0,000,
though its board has yet to sign off
the creation of the firm involved.
Unison, which obtained the
figures, said it was a disgrace that
cash-strapped hospitals were using
vital NHS resources to establish
private companies that provide
staff with inferior pay and pensions.
Transferred staff retain their NHS
terms and conditions, but new
joiners do not.
Sara Gorton, Unison?s head of
health, said: ?The amount of public
money being frittered away on
transferring NHS staff to private
companies is a disgrace, especially
at a time when there?s such a
squeeze on resources.?
NHS Providers, which represents
hospital trusts, denied the moves
were privatisation and insisted that
they help to avoid trust employees
being outsourced.
Chris Hopson, its chief executive,
said: ?Unison?s claims are inaccurate
and misleading. Wholly owned
subsidiaries have been operating
entirely without controversy in the
NHS for many years.?
Denis Campbell
Gardeners should get outdoors in
the coming weeks to make the most
of a spring which ?could be over in
the blink of an eye?, experts say.
Weeks of cooler than average
conditions mean plants have
remained in bud longer than normal,
the Royal Horticultural Society
said. With sunshine and warmer
temperatures forecast, there is
likely to be a short, intense burst of
spring flowering, as everything from
magnolias to cherry blossom and
wood anemones reach their peak.
But this could be over within days as
summer flowers take over.
The RHS?s chief horticulturalist,
Guy Barter, said: ?I urge people to
get outside into their gardens or
visit green spaces this weekend as
spring could be over in the blink
of an eye ? usually spring begins
in March and lasts until mid-May.
This shorter, condensed spring will
create magnificent displays in our
gardens.? PA
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Health
Hollywood and reality
TV ?inspire smokers?
Contestants? cigarette habits in the
reality TV show Love Island and
Winston Churchill?s cigars in the
Oscar-winning film Darkest Hour
inspire children to take up smoking,
campaigners have warned MPs.
Action on Smoking and Health
(Ash) and the UK Centre for Tobacco
and Alcohol Studies said children
in the UK were exposed to a large
amount of on-screen smoking,
citing a rise in smoking in Oscarnominated films and research that
showed cigarettes were seen in Love
Island every five minutes, with the
Lucky Strike brand seen 16 times.
This year, 86% of films nominated
for an Oscar had someone smoking,
up from 60% four years ago, the
groups told the Commons science
select committee. Just over half of
nominated actors depicted smokers,
the highest level in several years.
Given Love Island?s popularity
with young people, the 2017 series
left 47m ?gross impressions? of
smoking on children under 16,
campaigners told MPs in a report to
the parliamentary inquiry into the
impact of social media and screen
use on young people?s health.
The campaigners want Ofcom,
the regulator, and the British Board
of Film Classification to monitor
exposure to screen depictions of
tobacco use, to discourage it and
to require cinemas or broadcasters
to run anti-smoking ads if the
presentations show smoking.
Smoking is banned in UK ads, but
not in programmes. Craig Lawson, a
Love Island contestant, said last year
that they were all given cigarettes by
producers if they wanted them.
However, the pro-smokers? group
Forest accused Ash of ?an attack on
artistic freedom?. Robert Booth
Markets
Trader called Bellows is
ordered to dial it down
A market trader, fittingly called
Wayne Bellows, has been told by his
local council to turn down the noise
because it is causing a nuisance.
Bellows, 53, has vowed to fight
what he called the ?completely
bizarre and utterly ridiculous? order
from Lymington & Pennington town
council in Hampshire.
?I have been doing this all my
life, ever since I was a kid. I?ve never
done anything differently and never
had any complaints,? he said.
?When I got the letter saying I
was making too much noise, I didn?t
believe it and threw it away. Then
the council phoned and told me to
stop shouting in the morning and
only do it in the afternoon.
?We are there from 6.30am but
I don?t start calling out until about
10am at the earliest. But I did what
they said. Then they called again to
say I was still too loud.?
He said he yelled the usual things,
such as ?strawberries for a pound?,
and felt he was being told not to
shout at all. ?You can?t get anywhere
with them ? it?s their way or no way.?
Barry Dunning, the town?s mayor,
said Bellows had not been asked to
stop shouting completely. ?As far as
I know, we only asked him to tone
it down a little bit and not to shout
early in the morning.?
Dunning added: ?I?m stuck
between the devil and the blue
really. Personally, I love the
market. It is our crown jewel. It?s so
important to the town. Calling out
is part of the market.? However, a
complaint had been made, he said.
Bellows has promised to take the
matter up at the next stallholders?
meeting with the council: ?I must
fight this for markets everywhere.?
Mark Brown
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? Sir Martin Sorrell, who quit as chief
executive of WPP on Saturday, at the
New York Stock Exchange last year
PHOTOGRAPH: MARK LENNIHAN/AP
Analysis
Mark Sweney
End of an era
that may also
herald end for
the industry
F
?It is best I step aside?: Sorrell nets
�m payout for 33 years at WPP
Advertising multinational
faces breakup as founder of
global business steps down
Mark Sweney
Sir Martin Sorrell is in line for almost
�m in payouts from WPP over the
next five years, as part of the deal
struck for him to leave the advertising group he founded more than three
decades ago.
The departure of Sorrell, who
resigned on Saturday before learning
the findings of an internal investigation into alleged personal misconduct,
is also being viewed as a potential catalyst for a breakup of WPP.
Sorrell, who is the longest-serving
FTSE-100 chief executive, acquired a
small Kent-based maker of wire baskets in 1985 and built it into the world?s
largest marketing services group.
WPP has said the investigation into
Sorrell, 73, who rejected the allegation
of misconduct ?unreservedly?, has
now concluded.
The law firm in charge of the
investigation, WilmerHale, was due
to deliver its findings to the board by
next Friday but details of the misconduct allegations and the outcome of
the inquiry will now not be made public. The allegations concern improper
use of company funds and improper
personal behaviour.
In a statement to staff, he said: ?As I
look ahead, I see that the current disruption we are experiencing is simply
putting too much unnecessary pressure on the business. That is why I
have decided that in your interest, in
the interest of our clients, in the interest of all share owners, both big and
small, and in the interest of all our
other stakeholders, it is best for me
to step aside.
?As a founder, I can say that WPP is
not just a matter of life or death, it was,
is and will be more important than
that. Good fortune and Godspeed to
all of you ? now Back to the Future.?
Sorrell is one of the UK?s best-paid
business leaders, earning more than
�0m from pay and lucrative ? and
highly controversial ? reward schemes
in the past five years alone. His �m
payout in 2015 was one of the biggest
in UK corporate history. Sorrell and his
family trust also own a stake of about
1.8% in WPP, worth about �0m.
In 2012, an investor rebellion in the
?shareholder spring? saw 60% vote
against Sorrell?s pay deal in one of the
largest revolts in UK plc history.
The group said its founder and chief
executive would be treated as having
retired from the company. This means
Sorrell will be eligible to receive payouts related to 1.6m shares in a number
? Sorrell carries the 2012 Olympic torch in London PHOTOGRAPH: JAMIE WISEMAN/REX
of award plans that can be exercised
over the next five years. The exact
value depends on the company?s performance. At WPP?s share price of �,
the awards are worth about �m.
Sorrell?s final full-year pay as chief
executive for 2017 will be made public
when WPP publishes its annual report
in about a month. He is thought to be
receiving between �m and �m
against a possible maximum of �m,
owing to the company reporting its
worst performance since 2009.
To fill the leadership vacuum while
a successor is found Roberto Quarta,
the WPP chairman, will take an executive chairman role. Mark Read, chief
executive of Wunderman and WPP
Digital, and Andrew Scott, a top executive at WPP?s European operation,
have been appointed chief operating officers. This would make them
the front-running internal candidates to take over from Sorrell, as the
board readies to look to its ?constantly
refined list of external candidates?.
Analysts believe Sorrell?s departure,
combined with a share-price slump
of almost a third over the past year,
means investors and the WPP board
will have to consider whether there is
more value in breaking up WPP.
Alex DeGroote, an analyst with Cenkos Securities, said: ?The question to
Quarta is how do we create shareholder
value from this position. I think most
analysts and investors when adding
up the sum of the parts of WPP would
answer that it is to break it up.?
or more than three
decades Sir Martin
Sorrell dedicated his
life to transforming
a small Kent-based
manufacturer of
shopping baskets, Wire and Plastic
Products, into the world?s biggest
marketing services group.
The question now for his
successor, WPP?s investors and
its tens of thousands of clients is
whether the �bn group can survive
the departure of its founder and
the dramatic changes the internet
is bringing to the traditional world
of advertising. Sorrell?s unique
relationship with WPP allowed
him to run it autocratically
with an iron hand ? leading to a
?Sorrellcentricity? that critics say
made it his personal fiefdom. These
are methods his successor cannot
hope to be allowed to employ.
Whoever takes over could find
keeping such a sprawling empire
together almost impossible: WPP
employs more than 200,000 staff
in 400 separate businesses in more
than 3,000 offices in 112 countries.
The era of advertising Sorrell
ushered in has been about scale,
with a handful of big players ? WPP,
France?s Publicis and Havas, Japan?s
Dentsu and New York?s Interpublic
and Omnicom ? hoovering up
smaller agencies. Sorrell, a former
investment banker who cut his
teeth in advertising as the Saatchi
brothers? first finance chief, was a
master deal maker at the fore of the
global land grab.
?Martin changed an industry,
inventing a lot of what became the
model for the big holding company
along the way,? says David Jones,
the former global chief executive of
Havas. ?He wasn?t widely liked but
he was universally admired.?
But his departure, analysts say,
raises doubts over WPP?s ability
to withstand the core challenge
facing the advertising behemoths:
the internet. The rise of social
media and Google and Facebook?s
(hitherto unquestioned) advertising
power has led big spenders such as
Unilever, Procter & Gamble and car
giants such as Ford to question who
they spend their money with and
whether big groups like WPP still
offer the best model.
?Sorrell was relentlessly driven
and competitive even at an age when
most people had long since hung
up their boots,? says Jones. ?In the
end technology caught up with him.
It?s the end of an era but also maybe
the beginning of the end for an
industry.?
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National
Local elections
Tra?ord Labour sets its sights
on Manchester?s Tory outpost
After 14 years, the
party believes it can
retake Tra?ord in
next month?s local
elections, while in
Wandsworth the
aim is to win control
of a council that has
been Conservative
for four decades
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North of England editor
I
t is a source of great irritation
to many in the Labour party
that the political map of
Greater Manchester is a
sea of red polluted by one
pesky blue patch in the
south. Trafford ? the wealthiest
of the 10 boroughs and home to
more footballers and Coronation
Street stars than the other nine put
together ? has been controlled by
the Conservatives since 2004 and
Jeremy Corbyn is determined to win
it back.
Last month he chose a leisure
centre in Stretford Sports Village,
across the road from Old Trafford
cricket ground, to kick off Labour?s
local election campaign. And last
year it was in EventCity, a soulless
conference hall by the Trafford
Centre shopping mall, that he
launched the party?s general election
bid, flanked by Labour?s newly
elected Greater Manchester mayor,
Andy Burnham.
Burnham?s soaraway success in
the inaugural mayoral elections gave
Labour hope that it could wrench
Trafford back from the Tories. As
the only candidate with any name
recognition on the ballot, everyone
knew he would win overall ? just
not in Trafford, where the council
leader, Sean Anstee, was standing.
Anstee?s bloodless face at the
count told a different story. ?Oh
my god, Andy?s won Hale Central,?
shrieked one Labour activist,
referring to one of Trafford?s
millionaire enclaves, which boasts
a high street with four cosmetic
surgery clinics and some of the best
grammar schools in the country.
Kate Green is the Labour MP for
Stretford and Urmston, which could
be described as the ?other? Trafford.
It includes the poorer bit in the
north, which begins in the terraces
around Manchester United?s football
ground, and takes in Flixton and
Urmston, where residents are always
complaining about traffic jams
caused by the Trafford Centre and
the M60 ringroad. Life expectancy in
some streets is a decade less than in
the leafy south of the borough.
Green senses Tory blood. ?The
Tories are on the back foot in this
borough. I?ve been knocking on
doors week in, week out, ever since
the general election last year and
they are definitely on the run,? she
says. In her constituency, which
has been Labour since its inception,
sure. But in the posh bits?
Absolutely, she says. ?Let?s not
forget Andy Burnham?s spectacular
result in the mayoral election ? He
won many of those very wealthy
wards hands down, ahead of the
local candidate, Sean Anstee. So I
think we can be confident that the
Labour vote is broad as well as deep.?
Andrew Western, the leader of the
Labour group on Trafford council,
is less bullish. ?Yes, Andy Burnham
won Hale Central but that was a
freak,? he says. ?Normally I?d say
to you with some confidence, ?This
is what?s going to happen.? But the
world?s gone mad. I don?t know what
constitutes normal any more.?
Labour is concentrating its efforts
on winning three key wards from
the Tories, which would be enough
to slide the council into no overall
control. For the first time in history
it thinks it has a decent shot at
Davyhulme East, home to Trafford
general, the hospital where Aneurin
Bevan launched the NHS in 1948.
The local Labour candidate Jayne
Dillon is capitalising on changes at
the hospital in her bid for victory. A
former midwife who gave up work to
look after her three children, two of
whom are autistic, she sympathises
with residents who are unhappy that
there is no longer a full A&E clinic.
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Bolton
Wigan
Liverpool
Manchester
Warrington
The Labour
MP for Tooting,
Rosena AllinKhan, talks to a
voter while out
canvassing
?The pressure is on
Labour given how
they have talked up
Wandsworth as a
crown jewel?
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John Locker
Conservative councillor
Tra?ord
Population 230,179
Council seats Conservatives, 33;
Labour, 26; Lib Dems, 3; vacant, 1
EU referendum result 58% voted to
remain, 42% voted to leave
MPs Graham Brady (Con),
Altrincham and Sale West; Kate
Green (Lab), Stretford and Urmston;
Michael Kane (Lab), Wythenshawe
? Members
of Labour
candidate
Stephane
Savary?s
campaign team
in Altrincham,
Trafford
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Jayne Dillon in
Davyhulme East
?My mum had to be blue-lighted in
an ambulance across to Salford,? she
tells voters. It is just five miles, but
the journey can take an hour.
Dillon has tapped into other local
bugbears, such as opaque plans
to turn a much-loved local leisure
centre into housing and a base for a
local basketball team without proper
community consultation, and
discontent over plans to build on the
green belt in Flixton.
Labour also thinks it is in with
a chance in upmarket Altrincham,
home to many lawyers and
accountants who commute by tram
or train to Manchester. Labour has
only managed to hold it for a single
term in the 1990s.
But the Conservatives are in
trouble locally. Matthew Sephton,
who was one of the ward?s three
Tory councillors and a local primary
school teacher, was jailed this
year for possession of child abuse
images. He was suspended by the
party after his arrest in 2016. And
the well-regarded deputy council
leader, Alex Williams ? whose wife,
Lady Williams, ran Trafford council
between 2004 and 2009 ? is retiring.
Step forward one of Labour?s
more unusual candidates: Stephane
Savary, a Frenchman who stood for
France?s social democratic Socialist
party when he was 20. A mortgage
broker who is converting to
Judaism, he has been busy recently
retweeting antisemitic abuse he
receives on Twitter.
Trafford Labour has 100 pledges,
including maintaining low council
tax (under the Tories it has had the
lowest rates in Greater Manchester).
The Tories, meanwhile, are
hammering grammar schools and
low parking fees and slagging off
Corbyn. The Greens are also in
contention in Altrincham.
Savary keeps things local on
the doorstep. A promise to sort
out parking madness extracted a
promise from one Tory voter to
switch to Labour. ?But only in the
local elections. I don?t like Jeremy
Corbyn,? says the retired accountant.
But if Savary?s canvas returns
are accurate he is in contention
in Altrincham: last Thursday he
had spoken to 2,150 residents and
extracted promises to vote Labour
from 1,096.
Wandsworth Thatcher?s
favourite council could
be vulnerable to an upset
Jessica Elgot
Political correspondent
H
alf a mile from where
Sadiq Khan grew
up on the Henry
Prince estate in
Wandsworth, a small
gaggle of Labour
activists are gathering in leafy
Earlsfield, with the real prospect of
taking back a council that has been
Conservative since the London
mayor was at primary school.
Wandsworth, famously Margaret
Thatcher?s favourite, has been a
flagship Tory council for 40 years,
pioneering the outsourcing of local
services and famous for its ultra-low
council tax.
But Labour campaigners have
been buoyed by last June?s election
result, when Labour ousted the Tory
minister Jane Ellison in Battersea
and cut the then cabinet minister
Justine Greening?s majority in
Putney.
Housing is on many voters?
minds, said Tooting?s MP, Rosena
Allin-Khan, out with the canvassers
in Earlsfield, where the ward is held
by two Tory councillors and one
Labour councillor.
?Housing is something that
affects everyone, regardless of age
or socioeconomic status, in council
homes, renting, or worrying about
whether your children can ever
afford to buy in the same area,? Allin-Khan said.
One emblem is the controversial
development of the former Battersea
power station.
Labour has said it will review
the planning applications from
developers in order to force them to
reinstate plans for more affordable
flats, cut last year with Wandsworth
council?s approval.
Simon Hogg, the Labour leader
on the council, said the sight of the
development was causing feelings
of resentment. ?People can see a
big tower block going up and yet
know none of their friends, or their
children, are going to get to live
there,? he said.
The housing crisis has created
some of the conditions for a
possible Labour victory, Hogg said.
?Wandsworth Tories aggressively
sold off thousands of council homes
to create this very large private
rented sector, believing that would
be a huge electoral advantage to
them,? he said.
?These are the renters who
elected Marsha de Cordova in
Battersea and gave Rosena such a big
majority in Tooting.?
However, the Tories in the
borough are championing their
record on housing. Among their
pledges is a promise to deliver an
extra 1,000 homes in the next five
years, 60% of them affordable, built
directly with council money. There
is a significant housebuilding in the
pipeline ? though Labour argues not
enough are affordable homes.
However, it is their low council
tax pledge that is the key appeal to
most voters ? estate agents use it
to advertise their properties. The
council still remains the second
cheapest in the country at �6.51 a
year for a Band D property.
Jo Rigby, who is standing for
Wembley
City of
London
Greenwich
Richmond
Croydon
Wandsworth
Population 316,100
Majority Conservatives, 39; 19
Labour; 2 Independent Alliance
EU referendum result 75% voted to
remain, 24% voted to leave.
MPs Marsha de Cordova (Lab),
Battersea; Justine Greening (Con),
Putney, Rosena Allin-Khan (Lab)
Tooting
the council in Earlsfield, admitted
that the low council tax message
?does work, especially when people
move into the area. But what we
are increasingly hearing is that we
would rather pay more and get better
services.?
Labour has said that it would
freeze council tax for the next two
years. But John Locker, a newly
elected Tory councillor who won
his Thamesfield seat in a November
byelection, said that voters were
sceptical about this.
?I don?t think we understand
how Labour can square that circle of
extra spending now but not taxing
more,? he said. ?I want to improve
Wandsworth, but in order to do that
we have to manage our residents?
council tax money.?
Locker?s victory was a boost
for the Conservatives. He won
his Putney seat at a low point for
the Tories, after a difficult party
conference for Theresa May,
resignations of cabinet ministers
and a tough Brexit negotiation, and
amid a blitz of Labour activism.
?Angela Rayner, Chris Williamson
and lots of other Labour MPs came,
there were hundreds of Momentum
activists, but it didn?t work for
them and we held the seat quite
comfortably,? he said.
?My campaign focused on local
issues, what we can do to help
shops on the high street, promoting
cycling, and pushing for a new
entrance to [Putney] station to ease
congestion. I think we have quite a
sophisticated electorate; some tell
us they vote differently locally to
how they vote nationally.?
Labour holds 19 seats and
the party looks like it will make
comfortable headway into the mid20s, but the maths to get a majority
looks more difficult. It would mean
taking some of the most affluent
wards in the country, where Labour
councillors have not been elected
since the 1960s.
The former Tory MP Richard
Tracey, latterly Wandsworth?s
London assembly member, said
incumbency was a key strength.
?Statistically Labour is strong in five
wards, they have a lot of votes in a
small number of wards. They will
have to fight very hard in wards they
don?t hold ? it?s a high hill to climb.?
Locker said Labour may have
talked themselves into a corner. ?I
do think the pressure is on Labour
given how they have talked up
Wandsworth as a crown jewel,
winning this iconic council.
?I personally would never take
voters of Wandsworth for granted.
We have a strong manifesto on
keeping council tax low, affordable
housing, keeping weekly bin
collections, things that really matter
to local people.?
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Trump lashes
out as lawyer
prepares for
court hearing
over FBI raid
Paul Owen
New York
Donald Trump yesterday hit out again
at the FBI raid on the home and office
of his personal lawyer as arguments
over the case were set to be heard
today in court in New York.
The US president said in an earlymorning tweet that all lawyers are
now ?deflated and concerned? after
agents last week entered the addresses
in search of Michael Cohen?s communications with the Trump campaign
and information on payments he made
in 2016 to the pornographic actor
Stormy燚aniels.
?I have many (too many!) lawyers
and they are probably wondering
when their offices, and even homes,
are going to be raided with everything,
including their phones and computers, taken. All lawyers are deflated and
concerned!? Trump wrote.
Cohen has been ordered to appear
today in federal court in New York
for arguments over the raid. Cohen?s
attorneys want prosecutors ordered to
temporarily halt an examination of the
seized material, saying it is protected
by attorney-client privilege.
Daniels?s lawyer, Michael Avenatti,
told CNN yesterday his client would
attend the hearing.
He also responded in a tweet to
Trump?s comment about how ?all
lawyers? are feeling. ?To be clear ? I
am not ?deflated and concerned?. I am
elated and hopeful,? he wrote. Trump
has been enraged by the raid, calling it
an ?attack on the country?.
The investigation was referred by
the special counsel Robert Mueller,
who is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential
election, but it is being conducted by
the US attorney?s office in Manhattan.
The US Department of Justice said
on Friday that Cohen had been ?under
criminal investigation? for months
in New York because of his business
dealings.
US commentators have suggested
the raid on Cohen?s home and office
may represent a more significant legal
threat to Trump than the investigation
led by Mueller.
Trump yesterday also hit out at the
former FBI director James Comey,
whose firing led to Mueller?s appointment, describing him as a ?slimeball?
ahead of the publication of his book
this week on working for Trump.
Trump predicted Comey would
?go down as the WORST FBI Director
in history, by far? and criticised his
admission that polling was ?a factor?
in reopening an FBI investigation into
Hillary Clinton?s private email server.
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Rohingya?s return to Myanmar
just PR stunt, say rights groups
Bangladesh says that it
played no part in family?s
return from border camp
Michael Safi
Delhi
Myanmar has been accused by human
rights groups of a publicity stunt after
it repatriated the first Rohingya refugees from among nearly 700,000 who
fled the country last year, despite UN
warnings it was not safe to return.
Bangladesh, which is hosting the
overwhelming majority of Rohingya
refugees, distanced itself from the
move, saying the repatriation was
not part of the return process the two
countries have been trying to start.
The stateless Muslim minority have
been massing in refugee camps in
Bangladesh since the Myanmar army
launched a campaign against them in
northern Rakhine state in August that
the UN says is ethnic cleansing.
Andrea Giorgetta, of the International Federation for Human Rights,
criticised the repatriation announcement as ?a public relations exercise in
an attempt to deflect attention from
the need for accountability for crimes
committed in Rakhine state?. The UN
has said conditions are not conducive to return while Myanmar fails to
address the persecution the Rohingya
have faced for decades.
The government?s announcement
came late on Saturday as it said that a
family of refugees had become the first
to be processed in newly built repatriation centres that day. ?The five
members of a family ? came back to
Taungpyoletwei town repatriation
camp in Rakhine state this morning,?
it said.
Bangladesh?s refugee commissioner, Mohammad Abul Kalam, said
the family had been living in a camp
on a patch of ?no man?s land? between
the two countries. Several thousand
Rohingya have been living in the zone
since August, crammed into a cluster
of tents beyond a barbed-wire fence
that roughly demarcates the border zone between the two countries.
?They were not under our jurisdiction,? he said.
Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed
a repatriation plan in January but its
start has been repeatedly delayed as
each side blames the other for lack
? An official picture of the Rohingya
family being repatriated in Rakhine
of preparation. Boats with Rohingya
from parts of Rakhine state have continued leaving Myanmar in recent
months.
According to the Myanmar statement, immigration authorities
provided the family with national
verification cards, a form of ID that
falls short of citizenship and has been
rejected by Rohingya leaders, who
want full rights.
The repatriation came as a report
from the UN secretary general, Ant髇io
Guterres, said that many of the Rohingya Muslims who fled Myanmar had
been subjected to acts of sexual violence by the country?s armed forces.
The report, which will be discussed
by the UN security council today, said
international medical staff and others
in Bangladesh had documented ?physical and psychological scars of brutal
sexual assault? among the refugees.
?Violence was visited upon women,
including pregnant women, who are
seen as custodians and propagators
of ethnic identity, as well as on young
children, who represent the future of
the group,? Guterres said.
Buddhist-majority Myanmar does
not recognise the Rohingya as an ethnic group, insisting they are migrants
from Bangladesh, and denies them
citizenship.
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Mass protest calls for 16 Catalan
leaders to be allowed to return
Up to 750,000 people march
in bid to show independence
movement has not lost steam
Sam Jones
Madrid
More than 300,000 people took to the
streets of Barcelona yesterday to call
for the return of the 16 Catalan leaders
who were jailed or fled the country in
the aftermath of last October?s unilateral independence referendum.
The demonstration, the largest
in recent months, was called by the
two main Catalan pro-independence
groups and backed by the regional
branches of Spain?s two biggest unions
under the slogan: ?For rights and
freedoms, for democracy and cohesion, we want you home!?
Police put attendance at 315,000
while the organisers said 750,000
people had turned out, with the
city?s streets once again filled with
people dressed in yellow clutching
pro-independence estelada flags.
Elsa Artadi, a spokeswoman for the
Together for Catalonia party of former
regional president Carles Puigdemont,
said it put paid to suggestions that the
independence movement was faltering. ?We?re once again showing all
those who say that the movement is
demobilising, or that people are tired,
that things aren?t that way,? she said.
?We?re here today because there
are 16 people in prison or in exile for
defending political ideas that represent 2 million people.?
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Puigdemont, who fled to Belgium
at the end of October and is on bail in
Germany, tweeted that the march was
?a great civic and democratic demonstration?, adding: ?We are European
citizens who just want to live in peace,
free and without fear.?
The involvement of the Catalan
branches of the Workers? Commissions
and General Workers? Union was controversial as some members oppose
the region?s secession, but the secretary general of the latter defended
the move. ?The majority of Catalans,
regardless of their political position,
agree that pre-trial jail is not justified,?
said Camil Ros. ?What we as labour
unions are asking for now is dialogue.?
The protest comes almost six
months after the Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, responded to the
? Marchers brandish the esteleda flag
while calling for ?rights and freedoms?
315,000
The police tally of the number
of protesters; pro-independence
parties put the figure at 750,000
Pro-western former PM set
to win Montenegrin election
Associated Press
Podgorica
Montenegro?s pro-western former
prime minister Milo ?ukanovi? looked
likely to win the first round of the
country?s first presidential election
yesterday since his party defied Russia and took the small Balkan country
into Nato last year.
The vote is seen as a test for
?ukanovi?, who favours European
integration over closer ties to its traditional ally, Moscow.
His main challenger is Mladen
Bojani?, who is backed by several opposition groups, including
pro-Russian parties.
The country?s dominant politician,
?ukanovi? and his Democratic Party
of Socialists have ruled Montenegro
for nearly 30 years. The outgoing
president, Filip Vujanovi?, is not
running, due to term limits.
Polls have suggest ?ukanovi?, 56,
could have won more than half of the
votes yesterday, thereby avoiding a
runoff vote.
Casting his vote yesterday, Bojani?
described ?ukanovi? as an ?autocrat
leading Montenegro into a dictatorship. The majority in Montenegro want
? Milo ?ukanovi? was prime minister
when it became independent of Serbia
Outrage mounts across India
over latest alleged child rapes
Agence France-Presse
Delhi
Police in India have made a second arrest after the alleged rape of a
teenager by a ruling party politician
sparked protests across the country.
The case, along with the rape and
murder of an eight-year-old girl, has
brought Indians on to the streets for
mass demonstrations not seen since
the gang rape and murder of a student
in Delhi in 2012.
The outrage has put pressure on the
prime minister, Narendra Modi, whose
Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) is accused
of shielding a state MP in one case and
of defending the accused in the other.
