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John Terry retires from international
football with angry attack on FA
The former England captain John Terry has retired from
international football, blaming the Football Association for making
his position ‘untenable’ Page 2

Laurent Koscielny rescues point for
Arsenal at Manchester City
Laurent Koscielny scored a late goal to earn Arsenal a 1-1 draw at
Manchester City Page 3

Manchester United beat 10-man Liverpool
after late Van Persie penalty
Manchester United defeated Liverpool 2-1 on an emotional day at
Anfield, the home side having Jonjo Shelvey sent off in the first half
Page 4

World Twenty20:                              Jimmy Cowan arrives                          Why Mark Lawrenson’s            Ascot makes room for
England hit record low                       to see Gloucester click                      diving similes tend to go       32,000 to see Frankel’s
of 80 in defeat against                      without him against                          down like Big Ron Page 8        final race Page 10
India Page 5                                 Wasps Page 7
                                                                                          Ryder Cup 2012: Colin
Rory McIlroy suffers                         Nick Easter’s Harlequins                     Montgomerie expresses
double blow as Brandt                        form inspires thoughts                       fears about rowdy US
Snedeker wins FedEx                          of an England comeback                       crowd Page 9
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                                                                    freed in a court of law and will carry on playing for England,”
                                                                    Hodgson said. “That’s my hope. What will happen, I have no
John Terry retires from international                               idea. I thought John did well in the Euros and I’d like to keep
football with angry attack on FA                                    using him but this is a case which is way out of my hands. John
                                                                    understands that.”
• Former captain announces England                                      Terry called Hodgson before he issued his retirement
retirement                                                          statement to offer him forewarning and thank him for standing
                                                                    by him. The respect between the pair is clear. There was the
• Attacks FA for making his position
                                                                    sense that nothing could retain the capacity to shock after
‘untenable’                                                        an 11-month saga that has taken many turns, including Terry
David Hytner                                                        being stripped of the England captaincy by the FA and Fabio
                                                                    Capello resigning his post as the manager in protest, but the
                                                                    timing of the player’s statement, on the eve of his hearing, was
                                                                        Terry’s legal advisers are aware the FA requires a lower
                                                                    burden of proof to obtain a guilty verdict. Its commissions
                                                                    judge on what they call the “balance of probability”, as opposed
                                                                    to “beyond reasonable doubt” in criminal trials.
                                                                        Terry’s lawyers are also mindful that the FA’s success rate in
                                                                    such matters is high, largely because the governing body does
                                                                    not bring charges if it feels that it does not have a winnable case.
                                                                    It is not duty-bound to bring charges, as the police may be.
                                                                        Terry’s international retirement was seen by some as a pre-
                                                                    emptive decision.
                                                                        The FA made no comment on Sunday night, as it opted to
John Terry has announces his retirement from international
                                                                    take stock of Terry’s statement. The fact that the commission,
football. Photograph: Tom Jenkins
                                                                    chaired by an independent QC, is poised to begin examining the
John Terry has announced that he has ended his career as an         evidence, complicated the FA’s position.
England footballer – and he departed with a rebuke for the              Terry’s words were left to speak for themselves.
Football Association, who he accused of making his position as      “Representing and captaining my country is what I dreamed
an international player untenable.                                  of as a boy and it has been a truly great honour,” he said. “I
   The 31-year-old Chelsea captain, who won 78 caps for his         have always given my all and it breaks my heart to make this
country, is to go before an independent four-man commission         decision. I want to wish Roy [Hodgson] and the team every
on Monday, which was convened under the auspices of the             success for the future.
FA, to defend himself against a charge of using racially abusive        “I would like to thank the England managers who have
language towards Anton Ferdinand, the Queens Park Rangers           selected me for my 78 caps. I have had great pleasure in sharing
defender.                                                           that honour with all the players that I’ve played with. I would
   Terry defended himself successfully against a criminal           like to thank them, the fans and my family for their support
charge at Westminster magistrates court in July related to the      and encouragement during my international career. I now look
same flashpoint: that he allegedly racially abused Ferdinand in     forward to playing for Chelsea FC, and challenging for domestic
the Premier League fixture between QPR and Chelsea at Loftus        and European honours.”
Road on 23 October last year.                                           Chelsea said Terry’s decision had been “personal and
   He was cleared by the chief magistrate, Howard Riddle,           difficult”.
because there was not the required weight of evidence to
support a conviction – proven beyond reasonable doubt. But
the FA, having started an investigation which was halted

when the police and the Crown Prosecution Service began
their inquiries, reopened their case and, on 27 July, brought its
charge, much to Terry’s dismay.
   Terry said that he was making his statement on Sunday “in
advance of the hearing of the FA disciplinary charge because I        From Beirut to Big Brother,
feel the FA, in pursuing charges against me where I have already
been cleared in a court of law, have made my position with the
                                                                      Murdoch to Millionaire,
national team untenable”.                                             discuss the hot topics in the media
   Terry had been supported by the England manager, Roy               on not one, but two blogs Organ
Hodgson, who took him to the European Championship in                 Grinder and Greenslade
June, while the court trial hung over him. As recently as last
month, Hodgson expressed the hope that the independent
commission would clear Terry and what has been an unedifying
and destructive affair could finally approach closure.
   “I’m hoping, and I make no secret of it, that the case will
take its course and John, hopefully, will be freed as he was © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                             
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                                                                       minutes as a substitute.
