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Chelsea breach Reading’s resistance to
move to Premier League summit
Chelsea scored three times without answer to defeat Reading 4-2 at
Stamford Bridge and move to the top of the Premier League Page 2



Brendan Rodgers: Newcastle’s offer for
Andy Carroll is a ‘liberty’
Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, has derided Newcastle’s
offer to re-sign Andy Carroll Page 3



Premiership and Top 14 clubs threaten
breakaway from Heineken Cup
English and French clubs have threatened to leave the Heineken
Cup because they feel the qualifying process gives the Celtic clubs
an unfair advantage Page 4



Pietersen’s England                          Cheers ring out for                          US Open names                   Phillip Hughes hits a
contract in doubt as                         Sir Henry Cecil after                        Victoria Azarenka as            century for Durham
Strauss holidays Page 5                      Frankel’s York success                       No1 seed in women’s             against Worcestershire
                                             Page 6                                       draw Page 8                     Page 9
Frankel scores
by seven lengths                             Paralympics athletes                         Oakland Athletics’              Marcus Trescothick
in Juddmonte                                 arrive in London                             Bartolo Colón gets              seizes the day for
International at York                        on busiest day for                           50-game ban for                 Somerset against
Page 6                                       Heathrow Page 7                              testosterone use Page 8         Sussex Page 9




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                                                                      with Fulham earlier this year, a rapid supply-line from wide
                                                                      provided by McCleary and the slippery Jobi McAnuff.
Chelsea breach Reading’s resistance to                                    Chelsea, a team with only one clean sheet in 15 games
move to Premier League summit                                         including pre-season friendlies, – a sequence stretching back to
                                                                      the trip to Arsenal in April – heaved but failed to contain them.
Dominic Fifield at Stamford Bridge                                    This back-line has tended to creak of late.
                                                                          Even normally reliable performers such as Cech – so
                                                                      outstanding at the Allianz Arena – and John Terry have been
                                                                      unnerved by the sudden frailty. The goalkeeper should have
                                                                      gathered Danny Guthrie’s free-kick after his captain had
                                                                      thwarted McAnuff’s run illegally, only to misjudge the flight of
                                                                      the ball. As he flopped to his left, the shot cannoned from his
                                                                      body and into the corner of the net with those in the Matthew
                                                                      Harding stand behind him hushed in disbelief.
                                                                          Reading had not beaten Chelsea in the league since a Second
                                                                      Division game in 1930. What made their advantage all the more
                                                                      startling was that they might have felt scorched by the home
                                                                      side’s opening. The lead was as much a triumph of resilience as
                                                                      any threat on the break.
                                                                          For a while it had felt as if the visitors would be swept away
Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is put under pressure by the Reading
                                                                      amid Chelsea’s glorious rat-a-tat exchanges, the initial flurries
midfielder Danny Guthrie. Photograph: Mark Thompson/
                                                                      the kind to leave Roman Abramovich drooling with satisfaction
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                                                                      from the sidelines. Hazard and Juan Mata had pinged passes
Chelsea perch on top of the fledgling Premier League table,           among themselves, fluorescent-shirted Reading players dizzied
restored to the summit for the first time in almost 21 months,        by the movement and diving in on thin air as they attempted to
yet that is where the prescribed script from this frantic occasion    intercept. The Belgian’s touch and burst of pace have made him
has to be ditched. Where the locals might have anticipated            an immediate crowd-pleaser, his trickery teasing the foul from
a saunter, instead the emotion that gripped this stadium on           Chris Gunter to earn an early penalty dispatched emphatically
the final whistle was one of relief. It felt like an achievement      by Frank Lampard. Hazard warnings will be issued throughout
to deflate and defeat Reading, newly arrived from the                 the Premier League with this the second spot kick he has won in
Championship.                                                         successive games.
    It even took a dubious goal to break the visitors near the end,       The home players had tapped into that tempo, Torres
Fernando Torres stabbing Ashley Cole’s centre into an empty           nutmegging Jem Karacan and gliding from Gorkss only for
net despite standing clear of the last defender, Kaspars Gorkss.      Pearce to choke the shot in front of goal. Yet, by the interval, the
The linesman was unmoved as visiting players legitimately             old anxieties were threatening to creep back in, with the game
appealed for offside, the home side’s fourth goal duly scored         of catch-up so unexpected. Torres should have guided a header
deep into stoppage time by Branislav Ivanovic from Eden               from Hazard’s centre on target having squeezed between
Hazard’s break with the visiting goalkeeper, Adam Federici,           opposing centre-halves.
still in no man’s land up-field after going up for a corner. Anton        Chelsea had ran aground on Reading resistance when
Zingarevich, Reading’s owner, cursed such ill fortune. Not all        the introduction of Oscar for his compatriot Ramires thrust
Russian billionaires thrive in these parts.                           together this team’s most creative trio of talents for the first
    The mood had been one of celebration on the Fulham Road           time. Daniel Sturridge soon followed, so there was an irony that
prior to kick-off, the players reintroduced to the home support       it was Gary Cahill, allowed time and space midway through
as “European champions” with this a homecoming 95 days                the second half, who was to swerve an equaliser from distance
after Chelsea’s giddy night in Munich. Yet while Chelsea rightly      through Federici’s weak attempt to save to haul them level. It
still bask in their success back in May, this contest offered a       would take Torres’ late good fortune to edge them to victory.
harsh reminder that their new-look team is very much a work in
progress.




