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Saturday April 7 2018
Atherton
watches
McIlroy
Battling second
round puts him
in contention
Pages 14-17
Cipriani
and his
mum
Rugby star
opens up to
Matthew Syed
Pages 18-19
I was
offered Pogba
in January,
says Pep
Guardiola’s surprise claim as City look to
win the title in derby today, pages 2-7
Farewell
to a darts
legend
Giles Smith on
the man who
changed a sport
Page 24
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Sport Manchester derby
United star was
offered by agent,
Guardiola claims
6 Pogba tweets his surprise at City manager’s revelation before key clash
Paul Hirst
Man City v Man United
On the eve of what could turn out to be
the sweetest victory of his managerial
career, Pep Guardiola yesterday made
the shock claim that he was offered the
chance to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United in January.
Guardiola’s Manchester City will
clinch the Premier League title this
evening in record time and in the most
satisfying of circumstances if they beat
their local rivals at the Etihad Stadium.
José Mourinho used to trade heavy
blows with Guardiola during their
intense rivalry in Spain but the United
manager has given up digging at his
adversary, conceding that City fully
deserve to have opened up a 16-point
gap on their neighbours.
“The table is always the reflection of
the season,” Mourinho said, almost
resigned to his fate. And now he has
another problem on his hands.
Mourinho and his squad have no doubt
been unsettled by Guardiola’s claim
that Pogba, along with his former
player Henrikh Mkhitaryan, was
offered to City by Mino Raiola, the
players’ agent, in January.
“Two months ago he [Raiola] offered
me Mkhitaryan and Pogba to play with
us,” Guardiola said. “I’m surprised
because I am a dog.”
The second sentence, delivered in a
sarcastic tone, was a reference to a
recent interview in which Raiola
described Guardiola as a “fantastic
coach [but] as a person he’s an absolute
zero, a coward, a dog”.
Sir Alex Ferguson famously said that
it was like “oil and water” when he and
Raiola clashed, and it seems that
Guardiola also has a combustible
relationship with the agent. Raiola has
never forgiven Guardiola for offloading
Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Barcelona to
AC Milan in 2010, thus denying his
client the Champions League winner’s
medal that still eludes him.
Guardiola refused to take Raiola’s
barb lying down and unleashed a
lengthy response dripping with
sarcasm. “I agree with him,” Guardiola
said. “I am a bad guy. I am a dog.
“He was interested in bringing
Mkhitaryan and Pogba to play with us
[but] he has to protect his players. He
has to know he cannot bring the players
to a guy like me. And comparing [me to]
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a dog is bad. He has to respect the dogs.
He deserves his players to play with
better guys. But he knows as well I am
a top manager, [so] thank you.”
So was Guardiola tempted to bury
the hatchet with Raiola and say “yes” to
his offer? “I said, ‘No’. We don’t have the
money enough to buy Pogba because
he is so expensive. He is an incredible
player. A top, top player.”
Soon after Guardiola’s comments became known, Pogba responded on Twitter with a post that read: “Say what?”
Senior United sources were quick to
stress that they would not have sold
Pogba to City or any other club in January, and that stance will not change this
summer. But perhaps the most worrying aspect of this whole situation for
Mourinho is that, when asked about
Guardiola’s claims yesterday, Raiola did
not deny offering Pogba to City.
The Italian, who also has United’s
Romelu Lukaku and Sergio Romero on
his books, claimed that he had never
spoken to Guardiola about Pogba or
Mkhitaryan, who joined Arsenal in a
swap deal with Alexis Sánchez in
January. “I never spoke to Pep Guardiola,” Raiola said. “I offer players not to
him but to Manchester City, which is a
fantastic club with a fantastic manager.
Who I talk about, I will not comment.
That I leave to the club’s responsibility
and account.”
Pogba was not popular with
Mourinho in January. The manager
was annoyed with the midfielder’s lack
of focus and duly dropped him the next
month. But it was never Mourinho’s
intention, nor that of Ed Woodward,
the executive vice-chairman, to sell
Pogba, so what was Raiola doing hawking his players to their rivals?
Both of their positions have been
undermined here. There was always an
acceptance at United that doing the
deals with Raiola to bring Ibrahimovic,
Lukaku, Pogba and Mkhitaryan was a
risk given the agent’s poor relationship
with Ferguson and other managers.
“Maybe Ed got in too deep with the
devil,” one source said.
Mourinho will suffer further embarrassment today if City beat United to
clinch the title with six games to spare,
beating United’s record of securing the
trophy with five games to go in 2000-01.
The United manager tried to downplay
the significance of a defeat.
“I won the title at Chelsea against
Manchester United,” he said. “We beat
United 3-0 and we won the title at
Stamford Bridge in 2005-06. But it was
not the end of the world, Manchester
United didn’t finish. It was just football.”
Guardiola insisted that he would
not take any extra satisfaction from
winning the Premier League against
the man with whom he feuded for two
years during their time in charge of
Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively. “I have many rivalries, especially
with agents,” Guardiola said. “I have
respect for José. When we arrived here
it was, ‘Pep arrives and they are both
together here.’ But it’s two years and
nothing happened in a special way.”
Guardiola believes that United and
the other top teams in the table will run
City closer next season. “This [margin],
is it going to happen again? Never,” he
said. “Are we going to win 18 games in a
row again? No way. Impossible.”
Given his team will have six more
matches to win the league if they slip up
today, Guardiola will rest several
players as he thinks his team can overcome a three-goal deficit on Tuesday
and knock Liverpool out of the
Champions League.
City would not receive trophy until May 6
Paul Hirst
While Manchester City will win the
title if they beat Manchester United
today, they will have to wait almost a
month to get their hands on the trophy.
City will open up an unassailable 19point gap on their neighbours in second
place if they defeat them at the Etihad
Stadium and this would be a hugely embarrassing moment for United and one
of great pride for City, who would have
clinched the title in record time. But
Pep Guardiola’s team will not get to
increase the humiliation by lifting the
trophy on the pitch after the match.
Premier League convention dictates
that the presentation takes place towards the end of the season, usually
after the final home game. City’s last
match at the Etihad is against Brighton
& Hove Albion on Wednesday May 9
but, given that it is a midweek fixture,
the trophy is likely to be presented
three days before when Guardiola’s
men host Huddersfield Town on May 6.
City fans may be annoyed at the rule,
but it is common practice in the Premier League. Leicester City and Chelsea both won the title early in the past
two seasons and had to wait until their
final home game to get the silverware.
Away fans are usually kept behind 20
minutes after the game but, on this occasion, the gates will be opened straight
after the final whistle so United fans
can make a quick exit, as if their team
lose there are fears they could be antagonised by the celebrating home crowd.
De Bruyne has got real bite but
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this is how United can stop Pep’s men by Tom Clarke
VICTORIA HAYDN/MAN CITY VIA GETTY IMAGES
premier league table
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Man City..............31
Man United.........31
Liverpool............32
Spurs....................31
Chelsea................31
Arsenal................31
Burnley................31
Leicester..............31
Everton...............32
Bournemouth....32
Watford...............32
Newcastle ........... 31
Brighton..............31
West Ham............31
Swansea..............31
Huddersfield......32
Crystal Palace....32
Southampton.....31
Stoke...................32
West Brom..........32
W
27
21
19
19
17
15
12
11
11
9
10
9
8
8
8
8
7
5
6
3
D
3
5
9
7
5
6
10
10
7
10
7
8
10
9
7
7
9
13
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11
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5
4
5
9
10
9
10
14
13
15
14
13
14
16
17
16
13
17
18
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88
60
75
62
53
58
29
47
38
39
41
31
28
39
25
25
31
29
29
25
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21
23
35
26
30
41
27
43
53
51
57
40
42
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44
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37 68
40 66
36 64
23 56
17 51
2 46
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-12 37
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-19 31
-28 31
-19 30
-18 28
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-26 20
A
feature of Manchester City’s
play this season has been an
attack in which the ball
moves from one side of the pitch to
the other before being crossed back
into the box. So Manchester United
must have a plan to stop City
getting space on either wing —and
this season José Mourinho has
already shown how he can do that.
In the derby at Old Trafford in
December, United played 4-2-3-1.
This can become 6-3-1 when
opponents have the ball, with the
two holding midfielders helping to
defend central areas and ensure
that the full backs do not get
dragged out of position. Ander
Herrera and Scott McTominay
offer reliable options alongside
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Nemanja Matic in central midfield
and it will be interesting to see
whether Mourinho, the United
manager, adapts his system to
accommodate Paul Pogba.
City won the previous derby 2-1,
but both goals came from set pieces
and United generally managed to
stop their rivals’ fluid attack from
open play.
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Games to spare City
will have if they win the
title today — more than
any other side in
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The first image shows City starting their attack with Leroy Sané down the right wing. Not only have United got their four
defenders, Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Ashley Young, in position but Matic and Herrera — the two
holding midfielders — have already tracked back to the edge of the penalty area to provide additional cover.
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Guardiola could join
Mourinho and Carlo
Ancelotti by winning
title plus two other
big European
leagues
De Bruyne gets to
grips with the
Manchester City
goalkeeper Claudio
Bravo in training
ahead of today’s
Manchester derby
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City work the ball to the left wing, and the second image shows that not only are United’s six defensive men evenly
covering the penalty area and just outside it, but attackers Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford have
tracked back to make sure City’s threat on either flank is thwarted. Fabian Delph, the City left back, is on the ball and puts in
a cross from distance that results in Sané having a shot saved by David De Gea.
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watch how it works
Tactical video guide to how United will
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In the 0-0 draw against Liverpool in October, we again saw Mourinho’s 6-3-1 defensive system. In this image the central
midfielders Herrera and Matic are in the box as part of the defence and the attackers Young, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony
Martial are behind the ball. Again, a full back is on the ball — in this case Joe Gomez — and he crosses for Emre Can, who
misses. So United may stop interchanges out wide and around the box but must beware City defenders crossing from deep.
Warning for
away fans in
hospitality
exclusive
Paul Hirst
Any Manchester United supporters
who sit in the Tunnel Club hospitality
seats at the Etihad Stadium this evening have been warned that they could
be ejected if they antagonise home fans
or wear United shirts.
City introduced a new hospitality
section in the Colin Bell Stand last summer where supporters can pay up to
£15,000 a year to watch Pep Guardiola’s
team. As part of the package, members
get to watch the match from padded
leather seats in the lower tier directly
behind the dugouts. But on a number of
occasions it has become clear that
opposition fans have been seated in the
new hospitality area.
In August, when the Tunnel Club was
launched, a number of Everton fans
were warned by stewards to calm down
and take their seats when they jumped
up and celebrated Wayne Rooney’s
opening goal.
City accept there may be some
United fans in these seats today. Some
members bought additional tickets at
the start of the season for entertaining
purposes and could bring guests who
do not support City. Other hospitality
suites across the country also contain
away fans. But there is a higher than
usual risk of flashpoints occurring
given the rivalry between the two clubs
and how much is at stake on the pitch.
A pamphlet issued with tickets,
which is sent to every member regardless of the game, has reminded them
about the code of conduct. It reads:
“You have purchased tickets in the
areas which seat home supporters only.
We therefore expect all supporters to
behave in a manner appropriate to their
surroundings.
“No away colours are to be worn.
Failure to comply could result in you
being asked to leave the stadium.”
City are confident that the match
will pass off without incident but
stewards will be watching for anyone
who defies the warning. City fans,
meanwhile, will be asked not to invade
the pitch as the club are worried that it
could damage the surface before
Tuesday’s Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Liverpool.
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Sport Manchester derby
I did it my way: how Guardiola
Manchester City’s spectacular
success has justified manager’s
belief that possession-based
football is the only way to
win, Oliver Kay explains
P
ep Guardiola likes to ask questions. He
fires them off, rat-a-tat-tat, even when
he is 99 per cent sure that he knows
the answer. During his years at Bayern
Munich he would pick the brains of
Xabi Alonso and others who had played or
coached in England. “Could a team play out
from the back like this in the Premier League?”
“Would the players accept it?” “Would their
opponents allow them to?” He would listen to
their answers, but he was sure he knew — 99
per cent sure, at least.
He was warned that the Premier League is
different. Alonso no doubt told him the story of
his bruising introduction to English football
with Liverpool at a windswept Reebok Stadium
on a late-summer day in 2004. “It was wild,” the
Spanish midfielder recalled years later. “Long
ball, second ball, big physical players — Kevin
Nolan, Kevin Davies up front, Sam Allardyce
chewing gum and shouting orders from his
technical area. When Bolton won a free kick,
the army from the defence moved forward and
the ground began to shake.”
That remains the cerebral outsider’s view of
English football — the “wet Wednesday night at
Stoke” theory as seen from outside the prism.
Guardiola listened to everything that he heard
from Alonso, as well as from Rafael Benítez,
Mikel Arteta and others, and he concluded that,
whatever the accepted wisdom, whatever the
weather, whatever the attempts to reduce every
match to a war of attrition, the same rules could
apply — that possession could be not just
nine-tenths of the law, but the whole law.
For Manchester City, this season’s
Premier League
title has long been
a matter of when,
not if. Beat
Manchester
United at the
Etihad Stadium
this evening and
they will be
confirmed as
champions with six
games to spare.
That would be
unprecedented not
just in the Premier
League era but in
English football
history — three
teams, most
recently United in
2001, have done it with five games to spare —
and just short of the German record of seven
games, which Guardiola’s Bayern set in 2014.
City’s has been an extreme performance and
should they maintain their present rate for the
next seven games, they will comfortably surpass
the record number of points (95) and goals (103)
in a Premier League season. Even more
extreme, though, is the way they have done it.
Among the past eight Premier League
champions, spanning the years in which detailed
data is available from Opta, the average share of
possession per game was 53.9 per cent. For the
first five of those seasons, the figures were
broadly similar, with the highest share (56.9 per
cent) recorded by Chelsea in 2009-10. Chelsea
won the title in 2014-15 with the lowest such
figure then recorded over that period (54.1 per
cent), but the
following season
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thing about City’s impending title triumph. They
have done it in a way that not just bucks the
trend but flies in the face of English football
orthodoxy.
Their average share of possession per game is
66.6 per cent. The five teams below them range
from 58.7 per cent (Tottenham Hotspur) to 53.6
per cent (United). And while some like to equate
possession stats with sterile, cautious football,
City’s football, built around the creativity of
David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne and the speed
and skilful wing play of Raheem Sterling and
Leroy Sané, has been the opposite. As Guardiola
said a few years back: “You have to pass the ball
with a clear intention, with the aim of making it
into the opposition’s goal. It’s not about passing
for the sake of it.”
Some like to suggest that Guardiola has
succeeded this season precisely because he
diluted his possession-based principles — that
he has, after all, had to adapt to the Premier
League, just like he was warned he would have
to. The evidence contradicts that. During a
challenging first season, in which City finished
third, they had an average of 60.9 per cent
possession and 510 successful passes per game
with a completion rate of 85.5 per cent. This
season it is 66.6 per cent possession, 662
successful passes per game and an 88.9 per cent
completion rate. Guardiola, his staff and his
players have been more zealous, not less, in
their desire to pass their way to the title.
Guardiola always insisted that it could be
done — but not with Joe Hart, the goalkeeper
he immediately jettisoned, and not with any of
the four ageing full backs (Pablo Zabaleta,
Bacary Sagna, Gaël Clichy and Aleksandar
Kolarov) that he inherited from Manuel
Pellegrini. He has spent an enormous amount of
money (£191.7 million in his first summer and
£284.2 million this season, albeit raising more
than £100 million in sales), but to depict this as
purely a triumph of chequebook-management
would be absurd. If anything, his record in the
transfer market has been hit and miss. Of the
players he has signed, only Ederson, Kyle
Walker and Sané have been regular starters this
season. John Stones (14 Premier League starts),
Gabriel Jesus (14), Bernardo Silva (11), Danilo
(nine), IIkay Gündogan (nine) and Oleksandr
Zinchenko (five) have played their part, but
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bent the English game to his will
LLUIS GENE/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Guardiola is hoisted in the air by his
Barcelona players after his first
league title in 2009 and, left, he
examines the trophy after winning
the Bundesliga with Bayern in 2014
Road to winning his
first title with each club
BARCELONA 2008-09
Previous season: Third under Frank Rijkaard
Money spent that summer
£81m
Points won title by
9
Goals scored
105
Goals conceded
35
Cup success: Won Champions League
and Copa del Rey
BAYERN MUNICH 2013-14
Previous season: Champions under
Jupp Heynckes
Money spent that summer
£54m
Points won title by
19
Goals scored
94
Goals conceded
23
Cup success: Won German Cup, Uefa Super
Cup, World Club Cup
MANCHESTER CITY 2017-18
Previous season: Third under Pep Guardiola
Money spent that summer
£255.7m
Points ahead by
16
Goals scored
88
Goals conceded
*Man City
21
stats so far
Cup success: League Cup winners
this season
Guardiola’s two most expensive acquisitions,
Aymeric Laporte and Benjamin Mendy, have
started just four games apiece, the former a midseason arrival and the latter sidelined by injury.
Sané, at 22, has added another dimension to
the attack. Walker has brought the speed and
intensity that an ageing Zabaleta and Sagna
could not. Ederson has done what Claudio
Bravo could not — impressing not only as a
shot-stopper but with his superb distribution,
which has made the last line of defence the first
line of attack. Ederson is prepared to kick the
ball long as a get-out-of-jail card and as a
genuine creative option, though again talk of a
Guardiola conversion, to pragmatic football, is
overstated. City’s proportion of long passes
(6 per cent of their total passes, which includes
those sublime raking balls from De Bruyne), is
far lower than any other Premier League team
Shay Given
compares the No 1s
Distribution
This is Ederson’s greatest
strength, the Manchester
City goalkeeper is the best
in the world when it
comes to having the ball at
his feet. I’m not sure if any
goalkeeper in the game’s
history has been so
calm and so clever
when passing the ball
and initiating
attacks. David De
Gea is quite strong in
De Gea
this area too, but is
not at the same level
as Ederson. He clearly
works very hard on it,
and indeed lower than last season (8.8 per cent).
The inescapable conclusion is that, rather than
adapt to the Premier League, as so many were
convinced he would have to do, Guardiola has,
through relentless work on the training ground,
made his players better at playing his way. Their
longer-serving players, from Fernandinho to
David Silva, from Nicolás Otamendi to Sterling,
from De Bruyne to Sergio Agüero, some of
whom faced uncertain futures this time two
years ago, have all raised their game to quite
spectacular effect.
Guardiola was warned that he would not be
able to do it this way in the Premier League:
demanding creativity even when penned back in
their own penalty area, even from the
goalkeeper, playing with two buccaneering full
backs, a box-to-box midfielder and two
playmakers, plus three forwards. As well as
though, and his long-range kicking
can be excellent.
Reflexes
If Ederson is the No 1 with his feet,
De Gea is the best with his
reactions. There have been so many
instances of him saving United in
the past few seasons, getting a
hand or a foot out to stop a shot
that looks destined to be a goal.
While we knew that Ederson was
fantastic with his feet, we’ve learnt
that he is very good with his hands
too, and maybe it
gets overlooked
because of his
passing ability.
Physicality
When De Gea
arrived at United
being the most talented squad in the Premier
League, they are the smallest (average height 5ft
10in). United, in second place, are the third
tallest — and José Mourinho is not alone in
feeling that the key to success in English football
is to build a team with a strong, powerful core.
“Every single team that has won the league,
barring none, has had power and strength at the
heart of them, that spine,” Gary Neville said on
Sky Sports towards the end of last season. “I just
wonder whether City can play that way. Can
you play that way, with those players, and win
this league? That will be the real test.”
It was — and it is a test that Guardiola and
his players are about to pass with distinction.
The greatest triumph of his glorious decade in
management? No, because what he created with
Barcelona, not just the trophies but the style in
which they were won, will be remembered as a
there were questions about his
ability from crosses and getting to
the ball, but he has become much
more commanding. While City’s
dominance of games has made it
seem like Ederson has less to do, he
has still shown he is strong when it
comes to the physical side of the
game. From corners he is very
impressive, looking to set his teammates on the attack immediately.
Leadership
Neither is in the same league as
Peter Schmeichel when it comes to
barking out orders but the game
has evolved and they are very good
leaders. De Gea is more vociferous
than Ederson but even then mostly
inspires with his actions — an
improbable save can also serve as a
wake-up call to defenders. Ederson’s
calmness, particularly when in
masterpiece. And also because winning two
Champions Leagues in five seasons, reaching
the semi-final on the other three occasions, sets
a standard that he is struggling to reach with
City, as at Bayern previously. A trouncing at
Anfield in Wednesday’s quarter-final first leg
was a reminder that there are imperfections in
his squad and his game plan, even if Liverpool
have seemed like the only Premier League team
with the tools and the belief to exploit it.
No, the true nature of Guardiola’s triumph in
Manchester is something else. It is the way that
he has bent English football to his will, when
everyone else was suggesting that he was the
one who would have to adapt. This has been, to
quote the title of Guillem Balagué’s biography of
the former Barcelona coach, a different way of
winning. To Guardiola, though, it is not just the
right way. It is the only way.
possession of the ball, is a real asset
because it relaxes City’s defenders.
get better as they are still quite
young — De Gea 27, Ederson 24. De
Gea is the best goalkeeper in the
world. After that, Bayern Munich’s
Reading opponents
Manuel Neuer deserves a mention,
while Gianluigi Buffon’s longevity
Most goalkeepers in one-on-one
keeps him near the top, although he
situations now tend to stay on their
is now 40. As for Ederson, this is the
feet and while the approach
first season that people here have
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seen him properly. I have a good
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to finish first time — they
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themselves big. De Gea perhaps
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The dream factory:
behind the scenes
at United academy
Henry Winter on how the
youth coaches are ensuring
that a proud and historic
production line continues
to be highly prolific
Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard still
dart back across to the Manchester
United academy at Carrington and
practise shooting at the targets on the
wall where they once learnt their game.
Academy prospects chasing the same
dream notice such enduring commitment to self-improvement.
Scott McTominay still leaves his car
round the front at Carrington, rather
than in the first-team car park at the
back. Academy hopefuls note this too.
They also see Paul Pogba strolling over
to greet his old coaches. They understand the dedication and humility required to make it at Manchester United.
The focus will be on these four today,
playing some part in the Manchester
derby, but the head of the academy,
Nicky Butt, and head of youth development, John Murtagh, are concentrating
on the next generation, extending a
remarkable record. “October 1937,” says
Murtagh proudly of the last time that
United did not have a home-grown
player in their match-day squad.
Teenage talent continues to emerge,
such as Angel Gomes, who made his
debut in the FA Cup against Yeovil
Town, Aliou Traore, brought in from
Paris Saint-Germain, Jim Garner, a
commanding Birkenhead-born midfield player who looks a natural leader,
and a potential gem in Mason Greenwood, only 16 but happily converting
penalties with either foot. On a glorious
Thursday morning at Carrington,
Garner can be found striking the ball
smoothly and unerringly and, to the
approving gaze of Butt, tackling with
timing and a streak of steel.
Butt wandered over to have a chat
with Kieran McKenna, the highly
regarded under-18s coach, pausing to
curl a loose ball into the net from an
implausible angle. The kids notice.
Garner tries a similar shot when the
session breaks.
Returning to their changing rooms,
Garner and company walk along a corridor adorned with the image of Butt
and all the glittering graduates from Best to Beckham,
Charlton to Giggs and Rashford. “They obviously know
Marcus and Jesse and, with
the dinosaurs like myself and
the other lads, they know
about the history,” Butt says.
By chance, United’s under19s happened to be playing in
Belgrade on the 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster. “We went to the hotel
where they had the last meal,”
Butt continues. “You’re thinking, ‘How will this work out,
they’re only young kids, they
won’t know anything about it.’
But it was heartwarming,
touching. They had the menu
[from 58] in the hotel. They got
the video out.
“Even the 15 and 16-year-olds
went to the memorial and some
of the lads visited the graves and
laid wreaths. They have to know
the history of the club. It’s important. I remember going to Old
Trafford at least once a week for
work experience. We’d walk past Sir
Matt’s [Busby] office when he was alive.
We knew straightaway who that was. I
was made to know him by Sir Alex.”
From babes to fledgelings, the history of Manchester United is greatly
shaped by youth development. “The
academy is massively thriving,” Butt
says. “If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t be in the
job.”
Which is why Butt can absorb the
frustration of United’s under-23s
enduring a wretched season. “The
three biggest developers in football are
Southampton, Tottenham and United.
Southampton aren’t in the league. Tottenham are near the bottom and we’re
near the bottom. That speaks for itself.”
Butt is dismissive of the concept of
Butt, left, and McKenna oversee training.
‘Everyone wants to
be a No 10 now, a
Messi. That’s good
because they all
want to play the
right football, but
people can’t forget
how good Roy
Keane and Steven
Gerrard were’
u
under-23s
football. “If players are not
in or around the first team by 20, 21,
they
won’t make it here,” he says.
t
Pogba is a case in point; not quite
good
enough for the first team under
g
Ferguson,
he was far too good for
F
the
t reserves. “When he was here it
was
[Paul] Scholes, [Michael]
w
Carrick
and [Darren] Fletcher [in
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midfield].
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average
players.
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money
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— and became probably
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the
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the
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here
and stagnated [in the
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reserves],
he might never have
r
been
a name on the wall here. We
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were
lucky enough to get him
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back.
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The academy’s cap. “Our
foundations
stay solid whether
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it is David Moyes, Louis van
Gaal
G l or José Mourinho as manager,”
Butt continues. “The board, the owners
and [executive vice-chairman] Ed
Woodward have told us that ‘the academy is ring-fenced, you do it how you
wish’.”
Butt remains very aware of Manchester City’s investment in youth, their
young stars, such as Phil Foden, and
contribution to England age-groups,
but how many will feature this evening?
“I don’t know what City’s drive is, I don’t
really care,” Butt replies. “I know they
have an unbelievable facility, I know
what they’ve done over the last ten
years and no one can take that away
from them, they’ve been fantastic.
“But for us, it’s about getting players
into the first team and the proof will be
in the pudding when we walk out in the
derby, with possibly three starting. The
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TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER BRADLEY ORMESHER
Below, an image of Messi cleaning his football boots keeps the youngsters grounded
demand from the owners and the board
is, ‘You’ve got to get players in the first
team.’ We’re doing that.”
