** Wednesday 2 May 2018 No one remembers losers, warns Klopp Liverpool manager tells players they must seize the moment in Rome tonight telegraph.co.uk/sport Sport R E A L M A D R I D 2- 2 BAY E R N M U N I C H Real’s final relief Spaniards ride out Bayern storm to reach third successive Champions League final Page 5 Exclusive Sale Sharks risk backlash by signing rape trial fly-half Jackson Revealed Kafelnikov was ‘Player B’ in tennis betting corruption report Rugby Union, page 13 Exclusive, pages 10-11 ** 2 Wednesday 2 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph Sport Champions League Bullish Klopp urges Liverpool Chris Bascombe in Rome Another near-miss is not an option, squad told Players are at ‘best age to do something special’ Jurgen Klopp has warned his players that “no one remembers losers” as he backed Liverpool to end a painful era of narrow failure and seize their Champions League chance in Rome. Liverpool head to the Stadio Olimpico for their 11th major semifinal in 11 years. During that period, they have won just one trophy – the 2012 League Cup. There was also a near-miss when they came close to winning the Premier League under Brendan Rodgers. The trend must be reversed, not only by protecting the 5-2 first-leg lead over Roma, for the club to complete the ultimate triumph in Kiev this May. “I don’t think people are interested in semi-final losers, same as final losers,” said Klopp. “In football, as in life, if you are not ready to lose, you cannot win. “If this team goes to the final it would be an outstanding achievement already. It is not the prize we want because if you go to a final then of course you have to think a little bit bigger, but it would be something we could not have expected at the start of the season. “We were not even qualified for the Champions League, we had to play a qualifier, and I don’t know who else reached the semis having been a qualifier at the start. The boys really stepped up. “In the end, there will be a team at Liverpool at one point that wins Roma (2) v Liverpool (5) Probable teams, 7.45pm, BT Sport 2 1 Alisson 24 44 20 11 Florenzi Manolas Fazio Kolarov 7 16 4 Pellegrini De Rossi Nainggolan 14 9 92 Schick Dzeko El Shaarawy 11 9 19 Salah Firmino Mane 7 14 5 Milner Henderson Wijnaldum 26 4 6 66 Robertson Van Dijk Lovren AlexanderArnold 1 Karius Referee Damir Skomina (Slovenia) silverware and we all hope that we are involved in that.” Klopp knows his reign will be judged accordingly, but believes the quality is there to succeed. “From the first minute I came in, you are confronted straight away by the history,” he said. “Did you ever hear a player who just signed a new contract not say, ‘I want to win silverware?’ They always say that. You cannot come to Liverpool and say, ‘Obviously it’s quite a comfortable situation so I’ll have a few nice years of my career here’. “It is not possible in this club to stand still. We need to deliver and the good news is we have now a real group of players. I really think it is difficult to improve it a lot. “They are at the best football age. Too young to say they are really experienced, but already that good that you think, ‘OK, we could do something special’. We have already done some special things – not really historical that we can put in any cupboard – but still good.” Klopp has never led a team in Rome, but he is in familiar territory. For Roma 2018, read Madrid 2013. Borussia Dortmund led 4-1 against Real Madrid heading to the Bernabeu for their semi-final, second leg. The Spaniards scored two in the last 10 minutes, but Dortmund held on. “I think I would take the same again. We played a really good game,” recalled Klopp. “We were not that experienced in Champions League terms at that time and winning 4-1 against Real Madrid in the first leg is a pretty good result. It was not expected for us. “They told us immediately, ‘It will be completely different in Madrid’. They pointed to the atmosphere. We pretty much killed the atmosphere at the beginning of the game, and then, before the end, Real scored the first one and it got quite exciting.” The experience tells us how little Klopp’s style has changed, with games seemingly won suddenly in the balance. “Nothing we have done so far has put us in a position where we can relax and take a deep breath,” Klopp said. “The group is outstanding with how they deal with all the things that happened over the year. I could not ask for one per cent more. I like the fact that we grew together, that’s really nice. “The crowd expects a lot, but if we deliver that, it’s a match. They know we will go [in] there and try everything. Nobody doubts our attitude. Not even quality. That’s good. But it’s football. It can work or it cannot work. We have to do it. The boys are really on fire and looking forward to this opportunity.” Like his club, Klopp has his own sob stories in the latter stages of major tournaments. The defeat by Sevilla in the 2016 Europa League showpiece was the fifth successive final that he has lost. “I could write a book about that – we all know,” he said. Curiously, he will hope to be reminded of this after the final whistle. It will mean he is preparing for his next final. Totti and Fowler call for calm as police patrol city By Andrea Vogt and Chris Bascombe in Rome Liverpool and Roma legends Robbie Fowler and Francesco Totti have led the calls for calm as the Italian capital goes into lockdown ahead of tonight’s Champions League semi-final second leg. Some 5,000 Liverpool fans are expected in Rome today with 1,000 police officers around the Stadio Olimpico and several hundred more patrolling the city in an attempt to minimise the threat of violence. The Foreign Office has issued instructions on safety to travelling supporters and there will be an alcohol ban in the city amid fears of confrontations following the attack on Liverpool supporter Sean Cox, who was left in a critical condition after the first leg at Anfield. “The world is watching and we want to show Rome in its smartest suit: we are its ambassadors and we carry a great responsibility, both inside and outside the Stadio Olimpico,” said Totti. “On Wednesday, in every part of Rome, we must demonstrate once again the values that we all stand for: those of fair play, hospitality and respect for our opponents.” Fowler added: “I would ask Liverpool fans to remember Sean Cox, and conduct themselves as they have all season in Europe. They have been brilliant.” The two city mayors also called for calm. Joe Anderson, of Liverpool, and his Roman counterpart Virginia Raggi, who are reportedly planning to attend the match together, released a joint statement saying “the best result on Wednesday is a vibrant, passionate, celebration of ** The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 2 May 2018 to take final step Call to arms: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klop addresses his Liverpool squad during training at the Stadio Olimpico Forget the brakes, now is the time to go full-throttle Jason Burt ALL CHIEF FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT ENT in Rome Bravery is required tonight as visitors face ultimate test of their strength under pressure REUTERS L Building bridges Rival clubs pay tribute to injured fan Roma have worn training tops in support of injured Liverpool fan Sean Cox (left), while Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson has sent a letter of support to Cox’s Gaelic football club, St Peter’s Dunboyne, revealing that the side’s shirt hung in their dressing room against Stoke last weekend. our teams and a safe, violence-free evening”. Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, also expressed concern. “I really trust, because I want to trust, in the police. I prepare a football game and that makes it quite special because it is a semi-final,” he said. “I really hope everyone understood that tomorrow in this wonderful city in good weather people can walk to the stadium and look forward to a fantastic football game.” Roma and their players have tried to ease tension by wearing T-shirts with the slogan ‘Forza Sean’ in a show of support for the stricken Liverpool fan. The match is only one of three, separate, large events here, with Pope Francis making a pilgrimage to pray for peace in Syria yesterday when a large May Day concert also took place. 3 iverpool may have lost their “brains” but must not lose their heads in the inferno of the Champions League semi-final against Roma. The departure of Zeljko Buvac, Jurgen Klopp’s trusted long-time assistant, has disrupted preparations ahead of Liverpool’s biggest European game in a decade. But the manager batted away an attempt to discuss what is going on. “We gave a club statement and that is all what we say at the moment,” Klopp said. He needs his on-field defence to be as tight. Buvac worked with Klopp for 17 years and is referred to as the “brain”, the key component of the coaching team and the one who had the most influence. The timing could not have been worse for Liverpool, who have to deal with conceding two late goals at Anfield last week when they were 5-0 up. That has a potential psychological impact. Having effectively won this tie once, they may feel they have to win it again, which supports the theory that, at this stage of the competition, it is the team who can manage emotions and have the greater mental strength who go through. Klopp addressed the issue. “The closer this game comes, they will realise they need three goals,” he said. “People think Roma have to only win 3-0, but that is quite a result.” Roma did win 3-0, of course, to knock out Barcelona in the quarter-finals, after losing the first leg 4-1. Klopp added: “If the warning was needed – and I didn’t need a warning – then that was the warning. We are in a much better situation than I could have imagined. Much better.” Against any opponent and under any conditions, and despite the number of wild score-swings in the Champions League, that lead is some advantage. And that has to be the message from Klopp as Liverpool prepare to weather Roma’s intensity, fired on by the yellow and red cauldron of the Stadio Olimpico. Roma have promised a climate inside the stadium even more scorching than that which greeted Barcelona and, as the hours have passed, so the belief has grown. Liverpool had another warning in the previous round after their 3-0 first-leg win over Manchester City, who then scored, hit a post and had a legitimate goal disallowed before half-time in the return fixture. “It’s not that we needed that game to know about it. It can turn any minute,” Klopp said. “It is all about us being active because we are difficult to play [against]. There is no perfect plan for it. If you really want to win, you have to accept first that you could lose. We need to be brave and use their situation more than they use their situation because they have to win against us and they have to take risks. We have to use that.” Is that the tactical key? Be active? To apply the brake on Roma, Liverpool will have to be brave enough to go full-throttle with the brilliant attacking football that has got them here. They face a side who have not conceded a goal at home in this competition so far, which is even more impressive, given that Atletico Madrid, Chelsea and Barcelona have all played here. Conversely, Liverpool arrive one goal short of equalling the all-time record for a Champions League campaign. They have scored 44 times, just one behind Barcelona’s total for 1999-2000, having so far played three games fewer. But Liverpool do not need to score. Eusebio Di Francesco, Roma’s coach, talked of his team needing a “miracle”, a deliberate use of the word that was used to describe the Barcelona victory. “We must have belief and with this mentality, with these fans and this passion around the team, try to perform another miracle – and saying miracle is perfectly fine,” Di Francesco said. ‘It can turn any minute. If you really want to win, you have to accept that you could lose. ’ Team selection appears obvious for Liverpool, with Georginio Wijnaldum retaining his place. While the midfield is stretched – Adam Lallana trained but will not be involved – Roma are also depleted, with Kevin Strootman expected to miss out. It will be interesting to see what tactics Di Francesco, who called for Edin Dzeko to give a Mohamed Salahtype performance, deploys. Will he persist with the 3-4-3 system that played into Liverpool’s hands? Will he go for a back four and expose Aleksandar Kolarov to Salah? Klopp will formulate his own plan, without Buvac, and amid the logic of his arguments, there was finally a true Klopp-rallying cry. “We are here to fight for our dreams and that’s how it is because we want to go to the final,” he declared. But they must do so in control of their emotions. 