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SPORT
August 27, 2017
thesundaytimes.co.uk/sport
INJURY FORCES
ANDY MURRAY
OUT OF US OPEN
PAGE 13
SUPER SUBS FIRE
MAN UTD TO 2-0 WIN
OVER LEICESTER
PAGE 3
CHARLES MCQUILLAN
32 41
ENGLAND
Final
agony
NEW ZEALAND
England let
slip 17-5 lead
as New Zealand
storm back to
win World Cup
Carvalho
rethink as
doubts
grow over
Bilic future
Duncan Castles
West Ham United?s proposed club-record
move for William Carvalho has been
placed in jeopardy by their poor earlyseason form, and the abilities of manager
Slaven Bilic. Their 3-0 defeat at Newcastle
United, whose manager, Rafa Benitez, is
being linked with the West Ham job, left
the Hammers bottom of the Premier
League without a point after the opening
three fixtures.
Bilic led the club to 11th place in their
debut campaign at the London stadium
but has overseen a run of just three wins
in 17 Premier League games dating back
to February. That woeful form is understood to have led West Ham?s owners to
reconsider the proposed investment in
Portugal midfielder Carvalho.
Sporting rejected a first offer earlier
this month and have asked West Ham to
Bilic: three wins in 17 for bottom club
increase their bid by about �, to �m.
Although Bilic has made it clear he considers Carvalho fundamental to his plans
for the season, West Ham joint-chairman
David Sullivan is still to sanction an
improved bid for the 25-year-old.
According to a West Ham source, Sullivan has questioned Bilic?s tactical decisions in defeats at Manchester United and
Southampton, and the quality of his
expensive summer signings Marko
Arnautovic, from Stoke, and Javier Hernandez, from Bayer Leverkusen.
Carvalho has already agreed personal
terms with West Ham that will more than
double his after-tax wage to �,000 a
week plus bonuses. Asked about progress
on the transfer last week, Bilic said:
?Nothing new. It is a position we have
been trying to do [strengthen] for a couple of seasons now.?
If Carvalho does go to West Ham, it is
believed Sporting will make a bid for
Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell.
Early warning: Selica Winiata breaks clear from Lydia Thompson of England to score New Zealand?s first try. The Red Roses led at half-time but were overwhelmed in the second half. Match report, page 11
HAMMERS HUMBLED, PAGE 4
Guardiola sees red as Sterling is sent off for celebrating
Ian Hawkey
Vitality stadium
Pep Guardiola, the
Manchester City manager,
criticised referee Mike Dean?s
decision to send off Raheem
Sterling after he scored his
side?s late winning goal in the
2-1 defeat of Bournemouth.
Sterling ran to the City
supporters to celebrate after
striking the winner seven
minutes into stoppage time.
Dean waited until the players
were ready to restart the
game before showing the
England player a second
yellow card, followed by a
red.
?Maybe somebody can
explain it to me,? said
Guardiola, asking: ?You
cannot celebrate with fans??
He suggested, with irony, that
the possible ?solution? to
players celebrating
enthusiastically with fans
would be: ?Don?t invite fans
[to matches]. Maybe we
should play without fans.
When Bournemouth score a
goal, they go to celebrate with
fans.?
The red card proved just
the start of a chaotic ending
of the game, which included
claims and denials about
Sergio Aguero, a City
substitute, hitting a steward
during the melee.
Dorset police were
believed to be investigating
the claim that a steward was
hit by a City player, alleged to
be Aguero, during the late
celebrations. But
Bournemouth dramatically
put out a statement last night
claiming it was a
?misunderstanding?.
The statement read: ?AFC
Bournemouth are aware of an
alleged incident which
occurred following
Manchester City?s second
goal at Vitality stadium on
Saturday.
?The club have been
advised that due to a
misunderstanding, an earlier
statement alleging assault has
been withdrawn and no
assault took place.
?AFC Bournemouth
recognises that stewards and
police were carrying out their
duties in preventing
encroachment onto the pitch,
ALEX JAMES
Flash point: Sergio Aguero remonstrates with steward
with the safety of players and
supporters in mind. The club
will make no further
comment on the matter.?
Aguero had already denied
the allegation that he hit a
steward. He posted on
Twitter: ?Great win today! On
this story about their
steward, I did not hit anyone,
this allegation is false, and the
tv pictures prove it. C?mon
City.?
Eddie Howe, the
Bournemouth manager, said
of Sterling?s dismissal:
?Nobody wants to see red
cards.?
However, he insisted that
he did not have a clear sight
of what happened after the
goal. He and Guardiola had
been involved in an argument
shortly before the goal, about
whether or not City?s players
had properly observed
protocol on returning the ball
to the opposition after a
stoppage.
?I apologise if he was
upset,? said Guardiola of the
confrontation with Howe.
City have now had players
sent off in their past two
matches. Kyle Walker, an
England teammate of
Sterling?s, was dismissed
against Everton on Monday,
also for two yellow cards.
?We missed Walker
[because of his suspension],?
said Guardiola, ?and now
Raheem will not be able to
play against Liverpool.?
City?s next Premier League
match is against Liverpool,
Sterling?s former club, on
September 9.
In yesterday?s other
Premier League matches,
Manchester United beat
Leicester City 2-0 to stay top
of the table, and Newcastle
got their first points of the
season with a 3-0 win over
West Ham, who are bottom of
the league. Crystal Palace?s
poor start continued with a
2-0 home defeat by Swansea.
Huddersfield are second in
the table after a 0-0 draw at
home to Southampton and
there were also no goals at
Vicarage Lane in the match
between Watford and
Brighton.
STERLING'S FINISH, PAGE 2
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SPORT FOOTBALL
GERRY PENNY
Huddersfield
join high society
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN
SOUTHAMPTON
0
0
John Aizlewood
John Smith?s stadium
Sterling?s storming finish
BOURNEMOUTH
Daniels 13
MANCHESTER CITY
Jesus 21, Sterling 90+7
1
2
S
S Cook
FOOTBALL
SHORTS
Ake
A Smith
Mings
Arter
King
Sterling
Daniels
Surman
Gosling
Ian Hawkey
Vitality stadium
ometimes,? said Pep Guardiola, after descending from
the roller-coaster that had
roared through his lunchtime
on the south coast, ?we need
an uncomfortable moment to
be who we are.? For the sake
of the Manchester City manager?s long-term health, it
might be better if those
moments were rationed.
Guardiola?s City snatched their victory
as seven uncomfortable minutes of
added time were coming to an end. In
their glee, there was another uncomfortable moment still, when the scorer of the
winning goal, Raheem Sterling was sent
off, having received a yellow card ? his
second in a match where referee Mike
Dean issued 11 cautions in all ? for engaging too exuberantly with City supporters
in his celebrations. Guardiola thought the
punishment excessive. ?What?s the solution?? he asked, and offered ironically:
?Don?t invite the crowd??
Guardiola added that he is looking forward to having Sterling?s offence
explained to him, and was quick to
remind that the dismissal, which will
keep Sterling out of the next Premier
League fixture against Liverpool, is
added to a list of uncomfortable
moments already this season. He is still
vexed about Kyle Walker?s two yellow
cards in the draw against Everton last
Monday.
3-5-2
Begovic
Defoe
Jesus
B Silva
De Bruyne
D Silva
Fernandinho
Mendy
4-3-3
Otamendi
Kompany
Danilo
Ederson
A contest high on entertainment and
suspense, with a stunning opening goal
from Charlie Daniels, was always likely to
test the temperaments of those in the
technical areas, and Guardiola and
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe had
been involved in a robust exchange of
views before the dramatic denouement.
The managers disagreed about whether
City?s players had properly respected the
conventions for returning the ball to the
opposition after a stoppage. ?If he was
upset,? said Guardiola of Howe, ?I apologise.?
Howe would endure a far more uncomfortable moment than his row with
Guardiola, and it was hard not to feel for
the losing team, particularly as Bournemouth had been so close to their first
point of the season. For all the controversies, it was a marvellous contest.
ZIDANE: RONALDO NOT GOING ANYWHERE
Zinedine Zidane, the Real Madrid coach,
insisted yesterday that Cristiano
Ronaldo, below, would not be leaving
the club this summer. Ronaldo, Madrid?s
record goalscorer who has been linked
with a move back to his former club
Manchester United, is unhappy about
serious tax fraud allegations from public
prosecutors in Spain and described a
five-match suspension he recently
received from the Spanish football
federation for pushing a referee as
?persecution?. However, Zidane said
ahead of today?s match against
Valencia: ?There has been a lot of
talk, but Cristiano is here and he
won?t move from here.? He
added: ?This is his club, his
team, his city. I think he is
delighted with
everything that he has
here.? Zidane?s comments
came on the day Real
Madrid?s official Twitter
account was hacked, with a
post welcoming Lionel Messi to
the club appearing on their feed.
CLUBS LINE UP FOR CHELSEA?S REMY
Newcastle United, Stoke City,
Swansea City and West Bromwich
Albion have all expressed an
interest in signing Loic Remy from
Chelsea before the transfer
The home team, as Howe confessed,
spent long periods geared to disrupting
City?s passing game. But Bournemouth
also provided the most breathtaking
moment of individual skill. Daniels? goal
was magnificent, a first-time volley
straight as an arrow and as powerful as an
Exocet. The ball fell to him on the leftflank outskirts of the penalty area, after
Dan Gosling had an effort headed clear by
Vincent Kompany. Kompany?s next sensation was to catch a brief glimpse and
probably feel the backdraft of Daniels?
shot as it whistled over the City skipper
and well beyond Ederson?s reach, rippling the netting just behind the crossbar.
City slowly turned the screw from then
on, their full-backs, the new signings
Danilo and Benjamin Mendy, stretching
Bournemouth and the quartet of Kevin de
Bruyne, Sterling and the two Silvas, David
and Bernardo, ensuring City took out
their heavy stake in the possession ratio.
City equalised thanks to the quick wits
of Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilian took a free
kick just inside the Bournemouth half
almost immediately Dean had awarded it,
and David Silva then spotted Jesus?s subsequent run into a position of threat. Silva
measured his pass precisely and Jesus, a
stride ahead of Nathan Ake, finished in
style. Ake had difficulties dealing with
Jesus, and might have been sent off for
tripping the Brazilian in the first half.
Jesus, who sustained the metatarsal
injury that disrupted his first year in
English football at this stadium in February, will trouble many more defenders in
the coming months.
As Howe and Guardiola argued, the
minutes to be added on mounted. City
pressed, and when Bournemouth
launched a counterattack in the sixth
minute of additional time, Howe was irritated by Dean?s awarding of a free kick
against substitute Lys Mousset. From
there, City took up the quest one last time
and Sterling struck.
window closes on Thursday, writes
Duncan Castles. The France
international, 30, has been left on the
periphery of Antonio Conte?s first-team
squad, with the Italian coach asking
Chelsea?s board to sign another centreforward in addition to Alvaro Morata,
the club?s record capture from Real
Madrid. With just one year left on his
contract, Remy could be included
in an offer for Swansea striker
Fernando Llorente.
SANCHES BOOST FOR
ENGLISH SIDES
Liverpool and Chelsea
were given a boost in
their bid to sign Renato
Sanches, 20, after the
Portugal international
defender was left out of
Bayern Munich?s squad for
yesterday?s 2-0 win at Werder
Bremen at his own request. The
German champions beat Manchester
United to the signature of Sanches for
�m at the start of last season, but he
has struggled to cement a place in
Bayern?s starting team.
DAVINSON READY FOR TOTTENHAM
Davinson Sanchez, Tottenham?s record
�m signing from Ajax, has received
his work permit and international
clearance, making him available for
The England player kept his cool admirably to receive Danilo?s pass and with his
next touch to chip the ball over Asmir
Begovic. He then rushed towards the section of City fans, some of whom had
vaulted over advertising hoardings. Once
Sterling was back in his half of the pitch,
Dean signalled to him that the celebrations had crossed a line.
Star man: Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)
Yellow cards: Bournemouth: Ake, A Smith, S Cook,
Mings, Arter Manchester City: Kompany, Otamendi,
Mendy, D Silva, Sterling
Red card: Manchester City: Sterling
Referee: M Dean Attendance: 10,419
Bournemouth: Begovic 7, S Cook 7, Ake 5, Mings 6, A
Smith 6, Gosling 7, Surman 7, Arter 6, Daniels 7, King 7,
Defoe 6 (Afobe 73min, 5, Mousset 90+4min, 5)
Substitutes: Boruc, B Smith, L Cook, Fraser, Ibe
Manchester City: Ederson 7, Danilo 7, Kompany 7,
Otamendi 6, Mendy 7, D Silva 7 (Stones 90+10min, 4),
Fernandinho 6, De Bruyne 8, B Silva 6 (Aguero 66min,
7), Jesus 7 (Sane 82min, 5), Sterling 7 Substitutes:
Bravo, Mangala, Delph, Toure
PREMIER LEAGUE
Man Utd
Huddersfield
Man City
West Brom
Watford
Southampton
Liverpool
Everton
Swansea
Tottenham
Arsenal
Chelsea
Burnley
Newcastle
Stoke
Leicester
Brighton
Bournemouth
Crystal Palace
West Ham
P W
3 3
3 2
3 2
2 2
3 1
3 1
2 1
2 1
3 1
2 1
2 1
2 1
2 1
3 1
2 1
3 1
3 0
3 0
3 0
3 0
D
0
1
1
0
2
2
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
L F A
0 10 0
0 4 0
0 5 2
0 2 0
0 5 3
0 3 2
0 4 3
0 2 1
1 2 4
1 3 2
1 4 4
1 4 4
1 3 3
2 3 3
1 1 1
2 5 6
2 0 4
3 1 5
3 0 6
3 2 10
GD Pts
10 9
4 7
3 7
2 6
2 5
1 5
1 4
1 4
-2 4
1 3
0 3
0 3
0 3
0 3
0 3
-1 3
-4 1
-4 0
-6 0
-8 0
What a card:
Raheem Sterling
fires home the
winning goal for
Manchester City
in the seventh
minute of
stoppage time
against
Bournemouth but
his celebrations
with City fans
crossed the line
as far as referee
Mike Dean, inset,
was concerned
and earned the
player a second
yellow card
Gloriously and crazily,
Huddersfield Town needed
just a point to sit at the
pinnacle of English football,
at least until Manchester
United went top by beating
Leicester City 2-0 two hours
later.
Huddersfield got it, albeit
clinging on to their dream at
the death against a
Southampton side who were
soporific in the first half but
super in the second. Both
teams are undefeated.
Huddersfield have yet to
concede a league goal and,
whisper it softly, not least
because nobody around
these parts dare tempt fate by
saying it out loud, but if
Leicester City?s raggle-taggle
band of make-do-?n?-menders
could win the title two years
ago, why can?t Huddersfield?s
kids and journeymen
rekindle the long-dormant
ghost of Herbert Chapman
and repeat the supposedly
once-in-a-lifetime trick?
?I?m a worker, not a
dreamer,? declared
Huddersfield head coach
David Wagner, who agreed
personal terms with Leeds
United goalkeeper Robert
Green on Friday and who
takes his team to Hamburg to
face Altona 93 in a friendly a
week today. ?I?m proud and
happy that we?ve had a
perfect start, but it?s only a
start. The players are learning
that if they follow their ideals,
they have a chance in the
Premier League.?
In truth, there are myriad
reasons why Huddersfield
may not emulate Leicester
and some of them were
evident yesterday. Their
squad is supermodel-thin and
they lack a truly clinical
finisher, but in these giddy,
heady days, a town can but
imagine. What Huddersfield
do have is a game plan that
pivots around the toughtackling Aaron Mooy and the
swaggering Philip Billing in
midfield, supported by a
parsimonious defence and
three nimble forwards
playing behind Steve Mounie.
Southampton, though,
have been there and done
that. Viperish on the break,
they created the first real
chance 12 minutes in when
Steven Davis threaded a
through ball inside Tommy
Smith to Nathan Redmond,
who ran on and rolled a low
shot just wide of Jonas Lossl?s
far post.
Huddersfield chipped
away, harrying Southampton.
They had possession,
chances, everything but the
goals. Rajiv van La Parra, the
first Premier League
footballer to be named after
India?s sixth prime minister,
Rajiv Gandhi, was a hive of
industry on the left. He
fashioned chances for Elias
Kachunga and Mounie before
Maya Yoshida misjudged a
bouncing ball to allow Tom
Ince to test Fraser Forster.
Forster was less adept just
before the break when he
patted Chris Lowe?s cross into
Kachunga?s path, only to
recover brilliantly when it
seemed the GermanCongolese striker was set to
guide home his first Premier
League goal and
Southampton survived to
regroup and replot. They reemerged a different, more
dangerous team.
Once Van La Parra
departed in the wake of a
blunderbuss Cedric Soares
challenge, Southampton
pressed hard and pushed up,
offering supportive
nourishment to the hitherto
starved Manolo Gabbiadini.
When Shane Long replaced
the anonymous record
signing Mario Lemina, one
striker became two, although
only for seven minutes until,
much to the travelling
support?s disgruntlement,
Gabbiadini himself was
hooked. Southampton
finished the stronger and
they came closest of all in
added time when Long
crossed and Ryan Bertrand
thundered a header towards
goal, only for Smith to hook it
off the line.
?We were better than them
in the second half,? reflected
Southampton manager
Mauricio Pellegrino, who
predicted that defender Virgil
van Dijk will ?still be with us?
when the transfer window
closes on Friday.
Still, as Smith was engulfed
by teammates at the end,
only the most flint-hearted
could begrudge Huddersfield
their moment of fortune: the
fairytale isn?t over yet.
Star man: Rajiv van La Parra
(Huddersfield)
Yellow cards: Southampton: Romeu
Referee: S Attwell Attendance: 23,548
Huddersfield: Lossl 7, Smith 7, Lowe 6,
Schindler 6, Zanka 6, Mooy 7, Billing 6
(Williams 61min, 5), Kachunga 6
(Quaner 88min, 4), Ince 5, Van La Parra
7 (Palmer 56min, 6), Mounie 6
Substitutes: Coleman, Malone, Lolley,
Hefele
Southampton: Forster 6, Soares 6,
Stephens 7, Yoshida 6, Bertrand 6,
Lemina 5 (Long 64min, 7), Romeu 6,
Tadic 6 (McQueen 74min, 5), Davis 6,
Redmond 6, Gabbiadini 6 (Ward-Prowse
71min, 5) Substitutes: McCarthy,
Hoedt, Austin, Boufal
PAUL CURRIE
Foot in: Kasey Palmer tackles Southampton?s Oriol Romeu
today?s Premier League game against
Burnley at Wembley. The 21-year-old
Colombian central defender, inset,
joined Spurs last week on a six-year
deal.
MUSTAFI ?AGREES TO JOIN INTER?
Shkodran Mustafi, the Arsenal defender,
has agreed to join Inter Milan, according
to reports from Italy. The Serie A
club are keen to take the
German, who joined the
Gunners from Valencia
in August last year for
�m, on a seasonlong loan, with the
option to buy the 25year-old World Cup
winner.
WIMBLEDON OFF MARK
AFC Wimbledon picked
up their first League One
win of the season, 2-0 against
Doncaster. Ghana international Kwesi
Appiah gave the hosts a 58th-minute
lead and Andy Barcham added another
two minutes later. Blackburn cruised to
a 4-1 victory against MK Dons. Derrick
Williams? second-minute opener was
cancelled out by Ed Upson, but a
Charlie Mulgrew brace and Dominic
Samuel?s late strike sealed the points.
Patrick Bauer and Josh Magennis
helped Charlton win 2-0 at Rotherham,
while a Tom Eaves hat-trick secured
Gillingham a 3-3 draw against
Southend.
EXETER GO TOP AFTER THRILLER
Exeter are the new leaders of League
Two after they edged a seven-goal
thriller at 10-man Cheltenham. The
hosts had led 2-0 through Kevin
Dawson?s brace, but Exeter drew level
before half-time. Jordan Moore-Taylor
pulled one back in the 39th minute with
a fierce drive and Reuben Reid
equalised with a close-range finish.
Jamie Grimes was sent off for bringing
down Jake Taylor in the box, with Reid
scoring from the spot, and Taylor then
added a fourth before Dan Holman
made it 4-3 at the end. Newport went
second as Frank Nouble marked his first
home appearance with a hat-trick in a
4-1 win over Chesterfield. Adebayo
Akinfenwa scored twice to earn
Wycombe a 3-2 win at Grimsby, who
had a player sent off for the fifth
consecutive match.
MESSI HITS DOUBLE AFTER PENALTY MISS
Lionel Messi missed a 38th-minute
penalty but then scored twice as
Barcelona won 2-0 at Alaves. It took his
tally to 350 La Liga goals. Fernando
Pacheco?s brilliant save was the 20th
time Messi had missed from the spot
from 96 penalties for club and country.
CELTIC SALVAGE LATE DRAW
Celtic hung on to their long unbeaten
domestic run when substitute Callum
McGregor?s late strike earned the home
side a 1-1 draw. The champions,
unbeaten in 52 games against Scottish
opponents, went behind when a poor
clearance from goalkeeper Craig
Gordon left Steven MacLean, above,
with time to knock the ball into the net.
Saints, the last Scottish side to beat
Celtic, in May 2016, survived until the
80th minute when McGregor got the
breakthrough with a low drive. Both
sides remain unbeaten in the league
after four games, but it is Aberdeen who
are top of the table after their 4-3 win at
Partick Thistle.
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De Boer?s strugglers can learn from Swansea?s work ethic
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CRYSTAL PALACE
SWANSEA CITY
Abraham 44, Ayew 48
Michael Calvin
Selhurst Park
If football management was
an authentic meritocracy
rather than a series of fashion
statements, Paul Clement
would get greater credit for
keeping Swansea in the
Premier League. He has a
modern vision of how the
game should be played, a
track record of engaging the
biggest players, and a CV that
is both cosmopolitan and
convincing.
Frank de Boer, blithely
excused a 72-day failure at
Inter Milan and struggling to
impose a culture shift on
unheeding Crystal Palace
players, already seems a
CHRIS FAIRWEATHER
flawed appointment. A Sam
Allardyce team expected to
conform to the tactical
principles of Johan Cruyff,
Palace enter the international
break goalless, pointless and,
judging by the boos at the
final whistle, friendless.
Swansea?s first Premier
League win of the season
reflected their comfort with
the patient, possession
football that is the hallmark of
their head coach. Clement
has given his players black
laminated cards, on which
are inscribed six tenets of
behaviour and 10 standards
of performance which form
the Swansea Way. One reads,
simply: ?Work Hard. Work
Smart. Work Together.?
It remains to be seen if that
will be enough to secure
survival. Goals from Tammy
Abraham and Jordan Ayew
either side of half-time were
decisive, though Clement?s
perfectionism prompted him
to criticise a lack of impact in
the last quarter of the match.
?We?re a club that has to
believe the impossible is
possible,? he said. ?Mental
toughness is important. We
are going to go through tough
times. It is how we deal with
adversity as a group, about
our perseverance and
endurance. It is not just about
having the will to win. As
Vince Lombardi and Bobby
Knight said, it is having the
will to prepare to win.?
The reference to two
fabled figures in North
American sport hints at the
breadth of his background.
Five years as a PE teacher
enabled him to develop
intellectual rigour and
communication skills. He has
won the Premier League and
Champions League as
assistant manager, and
progressed from community
programmes through
academy football to senior
roles at four of the biggest
clubs in the world.
One of four Englishmen
managing in the Premier
League, he will draw upon a
distinctive set of influences in
what will be another difficult
season. He learned, in
assisting Carlo Ancelotti at
Chelsea, Paris St-Germain,
Real Madrid and Bayern
Munich, the importance of a
leader?s comfort in his own
skin. He seeks advice from Sir
Alex Ferguson and saw the
effectiveness of the creative
tension Jose Mourinho
consciously imposes on those
around him.
He hopes to have three
new players when the
window closes on Thursday
night. A recruitment strategy
that seeks to combine his
contacts and coaching
instincts with the analytical
rigidity of Dan Altman, the
FOOTBALL RESULTS P14
club?s sabermetrician, will be
tested to destruction in a
transfer market that has the
spirit of a brawl in a Wild
West saloon.
Swansea have brought in
�m over the summer and,
though record signing Sam
Clucas had an outstanding
debut in a deep-lying midfield
role, have so far reinvested
only �m. The protracted
sale of Gylfi Sigurdsson
restricted the club?s capacity
to operate and inflated the
price of potential recruits.
Given the prevailing climate
of avarice and anarchy,
Clement speaks with obvious
frustration of ?deals which
suddenly disappear?.
Swansea?s weakness is still
likely to be a lack of goals, the
majority of which were
scored last season by
Sigurdsson and Fernando
Llorente, a distant, distracted
individual. Wilfried Bony?s
hunger and self-belief are
questionable, since he has
scored only eight times in 30
he dominated Martin Kelly
was ominous and instructive.
The substitute?s nightmare
intensified just after the break
when he lost possession to
Kyle Naughton inside his own
half. Ayew made a perfectlytimed run and bustled past
Wayne Hennessey to score.
Palace?s response was
intermittently breathless but
left De Boer reflecting on a
lack of quality and courage.
His mood suggested he
didn?t expect many of his
players to listen.
Swans way: Jordan Ayew beats Wayne Hennessey to score
months since leaving for
Manchester City, but an �m
return transfer remains likely.
Abraham, the England
Under-21 striker on a seasonlong loan from Chelsea,
responded to Clement?s
reminder that he is ?not here
on work experience?. He?s
hardly an impoverished
intern ? at 19 he is paid
�,000 a week and affords
such extravagances as buying
his father a �4,000 Bentley.
He has a good touch,
physical resilience and
intelligent movement. His
goal, a firm side-footed volley
from an angled pass by Leroy
Fer, was Swansea?s first shot
on target in the league this
season. The ease with which
Star man: Sam Clucas (Swansea)
Yellow cards: Crystal Palace: Benteke,
Puncheon, Ward, Cabaye Swansea: Fer
Referee: A Marriner Attendance: 23,477
Crystal Palace: Hennessey 6, FosuMensah 6, Dann 6, Tomkins 5 (Kelly
42min, 4), Ward 5, Milivojevic 5 (Cabaye
59min, 6), McArthur 6, Van Aanholt 4
(Lee 45min, 5), Townsend 7, Puncheon
6, Benteke 5 Substitutes: Speroni,
Schlupp, Lokilo, Anderson
Swansea: Fabianski 6, Van der Hoorn 6
(Routledge 68min, 6), Fernandez 6,
Mawson 7, Olsson 6, Clucas 8, Fer 7,
Carroll 6, Naughton 6 (Rangel 88min,
6), Ayew 7, Abraham 7 (McBurnie 77min,
6) Substitutes: Nordfeldt, Mesa, Fulton,
Narsingh
ANDREW YATES
4-2-3-1
De Gea
Valencia
Mata
Bailly
Jones
Matic
Pogba
Mkhitaryan
Red face: Romelu Lukaku
sees Kasper Schmeichel
save his penalty, but the
Leicester goalkeeper
was finally beaten by
substitutes Marcus
Rashford and
Marouane Fellaini
Blind
Martial
Lukaku
Vardy
Okazaki
Albrighton
James
Ndidi
Mahrez
Fuchs
Maguire
Morgan
Simpson
4-4-1-1
Schmeichel
MANCHESTER UNITED
Rashford 70, Fellaini 82
LEICESTER CITY
2
0
Jonathan Northcroft
Football correspondent
Old Trafford
T
here is a pattern to Jose Mourinho?s substitutions. He?s the
card sharp who waits for the
other guy to bet then pushes
the chips in himself. Against
West Ham, Swansea and now
Leicester the same: first
changes from the opposing
manager then counter measures from Jose. Then a goal
burst for Manchester United ? and the
win.
Here, a taut game was balanced at 0-0
with Leicester?s fierce collective nullifying United?s far greater threats. And so
Craig Shakespeare went for it, introducing Demarai Gray and Andy King. And so
Mourinho reached for Marcus Rashford.
In making his changes Shakespeare
had removed Leicester?s perhaps two
hardest-working, team-focused footballers. Mourinho figured there would be
less resistance to United counters, and
more spaces to attack. Rashford replaced
the more studied Juan Mata and, three
minutes after entering the field, he was
cracking open deadlocks.
Having an extra tall player on the field
encouraged Mourinho to go for it at a corner. He was talking to Jesse Lingard and
not watching the play when Henrikh
Mkhitaryan delivered it, but was behind
the ruse that Shakespeare later identified: ?they had six players in the box
rather than the usual five.? Rashford did
the canny striker?s thing of staying put
while others went on the move and the
ball reached him in space. His firm volley
bounced into the ground and over Kasper
Schmeichel for 1-0.
It was Mkhitaryan?s fifth assist ? equalling Ruel Fox?s Premier League record for
the first three games of a season ? and
already there is talk of Thierry Henry?s 15year-old record for assists in a campaign
(20) being under threat. Mourinho,
though, wants to discourage any United
Seagulls
fire blanks
again after
Britos sees
red for
awful lunge
Rashford ignites United?s fire
player from getting ahead of themselves.
?I am not carried away. Three matches,
nine points and the 10-0 goal difference is
good. But it is three matches,? he said.
After Rashford?s strike Leicester
chased the equaliser and he sent Marouane Fellaini and Lingard on, and there
was an inevitability when this pair combined to put the result beyond doubt.
Inside the box, Lingard tried to find
Schmeichel?s far corner with a shot and
Fellaini converted with a spindly knee.
It was scruffy and perhaps offside but
it had Usain Bolt celebrating in the directors? box. Seven of United?s 10 goals in
2017-18 have followed substitutions. They
are bench-pressing the rest of the league.
?The story is not only the manager
makes changes,? Mourinho said. ?It?s
down to very good players.? Spending
WATFORD
BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
0
0
Paul Rowan
Vicarage Road
Goalless after three games,
more evidence emerged here
that Brighton are
undercooked in their efforts
to stay in the Premier League
as they failed to break down a
Watford team playing with 10
men for more than an hour,
after Miguel Britos was sent
off for an awful tackle on
Anthony Knockaert.
That incident on 24
minutes was the main talking
�0m does get you somewhere after all.
United?s strength in depth is prodigious
and their possible advantage over rivals
with equally good first XIs. They?ve had
six different scorers already this campaign ? and Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still to
return. Mourinho made calming gestures
to the crowd as the minutes ebbed: this
was always under control, he was saying.
But no it wasn?t. Leicester did too
many things well for that to be the case
and Old Trafford grew nervous when
they were briefly ascendant in the aftermath of Romelu Lukaku missing a penalty. It was awarded, softly, in the 53rd
minute when Anthony Martial?s cross
struck Danny Simpson?s arm. It was hard
to be certain of deliberate contact though
maybe Michael Oliver?s thinking was that
Simpson had time to get his arm out of
point of an ordinary game.
Britos is a liability who has
made himself dispensable,
even though Watford?s new
head coach Marco Silva
pleaded the fifth when it was
pointed out that this was the
defender?s third red card in
his past 11 league games at
home. ?We need to keep
focus and keep our emotional
balance and he didn?t do
that,? said Silva, who is
thought to be interested in
signing the Arsenal full-back
Kieran Gibbs. ?Britos talked
to his teammates and what he
told we keep in our dressing
room.?
Watford?s regular left-back
Jose Holebas was suspended
so Britos was switched from a
central role to left-back, with
Christian Kabasele coming
into central defence. In the
the way. Lukaku?s effort from the spot
was struck hard but a little too close to
Schmeichel, who capped a marvellous
performance with an unerring stop.
?We did well for large chunks of the
game and frustrated them,? Shakespeare
was correct to say. Sat deep, banked in
fours, with Okazaki and Jamie Vardy scurrying, Wes Morgan blocking and Schmeichel saving, this was throwback Leicester
in terms of resilience and by half-time
United had 68% possession, 14 shots, and
a big egg on the scoreboard. Leicester
fans took to cheering ironically when
home players leathered their futile shots.
United?s build-up was varied and controlled, their work around the box was
skilled; they did little wrong. But fine
margins were against them. Lukaku
seized Harry Maguire?s header, muscled
opening exchanges, Watford
were comfortable and it was
their wide man Nordin
Amrabat who looked
dangerous down the right
where Markus Suttner, the
Brighton left-back, was
struggling to contain him.
However, once Brighton
started working the ball
through to their star player
Knockaert, Britos was in big
trouble. On 16 minutes,
Knockaert left Britos and
goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes
motionless as he curled a shot
against the upright. Shortly
after, Knockaert again beat
Britos but Gomes saved.
Minutes later as Knockaert
again received the ball
hugging the right touchline,
Britos steamed in studs first
and his boot landed with
force on Knockaert?s lower
leg, sending him hurtling
along the ground. Richard
West, the assistant referee,
leapt to avoid him, waving his
flag furiously at the same
time. Referee Graham Scott
quickly brandished a red
card. That also marked
Amrabat?s last involvement in
the game as he was sacrificed
for Craig Cathcart, with Kiko
Femenia moved over to try to
cope with Knockaert.
Brighton pressed harder,
but couldn?t make the
breakthrough. Solly March?s
cross from the left was well
met by Tomer Hemed, but
the centre-forward?s lunging
volley came off the post.
Watford kept giving some
rough treatment to Knockeart
in the second half. The
Brighton player crumpled to
the ground in the Watford
himself space and swivelled to strike hard
and low. Schmeichel couldn?t hold it and
Mata converted but was offside, by
inches. Martial, not as good from the start
as when a substitute in previous games,
crossed. Paul Pogba stretched at the far
post but volleyed across goal. Mata hit a
lovely curler yet Schmeichel with a trailing hand reached up and around to save.
Leicester?s attacking did not match
their defending, yet, as sometimes
happens when sides get a reprieve, they
were liberated by Schmeichel?s penalty
save. It was as if the worst had happened
but hadn?t turned out badly and now
there was nothing to fear. Maguire
suddenly started stepping from defence
and Mahrez started embarrassing Daley
Blind with quick and conjuring feet.
David de Gea, with a save, and Jones, with
a block, did well to keep Mahrez out.
Then came the changes, and Rashford,
and Mourinho?s crowing, and for once
he?d earned it.
Ten goals, none conceded, nine
points. It?s only three games, as he said,
but a start to the season that couldn?t
have gone better.
Star man: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City)
Yellow cards: Manchester United: Mkhitaryan
Leicester: Schmeichel, James
Referee: M Oliver Attendance: 75,021
Manchester United: De Gea 7, Valencia 7, Bailly 8,
Jones 7, Blind 5, Pogba 7, Matic 8, Mata 6 (Rashford
67min, 7), Mkhitaryan 6 (Fellaini 74min, 6), Martial 6
(Lingard 76min, 6), Lukaku 5 Substitutes: Romero,
Smalling, Herrera, Darmian
Leicester City: Schmeichel 8, Simpson 6, Morgan 7,
Maguire 7, Fuchs 6, Mahrez 7, Ndidi 6, James 6,
Albrighton 6 (King 60min, 6), Okazaki 6 (Gray 60min,
6), Vardy 6 (Slimani 76min, 5) Substitutes: Hamer,
Chilwell, Amartey, Iheanacho
Hughton said later that
Knockaert had a painful nose
and it should have been a
penalty, but the referee had
told him he didn?t know if
contact had been made.
With Knockaert off the
pitch for the final 10 minutes
Watford held on comfortably.
Hothead:
Watford?s Miguel
Britos was sent
off in the 24th
minute for a
terrible tackle on
Anthony
Knockaert
penalty area on the 59th
minute holding his face after
Abdoulaye Doucoure went in
high, but the referee awarded
an indirect free kick rather
than a penalty and Watford?s
wall stood up well to
Brighton?s attempts on goal.
Star man: Anthony Knockaert
(Brighton)
Yellow cards: Brighton: Bruno
Red cards: Watford: Britos
Referee: G Scott Attendance: 20,181
Watford: Gomes 7, Femenia 6, Prodl 6,
Kabasele 6, Britos 1, Doucoure 6,
Cleverley 6, Chalobah 7, Richarlison 5,
Gray 5 (Deeney 83min, 5), Amrabat 6
(Cathcart 28min, 5; Carrillo 47min, 6 )
Substitutes: Success, Watson, Capoue,
Pantilimon
Brighton: Ryan 6, Bruno 5 (Rosenior h-t,
5), Duffy 6, Dunk 6, Suttner 5, March 6,
Stephens 5, Propper 5, Knockaert 8
(Izquierdo Mena 81min, 6 ), Gross 6
(Murphy 90+1min, 5), Hemed 6
Substitutes: Hunemeier, Skalak,
Maenpaa, Sidwell
4
SPORT FOOTBALL
Brentford?s
Bentley
keeps
Wolves
at bay
Safe hands: Daniel Bentley
made a series of important
stops to secure a point
BRENTFORD
WOLVES
0
0
Brian Glanville
Griffin Park
Abundant incident but no
goals. Wolves, in sky blue
rather than old gold
yesterday, had to be
satisfied with a goalless
draw against a Brentford
team who have yet to win a
league match this season. On
the basis of this display,
however, a victory should not
be too long delayed.
They did win handsomely
in the League Cup in
midweek in the local derby at
a depleted Queens Park
Rangers, though Brentford
fielded several reserves.
Wolves, who put out a reserve
side yet won in that
competition at Southampton
(who fielded half a full team)
had already established
themselves as among
contenders for promotion to
a top division which they long
used to grace.
Brentford, though always
briskly competitive, looked
substantially better when on
66 minutes they were able to
bring on the accomplished
midfielder Ryan Woods,
previously absent over a
family matter.
Where they did disappoint
was in the prowess of their
most highly quoted player
Jota, usually a star turn in
attack, who yesterday looked
somewhat detached, though
he did hit a post with a rightfoot shot after 38 minutes,
before being substituted amid
talk that he will soon be
transferred.
Brentford were well served
by the goalkeeping of Daniel
Bentley, who made the first of
several significant saves on 26
minutes, blocking a shot by
Bright Enobakhare at his near
post.
He made another
near-post save, blocking a
drive by Ruben Vinagre, and
soon after, when Leo
Bonatini ran clear, Bentley
blocked that shot too. In the
second half he had somewhat
less to do, but his save on 78
minutes from Diogo Jota
ensured that Brentford
earned a point.
In the earlier stages, much
of Wolves? football was
arguably the more fluent, as
those created chances
suggest, but as early as the
10th minute, a fierce drive by
Brentford?s midfielder
Romaine Sawyers was kept
out by the visiting keeper
John Ruddy with impressive
resilience.
Overall, Wolves looked the
more composed and
integrated team, but
Brentford?s spirit was
commendable and they never
allowed themselves to be
dominated or demoralised.
They could well have gone
ahead on 53 minutes when
the ball came bang in front of
the visiting goal to Neal
Maupay, but the striker
stumbled and the chance was
gone.
Both teams brought on
their substitutes, with Woods
making Brentford more
polished and Wolves? Ivan
Cavaleiro looking a powerful
figure in attack.
Wolves, who were
reportedly unlucky to go
down 2-1 at home to Cardiff
City, may still be far from the
halcyon days of Billy Wright
in the 1950s, but under the
shrewd new management of
Nuno Espirito Santo, and
with the depth of their squad,
they should surely be among
the chief challengers for
promotion.
They have a calm and
resourceful defence in which
Willy Boly was a prominent
bulwark, and the attack will
not always meet as vigorously
committed an opponent as
Brentford, who, with the
return of Woods, should at
least be capable of a midtable position though, alas,
they are still awaiting the
long-postponed return of
Alan Judge to prompt the
midfield.
They have also lost the
injured Josh McEachran,
something of a prodigy in his
Chelsea days but never yet
able to fulfil his undoubted
promise. With him, Judge and
Woods in midfield, Brentford
will be a force to be reckoned
with.
Star man: Daniel Bentley (Brentford)
Yellow cards: Brentford: Dean
Wolves: Doherty
Referee: T Robinson
Attendance: 10,351
Brentford: Bentley 7, Dalsgaard 6,
Dean 7, Barbet 6 (Bjelland 72min, 6),
Colin 6, Mokotjo 6 (Woods 65min, 7),
Yennaris 6, Jota 6 (Jozefzoon 65min, 6),
Sawyers 7, Watkins 7, Maupay 5
Substitutes: Egan, Clarke, Daniels,
Canos
Wolves: Ruddy 6, Miranda 6, Coady 7,
Boly 7, Doherty 6, Neves 6 (Price 86min,
6), Saiss 6, Vinagre 6, Enobakhare 6
(Cavaleiro h-t, 7), Bonatini 6 (Dicko
78min, 6), Jota 6 Substitutes: Bennett,
Batth, Ronan, Norris
ROB NEWELL
Manquillo
Lascelles
Clark
Hayden
Merino
Ritchie
CHAMPIONSHIP
FOCUS
4-2-3-1
Elliot
Perez
Mbemba
Atsu
IPSWICH TOWN
FULHAM
Joselu
Antonio
Hernandez
Fernandes
Noble
Rice
Ayew
Cresswell
Ogbanna
Collins
Zabaleta
4-4-2
Slavisa Jokanovic, the
Fulham manager, believes
his side can get even better
after a dominant win at
Ipswich. Mick
McCarthy?s side had
won their opening
four league games,
before Fulham
inflicted on them their
first defeat of the season.
Neeskens Kebano, inset,
and Rui Fonte grabbed the
goals as Fulham recorded
their first win of the
campaign. Jokanovic said:
?We believe we can play
better. We didn?t start the
Hart
3
0
NEWCASTLE UNITED
Joselu 36, Clark 72, Mitrovic 86
WEST HAM UNITED
MILLWALL
T
NORWICH CITY
Martin Hardy
St James? Park
he game had been finished for
around 10 minutes and Rafa
Benitez was still towelling the
sweat off the back of his head
as he readied himself to speak
to the media. Everything
about Newcastle United was
hot yesterday; the politics, the
machinations, the weather
even, and most importantly,
perhaps, the performance of a young
football team.
The lone flag of Benitez flew before
kick-off in the Gallowgate End. It was
deliberately symbolic. Tyneside marches
behind its Spanish manager.
The emphatic nature of his players
marching behind him was more revealing. Newcastle were excellent. On a pressurised afternoon, Benitez, despite the
towel, kept his cool and his team, as
Slaven Bilic conceded, found their power.
Benitez?s name rang throughout a boisterous stadium, even before a ball had
been kicked. Newcastle?s supporters do
not want to lose their Champions Leaguewinning manager, but the pressure was
still there, huge, lurking, cranked up to its
tightest level by three defeats.
If there is to be a cooling inside
St James? Park, then this was the result
the city needed. For 90 minutes at least
their beloved football club felt united.
There was energy and quality and some
outstanding displays, none better than
the Spanish midfielder Mikel Merino, on
loan from Borussia Dortmund. Merino is
21, and his ability to dominate games in
the Premier League had been questioned. He controlled this game.
Forgotten in the pre-game furore was
the average age of Newcastle?s outfield
players; just 24. There is enthusiasm and
talent but there is not a great deal of experience. It did not show, which was most
telling. For that you could praise Benitez
or criticise Bilic. One man got a performance from his players, the other failed.
Newcastle swarmed all over West Ham
in the first 45 minutes. Mark Noble
decided to make the home side shoot
towards the Gallowgate End in the first
half. That was a mistake by West Ham?s
captain. Newcastle, who as a club had lost
the momentum from May and their dramatic Championship-winning campaign,
Hoilett 22, Bamba 45+1
QPR
Smith 15
2
1
Alex Bywater
Cardiff City stadium
Something special seems to
be happening at Cardiff City.
Neil Warnock?s Bluebirds
maintained their 100%
Championship record with
victory over Queens Park
Rangers, coming from behind
to make it five straight league
wins this season.
Cardiff have already
brushed aside Aston Villa and
4
0
Millwall manager Neil Harris
revealed injury doubt Lee
Gregory banged on his
door begging to play
yesterday morning before
scoring the opening goal in
the defeat of Norwich.
Gregory, who celebrated
his 29th birthday yesterday,
had pulled a muscle in his
neck in training on Friday
and had to undergo a late
fitness test.
Any doubts as to whether
Harris should field Gregory
evaporated when the
BIRMINGHAM
READING
Hammers humbled
On the up: Joselu
celebrates the
opening goal
with teammate
Mikel Merino as
Newcastle romp
to their first win
of the season
against a poor
West Ham side
were allowed to rediscover it. Newcastle
have spent money, though not a huge
amount. They signed Joselu from Stoke
City for � and handed him his full
debut in the absence of Dwight Gayle.
On Joselu?s display rested much, and
he delivered. There was physicality, a
presence, and in the 36th minute a goal
he must have dreamed of.
Merino was its architect, after the endless effort of Matt Ritchie, who closed
down Declan Rice.
The Spaniard dissected the visitors?
defence, finding Christian Atsu to his left.
Atsu crossed low and Joselu stroked the
ball into Joe Hart?s net, his first goal for
his new club.
That it took until the 72nd minute for a
second was perhaps the biggest surprise.
Ritchie crossed from the right and Ciaran
Clark, the central defender, powered a
close-range header that went in off a post.