The Central Bureau of Investigation
(CBI) said it had arrested Kuldeep
Singh Sengar, a member of the Uttar
Pradesh state assembly, which is ruled
by the Hindu nationalist BJP, for allegedly raping the 17-year-old. An aide to
the MP was arrested on Saturday.
Police brought a case against Sengar
last week only after his alleged victim
tried to burn herself alive outside the
state leader?s residence. The next day,
her father died from injuries allegedly
sustained in police custody.
?We arrested the second person, a
woman named Shashi Singh, in our
ongoing investigations of the case on
Saturday,? a CBI spokesman said.
The girl?s family, who fought unsuccessfully for nearly a year to get police
illegal referendum and subsequent
unilateral declaration of independence
by sacking Puigdemont?s government
and taking direct control of the region.
Rajoy also called elections in
December, a move that backfired after
the pro-independence bloc retained
its parliamentary majority. Repeated
attempts to form a new Catalan government have come to nothing as
Puigdemont remains in self-imposed
exile and two other presidential candidates ? Jordi S鄋chez and Jordi Turull
? are on remand.
Despite the huge turnout and the
talk of cohesion and coexistence, polls
suggest Catalans remain deeply and
almost evenly divided over the notion
of seceding from Spain.
While the overwhelming majority
in the region favour a legal referendum
agreed between Madrid and Barcelona, a recent survey found support
for independence fell from 48.7% last
October to 40.8% in February this year.
An anti-independence rally in
Barcelona last November attracted
hundreds of thousands. Police put
attendance at 350,000; organisers said
930,000 people took part.
a free and democratic Montenegro.?
?ukanovi? was prime minister
during a tense October 2016 parliamentary election when authorities
said they had thwarted a pro-Russian
coup attempt designed to prevent the
country from joining Nato.
He led Montenegro to independence from its much larger neighbour
Serbia in 2006 and was behind the
Nato bid. He hopes next to steer the
country into the European Union.
Bojani?, an economist and former
MP, has accused the ruling party of corruption and links to organised crime
following a rise in violent crime.
The fractured opposition parties
supporting Bojani? include the
pro-Russian Democratic Front, whose
two main leaders are on trial for taking
part in the alleged 2016 coup attempt.
Two Russian citizens also are being
tried in absentia for the plot, which
prosecutors said included a plan to
assassinate ?ukanovi?.
Zdravko Ivanovi ?, 84, praised
?ukanovi? after leaving a polling station in Podgorica, calling him ?the best
statesman and prime minister, the best
and finest Montenegrin giant?.
to file charges, said Singh had taken
their daughter to the state legislator on
the pretext of a job. Singh then stood
guard at the door while Sengar raped
the girl, the teenager?s family alleged.
Public outrage escalated as details
also emerged of the rape and murder
of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in January in Jammu and Kashmir. The girl
was kidnapped, drugged and repeatedly raped over five days ? including
inside a Hindu temple ? before being
strangled and beaten with a rock.
Jammu and Kashmir is India?s only
Muslim-majority state, but the Jammu
region in the south is dominated by
Hindus. The case has heightened fears
of communal tensions in the area.
Eight people have been arrested
over the killing, including four police
officers and a minor. All are Hindus.
Two state ministers from Modi?s BJP
? Choudhary Lal Singh and Chander
Prakash Ganga ? resigned after attending a rally by local Hindu groups held
in defence of the accused.
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World
21
? A postcard of the 1897 ?human zoo?
at Tervuren. A third of all Belgians
visited; seven Congolese died of flu
and pneumonia
?Every Belgian family
has a member who
worked in Congo. A
missionary, teacher,
administrator. So it?s
an emotional debate?
Guido Gryseels
Museum chief, right
Colonialism Belgium starts
to address the legacy of its
1958 Congolese ?human zoo?
The world fair in Brussels 60
years ago had one feature the
country would rather forget
Daniel Boffey
Brussels
S
ixty years ago, Belgium
staged the opening of the
1958 world fair, a glittering
200-day celebration of
postwar social, cultural
and technological
advances said to retain an important
place in the collective memory of
the Belgian nation. To mark it, a
series of events are being held in the
Atomium in Brussels, the futuristic
landmark built for the spectacle.
Yet one exhibit is not being
revisited: a live display of black
men, women and children in ?native
conditions? laid on for the education
and amusement of white Europeans,
the world?s last ?human zoo?.
In 1958, Belgium still ruled
Congo, a piece of territory some
80 times its own size, and a source
of great pride. The mineral-rich
central African state was not only
hugely economically rewarding
but garlanded Belgium, a small
European nation in the shadows of
Britain and France, with standing
in the world. Expo ?58 was seen by
Belgian politicians as a chance to
burnish this achievement, sealing
what was seen as a special bond with
Belgian Congo.
At the foot of the Atomium, a
rejoinder to Paris?s Eiffel Tower, and
the centrepiece of the exhibition,
eight hectares of land peppered
by seven pavilions were dedicated
to the themes of mining in Congo,
its arts, transport and agriculture,
among others. It was known as the
Kongorama. In its three hectares of
tropical gardens, Congolese men,
women and children were put on
show daily in ?traditional? dress
behind a bamboo perimeter fence.
Human zoos had been held earlier
in the century in London, Paris,
Oslo and Hamburg. In New York in
1906, a young Congolese man with
sharpened teeth was given a home
in the Bronx zoo monkey house. In
the summer of 1897, King Leopold
II brought in 267 Congolese to be
put on show at his colonial palace in
Tervuren, east of Brussels, paddling
in canoes on the royal lakes; 1.3
million Belgians ? a third of the
population ? visited, crossing a rope
bridge to get the best view.
That summer was bitterly cold
and seven of the Congolese died
of pneumonia and influenza, their
bodies dumped in an unmarked
mass grave in the local cemetery. But
such was the popularity of the zoo
Belgians were
encouraged to
get close to 1958?s
?exhibits?, many
of whom left to
avoid further
humiliation
and other exhibits that a permanent
exhibition would be established at
the site, initially called the Museum
of the Congo, now the Royal
Museum for Central Africa (RMCA).
The 1958 exhibit was smaller
in scale, but similar in content. A
?typical? village was set up, where
the Congolese spent their days
carrying out their crafts by straw
huts while they were mocked by
white men and women who stood
at the edge watching. ?If there was
no reaction, they threw money
or bananas over the closure of
bamboo,? one journalist wrote.
Another report told of people
gossiping about ?seeing the negroes
at the zoological gardens?. The
Congolese on display were among
598 people ? 273 men, 128 women
and 197 children, a total of 183
families ? brought over from Africa
to staff the wider fair.
The colonial office was ?very
nervous about what this stay of
such an unprecedented number of
Congolese in Belgium might do?,
according to Dr Sarah Van Beurden,
a historian of central Africa. Housed
in a dedicated building isolated
from the Expo from which they
could be bussed in and out, the
Congolese complained of cramped
accommodation, strict limits on
visitors and excursions from the
building, and, of course, daily abuse
at the fair. By July, the Congolese
artists and artisans and their families
could take no more and went home.
The human zoo, as the Congolese
recognised it to be, closed and the
rest of the fair carried on. Congo
won its independence the following
January.
On 1 December, the RMCA will
reopen following a ?75m (�m),
five-year renovation. There is a
new visitors? centre and a vast
underground space that has doubled
the museum?s exhibition area. But
beyond the physical transformation,
a much more significant change is
about to be undertaken.
When Guido Gryseels, the
director general at the RMCA,
took over the museum in 2001, the
permanent exhibition had barely
changed since the 1920s, he said.
Along with Leopold II?s double L
motifs looking down on visitors
in almost every room, and royal
quotations celebrating the higher
moral plane of colonisation, the
story told was of Belgium bringing
light where there was darkness.
?For 100 years we have been a
colonial institution,? Gryseels said.
?The initial impression of Africa
by most Belgians was made here in
this museum, and that is that the
white person is better than the black
person. We were there to civilise
them. The Africans we portray here
are naked with a spear, without a
culture of their own.?
A reason for the inertia at the
museum, he believes, is that Belgian
society has not wanted to rethink its
colonial past. ?Every Belgian family
has a family member who worked
in Congo. All of them. A missionary,
a teacher, an administrator,? he
said. ?You ask any Belgian and they
all have. So it is a very emotional
debate.?
Gryseels said discussions about
the colonial past did not start
until the publication of Adam
Hochschild?s book King Leopold?s
Ghost in 1998. The curriculum in
Belgian schools until recently was
?we brought civilisation?, he said.
Gryseels says his job in the next
nine months is to tell a new story
about Belgium in the Congo. ?We
have a responsibility for cultivating
an attitude that a lot of Belgians have
of being superior to black people,?
Gryseels said. ?That is changing. But
it is going to take a while.?
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World
Zuckerberg security
costs Facebook �
after ?specific threats?
Jon Swaine
New York
Facebook has disclosed it increased
its spending on security for Mark
Zuckerberg by 50% last year, paying
more than $7.3m (�1m) to protect its
co-founder and chief executive.
The security funds were required
?due to specific threats to his safety
arising directly as a result of his position as our founder, chairman and
CEO?, the social media company said
in a new filing to US regulators.
Facebook also said it spent more
than $1.5m on Zuckerberg?s travel on
private jets in 2017, meaning that in all
the company has spent about $20m on
security and private planes for Zuckerberg since 2015.
Security measures at Zuckerberg?s
home in California are paid for by the
company, according to the filing, as
well as bodyguards who accompany
him on his travels outside Facebook?s
headquarters. ?We require these
security measures for the company?s
benefit because of the importance of
Mr Zuckerberg to Facebook, and we
believe the costs of this overall security programme are appropriate and
necessary,? the company said.
? Security costs for Sheryl Sandberg
in 2017 were �9m, the company said
Zuckerberg has come in for criticism
for his company?s role in the spread
of disinformation and political propaganda online. Last week he faced 10
hours of questioning from US congressional committees.
The hearings were prompted by the
disclosure by the Observer that tens
of millions of Facebook users had
their data harvested by a researcher
working with Cambridge Analytica, a
political consultancy hired by Donald
Trump?s 2016 presidential campaign.
The filing to the Securities and
Exchange Commission (SEC) said
that Zuckerberg continued to receive
a token annual salary of $1 for his work
at Facebook, which he founded as a
student at Harvard University.
Zuckerberg?s fortune, which fluctuates with Facebook?s stock price, has
recently totalled about $70bn. He consistently appears in lists of the world?s
top 10 richest people.
About $2.7m was spent in 2017
on security for Sheryl Sandberg,
Facebook?s chief operating officer,
according to the company. That total
was only slightly higher than Sandberg?s security bill in 2016.
Sandberg, who has assisted Zuckerberg on an ?apology tour? since
news broke of the firm?s exploitation
of users? data, received a pay package
last year of more than $22.5m in salary,
bonuses and company stock.
Zuckerberg alarmed many last week
by stating during the congressional
hearings that Facebook collected ?data
of people who have not signed up for
Facebook?, apparently for security
reasons. No further information was
offered, prompting calls from privacy
campaigners for Facebook to explain
how it gathers data on non-users and
what information is retained.
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CHITRAKAR/REUTERS
One in vermilion A Nepalese reveller is covered in orange
vermilion powder in Thimi, near Kathmandu, during the
Sindoor Jatra festival. The tradition is part of the Newar
community?s new year celebrations to mark the start of spring.
Latin America
abortion laws
are ?violence
against women?
Uki Go駃
Buenos Aires
Amnesty International has called for
a decisive push for the legalisation
of abortion across Latin America
after what it said were the deaths of
thousands of women in clandestine
procedures.
?The criminalisation of abortion is
an extreme form of violence against
women. It doesn?t reduce abortions ?
it just makes them unsafe,?the human
rights group?s secretary general, Salil
Shetty, said after a meeting with
Argentina?s president, Mauricio Macri.
Abortion is criminalised or
restricted in every Latin American
country except Cuba and Uruguay. Six
countries ban abortion in all circumstances, while nine others allow it only
when the woman?s life is in danger.
Argentina is one of several states
in the region reassessing such stringent rules, and last week the country?s
national congress held its first ever
debate on subject, opening the way
for what is likely to be a drawn-out process towards decriminalisation.
The Amnesty chief argued that
abortion bans push women to seek
unsafe, clandestine terminations, a
major cause of maternal mortality.
?In the last 25 years more than 3,000
women have died in Argentina alone
as a result of clandestine procedures,?
Shetty said. ?As the debate goes on,
women are dying.?
Macri has said he is personally
opposed to legalisation but he allowed
?Criminalisation does
not reduce abortions.
It makes them unsafe?
Salil Shetty
Amnesty International
parliamentarians from his centre-right
PRO party to vote according to their
conscience on a recently introduced
bill that would allow terminations in
the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.
Shetty called on Macri to publicly
support decriminalisation. He said he
told the president: ?You have a legal
obligation to protect the health and
the rights of women ? you can?t take a
neutral position.?
Shetty gave a bleak assessment of
the human rights situation in Latin
America, pointing to Venezuela?s
worsening humanitarian crisis and
runaway violence in Brazil.
He said the murder last month
of Marielle Franco ? a tireless advocate for the rights of Afro-Brazilians,
LGBT people, women and low-income
groups ? was a reminder of the risk
undertaken by human rights activists in the region.
With presidential elections slated
for six countries in the region this
year, Shetty warned that populism
was growing stronger amid disenchantment with a democratic system
that had failed to provide continued
economic security.
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Pressure to spin o?
Costa Co?ee chain
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Left and right share
market myths
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Selling BHS
was mistake
of my life,
says燝reen
Julia Kollewe
Sir Philip Green has defended his
behaviour over the collapse of the
BHS chain, describing his decision to
sell the retailer to a serial bankrupt as
?the worst mistake of my life?.
The billionaire owner of Topshop
and Miss Selfridge said he was ?sad?
he had not received recognition for
paying �3m into the BHS pension scheme last year, in a move that
headed off the threat of him losing his
knighthood. Asked in an interview
with the Mail on Sunday if any of the
BHS furore was his fault, he said: ?No.
Zero. Nothing.?
Green owned BHS for 15 years
before selling it to Dominic Chappell
for �in 2015, a year before the retailer
collapsed with the loss of 11,000 jobs.
Green and other investors were paid
�6m in dividends, rent and interest
during their ownership of the retailer.
Referring to BHS, Green added: ?We
didn?t go as a vulture and bankrupt it,
try to keep it all to ourselves. That was
the stupidity. Trying to do it the correct
way turned out to be a disaster.?
Claiming that he had spent �m
on the legal bill for dealing with the
BHS collapse, he said: ?My family
lost millions.? He added: ?I and our
board were wholly misled by everyone involved with [Chappell]. Was it
the worst mistake of my life? Yes, it
was. Horrible. Ugly.?
After a parliamentary investigation
into the BHS collapse, the businessman was labelled by MPs as the
?unacceptable face of capitalism? and
accused of the ?systematic plunder? of
the company, along with Chappell and
their ?hangers-on?. Under pressure
from the Pensions Regulator, Green
agreed to pay �3m into the BHS pension scheme in February 2017 to help
plug its �1m black hole.
?I wrote a cheque for �3m,? he
said. ?But nobody has ever said, ?This
man behaved like a gentleman, his
family behaved properly.??
Green questioned whether antisemitism had played a role in the
accusations. ?Do I think the viciousness has anything to do with the fact
that I am a Jewish businessman? Well,
I?m not going to say. The answer is I
don?t want to get into it.?
He came under fire for cruising in
his wife Tina?s �0m yacht, Lionheart, in the summer after the BHS
collapse while BHS pensioners worried about their futures. His wife has
been the legal owner of Green?s empire
since 2004. The couple?s lavish lifestyle has frequently drawn criticism.
Green defended his lifestyle, saying it
was the result of his successes.
Channel 4 begins search for
new national headquarters
Mark Sweney
Channel 4 is launching a search for
its new national headquarters by
outlining its plans to more than 100
representatives of UK cities and
regions today.
The broadcaster is kicking off the
bidding process with a presentation
at its headquarters in Horseferry Road,
London, led by its chief executive,
Alex Mahon, and its chief commercial
officer, Jonathan Allan, who is running
the process.
The publicly owned broadcaster is
also webcasting the event to invitees
across the UK who cannot attend in
person.
Channel 4 will distribute a 15-page
brochure outlining what it is looking
for and the timeline for submissions,
with a decision on the ?winning?
locations due in the third quarter.
The initiative, called 4 All the UK,
heralds the biggest structural change
in the broadcaster?s 35-year history: it
will open three new ?creative hubs?
in locations across the UK, the largest
of them a national HQ that will have
a TV studio and host board meetings.
The plans involve 300 of its 800 staff
moving out of the capital. Currently
only 25 sales representatives in Manchester and five employees in Glasgow
are based outside the capital.
Channel 4 News will open three
new bureaux, with a trebling of jobs
in the nations and regions by 2020,
while spending on shows made by
production companies based outside
London will rise from �9m to about
�0m a year by 2023.
More than a dozen cities and regions
across the UK ? including Birmingham, Manchester, Brighton, Bristol,
Nottingham, Sheffield and Hull ? have
expressed an interest in hosting the
new Channel 4 headquarters.
Channel 4 has invested significant
sums in programmes filmed outside
London, from This is England ?90,
which relied heavily on Sheffield as a
location, to Shameless in Manchester
and Hollyoaks in Chester.
London, however, remains the
fulcrum of the British TV industry,
On location
Leading contenders
Birmingham
This year BBC Three moves half of
its operation there. It is home to a
new youth team for BBC News and a
partnership with local newspapers.
Manchester
MediaCity in Salford is home to
2,700 BBC staff transplanted from
London. ITV also has a significant
operation there, including 750
production staff.
Leeds
Home to a Sky technology centre,
with 650 staff working on apps and
websites, and the Sky-owned True
North production company.
Bristol
The base for the BBC?s natural
history unit, the Wallace & Gromit
maker Aardman Animations, and
many other production companies.
? This is England ?90 signalled a shift
in focus for the broadcaster with its
reliance on locations in Sheffield
PHOTOGRAPH: CHANNEL 4
although the BBC?s transfer of its
sport unit and other departments to
Manchester in 2011 marked a shift
in regional power. According to the
Centre for Cities thinktank, the relocation of large parts of the BBC to
Salford has brought 4,420 jobs to the
wider Greater Manchester area.
Lobbying over the Channel 4 move
has been intense. Andy Street, mayor
of the West Midlands, has described
his region as the ?frontrunner?, with
Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull and
Dudley proposed as potential sites.
Channel 4 will have to tread carefully to ensure any inducements
offered by those seeking to lure the
broadcaster do not break state aid
rules. Government rules say that state
aid comprises ?any advantage granted
by public authorities through state
resources on a selective basis to any
organisations that could potentially
distort competition and trade in the
European Union?.
A spokeswoman for the broadcaster
said: ?Like any company, Channel 4
will have regard to all relevant legal
and regulatory obligation in this process. We have robust processes in
place for all our third-party business
arrangements, which will also apply
as we progress the selection of our
new爈ocations.?
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Whitbread is under pressure from
hedge funds to break up its business
by spinning off the Costa Coffee chain,
after activist investor Elliott Advisors
built up a stake of more than 6%.
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Financial
Whitbread under pressure to
spin o? Costa Co?ee chain
Julia Kollewe
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The US hedge fund said on Saturday
that it has become the largest investor
in Whitbread, which started out as
a brewing business but now owns
Costa, Britain?s biggest coffee outlet,
and Premier Inn, the country?s biggest
budget hotel company.
Elliott joins Sachem Head, another
US hedge fund, which owns 3.4% of
the FTSE 100 company, in pushing for
a demerger of Costa. Elliott believes
that the 2,400-strong coffee shop
chain and Premier Inn are two very
distinct businesses with little overlap and that �n of value could be
created by splitting off Costa. Whitbread shares have underperformed in
the wider stock market in recent years.
However, unlike Sachem Head,
Elliott is not pushing for a sale and
leaseback deal on the hotel properties
and more share buybacks. Its sole strategic aim is to split off Costa.
Alison Brittain, Whitbread?s chief
executive, has said the group is
open-minded about its structure but
has also warned against moving too
quickly to break up the company.
The idea is not new, because other
investors and City analysts have
repeatedly suggested that Whitbread
should spin off its popular Costa
chain. But Elliott has a reputation for
pursuing its goals more aggressively
than other investors.
Whitbread?s history dates back to
1742 and it listed on the London Stock
Exchange in 1948.
The company grew into a leisure
empire that included Beefeater, TGI
Fridays and Pizza Hut restaurants
along with David Lloyd Leisure gyms
and Marriott Hotels. Most of these
brands have been sold, leaving Whitbread to focus on Costa and Premier
Inn as well as the Beefeater and Brewers Fayre restaurant chains. Today, the
company has a market value of �2bn
and employs 50,000 people.
In its latest update, Whitbread
unveiled a 1.5% fall in like-for-like
sales at its Costa high street outlets
and warned consumer demand would
remain subdued.
Retailers su?er
steepest footfall
slump since 2010
over Easter, with footfall in shopping
centres and retail parks rising from last
Easter. But this was more than offset
by the impact on high streets of the
heavy rain.?
High streets were the hardest hit,
with visitor numbers down 8.6%,
but shopping centres and retail parks
also experienced declines, of 4.8%
and 1.8% respectively, according to
Springboard. The drop was particularly marked as this year?s chilly
March was set against balmy conditions a爕ear ago.
But Mark Antipof, chief commercial
officer at Visa, which accounts for �of
every �spent in the UK, said the bad
weather did not entirely explain the
lacklustre spending in March.
?We are in the midst of a dip in consumer confidence and this, coupled
with other economic factors, is causing shoppers to continue to restrain
themselves,? he said. ?High street sales
suffered once again; however, it is also
noteworthy that e-commerce spend
fell for the first time in 10 months, and
by its fastest rate since 2012.?
Online sales fell 1.2% in March after
a 0.3% rise in February.
Sarah Butler
Dismal weather kept consumers
away from the high street last month,
prompting the steepest drop in numbers of shoppers since the end of 2010.
The number of people visiting
shops in March dropped 6% on the
same month last year after strong
winds and snow hit the UK.
A survey of Visa card users indicated that consumer spending slid 2%
in March, rounding off a poor start to
the year for the retail sector.
?The severe weather put paid to
any glimmer of hope for an uplift in
shopper activity in March,? said Diane
Wehrle, a director at Springboard,
which compiled the footfall data.
?A proportion of this was made up
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Bursting bubbles
Both left and right
have signed up to
the markets myth
Larry Elliott
or
Economics editor
Y
ou can?t buck the
market. The turn to the
right taken by politics
from the mid-1970s
onwards was summed
up in one phrase by
Margaret Thatcher in 1988. This idea
tended to be associated with liberal
economists such as Milton Friedman
and Friedrich Hayek, both of whom
influenced Thatcher deeply. Both
thought that, left to their own
devices, buyers and sellers would
work out the price for everything,
be that a loaf of bread, a wage or an
operation in the health service.
But economists and politicians
who would certainly not have
classified themselves as Hayekians,
Friedmanites or Thatcherites also
found the idea of market forces hard
to resist. The new Keynesian school
believed that there might be shortterm impediments ? or stickiness, in
the jargon ? and that it was the job
of government to deal with these
market failures. But in the long term
they too thought markets would
return to equilibrium.
All sorts of policies flowed from
this core belief: from privatisation to
curbs on trade unions; from cuts in
welfare to the attempt to create an
internal market in the NHS. It also
justified removing constraints on
capital and the hands-off approach
to financial regulation in the years
leading up to the banking crisis of
2008. Anybody who suggested a
gigantic bubble was being inflated
was told that in free markets
operated by perfectly rational
economic agents this could not
possibly happen.
Then the financial markets froze
up. This was a classic emperor?s
new clothes moment, when the
public realised that the economics
?The public realised
economists did not
have the foggiest idea
the biggest financial
crisis in a century
had beem looming?
profession did not really have
the foggiest idea that the biggest
financial crisis in a century had been
looming. Like a doctor who had said
a patient was in rude health when
she was actually suffering from a
life-threatening disease, it had failed
when it was most needed.
Just before Christmas, I wrote
a column supporting the idea of
some new thinking in economics.
It caused quite a stir. Some
economists liked it. Others hated
it and rushed to their profession?s
defence. My piece said there was
a need for a more plural approach
to economics, with a challenge to
the dominant neo-classical school
as a result of its egregious failure in
2008. The argument was that a bit
of competition would do economics
good.
If the latest issue of the magazine
Prospect is anything to go by, a
debate is now well under way.
Howard Reed, an economist who has
worked for two of the UK?s leading
thinktanks, the Institute for Public
Policy Research and the Institute
for Fiscal Studies, says the malaise
is so serious that a ?deconomics?
is needed that ?decontaminates
the discipline, deconstructs its
theoretical heart, and rebuilds from
first principles?.
Reed says a retooled economics
would have four features. First,
recognition there is no such thing as
a value-free analysis of the economy.
Neo-classical economics purports
to be clean and pure but uses a cloak
of ethical neutrality to make an
individualistic ethos the norm.
Second, he says too much
economics is about how humans
ought to behave rather than how
they actually behave.
Third, economics needs to
focus on the good life rather than
on those areas most susceptible
to analysis through 19th-century
linear mathematics. Finally, he calls
for a more pluralistic approach.
Economics should be learning
from other disciplines rather than
colonising them.
Prospect gave Diane Coyle, a
Cambridge University economics
professor, the right to reply to Reed?s
piece and she does so with relish,
calling it lamentable, a caricature
and an ill-informed diatribe.
Most modern economics involves
empirical testing, Coyle says, often
using new sources of data. She
rejects the idea that the profession
is stuck in an ivory tower fiddling
around with abstruse mathematics
while ignoring the real world.
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Occupy activists
in 2011, as the
movement
fighting
inequality
spread to more
than 900 cities
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VINNICK/GETTY
Diane Coyle denies that
economists ignore reality
Rather, it is ?addressing questions
of immediate importance and
relevance to policymakers, citizens
and businesses?.
Nor is it true that the discipline
requires that people be rational,
calculating automatons: ?It very
often has people interacting with
each other rather than acting as
atomistic individuals, despite Reed?s
charge.? Coyle accepts that macroeconomics ? the big picture stuff that
involves looking at the economy in
the round ? is in a troubled state but
says this is actually only a minority
field.
The point that there are many
economists doing interesting
things in areas such as behavioural
economics is a fair one, but
Coyle is on shakier ground when
she skates over the problems in
macroeconomics.
It was, after all, macroeconomists
? the people working at the
International Monetary Fund, the
US Federal Reserve, the European
Central Bank, the Bank of England ?
that the public relied on to get things
right a decade ago. All were blind
to what was going on, and that had
quite a lot to do with their ?markets
tend to know best? belief system.
Policymakers did not find the
works of Hayek and Friedman
particularly useful when a second
great depression was looming.
Instead, they turned, if only
fleetingly, to Keynes?s general
theory, which told them it would not
be wise to wait for market forces to
do their work.
Reed?s argument is not just
that blind faith in neo-classical
economics led to the crisis. Nor is
it simply that the systemic failure
of 2008 means there is a need for a
root-and-branch rethink. It is also
that mainstream economics has
been serving the interests of the
political right.
Some in the profession,
particularly those who see
themselves as progressives, appear
to have trouble with this idea. That
perhaps explains why they have
been so rattled by even the teeniest
bit of criticism.
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Pugs take part in the Doggie Dash
yesterday to raise money for
abandoned and rescued pet dogs
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The Guardian Monday 16 April 2018
Media
?E?ective marketing
on the social web is
covert ? no longer
something you can
see or even perceive?
fact that [Facebook] is becoming a
self-regulated superstructure for
political discourse?, before being cut
off by the chairman. The video of the
exchange is available on Sarbanes?s
Facebook page (19,769 followers).
The advertising purchased on
and through Facebook is often
protected by contractual clauses
with advertisers, putting the public
in the bizarre position of not being
able to actually see what publicity is
being targeted at them. When, last
week, Facebook removed related
accounts and posted samples of
the advertising that the Internet
Research Agency puts on the
network, the few samples it posted
show that ?ads? often means what
we might think of as posts that have
been paid to reach a wider audience.
And the advertising expenditure
tells only part of the story.
Reining in Facebook
Misuse of power and
in?uence? As a start
politicians should
look at themselves
E?ective regulation will
require self-examination
and a global perspective
aos
from US legislators
Emily Bell
I
n a tumultuous week in
US politics, seven hours of
testimony in congressional
committees about the data
and privacy practices of a
social platform nevertheless
held the interest of the press and
public almost to the exclusion of all
else. Mark Zuckerberg (106.9爉illion
Facebook followers) is a person
of intense interest not only to the
American legislative process but
to a wider population whose lives
he touches in some way every day
through Facebook, Instagram or
WhatsApp. Over two days and
through more than 600 questions,
the Facebook founder ran the gamut
of politicians? outrage and curiosity.