4 ** Wednesday 2 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph Sport Champions League Klopp living the dream as he calls on side to ‘create history’ Paul Hayward CHIEF SPORTS WRITER RITER in Rome Manager embraces past Liverpool glory but is focused on the next step into an exciting future O ver two decades predictions of Liverpool’s demise have been numerous. They were a gently fading institution that would go the way of red phone boxes. The only dawns they knew were false ones. So here they are in Rome with the world’s most expensive defender and a chief goalscorer who would probably fetch £200 million. And a 5-2 first-leg lead over Roma, which followed the 5-1 aggregate win over Manchester City, the new Premier League champions who have scored 102 times and amassed 93 points from 35 fixtures. A mini-exodus has struck the Champions League semi-finalists here, with Jurgen Klopp’s assistant, Zeljko Buvac, now detached from the operation and Steven Gerrard reportedly on the verge of taking over at Rangers. Any other club would be in shock, but Liverpool continue along their gilded path to Kiev. Their 100th game in the Champions League returns them to the ground where they won this competition for the fourth time in eight years, with a team of Grobbelaar, Neal, Lawrenson, Hansen, Kennedy, Johnston (Nicol 69), Lee, Souness, Whelan, Dalglish (Robinson 93) and Rush. They also seek to end a comparative barren spell in club football’s marquee event that stretches back to the 2008 defeat by Chelsea, which ended a run of seven successive semi-final wins. In the intervening years, City and Manchester United especially have created an age of stratospheric spending, and Liverpool’s mission was seen by many as a grim struggle just to keep up. The departures of Luis Suarez, Javier Mascherano, Xabi Alonso and most recently Philippe Coutinho seemed to mark them out as a stepping-stone club living off history. Now, Klopp can walk into a Stadio Olimpico press room (with a “wow’ to denote surprise at the size of the audience) not as the manager of a side finagling its way through Europe but as the boss of a lopsided second leg. “We are here to fight for our dreams,” he can say, knowing that Liverpool hold this tie by the throat, and that anotherr diligent m through display will see his team to the finale in Ukraine.. verpool be By no stretch can Liverpool p run’. They said to be on a ‘good cup are the leading scorers in this They are uniting ting around a grand nd idea and seeing ng how far it can n take them year’s Champions League with 38, a record for an English club, with 28 of those nt going to their lethal front three. er, ‘Boring’ James Milner, man, dismissed as a journeyman, and prompter of groanss when n his name appears on an as England team-sheet, has ndelivered a competitionrecord nine assists. emistry, This is a side with chemistry, m. In identity and momentum. g to do one sense it has nothing with 1984, the miracle of Istanbul (2005) or any other great tradition, except cibel perhaps the Anfield decibel ntific count. There is no scientific evidence to show that experience or ‘history’ passes through a club’s water supply from one generation to the Momentum: Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are the leading Champions League scorers next. Yes, players can read and hear about past heroics, but they are no use when Kevin De Bruyne or David Silva is coming at you. Or Edin Dzeko. Klopp knows this better than anyone. “The story of Liverpool in Rome is fantastic but nobody thinks it helps that our grandfathers won here. It’s about creating history,” he said. All the questions were about “nights like tomorrow”, and “big European nights” but there is nothing to gain for Klopp from adding to this mysticism (the questions are fair). “I don’t think it helps a lot,” he said. And: “We don’t have to make it bigger than it is.” True. It could hardly be bigger – even w without history’s train attached attached. This E European flowering comes year after Klopp’s first two years Liverpoo team were taken to Liverpool b Sevilla in a Europa school by League fi final in Basel. The progress h been dramatic. This is a since has r club, remember, that has not t English league title for won the ye 28 years, but could end up reach reaching three Champions Leag finals in 13 years (2005, League 200 and now). 2007 A 3-0 Roma victory would sen the praise up in flames. send Live Liverpool would sit with Barc Barcelona in the gallery of club who came to Rome clubs prote protecting a big lead and blew Eq it. Equally Liverpool’s goalsc goalscoring record in Europe render it unthinkable that Roma renders shu them out. The will shut irresisti irresistible style of Liverpool’s attackin protects them from all attacking churlish churlishness by fans of other clubs. Nobody can question their presence in Rome as hot favourites to reach Kiev. No one can accuse them of fiddling their way through. Klopp’s m men are uniting around a id grand idea, an animating spirit, seei how far it can take and seeing them. Every Everyone must be careful. On pitch Liverpool’s back-line. Off the pitch: su it, the supporters crossing the Tiber. Th This is not a march back to 1984 but a step into a potentially f vibrant future. ** The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 2 May 2018 5 Shaky Real seal place in final after keeper Ulreich’s howler 2 2 Real Madrid Benzema 11, 46 Bayern Munich Kimmich 3, Rodriguez 63 Real win 4-3 on aggregate Att: 77,459 By Jeremy Wilson DEPUTY FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT at the Bernabeu Real Madrid have the aura, the formidable history and they will be shooting for immortality when they go for an unprecedented hat-trick of Champions League wins but, beneath that cloak of invincibility, Liverpool really have nothing to fear if they do reach the final. Yes, manager Zinedine Zidane is still yet to lose a knockout tie over three seasons in club football’s most prestigious competition and, yes, Cristiano Ronaldo remains a goalscoring phenomenon but Real wobbled badly before somehow prevailing 4-3 over Bayern Munich in an epic semi-final. The final whistle felt less like the end of a football match and more the last bell for an ageing boxing champion who, while ahead on points, was out on his feet. “The white DNA pushes you to fight – let people talk, we do it on the field,” said captain Sergio Ramos. Real will have recovered physically by the time of the final in Kiev later this month but the frailties that have led to a 15-point gap to Barcelona in La Liga – and were evident here in allowing Bayern 20 shots – cannot be so easily eradicated. The sort of goalkeeping howler by Sven Ulreich that would make a Sunday league footballer cringe had gifted Karim Benzema one of his two goals, but this was otherwise all about Real’s streetwise qualities. Ronaldo can rarely have been more anonymous. “It was a crazy game and a spectacular show,” said Zidane. “It was tough on the heart but you can’t achieve anything without suffering.” Knowing that at least two goals were needed, Bayern were certainly set up to attack and began with Thomas Muller, James Rodriguez and Franck Ribery all roaming in the space behind Robert Lewandowski in an adventurous 4-2-3-1 Gift: Karim Benzema scores Real Madrid’s second goal after Sven Ulreich’s error formation. They immediately pinned Real back and, after Muller’s cross was not cleared by Sergio Ramos, Joshua Kimmich pounced to underline his goalscorer’s instinct even from the right-back position. As well as three assists, it was Kimmich’s fourth Champions League goal already this season. The goal did seem to awaken Real and, for nine minutes at least, they passed the ball with conviction. A long passage of possession was also rewarded when, after a move involving 28 passes, Marcelo crossed to find Benzema in space on the edge of the six-yard box to head what was his first goal from open play since February. It was a significant setback but the wider task for Bayern had only changed marginally and they spurned three further chances to level the tie shortly before halftime. First, Lewandowski had a shot saved by Keylor Navas and then Muller’s header was blocked by Marcelo before Rodriguez – who is on loan from Real – steered over the crossbar from six yards. Having been let down by poor finishing, Bayern then self-destructed quite spectacularly defensively. A most routine back pass was rolled towards Ulreich and, somehow forgetting momentarily that he could not use his hands, he reached for the ball. The Bayern goalkeeper then suddenly remembered what he was doing but, amid the panic, lost his footing. Benzema had been following up and gratefully steered the simplest of finishes into the empty net. “It was a gift at a delicate moment,” said Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes. “He had a little blackout, he got confused.” Lewandowski had another penalty appeal rejected and then Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule each had shots smothered. Real then look primed to put the match beyond Bayern on the counter-attack but Ronaldo just failed to get his body over a simple volley. Bayern regained hope and, after more excellent passing, Rodriguez partially made amends for his earlier miss by guiding the ball beyond Navas. It left Bayern fully 27 minutes to pour forward. Zidane tried himself to stretch Bayern further on the counter-attack with the introduction of Gareth Bale and, while he did overrun one good chance, he was largely also required to join the extraordinary rearguard action. “If we have a look at both games, it is quite apparent that we were the best team,” said Heynckes, before confirming that, after one previous comeback, this really would be his last season in football management. “My decision is now permanent,” he said. “I’m disappointed, but I don’t think there are too many people who, at 72, can live such adventures. It was a beautiful match.” Real Madrid (4-4-2) Navas 8; Vazquez 6, Varane 6, Ramos 8, Marcelo 7; Modric 7, Kovacic 6 (Casemiro 73), Asensio 7 (Nacho 86), Kroos 6; Ronaldo 5, Benzema 6 (Bale 72). Subs Casilla (g), Hernandez, Mayoral, Ceballos. Booked Modric, Vazquez, Casemiro, Varane. Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1) Ulreich 5; Kimmich 7, Sule 7, Hummels 6, Alaba 6; Tolisso 8 (Wagner 75), Thiago 8; Muller 6, Rodriguez 7 (Martinez 84), Ribery 7; Lewandowski 6. Subs Starke (g), Rafinha, Mai, Rudy, Dorsch. Referee Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey). 6 *** PAUL HAYWARD Wednesday 2 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph SPORTS COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR AFP Bong abuse is a sad reflection on those fans and our society Complaint about racial language against ex-Burnley player was found ‘not proven’ but that is no excuse for vilifying the man who made it in good faith T he average white ve football fan can have ld no idea how it would yer feel for a black player nt to make a complaint age about racial language es and then be booed for 90 minutes for doing so, despite the Footballl aint Association stressing the complaint h”. was “made in absolute good faith”. All of us can read about the gis torments inflicted on Cyrille Regis or John Barnes and shake our heads in shared disgust. We can all retweet posts by Kick it Out to on indicate our 100 per cent rejection n of racism and prejudice. But then very few of us will have to motorr back from Burnley to Brighton with the jeers of thousands of me people in our ears from every time or we touched the ball. At Turf Moor on Saturday, you see, Brighton’s Gaetan Bong was demonised for having the temerity to report an alleged comment by West Brom’ss ure Jay Rodriguez that he remains sure he heard. en There is no wish here to reopen er the legal argument about whether against another” has often been the verdict in high-profile cases involving young England players such as Rhian Brewster. Corroboration is difficult to attain, especially if match officials claim not to have heard potentially law-breaking conversations. The Bong-Rodriguez case was on its way to a dusty legal file before Burnley fans revived it by deciding Bong had committed some kind of moral crime against one of the town’s sons, despite the FA saying categorically this was not the case. Perhaps they were upset by Bong sticking by his original claim, which begs the question: what was he meant to do, change his mind and say it had all been a terrible mistake on his part? The disrespect shown to him at Burnley must have been noted by other black footballers, who may be tempted to ask: is it worth reporting, is it our fate to be turned on by crowds when we speak out? Certainly, many must have heard the boos and listened to Hughton’s reaction and recalled a dread phrase currently everywhere in the news. Hostile environment. Khan making a lifestyle choice with Wembley bid Bong said it was the first d time he had encountered the issue of racism on an English playing field Rodriguez, from behind a hand raised to his mouth, said what ck Bong thinks he said (“You’re black A and you stink”). A three-strong FA panel decided the allegation was “not proven”. Therefore there ’s should be no stain on Rodriguez’s record. An accusation was made, o there was insufficient evidence to support it, so no sanction was de issued and no mark of shame made against Rodriguez’s name. This we know. But what we could not have guessed was that many Burnley supporters were also on the field that day and are apparently certain that Bong’s ho claims were fabricated. Those who tes booed Bong for the full 90 minutes either chose not to read or preferred to ignore the official ess statement: “The FA wishes to stress n that there has been no suggestion e by any party involved in this case that this was a malicious or fabricated complaint. d “The FA is completely satisfied n that this was a complaint made in absolute good faith. The FA takess all allegations of discrimination es extremely seriously and continues o to encourage all participants who believe they have been the subject of or witness to discriminatory abuse to report this through the appropriate channels.” This last part became doubly important after Bong was hounded by the Burnley crowd, for a crime they cannot possibly know he committed: that of invention – for what purpose, exactly? The sheer hell of it? Bong has no history of such conduct and says this was the first time he had encountered the issue on an English playing field. Which, again, in no way points to Rodriguez’s guilt, if the evidence was not there to prove it, but nor does it entitle fans up and down the country to vilify those who report what they believe they have heard, on the basis that the victim happened to have been born in their town and spent Victim: Brighton’s Gaetan Bong was targeted by a section of Burnley fans five years at their club. Rodriguez left Burnley in 2012 but on social media at least one supporter signalled an intention to have a go at Bong when Brighton came to town. During the game, some sang: “Jay Rodriguez, he’s one of our own”. There are also claims, so far unsubstantiated, that Bong was racially abused by members of the crowd, which, if correct, would not necessarily indicate a racism problem at Burnley, any more than at any other club. There are still bigots in every football stadium. But we can say without fear of contradiction that Chris Hughton, the Brighton manager, was already furious by half-time about the booing of Bong. A controversyavoider by nature, Hughton said: “I thought the reaction of the Burnley supporters towards Gaetan was shameful. He’s an incredibly disciplined and straight individual – as honest a person as you will meet.” The FA, to its credit, also called the booing “unacceptable” while Kick It Out defended the right of players to report alleged incidents and allow the legal process to take its course. No leap of the imagination is needed to see the potential consequences of black and ethnic minority players being demonised for speaking up, whether the claim is proven or not. More broadly, whistle-blowing about the alleged use of racial language is not in a good state. “One person’s word W embley, the area, is morphing into a small Canary Wharf – one of those mini-cities with blocks of new-build flats, a shopping centre, chain hotels and High Street restaurants clustered around an architectural landmark. Instinct tells me Shahid Khan is trying to buy into that world of lifestyle and leisure as much as Wembley itself, which, as he points out, is not worth £600 million solely as a pile of concrete and girders. Anyone who visits Wembley regularly will have seen the transformation from stadium to entertainment complex, which Khan clearly hopes to build on. The days of us football writers gathering in an Italian trattoria up the road for pre-match pasta beneath hanging wicker Chianti bottles are long gone. And if the vision is to be realised, Wembley absolutely does need a roof, so Anthony Joshua can fight in the dry. In this scenario the FA are property developers selling an asset that has acquired a new purpose in a changed commercial landscape. This was not the original purpose, yet the original purpose was flawed. Fifa corruption was always going to rule out a World Cup in England, and a team who have not reached a final since 1966 have no need to own a palace. *** The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 2 May 2018 7 Sport Football Dyke sees the benefits of Wembley sale My critics have weak mentality, claims Kane By Matt Law FOOTBALL NEWS CORRESPONDENT Harry Kane has broken his silence over the jokes made at his expense in recent weeks and claimed that his critics are just waiting for him and his England team-mates to fail at the World Cup this summer. The Tottenham Hotspur striker was targeted on social media by Liverpool players, England teammate Jamie Vardy, a number of former professionals and fans after Hitting back: Harry Kane called a mocking FA tweet ‘silly’ and said he is over it claiming his side’s second goal against Stoke despite it being given to team-mate Christian Eriksen. The official FA Cup Twitter account then poked fun at him for his performance against Manchester United in the semi-final, while Professional Footballers’ Association chairman Ben Purkiss also mocked him in public. Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino has defended Kane, describing the FA tweet as “embarrassing”. Kane, who made up for a sluggish performance against Watford by scoring Tottenham’s vital second goal on Monday, addressed the subject afterwards for the first time. “The FA tweet was a silly tweet, we all know that,” said Kane. “I talked to the gaffer about it and all we said was, ‘Would other countries do that to their players?’ Probably not. It is something that has gone. Two weeks ago now or whatever – I am over it. “The gaffer may have said that I am sad, but I am focused. I am a guy that gets over things. If it happened, it happened. I move on and look forward to the next game and that is all I worry about – getting out on the pitch and trying to do my job.” Asked whether the way in which people have jumped on the opportunity to make fun of him points to a wider problem regarding England players ahead of the World Cup, Kane replied: “It’s strange. Maybe it’s a mentality thing. “It is easier nowadays maybe to ‘banter’ England players or take the mickey out of the England players. So if we don’t do well in the World Cup, then people can say ‘We told you so.’ But that is maybe a weaker mentality. “But as a team, it is what it is. We are focusing on what we have got to do. We have got to go with the mindset and belief that we can do it. We try to win everything we go into – the World Cup is no different. “People are going to have their opinions. When you are not doing well or the team are not doing well, people are going to look for certain individuals to dig out. It is what it is. It is part of the game. “I try not to get too high or get too low because you never know what is around the corner. I’m trying to stay focused on what I need to do and that is to perform on the pitch.” CHIEF FOOTBALL WRITER PA Striker breaks silence over social media trolls Abuse ‘strange’ ahead of England’s World Cup bid By Sam Wallace Farewell Ray England manager Gareth Southgate (above, with Chelsea’s Antonio Conte) led the mourners at the funeral of Ray Wilkins yesterday. Frank Lampard and Christine Bleakley (left) also attended. Wilkins, the celebrated midfielder, died suddenly on April 4. Former Football Association chairman Greg Dyke says that the governing body should sell Wembley Stadium if the deal is right and that the £600 million that is proposed could be better used in the grassroots project that he began in 2014 to lay 600 new 3G pitches. Dyke, 70, who was FA chairman from March 2013 to August 2016, was leading the FA when the board first discussed whether to sell an option to Shahid Khan in 2015, which would have allowed the American billionaire preferential negotiating rights should it ever have been put up for sale. Under Dyke, the stadium was refinanced, saving the FA around £15 million a year, and later the separate Wembley board and management was abolished and brought under the leadership of current chief executive Martin Glenn. Asked whether he would now back a deal to sell Wembley, Dyke told The Daily Telegraph, “Why not? I haven’t seen the deal but if you can seriously take £500 million and use it for improving grass-roots facilities in this country I would probably say ‘Yes’. “I produced a report during my time asking how you change facilities in this country in an era when the local authorities have no money [in 2014 the FA proposed a £230 million investment in 150 football hubs in 30 English towns and cities] and we came up with a pilot project in Sheffield. I don’t know how much £500 million would pay for now. “The value of Wembley is totally dependent on what the FA pays for matches, it wasn’t proper accounting. The debt on Wembley is down to £140 million and what everyone seems to have forgotten is that prior to the new Wembley being built it was never owned by the FA at all.” 8 ** Wednesday 2 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph SPECIAL REPORT Sport Arsenal weigh up younger head coach as cheaper option By Jeremy Wilson Arsenal are continuing to explore a range of younger head-coach-style options to replace Arsene Wenger and do not simply want to be drawn into paying huge wages for one of the highest-profile candidates. With the structure surrounding the manager having already evolved and a transfer budget before sales this summer of around £50 million, the priority is a manager with the coaching track record to bring out the best in the squad while also Well paid: Luis Enrique’s wage demands could prevent him moving to Arsenal progressing the younger players. Arsenal have not yet made any final decisions – and chief executive Ivan Gazidis is committed to a proper recruitment process – but Luis Enrique was reportedly earning £16.5 million a year at Barcelona, almost double what Wenger is paid at the Emirates. Enrique’s likely wage expectations have already put off Chelsea, and Arsenal are also considering other options. Former captains Mikel Arteta and Patrick Vieira, Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim, Juventus coach Max Allegri and Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann are also on Arsenal’s shortlist. Zeljko Buvac, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool assistant, was yesterday reported in Bosnia to be under consideration by Arsenal, but he has not managed since 2001. He would be well known to Arsenal’s head of recruitment Sven Mislintat following their time together at Borussia Dortmund and is highly regarded for his work on the training ground. Raul Sanllehi, Arsenal’s new head of football relations, worked closely with Enrique at Barcelona. Gazidis holds Arteta, who is Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City, in high regard. The new manager will not be allpowerful in the transfer market – as Wenger was – and his budget will have limitations following record spending over the past two years on both transfer fees and wages. Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech and Danny Welbeck are all out of contract next year and are expected to wait until the manager is appointed before making any final decision on extending their deals. Jack Wilshere is out of contract in June and has so far refused the offer of a new deal. There will be other off-field changes, with fitness coach Tony Colbert, first-team coach Boro Primorac and goalkeeping coach Gerry Peyton all expected to leave. Club captain Per Mertesacker will head up the club’s academy and current assistant manager Steve Bould may stay on. Gerrard closer to Rangers By Chris Bascombe Steven Gerrard will tell Rangers if he will become their manager in the next 48 hours after admitting for the first time that he is interested in the job. There is [interest],” he said on BT Sport last night. “I’ve held positive talks with them. I will pick it up on Thursday and we’ll see if we can progress it.” Yesterday Rangers interim manager Graeme Murty was relieved of his duties after meeting managing director Stewart Robertson. Assistant coaches Jimmy Nicholl and Jonatan Johansson will take over dugout responsibilities for Saturday’s home game with Kilmarnock if Gerrard is not in charge. The former Liverpool midfielder was in Glasgow earlier this week to discuss plans, assessing how he could take the club forward. Those conversations are thought to have been encouraging, edging Gerrard ever closer to the role. Gerrard is ambitious, but has sought assurances before making what would be a huge leap from Academy football as the Liverpool Under-18 coach. It would be a coup for Rangers to tempt the 37-year-old from Anfield. He must weigh up the potential of the Ibrox job with the resources available. Tonight Gerrard will be in Rome to work as a pundit for BT Sport on Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final. In brief Chelsea eye Martial move Chelsea are among the clubs interested in Anthony Martial’s situation at Manchester United. Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur have already shown an interest, with the Italians thought to be ready to pay £44 million for the striker, a figure which would fit Chelsea’s budget. Scunthorpe in play-offs Scunthorpe confirmed their place in the League One play-offs after their 2-0 win at Plymouth, who can still qualify. At the bottom, AFC Wimbledon and Walsall both drew last night to ensure safety. Mancini close to Italy job Roberto Mancini is willing to become the next Italy coach but has not agreed a deal and talks are continuing. FA charges Albrighton Leicester winger Marc Albrighton has been charged with misconduct following his red card at Crystal Palace on Saturday. Jese leaves Stoke Jese Rodriguez has been given compassionate leave until the end of the season by Stoke, effectively ending his season-long loan from Paris St-Germain. Cycling rides into a political storm ahead of Israel’s Big Start Security will be tight as the Giro d’Italia begins in Jerusalem on Friday, writes Tom Cary C ycling is no stranger to controversy. This is a sport routinely dealing in doping scandals and deaths, politics and polemics. Even by its standards, though, the decision to stage the start of the 101st Giro d’Italia in Jerusalem, one of the most bitterly contested territories on earth, is hugely contentious. The grande partenza, which begins in the holy city on Friday with a 10km time trial, the first of three stages to be held in Israel before the race moves to Italy, may well pass off smoothly. Indeed, given the security resources being thrown at it by Israel’s government, it is likely to. But on paper at least, this Big Start feels like a big risk. Rarely has the sport found itself at the epicentre of such sensitive, politically charged issues. It took less than 24 hours from the unveiling of the route last November to the first major ructions; Israel’s government threatening to withdraw its support for the race entirely unless organisers RCS Sport altered the wording of a press release in which it referred to the race starting in “West Jerusalem” rather than simply “Jerusalem”. The episode was quickly resolved, Giro director Mauro Vegni insisting his team had made a “mistake”, adding – rather hopefully – that the sport was in Israel to “do sport, not politics”. The damage, though, had been done. Israel’s insistence that Jerusalem was the “capital [where] there is no east or west”, and the Giro’s apparent acquiescence, had opened Pandora’s Box, giving the lie to the pretence that this race was simply about sport. Not that Sylvan Adams, the billionaire behind this project – the first grand tour to start outside of Europe – sees it that way. A 59-year-old Canadian who inherited his property company from his father, a Romanian-born Holocaust survivor, Adams emigrated to Israel two years ago and speaks evangelically about what he calls “Normal Israel”, a term he uses to describe the country he says he sees daily; one in which Arabs make up 21 per cent of the population. “I could tell you stories about how we actually all kind of get along here,” Adams ** The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 2 May 2018 Off to Israel Opening three stages 9 Stage 1 LE BA N ON Friday Distance 9.7km ITT WEST JERUSALEM Stage 2 Jerusalem Shlomo ha-Melekh Street Stage 1 T Derech Ruppin 5.1km JO RDA N EGYP T ISRAEL Stage 2 Saturday Distance 167km Jerusalem Yitshak Kariv Street Start Finish Stage 3 Sprint Hill T Time trial Stage 3 Acres 22.3km Be’er Sheva Sunday Distance 229km Haifa Dead Sea Sde Boker 45.2km ISRAEL Zikhron Ya’aqov 91km Netanya Caesarea 105.3km AP City sights: Jerusalem will provide a stunning backdrop to the Giro d’Italia way, and admits to a “budget for the entire project of about €20 million [£17.6 million]”. Up to 20,000 tourists will descend on Jerusalem on Friday. The question is: at what cost? In accepting a reported €10 million staging fee and allowing Israel to dictate terms, the Giro has been accused by critics of “sportwashing”. After the route was announced, the European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine, a Brussels-based group which claims to be formed of 120 different Ramon Crater 127.8km ISRAEL Tel Aviv says, speaking from offices next to Israel’s first velodrome, which he has built and which will open later this year. When people come here, they are almost universally pleasantly surprised because it doesn’t look like all of the reports they’ve been getting.” Adams, whose Israel Cycling Academy team will make its grand tour debut in the race, believes you would need “a fertile imagination” to call the grande partenza “anything than a purely positive story”. “Look, some people are going to bring it up,” he says of Israel’s conflict with Palestine and allegations of human-rights abuses. “It’s a free world. You look at Formula One [with Bahrain, China, Azerbaijan], or football with the World Cups in Qatar and Russia. That’s really above my pay grade. “I’ll tell you how I see it, though. The Tour de France and the Giro are tremendous vehicles for France and Italy, and the Vuelta for Spain of course. When you think of the viewers … up to a billion viewers will see that Israel is a beautiful country. I see that as a tremendous boon for tourism here.” Adams says countries hostile to Israel would be “foolish” to try anything, given “the entire air force will be on alert protecting the race”, adding the chief of Italian police laughed when the issue of security was brought up, saying the race would be “safer than it is in Italy”. Nobody doubts the race – and particularly the opening stage – will provide spectacular backdrops. Adams has a team of “about 600 people who are working flat