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Jonny Bairstow and Ian Bell rescue
England against South Africa
Jonny Bairstow and Ian Bell have hauled England back from 54 for
four against South Africa to finish on 208 for five Page 2

Robin van Persie wants to achieve
greatness with Manchester United
Sir Alex Ferguson said his £23m signing Robin van Persie will add
much needed maturity to Manchester United Page 3

Roberto Mancini brushes off frustrating
week at Manchester City
Roberto Mancini has brushed off the effects of a frustrating week at
Manchester City as they prepare to start their title defence against
Southampton Page 4

Juan Mata in danger                          Ian Bell praises the skill                   Sport in brief Page 7           Mark Stoneman
of burn-out after busy                       and fighting qualities of                                                    puts Durham in
summer, says Chelsea                         Jonny Bairstow Page 6                       Christine Ohuruogu              driving seat against
manager Page 4                                                                            finishes third in 400m          Nottinghamshire Page 9
                                             St Helens maintain                           at Stockholm Diamond
Jessica Ennis brings                         their four-year                              League Page 8                   The year 1990 is
Midas touch home to                          unbeaten record                                                              proving an all-time
Sheffield Page 5                             against Castleford                                                           vintage for chess births
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                                                                          There were a lot of people willing Bairstow runs and by the
                                                                      time Bell was out his eighth boundary had long since taken him
Jonny Bairstow and Ian Bell rescue                                    past a maiden Test half-century for which he was accorded a
England against South Africa                                          standing ovation by the generous Lord’s crowd. By then the
                                                                      pair had already registered the biggest partnership of the match
• South Africa 309; England 208-5                                     and shortly afterwards Bairstow took it into three figures, with
                                                                      Bell’s angle to third man bringing up his own half-century three
Mike Selvey at Lord’s
                                                                      overs later.
                                                                          At 208 for five, a deficit of 101, England are still in the game
                                                                      but on a pitch that is unlikely to deteriorate significantly this is
                                                                      one they will find difficult to win unless they can convert the
                                                                      recovery into a dominant first-innings lead. In what promises
                                                                      to be the best of the bowling conditions, given the weather
                                                                      forecast for the weekend, they took almost 102 overs to dismiss
                                                                      South Africa for 309, having at one time had them 105 for five.
                                                                          Then they threatened to implode themselves against some
                                                                      sustained hostile new ball bowling from Morkel and Steyn, who
                                                                      inside 24 overs had between them sent back Andrew Strauss,
                                                                      Jonathan Trott, Alastair Cook and James Taylor to reduce
                                                                      England to 54 for four, precisely the same situation in which the
                                                                      tourists had found themselves following Steve Finn’s burst on
England’s Jonny Bairstow holds his bat up and is joined by Ian       the opening morning.
Bell after reaching his half-century against South Africa at              Earlier it had taken England a little more than an hour to
Lord’s. Photograph: Philip Brown/Reuters                             finish the South African innings. Conditions first thing were still
                                                                      good for bowling: the ball swung for Stuart Broad and Jimmy
The sun came out in the afternoon to bathe Lord’s and, with
                                                                      Anderson. But while the latter continued to bowl beautifully
the disappearance of the cloud cover, the ball stopped dancing
                                                                      without luck, Broad, although steady once again, floated the
to the tune of the bowlers: these were batting conditions. For
                                                                      ball in his attempt to gain away swing. He is a more incisive
South Africa Dale Steyn bowled with fire and pace, gaining
                                                                      bowler when he hits the pitch hard rather than kissing it.
some reverse swing later as the ball neared the end of its life,
                                                                          Broad it was, though, who broke the eighth-wicket
while Morne Morkel bristled aggression, thrashing bounce from
                                                                      partnership, when he had Steyn, on 26, driving ambitiously at a
the pitch. But generally there was little lateral movement to
                                                                      full widish delivery that drifted wider yet, the edge going at the
help the lauded Vernon Philander until he claimed Ian Bell.
                                                                      most comfortable catching height and pace to Graeme Swann at
    And gradually Bell and Jonny Bairstow, the lad who owes his
                                                                      second slip.
place to the absence of Kevin Pietersen and therefore is seen to
                                                                          Philander, a capable batsman with a big first-class century
carry a burden beyond even that which might be expected of
                                                                      to his name, then reached his first Test fifty, from 75 balls, and
someone whose international career is still in its infancy, pulled
                                                                      added a further 31 for the ninth wicket with Morkel, who made
England out of immediate trouble with a 124-run partnership
                                                                      25 before toe ending perhaps the worst delivery of the match,
for the fifth wicket before Bell was well taken at wide slip for
                                                                      from Finn, to force Prior into completing one of the best catches
58. Bairstow, though, will resume the third day on 72, with the
                                                                      of the series, low down and away to his left.
second new ball due in eight overs’ time.
                                                                          If there was a time when he was a clumsy keeper, then his
    It was a spirited response to adversity from the pair. Bell may
                                                                      agility now is a complete contrast. On the first day he exceeded
be an old hand now and has held up South Africa’s progress
                                                                      Bob Taylor’s total of 174 victims, leaving him behind, albeit
in the past, not least when he made 199 against them on this
                                                                      considerably at present, only Alan Knott, Alec Stewart and
ground four years ago. But the novice Bairstow had acquired a
                                                                      Godfrey Evans. When a smart piece of stumping brought the
reputation that preceded him into this match, one garnered at
