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Wimbledon 2012: Heather Watson powers
past Jamie Lee Hampton
Britain’s Heather Watson has beaten the American Jamie Lee
Hampton to reach the third round at Wimbledon Page 2



Tottenham to trump Liverpool and
Swansea in race for Gylfi Sigurdsson
Tottenham have moved ahead of Liverpool and Swansea City
in the pursuit of Gylfi Sigurdsson after agreeing a €10m fee with
Hoffenheim for the Iceland midfielder Page 2


BBC’s Olympic rights under threat from
new TV deal
The IOC president Jacques Rogge has admitted ‘everything is
possible’ when it comes to selling Olympic TV rights the BBC has
virtually come to regard as its own Page 3



Swimming pool                                Newcastle threaten                           London 2012: Giant              Olympic torch route,
accident claims life                         legal action if London                       Olympic rings                   day 40: rain or shine,
of popular jockey                            Welsh win promotion                          installed on Tower              imposing Lincoln will
Campbell Gillies Page 4                      appeal Page 5                                Bridge Page 7                   impress Page 8

London Olympics                              ICC rules against                            London 2012: Brits              Shane Warne accuses
2012: join our                               universal application                        suffer nightmare                ECB of ego trip over
worldwide network of                         of the decision review                       start to European               Kevin Pietersen T20
experts Page 5                               system Page 6                                Championships Page 7            absence Page 9




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                                                                   point on her own serve but won it when Hampton netted a
                                                                   forehand.
Wimbledon 2012: Heather Watson
powers past Jamie Lee Hampton
                                                                   Tottenham to trump Liverpool and
• Watson becomes first Briton to secure                            Swansea in race for Gylfi Sigurdsson
third-round place
• Will now face Agnieszka Radwanska or                             • Spurs agree €10m fee with Hoffenheim
Elena Vesnina                                                      • Managerless London club leave Liverpool
Simon Cambers at Wimbledon                                         trailing
                                                                   Andy Hunter




Britain’s Heather Watson has beaten Jamie Lee Hampton
to reach the third round at Wimbledon. Photograph: Stefan          Gylfi Sigurdsson enjoyed a successful loan spell at Swansea
Wermuth/REUTERS                                                    in the second half of last season after spells at Hoffenheim
Heather Watson has broken new ground by beating the                and Reading. Photograph: Dimitris Legakis/D Legakis
American Jamie Lee Hampton 6-1, 6-4 to reach the third round       Photography/Athena
of a grand slam event for the first time.                          Tottenham Hotspur have moved ahead of Liverpool and
    The 20-year-old was far too solid and held her nerve well to   Swansea City in the pursuit of Gylfi Sigurdsson after agreeing a
become the first British woman to make it to Wimbledon’s third     €10m (£8m) fee with Hoffenheim for the Iceland midfielder.
round since Elena Baltacha in 2002.                                   Spurs, who are without a manager, hope to complete a
    Having reached the second round of the French Open in          deal for the coveted 22-year-old by the end of this week, but
May, Watson went one better and fended off a second-set            they have still to agree personal terms with the player. Their
revival from the American, who had upset Daniela Hantuchova        approach to Hoffenheim comes amid serious doubts over the
in round one. The Briton now plays either the third seed           future of Luka Modric at White Hart Lane, with Real Madrid
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland or Russia’s Elena Vesnina, the       linked with the Croatian.
woman she beat in Paris and the conqueror of Venus Williams.          Liverpool had been confident of signing Sigurdsson
    There is something incredibly soothing about watching          following the appointment of Brendan Rodgers as manager. The
Watson when she is in full flow. Nothing is rushed and             midfielder flourished under Rodgers on loan at Swansea last
everything looks incredibly easy.                                  season and the pair have spoken several times since a proposed
    Even when Hampton, who had been leaden-footed in the           £6.8m transfer to the Liberty Stadium collapsed as a result of
opening set, upped her level and when breaks of serve were         the manager’s departure for Anfield.
traded to and fro, Watson always gave the impression that             Michael Laudrup, Rodgers’s replacement at Swansea, has
things were under control, no matter what she was feeling          conceded defeat in attempting to resurrect a permanent move
inside.                                                            to south Wales for the Iceland international. Liverpool’s interest
    The first set was a cakewalk as Watson dominated               in Sigurdsson remains but the club fear that Spurs are firm
proceedings on a Court Two that quickly filled up in the           favourites to complete the deal.
warmest conditions of the week so far.
    Hampton, two years older than Watson and ranked three