If the hearing proved one thing, it
was that the activities tech firms are
now involved in put them out of the
reach of legislative comprehension,
and immediate action.
The hearings were down to
Facebook?s apparent lack of due
diligence with the private data of
tens of millions people being used
without authorisation by marketing
company Cambridge Analytica.
The micro-targeting firm ?
partly owned by the rightwing
billionaire Robert Mercer and used
by the Trump campaign in the 2016
election ? uses psychometric data
to persuade people to vote or buy
things in certain ways (though the
company says the unauthorised
Facebook data was not used in its
work for Trump). The covert nature
of persuasion on the social web
means that effective marketing is
no longer something you can see or
even perceive, but rather something
which through a thousand ?touch
points? might subtly change your
behaviour without your noticing.
The data protection of tens of
millions of Americans is at the heart
of the issue but how it was used
drew only fleeting attention. The
politicians questioning Zuckerberg
were in an unusual position. Never
before had Congress had to call to
account a business on which so
many of their own communications
strategies and campaigns rely.
Lindsey Graham, the Republican
senator from South Carolina who
asked Zuckerberg the tougher
questions about its monopolistic
behaviour, was clear that he thinks
the days of self-regulation are over
for Facebook
?I expect the regulatory regime
for a company like Facebook will be
challenging. The regulatory tools
available to us today may or may
not work with Facebook. It could
possibly take the creation of new
laws to deal with this platform. But
I do believe this: continued selfregulation is not the right answer
when it comes to dealing with the
abuses we have seen on Facebook,?
the senator wrote on his own
Facebook page (167,000 followers).
?I am concerned about how much
Facebook values transparency,?
the California senator Kamala
Harris wrote on her Facebook page
(972,262 followers), after her more
effective questioning. Billy Long,
the Republican from Missouri (5,923
followers) was so pleased with
his question about ?Facemash? ?
Zuckerberg?s embarrassing ?hot or
not? site he first created in his dorm
room at Harvard ? that he posted
a news item about it to his very
modest band of followers.
? Running the gauntlet: Mark
Zuckerberg faced more than 600
questions at the Capitol Hill hearing
PHOTOGRAPH: AARON BERNSTEIN/REUTERS
The $11m (�7m) in lobbying
that Facebook spent on Capitol
Hill last year went almost entirely
into targeting legislation rather
than paying lawmakers directly,
but its influence in US domestic
politics goes far beyond issues of
psychometric targeting.
One of the most dramatic
moments of the two-day hearing
was a line of questioning opened by
the Democrat congressman John
Sarbanes about the ?embeds? from
Facebook who worked with political
campaigns. ?The Trump campaign
had sales support,? said Zuckerberg.
?I am going to call them
embeds ?? shot back Sarbanes,
who went on to suggest that
?sales support? might translate
into an unauthorised ?in-kind?
donation towards campaigns.
Donald Trump?s campaign had
5.9m ads approved while Hillary
Clinton?s had 66,000, pointed out
Sarbanes, who suggested ?a lot of
Americans are waking up to the
A ?like? on Facebook exposes
your interest in, or thinking
on, certain subjects
A
tactic deployed by
partisan groups
involves setting up
apparently innocuous
or independent ?news
media property?
? in other words a Facebook page
that publishes news ? before key
campaigns or election issues,
which gather likes and follows
from constituents who thereby
expose their interest in, or thinking,
on certain subjects. These are
the kind of shell news operations
that substitute for the local news
organisations that are rapidly
closing down in rural and urban
America. For these tactics to be
effective, Facebook data doesn?t
have to be misused but the public is
nevertheless being misled.
Outside the US the kind of social
media asymmetry that Sarbanes was
scratching at has far more dramatic
consequences. The most serious and
well covered of these has been the
humanitarian crisis in Myanmar, and
the repression of Rohingya Muslims.
Facebook has a disproportionate
share of attention across all media,
official pages have huge followings,
and independent journalists can
struggle to be verified. Before his
grilling on Capitol Hill, Zuckerberg
wrote to human activist groups in
the country who are outraged by
the company?s negligence. It was
mentioned by only a small number
of politicians in the hearings, but
the dynamics of Facebook in small
unstable markets around the world
is of overwhelming significance.
If the threads of regulation that
Congress started to pull on lead
anywhere, it must be to more than
just the protection of US user data,
important though that is, and it must
go beyond the concept of political
persuasion and advertising, and
into the broader areas of influence,
power and money. This would mean
perhaps as much self-examination
as it does questioning Zuckerberg.
And for that to happen we might be
waiting for quite some time.
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Wheatears at both ends of their migratory
journey, wintering in Uganda and
arriving in the Highlands for the summer
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Weather
Monday 16 April 2018
UK and Ireland Noon today
Forecast
Around the UK
London
Sunny Mist
Fog
Low 9 High 14
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1000
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Precipitation
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Tomorrow
9
15 0%
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Manchester
Mostly cloudy
16
Overcast/dull
9
14
12
Sunny showers
Shetland
Inverness
17
13
Low 11 High 19
Glasgow
Light showers
Wednesday
9
Low
13
5%
Low
13
25%
Low
25%
Low
10%
Low
25%
Low
14
Leeds
Newcastle
ca
11
9
Belfast
Light
snow
Moderate
13
Snow showers
11
Heavy snow
5%
Birmingham
15
Sunny and heavy showers
Sleet
Low
Moderate
Edinburgh
Rain
10%
Dublin
York
Liverpool
rpoo
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14
9
Bristol
Nottingham
tting
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Ice
35C
Thundery rain
Newcastle
Birmingham
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13
Norwich
25
20
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12
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8
12
Cardiff
9
13
Edinburgh
13
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1008
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There will be
rainy spells
across western
and northern
UK on Tuesday.
Mainly dry
and mild on
Wednesday.
1012
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10
The Channel Islands
Atlantic front
1024
1040
1016
1000
There is potent
low pressureto
the west of the
British Isles.
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The jet stream
will move over
the British Isles
by late today
into tomorrow,
leading to a rise
in temperatures.
Average speed, 25,000ft
Direction of
jet stream
110-159kph
160-209
210-259
Atlantic Ocean
260 and above
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The Lyrid meteor shower will reach
its peak in the pre-dawn sky on 22
April. This is the oldest known meteor
shower, with records stretching back
more than 2,500 years. The meteors
appear to originate from a point in
the constellation Lyra, hence the
shower?s name. On Saturday night/
Sunday morning this ?radiant? will
be in the eastern sky. Wrap up warm,
look east and be patient. Estimates
suggest that between 15 and 20
meteors an hour will be visible, some
bright enough to cause brief shadows.
Outbursts of 100 meteors an hour
have been recorded for the Lyrids.
The last reported outburst came from
the US in 1982. Before then, Japan
reported one in 1945, and Greece in
1922. The Lyrids are tiny dust grains
that once formed the tail of Comet
Thatcher. This icy visitor from the
outer solar system orbits the Sun
every 415 years. It is next due to pass
by in 2276. Stuart Clark @DrStuClark
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Lagos
30
Ams?dam
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Lima
23
Athens
22
Lisbon
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Auckland
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Madrid
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B Aires
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Malaga
21
Bangkok
34
Melb?rne
18
Barcelona
16
Mexico C
25
Basra
28
Miami
27
Beijing
24
Milan
21
Berlin
20
Mombasa
31
Bermuda
22
Montreal
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Brussels
15
Moscow
18
Budapest
21
Mumbai
33
C?hagen
13
N Orleans
21
Cairo
33
Nairobi
23
Cape Town
29
New Delhi
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Chicago
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New York
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Corfu
22
Paris
16
Dakar
23
Perth
31
Dhaka
37
Prague
17
Dublin
11
Reykjavik
12
Florence
23
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Gibraltar
19
Rome
20
H Kong
22
Singapore
32
Harare
25
Stockh?m
12
Helsinki
12
Sydney
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Istanbul
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Tel Aviv
26
Jo?burg
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Tenerife
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Tokyo
18
K?mandu
27
Vancouv?r
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Formula One
Commonwealth Games
Ricciardo battles
back to claim
victory in China
England?s netball
stars secure gold
in thrilling finale
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Edin Dzeko
has gone up a
level and proved
his doubters
wrong, leaving
Pep Guardiola
perhaps to rue
the fact that the
player had left
Manchester City
JEAN CATUFFE/GETTY
2015. Yes, it was unfortunate Dzeko destroyed Barcelona
on the same night his old side went out to Liverpool but
on reflection it would be setting a dangerous precedent
if Guardiola is forced to take the blame for things that
happened before his arrival in Manchester. Where would
it end? Soon he would be apologising for Jamie Pollock?s
own goal and the signing of Rodney Marsh.
More to the point, Dzeko would probably be out of
place in this City team. Target men rarely get Guardiola?s
creative juices flowing. He flirted with the idea of
having one at Barcelona, only to burn his fingers with
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and he never really saw eye to eye
with Robert Lewandowski at Bayern Munich. Dzeko,
ultimately, probably would have been too traditional for
Guardiola?s tastes. It is difficult to see him flourishing in
City?s slick system.
Y
Second chance
Dzeko becomes the
standard bearer for
those who have left
the Premier League
Jacob Steinberg
O
ne of the joys of European football is
catching up with familiar faces who
have slightly fallen off the radar since
leaving England. This applies less
to global stars like Gareth Bale and
Luis Su醨ez, both of whom play for
clubs who are always in the news, and
more to foreign players with a quirky
character, like the maverick talent who gains cultish
adoration despite never quite living up to the hype, or
the flop who disappears without a trace before surfacing
again to complain about the food, the people and the
weather in a scathing interview about his ?English hell?.
For a reminder that a world exists far beyond the
Premier League, look no further than Marseille?s
comeback victory in their Europa League quarter-final
against RB燣eipzig. The French side had Kostas
Mitroglou up front and there were more blasts from the
past alongside the Fulham disappointment. Florian
Thauvin, who once tried to dazzle Tyneside with the
sartorial elegance of a tuxedo, scored in the 38th minute
and Dimitri Payet, a hero at West Ham before his messy
exit, grabbed the decisive goal with a lovely piece of skill.
The nostalgia flowed after Payet?s moment of magic
and there was a similar feel at the Stadio Olimpico where
Roma knocked Barcelona out of the Champions League
two nights earlier, with Federico Fazio hitting a level of
defensive excellence that always seemed beyond him
at Tottenham and Aleksandar Kolarov and Edin Dzeko
demonstrating there is life after Manchester City.
This is not about to become a critique of Pep
Guardiola?s decision to sell Kolarov last summer, or of his
failure to travel back in time to stop Dzeko leaving City in
et there is more than one way to
play, even if Guardiola?s methods
tend to be the most entertaining and
sophisticated, and it was fascinating
watching Dzeko destroy Barcelona, if
only because it was hard to remember
the Bosnian producing a performance
of such power and intensity against
that level of opposition for City. He scored his fair share
of big goals during his time in England, including the
equaliser that preceded Sergio Ag黣ro?s title-winning
strike against QPR in 2012, and he was a useful impact
substitute. He helped City win trophies, scored 72
times in four and a half years and was appreciated by
supporters. Yet there was always the sense of unfulfilled
potential, more to come, a striker playing within himself
and never quite convincing Roberto Mancini or Manuel
Pellegrini he deserved to be a regular starter.
Dzeko was described as the new Marco van Basten
when he joined City in January 2011. He had fired
Wolfsburg to a historic Bundesliga title in 2009, was
establishing himself as Bosnia-Herzegovina?s greatest
goalscorer and looked capable of excelling in the Premier
League. Yet if you want to understand why City decided
to let Dzeko go, his record of three goals in four seasons
in the Champions League is a good place to start.
His mojo seemed to have gone by the time he joined
Roma and his first year in Serie燗 was a struggle. He
scored 39 goals in all competitions in his second season,
however, and has gone up a level this year, thriving at
last in elite competition. He scored
a special volley in the 3-3 draw with
He rose to
Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in October,
the occasion hit the decisive goal in the last-16
victory against Shakhtar Donetsk
against
grabbed a lifeline for Eusebio
Barcelona and
Di燜rancesco?s side at the Camp Nou
just over a fortnight ago.
with a
But Dzeko?s best came in a way that
display of
his critics never imagined possible. In
immense
an interview with the Guardian?s Sasa
leadership, Ibrulj last October, he railed against
the idea that he does not work hard
occupying enough for the team. ?Every match
Piqu� and I give my very best,? he said. ?Every
single match.?
Umtiti
But those were just words. The real
substance came when he rose to the
occasion against Barcelona with a display of immense
leadership, occupying Gerard Piqu� and Samuel Umtiti
with his strength and aerial prowess, scoring early before
giving Roma?s comeback unstoppable momentum when
he won a penalty in the second half.
Now, at the age of 32, Dzeko is in his first Champions
League semi-final and it is strange to think the story
would have taken a different direction if Chelsea had
succeeded in bringing him back to the Premier League
in燡anuary.
Olivier Giroud ended up at Stamford Bridge instead
and made no impact when Chelsea lost to Barcelona
last month. Dzeko must be relieved Roma stood firm.
Italy爏uits him.
Sean Ingle is away
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week
ahead
Premier League
Kyle Edmund flies
the flag in Monte
Carlo today
Today
Football
Premier League
West Ham v Stoke (8pm) Sky Sports
Premier League
Tennis
ATP Rolex Monte Carlo Masters
Monaco (to Sun) Sky Sports Arena
Racing
Kelso, Redcar, Windsor
Tomorrow
Football (7.45pm unless stated)
Premier League
Brighton v Tottenham Sky Sports
Premier League
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 Stanley v Yeovil; Exeter v
Chesterfield; Lincoln City v Wycombe
Vanarama National League
Aldershot v Gateshead; Bromley v
Dag & Red; Dover v Tranmere;
Eastleigh v Ebbsfleet United;
Guiseley v Barrow; Hartlepool v
Leyton Orient; Maidenhead Utd v
Sutton Utd
Ladbrokes Scottish Championship
Brechin v Dundee Utd; Dumbarton v
Inverness CT; St Mirren v Falkirk
Ladbrokes Scottish League Two
Berwick v Stenhousemuir
Racing
Carlisle, Exeter, Newmarket
Wednesday
Football (7.45pm unless stated)
Premier League
Bournemouth v Manchester Utd BT
Sport 1
FA Women?s Super League
Arsenal v Reading (7.30pm); Bristol
City v Liverpool (7pm); Everton v
Chelsea (7pm); Manchester City v
Sunderland (7pm); Yeovil v
Birmingham
FA Women?s Super League 2
London Bees v Brighton; Millwall v
Aston Villa
Cycling
La Fl鑓he Wallonne
Belgium Eurosport 1
Racing
Beverley, Cheltenham, Kempton,
Newmarket
Thursday
Football (7.45pm unless stated)
Premier League
Burnley v Chelsea Sky Sports Premier
League; Leicester v Southampton
Sky Bet League One
Blackburn v Peterborough Sky Sports
Football
FA Women?s Super League 2
Doncaster v Durham (7.30pm);
Oxford Utd v Tottenham
Rugby league
Betfred Super League
Hull FC v Leeds (7.45pm) Sky Sports
Arena
Golf
Valero Texas Open
San Antonio, Texas (to Sun) Sky
Sports Golf
Troph閑 Hassan II
Dar Es Salam, Morocco (to Sun) Sky
Sports Golf
Women?s Lalla Meryem Cup
Rabat, Morocco (to Sun)
Women?s Hugel-JTBC Ch?ship
Los Angeles, California (to Sun)
Racing
Cheltenham, Newcastle, Newmarket,
Ripon
Friday
Football
Sky Bet Championship
Millwall v Fulham (7.45pm) Sky
Sports Football
Sky Bet League Two
Coventry v Stevenage (7.45pm)
Rugby union
European Challenge Cup
Semi-final Gloucester v Newcastle
(7.45pm) BT Sport 3
Rugby league
Betfred Super League
St Helens v Huddersfield (8pm);
Salford v Wakefield (8pm); Wigan v
Castleford (7.45pm) Sky Sports
Arena
Cricket
Specsavers County Championship
Division One (first day of four,
11am) Essex v Lancashire,
Chelmsford; Somerset v
Worcestershire, Taunton; Surrey v
Hampshire, the Oval; Yorkshire v
Nottinghamshire, Headingley
Division Two (first day of four,
11am) Derbyshire v Middlesex,
Derby; Durham v Kent, Riverside;
Gloucestershire v Glamorgan, Bristol;
Leicestershire v Sussex, Grace Road;
Northamptonshire v Warwickshire,
Northampton
Racing
Ayr, Bath, Fontwell, Newbury,
Southwell
Saturday
Football (3pm unless stated)
Emirates FA Cup
Semi-final Manchester Utd v
Tottenham (5.15pm) BBC1
Premier League
Watford v Crystal Palace; West Brom
v Liverpool (12.30pm) Sky Sports
Premier League
Sky Bet Championship
Birmingham v Sheffield Utd; Bolton v
Wolves; Brentford v QPR; Bristol City
v Hull; Cardiff v Nottm Forest
(7.45pm) Sky Sports Football; Derby
v Middlesbrough; Ipswich v Aston
Villa; Leeds v Barnsley; Preston v
Norwich; Sheffield Wed v Reading;
Sunderland v Burton Albion
Sky Bet League One
AFC Wimbledon v Oldham; Doncaster
v Oxford Utd; Fleetwood Town v
Wigan; Gillingham v Blackpool;
Northampton v Plymouth;
Portsmouth v Charlton; Rochdale v
Bradford; Rotherham v Bristol Rovers;
Scunthorpe v Walsall; Shrewsbury v
Bury; Southend v MK Dons
Sky Bet League Two
Barnet v Newport County; Cambridge
Utd v Cheltenham; Carlisle v Luton;
Coventry v Stevenage (postponed);
Crewe v Morecambe; Exeter v
Crawley Town; Forest Green v
Chesterfield; Lincoln City v
Colchester; Mansfield v Port Vale;
Notts County v Yeovil; Swindon v
Grimsby; Wycombe v Accrington
Vanarama National League
AFC Fylde v Solihull Moors; Aldershot
v Barrow; Bromley v Boreham Wood;
Chester FC v Maidstone Utd; Dag &
Red v Maidenhead Utd; Dover v
Gateshead; Eastleigh v Macclesfield;
Ebbsfleet United v Sutton Utd; FC
Halifax v Tranmere; Guiseley v
Woking; Hartlepool v Torquay;
Leyton Orient v Wrexham
Emirates FA Cup
Manchester United v Tottenham
5.15pm Saturday, BBC One
Romelu Lukaku (right) and Nemanja
Matic scored for United in the 2-0 defeat
of Brighton to book their semi-?nal spot.
The Guardian Monday 16 April 2018
Ladbrokes Scottish Championship
Dumbarton v Falkirk; Inverness CT v
Dunfermline; Livingston v Brechin;
Queen of the South v Dundee Utd;
St燤irren v Morton
Ladbrokes Scottish League One
Albion v East Fife; Arbroath v
Airdrieonians; Forfar v Queen?s Park;
Stranraer v Raith
Ladbrokes Scottish League Two
Annan Athletic v Stirling; Berwick v
Cowdenbeath; Edinburgh City v
Clyde; Elgin v Peterhead;
Stenhousemuir v Montrose
FA Women?s Super League
Sunderland v Bristol City (6pm);
Yeovil v Arsenal
Rugby union (3pm unless stated
European Champions Cup
Semi-final Leinster v Scarlets
(3.30pm) Sky Sports Action
European Challenge Cup
Semi-final Cardiff Blues v Pau (1pm)
Sky Sports Action
Guinness Pro14
Ulster v Glasgow (6.05pm); Zebre v
Ospreys (5.45pm)
British & Irish Cup
Semi-finals Ealing Trailfinders v
Bedford; Jersey v Leinster A
Rugby league (3pm unless stated)
Ladbrokes Challenge Cup
Fifth round Warrington v Bradford;
Widnes v Coventry (1pm)
Tennis
Fed Cup (and Sun)
World Group: Semi-finals France v
USA; Germany v Czech Republic
Snooker
Betfred World Championship
Sheffield (to 7 May) BBC1, BBC2,
Eurosport 1, Eurosport 2
Racing
Ayr ITV, Bangor, Newbury,
Nottingham, Thirsk, Wolverhampton
Sunday
Football (3pm unless stated)
Emirates FA Cup
Semi-final Chelsea v Southampton
BT Sport 1
Premier League
Arsenal v West Ham (1.30pm) Sky
Sports Premier League; Manchester
City v Swansea (4.30pm) Sky Sports
Premier League; Stoke v Burnley
(1.30pm)
Ladbrokes Scottish League One
Alloa v Ayr (4.10pm)
FA Women?s Super League
Chelsea v Birmingham (2pm);
Reading v Everton (2pm)
FA Women?s Super League 2
Aston Villa v Oxford Utd (2pm);
Brighton v Doncaster (2pm); Durham
v Millwall (12noon); Tottenham v
Sheffield FC (1pm); Watford v
London Bees
Rugby union
European Champions Cup
Semi-final Racing 92 v Munster
(3.15pm) BT Sport
Rugby league (3pm unless stated)
Ladbrokes Challenge Cup
Fifth round Doncaster v
Featherstone; Leigh v London
Broncos; Oldham v Hull KR; Toronto
Wolfpack v Barrow; Whitehaven v
Rochdale; York v Catalans Dragons
Betfred Championship
Dewsbury v Halifax
Cycling
Li鑗e?Bastogne?Li鑗e
Belgium Eurosport 1
Motorcycling
MotoGP of The Americas
Austin, Texas BT Sport 2
Racing
Stratford, Wincanton
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
P
33
33
34
33
33
33
33
33
34
33
34
34
33
34
32
34
33
33
33
34
(C) Manchester City
Manchester Utd
Liverpool
Tottenham
Chelsea
Arsenal
Burnley
Leicester
Everton
Newcastle
AFC Bournemouth
Watford
Brighton
Huddersfield
West Ham
Crystal Palace
Swansea
Southampton
Stoke
West Brom
W
14
13
11
10
10
13
7
6
9
7
6
6
6
6
6
5
6
3
5
2
D
1
2
6
4
3
2
4
5
3
4
5
5
7
5
4
5
3
7
4
8
Home
L
F
1 53
2 35
0 41
2 32
4 28
2 45
5 14
5 22
5 26
6 18
6 25
6 25
4 22
6 16
5 19
7 22
7 16
7 18
8 18
7 18
A
13
8
10
12
15
19
13
19
21
16
28
30
24
22
20
27
20
24
27
27
W
14
9
9
10
8
3
7
5
2
4
3
4
2
3
2
3
2
2
1
2
D
2
3
4
3
3
4
6
5
6
4
6
2
4
3
6
5
6
6
5
4
Away
L
F
1 40
4 28
4 37
4 33
5 29
9 17
4 19
7 27
9 13
8 17
8 16
11 17
10
9
11 11
9 21
9 14
9 11
8 15
10 12
11
9
A
12
18
25
18
18
26
16
28
33
26
28
30
22
32
38
27
26
29
36
25
GD
+68
+37
+43
+35
+24
+17
+4
+2
-15
-7
-15
-18
-15
-27
-18
-18
-19
-20
-33
-25
Pts
87
71
70
67
60
54
52
43
42
41
38
37
35
35
34
34
33
28
27
24
Next three games
Swansea (h) 22/04, West Ham (a) 28/04, Huddersfield (h) 05/05
AFC Bournemouth (a) 18/04, Arsenal (h) 28/04, Brighton (a) 04/05
West Brom (a) 22/04, Stoke (h) 28/04, Chelsea (a) 05/05
Brighton (a) 17/04, Watford (h) 28/04, West Brom (a) 05/05
Burnley (a) 19/04, Swansea (a) 28/04, Liverpool (h) 05/05
West Ham (h) 22/04, Man Utd (a) 28/04, Burnley (h) 06/05
Chelsea (h) 19/04, Stoke (a) 22/04, Brighton (h) 28/04
Southampton (h) 19/04, Crystal Palace (a) 28/04, West Ham (h) 05/05
Newcastle (h) 23/04, Huddersfield (a) 28/04, Southampton (h) 05/05
Everton (a) 23/04, West Brom (h) 28/04, Watford (a) 05/05
Man Utd (h) 18/04, Southampton (a) 28/04, Swansea (h) 05/05
Crystal Palace (h) 21/04, Tottenham (a) 28/04, Newcastle (h) 05/05
Tottenham Hotspur (h) 17/04, Burnley (a) 28/04, Man Utd (h) 05/05
Everton (h) 28/04, Man City (a) 05/05, Arsenal (h) 13/05
Stoke (h) 16/04, Arsenal (a) 22/04, Man City (h) 28/04
Watford (a) 21/04, Leicester (h) 28/04, Stoke (a) 05/05
Man City (a) 22/04, Chelsea (h) 28/04, AFC Bournemouth (a) 05/05
Leicester (a) 19/04, AFC Bournemouth (h) 28/04, Everton (a) 05/05
West Ham (a) 16/04, Burnley (h) 22/04, Liverpool (a) 28/04
Liverpool (h) 22/04, Newcastle (a) 28/04, Tottenham (h) 05/05
Europe
LA LIGA
Top 11
Barcelona
Atl閠ico Madrid
Valencia
Real Madrid
Real Betis
Villarreal
Sevilla
Girona
Celta Vigo
Real Sociedad
Eibar
P
32
32
32
31
32
32
32
32
32
32
32
W
25
21
20
19
16
14
14
12
12
11
11
D
7
8
5
7
4
6
5
8
7
7
7
L
0
3
7
5
12
12
13
12
13
14
14
F
81
54
60
77
53
43
41
44
50
57
36
A
17
15
33
34
53
39
52
49
44
52
46
GD
+64
+39
+27
+43
0
+4
-11
-5
+6
+5
-10
Pts
82
71
65
64
52
48
47
44
43
40
40
Athletic Bilbao 2 Deportivo La Coru馻 3; Atl閠ico Madrid 3
Levante 0; Barcelona 2 Valencia 1; Eibar 0 Alav閟 1; Getafe L
Espanyol L; Las Palmas 0 Real Sociedad 1; Legan閟 1 Celta
Vigo 0; M醠aga L Real Madrid L; Sevilla 2 Villarreal 2.
Friday Girona 0 Real Betis 1.
SERIE A
Top 11
Juventus
Napoli
Lazio
Roma
Internazionale
Milan
Fiorentina
Atalanta
Sampdoria
Torino
Bologna
P
31
32
31
31
32
32
32
32
31
32
32
W D
L
F
A
26
3
2 74 18
24
6
2 66 21
18
6
7 75 40
18
6
7 50 26
16 12
4 50 22
15
8
9 43 36
14
9
9 44 33
13 10
9 47 34
14
6 11 50 46
11 13
8 46 38
11
5 16 37 43
GD
+56
+45
+35
+24
+28
+7
+11
+13
+4
+8
-6
Pts
81
78
60
60
60
53
51
49
48
46
38
Atalanta 0 Internazionale 0; Bologna 2 Verona 0; Cagliari 2
Udinese1; Chievo 0 Torino 0; Genoa 1 Crotone 0; Fiorentina
0 Spal 0; Juventus L Sampdoria L; Lazio L Roma L; Milan 0
Napoli 0; Sassuolo 2 Benevento 2.
BUNDESLIGA
Top 11
P W D
L
F
A GD Pts
Bayern Munich (C) 30 24
3
3 81 22 +59 75
Schalke
30 16
7
7 47 33 +14 55
Bayer Leverkusen 30 14
9
7 55 37 +18 51
Borussia Dortmund 30 14
9
7 57 41 +16 51
Hoffenheim
30 12 10
8 55 42 +13 46
Eintracht Frankfurt 30 13
7 10 41 37 +4 46
RB Leipzig
29 13
7
9 44 41 +3 46
Bor M?gladbach
30 11
7 12 39 48 -9 40
Hertha Berlin
30
9 12
9 35 35
0 39
VfB Stuttgart
30 11
6 13 27 35 -8 39
Augsburg
30
9 10 11 38 40 -2 37
Bayer Leverkusen 4 Eintracht Frankfurt 1; Bayern Munich 5
Borussia M鰊chengladbach 1; Hertha Berlin 2 Cologne 1;
Hoffenheim 2 Hamburg 0; Schalke 2 Borussia Dortmund 0;
VfB Stuttgart 1 Hannover 1; Werder Bremen L RB Leipzig L.
Friday Wolfsburg 0 Augsburg 0.
