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Roy Hodgson: Frank Lampard is quality
and quality is permanent
Frank Lampard earned high praise from the England manager, Roy
Hodgson, after overtaking Geoff Hurst to become his country’s 13th
highest goalscorer Page 2

James McClean fumes as Ireland scrape
home against Kazakhstan
A late Robbie Keane penalty and a Kevin Doyle winner in the dying
seconds grabbed Republic of Ireland victory against Kazakhstan
Page 3

Paralympics 2012: GB’s Josie Pearson wins
gold at her sixth attempt
Josie Pearson finally won a gold medal in the F51/52/53 discus, the
sixth event she has competed at in her career Page 3

Andy Murray gets the                         London 2012                                  US Open 2012:                   Wigan sweat on
lowdown on Tomas                             Paralympic Games: 8                          Women’s tennis is too           Michael McIlorum
Berdych from Ivan                            September schedule                           loud - and there’s not          ban after defeat to St
Lendl Page 4                                 Page 6                                       enough of it Page 8             Helens Page 9

England can keep T20                         Paralympics 2012: 8                          Victoria Azarenka to            Talking Horses
title without Kevin                          September schedule                           face Serena Williams            Page 10
Pietersen, says Stuart                       Page 7                                       in US Open final
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                                                                      team. But going past Hurst’s tally was a proud moment. It was
                                                                      an achievement I can look back on with pride.”
Roy Hodgson: Frank Lampard is quality                                     Hodgson had attempted to withdraw Terry from the fray
and quality is permanent                                              with about 20 minutes of the contest still to play, the centre-
                                                                      half having taken a kick to his right ankle in the first half and
• Midfielder’s double against Moldova                                 then landing on it awkwardly near the dug-outs after the
earns high praise                                                     interval. “I’d liked to have taken him off, and we did suggest [to
                                                                      him] we’d play with 10,” said the manager. “But he’s a warrior,
• Terry a doubt for Ukraine match with
                                                                      though, so he poo-pooed the suggestion he should come off
ankle injury                                                          with 20 minutes to go.
Dominic Fifield at Zimbru Stadium                                         “It’s obviously not a very serious injury, but every knock is
                                                                      important with only three days between games. But he knows
                                                                      his body after all these years, and he obviously felt it wasn’t
                                                                      as big a problem as we feared on the bench. It’s very rare, as a
                                                                      coach, do you sit on the bench and winning by four or five and
                                                                      feel you can see the game out with 10 men. It hasn’t happened
                                                                      many times in my career. It did tonight.”
                                                                          There are no concerns over Gerrard, who was rested after the
                                                                      interval, and England still hope to have Ashley Cole available
                                                                      on Tuesday. The full-back trained at Chelsea on Friday and his
                                                                      ankle will be assessed by England’s medical team when the
                                                                      squad reconvene at their Hertfordshire base on Sunday. Yet he
                                                                      must displace Leighton Baines from that position to win his
                                                                      99th cap against Ukraine, the Everton full-back having marked
                                                                      his first competitive staff with his first international goal.
Frank Lampard scored twice against Moldova to take his
                                                                          “The win shows what we’re capable of,” said Baines. “Not
England goals tally to 25. Photograph: Richard Sellers/
                                                                      many teams would come here and do that. Moldova had a
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                                                                      couple of tight games against Holland recently and this proves
Frank Lampard overtook Sir Geoff Hurst to become England’s            we’ve got goals in us throughout the team, players who can
13th most prolific goalscorer on Friday night and ensure Roy          score. Not only that, we kept a clean sheet. We could take Stevie
Hodgson’s team started their qualification campaign for Brazil        off at half-time and it helps when you’re not having to over-
2014 in blistering style with an emphatic 5-0 victory over            exert yourself when you’ve got a game on Tuesday. We’ll feel
Moldova.                                                              the benefit of that against Ukraine. That’s a game we’re looking
   Hodgson praised Lampard’s display, insisting the Chelsea           forward to even more now.”
midfielder’s “quality is permanent”, after the 34-year-old
scored twice before the interval to take his tally of goals at this
level to 25.
   The only concern for the England manager was an ankle
injury sustained by Lampard’s club-mate John Terry, which saw

him reluctantly withdrawn and the visitors play with 10 men for
the last two minutes, with the problem to be further assessed
over the weekend.
   The defender is a doubt for Tuesday’s game against Ukraine
at Wembley but the injury did not detract from England’s
encouraging opening to Group H.
   “We’re very pleased,” said Hodgson. “The first match of
a group is always a nervous occasion and you’re worried you
                                                                        From Beirut to Big Brother,
won’t produce the performance or the result you want, but we            Murdoch to Millionaire,
got off to the best possible start. In the end, the scoreline did
not flatter us.