Aleksandar Mitrovic, a 72nd minute substitute, added a third when he rounded
Hart with four minutes remaining.
Mitrovic, though, should not have
been on the pitch at that stage. At 2-0 up,
the combustible Serb elbowed West Ham
substitute Manuel Lanzini in the face, an
off-the-ball incident that was missed by
referee Neil Swarbrick.
There was no great celebration from
Benitez when victory was confirmed, but
there was from the stands.
?It?s always good to win, but especially
the way we won, scoring three goals at
home with a clean sheet and a great team
effort,? he said. ?It was really positive.?
His mood contrasted with the ever
forthright Bilic. ?I am worried,? he said.
?Yeah, it was a very difficult afternoon.
They were better in every aspect of the
game. They had simply more power,
more determination. They were better in
the second ball and better in transition.
They forced us through their pressing.
They were on top of our players. That?s
why we gave the ball away.?
Star man: Mikel Merino (Newcastle)
Yellow cards: Newcastle: Merino West Ham:
Hernandez, Fernandes, Sakho
Referee: N Swarbrick Attendance: 52,093
Newcastle: Elliot 6, Manquillo 7, Lascelles 7, Clark 8,
Mbemba 6, Hayden 8 (Diame 82min, 4), Merino 8,
Ritchie 8 (Murphy 88min, 3), Perez 7, Atsu 7, Joselu 8
(Mitrovic 72min, 6). Substitutes: Aarons, Saivet,
Gamez, Woodman
West Ham: Hart 6, Zabaleta 5, Collins 6, Ogbanna 5,
Cresswell 6, Ayew 5 (Sakho 70min, 3), Rice 5 (Lanzini
h-t, 5), Noble 5 (Kouyate 71min, 4), Fernandes 6,
Hernandez 6, Antonio 5. Substitutes: Fonte, Adrian,
Obiang, Masuaku
Cardiff fight back to go three points clear at the top
CARDIFF CITY
0
2
beaten big-spending Wolves
this term. Here, they weren?t
quite at their best and fell
behind to a Matt Smith goal.
But Warnock is a master at
filling his teams with selfbelief and his latest side is no
different. Efforts from Junior
Hoilett and Sol Bamba saw
Cardiff respond and Ipswich?s
defeat by Fulham ensured the
Welsh side went three points
clear at the top of the table.
Warnock said: ?Our
supporters will be dreaming.
If you look at our September
and October fixtures and we
can be around the top four at
the end of that, then I think
we?ll have a good shot at the
playoffs. I?m pleased with the
result.
?I thought we started
sluggish, but we showed
character to get back into the
game and scored two good
goals. I?m going to try and
sign a midfield player this
week if I can to boost the
squad, but our forwards are
flying and Sol Bamba
epitomises us at the moment
? he wants to win everything.
?I don?t know what the
supporters pay to get in here,
but you can?t tell me it?s not
value for money. This is a
wonderful place to be right
now and I?m enjoying it.?
Cardiff fell behind when
Neil Etheridge came to collect
Luke Freeman?s cross, but the
giant Smith beat him to it to
nod home after 15 minutes.
It was the first league goal
Cardiff had conceded at
home this season and left the
crowd, who have had a whale
of a time so far, in a state of
temporary shock. They need
not have worried as QPR
helped them back into the
game. Hoilett?s strike was the
softest of goals, Nedum
Onuoha?s under-hit backpass
putting Alex Smithies under
pressure. The goalkeeper
could only smash his
attempted clearance into
Hoilett and it rebounded into
the net.
Rangers boss Ian Holloway
was furious at the goal, but
Jamie Mackie then shot
against a post for his team in
an end-to-end game. Cardiff
went ahead just before the
break. Nathaniel MendezLaing?s shot was well saved by
Smithies, but Hoilett whipped
in the resulting corner and
Bamba, who signed a new
three-year deal on Friday,
headed home at the back
post.
The second half saw
Cardiff dominate but fail to
add to their tally. The
impressive Kenneth Zohore ?
who bullied former Cardiff
defender Steven Caulker and
Onuoha ? came close on two
occasions and Hoilett had
efforts ruled out in each half.
It meant the nature of
Cardiff ?s win was narrow, but
entirely deserved. Holloway
said: ?It was a fair result.
Cardiff created a lot of
chances and their front three
were difficult to contain.
?But the game changed
when we conceded the first
goal. The manner of it was
disappointing and we could
have dealt with it a lot better.
It knocked the stuffing out of
us.
?This is up there with the
best Cardiff teams that I?ve
seen.?
Star man: Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff)
Yellow card: QPR: Furlong
Referee: S Hooper Attendance: 18,520
Cardiff: Etheridge 6, Peltier 6, Morrison
7, Bamba 7, Bennett 6, Gunnarsson 6,
Ralls 7, Damour 7 (Ward 82min, 6),
Hoilett 8 (Manga 90min, 6), MendezLaing 7, Zohore 8 Substitutes: Murphy,
Richards, Tomlin, Halford, Bogle
QPR: Smithies 5, Furlong 6, Onuoha 5,
Caulker 6 (Wszolek 72min, 6), Bidwell 5,
Mackie 6 (Sylla 60min, 6), Scowen 6,
Luongo 5, Freeman 6, Washington 6
(N?Gbakoto 70min, 6), Smith 7
Substitutes: Ingram, Robinson,
Baptiste, Lua Lua
0
2
Jaap Stam hailed Jon Dadi
Bodvarsson after
Reading?s impressive
win at Birmingham.
Iceland
international
Bodvarsson, inset,
broke the stalemate
with the opening goal on
the hour and George Evans
combined with his fellow
substitute Garath McCleary
to score a late second and
inflict on Birmingham their
first home league defeat of
the season.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST
LEEDS UNITED
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Thomas Christiansen was
?happy? and ?proud? after
seeing his Leeds United
side produce the best
performance of his tenure
to beat Nottingham Forest
at the City Ground.
The Leeds head coach
delivered a tactical masterclass as they stifled Forest
on home turf, barely
allowing them a sniff of
goal.
At the other end a 24thminute header from Kemar
Roofe and a crisp finish
three minutes from time
from Ezgjan Alioski earned
ROUND-UP
Sheffield United beat Derby
3-1 after leading 2-0 at halftime, through a goal from
their captain, Billy Sharp,
and a Johnny Russell own
goal. A late Craig
Bryson header set up
a nervy finish for the
Yorkshire side but
Sharp capped off
United?s win.
Joe Mason, inset,
made an instant impact on
his Burton Albion debut,
grabbing a 65th-minute
equaliser in the 1-1 draw
with Sheffield Wednesday.
season like Ipswich did, but
there?s a huge number of
games still in front of us.
?I expect we can start to
be more positive now. We
know we?re not at our best
level yet and we?ve made
costly mistakes at the
beginning of the
season.?
Ryan Fredericks
went surging down
the right and his
cross found the
unmarked Kebano,
who headed past Bartosz
Bialkowski in the 35th
minute.
Kebano almost had a
brace as Bialkowski did well
to save, but the rebound fell
for Fonte to smash in the
rebound in the 51st minute.
striker opened the scoring
after 15 minutes.
Further goals from
George Saville, Jed Wallace
and Shaun Hutchinson
helped the south London
club earn their first league
win of the campaign.
Harris said: ?Lee walked
off the training pitch after
15 minutes on Friday with a
knock. We didn?t think he
was going to be available,
but he came in for a fitness
test this morning and
knocked on my door
personally and said, ?I want
to play. I might not be
100%, but I want to play?.
I?m delighted for him and all
of my goalscorers.?
Stam, the Reading
manager, paid credit to
Bodvarsson, saying: ?He is a
strong runner, good on the
ball and a threat going
forward. He can score a
goal and we believe in
his qualities.?
Birmingham?s
Harry Redknapp,
who has seen his
side slip to fifth from
bottom, bemoaned
the current plight of his
side. On-loan pair Carl
Jenkinson and Sam
Gallagher were handed
their debuts but Jenkinson,
the Arsenal full-back, failed
to last until half-time after a
shoulder injury.
the visitors a deserved
three points.
Felix Wiedwald barely
had a save to make in the
Leeds goal as Mark
Warburton?s side saw their
positive start to the
campaign brought to a
juddering halt, Leeds
finishing the day in third
place in the table.
Warburton was less
positive when analysing
Forest?s performance and
admitted there were no
excuses for their flat
display. ?No excuses, it was
an off day. We talk about
positives, but there were no
positives today. We were
below par all over the pitch,
we were loose and we were
sloppy.?
The Wolves loanee had
been on the pitch for only a
minute when his sharp turn
and shot found the net to
cancel out Gary Hooper?s
36th-minute opener.
Barnsley enjoyed a 3-0
win over Sunderland.
Chelsea loanee Ike Ugbo,
18, opened the scoring
on 31 minutes and
Harvey Barnes, 19,
who is on loan from
Leicester, made it
2-0 four minutes
later. George Moncur
fired in for the third.
Middlesbrough were
indebted to goalkeeper
Darren Randolph for their
0-0 draw with Preston.
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TOP
GUNNER
AKIRA SUEMORI/MARK PAIN
JONATHAN
NORTHCROFT
Front of the
queue: Aaron
Ramsey is
determined to
win the title
I
Football correspondent
n last season?s FA Cup semi-final
against Manchester City, an extratime epic, Aaron Ramsey ran
16.7km. This is thought to be the
longest distance ever in a UK
match. For good measure, Ramsey
then covered 14.4km of turf in the
FA Cup final ? definitely a record.
By a margin, he outran N?Golo
Kante.
Ramsey was a schoolboy 800m and
cross-country champion and it?s good
having stamina; being an Arsenal player
must be exhausting. Just two games in,
2017-18 already feels like a ?typical Arsenal? campaign. Brilliant football was
mixed with horrible vulnerability against
Leicester and then one defeat at Stoke
has been enough for optimism to yield to
hysterical criticism once again.
Today, Ramsey is set for his 300th
game for the club, and it?s his 10th season
there. He reflects on how he has grown
up, from shy Caerphilly boy to a man and
father, during that time. Football-wise,
there is sincere gratitude ? ?they took a
chance on me as a youngster [when he
signed, aged 17, from Cardiff ] and when I
think of the amount of hours and work
they?ve put in to help me become the
player I am, it?s fantastic.? But does he
feel fulfilled?
?No. I think there?s still a lot more to
come, and hopefully this will be the season,? he says. ?I want to win the Premier
League, I want to win the Champions
League. There are trophies out there we
haven?t been able to win. I?m determined, this year, to give it my absolute
best to try and achieve [the title].?
Hopefully this will be the season . . .
Ramsey is seasoned enough to realise
this has been said by many Arsenal players before, indeed he has probably said it
himself. But there?s a quiet edge to this
Welshman: he won?t stop fighting.
The case for 2017-18 being different? ?I
think we?re in a very good place at the
moment,? he says. ?Despite last weekend?s result. And a lot of positives came
out of that game. On another day we
Aaron Ramsey may feel unfulfilled but
maturity helps him handle the critics
might have scored two or three goals and
we conceded a very sloppy one.
?But [in training and debriefs] we?ve
addressed that. We?ve moved on pretty
quickly from it and this is a good game ?
Liverpool ? to show who we are. It?s
important to wipe out Stoke from the
memory and just concentrate on playing
the way we?ve been playing and know we
can play.?
He?s referring to Arsenal?s upturn following Ars鑞e Wenger?s switch to a back
three last April, that resulted in their
charge to FA Cup victory, and which
seemed to draw the best from Ramsey
particularly. Freed to play in his favourite
role as an attacking No 8, Ramsey scored
in four games in a row (including for
Wales, who also use a back three), and got
the winner in the cup final.
?We finished off strongly last season.
This formation suits us. It gives me the
chance to score goals, and that?s my natural game. We have reassurances at the
back and that gives me more freedom to
express myself ? and it has also helped
other players.
?We?ve got strength in depth in the
squad. We?ve got players coming back on
Sunday. We?ve kept the same squad as
last season and we?ve improved with a
couple of additions as well. So the intent
is there. The players are hungry.?
The past decade has involved nearmisses. ?We?ve had a couple of them sort
of seasons where we?ve been right in
among it before Christmas, then had a
tough February where things have just
seemed to go out of our hands. The season that Leicester won it, that is a frustration because we beat them at home to
close the gap, but it wasn?t meant to be.?
Games with Liverpool over the period
have been spectacular, and maybe it?s
because the opposition are equally
Everton offer home comfort for Rooney
Ronald Koeman?s
squad is in good
shape to challenge
for silverware
GRAEME
SOUNESS
Wayne Rooney has not done
enough at the big
tournaments to be described
as a world-class player, but he
may yet have one more left in
him. If he has a fantastic
season, scores 20 goals and
helps Everton to win a trophy
or finish in the top four, it
would be foolish of Gareth
Southgate not to ask the
question before next
summer?s World Cup finals.
An international manager
should never close the door
on anybody. If Rooney has a
resurgence and is the main
man at Everton over the next
nine months, there will be
pressure on Southgate to
persuade him to come out of
international retirement. It?s
all about the tournament
then and his experience,
good and bad, could be useful
to England in Russia.
I don?t buy that because
he?s 31 and was in the
England team at 17 that he has
played too much football. I?m
not having that in any shape
or form, not with the amount
of games there are today.
If Rooney has left the
England set-up on his own
terms, then the decision to
leave Manchester United was
taken out of his hands. He
was slowly being shown the
door by Jose Mourinho, who
wants intensity and high
levels of energy all over the
pitch for 90 minutes. Rooney
simply cannot do that any
more, so the writing was on
the wall for him ? and the
harsh truth is that happens to
everyone. When your time?s
up, your time?s up.
I thought the move from
being a striker to a central
midfielder at United would
have been as seamless for
him as it was for Paul Scholes,
but he didn?t get it, the penny
never dropped with him and I
find that a mystery. With all
the technique he possesses,
he?s a lovely clean kicker of
the ball and has a picture in
his head, but he found it
hard.
In that position, it?s about
sensing danger and filling
spaces, not just getting the
ball and pinging the
occasional Hollywood pass
from one side of the pitch to
the other. There?s a lot more
to it than meets the eye. At his
age, Rooney will have an
understanding of the game,
but it didn?t seem to happen
for him.
It wouldn?t have been a
hard sell for Ronald Koeman
to get him back to Everton.
Going off to play in some
obscure place was never
going to be on the agenda for
him. He has three young
sons, with another baby on
the way, and it?s not as if he
needs to go abroad for a big
payday. So it was the right
decision for him and so far, so
good.
It?s only two games into
Everton?s Premier League
season, but Rooney has
MATT MCNULTY
Blue-eyed boy: Wayne Rooney still has plenty to offer
already scored two goals in
them and appears to have his
mojo back. I hope that?s the
case. He?s been a fabulous
player for England and
United and now has the
possibility to go back to his
childhood club and maybe
even win a trophy and bring
his career full circle.
Right now, the signs are
healthy for Everton. They
have a good manager in
Koeman, a fabulous support
that sticks with them through
thick and thin, and they have
invested in the team this
season. Let?s see where it all
takes them.
A really successful season
for Everton would be to get
into the top four. I reckon that
they will fall just short of that,
but they could well win one of
the three cups they are
involved in.
Chelsea showed a
resilience and togetherness in
their 2-1 victory against
Tottenham at Wembley last
weekend, qualities that
people were questioning still
existed. They are still a group
that are fighting and playing
for their manager, because
there was a lot of spotlight on
Antonio Conte last week, and
that would have been very
encouraging for Chelsea
supporters.
Tiemoue Bakayoko came
in and demonstrated that he
is energetic, athletic and can
get around people and stop
them playing, but, because
Chelsea had only 32% of the
possession, we have still to
discover if he can see a pass
and deliver it. When they are
dominating the game what?s
he going to be like? We have
seen the other side of his
game, when their backs are to
the wall, but can he get on the
ball and play cute and smart
passes? We will find that out
in the coming months.
Alvaro Morata might find
our football difficult on the
face of it. He does not have
particularly quick feet, nor is
he especially sharp in and
around the box, where you
have to be, from what we
have seen so far.
In defence, Antonio
Rudiger had an
uncomfortable afternoon at
Wembley but, in contrast,
Andreas Christensen had a
very solid game. Chelsea?s
matchwinner was one of last
season?s success stories,
though.
Marcos Alonso is
extremely athletic and the
perfect shape for a wingback, a position which
involves a lot of 50- and 60yard runs from box to box,
and he also has a lovely left
foot. He?s tailor-made for that
position and chips in with
goals, which is what you want
as a manager.
Everton go to Stamford
Bridge today with their tails
up. They dug out a result on
Monday night at Manchester
City, hanging on at times after
Rooney?s first-half goal. But
Chelsea will also go into the
game with their confidence
high after defeating
Tottenham. It looks sure to be
an interesting game, but I
take the home side to edge it.
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yearning, and have been a similar amalgam of gifts and flaws.
?I think there?s two very good attacking teams up against each other, trying to
outscore each other. It?s exciting. That?s
the way you want to play football, that?s
our identity and if we can combine that
with tightening up a bit defensively we?ll
be all right,? Ramsey says.
He is at the launch of a new edition of
Call of Duty, a game beloved of footballers, and he has enjoyed the evening ?
although he doesn?t like missing bedtime
for Sonny, his already football-mad
21-month-old son. Maturity helps when
This formation
suits us. It gives
me the chance to
score goals. That?s
my natural game
dealing with what he calls the ?noise?
often surrounding his club. Piers Morgan
regularly tweets criticism about him, and
Ramsey?s understated rebuke was to like
an Instagram post of Donald Trump
mocking the bumptious celebrity
Arsenal fan.
Does Ramsey watch ArsenalFanTV?
?Ha ha, no. Though I?ve been called a
Ham Roll on there or something. Is it a
good thing or bad thing? I haven?t a clue,
mate. But Rob Holding calls me Ham Roll
now.?
For Jack Wilshere, with whom he has
grown up at the club, ?there is still plenty
of time, plenty of years left. He?s training
fully and looking stronger every week?.
The return of Alexis Sanchez buoys
everybody. ?He?s been a great player for
us, scored many goals ? and important
goals as well. He?s a livewire and can create something out of nothing. He looks
fresh, he looks fit. He has trained really
well and been welcomed back into the
squad.?
Ramsey predicts that Sanchez will play
with full verve and focus, despite the continuing transfer talk about him. ?The
manager has come out many times and
said he?s staying, and Alexis has never
indicated in any way at all that he wants
to leave, or that he doesn?t want to be
there. He?s been itching to get out and
play ? and he looks ready.?
l Aaron Ramsey was speaking at the
launch of Call of Duty: World War II BETA,
which is available for anyone who has preordered the game on PS4 or XB1. For more
information visit www.callofduty.com/
beta
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PULIS
SPORT FOOTBALL
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?My message to
young managers
is focus on what
you think is right.
Be your own man ?
As he faces his former club Stoke
today, West Brom manager is bullish
about his approach to the game
JONATHAN
NORTHCROFT
T
Football correspondent
he cap goes on ? but only
when it?s time for photos and
to leave his office for his press
conference. Time for the public Tony Pulis. With the private
Tony,
conversation
winds from opera to the Crimean War to the newspaper
industry to family. There?s
warmth and breadth and two
hours fly by.
The interview runs on Pulis time. Can
you get to the training ground for . . .
7.30am? Of course he?s already in the
gym, weightlifting while listening to
Smooth FM. ?I don?t give a damn,? he
says at one point. ?I hate to say it, but
we?re a country that worries too much
about what people think. Young managers ring me, and my advice is don?t read
the papers, turn the TV off, and focus on
what you think is right. Be your own man.
There?s no secret in this game.?
Well, nearly. Those set-pieces of his,
the drills and science behind them, sorry
but such things are confidential, so I simply observe. I don?t understand snobs
that poo-poo all his goals from free kicks,
corners and throws. Don?t they know
their football? In everything there?s an
art. And the one team to score more setplays than Stoke during Pulis? final three
years there? Sir Alex Ferguson?s Manchester United.
Tuesday was the 25th anniversary of
Pulis? first win as a boss, with Bournemouth in League Two, and here he is
now, 1,036 games in management, never
relegated, beginning his 10th straight season in the top flight. Forever punching
above his weight ? and here?s something
Robert Huth said. Reflecting on the
team spirit behind Leicester?s miraculous title, Huth told me: ?But it was
even better at Stoke?.
In the canteen at West Brom?s
training ground, where Pulis
breakfasts on porridge, fruit and a
bacon sandwich, the ?feel? is
humble and harmonious too, and
he saved Crystal Palace by very
quickly improving the dressing
room. ?It?s selection,? he says.
?Selecting people. Types. You
can have one or two little scallywags around the place but you
have to have very solid building
blocks, pillars of society such as
Huthy, Ryan Shawcross, Jon Walters. Crouchy was the same. You
wouldn?t want to lose Peter not
just because of his football but the
person he was.
?At the level I?ve managed, and
will most likely continue to manage,
Happy with his lot: Tony Pulis says although he admires Guardiola, Klopp and Mourinho, he likes managing at the level he?s at and getting the best out of players who other managers don?t want
Fergie?s best
advice? Make
the Britannia a
fortress . . . then
he used to come
there and moan
like a drain!
the most important thing is the characters of the players. When things aren?t
going well, will they actually pull
together and see you through? And that?s
something that?s maybe missed at other
clubs.?
He?s always monitoring the dynamics.
He?ll pull players up if he sees them ?with
their blinking computers, not talking to
one another? though he doesn?t believe
in banning things.
His due diligence on signings is
exhaustive. He spent a month finding out
everything about Oliver Burke, before
recruiting the exciting young �m
attacker. In the absence of Jonny Evans,
whose future Pulis wants resolved amid
interest from Manchester City, West
Brom are captained by Jake Livermore ?
bought despite failing a 2015 drugs test.
Livermore tested positive for cocaine
following the death of his newborn son
and Pulis ?spoke to everyone about Jake.
Ex-players, people at Tottenham, people
at Hull. People who know him as a friend.
?And my daughter, Laura, lost her
first baby after two weeks, which was
absolutely horrendous for the family
and traumatic for her, so I could
understand what Jake had gone
through.?
He recruits those other managers
won?t. Players deemed ?too old?
yet from whom something can
still be extracted, Gareth Barry
being the latest.
On players asking for a second chance: ?I don?t think
there?s anyone on this planet
that hasn?t made a mistake,? he
says. ?Etherington, Pennant . . . I
think there?s people who have
windows, a timescale. You can
bring them in, squeeze the pips
out of them and then they drop
back to where they were before.
You have to time it.?
His understanding of the collective stems from his upbringing in
Pillgwenlly, South Wales. ?My dad
was a steelworker. We lived down the
docks. We were a big family. Eight of us
lived in a little terraced house. I was
brought up with togetherness, in a small
community which was really thriving. At
the time the docks were doing well, the
steelworks were doing well.
?I played out of my age group, I was
always with the older boys and there was
no quarter given. If you got kicked and
trampled on, off you went. You learnt to
stand on your two feet.
?You also learnt that those people who
were with you, were always with you, and
would always be with you. I?ve got people
from primary school who still come to
watch my games.?
His own family means everything to
him and transfer business (he wants four
further signings before the window
shuts) will stop him going home to their
base near Bournemouth this weekend. ?I
think there?s that clan mentality within
the Celtic blood,? he observes and he has
a strong sense of managers being a fraternity too. Though Darren Fletcher went to
Stoke he says: ?Fletch was a wonderful
person. I?ll be disappointed if he doesn?t
go into management. He?s one that would
pick the mantle up and carry it.?
The Premier League?s super-coaches
from overseas? ?What you?ve got to do is
make sure you?re at a level to compete
with them. And, you know, I?ve seen a lot
of foreign managers come and go. And
I?m still here, I?m still here. And my argument to it is, bring it on.
?I?ve sat with Pep Guardiola this year,
found him to be a wonderful, wonderful
man. Interesting. I asked questions. I?ve
always found Mourinho decent. Pochettino, wonderful manager.?
Wryly, Pulis laughs. ?You know, Klopp
comes in, shouts and hollers on the line.
Does stuff that a British manager might
have been slaughtered for 10 years ago. I
can remember Wenger being an absolute
genius because he sat there. He was the
professor. Never ruffled.
?Now Klopp?s the fashion. So things
move. You?ve got to make sure you stay
focused on what you need to do to run a
football club ? and win.
?Look, I think I know what I do and
what I do well, and what material I?ve got
to work with, and how I can achieve what
I need to with that material.?
He listened to Guardiola?s plans for
making Manchester City his masterpiece.
Recently, Eddie Jones spent time at West
Brom ? ?he was trying to find out how a
club that hasn?t got what the others have
got can reach a certain level.? Pep, Jones,
Mourinho are ?winners. You see it in
their eyes. Nothing is going to stop them.
They?re just going to clear the path.?
The weightlifting: he?s following a programme to prepare for a charity challenge next summer. It involves cycling
from Paris to Le Havre, rowing from Le
Havre to Brighton, then walking to
London. It?s for the Donna Louise Children?s Hospice in Stoke, for whom he?s
already run marathons, cycled the length
of Britain, rowed the channel and
climbed Kilimanjaro in a -30C snowstorm; 60 in January, Pulis has promised
Debbie, his wife, that the latest challenge
will be his last. He visits the Donna Louise
with his players regularly. Footballers
need taken ?out of their bubble,? he says,
to be reminded of the real life that lies
beyond their 4x4s and their fifty grand a
week. On Tuesday, when West Brom
were at Accrington in the Carabao Cup,
he loved that the showers were cold and
would only run hot if you turned off the
dressing room lights.
The Crimea? He has visited the site of
the Battle of Balaclava and mused on the
miscommunication between Cardigan
and Lucan that sent British soldiers to
their death in the Charge of the Light Brigade. Napoleon is an enduring fascination and currently he?s reading about his
adversary, the Duke of Malborough.
Opera? ?I love all music. Well, not all
that banging and smashing around people listen to today, but I like opera. Me
and Debs went to Florence and were
walking down the road and there was a
church. A church of England. I?m Catholic but wanted to know, in such a Catholic
country, why there was a church of
England.
?I walked in and this fella starts talking
to me. He said tomorrow night we have a
group of opera singers who come from
Rome every year and it goes toward charity. Me and Deb paid ?50 each. It was
absolutely amazing. These top opera
singers in this little church. They brought
a glass of sherry afterwards and a little
cake.?
West Brom ?need another year or two
of sorting out. And then I?ll have done my
job here.? And will that be that in management? ?Who knows??
Wouldn?t he fancy a top job before
retiring? He?s had 25 years fighting with
smaller teams, against the richer and
more glamorous.
?But that?s great,? he says. ?I think
that?s fantastic. I know where I am. I?m
quite happy with my life. We?re all
pigeonholed and we have to do the best
with what we?ve got. And that?s what I
do.?
He plays down his spats with today?s
opponent, Mark Hughes. He?s happier to
talk about Fergie. ?Alex was wonderful to
me as a young manager coming into the
Prem,? he says.
Fergie?s best advice?
?It was to make the Britannia a fortress. And don?t give a damn what the big
clubs say about it. Because they?ll all talk
you down. They?ll slip things into the
papers, they?ll do this and that. They?ll
try and make you soft. So don?t take no
notice, he said. Do what you?ve got to do.
?. . . and then he used to come to the
Britannia and moan like a drain. ?The
grass is too long. The pitch is too small.??
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Southgate: Don?t get excited until we start beating the best teams
England still have a
lot to prove as they
head for Malta on
Friday, says boss
Jonathan Northcroft
Perspective is not always
part of the England set-up in
World Cup year but Gareth
Southgate always has
plenty. The most measured
of his country?s recent
managers, Southgate has
been reflecting on English
talent after Wayne Rooney?s
international retirement.
His observations should
be remembered ? by
pundits, fans, and possibly
players too ? as next
summer?s finals in Russia
draw closer and the hype
begins, inevitably, to grow.
England have another set of
vaunted young footballers
but none are ? yet ? a patch
on what Rooney was at a
similar age and, of course,
even with a young Rooney
England went barren.
?Wayne was in a level
which is different to any of
the players we?ve got at the
moment when he came
through. I was obviously
playing with him at that
time and his attributes,
strengths and goalscoring,
his range of passing and
intelligence at 17-18 was
better than any of the
players in the current
squad. We?re talking a
different level,? Southgate
said.
?You?ve got top players,
very good players . . . but in
my time with England there
was Gascoigne, Scholes and
Rooney and they were just a
little bit more than the
others.
?We?re talking high-level
people like Gerrard,
Beckham and Lampard, so
the really outstanding
talents are few and far
between.
?That?s where Rooney
was and all of our guys have
got that to prove.?
Southgate?s remarks are
all the more interesting
given that the high premium
on English talent ? because
of Premier League riches ?
make Dele Alli and Harry
Kane the second and third
most valuable players in the
world, both worth more
than �0m, according to
the CIES Football
Observatory?s respected
transfer calculator. That
doesn?t mean they are also
in the world?s top echelon of
players would be
Southgate?s take. Despite
some encouraging elements
in the 11 months since he
Southgate: still a
work in progress
took over, he sees England
as still a work in progress.
Aske
Asked how he would
react w
were journalists to
brand Alli, Kane, Marcus
Rashfo
Rashford, John Stones and
compa
company as a new golden
genera
generation, the manager
laughe
laughed. ?At the moment
there?s no basis to do that,?
Southg
Southgate said. ?Few of
them h
have won anything
with their
t
clubs. We?re
talk
talking in a lot of cases
abo
about potential and
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we?ve got to try and
h
help that potential to
co
come to the fore.
?But the great guide
fo
for me was our games
[a
[against] Spain,
Germany and France last
year. In moments we?ve
shown we can play a really
good level, we can score
goals against top teams, we
can defend well . . . but we
didn?t win those games.
?That is a good marker
about the level of
improvement we?ve got to
go through. We?re still only
13, 14 months since we were
knocked out of the Euros in
the second round by
Iceland. Our players might
think they are, but we?re not
there yet and that?s the
message. When we start
beating some of those top
teams we can start getting a
bit more excited.? Jack
Butland is set to supplant
Joe Hart away to Malta on
Friday, with the addition of
Harry Maguire to the squad
increasing Southgate?s
options if he chooses to play
a back three.
He revealed his
admiration for some of the
talent emerging on
Merseyside, namechecking
Tom Davies, Dominic
Calvert-Lewin, Mason
Holgate, Trent AlexanderArnold and Joe Gomez. And
Southgate did have a recent
question for the boss of
Liverpool: ?I did ask Jurgen
Klopp if [Sadio] Mane had
any English grandparents
but he said not.?
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SPORT
Froome
seizes
chance to
see off
rivals and
extend lead
in Vuelta
DAVID
WALSH
Chief sports writer
JAIME REINA
CYCLING
At the end of yesterday?s
eighth stage of the Vuelta a
Espana, the race hit the fivekilometre Xorret de Cati, a
climb so severe that it was
always going to separate the
strongest riders.
For race leader Chris
Froome, it was an
opportunity he simply
couldn?t resist. At the end of
the 199.5km leg his lead had
stretched from 11 to 28
seconds, his grip on the race
had tightened from strong to
vice-like.
The stage was won by the
talented young French rider
Julian Alaphilippe, who
surged clear of breakaway
companions Jan Polanc and
Rafal Majka for his first
victory in a Grand Tour.
?It?s incredible,? said
Alaphilippe after holding off
Polanc and Majka. ?I didn?t
expect I would win the stage.?
They had been part of a 21rider group that escaped
early in the stage and
established a lead that rose to
more than five minutes at one
point but was down to 1min
27sec on Froome and Alberto
Contador at the finish.
Froome?s acceleration on
the Xorret de Cati was
impressive. His Sky team,
especially Ian Stannard, had
worked extremely hard to
rein in the breakaways and
when the time came for
Froome to repay their efforts,
he was strong and decisive
when he needed to be.
On the early part of the
final climb, Froome was
happy enough to sit quietly in
the group of general
classification riders, biding
his time as others, including
the English rider Simon
Yates, attacked.
There was still more than
two kilometres of the climb to
race when Froome went and
he immediately put daylight
between himself and his GC
rivals. Only Contador, more
than three and a half minutes
behind overall, was able to
respond to Froome?s
increased pace. Riding in
tandem, they established a
gap that the others could not
breach.
Froome was pleased to
have strengthened his
position. ?I certainly didn?t
need to attack but I wanted to
take advantage while my legs
were feeling good,? he said.
?It was most important to
keep pushing, keep trying to
open up the gaps and we?ll
see what we get after the rest
day.
?Massive thanks to my
team again for being so
strong. Thanks to them, I?m
still in the red jersey.?
Esteban Chaves, the young
Colombian, couldn?t keep up
the pace and lost more than
17 seconds on the stage. He is
second overall, 28 seconds
down; Ireland?s Nicolas
Roche is third at 41 seconds,
with the Italian Vincenzo
Nibali a further 12 seconds
behind.
The difficulty for Froome?s
rivals is that the first week of
the race has shown that the
Briton is the strongest
climber in the race and there
is the almost certainty that he
will take time on every rival in
the 40-kilometre individual
time trial in the final week.
The first week of the Vuelta
couldn?t have gone better for
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Froome. His team has been
strong and has controlled
every breakaway as he bids to
follow up his Tour de France
win with another Grand Tour
victory.
At every available
opportunity the Team Sky
rider has taken small gains on
his opponents, chipping away
at their belief that he can be
beaten. When he?s attacked,
he?s gotten away from
Chaves, Nibabi, Fabio Aru,
the Yates twins, Simon and
Adam, Roche and every other
rival. It has been a tactical
masterclass.
But perhaps the most
important thing Froome did
last week was his refusal to
allow Contador any leeway
after the Spaniard lost time
on the first mountain stage.
That deficit, caused by
stomach problems, meant
Contador?s chances of
winning his last Grand Tour
were remote but when he
showed much better form
later in the week, Froome
continued to treat him as a
serious rival.
Each Contador attack was
covered by the race leader,
ensuring the Spaniard wasn?t
allowed back into contention.
Biding his time:
Chris Froome
waited for the
right opportunity
before putting
daylight between
him and his
nearest rivals in
the Vuelta
Yesterday?s finale saw
Froome seize the initiative
and only Contador was strong
enough to stay with him,
justifying Froome?s thinking
that even at three minutes
down the Spaniard remains a
threat.
Today?s ninth leg is a
mostly flat stage apart from
the Alto de Puig Llorenca, a
brutally steep five-kilometre
climb the riders must twice
traverse, first 40 kilometres
from the finish and then right
at the finish. It will further
separate the leaders and offer
Froome another chance to
increase his advantage over
his main rivals.
On what we?ve seen so far,
it is one he is likely to seize.
Hull hold off Wigan in Wembley thriller
PAUL CHILDS
HULL FC
WIGAN WARRIORS
18
14
N
Chris Irvine
Wembley stadium
aturally it did not come easily. There was the trademark
scare as Joe Burgess bore
down on Hull?s line in the
final minute. A levelling try
for Wigan was disallowed
for a forward pass. Crucially,
Marc Sneyd reprised his
kicking masterclass of 12
months ago as the blackand-whites, perennial Wembley losers
for so long, made it back-to-back Ladbrokes Challenge Cup triumphs there.
Eight times they had tried and failed to
win at the national stadium, before
Danny Houghton?s match-winning tackle
in the penultimate minute denied Warrington?s Ben Currie last year. This time,
Burgess thought he had drawn Wigan
level with 50 seconds left, only for
George Williams? tipped pass out to the
left wing to have clearly gone forward.
Warriors? agony was matched by Hull?s
relief. Only then did Lee Radford, Hull?s
coach, know his side had repeated last
year?s history-making triumph, based on
Sneyd?s tactical mastery, the powerhouse
finishing of Mahe Fonua and Fetuli Talanoa on the wings, and a pack who rarely
gave Wigan an inch.
?I was worried throughout. Credit
goes to their coach [Shaun Wane], they
don?t go away,? Radford said. ?We knew
it?d go to the 80th minute, having gone to
the 79th minute a year ago. I wanted an
entertaining game, just not that entertaining.?
Last year Hull banished their Wembley
jinx and fell away in the Super League.
They are not as well placed in the league
as they were a year ago, but Radford will
be disappointed if his charges cannot go
on and claim a Grand Final place at Old
Trafford in six weeks? time, starting with
a hugely testing trip to second-placed
Leeds on Thursday.
Rather than becoming the first player
to win the Lance Todd Trophy outright as
man of the match two years in succession, Sneyd?s first thought on returning to
the dressing room was the latest score of
his beloved Manchester United. ?That?s
the kind of guy he is, nothing worries
him, not even the criticism often directed
at him,? said Radford.
The belief that coursed through Hull?s
scrambling defence in turning the Wigan
tide time and again was further epitomised by Sneyd?s controlling influence,
though he was pushed for the individual
Perfect finish: an
airborne Mahe
Fonua lands a
spectacular try
for Hull
prize by Fonua?s two-try contribution.
Sneyd put in three pivotal kicks, which
helped Hull beat Warrington 12-10 in
2016. His on-the-money kicks created
their first two tries yesterday, while his
kicking off the tee was immaculate with
all three conversions.
Wigan were quick out of the blocks.
Thomas Leuluai?s corkscrewing kick to
the right corner caught out the covering
Jamie Shaul and Fonua in taking a wicked
bounce. The ball sat up perfectly for
Anthony Gelling to dispatch John Bateman to score within four minutes.
Leuluai?s kick might have looked fortuitous but was the result of endless practice. Similarly, Sneyd?s crossfield kick was
perfectly engineered for Talanoa to
power on to. The wing rose above Liam
Marshall in giving his opposite number
little chance. Having set up his left
winger, Sneyd set his sights on Fonua on
the right flank. When Sneyd floated a
kick that Albert Kelly palmed backwards,
it presented Fonua with a walk-in try.
Sneyd?s second conversion was the difference between the teams at the break,
although his subsequent bust-up with
Sam Tomkins, after he and Carlos Tuimavave denied Wigan?s full-back, was not
pretty. Sneyd appeared to rub his hand in
Tomkins? face before a coming together
of heads.
The frustration of Tomkins narrowly
missing out turned to delight for Wigan,
when Sam Powell and Sean O?Loughlin
swung play to the right and Leuluai?s
no-look pass and Williams? soft hands
created room for Oliver Gildart to elude
Liam Watts and Fonua.
Hull hero: man
of the match
Marc Sneyd
But in further shades of the final 12
months ago, Sneyd launched a 40-20
kick, from which Fonua scored his second try. Wigan were backpedalling
and Fonua, who had Burgess to
beat at the corner, launched himself and
grounded one-handed. Sneyd curled
over the conversion from the touchline.
They had a decent lead but Hull made
it hard for themselves in beginning to surrender possession. Watts came within
inches of scoring and Fonua was denied
a hat-trick for obstruction, before
Tony Clubb had a touchdown ruled
out at the other end, despite appearing
to have the ball illegally stripped away
by Tuimavave. Even Radford thought
it was a try, as did Wane, ?though that?s
not what lost us the match, we just didn?t
give it our best shot,? he admitted.
There was an argument for a penalty
try, but video referee James Child
deemed Clubb knocked on over the line.
There was no disputing Wigan?s 73rdminute try by Burgess. Williams? conversion sailed wide and when Burgess was
denied late on, Hull?s celebrations began
in earnest.
Star man: Marc Sneyd (Hull FC)
Hull: Tries Tamanoa 13, Fonua 20, 49 Goals: Sneyd 3
Wigan: Tries: Bateman 4, Gildart 30, Burgess 73 Goal:
Williams
Referee: P Bentham (Warrington)
Attendance: 68,525
Hull FC: Shaul; Fonua, Griffin, Tuimavave, Talanoa;
Kelly, Sneyd; Taylor, Houghton, Watts, Manu,
Minichiello, Ellis (capt) Replacements: Connor,
Bowden, Washbrook, Green
Wigan Warriors: Tomkins; Marshall, Gelling, Gildart,
Burgess; Williams, Leuluai; Nuuausala, McIlorum,
Clubb, Farrell, Bateman, O?Loughlin Replacements:
Isa, Sutton, Tautai, Powell
Revenge win over old rivals earns bronze medal for battling England
HOCKEY
Direct approach
and brilliant
goalkeeping pay
off in Holland
Chris Jones
England claimed the bronze
medal at the EuroHockey
Championships in
Amsterdam, gaining revenge
over Germany, who had
beaten them in the pool
stages of the tournament.
While England will be
disappointed not to have
defended the title they won
two years ago, goals from
Hannah Martin and the
ageless Alex Danson allowed
them to enjoy a moment of
medal-winning celebration
with a 2-0 win. England,
whose squad featured a
combination of young talent
and experienced old heads,
will take a number of
positives from these
championships under acting
head coach David Ralph,
having lost 1-0 to the
Germans in the pool.
Hollie Webb summed up
the feelings of the England
team by saying: ?We didn?t
want to be in the bronze
medal game, we wanted to be
in the final. I am proud of all
the girls and we will learn
from this and move forward.
We were happy with our
performance against
Germany in the pool ? we just
couldn?t find the net.?
England?s men will be
hoping to follow suit against
the Germans in their bronze
match today, although their
opponents are unlikely to be
as argumentative as the
officials found the German
women yesterday.
As so often, goalkeeper
Maddie Hinch was a key
player for England, making
three important saves in the
first half. England opted for a
more direct approach, trying
to find Danson up front, and
her layoffs kept the German
defence guessing. England
created an early penalty
corner only to mess it up,
forcing them to defend
instead of trying to open the
scoring. The next
opportunity did see England
get the shot away and Giselle
Ansley saw her effort go just
the wrong side of a post.
Sophie Bray was also
working well with Danson to
keep the German defence
stretched but England were
soon back-pedalling and it
took successive saves from
Hinch to keep the match
scoreless. Ansley saw another
penalty corner opportunity
blocked by the German
goalkeeper. But there was
nothing the Germans could
do when Ellie Rayer cut
through and found Martin,
who spun away from the
keeper and fired England
ahead.
In the third quarter
England should have built on
Red hot: England players celebrate beating Germany 2-0
their lead. The Germans
twice had players in the sinbin for two minutes, but
England were unable to make
their numerical advantage
tell and the Germans created
the best opportunity when
they found space on the left.
Once more, Hinch came to
the rescue, smothering the
shot. Her teammates
responded with a lightning
attack on the right. Bray
found Danson, who timed her
run perfectly to meet the
cross and fire into the net for
the all-important 2-0 lead.
Germany resorted to
desperate measures, taking
off their keeper in an attempt
to break through and they did
get the ball past Hinch only
for a video review ?
something England used to
great effect throughout the
match ? to confirm a backstick offence and the score
was ruled out.
The Czech Republic ended
seventh as they put in a huge
defensive performance to
hold off Scotland 1-0, with
goalkeeper Barbora
Cechakova their hero.
Tereza Mejzlikova?s goal
gave the Czech Republic their
first win in the EuroHockey
Championships, giving them
a best ever finish in this
event. The result also
relegated Scotland and kept
Ireland up in sixth place.
Scotland needed a victory to
earn their place in the top
level for 2019 and they made
most of the running, winning
plenty of corners but they
found the Czechs in robust
mood.
Rocio Ybarra signed off on
her international career with
the final goal in a 7-2 win over
Ireland that ensured fifth
place for Spain.
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SPORT CRICKET: ENGLAND v WEST INDIES
HOPE SPRINGS
ETERNAL
SIMON
WILDE
Cricket correspondent
Headingley
H
ow distant seems England?s
facile victory in Birmingham, how rash the talk of
Caribbean cricket in crisis.
West Indies may not at a
stroke have restored themselves to world-beaters but
over two days in Leeds they
have shown that they are,
after all, armed with pride,
determination and no little skill, and it
has been enough to give Joe Root one of
the biggest headaches of his short reign
as England captain.
Root was not among the complacent.
Before this second Investec Test match
he stressed the need for his side to back
up their performance at Edgbaston with
another strong showing. Hence the move
to bolster the side by recalling Chris
Woakes at the expense of Toby RolandJones, who had done nothing wrong in
his first three appearances.
England?s position is not yet terminal.
Three years ago, England overhauled Sri
Lanka?s first-innings score of 257 for the
loss of only two wickets yet still lost the
game. Yesterday evening, thanks to a
wonderful double-century partnership
between Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai
Hope, two batsman who are not yet 25
years of age, West Indies went past
England?s 258 while only three wickets
down.
This is a ground on which wickets can
tumble in clusters but batsmen, once set,
can dominate, as Brathwaite and Hope
did here and Mohammad Yousuf and
Younis Khan did in a stand of 363 in 2006,
when Pakistan nevertheless lost.
When Brathwaite, only the second
West Indies opener to score a hundred in
a Test in England since 1988, was out to
Stuart Broad with the second new ball,
sure enough another wicket soon followed as the tireless Ben Stokes bent his
back to extract some extra bounce and
have Roston Chase well caught at slip by
Alastair Cook.
But that was all England could manage
as Jermaine Blackwood not only held
firm alongside Hope but put away anything deserving of it. West Indies closed
on 329 for five, holding a lead of 71 that is
already handy, with Hope still unbeaten
on 147, having batted for 329 minutes.