He loves Mourinho’s use of academy
alumni. “The funds we’ve got are the
biggest in the world and we can go and
get anyone we want. We are the highest
developer of players and doing it at the
club with the highest transfer budget,
I’d guess. He came to me and said, ‘I’m
the manager of the first team. You’re
the manager of the academy. I’m selfish. I want to get them into winning
ways. We will speak about players coming up.’ I can’t ask for any more than
that. I look at what he’s done with Scott.
And others. The manager rang me this
morning to send a player over to him.
“José Mourinho has this tag that he
doesn’t give kids a chance but, if those
kids are good enough, he’s going to
because it’s beneficial to him. He talks
to us about the academy. Sometimes he
can be moody but that’s his busy side.
“He sat down with the under-14 kids
for half an hour before they went over
to Portugal and asked them about their
beliefs. He’s the manager of the biggest
club in the world. For me, he’s as good as
you could ask for.
“He’s not Sir Alex. Sir Alex had a
vision. He’d know my name when I was
13. He had a 10 to 15-year plan with the
board and Mr [Martin] Edwards. This
manager probably doesn’t. He has to
get into the top four, get United back to
winning ways and, added to that, he has
the parrot in his ear saying, ‘You’ve got
to pick academy players, everyone
plays academy players here.’
“That’s great for us but for him it must
be a nightmare. It is a pat on the back for
the academy staff that people like Scott
and Marcus are going up there and
we’re not seeing them again.
“It’s up to us to give him good players.
Scott, when he first went up there, he
[Mourinho] might have been a bit
unsure about him. We all were, let’s be
honest.” McTominay’s strength of
personality, work rate and height [a
Mourinho love] won the manager over.
“Scott’s not fazed, he’s United through
and through.
“I can moan about the under-23s
being bottom of the table but ultimately, what is best, bottom of the table with
the under-23s and having four players
involved in the derby or the other way
round? I know which one I’d take and
which one the club would take. We
develop first-team players better than
anybody. We also develop players for
others’ first teams better than anybody.
“There’s 64 in the top two tiers. Many
didn’t quite make it here, like Danny
Drinkwater and Michael Keane, and
that’s no shame because to make it here
is few and far between, but we give them
tools to make a career elsewhere and be
good human beings. We teach them to
become a good human being, to go and
speak to the canteen lady, Sarah. Take
your plate back, so you can go into any
walk of life and be a successful person.”
On the wall of the academy is a small
photo of Lionel Messi after Argentina
played Croatia at Upton Park in 2014.
Messi cleans his own boots. The message is as clean and clear as Messi’s
boots; greats don’t lose their grounding.
Murtagh takes up the narrative. “We
have the footballing values here of
attacking, free-flowing, exciting football and, as people, you want humility,
an honest, hardworking person, someone who’s respectful,” he says.
“We’re custodians of the jersey and
we want them to be aware what the
responsibilities of being a Manchester
United player are. On the Hong Kong
trip with a group of 15 and 16-year-olds,
they coached kids who live in the big
high-rise areas. All those experiences
are part of helping them grow. We get
emails praising the kids.
“I was talking to a parent who said
even if his lad didn’t make it, he’d been
to eight countries, which was more
than he had. We had six teams out of
the country last week: two in Spain, one
in LA, one in Italy, one in Dallas and
one in Scotland. We want to make sure
if they’re lucky enough to go with José
it’s not a shock.”
Butt continues: “We try not to put too
much pressure on them. A 13-year-old
boy going to his school, that’s pressure
straightaway because people look at
him and say, ‘That’s the boy who plays
for Manchester United, that’s the boy
who’s going to be a footballer, that’s the
boy who’ll be a multimillionaire.’ ”
To help them deal with pressure,
Chris McCready, formerly of Tranmere
Rovers, and the sports psychologist
Dan Ransom are upstairs in a classroom inviting the under-13s and 14s to
write down “three moments when they
felt under pressure” and then discuss
them, tackling the issues.
After watching footage of the 1999
and 2008 Champions League finals and
the 2016 FA Cup final, they take it in
turns to role-play individuals such as
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Carrick and
Lingard in press conferences. The boy
playing Carrick deals tactfully with a
question of whether he has any sympathy for his England team-mate, John
Terry, for slipping in Moscow. The
diplomat is 13.
Some youngsters hail from deprived
backgrounds, and recently one mother
quietly gathered up sandwiches from
the parents’ area to take home for the
hungry siblings of her talented son. Offspring get caught between warring
parents. Naive youngsters post risky
content on Instagram. “You could call it
a bit of social work as well,” Butt says of
his role. “We talk to them about what it
takes to become a Manchester United
player. We tell them they have to sacrifice things, they have to work hard. One
player tossed training [with the first
team] off a little bit. I went mad at him.
I said, ‘That might be the last time you
get in front of this manager [Mourinho].’
“I said, ‘That training session was
more important than any game you’ll
play this season, under-23, under-19,
under-18. To get in front of the manager
and show how good you are is invaluable.’ The next time he was in front of the
manager, the manager was raving
about him.”
Butt worries about elements of the
academy system. “Everyone wants to
be a No 10 now, a Messi. That’s good
because they all want to play the right
football but people can’t forget how
good Roy Keane and Steven Gerrard
were; these box-to-box players that
aren’t the modern academy [product
now]. Academies are developing too
many similar players.”
It is one reason why United take their
youngsters out of the English games
programme and develop them overseas. “I was speaking to Kieran about
the Dallas Cup,” Murtagh recalls. “He
said, ‘Where else can I recreate a situation where one minute they are playing
in front of 20,000 in the Dallas Bowl,
and the next round of games was in a
park area where the pitches were crap,
the referee appalling and the Mexican
team were scratching you, poking you
in the eye, and falling on the floor?’
“This is one of the things that is
against us in the academy system. Is it
too pure? Every now and then, playing
on a bad pitch is not a bad thing. They
may get drawn in the third round of the
FA Cup somewhere and it’s a little bit
bobbly. They’ll remember.”
United leave nothing to chance with
their education. “We instil belief in
them,” Butt concludes. “You have to be
able to express yourself on the big stage.
If you can’t, you won’t be a Manchester
United player.”
Matt Hughes Football Notebook
Wembley pitch
to be replaced
for Euro 2020
T
he Wembley pitch will be
dug up and completely
replaced next winter for the
first time since 2010, with
the FA eager to ensure a
pristine playing surface at the
national stadium when it hosts the
latter stages of the 2020 European
Championship.
Certain areas of grass are relaid
regularly throughout the season at
Wembley, but the work planned for
this winter will involve the
installation of a completely new
hybrid pitch. The present Desso
Sports Systems pitch installed in June
2010 is guaranteed for 10 years, but
with Wembley due to stage seven
matches of Euro 2020, including two
semi-finals and the final, the FA has
brought forward its replacement. The
process will take approximately two
weeks and, with Wembley due to host
several Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift
concerts this summer, it has been
scheduled to take place in November
after England’s final match of the
year, a Uefa Nations League group
game against Croatia. The first match
to be played on the new pitch is likely
to be the 2019 League Cup final.
Evans set for £3m exit
J
onny Evans will be able to leave
West Bromwich Albion for an
initial payment of just £1.5 million
this summer if the club are relegated
to the Sky Bet Championship. The
Northern Irish defender’s contract
contains a release clause of £3 million
to be triggered in the event of
relegation, with its terms stating that
the buying club can pay the fee in two
instalments. Arsenal, Manchester City
and Manchester United are all
interested in the defender, who would
prefer to return to the North West if
possible, having spent the first nine
years of his career at Old Trafford.
Southgate’s Alli doubts
D
ele Alli has more work to do
to win his place back in
England’s starting XI despite
responding to being dropped for
last month’s friendlies against
Holland and Italy by scoring
twice in a match-winning
performance for Tottenham
Hotspur against Chelsea last
weekend. Gareth Southgate
rates Alli highly and will take
him to the World Cup, but has
concerns about his habit of
giving the ball away, an area of his
game that needs to improve if he is to
fully gain the England manager’s
trust.
Strikers’ pay safe
Andy Carroll and Javier Hernández
will have the least to lose if West
Ham United do not gain the two wins
they are likely to need to stay in the
Premier League. The strikers are the
only members of David Moyes’s firstteam squad whose contracts do not
contain a clause stipulating a
mandatory pay cut in the event of
relegation.
Southampton China trip
S
outhampton will demonstrate the
growing influence of their new
majority owner, Gao Jisheng, by
holding a training camp and
promotional tour in China this
summer in an attempt to increase
their fan base. The trip will take place
irrespective of whether Southampton
start next season in the Premier
League or the Championship, with
the club in the process of arranging
two fixtures, one against a Bundesliga
side and the other against a team
from the Chinese Super League.
Southampton plan to base themselves
in Hangzhou, 110 miles south of
Shanghai, and play the games in two
different cities to maximise their
exposure to the Chinese market.
Dismay over test’s value
T
he value and rigour of the
Owners’ and Directors’ Test
(OADT), a mandatory
requirement for all investors in
English clubs, is being questioned
after the Solihull Moors director Mike
Turl was fined just £1,000 after
admitting an FA charge of providing
a false declaration. Turl effectively
admitted to lying when asserting in
an OADT declaration dated May 19,
2017 that he had not held a position
as an officer in a football club in the
previous five years, when in fact he
had acted as chief executive of the
National League club. Turl was
charged by the FA after it was
tipped off that he was
working for Solihull while
serving a two-year ban
issued by the British
Horseracing Authority
for fraudulent practice
for his part in a sting that
led to jockey Eddie Ahern
being banned for 15 years.
The FA’s investigations
team are understood to have
been dismayed by Turl’s light
sanction, which took place
after a paper hearing that he
was not compelled to
attend.
Conte upset over Vialli claim
Chris Hatherall
Antonio Conte has dismissed a claim
from Gianluca Vialli that he is desperate to leave Chelsea, and insists that he
plans to be at the club next season.
The Italian’s future has been a topic of
debate all season but especially now
with his side eight points adrift of fourth
in the Premier League as they prepare
to host West Ham United tomorrow.
Comments from Vialli, the former
Chelsea player and manager, saying:
“Conte can’t wait to leave Chelsea; he
can’t stand that they sell or buy players
without consulting him,” have left Conte feeling let down by a former teammate who now works as a pundit for
Sky Italia. He said: “With Gianluca, we
played together at Juventus . . . and I
consider him a friend. But we haven’t
spoken in a year.
“I can be disappointed on one side,
but I respect him because he is a journalist, and he is doing his job. He is trying to give his opinion. But this is his
opinion. It is not my opinion. The
people who stay very close to me they
know very well my intentions — to stay,
to stay here, to continue my job here.”
Speaking about Chelsea’s season, he
said: “Those who know me well, they
know that in this moment I am very
angry. I am very sad for this situation.
“When I go to my house, I know that
I gave everything . . . for this club —
120 per cent. Sometimes it is difficult to
sleep with these types of problems.”
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Warnock rages
as Nuno revels
in Wolves win
Cardiff
Wolverhampton
Neves 67
0
2
1
Sky Bet Championship
Alyson Rudd
This was one of the most incredible
finales of any Sky Bet Championship
game of this or any other season. In the
dying minutes of added time Cardiff
City missed not one but two chances to
equalise from the penalty spot and Neil
Warnock, their manager, accused Nuno Espírito Santo, his opposite number,
of lacking etiquette, manners and class.
Espírito Santo, instead of shaking
hands with Warnock at the final
whistle, ran to hug John Ruddy, his
goalkeeper. The Cardiff manager was
livid and was heard swearing live on
television. “He’s totally out of order,”
Warnock said. “You shake the manager’s hand after. I went to shake his hand
and he ran off.”
When he was told that Nuno planned
to apologise, Warnock said that he was
not interested. “Why will I be speaking
to him?” he said. “I’m talking about
etiquette, manners and class. He does
not have to run off and rub your noses
in it, it’s a disgrace.”
The Wolves manager glowered upon
being told that Warnock had accused
him of failing to understand British
manners and stressed that he has
managed in the Champions League
and no one could doubt his education.
Somewhere in the midst of all this
acrimony was a crucial victory for
Wolves which means that if results go
their way this weekend, they could be
promoted on Tuesday evening. Cardiff
have not been steered too far off course
by this first defeat in 14 games but
points dropped and the manner in
which they squandered the penalties
will encourage Fulham and Aston Villa
that it is worth going all out to avoid the
play-offs and replace Cardiff in the
second automatic promotion spot.
The Cardiff City Stadium recorded
its biggest attendance for a league
match since 1976 and the extra noise
contributed to a game of clattering
tackles, hard running and audacious
strikes at goal. On the day that Warnock won a record tenth manager of
the month award, having been named
manager of the Championship team of
Penalty miss one
Penalty miss two
Madine and then Hoilett miss chances from the penalty spot in injury time for Cardiff to leave Wolves nine points clear
the season, it was a game that
showcased his pragmatism. Cardiff do
not feel the pressure to dominate
possession as the home team nor to
dictate style. They harass and bully and
break with confidence and should have
taken an early lead when Sol Bamba
met Junior Hoilett’s corner.
This prompted a spate of chances for
both sides. Rúben Neves went close for
Wolves with a long-range effort that
Neil Etheridge saved and the goalkeeper was busy again a few moments later
when Diogo Jota rifled in.
Kenneth Zohore and Joe Bennett
should have scored for Cardiff but
pulled their shots wide. A blistering free
kick from Yanic Wildschut almost beat
Ruddy and the second half began with
Leo Bonatini shooting from a tight
angle, his effort striking the near post.
This was not a game in which to judge
the teams’ preparedness for the top
flight but it did showcase how unflappable Wolves’ defending can be and the
boisterous confidence of Cardiff.
In the 68th minute, Neves fired home
from a free kick, one of too many conceded by the hosts in dangerous areas.
Then, in added time, Anthony Pilkington was flattened by Conor Coady
and Ruddy saved the subsequent penalty taken by Gary Madine. A minute
later Cardiff won another penalty, after
Aron Gunnarsson was fouled by Ivan
Cavaleiro and this time the spot kick
was missed by Hoilett, his effort striking the woodwork. Warnock said that
he could tell Hoilett was not in the
frame of mind to take it but the player
— probably Pilkington — who he
expected to step up did not do so.
Wolves had lost four of their past five
Championship
matches
against
Cardiff. The timing of this victory was
impeccable, if the manner was surreal.
Cardiff City (4-4-1-1): N Etheridge — L Peltier, S Bamba,
S Morrison, J Bennett — C Paterson (sub: N MendezLaing 51min), A Gunnarson, C Bryson, Y Wildschut (sub:
G Madine 71) — J Hoilett — K Zhore (sub:
A Pilkington 84). Substitutes not used B Murphy,
B Manga, L Damour, A Traoré. Booked Peltier, Morrison.
Wolverhampton Wanderers (3-4-3): J Ruddy —
R Bennett, C Coady, W Boly — M Doherty, R Saiss,
R Neves, B Douglas — B Afobe (sub: A N’Diaye 78),
L Bonatini (sub: H Costa 58), D Jota (sub: I Cavaleiro
67). Substitutes not used W Norris, D Batth, M GibbsWhite, K Hause. Booked Saiss, Neves, Costa.
Referee M Dean. Attendance 29,317.
P
Wolves ....................... 41
Cardiff ........................ 40
Fulham ....................... 40
Aston Villa ................. 40
Derby..........................39
Middlesbrough...........40
Bristol City.................40
W
27
24
21
21
17
18
16
D L F
8 6 74
8 8 62
12 7 70
10 9 64
14 8 57
9 13 56
14 10 56
A GD Pts
36 38 89
34 28 80
41 29 75
37 27 73
38 19 65
39 17 63
45 11 62
Title run-in
Wolverhampton Wanderers April 11: Derby County (h);
April 15: Birmingham City (h); April 21: Bolton
Wanderers (a); April 28: Sheffield Wednesday (h); May
6: Sunderland (a).
Cardiff City April 10: Aston Villa (a); April 14: Norwich
City (a); April 21: Nottingham Forest (h); April 24:
Derby County (a); April 28: Hull City (a); May 6:
Reading (h).
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‘Ashamed and embarrassed’
Angry Klopp says Liverpool fans’ attack on City coach tarnished Champions League victory
ROBBIE JAY BARRATT/AMA/GETTY IMAGES
Paul Joyce
Northern Football Correspondent
Liverpool supporters should no longer
be allowed to “welcome” sides to
Anfield, Jürgen Klopp said yesterday as
he angrily condemned the attack on
Manchester City’s team coach. The
unsavoury incident had left him
embarrassed and ashamed, he said.
The Liverpool manager plans to
speak to Pep Guardiola at the
Champions League quarter-final,
second leg on Tuesday and added that,
if it was up to him, Wednesday’s scenes
would be the last time that crowds were
allowed to gather outside the ground in
vast numbers to meet the players.
Thousands of Liverpool fans lined
the streets around Anfield before
Wednesday night’s tie, but the
gathering turned sinister when the bus
ferrying Guardiola’s side came under
attack from a barrage of objects,
including beer cans, bottles and
firecrackers. Klopp called those fans
responsible for the unrest — which has
led to Liverpool being charged by Uefa
— idiots who had abused what should
have been a wonderful spectacle.
“We [Klopp and Guardiola] haven’t
spoken, but I will when we meet again
on Tuesday,” Klopp said. “I feel really
embarrassed, ashamed. It is like,
‘What?’ I cannot understand how you
give this opportunity to the people to
create something wonderful, like this
usually is, [and it ends this way].
“It was already on the edge with the
flares, or whatever, which are illegal,
but it is nice and special. But the people
do not understand the rules and if I was
to make the decision I would say it is not
allowed anymore. It is not possible. You
had the chance, didn’t use it, sorry.
“It was a historical moment because I
was part of the last time it happened. I
don’t have the words. It is idiots in this
situation. How can you do that? It is
not a little bit funny. It is dangerous. It
feels bad.
“I was on a bus once and a rock was
thrown and we had a hole. It was
against Cologne and someone threw it
through the window. You think if that
hits my head, what happens? It is not
funny. It is actually the complete opposite and I am really angry about it.”
Klopp’s dismay was as genuine as his
praise for City’s conduct after the 3-0
defeat, with their replacement bus stopping at the same scene as it had come
under attack for 25 minutes to allow
Gary Jacob
Smoke from flares and firecrackers engulfs the City coach, which came under attack on its way to Anfield on Wednesday
club medics to assist a female Liverpool
fan injured in a suspected hit and run.
“A perfect example for how it should
be,” Klopp said. “You can’t take things
for granted. The medical staff of Man
City did what they did, but it is an
outstanding thing to do and leaves us
even more in a situation where we
think ‘Ooof, it was all strange.’ ”
The fallout has overshadowed Liverpool’s build-up to the Merseyside derby,
with the absence of Mohamed Salah
and others limiting the manager’s
options. Liverpool yesterday registered
squad numbers with the Premier
League for academy prospects Herbie
Kane, Curtis Jones, Rafael Camacho,
Adam Lewis, Nat Phillips and Liam
Millar in addition to Conor Masterson,
who was on the bench against City.
However, Klopp is not inclined to use
them unless in an emergency and
added: “It’s good to be a talent but the
next level is another one. If I can avoid
it I will try not to use them.”
He expects Everton to adopt an
aggressive approach in keeping with
recent seasons. Two years ago Ramiro
Funes Mori was sent off for challenge
that sidelined Divock Origi for the
remainder of the season, while last
season Ross Barkley was fortunate not
to seriously injure Jordan Henderson
with a late tackle.
Yet Klopp observed Premier League
protocol by refusing to discuss referee
Michael Oliver, claiming that Everton
manager Sam Allardyce would label
him a “soft German” again, a comment
that originated when they clashed
during the latter’s time at Sunderland.
“You know the answer, but if I say it
now then we will have someone not too
far from here saying I am a soft German
who is asking for help from somebody
else,” Klopp said. “If you want to write it,
write it, you don’t need me to say it.
“You saw them [the tackles] as well.
None of them were from our side if I am
right. It is a derby and there are a lot of
people out there who love this part of
the game. I hated it my whole life. It is
a fact that I never understood it. It is as
silly as throwing something at a bus.”
Tosun well acquainted with derby-day mayhem
Paul Joyce
Cenk Tosun had brought up the subject
of headbutts and moved on to brawls
before his attention turned to more
conventional ways of making a mark.
The Turkey forward has only been at
Everton for four months but is acutely
aware of what is at stake when tribal
rivalries are roused in today’s Merseyside derby. “I believed in myself before,
but I feel a lot better now and the goals
I scored have made the bond between
me and the supporters better,” he said.
“God willing, I will score this weekend
and become a true Evertonian.
“I know the importance of this game
and I know what it means to the supporters. Every time I am in the city and
I come across Everton supporters . . . the
last thing they always say is, ‘You have
to score against Liverpool’.”
Tosun followed the fixture from afar
while at Besiktas but a crash course in
protocol and etiquette is forever close at
hand in the guise of Duncan Ferguson,
Pochettino:
Levy’s rise is
no problem
for players
the Everton first-team coach. It was on
a team bonding trip to Dubai in February that Tosun was finally able to put in
the hard yards during training, Ferguson working closely with the striker.
Four goals since returning have gone
some way to highlighting why Everton
paid more than £21 million to sign the
26-year-old during the last transfer
window.
“He [Ferguson] is a legend,” Tosun said. “He is very well known
and he proved himself. He was a
kind of crazy player but I am
not sure that I am that crazy.
I heard that he headbutted a
few . . . is that right? I like
that. I like players who give
everything for the team
and the supporters.”
Clarification is forthcoming
that Ferguson also throttled
and punched the occasional
Tosun says that scoring will
make him a “true Evertonian”
opponent before mellowing and embracing his coaching role with obsessive zeal. Tosun smiles. “Nice.”
The disarming response is perhaps
fuelled by his experiences in Istanbul
derby matches. He
scored in the last
one he played —
Everton v Besiktas’s 3-0
victory over GalLiverpool
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erbahce in September when five players
were sent off.
“In Istanbul, when there is a
derby game, life stops,” Tosun
says. “Everyone has that ambition to win and players sometimes forget that it is sport. You
have
many, many red cards. There
h
are bad injuries and the games can
stop for long periods of time. You do
not have that here. In comparison, the
English derbies are calm.” A record 27
players have been sent off in Merseyside derbies, although it is another
piece of unwanted history that Tosun is
hoping to end today. Everton’s most
recent win over their neighbours came
in 2010 and the sequence of 16 matches
without victory since represents their
longest barren spell.
Everton’s season was flawed from the
moment that Romelu Lukaku was not
adequately replaced last summer. The
weight of expectation has been shunted
Tosun’s way and he knows that beating
the familiar foe would represent a sliver
of consolation.
“It was a difficult time when I signed
as maybe some people saw me as a saviour. I was trying to do my best and take
that role,” he added. “I accept that you
can say that we did not meet expectations this season.
“So we are looking at this and, God
willing, this will be the game that is the
highlight for the club and supporters,
for the players, for the club.”
Mauricio Pochettino claims that his
Tottenham Hotspur players were
happy with their wages when they
signed their contracts as he defended
his chairman’s increased salary.
Tottenham’s accounts, published this
week, showed that Daniel Levy earned
£6.01 million last year at a time when
the club have been trying to keep a lid
on the wage bill while negotiating new
contracts with a host of players. In the
most publicised example, Tottenham
have refused to meet Toby Alderweireld’s demands to treble his £53,000-aweek wages and effectively accepted
that the centre back, who has not travelled with the squad to play Stoke City
today, is likely to be sold this summer.
Tottenham have stressed that a
remuneration committee decides the
amount paid to Levy, whose earnings
jumped from £2.84 million in the previous year owing to a backdated pay rise,
as well as bonuses, which all came on
the back of record revenue for the club.
Pochettino claimed that his players
should not take the rise into account. “If
I am happy, I sign my contract and then
I cannot complain because no one put a
gun against my head,” he said. “I am
happy with my salary. I’m not comparing my salary with any others. It’s like
what happens with a player or with us,
the coaching staff, with the manager.
“OK, we are doing a fantastic job but
when we sign a contract it was to deliver
a fantastic job. OK, if the club after decided to reward our job, fantastic. But,
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if they don’t, fantastic too because we
signed a contract to deliver that work.
“I am very happy for Daniel. My genuine feeling is he deserves it because he
is working so hard for the club. It’s not
a problem for the players or for us.”
About eight Spurs players could be
given new contracts in the next six
months and Pochettino is also in line
for another deal. The Argentinian’s
contract runs until 2021.
He added: “This business, the principal actors are the players. We have to
push the big cake onto the players. After
that there is the manager and coaching
staff. If one agent from one transaction
can earn a lot of money to be in the
middle between two clubs, people like
our chairman [can].”
Alderweireld has started just twice
and been an unused substitute once
since he returned from a serious hamstring injury in February. Pochettino
denied that his decision not to use the
Belgium player was related to a contract dispute and that Alderweireld
may not be at the club next season.
In the past Kyle Walker, Andros
Townsend and Nabil Bentaleb may
have felt they were sidelined after disagreements with Pochettino. “You cannot think about next season, we need to
achieve the objective this season,” he
said. “It is not about personal feelings or
emotion, it is about providing the team
with the best tools to win.”
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‘A lot of people live on the streets. It’s
unacceptable in a place like England’
ATHENA PICTURE AGENCY
Carlos Carvalhal explains to
Alyson Rudd how his
love of philosophy is
st
helping in his quest
to keep Swansea up
what a difference 11 games make
Dec 28 when he took over . . .
P
15 Newcastle ........ 20
16 Crystal Palace...20
17 West Ham.........20
18 Bournemouth..20
19 West Brom.......20
20 Swansea..........20
C
arlos Carvalhal is admonishing a
player. Yes, that Carlos Carvalhal —
the one who has endeared himself to
Swansea City fans by hauling the
team out of the relegation zone in
style, who has spread joy through the Premier
League with his upbeat demeanour and
twinkling smile and entertained the media with
his marvellous metaphors while handing out
Portuguese pastries.
“You are a very tough player,” Carvalhal says.
“You are a fighter, very strong but you don’t
have the technical quality to play in my team.”
Ouch.
Actually, the former Sheffield Wednesday
manager is explaining why he never won a
senior cap for his country. Those are the words
he would have uttered if he had been the coach
of his younger self. The point, though, is still
valid. Carvalhal is a chameleon. He would not
be paternalistic and jolly unless he felt the team
would respond. The 52-year-old would not
change his personality, he says, but he would,
and has, led differently depending on
circumstances. In some countries an egg tart
and a riddle would go down rather badly.
