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Roy Hodgson ‘disappointed’ that John
Terry’s England days are over
The England manager Roy Hodgson has said he is ‘disappointed’
that John Terry’s England career is over Page 2



Mario Balotelli ‘very happy’ at Manchester
City despite bit-part role
Mario Balotelli’s agent said the striker is content at Manchester City
despite starting only two games Page 2



Liverpool’s Martin Kelly out until at least
new year with knee injury
Martin Kelly does not expect to play for at least three months after
injuring his knee against Manchester United Page 3




World Twenty20:                              Corrie Sanders obituary                      Arizona Cardinals have          Jimmy Cowan arrives
England hit record low of                    Page 5                                       best start in 38 years after    to see Gloucester click
80 in defeat against India                                                                beating Philadelphia            without him against
Page 3                                       James Roby, Sam                              Eagles Page 6                   Wasps Page 9
                                             Tomkins and Ben
Ryder Cup 2012: Brandt                       Westwood up for Man of                       Rory McIlroy suffers            Nick Easter’s Harlequins
Snedeker’s £7m bonus                         Steel award Page 6                           double blow as Brandt           form inspires thoughts
gives USA lift for Medinah                                                                Snedeker wins FedEx Cup         of an England comeback
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                                                                      our England procedures. They sit in different compartments
                                                                      and I could separate the two in my mind. But, unfortunately it
Roy Hodgson ‘disappointed’ that John                                  doesn’t look like he could.”
Terry’s England days are over                                            Horne was speaking as Terry’s hearing in front of an
                                                                      independent FA panel began at Wembley. The case could last all
• ‘I’d like to thank John for his commitment                          week – a similar hearing involving Liverpool’s Luis Suárez took
to the England team’                                                  four days.
                                                                         The 31-year-old Terry could face a lengthy ban if found guilty
• Terry announced international
                                                                      by the FA of using racist language during Chelsea’s Premier
retirement on Sunday evening                                          League defeat at QPR on 23 October last year, a charge he
Press Association                                                     categorically denies.
                                                                         Terry admitted using the words but insisted he had only
                                                                      been repeating words he thought Ferdinand had accused him of
                                                                      saying.
                                                                         Terry said in his statement on Sunday: “I am making this
                                                                      statement today in advance of the hearing of the FA disciplinary
                                                                      charge because I 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 national team untenable.”



                                                                      Mario Balotelli ‘very happy’ at
                                                                      Manchester City despite bit-part role

England’s coach Roy Hodgson is disappointed to lose one of            • Striker has no problem with lack of starts,
the cornerstones of his defence. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/          says agent
Reuters
                                                                      • Roberto Mancini to explain pushing
The England manager, Roy Hodgson, said he was “disappointed           incident with Balotelli
to lose a player of John Terry’s international experience and
exceptional ability”.                                                 Jamie Jackson
    Terry announced his international retirement on the eve of
his Football Association disciplinary hearing on a racism charge,
with the Chelsea captain claiming the case made his position
with England “untenable”.
    Hodgson said he was sorry to lose the services of Terry,
one of his best players at Euro 2012. “I’d like to thank John
Terry for his commitment to the England team since I became
manager. I am of course disappointed to lose a player of John’s
international experience and exceptional ability.
    “I have enjoyed a good relationship with John during my
time as England manager and I reluctantly accept his decision. I
can also confirm that he had the courtesy to call me prior to the
announcement of his retirement from the England team. I’d like
to wish John well for the future with Chelsea.”                       Mario Balotelli, right, tangles with Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker
    The FA also thanked Terry for his England service. A              during his five-minute cameo for Manchester City on Sunday.
statement said: “Following his announcement that he is retiring       Photograph: Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images
from the England team, the FA would like to thank John Terry
                                                                      Mario Balotelli is “very happy” at Manchester City and will not
for all of his efforts with the national team over the past decade.
                                                                      seek a move in January despite starting only two games this
During his 78 appearances John has always given his full
                                                                      season and having a disagreement with Roberto Mancini that
commitment to the team.”
                                                                      caused the manager to push him down the tunnel following
    Terry effectively accused the FA of forcing his hand after
                                                                      Sunday’s 1-1 home draw with Arsenal.
they charged him over last October’s altercation with the QPR
                                                                         Last week Mancini was forced to deny a bust-up with the
defender Anton Ferdinand, despite being cleared in court of a
                                                                      striker after he was dropped from the squad for the Champions
racially aggravated public order offence over the same incident.
                                                                      League defeat at Real Madrid. But according to Balotelli’s agent,
    The FA general secretary, Alex Horne, denied this was
                                                                      Mino Raiola, he is content. “Yes he is, he is very happy. There is
the case. He said: “I don’t see how we’ve made it untenable
                                                                      no problem,” he said.
– they’re two very separate processes. It’s something that
                                                                         Following Italy’s Euro 2012 campaign in which he
happened in a match between QPR and Chelsea – it shouldn’t be
                                                                      spearheaded the attack and scored both goals in the 2-1 semi-
taking a year to resolve but we feel we’re reaching a conclusion
                                                                      final win over Germany, Balotelli has started at Liverpool and
on that.
                                                                      Stoke and was given only five minutes as a replacement against
    “That’s a very different process, from my perspective, from
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Arsenal.
   Regarding the incident with Balotelli on Sunday, Mancini,
said: “I will ask him and next time I will explain.”
                                                                   World Twenty20: England hit record
                                                                   low of 80 in defeat against India
Liverpool’s Martin Kelly out until at                              • India 170-4; England 80
least new year with knee injury                                    • India win by 90 runs
                                                                   Vic Marks in Colombo
• Full-back limped off in 2-1 defeat to
Manchester United
• Daniel Agger and Fabio Borini add to
Liverpool worries
Press Association




