*** Tuesday 8 May 2018 Sport telegraph.co.uk/sport ith s wit ri egri lleg er All ger ag na an us ma venttu uve Ju ass err a nge en ett We rge arg PSG tta err ge ag na an all ma erra ene ’s gen ub’s clllu lk talk lan ta al pla enal rssen Ar R E G A MAN M E H Y A M dark over am g-term future at West H lo long a bert’s escape clause y Lam ke Cit could see him leave Sto co Moyes still in the Revealed Premier League stop top clubs playing each other on final day of season £200m showdown Southampton and Swansea in major survival battle tonight Page 3 Relegation special, pages 6-7 2 ** Tuesday 8 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph Sport Football Arsenal step up hunt for new manager by planning Allegri talks Enrique, Jardim and Arteta also in running Wenger linked to PSG as merry-go-round begins By Jeremy Wilson and Jason Burt Arsenal want to sound out Juventus manager Max Allegri as part of a recruitment process that will now accelerate significantly as the main European club seasons reach their conclusion. The first managerial appointment at Arsenal in 22 years is being overseen by chief executive Ivan Gazidis and will be part of a major shake-up this summer across not just the Premier League but many of the elite European clubs. Arsenal are not settled yet on whether to go all out for an established European heavyweight such as Allegri or former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique – and are also still examining younger head coachstyle options – but there is a strong desire to make the appointment by at least the start of the World Cup, which begins in Russia in just over a month’s time. The process has so far been slowed by a combination of a desire not to undermine Arsene Wenger – who has, for his part, emerged as a target for Paris St-Germain in their general manager role – but, above all, the practicalities of having several of their main candidates in work and completing their seasons elsewhere. In an exclusive interview earlier with The Daily Telegraph this year, Allegri indicated that he would eventually like to work in England but it is unclear whether he is yet ready to leave Italy after winning the Serie A title at AC Milan before leading Juventus to three consecutive league and cup doubles and also two appearances in the Champions League final. Chelsea, who are expected to replace Antonio Conte after the FA Cup final later this month, are also interested in Allegri and could yet rival Arsenal, who have not qualified for next season’s Champions League. Arsenal have not as yet made any direct contact with Allegri, whose Juventus team virtually secured their fourth straight Serie A title on Saturday with a 3-1 win against Bologna. Aged 50, Allegri has already accumulated 15 years and more than 600 matches of managerial experience, including the past eight seasons at major Champions League clubs with Milan and Juventus. He also already speaks some English, albeit not yet fluently. Enrique is especially well known to Arsenal’s head of football relations Raul Sanllehi, who worked with him as director of football at Barcelona, but there is concern that he could leverage their interest for another club. Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim, Hoffenheim’s 30-year-old boss Julian Nagelsmann and former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta are also serious contenders. Like Allegri, Jardim is interested in working in England in the future but has not yet decided whether to leave his current job this year. Bayern Munich have appointed Niko Kovac, currently in charge of Eintracht Frankfurt, to take over from the retiring Jupp Heynckes this summer but Nagelsmann is widely seen as the outstanding young coach in Germany and Arsenal’s new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is well aware of his reputation. Arsenal were also interested in There is a strong desire to recruit before the World Cup, which begins in just over a month Germany manager Joachim Low, but the timing of Wenger’s departure and the club’s desire to conclude an appointment before the World Cup would clearly be problematic. Gazidis, who is a big admirer of Arteta, wants first to speak with the leading candidates and intends to conduct a thorough process before making his recommendation to the club’s majority owner, Stan Kroenke. Wenger himself will have no role in that process and there is no immediate prospect of him taking on another position at Arsenal. Paris St-Germain would like to speak with Wenger about becoming the club’s general manager alongside new head coach, and former Borussia Dortmund manager, Thomas Tuchel. Wenger wants to finish the season before holding any talks with any club. He said after Sunday’s big finale at the Emirates that he needed to “reconnect with himself ” and understand what he now wants, but the 68-year-old’s instinct is to return quickly to front-line management at a major European club. Although frequently perceived to be close to retirement, it is understood that Wenger is attracted to the idea of another project rather than simply the best payday and could see himself working well into his seventies. Arsenal are now likely to begin an overhaul of Wenger’s coaching staff but current assistant manager Steve Bould, the club’s former defender, is likely to be asked to stay on. Gazidis has been keen to involve former players in the club’s coaching set-up and captain Per Mertesacker, who also received a rapturous send-off at the Emirates on Sunday, will become the academy manager. West Ham owners still uncertain over Moyes despite staying up By Matt Law David Moyes is still not certain to be in charge of West Ham United next season, even though the club secured their place in the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Leicester City at the weekend. But West Ham and Moyes are unlikely to bring forward their plan to make a decision on his future before the end of the season next weekend. It is understood there remains doubt on both sides whether or not it would be wise for Moyes to take on the position for the long term. Co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold appointed Moyes to succeed Slaven Bilic in November on a contract until the end of the season, and have been pleased the move paid off. The temptation now is to give Moyes the permanent post, but there has been a growing fear that would not be popular with the supporters, a section Safety first: David Moyes’ style has been criticised of whom believe Moyes has been too negative, particularly in the home game against Stoke City that his team were lucky to draw, and is not the man to lead the club forwards. The final two home games of the season, against two of his former clubs, Manchester United and Everton, could be important for Moyes as the board attempt to weigh up the pros and cons of him staying on. Sullivan and Gold will want to see a posi- tive approach now that safety is secured and will also judge the reaction he gets from the stands. West Ham will also consider the potential alternatives. They are long-term admirers of Rafa Benitez – who has not yet committed himself to Newcastle United – former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini and Burnley coach Sean Dyche. Even if Sullivan and Gold do decide Moyes is the right man, there is still no guarantee the Scotsman would accept the job. Ahead of the Leicester game, Moyes risked putting himself on a collision course with Sullivan by saying the entire culture at West Ham needed to change, including the amount of information that leaks out of the club. Moyes has also made it clear that, along with a head of recruitment, he would want to be in charge of transfers and it is thought he would want to make significant changes to the squad. Moyes fell out with Andy Carroll after the striker reacted badly to not being used against Manchester City. Despite the fact he apologised and made an appearance as a substitute against Leicester, Carroll’s future is in doubt regardless of whether or not Moyes stays. ** The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 8 May 2018 3 Top-six sides kept apart on final day Fears over attendances may be behind decision Fan groups hit out at Premier League policy By Ben Rumsby The Premier League fixture list is engineered to stop the biggest clubs playing each other on the final day of the season, it can be revealed. The top-six teams over a three-year period are also kept apart in the opening round of games and on FA Cup semi-final weekend, according to the tender document for the UK television rights to the world’s richest league. Seen by The Daily Telegraph, which exclusively revealed in December details of the invitation to tender for the Premier League’s 2019-22 seasons, that document contains an entire section on the scheduling of what are called Top Six Club Matches and Top Eight Club Matches. Defined as games between clubs with the “highest average finishing positions in the Premier League over three seasons”, the document stipulates “not less than one Top Six Club Match shall be scheduled to be played as part of 26 different weekend fixture programmes during that season [which weekend fixture programmes shall always exclude the opening weekend fixture programme, the final fixture programme and the weekend on which the FA Cup semi-finals are scheduled to be played]”. Such a policy appears already to be in place, with Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City kept apart on those same dates this term. The Premier League declined to comment last night on why there were no head-to-heads between the big clubs on the opening weekend and final day of the season, but the latter is believed to be motivated by fears attendances could be affected by a Top Six Club Match being televised on a day when all 20 teams play simultaneously. The revelation raised eyebrows among fan groups, with the chief executive of the Football Supporters’ Federation, Kevin Miles, saying: “This arrangement is news to us and we look forward to holding discussions with the Premier League about the pros and cons of it.” The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust drew parallels with the attempt by the Premier League’s so-called ‘Big Six’ clubs to grab a greater share of its overseas television revenue. “We are concerned about this apparent designation of an elite group of top-six clubs,” a spokesman said. “Every Premier League club should be treated equally, and we also do not agree with this push for them to receive a bigger share of TV money.” In another apparent concession to broadcasters, the tender document also stipulates that “not more than two Top Six Club Matches shall be scheduled to be played as part of any individual fixture programme” and that “not less than one Top Eight Club Match shall be scheduled to be played as part of each fixture programme”. Club hopeful Wilshere will sign improved deal By Jeremy Wilson Lambert future in doubt due to clause By John Percy Paul Lambert’s future as Stoke City manager is uncertain after it emerged he has a release clause in his contract that can be activated by either himself or the club by the end of June. Stoke were relegated from the Premier League on Saturday following the 2-1 defeat by Crystal Palace, with Lambert having been unable to halt the club’s drop into the Championship after taking over in January. Lambert has talks planned with the club’s hierarchy later this month. Stoke are expected to thrash out their plans for the summer after the final game of the season at Swansea City on Sunday. Lambert inserted a similar clause into his contracts at former clubs Blackburn Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers. He has insisted he would be happy to stay at the bet365 Stadium and rebuild the squad over the summer. The chairman Peter Coates has previously admitted that he had been pleased with Lambert’s work, after the former Scotland international replaced Mark Hughes. Lambert signed a 2½-year deal and was a surprise appointment after Stoke initially targeted Gary Rowett and Quique Sanchez Flores, and also held talks with Martin O’Neill, the Republic of Ireland manager. After the loss on Saturday, Lambert said: “I know what it’s like. I know the amount of games, I know everything about the Championship. “But this club’s got an incredibly strong infrastructure. It’s got great ownership, without a shadow of a doubt. They’ll bring us back. “Guys will probably go. Guys will come in. I think that’s normal. We have to get a more balanced team.” Arsenal have made positive progress over talks to extend Jack Wilshere’s contract following an improved offer to reflect the midfielder’s ongoing improvement in form. Having been willing to let Wilshere leave last summer, Arsenal have now made Wilshere a second offer after an initial proposal of around £90,000-a-week plus bonuses was rejected. That would have represented a pay-cut on his current guaranteed basic wage of £110,000-a-week, but did involve significant potential bonuses that were designed both to incentivise Wilshere and reflect his track-record with injuries. Wilshere, though, has absorbed his highest number of matches since his breakthrough season in 2010-11 and there is increasing hope that the worst of his ankle and foot problems are behind him. Arsenal’s most recent offer is understood to keep Wilshere’s basic wage at around £110,000-a-week, but still include added bonuses. Wilshere will be a free agent next month and does have more potentially lucrative options elsewhere, notably at Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers, but has never wanted to leave Arsenal, whom he joined at the age of nine. He may yet wait to discover the identity of the new manager before making a final decision but all sides are now much more optimistic that he will stay. Wilshere has re-established himself in the Arsenal midfield and delivered positive displays in the two-legged Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid. Although midfield is an area Arsenal would like to strengthen, especially amid the ongoing uncertainty over Santi Cazorla, the current priority is central defence. Arsenal’s transfer budget is only around £50 million before sales, but there is concern over Aaron Ramsey, who has only one more year remaining on his Arsenal contract and has yet to extend. Petr Cech, David Opsina and Danny Welbeck are also out of contract in 2019 and are expected to wait until a manager is appointed before making any decision on potentially extending the deals. 