“I am a very adaptable person,” he says. “I
know what is leadership. In some environments
you have to act different. I acted different in
Besiktas to how I act here. In Turkey and
Greece, the chief is really the chief, they respect
the teachers and authorities. In England,
sometimes the leaders do not have to be in front
of the group, you can be behind them. If you do
D
3
6
6
5
9
4
GD Pts
-11 18
-14 18
-16 18
-13 17
-13 15
-20 13
W
8
8
7
5
6
3
D
7
7
9
13
9
11
GD Pts
-19 31
-28 31
-19 30
-18 28
-32 27
-26 20
. . . Now
P
15 Swansea............31
16 Huddersfield.....32
17 Crystal Palace .. 32
18 Southampton ... 31
19 Stoke.................32
20 West Brom.......32
‘In England, sometimes the
leaders do not have to be
in front of the group, you
can be behind them. If you
do that in Turkey and Greece,
you don’t have any chance’
that in Turkey and Greece, you don’t have any
chance — they will fire you in one week.”
The buzz around the training ground before
today’s trip to The Hawthorns centres on
speculation that he is in talks to extend his
contract beyond the end of the season.
Carvalhal never signs long-term deals, and a
glance at his CV reveals a nomadic existence.
He has managed at 17 clubs but says that this is
not because he is fidgety but because he started
at the bottom and had to take lots of small steps
to prove himself, sometimes at clubs in Greece
and Turkey where the average lifespan of a
coach is six months, so, of course, his CV is busy.
“Nobody gave me nothing,” he says. “I was not
a big player. I started in the [Portuguese] third
division.”
He arrived in Sheffield in June 2015. It was his
first job in Britain and what surprised him the
most is that elderly people will go to the pub or
a restaurant. “It looks like life is longer than in
my country,” he says, “because in my country
they get to an age and look like they are
preparing for death.” He is also captivated by
how the British care about football and not just
the clubs they support. In Portugal, fans’ ardour
is limited to one team. He is less impressed that
we have a homelessness problem.
“A lot of people live on the streets, especially
in Sheffield,” he says, “and in a country like
England it made a massive negative impact [on
me]. It’s unacceptable in a country like England.”
Carvalhal wanted to study sports science at
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4
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Swansea City were at the foot of the Premier League table when Carvalhal took charge in December
university but as he did not have the necessary
qualifications in maths and biology, he enrolled
as a philosophy student while taking the
subjects that he needed in his spare time. Rather
than set him back a year, the extra study defined
him as a coach. “Philosophy is the science of
why,” he says. “I was not comfortable with the
way the managers [on his course] prepare the
team. I put very hard questions to them.
Sometimes I was boring, asking questions.”
He simply loves philosophy so I reach for my
phone in order to show him footage of The
Philosophers’ Football Match, arguably Monty
Python’s cleverest sketch. Germany, led by
“Nobby” Hegel, are up against Greece boasting
a ball-juggling Archimedes but, once the final
begins, the ball remains on the centre circle as
the philosophers wander around deep in
thought. Martin Luther, the Germany manager,
opts for “all-out attack” by bringing Karl Marx
off the bench with two minutes to go, but the
Greeks win with a goal that Kant claims only
exists in the imagination. Carvalhal chuckles, he
knows the sketch well but, being very patriotic,
refuses to pick his favourite philosopher from
those described by the match commentator,
Michael Palin, as none are Portuguese.
It is his patriotism allied to his philosophical
thinking that defines him as a coach. Does he,
like his compatriot José Mourinho, want to
manage the national team one day?
“We are very proud about our country,” he
says. “When I hear the anthem I feel very
emotional; I can cry if I hear the hymn of
Portugal being sung. If you ask me if I would
like to be national team coach, I would like it of
course but it’s not in my plans. I prefer shorter
plans like trying to win the next game.
“The Portuguese are very strong in emotional
intelligence. It is the Portuguese way. The best
you can achieve is to connect people.”
He recalls crying when France beat Portugal
3-2 in that dramatic semi-final of the 1984
European Championship and he says emotion
and connection were factors in Portugal
winning Euro 2016 as epitomised by Marcelo
Rebelo de Sousa, the president, speaking to the
team beforehand. The nation felt, Carvalhal
explains, that for the first time such a visit was
not done out of political expediency because De
Sousa had just won the election by a huge
margin, but because he knew what success
would mean while there was an economic slump
and a pension crisis.
“He felt it was important to the country, to its
self-confidence,” the Swansea manager explains.
It is this kind of overt passion that the British
lap up in foreign coaches but Carvalhal argues
that there is a more pertinent reason why
coaches from a country as small as Portugal are
embraced here. “We work very hard, we learn
and study very hard to reach this level. It’s not
just intuition or if you are strategic. We are very
well prepared.”
He says that if he popped back to Portugal
and tried to prepare a team only in terms of
physical training, “they would not accept you”.
They demand detail in Portugal. There is little
money and the clubs are small so “all the
pressure is on the coaches” to find a way to
maximise what is available.
He continued to ask lots of questions when he
arrived in Swansea. “Why is the team losing the
ball? Why is the team conceding goals? Why
not scoring goals? And we tried to arrange a
strategy to solve the problems.”
He accepts that it may look from the outside
as though he has entered the second phase of his
stint at the club, that his first aim of giving the
club a chance of evading relegation has been
achieved and now he has to ensure that they
stay out of the bottom three. When he took over,
the team were five points adrift of safety and
considered a hopeless cause but they remain
only three points above the relegation zone.
Mourinho’s assertion last weekend that his
friend is the true manager of the season was
jumping the gun. Should there be a few wobbles
in the coming weeks, his last two games are, at
least, at home and against struggling
Southampton and Stoke City. His aim, though,
is not to need those two final games.
You can only understand football if you accept
it is complex, he says, and you can only do that
by accepting “the complexity is simple”.
Nobby Hegel, eat your heart out.
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Sport
Oliver Kay
Chief Football Correspondent
Reminder of the
despair managers
cut adrift can feel
O
f all the many moving tributes paid
this week to Ray Wilkins, two stand
out. One was from Nigel Quashie,
who was 17 when Wilkins, as
manager of Queens Park Rangers,
handed him a daunting Premier League debut
at Old Trafford. Quashie thought he had just
been taken along for the ride until Wilkins
passed him a shirt before kick-off. He played on
adrenaline and when, still on a high, he
borrowed his manager’s phone after the game to
tell his mother what had happened, she told him
she was waiting outside. Wilkins had tipped her
the wink and made sure that she was there, even
paying for her train ticket to Manchester.
Quashie’s tribute, “a real human being with
such class”, was echoed by others, not least Ian
Holloway. Wilkins’s former QPR team-mate was
close to tears on Wednesday afternoon as he
told talkSPORT about a “unique human being”,
but he sounded saddest when he touched on the
final years of Wilkins’s life. “I think deep down
there was a sadness sometimes in him because
he wanted to be involved in the game and he
missed it,” Holloway, now QPR’s manager, said.
“Ray dedicated his life to the game and,
without it, I feel there was a sadness in him that
nobody, maybe not even his wonderful wife,
Jackie, could quite reach. I don’t know if he ever
realised how we all felt about him. I hope he felt
it.”
The next day brought another profoundly sad
football story. An inquest into the death last
November of Dermot Drummy recorded a
verdict of suicide, citing the 56-year-old’s “low
mood” after his loss of employment as manager
of Crawley Town six months earlier.
There is a significant difference between the
two cases — Wilkins died from a heart attack
— but there is also, beyond their time together
on Chelsea’s coaching staff, a link between two
much-loved football men who had a smile and a
Wilkins, left, and Drummy were
much-loved football men who felt a
deep sense of solitude when they
lost the jobs they treasured so much
kind word for everyone but felt a sense
of solitude when they found, after
years doing a job they loved, that
their faces did not fit any more.
Drummy’s was a success story.
Released by Arsenal as a teenager,
he became a taxi driver, playing nonLeague football and briefly managing
Ware Town, before joining Arsenal’s
youth academy as a part-time coach.
He climbed the coaching ladder at
Arsenal, his reputation enhanced by his
role in the development of Jack Wilshere
and Kieran Gibbs, before joining Chelsea in
2009. He was hugely popular at Chelsea,
coaching the youth team and then the
reserves, but he always fancied management
and, at the age of 55, Crawley gave him the
chance. “If you sit behind José Mourinho,” he
said on taking charge, “you get to a point where
you want to taste it yourself.”
Management is a tough gig, though. Crawley
did not have a training ground when he arrived
and were expecting another season of struggle
in League Two. Drummy started well but
progress was hard to maintain. They finished
19th, clear of relegation, but he was sacked at
the end of the season. He hoped to get another
management job, but various applications did
not yield so much as a reply. He was now on the
outside looking in and, according to one friend,
a sense of isolation, rejection and worthlessness
hit him extremely hard. Success story or not,
Drummy felt like a failure.
Football management can be like that. It can
feel like, as Holloway put it, “the greatest job in
the world”, but it can eat you up and spit you
out. The highs and lows experienced within
professional sport can be extreme. The lows
experienced by people who suddenly find
themselves exiled from it, confronted with a
feeling of failure, are often even more so.
Wilkins told the Daily Mail in 2014 that he
had struggled with depression, for the third time
in his life, after losing his job at Chelsea four
years earlier. Depression drove him to drink,
which made things worse. “I couldn’t get out of
bed in the morning,” he said. “I would be
moping about, feeling like dirt. It’s hard being
out of work. That’s the same for any man. We
have to accept sometimes that we are fragile.”
There can be few jobs that expose those
fragilities quite like football management, where
judgment is so public and so frequent, in such a
pressurised environment, where the threat of
the sack is omnipresent. Yes, many managers
are paid handsomely, which can include
multimillion-pound payouts after losing
a job, but it is an unforgiving business.
A key function of the League
Managers Association is to raise
awareness of mental health issues
and to offer support for those, both
in and out of work, who feel they
might be at risk.
As football fans, and certainly
as a football media, we should be
more sensitive to that. Alan
Pardew was sacked by West
Bromwich Albion this week having
failed to arrest their slump, but
this does not make him a failure or
someone who, as some would have
it, is now unemployable. David Moyes
has done a decent job in difficult
circumstances at West Ham United but
his reputation continues to be defined by
his struggles at Manchester United and
Sunderland. His much-admired work at
Preston North End and Everton barely
gets a mention.
Then there is Arsène Wenger, who
these days finds himself characterised as
a “specialist in failure”, as Mourinho
called him, or accused of “killing our
club” when in reality he has done
Arsenal infinitely more good than harm.
And then, at the opposite end of the
spectrum, there are those such as
Wilkins and Drummy, the first a former
England captain, the second an excabbie, who found themselves
marginalised or even cut adrift from
the game that was their obsession. The
assistant coroner told Drummy’s family
at Thursday’s inquest that it was clear
he was “tremendously loved”. The
warmth and the sincerity of this week’s
tributes show that this was equally true
of Wilkins. As Holloway said, you just
hope they felt it.
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Determined Wales deny England to spoil Neville’s home debut
England
Wales
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2
1
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Women’s World Cup qualifying
Molly Hudson
Phil Neville’s home debut as manager
of England ended in frustration last
night as a Wales team comprising a
number of part-timers pulled off a
draw, leaving them group leaders in the
race for World Cup qualification.
The visiting side required an
outstanding display from the goalkeeper Laura O’Sullivan, while Neville may
have been correct to observe that a
draw was the result Wales came for.
In front of more than 25,000 at St
Mary’s Stadium in Southampton,
Wales, the world’s 34th-ranked team,
came within millimetres of taking a
shock lead as early as the ninth minute.
Carly Telford, surprisingly handed the
start in goal for England, was under
pressure as Wales whipped a corner
that England failed to clear as panic set
in among the defence.
Natasha Harding’s shot took two
deflections, the second off Steph
Houghton, before Lucy Bronze cleared
off her line. Wales, who have scored just
three times in five qualifiers, claimed
that the ball had gone over line. Television replays were inconclusive.
Jayne Ludlow’s side showed all their
undoubted underdog qualities to hold
on to a point that leaves England needing to win their game in hand in Bosnia
and Herzegovina on Tuesday to return
to the top of the group.
“It wasn’t the result I was looking for,”
Neville said. “We were sloppy in possession and that’s not like us. We didn’t
play with any speed or intensity. Their
game plan worked in the first half, I
thought we were fantastic second half.
“We looked like the only team that
England (4-3-3): C Telford Chelsea — L Bronze Lyons,
A McManus Manchester City, S Houghton Manchester
City, D Stokes Manchester City — K Walsh Manchester
City, J Nobbs Arsenal, F Kirby Chelsea — N Parris
Manchester City (sub: M Lawley Manchester City
54min), J Taylor Seattle Reign (sub: E White
Birmingham City 54), T Duggan Barcelona (sub: B Mead
Arsenal 80). Booked Houghton, McManus.
Wales (4-3-3): L O’Sullivan (Cyncoed Ladies) — L Dykes
(Bristol City), S Ingle (Liverpool), R Roberts (Doncaster
Belles), N Harding (Reading) — A James (Everton),
K Green (Yeovil Town), J Fishlock (Seattle Reign) —
R Rowe (Reading), H Ladd (Birmingham City),
C Estcourt (Reading). Booked Ingle, Harding.
How they stand
England scramble the ball clear but Wales maintain that it crossed the goalline
was looking to win the game. They were
celebrating like it was a victory but we
were the team that were dominant. As
an opposing manager you’ve got to
hold your hands up and say they played
really well.
“The job I knew was going to be
tough. Nobody comes and knocks on
your door and hands you three points
but I think we have to persevere with
the philosophy of playing football,
rather than just chip the ball into the
box and give them the ball back.”
A late flurry of chances fell England’s
way, with Fran Kirby having an effort
tipped over the bar and White heading
Group A
Wales
England
Russia
Bosnia & Herz
Kazakhstan
P W
5 3
4 3
3 1
4 1
4 0
D
2
1
1
0
0
L
0
0
1
3
4
F
3
15
6
3
0
A
0
0
7
11
9
Pts
11
10
4
3
0
just wide, but it was not to be as
Ludlow’s well-drilled team deservedly
held on. “World Cup qualification is a
toughy,” the Wales manager said.
“Realistically we get second place and
we may not qualify from the play-off.
But that’s not our focus, we just want to
be better than the game before.”
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The ultimate Premier League guide 2017-18
How they stand
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
Man City
Man Utd
Liverpool
Tottenham
Chelsea
Arsenal
Burnley
Leicester
Everton
Bournemouth
Watford
Newcastle
Brighton
West Ham
Swansea
Huddersfield
Crystal Palace
Southampton
Stoke
West Brom
P
31
31
32
31
31
31
31
31
32
32
32
31
31
31
31
32
32
31
32
32
W
27
21
19
19
17
15
12
11
11
9
10
9
8
8
8
8
7
5
6
3
D
3
5
9
7
5
6
10
10
7
10
7
8
10
9
7
7
9
13
9
11
L
1
5
4
5
9
10
9
10
14
13
15
14
13
14
16
17
16
13
17
18
F
88
60
75
62
53
58
29
47
38
39
41
31
28
39
25
25
31
29
29
25
A
21
23
35
26
30
41
27
43
53
51
57
40
42
57
44
53
50
47
61
51
GD
67
37
40
36
23
17
2
4
-15
-12
-16
-9
-14
-18
-19
-28
-19
-18
-32
-26
Pts
84
68
66
64
56
51
46
43
40
37
37
35
34
33
31
31
30
28
27
20
Leading scorers: 29 M Salah (Liverpool). 24 H Kane
(Spurs). 21 S Agüero (Man City). 16 R Sterling (Man City).
Salah injury hands
managers dilemma
over Kane’s return
Paddy von Behr
Charlie Scott
The Sweeper
Mohamed Salah was at
his imperious best again
on Wednesday, scoring
one and setting up
another for Liverpool
against Manchester City
in the first leg of their
Champions League
quarter-final at Anfield,
but a groin problem
ended his night early.
How long will the Egypt
forward be out? We
don’t know.
The solution,
therefore, is to wait and
see. He will probably not
feature in the early
kick-off against Everton
at Goodison Park today,
but that is exactly why
we have been telling you
all season to make sure
you have a solid bench.
After the weekend, and
before the first double
Today
12.30pm
Everton v Liverpool
gameweek, you can
decide whether to hang
on to FPL’s standout
player or to reinvest
those funds, perhaps
allowing you to afford
Harry Kane.
The Tottenham
Hotspur striker is the
other huge question
mark for managers. Do
you bring him in now?
Do you wait until the
double gameweek? Or
do you tackle the run-in
without him?
The simple answer is
probably to save your
free transfer this week
and consider him for the
double. However, if you
have the means, you
could do worse than get
him now. His record
against Stoke City, who
Spurs visit today, is
exceptional and, in
Salah’s absence, he
would be a good choice
for captain.
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Injured Sigurdsson, Mangala,
McCarthy
(4-3-3)
Pickford
Coleman Jagielka
Keane
Baines
Davies
Gueye
Rooney
Walcott
Tuson
Bolasie
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Liverpool
Ings
Solanke
Mané
Milner
Henderson
Wijnaldum
Moreno
Van Dijk
Lovren
Clyne
91 Last 5 Eve LLWWL
5
Leicester
v
Martin
Dubravka
Newcastle
Home win
3/1
(4-3-3)
Referee M Oliver (25 games)
Riyad Mahrez
FINK TANK PREDICTION
H 21%
D 23%
A 56%
Karius
Liv WWLWW
Today
3pm
Bournemouth v Crystal Palace
TV Highlights, BBC One, 10.30pmTimes app Highlights, 5.15pm
BOURNEMOUTH
Injured Mings
(4-2-3-1)
Begovic
Fraser
S Cook
Aké
L Cook
Daniels
CRYSTAL PALACE
Injured Wickham, Ward, Dann,
Puncheon, Sorloth
Doubt Benteke
Gosling
A Smith
Ibe
Pugh
Wilson
6 Successive matches
in which Bournemouth
have scored in the 89th
minute or later
Benteke
Zaha
Townsend McArthur
Cabaye
Van Aanholt Sakho
WanBissaka
Tomkins
Hennessey
2
82
Bou DDLWD
(4-3-3)
Ryan
Kayal
Dunk
Bong
Pröpper Izquierdo
Locadia
Murray
Mounié
Mooy
15
1
Shaqiri Stoke
HUDDERSFIELD
Injured Kachunga
7
Zanka Hadergjonaj
Gross Brighton
0
77
5
FINK TANK PREDICTION
H 55%
D 24%
A 20%
Home win
10/11
(4-2-3-1)
Referee A Taylor (22 games)
Bri DWWLL
8
Rooney Everton
Hud WLDLL
10
Today
3pm
Leicester v Newcastle
TV Highlights, BBC One, 10.30pm Radio talkSPORT 2 Times app Highlights, 5.15pm
(4-4-1-1)
LEICESTER
Injured James, Amertey
Suspended Ndidi
Schmeichel
Simpson
Morgan
Mahrez
Silva
Maguire
Chilwell
Iborra
Albrighton
Okazaki
Gayle
Pérez
Diame
Dummett Lejeune
NEWCASTLE
Injured None
6 90th-minute goals scored by
Leicester this season − no one
has scored more (along with
Watford and Man City)
Vardy
Kenedy
Ritchie
FINK TANK PREDICTION
H 49%
D 25%
A 26%
Shelvey
Lascelles
Dubravka
Referee S Attwell (12 games)
6
Quaner
Hogg
Kongolo Schindler
Vardy Leicester
BRIGHTON
Injured Brown, Sidwell Doubt
Stephens Suspended
Knockaert
18 Games in which
Huddersfield have failed to
score this season, the most so
far
Gross
Van la Parra Pritchard
8
Today
3pm
TV Highlights, BBC One, 10.30pm Radio talkSPORT 2Times app Highlights, 5.15pm
Duffy
Assists
10
CP LLLWL
Brighton v Huddersfield
Schelotto
Goals
Draw
12/5
(4-2-3-1)
Referee J Moss (23 games)
Riyad Mahrez has
been involved in the
most Premier League
goals this season (goals
and assists) of players
not with a ‘big six’ club
Mahrez Leicester
FINK TANK PREDICTION
H 45%
D 24%
A 31%
Milivojevic
Lössl
Don’t miss
a goal this
season
LIVERPOOL
Injured Gomez, Matip, Lallana
Doubt Can, Salah
Head
to head
Yedlin
Draw
12/5
(4-2-3-1)
1
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New WDLWW
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In association with
By Bill Edgar
Today
3pm
Stoke v Tottenham
TV Highlights, BBC One, 10.30pm Radio BBC 5 Live Times app Highlights, 5.15pm
Since keeping
Manchester United at
bay on his Newcastle
debut, Martin Dubravka
has the best clean sheet
ratio of all goalkeepers
to play at least twice in
the Premier League
(4-3-3)
Johnson
Zouma Shawcross Pieters
Bauer
Ndiaye
Allen
Shaqiri
Sobhi
Crouch
Son
Alli
Sánchez
Davies Vertonghen
Trippier
31
Sto DDLLL
Today
3pm
Watford v Burnley
Karnezis
Mariappa Holebas
Prödl
BURNLEY
Injured Defour, Walters, Brady
Doubt Mee, Gudmundsson
Doucouré Capoue
Femenia
Hughes
Pereyra
6 Goals conceded from
penalties by Watford, the most
in the Premier League. Burnley
are the only team yet to be
awarded a penalty
Deeney
Wood
Nkoudou
Hendrick
Cork
Ward
Lennon
Westwood
Long
Tarkowski Lowton
Pope
Caballero Chelsea
2 games
50%
50%
FINK TANK PREDICTION
H 38%
D 28%
A 34%
Referee P Tierney (12 games)
0
31
Wat WWLLD
1
2
3
4
18
19
20
Chelsea
Manchester United
Arsenal
Tottenham
Burnley
Hull City
Portsmouth*
38
38
38
38
38
38
38
A Ayew
Carroll
Answer bottom of page
D
5
4
6
7
6
12
7
L
6
5
9
10
24
20
24
F
103
86
83
67
42
34
34
(4-3-3)
2
46
A
32
28
41
41
82
75
66
?
Pts
86
85
75
70
30
30
19
Stones
Laporte
Away win
23/10
WB LLLLL
Swa WLWDL
Today
5.30pm
Delph
MANCHESTER UNITED
Injured Blind, Romero
De Bruyne Fernandinho Gündogan
B Silva
Jesus
Sánchez
Lingard
20 Times that Mourinho and
Guardiola have faced each
other, most either manager
has faced another. Guardiola
has won 9 drawn 7, lost 4
Sterling
Lukaku
Mata
Matic
Bailly
FINK TANK PREDICTION
H 61%
D 22%
A 17%
Smalling Valencia
Referee M Atkinson (24 games)
5
84
MC WWWWW
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ARSENAL
Injured Mkhitaryan, Ospina,
Maitland-Niles
Cech
Bellerín
Mustafi Chambers Monreal
Elneny
SOUTHAMPTON
Injured Davis, Yoshida
Wilshere
Iwobi
150 If Arsenal win it will be
their 150th Premier League
victory at the Emirates. They
will be the only side to have
won 150-plus games at two
different stadiums
Welback
Özil
Austin Gabbiadini
Tadic
Hojbjerg
Bertrand
Hoedt
Lemina Redmond
Stephens
Cédric
43
Darren Moore Run ended 11 May 2008
FINK TANK PREDICTION
H 73%
D 16%
A 11%
McCarthy
30
Kenny Miller Run ended 11 May 2008
29
Home win
4/7
(4-4-2)
31
Alan Hutton Run ended 07 May 2016
MU LWWWW
Tomorrow
2.15pm
Arsenal v Southampton
Aubameyang
Aston Villa, Middlesbrough
Away win
14/5
(4-2-3-1)
(4-2-3-1)
Rudy Gestede Run ended 26 Apr 2017
Derby County
Middlesbrough
MANCHESTER CITY
Injured Stones, Mendy
Ederson
Young
West Brom will try to avoid their ninth successive league defeat
today against Swansea City. Their caretaker manager Darren Moore
failed to win any of his last 31 Premier League matches as a player,
but even his winless streak is left in the shade by Rudy Gestede
Aston Villa
3 Goals scored by Salomon
Rondon in this fixture last
season - all headers
Manchester City v Manchester United
Bill Edgar’s weekend numbers
Derby County
Promotion through
play-offs
(3-5-2)
Referee R East (14 games)
De Gea
Referee A Marriner (22 games)
2
55
Ars LLLWW
Sou LDDLL
Tomorrow
4.30pm
Chelsea v West Ham
TV Live, Sky Sports PL Radio BBC 5 Live Times app Live updates
CHELSEA
Injured Luiz, Ampadu
(3-4-3)
Courtois
Azpilicueta Christensen
Moses
Willian
Kanté
Rüdiger
Hazard
WEST HAM
Injured Lanzini, Collins, Carroll
Alonso
Fàbregas
Arnautovic
3 West Ham have lost all three
Premier League game played
on a Sunday this season, 8-1 on
aggregate
Morata
Mário
Zabaleta
Kouyaté
FINK TANK PREDICTION
H 79%
D 14%
Ogbonna
Rice
A 7%
Masuaku
Fernandes Noble
Cresswell
Hart
Answer:2009/10
46%
Derby
FINK TANK PREDICTION
H 41%
Fernández Van Der Hoorn D 31%
A 28%
* deducted 9 points for entering administration
Karius Liverpool
13 games
Direct promotion
King
Pogba
Bur LDWWW
Name the season
W
27
27
23
21
8
6
7
Aston Villa
Fabianski
Walker
Fulham
Bristol City
Naughton
Draw
21/10
(4-2-3-1)
Can you work out which
season this table is from? P
Ospina Arsenal
2 games
WATFORD
Injured Kabasele, Cleverley,
Chalobah, Kaboul, Deulofeu,
Success
Cardiff
SWANSEA
Injured Sanches, Fer, Bony
Suspended J Ayew
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Janmaat
Abraham
Mawson
Tot WWWWW
Wolves
Brunt
Rondón
Away win
3/10
(4-2-3-1)
(4-2-3-1)
Gibbs
Rodriguez
Clucas
FINK TANK PREDICTION
H 13%
D 19%
A 68%
Lloris
1
Evans
Olsson
Dier
Referee G Scott (16 games)
52%
Hegazi
Livermore Yacob
Eriksen
Dembélé
60%
De Gea Man United
31 games
Foster
4 Successive league games
against Stoke won by a
four-goal margin by
Tottenham - a top-flight record
Kane
WEST BROM
Doubt Barry, Field, Chadli,
Sturridge
(4-2-3-1)
Dawson
TOTTENHAM
Injured Winks
Championship teams most likely to get promoted
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McClean
Clean sheet ratio
this season
(minimum 2
games)
Dubravka Newcastle
5 games
STOKE
Injured Chupo Moring, Grant,
Stafylidis Suspended Adam
Butland
Today
3pm
West Brom v Swansea
Referee K Friend (16 games)
Home win
1/4
(3-5-2)
0
38
Che WLLWL
WH WLLLW
Millwall
Preston
Brentford
Sheffield United
As of April 1
0%
20%
40%
60%
80% 100%
Why promotion is
all but sealed for
Wolves and Wigan
Daniel Finkelstein
The Fink Tank
With Manchester City
set to win the Premier
League at any moment,
and the top four
practically settled
(Chelsea still have a
chance, but it’s only 7
per cent) how are the
battles shaping up at
the top of the other
divisions?