                                                                   England’s Eoin Morgan looks back at his shattered
                                                                   stumps during the heavy World Twenty20 defeat to India.
                                                                   Photograph: Ishara S Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images
                                                                   It was a good game to lose but preferably not by such a
                                                                   monumental margin as 90 runs. England, in pursuit of 171,
                                                                   were hapless and clueless against the Indian spinners and were
Liverpool’s Martin Kelly is likely to be out until at least the
                                                                   bowled out for their lowest-ever T20 total. Between them
new year after injuring his knee against Manchester United.
                                                                   Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla, currently the second
Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA
                                                                   string of Indian spinners, took six wickets for 25 runs from eight
The Liverpool defender Martin Kelly has ruled himself out of       overs. It was not very pleasing for Stuart Broad and his side,
action until at least the new year after injuring his knee.        though afterwards the England captain could remind us “we are
   The full-back limped off late in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at home    still on the bus to Kandy”.
to Manchester United after falling awkwardly and appearing to          Everyone had been so impressed by England’s campaign up
twist his right leg.                                               until now but their old frailties against Asian spin resurfaced
   Liverpool have yet to confirm the extent of the problem but     with a vengeance. They batted so badly that a certain pundit
Kelly does not expect to be back for at least three months.        in the Cricket Extra studio must have found it difficult to say
   “What I can say is its not the worst injury I’ve had and I’ll   anything polite about batsmen who were trying to do his job in
be fighting for my place next year when I’m back fitter and        the England middle order.
stronger!” he wrote on Twitter.                                        The other sides in the tournament would also have been
   Liverpool’s injury concerns do not end there with the centre-   looking on and making notes, the gist of which must have been:
back Daniel Agger awaiting the results of a scan on suspected      “How many spinners have we got in our squad? Let’s play them
medial ligament damage in his left knee, while the forward         all against England.” Harbhajan duped callow batsmen, mostly
Fabio Borini has a bruised foot and swollen ankle.                 through subtle changes of pace. Chawla’s leg-breaks were
                                                                   indecipherable from his googlies. England were startled rabbits
                                                                   in the floodlights.