                                                                        discuss the hot topics in the
   “Frank was excellent. Like Steven [Gerrard], he is a quality         media on not one, but two blogs
player, and quality is permanent. That’s been proved time and
time again. They might not always play at the very top of their
                                                                        Organ Grinder and Greenslade
game, but you’re always better off going into games with that 
quality on the field.”
   Lampard had not scored twice in a game at this level since
the World Cup qualifying victory over Croatia in 2009. “At my 
age, you cherish and appreciate wins like this more,” said the          greenslade/
midfielder. “These can be tough places to come, but the way we
started showed our intent. We were comfortable by half-time.
   “We are trying to improve and we will need to keep at a
higher level for 90 minutes against Ukraine, who are a better © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                              
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James McClean fumes as Ireland scrape                                Paralympics 2012: GB’s Josie Pearson
home against Kazakhstan                                              wins gold at her sixth attempt

• Kazakhstan 1-2 Republic of Ireland                                 • Pearson wins F51/52/53 discuss after
• Nurdauletov 38; Keane 89pen, Doyle 90                              trying five other sports
Press Association                                                    • Ireland’s Jason Smyth wins T13 200m in
                                                                     world record 21.05sec
                                                                     Andy Bull at the Olympic Stadium

Ireland’s Robbie Keane, second right, celebrates his spot kick
against Kazakhstan with team-mates. Photograph: Shamil
Zhumatov/Reuters                                                     Great Britain’s Josie Pearson won gold in the F51/52/53 discus,
James McClean used the words “embarrassing” and “joke” in a          nine years after she broke her back in a car crash. Photograph:
tweet after the Republic of Ireland scored twice in the last four    Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images
minutes to beat Kazakhstan.                                          At long last, Josie Pearson has her gold medal. Pearson won it
    Giovanni Trapattoni’s side looked set for a humiliating defeat   in the F51/52/53 discus, the sixth event she has competed at in
before a penalty from Robbie Keane and a shot in the dying           her career, and the first in which she has been so successful. In
seconds from Kevin Doyle turned the match around.                    her time Pearson, 26, has been a showjumper, dressage rider, a
    McClean, an unused substitute, wrote: “Delighted as              wheelchair rugby player, a wheelchair racer, and a club thrower.
a fan we got the win. Personal level #fuming #fuckinjoke             “I think,” she said with a touch of relief, “I have found my
#embarrassing.” The Sunderland winger later deleted the              niche.” Pearson broke the world record in the F51 class with
tweet.                                                               each of her first three throws, of 6.38m, 6.54m and, finally,
    Kazakhstan, ranked 116 places below the Republic,                6.58m. That was good enough to win her the gold by the huge
controlled almost all the second half. Trapattoni had promised       margin of 242 points, ahead of Ireland’s Catherine O’Neill.
that the game would be the start of a promising new era but his      “This,” Pearson said, “has been the most amazing experience of
team were easily taken apart by Kazakhstan. The opening goal         my life.”
came nine minutes before half-time when Genrikh Shmidtgal                Only nine years ago, Pearson broke her back in a car crash
swung in a wicked corner and Kairat Nurdauletov glanced home         when she was driving back home to Hay-on-Wye after a bank
from 10 yards.                                                       holiday spent tenpin bowling in Newport. Her boyfriend,
    The Republic were handed a way back in to the tie three          Daniel Evans, died in the accident. After the collision, Pearson
minutes from time when Keane was bundled over in the box.            was able to move only her arms. Paralympic stories come in
The former Tottenham striker calmly dispatched the spot-             all forms. Pearson’s is a testament to the role sport can play in
kick to the goalkeeper’s right. They completed their stunning        rehabilitation. She resolved to finish her A-levels, and carry on
comeback in the final minute when Doyle latched on to Stephen        with her life. “You are either someone who copes or doesn’t,”
Ward’s knockdown and scored from close range.                        she has said. “And we all did.”
                                                                         Pearson had been an excellent horse rider as a teenager,
                                                                     and for a time she tried to carry on with it. She competed in

                                                                     a dressage event but she just did not have the mobility she
                                                                     needed to be as good as she had been. The contrast between the
                                                                     before and after was simply too stark. Not long after she met
                                                                     Alan Ash, a fellow patient at the Oswestry Spinal Unit. Ash was
                                                                     a wheelchair rugby player and he persuaded her to have a go.