                                                                      innings to a close, as Philander looked to make what hay he
the hands of the West Indian pace bowler Kemar Roach at Trent
                                                                      could with Tahir at the other end, it brought his victims for the
Bridge earlier this summer.
                                                                      innings to six, equalling his own best, one behind Bob Taylor’s
    For a brief period Roach had bombarded him so wickedly
                                                                      England record achieved against India in 1980.
that at the end of the series Bairstow had lost his place. This did
                                                                          The bowling figures did not tell the full truth of relative
not appear to be the kind of attack with which to rehabilitate
                                                                      merits. If Anderson had lacked rhythm at the outset, then he
him. Those who know him better, however, say that he relishes
                                                                      bowled superbly thereafter and deserved a better share than his
the short ball and he arrived at Lord’s encouraged further by a
                                                                      three for 76 denoted. The most successful was Finn, with four
century for the Lions against Australia A.
                                                                      for 75, but it was by no means a stellar performance from him.
    Inevitably, then, he was greeted by a ring of close fielders
                                                                          Broad just continues to bemuse, a mundane bowler at times
on both sides of the wicket, a bit of chat and the promise of
                                                                      until the force or fancy takes him and he produces bursts of
a working over and, if his preliminary efforts at countering it
                                                                      wicket-taking that leave people shaking their heads. Whatever
looked tentative, then as he gained confidence he began to look
                                                                      it is that suddenly makes him tick, they should analyse and
at home, swaying inside the short ball. There was a willingness
                                                                      then bottle it.
to attack as well, with Imran Tahir taken for three boundaries in
an over and the bouncer taken on despite the fielders set for the
top-edged pull. © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                               
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                                                                       and is looking forward to partnering Wayne Rooney, who
                                                                       managed 38. “Of course I’d love to play with Wayne Rooney,” he
Robin van Persie wants to achieve                                      said. “I’ve said many times before he’s a world-class player, one
greatness with Manchester United                                       of the best. I always look at players and like to see that they can
                                                                       adapt in every single game and Rooney can do that. He scores
• Dutch striker completes £23m move to                                 goals and makes assists.”
Old Trafford                                                               Ferguson pointed to Van Persie’s maturity as a vital addition
                                                                       to United’s dressing room. “He’s what we have needed for the
• Sir Alex Ferguson hails his new striker’s
                                                                       last couple of years,” the Scot said. “He’s got maturity to his
maturity                                                               game, authority, timing and understanding of the game. I think
Jamie Jackson                                                          we will benefit for the next four years and beyond.
                                                                           “He’s a player that every time I gave team talks was a
                                                                       problem for us because he kept popping up in different
                                                                       positions, sometimes on the right, sometimes dropping off,
                                                                       sometimes in the middle, so at least I’ve taken that problem
                                                                           Van Persie’s arrival marks a departure in policy for United,
                                                                       who have recruited players with potential in recent seasons.
                                                                       “It’s true that we are good at buying young players and
                                                                       developing them,” Ferguson said. “We never thought we could
                                                                       get Van Persie, even if you go back six months I couldn’t see us
                                                                       getting him. I didn’t think Arsenal would let him go, but then he
                                                                       refused a new contract and that’s when we acted.
                                                                           “I think the point I’m making about maturity is we needed
                                                                       a finished player. [Paul] Scholes and [Ryan] Giggs are coming
Robin van Persie, centre, is looking forward to playing
                                                                       to the end. I think we were still capable of winning the title
alongside Wayne Rooney after completing a £23m move to
                                                                       without Robin, but he gives us a sort of certainty for the
Manchester United. Photograph: Matthew Peters/Man Utd via
Getty Images
                                                                           Ferguson claimed that his dealings with Wenger had been
Robin van Persie has joined Manchester United to “achieve              friendly. “I can’t elaborate but it was amicable,” he said. “Arsène
greatness”, with the striker stating that the club are a perfect       knew the boy wanted to leave and wanted to come here so that
match for him and that he believes there is no bad feeling             made it easier. But it didn’t make it easier in terms of trying to
between him and Arsenal after the £23m transfer. Asked if he           reduce the fee. He [Wenger] could run a poker school in Govan.
would like to win titles and European Cups at Old Trafford, the        He’s got a great price but we’re also happy.”
Holland striker said: “To do it again. I’d like to be part of that         Regarding whether Van Persie will start at Everton on
because they did it already. I didn’t. That’s what I’d like to do.”    Monday, Ferguson added: “He hasn’t played much, adrenaline
   The signing of Van Persie, who agreed a four-year deal              will help him – we will have a look at him on Saturday and
worth at least £10m a-season, is a coup for Sir Alex Ferguson as       Sunday. After we’ll have a good idea of whether to start him or
Manchester City were also interested. The Dutchman, 29, says           put him on the bench.”
he chose United over City because of their football heritage.              Van Persie’s arrival provides competition for Danny Welbeck,
“Manchester United breathe football in every aspect, for me it         who often partnered Rooney last season, and may finally lead
was quite soon that I made my decision,” he said.                      to Dimitar Berbatov’s departure. “You always learn from great
   “It was based on a lot of things and all those things went to       players, and I think Danny will welcome that,” Ferguson said.
Manchester United. When you have to make a hard decision in            “There’s nothing happened on Berba, there’s been a bit of
your life I always listen to the little boy inside me. What does       interest but nothing definite that has encouraged us to sell.”
he want? That little boy was screaming for Manchester United.
I have had lots of challenges, but how it stands now, this is my
   Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal manager, did not want to lose
Van Persie, who will wear the No20 shirt. But the player does
not believe relations have been damaged. “I would like to

