20p THE Sun n Friday, March 2, 2018 FOR A GREATER BRITAIN LESS THAN THE DAILY MIRROR 50p thesun.co.uk By NICK McDERMOTT PHONE LIGHT HEALTH RISK RED ALERT ON LIGHT from your phone is putting you in danger, England’s top doctor has warned. Dame Sally Davies said it adds to a deadly cocktail of pollutants. Full Story — Page Eight lIcy Brrritain runs low on gas l20ins falls.. Army called in STORM EMMA lGirl, 7, one of 10 snow deaths lColdest day ever in March By PAUL SIMS and DANIEL JONES Iced up . . woman caked in snow and, left, storm over sea THE Armed Forces were scrambled yesterday as up to 20 inches of snow caused pandemonium on Britain’s coldest March day since records began. A girl of seven became the 10th victim of the big freeze, while the National Grid warned it did not have enough gas to Continued on Page Four Emmageddon 2 ............... Friday, March 2, 2018 2GM PM’S BREXIT BLUEPRINT By TOM NEWTON DUNN THERESA May will today call on the EU to give Britain a fair Brexit trade deal or see a shoddy one enforced on us swiftly collapse. The PM will warn EU negotiators that any sly bid to get Britain to accept poor terms will backfire. She will sound the alarm as she finally unveils her blueprint for a future economic relationship with Europe. Mrs May’s speech in London today comes three weeks before all-important negotiation starts. She has set five tests that any EU deal must pass with the first being that it “must endure”. The PM will say: “After Brexit both the UK and the EU want to forge ahead with building a better future for our people, not find ourselves back at the negotiating table because things have broken down.” She will also insist the EU respects the referendum result by giving back control of our borders, laws and money. Any deal must protect jobs and security, and strengthen our “union of nations and our union of people”. Finally, the deal should be consistent with the kind of country Britain wants to be in — “a modern, open, outward-looking and tolerant European democracy”. Last night it emerged there was a row at a two-hour Cabinet meeting yesterday over key parts of the address. Brexiteer ministers Boris Johnson and David Davis successfully demanded the removal of the phrase “binding commitment” to align with EU rules on some manufactured goods. EU leaders have begged Mrs May for details of her plan for frictionless access to the single market for British businesses. Chief negotiator Michel Barnier put pressure on the PM by again urging businesses to prepare to pull out of the UK. email@example.com SLY NOW ..PAY LATER A ATER By NICK GUTTERIDGE Pecking order . . May and Tusk at No.10 TUSK: EASE RED LINES MONDAY 26/02 By TOM NEWTON DUNN EU boss Donald Tusk implored Theresa May to slacken her EU red lines to win an easier trade deal as they met at No10 yesterday. The EU Council president was overheard telling the PM he was “not happy” with her demands to regain full control of Britain’s borders, laws, money and trade deals. Earlier, he tweeted: “UK red lines will deterTUESDAY 27/02 mine shape of our future relationship.” Mrs May and Mr Tusk also clashed over how she plans to solve the Irish border dilemma as she briefed him on trade deal blueprint. A No10 spokesman said the PM told him that she and Ireland’s leader have said the priority was to resolve the question “through the overall relationship between the UK and EU”. May: Tricks will backfire on EU told: ‘KICK OUT AUSTERITY MPs Drop rise TARGET HIT KEN’ PLEA The Sun Says — Page Ten WEDNESDAY 28/02 THE Tories have cleared the deficit on day–to– day Government spending, two years after the deadline set by ex-Chancellor George Osborne. A dramatic improvement in the country’s finances meant the Treasury was finally in surplus on the so-called current budget, excluding capital investment, last year. Mr Osborne, right, hailed the achievement on Twitter. Ex-PM David Cameron said it proved austerity was right. The current budget deficit hit £99.6billion in 2009. In 2016 it was £20.7billion but moved to a £3.8billion surplus in 2017. Overall debt remains at £1.7trillion. 3 MPs were urged to return a £1,368 pay rise to the public after the expenses watchdog said their salary will go up to £77,379. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority said the increase was 1.8 per cent. Most public sector staff pay has been capped at one per cent since 2010. The TaxPayers’ Alliance said MPs should give the public a “pay rise” by taking less of their cash. LABOUR was blasted by Britain’s Jewish community last night for failing to expel Ken Livingstone over “anti-Semitism”. The former London mayor, below, was given an “administrative suspension” over comments about Adolf Hitler and Zionism ten months ago. It was due to expire in April but outgoing party General THURSDAY 01/03 Secretary Iain McNicol signed an order to continue it. Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush said: “We urge Labour not to kick this problem in to the long grass. It is time for Labour to expel him for good.” SUJIKO 3 ABERDEEN ABERDEEN TODAY: Outbreaks of snow will start in the south and move northeastwards, covering much of the country. Strong, bitingly cold easterly winds. 1 TONIGHT: Snow is expected to LEEDS 2 LEEDS 2 continue, turning increasingly to LIVERPOOL LIVERPOOL MANCHESTER rain across the south coast. DUBLIN DUBLIN -1 MANCHESTER Becoming drier later with patches -1 NORWICH BIRMINGHAM NORWICH BIRMINGHAM of mist in southern England by 1 0dawn. A fresh easterly wind. 1 0 0 CARDIFF 0 CARDIFF OUTLOOK: Patchy snow in the tomorrow. Rain, sleet and BRISTOL 0 LONDONnorth LONDON 3 PLYMOUTH BRISTOL snow will push into southern areas. 0 2 3 PLYMOUTH 2 Outbreaks of rain and snow for SOUTHAMPTON SOUTHAMPTON many areas on Sunday. Dry at times in the south. 1 GLASGOW 1 GLASGOW EDINBURGH EDINBURGH BELFASTBELFAST NEWCASTLE 1 NEWCASTLE SATSAT 2˚ 2˚ Corbyn’s ‘plot with Brussels’ To play Sujiko, enter the numbers 1 to 9 in the spaces so that the total in each circle is equal to the sum of the four surrounding FRIDAY 02/03 squares. JEREMY Corbyn has been accused of “conspiring” to undermine Brexit after a series of senior Labour figures made pilgrimages to Brussels. On the day former PM Tony Blair gave another pro-EU speech there, top Tories said Labour was plotting with eurocrats to try to force Britain into a customs union. Former Tory minister Nick Boles fumed: “I voted Remain. I can see some advantages in a customs union. But I will not be bullied by an arrogant Commission conspiring with opposition parties.” MEP David Campbell Bannerman added: “I don’t think this is a coincidence. This has the look and smell of a planned campaign of collusion.” Blair rap on influx TONY Blair was accused of hypocrisy last night, after urging the EU to curb migration in an attempt to reverse Brexit. He said EU leaders had a “responsibility to lead us out of the Brexit culde-sac”, adding: “Reform is key to get Britain to change its mind.” But Tories rapped the ex-Labour PM for letting in three million migrants. MP Nigel Huddleston accused him of “lecturing” and said: “A key reason we’re leaving is his inability to control immigration when PM.” Schools spot woe THOUSANDS of children missed out on their firstchoice secondary school on National Offer Day yesterday, a survey shows. Thirty-three per cent in London did not get a place at their favoured school while around 29 per cent missed out in Birmingham and Liverpool. But 97 per cent of kids in East Yorkshire and 96 per cent in both Barnsley and Hartlepool did get their top choice school. PUZZLES: PAGE 47 SATURDAY 03/03 £2 BETS WARNING Cutting stakes on fixed odd betting terminals to £2 will destroy 2,500 jobs, bookies will warn the PM. We are always after good stories – and we pay big money for them every day. Call our newsdesk and we’ll call you straight back. WhatsApp: 0742 372 0250 MON MON 3˚ 3˚ THE Sun aims to have the highest standards. Let us know if we make mistakes. The Sun is a founding member of the Independent Press Standards Organisation. To complain to us about the code it enforces, go to www.thesun.co.uk/ipso. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to The Sun Ombudsman, 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. We pay for your stories Call: 020 7782 4100 or our Manchester office on: 0161 9355351 SUNSUN 1˚ 1˚ CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS email: email@example.com or our Manchester office on: firstname.lastname@example.org Today’s birthdays PITCH Perfect actress REBEL WILSON, 38, left, Coldplay frontman CHRIS MARTIN, 41, right, 2012’s X Factor winner JAMES ARTHUR, 30, James Bond actor DANIEL CRAIG, 50, and rocker JON BON JOVI, 56. l Last night’s Health Lottery numbers: 16, 36, 40, 41, 49. Bonus: 23. Friday, March 2, 2018 ............... 1GM 3 SHE’S GOT SNOW CLOTHES ON By EMMA JAMES NOW that’s what we call a Page Freeze Girl. Model Nicole Rayner was cool enough to strip for hot pictures in the snow and minus 4C. Photographer pal Richard Egan, 53, said: “She was absolutely freezing but she kept going.” Starkers raving mad Nicole, 23, threw caution to the icy wind in York Museum Gardens. Talk about a cold snaps. STORM EMMA CHAOS Picture: SWNS.COM PAGES 4, 5 & 7 Looks a bit nippy out, love OUR £9.50 HOL HOT SPOT’S ON TV! TALE OF THE TAPAS BENIDORM Yearly visitors 11m Hours of sunshine per month 350 Miles of beaches 4 Highest temp (ave) 77oF (25oC) 3 Rainy days per month (ave) 68oF (20oC) Sea temperature (ave) Traditional gift Straw donkey Hat Sombrero SCARBOROUGH Yearly visitors 1.4m Hours of sunshine per month 129 Miles of beaches 2 Highest temp (ave) 53oF (11oC) 10 Rainy days per month (ave) 40oF (10oC) Sea temperature (ave) Traditional gift Stick of rock Hat Flat cap IT HASTA BE A JOKE TV hit Benidorm coming back...but in Scarborough Going . . Benidorm family EXCLUSIVE by SIMON BOYLE and ANDY HALLS TV’s Benidorm bosses are making a new seaside comedy set in Scarborough — after ITV quietly axed the long-running show. The Sun can reveal the current tenth series of Benidorm will be the last amid falling ratings. But creator Derren Litten is already working on a new sitcom — this time for the BBC — set in a karaoke bar in the traditional North Yorkshire holiday resort. A TV source said: “Benidorm has been a huge success for ITV for a decade, but bosses feel it’s run its course. “The ratings have started to drop off and a number of the fan favourites have left, so it just feels as though the time is right to let it go out while it’s still on a high. “It has been ITV’s longest-running comedy, which is a real achievement.” Set in the Spanish resort, Benidorm followed Brits abroad and staff at the Solana all-inclusive resort. But a disappointing 4.3 million fans tuned in for this week’s series opener — a 400,000 drop on last year’s launch. A source said: “It’s like the first casualty of Brexit — Benidorm has relocated to Scarborough.” An ITV spokesman said of Benidorm: “No decision has been made about a further series.” lSCARBOROUGH is among the destinations for The Sun’s incredible £9.50 holidays offer. Check out thesun.co.uk/holidays email@example.com 4 ............... Friday, March 2, 2018 2GM POWER CRISIS ON EMMAGEDDON SNOW ALERT Continued from front page last through the day. Forecasters issued a red alert warning of a danger to life as Storm Emma’s 70mph winds hit the existing Beast from the East chill — bringing deadly snowdrifts and a -15C windchill. Chaos on the roads, rail and air continued and thousands of schools closed once again as the country faced its worst snowstorm in three decades. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson took the rare step of sending in Britain’s military at 6am yesterday to help the NHS. A fleet of RAF 4x4s ferried hospital staff to work in Lincolnshire and health workers were driven to vulnerable patients cut off by the weather. Several hospitals cancelled all non-emergency appointments, while the East of England Ambulance Service was on black alert — meaning it hit full capacity. Last night the MoD confirmed the Army had been deployed to help NHS staff in Scotland. A spokesman added: “There are three UK standby battalions held at high readiness to respond to contingencies and emergencies, including support Baby born at roadside A MUM gave birth stuck in snow while on the way to hospital. Baby Sienna Waring was delivered by dad Andrew, 29, on the A66 at Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham. Paramedics later took Sienna and her mum Daniella, 29, to hospital for a check-up. Andrew, of Catterick, North Yorks, said: “I knelt in the snow to deliver the baby.” BOURNEMOUTH Swimmer in gloves and pal brave bracing sea MANCHESTER DUNVANT, WALES Short skirts for shopping trip Dai Stock with ice fountain Thumbs up . . . RAF driver to local authorities.” Military were also called in to help 300 motorists stranded on the A31 in Hampshire last night. Some were trapped for five hours. The red alert issued by the Met Office yesterday for the South West and South Wales will remain in place until Friday. It also put out amber alerts for snow, wind and ice covering vast swathes of the country. Chief forecaster Paul Gundersen said there could be up to 20in of snow in some areas of the red warning zone. He also warned of rare freezing rain in some places that may lead to difficult conditions for motorists and pedestrians. The Met Office also said long interruptions to power supplies and other utilities are “very likely to occur” along with damage to trees and structures. The National Grid yesterday issued a “gas deficit warning” due to the high demand. It attempted to limit industrial use, but stressed that households would not be affected. Temperatures in Okehampton, Devon, failed to get above -5.8C yesterday and -5.9C in Libanus, Powys — the lowest daytime high on record. A girl of seven became the freeze’s tenth fatality when hit by a car in Looe, Cornwall. KINDER, DERBYSHIRE Climbers admire stunning spectacle of frozen waterfall THREE-DAY FORECAST TODAY TOMORROW SUNDAY High: 3°C Day-time low: -2°C High: 6°C Day-time low: -2°C High: 8°C Day-time low: 0°C Friday, March 2, 2018 ............... 2GM COLDEST MARCH DAY EVER Homework & snow play A HEAD’S letter closing a school due to snow has gone viral after he set homework for pupils to have fun. Chris Stewart, of Hallam Primary, South Yorks, put on Facebook: “Important homework... 1. Dress up warm, 2. Play out in the snow, 3. Go sledging, 4. Make some snow angels.” He added: “Treasure the memories of playing in the snow.” TYNESIDE Pub regulars toast coolest customer CUMBRIA SHEFFIELD Front door opens on to wall of snow ‘Cultured’ locals gaze at pristine todger graffiti on bowling green RUNNING OU OUT O OF GAS Demand up by a third Factories cut production after the National Grid offered them cash to use less energy. I told you we’d left the taps on That meant homes got enough gas. And the Government urged families: “Do carry on using your heating and cooking meals as normal.” Demand was a third higher than normal for early March. The cold snap means it is up across Europe. But yesterday’s crisis could have been averted if British Gas owner Centrica had not been allowed to shut the UK’s biggest gas storage plant before Christmas. The facility at Rough off East Yorkshire accounted for 70 per cent of our stores, and at any one time it could hold enough gas to power 2.5million homes for a year. Yesterday there were also shortterm supply issues with gas fields in the North Sea and Norway. A terminal was down in Barrow, ASIAN DEMAND Supplies to UK hit by high demand for gas in Asia PIPELINE SHUT Snowstorms close pipeline from Holland to Bacton, Norfolk Cumbria, and there was a problem with a pipeline from Holland. Tom Marzec-Manser, of analysts ICIS, said: “All these little things add up when demand is so much higher than it should be at this time of year.” At one point yesterday the wholesale price of gas soared by five times more than normal. But it will not affect the prices families pay because energy firms buy it in advance. National Grid’s forecast yesterday initially showed the UK would need 395.7million cubic metres, but would be short by 49.5million. This deficit pipe line TERMINAL ISSUES Troubles at North Morecambe Barrow terminal eled BRITAIN was on the brink of running out of gas yesterday — hit by a perfect storm of freezing weather and problems with supply. THE PERFECT STORM FOR UK GAS SUPPLY CUT Gas flow reduced through pipeline from Nyhamna in Norway to Easington near Hull Lang By DANIEL JONES, ANDY JEHRING and LAUREN PROBERT Supplies to Britain hit BBL STORAGE SHUT Rough gas storage off Yorkshire coast closed in December 2017 - It was 70 per cent of UK's storage capacity fell in the day as factories cut back and extra supplies came in. The closure of Rough meant the UK’s total storage fell from four billion cubic metres to just 0.7billion — one of the lowest in Europe. Half the UK’s gas comes from Europe and the rest from North Sea oil fields. The UK was self-sufficient in North Sea gas until 2004. The last time National Grid issued a warning like this was in 2010. In 2013 the Government refused to subside storage facilities. The Energy and Utilities Alliance warned the Government not to allow the closure of Rough. Its chief executive Mike Foster said: “We repeatedly said situations like this would happen. Sadly we’ve been proven right. “Gas storage facilities work by buying gas when it is cheap in the summer, and then selling it when it is expensive in the winter. “We have been left incredibly reliant on imported gas and are vulnerable to situations like this. “The result is to ramp up the price of gas — it is currently around six times what it was two days ago. “This hits big industry, especially the ceramics industry, who have to pay the hourly rate. “This will lead to staff being laid off for the day and will have a huge cost for the industry.” Chemicals giant Ineos scaled back usage at its Runcorn plant by a fifth after speaking to National Grid. Jeremy Nicholson of the Energy Intensive Users Group said its members, which include steel, ceramics and glass producers, would rather sell their gas back to the market than face paying “through the nose”. Energy Minister Claire Perry said: “The National Grid is following a standard procedure and people’s domestic supplies won’t be affected. “We are in constant contact to monitor gas supply throughout this extreme weather.” firstname.lastname@example.org The Sun Says — Page Ten GIRL, SEVEN, IS TENTH VICTIM OF BEAST — PAGE SEVEN 5 6 ............... Friday, March 2, 2018 1GM Friday, March 2, 2018 ............... 1GM EMMAGEDDON STORM CARNAGE Cold Vic . . Square Weather ’Enders filming . . . GIRL , 7, IS 10TH VICTIM OF BEAST Hit by car skidding in heavy snow EXCLUSIVE by STEPHEN MOYES EASTENDERS has axed filming today due to the snow. Bosses pulled the plug as the roads around Elstree Studio, Herts, are not safe. It is believed to be only the second time bad weather has stopped filming in the show’s 33-year history. One insider said: “A lot of production, set and design crew went to the pub to toast the Beast from the East and Storm Emma.” A show spokesman said filming was postponed to ensure the health and safety of cast and crew. Corrie and Emmerdale also axed scenes yesterday. They film up to two months ahead and didn’t want snow on screen in May. Samantha Giles — Bernice in Emmerdale — found out after a “horrific” journey to Leeds on the M62. A GREGGS lorry driver handed out cakes and doughnuts to stranded drivers. Jon Gowing shared his load on the A1 at Lindisfarne, Northumberland. Les Goff, 39, of Leeds, said: “He was a top guy.” Greggs said: “We are proud.” Julie Sweet . . lorry Herrington, 54, and her daughter Victoria, 16, picked up prescriptions and food for local pensioners. Paramedic Julie, of Thirsk, North Yorks, said: “It was a spur of the moment thing.” SEND US YOUR ICE STARS HAVE you or a pal gone above and beyond? Call 020 7782 4014 or email email@example.com. A GIRL of seven killed after a car lost control in the snow became the tenth victim of Storm Emma yesterday. She is believed to have been on the pavement when a Nissan skidded and hit her before crashing into a house. Horror . . lake tragedy. Right, Leeds body find Neighbours said the accident happened on a steep hill which motorists had struggled to use in the heavy snow. Others claimed it was too dangerous to drive on. Plumber Colin Smith rushed to help the girl but By PAUL SIMS she was declared dead at the scene in Looe, Cornwall. He suffered a leg injury. His father Alan, 71, said: “Colin is in hospital, they’re going to stitch his leg up. Colin is a father too — he is upset.” Chief Insp Adrian Leisk said the tragedy should be a warning to motorists not to get in their cars. He added: “Please, please do not venture out on to the roads.” Storm Emma has claimed nine other lives in the past three days. The body of a 75-year-old woman was found underneath a snowcovered car after falling near her home in Leeds. A man aged 46 was killed in a crash with a lorry on the A43 in Oxford. And care worker Elaine McNeil died on her way to work after falling ill in Glasgow. Her boss at Cordia Services tracked her phone and found her collapsed. A homeless man aged 53 was found dead in a tent in Lincoln. Four others were killed in two separate car crashes in Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire on Tuesday. Meanwhile, a man who slipped into a frozen lake while chasing his dog was named locally as Stephen Cavanagh. The grandad died in Welling, South East London, on Wednesday. POLICE are hunting a Royal Ballet School pupil who vanished from a hospital wearing only a pair of pink socks on her feet during a blizzard yesterday. Ashleigh Fair, 19, was spotted on the hospital’s CCTV as she fled from her ward at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. firstname.lastname@example.org l HELL IN HIGH WATER M62, HUDDERSFIELD A Highways Agency vehicle bursts into flames M66, BURY, LANCS Vehicles slewn across road after 16-car pile-up ROYAL Navy tanker RFA Tidespring battles into the teeth of the Beast from the East off Plymouth as the storm left a trail of chaos on land. Four died in car smashes in Lincs and Cambs. A 16-car pile-up left 20 hurt on the M66, Bury, and a 19-car crash shut the A19 in County Durham. A rescue vehicle caught fire near Huddersfield and hundreds were stranded in cars across the UK. 7 8 ............... Friday, March 2, 2018 Hols Brit lost in sea A BRITISH tourist is missing after being swept out to sea while taking pics of waves on Madeira. The man in his 60s clambered over a security barrier on to a section of seawall in the Portuguese resort of Praia Formosa on Wednesday evening. Over 60 rescue workers and a helicopter were drafted in to search after his girlfriend, who was with him, alerted cops. The holidaymaker has not been named. HERO PC TRIBUTE A gate to Parliament where PC Keith Palmer was killed in last March’s terror attack should be named after him, MPs say. 1GM TABLETS OF DOOM Official advice: Gadgets at bedtime are deadly LIGHT pollution from By NICK McDERMOTT, Health Editor phones and tablets could epidemic of sleep-deprivation. Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally be as harmful as junk food, Davies said: “People should try to England’s top doctor make sure their mobile phones are turned off before bed. Kids as well.” warned yesterday. More than three-quarters of Brits Experts fear blue light from the devices is fuelling an are exposed to blue light before going to bed. Research has suggested it prevents production of the hormone melatonin — an important factor in getting off to sleep. And the NHS warns regular poor sleep increases the risk of serious medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes, as well as anxiety and depression. Prof Davies, who has a reputation for nannying advice, warned that blue light and noise added to a “daily cocktail of pollutants”. She said: “I think pollution is a bit like junk food. It doesn’t kill you on the day, but it slowly can accumulate and do you harm.” She urged families with kids to install air pollution monitors because of emissions from household products. email@example.com 78% of people areue exposed to bl s light from devidce be before 2 8M Brits re gula don’t get thrley recommended 7hrs of sleep BLUE LIGHT PERIL Human biological clock is set by the amount of light and dark the eyes are exposed to Sunlight triggers rise in the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin But artificial light can suppress melatonin - leading to sleep deprivation Blue light particularly suppresses melatonin because body is sensitive to its shorter wavelengths Regular poor sleep shortens life expectancy and increases risk of: OBESITY HEART DISEASE DIABETES ANXIETY DEPRESSION Sun MILKMAN Ray Adams is accused of hiding marijuana, tobacco and mobile phones inside milk cartons and smuggling them into a prison in Ohio, US. SPOT Nannied by Dame Sally THE nannying warnings of Dame Sally Davies, below left, have made headlines before. Her previous advice includes: l Women should think of breast cancer every time they have a glass of wine. l Obesity is as big a threat as terrorism, with our bulging waistlines a “national risk” to health and the NHS. l Brits should Wine . . scare avoid retirement and keep working into their 70s in a bid to stay fit. l Even one pint a week raises the risk of cancer. l Bosses Terror . . gut should offer flexible working and provide cooler workplaces for women going through the menopause. MELLOR BIG WIN EX-Tory minister David Mellor is due an £11million windfall after a legal claim against him was rejected. Mellor, 68, and two pals were sued in London’s High Court by Italian count Giovanni Capodilista, 72. He invested £2million to build a housing estate near Reading through SFPL. The firm went bust after failing to get permission. A firm controlled by Mr Mellor and partners got the go-ahead. A judge will decide today on the final financial carve-up. Friday, March 2, 2018 ............... 1GM 9 BEY-FLOUNCY! Court . . . Deghayes Snub for JPs from father of 3 jihadis By BEN LEO THE dad of three jihadis refused to stand for magistrates, citing his religious beliefs. Abubaker Deghayes, 50, defied JPs during his trial for assault. He told the Brighton court: “I don’t stand for anybody other than God.” Magistrates agreed to his request, allowing Deghayes to leave the dock before they retired to consider their verdict. But he had to stand as he was found not guilty of punching a fellow mosque worshipper in a dispute over parking. Outside court Deghayes said: “Standing for humans or royalty is not something done unless we are forced.” His sons Abdullah, 18, and Jaffa, 17, died in 2014 in Syria. Their brother Amer, 23, is also thought to be in the Middle East. ‘High vis’ pupil row A MUM is fuming after her autistic son was made to wear a high-vis jacket in school breaks. Joanne Logan branded the decision to single out Charlie, six, disgusting. Stephen Whitehouse, head at Cherry Lane primary in West Drayton, West London, said: “The bib is only for medical emergency so dinner ladies can quickly see the children who need help.” Joanne, 42, had a meeting with the school and it was decided Charlie would no longer wear it. The National Autistic Society said: “It’s essential that schools and parents work together.” Car killed my home A WOMAN faces demolishing her house after a driver caused £200,000 damage ploughing into it at 4am. Mum-of-two Dawn Jowett, 54, is living in rented accommodation after insurers condemned the property where she had lived for 18 years. Dawn told a court she had made a lifetime of memories in the home in Offerton, Stockport, and it was not “just bricks and mortar” to her. Darren Sharpe, 24, admitted dangerous driving in a pal’s Audi A4 and got 18 months’ jail at Manchester’s Minshull Street crown court. JANET AND GONE One in three kids never reads outside of school and 80 per cent spend “little or nothing” on books, a UK poll found. BEYONCE mixes low cut with a director’s cut as she wears a flouncy dress at a premiere. The singer, 36, arrived by limo with daughter Blue Ivy, six, for the showing of Disney movie A Wrinkle In Time at an LA cinema. Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling star in the sci-fi space adventure. And Bey looked out of this world too. FURY AS MET BLOWS FORTUNE COPS’ £1M FIGHTING WORBOYS VICTIMS COPS blew more than £1million fighting compensation claims by two victims of black cab rapist John Worboys. The women battled for five years to share just £41,250. The High Court awarded cash in 2013 after ruling that the Met had not properly investigated Serial rapist . . Worboys EXCLUSIVE by TOM WELLS the attacks on them and was liable for their suffering. The force fought the case in the Court of Appeal — which ruled in the women’s favour in 2015 — and all the way to the Supreme Court, which last week also ruled for them. It ran up £946,727 in legal costs, figures from a freedom of information request show. That ignores in-house costs of the Met’s lawyers, staff time and other backroom resources — taking the true sum over £1million. The Met admitted its case was not based on “factual differences” between it and the women about officers’ blunders. It instead claimed the battle was about “interpretation of European human rights laws”. But five Supreme Court justices agreed victims of serious crime should be able to sue cops if they fail to investigate properly. Victim DSD was the first to report Worboys in 2003. She said she had a depressive disorder from police’s treatment of her. She was awarded £22,250. Victim NBV said she suffered distress, anxiety, guilt, PTSD and depression after her 2007 report was mishandled. She got £19,000. Met Deputy Commissioner Sir Craig Mackey said after last week’s verdict: “We’ve accepted serious mistakes were made.” Worboys, 60, feared to have attacked more than 100 women, got an indefinite jail term in 2009. firstname.lastname@example.org 10 ............... Friday, March 2, 2018 Sun THE SAYS Brexit plotters THERESA May’s Brexit speech today will doubtless be rubbished immediately by the EU and Labour. They may as well issue a joint statement, so close have they become. Why is Corbyn’s aide Keir Starmer forever visiting Michel Barnier in Brussels? Starmer is not Britain’s negotiator. By sheer coincidence, though, he has convinced Labour to back a customs union, just as Barnier wants. Starmer’s fellow Remainers have co-ordinated an assault this week to weaken the PM and bolster the EU. One day it’s Corbyn’s capitulation. Then Major’s witless whine. Now Blair, claiming peace is at risk, as if we should reverse Brexit for fear of the IRA. He even claimed the EU will reform. Spare us! It has spurned every chance for that. It seeks to dominate, not reform. It is no longer negotiating in good faith. It has mocked a tech-led “smart border” in Ireland — despite its own officials detailing why it would work. Brussels doesn’t want it to work. It wants to pretend the border problem is insurmountable unless we stay tied to its rules for good. How much more arrogant EU posturing and Remainer plotting must we endure? Sense on Press A NEW Leveson inquiry would have been a scandalous waste of public money and a hammer blow to the Press. So we commend the Government for scrapping it and vowing also to repeal Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act, which would kill investigative journalism. Let us hope it also now sinks the redundant “media regulator” Impress, that vehicle for Max Mosley’s revenge. Culture Secretary Matt Hancock braved predictable sneers from Labour about being too close to newspapers. In fact he was standing up for democracy. He is informed enough to know that Press practices have changed dramatically, that we are under tougher regulation than ever and that the unregulated web has transformed the debate entirely. Labour’s Press-haters should be honest. They campaigned for a sequel to the first inquiry, which with the police investigations cost £48million, solely to weaken papers hostile to Labour. The phone-hacking victims they purport to care so much about are merely pawns in a cynical political game. Gasbags’ folly HOW proud those who whip up fracking hysteria must be now, as gas runs low. The shortage is a failure by Tory and Labour governments to build our energy supplies. But it is also true that potentially vast quantities of shale gas under our feet will remain there untapped. Why? Because eco-warriors promoting internet conspiracies successfully scared the public about its safety. What a shameful act of self-harm. 1GM AFTER THAT #MEGTOO OUTBURST, A (VERY FRIENDLY) WORD OF ADVICE ROYAL PROMO . . . with Kate this week I HAD a one-word response to the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: YES! Any British patriot should be delighted to have this woman marrying into our monarchy. The smile. The glow. The charisma. She is one of those beautiful creatures who glides through life like a hot knife through butter, melting all in her path. Not only is Markle gorgeous, she’s got a cracking life story. Her rise from gameshow girl to duchess is worthy of a Disney movie. She is, quite simply, a national asset. We have the City of London, North Sea oil — and now Meghan Markle. Her worth to the UK brand over the coming years is incalculable. So I am rooting for Markle to succeed — and was concerned to see her swinging her weight behind some controversial campaigns this week. At an event to promote the younger royals’ charity work, the Duchess-to-be spoke approvingly of the women’s empowerment movements that are all the rage among the Hollywood set. Markle ventured that “with so many campaigns, MeToo and Time’s Up, there is no better time to really continue to shine a light on women feeling empowered.” She argued passionately that “people need to be urged to listen” to women’s voices — and promised that as soon as she was back from the royal honeymoon she would “hit the ground running” in support of these issues. Woah, nelly! A palace courtier urgently needs to advise Meghan that when it comes to royals talking about current affairs, less is more. If she wants to be taken to the nation’s bosom, she needs to tread carefully. She can have a huge and positive influence Markle’s heart is no doubt in the right place. She wants to use her new mega fame for the good of the world — and all power to her elbow. But the fact that Markle is already being outspoken on one of the hot topics of the day suggests she could have a rocky road ahead. Because when it comes to our relationship with the royals, we British are a fickle lot. We want the Windsors to be VISIBLE but not too VERBAL. When they wade into politics it doesn’t normally end well. For a lesson in the wisdom that silence can be golden, Markle should look to her future father-in-law. I happen to think Prince Charles is right on a lot of things. Yet every time he sticks his head above the parapet, he’s shot down. Whether it’s modern architecture or the price of eggs, Charlie has a view — and it’s this kind of outspokenness that has seen his popularity tumble. A poll last summer found that only a fifth of Brits want him to be the next King. Contrast that with his mother, who after 66 years on the throne is still more popular than Ant, Dec and David Attenborough combined. She is the ultimate national treasure. Why? Because Her Maj is largely silent. We know she loves corgis and keeps her Bran Flakes in Tupperware boxes, but beyond this the Queen is largely a mystery — and this is why she has an enduring power. She keeps above the political fray. The tides of fashion may come and go, trendy campaigns may blow in and out, but Queen Elizabeth stands firm — a rock of ages. I’m not suggesting Markle should keep totally schtum. She can have a huge and WOOING CROWDS . . . Meghan in London last month You’re a great national asset ...but you need a little more mystique, Meg By CLARE FOGES positive influence — but as well as taking things slowly she needs to be wise about the kind of campaigns she champions. MeToo and Time’s Up are, of course, the celebrity causes of the day. We’ve had luvvies on both sides of the pond gushing endlessly about female empowerment. At the Golden Globes and the Baftas, the red carpet was thronged by sisters doin’ it for themselves, wearing black dresses in the name of solidarity, striking MeToo poses. This is all very fashionable. But to be frank, a lot of us are sick of this preening, virtue-signalling show. It seems everyone wants to shout MeToo!, even if their “harrassment” was just being winked at by the office lech many years ago. If Markle climbs aboard this bandwagon it won’t do her any good. She would be better off picking causes that are grittier and less glamorous, and that resonate with ordinary Brits. She could hang out with military veterans, meet elderly people who are lonely, mentor some inner-city kids — something real, not some Hollywood carnival. Markle has the potential to be one of our best-loved royals. She has the brains, looks, and is obviously a caring girl. But if she wants her love affair with the nation to last, then Meg needs to keep a little more mystique. l Clare Foges is a former No10 speechwriter. Friday, March 2, 2018 ............... 1GM PRIMARK RAP LACED UPTON Fury at bikinis for kids aged 1 Gascoigne . . . on show Gazza: I went into rehab for sick dad By JOE KASPER PAUL Gascoigne secretly checked into rehab before Christmas while struggling to cope with his dad’s ill health. The former England star wept on TV yesterday as he spoke about John’s death from cancer last month aged 72. Gazza, 50, told ITV show Loose Women he had considered going back on the booze. He said: “If I feel like I drink, normally I ring a sponsor or go to a meeting. This time I decided not to and go and make sure I was OK for him. “I was going to go home for Christmas, but I decided to check myself in for a few weeks just to make sure I was OK.” Gazza has had numerous spells in rehab due to booze problems. But he also told the show’s hosts he has not had a drink for three months. Co-sleep tots fear Picture: LIPSY MUMS who sleep with their baby beyond six months are 76 per cent more likely to suffer depression than those who don’t, a study says. It makes them worry and feel criticised — feeling 16 per cent more judged — which puts a strain on relationships. Professor Douglas Teti, of Penn State University, US, said: “The moms that were still co-sleeping after six months were the ones who seemed to get the most criticism.” Many feel it is natural to lie in the same bed as their baby. But official advice warns of a raised risk of infant death. SKY TV is to start screening Netflix shows. It means Sky viewers being able to watch hits such as The Crown and Stranger Things. The Netflix tie-up will be launched on its Sky Q service in the UK and Ireland later this year — and afterwards in Germany, Austria and Italy. Sky chief Jeremy Darroch said: “We’re making the entertainment experience even simpler.” LOVED-APP BLOKES Fellas are five times likelier than women to download phone dating apps, a survey shows. ‘Unsuitable’ . . kids’ bikinis for sale at Primark stores BABY COZZIES ROW By JOSIE GRIFFITHS PRIMARK is facing a backlash from parents and kids’ campaigners for selling £4 bikinis for babies. Netflix in Sky deal The chain, blasted last year for flogging padded bras for girls of seven, has two-piece outfits for age 18 months to eight years. KATE Upton shows it’s a nice day for a white shedding as she strips down to lacy swimwear for a photoshoot. The US model, 25, has collaborated on a range for Lipsy that includes saucy swimsuits, chic gowns and floral fancies. By LUCY JONES, Bizarre Reporter Earlier this week she attended a gala in Toronto, Canada, for Polar Bears International. She is an ambassador for the charity. Guess that’s what you call an Arctic role. 11 One is pink and white striped with a bow. Another is blue and gold with ruffles. Mum-of-three Holli Sherratt, 22, of Paignton, Devon, who spotted the bikinis in the budget store, said: “They strip the innocence from childhood. “A child shouldn’t be flaunted as some sort of model. I want to protect my daughter and let her be a child.” Another mum said the bikinis were “more suitable for adults”. Kidscape said: “Let our children be children and save the bikinis and bras for a time when they have breasts and make a conscious choice to wear them.” Primark said its kids’ clothes were designed in line with British Retail Consortium guidelines and great care was taken to make ranges age appropriate. email@example.com MEGHAN TRAINOR: I WENT CRAZY bi arre PAGES 22 & 23 12 ............... Friday, March 2, 2018 1GM l VLAD’S ‘UNSTOPPABLE’ NUKE lVLAD’S lNEW WEAPONS THREAT TO U.S RAF tool . . Carbonite Satellite’s live feed of battles PUTIN ON BLITZ Warhead capsule detaches from missile’s large fuel tank 2 By DAVID WILLETTS A MILITARY satellite has been launched which can send back live 3D video of enemy manoeuvres. The Carbonite-2 has already started transmitting back to RAF chiefs. It is the first time they will have full-motion HD colour footage from orbit. Images could one day be streamed directly into fighter pilots’ cockpits. Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, announced the launch at Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, the firm behind the technology, in Guildford. He said: “It’s fitting we have launched this satellite in the RAF’s centenary year. We’ve always been at the leading edge of technology.” The MoD has spent £4.5million on the satellite, the size and shape of a washing machine. 3 Practically unlimited range 4 It manoeuvres into position Built to dodge all defence systems 5 1 Nuclear-armed cruise missile launches PUTIN’S WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION Nuclear warheads are dropped over the target area Warhead cover is ejected RUSSIA has tested an “unstoppable” nuclear missile and an armed underwater drone, President Putin revealed yesterday. The weapons are the centrepieces of a new nuclear armoury which the Kremlin claims only its military possesses. Putin claimed the new arsenal renders Nato’s US-led missile defences “useless”. His sabre rattling at a state-ofthe-nation speech will spark global security fears and could raise the spectre of a new nuclear arms race. By DAVID WILLETTS He declared: “I want to Defence Editor tell all those who have fuelled the arms race over and unrivalled manoeuvrathe last 15 years, sought to bility. Politicians were win unilateral advantages shown an animation of how over Russia, introduced it works, see graphic. unlawful sanctions aimed to Another video showing contain our country's devel- the potential range of an opment: all what you existing missile appeared to wanted to impede with show the warheads raining your policies have already on a map of Florida. happened. Putin said the high“You have failed to speed armed drone sub contain Russia.” has intercontinental He bragged that range. a new cruise misDefence Secretary sile armed with Gavin Williamson nukes has “practiaccused Putin of cally unlimited” provocation. range, record speed david.willetts@ the-sun.co.uk Warning . . . Putin Friday, March 2, 2018 ............... 1GM BLOKES’ WORST NIGHTMARE PREGNANT FIANCEE Paige and Dale say they’re now closer Nose will grow . . . pic Selfies give us a big nose, say docs By BEN LEO SELFIES make noses look nearly a third bigger, leading to a surge in cosmetic ops. Snaps taken from just a foot away change the perspective, experts say. Dr Boris Paskhover, of New Jersey, US, analysed selfies and portraits taken by someone else. He said: “When taken at 12in away selfies increased nasal size by 30 per cent in males and 29 per cent in females. “An image taken at 5ft results in no difference in perceived size.” Nose jobs are up ten per cent year on year in the US, where 42 per cent of plastic surgeons said patients wanted ops to improve their selfies. BAAPS, the body for UK cosmetic docs, says youngsters here feel under “incessant pressure” to be perfect. 