4 *** Tuesday 8 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph Sport Football Giroud emerges as unlikely hero for Chelsea in surge for top four Jones pays emotional tribute to ‘father’ figure Former Arsenal striker has become a hit with fans after vital goals, writes Matt Law By James Ducker How Frenchman trumps Morata, the £70m signing Giroud Morata Shot accuracy Games started/played 51.9% 8 15 29.4% A 6 14 Amount Chelsea paid £57m 3 14.7% 11.1% £70m Pass accuracy Goals and assists 5 Shot conversion With add-ons £18m 3 2 68.8% 77.4% All competitions since Feb 5 PA s Chelsea saviours go, a signing from the Arsenal substitutes’ bench is up there with the most unlikely but Olivier Giroud is quickly taking on cult-hero status at Stamford Bridge. Giroud maintained his one-man attempt to keep Chelsea’s season alive by scoring his fourth goal in five games to secure a 1-0 victory over Liverpool that keeps the club’s hopes of Champions League qualification alive. Any chance of finishing in the top four would have been gone three weeks ago had Giroud not stepped off the bench to score twice and inspire a stunning comeback against Southampton. It was also the Frenchman’s goal against Southampton at Wembley that put Chelsea on course to reach the final of the FA Cup and ensure they can still finish the season with a trophy. Since Feb 1, Chelsea’s £18 million January signing has scored two more goals than Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez, who was head coach Antonio Conte’s primary target, and Alvaro Morata, for whom the club paid a clubrecord £57 million last summer. Juventus are pursuing Morata and there has been a general apathy among Chelsea fans over the possibility of the Spaniard leaving if he expresses a desire to go. But Giroud has quickly captured the hearts of the faithful. “I received a really warm welcome at the club from when I first arrived,” he said. “I felt like I was at home since I came here, like I’ve been here a few years, which was very important. “I think when you give everything on the pitch people see that and even more when you have the opportunity to be efficient and to bring a plus to the team. I think it’s a nice reaction [from the fans].” Other than the supporters, 31-year-old Giroud has also been Match winner: Olivier Giroud celebrates his decisive goal against Liverpool embraced by his new team-mates, as was proved by the way in which he ran to the dugout to celebrate his goal against Liverpool with David Luiz. Some of that camaraderie has been lacking at Chelsea this season and it will have been appreciated in the corridors of power that Giroud is showing himself to be a team man. But more importantly for a striker who was often written off at Arsenal as not being good enough for the big occasion, he is proving he can produce when the pressure is on. Thanks to Giroud’s goal, Chelsea are now just three points behind Liverpool with a game in hand, but a worse goal difference, and two back from fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur. Giroud was part of successful late runs into the top four with Arsenal and hopes to be a good omen for Chelsea. “I hope I can be the lucky charm for the Champions League race in the final sprint,” he said. “We don’t have this situation in our hands, but I have experience about these kind of end-of-season situations.” Giroud scored a hat-trick on the final day of the 2015/16 season that, coupled with Tottenham’s 5-1 defeat by Newcastle, meant Arsenal finished ahead of Mauricio Pochettino’s team. Given that qualification to the Champions League, rather than the Europa League, is worth between £50-£70 million to Chelsea, his fee will have been a bargain if Giroud can repeat the trick. Giroud’s presence also seems to have reawakened Eden Hazard, who was superb against Liverpool, having created a goal for Cesc Fabregas against Swansea City the previous weekend. It may still prove to be too late for this season, but the past few weeks have offered some encouragement that Chelsea’s business in the past two transfer windows may prove to be better than it had looked. Apart from Giroud, central defender Antonio Rudiger has performed well and kept out his former Roma team-mate Mohamed Salah on Sunday while midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has started to show glimpses of his talent. Gerrard told to expose Celtic’s ‘fragile’ hold on power By Roddy Forsyth Dave King, the Rangers chairman, feels that with the appointment of Steven Gerrard his club are ready to go toe-to-toe with Celtic once more. Asked what it would take to catch up with Brendan Rodgers’s side in the Scottish Premiership, King said: “We appoint a manager who can win games, with more resources, and we take one league away from Celtic. We only need one league. We don’t need two or three. We need one. Once we take one away, it’s a pack of cards. “We have invested in the squad and struggled with stability in the manager’s office. We have now gone very, very strong in the management squad. “Celtic’s cost structure is more like we were 10 years ago. We needed Champions League football and, if we went into the Europa League, we were in trouble because the cost structure was so high. Take that away for one season and it will change the numbers on the Celtic Connected: Steven Gerrard is likely to bring in promising youngsters from Liverpool side very, very quickly. They have the comfort levels we once had of knowing we were going to get Champions League money. We have to take that away from them and hopefully we started that process on Friday.” The Daily Telegraph had revealed Rangers were attracted by the prospect of Gerrard luring cadets from the Anfield academy to Ibrox, which King confirmed. “If you were at Liverpool certainly, and other clubs probably, and you’ve got a chance to put a guy for a year or two with Steven Gerrard and Gary McAllister and what they’re going to get week in, week out and playing for Rangers – would you rather they went there or played for Hull City in the Championship?” Phil Jones has paid an emotional tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson and expressed hope that the man he came to view as a father figure can recover from a brain haemorrhage. The former Manchester United manager, 76, is in intensive care at Salford Royal hospital after emergency surgery on Saturday. Well wishes have come from across the football world and Jones has joined those praying for Sir Alex’s return to good health. Jones was signed by Sir Alex from Blackburn Rovers as a 19-year-old in June 2011 and was part of the Scot’s final title-winning squad in 2013. Ferguson retired in May that year after winning 38 trophies during almost 27 years in charge at Old Trafford. “He’s taken me under his wing like a father and it [news of his illness] was shocking,” said the United defender, 26. “It’s sad, but I know his character and he has that fight in him. He is such a legend. He is Big influence: Phil Jones celebrates winning the title with Sir Alex Ferguson the one who brought me to the club and gave me that opportunity to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world. “He has got all his family and friends around him, the support from all the players and staff at Manchester United and football around the world. When something like that does happen it’s nice that the football world comes together. We are all rooting for him.” Ryan Giggs, one of the greatest players to play under Sir Alex, echoed Jones’s sentiments. Giggs joined United as a 14-year-old and went on to star in all 13 of the club’s Premier League title successes. Now the Wales coach, Giggs said: “Now is the time to pray and hope he can make a full recovery. He has been the biggest influence in my career. I know the operation has been a success – but he is a fighter and that is what makes me think he will be able to make a recovery.” Juan Mata also sent his good wishes to Sir Alex. The Spain midfielder joined United from Chelsea eight months after Sir Alex’s retirement. “He has been a unique and fundamental figure in the football world over the last few decades,” he said. “I’ve never been coached by him, unfortunately, yet I know his legacy on this club.” *** The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 8 May 2018 JASON BURT CHIEF FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT Ferguson’s ability to adapt and thrive has given him enduring global appeal Nobody in British football can match the United legend in what he means for the game, or, as he fights for his life, the impact he had and the legacy he created “Some people, when hen they have a nt to go to holiday, just want les along the coast Saltcoats, 25 miles from Glasgow. Some people don’t even want to do that. They’re happy to stay at home too watch the birds oat by in the park. and the ducks float And some want to go to the moon. It’s about people’s’s ambitions.” Sir Alex Ferguson on in My Autobiography. phy. ANDREW FOX FOR THE TELEGRAPH W hen was the last he time the graph of a photograph football managerr stared nt pages out from the front graph, of The Daily Telegraph, he The Sun (albeit the main image was a ook), hairdryer on a hook), mes the Financial Times rk and The New York Times? It was May 9, 2013, the day after it was confirmed Sir Alex Ferguson was retiring. Today marks the fifth anniversary of that retirement, with Sir Alex now fighting for his life in a Salford hospital n following a brain haemorrhage at the weekend. And the global response to that news has been overwhelming – from the mainstream news de of reports to the tide ction. social-media reaction. ritish No figure in British ritish sport, football, or in British obal profile. has Sir Alex’s global y Charlton, his Maybe Sir Bobby ter United fellow Manchester ambassador, but Sir Alex’s stature in terms of what he all, the impact means for football, me and the he had on the game d, is even legacy he created, greater. Sir Alex neverr forgot his usly adorned his roots, and famously ited’s training office wall at United’s gn reading ground with a sign “Ahcumfigovin”. But this is a man who has always ways shot for the moon. From parochial beginnings – the e son of a Govan shipbuilding worker, growing up in a tenement, leaving school at 16 – Sir Alex was always determined to expand his ambitions, to keep striving for bigger and better. It was not enough to turn United into the world’s most valuable sports franchise; more important to him was making them the most successful in terms of trophies, and the manner in which they won them. A knighthood knightho in 1999 was something to be p proud of, but so was an invitation to lecture at the world-renowned Harvard Business School. For Sir Alex, Al there is always a new horizon, a n new world to explore. It is incredible to think, in a Premier League dripping d with wealth, that when Sir Alex arrived at United in 1986 he was informed that his transfer budget b to overhaul an ageing agein and underperforming team was just £1 million – plus w whatever funds he could generate. O Oh, and the undersoil heating at Old Trafford was not working b because rats had gnawed through tthe cables. From then until unti now is a world away, and while it may not have been a world he wholly approved of, he was nonetheles going to make nonetheless sure he wa was a key part of it. Sir Alex won his first league tit title at the end of the first season of the Premier League and that seemed wholly approp appropriate. He retired having won 49 troph trophies. It is worth repe repeating: 49. N other manager No will win the Premier Le League 13 times. He do dominated it, and do dominates it still b because every m manager who has ssucceeded him at United – or at any of their rivals – is measured against him. It is fascinating to consider how he straddled the m modern era of E English football, w with its global rreach and appeal, an and the old when it fel felt exotic that Uni United employed two foreign players in their team: the Danes John Sivebaek and Jesper O Olsen. Sir Alex is a visionary. He saw that cha change was coming and wanted to be at its head, but that also stemmed from the determina determination – a favourite word of his – tto do things right, to overhaul a ffailing giant and to compete. His work at U United when he first arrived has been welldocumented, bu but he put a stop to the drinking cul culture, he employed a netw network of spies to keep an eye on h his players, he reorganised the whole club from top to bottom in what he said “felt like a cleansing rritual”. And then kept reorganisin reorganising, evolving, renewing – with his greatest move being skilfully to ally the development of home-grown talent with the signing of foreign players, while never losing sight of what he wanted United to be. There are clearly aspects of modern-day football that have disappointed Sir Alex: the rise of celebrity culture, the cult of personality, modern media, the lack of loyalty. But he was the best of the old and the new world, and was flexible enough not only to adapt but to dominate. He managed to be traditional as well as a great innovator and moderniser. “We needed to change with the times,” Sir Alex For Sir Alex, there is always a new horizon, a new world to explore once said and he never forgot that during his 27 years in charge of United. One of his most repeated catchphrases was: “The bus is moving; make sure you’re on it, don’t be left behind.” No one could accuse Sir Alex, with his prodigious appetite for learning and his interests, of being an insular character and that inquisitive nature is his greatest strength, especially when married to a prodigious work ethic and a desire to win. It also helped how he wanted to play the game. After his final United match, the 5-5 draw at West Bromwich Albion, he wrote, also in My Autobiography, that it was a game to “epitomise” his career. “Crazy. Wonderful. Entertaining. Outrageous.” All of that mattered to him and adds, of course, to his enduring global appeal. In an age when we are told all that matters is the winning, it was all thoroughly entertaining. It was sport, first. Not business. Above all, Sir Alex was a manager who would never give up and who would adapt and thrive. It is a major reason that while praying for his recovery there are, as ever with him, grounds for optimism. Klopp sets right tone by calling out Salah’s dive I t shows the position of strength that Jurgen Klopp holds at Liverpool that he was able to call out his star man, Mohamed Salah, for diving in the defeat by Chelsea. A lesser manager would have ducked the issue, shirked the responsibility, but Klopp met it head-on. “I think it was a dive. Or he waited for the contact, I am not sure, so that is not what I want to see, that is not what he wants to do,” Klopp said, which captured the right tone of admonishment and encouragement for Salah. 5 6 FINAL Tuesday 8 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph Sport Football Battle to beat drop How tonight’s opponents compare How rivals square up in Premier League’s £200m showdown Sam Dean Shot-shy Saints last won away in February and brittle Swansea have forgotten how to score Momentum With Premier League survival on the line – the value of which is worth £200 million to a club – the timing of Everton’s 96th-minute equaliser on Saturday would have robbed Southampton of some of their zeal. However, there is no question that Mark Hughes’s appointment as manager in March invigorated the club that had turned dour under Mauricio Pellegrino. The signs of improvement were there in the 3-2 defeat by Chelsea on April 14, when Southampton exploded into an impressive two-goal lead, and in their victory over Bournemouth a fortnight later. Both matches were at St Mary’s. The trouble for Hughes will be replicating this away from home. Southampton have won just twice on the road all season, with their last victory coming at West Bromwich Albion in early February. Swansea, meanwhile, have surrendered all of the impetus they gained following Carlos Carvalhal’s arrival in December. Saturday’s defeat by Bournemouth was their third in a row, and they have not won in eight games in all competitions. difficult season, showed that Hughes has the quality in his squad to change matches in an instant. “Nathan is an outstanding player,” Hughes said. “He lost a little bit of confidence and that was evident in his play. Sometimes he was being too sure, rather than being the natural player he is.” The challenge this year has been unlocking the potential of attacking players like Redmond. But his performance, and the mercurial Dusan Tadic’s two-goal cameo in the victory against Bournemouth, demonstrate Southampton’s creative talent. The same cannot be said for Swansea. Jordan Ayew has been the most effective of their forward players this year, but his belief in front of goal appears to have disappeared. Tammy Abraham has started just one Premier League game in 2018, so the attacking responsibility may fall on Andre Ayew, the £18 million January signing from West Ham Game zone Swansea Southampton 7.45pm. Sky Sports Main Event Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal has no fresh injury concerns but could make changes to his faltering team for the visit of Southampton, who are above them only on goal difference. Saints have won just once in 10 league games and are without suspended defender Maya Yoshida for a game both teams really need to win. P 36 W 9 Huddersfield Town 36 9 Southampton Swansea City 36 36 6 8 West Bromwich Albion 37 Stoke City 37 6 6 13 12 West Ham United Game-changers Nathan Redmond’s energetic performance against Everton, in which he scored his first goal of a L 16 GD -22 PTS 38 9 18 -29 36 15 9 15 19 -19 -26 33 33 18 19 -23 -34 31 30 D 11 United who has yet to score for Carvalhal’s side. Defensive solidity In Swansea’s first seven games under Carvalhal, they conceded six goals and faced 89 shots. They won four of those games, losing just once. In their past seven games, they have conceded 11 goals and faced 111 shots. Their defensive solidity has evaporated. In response, Carvalhal points out that they have faced Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea in recent weeks, but the sorry truth is that Swansea are also sprinting less and covering less ground now than they were when Carvalhal arrived. Southampton, meanwhile, have gradually improved at the back under Hughes, even if they were starting from a particularly low point. They conceded three goals in each of their first three Premier League games under Hughes, but have since let in two in their past three. The loss of Maya Yoshida, through suspension, is a major blow. Hughes, no doubt wary that his defenders are prone to skittishness, has said “calmness” is key. “You have got to deal with pressure,” he said. “You have got to think clearly.” Tactical nous Swansea supporters have grown increasingly frustrated with Carvalhal’s insistence on playing with five defenders, and he last week bristled at the idea that his side are playing too negatively. It was curious, then, to see him ditch his 5-3-2 system at Bournemouth at the weekend, when many in the away end would have hoped that Nathan Dyer’s inclusion meant a move away from a back five. Unfortunately for them, Carvalhal had instead sacrificed a midfielder for Dyer, an attacker, and Swansea lost control of the central areas as Bournemouth dominated. Hughes, who has introduced a back five of his own since the Carvalhal urges Swansea to control their emotions By Sam Dean Carlos Carvalhal has urged his struggling Swansea City players to rediscover their “belief ” as they prepare to face Southampton in tonight’s all-important relegation showdown. The Swansea manager said it was “not the time to scream” at his players, who have not won in seven Premier League games and host Southampton with both teams on 33 points ahead of the season’s final two fixtures. Carvalhal has called on n his players to have “emotional ional al control” at the Liberty y Stadium this evening. “We must do the properr things,” he said. “Not to make mistakes. This is the way. We must keep organised, we must be with confidence.” Swansea have a goall difference of minus 26, 6, compared to SouthampmpPressure: Carlos Carvalhal is confident of staying up m ton’s minus 19, but have a more favour favourable final fixture as they r face relegated Stoke, while South Southampton host Manchester City. “I believe in myself, I belie in my players,” Carlieve v valhal said. “My target is to try to get them to believe in themselves and believe in their colleagues. These are the th things that we must do. “I would be talking in a c completely different way if we had to win and had to wait for two or three results. This is something really bad. When it is in your hands to do it, let’s do it.” Asked if tonight’s meeting was do or die, Carvalhal said: “It is the same for our opponents. All of us are in different circumstances. When we arrived, some of them had 10 or 12 points more than us. How many points have we recovered to be in this position? “When we achieve this situation, you think you can do it. If you are asking if it is the most important game of my career, it is an important game.” abject 3-0 defeat by West Ham, has not been immune from criticism over his side’s shape, either. Southampton were accused of being overly defensive in their 0-0 draw with Leicester City, but Hughes said the approach was the Southampton By Jeremy Wilson Southampton’s preparations for tonight’s Premier League relegation showdown with Swansea City have been disrupted after they were forced to change hotels and stay near Cardiff on the eve of the game. According to Southampton sources, a club booking was cancelled at the Swansea Marriott hotel at short notice and they were instead forced to stay at the Vale of Glamorgan Hotel almost 40 miles outside of Swansea. It will mean FINAL The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 8 May 2018 7 England’s wingers inspire fightback to impress Southgate England Under-17 Appiah 63, Doyle 69 pen Italy Under-17 Riccardi 14 2 1 Att: 7,158 By Tim Nash at the Banks’s Stadium Gareth Southgate watched on as England came from behind to deservedly beat Italy Under-17s 2-1 in the European Under-17 Championship. Steve Cooper’s side scored twice in nine second-half minutes to continue their winning start to top Group A after Alessio Riccardi put the Italians ahead at Walsall. England will qualify for the quarter-finals if they avoid defeat against Switzerland on Thursday at Rotherham United. The wide men were the source of England’s main threat, with Arsenal winger Xavier Amaechi threatening on three occasions and Arvin Appiah from Nottingham Forest equalising, while Rayhaan Tulloch, the substitute from West Brom, won the penalty for the winner. Last year, the England Under-17s group won the World Cup and their successors in the age group showed they have similar tenacity. Italy took the lead in the 13th minute when Riccardi, the attacking midfielder from Roma, buried a low shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards. England spurned chances through Matthew Daly, the Huddersfield Town striker, Amaechi and Bobby Duncan, the cousin of Steven Gerrard. They equalised in the 63rd minute when Appiah lashed home from just inside the box and Tommy Doyle, the midfielder from Manchester City who is the grandson of City legends Mike Doyle and Glyn Pardoe, sealed it from the spot soon result of Leicester’s pressure, rather than a planned tactic. Firepower Where will the goals come from? That will be the key question on the mind of Carvalhal, whose side have scored just twice in their past seven games. Only two players – Jordan Ayew and Abraham – have found the net more than three times, and Carvalhal is unlikely to play them together. Southampton are similarly short of goals. Shane Long has scored only two goals, while Manolo Gabbiadini has four. Their best hope could be Charlie Austin, who has seven in 24 appearances in all competitions. prevented from staying at Swansea hotel that they will now leave around 90 minutes earlier than planned for the crunch game tonight. Southampton were reportedly told they could not stay at the hotel because of a virus but the Marriott was still listed as available for bookings last night. There is suspicion at the reasons behind the change of plans, particularly as it will cause added inconvenience and travel time for such a critical match. The Swansea Marriott was last night referring inquiries to its general manager Michael Downie and would make no comment when Disruption: Mark Hughes’s squad face a much longer journey to tonight’s game contacted by The Daily Telegraph. The Daily Mail quoted Downie as saying that, “as a matter of guest privacy it would be inappropriate to comment on specific reservations”. Meanwhile, Mark Hughes has growing player support at Southampton to continue as manager be- yond the end of this season. Despite the club’s survival still being likely to hinge on the match at Swansea, there is a feeling that Hughes has galvanised the squad and overseen a definite improvement in performances since replacing Mauricio Pellegrino almost two months ago. Hughes has a contract only until the end of the season and, while his prospects of being offered a longer deal will be influenced by whether Southampton do stay up, many of the players believe he has inspired an added intensity and focus to training. In brief Little gesture is big problem Bolton defender Mark Little gave away more than he bargained for when he handed a fan his jacket after his side’s final-day win against Nottingham Forest. Only later did he realise that a wallet and wedding ring were in one of his pockets. But the fan responded to a Twitter appeal and returned them. Dulwich win promotion Dulwich Hamlet yesterday won promotion to the National League South after beating Hendon 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out in their Bostik League Premier play-off final. after when Tulloch was tripped by right-back Alberto Barazzetta. Senior manager Southgate must have been impressed by the wide players and Under-17s coach Steve Cooper was delighted with their impact. “Arvin came inside and scored and Rayhaan won the penalty – that’s what you want from your attacking players,” he said. Italy coach Carmine Nunziata claimed Arsenal midfielder Vontae Daley-Campbell should have been sent off after his tackle on Jean Freddi Pascal Greco led to him being substituted. The midfielder went to hospital for an x-ray on a Cool head: Tommy Doyle celebrates scoring a match-winning penalty leg. Tulloch is suspended for the Switzerland game. England (4-2-3-1) L Ashby-Hammond (Fulham); V Daley-Campbell (Arsenal), E Laird (Man Utd), N Ogbeta (Man City), B Saka (Arsenal); T Doyle (ManCity), J Garner (Man Utd); X Amaechi (Arsenal), M Daly (Huddersfield), A Appiah (Nottm Forest); T John-Jules (Arsenal). Subs D Crowe (Ipswich) for Daley-Campbell 40, B Duncan (unattached) for John-Jules 50. R Tulloch (West Brom) for Daly 55. Not used M Dewhurst (gk, Sheff Utd), A-J Alese (West Ham), E Dixon-Bonner, T Coyle (Arsenal), F Balogun (Arsenal). Italy (4-3-3) A Russo (Fiorentina); A Barazzetta (Milan), N Armini (Lazio), P Gozzi Iweru (Juventus), G Brogni (Atalanta); G Leone (Juventus), M E Gyabuaa (Atalanta), J F Pascal Greco (Roma); N Fagioli (Juventus), A Riccardi (Roma), E Vergani (Inter). Subs N Rovella (Genoa) for Pascal Greco 25, L Colombo (Milan) for Fagioli 73, A Cortinovis (Atalanta) for Riccardi 76. Not used L Gelmi (gk) (Atalanta), A Mattioli (Sassuolo), F Ponsi (Fiorentina), S Vaghi (Inter), F Semeraro (Roma). Referee V Thorarinsson (Iceland). Results Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership Play-off Semi-final 1st leg Dundee Utd (2) 2 Mikkelsen 3 Ralston 28 Livingston (1) 3 De Vita 2 Mullin 77 Pitman 80 5,610 2nd leg: Friday (7.45) EVO-STIK SOUTH.-Prem Play-off Final: Kings Lynn Town 1 (Hilliard 27) Slough 2 (Flood 43, Williams 89). BOSTIK.-Prem Play-off Final: Dulwich 1 (Tomlin 54) Hendon 1 (Nathaniel-George 36) (AET; Score at 90 mins 1-1, Dulwich win 4-3 on penalties). EA SPORTS CUP.-Qtr-finals: Derry City 7 (Curtis 6, 15, 40, Hale 36, McEneff 42 (pen), Low 83, Boyle 90) Shelbourne 3 (O’Sullivan 21, 28 (pen), English 81). SPAIN: Leganes 0 Levante 3 (Morales 55, Bardhi 59, Coke 77). Fixtures Kick-off 7.45 unless stated PREMIER LEAGUE Swansea v Southampton Motson bows out at Palace John Motson’s final BBC commentary will be Crystal Palace v West Brom on Sunday. Liverpool referee named Serb Milorad Mazic will referee the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid. LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP Aberdeen v Rangers Hamilton v St Johnstone Partick v Motherwell Ross County v Dundee EA SPORTS CUP.-Qtr-finals: Cobh Ramblers v Longford Tn (7.30), Dundalk v Bohemians, Sligo v Waterford. FERRARI PACKAGING LOWLAND: Selkirk v Edinburgh Univ (7.30). PREMIER LEAGUE 2.-Div 1: Liverpool v Chelsea (7). FA WOMEN’S SUPER LGE: Liverpool v Man City (7). SUPER LGE 2: Durham v Aston Villa (7). 8 ** Tuesday 8 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph ‘To say we will be fighting for top 10 would be a big mistake’ Wolves manager Nuno is cooling expectations after promotion to top flight, writes John Percy N uno Espirito Santo has just stepped off the open-top bus and is battling to put the brakes on rising expectations in the Black Country. It is a few hours after the promotion party in Wolverhampton’s city centre, where more than 80,000 supporters came to celebrate the club’s return to the Premier League for the first time since 2012. The Nuno revolution has delivered a glorious season of entertainment, with Wolves playing a brand of stylish football that has seen them described as the Championship’s Manchester City. They have been installed as joint-seventh favourites for the title next season and Nuno is shifting a little uncomfortably as he reflects on what happens next. “What I feel is that expectations are high and I am the only one that my expectations aren’t so high. I am cautious. The summer is important, to have decisions on the squad and then we will see,” he said. “We have to improve and work hard but we cannot say we are going to fight for the top 10. That will be a big mistake. “We are one year ahead of schedule. I am not obsessed about making an impression on the Premier League. I want to build a team who can play home and away the same. It is not my job to restrain expectations, but be realistic. If we can achieve what we want sooner, we will go for it.” Nuno will be backed with significant funds by Wolves’s ambitious owners, Fosun, and the ultimate aim is to bring Champions League football to Molineux. It may sound all too familiar, and perhaps even a cautionary tale, but Nuno’s impact in the Black Country has been so remarkable that it seems anything is possible. To navigate a route out of the Championship in his first season in English football is an achievement. “It is the toughest league in the world,” he said. “There were a lot Going up: Wolves fans celebrate the team’s return to the Premier League under Nuno Espirito Santo (below) of games but when we played Sheffield Wednesday away [and won 1-0 in December] I said, ‘Something is happening’. “The big achievement was that when we had a bad result or a bad performance, the next game we were able to give a better answer. “We bounced back almost 100 per cent of the time. One time we drew after a defeat but the reaction of the team was different. One of the things that is difficult for a manager is reversing bad results and keeping going. Now the one game I want to see is the Championship play-off, I would like that more than the Champions League final.” This is Nuno at his most relaxed and open, even stopping mid-sentence to pull out his mobile phone and show a video of him hitting an exploding golf ball, after falling victim to a prank from a player. He is absorbing company, talking FINAL The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 8 May 2018 9 Sport Williams strips off to celebrate winning ‘best ever world final’ SNOOKER Jim White GETTY IMAGES Welshman claims title 15 years after last victory Champion fulfils vow to face the press naked Turnaround How Wolves fared with elite last time Wolves last played in the Premier League in 2011-12, their third successive season in the top flight and one that ended with them at the foot of the table after a miserable campaign. Under the management of Mick McCarthy until February and then his replacement Terry Connor, they won only five matches and finished 12 points adrift of safety. By contrast, they return to the elite on the back of a Championship-winning season in which they won 30 of their 46 matches to finish a full nine points clear of secondplaced Cardiff City. about the “identity and the idea” of his teams and how he can often be lonely without his family, who still live in Portugal. He is also obsessed with the details, such as arranging the tables in the training ground canteen to encourage team spirit. The only time his mood darkens a little is when the name Jorge Mendes is brought up. Mendes, the super-agent with close links to Fosun and the manager, has delivered a number of players to Wolves and generated much ill feeling among their Championship rivals. “I cannot control that and it doesn’t take my mind,” he said, dismissively. “I don’t waste time thinking about it. “Jorge doesn’t have any job here. Any job at all. You see him here? Come on. He is a good agent, the best agent. We get what we need from him. If he can provide good players for us? Fantastic. If another guy can give? Fantastic. It is not the job of Jorge doing here.” Nuno is happier talking about his plans for the future, with a meeting scheduled later this month over Wolves’s strategy for the summer. He will return to Portugal later this week to “lie on the sofa and watch the World Cup” before hopping aboard the roller-coaster again in June for pre-season training. The scenes yesterday will likely be etched in his mind this summer. “It was crazy and is fantastic for us. I have a lot of titles but as a coach it is my first title. When you win you want to repeat it. “We have to take advantage of what happened today – 30,000 people, just to see the faces of the people who were here saying thank you, to the players it means a lot and for me and for us it means a lot. Of course, I am excited about testing myself in the Premier League. It is something really good.” What a final this