[thank] Arsenal for the last eight years. I would like to thank the
fans and Mr Wenger, they were always great to me. From my
side and Arsenal’s there is no hard feelings, it’s just on certain
elements I had a different view – that’s life. Nobody is angry at
me, I’m not angry at them.
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                                                                        One player Mancini has signed is Jack Rodwell, who cost
                                                                     £15m from Everton. The Italian softened his stance regarding
Roberto Mancini brushes off frustrating                              the midfielder who he previously said was not ready for the first
week at Manchester City                                              team. “He is now and for the future because he’s young,” said
• Joe Hart injury doubt for start of title                              The Italian has hinted at frustrations with Brian Marwood,
defence                                                              the football administrator, who is responsible for transfer
                                                                     policy. But he said: “What I said wasn’t because I have a
• Jack Rodwell the only new face in City’s
                                                                     problem with Brian. When you’re a manager you want to
squad                                                                buy players quickly. At the same time it’s a difficult market, I
Jamie Jackson                                                        appreciate that.”
                                                                        Will there be any more signings? “It was important to start
                                                                     with one. Now we have to concentrate on the game then we
                                                                     have 10 days to the end of the window. I’m sure we will,”
                                                                     Mancini said.
                                                                        While Richards has an ankle issue and Gareth Barry an
                                                                     abdominal problem, Hart’s potential absence is a major blow.
                                                                     Mancini said: “On Sunday we will decide.” While the City and
                                                                     England no1 has a back problem, Richards could miss up to a
                                                                     month. “It will be three or four more weeks, he has a problem
                                                                     with his ankle from the Olympics. It’s two weeks now without

                                                                     Juan Mata in danger of burn-out after
Manchester City’s manager Roberto Mancini, left, has only
one new name to pick from so far this summer, the £12m Jack
                                                                     busy summer, says Chelsea manager
Rodwell. Photograph: Paul Thomas/Getty Images
Ahead of City’s opening match of the season, against                 • Forward played at Euro 2012 and
Southampton on Sunday, Roberto Mancini has had a frustrating         Olympics this summer
start to his quest to retain the title. Joe Hart is a major doubt,   • ‘We run risk of wearing him out,’ says
with Gareth Barry and Micah Richards definitely injured, while       Roberto Di Matteo
the manager also missed signing Robin van Persie and Javi
Martínez as he confirmed that Daniel Agger and Daniele de            David Hytner
Rossi may not arrive.
    Regarding Van Persie, whose transfer to rivals Manchester
United was confirmed on Friday, Mancini attempted to shrug
off the loss.
    He said: “It would have been impossible for him because
we would have had five strikers with Van Persie, [Edin]
Dzeko, [Sergio] Agüero, [Carlos] Tevez and [Mario] Balotelli. It
wouldn’t have been easy for me and also for them. You can only
play with two or three. I’m happy with my strikers.”
    Asked directly if it was frustrating not to land Van Persie,
Mancini said: “No, we have four strikers so it was impossible to
put another striker in the squad, even though he is one of the
    Of Athletic Bilbao’s Martínez, who appears likely to join        The Chelsea manager says he will be close attention to the
Bayern Munich, Mancini said: We talked about him with the            welfare of Juan Mata Photograph: Richard Sellers/Sportsphoto
club. That was another very difficult situation. It wasn’t easy.”    Ltd/Allstar
    Roma’s Daniele de Rossi and Daniel Agger are not now
                                                                     Roberto Di Matteo has admitted that Juan Mata must have
destined for City, according to the manager: “No I don’t think
                                                                     a break in the early season or risk being burned out after his
so, it’s difficult.” Asked why City, despite being regarded as the
                                                                     exertions for Spain over the summer. The midfielder, Chelsea’s
world’s richest club, are missing out on top players, Mancini
                                                                     player of the year in his debut campaign, was a part of Spain’s
said: “Sometimes it’s not enough to have money to spend.
                                                                     Euro 2012 winning squad before he competed, with rather less
Sometimes you should move quickly because when two or
                                                                     success, at the London Olympics. He had been determined to
three top teams are after the players it’s difficult.”
                                                                     make himself available for his country at the Games.
    City’s prudence in the transfer market may be in adherence
                                                                        Di Matteo, though, suggested that Mata had paid a physical
to Uefa’s new Financial Fair Play regulations, yet Chelsea have
                                                                     price and the Chelsea manager has already targeted the period
spent lavishly this summer. “I don’t think it’s just Chelsea.
                                                                     in and around the September international fixtures to give
PSG have spent money too but I don’t want to talk about other
                                                                     his player a rest. He said that Mata acknowledged he needed
clubs,” Mancini said. © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                            
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it and the player himself has spoken to the Spanish Football
Federation on the subject.
    Spain face a friendly against Saudi Arabia in Pontevedra
                                                                         Jessica Ennis brings Midas touch home
on 7 September before they play their opening World Cup                  to Sheffield
qualifier away to Georgia four days later. Either side of the
internationals, Chelsea play Atlético Madrid in the European             City of steel turns to gold as streets, stores
Super Cup on 31 August and Queens Park Rangers at Loftus                 and spectators are adorned in Olympic
Road in the Premier League on 15 September, and Di Matteo
                                                                         colour of homecoming champion
could rest Mata in one or the other to maximise his break.
    Mata played 75 minutes of last Sunday’s Community Shield             James Meikle
defeat against Manchester City and he is in line to start at Wigan
Athletic on Sunday, when Chelsea open their Premier League
    “Mata needs a break because we run the risk of wearing him
out, absolutely,” Di Matteo said. “He’s OK at the moment but
it’s important that you have a rest. We’ll plan it intelligently so
that he won’t be missing too much of our season. There’s been
dialogue with Spain and there’s been some joy. You need to look
after the welfare of the player.”
    Di Matteo has challenged Mata and his other attacking
midfielders, among them the new signings Eden Hazard, Oscar
and Marko Marin, to contribute their share of goals and take
the weight off Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge, his only
established strikers. But if Mata faces a break, Marin is out with
                                                                         Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis is welcomed home by
a hamstring injury and Oscar is set to be eased in gradually, after
                                                                         thousands of fans in Sheffield. Photograph: Stephen Lock/i-
he followed his involvement with Brazil at the Olympics by
playing in their friendly in Sweden on Wednesday night. Oscar
reported to Chelsea’s training ground for the first time only on         Sheffield turned into a sea of gold as thousands packed into its
Thursday afternoon.                                                      centre to greet their homecoming Olympic queen Jessica Ennis.
    “In certain areas we are a bit light, in the attacking areas . . .
but the two strikers we’ve got are very good,” Di Matteo said.              Spectators, trees, lamp-posts, not to forget a postbox, wore
“They can score goals and I’m sure they will. And we need                the colour of her medal as the star heptathlete was greeted by
the other players to chip in . . . Mata, Hazard, Oscar, [Frank]          mayor John Campbell.
Lampard always scores goals and Ramires.                                    “This is my home and this is the place that I love,” Ennis told
    “We’ve signed some very good players and I’m sure                    the eager crowd who had waited her arrival.
they will score goals for us. They have come to a big club,                 There were golden wigs, hats, shirts, and dresses as well as
the expectations are high and the pressure will be on for                an abundance of gold medals around people’s necks. “This is
everybody.”                                                              the steel city and now the steel has turned to gold,” said one,
    Chelsea remain in the market for further attacking signings          watched over by the 80ft (24m) poster of Ennis adorning the
and officials from the club will attempt to progress their pursuit       side of the John Lewis store.
of Wigan’s Victor Moses at the DW Stadium on Sunday.                        “It’s like nothing I have ever seen before”, said 26-year-old
                                                                         Ennis before going out to meet the crowd.
                                                                            “Thank you so much to every single one of you here,” Ennis
                                                                         told them. “If I could thank you all individually, I would. There
                                                                         are so many of you. You’ve been incredible – not just these past
                                                                         few weeks, but the past few years.
                                                                            “You’ve always been there to support me. I can’t thank you

