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Rio Ferdinand keen to make return for
England after John Terry’s exit
Rio Ferdinand would be open to an England return after John Terry
announced he had quit international football Page 2



Liverpool’s problems continue with
Martin Kelly out for six months
The Liverpool defender Martin Kelly has been ruled out of action
for six months after he ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament
against Manchester United Page 3


Joleon Lescott pitches for new contract at
Manchester City
Joleon Lescott has said he will ‘not rock the boat’ over a new
contract at Manchester City Page 4




Tyler Hamilton:                              McLaren offer Lewis                          Michael Jordan
‘Now the truth about                         Hamilton extra £2m                           brings charisma and
doping will come out’                       to puncture Mercedes                         cigars to help cart off
Page 5                                       hopes Page 8                                 Ryder Cup Page 9

Ryder Cup 2012:                              Seattle Seahawks                             Ryder Cup 2012: Rory
Europe prepare final-                        beat Green Bay                               McIlroy puts his feet
day tribute to Seve                          Packers with help                            up after Snedeker
Ballesteros Page 7                           from referees Page 8                         cashes in Page 10




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                                                                    in front of Hodgson as United won at Liverpool on Sunday, also
                                                                    a potential candidate.
Rio Ferdinand keen to make return for                                   The 33-year-old is keeping his counsel with regard to
England after John Terry’s exit                                     returning to the fold and would hope Hodgson moves to open
                                                                    a dialogue with him if he is to feature again for the first time in
• Manchester United defender yet to hear                            16 months. It remains to be seen whether he would be able to
from Roy Hodgson                                                    share a dressing room with Ashley Cole, who gave evidence on
                                                                    Terry’s behalf at the criminal proceedings over the summer and
• Terry’s FA hearing starts and expected to
                                                                    whose hand Ferdinand is not expected to shake when Chelsea
last a few days                                                     play United next month.
Dominic Fifield and Jamie Jackson                                       By then the results of the FA’s disciplinary proceedings
                                                                    will be known. Terry’s council, George Carter-Stephenson QC,
                                                                    arrived at Wembley at around 7.30am on Monday with the
                                                                    Chelsea centre-half in attendance well before the independent
                                                                    four-man disciplinary panel opened proceedings at 10am.
                                                                    The prosecution outlined its case, with Anton Ferdinand duly
                                                                    giving evidence. Also present was the Chelsea chairman, Bruce
                                                                    Buck, as a show of support for his player. Ferdinand departed
                                                                    at lunchtime, with Terry, who left at around 3pm, expected to
                                                                    return to the national stadium on Tuesday as the defence makes
                                                                    its case to the commission.
                                                                        It will be submitting evidence heard at the criminal
                                                                    proceedings, including the testimony of support from Cole.
                                                                    Terry, who would expect to receive a four-match ban if found
                                                                    guilty, denies the charge of using racist language during
Anton Ferdinand leaves Football Association headquarters
                                                                    Chelsea’s defeat at QPR on 23 October last year. He is not
after the first day of John Terry’s disciplinary hearing over
                                                                    under consideration for Chelsea’s Capital One Cup tie against
allegations he racially abused the QPR defender. Photograph:
                                                                    Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday
Andrew Cowie/AFP/Getty Images
                                                                    night, a game he might normally have sat out regardless of this
Rio Ferdinand would be open to a return to the England set-up,      week’s timetable.
though the Manchester United defender has yet to hear from              The 31-year-old is understood to have spoken at length to
Roy Hodgson as to whether he will be under consideration now        members of the Chelsea squad and hierarchy, including the
that John Terry has quit international football.                    manager, Roberto Di Matteo, and the medical staff, before
    The Chelsea centre-half came face to face with Anton            confirming his intention to retire from international football
Ferdinand again on Monday as the disciplinary hearing over          after a career that has spanned 78 caps and two lengthy spells as
allegations that he racially abused the Queens Park Rangers         captain.
defender began at Wembley Stadium. Terry had opted to                   His contribution drew praise from Hodgson on Monday. “I’d
withdraw from England contention on the eve of the hearing          like to thank John Terry for his commitment to the England
– which is expected to stretch into the latter part of the week     team since I became manager,” he said. “I am of course
– a decision which has potentially left the door open for Rio       disappointed to lose a player of John’s international experience
Ferdinand to return to the fold having not featured at that level   and exceptional ability.
since the summer of 2011.                                               “I have enjoyed a good relationship with John during my
    The United player has never indicated a desire to curtail his   time as England manager and I reluctantly accept his decision.