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     The Great Britain team finished fourth in those Games,
so Pearson decided to turn to athletics. She says it took her a
year to pluck up the courage to switch but when she did, she
                                                                     Andy Murray gets the lowdown on
was a natural. She was selected in four events for the world         Tomas Berdych from Ivan Lendl
championships in New Zealand and said that she expected to
win medals in all of them. In the end she was disqualified in        • World No4 faces Czech in US Open semi-
the 200m and 400m, and finished fifth in the 100m and 800m.          final
Worse still, it turned out that the heavy training regime was
                                                                     • Lendl has followed Berdych’s career
doing serious damage to her neck. She had to quit, not least
because the new injuries meant she was reclassified from T54
to the more severe T51, and the Paralympics do not include any       Kevin Mitchell at Flushing Meadows
races for that group. This time last year, she was saying that
she wanted to win four golds on the track. All of a sudden she
wouldn’t even be able to compete.
     “I have always been very determined,” Pearson said. “I
know what I want in life and I have always wanted to be the
best in my sport.” So, at last, she came to throwing events.
In the club throw, she could finish only sixth. “I used to get
such an adrenaline rush from riding that I thought it would
be impossible to find that in another sport,” Pearson has said.
Safe to say she found something a lot better at the Olympic
Stadium, with 80,000 fans roaring her on. “I can’t emphasise
enough how beneficial sport has been. It has given me back my
independence, which you think you’re never going to get when
you’re lying in hospital.”
                                                                     Andy Murray with Ivan Lendl during a practice session ahead
     Pearson is about as severely disabled as any competitor who
                                                                     of the Scot’s US Open semi-final against Tomas Berdych.
has been into the stadium this week. At the other end of the
                                                                     Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images
spectrum is another remarkable athlete, Ireland’s Jason Smyth.
He competes in the T13 category for athletes with impaired           For an insight into the player who blocks his way to a fifth
vision but not total blindness. But then as he says, “everybody      grand slam final, Andy Murray need do no more than turn to his
has got their own issues in life. Whatever they may be it is about   coach, Ivan Lendl, who knows Tomas Berdych probably as well
making the most of what you can do.” Never mind the hype and         as he knows the Scot.
excitement surrounding the likes of Jonnie Peacock and Oscar             “I know the guy who is responsible for the success of Czech
Pistorius (who strolled to 48.31sec in his 400m heat, which          tennis [Miroslav Cernosek], who manages him,” Lendl says
made him the fastest qualifier by over two seconds). Smyth is        before heading for the practice courts with Murray ahead of
by far and away the fastest athlete at these Games. He won the       Saturday’s semi-final at Flushing Meadows.
200m in 21.05sec, a world record to go with the one he set in the        “I go to their centre in Projektov in the Czech Republic. They
100m final. Having done the sprint double, he struck a shy little    have courts, fitness, massages, rehab and I love being there, so
Lightning Bolt pose as he stood on the podium. Smyth, born in        I’ve followed him for quite a bit now – and he’s getting better.
Derry, Northern Ireland, could have competed for Great Britain       I talk to him in the locker room, Andy played him in Monte
if it had not been for a foolish official.                           Carlo.”
     “I could have gone for Britain just as easy as I went for           He lost that match, and three others in six meetings with the
Ireland,” Smyth said. “The Sports Council in Ireland came on         moody, brittle and sometimes brilliant Berdych. That was on
and wanted to support me and help me and did whatever they           clay – as was Murray’s defeat to him in Paris. On hard courts, it
could, whereas whoever was in charge of GB at the time was           is a slightly different story, but no less of a mountain, as Murray
like ‘whatever, whatever’.” It is not quite up there alongside       acknowledges.
the man at Decca who turned down the Beatles but years later it          Lendl will not allow him to either ramp this match up
still seems a shocking error.                                        beyond its significance or ignore its dangers. “It’s a semi-final,”
     The team could have done with him on Friday. The                he said. “We didn’t come here for semi-finals.”
wheelchair racer Mickey Bushell, who won gold in the T53                 What is intriguing about the relationship between Murray
100m, could finish only fourth in the 200m. Shelly Woods,            and Lendl is how they respect each other’s space, maintaining
silver medallist in Beijing, was sixth in the T54 1500m, behind      the delicate balance between employee and employer, the
the USA’s Tatyana McFadden, who won her third gold of the            player who is yet to fulfil his potential and the coach who won
Games.                                                               eight grand slam titles. It says much about their canniness that,
     Richard Whitehead, the T42 200m champion, was seventh           in the 10 months they have been together they have not had
in the 100m. It is simply too short a race to allow him to           a single significant argument, and that is not always the case
reach his top speed. Woods, on the other hand, has just had a        in tennis.
disappointing Paralympics. She has one chance to win a medal             Lendl’s relationship with the media – never a love affair
left, in the marathon.                                               when he was a player – is another matter; his priority is Murray
                                                                     and, if that means inconveniencing a few journalists, or failing
                                                                     to deliver on their expectations, he is not particularly bothered.
                                                                     “If you want to get along with me,” he said at the start of the © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                              
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tournament, “don’t ask me questions that make headlines. I’m
not interested in headlines.”