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    The opening period had summed up the awkward blend
with which Roberto Di Matteo is still grappling. For 25 minutes
the hosts had appeared untouchable, an irresistible attacking
blur of movement hogging the ball and threatening every time
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of the period, they shrunk into sloppiness, rendered prone              Millionaire,
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                                                                      the manager added: “He is due to start but he has felt a slight
                                                                      twinge, so we have had it looked at and scanned. We will see
Brendan Rodgers: Newcastle’s offer for                                what his response is over the next 24 hours. If he is available
Andy Carroll is a ‘liberty’                                           and then fit, he will start.”
                                                                          Liverpool appear to have priced Manchester City out of a
• North-east club want loan with view to                              deal for Daniel Agger, who is suspended for Sunday’s home
£12m transfer                                                         game against the Premier League champions and therefore
                                                                      expected to start the play-off. “I can’t see anything at this stage
• I would be nutcase to agree, says
                                                                      to be honest. He is not a player that I want to lose,” Rodgers
Liverpool manager                                                     added. “Like every player in the group, if someone comes
Andy Hunter                                                           in with a big, big offer then that might be out of my hands in
                                                                      relation to the club and where it is at with finances. I have never
                                                                      thought that I was going to lose Daniel. Secondly he doesn’t
                                                                      want to go. I wouldn’t see us losing Daniel.”
                                                                          Rodgers admits he selected the Liverpool squad with City
                                                                      in mind and, with José Enrique also absent through injury, the
                                                                      youngsters Jack Robinson, Jon Flanagan and Raheem Sterling
                                                                      may get a European start. He said: “I have to protect some of
                                                                      my players. We have a massive game at the weekend. But I trust
                                                                      my players and trust the squad and I have no problems with
                                                                      changing the side around.”
                                                                          The Hearts manager, John McGlynn, believes the timing of
                                                                      the Europa League tie may suit the Scottish club. McGlynn said:
                                                                      “They [Liverpool] are in this transition period with the manager
                                                                      trying to get them to play the way Swansea played. That’s not
Andy Carroll, left, will to start his first match under the new
                                                                      necessary a weakness, but maybe we can take the opportunity.
Liverpool manager if he responds well to a slight hamstring
                                                                      If we were to play them in six weeks and they were further
problem Photograph: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty
                                                                      down the line they might be more ready. We’re hoping to catch
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                                                                      them at a good time. Our flair players must take them on and
Brendan Rodgers has accused Newcastle United of taking                we’ll pick a team along that lines. We don’t just want to sit back
liberties by attempting to re-sign Andy Carroll on loan and           and hope it’s 0-0.”
claimed he would have to be “a nutcase” to offload the England            Probable teams:
international given the current paucity of Liverpool’s attack.            Hearts (4-2-3-1): MacDonald; R McGowan, Zaliukas, Webster,
    The Liverpool manager is prepared to sell the most                Grainger; Barr, Taouil; Paterson, Templeton, Novikovas; Sutton
expensive English footballer in history to raise additional               Liverpool (4-3-3): Reina; Flanagan, Coates, Agger, Robinson;
transfer funds but has not received a suitable offer for the          Henderson, Spearing, Allen; Downing, Carroll, Sterling.
23-year-old, who is reluctant to leave Anfield. Newcastle want            Referee F Meyer (Ger). TV ITV4, 7pm
Carroll on loan with a view to a permanent £12m transfer
– providing Liverpool pay half his £80,000 weekly wage – but
Rodgers says they are the last club he would accept a cut-price
deal from.
    Rodgers has grave concerns over the depth of the Liverpool
squad, although that has not deterred him from resting Luis
Suárez, Steven Gerrard, Martin Skrtel and Glen Johnson