                                                                           Mancini admitted that Arsenal had dominated in midfield
Laurent Koscielny rescues point for                                    during the first half, compelling him to take off Scott Sinclair
Arsenal at Manchester City                                             at the interval and bring on another of his new players, Jack
                                                                       Rodwell. Sinclair, starting his first home match for City, had
Daniel Taylor at Etihad Stadium                                        been poor and replacing him with a more central player did
                                                                       have an effect on the game early in the second half. City,
                                                                       nonetheless, lacked their usual drive, with Carlos Tevez not in
                                                                       the starting line-up and the fit-again Agüero trying to renew
                                                                       a partnership with Edin Dzeko that has never really existed,
                                                                       almost a year to the day since their last start together.
                                                                           Agüero worked hard but looked rusty and flashed wide a
                                                                       late chance. The little incident at the end, when Mario Balotelli
                                                                       said something to Mancini and the manager pushed him down
                                                                       the tunnel, compounded a bad day for City and, though these
                                                                       are still early days, there is a legitimate feeling they have
                                                                       temporarily lost some of the impetus that took them to the
                                                                       title. Afterwards, Wenger said a draw was the least his team had
                                                                           Arsenal had taken their time to get going in the second half
Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny,centre right, celebrates scoring
                                                                       but their goal came from a spell of mounting pressure. Hart had
the equaliser against Manchester City. Photograph: Martin
                                                                       tipped Cazorla’s drive over the crossbar and when the Spaniard
                                                                       swung in the corner Lescott could not get enough leverage
Manchester City are so unaccustomed to dropping points                 on his header. Koscielny’s first touch controlled the ball, the
on their own ground that Arsenal are entitled to cite this             second was a shot that was still rising when it went into the top
performance as evidence that, at the very least, they can have         corner.
more input on the title race than they managed last season.                Koscielny was guilty, for Agüero’s chance, of giving the
Arsène Wenger’s team left it late, Laurent Koscielny lashing           ball straight to his opponent inside the penalty area. The
the ball past Joe Hart after 82 minutes, but they deserved their       early-season improvement in Arsenal’s defending was not
equaliser and can be encouraged by the way they matched and            particularly obvious, too, for Lescott’s goal, originating from a
frustrated the champions.                                              Silva corner that the otherwise impressive Kieran Gibbs need
    City rarely played with the style and control that has             not have conceded. Vito Mannone, deputising for the injured
established the Etihad as the most formidable territory in the         Wojciech Szczesny, came off his line but never got close to
Premier League, with no home defeat for approaching two                claiming the ball. Lescott had Podolski and Koscielny in close
years. Joleon Lescott’s headed goal, from a corner five minutes        proximity but still managed to head the ball inside the far post.
before half-time, was out of keeping with what had preceded it             It was a soft goal to concede but overall Arsenal restricted
and an unsatisfactory day was epitomised by those moments in           their opponents to few clear chances, despite Thomas
the second half when, first, Sergio Agüero played a simple pass        Vermaelen’s illness forcing Wenger to change his back four for
to an opponent and then David Silva rolled the ball straight out       the first time this season. Tevez and Balotelli could not bring a
of play for a throw-in. It was rare to see revered players suffering   new spark to City’s attack when they came off the bench, while
this form of carelessness and, coupled with the fact City have         Silva struggled to find his touch and Sinclair remained quiet
not managed a clean sheet this season, Roberto Mancini was             with his new club. At least he is getting a game: this was the
justified afterwards in complaining that there must be an              third successive match James Milner, an England regular, has
improvement.                                                           not even made the bench.
    Wenger’s team always displayed a little more poise and,                Theo Walcott will have his own frustrations after being
though they also endured periods when their football was not           omitted in favour of Ramsey, a central midfielder asked to play
as clean and slick as their manager expects, there were spells         on the right wing. Arsenal’s system, however, was neat and
when they threatened to wear their opponents down. Santi               effective. City, with 76 points out of a possible 78 in their home
Cazorla was prominently involved, always wanting the ball              games before this fixture, have still not really got going.
and knowing the right thing to do with it. Mikel Arteta played             Man of the match Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
with similar composure and Aaron Ramsey impressed in an
unfamiliar wide role. When Jack Wilshere is back playing, this is
going to be a delicious midfield.
    Their problem is an obvious one, namely how to make
do in attack without Robin van Persie. Lukas Podolski was
substituted after a peripheral performance while Gervinho
is too erratic, his touch frequently poor. One superb pass
from Ramsey sent him running clear, at 0-0, but the striker’s
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                                                                       before the kick-off, Suárez shook hands with Patrice Evra and
                                                                       the focus of the pre-match concern passed without incident.
Manchester United beat 10-man                                          Which made it all the more ridiculous that the controversy
Liverpool after late Van Persie penalty                                should erupt from a Liverpool player with his team in the
Andy Hunter at Anfield                                                     Rodgers’s team dominated the first half thanks in the main
                                                                       to the prodigious pressing and work-rate of Steven Gerrard and
                                                                       Joe Allen in central midfield, Suárez up front and an intelligent
                                                                       display on the right by the 17-year-old, Raheem Sterling. By
                                                                       contrast, United were slow to the ball and sloppy in possession,
                                                                       with Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick anonymous and Nani a
                                                                       liability out on the left.
                                                                           Anders Lindegaard, selected ahead of David de Gea in a
                                                                       visiting defence missing Nemanja Vidic, made the game’s first
                                                                       save from Suárez’s angled shot across goal and only instinctive
                                                                       reactions from Rafael and Carrick prevented Borini and Gerrard
                                                                       converting on the follow-up. The pattern hardly changed until
                                                                       United, with Paul Scholes added to midfield, eventually ground
                                                                       down Liverpool’s 10 men. Gerrard escaped his marker to turn
                                                                       Shelvey’s short corner into the side-netting via a rare touch
Robin van Persie scores Manchester United’s winner from the
                                                                       from Van Persie and, despite creating few clear-cut openings,
penalty spot against Liverpool at Anfield. Photograph: Carl
                                                                       the home side were in control.