was. The greatest ever, Steve Davis said. It certainly had the most unusual aftermath. As Mark Williams sank a red to take the World Championship for the third time in his career, beating John Higgins 18-16, the journalists in the Crucible’s press room were preparing themselves for the most unlikely press conference they had ever attended. So unexpected would be his victory, if he was to win, Williams had promised to conduct his media duties in the nude, retaining his dignity behind the renowned trophy. “As long as Barry Hearn [chairman of World Snooker] doesn’t fine me, I’ll have to do it,” he said, when asked in victory if he was going to fulfil his pledge. He was as good as his word: there were to be some judiciously averted eyes. It is perhaps not what might be expected from someone of his age. With this win, at 43, Williams had become the oldest champion since Ray Reardon lifted the trophy in 1978. Though as far as anyone can remember, Reardon did not use it to protect his modesty. Incredibly, the last time Williams, the former world No 1, had been this close to the most significant silverware in his sport was 15 years ago. Indeed, after not winning a ranking title in six years, he had considered retirement last summer when he failed so much as to qualify for the Crucible event. Convinced by his wife, however, he decided to stay on the circuit for one more year, and, with his elegant, languid style, smoothed his way into a position he had last oc- The bare facts: Mark Williams answers questions in the nude after his success cupied in 2003: trousering the winner’s cheque of £425,000. “Absolutely gone,” he said when asked if he thought days like this were long over. “I wasn’t even here last year, I watched it in a caravan.” Nevertheless Williams had begun the final in coruscating form, as if determined to make up for lost time, taking a 10-7 overnight lead into the last day. Then he moved up a gear, winning the first four frames of the afternoon session. At that point, there were those with tickets for the evening’s finale who feared that they had bought duds. It looked as if it might be over before the six o’clock news: Williams was just four frames away from victory. He looked home and hosed. The audience need not have worried. Higgins had not reached his seventh final by being a walkover. From an apparently finished position, he demonstrated extraordinary tenacity. His shot selection perfect, his execution sharp, his cue work immaculate, he delivered an exhibition of ruthless, error-free snooker, undertaking a comeback of a kind that normally occurs only in the pages of a comic. With care and precision, he eased himself back into the match. Cheered on by his children, the Scotsman made his statement of intent with a 131 break in the first frame of the evening session. Williams then, 58 points ahead, let him back in for the second, not only missing a red but leaving it for his opponent to pot. Higgins stormed through, clearing up. Williams then took a 47 lead in the third. But he could feel Higgins’s breath on his collar. And the Scot incredibly came back again to win it with an 82 break. Then in the last frame before the mid-evening interval, Williams, apparently deflated by the pressure, missed an easy red when finally allowed back on the table. But somehow, after the break, he regrouped, regathered. Somehow, perhaps recalling the position he had been in last summer, he seized the moment, taking three of the next four frames to grab hold of the championship crown. Though it was not without a scare, not without another Higgins demonstration of intractability. Apparently about to seize the title at 17-15 ahead, Williams – his fingernails dug into the trophy – let Higgins in again to prolong the agony. But ultimately Williams was not to be outdone. Demonstrating admirable nerve to win it at the last, what an act of redemption it was. What a victory. What a champion. Though in truth he will doubtless agree he probably looks better in his waistcoat. Townend: I am so sorry for horse whipping E Q U E ST R I A N I S M By Pippa Cuckson Oliver Townend last night issued his second apology in 24 hours for whip misuse on his two horses in the Badminton Horse Trials. The 36-year-old had issued an initial statement of contrition after receiving an official warning from the ground jury for overusing his whip on Cooley SRS and Ballaghmor Class on Saturday. But Townend issued a far more fulsome apology yesterday in which he said he was “disappointed and upset” by the way he rode and sorry for letting his team down. “Having watched my rounds when I got home last night, I’m so disappointed and upset about the way I rode. It didn’t look good and I don’t want to look like that. “I fully accept the warning I re- ceived. My competitive instincts got the better of me and I will work hard to improve in this area. “I try hard to give my horses the best ride possible. I try to be as fit as possible, to be as light as I can be, to sit as still as I can, to get them on the best strides and take-off points to minimise the energy they have to waste. “I care enormously about their well-being and their welfare. I love my horses – I live for them.” 10 *** Tuesday 8 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph Sport Specsavers County Championship Ball breaks Amla’s resistance to give leaders third win Stuart Broad and Harry Gurney both took three for 57 and Jake Ball a near-identical three for 64 as Nottinghamshire negotiated determined resistance from Hashim Amla to beat Hampshire by 203 runs. The county’s third win of the season kept them top of Division One in the Specsavers County Championship, consolidating what head coach Peter Moores said was “a very good start” to a campaign on the back of last year’s promotion. Removing the high-class South African was always likely to prove the key to victory as the visitors, chasing a nominal target of 469, dug in deep. The win would have been a whole lot easier had Nottinghamshire accepted the one chance Amla gave, but he was put down at second slip off Ball on 13. Roughly four hours later Ball finally got his man when Amla was last out for 112, bal- Last out: Hashim Amla falls to Jake Ball; Stuart Broad (below centre) celebrates looning an easy catch to Ross Taylor in the covers. The century was the 51st of his career and, in all, Amla faced 203 balls and hit 15 fours. Amla’s former international team-mate, Rilee Rossouw, stubbornly resisted for more than an hour in making seven, before being drawn into pushing at Broad and edging to first slip. Both physios were busy. Nottinghamshire wicketkeeper Tom Moores had lengthy treatment for a thumb injury, but was able to continue. Liam Dawson was not so lucky, having to retire hurt on six having sustained a blow to the hand from Gurney. He eventually returned to add two more before Gurney struck again. Lewis McManus, also nursing sore fingers after being struck earlier in the match, concentrated intently for 66 minutes in making just two from 58 deliveries. It took the second new ball – and the extra bounce of Broad – to see him off, as a nick flew behind off the England’s opening shoulder of the bat. bowler took his Moores is delighted season’s tally to 10 how his side’s season is yesterday. taking shape. “All three wins have been very differen ent,” he ssaid. “This one felt like it was a proper fou four-day win wi with hard gra graft all the wa way.” Broad 3-57 GETTY IMAGES At Trent Bridge Nottinghamshire (302 & 389-9dec) bt Hampshire (223 & 265) by 203 runs Durham battle back from At Emirates Riverside Durham (184 & 403) bt Leicestershire (440 & 101) by 46 runs Those who insist that four-day cricket is too boring for the mass market should have been at the Riverside where Durham, having followed on 256 runs behind, conjured an astonishing 46-run victory. With Yorkshire also having spectacularly beaten the odds to over- turn Essex on Sunday after being bowled out for 50 in their first innings, the Specsavers County Championship has served up two remarkable matches in as many days. This time James Weighell was the man responsible, first contributing 38 and then taking seven for 32 in a brilliant all-round performance. Durham set the visitors a target of just 148 to win, but Chris Rush- Scoreboards Specsavers County Championship Division One Nottinghamshire v Hampshire At Trent Bridge Nottinghamshire won toss Nottinghamshire — First Innings 302 (Patel 73, Wessels 54, Edwards 4-84) Hampshire — First Innings 223 (Amla 69, McManus 66) Nottinghamshire — Second Innings 389-9 dec. (Mullaney 130, Taylor 83, Libby 54) Hampshire — Second Innings (Overnight 111-3 (Weatherley 56)) H M Amla c Taylor b Ball 112 C P Wood b Ball 13 R R Rossouw c Wessels b Broad 7 L A Dawson lbw b Gurney 8 †L D McManus c Moores b Broad 2 K J Abbott c Wessels b Ball 10 B Wheal c Taylor b Gurney 2 F H Edwards not out 0 Extras (b9 lb18 nb6) 33 Total (108.5 overs) 265 Fall of wickets: 1-82, 2-82, 3-93, 4-112, 5-151, 6-191, 7-236, 8-241, 9-257. Bowling: J T Ball 23.5-9-64-3, S C J Broad 21-557-3, S R Patel 21-9-23-1, L J Fletcher 13-3-320, H F Gurney 28-8-57-3, C D Nash 2-0-5-0. Umpires: Robert Bailey and Peter Hartley. Notts (22pts) beat Hants (4pts) by 203 runs Lancashire v Somerset At Emirates Old Trafford Somerset won toss Somerset — First Innings 429 (Bartlett 110, Trescothick 100, Abell 99) Lancashire — First Innings 492 (Vilas 235no, Jennings 109, Clark 50, Abell 4-43) Somerset — Second Innings (Overnight 51-0) M T Renshaw c Bailey b Parkinson 20 †S M Davies c Croft b Parkinson 54 G A Bartlett lbw b Anderson 6 J C Hildreth lbw b Parkinson 26 *T B Abell lbw b Parkinson 13 L Gregory c Livingstone b Mennie 13 C Overton lbw b Bailey 5 M J Leach b Parkinson 66 T D Groenewald not out 36 P A van Meekeren not out 0 Extras (b12 lb10 nb8) 30 Total (for 8 dec, 93 overs) 269 Fall of wickets: 1-51, 2-67, 3-113, 4-120, 5-143, 6-145, 7-197, 8-266. Did Not Bat: M E Trescothick. Bowling: T E Bailey 15-7-33-1, J M Anderson 17-6-46-1, M W Parkinson 31-6-101-5, L S Livingstone 14-4-25-0, J M Mennie 11-4-24-1, J Clark 5-0-18-0. Umpires: Nicholas Cook and Benjamin Debenham. Lancs (11pts) drew with Somerset (10pts) Surrey v Worcestershire At The Kia Oval Surrey won toss Surrey — First Innings 434 (Burns 193, Foakes 72, Leach 4-96) Worcestershire — First Innings (Overnight 469-6 (Clarke 157, Fell 88, Mitchell 81, Head 50)) E Barnard c & b Virdi 66 B J Twohig c Patel b Virdi 9 *J Leach c Borthwick b Virdi 18 J C Tongue c & b Virdi 9 C A J Morris not out 0 Extras (lb8 w3 nb14) 25 Total (158.4 overs) 526 Fall of wickets: 1-48, 2-139, 3-256, 4-336, 5-336, 6-460, 7-475, 8-505, 9-523. Bowling: S M Curran 21-4-62-1, R Clarke 33-1090-2, A Virdi 41.4-7-105-6, C McKerr 16-1-76-1, R Patel 17-3-57-0, S C Meaker 22-1-93-0, S G Borthwick 8-0-35-0. Surrey — Second Innings *R J Burns c Barnard b Twohig 30 M D Stoneman lbw b Morris 20 S G Borthwick not out 82 R Patel c Head b Morris 25 †B T Foakes not out 11 Extras (b3 nb2) 5 Total (for 3 dec, 60 overs) 173 Fall of wickets: 1-38, 2-74, 3-136. Did Not Bat: O J Pope, S M Curran, R Clarke, C McKerr, S C Meaker, A Virdi. Bowling: J Leach 4-2-11-0, J C Tongue 8-2-28-0, B J Twohig 22-3-62-1, T M Head 16-5-36-0, C A J Morris 6-1-21-2, B L D’Oliveira 3-0-12-0, D K H Mitchell 1-1-0-0. Umpires: Jeffrey Evans and Alexander Wharf. Surrey (9pts) drew with Worcs (11pts) Division One table Notts Somerset Yorkshire Hampshire Surrey Essex Lancashire Worcs P 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 4 W 3 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 L 1 0 1 2 0 1 2 3 D Bt Bl Ded Pts 0 7 12 0.00 67 1 6 7 0.00 50 1 2 9 0.00 48 1 7 11 0.00 39 2 5 6 0.00 37 2 3 8 0.00 37 2 8 11 0.00 29 1 5 11 0.00 21 Division Two table Warwickshire Sussex Kent Derbyshire Glamorgan Middlesex Gloucs Leics Durham Northants P 3 4 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 W 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 L 0 0 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 D Bt Bl Ded Pts 1 9 9 0.00 55 3 10 10 0.00 51 0 0 9 0.00 41 1 7 8 0.00 36 1 3 9 0.00 33 1 2 10 0.00 33 1 1 7 0.00 29 2 10 7 0.00 27 1 0 5 0.00 26 1 0 5 0.00 10 *** The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 8 May 2018 11 Sport Cricket Ball 3-64 The seamer took the match-winning wicket of Hashim Amla. I thought 100-ball idea was rubbish – until I played it Scyld Berry CRICKET CORRESPONDENT Ten-ball over also has dramatic potential and will leave poor bowler with nowhere to hide L follow-on to stunning win worth made early inroads, taking three wickets to set the nerves jangling before he was forced off with an injury. Weighell then took centre stage as he tore through Leicestershire’s line-up, recording career-best figures. He claimed the key scalp of Michael Carberry for 22 and then had Ned Eckersley, who suffered an injury during Durham’s innings and was unable to keep wicket, caught down the leg side for 15. Specsavers County Championship Division Two Sussex v Middlesex Middlesex won toss At Hove Middlesex — First Innings 230 (Holden 84no, Robinson 7-58) Sussex — First Innings 323 (Finch 103, Robinson 52, Harris 5-86) Middlesex — Second Innings 322 (Malan 119, Gubbins 107, Briggs 4-70, Wiese 4-70) Sussex — Second Innings (Overnight 35-2) 45 S van Zyl c Robson b Cartwright D R Briggs c Cartwright b Rayner 39 H Z Finch c Simpson b Harris 11 L J Wright c & b Cartwright 0 *†B C Brown not out 65 M G K Burgess lbw b Malan 22 O E Robinson not out 10 Extras (b8 lb6 w2 nb2) 18 Total (for 7, 73.3 overs) 232 Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-24, 3-113, 4-125, 5-125, 6-128, 7-215. Did Not Bat: D Wiese, G H S Garton. Bowling: T J Murtagh 13-4-24-0, J A R Harris 19.3-3-74-3, O P Rayner 20-6-51-1, T E Barber 10-1-37-0, H W R Cartwright 7-2-17-2, D J Malan 4-0-15-1. Umpires: David Millns and Jonathan Blades. Sussex (22pts) beat Middlesex (4pts) by 3 wickets Neil Dexter was clean bowled by a beauty and Weighell, by this point brimming with confidence, claimed the final two wickets in successive deliveries. Weighell’s performance overshadowed fine bowling earlier from Leicestershire’s Gavin Griffiths, who took five wickets for 12 in one six-over spell and six wickets in all. For the 24-year-old to finish on the losing side with match figures of 10 for 83 seemed cruel. Durham v Leicestershire At Emirates Riverside Durham won toss Leicestershire — First Innings 440 (Cosgrove 75, Horton 75, Carberry 73, Dexter 70no) Durham — First Innings 184 (Clark 64, Griffiths 4-34) Durham — Second Innings (Overnight 233-1 (Markram 94)) C T Steel lbw b Raine 86 W R Smith c Dexter b Griffiths 74 G Clark c Ackermann b Parkinson 25 *P D Collingwood c Ackermann b Griffiths 15 M J Richardson c Dexter b Griffiths 0 †S W Poynter lbw b Griffiths 13 W J Weighell b Griffiths 38 N J Rimmington c Horton b Griffiths 0 B J McCarthy c & b Ackermann 16 C Rushworth not out 2 Extras (b18 lb8 nb14) 40 Total (129.4 overs) 403 Fall of wickets: 1-152, 2-265, 3-309, 4-323, 5-325, 6-330, 7-345, 8-345, 9-386. Bowling: V R Aaron 22-0-102-0, B A Raine 31-771-1, G T Griffiths 21.4-6-49-6, N J Dexter 14-341-0, C F Parkinson 37-12-101-2, M A Carberry 2-0-7-0, C N Ackermann 2-0-6-1. Leicestershire — Second Innings *M A Carberry lbw b Weighell 22 P J Horton c Collingwood b Rushworth 9 C N Ackermann lbw b Rushworth 5 ike most people, my reaction to the announcement of the 100-ball format was “gimmicky rubbish”. Having now played a game, I believe this fourth format will make a valuable addition to the sport. A match of 100 balls per side – 15 overs and one 10-ball over – is significantly shorter than a 20-over game. It was only a club game between Hinton Charterhouse and Bear Flat, and professional bowlers will obviously take longer run-ups and batsmen will hit the ball further, but each innings took only a minute or two more than one hour, and the whole game 2¼ hours. T20 takes around 90 minutes for an innings and three hours for a game, which is fine on a sunny evening in June. The 100-ball format will be ideal for club cricketers on shorter and darker evenings, or when players arrive late because of evening rush-hour traffic; and more suitable for terrestrial television as a compact slot from 6.30 to 9pm. Easier for families too, to get to the game after school and work, than a 6pm start. A 100-ball game is still long enough to feel like a cricket match, to