28yrs for OAP kill A PSYCHOTIC ex-Marine who murdered an OAP dog walker in a knife frenzy got a minimum 28 years in jail yesterday. Alexander Palmer, 24, stabbed Peter Wrighton, 83, up to 45 times. Cops first thought Peter had been attacked by a wild animal. Mr Justice Goose said: “At 83 and slightly built, he was no match for the violence of your attack.” Palmer shook his head as he was given life at Nottingham crown court. He had told mental experts he wanted to kill a stranger 2½ years before the horror near East Harling, Norfolk. DAD, 25: MY BATTLE WITH PENIS CANCER Trees aid big brain KIDS who grow up surrounded by trees and greenery have bigger brains, a study suggests. Experts found exposure to green spaces makes children more attentive and boosts their memory. They have more white and grey matter — which is associated with better brain function. Experts in Barcelona used MRI scans to study 253 primary age kids. Dr Jordi Sunyet said: “This adds to evidence on the benefits of transforming cities by increasing access to the natural environment.” The lower levels of pollution may play a part in the results. MOPED BRIT DIES Teacher Philip Loates, 26, of Witham, Essex, was killed when his moped crashed with a lorry in Chiang Mai, Thailand. By ROBIN PERRIE A DAD aged just 25 is dying after developing cancer of the penis. Dale Clarke has already had part of his organ removed and faces losing the rest of it. He has endured five operations, nine rounds of radiotherapy and two of chemotherapy but the cancer has now spread to his liver and lymph nodes. Dale said: “It’s absolutely destroyed me. My penis has no use other than to try and urinate. “It has no feeling. I will probably lose it altogether.” Penis cancer is so rare that just 631 men are diagnosed each year. And according to Macmillan Cancer Support only two men aged 25 to 29 were diagnosed in 2016. Survival rates can be as high as 75 per cent if caught early enough. But most sufferers ignore symptoms — which can include growths, ulcers, pain, blood and colour changes — until it is too late. Dale, whose fiancée Paige King, 24, is pregnant, was diagnosed last July after finding a lump. He now struggles to walk and has had to give up work as a joiner in Newcastle. Dale, who also has six-yearold son Cole from a previous relationship, said: “The doctors said I was one of the youngest they had treated with it and it was one of the most aggressive forms they had seen. “Using it sexually — that part of my life is gone now and I’ve accepted it. “They could cut it all off and it wouldn’t bother me. “I know it’s terminal but I’m not planning to go anywhere for a few years. I want to concentrate on watching my children grow up.” Care worker Paige, who is due to give birth in July, believes the couple are closer than ever even though they cannot have sex. She said: “We don’t really think about it. It wasn’t one of the main reasons we were together — we’re together because we love each other. “We’re stronger as a team and are taking each day as it comes. We’re hopeful that we will have a few years together. “Dale will live on through his baby.” He said: “Hopefully I’ll be well enough to be there for the birth of my daughter. It’s amazing how something so special can come out of this.” And he urged other men not to ignore problems. Dale said: “If something doesn’t look or feel right make sure you get checked out.” firstname.lastname@example.org Rare, but see a GP By CAROL COOPER Sun Doctor I will probably lose it altogether soon CANCER of the penis is rare, especially in men aged under 50. Symptoms may include a sore that doesn’t heal, bleeding, a smelly discharge, rash, thickened skin or possibly a change in colour. A man with any of these should go to the GP without delay. Some blokes might feel embarrassed, but your doctor has literally seen everything in the book. The outlook can be excellent if the cancer is caught at an early stage. SON COLE, 6 Dale is determined to see his child ren grow up 13 14 ............... Friday, March 2, 2018 Walk heart boost GOING for a walk just twice a week slashes the risk of older women developing heart failure by a quarter, researchers found. Fast movers who kept going for at least 40 minutes gained the greatest protection. The US research found the protective effect also worked for obese and overweight postmenopausal women. LEVESON INQUIRY Pt2 GETS CANNED “We will tackle challenges media face today, not a decade ago” -MATT HANCOCK Change . . . Culture Secretary yesterday Press freedom win A SECOND government inquiry into the media was axed yesterday in a huge victory for press freedom. Culture Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs reopening the “costly and time-consuming” Leveson Inquiry was not the “right way forward”. He also canned a proposal for media organisations to sign up to a state-backed regulator requiring them to pay the legal costs of a libel inquiry, even if they won. The Leveson Inquiry was set up by David Cameron to probe phonehacking. The second part was due to examine relations between the media and police. Labour’s Chris Bryant said the decision to axe it was a “knife to the heart” of victims. The party’s deputy leader Tom Watson said the Tories had broken Mr Cameron’s promise to “stand up” to the media. But Mr Hancock said “significant progress” had been made by newspapers and the police. He added: “The media landscape today is markedly different from that which Sir Brian Leveson looked at in 2011.” He said more than £48million was spent on police investigations trig- By STEVE HAWKES Deputy Political Editor gered by phone hacking. Of this, the inquiry itself made up £5.4million. And he pointed out that traditional media now face a huge challenge from “largely unregulated” social media. He added: “We will take action to safeguard the lifeblood of our democratic discourse and tackle the challenges that our media face — today, not a decade ago.” But in a letter he released yesterday Sir Brian said he fundamentally disagreed with Mr Hancock that a second part of the inquiry was no longer necessary. He said there was “still a legitimate expectation” for it from the public and victims. The Tories opposed Leveson II in last year’s election manifesto but peers voted to revive it. £48M Cost to public of first inquiry and related police probes The Sun Says — Page Ten 1GM PAMMI ON SEXY SECRETS TS On Putin . . . On Assange . . . COY Pamela shocked the studio audience during her interview on Piers Morgan’s show by hinting at a possible romance with Russian president Vladimir Putin. She first came into contact with the then-PM in 2009 when she successfully lobbied him to ban the hunting of seals and importing products made from their fur. Pamela revealed Putin, 65, below, then invited her to his presidential inauguration in 2012 as his special guest. But when quizzed over whether she had a relationship with the Russian, her teasing denials clearly surprised the audience. She said: “No . . . no, but he wanted me to actually come to his inauguration and give him flowers. I was going to give him flowers on his inauguration. “No, I did not do that. But there has been some . . . obviously we have been in the same place together sometimes.” And when the studio audience began to gasp, she added: “It’s starting to feel surreal to me too. Am I lying? Am I telling the truth? I don’t know.” When Piers pushed her further on rumours of a romantic liaison, she concluded: “I have a great relationship with Russia. Yes.” PAMELA floundered when asked if she had been in a relationship with Julian Assange and ducked giving a denial. The actress has visited the Wikileaks founder, 46, several times at the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has been holed up avoiding extradition on nowdropped rape charges for almost six years. Quizzed about a romance, she said: “Well he is a prisoner. It is difficult to have a him.” relationship with somebody. I adore him But when Piers pushed her on whether they had or had not been an item, she declared: “No . . . I don’t want to talk about that. You are so persistent. I am too honest.” She added: “Mostly we are very good friends. Very good friends. That’s it. That’s all I want to say.” On the boyfriend . . . On Stallone . . . He wanted me to come to his inauguration and give him flowers SMITTEN Pamela says she is loving her new life in France with Marseille footballer Adil Rami. She recently moved into the defender’s home in the southern French city and reveals she has been known to cook for him in a sexy maid’s uniform. She said: “I live my dream. You have to be very brave and enjoy things. The outfit comes out once a boyfriend. “He is fantastic. I love him, of course. I probably should not be talking about it. I am so bad. I have no filter. So bad. You are so good. It is what it is. I am happy in France. Pamela has previously been married to Mötley Crüe rocker Tommy Lee, singer Kid Rock and poker player Rick Salomon. She has two sons with Tommy, Brandon, 21, and Dylan, 20. And she has not ruled out Adil, left, who is 18 years her junior, being husband No4. She said: “I do want to get married again in my lifetime. But I have been married a lot. I don’t like the phrase ‘toyboy’. “I care about him a lot and we get along. It is important to get along in the moment. Who knows how long this world is going to last with the way it is going. “You might as well enjoy your life.” STORIES . . . with Piers and, inset, on his show He offered me a condo and a Porsche to be his number one girl ROCKY star Sylvester Stallone, above, once tried to get Pamela to be his girlfriend by offering her an apartment and a car. The actress revealed: “He offered me a condo and a Porsche to be his ‘number one girl’. I said, ‘Does that mean there is a number two?’ He said, ‘Of course’. “He is very funny. I did not take the condo or the Porsche. Maybe I should have.” And she jokingly said that she needs different men for different uses. She said: “My aunt used to say, ‘One man can’t do it all. One for sex, one for conversation, one for entertainment’. “I have a romantic relationship but I have men in other parts of my life who stimulate other parts of me.” PAMELA ANDERSON once found herself in a bedroom with seven naked models who wanted to watch her have sex with Hugh Hefner, she has revealed. The former Baywatch actress says the experience was the craziest she ever had at the Playboy Mansion. Pamela first found fame as a Playboy Playmate in the Eighties, and the incident took place at a party thrown by magazine founder Hefner at the Los Angeles pad. She says she initially had no idea she was expected to get involved with the orgy, believing she was just there On Jacko . . . MICHAEL JACKSON superfan Pamela used to go out with the King of Pop – but just as friends. The actress said that as a young girl she had a crush on the superstar, who died in 2009, but when they eventually met they never had a “romantic entanglement”. She said: “I always thought I was going to marry Michael Jackson. When I was little I had pictures of him all over my wall. He was an idol of mine. I loved him. “We went out but not on dates. He was such an amazing soul and was very complimentary. He was flattering.” Asked by Piers if she and Michael, right, had ever kissed, she paused – provoking the former Britain’s Got Talent judge to claim she had “given it away”. But she insisted: “No. Only in my mind. It was a brief friendship. I did not know him that well. He always had good things to say. He was always sweet. He loved what I did. “He always said, ‘I love what you are trying to accomplish’. We had a mutual interest in each other. “He thought I was interesting.” On her looks . . . I do my make-up in 5mins . . . I never felt beautiful. Beauty is Monroe, Bardot PAMELA might be well known for her boob job – but says she has never let cosmetic surgeons touch her face. And while she once tried Botox, the results were so bad she now steers clear. The 50-year-old said: “I spent a third of my life in a make-up chair and now I do my own make-up in five minutes. Less is more and I can’t believe I said that. “My mum says as you get older, don’t wear so much make-up. My face is natural. No plastic surgery but facials and lasers. There are lots of good tricks you can do now. I have tried Botox and I looked terrible. I have a big forehead so it is not a good option for me.” In her early days with Playboy, Pamela boosted her bust size to 34DD and says she owes her career to her enhanced boobs. She explained: “Well, they got me in the door. My breasts have had a career of their own and I just came along. It has always been an interesting fascination and they kind of expand on camera.” But the actress admitted she had never felt that she was a real looker. She said: “I never felt beautiful. I was always pretty shy. When I look at pictures it is not like I am looking at me. Great beauty is Sophia Loren, Bridget Bardot, Marilyn Monroe. I love the old movie stars. “When I look in the mirror? I do a little bit. I am much thinner. I think I could look better.” By ANDY HALLS TV Editor to watch the seven Playboy models romp with the lothario. Pamela said: “Everyone was naked in the grotto and the girls were downstairs and they all went upstairs. “I followed them upstairs. I thought, ‘What could be going on up here?’ Seven girls, one at a time with Hef. “I was stood at the end of the bed watching them and then I realised they were watching me. I thought, ‘This is not a movie. I need to leave’.” The mum of two, now 50, continued: “I have seen a lot of craziness at the Playboy Mansion. He had a lot of women around. There were these big TV screens with crazy things going on Friday, March 2, 2018 ............... 1GM OF THE MANSION... MANSION...AND OTHER TALES MANSIO On stalkers . . . ‘I’m not a lesbian,’ she said, ‘I just want to touch you’ PAMELA has described how a deranged stalker once broke into her house and put on her famous red Baywatch swimsuit. The actress said the female fan broke into her Los Angeles home and managed to stay secretly in an unused guest room for three days before she was discovered. Asked about fans, she said: “I have had some dangerous ones who have come into my house. I found a woman once in my bed. She broke in and was living in my guest room for three days. “My mother was coming to LA for surgery and my dad came and I was preparing a room for him and there was a woman in there with bleach blonde hair and she was wearing a Baywatch bathing suit tucked in bed. . She had written a letter saying: ‘I am not a lesbian. I just want to touch you’. “She was wearing my bathing suit.” Pammi had to hire round-the-clock security after the breach in 2001, despite cops saying there was no real risk. She added of the intruder: “She came from a nice family. “The police said she was a woman and was not going to hurt me but I said, ‘Of course she could’. “I was there alone with my two sons at the time. It was terrifying. They gave me 24-hour security after that.” MEMORIES . . . with Hef in 2007 and on her last Playboy cover two years ago Hefner. Seven naked Playboy girls. And me with him and the girls and baby oil.” But Pamela, who is now a political activist, never felt exploited by Hefner, who died last year at 91. She said: “He was a pioneer. A true gentleman and he was charming. He loved women and he empowered women. “He was very forward-thinking and created his own life. Nobody could copy him. It was nothing salacious salacious. I thought it was very innocent.” Canadian Pamela was supposed to catch up with her former boss on a trip to Los Angeles last year, but he died suddenly before they could meet again. But she has moving memories of him coming to her most recent photoshoot for his magazine in 2015. She said: “The last cover I did with Playboy, he walked in and he tried not to let me see this but he was in a lot of pain on a walker. He was so important to me. He was amazing. He was very accepting of who you are. “There were all types of beautiful girls of all shapes and sizes. It was erotic and playful but innocent.” Pamela shares the revelations on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories on ITV tomorrow night — in an interview she claimed last month had been edited down to just being about “my body parts and men”. ‘Join us in Jacuzzi’ But on Loose Women this week Piers, 52, hit back at the complaint, insisting: “She hasn’t seen the recording.” In the interview, she also reveals she complained to Hefner about powerful Hollywood men pressuring her for sex, and she says he always backed her up. But she says her fellow Playmates were furious at her — fearing outing the pests would cost them of work. She said: “I have had men say, ‘Come back to my hotel room and audition with me. If you don’t come I will give it to the girl across the hall’. “And then they have ended up giving the role to a girl across the hall. “People have said, ‘Pamela, come and join us in the Jacuzzi and I will give you $100,000’. And I have said, ‘I think that is more than just the Jacuzzi. I am calling Hef’. “The girls would say, ‘Stop calling Hef’. Some girls would say they make a little extra money this way but not me.” Pamela also revealed she believes her film career was destroyed by disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein because she answered back to him. She added: “He was not inappropriate to me in a sexual way. But over the phone he was threatening. And I didn’t work again because I stood up to him.” l Piers Morgan’s Life Stories’ chat with Pamela is on ITV tomorrow at 9.50pm. 15 16 ............... Friday, March 2, 2018 1GM BILLS SHOCK £81 TAX RAID Council rate rise biggest in 14yrs The £50m Pic MINISTERS stood by and allowed the trashing of former PM Sir Edward Heath’s reputation over child sex abuse claims, peers claimed yesterday. Lords urged the Government to launch an independent probe into the two-year £1.5million Wiltshire police investigation into Tory Mr Heath, who died in 2005 at 89. Home Office minister Baroness Williams told the Lords it would have to be ordered by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner. A man known only as Nick, who accused Mr Heath, is facing trial over alleged indecent images of children. By MATT DATHAN Political Correspondent COUNCIL tax bills are due to soar by an average £81 — the steepest rise in 14 years. Experts also warned that authorities may axe services to cope with funding cuts. A survey found that the average Band D bill in England is to go up by 5.1 per cent in 2018/19 — from £1,591 to £1,672. Welsh households face a £72 hit to their pockets, from £1,420 to £1,492. Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy chief exec Rob Whiteman said: “Now it feels like crunch time, with the consequences of earlier funding cuts really beginning to bite.” He added it was “time for an honest conversation about what services councils should realistically be expected to deliver”. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has said councils can raise bills by 2.99 per cent without a referendum. A further three per cent to fund social care was also agreed. The Local Government Ministry said the cost to households would be lower in real terms than 2010. It said: “We recognise the importance of keeping bills down but also the pressures on services.” Peer fury on Heath D’day put on show A RARE Picasso painting has sold for a record £49.8million — the most expensive ever auctioned in Europe. The 1937 portrait of his mistress Marie-Therese Walter made the price at Sotheby’s in London. Art acquisition firm Gurr Johns snapped up the 22-inch work called Femme au beret et a la robe quadrillee. THE Domesday book is to go on display at the British Library. The manuscript is our earliest surviving public record. The survey, commissioned by William the Conqueror, began in 1085 and details life in the Anglo-Saxon kingdom. Dr Jessica Nelson, of the National Archives, said: “Domesday gives us a unique window through which we can see the medieval world and the enormous changes the Norman Conquest brought about in society, politics and economics.” The book will go on show for four months from October 19. Friday, March 2, 2018 ............... 1GM lMEETING MONSTERS lBACKING APARTHEID THE FASCISTS THE CLASH Defence . . MP Watson Watson praises pal Max Summit . . Rudel and Skorzeny IN DEATH CAMP TRIP By NICK PARKER By LYNN DAVIDSON LABOUR’S Deputy Leader Tom Watson praised Max Mosley yesterday as a man who used his “limited resources” to fight the “strong”. Mr Watson stuck up for the multi-millionaire ex-F1 boss who has been linked to a 1961 racist campaign leaflet for the far-right Union Movement. The party was run by his fascist father Oswald. The MP — who has championed curbs on the free press — also ignored his peers’ calls to return a “racially tainted” £540,000 Mosley has donated to his office. Tory Deputy Chairman James Cleverly said he was “uncomfortable” with the idea that Mr Watson had a “powerful financial relationship with a person who . . . has a real interest in the press not sniffing out too much.” Conservative MP David Morris added: “There are too many question marks over this donation and whether influence has been bought.” Right-wing hook . . Max, circled, grabs anti-fascist. Throwing punch, left ARREST IN PUNCH-UP SHOCKING photos showing Max Mosley clashing with anti-fascist protesters emerged yesterday. He was at a rally of his father’s far-right Union Movement in the heart of London’s Jewish community in July 1962. Sir Oswald Mosley was greeted with sickening Hitler salutes by some of the neo-Nazi thugs he had come to address in Hackney. One supporter, seen performing a Nazi salute, was Peter By TOM WELLS, Chief Reporter Dawson, a racist who drew Nazi slogans on synagogues. Another was Max’s pal, UM political secretary Keith Gibson, who had been jailed a decade earlier for saying: “Hitler had the right idea about Jews.” Seconds later, protesters tried to grab the fascist leader. Photos show Max turning to confront them before throwing a punch with his right fist. He was arrested in minutes and charged with threatening behaviour. But magistrates cleared him days later after he insisted he was acting to protect his dad. A Daily Mirror report of August 2, 1962, noted: “The magistrate, Mr Harold Sturge, finding Max Mosley not guilty, said, ‘It must not be assumed I accede to any of the submissions you have made’.” MAX Mosley and dad Sir Oswald toured a concentration camp on their way to meet Europe’s top fascists in 1962. They stopped at Dachau near Munich where the Nazis killed 41,000 people between 1933-45. Ex-art dealer Barry Ayres said one of their group, a Holocaust denier called Keith Gibson, joked about writing in the visitors’ book: “Good try, but not good enough.” Mr Ayres told The Daily Mail: “Max was very cross with (Gibson) and said: ‘Don’t you (write) anything, we’re leaving.’ “I don’t think Max had any illusion at all: He fully accepted the Holocaust.” Mr Ayres added of the tour: “Max was curious. It was nothing nasty. “We were light-hearted when we entered but the crematoria changed the mood.” At the fascist gathering in Venice, Italy, the group met Hans-Ulrich Rudel, who helped Auschwitz beast Dr Josef Mengele escape to South America. They were also joined by SS commander Otto “Scarface” Skorzeny — selected by Hitler to lead a mission to free deposed Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in 1943. MAX’S SHOCKING CLAIM MY FATHER WAS RIGHT Praise for Hitler-loving Oswald MAX Mosley wrote columns backing apartheid and endorsing “all” statements he had “come across” from his Hitler-loving dad, The Sun can reveal. The anti-press campaigner — facing a perjury probe by police — has furiously denied racism allegations. But in an Oxford University article carrying his byline, the former F1 boss insisted “complete division” was needed to avoid a “blood-bath” in Africa. His article was published in defence of his father’s fascist Union Movement in Oxford’s Cherwell paper on February 15, 1961. It stated: “The African problem is no longer soluble without a complete division of territory.” A second article, in The Parson’s Pleasure student publica- Mosley . . with EXCLUSIVE by TOM WELLS Chief Reporter tion in February 1962 and titled “Max Mosley: My Political Beliefs”, went into more detail. He wrote: “In Africa, one of two systems would work. “Either co-racialism on a basis of complete equality, or total apartheid, separation (by means of a wage-price mechanism) of white and black into two entirely separate nations.” He was “inclined to agree” things had “gone too far for co-racialism.” Asked if he stood by his “father’s statements before and after the war”, he replied: “All I have come across, YES.” Cops are looking at whether Mosley, 77, lied in court during a privacy trial against the now defunct News of the World after a 2008 orgy with prostitutes in German uniforms. tom.wells@thefather in 1962 sun.co.uk 17 18 ............... Friday, March 2, 2018 ROBBER GENT IS LOVERAT Ex: He’s Tinder cheat 2GM Over 300 parks to choose from BOOK NOW FOR A GREAT HOL Brothers’ coke rap TWO bricklayer brothers appeared in court yesterday accused of flying £50million of cocaine into Britain on a private jet. 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He was on Tinder while he was seeing me. “He was a real Jekyll and Hyde. Charming, nicely dressed and well spoken but secretly he was robbing old ladies.” Cops nicked Adams after Claire Conned . . . Claire Our story . . . on Adams found his “break-in” kit — a crowbar, gloves, dark clothes — at her home in Boscombe, Dorset. He was jailed this week for five years, four months after admitting 58 raids. nick.pisa@ the-sun.co.uk TODAY is your last chance to join in and bag a fantastic Hols From £9.50 break. There are more than 300,000 holidays up for grabs across 300 parks around the UK and Europe. Booking is now open. With our best-price guarantee, if you find your holiday cheaper within 28 days of booking, we will refund the difference plus an extra £10! Find full T&Cs at thesun.co.uk/holidays. If you take a midweek break, we will give you a fourth night for the price of three. 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But officials later warned some details need to be ironed out. 1GM Friday, March 2, 2018 ............... UBER CAR DROVE OFF WITH MY BABY GIRL Driver took 1hr to notice 19 Weinstein legal KO HARVEY Weinstein’s insurers are refusing to pay for his defence over 11 sexual harassment and assault lawsuits. They have asked a judge in New York to agree the alleged offending by the movie mogul, 65, is not covered. An insurers’ lawyer said coverage is denied for various reasons including a “molestation, misconduct or abuse” exclusion. The lawsuits include one from British actress Kadian Noble. By CARRI-ANN TAYLOR FEEL OIL RIGHT AN Uber driver drove off with a passenger’s baby in the back and did not realise for over an hour. Uber car drives off as mum walks round the other side to unstrap baby LONDON The second passenger finally alerts the driver, who takes the baby to police 1 TOTTENHAM 2 As frantic mum calls cops, Uber driver picks up 2 more rides 3 BISHOPSGATE 1 mile Safe . . . Elisabeth with Olivia, map and app Sun THE original Ivor Novello award for Most Performed Song given to 10cc in 1975 for I’m Not In Love could fetch £2,000 at auction in Etwall, Derbys, on Sunday. SPOT Picture: NIGEL HOWARD/EVENING STANDARD The driver even picked up two more passengers as seven-month-old Olivia-Hope Katompa dozed away in her carry-cot. Mum Elisabeth, 31, had just got out of the car and was walking around to the other side to unstrap her daughter when it drove off. She was with her sister and they both chased after the car. But the driver was unaware and carried on. Nurse Elisabeth said: “My sister and I chased him down the road. We couldn’t catch up with him. I was screaming and shouting.” She called police but the Uber app deletes a driver’s registration and they had no way of tracking him. The driver who had taken her from Enfield, North London, to Tottenham, then picked up another fare. They did not mention the sleeping child and must have thought the driver was the father. It was only when a second fare asked about the girl that he realised and took her to a police station in Bishopsgate. Elisabeth said: “The police blue-lighted us to the station.” Uber said it was the first time such an incident had happened. It said: “We normally hear about drivers finding mobile phones but never a sleeping baby.” carri-ann.taylor @the-sun.co.uk How app failed tot ELISABETH frantically tried to contact the Uber driver as he headed off with her baby daughter on the back seat. But she was unable to get hold of his phone number because the app does not allow passengers to contact their driver directly. Instead they have to submit an online form including a phone number if they leave something behind. Uber then contacts the driver to phone the passenger, although this could take some time. The police were also unable to trace the car because the Uber app deletes a driver’s vehicle registration after a journey is complete. KILL APPEAL JOY A WOMAN jailed for the hammer killing of her “controlling” husband has won the first stage of an appeal. Sally Challen, 63, claimed diminished responsibility over the 2010 attack on Richard, 61. But she was found guilty of murder and given life in 2011. Yesterday in the Appeal Court lawyers for Challen, of Claygate, Surrey, argued new evidence on the effect of years of domestic abuse may sway a jury’s decision. Drop-off . . Bishopsgate police station Eating oily fish once a week slashes the risk of multiple sclerosis by nearly half, says US tests. 20 ............... Friday, March 2, 2018 NI terror risk falls THE threat of Northern Ireland terror has been lowered by MI5 from substantial to moderate. It deems a UK attack “possible but not likely”. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the threat was still “real and serious”. Ulster’s risk was lifted to substantial in 2016. Its danger from local terror remains severe, with an attack “highly likely”. The five levels are low, moderate, substantial, severe and critical. CAD-MIRAL NELSON An 1801 Admiral Nelson letter to mistress Emma Hamilton’s hubby Sir William sold for £5,200 in Nottingham yesterday. 1GM GOVE THREAT: SLASH W WATER BILLS OR ELSE MICHAEL Gove yesterday ordered fat-cat water bosses to slash bills or face the consequences. The Environment Secretary pledged to give regulator Ofwat “whatever powers necessary” to take on firms. His tough talk came Attack . . . Mr Gove after By HARRY COLE industry body Water UK unveiled hikes of up to four per cent this year, taking the average household bill to £405. Mr Gove told its annual conference: “The people in this room, the companies you run, must change.” He listed salaries given to the bosses of United Utilities (£2.8million a year), Severn Trent (£2.4million) and Anglian and Yorkshire (£1.2million each). He added: “One might hope, these companies making such massive profits, paying such big dividends, and supporting such generous executive salaries, would be big contributors to the Exchequer through tax. “Well some are. And others not — very much not. “Last year Anglian, Southern, South Western and Thames paid no corporation tax. Thames has paid no tax for a decade.” Mr Gove also said the firms had a duty to “play fair” and be transparent given their monopoly. He dismissed Jeremy Corbyn’s plan to bring the industry back under state control, saying privatisation had benefited customers and the environment. A source close to Mr Gove said of the firms: “They are on notice now.” email@example.com Burnt-out . . . tower 9/11-style tribute at Grenfell By MATT DATHAN THE burnt-out shell of Grenfell Tower could be replaced with a 9/11-style Ground Zero memorial. Latimer Road Tube station could also be renamed under plans unveiled yesterday. Survivors and family of the 71 victims killed in last June’s blaze will have the final say on the tower block in North Kensington, West London. They can also stop any redevelopment under the proposals drawn up by ministers and Kensington and Chelsea council. Shahin Sadafi, chair of Grenfell United survivors’ group, said: “The future of Grenfell has been a major source of anxiety. “We hope working together to create a fitting memorial will be part of a healing process.” Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said yesterday: “I am pleased we have been able to agree a way forward.” IT’S HIGH FLASHION Kill blast cop hunt COPS yesterday searched the home of a shopkeeper whose supermarket was destroyed by a blast that killed five people. They swooped on the property of Aram Kurd, 33, after arresting three men on suspicion of manslaughter. Mr Kurd, who lives nearby, took over the Leicester shop in December. Police did not say if he was one of those arrested. Four people in a flat above and a shop worker died in Sunday’s blast. It was first thought to be a gas leak. ‘HITMAN’ DOC OP GP David Crichton, accused of trying to hire a hitman, missed court in Winchester yesterday after having brain surgery. A COLD front moves in yesterday — down the catwalk at Paris Fashion Week. The model didn’t look too happy about wearing the leather outfit but at least she wasn’t outside in the big chill. It was part of Ann Demeulemeester’s show, presumably not her winter collection. Friday, March 2, 2018 ............... 2GM 21 Corrie on..and on..and on.. Duncan . . . and dad Bowie’s son does not like his tunes 1980 DOCTOR 1990 COUNCILLOR 1990 SOLICITOR 1993 CAR DEALER 1995 CAR DEALER 2001 POLICE SGT 2003 SOLICITOR By JAMES BEAL, US Editor DAVID Bowie’s son Duncan Jones says he would rather watch 24-hour TV news than listen to his dad’s songs. The film director revealed he had “no enthusiasm” for watching his father create hits. Duncan, 46, said: “I never really got into music. It’s like work, watching your dad do accounting. “I watch a lot of news. I was constantly urged by dad to learn an instrument but I was not interested.” London-born Duncan, who changed his name from Zowie Bowie at 12, spoke out while promoting his sci-fi film Mute. Bowie, who died of cancer in 2016 aged 69, was awarded sole custody of Duncan when he split with first wife Angie. 1984 POLICEMAN Actor Anthony’s 14 roles in soap By LAUREN VEEVERS 3 held on hol death THREE men have been arrested over the death of a man on holiday in Turkey a day after he was involved in a row at a pub in Britain. Simon Marx, 42, died in Fethiye on October 8. A post-mortem revealed a blunt head trauma. Detectives believe the injury was sustained at the Newton Arms in Blackpool on October 7. Lancashire Police said they have arrested two men aged 29 and one aged 54, from Blackpool, on suspicion of murder. One of the 29-year-olds is also being quizzed on suspicion of wounding a second person. Vice help gran kill A WOMAN aged 74 who gave charity help to vice girls has been stabbed to death at her home. Ex-nurse Anne James had multiple wounds and was found by a neighbour at the address near a red-light district. She lived with hubby Christopher, 83, and they were antique collectors. Police said they believe the great-gran had been alone in the house in Walsall. They did not rule out robbery. Anne also worked with domestic violence victims and homeless women. Her family called her “amazing and kind”. FURRED FLOOR A cat was freed when miaows were heard after three weeks under the floor of a house being built in Corby, Northants. 1986 INSURANCE SALESMAN 2018 CUSTOMER ACTOR Anthony Schaeffer has become a Corrie record breaker after playing his 14th different character in the soap. Viewers saw the 72-year-old as a customer in Audrey’s hairdresser’s on Monday. His first appearance was as a doctor in 1980. Other roles include cops, car dealers, solicitors, a salesman, councillor and teacher. Among stars he appeared with are Emily Bishop and Jack Duckworth, who he breathalysed in 1984. Anthony has also been in Emmerdale and Casualty. His nearest rival is Dave Dutton who has starred in 11 different Corrie roles. 2004 TEACHER STRICTLY STAR’S TURMOIL ALEX’S AGONY THE brother of Strictly star Alexandra Burke has been jailed for beating his ex. Aaron Burke, 25, lashed out when Jessica Kenney asked him to stop smoking cannabis in her home. He repeatedly punched her in the face, grabbed her by the throat and continued to kick her after she fell to the floor. She had asked him round after the death of his 53-yearold mother Melissa Bel, a member of Eighties band Soul II Soul. Strictly runner-up Alexandra, 29, spoke on the show about her grief — and her brother’s shame is thought to have made it even worse. Yesterday Burke, of Holloway, North Lon- Burke . . and Alex EXCLUSIVE by ANDY JEHRING don, got 15 months in jail and a five-year restraining order. He claimed at an earlier hearing he and Jessica were drinking and smoking together before she attacked him. But he admitted assault just before his trial was due to start. Burke smiled after he was told the sentence was reduced for his guilty plea. He gave a thumbs-up to pals in the public gallery at Blackfriars crown court and told his new girlfriend: “See you soon.” He tried out for X Factor in 2010 as part of a three-piece but his audition was never screened. Alexandra, who won the 2008 series, has revealed an ex-boyfriend repeatedly attacked her. She has worked with a domestic abuse charity in Uganda. andy.jehring @the-sun.co.uk Burke’s brother is jailed for beating up his ex 22 ............... Friday, March 2, 2018 1GM MUM’S NOT THE WORD, ADELE MEGHAN’S actor fiancé l pulled out all the stops when he proposed on her birthday last December. Daryl, above, popped the question in front of her family, who he brought along in secret, under a tunnel of Christmas lights in Palm Springs, California. Meghan recalled: “When he gets down, I’m crying so hard I can’t see him, I kind of go blackout and just say yes. He tells me I’m beautiful and since he first saw my eyes he wanted to be with me for ever. “It’s a zoo, too, so there were cute animals everywhere. I saw reindeer right before I got proposed to, It’s just a magical princess story.” There is no wedding plan yet and she joked: “We could run away and tell no one – but I want my dad there.” ADELE recently suggested Meghan was pregnant during a night out for ELLEN DEGENERES’ 60th birthday. Meghan said: “I wasn’t drinking at the Ellen party and Adele’s like, ‘I think you’re pregnant’. “I’m not pregnant, I just don’t drink now.” But she admits she and fiancé Daryl have been discussing starting a family for a long time, saying: “My mum was a young mum. “She was 23 when she was popping us out and did it all in a row, and my dad was 44. “They were 20 years apart, so they were like, ‘Let’s get it going’. So I think it’s in my head that I’m my mother’s age when she had babies. I love how young she is with me and how we’re best friends. I want that with my kids. “I was just walking by diapers and started crying. I’m way too emotional lately. “Daryl’s like, ‘You all right?’ and I was like, ‘I feel like we should be buying these’.” Meghan’s emotions nearly got the better of her when she met Adele, below, at the party too. She recalls: “She came up to me because I was talking to JAMES CORDEN and James’s wife. So I was just trying to be really, really cool like, ‘What’s up girl? Hey, how are you doing?’ “I was telling her about my lifestyle and my new album. “She was so nice to me and then she was like, ‘We’re going to go sit, be the first people to sit,’ because no one was sitting. I’m following her through the crowds and we were just like, ‘Hey COLDPLAY, what’s happening?’ We freaked out.” Meghan’s 1st date Email: firstname.lastname@example.org t-ever MEGHAN’S firs thing date was any She ic. ant but rom nk we revealed: “I thimovies. went to the making I remember d in out. He burpe ritos. It my mouth – Do I can ful aw was so like taste it now.” bi meter The five HERE, Meghan picks the songs that define her life. Shining Star, Earth, Wind & Fire I love Earth, Wind & Fire. I grew up with my dad playing a bunch of EARTH, WIND & FIRE and funky music, and we had disco lights and dance parties. It brought me back to the good days and I always was like, Meggy, “the star of the family, she’s going to be a singer”. So when I hear that song now, I’m like: “I am a shining star.” We Are Family, Sister Sledge Because my family is always with me every single day and it makes me a better person. I love them so much it hurts. You’ll Be In My Heart, Phil Collins, Tarzan movie soundtrack Best album ever. You’ll Be In My Heart, you know that one? You’ll be in my heart . . . from this day . . . forever more. It’s where the mumma gorilla sings to the baby. It won a Golden Globe. It’s me and my mumma’s song that we love so much – the key changes in it are incredible. PHIL COLLINS is the one. Dancing Queen, Abba This one is to remind me that I can dance and I am beautiful. I had that album for so long – their biggest hits. I Feel Good, James Brown That’s another one my dad always played and always loved. My dad believes he’s JAMES BROWN – I Feel Good every day. US superstar MEGHAN TRAINOR speaks for the first time about her devastating battle with depression and anxiety in the new episode of my podcast, renamed The Dan Wootton Interview for the 2018 season. The All About That Bass singer details her despair after her pop career was threatened when she required surgery on her vocal cords — less than two years after going under the knife for the same issue. Speaking from Hollywood in the world exclusive interview — which you can listen to for free by searching for The Dan Wootton Interview on Apple Podcasts and iTunes — she tells me: “I thought, ‘My God, is it going to be over for me for ever?’ “I fell into a crazy, deep hole of depression and anxiety.” ‘Terrified, you feel alone’ It was her Spy Kids actor fiancé DARYL SABARA who was able to help the Grammy winner turn her life around, including dropping 20lbs. However, for a long time Meghan was confined to her home as she was struck down by crippling panic attacks and apparent physical problems that she now realises were brought on by anxiety. She explains in heartwrenching, honest detail: “When I had an episode it would last for three days. I was crippled and had this pain. “Eventually I was going to doctors, psychologists and therapists and I was like, ‘My back feels like someone has a flame to it, I’m not sure if I’m going crazy.’ And I’m feeling like I’m crazy, losing my mind. “I remember standing in (US pharmacy) CVS with my friend in line and I saw the whole back row behind her move, when she didn’t. “You know, moments like A FIERCE RETURN TODAY, Meghan returns with her single No Excuses, her first song since her second bout of vocal surgery – not that you could tell. Bringing the fierce female sass of ARETHA FRANKLIN, this lead track off her third album, out yesterday, proves she’s still at the top of her game. Meghan said: “I love how so many women are standing up for what’s right. I wanted to write us all a powerful anthem. “Sometimes, people talk down to me because I’ve only been doing this for four years, so I wrote this song. “It’s my modern version of R-E-S-P-E-C-T. It’s all about equality and being kind.” It’s great to have her back. that I had, dissociation with your body and you think you’re schizophrenic — you’re seeing things. “I was sitting in my bathroom and the lights turned yellow. In those moments, you’re terrified, you feel alone. “You feel like there’s something wrong with you and you’re embarrassed to talk about it. No one can help you. It’s your brain. It’s chemicals.” Meghan — who releases her incredible comeback single No Excuses today — had a realisation about her situation after making an emergency trip to the hospital, believing she was having an allergic reaction. She recalls: “I went to the emergency room one night, because I thought I was allergic to what I ate. “My throat was closing and I was having trouble breathing. “They told me, ‘This is a full-blown panic attack.’ “I said, ‘What do you mean?’ ‘This is your brain tricking you, telling you that your throat . . . ’ “It blows your mind. What I learned is people have it and don’t talk about it.” Meghan l Jessie J and Groove Armada off l Diplo and Mark Ronson’s Friday, March 2, 2018 ............... 1GM GLAD TO LOSE SPANX ood w y l l o H m Fro Twitter: @danwootton SHE’S been a champion of curves since she first burst on to the music scene with her body-loving hit All About That Bass. But now 20lb lighter after her recent lifestyle overhaul, Meghan has confessed she wasn’t always as happy with her weight as she seemed. She said: “I was wearing Spanx, I was miserable.” But she added: “My goal wasn’t to lose weight. I wanted to look healthy. I wanted people to be like, ‘Wow, your skin is great’ and, ‘You look put together’. “But I also have a picture of me in a photoshoot in my gym and when I look at that I’m like, ‘No more Spanx’. I don’t want to trap myself in that outfit all day, so I haven’t worn Spanx except for one thing so far. Freedom for the belly.” MY TEAM: Stuart Pink, Nicola Fahey, Daniel Sperling, Howell Davies and Lucy Jones I was seeing things, I was going crazy, I had to change SAYS MEGHAN TRAINOR confided in Daryl and her brother, who had experienced similar panic attacks. She says: “I was the poster child of ‘I’m brave and I love who I am and I’m here.’ “And I was the opposite. I was crumbling in my bed, like, ‘I want to stay here and get through.’ “You feel like you have the flu. You’re like, ‘How is my brain doing this? How does it have that much power over me?’ “I didn’t understand it. I was completely confused. That’s why I had to research it.” That research has seen Meghan completely overhaul her lifestyle and seek professional help. ‘I’m still in therapy’ She says: “I took time off. I took time for me. The hardest part is when you’re in the middle of it and truly believe there is no way this will ever end — ‘I’m going to be stuck like this for ever’ — and I believed that, until I slowed down with my anxiety and it stopped happening 24 hours a day. “It was only like an hour. I was like, ‘Wow, I have some control now.’ Your brain is another person and you have to have a relationship with it. “It took months — I’m still in therapy. I would see my therapist once a week and I started working out a lot and that really helped me. I take a lot of vitamins — I love Bulletproof vitamins. They’ve even got stuff for your eyes. I drank a gallon of water a day, sometimes more, for months now.” The last time I interviewed Meghan at Bizarre HQ, we had a KFC lunch — but she has now totally changed her ng now, diet too, despite being hailed SHE is clean-livi worst as the perfect plus-sized pop but recalls hers young, star. She’s pictured on the wa “I er: hangov old, but left in May 2015, before her I can’t say how oze and dramatic lifestyle change. I bought the bohad me She says: “I was like, ‘It’s rs my brothe left for great, I can be a pop star and drink it and hout me eat pizza and eat whatever I the party wit s too want,’ but I wasn’t taking care because I wa ked me.” of myself and I was getting drunk. They tric sick. I’d get bronchitis on the road. Now I look back and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, how I survived any of that was crazy because I wasn’t taking care of myself.’ “Talking to a therapist teaches you. God, I wasn’t loving myself. I was wearing nd her Spanx, I was miserable. I was MEGHAN’S foubut she in a corset for a photoshoot, happy ending ’s been she d itte you know? adm only “I eat really clean, no sugar snubbed by the ’s loved. other man shewas with and low-carb as much as I “It d: She sai can. Before, I was having Thai I was my first boy friend. food every night and pizza. I gliosi – like 15, Matt Me Now he can truly say I haven’t had e. that’s his nam bread in over a year now at all.” doesn’t talk to me probably and I don’t wake up like, ‘God, I want toast.’ I never crave bread.” Meghan’s 1st hangover Meghan’s 1st love Hear Meghan talk about her mental health concerns, weight-loss, fiancé and chart return in my new podcast, now called The Dan Wootton Interview. 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SAVE: Even a five per cent reduction will save you a tenner on the average home and building insurance premium – enough for a Sun £9.50 Holiday. ( SHOP & SAVE FREE £55 GET THE APP sunsavers.co.uk Edited by JANE HAMILTON USE YOUR PC BOOST energy in the freeze. Innocent Energise Super Smoothie (750ml) was £3.49 at Tesco but is down to £2. SAVE: £1.49 THE FREEBIE THREE mobile app Wuntu offers a free month’s digital magazine subscription from Readly, with over 2,500 to choose from. SEE: three.co.uk/wuntu 2GM Challenge . . . William Prince in 1st visit to Israel and Palestine ROYAL SHOCK 1 SCHOOLGIRLS should be taught the best way to get pregnant in sex education classes, say senior doctors. They warned the current focus on the risks of pregnancy leaves young women thinking conception is easy. Future lessons should cover fertility from puberty to the By GREG WILFORD menopause, The Fertility Education Initiative believes. Kids should also be told about the limits of IVF and other reproductive treatments. Jessica Hepburn, of education group Fertility Fest, which supports the proposals, told The Times: “We are failing young people because important fertility information is missing from this education. They PRINCE William is to make the first official royal visit to occupied Palestine and Israel. The Duke of Cambridge will face the biggest diplomatic challenge of his career in summer. Mum-of-two Kate, 36, will stay at home with their baby who will by then be just months old. The announcement was welcomed by Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu. He said: “This is a historic visit, the first of its kind. It will be greeted here with great affection.” William, 35, is also due to visit Palestinian West Bank communities, rare for a UK public figure. The Palestine Liberation Organisation said: “He will be a welcome guest.” ‘Kill Maj’ plot quiz ROYAL SHOCK 2 POLICE are to re-examine a teenager’s attempt to assassinate the Queen in 1981. Secret documents confirmed anti-royalist Christopher John Lewis, then 17, fired at her limo from a building in Dunedin, New Zealand. Security memos allegedly show police knew the noise was a gunshot despite officers later telling the media it was a council sign falling over. Critics say it was covered up to ensure there were more royal tours. Lewis was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm. He died aged 33 in prison in 1997. BOX tree caterpillars topped the Royal Horticultural Society’s annual pests and diseases list — up from seventh place the year before. The chart is based on enquiries to the RHS by gardeners seeking advice. The caterpillars, a native of East Asia, strip box plants of their leaves. Dr Gerard Clover, of the RHS, said reports of it had risen from 536 in 2016 to 3,587 last year. Next worst were fuchsia gall mites, vine weevils, slugs and snails. Top disease was honey fungus. JIMI HENDNICKS An arrest card signed by Jimi Hendrix when he was held for drug possession in Canada in 1969 is selling online for £10,800. 25 DOCS: TEACH GIRLS BEST WAY TO GET PREGNANT By JACK ROYSTON Box bug top pest Friday, March 2, 2018 ............... We Clancy through your dress ABBEY Clancy put on the best sideshow at The Global Awards last night. The model, 32, wore a figure-hugging black jumpsuit with sheer panels down her ribs. Footballer husband Peter Crouch, 37, right, towered above her at the West London bash. But it was Abbey they all wanted to say high to. urgently deserve the full story about fertility and its limits, so that they can make informed decisions about their future. “They’ve heard things in the media about egg-freezing and IVF but don’t really understand what these things entail, the costs or the limits of science.” The advice has echoes of John Cleese’s brazen sex education class in Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life film. The FEI submitted its plans to the Government amid a consultation with the public about compulsory sex and relationship lessons due to schools next year. It said ministers should consider the pain of involuntary childlessness and voice concern about the rising age of women having children. Lifestyle factors which affect pregnancy rates should also be made clear to youngsters, according to the FEI. firstname.lastname@example.org Full-on . . John Cleese sex ed skit 26 ............... 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Friday, March 2, 2018 5.8m patients were admitted to A&E last year RAIL LOO FEE AXE CHARGES of up to 50p a time to use toilets at ten mainline train stations will be scrapped next year. The fees raked in £4.8million for Network Rail in 2016/17 but will be abolished when a new five-year funding settlement begins in 2019. Boss Mark Carne said he had consulted passengers and wanted to treat them with “dignity and respect”. 500k ‘It’s reassuring to know we can just walk away’ 300k 2015 239k 1943 296k 2009 200k 232k 2015 2009 2003 1997 1991 1985 1979 0k 1973 7 1967 HOW MARRIAGE HAS DECLINED SINCE 1937 100k 1961 6 1972 426k 400k 1955 MAKE-UP artist Helen Ainsworth, 33, has been with joiner Ben Rivis, 36, for four years. Both sets of parents are divorced and this has made them realise marriage is out of the question. Helen, from Malton, York, says: My parents divorced when I was nine. I remember a lot of arguing and turmoil. When I was six I said to my mum, “What if you and Daddy didn’t love each other any more?” She replied, “We would make sure we love each other because we are married and for you and your brother”. That always stuck with me. They stayed together even though they were unhappy and eventually got divorced anyway. So to me, marriage caused more problems than happiness. It gives me peace of mind to know me and Ben could just walk away. There is an incentive to wear a nice dress and feel special for the day but I can do that on my birthday. n Ben says: “Marriage doesn’t change anything in a relationship, it puts more pressure on and makes you spend more money. That doesn’t make sense to me. My parents divorced so I don’t have much faith in the whole thing. Once you’re married it’s much harder to go your separate ways.” 1940 471k 1949 Cuts to social care budgets, a shortage of GPs and an ageing population are thought to be to blame. By SHAUN WOOLLER Some 5.8million people were admitted to hospital reducing and emergency as an emergency last year, readmissions are up 23 at a cost of £13.7billion. per cent since 2012/13. The report questions But 24 per cent were the appropriateness of considered avoidable. Admissions across Eng- some hospitals’ decisions land vary from 73 to 155 to discharge and the provided for per 1,000 people but the support NHS and Department of recuperation. Donna Kinnair, of the Health have no idea why, Royal College of Nursing, the NAO report says. It adds that until said: “Rising emergency admissions highlight recently there was “no how overstretched clear plan” on how community serbest to use vices are.” the £10billion Prof Keith spent on comWillett, of NHS munity care. England, said: Some 6,268 “Hospitals, hospital beds community have been cut trusts and GPs since 2010/11, trialling new the time a models of care patient spends have reduced in hospital is admissions.” HOW MARRIAGE HAS DECLINED SINCE 1937 1943 The National Audit Office says patients are struggling to access the support they need to stay healthy or return to full fitness. MORE couples than ever are saying “I don’t” to weddings and refusing to tie the knot. New statistics show marriage rates are on a steady decline for straight couples. With the average wedding costing £33,884, the price is listed as the main reason many are shunning the romantic tradition, while others prefer to focus on education, having kids or buying a house. Sun Agony Aunt Deidre Sanders says: “There’s no longer any shame in living with a partner or in having a child outside wedlock, yet I still believe marriage is a wonderful bond.” Here, JENNY FRANCIS speaks to four Sun couples who say they will never get married and believe they will be happier, and better off, for it. 1937 EMERGENCY admissions to hospital have rocketed by a quarter in a decade because of failings in community care, a watchdog’s damning report reveals. Old fashioned, too costly... Number of weddings PATIENTS AT A&ES UP 24% IN 9 YRS 1 in 4 visits ‘wasted’ 2GM ‘ More important for us to be equals’ NHS co-ordinator Carrie Kochar lives with Ashleigh Kelly, 29, a case manager, in Coventry with their son Harley, one. They have been together for five years and think marriage seems outdated. Carrie says: We met at university and I moved in with Ashleigh after six months of us being together. It was quicker than I would have liked. I was still a student and didn’t have anywhere to live at the time but it turned out perfectly. When we sat down and seriously discussed our future together a few years later we realised we wanted to have a family. From the start, marriage wasn’t part of our plan. I like a big dress as much as the next 6 woman but most of my girlfriends don’t aspire to walk down the aisle and be a bride these days. The most important thing is that we have the same rights, treat each other fairly and bring up a lovely family. I think a lot about weddings is outdated for women – being given away, wearing white, taking his surname, it’s old-fashioned and doesn’t make sense. n Ashleigh says: “I’m from a big family. You invite one person to a wedding, you invite everyone. We don’t agree on how we would want to get married and all the traditions of it. My parents accept this is how our generation is. I know Carrie’s grandparents would have loved us to wed but it’s not for us.” 7 Friday, March 2, 2018 ............... 2GM why fewer of us get wed ‘ Many women end up ga-ga’ ADRIANA SANTINA, 42, and driver Nemo Paoletti, 41, are from Wandsworth, South London. Retail supervisor Adriana says they knew they did not ever want to get married following the birth of their son, Theo, now four. She says: Marriage has never been number one on our list, and once our son came along we knew it would never happen. We are both in agreement that for us it is a meaningless concept. I’ve known loads of smart, intelligent women go ga-ga in the run-up to their wedding. I’ve been mum to my son for four years now and caring for him together is our priority. You don’t get more commitment than having a child together. I’m passionate and romantic but that stops for me when it comes to all the traditions that surround marriages. n Nemo says: “I don’t believe we are unromantic. Adriana knows I adore her and we’re really happy together. People ask all the time, ‘When are you going to make an honest woman of Adriana?’ They don’t know her – she’d run a mile if I asked her. We already have a joint bank account. We’re not religious and we’re really happy as we are.” 6 7 ‘We can’t justify the expense’ ALISA GOMEZ, 22, and partner Ali Solomon, 23, say they would love a lavish bash but cannot afford it. Instead of tying the knot in a cheap venue, the pair, from Sutton, South West London, who have 15-month-old son Aiden, have decided never to marry. Alisa says: We’ve been together for four years and love being parents to our son. Deep down I do want the big day but we’ve had lots of conversations about it and both decided getting married isn’t for us. It’s just too expensive. If I was going to get married I don’t want half measures. When I calculated 6 what it would cost, I mentally shut the door on the idea. Spending £5,000 on the dress of my dreams and £40,000 on venue, food, flowers, photographer just isn’t something I could justify. For my generation, marriage isn’t a big deal. It is a relief for us not to have to obsess over bridal mags and the colour of napkins any more. n Ali says: “It’s an idea I’ve entertained but weddings cost so much. Alisa knows how much I love her and marriage won’t change anything. We don’t need to spend a lot of money on one day to prove that to each other.” 7 29 MEDICS ARE TOP OF THE SWAPS 5 transplants, 36hrs By SHAUN WOOLLER SURGEONS carried out a recordbreaking five transplants in 36 hours — fuelled by Jelly Babies and coffee. Two hearts, two pairs of lungs and a single lung were given to five patients. A team of more than 40 staff had no idea they would be performing so many life-saving operations when they started the first procedure on 40 staff Sunday afternoon. involved, many Pedro Catarino, transworked 36hrs plantation director at the Royal Papworth, Cambs, 5 surgeons drafted in people on days operated from off as organs became unexpectedly available. Sunday afternoon He said: “Organs are to Tuesday morning like buses — you can wait transplanting: ages for one then several come along. But we’ve 2 2 sets 1 single never seen this many. hearts of lungs lung “It was hard work but transplants are slick, high-octane operations, and we work like a Formula 1 pit crew. 3 operating theatres “We kept going on Jelly Babies and coffee, so our worked at one time energy levels and focus 5 patients given remained high. It was only after we finished new organs early on Tuesday that the Staff were tiredness set in.” The stint accounts for fuelled by Jelly more than five per cent Babies and coffee of the 95 transplants the centre expects to perform people a second chance at life.” Prof Anthony this financial year. Lead transplant nurse Warrens, ex president of Richard Quigley said: “It’s the British Transplantaa tribute not only to the tion Society, said: “More transplant team but to than two or three over 36 staff across the hospital — hours is phenomenal. To and to the donors and do five is exceptional.” their families, giving five email@example.com HOW OPS WORKED 30 ............... Friday, March 2, 2018 1GM MAR APR MAY JUN 2 FREE TICKETS 2 FREE TICKETS 2 FREE TICKETS 2 FREE TICKETS WIN A BEACH HUT TO JOIN VISIT SUNSAVERS.CO.UK OR GET THE APP & START COLLECTING CODES CASH★TREATS ★PRIZES LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick and Knob configurations, the Minifigure, DUPLO and LEGOLAND are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2018 The LEGO Group. 18+ UK residents only (excludes Northern Ireland, Isle of Man & Channel Islands). Multiple unique code collect. T&Cs apply, visit savers.thesun.co.uk/terms Friday, March 2, 2018 ............... 2GM CHURCH BLESSES WEAPONS Arms in the air . . OAP leads thanks Crash . . Cobden & Alexander Jail threat for Ferrari kill driver Gold gun . . Moon relative Anthem . . woman & rifle Ammo . . bullet casings crown By ANDY CRICK A FERRARI driver faces jail over the death of a 13-year-old in a crash. Alexander Worth died when the rare 200mph F50 supercar flipped over on a farm track. Yesterday Matthew Cobden, 39, was convicted of causing death by careless driving. He took Alexander for a drive in 2016 when the lad visited his car storage business in North Warnborough, Hants. Cobden lost control of the car and ploughed into a fence at 40mph. Neither he nor Alexander were wearing seat belts. Prosecutors told Winchester crown court that Cobden had misjudged the power of the Ferrari. The married dad of one, from Walton-onThames, Surrey, will be sentenced on March 26. PAY AND DISPLAY Women are only half as confident as men in asking for a pay rise, a report by Mintel found. GUNS AND ROSARIES By EMMA PARRY HUNDREDS of churchgoers clutched guns in a mass before honouring their rifles, wedding ceremony yester- which they believe are God’s day — and thanked God for sacred “rod of iron” on Earth. The Sanctuary Church — an offtheir right to bear AR-15s. shoot of the Moonies — was accused More than 300 couples got hitched or renewed their vows of insensitivity. Nikolas Cruz, 19, used an AR-15 to kill 17 people at a Florida school on Valentine’s Day. Church leaders argued the event in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, was a tribute to mass shooting victims. Followers cheered as Pastor Hyung Jin “Sean” Moon and his family arrived with a golden assault rifle. His dad Sun Myung Moon founded the notorious Moonies cult, the Unification Church. Xavier Franco, 11, helped to tag triggers so they could not be pulled. Followers, above, were also told to keep their weapons pointing up. Dyella Schmid, 27, and Kyle Yoder, 30, told The Sun it made them complete. She added: “It probably looks weird to bring guns to a church. “We’re just grateful God gave us the right to defend ourselves.” 31 32 ............... Friday, March 2, 2018 5 months hiding ills THE average adult ignores worrying health symptoms for more than five months before seeking help, a study has found. More than one in 20 wait at least a year. And 75 per cent are currently putting up with a gripe. Backache, poor hearing and sight, and lethargy are the most common woes, the poll for World Hearing Day found. TV doc Hilary Jones said: “It’s important to get any concern checked.” THE L TOLLS Driving test failures are highest on March Fridays — possibly due to the long week and busier roads — say insurers Privilege. 2GM STILL TO COME IN Sun ‘Kids row’ gran dies sftw THE The return of Blossoms with a new sound STARTS PAGE 43 DAILY Get your wardrobe ready for warmer weather (no, really!) STARTS PAGE 39 ++PLUS++ Dear Deidre – Page 36 l Letters and Mystic Meg – Page 40 Puzzles – Page 47 A GRAN hanged herself after rowing with her husband about how much they looked after their grandchildren. Glen Murray-Dickson, 66, said Pauline, 64, felt “taken advantage of”. He later found her upstairs at home in Goole, East Yorks. Assistant Coroner Rosemary Baxter told a Hull inquest she was not sure Pauline intended to take her own life and recorded an open verdict. BLUE NEIN A bottle of 1944 red wine with Adolf Hitler’s portrait, given by him to a general, is up for sale in Taunton, Somerset. TOWN THATT IS SYM From OLIVER HARVEY Chief Feature Writer, in Macerata LOCALS in the usually idyllic Italian hilltop town of Macerata call their home an “island of happiness”. It is famed for its lasagne, and its honey-coloured medieval walls echo with the laughter of local university students and the annual opera festival. But laughter is rare today. Just weeks ago this charming town of nearly 42,000 took on a much more sinister reputation after a beautiful Italian teenager was murdered and dismembered — allegedly by an illegal immigrant. The attack thrust Macerata into the spotlight as an unwitting symbol of Italy’s deepening immigration crisis. It is a crisis that will define this Sunday’s general election, which many believe could usher in a new anti-immigration government. “Enough is enough,” say the people. Calls for Italy to quit the EU are also growing, although critics of “Quitaly” warn the country’s £2trillion debts mean it could not withstand the economic aftershock. The dismembered body of drug user Pamela Mastropietro, 18, was found stuffed into two suitcases, in a ditch in countryside near Macerata on January 31 this year. Young Nigerian immigrant Innocent Oseghale was held on suspicion of murder. Three other Nigerians are also under investigation in connection with the slaying. Pamela’s mum, Alessandra Verni, told Italian TV: “I’m awake at night thinking of her. I wonder if she was tortured or raped. The newspapers wrote that her body was cut into 20 pieces. I keep thinking where — in which points did they cut her.” But mayhem soon followed. On February 3, shaven-headed neo-Nazi Luca Traini, 28, went on a “revenge” drive-by shooting spree targeting innocent African migrants walking in Macerata. The wounded included five men and one woman,, from Ghana, Mali and Nigeria. ‘They don’t work, speak the language, know laws’ Police later wrestled Traini to the ground on the steps of the town’s fascist-era war memorial, with the tricolour Italian flag draped over his shoulders. He was shouting: “Long Live Italy” and “Italy for Italians”. At his greengrocer’s opposite the memorial, Leonardo Splendiani, 23, tells me: “He did the fascist salute then police arrested him. There is tension now and politicians from the Left and Right are using what happened to promote their policies.” As a Left-leaning town, Macerata, 150 miles north of Rome, has long welcomed newcomers — but now many locals feel their country’s generosity has reached its limit. More than 620,000 migrants have poured into Italy in the past four years, straining the debt-ridden economy. In May 2013, just four per cent of Italians saw immigration as one of their two key issues. By November 2017, the figure was 33 per cent. Traini was a former candidate for the Northern League — whose leader Matteo Salvini said of the alleged Nigerian killer on Facebook: “What was this maggot still doing in Italy? He wasn’t fleeing war — he brought war to Italy.” After the revenge shootings, Salvini acknowledged “violence is never the solution”, and blamed “out-of-control migration” for “chaos, rage, social clashes”. But his party, rebranded as The League to appeal to southern Italians, will potentially join a Rightwing coalition government after the election on Sunday as Italy lurches to the Right amid immigration fears. Leading that alliance — currently polling a collective 37.5 per cent of the vote — will be Forza Italia, former PM Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right party. He has called migrants “a social time bomb” and wants to expel 600,000, although he cannot stand for elected office because he is a convicted tax fraudster. 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Father Alberto Forconi, 74, a priest at 16th Century Santa Croce Catholic Church where migrants worship, described the tragedies in Macerata as “a real awakening”. He said earlier generations of migrants had integrated wel el — w eas boa des “T lan cult in our ur F from om Don and atio tio now ow “W me. e. Pam am peo has H Ma a 2GM Friday, March 2, 2018 ............... 33 YMBOL OF NATION’S NA IMMIGRATION CRISIS d e t er HELD . . . neo-Nazi Traini was arrested over last month’s Macerata shootings gal migrant ARREST . . . illeld last month he s wa le ha eg Os l’s murder over teenage gir acism FIERY . . . anti-r in days ata demo in Macer i’s arrest following Train RIOT . . . protesters against farright demo clash with police in Bologna last month es ng ants ant MPs MP s in taly gearing for fo Quitaly? cancel because it was planned for when Traini went on the rampage. “The incidents happened at a critical moment in the election campaign which the parties are now using to get votes,” he said. There is little doubt politicians are tapping into public opinion. ‘Not enough jobs for our own, let alone migrants’ Even before the Macerata carnage, a poll in the La Repubblica newspaper found 40 per cent of Italians “strongly or very strongly” agree migrants represent “a danger to public order”. In the Nino cafe, Josep Cozzi, 70, breaks off from checking his lottery numbers to tell me: “There’s been too much immigration. Italians have reached their limits.” The retired air force security guard added: “I’m not against immigration if it’s people fleeing wars — you have a responsibility to help. But that only applies to a small minority. “The rest come without papers and are lying — they just want to live in a more comfortable country. Most seem to be men aged 20 to 30 who left families behind. They should have stayed and fought for their families.” Dad-of-one Giuseppe Caputo, 68, said: “After Pamela’s murder I felt powerless and unsafe. We don’t know who many of the illegal immigrants are. There is no integration, most are just here for easy money. “But we don’t have enough jobs for our own, let alone the migrants.” Like many I speak to, the retired railway guard has nothing good to say about Brussels, which is viewed with contempt by many here. They think the EU has left them MURDERED . . . teen Pamela Mastrop ietro high and dry, closing borders in Austria, Switzerland and France and leaving them to deal alone with the migrant crisis. As a result, Italy’s centre-Left Democratic Party, the only party wanting an ever-closer EU, is polling just 23 per cent of the vote. Caputo says he is voting for the eurosceptic and “anti-politics” Five Star Movement. Formed by largerthan-life former stand-up comedian Beppe Grillo, Five Star is likely to be the biggest party after the election. It is polling 28 per cent of the vote. “When we scrapped the Italian lira and got the euro, prices doubled but salaries stayed the same,” he said. “We should never have gone into Europe.” Having a coffee at a town bar, Simonetta Sargenti, 54, and Silvia Luchetti, 52, both want Quitaly. “We had twice as much buying power with the lira,” telecom firm worker Silvia said. “We want to follow Britain out.” Back at San Donato Church, Father Offor jokes about how hard it is for Africans to adjust to Europe’s cold weather. Pulling off his woolly hat to be photographed, he adds: “People would much rather stay in Africa with their families than risk their lives coming to Europe. But there is much injustice, war and hunger. “Europe’s politicians needs to solve the root causes of migration if they want to stop people coming.” Pictures: IAN WHITTIKER ll but bu that was no longer the case with wi many now using Italy and its sily sil accessible shores as a springard ar to reach Britain and other stinations st in northern Europe. They Th don’t work, don’t speak the nguage, ngua don’t know the laws or the ture,” t he said. “They’re like birds the t trees. They haven’t landed in r society.” soc Father Fa Eugene Offor, 47, originally m Nigeria, is based at the San nato na Church in nearby Montefano d preaches pr to a 70-strong congregon o of migrants on Sundays — but w does d so under a police guard. We are ar human beings,” he tells . “Of course co people are scared. mela’s m murder provoked a lot of ople. o Not everyone is Christian and s a forgiving f spirit.” He H tried to organise a vigil in acerata acer for Pamela but had to 34 ............... Friday, March 2, 2018 1GM tvguide Friday 6am Breakfast (S,HD) 9.15 Murder, Mystery And My Family Edith Thompson. (S,HD) 10.00 Homes Under The Hammer Properties in Cornwall, London and Nottinghamshire. (R,S,HD) 11.00 Wanted Down Under Revisited Catching up with the fortunes of the Ramoth family. (S,HD) 11.45 Caught Red Handed (S,HD) 12.15 Bargain Hunt (R,S,HD) 1.00 BBC News At One (S,HD) 1.30 Regional News (S) 1.45 Doctors Ayesha tries to deal with the past by visiting the police station, hoping it will help. (S,HD) 2.15 Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators The local mayor is murdered in the dead of night. (S,HD) 3.00 Escape To The Country In Lincolnshire. (R,S,HD) 3.45 Get Away For Winter A couple from Scotland seek a rental home in the Costa Del Sol. (S,HD) 4.30 Antiques Road Trip Finds include a 19th-century table croquet set. (R,S,HD) 5.15 Pointless Quiz show. (R,S,HD) 6.00 BBC News At Six (S,HD) 6.30 Regional News (S) 6am Caught Red Handed (R,S,HD) 6.30 Get Away For Winter (R,S,HD) 7.15 Wanted Down Under Revisited Nicki Chapman catches up with the McGuinness family. (R,S,HD) 8.00 Sign Zone: Back In Time For Tea A look at how life has changed for working families in the north of England over 100 years. (R,S,SL,HD) 9.00 Athletics The World Indoor Championships. Coverage of the second day of the competition, which takes place at Arena Birmingham. (S,HD) 1.30 Daily Politics (S,HD) 2.30 Coast (R,S,HD) 2.45 Yes Chef (R,S,HD) 3.30 A Place To Call Home George informs Sarah of his plans. (R,S,HD) 3.50 More Creatures Great And Small Megan helps to rehome 80 hens with local families in Fife. (R,S,HD) 4.20 Greece With Simon Reeve Part two of two. Simon travels into the mountainous north of the country. (R,S,HD) 5.20 Great British Railway Journeys (R,S,HD) 6am Good Morning Britain News, current affairs and lifestyle features. (S,HD) 8.30 Lorraine Entertainment and fashion news. (S,HD) 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show (S,HD) 10.30 This Morning Celebrity chat and lifestyle features. (S,HD) 12.30 Loose Women Guest panellists engage in topical debate and celebrity interviews from a female perspective. (S,HD) 1.30 ITV Lunchtime News (S) 1.55 Regional News (S) 2.00 James Martin’s American Adventure The travelling chef ventures into Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As well as attending a big football match, he visits an oyster restaurant specialising in North American varieties. (S,HD) 3.00 Tenable A team of five from the north west of England and Scotland play the game. (S,HD) Followed by Local Weather 4.00 Tipping Point Game show hosted by Ben Shephard. (S,HD) 5.00 The Chase Quiz show hosted by Bradley Walsh. (S,HD) 6.00 Regional News (S) 6.30 ITV Evening News (S) 6am Countdown (R,S,HD) 6.45 3rd Rock From The Sun (R,S) 7.35 Everybody Loves Raymond Two episodes. (R,S) 8.30 Frasier Triple bill. (R,S) 10.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA In Hollywood. (R,S) 11.00 Undercover Boss USA (R,S,HD) 12.00 C4 News Summary (S,HD) 12.05 Come Dine With Me (R,S,HD) 1.05 Posh Pawnbrokers Dan and his sister Cherise test drive a classic Rolls-Royce. (R,S,HD) 2.10 Countdown (S,HD) 3.00 A Place In The Sun: Summer Sun A newly engaged Glasgow couple look for a holiday home in eastern Spain. (R,S,HD) 4.00 A New Life In The Sun Harvest day arrives for the Hereford couple running a French vineyard. (S,HD) 5.00 Four In A Bed (S,HD) 5.30 Extreme Cake Makers Molly Robbins is asked to create a cake themed on Alice In Wonderland. (R,S,HD) 6.00 The Simpsons (R,S,HD) 6.30 Hollyoaks Scott agrees to help Diane sabotage Prince and Lily’s wedding. (S,HD) 6am Milkshake! (HD) 9.15 The Wright Stuff (HD) 11.15 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away Two enforcement agents make a shocking discovery in a child’s bedroom. (R,S,HD) Followed by 5 News Lunchtime 12.15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors Dr William Laird is consulted by a man with a painful toe, who wants confirmation of his self-diagnosis. (R,S,HD) 1.15 Home And Away (S,HD) 1.45 Neighbours (S,HD) 2.15 NCIS: Conspiracy To Murder An old case is reopened. (R,S) 3.15 Brace For Impact A disgraced flight investigator looks into her brother’s death after he is killed in a plane crash. Thriller starring Kerry Condon and Sheila McCarthy. (2016) JJJ (S,HD) 5.00 5 News At 5 (S,HD) 5.30 Neighbours Dipi’s theatre group gets off the ground. (R,S,HD) 6.00 Home And Away Kat stops Ash from going to the police, but may be putting herself in danger. Coco’s protest forces a change of policy at the diner. (R,S,HD) 6.30 5 News Tonight (S,HD) HUT THE FRONT DOOR! 9pm Matilda begins to suffer from disturbing blackouts in psychological thriller Requiem 5.50pm Katarina Johnson-Thompson aims to be in contention at the Arena Birmingham 7.30pm Leanne offers a lovesick Zeedan a sympathetic ear in Coronation Street 10pm Josh, Adam and Alex are joined by guests including Tom Davis in The Last Leg 7.00 The One Show Alex Jones and Ore Oduba host the final edition of the week, featuring the usual mix of celebrity guests and stories. (S,HD) 7.30 MasterChef (3/25) The week’s best amateurs are challenged by critic William Sitwell to make an exceptional dessert showcasing either alcohol or spices. (S,HD) Followed by BBC News 8.00 EastEnders The Carters’ problems increase as they are left fearing the repercussions of their actions, while Kim prepares to learn the truth about her and Denise. (S,HD) 8.30 Room 101 (6/9) Frank Skinner invites Stephen Mangan, Phil Wang and Holly Walsh to share their gripes, which include The Archers, having a bath and being friendly with an aerobics instructor. (S,HD) 9.00 Requiem (4/6) Matilda begins suffering disturbing blackouts and also encounters Laura, who claims to know crucial details about Carys’ disappearance. (S,HD) 10.00 BBC News At Ten (S,HD) 10.25 Regional News (S) 10.35 The Young Offenders (4/6) Conor and Mairead’s much-loved fridge finally gives up on them and Jock joins the lovable rogues on a long road trip to find a cheap replacement and relive fond memories. (S,HD) 11.05 Blades Of Glory Rival figure skaters bury the hatchet after they discover a loophole enabling them to compete in the world championships as a same-sex pair. Comedy with Will Ferrell. (2007) JJJ (S,HD) Followed by Weather For The Week Ahead 12.35 -6am BBC News (S,HD) 5.50 Athletics The World Indoor Championships. Coverage of the evening session on the second day of the competition, which takes place at Arena Birmingham. The women’s 60m will come to a conclusion tonight with the running of both the semi-finals and final, and there will also be finals staged in the men’s long jump and women’s shot put, while the women’s pentathlon will conclude with the long jump and 800m, with Great Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson hoping to be in contention. Other notable events on the timetable are the opening round of the men’s 800m and women’s 1500m, in addition to the semi-finals of the women’s and men’s 400m. (S,HD) 10.00 QI (18/18) Part two of two. Highlights from the O series, in which Sandi Toksvig posed regular panellist Alan Davies and guest players a range of perplexing questions. (S,HD) 10.30 Newsnight Presented by Emily Maitlis. (S,HD) Followed by Weather 11.05 The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (1/9) Crime drama focusing on the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace by serial killer Andrew Cunanan in 1997. (R,S,HD) 11.55 A Hijacking A cargo vessel is hijacked by Somali pirates who demand millions of dollars from the shipping company for the crew’s return. Thriller starring Pilou Asbaek. (2012) JJJJ (HD) 1.35 Sign Zone: The Sheriffs Are Coming (R,S,SL) 2.35 Julius Caesar Revealed. Mary Beard presents. (R,S,SL,HD) 3.354.15am Royal Recipes (R,S,SL) 7.00 C4 News (S,HD) 7.00 Emmerdale 8.00 Jamie And Jimmy’s Victoria confides in Robert, Priya Friday Night Feast struggles under pressure, and (6/8) Scarlett Moffatt joins Jamie Pollard and Faith make an Oliver and Jimmy Doherty at their embarrassing discovery. (S,HD) cafe on Southend Pier. Inspired by 7.30 Coronation Street a Moffatt family party favourite, Zeedan takes comfort from a Jamie helps Scarlett create the sympathetic Leanne, Craig fights Scotch egg of her dreams. He his anxiety over Bethany’s also cooks a posh twist on a predicament, and Eileen sends Geraldine packing. (S,HD) comfort food classic – ultimate 8.00 Love Your Garden fish pie. Meanwhile, Jimmy rustles (5/8) The team creates a coastal up a wild game feast in a haven in Bideford, Devon, traditional oven from Down Under complete with a bespoke daybed and together with Jamie continues made out of a boat, and swathes to wage war on food waste with a of hardy flowers mixed in with plan to get community fridges shingle paths. (R,S,HD) onto Britain’s streets. (R,S,HD) 8.30 Coronation Street 9.00 Gogglebox Rana admits to Kate that her Reviews include Saturday Night marriage is a sham. Meanwhile, Takeaway, Celebrity Haunted Toyah gets to the bottom of Mansion, Point Break and Peter’s troubles, and Craig moves Britain’s Brightest Family. (S,HD) into his new home. (S,HD) 10.00 The Last Leg 9.00 Lethal Weapon (6/10) Adam Hills, Alex Brooker (8/22) Riggs and Murtaugh and Josh Widdicombe examine investigate a murder in a hospital. the biggest and most entertaining Away from duty, Murtaugh learns news stories as they round up the that his daughter Riana is secretly main talking points of the week in dating the son of his neighbour their inimitable style. In this and nemesis. (S,HD) edition, the trio are joined by Line 10.00 ITV News At Ten (S) Of Duty and Broadchurch star 10.30 Regional News (S) Vicky McClure and writer, actor 10.45 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories and comedian Tom Davis. (S,HD) (2/4) Piers meets Caitlyn Jenner, 11.05 Rude Tube who opens up about her feud with (5/10) Alex Zane presents clips her ex-wife and stepchildren, and including a memorable entrance reflects on winning gold while into a dance tent, the internet’s battling gender issues. (R,S,HD) famous chicken shop reviewer 11.45 Take Me Out: 10th and Korean Billy speaking Anniversary Special Roadman dialect. (S,HD) (9/9) A special edition of the 12.05 30 Days Of Night Horror starring show, in which Paddy McGuinness Josh Hartnett and Melissa switches the men and women George. (2007) JJJ (S,HD) 2.10 Born To Kill (R,S,SL,HD) around with female celebrities 3.05 Damned (R,S,SL,HD) 3.35 seeking the approval of a panel of The Question Jury (R,S,HD) 4.30 returning Romeos. (R,S,HD) Four Rooms With Sarah Beeny 12.35 Jackpot247 3.00 Alphabetical. (R,S,HD) 5.25-6.20am Location, Quiz show. (R,S,SL,HD) 3.50Location, Location (R,S,HD) 6am Nightscreen (HD) 10pm Will & Grace quickly regret inviting Larry to work with them in the design studio 7.00 Inside Kensington Palace (1/6) The history of famous buildings, beginning by going behind-the-scenes of the royal residence, home to the Duke and Duchess Of Cambridge, and Prince Harry. (R,S,HD) Followed by 5 News Update 8.00 The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard (1/3) Examining life on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, following an eventful week during which plans are made to welcome star steam engine Royal Scot to the heritage railway. (S,HD) Followed by 5 News Update 9.00 Cruising With Jane McDonald (4/4) The singer explores New Orleans before taking a trip along the Mississippi. Excursions include visits to an ex-plantation and the Louisiana State Penitentiary. (S,HD) 10.00 Will & Grace (9/16) When Joe and Larry get broody, Grace offers Larry a job to distract him, while Jack runs over neighbour Val in his car. (S,HD) 10.30 Jo Brand: Secrets Of Her Success Friends including Ross Noble, Alan Davies, Morwenna Banks, Jimmy Mulville and Ricky Grover celebrate the former nurse’s 30-year career in comedy. (S,HD) 11.30 Jo Brand’s Cats & Kittens (2/6) Animal welfare officer Matt finds an injured young male cat with a lost tail. Meanwhile, a concerned member of the public calls Inspector Anthony about a cat in her shed. (R,S,HD) 12.15 SuperCasino Live interactive gaming. (S,HD) 3.10 The X-Files (R,S,HD) 4.00 GPs: Behind Closed Doors (R,S,HD) 4.45 House Doctor (R,S,SL) 5.10 Nick’s Quest (R,S,SL) 5.35-6am Wildlife SOS (R,S,HD) FILMS JJJJJ Brilliant JJJJ Very Good JJJ Good JJ Not Bad J Poor (R) Repeat (S) Subtitles (SL) Sign Language (HD) High Definition Friday, March 2, 2018 ............... 1GM SKY SPORTS MAIN EVENT 6am Monkey Life (R,S,HD) 7.00 RSPCA Animal Rescue (R,S,HD) 8.00 Send In The Dogs PC Whitaker and Roscoe tackle a man who is armed with a knife. (R,S,HD) 9.00 Road Wars Police officers combat vehicle crime. (R,S) 10.00 Warehouse 13 Artie instructs Myka and Pete to investigate several suspicious suicides. (R,S) 11.00 Forever Henry and Jo look into the murder of a reformed junkie-turned-activist. (R,S,HD) 12.00 NCIS: Los Angeles Sam is arrested for murder. (R,S,HD) 1.00 Hawaii Five-0 Double bill. The brother of a promising boxer is murdered. Then, McGarrett and Danny work on their partnership issues. (R,S,HD) 3.00 NCIS: Los Angeles The team investigates the murder of a homeless man. (R,S,HD) 4.00 Stargate SG-1 A cadet team is needed for a mission. (R,S) 5.00 The Simpsons Lisa wins a trip to Washington. (R,S,HD) 5.30 Futurama Double bill. Leela flies the flag for women’s sport. Then, Bender tries to become a gourmet chef. (R,S) 6am Good Morning Sports Fans 8.00 LIVE Test Cricket. South Africa v Australia. 3.30 Football Centre 5.00 Sky Sports News 7.00 LIVE EFL. Middlesbrough v Leeds United. 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Requiem BBC1, 9pm The best critics in the world cast their eye over the week’s TV. Find out what Izzi and Ellie made of big budget drama Troy. Should be fun. Jo Brand: Secrets Of Her Success, C5, 10.35pm Matilda is distraught after the death of Meredith and her mother’s attempted suicide, and another layer of mystery is unveiled. Jo has been making people laugh for more than 30 years. Friends and colleagues including Meera Syal and Alan Davies look back at her career. 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(S,HD) 12.00 Kell Brook’s Greatest Hits (R,S,HD) 12.30 Born To Be Wilder (R,S,HD) 1.00 JD Ringside (R,S,HD) 1.30 A League Of Their Own: Rally Special (R,S,HD) 2.00 Most Shocking (R,S,HD) 3.00 The Blacklist: Redemption (R,S,HD) 4.00 It’s Me Or The Dog (R,S) 5.00-6am Futurama (R,S) REGIONAL VARIATIONS S4C 6am Cyw 12.00 Newyddion 12.05 Cymoedd Roy Noble 12.30 Gwawr Edwards Yn Ohio 1.30 Wil Ac Aeron: Taith Yr Alban 2.00 Newyddion 2.05 Prynhawn Da 3.00 Newyddion 3.05 Pengelli 3.30 Tu Hwnt I’r Tymbl 4.00 Awr Fawr 5.00 Stwnsh: Ffeil 5.05 Cic 5.25 SpynjBob Pantsgwâr 5.35 Cog1nio 6.00 Newyddion 6.05 Cwpwrdd Dillad 6.30 Celwydd Noeth 7.00 Heno 8.00 Pobol Y Cwm 8.25 NEW Codi Hwyl 9.00 Newyddion 9.30 Jonathan 10.30-11.35pm Craith 6am Sporting Greats 7.00 WWE Main Event 8.00 Great Sporting Moments 9.00 Born To Be Wilder 9.30 Kell Brook’s Greatest Hits 10.00 The Darts Show 10.30 Carp Wars 11.00 World Rugby Show 11.30 Born To Be Wilder 12.00 Kell Brook’s Greatest Hits 12.30 Darts Gold 12.45 The Mensur Suljovic Story 1.00 LIVE ATP Tennis. 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Friday, March 2, 2018 1GM tvguide Friday FREEVIEW Satellite & Digital 9.25 The Ellen DeGeneres Show 10.15 Who’s Doing The Dishes? 11.10 Dress To Impress 12.15 Emmerdale 1.15 You’ve Been Framed! 1.45 The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2.35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 5.50 Take Me Out 7.00 You’ve Been Framed! 8.00 Two And A Half Men 9.00 Survival Of The Fittest: The Final 10.30 Celebrity Juice 11.20 Family Guy 12.15 American Dad! 1.10 Two And A Half Men 2.10 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 2.20 Teleshopping 5.50-6am Nightscreen ITV3 freeview 10 MOST HAUNTED SPECIAL, REALLY, 10pm Yvette Fielding presents the first of two extended episodes as the team explores the disturbing history of a cottage in the grounds of the ruined Codnor Castle in Derbyshire. BBC FOUR freeview 9 7pm World News Today 7.30 Top Of The Pops: 1985 8.00 John Denver: Country Boy 9.00 Tones, Drones And Arpeggios: The Magic Of Minimalism 10.00 Synth Britannia 11.30 Synth Britannia At The BBC 12.30 Top Of The Pops: 1985 1.00 Lionel Richie: Dancing On The Ceiling 2.00 John Denver: Country Boy 3.00-4am Tones, Drones And Arpeggios: The Magic Of Minimalism ITV2 freeview 6 6am The Planet’s Funniest Animals 6.20 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 7.10 Dress To Impress 7.55 Emmerdale 8.55 You’ve Been Framed! 6am Classic Coronation Street 6.55 Heartbeat 7.55 The Royal 9.00 Judge Judy 10.20 Love Your Garden 12.30 The Royal 1.35 Heartbeat 2.40 Classic Coronation Street 3.45 On The Buses 4.50 You’re Only Young Twice 5.25 Rising Damp 5.55 Heartbeat 7.00 Murder, She Wrote 8.00 Marple 10.00 The Good Karma Hospital 11.00 Secrets Of Growing Old 12.05 FILM Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Second World War romantic drama. (2001) 2.20 Life Of Crime 3.15 On The Buses 4.10 George And Mildred 5.05 Judge Judy 5.50-6am Nightscreen ITV4 freeview 24 6am Snooker Vs Darts 6.05 The Chase 7.05 Pawn Stars 7.35 Ironside 8.40 Quincy ME 9.40 Minder 10.50 The Sweeney 12.00 Live Darts: UK Open 5.00 The Avengers 6.00 Storage Wars: Texas 6.30 Storage Wars 7.00 Live Darts: UK Open 11.00 FILM A Dangerous Man (2010) 12.55 The Avengers 1.55 Minder 2.50 Nightscreen 3.00-6am Teleshopping E4 freeview 28 6am Hollyoaks 7.00 Coach Trip: Road To Tenerife 7.30 How I Met Your Mother 8.00 Baby Daddy 9.00 Melissa & Joey 10.00 How I Met Your Mother 11.00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 12.00 The Goldbergs 1.00 The Big Bang Theory 2.00 Melissa & Joey 3.00 Baby Daddy 4.00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 5.00 The Goldbergs 6.00 The Big Bang Theory 7.00 Hollyoaks 7.30 Coach Trip: The Finale: Road To Tenerife 8.00 The Big Bang Theory 9.00 FILM The Heat. An ambitious FBI agent and an unconventional cop are forced to work together to bring a drug kingpin to justice. Action comedy with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. (2013) 11.25 The Big Bang Theory 12.20 First Dates 1.30 Celebs Go Dating 3.25 Timeless 4.05 How I Met Your Mother 4.30-6am Rude(ish) Tube MORE4 freeview 14 8.55am Food Unwrapped 9.30 A Place In The Sun: Winter Sun 11.30 Four In A Bed 2.10 Come Dine With Me 4.50 A Place In The Sun: Winter Sun 6.55 The Supervet 7.55 Grand Designs 9.00 Rebecka Martinsson: Arctic Murders. Part two of two. Rebecka runs her own inquiry into the woman’s murder. In Swedish. Last in the series. 10.00 24 Hours In A&E. Double bill of the documentary. 12.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 1.05 24 Hours In A&E 2.10 The Good Fight 3.15-3.55am 8 Out Of 10 Cats 5USA freeview 21 6am Teleshopping 9.00 Access 9.10 Catch A Contractor 10.25 Law & Order 11.25 FILM Jesse Stone: Sea Change. Thriller starring Tom Selleck and Kathy Baker. (2007) 1.10 NCIS 2.05 Chicago PD 3.05 Law & Order 5.05 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 6.00 CSI: Miami 7.00 NCIS 9.00 Training Day 10.00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 11.55 NCIS 12.55 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2.50 Chicago PD 3.50 Access 4.00-6am Teleshopping 5STAR freeview 30 8am Access 8.05 Last Man Standing 8.30 Dance Moms 9.15 Milkshake! 