                                                                            Ennis told Sky News: “It has been incredible to step out into
                                                                         Sheffield city centre and see all these people wearing gold.”
                                                                            She explained that she had no need to train abroad because
                                                                         she had everything she needed in Sheffield.
  The Guardian digital edition                                              “We have such great sporting facilities. I have a great coach
  Read the Guardian on the web                                           here. I have everything I need here.”
  exactly the way it was printed.                                           The athlete, who went to school and trained in the city, has
                                                                         a degree in psychology from Sheffield University and is already
  With award-winning Guardian                                            commemorated on the city’s Hollywood-style Walk of Fame.
  photography accessible from
  anywhere in the world. © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                                 
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                                                                     take it on or get under it. And the one thing he did really well
                                                                     was put the bad balls away, which you have to do against a Test
Ian Bell praises the skill and fighting                              attack of this quality.”
qualities of Jonny Bairstow                                             “He got stuck in and got a few runs – well played to him,”
                                                                     said Vernon Philander, the domestique of the South Africa pace
• Kevin Pietersen’s replacement survives                             bowlers, who confirmed that Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel had
South African barrage                                                set out to pepper the Yorkshireman after watching him hopping
                                                                     around against Kemar Roach during England’s first series of the
• Bell marks his promotion to No4 with a
                                                                     summer against West Indies. “After we’ve seen the footage of
half-century                                                         what happened in that series, we were always going to test him
Andy Wilson at Lord’s                                                once or twice.”
                                                                        Inevitably, and through no fault of his own, Pietersen made
                                                                     some impact on the day, as it emerged that he will make his first
                                                                     appearance since being dropped by England in Surrey’s CB40
                                                                     game against his old county Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl on
                                                                        He will not be the only England batsman making a return
                                                                     on Sunday, as Ravi Bopara is also expected to play in Essex’s
                                                                     CB40 game against the Netherlands in Colchester. That will be
                                                                     his first appearance since he withdrew from England’s squad
                                                                     for the second Test against South Africa at Headingley for
                                                                     unspecified personal reasons.
                                                                        Bopara’s return would seem to come just in time for the
                                                                     England selectors to be able to include him in the variety of
                                                                     one-day squads they are planning to name at the end of the
Ian Bell makes the most of his opportunity to bat at No4 for
                                                                     Lord’s Test – for the five-match 50-over series against South
England against South Africa, in place of Kevin Pietersen.
                                                                     Africa, followed by three Twenty20 internationals and then the
Photograph: Philip Brown/REUTERS
                                                                     ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.
For the second time this summer Ian Bell admitted he had                But Pietersen’s return for Surrey comes after Andrew
relished the extra responsibility left on his shoulders by the       Strauss’s confirmation that he has still to regain the trust of the
absence of Kevin Pietersen – who will presumably be delighted        England dressing room and management.
by the resistance shown by England’s new-look middle order, as
he has a financial stake in Bell’s success.
    Bell had already seized the opportunity to open in 50-over
cricket, which was presented by his Mission Sport Management
director’s retirement from that form of the game in May by
hitting two centuries in consecutive games against the West
Indies, and he made an equally impressive fist of his promotion
to No4 in the Test team with a disciplined and skilful 58.
    “I’ve always said I want to keep moving up the order, so it’s
nice to get the opportunity at No4,” he said.