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for Thursday’s Europa League play-off first leg at Heart of
Midlothian. He hopes to give Carroll his first start of the season
at Tynecastle should the striker overcome a slight hamstring
problem and says, with three senior forwards at his disposal,
he cannot afford to release the centre-forward without a
replacement lined up.
    “There is absolutely no chance [of a loan deal] – and certainly     Compare and buy
not Newcastle,” the Liverpool manager said. “Newcastle got
£35m for this player last year. To even consider wanting to take
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    As for Carroll’s prospects of a first start under Rodgers,
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                                                                     by forming the Pro 12,” said McCafferty. “It is like me saying that
                                                                     the Premiership has to provide a qualifier from the south-west.
Premiership and Top 14 clubs threaten                                It cannot be good for the competition that you do not have the
breakaway from Heineken Cup                                          best sides qualifying. Aironi were disbanded at the end of the
                                                                     last season and the newly formed Zebres go straight into the
• English and French clubs want qualifying                           Heineken Cup.
process changed                                                          “Are the Italian teams ready for the Heineken Cup given their
                                                                     record? It is all put into perspective when some really big names
• Premiership chief says Celtic nations have
                                                                     are not involved and the system plays a role in the way Leinster
unfair advantage                                                     and Munster have dominated the competition in recent years.
Paul Rees                                                            European Rugby Cup Ltd is dragging its heels and I cannot
                                                                     understand it.”
                                                                         McCafferty acknowledged that the two sides were
                                                                     approaching the problem from different directions. “Some
                                                                     80% of our business is the Aviva Premiership,” he went on. “It
                                                                     is what drives our revenue and gates. I understand the Pro 12
                                                                     model is different, but we cannot damage our core competition
                                                                     for 20% [the Heineken Cup]. ERC should know that we are
                                                                     serious and while the issue has to be resolved, everyone has to
                                                                     realise we cannot carry on as we are. If it is not, we would go to
                                                                     an Anglo-French competition and if others wanted to join us,
                                                                     fair enough.
                                                                         “I feel for the Welsh regions because they are caught in
                                                                     the middle. They have financial issues and you cannot build a
                                                                     business on three home games. Ireland have a central system
Premiership and Top 14 clubs have threatened to blow apart
                                                                     with the union funding everything apart from the overseas
the Heineken Cup competition by forming a breakaway
                                                                     players. Wales are reliant on private money largely and they
tournament. Photograph: Paul Harding/Action Images
                                                                     need a business with 15 home fixtures. I think changing the
The leading clubs in the Aviva Premiership in England and Top        qualification for Europe would strengthen the RaboDirect.”
14 in France are ready to organise an alternative tournament to          ERC denied that it had been slow to respond. “We have held
the Heineken Cup because they feel European rugby’s premier          meetings with all our shareholders and asked them to draw up
club competition is weighted too heavily in favour of the Celtic     proposals which will be considered at next month’s meeting.
nations.                                                             Notice was served by the French and English clubs and the
    Leinster and Munster have dominated the Heineken Cup in          French Rugby Federation at the beginning of June and it was
recent years, winning the trophy between them in five of the         agreed at a board meeting a few days afterwards was that we
last seven seasons with Leinster champions three times in the        would have a workshop in September after holding briefings
last four tournaments.                                               with everyone.
    Rivals in England and France believe the success of the Irish        “We do not want to enter a war of words with Premiership
sides is largely because they are able to rest players regularly     Rugby, but we have been working away in the background and
during the RaboDirect Pro 12 campaign as qualification for           we are in the second phase of the consultation process.”
the following season’s Heineken Cup is a virtual formality,
something that is not the case in the Aviva Premiership and Top
14.
    “Most of the Ireland squad will not be released for the Pro 12
until rounds three or four, something they could not do if they
depended on their finishing position in the league for European
qualification,” said Mark McCafferty, the chief executive of