81-cap international career despite being officially overlooked     I can also confirm that he had the courtesy to call me prior to
by Hodgson for “football reasons” ahead of Euro 2012 amid           announcement his retirement from the England team. I’d like to
worries that he and Terry could not share a dressing room. The      wish John well for the future with Chelsea.”
England management denied that was a concern, though Terry
at the time was yet to appear before Westminster magistrates’




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court to face a charge of a racially aggravated public order
offence. The 31-year-old was found not guilty in July, with the
Football Association having since pursued its own case against
him.
    Hodgson has admitted he only “reluctantly” accepted               From Beirut to Big Brother, Murdoch to
Terry’s decision on Sunday and is thought to retain some faint        Millionaire,
hope that the central defender can be coaxed back into the fold       discuss the hot topics in the media on
at some stage, particularly if he is found not guilty by an FA
                                                                      not one, but two blogs Organ Grinder and
independent disciplinary commission.
    The England manager, who is in Warsaw at a Uefa coaches’
                                                                      Greenslade
conference, names his squad for next month’s World Cup                blogs.guardian.co.uk/organgrinder/
qualifying ties against San Marino and Poland at the end of next      blogs.guardian.co.uk/greenslade/
week with Phil Jagielka, Joleon Lescott and Gary Cahill his only
fit recognised centre-backs, leaving Ferdinand, who impressed
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                                                                         Daniel hasn’t torn any ligaments. He has got a bruise on a bone
                                                                         behind his knee so right now it is very sore and a bit swollen
Liverpool’s problems continue with                                       but, as soon as that goes down, he can come back to training.”
Martin Kelly out for six months                                              Liverpool have been unable to confirm the extent of the
                                                                         ankle injury that forced Borini’s exit at half-time but it is not
• Kelly ruptured a cruciate ligament against                             fractured. The club stated: “Medical staff will wait for the
Manchester United                                                        swelling to reduce before an MRI scan can take place tomorrow
                                                                         [Tuesday] to assess any soft-tissue damage and determine
• Gerrard says Luis Suárez’s reputation cost
                                                                         when he may be able to return to playing.”
Liverpool a penalty                                                          Johnson and Steven Gerrard, meanwhile, have claimed Luis
Andy Hunter                                                              Suárez’s reputation cost Liverpool a penalty during the defeat
                                                                         by United. Liverpool were aggrieved at several decisions by the
                                                                         referee, Mark Halsey, including his refusal to point to the spot
                                                                         when Jonny Evans challenged Suárez in the second half.
                                                                             The Liverpool captain said: “I think even when Luis gets
                                                                         blatant penalties now he is never going to get them. It is down
                                                                         to referees to not judge him. They have got to make their
                                                                         decisions based on what they see. If it is not a penalty, they
                                                                         don’t give him one. But if it is clear, give him it. It’s only fair. He
                                                                         was booked last week at Sunderland gu.com/p/3aeha and the
                                                                         one against United was a penalty.”
                                                                             Johnson, who conceded the penalty that gave United
                                                                         victory with a challenge on Antonio Valencia, added: “I almost
                                                                         guarantee that, if you flipped the situation, if Luis was in the
                                                                         position of Valencia, he wouldn’t get a penalty. We all know
The Liverpool defender Martin Kelly uptured his anterior
                                                                         that. Reputations go in front of people at times and, because
cruciate ligament during the defeat to Manchester United.
                                                                         Valencia is not someone who is known as a diver, he gets the
Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA
                                                                         decision. It wasn’t a penalty. I didn’t touch him. I collided with
Brendan Rodgers’ early-season problems have continued at                 Pepe [Reina]. I didn’t touch Valencia at all.
Liverpool with Martin Kelly ruled out for at least six months                “I know it is difficult for the referee, when we are sprinting as
with a cruciate ligament injury suffered against Manchester              fast as we can, but in the big games they are the differences. We
United.                                                                  expect the referees to make the right decisions because we are
    The Liverpool right-back, who was included in Roy                    working so hard every day in training. To have it taken away like
Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2012, was forced off during             that, you can’t really explain it.”
Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Anfield gu.com/p/3aj39 following an
innocuous-looking foul by Robin van Persie. Kelly landed
awkwardly, however, and a scan on Monday revealed a ruptured
anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
    Liverpool have confirmed the 22-year-old requires surgery
and will be sidelined “for a significant period of time” with the
defender unlikely to resume training until March. The news
is a major setback for Kelly, who has been hampered by injury
throughout his Liverpool career but had established himself
under Kenny Dalglish and Rodgers. He tweeted: “What I can say




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is its not the worst injury I’ve had, and for sure ill be fighting for
my place next year when I’m back fitter and stronger!”
    The Liverpool manager switched Glen Johnson to left back
this season due to concerns over the form and fitness of José
Enrique and may have to recall the Spaniard, promote the 19-
year-old Jack Robinson or switch Stewart Downing to full back
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week. His agent, Per Steffensen, said: “It is very good news.
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                                                                        couple of seasons. I’ve played, been left out. It’s happened
                                                                        during my career and I’m ready for the fight. But we’re all
Joleon Lescott pitches for new contract                                 together and we have the same goal, which is to win trophies.
at Manchester City                                                          “The team was named and I wasn’t in it. The manager gets
                                                                        paid to make those decisions and he has to live by them; he gets
• Lescott eyes deal but will not be knocking                            the plaudits when it turns out to be the right one. He takes it all
on manager’s door                                                       on his shoulders and we have to respect what he decides to do.”
                                                                            City are four points behind the Premier League leaders,
• Defender in fight for starting place with
                                                                        Chelsea, after five games that have included three draws. “We
Matija Nastasic                                                         haven’t performed as well as we did last season but it’s about
Jamie Jackson                                                           results and they’ve not been too bad. We’re still in there with a
                                                                        shout,” Lescott said.
                                                                            The defender finds the stuttering start difficult to explain.
                                                                        “It’s hard to say. Last year we set the league alight – keeping
                                                                        clean sheets, scoring three or four goals – but it can’t be like
                                                                        that every week,” he said. “We haven’t kept clean sheets [this
                                                                        season] but we’ve shown different aspects of our game, our
                                                                        togetherness.”
                                                                            City host Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday
                                                                        evening with Mancini’s plans still under wraps. “The manager
                                                                        hasn’t said how he’ll approach it. It’s a quick turn-around but
                                                                        we have such depth in the squad I’m sure there’ll be changes,”
                                                                        Lescott said.
                                                                            The League Cup is the only domestic competition City have
                                                                        yet to win under Mancini. “Yeah, so maybe we should go all
Joleon Lescott has contract talks on his mind but his most
                                                                        guns blazing to try to get it,” Lescott said. “Whatever team the
pressing concern is his first-team place at Manchester City.
                                                                        manager puts out will be a strong one, so I’m sure we can have
Photograph: Richard Sellers/Sportsphoto Ltd/Allstar
                                                                        a go at it.
Joleon Lescott is hopeful of extending his contract at                      “We’d definitely like to win it. We’d take anything, any
Manchester City, with the defender having two years remaining           trophy. When you get to the latter stages of this competition it’s
on his present deal.                                                    up there with anything.”
    The 30-year-old is facing a fight for his starting place under
Roberto Mancini, having scored but been at fault for Arsenal’s
equaliser in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at the Etihad. This followed
Lescott being dropped for last week’s Champions League defeat
at Real Madrid, with the 19-year-old Matija Nastasic handed a
debut at the Bernabéu.
    Lescott said: “I’ve got this [season] and one more. I would
love to extend it and finish my career here but’s that for another
day. I’m just focused on doing the job this season and, if that
brings an extension, then great. Going knocking on doors isn’t
really my style. That’s not in my character and I don’t think my
mum would be very happy with me if I did that. I just continue
to play well and do a professional job.




                                                                          *
    “I know where I’ve come from. A few years ago I was playing
at Plymouth on Tuesday nights, now Tuesday nights mean
Champions League. I’m grateful for what I have, so I won’t be
rocking the boat.”