    After coming in at 38 for two Bell saw Alastair Cook and
James Taylor fall cheaply, allowing Pietersen’s Twitter chum
Piers Morgan to gloat and quote “54 for four – ‘England are a
better team without Kevin Pietersen’.”
    However two hours later Morgan was praising a “Superb
fightback 50 from Jonny Bairstow – a real chip off the old block.
#RIP David Bairstow.”                                                  Fantasy League Classic
    Without mentioning Bairstow’s late father, Bell was happy
to agree. “It was a fantastic effort by Jonny,” he said. “You know
                                                                       Manage a squad of 16 players
when you play South Africa it’s going to be tough and he got           and a budget of £75 million.
through it. I’m not too sure about him having shoes to fill but he
showed some great character having been left out of the team.
                                                                       £75,000 worth of prizes to be
    “He had to go away and work hard on certain areas and he           won in weekly, monthly and
was tested and got through the test. As the innings went on we
got to see some of the shots that you hear about him playing in
                                                                       overall competitions. Beat your
county cricket.                                                        nearest and dearest in a friends
    “To be honest, from ball one he looked really good to me,          league.
and he didn’t change as the innings went on, which was great
really. I haven’t spoken to him about what he’s done against 
the short ball but I think he probably committed to one thing,
whereas maybe against West Indies he didn’t know whether to © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                             
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                                                                       “Four or five of their tries came from kicks. We went close a
                                                                    few times but their defence was too good.
St Helens maintain their four-year                                     “They are a top-three team and Saints played better than
unbeaten record against Castleford                                  they have in recent weeks.”

St Helens 44-12 Castleford
                                                                    Sport in brief
Press Association

                                                                    • Chris Froome sets out on Vuelta
                                                                    • Challenge Cup worry for Leeds

Paul Wellens dives across the line to score St Helens’ second
try in their rout of Castleford in the Super League. Photograph:
Craig Brough/Action Images
St Helens’ caretaker coach, Mike Rush, was full of admiration
for his captain, Paul Wellens, after watching his side bounce       Chris Froome, left, leader of the Team Sky team, and his team-
back from two defeats to hammer Castleford. Saints ran in eight     mates in Pamplona, northern Spain, as they prepare for the
tries to maintain their four-year unbeaten record against the       Vuelta a España. Photograph: J Diges/EPA
visitors and make it an unhappy return to his former club for
the Castleford coach, Ian Millward.
                                                                       The Tour de France runner-up and Olympic bronze medallist
    Tommy Makinson grabbed two of the Saints touchdowns,
                                                                    Chris Froome starts the Vuelta a España looking to go one better
including a length-of-the-field effort, with Anthony Laffranchi,
                                                                    than 12 months ago. Last year he finished runner-up, 13sec
Wellens, Chris Flannery, Gary Wheeler, Adam Swift and Jonny
                                                                    behind Juan José Cobo, but after an impressive few months,
Lomax adding tries of their own.
                                                                    finishing second in the Tour de France and third in the Olympic
    It was Wellens, though, who came in for special praise from
                                                                    time-trial, the 27-year-old will spearhead Team Sky’s bid to win
Rush, who said: “Wello was my star man. He scored a try and
                                                                    back-to-back grand tours after Bradley Wiggins was crowned
made another for Tommy Makinson with a long pass. He led
                                                                    champion in Paris last month. “It’s been a pretty chaotic
from the front and told the players this week we need to end
                                                                    summer so far,” he said.
the season well.”
                                                                       “My focus was on getting through the Tour, and then to the
    The St Helens wing Ade Gardner was expected to return
                                                                    end of it. What we did there was a huge achievement for the
after being out since 9 April with an eye injury but was omitted,
                                                                    team and then to carry straight on to the Olympics after that
allowing Makinson to retain his place.
                                                                    made it an epic summer. It wasn’t easy to retain my focus after
    The 20-year-old made the most of his extended chance after
                                                                    the Tour and the schedule has made it harder because I’ve not
collecting a Richard Owen kick near his own line to put Saints
                                                                    had the time to tailor my training specifically for the Vuelta,
26-6 ahead early in the second half.
                                                                    so I’m not going into it the same way as I did the Tour. But I’m
    Rush added: “Tommy was excellent and sometimes young
                                                                    confident, still very motivated, and eager to lead the team for
players need a kick up the backside and he did well.”
                                                                    the first time.”
    Rush also had a smile on his face after being handed only
                                                                       As well as the defending champion Cobo, now riding for the
a £500 suspended fine by the RFL for criticising the referee
                                                                    Movistar team, Alberto Contador races in his first grand tour
Thierry Alibert after their defeat at Wakefield last Sunday.
                                                                    since returning from a ban after testing positive for the anabolic
    Rush said: “I’m the tightest man in the world, so I’m happy I
                                                                    agent clenbuterol. “Alberto has a lot to prove after coming back
don’t have to part with any money.”
                                                                    from his ban,” said Froome.
    Steve Snitch crossed for the Tigers’ second touchdown of the
night with eight minutes left but they were a well beaten side      Rugby league
by then.                                                               Leeds have fitness doubts over the half-back Rob Burrow
    “We were really competitive in the first half but our           ahead of their Challenge Cup final with Warrington next
completion rate went down from 70% to 50%,” the Castleford          weekend. Burrow is carrying a calf strain and has not travelled
coach said.                                                         to France for match with the Catalan Dragons, with the coach,
    “Saints defended really well and I can’t fault our effort and   Brian McDermott, admitting he is a concern for the Wembley
commitment. We had seven players out and three gone and we          showpiece. “Rob has been left out as a precaution, but he’s
are not a big enough club to have that many players out.            not right for the Challenge Cup final at this stage,” he said. © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                            
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“Hopefully the injury will continue to improve with treatment
but it is not right at present.” The Rhinos are desperate for
Burrow to be fit, especially in light of his long-term half-back
                                                                      Christine Ohuruogu finishes third in
partner Danny McGuire being ruled out of the final this week.         400m at Stockholm Diamond League
                                                                      • Ohuruogu was again beaten by Sanya
   The all-rounder John Mooney has been left out of Ireland’s         Richards-Ross
squad for the World Twenty20 due to a fractured finger. He is         • Adam Gemili takes fifth in 100m with
the only major omission from an experienced 15-man squad
                                                                      fearless display
that includes the soon-to-be retired Boyd Rankin, after it was
confirmed the 30-year-old would miss up to three months. “It’s        Press Association
disappointing for both John [Mooney] and the team,” the coach
Phil Simmons said. “He’s suffered two finger injuries and this
latest one won’t heal in time for the start of the tournament.
He’s been a major part of the team for the last three or four years
and it’s disappointing we have to go without him.”