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                                                                       The rot set in when Irfan Pathan swung the new ball into
                                                                   the right-handed batsmen. Alex Hales swung and missed in
                                                                   the manner of a No11 – in fact Steven Finn would have been
                                                                   embarrassed by such a stroke. Luke Wright was lbw attempting
                                                                   to pull. Only Craig Kieswetter could middle the ball – provided
  From Beirut to Big Brother, Murdoch to
                                                                   the pace bowlers were operating.
  Millionaire,
                                                                       Eoin Morgan, who has not been at his most fluent out
  discuss the hot topics in the media on                           here, was confounded by Harbhajan’s quicker ball. So was Jos
  not one, but two blogs Organ Grinder and                         Buttler. Jonny Bairstow slogged and missed in the manner of
  Greenslade                                                       Hales. Tim Bresnan recalled the old notion that Yorkshiremen
  blogs.guardian.co.uk/organgrinder/                               are a tad uncomfortable against wrist-spin. It was ugly in the
  blogs.guardian.co.uk/greenslade/                                 extreme. In the space of a dozen overs England had cunningly
                                                                   and emphatically restored their role as underdogs in this
                                                                   tournament.
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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
here) this thrashing does not matter too much provided the
                                                                     Ryder Cup 2012: Brandt Snedeker’s £7m
management can get the batsmen back on an even keel before           bonus gives USA lift for Medinah
England’s next match against West Indies (or, in their dream
world, Ireland) on Thursday.                                         • Justin Rose finishes second and moves to
    West Indies may pluck out Samuel Badree, a little-known          No5 in the world
wrist spinner, to accompany Sunil Narine for the game at
                                                                     • Rory McIlroy phlegmatic after missing
Pallekele. The Kiwis will undoubtedly unleash Daniel Vettori
and Nathan McCullum, who are, at least, conventional spinners.
                                                                     out on bonanza
    Meanwhile there is work to do for Graham Gooch and               Press Association
Andy Flower, not so much in a technical overhaul but in the
                                                                     It is the American Brandt Snedeker rather than Europe’s Rory
restoration of confidence.
                                                                     McIlroy who goes into this week’s Ryder Cup £7m richer but
    Before Broad’s tour took a little jolt downwards he opted to
                                                                     what a match is now in prospect at Medinah near Chicago.
bowl first. The Indians somehow seemed more adept against
                                                                         But with Justin Rose finishing runner-up in the event and
the pace of Finn than the Afghans had been in England’s first
                                                                     moving to a career-high No5 in the world, it is Europe who will
game. Finn was briefly back to his old ways. Soon his right
                                                                     have four of the world’s top five on view.
knee clattered into the stumps, whereupon he ended up in an
                                                                         McIlroy tops the rankings, of course, but after four play-
undignified heap on the pitch after delivering the ball.
                                                                     off events in five weeks – and victories in the middle two of
    Finn did remove Pathan’s off-stump with a full, fast, straight
                                                                     them – the 23-year-old said: “I just hope we are fresh. I think
ball. However there was never any danger of Virat Kohli missing
                                                                     everybody is going to take a day off [on Monday]. It’s a draining
any straight balls. He is the new darling of Indian cricket but he
                                                                     week on and off the course.”
has earned that status with a long sequence of glittering innings
                                                                         On seeing Snedeker, one of the USA captain Davis Love’s four
in one-day games. There were plenty of adoring supporters
                                                                     wildcard picks, snatch the big prize off him, he said: “I’m a little
who had made their way to Colombo. For a moment it was as if
                                                                     disappointed, to be honest. I didn’t play the way I wanted to. I
Sachin Tendulkar was making his way to the crease.
                                                                     only hit three fairways [none in his first 10 holes] and you can’t
    Kohli began with exquisite drives through the offside,
                                                                     do that around this place.
classical strokes that would never be out of place in a Test
                                                                         “But at the same time Brandt really deserves to win. If you
match. Currently he looks as if he has oceans of time, even
                                                                     look at his stats [especially the one showing he missed only one
in a T20 game. He did not play an ugly stroke. Only Graeme
                                                                     putt under eight feet in the 72 holes] he played the best golf. He
Swann, Broad’s most effective bowler, could check Kohli and
                                                                     needed to come in here and win. He controlled his own destiny
he eventually removed him. For once Kohli was deceived and
                                                                     just like I [had to] and he was able to do it.”
he drove an off-break straight into the hands of Bairstow at
                                                                         There will still be those who believe McIlroy should have
deep midwicket. England could have done with another skilful
                                                                     been given more of an advantage entering the final play-off
spinner on Sunday night – but this was the time to experiment.
                                                                     event but the points were reset to allow the top five to win the
    Fortunately for England Gautam Gambhir could not bat quite
                                                                     cup with a victory and Snedeker was in fifth place after finishing
so fluently. There was a Machiavellian case for keeping him in
                                                                     second, sixth and 37th in the previous three.
but in the 16th over a fairly cunning slower ball from Finn found
                                                                         If Rose had won, McIlroy would have taken the £6m and
the outside edge and Gambhir departed.
                                                                     when they saw each other after finishing McIlroy said to his
    On his departure India accelerated via Rohit Sharma,
                                                                     Ryder Cup team-mate: “I wish you had done me a favour.”
who cracked 55 from 33 balls. From their last four overs they
                                                                         Snedeker looked as if he might be about to throw it away
amassed 51 to leave England with a target of 171. There was
                                                                     when he followed McIlroy into the lake on the short 6th and
another gem in the field in the final over by Buttler. He caught
                                                                     made double-bogey but he birdied four of the next 11 holes and
a skier from MS Dhoni at deep midwicket and managed to lob
                                                                     so could easily afford a closing bogey.
the ball in the air as his impetus began to take him over the
                                                                         “I’m not going to complain and I’m not going to criticise the
boundary. Hales was on hand to complete the catch – routine
                                                                     format – you’ve got to play well every week,” McIlroy said. “It’s
brilliance from Buttler.
                                                                     been a great year and I’m very happy with how I’m playing still.
    England had replaced Samit Patel with Bresnan, presumably
                                                                     I’m very excited about next week.”
for two reasons. The Indians have always been deft players
                                                                         So is Luke Donald after back-to-back 67s over the weekend
of spin and Bresnan is in need of a bit of rehabilitation. The
                                                                     lifted him into a tie for third with the American Ryan Moore,
Yorkshireman was a regular in Paul Collingwood’s winning side
                                                                     who bogeyed the last three holes after drawing level with
in the Caribbean two years ago but currently faces a challenge
                                                                     Snedeker.
from Jade Dernbach. But the chances of England maintaining
                                                                         The world No3 said: “One, it’s the Ryder Cup and some
a four-man pace attack throughout the tournament must be
                                                                     of my best moments in golf have been during that event and
slim. They will juggle again in Pallekele. But they do not have so
                                                                     obviously being in Chicago, the place I’ve lived for the last 15
many options in their batting line-up.
                                                                     years. Hopefully I can take away a small percentage of the home
                                                                     crowd support.”
                                                                         Lee Westwood stays No4 in the rankings despite finishing
                                                                     30th and last, way down on 15-over par, 25 strokes adrift of
                                                                     Snedeker.
                                                                         He did come second to McIlroy in the third play-off event,
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however, and said: “The speed of the greens came as a bit of       Cooper, Levi Billups and Britain’s Johnny Nelson tinyurl.com/
a shock this week but my game’s not far away. It was my first      clcp5dd alerted the cognoscenti to the fact the he could become
time in the play-offs and I’d only played Bethpage [of the four    a potent force in the division.
courses] before.”                                                     His progress was slowed by a shocking second-round
   The astronomical sums on offer were such that even bringing     knockout defeat in 1994 against Nate Tubbs. But he remained
up the rear in the tournament and dropping to 10th in the          undefeated thereafter until May 2000, when he lost a dramatic
overall standings earned the 39-year-old nearly £400,000.          contest against the future champion Hasim Rahman. In the
                                                                   fight, televised by the American channel HBO, Sanders had
                                                                   Rahman down before being stopped himself in the seventh
Corrie Sanders obituary                                            round. He was 37, and probably past his best, by the time he got
                                                                   his title shot fighting Klitschko for the WBO title in Hamburg in
South African boxer who won the World                              2003.
                                                                      The Ukrainian had only lost once in 41 fights and was a hot
Boxing Organisation heavyweight title in                           favourite to repel Sanders, who was quoted as a 40-1 outsider.
2003                                                               But the South African produced a devastating display of power-
John Rawling                                                       punching to floor the champion twice in the opening round and
                                                                   twice more in the second when the fight ended. Ring Magazine
                                                                   hailed Sanders’s win as their “upset of the year”.
                                                                      The following year, Sanders relinquished the then relatively
                                                                   lowly rated WBO belt to fight Wladimir’s older brother Vitali for
                                                                   the World Boxing Council title, made vacant by the retirement
                                                                   of Lennox Lewis. This time Sanders looked to have a chance in
                                                                   the early rounds, especially the third when he caught Vitali with
                                                                   his danger punch, the left hook. But Vitali was able to withstand
                                                                   the pressure and went on to establish his dominance before
                                                                   stopping the South African in the eighth.
                                                                      Sanders fought four more times before retiring, in 2008,
                                                                   and will be remembered as perhaps South Africa’s best ever
                                                                   heavyweight. After moving away from boxing, he was a familiar
                                                                   figure at celebrity golf events and, as well as concentrating
Corrie Sanders. left, lands a punch on Wladimir Klitschko          on various business interests, also worked as a motivational
in the first round of their WBO heavyweight championship           speaker.
fight in 2003 Photograph: © Reuters Photographer / Reuters/           He is survived by his former wife, Sunette, and a son and a
Reuters                                                            daughter.
The South African boxer Corrie Sanders has died aged 46            • Cornelius Johannes Sanders, boxer, born 7 January 1966; died
after being shot during an armed robbery at a restaurant in        22 September 2012
Brits, near Pretoria. Sanders was one of the biggest-punching
heavyweights of recent years and most famously defeated
Wladimir Klitschko tinyurl.com/bw33ug6 to win the World
Boxing Organisation heavyweight title in 2003.
   Sanders was born in Pretoria. A talented sporting all-
rounder, he played rugby and cricket as a schoolboy and later
honed a golf game to near-professional standard. His impressive
physique and strength, allied to a natural athleticism, helped