out” to prepare for Friday, when Chris Froome’s challenge for a third consecutive grand tour gets under human-rights groups, sent a letter to teams, sponsors, journalists, even to Pope Francis, accusing the Giro of “whitewashing Israel’s military occupation and grave human-rights violations”. Those concerns have only grown since. Demonstrations have taken place around the globe, many using the social-media hashtag #RelocateTheRace, as tensions in the region have steadily ratcheted up, particularly after the recent shootings on the Gaza border. It is against this backdrop that David Lappartient, the president of cycling’s world governing body the UCI, was recently sent a letter – seen by The Daily Telegraph ‘If you are always focusing on conflict and terrorism, you are delivering a negative message’ – signed by 29 members of the European Parliament, expressing concerns over the Jerusalem start. Lappartient’s reply, also seen by this newspaper, stressed the UCI would be “extremely attentive to ensure the race is not used for political means”. The trouble is, as the Italian MEP, Eleonora Forenza, Strange route Path to the race starting in Jerusalem by Tom Cary How has the Giro d’Italia wound up in Israel? Sylvan Adams, a 59-year-old Canadian billionaire property developer and two-time Masters cycling champion, emigrated to Israel and co-owns the Israel Cycling Academy team. He first proposed it to Giro director Mauro Vegni in 2016. “I think he thought I was joking,” Adams says. “But eventually we managed to convince him to pay a visit to Israel. He was a bit reticent at first. But he saw that the country was open, safe, democratic. Whatever impression he had before, he warmed very much to the idea.” Has anything like this happened before? The Jerusalem start is far from the first time a grand tour [the name given to the three-week JORDAN EGYP T JORDAN Mediterranean Sea Mitzpe Ramon 77km tours of Italy, France and Spain] has gone on the road. In fact, this will be the 12th time the Giro alone has started outside of Italy. In 2014 the Giro started in Belfast, the same year the Tour started in Yorkshire. This will, however, be the first grand tour to start outside of Europe. Why are they doing it? Money is obviously a key factor, but so too the chance to access a new market. Israel – and the Middle East – has become a player in international cycling in recent years. “I think they [the Giro organisers] started to be intrigued by the idea of expanding the Giro brand outside of Europe,” Adams says. “And not only the Giro brand but the sport of cycling too. We had competition – Wales, Poland, and even Japan at one point. They [the Giro] were locked in with Japan but the UCI wouldn’t commit to the travel times.” How much is it costing? Israel is reportedly paying €10 million (£8.8 million) for the rights to stage the grande partenza. Adams claims the budget for the entire project is “about €20 million”. Are there security concerns? Adams says not. “I didn’t want to spend a lot of time doing all this and then find out they were going to have a problem, so I asked out front ‘Are you OK with the situation in Israel?’ And they smiled and said ‘We went to the chief of Italian police and he said: ‘You’re going to be safer in Israel than you would be in Italy’. I have great confidence. I think Israel is pretty good at defending itself.” Eilat pointed out in her subsequent reply to Lappartient, it already has. Gilad Erdan, Israel’s Strategic Affairs Minister, has called the start “a huge achievement in and of itself that strengthens Israel’s legitimacy”. Should the sport be going anywhere near such issues? Does it understand what it has let itself in for? Some have already chosen to vote with their feet [or their remote control] by boycotting. Most, though, particularly from within cycling, have said nothing. UAE Team Emirates and Bahrain-Merida, two Arab teams on the World Tour, did not even reply to a request for comment. Kate Allen, Amnesty International’s UK director, believes that is not good enough. “The Jerusalem launch inevitably means Israel’s dismal human-rights record is going to be in the spotlight,” she told The Daily Telegraph. “We’d advise all the cyclists and their support teams to consult our reports on the situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and be prepared to field questions about the human-rights situation.” Adams insists that to focus on such issues is unfair, possibly even irresponsible. “If you are always focusing on conflict and terrorism you’re kind of delivering a negative message,” he says. “We want to use sport to encourage cohesion in Israel. But I don’t want to lecture. We’re just inviting people to come and see for themselves. I think they – and the millions of viewers at home – will be fascinated.” That at least is true, although many others will simply be nervous. 10 *** Wednesday 2 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph Sport Tennis Kafelnikov was ‘Player B’ who retired amid betting scandal E XC LU S I V E Simon Briggs TENNIS CORRESPONDENT Ex-world No 1 quit after notorious loss in 2003 Russian denies trying to avoid disciplinary action Yevgeny Kafelnikov, the Russian former world No 1 and double grand-slam winner, can be revealed as the player whose retirement was deemed “concerning” by last week’s Independent Review of Integrity in Tennis. The report, delivered by Adam Lewis QC at a press conference in London, found no evidence of internal cover-ups by tennis authorities over historic match-fixing allegations. But it did raise one note of doubt, surrounding the retirement of the unnamed “Player B” in 2003. Lewis and his panel suspected that this player – whom The Daily Telegraph can now identify as Kafelnikov – might have retired in order to avoid disciplinary proceedings following a notorious match in Lyon in October 2003. The Daily Telegraph has seen the Report into Corruption Allegations in Men’s Professional Tennis, circulated to the ATP in 2005, which reveals that “Player B” is Kafelnikov. In two conversations with The Telegraph over the past week, Kafelnikov has repeatedly insisted he did not retire to escape disciplinary action. The match in question was Kafelnikov’s 6-2, 6-3 defeat by Fernando Vicente – then the world No 68 – in the first round in Lyon. ‘Bond villain’ known as Dr No plays a mean hand of poker Bookies’ fears over Lyon match The 2003 first-round match in Lyon between Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Fernando Vicente drew instant attention after bookmakers closed their betting markets before the match had even started. Vicente – who was then ranked 68th in the world – had lost his previous 12 matches, dating back four months. He won 6-2, 6-3 then was eliminated by Arnaud Clement in the next round. Kafelnikov played just two more events, winning only one more match, before walking away from professional tennis. Simon Briggs Bookmakers suspended their betting markets before the match had even started, and the case provoked enough of a furore to be responsible for a tightening of the ATP’s anti-gambling protocols. Kafelnikov played his final professional match a fortnight later, shortly after he had received a letter stating the ATP was conducting a “Major Offence Investigation” into the Lyon match. Kafelnikov was interviewed by the ATP over the case, but he never faced charges as there was no evidence of his complicity in the betting. The explanation is that the suspicious bets being placed on the match had come not from Kafelnikov, but from one of his business associates, Michael Commandeur. The ATP’s Code of Conduct at the time only prohibited betting by a “player, player’s coach or immediate family member of a player”. Other friends and associates were not mentioned. Tele Te l graph ask ked When The Daily Telegraph asked Kafelnikov aboutt his w ith relationship with r, he rreeCommandeur, plied: “He wass never nev ver my agent. He was my my friend. He would book uld boo ok tel rooms m flights and hotel t for me. I still speak to him sometimes es now.”” mem e oAs for his other memories of the case, se, Kafelnikov Kafeln nik ikov said: “It was 15 years ago. I spoke to Mark k Miles [then ef executive] the ATP’s chief about it and that hat was all.” The detailss provided ndent Rein the Independent view Panel’ss report show Kafelnikov kov was closely watched hed by the on-site supervisor, who had d been alerted to the e unusual Champion never made the tennis Hall of Fame despite stellar career, writes Simon Briggs I n an interview published the year after his retirement, Yevgeny Kafelnikov was described as having “something of the Bond villain about him, an aura intensified by his polo-neck top and bad haircut, not to mention his friendship with some decidedly shady characters”. Unlike today’s major champions, who mostly play the PR game, Kafelnikov rarely gave such interviews during his playing days. His nickname among the Association of Tennis Professionals’ publicity team was “Dr No” – another Bond reference – because he tended not to do anything unless contractually obliged to. This attitude may help to explain his absence from tennis’s Hall of Fame, despite a superb career that included six weeks as world No 1 in the summer of 1999. For purposes of comparison, Andy Roddick has been inducted, even levels of backing for Vicente. According to the report, the supervisor stated that, in his opinion, Kafelnikov had performed “a professional tank” – tennis jargon for giving up easily. But no fine was imposed under the Code of Conduct clause that required players to produce their “best efforts”. As for gambling offences, the way the code was worded at that time made it extremely difficult to bring disciplinary action. Nevertheless, according to the IRP’s evidence, a letter was drafted informing Kafelnikov that he was being fined $100,000 (£60,250) and suspended for three years. But after a discussion of their legal position, the letter was shelved. For a case to be brought, it would have been necessary to show that Kafelnikov had both known about Commandeur’s bets – which are understood to have run to several thousand euros – and actually directed them to be placed. The Russian denied both points and there was no evidence to contradict him. When interviewed by the ATP, Commandeur admitted placing bets on Kafelnikov to lose. For these bets, he used two credit cards that were linked to accounts in other names – one belonging to one of Commandeur’s relatives and the other to a different, low-profile player who worked with Commandeur’s management company. He told the investigators that he placed the bets based on his own judgment that Kafelnikov was not match fit. Commandeur also placed bets on though Kafelnikov – who is 44 – won more slams, roughly the same number of matches, and a gold medal in the singles event at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Would this bother Kafelnikov? It seems unlikely. He tends to go his own way. Since retirement, he has competed from time to time as a professional poker player. An excellent golfer, he has also entered the Russian amateur championships on numerous occasions. Kafelnikov says that he tries to get out on the course for four to six hours every day and has served as vice-president of the Russian Golf Federation, a position matched by his more recent appointment to the same role at the Russian Tennis Federation. However, unlike many other players of his generation, he rarely surfaces at senior tennis events. On the court, Kafelnikov finished with a stellar record. Most people remember him as a baseliner, but he also volleyed well enough to collect 27 doubles titles including four majors. Very few people have a winning record against Roger Federer but Kafelnikov claimed four out of six meetings against the Swiss *** The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 2 May 2018 11 Wimbledon changes prize rules after spate of early withdrawals GETTY IMAGES By Simon Briggs three other matches at Lyon – these included Vicente’s next match against Arnaud Clement, but not Vicente’s meeting with Kafelnikov – using Kafelnikov’s credit card. But Commandeur insisted Kafelnikov had no knowledge of the bets. Kafelnikov ended his career as one of the game’s greats – a twotime slam-winner who claimed the French Open title in 1996, the Australian Open in 1999, and won the singles gold medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. As a direct result of the investigation, the gambling sections of the ATP Code of Conduct were separated out and redrafted into the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program, which came into force on Jan 1, 2005. From then on, gambling on a player’s matches was prohibited for a wider group of people, including No evidence: Yevgeny Kafelnikov has insisted he was unaware of bets placed on him to lose his match against Fernando Vicente (left) Old hand: Kafelnikov playing in a 2016 tennis legends show managers, agents, guests and associates. As for Commandeur, he lost his ATP accreditation, but no further action could be taken against him because he had not technically broken the Code of Conduct. To return to the Independent Review of Integrity in Tennis, the 2,000-page report mentions an “assertion of confidentiality” surrounding “Player B”. It was for this reason, the report says, that “the panel is concerned about the circumstances of the player’s retirement”. Yet during last week’s press conference, Lewis acknowledged that, “It’s now clear … that there’s no question of them [the ATP] asserting confidentiality in relation to their evidence”. When the final report is delivered in the autumn, “Player B” is expected to fade into the background. superstar. Only 24 men in the Open era can better his final total of 609 singles victories. And at the French Open of 1996, he performed a feat that has not been achieved at any slam since: victory in both the men’s singles and men’s doubles tournaments. “I was lucky that I caught different eras,” Kafelnikov said in 2015, “playing with [Boris] Becker and [Stefan] Edberg, then with [Andre] Agassi and [Pete] Sampras, and Federer after that. I competed with three generations of top players, so I’m very satisfied with my career and what I achieved.” Wimbledon yesterday announced a ormula to pre new prize-money formula prevent a repeat of last year’s multiple h caused deep withdrawals, which wo successive frustration when two first-round matchess on Centre ndoned after Court were abandoned around 40 minutes each. bledon chamDefending Wimbledon pion Roger Federer,, whose match with Alexandr Dolgopolov polov ended in the second set, wass among those calling for reform last st summer, and the All England Club ub has now responded. This year, r, any players who report on site,, but then declares themselves unfit to play, will receive £19,500 0 – or half the first-round prize money. 