    Rafael Nadal said he needs to make a full recovery from a
nagging knee problem before returning to competition and
hinted that his participation in next month’s Davis Cup tie
against the United States is also in doubt. The Spanish world
No3 has not played since crashing out of Wimbledon in a shock
second-round defeat by the lowly ranked Czech Lukas Rosol
in June. He missed the Olympic tennis and on Wednesday                Sanya Richards-Ross, the Olympic Champion beat Christine
he withdrew from the US Open. “The important thing is to              Ohuruogo again in the 400m at the Diamond League in
recover well and come back when my knee is a 100% perfect,”           Stockholm. Photograph: Fredrik Sandberg/Reuters
Nadal said in a TV interview from his hometown of Manacor
                                                                      The Olympic silver medallist Christine Ohuruogu was third in
in Mallorca. “We’ll see if I will be ready for Gijon, for the Davis
                                                                      the 400m on her return to competition after London 2012 at the
Cup. My goal, my dream, is to be there if the captain has
                                                                      Diamond League meeting in Stockholm.
confidence in me, but it always depends on the captain and the
                                                                          The 28-year-old was second behind Sanya Richards-Ross at
                                                                      the London Games and the American again triumphed night in
                                                                      49.89sec, with Botswana’s world champion, Amantle Montsho,
                                                                      in second. Ohuruogu’s time was 50.77.
                                                                          Adam Gemili just missed out on making the 100m final at the
                                                                      Olympic stadium and on Friday night he was fifth in 10.22 as his
                                                                      burgeoning career continued in Sweden.
                                                                          The world junior champion is completing his first full season
                                                                      in the sport but he has shown no fear against more decorated
                                                                      rivals and on Friday night he was only 0.10 sec from a place in
                                                                      the first three.
                                                                          The United States’ Ryan Bailey – fifth in London – won in 9.93
                                                                      ahead of Nesta Carter and Michael Frater, both of whom were

                                                                      part of the Jamaican 4x100m relay team that set a world record
                                                                      in London.
                                                                          Britain’s Shara Proctor was fourth in the women’s long jump
                                                                      with a best effort of 6.68m, one centimetre off the top three.
                                                                      Yelena Sokolova, silver medallist in London, was first with
                                                                      6.82m, with the Olympic champion, Brittney Reese, down in
  Are you getting the best deal on                                    ninth.

  your mortgage?                                                          Holly Bleasdale, sixth in the capital, returned to action
                                                                      in the pole vault to finish seventh with 4.46m. The Olympic
  Compare over 8500 mortgages                                         champion, Jenn Suhr, showed signs of a victory hangover as she
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                                                                   home side, the impressive Mark Wood edging behind in the
                                                                   penultimate over for a promising 30 while his captain, Paul
Mark Stoneman puts Durham in driving                               Collingwood, reached a half-century from 110 balls with a slog-
seat against Nottinghamshire                                       sweep in the day’s final over.
                                                                      With an excellent weather forecast for Saturday, Durham are
Durham 194 and 301-7; Nottinghamshire 154                          odds-on to wrap up their third consecutive Championship win.