    Lescott admitted he blundered with the poor header from
a late corner that went straight to Laurent Koscielny, who
equalised to deny City victory.                                           The Guardian digital edition
    “It came at me really quickly but I probably should have
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    “It hurt [to be left out at the Bernabéu]. I wanted to play. It’s
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                                                                         Agency’s allegations that he had taken performance-enhancing
                                                                         drugs between 1999 and 2005. A day later Usada gave itself the
Tyler Hamilton: ‘Now the truth about                                     right to strip Armstrong of all his Tour victories. They will soon
doping will come out’                                                    send a report to the Union Cycliste Internationale, containing
                                                                         riders’s testimonies, which is both critical of cycling’s governing
Former US Postal rider and team-mate of                                  body and a justification of their action against Armstrong.
Lance Armstrong says the time for silence                                Travis Tygart, the director of Usada, has received three death
                                                                         threats since beginning his investigation – with the French
about drugs in the sport is over
                                                                         newspaper L’Equipe suggesting this week that the evidence
Donald McRae                                                             against Armstrong will be “terrible” and “30 times” more
                                                                         damning than anything published so far.
                                                                              “I was initially surprised,” Hamilton claims of Armstrong’s
                                                                         decision, “because Lance never backs down from a fight. It’s the
                                                                         first time we’ve seen that happen. But then I wasn’t surprised
                                                                         because the information is so comprehensive it would have
                                                                         been a long, slow death for him. The public would have found
                                                                         out eventually so I think he decided to quit while he was
                                                                         ahead.”
                                                                              Hamilton believes the dam of deceit is about to burst and
                                                                         he stresses that Tygart “deserves a good medal. Hopefully
                                                                         all the testimonies coming out in the next few weeks will
                                                                         encourage others currently in cycling to speak out. If a director
                                                                         or soigneur wants to tell the truth I’m not sure they should be
                                                                         penalised. They should allow a period of time when they can be
Tyler Hamilton believes the truth about drug taking in cycling
                                                                         transparent without worrying about their futures.”
is about to come out. Photograph: Bebeto Matthews/AP
                                                                              Hamilton’s suggested amnesty echoes the call made by
“I believe the pendulum has swung the other way,” Tyler                  Jonathan Vaughters for cycling to emulate South Africa’s Truth
Hamilton says on a quiet afternoon at home in Montana as                 and Reconciliation Commission after apartheid. Vaughters, an
he considers the shift of momentum in the case of Lance                  anti-doping campaigner who now manages the Garmin-Sharp
Armstrong and the dirty truth of road cycling. “The Omertà –             team, used to be a team-mate of Armstrong and Hamilton at US
the code of silence – still exists but a lot of riders in the peloton,   Postal. He has also admitted his doping past.
a lot of directors, know so much about Lance. They’ve not said                “You can say I’m lying,” Hamilton murmurs, “but you can’t
a lot because they’re scared. But the truth is coming out now.           say all 10 of us are lying. So Lance is in a tough spot right now.
I’ve heard that the stuff coming out in the next couple of weeks         If I could make a recommendation to him it would be to tell the
from other riders is going to make front page news in the sports         truth. I’ve been through this. I lied for years and years. And the
sections.”                                                               thing about lies and secrets is that they eat you alive from the
    Hamilton pauses in the midst of a continuing storm. The              inside. I would not wish that pain on anyone.”
recent publication of his book The Secret Race marked a                       Hamilton’s deception finally ended after 13 years when,
gripping and grimy return to his past as an elite cyclist and            in June 2010, he was contacted by Jeff Novitsky, a federal
former team-mate of Armstrong. In a story swollen with blood             investigator. Hamilton could have refused to admit his doping
bags and discarded needles, with furtively constant use of EPO,          but, instead, he spoke for four hours before a grand jury as he
Hamilton has placed Armstrong near the centre of his narrative.          explained all he had done, and seen, in professional cycling.