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him develop an intimidating punching power from a southpaw
stance, which made him one of the most dangerous fighters of
his time.
   Claiming 196 wins from 200 amateur fights, he had won the
South African heavyweight title in four consecutive years, from
1985 to 1988, before he moved into the professional sport. He
won 42 of his 46 paid fights. Perhaps if he had moved to the US,     The Guardian digital edition
he would have been a bigger name on the world stage. When
asked why he had remained in South Africa, he said: “I loved
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becoming the South African champion in only his 11th pro fight.
Wins over fringe American contenders such as Smokin’ Bert
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James Roby, Sam Tomkins and Ben                                    Arizona Cardinals have best start in 38
Westwood up for Man of Steel award                                 years after beating Philadelphia Eagles

• Roby and Tomkins lost out to Rangi                               • Arizona Cardinals 3-0 with victory over
Chase last season                                                  Philadelphia Eagles
• Winner will be chosen by secret ballot of                        • Atlanta Falcons also 3-0 winning at San
players                                                            Diego Chargers
Press Association                                                  • Tennessee Titans beat Detroit Lions 44-41
                                                                   • Paolo Bandini’s Five Things We Learned
                                                                   in Week Three
                                                                   Associated Press




The nominated trio will replace Rangi Chase, who won the
2011 Man of Steel award. Photograph: Craig Brough/Action
Images
St Helens’ hooker James Roby, Wigan’s full-back Sam Tomkins        Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick watches
and the Warrington second row Ben Westwood have been               from his knees as the Arizona Cardinals defense scores a
shortlisted for the prestigious 2012 Super League Man of Steel     touchdown on his fumble in Phoenix, Arizona September 23,
award.                                                             2012. Photograph: Darryl Webb/Reuters
    Both Roby, who won the award in 2007, and Tomkins,
                                                                   Arizona Cardinals 27, Philadelphia Eagles 6Glendale — Kevin
were short-listed last season but lost out to Rangi Chase, the
                                                                   Kolb threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns and James
Castleford and England half-back. This time they are facing
                                                                   Sanders returned one of Michael Vick’s two fumbles 93 yards for
competition from Westwood, who has a growing reputation as
                                                                   a touchdown, and Arizona is off to its best start in 38 years.
one of the hardest-working forwards in the English game.
                                                                      Arizona (3-0) sacked Vick five times in winning its seventh
    The winner, chosen by a secret ballot of Super League
                                                                   straight home game, the second-longest streak in franchise
players to reward the man deemed to have made the biggest
                                                                   history.
impact, will be unveiled at a gala dinner in Manchester on 1
                                                                      Philadelphia (2-1) became the first NFL team to open
October, when the coach of the year and young player of the
                                                                   a season with two one-point wins. The Eagles didn’t give
year will also be announced.
                                                                   themselves a chance to rally for another victory, picked apart
    The nominees for young player are Bradford’s second-rower
                                                                   by the quarterback they cast away and hounded by Arizona’s
John Bateman, 19, St Helens’ centre Josh Jones, also 19, and the
                                                                   attacking defense.
20-year-old Leeds full-back Zak Hardaker. The young player
                                                                      Atlanta Falcons 27, San Diego Chargers 3San Diego — Matt
is chosen by a specially convened panel while the coach is
                                                                   Ryan threw touchdown passes to three different receivers and
selected by a secret ballot of all 14 Super League coaches.
                                                                   safety Thomas DeCoud had two interceptions and a fumble
                                                                   recovery for unbeaten Atlanta.




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                                                                      Ryan completed 30 of 40 passes for 275 yards, with his first
                                                                   interception of the season, and a passer rating of 107.8 for
                                                                   the Falcons (3-0), who improved to 6-0 all-time in San Diego.
                                                                   DeCoud’s three takeaways, plus William Moore’s fourth-quarter
                                                                   fumble recovery, extended the Falcons’ NFL-high turnover
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stopped backup quarterback Shaun Hill on fourth-and-1 at the             Houston Texans 31, Denver Broncos 25As it happened
Tennessee 7 to pull out a 44-41 win over the Detroit Lions on        gu.com/p/3aj5y Denver — Matt Schaub outplayed Peyton
Sunday.                                                              Manning, throwing four touchdown passes against a confused
    The Titans (1-2) blew a 20-9 halftime lead in a crazy game       Denver defense.
featuring big plays, scoring swings and some suspect officiating.        Schaub finished 17 for 30 for 290 yards to help Houston move
Detroit scored 18 straight points, then Tennessee answered           to 3-0 for the first time in franchise history.
with 21 points before the Lions scored the final 14 of regulation.       Six days after throwing three interceptions in the first