be a contest of skills, to have some fun and exercise, to make the effort of turning up worthwhile. It allows enough time to succeed or, in the case of my two expensive overs, fail. M J Cosgrove c Smith b Weighell 10 L J Hill lbw b Rushworth 5 N J Dexter b Weighell 21 †E J Eckersley c Poynter b Weighell 15 B A Raine c Markram b Weighell 4 C F Parkinson c Rimmington b Weighell 4 G T Griffiths not out 1 V R Aaron lbw b Weighell 0 Extras (b1 lb4) 5 Total (29.5 overs) 101 Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-29, 3-40, 4-47, 5-61, 6-79, 7-95, 8-100, 9-101. Bowling: C Rushworth 7.2-4-12-3, N J Rimmington 7-0-31-0, W J Weighell 9.5-1-32-7, W R Smith 3.4-1-7-0, B J McCarthy 2-0-14-0. Umpires: Neil Bainton and Paul Pollard. Durham (18pts) beat Leics (6pts) by 46 runs Tour Match Northamptonshire v Pakistan At Northampton Northamptonshire won toss Northamptonshire — First Innings 259 (Rossington 90, Khan 6-77) Pakistan — First Innings 428 (Shafiq 186no, Sohail 79, Azam 57, Crook 4-89, Keogh 4-111) Northamptonshire — Second Innings (Overnight 240-5 (Cobb 52)) *R I Newton lbw b Abbas 118 R I Keogh b Abbas 23 S P Crook lbw b Abbas 0 And the 10-ball over has unprecedented dramatic potential. The England and Wales Cricket Board has yet to decide at what stage of an innings it should be taken – and I would recommend plenty of trial games first. A 10-ball over will be one of the biggest innovations in this sport’s history and, even though it is a novelty, it should be consistent with cricket’s values and traditions. Our captains agreed to make the 10-ball over the 16th and last of each innings. When Hinton bowled first, our left-arm seamer Simon Butcher was brilliant in keeping the opposition down to five singles. So Bear Flat set us a target of 135, and at the start of the last over, we needed 29 to win. The first three balls went dot, wicket, single, until our captain Chris Antrobus got back on strike – and we lost by one run. So there will be the chance to score 40 or even 50 off the last over if the bowler bowls a couple of wides and no balls – and he will Counties meet amid PCA worries over new format Representatives of the 18 first-class counties meet at Edgbaston this morning to discuss the England and Wales Cricket Board’s announcement of the new 100-ball format in 2020 without prior consultation with the Professional Cricketers’ Association. Two members R Vasconcelos not out 24 B A Hutton lbw b Khan 6 G Wade lbw b Khan 0 Extras (b1 lb3 w5 nb2) 11 Total (95.5 overs) 301 Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-48, 3-57, 4-113, 5-207, 6-270, 7-270, 8-279, 9-301. Bowling: Mohammad Amir 14-3-37-0, Mohammad Abbas 18-3-62-4, Shadab Khan 31.5-6-80-4, Asad Shafiq 2-0-5-0, Haris Sohail 7-0-21-0, Rahat Ali 13-2-53-2, Faheem Ashraf 10-2-39-0. Pakistan — Second Innings 10 Azhar Ali run out ul-Haq not out 59 Haris Sohail not out 55 Extras (b8 nb2) 10 Total (for 1, 27 overs) 134 Fall of wickets: 1-14. Did Not Bat: Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, *†Sarfraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Abbas, Rahat Ali. Bowling: G Wade 9-0-43-0, B A Hutton 4-1-14-0, L Procter 3-0-22-0, R I Keogh 5-0-31-0, J J Cobb 6-1-16-0. Umpires: Martin Saggers and Ian Ramage. Pakistan beat Northants by 9 wickets INDIAN PREMIER LGE.-Hyderabad: Sunrisers Hyderabad 146 (20 overs, Williamson 56); Royal Challengers Bangalore 141-6 (20 overs). Sunrisers Hyderabad win by 5 runs. TODAY.-Jaipur: Rajasthan v Punjab (3.30pm). of the PCA, Mark Wallace and Ian Thomas, have now been invited to join the ECB committee that will review the whole of the domestic structure, but the PCA is still expected to voice its concern about the new format which its members will have to play. therefore be more horribly exposed than cricketers have ever been before in what is nominally a team game. A batsman dismissed first ball, even in front of a packed house in the Melbourne Test, retreats to the safety of the dressing-room a minute later; a bowler who gets the yips has only six legitimate balls to get through before retiring. But there is no limit to the ridicule to which a nervous bowler could be subjected if the 10-ball over is the last – and nowadays we recognise the strains which some professional cricketers can undergo. Even at club level, for all the light-hearted banter, some bowlers will take a mauling to heart. No game will be over until the last 10-ball over has been bowled: that is the dramatic potential. So there would be less stress, and drama, if the fielding captain can take the 10-ball over at any stage he chooses. It should be one or the other: the 10-ball over at any time or the last. The proposal that the 10-ball over should be delivered by more than one bowler is not worthy of consideration. In that case it is not an over, just a procession of different bowlers, as if it were a 10-pin bowling alley. No parameters. Not cricket. I still think eight 100-ball franchises in 2020 will be too many: better to have six or seven, plus one overseas franchise from the Big Bash, Caribbean Premier League, Pakistan Super League, or the Indian Premier League. There is a lot to be said though for the 100-ball format, as for the longer ones. There may be no accounting for tastes, but cricket can cater for them all, which is astounding: that a sport invented three centuries ago can carry on evolving to suit the leisure-time and attentionspans of those who watch and play. Stoneman falls cheaply to increase Test fears R O U N D -U P With England’s first Test just two weeks away, Mark Stoneman was dismissed for 20 yesterday and has now made just 105 runs at an average of 17.50 this season. The Surrey opener was leg before to Charlie Morris at the Kia Oval, where Scott Borthwick’s unbeaten 82 helped the home side to a comfortable draw with Worcestershire. The game was memorable for another impressive performance from teenage spinner Amar Virdi, whose six for 105 took his season’s haul to 14. Sussex all-rounder Ollie Robinson was another to impress, scoring the winning runs against Middlesex after taking eight wickets and recording a first-innings halfcentury. Sussex captain Ben Brown contributed an unbeaten 65 to the three-wicket win in Division Two with a session to spare. Lancashire remain without a win from their four games after Somerset leftarm spinner Jack Leach struck a career-best 66 to secure a predictable draw at Emirates Old Trafford. Lancashire leg-spinner Matt Parkinson took five wickets. 12 ** Tuesday 8 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph Sport Subject Fresh spark: Ian Madigan has reinvented himself at Bristol RUSSELL SACH FOR THE TELEGRAPH and they might bring it up at the dinner table and your friends are all Leinster supporters and they want the inside scoop. I suppose you are a Leinster and Ireland supporter yourself, so it is nothing short of an obsession.” He remembers a time when he could not even go for a walk without rugby being on his mind. “If the team has lost one or two games, you are feeling the pain of that and you want to straighten it out. You have massive ambition to be winning trophies, and you really feel that. While as a young player, it was hard to switch off and get away from it. That is something I have learnt to do better, being away from Ireland. Having that freedom at Bristol has helped.” Bristol are also allowing Madigan the chance to cast off his Madigan finally casting off maverick reputation I N T E RV I EW Kate Rowan Bristol fly-half says he is all the better for moving away from Ireland, and out of Sexton’s shadow I an Madigan had ticked all the right boxes. The path from schoolboy superstar at Blackrock College to precocious talent at Leinster, to winning two Six Nations titles with Ireland was a prestigious and well-worn one, as Brian O’Driscoll would testify. Madigan’s problem came in the shape of Jonathan Sexton, the man he could never supplant either with his province or his country. So while Sexton’s journey has taken him to totemic status in Ireland and a place in this weekend’s Champions Cup final, his erstwhile understudy will be watching from afar, wondering what might have been. Not that Madigan’s career has been unfulfilled – far from it. For a brief moment during the 2015 Rugby World Cup, when Madigan came on as a first-half replacement for Sexton against France in Ireland’s final pool game, he helped steer his country to a famous victory and a quarter-final date with Argentina. He has played in France’s Top 14 – he joined Bordeaux after leaving Leinster in 2016 – and most recently he has helped Bristol return to the Aviva Premiership. But Madigan knows that – in his home country at least – he will always be remembered as the man thwarted by Sexton. “I was probably envious of what Johnny had with Ireland and Leinster,” Madigan reflects. “I wanted to be that guy, to have that connection with the coaches to be able to call the shots on the pitch, and that was a big reason why I left Leinster.” Despite this exile taking the 29-year-old out of contention for Ireland, the distance – and particularly the time – at Bristol has given him breathing space. For all the praise that has been recently afforded to the Irish provincial set-ups in driving Ireland’s Grand Slam success and Leinster to the Champions Cup final, it can also be a claustrophobic environment. As Dublin is the only European capital city that does not host regular Champions League football, rugby has filled a void at the top level of professional sport and, in an island nation, the downside is that living under a microscope can cause obsessive tendencies to take grip. “When you are playing for Leinster and Ireland, it is pretty unrelenting,” Madigan says. “Your family are all Leinster supporters Memorable moment: Ian Madigan (right) replaced Jonathan Sexton during Ireland’s game against France in the 2015 World Cup but was unable to displace him at Leinster or in the national team Details of finals The big games in Bilbao Challenge Cup Cardiff Blues v Gloucester 8pm BST, Friday TV BT Sport 2 Champions Cup Leinster v Racing 92 4.45pm BST, Saturday TV BT Sport 2 Both matches at the San Mames Stadium reputation back home as “Madigan the maverick”. “When you are breaking into the system in Ireland, I was breaking in as a 20, 21-year-old and you can certainly get branded with certain tags,” he says. “While you might iron those parts out of your game as your career moves on, you can still be tagged with them if you have been at a club for six, seven, eight years. “I do think going to a different club does allow you to get a fresh start. Maybe I am not as much of a maverick as I used to be, maybe I am more of a consistent fly-half as I have gotten older. It is something I have been allowed do.” Pat Lam, his coach at Bristol who handed him a three-year contract, has been emphatic about transforming the West Country club into a Champions Cup team, an ambition that appeals to Madigan. “Bristol and Bordeaux have definitely opened my mind,” he says. “When I was in Leinster everything is laid on for you. “Going away having to be able to get set up in a new country, meeting 50 new players, a new coaching staff, a new support staff, a new supporter base and having to do it the following year, you do learn a lot about yourself. They were challenges but I think I am all the better for it.” Lancaster rules himself out of Harlequins job with focus on Leinster By Mick Cleary in Dublin Stuart Lancaster, the former England head coach, has ruled himself out of consideration for the vacant job at Harlequins as well as any position that might come up for the foreseeable future so that he can concentrate wholly on his role with Leinster, who face Racing 92 in the final of the Champions Cup in Bilbao on Saturday. Lancaster is contracted to Leinster through to the end of the 2018-19 season. “I have not had any communication from them [Harlequins] and I have not proactively sought it,” said Lancaster. “I am 100 per cent committed here. It would also be 100 per cent the wrong thing to do to start talking about trying to win something at Leinster and at the same time try and create an opportunity elsewhere.” Lancaster has no intention of seeking out possibilities that might arise over the next 12 months, preferring to be fully engaged with his coaching role at the Irish province. Jason Woodward, the Gloucester full-back, has been backed to be a part of England’s squad for their summer tour to South Africa by Gloucester head coach Johan Ack- ermann. The 27-year-old, who joined Gloucester last summer from Bristol, qualifies for England through his grandmother and is poised to play a key role for Gloucester in Friday’s Challenge Cup final against Cardiff Blues in Bilbao. Ackermann said: “I do believe that Jason is ready.” ** The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 8 May 2018 13 Sport Rugby Union Spain looking for a lift from European finals 221 clubs, even making the front pages of Marca and AS, the football-dominated dailies, following a previous victory over higher-ranked Romania that had seemed to tee up their first appearance in a World Cup since 1999. Jaime Nava, the Spain captain, is a star turn on Celebrity Masterchef. “That may seem trivial but it signals a real departure for the sport in having a rugby personality on such a popular programme,” said Glynn, who helped a leap up the world rankings, from 34th to 20th, during his time there, the position that Spain still occupy. “Of course, there is so much work to do to keep Spain pushing forward and professionalism puts a strain on things. The vast majority of the guys based in Spain will have to be holding down a day job. But Bilbao will be great. They have had full houses for the Copa del Rey this last couple of years in Valencia and Valladolid. “There has been significant progress on so many fronts.” And glasses will be raised to that across Bilbao this weekend. MICK CLEARY TALKING RUGBY Taking showpiece club games to Bilbao is bold move, as hosts await World Cup row verdict GETTY T he cloud that has hung over Spanish rugby in recent weeks will be blown away by their day in the sporting sun in Bilbao this weekend. The reprieve may only be temporary, with hardball talks over events that happened during their World Cup qualification game against Belgium in March looking as if they could end with bad news for the Spanish. If there were ever a need for a lift, then it will surely be found at the San Mames Stadium on Friday and Saturday. This promises to be a coming-ofage celebration for the Spanish as they host their first European finals. The same holds true for the fledgling European Professional Club Rugby organisation as it has dared to step outside the traditional strongholds to stage an event in a new territory. The 53,000-capacity San Mames has sold out for Saturday’s Champions Cup final between Leinster and Racing 92, with half the tickets being taken up by locals. The Spanish will be supporting the occasion with as much enthusiasm as if one of their teams were playing. There is a healthy crowd expected, too, for Friday’s Challenge Cup final between Gloucester and Cardiff Blues. Bilbao is certainly getting in the mood for a party with groups of local players flash-scrumming around Bilbao last Sunday, popping up to the amusement of city-centre shoppers, while there has been an unprecedented extension of licensing laws in the region put in place for the weekend. Bound for Bilbao: Racing 92 players make their next destination clear after reaching the Champions Cup final With the 2019 finals already allocated to Newcastle – another feather in the cap for those who have worked so hard to maintain rugby in the North East; adding mightily to the feel-good vibe that has been generated this season by the success of the Falcons – there is little doubt that EPCR has lived up to its pledge to be bold. Quite whether it lasts is another matter, for the bottom line is still the only line that really gets the juices flowing in club owners and chief executives. Matches at much bigger venues such as Twickenham and the Principality in Cardiff generate far more income. You only have to consider that 10 of the first 20 European finals were held at one or the other ground to appreciate that. If this weekend’s fiesta is mere gesture politics by EPCR, then all power to its elbow even if there have been