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places above her at No100, possesses plenty of power but
was guilty of poor footwork throughout and made a host of
unforced errors as a result.
    Leading by a set and 2-0, Watson dropped serve for the first
time as Hampton, who was playing her first Wimbledon, found
her feet. The American broke to level at 2-2 and then the pair
                                                                     From Beirut to Big Brother, Murdoch to
traded three more straight breaks before Watson recovered            Millionaire,
from 0-40 to hold for 5-3.                                           discuss the hot topics in the media on
    Hampton saved one match point on her own serve in the            not one, but two blogs Organ Grinder and
next game and Watson double-faulted on the second match
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                                                                        “Everything is possible,” Rogge told the Guardian. “We just
                                                                    launched a tender, because this is an obligation by the EU. It is
BBC’s Olympic rights under threat from                              open to everyone – to public companies, private companies,
new TV deal                                                         free-to-air, satellite, mobile, even the possibility to sell them to
                                                                    an agent company that buys the rights and sells them on. The
• Everything is possible, says Jacques                              deadline is 29 June and then we will enter into negotiations
Rogge                                                               with different companies,” he said.
                                                                        “We sold the rights to Sky Italy but for the summer Games it
• BBC desperate to hang on to Games rights
                                                                    has an obligation to run 200 hours free-to-air and for the Winter
Owen Gibson                                                         Games 100 hours. They did not have the free-to-air capacity
                                                                    but they teamed up with Rai, who will take care of the 200
                                                                    hours. We have many countries where that is the case. In many
                                                                    countries in Europe there is a complementarity between pay
                                                                    television and public television.”
                                                                        Another option, said Rogge, is separating out the
                                                                    broadcasting, internet and mobile rights, and selling them to
                                                                    different players. The IOC has sought to maximise the value of
                                                                    the TV rights since turning its back on a deal with the European
                                                                    Broadcasting Union in 2008, through which the BBC held the
                                                                    rights for the 2010 Vancouver Games and London 2012 as part of
                                                                    a $700m pan-European agreement.
                                                                        The majority of European rights were sold to the sports
                                                                    agency Sportfive, but the six most lucrative markets – Spain,
                                                                    France, Germany, Italy, Turkey and the UK – were carved out for
Olympic Games TV rights are always a contentious issue but in
                                                                    direct negotiation. They have all been sold, apart from the UK.
the UK the BBC has virtually come to regard them as its own.
                                                                    If it secures more than $71m from the UK auction, which should
Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian
                                                                    be a foregone conclusion, it will have raised more than $1bn
Jacques Rogge, the International Olympic Committee president,       from European sales.
has declared “everything is possible” when it comes to selling          The tender document calls for bids for the 2014 Winter
TV rights for the Games after London, raising the prospect of       Olympics in Sochi and the 2016 Olympics in Rio but also
the BBC losing some or all of its coverage of the event.            provides the option for broadcasters to tie up rights until the
    A wide range of bids from traditional free-to-air               end of the decade, encompassing the 2018 Winter Games in
broadcasters, pay-TV companies and telecom providers is             Pyeongchang, South Korea, and the 2020 Olympics in either
expected by the IOC when it tears open envelopes containing         Tokyo, Madrid or Istanbul.
the bids on Friday. It will then decide whether to go to a second       That was the route taken by the US broadcaster NBC when
round of bidding, as it seeks to maximise broadcasting revenue .    it tied up the US rights until 2020 with a $4.4bn bid in the face
    The UK broadcasting rights, which are held by the BBC,          of competition from Fox and ESPN. In total, $3.91bn was raised
are protected by listed-events legislation that guarantees it       from TV rights deals for the 2010 and 2012 Games, a significant
free-to-air coverage. But the IOC has confirmed that a pay-         increase on the $2.57bn raised from the previous four years. A
TV broadcaster such as Sky or a telecom company such as             further, more-modest increase is expected for 2014 and 2016.
BT, which recently paid £738m for a slice of Premier League             BBC insiders say that it is desperate to hang on to the
live rights, could bid in expectation of the legislation being      Olympics, recognising their value as the sort of major event that
altered, or to sublease some of the rights back to a free-to-air    binds the country and burnishes its public-service credentials.
broadcaster.                                                        But it is also operating on a tighter sports-rights budget, having
    Alternatively, in the new digital landscape, there are many     endured a 20% cut in the wake of the licence fee being frozen.
more companies which could potentially launch a free-to-
air channel distributed via Freeview, cable, satellite and the
internet.
    It is understood that ITV, Channel 4, Sky and BT have also
received the tender documents and are weighing up their
options. Channel 4, which will show the Paralympics this