Here is a star for the here and now, never
mind the future.
If England?s batting fails again, and
their new boys fail too, in a first home
defeat to West Indies in 19 matches dating
back to 2000, there will be many questions, but one will be the wisdom of a
schedule that since the first Test of the
summer has seen just nine championship
matches played, only four of them in the
first division. This is no way to prepare
players for the Test arena.
The remainder of this game will be an
interesting and unexpected test of
England?s resolve. There will be no talk of
runs easily made against a novice attack ?
as a rejigged West Indies attack showed
on Friday they have enough pace to ruffle
feathers. The stints that Kemar Roach
and Shannon Gabriel had at Worcestershire have taught them something about
bowling in English conditions.
The good fortune that deserted West
Indies last week has returned in this
game. Just as Friday was a good bowling
day, so yesterday the sun shone for most
of the time the pair were at the crease,
which was between 11.37am and 5.30pm.
The longer they went on, the more
assuredly better they played, Hope in
SECOND TEST
ENGLAND v WEST INDIES
Headingley (second day of five):
West Indies, with five first-innings wickets
in hand, are 71 runs ahead of England
ENGLAND
FIRST INNINGS 258
(B A Stokes 100, J E Root 59; S T Gabriel 4-51,
K A J Roach 4-71)
WEST INDIES
FIRST INNINGS (o/nt 19-1)
ScoreBalls 4s 6s
K C Brathwaite b Broad
134 249 17 2
A tired Braithwaite beaten through the gate by low ball
K O A Powell
c Cook b Anderson
5 20 1 0
Lack of footwork and seaming delivery edged to first slip
Tourists hold
the upper hand
over England
in second Test
D Bishoo
c Bairstow b Anderson 1
33 0 0
Top edged cut to keeper and the nightwatchman goes
K A Hope
c Root b Anderson
3
15 0 0
Good catch at second slip, edged off full inswinger
S D Hope
not out
147 252 23 0
R L Chase
c Cook b Stokes
5 20 1 0
Rising delivery, edged to first slip
J Blackwood
not out
21 23 4 0
Extras
(b 4, lb 7, w 2)
13
TOTAL
(5 wkts, 102 overs)
329
To bat: @S O Dowrich, *J O Holder, K A J Roach,
S T Gabriel
Fall: 1-11, 2-31, 3-35, 4-281, 5-296
Bowling: Anderson 23-7-46-3; Broad 20-2-73-1;
Woakes 13-2-58-0; Stokes 22-8-60-1;
Ali 20-3-69-0; Westley 4-0-12-0
Series details
First Test: England won by an innings and 209 runs
(Edgbaston)
Third Test: Starts Sept 7 (Lord?s)
WEST INDIES HIGHEST
PARTNERSHIPS IN ENGLAND
Batsmen
Runs
Venue
A Kallicharran
I V Richards
303
Trent Bridge 1976
L Gomes
C Greenidge
287*
Lord?s 1984
E Weekes
F Worrell
283
Trent Bridge 1950
D Holford
G Sobers
274*
Lord?s 1966
S Nurse
G Sobers
265
Headingley 1966
K Brathwaite
S Hope
246
Headingley 2017
ENGLAND?S NEW BOYS
UNDER PRESSURE
Mark Stoneman
(2 innings, 27 runs, average 13.5)
v WI, Edgbaston
b Roach 8
v WI, Headingley
c Dowrich b Roach 19
Tom Westley
(6 innings, 133 runs, average 22.1)
v SA, The Oval
c du Plessis b Morris 25
st de Kock b Maharaj 59
v SA, Old Trafford
c de Kock b Rabada 29
c sub b Morkel 9
v WI, Edgbaston
lbw b Cummins 8
v WI, Headingley
lbw b Roach 3
Dawid Malan
(6 innings, 108 runs, average 18.0)
Open season:
Kraigg Brathwaite
evades a bouncer
on his way to
making a fighting
134 at Headingley
v SA, The Oval
b Rabada 1
lbw b Morris 10
v SA, Old Trafford
c du Plessis b Morkel 18
c de Bruyn b Maharaj 6
After an hour the
floodlights were on
and England were
pressing for what they
must have felt would
be the breakthrough.
It never came
Western
storm to
Super League
finals but
Surrey
Stars fail
to shine
Up and away: Heather Knightt
goes on the attack in Bristol
LINDSEY PARNABY
particular fulfilling the predictions that
here was a special talent that an average
of 18 from 11 previous Test appearances
disguised. He struck the ball handsomely, especially down the ground, and
when he edged the ball he either cushioned the impact or shrewdly managed to
hit a gap in Root?s catching cordon. His
one clear let-off was on 72 when he
turned a ball from Moeen Ali into the midriff of Mark Stoneman at short-leg.
England cannot have anticipated what
frustration lay ahead when they began
the day equipped with a ball that was only
12 overs old and nipped around. James
Anderson tormented the outside edge of
the nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo
before giving him something to swing at,
with predictable consequences. That
catch at the wicket was soon followed by
Heather Knight?s
team are joined by
Sou
Southern Vipers
in H
Hove showcase
Elizabeth Ammon
Eliza
Weste
Western Storm, led by
England captain Heather
Engla
Knight, became the third and
Knigh
to qualify for Kia
final team
t
Super
League finals day
Su
with
w a five-wicket win
yesterday
over
y
Lancashire Thunder in
Bristol.
The victory means
they make it through to
the
th showcase climax to
the
th tournament to be
played
at Hove on Friday
pl
for th
the second year running
alongside
Hampshire-based
along
Southern
Vipers, led by
South
former
form England captain
Charlotte Edwards,
who have made it
straight through to the
final by virtue of
finishing top of the
group. They beat
Yorkshire Diamonds by 30
runs in their final group
match yesterday to finish
with a record of four wins and
one loss.
Surrey Stars were
comprehensively beaten by
81 runs by Lougborough
Lightning at the Kia Oval,
meaning they missed their
opportunity to qualify
straight through to the final.
Despite a throughly dominant
performance by
Loughborough, in which
Australians Elyse Villani and
Elysse Perry both hit quickfire half-centuries, it wasn?t
enough to qualify.
The team posted an
impressive 171 for three after
the Australian pair put on 86
for the second wicket. Perry
went on to take two for 14 as
Surrey, who were previously
unbeaten in the group,
crumbled to 90 all out in 18
overs.
The group stages, as to be
expected, have been
dominated by the centrally
contracted England players
and the international stars.
a fine diving catch by Root at second slip
as Anderson got a ball to swing in and
deviate away from the right-handed Kyle
Hope.
After an hour, the floodlights were on
and England were pressing for what they
must have felt would be the breakthrough that would break West Indian
spirits. It never came.
There were numerous alarms. Brathwaite on 35 was adjudged lbw to Broad
but his immediate review confirmed an
inside edge. Shortly after, he was again
given out, this time leg-before to Moeen,
but he challenged and replays showed
the impact to be outside the line. Edges
flew to the left and right of slips, and over
their heads, and England?s thoughts must
have turned to the bowling disasters here
not only against Sri Lanka in 2014 but
New Zealand captain Suzie
Bates tops the batting
averages with 119.50 having
been dismissed only twice in
the group stages and her Kiwi
teammate Rachel Priest has
scored 182 runs in five
matches averaging just over
60. Australian allrounder
Perry has scored 178 runs
over the five matches and
Surrey?s Nat Sciver, who was
billed as the female Ben
Stokes during the World Cup,
is averaging almost 50 in this
year?s tournament as well as
being the leading wicket taker
with 10 at an average of 12.3.
England stars Danni Hazell
and Alex Hartley have both
taken nine wickets and Bates
is in the top five wicket takers
with eight.
There remains a
gap between
international
stars and the
county players
New Zealand the following year, when
they lost the plots. After lunch, the skies
were blue ? look up, not down at Headingley, if you want clues to batting conditions ? and England opted to bowl dry.
Stokes got through an eight-over spell
that produced just 13 runs plus a blow on
the side of the head for Shai Hope, who
ducked into one of the many short balls,
but England?s patience broke before that
of the West Indian pair.
When Brathwaite was on 81, they were
convinced they had him caught at slip but
replays show the ball had deflected only
off the pad. In the last over before tea,
Brathwaite moved to his hundred with a
six over long-on off Tom Westley, bowling
his first over in Test cricket. Brathwaite?s
first six had raised his fifty.
Four overs after the interval, Hope
The group stages have seen
some large scores
accumulated, with powerful
hitting produced on largely
good pitches. Southern
Vipers have a very strong
batting line up with Bates,
West Indian Hayley
Matthews, Georgia Adams
(daughter of former England
and Sussex player Chris),
Danni Wyatt and South
African Mignon du Preez.
Western Storm have a very
well balanced side that
includes the player of the
match in the World Cup final,
pace bowler Anya Shrubsole,
as well a powerful top order
which includes the
aforementioned Priest and
West Indies Stafanie Taylor.
On the bowling front,
Australian Jess Jonassen is
one of the ICC?s top-ranked
spinners.
Surrey Stars, who were
dominant in the group stages
until their final match, also
have a good combination of
power-hitting with the World
Cup player of the
tournament, Tammy
v WI, Edgbaston
c Blackwood b Chase 65
v WI, Headingley
b Holder 8
raised his maiden hundred with a crisp
pull for four off Woakes followed by a
nudge off the hip for one. The stand
raised 200. Mason Crane, whose leg-spin
might have been useful on a pitch that
was offering turn and may yet be seen in
this series come the finale at Lord?s, had a
lengthy run as substitute fielder.
England waited for the second new
ball, using up another speculative review
against Brathwaite in the process, and
another when they asked for a leg-side
strangle against Hope even though the
bowler Woakes was less than sure.
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Beaumont, opening up with
South Africa?s Lizelle Lee.
Sciver comes in the middle
order and in the bowling
department, Laura Marsh
and South African Marizanne
Kapp are a strong new-ball
partnership.
There remains a noticeable
but inevitable gap in quality
between the fully
professional international
players and the best of the
county and England academy
players.
The Super League is the
ECB?s attempt to try to
narrow that gap but it will
take time and will require the
domestic players to have
more exposure to playing
with and against the best in
the world.
With that in mind, next
year?s tournament is being
doubled in size with each
team playing 10 group
matches rather than five as it
has been for the first two
editions of the tournament.
Following England?s World
Cup win, this year?s
tournament took on new
significance to try to continue
the interest in women?s
cricket. There are signs from
the group stages that this has
happened. Average crowd
sizes are up on last year and
the viewing figures for the six
televised matches have been
impressively high with some
matches peaking at more
than 100,000 viewers.
Finals day will be televised
live on Sky Sports for the first
time and ticket sales are
already very good with just
under a week to go.
Last year?s finals day, held
at Chelmsford, showcased
some good cricket although a
the games were played in
front of disappointing crowd
of under 1,500.
This year, the matches
have been moved to later in
the day with the semi-final
getting under way at 2.15pm
and the final at 6pm and with
tickets reasonably priced at
�for adults and just �for
children, the expectation is
that Hove?s County ground
will be near to its 4,500
capacity.
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The Sunday Times August 27, 2017
LEE SMITH
LINDSEY PARNABY
Kraigg Brathwaite
and Shai Hope
restore pride for the
West Indies with
classy centuries
Tough love : James Anderson celebrates with Moeen Ali
Anderson the
wily wonder
Simon Wilde
CRISIS?WHATCRISIS?
JOHN
STERN
A
t last, there was Hope for
West Indies. There was Brathwaite too. On Headingley?s
Western Terrace they were,
for the most part, more bothered about beer snakes and
beach balls but for any cricketing connoisseur, the emergence of a contest was a sight
for sore eyes.
As Leeds? Caribbean community celebrates the 50th anniversary of the city?s
West Indian carnival, this remarkable
restoration of cricketing pride could not
have come at a better time.
The Mexicans, the Dennis the Menaces
and the Baywatch lifeguards in the crowd
were persuaded to interrupt making
their own entertainment to rise as one to
Kraigg Brathwaite when he became the
first West Indies batsman to score a Test
century at Headingley since Larry Gomes
in 1984. Brathwaite?s straight six off the
occasional off-spin of Tom Westley to
bring him his sixth Test hundred was
somewhat out of keeping with his diligent, accumulative style.
The crowd stood again in the glorious
late-afternoon sunshine to toast the more
flamboyant Shai Hope, whose maiden
Test century was greeted with an understandably more excited flourish. Much
has been expected of this talented,
23-year-old Bajan yet 11 Tests had yielded
only one previous half-century. He
resumes this morning on 147.
At Edgbaston he was stuck in the
crease but yesterday there was evidence
of an ability to learn quickly. He showed
more positive intent, both in attack and
defence, and was meeting the ball earlier
in its path than he had done in the first
Test.
?Shai?s a top quality player and this is
the start of a lot of big things for him,?
said Brathwaite of his junior partner.
They have been playing together for 10
years and clearly took great delight in
each other?s success yesterday.
?The key word for us today was
?fight?,? said Hope. Brathwaite added:
?We knew we could do better [than Edgbaston] so we worked twice as hard.?
This Barbadian pair?s fourth-wicket
stand of 246 was West Indies? highest for
any wicket for almost five years since Darren Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul
put on 326 for the third wicket in Bangladesh. Brathwaite has been involved in all
three of the highest stands since then.
It was West Indies? second highest
stand for any wicket at Headingley, bettered only by the partnership of 265 by
Seymour Nurse and Garry Sobers in 1966,
and their sixth highest in England. These
are not records to be sniffed at in any
context but given West Indies? post-Edgbaston plight, they are little short of
miraculous.
One of eight Barbadians in the squad,
Brathwaite, the 24-year-old vice-captain,
has plenty of previous when it comes to
digging in. Last October, in Sharjah, he
They?re aware of the
history of the West
Indies side because
they?re reminded of it
every day
- Stuart Law
became the first batsman in history to
carry his bat through both innings of a
Test. West Indies? five-wicket victory over
Pakistan was their first outside the Caribbean for 10 years and the first of Jason
Holder?s embryonic captaincy career.
Brathwaite also batted more than nine
hours to make a double century in Bangladesh in 2014. He needed some good fortune here, or more precisely the benefits
of modern technology. Four times he survived the decision review system, twice
at his own behest. The conditions were
certainly at their best for batting yesterday once the morning cloud had dissipated. When England took their second
wicket of the morning at 11.37am, the sky
was menacing and the floodlights would
soon be on. But soon after lunch the sun
was out and England?s attack began to
look less and less threatening.
By any measure, though, Brathwaite?s
was an innings of substance, given the
circumstances and given the opprobrium
heaped on the team after the defeat at
Edgbaston by an innings and 209 runs.
Gomes would have approved. A tortoise among that middle order of worldclass hares, he played many vital innings
from the No 3 position. His unbeaten 104
at Headingley in 1984 gave West Indies a
slender 32-run lead on first innings and
facilitated a victory in a match made
memorable by Malcolm Marshall batting
one-handed after fracturing a wrist. That
is the sort of character for which recent
West Indies Test sides have not been
renowned.
Last time West Indies came to Leeds
for a Test match a decade ago, they were
hammered into oblivion. Their defeat by
an innings and 283 runs was their heaviest in terms of runs in their distinguished
history and one of the worst for any country. Their captain, Ramnaresh Sarwan,
injured a shoulder and did not bat in
either innings. It was a painful, shambolic time but also a reminder that the
decline of West Indies? Test cricket has
not occurred overnight, like the sudden
crash of a stock market. It has been a
gloomy, desperate tunnel with no discernible end and no apparent light at the
end of it.
The insipid display at Edgbaston was
not suggestive of any meaningful comeback in this Test but those close to the
team insisted that the players knew they
had not done themselves justice, that
they were better than the naive batting
and sloppy out-cricket they had shown.
One must not forget how desperately
inexperienced they are in English conditions. They have not won a Test in
England for 17 years and have lost 15 of
the last 18 here. But, with apologies to
Anne Frank, where there?s Hope, there?s
the sniff of an unlikely Test victory.
?Just believe ? it?s not impossible,?
concluded Brathwaite.
On the front foot:
Shai Hope
strokes a drive
through the
offside on his
way to a maiden
Test century
The story of James
Anderson?s relationship
with the Headingley ground
offers an insight into why he
has been so successful for so
long and why he now stands
on the verge of becoming
the first Englishman, and
only the third fast bowler
ever, to take 500 wickets in
Test cricket.
Two wickets yesterday
took his career haul to 495
and made it likely he will
reach the landmark either
here in Leeds or at Lord?s
next week.
For a long time, Anderson
loathed the sight of
Headingley and not just
because as a Lancastrian he
was conscious of the transPennine antipathy. He
found it a difficult place to
bowl with its curious slope
running down the line of the
pitch and the impact this
has on a bowler?s run-up,
whether operating down
the hill or up it.
It is also a ground that
affords bowlers little margin
for error: anything pitched
slightly off target is likely to
get full treatment because
the outfield is lightning fast.
No wonder Anderson had
said on more than one
occasion: ?I get to the gates
and just want to turn round
and go home.? He was still
coming out with that line
early last year.
At that stage he had every
reason to feel grumpy about
Headingley. He had played
seven Tests on the ground
and taken only 19 wickets at
41 each (though one of
these, against New Zealand
in 2015, was his 400th in
Tests).
But Anderson did not get
where he is today by not
thinking about what he
does, or giving up on a
problem, and he and Stuart
Broad in May last year
resolved to flip on its head
what they had been doing at
Leeds for years.
Anderson switched to
bowling up the hill and
Broad bowled down. The
results were instantaneous,
Anderson taking 10 Sri
Lanka wickets for 45 in the
game and Broad five for 78.
Here against West Indies,
Anderson began with two
spells spanning Friday night
and Saturday morning
which, combined, produced
figures of 12-6-10-3. He was
not immaculate, but nor
was he far off. By tea
yesterday, these were still
the only wickets England
had taken.
As England?s attack
demonstrated here,
Headingley has not stopped
being a puzzle for bowlers.
The key is to bowl a fuller
length than would be ideal
on other English grounds,
around 6 to 7 metres from
the batsman?s stumps, in
order to invite the drives
that bring into play the nicks
to keeper and slips.
Anderson alone has met
the requirement with an
average length of 7.0 metres
from the stumps, whereas
Stuart Broad recorded 7.2m,
Chris Woakes 7.3m and Ben
Stokes 8.2m. Judging by the
amount of head-shaking and
turf-kicking that went on,
Woakes and Broad knew
they were literally falling
short.
?We weren?t patient
enough,? Anderson said at
stumps. ?We tried the odd
magic ball when we should
have tried to get wickets
through creating pressure.
On a pitch that?s got life in it
you?ve still got to keep
putting the ball in the right
area and we didn?t do it
often enough.
JAMES
ANDERSON
Wicket Test Match
Record after game
v Zimbabwe
1st
1
5 at 27.6
Lord?s, 2003
v South Africa,
100th
29
104 at 34.5
Oval, 2008
v Australia,
200th 55
200 at 31.8
Perth, 2010
v New Zealand,
300th
81
305 at 30.1
Lord?s, 2013
v New Zealand,
400th 104
403 at 29.4
Leeds, 2015
v West Indies,
495
128
495 at 27.6
Leeds, 2017
?We talk about bowling in
partnerships but we didn?t
do that? if someone was
bowling well from one end,
there was always a release at
the other. We bowled a lot of
bad balls. These are not the
standards we set ourselves.
We can?t go to Australia and
be inconsistent and expect
to win the series.?
Into his mid-thirties,
Anderson has become a wily
old operator with no
obvious diminution of his
powers, at least not in
England where he has taken
324 of his wickets. His skilful
manipulations of the ball
have adequately
compensated for any loss of
pace.
No fast bowler in history
has been king in his own
backyard to such an extent.
Since 2014, he has taken 111
wickets in 24 home Tests at
an average of 19.1 and that
includes a troubled 2015
season when he was
hampered by injuries.
Can he succeed this
winter in Australia? What he
needs above all is for the
batting unit to play its part
and give the bowlers the rest
they need between innings.
Hameed and Buttler struggle to make case for Ashes selection
Lancashire pair
need to turn on
the style for their
county this week
Simon Wilde
This has been a strange
summer for England?s Test
team. Four matches out of
five have been won, yet three
batting places have remained
a constant problem, and it
has got to the stage where it
appears easier to advance a
claim for the Ashes tour by
being out of the side rather
than in it.
Yet the case for giving tour
spots to Haseeb Hameed or
Jos Buttler, neither of whom
has been involved in Tests
since the tour in India last
November-December,
remains flimsy and barring
some startling late-season
resurgence should be
resisted.
Hameed would be much
better off spending his winter
with the Lions and Buttler?s
time would be more
productively used if he
continued to specialise in the
white-ball formats rather
than carrying drinks in
Australia.
The winter plans of
another England player, Mark
Wood, may become clearer
today when South Africa?s
T20 Global League draft is
held.
Wood?s decision to put
himself forward for the draft
surprised England
somewhat, as he would be a
near-certainty for the Ashes
tour if he is fit.
He has previously insisted
that he viewed Tests as his
priority and had no
immediate intention of
turning himself into a T20
specialist.
Hameed?s relatively low
land
position in the England
pecking order was confirmed
he
in the build-up to the
hen Keaton
Headingley Test when
referred
Jennings was the preferred
en a knee
choice as cover when
st doubt on
problem briefly cast
ticipation.
Alastair Cook?s participation.
Jennings stayed on to spend
d, a
Friday with England,
further indication that he
ans
remains in their plans
ped after
despite being dropped
ur-Test
the South Africa four-Test
hether
series, although whether
h after
he merits such faith
his timidity at the
int.
crease is a moot point.
Hameed?s hopes of
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making the plane to
end
Australia may depend
?s
on Mark Stoneman?s
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progress, but having
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consistently overlooked
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summer it would be
Hameed: might
not make the
Ashes tour
were to be picked without a
dramatic turnaround in form.
Even then, his method
of playing wi
with low
hands would appear unsuited
to Australian conditions;
his hand was broken in
India, where the bounce is
much lower. Nevertheless, a
big score for Lancashire
against Warwickshire
Warw
at
Old Trafford this week
might catapult
catapu him into
contention ffor the final
Test of the summer
su
against
West Indies at
a Lord?s,
especially if England went
there with th
the series already
won and were
w
minded to
experimen
experiment.
There is a feeling that,
at 20, H
Hameed would
benefi
benefit most from a
spel
spell away from
hom
home while being
spa
spared the
unfo
unforgiving spotlight
of an A
Ashes series.
The Lions hold a training
camp in Brisbane and Perth
during the early stages of the
Ashes tour, so they will be on
hand if England require
reinforcements. The Lions do
not play any formal matches
in Australia; those will take
place when they head to
Jamaica and Antigua in
February.
As for Buttler, he has not
kept wicket in the
championship this season,
Lancashire preferring to give
the gloves to the highly rated
Alex Davies, who trained at
Headingley on the eve of the
second Test with England
wicketkeeping coach Bruce
French. Indeed, tomorrow?s
match against Warwickshire
will be only Buttler?s fourth
championship appearance in
two years.
Buttler?s recent decision to
provisionally agree a
�0,000 deal with Comilla
Victorians in the Bangladesh
Premier League was a clue as
to where he sees his future,
albeit reluctantly. The
tournament starts on
November 2, by which time
the Ashes tour will be under
way.
Buttler would have little
trouble securing a Big Bash
contract should he want one
to fill the gap between the
BPL and rejoining Mumbai
Indians at the IPL.
The England head coach,
Trevor Bayliss, has been
impressed by Ben Foakes,
another regular county
keeper who has trained with
the Test squad this summer
and is reckoned by many
good judges to be the best
gloveman in the country.
Foakes plays tomorrow for
Surrey against Middlesex,
when he will face an attack
featuring Toby Roland-Jones
and Steven Finn.
Foakes has scored 289
runs at 28.9 in the
championship but overall he
averages 40 in first-class
cricket compared with
Buttler?s 32.
Wood is among several
England players who will find
out today if they have won
lucrative deals for South
Africa?s new Twenty20
tournament, which also
starts in early November. He
has not played since
aggravating an ankle
problem during the South
Africa Tests.
Other Ashes tour
candidates who are in the
draft include Gary Ballance,
Alex Hales, Sam Billings, Adil
Rashid and Finn.
England?s white-ball
captain Eoin Morgan and
Jason Roy are marquee
players in the eight-team
event which runs until midDecember.
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ther leagues are expanding
and, depending on your
point of view, becoming
more exciting or more
bloated and unwieldy. Super
Rugby is a shambles, while
the Guinness Pro12, needing
some form of lift, has incorporated teams from South
Africa.
Is the success of the Aviva Premiership
? in commercial terms, as well as in passions and intensity, the best of them all ?
down to its simplicity? Twelve English
clubs play home and away; sometimes
there are short distances between competing teams and there is the surge provided by local rivalry, pride in town and
cities and communities. They tried
regional rugby in England once. No-one
attended.
Exeter Chiefs are no longer the coming
team. They are champions, and are there
to be shot at. Saracens must contend, and
this season surely Leicester will become
Leicester again. There is not a single team
that could not beat any of the others and
the gap in standards between, say, the
fourth-placed and ninth will be tiny. London Irish will have to battle like crazy
now that they are back in the top flight.
Here is our guide to the 12 clubs; all
have interesting newcomers and,
remarkably, 10 of the 12 have signed new
fly-halves. The number 10s are all the
rage. And the clubs will be led by 12 of the
hardest-nosed head coaches anywhere in
sport. It begins next week, and ends only
when the last men are left standing.
Video highlights of every
Premiership match this season
will be available to watch on your
phone, the Sunday Times website
or on our tablet editions from next
weekend
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EXETER CHIEFS
State of mind: To blast it again.
They are desperate to build on
richly-deserved champion status, itself
built on the priceless art of taking discarded or semi-famous players and making them, stealthily, world beaters.
Head coach?s nose: Hard, in a Devonian
sort of way. Rob Baxter is a maestro ?
understated, slightly grim of countenance, but a maestro.
He might help: Matt Kvesic has come
from Gloucester to try to fulfil himself. He
really does need to step it up.
Who?s he? Wilhelm van der Sluys. Crazy
name, obscure forward from the Southern Kings but if Exeter have signed him,
you can bet that he can play.
He?s gone: Hero flanker Tom Johnson
has retired.
State of mind: Feeling the pressure. The Saints are in search of
stability and strength on the field as the
team is rebuilt.
Head coach?s nose: Jim Mallinder is not
in public a ranter and a raver, although
you suspect he might howl at the odd full
moon.
He might help: Rob Horne, pedigree
Wallaby centre.
Who?s he? Mitch Eadie was at struggling
Bristol last season. But at his best, he is a
Premiership force.
He?s gone: Louis Picamoles only lasted
one season.
Fashionable fly-half: Piers Francis, the
Aucklander and already one of the likely
lads of Eddie Jones.
Crystal ball: Fifth position was no good
to them last season; they are too good to
stay out of the title race this time.
SALE SHARKS
State of mind: Out to get you ?
this is a club straining at the
leash, with plans to buy their ground and
a fine investment in the transfer market.
Head coach?s nose: Steve Diamond?s
nose is so hard that each nostril battles to
be harder than the other.
He might help: James O?Connor finds
ways to get into the media for rugby
excellence, inconsistency and escapades. If he could just find his true self.
Who?s he? Flanker Josh Strauss has been
hidden behind that vast beard, but this
man can play.
He?s gone: Magnus Lund has moved on.
Fashionable new fly-half: O?Connor, the
golden boy.
Crystal ball: Fascinating season for a
team which has none of the natural
advantages of the old regime but all the
ambition and work ethic in the world.
Could easily challenge in the top six.
Top domestic
league in the
world kicks off
this week and it
promises to be
a season to
remember
SARACENS
State of mind: Vengeful. They
are sulking because they were
pipped by Exeter Chiefs for the Aviva title
but they remain European champions,
they have signed well, their composure
remains.
Head coach?s nose: Mark McCall is a
quiet man, allegedly his team talks are
read out by someone else. But a deceptively-hard hooter, wise and harsh when
he needs to be.
He might help: Liam Williams, fresh
from a remarkable Lions tour.
Who?s he? Dominic Day has been
ploughing a furrow in Melbourne but the
Welsh lock is a clever performer.
He?s gone: Chris Ashton was reaching a
career peak.
Fashionable new fly-half: None. Owen
Farrell and Alex Lozowski still bang on
trend.
Crystal ball: If you do not expect Saracens to be there at the end, your rugby
knowledge must be questioned. With
Owen Farrell still at the helm, they will be
dangerous.
WASPS
BATH
State of mind: Anxious. They
are trying to find momentum
after various kinds of turmoil saw them
sink towards mid-table. Would love to
build the stadium for which they have
been waiting since the war (Boer).
Head coach?s nose: Hard in parts. The
gentlemanly Todd Blackadder and the
more hard-nosed Tabai Matson.
He might help: Sam Underhill, from
Ospreys. Perhaps the real thing at
openside.
Who?s he? James Phillips, new at No 8,
far better than his relative anonymity
suggests.
He?s gone: George Ford. History is still
puzzled as to what actually happened to
Avon?s Fords.
Fashionable new fly-half: Freddie
Burns from Tigers.
Crystal ball: The top four of the table is
now an elite area, and Bath will have to
play out of their skins to gatecrash it. Now
under pressure to show us something.
NORTHAMPTON SAINTS
Evasive action: Maro
Itoje will hope to light
up the Premiership for
Saracens this season
Fashionable new fly-half: nothing in the
summer sales. They have Gareth Steenson and Henry Slade. Why buy?
Crystal ball: Once you have won the title,
your inner man may be sated. But with
Exeter, you know that they will find ways
to kick on.
GLOUCESTER
State of mind: confused. It is
way past time that they became
near-impossible to beat at home, and that
is just for a start.
Head coach?s nose: Decently beaky.
Johan Ackermann did wonders for the
moribund Lions franchise in South
Africa. Hopefully he grasps that the Premiership is not Super Rugby.
He might help: Ed Slater and Owen Williams ? Williams because Gloucester are
desperate for a 10, Slater because they are
desperate for his kind.
Who?s he? Ruan Ackermann arrives from
the Lions alongside Johan, his dad. The
Shed will be searching for signs of flanking fire.
He?s gone: Jonny May was wonderful as a
finisher and someone you would always
pay to watch.
Fashionable new fly-half: Owen Williams from Tigers, one of the best around.
Crystal ball: Hard to see. Ackermann has
to impose a recognisable style and system. Kingsholm could do with the odd
X-rated show of, erm, strength.
HARLEQUINS
State of mind: Inquisitive. Who
knows? Battling to put together a
convincing new team after the end of the
Easter rising years. Great togetherness,
but finished a short but significant distance away last season.
Head coach?s nose: Reasonably hard.
John Kingston was a grand old prop, his
gnarled and yet often literate years in the
Premiership must stand him in good
stead.
He might help: Francis Saili was horribly
miscast at Munster, where his skills were
a luxury, but Harlequins are the kind of
club where he could find himself.
Who?s he? Renaldo Bothma, power carrier from Namibia.
Fashionable new fly-half: Demetri Catrakilis ? South African extraction, Greek
and Cypriot origin, experience all over
the world. Vital.
He?s gone: Nick Evans could not go on
forever. Already in history as a mighty
Quin.
Crystal ball: Mid-table area this time will
be a nightmare. Harlequins may well be
too early in the development of the team
not to fall a place or two.
LEICESTER TIGERS
State of mind: Impatient. They
are waiting and waiting for Manu
Tuilagi, lots of player changes.
Head coach?s nose: Hard, from previous
experience at the club, but Tigers need
evidence that Matt O?Connor has the
same concrete schnozzle as Richard
Cockerill.
He might help: Jonny May from Gloucester. A wizard.
Who?s he? Nick Malouf, an Australian
from their sevens programme. The Tigers
signing sevens softies? Whatever next?
He?s gone: Freddie Burns never quite
took Welford with him, though Marcos
Ayerza will always be beloved there.
Fashionable new fly-half: George Ford
is the key, on his return.
Crystal ball: The key is the fitness of Matt
Toomua, who is even more important
than Tuilagi. It would be lovely to see
them play a game with all their best historical bits and add Toomua?s influence.
LONDON IRISH
State of mind: Nervous. They
need to firm-up their ethos,
home and even club name after a masterly performance in returning to the Premiership one season after relegation.
Head coach?s nose: Nick Kennedy, the
able lock, now director of rugby, is wise
enough to grasp the size of his task. Brendan Venter, in a consultancy role, has a
nose hard enough for the pair of them.
He might help: Petrus du Plessis, from
Saracens, has seen everything the Premiership has to offer.
Who?s he? Lasha Lomidze, No 8 from
Krasny Yar. Not lacking in colour, this
squad.
He?s gone: Luke Narraway performed
superbly through some dark times.
Fashionable new fly-half: Jacob Atkins,
emerging tyro.
Crystal ball: No one needs to tell London
Irish how difficult it is to leap between the
divisions even after one year. Are the forwards good enough? Can they win the six
games at home they will need?
NEWCASTLE FALCONS
State of mind: Excited. On an
upward surge after they left the
relegation zone behind last season, took
some major scalps at Kingston Park.
Head coach?s nose: A little squashed,
but as rock-like as ever. Dean Richards
and company have plotted the new stability with great wisdom.
He might help: Maxime Mermoz. Class
will out, surely.
Who?s he? Sami Mavinga has come from
Lyon and is a real contender up front.
He?s gone: Mike Delaney has returned to
the Bay of Plenty after playing as well as
anyone in the Newcastle revival.
Fashionable new fly-half: Toby Flood
returns to his first top club.
Crystal ball: There is no reason why they
should not maintain their current
improved status and even improve on
eighth spot where they finished last season. A feelgood club.
State of mind: Poised. A team
thrusting for the top although
they have been frustrated by lack of titles
in the past two years.
Head coach?s nose: David Young, hardest of the hard.
He might help: Juan de Jongh can be an
iron man in the centre.
Who?s he? Antonio Harris, the hooker,
has come from Nottingham.
He?s gone: Kurtley Beale returns to
answer the call of the Wallabies.
Fashionable new fly-half: None. Jimmy
Gopperth and Danny C are all you need.
Crystal ball: They are in search of the
extra elements to take them to the very
top. If they truly believe, then they will
get there.
WORCESTER
State of mind: Jumpy. Going
through the usual stream of exits
and entrances as Gary Gold tries to nail
down a team to compete in the top half.
On their day they are a handful.
Head coach?s nose: Typically South
African ? diamond hard.
He might help: David Denton, bustling
Scotland back-rower.
Who?s he? Simon Kerrod and Pierce Phillips from the Channel Islands, where Jersey Reds are an excellent nursery.
He?s gone: Val Rapava-Ruskin has gone
to Gloucester, just when he was dropping
anchor up front.
Fashionable new fly-half: Sam Olver
arrives from Northampton in the latest
attempt to give Worcester a fly-half to run
the show.
Crystal ball: Too many things have to
click for anyone to be over-optimistic,
although Gold?s Premiership experience
is in their favour and Carl Hogg?s influence will be pervasive. Who knows? But
very unlikely to be in the final shaker.
Winning title was easy part for Exeter ? now comes real challenge
Everybody will be
gunning for Chiefs
when season
starts this week
STUART
BARNES
When the referee?s whistle
blows to kick-start Exeter?s
Premiership campaign at
Gloucester on Friday they
become last season?s
champions. Past tense.
Champions wallow in the
Twickenham triumph, go on
a three-day binge and feel
pretty good about themselves
for a while.
Exeter?s director of rugby,
Rob Baxter, summed it up at
the Premiership launch last
week: ?When you look at the
table now everyone is on zero
points and you have to do it
all again.? Exeter?s psyche is
set to be tested. Their psyche
and their hunger.
They gorged on the glory
of Gareth Steenson?s extratime penalty that took them
to the summit of the English
club game less than a decade
after promotion in 2010.
Arguably the most romantic
kick in the brief history of
professional club rugby.
Everyone?s second favourite
team were England?s No 1 ?
and way ahead of schedule.
Blame it on the previous
season. A narrow loss to
Saracens in the final fuelled
them with the belief to bash
down the gates of
Twickenham one year on. A
record-breaking unbeaten
run of 17 matches saw them to
the title. Baxter didn?t think it
was a fairytale but the rest of
us were not to be denied. One
with a happy ending.
And this is where the
problems begin. It was
merely the beginning. Or so
Exeter hope. They have
reached the peak. Where
now? To start with, back into
themselves. Forget the other
11 teams and target the
internals. Baxter again: ?The
truth is we won a lot of games
last season, particularly when
we really concentrated on
ourselves and what we do
well.? He wants his team to
build on their strengths and
?turn them into super
strengths?.
One or two technical
changes and the odd
tactical change are
promised. Together
with an extra intensity
to their sessions.
Fitter, faster,
bigger. And
they?ll have
to be
because
being
last season?s champions
comes with challenges. Do
the other 11 teams want to
beat them because they
are title-holders? No,
that is nonsense. As
Baxter says, 12 teams
start the season on
zero points. There?s no
extra points for
beating the
defending
champions. What
there is, however,
is a hunger.
Saracens were sated
after winning the
European
Champions Cup
against Clermont
Auvergne. One
Steenson: historic penalty
means nothing now
week later they paid the price
in Devon. They will be
desperate to regain their title.
If they slip up, Wasps are
waiting. Exeter are third
favourites at 4-1. They are
expected to be hugely
competitive but not quite
good enough to retain their
title. Desire is the fuel that
drives teams on. Exeter ?
beaten by Saracens 12 months
before the Wasps final ? had a
full tank last May. The very
term ?champions? can drain
the tank. Exeter have not just
the likes of the clubs of Mark
McCall and Dai Young to
worry about. They have
themselves.
It is easier to find a way to
swallow disappointment
when memory of success is
fresh. It played a part in
Saracens? semi-final defeat at
Sandy Park. It could play a
part in Exeter?s forthcoming
season too. Finish in the top
four, maybe make the
knockout stages in Europe,
and who is going to criticise
the club? Nobody in their
right mind.
To become serial winners,
a team sometimes need to be
out of their mind. Eyepopping lunacy to go with the
tactical tweaks. Finishing an
honourable fourth is the easy
way out. Finishing first means
individuals must fight the fear
of failure, a fear that only
intensifies with expectation
each time a trophy is won.
Positive feelings become
negative. More a matter of
never losing big games than
winning them. It makes you
physically sick in the
changing room before a
match. In the professional
era, Leicester, Wasps and
Saracens have all mastered
this fear. Exeter must rise to
this challenge or maintain
such an intense focus on their
own performance that words
such as ?win? and ?lose? are
rendered obsolete. This focus
served Baxter and his boys
brilliantly as they tip-toed
their way to the top but
Steenson?s kick changed that.
Winning trophies is an
addiction.
But the winning bug is the
virus that devours from
within. The great teams live
with the addiction. The rest
gently step aside and let the
psychos of the sport regain
power. Training sessions,
tactics, technique? It?s mostly
a matter of mind games for
Exeter.
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SPORT RUGBY UNION: WOMEN'S WORLD CUP
All-round
talent gives
New Zealand
the edge
PETER
O?REILLY
DAVID ROGERS
Belfast enjoys
enthralling clash
of styles between
two top teams
Kingspan stadium provided a
vibrant setting for the World
Cup final and the two best
teams in women?s rugby
served up a worthy contest.
This had almost as many
shifts and twists as the
brilliant affair in Dunedin
earlier in the day between the
All Blacks and the Wallabies,
and 11 tries in total. The Black
Ferns scored seven to four.
If you?d told us before the
game that a New Zealander
would score a hat-trick, we?d
have assumed you were
talking about Portia
Woodman, the tournament?s
top try-scorer with 13 going
into the game and already
nominated by the New
Zealand Herald as its rugby
player of the year, regardless
of gender.
But no, it was their turbocharged loosehead prop,
Toka Natua, who crossed
England?s try-line thrice, all in
the space of 20 minutes,
showing power, quick feet
and great footballing
awareness. Being a Kiwi, she
also showed that she knew
the laws of the game. For the
third try, she knew to place
the ball in the tackle and then
go again once released. The
replay vindicated her and Joy
Neville ? who thoroughly
justified her appointment for
the final ? confirmed the try.
New Zealand are
champions because they hurt
England close in and out
wide. England shut down
Woodman but in Selica
Winiata, they discovered
another menace. The fullback popped up for a try in
either half, and produced one
outstanding piece of
athleticism to keep the ball in
play. England had stifled the
Black Ferns on a drizzly night
in Rotorua back in June,
churning relentlessly for
three tries with their rolling
maul. A dry night and a firm
surface in Belfast was always
more likely to suit the Kiwis?
all-court game.
What was most impressive
was their ability to recover
from a 20-minute period
before the break when they
lost Sarah Goss to the sin-bin
for a marginal tip tackle and
then conceded 17 points
without reply.
In that period, the game?s
most dominant player looked
like being Emily Scarratt. In
the 2014 final against Canada,
she scored 16 of her side?s 21
points and in the first half
yesterday, she was
inspirational. Here, she was
asked to play out of position,
swapping her number 13
jersey for 15 after Danielle
Waterman suffered
concussion in Tuesday?s
semi-final against France.
?Emily?s quite an
accomplished full-back,? said
England coach, Simon
Middleton.
It turns out he was being
ironic. Her influence was
profound in helping England
to settle after the shock of an
early try concession. The
Kiwis? tactic of cross-kicking
towards Woodman?s wing
was a clear attempt to use
their wing?s blistering pace
and expose England?s back
three. It worked too, when
Winiata got on the end of a
well-weighted cross by
Victoria Subritsky-Nafatali.
Scarratt needed her right
ankle strapped and SubritskyNafatali tested her mobility.
No bother to her. Soon
Scarratt was leaping high to
gobble up threats and gliding
wide.
Where her influence
looked most significant,
however, was in her placekicking. With Scarratt, it all
Hands off: a defiant Sarah Bern on the run for England
looks perfectly natural. She
kicked three from three
before the break, including
one booming conversion
from wide on the right.
Meanwhile, Kendra
Cocksedge was short with
both conversion attempts.
The contest was not
decided on place-kicking,
however. Having scored a try
through Natua before the
break, the Kiwis? power-game
became irresistible after it.
The Black Ferns
dominated the final quarter.
They were the most complete
side in the tournament, and
have the most skilful players
and a will to succeed that is
frightening. Best of all, they
seem to enjoy themselves.
CHARLES MCQUILLAN
Thompson scores twice but
Red Roses are overpowered in
the second half of Belfast final
Stephen Jones
Rugby correspondent, Belfast
T
here was a very long period in
the first half of this extraordinary game when you would
not have backed New Zealand
at astronomic odds against.
England had established their
game and New Zealand were
in danger of being taken to the
cleaners. England could not
take all their chances but they
pulled clear to 17-5 before half-time, and
the general thought at that stage was that
they had only to get in unscathed at halftime to retain their title. They did not.
New Zealand are world champions, scoring five tries in a devastating second half,
when Toka Natua completed a remarkable hat-trick
England were devastated and tearful.
Neutrals? They must have loved this epic.
Any English fan not proud of this team is
on the wrong planet. They have been outstanding. Emily Scarratt at full-back was
brilliant. She is in danger of become the
sport?s first global superstar.
Yet on an occasion that was astonishing, high-speed and dramatic, New Zealand changed course totally. Their game
plan in the second half was to go round
and round the corner at the breakdown,
keeping low and conservative, retaining
the ball and making ground steadily, until
England ran out of defenders.
England, who were never remotely
their true selves after half-time, could not
slow the ball down, could not turn it over
and could not dent New Zealand where
they wanted them at close quarters. As
Scarratt said: ?We knew what they were
doing, but there was no way we could
stop them.?
When England were composed and
controlling in the first half, Katy Mclean
had the ball on a piece of string. Both the
locks, Tamara Taylor and Abbie Scott,
were superb. But long before the end,
and even after England briefly lifted the
siege with a late try by Izzy Noel-Smith, it
was as if their authority had never been
and the sense of frustration must have
been dreadful.
Well done to the people of Belfast and
all those who came from miles away and
from other countries, for the support for
both sides was extraordinary.
There were times in the first half where
an avalanche beckoned, because apart
from one attack by New Zealand at the
start and another just before half-time,
England were in control and there were
times when New Zealand?s forwards
seemed on the point of disintegration.
England had already established
themselves as the superior pack but conceded a try from nothing after seven minutes, when New Zealand won a lineout,
Subritzky-Nafatali kicked diagonally for
Portia Woodman, but the ball evaded
both Woodman and Kay Wilson and fell
into the hands of Selica Winiata, who ran
down the wing to score.
Scarratt then took a hand, even though
she had hurt an ankle in the play leading
Road runner: Lydia
Thompson leaves her
marker for dead to run
in one of her two tries,
but it was New Zealand
who were celebrating
at the end, inset
DREAM OVER FOR ENGLAND
to the try and at one stage it looked as if
she might be coming off. But she made a
brilliant break to set up England?s first
real attack, plucked a high ball out of the
air under pressure and put England on
the board with a penalty to make it 3-5.