    For instance, he is quick to put Murray’s win over Roger
                                                                       England can keep T20 title without
Federer in the Olympics in perspective, because he suspects            Kevin Pietersen, says Stuart Broad
some commentators underestimate the significance of the
achievement.                                                           • We planned to be without him since June,
    “Put it this way: outside of Wimbledon, because he is British,     says captain
if you gave me a choice, should we win Olympics or the French,
                                                                       • ‘We’ve got eight of our World Cup winners
US or Australian Opens, I would have said Olympics without
                                                                       still in this squad’
    “I don’t think you guys have seen the full significance of the     Andy Wilson
Olympics. They may not be as established in the tennis public’s
mind [as the majors] but I think this will change very quickly
now that Andy and Rafa [Nadal] have won the last two. Before
it was a bit different, maybe because the top guys didn’t win,
but you get a top guy winning in Rio and it will be right up there
with everything else.”
    Murray is more relaxed about his role as sports commodity,
whatever the angst that occasionally envelops him on court,
most pointedly in a three-hour struggle against Marin Cilic in
the quarter-finals.
    Asked if he had met Pippa Middleton, who has been a
prominent guest here, he said no, adding: “I’ve never really
mixed with celebrities. But it’s nice to meet people that you
watch in films, or athletes. I enjoy meeting athletes because I
                                                                       Stuart Broad, the England T20 captain, says Kevin Pietersen’s
have a lot to talk to them about. I like asking questions about
                                                                       absence has not been an issue in the preparations for their
different sports and their training and what they do. Over
                                                                       world title defence. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images
the past few years, tennis has become pretty attractive to
celebrities.”                                                          Stuart Broad resumed the England captaincy in Durham on
    And that is where he finds himself again, in the glare of the      Friday and said his team are capable of retaining the World
media, staring down the barrel at Berdych, who is staring right        Twenty20 title without Kevin Pietersen.
back. To imagine the boy from Dunblane does not enjoy this                 Buoyed by an impressive victory over West Indies in
experience is to misread him entirely.                                 England’s last T20 match in June – in which Alex Hales,
    He has become not just a wonderful tennis player but a             Pietersen’s replacement as opener, hit a crowd-pleasing
performer, and nowhere was that more evident than in the               99 – Broad nevertheless conceded that the fast bowlers, in
Louis Armstrong Stadium against Cilic, when he performed               particular, are feeling the effects of a long hard summer.
like a wet duck for an hour and a half until the stands filled to          Steve Finn has a sore back and is likely to be rested from
bursting for the latter stages, after fans wandered over from          Saturday’s first of three matches against South Africa; Tim
Andy Roddick’s farewell match on the Arthur Ashe Court.                Bresnan is again feeling pain in the elbow that troubled him
    When they go out on the main court on Saturday, he gets to         for much of last winter and therefore has the potential to be
choose his walk-on music but, interestingly, he has declined to        more of a long-term problem; and even the captain managed to
do so. “It’s actually better if they’re playing songs you don’t like   lose the nail from his right index finger during his first practice
because then you don’t focus on it that much,” he says.                session for a fortnight – having been rested from the five-match
    Murray absolutely thrives on pressure. He has played the           50-over series to allow him to do some extra work in the gym.
game since he was 10 years old and coming to the last weekend              Broad argued that the absence of Pietersen, who was man of
of a slam at 25 is what motivates him. Berdych is his immediate        the tournament when England, captained by Paul Collingwood,
challenge and he should be equal to it, perhaps in four tough          were crowned world champions in the Caribbean in the spring
sets.                                                                  of 2010, has not even been an issue in the preparations for the
    And not for a moment will Murray be thinking about the             title defence. “Our planning started for the World Cup with
final. The game, the tournament and the opponents are too              the Trent Bridge game earlier in the summer,” he said. “Kevin
volatile a mix to accommodate easy assumptions.                        had made himself unavailable so Alex came in and scored the
    As Novak Djokovic said after getting through his own tough         highest score by an England batsman in Twenty20 cricket.
quarter-final: “You have Murray, Berdych, Ferrer, myself, we’re        We’ve had a bit of time to get used to it because he retired in
all top 10 players. Maybe for some people it was surprising to         June. It was a bit of a shock when he did retire but he made that
see Roger lose because he’s been so consistent and dominant in         decision and we planned from then to be without him.
the last couple of years. He’s always expected to get to at least          “We’ve got eight of the World Cup winners still in this squad,
the semi-finals of every grand slam. But look, Berdych deserved        we’ve got a lot of domestic experience … so of course I think
to win. He came up with incredible tennis. I have never seen           we’ve got a chance.”