Recine/Action Images
                                                                           Then Shelvey helped United where they needed it most by
The Kop stirred one more time to sing Brendan Rodgers’s                weakening Liverpool’s midfield with a dangerous challenge
name but the final tribute of an emotional, absorbing and              on Evans. He left the field with a heated exchange and an
controversial Anfield afternoon was motivated by sympathy              accusatory finger at Ferguson.
not acclaim for the Liverpool manager. He is without a win after           “I don’t think he went for the ball,” the United manager said.
five league games in charge and, after Manchester United’s first       “The boy’s gone in really dangerously and I don’t think there’s
victory here in five years, luckless too.                              any other decision the referee could have given. He was trying
   Sir Alex Ferguson received the points and his team the              to blame me, I suppose. Once he looks at it he can apologise if
benefit of every contentious decision as Robin van Persie’s late       he likes. I think he should do that.”
penalty, United’s first successful effort from the spot in four this       An apology of sorts did arrive from Shelvey’s Twitter
season, applied gloss to their mediocre display.                       account. He wrote: “I apologise to the fans for getting sent off
   Ferguson was also labelled a “grass” by Jonjo Shelvey for           but no way was I pulling out of that tackle in a game of that
an unseen role in the midfielder’s decisive first-half dismissal,      importance. I’m sorry.” The midfielder added: “I have also
the one major call from the referee Mark Halsey over which             apologised to Sir Alex, just where I come from people don’t
Liverpool could have no complaint. Not that it prevented               grass people up to get someone sent off.”
Rodgers from trying.                                                       Liverpool pressed on with 10 men and it was no less than
   “If Jonjo gets sent off then Jonny Evans has to be sent off         they deserved when the excellent Gerrard put them ahead a
as well,” the Liverpool manager said. Both players had gone            minute after the restart. United failed to clear a left wing cross
two-footed into a 50-50 challenge shortly before the interval          from substitute Suso and the Liverpool captain capitalised to
but it has to be considered “careless, reckless or using excessive     chest and volley into the bottom corner. Gerrard, who lost a
force” for a referee to show red and only Shelvey was adjudged         cousin at Hillsborough, pointed to the sky in celebration but the
guilty on that score.                                                  lead lasted only five minutes before Antonio Valencia and Shinji
   “It was a tackle that both players had to go for but the            Kagawa combined for Rafael to curl an exquisite left-foot shot
Liverpool player can’t be sent off and the Manchester United           in off the far post.
player stay on. It was very, very harsh and that’s how it was              Halsey ignored Liverpool penalty appeals after challenges
throughout the game. There were a number of poor decisions             by Evans and Scholes on Suárez and Sterling respectively but
that cost us.”                                                         awarded United a soft one when Glen Johnson was adjudged to
   Rodgers’s frustration was understandable. Liverpool                 have caught Valencia. Liverpool’s converted left-back did not
were the dominant force with 11 men, took a deserved lead              play the ball as Valencia dithered in the area but contact was
with10 and, on the penalty award that ultimately gave United           minimal.
victory and perhaps an Evans challenge on Luis Suárez inside               Despite José Reina’s best efforts and following a lengthy
the United area, his grievance had legitimacy. He also had             delay as Agger was carried off with a suspected medial knee
to contend with the loss of Fabio Borini, Daniel Agger and             ligament injury, Van Persie succeeded where he, Javier
Martin Kelly to injury, the Italian forward and Danish defender        Hernández and Nani had all failed this season and ended
potentially seriously.                                                 United’s misery from the penalty spot. Rodgers’ misfortune, by
   “The best team lost,” he added, and that brooked no                 contrast, continues.
argument. Even Ferguson conceded; “A win’s a win, so we’ve
got to be pleased with the result, but not the performance.”
   The tribute to the victims of Hillsborough and their families
had been impeccably observed by everyone inside Anfield © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                               
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                                                                         The magnitude of this result will cause a few shudders.
                                                                     However, in the cold light of day (which does not exist over
World Twenty20: England hit record                                   here) this thrashing does not matter too much provided the
low of 80 in defeat against India                                    management can get the batsmen back on an even keel before
                                                                     England’s next match against West Indies (or, in their dream
• India 170-4; England 80                                            world, Ireland) on Thursday.
• India win by 90 runs                                                   West Indies may pluck out Samuel Badree, a little-known
                                                                     wrist spinner, to accompany Sunil Narine for the game at
Vic Marks in Colombo                                                 Pallekele. The Kiwis will undoubtedly unleash Daniel Vettori
                                                                     and Nathan McCullum, who are, at least, conventional spinners.
                                                                         Meanwhile there is work to do for Graham Gooch and
                                                                     Andy Flower, not so much in a technical overhaul but in the
                                                                     restoration of confidence.
                                                                         Before Broad’s tour took a little jolt downwards he opted to
                                                                     bowl first. The Indians somehow seemed more adept against
                                                                     the pace of Finn than the Afghans had been in England’s first
                                                                     game. Finn was briefly back to his old ways. Soon his right
                                                                     knee clattered into the stumps, whereupon he ended up in an
                                                                     undignified heap on the pitch after delivering the ball.