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Premiership Rugby. “The clubs in England and France have
served two years’ notice that we intend to pull out of Europe
because there needs to be a level playing field.
    “So far, the response from the other countries has been slow,
even though we are not sabre-rattling. We have not been locked
in talks and there is no meeting about the issue until the end of
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    The English and French clubs want to ration the Pro 12
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    “I think those countries have effectively made that decision
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                                                                      captain has returned from a short break with his family, and
                                                                      before he plays a County Championship match for Middlesex
Pietersen’s England contract in doubt as                              next week in an attempt to rebuild his own batting confidence.
Strauss holidays                                                         “Regardless of central contracts, I wouldn’t like to put a time
                                                                      frame on it because that might be unrealistic,” said Flower. “To
• Andy Flower says ‘issues of trust’ cannot                           resolve certain issues of trust and mutual respect, it might take
be resolved quickly                                                   longer than that.”
                                                                         Flower also took his share of responsibility for allowing
• Talks may extend beyond naming of India
                                                                      the relationship between Pietersen and the rest of the team
tour squad                                                            to deteriorate to the point where he had to be excluded,
Andy Wilson                                                           specifically for not tackling the issue of the spoof KP Genius
                                                                      Twitter account which amused several England players largely
                                                                      because the real KP struggled to see the funny side of it.
                                                                         “I could have nipped that in the bud earlier,” said Flower.
                                                                      “[But] let’s just be perfectly clear on the severity of the
                                                                      situation. There is one thing a few players having a giggle at a
                                                                      Twitter account, there is another on some of the issues that
                                                                      we have seen rear their heads over the last two weeks. I don’t
                                                                      think text messages from an England player to South African
                                                                      players with some of the content I’ve heard that is in them is my
                                                                      responsibility.
                                                                         “The issue is not specifically between the captain and
                                                                      Pietersen. There are a number of unresolved issues and it would
                                                                      be inaccurate to judge it as just an issue between those two.
                                                                         “I understand some people would like this resolved
Kevin Pietersen speaks to former England captain Nasser
                                                                      overnight. I don’t think it is something that can be resolved
Hussain before the CB40 match against Glamorgan at the Oval,
                                                                      overnight if we want to go about it properly. An example of
where he heard of his omission from the England t20 and one-
                                                                      that would be finding out exactly what these text messages
day squads. Photograph: Philip Brown/REUTERS
                                                                      contained if we do really want to move forward either way.
Andy Flower has dropped the strongest hint yet that Kevin                “He sent an apology via his agent to the ECB. If you are
Pietersen will not be offered a new central contract by England       going to move on from situations such as this you need to
next month. It means his exclusion from international cricket         know exactly what situation you are moving on from, so I think
will almost certainly continue through the four-Test tour of          we need to get to the bottom of some of this speculation and
India and increases the possibility that it could be permanent.       rumours before we move on. I think it’s always nice to have a
    In a series of interviews to review England’s 2-0 series defeat   large element of upfront honesty.
by South Africa the team director expressed his doubts that              “There are certain behaviours that are unacceptable and I
the “deep issues of trust and respect” that led to Pietersen’s        think we’ve seen some of that just recently. So to move forward
omission from the third Test at Lord’s – including the texts          we must get over those hurdles.”
he sent about his captain, Andrew Strauss, to members of the             Flower backed Strauss to “come back feeling very strong”
South Africa team during the first Test at The Oval – can be          despite his own batting problems. “I think he is a bit drained,”
resolved before the next batch of contracts are awarded.              he said of the captain. “It’s been a hard series for him.
    Flower expects the contract negotiations to be completed          Obviously he’s been a superb leader for us, he would have
at around the same time that England name their squad for             wanted to score more runs and that has a wearing effect. And
the India tour, which he said would be before the team leave          then these peripheral issues have taken a lot of his energy and
for their defence of the World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka on         his enjoyment out of the last few weeks. I think he’s done the
13 September – without Pietersen, whose omission from that            right thing to get away for a few days with his family so he can
squad was confirmed on Tuesday before he made 43 from 43              recuperate, and he’ll come back. He’s a strong bloke.”
balls for Surrey in a CB40 match against Glamorgan at The Oval.
    That leaves Pietersen less than three weeks to convince the




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England camp that he is genuinely contrite for the texts and
committed to putting all forms of international cricket ahead of
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Frankel scores by seven lengths in                                     Cheers ring out for Sir Henry Cecil after
Juddmonte International at York                                        Frankel’s York success

• Classy rivals and new distance prove no                              • Ailing trainer made first public
problem for colt                                                       appearance for months
• Ailing trainer Sir Henry Cecil present to                            • I feel 20 years better, he says after
see 13th success                                                       watching easy win
Will Hayler at York                                                    Greg Wood at York