Henry Stott, Mark
Latham and Dinesh
Vatvani used the Fink
Tank Predictor to
model the rest of the
season after last week’s
run of games. This
involved using a
weighted measure of
shots and shots on
target and then
simulating the season’s
end repeatedly. So, to
give an example, if a
team ended up in the
direct promotion slots
43 times out of every
100 times we simulated
the season end, we
would say they had a 43
per cent chance of
automatic promotion.
Wolverhampton
Wanderers were nearly
home after last
weekend. They had a
99.4 per cent chance of
direct promotion and a
further 0.2 per cent of
going up through the
play-offs. Cardiff City
had a total promotion
chance of 79 per cent,
with a 68.8 per cent
shot at direct
promotion. It will be
interesting to see if last
night’s showdown
between the top two
alters their prospects.
Also in the hunt were
Fulham (48.7 per cent
total, 23.1 per cent
direct), Aston Villa (27.7
per cent total, 8.1 per
cent direct) and Derby
County (23.8 and 0.7).
Middlesbrough (8.9
per cent), Bristol City
(4.3) and Millwall (2.5)
had realistic, if small,
chances of promotion
through the play-offs,
but not of going up
automatically.
After last weekend,
Wigan Athletic had a
97.1 per cent chance of
going up from League
One (94.3 per cent
automatically) and
Blackburn Rovers a
94.9 per cent chance
(90.8 per cent
automatically). The
only other team who
may go up directly
are Shrewsbury Town
(14.9 per cent and
30.9 per cent
altogether). Then there
are six other clubs with
a shot at promotion
through the play-offs —
Rotherham United (26.1
per cent), Charlton
Athletic (16.0),
Peterborough United
(15.3), Portsmouth (11.5)
Scunthorpe United (5.0)
and Plymouth Argyle
(3.0).
Finally, there is the
state of play in League
Two: Accrington
Stanley ended last
weekend with a 99.5 per
cent chance of going up
and Luton Town with a
98.1 per cent chance of
entering the third tier.
Wycombe Wanderers
had a 74.7 per cent
chance of direct
promotion and an 84.3
per cent overall chance
of moving up.
Other clubs with a
good deal to play for are
Coventry City (30.8 per
cent overall chance of
going up, 8.9 per cent
shot at automatic
promotion), Lincoln
City (24.1, 4.8), Exeter
City (21.0, 7.1), Notts
County (20.0, 6.0),
Mansfield Town (10.7,
1.7) and Swindon Town
(9.8, 0.5).
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Sport The Masters
Woods rallies to
avoid the cut as
Reed pulls clear
Alasdair Reid
Augusta
As Marc Leishman and Patrick Reed
began to pull away from the field last
night, some of the top players in the
world seemed grimly determined to
kick their own prospects of winning the
82nd Masters deep into the long grass.
Or rather, as long grass doesn’t actually
feature at Augusta, deep into the woods
that line this famous course.
Between the regular ripples of polite
applause and the very occasional roars
of acclaim, the soundtrack of the day
was provided by the sickeningly
distinctive thwack of Titleist against
tree trunk that hackers everywhere
know so well. Those sounds were
probably ringing in the ears of Tiger
Woods, Jordan Spieth and Phil
Mickelson as they retired to bed last
night.
All three did serious damage to their
cards with their arboreal excursions,
Spieth, the first-round leader, did well
to make up some of the ground he lost,
but Mickelson and Woods, who did
produce a mostly solid back nine to finish on four-over, enough to make the
cut, look too far back to have much
chance of adding to their combined
collection of seven Green Jackets.
Leishman and Reed are firmly in the
hunt for their first. As the second day
moved towards its conclusion, the
34-year-old Australian and the 27year-old American pushed hard
over the back nine. Leishman hit a
superb, drawing approach to thee
par-five 15th to set up the eagle thatt
moved him to seven-under, while
Reed’s back-to-back birdies at 13
and 14 nudged him two ahead.
Reed was a force of nature at the
Ryder Cup 18 months ago, but his
play at Augusta has mostly been
n
free of the pyrotechnics. Instead, hee
has run up some impressive statisticss
as far as driving accuracy and threeputt avoidance have been concerned,
both of which are key to doing well
here.
Leishman’s approach play has been
the key to his success over the past two
days. He has experience of leadingg
majors, too, so he will not be troubled
by his position. There is no suspicion
n
that he will wilt under pressure, so
Rory McIlroy, Spieth and Henrik
Stenson, who are tucked in behind,
will have to play catch-up rather
than wait for the leaders to fall.
Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas,
Bubba Watson and Justin Rose
are
lower
down
the
leaderboard and will have to
push even harder.
Reed was a force of
nature at the last
Ryder Cup, but his
game was more
measured yesterday
Woods, meanwhile, has won a lot of
admirers with his demeanour on his
return to competitive action at the
Masters. In his pomp, Woods crushed
the par-fives at Augusta, but when he
came to the 8th, the second of the
course’s long holes, he was one of just
two players in the field who had yet to
record a birdie at one.
But it was the par-four 5th that hurt
him most yesterday. Woods pushed his
tee shot off to the right and then flew his
second past the green. Worse still, he
was deep in the forest at that point, his
ball settled in the undergrowth amid a
tangle of branches, forcing him to
declare it unplayable. After his penalty
drop, he did well to punch it out to the
edge of the green, from where he took
another two strokes to get it in the hole.
History, as much as plain arithmetic,
conspires against players who make
such grave mistakes. Only three of the
past 21 Masters winners have had a
double-bogey on their cards in any of
their rounds. Which is not to say that it
cannot be done, simply that there is a
fiendishly inconvenient trend in play.
Spieth, after a round of 74, might
fancy his prospects of bucking the
pattern, Having led by two shots at the
end of the first round, the Texan talked
about achieving an average of threeunder-par for each day of the tournament. A noble aim, but one that didn’t
look very likely after two holes
yesterday, by which point he was threeover for his round.
As with Woods, it was Spieth’s follies
amid the foliage that had done the
damage. On the par-four 1st hole he
sent his drive far off to the right and
ended up with a six, then put the same
number on his card at the second
after pulling two shots off to the
left. By the time he left the
seventh green, the 2015
cchampion had dropped
ffour shots, but he undid
some of that damage over
tthe remaining 11 holes, converting birdie opportunities at the par-five 13th and
15th holes on his way to a
71.
“Early in the round, I
jjust hit it everywhere
that you can’t hit it,”
Spieth said. “I typically
don’t do that out here.
d
Even when I make mistakes my errors are in
tthe right locations. I
jjust got a little brain
dead to start, which is
ffrustrating. But to still
be in the tournament
b
after two rounds is nice.”
Mickelson, who shot
779, had threatened early
in his round, but then
began to unwind, most
b
spectacularly when he
came to the 9th. At that
stage of the day, a log jam
had formed at the top of the
leaderboard — at one point
eight players shared the
lead at three-under — and
he looked well placed to
Masters
dissected
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Tiger’s mixed day: Woods dropped two shots at the 5th, when he
struggled to find his ball in the pine needles, below; he showed
his frustration after narrowly missing a birdie at the 14th, above
and main image. He began the round by bogeying the 1st hole,
top right, but also found reason to laugh with playing partner
Marc Leishman, bottom right, after birdies at the 13th and 15th on
his way to a three-over round of 75
Tiger Woods +3
Birdies
Pars
Bogeys
D Bogeys
Out
Par
Score
In
Par
Score
1
4
5
10
4
4
2
5
5
11
4
4
3
4
4
12
3
4
4
3
3
13
5
4
5
4
6
14
4
4
6
3
3
15
5
4
7
4
4
16
3
4
8
5
5
17
4
4
9
4
4
18
4
4
Par 72
Out 39
In 36
Total 75
make a charge through the field.
Instead, like a startled deer, he scarpered into the forest instead, his tee shot
flying far off to the right and coming to
rest among the pines.
As a golfing escapologist, Mickelson
has gifts that would once have had him
burnt at the stake for sorcery, but they
deserted him when his hit a tree, shot
off at a silly angle and put him even
deeper into trouble. As with Woods, the
lie was unplayable, so he had to drop
and pitch out, a sequence of events that
ended with a messy hole-out for a
triple-bogey seven.
Mickelson squeezed through to what
looks likely to be a wet weekend.
Among those who didn’t were Danny
Willett and Sergio García, the past two
champions, and 2008 winner Trevor
Immelman.
Host’s García jibe backfires
Alasdair Reid
Rich Lerner, a US golf host, thought
that he was making a light-hearted
joke, but it went down like a lead
balloon with Sergio García and his wife.
The 2017 Masters champion and his
wife, Angela, named their first child,
born this year, Azalea after the 13th hole
and the flower for which Augusta is
famous.
Lerner, who presents on the Golf
Channel, joked on Twitter that García
would not be calling his next child
Firethorn, the name of the par-five 15th
hole where García took 13 shots in the
first round, five of which landed in the
water. He finished with a round of 81,
nine over par.
But Angela said on Twitter: “Hey
@RichLernerGC, the next time you
decide to tweet about my future child
why don’t you use your brain and not do
it? Don’t be an idiot.”
Lerner issued an apology for his
“poorly-timed attempt to lighten the
mood” that he said had “missed the
mark” with his “flippant comment”.
But García himself also responded:
“What happened on 15 @TheMasters
yesterday was unfortunate for me and it
hurt but I tried to handle it like a
Masters champion should. That same
hole gave me that green jacket last year
so we might end up naming our next kid
Firethorn after all, funny man!”
García’s 13 on Thursday was the joint
worst score on a single hole in the
tournament’s history, alongside Tom
Weiskopf, who made 13 on the 12th in
1980, and Tommy Nakajima, who shot
13 on the 13th in 1978.
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closely with the fans this week — and
not just by hitting the ball into the
galleries. Alerted by a social media post
to the plight of Shane Caldwell, a
spectator who is being treated for lung
cancer, Woods sought out Caldwell on
the practice range and handed him a
signed glove. “Stay strong”, he wrote
on the palm.
corset helps to ease couples’ pain
Fred Couples has been troubled by
back problems for almost as long as
he has been playing golf — which is to
say, a very long time indeed. However,
the 1992 Masters champion is a
stubborn soul, and the fact that his old
injuries were playing up was never
going to stop him from taking part in
the event for the 33rd time. To help
him round, the 58-year-old wore a
corset-like brace around his waist.
“He’s got a lot of pride,” said Davis
Love III, Couples’ friend and old rival.
“He’d grind it out even if everyone told
him not to play.”
mercedes alarm stirs media
Biggest stir in the media centre
yesterday was caused by a public
address announcement. “There is a
Couples wore a
brace to help him
with back pain
black Mercedes in the press lot with
the engine running and the lights on,”
it said. It was not clear whether any of
those who rushed towards the door
actually owned the thing.
woods supports cancer sufferer
Tiger Woods continues to impress for
reasons beyond the state of his game.
In his prime, Woods was an aloof
figure, but he has been engaging more
eclectic mix highly undesirable
A course’s eclectic score is the
aggregate total of the lowest scores
recorded at each of its 18 holes.
Augusta’s, remarkably, is just 32 shots.
But after Sergio García’s epic 13 at the
15th on Thursday, what is the worst
eclectic, the total of all the highest
scores? The frightening answer is 172.
It’s not a card you would be in any rush
to hand in.
M Leishman (Aus)
-7 70 67 -
- 137
R McIlroy (N Ire)
-4 69 71
-
- 140
J Spieth (US)
-4 66 74 -
- 140
D Johnson (US)
-3 73 68 -
-
T Finau (US)
-2 68 74 -
- 142
R Fowler (US)
-2 70 72 -
- 142
L Oosthuizen (SA)
-2 71 71
-
- 142
J Rose (Eng)
-2 72 70 -
- 142
C Smith (Aus)
-1 71 72 -
- 143
M Kuchar (US)
-1 68 75 -
- 143
J Rahm (Sp)
-1 75 68 -
- 143
141
B Wiesberger (Austria) -1 70 73
-
- 143
J Walker (US)
E 73 71
-
- 144
H Matsuyama (Japan) E 73 71
-
- 144
Z Johnson (US)
E 70 74 -
- 144
T Fleetwood (Eng)
E 72 72 -
- 144
Li Haotong (China)
+1 69 76 -
- 145
R Henley (US)
+1 73 72 -
- 145
R Cabrera-Bello (Sp)
+1 69 76 -
- 145
V Singh (Fiji)
+1 71 74 -
- 145
S Kodaira (Japan)
+1 71 74 -
- 145
F Couples (US)
+2 72 74 -
- 146
R Moore (US)
+2 74 72 -
- 146
J Vegas (Ven)
+2 77 69 -
- 146
F Molinari (It)
+2 72 74 -
- 146
K Stanley (US)
+2 72 74 -
- 146
B Grace (SA)
+2 73 73 -
- 146
C Reavie (US)
+3 76 71
-
- 147
K Kisner (US)
+3 72 75 -
- 147
B Harman (US)
+3 73 74 -
- 147
D Berger (US)
+3 73 74 -
- 147
M Kaymer
+3 74 73 -
- 147
T Woods (US)
+4 73 75 -
- 148
Kim Si-woo (S Kor)
+4 75 73 -
- 148
D Ghim* (US)
+4 72 76 -
- 148
B Langer (Ger)
+4 74 74 -
- 148
A Scott (Aus)
+4 75 73 -
- 148
B DeChambeau (US) +4 74 74 -
- 148
I Poulter (Eng)
+5 74 75 -
- 149
W Simpson (US)
+5 76 73 -
- 149
X Schauffele (US)
+5 71 78 -
- 149
T Hatton (Eng)
+5 74 75 -
- 149
P Mickelson (US)
+5 70 79 -
- 149
Other scores US unless stated
* denotes amateur
149: M Fitzpatrick (Eng), K Aphibarnrat (Thai), P
Casey. 150: S Lyle (Sco), C Schwartzel (SA), J M
Olazábal (Sp), J Dufner. 151: P Cantlay, S Sharma
(India), T Pieters (Bel), T Potter Jr, B Steele, D Frittelli
(SA), D Willett (Eng). 152: R Fisher (Eng), W Bryan, P
Perez, P Kizzire. 153: T Immelman (SA), J Niemann*
(Chile), Y Ikeda (Japan), A Noren (Swe), K Chappell.
154: G Woodland, Y Miyazato (Japan), A Cook. 155: B
Horschel, I Woosnam (Wal), M Weir (Can). 156: L Mize.
159: A Cabrera (Arg), Lin Yuxin* (China), M O’Meara.
160: M Parziale*. 166: H Ellis (Eng)
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McIlroy able to cope with
Mike Atherton
Augusta
“Every player must find the balance
between ambition and sanity. Were
Major Championships my focus? Yes
they were. Were they the only focus in my
life? No. My family always came before
that. Could I have worked harder and
won more Majors? Probably. Could I
have driven myself crazy doing it?
Absolutely.” Jack Nicklaus
It was late on Thursday evening, the
sun sending shadows from the tall pines
across the fairways, and Rory McIlroy
was striding down the 15th fairway,
alongside one of his playing partners,
Adam Scott. They were side by side,
chatting amiably, grinning, all the way.
It was quite a contrast from watching
Tiger Woods, who had finished earlier
in the day.
McIlroy looked a picture of content-
ment and it begged the question, how
do you cope with the pressure of wanting to join golf’s most select group?
How does the overpowering desire to
have your name uttered alongside
Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary
Player, Jack Nicklaus and Woods, as
winners of the career slam, affect you?
In sport you can want things too badly,
or not badly enough. Balance? Well,
that’s hard to find.
In the past, McIlroy has admitted to
struggling to cope around Augusta, and
with the pressure of the slam. Until the
opening day, when he birdied the first
and ended three shots off the lead, he
has usually started slowly. Even when
he didn’t in 2011, when he led from
starting tape to finishing turn, he had
blown up badly. He wasn’t certain quite
how aggressive to be. “Sometimes I
think I’ve shown this golf course a little
too much respect,” he said in practice.
Before the tournament, Nicklaus
said that McIlroy is swinging better
than he has ever seen him. McIlroy’s
driving on the first day backed up that
assertion: he ranked third for driving
accuracy, and 15th for distance. His
putter, too, was hot: he ranked fifth
on the greens, and did not three-putt
once. With his game in good order,
it was all about how he would cope
with the enormity of what lay before
him.
At the start of the second day, on
another gorgeous Augusta morning,
with the breeze gentle enough at the
start to send the cigar smoke wafting
across the fairways, the signs were
mixed. The solid, error-free round of
the day before was replaced by a yo-yo
start: his first par came on the 5th, after
a brace of bogeys and birdies that were
filled with signs of tension, and
inspiration.
While his driving had been so true on
the first day, he was wayward at the start
of the second. He drove left at the 1st,
into the fairway bunker on the 2nd, and
into the pine needles at the 7th. His
putting, too, was inconsistent. He
opened with his first three-putt of the
tournament, with a tentative roll from
48 feet on the 1st.
Then he sank a treacherous downhill
putt on the second, to bring the first
roar of the day. He failed to get up and
down at the short par threes, the 4th
and the 6th. He was battling for a
one-over-par front nine.
McIlroy appears to be one of those
players who likes to know what’s going
on and there were furtive glances to the
mini scoreboards that dot the greens,
which told him that those around him
were finding things equally tough. With
Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and
Matt Kuchar immediately ahead and
Jordan Spieth and Louis Oosthuizen
immediately behind, these groups
played pass the parcel with the leader’s
position all morning, and through the
McIlroy, who finished
on four under, has to
rescue his ball from a
spectator’s chair on
the 7th hole, left
early afternoon, but largely through
default.
The course was not laughing at them,
but with the breeze up in the afternoon
and the greens slicker than an advertising man’s patter, it was winning.
Fowler holes monster 66-foot putt for par
Rickie Fowler missed the
green with his tee shot at
the 180-yard par-three
6th and his chip ran
down the hill away from
the hole, leaving him with
a mountain to climb, but
he saved par by holing
this monster putt to stay
in contention near the
top of the leaderboard.
It was indicative of a
mixed round for the
American, who hit a twounder-par 70 on
Thursday. Yesterday, he
dropped a shot at the 1st,
but picked one up at the
5th and, thanks to his
putting skill, stayed level
par for the round at the
next. He finished with a
HOLE 6
66 feet
par 72, leaving him well
placed at two under for
the tournament.
The 29-year-old has
come close to major
glory several times, but
has never seriously
challenged at Augusta.
His best finish was tied
for fifth in 2014 and he
finished 11th last year.
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Pars for McIlroy in his
first six holes yesterday,
to go alongside three
bogeys and two
birdies
Birdies
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McIlroy’s percentage
driving accuracy
yesterday, compared
with 85.7% in the first
round
character. He said that he had to concentrate on “steadying the ship” after
the 6th hole. He hung in, and reaped
eventual rewards.
It was about 1.30pm, the day having
turned overcast, that McIlroy got to the
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holes that, historically, he has found
most difficult, having played the 10th
and 11th in 24 over par between them in
his nine appearances, and only ever
having birdied the 12th twice. Three
solid pars followed, a sign that the ship
had been steadied. Outwardly, though,
through the initial grind and then with
opportunities made and missed on
the inward nine, his demeanour did
not change until he flipped his putter
in his hand after missing a final
Bogeys
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In
Par
Score
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4
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Par 72
In the context of that indifferent
start, what followed for McIlroy, with
Amen Corner safely negotiated, birdies
at the 13th and 14th and missed opportunities at the last two holes, was deeply
impressive for its show of patience and
Pars
Out 37
In 34
Total 71
birdie opportunity from 11 feet on the
last.
Followed by his father Gerry, a large
Irish contingent including AP McCoy,
the former Champion jockey, and with
his mate, Harry Diamond, on the bag,
he looked like a man enjoying his golf
and with his life in balance. He said he
felt “relaxed and good” and was trying
to “stay in the present, taking one shot
at a time”.
The group of players, of which he is
one, who came a generation after Tiger
Woods and certainly no longer fear
him, seemed to have learnt from the
best and worst of Woods’s experiences:
many have copied his physical regime
— McIlroy looks in great shape —
benefiting from the extended break he
took last year and aggressive play but
avoiding hurting their bodies to the
same extent and becoming defined by
the game to the point at which it
damages them.
There are two sides to obsession in
sport, something McIlroy touched on
before the tournament when he said: “If
someone was to say, ‘You can have 14
majors and 70 wins but have to deal
with that [Tiger’s life] or nine majors
and 40 wins and stay the way you are’,
I’d take the second option all day.”
He has won four majors, looks relaxed; had to battle and stay patient on
the second day, and, as he went to the
clubhouse, he was right in the hunt for
a fifth and a place in the history books.
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‘My achievements don’t
compare to Mum’s. She
is the inspirational one’
Matthew Syed admires the
remarkable driving force
behind a deeply
misunderstood
Danny Cipriani
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he was left in hospital at three days old
and brought up in a Dr Barnardo’s home.
She had no brothers or sisters, aunts or
uncles. As an adult, her marriage broke
up when her young son was six years old.
But Anne Cipriani did not buckle. Instead, she
did what she has always done: worked hard,
poured her soul into life and brought up a son
who would go on to be one of the finest English
rugby players of his generation.
“I always knew at 16 nobody was going to do
anything for me, and that’s what has driven me
all my life,” she says when we and Danny meet
in southwest London. “When you hit the wall,
you either fall over or you stand up and walk.
And I have said that to Daniel since he was this
high. And you were going to walk, Daniel,” she
says, turning towards her son.
Anne is one of the most extraordinary people
I have met. She is wearing a blue cardigan, blue
trousers and red shoes. She has just parked her
black cab outside after another long shift. She
joshes on arrival, criticising a column I wrote
about Danny towards the end of last year which
led, in a roundabout way, to this meeting — a
subject to which we shall return. But a few
moments after sitting down with Danny and
myself, it is as if I have known her all my life.
She is fluent, eloquent, and bitingly funny, but
it is her strength of character that shines like a
beacon. As she opens up about her backstory,
and the daunting challenges she has faced,
Danny looks at her intently, as if hearing the
detail for the first time. But there is also
compassion in his eyes; compassion and
admiration. He knows, for he says it often, that
there is nobody he respects more.
“I thought I’d love pregnancy and be cool
about being a mum, but I hated pregnancy,” she
says. “That all changed the very moment I saw
him. He turned my life upside down. And I
knew for the first time what unconditional love
was. And it was so powerful that I would have
thrown myself under a bus for him. I would have
cleaned toilets with a toothbrush for the rest of
my life to give him opportunities. Opportunities
I never had.”
Anne met Jay, Danny’s father, on a once-in-alifetime holiday in Tobago and he came to live
with her in London. Danny was born a couple of
years later, in 1987. When the couple split, Anne,
desperate to stand on her own two feet, decided
to do the Knowledge, the formidable test for
aspiring black cab drivers. She passed the test
and purchased a hackney carriage. When she
drove off from their small flat in Putney for the
first time, she was one of the first female cab
drivers in the city.
“If you work seven hours a day, you will end
up renting your flat. If you work 16 hours a day,
you can buy your own flat,” she says. “I have
always believed in self-reliance. Quite a few
people I knew growing up took the easy option
of living on benefits and handouts. I didn’t want
to take that route. I didn’t take holidays, so I
could save for Danny’s school fees. I put him
into Our Lady of Victories, a little Catholic
school in Putney. It was No 1 in the grade tables
for state schools. It was excellent, but there was
only 20 minutes of PE per week.
the outside, his journey looked as lucrative as it
“I heard one of the other mums talking about
was glamorous. In addition to a superlative
a Catholic prep school in Wimbledon, where
sporting career, he was also a style icon. He
they played cricket, rugby and football. It was
found himself not just on the sports pages, but
£3,000 a year, which was a huge amount back
then, but I decided that I wanted Daniel to go. It in the gossip columns, not least because of his
relationship with Kelly Brook (the former model
meant I had to save up. I used to take him to
and actress whom he dated). But Cipriani was
school at quarter to nine, drop him off and then
unprepared for the scrutiny or criticism. He
work for six hours. I would pick him up at
made mistakes, inevitable for a young man in
quarter to three, then take him up to Richmond
the spotlight, but discovered an unforgiving
Park. He used to love it there. I would find a hill
world. His anxiety grew in direct proportion to
and then throw a ball. He would run up and
his fame, and he felt ever more trapped.
down while I caught a tiny bit of shut-eye.”
At 22, he started to suffer with
“So, you treated me like a dog,” Danny
depression.
interjects, teasing gently.
“I went to Australia to get
Anne smiles. “I knew that if I
away from the media attention.
could get you to sleep at 7pm, it
It was overwhelming.
was job done. That was when my
Try assists provided
Paparazzi outside my house
70-year-old neighbour, who I
every day when I was with
adore, who has just died at the
by Cipriani in the
Kelly,” he says. “I was only 20,
age of 92, used to take over. And
past two seasons
and I just didn’t have the
at 7.30pm I would go back out in
in the Premiership — emotional maturity to cope.
the cab and work until between
more than any
Everything I said, everything I
midnight and 3am . . . It was tough,
did, seemed to be misinterpreted.
but it was worth it. Danny went to
other fly half
I never really drank alcohol in my
great schools, sometimes on
teens but I used to drink in Australia,
scholarships, but there was always a need
just to escape the feelings of helplessness. I
to pay for extras. The financial demands were
went through depression when I was 22, I was
constant.”
quite badly depressed. I went to see a
When Anne tells of Danny’s school reports,
psychiatrist.
he smiles. When she talks about some of the
“Looking back, I think a key problem is that I
tougher moments of working in a black cab in a
didn’t have a father figure. Mum was amazing
big city, his eyes shut briefly. Above all, during
and couldn’t have done more. But I didn’t have
this interplay, one glimpses the bond between
these two remarkable people, so close and yet so anyone to teach me about how to be a man.