concerns about the spike in hotel prices, a backhanded compliment as to the growth of the tournament as per the sort of price hike seen in Six Nations cities. Rugby has spent decades as the cosy cartel of the founding nations and the sport needs to reach out beyond its normal constituency if it is ever to encourage second-tier nations to grow. That expansionist vision has many strands to it but there is no doubt that the Bilbao experience is a resonant moment for rugby in Spain. “For sure it is,” says Ged Glynn, Shame game: Spain’s players confront the referee after losing to Belgium currently head of rugby operations at Leicester, but coach to the Spanish national team for six years from 2004-2010. “There is a great appetite for rugby in Spain and it is not just confined to one area. The Basques love their rugby, as do many other regions in the country, be it in Madrid, Catalonia or wherever. “It is particularly popular in university towns. People are drawn to it for the same reasons as they are here. It does have a middleclass appeal as it does in many places round the world. When I was there, the national rail carrier was one of the sponsors with the slogan ‘The Train of Values’. Rugby has a social credibility.” Events in Belgium, with five Spanish players banned for a total of 121 weeks for their post-match harassment of the Romanian referee, who they believed cost them an automatic place at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, may have compromised that claim. But the sport has a decent profile in Spain, with its 51,123 players in Argentina gaining strength in time to trouble England E ngland’s 2019 Rugby World Cup pool just got a whole heap harder. Eddie Jones’s team are in with France and Argentina, a reprise of 2015 when Wales and Australia soured English dreams on home soil. It had appeared that Argentina had dipped from their peak of a decade ago but the recent results of the Jaguares, Argentina’s Super Rugby franchise, who have won four matches on the road in Australia and New Zealand, indicates that the Pumas are a gathering force. The decision to set up a homebased Super Rugby franchise in Argentina was designed to make the Pumas more competitive. It would appear that the venture is paying dividends. England had better be on their guard. Database Baseball MLB: Arizona 3 Houston 1-Atlanta 3 San Francisco 4-Chicago White Sox 3 Minnesota 5-Cincinnati 5 Miami 8-Kansas City 4 Detroit 2-Milwaukee 0 Pittsburgh 9-New York Mets 2 Colorado 3-New York Yankees 7 Cleveland 4-Oakland 2 Baltimore 1-San Diego 3 LA Dodgers 0-Seattle 2 LA Angels 8-St Louis 4 Chicago Cubs 3-Tampa Bay 1 Toronto 2-Texas 1 Boston 6-Washington 5 Philadelphia 4. Basketball NBA.-Play-offs (best-of-7 series), Western Conf Semi-finals: New Orleans 92 Golden State 118 (Golden State Warriors lead series 3-1)-Utah 87 Houston 100 (Houston Rockets lead series 3-1). Cycling GIRO D’ITALIA (Italy).-Overall (after 3 stages, Monday rest day): 1 R Dennis (Australia) BMC Racing Team 9h 05m 30s; 2 T Dumoulin (Holland) Team Sunweb +1s; 3 J Goncalves (Portugal) Katusha-Alpecin +13; 4 A Dowsett (GB) KatushaAlpecin +17; 5 P Bilbao (Spain) Astana Pro Team +19; 6 S Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott +21; 7 M Schachmann (Germany) Quick-Step Floors +22; 8 T Martin (Germany) Katusha-Alpecin +28; 9 D Pozzovivo (Italy) Bahrain-Merida at same time; 10 C Betancur (Colombia) Movistar Team +29. Also: 19 C Froome (GB) Team Sky +38. Golf WELLS FARGO CH'SHIP (Charlotte, North Carolina).-Leading final scores (US unless stated): 272—J Day (Australia) 69 67 67 69; 274—N Watney 72 67 66 69; A Wise 68 68 70 68; 276—B DeChambeau 75 65 66 70; 277—P Mickelson 72 72 64 69; P Uihlein 72 72 62 71; P Casey (GB) 69 68 69 71; 278—P Reed 71 71 67 69; 279—L List 70 72 67 70; E Grillo (Argentina) 68 71 71 69; C Schwartzel (S Africa) 70 67 70 72; S Saunders 70 69 68 72; 280—T Gooch 71 72 66 71; K Stanley 67 72 71 70; J Wagner 67 71 69 73; 281—F Molinari (Italy) 70 72 68 71; J Dahmen 70 71 70 70; R McIlroy (GB) 68 76 66 71; A Hadwin (Canada) 73 71 65 72; C Hadley 70 74 66 71. WOMEN'S VOA CLASSIC (The Colony, Texas).Leading final scores (US unless stated): 131—S H Park (S Korea) 65 66; 132—L Duncan 68 64; 133—Y Liu (China) 67 66; 134—A Jutanugarn (Thailand) 68 66; S Y Kim (S Korea) 67 67; 135—J Shin 65 70; A Ashok (India) 69 66; 136—M H Lee (S Korea) 70 66; J Stoelting 69 67; J Y Ko (S Korea) 67 69; L Ko (NZ) 69 67. WORLD RANKINGS.-Men: 1 D Johnson (US) 9.22pts; 2 J Thomas (US) 9.14; 3 J Rahm (Spain) 8.37; 4 J Spieth (US) 8.35; 5 J Rose (GB) 7.36; 6 Fowler (US) 7.06; 7 J Day (Australia) 6.61; 8 R McIlroy (GB) 6.33. Women: 1 I Park (S Korea) 7.42pts; 2 S Feng (China) 7.10; 3 L Thompson (US) 6.76; 4 S H Park (S Korea) 6.30; 5 S Y Ryu (S Korea) 6.11; 6 A Jutanugarn (Thailand) 5.57. Also: 23 C Hull (GB) 3.31. Ice Hockey NHL.-Play-offs (best-of-7 series), Western Conf Semi-final: San Jose 0 Vegas 3 (Vegas win series 4-2). Motorcycling BRITISH SUPERBIKE CH'SHIP (Oulton Park, Cheshire).-Race 1: 1 L Haslam (GB) Kawasaki 28m 41.418s; 2 J Dixon (GB) Kawasaki 28:43.042; 3 S Byrne (GB) Ducati 28:47.642; 4 B Ray (GB) Suzuki 28:51.588; 5 J O’Halloran (Australia) Honda 28:56.117; 6 J Brookes (Australia) Yamaha 28:57.204. Race 2: 1 Haslam 28:40.954; 2 J O’Halloran (Australia) Honda 28:41.040; 3 J Dixon (GB) Kawasaki 28:43.877; 4 Byrne 28:44.189, 5 G Irwin (GB) Ducati 28:50.906; 6 Brookes 28:51.917. Standings: 1 Haslam 115pts; 2 Ray 101; 3 Byrne 98; 4 O’Halloran 63; 5 Irwin 59; 6 Dixon 55; 7 J Brookes (Australia) Yamaha 43; 8 D Buchan (GB) Kawasaki 41; 9 M Laverty (GB) BMW 39. Manufacturers: 1 Kawasaki 119pts, 2 Ducati 105, 3 Suzuki 101, 4 Honda 76, 5 Yamaha 57, 6 BMW 52. Netball VITALITY SUPERLEAGUE: Surrey Storm 70 Celtic Dragons 42-Team Bath 51 Severn Stars 35-Manchester Thunder 56 Loughborough Lightning 62-Team Northumbria 47 Sirens 42. Snooker BETFRED WORLD CH'SHIP (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield).-Final: M Williams (Wales) bt J Higgins (Scotland) 18-16. Frame and session scores (Higgins first) Final session: (131) 131-1, (67) 68-58 (58), (82) 82-47, 91-0, (62) 67-47, 0-74, 14-104 (100), (65) 65-63 (63), 0-71 (69). Third session: 5-98 (61), 19-73 (56), 0-126 (69, 56), 7-63 (52), (67) 92-29, (72) 76-65 (65), (80) 80-0, 8-84 - 15-10 Williams. Sunday's scores Second session: 46-81 (72), (51) 75-31, (127) 127-8, 12-76, (56) 85-9, (117) 123-15, 0-123 (118), 35-64 (64), 43-80 - 10-7 Williams. First session: 23-75, 15-65, 35-72, (55) 60-70, (119) 120-4, 0-133 (95), (52) 98-0, (59) 82-21 - 5-3 Williams. Century breaks: Higgins 4, Williams 2. Speedway PREMIERSHIP: Rye House 48 Somerset 42-Swindon 50 Poole 39. PREMIERSHIP KO CUP.-Qtr-final, 1st leg: Belle Vue 57 Wolverhampton 33-Leicester 48 King’s Lynn. NATIONAL LGE: Kent 58 Buxton 31. Tennis ATP & WTA T’MENT (Madrid).-Men, 1st rd: G Monfils (France) bt N Basilashvili (Georgia) 6-2 3-6 6-3; F Lopez (Spain) bt P Andujar (Spain) 7-6 (7-4) 6-3; D Sebastian Schwartzman (Argentina) bt A Mannarino (France) 6-1 6-3; F Delbonis (Argentina) bt M Zverev (Germany) 6-1 2-6 7-6 (8-6); D Dzumhur (Bosnia and Herzegovina) bt J Benneteau (France) 6-4 6-2; D Lajovic (Serbia) bt K Khachanov (Russia) 6-3 6-2; M Kukushkin (Kazakhstan) bt R Carballes Baena (Spain) 6-3 6-2; N Djokovic (Serbia) bt K Nishikori (Japan) 7-5 6-4; B Paire (France) bt L Pouille (France) 6-2 6-3; M Raonic (Canada) bt N Kicker (Argentina) 6-3 6-2. Women, 2nd rd: S Stephens (US) bt S Stosur (Australia) 6-1 6-3; K Pliskova (Czech Rep) leads V Azarenka (Belarus) 6-2 1-6 6-5; C Garcia (France) bt P Martic (Croatia) 6-3 7-5; J Goerges (Germany) bt L Arruabarrena (Spain) 2-6 6-4 6-2; M Sharapova (Russia) bt I Begu (Romania) 7-5 6-1; K Mladenovic (France) bt S Zhang (China) 6-4 4-6 6-3; K Bertens (Holland) bt A Sevastova (Latvia) 6-1 6-4; C Wozniacki (Denmark) bt A Barty (Australia) 6-2 4-6 6-4. Fixtures Cricket INDIAN PREMIER LGE.-Jaipur: Rajasthan v Punjab (3.30pm). Rugby Union PRINCIPALITY BUILDING SOCIETY PREM: Bargoed v Llandovery (7.30), Cross Keys v Llanelli (7.30), Newport v Pontypridd (7.15). WRU NATIONAL LGE.-Div One, West: Crymych v Felinfoel (7). Sport on TV BASEBALL: MLB, St Louis Cardinals v Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox - BT Sport/ESPN 6pm & Midnight. BASKETBALL: NBA, play-offs Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz Sport 1 1am (Wed). CRICKET: Indian Premier League, Rajasthan Royals v Kings XI Punjab - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Cricket 3pm. CYCLING: Giro d'Italia - Eurosport 1 12 Noon. FOOTBALL: Premier League, Swansea v Southampton - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Premier League 7.30; Aberdeen v Rangers - Sky Sports Football 7.45. TENNIS: ATP, Madrid Open - Sky Sports Main Event 11am; WTA, Madrid Open - BT Sport 2 11am. 14 *** Tuesday 8 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph Sport Racing Leg injury to keep Enable out of action until August John Gosden’s brilliant mare Enable has suffered a setback and will be out of action until August at the earliest, connections have announced. She has not been seen since winning the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly last October, but had been expected to make her reappearance in the Coronation Cup at Epsom on June 1. Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, said in a statement to Press Association Sport: “Enable has met with a setback in training. She has some filling in her knee, which is being fully investigated. “The advice that we have is that Disappointment: John Gosden’s Enable is on the easy list after injuring a knee Ludlow Going: Good TV: Sky 432 & Virgin 536 [B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces 5.30 ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle (4) 2m £4,874 1 21- Diamond Guy [T] (16) P Nicholls 5 11 4 H Cobden 2 35- Baby Ted (45) N Twiston-Davies 5 10 12 S Twiston-Davies 3 65- Cold Weston (247) H Daly 5 10 12 A Tinkler 4 73- Djarkevi [H] (16) C Longsdon 5 10 12 Jonathan Burke D Jacob 5 80- Duc Kauto (145) C Tizzard 5 10 12 6 855 Blackjacktennessee [H] (14) S Flook 4 10 8 B J Powell J M Davies 7 4- Darlyn (28) Henry Oliver 5 10 5 L Edwards 8 68- Nellemani (17) J Groucott 6 10 5 S.P. f’cast: 10-11 Diamond Guy, 4-1 Djarkevi, 5-1 Baby Ted, 10-1 Duc Kauto, Darlyn, 14-1 Cold Weston, 66-1 Others. 6.00 G.C.Rickards Handicap Chase (4) 3m £5,588 1 1P/ Victor Leudorum [P,T] (482) S Flook 11 12 0 Mr L Williams (7) 2 14- Amber Gambler (16) (D) I Williams 8 11 12 R T Dunne 3 68- Still Believing (38) (CD)(C)(D) E Williams 10 11 12 A Wedge 4 FP- Royale Django [T,V] (24) (D) T Vaughan 9 11 12 A Johns 5 77- Astracad (29) N Twiston-Davies 12 11 11 S Twiston-Davies 6 46- Harry Hunt (F29) (D) G McPherson 11 11 10 Kielan Woods 7 2P- Bertie Lugg (307) T R Gretton 10 11 9 J M Davies 8 50- By The Boardwalk [T] (29) (D) K Bailey 10 11 9 M Hamill (5) 9 1P- Shanty Town [P] (41) David Dennis 9 11 8 N De Boinville 10 P5- Gorsky Island (18) (C) T R George 10 11 6 Jonathan Burke 11 11- Tb Broke Her [P] (118) (C) M Sheppard 8 11 4 S Sheppard (3) 12 22- Pembroke House [P] (14) S-J Davies 11 10 5 R Patrick (5) S.P. f’cast: 3-1 Tb Broke Her, 7-2 Pembroke House, 6-1 Amber Gambler, 8-1 Gorsky Island, 10-1 Harry Hunt, 12-1 Astracad, Bertie Lugg, 14-1 Shanty Town, 16-1 Others. 1 22- Nightfly [T] (14) (D) (BF) C Longsdon 7 11 12 Jonathan Burke 2 52- Truckers Highway (17) (CD)(C)(D) J Groucott 9 11 10 L Edwards R T Dunne 3 /6- King Spirit (75) (D,WS) Tom Lacey 10 11 8 J M Davies 4 2P- Diamond Rock (117) Henry Oliver 7 11 5 C Poste 5 /3- Myroundorurs [H] (92) (D) R Dickin 8 11 3 6 7P- Allow Dallow [P] (150) (D) N Evans 11 11 1 Rob Williams (3) 7 75- Boxer Beat (17) Lady S Brooke 11 10 11 Miss L Brooke (7) 8 B3- Bajardo [T] (60) (D) Miss E Baker 10 10 10 B J Powell 9 63- Walden Prince [T,V] (14) (D) Mrs S Leech 11 10 8 Brodie Hampson (5) 10 PP- River Purple [T] (162) (CD) Lady S Brooke 11 10 5 Miss L M Turner (7) 11 14- Jackthejourneyman [P,T] (13) (D) T R Gretton 9 10 2 S Twiston-Davies A Wedge 12 P3- Daveron (21) (C) R J Price 10 10 0 13 UP- Accessallareas [P] (13) (D) S-J Davies 13 10 0 R Patrick (5) S.P. f’cast: 3-1 Nightfly, 4-1 Truckers Highway, 7-1 Myroundorurs, 8-1 Diamond Rock, Jackthejourneyman, 10-1 Bajardo, 12-1 Others. 7.00 Chase (Novices’ Limited Handicap) (3) 2m 4f £7,538 1 20- Monbeg Legend (73) (D) (BF) N Henderson 8 11 8 N De Boinville H Cobden 2 /P- San Satiro (360) (D) (BF) P Nicholls 7 11 1 3 40- Sumkindofking [T] (25) T R George 7 11 1 Jonathan Burke 4 66- Solatentif [B,T] (24) C Tizzard 8 11 1 S Twiston-Davies A Wedge 5 23- Bach De Clermont (139) E Williams 7 10 10 S.P. f’cast: 2-1 Bach De Clermont, 5-2 Sumkindofking, 4-1 Monbeg Legend, San Satiro, 10-1 Solatentif. 7.30 Handicap Hurdle (4) 2m 5f £5,588 1 69- Agincourt Reef [P] (29) (CD)(D) R Teal 9 11 12 H Cobden Brighton 3.35 starspreads.com Handicap (4) 1m £5,531 Marlborough 2.00 - Upavon 2.30 - Global Passion 3.00 - Silverturnstogold 3.35 - Andalusite 2 9P- Atlantic Grey (133) N Twiston-Davies 5 11 12 S Twiston-Davies 3 6F- Hazamar [T] (F8) (C) Mrs S Leech 5 11 12 Mr D Skehan (5) 4 P1- Samson’s Reach (14) (CD) R J Price 5 11 8 J Nixon (7) 5 52- Scented Lily [H] (43) (BF) C Longsdon 5 11 7 Paul O’Brien (5) 6 8U- Eau De Nile (14) H Daly 5 11 7 A Tinkler R T Dunne 7 7P- Ayla’s Emperor [P] (163) J Flint 9 11 6 A Wedge 8 69- St John’s (118) E Williams 5 11 5 D Jacob 9 64- Kerry’s Boy [T] (18) B Pauling 5 11 5 10 79- Captain Simon [P] (162) D Skelton 6 11 4 Bridget Andrews (3) 11 17- Red Admirable [P,T] (43) (D) G McPherson 12 11 2 Kielan Woods 12 55- Lincoln County [B,T] (14) O Greenall 7 10 3 Will Kennedy 13 87- Ring Eye (42) S-J Davies 10 10 0 R Patrick (5) S.P. f’cast: 9-2 Samson’s Reach, 5-1 Scented Lily, 6-1 Captain Simon, Kerry’s Boy, 8-1 St John’s, 10-1 Atlantic Grey, 12-1 Others. 8.00 AJA Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle (4) 2m £4,742 1 2 3 4 5 6 2644/P402760- 7 828 179 3310 P711 6P12 7313 9814 02- Voodoo Doll (58) E Williams 5 11 12 Miss Isabel Williams (5) Blazon (43) (D) (BF) K Bailey 5 11 12 Mr Liam Carter (7) Nikki Steel (31) (D) Dr R Newland 8 11 11 Mr James King Equus Millar [H] (115) N Twiston-Davies 5 11 11 Mr Z Baker Crafty Roberto [B,T] (16) (D) A Hales 10 11 11 Mr J Brace (7) Excellent Team [T] (12) (CD)(D) D Skelton 6 11 8 Mr William Marshall (7) Hit And Run [P] (30) D McCain 6 11 8 Miss A McCain (3) Dusky Raider (163) (D) T Vaughan 5 11 7 Mr C Price (7) Ormskirk (29) J W Mullins 5 11 6 Mr Luca Morgan (7) Billy My Boy [P] (195) (D) C Down 9 11 6 Mr A R Ferguson (3) Baratineur (57) (D) K Bishop 7 11 5 Mr L Williams (3) Goal [P,T] (159) (CD)(D) T Watkins 10 11 5 Brodie Hampson The Final Whistle (112) S Lewis 5 11 3 Mr J Pritchard Webb (7) Irish Hawke [T] (140) (BF) D McCain 6 10 9 Miss Ella McCain (5) Marlborough 5.30 - Diamond Guy (nap) 6.00 - Tb Broke Her 6.30 - Nightfly 7.00 - Monbeg Legend 7.30 - Red Admirable 8.00 - Blazon 8.30 - Lust For Glory 15 57- Helf [B,T] (17) Oliver Greenall 4 10 4 Mr Alex Edwards S.P. f’cast: 9-2 Blazon, 5-1 Nikki Steel, 7-1 Hit And Run, 8-1 Goal, 10-1 Irish Hawke, Crafty Roberto, Ormskirk, 14-1 Others. 8.30 Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (4) 2m £3,899 1 Big Fiddle (WS) R Phillips 5 11 0 S Twiston-Davies Briery Bunny (WS) O Sherwood 6 11 0 T Garner (3) 2 3 26- Cheeky Chica (125) N Mulholland 5 11 0 B J Powell 4 13- Lust For Glory (80) (BF) N Henderson 5 11 0 J McGrath Kielan Woods 5 11- Sheila Tanist [T] (58) B Case 5 11 0 D Jacob 6 0- Step You Gaily (74) B Pauling 5 11 0 Stoney Cross R Phillips 6 11 0 T Bellamy 7 R T Dunne 8 /0- Zarocco (19) Tom Lacey 5 11 0 Amethea B Pauling 4 10 10 N De Boinville 9 10 Crackle Lyn Rosie E Williams 4 10 10 A Wedge H Cobden 11 43- My Lady Grey (18) C Tizzard 4 10 10 12 23- Perfect Myth (83) (BF) H Whittington 4 10 10 S Sheppard (3) 13 0- Rose To Fame (64) (BF) K Bailey 4 10 10 M Hamill (5) 14 3- Ruby Tiger (38) H Daly 4 10 10 A Tinkler Storm Goddess C Longsdon 4 10 10 Jonathan Burke 15 Tarsini K Bishop 4 10 10 Mr L Williams (7) 16 S.P. f’cast: 5-2 Lust For Glory, 6-1 My Lady Grey, 8-1 Perfect Myth, 10-1 Zarocco, 12-1 Briery Bunny, Amethea, 14-1 Others. Whistler’s Nap Hinde Street (3.20 Thirsk) is today’s nap for Whistler (Marcus Armytage) of The Sunday Telegraph. Fakenham 4.05 - Amuletum 4.35 - Sharp Operator 5.05 - Ocean Temptress Going: Good-good to firm in places TV: Sky 415 Draw: In sprint races low numbers tend to have an advantage over five furlongs, high best over six furlongs. given reasonable circumstances she should be ready to run in August as a preparation for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.” The disappointment will at least save jockey Frankie Dettori the unenviable task of choosing between her and Cracksman for the first half of the season. Aidan O’Brien’s dual Classic winner Capri is also likely to miss the Coronation Cup. The winner of the Irish Derby and St Leger last season scored at Naas on his seasonal debut last month, but has bruised his shoulder. “He is just not 100 per cent yet so I wouldn’t say he will make Epsom [Coronation Cup],” said O’Brien. The trainer does have a live hope for the race though after Cliffs Of Moher returned to form in yesterday’s Moorsbridge Stakes at Naas. O’Brien also reported that Saxon Warrior had emerged from his Qipco 2,000 Guineas victory in good form and will head straight to Epsom for the Investec Derby. 