Today Mainz v Freiburg (7.30pm)
LIGUE 1
Top 11
P W D
L
F
A GD Pts
Paris St-Germain 32 27
3
2 96 22 +74 84
Monaco
32 21
7
4 77 34 +43 70
Lyon
33 19
9
5 72 36 +36 66
Marseille
33 19
9
5 67 40 +27 66
Rennes
33 13
8 12 42 40 +2 47
Nice
33 13
8 12 44 45 -1 47
Montpellier
33 10 16
7 32 29 +3 46
St 蓆ienne
33 12 10 11 38 45 -7 46
Nantes
33 12
9 12 32 36 -4 45
Bordeaux
33 12
7 14 39 43 -4 43
Guingamp
33 11
9 13 38 48 -10 42
Caen P Toulouse P; Lille 2 Guingamp 2; Lyon 3 Amiens 0;
Montpellier 1 Bordeaux 3; Nantes 1 Dijon 1; PSG L Monaco
L; Rennes 1 Metz 2; Strasbourg 0 St Etienne 1; Troyes 2
Marseille 3. Friday Angers 1 Nice 1.
EREDIVISIE
Top 11
P W D
L
F
A GD Pts
PSV
31 26
2
3 82 34 +48 80
Ajax
31 22
4
5 80 31 +49 70
AZ
31 20
5
6 62 32 +30 65
Feyenoord
31 17
6
8 65 35 +30 57
Utrecht
31 13 10
8 54 50 +4 49
Vitesse
31 12
9 10 53 41 +12 45
PEC Zwolle
31 12
8 11 42 45 -3 44
Heerenveen
31 11 10 10 44 47 -3 43
ADO Den Haag
31 12
7 12 39 46 -7 43
Excelsior
31 11
6 14 38 48 -10 39
Heracles
31 10
7 14 41 58 -17 37
ADO Den Haag 2 Twente 1; Feyenoord 3 Utrecht 1;
Groningen 2 Roda JC Kerkrade 1; NAC Breda 1 Willem II 2;
PEC Zwolle 1 Excelsior 1; PSV Eindhoven 3 Ajax 0; Vitesse 7
Sparta 0; VVV 0 Heerenveen 2.
Friday Heracles 0 AZ Alkmaar 3.
PRIMEIRA LIGA
Top 11
P W D
L
F
A GD Pts
Benfica
29 23
5
1 75 17 +58 74
Porto
29 23
4
2 72 16 +56 73
Braga
30 22
2
6 70 27 +43 68
Sporting
29 21
5
3 55 18 +37 68
Rio Ave
29 13
4 12 35 38 -3 43
Mar韙imo
29 12
7 10 32 40 -8 43
Boavista
30 11
5 14 32 42 -10 38
Chaves
30 10
8 12 37 49 -12 38
Guimar鉫s
30 11
4 15 39 52 -13 37
Portimonense
30
9
8 13 45 52 -7 35
Belenenses
29
8
9 12 26 37 -11 33
Aves 1 Feirense 0; Belenenses L Sporting L; Benfica L Porto
L; Boavista 3 Chaves 3; Mar韙imo L Moreirense L; Vit髍ia
Guimar鉫s 1 Vit髍ia Set鷅al 1; Portimonense 0 Estoril 1;
Friday Pa鏾s Ferreira 1 Braga 5.
Today Rio Ave v Tondela (8pm).
Scotland
WILLIAM HILL SCOTTISH CUP
Semi-finals
Celtic
(2) 4
Rogic 22, McGregor 38
Dembele 52pen
Ntcham 78pen
Rangers
Motherwell
Main 20 66
Bowman 22
Aberdeen
(2) 3
(0) 0
49,729
(0) 0
18,470
LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP
P W D
L
F
A GD Pts
Celtic
33 22
9
2 64 21 +43 75
Rangers
33 19
5
9 67 38 +29 62
Aberdeen
33 19
5
9 50 36 +14 62
Hibernian
33 16 11
6 49 35 +14 59
Kilmarnock
33 15 10
8 45 39 +6 55
Hearts
33 11 13
9 35 30 +5 46
Motherwell
33 10
8 15 36 43 -7 38
St Johnstone
33 10
8 15 32 47 -15 38
Hamilton
33
8
6 19 43 60 -17 30
Dundee
33
8
6 19 31 53 -22 30
Ross County
33
6
8 19 38 57 -19 26
Partick
33
6
7 20 26 57 -31 25
Hamilton
Templeton 73
4,348
(0) 1
Kilmarnock
Broadfoot 63
K Boyd 79
(0) 2
LEADING GOALSCORERS (all competitions)
21 Boyd (Kilmarnock). 18 Morelos (Rangers); Sinclair
(Celtic). 17 Lafferty (Hearts); Windass (Rangers).
LADBROKES CHAMPIONSHIP
P W D
St Mirren
33 22
5
Livingston
33 16 11
L
F
A GD Pts
6 60 32 +28 71
6 53 34 +19 59
Dunfermline
Dundee Utd
Morton
Inverness CT
Queen of the South
Falkirk
Dumbarton
Brechin
Dundee Utd
Mikkelsen 7
34
33
34
32
34
33
33
33
15
16
13
13
12
9
7
0
(1) 1
10
7
11
8
10
11
9
4
9
10
10
11
12
13
17
29
54
45
46
46
51
37
25
19
33
39
35
35
52
46
53
77
+21
+6
+11
+11
-1
-9
-28
-58
55
55
50
47
46
38
30
4
Falkirk
5,170
(0) 0
Dunfermline
(2) 4
Ashcroft 2
Aird 25
Ryan 72
Higginbotham 87pen
Brechin
(0) 0
Inverness CT
Doran 17
Austin 41 50 66
Vigurs 63
(2) 5
Dumbarton
G Gallagher 13
Morton
1,514
(0) 0
Queen of the South
Dykes 69
(0) 1
St Mirren
6,172
(0) 0
Livingston
(0) 0
4,898
(1) 1
2,355
LADBROKES LEAGUE ONE
P W D
L
Ayr
34 23
4
7
Raith
34 21
8
5
Arbroath
34 16
8 10
Alloa
34 16
8 10
Stranraer
34 15
5 14
East Fife
34 13
3 18
Airdrieonians
34 10 11 13
Forfar
34 10
4 20
F
89
65
68
54
55
47
45
37
A
40
32
48
42
61
63
56
63
GD
+49
+33
+20
+12
-6
-16
-11
-26
Pts
73
71
56
56
50
42
41
34
Albion
34
7
6 21 56 78 -22 27
Queen?s Park
34
6
9 19 38 71 -33 27
Airdrieonians 2 Albion 0; Ayr 1 Stranraer 2; East Fife 0
Arbroath 5; Forfar 0 Alloa 1; Raith 2 Queen?s Park 0.
LADBROKES LEAGUE TWO
P W D
L
F
A GD Pts
Montrose
34 22
7
5 57 34 +23 73
Peterhead
34 22
4
8 76 38 +38 70
Stirling
34 16
6 12 59 48 +11 54
Stenhousemuir
32 15
6 11 53 42 +11 51
Clyde
34 13
9 12 48 47 +1 48
Elgin
34 14
6 14 53 59 -6 48
Annan Athletic
34 10 11 13 44 40 +4 41
Edinburgh City
34
7
9 18 35 57 -22 30
Berwick
32
7
8 17 26 56 -30 29
Cowdenbeath
34
4 10 20 23 53 -30 22
Clyde 2 Stirling 1; Elgin 1 Edinburgh City 1; Montrose 1
Berwick 0; Peterhead 1 Cowdenbeath 0; Stenhousemuir 3
Annan Athletic 2.
PRESS & JOURNAL HIGHLAND LEAGUE
Brora 0 Cove Rangers 1; Buckie Thistle 6 Lossiemouth 0;
Clachnacuddin 3 Deveronvale 3; Fort William 0 Formartine
United 6; Huntly 3 Rothes 0; Nairn County 3 Fraserburgh 1;
Strathspey Thistle 2 Keith 3; Turriff United 1 Forres
Mechanics 2; Wick Academy 1 Inverurie Loco Works 3.
Leading standings: 1 Cove Rangers P31 Pts87; 2 Inverurie
Loco Works 34-78; 3 Formartine United 31-70.
FERRARI PACKAGING LOWLAND LEAGUE
BSC Glasgow 5 Hawick Royal Albert 0; Dalbeattie Star 4
Selkirk 1; Edinburgh Univ 5 Gretna 2008 1; Edusport
Academy 0 Civil Service Strollers 1; Spartans 0 East Stirling
0; Stirling University 2 East Kilbride 0; Vale Of Leithen
Cumbernauld Colts Postponed; Whitehill Welfare 4 Gala
Fairydean 2 . Leading standings: 1 Spartans P30 Pts73;
2 East Kilbride 30-71; 3 East Stirling 30-64.
Section:GDN 1N PaGe:35 Edition Date:180416 Edition:01 Zone:
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Other results
Sky Bet Championship
Wolves (P)
Cardiff
Fulham
Aston Villa
Middlesbrough
Millwall
Derby
Preston
Sheffield Utd
Brentford
Bristol City
Ipswich
Norwich
Leeds
QPR
Sheffield Wed
Nottm Forest
Hull
Reading
Bolton
Birmingham
Barnsley
Burton Albion
Sunderland
P
43
42
43
43
43
43
42
43
43
43
43
43
43
43
43
43
42
43
43
43
43
42
43
43
W
29
25
23
23
20
18
18
17
19
17
17
16
14
15
14
12
14
11
10
9
11
8
8
6
Barnsley
Gardner 22
McBurnie 90
14,138
(1) 2
Burton Albion
Boyce 24
Murphy 44
Akins 68
(2) 3
Fulham
Mitrovic 70
20,877
D
8
8
13
10
9
15
14
15
9
14
14
8
14
9
11
14
7
14
13
13
7
14
11
16
L
6
9
7
10
14
10
10
11
15
12
12
19
15
19
18
17
21
18
20
21
25
20
24
21
F
78
64
73
67
61
55
61
54
58
59
60
51
46
54
54
51
45
64
48
36
32
44
33
47
A
36
35
42
40
42
40
43
45
50
48
50
54
54
61
65
59
60
62
63
66
63
63
78
76
Sky Bet League One
GD
+42
+29
+31
+27
+19
+15
+18
+9
+8
+11
+10
-3
-8
-7
-11
-8
-15
+2
-15
-30
-31
-19
-45
-29
Bolton
Le Fondre 82Pen
Noone 85
Pts
95
83
82
79
69
69
68
66
66
65
65
56
56
54
53
50
49
47
43
40
40
38
35
34
(0) 2
Wigan
Blackburn
Shrewsbury
Rotherham
Scunthorpe
Plymouth
Portsmouth
Charlton
Peterborough
Blackpool
Bristol Rovers
Fleetwood Town
Bradford
Doncaster
Southend
Gillingham
Oxford Utd
AFC Wimbledon
Walsall
Oldham
Rochdale
Northampton
MK Dons
Bury
P
41
42
41
42
42
41
42
42
42
43
42
43
40
40
42
42
42
42
42
41
41
43
42
42
W
26
25
24
21
16
18
19
17
16
14
16
15
16
13
14
12
13
13
12
11
10
11
10
7
D
9
12
10
7
16
10
6
11
13
14
8
9
6
14
11
16
11
10
12
13
15
10
12
9
L
6
5
7
14
10
13
17
14
13
15
18
19
18
13
17
14
18
19
18
17
16
22
20
26
F
81
76
55
68
59
53
54
54
64
56
58
57
49
49
49
44
57
42
51
54
45
39
42
34
Commonwealth Games
Sky Bet League Two
A
27
37
33
51
49
48
51
50
52
53
62
62
61
46
62
48
62
53
62
68
53
74
61
65
GD
+54
+39
+22
+17
+10
+5
+3
+4
+12
+3
-4
-5
-12
+3
-13
-4
-5
-11
-11
-14
-8
-35
-19
-31
Pts
87
87
82
70
64
64
63
62
61
56
56
54
54
53
53
52
50
49
48
46
45
43
42
30
Accrington Stanley
Luton
Wycombe
Notts County
Exeter
Coventry
Mansfield
Lincoln City
Swindon
Carlisle
Colchester
Newport County
Crawley Town
Cambridge Utd
Stevenage
Cheltenham
Crewe
Yeovil
Port Vale
Morecambe
Forest Green
Grimsby
Barnet
Chesterfield
P
41
43
42
43
42
42
43
41
43
43
43
41
43
42
43
43
43
41
43
42
42
43
43
41
W
26
24
22
20
22
20
17
18
19
16
16
14
16
15
13
13
14
12
11
9
12
10
9
9
D
6
11
11
13
7
8
16
13
7
14
13
15
9
12
13
12
5
10
13
17
7
12
10
8
L
9
8
9
10
13
14
10
10
17
13
14
12
18
15
17
18
24
19
19
16
23
21
24
24
F
68
90
76
66
58
53
62
57
64
58
52
51
54
46
56
62
57
55
47
41
49
36
40
43
A
41
44
55
45
48
41
48
43
64
51
49
52
61
55
60
61
73
65
59
54
70
65
65
72
GD
+27
+46
+21
+21
+10
+12
+14
+14
0
+7
+3
-1
-7
-9
-4
+1
-16
-10
-12
-13
-21
-29
-25
-29
Pts
84
83
77
73
73
68
67
67
64
62
61
57
57
57
52
51
47
46
46
44
43
42
37
35
Blackpool
(0) 2
Solomon-Otabor 88
Gnanduillet 90
Fleetwood Town
Burns 75
7,371
(0) 1
Accrington Stanley (1) 1
Jackson 38
3,135
Exeter
Stockley 21
(1) 1
Bristol Rovers
Lines 90
10,029
(0) 1
Blackburn
Mulgrew 65pen
(0) 1
Cheltenham
4,744
(0) 0
Forest Green
Doidge 43
(1) 1
Northampton
Taylor 6 88
Hoskins 33
(2) 3
Mansfield
Benning 67
(0) 1
(1) 2
Chesterfield
7,967
(0) 0
Bury
Clarke 11
Mayor 74
3,117
Colchester
Wright 10
3,599
(1) 1
Notts County
Forte 51, Ameobi 69
Duffy 76
(0) 3
Charlton
11,877
(0) 0
Scunthorpe
Toney 31
(1) 1
Coventry
Ponticelli 5 77
(1) 2
Doncaster
Marquis 49 63
(0) 2
Crawley Town
Young 13
3,294
(1) 1
(1) 1
(1) 2
Barnet
(0) 2
Akpa Akpro 62, Weston 79
5,416
Derby
Nugent 29
5,563
(1) 1
(0) 1
Brentford
Maupay 90
(0) 1
Hull
16,417
(0) 0
Sheffield Wed
Rhodes 18
(1) 1
Middlesbrough
Friend 18
Ayala 68
(1) 2
Bristol City
Djuric 13
24,812
(1) 1
MK Dons
Ugbo 19
8,954
(1) 1
(0) 0
Cardiff
Zohore 86
Hoilett 90
(0) 2
Gillingham
Eaves 90pen
(0) 1
Norwich
25,503
Oldham
Nazon 45
3,850
Grimsby
Collins 6
M Rose 82pen
(2) 2
Southend
(0) 0
Luton
Hylton 39, E Lee 45
Ruddock 51
(2) 3
Crewe
Bowery 35
9,202
Ipswich
Ward 38
25,093
(1) 1
Oxford Utd
Henry 6
Ricardinho 45
Morecambe
Lang 29
(1) 1
Carlisle
Devitt 14
(1) 1
3,319
Rochdale
Henderson 16
(1) 1
(1) 2
Peterborough
5,496
(0) 0
Preston
Robinson 45 74
(2) 2
(0) 0
Portsmouth
(0) 0
Swindon
Mullin 62
3,911
(0) 1
Plymouth
14,634
Newport County
Amond 15
Tozer 35
Sunderland
McNair 47
Cattermole 66
(0) 2
AFC Wimbledon
Pigott 48
Taylor 65
Parrett 90pen
(0) 3
Lincoln City
5,580
(0) 0
(2) 2
Port Vale
Kay 63
(0) 1
Walsall
Fitzwater 6
Ngoy 45
4,663
Stevenage
3,269
(0) 0
Cambridge Utd
Corr 54 83
(0) 2
Millwall
Morison 76
(0) 1
Wigan
9,630
(0) 0
Rotherham
(0) 0
Yeovil
3,307
(0) 0
Wycombe
R Williams 79
(0) 1
Nottm Forest
Brereton 89pen
Lolley 90
(0) 2
QPR
Smith 13
13,760
(1) 1
Reading
Kelly 20pen
Kermorgant 79
17,348
(1) 2
Sheffield Utd
Clarke 74
27,454
(0) 1
Wolverhampton
Jota 21
Afobe 87
(1) 2
Birmingham
29,536
(0) 0
Played on Friday
Aston Villa
Grabban 29
(1) 1
Leeds
33,374
(0) 0
LEADING GOALSCORERS
Reid Bristol City
Vydra Derby
Clarke Sheffield Utd
Grabban Aston Villa
Jota Wolverhampton
League
18
19
18
17
16
Total
20
20
18
17
17
7,332
Marriott Peterborough
Grigg Wigan
Pitman Portsmouth
Henderson Rochdale
Dack Blackburn
Oztumer Walsall
Taylor AFC Wimbledon
Graham Blackburn
Doyle Oldham
Eaves Gillingham
Powell Wigan
(1) 1
LEADING GOALSCORERS
LEADING GOALSCORERS
League
26
16
21
13
17
15
14
13
15
14
15
Total
31
23
21
19
17
17
17
16
15
15
15
Kee Accrington Stanley
Doidge Forest Green
Hylton Luton
Eisa Cheltenham
Stockley Exeter
Collins Luton
McNulty Coventry
Akinfenwa Wycombe
Dennis Chesterfield
Grant Notts County
Pope Port Vale
League
22
17
20
19
16
19
18
17
17
15
16
Total
23
22
22
21
21
20
19
18
18
18
18
Other football
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
P W D
L
F
A GD Pts
Macclesfield
44 25 11
8 63 46 +17 86
Tranmere
42 22 10 10 73 42 +31 76
Sutton Utd
43 21 10 12 63 50 +13 73
Boreham Wood
44 19 15 10 59 43 +16 72
AFC Fylde
44 20 11 13 81 55 +26 71
Aldershot
43 19 14 10 61 49 +12 71
Wrexham
44 17 18
9 49 38 +11 69
Dover
43 18 13 12 57 40 +17 67
Ebbsfleet United 42 17 16
9 57 46 +11 67
Bromley
42 17 12 13 67 50 +17 63
Dag & Red
42 17 11 14 62 54 +8 62
Maidenhead Utd
42 14 13 15 57 62 -5 55
Gateshead
42 12 18 12 57 46 +11 54
Leyton Orient
42 14 12 16 54 53 +1 54
FC Halifax
44 13 15 16 48 56 -8 54
Eastleigh
43 12 17 14 61 68 -7 53
Solihull Moors
43 13 11 19 45 54 -9 50
Maidstone Utd
44 12 14 18 49 63 -14 50
Hartlepool
43 12 13 18 49 61 -12 49
Woking
44 12
9 23 52 73 -21 45
Barrow
42 10 14 18 48 60 -12 44
Torquay
43 10 10 23 40 67 -27 40
Chester FC
44
7 13 24 39 75 -36 34
Guiseley
41
6 12 23 35 75 -40 30
Barrow 0 Ebbsfleet United 1; Boreham Wood 4 Chester FC 2;
Gateshead 2 Eastleigh 0; Macclesfield 1 Leyton Orient 1;
Maidenhead Utd 3 Dover 2; Maidstone Utd 1 AFC Fylde 0;
Solihull Moors 3 Guiseley 1; Sutton Utd 1 Hartlepool 1;
Torquay 1 FC Halifax 0; Tranmere 2 Aldershot 0; Woking 0
Bromley 2; Wrexham 1 Dag & Red 2.
LEADING GOALSCORERS (all competitions)
29 Rowe (AFC Fylde). 25 Cook (Tranmere). 23 Bonne
(Leyton Orient). 22 Andrade (Boreham Wood). 21 Dennis
(Bromley). 20 Norwood (Tranmere). 19 Rees (Bromley).
18 Bird (Dover). 16 Kedwell (Ebbsfleet United). 15 Johnson
(Gateshead); Wright (Sutton Utd).
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH
Boston Utd 1 Bradford P A 2; Brackley 1 Alfreton Town 3;
Chorley 2 Blyth Spartans 0; FC United of Manchester 1
Darlington 2; Gainsborough 1 York 0; Harrogate Town 2
Southport 0; Kidderminster 2 Tamworth 0; Leamington 0
Curzon Ashton 0; Nuneaton 0 Salford City 2; Spennymoor
Town North Ferriby Utd Postponed; Stockport County 1 AFC
Telford 0. Leading positions: 1 Salford City P39 Pts85;
2 Harrogate Town 39-82; 3 Brackley 38-74;
4 Kidderminster 39-68; 5 Stockport County 39-64;
6 Chorley 37-58; 7 Spennymoor Town 36-58.
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH
Bath City 5 Hungerford Town 0; Bognor Regis Town 2 Hemel
Hempstead 3; Braintree Town 2 Concord Rangers 1;
Chippenham 2 Truro City 0; East Thurrock 2 Chelmsford 4;
Eastbourne Borough 0 Dartford 1; Hampton & Richmond 1
Gloucester 1; Havant and W 2 St Albans 1; Poole Town 2
Wealdstone 1; Weston-super-Mare 4 Oxford City 2;
Whitehawk 2 Welling 1. Leading positions: 1 Dartford P39
Pts77; 2 Havant and W 39-77; 3 Chelmsford 38-65;
4 Hampton & Richmond 39-65; 5 Hemel Hempstead 39-64;
6 Truro City 38-62; 7 St Albans 39-62.
EVO-STIK SOUTHERN LEAGUE
Premier Division: Basingstoke 2 Dunstable 0; Biggleswade
Town 3 Stratford Town 1; Bishop?s Stortford 0 Hereford FC
1; Chesham 3 Gosport Borough 0; Frome Town 1
Farnborough 1; Kettering 4 Hitchin 1; Merthyr Town 4 Kings
Langley 1; Slough 2 Kings Lynn Town 2; St Ives Town 1
Dorchester 2; St Neots Town 2 Redditch 1; Tiverton 1
Royston Town 2; Weymouth 1 Banbury 1. Leading
positions: 1 Hereford FC P42 Pts101; 2 Kings Lynn Town
44-96; 3 Weymouth 43-91; 4 Kettering 41-88; 5 Slough
42-87.
BOSTIK LEAGUE
Premier Division: Billericay 2 Wingate & Finchley 2;
Dorking Wanderers 5 Folkestone Invicta 3; Dulwich 2
Thurrock 1; Harlow 2 Brightlingsea Regent 0; Harrow
Borough 1 Tooting & Mitcham 1; Kingstonian 0 Hendon 0;
Leiston 2 Burgess Hill Town 0; Merstham 1 Leatherhead 1;
Met Police 0 Lowestoft Town 1; Staines Town 2 Margate 2;
Tonbridge Angels 1 Enfield Town 4; Worthing 1 Needham
Market 0. Leading positions: 1 Billericay P41 Pts88;
2 Dulwich 42-85; 3 Folkestone Invicta 43-81; 4 Hendon
43-76; 5 Margate 44-76.
EVO-STIK NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE
Premier Division: Altrincham 4 Barwell 0; Coalville Town 2
Marine 3; Farsley Celtic 0 Warrington Town 2; Halesowen 1
Ashton Utd 1; Mickleover Sports 2 Buxton 2; Nantwich Town
1 Rushall Olympic 2; Shaw Lane 0 Lancaster City 0;
Stourbridge 4 Stalybridge 1; Sutton Coldfield 4 Hednesford
1; Whitby 0 Matlock Town 3; Witton Albion 1 Stafford
Rangers 2; Workington 0 Grantham 2. Leading positions:
1 Altrincham P41 Pts84; 2 Warrington 42-77; 3 Grantham
41-73; 4 Ashton Utd 42-73; 5 Farsley Celtic 43-71.
JD WELSH PREMIER LEAGUE
Bala Town 1 The New Saints FC 4; Barry Town 1 Newtown 1;
Carmarthen 3 Llandudno 2; Cefn Druids 3 Cardiff Met Uni 1;
Connah?s Quay Nomads 1 Bangor City 0; Prestatyn Town 0
Aberystwyth 1.
DANSKE BANK PREMIERSHIP
Ballinamallard Utd 2 Dungannon Swifts 2; Carrick 0 Ards 1;
Cliftonville 1 Glenavon 3; Coleraine 1 Ballymena 0;
Crusaders 2 Linfield 0; Warrenpoint Town 1 Glentoran 0.
AIRTRICITY PREMIER DIVISION
Bray 0 Dundalk 2; Cork City 1 St Patricks 0; Derry City 1
Waterford 0; Limerick FC 1 Sligo 2; Shamrock Rovers 1
Bohemians 2.
FA WOMEN?S SUPER LEAGUE
Yeovil 0 Reading 4.
35
GOLD COAST 2018 (Australia)
Athletics: Men: T54 marathon final: 1 K Fearnley (Aus)
1hr 30min 26sec; 2 J Smith (Eng) 1:31:44; 3 S Lawson
(Eng) 1:31:44.
Marathon final: 1 M Shelley (Aus) 2hr 16min 46sec;
2 M Solomon Mutai (Uga) 2:19:02; 3 R Simpson (Sco)
2:19:36.
Women: T54 marathon final: 1 M de Rozario (Aus) 1hr
44min 00sec; 2 E Ault-Connell (Aus) 1:44:13; 3 Jade Jones
(Eng) 1:44:20.
Badminton: Men: Doubles: Gold Medal Match: M Ellis & C
Langridge (Eng) bt S Rankireddy & C Shetty (Ind) 2-0.
Women:Doubles: Gold Medal Match: Mei Kuan Chow &
Vivian Hoo (Mal) bt L Smith & S Walker (Eng) 2-0.
Mixed doubles: Gold Medal Match: C Adcock & G Adcock
(Eng) bt M Ellis & L Smith (Eng) 2-1.
Basketball: Men: Bronze Medal Game: New Zealand bt
Scotland 79-69.
Netball: Gold Medal: England bt Australia 52-51.
Rugby sevens: Men: Bronze Medal Match: England bt
South Africa 21-14.
Women: Bronze Medal Match: England bt Canada 24-19.
Squash: Men: Doubles: Bronze Medal Match: D James &
J Willstrop (Eng) bt A Clyne & G Lobban (Sco) 2-0.
Gold Medal Match: Z Alexander & D Palmer (Aus) bt
D Selby & A Waller (Eng) 2-1.
Women: Doubles: Bronze Medal Match: R Grinham &
D Urquhart (Aus) bt L Massaro & S-J Perry (Eng) 2-0.
Table tennis: Men: Singles: Bronze Medal Match:
S Achanta (Ind) bt S Walker (Eng) 4-1.
Mixed doubles: Gold Medal Match: Gao N & Yu M (Sin) bt
L Pitchford & T-T Ho (Eng) 3-0.