“I would lean on coaches, hoping for that
different. The famous son who rose to become
relationship. I had it great with Shaun Edwards
one of the nation’s most creative fly halves and
and Brian Ashton, two legends of the game. But
the mother whose indomitability provided the
when I moved away, I was reaching for that
foundation upon which his career was built.
intimacy. As soon as a coach doesn’t give you
that feeling, your reaction is, ‘I don’t want to
first met Danny after I wrote a column last
know’. It feels like rejection. I am not saying that
year critiquing his attitude. My thesis was
is how it was, but there were moments when
that Danny didn’t reach his potential
it felt like that. Then you do feel terribly
because he lacked focus. Cipriani
alone. For a time, I just didn’t see the
got in touch to say that he felt
point of tomorrow.”
the analysis was unfair. The
Cipriani smiles reassuringly as he
correspondence was courteous and
notices my surprise. “I think it is
illuminating, so we met for a coffee in
important to be honest about mental
central London. After an hour or two
difficulties,” he says. “It helps to overcome
discussing sport and psychology — as
the stigma.” Did psychiatry help, I
well as love and life — we met again.
wonder? “It helped a bit, but
Then again. He is fascinating
what helped most was when I
company, combining curiosity with
started praying at night. All
humanity. “People are often
the anxiety started to
surprised when they get to
drain away. It helped me
know me face to face,” he
to find stillness and
said.
meaning. It also helped
His sporting story is well
to meet Steve Black [a
known: brought up on a
renowned mentor, who
council estate in Putney
also worked with Jonny
(Anne bought her flat
Wilkinson]. He has
during the Thatcher rightbeen a massive
to-buy policy), and then
influence. We read
finding a huge affinity for
books together,
rugby while at prestigious
discuss what it means
schools such as the Oratory
to be a man. Today, it
and Whitgift. His potential
has turned around. I
was so palpable that he was
couldn’t love life more.”
hailed as a future England
The more that Cipriani
player in his early teens. He
talks, the more I realise
made his first-team debut
how deeply he is
for Wasps at 17 and has
misunderstood. The
now played more than
supposedly inflated ego is
200 times in the top
conspicuous by its absence. He
flight. He has also won
asks about my life, my family, my
14 caps for England and
anxieties. He listens attentively
would have won more
when I open up, offering
with more favourable
encouragement and advice. This
selectors.
is not a loose cannon who
What is less well
squandered his talent but a young
known, however, is
the
man who was given a chance
inner story of
through the sacrifice of an
Cipriani’s career.
From
13
I
I would have
cleaned
toilets with a
toothbrush
for the rest of
my life to
give him
opportunities
I never had
extraordinary mum, but who found fame a little
too soon. He made mistakes. He would certainly
do things differently. But he has learnt plenty
along the way.
“When you look back at the man I was at 20,
and the man I am today, they are two
completely different people. I have learnt selfawareness,” he says. “If you ask my team-mates
at Wasps, they would call me a leader. At least I
hope they would. I am on hand to offer advice
and to help everyone reach their potential. I
have looked to improve myself in multiple ways.
I work on my speed with Margot Wells [wife of
the Olympic gold-medallist sprinter Allan], the
best speed coach in the country. I work with the
best physio. I look to work with anyone who can
give me an edge.
“I still hold out for a chance with England. I
think I have the ability and mindset to help the
team.”
A
s the sun drops beneath the horizon,
Anne reveals more about her
remarkable story, one that would
make a fascinating film: her mother
picking her up from the Dr
Barnardo’s home at six before placing her back
into care at 12; the racism she endured for
marrying a black man in the 1980s; the trials
and tribulations of working as a woman in a
male-dominated industry.
She also talks about the anxiety of being the
mother of a rugby player. Danny became so
badly concussed as a teenager during a game in
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Danny Cipriani with
his mother, Anne,
who drove a cab for
16 hours a day to
help him to build his
career with Wasps,
below, and England
South Africa that he was incoherent when he
talked to Anne, in London, from his hospital
bed. “It was terrifying, listening to him. He
thought I was in the next room and kept asking
me to come and see him. A few days later, my
hair fell out [stress-related alopecia].
“As a mother, you never really get used to the
risks. I only went to a game or two each season,
because I couldn’t afford the time off. But there
was one game I went to where his ankle broke
and you could hear this scream, like a wolf, all
around the stadium. My heart nearly stopped
beating. It is only in the last two years that I
have become a little more relaxed.”
I ask Anne whether she is starting to take
things a little easier at work. After all, doesn’t
she deserve a bit of peace and relaxation? “I am
still out of the house at quarter to six every
morning,” she says proudly. “But I am not
working 16 hours a day any more. I’ve cut it to
eight. I quite enjoy it, to be honest.”
As the interview comes towards an end,
Danny looks contemplative. “She has been an
incredible influence. People often tell me that
I am successful, but I wouldn’t have got off
the starting line without Mum,” he says. “That
is true, I think, of most people who have
excelled, in sport or life. They may look like they
have done it on their own, but if you look
closer you find an incredible mentor or parent
working tirelessly in the background. My
achievements don’t compare to Mum’s. She
is the inspirational one in our family, not
me.”
cipriani knocked out as wasps lose at sale
Danny Cipriani was
taken off the pitch
on a stretcher last
night after it
appeared that he
had been knocked
unconscious in the
closing stages of
Wasps’ Aviva
Premiership match
against Sale Sharks
at the AJ Bell
Stadium.
Cipriani had
needed about ten
minutes of
treatment after a
heavy collision with
Faf de Klerk, the
Sale scrum half, near
the tryline, above.
The Wasps fly half
had earlier been
sent to the sin-bin
for a deliberate
knock-on.
Marland Yarde
won the game for
Sale with a try in the
final minute to make
the score 28-27 and
lift his side up to
fifth in the table.
y a number of different
measures, the Aviva
Premiership can be
considered to be in
particularly rude health. We
heard this week that the league is on
the verge of agreeing a new title
sponsorship with Arthur J Gallagher,
an insurance company based in the
United States, which will improve the
Premiership’s ability to reach into new
markets.
Add to that the size of the crowds
attracted to the previous round of
Premiership fixtures a fortnight ago,
when Newcastle Falcons pulled in
more than 30,000 to a game staged at
St James’ Park, Saracens and
Harlequins played in front of 56,000
at the London Stadium and Leicester
Tigers had almost 26,000 inside
Welford Road for the Midlands derby
against Wasps. More television
money is coming into the club game
and armchair audiences are growing,
with live Premiership games on
Channel 5 this season and Channel 4
due to screen the European
Champions Cup next season.
And yet, despite all these positive
signs, The Times revealed this week
that Saracens, European champions
for the past two years, are to lose the
support of one of their principal
backers, the South African billionaire
Johann Rupert. Whatever the reasons
behind the decision, his withdrawal
has turned the spotlight on a situation
in which a handful of teams are up for
sale and every club except Exeter
Chiefs is declaring losses.
No matter how rich your
benefactor, there may come a time
when they grow tired of writing off
the losses. Even someone as wealthy
as Bruce Craig, the Bath chairman,
must begin to question how much
longer he can keep supporting a club
financially if the results on the pitch
are not materialising.
As with Nigel Wray, who has
reclaimed full control at Saracens by
buying Rupert’s share in the club,
there is no reason to doubt that Craig
is in it for the long haul at the
Recreation Ground. Success at a
Premiership club is not measured in
the same way as most businesses,
where it’s all about making a profit.
Most owners, I’m sure, would be
content to keep making small losses if
they were winning trophies. But
nobody can continue to write off up
to £5 million a season indefinitely.
It all makes me wonder whether
the time is approaching for the
Premiership clubs to be holding
serious discussions with the RFU
again and consider how best to make
their relationship work for the good
of the game as a whole. After the
disappointment of a fifth-placed finish
for England in the Six Nations, the
RFU must be worrying about the
workload of their international
players when compared with that of
the Irish and Welsh players.
Ireland’s grand slam and Leinster’s
victory over Saracens in the
Champions Cup quarter-final last
weekend have drawn attention to the
benefits of the player management
system employed by Ireland.
English players are under too much
pressure to play. To persuade the
clubs to rest their stars more often,
the RFU would need to increase the
compensation it pays for the players’
services. Would it consider doing
that?
This is where the arrival of Ian
Ritchie as the new chairman of
Premiership Rugby this month could
be an advantage. As the former chief
executive of the RFU, he has an
intimate knowledge of where the
governing body may be able to find
the extra money. And his successor at
the RFU is Stephen Brown, who
previously worked as chief financial
officer under Ritchie. The two men
are now serving different bodies, but
they have worked together before.
The RFU clearly has an interest in
reducing the workload of its England
players, and the Premiership clubs, as
we know, are on the lookout for ways
of generating more income. So there
may just be an opportunity to be
seized if the powers-that-be can show
the vision.
Ritchie’s RFU experience should help
him in his role at Premiership Rugby
With player welfare in mind, it may
be that creating additional space in
the playing calendar would come
under consideration during any
discussions and, to my mind, it would
be worth contemplating scrapping the
Anglo-Welsh Cup. It may be run
largely as a development competition
for younger players, but it still places
a strain on a club’s resources and, at a
time when squad sizes have been
shrinking as a result of rising player
wages, something has to give.
Once again, there would be a need
for compensation for clubs who
would be losing the revenue from the
home games they host in the cup at
present.
As for the development of younger
players, Nigel Melville, the RFU’s
director of professional rugby, has
suggested the creation of “buddy”
clubs, strengthening links between
Premiership and Championship teams,
with younger players from the top tier
going on loan to the Championship to
further their education. This must be
worth considering.
As ever, there would be a vast
number of moving parts in any
discussion between the union and the
Premiership clubs and no single issue
can be treated in isolation. But right
now — given the RFU’s interest in
better management of its England
players and the Premiership clubs’
need to improve their finances —
would seem like a good time for them
to be getting their heads together.
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Sport
Hamilton team
in threat to quit
as spending cap
is confirmed
Formula One
Rebecca Clancy Motor Racing Reporter
Bahrain
The sight of Toto Wolff and Maurizio
Arrivabene sitting in the Mercedes hospitality suite yesterday morning said it
all. The Mercedes and Ferrari bosses
had just emerged from a meeting in
Bahrain — the venue for this weekend’s
grand prix — between F1’s new owners
and every team principal, in which
Liberty Media set out its vision for the
sport for 2021 and beyond.
The two top teams have made it clear
that they do not support many of the
plans, which aim to make the sport
more competitive and, while they may
be rivals for the world championship,
they appear to be allies in this battle.
Liberty Media yesterday revealed its
five-point plan, which confirmed for
the first time that a cost cap of
$150 million (about £106 million),
would be introduced.
That is the maximum that all teams
would be allowed to spend, including
development, testing, build and staff
costs but excluding driver contracts.
For the top teams that is more than half
of their current budget. Ferrari are yet
to comment, but with yesterday’s fivepoint plan similar to one announced at
the end of last year it is unlikely the
Scuderia’s feeling will have changed
from their threat to quit the sport.
Wolff, the Mercedes executive
director, yesterday refused to commit
his team to race in Formula One
beyond 2021. “I think we are 2018 today
and there is a set of ideas and concepts
for 2021 that need refinement, that
need understanding of the detail and
only then it is the right moment for the
teams to decide if this is something we
like and wish to participate in,” he said.
Ferrari and Mercedes spend more
than $300 million a year to develop the
fastest racing cars but the lower teams
cannot afford that outlay to produce a
car that can compete. “How you spend
the money must be more decisive and
important than how much money you
spend,” F1 said.
Neither Ferrari nor Mercedes want a
more level playing field. When they go
to their boards at the end of each year,
they want to show that they are
dominant. But this is to the detriment of
the sport and needs to change — which
is something that the new owners are
trying to do.
Their plans also include a “more
balanced” revenue distribution “based
on meritocracy of the current performance” while “recognising historical
franchise and value”. This is an area
that has frustrated Ferrari as the team
receive a historical bonus payment for
being the team that has been in the
sport since the championship started in
1950, meaning that they receive the
most money even if they do not win the
championship.
This is something that they do not
want to lose. F1 also wants “more raceable” cars, to increase overtaking opportunities and a simplified and
streamlined governance structure. Finally, it wants cheaper, simpler, louder
engines, to make F1 more attractive for
new manufacturers. This, too, is something that Ferrari, Mercedes, Renault
and Honda are unhappy with given the
millions that they have invested to develop the complex engines in use this
season.
However, Aston Martin, which has
been exploring the possibility of
entering the sport as an engine provider
to Red Bull, immediately welcomed the
proposals.
“We are extremely pleased to hear
today’s news regarding the future of
Formula One,” Andy Palmer, the president and chief executive, said.
Bob Fernley, the deputy team principal at Force India which has finished
fourth in the constructors’ championship for the past two years on a budget
of about $130 million, said that he was
encouraged, while Claire Williams,
deputy team principal at Williams, said
that she was “extremely positive” after
the meeting.“For a team like ours, it was
an extremely good day,” she said.
While these changes are intended for
2021 and beyond, the FIA, the governing body, is meeting the team technical
directors this weekend to try to find a
more urgent fix to the lack of overtaking in Australia two weeks ago
Sebastian Vettel, who starts his 200th
grand prix in Bahrain, will be looking
for his second win of the season, with
Lewis Hamilton aiming to stop him
without having to worry about preserving his engine, as he did in Melbourne.
Nadal sets Davis Cup record
Tennis
Rafael Nadal returned to action with a
victory in the Davis Cup yesterday,
setting a record for the longest winning
streak in the competition’s history.
In his first match since he retired
from his Australian Open quarter-final
against Marin Cilic in January because
of a hip injury, Nadal made light work
of Philipp Kohlschreiber, winning 6-2,
6-2, 6-3 to draw Spain level at 1-1 with
Germany in their World Group
quarter-final tie in Valencia.
The victory gave Nadal, the world
No 1, the longest Davis Cup winning
streak in combined singles and doubles
rubbers, with 23 matches in a row.
After Alexander Zverev beat David
Ferrer 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 to put Germany in
front, Nadal hardly put a foot wrong on
his return, producing 14 of his 30
winners in the opening set of a onesided contest. Kohlschreiber also went
down tamely in the second before
putting up more of a fight at the start of
the third, but Nadal wrapped up the
match in two hours and 33 minutes.
“It’s positive winning in straight sets,
it was a solid match. I feel comfortable
back on the clay,” said Nadal, who has
not lost a singles match in the Davis
Cup since his debut in 2004. “Coming
back from injuries is always difficult but
it’s great to be in front of my crowd on
a very memorable day.”
Ten English
players do
battle as IPL
starts again
Cricket
Elizabeth Ammon
The Indian Premier League starts
today with the largest ever contingent
from these shores as ten Englishmen
will take part in the 11th edition of the
Twenty20 domestic tournament.
The eight IPL franchises will play 60
matches at nine venues over 51 days
and the tournament begins with
Mumbai Indians, the champions,
taking on Chennai Superkings at the
Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, where
the final will take place on May 27.
Format
The teams play each other twice, home
and away, with the top four teams progressing to the play-offs. In the knockout stage, the top two teams play each
other with the winner qualifying for the
final and the loser taking on the winner
of the eliminator match, which is held
between the teams who finished third
and fourth, to decide the other finalist.
Grid girls
followed
by grid
penalty
in contravention of
the policy introduced
this season by the
sport’s owner, Liberty
Media. Hamilton put
a picture of grid girls,
whose equivalents
have been phased out
in several sports, on
Instagram and added
the comment: “Thank
you Jesus” along with
an emoji of praying
hands.
Hamilton’s hopes of
L
ewis Hamilton
deleted a social
media post after
praising the decision
of the Monaco Grand
Prix to have grid girls
victory tomorrow
were hit last night by
a five-place grid
penalty. The
defending champion
was bidding to get his
title charge back on
track after losing out
to Sebastian Vettel in
Melbourne a fortnight
ago, but he will be
penalised after an
unscheduled gearbox
change on his
Mercedes.
BAHRAIN SAKHIR
Bahrain International
Circuit
4
TV 4.10pm
tomorrow,
live coverage
Sky Sports F1
Channel 4
Race 2 (out of 21)
Circuit length 5.4km
Laps 57
Race distance 308.2km
Lap record 1min
31.447sec
P De La Rosa (2005)
13
5
6
12
7
DRS zone
9
11
8
3
Start/finish
14
15
1
How they stand
1. S Vettel
2. L Hamilton
3. K Raikkonen
4. D Ricciardo
5. F Alonso
Ger
GB
Fin
Aus
Sp
25
18
15
12
10
6. M Verstappen
7. N Hulkenberg
8. V Bottas
9. S Vandoorne
10. C Sainz
Neth Red Bull
Ger Renault
Fin Mercedes
Bel McLaren
Sp Renault
8
6
4
2
1
1. Ferrari
2. Mercedes
3. Red Bull Racing
4. McLaren
5. Renault
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England lose last-over thriller
Women’s cricket
India gained revenge for their World
Cup final defeat by England, beating
them by one wicket in a thrilling
one-day international in Nagpur.
Chasing 208 for victory in the first
game of a three-match series yesterday,
India looked well on their way after the
opener Smriti Mandhana hit 86, but
Sophie Ecclestone, England’s 18-yearold left-arm spinner, took four wickets
as the hosts slipped from 166 for three
to 190 for nine. However, Ekta Bisht
and Poonam Yadav saw their team
home with five balls to spare.
England’s total had been underpinned by the opener Tammy Beau-
Chennai Superkings Odds 7-1 (Coral)
Captain MS Dhoni
Coach Stephen Fleming
Overseas players Dwayne Bravo,
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, *Mark
Wood, *Sam Billings, Imran Tahir
Delhi Daredevils 8-1
Captain Gautam Gambhir
Coach Ricky Ponting
Overseas Chris Morris, Trent Boult,
Glenn Maxwell, Colin Munro, Dan
Christian, *Jason Roy
Kings XI Punjab 8-1
Captain Ravi Ashwin
Coach Brad Hodge
Overseas Andrew Tye, Aaron Finch,
Marcus Stoinis, David Miller, Chris
Gayle
Captain Dinesh Karthik
Coach Jacques Kallis
Overseas Andre Russell, Chris Lynn,
Mitchell Johnson, Cameron Delport,
*Tom Curran
Winner 2017
S Vettel
(Ferrari)
Constructors
Ferrari
Mercedes
Ferrari
Red Bull
McLaren
The franchises have squads of between
18 and 25 players with a maximum of
eight overseas players, of which only
four are allowed to play in each match.
* denotes English player
Kolkata Knight Riders 6-1
10
2
The franchises
mont’s 37, Fran Wilson’s patient 45 off
78 balls and 33 by Danielle Hazell, who
scored briskly at No 8. However, it was
not to be for the touring team even
though they fought back after Mandhana, who struck five fours and four sixes,
initially dominated India’s run chase.
“It was a brilliant and tight game,”
said Anya Shrubsole, England’s standin captain — who took six for 46 in that
Lord’s final last July which England
won by nine runs. “For a long time we
looked like we were out of it. We
showed a tremendous amount of fight
to drag ourselves into the game.”
The series continues with matches
on Monday and Thursday, also in
Nagpur.
Mumbai Indians 4-1
Captain Rohit Sharma
Coach Mahela Jayawardena
Overseas Kieron Pollard, Evin Lewis,
Pat Cummins, Ben Cutting, Mustafizur
Rahman, Mitchell McClenaghan
Rajasthan Royals 8-1
Captain Ajinkya Rahane
Coach Paddy Upton
Overseas *Ben Stokes, Ben Laughlin,
Jofra Archer, *Jos Buttler, D’Arcy Short
Royal Challengers Bangalore 7-2
Captain Virat Kohli
Coach Daniel Vettori
Overseas AB de Villiers, Tim Southee,
*Chris Woakes, Brendon McCullum,
Quinton de Kock, *Moeen Ali
Colin de Grandhomme
Sunrisers Hyderabad 6-1
Captain Kane Williamson
Coach Tom Moody
Overseas Rashid Khan, *Alex Hales,
Carlos Brathwaite, *Chris Jordan,
Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Nabi
6 All games live on Sky Sports Cricket
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Commonwealth Games Sport
Fast, feminist and gunning for gold
Dina Asher-Smith tells
Rick Broadbent that
women’s sprinting can
match the excitement
generated by the men
For someone who makes a living
from running the shortest distances,
Dina Asher-Smith is adamant that
there is a long way to go. The fastest
ever British woman wants to be first
among equals, so she talks Time’s Up as
well as bringing down her times.
Her words are in sync with these
Commonwealth Games’ billing as the
most equal ever. This is the first time in
either Commonwealth or Olympics
history that women will receive the
same number of medals as men. It is a
significant step, but one area where
women are still viewed as supporting
acts is in elite sprinting. That may be
about to change.
With Usain Bolt’s era of dominance
now a fond memory, Asher-Smith
wants women to reclaim the spotlight.
After all, the most exciting sprinter in
the world is now a Jamaican woman, a
tattooed star called Elaine Thompson
who also does Olympic sprint doubles.
Asher-Smith is due to face her next
week.
“I’m a feminist,” Asher-Smith says of
the wider picture. “Say that and some
people look at you in a weird way which
I don’t really understand — unless you
have something against people being
equal irrespective of where they come
from or what they are born with.”
There is no rational reason why
women should not have parity or more
in the post-Bolt void; not when the most
dominant man is a lightning rod for
public revulsion. Justin Gatlin is both
the 100m world champion and the antihero who failed two drug tests.
“I definitely think we have a long way
to go in our sport and in others,” AsherSmith says the day before the athletics
programme gets under way here. “It’s
better than it used to be but that does
not mean the job is finished.
“Talk to guys within the sport and
they are just as excited to watch women
race, but the wider media spend most of
their time looking at men. I think that is
a big part of it.”
Asher-Smith is only 22 but she has a
history degree, so knows how history
can be manipulated, sparking an aside
about the respective public images of
the jazz stars Duke Ellington and Louis
Armstrong. “I look at the Time’s Up and
#MeToo movements and I think we are
at a pivotal moment in our history. As a
historian I look back for those big
events that influence the course of the
future and I am really hopeful that this
is one of those times.”
Photograph by Marc Aspland
How to follow it
The 200m heats are
on Tuesday, followed
by the semi-finals on
Wednesday and the
final on Thursday
games lowdown
What’s happened overnight?
Nile Wilson will have won or lost the
men’s individual all-round
gymnastics final while we will have
seen whether the Brownlee brothers
can revitalise themselves for the
mixed triathlon with Jess Learmonth
and Vicky Holland.
What’s on today?
Gymnastics The women’s individual
all-round final takes place as you are
waking up (7.41am).
Swimming Adam Peaty’s 100m
breaststroke gold is all but assured
(10.48am). Lizzie Simmonds goes in
the 100m backstroke (11.03am)
Sexual assault is obviously a world
away from better billing for female
sprinters, but respect and equality are
common factors. So just why is the
men’s 100m deemed the blue riband
event anyway? Asher-Smith accepts it
was different with Bolt, that unique mix
of class and charisma, but now?
The Orpington athlete has the
potential to help female sprinters catch
Gatlin and Co. In 2015 she became the
first British woman to dip below the 11second barrier for 100m and then
clocked 22.07 to better Kathy Cook’s 31year-old British record for 200m. The
world junior champion at 100m in 2014,
she was fifth in the longer sprint at the
World Championships in 2015 and at
the Olympic Games in 2016.
Then, last year, she made a Lazarus
leap from breaking her foot to finishing
fourth in the World Championships
200m in London in the space of five
months. She was just 0.07sec off a first
sprint medal for a British woman at that
level since 1983. There was a silver
lining in the relay to go with the Olympic bronze. Only 13 women have run
200m faster this century and only
seven in the past five years.
Back in 2012 she was a kit carrier on
Super Saturday, and it is interesting
that she says the inspiration gleaned
from that experience did not come
from Mo Farah or Jessica Ennis-Hill. “I
was five metres away from one of the
most golden nights in British sport, but
what struck me was not them winning
but the way, all around, people who did
not know them were genuinely happy,
crying and involved.
“I thought, ‘What a job!’ That was the
power of sport. It was euphoric. Imagine, even for a minute, the ability to
make people happy. In life we should all
want to do that.”
The perma-grin faded last year when
she caught her foot while doing plyometrics. “I was embarrassed to stand up
and thought, ‘Oh it’ll be fine’. She texted
her physiotherapist, Martin Wilson.
‘Please, you have to see me today.’ One
look and he said, ‘I can’t fix this’.”
It took surgery, two screws and time.
She was told that she would need a year
but only had five months. “As elite athletes we are in the business of doing
things that aren’t normal,” she said.
There will be some good athletics on
the Gold Coast — Jamaica, Kenya,
Caster Semenya, Yohan Blake and
Isaac Makwala are all here. The highlight, though, is likely to be the women’s
200m. As well as Thompson, the field
will include Blessing Okagbare, the
fastest woman in the world this year,
and Shaunae Miller-Uibo, the Olympic
400m champion. Being equal to that
task will take something very special.
diary from australia by rick broadbent
Another win for Hursey, 11
Anna Hursey, the 11-year-old table
tennis prodigy, has won a second
match. She partnered Chloe Thomas
to a doubles victory against a Sri
Lankan pair that helped Wales to the
team semi-final, where they lost to
Australia. She has the singles to come.
epic,” he said after beating John
Archibald, of Scotland, in the final
yesterday. Archibald’s sister, Katie,
won the 3,000m individual
pursuit.
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Tanfield can now expect
to be fast-tracked on to
full funding as he looks to
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Australia
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9
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England’s inexperienced gymnastics
team took silver in the women’s team
event behind Canada, while Nick
Matthew and James Willstrop both
moved into the squash quarter-finals.
Both England’s beach volleyball teams
had victories.