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summer and bid for Formula One rights, could be a surprise
contender.
    The government, which shelved an ongoing review of listed
events when it came to power, will review the situation again
this year, when the entire analogue TV network had been
switched to digital.
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                                                                     Graham Lee, until recently a colleague of Gillies on the jumps
                                                                     circuit before making the switch to Flat racing, rode two
Swimming pool accident claims life of                                winners but was still struggling to take the news in.
popular jockey Campbell Gillies                                          “I still can’t believe it, to be honest,” Lee said. “It’s very
                                                                     upsetting. He was a great lad.”
• Investigation continues into precise cause                             Other jockeys added their tributes, with champion Tony
of death                                                             McCoy hailing “a very good jockey but an even better bloke”
                                                                     and Gold Cup-winning rider Paddy Brennan describing “the
• Minute’s silence observed at tracks
                                                                     worst news you could possibly hear”.
around Britain                                                           Scotland’s first minister, Alex Salmond, a keen racing fan,
Will Hayler at Beverley                                              said: “This is devastating news. Campbell Gillies, at the age
                                                                     of 21, had achieved extraordinary success, highlighted by his
                                                                     victory at this year’s Cheltenham Festival on Brindisi Breeze.
                                                                         “The loss of his outstanding talent is a huge blow, not just to
                                                                     racing but to Scottish sport and our thoughts are with his family
                                                                     and friends at this difficult time.”
                                                                         A unifying quality described in many of the tributes was
                                                                     the jockey’s positive attitude. The Fife trainer Nick Alexander
                                                                     said: “One of the things I most admired about him as a jockey
                                                                     was that, in many ways, he appeared not to be there at all. His
                                                                     horses would just run underneath him and he would allow their
                                                                     natural ability to come through. And he had a fantastic sense
                                                                     of rhythm and timing in a race, whether to go from the front or
                                                                     come from the back.
                                                                         “As the father of a 21-year-old jockey myself, I find it
The 21-year-old jockey Campbell Gillies has died while on
                                                                     absolutely unbelievable that he’s died like this. He was so
holiday in Corfu. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/PA
                                                                     looking forward to going on holiday.
Just three months after the breakthrough Cheltenham Festival             “He rode out here occasionally and was always very chatty
success which appeared to mark the coming of age of Campbell         and friendly. He seemed a really chirpy guy, always positive,
Gillies, the sport was thrown into mourning by the news that         never in a bad mood, whatever the weather was throwing at
the jump jockey had been killed in a swimming pool accident          him.”
while on holiday. Gillies would have been 22 on Wednesday.               A spokesman for the Injured Jockeys Fund said that they
    Along with his fellow riders Nathan Moscrop, Harry Haynes        would be providing assistance to Gillies’ family and to his
and Henry Brooke, friends from the northern circuit, Gillies had     friends still in Corfu.
arrived on Monday in Kavos, Corfu for a short holiday, having
ridden at Hexham the previous day. The exact circumstances of
his death are under investigation but Peter Scudamore, partner
of Lucinda Russell, the trainer for whom Gillies had ridden
since 2007, described the death as “an awful accident”.
    “It seems they had gone for a swim this morning and
Campbell was swimming in the pool when they realised that he
had been under the water for a while,” he said. “They got him
out and tried to help him but it was too late.”
    Mark Ellwood, head groom at Russell’s stable and a close




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friend of Gillies, was also among the travelling party.
    The East Lothian-born Gillies had ridden over 50 of his
131 winners for the stable and the victory of Brindisi Breeze
– himself killed in a tragic accident last month when getting out
of his paddock and running into traffic – in Cheltenham’s Albert
Bartlett Hurdle marked a new high for both trainer and jockey.
    “This dreadful news has hit the whole yard,” said Russell.         The Guardian digital edition
“He was a much loved, popular and respected member at Arlary
House and it is so hard to lose part of our ‘family’. Our hearts
                                                                       Read the Guardian on the web
go out to his mother, Lesley, and brother and sister, Finlay and       exactly the way it was printed.
Rita.
    “We are immensely proud of the achievements of Campbell.
                                                                       With award-winning Guardian
It was through his innate ability and talent that he reached great     photography accessible from
heights as a jockey at such an early age. More than that, he had       anywhere in the world.
a wonderful charm that I believe came across to everyone who
met him.”                                                              guardian.co.uk/digitaledition
    A minute’s silence was held before racing at tracks around
Britain on Tuesday and jockeys here wore black armbands.
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London Olympics 2012: join our                                      Newcastle threaten legal action if
worldwide network of experts                                        London Welsh win promotion appeal

Calling all sports aficionados – lend your                          • Exiles submit 43-page response to
knowledge, experience and expertise to the                          independent panel of QCs
Guardian’s London Olympics coverage                                 • Premiership fixtures published before
Steve Busfield                                                      decision reached
                                                                    Paul Rees