Scott Oliver at Trent Bridge

                                                                   The year 1990 is proving an all-time
                                                                   vintage for chess births
                                                                   Leonard Barden

                                                                                                     Russia stages the world’s
                                                                                                     strongest national title contest,
                                                                                                     yet its 2012 version in Moscow
                                                                                                     had a strange finish. There were
                                                                                                     75% draws in the main event
                                                                                                     and a six-way tie on 6/11. A
                                                                                                     combative tie-breaker of one-
                                                                                                     hour games ended in victory for
Paul Collingwood, the Durham captain, made a half-century                                           Dmitry Andreikin, who beat the
against Nottinghamshire in the County Championship..                                                 six-time champion and holder,
Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images                             3267: D Andreikin v               Peter Svidler, in zestful style.
                                                                   S Sjugirov, Russian                   This career-best result for
Nottinghamshire’s already faint County Championship hopes
                                                                   championship 2012. Black          the 22-year-old is significant on
were all but snuffed out on day three at Trent Bridge as in-form
                                                                   hoped for 1 Nxf8 Kxf8             two counts. First, it cemented
Durham, in the wake of Graham Onions’s devastating career-
                                                                   when the Bh6 and Ne5 are         the reputation of 1990 as the
best spell of nine for 67, built what looks an insurmountable
                                                                   both attacked, so how did        all-time vintage year for chess
lead of 341 as they closed on 301 for seven.
   The foundation of their efforts was a maiden Championship       White (to play) win in style? births. World No1 Magnus
                                                                   Illustration: Graphic             Carlsen, world rapid champion
hundred of the season – and only the third of his career – for
                                                                                                     Sergey Karjakin, France’s
the 25-year-old opener, Mark Stoneman. His contribution
                                                                   Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and England’s youngest grandmaster
was based on judicious leaving of the ball and playing late in
                                                                   David Howell are all 1990-born.
defence, classic virtues of the opener’s art when the ball is
                                                                       Andreikin’s rivalry with Carlsen and Karjakin began more
nibbling off the seam.
                                                                   than a decade ago in the world and European under-10 and
   It was far from being grim and gritty, however, as he adorned
                                                                   under-12s. As a teenager Andreikin struggled to match them,
his innings with several efficient clips off his pads, pulled
                                                                   but he won the world junior (under-20) title in 2010 while his
authoritatively and, when the ball was full, drove handsomely
                                                                   Moscow victory ahead of Karjakin makes him a live contender
through the covers. Such was the shot that took him to three
                                                                   for the top.
figures, leaning on a ball from Graeme White and caressing it
                                                                       Second, Andreikin’s triumph is a significant boost for speed
for four, to his evident delight. “It was nice to get the three
                                                                   chess on the internet as a way to improve your game. He is
figures,” he said, “but more importantly we backed up what we
                                                                   “DSquared” at the Internet Chess Club (
did yesterday.”
                                                                   where he has played over 4,000 games in recent years. Most of
   Having briefly been roused into life during a sedate first
                                                                   these were one-minute (that’s one minute for ALL your moves)
session when two vociferous appeals were turned down by the
                                                                   or three-minute.
umpire Steve Gale, the Nottinghamshire fielders did not seem
                                                                       In England, where junior results have disappointed in recent
particularly keen to see the back of the Newcastle-born batsman
                                                                   years, many English Chess Federation coaches discourage
as both Alex Hales and Paul Franks made a meal of simple
                                                                   internet speed play as a serious training tool. I think they are
catches in the deep within two balls of each other.
                                                                   wrong – fast web games are cheap, stimulating, an ideal way to
   Fortunately it mattered not. The ball after Franks had
                                                                   test new opening ideas and a proven GM aid.
palmed his chance over the ropes at long-leg Ben Phillips, the
                                                                       Below, though Svidler’s opening is a tad passive (8 b3!) his
pick of the Notts bowlers, trapped Stoneman lbw with one of
                                                                   real error is weakening his castled king’s pawn guard by 17
the day’s few grubbers, by which time he had scored 114 of the
                                                                   f4?(Nf4), 22 g4? (Nd2), and 26 exf6? (Nh4). Black gets three
185 runs on the board from 147 balls with 14 boundaries and
                                                                   open files for attack supported by ranging knights, then goes
that solitary six.
                                                                   for a sophisticated winning plan by 37 . . . Qxh5! The ending has
   The rain drew in immediately after Phil Mustard was
                                                                   bishops of opposite colours but at the finish White is helpless
dismissed eight runs later, edging an attempted pull from Andy
                                                                   against Nd3xb2.
Carter, and kept the players off for an hour and a half.
                                                                       P Svidler v D Andreikin
   On resumption Nottinghamshire dismissed both Dale
                                                                       1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 e5 c5 4 c3 Nc6 5 Nf3 Qb6 6 a3 c4 7 Nbd2 Bd7
Benkenstein and Scott Borthwick cheaply but a seventh-wicket
                                                                   8 g3?! Na5 9 h4 Ne7 10 Bh3 h6 11 h5 Nc8 12 O-O Qc7 13 Ne1 Nb6
partnership of 61 took the game away from a forlorn looking
                                                                   14 Qe2 O-O-O 15 Ng2 Be7 16 Rb1 Rdg8 17 f4? g6 18 Nf3 Kb8 19 © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                            
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Kh2 Nc6 20 Be3 Bd8 21 Bf2 Ne7 22 g4? gxh5 23 gxh5 Nf5 24 Rg1          50 off 66 balls. He and Ross Whiteley put on 112 for the fifth
Ng7 25 Nd2 f5 26 exf6? Bxf6 27 Nf1 Nc8 28 Ng3 Nd6 29 Ne3 Bh4          wicket and Durston looked likely to add a century to the five
30 Qf3 Be8 31 Bg4 Qf7 32 Rbf1 Bxg3+ 33 Bxg3 Ngf5 34 Re1 Ne4 35        wickets he took in Yorkshire’s innings when the off-spinner
Bxf5 exf5 36 Bh4 Nd2 37 Qe2 Qxh5! 38 Qxh5 Bxh5 39 Bf6 Nf3+            Azeem Rafiq – whose introduction was delayed far too long
40 Kh1 Nxe1 41 Bxh8 Bf3+ 42 Kh2 Rxg1 43 Kxg1 Be4 0-1                  by Andrew Gale – squeezed a delivery past a tentative forward
   3267 1 Bxg7! Nxg7 2 Rxg7+! Kxg7 3 Qg4+ Kh8 4 Nf6! Nxf6             defensive shot and via the pads on to the stumps.
5 Qh4+ Kg7 6 Qg5+ Kh8 7 Qxf6+ Kg8 8 Qg5+ Kh8 9 Qh6+ and                  It was hard to understand when, following a two-hour rain
mates.                                                                break, Gale threw the ball to Bresnan. Again he failed to make
                                                                      a breakthrough but Patterson finally got a delivery to leave
                                                                      Whiteley, giving Hodd a fourth victim.
Ryan Sidebottom stuns Derbyshire and                                     After seeing Tom Poynton missed by Hodd – a difficult
gives Yorkshire a shot in the arm                                     chance off an attempted cut – Rafiq picked up his man leg-
                                                                      before and, when Tony Palladino went in the same way first ball
                                                                      to Rashid, Yorkshire’s spirits were sufficiently revived to make
Yorkshire 420; Derbyshire 233-8                                       the final day a fascinating prospect.
Richard Rae at Headingley