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The singles chamlast year’s figure £2.25 million each. pions will earn £ ** 12 Wednesday 2 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph Sport Cricket Ashes series to kick off maiden Test tournament ECB should no longer run the first-class game Ruling body must not be allowed to strangle long version of cricket with its 100-ball competition W hat a shame that the phrase “It’s not cricket” is such a well-worn cliche; because it aptly describes the 100-ball per innings competition the England and Wales Cricket Board has devised as its latest marketing stunt, and which so far has had a decidedly cool reception from most connected with the game. The players are annoyed because they were not consulted; the members are annoyed because, well, it is not cricket; and quite a few club officials are cheesed off because they were not consulted either. The secrecy that preceded the announcement last month of this new circus almost suggests that the ECB and its myrmidons were afraid some might not like it. In fact, only two small and select groups do seem to feel good about it: those whose understandable keenness to keep earning a living as administrators means they will swallow any garbage the ECB concocts to “attract a new audience”, and some commentators who, likewise, hope the change would trigger the ker-ching of their cash registers. Otherwise, CRICKET NEWS CORRESPONDENT GETTY IMAGES SIMON HEFFER there is disbelief, contempt and ridicule. Given how little resemblance this proposed circus bears to what the laws define as “cricket”, the ECB might as well encourage clubs to “attract a new audience” by proposing rock concerts (as some already do) or car boot sales on their grounds. Unintentionally, one suspects, the ECB has also performed the exceptional feat of making traditionalists feel good about T20. Everybody wants more people to watch cricket. But it should be obvious that anyone with the limited attention span and defective comprehension required to enjoy a 100-ball “match” will translate with great difficulty to the more thoughtful, complex and slow game that is genuine cricket: and, indeed, probably will not. One could probably pack into a Mini the numbers who, after a few matches, would decide to become lifetime converts to the first-class game. But then one suspects the ECB would not mind if the first-class game evaporated, provided cricket grounds could stage the circus instead. It is for me final proof that the ECB should be relieved of running first-class cricket. It should hand that responsibility over to those who understand it, support it and cherish it. As I have said before, MCC would be best equipped to do this, provided some in its upper reaches who appear to have conflicts of interest with the ECB choose which side they are on. MCC is currently – as usual – entirely obedient to the desires of the ECB, and told its members that “changes to the game which attract a new audience to cricket are certainly worthy of MCC’s attention and consideration”. That is a dangerous road to head down. It talks of creating “a welcoming environment for families”, as if children and indeed their mothers By Nick Hoult Circus: James Vince walks out to bat in a T20 Blast quarter-final in 2015 There are ways to make families welcome. They do not include turning game into a travesty are never spotted at existing matches, or are repelled with water cannon if they heave into view. There are more ways to make “families” welcome at cricket matches, and they do not include turning the game into a travesty. In the new Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, Lawrence Booth, the editor, in criticising the myopia of the ECB in what he calls “a make-or-break era for English cricket”, adds that, once, “Test cricket was part of the national debate. Now, it sounded like an inconvenience”. It will become more of an inconvenience if the ECB does not realise that the way to entice people to first-class cricket is not to saturate them with cricket’s equivalent of drivel, which is what the 100-ball “game” will be, but to make the first-class game more appealing. It has been much noted that championship cricket is pushed to the fringes of the season, outside the long summer holidays, which for a start rules out children attending most of it. It also encourages seam bowling and does nothing to develop fast or spin bowlers, which hardly assists our Test team. Championship matches should be properly marketed; and they should run throughout the summer. There is a strong case for cutting them to three days – as used to happen – and insisting on a higher over-rate, with serious penalties for not meeting it. It used to be routine to bowl 120 overs in a six-hour day; 110 overs a day would be easily manageable and would speed the game up, creating greater interest. But above all a bigger programme would allow more chance for Test players to represent their counties, which, if marketed properly, would encourage more spectators. It seems the ECB has tried everything except the obvious. The ECB’s attitude is increasingly desperate. If it wants to set up a whole separate game, and bleed it to death, then I would have no objection to its being allowed to do so. But it must not be allowed to strangle English first-class cricket, and with it the future of Test cricket, in the process. The next Ashes series will kick off cricket’s long-awaited first World Test Championship next year as attempts to revitalise the game’s oldest format begin in earnest. The Ashes, which will be played later next summer after the World Cup, will begin a two-year cycle that will culminate in a final, expected to be played at Lord’s. Last week, the ICC confirmed the Test championship will begin in 2019 and the Ashes will be the first series that counts towards final standings. The points system is still under discussion at the ICC, but all series will be given the same weighting. Nine teams will play six series over a two-year period that count towards the championship table. Series will comprise of twoto-five Test matches and countries Ethics role: Pat Cummins will join Australia’s panel looking at their team culture will play three home series, and three away. James Sutherland, the chief executive of Cricket Australia, confirmed last night the Ashes series in England will be the first fixture of the new league structure. Sutherland also revealed that Pat Cummins and Tim Paine have been appointed to the ethics committee looking into the culture of the Australian side after the ball-tampering scandal. Rising star Cummins is set to be named as vice-captain to Paine. Shane Watson and George Bailey have also been drafted on to the ethics committee. The ball-tampering scandal culminated in year-long bans for captain Steve Smith and David Warner. Cameron Bancroft was suspended for nine months and head coach Darren Lehmann resigned. The search for a coach to replace Lehmann has started. Database BOTTOM 7 Champions League Semi-final 2nd leg Walsall Real Madrid (1) 2 Benzema 11 46 B Munich (1) 2 Kimmich 3 Rodriguez 63 Real Madrid win 4-3 on agg. 77,459 45 8 6 9 31 33 3 10 9 25 40 -17 49 Rochdale 45 5 12 5 23 24 5 6 12 25 33 -9 48 Bury (R) AFC Wimbledon (0) 0 7,094 Scunthorpe (1) 2 Plymouth (0) 0 Adelakun 32 4,712 Toney 60 HOME AWAY TOP 7 P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts Wigan (P) Oldham MK Dons (R) 45 6 8 9 24 30 4 4 14 18 39 -27 42 Walsall (1) 1 Oztumer 22 18,976 Doncaster (0) 0 AFC W'don 45 8 5 9 23 28 5 8 10 22 28 -11 52 Northamptn 45 7 4 11 18 33 5 6 12 23 42 -34 46 Sky Bet League One Bradford City (1) 1 Lund 45 P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts 45 9 6 8 30 31 4 7 11 23 33 -11 52 45 13 8 2 37 11 15 3 4 51 18 59 95 Blackburn (P) 45 14 6 2 44 19 13 6 4 36 20 41 93 Shrewsbury 45 14 4 4 32 16 11 8 4 28 22 22 87 Rotherham 45 14 3 5 44 23 9 4 10 28 30 19 76 Scunthorpe 45 9 7 6 27 22 10 9 4 37 27 15 73 Charlton 45 11 6 6 31 24 9 5 8 27 26 8 71 Plymouth 45 13 3 7 37 30 6 8 8 19 24 2 68 45 7 4 12 20 30 1 7 14 19 39 -30 35 Sky Bet League Two Chesterfield (0) 1 Dennis 71 Newport Co (0) 0 4,608 Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership Play-off Quarter-final 1st leg Dunfermline (0) 0 Dundee Utd (0) 0 6,474 Ladbrokes Scottish League One Play-off Semi-final 1st leg Stenhousemuir (1) 1 Queen’s Park (0) 1 Scott 27 Leitch 47 657 LADBROKES SCOTTISH LGE 2.-Play-off semifinal 2nd leg: Spartans 2 Cove Rangers 1 (Cove Rangers win 5-2 on agg). EVO-STIK NORTH.-Prem play-off semi-finals: Ashton Utd 2 Farsley Celtic 1-Warrington Town 0 Grantham 3. BARCLAYS U21 PREMIER.-Div 2, Play-off semifinal: Aston Villa 4 Reading 3. Basketball NBA.-Play-offs (best-of-7 series), Eastern Conf semi-final: Boston 117 Philadelphia 101 (Boston lead series 1-0). Cricket TOUR MATCH.-Canterbury: Pakistan 168 (55.2 overs; Imam-ul-Haq 61; W R S Gidman 5-47); Kent 209-4 (64.0 overs; J L Denly 113no; S R Dickson 74). No play Monday due to rain, Match drawn. INDIAN PREMIER LGE.-Bangalore: Royal Challengers Bangalore 167-7 (20 overs, H Pandya 3-28); Mumbai Indians 153-7 (20 overs, H Pandya 50). Royal Challengers Bangalore win by 14 runs. Cycling ESCHBORN-FRANKFURT - RUND UM DEN (Germany): 1 A Kristoff (Norway) UAE Team Emirates 5h 13m 25s; 2 M Matthews (Australia) Team Sunweb; 3 O Naesen (Belgium) AG2R La Mondiale; 4 A Pasqualon (Italy) Wanty-Groupe Gobert all at same. Horse Racing results Brighton Going: Good to soft-good in places 2.20 (5f60yds nov): James Watt (Hayley Turner 6-4F) 1; Wedding Date (3-1) 2; Kapono (13-2) 3. 5 ran. 2l, 21/4l. (M Bell). 2.50 (1m3f198yds h’cap): Sassie (L Morris 12-1) 1; Rocky Shores (3-1) 2; Diocletian (2-1F) 3. 7 ran. hd, 31/4l. (S Kirk). 3.25 (5f60yds h’cap): Mr Pocket (F Norton 9-4) 1; Super Julius (13-8F) 2; Rose Berry (7-2) 3. 5 ran. shd, 21/4l. (R Cowell). 3.55 (1m1f207yds h’cap): Precious Ramotswe (R Havlin 15-8F) 1; Canberra Cliffs (8-1) 2; White Chocolate (9-4) 3. 7 ran. 2l, 11/4l. (J Gosden). 4.25 (7f211yds h’cap): Kaaber (M Godwin 20-1) 1; With Approval (7-1) 2; Sir Jamie (7-1) 3. False Id 7-2F. 12 ran. nk, nk. (M Blake). NRs: Lady Gwhinnyvere, Tarseekh. 4.55 (6f210yds h’cap): Black Caesar (J Watson 7-2JF) 1; Duke Of North (15-2) 2; Bounty Pursuit (5-1) 3. Zlatan 7-2JF. 7 ran. shd, 11/2l. (P Hide). NR: Balgair. 5.25 (1m1f207yds h’cap): Archimento (J Watson 5-1) 1; Ashazuri (10-1) 2; Stringybark Creek (141) 3. Mulsanne Chase 5-2F. 11 ran. ns, 5l. (P Hide). Placepot: £159.60. Quadpot: £18.50. Kempton Newcastle Going: Standard Going: Standard 5.45 (5f nov): Its The Only Way (T Marquand 11-10F) 1; Um Shama (16-1) 2; Dolly Dupree (25-1) 3. 10 ran. 21/4l, 11/2l. (R Hannon). 6.15 (5f nov): On The Stage (L Keniry 3-1) 1; Thegreyvtrain (80-1) 2; Chynna (9-4F) 3. 8 ran. 13/4l, hd. (Ed Walker). NRs: Kodinar, Nananita. 6.45 (7f h’cap): Fortune And Glory (O Murphy 7-2) 1; Dear Bruin (14-1) 2; Masquerade Bling (3-1F) 3. 13 ran. nk, nk. (J Tuite). NR: Peggie Sue. 7.15 (7f): Jallota (James Doyle 7-2) 1; Arod (9-4) 2; Chessman (2-1F) 3. 5 ran. hd, 1/2l. (C Hills). 7.45 (1m7f218yds h’cap): Amazing Red (James Doyle 5-1) 1; Gavlar (7-1) 2; Haines (7-1) 3. Chocolate Box 4-1JF, Regicide 4-1JF. 12 ran. 13/4l, ns. (E Dunlop). 8.15 (1m h’cap): Balletomane (T Marquand 10-3F) 1; Brexitmeansbrexit (6-1) 2; Verstappen (4-1) 3. 11 ran. 11/2l, nk. (R Hannon). 8.45 (1m h’cap): Connemera Queen (A Kirby 5-1) 1; Dark Freedom (9-1) 2; Desert Trip (11-2) 3. Chetan 4-1F. 14 ran. 1l, shd. (J Butler). Tote: Win £6.20; places £2.40, £1.50, £2.60. Exacta: £59.20. Tricast: £258.66. Trifecta: £378.50. CSF: £45.82. Jackpot: £6,666.60. Placepot: £24.90. Quadpot: £10.30. 5.20 (7f14yds h’cap): Portledge (K Stott 12-1) 1; Chaplin Bay (15-2) 2; Fast Landing (5-4F) 3. 10 ran. 3/4l, 3/4l. (J Bethell). 5.55 (6f h’cap): Citron Major (T Eaves 16-1) 1; Tember (12-1) 2; Snaffled (7-1) 3. Gowanbuster 7-2F. 9 ran. 23/4l, nk. (N Tinkler). 6.25 (6f nov): Walk On Walter (T Eaves 5-2F) 1; Saisons D’or (11-2) 2; He’s One Of R Own (33-1) 3. 9 ran. nk, 11/2l. (D M Simcock). NR: Bustam. 6.55 (2m56yds h’cap): Bal De Rio (Ben Robinson 7-4) 1; Archibelle (16-1) 2; Cray (10-1) 3. Hediddodinthe 11-10F. 8 ran. 1/2l, hd. (B Ellison). 7.25 (1m2f42yds h’cap): Shanghai Silver (P Hanagan 11-4) 1; Jamacho (18-1) 2; Tom’s Rock (15-8F) 3. 6 ran. 13/4l, shd. (C Hills). 7.55 (1m2f42yds h’cap): Orobas (Paula Muir 33-1) 1; Champagne Rules (8-1) 2; Pickett’s Charge (5-1F) 3. 12 ran. 41/2l, 1/2l. (Lucinda Egerton). 8.25 (5f h’cap): Novabridge (C Beasley 16-1) 1; Star Cracker (4-1JF) 2; Monsieur Mel (9-1) 3. Hisar 4-1JF. 10 ran. nk, 13/4l. (Mrs K Tutty). Tote: Win £14.50; places £2.80, £1.40, £3.40. Exacta: £98.60. Tricast: £488.84. Trifecta: £336.70. CSF: £78.36. NR: Griffin Street. Placepot: £142.80. Quadpot: £23.30. ** The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 2 May 2018 13 Sport Rugby Union Sale to sign Jackson despite rape case he has brought in Australian bad boy James O’Connor, who was arrested last year on suspicion of buying cocaine, and England wing Marland Yarde, who was driven out of Harlequins last year. Handling the fallout that will follow Jackson’s arrival may prove to be his biggest challenge yet. Meanwhile, Bath have warned Eddie Jones not to consider selecting flanker Sam Underhill for the summer tour to South Africa after returning to the club “broken” from the last England training camp. Underhill is inching his way back to full fitness after tearing tendons in his toe at an England training camp in March after a debut season in which he has made just four Premiership starts. England have already lost at least six leading players, including back- row options Nathan Hughes and Courtney Lawes, while head coach Jones has previously hinted that he intends to rest some of his Lions contingent. Yet, with the squad to face South Africa in a three-Test series due to be announced a week tomorrow, Bath first-team coach Toby Booth says rushing Underhill back into action would be an unnecessary risk. “Sam hasn’t even started training yet,” Booth said. “He’s still got a lot of work to do. He returned to us broken and he’s not set one foot on the training pitch. He’s still at the rehab stage, so I’d imagine he’s got a long way to go yet. “Everyone knows what international rugby is like and going away to South Africa is certainly not going to be for the faint-hearted and the under-prepared. You need to be at your best for those sorts of tours, so hopefully common sense prevails and they do what is right for England, for us and for Sam.” Booth also played down speculation that the club are about to sign London Irish wing Joe Cokanasiga and Cipriani, the out-of-contract Wasps fly-half. The Daily Telegraph understands that, while there has been contact between Bath and Cipriani, it is far from a done deal, with strong interest from clubs in France and Japan. In all likelihood, Bath would have to offload either of their established fly-halves, Rhys Priestland and Freddie Burns, to facilitate