It was then something of a procession.
England could have scored two tries in
the first quarter, especially if they had
won some more quick ball from the minirucks and the pressure told on New Zealand when Sarah Goss was sent to the sinbin after lifting Mclean above the
horizontal in a tackle.
England struck a double blow. They
were over the New Zealand line but the
television official could not see a touch-
down. From the resulting scrum,
England powered forward, New Zealand
caved in and a penalty try was the easiest
decision that Joy Neville, the referee, has
ever given.
After 27 minutes, England came again
among all the one-way traffic. Rachael
Burford made a clean break, England
went steaming into the ruck and Natasha
Hunt and Mclean worked the blindside
beautifully. Lydia Thompson scored in
the corner. Scarratt kicked both conversions, sore ankle or no sore ankle.
New Zealand dug deep. It was a victory
of tactics and also of heart. Natua showed
athleticism and dexterity by reaching out
to score in their first attacking series for
ages. It was a vital try, one which New
Zealand needed desperately and it was a
manageable 17-10 at half-time.
Grievously for England, it all went
downhill, New Zealand drew level in the
opening stages of the second half just
when England were desperate to reassert
themselves, with Natua scoring.
New Zealand had ushered Natua in for
her hat-trick by the 57th minute as a torrent began to flow in the completely
opposite direction. England tried everything, they brought on a raft of replacements, they kept their heads up but the
second half was a gory mess ? there were
no scrums to speak of, England had no
field position or front-foot ball and all
they had to console themselves was a try
from Thompson, after she escaped
Woodman and left the New Zealand wing
in her wake with a scorching burst.
But among the galaxy of New Zealand
tries, Natua also allowed others to score.
Charmaine Smith cleverly planted the
ball against the foot of the post protector
for one try and it all became torture for
England in the final quarter as Kendra
Cocksedge scored. Soon after, Winiata
scored down the right wing.
England had a game that was good
enough to win but after half-time, they
were never able to establish it and New
Zealand imposed themselves and won
the title that they craved the most.
Star player: Toka Natua (New Zealand)
New Zealand: Tries: Winiata 8, 69, Natua 38, 45, 58,
Smith 53, Cocksedge 63 Cons: Cocksedge (3)
England: Tries: Penalty try 25, Thompson 32, 55, NoelSmith 77 Cons: Scarratt (2) Pens: Scarratt (2)
Yellow cards: New Zealand: Goss, Ketu
Referee: J Neville
New Zealand: Winiata; Woodman, Waaka (Fitzpatrick
64min), Brazier, Wickliffe (Hohepa 59min); SubritzkyNafatali, Cocksedge (Sue 79min); Natua (Talawadua
77min), Faamausili (capt) (Ngata-Aerengamate 79min),
Itunu (Nelson 67min), Blackwell (Wood 28-33min),
Smith (Wood 74min), McMenamin (Ketu 71min), Goss,
Savage
England: Scarratt; Thompson (Wilson-Hardy 71min),
Jones, Burford (Reed 55min), Wilson; Mclean, Hunt
(Mason 59min); Cornborough (Clark 57min), Cokayne
(Fleetwood 57min), Bern (Lucas 57min), Scott, Taylor
(Millar-Mills 64min), Matthews, Packer (Noel-Smith
60min), Hunter (capt)
Australia fail to get their kicks out of the All Blacks in classic
NEW ZEALAND
AUSTRALIA
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Stuart Barnes
Ten tries and a final quarter
in which the lead changed
hands on five occasions. You
will see few more
extraordinary Test matches.
It took a second Beauden
Barrett try two minutes from
full-time to spare New
Zealand?s blushes. It also took
an inept display of goal
kicking from Australian flyhalf Bernard Foley to keep
the All Blacks in the game.
Barrett kicked
immaculately with five
successful conversions from
five attempts, from angles of
varying difficulty. In contrast,
BRETT PHIBBS
Foley missed four of six kicks,
three of them striking the
posts. This was not a case of
bad luck: those three kicks
and another failed effort were
all straightforward kicks. Ten
points were squandered,
points that would have made
a New Zealand win
improbable.
In the 75th minute Kurtley
Beale had steamed under the
posts to round off a fiercely
determined individual
performance. It gave the
Wallabies a one-point lead. It
should have been 11. Even
Barrett and the All Blacks
could not have recovered
from such a deficit. Hard as it
is to write after such an
engrossing match, Australia,
or rather, Foley, blew it.
As it was, there was a sliver
of light for New Zealand and
how they poured through the
cracks to crush Australian
dreams of a first win on Kiwi
soil in 21 attempts. It was the
All Blacks at their brilliant
best. Kieran Read won the
restart after the hammer
blow of the Beale try. There
was a superb pass from the
other Barrett brother on
display, Scott. Read roared on
to and over the gain line. TJ
Perenara supported on the
inside. Barrett was flat out on
the replacement scrum-half ?s
outside, two of the star men
shining when it most
mattered. Classic Kiwi
support lines.
Galvanising as the game
was, that cannot be said for
all aspects of their
performance. In the open
field the All Blacks were far
from vintage. Sonny Bill
Williams played like a wouldbe classical pianist burdened
with a shifter?s fingers and
thumbs. Four fumbles in the
first seven minutes might be
some sort of Test match
record for an inside centre.
But enough of the negatives.
Match-winnner:
Beauden Barrett
dives over for the
decisive score
Australia opened the scoring
with a perfectly judged
intercept by Israel Folau after
just 35 seconds. Michael
Hooper then sprinted
through for a stunning score
of 12-0 after 11 minutes.
Stunning could have been
substituted for surreal just
before the 20-minute mark.
The New Zealand scrum
marched the Wallabies back
but with all eight pushing,
Will Genia conjured a gap.
Hooper was this time
sprinting in support with
Foley showing speed to score
the third Australian try. He hit
the posts with what should
have been an easy kick.
The inaccuracy of New
Zealand?s back play was
balanced by the
overwhelming power of their
pack. Aaron Smith thrived
behind them. He made a sixth
Test match try for Rieko
Ioane after 22 minutes and
scored his side?s second with
a stabbing sidestep to leave
Hooper wrong-footed on the
verge of half-time. Barrett
kicked both conversions.
After five tries in the first
half, there was a lull in the
third quarter as New Zealand
won a sequence of penalties
and kicked for the corner
instead of the posts. Read
maintained faith in the
forwards. Eventually, from
another strong scrum in the
60th minute, Barrett burst
from open to blind and
scored wide out, again
converting to put New
Zealand four points clear.
If anyone expected the
Wallabies to wilt (I did) they
were made to look foolish.
Struggling to escape their
try-line through a
combination of New Zealand
pressure and Foley?s failure
to find sufficient distance on
his clearance kicks, they
decided to go from deep. In
an 80-metre counterattack,
Genia darted once on the
half-way line and once over
the try-line. Foley missed the
kick on 66 minutes.
Four minutes and 22
phases later Ben Smith
scored as New Zealand
rediscovered their rhythm.
But Beale, bleeding, battered,
brilliant, scored beneath the
posts. This was a sevenpointer. A few more of those
and the watching rugby world
would have been deprived of
this fabulous finale. That will
not console Michael Cheika.
Star player: Will Genia (Australia)
New Zealand: Tries: Ioane 22, A Smith
40, B Barrett 62, 78, B Smith 71 Cons: B
Barrett (5)
Australia: Tries: Folau 1, Hooper 11,
Foley 15, Genia 67, Beale 76 Cons: Foley
(2)
Referee: N Owens (Wales)
Attendance: 30,000
New Zealand: McKenzie; B Smith,
Crotty (Lienert-Brown 28-40min, Bill
Williams 68min, Sopoaga 74min), Bill
Williams (Lienert-Brown 63min), Ioane,
B Barrett (Sopoaga 46-55min), A Smith
(Perenara 68min); Moody (Hames
68min), Coles (Taylor 68min), Laulala
(Tu?ungafasi 63min), Retallick, S
Whitelock, Squire (S Barrett 77min),
Cane (A Sevea 12min), Read (capt)
Australia: Folau; Haylett-Petty (Hodge
63min), Kuridrani, Beale, Speight, Foley,
Genia; Sio (Robertson 64min), Moore
(capt) (Polota-Nau 39min), Alaalatoa
(Kepu h-t), Arnold, Simmons (Rodda
65min), Hanigan (Timani 63min),
Hooper, McMahon
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SPORT MOTOR RACING
HAMILTON
JOHN THYS
HOW THEY LINE UP AT THE
BELGIAN GRAND PRIX
Driver
Team
1 Lewis Hamilton (GB)
THE POLE STAR
Mercedes
Time
1min 42.553sec
2 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari
1:42.795
3 Valtteri Bottas (Fin)
Mercedes
1:43.094
4 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin)
Ferrari
1:43.270
5 Max Verstappen (Hol) Red Bull
1:43.380
6 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull
1:43.863
7 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault
1:44.982
8 Sergio Perez (Mex)
Force India
1:45.244
9 Esteban Ocon (Fra)
Force India
1:45.369
10 Jolyon Palmer (GB)
Renault
11 Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren
12 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas
1:45.133
13 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas
1:45.400
14 Carlos Sainz Jr (Spa)
1:45.439
Toro Rosso
15 Stoffel Vandoorne (Bel) McLaren
English driver seeks to close gap on Vettel
today after producing another stunning
lap to equal Michael Schumacher?s record
no time
1:45.090
no time
16 Felipe Massa (Bra)
Williams
1:45.823
17 Daniil Kvyat (Rus)
Toro Rosso
1:46.028
18 Lance Stroll (Can)
Williams
1:46.915
19 Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber
1:47.214
20 Pascal Wehrlein (Ger) Sauber
1:47.679
CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
Driver
Mark Hughes
Spa, Belgium
L
ewis Hamilton has equalled
Michael Schumacher?s all-time
F1 pole position record tally of
68 with a spellbinding demonstration of on-the-limit driving
in F1?s fastest car around Spa,
arguably its most demanding
circuit. There are many historical ironies and parallels associated with this, but of more
immediate relevance is the boost it gives
Hamilton?s chances in his continued
world title battle with Sebastian Vettel.
Vettel?s Ferrari has qualified alongside
Hamilton?s Mercedes on the front row ?
with some help from teammate Kimi
Raikkonen, who gave Vettel a slipstreaming tow after making a run-wide error.
The scene thus seems set, after F1?s fourweek summer break, for a flat-out duel
between these two contrasting icons of
the sport in the season?s second half.
A pattern has emerged in the see-sawing fortunes between them: around
power and low-drag-rewarding tracks,
Hamilton?s Mercedes is invariably favourite. Around tighter tracks, the more
flexible and responsive Ferrari chassis
holds the edge. The remaining tracks on
the calendar are roughly evenly spread in
terms of which of the two cars they would
seem to favour.
Spa-Francorchamps, a circuit through
the Belgian Ardennes comprising two
super-long straights interspersed by a
series of high-speed bends, was widely
expected to suit the power and aerodynamic efficiency of the Mercedes. A
power unit upgrade added to that feeling
and Hamilton was afterwards waxing lyrical about how his car felt around here.
However, the practices suggested that
Pts
1
Sebastian Vettel
2
Lewis Hamilton
3 Valtteri Bottas
202
188
169
4 Daniel Ricciardo
117
5 Kimi Raikkonen
116
6 Max Verstappen
67
7
56
Sergio Perez
8 Esteban Ocon
45
9 Carlos Sainz
35
10 Nico Hulkenberg
26
Constructors? championship
1
Mercedes
2
Ferrari
357
318
3 Red Bull
184
4 Force India
101
5 Williams
41
6 Toro Rosso
39
MOST FORMULA ONE
POLE POSITIONS
Rivals in the
shade: a
delighted Lewis
Hamilton
acknowledges
the fans after his
blistering
qualifying lap
put him at the
front of the grid
in Spa
1
Michael Schumacher
68
1
Lewis Hamilton
68
3
Ayrton Senna
65
4
Sebastian Vettel
48
5
Jim Clark
33
5
Alain Prost
33
7
Nigel Mansell
32
8
Nico Rosberg
30
9
Juan Manuel Fangio
29
10 Mika Hakkinen
Ferrari may be much more closelymatched than anticipated, especially
over a race distance. Vettel, having struggled for much of the weekend to match
the pace of his Spa-specialist teammate,
was gifted a double present by Raikkonen?s error and subsequent tow along
the final straight that Vettel reckoned was
worth around two-tenths of a second. It
all combined to vault Vettel to a position
of being able to challenge Hamilton
today.
Vettel?s performance after a difficult
preparation was a timely reminder of
why Ferrari have re-signed him for a further three years. This scotched rumours
that he might join Hamilton at Mercedes,
and is widely expected to pave the way
for confirmation of the extension of Valtteri Bottas? contract alongside Hamilton.
Here, Bottas qualified between the Ferraris, some way adrift of Hamilton?s pace.
The focus of the mostly Dutch and Belgian?s crowd?s attention, Max Verstappen, lines up fifth ahead of teammate
Daniel Ricciardo. Their Red Bulls are
expected to be much more competitive
today than in qualifying.
Hamilton ? who in signing for Mercedes from 2013 replaced Schumacher
and thereby triggered his final retirement
? paid tribute to the seven-time champion. ?It?s a special day. I knew the record
was on the horizon but hadn?t really
thought about it much. Now, being here,
it?s an unusual place to be. I remember
coming here in 1996 to watch as a kid and
I remember Michael coming by and the
noise of the engine shook my ribcage,
and my love for the sport took another
step.?
The place resonates with memories of
Schumacher, who remains in a severely
impaired state after his skiing accident in
December 2013. Spa is where he made a
sensational F1 debut in 1991; where 12
months later he won his first grand prix;
and where, in 2004, he clinched his seventh and final world championship.
Schumacher?s 18-year-old son Mick,
currently racing in Formula 3, will dem-
I remember
watching Michael
Schumacher here
in 1996 and my
love for the sport
took another step
onstrate the Schumacher title-winning
1994 Benetton here before this afternoon?s race. Schumacher?s former team
boss Ross Brawn delivered a congratulatory message to Hamilton from Schumacher?s wife Corinna, saying, ?Michael
always said that records were there to be
broken.?
Vettel was closely associated with
Schumacher, cites him as his inspiration
and has often been compared to him.
They began their karting careers at the
same track in the German town of
Kerpen, albeit 16 years apart. After titlewinning success elsewhere, they both
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transferred to Ferrari. Schumacher won
five consecutive titles from 2000, and
Vettel, who joined in 2015, has so far won
seven races for the team to stand at the
head of the championship.
?Because of the timing [of Schumacher?s accident] we never actually spoke
about my joining Ferrari,? said Vettel. ?I
didn?t have the opportunity. He would
have been one of the first people I?d have
asked about it. I?d have probably been
consulting with him now and through the
course of this year about my future.?
Instead, Vettel made the choice himself and his re-signing would appear
ostensibly to block the prospect of Hamilton making a switch to Ferrari. Just as in
Schumacher?s day, Ferrari?s preferred
way of operating is with a lead driver and
a support. Vettel?s announcement came a
few days after Raikkonen?s contract was
extended for a further season.
The veteran Finn has not won a single
race in his second stint with the team,
beginning in 2014, but Spa is a track on
which Raikkonen has won four times,
and until his crucial error in the dying
moments of qualifying, he had been
outpacing Vettel. The way it played out
could hardly have been better for Ferrari.
Should Hamilton win, it would be his
58th career victory. Vettel is chasing win
number 47. Schumacher, with 91 victories, still dwarfs both drivers by that
count.
Spieth produces masterclass
GOLF
Inspired Open
champion leads
field by three,
writes Nick Pitt
For the first time in months,
the big man, Dustin Johnson,
has hit form and every other
player is on warning that the
world number one is on the
march once more. Except, it
seems, Jordan Spieth.
While Johnson has played
with the authority we saw
earlier in the year, before
injury spoiled his season,
Spieth, the Open champion,
has taken little notice, taking
a three-shot lead in the
Northern Trust Open, the
first of the four FedEx
Playoffs.
The third round was
largely a battle between
Johnson?s driver and Spieth?s
putter and course
management, and the hot
putter allied with the cool
brain had the best of it. At 12
under par, Spieth leads
Johnson, in second place, by
three strokes.
After three-putting the
ninth from close range,
Spieth?s putting was
impeccable. He took 31
strokes for the back nine and
his 64, equal lowest round of
the event, was a masterclass.
Johnson was almost as
impressive with a 67.
Behind Spieth and Johnson
at Glen Oaks on Long Island,
New York, lie a congregation
of many of the world?s best
players. Matt Kuchar, Jon
Rahm, Patrick Reed and Paul
Casey are all on seven under
par.
Johnson is not given to
lengthy explanations, but
what he said after his firstround 65 was portentous:
?Today was the first time I felt
in control since leading into
Spieth: third round of 64
The Masters. I did everything
well.?
Spieth is the favourite to
win today but if Johnson
sustains his form, which he
reckons he will, one suspects
he will be the man to beat in
the FedEx Series, with its
$10m first prize.
On the eve of The Masters,
Johnson seemed to have the
world at his feet. Then a back
injury caused by a trip on the
stairs of his rented house in
Augusta wrecked his season.
He withdrew from The
Masters, missed the cut in the
US Open, tied 54th in The
Open and tied 13th in the
USPGA.
It was a miserable run for
Johnson but he has found
confidence by returning to
the type of putter he used
from his early days in the
game. The formidable figure
we saw in the spring has
returned with full self-belief.
?Well, I just need to keep
striking it like I am and I?m
going to be right there come
Sunday for sure,? he said.
Last year, it also looked as
if Johnson would win the
FedEx Series, but Rory
McIlroy denied him with a
late run of brilliance. Now
their predicaments seem
reversed. McIlroy was in
danger of missing the cut
after a first-round 73, but
LEADERBOARD
-12 Jordan Spieth (US) 69 65 64
-9 Dustin Johnson (US) 65 69 67
-7 Paul Casey (Eng) 69 68 66,
Patrick Reed (US) 70 67 66, Jon
Rahm (Spa) 68 68 67, Matt
Kuchar (US) 71 64 68
-6 Keegan Bradley (US) 68 70 66
-5 Kevin Chappell (US) 68 73 64,
Justin Rose (Eng) 68 68 69
-4 Jason Dufner (US) 69 69 68,
Justin Thomas (US) 68 69 69,
Chez Reavie (US) 69 68 69,
Patrick Cantley (US) 67 70 69,
Russell Henley (US) 64 72 70,
Bubba Watson (US) 67 68 71,
Jhonattan Vegas (Ven) 69 65 72
battled manfully for a 68 on
Friday and a 69 yesterday.
?My spirits are OK,?
McIlroy said. ?I?m excited to
be taking three months off
and hopefully turn up in 2018
as a better golfer. I feel like
this is my sabbatical,? he said.
But he also said: ?I?d love
to live in a cocoon, protect
myself from everything,? as if
his main desire is to get away.
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SPORT TENNIS: US OPEN PREVIEW
DAVESHOPLAN
CLIVE BRUNSKILL
Johanna Konta is one of the favourites
to win the US Open and could finish
the tournament at top of the rankings
Down and out: Murray makes his announcement last night
Murray pulls
out of US Open
Emotional Scot
again hampered
by ongoing
hip problem
Barry Flatman
Tennis correspondent
GOING UP IN THE WORLD
BARRY
FLATMAN
M
Tennis correspondent
Flushing Meadows
arlon Brando?s most
famous cinematic utterance was set 15 miles due
west of the site of the US
Open in Queen?s Flushing
Meadows. Nevertheless
as a nod to the cultural
history of the New York
region, Johanna Konta
was more than happy to
change tense and rephrase: ?Yes, I consider myself to be a contender.?
The year?s final Grand Slam tournament is the one where Konta, the world?s
seventh-ranked player, made her breakthrough two years ago. As the action is set
to start again, the most successful British
woman in more than three decades is one
of eight players who, if the results go the
right way, could end the tournament
ranked world No 1.
Konta appreciates that such a dramatic
elevation would be a mathematical longshot but she does not shy away from the
possibility. She beat current No 1 Karolina
Pliskova in Beijing 10 months ago, overcame likely successor Simona Halep
more recently at Wimbledon and has two
wins in succession over the All England
Club?s third-ranked reigning champion
Garbine Muguruza.
The last of those victories over the
Spaniard came at the US Open and Konta
knows that she has come of age as a topflight performer with the ability to beat
any of the sport?s top players. Plus, of
course, there is no Serena Williams, who
is at home, preparing to give birth to her
first child.
?You keep hearing potential this or
potential that about women?s tennis at
the moment and simply there are just so
many moving pieces that have to fall into
place,? said Konta, who admits to being
motivated by the sheer noise and energy
of New York. ?In the women?s game right
now, we don?t have a big four like the
men. We?ve got a big 10, and I think that
it?s a great thing.?
Out of respect for her rivals, Konta
refuses to rule out the possibility of
Angelique Kerber retaining the title she
won last year, or Caroline Wozniacki
finally winning a major after her current
unfortunate run of losing all six finals she
has contested in 2017.
After Jelena Ostapenko?s unexpected
French Open triumph as the world?s
47th-ranked player, Konta insists there
are many potential champions and Venus
Williams, Elina Svitolina and Svetlana
Kuznetsova all have a legitimate chance
of taking the top spot. ?The good thing is,
when it comes to women?s tennis, from
the very first rounds of tournaments
there are great matches,? said Konta,
whose Wimbledon semi-final with Halep
commanded the biggest BBC viewing figures of the entire championships, an
impressive 7.4 million. ?I think the competitiveness was showcased this year. At
Wimbledon, there were incredible battles in every round in the women?s draw.
Knowing it will be good makes it quite
exciting when you go to watch. You don?t
have to wait until the semis for a close
match.
?Obviously, Serena has been a massive
presence in our sport. And what she
achieved might not happen again, certainly not in my lifetime. Going from
where she started her career as a teenager, it?s just incredible. But I think it was
like being in the men?s game and living in
the time of Federer. People are always
asking, will it ever happen again?
?Right now Serena is busy making a
baby, so there?s more attention on who?s
around at the present time and the quality of players who can come up alongside
Serena.?
Because of the amount of people who
seriously took notice of Konta during
Wimbledon, she finds herself being recognised more often in the street. And not
just in London or her hometown of Eastbourne. Just after Wimbledon, she spent
a day in Liverpool and then headed up
the M62 towards Manchester and to the
BBC headquarters at Salford Keys.
And it was while she was there that
Konta experienced that fame does come
with a price as she was confronted on
I feel good about
the tennis I?m playing
but that does not give
me the right to think
that I am going win
Radio 4?s The Today Show by John Humphrys, who appeared to be ill-informed
and disinterested in tennis as he questioned Australian-born Konta about her
nationality and asked her: ?What are
you??
Listeners complained in their droves
about Humphrys? aggressive stance
towards Konta. Having had more than a
month to fully digest the on-air confrontation she now says: ?He maybe forgot I
wasn?t a politician, I basically didn?t
answer like one normally does to him. He
perhaps has never really interviewed an
athlete before.
?When the interview ended I looked
across to my agent Vicky [Brook, daugh-
ter of All England Club chairman Philip]
and thought, ?That was a bit bizarre.? It
was a little bit of a strong interview but
looking forward to the rest of my career,
with all the experiences I will have, it
won?t be the last. A few BBC people did
apologise because the interview went
down an angle that probably was not
intended. I was keen to move on from it.?
However, Konta does seems to attract
criticism from individuals who are
regarded as being iconic in their particular field of expertise. The latest is six-time
US Open champion Chris Evert, who
recently said that she believed Konta had
not played enough since Wimbledon and
wondered whether a lack of match practice might have made the British No 1 vulnerable in New York.
Konta?s reply was to point out that she
lost in the quarter-finals in Cincinnati and
the second round in Toronto but overall
she had played in far more matches this
year. Thus far in 2017 she has won 36
matches and lost 12 while at the same
stage 12 months ago her figures read: won
32, lost 18.
Currently she stands seventh in the
Race to Singapore for the WTA Finals in
October and having been forced to attend
as an inactive alternate last year, she now
looks very likely to be among the world?s
top eight players battling it out for end-ofseason bragging rights.
?Singapore would be something that I
would love to play but there?s a lot of tournaments and a lot of matches still to go
until then,? she said. ?Last year I was just
the extra, sitting around in case and ultimately doing nothing. It?s one of those
things where you get to the end of the season and kind of look up, saying, ?Did I
make it?? I feel good about the tennis that
I?m playing. But that doesn?t guarantee or
give me the right to think I?m going to
win. However yes, I consider myself to be
a contender.?
Serving notice:
Johanna Konta is
looking forward
to playing at
Flushing
Meadows, where
she first came to
prominence
Andy Murray dramatically
withdrew from the US Open
last night because of
continuing problems with
the right hip that troubled
him throughout Wimbledon
and may even force him to
sit out the rest of the season.
The recently deposed
world No 1, who has not
played a competitive match
in the six weeks since he lost
to America?s Sam Querrey in
Wimbledon?s quarter-finals,
travelled to New York a
week ago with full
intentions to play the
tournament that he won in
2012.
However after a string of
practice sessions, which
again saw him limp off court
in apparent pain, 30-yearold Murray decided it would
be futile to attempt to play
with an injury that would
not stand up to the rigours
of playing seven best-of-fiveset matches in a fortnight.
?Unfortunately, I won?t
be playing here this year,?
said Murray, his voice
cracking with emotion. ?I
did pretty much everything
that I could to get myself
ready here. I obviously
spoke to a lot of hip
specialists and tried resting,
rehabbing, to try and get
myself ready.
?In the last few days I was
actually practising OK but
it?s too sore for me to win
the tournament and
ultimately that?s what I was
here to try and do. In the
end I ran out of time.?
Murray had been
presented with the most
favourable of draws for the
first week of the
tournament and if fully fit,
he would most certainly
have liked his chances to
reach the 11th Grand Slam
final of his career.
?I certainly wouldn?t have
been hurting myself more
by trying to play,? he said.
?It was more a question of
whether the hip would
settle down in time.
?We were hoping that by
taking a few weeks off,
resting, rehabbing and
really reducing the load that
I was putting through it,
that I would be OK by the
time the US Open came
around. Unfortunately
that?s not been the case.?
Defending champion Stan
Wawrinka has already ruled
himself out for the
remainder of the year after
undergoing knee surgery
and two-time winner Novak
Djokovic will be similarly
absent following a longstanding problem with his
right elbow.
Now Murray must make
the decision whether to turn
his back on defending titles
in Beijing, Shanghai,
Vienna, Paris and the Nitto
ATP World Tour Finals at
London?s 02 Arena.
Resting his hip for the
remainder of the year will
obviously have ranking
connotations and he could
drop down to the lower
reaches of the top 10.
?I have never had to take
any time off because of my
hip before,? Murray
continued. ?Obviously I
spoke to a number of
specialists about the injury
to get the best advice
possible. When you speak to
a lot, there is different views
and opinions on what the
best thing to do is moving
forward. That?s a decision
I?ll need to take now.?
Current world No 9 Kei
Nishikori is another leading
player who has decided to
I want to be back on
court as soon as I
can. I miss
competing, and I?ll
try to get myself
back on court as
soon as I can
call a halt for the rest of the
year because of a right wrist
injury and Murray vowed to
decide in the next few days
whether to follow suit.
?I?ll definitely make a
decision in the next few
days,? said Murray.
?It?s something that I?ll sit
down and decide with my
team. I?ll need to make the
correct decision and really
think it through these next
couple of days.
?I want to be back on
court as soon as I can. If it
means I can play before the
end of the year, then that?s
what I would love to do. I
miss competing, and I?ll try
to get myself back on court
as soon as I can.?
The US Open have now
moved fifth-seeded Marin
Cilic into the position at the
bottom of the draw left
vacant by Murray?s
withdrawal and the 2014
champion from Croatia will
now begin against America?s
Tennys Sandgren.
The lucky loser from the
qualifying rounds, Lukas
Lacko of Slovakia, has now
gained entry into the men?s
draw.
Shapovalov ready to prove he has turned over a new leaf
Teenager who hit
umpire lets racket
do all the talking
in New York
Barry Flatman
Barely six months after being
dismissed as a disrespectful
teenager who accidentally
injured an umpire by
slamming a ball into the
official?s face, Denis
Shapovalov has matured into
a player regarded as a
standard-bearer for the
future of men?s tennis.
Girls swoon over the 18year-old in the same way
their mothers, or perhaps
their grandmothers, did over
Bjorn Borg in the mid-1970s.
More senior tennis observers,
searching for new talent after
the golden era of Roger
ANDRE PICHETTE
Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak
Djokovic and Andy Murray,
see the young Canadian as a
potential megastar of the
future.
These are early days but
Shapovalov, like the US
Open?s 20 year-old fourth
seed Alexander Zverev, is
blessed with talent, power
and a natural charisma that
ensures spectators are
packed six-deep around the
outside practice courts.
?Am I happy to get through
or relieved? A bit of both,?
said Shapovalov after
completing his passage
through qualifying at New
York?s Flushing Meadows
with a 6-7 6-1 6-3 win over the
Czech Republic?s Jan Satral to
secure a place in the first
round against Russia?s 53rdranked Daniil Medvedev. ?I
knew it was possible to win
through although I
acknowledged it would be a
tough road. I?ve been playing
good tennis so I believed I
could do it.?
While the United States
Tennis Association gave
Maria Sharapova a wild card
into the women?s singles,
regardless of her admission
that she continued to take an
outlawed substance after it
was banned, Shapovalov was
made to contest the
qualifying rounds, regardless
of the fact that two weeks
earlier he became the
youngest player to reach the
semi-final of an ATP World
Tour Masters series semi-final
in Montreal.
Wild cards are issued at the
discretion of every
tournament but are usually
designed to aid emerging
young talents. Shapopalov
intimated it would have been
nice if he received a wild card
Smash hit: Denis Shapovalov is focused on his tennis
after what he achieved in
Montreal, including a
quarter-final win over world
No 1 Rafael Nadal. When it
wasn?t forthcoming, the
youngster who last summer
won the Wimbledon boys?
singles titles and two years
ago was US Open doubles
champion with fellow
Canadian Felix AugerAliassime, decided there was
no point in complaining.
?Montreal gave me a lot of
confidence,? he said. ?I didn?t
have an easy draw in
qualifying and every
opponent I faced was tough
and had enjoyed good years,
beating some fine players. All
I could do was play every
match as hard as I could.?
While the USTA refused to
acknowledge Shapopalov?s
potential, last week John
McEnroe named him as a
captain?s pick for the
inaugural Laver Cup in
Prague next month. He is set
to confront the likes of
Federer, Nadal and Zverev,
but McEnroe has confidence
in his choice.
?Denis has shown that he
competes well under the
pressure of big matches,? said
McEnroe. ?His youthful
energy and aggressive style
will be a great addition to our
team. I?m excited at the
prospect of this kid being
around.?
Britain?s Cameron Norrie,
the world No 226 who was
born in Johannesburg to a
Scottish father and a Welsh
mother and spends most of
his spare time in Fort Worth,
Texas, where he attended
Texas Christian University
after representing New
Zealand as a junior, also
progressed through
qualifying after not dropping
a set in his three matches.
Norrie followed up wins over
Russia?s Alexander Bublik,
who lost to Andy Murray in
Wimbledon?s first round, and
Sekou Bangoura of the United
States by beating Japan?s Go
Soeda 6-1 7-6.
?It shows my tennis is
going in the right direction
but my parents aren?t here to
watch,?said the 22 year-old,
who has been drawn against
the one-time top-20-ranked
Russian veteran Dimitry
Tursunov. ?My father is very
keen on road race cycling and
for quite a while he?s been
planning to this week ride
some of the Tour de France?s
mountain stages.?
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SPORT FOOTBALL RESULTS
2 2 0 0 2 0
1 1 0 0 1 0
1 1 0 0 1 0
+2 6
3 1 2 0 5 3
2 0 2 0 3 3
1 1 0 0 2 0
+2 5
6 Southampton 3 1 2 0 3 2
2 1 1 0 3 2
1 0 1 0 0 0
+1 5
Chelsea
7 Liverpool
1 1 0 0 1 0
1 0 1 0 3 3
+1 4
Crystal Palace
15/9
Brighton
3/3
1/1
Burnley
26/11
13/5
28/4
16/12
17/9
31/1
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2-3
26/12
9/12
14/4
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10/3
1/10
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29/11
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30/9
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0-3
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7/4
1/1
21/4
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1-0
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30/1 26/11 21/10 20/8 26/8 26/12 10/3
23/9
28/11
20/1 16/10
5/5
3/2
17/3
13/12
24/2
16/12
1/1
31/1
2/12
10/3
23/12
10/2
13/5
10/2
9/12 30/12 12/12
17/3
10 Tottenham
2 1 0 1 3 2
1 0 0 1 1 2
1 1 0 0 2 0
+1 3
Leicester
17/3
3/3
2-0
2/12
16/12 29/10
LEADING GOALSCORERS
11 Arsenal
2 1 0 1 4 4
1 1 0 0 4 3
1 0 0 1 0 1
0 3
Liverpool
27/8
14/4
13/5
16/9 25/11
3: Lukaku (Man Utd). 2: Vokes (Burnley);
Alonso (Chelsea); Rooney (Everton); Mounie
(Huddersfield); Okazaki (Leicester); Vardy
(Leicester); Mane (Liverpool); Sterling (Man City);
Martial (Man Utd); Pogba (Man Utd); Hernandez
(West Ham)
12 Chelsea
2 1 0 1 4 4
1 0 0 1 2 3
1 1 0 0 2 1
0 3
Man City
5/11
23/12
17/3
21/10
13 Burnley
2 1 0 1 3 3
1 0 0 1 0 1
1 1 0 0 3 2
0 3
Man Utd
28/4
Newcastle Utd
14/4
4/11
Southampton
10/12 28/4
9/9
2/12
28/4
1/1
SUNDERLAND 0
Ugbo 31
Barnes 35
Moncur 67
HT: 2-0 Att: 15,697
Barnsley: Davies, McCarthy, Jackson, Lindsay,
Pearson, Joe Williams, Hammill (Thiam 90), Moncur,
Potts, Barnes (Hedges 67), Ugbo (Bradshaw 72). Subs
not used: Townsend, Pinnock, Mowatt, Bird. Booked:
Lindsay
Sunderland: Ruiter, Jones, Browning, Kone, Oviedo
(Matthews 81), Honeyman (Khazri 65), Ndong ,
Cattermole, McGeady, Vaughan (Gooch 55), Grabban.
Subs not used: Steele, O'Shea, Gibson, Asoro.
Booked: Oviedo, McGeady, Khazri
Referee: C Kavanagh (Lancashire)
BIRMINGHAM 0
READING 2
Bodvarsson 60
Evans 85
HT: 0-0 Att: 19,993
Birmingham: Stockdale, Morrison, Roberts, Grounds
(Davis 78), Jenkinson (Nsue 33), N'Doye (Jutkiewicz
46), Gleeson, Kieftenbeld, Bramall, Gallagher,
Maghoma. Subs not used: Shotton, Gardner,
Kuszczak, Harding
Reading: Mannone, McShane, Moore, Tiago Ilori,
Gunter, Bacuna, Kelly, van den Berg (Evans 70),
Blackett, Barrow (McCleary 76), Bodvarsson (Smith
88). Subs not used: Clement, Popa, Jaakkola,
Andresson
Referee: S Martin (Staffordshire)
BRENTFORD 0
WOLVES 0
BLACKBURN 4
MK DONS 1
Williams 2, Mulgrew 29, 77
E Upson 25
Samuel 83
HT: 2-1 Att: 10,111
Blackburn: Raya, Caddis, Ward, Mulgrew, Williams,
Bennett, Smallwood, Evans, Conway (Chapman 71),
Samuel, Antonsson (Gladwin 70). Subs not used:
Nyambe, Feeney, Graham, Whittingham, Leutwiler.
Booked: Williams
MK Dons: Nicholls, B Williams, Ebanks-Landell,
Wootton, Lewington, Cisse, Upson, Pawlett (Muirhead
69), Tshibola, Ariyibi, Seager (Nombe 77). Subs not
used: Sietsma, Downing, McGrandles, Brittain,
Thomas-Asante. Booked: Lewington
Referee: S Duncan (Tyne & Wear)
BLACKPOOL 2
OLDHAM 1
Longstaff 6, Vassell 15
Holloway 70
HT: 2-0 Att: 4,642
Blackpool: Allsop, Turton, Tilt, Robertson, Daniel,
Longstaff, Ryan, Cooke (D'Almeida 78), SolomonOtabor, Vassell (Gnanduillet 84), Samuel (Delfouneso
78). Subs not used: Williams, Mellor, Taylor, Quigley.
Booked: Daniel
Oldham: Ben Wilson, Dummigan, Gerrard (Mantack
56), Clarke, Brian Wilson, Hunt, Gardner, Banks, Fane
(Fawns 55), Holloway, Osei. Subs not used: Sam
Edmundson. Booked: Banks
Referee: P Banks (Norwich)
BRISTOL ROV 3
FLEETWOOD TN 1
Sinclair 26, Bodin 43
Cole 60
Harrison 79
HT: 2-0 Att: 8,363
Bristol Rov: Slocombe, Partington, Sweeney, Lockyer,
Brown, Sercombe, Sinclair (Lines 31), Ollie Clarke,
Nichols (Harrison 65), Gaffney (Moore 77), Bodin. Subs
not used: Burn, Telford, Bola, Andre. Booked: Ollie
Clarke
Fleetwood Tn: Cairns, Coyle, Pond (Cargill 75), Bolger,
Eastham, Bell, O'Neill, Dempsey, Grant (Hunter 46),
Hiwula (Burns 64), Cole. Subs not used: Neal,
Glendon, Ekpolo, Schwabl
Referee: J Busby (Oxfordshire)
STEVENAGE 1
Pett 27
HT: 0-1 Att: 1,883
Sent off: Gorman (Stevenage) 35
Barnet: Mendy, Santos, Clough, Tutonda, Harry Taylor
(Ruben Bover 62), Jack Taylor, Fonguck (Akinola 73),
Vilhete, Campbell-Ryce, Coulthirst (Amaluzor 66),
Akpa Akpro. Subs not used: Stephens, Kyei,
Shomotun, Smith
Stevenage: Fryer, Henry, Wilkinson (Toner 75), Franks,
Martin, Whelpdale (Vancooten 83), Jonathan Smith,
Gorman, Pett, Godden, Newton (Kennedy 55). Subs not
used: Beautyman, Samuel, Day, Conlon. Booked: Pett
Referee: R Clark (Northumberland)
CAMBRIDGE UTD 0
MORECAMBE 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 4,573
Cambridge Utd: Forde, Halliday, Legge, Taylor, Dunk,
Elito (Mingoia 72), Jevani Brown, Deegan, Maris
(Osadebe 72), Ikpeazu, Azeez (Ibehre 78). Subs not
used: Carroll, Mitov, O'Neil, Darling
Morecambe: Roche, Kenyon, Old (Muller 76), Winnard,
Lund (McGowan 46), Fleming, Rose, Brough (Conlan
46), Wildig, Thompson, Ellison. Subs not used:
Campbell, Nizic, Deakin, Osborne. Booked: Lund,
Conlan
Referee: G Horwood (Bedfordshire)
CHELTENHAM 3
EXETER 4
Dawson 8, 12
Moore-Taylor 39
Holman 90+1
Reid 45+1, 77 (pen), Taylor 78
HT: 2-2 Att: 3,168
Sent off: Grimes (Cheltenham) 77
Cheltenham: Flatt, Winchester, Forster
(O'Shaughnessy 71), Grimes, Cranston, Dawson
(Holman 79), Storer, Atangana, Pell, Eisa, Graham
(Wright 54). Subs not used: Bower, Thomas, Lovett.
Booked: Graham
Exeter: Pym, Sweeney, Brown, Moore-Taylor,
Woodman, Taylor, James, Tillson, Holmes, Reid
(Simpson 88), McAlinden (Jay 90). Subs not used:
Archibald-Henville, Hamon, Brunt, Croll, Sparkes.
Booked: Sweeney
Referee: A Backhouse (Cumbria)
COLCHESTER 5
FOREST GREEN 1
Reid 4, Kent 21, Szmodics 65
Noble 23
Vincent-Young 74, Senior 90+3
HT: 2-1 Att: 3,047
Colchester: Walker, Vincent-Young, Eastman, Kent,
Kinsella, Murray, Lapslie, Reid (Issa 63), Wright (Senior
85), Mandron, Szmodics (O'Sullivan 83). Subs not
used: Kpekawa, Gilmartin, James, Mckeown
Forest Green: Bradley Collins, Bennett, Roberts,
Iacovitti, Laird, Lee Collins, Charlie Cooper, Noble
(Mullings 75), Brown (Traore 46), Doidge, James
(Bugiel 63). Subs not used: Monthe, Wishart, Evans,
Russell. Booked: Roberts, Charlie Cooper
Referee: C Hicks (Surrey)
28/4 26/12
20/1
29/11 14/10
5/5
10/2
9/9
3/2
26/8
10/3
9/12
21/10 13/12
31/3
9/12
1/10
26/12 10/2
3 1 0 2 5 6
1 1 0 0 2 0
2 0 0 2 3 6
-1 3
1 0 0 1 0 2
2 0 1 1 0 2
-4 1
18 Bournemouth 3 0 0 3 1 5
2 0 0 2 1 4
1 0 0 1 0 1
-4 0
Watford
14/10 31/3
26/8
19 C Palace
3 0 0 3 0 6
2 0 0 2 0 5
1 0 0 1 0 1
-6 0
West Brom
30/12
1-0
13/1
20 West Ham
3 0 0 3 2 10
0 0 0 0 0 0
3 0 0 3 2 10
-8 0
West Ham
13/12
20/1 20/10 10/3
14/10
7/4
3/2
21/4
13/5 28/10
9/9
4/11
20/1 29/11
30/9
14/4
4/11
13/1
31/3 28/10 13/5
14/4
4-0
10/3
16/9
13/1
0-2
25/11
28/4
26/8
0-0
20/1
9/9
21/10
3-2
2/12
7/4
31/1
23/12 16/12
31/1
4/11
14/4
1/1
25/11 23/12 13/12
10/2
13/5
23/9 15/10
21/4
23/9
5/5
17/3
4/11
29/11
10/3
9/9
1/1
30/1
25/11
4/11
10/2
28/4 23/12 14/4
14/10 21/10
20/1
12/12
0-4
10/9
17/3
13/5
10/2
14/10 13/12
27/8
20/8
5/11
13/5 22/10 14/4
31/1
17/3
26/12
9/12
7/4
3/2
21/4
24/2
5/5
13/1
28/10 30/12
2/12
31/3
18/11
2/12
26/12 24/2
3/2
27/8
5/5
9/12
30/1
13/5
31/3
14/4
Swansea
Tottenham
20/1
13/1
3/3
16/12 26/12
10/3
3-3
16/9 28/11
3/3
30/9
21/4 28/10 16/12 28/11
11/9 24/11 4/11
28/4
17/3
13/1
18/11 30/12
10/2
1-0
7/4
12/12
21/10
Stoke
23/12
1/1
16/9
7/4
23/9
9/12
28/4
25/11 30/12
3/3
30/9
30/9 23/9
10/2
3/3
19/11
16/9
1/1
OTHER FOOTBALL
Fletcher (Rhodes 74), Hooper. Subs not used: Palmer,
Nuhiu, Forestieri, Frederico Venancio. Booked: Jones,
Fox
Referee: D Bond (Lancashire)
CARDIFF 2
QPR 1
Hoilett 22
Smith 15
Bamba 45+1
HT: 2-1 Att: 18,520
Cardiff: Etheridge, Peltier, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett,
Gunnarsson, Ralls, Mendez-Laing, Damour (Ward 82),
Hoilett (Ecuele Manga 90), Zohore. Subs not used:
Richards, Tomlin, Halford, Murphy, Bogle.
QPR: Smithies, Furlong, Onuoha, Caulker (Wszolek 72),
Bidwell, Luongo, Scowen, Freeman, Mackie (Sylla 61),
Smith, Washington (Ngbakoto 70). Subs not used:
Ingram, Robinson, Baptiste, LuaLua. Booked: Furlong.
Referee: S Hooper (Wiltshire)
IPSWICH 0
FULHAM 2
Kebano 35
Fonte 51
HT: 0-1 Att: 16,844
Ipswich: Bialkowski, Iorfa, Spence, Knudsen, Kenlock,
Waghorn (Downes 59), Ward (Nydam 90), Skuse, Sears
(Celina 59), McGoldrick, Garner. Subs not used:
Gerken, Rowe, Folami, Woolfenden. Booked: Iorfa
Fulham: Button, Fredericks, Kalas, Ream, Ryan
Sessegnon, McDonald, Ojo, Cairney, Johansen (Odoi
89), Kebano (Norwood 83), Rui Fonte (Kamara 76).