                                                                         Finn did remove Pathan’s off-stump with a full, fast, straight
                                                                     ball. However there was never any danger of Virat Kohli missing
                                                                     any straight balls. He is the new darling of Indian cricket but he
England’s Eoin Morgan looks back at his shattered                    has earned that status with a long sequence of glittering innings
stumps during the heavy World Twenty20 defeat to India.              in one-day games. There were plenty of adoring supporters
Photograph: Ishara S Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images                       who had made their way to Colombo. For a moment it was as if
                                                                     Sachin Tendulkar was making his way to the crease.
It was a good game to lose but preferably not by such a
                                                                         Kohli began with exquisite drives through the offside,
monumental margin as 90 runs. England, in pursuit of 171,
                                                                     classical strokes that would never be out of place in a Test
were hapless and clueless against the Indian spinners and were
                                                                     match. Currently he looks as if he has oceans of time, even
bowled out for their lowest-ever T20 total. Between them
                                                                     in a T20 game. He did not play an ugly stroke. Only Graeme
Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla, currently the second
                                                                     Swann, Broad’s most effective bowler, could check Kohli and
string of Indian spinners, took six wickets for 25 runs from eight
                                                                     he eventually removed him. For once Kohli was deceived and
overs. It was not very pleasing for Stuart Broad and his side,
                                                                     he drove an off-break straight into the hands of Bairstow at
though afterwards the England captain could remind us “we are
                                                                     deep midwicket. England could have done with another skilful
still on the bus to Kandy”.
                                                                     spinner on Sunday night – but this was the time to experiment.
    Everyone had been so impressed by England’s campaign up
                                                                         Fortunately for England Gautam Gambhir could not bat quite
until now but their old frailties against Asian spin resurfaced
                                                                     so fluently. There was a Machiavellian case for keeping him in
with a vengeance. They batted so badly that a certain pundit
                                                                     but in the 16th over a fairly cunning slower ball from Finn found
in the Cricket Extra studio must have found it difficult to say
                                                                     the outside edge and Gambhir departed.
anything polite about batsmen who were trying to do his job in
                                                                         On his departure India accelerated via Rohit Sharma,
the England middle order.
                                                                     who cracked 55 from 33 balls. From their last four overs they
    The other sides in the tournament would also have been
                                                                     amassed 51 to leave England with a target of 171. There was
looking on and making notes, the gist of which must have been:
                                                                     another gem in the field in the final over by Buttler. He caught
“How many spinners have we got in our squad? Let’s play them
                                                                     a skier from MS Dhoni at deep midwicket and managed to lob
all against England.” Harbhajan duped callow batsmen, mostly
                                                                     the ball in the air as his impetus began to take him over the
through subtle changes of pace. Chawla’s leg-breaks were
                                                                     boundary. Hales was on hand to complete the catch – routine
indecipherable from his googlies. England were startled rabbits
                                                                     brilliance from Buttler.
in the floodlights.
                                                                         England had replaced Samit Patel with Bresnan, presumably
    The rot set in when Irfan Pathan swung the new ball into
                                                                     for two reasons. The Indians have always been deft players
the right-handed batsmen. Alex Hales swung and missed in
                                                                     of spin and Bresnan is in need of a bit of rehabilitation. The
the manner of a No11 – in fact Steven Finn would have been
                                                                     Yorkshireman was a regular in Paul Collingwood’s winning side
embarrassed by such a stroke. Luke Wright was lbw attempting
                                                                     in the Caribbean two years ago but currently faces a challenge
to pull. Only Craig Kieswetter could middle the ball – provided
                                                                     from Jade Dernbach. But the chances of England maintaining
the pace bowlers were operating.
                                                                     a four-man pace attack throughout the tournament must be
    Eoin Morgan, who has not been at his most fluent out
                                                                     slim. They will juggle again in Pallekele. But they do not have so
here, was confounded by Harbhajan’s quicker ball. So was Jos
                                                                     many options in their batting line-up.
Buttler. Jonny Bairstow slogged and missed in the manner of
Hales. Tim Bresnan recalled the old notion that Yorkshiremen
are a tad uncomfortable against wrist-spin. It was ugly in the
extreme. In the space of a dozen overs England had cunningly
and emphatically restored their role as underdogs in this
tournament. © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                            
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                                                                       birdie opportunities on each of the next two holes meant the
                                                                       23-year-old realistically needed others to halt Snedeker. There
Rory McIlroy suffers double blow as                                    never seemed much likelihood of that, which owed plenty to a
Brandt Snedeker wins FedEx Cup                                         brilliant display of under-pressure golf from the American.
                                                                           In 18 holes Snedeker supplied the perfect counterpoint to
• Justin Rose second behind American in                                any concerns surrounding his position as one of four rookies in
Tour Championship                                                      the United States Ryder Cup side.
                                                                           “I had complete confidence in what I was doing,” Snedeker
• Snedeker’s $11.4m win boosts US team
                                                                       said. That point was endorsed by his performance.
before Ryder Cup                                                           “It’s just unbelievable for everybody in my team and it gave
Ewan Murray in Atlanta                                                 me calm that this is not the most important thing in my world.”
                                                                           The much hyped duel between McIlroy and Tiger Woods for
                                                                       the FedEx bounty never properly materialised. Woods fared
                                                                       only slightly better than the world No1 in his final round here,
                                                                       with a 72, and closed in a tie for eighth.
                                                                           “Considering where I was last year, it’s nice to be where I am
                                                                       now,” Woods said. “I was obviously struggling with my health
                                                                       last year and I have been able to turn it around, playing some
                                                                       pretty good golf this year, which has been good.”
                                                                           Unexpected cheer for José María Olazábal, Europe’s Ryder
                                                                       Cup captain, arrived from Luke Donald. As has become his
                                                                       specialism, the Englishman passed tired horses in the final
                                                                       stages of this tournament in scoring 67 and tied third.