the signing of Cipriani, a prospect Booth described as highly unlikely. “We do not have any interest in moving the two we have got. I would be very surprised from Danny’s point of view,” he said. “I don’t know what the situation is with Joe in relation to relegation. As far as I understand he is a contracted player at London Irish.” capped England woman of all time on 82 appearances, having made her debut as an 18-year-old in 2003. Waterman, known by her nickname “Nolli”, has played in four World Cups and was part of the Team GB women’s sevens squad at the Rio Olympics in 2016. “It has been an incredible journey and a true honour to be a Red Rose for 15 years,” said Waterman. “It’s been a privilege to play alongside and against some of the best players in the world, but also to have been part of the development of women’s international rugby.” Waterman’s father, Jim, was also a full-back and played more than 400 games for Bath. After spells playing club rugby for Team Northumbria, Henley, Worcester and Bristol, she joined Wasps FC Ladies last September. She was one of the standout players in the inaugural Premier 15s season and will continue to play for the Acton-based club. Simon Middleton, England Women’s head coach, said of Waterman: “She’s incredibly skilful but more than anything she’s probably the bravest player I’ve ever seen on a rugby field, men’s or women’s. “Nolli’s been an inspiration to coach and she’s an inspiration for anybody who has watched her.” E XC LU S I V E Ulster fly-half to join Sharks in cut-price deal Olding also in talks as club prepare for storm Sale Sharks have agreed a cut-price deal to sign controversial Irish flyhalf Paddy Jackson, The Daily Telegraph can reveal. The Aviva Premiership club are also close to agreeing terms with centre Stuart Olding. Jackson, 26, and Olding, 25, had their contracts terminated by their club Ulster last month, despite being acquitted of rape after a nine-week trial. The pair had been accused of raping a woman at a party at Jackson’s home in June 2016. Jackson, who won 25 caps for Ireland, later apologised for what he described as “degrading and offensive” WhatsApp messages regarding the woman in the case. The verdict attracted massive protests in Ireland, while Ulster’s leading sponsor, the Bank of Ireland, declared itself “highly concerned” by their conduct before the province cut ties with the pair. Sale would not publicly comment last night and will delay the announcement until after the end of the rugby season. Jackson was on a contract worth around £250,000 with the Irish Rugby Union, but is believed to have accepted terms of less than £200,000 with Sale. Olding is likely to sign a similar cutprice deal. Their signings, however, are likely to reignite protests by women’s rights groups. Yet if any direc- Waterman hailed bravest of all as she retires at 33 PA By Daniel Schofield Controversial: Although Paddy Jackson was found not guilty of rape, his recruitment will almost certainly be criticised tor of rugby is prepared to deal with the firestorm that signing Jackson and Olding will create, then it is Steve Diamond. Sale’s director of rugby believes that their innocence in the court of law, rather than public opinion, is all that matters. He has previously put his neck on the line to defend Denny Solomona, who was found guilty by an RFU disciplinary panel of directing homophobic abuse towards Jamie Shillcock, the Worcester Warriors fly-half, in a Premiership match on March 24. Indeed, Diamond specialises in rehabilitating players considered toxic by other clubs. He signed By Kate Rowan Danielle Waterman, England’s longest-serving women’s Test player, has announced her retirement from international rugby. The 33-year-old was an instrumental part of the Red Roses’ 2014 Rugby World Cup-winning squad, scoring in the final against Canada. The full-back is the sixth most- Nottingham Yarmouth 2.00 (5f8yds nov): Delft Dancer (J Crowley 2-1) 1; Skeetah (11-10F) 2; Red Handed (7-2) 3. 4 ran. nk, 5l. (M Johnston). NR: Spell. 2.30 (1m75yds nov): M C Muldoon (D Allan 10-1) 1; Giovanni (9-2) 2; Mushtaq (11-4F) 3. 8 ran. 3l, 2l. (P Chapple-Hyam). 3.00 (1m75yds h’cap): Last Enchantment (E Greatrex 4-1) 1; Lady Alavesa (3-1F) 2; Tig Tog (6-1) 3. 7 ran. 1l, 1/2l. (Eve J-Houghton). NR: Supersymmetry. 3.35 (1m75yds h’cap): Red Tea (Finley Marsh 7-4F) 1; Feathery (8-1) 2; Prying Pandora (5-1) 3. 6 ran. hd, 2l. (P Hiatt). NR: Pattie. Pattie| Rule 4 applies to All Bets, deduct 10p in the pound. 4.05 (1m2f50yds h’cap): Hyanna (D Allan 7-1) 1; Double Reflection (3-1F) 2; Apache Blaze (7-2) 3. 9 ran. 3/4l, 1/2l. (T Easterby). NRs: Calling Rio, Maid Up. 4.35 (1m6f h’cap): Slunovrat (J Crowley 9-4) 1; Thistimenextyear (2-1F) 2; Roman Flight (25-1) 3. 5 ran. ns, 7l. (D Menuisier). 5.05 (5f8yds h’cap): Dotted Swiss (S Levey 7-2) 1; Little Boy Blue (10-3F) 2; The Golden Cue (6-1) 3. 8 ran. 1/2l, 1l. (R Hannon). Tote: Win £3.50; places £1.40, £1.60, £1.40. Exacta: £14.40. Tricast: £60.95. Trifecta: £53.60. CSF: £14.37. NR: Dahik. Placepot: £17.60. Quadpot: £5.10. 2.10 (5f42yds mdn): Artair (J P Spencer 11-10F) 1; Usain Boat (9-2) 2; Adam Tiler (8-1) 3. 5 ran. 21/4l, 1/2l. (M Bell). NR: Revich. 2.40 (1m3f104yds nov): Corelli (L Dettori 1-3F) 1; Kittileo (10-1) 2; Blame Culture (3-1) 3. 3 ran. 21/2l, 16l. (J Gosden). NRs: Antonian, Jetstream. 3.15 (1m2f23yds h’cap): Oceanus (Shelley Birkett 4-1) 1; Raven Banner (13-8F) 2; Tyrsal (7-2) 3. 6 ran. nk, 41/2l. (Miss J Feilden). NR: Hard Toffee. 3.45 (7f3yds h’cap): Salt Whistle Bay (M Harley 11-4) 1; Ripp Orf (7-4F) 2; Suzi’s Connoisseur (6-1) 3. 7 ran. 1l, 3/4l. (R Guest). 4.15 (7f3yds h’cap): Seyasah (T Queally 7-1) 1; How’s Lucy (8-1) 2; Sonnet Rose (7-1) 3. The Lacemaker 11-4F. 8 ran. 1l, 1/2l. (C Wall). NR: Tallulah’s Quest. 4.45 (1m3yds h’cap): Rosedale Topping (P J McDonald 5-1) 1; Patty Patch (9-2) 2; Jazzy Girl (6-1) 3. Gainsay 4-1F. 8 ran. 21/4l, 3/4l. (E Vaughan). NR: Lulu Star. 5.15 (1m3yds h’cap): Choral Music (R Hornby 9-4F) 1; Ahfad (4-1) 2; Spring Praise (5-1) 3. 8 ran. nk, 11/4l. (J Portman). NR: Miss Mollie. 5.50 (1m3yds h’cap): Misu Pete (S De Sousa 2-1F) 1; Dor’s Law (7-2) 2; Screaming Gemini (7-1) 3. 6 ran. 13/4l, 1/2l. (M Usher). NRs: Channel Packet, King Oswald. Placepot: £43.60. Quadpot: £24.70. Going: Soft-good to soft in places Going: Soft-good to soft in places Danny Cipriani in 2012 when his reputation was at an all-time low following a controversial spell with the Melbourne Rebels. This season Fresh start: Stuart Olding is also likely to sign with Sale to try to rebuild his career Ice Hockey NHL.-Play-offs (best-of-7 series), Eastern Conf semi-final: Tampa Bay 4 Boston 2 (Series level 1-1). Western Conf semi-final: San Jose 3 Vegas Golden 4 (OT) (Vegas lead series 2-1). Rugby Union PRINCIPALITY BUILDING SOCIETY PREMIERSHIP: Bedwas 29 Newport 28-Cross Keys 7 Bridgend 13. Snooker BETFRED WORLD CH'SHIP (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield).-Qtr-finals: J Trump (England) leads J Higgins (Scotland) 5-3; M J Williams (Wales) is tied with A Carter (England) 4-4; B Hawkins (England) leads J Ding Junhui (China) 11-5; K Wilson (England) leads M Allen (N Ireland) 11-5. Speedway BRITISH UNDER-21 FINAL ( Berwick): 1 R Lambert (King’s Lynn); 2 C Mountain (Ipswich/ Coventry); 3 N Greaves (Wolverhampton); 4 D Bewley (Belle Vue/Workington). Tennis ATP T’MENT (Estoril, Portugal).-1st rd: S Tsitsipas (Greece) bt P Andujar (Spain) 7-6 (7-2) 6-3; R Carballes Baena (Spain) bt B Fratangelo (US) 7-6 (7-1) 6-3; C Norrie (GB) bt R Haase (Holland) 6-4 3-6 6-3; J Sousa (Portugal) bt D Medvedev (Russia) 7-6 (7-1) 7-5; F Debonis (Argentina) bt A Ramos-Vinolas (Spain) 6-2 6-4; S Bolelli (Italy) bt J Domingues (Portugal) 6-3 6-2; N Jarry (Chile) bt L Mayer (Argentina) 3-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-4; R Ojeda Lara (Spain) bt F Ferreira Silva (Portugal) 6-4 7-5; N Kicker (Argentina) bt T Smyczek (US) 6-2 6-2. ATP T’MENT (Munich).-1st rd: J Struff (Germany) bt D Masur (Germany) 7-6 (7-1) 6-4; Y Maden (Germany) bt Y Sugita (Japan) 4-6 7-6 (11-9) 6-2; M Basic (Bih) bt G Monfils (France) 6-2 3-6 6-3; M Cecchinato (Italy) bt F Fognini (Italy) 5-7 6-3 6-2; M Fucsovics (Hungary) bt G Pella (Argentina) 6-4 7-5; M Marterer (Germany) bt D Brown (Germany) 5-6 ret; P Kohlschreiber (Germany) bt I Karlovic (Croatia) 7-5 6-4; M Zverev (Germany) bt A Haider-Maurer (Austria) 6-4 6-3; C Ruud (Norway) bt M Copil (Romania) 7-6 (7-3) 6-3. ATP T’MENT (Istanbul).-1st rd: M Jaziri (Tunisia) bt M Ilhan (Turkey) 6-1 6-2; T Moura Monteiro (Brazil) bt G Melzer (Austria) 6-2 3-6 6-1; J Vesely (Czech Rep) bt D Gimeno-Traver (Spain) 6-3 6-1; R Dutra Silva (Brazil) bt R Albot (Moldova) 6-4 6-4; J Chardy (France) bt N Basilashvili (Georgia) 7-5 6-3; D Lajovic (Serbia) bt J Millman (Australia) 6-4 6-0; T Fabbiano (Italy) bt M Youzhny (Russia) 6-1 6-1. WTA T’MENT (Prague).-1st rd: Kristyna Pliskova (Czech Rep) bt A Sasnovich (Belarus) 7-6 (7-5) 6-3; A Lottner (Germany) bt M Barthel (Germany) 6-0 7-5; M Buzarnescu (Romania) bt B Haddad Maia (Brazil) 6-1 7-5; D Allertova (Czech Rep) bt P Schnyder (Switzerland) 6-4 6-4; C Giorgi (Italy) bt B Zahlavova Strycova (Czech Rep) 6-0 2-6 6-2; S Zhang (China) bt S Voegele (Switzerland) 6-4 7-5; E Gabriela Ruse (Romania) bt B Pera (US) 2-6 6-1 7-5; J Paolini (Italy) bt D Kasatkina (Russia) 7-6 (8-6) 6-3; P Kvitova (Czech Rep) bt T Smitkova (Czech Rep) 6-1 6-3. VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE.-Play-offs 1st rd: Aldershot v Ebbsfleet Utd (7). North: Kidderminster v Bradford P A, Stockport Co v Chorley. South: Hampton & Richmond v Truro City, Hemel Hempstead v Braintree Tn. EVO-STIK SOUTHERN.-Prem play-off semi-finals: King’s Lynn v Weymouth, Slough v Kettering. PREMIER LGE 2.-Div 1: Tottenham v Man City (7). FA WOMEN’S SUPER LGE 2: Tottenham v Millwall Lionesses. Fixtures 7.45 unless stated PRINCIPALITY BUILDING SOCIETY PREMIERSHIP: Llanelli v Swansea (7.30). WRU NATIONAL LGE.-Div One, East: Blaenavon v Dowlais (7.15). West: Tycroes v Felinfoel (7). Cricket INDIAN PREMIER LGE.-Delhi: Delhi Daredevils v Rajasthan Royals (3.30pm). Football CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMI FINAL 2ND LEG Roma (2) v Liverpool (5) LADBROKES SCOTTISH PLAY-OFFS CH'SHIP SEMI-FINALS 1ST LEG Alloa v Raith Arbroath v Dumbarton LEAGUE ONE SEMI-FINAL 1ST LEG Stirling v Peterhead Rugby Union Sport on TV BASKETBALL: NBA play-offs, Houston v Utah - BT Sport 1 1am (Thurs). CRICKET: Indian Premier League, Delhi Daredevils v Rajasthan Royals - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Cricket 3pm. FOOTBALL: Champions League, Roma v Liverpool - BT Sport 2 7pm; National League play-offs, Aldershot v Ebbsfleet - BT Sport 1 6.30. SNOOKER: World Championship - BBC Two 10am, 1pm & 7pm/Eurosport 1 10am, 2.30 & 6.30. TENNIS: WTA, Prague Open - BT Sport 1 10am. 14 *** Wednesday 2 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph Sport Racing Wolverhampton Dettori free to ride James Garfield in 2,000 Guineas Stakes disappointment Roaring Lion in the Guineas and said: “We are going to do a little breeze [today] and then make our minds up. I think he has come on a lot for his last race.” Dettori was on board James Garfield when George Scott’s colt won the Greenham at Newbury last month, and when the colt took last season’s Mill Reef Stakes at the same track. The jockey said: “He has won a Greenham, which is one of the main Guineas trials. George is very happy with him and we’ve got to give it a go. He is a bonny little horse and he really tries. He wears his heart on his sleeve and he should give it his best.” Scott said: “I felt it was hugely important to have Frankie on 1.50 - Tasaaboq 2.25 - Sarvi 3.00 - Costa Percy 3.35 - Jaalboot [B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces 1.50 Handicap (6) 6f £3,105 Winning team: Frankie Dettori and his Qipco Guineas mount James Garfield board. He knows the horse so well and he has a lot of confidence in the horse.” Ryan Moore will miss the 2,000 Guineas as he will be in Kentucky to ride Mendelssohn in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. The colt, who is attempting to become the first European-trained horse to win the ‘Run for the Roses’, has been allotted stall 14. Trainer Aidan O’Brien will be delighted, as nine of the winners since 2000 started from stall 13 or higher. Mendelssohn disputes favouritism at 4-1 with the Bob Bafferttrained Justify, who is drawn in stall seven. Ascot 3.10 Longines Sagaro Stakes (Group 3) (1) 2m £34,026 3.45 - Invincible Army 4.20 - Accidental Agent 4.55 - Mountain Angel 2.00 Sodexo Conditions Stakes (Plus 10) (2) 2YO 5f £9,057 1 Getchagetchagetcha C Cox 9 2 2 3 The Irish Rover (21) A P O’Brien (Ire) 9 2 3 Spell R Hannon 8 11 4 4 Vikivaki (33) R Cowell 8 11 S.P. f’cast: 8-11 The Irish Rover, 10-3 Vikivaki, 6-1 Getchagetchagetcha, 13-2 Spell. A Kirby 1 R L Moore 3 S Levey 2 L Morris 4 2.35 EBF Fillies’ Conditions Stakes (Plus 10) (3) 3YO 1m £9,704 1 2-1 Dathanna (25) (D) C Appleby 9 6 W Buick 1 2 1 Golden Iris (21) J Portman 9 3 R Hornby 4 3 61- Red Starlight (186) (D) R Hannon 9 3 R L Moore 2 4 6- Agrotera (179) Ed Walker 9 0 P Cosgrave 3 S.P. f’cast: 4-6 Dathanna, 11-4 Red Starlight, 7-1 Golden Iris, 10-1 Agrotera. 1 19- Desert Skyline (193) D Elsworth 4 9 6 S De Sousa 4 J Garritty 5 2 -73 Clever Cookie [P] (11) P Niven 10 9 2 3 67- Montaly (192) (D) A Balding 7 9 2 W Buick 6 4 2-0 Torcedor [P] (32) Mrs J Harrington (Ire) 6 9 2 C O’Donoghue 3 5 12- Raheen House (186) (C) B Meehan 4 9 1 J P Spencer 1 6 1-2 Time To Study (32) (BF) M Johnston 4 9 1 R L Moore 2 S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Torcedor, 5-2 Raheen House, 4-1 Desert Skyline, 6-1 Montaly, 8-1 Time To Study, 12-1 Clever Cookie. 3.45 Pavilion Stakes (Group 3) (1) 3YO 6f £45,368 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Fighting Irish (11) (D) H Dunlop 9 5 S Donohoe 3 Abel Handy (201) D Carroll 9 1 T Eaves 6 Enjazaat [WS] (221) (D) Owen Burrows 9 1 J Crowley 8 Eqtidaar (235) (D) Sir M Stoute 9 1 D O’Neill 4 Invincible Army (221) (D) (BF) J Tate 9 1 R L Moore 5 Laugh A Minute (230) R Varian 9 1 A Atzeni 2 Sound And Silence [P,T] (144) (C)(D) (BF) C Appleby 9 1 W Buick 7 R Winston 1 8 6-3 Eirene (14) (D) D Ivory 8 12 S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Invincible Army, 10-3 Sound And Silence, 11-2 Laugh A Minute, 6-1 Abel Handy, 8-1 Enjazaat, 10-1 Others. 1-5 211914123124- Going: Good to soft TV: Sky 432 & Virgin 536 Draw: No significant advantage [B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces 4.20 Paradise Stakes (Listed) (1) 1m £20,983 1 48- Accidental Agent (161) (C) (BF) Eve J-Houghton 4 9 0 C Bishop 4 H Bentley 6 2 -00 Ballard Down [V] (11) (D) W Knight 5 9 0 3 1-0 Century Dream [T] (24) (D) S Crisford 4 9 0 W Buick 8 4 7-1 Circus Couture (59) (D) J Chapple-Hyam 6 9 0 S Donohoe 3 J Crowley 7 5 8-5 Crazy Horse (39) G Baker 5 9 0 A Atzeni 1 6 -31 Hors De Combat (76) (D) D Coakley 7 9 0 R L Moore 5 7 121 Victory Bond (33) W Haggas 5 9 0 8 157 Star Quality (38) David Loughnane 4 8 9 S De Sousa 2 S.P. f’cast: 2-1 Victory Bond, 3-1 Accidental Agent, 9-2 Century Dream, 5-1 Hors De Combat, 10-1 Circus Couture, 16-1 Crazy Horse, Ballard Down, 50-1 Star Quality. 