him play that well. This is tennis.”                                       England are rated second in the official T20 world rankings,
                                                                       behind South Africa, as in Test cricket, and would displace them
                                                                       with victory in the first game of the series at Durham. Broad
                                                                       and AB de Villiers, South Africa’s seemingly tireless captain, © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                               
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admitted to concern that even in this Indian summer, playing
a three-match series in Durham, Manchester and Birmingham
is not ideal preparation for the slow pitches and steamy
                                                                   London 2012 Paralympic Games: 8
conditions of Sri Lanka. The Proteas will play their opening       September schedule
match of the World T20 against Zimbabwe in Hambantota on
Thursday week, with England facing Afghanistan in Colombo          Sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball and
the following day.                                                 five-a-side football are all in action on day 10
    “I’m quite conscious that we have a one game at a time
mentality because the conditions are going to be very different
at Durham than they are in a week’s time in Colombo,” said
Broad, after linking up again with Andy Flower following the
team director’s brief break during the closing stages of the 50-
over series. “But the campaign starts now in that we’re together
for the next month.
    “You can look at the history of the World Cups and the
Champions Trophies we’ve had at this period of time have not
been particularly successful, so we have to do something a bit
different. It’s important we enjoy our downtime when we’re
out there – it’s something we did very well in the Caribbean
when we won it over there – because it’s very evident just from
our quick bowlers that we’ve got a few niggles floating around
and they need looking after. So this time maybe we should          Team GB’s David Smith, Nigel Murray, Dan Bentley and Zoe
train hard, then go and enjoy some elephants and swimming.”        Robinson celebrate winning gold in 2008. Photograph: Dan
Although possibly not in Durham.                                   Chung for the Guardian
    James Anderson is likely to replace Finn in one enforced       Sitting volleyball: 6pm ExCeL
change from the team who beat West Indies, and could yet               Over the past four years an intense rivalry has been building
earn a late call to Sri Lanka if scans on Bresnan’s elbow show     between the men’s teams from Iran, the defending world and
a recurrence of the problem that ruled him out of the Test         Paralympic champions, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, defeated
drubbing by Pakistan at the start of the year. Broad also hinted   finalists in both tournaments. Iran are the overwhelming
that the Sussex all-rounder Luke Wright could come in after        favourites and are looking for their sixth gold in seven Games
impressing in a variety of T20 competitions around the world       – the one time they lost a final, in Athens eight years ago, the
over the past year, and more recently in CB40 cricket for his      Bosnians, somewhat inevitably, triumphed.
                                                                   Wheelchair basketball: 9.15pm Basketball Arena
    England (from) Hales, Kieswetter (wk), Bopara, Morgan,
                                                                      The British team are European champions and currently
Buttler, Bairstow, Patel, Swann, Broad (capt), Dernbach,
                                                                   ranked second in the world, so have high hopes of a podium
Anderson, Wright, Bresnan, Briggs, Finn, Lumb. South Africa
                                                                   finish going into the tournament, but “the Rollers”, AKA
(from) Amla, Levi, Kallis, De Villiers (capt, wk), Duminy, Du
                                                                   Australia – world champions in 2010 and Olympic champions
Plessis, A Morkel, Botha, Parnell, M Morkel, Steyn, Petersen,
                                                                   two years earlier – will be the team to beat. Today the top eight
Behardien, Tsotsobe.
                                                                   teams will be put into order, with the bronze final at 7pm and
                                                                   the gold medal match at 9.15pm.
                                                                   Five-a-side football: 3.30pm Riverbank Arena
                                                                      It will surprise no one to learn that the overwhelming
                                                                   favourites are Brazil whose silky ball skills have taken them to
                                                                   both gold medals since the event’s introduction in 2004. Their
                                                                   main rivals will be Argentina, silver medallists at Athens and

                                                                   third four years later, and Spain, looking for another trophy to
                                                                   underline their dominance of the game. China, runners-up in
                                                                   2008, are the dark horses.
                                                                   Contender: David Smith, BC1 Boccia, 9am/1.25pm
  Fantasy League Classic                                              The 23-year-old has won national, European, world and
  Manage a squad of 16 players and                                 Paralympic titles and was part of the winning team in Beijing.
                                                                   Smith made his GB debut aged only 14 and is currently the
  a budget of £75 million. £75,000                                 world No2. Says his finacee will refuse to marry him unless he
  worth of prizes to be won in weekly,                             wins gold.
  monthly and overall competitions.