                                                                           Donald, who has regarded Chicago as his adopted home
                                                                       since attending university there, will relish Medinah more than
Brandt Snedeker celebrates winning the Tour Championship
and the FedEx Cup. Photograph: Tami Chappell/Reuters
                                                                           “Some of my best moments in golf have been in the Ryder
Rory McIlroy’s aspirations of landing at the Ryder Cup with a          Cup,” Donald said. “And obviously with it being in Chicago, the
$10m confidence boost were dashed by one of the players he             place I have lived for the last 15 years, it will be pretty special to
will face later this week at Medinah.                                  just drive down the road and play.
    Brandt Snedeker closed out victory by three shots at the               “It is going to be a unique experience for me. Hopefully I can
Tour Championship, the first time he has won having led with           take away a small percentage of the home support. The USA will
18 holes to play, and secured the lucrative FedEx Cup play-            be heavily supported but obviously having a few people there
offs title in the process. In total the 31-year-old from Nashville     that I know, I’ll get quite a few of them on my side.”
collected $11.44m for his weekend’s work.                                  Justin Rose had looked the most genuine threat to Snedeker
    Snedeker could have picked no finer moment to engineer his         and ultimately finished alone in second, three shots back. Like
fourth PGA Tour success. If such timing is an indicator of things      Donald, Rose is entitled to head to the Ryder Cup in fine spirits.
to come, Europe have cause for concern. The fans who chanted           “It’s probably as strong as ever between the two teams,” said
“U-S-A” by the side of East Lake’s 18th green clearly believe in       Rose.
the value of momentum.                                                     The reality is that Snedeker, McIlroy, Woods, Donald and
    Some will argue the flawed nature of the FedEx event               Rose will be afforded little time to reflect on events at East Lake.
worked against McIlroy, who won two of the play-off events to          One of the greatest spectacles in sport has suddenly homed into
Snedeker’s one but could fare no better than tied 10th at this         view.
tournanament. But to his credit the Northern Irishman was not
willing to add his voice to those criticising the FedEx minutiae
after signing for a 74. Heading into Sunday, McIlroy had carded

11 consecutive rounds in the 60s.
    “I have got to stay positive. It has been a great year,” McIlroy
said. “I’m a little disappointed but at the same time Brandt
really deserves to win.
    “He needed to come here and win. He controlled his own               Fantasy League Classic
destiny just like I did and he was able to come and do that. So
because of that, he really deserves it.”
                                                                         Manage a squad of 16 players and
    It is a long time since money was a topic worthy of serious          a budget of £75 million. £75,000
consideration by McIlroy. Nonetheless he left Georgia for                worth of prizes to be won in weekly,
Illinois at least with the comfort of the $3m for finishing second       monthly and overall competitions.
in the FedEx rankings. If the Northern Irish property market
permits, the upcoming sale of his home will earn McIlroy
                                                                         Beat your nearest and dearest in a
another £2m to soften the play-off blow.                                 friends league.
    McIlroy’s Atlanta challenge started to falter on the par-  
three 6th, where he dumped his tee shot into water. A double
bogey, a further dropped shot on the 7th added to missed © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                                  
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                                                                     old before turning to Robson, whose career he has followed
                                                                     through age-group rugby.
Jimmy Cowan arrives to see Gloucester                                    “I’ve always liked the way he moves. He’s not cocky but
click without him against Wasps                                      he’s confident and it’s great that he’s getting game time to do
                                                                     his stuff,” said Simpson-Daniel, who also doubles up as one of
• Dan Robson stands out as seat-warming                              Robson’s coaches.
scrum-half                                                               Together the three of them put together the highlight of
                                                                     a sizzling 40 minutes which should have seen Gloucester
• Tom Savage confirms strength of club’s
                                                                     out of sight, especially when another find, the Tongan Sione
academy                                                              Kalamafoni, spotted a barn door and rushed through it. Instead,
Mike Averis at Kingsholm                                             Elliot Daly had a moment of inspiration and Tommy Bell landed
                                                                     a monster penalty, and from only seven points down at the
                                                                     interval Wasps had the better of the second half, finishing with
                                                                     the bonus point and pressing for more until the very end.
                                                                         While their director of rugby, Dai Young, conceded that they
                                                                     did not deserve to win, Davies was concerned that his side did
                                                                     not “kill the game off” once they had 20 points on the board. He
                                                                     now has to decide whether older heads are needed.

                                                                     Nick Easter’s Harlequins form inspires
                                                                     thoughts of an England comeback

                                                                     • Leicester 9-22 Harlequins
The All Black Jimmy Cowan has finally arrived at Gloucester
                                                                     Paul Rees at Welford Road
just as the team has begun to click. Photograph: Ross Land/
Getty Images
Almost six months after the deal was done, the All Blacks
scrum-half Jimmy Cowan is due in Gloucester this week. At
30 and with seven seasons of Test rugby behind him, Cowan
clearly has plenty to pass on to a young team. But there will
be many in the Shed in the coming months wondering if the
money has been well spent.
    Quite simply, while Gloucester’s marquee signing was
delayed by a desire to add a 100th game for his old club,
Southland, to the century of caps in Super Rugby with the
Highlanders and 50 for New Zealand, his new club has moved
    After losing their way and their coach last season and
stuttering at the start of this, everything clicked into place for   Harlequins’ Nick Easter powers through a tackle from his
40 minutes on Saturday, giving a glimpse of a possible future        former England colleague Toby Flood in his side’s win at
with Dan Robson, the scrum-half currently keeping Cowan’s            Leicester. Photograph: David Jones/PA
place warm, at the centre of things.                                 Harlequins have made an impressive start to the defence of
    Along with Tom Savage, another product of the club’s             their title: four wins from four, only one point dropped and a
academy at Hartpury, Robson is the latest of many bright young       notable victory at the home of the team they defeated in last
things at Gloucester, and together the 20-year-old and the 23-       season’s final in May. A club that for years were a soft touch in
year-old helped fashion a try which had their new head coach,        the Premiership has, by their blend of devil and dog, become
Nigel Davies, purring with delight.                                  the hardest to beat.