Rugby union
AVIVA PREMIERSHIP RUGBY
P W D L
F
Exeter
20 15 0 5 543
Saracens
20 14 0 6 618
Wasps
20 12 1 7 540
Newcastle
20 13 0 7 408
Leicester
20 12 0 8 479
Gloucester
20 11 1 8 458
Sale
20 10 0 10 524
Bath
20 9 0 11 466
Harlequins
20 7 0 13 449
Northampton
20 7 0 13 448
Worcester
20 6 0 14 364
London Irish
20 3 0 17 352
Gloucester
37 Harlequins
Leicester
21 Northampton
London Irish
5 Exeter
Saracens
41 Bath
Wasps
30 Worcester
Played on Friday
Newcastle
35 Sale
GUINNESS PRO14
Conference A
Glasgow
Munster
Cheetahs
Cardiff Blues
Ospreys
Connacht
Zebre
Conference B
Leinster
Scarlets
Edinburgh
Ulster
Benetton Treviso
NG Dragons
Southern Kings
Edinburgh
Leinster
Southern Kings
Zebre
Played on Friday
Cheetahs
Glasgow
Ulster
A
318
324
450
444
434
492
462
492
555
585
556
537
B
15
11
11
7
9
10
14
10
8
8
7
10
Pts
75
67
61
59
57
56
54
46
36
36
31
22
9
27
45
6
15
30
P
19
20
20
20
19
20
19
W
15
13
11
11
8
6
5
D L
F
A
1 3 580 306
0 7 544 337
0 9 580 534
0 9 479 456
0 11 350 427
0 14 398 467
0 14 349 562
P
20
20
20
19
20
20
20
W
14
13
14
11
11
2
1
52
15
12
34
D L
F
A B Pts
1 5 591 327 12 70
1 6 495 357 11 65
0 6 470 356 8 64
1 7 478 443 9 55
0 9 398 429 10 54
2 16 370 639 8 20
0 19 358 800 7 11
Scarlets
14
Benetton Treviso
17
Cardiff Blues
45
32
NG Dragons
17
35
8
Munster
Connacht
Ospreys
GREENE KING IPA CHAMPIONSHIP
P W D L
F
A
Bristol
21 20 0 1 888 393
Ealing Trailfinders 20 16 0 4 718 460
Bedford
20 10 2 8 605 523
Cornish Pirates
21 11 0 10 642 552
Jersey
21 12 1 8 512 454
Yorkshire Carnegie 20 11 1 8 468 505
Doncaster
21 9 1 11 556 585
Richmond
21 9 0 12 432 569
Nottingham
20 8 1 11 468 593
Hartpury RFC
21 6 1 14 456 562
London Scottish
21 6 1 14 502 680
Rotherham Titans 21 2 0 19 371 742
Bedford
29 Cornish Pirates
Ealing Trailfinders
54 Hartpury RFC
Jersey
50 Nottingham
Richmond
29 London Scottish
Rotherham Titans
30 Yorkshire Carnegie
Played on Friday
Bristol
68 Doncaster
NATIONAL LEAGUE ONE
Ampthill & District
22
Caldy
42
Cambridge
22
Darlington MP
40
Loughborough Stdts 32
Old Elthamians
29
Plymouth Albion
28
Rosslyn Park
36
B
13
15
14
9
8
10
7
19
22
0
B
18
16
19
18
9
11
17
10
7
15
14
6
Coventry
Blackheath
Esher
Fylde
Bishop?s Stortford
Old Albanians
Birmingham Moseley
Hull Ionians
PRINCIPALITY BUILDING SOCIETY PREMIERSHIP
Aberavon
15 Pontypridd
Bargoed
A Ebbw Vale
36 Newport
Carmarthen Quins
Cross Keys
42 Cardiff Rugby
Llandovery
26 Bridgend
Llanelli
41 Neath
RGC 1404
27 Bedwas
Swansea
10 Merthyr
Pts
75
67
58
53
40
34
27
Pts
98
80
63
62
59
57
55
46
41
41
40
14
34
36
29
30
26
10
10
18
32
7
14
34
24
37
19
A
33
10
13
36
21
45
Rugby league
BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE
P W D
St Helens
11 9 0
Wigan
10 8 0
L
F
A PD Pts
2 302 138 +164 18
2 287 140 +147 16
Warrington
Castleford
Leeds
Hull FC
Wakefield
Salford
Widnes
Hull KR
Huddersfield
Catalans Dragons
Castleford
Huddersfield
Wakefield
Warrington
Played on Friday
Leeds
12
9
10
11
10
11
11
11
11
11
8
7
6
6
5
4
3
3
2
2
41
12
24
40
8
BETFRED CHAMPIONSHIP
P W
Toronto Wolfpack 11 9
Featherstone
11 9
Toulouse
11 8
London Broncos
10 7
Leigh
11 6
Halifax
9 6
Batley
9 5
Dewsbury
9 3
Barrow
10 2
Sheffield
10 2
Rochdale
9 1
Swinton
10 0
Barrow
26
Batley
45
Dewsbury
12
Halifax
18
Sheffield
20
Played on Friday
Rochdale
15
BETFRED LEAGUE ONE
Bradford
52
Doncaster
60
27
Hunslet
North Wales Crusaders 10
Oldham
32
Whitehaven
84
York
66
0 4 248 187
0 2 192 160
1 3 192 164
0 5 261 230
0 5 204 186
0 7 178 224
0 8 197 255
0 8 197 268
1 8 160 313
0 9 142 295
Catalans Dragons
Salford
St Helens
Hull KR
+61
+32
+28
+31
+18
-46
-58
-71
-153
-153
16
14
13
12
10
8
6
6
5
4
0
30
20
26
Wigan
D L
F
A
1 1 289 180
0 2 390 210
0 3 408 204
0 3 371 190
0 5 387 230
0 3 184 158
0 4 222 254
0 6 138 199
2 6 154 296
0 8 171 376
0 8 118 326
1 9 146 355
Featherstone
Toulouse
Toronto Wolfpack
Swinton
Leigh
9
PD
+109
+180
+204
+181
+157
+26
-32
-61
-142
-205
-208
-209
Pts
19
18
16
14
12
12
10
6
6
4
2
1
38
22
23
12
72
London Broncos
30
Coventry
Hemel Stags
Workington
Newcastle
Keighley
West Wales
London Skolars
6
0
20
30
18
6
6
Golf
OPEN DE ESPA袮 (Madrid)
Leading final scores (GB/Ire unless stated)
268 J燫ahm (Sp) 67 68 66 67. 270 P燚unne 66 65 68 71.
271 N燛lvira (Sp) 68 66 66 71. 272 G燙oetzee (SA) 72 66 71
63. 273 B燫umford (Aus) 68 66 68 71; M燱arren 66 69 69
69; J燙ampillo (Sp) 70 67 67 69; H燬turehed (Swe) 67 68 66
72. 274 J燝uerrier (Fr) 67 69 74 64; J燢ruyswijk (SA) 69 70
66 69; H燭anihara (Jpn) 70 70 67 67. 275 A燡ohnston 68 68
69 70; M燢ieffer (Ger) 69 67 69 70; *V Pastor (Sp) 67 72 69
67; S燝ros (Fr) 73 67 71 64; Cho R-h (Kor) 73 64 73 65;
A燙a駃zares (Sp) 72 67 70 66; A燨taegui (Sp) 69 70 70 66;
Y燤iyazato (Jpn) 69 68 72 66; A燫ai 67 71 66 71.
RBC HERITAGE (Hilton Head, South Carolina)
Leading third-round scores (US unless stated)
200 I Poulter (Eng) 69 64 67. 201 L List 70 64 67; Kim S-w
(Kor) 68 65 68. 202 Pan C-t (Tai) 70 65 67; B Horschel 66
69 67. 203 C Hadley 66 68 69; K Kisner 69 68 66.
204 R Sabbatini (SA) 64 70 70. 205 D Lee (NZ) 69 66 70;
M Kuchar 66 70 69; R Moore 69 69 67. 206 S Kodaira (Jpn)
73 63 70; B Haas 69 66 71; A Landry 69 68 69; L Glover 74
65 67; An B-h (Kor) 73 67 66; M Laird (Sco) 67 69 70;
B Snedeker 70 64 72; W Simpson 69 68 69.
LOTTE CHAMPIONSHIP (Oahu, Hawaii)
Leading final scores (US unless stated)
276 B燤 Henderson (Can) 68 66 73 69. 280 A燤u駉z (Sp)
74 70 69 67. 281 A燡utanugarn (Tha) 73 69 70 69; Park I
(Kor) 69 69 71 72; Feng S (Chn) 67 69 74 71. 282 L燚uncan
70 68 74 70; Chien P-y (Chn) 74 71 67 70; L燬alas 69 71 70
72. 283 D營acobelli 73 68 70 72. 284 M燡utanugarn (Tha)
72 68 72 72. 285 C燙lanton 74 69 70 72; M燱ie 72 73 69
71; Kim J-h (Kor) 71 70 71 73; Ji E-h (Kor) 69 72 73 71;
P燭hanapolboonyaras (Tha) 75 72 68 70.
Tennis
ATP US CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIP (Houston, Texas)
Semi-finals: T Sandgren (US) bt I Karlovic (Cro) 7-6 (2)
7-6 (4); S Johnson (US) bt TH Fritz (US) 7-5 6-7 (4) 6-2.
ATP GRAND PRIX HASSAN II (Marrakech, Morocco)
Semi-finals: K Edmund (GB) bt R Gasquet (Fr) 6-3 6-4;
P And鷍ar (Sp) bt J Sousa (Por) 6-4 6-4.
Final: And鷍ar bt Edmund 6-2 6-2.
ATP ROLEX MONTE-CARLO MASTERS (Monaco)
First round: K Khachanov (Rus) bt T Kokkinakis (Aus) 7-5
6-4; M Zverev (Ger) bt F Auger-Aliassime (Can) 6-2 6-7 (4)
6-1.
WTA LUGANO OPEN (Switzerland)
Semi-finals: E Mertens (Bel) bt V Lapko (Blr) 6-1 4-6 6-4;
A Sabalenka (Blr) bt S V鰃ele (Swi) 6-4 6-2.
Final: Mertens bt Sabalenka 7-5 6-2.
WTA CLARO OPEN COLSANITAS (Bogota, Colombia)
Semi-finals: AK Schmiedlova (Svk) bt A Bogdan (Rom) 6-3
6-2; L Arruabarrena (Sp) bt D Jakupovic (Svn) 6-1 6-2.
Cycling
AMSTEL GOLD RACE (Netherlands)
1 M Valgren (Den) Astana 6hr 40min 07sec; 2 R Kreuziger
(Cz) Mitchelton-Scott same time; 3 E Gasparotto (It)
Bahrain-Merida +2sec; 4 P Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
+19; 5 A Valverde (Sp) Movistar; 6 T Wellens (Bel) Lotto
Soudal; 7 J Alaphilippe (Fr) Quick-Step Floors all s/t;
8 J Fuglsang (Den) Astana +23; 9 L Craddock (US)
Cannondale +30; 10 J Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal +36.
Greg Wood?s racing tips
Kelso 2.10 Delire D?Estruval 2.40 Geronimo
3.10 Tikkandemickey 3.40 Buffalo Ballet
4.10 Las Tunas 4.40 Whisperdale
5.10 Lastin? Memories
Windsor 2.20 Maygold 2.50 Blown By Wind
3.20 Sevenna Star 3.50 Bombero (nb)
4.20 Mobsta (nap) 4.50 Lady Alavesa
5.25 Bakht A Rawan
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Sport
? Middlesex?s Sam Robson shapes up
to play a Ben Sanderson delivery
JOHN WALTON/PA
Cricket scoreboard
SPECSAVERS COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP
Division One (third day of four)
Hampshire v Worcestershire
Ageas Bowl Worcestershire (4pts), with eight
second-innings wickets remaining, require a further
265爎uns to beat Hampshire (5).
Hampshire First innings 290 (GK Berg 75no, JM Vince 75;
J Leach 4-42).
Worcestershire First innings 211 (OB Cox 65)
Hampshire Second innings (overnight 163-8)
KJ Abbott c Rhodes b Barnard ........................................51
B Wheal c Clarke b Barnard ............................................19
FH Edwards not out ........................................................3
Extras (b10, lb8)...........................................................18
Total (66.2 overs) .......................................................244
Fall cont 229.
Bowling Leach-16-1-55-3; Magoffin-16-5-60-2;
Tongue-17-4-40-2; Barnard-13.2-2-57-2;
Mitchell-4-0-14-0.
Worcestershire Second innings
DKH Mitchell not out ...................................................34
BL D?Oliveira lbw b Abbott ..............................................1
TC Fell b Abbott ..............................................................8
JM Clarke lbw b Abbott .................................................15
JC Tongue not out ..........................................................0
Extras (lb1) ....................................................................1
Total (for 3, 23 overs)....................................................59
Fall 4, 18, 50.
To bat TM Head, GH Rhodes, ?OB Cox SJ Magoffin,
E Barnard, *J Leach.
Bowling Berg-7-0-17-0; Abbott-10-3-27-3;
Edwards-4-1-14-0; Wheal-1-1-0-0; Dawson-1-1-0-0.
Toss Uncontested, Worcestershire elected to field.
Umpires JW Lloyds and MJ Saggers.
Lancashire v Nottinghamshire
Old Trafford Lancashire (3pts) trail Nottinghamshire (4) by
six runs with eight second-innings wickets remaining.
Lancashire First innings 158 (JT Ball 5-43).
Nottinghamshire First innings (overnight 127-6)
MH Wessels lbw b Livingstone .......................................44
?TJ Moores b Mennie ....................................................38
L Wood c Vilas b Livingstone ............................................8
JT Ball st Davies b Livingstone..........................................9
HF Gurney not out ..........................................................0
Extras (b4, lb15, nb2) ...................................................21
Total (72.2 overs) .......................................................222
Fall cont 194, 210, 220.
Bowling Bailey-19-7-26-3; Onions-15-5-46-1;
Clark-8-0-35-0; Mennie-20-6-46-3;
Livingstone-7.2-0-27-3; Jennings-2-0-21-0;
Croft-1-0-2-0.
Lancashire Second innings
K K Jennings not out ....................................................27
H Hameed c Moores b Gurney ........................................19
?AL Davies c Moores b Gurney .........................................0
*LS Livingstone not out .................................................4
Extras (b4, lb4)...............................................................8
Total (for 2, 24 overs)....................................................58
Fall 49, 51.
To bat S Chanderpaul, DJ Vilas, SJ Croft, J Clark, JM Mennie,
TE Bailey, G Onions.
Bowling Ball-5-3-2-0; Fletcher-6-1-16-0;
Gurney-7-1-22-2; Patel-6-2-10-0.
Toss Uncontested, Nottinghamshire elected to field.
Umpires GD Lloyd and NA Mallender.
Headingley Yorkshire v Essex.
No play yesterday, wet outfield.
Division Two (third day of four)
Kent v Gloucestershire
Canterbury Gloucestershire (3pts), with nine
second-innings wickets remaining, require a further 47 runs
to beat Kent (3).
Kent First innings 64 (MD Taylor 4-20).
Gloucestershire First innings (overnight 110-8)
CN Miles not out .............................................................7
DJ Worrall lbw b Henry ....................................................0
MD Taylor c Dickson b Henry ...........................................0
Extras (b4, lb11)...........................................................15
Total (39 overs) ..........................................................110
Fall cont 110.
Bowling Henry-14-5-33-4; Stevens-10-4-19-3;
Stewart-8-2-27-1; Podmore-3-2-6-1;
Gidman-4-0-10-1.
Kent Second innings
DJ Bell-Drummond lbw b Higgins .................................61
SR Dickson lbw b Worrall .................................................5
HG Kuhn lbw b MD Taylor ................................................5
*JL Denly c Roderick b Higgins.........................................0
Z Crawley lbw b Worrall.................................................32
DI Stevens lbw b Higgins .................................................0
WRS Gidman c Roderick b Miles .......................................1
?AP Rouse lbw b MD Taylor............................................21
M J Henry c Roderick b Higgins ......................................14
G Stewart c Dent b Higgins ..............................................2
HW Podmore not out ......................................................0
Extras (lb8, nb4) ...........................................................12
Total (48.3 overs) .......................................................153
Fall 19, 75, 75, 79, 83, 89, 132, 147, 153.
Bowling Worrall-11.3-5-25-2; MD Taylor-15-3-49-2;
Higgins-14-4-22-5; Miles-8-1-49-1.
Gloucestershire Second innings
*CDJ Dent b Henry..........................................................6
BAC Howell not out ......................................................34
?GH Roderick not out ...................................................11
Extras (lb5, w1, nb4) ....................................................10
Total (for 1, 15.5 overs).................................................61
Fall 6.
To bat JR Bracey, JMR Taylor, GL van Buuren, RF Higgins,
K Noema-Barnett, CN Miles, DJ Worrall, MD Taylor.
Bowling Henry-8-2-16-1; Stevens-3-0-22-0;
Stewart-2.2-0-10-0; Gidman-2.3-1-8-0.
Toss Uncontested, Gloucestershire elected to field.
Umpires NL Bainton and M Burns.
Middlesex v Northamptonshire
Lord?s Middlsex (20pts) beat Northamptonshire (3)
by�0爎uns.
Middlesex First innings 214 (BA Hutton 5-54,
BW Sanderson 4-42).
Northamptonshire First innings 71 (JAR Harris 5-9,
TJ Murtagh 4-27).
Middlesex Second innings 159.
Northamptonshire Second innings (overnight 9-0)
RI Newton c Simpson b Roland-Jones .............................44
BM Duckett c Holden b Murtagh ......................................9
BA Hutton c Simpson b Murtagh ......................................6
L Procter lbw b Harris......................................................8
*AG Wakely lbw b Cartwright ........................................26
RE Levi c Helm b Harris ..................................................23
?AM Rossington lbw b Murtagh.......................................2
JJ Cobb c & b Harris .........................................................7
DAJ Bracewell c Rayner b Harris ......................................6
RJ Gleeson not out .........................................................0
BW Sanderson lbw b Murtagh..........................................0
Extras (lb7, nb4) ...........................................................11
Total (38.2 overs) .......................................................142
Fall 13, 25, 44, 95, 115, 125, 131, 141, 142.
Bowling Murtagh-11.2-1-36-4; Roland-Jones-9-0-38-1;
Harris-10-2-39-4; Helm-6-1-18-0; Cartwright-2-0-4-1.
Toss Uncontested, Northamptonshire elected to field.
Umpires RT Robinson and PK Baldwin.
Warwickshire v Sussex
Edgbaston Sussex (3pts) trail Warwickshire (4) by 105 runs
with four first-innings wickets remaining.
Warwickshire First innings (overnight 284-9)
?TR Ambrose c Brown b Sharma ....................................81
CJC Wright not out .......................................................27
Extras (b5, lb17, w12, nb16) .........................................50
Total (86.2 overs) .......................................................299
Bowling Sharma-20.2-4-53-3; Robinson-17-4-75-1;
Wiese-21-3-56-4; Van Zyl-11-2-27-0;
Whittingham-14-2-56-2; Wells-3-0-10-0.
Sussex First innings
LWP Wells c Ambrose b Stone ........................................29
PD Salt c Hose b Stone ...................................................29
S van Zyl c Ambrose b Stone ..........................................15
HZ Finch c Hain b Stone ...................................................8
LJ Wright c Ambrose b Stone ...........................................0
*?BC Brown not out .....................................................43
MGK Burgess c Ambrose b Stone....................................48
OE Robinson not out ....................................................12
Extras (b2, nb8) ............................................................10
Total (for 6, 48 overs)..................................................194
Fall 30, 68, 77, 77, 88, 166.
To bat I Sharma, D Wiese, SG Whittingham.
Bowling Barker-12-2-47-0; Wright-13-3-52-0;
Stone-13-1-52-6; Patel-7-1-21-0;
Rhodes-3-0-20-0.
Toss Uncontested, Sussex elected to field.
Umpires SJ O?Shaughnessy and PR Pollard.
MCC UNIVERSITY MATCHES (final day of three)
Cardiff Cardiff MCCU 249 (JR Turpin 57no, JH Ludlow 53,
CL Herring 52; LJ Carey 4-39) and 56-2. Glamorgan 217-5 dec
(KS Carlson 69no, AG Salter 51). Match drawn.
Riverside Durham MCCU 195-3 dec (MJ Plater 76,
WAR Fraine 65no). Durham 165-3. Match drawn.
Weetwood Leeds/Bradford MCCU v Derbyshire.
Match abandoned without a ball bowled.
Grace Road Leicestershire 277-6 dec (MJ Cosgrove 91,
NJ Dexter 66no, BA Raine 50no) and 3-0.
Loughborough MCCU 155 (GT Griffiths 4-44). Match drawn.
Taunton Somerset v Oxford MCCU.
Match abandoned without a ball bowled.
The Oval Surrey 466-9 dec (SG Borthwick 108,
MW Pillans 81no, RJ Burns 76, A Harinath 55, R Patel 55;
JS Handley 4-105) and 119-1 dec (OJ Pope 68no).
Cambridge MCCU 215 (D Brierley 52no) and 106-6.
Match drawn.
INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE
Bengaluru Rajasthan 217-4 (SV Samson 92no).
Bangalore 198-6 (V Kohli 57). Rajasthan beat Bangalore by
19 runs.
Chandigarh Punjab 197-7 (CH Gayle 63). Chennai 193-5
(MS Dhoni 79no, AT Rayudu 49). Punjab beat Chennai by
four runs.
Cricket Specsavers County Championship roundup
Harris propels Middlesex
to victory with bat and ball
Tanya Aldred
Old Trafford
And so the first spoils of the 2018
Specsavers County Championship
went to Middlesex, champions of
2016 but demoted to Division Two
last September. They defeated
Northamptonshire by 160 runs
just after lunch on the third day ?
Northants never able to recover from
their blink-and-you?ll-miss-it first
innings of 71.
It was an astonishing game
for James Harris, who scored the
most runs in the match, made the
highest score and, with four for 39 in
Northamptonshire?s second innings,
and nine for 48 in all, took the most
wickets in the game too. It was a
good start also for Tim Murtagh,
eight for 64 in the match and due
Rugby league Betfred Super League
Finn confirms
Wakefield?s
true level by
stopping Saints
in their tracks
Wake?eld
24
St Helens
20
DAVE VOKES/PROSPORTS/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Aaron Bower
Mobile Rocket Stadium
? Worcestershire players celebrate the run-out of Hampshire?s Hashim Amla
to make his Test debut for Ireland
against Pakistan in May.
The Northamptonshire captain,
Alex Wakely, was phlegmatic. He
said: ?There were two balls going
past the edge every over and you
always thought there was probably
one with your name on it.?
The wicket-fest at Canterbury
was halted by bad light with
Gloucestershire 61 for one, needing
another 47 runs to win. With 153
in their second innings, Kent more
than doubled their first-innings
effort, with quick runs for Daniel
Bell-Drummond (61) and Zak
Crawley (32). But it never looked
quite enough. Ryan Higgins took
five for 22, his maiden five-fer
for燝loucestershire.
Due west, at the Ageas Bowl
in Division One, a ninth-wicket
partnership of 72 between
Wakefield became only the second
side to defeat St燞elens this season
and ended a five-match losing run to
reaffirm their credentials as potential
play-off contenders in 2018.
Trinity?s three defeats over Easter
came by a combined losing margin of
eight points and, despite genuine topfour ambitions, they have tumbled
down the Super League table. So this
first win in more a month was timely,
though not straightforward.
Having led 22-6 midway through
Wakefield?s Bill Tupou
evades two opponents
in the win over St Helens
the first half, Trinity added only two
more points in the final hour ? via a
penalty from the boot of Liam Finn,
the scrum-half who epitomised the
team?s endeavours by playing with a
broken finger.
Yet, despite an enormous amount of
late pressure from the visitors, Wakefield somehow hung on to leave their
coach, Chris Chester, relieved. ?I think
I aged about 10 years in that last five
minutes, but it?s a huge result for the
club,? he said.
?We?ve been there or thereabouts
for the last five games and it?s nice to
win a tight one today. I feel we deserve
it and it will do the players a world of
good. I?m really pleased. It means I can
sleep a bit better tonight.?
St Helens remain at the top of the
Super League table but their lead has
been cut to two points. They rallied
well here to reduce the deficit to two
Brad Wheal and Kyle Abbot put
Hampshire in the driving seat.
Worcestershire were 59 for three
at the close, still 265 runs short of
victory, with three wickets for Abbot
to go alongside his earlier 51.
At Old Trafford, Lancashire
were wobbling when rain and
skies as thick as gravy stopped
play at tea. Haseeb Hameed and
Keaton Jennings had survived
a torrid opening spell from the
belt-and-braces pairing of Jake
Ball and Luke Fletcher, before
Hameed was out pushing forward
to Gurney for 19 and Davies fell for
a five-ball duck. Lancashire still
trail Nottinghamshire by six runs,
with eight wickets remaining.
Nottinghamshire?s first-innings lead
of 64 was due largely to a patient
little scrap from Tom Moores and 44
from Riki Wessels. There were three
wickets each for Liam Livingstone,
Joe Mennie and Tom Bailey.
Warwickshire?s 299 was the
closest any team got to 300, thanks
to a last-wicket partnership of 77
between Tim Ambrose and Chris
Wright at Edgbaston. In reply Sussex
were 194 for six thanks to a superb
spell of bowling from Olly Stone,
who took all six wickets to go down
on his home Championship debut
for Warwickshire, including a spell
of four for 11 in 13 balls. Stone is
startlingly quick, his career plagued
by injury, including a strain to his
knee he sustained while celebrating
the wicket of Moeen Ali in a T20 in
2016. He missed more than a year of
cricket, but a winter in Perth seems
to have done him good.
There was no play all day again at
Headingley and mutterings about
the effect the new stand was having
on the outfield led to the chief
executive, Mark Arthur, issuing a
statement: ?There is no issue with
the drainage system.?
points before Finn?s nerve-calming
penalty ? and while it has become
traditional for the Saints to snatch
victory from the jaws of defeat in
recent years, this was not one of those
occasions.
Mark Percival initially broke the
deadlock after two minutes and
Wakefield responded superbly, scoring 22 points in a blistering 17-minute passage to put them comfortably
ahead. By half-time, though, Percival?s
second and a further try from Tommy
Makinson made it 22-14.
The league leaders continued to
improve in the second half and Luke
Douglas reduced the deficit further
seven minutes after the break. But a
sustained period of pressure thereafter came to nothing, thanks largely
to some magnificent Trinity defence.
Justin Holbrook, the St� Helens,
coach, said: ?I was disappointed with
our effort today. It was a close game but
we couldn?t come away with the win.
Full credit to Wakefield. I thought they
just worked harder than us.?
Wakefield
Grix; Jones-Bishop,
Lyne, Arundel, Tupou;
Miller, Finn; Huby,
Randell, Hirst, Ashurst,
Kirmond, Horo.
Interchange Wood,
England, Arona,
Baldwinson.
Tries Jones-Bishop,
Lyne, Horo, Tupou.
Goals Finn 4.
St Helens
Barba; Makinson,
Morgan, Percival, Grace;
Lomax, Richardson; Amor,
Smith, Thompson,
Peyroux, Taia, Wilkin.
Interchange Fages,
McCarthy-Scarsbrook,
Douglas, Knowles.
Tries Percival 2,
Makinson, Douglas.
Goals Richardson 2.
Referee G Hewer Attendance 5,231
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Formula One Chinese Grand Prix
Ricciardo
has China
in his
hand
Daniel
Ricciardo
takes the
chequered
flag for the
Chinese
Grand Prix
after a
thrilling drive
AP
37
Yesterday in
Shanghai
Full results
1 Daniel Ricciardo Aus
25pts
Red Bull
1hr 35min 36.380sec
18pts
2 Valtteri Bottas Fin
Mercedes
+0:08.894
15pts
3 Kimi R鋓kk鰊en Fin
Ferrari
+0:09.637
4 Lewis Hamilton GB
12pts
Mercedes
+0:16.985
10pts
5 Max Verstappen Neth
Red Bull
+0:20.436
8pts
6 Nico H黮kenberg Ger
Renault
+0:21.052
6pts
7 Fernando Alonso Sp
McLaren
+0:30.639
4pts
8 Sebastian Vettel Ger
Ferrari
+0:35.286
9 Carlos Sainz Sp
2pts
Renault
+0:35.286
1pts
10 Kevin Magnussen Den
Haas
+0:39.594
Also finished
11 Esteban Ocon Fr Force India +0:44.050
12 Sergio P閞ez Mex Force India +0:44.725
13 Stoffel Vandoorne Bel McLaren +0:49.373
14 Lance Stoll Can Williams +0:55.490
15 Sergey Sirotkin Rus Williams +0:58.241
16 Marcus Ericsson Swe Sauber +1:02.604
17 Romain Grosjean Fr Haas +1:05.296
18 Pierre Gasly Fr Toro Rosso +1:06.330
19 Charles Leclerc Mnc Sauber +1:22.575
Not classified
20 Brendon Hartley NZ Toro Rosso 51 laps
Fastest lap
Lap 55 Daniel Ricciardo 1min 35.785sec
Ricciardo roars
back with victory
while Vettel?s
wings are clipped
Giles Richards
No driver, it seems, is going to have an
easy ride in Formula One this season
but if the rollercoaster of the Chinese
Grand Prix is repeated the sport will
be all the better for it.
For Red Bull?s Daniel Ricciardo,
who won the race, it was the climax
of an emotional and challenging two
weeks. From frustration, unhappiness
and even questioning his future in F1
after retirement at the last round in
Bahrain, the Australian emerged triumphant and euphoric, having made
his mark in the race of the season with
emphatic style.
Ricciardo?s overtaking was superlative but behind him there was a different picture, with Mercedes?s Lewis
Hamilton and Ferrari?s Sebastian Vettel
left licking their wounds after finishing in fourth and eighth respectively.
Hamilton was relieved that rather
than dropping points to the German
he has narrowed the gap in the title
battle from 17 to nine points but the
first half of the race proved that his
team have been put on the back foot
by Ferrari, who have the quicker car.
Valtteri Bottas was second for Mercedes but they have much work to do.