  Beat your nearest and dearest in a
  friends league. © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                           
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                                                                    Men’s 100m Breaststroke — SB13 Heats10:51 Women’s 100m
                                                                    Breaststroke — SB13 Heats10:59 Men’s 200m Individual Medley
Paralympics 2012: 8 September                                       — SM11 Heats11:14 Women’s 200m Individual Medley — SM11
schedule                                                            Heats11:26 Men’s 200m Freestyle — S4 Heats11:39 Men’s 50m
                                                                    Backstroke — S3 Heats11:51 Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay — 34
Your guide to what’s on at the London 2012                          Points Heats17:30 Men’s 100m Breaststroke — SB9 Final17:36
Paralympics                                                         Women’s 100m Breaststroke — SB9 Final17:42 Men’s 100m
                                                                    Freestyle — S6 Final17:47 Women’s 100m Freestyle — S6
Day ten: 8 September                                                Final18:08 Men’s 100m Breaststroke — SB12 Final18:13 Women’s
    The competition has been whittled down and today sees the       100m Breaststroke — SB12 Final18:35 Men’s 100m Freestyle — S5
final of the five-a-side football tournament (3.30pm). Brazil won   Final18:41 Women’s 100m Freestyle — S5 Final19:03 Men’s 100m
in 2004 and 2008 so are odds-on favourites to retain their title,   Breaststroke — SB13 Final19:09 Women’s 100m Breaststroke
but they face an inevitable challenge from Spain, Argentina         — SB13 Final19:31 Men’s 200m Individual Medley — SM11
and the David Clarke-inspired Great Britain. There is a feast of    Final19:38 Women’s 200m Individual Medley — SM11 Final20:02
finals today with Peter “The Quadfather” Norfolk fancied to         Men’s 200m Freestyle — S4 Final20:10 Men’s 50m Backstroke
reach the mixed quad singles wheelchair tennis final (12pm),        — S3 Final20:32 Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay — 34 Points Final
Ellie Simmonds in the 100m S6 freestyle (heats 9.57am, final        Table tennis
5.47pm), Nathan Stephens on javelin duty (7.05pm) and Oscar            10:00 Women’s Team — Class 6-10 Finals12:30 Men’s Team
Pistorius racing in the T44 400m final (10.04pm). The men’s         — Class 4-5 Finals16:30 Women’s Team — Class 4-5 Finals19:00
wheelchair basketball final (9.15pm) and bronze medal (7pm)         Men’s Team — Class 9-10 Finals
matches are also today.
                                                                    Sitting volleyball
Athletics                                                              14:00 Men’s Finals 316:00 Men’s Finals 218:00 Men’s Finals 1
   10:00 Men’s 100m — T37 Round 110:05 Women’s Shot Put
— F57/58 Final10:10 Men’s Triple Jump — F12 Final10:15 Men’s
                                                                    Wheelchair basketball
                                                                       13:00 Men’s Classification 7/8 tbc15:15 Men’s Classification
Javelin Throw — F54/55/56 Final10:18 Women’s 100m — T36
                                                                    5/6 tbc19:00 Men’s Final Bronze tbc21:15 Men’s Final Gold tbc
Round 110:36 Men’s 200m — T52 Round 110:40 Women’s Javelin
Throw — F37/38 Final10:54 Women’s 400m — T46 Round 111:06           Wheelchair fencing
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Final19:10 Men’s High Jump — F46 Final19:12 Men’s 800m                 14:00 Mixed Semi-finals19:00 Mixed Finals
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                                                                       12:00 Men’s Singles Gold medal match12:00 Men’s Singles
— T34 Final20:12 Women’s 400m — T46 Final20:18 Men’s 200m
                                                                    Bronze medal match12:00 Women’s Doubles Gold medal
— T12 Final20:30 Men’s 800m — T46 Final20:51 Men’s 400m
                                                                    match12:00 Mixed Quad Singles Gold medal match
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— T53 Final21:45 Men’s 4x400m Relay — T53/T54 Final22:04
Men’s 400m — T44 Final
   09:00 Mixed Individual — BC1 Finals09:00 Mixed Individual
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                                                                        Anyway, she might not even be listening . . .

US Open 2012: Women’s tennis is too                                  Another set please?
                                                                        If ever there was a counter-argument to John McEnroe’s
loud — and there’s not enough of it                                  call for women to play five sets if they want to earn the same
                                                                     prizemoney as the men in slams, it was played out on Arthur
Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka                                Ashe Court yesterday.
shrieking their way through US Open 2012.                               The first semi-final went two hours and 42 minutes. The
But another two sets would have been                                 second semi-final went 64 minutes. Had Serena Williams
                                                                     been asked to continue her slaughter of Sara Errani, the
                                                                     embarrassment would have been excruciating.
Kevin Mitchell at Flushing Meadows                                      There are still way too many bagels and 6-1 scores deep into
                                                                     major tournaments and it is often only the best players who can
                                                                     give each other a proper fight.
                                                                        While it would have been intriguing to see Maria Sharapova
                                                                     and Victoria Azarenka carry on to decide it over five sets, I’m
                                                                     pretty sure Errani wanted to get out of there when she did.