Subs not used: Bettinelli, Djalo, Edun, Cisse
Referee: P Tierney (Lancashire)
MIDDLESBROUGH 0
PRESTON 0
NORWICH 0
Gregory 15, Saville 17
Wallace 42, Hutchinson 72
HT: 3-0
Millwall: Archer, McLaughlin, Webster, Hutchinson,
Meredith, Wallace (Ferguson 78), Williams, Saville
(Onyedinma 84), O'Brien, Morison, Gregory
(Tunnicliffe 74). Subs not used: Craig, King, Elliott,
Cooper. Booked: Saville, Webster
Norwich: Gunn, Ivo Pinto, Martin (Zimmermann 59),
Franke, Husband, Reed (Stiepermann 59), Hoolahan,
Maddison (Tettey 75), Vrancic, Murphy, Oliveira. Subs
not used: Naismith, Watkins, Trybull, McGovern.
Booked: Husband
Referee: T Harrington (Cleveland)
Vanarama National League
Total
Home
Away
P W D L F A
P W D L F A
P W D L F A
GD Pts
1 Cardiff
5 5 0 0 10 2
3 3 0 0 7
1
2 2 0 0 3 1
+8 15
2 Ipswich
5 4 0 1 9 6
3 2 0 1 3 2
2 2 0 0 6 4
+3 12
3 Leeds Utd
5 3 2 0 7 2
2 0 2 0 0 0
3 3 0 0 7 2
+5
4 Wolves
5 3 1 1 7 4
2 1 0 1 2 2
3 2 1 0 5 2
+3 10
5 Sheff Utd
5 3 0 2 5 4
3 3 0 0 5
1
2 0 0 2 0 3
+1
9
6 Nottm Forest
5 3 0 2 8 8
3 2 0 1 3 3
2 1 0 1 5 5
0
9
7 Preston
5 2 2 1 2
1
2 2 0 0 2 0
3 0 2 1 0 1
+1
8
8 Hull
5 2 1 2 12 7
3 2 0 1 10 4
2 0 1 1 2 3
+5
7
9 Middlesbrough 5 2 1 2 4 3
3 2 1 0 3 0
2 0 0 2 1 3
+1
7
10 QPR
5 2 1 2 6 6
2 2 0 0 4 1
3 0 1 2 2 5
0
7
11 Reading
5 2 1 2 5 5
2 1 1 0 3 2
3 1 0 2 2 3
0
7
21 Burton Alb
5 1 1 3 4 9
3 1 1 1 3 3
2 0 0 2 1 6
-5
4
Paterson 60
HT: 0-0 Att: 21,542
Onomah 64
22 Norwich
5 1 1 3 6 12
2 1 0 1 3 3
3 0 1 2 3 9
-6
4
ALDERSHOT 1
CHESTER 2
McClure 34
Dawson 48 (pen), James 82
HT: 1-0 Att: 2,056
BARROW 1
MAIDENHEAD UTD 1
Diarra 56
Clifton 28
HT: 0-1 Att: 1,154
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE 5
BROMLEY 1
Cheek 15, 29, Lokko 44
Wanadio 26
Ferrier 74, Whitely 81
HT: 3-1 Att: 1,415
EBBSFLEET UTD 0
GATESHEAD 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 1,446
HALIFAX TN 2
GUISELEY 0
Kosylo 25, Brown 78
HT: 1-0 Att: 1,777
HARTLEPOOL 0
AFC FYLDE 2
Jones 40, D Rowe 84
HT: 0-1 Att: 2,954
LEYTON ORIENT 1
EASTLEIGH 1
Clay 90+8
Obileye 45+2
HT: 0-1 Att: 4,373
SUTTON UTD 1
MAIDSTONE UTD 3
Wright 35
Okuonghae 68
Paxman 74, Pigott 82
HT: 1-0 Att: 2,312
TORQUAY 1
SOLIHULL MOORS 2
Pittman 75
Campbell 47, Vaughan 74
HT: 0-0 Att: 1,862
TRANMERE 2
BOREHAM WOOD 2
Cook 82
Andrade 53 (pen)
Mangan 90
Balanta 68
HT: 0-0
WREXHAM 1
WOKING 0
Jennings 43
HT: 1-0 Att: 3,875
HULL 4
BOLTON 0
23 Brentford
5 0 2 3 5 9
3 0 2 1 5 6
2 0 0 2 0 3
-4
2
Played Friday
24 Bolton
5 0 2 3 4 10
2 0 0 2 3 5
3 0 2 1 1 5
-6
2
MACCLESFIELD 1
Marsh 49
HT: 0-0 Att: 1,270
NOTTM FOREST 0
LEEDS UTD 2
Roofe 24, Alioski 87
HT: 0-1 Att: 25,682
Nottm Forest: Smith, Darikwa, Worrall, Mills, Traore,
Bouchalakis (Brereton 51), Bridcutt, McKay, Dowell,
Osborn (Clough 63), Murphy (Cummings 71). Subs not
used: Lichaj, Mancienne, Evtimov, Walker. Booked:
Mills, Bridcutt, Dowell
Leeds Utd: Wiedwald, Ayling, Jansson, Cooper, Anita,
Phillips (Vieira 88), O'Kane, Alioski, Samuel, Hernandez
(Grot 70), Roofe (Dallas 75). Subs not used: BorthwickJackson, Peacock-Farrell, Shaughnessy, Klich.
Booked: Hernandez, Ayling
Referee: J Simpson (Lancashire)
SHEFF UTD 3
DERBY 1
Sharp 4, 90+8
Bryson 90+1
Russell (og) 39
HT: 2-0 Att: 26,202
Sheff Utd: Blackman, Basham, Wright, O'Connell,
Freeman, Coutts, Duffy (Carruthers 64), Fleck,
Stevens, Sharp, Lavery (Evans 54), Carruthers
(Lundstram 81). Subs not used: Carter-Vickers,
Lafferty, Eastwood, Brooks. Booked: O'Connell, Fleck,
Blackman
Derby: Carson, Wisdom, Keogh, Davies, Olsson,
Huddlestone, Johnson, Russell (Lawrence 57), Vydra,
Weimann (Bryson 71), Nugent (Martin 57). Subs not
used: Baird, Pearce, Butterfield, Mitchell. Booked:
Lawrence, Johnson, Keogh
Referee: A Madley (West Yorkshire)
Played Friday
BRISTOL C 1
ASTON VILLA 1
Diomande 13
Bowen 19, 88
Grosicki 29
HT: 3-0 Att: 16,207
Leading goalscorers
4: Bowen (Hull); Hourihane (Aston Villa); Mendez-Laing
(Cardiff); Reid (Bristol C); Sharp (Sheff Utd); Waghorn
(Ipswich). 3: Castro Oliveira (Norwich); Garner
(Ipswich); Grabban (Sunderland); Hernandez (Hull);
Murphy (Nottm Forest)
11
12 Derby
5 2 1 2 5 7
2 1 0 1 1
2
3 1 1 1 4 5
-2
7
13 Bristol C
5 1 3 1 7 6
3 1 2 0 4 2
2 0 1 1 3 4
+1
6
14 Fulham
5 1 3 1 4 3
2 0 1 1 1
2
3 1 2 0 3 1
+1
6
15 Barnsley
5 2 0 3 7 7
3 2 0 1 6 3
2 0 0 2 1 4
0
6
16 Sheff Wed
5 1 3 1 4 4
2 0 2 0 2 2
3 1 1 1 2 2
0
6
17 Millwall
5 1 2 2 8 6
3 1 1 1 8 5
2 0 1 1 0 1
+2
5
18 Aston Villa
5 1 2 2 7 9
2 1 1 0 5 3
3 0 1 2 2 6
-2
5
19 Sunderland
5 1 2 2 5 8
2 0 1 1 1
3
3 1 1 1 4 5
-3
5
20 Birmingham
5 1 1 3 3 6
3 1 1 1 2 3
2 0 0 2 1 3
-3
4
Next fixtures (3pm unless stated): Sept 8: Derby v Hull (7.45pm). Sept 9: Aston Villa v
Brentford; Bolton v Middlesbrough; Fulham v Cardiff; Leeds Utd v Burton Alb; Norwich v
Birmingham; Preston v Barnsley; QPR v Ipswich; Reading v Bristol C; Sheff Wed v Nottm
Forest (5.30pm); Sunderland v Sheff Utd; Wolves v Millwall
GILLINGHAM 3
SOUTHEND 3
Eaves 56, 63, 80
Leonard 20
Kightly 65, Cox 73
HT: 0-1 Att: 5,339
Gillingham: Holy, Lacey, Ehmer (Parker 42), Zakuani
(Nugent 70), O'Neill, Bingham, Byrne, Martin, Ogilvie,
Eaves, Nash (Cundle 75). Subs not used: Wagstaff,
Hessenthaler, Oldaker, Arnold. Booked: Byrne, Ogilvie,
Eaves
Southend: Oxley, Demetriou, White, Ferdinand,
Hendrie, McGlashan, Leonard, Timlin, Kightly, Fortune
(Robinson 63), Cox. Subs not used: McLaughlin, Ba,
Yearwood, Bridge, Ted Smith, Kyprianou. Booked:
Timlin, Demetriou, Hendrie
Referee: C Breakspear (Surrey)
NORTHAMPTON 1
Revell 85
PETERBOROUGH 4
Edwards 32, Morias 41
Marriott 75, Maddison 90+2 (pen)
HT: 0-2 Att: 6,685
Northampton: Coddington, Pierre, Taylor (Powell 46),
Barnett, Buchanan, Grimes, Crooks (Waters 70),
McWilliams, Moloney, Richards (Long 64), Revell. Subs
not used: Cornell, Bowditch, Iaciofano, Poole.
Booked: McWilliams
Peterborough: Bond, Taylor, Baldwin, Tafazolli,
Edwards, Grant, Doughty (Anderson 86), Da Silva
Lopes, Maddison, Morias (Kanu 76), Marriott (Lloyd
86). Subs not used: Shephard, Hughes, Forrester,
O'Malley. Booked: Edwards
Referee: R East (Wiltshire)
OXFORD UTD 1
SHREWSBURY 1
Van Kessel 75
Payne 83
HT: 0-0 Att: 7,120
Oxford Utd: Eastwood, Ricardinho, Nelson,
Williamson, Ribeiro, Hall (Rothwell 59), Ledson,
Ruffels, Henry (Obika 59), Payne, Van Kessel. Subs not
used: Tiendalli, Martin, Shearer, Fernandez Codina,
Carroll
Shrewsbury: Henderson, Brown, Nsiala, Sadler,
Bolton, Rodman, Godfrey (John-Lewis 83), Ogogo,
Nolan, Whalley, Carlton Morris (Payne 74). Subs not
used: Beckles, Dodds, Gnahoua, MacGillivray, Adams
Referee: N Kinseley (Essex)
PLYMOUTH 0
SCUNTHORPE 4
Madden 27, 68
Hopper 77, Morris 90+4
HT: 0-1 Att: 9,605
Sent off: Sarcevic (Plymouth) 45+3
Plymouth: McCormick, Miller, Edwards, Bradley,
Sawyer, Ness, Sarcevic, Fox (Ainsworth 81), Jervis
(Blissett 69), Ciftci (Lameiras 90), Carey. Subs not
used: Songo'o, Grant, Taylor-Sinclair, Cooper
Scunthorpe: Gilks, Sutton, McArdle, Wallace,
Townsend, Adelakun (Holmes 64), Ojo, Bishop
(Mantom 81), Morris, Madden, Hopper (Redmond 90).
Subs not used: van Veen, Burgess, Watson, Clarke.
ROTHERHAM 0
CHARLTON 2
Bauer 16, Magennis 66
HT: 0-1 Att: 7,976
Rotherham: O'Donnell, Emmanuel (Vaulks 56), Ajayi,
Ihiekwe, Mattock, Williams (Taylor 46), Frecklington,
Potter, Newell, Moore, Proctor (Clarke-Harris 70). Subs
not used: Forde, Purrington, Cummings, Bilboe.
Booked: Mattock, Ihiekwe, Vaulks
Charlton: Amos, Solly, Bauer, Pearce, Dasilva, ForsterCaskey, Kashi, Fosu (Ahearne-Grant 85), Holmes
(Konsa 89), Clarke (Novak 85), Magennis. Subs not
used: Jackson, Crofts, Phillips, Sarr. Booked:
Magennis, Holmes
Referee: T Kettle (Rutland)
WALSALL 3
BRADFORD C 3
Leahy 54, T Roberts 61
McCartan 30, Poleon 38
Bakayoko 87
Leahy (og) 49
HT: 0-2 Att: 4,817
Walsall: Gillespie, Wilson, Donnellan, Guthrie, Devlin,
Morris (Tyler Roberts 53), Chambers, Edwards, Leahy,
Oztumer, Bakayoko. Subs not used: Cuvelier, Liam
Roberts, Kinsella, Kory Roberts, Kouhyar, Candlin
Bradford C: Doyle, McMahon, Knight-Percival,
Kilgallon, Field (Barr 77), Gilliead (Hendrie 59), Reeves,
Law, McCartan (Pybus 55), Poleon, Wyke. Subs not
used: Taylor, Sattelmaier, Jones, Patrick. Booked:
Field, Knight-Percival, McMahon
Referee: M Salisbury (Lancashire)
WIGAN 1
PORTSMOUTH 1
Toney 8
Chaplin 76
HT: 1-0 Att: 9,685
Sent off: Dunkley (Wigan) 59; Evans (Portsmouth) 89
Wigan: Walton, Nathan Byrne, Dunkley, Burn, James,
Lee Evans, Morsy, Jacobs, Toney (Thomas 61), Powell
(Grigg 73), Massey (Colclough 83). Subs not used:
Perkins, Gilbey, Jones, Hunt
Portsmouth: McGee, Evans, Burgess, Whatmough,
Haunstrup, Rose (Close 53), Donohue (Naismith 53),
May, Lowe, Pitman, Bennett (Chaplin 74). Subs not
used: Davies, Kabamba, Thompson, Bass. Booked:
Evans, Donohue, Pitman, Whatmough
Referee: R Jones (Merseyside)
L
0
2
1
1
2
2
2
2
1
1
3
0
2
2
2
1
1
1
2
4
3
3
4
5
F
16
9
15
11
14
8
6
9
10
7
5
11
4
7
4
9
11
6
5
5
5
7
3
7
A
10
7
10
7
7
3
5
10
7
5
5
9
4
8
6
7
12
6
6
11
13
12
9
15
GD Pts
6
12
2
12
5
11
4
11
7
10
5
10
1
10
-1 10
3
9
2
9
0
9
2
8
0
8
-1
8
-2
8
2
7
-1
7
0
6
-1
6
-6
6
-8
5
-5
4
-6
2
-8
1
WYCOMBE 3
M Rose 52 (pen)
Akinfenwa 28, 75
Hooper 65
Jacobson 43 (pen)
HT: 0-2 Att: 4,016
Sent off: Collins (Grimsby) 58
Grimsby: McKeown, Mills, Dixon, Clarke, Collins,
Mitchell Rose, Berrett, Kelly (Jaiyesimi 46), Bolarinwa
(Karleigh Osborne 58), Hooper, Dembele (Cardwell
79). Subs not used: Clifton, Summerfield, Clements,
Killip. Booked: Mitchell Rose, Collins
Wycombe: Brown, Jacobson, Harriman, Stewart, ElAbd, Gape, Bloomfield (Bean 64), O'Nien, Akinfenwa,
Cowan-Hall (Freeman 73), Mackail-Smith (Southwell
72). Subs not used: Jombati, Richardson, Williams.
Booked: Bean, El-Abd
Referee: S Clayton (Co Durham)
LINCOLN C 4
CARLISLE 1
Woodyard 31, 62
Lambe 75
Rhead 67 (pen)
Knott 87
HT: 1-0 Att: 8,345
Sent off: Parkes (Carlisle) 66
Lincoln C: Farman, Long, Waterfall, Raggett, Eardley,
Maguire-Drew (Knott 56), Bostwick, Woodyard, Arnold,
Rhead (Palmer 70), Green (Anderson 73). Subs not
used: Habergham, Whitehouse, Dickie, Vickers
Carlisle: Bonham, Tom Miller, Parkes, Ellis, Grainger,
Devitt, Jones, Liddle (Shaun Miller 68), Lambe, Bennett
(Cosgrove 68), Hope (Adams 68). Subs not used:
Brown, Joyce, Kennedy, George. Booked: Bennett,
Parkes
Referee: E Ilderton (Tyne & Wear)
MANSFIELD 2
LUTON 2
Bennett 23
Collins 85
Angol 71
Hylton 89
HT: 1-0 Att: 4,665
Mansfield: Logan, Bennett, Pearce, Mirfin, Benning,
Atkinson, Mellis (Digby 75), Byrom, Anderson, Angol
(Spencer 89), Hemmings (Rose 82). Subs not used:
MacDonald, Olejnik, Taft, Sterling-James. Booked:
Mellis, Benning, Hemmings, Byrom, Angol, Spencer
Luton: Stech, Stacey, Cuthbert, Sheehan, Potts,
McCormack (Rea 58), Olly Lee (Cornick 75), Ruddock,
Shinnie (Berry 58), Hylton, Collins. Subs not used:
Justin, Gambin, Shea, Elliot Lee. Booked: Potts,
McCormack, Sheehan, Stech, Berry
Referee: R Joyce (Cleveland)
NEWPORT CO 4
CHESTERFIELD 1
Nouble 55, 66, 68
O?Grady 37
Amond 82
HT: 0-1 Att: 4,332
Newport Co: Day, Pipe (Bennett 83), O'Brien (Butler
61), Demetriou, White, Labadie, Dolan, Nouble, Cole
(Rigg 57), Willmott, Amond. Subs not used: Reynolds,
McClousky, Quigley, Bittner. Booked: Rigg
Chesterfield: Lee, Hird, Evatt, Wiseman, Barry (Kellett
22), Weir, Sinnott (McCourt 75), Reed, Flores, Dennis,
O'Grady, Kellett (Ugwu 71). Subs not used: Anyon,
Wakefield, Brewster, Maguire. Booked: Reed
Referee: D Webb (Co Durham)
PORT VALE 0
CREWE 1
Dagnall 30
HT: 0-1 Att: 6,299
Sent off: Tonge (Port Vale) 34
Port Vale: Hornby, Davis, Kay, Smith, Denton, Stobbs
(Pyke 46), Worrall (Turner 88), Tonge, Harness
(Montano 72), Pope, Whitfield. Subs not used: Wilson,
Boot, de Freitas, Gunning. Booked: Harness
Crewe: Garratt, Ng, Walker, Nolan, Ainley, Lowery,
Wintle, Bakayogo, Cooper (Bowery 90), Porter,
Dagnall. Subs not used: Richards, Pickering, Dale,
Kirk, Finney, Sass-Davies. Booked: Nolan, Bakayogo
Referee: D Handley (Lancashire)
SWINDON 0
CRAWLEY TN 3
Lancashire (og) 36
Roberts 79. Smith 85
HT: 0-1 Att: 6,613
Swindon: Vigouroux, Purkiss, Conroy, Lancashire,
Hussey, McDermott, Linganzi (Taylor 53), Dunne (Harry
Smith 78), Mullin, Norris, Woolery (Brophy 53). Subs
not used: Robertson, Henry, Iandolo, Tom Smith.
Booked: Conroy, Lancashire, Mullin
Crawley Tn: Morris, Young, Lelan, Yorwerth, Evina,
Smith, Bulman, Boldewijn (Meite 81), Cox, Roberts
(Lewis 86), Camara (Payne 82). Subs not used:
McNerney, Mersin, Tajbakhsh, Verheijdt. Booked:
Evina
Referee: B Huxtable (Devon)
YEOVIL 2
COVENTRY 0
Browne 27
Olomola 75
HT: 1-0 Att: 3,754
Yeovil: Krysiak, Mugabi, Nelson (Davies 90), Nathan
Smith, Dickson, Browne, Bailey, Connor Smith, Khan,
Zoko, Olomola. Subs not used: Gray, Maddison,
Surridge, Green, James, Santos. Booked: Olomola,
Connor Smith, Mugabi
Coventry: O'Brien, Grimmer, Hyam, Willis, Stokes,
Kelly, Doyle, Nazon (Biamou 81), Andreu (Beavon 63),
Jones, McNulty. Subs not used: Burge, Vincenti,
Pearson, Dion Kelly-Evans, Stevenson
Referee: S Plane (Worcs)
Played Friday
NOTTS CO 2
ACCRINGTON 2
Stead 33 (pen)
Hughes 58
Grant 54
Wilks 90+5
HT: 1-0 Att: 6,087
Sent off: Tootle (Notts Co) 90+1; Leacock-McLeod
(Accrington) 66
League One
AIRDRIEONIANS 2
ALLOA 0
Conroy 16 (pen), Hastie 88
HT: 1-0 Att: 771
AYR 1
ARBROATH 2
Higgins 42
Kader 45+2, Whatley 59
HT: 1-1 Att: 561
EAST FIFE 0
RAITH 5
Barr 5, Vaughan 20, 80
Spence 39, Buchanan 69
HT: 0-3 Att: 1,850
FORFAR 0
ALBION 2
Trouten 34, Shields 85
HT: 0-1 Att: 537
Sent off: Aitken (Forfar) 84
QUEEN?S PARK 2
STRANRAER 2
Brady 38
R Wallace 1
Neill (og) 90+1
Anderson 9
HT: 1-2 Att: 595
Standings: 1 Raith 4-10; 2 Ayr 4-9; 3 Arbroath 4-7; 4
Airdrieonians 4-7; 5 Albion 4-6; 6 East Fife 4-6; 7 Alloa
4-4; 8 Stranraer 4-4; 9 Forfar 4-3; 10 Queen?s Park 4-1
Next fixtures: Sept 9 (3pm): Alloa v Forfar;
Arbroath v Albion; East Fife v Queen?s Park; Raith v
Ayr; Stranraer v Airdrieonians
League Two
4 2 2 0 7 2
2 1 1 0 2
1
2 1 1 0 5 1
+5
8
4 2 1 1 6 2
2 1 1 0 4 1
2 1 0 1 2 1
+4
7
North
Northern Ireland League
8 Blackpool
4 2 1 1 7 6
2 2 0 0 3
1
2 0 1 1 4 5
+1
7
9 Bradford C
4 2 1 1 6 5
2 1 0 1 2 2
2 1 1 0 4 3
+1
7
First Division: H&W Welders 0 Knockbreda 3;
Larne 2 Dergview 2; PSNI 1 Portadown 1
10 Blackburn
4 2 0 2 7 6
2 1 0 1 5 4
2 1 0 1 2 2
+1
6
11 Bristol Rov
4 2 0 2 7 8
2 1 0 1 4 5
2 1 0 1 3 3
-1
6
AFC Telford 1 Bradford PA 4; Chorley 0 Brackley 0;
Curzon Ashton 0 Blyth Spartans 3; FC United of
Manchester 2 Boston Utd 1; Harrogate Tn 3
Tamworth 0; Kidderminster 2 Alfreton Tn 1; North
Ferriby Utd 1 Darlington 1; Nuneaton 4 Leamington
0; Southport 1 York 1; Spennymoor Tn 1 Salford C 1;
Stockport Co 1 Gainsborough 0
Leading standings: 1 Harrogate Tn 6-13; 2 Brackley
6-11; 3 Southport 6-7; 4 Spennymoor Tn 6-6;
5 Salford C 6-5
Home
Away
P W D L F A
P W D L F A
GD Pts
1 Peterborough
4 4 0 0 12 4
2 2 0 0 4 2
2 2 0 0 8 2
+8 12
2 Wigan
4 3 1 0 8 2
2 1 1 0 5 2
2 2 0 0 3 0
+6 10
3 Shrewsbury
4 3 1 0 6 3
2 2 0 0 4 2
2 1 1 0 2 1
+3 10
4 Charlton
4 3 0 1 7 3
2 2 0 0 5
1
2 1 0 1 2 2
+4
9
5 Fleetwood Tn
4 3 0 1 6 3
2 2 0 0 4 0
2 1 0 1 2 3
+3
9
12 Doncaster
4 1 2 1 6 6
2 0 2 0 3 3
2 1 0 1 3 3
0
5
13 Walsall
4 1 2 1 6 6
2 1 1 0 5 4
2 0 1 1 1 2
0
5
14 Portsmouth
4 1 2 1 4 5
2 1 1 0 3
2 0 1 1 1 4
-1
5
15 Southend
4 1 2 1 6 10
2 1 1 0 3 2
2 0 1 1 3 8
-4
5
2 1 0 1 2
2 0 1 1 1 3
-1
4
16 AFC Wimbledon 4 1 1 2 3 4
1
1
17 Bury
4 1 1 2 4 7
2 1 0 1 3 3
2 0 1 1 1 4
-3
4
18 Plymouth
4 1 1 2 4 7
2 1 0 1 2 4
2 0 1 1 2 3
-3
4
19 Rotherham
4 1 0 3 6 6
2 1 0 1 5 2
2 0 0 2 1 4
0
3
20 MK Dons
4 1 0 3 2 6
2 1 0 1 1
1
2 0 0 2 1 5
-4
3
21 Gillingham
4 0 2 2 3 5
2 0 1 1 3 4
2 0 1 1 0 1
-2
2
22 Rochdale
4 0 2 2 3 6
2 0 2 0 1
1
2 0 0 2 2 5
-3
2
23 Oldham
4 0 0 4 2 8
2 0 0 2 0 4
2 0 0 2 2 4
-6
0
24 Northampton
4 0 0 4 2 10
2 0 0 2 1
2 0 0 2 1 5
-8
0
5
Next fixtures (3pm unless stated): Saturday: Blackpool v AFC Wimbledon; Bradford C v Bristol
Rov (12.30pm); Bury v Scunthorpe; Doncaster v Peterborough; Gillingham v Shrewsbury; MK Dons
v Oxford Utd; Oldham v Charlton; Southend v Rochdale; Walsall v Plymouth; Wigan v Northampton.
Sunday: Blackburn v Fleetwood (12.15pm); Portsmouth v Rotherham (2.30pm). Sept 9:
AFC Wimbledon v Portsmouth; Bristol Rov v Walsall; Charlton v Southend; Fleetwood v Oldham;
Northampton v Doncaster; Oxford Utd v Gillingham; Peterborough v Bradford C; Plymouth v
MK Dons; Rochdale v Blackburn; Rotherham v Bury; Scunthorpe v Blackpool; Shrewsbury v Wigan
South
Bath C 1 Poole Tn 0; Chelmsford 2 Truro C 0; East
Thurrock 2 Bognor Regis Tn 0; Eastbourne Boro 1
Wealdstone 1; Hampton & Richmond 0 Havant &
Waterlooville 1; Hemel Hempstead 0 Dartford 3;
Hungerford Tn 2 Gloucester 3; Oxford C 1 Welling 1;
St Albans 2 Concord Rgrs 1; Weston-s-Mare 2
Chippenham 2; Whitehawk 1 Braintree Tn 1
Leading standings: 1 St Albans 6-18; 2 Chelmsford
6-15; 3 East Thurrock 6-14; 4 Dartford 6-12; 5 Havant
& Waterlooville 6-11
Evo-Stik League Northern
Premier Division: Altrincham 4 Coalville Tn 2;
Barwell 0 Witton Alb 1; Buxton 2 Halesowen 1;
Farsley Celtic 1 Rushall Olympic 0; Grantham 2
Whitby 0; Hednesford 1 Lancaster C 1; Stalybridge 0
Shaw Lane 1; Stourbridge 0 Marine 2; Sutton
Coldfield Tn 0 Ashton Utd 2; Warrington Tn 2
Matlock Tn 0; Workington 0 Stafford Rgrs 0;
Mickleover Sports 1 Nantwich Tn 2
Evo-Stik League Southern
Premier Division: Banbury 2 Bishop?s Stortford 1;
Basingstoke 5 Chesham 0; Biggleswade Tn 2 Hitchin
1; Kings Langley 2 Kettering 5; Kings Lynn Tn 0
Frome Tn 0; Merthyr Tn 3 Farnborough 0; Redditch
4 Dorchester 0; Royston Tn 1 Dunstable 1; Slough 3
St Ives Tn 0; St Neots Tn 1 Hereford 3; Tiverton 2
Gosport Boro 0; Weymouth 1 Stratford Tn 1
Bostik League
GRIMSBY 2
LIVINGSTON 1
Mullen 60
HT: 0-0 Att: 1,599
ST MIRREN 3
DUNDEE UTD 0
Morgan 26, 48, McShane 78
HT: 1-0 Att: 4,768
Standings: 1 Dunfermline 4-10; 2 Queen of South 4-9;
3 St Mirren 4-9; 4 Dundee Utd 4-9; 5 Morton 4-5; 6
Livingston 4-5; 7 Inverness CT 4-4; 8 Dumbarton 4-2;
9 Falkirk 4-1; 10 Brechin 4-1
Next fixtures: Sept 9 (3pm): Brechin v Falkirk;
Dundee Utd v Dumbarton; Livingston v Queen of
South; Morton v Dunfermline; St Mirren v Inverness CT
6 Scunthorpe
Total
P W D L F A
BURY 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 4,601
Sent off: Murphy (Bury) 54
Rochdale: Moore, Rafferty, McNulty, McGahey, Ntlhe
(Brown 21), Allen, Cannon, Done, Henderson, Davies
(Inman 46), Williams (Gillam 80). Subs not used:
Canavan, Keane, Collis, Morley. Booked: Cannon, Done
Bury: Murphy, Jordan Williams, Whitmore, Cameron,
Leigh, Ince, Dai (Reilly 52), Edwards (Cooney 88),
Bunn, Beckford, Ajose (Fasan 55). Subs not used:
Aldred, Ismail, Skarz, Lowe. Booked: Jordan Williams
Referee: J Brooks (Leics)
P W D
6 3 3
6 4 0
6 3 2
6 3 2
6 3 1
6 3 1
6 3 1
6 3 1
6 2 3
6 2 3
6 3 0
6 1 5
6 2 2
6 2 2
6 2 2
6 1 4
6 1 4
5 1 3
6 1 3
6 2 0
6 1 2
5 1 1
6 0 2
6 0 1
QUEEN OF SOUTH 4
Kerr 2, Dobbie 41, 46, 49 (pen)
7 Oxford Utd
Booked: Bishop, Madden, Gilks, Townsend, Ojo
Referee: C Sarginson (Staffordshire)
ROCHDALE 0
DOVER ATH 0
FALKIRK 1
Gasparotto 89
HT: 0-2 Att: 4,108
MORTON 0
Dagenham & R
Sutton Utd
Boreham Wood
Bromley
Aldershot
Gateshead
Dover Ath
Leyton Orient
Maidenhead Utd
Eastleigh
Wrexham
Ebbsfleet Utd
Halifax Town
Maidstone Utd
Macclesfield
Barrow
AFC Fylde
Chester
Tranmere
Woking
Guiseley
Solihull Moors
Hartlepool
Torquay
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
BARNET 0
18/11
17/9
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
DONCASTER 0
3/3
21/8
3 0 1 2 0 4
MILLWALL 4
Appiah 58, Barcham 60
HT: 0-0 Att: 4,144
AFC Wimbledon: Long, Fuller, Oshilaja, Robinson,
Kennedy (Kaja 88), Francomb (Parrett 88), Abdou,
Trotter, Taylor, Appiah (McDonald 76), Barcham. Subs
not used: Nightingale, Sibbick, McDonnell, Hartigan.
Booked: Oshilaja
Doncaster: Lawlor, Mason (Mandeville 63), Wright,
Butler, Andrew, Whiteman, Blair, Rowe, Coppinger
(Kongolo 62), Marquis (Williams 72), May. Subs not
used: Alcock, Marosi, Garrett, Ben Khemis. Booked:
Marquis, Rowe, Butler
Referee: G Ward (Surrey)
13/1
23/9
16 Leicester
BURTON ALB 1
AFC WIMBLEDON 2
24/2
30/9
17 Brighton
HT: 0-0 Att: 25,295
Middlesbrough: Randolph, Fry, Gibson, Friend
(Bamford 55), Christie, Baker (Downing 68), Howson,
Clayton, Da Silva, Gestede, Assombalonga. Subs not
used: Konstantopoulos, Ayala, Leadbitter, Fletcher,
Roberts. Booked: Clayton
Preston: Maxwell, Fisher, Huntington, Davies, Earl,
Pearson (Harrop 70), Sean Maguire (Robinson 90),
Johnson, Browne, Barkhuizen (Mavididi 75), Hugill.
Subs not used: Vermijl, Horgan, Spurr, Hudson.
Booked: Pearson, Harrop
Referee: D England (South Yorkshire)
Mason 65
Hooper 36
HT: 0-1 Att: 5,084
Burton Alb: Bywater, Naylor, Buxton, Turner, McCrory
(Palmer 62), Scannell (Mason 64), McFadzean, Murphy,
Dyer, Akins, Sordell (Flanagan 89). Subs not used:
Mousinho, Ripley, Barker, Sbarra
Sheff Wed: Westwood (Wildsmith 34), Hunt, Lees,
Pudil, Fox, Boyd (Wallace 75), Jones, Bannan, Reach,
21/4
3/3
0 3
HT: 0-0 Att: 10,351
Brentford: Bentley, Dalsgaard, Dean, Barbet (Bjelland
72), Colin, Mokotjo (Woods 65), Yennaris, Jota
(Jozefzoon 65), Sawyers, Watkins, Maupay. Subs
not used: Egan, Clarke, Daniels, Canos. Booked:
Dean
Wolves: John Ruddy, Roderick Miranda, Coady, Boly,
Doherty, Neves (Price 86), Saiss, Ruben Vinagre,
Enobakhare (Ivan Cavaleiro 46), Leo Bonatini (Dicko
78), Jota. Subs not used: Bennett, Batth, Ronan,
Norris. Booked: Doherty
Referee: T Robinson (West Sussex)
SHEFF WED 1
7/4
12/12 25/11 26/12 24/2
13/5
12/12
18/11 23/12
9/12 28/10 30/12
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
BARNSLEY 3
31/3
1-0
0 3
14/10
20/1 30/10 24/2
Huddersfield
1 0 0 1 0 1
3/2
0-1
5/5
3/2
Everton
1 0 0 1 0 1
9/9
9/12
0-2
1/1
-2 4
1 1 0 0 1 0
23/12
2/12
+1 4
2 1 0 1 3 2
21/4
31/3
14/4
1 0 1 0 1 1
2 1 0 1 1 1
24/2
18/11 23/12
7/4
2 1 1 0 2 0
3 1 0 2 3 3
26/12
23/9
1 1 0 0 1 0
14 Newcastle
17/3
3/3
1 0 0 1 0 4
15 Stoke
21/4
0-2
10/9
2 1 1 0 2 1
31/1
25/9
10/3
28/11 14/10
3 1 1 1 2 4
30/12
10/3
5/5
17/3
8 Everton
Today: Chelsea v Everton (1.30pm); Liverpool v
Arsenal (4pm); Tottenham v Burnley (4pm);
West Brom v Stoke (1.30pm)
Sept 9: Arsenal v Bournemouth; Brighton v
West Brom; Everton v Tottenham; Leicester v
Chelsea; Man City v Liverpool (12.30pm);
Southampton v Watford; Stoke v Man Utd
(5.30pm)
Sept 10: Burnley v Crystal Palace (1.30pm);
Swansea v Newcastle (4pm)
Sept 11: West Ham v Huddersfield (8pm)
2/12
21/4
4-3
20/1
9 Swansea
NEXT FIXTURES
23/12 24/2
30/9 16/12 26/8
West Ham
3/2
30/12 18/11
Tottenham
20/1
Swansea
1/1
Stoke
5/5
29/11 28/10
West Brom
4 West Brom
1/10
13/1
Watford
Bournemouth
5 Watford
2 1 1 0 4 3
9/9
Arsenal
Southampton
+3 7
Newcastle Utd
2 2 0 0 4 1
Man City
1 0 1 0 1 1
3 2 1 0 5 2
Liverpool
3 Man City
TV Matches
Leicester
+4 7
Huddersfield
+10 9
Everton
1 1 0 0 4 0
1 1 0 0 3 0
Crystal Palace
2 2 0 0 6 0
2 1 1 0 1 0
Chelsea
3 3 0 0 10 0
2 Huddersfield 3 2 1 0 4 0
Man Utd
HUDDERSFIELD 0
SOUTHAMPTON 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 23,548
MAN UTD 2
LEICESTER 0
Rashford 70
Fellaini 82
HT: 0-0 Att: 75,021
NEWCASTLE UTD 3
WEST HAM 0
Joselu 36
Clark 72
Mitrovic 86
HT: 1-0 Att: 52,093
WATFORD 0
BRIGHTON 0
HT: 0-0 Att: 20,181
Sent off: Britos (Watford) 24
1 Man Utd
Away
P W D L F A GDPts
Burnley
HT: 0-1 Att: 23,477
SWANSEA 2
Abraham 44
Ayew 48
Home
P W D L F A
Brighton
CRYSTAL PALACE 0
Total
P W D L F A
Arsenal
HT: 1-1 Att: 10,419
Sent off: Sterling (Man City) 90+9
MAN CITY 2
Jesus 21
Sterling 90+7
Bournemouth
PREMIER LEAGUE
BOURNEMOUTH 1
Daniels 13
Total
Home
Away
P W D L F A
P W D L F A
P W D L F A
GD Pts
1 Exeter
4 3 1 0 7 4
2 2 0 0 2 0
2 1 1 0 5 4
+3 10
2 Newport Co
4 2 2 0 9 5
1 1 0 0 4 1
3 1 2 0 5 4
+4
8
Premier Division: Billericay 6 Burgess Hill Tn 1;
Brightlingsea Regent 2 Hendon 1; Dorking Wands 1
Staines Tn 1; Folkestone Invicta 0 Needham Market
2; Harlow 2 Lowestoft Tn 0; Harrow Boro 2
Tonbridge Angels 0; Kingstonian 0 Leatherhead 4;
Leiston 2 Dulwich 2; Met Police 0 Merstham 3;
Tooting & Mitcham 0 Enfield Tn 4; Wingate &
Finchley 1 Margate 0
3 Stevenage
4 2 2 0 8 5
2 1 1 0 6 4
2 1 1 0 2 1
+3
8
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
CELTIC 1
ST JOHNSTONE 1
McGregor 79
MacLean 39
HT: 0-1
KILMARNOCK 2
HAMILTON 2
Longridge (og) 3
Skondras 72
Erwin 58
A Crawford 88 (pen)
HT: 1-0 Att: 3,706
MOTHERWELL 2
HEARTS 1
Bowman 37, Moult 41
Lafferty 30
HT: 2-1 Att: 6,568
PARTICK 3
ABERDEEN 4
Erskine 8, Doolan 13
Christie 5, McLean 42 (pen)
Keown 54
Wright 52, Rooney 84
HT: 2-2 Att: 4,768
Sent off: Keown (Partick) 90+1z
P W D L F A GD Pts
Aberdeen
4 4 0 0 10 5 5
12
Celtic
4 3 1 0 8 2 6
10
ST Johnstone
4 3 1 0 8 3 5
10
Hamilton
4 2 1 1 8 5 3
7
Hibernian
3 2 0 1 7 6 1
6
Motherwell
4 2 0 2 6 7 -1
6
Rangers
3 1 1 1 4 4 0
4
Hearts
4 1 1 2 3 6 -3
4
Ross Co
3 1 0 2 3 5 -2
3
Kilmarnock
4 0 1 3 3 7 -4
1
Partick
4 0 0 4 4 9 -5
0
Dundee
3 0 0 3 2 7 -5
0
4 Crewe
4 2 2 0 5 3
3 1 2 0 4 3
1 1 0 0 1 0
+2
8
5 Luton
4 2 1 1 13 5
2 2 0 0 11 2
2 0 1 1 2 3
+8
7
6 Accrington
4 2 1 1 9 7
2 2 0 0 5 2
2 0 1 1 4 5
+2
7
7 Notts Co
4 2 1 1 8 7
2 1 1 0 4 2
2 1 0 1 4 5
+1
7
8 Wycombe
4 2 1 1 10 10
2 0 1 1 4 6
2 2 0 0 6 4
0
7
9 Swindon
4 2 1 1 4 5
2 0 1 1 1 4
2 2 0 0 3 1
-1
7
10 Coventry
4 2 0 2 5 3
2 1 0 1 3
1
2 1 0 1 2 2
+2
6
11 Carlisle
4 2 0 2 7 7
2 1 0 1 4 2
2 1 0 1 3 5
0
6
12 Yeovil
4 2 0 2 10 14
2 2 0 0 5 2
2 0 0 2 5 12
-4
6
13 Lincoln C
4 1 2 1 7 5
2 1 1 0 5 2
2 0 1 1 2 3
+2
5
14 Mansfield
4 1 2 1 7 6
2 1 1 0 4 2
2 0 1 1 3 4
+1
5
15 Morecambe
4 1 2 1 3 3
2 1 0 1 2 2
2 0 2 0 1 1
0
5
16 Colchester
4 1 1 2 7 8
2 1 1 0 6 2
2 0 0 2 1 6
-1
4
17 Barnet
4 1 1 2 3 4
2 1 0 1 1
1
2 0 1 1 2 3
-1
4
18 Cambridge Utd 4 1 1 2 2 3
2 0 1 1 1
2
2 1 0 1 1 1
-1
4
19 Forest Green
4 1 1 2 7 12
2 1 1 0 6 5
2 0 0 2 1 7
-5
4
20 Crawley Tn
4 1 0 3 4 5
2 0 0 2 1 4
2 1 0 1 3 1
-1
3
21 Port Vale
4 1 0 3 5 7
2 0 0 2 2 4
2 1 0 1 3 3
-2
3
22 Grimsby
4 1 0 3 6 9
2 0 0 2 2 5
2 1 0 1 4 4
-3
3
23 Cheltenham
4 1 0 3 5 9
2 1 0 1 4 4
2 0 0 2 1 5
-4
3
24 Chesterfield
4 1 0 3 4 9
2 1 0 1 3 3
2 0 0 2 1 6
-5
3
Next fixtures: Today: Dundee v Hibernian
(12.30pm); Ross Co v Rangers (3pm). Sept 8:
Hamilton v Celtic (7.45pm). Sept 9 (3pm): Hearts v
Aberdeen; Motherwell v Kilmarnock; Rangers v
Dundee; Ross Co v Partick; St Johnstone v Hibernian
Ladbrokes Scottish Championship
Next fixtures (3pm unless stated): Saturday: Cambridge Utd v Colchester; Carlisle v
Mansfield; Cheltenham v Stevenage; Chesterfield v Coventry; Crawley v Yeovil; Exeter v
Newport Co; Grimsby v Crewe; Lincoln C v Luton; Morecambe v Accrington; Port Vale v
Notts Co; Swindon v Barnet; Wycombe v Forest Green. Sept 9: Accrington v Carlisle; Barnet v
Cambridge Utd; Colchester v Crawley; Coventry v Port Vale; Crewe v Chesterfield; Forest
Green v Exeter; Luton v Swindon; Mansfield v Grimsby (1pm); Newport Co v Wycombe;
Notts Co v Morecambe; Stevenage v Lincoln; Yeovil v Cheltenham
BRECHIN 0
HT: 0-2 Att: 703
DUMBARTON 0
INVERNESS CT 4
Vigurs 27, 73
McKay 32, Cooper 62
DUNFERMLINE 4
Cardle 5, Higginbotham 28
Clark 87, Ryan 90+1
HT: 0-2 Att: 1,028
Sent off: Dowie (Dumbarton) 77
Annan 0 Montrose 1; Clyde 1 Stenhousemuir 1;
Cowdenbeath 0 Berwick 1; Edinburgh C 0 Elgin 3;
Peterhead 2 Stirling Alb 4
Standings: 1 Stirling Alb 4-12; 2 Montrose 4-10; 3
Elgin 4-7; 4 Peterhead 4-6; 5 Berwick 4-6; 6
Stenhousemuir 4-5; 7 Cowdenbeath 4-4; 8 Clyde
4-4; 9 Annan 4-3; 10 Edinburgh C 4-0
Next fixtures: Sept 9 (3pm): Edinburgh C v
Berwick; Elgin v Annan; Peterhead v Montrose;
Stenhousemuir v Cowdenbeath; Stirling Alb v Clyde
Press & Journal Highland League
Formartine 2 Clachnacuddin 4; Forres Mechanics 0
Cove 2; Fort William 1 Strathspey 5; Fraserburgh 1
Brora 1; Inverurie LW 6 Huntly 0; Keith 2 Buckie 5;
Nairn Co 6 Lossiemouth 2; Rothes 2 Deveronvale 0;
Wick 1 Turriff 1
Dafabet Welsh Premier League
Bala Tn 2 Cardiff Met Uni 1; Llandudno 1 Connah?s
Quay Nomads 0; Newtown 4 Carmarthen 1
Danske Bank Premiership
Cliftonville 1 Crusaders 2; Linfield 1 Ballymena 0
Irish Daily Mail Senior Challenge Cup
Second round: Crumlin Utd 1 Dundalk 3; Limerick 1
Finn Harps 0
Spain
Alaves 0 Barcelona 2; Girona 1 Malaga 0; Las Palmas 1
Atletico Madrid 5; Levante 2 Deportivo La Coruna 2.