6.30 Pinckney’s Gin Handicap Chase (4) 2m £6,238 2.00 Bet Online Now! starsports.bet Handicap (5) 5f £3,752 1 213 Upavon (33) (CD)(C) A Carroll 8 9 7 A Kirby 2 H Crouch 4 2 231 Pride Of Angels (24) G L Moore 5 9 7 3 621 Foxtrot Knight (6) (D) Mrs R Carr 6 9 0 Jane Elliott (5) 3 4 184 Roundabout Magic (8) (D) S Dow 4 8 11 N Mackay 1 S.P. f’cast: 11-8 Foxtrot Knight, 11-4 Pride Of Angels, 3-1 Upavon, 6-1 Roundabout Magic. 2.30 Novice Stakes (5) 5f £3,752 1 17- Global Passion (229) (D) C Hills 3 9 9 G Mosse 8 Bidaaya Frank Bishop 5 9 6 J F Egan 7 2 L Morris 3 3 38- Bbob Alula (244) W G M Turner 3 9 2 Maximum Power Tim Pinfield 3 9 2 J Haynes 4 4 J Watson (5) 2 5 45 Q Twenty Boy (33) M Usher 3 9 2 P Cosgrave 5 6 5 Soumei (47) Ed Walker 3 9 2 S Levey 6 7 5-4 Haylah (34) R Hannon 3 8 11 Fran Berry 9 8 5- Hedonism [H] (231) H Candy 3 8 11 9 36- Midnight Guest (158) G Margarson 3 8 11 T Queally 1 S.P. f’cast: 2-1 Haylah, 3-1 Global Passion, 4-1 Hedonism, 6-1 Soumei, 12-1 Midnight Guest, 14-1 Bbob Alula, 20-1 Others. 3.00 starsports_bet Handicap (6) 3YO 7f £3,105 1 -57 Kachumba (34) R Guest 9 9 S Woods (7) 3 S De Sousa 11 2 5-9 Racehorse (20) H Morrison 9 7 Fran Berry 10 3 60- Prezzie (223) W Muir 9 4 D Muscutt 7 4 709 Thama [B,T] (28) Mrs I G-Leveque 9 3 5 846 Silverturnstogold (32) (BF) N Mulholland 9 3 A Kirby 9 L Keniry 5 6 -93 Lyford [B] (13) S Kirk 9 1 L Morris 6 7 -56 River Rule (55) A Carroll 8 12 Hollie Doyle 1 8 520 Following Breeze (18) J Boyle 8 10 J Mitchell 8 9 6-7 Calvin’s Gal (7) J Ryan 8 10 W Cox (5) 4 10460 Dragon Tattoo [P] (25) Mrs L Jewell 8 9 C Bennett (3) 2 11 -28 Dolydaydream (34) P Phelan 8 8 S.P. f’cast: 2-1 Silverturnstogold, 10-3 Racehorse, 7-1 Dolydaydream, 8-1 Following Breeze, Kachumba, 14-1 Others. 1 1-1 Spirit Of Belle [B] (25) (D) P Cole 4 10 2 R Da Silva 6 2 75- Lord Clenaghcastle (219) (CD)(C) G L Moore 4 10 0 H Crouch 5 3 751 Black Caesar (7) (C) P Hide 7 9 13(6ex) J Watson (5) 7 A Kirby 1 4 557 Eltezam (14) Mrs A Perrett 5 9 9 5 48- Sarangoo (231) (C) M Saunders 10 9 1 Georgia Cox (3) 3 6 813 Andalusite [V] (14) (CD)(C)(D) J Gallagher 5 9 0 D Probert 2 7 -22 Ateem (24) R Hannon 3 9 0 S Levey 4 S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Ateem, 7-2 Spirit Of Belle, 4-1 Black Caesar, 6-1 Lord Clenaghcastle, 7-1 Andalusite, 10-1 Eltezam, 16-1 Sarangoo. 4.05 Handicap (5) 1m 4f £3,752 1 79- American History [P] (187) (C) W Muir 4 9 7 S De Sousa 2 2 -73 Iballisticvin (5) (CD)(C)(D) G L Moore 5 9 7 A Kirby 1 3 -53 Amanto [P,T] (27) (D) Ali Stronge 8 9 7 G Wood (3) 5 4 806 Becca Campbell [P] (14) (C)(D) E J-Houghton 5 9 6 C Bishop 6 5 121 Esspeegee [P] (41) (CD)(D) A Bailey 5 9 5 Darragh Keenan (7) 4 6 322 Amuletum (15) P Chapple-Hyam 4 9 3 O Murphy 3 7 -31 Archimento (7) (C) P Hide 5 9 2 J Watson (5) 7 8 509 Roy Rocket (34) (CD)(C) J Berry 8 8 7 J F Egan 8 S.P. f’cast: 11-4 Amuletum, 4-1 Esspeegee, 9-2 Iballisticvin, 5-1 Archimento, 6-1 Amanto, 10-1 American History, 14-1 Others. 4.35 Star Sports Mayfair Classified Stakes (6) 1m £3,105 1 576 Baby Gal (62) J Boyle 4 9 7 P Cosgrave 1 S De Sousa 5 2 445 Joyful Dream [B] (14) J Butler 4 9 7 3 420 Quick Monet [H] (10) S A Harris 5 9 7 C Bennett (3) 6 4 09- Ripper Street [H] (168) C Dunnett 4 9 7 Jessica Cooley (7) 4 5 324 Sharp Operator [H] (14) C Wallis 5 9 7 W Carson 2 T Whelan 8 6 776 Spike’s Princess [B] (9) B Barr 4 9 7 C Bishop 7 7 217 Tarseekh [V] (34) (D) C Gordon 5 9 7 J F Egan 3 8 9-5 Captain Kissinger (28) J Hughes 3 8 8 9 0-8 Hidden Dream [P] (7) Mrs C Dunnett 3 8 8 L Morris 10 10 76- Navarra Princess [B] (140) (BF) D Cantillon 3 8 8 D Probert 9 S.P. f’cast: 11-4 Sharp Operator, 3-1 Navarra Princess, 5-1 Tarseekh, 6-1 Baby Gal, 7-1 Joyful Dream, 12-1 Others. 5.05 Star Sports Handicap (5) 7f £3,752 1 4-6 Ocean Temptress [P] (14) (CD) J Ryan 4 9 8 L Morris 7 P Cosgrave 4 2 32- Balgair (188) (D) (BF) Tom Clover 4 9 7 3 748 Daring Guest (27) (D) G Margarson 4 9 6 Jane Elliott (5) 2 4 389 Narjes [H] (53) Mrs L Mongan 4 9 4 J Watson (5) 5 5 3-5 Nutini (15) M Saunders 5 9 0 L Keniry 1 C Shepherd 6 6 124 Haraz [B,H] (27) P Butler 5 8 12 7 8-2 Duke Of North (7) (C)(D) J Boyle 6 8 12 Isobel Francis (7) 3 S.P. f’cast: 5-2 Balgair, 3-1 Duke Of North, 5-1 Nutini, 7-1 Haraz, 8-1 Daring Guest, Ocean Temptress, 10-1 Narjes. 3.45 Norfolk National Handicap Chase (3) 3m 5f £19,754 Marlborough Ascendant (53) (CD)(C)(D) J Farrelly 12 11 12 P Cowley Blackadder (26) M Gillard 6 10 12 H Stock (3) Hatem [B] (F24) N Littmoden 5 10 12 Fergus Gregory Next Exit [T] (133) J Cornwall 13 10 12 M Kendrick Tiger Trek [P] (320) (D) Dr R Newland 9 10 12 C Hammond (6) 6 80- Classical Rock [B] (107) D P Quinn 4 10 8 T Cheesman S.P. f’cast: 5-4 Tiger Trek, 11-8 Ascendant, 9-2 Hatem, 25-1 Classical Rock, 33-1 Blackadder, 50-1 Next Exit. Court King [H] (157) (BF) P Bowen 7 11 12 S Bowen Set List (18) D Skelton 9 11 10 D England Some Kinda Lama [B,T] (93) C Mann 7 11 9 H Bannister Emerald Rose [P] (45) (C) J S Smith 11 11 6 M Grant Washed Ashore (89) Jonjo O’Neill 7 11 5 R McLernon No Buts (23) D Bridgwater 10 11 4 H Stock (5) Cap Horner (23) J W Mullins 6 11 4 A Thornton Mercers Court (16) (C) N King 10 11 4 Miss G Andrews (3) Grove Silver [V] (30) (BF) J Candlish 9 11 3 S Quinlan Hedgeinator [P] (116) C Williams 8 11 3 J Bowen (3) Talk Of The South (38) (D) (BF) P Henderson 9 10 11 T J O’Brien 12 5P- Shinooki [P] (18) (C) A Hales 11 10 9 C Deutsch 13 72- Frank N Fair (23) Miss Z Davison 10 10 6 Miss Page Fuller (5) S.P. f’cast: 4-1 Hedgeinator, 6-1 Cap Horner, 8-1 Grove Silver, Court King, Emerald Rose, 10-1 Others. 2.40 Fakenham Ladies Day Handicap Chase (5) 2m 5f £4,809 4.15 TBA Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (4) 2m 4f £5,458 2.10 - Ascendant 2.40 - Whos De Baby 3.10 - Chimes Of Dylan 3.45 - Set List 4.15 - Potters Midnight (nb) 4.45 - Bound For Glory Going: Good TV: Sky 415 [B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces 2.10 Conditional Jockeys’ Selling Hurdle (5) 2m £4,159 1 2 3 4 5 11/0697834- 1 25- Caviar D’Allen (43) (BF) C Williams 6 12 2 J Bowen (3) 2 45- How About It [P] (43) (D) A Dunn 9 11 12 Mr J Smith-Maxwell (7) 3 69- Postbridge [T,WS] (106) S Humphrey 7 11 9 Mr R Collinson (7) 4 32- King Cool [T,V] (37) G L Moore 7 11 7 Jamie Moore 5 26- Whos De Baby [P] (216) S-J Davies 10 11 6 C Hammond (7) 6 P7- That’s The Deal (14) (CD)(C)(D) J Cornwall 14 11 4 B Poste 7 P4- Easter In Paris (91) (D) P Henderson 9 11 0 T J O’Brien 8 33- Midnight Mustang [P] (14) A Martin 11 10 6 C Deutsch 9 22- Millen Dollar Man [B] (14) A Dunn 9 10 4 R McLernon S.P. f’cast: 3-1 Millen Dollar Man, 4-1 Midnight Mustang, 6-1 King Cool, Caviar D’Allen, Whos De Baby, 8-1 Others. 3.10 Snellings Maiden Hurdle (4) 2m 4f £5,458 1 42- Chimes Of Dylan (18) N King 5 11 2 H Teal (7) 2 14- Don Des Fosses (105) (BF,WS) W Greatrex 5 11 2 H Bannister 3 34- Flynnvincible (89) Olly Murphy 7 11 2 Fergus Gregory (5) 4 33- Hatchet Jack (38) (BF) P Henderson 6 11 2 T J O’Brien 5 9P/ Little Vic (535) Miss Amy Murphy 7 11 2 J Quinlan 6 72- Potters Hedger [P] (27) Mrs L Wadham 6 11 2 J Sherwood (3) 7 93- Touchy Subject (29) Miss J Davis 5 11 2 Miss Page Fuller (5) S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Hatchet Jack, 5-2 Chimes Of Dylan, 4-1 Flynnvincible, 6-1 Don Des Fosses, 13-2 Potters Hedger, 14-1 Touchy Subject, 50-1 Little Vic. 1 3P2 P53 004 335 746 757 138 779 1510 1111 1P- 1 10- Apache Song (19) J Eustace 5 12 1 H Bannister 2 43- Mariah’s Legend [P] (19) Miss Amy Murphy 6 11 12 J Quinlan 3 17- Potters Midnight (38) (C) Mrs L Wadham 8 11 12 J Sherwood (3) 4 P0- Northern Beau [P] (19) M Scudamore 5 11 2 B Poste 5 P9- Amron Kali [T] (29) (CD) P Henderson 8 10 12 T J O’Brien 6 /5- Red Four [P] (28) S-J Davies 8 10 9 C Hammond (7) S.P. f’cast: 9-4 Apache Song, 5-2 Mariah’s Legend, 3-1 Potters Midnight, 11-2 Northern Beau, 14-1 Amron Kali, 16-1 Red Four. 4.45 Turner Trophy Hunters’ Chase (6) 3m £2,365 1 12- Master Workman [P] (16) (CD)(C)(D) D Kemp 12 12 8 Mr D Peters (7) 2 P2- Treat Yourself (12) M Bentham 11 12 4 Mr R Collinson (7) 3 36- Bound For Glory [T] (26) (D) D Fitch-Peyton 12 12 0 Miss H Lewis (5) 4 2-1 Can Mestret (9) (CD)(C)(D) S Andrews 11 12 0 Miss G Andrews 5 35- Caulkin (16) (CD)(C)(D) John Whyte 15 12 0 Miss A Peck (7) 6 11- One Fine Morning (31) (D) T Clover 12 12 0 Mr Charles Clover (7) 7 P3- Paddy The Stout [T] (17) L Humphrey 13 12 0 Mr L Humphrey (7) 8 2F- Sand Blast [P,T] (16) B Dowling 7 12 0 Miss C Williamson (3) 9 U2- Strollawaynow (54) (D) D Arbuthnot 11 12 0 Mr Benedict Shaw (7) S.P. f’cast: 11-4 Sand Blast, 4-1 Master Workman, 5-1 Can Mestret, One Fine Morning, 8-1 Treat Yourself, Bound For Glory, 14-1 Others. Results Ayr Bath Going: Good 2.10 (2m5f91yds h’cap hdle): Final Reminder (G Cockburn 10-1) 1; Devils Water (10-1) 2; Petite Ganache (5-1F) 3; Green Tikkana (20-1) 4. 19 ran. 11/4l, 23/4l, 13/4l. (N Alexander). NR: Top Billing. 2.45 (2m mdn hdle): Return Ticket (B Hughes 11-10F) 1; Swaffham Bulbeck (9-4) 2; An Fear Ciuin (8-1) 3. 8 ran. 6l, 31/2l. (Ruth Jefferson). NRs: Beach Break, Geordielandgangsta. 3.20 (2m mdn hdle): Shankill Castle (B Hughes 20-1) 1; Leostar (3-1) 2; Karamoko (9-2) 3. Captiva Island 6-4F. 10 ran. 11/4l, 11/4l. (R M Smith). 3.55 (3m20yds nov ch): Miles To Milan (A Coleman 6-4) 1; Clondaw Kaempfer (4-6F) 2; Imperial Prince (12-1) 3. 4 ran. 11/4l, 14l. (Olly Murphy). 4.30 (3m70yds h’cap hdle): Tyrell (J Colliver 6-1) 1; Traditional Dancer (7-1) 2; Native Optimist (33-1) 3. Volcanic 10-3F. 9 ran. shd, 7l. (M Hammond). NRs: Imada, Man With Van. 5.05 (2m4f100yds nov hdle): Weebill (A Coleman 5-6F) 1; Bialco (11-8) 2; Expresstime (50-1) 3. 6 ran. 7l, 25l. (Olly Murphy). NR: Left Back. 5.35 (2m4f110yds h’cap ch): Martiloo (H Brooke 5-2) 1; Ulis De Vassy (9-2) 2; Angus Milan (9-2) 3. Rainy City 6-4F. 5 ran. 14l, 3/4l. (Miss P Robson). NRs: Gold Opera, Lough Derg Jewel. 6.10 (2m nh flat): Finawn Bawn (A Coleman 9-4) 1; Leather Belly (22-1) 2; Glinger Flame (15-8F) 3. 10 ran. 8l, shd. (Olly Murphy). NR: Lily’s Gem. Placepot: £123.30. Quadpot: £44.30. Going: Good to firm-firm in places 2.15 (5f10yds nov): Signora Cabello (S De Sousa 11-4) 1; New Queen (8-1) 2; Queen Shaahd (7-2) 3. Karalini 5-2F. 10 ran. 1/2l, nk. (J J Quinn). NR: Quick. 2.50 (5f160yds h’cap): Mooroverthebridge (O Murphy 3-1F) 1; Fantasy Justifier (18-1) 2; Spellmaker (25-1) 3. 10 ran. 11/2l, 2l. (Grace Harris). NRs: Hit The Lights, Prominna. 3.25 (5f160yds h’cap): Catheadans Fury (F Norton 9-2) 1; Dreams Of Glory (10-3F) 2; Whispering Soul (9-1) 3. 9 ran. 3/4l, 1l. (M Bosley). NRs: Divine Call, Spirit of Zebedee. 4.00 (5f10yds nov): Barbill (C Bishop 5-1) 1; Ginger Nut (7-4F) 2; Five Amarones (7-2) 3. 9 ran. 4l, 3/4l. (M Channon). NR: Clevedon. 4.35 (5f160yds h’cap): Tricksy Spirit (C Bishop 9-2) 1; Kimifive (12-1) 2; Wafeer (3-1F) 3. 8 ran. shd, nk. (M Channon). NR: Bezos. 5.10 (5f10yds h’cap): Spot Lite (O Murphy 9-1) 1; Cent Flying (11-10F) 2; Rio Santos (12-1) 3. 7 ran. ns, 1/2l. (B Millman). 5.45 (5f10yds h’cap): King Crimson (C Bishop 11-4F) 1; Met By Moonlight (7-1) 2; Mighty Zip (25-1) 3. 9 ran. 1/2l, 3/4l. (J Butler). NRs: Dramatic Voice, Fareeq. Jackpot: Not won, pool of £6,689.21 carried over. Placepot: £42.70. Quadpot: £7.10. Beverley Going: Good to firm-good in places 1.55 (5f nov): Rockin Roy (Daniel Tudhope 3-1JF) 1; The Great Heir (4-1) 2; Zebzardee (8-1) 3. Howzer Black 3-1JF. 10 ran. 13/4l, 31/4l. (Archie Watson). 2.30 (5f nov): Wasntexpectingthat (P Hanagan 13-8F) 1; Big Ace (10-3) 2; Minas Gerais (8-1) 3. 9 ran. 1/2l, nk. (R Fahey). 3.05 (5f h’cap): Bahuta Acha (Ben Curtis 25-1) 1; Tiger Lyon (20-1) 2; Mosseyb (16-1) 3. Big Brave Bob 5-2F. 10 ran. nk, 21/2l. (David Loughnane). 3.40 (7f96yds h’cap): Nature Boy (Daniel Tudhope 6-1) 1; Hitman (10-1) 2; Relight My Fire (12-1) 3; Make On Madam (10-1) 4. Tadaany 5-1F. 16 ran. 1/2l, 3l, nk. (D O’Meara). 4.15 (1m1f207yds h’cap): Detachment (Jane Elliott 7-2) 1; Jacbequick (11-4) 2; X Rated (5-2F) 3. 8 ran. nk, 31/2l. (J L Eyre). 4.50 (1m100yds h’cap): Society Red (P Hanagan 13-8F) 1; Areen Heart (5-2) 2; Dawaaleeb (3-1) 3. 7 ran. nk, hd. (R Fahey). NRs: Boots And Spurs, Showboating, Zeshov. 5.25 (1m1f207yds nov): Expensive Liaison (Ben Curtis 5-4F) 1; Burgonet (6-1) 2; Rococo (11-4) 3. 9 ran. shd, 21/2l. (H Palmer). NR: Alexis Carrington. 6.00 (7f96yds h’cap): Christmas Night (Ben Robinson 16-1) 1; Ideal Candy (22-1) 2; Mearing (7-1) 3. Bee Machine 9-2F. 15 ran. 2l, 1/2l. (O Pears). NR: Luola. Placepot: £995.10. Quadpot: £254.80. Kempton Going: Good-good to firm in places 1.45 (2m nov hdle): Eskendash (R Johnson 6-5F) 1; Choix Des Armes (9-4) 2; Movie Set (5-2) 3. 7 ran. 6l, 6l. (Mrs P Sly). 2.20 (2m4f110yds nov ch): Amour de Nuit (S TwistonDavies 5-6F) 1; Another Stowaway (9-4) 2; Wishfull Dreaming (3-1) 3. 3 ran. 5l, 45l. (P Nicholls). 2.55 (3m110yds nov hdle): Secret Investor (S TwistonDavies 5-4F) 1; Oakley Hall (5-2) 2; Always On The Ball (25-1) 3. 5 ran. 8l, 31l. (P Nicholls). 3.30 (3m h’cap ch): Bugsie Malone (T Cannon 5-2F) 1; Minella Daddy (9-2) 2; Buster Thomas (7-2) 3. 6 ran. 13/4l, nk. (C Gordon). NR: Vino Griego. 4.05 (2m5f h’cap hdle): Faint Hope (L Heard 9-1) 1; Spin A Yarn (4-1CF) 2; Fixed Rate (8-1) 3. Rothman 4-1CF, North Hill 4-1CF. 9 ran. 11/2l, 1l. (Grace Harris). 4.40 (2m2f h’cap ch): Imperial Presence (R Johnson 7-2) 1; Ashoka (5-1) 2; Vaniteux (5-1) 3. Peter The Mayo Man 5-2F. 8 ran. 7l, 17l. (P Hobbs). 5.15 (2m h’cap hdle): Canoodle (D Crosse 5-2) 1; Cascaye (10-1) 2; Grania O’Malley (9-2) 3. Holly Flight 9-4F. 9 ran. 1l, 5l. (H Morrison). NR: She’s Gina. Placepot: £50.20. Quadpot: £23.30. Warwick Going: Good 1.30 (2m3f nov hdle): Gortroe Joe (H Skelton 5-4F) 1; Lungarno Palace (4-1) 2; Mahlermade (15-2) 3. 12 ran. 1/2l, 11l. (D Skelton). NR: Javert. 2.05 (2m mdn hdle): Simply The Betts (D Jacob 3-10F) 1; Amoola Gold (3-1) 2; Daylami Kirk (16-1) 3. 11 ran. 8l, 12l. (H Whittington). 2.40 (2m54yds h’cap nov ch): Hargam (R McLernon 7-2JF) 1; Free Stone Hill (7-2JF) 2; Windspiel (20-1) 3. 10 ran. 5l, 13/4l. (J J Quinn). 3.15 (2m4f h’cap ch): Easy Street (R McLernon 16-1) 1; Pretty Reckless (7-1) 2; Gun Shy (20-1) 3. Masterplan 10-3F. 9 ran. 7l, 12l. (Jonjo O’Neill). NR: Minella Scamp. 3.50 (2m h’cap hdle): Bandsman (H Skelton 13-8F) 1; Innocent Touch (8-1) 2; Leapaway (14-1) 3. 13 ran. 8l, 21/2l. (D Skelton). 4.25 (2m3f h’cap hdle): Chatelier (J Nixon 8-1) 1; Druid’s Folly (11-2) 2; Red Tortue (10-1) 3; Be Daring (11-2) 4. Xhale 9-2F. 16 ran. 1/2l, 7l, 21/4l. (S Drinkwater). NRs: Calarules, Comragh. 5.00 (3m1f h’cap hdle): Ring Minella (P Brennan 5-1) 1; Strawberry Spirit (16-1) 2; Indian Reel (8-1) 3. Breaking Ground 11-4F. 10 ran. 1/2l, 1/2l. (P Henderson). 5.30 (3m1f h’cap hdle): Hoo Bally Diva (Sean Houlihan 9-2) 1; Hollow Park (5-2F) 2; Mauna Kea (7-1) 3. 7 ran. 3/4l, 31/2l. (R Buckler). NRs: Snowball, Tailor Tom. Placepot: £38.40. Quadpot: £41.40. Windsor Going: Good to firm 2.00 (6f12yds h’cap): Porto Ferro (Sophie Ralston 3-1) 1; Desert Fox (7-2) 2; Winklemann (14-1) 3. Baltic Prince 9-4F. 7 ran. 21/4l, 31/2l. (J Bridger). NR: All Or Nothin. 2.35 (6f12yds h’cap): Englishman (L Keniry 20-1) 1; Open Wide (6-1) 2; Delagate This Lord (7-2F) 3. 10 ran. 1/2l, nk. (J Bradley). NR: Blitz. 3.10 (1m3f99yds h’cap): Voi (A Atzeni 7-2) 1; All My Love (13-2) 2; Tarte Tropezienne (5-4F) 3. 5 ran. ns, 5l. (C Allen). 3.45 (1m2f h’cap): Nayel (S Levey 8-1) 1; Come On Come On (9-4F) 2; Hollywood Road (12-1) 3. 