11.00 Access 11.05 Funniest Fails, Falls & Flops 12.05 Police Interceptors 1.00 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away 3.00 Neighbours 3.30 Home And Away 4.00 Will & Grace 5.00 The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air 6.00 Neighbours 6.30 Home And Away 7.00 Last Man Standing 8.00 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away 9.00 FILM Mr & Mrs Smith (2005) 11.25 FILM Django Unchained (2012) 2.45 Celebrity Ghost Hunt 3.45-4am Access PICK freeview 11 6am Nothing To Declare 7.00 Motorway Patrol 8.00 Police Force: Australia 9.00 Without A Trace 10.00 Babylon 5 11.00 Stargate SG-1 12.00 Haven 1.00 A Town Called Eureka 2.00 Without A Trace 3.00 Police Force: Australia 4.00 Nothing To Declare 5.00 RSPCA Animal Rescue 6.00 Warehouse 13 7.00 Stargate SG-1 8.00 Babylon 5 9.00 Elementary 10.00 The Force: Essex 11.00 Brit Cops: Rapid Response 12.00 Cop Squad 1.00 Police 10/7 2.00 Road Wars 3.00 Haven 4.00 Motorway Patrol 5.00-6.30am Nothing To Declare DAVE freeview 12 6am Teleshopping 7.10 Scrapheap Challenge 8.10 American Pickers 9.00 Storage Hunters UK 10.00 American Pickers 1.05 Top Gear Vietnam Special 2.35 Top Gear Patagonia Special 5.15 Red Bull Soapbox Race 6.15 Would I Lie To You? At Christmas 6.55 Would I Lie To You? 7.35 Traffic Cops 8.00 Cops UK: Bodycam Squad 9.00 FILM Good Will Hunting (1997) 11.35 Would I Lie To You? 12.15 Mock The Week 12.55 QI 1.35 Would I Lie To You? 2.15 Al Murray Live: Barrel Of Fun 4.006am Teleshopping REALLY freeview 17 8am Escape To The Country 9.00 Fantasy Homes By The Sea 10.00 DIY SOS: The Big Build 11.00 Countryside 999 12.00 Antiques Road Trip 1.00 Escape To The Country 2.00 Fantasy Homes By The Sea 3.00 Countryside 999 4.00 Paranormal Investigators 5.00 Ghost Adventures 6.00 Antiques Road Trip 8.00 DIY SOS: The Big Build 9.00 The Ghost Inside My Child 10.00 Most Haunted Special 12.00 Haunted Collector 1.00 Ghost Adventures 2.00 Teleshopping 4.00 101 More Things Removed From The Human Body 4.45 The Truth About Beauty 5.35-6am Garden Makers YESTERDAY freeview 19 6am Coast 7.10 Pointless 8.00 Time Team 9.00 Coast 10.00 Nazi Victory: The Post-War Plan 11.00 Medieval Dead 12.00 Time Team 1.00 Africa 2.00 The Life Of Mammals 3.00 Coast 4.00 Medieval Dead 5.00 Murder Maps 6.00 Auschwitz: The Nazis And The Final Solution 7.00 Nazi Victory: The Post-War Plan 8.00 Who Do You Think You Are? 9.00 The Black Adder 9.40 Blackadder II 11.00 Murder Maps 12.00 Auschwitz: The Nazis And The Final Solution 1.00 Black Ops 2.00 Time Team 3.00-6am Teleshopping SONY MOVIE CHANNEL freeview 32 9am FILM Mother’s Suspicion (2016) 11.00 FILM Final Verdict (2009) 12.55 FILM Hope Floats (1998) 3.15 FILM Julie & Julia (2009) 5.40 FILM 2012 (2009) 9.00 FILM Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1986) 11.10 FILM The Package (2012) 1.15 FILM Anonymous (2011) 4.05-5am FILM The Face Of Love (2013) ENTERTAINMENT SKY ATLANTIC 6am Richard E Grant’s Hotel Secrets 7.00 Urban Secrets 8.00 The Guest Wing 9.00 The West Wing 11.00 House 1.00 Without A Trace 2.00 Blue Bloods 3.00 The West Wing 5.00 House 7.00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 8.00 Blue Bloods 9.00 Game Of Thrones. Three episodes. 12.35 Mosaic 1.35 Billions 2.45 Dexter 4.00-6am The West Wing SKY LIVING 6am 60 Minute Makeover 7.00 Obese: A Year To Save My Life USA 8.00 Children’s Hospital 9.00 Criminal Minds 10.00 Cold Case 11.00 The Biggest Loser: Australia 12.00 Obese: A Year To Save My Life USA 1.00 The Chef’s Line. Double bill. El Publico’s head chef Tommy takes on the last cook standing. Then, Maeve gets a lesson in Mexican cooking at el Publico. 2.00 Nothing To Declare 4.00 Border Security USA 4.30 Border Security: Canada’s Front Line 5.00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 6.00 Criminal Minds 7.00 Children’s Hospital 8.00 America’s Next Top Model. Reality contest. 9.00 The Good Doctor. Shaun is put in a difficult position by a patient’s family. 10.00 Bones 11.00 Criminal Minds 12.00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 1.00 Cold Case 2.00 The Hunt For The Shoe Rapist 3.00 Border Security USA 3.30 Border Security: Canada’s Front Line 4.00 Nothing To Declare. Double bill. 5.00-6am The Biggest Loser: Australia FOX 8am The Closer 10.00 The Mentalist 12.00 NCIS 2.00 Body Of Proof 4.00 The Mentalist 6.00 NCIS 7.00 NCIS 8.00 NCIS 9.00 NCIS. The agents spend Thanksgiving searching for an arms dealer on the loose in DC. 10.00 Bull. A pharmaceutical company faces liability for the suicide of a former employee. 11.00 Family Guy 12.00 American Dad! 1.00 Family Guy 2.00 American Dad! 3.00 Family Guy 4.00 American Dad! 5.00-8am Teleshopping GOLD 7.20am The Piglet Files 7.50 Waiting For God 8.30 Goodnight Sweetheart 9.10 Last Of The Summer Wine 11.05 My Family 11.40 My Hero 12.15 Waiting For God 1.00 As Time Goes By 1.40 The Good Life 2.20 Only Fools And Horses 3.00 My Family 3.35 My Hero 4.15 Last Of The Summer Wine 6.10 As Time Goes By 6.45 Only Fools And Horses. Christmas special from 1983. Del and Rodney get a blast from the past. 8.00 The Good Life. Double bill. 9.20 Only Fools And Horses 10.00 The Vicar Of Dibley 11.00 Smack The Pony 12.05 Bridget & Eamon 1.10 Inside No 9 2.25 Bull 2.55 Bridget & Eamon 4.00-6am Teleshopping COMEDY CENTRAL 8am Scrubs 9.00 8 Simple Rules 10.00 Friends 1.00 Impractical Jokers 2.00 Friends 4.00 8 Simple Rules 5.00 Friends 8.00 FILM Mr Deeds. Romantic comedy with Adam Sandler and Winona Ryder. (2002) 10.00 Bob’s Burgers 10.30 Rick And Morty. Rick sparks up the TV. 11.00 South Park 12.00 FILM Barbershop. Comedy with Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer. (2002) 2.00 The Daily Show 2.30 South Park. Four episodes of the comedy. 4.15 Two And A Half Men 5.00-6am Teleshopping W 6.10am MasterChef USA 8.00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 10.00 The Bill 11.00 Tipping Point 1.00 Supernanny US 2.00 MasterChef USA 3.00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 5.00 Tipping Point 7.00 My Dream Home 8.00 One Born Every Minute. The midwives deal with a September baby boom. 9.00 999 Rescue Squad. Emergency services respond to a shooting outside a mosque. 10.00 Embarrassing Bodies. Christian Jessen advises a transitioning maleto-female transsexual. 11.00 EastEnders 11.40 One Born Every Minute 12.45 Haunting Australia 2.25 Judge Faith 3.00-6.10am Teleshopping UNIVERSAL 6am Teleshopping 8.00 Sea Patrol 10.00 Law & Order 2.00 NCIS 8.00 CSI: Miami. Horatio and the team investigate the case of a film star who died after a spell in a celebrity rehab centre. 9.00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Five episodes. 2.00 Law & Order 3.00 Numb3rs 5.00-6am Teleshopping DISCOVERY 6am Railroad Alaska 7.00 Alaska: The Last Frontier 8.00 Doomsday: World War I 9.00 Wheeler Dealers 11.00 Fast N’ Loud 1.00 Railroad Alaska 2.00 Alaska: The Last Frontier 3.00 Yukon Men 4.00 Gold Rush 5.00 Edge Of War 6.00 Wheeler Dealers 8.00 Mythbusters. Unblocking a toilet with salt. Last in the series. 9.00 I Am Johnny Cash. A celebration of the country singer-songwriter. 11.00 Gold Rush 12.00 I Am Johnny Cash 2.00 How It’s Made 3.00 Doomsday: World War I 3.50 Edge Of War 4.40 Gold Rush 5.30-6am How It’s Made MOVIES SKY CINEMA PREMIERE 6am Moana: Special 6.30 Monster Family: Special 7.00 Monster Family (PG, 2017) Animation. HHH 8.50 Birth Of The Dragon (12, 2016) HHH 10.30 Monster Family: Special 11.00 Monster Family (PG, 2017) HHH 12.50 The Mummy (15, 2017) Adventure. HH 2.50 Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant (18, 2015) Comedy. HH 4.40 Birth Of The Dragon (12, 2016) HHH 6.30 Monster Family: Special 7.00 Monster Family (PG, 2017) Animation. HHH 9.00 The Mummy (15, 2017) Adventure. HH 11.00 Hard Target 2 (15, 2016) Thriller. HHH 1.00 The Unseen (15, 2016) HHHH 3.00 Clash (15, 2016) Drama. HHHH 5.00 Black Panther: Special 5.30-6am Monster Family: Special SKY CINEMA COMEDY 6.50am Black Panther: Special 7.20 Don Verdean (12, 2015) Comedy. HHHH 9.05 The Money Pit (15, 1986) Comedy. HHH 10.45 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (15, 2007) Comedy spoof. HHH 12.30 The Top Ten Show 2018 12.45 Chips: Law And Disorder (15, 2017) HH 2.35 Date Night (15, 2010) Comedy. HHH 4.10 27 Dresses (12, 2008) Comedy. HHH 6.10 Did You Hear About The Morgans? (PG, 2009) Romantic comedy. HH 8.00 Chips: Law And Disorder (15, 2017) HH 9.45 Date Night (15, 2010) Comedy. HHH 11.25 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (15, 2016) Comedy starring Andy Samberg. HHHH 1.00 Road Trip (15, 2000) Comedy. HH 2.45 Top Secret! (15, 1984) Comedy. HHH 4.25-6.45am Bicentennial Man (PG, 1999) HH SKY CINEMA ACTION 6am The Bourne Identity (12, 2002) HHHH 8.10 The Bourne Supremacy (12, 2004) HHHH RADIO RADIO 1 97.6-99.8FM bbc.co.uk/radio1 10.10 The Top Ten Show 2018 10.30 Transformers (12, 2007) HHHH 1.00 Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (12, 2009) Sci-fi adventure sequel. HH 3.40 Air Force One (15, 1997) Thriller. HHHH 6.00 Behind Enemy Lines (12, 2001) HH 8.00 Transformers (12, 2007) HHHH 10.30 Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (12, 2009) Sci-fi adventure sequel. HH 1.10 Kiss Of The Dragon (18, 2001) HHH 3.05 Universal Soldier (18, 1992) HHH 5.00-6am Sky Cinema Preview SKY CINEMA FAMILY 6.50am Charlotte’s Web (U, 2006) Drama. HHH 8.30 Horton Hears A Who! (U, 2008) HHHH 10.00 Matilda (PG, 1996) Fantasy. HHHH 11.45 Coraline (PG, 2009) Animation. HHHHH 1.30 Charlotte’s Web (U, 2006) Drama. HHH 3.15 Monster Family: Special 3.45 Horton Hears A Who! (U, 2008) HHHH 5.20 Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (U, 2009) Animated comedy. HHH 7.00 Matilda (PG, 1996) Fantasy. HHHH 8.45 Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (12, 2016) Fantasy. HHHH 10.55 Coraline (PG, 2009) Animation. HHHHH 12.40 Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging (12, 2008) Comedy drama. HHHH 2.30 Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (12, 2016) Fantasy. HHHH 4.40-6am Candy Planet (U, 2016) HHH SKY CINEMA DRAMA 6.40am To Kill A Mockingbird (PG, 1962) Drama with Gregory Peck and Robert Duvall. HHHHH 8.55 Breakfast At Tiffany’s (PG, 1961) Romantic comedy. HHHHH 10.55 The Top Ten Show 2018 11.15 Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (15, 2016) War drama starring Joe Alwyn. HHH 1.15 Bridget Jones’s Baby (15, 2016) HHHH 3.30 Forrest Gump (12, 1994) Drama. HHHH RADIO 3 90.2-92.4FM bbc.co.uk/radio3 6.30am The Breakfast Show 10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45 Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 3.00 The Official Chart With Scott Mills 4.00 Greg James & Adele Roberts 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00 Dance Anthems 7.00 Annie Mac 9.00 Pete Tong 11.00 Danny Howard 1.00 B.Traits 4.00-6am Essential Mix 6.30am Breakfast 9.00 Essential Classics 12.00 Composer Of The Week: Richard Strauss 1.00 News 1.02 Lunchtime Concert (R) 2.00 Afternoon Concert 5.00 In Tune 7.00 In Tune Mixtape 7.30 Radio 3 In Concert 10.00 The Verb 10.45 The Essay: Are You Paying Attention? 11.00 World On 3 1.00-7am Through The Night 6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken Bruce 12.00 Jeremy Vine 2.00 Steve Wright In The Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo 7.00 Tony Blackburn’s Golden Hour 8.00 Friday Night Is Music Night (R) 10.00 Sounds Of The 80s 12.00 Anneka Rice: The Happening 2.00 Radio 2’s Funky Soul Playlist 3.00 Radio 2 Playlist 5.00-6am Huey On Saturday 6am Today 8.31 LW: Yesterday In Parliament 9.00 Desert Island Discs (R) 9.45 Book Of The Week: The Line Becomes A River 9.45 LW: Daily Service 10.00 Woman’s Hour 11.00 Out Of The Ordinary 11.30 A Charles Paris Mystery: Dead Room Farce 12.00 News; LW: Shipping RADIO 2 88-91FM bbc.co.uk/radio2 RADIO 4 92.4-94.6FM bbc.co.uk/radio4 6.00 Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (15, 2016) War drama starring Joe Alwyn. HHH 8.00 Bridget Jones’s Baby (15, 2016) HHHH 10.10 Fifty Shades Darker (18, 2017) HHH 12.15 Secret In Their Eyes (15, 2015) HHH 2.15 In Dubious Battle (15, 2016) Drama. HHHH 4.15-6am Fun In Acapulco (U, 1963) HHH SKY CINEMA HITS 6.35am Truth (15, 2015) Drama. HHH 8.50 Trolls (U, 2016) Animation. HHHH 10.35 Passengers (12, 2016) Fantasy. HHHH 12.35 Black Panther: Special 1.05 Iron Man 3 (12, 2013) Adventure. HHHH 3.25 Money Monster (15, 2016) Drama. HHH 5.15 Trolls (U, 2016) Animation. HHHH 7.00 Passengers (12, 2016) Fantasy. HHHH 9.00 Iron Man 3 (12, 2013) Adventure. HHHH 11.15 T2: Trainspotting (18, 2017) HHHH 1.20 Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan (15, 2006) Comedy. HHHH 3.00 The Colony (15, 2015) Drama. HH 5.00-6.35am An Eskimo Tale (PG, 2013) HHH SKY CINEMA OSCARS 6am A Beautiful Mind (12, 2001) Drama. HHH 8.20 I, Tonya: Special 8.50 The Sound Of Music (U, 1965) HHHHH 11.45 The Hustler (15, 1961) Drama. HHHHH 2.05 Hello, Dolly! (U, 1969) Musical. HHHH 4.35 A Place In The Sun (PG, 1951) HHHH 6.40 A Beautiful Mind (12, 2001) Drama. HHH 9.00 The Sound Of Music (U, 1965) HHHHH 11.55 Witness (15, 1985) Thriller. HHHHH 1.50 Babel (15, 2006) Drama. HHH 4.15-6.40am Hello, Dolly! (U, 1969) HHHH SKY CINEMA DISNEY 6.10am Hercules (U, 1997) Animation. HHH 7.50 The Little Mermaid (U, 1989) HHHHH 9.20 Tangled (PG, 2010) Animation. HHHH 11.05 Freaky Friday (U, 1976) Comedy. HHHH 12.04 The Curious Cases Of Rutherford & Fry 12.15 You And Yours 1.00 The World At One 1.45 British Socialism: The Grand Tour 2.00 The Archers (R) 2.15 Drama 3.00 Gardeners’ Question Time 3.45 Short Works 4.00 Last Word 4.30 Feedback 4.55 The Listening Project 5.00 PM; LW: Shipping 6.00 News 6.30 The Now Show 7.00 The Archers 7.15 Front Row 7.45 Riot Girls: The Good Terrorist 8.00 Any Questions? 8.50 A Point Of View 9.00 British Socialism: The Grand Tour (R) 10.00 The World Tonight 10.45 Book At Bedtime 11.00 A Good Read (R) 11.30 Today In Parliament 11.55 The Listening Project 12.00 News And Weather 12.30 Book Of The Week: The Line Becomes a River (R) 12.48 Shipping 12.59-5.20am LW: Test Match Special 1.00 As BBC World Service 12.50 The Odd Life Of Timothy Green (U, 2012) Fantasy starring Jennifer Garner. HH 2.40 Winnie The Pooh: Springtime With Roo (U, 2004) Animated adventure. HH 3.55 Hercules (U, 1997) Animation. HHH 5.30 The Little Mermaid (U, 1989) HHHHH 7.00 Tangled (PG, 2010) Animation. HHHH 8.50 Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (12, 2006) Fantasy. HHH 11.25 Freaky Friday (U, 1976) Comedy. HHHH 1.10 Fantasia 2000 (U, 2000) Fantasy. HHHH 2.35 The Odd Life Of Timothy Green (U, 2012) Fantasy starring Jennifer Garner. HH 4.25-6.05am Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen (PG, 2004) Drama. HH SKY CINEMA SELECT 6.50am The Wonders (15, 2014) Drama. HHHH 8.50 Five Easy Pieces (15, 1970) HHHHH 10.35 Frantz (12, 2016) Drama. HHHHH 12.35 Loving (12, 2016) Period drama. HHHH 2.45 Arrowhead (U, 1953) Western. HH 4.35 Rage (15, 2016) Drama. HHH 6.15 Solaris (12, 2002) Sci-fi drama. HHHH 8.00 Moneyball (12, 2011) Drama. HHHH 10.15 Boogie Nights (18, 1997) HHHHH 12.55 Inglourious Basterds (18, 2009) HHHH 3.35 The Witch (15, 2015) Horror. HHHH 5.20-7.35am Our Little Sister (PG, 2015) Drama starring Haruka Ayase and Kaho. HHHH SKY CINEMA SCI-FI/HORROR 6am The Sixth Sense (15, 1999) HHHHH 7.50 The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (12, 2003) Comic-book fantasy adventure. HH 9.45 Fear Inc (15, 2016) Horror. HHH 11.30 Get Out (15, 2017) Horror. HHHHH 1.30 Deadpool (15, 2016) Comedy. HHHH 3.30 The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (12, 2003) Comic-book fantasy adventure. HH 5.30 Fear Inc (15, 2016) Horror. HHH 7.10 Get Out (15, 2017) Horror. HHHHH 9.00 Deadpool (15, 2016) Comedy. HHHH 5.20 Shipping 5.30 News Briefing 5.30-8.30 LW: Test Match Special 5.43 Prayer For The Day 5.45-6am IPM RADIO 5 909MW bbc.co.uk/fivelive 6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00 Chiles On Friday 1.00 The Friday Sports Panel 2.00 Kermode And Mayo’s Film Review 4.00 5 Live Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport: The Friday Football Social 9.30 At Home With Colin Murray 10.00 Stephen Nolan 1.00 Up All Night 5.00 5 Live Boxing With Costello & Bunce 5.30-6am Fit & Fearless VIRGIN RADIO DAB virginradio.co.uk 10am Eddy Temple-Morris 1.00 Kate Lawler 4.00 Jon Holmes 7.00 Ben Jones 11pm-6am Overnight 11.00 Videodrome (18, 1982) Horror. HHHH 12.35 Frankenstein (18, 2015) Horror. HHH 2.10 End Of Days (18, 1999) Fantasy. HHH 4.15-6am Target Earth (PG, 1998) HH SKY CINEMA SPIES 6.45am Marathon Man (18, 1976) HHHH 8.50 Three Days Of The Condor (15, 1975) Thriller starring Robert Redford. HHHH 10.50 Mission: Impossible (PG, 1996) HHHH 12.45 Valkyrie (12, 2008) Thriller. HHH 2.50 Marathon Man (18, 1976) Thriller. HHHH 4.55 Three Days Of The Condor (15, 1975) Thriller starring Robert Redford. HHHH 7.00 Mission: Impossible (PG, 1996) HHHH 9.00 Ronin (15, 1998) Thriller. HHHH 10.55 The Hunt For Red October (PG, 1990) Cold War thriller starring Sean Connery. HHHH 1.10 The Sum Of All Fears (12, 2002) HHH 3.20 Valkyrie (12, 2008) Thriller. HHH 5.30-6am Sky Cinema Preview FILM4 freeview 15 11am Mary, Queen Of Scots (PG, 1971) HHHH 1.40 Sink The Bismarck! (U, 1960) HHHH 3.45 Shane (PG, 1953) Western. HHHHH 6.15 Pride & Prejudice (U, 2005) Drama. HHHH 8.50 Carol Interview Special 9.00 Gladiator (15, 2000) Adventure. HHHHH 12.00 Prevenge (15, 2016) Comedy. HHH 1.50 Prevenge Interview Special 2.00-4am A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (15, 2014) Iranian horror starring Sheila Vand. HHHH TCM 4.25pm Empire Of The Sun (PG, 1987) HHHH 7.20 The Blue Lamp (PG, 1949) Drama. HHHH 9.00 The Crow: City Of Angels (18, 1996) HH 10.45 The Hurt Locker (15, 2008) HHHHH 1.25 Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura 3.20 Hollywood’s Best Film Directors 5.00-8am Empire Of The Sun (PG, 1987) Second World War drama starring Christian Bale. HHHH TALKSPORT 1053, 1089MW talksport.com 6am The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast With Max Rushden 10.00 Jim White 1.00 Hawksbee And Delaney 4.00 Adrian Durham And Darren Gough 7.00 The Season Ticket With Danny Kelly And Laura Woods 10.00 The Two Mikes. Presented by Mike Graham and Mike Parry. 1.00-6am Extra Time With Tom Latchem TALKRADIO DAB talkradio.co.uk 6.30am Julia Hartley-Brewer 10.00 Mike Graham 1.00 Jamie East And Melanie Sykes 4.00 Eamonn Holmes 7.00 George Galloway. With topical debate and guest interviews. 10.00 The Late Night Alternative With Iain Lee 1.00 Martin Kelner 5.00-7am Early Breakfast Friday, March 2, 2018 ............... 2GM must watch WHAT? Cruising with JANE McDONALD, 9pm, Channel 5. WHY? In the last leg of her epic journey, Jane sails the Mississippi then visits Graceland, a shrine to former owner ELVIS, and tops it off with a sing-along. I’ve launched a Facebook page so you can get the gossip first. Like Facebook.com/ DanWootton for exclusive live celeb video Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @danwootton MY TEAM: Andy Halls, Hannah Hope, Rod McPhee and Benjy Potter l SHE has been one of Coronation Street’s most popular stars, so it is no wonder soap bosses are refusing to kill off CATHERINE TYLDESLEY’s character Eva Price. The actress is set to quit the show this summer in search of new roles – and I can reveal that her dramatic final episode will see Eva give birth on a bathroom floor and hand over her baby girl to Toyah Battersby, to register as her own. Eva will then flee to America, leaving the door GERI HAS IT DOWN TO A TEA COMIC PROBES HEALTH WOES OF BULLDOGS AFTER virtually vanishing from our screens in the past four years, CATHERINE TATE is set for a TV comeback. bit s – look HOLLYOAKS fan sic star out for rising mu . The AMELIA GETHINGin two singer, who will be C4 episodes of theCARA soap, counts and E GN VIN DELE GRANDE ARIANA ces. among her influen soapbox In EMMERDALE, Robert hears Victoria reveal her struggles as she tries to look after Rebecca. Priya cracks under the pressure of childcare and Pollard and Faith make an embarrassing discovery. IN CORONATION STREET Zeedan takes advantage of a sympathetic Leanne, and Craig fights his anxiety over Bethany’s situation. Elsewhere, Eileen sends Geraldine packing, Rana confesses to Kate that her marriage is a sham and Toyah gets to the bottom of Peter’s troubles. In EASTENDERS, the Carters’ situation gets worse as they are left worrying about the repercussions of their actions. Meanwhile, Kim prepares to learn the truth about her and Denise. open if Catherine ever wanted to return to Corrie in the future. A TV insider said: “Producers wanted to give Catherine the option to come back, once she’s had the chance to pursue other acting jobs. “She was keen to do some serious dramas but working for the soap has always been a dream job for her. The decision to leave wasn’t easy, so knowing Eva might storm the cobbles of Weatherfield again definitely suits Catherine.” TATE BRITAIN ALL Together Now’s ten finalists will be hoping to win the £50,000 prize tomorrow – but I can reveal there’s a secret bonus for the champion. After bonding with many of BBC1 singing show’s contestants, GERI HORNER, above, has decided to offer a last-minute treat to the winner – tea with a Spice Girl. The pop icon, who leads “The 100” singing judges beside host ROB BECKETT, will invite the champion to her home for a get-together. It has been such a closely guarded secret that the finalists are yet to find out. A TV source revealed: “Geri has loved every minute of this series and got to know many of the contestants well. She wanted to add a personal touch to the prize and is planning on extending the invite as soon as the winner is confirmed.” The new show has proved a hit for the Beeb by pulling in more than four million viewers and insiders are optimistic it will return for a second series. Having a Spice Girl on TV is always a recipe for a hit. bi 37 Follow me on Twitter: @danwootton Instagram: danwootton Snapchat: danbizarre CHRISTINE McGUINNESS has it all wrapped up after landing a role on The Real Housewives of Cheshire. The model wore a fur-lined coat like those favoured by the ITVBe show’s stars, on the freezing streets, top. She recently put hubby PADDY, left, out in the cold after he was seen with NICOLE APPLETON, but looks to have warmed to him again. But this time the comedy star is tackling a serious subject in a special BBC1 documentary looking at the plight of the British bulldog. Animal-lover Catherine will host the show after the British Veterinary Association launched a campaign to raise awareness of the health problems that can affect “squashed-faced” dogs. A TV insider said: “It’s obviously a very different type of show to the ones we’re used to seeing Catherine in, but it’s a subject close to her heart. “This will show viewers a totally different side to her.” Experts say the rise in popularity of bulldogs has boosted breeding rates — prompting health woes in the dogs such as skin disorders, eye ulcers and breathing difficulties. Catherine will be investigating if enough is being done to tackle the problems. The comic is known for The Catherine Tate Show of comedy sketches, which ran from 2004 to 2007. She then joined Doctor Who as Donna Noble, a companion to DAVID TENNANT’s Time Lord in 2006, before joining the cast of the US version of The Office in 2011. Her last major outing in the UK saw her star opposite DAVID WALLIAMS and PHILIP GLENISTER on flop BBC sitcom Big School, which was axed in 2014 after just two series. Let’s hope her new direction ensures she’s back on TVs long-term. l Thunderbirds Are Go to return to CITV in spring l Rocketeer gets female-led reboot Portugal, Gibraltar & Seville Fiesta Cruise Spring Getaways SAVE UP TO 60% * 13 days was from £1,679pp now from £699pp Sailing from Bristol on board Marco Polo, 14 April 2018 The highlight of this springtime cruise will be the chance to experience the celebrations of Seville’s Feria, the city’s famous post-Easter ‘April Fair’. With additional calls in Portugal, Spain and British Gibraltar, this will be a memorable ‘sunshine voyage’. 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Subject to limited availability and may be withdrawn at any time. dear ar dei deidre 38 ............... Friday, March 2, 2018 1GM Head to thesun.co.uk/deardeidre to read more readers’ letters. To find how my problem page works, see thesun.co.uk/deardeidrefaqs I’m cheating on poorly husband Dear Deidre I’VE been meeting a guy for sex in his car while my husband is having physio at the hospital. My hubby is diabetic and had to have a leg amputated. He’s got a prosthetic limb and goes for regular physio. He is 58 and I’m 39. We got chatting to another couple at the hospital. The wife had lost her arm in a car crash and needed physio too. He’s 40 and she is 42. Her husband and I had fag breaks together and realised we had a lot in common. I began to look forward to the hospital trips. I was so good being with someone who seemed interested in me and didn’t just want to talk about my husband’s problems. I really miss sex with him. He’s so tired all the time and has erection problems. He’s only working part-time but he sleeps as soon as he comes in from work. I got a text one night from the hospital guy. It said: “I could do with some company right now. Can you get out for a drink?” I topic4today MOST of us masturbate at some point in our lives, yet it can be hard to talk about. It is a safe way for people to experiment. Sex therapists even “prescribe” it. My e-leaflet Masturbation Worries? explains. Email me at the address below for a copy or private message me on my Facebook page. email@example.com told my husband I was popping out and the other guy picked me up in his car. He broke down, saying he was stressed from doing everything at home and the kids were driving him crazy. He added that he loves his wife but they never have sex. I hugged him and said: “Join the club. I miss sex too.” He looked at me and kissed me and I responded passionately. We climbed into the back of his car and it was frenzied. The sex felt so good. It was wrong but it felt right. I didn’t have any guilt then because we were just filling a need. We meet at least once a week now. We’ve had a drink in a pub a few times and then sex but he never takes me out for dinner or anything like that. Now I worry that he’s just using me. Should I carry on seeing him? 0 DEIDRE SAYS: This is obviously pricking your conscience or you wouldn’t be asking me. If you were unwell, would you accept your husband cheating? Your lover is clearly using you as an outlet for his sexual needs but there seems little genuine friendship between you. Tell him you must end your affair because losing your marriages and that breaking up your families just for sex in the back of the car isn’t worth it. Explain to your husband that you miss intimacy. Even if he has erection problems, you can be physically close in other ways. My e-leaflet on Couples Massage explains how a loving, sensual massage can help – it’s a good start, with no pressure and it won’t jeopardise your marriage. You can find advice and support from Diabetes UK (diabetes.org.uk, 0345 123 2399). Dear Deidre AFTER we’d been a couple for just a month, my girlfriend dropped the baby bombshell. We’d only known each other for a couple of weeks when I went abroad with my family for a holiday. When I got back, she said I was going to be a dad. It was such a shock. I’m 29 and my mates are settling down, so I thought: “Let’s see if this can work”. She talks about us moving in together but we argue a lot. She’s 25 and I can’t wait to be Dear Deidre MY boyfriend has been cheating on me online throughout our relationship and I had no idea. We are both 31 and have been together for two years. I discovered he’s been using dating apps. He had flu recently and slept at my place while he was ill. His phone was downstairs and it kept pinging with messages. I couldn’t help taking a look after a while. He’s contacted MY LOSER deidre’s photo casebook FELLA IS KIRSTY’S LOST LOVE: DAY 5 STOP CHECKING YOUR WATCH, SIMON. IT’S TEN PAST TWO, FIVE MINUTES LATER THAN THE LAST TIME YOU LOOKED YEAH, AND I NEED TO GET GOING. SORRY BABE, I’LL MAKE IT UP TO YOU . . . IT’S STUPID CARRYING ON LIKE THIS. WHEN I GET IN I’LL JUST HAVE TO TELL KIRSTY IT’S OVER . . . a dad but I’m worried I don’t love her enough. 0 DEIDRE SAYS: I worry you don’t know each other well enough to survive the strains of parenting. Don’t rush into moving in but be ready to be a hands-on dad, doing feeds, changing nappies and so on. Try to ease the pressure on her. Find support through Family Lives (familylives. org.uk, 0808 800 2222) but I have to ask – are you 100 per cent sure this baby is yours? If not, organise DNA tests. old girlfriends from uni and school. He doesn’t seem to have met up with any of them yet but has he got some sort of sex addiction? 0 DEIDRE SAYS: Tell your boyfriend you found out by accident and ask him what is going on. If there is some aspect of your relationship he wants to change, say you would be willing to try. But be clear – online flirting is an emotional betrayal and he needs to stop it. MY life revolves around a man who doesn’t respect me. My boyfriend is 23, I’m 21 and have a daughter from a previous relationship. My boyfriend is obsessed with my sex life with my ex. He calls me “pathetic” for holding on to that past relationship for so long. He accuses me of flirting or cheating. I’m told I’m pretty but I’d never cheat. He says: “You must have been such a slag with a string of men in your bed after your ex dumped you.” But I was single for more than a year. He doesn’t believe me and says horrid things if we row. I’ve been promoted at work, which means more money, but he makes me feel bad because he’s in a dead-end job he hates. 0 DEIDRE SAYS: He is aggressive, unpleasant and controlling because he has low self-esteem, but this is an abusive relationship that is damaging for your daughter too. You must care for him or you wouldn’t still be there. Tell him he has to get help to change or your relationship is over. Give him three months maximum. My e-leaflet Abusive Partner? explains where you can find support. Dear Deidre WHAT DO YOU MEAN, IT’S OVER? SI, YOU CAN’T LEAVE ME, PLEASE DON’T! LET’S TALK ABOUT IT TOMORROW . . . I’M REALLY SORRY, KIRSTY, BUT IT’S BEST IF I GO. I DIDN’T WANT TO HURT YOU BUT I CAN’T GO ON PRETENDING 1. Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org 2. Private message me on Facebook facebook.com/DearDeidreOfficial 3. Write to me: Deidre Sanders, The Sun, London SE1 9GF (enclose SAE) 4. Or follow me on Twitter: @deardeidre Dear Deidre ROCKED BY WIFE’S BRUTAL HONESTY EVERY PROBLEM GETS A FREE PERSONAL REPLY usually in 24hrs weekdays DIGITAL RADIO • APP VIRGINRADIO.CO.UK FIXATED ON MY EX Continues tomorrow I TOLD my wife I was feeling unhappy and she said: “I’m not surprised. This relationship’s never worked.” We’ve been together for ten years and have two little boys. I am 33 and she is 32. I’ve felt things weren’t right for a while. We have nothing in common and barely speak. She sleeps in the spare room now and followed the marriage bombshell with: “I’ve never had an orgasm.” I don’t want to leave – I’d miss the boys too much. 0 DEIDRE SAYS: It’s better for your children to have happy parents apart than warring together. But you had things in common once and you loved each other, so there is a chance you can save your marriage as long as you are both ready to make a real effort. See a relationship counsellor together. You can reignite a flagging sex life but your wife must say what feels good for her. You can’t second-guess. My e-leaflet Orgasm For Women will help. Friday, March 2,, 2018 ............... 2GM DAILY BRITAIN has gone batty for online dating – but can you really find love at the touch of a button? This week Sun columnist Tinderella sees a new side to Will . . . BOOZY SNOG SHOCKED HANNAH INTO QUITTING I started drinking at 13...and didn’t stop ’til I’d ruined my life a Tinderell SOMETHING weird’s happening to Will. You know he was this epic guy always up for lolz and sexy time? Well, now he’s that guy’s weird, needy cousin. And he cries a lot. It all started with the Beast from the East. When Snowmaggedon hit, his trains limped to a halt and we had to cancel a date. No biggie but the night we should have cosied up he texted to check I was OK – and then utterly lost his mind at my response. This is how our exchange went, starting with his breezy howdy . . . “Hey babe, what you doing? Home and warm, I hope.” “Actually I’m in the pub!” There was a few minutes’ delay followed by: “Oh. Who’s braving the Beast with you?” I replied: “Jamie T’s come up from Brighton coz he’s worried about trains tomorrow.” “Oh cool. Wait . . . how’s he gonna get home tonight then?” “He’s not, hon. He’s staying at mine. That’s why he’s come up!” “WTF? Why does he have to stay the night?” “I told you, because he has a meeting in the morning and he’s worried about trains.” “Can you call me please?” “Er, no, I’m in the pub with Jamie and it would be rude to leave him on his own. What’s up?” “Seriously, you’re not going to call me?” “I’ll call you in the morn, hon.” Cut to next morning and Will isn’t answering my calls. By lunchtime, I’m panicking so I text him: “Baby, can we talk about whatever’s up pls? Can you get to mine after work or are trains still stuffed?” Two minutes later, it’s read . . . two hours later, he replies. “OK, I can be at yours for 7.” The second I open the door, he barges twitchily past me. Turning to face me with his hands on his hips, the door is barely shut before he says: “Did you sleep with him?” WHAT? The levels of crazy at play here are so daunting it takes me a moment to compute. “Of course NOT!” And then he crumples. His face kind of falls in on itself and he starts howling as tears course down his cheeks. I should go to him, reassure him, do something to comfort him. But I’m so freaked out by the stranger before me I just stare at him. Who is this weirdo in my lounge? And can I get my sexy, sane boyfriend back now please? By LYNSEY CLARKE and KIM WILLIS HANNAH JAGO first tried alcohol at the age of 13, when her mum offered her a sip of sherry. It was love at first taste. She boozed her way through her teens, twenties and thirties, getting so sozzled she would stagger through traffic and wet the bed. NEW LIFE . . . Hannah is back in control after ditching the booze The mum of two eventually split from her husband after drifting apart. She then found love again — and lost it once more when her new partner caught her drunkenly kissing another man. It was only then, aged 40, she realised she needed help. Six years after joining Alcoholics Anonymous, Hannah has turned her life around and got back with the lover who split with her over the kiss. They will marry next month. Now after research last month revealed that teens who are given alcohol by their parents are twice as likely to binge-drink at a young age, the 46-year-old wants to share her story. Hannah, who works in marketing, says: “There was a tradition in our family that when you started your period, you had your first sip of sherry. “When I was 13, I couldn’t wait to. I was only supposed to have a sip but I liked the warm sensation WILD . . . in her drinking days and the giddy, relaxed feeling. I wanted an entire glass, then a second glass.” Hannah then boozed whenever she got the chance, even after getting married at the age of 26. She says: “I was the life and soul of the party but I was also the person who ruined the party. ‘Empty bottle’ “I got away with it in my twenties but in my thirties, while raising my children, it wasn’t OK.” Hannah’s son Rory is now 17 and daughter Milly is 16. She recalls: “I didn’t drink a lot when the kids were little, but as the kids got older, I’d have a glass of wine while I made dinner? “But one glass would turn into more and I’d wake at 5am on the sofa with an empty bottle beside me, wondering where I was. “I’d go out and ping-pong my way GOT a question, suggestion or dating advice for Tinders? Email email@example.com. l WELL, WELL, WILL. HAS HE TOTALLY BLOWN IT? FIND OUT NEXT WEEK Edited by JOELY CHILCOTT LOVE . . . with Chris, Milly and Rory across streets with no concern for the traffic.” Eventually, after 12 years of marriage, Hannah and her husband ended their relationship eight years ago. Hannah says: “In 2010, I drunkenly wet the bed and was brandished ‘disgusting’ by my husband. It wasn’t long until we separated.” In December that same year, Hannah met teetotal Chris Pomfret, 51, a sustainability consultant. They began seeing one another and it didn’t take him long before he questioned her drinking. She recalls: “After just a few weeks of dating, Chris asked if I was an alcoholic. He could see right through me, but I denied it. Over the coming months, the couple fell in love. But Hannah’s boozing continued to be an issue. The strains came to a head in July 2011, when the pair hosted a barbecue and, after hitting the bottle, Hannah disappeared. Chris went to look for her — and found her snogging another man. He ditched her on the spot. Hannah recalls: “I was so drunk that when Chris told me it was over, his words didn’t hit me. I just passed out. When I woke up, dread flooded over me. I’d crossed a line and lost the man I loved. “I attended my first AA meeting that night and never drank again.” She and Chris then got back together and the couple will wed later this month in the Cotswolds. Hannah says: “When we celebrate, I will raise a glass of elderflower cordial. I have a second chance at life.” l Hannah has contributed to the book Mumpreneur On Fire, £12.99, available on Amazon. Be 24/7 with your daily fix in The Sun, your weekend indulgence with magazine every Sunday AND non-stop fashion and beauty news at thesun.co.uk/fabulous 39 40 ............... Friday, March 2, 2018 1GM DAILY SIMPLE FOODS GET WARDROBE READY... TEMPERATURES might be freezing, but there is no better excuse to keep warm inside and spring clean your wardrobe. With a new season and, hopefully, some warmer weather on the horizon, now is the perfect time for a style TIP DELICIOUS FLORENTINES Balance a billowing shirt with tailored trousers. This skirt skims over hips while still looking polished. (makes 40-50) INGREDIENTS: Florentines 250g cornflakes 200g salted peanuts 200g raisins 397g condensed milk Chocolate covering 50g dark chocolate, melted METHOD: Pre-heat oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2 and line two large baking trays with parchment paper. Place the cornflakes, raisins and salted peanuts into a large mixing bowl and pour over the condensed milk. Using a wooden spoon, carefully ensure the cornflakes are coated with the milk. To make the Florentines, use a teaspoon to press 30g of mixture into the base of a teacup. Then flip them on to your pre-lined baking tray. Occasionally dip the cup into a bowl of cold water to help the Florentines slide out. Bake in the preheated oven for 12-13 minutes, watching to ensure they do not burn. Remove from the oven, leave to cool on the tray and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Once they are cool, melt the dark chocolate and drizzle it over them. l See myrelationshipwithfood.com. HOT WAYS TO BEAT COLD KitSound Winter Collection Audio On-Ear Earmuffs with Built In Headphones (from £11.90, amazon.com): Standing on a platform or walking to work is the pits in icy temperatures and can often result in painful ears. Protect them with these earmuff headphones. Available in designs including leopard print and cosy knitted grey. They work with any smartphone, tablet or MP3 player so you can stay toasty while listening to whatever you fancy. So Divine, Kiss Kiss Vibrating Rabbit (£64.99, so-divine.com): A night of passion is certainly one way to raise your body temperature. This device from So Divine has three speeds, seven pulsating patterns and can be heated up to the body’s natural temperature of 37-38 degrees so it feels warm and more realistic. Ultimate Slanket (£19.99, usually £39.99, findmeagift. co.uk): Worried about the heating bill? Drop the temperature by a couple of degrees and snuggle up in a slanket – a huge, fleecy blanket with sleeves. Your body and arms stay warm while your hands remain free to operate the remote or hold a steaming cup of hot chocolate. FED up with this freezing weather? Do not despair. Here, HELEN GILBERT rounds up six clever products to keep you warm whatever you are doing – as well as put a smile on your face. Heated base layer top (from £50, or £100 with battery, blazewear.com): It can be easy to let our exercise routine slip when it’s cold outside. Wrapping up warm is key and this base layer has in-built technology that generates heat for six hours. This unisex thermal top comes with a battery pack, three adjustable settings for temperatures up to 55C and is machine washable. Pocket Zippo Hand Warmer (£19.99, thefowndry. com): Can’t face the prospect of taking the dog for a walk in this winter weather? This nifty metal gadget might tempt you. You fill it with lighter fluid and ignite the burner before clicking the ventilated cap into place. The hand warmer uses the same chemical process as a catalytic converter to produce heat for six hours. Simply pop in your pocket and wrap your hand around it whenever you need to feel your fingers again. Cozy Boots microwavable slipper boots (£14.99, gettingpersonal.co.uk): If your feet are always cold, you spend all day standing or just need to chill out, you’ll love sinking into these lavender-scented slipper boots. Fluffy and soft, these are quickly warmed in the microwave. Get them in white or brown in sizes 3-7. Shirt, £39.50, Marks & Spencer; trousers, £39, Topshop; shoes, £55, Next lWith thanks to Amara.com Time to lighten up, girls Jumper, £29.99, Zara; skirt, £39, Topshop; bag, £45, Maison de Nimes at House of Fraser; necklace, £35, earrings, £6, both Accessorize TIP Tackle the ruching trend with this crisp dress, which cinches in the waist. TIP Ditch chunky winter jumpers and slip on a fine knit such as this one, instead. Dress, £65, Marks & Spencer; shoes, £35, Next; earrings, £4, Accessorize revamp. Look for fresh colours, lighter layering and the streamlined shapes that are all over the high street. Here, CLEMMIE FIELDSEND rounds up the pieces to give your style a new lease of life. Friday, March 2, 2018 ............... 