Played Friday: Real Betis 2 Celta Vigo 1; Real
Sociedad 3 Villarreal 0. Today: Eibar v Athletic Bilbao
(5.15pm); Espanyol v Leganes (5.15pm); Getafe v
Sevilla (7.15pm); Real Madrid v Valencia (9.15pm)
Italy
Benevento 0 Bologna 1; Genoa 2 Juventus 4; Roma 1
Inter Milan 3. Today (7.45pm unless stated): AC
Milan v Cagliari; Chievo v Lazio; Crotone v Verona;
Fiorentina v Sampdoria; Napoli v Atalanta; SPAL v
Udinese; Torino v Sassuolo (5pm)
Germany
Augsburg 2 Borussia M?gladbach 2; Bayer Leverkusen
2 Hoffenheim 2; Borussia Dortmund 2 Hertha Berlin 0;
Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Wolfsburg 1; Stuttgart 1 Mainz 0;
Werder Bremen 0 Bayern Munich 2. Played Friday:
Cologne 1 Hamburg 3. Today: Hanover v Schalke
(5pm); RB Leipzig v Freiburg (2.30pm)
France
Amiens 3 Nice 0; Bordeaux 2 Troyes 1; Caen 1 Metz
0; Dijon 2 Montpellier 1; Nantes 0 Lyon 0; Toulouse 3
Rennes 2. Played Friday: PSG 3 St Etienne 0
Austria
Rapid Vienna 1 LASK Linz 0; Wolfsberger 2 St Polten 1
Belgium
First Division A: Genk 1 Mechelen 0; Lokeren 3
Eupen 0; Sint-Truidense 1 Waasland-Beveren 0;
Sporting Charleroi 3 Zulte Waregem 2
Czech Republic
Karvina 0 Slovan Liberec 1; Slovacko 0 Sigma
Olomouc 0; Zbrojovka Brno 2 Sparta Prague 0
Greece
Lamia 0 Olympiacos 1; Panetolikos 2 Atromitos
Athens 2; Platanias 0 Xanthi 2
Holland
ADO Den Haag 1 Heerenveen 2; Heracles Almelo 2
Utrecht 2; PEC Zwolle 2 Twente 0; Vitesse Arnhem 1
AZ Alkmaar 2
Poland
Jagiellonia Bialystok 0 Piast Gliwice 1; Korona
Kielce 2 Termalica Nieciecza 1; Wisla Krakow 1
Lechia Gdansk 1
Portugal
Chaves 0 Feirense 2; Moreirense 0 Tondela 3; Pacos
Ferreira 0 Vitoria Guimaraes 0; Rio Ave 1 Benfica 1
Russia
Arsenal Tula 0 Amkar 1; Lokomotiv Moscow 2 Ural 1;
Rubin Kazan 1 Tosno 0
Switzerland
Lausanne 1 Grasshopper 1; Lugano 4 Thun 1
Turkey
Besiktas 2 Bursaspor 1; Goztepe 3 Trabzonspor 2;
Kayserispor 2 Osmanlispor 2; Yeni Malatyaspor 1
Antalyaspor 1
Ukraine
Olimpik Donetsk 0 Karpaty 0; Stal Kamianske 0 Zirka 1
Other fixtures
World Cup qualifying (7.45pm unless stated):
Thursday: Group A: Bulgaria v Sweden; France v
Holland; Luxembourg v Belarus. Group B: Hungary v
Latvia; Portugal v Faroe Islands; Switzerland v
Andorra. Group H: Belgium v Gibraltar; Cyprus v
Bosnia-Herzegovina; Greece v Estonia. Friday:
Group C: Czech Republic v Germany; Norway v
Azerbaijan; San Marino v Northern Ireland. Group E:
Denmark v Poland; Kazakhstan v Montenegro (5pm);
Romania v Armenia. Group F: Lithuania v Scotland;
Malta v England; Slovakia v Slovenia. Saturday:
Group D: Georgia v Rep of Ireland (5pm); Serbia v
Moldova (5pm); Wales v Austria. Group G: Albania v
Liechtenstein (5pm); Israel v Macedonia; Spain v
Italy. Group I: Croatia v Kosovo; Finland v Iceland
(5pm); Ukraine v Turkey. Sunday: Group A: Belarus
v Sweden (5pm); France v Luxembourg; Holland v
Bulgaria (5pm). Group B: Faroe Islands v Andorra
(5pm); Hungary v Portugal; Latvia v Switzerland.
Group H: Estonia v Cyprus (5pm); Gibraltar v
Bosnia-Herzegovina; Greece v Belgium
15
The Sunday Times August 27, 2017
SPORT RACING
Rodriguez
punches
above his
weight on
Nakeeta
for Ebor
glory
In the money:
Callum Rodriguez
steers Nakeeta
to victory
Big-race success at York
for apprentice who chose
career in the saddle over
one in the boxing ring
Andrew Longmore
The ability of Europe?s richest handicap
to usher a variety of new names and
unsung trainers into the headlines was
confirmed by the victory of Nakeeta at
York yesterday. On board the six-year-old
was Callum Rodriguez, a 20-year-old
apprentice jockey fr
from Lancaster, who
had ridden the first double
d
of his career
t week, while Iain
at Thirsk earlier in the
forme jump jockey, was
Jardine, a former
also enjoying the
t biggest winner of
re
his relatively
new career
as a trainer.
A year ago, Rodrigu
guez watched as
an
another 5lb-claiming
jock
jockey, Adam McNamara, drove Heartb
Heartbreak City to victory
up the long York
Yor straight and wondered whether
whet
he would ever
get the chance.
ch
?I knew I was
going to ride this horse
about two months ago
and I?ve been having
slee
sleepless nights ever
sin
since,? said Rodriguez,
wh
who
was
riding
Na
Nakeeta for the first
tim
time on the racetrack.
?I?ve got a good
app
apprentice
in
my
yar
yard,? explained Jardine
dine. ?But I thought he
was just a bit too inexperienced for a race
like this. Callum is a good jockey and he
gave him a perfect ride today.? The prize
fund of �5,000, with a winner?s share
of just over �7,000, meant the best payday of his life for Rodriguez, justification
if any more was needed for his decision
as a teenager to pursue a career as a
jockey rather than a boxer. ?I?ve got no
background in racing,? he said. ?But I
went down to a local racing yard and
never looked back. I?d boxed a bit so I was
a bit torn but days like this are what
dreams are made of. It?s unbelievable.?
Nakeeta benefited from the slight give
in the ground, his wealth of stamina and
the composure of young Rodriguez, who
waited for his moment and launched the
lanky gelding into the lead a furlong from
home. Flymetothestars, the favourite,
threatened briefly to bring Luke Morris
and Sir Mark Prescott their second big
victory in 24 hours after Marsha?s win in
the Nunthorpe on Friday but Nakeeta
had just enough left to ward off the late
challenge and take the spoils back to Carrutherstown, Jardine?s base in Dumfries
and Galloway.
If Rodriguez had to make a sporting
decision earlier in his life, Peter Swann
had to decide yesterday morning
whether to head north from his home in
Nottingham to pursue his passion for racing or south west to watch his team play
Plymouth in League One. Swann is chairman of Scunthorpe United, but forsook
his team to watch Sands Of Mali, whom
he owns in partnership with his wife and
mother-in-law, in the Gimcrack Stakes
and his judgment was fully justified.
Sands Of Mali, a progressive two-year-old
trained by Richard Fahey, wore down a
decent if not top-class field under Paul
TODAY?S RACING
12 0000-0 Equipe 98 R Whitaker8-7................................A Mullen
Going: Good to Firm
CLAIMING STAKES
�781: 7F 96Y (10)
13 -40506 Tess Graham 46 (P) S Hollinshead8-7 Sammy Jo Bell (3)
Betting: 7-2 Hamidans Girl, 5-1 La Haule Lady, 11-2 Dapper Man, 6-1
Bay Station, Joysunny, 8-1 Vintage Dream, others
1.55
1 650050 Al Khan 29 (P,D,F,G,S) K A Ryan8-9-10.....L Edmunds (3)
2 500363 Rousayan 8 (H,C,G) D O?Meara6-9-10...........D Tudhope
Sovereign Bounty 6 (CD,F,G)
Jedd O?Keeffe5-9-10...........................................G Lee
4 021023 Tatlisu 16 (F,G,S) R Fahey7-9-10.......Connor Murtagh (7)
5 022004 Mishaal 7 (F,G) M Herrington7-9-5 ............. P Mulrennan
5.25
HANDICAP (DIV I)
�588: 1M 1F 207Y (11)
1 Book Of Dreams 19 (S) M Johnston9-9............F Norton
3
Echo 26 Jedd O?Keeffe9-2..............................J Garritty
4
3 Skito Soldier 16 K Burke9-2...........................C Lee (3)
5
Troop 12 A Duffield9-2 ................................... S A Gray
6
464 Poppy Walton 11 O Pears8-11..........................A Mullen
Betting: 6-4 Book Of Dreams, 9-4 Skito Soldier, 5-2 Alfa McGuire,
14-1 Poppy Walton, 20-1 Echo, 33-1 Troop
3.05
1
NURSERY HANDICAP
�301: 5F (9)
4122 Rumshak 16 (D,BF,S) M Dods9-7................P Mulrennan
3 023154 Jive Lady 12 (D,G) M Johnston9-0....................F Norton
4
513 Bow Belles 22 (D,S) T Easterby8-13...................D Allan
5
021 Roundhay Park 40 (CD,F) N Tinkler8-12............T Eaves
6 03133 Shaheen 11 (T,F) J J Quinn8-11.............................J Hart
7 342146 Aquadabra 23 (D,F) M Channon8-9 ..................... G Lee
8
0225 Gangland 37 (H) R Fahey8-7..............Sammy Jo Bell (3)
9 132353 Our Little Pony 10 (CD,F) L Mullaney8-6....J Gormley (7)
Betting: 4-1 Shaheen, 9-2 Rumshak, 5-1 Jive Lady, Roundhay Park,
6-1 Bow Belles, 8-1 Gangland, 10-1 Requinto Dawn, others
3.40
HANDICAP
�041: 1M 4F 23Y (11)
8 006244
The Gay Cavalier 16 (T,G)
John Ryan6-11-1 .................................. H V Knowles (5)
Image P McBride9-0......................................M Harley
9
Koin 82 M Tompkins9-0............................G Buckell (5)
10
Miss Minding E Dunlop9-0..............................L Keniry
11
42 Perfect Thought 20 W Haggas9-0................R Winston
12
25 Princess Keira 31 Mick Quinn9-0................J P Spencer
Wordismybond 2 (P,D,F,G,S)
B Powell8-10-11.........................................J Perrett (5)
14
Shesaidyes H Spiller9-0..............................D Muscutt
15
Wild Impala 45 J Gosden9-0 .......................T E Durcan
8 003406
I?m Super Too 10 (B,CD,F,G,S)
K Tutty10-9-1 ..................................... Gemma Tutty (5)
4.30
SUPREME STAKES (GROUP 3)
�,026: 7F (9)
9 251136 Bollin Ted 12 (CD,BF,F,S) T Easterby3-8-13 .........D Allan
1 560-66 Dutch Connection 42 (CD,BF,F) C Hills5-9-0 .. J Crowley
10604056 Leonard Thomas 13 (P) P Kirby7-8-11 ............... P Aspell
2 144431 Jordan Sport 16 (H,D,S) D Simcock4-9-0..........P Dobbs
11 600000 Neptune Star 12 M W Easterby3-8-2................A Mullen
Betting: 4-1 Bollin Ted, 5-1 Perceived, 11-2 Bit Of A Quirke, 8-1 Lord
Kitten, Neptune Star, others
3 134352 Salateen 22 (D,F,G,S) D O?Meara5-9-0..............P Makin
5.55
HANDICAP (DIV II)
�588: 1M 1F 207Y (10)
1 052553
Trinity Star 55 (P,D,BF,F,G)
M Dods6-10-1....................................Cal Rodriguez (5)
2 533100
Arcane Dancer 12 (H,P,C,F,G,S)
L Mullaney4-9-10 ............................................. D Allan
3 -01200 Bromance 34 (P,CD,F) P Niven4-9-9....................G Lee
4 -50062 Getgo 26 (B,G) D Lanigan3-9-7..................P Mulrennan
5 -04620 Pioneering 22 D O?Meara3-9-6....................D Tudhope
6 540300 Lozah 13 R G Fell4-9-5 ....................................... J Hart
2 12006 Requinto Dawn 29 (D,S) R Fahey9-4............P Hanagan
04 Hollywood Dream 25 W Muir9-0................R Kingscote
8
Breakheart 12 (V,F,S)
13 200016
A Balding10-10-2.............................Callum McBride (7)
Betting: 4-1 Believe It, 5-1 Stanley, 6-1 Biotic, 8-1 The Gay Cavalier,
Unison, 12-1 City Ground, Victor?s Bet, others
6 254525 Spirit Of The Vale 4 (H,T,D) O Greenall4-9-5.Kevin Stott
2
7
12 -40460 Knight Of The Air 51 (T,F,S) J Tuite5-10-2 . C Pownall (7)
7 001160 Ching Ching Lor 22 (B,F) Declan Carroll3-9-4....T Eaves
513 Alfa McGuire 31 (CD,F) B Smart9-9 ..................... G Lee
Victor?s Bet 17 (CD,F,G,S)
Ralph J Smith8-11-2.................................... E Smith (5)
11 66-100 City Ground 14 (D,F,G) M Appleby10-10-11. S Brotherton
5 05330 Lord Kitten 27 (T,P) D Lanigan3-9-6...........P Mulrennan
1
7 215100
Lopito De Vega 36 (C,D,F,G,S)
D Griffiths5-9-10............................................F Norton
3 460440
Talent Scout 11 (P,CD,F,G,S)
9 011401
K Tutty11-9-0 ..................................... Gemma Tutty (5)
NOVICE AUCTION STAKES
�881: 7F 96Y (6)
Ganayem O Burrows9-0.................................D O?Neill
2 151404 Bit Of A Quirke 18 (CD,F) M Walford4-9-13..D C Costello
7 336153 Favourite Treat 15 (E,D,F,S) R Carr7-9-3 ......... J Garritty
2.30
6
100-6066
8 006503 Bold Spirit 11 (T,G,S) Declan Carroll6-9-2.Phil Dennis (3)
Chiswick Bey 11 (CD,BF,F,G,S)
R Fahey9-8-13 ............................................ P Hanagan
F Tett
1 642064 Perceived 11 (D,S) A Brittain5-10-2..................C Hardie
4 0-0200 Twiggy 16 (H) I Jardine3-9-7.....................J Gormley (7)
Betting: 7-2 Al Khan, Tatlisu, 5-1 Sovereign Bounty, 6-1 Rousayan,
8-1 Chiswick Bey, Talent Scout, 12-1 Mishaal, others
6 213636 Mr Red Clubs 9 (H,P,D) H Tett8-11-6
9 0550-6 Top Diktat 17 (D,F,G,S) G L Moore9-10-11..... B Butler (7)
6 303000 Shah Of Armaan 27 (P) K A Ryan4-9-5..............T Eaves
10351332
7 436160 Outlaw Torn 4 (E,C,D,F,G) Richard Guest8-9-4C Beasley
8 606320 Chauvelin 10 (B,C,F,S) N Tinkler6-9-1
T Eaves
4 446110
Viscount Barfield 29 (H,D,F,G,S)
A Balding4-9-0 .............................................R Hornby
021 Macaque 17 (D,F) A Balding9-9............Joshua Bryan (5)
2
522 Ibn Al Emarat 19 D Simcock9-2.....................O Murphy
3
Masters Apprentice 20 S Kirk8-13...........M Godwin (5)
7 0060 Devil?s Cowboy 24 C Hills8-10......................D Probert
Betting: 3-1 Tulip Fever, 4-1 City Guest, First Drive, Holy Tiber, 6-1
Mraseel, 10-1 Austin Powers, 12-1 Devil?s Cowboy
211- Phijee 379 (G) W Muir3-8-9.........................S Hitchcott
8 -04104 Solomon?s Bay 23 (P,D,F,G) R Varian3-8-9...S De Sousa
9 4-1163 Tomyris 23 (D,F,S) R Varian3-8-6.......Josephine Gordon
Betting: 15-8 Dutch Connection, 9-2 Bless Him, 5-1 Solomon?s Bay,
Tomyris, 13-2 Salateen, 12-1 Viscount Barfield, others
5.05
FILLIES? HANDICAP
�,450: 1M 3F 218Y (6)
2 00-314 Afonso De Sousa 14 (G) M Appleby7-9-12...A Rawlinson
3 4-2221 Mafaaheem 19 (D,S) O Burrows3-9-6...............D O?Neill
2 421121 Glenys The Menace 15 (D,F,G,S) John Best3-9-5...K Fox
4
Three Duchesses 25 (D,F,G)
Michael Bell3-9-5.......................................S De Sousa
5 6-0113 Lady Bergamot 29 (F) J Fanshawe3-8-12 ..... G Wood (3)
6
1602 Falcon Cliffs 15 W Muir3-8-9 ......................... R Hornby
Betting: 11-4 Nathania, 4-1 Glenys The Menace, Lady Bergamot, 5-1
White Chocolate, 6-1 Falcon Cliffs, Three Duchesses
5.40
1 110342 Fujin 11 (V,D,F) Shaun Harris6-10-0............C Bennett (3)
2 60-022 Operative 12 (S) E De Giles4-9-10................S De Sousa
3 200344 Zipedeedodah 14 (T,D,G) J Tuite5-9-9............O Murphy
5 Affluence 19 M Smith8-11.........................N Garbutt (3)
Zappa M Channon8-11....................................C Bishop
5 053150 Archimedes 23 (T,P,D,F) D Griffiths4-9-6 ...... Fran Berry
7
Free Talkin 22 M Attwater8-8 ............................. K Fox
6 54425- Her Terms 251 (BF) Clive Cox3-9-5............H Crouch (3)
7 002305 Wotabreeze 9 (V,D,F) J J Quinn4-9-7...................J Hart
8 3-6610 Hayward Field 17 (D,F) N Wilson4-9-6.........P P Mathers
9 165536 Mysterial 11 (C,D,F,G,S) Declan Carroll7-9-5Phil Dennis (3)
10053046 Island Flame 17 (G,S) R Fahey4-9-4
P Hanagan
11 152241 Maori Bob 11 (CD,F) Michael Bell3-9-1 .. Lulu Stanford (5)
Betting: 11-4 Maori Bob, 9-2 Cornborough, Royal Reserve, 8-1
Itlaaq, 9-1 Alphabetical Order, 10-1 Island Flame, others
4.15
HANDICAP
�041: 1M 100Y (6)
1 2-0260 Muirsheen Durkin 22 (P,C,F,S) N Bycroft10-0D C Costello
2 1-2343 Election Day 60 (D,S) M Johnston9-13.............F Norton
3 421226 Lamloom 22 (BF,G) D O?Meara9-13...............D Tudhope
4 4-210 Everything For You 57 (P,D,G) K A Ryan9-13 ..... T Eaves
5 444-21 Asaas 55 (D,G) R Varian9-13......................P Mulrennan
6 104242 Rinaria 4 (H,CD,F) K Burke9-2.........................J Haynes
Betting: 3-1 Lamloom, 100-30 Election Day, 7-2 Asaas, 9-2
Everything For You, 7-1 Muirsheen Durkin, 8-1 Rinaria
4.50
HANDICAP
�588: 5F (13)
2.45
SELLING STAKES
�469: 1M 3F 44Y (7)
4 066020
7 341140
Pour La Victoire 2 (V,C,D,F,G,S)
A Carroll7-9-8......................................Georgia Cox (5)
Roundabout Magic 118 (D)
S Dow3-9-4......................................Paddy Bradley (5)
8 403326 Flowing Clarets 11 (D,F,S) J Bridger4-9-1 ..... W A Carson
9 232302 Captain Ryan 13 (D,F,S) G Deacon6-9-1........T J Murphy
10 -50153 The Big Short 9 (D,F) C Hills3-9-1..................J Crowley
1 -52204 Brigliadoro 15 (CD,BF,F) P McBride6-10-0.......D Probert
2 -51024 Red Tea 9 (D,F,G) P Hiatt4-9-12 ....................... L Morris
3
1-60 Kharbetation 19 (D,G) D O?Meara4-9-11...........M Harley
4 -60062 Repercussion 14 (G) C Fellowes4-9-10.........S Donohoe
5 -00302
Glory Awaits 32 (B,D,F,G,S)
D Simcock7-9-10 .......................................J P Spencer
6 5-4154 Takatul 51 (B,C,D,F,G) C Hills4-9-8 .................. D O?Neill
7 -22120 Mountain Angel 43 (G) R Varian3-8-13.........P Cosgrave
Betting: 3-1 Mountain Angel, 7-2 Takatul, 4-1 Glory Awaits, 5-1 Red
Tea, 6-1 Brigliadoro, 8-1 Repercussion, 10-1 Kharbetation
5.15
HANDICAP
�452: 7F 3Y (9)
14 504211 Ask The Guru 16 (B,D,F,G,S) M Attwater7-8-9........K Fox
Barracuda Boy 8 (C,D,F,G,S)
3 1000-0
M Fife7-9-9...............................................R Kingscote
3.20
HANDICAP
�,125: 1M 1F 197Y (9)
1 -61405 Twin Star 37 (T,D,F) A Balding9-7..................O Murphy
2 042113 Anythingtoday 15 (P,D,BF,S) H Palmer9-7Josephine Gordon
Yarmouth
Going: Good to Firm
APPRENTICE HANDICAP
�528: 1M 2F 23Y (6)
2.20
King Of Dreams 18 (D)
D Simcock4-9-13.................................George Bass (7)
3 3-0061 Novoman 44 (D,F) W Haggas9-4...........Georgia Cox (5)
1 235004
2 250322 Zorba The Greek 19 (B,BF,F) E Vaughan5-9-12...C Noble
231 Tribal Conquest 22 (D,G) C Appleby8-13 ........... M Lane
3 -04554 Hard Toffee 9 (G) C Allen6-9-11.................Finley Marsh
6 151230 Emenem 24 (D,F,G,S) S Dow8-13 ................T Marquand
4 220120 Hannington 8 (T,D,F,G,S) M Appleby6-9-2..G Malune (3)
7
1-132 Frontispiece 24 (D,F,G) Sir M Stoute8-12......S De Sousa
5 -66520
Sunshineandbubbles 31 (P,D)
D M Loughnane4-8-11...............................Toby Eley (5)
9 5-231 Karawaan 19 (T,D) Sir M Stoute8-8................J Crowley
Betting: 7-2 Frontispiece, 9-2 Eynhallow, Tribal Conquest, 5-1
Anythingtoday, Novoman, 8-1 Karawaan, 12-1 Emenem, others
6 -05640 Color Force 4 (P) G Kelleway4-8-7..............Milly Naseb
Betting: 2-1 Zorba The Greek, 11-4 Hard Toffee, 5-1 Hannington, 6-1
Sunshineandbubbles, 15-2 King Of Dreams, 10-1 Color Force
6 5-256 Canford Bay 11 A Brittain9-3.............................D Allan
3.55
2.55
FILLIES? NOVICE STAKES (PLUS 10 RACE)
�175: 6F 3Y (16)
7 1-0600 Newgate Sioux 64 (T,CD,F) Tony Coyle8-11....B McHugh
1 114112 Believe It 17 (B,BF,F,S) R Hughes5-11-10 ............. H Hunt
1
Chloellie 25 J Jenkins9-0
8 304020 Joysunny 20 J Coward8-9...........................H Shaw (7)
2 110-04 Unison 17 (G,S) J Scott7-11-9 ........................... E Sayer
2
Club Tropicana Richard Spencer9-0............S Donohoe
9 045005 La Haule Lady 40 P Midgley8-8...................P Hanagan
3 -04422 Stanley 18 (P,D,BF,S) Jonjo O?Neill6-11-7...............J King
3
05 Elusive Bird 52 G Bravery9-0......................P Cosgrave
10-63046 Digital Revolution 19 A Brittain8-8 ................. C Hardie
4 5-3244 Biotic 11 (P,F,G,S) B Millman6-11-7..................P Millman
4
5 Ferrier 24 (H) Sir M Prescott9-0.......................L Morris
11 065350 Henrietta?s Dream 22 (B) J Wainwright8-7.......F Norton
5 05033- Ritasun 21 (D) H Whittington4-11-6..............B James (5)
5
03 Foxtrot Lady 11 A Balding9-0........................D Probert
AMATEUR RIDERS? HANDICAP
�991: 1M 1F 11Y (13)
Horsted Keynes 22 (CD,F,G,S)
D Simcock7-9-10......................................G Buckell (5)
4 61-300 Hyde Park 45 (T,D,G) J Gosden3-9-7 ............T E Durcan
5 30300- Mujassam 344 (CD,G,S) D O?Meara5-9-7 ......... M Harley
6 3-0022
Sultan Baybars 32 (V,D,BF,F,S)
R Varian3-9-7 ............................................ P Cosgrave
7 044605
Highland Colori 14 (V,D,F,G,S)
A Balding9-9-6.............................................D Probert
9 310315 Firefright 23 (D,BF,F,G) J Noseda3-9-2........J P Spencer
4 0-1312 Eynhallow 31 (C,D,BF,G) R Charlton9-2.............P Dobbs
5
1 0165-0 Fighting Temeraire 8 (D,G,S) D Ivory4-9-11....R Winston
8 1-0500 Gothic Empire 29 (CD,F,G) J Fanshawe5-9-3..D Muscutt
2 326400 Dapper Man 9 (B,F) R G Fell9-7.....................C Beasley
5 60-56 The Night Before 22 R Cowell9-3..................B A Curtis
HANDICAP
�452: 1M 3Y (7)
4 -53640 Zoffanist 5 A Perrett9-0.................................P Dobbs
8 251000 Never Surrender 25 (P,D,G) C Hills8-9...C Shepherd (3)
4 030220 Vintage Dream 28 N Wilson9-6..................P P Mathers
Betting: 3-1 Mafaaheem, 9-2 Another Eclipse, Teodoro, 5-1 Daawy,
6-1 Laqab, 8-1 Shabbah, 12-1 Afonso De Sousa, 20-1 Vettori Rules
2 232134
15 260050 Deer Song 2 J Bridger4-8-8.....................M Godwin (5)
Gina Mangan (7)
3.20 (1m) 1 Lightning Spear (Oisin Murphy, evens
fav); 2 Zonderland (9-2); 3 Hathal (11-2). 6 ran. Ns, 緇.
D M Simcock. Tote: �70; �10, �50. Exacta:
�40. CSF: �60. Trifecta: �.80
3.55 (1m 6f) 1 Call To Mind (P Cosgrave, 11-4); 2
Count Octave (2-1 fav); 3 Uae King (7-2). 5 ran. 1糽, 3l.
W J Haggas. Tote: �30; �60, �70. Exacta: �90.
CSF: �98. Trifecta: �.10
4.30 (1m 1f 11yd) 1 Mountain Hunter (William Carson,
9-2 jt-fav); 2 Lawmaking (25-1); 3 Dr Julius No (9-1).
Also ran: See The Master 9-2 jt-fav. 12 ran. NR:
Kingston Kurrajong. 2緇, 緇. S bin Suroor. Tote: �40;
�90, �30, �00. Exacta: �4.40. CSF: �4.12.
Tricast: �9.54. Trifecta: �230.60
5.05 (1m 3f 218yd) 1 Just In Time (M Dwyer, 5-2 fav);
2 Al Zaman (16-1); 3 Koeman (7-1). 8 ran. Nk, 1�. A
King. Tote: �40; �30, �50, �20. Exacta: �.20.
CSF: �.10. Tricast: �6.30. Trifecta: �5.10
Placepot: �0.40
Quadpot: �.30
1.50 (7f 1yd) 1 Barbarianatthegate (P Mulrennan,
3-1); 2 Normandy Blue (8-1); 3 Coast Guard (11-4). Also
ran: Allnite 9-4 fav. 8 ran. 2緇, 6l. B J Meehan. Tote:
�90; �20, �20, �40. Exacta: �.70. CSF:
�.45. Trifecta: �.10
13 -36343 Prominna 8 (D,S) A Carroll7-8-12................T Marquand
16044006 Molly Jones 65 (D,F,G) M Salaman8-8-5...........R Powell
Betting: 6-1 Operative, The Big Short, 7-1 Captain Ryan, Fujin, 8-1
Ask The Guru, Her Terms, 10-1 Flowing Clarets, Prominna, others
2.45 (7f) 1 Johnny Barnes (Robert Tart, 13-2); 2 Burnt
Sugar (14-1); 3 Straight Right (16-1); 4 Mukalal (9-1).
Also ran: Ultimate Avenue 5-1 fav. 19 ran. NR: Mjjack.
1l, 2l. J H M Gosden. Tote: �10; �80, �60, �10,
�70. Exacta: �4.60. CSF: �.02. Tricast:
�464.91. Trifecta: �009.80
Going: Good
3 -40006 Russian Regard 12 J Portman9-0...................R Hornby
5 Cagliari 9 (H) S Crisford8-9............................R Powell
2.10 (7f) 1 Billesdon Brook (S M Levey, 4-1); 2
Whitefountainfairy (10-1); 3 Miss Bar Beach (33-1).
Also ran: Verandah 3-1 fav. 10 ran. 緇, 緇. R Hannon.
Tote: �60; �60, �70, �80. Exacta: �.30.
CSF: �.29. Trifecta: �0.40
7 514011 Teodoro 51 (H,D,F) T Dascombe3-9-3..........R Kingscote
11 0-2000 Harrison Stickle 19 (F) J Gallagher5-8-13........S W Kelly
7 255-43 Iconic Belle 65 M Channon8-9 ....................... C Bishop
Betting: EvensIconic Belle, 11-4 Delannoy, 7-1 Zoffanist, 10-1 Bizet,
12-1 Cagliari, 14-1 Russian Regard, 25-1 Crystal Secret
1.35 (6f) 1 Tricksy Spirit (J F Egan, 14-1); 2 Tarnhelm
(10-1); 3 Polly?s Gold (4-1). Also ran: Kareva 10-11 fav.
10 ran. NR: Helen Sherbet, Laytown. 1絣, 1緇. M R
Channon. Tote: �.00; �00, �70, �50. Exacta:
�6.70. CSF: �1.25. Trifecta: �6.60
8 3-2312 Another Eclipse 22 (D,F) D Simcock3-9-2....J P Spencer
12 4/0000 Dr Doro 50 (D,G) I Williams4-8-13 ...... Josephine Gordon
5
Going: Good
Chester
1 300255 Bizet 5 (V) John Ryan9-0...................Josephine Gordon
6 036506 Crystal Secret 4 J Bridger8-9..................M Godwin (5)
Goodwood
6120 Daawy 44 (P,D,BF,G) W Haggas3-9-3...........P Cosgrave
6
2 604040 Delannoy 18 (V) E Houghton9-0.....................J Crowley
1 343244 Hamidans Girl 3 (BF) K Dalgleish9-9....................G Lee
3 -50445 Bay Station 36 (P,CD,F) J Ward9-7...............D Tudhope
21- Laqab 315 (D) R Varian4-9-5.........................D Muscutt
5 304000 Vettori Rules 32 (D,G,S) G Kelleway4-9-4.........L Morris
4.40
HANDICAP
�528: 5F (16)
005 Rockwell Lloyd 16 (V) M Channon8-12............R Hornby
6 001500 Marmion 36 (D,F,S) L Eyre5-9-8........................D Allan
HANDICAP
�,318: 1M 2F 23Y (8)
1 1-1124 White Chocolate 25 (C,BF,S) D Simcock3-9-5.J Crowley
5
5 024655 Itlaaq 19 (T,D,F,G,S) M W Easterby11-9-10......H Shaw (7)
4.05
1 11204- Shabbah 339 (D,F,G) Sir M Stoute4-9-12.......T E Durcan
4
8
635 Lucifugous 36 S C Williams8-7....................S De Sousa
Betting: 6-5 Ibn Al Emarat, 5-2 Macaque, 5-1 Lucifugous, 10-1
Zappa, 12-1 Affluence, 20-1 Masters Apprentice, others
4 603051 City Guest 27 (G) G Margarson9-3 .......... Jane Elliott (5)
7
6
Alphabetical Order 11 (H,CD,S)
D O?Meara9-9-13........................................Sam James
3 4221U3 Mraseel 19 (P,F) J Tate9-4..............................M Harley
2010 First Drive 22 (D,S) Michael Bell9-2...............L Steward
1 012352 Royal Reserve 8 (D,S) D O?Meara4-10-2.......D Tudhope
3 -11000 Samtu 63 (D,F) M Fife6-10-0.........................B McHugh
1614 Holy Tiber 23 (D,S) G Scott9-7 ................... J P Spencer
2 31313 Tulip Fever 23 (D,BF,F,S) W Haggas9-6........P Cosgrave
0234 Austin Powers 22 M Johnston9-0...................D O?Neill
4 412332 Nathania 20 (D,G) R Hughes3-9-4..................S W Kelly
1
1
6
106-0060 Pontecarlo Boy 58 (P) R Whitaker3-8-2...........C Hardie
Betting: 3-1 Mr C, 4-1 Getgo, 6-1 Pioneering, 13-2 Trinity Star, 8-1
Chauvelin, Outlaw Torn, 10-1 Bromance, others
Going: Good
NOVICE AUCTION STAKES
�528: 1M (8)
3.30
NURSERY HANDICAP
�041: 6F 3Y (7)
5
3 044116
2.10
16
Zain Hana J Noseda9-0.....................................J Egan
Betting: 3-1 Zain Hana, 7-2 Ganayem, Perfect Thought, 9-2 Wild
Impala, 7-1 Foxtrot Lady, 9-1 Hollywood Dream, others
5 501140 Orangey Red 24 (D,G,S) W Farrell(Ire) 4-8-11 . Fran Berry
9 0-0314 Mr C 19 (D,BF,F) O Pears3-8-12 ...................... Joe Doyle
Goodwood
Raise A Little Joy 25 J Jenkins9-0..............A Rawlinson
13
6 21351 Bless Him 66 (H,F) D Simcock3-8-9...............O Murphy
2 001414 Cornborough 20 (P,G,S) M Walford6-10-1 ... D C Costello
4 -03062
BRITISH PAIR EDGED OUT
IN TENSE SEMI-FINAL
BADMINTON
Warren Shore
British hopes of a gold
medal at the badminton
world championships were
dashed last night when
Chris and Gabby Adcock,
inset, were beaten in the
mixed doubles semi-finals
at Glasgow?s Emirates
Arena. Despite saving
match points
against the
formidable top
seeds, Zheng
Siwei and Chen
Qingchen, they
lost 21-15 23-21.
The British
married couple will
pick up bronze while the
Chinese pair go on to play
Tontowi Ahmad and
Liliyana Natsir in today?s
final. Chris Adcock was half
of the previous British
mixed pair to win a world
medal, when he won silver
with Scotland?s Imogen
Bankier in 2011.
In the men?s singles,
victory in the semi-finals
had an extra edge for Viktor
Axelsen. The 23-year-old
Dane defeated China?s
Chen Long, the reigning
Olympic champion who
beat him in the Rio semifinals last year.
Axelsen, the third seed,
needed only 39 minutes to
win 21-9 21-10, setting up a
final against Lin Dan, who
has won the world title five
times. ?It was nice to get
revenge from the Olympic
semi-finals, ? he said.
?Denmark is a small
country but I am
very proud that
we can compete
with the bigger
countries.? Lin
defeated the top
seed, Son Wan-Ho,
21-17 21-14.
In the men?s doubles, the
surprise package from
Indonesia, Mohammad
Ahsan and Rian Agung
Saputro, won again to make
the final. Having knocked
out Chinese top seeds Li
Junhui and Liu Yuchen in
the first round, they beat
Japanese fourth seeds
Takeshi Kamura and Keigo
Sonoda 21-12 21-15 in the
semi-finals.
RACING RESULTS
Beverley (Jackpot meeting)
3 525300
Hanagan to take the Group Two sprint,
one of the most prestigious in the calendar for juveniles. ?He?s grown and
become a real proper horse,? said Swann.
?Today he proved what a good horse he
is.? Swann?s team proved quite useful too,
winning 4-0 at Home Park.
James Doyle enjoyed a double with
Secret Advisor and Sound And Silence,
but a brilliant Ebor festival, boasting two
real stars in Enable and Cracksman and
one of the races of the season in the Juddmonte, will be remembered for the quietly stylish jockeyship of Jim Crowley, the
week?s leading rider.
Crowley?s composure aboard Ulysses
in the Juddmonte International on
Wednesday seemed to mark the graduation of the champion jockey from prolific
low-level winner to a top-class big-race
rider. For a long time Crowley?s expertise
on humdrum days was a well-kept secret
but the former jump jockey swept out of
journeyman class by winning his first title
last season and landed a lucrative job as
stable jockey to Hamdan Al Maktoum.
But it is his partnership with the hugely
gifted Ulysses and trainer, Sir Michael
Stoute, which has etched Crowley?s quality in relief.
Ever modest, Crowley would attribute
most of the credit for his recent run of
Group One victories ? three in a couple of
months ? to the calibre of the horses
beneath him. But only a handful of jockeys would have the nerve to sit in the lee
of the winners of two Guineas (Churchill)
and the St James?s Palace Stakes (Barney
Roy) for so long before pushing for home.
Crowley and Stoute paired up for another
winner in Fidaawy on Friday and took the
opener on the final day of the meeting
yesterday with Mustashry.
Betting: 2-1 Sultan Baybars, 4-1 Firefright, 9-2 Horsted Keynes, 8-1
Mujassam, 10-1 Fighting Temeraire, Gothic Empire, Hyde Park,
others
5.50
HANDICAP
�411: 7F 3Y (9)
1 150451 African Blessing 14 (D,F,S) C Wallis4-10-0........L Morris
2
034 Noble Masterpiece 29 Sir M Stoute3-9-11.....S Donohoe
3 54-014 Paradwys 14 (P,G) A Watson3-9-10..........E Greatrex (3)
4 030115
Golden Guest 24 (CD,F,G)
G Margarson3-9-8..................................Jane Elliott (5)
5 120225 Patching 8 (B,C,F) G Bravery3-9-6......................J Egan
6 505045 Monarch Maid 13 (F,G) P Hiatt6-9-4...............W Cox (7)
7 362022 Still Waiting 16 W Jarvis3-9-4 ....................... D Probert
8 211654 Pass The Cristal 17 (D,G,S) W Muir3-9-2 ..... R Kingscote
9 00454 Dream Start 18 (T) John Ryan3-8-12..............D Muscutt
Betting: 5-2 Noble Masterpiece, 5-1 Still Waiting, 6-1 African
Blessing, Golden Guest, 8-1 Paradwys, Patching, others
2.30 (5f 15yd) 1 Normal Equilibrium (David Probert,
5-1); 2 Ballesteros (3-1 fav); 3 Quick Look (11-1). 11 ran.
NR: Lydia?s Place. 1絣, 3l. I Furtado. Tote: �70;
�70, �60, �20. Exacta: �.00. CSF: �.13.
Tricast: �0.28. Trifecta: �5.40
3.05 (5f 110yd) 1 Guishan (Alistair Rawlinson, 25-1);
2 Bossipop (12-1); 3 Confessional (8-1). Also ran:
Reflektor 11-4 fav. 12 ran. Nk, 1糽. M Appleby. Tote:
�.40; �80, �40, �20. Exacta: �4.40. CSF:
�9.78. Tricast: �662.87. Trifecta: �602.60
3.40 (1m 4f 63yd) 1 Sable Island (David Probert, 6-4
fav); 2 Clemency (16-1); 3 Hats Off To Larry (5-2). 7
ran. 2l, 3絣. Sir Michael Stoute. Tote: �10; �20,
�50. Exacta: �.50. CSF: �.29. Trifecta: �.70
4.15 (7f 127yd) 1 Kenstone (Finley Marsh, 15-2); 2
Sun Lover (3-1 fav); 3 Dark Devil (10-1). 12 ran. 3絣, hd.
A Wintle. Tote: �00; �20, �50, �20. Exacta:
�.80. CSF: �.95. Tricast: �9.79. Trifecta: �3.20
4.45 (1m 5f 84yd) 1 Key Bid (Jack Mitchell, 4-1); 2
Galactic Prince (2-1 fav); 3 Amelia Dream (12-1). 6 ran.
NR: Je Suis Charlie. 3絣, sh hd. C Appleby. Tote: �40;
�10, �90. Exacta: �.90. CSF: �.67. Trifecta: �.00
3.35 (1m 5f 188yd) 1 Nakeeta (Callum Rodriguez, 121); 2 Flymetothestars (7-1 fav); 3 Natural Scenery (141); 4 Arch Villain (50-1). 19 ran. NR: Cohesion. Hd, 2l. I
Jardine. Tote: �.90; �80, �50, �80, �30.
Exacta: �0.80. CSF: �.46. Tricast: �229.65.
Trifecta: �675.80
4.10 (5f) 1 Sound And Silence (James Doyle, 9-2); 2
Abel Handy (10-1); 3 Out Of The Flames (9-1). Also ran:
Bengali Boys 3-1 fav. 12 ran. NR: Formidable Kitt,
Koditime, Pursuing The Dream. 絣, nk. C Appleby.
Tote: �80; �00, �20, �40. Exacta: �.10.
CSF: �.84. Trifecta: �6.50
4.40 (1m 2f 56yd) 1 Eddystone Rock (P J Dobbs, 201); 2 Titi Makfi (8-1); 3 Dark Red (12-1); 4 Brorocco (121). Also ran: Uae Prince 7-2 fav. 20 ran. Sh hd, 1緇. J R
Best. Tote: �.30; �10, �30, �60, �20.
Exacta: �0.60. CSF: �0.72. Tricast: �040.84.
Trifecta: �082.50. Jackpot: Not won - pool of
�,047.70 c/f to Beverley today
5.15 (5f) @1 Holmeswood (Callum Rodriguez, 9-2
fav); @1 Intense Romance (Ben Robinson, 14-1); 3
Evergate (10-1); 4 Justanotherbottle (14-1). 19 ran. Dht,
1糽. M Dods, M Dods. Tote: Holmeswood �70,
Intense Romance �.90; Holmeswood �90, Intense
Romance �10, �80, �20. Exacta: Holmeswood,
Intense Romance �.30, Intense Romance,
Holmeswood �.10. CSF: Holmeswood, Intense
Romance �.27, Intense Romance, Holmeswood
�.38. Tricast: Holmeswood, Intense Romance,
Evergate �6.40, Intense Romance, Holmeswood,
Evergate �8.37. Trifecta: Holmeswood-Intense
Romance-Evergate �246.50 Intense RomanceHolmeswood-Evergate �071.20
Placepot: �8.50
Quadpot: �7.90
Newmarket
2.05 (6f) 1 Betty F (G Mosse, 5-2 fav); 2 Rockies
Spirit (4-1); 3 Moqarrar (12-1). 9 ran. 緇, 2糽. J Noseda.
Tote: �00; �20, �70, �60. Exacta: �.50. CSF:
�.46. Trifecta: �8.50
2.40 (7f) 1 Maksab (S De Sousa, 100-30); 2 Tadleel
(9-1); 3 Finsbury Park (3-1 fav). 7 ran. Ns, nk. M R
Channon. Tote: �10; �10, �30. Exacta: �.00.
CSF: �.25. Trifecta: �3.90
3.15 (7f) 1 Musawaat (Dane O?Neill, 7-2); 2 Plant Pot
Power (2-1 fav); 3 Ariena (11-2). 8 ran. 1糽, hd. C Hills.
Tote: �80; �30, �30, �80. Exacta: �.40. CSF:
�.72. Tricast: �.20. Trifecta: �.10
3.50 (1m 6f) 1 Hochfeld (F Norton, 9-4 fav); 2 Kajaki
(10-1); 3 Jaameh (8-1). 9 ran. NR: Cleonte. 6l, 4l. M
Johnston. Tote: �00; �50, �70, �60. Exacta:
�.30. CSF: �.79. Tricast: �0.24. Trifecta:
�5.70
4.25 (6f) 1 Gifted Master (P J Smullen, 11-4 fav); 2
Steady Pace (4-1); 3 Intisaab (20-1). 11 ran. NR: Lady
Macapa, Lancelot Du Lac, Orangey Red, Tropics. Sh
hd, hd. H Palmer. Tote: �50; �80, �90, �10.