The Jamaican 4x100m men’s relay team winning gold in
Beijing in 2008. Photograph: Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images         London Welsh submitted plans to play at Oxford United’s
The Guardian is seeking sports aficionados and experts to           Kassam stadium next season but their nominated second
take part in our Worldwide Olympics Expert Network, a               ground was too far away from their base under the regulations.
collaborative and real-time reporting effort between Guardian       Photograph: Ben Hoskins/Getty Images
reporters, editors and expert readers.                              The Premiership fixtures for next season will be published
    We are looking to the Expert Network to capture the energy      on Wednesday, but whether the 12th position is occupied by
of live action, share trivia and technical insight and talk         London Welsh or Newcastle may still be undecided despite
about how the Olympics is being celebrated where they live.         an appeal on Thursday by the Exiles against a decision by the
Great contenders include current participators in the sport         Rugby Football Union to deny them promotion.
at a reasonably high level, retired athletes, knowledgeable             The RFU last month deemed that London Welsh, who won
amateurs, bloggers, and those involved in the sport as              the Championship play-off final against Cornish Pirates, had
administrators and coaches. The main criteria are that the          failed to meet the minimum standards criteria. The Exiles
person will be a real cheerleader for Olympic sport and be          submitted plans to play at Oxford United’s Kassam stadium, but
willing to share knowledge, experience, expertise and a sense       their nominated second ground, Brentford’s Griffin Park, was
of fun. International perspective is also a big plus.               too far away from their base under the regulations.
    Experts will be featured on the Guardian. Their tweets will         There was also a concern that Welsh had failed to meet the 31
appear alongside the Guardian’s Olympics live blog within a         March deadline to submit their criteria application, one of the
dedicated module. Experts’ commentary will be integrated in         “various other factors” cited by the RFU for denying the club
the Guardian’s coverage and tweets will be retweeted from @         promotion.
Guardian tinyurl.com/yknr4mt , @GuardianUS tinyurl.com/                 London Welsh have submitted a 43-page response to the
ch65da , @Guardian_sport tinyurl.com/7rd4hh9 , @GdnUSsports         decision which will be considered by an independent three-
tinyurl.com/7kdfzah .                                               man appeal panel, comprised of QCs, at a hotel on the outskirts
    This is a voluntary role, although there may be the             of London on Thursday. The club will be represented by the
opportunity to write paid content for the Guardian and              legal firm Pinsent Mason and barristers from Blackstone
guardian.co.uk. Our plan is to feature one paid blog a day from     Chambers.
one of our experts during the Games (although as we hope to             The RFU and Premiership Rugby have also submitted
have up to 100 experts, not everyone will get the opportunity       reports, along with Newcastle who have indicated they will
to do this). We may also ask the experts to participate in reader   consider legal action if the panel finds in favour of London
Q&As. The Experts Network is an excellent opportunity for           Welsh. The Exiles, in turn, believes that the criteria contravene
an individual to raise their own profile and that of their sport    European competition and fair trading law and are prepared to
during the London Olympics 2012.                                    go to the high court to fight their case.
                                                                        Welsh have pointed out that four Premiership clubs
                                                                    did not have primacy of tenure last season and they have
                                                                    nominated three other grounds as back-up venues to the
                                                                    Kassam – Brentford, MK Dons and Newbury – with Premiership
                                                                    Rugby insisting that the final weekend of the regular season,
                                                                    when all six matches are played on a Saturday, must not be
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compromised.
    The club’s legal advice is that they have nothing to worry
about regarding the deadline as it was in contact with the
                                                                     ICC rules against universal application
RFU. The argument will come down to primacy of tenure and            of the decision review system
whether current members of the Premiership should enjoy
concessions denied to aspirants.                                     • Decision on DRS in international cricket
    “We have received overwhelming support since our entry           again put off
to the Premiership was blocked,” said the London Welsh
                                                                     • Key players have expressed doubts over
chairman, Bleddyn Phillips. “This includes not only the general
rugby supporting public, but more specifically owners and
                                                                     its accuracy
managers of Premiership clubs and other rugby clubs, as well         Press Association
as leaders of clubs in the Football League and other sporting
institutions.
    “These offers of help and encouragement extend not only
to promises of financial and professional support, but also to
offering up, in several cases, sporting venues as stadia where
London Welsh might wish to play their ‘home’ games in 2012-
13. We are most grateful for this, which to our mind underscores
very sharply what we believe to be the fundamental issue at
stake here.
    “Namely, that any team which demonstrates on the field of
play that it has the requisite skills and resources to win through
to the top of its division or playing group should be allowed to
move on to the next tier, thereby upholding the competitive
spirit of sport in general and the ethos of promotion and
                                                                     The ICC have again delayed a decision on the universal
relegation on merit-based principles.”
                                                                     application of DRS. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian
    The panel is expected to announce its decision on Friday
with seven hours scheduled for the hearing, but the chances are      The universal application of the umpire decision review
that will not be the end of the matter. London Welsh have had        system in international cricket has again been put off, with the
to put recruitment plans – they have been linked with the Wales      recommendation being rejected by the International Cricket
international Gavin Henson – on hold until they know which           Council’s executive board.
division they will be playing in, and a challenge to the fairness       The ICC said: “Whilst approving the recommendations of
of the criteria is set to be made by Championship clubs.             the chief executives committee relating to the inclusion of
                                                                     Hotspot cameras as part of the minimum specifications for the
                                                                     decision review system (DRS) and the amendment of the lbw
                                                                     protocols regarding the ‘margin of uncertainty’, the ICC board
                                                                     agreed to continue with the present arrangement where the
                                                                     two competing nations in a bilateral series decide on the use of
                                                                     DRS.”
                                                                        India, whose financial clout and political influence within
                                                                     the game give them a position of pre-eminence over such