1GM WARMER WEATHER IS ON THE WAY! Blazer, £68, River Island; culottes, £65, and shoes, £36, both Topshop; earrings, £9.50, M&S 41 FEED YOUR TWICE-DAILY SNACK HABIT WOMEN snack twice a day on average, with 84 per cent feeling guilty about it afterwards, according to new research. But picking between meals doesn’t have to be bad for you. Nutritionist Amanda Ursell says: “Eating little and often has been shown to boost metabolism. It may trick your body into burning more calories.” Here, LYNSEY HOPE rounds up six snacks each containing fewer than 100 calories for you to enjoy guilt-free. TIP HARTLEY’S NO ADDED SUGAR READY TO EAT STRAWBERRY JELLY (115g), 50p at tesco.com Great if you have a sweet tooth as the noadded-sugar version of this tasty jelly contains only five calories and 0.1g sugar. Also available in orange, apple and blackcurrant. Avoid the regular version, which has around four teaspoons of sugar (16.3g) – more than three McVities Digestives milk chocolate biscuits. CALORIES: 5 Wide culottes paired with a tailored blazer make for a chic look – and are super comfortable JAFFA CAKES £2 for a 39-pack at asda.com If you can’t beat the chocolate cravings, go for a Jaffa Cake instead of a biscuit. You can have two and still keep under your 100-calorie limit – and each one contains under two teaspoons of sugar (6.4g). A good sweet treat for the kids too. CALORIES: 46 per cake TIP TIP Get this season’s must-have trench coat and slip over a pair of tailored city shorts if you’re ready to get your legs out. Keep hold of stapleT-shirts, but re-work them with pastel hues for a spring feel. METCALFE’S SKINNY SEA SALT POPCORN £1 for 70g bag at tesco.com High in fibre, low in sugar and calories, this is a great treat for adults and kids. The brand is far lower in fat than others on the market. Metcalfe is currently donating money to children’s cancer charity Clic Sargent for every pack sold. CALORIES: 87 (per 20g) GO AHEAD FOREST FRUIT YOGURT BREAKS BARS £1 for five 35.5g bars at sainsburys.co.uk A crispy biscuit with a sultana and berry filling, topped with yoghurt. At just 71 calories per bar they are a great and healthy alternative to a chocolate bar or biscuit. Cereal and yoghurt bars have had a bad rap for being high in sugar, but this one contains under two teaspoons (6.2g). CALORIES: 71 per bar MULLER LIGHT SMOOTH STRAWBERRY YOGHURT 50p for a 175g pot at sainsburys.co.uk A rich and creamy tasting yoghurt which is fat free and only contains 99 calories. A nice choice for after dinner if you normally crave something sweet. It’s filling and contains real fruit. CALORIES: 99 T-shirt, £14.95, Gap; skirt, £35, M&S; sunglasses, £177, BlackEyewear. com Trench coat, £49.99, Stradivarius; shirt, £27.50, M&S; shorts, £46, LaRedoute. co.uk; bag, £25, Accessorize NAKED BANANA BREAD FRUIT, OAT & NUT BAR £2.50 for four 30g bars at Waitrose.com Great for upping your fruit and veg intake, this tasty bar contains one of your five a day. It has no added sugar and is gluten, wheat and dairy free if you are on a special diet. Filling and full of flavour. CALORIES: 94 letters 42 ............... Friday, March 2, 2018 1GM @ the-sun.co.uk The page where you tell Britain what you think I AM not surprised at the nosedive in viewing ratings for ITV’s Marcella, starring Anna Friel, below. The plot and huge amount of characters make it confusing. It is a job to follow the storylines. at the first snowflake. Storms never used to have names and people worked even when snow was up the door. After rail price hikes it’s blood-boiling that the usual travel chaos continues. SUE CRANE Westcliff on Sea, Essex MATTHEW WILSON Wolverhampton WHAT a farce the new video assistant referee system was in the Spurs v Rochdale game. VAR causes more problems than we had without it. IT’S great Robbie Williams can speak about his mental health problems but people talk about raising awareness. For what? I’ve had depression for years. Medication keeps me from hoping I no longer exist but I’m still minus 40 from everyone ROBERT DOWELL Birmingham PEOPLE seem programmed to panic else’s zero. improved? How has treatment RICHARD SIDDAWAY Billingham, Teesside JANE MOORE, pictured, is right. Beware of committees behind closed doors. Organ donations are a gift, not Government issue. I wonder how many of our Royal Family are donors? I suspect it’s none, so when it comes to organ donation applying to “everyone” I have reservations as to who the “everyone” is. SYD VAUGHAN Birmingham Don’t bow to border bully IF the EU’s Michel Barnier wants to play rough over the Irish border, then let’s take him on. £50 LETTER Operate an open border within the spirit of the Good Friday Agreement that will allow goods to travel by way of electronic surveillance. When we leave the EU, and not during the transition period, operate under the Agreement with the Republic of Ireland and tell the EU to get stuffed. SEAN SPILLANE Luton IRELAND, so long divided, has been painstakingly stepping along the path to understanding in recent years — and now all this is to be sacrificed on the altar of ideology, the ideology of leaving the EU at ANY cost. The truth is that a hard border between North and South is unavoidable without a customs union. No amount of fudge, semantics or sophistry can blur the certainty of it. We need practical solutions, reason and debate, rather than red lines being reiterated. TREVOR RIGG Edinburgh NO hard border between Southern and Northern Ireland will be good for the UK as it will be a “smugglers’ passage” into the EU. Goods that are cheaper in the UK and the rest of the world would simply be taken into Southern Ireland from Northern Ireland without any checks, and then on to the EU. When the EU finally wakes up it will be them who insist that Southern Ireland erect a hard border. ANDREW AITKEN McCLUSKEY Birmingham TXT US ON 07537 410199 Don’t forget to include your name. Standard text rates from your provider apply WHAT ever happened to global warming? ANON MAJOR and Blair are yesterday’s men. The democratic Leave vote must stand. L GRENESKI THE Royal Mint released an A-Z collection of “what makes Britain great” coins. A is Angel of the North. I do hope O is for Our Armed Forces. ROY WHERE can I find Stormzy’s public lambasting of people who illegally claimed to be victims of the Grenfell Tower fire? PAUL BLANCHARD AIDED by the defeated Remainers, the EU can see in the Northern Ireland border debate, an obvious weakness that they might usefully exploit in order to capitalise on continuing to obtain cash from the UK. JOHN COLLINS Chelmsford, Essex JOHN MAJOR wants a free vote in the House of Commons on the final Brexit deal and another referendum. John Major was the prime minister who forced the Maastricht Treaty through on a vote of confidence because he did not have a majority. Not much sign of a free vote or asking the people on that issue was there? Can you believe the hypocrisy of this guy? The Maastricht Treaty changed the status of the EU and set it on the road to the superstate that EU fanatics are aiming for. MARTIN ARMTSTRONG Tunbridge Wells, Kent SURELY then-PM John Major giving away a large part of the United Kingdom’s sovereignty in the Maastricht Treaty should have gone to a referendum of the people before he signed. No referendum was held, even though a large number of members of his party disagreed with the treaty. HOWARD MURTY Christchurch, Dorset ONCE again we have deadwood MPs trying to overturn our vote on Remain or Leave. Why? Did we get a vote to join the EU? No. We had a vote to join the Common Market. Did we have a vote on the Maastricht Treaty? No. It was John Major who signed it and Margaret Thatcher condemned his actions. Now the same idiot is trying to overturn our vote. We voted Leave. Accept it. WHEN John Major’s government signed the Maastricht Treaty in the Netherlands on February 7, 1992, he signed away part of our sovereignty but told us, the people, that we had just gone from EC to EU. The people never knew what had really been signed away until years later. SANDRA HAYWOOD Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Notts JOHN MAJOR says British people deserve a second referendum on Brexit. If that’s the case, why don’t we have a second general election every four years? If we had voted to remain there would not be any talk of a second vote. GRAHAM DAY Nottingham email, fax, write or comment online YOU could win £1,000 with super Sun Bingo. Just check the numbers below against those on grids in play on your gamecard. Complete ONE grid of 15 numbers and you win or share the prize. Claim details are on your card. 65 38 36 61 32 The full moon lights up your creativity chart, sending your ideas out into the world. The best ones start in a simple, personal way. You have romance in your heart so the moment loving words occur to you, just say them. Single? New love starts with an offer to join a group game. A security moon shows that trust starts within – learn to believe in yourself and your own decisions. If you are single, someone with an unusual home could be your love match. Jupiter and Mercury will make a prize career pairing, while redesigning the layout of your house reveals real talent. Writing or reading about travel can be a surprise money-maker for you, as your chart sharpens your ability to spot chances others miss or don’t fully use. A spark of luck lights up a fresh way for a family, or close group, living together. Special words of love are spoken and they will come as a surprise. The full moon primes your mind with money plans and this time you can take them forward. The key is to listen to everyone but still believe in your own abilities. Your deep inner confidence will inspire others to showcase their skills as you go from behind-the-scenes to centre stage. A Gemini is interested. As the first full moon of your month intensifies your personality, everything that happens is about who you really are. There’s a sense of purpose that makes you persuasive – in selling items, ideas or your own skills. Love-wise, a new relationship with a future links you with someone whose initials match yours. 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We laugh as Ogden explains that there’s no way he could drink a cup of tea unless it was made the “proper” way. It’s two years since five-piece Blossoms saw their debut, selftitled album top the charts and get a Mercury Music Prize nomination. Their forthcoming album Cool Like You, marks their return. On meeting Ogden, 24, and drummer Joe Donovan, 25, I find they are as down-to-earth as when I met them a couple of years ago . . . even if they look a bit smarter. “We still live up North and hang around with the same friends,” says Donovan. “Everything is the same — it’s just dead sound. We don’t bring up any of the band stuff or go on where we’ve been on tour. “They’ll ask about where we’ve been and we talk about it for a bit, then we will talk about something else. And we take mates out on the road with us. Their stories are funnier than ours.” We want to write tunes like Oasis did when we were kids... ones that make you grab your mates and shout the chorus ‘I felt no pressure with this record’ “What has changed is to do with our music,” says Ogden. “We just know what comes with it and we are more confident. “We are a proper band. We’ve had the time off, we’ve got a rehearsal room and we’ve been going in, saying this is what we do in the daytime, it’s our job now. We are dead confident and ready to go with the album. We feel comfortable and we are meant to be here.” The rest of the band — bass player Charlie Salt, guitarist Josh Dewhurst and keyboard player Myles Kellock — are to join the pair later for a meeting at Radio 1 and then on Saturday to perform a session on Dermot O’Leary’s Radio 2 show. Both Ogden and Donovan are enjoying being back on promotional duties. They say Cool Like Me was made without any “difficult second album syndrome” and they can’t wait to perform new tracks. “It’s different but it’s Blossoms,” says Ogden. “I didn’t feel any pressure writing this record. “I just felt motivated. The one thing that was really good with our situation was we never really had any deadlines. “The first album came out in August 2016 and so it will seem a surprise that we are back so soon as it’s not yet two years. But I had my head down and I kept writing. Everyone was buzzing when the album was finished. “If I felt any pressure it was in a good way. You only feel pressure when you are complacent.” Cool Like Me is more cohesive than their debut album, which the BIG INTERVIEW BLOSSOMS OMS included big tracks At Most A Kiss, Blown Rose, Getaway and Charlemagne. It’s a more synth-based album with Ogden writing most songs on keyboards rather than guitar. “We knew we’d evolved the sound with songs like Honey Sweet on the first album. We were into that Eighties sound on the keyboards so I carried on with that like with the first song on the album — There’s A Reason Why (I Never Returned Your Calls). “We like the fact it’s an album of euphoric pop songs. “We can’t wait to start playing the songs and the keyboards have helped shape the sound. We like The Killers who are a modern band that do those songs. “And we were listening to Eighties bands like Prefab Sprout. I love their song When Love Breaks Down. “I was on Spotify and had a synth-pop playlist and I was listening to that a lot, then I wrote Cool Like You and I Can’t Stand It on my keyboard.” I Can’t Stand It was also inspired by the Oscar-winning Michel Gondry film, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. “It’s melancholic and I love it,” says Ogden. “I was watching it and taking down the things they were saying in the film. “So, a few of the lyrics are influenced from that.” Producer James Skelly told Ogden it was the best song he had ever written, describing it as “exploding with melody”. “I said ‘I will take that’”, says Ogden. “It’s upbeat and sets the sound for the album.” Donovan says: “Tom has always said he wants to write tunes like those from when we were growing up, like Oasis, that make you want to grab your mate and sing along to the chorus. Those are the songs that Tom writes.” The album covers themes such as relationship breakdowns and infidelity, but the excitement of new love has also inspired tracks I Just Imagined You, Between The Eyes and Love Talk. Ogden says: “Giving Up The Ghost was written in the aftermath of heartache. It’s about the same person that the first album songs are all about. “But there are also songs on the new album that are positive, about who I am with now. “There’s a lot about the girl I’m not with because sometimes it’s easier to write lyrics when you’re feeling negative or there’s a sadness. With the more positive ones it’s just not as obvious that they’re about my girlfriend. “If you want to say someone is great in a song without sounding cringey, it’s quite difficult.” One track Unfaithful is a tongue-in-cheek joke about a friend. Ogden says: “It’s got a line Continues over page the BIG FILM the BIG GAME The BIG ALBUM the BIG READ WITH great turns from actors Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, dark comedy Game Night wins plenty of laughs. THE exhilirating Dissidia Final Fantasy NT takes the Square Enix series to a new level, with the focus on multi-player action. KIM DEAL proves she’s still a great songwriter as The Breeders make a triumphant return with record All Nerve. LUKE ALLNUTT’s brilliant debut novel We Own The Sky is an often moving exploration of grief and a father’s love for his son. 43 44 ............... Friday, March 2, 2018 1GM s f tw MUSIC TOP 5 GIGS TONIGHT: PALOMA FAITH, Leeds, firstdirectarena. com. SLEEPER, O2 Sheffield, ticketmaster.co.uk. STEREOPHONICS (and tomorrow), SSE Arena, Wembley. TOMORROW: MORRISSEY, Brighton, brightoncentre.co.uk, ticketmaster.co.uk. SUNDAY: ELBOW, Manchester, manchester-arena.com EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW GAMES Edited by Daniel Cutts DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT (PEGI12) PS4, Xbox One, £32.99 BLOSSOMS Cool Like You HHHH 1. There’s A Reason Why (I Never Returned Your Calls) 2. I Can’t Stand It 3. Cool Like You 4. Unfaithful 5. Stranger Still 6. How Long Will This Last 7. Between The Eyes 8. I Just Imagined You 9. Giving Up The Ghost 10. Lying Again 11. Love Talk The album title’s a gag...we’re not Cool Like You From previous page saying, ‘It’s OK I didn’t do drugs’ which was our friend’s way of justifying being unfaithful but we don’t want to land him in it as we look out for him.” It was the band’s dry sense of humour that made them decide on Cool Like You for the album title. “I was against singling out one track on the album for the title,” says Ogden. “But is a great song title and the meaning is tonguein-cheek. It’s us saying ‘We’re not going to be cool like you. We’re going to do our own thing.’” Donovan adds: “We’ve never been part of that side of things. It’s us saying ‘You can all stay at your Brits after-party and we will go to our hotel for our own party.’” Ogden adds: “Anyone who knows us a band knows we are up for a laugh and a p**s take. We don’t take ourselves too seriously.” That’s not to say Blossoms haven’t enjoyed the trappings of being in a successful band. “We’ve had some funny times and they say don’t meet your heroes, well all ours have been great,” says Ogden. Donovan adds: “One of the first people we met was Paul Weller. He was an absolute geezer. He watched us at sound check every night while having a ciggy inside every night. There has not been one person who we’ve not liked and I buzz off that. “Kasabian’s Serge and Tom, Liam, Alex Turner and Noel Gallager have all been great.” One band who will always hold a place in Blossoms’ hearts is Viola Beach, the young band who were killed in Sweden in 2016 after their car crashed into a raised section of a bridge and plunged into a canal. The band were good friends with Blossoms and had supported them on their UK tour. “I think about what happened all the time still,” says Ogden. “It was a horrible tragedy and you can’t believe that something like that would happen. As a band, they were the same as us. They had great chemistry and were brilliant. It makes us appreciate everything we do. A lot of us had never experienced grief until then.” Donovan says: “After it happened it was the only weekend we all didn’t speak to each other. We all kept to ourselves. I sat in my girlfriend’s flat, distraught. I couldn’t believe it had happened. It was really upsetting.” And it’s friendship that remains central to Blossoms with all five band members being born at the same Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport. ‘The Twitter spat was just a laugh’ Ogden and Donovan bonded on a school trip to Alton Towers age 13 and say today that they never argue. “Me and Joe don’t fight,” says Ogden. Donovan adds: “I wear my heart on my sleeve. So, if Tom has annoyed me or done something I just tell him.” Confusingly, a few weeks ago ‘Viola Beach were brilliant. It was such a tragedy. We couldn’t believe something like that could happen’ fans were questioning Blossoms’ future when there was a Twitter spat between Ogden and Donovan. “Ha that was our mockumentary,” says Donovan. “We’d had time off and Tom makes films and so he made one on us called Where Are Blossoms? It was a p**s take.” The six-minute film tracks down the band in and around their Greater Manchester hometown following a fictional split. Ogden says: “The film shows Joe is now an ice cream man; Charlie is a football mascot; Josh is presenting documentaries about tea, Myles is a rapper, I am a recluse. “The fake Twitter spat was a laugh and got people talking about us again which was more fun than just dropping the mockumentary. It was a laugh.” He adds: “We’ve made an album we are so proud of and so after all the big festivals we have played, we are ready for our live shows to be as big as those. “The mockumentary was fake and a bit of fun. The reality is we aren’t going anywhere.” lBlossoms’ single I Can’t Stand It is out now and the album Cool Like You is released on April 27. THE Final Fantasy series has many offshoots from its JRPG origins. Dissidia Final Fantasy NT is the third in a series of 3D fighting games from Square Enix. The difference from the previous two games in the Dissidia series is that NT is focused on being a multiplayer game, first and foremost. The game has you face off in teams of three as you control the legendary characters from the game franchise and battle for domination against your adversaries. The battles are conducted in massive play areas that require you to chase down your opponents and work as a team to gain the upper hand. The action is fast-paced and exhilarating once you get used to how to play. The barrier to entry is high as it can take some real dedication to get to understand how the game wants you to play. It is a spectacle to behold when the action is in full swing and all the characters you’ve played in the previous Final Fantasy games come together. The movement and attacks all flow beautifully and provide a real sense of epic scale. HHHH JAMIE NIGHTINGALE CELESTE Nintendo Switch – £17.99 SOMETIMES life can feel a bit like climbing a mountain. Hang on, that’s a good idea for a game. Celeste is a mountain and you play a little girl called Madeline who must climb the effing thing. By rights, that could be a pretty dull experience, but thankfully Celeste is full of interesting sections that require problem solving and tricky collectibles. It’s hard as nails and while the graphics stick to the “I’m-an-indiegame-oooh-look-at-my eight-bit graphics”, it is addictive. The music is a joy and its justone-more-screen appeal will make you want to rinse it in a weekend. Another triumph for the Switch – officially BCOTLFY (Best console of the last five years). HHHH DEREK BROWN NEW RELEASES MOBY JOAN BAEZ GWENNO JONATHAN WILSON THE BREEDERS BASING an album on themes from WB Yeats poem The Second Coming is a fast-track to giving it gravitas. Suitably brooding and atmospheric tracks like opener Mere Anarchy throb with a heavyweight tension. While the atmospherics are wonderful, Moby’s talent is to know when to allow the light in, as with the orchestral strings on The Ceremony Of Innocence. Slavery-era folksong LIke A Motherless Child is given an ethereal feel by the soothing vocals of Raquel Rodriguez. It’s a wildly ambitious undertaking. Melancholic and powerful. Lush production and the rich songs give it a timeless, classic quality. HHHH JS BAEZ, the sweet, pure voice of the Sixties’ Civil Rights Movement, returns with songs for 2018’s uncertain world. Her voice has mellowed but it remains a wonderfully expressive instrument, filled with integrity and passion. As ever, she proves herself a master of interpretation on two Tom Waits covers, the title track and Last Leaf. Then there is the most overtly political offering, The President Sang Amazing Grace, a telling reflection on the 2015 Charleston church massacre. This relevant album coincides with her final tour and ends with an anthem for our times – and all times, I Wish The Wars Were All Over. HHHH SC DOLLY PENTREATH (who died in 1777) is remembered as one of the last fluent native Cornish speakers. Doing her best to revive the Brythonic language is Gwenno Saunders, a singular talent whose previous album was largely performed in Welsh. And though you won’t understand her evocative lyrics, she provides a ravishing marriage of ancient and modern. Backed by an engaging swirl of synths, strings and pulsing beats, Le Kov (The Place Of Memory) draws on legends of sunken cities yet finds room for the internet and traffic. The most unusual album of the year – in a good way. HHHH SC THIS LA dude has undoubted pedigree as co-producer of Father John Misty’s acclaimed albums and as Roger Waters’ latest guitarist. He just about swerves tricky thirdalbum blues on this sprawling but ultimately rewarding affair (even if it requires concentration). If previous efforts nodded to smooth Seventies’ West Coast softrock, this finds Wilson exploring a deeper, denser, synth-drenched Eighties sound, with a distinct whiff of classic Pink Floyd and Yes-style prog. There are sublime vocals from Lana Del Rey and the great Misty on an ambitious hourlong return. HHHúSC EVEN larger-than-life Pixies singer Black Francis would surely admit that bassist Kim Deal was always the coolest founder member. Of course she soon formed The Breeders to fully express her songwriting vocal talents. And it’s great to hear a new studio album, their first since 2008’s Mountain Battles, that retains The Breeders’ trademark edgy energy. A clue to the vibe comes with stuttering, angsty Nervous Mary and the agitated Wait In The Car. There’s also deliciously skewed alt-rock wig-out in Divine Hammer, all making for a cracking return to the fray. HHHHúSC Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt Whistle Down The Wind Le Kov Rare Birds All Nerve Friday, March 2, 2018 ............... 1GM s f tw JENNIFER LAWRENCE is Dominika – a Russian ballerina who has her leg broken during a performance. Since she can no longer dance she must find a way to pay for her infirm mother’s care now the state have withdrawn their support. Luckily, her weird uncle works for the Russian intelligence agency and signs her up to be well, to put it bluntly, a secret, violent, prostitute spy who’s mission is to sleep with men to find their secrets. The man in question is Nate (Joel Edgerton) – a CIA agent wise to Dominika’s wily ways. Or is he? He attempts to persuade her to defect and this will she/won’t she takes around 80 per cent of the film. The premise of sexually aggressive female spy borrows heavily from Marvel’s Black Widow, and lots of the twists were done with as much pizzazz in last year’s Atomic Blonde – but MOVIES RED SPARROW (15) 140mins as a showcase for J-Law as a megastar it serves it’s purpose well. Terrific torture scene aside, the story isn’t allowed the space to breathe. We’re meant to believe the two leads are willing to risk it all for each other – yet they’ve seen each other just twice at a swimming pool and had sex once. Jeremy Irons, Charlotte HHH Rampling and Joely Richardson are all present, correct and ham things up suitably. Please let’s not dress this up as an “empowering” movie, or even a particularly amazing one. Red Sparrow is a sporadically sexy, fun, spy thriller which doesn’t overly offend – but is overlong, confusing and cliched. TOP 5 FILMS THIS WEEK I CAN’T quite work out what happened with this film. Its cast far outweighs the story or quality of animation or writing. We have a pretty stellar ensemble which includes Jason Isaacs, Emily Watson and Nick Frost leading the fray, yet Monster Family is pretty damned poor. We are in New York and an everyday family, who don’t get on much, get turned into monsters for reasons that are never clear. They then spend 90 minutes trying to return to normality via the London Eye, Egypt and an amorous vampire’s fighter jet . . . for reasons that are also never entirely clear. I know it’s a bit daft to complain about plausibility in a film about people who get turned into monsters, but children aren’t daft – they need to be able to relate.There is nothing in this script which goes to any length to help the story. For instance, if I were vis- Jamie East AT THE MOVIES Game for a laugh THE genre of comedy that began with Bridesmaids and has since given us Bad Moms and Office Party is one of my favourites. And Game Night, directed by the duo who wrote Horrible Bosses, is one of the best yet. It’s centred around couple Annie and Max (Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman) who have a twee 1. Black Panther 2. The Greatest Showman 3. Lady Bird (15) 100mins Source: launchingfilms.com BOOKS By Natasha Harding WE OWN THE SKY Luke Allnutt, £14.99 MONSTER FAMILY (PG) 93mins ited by a witch and transformed into a werewolf, my first thought would be “Holy s*** I’m a werewolf and that was a witch, OMG.” Not so here. Portals, magic, your dad becoming Frankenstein’s monster (with a recurring and very lame fart gag) – none of this is even given a second thought. This was either animated HH first and re-voiced for a British market – which can be the only explanation for a cast to speak entirely in nonAmerican accents despite the film being set in New York – or else the voices came first and they ran out of money and enthusiasm. Either way, this is good enough for plonking the kids in front of the telly while you do the ironing, but little else. Don’t miss JAMIE’S SHOW 1pm to 4pm ROB COATES is a great husband and dad. His son Jack is his world and he makes sure his life is filled with fun and adventure. When wife Anna insists Rob take Jack to the GP to check out some problems, no one can imagine what will happen next. This incredible debut explores both a dad’s love and grief. It is a beautiful, powerful read but at times almost overwhelming. Be ready to shed tears. HHHHH JADE CRADDOCK THE IMAGE OF YOU Adele Parks, £7.99 ALTHOUGH identical twins, Anna and Zoe are very different. Fed up of being alone, Anna turns to online dating and meets Nick – handsome, rich and charming. Although he’s usually a bit of a player, he falls head over heels for Anna. But Zoe’s not convinced. She doesn’t trust him and will do anything to prevent her twin from being hurt again. But will she go too far? Adele Parks has played a blinder with this gripping thriller. HHHHú COOKING STEP BY STEP Dorling Kindersley, £13.99 DVD OF THE WEEK GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (PG) YOU’LL never look at Pooh bear the same after watching this movie inspired by the true story of its creator. Domhnall Gleeson plays AA Milne who, traumatised by World War One, finds solace in his son Christopher Robin and his toy animals. Margot Robbie is great as Milne’s wife. It’s fun seeing the pieces fall into place to make the bear we love. Then we find the price paid for it. HHHHH farcical crime caper when it turns out they aren’t actors at all — and that is definitely NOT a gun. FILM fake It’s ram-packed with briltradition of hosting boardliant set-pieces (in particular OF THE game nights with friends. an excruciatingly funny bulWEEK let-removal Then Max’s older, betterscene) and some looking and more successful seriously sharp writing. brother returns home and Jason Bateman is as brilliant as attempts a bit of one-upmanship by ever, and his sarcasm and expresstaging an elaborate murder-mys- siveness with a cocked eyebrow are tery evening at his plush mansion. matched by Rachel McAdams. The The participants are, at first, pair work really well together and amazed at the ultra-realistic action give a knowing nod to the occaof the actors involved. sional forays into cliche. But then they are plunged into a The supporting cast are good too, GAME NIGHT 4. Fifty Shades Freed 5. I, Tonya 45 HHHH with Jesse Plemons (Meth Damon to his friends) continuing his ascent as the go-to creepy character actor of the moment. And Kyle Chandler, as Max’s square-jawed wally brother Brooks, is as on point as ever. The film had me wincing and gripped throughout. It’s properly laugh-out-loud and easily the best fun I’ve had at a comedy in ages, mainly due its sturdy and original plot. For anyone who has found themselves sleeping on the sofa after a game of Monopoly and who is in need of a riotous night out. COOKING is a great skill to master, yet keeping a child focused long enough to produce a meal can be a tasty challenge. This winner of a book has more than 50 recipes for budding chefs to try. The instructions are easy to follow and many of the meals can be prepped in around ten minutes. You’ll learn to make light bites, main meals and sweets. We’ve made the meatballs and pesto again and again. MARIKA COOKE HHHH IN STRANGERS’ HOUSES Elizabeth Munday, £7.99 LENA SZARKA, a Hungarian cleaner working in London, takes huge pride in her job – even though the people she works for rarely notice her existence. When her friend Timea disappears, she suspects one of her clients. The police don’t share her suspicions so Lena begins her own investigation. She quickly discovers a whole world she didn’t know anything about – and it frightens the life out of her. Beautiful writing, a fine debut. HHHHú 46 ............... Friday, March 2, 2018 1GM puzzles Friday, March 2, 2018 ............... 1GM BRAINBUSTER Which name is missing from this sequence? 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Calls cost 75p plus your telephone company’s network access charge. 10 21 24 15 12 21 25 10 4 3 19 3 I G Y A L SEE how many words of four or more letters you can “dial” using the one at the centre in each word. You can make at least one word using all of them. Don’t use the letters more than once in any word. 11 1/2 1/2 +6 x2 -12 of this 20% 97 +93 of this x3 -39 of this INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED of this 4/5 75% 90% 129 x6 +862 of this +763 of this -7 26 24 4 19 3 22 21 23 10 9 3 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 I F H B Calls cost 75p plus your telephone company’s network access charge. Texts cost £1 plus your standard network rate. ® 2 3 2 1 1 4 5 3 3 2 1 4 5 2 5 1 4 3 2 2 No proper names or plurals. Words from Collins Concise Dictionary. BRILLIANT: 44. EXCELLENT: 37. GOOD: 29. GREAT SCORE FOR KIDS: 24. YESTERDAY: Deli, dent, diet, dine, dint, dwelt, edit, idle, inked, kilted, kind, kindle, lend, lewd, lied, liked, lined, linked, tend, tide, tied, tilde, tiled, tinkled, twined, weld, wend, wide, widen, wield, wild, wilted, wind, winked. Eight-letter word: Twinkled. Check today’s answers by calling 0906 757 7145 before midnight. Calls cost 80p per minute plus your telephone company’s network access charge. 1/2 of this -9 +85 +1/5 of this +78 x4 x3 12 8 21 HERE is our fantastic puzzle, the 30-second NumberCrunch. There’s no better way to keep your brain trained than playing our great teasers. So if you want to stay ahead of the game, you will love this challenge. Starting at the left with the number provided, work your way across the three lines one at a time, applying all the mathematical instructions to your running total. Don’t reach for your calculator – that would be cheating! Write your ﬁnal answer in the last box of the line. You should be aiming to complete each round in about 30 seconds. Good luck! Answers below, right. 78 12 12 30-SEC NUMBERCRUNCH BEGINNER 23 For 4 Extra Clues Call 0901 322 5002 or text SUNWORD to 84901. 2 O M S 3 THIS is the world’s best brainteaser. Each grid number in our Word Workout game represents a letter. So if you think 4 is the letter A, write A in all the squares with a 4. All the alphabet is used and we have supplied some letters to start you off. We will print the answers tomorrow. YESTERDAY – ACROSS: Squaw, Zest, Edit, Yacht, Fib, Pig, Elan, Gear, Cajoled, Upon, Land, Run, Lye, Order, Wish, Aloe, Maxim. DOWN: Devil, Sty, Wet, Tibia, Crooked, Femur, Bacon, Pedal, Grade, Nan, Gel, Pupil, Nylon, Ohm, Ram. 3 1 18 6 20 6 12 13 12 1 5 24 17 15 9 14 4 3 23 Example SUNDIAL T P 13 10 18 2 Each cell in an outlined block must contain a digit: a two-cell block contains the digits 1 and 2, a three-cell block contains the digits 1, 2 and 3; and so on. The same digit must not appear in neighbouring cells, not even diagonally. Solution below. L U H N EACH clue leads to a well-known name. Put the initials or stated letters in the appropriate squares to identify an actor and singer: 24 SUGURU B T E A A G E Recycled paper made up 78.9% of the raw material for the UK newspapers in 2011. THE NAME GAME 1 3 2 6 7 3 5 4 7 5 E D S D 21 24 22 2 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 18 x3 +999 of3/4 this +267 BEGINNER ANSWER BEGINNER ANSWER YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS Teaser 7 5 1 2 8 4 3 6 9 6 4 8 3 1 9 5 7 2 9 3 2 7 6 5 8 1 4 2 7 3 5 9 6 1 4 8 4 6 9 8 2 1 7 5 3 8 1 5 4 3 7 2 9 6 5 8 7 6 4 2 9 3 1 1 2 4 9 5 3 6 8 7 3 9 6 1 7 8 4 2 5 Toughie 3 9 2 8 4 5 6 7 1 1 7 4 2 3 6 5 9 8 5 6 8 9 1 7 4 2 3 4 8 6 5 2 1 9 3 7 2 3 7 4 6 9 8 1 5 9 1 5 3 7 8 2 6 4 6 4 9 7 8 3 1 5 2 8 5 3 1 9 2 7 4 6 7 2 1 6 5 4 3 8 9 Two-Speed Crossword ACROSS: 1 Cand-L-estic-k 9 Old 10 Fisherman 11 Centaurs 12 Ghee 14 Affect 16 Let rip 18 A-V-ow 19 Lla-N-E-lli 22 Con-course 23 Bye (Buy) 24 He-artlessly DOWN: 2 Add-on 3 De-ﬁance 4 Ensu-r-e 5 T-wee 6 Ca-MPH-o-r 7 Nonchalance 8 Enter-prises 13 Me-Anne-ss 15 F(oo)l-ounce 17 Flora-l 20 L-Abel 21 Pour Today’s Solutions BEGINNER ANSWER NUMBERCRUNCH: 46, 1,008, 5,046 TODAY’S TOUGHIE CALL 0906 757 7113 FOR CLUES OR SOLUTION (80PPM) I I 4 7 Suguru 9 2 1 7 5 A A M 1 21 23 Brainbuster Thomas. They are the ﬁrst names of the ﬁrst seven US presidents. 6 7 3 1 5 4 7 9 6 8 5 6 4 1 8 8 4 C L 24 3 24 18 Wordsearch 7 8 12 12 20 4 1 2 1 5 1 6 7 9 Words can run forwards, backwards or diagonally. Solution below. 20 15 3 4 3 4 2 2 CALL 0906 757 7112 FOR CLUES OR SOLUTION (80PPM) T H K U G R S M R C 13 2 1 5 1 3 TODAY’S TEASER R B N T 16 22 21 Order the latest Sun Crossword books from The Sun Bookshop for as little as £4.99, with free P&P. New: The Sun Jumbo Quizword Collection. Telephone 0845 271 2136 DOUBLE Sun DOKU DOKU WORDSEARCH Find seven parts of a ship in the grid. 10 5 4 3 2 4 5 7 2 5 1 3 1 6 K C E D E E N 5 H R N S G F H 4 T M K D A S U 3 T S I E A F L 2 13 N R A I E R L 1 WORD WORKOUT Two sets of clues but the answers are the same B G L M T L I Cryptic clues PAGE 2 SUJIKO SOLUTION: Top line 164 middle 853 bottom 927 R U C A B I N TWO- SPEED CROSSWORD 47 48 ............... 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ITINERARY: A fun and friendly cruise down memory lane with Vicki Lambert’s tributes to Dusty Springﬁeld and 60s Diva’s, plus Chris Baker sings pop to musicals and more. Visit Christmas markets in the riverside towns of Cologne, Koblenz, Rüdesheim and Cochem, plus pretty Boppard, all a short stroll from the ship. All meals and selected drinks are included on board MS Swiss Pearl which features an indoor pool and spacious cabins with hotel style beds. CITY C 1GM THE FTSE 100 FELL 56.27 TO 7175.64 ‘Softening’ . . . Mr Gardner HOUSING MARKET’S COOLING HOUSE prices cooled in February after picking up in January, according to the latest index from lender NATIONWIDE. It found prices dipped 0.3 per cent, making the average home worth £210.402 — up 2.2 per cent in the last year. The Nationwide’s chief economist Robert Gardner said the figures show prices are softening. He added: “Mortgage approvals declined to their weakest level for three years in December, at just 61,000.” This comes on the back of weak sales on the high street and a dip in mortgage approvals during October and November. Brian Murphy from brokers MORTGAGE ADVICE BUREAU said: “At this stage, it’s too early to say if fears of interest rate increases in 2018 have made a difference.” He said the data could reflect the fact that buyers are haggling over prices rather than fears that rates will go up this year. In some parts of the country more properties are up for sale — making it a buyer’s market. However, experts think the overall shortage means a crash is unlikely. Sun Edited by TRACEY BOLES LAIRD OF THE BUYS SHARES in electronics firm LAIRD have rocketed after it agreed a £1billion takeover deal with private equity outfit ADVENT INTERNATIONAL. Investors will get £2 per share under the terms of the deal, which will take the company private. The firm’s shares soared past 200 yesterday, up almost 75 per cent. Its technology could be used in self-driving cars. MORGAN STANLEY said investors are seeing British tech firms as an attractive bet. This is down to their focus on niche markets, higher margins and position as market leaders. 49 Tel: 020 7782 4050 e-mail: email@example.com £1 BUYS €1.13, US$1.37. BRENT CRUDE $63.56 A SPOT OF GOLD AD A ROUGH TIME MUSIC-streaming service SPOTIFY has applied to be listed on the NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE. The move could value it at £17billion, despite never having made profit. Spotify, launched in 2008, has 71million paying subscribers, twice APPLE MUSIC’s 36million. HAR- AD agency WPP has vowed to do better after poor results sent shares plunging 14 per cent, wiping £2.3billion off the company’s value. Boss Sir Martin Sorrell, left, admitted 2017 was “not pretty” and promised better client support. The world’s biggest ad GREAVES LANSDOWN broker Laith Khalaf said the flotation had risks. He said: “Four firms control rights to almost 90 per cent of the music. “They will want their pound of flesh from revenues. And competitors AMAZON and Apple aren’t to be taken lightly.” Car & new star BIG BILLS HIT BOVIS PROFITS at housebuilder BOVIS fell by a quarter last year after the firm faced huge bills. Operating profit fell to £128million — a drop of almost 20 per cent — after a year in which Bovis was deluged with complaints over shoddy workmanship. Bovis said the cost for putting the things right had run to £3.5million. On top of that, it spent £4million reorganising the business and almost £3million fighting off two merger bids by GALLIFORD TRY and REDROW. Chief exec Greg Fitzgerald pledged to sort out the firm’s balance sheet. Friday, March 2, 2018 ............... firm is seen as a global economic bellweather but has lost vital business to GOOGLE and FACEBOOK. WPP said this year’s outlook was flat, despite an expected advert boost from the World Cup. City analyst Richard Hunter said: “Competition is increasingly fierce.” FEARS OVER THIRD PROFIT WARNING BY CARPETRIGHT Dread Carpet By STEPHEN BOUVIER CARPETRIGHT has shocked investors with the news it could crash into the red later this year. MODEL Cara Delevingne dazzles in a multi-coloured Burberry cloak — as the fashion chain appoints former GIVENCHY design supremo Riccardo Tisci as its new creative director. The company said the former London fashion student will responsible for all of Burberry’s collections. His first for the brand will come out in September. Tisci, below, said he has “enormous respect” for the firm’s British heritage and is excited about “the potential of this exceptional brand”. The label featured model Cara Delevingne in a campaign last year. And in February, Cara wore the rainbow cloak for an LGBTQ-themed show. MERLIN’S MAGIC HEDGE fund VALUEACT put the magic back into Alton Towers operator MERLIN ENTERTAINMENT after taking a 5.5 per cent stake in the firm. The move came as Merlin revealed operating profits were up seven per cent at £323million. Merlin’s shares have had a nightmare ride recently. Visitor numbers plunged after a serious accident on its Smiler rollercoaster in 2015. The firm operates some of the UK’s top theme parks including Alton Towers and Thorpe Park. Its LEGOLAND franchise has proved popular as it battles jitters over terror attacks and the weather. Britain’s biggest flooring firm revealed it is in talks with its lenders as it announced its third profits warning in as many months. The retailer said it was facing difficult trading conditions due to weak consumer confidence but claimed its bankers “remain fully supportive”. The warning sent shares tumbling more than a quarter in early trading to 57p. The company now expects full-year profits of between £2million and £6million. This latest guidance pulls the rug from under its previous estimate of £14million. It is the latest store chain to struggle following the collapse on Wednesday of both TOYS R US and MAPLIN. Retail experts have warned the bloodbath on the High Street is far from over as shoppers go online. When they do venture to stores, they expect a shopping experience and have deserted retailers failing to provide that. Consumers have also put off big-ticket purchases such as sofas and carpets amid the cost-of-living squeeze. Carpetright’s talks with lenders is believed to focus on bosses’ plans to turn the business around. They are updating the product range with latest flooring trends and revamping stores. 25% Right and wrong . . store Carpetright has 416 outlets but many are on out-ofDrop in town retail parks that have fallen out of favour Carpetright’s with shoppers. In December, the firm share price reported half-year pre-tax profits of just £300,000, down last night from £4.3million in the previ- CLOSING PRICES Last night’s closing prices on selected shares: BARCLAYS: down 0.25 at 211.25 BP: down 1.71 at 473.4 CENTRICA: down 1.6 at 141.4 HSBC: up 1.55 at 718.65 LLOYDS: down 0.48 at 68.32 M&S: down 4.5 at 291.1 MORRISONS: down 0.2 at 225.5 RBS: down 2 at 265.7 ROYAL MAIL: down 10 at 550 SAINSBURY’S: down 2.5 at 256.5 TESCO: down 2.2 at 208.6 Full share prices in Saturday’s paper. ous year, while warning full-year profits would be towards the bottom end of expectations. The following month shares crashed 45 per cent after it said it expected profits of between £2million and £6million, well below City expectations of £16.5million. Analyst Neil Wilson from ETX CAPITAL said: “Carpetright probably hasn’t quite adapted to the changing retail landscape quite as fast as it might.” firstname.lastname@example.org IT’S BOOM & BUS NATIONAL EXPRESS is back on track having ditched its UK rail business. The bus and coach operator’s sales soared by more than six per cent to £2.3billion. Pre-tax profits roared to £200million — a rise of 11 per cent. Chief exec Dean Finch said the firm had deliberately moved away from a model where prosperity was “significantly determined by the instabilities of UK rail”. The company is focusing on new technology to boost its bus services. It operates the secondlargest contactless payment system outside London on its West Midlands routes. 50 ............... Friday, March 2, 2018 Jobspot HALFORDS Autocentres has teamed up with 25 colleges to help students gain technical skills while being paid to study. See halfords careers.com BUILD A CAREER PATHWAY Sunemployment 2GM Edited by Natasha Harding SYSTEMS ARE GO BAE Systems has more than 2,000 apprentices learning as they work. They are being shown the ropes in a host of roles from engineering and manufacturing, project management, business and finance, IT and cyber security. Richard Hamer, BAE’s director of education and skills, says: “Our apprentices work across the UK on projects that help safeguard our nation in our air, THE Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is helping 8,400 employers with learning initiatives for more than 24,000 apprentices. Stonemason Theo Brogan, from Market Harborough, Leics, who was named CITB Apprentice Of The Year 2017, NTICE APPRE says: “I’ve learned so much and I’d encourage anyone thinking about starting an apprenticeship to give it a go.” Here are the CITB’s top tips for apprentices. Do your research. Take time to decide what trade, firm or college is right for you. Communicate. To resolve any problems quickly – ask for help if you need it. Stay organised. Track your own progress in college and for your NVQ. Work hard. The more you put in to your apprenticeship the more you will ultimately get out. Enjoy learning and take pride in what you do. Review what you have accomplished every day. To find out more about a career in construction and to hear from people who are currently working in the industry, visit goconstruct.org. L SPECIA maritime and land sectors and in business management functions. “The best apprentices multitask, show enterprise, offer a fresh outlook and commitment to learning. Those who are most successful seize every opportunity offered to them to stretch and show what they could achieve. “We’re justifiably proud of our apprentices and the contribution they make to our business.” The section that helps you find work THE ONLY WAY IS UP THE apprenticeship system has changed and, if you recruit, you need to know all about those changes. Jill Whittaker is the managing director at HIT Training, which supplies apprentice knowhow to the hospitality industry. She says: “Things have undergone a massive ( CAR dealer group TrustFord has 78 apprenticeships across England, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. See trust fordjobs.co.uk. shake-up over the past 12 months. As well as an apprenticeship levy on employers, to help fund training, there are new standards as part of a government-led overhaul to guarantee that training is rigorous. “They’ve been designed to ensure businesses offer GLASS ACT . . . Rachael ! $ % & Jobspot thesun.co.uk/sunemployment Twitter: @Sunemployment Raising the bar EARN WHILE YOU LEARN AT PUB CHAIN apprentices that are more innovative, relevant training than ever before. “Each standard outlines the knowledge, skills and behaviours an apprentice needs. “This helps them to gain the experience and expertise required to carve out a successful and long-term career.” STANDARDS . . . Jill I’m now working my JOBSEEKERS way up the ranks should toast and exploring all of l The Greene King the further opportprogramme has unities that are for its innovabeen repeatedly to me on tive appren- recognised within the available the Greene King tice scheme. hospitality industry and apprenticeship pro- externally for its gramme. One day, Since the pub dedication to quality I want to run my chain and brewtraining and ery launched its own pub. development. award-winning “To those wonderprogramme in 2011, ing what a career in it has helped 10,000 the hospitality industry team members achieve would be like, I would success. encourage them to take They use earnthe leap. It’s defiwhile-you-learn nitely worth it!” schemes which Greene King are now an l There are more currently has increasingly 200 apprenticeship than 2,500 learners popular way to opportunities which currently working forge a career — include roles for towards Level 2-4 without the chefs, bar and apprenticeships. financial burden front of house staff. which going to uni can bring. Rachael McAtee, 23, It combines on-the-job is a Level 2 front of training and classroom house apprentice at the learning to help firm’s Molly Malone’s employees achieve in Glasgow. l Greene industry-leading Rachael, who is King has been qualifications and from nearby progress on to recognised in the Cambuslang and building a career most recent Top 100 who joined the in hospitality. 