Exacta: �.80. CSF: �.11. Trifecta: �5.00
5.00 (6f) 1 Ninjago (P J Smullen, 6-1); 2 General
Alexander (8-1); 3 Jule In The Crown (13-2). 9 ran. NR:
Clear Spring. Nk, nk. P T Midgley. Tote: �20; �30,
�90, �60. Exacta: �.60. CSF: �.14. Tricast:
�4.79. Trifecta: �6.40
5.35 (5f) 1 Foxy Forever (F Norton, 4-1 fav); 2
Diamond Lady (17-2); 3 Tallinski (9-2). 9 ran. NR:
Magical Dreamer, September Issue. Sh hd, nk. M
Wigham. Tote: �50; �80, �70, �80. Exacta:
�.50. CSF: �.31. Tricast: �9.81. Trifecta: �1.50
Placepot: �0.70
Placepot: �5.90
2.15 (2m 1f 46yd hdle) 1 Golden Jeffrey (Ross
Chapman, 2-1); 2 Knockmaole Boy (11-10 fav); 3
Golden Town (6-1). 7 ran. NR: Pershing. Nk, 7l. I
Jardine. Tote: �00; , �10. Exacta: �70. CSF:
�92. Trifecta: �.50
York
Going: Good
1.55 (1m 177yd) 1 Mustashry (Jim Crowley, 5-2 fav); 2
Forest Ranger (13-2); 3 Sovereign Debt (6-1). 7 ran. 緇,
1絣. Sir Michael Stoute. Tote: �90; �80, �20.
Exacta: �.90. CSF: �.40. Trifecta: �.50
2.25 (1m 5f 188yd) 1 Secret Advisor (James Doyle,
5-1 fav); 2 Bin Battuta (8-1); 3 Here And Now (16-1); 4
On To Victory (10-1). 19 ran. NR: Shymkent. Nk, nk. C
Appleby. Tote: �50; �90, �80, �50, �20.
Exacta: �.90. CSF: �.18. Tricast: �1.36.
Trifecta: �2.50
3.00 (6f) 1 Sands Of Mali (P Hanagan, 14-1); 2
Invincible Army (9-2 co-fav); @3 Cardsharp (5-1); @3
Headway (9-2 co-favs). 10 ran. NR: De Bruyne Horse,
Grand Koonta. 2緇, 1l. R A Fahey. Tote: �.20; �40,
�80, Cardsharp �90, Headway �90. Exacta:
�.30. CSF: �.43. Tricast: Sands Of Mali,
Invincible Army, Cardsharp �8.03, Sands Of Mali,
Invincible Army, Headway �2.38. Trifecta: Sands Of
Mali-Invincible Army-Cardsharp �4.60 Sands Of
Mali-Invincible Army-Headway �0.80
5.45 (2m 1f 46yd hdle) 1 Baraboy (Robert Hogg, 201); 2 Snowed In (10-1); 3 Quebec (4-1). 10 ran. 4l, 3l. F
P Murtagh. Tote: �.70; �90, �90, �50. Exacta:
�8.60. CSF: �8.26. Tricast: �6.07. Trifecta:
�7.30
Placepot: �.30
Quadpot: �.70
Redcar
Going: Good to firm (good in places)
4.50 (1m 2f 1yd) 1 Time To Blossom (Miss S
Brotherton, 4-1); 2 Broadway Dreams (7-1); 3
Haymarket (16-1)
5.25 (5f 217yd) 1 Fyre Cay (Kevin Stott, 7-2); 2
Mistress Of Venice (evens fav); 3 Fink Hill (8-1)
5.55 (7f) 1 Escape The City (Charlie Bennett, 4-5
fav); 2 Rotherhithe (12-1); 3 Elysee Star (13-2)
6.25 (7f 219yd) 1 Mon Beau Visage (D Tudhope, 3-1
fav); 2 Testa Rossa (25-1); 3 Off Art (11-1)
6.55 (7f) 1 Insurplus (D Tudhope, 9-2 fav); 2 Old
China (14-1); 3 Showdance Kid (14-1)
7.25 (1m 5f 218yd) 1 Plage Depampelonne (Kevin
Stott, 6-1); 2 Clenymistra (5-2); 3 Starlight Circus (11-2)
7.55 (6f) 1 State Residence (D Tudhope, 6-1); 2 My
Girl Maisie (8-1); 3 Someone Exciting (9-2 fav)
Placepot: �.60
Quadpot: �.70
Windsor
Going: Good to firm (firm in places)
5.20 (1m 2f 70yd) 1 Alexander M (Manuel Fernandes,
6-4 fav); 2 Berlusca (25-1); 3 Royal Shaheen (8-1). 8
ran. 6l, 1l. M Johnston. Tote: �90; �10, �90, �10.
Exacta: �.30. CSF: �.86. Tricast: �9.13.
Trifecta: �9.90
Quadpot: �.50
5.10 (2m 1f 46yd hdle) 1 Beeno (Robert Hogg, 2-1 jtfav); 2 Tornado Watch (2-1 jt-fav); 3 Itshard To No (61). 8 ran. NR: Idder. 7l, 8l. Kenneth Slack. Tote: �90;
�30, �40, �20. Exacta: �.90. CSF: �42.
Tricast: �.33. Trifecta: �.10
Quadpot: �.20
Cartmel
Going: Good to soft (soft in places)
2.50 (2m 6f 31yd hdle) 1 River Icon (Ross Chapman,
5-2 fav); 2 A Touch Of Sparkle (8-1); 3 Pretty Miss
Mahler (7-2). 8 ran. 2�, 4l. I Jardine. Tote: �70;
�20, �50, �70. Exacta: �.80. CSF: �.66.
Tricast: �.49. Trifecta: �4.10
3.25 (2m 5f 34yd ch) 1 Flying Eagle (Sean Bowen,
6-4); 2 Black Jack Rover (5-1); 3 Anteros (11-8 fav). 6
ran. 6l, 8l. P Bowen. Tote: �40; �50, �00.
Exacta: �70. CSF: �74. Trifecta: �.70
4.00 (2m 5f 34yd ch) 1 Shine Away (Nathan
Moscrop, 20-1); 2 Novo Dawn (11-2); 3 Dotties Dilema
(7-2 fav). 10 ran. 3l, 8l. Mrs S J Smith. Tote: �.20;
�40, �20, �60. Exacta: �9.20. CSF: �3.77.
Tricast: �7.51. Trifecta: �7.00
4.35 (3m 1f 107yd ch) 1 Shake It Up (Craig Nichol, 103); 2 Fair To Middling (3-1); 3 Welsh Bard (9-2). Also
ran: Don Franco 11-4 fav. 7 ran. 10l, 1緇. R Ford. Tote:
�30; �90, �90. Exacta: �.20. CSF: �.94.
Trifecta: �.10
Going: Good to firm (good in places)
5.10 (6f 12yd) 1 Lamya (Tom Marquand, 6-4 fav); 2
Angel?s Whisper (13-2); 3 Tiepolo (5-1)
5.40 (1m 31yd) 1 Sandy Shores (Tom Marquand,
9-2); 2 Conqueress (5-1); 3 Himalayan Queen (6-1)
6.10 (1m 3f 99yd) 1 Second Step (J P Spencer, 6-4
fav); 2 Law And Order (12-1); 3 King Bolete (7-2)
6.40 (1m 2f) 1 Fabricate (G Mosse, 11-2); 2 Spark Plug
(7-2); 3 Chain Of Daisies (10-3)
7.10 (6f 12yd) 1 Abiento (J P Spencer, 5-1); 2 Himself
(14-1); 3 Field of Vision (7-2)
7.40 (1m 3f 99yd) 1 Unite The Clans (Rowan Scott,
10-1); 2 Love Conquers (JPN) (5-4 fav); 3 Abel Tasman
(11-2)
Placepot: �.80
Quadpot: �00
Killarney
Going: Good
1.30 (2m 1f hdle) 1 Balakani (A Ring, 9-1); 2
Iusetaluvheronce (9-2); 3 Port Rashid (12-1)
2.00 (2m 6f hdle) 1 Robin Des Foret (R Walsh, 6-4
fav); 2 Miss Sapphire (7-2); 3 Its All Guesswork (4-1)
2.35 (2m 6f hdle) 1 Lasoscar (D F O?Regan, 14-1); 2
Mine Now (10-1); 3 Denham Sound (14-1)
3.10 (2m 1f ch) 1 Product Of Love (D F O?Regan, 6-1);
2 Roconga (11-4); 3 Bamako Moriviere (evens fav)
3.45 (2m 4f 120yd ch) 1 Peregrine Run (11-4); 2
Conrad Hastings (5-1); 3 Rathvinden (10-11 fav)
4.20 (2m 4f 120yd ch) 1 Kilcarry Bridge (D E Mullins,
16-1); 2 The Winkler (8-1); 3 Supreme Vinnie (14-1)
4.55 (2m 1f) 1 First Figaro (F Maguire, 8-1); 2
Santiago de Cuba (11-10 fav); 3 Poet Power (15-8)
5.30 (2m 1f) 1 Optical Confusion (J J Codd, 13-8 fav);
2 Koroleva (9-4); 3 All Good Things (5-1)
This week
Today: Beverley (1.55pm); Goodwood (2.10pm);
Yarmouth (2.20pm); The Curragh (1.30pm)
Tomorrow: Cartmel (2.20pm); Chepstow (12.45pm);
Epsom (2.05pm); Ripon (2.10pm); Southwell (12.30pm,
A/W); Downpatrick (3pm); Roscommon (4.25pm)
Tuesday: Carlisle (4.45pm); Epsom (2pm); Newton
Abbot (4.35pm); Ripon (2.15pm); Ballinrobe (4.55pm)
Wednesday: Catterick (1.50pm); Musselburgh
(2pm); Kempton Park (5.55pm, A/W); Lingfield Park
(2.10pm); Worcester (4.35pm); Bellewstown (4.15pm)
Thursday: Bath (1.40pm); Musselburgh (2pm);
Sedgefield (4.30pm); Wolverhampton (5.40pm,
A/W); Chelmsford (1.50pm, A/W); Bellewstown
(4.15pm); Tipperary (4.25pm)
Friday: Bangor (2pm); Sandown Park (2.10pm);
Thirsk (1.50pm); Down Royal (4.35pm)
Saturday: Beverley (2pm); Chester (1.40pm);
Hamilton Park (4.15pm); Newton Abbot (2.15pm);
Sandown Park (1.50pm); Chelmsford (5.50pm, A/W);
Navan (1.45pm); Wexford (2.05pm)
Flat meetings in bold
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The Sunday Times August 27, 2017
SPORT COMMENT
David Walsh
Fighters urged
to box clever
Britain?s embarrassing lack of athletics glory will
not be solved by investing �m every four years in
pursuit of Olympic medals. Time for a major rethink
A
BOXING
Britons told to
think twice before
tackling MMA
opponents
MIKE POWELL
llow me some latitude on
this one but when it comes
to well-paid administrators
in sport talking up their
achievements, there is a
shaking of the head and the
desire to question. Take Ed
Warner, the former chair of
UK Athletics whose 10-year
reign ended after the IAAF
world championships in London earlier
this month.
Warner?s decision to step down was
signposted in a statement from UK
Athletics two months ago. It included the
following observation from the
departing Warner: ?It is very pleasing to
leave athletics in the UK in such great
shape, and on the high of twin world
championships in the iconic London
stadium which we have fought hard for
over so many years.?
Memo to the former chair: leave it to
others to decide how good a job you?ve
done. Nobody that I?ve seen has echoed
Warner?s self-congratulatory sentiment.
For so long coach to Jessica Ennis-Hill,
Toni Minichiello saw Warner?s comment
and thought, you can?t say that.
Minichiello isn?t a fan of Warner?s reign
as chair of UK Athletics. He believes the
former chair?s legacy will be ?the
destruction of coaching?. Minichiello
has had his difficulties with UK Athletics,
at one time being on their payroll but
then slighted when offered a reduced
salary to act as ?a consultant?.
The recent world championships lent
some weight to Minichiello?s view that
things are far from great. Team GB won
six medals, an achievement that
conceals more than it reveals. Mo Farah
won a gold and silver, the remaining
medals came in relay events that the rest
of the world isn?t much bothered about.
One individual medallist from a sport
that is funded to the tune of �m from
one Olympic cycle to another isn?t the
stuff of dreams. Apply a value-for-money
principle and the suits would be insisting
on a full review. Minichiello also pointed
out that Farah is coached by the
American Alberto Salazar and that the
situation had changed markedly from
the 2009 world championships in Berlin
when Team GB?s four individual gold
medalists all had British coaches.
What is going on? It is a question Jon
Ridgeon has often thought about over
the last few years. Ridgeon used to be a
hurdler; first 110m and towards the end
of his all-too-short career, the 400m. As
a 20-year-old he competed at the 1987
world championships in Rome and won
a silver medal. That was quite an
achievement because at the time
Ridgeon was studying geography at
Cambridge University, driving down to
north London in the evening to train and
trying to spend enough time in the
library to make sure he left
Cambridge with a degree. At
Cambridge he was just another
student, not regarded in the same
way as a rugby player or a rower.
There was no national lottery
funding back then and Ridgeon?s
career was eventually cut short by
persistent injury. That silver medal
Nick Pitt
Leap of faith: Jon
Ridgeon believes
coaching is not
anywhere near
the level it used
to be and sees
little robustness
in today?s
athletes
at the world championships was the
closest he got to glory. But here?s the
thing ? the 13.29sec he ran in Rome 30
years ago would have been good enough
for fourth place in the 110m hurdles final
at this year?s world championships.
Britain didn?t have an athlete in this
year?s final. ?We do have the very
promising Andrew Pozzi, who was
unlucky to go out in the semi-final,? says
Ridgeon. ?He should have made the
final. But my belief is that one individual
medallist for the best-funded team in the
world is an extraordinary feat of underachievement.?
Many of the British records in men?s
athletics date back to Ridgeon?s era in
the 1980s and 1990s: Linford Christie
(100m), John Regis (200m), Iwan
Thomas (400m), Colin Jackson (110m
hurdles), Kriss Akabusi (400m
hurdles). It begs the question
why today?s better-supported
generation cannot overtake
the old marks?
?I don?t want to sound like
an old man talking about
how things were in his day
but I did take a bus from
Newmarket, then jumped on
a train to Crystal Palace so I
could train in a proper gym,? says
Ridgeon. ?I thought nothing of bunking
off school to train. All that has changed.
Today?s athletes are well looked after
and the facilities are great.?
So why aren?t today?s athletes
surpassing those who went before?
?In some events they are. Mo Farah,
Greg Rutherford in the long jump, but in
many events they?re not. I see three
factors. The pool from which athletics
draws its raw material is shallower than
it was. I believe the coaching is not
anywhere near the level it used to be.
And I don?t see enough mental
One individual
medallist for the
world?s bestfunded team is a
major underachievement
? Jon Ridgeon
robustness. Andrew [Pozzi] is really
good but he just had to make that final at
the world championships but didn?t.
Holly Bradshaw is a fine pole vaulter but
when she?s competing at the highest
level, it?s no good looking to your coach
in the stand for guidance.?
Perhaps the greatest factor in the
challenge facing British athletics is one
that Ridgeon sees without taking a step
outside his front door. His boys Noah
and Seth are talented at sport. ?Their
religion is football. Seth is an academy
player at Fulham and they both play for
a team whose matches are watched by
scouts all the time. They?re fast, they?re
good athletes but football has been the
conversation in the playground since the
first day they went to school. It?s what
they?ve always wanted to play.?
Rugby and cricket have the resources
to plant seeds and harvest their little
corner of the sporting field. Athletics
doesn?t have that money. Minichiello
makes a legitimate point about the lack
of appreciation for the role that could be
played by good coaches but the problem
runs deeper. And it is a problem that will
not be solved by investing �m every
four years in the pursuit of Olympic
medals.
Stop putting the boot into ?greedy? footballers
Two weeks ago I wrote with
some understanding of why
Danny Rose had complained
about his �,000 weekly
salary. Essentially, his
complaint was that
Tottenham needed to pay
their players the going rate
or risk losing them, and the
public expression of his
frustration was probably
prompted by Kyle Walker?s
move to Manchester City
and the reported doubling
of his weekly salary to
�0,000.
Many people would go
with the view that Rose is a
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better full-back than Walker,
so it?s hardly a surprise that
he would want to be on a
similar salary. It?s a short
career and all that.
Two weeks on and I still
haven?t met a single reader
who agreed with the
argument. Not one. Those
who wrote letters and
posted comments on the
website were as one: Rose
was greedy and ungrateful,
the columnist was bang out
of order.
Dr Stanley Jacobs, in a
comment on the website,
offered a particularly
interesting suggestion: ?In
your next column, write that
you?re disgusted at your
pay (despite the
contract you freely
agreed), that you
want better
journalists around
you who you don?t
have to Google
and then tell those
who criticise you to
wise up.?
While respecting David
Walsh?s right to comment
and a parent?s right to
complain about their
daughter?s experiences (last
week), there is no factual
basis for the headline,
?Britain is No 1 in the league
of cheating nations when it
comes to classifying
disabled athletes?.
Classification is the bedrock
of Paralympic competition,
seeking to allow athletes to
compete on a level playing
field. It is a complex process
that demands consistency
and robustness in the
interpretation of an athlete?s
impairment and assessment
of their functionality and
ability to perform. As the
National Paralympic
Committee for Great Britain
and Northern Ireland, the
BPA is committed to the
principle of robust, sport
specific classification of all
para-athletes. We strongly
support the International
Paralympic Committee?s
new classification code
which puts medical
diagnosis at the heart of this
process and advocates fouryear bans where intentional
misrepresentation of a
disability ? cheating ? is
proven. Fairness in sport is
everything and, as a nation
proud of our success in
Paralympic sport on and off
Rose: subjected
to criticism over
wage claims
Let us be frank. It would
be impossible to find better
journalists than the crew I
currently work with and
I?m not disgusted with
my pay, but I might be if I
knew that a rival
newspaper was
prepared to
double my
salary.
Perhaps
Qatar
should
consider
buying the
Guardian.
Footballers are
treated differently when it
comes to salary, as if from all
the businesses where
employees are paid
absurdly high wages they
alone are not entitled to
what they get. It?s like they
need to remember where
they came from and how
fortunate they are. Please!
Saracens are by some
distance the best rugby
team in Europe. Their
players have agents and of
course many of Saracens?
best players are now
receiving offers from rival
clubs. Some of these players
the field of play, Britain plays
a leading role to ensure its
consistent implementation
both here and across the
world.
Tim Hollingsworth, CEO,
BPA
batting positions two, three
and five unresolved. I?d pick
two experienced players
from 50-over cricket and the
best of Cook?s 12 partners in
the past two years to open,
but let?s get someone in
form. Cook, Compton,
Hales, Root, Stokes,
Bairstow, Buttler, Ali, would
stand a chance Down Under.
Nick Martin, via email
Women?s rugby is becoming
as physical as the men?s
game. We know head
injuries will cause problems
in later years, but is there a
qualified person who can
reassure me the hits the
women take will not lead to
other complications in their
middle to later years?
Huw Beynon, Llandeilo
We can?t go to Australia with
I get irritated by the praise
for Geoff Boycott and his
achievements with the bat.
One statistic you won?t see is
the number of people he ran
out to create his records.
Ed Dowling, New
Buckenham, Norfolk
could earn far more at other
clubs because under the
� salary cap that applies
to Premiership clubs,
Saracens can pay out only so
much in wages.
When rugby players let it
be known that they are not
receiving the going rate, the
club?s response is to take
their case to those who run
Premiership Rugby and
lobby for an increase in the
salary cap.
Rugby players, you see,
are entitled to the going
rate, not like those damned
footballers.
British boxers who hope to
emulate Floyd Mayweather
by engaging in big-money
contests against opponents
from Mixed Martial Arts
[MMA] could be putting their
boxing licences in jeopardy.
Anthony Joshua, the world
heavyweight champion,
recently expressed
enthusiasm for taking on a
leading MMA exponent in a
cage fight. Another leading
heavyweight, Tony Bellew,
who defeated David Haye in
the boxing ring in March, has
been more specific,
welcoming a challenge from
Michael Bisping, the first
British champion of Ultimate
Fighting Championship
[UFC], the most popular form
of MMA.
The idea is that Bellew and
Bisping would have two
fights, one in the ring under
boxing rules and one in a cage
under UFC rules. But Robert
Smith, the general secretary
of the British Boxing Board of
Control, warned that any
British boxers engaging in
MMA contests would have
their licences suspended and
would be required to appear
before the board.
?There is more to this than
some people realise,? Smith
said. ?Most importantly, our
insurance policy for all
boxers is dependent on very
strict medical procedures.
MMA events do not match
those standards and we
cannot risk that policy being
invalidated.?
Smith suggested that the
board would not have
sanctioned the Mayweather
versus Conor McGregor fight
in Britain. ?We have licensed
former MMA fighters in the
past and that is not a
problem, so long as they
prove their competence in
boxing,? he said. ?But would
we agree to a fight between
one of the best boxers of all
time and one making his
professional debut? That is
extremely doubtful.?
Some commentators have
suggested that the popularity
of MMA could be a threat to
boxing?s status as the world?s
premier fighting sport. Amir
Khan, the former world lightwelterweight boxing
champion, who has toyed
with the idea of cage-fighting,
described last night?s fight as
a struggle for superiority
between boxing and MMA.
Smith does not view MMA
as a threat to boxing. ?Society
has changed and people want
to watch it, which is fine as
long as it is regulated,? he
said. ?We can work alongside
them. And it?s not just MMA
which is growing in
popularity. Professional
boxing is very healthy in
Britain. We have more
licence-holders, more boxers
and more tournaments than
ever before.
?Last year, 245 shows were
put on in this country, a
record. We also have more TV
and media coverage than ever
before.?
Initially, MMA became
popular because it seemed
more dynamic, more violent
than boxing and exhibited
genuine combat, unlike
professional wrestling, which
is largely theatrical. At first,
spending �0m on a new
stadium and our players are
tied to long-term contracts.
When they are sold, we get
maximum money. We have
just spent �m on a 21year-old. Danny Rose is 27
and is not even the best leftback at Tottenham.
Ross Freedman, London W1
Spurs have finished in the
top six eight times in the past
nine years despite having a
capacity 30,000 less than
the top clubs. We are
In 1967, after waiting at the
players? entrance at Vicarage
Road for third division
journeymen autographs, we
started walking to the station
and saw Terry Garbett in
front of us. As we walked
past the YMCA, Terry
announced that this was
where he was living after his
like unlicensed and bareknuckle boxing, MMA had an
underground allure. But with
success, involving larger
venues such as the O2 Arena
in London and Madison
Square Garden in New York,
and long-term TV contracts,
MMA needed to become
?legitimate?, which meant
tighter rules and regulations
and better medical
supervision.
Whether MMA can
continue to grow and
produce large live audiences
and huge pay-per-view
returns when it is subject to
stricter safety control
remains to be seen. It is a
dilemma faced by all combat
sports. The balance between
excitement for the paying
public on one hand and
general public disapproval on
the other hand, with
subsequent calls for
legislation, is difficult to
achieve.
In April 2016, Joao
Carvalho of Portugal was
knocked out by Charlie Ward
in an MMA contest at the
National stadium in Dublin.
He died three days later in
hospital.
The circumstances were
particularly brutal, for
Carvalho was knocked to the
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canvas and was virtually
defenceless as Ward
continued to punch him to
the head, landing nine
further blows.
In striking a prone
opponent, Ward was within
the rules of MMA, but as one
sports columnist put it after
viewing the event on video:
?To many onlookers it will
just look like he was getting
beaten to death for the
amusement of a crowd.?
Serious injury and death
are not uncommon in MMA
or in boxing, but boxing has
hugely improved its
procedures in recent years,
with more rigorous
monitoring of boxers?
medical history and far better
medical supervision,
including on-site ambulance
provision at boxing shows.
If MMA follows the
example of boxing and
changes its rules and
procedures so that safety is
improved and participation
in the Olympic Games
becomes a possibility rather
than a stated objective, it may
become less popular.
In any case, the preeminence of boxing appears
secure, whatever happened
in Las Vegas in the early
hours of this morning.
move from Middlesbrough.
Mike Scofield, via email
At the start of the 2016-17
season, many Liverpool fans
feared it would be the last for
Philippe Coutinho at the
club. So why in January did
he sign a five-year, �0,000
per week contract with no
release clause?
Rowan Gorrie, Ramsbottom
Why did Antonio Conte wear
a shabby tracksuit during the
defeat by Burnley?
He was immaculate for
Chelsea?s win against
Tottenham, which destroyed
Spurs? unbeaten home run.
Nicholas Gough, Swindon
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Tonbridge Angels 0; Kingstonian 0 Leatherhead 4;
Leiston 2 Dulwich 2; Met Police 0 Merstham 3;
Tooting & Mitcham 0 Enfield Tn 4; Wingate &
Finchley 1 Margate 0
3 Stevenage
4 2 2 0 8 5
2 1 1 0 6 4
2 1 1 0 2 1
+3
8
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
CELTIC 1
ST JOHNSTONE 1
McGregor 79
MacLean 39
HT: 0-1
KILMARNOCK 2
HAMILTON 2
Longridge (og) 3
Skondras 72
Erwin 58
A Crawford 88 (pen)
HT: 1-0 Att: 3,706
MOTHERWELL 2
HEARTS 1
Bowman 37, Moult 41
Lafferty 30
HT: 2-1 Att: 6,568
PARTICK 3
ABERDEEN 4
Erskine 8, Doolan 13
Christie 5, McLean 42 (pen)
Keown 54
Wright 52, Rooney 84
HT: 2-2 Att: 4,768
Sent off: Keown (Partick) 90+1z
P W D L F A GD Pts
Aberdeen
4 4 0 0 10 5 5
12
Celtic
4 3 1 0 8 2 6
10
ST Johnstone
4 3 1 0 8 3 5
10
Hamilton
4 2 1 1 8 5 3
7
Hibernian
3 2 0 1 7 6 1
6
Motherwell
4 2 0 2 6 7 -1
6
Rangers
3 1 1 1 4 4 0
4
Hearts
4 1 1 2 3 6 -3
4
Ross Co
3 1 0 2 3 5 -2
3
Kilmarnock
4 0 1 3 3 7 -4
1
Partick
4 0 0 4 4 9 -5
0
Dundee
3 0 0 3 2 7 -5
0
4 Crewe
4 2 2 0 5 3
3 1 2 0 4 3
1 1 0 0 1 0
+2
8
5 Luton
4 2 1 1 13 5
2 2 0 0 11 2
2 0 1 1 2 3
+8
7
6 Accrington
4 2 1 1 9 7
2 2 0 0 5 2
2 0 1 1 4 5
+2
7
7 Notts Co
4 2 1 1 8 7
2 1 1 0 4 2
2 1 0 1 4 5
+1
7
8 Wycombe
4 2 1 1 10 10
2 0 1 1 4 6
2 2 0 0 6 4
0
7
9 Swindon
4 2 1 1 4 5
2 0 1 1 1 4
2 2 0 0 3 1
-1
7
10 Coventry
4 2 0 2 5 3
2 1 0 1 3
1
2 1 0 1 2 2
+2
6
11 Carlisle
4 2 0 2 7 7
2 1 0 1 4 2
2 1 0 1 3 5
0
6
12 Yeovil
4 2 0 2 10 14
2 2 0 0 5 2
2 0 0 2 5 12
-4
6
13 Lincoln C
4 1 2 1 7 5
2 1 1 0 5 2
2 0 1 1 2 3
+2
5
14 Mansfield
4 1 2 1 7 6
2 1 1 0 4 2
2 0 1 1 3 4
+1
5
15 Morecambe
4 1 2 1 3 3
2 1 0 1 2 2
2 0 2 0 1 1
0
5
16 Colchester
4 1 1 2 7 8
2 1 1 0 6 2
2 0 0 2 1 6
-1
4
17 Barnet
4 1 1 2 3 4
2 1 0 1 1
1
2 0 1 1 2 3
-1
4
18 Cambridge Utd 4 1 1 2 2 3
2 0 1 1 1
2
2 1 0 1 1 1
-1
4
19 Forest Green
4 1 1 2 7 12
2 1 1 0 6 5
2 0 0 2 1 7
-5
4
20 Crawley Tn
4 1 0 3 4 5
2 0 0 2 1 4
2 1 0 1 3 1
-1
3
21 Port Vale
4 1 0 3 5 7
2 0 0 2 2 4
2 1 0 1 3 3
-2
3
22 Grimsby
4 1 0 3 6 9
2 0 0 2 2 5
2 1 0 1 4 4
-3
3
23 Cheltenham
4 1 0 3 5 9
2 1 0 1 4 4
2 0 0 2 1 5
-4
3
24 Chesterfield
4 1 0 3 4 9
2 1 0 1 3 3
2 0 0 2 1 6
-5
3
Next fixtures: Today: Dundee v Hibernian
(12.30pm); Ross Co v Rangers (3pm). Sept 8:
Hamilton v Celtic (7.45pm). Sept 9 (3pm): Hearts v
Aberdeen; Motherwell v Kilmarnock; Rangers v
Dundee; Ross Co v Partick; St Johnstone v Hibernian
Ladbrokes Scottish Championship
Next fixtures (3pm unless stated): Saturday: Cambridge Utd v Colchester; Carlisle v
Mansfield; Cheltenham v Stevenage; Chesterfield v Coventry; Crawley v Yeovil; Exeter v
Newport Co; Grimsby v Crewe; Lincoln C v Luton; Morecambe v Accrington; Port Vale v
Notts Co; Swindon v Barnet; Wycombe v Forest Green. Sept 9: Accrington v Carlisle; Barnet v
Cambridge Utd; Colchester v Crawley; Coventry v Port Vale; Crewe v Chesterfield; Forest
Green v Exeter; Luton v Swindon; Mansfield v Grimsby (1pm); Newport Co v Wycombe;
Notts Co v Morecambe; Stevenage v Lincoln; Yeovil v Cheltenham
BRECHIN 0
HT: 0-2 Att: 703
DUMBARTON 0
INVERNESS CT 4
Vigurs 27, 73
McKay 32, Cooper 62
DUNFERMLINE 4
Cardle 5, Higginbotham 28
Clark 87, Ryan 90+1
HT: 0-2 Att: 1,028
Sent off: Dowie (Dumbarton) 77
Annan 0 Montrose 1; Clyde 1 Stenhousemuir 1;
Cowdenbeath 0 Berwick 1; Edinburgh C 0 Elgin 3;
Peterhead 2 Stirling Alb 4
Standings: 1 Stirling Alb 4-12; 2 Montrose 4-10; 3
Elgin 4-7; 4 Peterhead 4-6; 5 Berwick 4-6; 6
Stenhousemuir 4-5; 7 Cowdenbeath 4-4; 8 Clyde
4-4; 9 Annan 4-3; 10 Edinburgh C 4-0
Next fixtures: Sept 9 (3pm): Edinburgh C v
Berwick; Elgin v Annan; Peterhead v Montrose;
Stenhousemuir v Cowdenbeath; Stirling Alb v Clyde
Press & Journal Highland League
Formartine 2 Clachnacuddin 4; Forres Mechanics 0
Cove 2; Fort William 1 Strathspey 5; Fraserburgh 1
Brora 1; Inverurie LW 6 Huntly 0; Keith 2 Buckie 5;
Nairn Co 6 Lossiemouth 2; Rothes 2 Deveronvale 0;
Wick 1 Turriff 1
Dafabet Welsh Premier League
Bala Tn 2 Cardiff Met Uni 1; Llandudno 1 Connah?s
Quay Nomads 0; Newtown 4 Carmarthen 1
Danske Bank Premiership
Cliftonville 1 Crusaders 2; Linfield 1 Ballymena 0
Irish Daily Mail Senior Challenge Cup
Second round: Crumlin Utd 1 Dundalk 3; Limerick 1
Finn Harps 0
Spain
Alaves 0 Barcelona 2; Girona 1 Malaga 0; Las Palmas 1
Atletico Madrid 5; Levante 2 Deportivo La Coruna 2.
Played Friday: Real Betis 2 Celta Vigo 1; Real
Sociedad 3 Villarreal 0. Today: Eibar v Athletic Bilbao
(5.15pm); Espanyol v Leganes (5.15pm); Getafe v
Sevilla (7.15pm); Real Madrid v Valencia (9.15pm)
Italy
Benevento 0 Bologna 1; Genoa 2 Juventus 4; Roma 1
Inter Milan 3. Today (7.45pm unless stated): AC
Milan v Cagliari; Chievo v Lazio; Crotone v Verona;
Fiorentina v Sampdoria; Napoli v Atalanta; SPAL v
Udinese; Torino v Sassuolo (5pm)
Germany
Augsburg 2 Borussia M?gladbach 2; Bayer Leverkusen
2 Hoffenheim 2; Borussia Dortmund 2 Hertha Berlin 0;
Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Wolfsburg 1; Stuttgart 1 Mainz 0;
Werder Bremen 0 Bayern Munich 2. Played Friday:
Cologne 1 Hamburg 3. Today: Hanover v Schalke
(5pm); RB Leipzig v Freiburg (2.30pm)
France
Amiens 3 Nice 0; Bordeaux 2 Troyes 1; Caen 1 Metz
0; Dijon 2 Montpellier 1; Nantes 0 Lyon 0; Toulouse 3
Rennes 2. Played Friday: PSG 3 St Etienne 0
Austria
Rapid Vienna 1 LASK Linz 0; Wolfsberger 2 St Polten 1
Belgium
First Division A: Genk 1 Mechelen 0; Lokeren 3
Eupen 0; Sint-Truidense 1 Waasland-Beveren 0;
Sporting Charleroi 3 Zulte Waregem 2
Czech Republic
Karvina 0 Slovan Liberec 1; Slovacko 0 Sigma
Olomouc 0; Zbrojovka Brno 2 Sparta Prague 0
Greece
Lamia 0 Olympiacos 1; Panetolikos 2 Atromitos
Athens 2; Platanias 0 Xanthi 2
Holland
ADO Den Haag 1 Heerenveen 2; Heracles Almelo 2
Utrecht 2; PEC Zwolle 2 Twente 0; Vitesse Arnhem 1
AZ Alkmaar 2
Poland
Jagiellonia Bialystok 0 Piast Gliwice 1; Korona
Kielce 2 Termalica Nieciecza 1; Wisla Krakow 1
Lechia Gdansk 1
Portugal
Chaves 0 Feirense 2; Moreirense 0 Tondela 3; Pacos
Ferreira 0 Vitoria Guimaraes 0; Rio Ave 1 Benfica 1
Russia
Arsenal Tula 0 Amkar 1; Lokomotiv Moscow 2 Ural 1;
Rubin Kazan 1 Tosno 0
Switzerland
Lausanne 1 Grasshopper 1; Lugano 4 Thun 1
Turkey
Besiktas 2 Bursaspor 1; Goztepe 3 Trabzonspor 2;
Kayserispor 2 Osmanlispor 2; Yeni Malatyaspor 1
Antalyaspor 1
Ukraine
Olimpik Donetsk 0 Karpaty 0; Stal Kamianske 0 Zirka 1
Other fixtures
World Cup qualifying (7.45pm unless stated):
Thursday: Group A: Bulgaria v Sweden; France v
Holland; Luxembourg v Belarus. Group B: Hungary v
Latvia; Portugal v Faroe Islands; Switzerland v
Andorra. Group H: Belgium v Gibraltar; Cyprus v
Bosnia-Herzegovina; Greece v Estonia. Friday:
Group C: Czech Republic v Germany; Norway v
Azerbaijan; San Marino v Northern Ireland. Group E:
Denmark v Poland; Kazakhstan v Montenegro (5pm);
Romania v Armenia. Group F: Lithuania v Scotland;
Malta v England; Slovakia v Slovenia. Saturday:
Group D: Georgia v Rep of Ireland (5pm); Serbia v
Moldova (5pm); Wales v Austria. Group G: Albania v
Liechtenstein (5pm); Israel v Macedonia; Spain v
Italy. Group I: Croatia v Kosovo; Finland v Iceland
(5pm); Ukraine v Turkey. Sunday: Group A: Belarus
v Sweden (5pm); France v Luxembourg; Holland v
Bulgaria (5pm). Group B: Faroe Islands v Andorra
(5pm); Hungary v Portugal; Latvia v Switzerland.
Group H: Estonia v Cyprus (5pm); Gibraltar v
Bosnia-Herzegovina; Greece v Belgium
15
The Sunday Times August 27, 2017
SPORT RACING
Rodriguez
punches
above his
weight on
Nakeeta
for Ebor
glory
In the money:
Callum Rodriguez
steers Nakeeta
to victory
Big-race success at York
for apprentice who chose
career in the saddle over
one in the boxing ring
Andrew Longmore
The ability of Europe?s richest handicap
to usher a variety of new names and
unsung trainers into the headlines was
confirmed by the victory of Nakeeta at
York yesterday. On board the six-year-old
was Callum Rodriguez, a 20-year-old
apprentice jockey fr
from Lancaster, who
had ridden the first double
d
of his career
t week, while Iain
at Thirsk earlier in the
forme jump jockey, was
Jardine, a former
also enjoying the
t biggest winner of
re
his relatively
new career
as a trainer.
A year ago, Rodrigu
guez watched as
an
another 5lb-claiming
jock
jockey, Adam McNamara, drove Heartb
Heartbreak City to victory
up the long York
Yor straight and wondered whether
whet
he would ever
get the chance.
ch
?I knew I was
going to ride this horse
about two months ago
and I?ve been having
slee
sleepless nights ever
sin
since,? said Rodriguez,
wh
who
was
riding
Na
Nakeeta for the first
tim
time on the racetrack.
?I?ve got a good
app
apprentice
in
my
yar
yard,? explained Jardine
dine. ?But I thought he
was just a bit too inexperienced for a race
like this. Callum is a good jockey and he
gave him a perfect ride today.? The prize
fund of �5,000, with a winner?s share
of just over �7,000, meant the best payday of his life for Rodriguez, justification
if any more was needed for his decision
as a teenager to pursue a career as a
jockey rather than a boxer. ?I?ve got no
background in racing,? he said. ?But I
went down to a local racing yard and
never looked back. I?d boxed a bit so I was
a bit torn but days like this are what
dreams are made of. It?s unbelievable.?
Nakeeta benefited from the slight give
in the ground, his wealth of stamina and
the composure of young Rodriguez, who
waited for his moment and launched the
lanky gelding into the lead a furlong from
home. Flymetothestars, the favourite,
threatened briefly to bring Luke Morris
and Sir Mark Prescott their second big
victory in 24 hours after Marsha?s win in
the Nunthorpe on Friday but Nakeeta
had just enough left to ward off the late
challenge and take the spoils back to Carrutherstown, Jardine?s base in Dumfries
and Galloway.
If Rodriguez had to make a sporting
decision earlier in his life, Peter Swann
had to decide yesterday morning
whether to head north from his home in
Nottingham to pursue his passion for racing or south west to watch his team play
Plymouth in League One. Swann is chairman of Scunthorpe United, but forsook
his team to watch Sands Of Mali, whom
he owns in partnership with his wife and
mother-in-law, in the Gimcrack Stakes
and his judgment was fully justified.