Kimi R鋓kk鰊en finished in third
for Ferrari but they too face questions
after their strategy was found wanting. Vettel had led from pole until
the pit stops and Mercedes brought
Bottas in first while Vettel stayed out.
The Finn put in some very quick sectors going for the undercut and a slow
stop for the Scuderia cost Vettel and he
emerged in second. The win looked to
be in Mercedes?s hands, with Hamilton doing his best at damage limitation
having started from fourth.
But the real drama was yet to
come. The two Toro Rossos clashed
at turn�, leaving debris in their wake,
and Red Bull?s reaction to the subsequent safety car was swift and tactically astute. They sent both drivers
into the pits and they emerged on new,
soft rubber with the pace to hunt down
the leaders.
Max Verstappen was the leader of
the two but he was overambitious
making a move on Hamilton and went
off, losing his place to Ricciardo. The
Australian, who had been in sixth,
needed no further encouragement.
Hamilton fell with a superb piece of
late braking into the hairpin, Vettel on
the back straight and then Bottas with
a dive up the inside of turn four that
took the breath away. Ricciardo was
magnificent and, out of contract at the
end of this year, presented a potent
reminder of his talent to Ferrari and
Mercedes, who both potentially have
seats open next season.
Yet it had been so close to another
resolution-sapping weekend for the
Australian. On Saturday, after an
engine problem in practice, he only
just made qualifying. The team did
superbly to fix it and he made the
most of it.
?This sport?s crazy,? he said. ?A
week ago I was frustrated at the sport,
frustrated at all the variables. Sometimes I question why I chose this sport
because there?s so many things out of
your control and it does get you down a
lot ? but then when you have a day like
this it?s worth fifty of those bad ones.?
? Daniel Ricciardo savours the sweet
taste of victory, his sixth in F1
Hamilton was forthright that he had
been unable to match Ferrari. ?I had no
pace and was just trying to hold on,?
he said. ?Yesterday and today was a
disaster on my side.?
But the team, too, must consider
their part. They opted not to send the
British driver to the pits for fresh rubber when Red Bull did and it proved
costly. The team principal, Toto Wolff,
said they had thought track position
was more important. ?Looking back, it
would have been the right strategy to
pit but nobody in the team, including
myself, though it was the right thing
to do at the time,? he said.
Hamilton was not willing to apportion blame. ?I just struggled with the
car,? he said. ?Rather than blaming
strategy, I was uncomfortable in the
car. The lack of pace, I have to take it
upon myself to figure out.?
Vettel?s day, serene at the opening, went downhill from the moment
he lost the lead. Verstappen was too
hot into the hairpin, locked up and
collected the German, causing them
both to spin. Vettel dropped places and
lost balance, leaving him struggling in
seventh, a position he lost to Fernando
Alonso on the penultimate lap.
Verstappen, facing growing criticism for poor decisions after hitting
Hamilton in Bahrain, was penalised
and apologised but the damage was
done. ?In that situation he has to
change his style, otherwise it will
happen again,? Vettel said.
The German was left ruing what
might have been an extended lead in
the title race but F1 was able to revel
in a thrilling contest with a more than
worthy winner. ?Sometimes you have
just got to lick the stamp and send it,?
Ricciardo said colourfully of his move
on Hamilton and in doing so posted
notice of his intent to be a player in
this year?s title fight.
Picture of the day
Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo
meet the former NBA star Yi Jianlia,
now playing in China, before the race
Lap of the day
Lap 45
Ricciardo was
the surprise star
of the show and
the culmination
of his recovery
from sixth place
saw him catch
Bottas and pass
him for the lead
with a bravura
move. It was the
denouement of
a drive that had
the Australian?s
team and fans in
out of their seats
in admiration
Tweets of the day
? Unfortunately I made a mistake
and hit Seb. That compromised
both our races. There is nothing
I can change now except analyse
my performance and come back
stronger ?
Jos Verstappen takes the blame for
the incident with Sebastian Vettel
? That boy can drive
@danielricciardo, awesome job.
Another Aussie GP win ?
David Brabham congratulates his
compatriot. Ricciardo now has six
grand prix wins, compared with 14
for Brabham?s father, Sir Jack, 12 for
Alan Jones and nine for Mark Webber
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? Liam Williams scores Saracens?
second try in their 41-6 victory
TONY O?BRIEN/ACTION IMAGES
Joseph su?ers ankle
injury in Bath rout
Saracens
Bath
41
6
Gerard Meagher
Allianz Park
Another desperate afternoon for Bath,
and not a great one for England with
Jonathan Joseph hobbling off with
an ankle injury that may jeopardise
his place on the summer tour of
South燗frica.
For Saracens it was an emphatic
bonus-point victory, confirming
their place in the play-offs for the
ninth season in a row, but the contrast between their resurgence and
Bath?s bleak slump could not be more
stark. The Bath director of rugby, Todd
Blackadder, was hopeful over Joseph
but he needed crutches to take his
place on the bench after going off in
the first half and he will be assessed in
the coming days. ?He?s given his ankle
a really good tweak,? Blackadder said.
?Hopefully it won?t be too serious.?
Certainly, it is another blow for
Bath in a season full of them. They are
already without the England trio of
Anthony Watson, Semesa Rokoduguni
and Sam Underhill and a fourth successive defeat leaves them in eighth and
staring down the barrel of Challenge
Cup rugby next season.
All told it has been a thoroughly
frustrating campaign and Blackadder?s
job must surely be in danger considering the directors of rugby in the
four teams below Bath have all headed,
or are heading, for the exit. ?If somebody wants to make those decisions,
it?s not something that I can control,?
he said.
It was not as if Bath did not show
glimpses of quality but they were given
an abject lesson in finishing by a Saracens side who are coming to the boil
nicely. Both of their first-half tries had
elements of fortune to them, however,
or rather misfortune for Bath. A loose
pass from Francois Louw eventually
led to Schalk Brits?s try, via three
penalties kicked to the corner.
Owen Farrell converted and it was
his covering tackle that indirectly led
to Liam Williams?s try. Aled Brew burst
down the left but really ought to have
passed to Ben Tapuai outside him.
When Bath recycled, Rhys Priestland?s
pass struck the unaware Louw on his
side, Nick Isiekwe gathered the loose
ball and fed Williams to run nearly the
length of the field.
Isiekwe?s most eye-catching contribution was still to come. Taulupe Faletau showed his class with
a scything break up the left and a
delightful offload inside to Brew. He
went back outside to Kahn Fotuali?i
who looked certain to score until
Isiekwe?s last-ditch tackle dragged
him out of play.
Two Priestland penalties had at
least got Bath on the board but Farrell
nailed one of his own into the wind
just before half-time and with the conditions in their favour in the second
half Saracens raced through the gears.
Richard Wigglesworth went over in the
corner before Farrell picked off a loose
pass from Priestland and cruised over
to seal the bonus point.
Schalk Burger and Ben Spencer
were on hand for tries five and six
while Saracens were able to welcome
back Michael Rhodes off the bench
after an injury lay-off since January.
They had far too much firepower for
Bath and you have to wonder why
Mako Vunipola played when he was
due a rest according to an agreement
between the Premiership and the
Rugby Football Union.
He and the rest of the squad do at
least have a week off now, and they are
then set to have Billy Vunipola back for
the run-in. Exeter are setting the pace
but Saracens are going to take some
stopping. ?There?s real determination
to finish the season well,? the Saracens
director of rugby, Mark McCall, said.
?We?re in a good position.?
Saracens
Williams; Maitland,
Bosch, Barritt (capt;
Taylor 57), Wyles
(Goode 55); Farrell,
Wigglesworth
(Spencer�); Vunipola
(Barrington, 59),
Brits�(George 51),
Figallo (Longbottom
59), Day, Kruis, Isiekwe
(Earl�), Burger,
Wray�(Rhodes�)
Tries Brits, Williams,
Wigglesworth, Farrell,
Burger, Spencer
Cons Farrell 4
Pen Farrell
Bath
Wilson; Banahan,
Joseph�(Homer 28),
Tapuai, Brew (Burns 57);
Priestland, Fotuali?i
(Green�); Obano
(Noguera�),
Dunn�(Walker 55),
Knight�(Delmas 55),
Ewels�(capt), Stooke
(Phillips 55), Ellis,
Louw�(Grant 74), Faletau.
Pens Priestland 2
Referee Karl Dickson (RFU) Attendance 10,000
Talking points
Kingston?s successor left to clean up royal mess
Gloucester
37
Harlequins
9
Harlequins have been linked
with so many coaches since the
announcement that John Kingston
will leave at the end of the season
that they could they could set up a
sideline transporting supporters.
After their recent tie-up with New
Zealand, names such as Tana
Umaga and Scott Robertson have
been mentioned and if Quins take
that route it would mean that only
three clubs would be headed by an
Englishman next season ? Exeter,
Newcastle and Sale. Whoever
takes over has a salvage operation:
Quins slumped to another defeat,
three Gloucester tries in the final 10
minutes gilding their 37-9 victory,
and with Worcester next up 11th
place is in view. Paul燫ees
Leicester
20
Newcastle
35
Wasps
30
Northampton
27
Sale
30
Worcester
15
It has been one of the more wacky
Premiership seasons. In the past
couple of months, Leicester won at
Saracens, who in turn indulged in a
feeding frenzy at Northampton and
Saints savoured league success at
Leicester for the first time in 11 years.
With two rounds to go, Worcester
have yet to secure their top-flight
status but have won at Exeter and
Leicester. Home comforts are not
what they were: Leicester have lost
four of their 10 Premiership games at
Welford Road, their worst run since
2003-04; that was the campaign
when they fired Dean Richards as
director of rugby, and a fifth against
his Newcastle next week will surely
end a 14-year love affair with the
play-offs and complete the circle. PR
Star performers were plentiful in
Newcastle?s 35-30 win against Sale
on Friday in one of the most thrilling
games of the Premiership season.
But special praise should be reserved
for Gary Graham. It was a surprise
indeed when he first appeared in one
of Eddie Jones?s squads but his form
since returning from a neck injury
certainly seems to justify his place
on England?s radar. The national
side?s back-row problems are well
documented and, with Courtney
Lawes and Nathan Hughes both set
to miss the summer tour to South
Africa, Jones could do a lot worse
than looking at Graham. He relishes
the hard yards and that abrasive
edge will be crucial against the
Springboks. Gerard Meagher
Gary Graham has
strengthened his
claim for an
England place
The ridiculous sanctification of the
airborne player continues. Wasps
had a bonus-point try disallowed
because replays on the big screen
showed Andrew Kitchener go up
for a high ball with Christian Wade
earlier in the passage and land
awkwardly. Jimmy Gopperth was
in the vague vicinity and may have
laid a finger on the hulking lock. He
did not cause the accident. But in
this current climate someone has
to be punished if an airborne player
hurts爃imself, and Gopperth saw
yellow. Luckily, Wasps intercepted
for their fourth in the next play,
but it could have cost them dearly.
More to the point, when is the
scapegoating of honest players going
to stop? Michael燗ylwin
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Simmonds is chief
tormentor of Irish
London Irish
Exeter
5
45
Robert Kitson
Madejski Stadium
There remains a mathematical chance
of London Irish avoiding relegation
from the Premiership this season
but any realistic hope of a reprieve
was in爀ffect ended yesterday by a
runaway燛xeter.
Although better sides than Irish
would have struggled to stop the galloping Chiefs, for whom the England
back-row Sam Simmonds scored a hattrick of tries, there was a gulf between
the league?s top and bottom clubs on
a damp Reading afternoon. The outcome leaves the Exiles nine points
adrift of 11th-placed Worcester with
just two games left.
Even a brace of bonus-point wins
against Saracens and Bath might not
be enough, with Worcester requiring
only a single losing bonus point from
their final two fixtures to guarantee
their safety.
The Chiefs, by contrast, have now
secured themselves a home semi-final
and will top the regular-season table
for the first time if they beat Sale at
Sandy Park on Saturday week.
Irish?s technical consultant, Declan
Kidney, is not yet formally conceding
anything ? ?We?ll keep fighting right
to the end? ? but a looming return to
the Championship comes at a delicate
moment for the club?s board. There
remains a desire to relocate back to
London, ideally to share Brentford?s
new stadium, but the club have just
declared a loss of almost � for the
2016-17 financial year and could face
a full-on challenge from increasingly
ambitious Ealing for promotion next
year, assuming the Premiership is not
ring-fenced by then.
Kidney is open to the idea of staying and is poised to be confirmed as
director of rugby but Irish?s 35-5 away
win at Harlequins last week is already
? Sam Simmonds squeezes through to score one of his three tries for Exeter
WARREN LITTLE/GETTY IMAGES
a fading memory. In the first half Irish
made just one incursion into their
opponents? 22; their strike-rate was
little better after the interval, aside
from one muscular surge from the
winger Joe Cokanasiga which yielded
his side?s only points.
The Chiefs, in contrast, could have
bagged six tries in the first 40 minutes
alone. Don Armand and Jonny Hill
both made it over the line only for the
final passes to be adjudged forward
and Jack Nowell was also denied by the
TMO, who decided the England winger
had been held in the tackle before
getting up to touch down. It made no
difference to the contest, Ben Moon
and Simmonds twice making the most
of their side?s overwhelming territorial
advantage. The dominant Chiefs were
finding it all too easy and were 21-0 up
at the end of the first half.
Simmonds, in particular, is looking seriously sharp and duly took his
season?s tally in the league to 12, just
one behind Worcester?s Josh Adams,
nine minutes after the interval. Not
long ago it was Thomas Waldrom
who was Exeter?s principal poacher;
when the popular No 8 bids regretful
farewell to Devon?s cream teas this
summer to return to New Zealand,
the Chiefs will already have a tailormade replacement up and running.
They also have no shortage of depth
in their squad, with the knocks sustained by Armand and Harry Williams
proving only minor.
Exeter were not always at their most
accurate here but their trusty system
is paying consistent dividends and
putting weaker sides under so much
pressure they inevitably crack at
some爏tage.
Further close-range scores from
Mitch Lees and Jack Yeandle duly took
the tally of tries scored by forwards to
six, extending the Chiefs? winning run
to seven games in all competitions.
The Exiles? gloom was further compounded by the nasty-looking achilles
injury suffered by the full-back Tommy
Bell, with Max Northcote-Green?s campaign also potentially over. It will take
more than a Kidney transplant to save
Irish from here.
London Irish
Bell (Mulchrone 34);
Cokanasiga, Fowlie,
Brophy Clews,
Lewington (Tikoirotuma
67); Marshall, Van Zyl
(Steels 62); Franks
(Reid 51), Paice
(Porecki 51), Hoskins
(Du Plessis 51), Van der
Merwe (capt), De
Chaves (Basham 75),
McNally,
Northcote-Green
(Schatz 4), Treviranus
Try Cokanasiga
Exeter Chiefs
Turner; Nowell (O?Flaherty
67), Slade (Hill 56),
Whitten, Cordero;
Steenson (capt), White
(Townsend 56); Moon
(Low 56), Cowan-Dickie
(Yeandle 50), Francis
(Williams 50), Lees, J Hill
(Skinner 62-75), Ewers
(Waldrom 19-25), Armand
(Waldrom ht), S Simmonds
Tries Moon,
S Simmonds 3,
Lees, Yeandle
Cons Steenson 6
Pen Steenson
Referee JP Doyle Attendance 7,849
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Sport
Commonwealth Games
Adcocks dig deep to retain mixed
doubles crown in thrilling finale
Badminton title for husband
and wife helps England to
three golds on fine final day
Martha Kelner
Gold Coast
The husband and wife pair Chris and
Gabby Adcock clinched the mixed doubles badminton title as England won
three gold medals on a thrilling final
day of the Commonwealth Games. The
netball team may have claimed the
most unlikely gold of the day for the
home nations but the Adcocks, who
won in Glasgow four years ago, faced
their own adversity en爎oute to glory
on the Gold Coast.
Gabby Adcock was a major doubt
for the Games after tearing ankle ligaments in January and made it back to
the court only two weeks ago. ?I was
just so happy I could play again,? she
said. ?I?ve not been able to be on court.
I can?t thank Chris enough, when I?ve
not been on court he?s been playing
singles for the last three months wondering when I?m coming back.燞e?s
? Chris and Gabby Adcock celebrate their victory in an all-English final
SAEED KHAN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
?I was just so happy
I could play again.
I?ve not been able
to be on court?
Gabby Adcock
been amazing and I?ve not been a
nice person at times. He?s been so supportive. I couldn?t get any range in my
ankle, I couldn?t bend it so I thought
there was no way I would make it but
I had an injection and it freed up a bit.?
The pair beat their team-mates
Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith 19-21,
21-17, 21-16 in an all-English final, but
Ellis bounced back hours later to win
the men?s doubles title alongside Chris
Langridge. Those medals meant England?s badminton team secured their
best Commonwealth haul in 16 years
and helped the nation to second in the
medal table with 45 golds and 136 medals altogether.
Australia made the most of home
advantage to glide to first in the medal
table with 80 golds. Wales ended the
Games seventh in the medal table,
narrowly beating Scotland into eighth.
Meanwhile, England?s James Willstrop, who won the squash singles
last week, and Declan James defeated
Scotland?s Alan Clyne and Greg Lobban 11-9 11-9 to win bronze in the
men?s燿oubles.
Willstrop, an amateur dramatics
enthusiast, will now turn his attention to learning lines for a performance
of Death and the Maiden at the Harrogate theatre. He had previously
said he would definitely retire after
these Games but now suggests there
is a slim chance he could continue to
Birmingham 2022.
?I?d like to carry on playing squash
for a bit if I can but I have to take it
month by month,? he said. ?I?m just so
thrilled that I took it to a point where I
can get through two weeks of this, I?d
never dreamed of that four years ago.
Now I?m not saying I?m not going to go
for the next Commonwealth Games or
try but it?s going to be an awful long
shot, squash players don?t play at
38爕ears old, it?s very rare.?
England?s Reuben Arthur,
Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty
and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey
celebrate winning the 4x100m
Final medals
table
1
Australia
80
59
59
2
England
45
45
46
3
India
26
20
20
4
Canada
15
40
27
5
New Zealand
15
16
15
7
Wales
10
12
14
8
Scotland
9
13
22
20 Northern Ireland 1
7
4
34 Isle of Man
1
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Helen Housby and her England team-mates celebrate
their last gasp victory over Australia while coach Tracey
Neville (inset) shows her emotion on the sidelines
SCOTT BARBOUR/GETTY IMAGES
Podium
Netball
Mastermind Neville takes centre
stage after plotting course to gold
England coach pays tribute
to her victorious team as
they overcome odds in final
Martha Kelner
Gold Coast
In May 1999 Tracey Neville sat in a
hotel room and watched as a Manchester United team featuring her older
brother Gary completed the treble
by scoring two injury-time goals in
the Champions League final. Nearly
20 years on, England?s netball players gave Gary a sense of the torture of
being a spectating sibling in the big
moments as they overcame arch-rivals
Australia in a breathtaking ending to
the Commonwealth Games final. ?The
best thing I?ve ever watched,? he wrote
on Twitter.
For his younger sister, it was the culmination of a journey that began when
she was just five. Having amassed 81
caps as a player before retiring in 2008
because of a serious knee injury, Neville was appointed England?s permanent coach in September 2015 and has
overseen their rise to glory.
Their surprise victory ? a first over
Australia since 2013 and only the fifth
ever ? was the latest in an impressive
run of major titles for women?s teams
from the home nations. Since the GB
hockey women won gold at the Rio
Olympics in 2016, England Women
won the Cricket World Cup at Lord?s
last July while the football team
reached the semi-finals of Euro�17.
?We all support each other,? Neville
said. ?We went down to watch the
women win at the Cricket World Cup
and we will go to the Hockey World Cup
[in May]. When we have international
events we support each other and go
watch and what we?re trying to do is
generate as women in sport a multiple
support system so we can cross over
the sports and increase the revenue
and spectator and participation levels.
?Netball has been part of my life
since I was five. If I can support its
development in any way that?s what
I want to do. If that gold medal gives
them that getup and will to go then
I?ve done my job.?
Every previous Commonwealth
Games final had been between Australia and New Zealand. The last time
England reached a comparable final
was 1975, having lost 17 of their last
18 semi-finals before beating Jamaica,
so being in the gold-medal match was
significant in itself. To win, when the
expectation was that the hosts would
saunter to victory, could prompt a
major shift in the world order.
The match-winner was Helen
Housby, who missed a shot with four
seconds on the clock only for the
umpire to award a penalty, which the
23-year-old put away nervelessly to
clinch a 52-51 win.
The buzzer sounded immediately
and the 12-strong squad embraced in
heady celebrations, bouncing around
and piling on top of each other. Kadeen
Corbin, who came on briefly as a substitute, was doing back flips around
the court. ?There?s only one Tracey
Neville,? they chanted in unison in
recognition of a woman who first
represented her country in 1993.
In the depths of the Coomera Indoor
Sports Centre, tears streamed down
Housby?s face as she watched a replay
of the last-second goal, a moment that
will be recorded as among the greatest
in English netball history.
?To score the winning goal in the
final against Australia in the last
second, every single box has been
ticked,? she said. ?As shooters, it can
be a lonely experience. You spend a lot
of time doing your own training and
shooting. You don?t really know how
Down to the wire
Just one second remained on the clock when Helen Housby was awarded
a penalty with the scores level at 51-51. The 23-year-old from Cumbria ?
known as the Ice Queen by her team-mates ? dusted herself down and
secured the crucial winning point to spark bedlam on the Gold Coast
1
England
2
Australia
3
Jamaica
you?re going to react to those situations and that pressure because you
don?t get it very often. For netball in
England, all the little girls at home I
want them to be inspired by this. We
certainly didn?t have this kind of success to look up when we were growing up and hopefully that will be the
catalyst for big things to come.?
The local newspapers were full of
bluster about Australia blowing the
England team off the court and the
hosts were overwhelming favourites
after dominating every previous
match at the Games. But at half-time
it was 25-25 and England twice led
by three points in the third quarter.
Australia opened up a 45-41 lead in
the final quarter but England, and
particularly the attacker Jo Harten,
never looked like giving up.
?We know how clinical this Australia team is and as you see the sea of
gold, they are quite an authoritative
team,? Neville said. ?They dominate
with their colour, but I said to my
players, ?when we cut each other open
everyone has got red? and that is what
we saw on the court tonight. All they
saw is red and the goal and they did it.?
She added: ?Everyone says: ?What
does it mean to the Neville family??
We just live, eat and breathe sport.
For my brothers, they want me to do
well and be successful in sport, it?s our
passion and we?re all successful in our
own way. Gary?s wife sent me a video
of him in front of the telly screaming:
?C?mon, Helen, go on,? as if he actually
knows these players.
?I remember the treble in Barcelona
when they put that goal in. I was on
tour at the time and I was screaming
in a room at 4am. We support each
other 100%. They are the ones who
drive me.?
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Analysis
Greg Wood
Safety measures ensure Grand
National is a winner but sunny
weather did not help TV figures
T
he news yesterday
morning that Saint Are,
now a veteran of five
Grand Nationals, was
well enough to return
to Tom George?s stable
after Saturday?s race at Aintree
capped another great weekend for
the sport?s most high-profile event.
For the sixth year running since
the old wooden cores in the fences
were replaced by more forgiving
plastic, every horse returned to its
yard afterwards and, where the last
National on heavy ground was a
grim, attritional spectacle, the race
this year produced a close finish and
a popular winner in Tiger Roll.
?He had a good, comfortable
night,? George said of Saint Are
yesterday. ?They looked after him
well at Aintree. His lad stayed up
with him and the vets checked him
every few hours. He?s eaten his
breakfast and he?s ready to come
home. He walked out brighter this
ALAN CROWHURST/GETTY IMAGES
Tiger Roll was a popular
winner in the colours of
owner Michael O?Leary?s
Gigginstown House Stud
morning, I just think he was a bit
shaken [when brought down at The
Chair].?
There is, of course, an element
of risk attached to any horse race
and it is inevitable that a horse will
suffer a fatal injury in the National
eventually. But we are now at a point
where the effect of the changes to
the fences before the 2013 renewal is
becoming increasingly clear.
The new fences look like the
old ones and the race itself looks
little different, while the number of
finishers has risen slightly over the
past six runnings compared with
the six years from 2007, from 38% to
43%. This in itself is good news, as
more punters are getting more of a
run for their money.
But the most significant
difference, as might be expected
since the fences are now more
forgiving, is in the number of fallers.
Proper statisticians may flinch at this
point, because half a dozen years
is not, admittedly, an extended
sample, but the effect does seem
obvious and unmistakable.
Between 2007 and 2012 there
were 57 fallers in the National
from 240 starters. Since the
changes to the fences there have
been 32 from 236.
Fewer fallers, inevitably,
also means fewer horses being
brought down in their wake.
The ratio of falls to riders being
unseated, meanwhile, has
shifted from 1.4:1 to, in effect, 1:1
because the number of unseats is
virtually unchanged. It appears
that mistakes that were once bad
enough to cause a fall are now
more likely to unship the jockey,
while lesser errors that might
have been 50-50 to unseat in the
past are more likely to leave the
rider sitting tight.
In other words the redesigned
fences ? which received
unqualified approval when they
were unveiled six years ago ?
have worked precisely as the
organisers intended and reduced
the rate of fatal injuries in the
National much closer to the rate
of just below 0.4% of starters in
the rest of National Hunt racing.
The sunshine at Aintree on
Saturday also added to the
generally positive mood around
the big race, especially after a
damp and chilly Ladies? Day
on Friday. It was not, perhaps,
welcomed quite so warmly by
ITV?s senior executives, however,
as sunny weather was cited
as a reason for a slump in the
National?s audience figure last
year, the first since it grabbed a
monopoly on terrestrial racing
coverage from Channel�
The theory is that on one of
the first spring-like Saturdays of
the year, many potential viewers
preferred to be outside with their
families rather than stuck in
front of the TV. It seemed to be
borne out last year by a big drop
in the total audience on Saturday
afternoon, of which the National
took a peak share of 62%.
The peak viewing of 8.5m
for this year?s race was a 3.6%
increase on last year?s peak of
8.2m, although the peak share of
total viewers while the National
was being run was down slightly,
at 60%. It was still well short
of the 10m viewers for the last
National on Channel 4 in 2016,
however, and even further adrift
of the 12m peak that John Baker,
Aintree?s managing director,
suggested would be ?at the low
end of expectations? when the
contract was signed.
Last year?s ITV coverage is up
for a Bafta next month and this
year?s also seemed to be well
received. Both racing and ITV
will hope earnestly for a spike in
the figures next year, however,
before negotiations start in
earnest on a possible extension to
the �m contract.
Today?s tips, page 35
Women?s FA Cup
Kirby grips Chelsea?s
final place with
a brace to beat City
Chelsea
2
Kirby 5, 74
Manchester City
0
Suzanne Wrack
Kingsmeadow
A double in either half from the
in-form England striker Fran Kirby
at home to Manchester City booked
Chelsea a place in the FA Cup final.
?That?s what she does best,? her
manager Emma Hayes said. ?She?s
really got a lot of big semi-final goals
for this team. We?ve had to nurture her
through the week, I didn?t think she
was going to play today but that?s how
much she wants to put it on the line.?
Chelsea took full advantage of any
weary England legs in the Manchester
City starting 11 as Kirby fired them in
front inside five minutes. Eight Manchester City players featured over England?s two World Cup qualifiers against
Wales and then Bosnia-Herzegovina,
compared to Chelsea?s two. With Kirby
sitting out the trip to Sarajevo to protect a hamstring niggle the London
club clearly benefited.
The England and City captain, Steph
Houghton, was at fault when she mistimed a headed clearance to let in Kirby
who slotted past the 18-year-old Ellie
Roebuck. Going a goal behind failed to
rattle City who dominated possession
for the rest of the half but were unable
to break through a resilient Chelsea
back line. While wave after wave of
City attack arrived, there was little
direct threat on the Chelsea goal.
With two league meetings unable
to separate the sides this season, this
FA燙up semi-final match-up was the
first chance to see these side go head
to head and be forced to fight for a win.
Chelsea were missing Ji So-yun,
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celebrates with her players
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Premier League
Salah craves
Champions
League over
individual
accolades
Liverpool forward admits his
40th goal means a lot but
team success matters more
Mo Salah is clear
favourite to win
the Golden Boot
Andy Hunter
Anfield
who is in Jordan with South Korea for
the Asia Cup, and Ramona Bachmann
was ruled out late on, leaving them
with just four on the bench, but they
showed no signs of being fazed by the
rearranged starting XI as 19-year-old
Erin Cuthbert stepped in and provided
the assist for Kirby?s second. Both sides
have shown signs of fatigue though.