Canada
2
4
5
11
Dubler’s fears for tear
Scotland
2
4
4
10
India
2
1
1
4
South Africa
2
0
1
3
Cedric Dubler, the Australian who
became a social media sensation
when his wayward javelin nearly
speared a cameraman in Rio, has not
trained for seven weeks because of a
torn elbow ligament. “I’ll live with
what happens,” he said ominously.
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4,000m individual pursuit will leave
all those talent ID experts scratching
their heads. The 21-year-old
Englishman has been riding
outside the British Cycling
system in a team with
three friends.
This home-made
success, fuelled by their
own engineering nous, had
already reaped dividends
when Tanfield won the gold
medal in the team pursuit after
ter
being drafted into the British
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the Track World Championships in
the Netherlands last month. “It was
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Adam Peaty cruised into today’s final
of the 100m breaststroke with a
Games record time of 58.59sec but
had to play second fiddle as his
England training partner Sarah Vasey
won the 50m breaststroke. Alice Tai
won the S9 100m backstroke.
Gymnasts beaten to gold
medal tally (after day two)
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Home-made gold puts Tanfield on track for full funding
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Peaty upstaged by Vasey
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Sport Racing
GREEN DOOR 135 (P,D,F,G,S) R Cowell 7-8-10
J Fisher (7)
BOWSON FRED 56 (D,F,G,S) M W Easterby 6-8-10
N Evans
TARBOOSH 189 (C,D,F,G,S) P Midgley 5-8-9
O Murphy
GEORGE DRYDEN 14 (D,F,G) C Wallis 6-8-8
L Morris
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P J McDonald
P P Mathers
10 (6) 512501 DYNAMO WALT 8 (V,CD,F,S) D Shaw 7-8-4
3-1 A Momentofmadness, 5-1 Jumira Bridge, Tomily, 8-1 Compas Scoobie, 10-1 Bowson
Evergate, Tarboosh, 12-1 Dynamo Walt, 14-1 George Dryden, Green Door.
5
6
7
8
9
Kempton Park
Thunderer
1.30 Dixieland
3.50 Model
2.05 Jumira Bridge
4.25 Kings Shield
2.40 Pipers Note
5.00 Gwafa
3.15 La Figlia
Going: standard
Draw: 5f-1m, low numbers best
1.30
Racing UK
(1)
(9)
(5)
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(7)
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Fred,
Thunderer’s choice: Jumira Bridge won first time out last season and may
stage a repeat for stable that does well with sprinters Danger: Tomily
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2.40
Betfred “Supports Jack Berry
House” Handicap (£15,563: 6f) (8)
ITV4
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-L Keniry
1
(3)
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J Egan
2
(2)
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T Marquand
3
(5)
0 GINGERSDUNTHELOT 14 D Loughnane 9-2
-Rossa Ryan (5)
4
(7)
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-Jason Watson (7)
5
(4)
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C Bishop
6
(8)
4 LIHOU 14 P D Evans 9-2
-Fran Berry
7
(6)
-SIR OX R Cowell 9-2
L Morris
8
(9)
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A
Watson
8-11
O
Murphy
9
(1)
-VENA D'AMORE D Ivory 8-11
J Duern (3)
10 (10)
3-1 John Betjeman, 7-2 Lihou, 5-1 Luchador, 6-1 Disruptor, Kinks, 8-1 Dixieland, 12-1 Sir Ox, 14-1
Vena D'Amore, 25-1 Gingersdunthelot, 100-1 Arbuckle.
128
R Winston
1
(7) 14-141 TROPICS 23 (H,C,D,F,G,S) D Ivory 10-9-7
G Wood (3) v130
2
(5) 33206- MAZZINI 129 (P,CD,F,S) J Fanshawe 5-9-3
-B McHugh
3
(2) 20500- PIPERS NOTE 172 (D,F,G,S) Mrs R Carr 8-9-2
119
J Crowley
4
(6) 40000- RAUCOUS 175 (D,F,S) R Cowell 5-8-13
115
5
(1) 212056 SWIFT APPROVAL 8 (E,F,G,S) S C Williams 6-8-11 P J McDonald
109
A Atzeni
6
(8) 1134-2 RAVEN'S LADY 93 (C,D,F,G,S) M Botti 4-8-9
109
P Hanagan
7
(3) 12113- BOUNDSY 161 (D,F,G,S) R Fahey 4-8-8
114
P P Mathers
8
(4) 014421 HAMMER GUN 11 (V,D) D Shaw 5-8-6
3-1 Tropics, 4-1 Mazzini, 5-1 Boundsy, Raven's Lady, 7-1 Raucous, 10-1 Swift Approval, 12-1
Hammer Gun, Pipers Note.
2.05
Thunderer’s choice: Pipers Note looks well treated on his best form and
jockey has good strike rate for stable
Danger: Mazzini
Betfred Mobile Handicap
ITV4
(£15,563: 5f) (10)
1
2
3
4
Hollie Doyle
(4) -43311 TOMILY 7 (C,D,G,S) R Hannon 4-9-7
J Crowley
(2) 32020- JUMIRA BRIDGE 172 (D,F,G) R Cowell 4-9-0
(3) 2465-3 A MOMENTOFMADNESS 14 (H,CD,BF,F,G) C Hills 5-8-12
W Buick
T Marquand
(8) 15302- EVERGATE 182 (D,F,S) R Cowell 4-8-12
Thunderer
1.55 Hartside
2.30 Secret Legacy
3.05 Commodore
3.40 War Sound
Going: heavy
1.55
4.15 Late Romantic
4.50 Clondaw Rigger
5.25 Easter Gold
At The Races
Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap
Hurdle (£3,119: 1m 7f 168y) (10)
C Ring (3)
1 6-0PP RADICAL ARCHIE 51 E Williams 7-12-1
R Hawker (3)
2 3624P JAUNTY THOR 42 (CD) O Greenall 8-12-1
C Gethings
3 560P0 DARTAGNAN LE DUN 14 (T) A Hales 5-12-1
4 F62P3 WHISPERING HARRY 23 (T,D) H Oliver 9-11-12 J Dixon (10)
S Houlihan
5 03364 AKULA 9 (T,P,CD) B Leavy 11-11-10
H Reed
6 -05UP GLIMPSE OF GOLD 71 (T,CD) T Vaughan 7-11-9
T Broughton (7)
7 44153 HARTSIDE 13 (T,V,D) P Winks 9-11-6
8 40045 CATCHIN TIME 9 (T,P,CD) Miss L Hurley 10-11-6
C Hammond (3)
9 34443 FLANAGANS FIELD 48 (T,P,D) B Llewellyn 10-11-5
R Williams (3)
H Teal (3)
10 645/5 HELAMIS 24 (D) B Leavy 8-10-6
3-1 Hartside, 7-2 Whispering Harry, 11-2 Flanagans Field, Akula, 10-1 others.
2.30
Maiden Hurdle (£2,599: 2m 4f) (10)
422 ALWAYS ON THE BALL 69P C Longsdon 5-11-2 J J Burke
1
C O'Farrell
2 P-412 EMERALD CHIEFTAN 15 R Menzies 8-11-2
T Dowson (3)
3 14P33 HANGARD 23 P Kirby 6-11-2
A Coleman
4 23/53 HURRICANE DYLAN 27 K Frost 7-11-2
0 LARCH HILL 45 N Twiston-Davies 5-11-2
J Bargary (3)
5
6 4-350 LOOKFORARAINBOW 140 (H,W) S Hollinshead 5-11-2
N P Madden
A Wedge
7 13/55 MY LIEGE 24 E Williams 7-11-2
J Davies
8 31-04 POWERSTOWN PARK 31 S Thomas 5-11-2
N Scholfield
9 5-232 SCOTTSHILL 85 Jonjo O'Neill 6-11-2
T O'Brien
10 33F33 SECRET LEGACY 17 (D,BF) I Williams 7-11-2
2-1 Secret Legacy, 7-2 Hurricane Dylan, 5-1 Always On The Ball, 7-1 Emerald
Chieftan, 8-1 Scottshill, 14-1 Hangard, My Liege, 20-1 others.
Betfred Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes
ITV4
(Listed: £25,520: 1m) (10)
1
2
3
120
108
3.05
Uttoxeter
3.15
v129
--
(9) -22142 CAROLINAE 8 (C,D,F) C Fellowes 6-9-0
(5) 510-31 HUNAINA (T,D,S) H Devin (Fr) 4-9-0
24- LA FIGLIA 190 J Noseda 4-9-0
(2)
S Donohoe
A Badel
James Doyle
118
v120
88
J Duern
4
(1) 1-1153 LUCYMAI 8 (C) D Ivory 5-9-0
S W Kelly
5
(7) 4/435- PACO'S ANGEL 273 (G,S) R Hughes 4-9-0
S Levey
6
(8) 15020- PEAK PRINCESS 162 (B,C,F,G,S) R Hannon 4-9-0
A Atzeni
7
(4) 62112- SHENANIGANS 182 (D,BF,G) R Varian 4-9-0
J Crowley
8 (10) 40460- SMART CALL (D,G) Sir M Stoute 7-9-0
O Murphy
9
(6) 04-215 SOUL SILVER 8 (C,D,F,S) D Simcock 4-9-0
C Bishop
10 (3) -16226 SUMMER ICON 8 (F) M Channon 5-9-0
5-2 Smart Call, 4-1 La Figlia, 5-1 Hunaina, 6-1 Shenanigans, 10-1 Carolinae, 12-1 others.
Thunderer’s choice: La Figlia fourth to Muffri’Ha in a Newmarket Listed in
September, has a group one entry in the Lockinge
Danger: Hunaina
3.50
Betfred Fillies’ Conditions Stakes
(3-Y-O: £15,563: 1m) (4)
1
(2) 04112- DATHANNA 191 (H,BF,S) C Appleby 9-5
2
(1) 2120- CROWN VALLARY (G) K Burke 9-2
3
(3) 1200- MODEL 161 (S) R Hannon 9-2
4
(4) 3423- DANCE ME 113 (BF) S Kirk 8-12
6-4 Dathanna, 7-4 Model, 3-1 Crown Vallary, 14-1 Dance Me.
4.25
5.00
(£7,408: 2m 4f) (4)
1 /0-1P ALLYSSON MONTERG 24 (T,D) R Hobson 8-11-8 J J Burke
J E Moore
2 4U11F TOWN PARKS 45 (CD) K Lee 7-11-3
T O'Brien
3 22342 WAR SOUND 49 (BF) P Hobbs 9-11-0
-3P23
BALLYARTHUR
66
(T,D,BF)
N
Twiston-Davies
8-10-9
4
J Bargary (3)
9-4 Ballyarthur, War Sound, 5-2 Town Parks, 4-1 Allysson Monterg.
4.15
Handicap Hurdle (£4,094: 2m 7f) (12)
12-62 LOCH LINNHE 12 (T,P) M Walford 6-11-13
A Coleman
2-U11 LATE ROMANTIC 27P (T) O Greenall 8-11-12
Mr E Glassonbury (7)
3 52625 ALLTHEGEAR NO IDEA 23 (P) N Twiston-Davies 11-11-12
J Bargary (3)
532 I'M ALWAYS TRYING 66 (P) D Pipe 5-11-11 T Scudamore
4
J E Moore
5 P-P0P KAYF MOSS 23 (T,B) J Flint 10-11-9
A Wedge
6 54203 FILLE DES CHAMPS 27 (T) E Williams 7-11-7
N Fehily
7 -P203 ARDEN DENIS 28 (C) N Mulholland 9-11-7
J Davies
8 /5034 FRANKLY SPEAKING 33 T Symonds 8-11-6
T Cannon
9 32-21 FIZZLESTIX 21 C Gordon 6-11-5
A Nicol
10 PP60F ANIKNAM 25 (H) P Kirby 8-10-10
B Poste
11 -3224 SCARTARE 11 Mrs R Gasson 7-10-0
1-004
SILVER DRAGON 96 (B,C,D) M Sowersby 10-10-0
12
L Murtagh (5)
3-1 Silver Dragon, 6-1 Loch Linnhe, 13-2 Arden Denis, 7-1 Fille Des Champs,
8-1 Allthegear No Idea, 9-1 Fizzlestix, 11-1 Aniknam, 12-1 others.
1
2
1
(8) -03226 CURBYOURENTHUSIASM 8 (F,G) D Simcock 7-9-10 J P Spencer
Handicap Chase (£4,494: 3m) (6)
Mares’ NH Flat Race
DUNSTALL DOLLY T George 5-11-0
C Gethings
1
ORCHARD MOON N Twiston-Davies 5-11-0
M D Grant
2
23 ROSY WORLD 26 (BF) Miss S Smith 5-11-0 J Sherwood (3)
3
BLUE BALLERINA O Greenall 4-10-8
T O'Brien
4
EASTER GOLD Mrs L Wadham 4-10-8
A Coleman
5
SLAINE G Maundrell 4-10-8
H Reed (5)
6
2-1 Rosy World, 5-2 Orchard Moon, 9-2 Easter Gold, 5-1 Dunstall Dolly, 12-1
Blue Ballerina, 14-1 Slaine.
Fakenham
Thunderer
2.15 Excellent Team
4.35 Step Back (nb)
2.50 Heresmynumber 5.10 Templehills
3.25 Act Of Valour
5.40 Before Midnight
4.00 Nikki Steel
Going: good to soft, soft in two dips
At The Races
2.15
1
2
3
4
v113
108
105
95
98
Betfred Queen's Prize Handicap
H Teal (7)
1 201P3 BIG MEADOW 21 (P,CD) N King 7-12-3
A Coleman
2 31132 NEWBERRY NEW 18 (P,C) H Bethell 6-11-12
3 P3PPP SAINT JOHN HENRY 47 (B,D) D Pipe 8-11-11 T Scudamore
4 P06-P KATENKO 17 (D) Miss V Williams 12-11-9 Mr H Nugent (7)
T O'Brien
5 13025 LUNAR FLOW 46 (T,B,CD,BF) J Snowden 7-11-1
B Poste
6 02152 CLONDAW RIGGER 30 (T) K Price 6-10-6
5-2 Lunar Flow, 100-30 Big Meadow, 9-2 Newberry New, Saint John Henry, 6-1
Clondaw Rigger, 10-1 Katenko.
Novices’ Handicap Chase
Fakenham: Trainers N Henderson, 11 from 27 runners, 40.7%;
Dr R Newland, 4 from 10, 40.0%; O Murphy, 15 from 46, 32.6%.
Kelso: Trainers K Dalgleish, 7 from 16, 43.8%; T George, 3 from 7,
42.9%; N Richards, 24 from 107, 22.4%; B Ellison, 4 from 18, 22.2%;
I Jardine, 8 from 43, 18.6%; D McCain, 21 from 116, 18.1%.
Kempton: Trainers A Watson, 14 from 44, 31.8%; J Noseda, 32
from 112, 28.6%; C Appleby, 58 from 207, 28.0%; J Gosden, 58 from
250, 23.2%; J Fanshawe, 50 from 261, 19.2%.
Uttoxeter: Trainers K Price, 4 from 12, 33.3%; M Walford, 8 from
33, 24.2%; C Longsdon, 23 from 104, 22.1%.
Wolverhampton: Trainers S Crisford, 15 from 61, 24.6%;
E Vaughan, 7 from 30, 23.3%; R Varian, 28 from 122, 23.0%.
(£15,563: 1m 7f 218y) (13)
(£2,274: 1m 7f 168y) (6)
3.40
Course specialists
(3-Y-O: £15,563: 1m) (5)
4.50
5.25
---v85
D Muscutt
1
(3) 012-21 JELLMOOD 35 (H) M Botti 9-5
1- KINGS SHIELD 143 J Gosden 9-2
O Murphy
2
(4)
1-22 LAWN RANGER 31 (D) M Attwater 9-2
K Fox
3
(1)
1 ONE COOL DADDY 17 (CD) D Ivory 9-2
R Winston
4
(5)
1- RAJAAM 137 (H,D) R Hannon 9-2
J Crowley
5
(2)
Evens Kings Shield, 7-2 Rajaam, 6-1 Jellmood, Lawn Ranger, 7-1 One Cool Daddy.
Handicap Hurdle
-0P1P TRANSIENT BAY 40 (P,CD) P Kirby 8-11-12
A Nicol
1-264 BILLY HICKS 23 (D,BF) S Drinkwater 7-11-11
Mr J Drinkwater (7)
J Davies
3 04FU0 MR FITZROY 17 (T) Jo Davis 8-11-10
A Coleman
4 -P042 COMMODORE 23 Miss V Williams 6-11-10
5 31135 LORD COUNTY 17 (P) O Greenall 4-11-8
Mr E Glassonbury (7)
H Teal (7)
6 PP321 SACKETT 11 (D) N King 7-11-6
3-1 Sackett, 4-1 Billy Hicks, Mr Fitzroy, 9-2 Commodore, Transient Bay, 8-1
Lord County.
W Buick
P J McDonald
T Marquand
O Murphy
Betfred Conditions Stakes
(£4,094: 2m 4f) (6)
1
2
120
D Probert
2
(1) 0606-5 PORT DOUGLAS 33 (F,G) P Cole 5-9-5
-S Donohoe
3
(5) 50/40- OOTY HILL 161 (S) C Fellowes 6-9-4
134
Hollie Doyle
4 (13) 0000-0 FIRST MOHICAN 26J (H,D,S) A King 10-9-3
-S W Kelly
5
(9) 20004/ CAYIRLI 537 (G) S Durack 6-9-2
129
Doubtful
6
(4) 224/62 GWAFA 54 (F) P Webber 7-9-0
125
7 (11) 23101- DOMINATING 166 (C,D,F,G,S) M Johnston 4-8-13 P J McDonald
129
J Crowley
8 (12) 3131-3 SUNBLAZER 91 (T,CD,F) K Bailey 8-8-12
133
L Morris
9
(3) 31-111 AUTHOR'S DREAM 35 (V,D) W Knight 5-8-11
133
10 (7) 03522- CHAMPAGNE CHAMP 21J (D,G,S) B Millman 6-8-11 O Murphy
128
T Marquand
11 (2) 20-111 INN THE BULL 7 (C,S) A King 5-8-10
C Shepherd v136
12 (6) 66535- GAVLAR 183 (CD,F,G,S) W Knight 7-8-7
-Nicola Currie (5)
13 (10) 10346- SEE OF ROME 200 (S) R Hughes 4-8-5
4-1 Author's Dream, 5-1 Inn The Bull, 11-2 Dominating, 8-1 Champagne Champ, Gavlar, 9-1
Sunblazer, 10-1 Curbyourenthusiasm, 14-1 First Mohican, Ooty Hill, 16-1 others.
117
105
115
101
-114
117
Handicap Hurdle (£4,159: 2m) (8)
2215 ASHKOUL 61 (T,D) D Skelton 5-12-4
F Gregory (7)
P42F1 GREGARIOUS 23 (H,D) Mrs L Wadham 5-11-12 M Tissier (5)
6F660 CAPITOUL 86 (D) Dr R Newland 6-11-11 S Twiston-Davies
32153 WALSINGHAM GRANGE 23 (V,D) Mrs P Sly 5-11-11
K K Woods
125
12035 POLLY'S PURSUIT 43 (H,D,BF) N Henderson 6-11-10
N De Boinville
6 3-P04 DINSDALE 123 (T,P,W,D) M Scudamore 5-11-8 J Kington (3)
G Sheehan
7 04013 ARDMAYLE 33 (D) Ali Stronge 6-11-7
H Skelton
8 4150P EXCELLENT TEAM 26 (T,D) D Skelton 6-11-6
3-1 Ashkoul, 4-1 Gregarious, 5-1 Ardmayle, Walsingham Grange, 7-1 Polly's
Pursuit, 8-1 Excellent Team, 12-1 Capitoul, 16-1 Dinsdale.
5
2.50
Handicap Chase (£5,458: 2m 5f) (5)
H Skelton
1 3PP63 CKALCO DES LOGES 21 D Skelton 6-11-12
2 PP033 ROYALS AND REBELS 33 (T,B) C Mann 8-11-11H Bannister
T Whelan
3 3P1P2 LITTLE WINDMILL 40 (T,P,CD) N King 8-11-9
4 -0331 HERESMYNUMBER 22 (T,P,CD) Ali Stronge 8-11-3
G Sheehan
5 63232 GLOBAL DOMINATION 24 (T,P,CD) Mrs C Bailey 10-10-5
S Bowen
9-4 Heresmynumber, 3-1 Global Domination, 7-2 Ckalco Des Loges, 9-2 Royals
And Rebels, 6-1 Little Windmill.
3.25
Novices’ Hurdle (£4,549: 2m) (6)
2-101 PACIFIC DE BAUNE 14 (D) N Henderson 5-11-11
N De Boinville
D Jacob
2 41212 OISTRAKH LE NOIR 14 (D,BF) B Pauling 4-11-5
3 1520 ACT OF VALOUR 24 (D) P Nicholls 4-10-13 S Twiston-Davies
T Whelan
4 40050 CHIMES OF DYLAN 57 N King 5-10-13
B Powell
5 /PP-0 RELIGHT THE FIRE 12 D Quinn 7-10-13
00 BY RAIL 44 (H) N Littmoden 4-10-7
J Quinlan
6
5-4 Pacific De Baune, 6-4 Act Of Valour, 3-1 Oistrakh Le Noir, 50-1 others.
4.35
Novices’ Chase (£5,458: 3m) (6)
F42P5 SAM RED 41 (T,P,CD) D Skelton 7-11-10
H Skelton
22513 REMIND ME LATER 133 G L Moore 9-11-4
Josh Moore
33220 CAPTAIN BUCK'S 23 (T,P) P Nicholls 6-10-12
S Twiston-Davies
4 BU1/P ISKRABOB 135 Mrs D Grissell 8-10-12 Mr O Wedmore (7)
L Edwards
5 /1-33 NATIVE GAMUT 29 A Ralph 8-10-12
6 10-23 STEP BACK 50 (D,BF) M Bradstock 8-10-12 N De Boinville
15-8 Step Back, 2-1 Captain Buck's, 100-30 Sam Red, 9-2 Remind Me Later,
33-1 Native Gamut, 50-1 Iskrabob.
1
2
3
5.10
Handicap Chase (£8,187: 2m 5f) (5)
PP-24 TEMPLEHILLS 56 (H,T,CD) N Twiston-Davies 7-11-12
S Twiston-Davies
S Bowen
2 -4P44 CROSSPARK 51 (D,BF) Mrs C Bailey 8-11-12
H Cobden
3 4-5F3 MONSIEUR CO 102 P Nicholls 5-11-6
4 -P322 PRINCETON ROYALE 50 (B,D,BF) N King 9-11-6 T Whelan
R Dunne
5 1462P MOVIE LEGEND 28 (P,C) Mrs L Wadham 8-11-6
2-1 Princeton Royale, 100-30 Templehills, 7-2 Monsieur Co, 5-1 Crosspark,
Movie Legend.
1
1
4.00
Handicap Hurdle (£7,213: 2m 4f) (7)
N De Boinville
1 P-520 LE BREUIL 24 (D) B Pauling 6-11-12
D Jacob
2 1101P INDIAN HAWK 28 N Henderson 6-11-8
3 16P66 SIR MANGAN 13 (D) D Skelton 10-11-5 Bridget Andrews (3)
D England
4 P/00- ORDO AB CHAO 385 (D) O Murphy 9-11-3
H Skelton
5 131-2 THEATREBAR 164 (T,D,BF) D Skelton 10-11-2
M Tissier (5)
6 03512 ICONIC SKY 26 (P,C) Mrs L Wadham 5-10-4
S Bowen
7 3212- NIKKI STEEL 584 (BF) Dr R Newland 8-10-0
5-2 Indian Hawk, 7-2 Le Breuil, 9-2 Nikki Steel, 5-1 Ordo Ab Chao, 13-2
Theatrebar, 10-1 Iconic Sky, 14-1 Sir Mangan.
5.40
NH Flat Race (£2,274: 2m) (8)
13 BEFORE MIDNIGHT 45 (D) N Henderson 5-11-7
N De Boinville
300 TANKERTON BOY 57 N King 5-11-0
T Whelan
2
EARLOFTHECOTSWOLDS N Twiston-Davies 4-10-8
3
S Twiston-Davies
4 ECLAIR DE GUYE Mrs L Wadham 4-10-8
M Tissier (5)
4
ESPALION T Vaughan 4-10-8
A Johns
5
RISK AND CO J Snowden 4-10-8
G Sheehan
6
SMACKWATER JACK O Murphy 4-10-8
D England
7
6 MIDNIGHT MONSOON 50 B Case 5-10-7
K K Woods
8
11-10 Before Midnight, 11-2 Earlofthecotswolds, 7-1 Tankerton Boy, 15-2
Eclair De Guye, 11-1 Smackwater Jack, 14-1 others
1
Blinkered first time: Kelso 2.25 Golden Jeffrey.
Kempton 2.40 Swift Approval. Wolverhampton 6.15
Precious Silk.
Fixtures
Today
Football
Kick-off 3.0 unless stated
Premier League: Bournemouth v Crystal Palace;
Brighton v Huddersfield; Everton v Liverpool
(12.30); Leicester v Newcastle; Man City v Man
Utd (5.30); Stoke v Tottenham; Watford v
Burnley; West Brom v Swansea.
Sky Bet Championship: Barnsley v Sheff Utd
(12.15); Birmingham v Burton Albion;
Brentford v Ipswich; Derby v Bolton; Hull v QPR;
Leeds v Sunderland; Middlesbrough v Nottm
Forest; Millwall v Bristol City; Norwich v Aston
Villa (12.30); Reading v Preston; Sheff Wed v
Fulham.