4.55 Manny Mercer Apprentice Handicap (4) 1m £6,728 1 -80 Apex King [P] (39) (C) E Dunlop 4 9 8 L Edmunds 5 J Watson (5) 2 2 7-5 Berkshire Boy [B] (26) A Balding 4 9 8 3 3-2 Abareeq (20) (D) M Johnston 5 9 7 O Stammers (7) 3 4 850 5 256 636 7 348 079 7810 0811718 12 0-0 13 13- Pastime [P,T] (15) Miss G Kelleway 4 9 6 Aaron Jones 6 Mountain Angel (215) R Varian 4 9 5 David Egan 8 Mr Minerals [T] (14) (D) R Hughes 4 9 5 Finley Marsh (3) 15 Sayem (191) (D) Ed Walker 4 9 5 M Godwin 1 Sir Titan (162) (D) M Tregoning 4 9 4 T Saunders (5) 14 Saluti (245) Mrs A Perrett 4 9 3 Georgia Cox 16 Balmoral Castle (222) (CD)(D) J Portman 9 9 2 P Pilley 17 In The Red [B] (18) (D) M Smith 5 9 2 Milly Naseb (5) 11 Fire Tree [T,V] (19) (CD)(D) C Fellowes 5 9 0 A Beech (5) 10 Glenn Coco (136) (D) (BF) S C Williams 4 8 13 Jessica Cooley (7) 13 14 -58 Sans Souci Bay (7) S Dixon 4 8 13 T Ladd (7) 9 15 34- Gerry The Glover [P] (190) (D) L Carter 6 8 11 H Burns (5) 4 16 8-7 Hemingway [P] (8) J Long 4 8 10 R J Fitzpatrick (3) 12 17 2-4 Peace Terms (101) David Loughnane 4 8 9 E J Walsh 20 18314 Secret Return (18) (D) Miss K George 5 8 8 R Ingram (5) 7 19 11- Love And Be Loved (191) (D) J Flint 4 8 7 W Cox (3) 18 20 -96 Professor (40) (C) W Knight 8 8 7 Shelley Birkett 19 S.P. f’cast: 11-2 Mountain Angel, 6-1 Abareeq, 8-1 Sayem, Glenn Coco, 10-1 Love And Be Loved, 12-1 Mr Minerals, Berkshire Boy, 16-1 Sans Souci Bay, Apex King, Sir Titan, Pastime, Saluti, 20-1 Others. Bath 6.20 Fillies’ Handicap (5) 6f £3,752 Marlborough 5.45 - High Horse 6.20 - Poet’s Princess 6.50 - Grandma Tilly 7.20 - Jaganory 7.50 - Major Valentine 8.20 - Who Told Jo Jo 5.45 Brake Group Maiden Stakes (Plus 10) (4) 2YO 5f £4,663 1 Big Boots M Channon 9 5 C Shepherd 3 W Carson 2 2 5 Greeley (16) B Millman 9 5 3 6 Greenback Boogie (12) B Meehan 9 5 M Dwyer 1 4 Headland M Meade 9 5 Fran Berry 8 High Horse C Cox 9 5 A Kirby 5 5 6 Irene’s Prince P Evans 9 5 J F Egan 6 7 Jaayiz R Hannon 9 5 S Levey 12 8 4 Raskolnikov (12) R Beckett 9 5 L Steward 9 9 4 North Korea (31) P Evans 9 0 D Probert 11 10 Ower Magic [H] R Hannon 9 0 Thore Hansen (7) 4 R Kingscote 7 11 5 Sesame (18) T Dascombe 9 0 12 5 Wye Bother (12) J Bradley 9 0 J Quinn 10 S.P. f’cast: 10-3 High Horse, 4-1 Jaayiz, 13-2 Raskolnikov, 8-1 Sesame, 10-1 Headland, Greenback Boogie, Big Boots, 14-1 Wye Bother, Ower Magic, 16-1 Others. 1 4-5 Poet’s Princess (16) (D) H Morrison 4 9 7 C Bennett (3) 3 2 74- Peace Dreamer (247) (D) R Cowell 4 9 5 J Fisher (7) 7 3 313 Powerful Dream [P] (11) (CD)(C) R Harris 5 9 4 D Probert 5 4 57- Coronation Cottage (196) (CD)(C) M Saunders 4 9 2 L Keniry 2 5 113 La Fortuna [T] (7) (C)(D) C Wallis 5 9 0 W Carson 4 6 -22 Bellevarde (9) R J Price 4 8 13 Fran Berry 1 J F Egan 6 7 77- Sweet Pursuit (205) (D) B Millman 4 8 11 8 -19 Evening Starlight (26) (CD)(D) R Hodges 5 8 9 R Kingscote 8 S.P. f’cast: 11-4 La Fortuna, 9-2 Bellevarde, 5-1 Powerful Dream, 11-2 Poet’s Princess, 6-1 Peace Dreamer, 8-1 Others. 6.50 SIS Handicap (6) 3YO 6f £3,105 1 620 Duba Plains [H] (14) M Channon 9 7 C Shepherd 6 2 -24 Grandma Tilly (12) Steph Hollinshead 9 6 Toby Eley (7) 5 A Kirby 4 3 532 Give Em A Clump [V] (16) (D) P Evans 9 5 4 746 Pranceabootthetoon (39) (D) J Bradley 9 5 D Probert 7 J Osborn (7) 2 5 40- Pas De Blanc (134) B Barr 9 2 6 75- Achianna (236) B Millman 8 11 J F Egan 8 7 40- Cent Flying [WS] (230) W Muir 8 11 M Dwyer 3 J Fahy 9 8 97- Mocead Cappall [WS] (158) J Holt 8 8 D Brock 1 9 00- Spirit Of Ishy (198) W Kittow 8 3 S.P. f’cast: 5-2 Give Em A Clump, 4-1 Achianna, 5-1 Grandma Tilly, Duba Plains, 8-1 Pranceabootthetoon, 12-1 Cent Flying, 14-1 Others. Going: Good to soft-good in places TV: Sky 415 Draw: Low numbers are favoured in races up to a mile. [B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces 7.20 Strakers Handicap (6) 6f £3,105 1 2 3 4 5 Athassel (34) (D) P Evans 9 9 10 Fran Berry 5 Jaganory [P] (212) (CD)(C)(D) C Mason 6 9 7 David Egan (3) 8 Majorette (225) B Barr 4 9 7 Joshua Bryan (5) 2 De Vegas Kid (67) A Carroll 4 9 2 R Winston 4 Dalness Express [P,T] (23) (D) J G O’Shea 5 8 13 Ben Robinson (5) 3 6 003 Bonjour Steve [P] (28) (D) R J Price 7 8 11 D Probert 6 7 106 Ambitious Boy [P] (39) (D) J G O’Shea 9 8 7 J F Egan 7 8 232 Black Truffle [P] (23) (D) M Usher 8 8 4 Thore Hansen (7) 9 9 -00 Hit The Lights [B] (12) (D) Adam West 8 8 4 J Quinn 1 S.P. f’cast: 9-4 De Vegas Kid, 7-2 Black Truffle, 4-1 Dalness Express, 13-2 Jaganory, 10-1 Bonjour Steve, 12-1 Majorette, 14-1 Athassel, 20-1 Ambitious Boy, 25-1 Hit The Lights. 945 7543621 523 7.50 Brake Group Handicap (4) 6f £5,531 1 2 3 4 -12 2419774 The Daley Express (12) (C)(D) R Harris 4 9 8 D Probert 7 Handytalk (214) (CD) B Millman 5 9 7 A Kirby 6 Our Lord (210) (CD) M Attwater 6 9 7 David Egan (3) 2 Titan Goddess (16) Mike Murphy 6 9 6 Fran Berry 1 5 -48 Belledesert [P] (12) (CD)(D) Steph Hollinshead 5 9 1 R Winston 3 6 4-0 Pastfact (12) (CD)(D) M Saunders 4 8 11 L Keniry 4 R Kingscote 5 7 9-4 War Whisper (30) P Midgley 5 8 9 8 287 Major Valentine (27) (C)(D) J G O’Shea 6 8 8 Ben Robinson (5) 8 S.P. f’cast: 11-4 The Daley Express, 7-2 Belledesert, 5-1 Handytalk, 11-2 Our Lord, 8-1 War Whisper, Titan Goddess, 10-1 Others. 8.20 Drive Vauxhall Handicap (6) 5f £3,105 1 363 Monumental Man [P] (12) (D9) M Attwater 9 9 10 P Bradley (5) 10 2 541 Who Told Jo Jo (8) (D) J Tuite 4 9 9(6ex) Finley Marsh (5) 6 3 34- Frank Cool (203) A Carroll 5 9 7 D Probert 2 4 622 David’s Beauty [B] (12) (D) B Baugh 5 9 4 W Carson 7 5 87- Dilinger (165) W Kittow 4 9 2 K Shoemark 8 6 055 Burauq [V] (12) (C) J Bradley 6 8 13 David Egan (3) 4 7 672 Toolatetodelegate [P,T] (8) (D) B Barr 4 8 9 J Osborn (7) 5 8 -87 Coral Caye [P] (3) Steph Hollinshead 4 8 9 Toby Eley (7) 9 9 -08 Mostashreqah [P] (34) J Bradley 5 8 9 J Quinn 3 10 0-0 Val’s Magic Touch (12) J G O’Shea 4 8 9 J F Egan 1 S.P. f’cast: 10-3 David’s Beauty, 4-1 Monumental Man, 9-2 Who Told Jo Jo, 6-1 Frank Cool, 13-2 Toolatetodelegate, 15-2 Burauq, 10-1 Dilinger, 16-1 Coral Caye, 33-1 Others. Brighton 5.35 totequadpot Handicap (5) 3YO 7f £3,752 Marlborough 4.25 - Three Little Birds 5.00 - Tin Hat 5.35 - Shrewd Approach 6.10 - Live Dangerously 1 9-4 Cruise Tothelimit (22) (C)(D) P Morris 10 9 9 C Rodriguez (3) 7 2 176 Malaysian Boleh [B,E] (26) (C)(D) P McEntee 8 9 7 Nicola Currie (5) 6 3 035 Bop It [B,T] (9) (D) M W Easterby 9 9 7 Nathan Evans 4 J Fanning 10 4 446 Napping (51) Olly Murphy 5 9 4 M Harley 5 5 45- Spitfire Limited [H] (146) G Baker 4 9 1 D Brock 2 6 494 Tasaaboq [P,T] (32) (CD) P McEntee 7 8 12 T Marquand 9 7 -88 Beaming (57) P Hiatt 4 8 12 8 365 Caledonian Gold (92) Mrs L Williamson 5 8 12 K Lundie (5) 11 J Mitchell 3 9 0-6 Asheena (14) P D’Arcy 3 8 9 10 -47 Working Together [H] (91) A Brittain 3 8 3 C Hardie 1 G Malune (5) 8 11067 Kheleyf’s Girl (2) Clare Ellam 3 8 2 S.P. f’cast: 10-3 Bop It, 5-1 Cruise Tothelimit, 11-2 Spitfire Limited, 6-1 Napping, 7-1 Tasaaboq, Malaysian Boleh, 8-1 Others. 2.25 EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes (Plus 10) (5) 3YO 1m 4f £3,752 1 0-6 Enchanting Enya (13) Steph Hollinshead 9 0 Toby Eley (7) 5 Kehal [H] D M Simcock 9 0 T Marquand 1 2 O Murphy 4 3 0- Phantasmic (167) Sir M Stoute 9 0 4 44 Queen Of Connaught [H] (34) M Bell 9 0 James Doyle 7 D Muscutt 6 5 4 Sarvi (26) M Botti 9 0 6 22- Sea Youmzain (184) (BF) M Johnston 9 0 J Fanning 2 M Harley 3 7 75 Strictly Magic (42) D M Simcock 9 0 S.P. f’cast: 5-4 Sea Youmzain, 10-3 Phantasmic, 9-2 Queen Of Connaught, 13-2 Sarvi, 12-1 Strictly Magic, 14-1 Others. 3.00 Corin Crane Stud Handicap (6) 1m 4f £3,105 Marlborough 2.00 - The Irish Rover 2.35 - Dathanna 3.10 - Torcedor (nb) 4.10 - Leader’s Legacy 4.45 - Desert Diamond 5.20 - Asoof 5.55 - Stringybark Creek Going: Standard TV: Sky 415 Draw: No advantage in the draw GETTY Frankie Dettori will attempt to win his fourth Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday when he partners recent Greenham Stakes winner James Garfield. Dettori had been due to ride Without Parole for John Gosden, but that colt will miss the race after suffering a foot injury this week. Gosden told Press Association Sport: “I spoke to the owners in America. He has got a little bruise in his right front foot, just in the heel. There is a bit of heat and a little bit of tenderness. It’s not a big thing, but he ain’t going to be running in a Guineas. “It’s early in the year and there is no need to panic. He is a very nice type of horse and we will treat him with respect.” Gosden could still saddle Craven Marlborough 6.40 - Carraigin Aonair 7.10 - Morning Skye (nap) 7.40 - Kafeel 8.10 - Krazy Paving 4.25 toteplacepot Handicap (5) 3YO 5f £3,752 1 7-6 Palmer [H] (11) P Midgley 9 10 P Dobbs 3 2 21- Three Little Birds (196) (D) S Kirk 9 9 Renato Souza 4 L Morris 6 3 44- Forever In Love (197) R Cowell 9 7 4 6-5 Princess Keira (29) M Quinn 9 5 T Queally 2 5 3-0 Crystal Deauville [P,T] (12) (D) Miss G Kelleway 9 1 S W Kelly 5 6 355 Hornby (56) M Attwater 8 4 Josephine Gordon 1 S.P. f’cast: 2-1 Three Little Birds, 11-4 Palmer, 3-1 Forever In Love, 7-1 Crystal Deauville, 12-1 Princess Keira, Hornby. 5.00 EBF Novice Median Auction Stakes (5) 2YO 5f £4,140 1 3 Kapono (1) Miss Amy Murphy 9 2 P Dobbs 2 2 One One Seven Miss Amy Murphy 9 2 L De Souza 4 E Greatrex 5 3 2 Tin Hat (12) Eve J-Houghton 9 2 4 Coach Trip W G M Turner 8 11 L Morris 3 5 4 Swiss Chime (9) R Hannon 8 11 Hollie Doyle 1 S.P. f’cast: 13-8 Tin Hat, 2-1 Swiss Chime, 11-2 Coach Trip, 7-1 One One Seven, 8-1 Kapono. 1 264 Rastacap (27) M Johnston 9 9 L Morris 1 T Whelan 6 2 -47 Chess Move (28) G Baker 9 8 Jamie Parkes (7) 4 3 353 Sociologist (49) M Meade 9 7 R Hornby 5 4 13- Groundnut [P] (204) (CD) J Portman 9 5 5 0-8 Shrewd Approach [P] (13) (D) S Crisford 9 3 P Dobbs 7 6 4-5 Downtown Mombasa (81) Eve J-Houghton 9 0 E Greatrex 2 J Haynes 3 7 -49 Rivas Rob Roy (14) J Gallagher 8 8 S.P. f’cast: 2-1 Sociologist, 7-2 Groundnut, 5-1 Shrewd Approach, 6-1 Rastacap, 7-1 Downtown Mombasa, 10-1 Others. 6.10 Handicap (6) 7f £3,105 1 2 3 4 Robert The Painter [B] (8) D Steele 10 9 7 K Fox 6 Locommotion (7) (D) Mat Salaman 6 9 7 L Morris 2 Aye Aye Skipper [B] (28) (D) K C-Brown 8 9 5 H Crouch 7 Live Dangerously [P] (8) (CD)(C)(D) J Bridger 8 9 4(6ex) K O’Neill 1 R Tate 9 5 975 Wild Acclaim [V] (34) M Appleby 4 9 2 Hollie Doyle 5 6 -94 Three C’s [P] (41) A Wintle 4 8 12 7 937 General Gerrard [T] (44) M Madgwick 4 8 12 T Queally 11 S W Kelly 8 8 975 Kath’s Boy [T] (47) A Carroll 4 8 12 G Downing 10 9 063 Ettie Hart (8) (CD) M Channon 5 8 12 S Hitchcott 4 10006 Trust Me Boy (57) (D) J Long 10 8 12 P Dobbs 3 11 7-0 Gifted Lady (35) D P Dunne (Ire) 4 8 12 S.P. f’cast: 7-2 Ettie Hart, 4-1 Locommotion, 6-1 Live Dangerously, 7-1 Aye Aye Skipper, 8-1 Three C’s, 10-1 Others. 050 794 264 991 6.40 Handicap (6) 1m 4f £3,105 1 128 Iley Boy [P] (14) (D) (BF) J Gallagher 4 9 10 H Crouch 2 2 -00 Takeitfromalady [B] (J17) D Steele 9 9 7 K Fox 3 3 0-3 Carraigin Aonair (18) (D) (BF) Olly Murphy 6 9 5 L Morris 11 4 213 Tilsworth Lukey (27) J R Jenkins 5 9 4 L Jones 7 5 70- Lady Of Steel (147) M Madgwick 4 9 4 T Queally 8 6 34- Penny Poet (252) N Mulholland 5 9 4 T Whelan 12 7 48- All About The Pace [WS] (289) M Usher 4 9 3 J Watson (5) 5 8 /12 Outrath [V] (23) Suzi Best 8 9 3 Josephine Gordon 9 9 -78 Navajo Grey [P] (39) R Brisland 4 9 2 E Greatrex 6 10987 Royal Hall [V] (64) G L Moore 6 8 12 S W Kelly 4 11858 Nouvelle Ere [B,T] (18) A Carroll 7 8 12 G Downing 10 12 57/ Black Widow (1216) Suzi Best 7 8 12 S Hitchcott 1 S.P. f’cast: 7-2 Carraigin Aonair, 4-1 Tilsworth Lukey, 5-1 Iley Boy, 6-1 Penny Poet, 7-1 Outrath, 12-1 Others. 7.10 Novice Auction Stakes (6) 3YO 1m 2f £3,105 1 13 Morning Skye (16) (D) H Palmer 9 5 Josephine Gordon 1 2 1- Fayrouz Rose (210) R Hughes 9 4 S W Kelly 3 3 87- Stockings Lane (273) Steph Hollinshead 9 1 K O’Neill 6 4 5-8 Rainbow Jazz [V] (16) M Usher 9 0 K Fox 2 5 -50 Tesorina (9) W Knight 8 7 L Morris 5 6 Warmhearted Archie Watson 8 6 Hollie Doyle 4 S.P. f’cast: Evens Morning Skye, 9-4 Fayrouz Rose, 7-1 Rainbow Jazz, 10-1 Warmhearted, 12-1 Tesorina, 50-1 Stockings Lane. Going: Good to soft-good in places TV: Sky 415 Draw: In sprint races low numbers tend to have an advantage over five furlongs, high best over six furlongs. [B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces 7.40 Handicap (5) 1m £3,752 1 -21 Kafeel [B] (56) (D) G L Moore 7 9 7 H Crouch 5 S W Kelly 3 2 -64 Buzz Lightyere (8) (CD) (BF) P Hide 5 9 0 3 08- Duke Of North (191) (CD) J Boyle 6 8 13 Isobel Francis (7) 4 4 733 No Approval (32) (D) (BF) D Bridgwater 5 8 12 Hayley Turner 1 5 005 Shifting Star [P,T] (8) (CD)(D) J Bridger 13 8 8 K O’Neill 6 6 -33 Muthraab Aldaar (84) (BF) J Boyle 5 8 7 Hollie Doyle 2 S.P. f’cast: 2-1 Kafeel, 7-2 Buzz Lightyere, 4-1 No Approval, 5-1 Shifting Star, 7-1 Muthraab Aldaar, 12-1 Duke Of North. 8.10 Injured Jockeys Fund Handicap (6) 6f £3,105 1 808 Mercers [P] (7) (D) P Butler 4 9 8 J Watson (5) 5 2 234 Krazy Paving [B] (51) (D) Olly Murphy 6 9 7 L Morris 6 3 609 Beau Mistral (85) (CD)(C)(D) A Carroll 9 9 4 G Downing 3 4 320 Silver Penny [P] (48) (D) J Boyle 4 9 0 Josephine Gordon 4 K O’Neill 1 5 384 Pharoh Jake (40) (C)(D) J Bridger 10 9 0 6 7-9 Hangman Jury [H] (35) D Bridgwater 5 8 13 Hayley Turner 7 K Fox 2 7 750 Chip Or Pellet (12) Mark Pattinson 5 8 13 Renato Souza 8 8 -59 Jakeboy (69) S Kirk 4 8 12 S.P. f’cast: 11-8 Krazy Paving, 5-1 Silver Penny, 11-2 Pharoh Jake, 8-1 Mercers, 10-1 Beau Mistral, 12-1 Hangman Jury, Jakeboy, 14-1 Chip Or Pellet. 1 2 3 4 5 Retrieve [B,T] (J9) (C)(D) J Farrelly 11 9 11 M Harley 3 Costa Percy (187) (D) Jennie Candlish 4 9 7 J Fanning 6 Raashdy [P] (126) (CD)(C)(D) P Hiatt 5 9 7 James Doyle 4 Cool Music [P] (63) (D) A Brittain 8 8 7 C Hardie 1 Flying Power [P] (18) (CD)(D) J Norton 10 8 7 J Gormley (5) 5 6 -70 Simmo’s Partytrick (23) G Harker 5 8 7 D Fentiman 2 S.P. f’cast: 5-4 Raashdy, 3-1 Costa Percy, 5-1 Retrieve, 11-2 Cool Music, 14-1 Flying Power, 20-1 Simmo’s Partytrick. 246 3523644 775 3.35 It’s Gonna Be Bostin’! Handicap (6) 3YO 7f £3,105 1 066 Sopranos Rock (20) R Hannon 9 9 Rossa Ryan (5) 2 J Fanning 1 2 4-4 Jaalboot (41) M Johnston 9 9 O Murphy 7 3 30- Peace Prevails (204) E Vaughan 9 7 C Noble (5) 4 4 113 Geetanjali (21) (CD)(D) (BF) M Bell 9 6 R Da Silva 9 5 -70 Formiga (14) J Santos 9 6 6 328 Going Native (72) Olly Williams 9 5 Connor Murtagh (5) 6 7 00- Summerseat Mist [T] (138) H Palmer 9 3 James Doyle 5 T Marquand 3 8 479 Straight Ash [B] (28) R Hannon 9 3 9 646 Madame Jo Jo [P] (27) Sarah Hollinshead 8 8 G Malune (5) 8 S.P. f’cast: 15-8 Geetanjali, 10-3 Jaalboot, 7-1 Sopranos Rock, 8-1 Summerseat Mist, 10-1 Going Native, Straight Ash, 12-1 Others. 