    However, while Davies used his post- match conference to            It was one of their old dogs, Nick Easter, who set the tone at
heap praise on the scorer, James Simpson-Daniel – “You don’t         Leicester in front of two members of England’s management
see many like that who don’t play international rugby,” said         team, Stuart Lancaster and Graham Rowntree. At 34, the No8
Davies pointedly – the wing endlessly overlooked by England          has been exiled from the national squad, deemed unlikely to be
was next door doing the same for Robson, who had the vision to       around for the 2015 World Cup, but he continues to confound
start the move, and Savage, whose delayed pass opened up the         age, a footballing forward who uses his head.
gap which Simpson-Daniel dashed through on his way to the               Easter was at the heart of his side’s try, the only one of the
posts.                                                               game, taking defenders out and off-loading to keep the move
    In Savage, a flanker who also plays second row, Simpson-         alive. Leicester, in contrast, took contact and went to ground,
Daniel spots echoes of Richard Hill and while refusing to predict    allowing Chris Robshaw to scavenge and spoil, and they
“a 50-cap Test” career, he likes what he has seen so far. “He’s      struggled to play with tempo.
young, he’s a big lump and he’s certainly doing everything right        “Nick is in great nick,” said the Quins scrum-half, Danny
at the moment and that’s all you can ask,” said the 30-year-         Care, who dropped a rare goal in the first half. “It is his mental © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                             
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quickness that beats other teams. England’s loss is our gain:
he is our talisman with his carrying and off-loading and to beat
Leicester was massive for us. Some people think we are one-
                                                                     Why Mark Lawrenson’s diving similes
hit wonders but we believe in ourselves, knowing we can win          tend to go down like Big Ron
    Easter’s director of rugby at Quins, Conor O’Shea, described     Lawro’s reference to Jimmy Krankie was
him as the best No8 in England and said that form, not age,          confusing and, oh boy, it showed he is no
should influence selection, but the 47-cap forward did not want
                                                                     match for Ron Atkinson and Buddy Holly
to enter the debate. “I am enjoying my rugby at Harlequins,”
he said. “I have not retired from international rugby, put it that   Martin Kelner
    Leicester’s England squad No8, Thomas Waldrom, sat on
the bench for the first 47 minutes. He made an impact when he
came on, spearheading a move that almost led to a try, but the
Tigers malfunctioned in too many areas as they slipped to their
first Premiership defeat in the regular season since February.
    They lacked guile behind, only a threat when they played
through the scrum-half Sam Harrison as they chased the game,
and they lost three attacking lineouts, denying themselves
opportunities to attack in one area where they were strong,
driving mauls.
    “Harlequins were superb in the way they off-loaded but they
only made one line break in the match,” said the Leicester and
England second row, Geoff Parling. “A few refereeing decisions
                                                                     Chelsea’s Oscar, centre, is tackled by Stoke City’s Ryan
did not go our way but the main reason we lost was that we
                                                                     Shawcross and is about to be booked for diving. Photograph:
made too many mistakes.”
                                                                     Sang Tan/AP
    Leicester were missing seven players, including Manu
Tuilagi and Geordan Murphy behind the scrum, but Quins               As football continues to wait for the introduction of video
played in the last quarter with a rejigged back division: Tom        technology, the referee’s job just becomes more difficult. Now,
Williams damaged his hamstring scoring a try, his replacement,       alongside season-defining decisions on whether the ball has
Ross Chisholm, damaged ankle ligaments preventing Julian             crossed the line, the intent of a player handling the ball and so
Salvi from getting to the line and the centre Jordan Turner-Hall     on, he has to decide whether a player falling to the ground has
suffered shoulder damage. Care finished the game on the wing         been fouled, or has in fact “gone down like Jimmy Krankie”.
but Harlequins never lost their shape, or belief.                        That was the colourful simile Mark Lawrenson chose on
                                                                     Match of the Day to describe Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic’s
                                                                     descent in Stoke City’s penalty area. One hopes the pundit was
                                                                     referring to the incident in 2004 when actor Janette Tough,
                                                                     playing Jimmy, fell 10 feet from a pantomime beanstalk, rather
                                                                     than anything revealed by the Krankies about their remarkably
                                                                     outré personal life in a 2011 BBC Scotland interview, about
                                                                     which some listeners apparently still have nightmares.
                                                                         Lawro’s problem is that he has invented himself as the
                                                                     cheeky chappie of football punditry, inheritor of the mantle
                                                                     formerly carried by Ron Atkinson, and that brings its own

                                                                         Big Ron peppered his analysis with colourful argot picked
                                                                     up from training grounds over the decades – I am not sure he
                                                                     invented much himself – now lovingly preserved by my friends
                                                                     at the Irish website ,
                                                                     one of whose entries gives a clue as to how Ron might have
  Are you getting the best deal on                                   dealt with Ivanovic, and the earlier similar incident in which
                                                                     Chelsea’s Oscar was booked. “I know the lad’s got a nudge early
  your mortgage?                                                     doors,” goes the extract, “but big Heskey’s gone down like
  Compare over 8500 mortgages                                        Buddy Holly there.”