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Friday, March 2, 2018 1GM TODAY’S RUNNERS, RIDERS, FORM AND TIP-TOP TIPS SAND SAVIOUR LET’S hope the sand can deliver this weekend as turf meetings have been wiped out by snow. Newbury, Doncaster and Kelso have all been abandoned tomorrow, with ITV switching their coverage to Lingfield’s all-weather. There is also a NH Flat card at Newcastle and an evening meeting at Chelmsford, which must survive an inspection this afternoon. ABC KEY: L-Lingfield, S Southwell Assanilka 2.30L Back To Balloo 2.15S Berry Poppins 5.00S Blazon 4.25S Bold Prediction 2.30L Bordeaux Bill 2.45S Born In Thorne 5.00S Brotherly Company 3.20S Broughtons Admiral 3.20S Caramuru 2.30L Cayuga 3.35L Charbel 2.15S Cherbourg 2.30L Constantino 4.10L Cristal Pallas Cat 4.45L Cuddles Mcgraw 5.00S Definition 5.15L Elusive Cowboy 3.35L Envisaging 3.05L Fanoulpifer 3.35L Fiddler’s Flight 3.20S Fin And Game 4.25S Flash The Steel 5.00S Flight To Nowhere 3.20S Golden Footsteps 4.45L Good Tradition 3.50S Green Light 3.50S Grey Charlie 5.00S Hamelin Pool 3.50S Hammersly Lake 3.50S Hangard 4.25S Haulani 1.45S Hemingway 2.30L Illusional 4.45L Investigation 1.45S Involve 5.00S Its Pandorama 3.20S Jazirat 4.45L Juneau 5.15L Ladurelli 3.35L Lammturner 5.00S Looking For Carl 5.15L Maazel 3.05L Magic Dancer 1.45S Man Look 3.20S Max Liebermann 3.20S Mickey 3.05L Miss Adventure 4.25S Mitchum Swagger 4.10L Mrs Benson 4.45L Multitalented 5.00S Nautical Nitwit 2.45S Newstart 3.50S Nick Vedder 2.30L Noble Gesture 5.15L Ortenzia 1.45S Oskar Denarius 1.45S Ousden 3.05L Petruchio 5.15L Poet’s Society 4.10L Pour La Victoire 2.30L Ray’s The Money 3.20S Royal Beekeeper 3.20S Scottish Glen 2.30L Shimba Hills 2.30L Shine Baby Shine 1.45S Shyron 4.10L Siannes Star 4.25S Spectator 3.20S Spirit Of Sarwan 2.30L Sportswriter 5.15L Swashbuckle 1.45S Swift Approval 4.10L Take The Helm 4.10L The Society Man 2.15S Tomngerry 2.15S Van Huysen 3.35L Ventura Gold 4.45L Volcanic 2.45S Wicker 2.30L Wilberdragon 2.45S WAITING GAME Festival fans may EXCLUSIVE By ROBERT THOMSON RUTH JEFFERSON’s recent comments about the Cheltenham Festival not being the ‘be-all and end-all’ of the season verged on blasphemy to many jump racing fans. However Jefferson, 36, says she will have NO regrets if stable star Waiting Patiently misses the Ryanair Chase on Thursday, March 15. In the wake of the sevenyear-old’s emotional win in the Ascot Chase, the Malton trainer claimed neither she nor the horse’s owner Richard Collins were overly fussed about the four-day jumping jamboree in the Cotswolds. Waiting Patiently’s win saw him promoted to 7-2 second favourite behind Un De Sceaux in the Ryanair betting even though Jefferson has yet to decide if he runs. And with the King George next Christmas the major long-term target, Jefferson be left Ryan dry insists she’ll be comfortable with whatever decision she makes next week. She said: “I think I caused a wee bit of controversy. To some owners Cheltenham is the be-all and end-all but Richard Collins isn’t as bothered as other people. “He doesn’t have many horses, three or four a year, and splits them up in a few yards. “Waiting Patiently is a horse of a lifetime for him. “So while minding Waiting Patiently might not be to everyone’s liking, we are happy to take our time. “There are more races than the Ryanair and I want to run him in the King George.” Jefferson recently took over the reins at Newstead Stables in Norton from her father Malcolm after he sadly lost his battle with cancer. Wins don’t come much more poignant then Waiting Patiently’s success just the day after her father’s funeral. She said: “Dad always had a lot of belief in the horse. “Nobody would have been shouting louder when the horse won at Ascot. “As for the Festival I would rather regret not going than taking Waiting Patiently there and regret it later because we’ve put the horse back. “If he wins two King Georges and another couple of Ascot Chases, would we be disappointed if we never won the Ryanair? “You have to keep things in perspective. “If Cue Card wins the Ryanair and we’re not there I’m sure people will be peeved, but you have to put the horse first. “I would be very surprised if the ground will be right for him. If it comes up good then he definitely won’t be going. “It would be three harder races than he’s had in the past in the space of a couple of months. “Not every horse — and especially young horses — come back from Cheltenham and thrive after it. “You don’t get an easy race there, so I’m just worried it would tell on him. “He’s still young, he’s not fully grown. There are plenty of races for him next season.” LINGFIELD AW FLAT RUNNERS ‘N RIDERS TEMPLEGATE 2.30......................Nick Vedder 3.05...............................Mickey 3.35 ...................CAYUGA (nap) 4.10......................Constantino 4.45 ...............................Jazirat 5.15 ..............................Juneau TOM PEPPER 2.30.......................Hemingway 3.05 ........................Envisaging 3.35 .......................Fanoulpifer 4.10......TAKE THE HELM (nap) 4.45.............Cristal Pallas Cat 5.15 ....................Sportswriter TEMPLEGATE’S TRIO: Cayuga (Lingfield) and Magic Dancer (double, Southwell) with Nick Vedder (Lingfield). TOM PEPPER’S DOUBLE: Take The Helm (Lingfield) and Blazon (Southwell). SUNRATINGS’ NAP: MAN LOOK (3.20 Southwell). SIRIUS, Sun On Sunday, nap: MITCHUM SWAGGER (4.10 Lingfield). nTIC-TAC: L-H AW Polytrack AW, 1m 2f round with a 2f run-in. nDRAW: Little effect. nBEST TRAINERS (2013-2018): M Johnston 66-409, C Appleby 56-193, R Beckett 48-206. THIS SEASON: T Dascombe 4, M Johnston 4. nTOP JOCKEYS (2013-2018): L Morris 1491129, O Murphy 72-415. THIS SEASON: O Murphy 10. nLONGEST TRAVELLER: Poet’s Society (4.10), Illusional (4.45), Juneau (5.15) trained at Middleham. 540mile round trip. nTRAINERFAX: M Johnston won 4.45 in 2011, 2012 & 2017. nFIRST RUN SINCE WIND OP: None. nLIVE ON ATR E-W THIEF POUR LA VICTOIRE (2.30 Lingfield) is always on the premises here. His track form is: 2312414235. Have an e-w double with SPECTATOR (3.20 Southwell). 2.30 32RED.COM HANDICAP (Class 5); value to winner £3,752; 1m. (11 runners) 1 (8) /2680-0 CHERBOURG 34 (D) Dr J Scargill 6-9-8 ................................... H Doyle 89 2 (4) 07-2235 POUR LA VICTOIRE 7 (P;C,D) A Carroll 8-9-7................... G Downing 96 3 (7) 4467-32 ASSANILKA 28 (P;D) H Dunlop 4-9-6 .................................. E Greatrex 96 4 (11) 283058- HEMINGWAY 143 J Long 4-9-6........................................ P Bradley (5) 85 5 (9) 3058-86 BOLD PREDICTION 18 (CD) E Walker 8-9-6........................... L Morris 93 6 (1) 18033-2 NICK VEDDER 44 (BH;D) M Wigham 4-9-5 ........................... F Norton 96 7 (6) 40084-8 SCOTTISH GLEN 34 (CD) P Chamings 12-9-5 ..................... H Crouch 98 8 (5) 34/0- CARAMURU 307 N L-Beavis 4-9-5 ......................................... R Da Silva — 9 (10)620631/ SHIMBA HILLS J315 (P,T;C,D) L Hill 7-9-4 ....................... R Kingscote — 10 (3) 3231-32 WICKER 20 (PH;D) J Chapple-Hyam 4-9-4 ..................... P Mulrennan 97 11 (2) 76626-8 SPIRIT OF SARWAN 39 (C) J Feilden 4-9-2................... S Birkett (3) l99 BETTING: 7-2 Wicker, 4 Pour La Victoire, 5 Assanilka, 7 Bold Prediction, Nick Vedder, 12 Scottish Glen, Spirit Of Sarwan, Shimba Hills, 20 Cherbourg WHERE FAVOURITES FINISHED and 2017: No corresponding race. SCOTTISH GLEN (9-2) 25-1 last pair, behind and struggling 2f out, never, 8th of 14 (btn 51/2l) to Lacan (8-12) CHERBOURG (9-7) 40-1 rear, never a factor, 13th (btn 7l) (14 ran) (Kempton 1m hcap (4) £6,469 AW). POUR LA VICTOIRE (8-4) 16-1 behind, headway 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 14 (btn 1 3 / 4l) to Eljaddaaf (9-9) (Lingfield 7f hcap (3) £7,246 AW). ASSANILKA (9-5) 9-4 led, driven when pressed final furlong, headed post, btn ns by Miss Minuty (9-0) (6 ran) (Lingfield 1m hcap (5) £3,752 AW). HEMINGWAY (9-9) 18-1 ridden over 1f out, not trouble leaders, 8th of 11 (btn 8 1 / 4 l) to Portledge (9-3) (Newcastle 7f hcap (5) £2,911 AW). BOLD PREDICTION (8-13) 10- 1 led, ridden, headed 2f out, 6th of 8 (btn 4l) to Able Jack (9-2) (W’hampton 1m 1f hcap (4) £5,531 AW). NICK VEDDER (8-9) 10-3 rear, ridden 3.05 FORM and headway 1f out, chased clear winner inside final furlong, no threat, btn 6l by Testa Rossa (8-10) (7 ran) (Newcastle 1m hcap (4) £5,387 AW). CARAMURU (8-11) 16-1 close up, pushed along halfway, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 12 (well btn) to Oasis Charm (8-11) (Leicester 11/4m mdn (5) £3,881 good to firm). SHIMBA HILLS (9-6) 8-1 close up, switched 2f out, led 1f out, driven out, bt Berrahri (9-6) nk (8 ran) (Lingfield 11/4m hcap (5) £2,911 AW). WICKER (9-4) 11-4 held up in touch, headway to lead inside final 3f, clear when ridden 1f out, hard pressed, headed final 50 yards, btn 1 / 2l by Made Of Honour (9-7) (8 ran) (Lingfield 1m hcap (5) £3,752 AW). SPIRIT OF SARWAN (8-10) 8-1 ridden 2f out, faded 1f out, last of 8 (btn 91/4l) to Maestro Mac (9-5) (W’hampton 1m 1f hcap (5) £3,752 AW). £10 FREE AT 32RED.COM NOVICE STAKES (5); value to the winner £3,752; 7f. (4 runners) 1 (1) 4712-34 ENVISAGING 35 (T) J Fanshawe 4-9-9................................. D Muscutt 91 2 (4) 62-7486 MAAZEL 25 (PH) J Feilden 4-9-9....................................... S Birkett (3) 73 3 (2) 27/0-42 MICKEY 7 (P;D) T Dascombe 5-9-9 .................................. P Pilley (3) l99 4 (3) OUSDEN M Attwater 4-9-2 .......................................................... L Morris — BETTING: 4-6 Mickey, 7-4 Envisaging, 12 Maazel, 20 Ousden WHERE FAVOURITES FINISHED and 2017: No corresponding race. FORM (W’hampton 7f sell (6) £3,105 AW). ENVISAGING (9-6) 5-1 held up, headway 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of MICKEY (9-4) 9-2 chased leaders, driven to challenge 1f out, led final fur10 (btn 3l) to Sparkalot (9-6) long, headed close home, btn nk by (Kempton 6f hcap (4) £6,469 AW). Eljaddaaf (9-9) (14 ran) (Lingfield 7f MAAZEL (9-2) 10-1 every chance, 6th hcap (3) £7,246 AW). of 11 (btn 2 3 / 4 l) to Al Khan (9-5) 3.35 GOING: STANDARD (8AM INSPECTION) BETWAY CLASSIFIED CLAIMING STAKES (5); value to the winner £3,752; 1m 2f. (5 runners) 1 (3) 28677/1 CAYUGA 42 (CD) B Johnson 9-9-10 ............................ C Shepherd (3) 97 2 (2) 007-544 VAN HUYSEN 14 (CD) D F Davis 6-9-7 .............................. O Murphy l99 3 (1) 596-28P FANOULPIFER 11 (H,T;D) M Attwater 7-9-5................................ K Fox 92 4 (5) 49/596- LADURELLI J19 (D) D Flood 6-9-2....................................... J Bryan (5) 74 5 (4) 5009-98 ELUSIVE COWBOY 35 (P) P Butler 5-8-12........................ G Malune (7) — BETTING: 7-4 Van Huysen, 2 Cayuga, 3 Fanoulpifer, 6 Ladurelli, 33 Elusive Cowboy WHERE FAVOURITES FINISHED: 3 2 2 2 5 2017: Russian Reward 5-9-6 S De Sousa 3-1 (A Perrett) drawn 5, 6 ran. FORM er (9-6) 33-1 held up rear, effort 1f CAYUGA (9-3) 20-1 held up rear, ridout, never dangerous, 8th of 11 (btn den and headway final furlong, led 71/4l) to Thaqaffa (9-6) (Kempton 1m final furlong, driven, all out, bt Jump3f hcap (4) £6,469 AW). ing Jack (9-9) nk (8 ran) (Lingfield LADURELLI (9-12) 5-1 towards rear, 11/4m hcap (5) £3,752 AW). ridden 3f out, never on terms, 6th of VAN HUYSEN (8-12) 15-2 in touch, 8 (btn 12l) to Fast Dancer (10-0) pushed along and outpaced 2f out, (Bath 1m hcap (4) £4,690 good). no extra final furlong, 4th of 8 (btn 41/2l) to Tom’s Rock (9-2) (Lingfield ELUSIVE COWBOY (9-7) 50-1 last of 8 1 (btn 19l) to Attain (10-1) (Lingfield 1 /4m hcap (4) £5,531 AW). 11/2m amat hcap (5) £3,619 AW). FANOULPIFER pulled up latest, earli- 4.10 PLAY JACKPOT GAMES AT SUNBETS.CO.UK/VEGAS HANDICAP (2); winner £11,972; 7f. (6 runners) 1 (2) 574150- MITCHUM SWAGGER 146 (D) R Beckett 6-9-7 .............. R Kingscote 85 2 (3) 29-2120 SWIFT APPROVAL 9 (B;CD) S C Williams 6-8-10................ O Murphy 98 3 (1) 212142- TAKE THE HELM 310 (CD) B Meehan 5-8-8 ........................ E Greatrex — 4 (4) 221050- CONSTANTINO 153 (B;D) R Fahey 5-8-7 ........................... P Hanagan 94 5 (5) 80-5217 POET’S SOCIETY 20 (D) M Johnston 4-8-4 ........................ F Norton l99 6 (6) 891-430 SHYRON 7 (CD) G Margarson 7-8-2 .................................... J Elliott (5) 97 BETTING: 2 Mitchum Swagger, 3 Take The Helm, 5 Swift Approval, 6 Constantino WHERE FAVOURITES FINISHED: 1 3-6 2017: Pearl Spectre 6-8-5 J Gordon 10-1 (P McEntee) drawn 5, 9 ran. FORM MITCHUM SWAGGER (9-6) 16-1 mid- CONSTANTINO (9-6) 20-1 held up division, faded 2f out, 12th of 18 (btn mid-division, ridden 1f out, soon 19l) to Accidental Agent (9-3) (Ascot weakened, 12th of 13 (well btn) to 7f hcap (2) £112,050 good to soft). Century Dream (9-7) (Haydock 1m SWIFT APPROVAL (9-4) 16-1 promihcap (2) £12,450 heavy). nent, ridden 2f out, last of 14 (btn POET’S SOCIETY (8-11) 4-1 led until 15l) to Straight Right (9-10) (New2f out, ridden final furlong, faded, 7th castle 7f hcap (2) £28,012 AW). of 9 (btn 51/2l) to Chevallier (8-13) TAKE THE HELM (9-5) 11-2 led, rid(Lingfield 1m hcap (2) £11,828 AW). den 1f out, ridden, headed finish, SHYRON (8-11) 8-1 always behind, btn 1 / 2l by Takatul (8-13) (7 ran) 13th of 14 (btn 51/4l) to Eljaddaaf (9(Lingfield 1m hcap (3) £7,246 AW). 9) (Lingfield 7f hcap (3) £7,246 AW). 4.45 1 2 3 4 5 HORSE OF A LIFETIME . . . Ruth Jefferson with Waiting Patiently 32REDSPORT.COM HANDICAP (5); 3-y-o; value to the winner £3,752; 7f. (6 runners) (1) 32-2 JAZIRAT 14 (BF) C Appleby 9-11 .............................................. J Doyle 94 (4) 6912-43 CRISTAL PALLAS CAT 16 (PH;D) R Ingram 9-7............ R Ingram (5) 97 (6) 236-8 ILLUSIONAL 18 M Johnston 9-6.............................................. F Norton 85 (5) 4390-2 GOLDEN FOOTSTEPS 16 E Walker 9-6 ............................... O Murphy 98 (2) 64-3 MRS BENSON 55 M Blanshard 9-4........................................ R Hornby 87 6 (3) 4206-59 VENTURA GOLD 16 R Fahey 9-1 ..................................... P Hanagan l99 BETTING: 13-8 Jazirat, 9-4 Golden Footsteps, 11-2 Cristal Pallas Cat, 7 Mrs Benson, 10 Illusional, 14 Ventura Gold WHERE FAVOURITES FINISHED: 7 2 2-5 2 3 2017: Boater 9-7 J Fanning 15-2 (M Johnston) drawn 5, 8 ran. FORM JAZIRAT (9-2) evens fav led, ridden stayed on, 3rd (btn 1/2l) VENTURA and pressed 1f out, headed final furGOLD (9-6) 14-1 headway 3f out, long, kept on and held towards finoutpaced 2f out, last (btn 6l) (9 ran) ish, btn 1/2l by Vale Of Kent (9-9) (4 (Lingfield 7f hcap (5) £3,752 AW). ran) (Lingfield 7f (5) £3,752 AW). ILLUSIONAL (9-5) 4-1 led until 2f out, GOLDEN FOOTSTEPS (9-6) 6-1 held faded final 2f, eased, last of 8 (well up, headway 1f out, switched and btn) to Iconic Sunset (9-7) (W’hampstrong run final furlong, went 2nd ton 1m 1f hcap (5) £4,075 AW). last strides and closed, not reach MRS BENSON (8-10) 8-1 close up, ridwinner, btn nk by Marshal Dan (9-6) den and headway 1f out, kept on to CRISTAL PALLAS CAT (9-8) 10-1 score 3rd in final furlong, 3rd of 11 led 5f out, ridden inside final 2f, kept (btn 61/2l) to Morning Has Broken (8slight lead until headed final furlong, 10) (Kempton 7f (5) £3,881 AW). 5.15 32RED CASINO NOVICE STAKES (5); 3-y-o; value to the winner £3,752; 1m 2f. (6 runners) 1 (1) 41 PETRUCHIO 28 E Walker 9-9 ................................................ L Keniry l99 2 (4) DEFINITION C Hills 9-2 ........................................................ R Kingscote — 3 (2) 4 LOOKING FOR CARL 34 H Dunlop 9-2................................. H Crouch 88 4 (6) 0 NOBLE GESTURE 13 J Chapple-Hyam 9-2 ...................... P Bradley (5) — 5 (5) 7 SPORTSWRITER 28 (PH;BF) C Appleby 9-2........................... J Doyle 76 6 (3) JUNEAU M Johnston 8-11.......................................................... F Norton — BETTING: 2 Petruchio, 3 Sportswriter, 9-2 Definition, 5 Juneau, 8 Looking For Carl WHERE FAVOURITES FINISHED and 2017: No corresponding race. FORM (Lingfield 1m (6) £3,105 AW). PETRUCHIO (9-2) 5-2 chased leaders, driven to lead final furlong, ran on NOBLE GESTURE (8-11) 100-1 tracked leaders, outpaced 2f put, strongly, bt Stealth (9-2) 2l SPORTSsoon ridden, weakened over 1f out, WRITER (9-2) 13-8 fav behind, no 10th of 12 (well btn) to De Medici (9real threat, 7th (btn 11l) (12 ran) 2) (Lingfield 1m (5) £3,752 AW). (W’hampton 1m 1f (5) £3,752 AW). LOOKING FOR CARL (9-2) 25-1 rear, DEFINITION Pivotal colt. Half-brother to Muhtaram, won three times at 1m. headway 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 9 (btn 43/4l) to Aquarium (9-2) JUNEAU Dubawi filly. Dam won at 1m. TEMPLEGATE’S TOP TIPS CAYGUA (3.35 Lingfield, nap) was a game winner over course and distance last time and drops in class here. Today’s rivals have been out of sorts and he should be too strong again. MAGIC DANCER (1.45 Southwell, nb) was a solid Flat performer and has been running in good company over hurdles. He stays well and has plenty of zip. NICK VEDDER (2.30 Lingfield, treble) has a handy low draw and has been knocking on the door off this handicap mark. The first-time blinkers wouldn’t have to help much to get him home in front. H H H Friday, March 2, 2018 ............... 1GM 53 BE ON A WINNER - FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @SUNRACING GOING: STANDARD SOUTHWELL’S BUMPERS FOR JUMPERS ACTION TEMPLEGATE 1.45...........Magic Dancer (nb) 2.15..............................Charbel 2.45 ...................Wilberdragon 3.20...........................Man Look 3.50 .......................Green Light 4.25 ...................Fin And Game 5.00 ................Flash The Steel TOM PEPPER 1.45 ...................Swashbuckle 2.15..............The Society Man 2.45 ............................Volcanic 3.20.............Royal Beekeeper 3.50 .............Hammersly Lake 4.25........................Blazon (nb) 5.00...............................Involve nTIC-TAC: Round LH AW fibresand track with a 2f run-in. There is a straight 5f course. nLEADING TRAINERS (2013-2018): D Skelton 24-124, C Longsdon 21-102, T Vaughan 14-100, K Bailey 13-62. THIS SEASON: B Pauling 7, D Skelton 5, K Bailey 2. nTOP JOCKEYS (2013-2018): R Johnson 35-162, P Brennan 29-113, H Skelton 29-133, N De Boinville 17-64. THIS SEASON: R Johnson 9, N De Boinville 6, H Bannister 5. nLONGEST TRAVELLER: Spectator (3.20) trained at Cowbridge. Round trip of 356 miles. nJACKPOT: 1-6. nFIRST RUN SINCE WIND OP: Ortenzia (1.45), Cuddles Mcgraw (5.00). nLIVE ON ATR GREYHOUNDS nKINSLEY: 11.03 Another Chico (3-2-1) 11.19 Pennys Cercei (5-1-2) 11.34 Alchemist (2-6-1) 11.48 Wagga View (nap) (6-4-3) 12.04 Bantam Faye (6-3-1) 12.18 Ay Up Kate (6-3-1) 12.32 Old Fort Poitin (nb) (4-1-3) 12.47 Drumleen Cait (1-4-5) 1.04 Swift Scudamore (6-53) 1.19 Borneo Lisa (4-2-5) 1.33 Ghetto Monkey (2-4-3) 1.51 Endova Sophia (14-5) nSWINDON: 11.11 Aero Stealth (nap) (2-6-3) 11.28 Calzaghe Zara (6-2-4) 11.42 Minchinhampton (3-5-4) 11.57 Topstar Scolari (6-4-5) 12.12 Crowvalley Elise (nb) (5-6-4) 12.27 Mohican Eric (2-5-6) 12.42 Bumpinthenight (2-3-6) 12.58 Brookend Harbet (5-3-4) 1.12 Ardrahan Zeann (1-3-4) 1.27 Athboy Rumble (5-6-3) 1.44 Glideaway Darkie (6-5-3) 1.58 Swift Kenya (3-2-4) nNEWCASTLE: 2.08 Canny Bluebury (nap) (6-1-4) 2.27 Tullymurry Idaho (6-21) 2.47 Blackhouse Dixie (5-4-2) 3.07 Wraysbury Magpie (2-3-4) 3.28 Hans Solo (2-3-5) 3.48 Havana Hi Ace (5-2-3) 4.08 Dodgers Drum (6-4-5) 4.27 Going All In (nb) (6-3-4) 4.47 Queenies Wee One (6-4-1) 5.07 Black Maria (3-5-6) 5.22 Kush Kush (6-1-5) 5.38 Blackjack Dec (4-5-2) 5.56 A Bit Of Neville (6-1-4) 6.11 Bramble Buster (1-3-4) nHOVE: 2.12 Babyface Violet (nb) (1-25) 2.32 Suirview Boris (3-6-1) 2.52 Rising Rocket (2-5-1) 3.11 Beech Hill Bella (1-2-3) 3.29 Congress Dazzle (2-16) 3.49 Ministry Mint (5-1-6) 4.09 Slipalong Cindy (3-2-6) 4.29 Slippery Jules (4-5-2) 4.48 Robbies Ronaldo (54-2) 5.08 Chasin Pavements (2-4-5) 5.28 Abbodabbo Dasher (nap) (1-2-5) 5.44 Borg Queen (3-1-2) 6.02 Stallone Beth (2-3-5) 6.19 Swift Jiggle (1-3-2) nNOTTINGHAM: 6.22 Bellside Eddie (3-1-2) 6.38 Filey Beauty (1-3-4) 6.56 Vigorous Rory (6-4-3) 7.11 Proper Post (nap) (4-6-3) 7.26 Ballybride Ray (2-46) 7.42 Maisies Rumble (nb) (4-1-5) 7.58 Haggswood River (1-5-2) 8.13 Lisacaha Pearl (5-3-1) 8.28 Rocketman Ron (5-2-6) 8.43 Highview Force (3-4-2) 8.58 Tybar Moo Moo (2-6-3) 9.14 Crewe Bay Ben (1-6-3) 9.32 Shellys Spirit (1-26) 9.50 Minnies Delight (3-2-1) 10.08 Townside Rebel (4-2-3) nROMFORD: 6.27 Bar The Warrior (1-2-6) 6.47 Tread Lightly (6-5-1) 7.03 Dower Forgold (4-3-1) 7.18 Headford Kev (6-2-5) 7.34 Chopchop Lady (2-61) 7.51 Chopchop Steve (5-2-1) 8.06 Droopys Giorgio (1-2-6) 8.22 Roswell Romanov (nap) (1-2-5) 8.38 Salacres Penny (5-6-4) 8.54 Oh Nonono (6-2-5) 9.11 Oakfield Caesar (5-1-3) 9.26 Saleen Ash (5-2-6) 9.44 Mickeys Paddox (nb) (1-3-4) nTOWCESTER: 7.04 Bet Like Men (nap) (6-1-4) 7.19 Streatham Tom (6-51) 7.35 Parkers Dynamite (nb) (4-6-1) 7.50 Lightfoot Daniel (2-5-3) 8.05 Ravenswood Flo (2-4-5) 8.21 Plean Pit (1-2-6) 8.36 Westmead Red (2-4-5) 8.52 Rewind Star (1-2-6) 9.07 Moneypoint Brae (4-1-5) 9.23 Aghaburren Brae (65-1) 9.39 Shaneboy Xavier (1-2-6) 9.55 Lightfoot Jess (1-2-5) 1.45 BACK OR LAY ON BETDAQ ‘JUMPERS’ BUMPER’ NH FLAT RACE (Class 4); winner £3,249; 2m.(7 runners) 1 9-72117 MAGIC DANCER 69 (P,T;D) K Lee 6-11-4 ...........................R Patrick (5) 98 2 6-57P11 OSKAR DENARIUS 66 (H,T) B Pauling 7-11-4 ............. N De Boinville l99 3 34 SWASHBUCKLE F17 D McCain 5-11-4.................................... B Hughes 88 4 325 HAULANI 42 (BH;BF) B Ellison 4-10-10 ....................................... D Cook 92 5 6P INVESTIGATION 39 S A Harris 4-10-10...................................... J Quinlan — 6 254 ORTENZIA 113 (T) C Longsdon 4-10-3 ....................................... J Burke 87 7 53 SHINE BABY SHINE 50 P Kirby 4-10-3 ......................................... A Nicol 82 BETTING: 2 Swashbuckle, 5-2 Magic Dancer, 5 Haulani, 11-2 Oskar Denarius, 7 Ortenzia, 25 Shine Baby Shine, 66 Investigations WHERE FAVOURITES FINISHED and 2017: No corresponding meeting. FORM out, ridden 2 out, 5th of 7 (btn 91/2l) MAGIC DANCER (9-9) 9-1 kept on one to Spectator (11-12) (Musselburgh pace, 7th of 17 (btn 10l) to Hunters 2m 3f hcap hdle (4) £4,094 soft). Call (10-3) (Ascot 2m hcap hdle Grd SHINE BABY SHINE (10-2) 28-1 rear, 3 £85,425 good to soft). ridden 3 out, headway 2 out, kept OSKAR DENARIUS (10-4) 6-4 fav on, 3rd of 11 (btn 12l) to Cornermade all, stayed on gamely, bt River stone Lad (11-4) INVESTIGATION Dun (10-11) nk (9 ran) (Fontwell 2m (10-12) 250-1 led 2nd, headed 3 out, 3f cond hcap hdle (5) £2,599 soft). 6th (well btn) (11 ran) (Catterick 2m SWASHBUCKLE (10-12) 9-2 pushed hdle (4) £4,809 soft). along 3 out, outpaced 2 out, 4th of 14 (btn 12l) to Clondaw Castle (11-1) ORTENZIA (10-5) 13-2 4th of 7 (btn 28l) to Nube Negra (10-12) (Market (Kelso 2m nov hdle (4) £4,159 soft). Rasen 2m 1f hdle (4) £3,899 soft). HAULANI (11-1) 9-4 fav headway 3 2.15 BETDAQ #CHANGINGFORTHEBETTOR ‘JUMPERS’ BUMPER’ NH FLAT RACE (4); £3,249; 2m.(4 runners) 1 1546909 BACK TO BALLOO 76 (D) P Winks 12-11-4 ......................... R Winks (5) 71 2 12F3-44 CHARBEL 83 (D) K Bailey 7-11-4................................................ D Bass l99 3 6U553PU THE SOCIETY MAN 12 M Chapman 11-11-4................Miss B Smith (7) — 4 1P/2F44 TOMNGERRY 11 (D) B Ellison 8-11-4 ...................................... B Hughes 77 BETTING: 1-4 Charbel, 3 Tomngerry, 33 Back To Balloo, 50 The Society Man FORM BACK TO BALLOO (10-4) 40-1 handy, THE SOCIETY MAN unseated rider latest, earlier (9-7) 25-1 tracked leadpushed along 3 out, 9th of 13 (btn ers, lost place 4 out, rallied last, 3rd 19l) to Castafiore (10-13) (Doncaster of 7 (btn 7l) to Iskabeg Lane (11-7) 2m 1f hcap hdle (4) £3,899 good). (Market Rasen 2m 5f hcap ch (5) CHARBEL (11-7) 12-1 tracked clear £3,899 good to soft). leader, jumped slowly 4th and 5th, rallied 4 out, effort 2 out, stayed on TOMNGERRY (11-12) 15-2 ridden before last, no extra run-in, 4th of 5 well finish, 4th of 6 (btn 5 3 / 4l) to (btn 2l) to Blottos (10-13) (Carlisle Politologue (11-7) (Sandown 1m 7f 2m 3f hcap hdle (3) £11,372 heavy). ch Grd 1 (1) £85,425 good to soft). 2.45 BETDAQ EXCHANGE VIRTUALS ‘JUMPERS’ BUMPER’ NH FLAT RACE (4); £3,249; 2m. (4 runners) 1 1P-F521 BORDEAUX BILL 65 B Ellison 7-11-4........................................ D Cook l99 2 3433682 NAUTICAL NITWIT 22 P Kirby 9-11-4............................... N Moscrop (5) 97 3 3733-33 VOLCANIC 60 (T) D McCain 9-11-4....................................... W Kennedy 95 4 6-31355 WILBERDRAGON 44 (P,T;D) C Longsdon 8-11-4.............P O’Brien (5) 88 BETTING: 5-4 Bordeaux Bill, 11-4 Nautical Nitwit, 3 Volcanic, 13-2 Wilberdragon FORM BORDEAUX BILL (11-0) 4-5 fav led 4 VOLCANIC (10-9) 4-1 headway 4 out, kept on, 3rd of 9 (btn 33/4l) to Cressout, drew clear next, easily, bt Sharp well Legend (11-2) (Musselburgh 3m Response (11-0) 9l (3 ran) (Wethhcap hdle (3) £11,956 good to soft). erby 3m nov ch (4) £5,198 soft). NAUTICAL NITWIT (11-12) 16-1 held WILBERDRAGON (11-7) 16-1 chased leaders, pushed along 4 out, faded up, headway 3 out, led 2 out, headnext, 5th of 10 (btn 27l) to Horatio ed finish, btn 1/2l by Gunfleet (11-12) Hornblower (11-0) (Newbury 2m 7f (9 ran) (Doncaster 3m hcap hdle (3) hcap ch (3) £7,343 soft). £7,343 good to soft). 3.20 COMMISSION BACK ON BETDAQ ‘JUMPERS’ BUMPER’ NH FLAT RACE (4); £3,249; 2m. (10 runners) 1 9-F38P3 BROTHERLY COMPANY 18 (D) J Foster 6-11-4......................... D Cook 81 2 4-70386 FIDDLER’S FLIGHT 10 J Norton 12-11-4 ................. Mr A Chadwick (7) 75 3 -421374 ITS PANDORAMA 145 (P) B Ellison 8-11-4.............................. H Brooke 90 4 2223103 MAN LOOK 74 (D) D McCain 6-11-4 .................................. W Kennedy l99 5 4151389 ROYAL BEEKEEPER 8 (P;D) C Dore 5-11-4....................... R Patrick (5) 84 6 13-2514 SPECTATOR 20 (P;D) T Vaughan 7-11-4............................... R Johnson 97 7 6-48F48 FLIGHT TO NOWHERE 32 (T) R J Price 6-10-11........................ L Heard 74 8 54 BROUGHTONS ADMIRAL 34 (PH) A Ralph 4-10-10............ L Edwards 81 9 P MAX LIEBERMANN 7 J Ryan 4-10-10 ................................... T Garner (3) — 10 6 RAY’S THE MONEY 48 C Mann 4-10-10 .............................. H Bannister 80 BETTING: 9-4 Spectator, 5-2 Man Look, 6 Its Pandorama, 8 Royal Beekeeper, 10 Broughton’s Admiral, Ray’s The Money, 14 Brotherly Company BROTHERLY COMPANY (12-0) 28-1 held up, pushed along, headway 2 out, kept on, 3rd of 8 (btn 5l) to Tyrell (11-12) (Catterick 2m 3f hcap hdle (4) £4,484 good to soft). FIDDLER’S FLIGHT (9-7) 25-1 rear, ridden 4 out, 6th of 11 (well btn) to Pookie Pekan (11-7) (Wetherby 21/2m hcap hdle (4) £4,809 heavy). ITS PANDORAMA (11-9) 7-1 held up rear, ridden 2 out, 4th of 14 (btn 24l) to Craig Star (11-7) (Kelso 2m 5f hcap hdle (4) £3,249 good). MAN LOOK (11-7) 7-2 ridden 3 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8 (btn 17l) to Buckled (10-6) (Musselburgh 2m 3f hcap hdle (3) £6,498 good). ROYAL BEEKEEPER (11-7) 33-1 rear, ridden 3 out, 9th of 10 (btn 38l) to FORM Shining Romeo (11-8) (Huntingdon 2m hcap hdle (4) £5,198 soft). SPECTATOR (11-6) 4-1 rear, headway 3 out, stayed on, 4th of 9 (btn 41/4l) to Transient Bay (11-0) (Uttoxeter 21/2m hcap hdle (4) £4,094 heavy). FLIGHT TO NOWHERE (11-4) 7-1 held up rear, headway 3 out, 8th of 11 (btn 44l) to Argyle (11-6) (Plumpton 2m hcap hdle (5) £3,379 soft). BROUGHTONS ADMIRAL (11-0) 50-1 in touch, blundered 2 out, ridden and outpaced, 4th of 6 (btn 29l) to Apple’s Shakira (10-12) (Cheltenham 2m 1f hdle Grd 2 £18,224 soft). RAY’S THE MONEY (10-12) 20-1 handy, not fluent 2 out, well held, 6th of 7 (btn 17l) to Redicean (11-4) (Kempton 2m hdle (4) £4,159 soft). BOX CLEVER nTRAINERTRACE: LINGFIELD 2.30 Caramuru R Hannon to Miss N L-Beavis, 2.30 Hemingway K Ryan to J Long, 3.35 Ladurelli D Maidment to D Flood, 4.10 Mitchum Swagger D Lanigan to R Beckett. SOUTHWELL 1.45 Oskar Denarius J Mason to B Pauling, 5.00 Berry Poppins B Denvir to C Dwyer. nJOB JOCKEYS: LINGFIELD James Doyle rides Jazirat (4.45), Sportswriter (5.15) for C Appleby, 62 winners from 262 rides, 24%. D Muscutt rides Envisaging (3.05) for J Fanshawe, 30 from 148, 20%. SOUTHWELL B Hughes rides Swashbuckle (1.45), Fin And Game (4.25) for D McCain, 17 winners from 59 rides, 29%. N De Boinville rides Oskar Denarius (1.45) for B Pauling, 38 from 134, 28%. 3.50 BETDAQ NOW 2% COMMISSION ‘JUMPERS’ BUMPER’ NH FLAT RACE (4); £4,224; 2m. (5 runners) 4.25 FREE TRADING TOOLS ON BETDAQ ‘JUMPERS’ BUMPER’ NH FLAT RACE (4); £3,249; 2m.(5 runners) 1 5342-54 GOOD TRADITION 239 D McCain 7-11-4 ............................. H Stock (7) 90 2 F- GREEN LIGHT F216 B Ellison 7-11-4 .......................................... C R King — 3 1-12215 HAMMERSLY LAKE 132 (BF) C Longsdon 10-11-4............ B Hughes l99 4 2242215 NEWSTART 109 (P;D) B Ellison 7-11-4 ........................................ D Cook 89 5 7 HAMELIN POOL 24 M Chapman 4-10-10......................Miss B Smith (7) — BETTING: 5-4 Hammersly Lake, 11-4 Green Light, 3 Good Tradition, 6 Newstart 1 12-5024 BLAZON 108 (D) K Bailey 5-11-4 ................................................... D Bass 85 2 24-11 FIN AND GAME 57 (D) D McCain 6-11-4 .............................. B Hughes l99 3 14P HANGARD 30 (D) P Kirby 6-11-4 ................................................... A Nicol 82 4 04 SIANNES STAR 128 B Ellison 5-11-4......................................... C R King 79 5 2-25253 MISS ADVENTURE 4 (VH) P W Middleton 6-10-11.............. H Stock (7) 81 BETTING: 2-7 Fin And Game, 5 Blazon, 10 Miss Adventure, 14 Hangard pace, 5th of 14 (btn 13/4l) to RhymGOOD TRADITION (11-4) 9-1 ridden 3 ers Stone (11-5) (Carlisle 2m 1f hcap out, weakened, 4th of 6 (btn 31l) to hdle (4) £3,899 soft). Thorpe (10-3) (Perth 2 1 / 2m cond HAMELIN POOL (10-5) 200-1 last of 7 hcap hdle (4) £4,431 good). (well btn) to Oistrakh Le Noir (11-4) HAMMERSLY LAKE (11-2) evens fav (M Rasen 2m 1f hdle (4) £4,549 soft). one pace, 5th of 7 (btn 5l) to Mr Hot Stuff (11-2) (Far Hills, USA 2m 5f GREEN LIGHT (11-5) 3-1 ridden 2 out, outpaced, eight-length 3rd when fell hdle Grd 1 £58,537 good). at last behind Fattsota (11-5) (MussNEWSTART (10-12) 5-1 held up, ridelburgh 2m hdle £3,945 good). den and headway last, kept on same 1 0 CUDDLES MCGRAW 113 (TH) F O’Brien 5-11-2.................... P Brennan — 2 4-123 FLASH THE STEEL 43 (BF) D Skelton 6-11-2 ...................... H Skelton l99 3 649 MULTITALENTED 27 T Tate 5-11-2 ......................................... B Hughes 80 4 BORN IN THORNE I Furtado 5-10-9.................................. M Kendrick (5) — 5 LAMMTURNER J Foster 6-10-9 ...................................................... D Cook — 6 GREY CHARLIE I Furtado 4-10-8 ................................................ T Whelan — 7 86 INVOLVE 76 K Bailey 4-10-8........................................................... D Bass 78 8 0 BERRY POPPINS 41 C Dwyer 4-10-1 ......................................... J Quinlan — BETTING: 4-9 Flash The Steel, 5 Cuddles Mcgraw, 8 Involve, 10 Multitalented, 14 Lammturner, Grey Charlie, 16 Born In Thorne FORM 5.00 BETDAQTIPS.COM MAIDEN OPEN NH FLAT RACE (5); value to the winner £2,274; 2m. (8 runners) 54 ............... Friday, March 2, 2018 2GM SPORTS ROUND-UP: RESULTS & FIXTURES Golden KO for Kenny FOOTBALL PREMIER LEAGUE ARSENAL (0) 0 Att: 58,420 RUGBY LEAGUE BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE HULL KR (-) P CASTLEFORD (-) P (Postponed due to bad weather) P W D L F A Pts St Helens 3 3 0 0 93 30 6 Wakefield 3 3 0 0 58 32 6 Widnes 4 2 0 2 85 49 4 Wigan 3 2 0 1 74 38 4 Warrington 4 2 0 2 52 56 4 Leeds 3 2 0 1 42 46 4 Castleford 3 2 0 1 47 76 4 Hull 3 1 0 2 66 64 2 Salford 3 1 0 2 60 66 2 Huddersfield 3 1 0 2 44 70 2 Hull KR 4 1 0 3 52 88 2 Catalans 4 0 0 4 42 100 0 By ALEX TERRELL CRICKET FIRST TEST MATCH (Durban): 1st day of 5 - Australia 225-5 (Smith 56, Warner 51) v South Africa. ICC WORLD CUP QUALIFIER WARM-UP MATCH (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) - Scotland 239 (Leask 91, Munsey 77; Rankin 5-38) v Ireland 243-8 (Balbirnie 79). Ireland bt Scotland by 2 wkts (with 0 balls remaining). TENNIS SECOND BEST . . . Kenny brings up the rear as the women take silver ATP DUBAI DUTY FREE CHAMPIONSHIPS (UAE): Quarter-finals - R Bautista Agut (Spa) bt B Coric (Cro) 7-6 6-4; M Jaziri (Tun) bt S Tsitsipas (Gre) 6-4 3-6 6-3; L Pouille (Fra) bt Y Sugita (Jpn) 3-6 6-3 6-2; F Krajinovic (Ser) bt E Donskoy (Rus) 6-1 6-2. ATP & WTA ABIERTO MEXICANO TELCEL (Acapulco): 2nd Rd: Men - D Thiem (Aut) bt D Shapovalov (Can) 6-2 6-3; R Harrison (US) bt D Sebastian Schwartzman (Arg) 6-3 5-7 6-4; F Lopez (Spa) bt T Kokkinakis (Aus) 6-3 6-4; A Zverev (Ger) bt P Gojowczyk (Ger) 7-6 6-3; K Anderson (SA) bt A Mannarino (Fra) 6-3 6-4; J M Del Potro (Arg) bt D Ferrer (Spa) 6-4 4-6 6-3. Women - S Stephens (US) bt A Rus (Hol) 5-7 7-6 6-0; K Mladenovic (Fra) bt B Haddad Maia (Bra) 3-6 6-3 7-5; R Peterson (Swe) bt M Puig (Pur) 6-1 6-4; S Zhang (Chn) bt J Belen Teichmann (Swi) 7-6 6-4. ATP BRAZIL OPEN (Sao Paulo): 2nd Rd N Jarry (Chi) bt G Pella (Arg) 6-7 6-4 7-6; A Ramos (Spa) bt G Clezar (Bra) 6-3 6-4. GOLF GUTTED . . . Brits (l-r) Archibald, Kenny, Nelson, Barker, Dickinson GOLD RUSH . . . (l-r) Tanfield, Hayter, Clancy & Emadi TEST LEADERSHIP RIDDLE CHINSTOKER Root’s vice-captaincy poser over Ben JOE ROOT admits he faces a From JOHN ETHERIDGE in Wellington dilemma over whether to No 2. Root (below) said: re-instate Ben Stokes as his Root’s “The vice-captaincy is a decision Test vice-captain. we’ve not agreed yet. Root and head coach Trevor Bayliss must decide by March 14, the date of the opening warm-up match before the two-Test series against New Zealand. And you can bet that ECB chief executive Tom Harrison and England team supremo Andrew Strauss will also be consulted over such a sensitive decision. Nobody disputes that Stokes’ aggressive, talismanic personality — and instinctive cricket brain — make him an ideal candidate to be Root’s deputy. But should England promote a man who faces a criminal trial for affray after a street fight in Bristol last September? He has pleaded not guilty. Personally, I would keep Stokes in the ranks at least until his trial is over and allow fast bowler Jimmy Anderson, who did the job during The Ashes, to continue as (3) 3 WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL - England 4 France 1. LAURA KENNY’S bid to win world championship gold just six months after giving birth was ruined by an American masterclass. The 25-year-old and her British pals were leading the USA in the women’s 4km team pursuit only to be undone by a stunning surge from their rivals to miss out on the Rainbow Jersey. Kenny, who gave birth to baby Albert last August, said: “I only returned to training around four months back, so I’m very satisfied. It’s almost a surprise to see how quickly my form has returned.” Alongside Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Emily Nelson, she ultimately had to settle for silver as they clocked 4min 16.980sec to finish 1.311sec behind the USA. But Britain’s men ensured a bright post-Bradley Wiggins future with team pursuit glory in Apeldoorn, Holland. The quartet of Ed Clancy, Kian Emadi, Ethan Hayter and Charlie Tanfield beat a fast-starting Denmark to claim gold in 3min 53.389sec. Clancy said: “I’m happy just to still be here. I’m 33 in a couple of weeks and when you’re riding around with Ethan and Charlie at 19 and 20, it keeps you going.” MAN CITY B Silva 15 D Silva 28 Sane 33 “When the Test squad get together as a group, myself and Trevor will discuss a few things — but it’s not been discussed yet.” There is no doubt Stokes has recaptured his form impressively quickly since rejoining England’s one-day squad two weeks ago. He was man of the match in only his second game back, scoring 63 not out, taking two wickets and completing two run outs in England’s series-levelling six-wicket win over the Kiwis on Wednesday. Several England players have said how pleased they are that Stokes is back playing again. And an endorsement from skipper Root brings special significance, especially as he and Stokes have been friends since they were teenagers. Root said: “I’ve always said Ben is an integral part of this team in all formats. He proved that on Wednesday, he was outstanding. “He set the standard by taking vital wickets, run outs and then knocking off the runs so convincingly. It’s just great to see him back and playing well so quickly. “He worked really hard back home in Durham to make sure that, when he did get his opportunity, he was ready. He loves playing for England and you can see that in the way he plays. “Ben leaves nothing out there on the field, he’s really dedicated to this sport and it’s nice to be able to see him have such an influence. “I was always hopeful he’d play at some stage this winter. I’m sure getting a good start will give him a lot of confidence and it’s about moving forward now. I think he’s done that brilliantly. STOKES . . . was “To perform so quickly is man of the match testament to how good a on Wednesday player he is.” Stokes’ all-round contribution confirmed how much he was missed during the 4-0 Ashes hammering. Root would be forgiven for cursing his luck at not having his most important player in his first overseas assignment as skipper. But he said: “There’s no point looking back. It is what it is and I think the most important thing is that we look forward to this next series and make sure Ben can continue to build momentum in the one-day series.” The third match in the ODI series is here tomorrow at the stadium known as the ‘Cake Tin’ — where the All Blacks often play. England are likely to keep the team that won on Wednesday. Tweet @JohnSunCricket TSHWANE OPEN (Pretoria, South Africa, par 71): 1st Rd - 64 L De Jager (SA); 65 F Aguilar (Chi), J Suri (US), T Aiken (SA); 66 C Smit (SA), S Norris (SA); 67 R Gouveia (Por), A Da Silva (Bra), M Kieffer (Ger), P Newcomb (US), S Jamieson, J Winther (Den), C Bezuidenhout (SA), S Fernandez (Spa), C Mivis (Bel), B Meyer (SA), G Coetzee (SA), R Sciot-Siegrist (Fra), J-H Choi (Kor), D Van Tonder (SA), JJ Senekal (SA), J Walters (SA), R Sterne (SA); 68 U Van Den Berg (SA), JC Ritchie (SA), C Sordet (Fra), M Baldwin, A Chesters, M Korhonen (Fin), J Thomson, D Fichardt (SA), M Schwab (Aut), S Horsfield, B Easton (SA), G Bourdy (Fra), J Prinsloo (SA), E Van Rooyen (SA), S Vincent (Zim); 69 G Mulroy (SA), M Orum Madsen (Den), J Kruyswijk (SA), T Pulkkanen (Fin), J Heath, (a) K McClatchie (SA), P Karmis (SA), B Hebert (Fra), V Groenewald (SA), J Hugo (SA), A Haindl (SA), H Otto (SA), C Blomstrand (Swe), P Angles (Spa), J Guerrier (Fra), H Du Plessis (SA), D Drysdale, S Gros (Fra), R Evans, V Perez (Fra), M Carvell (SA), N Bertasio (Ita); 70 M Bremner (SA), A Michael (SA), D Willett, G Forrest, D Basson (SA), A Rai, L Rowe (SA), R Van Der Spuy (SA), C Syme, M Williams (Zim), D Stephenson (Aus), T Thimba Jnr (SA), D Howell, T Tree, H Porteous (SA), Z Lombard (SA), R Langasque (Fra), C Basson (SA), D Greene (SA), J Dantorp (Swe). WGC-MEXICO CHAMPIONSHIP (Mexico City): Early 1st Rd (US unless stated, par 71) - 64 L Oosthuizen (SA); 65 C Paisley (GB), X Schauffele; 66 R Cabrero-Bello (Spa), K Aphibarnrat (Tha); 67 J Rahm (Spa); 68 P Perez, S Garcia (Spa), T Finau, B Harman, R Fowler; 69 R Henley, D Johnson, A Noren (Swe), B Watson, P Mickelson; 70 J Vegas (Ven), K Kisner, D Lipsky, C Hoffman, P Cantlay, A Bland (Aus), J Spieth. Others - 71 M Fitzpatrick (GB), R Fisher (GB), J Rose (GB); 72 T Fleetwood (GB). SNOOKER MANBETX WELSH OPEN (Cardiff): 3rd Rd - M Stevens bt S Bingham 4-1; Y Bingtao (Chn) bt P Ebdon 4-1; B Hawkins bt F Xiongman (Chn) 4-2; C Wakelin bt L Highfield 4-1; K Wilson bt J Wattana (Tha) 4-3; N Saengkham (Tha) bt C Steadman 4-2; M Dunn bt X Si (Chn) 4-2; J Astley bt G Greene 4-3; I Burns bt A Songsermsawad (Tha) 4-2 R O’Sullivan bt D Grace 4-0; N Bond bt J Lisowski 4-3; J Higgins bt S Craigie 4-0; G Wilson bt M Allen 4-3; Y Delu (Chn) bt B Woollaston 4-0; M Gould bt M Williams 4-2; L Wenbo (Chn) bt R Williams 4-3. 4th Rd - Y Bingtao bt M Stevens 4-2; I Burns bt L Highfield 4-3; N Saengkham bt K Wilson 4-0; R O’Sullivan bt M Dunn 4-0; G Wilson b t J Astley 4-2; B Hawkins bt M Gould 4-2; J Higgins bt N Bond 4-0; Y Delu bt L Wenbo 4-1. DARTS UNIBET PREMIER LEAGUE (Exeter): Off due to the bad weather. TODAY’S SPORT (7.45 unless stated) SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP Middlesbrough v Leeds ................. RUGBY UNION: Aviva Premiership Harlequins v Bath. Guinness PRO14 Southern Kings v Newport Gwent Dragons (5.35). RUGBY LEAGUE: Betfred Super League - Hull v Warrington, Wigan v Widnes (8.0). DARTS (to Mar 4): Coral UK Open Finals (Minehead). ICE HOCKEY (7.30): Elite League Cardiff v Manchester, Nottingham v Dundee. Friday, March 2, 2018 ............... 1GM 55 To Kell ’n back BROOK RETURN SO BRAVE AFTER INJURIES Colin Hart JOSHUA From Back Page THE VOICE OF BOXING WE know there is a touch of insanity in every pro boxer putting themselves through pain bordering on masochism. Who else would accept being bashed in the face for your job, through financial necessity, love of their sport — or both. Which brings me to Kell Brook, who is returning to the ring after suffering extremely serious injuries in his last two fights. He moves up to super-welterweight to fight Belarusian Sergey Rabchenko for the WBC silver belt in Sheffield tomorrow night. Only 18 months ago, Kell had his right eye socket fractured after jumping two weight divisions to take on Gennady Golovkin. Surgeons inserted a titanium plate and said he was one punch away from losing his sight. When Kell, 31, then lost his world welterweight crown to Errol Spence eight months later, he fractured his left eye socket. Despite sustaining injuries you might expect in a car smash, Kell is fit to fight. If not, boxing chiefs would have lifted his licence. But would any normal multi- millionaire risk blindness to carry on in his profession? Even Brook admitted: “You’ve got to not be wired up right to be a fighter in the first place.” And in a revealing interview after losing to American Spence, Kell said: “It’s a beautiful sport when you’re winning. “But when you hit the lows, it really upsets you. After Spence, I hit rock bottom. My lowest ever.” What hurt Brook deeply was hearing fellow pros Tony Bellew and Chris Eubank Jnr accusing him of quitting against Spence. He added: “I'’ve boxed all my life and there’s no quit in me — but I just couldn’t see.” Following Scott Westgarth’s tragic death, boxing is again being attacked by abolitionists. They cannot possibly understand the mentality of warriors who step in the ring like Kell. He may be considered foolhardy — but it is men like him that win medals on battlefields. FACE-OFF . . . Wilder with undefeated Ortiz IT’S BRIT RISKY . . . Brook (left) is returning to fight Rabchenko after eye injuries negotiate a fight with AJ. Wilder takes on Cuban Luis Ortiz in New York tomorrow but is already plotting a mega-money showdown with AJ this summer. But the American, 32, last night took aim at Hearn, insisting: “He is just another white man milking a black man, that’s all it is. It’s easy. “It’s about time for somebody to say it and come out with it and I don’t care who hears it. “I don’t hold my voice and I don’t have any filters, I speak what I think. “Joshua has been letting him do it because if Joshua really wanted this fight he knows how to make it happen. “Give the fans what they want to see.” Wilder has vowed to cross the Pond in order to secure a showdown with WBA and IBF king Joshua, 28, who takes on WBO champ Joseph Parker in Cardiff on March 31. Bronze Bomber Wilder goaded AJ by adding: “I already did you a favour by fighting Luis Ortiz because you ducked him. “You don’t have to worry about him any more. You know I’m ready at any given time. “I will come to your home town. I love England, I’m right at home there.” 