P
Wolves................41
Cardiff.................40
Fulham................40
Aston Villa..........40
Derby...................39
Middlesbrough....40
Bristol City..........40
Millwall...............40
Sheff Utd ............ 40
Preston................40
Brentford ............ 40
Ipswich................40
Leeds...................40
Norwich...............40
QPR ..................... 40
Sheff Wed...........40
Nottm Forest......39
Hull......................40
Reading...............40
Bolton..................40
Birmingham........40
Barnsley..............39
Sunderland..........40
Burton.................40
W
27
24
21
21
17
18
16
16
18
15
15
15
15
13
13
11
13
9
9
9
11
7
6
7
D
8
8
12
10
14
9
14
14
8
15
13
8
8
13
11
14
7
14
12
12
6
13
13
10
L
6
8
7
9
8
13
10
10
14
10
12
17
17
14
16
15
19
17
19
19
23
19
21
23
F
74
62
70
64
57
56
56
50
53
49
56
49
52
42
49
48
43
55
45
34
30
39
43
29
A
36
34
41
37
38
39
45
39
45
42
47
51
56
50
57
54
56
61
60
59
57
58
72
71
GD Pts
38 89
28 80
29 75
27 73
19 65
17 63
11 62
11 62
8 62
7 60
9 58
-2 53
-4 53
-8 52
-8 50
-6 47
-13 46
-6 41
-15 39
-25 39
-27 39
-19 34
-29 31
-42 31
League One: AFC Wimbledon v Scunthorpe;
Blackburn v Southend; Blackpool v Bradford;
Bristol Rovers v Charlton; Gillingham v
Doncaster; Oxford Utd v Oldham; Plymouth v
Peterborough; Rochdale v Portsmouth;
Rotherham v Fleetwood Town; Walsall v Bury;
Wigan v Milton Keynes Dons.
P
Blackburn............39
Shrewsbury.........40
Wigan..................38
Rotherham..........40
Peterborough......40
W D L F
24 10 5 74
24 9 7 55
24 8 6 72
20 6 14 65
16 13 11 63
A
36
33
25
49
49
GD Pts
38 82
22 81
47 80
16 66
14 61
Charlton .............. 39
Portsmouth.........40
Scunthorpe..........40
Plymouth.............39
Bristol Rovers.....40
Bradford..............38
Southend.............40
Fleetwood Town.40
Doncaster............38
Gillingham...........39
Blackpool.............40
Oxford Utd..........39
Walsall................39
Oldham................38
AFC Wimbledon..39
MK Dons..............40
Rochdale..............38
Northampton......41
Bury.....................40
17
19
15
17
16
16
14
14
12
12
11
12
11
11
11
10
9
10
7
10
4
15
9
6
5
11
9
13
13
14
10
11
10
9
12
14
10
9
12
17
10
13
18
17
15
17
13
14
15
17
17
17
19
18
15
21
24
53
51
57
51
56
49
49
53
47
43
46
55
47
52
37
40
40
36
32
47
48
48
47
60
56
59
57
45
47
52
61
58
66
50
54
46
69
61
6
3
9
4
-4
-7
-10
-4
2
-4
-6
-6
-11
-14
-13
-14
-6
-33
-29
61
61
60
60
54
53
53
51
49
49
47
46
44
43
42
42
41
40
30
League Two: Barnet v Forest Green; Cambridge
Utd v Exeter; Cheltenham v Morecambe;
Colchester v Accrington Stanley; Grimsby v
Chesterfield; Mansfield v Crewe Newport
County v Stevenage; Notts County v Coventry;
Port Vale v Crawley Town; Swindon v Carlisle;
Yeovil v Luton.
P
Accrington ..........39
Luton...................41
Wycombe............41
Exeter..................40
Notts County ...... 41
Lincoln City.........40
Coventry..............40
Mansfield............40
Swindon..............40
Colchester...........41
Carlisle................41
Newport County . 39
Crawley...............41
Cambridge...........40
Cheltenham.........41
Stevenage...........40
Yeovil..................38
Crewe..................41
Port Vale.............41
Morecambe.........39
Forest Green.......40
Grimsby...............41
Chesterfield........38
Barnet.................41
W
25
22
21
21
18
18
19
16
19
16
16
13
15
14
12
12
12
13
10
9
11
9
9
8
D
5
11
11
6
13
13
8
15
5
13
12
15
9
12
12
12
9
5
13
15
7
11
7
9
L
9
8
9
13
10
9
13
9
16
12
13
11
17
14
17
16
17
23
18
15
22
21
22
24
F
66
84
75
54
61
57
50
57
61
51
57
49
51
42
59
54
53
52
45
38
48
33
41
37
A
40
43
55
45
43
42
38
43
60
45
50
50
58
52
60
57
59
67
57
48
69
63
68
63
GD Pts
26 80
41 77
20 74
9 69
18 67
15 67
12 65
14 63
1 62
6 61
7 60
-1 54
-7 54
-10 54
-1 48
-3 48
-6 45
-15 44
-12 43
-10 42
-21 40
-30 38
-27 34
-26 33
Vanarama National: AFC Fylde v Sutton Utd;
Aldershot v Maidenhead Utd; Bromley v
Gateshead; Chester v Tranmere; Dag & Red v
Woking; Dover v Torquay; Eastleigh v
Wrexham; Ebbsfleet United v Macclesfield
(12.15); Halifax v Boreham Wood; Guiseley v
Maidstone Utd; Hartlepool v Solihull Moors;
Leyton Orient v Barrow.
P
Macclesfield...........41
Sutton United........40
Boreham Wood......41
Wrexham ............... 41
Aldershot...............41
Tranmere ............... 39
AFC Fylde...............41
Dover Athletic ....... 41
Ebbsfleet ...............39
Bromley..................39
Dagenham & Red...40
Eastleigh................40
Leyton Orient.........40
Gateshead..............38
Maidenhead .......... 39
Hartlepool..............41
Halifax....................40
Maidstone..............41
Woking...................41
Barrow ................... 39
Solihull Moors........40
Torquay..................40
Chester...................41
Guiseley ................. 39
W
24
21
18
17
18
19
18
17
15
16
16
12
13
11
12
12
11
11
12
9
10
9
6
6
D
9
9
15
17
14
10
11
13
15
11
10
16
11
16
13
12
14
13
8
14
11
10
13
11
L
8
10
8
7
9
10
12
11
9
12
14
12
16
11
14
17
15
17
21
16
19
21
22
22
F
58
60
54
47
60
65
76
54
51
63
59
58
49
51
52
48
42
48
50
44
40
38
34
34
A
43
45
37
32
47
40
52
37
44
47
52
62
51
40
58
59
51
62
68
53
53
63
67
72
GD Pts
15 81
15 72
17 69
15 68
13 68
25 67
24 65
17 64
7 60
16 59
7 58
-4 52
-2 50
11 49
-6 49
-11 48
-9 47
-14 46
-18 44
-9 41
-13 41
-25 37
-33 31
-38 29
Vanarama North: AFC Telford v Chorley;
Alfreton Town v Spennymoor Town; Blyth
Spartans v Kidderminster; Bradford PA v
Leamington; Curzon Ashton v Brackley;
Darlington v Boston Utd; North Ferriby Utd v
Stockport Co; Salford City v Gainsborough;
Southport v Nuneaton; Tamworth v FC United
of Manchester; York v Harrogate Town.
South: Chelmsford v Poole Town; Concord
Rangers v Hampton & Richmond; Dartford v
Weston-s-Mare; Gloucester v Bognor Regis
Town; Hemel Hempstead v Chippenham;
Hungerford Town v Braintree Town; Oxford City
v Eastbourne Borough; St Albans v Whitehawk;
Truro City v East Thurrock; Wealdstone v Bath
City; Welling v Havant and W.
Evo-Stik Premier Division: North: Ashton Utd v
Whitby; Barwell v Sutton Coldfield; Buxton v
Workington; Grantham v Mickleover Sports;
Hednesford v Stourbridge; Lancaster City v
Altrincham; Marine v Witton Albion; Matlock
Town v Coalville Town; Nantwich Town v
Warrington Town; Rushall Olympic v Shaw
Lane; Stafford Rangers v Halesowen.
Stalybridge v Farsley Celtic.
South: Banbury v Biggleswade Town;
Dorchester v Bishop’s Stortford; Dunstable v
Kettering; Farnborough v Tiverton; Gosport
Borough v St Ives Town; Hereford v Chesham;
Hitchin v Frome Town; Kings Langley v St Neots
Town; Kings Lynn Town v Merthyr Town;
Redditch v Weymouth; Royston Town v
Basingstoke; Stratford Town v Slough.
Bostik Premier: Brightlingsea Regent v Harrow;
Burgess Hill Town v Dulwich Hamlet; Enfield
Town v Billericay; Folkestone Invicta v Leiston;
Hendon v Worthing; Leatherhead v Staines
Town; Margate v Harlow; Needham Market v
Dorking Wanderers; Thurrock v Met Police;
Tooting & Mitcham v Tonbridge; Wingate &
Finchley v Kingstonian.
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership: Hearts v
Aberdeen; Partick v Kilmarnock; Rangers v
Dundee; Ross County v Hibernian; St Johnstone
v Motherwell.
Championship: Brechin v St Mirren; Dumbarton
v Dundee Utd; Falkirk v Dunfermline; Livingston
v Morton; Queen of South v Inverness CT.
League One: Airdrieonians v Ayr; Albion v
Forfar; Alloa v Stranraer; Arbroath v Raith;
Queen’s Park v East Fife.
League Two: Annan Athletic v Elgin; Berwick v
Peterhead; Cowdenbeath v Clyde; Edinburgh
City v Stenhousemuir; Stirling v Montrose.
Cricket
MCC University matches (first day of three,
11.0): Fenner’s: Cambridge MCCU v Essex.
Ageas Bowl: Hampshire v Cardiff MCCU.
Hazelgrave Ground: Loughborough MCCU v
Lancashire. Merchant Taylor’s School,
Northwood: Middlesex v Durham MCCU. The
Parks: Oxford MCCU v Northamptonshire.
Headingley: Yorkshire v Leeds/Bradford MCCU.
Rugby league
Betfred Super League: Salford v Warrington
(3,15); Catalans Dragons v Wigan (5.15); Hull
KR v Widnes (6.0). Championship: Toulouse v
Barrow (2.0).
Rugby union
Aviva Premiership: Bath v Leicester (2.0);
Northampton v Saracens (2.0); Harlequins v
London Irish (3.0); Worcester v Newcastle
(3.0).
Guinness Pro 14: Cheetahs v Cardiff Blues (2.0);
Leinster v Zebre (2.0); Scarlets v Glasgow
(4.15); Benetton v Newport-Gwent Dragons
(5.0); Southern Kings v Munster (6.35).
Greene King IPA Championship: Doncaster v
Ealing Trailfinders (2.30); Hartpury v Bedford
(2.30); London Scottish v Rotherham (3.0).
Women: Tyrrells Premier 15s: Semi-finals, first
leg: Wasps v Harlequins (Twyford Avenue, 1.0);
Gloucester-Hartpury v Saracens (Hartpury
College, 4.15).
Other sport
Basketball: BBL Championship: Leicester v
Manchester (7.30); Sheffield v London (7.45).
Ice hockey: Elite League, play-offs: Cardiff v Fife
(1.0); Sheffield v Nottingham (5.0).
Castleford; Wakefield v Leeds. Championship:
Batley v Toronto Wiolfpack; Featherstone v
Dewsbury; Halifax v London Bronchos; Leigh v
Rochdale; Swinton v Sheffield (4.30).
Tomorrow
Football
Premier League: Arsenal v Southampton (2.15);
Chelsea v West Ham (4.30).
Checkatrade Trophy Final: Lincoln City v
Shrewsbury (Wembley Stadium, 3.0).
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership: Hamilton v
Celtic (12.30).
Aviva Premiership: Exeter v Gloucester (3.0).
Greene King IPA Championship: Cormish
Pirates v Richmond (2.30); Yorkshire Carnegie v
Jersey (3.0).
Other sport
Rugby league
Kick-off 3.0 unless stated
Betfred Supert League:
Rugby union
Huddersfield
v
Basketball: BBL Championship: Plymouth v
Leicester (4.0); Cheshire v Surrey (5.30).
Results
Football
Sky Bet Championship
Cardiff
29,317
(0) 0
Wolves
(0) 1
Neves 67
8.77sec; 2, E Cole (Aus) 1:11.51, 3, Ashleigh
Mcconnell (Aus) 1:15.93
Weightlifting: Men: 69kg: 1, G Evans (Wales)
299kg; 2, I D Mudiyanselage (Sri Lanka) 297.
Hockey: Women: England 5 Wales 1.
Netball: England 74 Malawi 49.
Women’s World Cup qualifying: Group One:
England 0 Wales 0. Group Three: Ireland 2
Slovakia 1.
Rugby league
Commonwealth Games
Rugby union
Gold Coast, Australia (selected)
Gymnastics: Women: Team final: 1, Canada
163.075pts; 2, England (G-M Fenton, L
Stanhope, A Kinsella, K Simm, T James)
162.650. Also: 4, Wales; 5, Scotland.
Track cycling: Men: 4,000m Individual pursuit:
Gold-medal race: 1, C Tanfield (Eng) 4min
15.952sec; 2, J Archibald (Scot) 4:16.656.
Keirin final: 1, M Glaetzer (Aus); 2, L Oliva
(Wales) at 00.35sec behind.
Women: 3,000m Individual pursuit: Gold-medal
race: 1, K Archibald (Scot) 3min 26.088sec; 2, R
Wiasak (Aus) 3:27.548.
Swimming: Men: 200m Freestyle final: 1, K
Chalmers (Aus) 1min 45.56sec; 2, M Horton
(Aus) 1:45.89; 3, D Scott (Sco) 1:46.30.
S9 100m Freestyle final: 1, T Disken (Aus)
56.07sec; 2, L White (Eng) 56.77.
400m Individual medley final: 1, C Lewis (Aus)
4min 13.12sec; 2, M Szarek (Scot) 4:13.72.
4x100m Freestyle relay final: 1, Australia 3min
12.96sec; 2, England 3:15.25, 3 Scotland 3:15.86.
Women: 50m Breaststroke final: 1, S Vasey
(Eng) 30.60; 2, A Atkinson (Jam) 30.76; 3, L
Pickett (Aus) 30.78.
S8 100m Backstroke final: 1, A Tai (Eng) 1min
Aviva Premiership: Sale 28 Wasps 27.
Guinness Pro14: Edinburgh 20 Ulster 32;
Ospreys39 Connacht 10.
Greene King IPA Championship: Nottingham 17
Bristol 60.
Betfred Super League: St Helens 26 Hull FC 12.
Snooker
China Open: Beijing: Quarter-finals (England
unless stated): N Robertson (Aus) bt S
Bingham 6-0; K Wilson bt J Lisowski 6-5; M
Selby bt M Williams (Wales) 6-2; B hawkins bt
T Ford 6-5.
Tennis
Davis Cup: World Group quarter-finals
Genoa: Italy tied with France 1-1 (Italy first): F
Fognini bt J Chardy 6-7 (6-8), 6-2, 6-2, 6-3; A
Seppi lost to L Pouille 3-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 1-6.
Valencia: Spain tied with Germany 1-1 (Spain
first): R Nadal bt P Kohlschreiber 6-2,
6-2, 6-3; D Ferrer lost to A Zverev 4-6, 2-6, 2-6.
WTA International
Monterrey: Second round: Selected: T Babos
(Hun) bt N Broady (GB) 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 7-5.
the times | Saturday April 7 2018
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3G S
Sport
Embarrassed DeGale vows to Jockey’s injury raises new
regain world title or walk away questions about insurance
Racing
Boxing
Ron Lewis Boxing Correspondent
James DeGale is finished with kidding
himself. Tonight he expects to regain
his world title in Las Vegas from the
American Caleb Truax, who took it
away from him in December in one of
the biggest upsets in recent memory.
He also knows that if he fails, it is the
end of his career.
“If I can’t beat Truax, then I’m going
to have to call it a day,” DeGale said. “If
I can’t beat him, that means I am shot.
But I know for a fact what I’ve got left.
“I’m 32, I have had two hard fights in
my life. But some of the things I’ve read
and I am hearing are pathetic. It’s madness, but all my life I have proved people
wrong and I am ready to do it again.”
Prior to defending his IBF supermiddleweight title against Truax,
DeGale had one eye on a unification
fight, possibly with the winner of the
World Boxing Super Series (WBSS).
It was assumed that Truax, a 34-yearold who only took up boxing as a way to
pay off his student debt, was just there
to make up the numbers, but he brought
energy and aggression, while DeGale
remained stuck on the ropes. The
American claimed the title by a
majority points decision.
DeGale said that he was not fit,
having rushed his comeback after
shoulder surgery. But it was his first
fight in Britain in more than three years,
since before he had won his world title,
and he was keen to go through with it.
“I can only blame myself, I chose to
box,” the 2008 Olympic gold medalwinner said. “I had reconstructive
Kelso
Thunderer
1.50 Acdc
2.25 Taxmeifyoucan
3.00 Yala Enki
3.35 Eminent Poet
Going: heavy
1.50
4.10 Caraline
4.45 Champagne To Go
5.20 Cultram Abbey
Racing UK
Novices’ Handicap Chase ITV4
(£8,837: 2m 7f 96y) (4)
R Day (3)
1 4-322 TEDDY TEE 40 (D,BF) N Richards 9-11-8
B Hughes
2 3-112 HILLS OF DUBAI 17 D McCain 9-11-5
D Cook
3 2U613 JUST GEORGIE 17 (D) Mrs S Smith 8-11-4
4 441U2 ACDC 29 (H,T,C,D,BF) C Grant 8-11-3 Mr Liam Quinlan (7)
15-8 Acdc, 5-2 Teddy Tee, 11-4 Hills Of Dubai, 9-2 Just Georgie.
Thunderer’s choice: Acdc won for today’s jockey here in
January and step up in trip should suit Danger: Teddy Tee
2.25
totescoop6 Handicap
Hurdle (£25,024: 2m 51y) (11)
ITV4
50163 MIRSAALE 7F (CD) K Dalgleish 8-11-12
C Bewley (3)
6-413 KEYBOARD GANGSTER 17 (H,T,D) D Whillans 7-11-3
C Whillans (3)
H Brooke
3 3-600 NIETZSCHE 56 (D) B Ellison 5-11-2
W Kennedy
4 31134 UBALTIQUE 28 (T,B,C,D) D McCain 10-10-13
5 20506 GOLDEN JEFFREY 13 (B,C,D) I Jardine 5-10-12 Mr B Lynn (7)
1U1 TAXMEIFYOUCAN 51 (P,CD) K Dalgleish 4-10-11 B Hughes
6
J Hamilton
7 34-32 CARD GAME 294 (D) R Jefferson 9-10-10
R Patrick (5)
8 03430 GASSIN GOLF 28 (T,B,D) K Lee 9-10-9
D Cook
9 21310 TRESHNISH 48 (D) Mrs S Smith 5-10-9
10 62612 REVERANT CUST 42 (T,D) P Atkinson 7-10-8 F O'Toole (3)
C Nichol
11 01333 MONFASS 18 (H,D,BF) Mrs R Dobbin 7-10-4
3-1 Taxmeifyoucan, 6-1 Nietzsche, 15-2 Gassin Golf, 8-1 Reverant Cust, 9-1
Card Game, Mirsaale, 10-1 Keyboard Gangster, 12-1 others.
1
2
Thunderer’s choice: Taxmeifyoucan beat subsequent
grade three winner here last time Danger: Reverant Cust
3.00
Liz Adam Memorial
ITV4
H’cap Chase (£31,280: 3m 2f) (10)
C Deutsch
1 64F16 YALA ENKI 25 (CD) Miss V Williams 8-11-12
R Day (3)
2 3F531 BAYWING 42 N Richards 9-11-9
A P Heskin
3 -1FRU WILD WEST WIND 23 (T,D) T George 9-11-4
4 13212 LAKE VIEW LAD 29 (BF) N Alexander 8-10-13
S Mulqueen (3)
surgery. The surgeon said you can
come back after six months, and I had
to come back then as soon as I heard
that. Nothing was going to stop me.
“I wasn’t healthy, my injury was fixed
but not healed. I knew it wasn’t right.
Everything was rushed. The way I was
thinking, I thought I could beat him
with one shoulder working, but that
was the wrong way of thinking.
“Truax is not on my level. It was one
of the biggest upsets in boxing in the
last 20 years. All I wanted to do was get
the rematch as soon as possible and
make it right. ” The return takes place at
the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, on
the undercard of a WBA and IBF lightmiddleweight title fight between
Erislandy Lara and Jarrett Hurd.
DeGale had long dreamed of boxing in
Las Vegas but says the venue is
irrelevant.
“I don’t care about this
show or where I am
boxing,” DeGale
said. “When Al
[Haymon, his
American
adviser]
said,
‘You’re
boxing in Vegas,’ I wasn
wasn’tt
really fussed, I could be
boxing in my back garden.
I didn’t care. I just wanted
d
to get back the title and
look good. If I get in and I
don’t look as good as I
DeGale said that his
performance against
Truax was “shocking”
-5323 SELDOM INN 51 (B,C) A Thomson 10-10-13
B Hughes
50216 SMOOTH STEPPER 42 Mrs S Smith 9-10-12
D Cook
1P6P/ SAMSTOWN 1085 (W,C,D) A Whillans 11-10-6
C Nichol
10-35 CHIC NAME 24 (H) R Hobson 6-10-4
J Bowen (3)
256-6 BLAKEMOUNT 9 (D) Mrs S Smith 10-10-3
S W Quinlan
40-13 HARRY THE VIKING 98 (P,C,D) A Thomson 13-10-1
Rachael McDonald (7)
7-2 Baywing, 9-2 Yala Enki, 5-1 Wild West Wind, 7-1 Chic Name, 8-1 Lake View
Lad, Seldom Inn, 10-1 Smooth Stepper, 12-1 others.
5
6
7
8
9
10
Thunderer’s choice: Yala Enki loves mud and can repeat
last year’s win off 6lb higher mark Danger: Chic Name
3.35
Edinburgh Gin Handicap ITV4
Hurdle (£25,024: 3m 1f 170y) (10)
4-110 DONNA'S DIAMOND 23 (C,D) C Grant 9-11-12 C Bewley (3)
12601 KRIS SPIN 21 (D) K Lee 10-11-6
R Patrick (5)
13061 EMINENT POET 18 (D) Miss V Williams 7-11-3 C Deutsch
1-P13 LASTBUTNOTLEAST 74 (BF) D McCain 8-11-1
B Hughes
2F421 TAKINGRISKS 28 (C,D) N Richards 9-10-6
R Day (3)
43421 WESTERN RULES 29 (P) N Richards 8-10-2
C Nichol
-2532 TOTAL ASSETS 51 (CD) S Waugh 10-10-2 Miss A Waugh (7)
-0022 ARTHURS SECRET 22 (P) A Thomson 8-10-0
Rachael McDonald (7)
9 02615 LANDECKER 51 (CD) N Alexander 10-10-0 Lucy Alexander
R Chapman (3)
10 6111U LETEMGO 7 (CD) A Hamilton 10-10-0
5-1 Takingrisks, 11-2 Lastbutnotleast, 6-1 Eminent Poet, Western Rules, 7-1
Arthurs Secret, 15-2 Donna's Diamond, 9-1 Kris Spin, 10-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Thunderer’s choice: Eminent Poet has won six times on
heavy ground including last start
Danger: Takingrisks
4.10
Handicap Chase (£4,614: 2m 1f) (8)
13232 CARALINE 9 (T,P,CD) M D Hammond 7-12-2
Miss B Smith (5)
2 P0126 BOBBIE'S DIAMOND 29 (D) A Hamilton 8-11-12
Mr B Lynn (7)
3 14625 VENGEUR DE GUYE 46 (T,CD) Miss L Russell 9-11-8
B Campbell (5)
B Hughes
4 12U23 MARTILOO 63 (T) Pauline Robson 8-11-2
T Kelly
5 1-24P HALCYON DAYS 77 (P,D) R Menzies 9-11-2
6 14-45 CRAIGANBOY 106 (H,T,D) N Alexander 9-10-13
G Cockburn (3)
7 20131 OAK VINTAGE 15 (CD) Mrs A Hamilton 8-10-7
R Chapman (3)
8 P251P CHARLIE SNOW ANGEL 15 (T,D) Miss S Forster 9-10-2
J Hamilton
3-1 Oak Vintage, 4-1 Caraline, Vengeur De Guye, 15-2 Halcyon Days, 8-1
Bobbie's Diamond, Charlie Snow Angel, Martiloo, 10-1 Craiganboy.
1
should, I’m going to have to consider
what I do next. That’s how serious it is.
“Let’s be real. If I get in there and get
back my title but it’s a hard, gruelling
fight, I will have to think about whether
I should carry on. I know what’s left in
me. Me, 100 per cent injury-free,
healthy, I believe I am still the best 168
[lb boxer] out there. I know I can mix it
with all of them and beat all of them.”
Last year proved a tough one for
DeGale. He began with a unification
fight against Badou Jack in New York,
which ended in a draw. He had then
expected to defend the IBF title against
Callum Smith, the Liverpudlian, but
shoulder surgery put paid to that as well
as his chance to take a place in the
WBSS.
“I should have had a year out, I was
only punching for five weeks before I
faced Truax,” he said. “I thought I would
just get through it and then
move on. I found out boxing
can be a cruel sport.
“It feels like this has
gone under the radar,
but that’s fine by
me, I didn’t want
tthis to be hyped.
I’ve b
been k
keeping it very, very low
I’
because I feel embarrassed. The
b
performance was shocking.
“There have been a lot of fighters
in the same position as me. Lennox
Lewis was knocked out by Hasim
Rahman and came back in his very
next fight and knocked Rahman
out. I have a feeling this is going to
be a similar thing.”
6 TV: Truax v DeGale is live on
BoxNation from 3am tomorrow
4.45
Handicap Hurdle
(£4,289: 2m 4f 189y) (10)
1 35-P5 ROAD TO GOLD 47 (C) N Alexander 9-11-12 Lucy Alexander
D Cook
2 U4FP6 BARRYS JACK 47 (D) B Ellison 8-11-9
3 3-2PP CHAMPAGNE TO GO 110 R Menzies 8-11-8 N Moscrop (5)
4 4P043 ANOTHER MATTIE 29 (T,C,D) N Alexander 11-11-7
Mr K Alexander (5)
S Coltherd (5)
5 45506 GRAYSTOWN 29 W S Coltherd 6-11-5
J Hamilton
6 -P534 ONLY ORVIETO 27 (P) R Jefferson 7-11-4
B Campbell (5)
7 62211 HAUL US IN 23 (D) Miss L Russell 6-11-3
B Hughes
8 P6603 XPO UNIVERSEL 25 (P) R Menzies 9-10-9
9 -P05P MARAWEH 110 (P) Miss L Russell 8-10-5 S Mulqueen (3)
10 00552 LASTIN' MEMORIES 18 (P,BF) Miss S Forster 6-10-0
T Willmott (7)
5-2 Haul Us In, 6-1 Only Orvieto, 13-2 Lastin' Memories, Xpo Universel, 7-1
Another Mattie, 9-1 Barrys Jack, 10-1 Graystown, 12-1 others.