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                                                                     decisions, have been notable opponents to DRS, with a number
                                                                     of key players having registered doubts about its accuracy. The
                                                                     existing arrangement essentially bolsters the review system
                                                                     when in use but allows India – or any other boards who disagree
                                                                     with its implementation – to opt out.
                                                                        Most other full member nations have come out in support of
  Fantasy League Classic                                             a mandatory DRS system, but India’s preference for a bi-lateral

  Manage a squad of 16 players                                       agreement between playing sides will now remain in place for
                                                                     the foreseeable future.
  and a budget of £75 million.                                          A change to universal DRS had been recommended by the

  £75,000 worth of prizes to be                                      ICC cricket committee and supported by the chief executives
                                                                     committee. The England and Wales Cricket Board are among
  won in weekly, monthly and                                         the most vocal advocates of DRS and had been particularly keen
  overall competitions. Beat your                                    for it to be used in the four-Test series in India this autumn.
                                                                     That now looks a virtual certainty not to happen.
  nearest and dearest in a friends                                      The executive board waved through other
  league.                                                            recommendations, including minor alterations to the playing
                                                                     conditions for one-day internationals.
  guardian.co.uk/fantasyleague                                          The bowling powerplay has been ditched, fielding
                                                                     restrictions have been tightened to allow four men outside the
                                                                     30-yard ring during non-powerplay overs and bowlers will be
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allowed two short-pitched deliveries per over.                        London has to offer this summer.
   It was also noted that “there was no objection to the                 He said: “With just a month to go, we are making our final
introduction of day-night Test cricket dependent on the               preparations and want to ensure each and every person in the
agreement of both participating teams”.                               capital gets a flavour of the celebrations and feels part of the
                                                                      Games.”
                                                                         Each of London’s famous bridges, from Hungerford Bridge
London 2012: Giant Olympic rings                                      to London Bridge, will be lit in “a dazzling display of colour”
installed on Tower Bridge                                             during the evenings, according to the mayor’s office.
                                                                         Giant mobile Olympic rings will travel up and down past
                                                                      famous waterfront landmarks. The Agitos, the giant swirling
• Lord Coe and Boris Johnson watch rings                              symbol of the Paralympic movement, will replace the rings on
lowered into place                                                    Tower Bridge for the Paralympic Games.
• Bridge’s new lighting system will                                      The city-wide Look and Celebration programme for the
illuminate rings at night                                             Games includes free events, shows, entertainment and cultural
                                                                      pieces, designed to show the world the best the city has to offer.
Press Association


                                                                      London 2012: Brits suffer nightmare
                                                                      start to European Championships

                                                                      • Jeanette Kwakye crashes out in 100m
                                                                      heats
                                                                      • ‘It’s not enough – I’ve got no words for it’
                                                                      Andy Bull in Helsinki




Giant Olympic rings have been installed on Tower Bridge in
London Photograph: Julian Makey / Rex Features
Giant Olympic rings have been installed over the Thames on
Tower Bridge to mark the countdown to the London 2012
Games.
    The London 2012 chairman Lord Coe and the mayor Boris
Johnson were among the VIPs who watched as the rings – 25
metres wide and 11.5 metres tall – were lowered into place on
the landmark.
    The rings, which weigh three tonnes, cost £259,817 to
                                                                      Team GB’s Jeanette Kwakye is knocked out of the 100m during
produce and installing them is estimated to have cost £53,000.
                                                                      day one of the European Athletics Championships in Helsinki.
All costs have been met from the £32m Look and Celebration
                                                                      Photograph: John Giles/PA
budget, which will be used to back free cultural events across
London.                                                               The threadbare state of British sprinting was all too evident on
    Lord Coe said: “The Olympic rings are an iconic symbol,           the first morning of the European Championships. Jeanette
inspiring athletes and uniting people around the world. To            Kwakye failed to qualify from the first round of the women’s
athletes they represent the culmination of thousands of hours         100m, finishing seventh in her heat in a time of 11.98sec.
of training and reaching the highest level in sport.                  Her team-mate Ashleigh Nelson did make it through, as the
    “With one month to go to the Olympic Games opening                ninth-fastest qualifier, in a time of 11.43sec. So far not a single
ceremony, these spectacular rings on one of London’s most             British woman has made herself an automatic selection for the
famous landmarks will excite and inspire residents and visitors       Olympic team. Nelson, who won the Aviva trials, could change
in the capital.”                                                      that if she runs the ‘A’ standard of 11.29sec in Helsinki, but to do
    A light show, complete with beams of changing colours and         so she would have to knock .07sec off her personal best.
intensity, will bring the rings to life at night. It will put into       Kwakye, who finished sixth in the 100m final at the Beijing
action Tower Bridge’s new lighting system, involving 1,800            Olympics, has been suffering with an achilles injury this season,
special energy-efficient LED lights, 2,000 metres of linear lights,   but said she would have kicked herself if she hadn’t tried to
5,000m of cable and 1,000 junction boxes.                             qualify. She was distraught at her poor performance. “It’s
    The Yorkshire-made rings are attached to a modular                not enough – I’ve got no words for it. I’ve got a couple of ‘A’s
aluminium grid which is 17m by 22m. Together they weigh               from last year but only four weeks until the Games, and you
about 13 tonnes.                                                      know I can’t start on the line in London if I’m going to be in
    Describing the sight as “glorious Tower Bridge”, Johnson          that kind of shape and form. I wouldn’t do myself justice and
said the landmark was the perfect choice to showcase what             psychologically it doesn’t help. I’m devastated, I don’t know