    A mordant humour sometimes frames the shooting up and                Novitsky then allowed him to speak for another three hours.
downbeat cheating. In his team they named EPO after Edgar                Hamilton compares himself to a fist unclenching as the truth
Allan Poe, a novelist of mystery whose final words on his                flowed out of his mouth.
deathbed were reputedly: “Lord, help my poor soul.” If they                   “I feel that a hundred times more now,” he says. “It’s a
usually called their performance-enhancing drug of choice                massive release but I also feel obliged to admit that I did
“Edgar”, being on first-name terms with EPO, Hamilton claims             dope. No-one put a gun to my head. I knew the difference
to have also asked Armstrong a simple question about “Poe”.              between right and wrong. But I’d like people to understand
They were in Armstrong’s villa in Nice, in the spring of 1999,           how we started small and got trapped. I was just a couple of
preparing for the Tour de France – and the first of his seven            months away from riding in my first Tour de France. I was in
wins.                                                                    a vulnerable position and they put a subtle pressure on me to
    “Hey dude, you got any Poe I can borrow?” Hamilton                   make a poor decision.”
supposedly asked Armstrong. “Lance pointed casually to the                    Hamilton was invited to join “the white bag club” in 1997
fridge,” Hamilton writes. “I opened it and there, on the door,           and he suggests that most cyclists have “a thousand days”
next to a carton of milk was a carton of EPO, each stoppered vial        before their youthful idealism subsides and it just seems easier
standing upright, little soldiers in their cardboard cells. I was        to dope. Three years of riding huge and terrible mountains
surprised that Lance would be so cavalier.” Unlike Hamilton              paniagua [Spanish for “on bread and water”], according to
and other paranoid members of the peloton, “Lance acted like             Hamilton, produces a thousand days of crushed hope as doped
he was invulnerable.”                                                    cyclists sail past with apparently little effort.
    The façade has crumbled – and last month Armstrong                        Yet pages in Hamilton’s book still jar. In 2003 a long solo
abandoned any further challenge to the US Anti-doping
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breakaway resulted in Hamilton winning a stage to Bayonne in           questions before the sport can move on. It’s cleaner but it still
the Tour de France and he writes this disconcerting passage:           has bad elements. There are people running teams and cyclists
“You can call me a cheater and doper until the cows come               who are not still fully transparent.”
home. But the fact remains that in a race where everybody had              If Hamilton believes that the victory of Bradley Wiggins and
equal opportunity I played the game and I played it well.”             Team Sky in this year’s Tour is a triumph for clean riding, he
    This kind of smug zeal is fuelled by a bogus claim that, even      remains “sceptical about cycling at the elite level. There’s still
at its worst, cycling offered a “level playing field.” It peddles      a lot of denial. Times have slowed down a lot from 10 years ago
the hollow deceit that underpins the entire twisted culture            and testing is getting a lot better. But it still feels as if there’s not
of doping. If it’s surprising that Hamilton should have used it        much transparency. That worries me.”
again, he backtracks now. “That’s how we looked at it then but             Hamilton argues that the full story of Armstrong would
to be honest with you it really wasn’t a level playing field. If you   bestow freedom on everyone. “I’d like to say to him, ‘Lance,
weren’t a risk-taker you were always going to be a step behind.        you are going to be way happier if you can take this heavy
You could be the best cyclist in the world but if you weren’t a        weight off your back.’ But, right now, Lance is afraid. He’s afraid
risk-taker you weren’t going to win the Tour de France. It takes       to let down his family, his friends and the cancer community.
money and connections to doctors.”                                     It’s a tough pill to swallow but people will forgive him. And
    False boldness bolsters the doping “risk-taker”. Instead,          even if Lance lost half his income he’s still going to be fine.
the boldest and bravest man in Hamilton’s book makes just a                Hamilton hesitates when asked if Armstrong will buckle
fleeting appearance. Christophe Bassons was called Mr Clean.           under the weight of new information. “I don’t know. Based
He not only refused to dope but during the 1999 Tour he                on his recent actions he’ll deny it. But I can’t imagine he can
wrote a column for Le Parisien in which he said the notorious          maintain it. He’s one hell of a tough son of a bitch but I can
Festina Affair had changed nothing. Despite arrests and bans,          speak from experience that telling the truth feels so good. It’s
cycling remained as crooked as ever. Hamilton claims he saw            totally changed my life. I didn’t have much to look forward to
Armstrong threaten and then isolate Bassons.                           before I told the truth. I still wish I’d made the right choice but
    “No one defended him,” Hamilton writes of Bassons. “No             I’m really excited about moving forward with the second part
one would talk to him, not even on his own team. Bassons               of my life. I couldn’t have said that two years ago. It’s the same
understood and dropped out the following day.” Asked about             with Lance. His future is going to be so much greater if he tells
Bassons now, Hamilton sounds mortified. “I feel awful about            the truth.”
the way he was treated. I always knew the peloton would not                The Secret Race by Tyler Hamilton & Daniel Coyle [Bantam,
talk to Christophe after Lance singled him out – but shame on          £15.19] is available from guardianbookshop.co.uk
me for doing the same. We succumbed to the pressure that
Lance exerted.