4.10 Handicap (3) 1m 1f 104yds £7,246 1 208 Battalion (20) J Osborne 8 9 8 D Costello 3 Joshua Bryan (5) 4 2 55- Twin Star (248) A Balding 4 9 7 3 17- Leader’s Legacy (314) S bin Suroor 4 9 6 O Murphy 5 James Doyle 6 4 23- Valcartier (284) J Gosden 4 9 2 5 -40 Swift Emperor (13) (CD) T D Barron 6 9 2 Ben Curtis 2 R Havlin 1 6 18- Celebration Day (261) S Crisford 5 9 1 S.P. f’cast: 7-4 Leader’s Legacy, 2-1 Valcartier, 6-1 Twin Star, 7-1 Celebration Day, 8-1 Swift Emperor, 16-1 Battalion. 4.45 Novice Stakes (Plus 10) (Div 1) (5) 3YO 1m 1f £3,752 1 1-0 Nawassi (14) J Gosden 9 7 R Havlin 7 Captivating Light J Ryan 9 0 Nicola Currie (5) 3 2 3 90- Club Tropicana (201) Richard Spencer 9 0 T Marquand 6 O Murphy 8 4 85- Desert Diamond (167) Sir M Stoute 9 0 Dolcissimo J Gosden 9 0 James Doyle 4 5 Inpromptu R Varian 9 0 D Muscutt 1 6 J Mitchell 5 7 5- Sary Arqa (179) R Varian 9 0 M Harley 9 8 38 Skirrid Hill (47) D M Simcock 9 0 G Wood (3) 2 9 0- Voluminous (196) J Fanshawe 9 0 S.P. f’cast: 6-4 Nawassi, 3-1 Dolcissimo, 13-2 Sary Arqa, 15-2 Desert Diamond, 10-1 Club Tropicana, 12-1 Others. 5.20 Novice Stakes (Plus 10) (Div 2) (5) 3YO 1m 1f £3,752 1 1- Homeopathic (219) Sir M Stoute 9 7 O Murphy 6 J Fanning 3 2 12- Revalue (179) C Hills 9 7 M Harley 2 3 97- Alacritas [H] (196) D M Simcock 9 0 P Cosgrave 9 4 3 Asoof (14) S bin Suroor 9 0 Derrymore J Gosden 9 0 James Doyle 5 5 R Havlin 8 6 4 Mythical Queen (14) J Gosden 9 0 Nadine M Herrington 9 0 Phil Dennis (3) 4 7 Space Talk H Dunlop 9 0 Nicola Currie (5) 7 8 J Mitchell 1 9 5 Tamaara (27) R Varian 9 0 S.P. f’cast: 5-2 Homeopathic, 7-2 Asoof, 4-1 Revalue, 9-2 Derrymore, 5-1 Mythical Queen, 16-1 Tamaara, 33-1 Others. 5.55 Apprentice Handicap (6) 1m 1f £3,105 1 69- New Delhi [T] (296) P Evans 4 9 7 Rossa Ryan 7 2 114 Stringybark Creek (34) (CD) (BF) J Farrelly 4 9 6 Darragh Keenan (3) 4 3 483 Misu Pete [P] (23) (C) M Usher 6 9 6 Pierre-Louis Jamin (5) 1 4 675 Outlaw Torn [E] (27) (CD) R C Guest 9 9 6 Connor Murtagh (3) 12 5 440 Bertie Blu Boy [B] (21) (CD) Mrs L Williamson 10 9 5 K Lundie (3) 5 6 -04 Cabal [B] (41) (CD) G Harker 11 9 4 Andrew Breslin (5) 13 7 8-2 Caribbean Spring (21) (CD) (BF) G Margarson 5 9 3 Jane Elliott 11 8 047 Filament Of Gold [B] (11) (CD)(C) R Brotherton 7 9 2 G Mahon 2 9 143 Jeremy’s Jet (35) (CD) (BF) A Carroll 7 9 1 Poppy Bridgwater (5) 3 Nicola Currie 10 10237 Noneedtotellme (2) J Unett 5 8 12 11 /60 Red Sniper (21) R Brisland 4 8 12 G Malune (3) 9 12 -09 Pivotal Dream (2) (CD) K Wingrove 5 8 12 DOUBTFUL 6 13761 Shamonix [P] (2) (CD) M Usher 4 9 3(6ex) J Gormley 8 S.P. f’cast: 3-1 Caribbean Spring, 9-2 Stringybark Creek, 11-2 Jeremy’s Jet, 6-1 Shamonix, 15-2 Others. Whistler’s Nap Lamloom (3.55 Pontefract) is today's nap for Whistler (Marcus Armytage), of The Sunday Telegraph. FINAL The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 2 May 2018 15 Sport Pontefract 2.10 EBF Novice Stakes (Plus 10) (4) 2YO 5f £5,175 1 4 Azor Ahai (12) M Channon 9 2 G Lee 2 Celebrity Dancer K Ryan 9 2 K Stott 6 2 Cemetry Wall T Easterby 9 2 D Allan 8 3 4 06 Geography Teacher (14) Roger Fell 9 2 T Hamilton 7 D Nolan 5 5 0 House Deposit [T] (9) D Carroll 9 2 6 Port of Leith M Johnston 9 2 F Norton 1 Zimazamazoom K Dalgleish 9 2 P Mulrennan 4 7 Zip R Fahey 9 2 P Hanagan 9 8 J Hart 3 9 2 Skeetah (1) (BF) J J Quinn 8 11 S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Port of Leith, 4-1 Zip, 5-1 Celebrity Dancer, 6-1 Azor Ahai, 8-1 Skeetah, 10-1 Zimazamazoom, 12-1 Others. 2.45 EBF Maiden Stakes (5) 3YO 1m 2f £5,175 1 5- Allieyf (175) W Haggas 9 5 P Mulrennan 4 Charlie Dove Kevin Frost 9 5 T Hamilton 3 2 N Garbutt (3) 1 3 60 Flat Out Eric [P] (11) L McJannet 9 5 S Gray 2 4 4-3 Kings Full (82) K Ryan 9 5 F Norton 5 5 25- Making Miracles (174) M Johnston 9 5 S.P. f’cast: 6-4 Allieyf, 13-8 Making Miracles, 3-1 Kings Full, 16-1 Charlie Dove, 66-1 Flat Out Eric. 3.20 Fillies’ Handicap (5) 1m 2f £4,528 1 41- Rayaa (166) (D) M Appleby 5 10 1 Mark Crehan (7) 1 C Lee (3) 6 2 462 Daisy Bere [V] (2) (D) K Burke 5 10 1 B McHugh 2 3 00/ Flower Power (509) T Coyle 7 10 1 4 453 Vigee Le Brun [V] (6) D O’Meara 4 9 7 Daniel Tudhope 7 A Mullen 5 5 18- Savannah Moon (225) K Ryan 4 9 6 P Mulrennan 4 6 737 Stosur [B] (28) Miss G Kelleway 7 9 6 F Norton 8 7 -40 Arcane Dancer [P] (7) L Mullaney 5 9 0 8 57- Diana Lady [H] (131) L McJannet 6 8 13 N Garbutt (3) 3 S.P. f’cast: 2-1 Vigee Le Brun, 9-4 Rayaa, 5-1 Savannah Moon, 6-1 Stosur, 12-1 Daisy Bere, 14-1 Arcane Dancer, 20-1 Others. 3.55 Handicap (4) 1m £7,763 1 7-1 2 523 504 602 5 676 507 -72 8 973 9 2-5 10 4811 2-7 12 5213 1-4 14 3015 42- Lamloom (11) (D) D O’Meara 4 9 9 Daniel Tudhope 9 Redgrave (187) (D) J Tuite 4 9 7 K Stott 16 Dasheen (186) Mrs K Tutty 5 9 7 Gemma Tutty (5) 1 Mutarakez (11) (D) Mrs R Carr 6 9 6 J P Sullivan 3 Ghayyar (251) (D) T Easterby 4 9 6 Rachel Richardson (3) 4 Remember The Days (222) (D) J O’Keeffe 4 9 5 G Lee 6 Music Seeker [T] (11) (D) D Carroll 4 9 4 Ger O’Neill (5) 11 Intense Style (4) J L Eyre 6 9 4 Faye McManoman (7) 2 Imperial Focus (36) S Waugh 5 9 3 C Beasley 15 Michele Strogoff (142) (D) M Appleby 5 9 2 A Rawlinson 8 Give It Some Teddy (9) T Easterby 4 9 1 D Allan 13 Valentino Boy (215) (D) Harriet Bethell 4 9 0 J Hart 10 Frankster [P] (9) (CD) M Hammond 5 8 13 P J McDonald 5 Im Dapper Too (217) (CD)(D) J J Davies 7 8 11 S James 7 Trinity Star [B] (205) (CD)(D) K McLintock 7 8 8 P Hanagan 12 16 6-5 Beverley Bullet [P] (6) (C) L Mullaney 5 8 7 F Norton 14 S.P. f’cast: 11-2 Frankster, 13-2 Lamloom, 15-2 Mutarakez, 8-1 Music Seeker, Intense Style, 10-1 Trinity Star, 12-1 Valentino Boy, Give It Some Teddy, Beverley Bullet, 14-1 Others. Fury wants five fights this year Marlborough 2.10 - Celebrity Dancer 2.45 - Allieyf 3.20 - Savannah Moon 3.55 - Frankster 4.30 - Cosmic Chatter 5.05 - The Right Choice 5.40 - Foxy Boy Going: Soft-good to soft in places TV: Sky 432 & Virgin 536 Draw: Low numbers best in sprints. [B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces 4.30 Handicap (4) 6f £7,763 1 -80 Dandy Highwayman (13) (D) O Pears 4 9 9 A Mullen 8 2 8-0 Short Work [B] (13) (CD)(D) D O’Meara 5 9 9 Daniel Tudhope 4 P Mulrennan 2 3 0-6 Tawny Port (16) (D) J Given 4 9 7 T Hamilton 6 4 0-2 Inner Circle (7) Roger Fell 4 9 6 D Allan 1 5 -80 Van Gerwen (13) (C)(D) J L Eyre 5 9 5 6 660 Lexington Times [P] (13) (D) Mrs R Carr 6 9 5 J P Sullivan 5 R Scott (3) 12 7 14- Kaeso (247) (D) (BF) N Tinkler 4 9 3 G Lee 11 8 0-0 Araqeel (38) P Midgley 5 9 2 9 -91 Mr Orange [V] (11) (CD)(D) P Midgley 5 9 0 H Shaw (5) 7 J Hart 3 10 28- Storm Melody (204) (D) Jonjo O’Neill 5 8 13 11 -70 Cosmic Chatter [P] (11) (CD)(C)(D) Mrs R Carr 8 8 11 K Stott 10 P Hanagan 9 12 -37 Geoff Potts (12) (D) R Fahey 5 8 9 S.P. f’cast: 3-1 Mr Orange, 5-1 Inner Circle, 7-1 Geoff Potts, Kaeso, 8-1 Storm Melody, 10-1 Tawny Port, 14-1 Araqeel, Short Work, Lexington Times, 16-1 Others. 5.05 Northern Racing College Handicap (5) 3YO 6f £3,881 1 1-5 Northern Angel (23) (D) J J Quinn 9 8 J Hart 2 D Allan 6 2 455 Queen Of Kalahari (26) (D) J L Eyre 9 7 C Lee (3) 3 3 -26 Magic Mark (95) K Burke 9 6 P Hanagan 7 4 93- The Right Choice (291) R Fahey 9 5 P Makin 4 5 -55 Leeshaan (13) Rebecca Bastiman 9 3 J P Sullivan 5 6 06- Cardaw Lily (146) Mrs R Carr 9 2 7 537 Shortbackandsides (47) S Dixon 9 1 P J McDonald 1 S.P. f’cast: 2-1 The Right Choice, 3-1 Northern Angel, 5-1 Queen Of Kalahari, 6-1 Leeshaan, 7-1 Magic Mark, 12-1 Cardaw Lily, 20-1 Shortbackandsides. 5.40 Apprentice Handicap (5) 5f £3,881 1 78- Zapper Cass (144) M Appleby 5 9 7 Mark Crehan (7) 7 2 8-0 Suitcase ‘n’ Taxi (11) (C) T Easterby 4 9 7 Hannah Worrall (5) 1 S Woods 3 3 462 Foxtrot Knight (11) (D) Mrs R Carr 6 9 5 4 6-5 Mr Strutter (107) (D) Ronald Thompson 4 9 1 Josh Quinn 4 5 476 Foxy Boy (57) (D) Rebecca Bastiman 4 9 1 R Dodsworth (3) 5 6 00- Barron’s Lad (380) Adrian Nicholls 5 8 13 B Sanderson 6 7 9-0 Kodimoor [H,T] (20) (D) C Kellett 5 8 10 Faye McManoman (5) 8 8 325 Coiste Bodhar [P] (2) (CD)(D) S Dixon 7 8 7 William Carver (5) 2 S.P. f’cast: 5-2 Foxtrot Knight, 3-1 Coiste Bodhar, 6-1 Zapper Cass, 13-2 Kodimoor, 7-1 Suitcase ‘n’ Taxi, 10-1 Foxy Boy, Mr Strutter, 20-1 Barron’s Lad. B OX I N G tember and then December, “by which time he will be ready to challenge for bigger things”. Fury is central to new plans by BT Sport to create pay-per-view events and was one of a number of boxers who attended a launch by the broadcaster at BT Tower in London yesterday. “Frank Warren has told me umpteen times I will be busy,” he said. “I’m going to have four or five fights this year. Maybe six, who knows? I can’t get enough, I love boxing that much. If anyone can do it, the magic man can do it. “I don’t feel depressed, I feel happiness. People feel depressed for a reason. You need to find it and sort it out. But boxing is my medicine.” It has not been lost on Fury that many fans appear to crave his re- turn. “I believe I am more popular now than when I was world champion. A lot of people can relate to the problems I’ve been through. I’m a bit of an inspiration because they know that, if I can come through it, anyone can. I box for those people. I’m living proof you can get over it.” Nor will he go all out for title fights with Joshua or Wilder. “This is the Tyson Fury roadshow – it’s not about anyone else. Wilder or Joshua don’t possess anything I need. I have the best belt you can get – the lineal belt. To be considered world champion of their era they have to beat me.” Australia’s scrum-half Nick Phipps has apologised for urinating on a bar while wearing a cow costume during his stag night at a Sydney venue. “I’m a goose, if I’m going to do the crime, I’ll pay the time,” the 29-year-old said. deemed to be legal by the International Cricket Council following reassessment. Hafeez, who has been suspended three times over his bowling, has been out for six months and undertook remedial work at Loughborough University. he said on Twitter last night. Woods has been trying out the TaylorMade clubs for a while and wants to test them in competition. Cricket Golf By Gareth A Davies BOXING CORRESPONDENT Tyson Fury believes staying active is the best antidote to his depression, insisting “boxing is my medicine” as he prepares for his return to action in Manchester on June 9. The 29-year-old, who has been out of the ring for 30 months, said yesterday he wants to fight “five times this year”, with title shots against incumbent champions Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder not his priority. Frank Warren, Fury’s promoter, favoured a more cautious return, suggesting the former world heavyweight champion would fight in June, Sep- Tyson Fury’s comeback is live on BT Sport on June 9. Sport in brief Rugby Union Pakistan off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez has been cleared to resume bowling after his action was Tiger Woods will use a new set of irons at this week’s Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina, Rugby League Zimbabwe-born Titus Tendei Gwaze has moved closer to joining fellow countryman Masimbaashe Matongo in Super League after signing for Wakefield. The 19-year-old has joined on a one-year contract. 16 *** Wednesday 2 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph Final whistle Programmes risk being consigned to history, but Daniel Schofield says revitalising the staid content can still save them Football’s match-day magazines must adapt to survive have been hiding a dirty I secret from my wife for about three years now. It lies in a dark cupboard, hidden in a suitcase we never use. I promised to throw them out. I promised I was through with them. I knew it was illogical to keep them, that they were taking up space we needed, but in the end I could not bring myself to throw away my collection of 300-odd Gillingham programmes from 19962002 (the glory years). I even researched online if there was someone willing to take them off my hands for free, like trying to re-home an unwanted kitten. Unsurprisingly there were no takers. And so I said I had thrown them in the recycling, but stashed them, deferring a painful conversation for another day. I never consciously started a collection, but for mine and previous generations, programmes were an essential part of match day. Away programmes were badges of honour and one of my proudest possessions was a Bristol Rovers programme from a Boxing Day fixture that was postponed an hour before kick-off. It was the only memento of a nine-hour round trip. So the news that the Football League is voting on whether their production should continue to be compulsory instinctively filled me with sadness. Along with the extinction of black boots and the advent of half and half scarves, it feeds my growing disconnect with modern football. Then I remembered how vapid and generic today’s programmes actually are. With some honourable exceptions, w the same they all follow nager formula: Manager itely notes – definitely not written by the manager – is explaining his ent disappointment game at the seven-game ut losing run, but with the supporters’ Running out off time: ace a Programmes face vote on their future uture I could not bring myself to throw away my collection of 300-odd Gillingham programmes backing we will definitely get back on track; chairman notes, echoing this same disappointment and a potshot at scurrilous press reports that he is about to sack said manager; a look back at some of the high points from our last game, a 5-0 shellacking; a profile of the opposition who are about to administer another shellacking; a powder-puff interview with the record signing who says he has barely even paid attention to his 20-game goal drought; a fixture list containing a lot more red than green; and if you are lucky maybe two players answering the same set ab of questions about which squad member has the haircut That is worst haircut. p 48 glossy pages of nothing nothing. All yours for £4. Twent years Twenty progr ago, programmes p served a purpose. P e-interne Pr Pre-internet, opposition profiles genui were genuinely informative Maybe it informative. is my imagi imagination but the player interviews in were also occasionally oc revealing. It was also the club’s only means of direct communication with the supporters. So can programmes continue to survive in the 21st century? Yes, but only if they adapt from their staid formula. Certain clubs have already broken the mould, pioneered by non-league Lewes FC. Last season, West Bromwich Albion produced an excellent series of pastiche album covers, including Jonas Olsson as Ziggy Stardust. The content too can be revitalised. How about producing oral histories of famous matches or providing an uncensored crossover to the writer of a club’s fanzines? Or simply introduce a sense of humour that is so desperately lacking in virtually all official club communications. Producing unique, original artwork and content would hopefully make programmes worth buying once more and then, in 20 years, someone else will have to explain to their partner what is lurking in that disused suitcase.