Detroit recovered an onside kick and got an assist from officials    quarter of a loss to Atlanta, Manning didn’t throw any against
who did not review a possible turnover.                              the Texans. But just as happened last week, the Broncos fell
    In overtime, Bironas’ third field goal put Tennessee ahead to    behind by 20 and lost by six. Manning did get the ball with 20
stay.                                                                seconds left this time but didn’t get the Broncos close to the
    The Lions (1-2) lost their second straight when coach Jim        end zone.
Schwartz decided not to let Jason Hanson attempt to connect              Oakland Raiders 34, Pittsburgh Steelers 31Oakland —
on a fifth field goal. Hill, in for injured Matthew Stafford , was   Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 43-yard field goal on the last play
stopped by defensive tackles Jurrell Casey and Sen’Derrick           as Oakland scored the final 13 points after wide receiver Darrius
Marks on his sneak, and Tennessee escaped with its first win of      Heyward-Bey was knocked out and hospitalized by a scary hit.
the season.                                                              The game turned somber early in the fourth quarter when
    Cincinnati Bengals 38, Washington Redskins 31Landover            Heyward-Bey was knocked unconscious by a helmet-to-helmet
— Andy Dalton completed 19 of 27 passes for 328 yards and            hit in the end zone by Steelers safety Ryan Mundy. The hit was
three touchdowns for Cincinnati.                                     not called a penalty by the replacement officials. Heyward-Bey
    The Bengals blew a 24-7 first-half lead, but two touchdown       was taken to the hospital with a neck injury.
passes by Dalton in the fourth quarter made the difference.              Carson Palmer then threw his third touchdown pass for
    A 6-yard throw to tight end Jermaine Gresham broke a 24-24       Oakland (1-2) and Janikowski kicked two field goals to beat the
tie, then Dalton hit Andrew Hawkins for a 59-yard score to give      Steelers (1-2) and give coach Dennis Allen his first win.
the Bengals a two-touchdown cushion with 7:08 left to play.              New York Jets 23, Miami Dolphins 20 OTMiami — Nick Folk
    Robert Griffin III’s 2-yard run cut the lead to seven points     received a reprieve when his blocked field-goal attempt was
with 3:35 remaining, but he threw incomplete on a third-and-         negated by a timeout, and his second try was a successful 33-
50 on the game’s last play.Cincinnati’s A.J. Green caught nine       yarder with 6:04 left in overtime.
passes for a career-high 183 yards.                                      Mark Sanchez hit Santonio Holmes for a 38-yard gain to set
    The Bengals improved to 2-1. The Redskins fell to 1-2.           up the kick. Two plays later, Folk’s try was blocked, but officials
    Kansas City Chiefs 27, New Orleans Saints 24 OTNew Orleans       whistled the play dead as the ball was snapped because the
— Ryan Succop kicked six field goals, one to force overtime in       Dolphins had called timeout. Folk then made the winner.
the final seconds and another from 31 yards to lift Kansas City to       On the previous possession, the Dolphins’ Dan Carpenter
its first win and keep New Orleans winless.                          was wide left on a 48-yard field-goal attempt that would have
    Succop’s 43-yard field goal with 3 seconds left completed a      given them the victory.
methodical comeback by Kansas City (1-2) after the Saints (0-3)          New York improved to 2-1, and Miami dropped to 1-2. The
had cashed in on a pair of Chiefs turnovers to go ahead 24-6 in      Jets’ Darrelle Revis and Miami’s Reggie Bush left the game with
the third quarter.                                                   left knee injuries.
    Kansas City needed only one touchdown to win, a 91-yard              Jacksonville Jaguars 22, Indianapolis Colts 17Indianapolis
run by Jamaal Charles, who finished with 233 yards rushing and       — Blaine Gabbert connected with Cecil Shorts III on an 80-yard
55 yards receiving.                                                  touchdown pass with 45 seconds left to lift Jacksonville to its
    The Chiefs also got a safety in the fourth quarter on Justin     first win of the season.
Houston’s third sack of the game.                                        Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 177 yard, but Jacksonville (2-1)
    Drew Brees passed for 240 yards and three touchdowns,            needed Gabbert’s big play. The Colts (1-2) had taken the lead 17-
but missed all six of his passes through the fourth quarter and      16 after Andrew Luck drove them 48 yards in five plays to set up
overtime.                                                            Adam Vinatieri’s 37-yard field goal with 56 seconds left.
    Minnesota Vikings 24, San Francisco 49ers 13Minneapolis              But on the next snap, Shorts got behind Colts safety Sergio
— Christian Ponder threw two touchdown passes to tight end           Brown and Gabbert hit him in stride. Shorts sprinted free,
Kyle Rudolph and ran for another score to help the Vikings hand      diving into the end zone for the score.
the 49ers their first defeat.                                            Indianapolis had a chance to win it at the end, but Luck’s
    After a dominant start to their NFC North tour by decisively     pass into the end zone was broken up by Aaron Ross.
beating playoff teams Green Bay and Detroit, the 49ers (2-1)             Dallas Cowboys 16, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10Arlington
were beaten in every way by a team least likely to do so.            — DeMarco Murray had an 11-yard touchdown run, Dan Bailey
    The Vikings (2-1) began the game boldly with a fourth-and-       kicked three field goals and Dallas won its home opener.
goal touchdown pass by Ponder to Rudolph. They finished                  A week after the Buccaneers’ big push against the Giants in
strong by forcing three turnovers and two punts by the 49ers in      their victory formation, Tampa Bay used a pair of timeouts in
the fourth quarter.                                                  the final 40 seconds after a failed onside kick attempt.
    Playing against his former team in the regular season for            The Cowboys (2-1) scored twice in the first half when starting
the first time, Randy Moss had three catches for 27 yards. Alex      in Tampa Bay territory after turnovers. They overcame three
Smith’s franchise-record interception-free streak ended at 249       turnovers by Romo two on plays reversed by replay with a
straight passes.                                                     defense that held Tampa Bay to 166 total yards.