    “Around 2004, when I was racing against the big beasts,
there were only two riders who spoke out against doping:
Christophe and Filippo Simeoni, the Italian rider. They were
both quickly knocked to the floor and shut down by Lance.
Their careers just went downhill and they were ushered out




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of the sport. At the time people were happy to see them leave.
Now I think: ‘How tragic.’ I’d love to let them know how I
feel. They were just two small fish in a huge pond filled with
hundreds of fishermen – they had little chance.”
    One of Hamilton’s most serious allegations in his book is
that the UCI not only did so little to combat doping but that
he was summoned to their headquarters and given a quiet
warning about his blood-test results after he out-climbed
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                                                                            “I was a rookie in ‘87 at Muirfield Village and he [Ballesteros]
                                                                       took me under his wing,” said Olazabal. “He made clear to Tony
Ryder Cup 2012: Europe prepare final-                                  Jacklin that he wanted to play with me. I will never forget that
day tribute to Seve Ballesteros                                        little walk from the putting green to the first tee. I was shaking
                                                                       like a leaf.
• Team set to wear navy and white in                                        “You know, it was huge crowds, very loud, similar to what
memory of Spaniard                                                     we are going to see here this week. So I kept my head down, and
                                                                       he approached me as we were walking on to the first tee.
• José María Olazábal says US captain
                                                                            “He looked at me, and said, ‘José María, you play your game,
‘understanding’ over idea                                              I’ll take care of the rest.’ And he did.
Ewan Murray at Medinah                                                      “He was a great figure I think not just for myself but for the
                                                                       whole European squad, not just that year but every year that
                                                                       he played in that team. We are going to miss him a lot. It’s going
                                                                       to be actually the first time that he’s not going to be with us. He
                                                                       was a special man.”
                                                                            In what promises to be a colourful Sunday scene the USPGA
                                                                       has encouraged home supporters to turn up at Medinah
                                                                       wearing red.
                                                                            On the prospect of a raucous atmosphere Love said: “It’s
                                                                       very, very intense. It’s almost unfair to the players but I think
                                                                       these guys love the challenge of that and to see how they can
                                                                       react under that kind of pressure.
                                                                            “It’s an incredible, big golf course and a big stage and I think
                                                                       the first tee could be the loudest any of these guys have ever
                                                                       seen to start off a golf tournament.
The US Ryder Cup captain, Davis Love III, left, and Europe’s
                                                                            “So I expect a lot of passion. I expect if we are winning holes
José Maria Olazábal pose with the trophy in front of the
                                                                       it’s going to get pretty loud out there and that’s what the home-
clubhouse at Medinah Country Golf Club. Photograph: Ross
                                                                       field advantage is all about.
Kinnaird/Getty Images
                                                                            “That’s what you prepare these guys for. You have to tell
Europe’s Ryder Cup team are poised to pay tribute to Seve              them, ‘Hey, this is going to be something like you’ve never seen
Ballesteros by donning the late Spaniard’s favourite golfing           before.’
colours on Sunday at Medinah.                                               “And we both know. We know what the good cheers sound
    Ballesteros routinely wore navy and white clothing in the          like and what the bad cheers sound like. We’ll try to get them
final round of major tournaments. It was as a player and captain       going loud in our favour.”
in the Ryder Cup, however, that the golfing legend displayed
most passion; this weekend represents the first staging of the
event since Ballesteros died last year.
    Paul Lawrie, who will be part of this week’s Europe side
against the US, said: “I don’t know for sure but the word is that
we’re wearing navy trousers, navy sweaters and white shirts
like Seve always wore in the final round of majors. I think that




                                                                         *
will be our singles outfit.
    “I don’t know that for certain but a few of the boys have
mentioned that and I think that, if that is indeed the case, there
could be no more fitting a tribute to a guy like Seve than having
12 of the best players in Europe wearing his outfit on the final
day of the Ryder Cup.