  online to find the best deal for                                       I believe the Buddy Holly reference was buried alongside Big
                                                                     Ron’s career, being considered in extremely questionable taste,
  you.                                                               given the influence he had on the development of rock’n’roll                                              – that’s Buddy, not Ron – before his young life was ended when
                                                                     the aeroplane in which he was travelling to a gig went down,
  compareandbuy                                                      rather more tragically than Jimmy Krankie, in February 1959.
                                                                         It’s a tricky area, working out statutes of limitations for
                                                                     jokes. After all, there are famous Titanic jokes (Customer in © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                            
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cocktail bar: “I know I asked for ice, but this is ridiculous.”)
and nobody waited a century to tell them. Was Big Ron in order
with his Buddy Holly references decades after the crash? I am
                                                                    Ryder Cup 2012: Colin Montgomerie
sure it was never discussed, but perhaps if it had been, he might   expresses fears about rowdy US crowd
have watched his words more carefully on other occasions,
and we might not have been left with merely a distant echo in       Former European captain is worried that 11
Lawrenson.                                                          years after 9/11 fans could revert to abuse
    Actually, it might be safer all round to stick with the
                                                                    towards the visiting team in Chicago
preference of RTE’s Eamon Dunphy, who tends to opt for “he’s
gone down like a roll of lino”. The problem with that simile        Ewan Murray in Atlanta
is it excludes younger listeners who have grown up in a more
affluent era, certainly for floor coverings. But those of us who
pre-date Ikea remember when dad would roll linoleum out
across the floor in stages till it covered the surface, a process
brought to mind by another favourite of Big Ron’s, when he
wasn’t tramping on the memory of rock’n’roll legends, “he’s
gone down in instalments”.
    That best describes the incident in which Chelsea’s Oscar
was booked, more I think for his dive and triple salko than the
fall, because it looked to me as though the Brazilian had been
tripped. Lawro contented himself with the feeble “Oscar should
have had an Oscar”. If he wants to continue to walk in Big Ron’s
footsteps, he may need writers.
    I think it is entirely possible MotD gives us Lawro and Harry
                                                                    Colin Montgomerie celebrates captaining Europe to Ryder
Redknapp from time to time to make us grateful for Shearer and
                                                                    Cup victory over the US at Celtic Manor in 20120. Photograph:
Hansen. Much though we may enjoy the company of Harry, as
                                                                    TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
an analyst, affable ‘Arry is useless, still too close to the game
maybe.                                                              Colin Montgomerie has courted controversy on the eve of
    Frankly, you might as well have a plate of cockles and a        Ryder Cup week by expressing fears that the behaviour of the
cocktail stick in the studio. “They’re proper football people at    American crowd could have a negative impact on Europe’s
Everton … Any young lads watching should take Ashley Cole           players at Medinah.
and Leighton Baines as role models … Aston Villa will struggle          Montgomerie captained the European team to victory at
because they’ve sold their best players and you can’t sell your     Celtic Manor two years ago. The Scot was also a successful
best players and not expect to struggle.” And so on, Harry          player in the event but has a smattering of negative memories.
burbles. It’s to be hoped he finds a club soon, because that’s      In 1999 at Brookline, amid a rowdy atmosphere, Montgomerie
where he is at home.                                                was subjected to such strong abuse that his father walked off
    Meanwhile, on the subject of floor coverings, the               the course.
documentary Being: Liverpool, a fly-on-the-wall (ish) look at           Now Montgomerie has claimed the amount of time passed
life behind the scenes at Anfield, started last week on Channel     since the terror attacks on the twin towers could have reduced
5. It has been made by Fox for an international audience, who       the respect offered by the United States’ supporters towards
should be warned, if they are learning English, that that is not    this week’s opposition.
normally where we would put a colon.                                    “There is a risk,” Montgomerie said. “I think the world
    On 5, the colon is presumably intended to demonstrate           changed. I mean the Ryder Cup and sporting events, when
this is a cut above some of the tosh shown on the channel, and      America played internationally, changed since 9/11.
quality was there in abundance, mostly in the lovely homes of           “America realised we were their allies, their great allies, but
Steven Gerrard and Brendan Rodgers, either of whom could            that was 11 years ago and time moves on. Everything moves on
cash in the value of the white marble on the floor and pay Andy     and I have a slight fear that it is going to be very difficult for us
Carroll’s wages for the foreseeable future. Rodgers’s gaff looks    Europeans to perform to our potential in a very difficult place
like a luxury hotel and spa complex transplanted to Formby          to be.
from rural Hampshire with, it will hardly startle you to learn,         “I think that what you find is that playing away from home
not a scrap of lino anywhere.                                       in America when they want it [the Ryder Cup] back is a difficult
                                                                    place to have to play golf and I do hope that everyone realises
                                                                    that and allows the Europeans to play to their potential.

  Mystified by mortgages?
                                                                    Unfortunately, on the Sunday of the Ryder Cup in 1999, that
                                                                    wasn’t available to us.”
                                                                        On the ability of José María Olazábal, Europe’s captain, to
                                                                    deal with any such troublesome scenarios, Montgomerie added:
                                                                    “I didn’t have any incidents at all in Wales because playing at
  Perplexes by pensions? Confused about                             home is a lot easier than it is playing away.
  your consumer rights?                                                 “I do hope it doesn’t happen but, if it does happen, we’ve got
  Our experts are on hand to answer all                             the best guy in Olazábal to cope with it. He will cope with it in a
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    “I’ve played four of these Ryder Cups away from home. They        going to win and it is amazing how he was going to that degree.
are tough; they are harder. He understands that. He’s played             “I think that anybody playing Tiger Woods has just got to
four away from home as well, so we understand that it’s not           play his own game, that’s all they can do.
going to be easy.”                                                       “There’s only one way of beating Tiger Woods and that’s by
    Montgomerie admitted the colourful character of Ian               scoring lower than him on any particular day.”