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what’s going to happen.”                                           was the song I failed to recognise on Weakest Link four years
    It could yet get worse. The British women’s 4x100m relay       ago; perhaps I am more synonymous with Blame it on the
squad are currently ranked 15th in the world, and need to be       Weatherman by B*Witched.)
inside the top 16 to qualify for the Olympics. They need to beat       Although I was born and brought up in Yorkshire, my work
both Poland and Belgium here to be sure of making the Games.       has taken me throughout the country and I can now claim to
The squad was already down to five runners in Helsinki, having     have been adopted by Lincolnshire. The unsuspecting visitor to
lost Jodie Williams to a hamstring injury, and with Kwakye         this huge county might expect only expansive flatlands, but not
unlikely to run the team are now down to four.                     a bit of it. Both the coast and the Wolds have a beauty of their
    The men did not do much better. Mark Lewis-Francis             own, but as the torch travels south then west across the county,
scraped through the first round by finishing fourth in his heat    so the magnificent cathedral perched high above the city of
in a time of 10.39sec. Harry Aikines-Aryeetey was the seventh-     Lincoln comes into view.
fastest qualifier, in a season’s best time of 10.27sec. Neither        While access from the modern shopping area linking the
looked capable of challenging the French pair of Christophe        city to the castle and cathedral is via Steep Hill – a challenging
Lemaitre and Jimmy Vicaut, who were the two fastest through        420-metre climb for pedestrians only – the torch, for logistical
the first round in 10.14sec and 10.18sec.                          purposes, will take the less demanding route along Lindum Hill.
    With Carl Myerscough being knocked out in the first round      The view from the top is spectacular, and the flypast by the Red
of the shot put, Isobel Pooley failing to make it into the high    Arrows, based a few miles away at RAF Scampton, will surely be
jump final, and Abigail Irozuru also failing to make the long      a highlight of the 70-day relay.
jump final, it was a depressing sort of morning for the British        Lincolnshire is a county famous for its agriculture, big skies
team.                                                              and coastal resorts, but the imposing city of Lincoln has existed
    There was some relief in the 400m hurdles, where Nathan        since the iron age. The cathedral and castle date back to the
Woodward and Rhys Williams both qualified for the semi-finals      11th century and, despite the odd period of decline since, this
by winning their heats.                                            remains a city and county characterised by its great resolve and
                                                                   ambition.
                                                                       A statue of the Victorian Lincolnshire poet Alfred Lord
Olympic torch route, day 40: rain or                               Tennyson stands in the cathedral grounds, and his words are a
shine, imposing Lincoln will impress                               fitting testament to all competitors at London 2012: “No man
                                                                   ever got very high by pulling other people down. Don’t knock
                                                                   your friends. Don’t knock your enemies. Don’t knock yourself.”
Weatherman John Kettley will be keeping                                Of course, everyone will be there to win, but even out of
an eye on the skies as the torch arrives in                        defeat will come new opportunities and friendships. And
Lincolnshire                                                       for millions viewing around the world, no matter who they
                                                                   support, the Games are going to be spectacular – whatever the
John Kettley
                                                                   weather.
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the torch would be arriving in his adopted Lincolnshire
on 27 June. Photograph: Geoff Caddick/PA Archive/Press
Association Ima
With one eye on the weather and the other on past history,
there was instant trepidation when I heard the Olympic torch
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                                                                        Warne pointed to the example of Michael Clarke, who will
                                                                    captain Australia in this one-day series and in the Ashes next
Shane Warne accuses ECB of ego trip                                 year, but retired from international Twenty20 cricket after
over Kevin Pietersen T20 absence                                    their defeat in the last Ashes series in January 2011. “You can’t
                                                                    imagine Australia dropping him and saying don’t worry about
• England ‘weakened significantly’ for                              one-day cricket just stick to Tests,” he said, either ignoring
World T20 title defence                                             or ignorant of the fact that all England players have a clause
                                                                    in their contracts stating that they cannot pick and choose
• ‘It staggers me ECB did not try to
                                                                    between 50-over and T20 cricket.
negotiate that better’                                                  He contrasted the “aggressive” and “appealing on the eye”
Andy Wilson                                                         cricket that Australia have played under Clarke with the “more
                                                                    conservative” approach taken by England under the captaincy
                                                                    of Alastair Cook, who forms an orthodox top three with Ian Bell
                                                                    and Jonathan Trott.
                                                                        “But that’s one of the things that makes this series
                                                                    interesting,” he said, insisting these extra games would fuel
                                                                    rather than dull anticipation ahead of the renewal of the Ashes
                                                                    rivalry proper next summer. “It is a balance, but I think it’s quite
                                                                    a good time in a way for this series leading up to the Ashes. I
                                                                    don’t think there’s too much at the moment but it’s something
                                                                    to keep an eye on.
                                                                        “But this situation doesn’t have any significance to the
                                                                    Ashes, that’s for sure.”
                                                                        Shane Warne is commentating for Sky Sports during an
                                                                    unrivalled summer of live cricket available on TV, online, mobile
Shane Warne says the five-match 50-over series between
                                                                    and tablet devices via Sky Go.
England and Australia, starting on Friday, ‘doesn’t have any
significance to the Ashes’ next summer. Photograph: Tom
Shaw/Getty Images
Shane Warne has slammed the England management for
refusing to consider Kevin Pietersen for their defence of the
ICC World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka this autumn, referring
to “a bit too much ego” which he suggests has been counter-
productive.
    Warne, who would have to declare an interest as being a
friend of Pietersen’s since they made occasional appearances
together for Hampshire almost a decade ago, believes that
Pietersen’s absence from all forms of one-day cricket will make