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    Romo’s interception on the game’s fourth play set up Tampa
Bay (1-2) for Josh Freeman’s 1-yard TD to Luke Stocker.
    The Cowboys drew even on Murray’s run after Sean Lee’s
                                                                     Rory McIlroy suffers double blow as
interception. Bailey had kicks of 32, 26 and 22 yards.               Brandt Snedeker wins FedEx Cup
    Chicago Bears 23, St Louis Rams 6Chicago — Major Wright
returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown and                • Justin Rose second behind American in
Chicago’s defense had six sacks on Sam Bradford and held St.         Tour Championship
Louis to 160 total yards.
                                                                     • Snedeker’s $11.4m win boosts US team
    That was enough on a day when Jay Cutler struggled, and
the Bears (2-1) came away with the win after an ugly loss to
                                                                     before Ryder Cup
Green Bay the previous week. The Rams fell to 1-2.                   Ewan Murray in Atlanta
    The Bears had just kicked a field goal to extend their lead
to 13-6 in the fourth quarter when Wright came up with his big
return. He caught the ball at the 45 and ran untouched to the
end zone, making it a 14-point game and finally giving the Bears
some breathing room.
    Buffalo Bills 24, Cleveland Browns 14Cleveland — Ryan
Fitzpatrick threw three touchdown passes and Buffalo
overcame the loss of running back C.J. Spiller in snapping an
eight-game road losing streak.
    Fitzpatrick finished 22 of 35 for 208 yards as the Bills (2-1)
turned to their passing game after Spiller, the NFL’s leading
rusher, was lost in the first quarter with a shoulder injury.
    The Bills hadn’t won outside Buffalo since the 2011 season
opener at Kansas City.
                                                                     Brandt Snedeker celebrates winning the Tour Championship
    Before he got hurt, Spiller scored on a 32-yard screen pass
                                                                     and the FedEx Cup. Photograph: Tami Chappell/Reuters
from Fitzpatrick, who also threw a 9-yard TD to T.J. Graham
in the first quarter and hooked up with Stevie Johnson from 9        Rory McIlroy’s aspirations of landing at the Ryder Cup with a
yards in the fourth for a 24-14 lead.The Browns are 0-3.             $10m confidence boost were dashed by one of the players he
                                                                     will face later this week at Medinah.
                                                                         Brandt Snedeker closed out victory by three shots at the
                                                                     Tour Championship, the first time he has won having led with
                                                                     18 holes to play, and secured the lucrative FedEx Cup play-
                                                                     offs title in the process. In total the 31-year-old from Nashville
                                                                     collected $11.44m for his weekend’s work.
                                                                         Snedeker could have picked no finer moment to engineer his
                                                                     fourth PGA Tour success. If such timing is an indicator of things
                                                                     to come, Europe have cause for concern. The fans who chanted
                                                                     “U-S-A” by the side of East Lake’s 18th green clearly believe in
                                                                     the value of momentum.
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                                                                     worked against McIlroy, who won two of the play-off events to
                                                                     Snedeker’s one but could fare no better than tied 10th at this
                                                                     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.
  Fantasy League Classic                                                 “I have got to stay positive. It has been a great year,” McIlroy