5.20
Hunters’ Chase (£2,808: 3m 2f) (5)
21111 DUHALLOW TORNADO 31 (D) C Pimlott 6-12-0
Mr T Strawson (7)
2 P1222 CULTRAM ABBEY 30 (BF) N Richards 11-11-12
Mr J Dawson
3 5-F12 LEAVETHELIGHTON 41P J Dawson 11-11-12
Miss C Crane (7)
Miss C Dun (7)
4 -4431 NINE ALTARS 14P Mrs E Dun 9-11-12
Miss C Walton
5 /P03P PLAY PRACTICE 7 James Walton 8-11-5
1-4 Cultram Abbey, 15-2 Duhallow Tornado, 12-1 Nine Altars, 18-1
Leavethelighton, 20-1 Play Practice.
1
Wolverhampton
Thunderer
5.45 Madrinho
7.45 Cape Banjo (nap)
6.15 Porrima
8.15 Stonific
6.45 Masaarr
8.45 Prancing Oscar
7.15 Sayesse
Going: standard
At The Races
Draw: 5f-1m, low numbers best
5.45
Apprentice Handicap
(£3,105: 6f 20y) (7)
1 (4) -2033 MADRINHO 15 (D,BF) A Carroll 5-9-9
Poppy Bridgwater (3)
2 (6) 210-5 MIAMI SUNSET 33 (D) P McBride 4-9-9 Alice Bond (7)
3 (3) 1-434 MET BY MOONLIGHT 22 R Hodges 4-9-7 W Carver (5)
Mark Souster Racing Writer
Last week Paul Mulrennan fell at Newcastle races and suffered concussion.
According to a tweet by his friend Jamie
Spencer, the jumps jockey ended up in
hospital next to two prisoners handcuffed to their beds while a third man
crying out all night kept him awake.
This was because of the poverty of
the health insurance policies provided
by the Professional Jockeys Association, Spencer suggested. He added that
it was why he had left the PJA a year ago
and bought his own insurance.
As is often the case, not everything is
as it seems, not least the fact that the
PJA does not provide access to health
insurance, only to a policy that covers
the premature end of a career. But
Spencer’s comment did throw light on a
debate about whether the wants of an
individual jockey should compromise
the greater collective good. It threatens
to become a divisive issue with, on one
side, a handful of high-profile jockeys
such as Spencer and Silvestre de Sousa,
and on the other about 390 others,
many of whom barely scratch a living.
The focus is on a 32 square inch space
emblazoned on the jockey’s bottom on
the outside of his breeches. This promotes the transport company Stobart,
who pay a substantial undisclosed sum
for the rights.
This prominent “posterior site” was
created in 2011 purely for welfare purposes and the commercial rights to it
vested to the PJA by the British Horseracing Authority. The income from that
sponsorship, believed to be hundreds of
thousands of pounds, goes to fund that
career-ending policy with Royal Sun
P-L Jamin
4 (1) 060-1 GRECIAN DIVINE 26 (D) J Tuite 4-9-6
T Ladd
5 (5) 23020 BERLIOS 10 R Bastiman 5-9-5
6 (2) 3000- PERFECT WORDS 155 (P,C) Mrs M Fife 8-9-4
Faye McManoman (3)
7 (7) -2035 THORNTOUN LADY 10 (P,CD) J Goldie 8-9-0 A Breslin
13-8 Grecian Divine, 7-2 Met By Moonlight, 6-1 Berlios, Madrinho, 10-1
Perfect Words, Thorntoun Lady, 16-1 Miami Sunset.
6.15
Fillies’ Handicap
(3-Y-O: £3,752: 7f 36y) (9)
G Lee
1 (6) 1005- MISS DD 239 I Jardine 9-8
2 (7) 42-22 I WAS ONLY JOKING 39 (P,BF) R Fahey 9-7 P Hanagan
Cal Rodriguez (3)
3 (3) 453- ZAHRAA 168 M Dods 9-6
R Da Silva
4 (2) 04166 PRECIOUS SILK 16 (V) J Santos 9-5
A Kirby
5 (9) 4-030 MISS MILLA B 22 E Vaughan 9-5
6 (1) 0620- ONEFOOTINPARADISE 182 P McBride 9-5 S De Sousa
C Hardie
7 (5) 0326- PUCHITA 171 (BF) A Brittain 9-3
L Keniry
8 (8) 6266- ISABELLA MAYSON 194 W S Kittow 9-3
Fran Berry
9 (4) 3-21 PORRIMA 35 B Haslam 9-2
11-4 Porrima, 7-2 I Was Only Joking, 4-1 Onefootinparadise, 6-1 Zahraa, 9-1
Precious Silk, 12-1 Miss Milla B, 14-1 Puchita, 16-1 Isabella Mayson, Miss Dd.
6.45
Novice Stakes (£3,752: 7f 36y) (8)
QATAR GLORY M Botti 4-10-0
M M Monaghan (3)
31- MASAARR 140 R Varian 3-9-7
A Atzeni
5-2 GLORIOUS ARMY 23 E Walker 3-9-0
L Keniry
HONEY MAN (H) S Crisford 3-9-0
S De Sousa
62- SHA LA LA LA LEE 204 (H) T Dascombe 3-9-0
R Kingscote
TIMSSAAH G Peckham 3-9-0
K O'Neill
6 (1)
13 SWISS BELLE 33 (C) R Fahey 3-8-13
P Hanagan
7 (6)
8 (4) 0-6 CAN CAN SIXTY TWO 10 M Channon 3-8-9 G Downing
8-15 Masaarr, 9-2 Glorious Army, 13-2 Sha La La La Lee, 10-1 Honey Man, 20-1
Qatar Glory, 25-1 Swiss Belle, 33-1 Timssaah, 100-1 Can Can Sixty Two.
1
2
3
4
5
(5)
(8)
(3)
(2)
(7)
7.15
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Handicap (£3,752: 7f 36y) (9)
(6) 4-162 BALTIC PRINCE 17 (CD) A Carroll 8-9-8 Rossa Ryan (5)
M Harley
(8) 62-02 FIRE DIAMOND 22 (P,CD) T Dascombe 5-9-7
Fran Berry
(3) -1023 ENERGIA FLAVIO 10 (P,C) P Morris 8-9-6
F Norton
(2) 33-22 NICK VEDDER 25 (B,BF) M Wigham 4-9-6
K Stott
(4) 3040- ROCK WARBLER 102 (H,T,D) O Greenall 5-9-5
A Atzeni
(9) 04314 SAYESSE 19 (D) M Channon 4-9-5
R Da Silva
(7) 0011- TUSCANY 133 (CD) P Cole 4-9-4
(1) 6-350 MR CHRISTOPHER 44 (P,CD,BF) T Dascombe 6-9-1
R Kingscote
Alliance. It pays out a fixed sum of
between £10,000 and £100,000.
Last year, to guarantee an uplift in the
deal from Stobart, it became mandatory for all PJA members to wear branded
breeches. It prompted the likes of Spencer and De Sousa to leave the union,
claiming the money they saved on subscriptions would pay for a better policy.
PJA members pay 3 per cent of their
riding fees to the union for membership
and another 75p per ride to cover other
insurances such as legal and travel. For
a jockey who may have 800 rides a
season, that soon adds up.
Nicholas Whittle, commercial agent
for Spencer and De Sousa, questions
the commercial acumen of the PJA,
whether they have got the best deal.
“The posterior site is a valuable one for
jockeys and it is unfair that the PJA has
an exclusive agreement for that site,” he
said. “The BHA should open it up to
non-members. They should be able to
earn an income off that site.”
The counter argument is that in the
event of a commercial free-for-all it
may end up rendering the sponsorship
worthless and the scheme redundant.
In the past six years, more than
£1.6 million has been paid out to more
than 20 jockeys. It is a high-risk, expensive insurance scheme, which is free to
PJA members. The best jockeys are toprate tax payers and, even if their subscriptions are high, up to 42 per cent
can be set against their tax bill.
Any change would only benefit those
already at the very top of the sport, one
source said. “It is where you place the
value of the collective interest versus
the value of the individual interest,” he
added. Neither the BHA nor the PJA
wanted to comment.
C Hardie
9 (5) 51550 LUCKY LODGE 24 (V,CD) A Brittain 8-8-9
11-4 Nick Vedder, 7-2 Tuscany, 7-1 Baltic Prince, 15-2 Sayesse, 8-1 Fire
Diamond, Mr Christopher, Rock Warbler, 10-1 others.
7.45
Handicap
(£3,752: 1m 4f 51y) (9)
1 (5) 5-102 DREAM MAGIC 24 (CD) D M Loughnane 4-9-8 A Mullen
2 (3) 21216 LUV U WHATEVER 11 (C,D) Mrs M Fife 8-9-8
Hollie Doyle
M Harley
3 (9) 3103- CRUSHED 86J (BF) A King 4-9-7
A Kirby
4 (2) 0-061 CAPE BANJO 21 (CD) N Mulholland 5-9-5
5 (7) 242-0 BROADWAY DREAMS 45 M Blake 4-9-5 M Godwin (3)
6 (1) 11461 STAR ASCENDING 11 (V,CD) J Candlish 6-9-5 J Fanning
Fran Berry
7 (8) 40-52 TIDAL WATCH 21 Jonjo O'Neill 4-9-4
8 (6) 1206/ BLENHEIM WARRIOR 24J (D) P Webber 6-8-13 A Atzeni
C Hardie
9 (4) 10-63 HUSSAR BALLAD 10 (CD) A Brittain 9-8-13
2-1 Cape Banjo, 5-1 Dream Magic, 6-1 Crushed, Luv U Whatever, 7-1 Star
Ascending, 15-2 Tidal Watch, 12-1 Hussar Ballad, 25-1 others.
8.15
Handicap (£3,752: 1m 1f 104y) (8)
A Kirby
(7) 313-1 SEVEN CLANS 5 (B,CD) N Mulholland 6-9-10
D Tudhope
(4) 0-662 STONIFIC 13 D O'Meara 5-9-9
Doubtful
(8) 64111 ARLECCHINO'S LEAP 16 (C) M Usher 6-9-8
(5) 5-315 DEREK DUVAL 17 (H,T,C,BF) S C Williams 4-9-7
D Muscutt
J Fanning
5 (6) 303-4 SAXO JACK 25J (T) Mrs S Leech 8-9-4
6 (1) 00-63 ROMAN DE BRUT 26 (CD) I Furtado 6-9-2 C Bennett (3)
7 (3) 4-310 BROUGHTONS STORY 28 P McBride 4-9-0 S Donohoe
8 (2) 00-00 SPES NOSTRA 46 (B,CD) R Mike Smith 10-9-0 Fran Berry
2-1 Seven Clans, 7-2 Roman De Brut, Stonific, 5-1 Derek Duval, 7-1 Broughtons
Story, 25-1 Saxo Jack, Spes Nostra.
1
2
3
4
8.45
Handicap (£3,752: 1m 142y) (9)
J Fanning
(6) 03-30 EBBISHAM 56 (C) J Mackie 5-9-7
D Tudhope
(5) 35-06 ZESHOV 25 (P) R Bastiman 7-9-7
R Da Silva
(2) 4/0-0 CARAMURU 17 (P) J Santos 4-9-7
(1) 000-0 TEE IT UP TOMMO 17 (C,D) D Steele 9-9-6 Hollie Doyle
(7) 413-6 PRANCING OSCAR 42 (CD) B Haslam 4-9-5 T Marquand
(9) 40/40 THE THIRD MAN 42 (C) H Spiller 7-9-3 Nicola Currie (5)
S De Sousa
(3) 060-4 FOIE GRAS 16 (B,C) C Dwyer 8-9-2
(8) 3d522 SCRIBNER CREEK 16 (CD,BF) I Furtado 5-9-1
C Bennett (3)
S A Gray
9 (4) 0-001 MAN OF VERVE 30 (H) P Kirby 4-9-0
5-2 Man Of Verve, 7-2 Prancing Oscar, Scribner Creek, 8-1 Ebbisham, 10-1
Caramuru, Foie Gras, Zeshov, 20-1 The Third Man, 33-1 Tee It Up Tommo.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Yesterday’s racing results
Fontwell Park
Going: soft (heavy in places)
2.05 (2m 1f 162yd hdle) 1, Hollywood Ken (Mr M
Legg, 20-1); 2, Be Daring (7-2 fav); 3,
Goldslinger (13-2). 11 ran. 12l, 5l. Mrs F Shaw.
2.35 (3m 1f 210yd ch) 1, Wizards Bridge (Harry
Cobden, 3-1 jt-fav); 2, Leo Luna (7-2); 3, Morney
Wing (3-1 jt-fav). 5 ran. Hd, 22l. C Tizzard.
3.10 (2m 3f 49yd hdle) 1, Larry (J E Moore, 6-4);
2, Duke Of Kilcorral (11-8 fav); 3, Illtellmema
(7-2). 8 ran. 2l, 40l. G L Moore.
3.40 (2m 1f 165yd ch) 1, Clondaw Westie (Aidan
Coleman, 11-10 fav); 2, Atlantic Roller (9-4). 3
ran. Only two finished. 26l. Mrs L Hill.
4.15 (2m 5f 164yd hdle) 1, Norman The Red
(Matthew Batchelor, 6-1); 2, Hit The Highway
(6-1); 3, Camron De Chaillac (8-1). 11 ran. 1l, ns.
J E Long.
4.50 (2m 3f 104yd ch) 1, Burgess Dream (P J
Brennan, Evens fav); 2, Very Live (9-2); 3, Wish
In A Well (7-1). 6 ran. Kl, 46l. Miss A NewtonSmith.
5.20 (1m 5f 159yd flat) 1, Dandolo Du Gite (N D
Fehily, 13-8 jt-fav); 2, Gwalia (4-1); 3, Helioblu
Bareliere (25-1). 5 ran. NR: Corsecombe. 6l, 14l.
N Mulholland.
Placepot: £36.90.
Quadpot: £9.80.
Lingfield Park
Going: standard
2.20 (1m 1yd) 1, Accomplice (Charles Bishop,
13-2); 2, Bold Prediction (2-1 fav); 3, Presence
Process (9-2). 8 ran. 1l, sh hd. M Blanshard.
2.50 (6f 1yd) 1, Spring Romance (Jack Duern,
3-1 jt-fav); 2, Royal Household (3-1 jt-fav); 3,
Naval Officer (5-1). 7 ran. NR: Jaalboot. Sh hd,
2Nl. D Ivory.
3.25 (1m 5f) 1, Cayuga (Rossa Ryan, 6-4 fav); 2,
Ceyhan (7-1); 3, Fanoulpifer (5-2). 7 ran. NR:
Yes Daddy. 1l, Ol. B Johnson.
3.55 (5f 6yd) 1, Just That Lord (L Morris, 3-1 jt-
fav); 2, Zac Brown (3-1 jt-fav); 3, September
Issue (10-1). 7 ran. 2Ol, 1l. M Attwater.
4.30 (7f 1yd) 1, Poet’s Society (J Fanning, 6-1);
2, Pepita (6-1); 3, Medici Banchiere (8-1). 9 ran.
NR: Arnarson, Sea Fox, Siege Of Boston. Ol, Ol.
M Johnston.
5.05 (6f 1yd) 1, Zamjar (S De Sousa, 5-2 fav); 2,
Jashma (6-1); 3, Aguerooo (9-2). 9 ran. 1Kl, nk.
R Cowell.
5.35 (1m 2f) 1, Albizzia (R Kingscote, 15-8 fav);
2, Juneau (13-2); 3, Qaswarah (8-1). 7 ran. Kl,
Kl. R Beckett.
Placepot: £31.50.
Quadpot: £12.60.
Chelmsford
Going: standard
6.10 (1m 2f) 1, Miniature Daffodil (Rossa Ryan,
6-4 fav); 2, Arlecchino’s Arc (7-4); 3, Banjo’s
Voice (20-1). 6 ran. Nk, 1Ol. P D Evans.
6.40 (1m 2f) 1, Rustang (J P Spencer, 6-4 fav);
2, Finisher (6-1); 3, Dream Point (100-30). 5 ran.
NR: Verstappen. Ol, 1Kl. R Hughes.
7.10 (1m 2f) 1, Oasis Charm (W Buick, 5-4 fav);
2, Maratha (9-4); 3, Fire Fighting (7-2). 6 ran.
NR: Rock Icon. 1l, 7l. C Appleby.
7.45 (1m) 1, Andalusite (P McDonald, 20-1); 2,
Satchville Flyer (4-1 Co fav); 3, Freddy With A Y
(8-1). 8 ran. Ol, 3l. J Gallagher.
8.15 (7f) 1, Mosalim (James Doyle, 13-8 jt-fav);
2, Lord Vetinari (4-1); 3, Mont Kinabalu (10-1).
10 ran. NR: Motajaasid. 1Nl, 2Kl. W Haggas.
8.45 (7f) 1, Showdance Kid (C Lee, 11-4 fav); 2,
Harry Beau (16-1); 3, Prazeres (7-1). 9 ran. NR:
Jack Nevison. Kl, nk. Kevin Frost.
9.15(7f) 1, Geetanjali (J Fanning, 4-1); 2, Inuk
(7-1); 3, Olive Mabel (5-1). 10 ran. 1Nl, Kl. M L
Bell.
Placepot: £40.00.
Quadpot: £19.70.
6 Today’s totescoop 6 races are: 2.05
Kempton; 2.25 Kelso; 3.00 Kelso; 3.15
Kempton; 3.35 Kelso; 5.00 Kempton.
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2G S
Saturday April 7 2018 | the times
Sport
Giles Smith
Farewell Eric — hustler, bully and
star who took darts to the masses
E
ric Bristow — dead at single 20, double
top. It’s too small and too
uncomplicated a finish for someone
fixed in the national mind as a cocky
kid, sent to reinvent an old man’s game:
that gap between the teeth, that fancy hair, that
chin always slightly tipped up in superiority or
defiance, or some potentially explosive mixture
of the two. A hustler, a bully, a star.
And then, by contrast, there was that slightly
effete, “praying mantis” style, with fingers lightly
curled the length of the barrel, and which saw
the dart virtually vertical at the beginning of the
throw. A 1986 ITV documentary about him was
titled Arrogant, Irresponsible Genius, which came
quite close to summing it up, as did Sid
Waddell’s famous encapsulation: “Bristow
reasons, Bristow quickens — ah, Bristow.”
He arrived when the sport was steeped in
drink and wreathed in smoke, larging it under
the strangely brown lights at the News of the
World darts championship. Best way to beat
Bristow in those days? Jocky Wilson knew:
“Hide the bastard’s fags.” And then he drove
that sport into the sitting rooms across its
televised Eighties heyday, and set it on the
way to the rock megadomes where it now
resides.
When Bristow collapsed this week he was
working in hospitality at the Echo Arena in
Liverpool, where 9,000 people had paid to
watch people play darts, a concept that would
have been next to unthinkable when he was
plugging away in pubs at the start of his career,
and that is in no small measure his legacy. As, of
course, is his bequeathing of Phil “The Power”
Taylor to the game, mentoring and sponsoring
him through his early years.
Latterly, post-dartitis (another public first), he
was an uncomplicated presence in the
commentary box, where his contributions
ranged from the comfortingly anodyne (“120 is a
nice finish for a darts player”) to surprisingly
conversational
exchanges with
his
commentator
(“You off home
tonight are
you?”).
Bristow never
had trouble
speaking his mind
but did sometimes
have trouble
switching that mind
on before he spoke.
He fell foul of the
distinction between an
honest opinion and a
thought-about opinion and learnt the
hard way that Twitter and alcohol don’t mix.
All of which, unfortunately, besmirched a
reputation that, until that point, was only
charismatically dogeared. Better, perhaps, to
remember the more cheerful controversialist
who, in 2012, became the first darts player to
enter the jungle for I’m A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out
of Here!
Bristow was serious enough about it to go into
training and, in the weeks before the show, he
went without drink, ate a lot of rice and (here
was exquisite attention to detail), took off his
jewellery to get used not wearing it. He finished
fourth, but the posters for the Masters of Darts
event at the Circus Tavern that year declared
him “King of the Jungle” in any case. Quite
right.
Hell, though: Jocky Wilson, Sid Waddell, Dave
Lanning, Eric Bristow … I’m not sure darts, and
those of us who love it, can weather many more
of these premature blows to the founding fabric.
How are you feeling, Bobby George? Tell us
you’re feeling OK.
The breast is yet
to come for Match
of the Day viewers
C
Obituary, main paper, pages 78-79
Finau sets golf celebrations back ten years
N
o harm done, then.
Having dislocated his
ankle, Tony Finau very
quickly located it again. And
by the end of the following
day, with both his feet
pointing in the conventional
directions, the American was
tied for second place at four
under par in the Masters.
But make no mistake, there
was underlying damage here
— deep, systemic damage.
When Finau knocked in a
hole-in-one during Augusta’s
preliminary par-three
competition and ignored
long-established conventions
regarding etiquette and
decorum to go steaming up
the fairway with his arms
raised, you felt that history
itself was in play. Here was
someone (unignorably, at 6ft
4) breaking the glass ceiling
on shot-celebration that
golfers have been bursting to
do for a few years, but haven’t
quite felt able to. Now,
though, there was a
trailblazer, and ahead of the
game lay emboldened access
to wheel-aways, knee slides,
baby-cradlings, Ninja leaps,
Couch potato’s
guide to the
weekend’s TV
flag-kickings, thumb-suckings
— the whole viewer-friendly
catalogue of sporting joy.
Then, 20 yards down the
course and amid no little
pathos, the trailblazer went
and painfully trashed himself,
risking his Augusta debut —
and, right there, restraint
re-took the reins, practically
guaranteeing the future of the
low-risk wave and the deathly
tug on the sun-visor. At a
conservative estimate, that
momentary ankle trauma set
golf celebration back by at
least ten years.
Today
6am Commonwealth Games, BBC2 (BBC1
from 10am, Swimming on Eurosport from
10.30am). 12pm Ebbsfleet v Macclesfield,
National League, BT Sport 1. 12.30 Everton
v Liverpool, Premier League, Sky Sports
Main Event. 1.30pm, Rugby union, Bath v
Leicester, Aviva Premiership, Channel 5.
1.30pm Horse racing from Kelso, ITV4.
1.45pm Rugby union, Cheetahs v Cardiff
Blues, Pro14, S4C. 3pm Formula One,
Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying, Sky Sports
F1 and Channel 4. 3pm, Cricket, Mumbai
Indians v Chennai Super Kings, Indian
Premier League, Sky Sports Cricket. 4pm
Rugby union, Scarlets v Glasgow Warriors,
Pro14, Sky Sports Action. 4pm Motorsport,
Argentinian MotoGP qualifying, BT Sport
2. 5.30pm Manchester City v Manchester
United, Premier League, Sky Sports Main
Event. 7pm Golf, The Masters, Sky Sports
Golf (BBC2 7.30pm). 7.30pm Sampdoria v
Genoa, Serie A, BT Sport 1.
Tomorrow
6am Commonwealth Games, BBC2.
Bristow’s death
marks the departure
of another member
of darting royalty to
that oche in the sky.
His legacy, however,
will live long in a
sport now watched
by tens of thousands
in sold-out arenas
up and down the
country
hiefly it was wild derision
that accompanied Iranian
television’s censorship of
Roma’s badge during its
Champions League coverage
this week. And, yes, the decision
to blur out the nipples on the
drawing of the Capitoline she-wolf as
it suckles Romulus and Remus in
accordance with the city’s 3,000year-old founding myth, did seem to
represent a radical widening of the
debate on public breast-feeding.
At the same time, let’s not be too smug
iin our certainties. You can say this kind of
thing would never happen on Match of the
Day, but it’s easy for them, to an extent, as
none of the fauna on the badges of today’s
Premier League sides (Tottenham’s cockerel,
Brighton’s seagull, Watford’s moose which is
actually a hart) is shown in the potentially
controversial act of rearing human twins.
Leicester’s fox is as close as Premiership
heraldry gets to a formally lupine figure, but
Leicester have defused likely sensitivities in
this area by depicting only its head. West
Brom’s throstle is on a branch, which could
be interpreted as a nest or breeding ground,
but no eggs are visible and the scenario is,
in the main, cheerfully bucolic so there is
very little to worry about unduly.
Arsenal just have a big gun, and nobody
ever takes exception to those.
Also, it doesn’t seem to be the case
that Iran’s Voice and Vision
organisation were insisting that
there is no place for wolf ’s teats in
football broadcasting. So far as we
are aware, they didn’t go to the
trouble of pixelating the badges
on the Roma shirts, which,
apart from anything else,
would have been fiddly.
They only toned
down the nipples on
the giant
reproduction of the
badge
used as a
b
backdrop
behind the
b
host.
In which case their
h
point was merely that there is
no place ffor wolf ’s teats as wallpaper. In that
contention, they may have a point. Our
suspicion is that even the MotD producers
would think carefully about the possible
inferences of placing giant teats behind, say,
Danny Murphy. Either way: each to his own.
7am Athletics, Paris Marathon, Eurosport
2. 10am Cycling, Paris-Roubaix, Eurosport
2. 10.15am Motorsport, British Touring
Cars, Brands Hatch, ITV4. 10.30am
Motorsport, World Touring Cars, Morocco,
Eurosport 1. 11am Motorsport, World Rally
Championship, France, BT Sport 2.
11.25am Cricket, Delhi Daredevils v Kings
XI Punjab, IPL, Sky Sports Cricket. 12pm
Hamilton v Celtic, Scottish Premiership,
BT Sport 1. 1.30pm Arsenal v
Southampton, Premier League, Sky Sports
Main Event, 1.45pm Formula One, Bahrain
Grand Prix, Channel 4. 2pm Napoli v
Chievo, Serie A, BT Sport/ESPN. 2.45pm
Rugby union, Exeter v Gloucester, Aviva
Premiership, BT Sport 1. 3pm Cricket,
Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers
Bangalore, IPL, Sky Sports Cricket.
3.15pm Motorsport, Argentinian MotoGP
race, BT Sport 2. 4.15pm Chelsea v West
Ham, Sky Sports Main Event. 5pm
Udinese v Lazio, Serie A, BT Sport 1.
6pm Golf, Masters, Sky Sports Golf (BBC2
from 6.30pm). 7.30pm AC Milan v
Sassuolo, Serie A, BT Sport 1.
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