                                                                      *
England “significantly weaker”, although he still rates them
warm favourites for the five-match 50-over series against
Australia that starts at Lord’s on Friday.
    “I don’t think the ECB [England and Wales Cricket Board]
have shown much common sense at all with not allowing Kevin
Pietersen to be available for the Twenty20 side,” said Warne,
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                                                                      answer all kinds of financial
    “I think it’s just a bit too much ego for my liking from the      and legal questions, so you
ECB. Who wouldn’t want Kevin Pietersen in your side? He’s a
matchwinner and he puts bums on seats because people love
                                                                      don’t need to be baffled any
watching him play. He rubs off on the rest of the players. So to      more. Read their advice, or put
me it’s a huge loss.                                                  a question to them, at
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understand this, we want to keep our best players playing all
the time.’”
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                                                                     future with the club, although Wigan had dropped their interest
                                                                     well before this disciplinary problem. Joe Arundel, a powerful
Castleford’s troubles continue as Rangi                              centre, has already confirmed that he will join Hull next year,
Chase is suspended                                                   and the Australian wing Nick Youngquest has now announced
                                                                     that he will retire at the end of the season at the unusually
• Scrum-half’s England place is in doubt                             young age of 28 – possibly to concentrate on a promising
• Chase missed match against Leeds                                   alternative career as an underwear model.
                                                                         However there have been a couple of crumbs of comfort for
Andy Wilson                                                          Cas supporters, as they have confirmed two more new signings
                                                                     for next season to follow Michael Shenton, the former England
                                                                     centre who will return to Yorkshire after two years with
                                                                     St Helens. He will be joined at Wheldon Road by Jake Webster,
                                                                     a former New Zealand centre who has spent the last five years
                                                                     with Hull KR, and Jamie Ellis, a scrum-half who impressed
                                                                     under Millward at Leigh last season but has struggled to make
                                                                     an impact this year at Hull.



                                                                     India must take less selfish attitude to
                                                                     game’s problems — Tony Greig