Poulter, whom he praised effusively, renders him a possible
focal point for the Chicago crowd this time.
    The Englishman was unsurprisingly named as one of                 Ascot makes room for 32,000 to see
Olazábal’s captain’s picks and holds a formidable matchplay           Frankel’s final race
    “He opens himself up for being more of a target than most
because of his attitude and because of the way, you know, the
                                                                      • 1,500 extra spaces created in marquee
pumping of the air and all that,” said Montgomerie. “I was that       near main grandstand
way myself when I was a threat to the American team.                  • Tickets for temporary enclosure go on
    “I don’t think he’ll be pinpointed out in any particular way,     sale on Monday
any more than anyone else and, if he is, there’s one person that
                                                                      Greg Wood
can handle it and that’s Ian Poulter, so I’m not worried about
that for him personally. I just hope that nobody is so-called
targeted in the way that some particular players were in 1999.
    “I hope these days are behind us and the etiquette of the
game shines through and not anything else. He brings the
confidence, he brings complete confidence, an unwavering
confidence to the team room. Ian is probably the most
confident guy I know but that shines through in a team room
environment whereby he’s so confident that there’s no reason
why everyone shouldn’t be as confident as him. I’m so glad
Olazábal picked him for the team and quite rightly too.”
    Olazábal himself has proved a popular successor to
Montgomerie. The Spaniard requires only one key trait, his
predecessor believes, to oversee Europe’s retention of the
cup.”Just one thing that I would say to him is don’t go with          Royal Ascot 2012 flat-racing festival, Day One. 19/6/12. Pic:
any fixed ideas that it has to work. He has to be flexible, I         Tom Jenkins.
think that’s the key word here,” Montgomerie said. “I think if        Frankel sprints well clear of his rivals to easily win the first
Olazábal’s flexible in everything he does, he’ll be fine. He is as    race, The Queen Anne Stakes. Photograph: Tom Jenkins
experienced as anyone.”
                                                                      Frankel’s final race in the QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot next
    Montgomerie, who will spend the Ryder Cup as an analyst
                                                                      month will unfold in front of a sell-out crowd of 32,000 after
for Sky Sports, said Lee Westwood should be regarded as
                                                                      the creation of an extra 1,500 spaces for spectators in a marquee
more of a torch carrier for European hopes than Rory McIlroy.
                                                                      alongside the track’s main grandstand. However, with no
Westwood will be competing in his eighth Ryder Cup while
                                                                      further increases to the capacity planned, some fans who would
McIlroy has only a single previous appearance.
                                                                      have wanted to attend are likely to be locked out.
    “I don’t think Rory is classified as the team leader yet on the
                                                                         Ascot is licensed to hold crowds of up to 80,000, and
course, I’d give that role to Lee Westwood, as I did really two
                                                                      frequently does so at its showpiece Royal meeting in June each
years ago,” said Montgomerie. “I think Lee is the team leader of
                                                                      year, but many are accommodated in temporary hospitality
that group on the course, although Rory is number one in the
                                                                      facilities. These are in place for the full five days of the meeting
                                                                      and are not cost-effective for a single Saturday afternoon in
    “Tiger Woods was number one for many, many years in
the Ryder Cup and a lot of the emphasis, a lot of pressure
                                                                         Tickets for the new temporary facility, to be called the
was put on Tiger to get five points in the Ryder Cup. That’s
                                                                      Champions Bar, will be on sale from Monday, and can also be
almost damned near impossible to achieve, so I do hope that
                                                                      purchased as an upgrade by racegoers who have already paid for
everybody commentating, everybody writing in the media and
                                                                      a grandstand ticket.
what-have-you, don’t put too much pressure on McIlroy trying
                                                                         The attendance for next month’s meeting will still be a
to get five points.
                                                                      significant increase on the 26,000 who watched the first
    “We can’t just have one guy playing well. Let’s make sure
                                                                      British Champions Day last year, when Frankel took the Queen
that we’re playing as a 12 and not as a 1+11.”
                                                                      Elizabeth II Stakes. Sir Henry Cecil’s colt has since gone on to
    Woods’ Ryder Cup history is the subject of – often inaccurate
                                                                      establish himself as a great champion and he is long odds-on to
– criticism. More pertinently, the 36-year-old has displayed
                                                                      extend his unbeaten record to 14 races in his final start.
traces of his best form during the course of this season.
                                                                         “We have worked closely with Ascot to decide on the final
    “His record is not that great but it’s not that bad either, you
                                                                      capacity,” Rod Street, the chief executive of British Champions
know,” Montgomerie said. “He’s found a couple of partners. I
                                                                      Series, said. “The priority for us is that racegoers have an
think it used to drag down the Americans when the momentum
                                                                      enjoyable and comfortable day and want to come back.”
was wanting to be gathered by the fact that Tiger Woods was
                                                                         Aloof, a 12-1 chance trained by David Wachman, took the © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                               
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Group Three Danny Cordell Lavarack & Lanwades Stud Fillies’
Stakes at Gowran Park on Sunday. Momentary, a rare runner
for The Queen in Ireland, made most of the running but Aloof
finished strongly for Billy Lee, her jockey, to win by three-
quarters of a length. Shebella was third, with Aloof’s stable
companion Esentepe fourth and Momentary fading into fifth. © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                              

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