    “If that’s how they’re going to do it, then it’s absolutely bang     Fantasy League Classic
on.”
    José María Olazábal declined to confirm what plans are in
                                                                         Manage a squad of 16 players
place to commemorate his fellow Spaniard.                                and a budget of £75 million.
    “Well, I don’t know if I should answer that question,” said
Olazábal, who was a close friend of Ballesteros, of the blue and
                                                                         £75,000 worth of prizes to be
white suggestion. “You know, Seve is going to be there in our            won in weekly, monthly and
team in some way or form.
    “I have to say in that regard that I talked to Davis
                                                                         overall competitions. Beat your
regarding that question, that first question and he was very             nearest and dearest in a friends
understanding of it, and I’ll say no more at the moment.”                league.
    Olazábal was more expansive when recalling the assistance
offered to him by Ballesteros at the 1987 Ryder Cup. Olazábal            guardian.co.uk/fantasyleague
and Love were speaking on Monday afternoon on their arrival at
Medinah.
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                                                                    don’t know.”
                                                                        Many at McLaren had also concluded their driver was to
McLaren offer Lewis Hamilton extra                                  switch to Mercedes but Hamilton has been impressed by the
£2m to puncture Mercedes hopes                                      renewed competitive qualities of the car that until Sunday’s
                                                                    breakdown saw him emerge as Alonso’s strongest challenger.
• Hamilton’s F1 deal worth £12m but still                           McLaren, with whom Hamilton won his only world title in
represents a pay cut                                                2008, have won more races this season (five) than any other
                                                                    team. Moreover, there are no opportunities at the other two big
• McLaren confident he will turn down
                                                                    teams, Ferrari and Red Bull.
Mercedes move                                                           Jenson Button, second in Singapore but out of the
Paul Weaver in Singapore                                            championship race, said that McLaren are throwing away
                                                                    points. “It was not a bad result for me personally but I am sure
                                                                    that the team is disappointed.”
                                                                        Button, who failed to finish the previous race in Italy
                                                                    because of fuel pump problems, added: “The team is doing such
                                                                    a good job in every other area. Two failures in two races is not
                                                                    what McLaren is about. We have to solve these issues. The pace
                                                                    is there, so that is why it’s tough, because we’re throwing away
                                                                    a lot of points. That’s 43 points we have lost [in two races].”
                                                                        Despite an impressive run of form – McLaren have won four
                                                                    successive poles for the first time since 1999 and almost made it
                                                                    four wins in a row – Button, surprisingly, feels his team are still
                                                                    playing catchup. “I don’t think we have the best car. We are very
                                                                    strong in qualifying but Red Bull have good pace. They will be
                                                                    very competitive now. Fernando has not just got the McLarens
Lewis Hamilton has been happier of late with his car and
                                                                    too worry about, he has the Red Bulls and that makes it tough
McLaren’s increased offer may have convinced him to stay.
                                                                    for him. But he has a 29-point advantage.”
Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA
McLaren have increased their offer to Lewis Hamilton in an
attempt to see off a bid from Mercedes, placing an extra £2m a      Seattle Seahawks beat Green Bay
year on top of the £10m already on the table. They expect their
                                                                    Packers with help from referees
driver to stay, probably making a decision within the week,
even though the new offer is still short of what Hamilton is
currently paid.                                                     Seattle snatch victory with controversial
    The anticipated success is why McLaren executives left          replacement officials call on final play
Singapore on Sunday looking a little more relaxed than they         against Green Bay Packers
were entitled to after Hamilton retired on the 23rd lap when
                                                                    Steve Busfield
in the lead. It could have been his third victory in four outings
but the retirement dropped him from second to fourth in the         That the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers had to be
championship table, where he trails Fernando Alonso by 52           brought back from the locker rooms to take a final kick after the
points.                                                             clock had stopped and the game won was not anywhere near
    McLaren, though, believe they have won the more important       the weirdest moment of Monday Night Football. It certainly
competition to secure the services of Hamilton over the next        wasn’t the most controversial.