  Manage a squad of 16 players                                       said. “I’m a little disappointed but at the same time Brandt
                                                                     really deserves to win.
  and a budget of £75 million.                                           “He needed to come here and win. He controlled his own

  £75,000 worth of prizes to be                                      destiny just like I did and he was able to come and do that. So
                                                                     because of that, he really deserves it.”
  won in weekly, monthly and                                             It is a long time since money was a topic worthy of serious
  overall competitions. Beat your                                    consideration by McIlroy. Nonetheless he left Georgia for
                                                                     Illinois at least with the comfort of the $3m for finishing second
  nearest and dearest in a friends                                   in the FedEx rankings. If the Northern Irish property market
  league.                                                            permits, the upcoming sale of his home will earn McIlroy
                                                                     another £2m to soften the play-off blow.
  guardian.co.uk/fantasyleague                                           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
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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
never seemed much likelihood of that, which owed plenty to a
                                                                         Jimmy Cowan arrives to see Gloucester
brilliant display of under-pressure golf from the American.              click without him against Wasps
    In 18 holes Snedeker supplied the perfect counterpoint to
any concerns surrounding his position as one of four rookies in          • Dan Robson stands out as seat-warming
the United States Ryder Cup side.                                        scrum-half
    “I had complete confidence in what I was doing,” Snedeker
                                                                         • Tom Savage confirms strength of club’s
said. That point was endorsed by his performance.
    “It’s just unbelievable for everybody in my team and it gave
                                                                         academy
me calm that this is not the most important thing in my world.”          Mike Averis at Kingsholm
    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
                                                                         The All Black Jimmy Cowan has finally arrived at Gloucester
most.
                                                                         just as the team has begun to click. Photograph: Ross Land/
    “Some of my best moments in golf have been in the Ryder
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Cup,” Donald said. “And obviously with it being in Chicago, the
place I have lived for the last 15 years, it will be pretty special to   Almost six months after the deal was done, the All Blacks
just drive down the road and play.                                       scrum-half Jimmy Cowan is due in Gloucester this week. At
    “It is going to be a unique experience for me. Hopefully I can       30 and with seven seasons of Test rugby behind him, Cowan
take away a small percentage of the home support. The USA will           clearly has plenty to pass on to a young team. But there will
be heavily supported but obviously having a few people there             be many in the Shed in the coming months wondering if the
that I know, I’ll get quite a few of them on my side.”                   money has been well spent.
    Justin Rose had looked the most genuine threat to Snedeker               Quite simply, while Gloucester’s marquee signing was
and ultimately finished alone in second, three shots back. Like          delayed by a desire to add a 100th game for his old club,
Donald, Rose is entitled to head to the Ryder Cup in fine spirits.       Southland, to the century of caps in Super Rugby with the
“It’s probably as strong as ever between the two teams,” said            Highlanders and 50 for New Zealand, his new club has moved
Rose.                                                                    on.
    The reality is that Snedeker, McIlroy, Woods, Donald and                 After losing their way and their coach last season and
Rose will be afforded little time to reflect on events at East Lake.     stuttering at the start of this, everything clicked into place for
One of the greatest spectacles in sport has suddenly homed into          40 minutes on Saturday, giving a glimpse of a possible future
view.                                                                    with Dan Robson, the scrum-half currently keeping Cowan’s
                                                                         place warm, at the centre of things.
                                                                             Along with Tom Savage, another product of the club’s
                                                                         academy at Hartpury, Robson is the latest of many bright young
                                                                         things at Gloucester, and together the 20-year-old and the 23-
                                                                         year-old helped fashion a try which had their new head coach,