Frankel, far left, powers clear of his rivals in the Juddmonte         Sir Henry Cecil walked with a stick and spoke few words
International at York. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty                during his appearance at York to watch Frankel. Photograph:
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Frankel barely had to come out of second gear to maintain his          Frail but still fighting, Sir Henry Cecil was at the Knavesmire to
unbeaten record and confirm his status as the world’s greatest         see Frankel win his 13th race on Wednesday and the cheers as
racehorse when strolling to success by seven lengths in the            the four-year-old returned to the winner’s enclosure were as
Juddmonte International Stakes at York. Neither a slow break           much for the most popular and successful Flat trainer of the last
from the starting stalls nor the move up to a new distance of          40 years as for his unbeaten horse.
10 furlongs proved the remotest hindrance to the champion,                 When Frankel won the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood three
backed into odds of just 1-10, who sauntered past his rivals in        weeks ago, Cecil was absent for the first time in Frankel’s career
the home straight and cruised home under Tom Queally.                  as he recovered from his latest session of chemotherapy for
    The three pacemakers, Robin Hood, Windsor Palace and               stomach cancer, with which he was diagnosed six years ago.
Bullet Train, all ensured that the race was run at a decent            He had not been seen on a racecourse since but the Juddmonte
pace and the field were soon stretched out. But, riding more           International, which is sponsored by the stud of Frankel’s
confidently than ever before, Queally was content to allow             owner, Prince Khalid Abdullah, was clearly not a race that Cecil
his mount to gradually work into the race and, when he drew            was willing to miss.
alongside St Nicholas Abbey at the two-furlong pole, Joseph                Abdullah remained loyal to Cecil when the loss of several
O’Brien on the other horse was working twice as hard just to try       high-profile owners, including Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai,
and keep tabs on the winner.                                           and a series of setbacks in Cecil’s personal life threatened to
    Instead of the fiery youngster who tormented his rivals            bring his training career to an end in undeserved obscurity. For
with sheer power last year, Frankel is a fully matured racehorse       several seasons the winners dried up, but the steady stream of
who has gone from strength to further strength this season             well-bred yearlings from the Juddmonte breeding operation did
and he hardly turned a hair, either before the race or after it as     not.
he paraded in front of York’s packed grandstands to a hero’s               Cecil had a stick for support in the paddock before this race,
reception.                                                             but he was able to discuss tactics with his three jockeys before
    Godolphin’s Farhh kept on determinedly to deny St Nicholas         legging all three into the saddle. After the race, however, he
Abbey of second place by a nose.                                       struggled to say more than a few words, his voice reduced to a
    The winning trainer, Sir Henry Cecil, who has been                 whisper as the result of an illness contracted as a side effect of
struggling to cope with recent sessions of chemotherapy, was           his cancer treatment.
at York to watch the race, making his first public appearance for          “That was great, wasn’t it?” Cecil said. “It’s great for
months. He spoke briefly on Channel 4 after the race, saying it        Yorkshire, they are very supportive of racing and they deserve
had made him feel “about 20 years better”.                             to see him. I feel 20 years better.”
    “For Henry to bring the horse to York in this shape and for            Cecil’s approach to post-race interviews, with his head
him to perform at this level in front of such a big crowd, it’s like   tilted quizzically to one side and questions of his own
a dream,” said Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to the colt’s          scattered throughout his responses, has always been one of the
owner, Khalid Abdullah.                                                characteristics that so endeared him to the racing public. His
                                                                       ability to bounce back in the face of adversity has also earned
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immense admiration for one of the greatest trainers that the
sport has seen. He has been the champion trainer 10 times and
has won an English Classic in each of the past five decades, a
                                                                        Paralympics athletes arrive in London
total of 25 in all stretching back to Bolkonski in the 1975 2,000       on busiest day for Heathrow
Guineas.
    It was clear to the racegoers at York just how much Cecil’s         Over 2,000 competitors and delegates
long fight against cancer has taken out of him, but obvious             expected through airport in what should be
too how much his horses, and Frankel in particular, still mean
                                                                        peak for pre-Games arrivals
to the master of Warren Place. Cecil himself has always been
reluctant to compare the great horses to have passed through            Lizzy Davies and agencies
his hands, perhaps out of loyalty to their memory, but there
is no longer any doubt as to whether Frankel is the best horse
that he has trained during his 43 years with a licence. The
only question that remains is whether Frankel is the best that
anyone has ever trained.
    That argument could be put to rest by Frankel’s next, and
probably final, race, in particular if it were to be a victory in the
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Europe’s most prestigious middle-
distance event. Frankel was not entered for the race, apparently
at Cecil’s request, but after this victory over an extended 10
furlongs, a little over a furlong and a half below the 12-furlong
trip of the Arc, the possibility was floated once again.
    Prince Khalid will take the final decision on where Frankel
runs next, but Cecil is sure to have plenty of input into the
                                                                        Paralympians from Thailand arrive at Heathrow airport.
process. A point which will not be considered, though, since
                                                                        Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA
Frankel is all that matters, is that the Arc is just about the only
major European race that Cecil has yet to win. Instead, he will,        Athletes competing in the Paralympics have begun jetting into
as ever, rely on his instincts. The horse will tell him where to go.    Britain in large numbers, on what is expected to be the busiest
                                                                        day at Heathrow airport in the runup to the Games.
                                                                            A spokesman for the airport said about 200 people, including
                                                                        around 80 wheelchair users, arrived on Wednesday morning,
                                                                        with a total of 2,100 Paralympics competitors and delegates
                                                                        expected throughout the day. Despite a nearby fire causing
                                                                        delays of 15-20 minutes in the first two hours of the day, he
                                                                        added, Paralympian arrivals were progressing “very smoothly”.
                                                                            Athletes touching down at Heathrow said they were pleased
                                                                        with the welcome they received. “I have been very well looked
                                                                        after and everyone is smiling,” said Jan Apel, a 61-year-old
                                                                        SKUD 18 yachting competitor from New Zealand arriving at
                                                                        Terminal 3.
                                                                            Colin Harrison, 51, the skipper of the Australian three-man
                                                                        Sonar yacht team who lost his right arm to cancer when he was
                                                                        28, agreed. “We’ve had a fantastic welcome here at Heathrow
                                                                        with plenty of helpers around,” he said.




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                                                                            More than 400 wheelchair users are expected to arrive
                                                                        at Heathrow on Wednesday and, while the airport has built
                                                                        specialist lifts and other facilities in preparation for the
                                                                        Paralympics, the challenge has been arguably biggest for the
                                                                        airlines flying in the athletes.
                                                                            British Airways (BA) is transporting teams from 25 countries,
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                                                                       26 Monica Niculescu (Romania); 27 Anabal Medina Garrigues
                                                                       (Spain); 28 Petra Cetkovska (Czech Republic); 29 Jie Zheng
US Open names Victoria Azarenka as                                     (China); 30 Tamira Paszek (Austria); Jelena Jankovic (Serbia); 32
No1 seed in women’s draw                                               Varvara Lepchenko (USA).