                                                                      Luke Dorn inspires London Broncos to
                                                                      victory over weakened Warrington

                                                                      London Broncos 62-18 Warrington
                                                                      Press Association

Ryan Sidebottom’s wickets revived Yorshire during their game
against Derbyshire. Photograph: Harry Engels/Getty Images
Having reduced Derbyshire to 42 for four after an hour’s play,
Yorkshire made such hard work of taking another four wickets
that it is far from certain that they will go on to win this match.
Such an outcome will be even more unlikely if the Division Two
leaders go on to avoid the follow-on, which they will do if their
last two wickets can cobble together another 38 runs.                 Luke Dorn lands on his back but still manages to touch
    The weather played a part, with 24 overs lost to rain during      down for one of his four tries for London Broncos against
the afternoon, but so too did Yorkshire’s marked failure to           Warrington. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Images
support an outstanding spell by Ryan Sidebottom. The former           Luke Dorn grabbed four tries as London enjoyed a
England bowler, back in championship action after missing four        comprehensive victory over a weakened Warrington side at The
matches with a calf injury, swung the ball at a good pace from        Stoop.
the Rugby Stand End and was rewarded by picking up three                 Dorn struck in each half as part of a 10-try Broncos assault as
wickets for nine runs in 24 balls.                                    Tony Smith’s decision to rest eight first-team regulars including
    All three – Usman Khawaja, Matt Lineker and Dan Redfern           Lee Briers, Joel Monaghan and Brett Hodgson ahead of next
– were superbly caught behind by the Sussex wicket-keeper             Saturday’s Challenge Cup final backfired.
Andrew Hodd. Given he already had an excellent half-century              But the London Broncos coach Tony Rea refused to get
to his name it has been some Yorkshire debut for Hodd, who has        carried away despite seeing his side earn their third straight
signed a contract to cover for Jonny Bairstow until the end of        win. “I think this is a reflection of us at the minute,” Rea said.
the season.                                                              “We have been building things over the last few weeks and
    The one-handed diving effort low to his right to pick up what     we are really in control of what we are doing. It was a game for
looked like an authentic leg glance by Khawaja was particularly       the offload and a broken ball sort of game and we did it well.
outstanding, while both Lineker and Redfern were taken with              “Results like this do happen ahead of cup finals, but we just
absolute certainty well to his left in front of first slip.           want to concentrate on ourselves.”
    Unfortunately for Yorkshire, while Sidebottom then began             Dorn was the Broncos’ hero, grabbing four tries for the
to tire, understandably enough, Tim Bresnan looked strong             second time in a week as the Broncos moved up to 12th in the
enough to bowl all day, but his accuracy was woeful and,              Super League table.
when he did make the batsmen play, he rarely found enough                For 30-year-old Dorn it took his tally in London colours to
movement off the pitch to beat the bat.                               102 tries, making the Australian the first Broncos player to break
    Steven Patterson was even more inconsistent and Wes               the century barrier.
Durston took full advantage, hitting eight fours in going to his         Not only that, but the result also stopped Warrington going © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                              
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top of the Super League and has given them plenty to think
about a week before their Wembley final against Leeds Rhinos.
    Kieran Dixon got the ball rolling for the hosts, with further
first-half tries coming from Will Lovell, Dorn and Omari Caro.
    The tries kept coming in the second half, with Dorn adding
three more, along with scores from Michael Robertson (two),
Julien Rinaldi and a Craig Gower penalty.
    For Warrington coach Smith, it was a chastening experience
with little consolation to be gained from the tries scored
through Stefan Ratchford, Richie Myler and Rhys Williams as
they were always chasing the game.
    Smith said: “There were plenty of lessons for us out there
and we need to dust ourselves down quick. It is not the end of
the world but we are certainly looking at it.
    “This game is all about momentum and when London really
got on a roll in the second half we just could not seem to stem
the tide.” © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                              

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