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                                                                         Nigel Davies, purring with delight.
                                                                             However, while Davies used his post- match conference to
                                                                         heap praise on the scorer, James Simpson-Daniel – “You don’t
                                                                         see many like that who don’t play international rugby,” said
                                                                         Davies pointedly – the wing endlessly overlooked by England
  Are you getting the best deal on                                       was next door doing the same for Robson, who had the vision to
  your mortgage?                                                         start the move, and Savage, whose delayed pass opened up the
  Compare over 8500 mortgages                                            gap which Simpson-Daniel dashed through on his way to the
                                                                         posts.
  online to find the best deal for you.                                      In Savage, a flanker who also plays second row, Simpson-
  guardian.co.uk/money/                                                  Daniel spots echoes of Richard Hill and while refusing to predict
  compareandbuy                                                          “a 50-cap Test” career, he likes what he has seen so far. “He’s
                                                                         young, he’s a big lump and he’s certainly doing everything right
                                                                         at the moment and that’s all you can ask,” said the 30-year-
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old before turning to Robson, whose career he has followed           quickness that beats other teams. England’s loss is our gain:
through age-group rugby.                                             he is our talisman with his carrying and off-loading and to beat
    “I’ve always liked the way he moves. He’s not cocky but          Leicester was massive for us. Some people think we are one-
he’s confident and it’s great that he’s getting game time to do      hit wonders but we believe in ourselves, knowing we can win
his stuff,” said Simpson-Daniel, who also doubles up as one of       anywhere.”
Robson’s coaches.                                                        Easter’s director of rugby at Quins, Conor O’Shea, described
    Together the three of them put together the highlight of         him as the best No8 in England and said that form, not age,
a sizzling 40 minutes which should have seen Gloucester              should influence selection, but the 47-cap forward did not want
out of sight, especially when another find, the Tongan Sione         to enter the debate. “I am enjoying my rugby at Harlequins,”
Kalamafoni, spotted a barn door and rushed through it. Instead,      he said. “I have not retired from international rugby, put it that
Elliot Daly had a moment of inspiration and Tommy Bell landed        way.”
a monster penalty, and from only seven points down at the                Leicester’s England squad No8, Thomas Waldrom, sat on
interval Wasps had the better of the second half, finishing with     the bench for the first 47 minutes. He made an impact when he
the bonus point and pressing for more until the very end.            came on, spearheading a move that almost led to a try, but the
    While their director of rugby, Dai Young, conceded that they     Tigers malfunctioned in too many areas as they slipped to their
did not deserve to win, Davies was concerned that his side did       first Premiership defeat in the regular season since February.
not “kill the game off” once they had 20 points on the board. He         They lacked guile behind, only a threat when they played
now has to decide whether older heads are needed.                    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,
Nick Easter’s Harlequins form inspires                               driving mauls.
thoughts of an England comeback                                          “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
• Leicester 9-22 Harlequins                                          did not go our way but the main reason we lost was that we
Paul Rees at Welford Road                                            made too many mistakes.”
                                                                         Leicester were missing seven players, including Manu
                                                                     Tuilagi and Geordan Murphy behind the scrum, but Quins
                                                                     played in the last quarter with a rejigged back division: Tom
                                                                     Williams damaged his hamstring scoring a try, his replacement,
                                                                     Ross Chisholm, damaged ankle ligaments preventing Julian
                                                                     Salvi from getting to the line and the centre Jordan Turner-Hall
                                                                     suffered shoulder damage. Care finished the game on the wing
                                                                     but Harlequins never lost their shape, or belief.




Harlequins’ Nick Easter powers through a tackle from his
former England colleague Toby Flood in his side’s win at
Leicester. Photograph: David Jones/PA
Harlequins have made an impressive start to the defence of
their title: four wins from four, only one point dropped and a
notable victory at the home of the team they defeated in last
season’s final in May. A club that for years were a soft touch in
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                                                                       Mystified by mortgages?
                                                                       Perplexes by pensions?
the Premiership has, by their blend of devil and dog, become           Confused about your consumer
the hardest to beat.
   It was one of their old dogs, Nick Easter, who set the tone at
                                                                       rights?
Leicester in front of two members of England’s management              Our experts are on hand to
team, Stuart Lancaster and Graham Rowntree. At 34, the No8
has been exiled from the national squad, deemed unlikely to be
                                                                       answer all kinds of financial
around for the 2015 World Cup, but he continues to confound            and legal questions, so you
age, a footballing forward who uses his head.
   Easter was at the heart of his side’s try, the only one of the
                                                                       don’t need to be baffled any
game, taking defenders out and off-loading to keep the move            more. Read their advice, or put
alive. Leicester, in contrast, took contact and went to ground,        a question to them, at
allowing Chris Robshaw to scavenge and spoil, and they
struggled to play with tempo.                                          guardian.co.uk/money
   “Nick is in great nick,” said the Quins scrum-half, Danny
Care, who dropped a rare goal in the first half. “It is his mental
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