• Belarusian seeded first according to world
ranking                                                                Oakland Athletics’ Bartolo Colón gets
• Olympic gold medalist Serena Williams is                             50-game ban for testosterone use
No4
Guardian staff and agencies
                                                                       • Suspension is effective immediately
                                                                       • Pitcher is second MLB player banned in a
                                                                       week
                                                                       Guardian staff and agencies




Victoria Azarenka of Belarus is the women’s world No1.
Photograph: Anja Niedringhaus/AP
Victoria Azarenka, the world No1 from Belarus, will be seeded
No1 at the US Open, which begins at Flushing Meadow on                 Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colón delivers a pitch
Monday. The 2006 champion, Maria Sharapova, is seeded at               against the Toronto Blue Jays. Photograph: Beck Diefenbach/
No3 and the three-time winner Serena Williams is at No4.               Reuters
    The US Tennis Association announced the seedings                   The Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Bartolo Colón has been
Wednesday, strictly following this week’s WTA rankings as it           suspended for 50 games without pay after testing positive for
did when it made the world No1 Roger Federer the No1 seed for          testosterone, Major League Baseball said on Wednesday.
the men’s draw gu.com/p/39qhd .                                            The suspension of Colón, a former American League Cy
    Azarenka, who won the Australian Open in January, is               Young Award winner who leads Oakland’s pitchers with 10 wins
followed in the seedings by the No2, Agnieszka Radwanska               this season, is effective immediately.
of Poland, who was the runner-up to Williams at Wimbledon                  Colón, who is a native of the Dominican Republic, was given
last month. Azarenka was beaten by Williams in this month’s            the ban for violating MLB’s drug prevention and treatment
Olympic final, also at Wimbledon.                                      program, the baseball commissioner’s office said in a statement.
    The defending US Open champion, Sam Stosur of Australia,               In a statement issued by the MLB Players Association, Colón
is seeded seventh, and Belgium’s Kim Clijsters, a three-time           said: “I apologize to the fans, to my teammates and to the
champion who will retire after the event, is No23.                     Oakland A’s. I accept responsibility for my actions and I will
    Serena’s sister, Venus Williams, who won the US Open               serve my suspension as required by the Joint Drug Program.”
in 2000 and 2001, is ranked 47th in the world and is thus                  An Oakland Athletics statement read: “The Oakland
unseeded. The other American seeds are Christina McHale, who           Athletics are disappointed to learn of today’s suspension of
is seeded 21st, and Varvara Lepchenko, who is the 32nd and             pitcher Bartolo Colón. The organization fully supports Major
final seed.                                                            League Baseball’s joint drug prevention and treatment program
2012 US Open Women’s men’s seedings                                    and its efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing substances
   1 Victoria Azarenka (Belarus); 2 Agnieszka Radwanska                from our game. Per the basic agreement, the A’s will have no
(Poland); 3 Maria Sharapova (Russia); 4 Serena Williams (USA); 5       further comment.”
Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic); 6 Angelique Kerber (Germany);              The 39-year-old, an All-Star with the Cleveland Indians in
7 Samantha Stosur (Australia); 8 Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark);         1998 and the Los Angeles Angels in 2005, is the second player to
9 Li Na (China); 10 Sara Errani (Italy); 11 Marion Bartoli (France);   be suspended by MLB over a positive dope test in a week.
12 Ana Ivanovic (Serbia); 13 Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia); 14             The San Francisco Giants’ All-Star outfielder Melky Cabrera
Maria Kirilenko (Russia); 15 Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic);          was also banned for 50 games without pay last Wednesday
16 Sabine Lisicki (Germany); 17 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova               gu.com/p/39n7e , after testing positive for testosterone.
(Russia); 18 Julia Goerges (Germany); 19 Nadia Petrova                     Oakland, 66-46, has 40 regular-season games remaining,
(Russia); 20 Roberta Vinci (Italy); 21 Christina McHale (USA); 22      including Wednesday’s game against Minnesota. Colón will
Francesca Schiavone (Italy); 23 Kim Clijsters (Belgium); 24 Klara      miss those 40 games – assuming no rain-outs occur – and the
Zakopalova (Czech Republic); 25 Yanina Wickmayer (Belgium);            first 10 games of the postseason. If the A’s do not reach the

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playoffs, the remainder of Colón’s suspension will be served         Durham, pressing for a fourth straight win, in the relegation
whenever the player, who is eligible for free agency, signs          equation, and the visitors began their defence of a 151-run
another Major League contract.                                       target positively when Smith played on to Chris Russell in the
                                                                     final over.
                                                                        Another batting slump seriously undermined leaders
Phillip Hughes hits a century for                                    Warwickshire’s healthy position in their contest with
Durham against Worcestershire                                        Middlesex at Edgbaston. Openers Ian Westwood and Varun
                                                                     Chopra shared a 175-run stand, with the former hitting his
                                                                     second hundred of the campaign, but they plunged to 293
• Batsman hits 104 at Chester-le-Street                              for eight by the close, an advantage of only six runs halfway
• Ton may not be enough to keep                                      through the contest.
Worcestershire in top-flight                                            Toby Roland-Jones, whose career haul of 118 first-class
                                                                     wickets have cost under 21 runs apiece, did the primary damage
Richard Gibson at Chester-le-Street
                                                                     with the second new ball when he dismissed Rikki Clarke, Tim
                                                                     Ambrose and loanee Ian Blackwell in quicksuccession.
                                                                        It was a similarly off-colour display from Division Two
                                                                     leaders Derbyshire, who resume on 163 for five on Thursday in
                                                                     response to Northamptonshire’s 400 at Wantage Road.