                                                                     • Ex-England captain calls on India to
Rangi Chase has been banned for a breach of discipline.
Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images
                                                                     adhere to spirit of game
                                                                     • India prefers ‘indulging in a little payback’
Rangi Chase has been suspended by Castleford for an
unspecified breach of club discipline that led to his exclusion
                                                                     to conciliation
from the defeat at Leeds in Sunday, continuing a nightmare year      Andy Wilson
for Super League’s reigning Man of Steel.
    Chase has already served a three-match suspension for
breaking the jaw of Tangi Ropati during his club’s shock
Challenge Cup defeat at Featherstone, and this latest ban is
especially badly timed coming 24 hours before the England
coach, Steve McNamara, names his squad for the second
International Origin match next Wednesday against the Exiles
team drawn from the overseas players employed in the Super
League.
    The 26-year-old Maori, who threw in his lot with England on
residential grounds to play against Australia and his native New
Zealand in the Four Nations series last autumn, retained his
place at scrum-half in the first Exiles match but is thought to be
under pressure from Danny Brough of Huddersfield.
                                                                     Tony Greig, right, pictured with the then India captain Sourav
    Castleford’s coach, Ian Millward, had refused to discuss the
                                                                     Ganguly, said India’s apparent indifference to Test cricket was
reasons for Chase’s exclusion at Headingley on Sunday either
                                                                     disappointing. Photograph: Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP
in the post-match press conference, or when he appeared on
the BBC’s Super League Show on Monday night. But the Tigers          Tony Greig, as an England captain and in the decades since as
issued a statement on Tuesday confirming that Chase “has been        a high-profile commentator, has always shown a deep love for
suspended on full pay while the club investigates his actions        cricket in India. But in delivering the MCC’s annual Spirit of
last weekend”.                                                       Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s on Tuesday evening, Greig
    Millward has already spoken of the significance of their         blamed India, and specifically the Indian Premier League, for
next fixture, at Widnes next Monday night, when a victory            many of the game’s problems and called on their administrators
would remove any lingering chance that the Tigers might finish       to “invoke and adhere to the spirit of cricket” to solve them.
bottom of the table. That would represent a spectacular slump           Most eyecatching, and almost certainly impractical, was
after they only narrowly missed out on the top-eight play-offs       his suggestion that the IPL should be reduced in length
last season in addition to going agonisingly close to a Challenge    but expanded in scope to become an Asian Premier League
Cup final appearance at Wembley, although there have been            including teams from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh
extenuating circumstances, most obviously the death of               whose national cricket boards, none of them remotely as
Millward’s son Robbie in the spring.                                 wealthy as India’s, should be given a financial stake in the
    There have been regular injuries to key players – one of         competition.
whom, the gifted young hooker Daryl Clark, has now asked for            England should then run an equivalent competition
a transfer after being ruled out for the rest of the season with a   including teams from the West Indies and Ireland, with South
broken leg. There has also been regular speculation over Chase’s     Africa hosting another for their continent, and New Zealand
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given a stake in Australia’s Big Bash.
    Greig also gave his backing to mandatory lie detector tests to
tackle corruption, previously advanced by the former Australia
captain Steve Waugh, and for the universal application of
the umpire decision review system, which he said had been
opposed by India partly “because its superstars had such an
embarrassing experience with it in the early days”. A fresh
recommendation for the system to be used in all Test cricket
is expected to be defeated by India at the International Cricket
Council’s annual meeting in Malaysia this week.
    That will be typical, Greig suggested, of “a sorry state of
affairs” in which “if India doesn’t like [recommendations], they
are, at best, modified, or thrown out”.
    “Fortunately, I think most of the problems can generally be
addressed if India invokes and adheres to the spirit of cricket,”
Greig told an invited audience in the Long Room at Lord’s,
where Sri Lanka’s former captain Kumar Sangakkara delivered
a widely-praised lecture last year. “Mahatma Gandhi said:
‘A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its
people.’ As cricket certainly resides in the hearts and souls of
Indian people I am optimistic India will lead cricket by acting in
the best interests of all countries rather than just for India.
    “If there is proof of the leadership India can provide it is
the recent announcement of a one-time benefit payment of
$13m to former national and domestic players for their services
to Indian cricket. This certainly exemplifies acting in the
spirit of cricket and rewards those players who played before
2003 for little financial reward. That people like [Bhagwath]
Chandrasekhar, [Erapalli] Prasanna, [Chandu] Borde and [Bapu]
Nadkarni will have this sort of financial support as they cope
with the onset of the years is a powerful sign that India can not
only generate great wealth for the game, but use it wisely for
the benefit of cricket and cricketers.”
    However, later paragraphs of the copy of Greig’s speech that
was released in advance contained some strong criticism.
    “India’s apparent indifference towards Test cricket and its
response towards some of the key issues – the international
calendar and the mix of the different types of cricket; its
attitude to the earlier ICC corruption inquiries; its indifference
to the urgency to introduce anti-doping rules; the rumoured
corruption hanging over the IPL; its attitude to the Decision
Review System; and its role in the lack of due process in
stopping the former Australian prime minister John Howard
being appointed vice-president of the ICC – are all examples of
disappointing decisions. But many of the problems with the ICC
could be resolved if India invoked the spirit of cricket and didn’t
try and influence its allies in how to vote.
    “We can huff and puff as much as we like and have all sorts
of external reports but this situation can only be resolved by
India accepting that the spirit of cricket is more important than
generating billions of dollars; it’s more important than turning
out multi-millionaire players; and it’s more important than
getting square with Australia and England for their bully-boy
tactics towards India over the years.
    “It’s ironic that the world, including India, rightly worships
at the Nelson Mandela altar because of his conciliatory attitude
but then India eschews his approach by indulging in a little
payback.”




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