A heavy fixture schedule ? both are
in the semi-finals of the Champions
League ? has seen their league form
take a hit. City have lost two and drawn
Gunners into final
Louise Quinn?s injury-time header
helped Arsenal to edge past
Everton and reach the Women?s
FA燙up final after a dramatic
semi-final at Rossett Park. The
14-times winners took the lead
after 25 minutes, Danielle Carter
finishing well from Heather
O?Reilly?s cross. Everton equalised
midway through the second half
after Dominique Janssen brought
down Courtney Sweetman-Kirk
in the area. Chloe Kelly scored
from the spot. With extra time
approaching Quinn nodded in
from a corner to send the Gunners
to Wembley. ?With the chances we
had, we were on top. I hope it was a
good spectacle for the fans,?
the Arsenal manager, Joe
Montemurro, said. Niall McVeigh
one (against Chelsea) since they last
won a WSL match against Liverpool
on 11 February. Chelsea have had three
draws in a row since they last picked
up three points ? away to Yeovil on 21
February. Both managers were critical
of the fixture pile-up.
?We?re down to our bare bones, but
it was so gutsy from the team,? Hayes
said. ?You can see why I?ve complained
about the gruelling schedule. Because
for both sides, you see injuries mounting and that?s what starts to happen
when you?ve got back-to-back games.
You can probably see now why it?s a
tall order for an English side to go all
the way in the Champions League.?
Cushing said: ?Myself and Emma
are in the same situation. We want to
get the players on the training pitch but
we don?t get the opportunity.?
Chelsea started the second half
much more brightly and the game
started to open up. Drew Spence
forced a save from Roebuck who
spilled the ball before falling on it. A
lengthy stoppage as Maria Thorisdottir
was carried off with an ankle injury
showed no signs of slowing play as
City began to knock on the Chelsea
door, Georgia Stanway forcing a fingertip save from Lindahl. But pushing
forward left them exposed, and again
Kirby was there to pounce and score
her 22nd goal of the season.
Capitalising on another City mistake, this time from Jen Beattie, Kirby
pick the ball up near the halfway line
and drove towards the City area before
The final
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Wembley, 5 May 5.30pm
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cutting inside and slotting a cool finish
past Roebuck in the 74th minute.
A standing ovation greeted the
striker as she made way for Aluko
shortly afterwards, rested, no doubt,
for Chelsea?s midweek trip to Everton
and then Sunday?s visit of Wolfsburg,
who have twice knocked the London
side out of the Champions League.
City, meanwhile, who started the
season with hopes of multiple silverware, now look like they could finish
the season empty-handed. Nick Cushing?s side will have to dust themselves
off ahead of a visit from Sunderland
before they host the Champions
League holders, Lyon, at the Academy
Stadium next weekend.
Chelsea
4-5-1
Lindahl; Thorisdottir
(Flaherty 65), Bright,
Eriksson, Blundell;
Chapman, Mjelde,
Andersson, Cuthbert
(Aluko 77), Spence?;
Kirby (Davison 81)
Sub not used
Spencer
Manchester City
4-5-1
Roebuck; Stokes,
Beattie,Houghton,
McManus; Christiansen,
Walsh, Scott; Stanway?,
Nadim (Emslie 62), Parris
Subs not used
Bardsley, Jans, Ross,
Middag
Referee Sarah Garratt Attendance 3,048
Mohamed Salah has spoken of his
pride at becoming only the third player
in Liverpool?s history to score 40 goals
in a season but said individual records
and accolades are meaningless compared with winning the Champions
League.
The Egypt international maintained
his phenomenal strike-rate on Saturday when he scored his 30th Premier
League goal of the campaign in the
3-0 home win against Bournemouth.
Salah?s exquisite header beyond Asmir
Begovic was also his 40th goal in all
competitions ? a figure previously
achieved at Liverpool by only Roger
Hunt (1961-62) and Ian Rush (198384 and 1986-87). No Liverpool player
has reached the milestone faster than
Salah, however, who has scored 40
goals in 45 games for J黵gen Klopp?s
side.
Liverpool?s �.9m summer signing from Roma is firmly on course
to win the Golden Boot and player
of the season awards but admits he
would swap them all for victory in the
Champions League.
Salah, who faces his former club in
the semi-finals, said: ?It means a lot.
I try to score every game to help the
team and to get the points. That is the
most important thing for us, that we
play as a team, as 11 players, and so
each goal for me is to help the team.
It is a great feeling, of course it is a
great feeling, but in the end I am just
happy to score and help the team. If I
had a choice between the Champions
League and the Golden Boot, then of
course it would be the Champions
League, no doubt the Champions
League. To win the Champions League
is huge for everyone. I don?t care about
the rest.?
The Liverpool forward is five goals
ahead of Tottenham?s Harry Kane in
the race to be the Premier League?s
leading scorer and, despite targeting
the club?s sixth European Cup success, admits the individual honour is
a motivation. ?It is in my mind,? said
Salah. ?I cannot lie, it is in my mind.
But you can see against Bournemouth
that everyone in the team tries to pass
the ball to me to help me. I am happy
to have this feeling, you feel all the
team want to support you and want
to help you score goals. I am also sure
that Tottenham?s players try to help
Harry Kane and also Manchester City?s
try to help Sergio Ag黣ro. It?s like that
but in the end we play as a team.?
Salah tweeted: ?Wooooooow
Liverpool record scorers
Anfield hotshots
Mohamed Salah needs just eight
more goals to surpass Ian Rush?s
record for the most in one season
in all燾ompetitions
Season
Ian Rush
Roger Hunt
Mohamed Salah
Ian Rush
Roger Hunt
Robbie Fowler
Gordon Hodgson
1983-84
1961-62
2017-18
1986-87
1964-65
1995-96
1930-31
Goals
47
42
40
40
37
36
36
really?? after Kane was awarded a goal
against Stoke by the Premier League
goals accreditation panel but declined
to be drawn further into the controversy. ?I don?t want to say anything
about that!? he said with a laugh. ?In
the end they said it?s his goal so it?s
finished for me. Now we still have four
games and they have five or six games
so I have to think about my games and
we will see. I think the way we play
gives us all more chances to score. You
can see with Bobby Firmino, he has
scored a lot of goals this season. It?s
also a different season for him. The
way we play helps us to be in front of
the goal all the time.?
Firmino struck his 25th goal of the
season in all competitions to seal a
comfortable defeat of Eddie Howe?s
team. Bournemouth had fallen behind
to an early Sadio Man� goal but settled into the game, with Nathan Ak�
defending well against Salah, before
the Egyptian peeled away from his
marker to convert a cross from the
excellent Trent Alexander-Arnold. ?It
was very difficult,? Ak� said. ?In a split
second he [Salah] is gone. If there is no
pressure on the ball, then he can make
incredible movements in behind you,
so it?s really, really difficult.?
Virgil van Dijk jokingly called Salah
?lucky? as Liverpool?s leading marksman discussed his 40-goal milestone.
The 25-year-old admitted he is now
targeting Rush?s all-time Liverpool
record of 47 goals in a season.
Salah added: ?It is very close, just
seven goals. But let?s see! I don?t know
how many games there is to go but we
have the Premier League and semifinals of the Champions League to play.
I will try my best to score again and
help the team.?
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Weekend
at燼 glance
Leading goalscorers
30
How they stand
GD
Pts
33
+68
87
2 Manchester Utd
33
+37
71
3 Liverpool
34
+43
70
4 Tottenham
33
+35
67
5 Chelsea
33
+24
60
6 Arsenal
33
+17
54
7 Burnley
33
+4
52
8 Leicester
33
+2
43
9 Everton
42
34
-15
10 Newcastle
33
-7
41
11 Bournemouth
34
-15
38
12 Watford
34
-18
37
13 Brighton
33
-15
35
14 ? Huddersfield
34
-27
35
15 ? West Ham
32
-18
34
16 ? Crystal Palace
34
-18
34
17 ? Swansea
33
-19
33
18 Southampton
33
-20
28
19 Stoke
33
-33
27
20 West Brom
34
-25
24
Stats with a story
? Four players who were born after Ars鑞e Wenger
took charge of Arsenal ? Joe Willock, Ainsley
Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah ? have
now made Premier League debuts for the club
? Before Saturday, Tottenham had not conceded three
goals at home in a Premier League game for more than
three years. The previous time was on 21 March 2015
? Kevin Long joined Burnley from Cork City in
January 2018 but the goal against Leicester on
Saturday was his first in the Premier League
Burnley
2
Wood 6, Long 9
Leicester
Mohamed Salah
Liverpool
25
21
15
17
15
12
12
12
11
11
Player of the weekend
Wilfried Zaha
Crystal Palace
Zaha has scored more
spectacular goals than
the tap-in and header that
did so much to overcome
Brighton but, yet again, it
was he who stepped up
when it mattered ? putting
Palace ever closer to safety.
Crystal Palace
3
Zaha 5 24, Tomkins 14
1
Harry Kane Tottenham
Sergio Ag黣ro Manchester City
Romelu Lukaku Manchester Utd
Raheem Sterling Manchester City
Roberto Firmino Liverpool
Son Heung-min Tottenham
Eden Hazard Chelsea
Glenn Murray Brighton
Christian Eriksen Tottenham
羖varo Morata Chelsea
Team of the weekend
Brighton
Hudders?eld
?
Nick Pope
Burnley
?
Kevin Long
Burnley
?
Trent
Alexander-Arnold
Liverpool
?
Mohamed Diam�
Newcastle
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1 Manchester City (C)
1
Ince 90
2
Watford
?
Mohamed Salah
Liverpool
?
Olivier Giroud
Chelsea
?
Florian Lejeune
Newcastle
?
Ryan Bertrand
Southampton
?
Kevin De Bruyne
Manchester City
?
Wilfried Zaha
Crystal Palace
?
Jordan Ayew
Swansea
Liverpool
3
Manchester Utd
0
0
West Brom
1
Man� 7, Salah 69, Firmino 90
0
Bournemouth
Vardy 72
Murray 18, Izquierdo 34
Rodriguez 73
Referee Martin Atkinson Attendance 21,727
Referee Andre Marriner Attendance 24,656
Referee Craig Pawson
Referee Chris Kavanagh Attendance 52,959
Referee Paul Tierney Attendance 75,095
Leaving themselves with too
much to recover has been the story
of the season for Leicester City.
Defeat at Burnley, who scored
their goals in the sixth and ninth
minutes, left Claude Puel?s side
nine points off seventh place, thus
highly unlikely to be playing in the
Europa League next season. The
club?s owners continue to count
the cost of a misplaced faith in
Craig Shakespeare?s credentials
to be a permanent manager
rather than caretaker or assistant.
Puel?s燼ppointment in October
after爅ust two victories in nine
games爌roved a far more adept
decision but Leicester?s record
of having now lost more games
(12) than their 11 wins indicates
a squad still failing to live up to
its potential.燗nd this is likely to
be the last season Riyad Mahrez
is around at the King Power
Stadium.燡ohn燘rewin
The focus was drawn inexorably
towards Wilfried Zaha, whose switch
to Ivory Coast will always have the
England setup cursing. Yet another
in Crystal Palace ranks excelled
in the M23 derby on Saturday to
suggest he could yet have a role
to play in Russia. This was Ruben
Loftus-Cheek?s best performance
at senior club level, the Chelsea
loanee driving the hosts forward
in a dominant opening period.
After more than three months out
with ankle trouble, the 22-year-old
has swiftly recaptured form. ?He
has qualities,? said Roy Hodgson.
?He was very good at screening,
keeping the ball. He?s very good
at beating players. His workrate
has been very good. If he can play
regularly for the last part of the
season, then we will see him doing
more and more as a player.? A place
in the World Cup squad is far from
outlandish.燚ominic Fifield
Huddersfield defied the odds to
reach the Premier League and
are on the verge of an even more
improbable achievement this
season. They will probably avoid
relegation from the top flight ?
beating Everton at home next
weekend would practically confirm
that ? and if they do they will have
debunked the notion a team can
only survive if they have a core of
wily Premier League veterans. Only
three of the 24 players used by David
Wagner this season had Premier
League experience and two of those
barely featured this season (Dean
Whitehead has played 65 minutes,
while Martin Cranie made three
appearances before being sold in
January). Huddersfield?s players
do have experience of keeping
cool in high-stakes duels, thanks
to their play-off triumph last year,
and the benefit of playing for one of
England?s best-run clubs. Paul Doyle
Mohamed Salah?s 30th Premier
League goal this season and 40th in
all competitions for Liverpool was
not the only statistic that had Anfield
purring against Bournemouth.
Despite an exhausting midweek
win against Manchester City in the
Champions League there was no
let-up from J黵gen Klopp?s team as
they took their goals tally under the
German to 300 in 148 games. Salah,
Roberto Firmino and Sadio Man�
have scored 82 goals this season ?
the highest total from Liverpool?s
three leading scorers in a single
campaign. The manager wants
more. Klopp said: ?Three hundred
is a massive number. I love watching
that kind of football but I don?t want
to be the entertainer and it is like:
?Oh we had fun but we didn?t win
anything.? I know the reason we
come here together is to win things
but I think the way you try to do it is
important.? Andy Hunter
Having so meekly allowed
Manchester City to claim the
Premier League title, a process
of rebuilding Manchester United
into future champions starts now.
The non-inclusion of Marouane
Fellaini, Daley Blind, Matteo
Darmian and Luke Shaw in Jos�
Mourinho?s match-day 18 for this
game at Old Trafford indicated
where a long-awaited clear-out of
David Moyes and Louis van Gaal
recruits is likely to begin. But it will
take more than that to revitalise
United. The爏hapeless sludge of this
performance against West Brom
was no anomaly. Chief among the
reasons United have been left in
City?s wake is Mourinho?s inability
to get the best from his purported
stars. Paul Pogba lasted less than
an hour before being substituted,
while Alexis S醤chez waits to reveal
anything like the form of his best
days at Arsenal. John Brewin
Man of the match
Chris Wood Burnley
Man of the match
Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace
Man of the match
Tom Ince Huddersfield
Man of the match
Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool
Man of the match
Ben Foster West Brom
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Goal of the weekend
Mohamed Salah
Liverpool
v Bournemouth
It was not quite in the
Robin van Persie league but
Salah?s improvised header,
which put Liverpool 2-0 up,
was typical of a player who
can do little wrong. He was
not even facing goal when
Trent Alexander-Arnold
whipped a 40-yard ball
his way but, level with the
penalty spot, he adjusted
brilliantly to loop over a
stranded Asmir Begovic.
45
Number of the weekend
Number of teams in the top four
divisions that have earned more
away points than Arsenal in 2018
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Newcastle
2
P閞ez 29, Ritchie 68
Arsenal
Southampton
2
Tadic 21, Bednarek 60
1
Chelsea
Swansea
1
J Ayew 71
3
Everton
Tottenham
1
West Ham
3
Stoke
Eriksen 42
1
Manchester City
91
Lacazette 14
Giroud 70 78, Hazard 75
Naughton 43og
Jesus 22, G黱do?an 25pen, Sterling 72
Referee Anthony Taylor Attendance 52,210
Referee Mike Dean Attendance 31,764
Referee Lee Mason Attendance 20,933
Referee Jon Moss Attendance 80,811
The best coaches improve players
and, by that criterion, Rafa Ben韙ez
must be regarded as exceptional.
An alarmingly limited and
inexperienced Newcastle squad
are up to 10th, on 41 points, having
just secured a fourth straight win,
at Arsenal?s expense. Since New
Year?s Day they have collected 22
points from a possible 36. Much of
that is down to the extraordinary
progress made by, among others,
Jonjo Shelvey, Jamaal Lascelles,
Mo Diam�, Ayoze P閞ez and Paul
Dummett since August. ?Staying up
is a fantastic achievement in what
has been a very difficult season,?
said Ben韙ez, whose January loan
recruitment of the Sparta Prague
goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and
Chelsea left winger Kenedy have
proved shrewd. ?Every week
the whole team is progressing
and improving. I?m really
pleased.?燣ouise Taylor
There were a number of variables
at work at St Mary?s. First was the
bullish strength of Olivier Giroud,
whose determination to make the
most of every moment led to a
change in attitude throughout the
team. Then there was the mental
frailty of Southampton, perhaps
to be expected of a club in deep
relegation trouble. And finally there
was a tactical tweak and the rare
sighting of a Blues back four. Conte?s
preference for a three-man defence
is renowned, the security it provides
being the bedrock on which the rest
of Chelsea?s play is built. It also puts
stress on the wing-backs to deliver
from forward positions. Last season
they rose to the challenge, this time
not so much. Marcos Alonso remains
a potent threat but not in this match,
and when he stepped back to allow
Willian and Pedro to roam the wide
spaces Chelsea posed a different set
of questions. Paul燤acInnes
Every club in the relegation battle
needs a talisman to provide hope
and inspiration, and Swansea
have found theirs in Jordan Ayew.
The 26-year-old has been a player
transformed since Carlos Carvalhal
took over as manager, scoring six
times but bringing far more than
just goals to a team who were so
prosaic and toothless in the first
half of the season. Ayew?s ability to
hold the ball up, together with his
skill and trickery, gives Swansea an
attacking dimension badly missed
during his three-match ban. He
returned against Everton, playing
alongside his brother Andr�, and
was a constant threat, linking play,
creating chances and scoring an
equaliser ? his 11th goal of the season
? with a wonderful half-volley. ?We
know that we will always fight and
die for this club, because it has given
me and my brother so much,? Jordan
said afterwards. Stuart James
Tottenham?s excellent run of 14
games without defeat came to an
end against a resurgent Manchester
City clearly with a point to prove
but Mauricio Pochettino will
be concerned that his side can
pick themselves up quickly for
Saturday?s FA Cup semi-final
against Manchester United. For all
his success in making Spurs into
genuine contenders, Pochettino
has yet to win a trophy as a manager
while it is now a decade since
Tottenham supporters were last
able to celebrate some silverware,
the 2008 League Cup. Even if he
has previously insisted that the
domestic cup competition would
not make up for failure elsewhere,
with a top four place almost in the
bag before tomorrow?s trip to face
Brighton in the league, there is no
reason why their manager cannot
approach their semi-final full of
ambition. Ed Aarons
Man of the match
Jonjo Shelvey Newcastle United
Man of the match
Olivier Giroud Chelsea
Man of the match
Jordan Ayew Swansea
Man of the match
Raheem Sterling Manchester City
Today 8pm Sky Sports Premier League
Venue London Stadium
Last season West Ham 1 Stoke 1
Referee Michael Oliver
Odds H 19-20 A 3-1 D 5-2
Paul Lambert has left his
relegation-threatened Stoke
City side with little doubt of the
importance of tonight?s trip to the
London Stadium. Stoke are six
points from safety and, with games
running out, Lambert believes Stoke
have to push West Ham all the way.
?We have to come away [from West
Ham] with something without a
doubt,? he said. ?The intent is to go
and win and we will do everything
we can to get three points. If we
get a win it drags a few back in and
that?s the most important thing.?
David Moyes could be lifted by
the return of Andy Carroll, James
Collins and Manuel Lanzini for his
West Ham side while Stoke will
once again be without Eric Maxim
Choupo-Moting, who is not yet
ready to return from a groin injury.
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aloft by the Wolves players as they
celebrated promotion in style
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Celtic march
for history
leaves lame
Rangers
red-faced
Celtic
4
Rogic 22, McGregor 38, Demb閘� 52pen, Ntcham 78pen
Rangers
0
Ewan Murray
Hampden Park
Sky Bet Championship
Esp韗ito Santo urges
Wolves players to
become centurions
Wolves
2
Jota 21, Afobe 87
Birmingham
0
Jamie Jackson
Molineux
Nuno Esp韗ito Santo said he would
celebrate Wolves earning promotion
to the Premier League but the manager wants them to aim for ?something
special? by finishing with 104 points.
This canter past a relegation-threatened Birmingham gives Wolves 95
points with three matches remaining of their Championship campaign.
Esp韗ito Santo?s side were the classy
proposition they have been throughout the season, as goals from Diogo
Jota and Benik Afobe on 21 and 87 minutes sealed the victory the Portuguese
demanded for the home crowd.
Wolves came into the match with a
place in the Premier League guaranteed thanks to Fulham?s only drawing
with Brentford on Saturday night.
Asked to look ahead to how Wolves
might fare next season in English
football?s top tier, Esp韗ito Santo said:
?Now is not the moment ? we would
ruin everything. We have 95 points.
Let?s try to achieve more, something
special ? 101 or 104 points. That?s the
dream, now let?s try it.
?It doesn?t finish yet. We know we
still have things to go for, can achieve
something special. This season does
not deserve any kind of bad moment.?
Wolves hit the top of the Championship in mid-November and have
stayed there. The manager said: ?I?m
very pleased. It is a big moment ? first
for our fans. This is why we work. It
was a special feeling. They are with
us, always behind us, along with the
club and city. And it is more special for
the players. They have been fantastic
from day one.
?We showed today that yesterday
was finished [promotion being confirmed] and the boys went out [and
focused]. Thank you for each and
every one of the players who was with
us. We achieve it together, together we
are strong.?
He pointed to the faith his charges
have shown since he took over last
Benik Afobe
scored the
second for Wolves
summer. ?They deserve it. The players are the key, the way they start and
they believe. First of all what you have
to conquer is the trust of players and
it?s fantastic [their belief]. The Championship is the hardest competition
in the world. When I?m saying this is
because it?s true; it is so competitive.?
Esp韗ito Santo had indulged in a
little celebration. ?Of course, I do it
with joy and I enjoy it. It was a very
hard season. I drink beer in the dressing room for the first time ? I must be
really happy. But Wednesday we are
back in work.? His side travel to Bolton
next Saturday before hosting Sheffield
Wednesday and making a final-day trip
to Sunderland.
Wolves have been criticised over
their relationship with the superagent Jorge Mendes, with rivals concerned that this has allowed the club
an unfair advantage in the transfer
market. Asked about his compatriot,
Esp韗ito Santo ? a Mendes client ? said:
?I think everybody who loves the idea
of Wolverhampton deserves credit.?
Conor Coady, the captain, said there
had been no problem concentrating on
the game. ?It?s not hard to focus when
we?ve got a manager like that,? he said.
?It?s huge for this club to be back in the
Premier League.?
Birmingham are two points above
the drop zone in 21st place and have
played a game more than Barnsley,
the side immediately beneath them.
City?s manager, Garry Monk, was
unhappy about the straight red card
shown to Harlee Dean for a challenge
on H閘der Costa early in the second
half. ?Harlee went for an attempt for
the ball. The ruling is that?s a yellow
card; we are definitely looking at that
to be rescinded.?
Of the survival battle, Monk said:
?We?re fighting. Everyone is.?
Wolves
3-4-3
Ruddy; Bennett, Coady,
Boly; Doherty, Sa飐s,
Neves (N?Diaye, 70),
Douglas; Costa, Jota
(Afobe, 74), Cavaleiro
(Bonatini, 16)
Subs not used
Norris, Batth, GibbsWhite, Hause
Birmingham City
4-4-2
Stockdale; Harding,
Morrison?, Dean?,
Grounds ? (Maghoma,
62); Colin, Kieftenbeld
(Roberts, 53), Ndoye
(Gardner, 79), Jota;
Jutkiewicz, Davis
Subs not used
Kuszczak, Lowe, DacresCogley, Lubula
Referee Andy Davies Attendance 29,536
Scottish Cup semi-finals can deliver
seminal moments. Two years ago
a shock Rangers victory in an Old
Firm clash signalled in effect the end
for Ronny Deila?s time as the Celtic
manager. The subsequent arrival of
Brendan Rodgers triggered a stunning
upturn in fortunes in Glasgow?s east
end.
Rangers apparently lack the
resources to attract a manager of
Rodgers? calibre. Nonetheless the
ease with which they were swatted
aside here should illustrate the scale
of overhaul required at Ibrox. Had
Alloa Athletic?s players moonlighted
in Rangers shirts for this game, the outcome would have been no different.
Graeme Murty, who has the Rangers manager?s job only until the summer, watched his team embarrassed
by a Celtic side who do not need the
assistance of such lame opposition.
Rangers did not have much shape to
start with; they lost it all, and their discipline, long before full time. Murty,
who looked shellshocked, apologised
to the Rangers support as he reflected
on his worst day in football.
?I don?t think we got close enough
to them,? Murty said. ?All four goals
were avoidable. I said we had to be
clinical in both boxes but I don?t think
we managed to do that at all.
?I?m not here to speak about my
own position; it would be churlish
and selfish to do that now. I won?t talk
about my role, it isn?t about me.?
In truth it is the absentee Rangers
chairman Dave King who should be
doing the talking. King continues to
preside over an inefficient club which
has not won a major trophy since its
financial collapse of 2012.
For Rodgers, further history
beckons. No Scottish team has ever
won back-to-back domestic trebles.
With the League Cup in the trophy
cabinet and a successful top-flight
defence within touching distance, victory against Motherwell in the Scottish
Cup final would deliver that consecutive clean sweep.
?I think what the players have done
over the past couple of seasons has
inspired the supporters into believing the impossible,? the Celtic manager
said.
?There is always a lot of talk up here
about the gap [between Celtic and
Rangers] but these are tough games.
Rangers have good players and there
? Brendan Rodgers was all smiles
as Celtic brushed Rangers aside
is always pressure at this club. The
expectations are huge.?
Moussa Demb閘�, who was to run
amok, had already struck a post by the
time Celtic edged ahead. Tom Rogic
danced inside Ross McCrorie, with the
bemused young defender left to look
on as the Australian midfielder rolled a
calm finish beyond Wes Foderingham.
The half-time score at least partly
reflected the gulf in class. A routine
Kieran Tierney cross should have been
dealt with by Russell Martin. Instead
the veteran centre-back played the ball
straight to the feet of Callum McGregor.
The return was with interest as Celtic
doubled their lead. Murty?s response,
which appeared little more than tokenism, was to replace Andy Halliday with
Josh Windass. There were still five first
half minutes to play.
Any faint hopes Rangers retained
of a recovery were extinguished by
a Demb閘� burst. The floundering
McCrorie hauled down the French
striker, with a red card and penalty
the legitimate outcome. Demb閘� took
the spot-kick himself and duly made
no mistake.
A Rangers flurry followed. Mikael
Lustig almost scored a bizarre own
goal but instead watched his sliced
clearance rebound from the crossbar.
Craig Gordon saved smartly, twice,
from Alfredo Morelos.
The latter stages of the game were
flat on the basis that Rangers had no
chance of salvation and Celtic knew it.
There was time for a fourth, though,
again from the penalty spot, after Patrick Roberts was upended by Jason
Holt. The excellent Olivier Ntcham
used the opportunity to notch his
eighth goal of the season.
?We have a way of playing that we
know can win games,? Rodgers said.
What Rangers and Murty would give
for that.
Celtic
4-2-3-1
Gordon; Lustig?,
Boyata, Ajer, Tierney;
Brown?, Ntcham;
Forrest (Roberts 73),
Rogic (Sinclair 60),
McGregor; Demb閘�
(Griffiths 79)
Subs not used
Bain, Simunovic,
Edouard, Kouassi
Rangers
4-3-2-1
Foderingham; Tavernier,
McCrorie?, Martin, John;
Docherty?, Dorrans (Holt
73), Halliday (Windass
40); Candeias (Alves 53),
Murphy; Morelos?
Subs not used
Alnwick, Miller, Hodson,
Cummings
Referee B Madden Attendance 49,729
The final
Celtic
v Motherwell
Hampden Park, 19 May
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Newcastle?s
Matt Ritchie
fires the ball
past the
diving Petr
Cech for
the winning
goal against
Arsenal
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Ritchie winner boosts Ben韙ez and strikes
Wenger another away-day hammer blow
Newcastle
2
P閞ez 29, Ritchie 68
Arsenal
1
Lacazette 14
Possession
Newcastle
29%
Arsenal
71%
Shots on target
4
3
Fouls
11
8
Louise Taylor
St James? Park
As Rafael Ben韙ez strode towards the
centre circle and acknowledged a
richly deserved standing ovation, yet
another grisly Arsenal inquest was
about to begin.
At the end of an afternoon when,
courtesy of a fourth successive win,
Newcastle United emphatically banished any lingering relegation fears,
the rather fixed expression on Ars鑞e
Wenger?s face indicated that, once
again, it was time to reach for his
metaphorical tin helmet.
With the music blaring and locals
serenading Ben韙ez to the tune of a specially adapted version of La Bamba,
debates raged in all corners of the
stadium. Had the impressive Jonjo
Shelvey finally done enough to convince Gareth Southgate to offer him a
place on England?s World Cup flight to
Russia? Might Ben韙ez?s achievement
in overseeing Newcastle?s collection
of 22 points from a possible 36 since
New Year?s Day earn him the manager
of the year award? And, crucially, will
Arsenal?s failure to collect a single
point on the domestic road during
2018 finally spell the end for Wenger
in north London?