                                                                     Marcus Trescothick seizes the day for
                                                                     Somerset against Sussex

                                                                     • Somerset 247; Sussex 161-6
                                                                     Paul Weaver at Taunton

Phillip Hughes extended his rich form this season with his
second century of the season for Worcestershire against
Durham. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press
Association Ima
Phillip Hughes’s second Championship hundred of the season
prolonged Worcestershire’s skirmish with Durham but might
not prove enough to preserve their top-flight status.
    Hughes, returning to county colours following a week’s
hiatus with Australia A, struck 104 at Chester-le-Street to
extend his rich form in 2012. The unorthodox left-hander has
proved an inspired acquisition by the Midlands county, topping
the country’s Twenty20 run chart with 402 and adding a further
498 runs in the Clydesdale Bank 40.
                                                                     Monty Panesar, the Sussex spin bowler, returned career-
    Watchful before lunch, Hughes expanded his range of stroke
                                                                     best figures of seven for 60 against Somerset in the County
in the afternoon during the one period of the match in which
                                                                     Championship. Photograph: Harry Engels/Getty Images
bat dominated ball.
    The 20th wicket fell within 20 minutes on day two but the        James Whitaker, the Test selector, was here on Wednesday,
21st did not arrive for another 47 overs as the Worcestershire       peering over his glasses like a schoolmaster whose attention has
captain, Daryl Mitchell, combined in a 148-run opening�stand.        been caught by something slightly unruly going on in the back
    When it did, it was the product of Hughes chasing a wide         row.
delivery from Ben Stokes, who earlier spilled the one chance             He saw two old England southpaws, Marcus Trescothick
offered by the Australian, on 67, diving forward at cover after a    and Monty Panesar, seize the day. He could only look wistful
Graham Onions delivery caught a leading edge. His departure          as Trescothick scored the 50th first-class century of his career,
precipitated a Worcestershire collapse. They lost 10 wickets for     because this marvellous player’s self-exile means he will never
116 runs.                                                            play for England again. Panesar, though, probably will, and a
    The vast majority of the visiting batsmen were culpable in       career-best return of seven for 60, even on a precocious turner
their own demises, although that could not be said of Moeen          such as this, must help.
Ali, who was spectacularly snapped up at short-leg low down by           He has made small changes to his action lately. “I am trying
Will Smith off a thick inside edge to provide leg-spinner Scott      to get more body into it, and get more revs on the ball,” he said.
Borthwick with one of his three wickets. Another Australian,         To be fair, Panesar already had more revs than a roaring Ferrari.
the swing bowler Callum Thorp, was the chief beneficiary with        Spinning the ball has never been a problem for him.
a season’s best five for 59.                                             There should be a result here and Somerset, with three
    Worcestershire’s need for victory is two-fold. In addition to    of the last four matches at home – the last against a doomed
lifting them off the foot of the Division One table, it would keep   looking Worcestershire – are wondering again, if they dare, that
                                                                     this could be the year of their first Championship.
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    Trescothick’s century was always a resounding innings, and
it grew in stature as the day advanced and revealed insoluble
difficulties for all other batsmen.
                                                                    Frankel’s grand finale could yet be the
    He was 11 runs short when play resumed and he went on to        Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
123 before he was caught behind, attempting to remove his bat
from Chris Nash’s off-spinner.                                      • Owner and trainer may consider
    Somerset should have made 300 but from 199 for three they       switching last race to Paris
lost their last seven wickets for 48 runs. After lunch, they lost
                                                                    • World’s best racehorse extends unbeaten
their last two without addition and appeared to be on the back
foot as Sussex made a sprightly response.
                                                                    run to 13
    But then Nash was caught at short midwicket, and Ed Joyce       Greg Wood at York
was caught behind off Peter Trego, who bowled a 19-over spell.
    How Sussex longed for even a cameo from their old
champion, Murray Goodwin, who scored an unbeaten 344 here
three years ago and was – after Mushtaq Ahmed – their most
important player when they won three Championships in five
summers.
    Then, there was no player you would rather have in your
county batting line-up, unless it was Mark Ramprakash.
    Those days, sadly, appear to have gone as he prepares for his
40th birthday later this year. His 20 Championship innings have
brought him just 267 runs at 14.05 and he has passed 20 three
times, with one fifty.
    He had made just 17 when he gave Trescothick a juggling
slip catch off Abdur Rehman. Luke Wells scored a very patient
                                                                    Frankel wins and daylight is second as St Nicholas Abbey,
28 before he clipped to midwicket and then Luke Wright was
                                                                    purple colours, and Farhh toil behind him. Photograph: John
lbw, though replays confirmed it was a very poor decision. On
                                                                    Giles/PA
balance, Somerset are edging it.
                                                                    Throughout an extraordinary 13-race career which started back
                                                                    in August 2010, the question after every success for Frankel
                                                                    has been: Where next? Always the favourite and in all but one
                                                                    race at odds-on, Frankel has rewarded his supporters time and
                                                                    again, and the excitement has rolled on towards the next stop
                                                                    on his grand tour.
                                                                        Now, though, the procession is drawing to a close, even as
                                                                    Frankel himself has started to break new ground by extending
                                                                    his range beyond a mile with his victory in the Juddmonte
                                                                    International Stakes at York on Wednesday. The final answer to
                                                                    that question, though, could yet be one that most racing fans
                                                                    had dismissed as an impossible dream. The mere fact that an
                                                                    attempt to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in early October
                                                                    at 12 furlongs was even discussed after Frankel’s latest success
                                                                    offered at least some hope that it might yet come to pass.
                                                                        The £737,000 Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot, which has