56 ............... Friday, March 2, 2018 2GM SIX NATIONS RUGBY DUGGAN . . . opener MUIR . . . £1,500 taxi bill Fare play as Muir medals SMILE PLEASE . . . Scots fans pose with Jones PHOTOBOMB . . . another fan gets in on selfies UGLY SCENES . . . they surround Jones’ car England..............4 France..................1 From STEVE BRENNER By VIKKI ORVICE LAURA MUIR won bronze in the 3,000 metres — after spending £1,500 on a taxi to get from snowy Scotland to the World Indoors. The 24-year-old planned to fly from Glasgow to Birmingham on Wednesday after a day of vet studies. But when the flight was cancelled due to the Beast from the East, British Athletics had to sort out a car for her. The journey to Birmingham took eight hours with Muir reaching the team hotel around midnight. But the reigning European 3,000m and 1500m champion then delivered Britain’s first medal — and her first global gong. Defending champ, Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba, raced to a hat-trick of World Indoor 3,000m wins with Holland’s Sifan Hassan taking the silver. Hassan could have been disqualified for running across two lanes and shoving Muir — but GB did not appeal. Muir, who clocked 8min 45.78sec, said: “I’m very happy. I was so hurting on the last lap and I just had to dig deep.” RONNIE O’SULLIVAN has compared his rivals to ‘hamsters on a wheel’. The Rocket, 42, said: “A lot of them are under the cosh and it’s like they are all on a hamster wheel. “While they’re on it, I’ll sit back, chill and pick up some cheese.” O’Sullivan whitewashed BOTH David Grace and Mike Dunn 4-0 yesterday to reach the Welsh Open quarter-finals. Paisley’s on trend CHRIS PAISLEY upstaged a host of golf’s big names in the first round of the WGC Mexico Championship. The Hexham ace, 31, carded a brilliant sixunder-par 65 to sit just one shot behind early leader Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa. Paisley (right), who returned to Qualifying School five times, won his first title — the South African Open — only last month. World No 1 Dustin Johnson shot a 69, while England’s Tommy Fleetwood suffered an up and down day with a 72. Phil feels on top of the world DISGRACE . . . footage shows a fan opening the car door as Jones is being driven off to Old Trafford ED CASES Jones security review after yob shame By JONNY FORDHAM the England coach’s nose in ENGLAND’S security the mud after a win. chiefs are reviewing After seeing the video of their protection of Eddie Jones being hassled, Hastings’ Jones after his abuse by brother Scott, who won 65 caps, tweeted: “I am really Scotland fans. outside Manchester’s Oxford The Red Rose coach suf- Road station and online foot- upset about this. fered verbal and physical abuse as he travelled alone from Edinburgh to Manchester by train on Sunday — a day after the Calcutta Cup defeat at Murrayfield. A police investigation has been launched after an incident on a Virgin train — as Jones travelled from the Scottish capital and then later on from Manchester to London. And RFU chiefs have reassured their double Six Nations-winning boss they will do whatever it takes to look after his safety. Aussie Jones decided not to take a chauffeur-driven car as he viewed the trip to Old Trafford, to be a guest of ex-Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, as a personal invitation. But he was goaded by fans age emerged yesterday of him being called a ‘balding c***’ and being shoved by Scotland supporters as they posed for selfies with him. And after getting in his waiting car, one yob opened the door as they continued hurling abuse at him. Scottish Rugby Union said yesterday: “We are appalled by the verbal abuse suffered by Eddie Jones. “The disgusting behaviour of those involved does not represent the values of our sport or its fans. “The dignity Eddie and the England team showed on Saturday is in stark contrast to this ugly incident.” Jones blamed the likes of Gavin Hastings for inciting fans as the Scotland and Lions legend said nothing would be better than rubbing “These despicable idiots are a disgrace. We need to find them, name & shame them & fine them for public disorder & harassment.” There was another incident involving Jones on his way home from Manchester and a member of the public alerted the police. Officers were then scrambled to Euston station to meet the train on arrival. A British Transport Police spokesman said: “We received a third-party report of verbal abuse towards a man on board a train between Manchester Piccadilly and London Euston on Sunday February 25. “This was at around 7-7.30pm. BTP officers met the train at London Euston. No arrests have been made and enquiries continue.” Although some fans will feel Jones brings on the treatment following his spiky press conferences, he has always apologised when he has realised he may have taken things too far. In 2016 he said sorry to Ireland’s Johnny Sexton after claiming his parents should be worried about a whiplashtype injury he was suffering from. But while he can be punchy in front of the cameras, away from it, ex-PE teacher Jones spends countless hours going to local rugby clubs and coaching kids and offering free advice. And after vowing to never take a train again after his horror journey, Virgin Trains have also apologised to the England boss. A spokesperson said: “We are sorry to hear of Mr Jones’ experience onboard our service. “We do not tolerate abuse of any sort onboard our trains and will co-operate fully with the BTP.” Tweet @SunJonnyFordham PHIL NEVILLE was dancing in the rain after his England reign got off to a blockbuster start. First-half goals from Toni Duggan, Jill Scott and Jodie Taylor helped the former Manchester United man’s Lionesses cruise to victory in terrible conditions in Columbus, Ohio. And Fran Kirby’s strike just seconds after the restart was the icing on the cake. It was a classy display from England, who now take on the top two in the world — Germany and the USA — in the SheBelieves Cup full of confidence. Barcelona ace Duggan gave Neville a dream start after just six minutes, brilliantly curling home a Nikita Parris pass for her 20th international goal. Neville wants his side to play a more attacking game — and his team certainly carried off the plan to perfection. Jodie Taylor’s chip hit the bar but it was not long before Neville was high-fiving his backroom staff as Manchester City midfielder Scott doubled the lead. Taylor and Kirby added to the scoreline. But France pulled one back on 77 minutes when Millie Bright deflected in a shot from substitute Gaetane Thiney. It’s Loftus bleak,Roy By LIAM WALSH HOPES of Ruben LoftusCheek returning to Crystal Palace have stalled after another injury setback. The midfielder has been recovering at parent club Chelsea after picking up an ankle problem in December. Palace boss Roy Hodgson thought the England man would be back this weekend after full training at Stamford Bridge. But Loftus-Cheek, 22, injured his knee in a session with the Chelsea under-23s. Hodgson, grappling with a lengthy injury list, said: “The training session went very well but he managed in some way to pick up another very minor injury. “This has to be treated before we get him back. “The good news was the injury that kept him out for a long period seems to be much better.” Wilfried Zaha’s recovery from a knee injury is “ahead of schedule”, giving Hodgson a boost. Friday, March 2, 2018 ............... 1GM NeyymaargFEAh!R WORLD CUP NEYMAR arrives home in a wheelchair as docs reveal he may not be fit for the World Cup. The Brazil superstar flew into Rio for an op on a broken metatarsal in his right foot. Team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar By ROB MAUL says the Paris SaintGermain hitman could be out for three months. And with Russia 2018 kicking off on June 14, Neymar will struggle for full fitness. Pope in mood to clean up THE Premier League football keeps coming — so it’s a great chance to try Dream Team Weekender. Our fantastic fantasy football game is FREE to enter — and could win you up to £5k this weekend. Just pick SEVEN players from the Saturday and Sunday games with as many as you like from any club and no budget. So who takes your fancy this weekend? NICK POPE (91pts) The Burnley keeper is after a 12th clean sheet of the season against Everton. VIRGIL VAN DIJK (47) Liverpool’s £75m star may fancy a clean sheet against a blunt Newcastle attack. GLENN MURRAY (90) The Brighton striker will be licking his lips at facing Arsenal’s leaky defence. SAIDO’S NOT FIT GO TO dreamteamfc.com BROOK VS RABCHENKO TOMORROW 9PM 1089/1053AM • DAB Radio • App • talkSPORT.com 57 He has to get Bera STOKE have told Saido By KEVIN SHIELD Berahino: “You’re not fit want him to play. I don’t to wear the shirt.” Boss Paul Lambert has think he’s up to the levels he ordered the striker to do extra sessions to shape up for the Potters’ relegation fight. The former West Brom star (left), 24, failed to make the squad for last week’s 1-1 draw at Leicester. Berahino, who arrived from the Hawthorns for £15million a year ago, has still not scored for Stoke and not at all since February 27, 2016. That is a total of 733 days and 43 games. His place on the bench last week went to 18-year-old debutant Tyrese Campbell at the King Power with Peter Crouch injured. Lambo said: “He’s not up to my level of fitness. “He’s a fit lad but there’s got to be more to it and that’s what he’s got to work on. “He needs more fitness to his game to play the way I should be. “I have told him that, so he knows the situation and what I’m explaining. He’s been really good with me working away at it. “Once he does that, he will be fine. But it has to come from him as well.” Lambo is the third successive manager Berahino has played under who has criticised his fitness, after Tony Pulis at West Brom and Mark Hughes at Stoke. He was ordered to attend a boot camp in France to get fit at West Brom. The Potters are currently second from bottom and new boss Lambert said: “We have given him a wee programme to stick to. “In the situation that we’re in, we need everybody to put their shoulder to the wheel. That’s important.” 58 ............... Friday, March 2, 2018 SOMEBODY, somewhere, please P give the great Sol Campbell his first job in management. Dear old Sol, full of self-adulation, truly believes that he is one of the “greatest managerial minds in football”. Move over, Pep. 2GM Neil Ashton THE INSIDE TRACK ON FOOTBALL’S BIG STORIES NEVILLE . . . enthusiast This one down to you Nev NOW that Phil Neville is off social media, it is a wonder where he ever got the idea that people want him to fail as England women’s coach. Putting aside his inappropriate tweets, Neville has earned respect for throwing himself into a new code with his customary gusto and enthusiasm. What Neville knew about women’s football before he succeeded Mark Sampson could have been written on the back of a postage stamp. But he wanted the job and now he has it. He took charge of his first game last night — against France in the SheBelieves Cup in the US — and it is only natural that he will need a period of adjustment. If Neville fails, if results are bad and he is booted out within a year, it will have nothing to do with any negativity. Like everybody else in football, it is his gig and it is down to him to prove he is good enough to keep it. COPPELL . . . snubbed Coppell’s loss is a scandal IT remains a modern-day scandal that a man with Steve Coppell’s acumen and intelligence has been lost to the English game. The 62-year-old’s new team, thrown together at the start of the season, are within striking distance of a play-off spot in the Indian Super League. Jamshedpur, who appointed Coppell as the club’s first manager, face FC Goa on Sunday in a straight shootout for the final play-off place. Former Crystal Palace manager Coppell, so hugely underappreciated in England, is a cult figure in India after leading Kerala Blasters to last season’s final. Blue are the meekest link - goodbye! THE biggest clubs buy up the best players. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea used to divvy it all up between them. Back in 2012, when Eden Hazard arrived from Lille for £32million, the Blues were still in the mix for all the major talent. They were the glamour club of Europe after winning the Champions League for the first time. Over the next couple of years Oscar, Andre Schurrle, Marco van Ginkel, Willian, Samuel Eto’o, Mo Salah, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa followed Hazard to Stamford Bridge. Since then the signings — especially the quality of them — have dried up a bit. Chelsea have spent an awful lot of money in the past year or so on some very ordinary players. Hazard is not the sneering type, but Chelsea’s recent transfer activity is not especially impressive. Danny Drinkwater, preferred to Fabregas in the 2-1 defeat at United, arrived from Leicester last summer. Olivier Giroud, a January signing from Arsenal, did not exactly get a ringing endorsement from Hazard after they beat West Brom 3-0. Tiemoue Bakayoko, battered by his own fans when he was sent off against Watford, is another struggler. Little wonder Hazard and team-mate Thibaut Courtois are dragging their heels over those new deals. The cash is there, with club director Marina Granovskaia prepared to sign off the first £200,000-a-week salaries in Chelsea’s history. Whether this club still has the ambition to play Barcelona, Real Madrid or Manchester City on their own terms is another matter. Hazard, who has made it clear that he prefers to play on the left, was cast in the false nine role for the first leg of their Champions League tie with Barcelona. They surrendered possession on their own turf, allowing Barca 70 per cent of the ball. Outside of Chelsea’s dressing room, a 1-1 draw at home was somehow turned into a tactical masterclass from Antonio Conte (right). The top players, such as Courtois, Hazard, Fabregas and Willian, will see it very differently. They want to play Barcelona their way, imposing their game on them. Barca are good, but Hazard, Willian, Fabregas and Pedro are not bad either. Instead, Chelsea were choked by Conte’s tactics, a throwback to the time when CHELSEA FACING A STAR EXODUS EMERY . . . PSG coach Courtois PSG fear EXCLUSIVE By DUNCAN WRIGHT THIBAUT COURTOIS’ talks over a new Chelsea deal have been shelved until the summer. And it has ramped up fears he could quit with Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid circling. Belgian keeper Courtois, 25, was due to sit down with Blues bosses last month to thrash out a new long-term deal. Chelsea are desperate to tie down his future amid long-term interest from Spanish giants Real. But SunSport understands no talks will now be held until the campaign has finished. And with speculation rife, Courtois’ camp have been forced to deny holding secret talks with PSG, bossed by Unai Emery. Belgian TV station RTBF claimed the player and his father met representatives from the French club on Monday for informal talks. But his agent Christophe Henrotay insists no such meeting, which would have been without Chelsea’s knowledge, took place. Henrotay said: “I’ve never heard of that meeting. If any club is interested they know they have to find a deal with Chelsea, then talk to me.” Courtois is under contract until the end of next season and Real are keen to strike a £50million deal. HAVE A CHEEKY LITTLE PUNT... ALARM BELS . . . Belgian pair Courtois and Hazard want European glory Jose Mourinho would give specific jobs to his players in painstaking detail. Hazard just wanted to play the killer pass. Courtois, in the same bracket as Manuel Neuer, David De Gea and Hugo Lloris, feels the same way. He seemed surprised that Hazard, involved in the move for Willian’s goal at Old Trafford, was hooked when they needed inspiration. Chelsea, no matter what the budget restrictions, have to finish in the top four. Even then, getting through the group stage of the Champions League in one piece is not enough for these boys. Courtois has already played in the final, for Atletico Madrid when they were beaten 4-1 by Real in Lisbon after extra time. He has never come close to reaching the final with Chelsea. Courtois is a hugely ambitious boy, with the glamour of playing for Real Madrid or PSG whetting his appetite. If Zinedine Zidane’s side survive Tuesday’s second leg in Paris, they are on for a remarkable hat-trick of Champions League titles. Courtois wants a piece of that, to further his career at a time when Chelsea seem happy with their lot. The Belgian pair are anxious, with the possibility that Chelsea will miss out on Champions League football again next season. The defending Premier League champions are fifth in the table, two points behind Tottenham with ten to play. For a club like Chelsea, that is nowhere near good enough. Tweet @neilashton_ MIDDLESBROUGH and Leeds both need wins as they chase a play-off spot. But Boro have only two victories in their last six Championship games. And Leeds’ 1-0 home success over Brentford was their first win in TEN league games. But we fancy them to leave the Riverside with a point tonight. It is 12/5 for the draw at Sun Bets, we also like both teams to score at evens. Boro’s Patrick Bamford is 8/5 at Sun Bets to score at any time, while it is 5/1 it finishes 1-1. DIAMOND: Boro and Leeds to draw tonight, 12/5 at Sun Bets. NEXT BEST: Both teams to score, evens at Sun Bets. LONGSHOT: Bamford to score first in draw is 25/1 at Sun Bets. 18+ T&Cs apply. Odds subject to change Friday, March 2, 2018 ............... 2GM PAUL POGBA may have blown his chance of becoming Manchester United’s new long-term captain after his recent fallout with Jose Mourinho. The Red Devils boss is looking for a successor to Michael Carrick, who is hanging up his boots in the summer. Neither Phil Jones nor Chris Smalling is guaranteed his place in the team, so who will get the nod or can Pogba earn a reprieve? Here, SunSport’s NEIL CUSTIS (right) looks at the options and their chances of taking the coveted United armband. ANTONIO VALENCIA THE Ecuadorian right-back is currently Jose Mourinho’s chosen one as BAND AID . . . United boss Mourinho is set to hand on the armband — and could overlook Pog captain. He is certainly the player with the most experience in the current United first team, having made 319 appearances for the club. While the 32-year-old is a no-nonsense performer, he is not the most demonstrative on or off the field. Despite playing in England for more than a decade, having initially been at Wigan, he still conducts his media interviews in Spanish with an interpreter. Captaincy chances (out of 10): 7 NEMANJA MATIC ARMBAND TO SKIP POGBA He faces captaincy snub after row SO good he bought him twice. A tried and trusted performer for Mourinho — at Chelsea and now United. Matic, 29, has played just 37 games so far but has very quickly earned the respect of his new team-mates. The Serb’s popularity in the squad, his experience and reading of the game make him captain material. Captaincy chances: 8 JUAN MATA A GREAT communicator with his team-mates, fans and the media. His off-field charity, Common Goal, has also won great acclaim. If there was an award for the ‘Nicest Guy in Football’, the Spaniard, 29 — who has played 177 games for United — would win it. Problem is, while he starts plenty of games, he is also substituted in many. Would the manager want to appoint a man who has to hand that armband over so regularly? Captaincy chances: 7 PAUL POGBA THE French international was trusted with the captaincy for a run of five games between December and January in Valencia’s absence. At the time, this is what Mourinho said of his prospects of being a longterm club captain: “I think he has the charisma, ambition and mentality. “He is a good professional. Being so young and with so many ingredients, I think he can.” The question is whether the manager’s thinking has changed in recent weeks. Pogba, 24, has made 83 appearances for United but he has to get his performances right on the pitch again — and consistently. There is enough of a spotlight on him already and Mourinho may consider the captaincy an unwanted distraction. Captaincy chances: 6 DAVID DE GEA HAS been United’s standout performer since Sir Alex Ferguson left in 2013. De Gea, 27, is worth 12 points a season — and is getting better. The honour of being awarded the Old Trafford captaincy could help decide his future should Real Madrid come calling again. However, few goalkeepers get the armband because of their position on the pitch. And the Spaniard, despite 303 games for United, is not seen as one of the main leaders in the squad. Captaincy chances: 5 UTD CAPTAINS THIS SEASON (All competitions starting from uefa Super Cup) Antonio Valencia Paul Pogba Chris Smalling Michael Carrick Ashley Young Zlatan Ibrahimovic 90 Minutes Less than 90 26 2 5 3 2 4 3 0 0 2 0 1 Total 28 8 6 3 2 1 (Key: 90 Minutes - wearing the armband for 90 minutes; Less than 90 - wearing the armband for less than 90 minutes; Total - total appearances wearing armband) 59 60 ............... Friday, March 2, 2018 1GM RK THE BIG VAR DEBATE EX-PREM TECH IT OUT . . . Palace chairman Parish no VAR fan VIDEO NASTY From Back Page technology to England’s top flight following the mayhem at Tottenham’s FA Cup replay with Rochdale. Glenn will cast the FA’s vote at the annual meeting of the International Football Association Board, the game’s lawmakers, in Zurich. The Wembley chief executive has long backed the system and always felt there would be teething problems in the initial stages. But he will agree to VAR being sanctioned for use by any competition in the world. With Fifa also in favour and holding four of the eight votes of the IFAB, that would be enough to employ VAR in Russia this summer. But many critics do not share Glenn’s enthusiasm, especially after the ridiculous events at the FA’s own HQ on Wednesday night. A number of top-flight clubs already had misgivings about VAR and how it was being used and interpreted by officials in the FA Cup trials and elsewhere around the world. And SunSport understands at least EIGHT clubs, including Crystal Palace and Stoke, are currently minded to vote against its introduction in the Prem next season when the decision is taken on April 13. Palace chairman Steve Parish said: “I hate all these games that stop and start. “I think we’re going down an incredibly dangerous road with this. “My real problem is we’ve got it for these four decisions at the moment but you know the answer to everything will be more VAR. “Then it will be VAR for whether the goalkeeper’s taken six steps. “I just cannot see an end to it. I would leave the game as it is.” With a two-thirds majority of the 20 clubs needed for any rule change, it seems they will instead opt for a wait-and-see policy while continuing trials in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup for another 12 months. Prem chiefs now feel that is the likely path the clubs will take at next month’s meeting. A Premier League spokesman said: “We are open to considering new technology that assists match officials without disrupting the flow of the game. “The evidence and learning provided by the trials will inform further discussions with our clubs later this season.” Fans, too, have serious misgivings especially as those in the grounds are left wondering what is going on. It is understood Paul Tierney, who was the on-field ref for Spurs’ 6-1 win over Rochdale, was very frustrated after the match. Tierney is said to feel he was unable to manage the game himself because of the interventions of VAR Graham Scott (above). Professional Game Match Officials Ltd, who manage and train refs, revealed Scott reviewed 12 incidents in the game, including the seven goals. But the “confusion” over VAR protocols is exactly why Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin this week ruled out using it in next season’s Champions League. SunSport expert and ex-top ref Mark Halsey said: “The VAR system is nowhere near being ready to be used in every Premier League match next season.” Burnley boss Sean Dyche, though, said: “The main thing is to get the right decisions and we have to find a way to maximise the chance for officials to do that.” SO VAR AR SO BAD System not ready for Prem 6 KEY CHANGES I’D MAKE Rose: It destroyed the day for Dale DANNY ROSE branded VAR “ridiculous” after it dominated Tottenham’s 6-1 win over Rochdale in Wednesday’s FA Cup fifth-round replay at Wembley. The first half was littered with delays as ref Paul Tierney made six referrals to the VAR, which resulted in two of the home side’s ‘goals’ being chalked off. Spurs defender Rose said: “It just overshadowed a good performance by us and by Rochdale. “It was just complete nonsense, waiting around not know what’s going on. It’s ridiculous. “Luckily we weren’t on the losing side complaining about VAR. I feel for Rochdale. Some of their players said it was their first time at Wembley — and it was completely overshadowed.” LAMBASTED . . . Spurs’ Lamela had a goal ruled out IMPROVE THE STANDARD OF OFFICIALS SOME of the Select Group referees are just not cutting it. Now they’re being asked to take on VAR roles as well. Coaching must be better to raise standards all round. 1 HAVE VARS AT THE GROUND AT the moment, the VAR sits in a TV studio in Stockley Park, near Heathrow. They should be with officials at the stadium so they can go through things pre-match and be on the same wavelength. 2 USE RECENTLY-RETIRED OFFICIALS AS VARS of lot a THERE’S there out experience which could help — different skills are needed to be a VAR. If each referee had the same VAR as much as possible, they can build up an understanding. 3 Friday, March 2, 2018 ............... 1GM RK 61 REF’S DAMNING VERDICT REF’SDAMNING THE VAR system, if used properly, can benefit football for years to come. But at the moment in the English game, on the evidence of what happened at Wembley on Wednesday, it is a shambles. And certainly nowhere near ready to be used in the Premier League from next season. I’m told it was Graham Scott’s second game as a Video Assistant Referee and the 13th game in England in which the system has been active. Even if you factor in the Carabao Cup, FA Cup quarterfinals, semis and final, English officials simply will not have had enough experience of using the system to do a good job in next season’s Premier League. You can do trials and non-live tests but nothing can replicate doing it in a match. VAR won’t solve everything and should be about minimum interference, maximum benefit. But that is not what we are seeing at the moment. It seemed to me Graham was re-refereeing the TottenhamRochdale game. The first incident — Erik Lamela’s disallowed goal — shows just how far there is to go. The protocols of the VAR system were not followed. Yes, you are supposed to check every goal — but there was no clear and obvious error. There wasn’t a foul. You could argue the Rochdale player was holding Fernando Llorente. The fact there is room for that argument suggests it wasn’t a “clear and obvious error”. But having failed to follow that protocol, the officials have then made another mistake. The TWEAK THE PROTOCOLS THERE is a credibility issue here. Not just with how long it takes to make a decision, but allowing play to go on if the VAR thinks he has spotted something. Nobody wants goals disallowed for things that happened long before. 4 Professional Game Match Officials Ltd, who are responsible for managing and training refs, said when the issue was subjective or a matter of opinion, the referee must have the final say. I don’t think Graham should have intervened but once he had, he should have told the referee Paul Tierney he needed to look at the pitchside monitor because he felt there was an infringement prior to the goal. Which is what on-field referee Craig Pawson did in Liverpool’s FA Cup tie with West Brom before correctly awarding the Reds a penalty. BT Sport’s expert Chris Foy should have been telling everybody that. He said a bit more after the game but he should have called it when it first happened. But Chris is employed by the PGMOL. I don’t think the officials have been trained well enough, for long enough, to make it work yet. Although I’m told Neil Swarbrick was the best at VAR duties during last summer’s trials at St George’s Park, I think it is hard for active officials to perform the role. Being a VAR, compared to being an on-field referee, requires a different skill set and a different mindset. You have to realise you are not there to re-referee the game. You are there for clear and obvious errors and matters of fact. It would make sense for former officials to do the VAR job, people who are not a threat to the career of the man in the middle but who can give them the benefit of their experience. Looking at it from the other side, I think sometimes referees are hiding behind VAR. They are not managing a game as they see it because they know there is back-up if they make a mistake, or because they are afraid of taking a decision which will be corrected. I’m also told officials are not happy with the footage they are receiving from TV companies. I’m not sure whether they are using interns straight out of uni but the feed and the camera angles have got to be right. The International Football Association Board meets tomorrow and will probably give the green light to VAR being used by whoever wants to — including Fifa for the World Cup. Is it ready? That depends on the VAR experience of the officials Fifa have picked for Russia. The Confederations Cup was a shambles and a lot of these officials from around the world come from federations which have not been involved in VAR. Some of them are refereeing at a level in their top-flight which is the same as our non-league. The success — or not — of VAR comes down to education and training of the officials. And right now in English football, it is not a success. TELL THE SUPPORTERS WHAT’S GOING ON FANS in the stadium have to be kept informed of what is happening as they are so important. They can’t have a running commentary but the authorities and television companies must be able to do better. 5 This’ll wipe the smile off your face, mate! 4 VAR FARCES Cup fourth round) LIVERPOOL v WEST BROM (FA on ruled out a headed goal Paws FANS were confused as ref Craig awarded the home side a later and from West Brom’s Craig Dawson w blamed VAR delays for injuries. penalty. Baggies boss Alan Parde fourth-round replay) CHELSEA v NORWICH (FA Cup but ea’s Willian in the Norwich box the TIMM KLOSE brings down Chels m Scott his decision to book Graha tells Jones Mike al VAR offici be overturned. Brazilian for diving should not ER UNITED (FA Cup fifth round) HUDDERSFIELD v MANCHEST e when he thought he had put offsid of a JUAN MATA was fractionally rs were left baffled by footage United two up — TV viewe line. e offsid KY WON Cup fifth-round replay) TOTTENHAM v ROCHDALE (FA out Erik Lamela’s strike for a to rule VAR official tells Paul Tierney the on-field referee accepts that view foul by Fernando Llorente and making a decision himself. rather than watching video and PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT THERE is no substitute for and training proper education — and lots of it. It takes time to learn how to be a VAR and for a referee to feel comfortable on the field, knowing it is there in the background. Everyone needs time. 6 CRAZY . . . ref Tierney waits for VAR call at Wembley It’s a Cup cock-up THEY are making a fool out of the FA Cup now. The world’s oldest cup competition has been turned into a testing lab. As experiments go, VAR has blown up in the face of English football. To use it in some ties and not others devalues the competition — diminishing its status as the most prestigious domestic cup of them all. Endless referrals, interminable delays, communication issues between officials, players, coaching staff and fans, plus all the chaos it causes, have put it back under the microscope. The close-up is far from pretty. Tottenham against Rochdale, an important FA Cup fifthround replay, was littered with irritating referrals By NEIL ASHTON and indecision. Chief football Ref Paul Tierney, his reporter authority eroded by the system, looked terrified of making a call for League, to Riley. At the moment it is a dog’s himself. At Stockley Park a dinner of observations, few weeks ago, when with everybody throwing refs’ chief Mike Riley in their two penneth. Wednesday night, with briefed the media about VAR, he vowed it would fans freezing in the Wembley stands, was no be safe and reliable. VAR is already a dirty exception. The supporters — by word in English football. The rank stupidity is far the most important they keep changing the people inside stadiums — referee, throwing another are paying good money random soul into the to watch their team. In return they deserve firing line for each respect from a sport occasion. that preaches integrity, So far, Andre Marriner (Brighton-Palace), honesty and clarity. Yet when a decision is Graham Scott (ChelseaNorwich), Michael Oliver referred to VAR, they do not have the foggiest (Chelsea-Arsenal), Martin Atkinson (Arsenal- idea what is going on. They are left relying Chelsea) and Craig Pawson (Arsenal-Man on social media to fill City) have all had the in the blanks. Before VAR is used VAR hospital pass. None of them look in the FA Cup ties at Swansea, Manchester comfortable with it. and Leicester, When Atkinson, the United best ref in this country there is time to make by a country mile, some refinements. This is the quarterlooked uncertain and hesitant, you know there final stage, with three of the four ties being used is a problem. Until football irons out to carry out another the innumerable chinks high-profile experiment. Wigan’s home game in the system, they should pick the ref, the with Southampton is the same assistants, the exception because their same fourth official and stadium does not have the same lad up in the technology to use it. Instead, they will play Stockley Park. Then they could get a by the old rules, with proper feel for it when the ref making decisions. Suddenly, that feels they report back to the FA, to the Premier like the better option. MyView MyView ANDREW BUTLER Dream Team deputy editor TOTTENHAM’S FA Cup showdown with Rochdale at Wembley was my first experience of being a fan inside a stadium that had VAR capabilities. After Erik Lamela scored from close range, it seemed Spurs were on their way to a routine win on Wednesday — 90 seconds later inexplicably it was 0-0. Confused and frustrated, I had to rely on my dad to text me saying Fernando Llorente had committed a foul in the build-up, which is why it was disallowed. VAR calls then came thick and fast, the crowd more vocal in their disgust of the system. But if the decisions are eventually correct, does it matter? Spurs gained a penalty they wouldn’t have got otherwise. A system inside the stadium to tell the supporters why a VAR decision has been given would be useful. But all I’m saying is give VAR a chance. SUN SIX returns this weekend with £1million in prizes up for grabs with The Sun. Just use your punditry skills to predict six scores from this weekend’s games and the money will be yours for the taking. To enter, just go to thesun.co.uk/sunsix, pick your scores and then keep an eye on the results. To help you out, our team of experts will make their predictions the scores each week. TOMORROW Saturday is all about the relegation battles. Southampton take on Stoke in a six-pointer at St Mary’s, Swansea host West Ham while rock-bottom West Brom travel to Watford. SUNDAY Arsenal will be looking to keep their faint topfour hopes alive with a win away at Brighton. The late kick-off on Sunday is a cracker as Chelsea visit the runaway Prem leaders Manchester City. MONDAY Our final game on Monday night sees second-placed Manchester United visit a Crystal Palace side desperate to keep their head above water. Clearly some tough games to call here. You think you know the score? Head on over to thesun.co.uk/ sunsix to prove it. l 18+. begambleaware.org NEIL ASHTON So’ton 1 Stoke 2 Swansea 2 W Ham 1 Watford 3 W Brom 0 Brighton 1 Arsenal 0 Man City 3 Chelsea 1 C Palace 1 Man Utd 1 DAVE KIDD So’ton 1 Stoke 2 Swansea 1 W Ham 1 Watford 2 W Brom 0 Brighton 1 Arsenal 4 Man City 2 Chelsea 1 C Palace 0 Man Utd 1 NEIL CUSTIS Southampton 1 Stoke 2 Swansea 2 W Ham 2 Watford 1 W Brom 1 Brighton 1 Arsenal 3 Man City 3 Chelsea 1 C Palace 0 Man Utd 2 PLAY AAY NOW thesun.co.uk/sunsix T&C’s apply - See website 62 ............... Friday, March 2, 2018 2GM ARSENAL 0 PREMIER LEAGUE BEAT, SLEEP, Same old story for Gunners S MATCH STAT MAN CITY By NEIL ASHTON CHIEF FOOTBALL REPORTER ARSENAL ion..............54% 46%..............Possessf target ........5/1 5/2 ........Shots on/ofshots ................3 3................Blocked ers .....................1 6.....................Corn ceded ............ 11 11 ............ Fouls cond cards .......... 1/0 1/0 .......... Yellow/re IN the end, Manchester City settled for three. Enough is enough, especially when it comes to Arsenal. Pep Guardiola and his rampant City players have done enough damage to this football club over the past five days. They lifted the Carabao Cup at Wembley against Arsene Wenger’s side on Sunday and followed it up with another comprehensive spanking at the Emirates. In the final, City took their foot off the gas when David Silva scored their third after 65 minutes. Here, they called it a night after 33. Goals two and three, scored by magic man Silva and Leroy Sane, were gems. Bernardo Silva’s first, curling beyond the reach of Petr Cech 15 minutes in, was not bad either. City’s performance, embarrassing Arsenal in front of half-empty stands at the Emirates, is confirmation the North Londoners are going backwards fast. To be three down after 33 minutes, for a club with Arsenal’s heritage, tradition and trophy cabinet, has to mean something. It must provoke a response, for these Arsenal players to go out there and show they are willing to do whatever is necessary to save boss Wenger. Instead, captain Laurent Koscielny summed up the state of the place by sending a crossfield pass aimlessly out of touch minutes after Sane had scored the third. It was pitiful. Even Guardiola was shaking his head at times, baffled by just how easily a club with Wenger’s exacting standards could fold so easily. The punters, fed up with the false promises, voted with their feet. There was hardly anyone here, turning their backs on these players after they surrendered so easily in the Carabao Cup final. The snow was the official line, the reason Arsenal claimed so many stayed away from this humiliating, jaundiced defeat. The cold reality is they are sick to the back teeth of seeing Arsenal get ripped apart by the top teams. They knew what was to come last night. Everybody did. City stemmed a flurry of early Arsenal attacks. Ederson saved Aaron Ramsey’s half-volley well and then held on to WENGER T0 GO BEFORE THE END OF SEASON 5/1 Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s effort. From that point on, Guardiola’s players had a ball. They scored the opener when Sane drifted effortlessly past three Arsenal defenders as he cut in from the left. The pass into Bernardo Silva was simple, encouraging the City winger to work an angle on to his left foot before curling a tremendous effort beyond Cech. The next goal was sweet, with David Silva sending the ball into the feet of Sane, then Aguero. The Argentine delayed his pass, waiting for Silva to continue his run before playing him in on goal. LEROY JOY . . . Sane piles on the pain after making it 3-0 The finish, good as it was, was pretty much guaranteed. They equalled the cup final scoreline before the break, the first time Arsenal have been three behind at half-time in a Premier League fixture at home. There was a time when the Gunners were all about finishing first, winning Premier League titles under their aristocratic manager. Those days are over. Sane finally converted a move himself that included Aguero, De Bruyne and Kyle Walker’s cross. He nipped in front of hapless Hector Bellerin, who had also been easily turned inside out for the second goal. City fans were crowing “it’s just like Wembley” as Sane celebrated with his team-mates. The worry for Arsenal is that the league leaders were not even in full flight. They did not need to be. Even when Guardiola’s men went to sleep at the start of the second half, Nicolas Otamendi conceding a penalty for upending Mkhitaryan, they had nothing to worry about. Ederson saved Pierre EmerickAubamayeng’s weak effort, shrugging it off as if it is the sort of thing he does for fun. But nobody at Arsenal was laughing. This time last Thursday they were losing to Ostersunds, humbled by the little Swedes on their own turf in the Europa League. At least City, now 16 points clear of their nearest challengers in the Premier League, are an upgrade. They bossed this game, playing it on their own terms as they close in on another trophy. The danger in years to come is that they dominate Arsenal every year, turning up at the Emirates to hand out another mauling. Arsenal’s players expected it, their appalling body language filtering into the fans freezing in the stands. Few of them made the final whistle. The glory days are over, with Premier League trophy after Friday, March 2, 2018 ............... 2GM 63 MANCHESTER CITY 3 B SILVA 15; D SILVA 28; SANE 33 REPEAT PREMIER LEAGUE TOP TUSSLE . . . Kompany keeps tabs on Aubameyang P W D L F A Man City..........28 24 3 1 82 20 Pts Man Utd .......... 28 18 5 5 53 20 75 Liverpool.........28 16 9 3 65 32 59 Tottenham.....28 16 7 5 53 24 57 Chelsea............28 16 5 7 50 25 55 Arsenal............28 13 6 9 51 39 53 Burnley ........... 28 9 10 9 22 25 45 Leicester.........28 9 9 10 40 41 37 Everton...........28 9 7 12 32 47 36 Watford..........28 9 6 13 38 47 34 Bournemouth 28 8 8 12 33 43 33 Brighton ......... 28 7 10 11 26 37 32 West Ham ....... 28 7 9 12 35 50 31 Huddersfield ..28 8 6 14 25 48 30 Newcastle.......28 7 8 13 27 38 30 Southampton.28 5 12 11 29 41 29 C Palace ...........28 6 9 13 25 43 27 27 Swansea..........28 7 6 15 21 41 Stoke...............28 6 8 14 28 54 27 West Brom......28 3 11 14 22 42 26 20 Hardman Vin’ll never give in CRASH ’N BERN . . . Bernardo Silva beats Cech with brilliant opener Pic: RICHARD PELHAM WHEN Vincent Kompany limped off 11 minutes into Manchester City’s Christmas win at Newcastle, many feared it was the end for the Belgian defender. His City career has been decimated winner in a team taking football to By MARK IRWIN 58,420? YOU’RE HAVING A LAUGH ARSENAL sell-out? Surely even Arsene Wenger could see that did not look right! The club revealed their official attendance last night was 58,420. But that was the number of tickets sold for Manchester City’s visit — with thousands of empty seats due to the freezing weather. The fans who did go started leaving midway through the second half. ST DAVID’S DAY trophy being passed on to City, United, Chelsea and even Leicester. Wenger will fight on, talking up their chances before their next game at Brighton on Sunday. Arsenal could well win it and then everybody at the Emirates can pretend this was just a blip. The reality is that this was another rout. 3 4 DREAM TEAM RATINGS ARSENAL: Cech 5, Bellerin 6, Kolasinac 6, Koscielny 6, Mustafi 5, Xhaka 6, Ramsey 6, Ozil 5, Welbeck 6, Mkhitaryan 6, Aubameyang 5. Subs not used: Ospina, Holding, Iwobi, Chambers, Elneny, Nketiah, Maitland-Niles. Booked: Kolasinac. MAN CITY: STAR MAN EDERSON 8, Walker 8 (Zinchenko 72, 6), Danilo 7, Otamendi 7, Kompany 7, Gundogan 7, B Silva 8, D Silva 7 (Jesus 87, 5), De Bruyne 7, Sane 8, Aguero 8 (Toure 82, 6). Subs not used: Bravo, Stones, Laporte, Foden. Booked: Otamendi. (Ratings supplied by whoscored.com) 2 1 Time: 17m 59s Pass/shoot Run with/ without ball ! David Silva feeds Leroy Sane on the left wing. $ His run and cross picks out Sergio Aguero. % Aguero finds Silva again. & Silva takes a touch then lashes home for 2-0. by 41 different injuries over the past ten years and his creaking body appeared in danger of finally giving up. Yet just like Monty Python’s limbless Black Knight, Kompany is not one for giving up easily. After lifting the Carabao Cup at Wembley on Sunday, he had proudly declared: “I almost get enjoyment out of adversity so I guess I’m the wrong guy to bet against.” So even though he was probably due a well-deserved rest last night, it came as absolutely no surprise when he led his team out for the second time this week. Not only that, he was defying the Arctic conditions in a short-sleeved shirt and gloveless. No wonder boss Pep Guardiola (right) retains so much faith in his very own captain, leader, legend. Even with £47.5million John Stones and £57m Aymeric Laporte at his disposal, Guardiola still has Kompany and often-maligned Nicolas Otamendi as his preferred central defensive duo. Chances are Kompany will also be at the heart of Belgium’s defence when they meet England in the World Cup this summer. He will have collected his third Premier League winners’ medal by the time he heads off to Russia, a serial another level. His attacking team-mates are rightly receiving all the plaudits for their breathtaking football, but they can pile forward secure in the knowledge that the back door is safely locked. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is supposed to be the fastest thing this side of Usain Bolt — but Arsenal’s £60m man still could not get a run on Kompany over 180 embarrassingly one-sided minutes this week. What the 31-year-old lacks in pace, he more than makes up for with awareness and positioning. When Mesut Ozil finally found a shooting position just before half-time, the ball had barely left his boot before Kompany dived in to snuff out the danger. How Arsenal could have done with a defender of his calibre at the heart of their shaky back four. Instead they had Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny chasing shadows while Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac were driven to distraction by the magic feet of Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero and David Silva. It is 17 years since Arsene Wenger lured Sol Campbell to Arsenal from Spurs and he has not signed a truly top-class centre-half since. City have them coming out of their ears but none will ever provide better value for money than Kompany. SILVA BULLET From Back Page the season but they took advantage of our lack of confidence. “Confidence goes up by stairs and comes down by lift. It’s tough but that’s explainable after Sunday and all consequences of the hype about our performance. “It hits you but unfortunately we had some weak defending.” As for what was said to his players, Wenger added: “Transparency is good but too much is not good.” The grim fact for angry Gooners is the last time their side sat 30 points behind the league leaders in the table was back in 1995 — the year George Graham was sacked as boss. Boos echoed around the Emirates at the final whistle. But Wenger said: “You think you want people to be euphoric to be 3-0 down? I can understand that and it was very cold. “Overall, you want to earn your fans by performances. That’s what we want to focus on — it has to come from us.” Crocked City left-back Benjamin Mendy was wowed by his teammates, tweeting: “Im sorry but we’re so good.” And boss Guardiola said: “It’s so difficult to win two games in a row in five days against someone like Arsenal. “And we did it in the bad weather. “It was very windy and the last five minutes of the first half and first 20 minutes of second half was not good. “But it was so important we won and take another step forward. We have five games to be champions and every game we win is closer.” GOOD TWEET . . . Mendy raves about his City pals 64 ............... Friday, March 2, 2018 2GM Sun thesun.co.uk/sport Sport S Sp o Your JOSHUA ‘USED’ DEONTAY WILDER has accused Eddie Hearn of exploiting Anthony Joshua during an outrageous outburst. WBC heavyweight champion Wilder From DECLAN TAYLOR claimed the promoter is simply “milking” money out of Britain’s biggest star (left), having failed over several months to No1 EXCLUSIVE By JORDAN DAVIES y(7HA3A7*MQSTPN( |||+"!}' CHELSEA want Frank Lampard to join their firstteam coaching staff with a view to him becoming boss. Current chief Antonio Conte is expected to leave this summer. And Blues bigwigs want Conte’s replacement to groom Lamps for the hotseat. The 39-year-old has spent 18 months studying for his Uefa ‘A’ coaching licence and is already helping Chelsea’s youth set-up. Owner Roman Abramovich is impressed with Lampard’s progress and wants to make him a part of the club’s future. Carlo Ancelotti and Luis Enrique are in the frame to become the next boss and Lampard is unlikely to have any problem working with either. Lampard (above) has already turned down approaches from MK Dons and Oxford to become their manager in order to complete his coaching badges. However, the chance to work alongside an experienced man at Stamford Bridge would be tempting. Lamps told talkSPORT: “I’ve put together a lot of experience now and I am in a good place. “No matter what level it is, you have to come down to the beginning and start learning again.” By DAN KING PREMIER LEAGUE clubs and the FA are at war VAR system at this over VAR after this summer’s World Cup. But clubs are set to week’s Wembley farce. FA chief Martin Glenn (left) will tomorrow vote to have the block the blanket introduction of the controversial Turn to Page 60 ARSENAL.....0 MAN CITY.....3 GUNNER GET UGLY . . . Bernardo Silva fires City opener to stun under-fire Arsene Wenger (below) pullou insidet Blues to light up Lamps Turn to Page 55 IT’S VAR WARS Silva bullet 30 pts! F A Pts P W D L 82 20 75 3 1 24 28 . .... Y 5 53 20 59 MAN CIT ..28 18 5 Man Utd..... .28 16 9 3 65 32 57 .... ol 5 53 24 55 Liverpo ..28 16 7 Tottenham 28 16 5 7 50 25 53 .... .... ea 9 51 39 45 Chels .. 28 13 6 ARSENAL .... 28 9 10 9 22 25 37 .... .... ley rn Bu Arsenal ENGER’S ARSENE W30 POINTS behind flops are r City — and there Mancheste N games to go. are still TE WENGER’S REIGN IS TOTALLY SHOT By MARK IRWIN MANCHESTER CITY’S Silva Service hammered Arsenal for the second time in five days — leaving Arsene Wenger under more fire. Pep Guardiola’s men restored their 16-point lead at the top with a first league double over the Gunners since 1975-76 thanks to strikes from Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Leroy Sane. Last night’s rout followed Sunday’s victory by the same score in the Carabao Cup final. Wenger held a dressing-room inquest but publicly backed his flops. He said: “We produced our highest physical performance of Turn to Page 63 © NEWS GROUP NEWSPAPERS Ltd, 2018. Published and licensed for distribution in electronic and all other derivative formats by News Group Newspapers Ltd, 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF, 020 7782 4000. Printed by Newsprinters (Broxbourne) Ltd, Great Cambridge Road, Waltham Cross, EN8 8DY; Newsprinters (Knowsley) Ltd, Kitling Road, Prescot, Merseyside L34 9HN; Newsprinters (Eurocentral) Limited, Byramsmuir Road, Holytown, Motherwell ML1 4WH; Adenium Limited (Webprint), Mahon Retail Park, Mahon, Cork; Smurfit Kappa News Press Limited, Kells Industrial Estate, Virginia Road, Kells, County Meath; KP Services, La Rue Martel, La Rue des Pres Trading Estate, St Saviour, Jersey, JE27QR. Abroad: Bulgaria BGN 6.00, Denmark DKR 23 (Sat DKR 23), Italy 2.50, Sweden SKR 29 (Sat SKR 33), Tunisia TND 3.50. THE ONLY EFL PULLOUT 8-PAGE GUIDE FREE WITH & Vito: I miss mum MANNONE ON TRAGIC LOSS VITO MANNONE opened his heart over the agony of his mum’s death. Just two months ago, 67-year-old Elisa lost her life after four weeks in a coma following a stroke. Reading’s Italian goalkeeper Mannone, 30 today, By DAVID COVERDALE was a teenager when his dad died from cancer. Now he admits: “At times, I have my moments. I don’t hide it. I miss my mum every day. “It is still really tough.” See Pages 2, 3 BRAVE . . . Vito Mannone is battling on for Reading despite his enormous grief in association with Friday, March 2, 2018 KLUIVERT TOLD ME: GO TO OLDHAM Gevaro Nepomuceno EXCLUSIVE See Pages 4 & 5 DIFF N LVES Friday, MarchFULHAM 2,, 2018 DERBY 2 ............... 1GG GOALS QPR READING MY CLUB SKY HIGH . . . Aiden loves the Hoops AIDAN MAGEE Sky Sports News reporter QPR WHY QPR? I was born in Paddington and family are mainly Irish immigrants who are either QPR or Chelsea. I had my 40th birthday party at Loftus Road in November. EARLIEST MEMORIES OF THE CLUB? My first season was 1985-86 on the plastic pitch and we had a great team. We got past Watford, Forest, Chelsea and Liverpool en route to the Milk Cup final. We lost to Oxford. It still hurts. STANDOUT MOMENTS? Reaching 1986 final by beating a great Liverpool side, a 6-0 win over Chelsea in old Division One, promotion at Sheffield Wednesday in 2004 and Bobby Zamora’s Wembley winner against Derby in 2014. HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET TO SEE RANGERS LIVE? I work every second Saturday but try to go home or away on a day off. I write a matchday programme column and get to about 20 games a season. WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLAYER? Paul Parker, Les Ferdinand, Andy Sinton, Alan McDonald, Ray Wilkins and David Seaman were great. Trevor Francis was the first world-class player I saw for us, aged 34! Roy Wegerle was truly gifted. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE CURRENT SET-UP? Profligacy has given way to trying to sign lower league and young players and, with the new badge, a manager who knows the place, and our work around Grenfell, it feels like my club again. DO YOU KNOW ANY PLAYERS? Kevin Gallen is a good friend. Lee Cook came to my 40th and I speak to Andy Sinton and Wayne Fereday quite a bit. COULD YOU HAVE BEEN A PLAYER? No chance, too slow. I prefer management and oversee the work team. AIDAN’S ALL-TIME RANGERS XI: David Seaman, David Bardsley, Alan McDonald, Paul Parker, Clive Wilson, Trevor Sinclair, Terry Fenwick, Ray Wilkins, Andy Sinton, Roy Wegerle, Les Ferdinand. Interview by MIKE DONOVAN FER BEST. . . Rangers hero Les Ferdinand I now have two angels watching over me LATE PARENTS INSPIRE KEEPER By DAVID COVERDALE JUST before Reading kick off at Wolves tomorrow, Vito Mannone will look to the heavens and say a few words to the ‘two angels’ watching over him. It is the touching way the Royals keeper remembers his parents, who, heartbreakingly, have both now passed away. Mannone lost his dad Michelangelo to cancer in 2004 — something he says “still feels like yesterday”. And, just two months ago, his mum Elisa died having spent four weeks in a coma following a stroke. Emotions are still raw for Mannone, who turns 30 today. The Italian said: “Life goes on but being positive and having a smile is difficult. “At times I have my moments and I don’t hide it. I miss my mum every day. “It is still tough and it always will be. I know that from my experience when I lost my dad — it is 14 years ago but it still feels like yesterday. “But football helped me through in the past and hopefully it’s going to get me through now. “Football is my life and is my saviour. I say my prayers before VITO MANNONE EXCLUSIVE I get out on the pitch and then again straight before kick off. “I look up to the sky and pray for the two angels I’ve got to watch down and to protect me. “It’s something nice and I did it for my dad, even when mum was here. I believe it just gives you more strength.” Mannone was only 16 years old and a youth player with Atalanta in Italy when his dad died, aged 54. He moved to England to join Arsenal the following year — and mum came, too. Sitting in a coffee shop in his new home town of Ascot, Mannone explained: “It was very tough for her but she was a special figure for me. “We had this special bond. I don’t have a big family so it was down to us to be brave. “I came to England at a young age and she lived the first few years with me. “She was vital to me. She watched my games and commented on them and I always listened to her. “After that she was really happy because I was supported by another woman, my wife Fiorella, the love of my life. She knew then that I was all right in life. “I used to call mum before going to bed at 9.30pm or 10pm, every single day. “It was a simple gesture but a phone call for five, ten minutes makes a difference.” Elisa suffered her stroke towards the end of November on the day Mannone was due to play for Reading at Bolton. She had brain surgery but spent the rest of her life in a coma before passing away a week before Christmas at the age of 67. He recalled: “I was going to play at Bolton but she didn’t feel well and I had to rush to Italy and go to the hospital. “Thankfully I just met her before the operation and she was awake and recognised me. “We hugged each other and it was one of the last few moments where I had the chance to see her. “She could talk to me for five minutes but after the operation she was in a coma so I never had the chance to speak to her. “We were still hopeful she would wake up and I knew she wouldn’t be happy to wake up and see me next to a hospital bed instead of on the pitch, so that’s why I kept strong and kept playing. “But after every game I was travelling to Italy, seeing her, travelling back, training, playing and I did it for almost a month with my wife. “It wasn’t easy but it was necessary for us to be by her bedside and I hope she felt it.” Mannone is extremely thankful to Reading’s “amazing” manager Jaap Stam for how the Dutchman supported him throughout his mum’s illness. The ex-Sunderland stopper, who joined the Royals for £2million last summer, said: “He has been the manager that I needed. He understood straight away the situation.” Stam led the Royals to the play-off final last season, but is under pressure after a run of one win in 14 Championship games left the club just four points above the bottom three. Mannone insisted: “Sometimes when things aren’t going your way, you need to wait and not get rid of the manager. “If he did it last year, why not another time?” But the rigours of a relegation battle do not compare to the personal tragedies the Italian has suffered. Mannone added: “Once you have this sort of experience it helps you as a man and it puts everything in perspective.” Tweet @dpcoverdale Friday, March 2, 2018 ............... 1GG 98 VITO MANNONE has made 98 saves in the Championship this season. The only keepers with more are Sam Johnstone (110) and Bartosz Bialkowski (116). 65 3 in association with MANNONE also has the third-best pass accuracy in the division (65.6%), after David Button (66.3%) and Dan Bentley (67.9%). BEST TEAM IN THE LEAGUE Tom Barclay ON ALL THE EFL ACTION THIS WEEKEND OUR EFL reporter gives us the lowdown on what to look out for in this weekend’s Championship, League One and League Two action. Let’s hope they beat the big freeze! HOT TOPIC NEIL WARNOCK signing a new two-year deal at Cardiff. Boss Warnock (right) hinted to talkSPORT back in November that he could walk away from the Bluebirds if he won promotion, as the Premier League is not his “cup of tea.” Presumably he is staying now though?! MANAGER WHO NEEDS A RESULT STEVE COTTERILL at Birmingham. His team’s form has nosedived in recent weeks and they are back in the bottom three. Calls for the head of the manager (left) are growing increasingly louder from exasperated Blues fans. But it does not get any easier with a trip to Forest, who hit five last weekend. SON SHINE . . . young Vito with mum and dad WHO SHOULD BE IN THE GOALS? MILLWALL’S Lee Gregory. The Sheffield-born ace fired in three goals in his last five league games. And Chris Coleman’s rock-bottom Sunderland side come to The Den tomorrow. So you can expect the red-hot striker (right) to find the net again and maintain his team’s top form. WHIZKID TO WATCH BEN WILMOT. The 18-year-old defender is extremely highly-rated at Stevenage. Glenn Roeder, who is an advisor to boss Darren Sarll, believes local lad Wilmot (left) has all the attributes to go to the top. Arsenal, Tottenham and a host of big boys have been watching him. AMAZING STAT RYAN SESSEGNON has scored nine goals in his last 11 Championship games for highflying Fulham. The talented wideman (right) already has 18 goals, seven assists and 59 appearances in the league to his name. And he does not turn 18 until mid May! CARRYING ON . . . Vito Mannone is determined to save Reading from drop CHAMPIONSHIP 2017/18 ASTON VILLA BARNSLEY BIRMINGHAM BOLTON BRENTFORD HAPPY FAMILY . . . Vito’s mum Elisa and wife Fiorella LEEDS back to the Premier League. Both clubs will need a near-perfect run-in to nick a play-off spot — and their patchy form suggests it will prove beyond them. But both teams have quality players who can dictate a match. Boro boast Patrick Bamford and Britt Assombalonga, while Leeds were pleased to welcome Samuel Saiz back from his ban for spitting at Newport’s Robbie Willmott. He scares the life out of defenders and is that creative spark every top side needs. F O OT B A L DEAD CERT ASTON VILLA at home to QPR. Boss Steve Bruce (right) knows his side cannot afford any slip-ups in the SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY SUNDERLAND parSHEFFIELD race UTD for automatic promotion, ticularly with Cardiff in fine form. QPR need another win or two to guarantee their safety — but it is unlikely to come at Villa Park tomorrow. UB By NEIL REDFEARN talkSPORT co-commentator LL CL I LOVE going to the Riverside, the locals aren’t shy of letting you know what they think of you! You know you’re in a proper match and Leeds fans will arrive — weather-permitting — in their droves as always, so we are guaranteed a cracking atmosphere. But these two giants in the Championship have not had it all their own way this season. The fact both have replaced their managers speaks volumes of the pressure at this level. With Thomas Christiansen and Garry Monk gone, it now lies with Paul Heckingbottom and Tony Pulis to guide their respective sides A L MIDDLESBROUGH v LEEDS 7.45pm, LIVE ON FROM 7pm MILLWALL MIDDLESBROUGH W IPSWICH MI L L HULL GAME OF THE WEEKEND BLACKBURN v WIGAN. This meeting of the two big beasts in League One on Sunday could define who goes up DERBY ALBION CARDIFF BRISTOL CITY BURTON as champions. Rovers, under the guidance of boss Tony Mowbray (left), have won FOUR on the bounce but Manchester City slayers Wigan look the QPR most NORWICH NOTTINGHAM PRESTON complete side in the division. I885 WOLVES CHEEKY PUNT FOR YOUR ACCA PLYMOUTH away at Rochdale. SunSport has put the spotlight on Argyle’s incredible rise from bottom of the league in December to the play-offs now. And who would bet against Derek Adams (left) and his team making it SEVEN wins in a row at basementboys Dale tomorrow? FULHAM READING 4 ............... Friday, March 2, 2018 1GG GOALS Egging him on LATICS POACHED GEV GEVARO NEPOMUCENO is being fuelled by something as English as it gets — scrambled egg and beans on toast. The Oldham ace is from Curacao, a tiny island in the Caribbean, 40 miles off the coast of Venezuela. He admits he had no idea what the British food was when he first clapped eyes on it. Nepomuceno has been a hit in League One. And English grub is a hit with the centre-forward now he has tried it. The Curacao striker, 25, told SunSport: “I’d never eaten scrambled eggs and beans before. But I have now — and I like it. If I never came to England, I’d probably have never tried it. “I’ve told my family in Curacao about scrambled egg and beans on toast and they say, ‘What is this?’. I was the same the first time I ate it, but it’s good. “For the first month here I was shocked at the food because in Holland you eat rice with chicken or halal food. But here you eat fish and chips.” Curacao is a Dutch enclave and Nepomuceno has spent much of his career in the Netherlands. He was urged to move to Boundary Park by Holland legend Patrick Kluivert, of all people. Now the Latics hitman is settled in Manchester, often nipping out to coffee shops and cafes to indulge in his new favourite dish. But the red-brick terraces of EXCLUSIVE by GARY CARTER Oldham, where this week temperatures will struggle to reach zero degrees, seem a million miles away from the multi-coloured homes of sun-kissed Curacao capital Willemstad, where temperatures can average 33C. However, the forward (below), who has already had two managers and two club owners in his first season, is fond of his new surroundings — both on and off the field. Nepomuceno added: “Manchester is one of the best cities I’ve ever lived in. While Oldham is a bit cold, the sun is out every day in Willemstad, which is a lovely place. “I tell my family back home what it’s like here . . . but I think they want to see it. “And here you will have a good job, whereas in Willemstad you probably would not. They HIS PLAYING CAREER CLUB GAMES GOALS Den Bosch (2011-12) 17 Fortuna Sittard (2012-14) 59 Petrolul Ploiesti (2014-15) 58 Maritimo (2016-17) 13 Famalicao (2017, loan) 13 3 Oldham (2017-) 151 12 TOTAL INTERNATIONAL Curacao (2014-) GAMES 29 2 7 3 0 0 0 GOALS 4 don’t have a full full-time time football league there and I really like English football. “And once the game starts, I don’t think about the cold! “I have to be honest, the first two or three months were difficult for me because it’s so physical and at first I didn’t know how to deal with it. “It was more the long balls than the defenders kicking me. “That was the difficult part as I was more technical than just chasing the second ball.” He prefers playing for Oldham since Richie Wellens replaced John Sheridan as boss, because Wellens’ style of play is more suited to him. Kluivert recommended the move while he was manager of Curacao’s national team. Former Holland striker Kluivert coached Curacao in qualifiers for this summer’s World Cup and steered them through the first two rounds before going out to El Salvador. It was the country’s best performance in qualifying. Nepomuceno said: “Patrick and me had a good connection and he told me Oldham is a nice club. That’s why I came here. “I hadn’t heard of Oldham before Patrick told me as I don’t follow football that much. “But he said it was a good opportunity in England for me.” Especially for the eggs and beans. NICKY: COACHING CHING SH NICKY SHOREY will never forget the fear EXCLUSIVE by TOM BARCLAY that grips every footballer when they hang more than anyone else. The former up their boots and ask: Now what do I do? him Reading star (left), 37, said: “I constantly One thing Shorey was NOT going to get into was coaching. The former England defender felt it did not suit his “quiet” personality and only did his Uefa B licence because his dad insisted he should. Yet within days of playing his final game for non-league Hungerford Town in autumn 2016, Shorey had moved straight into a coaching role at Stevenage — a move which shocked thought about what I was going to do next. It really used to scare me. “I know some people say that as soon as you finish playing, people quickly forget you but that wasn’t a worry for me. “It was more a case of, ‘What will I do with myself?’. I needed something to get me up in the morning and push me. That’s what I’d always had. “I really didn’t think I would ever go into coaching. I didn’t think it was suited to me and my characteristics. cs. keep myself to myself. self. I in-your-face, tell-people le character. “My dad pushed me e to said, ‘Just do it and d see’ “I was training at Steve ve fit and a role came e up. “They asked if I had d a ‘We could do with h a around the place, why y n “I’ve been there ever er s enjoyed it.” And 18 months later S key part of Darren en Sar 1GG Friday, March 2, 2018 ............... in association with CURACAO FACTFILE LOCATION CAPITAL CITY One of the “Lesser Antilles” – a group of 21 island states in the Caribbean Sea Willemstad SOVEREIGN STATE LANGUAGES Netherlands Dutch, Papiamentu, English POPULATION DISTANCE TO OLDHAM 160,337 4,595 miles AREA SIZE 171 square miles BOUNDARY SPARK . . . Latics ace Gevaro Nepomuceno celebrates after scoring against Northampton LOCAL HERO . . . Dutch great Patrick Kluivert with Curacao fans at a 2015 friendly with Suriname KLUIVERT’S CLUB CAREER CLUB GAMES GOALS INTERNATIO NAL Ajax (1994-1997) 100 52 Holland (1994-2004) AC Milan (1997-1998) 33 9 GAMES 79 GOALS 40 Barcelona (1998-2004) 257 122 Newcastle (2004-2005) 37 13 AS A MANAGER Valencia (2005-2006) 16 2 AND (2015-2016) PSV (2006-2007) 21 3 Curacao GAMES 12 WIN RATE 50% Lille (2007-2008) 14 4 TOTAL 478 205 HORE WAS W A SHOCK I’m I’ quite quiet, I I’m I’ not a big, brash, e-how-it-is e-h type of o do d my Uefa B and ’.’ venage vena to keep myself any an badges and said, coach, you’re good co not give it a try?’. n since and I’ve really s Shorey has become a Sh rll’s backroom team, r alongside experienced advisor Glenn Roeder. It took him a while to find his voice alongside two opinionated football men. But working with the pair boosted his confidence, along with all the tips he picks up from Roeder when they travel into work together every day from Essex. And now Shorey, who won two caps for England (right), would not rule out following Sarll into management one day. Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s Lamex Stadium clash with promotion-chasers Mansfield, the former Aston Villa man added: “I give it a lot straighter now than when I first joined. They are two quite big characters who say it how it is — they don’t care if they upset people. “I’ve learnt a lot. I’ll see how I progress. I feel like I’m improving and getting more confident. “Management is definitely entering my thought process more than I thought it would when I first started. “I said to my missus I feel more tired as a coach coming home because my brain is more frazzled than as a player. “I have a lot more sympathy for the managers and coaches I worked with as a player. “I want to say, ‘Sorry I was such hard work, I didn’t realise how hard your job was!’. ” 5 6 ............... Friday, March 2,, 2018 1GG GOALS DAVID FLITCROFT P quit League Two Swindon for rivals Mansfield to ‘go up’. Flitcroft, 44, replaces Steve Evans who left to be Peterborough boss. He said: “I wouldn’t be here if I couldn’t get this club up.” Matt Taylor is caretaker chief at Swindon. SAWYER . . . belief PILGRIMS’ LGRIM This time next year . . . Del’s boys could be in the Championship By TOM BARCLAY Cott talking up support STEVE COTTERILL had “supportive” face-to-face talks with Birmingham supremo Zhao Wenqing. Fans turned on the Blues boss during Saturday’s 2-0 defeat by Barnsley — one throwing a plastic Coke bottle at him. Birmingham slid into the Championship’s bottom three and exMiddlesbrough chief Garry Monk was tipped to take over. But Cotterill (left) said: “I met the chairman on Monday night. He was incredibly supportive. “Being on the other side of the world, it’s hard for him to get a clear picture — now has a true picture.” On the bottle-throwing incident, he joked: “I did ask the guy for a Diet Coke, not a full-fat one.” OXFORD could P offer ex-England boss Steve McClaren a return to management. The 56-year-old, who played for the League One side in the 1990s, has been out of work since August and could replace sacked Pep Clotet after Craig Bellamy ruled himself out. By ROB MAUL THE weekend’s EFL fixtures have fallen foul to the Beast from the East — and it could get worse. Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane clash with Burton tomorrow is the biggest game to be called off so far. A trio of matches in League One have been postponed, including the ninth v tenth meeting of Bradford and Portsmouth. Many other games are subject to pitch inspections. GAMES OFF CHAMPIONSHIP: Sheffield Utd v Burton. LEAGUE ONE: Bradford v Portsmouth, Gillingham v Rotherham, Oxford v Fleetwood. LEAGUE TWO: Newport v Accrington. PITCH INSPECTIONS CHAMPIONSHIP: Barnsley v Norwich. LEAGUE ONE: AFC Wimbledon v Charlton, Blackpool v Northampton, Doncaster v Bury, Shrewsbury v Peterborough. LEAGUE TWO: Barnet v Port Vale, Cambridge v Luton, Carlisle v Grimsby, Cheltenham v Notts County, Crawley v Wycombe, Crewe v Forest Green, Exeter v Chesterfield, Morecambe v Colchester, Stevenage v Mansfield, Swindon v Yeovil. BEFORE Christmas, Plymouth were 5,000-1 shots to go up. Sky Bet deemed it so unlikely, the EFL sponsors chalked up Derek Adams’ strugglers at the same odds Leicester were to win the title two years ago. And we all remember how that fairytale turned out. Now another epic underdog story is brewing down in Devon. A 1-0 dockyard derby defeat at Portsmouth on November 25 left Argyle propping up League Two. Since then, Adams’ zeroes-to-heroes have taken a whopping 36 points from a possible 45, as six straight wins have seen them fly into sixth spot. So how have they managed such an amazing reversal of fortune? Return to fitness of key players has been huge. The squad suffered an injury crisis in the first half of the season that at one point meant they had FOUR goalkeepers sidelined. The Pilgrims have also been without their former Rochdale defender Ryan Edwards, 24, following his diagnosis for testicular cancer. Striker Ryan Taylor also missed three months with a broken ankle and his comeback has been pivotal to the upturn in form. An Emile Heskey-type forward who does not score a lot but is brilliant at bringing others into play, Taylor’s strengths have been exploited by Adams switching formation. Out went the winger-focused 4-2-3-1 which served them well in League Two but left them too open a division up this term. In came a narrower 4-3-3, where creative forces Graham Carey and Ruben Lameiras could feed off Taylor’s knockdowns. Discipline, too, has improved. It had to — after five red cards in 11 league games by the end of September. The arrival of the ball-playing centre-back Zak Vyner on loan from Bristol City complemented the rough ’n ready approach of Sonny Bradley nicely at the back. But most of all the players’ heads never dropped — helped by the positive approach of Adams, even when some fans were calling for the end of his now near three-year tenure at Home Park. Long-serving left-back Gary Sawyer, 32, who is now in his third spell at Argyle over the past 14 years, said: “We knew we had got ourselves into a bad situation. “But with the belief and ability in the squad, it never felt like we would be in trouble. “I spoke to a lot of friends at other clubs and there would be constant phone calls after another loss of ‘Jesus, what’s happening?’ “But there was no panic. It was just waiting for our luck to turn. “We knew that we had enough time to turn it around — although I didn’t see us doing BIG TROUBLE . . . Pompey left Argyle bottom in November INSPIRATION . . . Argyle boss Adams it quite so quickly.” Plymouth’s West Country location can be a hindrance when it comes to recruitment, with many players reluctant to live so out of the way. But for those that do, deeper team bonds can be forged — with so many long away trips — and players often stay put for longer. ‘Uno’, a card game, is the current game of choice on the Pilgrims’ team bus to help wile away the long hours coming back from around of the country. The players do not play for money. But the loser — often Carey who undoubtedly has Championship talents but feels settled in Devon — ends up getting in the coffees during service station stop-offs. Adams took his players on another team-bonding trip to Marbella last week, after some mid-season training under the sizzling Spanish sun helped get them over the line last season. The Scot, who as a child spent time around Sir Alex Ferguson’s Aberdeen squad where his dad George was a youth coach, keeps his own cards close to his chest with the media. No question he is the boss with his players but he rarely shouts, never swears and can have a laugh and joke with them. The former Ross County chief had to virtually rebuild his squad at the start of last season following their play-off final heartbreak defeat by AFC Wimbledon. And the way Adams has negotiated an extremely tricky spell this term suggests the 42-year-old is destined for bigger and better things. Adams is introducing kids to the first-team squad following the success of the academy, whose Under-18 side dumped Manchester City out of the FA Youth Cup in December. Yet despite having autonomy and a good relationship with chairman James Brent, the Glaswegian wisely never looks too far ahead. Speaking recently on talkSPORT 2’s excellent EFL show, The 72, Adams said: “People talk about having a plan SINCE DEFEAT BY PORTSMOUTH (Nov 25, 2017) Portsmouth (a) L 1-0 24th Gillingham (h) W 2-1 22nd Rotherham (a) D 1-1 22nd Oldham (h) W 4-1 20th MK Dons (a) W 1-1 19th Blackpool (a) D 2-2 20th Nov 25 Dec 9 Dec 16 Dec 23 Dec 26 Dec 30 Walsall (h) W 1-0 16th Jan 1 Friday, March 2, 2018 ............... 1GG 7 PLYMOUTH have won six league games in a row and are looking to make it seven for the first time since Jan 2004 when they go to Rochdale tomorrow. 11 7 in association with ARGYLE were bottom after 20 matches but have won 11 games out of 15 since then (D3 L1). No side in League One has more points (36) than them in that time. DAN’S MAN TO WATCH PROGRESS PROGR S OUR ANALYST DANNY HIGGINBOTHAM CHOOSES A FOOTBALL LEAGUE GEM IVAN CAVALEIRO Wolves IVAN CAVALEIRO has been a crucial part of Wolves’ fantastic season so far. The Portuguese forward plays in their front three and usually starts games out on the left. But the trio are pretty fluid and Cavaleiro can pop up on the right or in a ‘false nine’ position. He has played up top with any of Diogo Jota, Benik Afobe, Helder Costa or Leo Bonatini. But Cavaleiro, 24, is the one that starts every week — and his form Born Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal is red hot. He is joint top Age 24 Height 5ft 9in of the Championship assists chart with ten. Position Winger/forward Shirt number 7 Cavaleiro has also CLUB CAREER banged in eight goals Benfica B (2012-2014) and is a very direct, Benfica (2013-2015) quick player who can Deportivo (2014-2015, loan) take a defender on. Monaco (2015-2016) He started out at Wolves (2016-present) Benfica, had a season INTERNATIONAL CAREER on loan at Deportivo Portugal (2014-present) 2 caps La Coruna — then moved to Monaco for HIS CHAMPIONSHIP STATS THIS SEASON £10million, aged 21. 33 He played in the Games 24 Champions League Starts Minutes played 2,011 with the French club Goals 8 but after just one Minutes per goal 251.4 10 campaign, ex-Wolves Assists 64% boss Walter Zenga got Win rate him for £7m. The forward has represented Portugal at all junior age groups and boasts two caps for the senior side. Wolves have not won in three games and need to get back on track fast as the gap to secondplaced Cardiff shrinks. Tomorrow, the leaders host Reading, who are on a bad run. And, in Cavaleiro, Wolves have a player who can help them start firing again. FACTFILE LEAGUE ONE 2017-18 AFC WIMBLEDON BRISTOL ROVERS FLEETWOOD PUNCHING ABOVE THEIR BANTAMWEIGHT . . . Sarcevic sinks Bradford on Saturday to send Argyle charging up into the play-off spots OLDHAM for the next one, two, three years. You don’t have a plan for that. “You have a plan for the next day in this day and age. It’s about planning for the next Saturday. “It’s about getting the next result. It’s about winning every game that comes along because — as you see from managers losing their jobs so quickly — it’s impossible to have a long-term plan.” Adams may well not be preparing for beyond tomorrow’s scheduled trip to FA Cup heroes Rochdale. But, all in all, the future looks bright for well-supported Argyle, who broke the 11,000 attendance barrier for last Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Bradford at Home Park. Sawyer was at the club the last time they were up in the Championship. It was a decent side too, despite relegation in that 2009-10 season — a side that included David Stockdale, Alan Judge, Wales star Carl Fletcher and a young Yannick Bolasie. Sawyer became great mates with QPR star Jamie Mackie, who was the Pilgrims’ top-scorer that season, and the pair holiday together every summer and speak daily. And now upbeat Argyle vice-captain Sawyer can see the club going from strength to strength. He added: “The club is a sleeping giant. It has a massive catchment area. “And the higher you go, the more OUR tracker shows Plymouth have gone from being bottom of League One to the play-off positions in just three months. Bury (h) W 3-0 12th Jan 6 Doncaster (a) D 1-1 13th Jan 13 Wigan (h) L 3-1 15th Jan 20 Oldham (a) W 2-1 13th Jan 27 Blackburn (h) W 2-0 11th Feb 3 Shrewsbury (a) W 2-1 10th people will turn out. I don’t think I have ever been involved in a season where fortunes have changed so quickly. “To go from 5,000-1 to what we are now today — and with a realistic chance of keeping in these play-offs — is amazing really. “It’s a testament to the players and board for keeping with it when it wasn’t going right.” Incidentally, where Plymouth are today makes them 12-1 to get promoted. And with the run they are on, you would not want to bet against them. PORTSMOUTH Wimbledon (h) W 4-2 8th Feb 13 Feb 17 OXFORD UNITED ROCHDALE BLACKBURN BLACKPOOL SHREWSBURY BRADFORD CITY SOUTHEND SUNDAY, LIVE ON BRISTOL ROVERS Bradford (h) W 1-0 6th Feb 24 GILLINGHAM BRADFORD CITY CHARLTON DONCASTER MK DONS NORTHAMPTON PETERBOROUGH PLYMOUTH ARGYLE ROTHERHAM SCUNTHORPE WALSALL WIGAN BLACKBURN v WIGAN OLDHAM Feb 10 BURY BLACKPOOL LEAGUE ONE 2017-18 AFC WIMBLEDON FLEETWOOD Oxford (a) W 1-0 7th BLACKBURN IT’S LIFT OFF . . . Threlkeld hugs Saturday PORTSMOUTH hero Sarcevic BURY CHARLTON FROM 12pm DONCASTER By MATT MURRAY, talkSPORT co-commentator EWOOD PARK will be bouncing for this ding-dong derby and I cannot wait. Wigan are strong defensively while Blackburn are good going forward, soMKit’s hard toNORTHAMPTON pick a clear favourite. GILLINGHAM DONS But Latics boss Paul Cook and his players must still be buzzing about that win over Manchester City. As a player you build confidence more from performances rather than results or scorelines. But that win over City had it all. OXFORD UNITED PETERBOROUGH PLYMOUTH ARGYLE Both of these sides should be back up in the second tier. They have suffered problems on and off the field but now they are moving in the right direction. I think it will be an open game and will won by the team whoSCUNTHORPE can handle the pressure ROCHDALE ROTHERHAM and make the fewest mistakes. 8 ............... Friday, March 2, 2018 1GG in association with GOALS STAT S TAT NAV I was just Lio Lion down Your guide to the EFL this weekend TONY PULIS’ Middlesbrough side host Leeds tonight. The Boro boss (above) has not faced them since 2006-07, when his Stoke team won both league matches, 7-1 on aggregate. SLEEPY JED MISSED BIRTH NORWICH have drawn their last four league games on the bounce. Another draw at Barnsley tomorrow and they will reach five for the first time since a run of seven in Feb 1994. SOUTHEND star Simon Cox must be looking forward to the visit of Walsall tomorrow. The striker (above) has three goals in his last four games against them, including one in both of the last two at home. MILLWALL’S Jed Wallace hopes he will not be caught napping for the arrival of Sunderland — like he was for the arrival of his son. LITTLE WONDER . . . Wallace with son Luca and (below) scoring against Rochdale in the FA Cup JAMES COLLINS (right) has had a hand in all of Luton’s last three away goals (two goals, one assist). He also has more away goals than any Hatters player this term (seven). Sun THE EVERY CHAMPIONSHIP, LEAGUE 0NE AND LEAGUE TWO GAME COVERED EVERY WEEK This week on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 Tonight, 7.45pm Middlesbrough v Leeds (talkSPORT 2) Tomorrow, 3pm Swansea v West Ham (talkSPORT 2) Tomorrow, 5.30pm Liverpool v Newcastle (talkSPORT) Tomorrow, 7.45pm Real Madrid v Getafe (talkSPORT 2) Sunday, 12pm Blackburn v Wigan (talkSPORT 2) Sunday, 4pm Man City v Chelsea (talkSPORT) Sunday, 7.45pm Valencia v Real Betis (talkSPORT 2) Tuesday, 7.45pm PSG v Real Madrid (talkSPORT 2) Wednesday, 7.45pm Leeds v Wolves (talkSPORT 2) Thursday, 6pm AC Milan v Arsenal (talkSPORT 2) The midfielder is set to line up against the Black Cats at The Den tomorrow, just over a week after becoming a dad for the first time. His girlfriend Abbie gave birth to Luca last Thursday — and Wallace just missed the big event. He explained: “We were in labour from 10pm the night before. “Abbie’s mum was with us at the hospital and with me having a game two days later, it was agreed I should go home for a couple of hours’ sleep before returning at 9am for what we thought would be another 10 or 14 hours. “But just as I got back to the hospital, Abbie’s mum called to say the baby was coming now. “So like in a Hollywood movie I ran through the hospital, diving over trolleys, and as I entered the room Abbie was lying there with the baby on her chest. “It was epic, just so emotional — although I’ve taken a bit of stick off the lads for missing the birth. “Apparently it was quite a stressful birth as the umbilical cord got caught around his neck. “I don’t know how I would have coped with that — my anxiety would have been all over the place. So I arrived in time for the nice bit.” To be fair, any Millwall fan will tell you that is one of the few deliveries Wallace has missed all season. Little Luca certainly has plenty of EFL pedigree as Abbie’s dad is Portsmouth CEO Mark Catlin. Wallace revealed: “He’s already bought him a Portsmouth babygrow but Luca is Millwall without doubt.” The new parents met when Jed was a young player at Portsmouth. By PAUL JIGGINS He admitted: “It was a bit weird at first but it was fine after I left there because I wasn’t getting bantered by the boys for going out with the chairman’s daughter!” Wallace is not the only new dad at Millwall. He said: “Jake Cooper just had a little girl and named her after my sister Elsie. “Shaun Williams, who lives two doors away from us, has two little boys and Lee Gregory’s missus is pregnant as well. “All the mums meet up for coffee. The way things are going the club are going to have to build a crèche.” Millwall are unbeaten in eight Championship matches — not bad for a club with the second smallest budget in the division and who were among the bookies’ favourites to go down after promotion last season. Wallace, who made his loan move from Wolves permanent in the summer, said: “Our main aim this season was always to stay up. “But if you look at our performances and where we are in the league, had we picked up another five or six points, we would be right in the mix for the play-offs.” A win over struggling Sunderland tomorrow and Millwall fans will dare to dream about getting promoted to the top flight for only the second time in the club’s history. On the previous occasion in 1988, the south Londoners finished the season with seven successive wins. Wallace said: “We know we can’t match up to the spending of other teams but we can beat their hard work and fight — and that’s what we set out to do in every game. “From what I’ve been told, we are like a Millwall team of old and the fans are right behind us. It’s strange to see teams come to The Den and crumble in the atmosphere. “The dressing room is also amazing. There are no egos. “Timmy Cahill, who is about to play at a fifth successive World Cup, asked to go out in the snow and play for the Under-23s this week just to get some game-time. “Only at Millwall!” MOOSE ON THE LOOSE WELL done to all you hardy souls who have kept football going as the Beast from the East did its best to wreck the fixture list this week. Taming the Beast Peterborough defender Steven Taylor led the way, grabbing a broom to help sweep clear the penalty box lines to keep his side’s game with Walsall going. And praise goes to groundsmen up and down the country, who this weekend will battle to ensure as near a full programme as possible goes ahead. I did my bit a few years back when the pitch at my local club Barnet was covered in snow. I went to Underhill with my kids to help clear the pitch to make sure the Bees’ match with Cheltenham could go ahead. This cold snap took me back to my youth when games were played on snowy pitches with an orange ball, which we could have done with at Wembley on Wednesday for Rochdale’s FA Cup defeat by Tottenham. That game will be remembered more for the VAR shambles rather SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP P W D L F A Pts Wolves ........ 34 22 7 5 59 28 73 Cardiff ........ 34 20 7 7 50 27 67 Aston Villa..34 18 9 7 53 32 Derby .......... 34 16 12 6 53 31 Fulham........34 16 11 7 57 37 Sheff Utd....34 17 4 13 49 40 63 60 59 55 Bristol City . 34 14 12 8 48 40 Middlesbro . 34 15 7 12 46 34 Preston ......34 12 15 7 40 33 Brentford...34 13 11 10 50 41 Leeds...........34 14 7 13 47 43 Millwall ....... 34 12 12 10 40 35 Ipswich ....... 34 14 6 14 45 43 Norwich......34 12 11 11 34 37 Nottm For...34 12 4 18 41 53 QPR..............34 10 9 15 38 51 Sheff Wed .. 34 8 13 13 37 44 Reading.......34 8 10 16 39 48 Bolton.........34 8 10 16 29 51 Hull..............34 7 12 15 45 51 Barnsley......34 7 11 16 34 48 54 52 51 50 49 48 48 47 40 39 37 34 34 33 32 Birmingham34 8 6 20 22 51 30 Burton Alb..34 7 8 19 26 60 29 Sunderland.34 5 12 17 37 61 27 Tonight - Middlesbrough v Leeds. Tomorrow (3.0) - Aston Villa v QPR, Barnsley v Norwich, Bolton v Preston, Brentford v Cardiff, Bristol City v Sheff Wed, Derby v Fulham, Ipswich v Hull, Millwall v Sunderland, Nottm Forest v Birmingham, Wolves v Reading (5.30). Off - Sheff Utd v Burton Albion. SKY BET LEAGUE ONE P W D L F A Pts Blackburn...35 21 9 5 65 33 72 Shrewsbury34 20 8 6 45 26 68 Wigan..........31 20 6 5 57 18 Rotherham.34 19 5 10 58 39 Scunthorpe 35 15 12 8 51 39 Plymouth....35 15 8 12 43 42 66 62 57 53 Charlton......33 14 9 10 43 41 Peterboro...34 13 11 10 53 44 Bradford.....34 15 5 14 48 51 Portsmouth35 15 4 16 42 44 Gillingham ..35 11 13 11 39 39 Bristol R......34 14 4 16 49 52 Southend....33 12 8 13 42 51 Doncaster...35 10 12 13 43 44 Oxford Utd . 34 11 9 14 49 51 Blackpool....34 10 12 12 42 44 Walsall ........ 34 10 11 13 44 49 AFC Wim’don35 10 8 17 34 46 N’thampton35 10 8 17 34 56 Fleetwood..34 10 7 17 45 56 51 50 50 49 46 46 44 42 42 42 41 38 38 37 Oldham ....... 33 9 9 15 46 58 36 MK Dons......34 7 11 16 32 47 32 Bury.............34 7 8 19 28 50 29 Rochdale.....30 5 11 14 29 41 26 Tomorrow (3.0) - AFC Wimbledon v Charlton, Blackpool v Northampton, Doncaster v Bury, MK Dons v Bristol Rovers, Rochdale v Plymouth, Scunthorpe v Oldham, Shrewsbury v Peterborough, Southend v Walsall. Off - Bradford v Portsmouth, Gillingham v Rotherham, Oxford Utd v Fleetwood Town. Sunday Blackburn v Wigan (12.0). SKY BET LEAGUE TWO P W Luton...........34 20 Accrington.34 20 Wycombe ... 35 18 D 8 5 8 L F A 6 74 34 9 58 38 9 67 51 Pts 68 65 62 Notts Co......35 17 10 8 56 36 Mansfield....34 16 12 6 53 35 Exeter.........33 18 4 11 44 37 Swindon......35 18 3 14 55 51 61 60 58 57 Coventry.....34 16 6 12 38 28 Lincoln City 34 14 11 9 46 37 Carlisle........35 14 9 12 50 45 Crawley Tn . 35 15 6 14 41 43 Colchester..35 13 11 11 45 41 Newport Co 34 12 12 10 41 43 Camb Utd....35 13 9 13 35 45 Stevenage..35 11 9 15 46 51 Cheltenham35 10 10 15 48 52 Yeovil..........34 10 8 16 46 55 Crewe..........35 11 3 21 41 57 Forest Green34 10 6 18 39 56 Grimsby ...... 35 9 9 17 30 51 Morecambe 33 8 11 14 34 44 Port Vale.....34 9 8 17 37 49 54 53 51 51 50 48 48 42 40 38 36 36 36 35 35 Chesterfield34 8 6 20 35 61 30 Barnet.........35 7 8 20 33 52 29 Tomorrow (3.0) - Barnet v Port Vale, Cambridge Utd v Luton, Carlisle v Grimsby, Cheltenham v Notts County, Coventry v Lincoln City, Crawley Town v Wycombe, Crewe v Forest Green, Exeter v Chesterfield, Morecambe v Colchester, Stevenage v Mansfield, Swindon v Yeovil. Off - Newport County v Accrington Stanley. TALKSPORT’S Ian ‘The Moose’ Abrahams hails the fans... and super sweeper Steven Taylor. than Dale’s 6-1 defeat. I appreciate refs need help and technology is available to assist but the current system just doesn’t work. The game stops for too long, the atmosphere dies while the man in the middle waits for a decision. Video decisions in rugby, cricket and tennis are inclusive of the audience. Football should take note. If VAR is to be extended from cups to league football, massive SWEEPER . . . Posh’s Steven Taylor changes need to be made.