                                                                     Victoria Azarenka to face Serena
                                                                     Williams in US Open final

                                                                     • Williams beats Sara Errani 6-1, 6-2 in semi-
Victoria Azarenka kisses instead of shrieking to the crowd
                                                                     • Azarenka overcomes Maria Sharapova
after her victory over Maria Sharapova in the US Open 2012           3-6, 6-2, 6-4
semi-final. Photograph: Charles Krupa/AP                             Kevin Mitchell at Flushing Meadows
Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka are unwittingly,
perhaps, damaging women’s tennis with their dreadful,
premeditated caterwauling. This is hardly an original thought
but it needs repeating, like their screeching, over and over
    To listen to them in yesterday’s first semi-final at Flushing
Meadows was to survive the tennis equivalent of water-
boarding. Sooner or later (or maybe already) people will stop
coming to watch this peculiar self-indulgence. Some already
have. A few fans here left their expensive seats early, and those
who stayed were noticeably mute, mesmerised by the noise
rather than the tennis, which resulted in a weird atmosphere of
ear-bashing on court and stupified silence in the stands.
    Azarenka even screamed after losing a point. I wonder if they
                                                                     Victoria Azarenka blows kisses to the crowd after her win over
practise this? Do they do it at home? Have they ever sat through
                                                                     Maria Sharapova in their US Open semi-final. Photograph:
someone else’s screaming? Would they like it if we did it to
                                                                     Charles Krupa/AP
them? Do they give a flying monkey’s?
    Sharapova won the first set 115 grunts to 94, and six games to   It wasn’t the prettiest semi-final of all time but it surely was one
three. It was unbearable. On both counts.                            of the loudest. Maria Sharapova won the screaming contest but,
    It probably doesn’t do to get a fixation about this, but         after two hours and 42 minutes of aural torture, the tennis went
the aural assault in women’s tennis is impossible to ignore          to Victoria Azarenka, who booked a place in her first US final,
– especially when someone working for the host broadcaster           against Serena Williams.
goes to the trouble of counting the shrieks of two such high-            The world No1 bludgeoned the Russian into submission
profile offenders. Revealingly, CBS showed tape of both women        to win 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, and you could probably have heard the
warming up – and there wasn’t a peep out of either of them. So,      screech-exchange under a roaring jet four miles away at
if they can hit the ball without screaming, why do they do it?       LaGuardia airport. Williams’s win in straight sets over Sara
    One theory is they have been conditioned to do so from a         Errani shortly afterwards was a more decorous affair.
young age so they give full expression to their shot-making.             The 30-year-old American, probably as fit and strong as at
    The Women’s Tennis Association have asked juniors to try         any time in her distinguished career, crushed the 25-year-old
to control their grunting and screaming, but have made no such       Italian 6-1, 6-2 in just 64 minutes, fulfilling the foreboding
effort to do so where most of us can hear it, on the Tour. Who       that was attached to the second semi-final on the Arthur Ashe
would dare ask the darling of the game, Sharapova, to tone it        Court. At 5ft 5in, the elfin-faced Errani could not more perfectly
down when she generates such big numbers for TV, sponsors            have looked the underdog had she arrived on court carrying a
and tournament organisers?                                           building. © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                              
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    As good a player as Azarenka is, Williams should have too
much for her on Saturday night on the way to winning the title
for the fourth time.
                                                                        Wigan sweat on Michael McIlorum ban
    There is much to admire about Sharapova and Azarenka – if           after defeat to St Helens
you’re deaf. Fish wives on gin cannot have made such a racket
in the worst Hogarthian nightmare. So intrusive has their               • Wigan 18-26 St Helens
screaming become that, any time they meet, the sport they play
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because they supposedly love it morphs from tennis into one
long, existential cry for help. Azarenka – who lives in the desert
in Scottsdale, Arizona – is looking for a place to live in New York
City, probably because it’s the loudest city in the world.
    The shame is this was quite a fight. It started with
metronomic predictability as the Belarusian struggled to find
a rhythm. In fact, so out of the dance was she that the good
money was on Sharapova strolling through to her first final
here since winning the title in 2006. She had not lost a three-set
match all year. She wasn’t happy.
    “It took me a while,” Azarenka said. “I knew I had to give it
my all. It’s my first final here. I want to play it right now, I’m so
    The fourth and fifth games of the third set were the heart
and soul of the contest, each player having three break                 Wigan’s Michael McIlorum is sent off by referee James Child
points, each defying the odds in a monumental battle of wills.          after 15 minutes of his side’s Super League defeat to St Helens
Sharapova held after 10 minutes with her sixth of eight aces.           Photograph: Craig Brough/Action Images
Azarenka held when Sharapova hit long, a microcosm of the
                                                                        Wigan will fight any threat to ban their hooker Michael
match and, it turned out, the ending.