They may be looking forward to
a Europa League semi-final against
Atl閠ico Madrid but this was the visitors?s fifth straight Premier League
away defeat. It provided plenty of
clues as to why Wenger?s side remain
a disappointing sixth.
In mitigation, Arsenal?s Europa
League quarter-final draw at CSKA
Moscow on Thursday night was followed by a 5am Friday landing at Luton
airport. After a dominant first-half
display here, that rude awakening
appeared to catch up with them.
Initially though a visiting XI featuring the 18-year-old attacking midfielder Joe Willock making his league
debut looked neither overly tired nor
missing Mesut 謟il ? given the day off.
Instead Alexandre Lacazette volleyed Arsenal them into an early
lead at the end of a wonderfully fluent attacking move also featuring
Shkodran Mustafi?s 60-yard pass and
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang?s adhesive control and intelligent square ball.
It was Aubameyang?s second visit to
the north-east, the first having come
when he played 2012 Olympic football for Gabon at St James? Park. Then
Aubameyang and friends limbered
up with a friendly at nearby Northern League club Heaton Stannington,
where he caused quite a stir by arriving
in a pair of �500 Swarovski crystalencrusted trainers.
Ayoze P閞ez ? who cost Newcastle a
relatively modest �5m ? is unlikely to
ever command the �m that Arsenal
paid for Aubameyang but, almost
imperceptibly, the young Spaniard
has grown into what initially seemed
an unnatural No� role in Ben韙ez?s
hallmark formation.
So much so that P閞ez has now
scored three times in the last three
games, with the latest pulling Newcastle right back into things yesterday.
In some ways almost a carbon
copy of Arsenal?s opener, the equaliser began with a fine 50-yard delivery from Shelvey. Once Dwight Gayle
had brought the playmaker?s pass
under seamless control and Mustafi
? defensively disappointing throughout ? stood off, the striker fed DeAndre
Yedlin. The right-back?s superb low
cross was met by P閞ez?s right foot and
the ball arrowed beyond Petr Cech.
Martin Dubravka?s arrival on loan
from Sparta Prague in January has been
a key factor behind Newcastle?s renaissance ? significantly Lacazette?s goal
was the first the Slovakia goalkeeper
had conceded at St James? Park ? but
Newcastle
4-2-3-1
Dubravka; Yedlin,
Lascelles, Lejeune,
Dummett; Shelvey,
Diam� Ritchie (Murphy
86), P閞ez (Joselu 79)
Kenedy; Gayle
(Slimani? 63)
Subs not used
Darlow, Clark, Hayden,
Manquillo
Arsenal
4-2-3-1
Cech; Chambers
(Maitland-Niles 78),
Mustafi, Holding, Monreal;
Eleny, Xhaka; Iwobi
(Nketiah 86), Willock
(Welbeck 68),
Aubambeyang; Lacazette
Subs not used
Ospina, Mertesacker,
Kolasinac, Nelson
Referee Anthony Taylor Attendance 52,210
bar a momentary brain freeze on Willock?s part he would surely have been
beaten again just before half-time.
When Mo Diam� slipped, Lacazette
was gifted possession and the striker?s
pass seemed to have cued the teenager
up for a memorable goal but Willock
got his feet in an awful tangle and a
glorious chance evaporated.
The afternoon had turned into
an intriguing tactical duel between
Arsenal?s slick possession game and
the counterattacking strategy that has
enabled Ben韙ez to overachieve greatly
this season.
If the containment capabilities of
the vastly improved Jamaal Lascelles
and Paul Dummett should not be
underestimated, Shelvey?s defencesplitting contributions alongside the
quietly influential Diam� have frequently changed games. Against Arsenal Shelvey did much to suggest that
Southgate is wrong to continue turning
a blind eye to his England candidacy.
As Mohamed Elneny and company?s
legs grew heavier, Islam Slimani, on
for Gayle, created Newcastle?s second
goal with a header across the area. That
delivery allowed P閞ez to contribute a
clever dummy and neat flick, leaving
Matt Ritchie to lift an accomplished
chip over Cech, with Nacho Monreal
culpable.
With Slimani creating havoc,
Kenedy subsequently hit the bar and
the Blaydon Races was sung ever
louder. Beneath a tepid April sun, one
team was crumbling. For once, it was
not Newcastle.
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the best
sides in
English
football
Manchester
City
2017-18
Kevin
De燘ruyne was
the mastermind
behind many
of the team?s
performances
this season
LAURENCE GRIFFITHS/
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Manchester
United
1998-99
David
Beckham (right)
hugs Gary
Neville during
the win against
Everton in
March
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Liverpool
1987-88
Peter
Beardsley, one of
the key players
in the side, in
action against
local rivals
Everton
DAVID CANNON/
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City earn their place in
the pantheon of great
sides ? and our hearts
Comparing title-winning
teams from di?erent eras
is di?cult but this side are
one of the best ever
Jonathan Wilson
T
he statistics offer some
measure of Manchester
City?s greatness. They
have won the title with
a month to spare and
are on course to set
records for points gained and goals
scored. Achieving that in an era
when there is, theoretically at least,
a big six ? when they are not just
steamrollering much weaker sides ?
is extraordinary.
But the stats are only part of it
and probably not the main part.
One does not have to be Jos�
Mourinho or one of his acolytes to
realise that, with the money City
have spent in the two years since
Pep Guardiola took over, a failure
to challenge would have been an
intense disappointment. But it is the
way that money has been spent that
marks them out.
City may have outlaid a net �0m
under Guardiola but their most
expensive player is Aymeric Laporte,
brought in for �m. They have not
done what Paris Saint-Germain have
done ? or even what Manchester
United have done ? and spent
a huge燼mount on a couple of
big-name players.
Rather they have targeted
their spending so well that when
Mourinho started sneering about
City?s purchase of �m full-backs,
the barb rebounded and highlighted
the fact that his two preferred
full-backs are both 30-something
converted wingers.
There was a joke doing the rounds
last summer that featured Guardiola
excitedly telling Sheikh Mansour,
City?s owner, that he could win the
The key games
In a season of stellar performances,
three games demonstrated the
qualities that allowed Guardiola?s
side to outclass their rivals after
what had been an awkward first
season in England for the Catalan:
30 September
Chelsea 0-1 Man City
City totally outplay the champions
at their own home, producing a
display of strength and elegance,
even without Sergio Ag黣ro. The
Chelsea old boy Kevin De Bruyne
hits a spectacular winner after a
neat exchange with Gabriel Jesus
14 October
Man City 7-2 Stoke
Guardiola speaks of ?the best
performance since I came here?
after Stoke are taken apart after
having the effrontery to pull the
scoreline back to 3-2. De燘ruyne is
again outstanding, with two assists
and one of the passes of the season
3 December
Man City 2-1 West Ham
A result that summed up City?s
ruthless focus, with a dramatic late
winner for a third successive game,
after wins against Huddersfield and
Southampton. De燘ruyne is again the
creator: flicking a ball over for David
Silva to fire home
? and four blips
Only five times this season have City
failed to take all three points from a
Premier League fixture ? with only
two defeats:
21 Aug
31 Dec
14 Jan
3 Feb
7 April
Man City 1 Everton 1
C Palace 0 Man City 0
Liverpool 4 Man City 3
Burnley 1 Man City 1
Man City 2 Man United 3
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How they rated
reasonable to argue for the thrill of
the United treble-winners of 1998-99
with the contrasting wing-play of
David Beckham and Ryan Giggs and
the intermovement of Andy Cole
and Dwight Yorke. Or for the blend
of pace and finesse in the Arsenal
Invincibles side of 2003-04. Or,
reaching further back, the sudden
blossoming of Liverpool in 1987-88,
when the signings of John Barnes,
Peter Beardsley and Ray Houghton
complemented John Aldridge and
added a swagger to a unit that had
previously been largely efficient
with moments of brilliance. But that
is where an aesthetic evaluation
strikes a problem.
Spectacular as that Liverpool were
and although they got to the FA Cup
final, it would be hard to make a case
that they were better than, say, the
side of 1983-84 that did the treble of
European Cup, League and League
Cup or the 1976-77 side that won the
European Cup and the League and
lost in the final of the FA Cup.
They might have been prettier
but would they have beaten them in
a head-to-head game? A case could
even be made that by encouraging
a more fluent style Kenny Dalglish
began the turn away from the
Liverpool Way. Other factors were
at play, of course, but Liverpool
have won only one title since and
that 87-88 side will always have a
question mark against them because
the Heysel ban meant they were
untested in Europe.
U
league title with the most beautiful
football imaginable and that all
he needed to do that was the best
two players in the world in every
position. And that, essentially, is
what has happened. There will
always be those who see the money
spent as detracting from the beauty
but Guardiola has also improved
players and he has blended them to
accentuate their assets. Yes, money
has been spent but City have got full
value for it.
And that is the wonder of this City
team. The statistical milestones do
not tell the full story. They are not
definitive. The record points tally
is, for now 95, held by Mourinho?s
Chelsea in the first season of his first
spell, 2004-05. They were, without
doubt, a very fine side, one of the
best of the Premier League era, but
did they stir the heart as City have?
Perhaps they did, with their
organised muscularity enlivened by
Damien Duff, Arjen Robben and Joe
Cole. Aesthetics, after all, are to a
large extent subjective. It is entirely
Sol Campbell
lifts the Premier
League trophy
in May 2004
nited?s 98-99 side,
similarly, were
memorable because
of the number
of moments of
extraordinary drama
in which they were involved but
would they have beaten the United
of 2007-08, with their fluid attack of
Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez and
Wayne Rooney, and a defence that
leaked only 22 goals in the league
that season, 15 fewer than in 98-99?
The best sides marry thrills
and aesthetic pleasure with
effectiveness. Those on the
highest levels of the pantheon
combine being good to watch with
consistency and a capacity to get
the job done in difficult conditions.
City, perhaps, have been almost too
good this season. They have won the
league with such ease that it is hard
to point to one defining game when
they have been pushed to the limit
and have found the inner strength to
win despite adversity.
There is a vulnerability to City
and just because Liverpool are
the only side really to expose it
for long enough to take advantage
this season does not diminish the
flaw, particularly when it is such a
recurring theme for Guardiola sides.
That is useful as a way out from the
back ? and Ederson?s calmness in
possession has been a major feature,
notably at home against Tottenham
when he bypassed the press with a
string of accurate long passes ? but
also gives City protection against the
counter; although, as the Champions
League games against Liverpool
suggested, perhaps not enough.
City?s domination of the channels
at one end of the pitch has been
their triumph; at the other end their
failure to dominate them has been
their undoing.
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Manchester City?s 24 medallists:
Jamie Jackson rates Guardiola?s
star men, solid performers and
the bit-part players who took the
team to the Premier League title
Goalkeepers
9
Claudio Bravo
Sole league appearance
came as a substitute when
Ederson was hurt in a�0
win against Liverpool.
5
Kyle Walker
Would earn a higher mark
if he had marauded more
along his flank. Integral to
City?s improvement.
8
Danilo
A fine back-up across the
defence. His ability to play
defensive midfield was a
useful option, too.
7
Vincent Kompany
Fit enough to become a
regular at the business
end of the season ? still
the club?s best centre-half.
8
Nicol醩 Otamendi
A Guardiola favourite
who has raised his game
but remains vulnerable to
pace and the high ball.
7
John Stones
Is surely more talented
than Otamendi but
slipped to fourth choice
after error-prone displays.
6
Aymeric Laporte
Joined in January and
has looked the part,
his爌hysical presence
bolstering the defence.
6
Fabian Delph
Guardiola values
versatility and the
midfielder has performed
at爈eft-back with ease.
7
Oleksandr Zinchenko
The 21-year-old, a
midfielder for most of his
career, has been another
eye-catching left-back.
7
Benjamin Mendy
The left-back?s season was
truncated by a knee injury
in September ? only now
nearing fitness again.
6
Eliaquim Mangala
The previously maligned
Frenchman impressed
when he played before
going on loan to Everton.
6
10
David Silva
Again added guile and
sorcery, illustrating爓hat
a top-class proposition
he remains at 32.
9
Fernandinho
Almost monotonous in his
excellence. City want to
buy a successor; it will be
hard to match his quality.
9
Ilkay G黱dogan
A princely schemer who
would walk into virtually
any other European side.
Excelled when used.
8
Leroy San�
Proved doubters wrong
to become a blue-riband
performer. Very fast, with
plenty of end product.
9
Raheem Sterling
The season of his career,
delivering goals on top of
creativity. Transformed
under Guardiola.
9
Bernardo Silva
The quality of City?s attack
is summed up by the
Portuguese being unable
to pin down a place.
7
Yaya Tour�
Has hardly featured in his
swansong City season but
what better way to exit
than with another title?
5
Phil Foden
What an achievement for
the 17-year-old to get into
this side. Being a local boy
makes it extra special.
6
Brahim D韆z
A fringe player but the
18-year-old Spaniard has
appeared accomplished in
the few爉inutes he got.
5
10
Gabriel Jesus
Guardiola?s favourite No�despite another campaign
blighted by injury. Repaid
faith with some key goals.
6
Ederson
A flawless debut season
in English football ? a
stark contrast to Claudio
Bravo?s dreadful 2016-17.
Defenders
Midfielders
Kevin De Bruyne
A magnificent footballer ?
in virtually every
league match he has
been simply formidable.
Strikers
Sergio Ag黣ro
Lethal. Scored more than
20 league goals despite
not having Guardiola?s
unqualified confidence.
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Football Premier League
Now let?s retain the title,
says Kompany, as
the party starts early
City captain says thank you
to Rodriguez for ?a lovely
goal ? It was a great feeling?
Ed Aarons
Vincent Kompany has challenged his
Manchester City team-mates to retain
their Premier League title after Manchester United?s shock defeat to the
bottom side West Brom confirmed Pep
Guardiola?s men as champions.
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With Kompany watching on at his
wife?s family home after City?s 3-1
victory over Tottenham on Saturday
evening meant United had to avoid
defeat against Albion to keep the title
race alive, Jay Rodriguez?s goal at Old
Trafford ensured the trophy will head
to the other side of Manchester for the
third time in seven seasons.
?You can?t take them for granted
? I?ve been lucky to win three but
there have been so many I?ve missed
as well,? said Kompany. ?Today I?m
happy and I suppose my team-mates
will roll their eyes a little bit but I kind
? Vincent Kompany, the City captain,
celebrates at his wife?s family home
of want to see what the reaction is
going to be now. I?ve never retained
the title and I want to see if this team
has got it to carry on and be even more
successful.?
He added: ?I had that feeling when I
woke up this morning but I don?t like to
wait and see a team lose so it was a little bit of a different experience today.
West Brom are a good team and they
don?t deserve to be that low and as they
stuck into the game you realised that
something could happen. It was a set
piece and a lovely goal from Rodriguez
so thank you. It was a great feeling.?
Guardiola, who said on Saturday
that he would be playing golf rather
than watching the match, can now add
a Premier League winner?s medal to
those he claimed in the Bundesliga
with Bayern Munich and La Liga
with燘arcelona. City players posted
celebratory messages on Twitter with
Kevin De Bruyne writing: ?Unbelievable season for us. Very happy to call
us champions this year.?
Confirmation of the title success
comes as a fillip at the end of a difficult spell for City, during which they
lost in the Manchester derby and suf-
fered a Champions League exit at the
hands of Liverpool. By completing the
job after 33 games, City have emulated
the achievement of United, who also
secured the crown with five matches
to spare in 2001.
Speaking after the victory over Tottenham which took him to the verge
of his 20th trophy as a manager, Guardiola singled out the win over Chelsea
in September as the moment his side
believed they could triumph.
?We played so well in many, many
games,? he said. ?I think winning in
Stamford Bridge gave us the confidence that we could do it. Last season
against contenders was not so good
? we won few games. Against the last
champions that gave us the belief that
we were able to go there and play the
way we played. But in general we were
so stable. We conceded goals but the
most important detail is not the goals
you concede but the chances we concede. In every game it was few.?
Worryingly for City?s rivals, there
are no signs that this is the culmination of their journey either. As Guardiola pointed out, the majority of his
squad have youth on their side and yet
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? Jay Rodriguez (on floor)
gives West Brom their first
away win since August
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more investment will no doubt follow
in the summer. But while their manager admitted the relative inexperience of some of his players may have
counted against them in the Cham-
By the numbers
�8m
Amount spent on players by
Manchester City under Pep
Guardiola since taking over
2.64
Average number of points per
match for Manchester City in the
Premier League this season
2009
No team have retained the Premier
League title since Manchester
United nine years ago
pions League, Guardiola believes the
standards they have set this season
can be an inspiration for the future.
?We won with guys who are so
young ? sometimes playing with
guys who that age in the Champions
League is complicated. But maybe it
was a good lesson for the club for next
season,? he said.
?We will have to try [to get better].
If you read what the people said this
week we have to improve a lot. You
judge results but we cannot deny
that this season we were good. Every
single day. To win 18 games in a row
you have to be mentally strong and
today showed me how strong they are.
That is important to help us believe.
Manchester City is not like United or
Chelsea or Arsenal. The big clubs in
England they have a lot of trophies
and a lot of history behind them so
sometimes you have to do these kind
of things to make you believe: ?Wow,
we are good too.?
?Of course the same isn?t going to
happen next season but that is the target. We were able to do it once and that
means you can do it twice. We have to
try next season to be better.?
Dismal United booed
o? after Rodriguez goal
exposes shortcomings
Manchester United
0
West Brom
1
Rodriguez 73
Possession
Man Utd
70%
Shots on target
4
Fouls
7
West Brom
30%
4
13
Daniel Taylor
Old Trafford
? Pep Guardiola congratulates Raheem Sterling after his
man-of-the-match display at Spurs CATHERINE IVILL/GETTY
? Gabriel Jesus?s goal at Tottenham set City on the way to
a 28th league win DAVE SHOPLAND/BPI/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
?I want to
see if this
team can
carry on?
Vincent
Kompany,
leading City?s
celebrations
after beating
Spurs, aims
to retain
the爐itle
JAMES MARSH/
BPI/REX/
SHUTTERSTOCK
? City fans celebrate winning the Premier League title
outside the Etihad Stadium ANTHONY DEVLIN/PA
The only surprise, perhaps, is that
Manchester United have kept the title
race going as long as they have when
they are capable of playing this abysmally. They find themselves 16 points
behind Manchester City, the newly
crowned Premier League champions.
Their goal difference is 31 inferior to
Pep Guardiola?s team and the final
twist in the story of a one-sided title
race counts as a humiliation for a club
with their haughty ambitions.
It was a defeat at home by the Premier League?s wooden-spoon team,
with the Old Trafford stands barely
half-full and the players booed off by
many of the people who had chosen
not to leave early. Was this really the
team who won 3-2 at City in one of
the season?s great comebacks? It was
only eight days earlier that Mourinho?s
players could be seen throwing their
shirts into a euphoric away end at the
Etihad Stadium. Now they were wandering around like zombies, drenched
in a downpour, losing against the worst
team in the league.
Mourinho called his players the
?masters of complicated football?
but that was being generous after
one of the more startling displays of
his two years in charge. West Brom
have been submerged in the relegation quicksands since December. Their
previous away win in the league came
in August and there has been only one
other occasion in the Premier League
years, against Blackburn Rovers in
2011, when United have lost at home
against the league?s bottom club.
Even when Jay Rodriguez headed in
the decisive goal, in the 73rd minute,
it was alarming to see the lack of fight
from a team, lest it be forgotten, that
have won this league 20 times. Sir Alex
Ferguson used to boast there was no
other side in the world who scored as
many late goals as his ? but not the current version. United drifted aimlessly
towards the final whistle without ever
?I know how to win ? but I don?t play,? says Mourinho
Jose Mourinho said he could ?smell?
a bad performance coming from
Manchester United after the 1-0
defeat to bottom-of-the-table West
Bromwich Albion that confirmed
Manchester City as Premier League
champions and left him questioning
the attitude of his players.
Mourinho described United
as ?the masters in complicated
football? and said they had been
guilty of letting their 3-2 victory
against Manchester City go to their
heads, arguing that they would not
be able to sustain a better challenge
next season until Paul Pogba, among
others, had started to show more
consistency.
However, the United manager
also gave a strong defence of his
own record, listing some of his
achievements with Chelsea, Real
Madrid and Porto, after being asked
how United could expect to overhaul
Pep Guardiola?s team next season.
?I trust in my work,? he said. ?I have
no reason not to ? eight titles and
three Premier Leagues and the last
Premier League was not 20 years
ago. It was three years ago and I
know how to win. I believe in myself,
but I don?t play.?
Jay Rodriguez?s second-half
winner meant City winning the
league with five games to spare. ?If
I was in their position I would be
very upset if someone said they won
because United lost against West
Brom. They won because they were
the best team.? Daniel Taylor
looking as if they had the wit or gumption to save themselves. Thousands
of people had gone before the end.
?Manchester City, we?ve won you the
league,? was the cry from the West
Brom fans.
On this evidence perhaps West
Brom ought to have put Darren Moore
in charge earlier in the season. As it
is, they can still be relegated next
weekend and their victory will be
remembered as an almost freakish
result from an otherwise wretched
season. Yet a result of this nature
must enhance Moore?s chances of
being given the job full-time and the
only possible mitigation for United
was that their opponents appeared
to have dramatically improved since
Alan Pardew?s departure.
All the same it was difficult to find
any plausible excuse for a team that
finished with Alexis S醤chez, Romelu
Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Anthony
Martial and Juan Mata on the pitch but
barely landed a glove on willing but
limited opponents. Mourinho said he
could ?smell? a performance of this
nature coming, complaining there had
been a noticeable deterioration on the
training ground since beating City. His
players, in other words, have started
choosing their games and, in the case
of Paul Pogba in particular, it was not
a surprise if Mourinho picked up the
stench of complacency.
Pogba might have risen to the challenge against City, with two of the
goals in United?s second-half comeback, but when he can play with that
kind of authority it makes it even more
perplexing that he can follow it up by
having this kind of stinker. He dawdled his way through 57 minutes and
there was no dissent from the crowd
when Mourinho decided he should be
removed so early. Mourinho was in
such a dark mood afterwards it would
be no surprise if Pogba loses his place
against Bournemouth on Wednesday, or even in the FA燙up semi-final
against Tottenham on Saturday.
Not that it was all the fault of one
player. At one point Pogba had the ball
20 yards inside the opposition half and
was so irritated by the lack of movement from his team-mates he put his
studs on top of the ball and held out
his arms to protest.
West Brom had a let-off in the first
half when the referee, Paul Tierney,
gave Craig Dawson the benefit of the
doubt for a penalty-box challenge that
put Ander Herrera on the floor. Ben
Foster denied Lukaku with two fine
saves. Yet the reality for United is that
there was never a part of the match
when it became a backs-to-the-wall
operation for a team that is bound for
the Championship.
The most inviting chance of the first
half was the one for Jake Livermore
when David de燝ea?s one-handed save
denied him. West Brom played with a
sense of adventure. Rodriguez scored
the game?s decisive goal from a badly
defended corner and, as the United
fans headed away, a party was starting
a few miles across this divided city.
Manchester United
4-1-2-2-1
De Gea; Valencia,
Smalling, Lindelof,
Young (Rashford 75);
Matic; Herrera (Lingard
h-t), Pogba? (Martial
58); Mata, S醤chez;
Lukaku
Subs not used
Pereira, Jones, Rojo,
McTominay
West Brom
4-4-1-1
Foster; Nyom?, Dawson,
Hegazi, Gibbs;
Phillips (Krychowiak 77),
Livermore, Brunt (Yacob
90), McClean; Rodriguez;
Rond髇 (Sturridge 85)
Subs not used
Myhill, Mossad,
Burke,燜ield
Referee P Tierney Attendance 75,095
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Special delivery
City handed title by shock United
defeat ? and now they want more
? Contrasting
emotions for
Pep Guardiola
and Jos�
Mourinho after
Manchester
City secured
the Premier
League title
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by more forgiving
plastic, every horse returned to its
yard afterwards and, where the last
National on heavy ground was a
grim, attritional spectacle, the race
this year produced a close finish and
a popular winner in Tiger Roll.
?He had a good, comfortable
night,? George said of Saint Are
yesterday. ?They looked after him
well at Aintree. His lad stayed up
with him and the vets checked him
every few hours. He?s eaten his
breakfast and he?s ready to come
home. He walked out brighter this
ALAN CROWHURST/GETTY IMAGES
Tiger Roll was a popular
winner in the colours of
owner Michael O?Leary?s
Gigginstown House Stud
morning, I just think he was a bit
shaken [when brought down at The
Chair].?
There is, of course, an element
of risk attached to any horse race
and it is inevitable that a horse will
suffer a fatal injury in the National
eventually. But we are now at a point
where the effect of the changes to
the fences before the 2013 renewal is
becoming increasingly clear.
The new fences look like the
old ones and the race itself looks
little different, while the number of
finishers has risen slightly over the
past six runnings compared with
the six years from 2007, from 38% to
43%. This in itself is good news, as
more punters are getting more of a
run for their money.
But the most significant
difference, as might be expected
since the fences are now more
forgiving, is in the number of fallers.
Proper statisticians may flinch at this
point, because half a dozen years
is not, admittedly, an extended
sample, but the effect does seem
obvious and unmistakable.
Between 2007 and 2012 there
were 57 fallers in the National
from 240 starters. Since the
changes to the fences there have
been 32 from 236.
Fewer fallers, inevitably,
also means fewer horses being
brought down in their wake.
The ratio of falls to riders being
unseated, meanwhile, has
shifted from 1.4:1 to, in effect, 1:1
because the number of unseats is
virtually unchanged. It appears
that mistakes that were once bad
enough to cause a fall are now
more likely to unship the jockey,
while lesser errors that might
have been 50-50 to unseat in the
past are more likely to leave the
rider sitting tight.
In other words the redesigned
fences ? which received
unqualified approval when they
were unveiled six years ago ?
have worked precisely as the
organisers intended and reduced
the rate of fatal injuries in the
National much closer to the rate
of just below 0.4% of starters in
the rest of National Hunt racing.
The sunshine at Aintree on
Saturday also added to the
generally positive mood around
the big race, especially after a
damp and chilly Ladies? Day
on Friday. It was not, perhaps,
welcomed quite so warmly by
ITV?s senior executives, however,
as sunny weather was cited
as a reason for a slump in the
National?s audience figure last
year, the first since it grabbed a
monopoly on terrestrial racing
coverage from Channel�
The theory is that on one of
the first spring-like Saturdays of
the year, many potential viewers
preferred to be outside with their
families rather than stuck in
front of the TV. It seemed to be
borne out last year by a big drop
in the total audience on Saturday
afternoon, of which the National
took a peak share of 62%.
The peak viewing of 8.5m
for this year?s race was a 3.6%
increase on last year?s peak of
8.2m, although the peak share of
total viewers while the National
was being run was down slightly,
at 60%. It was still well short
of the 10m viewers for the last
National on Channel 4 in 2016,
however, and even further adrift
of the 12m peak that John Baker,
Aintree?s managing director,
suggested would be ?at the low
end of expectations? when the
contract was signed.
Last year?s ITV coverage is up
for a Bafta next month and this
year?s also seemed to be well
received. Both racing and ITV
will hope earnestly for a spike in
the figures next year, however,
before negotiations start in
earnest on a possible extension to
the �m contract.
Today?s tips, page 35
Women?s FA Cup
Kirby grips Chelsea?s
final place with
a brace to beat City
Chelsea
2
Kirby 5, 74
Manchester City
0
Suzanne Wrack
Kingsmeadow
A double in either half from the
in-form England striker Fran Kirby
at home to Manchester City booked
Chelsea a place in the FA Cup final.
?That?s what she does best,? her
manager Emma Hayes said. ?She?s
really got a lot of big semi-final goals
for this team. We?ve had to nurture her
through the week, I didn?t think she
was going to play today but that?s how
much she wants to put it on the line.?
Chelsea took full advantage of any
weary England legs in the Manchester
City starting 11 as Kirby fired them in
front inside five minutes. Eight Manchester City players featured over England?s two World Cup qualifiers against
Wales and then Bosnia-Herzegovina,
compared to Chelsea?s two. With Kirby
sitting out the trip to Sarajevo to protect a hamstring niggle the London
club clearly benefited.
The England and City captain, Steph
Houghton, was at fault when she mistimed a headed clearance to let in Kirby
who slotted past the 18-year-old Ellie
Roebuck. Going a goal behind failed to
rattle City who dominated possession
for the rest of the half but were unable
to break through a r
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