9 ran. nk, nk. (R Hannon). NRs: Ay Ay, Tomahawk Kid, Towerlands Park. 4.20 (1m31yds h’cap): Medburn Dream (A Atzeni 5-1) 1; Considered Opinion (9-2) 2; First Selection (5-2F) 3. 8 ran. 23/4l, 3/4l. (P Hedger). 4.55 (1m31yds nov): Employer (James Doyle 15-8F) 1; Armed (20-1) 2; Mutafani (16-1) 3. 13 ran. 3/4l, hd. (H Palmer). NR: Progressive Dawn. 5.30 (1m31yds nov): Silver Quartz (James Doyle 10-11F) 1; Bullingdon (10-3) 2; Birthright (14-1) 3. 13 ran. 41/2l, 21/2l. (H Palmer). NR: Brancaster. 6.05 (5f21yds h’cap): Spring Romance (J Duern 9-2) 1; Kodiac Express (4-1CF) 2; Bobby’s Charm (4-1CF) 3. Dreamboat Annie 4-1CF. 8 ran. 3/4l, 1/2l. (D Ivory). Placepot: £60.50. Quadpot: £14.40. *** The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 8 May 2018 15 Sport Racing Exeter Going: Good-good to soft in places TV: Sky 432 & Virgin 536 Marlborough 5.50 - Secret Escape 6.20 - Champ 6.50 - Just A Sting [B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces 7.20 - Triple Chief 7.50 - The Two Amigos 8.20 - Master Card 5.50 Heavitree Mares’ Maiden Hurdle (4) 2m 1f £4,224 1 Admiral’s Sunset (F216) D Weston 5 10 12 D Bass 2 /8- Arthur’s Queen (F292) C J Gray 7 10 12 R Hawker (5) 3 00- Celtic Style (29) Miss L Blackford 5 10 12 Conor Smith (5) 4 07- Dubai Dirham (23) Miss S Smith 5 10 12 P Brennan 5 79- Kentford Mallard (98) J W Mullins 5 10 12 D Sansom (5) 6 38- Mrs Miggins (57) D Pipe 5 10 12 T Scudamore 7 9- Never Go Short (74) T R George 6 10 12 James Best 8 88- Oborne Lady (13) J W Mullins 5 10 12 Kevin Jones (5) 9 P8- Quite Right (52) P Gundry 7 10 12 N Scholfield 10 46- Secret Escape (26) D McCain 6 10 12 B Hughes 11 00- Spirit Of Mendip [H] (13) P Hobbs 5 10 12 R Johnson W Hutchinson 12 26- Tillythetank (174) A King 5 10 12 S.P. f’cast: 6-4 Secret Escape, 11-4 Tillythetank, 8-1 Dubai Dirham, 10-1 Admiral’s Sunset, Mrs Miggins, 12-1 Spirit Of Mendip, Never Go Short, 20-1 Oborne Lady, 25-1 Others. 6.50 Ship Inn Teignmouth Handicap Hurdle (3) 2m 7f £9,097 7.20 Heavitree Brewery Handicap Chase (3) 2m 3f £9,747 1 F- Barn Hill (159) P Hobbs 6 10 12 Sean Houlihan (5) 2 04- Beyond Supremacy (14) Jack Barber 6 10 12 N Scholfield M Griffiths 3 43- Buster Moon (48) J Scott 6 10 12 4 /2- Champ (108) (BF) N Henderson 6 10 12 A Coleman D Bass 5 40- Commodore Barry (43) (BF) K Bailey 5 10 12 6 56- Ericas Lad [P] (21) Miss J Du Plessis 7 10 12 James Best 7 37- Here’s Bingo (74) Mrs S Gardner 5 10 12 R Hawker (5) 8 47- Just Midas (40) D Pipe 5 10 12 D G Noonan 9 F8- Menapian (86) Mrs H Nelmes 7 10 12 C Ring (3) 10 2/ Orchard Thieves (808) D Pipe 6 10 12 T Scudamore P Brennan 11 95- Out Of Style (16) F O’Brien 7 10 12 R Johnson 12 27- Rockpoint (73) C Tizzard 5 10 12 A Glassonbury 13 7P- Scrupuleux [H] (14) C Down 7 10 12 14 55- Serosevsky [T] (16) H Fry 5 10 12 N P Madden S.P. f’cast: 10-11 Champ, 10-3 Rockpoint, 12-1 Commodore Barry, Barn Hill, 14-1 Orchard Thieves, Buster Moon, Serosevsky, 16-1 Out Of Style, 20-1 Others. 1 41- Katy P (251) (D) P Hobbs 6 11 12 Sean Houlihan (5) 2 U7- Zero Grand (29) (CD) J Farrelly 7 11 11 T Cannon 3 24- Coningsby (52) Tom Lacey 5 11 11 Mr Thomas O’Brien (5) 4 P0- Friday Night Light [P,T] (10) D Pipe 5 11 10 T Scudamore Mr M Legg (5) 5 38- Just A Sting (52) (C) (BF) H Fry 6 11 9 6 50- Mon Palois (80) (D) K Bailey 6 11 6 D Bass R Johnson 7 88- Contented [B] (17) P Hobbs 5 11 5 A Coleman 8 P5- Join The Clan [P] (89) Jonjo O’Neill 9 11 4 9 5P- Ballyrock [T,V] (59) (D) T Vaughan 12 11 1 D G Noonan 10 24- Kentford Heiress (29) J W Mullins 8 11 1 D Sansom (5) 11 48- Max Forte [P] (14) C Down 8 11 0 Bryony Frost (3) 12 4P- City Supreme [T] (41) A Honeyball 8 11 0 B Hughes 13 64- Waterloo Warrior [B,T] (16) C Tizzard 6 10 13 P Brennan 14 31- Jully Les Buxy [P,T] (21) (CD) K Burke 8 10 8 N Scholfield 15 27- Eddy [T] (136) (C)(D) Mrs S Gardner 9 10 3 C Shoemark S.P. f’cast: 9-2 Coningsby, 7-1 Contented, Just A Sting, Jully Les Buxy, 8-1 Katy P, 10-1 Friday Night Light, Waterloo Warrior, 14-1 Join The Clan, City Supreme, Kentford Heiress, 16-1 Others. Marquis Of Carabas (27) (D) D Dennis 8 12 1 B Hughes Conna Cross (29) J Farrelly 7 12 0 James Best Kings Lad [T] (32) (D) C Tizzard 11 11 12 T Scudamore Perfect Timing [P] (145) N Mulholland 10 11 11 H Reed (5) Above Board (182) (D, WS) (BF) J O’Neill 7 11 11 A Coleman Admiral’s Secret [T] (17) V Dartnall 7 11 7 C Shoemark Lip Service [H] (27) F O’Brien 9 11 5 P Brennan Casper King [B] (30) (C) P Hobbs 7 11 4 R Johnson Innocent Girl [H,T] (248) (D) H Fry 9 11 3 K Edgar (3) Triple Chief [P] (57) (CD)(D) (BF) J Frost 7 11 1 Bryony Frost (3) Dark Mahler (118) (WS) E Lavelle 7 11 0 N Scholfield Bredon Hill Lad [P,T] (37) (C) Mrs S Gardner 11 10 7 Sean Houlihan (5) S.P. f’cast: 5-1 Admiral’s Secret, 11-2 Innocent Girl, 6-1 Conna Cross, 8-1 Above Board, Triple Chief, Dark Mahler, 10-1 Others. 2.20 EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Plus 10) (4) 3YO 7f £5,822 3.20 Racing UK Novice Stakes (3) 3YO 1m 4f £9,704 11 30- Tallinski (210) (D) B Ellison 4 8 13 Ben Robinson (5) 3 12723 Bogart [P,T] (12) (D) (BF) K Ryan 9 8 13 T Eaves 13 13 60- Computable (262) (D) T Easterby 4 8 12 Rachel Richardson (3) 16 14 9-4 War Whisper (36) (D) P Midgley 5 8 9 J Fanning 6 15 -54 Acclaim The Nation [P] (15) (D) E Alston 5 8 8 J Hart 10 16 9-7 Grandad’s World (12) (D) R Fahey 6 8 8 P Hanagan 2 S.P. f’cast: 11-2 Elysian Flyer, 6-1 Bogart, 7-1 Rasheeq, Poyle Vinnie, 8-1 Muatadel, 10-1 Signore Piccolo, 14-1 Grandad’s World, Patrick, Discreet Hero, Liquid, 16-1 Others. 6.20 ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle (4) 2m 2f 111yds £4,224 1 642 013 564 6P5 1P6 117 5P8 PP9 2210 1611 1612 33- 7.50 Intermediate Hunters’ Chase (6) 3m £2,340 1 2 3 4 5 PPP-3 227P11- Brandy And Red (21) P D Rogers 9 11 10 Mr J Newman (3) Creative Inerta [T] (9) (D) B Clarke 8 11 10 Mr R Dingle (7) Golander (10) (D) G Chambers 8 11 10 Mr B R Jones (7) The Lizard King [P] (26) (D) N Martin 9 11 10 Mr N Lawton (7) The Two Amigos (17) (D) N Martin 6 11 10 Mr D Edwards 6 11- Mistress Massini (10) (D) T Clark 7 11 3 Mr W Biddick S.P. f’cast: 10-11 The Two Amigos, 11-8 Mistress Massini, 14-1 Creative Inerta, The Lizard King, 33-1 Golander, Brandy And Red. 8.20 Standard Open NH Flat Race (5) 2m 1f £2,274 1 Earth Spirit Jack Barber 5 11 2 N Scholfield 2 7- Master Card (88) W Greatrex 5 11 2 T Greatrex (7) 3 /3- Net De Treve (158) T R George 5 11 2 James Best 4 5- Nifty At Fifty (29) J Scott 5 11 2 M Griffiths 5 24- Rhythm Is A Dancer [T] (52) P Nicholls 5 11 2 Bryony Frost (3) 6 /0- Rowley Park (133) Miss L Blackford 5 11 2 Conor Smith (5) 7 Drift Rock P Bowen 4 10 12 T Cannon R Johnson 8 4- Earth Moor (29) P Hobbs 4 10 12 Fly To Mars C Tizzard 4 10 12 D G Noonan 9 10 Global Rhapsody N Mulholland 4 10 12 T Scudamore Grey Diamond A King 4 10 12 W Hutchinson 11 Jeremiah James H Fry 4 10 12 K Edgar (3) 12 13 43- Kauto The King [T] (29) C Tizzard 4 10 12 P Brennan Rufio H Fry 4 10 12 N P Madden 14 15 5- Shiroccan Roll (157) Emma Lavelle 4 10 12 A Coleman 16 46- Theatre Mix (57) Miss J Du Plessis 5 10 9 Mrs Jo Buck (7) S.P. f’cast: 9-2 Rhythm Is A Dancer, 6-1 Kauto The King, 7-1 Rufio, 8-1 Grey Diamond, Net De Treve, Earth Moor, 10-1 Others. Thirsk Marlborough 1.50 - Victory Command 2.20 - Mystic Meg 2.50 - Yeah Baby Yeah 3.20 - Hinde Street 3.55 - Elysian Flyer 4.25 - Militia 4.55 - Bold Spirit 5.25 - Mango Chutney Going: Good to firm TV: Sky 432 & Virgin 536 Draw: High numbers best on the straight course, low numbers best at 7f & 1m [B] Blinkers [V] Visor [E] Eyeshield [T] Tongue Strap [P] Cheekpieces 1.50 racinguk.com Novice Auction Stakes (5) 2YO 5f £3,881 1 22 Bengali Spirit (15) R Fahey 9 2 P Hanagan 6 2 7 Blazing Dreams (10) B Haslam 9 2 C Hardie 2 L Edmunds (3) 8 3 6 Bouncin Back (10) N Tinkler 9 2 4 Fastman D O’Meara 9 2 Daniel Tudhope 5 Mazeo Lad Miss Amy Murphy 9 2 L De Souza 7 5 6 Melgate Magic M W Easterby 9 2 Nathan Evans 4 7 Victory Command M Johnston 9 2 P J McDonald 9 8 3 Dragon Beat (17) T Coyle 8 11 D Costello 3 Lorton Julie Camacho 8 11 P Mulrennan 1 9 S.P. f’cast: 11-8 Bengali Spirit, 11-4 Victory Command, 6-1 Fastman, 10-1 Dragon Beat, 14-1 Lorton, 16-1 Melgate Magic, Mazeo Lad, 25-1 Blazing Dreams, Bouncin Back. 1 0 Angel Of The North (19) Miss G Kelleway 9 0 P J McDonald 7 Bea Ryan D Carroll 9 0 T Eaves 5 2 Herringswell H Spiller 9 0 DOUBTFUL 3 3 S Donohoe 11 4 0 Lady Safeara (19) C Fellowes 9 0 Makawee D O’Meara 9 0 Daniel Tudhope 8 5 Margie’s Choice J Gosden 9 0 R Havlin 9 6 D Brock 1 7 2- Mystic Meg (227) (BF) H Palmer 9 0 M Dwyer 4 8 7 Private Cashier [H] (18) A Balding 9 0 P Mulrennan 10 9 9- Snowdon (241) M Dods 9 0 J Hart 6 10 6 Solar Princess (15) M Walford 9 0 D Allan 2 11 0 Twilight (11) T Easterby 9 0 S.P. f’cast: 6-4 Mystic Meg, 2-1 Margie’s Choice, 6-1 Makawee, 12-1 Private Cashier, 16-1 Snowdon, Bea Ryan, 20-1 Others. 2.50 Racing UK Fillies’ Handicap (4) 1m £5,693 1 422 Yeah Baby Yeah [P,T] (10) Miss G Kelleway 5 9 7 P J McDonald 4 S Donohoe 6 2 302 Feathery [T] (7) C Fellowes 4 9 6 D Allan 2 3 2-6 Fashion Theory (10) T Easterby 4 9 2 4 0-0 Miss Sheridan (15) (D) M W Easterby 4 9 1 H Shaw (5) 1 J Fanning 5 5 7-7 Forever A Lady (4) K Dalgleish 5 8 12 A Mullen 3 6 -90 Palenville (17) G Tuer 5 8 7 S.P. f’cast: Evens Feathery, 11-4 Yeah Baby Yeah, 7-1 Fashion Theory, 10-1 Forever A Lady, 12-1 Miss Sheridan, 14-1 Palenville. 1 -15 Bartholomeu Dias (18) C Hills 9 8 P Hanagan 6 2 1 Hinde Street (24) J Gosden 9 8 R Havlin 5 3 31- Lucky Deal (166) M Johnston 9 8 P J McDonald 8 4 36 Blazing Saddles (17) R Beckett 9 2 Daniel Tudhope 4 5 5 Caliburn (19) H Palmer 9 2 Josephine Gordon 3 6 0 Colenso (15) A Balding 9 2 DOUBTFUL 7 7 8- Great Beyond (181) R Charlton 9 2 K Shoemark 2 8 Wardaddy K Dalgleish 9 2 P Mulrennan 1 S.P. f’cast: 7-4 Hinde Street, 5-2 Bartholomeu Dias, 5-1 Blazing Saddles, 7-1 Lucky Deal, 10-1 Great Beyond, 12-1 Caliburn, 25-1 Wardaddy. 3.55 Racing UK On TalkTalk TV Handicap (4) 5f £5,693 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Poyle Vinnie [P] (15) (D) R Carr 8 9 8 J P Sullivan 12 Rasheeq (15) T Easterby 5 9 7 D Allan 11 Discreet Hero (253) (D) N Wilson 5 9 7 C Beasley 7 Zylan [P] (10) (D) Roger Fell 6 9 7 B Sanderson (7) 5 Bashiba [T] (207) (D) N Tinkler 7 9 3 L Edmunds (3) 15 Patrick (38) (D) P Midgley 6 9 2 P Mulrennan 4 Signore Piccolo [H] (11) (D) David Loughnane 7 9 2 Ben Curtis 14 8 35- Muatadel (197) (D) Roger Fell 5 9 1 T Hamilton 8 9 196 Liquid (26) (CD)(D) T D Barron 4 9 1 P J McDonald 1 G Lee 9 10 0-2 Elysian Flyer (19) (CD) P Midgley 6 9 0 024 0-5 14100 007-7 3-5 4.25 ‘Irish Day’ At thirskraces Maiden Stakes (5) 5f £3,881 1 It’s Never Enough (J174) J Ewart 4 9 12 P Mulrennan 2 2 70- Redeeming (262) E Alston 4 9 12 J Hart 1 3 362 Capla Demon [B] (8) G Kelleway 3 9 3 DOUBTFUL 11 4 99- Cavendish Place (279) D Brown 3 9 3 T Eaves 3 J Garritty 8 5 99 Gorgeous General (19) L Mullaney 3 9 3 6 53 Hop Maddocks (8) T D Barron 3 9 3 Ben Curtis 6 7 33- Militia (182) (BF) R Fahey 3 9 3 P Hanagan 9 8 Fairy Falcon B Smart 3 8 12 Daniel Tudhope 5 9 5-5 Liamba (11) D O’Meara 3 8 12 S James 4 Madam Devious R Cowell 3 8 12 R Havlin 7 10 11 02- Paco Escostar (210) P Midgley 3 8 12 C Hardie 10 S.P. f’cast: 15-8 Militia, 10-3 Fairy Falcon, 5-1 Madam Devious, 6-1 Paco Escostar, 7-1 Hop Maddocks, 12-1 It’s Never Enough, 14-1 Liamba, 50-1 Cavendish Place, 66-1 Others. 4.55 Handicap (Div 1) (5) 1m £3,752 1 0-6 Palmerston (12) (CD)(D) Mrs M Fife 5 9 7 D Costello 5 Ger O’Neill (5) 9 2 411 Bold Spirit [T] (11) D Carroll 7 9 6 3 653 Zeshov [P] (12) (D) R Bastiman 7 9 4 Daniel Tudhope 2 G Lee 8 4 7-8 Midnight Macchiato (123) (C) D Brown 5 9 4 J P Sullivan 4 5 8-0 Wasm (17) Mrs R Carr 4 9 1 6 -54 Planetaria (47) (D) Julie Camacho 5 9 0 P Mulrennan 1 J Garritty 3 7 90- Whitkirk (185) (D) J O’Keeffe 5 8 13 8 -79 Rock Warbler [H,T] (17) (D) O Greenall 5 8 13 P Hanagan 6 9 4-0 Munthany (13) T Easterby 4 8 12 D Allan 7 S.P. f’cast: 11-4 Bold Spirit, 9-2 Planetaria, 6-1 Whitkirk, 7-1 Zeshov, 8-1 Munthany, Palmerston, 10-1 Others. 5.25 Handicap (Div 2) (5) 1m £3,752 1 03- Mywayistheonlyway (221) G Tuer 5 9 7 C Beasley 4 Daniel Tudhope 6 2 -27 Wonderfillo (89) D O’Meara 4 9 6 3 2-0 Edgar Allan Poe (17) (D) R Bastiman 4 9 4 Phil Dennis (3) 9 4 8-2 Mango Chutney (9) (C) J J Davies 5 9 3 P Makin 1 5 4-3 Vive La Difference (11) T Easterby 4 9 2 D Fentiman 8 6 8-3 Woody Bay (41) (D) M Walford 8 9 0 J Hart 3 T Eaves 7 7 118 Tagur [P] (45) (D) K Ryan 4 8 13 8 063 Buckland Beau [P] (27) C Fellowes 7 8 13 A Beech (7) 5 9 5-1 Dreamofdiscovery (41) (D) J Camacho 4 8 8 P Hanagan 2 S.P. f’cast: 7-2 Mango Chutney, 4-1 Dreamofdiscovery, 5-1 Buckland Beau, Vive La Difference, 8-1 Wonderfillo, 10-1 Others. 16 ** Tuesday 8 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph Final whistle Everton fans were rightly incensed by one of their own’s backing for Liverpool against Real Madrid, writes Jim White Dawson misses the point of football’s tribalism ou may have heard that Y Liverpool have made it to the Champions League final. And with the unlikely progress of Jurgen Klopp’s delightfully uninhibited side to the showpiece in Kiev has come the assumption by certain parties that this is somehow a universally appealing prospect. The whole country, many have suggested, will get behind Mo and Bobby and Virgil. All of us, so the theory goes, will be as animated on our sofas as Klopp will be in the technical area, as we roll in the aisles at James Milner’s selfconsciously dull tweets while belting out our chorus of “Ole, ole, ole”. Yeah, right. As Matt Dawson found out, football support is not quite like that. The Rugby World Cupwinning scrum-half and presiding irritant on television’s A Question of Sport apparently likes to describe himself as an Everton fan. I say apparently because he does not seem to grasp the fundamental tenet of the calling. After Liverpool’s magnificently harum-scarum semi-final win over Roma, he tweeted: “Thoroughly enjoyed that @LFC. Many congrats and will be cheering you on in a few weeks #ynwa”. The response was less positive than the tone of his posting. Everton fans pointed out the problem of not simply wishing the rivals well, but doing so by embracing the Liverpool motto. You’ll Never Walk Again was among the more polite suggestions. And those incensed Evertonians are by no means unusual in their absolute refusal to climb aboard the Kloppite bandwagon rolling its way to Ukraine. Every Manchester United fan will already have identified which sock draw it is that will command their urgent attention on the evening of May 26. So will Chelsea supporters. Final: Jurgen Klopp has won begrudging respect of rivals As a football supporter, you follow who you follow and everyone else can go take a running jump Anyone, in fact, who properly follows a rival team. They might grudgingly acknowledge the quality of the performances that have got Liverpool there, they might wish that Salah, Firmino and Van Dijk were in their side, but as far as they are concerned, Klopp and his team will be walking into the NSC Olimpiyskiy very much alone. And rightly so. Dawson’s logic, that because a successful club hail from the same country as the one you favour you suddenly root for them, runs counter to the emotional purpose of football support. Football is nothing if it is not tribal; you follow who you follow and everyone else can go take a running jump. The idea that you will be willing on a team that, when they play your own, you loathe with every fibre of your being, undermines the point of being a fan. Loyalty is fundamental; flipflopping anathema; once you have made your choice you stick with it. This is not just an English thing. Does Dawson really imagine followers of Atletico Madrid will be cheering on Cristiano Ronaldo and his team-mates in Kiev? Anyone but your immediate rival has long been the prevailing dictum of the football fan. Indeed you imagine that, far from joining Dawson in his cheerful magnanimity, sales of Real Madrid shirts in the blue areas of Merseyside have just experienced a sudden spike. And Liverpool fans would not want it any other way. When United and Chelsea reached the Champions League finals in 1999 and 2012, on both occasions every Liverpool fan worthy of the name became an overnight Bayern Munich supporter. So when the two clubs played each other in 2008, there was only one course for any selfrespecting red to take: head off to Bear Grylls’s island, where, away from all news media, they could pretend it just never happened.