                                                                        McIlorum following his dismissal in Friday night’s 26-18 home
    Azarenka was the first to a match point, at 5-4, as
                                                                        defeat by St Helens, according to the coach, Shaun Wane.
Sharapova’s serve, as reliable as a New York cellphone, betrayed
                                                                            McIlorum was shown a red card by the referee James Child
her. She saved one point, but, run ragged across the baseline,
                                                                        for a late and high tackle on the St Helens prop Anthony
offered her opponent another. It was all Azarenka needed,
                                                                        Laffranchi after just 15 minutes of the last match of the regular
Sharapova shoving a tired right arm through a forehand from
                                                                        Super League season and could miss the start of the Warriors’
deep that floated long.
                                                                        play-off campaign through suspension.
    Their handshake at the net was perfunctory. They are not the
                                                                            “I don’t think he got it right,” Wane said. “It looked like
closest of friends and do not meet socially. Which is just as well.
                                                                        Micky Mac was committed. He’s an important player and I want
“Girlfriend!! Aaargh!!”
                                                                        him playing for me next week. We’ll go there and fight it if we
    Once the din had died, Williams went about her quiet
                                                                        have to. We feel we have a strong case.
dismantling of Errani, who could not find the tricks that won
                                                                            “Leaving your team-mates in a massive game against
her a place in the French Open final against Sharapova. Her
                                                                        your arch rivals is like a suspension in itself. I don’t mind the
almost pianissimo yelps of “heh” came as balm after the rock-
                                                                        sending-off if they are consistent through the year but I’ll take it
concert ruckus that had gone before.
                                                                        on the chin.
    The noise that lingered longest was the ping of the strings
                                                                            “I’d rather talk about the positive aspects about how we dug
from Williams’s racket as she beat Errani up on both wings, and
                                                                        deep and showed some character with 12 men. I’m very proud
rarely has she been so scarily dominant. Even though she got
                                                                        of the efforts of the players.”
fewer than half her first serves in the box in the first set, she
                                                                            The St Helens coach, Mike Rush, said he did not have a clear
took the point 24 of 26 times overall. The ace she hit to win the
                                                                        view of the incident but admitted it was a crucial decision. “It’s
match was her ninth, to go with 41 for the tournament and she
                                                                        always going to be a talking point or a turning point,” he said.
served at up to 119 miles an hour.
                                                                        “They had to work a bit harder but they are still a very good
    Errani, who got this far in the tournament without striking
                                                                        side. They still threw an awful lot at us and we defended really
a single ace, served 30 miles an hour below that. It was a mercy
killing, only pity-filled applause breaking the silence.
                                                                            Wigan led 6-0 thanks to Thomas Leuluai’s 12th-minute try
                                                                        but Saints took advantage of the dismissal of McIlorum to run
                                                                        in tries through James Roby and Tom Makinson to establish a

                                                                        12-6 interval lead.
                                                                            Wigan drew level thanks to Pat Richards’ try early in the
                                                                        second half but Saints got their second wind and clinched their
                                                                        first derby win of the season with further tries from Andrew
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    “It would be nice to get Leeds after what they did to us in
the [Challenge Cup] semi but whoever we play we need to be at
100%,” Wane said. “We will be OK if we show the character and
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    “I’m very proud of the players but we’re not going to get
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    Wigan S Tomkins; Charnley, Goulding, Carmont, Richards;
Finch, Leuluai; Fielden, McIlorum, Lima, Hansen, Hock,
    Interchange Mossop, Farrell, Dudson, Flower.
    Tries Leuluai, Richards, S Tomkins. Goals Richards 3.
    St Helens Wellens; Makinson, Shenton, J Jones, Meli;           Bated Breath. Photograph: John Giles/PA Archive/Press
Hohaia, Lomax; Perry, Roby, Laffranchi, Flanagan, Puletua,         Association Ima
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Makinson 3.                                                        chance to put that right today in this year’s running of the race
    Referee James Child (Dewsbury) Attendance 21,522               at Haydock.
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                                                                   get what is probably the worst of the draw in stall one, while
                                                                   Ortensia, his main rival, is on the other side in 15.
                                                                       He has the speedy Es Que Love to give him a tow on the far
                                                                   side, though, and this should be the day when Bated Breath
                                                                   finally records the Group One success that his ability and
                                                                   consistency deserves.
                                                                       Haydock 2.15 Charlton has a fair chance of a double on the
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   Haydock 4.00 Moon Trip is a proven stayer who did not
get much chance to prove it over 13 furlongs last time out. His
strong form at Newmarket over two miles last month gives him
every chance here and his rider will set out to make it a proper
   Ascot 4.15 Sun Central was a comfortable winner here last
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