Sands Of Mali, a progressive two-year-old
trained by Richard Fahey, wore down a
decent if not top-class field under Paul
TODAY?S RACING
12 0000-0 Equipe 98 R Whitaker8-7................................A Mullen
Going: Good to Firm
CLAIMING STAKES
�781: 7F 96Y (10)
13 -40506 Tess Graham 46 (P) S Hollinshead8-7 Sammy Jo Bell (3)
Betting: 7-2 Hamidans Girl, 5-1 La Haule Lady, 11-2 Dapper Man, 6-1
Bay Station, Joysunny, 8-1 Vintage Dream, others
1.55
1 650050 Al Khan 29 (P,D,F,G,S) K A Ryan8-9-10.....L Edmunds (3)
2 500363 Rousayan 8 (H,C,G) D O?Meara6-9-10...........D Tudhope
Sovereign Bounty 6 (CD,F,G)
Jedd O?Keeffe5-9-10...........................................G Lee
4 021023 Tatlisu 16 (F,G,S) R Fahey7-9-10.......Connor Murtagh (7)
5 022004 Mishaal 7 (F,G) M Herrington7-9-5 ............. P Mulrennan
5.25
HANDICAP (DIV I)
�588: 1M 1F 207Y (11)
1 Book Of Dreams 19 (S) M Johnston9-9............F Norton
3
Echo 26 Jedd O?Keeffe9-2..............................J Garritty
4
3 Skito Soldier 16 K Burke9-2...........................C Lee (3)
5
Troop 12 A Duffield9-2 ................................... S A Gray
6
464 Poppy Walton 11 O Pears8-11..........................A Mullen
Betting: 6-4 Book Of Dreams, 9-4 Skito Soldier, 5-2 Alfa McGuire,
14-1 Poppy Walton, 20-1 Echo, 33-1 Troop
3.05
1
NURSERY HANDICAP
�301: 5F (9)
4122 Rumshak 16 (D,BF,S) M Dods9-7................P Mulrennan
3 023154 Jive Lady 12 (D,G) M Johnston9-0....................F Norton
4
513 Bow Belles 22 (D,S) T Easterby8-13...................D Allan
5
021 Roundhay Park 40 (CD,F) N Tinkler8-12............T Eaves
6 03133 Shaheen 11 (T,F) J J Quinn8-11.............................J Hart
7 342146 Aquadabra 23 (D,F) M Channon8-9 ..................... G Lee
8
0225 Gangland 37 (H) R Fahey8-7..............Sammy Jo Bell (3)
9 132353 Our Little Pony 10 (CD,F) L Mullaney8-6....J Gormley (7)
Betting: 4-1 Shaheen, 9-2 Rumshak, 5-1 Jive Lady, Roundhay Park,
6-1 Bow Belles, 8-1 Gangland, 10-1 Requinto Dawn, others
3.40
HANDICAP
�041: 1M 4F 23Y (11)
8 006244
The Gay Cavalier 16 (T,G)
John Ryan6-11-1 .................................. H V Knowles (5)
Image P McBride9-0......................................M Harley
9
Koin 82 M Tompkins9-0............................G Buckell (5)
10
Miss Minding E Dunlop9-0..............................L Keniry
11
42 Perfect Thought 20 W Haggas9-0................R Winston
12
25 Princess Keira 31 Mick Quinn9-0................J P Spencer
Wordismybond 2 (P,D,F,G,S)
B Powell8-10-11.........................................J Perrett (5)
14
Shesaidyes H Spiller9-0..............................D Muscutt
15
Wild Impala 45 J Gosden9-0 .......................T E Durcan
8 003406
I?m Super Too 10 (B,CD,F,G,S)
K Tutty10-9-1 ..................................... Gemma Tutty (5)
4.30
SUPREME STAKES (GROUP 3)
�,026: 7F (9)
9 251136 Bollin Ted 12 (CD,BF,F,S) T Easterby3-8-13 .........D Allan
1 560-66 Dutch Connection 42 (CD,BF,F) C Hills5-9-0 .. J Crowley
10604056 Leonard Thomas 13 (P) P Kirby7-8-11 ............... P Aspell
2 144431 Jordan Sport 16 (H,D,S) D Simcock4-9-0..........P Dobbs
11 600000 Neptune Star 12 M W Easterby3-8-2................A Mullen
Betting: 4-1 Bollin Ted, 5-1 Perceived, 11-2 Bit Of A Quirke, 8-1 Lord
Kitten, Neptune Star, others
3 134352 Salateen 22 (D,F,G,S) D O?Meara5-9-0..............P Makin
5.55
HANDICAP (DIV II)
�588: 1M 1F 207Y (10)
1 052553
Trinity Star 55 (P,D,BF,F,G)
M Dods6-10-1....................................Cal Rodriguez (5)
2 533100
Arcane Dancer 12 (H,P,C,F,G,S)
L Mullaney4-9-10 ............................................. D Allan
3 -01200 Bromance 34 (P,CD,F) P Niven4-9-9....................G Lee
4 -50062 Getgo 26 (B,G) D Lanigan3-9-7..................P Mulrennan
5 -04620 Pioneering 22 D O?Meara3-9-6....................D Tudhope
6 540300 Lozah 13 R G Fell4-9-5 ....................................... J Hart
2 12006 Requinto Dawn 29 (D,S) R Fahey9-4............P Hanagan
04 Hollywood Dream 25 W Muir9-0................R Kingscote
8
Breakheart 12 (V,F,S)
13 200016
A Balding10-10-2.............................Callum McBride (7)
Betting: 4-1 Believe It, 5-1 Stanley, 6-1 Biotic, 8-1 The Gay Cavalier,
Unison, 12-1 City Ground, Victor?s Bet, others
6 254525 Spirit Of The Vale 4 (H,T,D) O Greenall4-9-5.Kevin Stott
2
7
12 -40460 Knight Of The Air 51 (T,F,S) J Tuite5-10-2 . C Pownall (7)
7 001160 Ching Ching Lor 22 (B,F) Declan Carroll3-9-4....T Eaves
513 Alfa McGuire 31 (CD,F) B Smart9-9 ..................... G Lee
Victor?s Bet 17 (CD,F,G,S)
Ralph J Smith8-11-2.................................... E Smith (5)
11 66-100 City Ground 14 (D,F,G) M Appleby10-10-11. S Brotherton
5 05330 Lord Kitten 27 (T,P) D Lanigan3-9-6...........P Mulrennan
1
7 215100
Lopito De Vega 36 (C,D,F,G,S)
D Griffiths5-9-10............................................F Norton
3 460440
Talent Scout 11 (P,CD,F,G,S)
9 011401
K Tutty11-9-0 ..................................... Gemma Tutty (5)
NOVICE AUCTION STAKES
�881: 7F 96Y (6)
Ganayem O Burrows9-0.................................D O?Neill
2 151404 Bit Of A Quirke 18 (CD,F) M Walford4-9-13..D C Costello
7 336153 Favourite Treat 15 (E,D,F,S) R Carr7-9-3 ......... J Garritty
2.30
6
100-6066
8 006503 Bold Spirit 11 (T,G,S) Declan Carroll6-9-2.Phil Dennis (3)
Chiswick Bey 11 (CD,BF,F,G,S)
R Fahey9-8-13 ............................................ P Hanagan
F Tett
1 642064 Perceived 11 (D,S) A Brittain5-10-2..................C Hardie
4 0-0200 Twiggy 16 (H) I Jardine3-9-7.....................J Gormley (7)
Betting: 7-2 Al Khan, Tatlisu, 5-1 Sovereign Bounty, 6-1 Rousayan,
8-1 Chiswick Bey, Talent Scout, 12-1 Mishaal, others
6 213636 Mr Red Clubs 9 (H,P,D) H Tett8-11-6
9 0550-6 Top Diktat 17 (D,F,G,S) G L Moore9-10-11..... B Butler (7)
6 303000 Shah Of Armaan 27 (P) K A Ryan4-9-5..............T Eaves
10351332
7 436160 Outlaw Torn 4 (E,C,D,F,G) Richard Guest8-9-4C Beasley
8 606320 Chauvelin 10 (B,C,F,S) N Tinkler6-9-1
T Eaves
4 446110
Viscount Barfield 29 (H,D,F,G,S)
A Balding4-9-0 .............................................R Hornby
021 Macaque 17 (D,F) A Balding9-9............Joshua Bryan (5)
2
522 Ibn Al Emarat 19 D Simcock9-2.....................O Murphy
3
Masters Apprentice 20 S Kirk8-13...........M Godwin (5)
7 0060 Devil?s Cowboy 24 C Hills8-10......................D Probert
Betting: 3-1 Tulip Fever, 4-1 City Guest, First Drive, Holy Tiber, 6-1
Mraseel, 10-1 Austin Powers, 12-1 Devil?s Cowboy
211- Phijee 379 (G) W Muir3-8-9.........................S Hitchcott
8 -04104 Solomon?s Bay 23 (P,D,F,G) R Varian3-8-9...S De Sousa
9 4-1163 Tomyris 23 (D,F,S) R Varian3-8-6.......Josephine Gordon
Betting: 15-8 Dutch Connection, 9-2 Bless Him, 5-1 Solomon?s Bay,
Tomyris, 13-2 Salateen, 12-1 Viscount Barfield, others
5.05
FILLIES? HANDICAP
�,450: 1M 3F 218Y (6)
2 00-314 Afonso De Sousa 14 (G) M Appleby7-9-12...A Rawlinson
3 4-2221 Mafaaheem 19 (D,S) O Burrows3-9-6...............D O?Neill
2 421121 Glenys The Menace 15 (D,F,G,S) John Best3-9-5...K Fox
4
Three Duchesses 25 (D,F,G)
Michael Bell3-9-5.......................................S De Sousa
5 6-0113 Lady Bergamot 29 (F) J Fanshawe3-8-12 ..... G Wood (3)
6
1602 Falcon Cliffs 15 W Muir3-8-9 ......................... R Hornby
Betting: 11-4 Nathania, 4-1 Glenys The Menace, Lady Bergamot, 5-1
White Chocolate, 6-1 Falcon Cliffs, Three Duchesses
5.40
1 110342 Fujin 11 (V,D,F) Shaun Harris6-10-0............C Bennett (3)
2 60-022 Operative 12 (S) E De Giles4-9-10................S De Sousa
3 200344 Zipedeedodah 14 (T,D,G) J Tuite5-9-9............O Murphy
5 Affluence 19 M Smith8-11.........................N Garbutt (3)
Zappa M Channon8-11....................................C Bishop
5 053150 Archimedes 23 (T,P,D,F) D Griffiths4-9-6 ...... Fran Berry
7
Free Talkin 22 M Attwater8-8 ............................. K Fox
6 54425- Her Terms 251 (BF) Clive Cox3-9-5............H Crouch (3)
7 002305 Wotabreeze 9 (V,D,F) J J Quinn4-9-7...................J Hart
8 3-6610 Hayward Field 17 (D,F) N Wilson4-9-6.........P P Mathers
9 165536 Mysterial 11 (C,D,F,G,S) Declan Carroll7-9-5Phil Dennis (3)
10053046 Island Flame 17 (G,S) R Fahey4-9-4
P Hanagan
11 152241 Maori Bob 11 (CD,F) Michael Bell3-9-1 .. Lulu Stanford (5)
Betting: 11-4 Maori Bob, 9-2 Cornborough, Royal Reserve, 8-1
Itlaaq, 9-1 Alphabetical Order, 10-1 Island Flame, others
4.15
HANDICAP
�041: 1M 100Y (6)
1 2-0260 Muirsheen Durkin 22 (P,C,F,S) N Bycroft10-0D C Costello
2 1-2343 Election Day 60 (D,S) M Johnston9-13.............F Norton
3 421226 Lamloom 22 (BF,G) D O?Meara9-13...............D Tudhope
4 4-210 Everything For You 57 (P,D,G) K A Ryan9-13 ..... T Eaves
5 444-21 Asaas 55 (D,G) R Varian9-13......................P Mulrennan
6 104242 Rinaria 4 (H,CD,F) K Burke9-2.........................J Haynes
Betting: 3-1 Lamloom, 100-30 Election Day, 7-2 Asaas, 9-2
Everything For You, 7-1 Muirsheen Durkin, 8-1 Rinaria
4.50
HANDICAP
�588: 5F (13)
2.45
SELLING STAKES
�469: 1M 3F 44Y (7)
4 066020
7 341140
Pour La Victoire 2 (V,C,D,F,G,S)
A Carroll7-9-8......................................Georgia Cox (5)
Roundabout Magic 118 (D)
S Dow3-9-4......................................Paddy Bradley (5)
8 403326 Flowing Clarets 11 (D,F,S) J Bridger4-9-1 ..... W A Carson
9 232302 Captain Ryan 13 (D,F,S) G Deacon6-9-1........T J Murphy
10 -50153 The Big Short 9 (D,F) C Hills3-9-1..................J Crowley
1 -52204 Brigliadoro 15 (CD,BF,F) P McBride6-10-0.......D Probert
2 -51024 Red Tea 9 (D,F,G) P Hiatt4-9-12 ....................... L Morris
3
1-60 Kharbetation 19 (D,G) D O?Meara4-9-11...........M Harley
4 -60062 Repercussion 14 (G) C Fellowes4-9-10.........S Donohoe
5 -00302
Glory Awaits 32 (B,D,F,G,S)
D Simcock7-9-10 .......................................J P Spencer
6 5-4154 Takatul 51 (B,C,D,F,G) C Hills4-9-8 .................. D O?Neill
7 -22120 Mountain Angel 43 (G) R Varian3-8-13.........P Cosgrave
Betting: 3-1 Mountain Angel, 7-2 Takatul, 4-1 Glory Awaits, 5-1 Red
Tea, 6-1 Brigliadoro, 8-1 Repercussion, 10-1 Kharbetation
5.15
HANDICAP
�452: 7F 3Y (9)
14 504211 Ask The Guru 16 (B,D,F,G,S) M Attwater7-8-9........K Fox
Barracuda Boy 8 (C,D,F,G,S)
3 1000-0
M Fife7-9-9...............................................R Kingscote
3.20
HANDICAP
�,125: 1M 1F 197Y (9)
1 -61405 Twin Star 37 (T,D,F) A Balding9-7..................O Murphy
2 042113 Anythingtoday 15 (P,D,BF,S) H Palmer9-7Josephine Gordon
Yarmouth
Going: Good to Firm
APPRENTICE HANDICAP
�528: 1M 2F 23Y (6)
2.20
King Of Dreams 18 (D)
D Simcock4-9-13.................................George Bass (7)
3 3-0061 Novoman 44 (D,F) W Haggas9-4...........Georgia Cox (5)
1 235004
2 250322 Zorba The Greek 19 (B,BF,F) E Vaughan5-9-12...C Noble
231 Tribal Conquest 22 (D,G) C Appleby8-13 ........... M Lane
3 -04554 Hard Toffee 9 (G) C Allen6-9-11.................Finley Marsh
6 151230 Emenem 24 (D,F,G,S) S Dow8-13 ................T Marquand
4 220120 Hannington 8 (T,D,F,G,S) M Appleby6-9-2..G Malune (3)
7
1-132 Frontispiece 24 (D,F,G) Sir M Stoute8-12......S De Sousa
5 -66520
Sunshineandbubbles 31 (P,D)
D M Loughnane4-8-11...............................Toby Eley (5)
9 5-231 Karawaan 19 (T,D) Sir M Stoute8-8................J Crowley
Betting: 7-2 Frontispiece, 9-2 Eynhallow, Tribal Conquest, 5-1
Anythingtoday, Novoman, 8-1 Karawaan, 12-1 Emenem, others
6 -05640 Color Force 4 (P) G Kelleway4-8-7..............Milly Naseb
Betting: 2-1 Zorba The Greek, 11-4 Hard Toffee, 5-1 Hannington, 6-1
Sunshineandbubbles, 15-2 King Of Dreams, 10-1 Color Force
6 5-256 Canford Bay 11 A Brittain9-3.............................D Allan
3.55
2.55
FILLIES? NOVICE STAKES (PLUS 10 RACE)
�175: 6F 3Y (16)
7 1-0600 Newgate Sioux 64 (T,CD,F) Tony Coyle8-11....B McHugh
1 114112 Believe It 17 (B,BF,F,S) R Hughes5-11-10 ............. H Hunt
1
Chloellie 25 J Jenkins9-0
8 304020 Joysunny 20 J Coward8-9...........................H Shaw (7)
2 110-04 Unison 17 (G,S) J Scott7-11-9 ........................... E Sayer
2
Club Tropicana Richard Spencer9-0............S Donohoe
9 045005 La Haule Lady 40 P Midgley8-8...................P Hanagan
3 -04422 Stanley 18 (P,D,BF,S) Jonjo O?Neill6-11-7...............J King
3
05 Elusive Bird 52 G Bravery9-0......................P Cosgrave
10-63046 Digital Revolution 19 A Brittain8-8 ................. C Hardie
4 5-3244 Biotic 11 (P,F,G,S) B Millman6-11-7..................P Millman
4
5 Ferrier 24 (H) Sir M Prescott9-0.......................L Morris
11 065350 Henrietta?s Dream 22 (B) J Wainwright8-7.......F Norton
5 05033- Ritasun 21 (D) H Whittington4-11-6..............B James (5)
5
03 Foxtrot Lady 11 A Balding9-0........................D Probert
AMATEUR RIDERS? HANDICAP
�991: 1M 1F 11Y (13)
Horsted Keynes 22 (CD,F,G,S)
D Simcock7-9-10......................................G Buckell (5)
4 61-300 Hyde Park 45 (T,D,G) J Gosden3-9-7 ............T E Durcan
5 30300- Mujassam 344 (CD,G,S) D O?Meara5-9-7 ......... M Harley
6 3-0022
Sultan Baybars 32 (V,D,BF,F,S)
R Varian3-9-7 ............................................ P Cosgrave
7 044605
Highland Colori 14 (V,D,F,G,S)
A Balding9-9-6.............................................D Probert
9 310315 Firefright 23 (D,BF,F,G) J Noseda3-9-2........J P Spencer
4 0-1312 Eynhallow 31 (C,D,BF,G) R Charlton9-2.............P Dobbs
5
1 0165-0 Fighting Temeraire 8 (D,G,S) D Ivory4-9-11....R Winston
8 1-0500 Gothic Empire 29 (CD,F,G) J Fanshawe5-9-3..D Muscutt
2 326400 Dapper Man 9 (B,F) R G Fell9-7.....................C Beasley
5 60-56 The Night Before 22 R Cowell9-3..................B A Curtis
HANDICAP
�452: 1M 3Y (7)
4 -53640 Zoffanist 5 A Perrett9-0.................................P Dobbs
8 251000 Never Surrender 25 (P,D,G) C Hills8-9...C Shepherd (3)
4 030220 Vintage Dream 28 N Wilson9-6..................P P Mathers
Betting: 3-1 Mafaaheem, 9-2 Another Eclipse, Teodoro, 5-1 Daawy,
6-1 Laqab, 8-1 Shabbah, 12-1 Afonso De Sousa, 20-1 Vettori Rules
2 232134
15 260050 Deer Song 2 J Bridger4-8-8.....................M Godwin (5)
Gina Mangan (7)
3.20 (1m) 1 Lightning Spear (Oisin Murphy, evens
fav); 2 Zonderland (9-2); 3 Hathal (11-2). 6 ran. Ns, 緇.
D M Simcock. Tote: �70; �10, �50. Exacta:
�40. CSF: �60. Trifecta: �.80
3.55 (1m 6f) 1 Call To Mind (P Cosgrave, 11-4); 2
Count Octave (2-1 fav); 3 Uae King (7-2). 5 ran. 1糽, 3l.
W J Haggas. Tote: �30; �60, �70. Exacta: �90.
CSF: �98. Trifecta: �.10
4.30 (1m 1f 11yd) 1 Mountain Hunter (William Carson,
9-2 jt-fav); 2 Lawmaking (25-1); 3 Dr Julius No (9-1).
Also ran: See The Master 9-2 jt-fav. 12 ran. NR:
Kingston Kurrajong. 2緇, 緇. S bin Suroor. Tote: �40;
�90, �30, �00. Exacta: �4.40. CSF: �4.12.
Tricast: �9.54. Trifecta: �230.60
5.05 (1m 3f 218yd) 1 Just In Time (M Dwyer, 5-2 fav);
2 Al Zaman (16-1); 3 Koeman (7-1). 8 ran. Nk, 1�. A
King. Tote: �40; �30, �50, �20. Exacta: �.20.
CSF: �.10. Tricast: �6.30. Trifecta: �5.10
Placepot: �0.40
Quadpot: �.30
1.50 (7f 1yd) 1 Barbarianatthegate (P Mulrennan,
3-1); 2 Normandy Blue (8-1); 3 Coast Guard (11-4). Also
ran: Allnite 9-4 fav. 8 ran. 2緇, 6l. B J Meehan. Tote:
�90; �20, �20, �40. Exacta: �.70. CSF:
�.45. Trifecta: �.10
13 -36343 Prominna 8 (D,S) A Carroll7-8-12................T Marquand
16044006 Molly Jones 65 (D,F,G) M Salaman8-8-5...........R Powell
Betting: 6-1 Operative, The Big Short, 7-1 Captain Ryan, Fujin, 8-1
Ask The Guru, Her Terms, 10-1 Flowing Clarets, Prominna, others
2.45 (7f) 1 Johnny Barnes (Robert Tart, 13-2); 2 Burnt
Sugar (14-1); 3 Straight Right (16-1); 4 Mukalal (9-1).
Also ran: Ultimate Avenue 5-1 fav. 19 ran. NR: Mjjack.
1l, 2l. J H M Gosden. Tote: �10; �80, �60, �10,
�70. Exacta: �4.60. CSF: �.02. Tricast:
�464.91. Trifecta: �009.80
Going: Good
3 -40006 Russian Regard 12 J Portman9-0...................R Hornby
5 Cagliari 9 (H) S Crisford8-9............................R Powell
2.10 (7f) 1 Billesdon Brook (S M Levey, 4-1); 2
Whitefountainfairy (10-1); 3 Miss Bar Beach (33-1).
Also ran: Verandah 3-1 fav. 10 ran. 緇, 緇. R Hannon.
Tote: �60; �60, �70, �80. Exacta: �.30.
CSF: �.29. Trifecta: �0.40
7 514011 Teodoro 51 (H,D,F) T Dascombe3-9-3..........R Kingscote
11 0-2000 Harrison Stickle 19 (F) J Gallagher5-8-13........S W Kelly
7 255-43 Iconic Belle 65 M Channon8-9 ....................... C Bishop
Betting: EvensIconic Belle, 11-4 Delannoy, 7-1 Zoffanist, 10-1 Bizet,
12-1 Cagliari, 14-1 Russian Regard, 25-1 Crystal Secret
1.35 (6f) 1 Tricksy Spirit (J F Egan, 14-1); 2 Tarnhelm
(10-1); 3 Polly?s Gold (4-1). Also ran: Kareva 10-11 fav.
10 ran. NR: Helen Sherbet, Laytown. 1絣, 1緇. M R
Channon. Tote: �.00; �00, �70, �50. Exacta:
�6.70. CSF: �1.25. Trifecta: �6.60
8 3-2312 Another Eclipse 22 (D,F) D Simcock3-9-2....J P Spencer
12 4/0000 Dr Doro 50 (D,G) I Williams4-8-13 ...... Josephine Gordon
5
Going: Good
Chester
1 300255 Bizet 5 (V) John Ryan9-0...................Josephine Gordon
6 036506 Crystal Secret 4 J Bridger8-9..................M Godwin (5)
Goodwood
6120 Daawy 44 (P,D,BF,G) W Haggas3-9-3...........P Cosgrave
6
2 604040 Delannoy 18 (V) E Houghton9-0.....................J Crowley
1 343244 Hamidans Girl 3 (BF) K Dalgleish9-9....................G Lee
3 -50445 Bay Station 36 (P,CD,F) J Ward9-7...............D Tudhope
21- Laqab 315 (D) R Varian4-9-5.........................D Muscutt
5 304000 Vettori Rules 32 (D,G,S) G Kelleway4-9-4.........L Morris
4.40
HANDICAP
�528: 5F (16)
005 Rockwell Lloyd 16 (V) M Channon8-12............R Hornby
6 001500 Marmion 36 (D,F,S) L Eyre5-9-8........................D Allan
HANDICAP
�,318: 1M 2F 23Y (8)
1 1-1124 White Chocolate 25 (C,BF,S) D Simcock3-9-5.J Crowley
5
5 024655 Itlaaq 19 (T,D,F,G,S) M W Easterby11-9-10......H Shaw (7)
4.05
1 11204- Shabbah 339 (D,F,G) Sir M Stoute4-9-12.......T E Durcan
4
8
635 Lucifugous 36 S C Williams8-7....................S De Sousa
Betting: 6-5 Ibn Al Emarat, 5-2 Macaque, 5-1 Lucifugous, 10-1
Zappa, 12-1 Affluence, 20-1 Masters Apprentice, others
4 603051 City Guest 27 (G) G Margarson9-3 .......... Jane Elliott (5)
7
6
Alphabetical Order 11 (H,CD,S)
D O?Meara9-9-13........................................Sam James
3 4221U3 Mraseel 19 (P,F) J Tate9-4..............................M Harley
2010 First Drive 22 (D,S) Michael Bell9-2...............L Steward
1 012352 Royal Reserve 8 (D,S) D O?Meara4-10-2.......D Tudhope
3 -11000 Samtu 63 (D,F) M Fife6-10-0.........................B McHugh
1614 Holy Tiber 23 (D,S) G Scott9-7 ................... J P Spencer
2 31313 Tulip Fever 23 (D,BF,F,S) W Haggas9-6........P Cosgrave
0234 Austin Powers 22 M Johnston9-0...................D O?Neill
4 412332 Nathania 20 (D,G) R Hughes3-9-4..................S W Kelly
1
1
6
106-0060 Pontecarlo Boy 58 (P) R Whitaker3-8-2...........C Hardie
Betting: 3-1 Mr C, 4-1 Getgo, 6-1 Pioneering, 13-2 Trinity Star, 8-1
Chauvelin, Outlaw Torn, 10-1 Bromance, others
Going: Good
NOVICE AUCTION STAKES
�528: 1M (8)
3.30
NURSERY HANDICAP
�041: 6F 3Y (7)
5
3 044116
2.10
16
Zain Hana J Noseda9-0.....................................J Egan
Betting: 3-1 Zain Hana, 7-2 Ganayem, Perfect Thought, 9-2 Wild
Impala, 7-1 Foxtrot Lady, 9-1 Hollywood Dream, others
5 501140 Orangey Red 24 (D,G,S) W Farrell(Ire) 4-8-11 . Fran Berry
9 0-0314 Mr C 19 (D,BF,F) O Pears3-8-12 ...................... Joe Doyle
Goodwood
Raise A Little Joy 25 J Jenkins9-0..............A Rawlinson
13
6 21351 Bless Him 66 (H,F) D Simcock3-8-9...............O Murphy
2 001414 Cornborough 20 (P,G,S) M Walford6-10-1 ... D C Costello
4 -03062
BRITISH PAIR EDGED OUT
IN TENSE SEMI-FINAL
BADMINTON
Warren Shore
British hopes of a gold
medal at the badminton
world championships were
dashed last night when
Chris and Gabby Adcock,
inset, were beaten in the
mixed doubles semi-finals
at Glasgow?s Emirates
Arena. Despite saving
match points
against the
formidable top
seeds, Zheng
Siwei and Chen
Qingchen, they
lost 21-15 23-21.
The British
married couple will
pick up bronze while the
Chinese pair go on to play
Tontowi Ahmad and
Liliyana Natsir in today?s
final. Chris Adcock was half
of the previous British
mixed pair to win a world
medal, when he won silver
with Scotland?s Imogen
Bankier in 2011.
In the men?s singles,
victory in the semi-finals
had an extra edge for Viktor
Axelsen. The 23-year-old
Dane defeated China?s
Chen Long, the reigning
Olympic champion who
beat him in the Rio semifinals last year.
Axelsen, the third seed,
needed only 39 minutes to
win 21-9 21-10, setting up a
final against Lin Dan, who
has won the world title five
times. ?It was nice to get
revenge from the Olympic
semi-finals, ? he said.
?Denmark is a small
country but I am
very proud that
we can compete
with the bigger
countries.? Lin
defeated the top
seed, Son Wan-Ho,
21-17 21-14.
In the men?s doubles, the
surprise package from
Indonesia, Mohammad
Ahsan and Rian Agung
Saputro, won again to make
the final. Having knocked
out Chinese top seeds Li
Junhui and Liu Yuchen in
the first round, they beat
Japanese fourth seeds
Takeshi Kamura and Keigo
Sonoda 21-12 21-15 in the
semi-finals.
RACING RESULTS
Beverley (Jackpot meeting)
3 525300
Hanagan to take the Group Two sprint,
one of the most prestigious in the calendar for juveniles. ?He?s grown and
become a real proper horse,? said Swann.
?Today he proved what a good horse he
is.? Swann?s team proved quite useful too,
winning 4-0 at Home Park.
James Doyle enjoyed a double with
Secret Advisor and Sound And Silence,
but a brilliant Ebor festival, boasting two
real stars in Enable and Cracksman and
one of the races of the season in the Juddmonte, will be remembered for the quietly stylish jockeyship of Jim Crowley, the
week?s leading rider.
Crowley?s composure aboard Ulysses
in the Juddmonte International on
Wednesday seemed to mark the graduation of the champion jockey from prolific
low-level winner to a top-class big-race
rider. For a long time Crowley?s expertise
on humdrum days was a well-kept secret
but the former jump jockey swept out of
journeyman class by winning his first title
last season and landed a lucrative job as
stable jockey to Hamdan Al Maktoum.
But it is his partnership with the hugely
gifted Ulysses and trainer, Sir Michael
Stoute, which has etched Crowley?s quality in relief.
Ever modest, Crowley would attribute
most of the credit for his recent run of
Group One victories ? three in a couple of
months ? to the calibre of the horses
beneath him. But only a handful of jockeys would have the nerve to sit in the lee
of the winners of two Guineas (Churchill)
and the St James?s Palace Stakes (Barney
Roy) for so long before pushing for home.
Crowley and Stoute paired up for another
winner in Fidaawy on Friday and took the
opener on the final day of the meeting
yesterday with Mustashry.
Betting: 2-1 Sultan Baybars, 4-1 Firefright, 9-2 Horsted Keynes, 8-1
Mujassam, 10-1 Fighting Temeraire, Gothic Empire, Hyde Park,
others
5.50
HANDICAP
�411: 7F 3Y (9)
1 150451 African Blessing 14 (D,F,S) C Wallis4-10-0........L Morris
2
034 Noble Masterpiece 29 Sir M Stoute3-9-11.....S Donohoe
3 54-014 Paradwys 14 (P,G) A Watson3-9-10..........E Greatrex (3)
4 030115
Golden Guest 24 (CD,F,G)
G Margarson3-9-8..................................Jane Elliott (5)
5 120225 Patching 8 (B,C,F) G Bravery3-9-6......................J Egan
6 505045 Monarch Maid 13 (F,G) P Hiatt6-9-4...............W Cox (7)
7 362022 Still Waiting 16 W Jarvis3-9-4 ....................... D Probert
8 211654 Pass The Cristal 17 (D,G,S) W Muir3-9-2 ..... R Kingscote
9 00454 Dream Start 18 (T) John Ryan3-8-12..............D Muscutt
Betting: 5-2 Noble Masterpiece, 5-1 Still Waiting, 6-1 African
Blessing, Golden Guest, 8-1 Paradwys, Patching, others
2.30 (5f 15yd) 1 Normal Equilibrium (David Probert,
5-1); 2 Ballesteros (3-1 fav); 3 Quick Look (11-1). 11 ran.
NR: Lydia?s Place. 1絣, 3l. I Furtado. Tote: �70;
�70, �60, �20. Exacta: �.00. CSF: �.13.
Tricast: �0.28. Trifecta: �5.40
3.05 (5f 110yd) 1 Guishan (Alistair Rawlinson, 25-1);
2 Bossipop (12-1); 3 Confessional (8-1). Also ran:
Reflektor 11-4 fav. 12 ran. Nk, 1糽. M Appleby. Tote:
�.40; �80, �40, �20. Exacta: �4.40. CSF:
�9.78. Tricast: �662.87. Trifecta: �602.60
3.40 (1m 4f 63yd) 1 Sable Island (David Probert, 6-4
fav); 2 Clemency (16-1); 3 Hats Off To Larry (5-2). 7
ran. 2l, 3絣. Sir Michael Stoute. Tote: �10; �20,
�50. Exacta: �.50. CSF: �.29. Trifecta: �.70
4.15 (7f 127yd) 1 Kenstone (Finley Marsh, 15-2); 2
Sun Lover (3-1 fav); 3 Dark Devil (10-1). 12 ran. 3絣, hd.
A Wintle. Tote: �00; �20, �50, �20. Exacta:
�.80. CSF: �.95. Tricast: �9.79. Trifecta: �3.20
4.45 (1m 5f 84yd) 1 Key Bid (Jack Mitchell, 4-1); 2
Galactic Prince (2-1 fav); 3 Amelia Dream (12-1). 6 ran.
NR: Je Suis Charlie. 3絣, sh hd. C Appleby. Tote: �40;
�10, �90. Exacta: �.90. CSF: �.67. Trifecta: �.00
3.35 (1m 5f 188yd) 1 Nakeeta (Callum Rodriguez, 121); 2 Flymetothestars (7-1 fav); 3 Natural Scenery (141); 4 Arch Villain (50-1). 19 ran. NR: Cohesion. Hd, 2l. I
Jardine. Tote: �.90; �80, �50, �80, �30.
Exacta: �0.80. CSF: �.46. Tricast: �229.65.
Trifecta: �675.80
4.10 (5f) 1 Sound And Silence (James Doyle, 9-2); 2
Abel Handy (10-1); 3 Out Of The Flames (9-1). Also ran:
Bengali Boys 3-1 fav. 12 ran. NR: Formidable Kitt,
Koditime, Pursuing The Dream. 絣, nk. C Appleby.
Tote: �80; �00, �20, �40. Exacta: �.10.
CSF: �.84. Trifecta: �6.50
4.40 (1m 2f 56yd) 1 Eddystone Rock (P J Dobbs, 201); 2 Titi Makfi (8-1); 3 Dark Red (12-1); 4 Brorocco (121). Also ran: Uae Prince 7-2 fav. 20 ran. Sh hd, 1緇. J R
Best. Tote: �.30; �10, �30, �60, �20.
Exacta: �0.60. CSF: �0.72. Tricast: �040.84.
Trifecta: �082.50. Jackpot: Not won - pool of
�,047.70 c/f to Beverley today
5.15 (5f) @1 Holmeswood (Callum Rodriguez, 9-2
fav); @1 Intense Romance (Ben Robinson, 14-1); 3
Evergate (10-1); 4 Justanotherbottle (14-1). 19 ran. Dht,
1糽. M Dods, M Dods. Tote: Holmeswood �70,
Intense Romance �.90; Holmeswood �90, Intense
Romance �10, �80, �20. Exacta: Holmeswood,
Intense Romance �.30, Intense Romance,
Holmeswood �.10. CSF: Holmeswood, Intense
Romance �.27, Intense Romance, Holmeswood
�.38. Tricast: Holmeswood, Intense Romance,
Evergate �6.40, Intense Romance, Holmeswood,
Evergate �8.37. Trifecta: Holmeswood-Intense
Romance-Evergate �246.50 Intense RomanceHolmeswood-Evergate �071.20
Placepot: �8.50
Quadpot: �7.90
Newmarket
2.05 (6f) 1 Betty F (G Mosse, 5-2 fav); 2 Rockies
Spirit (4-1); 3 Moqarrar (12-1). 9 ran. 緇, 2糽. J Noseda.
Tote: �00; �20, �70, �60. Exacta: �.50. CSF:
�.46. Trifecta: �8.50
2.40 (7f) 1 Maksab (S De Sousa, 100-30); 2 Tadleel
(9-1); 3 Finsbury Park (3-1 fav). 7 ran. Ns, nk. M R
Channon. Tote: �10; �10, �30. Exacta: �.00.
CSF: �.25. Trifecta: �3.90
3.15 (7f) 1 Musawaat (Dane O?Neill, 7-2); 2 Plant Pot
Power (2-1 fav); 3 Ariena (11-2). 8 ran. 1糽, hd. C Hills.
Tote: �80; �30, �30, �80. Exacta: �.40. CSF:
�.72. Tricast: �.20. Trifecta: �.10
3.50 (1m 6f) 1 Hochfeld (F Norton, 9-4 fav); 2 Kajaki
(10-1); 3 Jaameh (8-1). 9 ran. NR: Cleonte. 6l, 4l. M
Johnston. Tote: �00; �50, �70, �60. Exacta:
�.30. CSF: �.79. Tricast: �0.24. Trifecta:
�5.70
4.25 (6f) 1 Gifted Master (P J Smullen, 11-4 fav); 2
Steady Pace (4-1); 3 Intisaab (20-1). 11 ran. NR: Lady
Macapa, Lancelot Du Lac, Orangey Red, Tropics. Sh
hd, hd. H Palmer. Tote: �50; �80, �90, �10.
Exacta: �.80. CSF: �.11. Trifecta: �5.00
5.00 (6f) 1 Ninjago (P J Smullen, 6-1); 2 General
Alexander (8-1); 3 Jule In The Crown (13-2). 9 ran. NR:
Clear Spring. Nk, nk. P T Midgley. Tote: �20; �30,
�90, �60. Exacta: �.60. CSF: �.14. Tricast:
�4.79. Trifecta: �6.40
5.35 (5f) 1 Foxy Forever (F Norton, 4-1 fav); 2
Diamond Lady (17-2); 3 Tallinski (9-2). 9 ran. NR:
Magical Dreamer, September Issue. Sh hd, nk. M
Wigham. Tote: �50; �80, �70, �80. Exacta:
�.50. CSF: �.31. Tricast: �9.81. Trifecta: �1.50
Placepot: �0.70
Placepot: �5.90
2.15 (2m 1f 46yd hdle) 1 Golden Jeffrey (Ross
Chapman, 2-1); 2 Knockmaole Boy (11-10 fav); 3
Golden Town (6-1). 7 ran. NR: Pershing. Nk, 7l. I
Jardine. Tote: �00; , �10. Exacta: �70. CSF:
�92. Trifecta: �.50
York
Going: Good
1.55 (1m 177yd) 1 Mustashry (Jim Crowley, 5-2 fav); 2
Forest Ranger (13-2); 3 Sovereign Debt (6-1). 7 ran. 緇,
1絣. Sir Michael Stoute. Tote: �90; �80, �20.
Exacta: �.90. CSF: �.40. Trifecta: �.50
2.25 (1m 5f 188yd) 1 Secret Advisor (James Doyle,
5-1 fav); 2 Bin Battuta (8-1); 3 Here And Now (16-1); 4
On To Victory (10-1). 19 ran. NR: Shymkent. Nk, nk. C
Appleby. Tote: �50; �90, �80, �50, �20.
Exacta: �.90. CSF: �.18. Tricast: �1.36.
Trifecta: �2.50
3.00 (6f) 1 Sands Of Mali (P Hanagan, 14-1); 2
Invincible Army (9-2 co-fav); @3 Cardsharp (5-1); @3
Headway (9-2 co-favs). 10 ran. NR: De Bruyne Horse,
Grand Koonta. 2緇, 1l. R A Fahey. Tote: �.20; �40,
�80, Cardsharp �90, Headway �90. Exacta:
�.30. CSF: �.43. Tricast: Sands Of Mali,
Invincible Army, Cardsharp �8.03, Sands Of Mali,
Invincible Army, Headway �2.38. Trifecta: Sands Of
Mali-Invincible Army-Cardsharp �4.60 Sands Of
Mali-Invincible Army-Headway �0.80
5.45 (2m 1f 46yd hdle) 1 Baraboy (Robert Hogg, 201); 2 Snowed In (10-1); 3 Quebec (4-1). 10 ran. 4l, 3l. F
P Murtagh. Tote: �.70; �90, �90, �50. Exacta:
�8.60. CSF: �8.26. Tricast: �6.07. Trifecta:
�7.30
Placepot: �.30
Quadpot: �.70
Redcar
Going: Good to firm (good in places)
4.50 (1m 2f 1yd) 1 Time To Blossom (Miss S
Brotherton, 4-1); 2 Broadway Dreams (7-1); 3
Haymarket (16-1)
5.25 (5f 217yd) 1 Fyre Cay (Kevin Stott, 7-2); 2
Mistress Of Venice (evens fav); 3 Fink Hill (8-1)
5.55 (7f) 1 Escape The City (Charlie Bennett, 4-5
fav); 2 Rotherhithe (12-1); 3 Elysee Star (13-2)
6.25 (7f 219yd) 1 Mon Beau Visage (D Tudhope, 3-1
fav); 2 Testa Rossa (25-1); 3 Off Art (11-1)
6.55 (7f) 1 Insurplus (D Tudhope, 9-2 fav); 2 Old
China (14-1); 3 Showdance Kid (14-1)
7.25 (1m 5f 218yd) 1 Plage Depampelonne (Kevin
Stott, 6-1); 2 Clenymistra (5-2); 3 Starlight Circus (11-2)
7.55 (6f) 1 State Residence (D Tudhope, 6-1); 2 My
Girl Maisie (8-1); 3 Someone Exciting (9-2 fav)
Placepot: �.60
Quadpot: �.70
Windsor
Going: Good to firm (firm in places)
5.20 (1m 2f 70yd) 1 Alexander M (Manuel Fernandes,
6-4 fav); 2 Berlusca (25-1); 3 Royal Shaheen (8-1). 8
ran. 6l, 1l. M Johnston. Tote: �90; �10, �90, �10.
Exacta: �.30. CSF: �.86. Tricast: �9.13.
Trifecta: �9.90
Quadpot: �.50
5.10 (2m 1f 46yd hdle) 1 Beeno (Robert Hogg, 2-1 jtfav); 2 Tornado Watch (2-1 jt-fav); 3 Itshard To No (61). 8 ran. NR: Idder. 7l, 8l. Kenneth Slack. Tote: �90;
�30, �40, �20. Exacta: �.90. CSF: �42.
Tricast: �.33. Trifecta: �.10
Quadpot: �.20
Cartmel
Going: Good to soft (soft in places)
2.50 (2m 6f 31yd hdle) 1 River Icon (Ross Chapman,
5-2 fav); 2 A Touch Of Sparkle (8-1); 3 Pretty Miss
Mahler (7-2). 8 ran. 2�, 4l. I Jardine. Tote: �70;
�20, �50, �70. Exacta: �.80. CSF: �.66.
Tricast: �.49. Trifecta: �4.10
3.25 (2m 5f 34yd ch) 1 Flying Eagle (Sean Bowen,
6-4); 2 Black Jack Rover (5-1); 3 Anteros (11-8 fav). 6
ran. 6l, 8l. P Bowen. Tote: �40; �50, �00.
Exacta: �70. CSF: �74. Trifecta: �.70
4.00 (2m 5f 34yd ch) 1 Shine Away (Nathan
Moscrop, 20-1); 2 Novo Dawn (11-2); 3 Dotties Dilema
(7-2 fav). 10 ran. 3l, 8l. Mrs S J Smith. Tote: �.20;
�40, �20, �60. Exacta: �9.20. CSF: �3.77.
Tricast: �7.51. Trifecta: �7.00
4.35 (3m 1f 107yd ch) 1 Shake It Up (Craig Nichol, 103); 2 Fair To Middling (3-1); 3 Welsh Bard (9-2). Also
ran: Don Franco 11-4 fav. 7 ran. 10l, 1緇. R Ford. Tote:
�30; �90, �90. Exacta: �.20. CSF: �.94.
Trifecta: �.10
Going: Good to firm (good in places)
5.10 (6f 12yd) 1 Lamya (Tom Marquand, 6-4 fav); 2
Angel?s Whisper (13-2); 3 Tiepolo (5-1)
5.40 (1m 31yd) 1 Sandy Shores (Tom Marquand,
9-2); 2 Conqueress (5-1); 3 Himalayan Queen (6-1)
6.10 (1m 3f 99yd) 1 Second Step (J P Spencer, 6-4
fav); 2 Law And Order (12-1); 3 King Bolete (7-2)
6.40 (1m 2f) 1 Fabricate (G Mosse, 11-2); 2 Spark Plug
(7-2); 3 Chain Of Daisies (10-3)
7.10 (6f 12yd) 1 Abiento (J P Spencer, 5-1); 2 Himself
(14-1); 3 Field of Vision (7-2)
7.40 (1m 3f 99yd) 1 Unite The Clans (Rowan Scott,
10-1); 2 Love Conquers (JPN) (5-4 fav); 3 Abel Tasman
(11-2)
Placepot: �.80
Quadpot: �00
Killarney
Going: Good
1.30 (2m 1f hdle) 1 Balakani (A Ring, 9-1); 2
Iusetaluvheronce (9-2); 3 Port Rashid (12-1)
2.00 (2m 6f hdle) 1 Robin Des Foret (R Walsh, 6-4
fav); 2 Miss Sapphire (7-2); 3 Its All Guesswork (4-1)
2.35 (2m 6f hdle) 1 Lasoscar (D F O?Regan, 14-1); 2
Mine Now (10-1); 3 Denham Sound (14-1)
3.10 (2m 1f ch) 1 Product Of Love (D F O?Regan, 6-1);
2 Roconga (11-4); 3 Bamako Moriviere (evens fav)
3.45 (2m 4f 120yd ch) 1 Peregrine Run (11-4); 2
Conrad Hastings (5-1); 3 Rathvinden (10-11 fav)
4.20 (2m 4f 120yd ch) 1 Kilcarry Bridge (D E Mullins,
16-1); 2 The Winkler (8-1); 3 Supreme Vinnie (14-1)
4.55 (2m 1f) 1 First Figaro (F Maguire, 8-1); 2
Santiago de Cuba (11-10 fav); 3 Poet Power (15-8)
5.30 (2m 1f) 1 Optical Confusion (J J Codd, 13-8 fav);
2 Koroleva (9-4); 3 All Good Things (5-1)
This week
Today: Beverley (1.55pm); Goodwood (2.10pm);
Yarmouth (2.20pm); The Curragh (1.30pm)
Tomorrow: Cartmel (2.20pm); Chepstow (12.45pm);
Epsom (2.05pm); Ripon (2.10pm); Southwell (12.30pm,
A/W); Downpatrick (3pm); Roscommon (4.25pm)
Tuesday: Carlisle (4.45pm); Epsom (2pm); Newton
Abbot (4.35pm); Ripon (2.15pm); Ballinrobe (4.55pm)
Wednesday: Catterick (1.50pm); Musselburgh
(2pm); Kempton Park (5.55pm, A/W); Lingfield Park
(2.10pm); Worcester (4.35pm); Bellewstown (4.15pm)
Thursday: Bath (1.40pm); Musselburgh (2pm);
Sedgefield (4.30pm); Wolverhampton (5.40pm,
A/W); Chelmsford (1.50pm, A/W); Bellewstown
(4.15pm); Tipperary (4.25pm)
Friday: Bangor (2pm); Sandown Park (2.10pm);
Thirsk (1.50pm); Down Royal (4.35pm)
Saturday: Beverley (2pm); Chester (1.40pm);
Hamilton Park (4.15pm); Newton Abbot (2.15pm);
Sandown Park (1.50pm); Chelmsford (5.50pm, A/W);
Navan (1.45pm); Wexford (2.05pm)
Flat meetings in bold
16
The Sunday Times August 27, 2017
SPORT COMMENT
David Walsh
Fighters urged
to box clever
Britain?s embarrassing lack of athletics glory will
not be solved by investing �m every four years in
pursuit of Olympic medals. Time for a major rethink
A
BOXING
Britons told to
think twice before
tackling MMA
opponents
MIKE POWELL
llow me some latitude on
this one but when it comes
to well-paid administrators
in sport talking up their
achievements, there is a
shaking of the head and the
desire to question. Take Ed
Warner, the former chair of
UK Athletics whose 10-year
reign ended after the IAAF
world championships in London earlier
this month.
Warner?s decision to step down was
signposted in a statement from UK
Athletics two months ago. It included the
following observation from the
departing Warner: ?It is very pleasing to
leave athletics in the UK in such great
shape, and on the high of twin world
championships in the iconic London
stadium which we have fought hard for
over so many years.?
Memo to the former chair: leave it to
others to decide how good a job you?ve
done. Nobody that I?ve seen has echoed
Warner?s self-congratulatory sentiment.
For so long coach to Jessica Ennis-Hill,
Toni Minichiello saw Warner?s comment
and thought, you can?t say that.
Minichiello isn?t a fan of Warner?s reign
as chair of UK Athletics. He believes the
former chair?s legacy will be ?the
destruction of coaching?. Minichiello
has had his difficulties with UK Athletics,
at one time being on their payroll but
then slighted when offered a reduced
salary to act as ?a consultant?.
The recent world championships lent
some weight to Minichiello?s view that
things are far from great. Team GB won
six medals, an achievement that
conceals more than it reveals. Mo Farah
won a gold and silver, the remaining
medals came in relay events that the rest
of the world isn?t much bothered about.
One individual medallist from a sport
that is funded to the tune of �m from
one Olympic cycle to another isn?t the
stuff of dreams. Apply a value-for-money
principle and the suits would be insisting
on a full review. Minichiello also pointed
out that Farah is coached by the
American Alberto Salazar and that the
situation had changed markedly from
the 2009 world championships in Berlin
when Team GB?s four individual gold
medalists all had British coaches.
What is going on? It is a question Jon
Ridgeon has often thought about over
the last few years. Ridgeon used to be a
hurdler; first 110m and towards the end
of his all-too-short career, the 400m. As
a 20-year-old he competed at the 1987
world championships in Rome and won
a silver medal. That was quite an
achievement because at the time
Ridgeon was studying geography at
Cambridge University, driving down to
north London in the evening to train and
trying to spend enough time in the
library to make sure he left
Cambridge with a degree. At
Cambridge he was just another
student, not regarded in the same
way as a rugby player or a rower.
There was no national lottery
funding back then and Ridgeon?s
career was eventually cut short by
persistent injury. That silver medal
Nick Pitt
Leap of faith: Jon
Ridgeon believes
coaching is not
anywhere near
the level it used
to be and sees
little robustness
in today?s
athletes
at the world championships was the
closest he got to glory. But here?s the
thing ? the 13.29sec he ran in Rome 30
years ago would have been good enough
for fourth place in the 110m hurdles final
at this year?s world championships.
Britain didn?t have an athlete in this
year?s final. ?We do have the very
promising Andrew Pozzi, who was
unlucky to go out in the semi-final,? says
Ridgeon. ?He should have made the
final. But my belief is that one individual
medallist for the best-funded team in the
world is an extraordinary feat of underachievement.?
Many of the British records in men?s
athletics date back to Ridgeon?s era in
the 1980s and 1990s: Linford Christie
(100m), John Regis (200m), Iwan
Thomas (400m), Colin Jackson (110m
hurdles), Kriss Akabusi (400m
hurdles). It begs the question
why today?s better-supported
generation cannot overtake
the old marks?
?I don?t want to sound like
an old man talking about
how things were in his day
but I did take a bus from
Newmarket, then jumped on
a train to Crystal Palace so I
could train in a proper gym,? says
Ridgeon. ?I thought nothing of bunking
off school to train. All that has changed.
Today?s athletes are well looked after
and the facilities are 
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