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                                                                    seemed to be the plan for many months, is a valuable and, for
                                                                    British racing in particular, an important alternative target,
                                                                    and it still remains the most probable destination for Sir Henry
                                                                    Cecil’s colt.
                                                                        Even the most patriotic British racing fan, though, would
                                                                    have to concede that there is something unique about the
  Follow the ups and downs of                                       Arc and the long list of champions it has produced down the

  the housing market                                                decades. The Champion Stakes may be the pragmatic target for
                                                                    Frankel, now that he has proved his ability at an extended 10
  and get details of the latest                                     furlongs, but the Arc would be the one for a racing romantic.
  mortgage deals in our Property                                        “We’ll discuss everything and Prince Khalid [Abdullah,
                                                                    Frankel’s owner] will decide what he wants to do,” Teddy
  section.                                                          Grimthorpe, the Prince’s racing manager, said. “It’s a nice
  guardian.co.uk/money                                              decision to have.
                                                                        “Obviously there is the [Prix du] Moulin [at Longchamp
                                                                    in September], which we’ve talked about before, there is
                                                                    the Champion Stakes, there is the QEII [over a mile on the
                                                                    same day] and there’s a race called the Arc de Triomphe,
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which he’s not entered in, so again we have to give that some
consideration.
    “Henry has just said to me that the horse will tell us where
we’re going.”
    Frankel’s first run at a middle-distance trip was little
different to many of the routs he has executed in the past. It did
not have the explosive quality of his victory in last year’s 2,000
Guineas, or the double-figure winning margin of the Queen
Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot this year, but as he swept past a field
including the top-class St Nicholas Abbey with Tom Queally still
holding a tight rein, no one could doubt that they were sharing
the Knavesmire with a freak of nature.
    Much the same was said about Sea Bird II, the 1965 Derby
and Arc winner, who seemed to float across the ground with a
huge and impossibly easy stride. Wherever Frankel goes now,
it is a memory that will live with anyone who saw him race,
not least if by racing abroad for the first time he does indeed
increase the number of people who can say they watched him
race.
    “You get so spoiled,” Grimthorpe said. “You expect this from
him. I don’t want to sound arrogant at all, because the way he’s
come through and done everything is just so wonderful. It’s just
hard to believe and the expectations are just so enormous. But
he keeps delivering time and time again, it’s remarkable. “Each
time you say ‘that was amazing’, then you see him again and it’s
fantastic. That is Frankel, I’ve never seen anything like him.”
    Frankel’s victory dominated proceedings on the first day
of the Ebor meeting, but the card also saw an important trial
for next month’s St Leger as Thought Worthy took the Great
Voltigeur Stakes from Main Sequence under a well-judged ride
by William Buick.
    Thought Worthy’s brother Lucarno, also trained by John
Gosden, took the same race before going on to win the final
Classic and he is now likely to join Gosden’s powerful team for
the Leger, where they must try to frustrate Camelot, the 2,000
Guineas and Derby winner, in his attempt to win the Triple
Crown.
    “The great thing about having an outside draw in a small
field is that you can watch everyone,” Gosden said. “William
gave him a very smart ride and nicked three lengths travelling
into the home straight. Lucarno won this and went to the Leger
and won, and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t run either.”
    Frankel will be retired by the winter but his owner has
something else to look forward to for next year, as his
Dundonnell is among the leading contenders for the 2,000
Guineas, having achieved an impressive success in the Acomb
Stakes. He was only three parts of a length in front of Steeler
at the line but won despite not having the race run to suit and
seemed to be idling close home.
    “I was really impressed by that,” said his trainer, Roger
Charlton. “A mile should be absolutely fine for him. He
obviously deserves to step up in grade, so that probably means
a Group One race.”
    Ryan Moore missed day one of the Ebor meeting and will
be out of action for some time, having broken a wrist in a fall at
Warwick on Tuesday night. The jockey blamed the state of the
turf, though officials insisted it was safe.




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