three years. His existing contract, which ends in November, is         In a bizarre ending at the end of a tough weekend for
often reported to be £75m over five years, or £15m a year, but is   replacement officials, the Seahawks beat the Packers 14-12
believed to be a little less than that.                             when Russell Wilson threw a disputed 24-yard touchdown pass
    According to sources at McLaren, the money on offer             to Golden Tate on the final play of the game.
from Mercedes is not as substantial as the £20m a year that            Wilson scrambled from the pocket and threw to the corner of
has been reported. It is fair to say that Mercedes, who hold a      the end zone as the clock expired. Tate shoved Green Bay’s Sam
board meeting on Wednesday, have been prepared to match             Shields out of the way and then wrestled with M.D. Jennings for
McLaren’s terms, with more money on offer through image             possession. It was ruled on the field as a touchdown — although
rights. Mercedes pay Michael Schumacher, who at 43 has failed       the two officials next to the catch gave different signals — and
to finish seven of his races this year, £16m.                       after a lengthy review, referee Wayne Elliott watched the
    The deal to secure Hamilton is still not complete and,          replays and announced “the ruling on the field stands”.
according to the Formula One commercial rights holder,                 CenturyLink Field erupted in celebration. The Packers left
Bernie Ecclestone, Hamilton had at one point decided to join        the field. Followed by most of the Seahawks. Ten minutes
Mercedes.                                                           later both teams were brought back on the field for the extra
    Ecclestone said on Monday: “I don’t think Hamilton knows        point kick. Green Bay possibly left the field to avoid getting
what he will do. These last couple or three races he has been       into a confrontation that may have resembled Bill Belichick’s,
doing very well. Before that, why he was upset I don’t know but     the previous evening. The New England Patriots coach had
he was definitely going to move no matter what. He had made         manhandled a replacement official tinyurl.com/cj29tuw as his
up his mind that he was going. Whether he has changed now I         team lost late to the Baltimore Ravens.
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   Wilson’s heave came at the end of a final frantic drive after     Jordan as an assistant in the 2009 Presidents Cup, a 19½–14½
Seattle had previously missed on a fourth-down attempt from          victory for USA over the International team.
the Green Bay seven-yard line with two minutes left. This                Couples said Jordan had one mission to accomplish and one
appeared to end Seattle’s hopes and cap an impressive second-        mission only. “His role was to have fun with the guys,” Couples
half comeback by the Packers and Aaron Rodgers, who was              said. “That’s it. He’s certainly not telling them how to hit a chip
sacked eight times by the fierce Seahawks defense.                   shot.” And Love envisages a similar outcome happening again,
   The Seahawks forced Green Bay to punt from the 4-yard             this time on the tree-lined layout of Medinah’s famed Course
line with 57 seconds left. The 41-yard punt set Seattle up at the    No3 in suburban Chicago. “Air Jordan,” said Love, invoking
Green Bay 46 with 46 seconds remaining. Wilson took the final        Jordan’s nickname earned by the manner in which he seemed to
snap with eight seconds remaining. He threw for Tate, who            play the game above the court. “Michael’s going to be hanging
was in a crowd of three Packers defenders. Tate shoved Shields       around … and be an influence.”
and then it was unclear who had possession between Tate and              Working out the details on exactly how that happens is
Jennings. Seattle instantly celebrated while the Packers argued      probably going to be more extemporaneous than planned. At
with the replacement officials.                                      best, Jordan, motivator extraordinaire, is on hand to keep the
   The regular officials are in dispute with the NFL over benefits   players loose, to serve as possibly the greatest role model for
worth $16.5 million. The officials are locked out — and have         success in sport and to pass out cigars. At worst, the USA lose
been replaced by third tier officials. College referees refuse to    for the fifth time in six Ryder Cup matches since 1999 and the
stand-in for games during the dispute.                               Michael Jordan Experiment comes to an abrupt conclusion.
                                                                         Jordan and the Ryder Cup began their association in 1997 at
                                                                     Valderrama, where USA’s captain, Tom Kite, plucked Jordan out
Michael Jordan brings charisma and                                   of the gallery, invited him on to his golf cart and spent a great
cigars to help cart off Ryder Cup                                    deal of time driving him around the course.
                                                                         Europe won by one point and one of the lasting images is
                                                                     that of a worried Kite behind the wheel chauffeuring Jordan
USA’s captain, Davis Love, recruits                                  while Europe’s captain Seve Ballesteros charismatically steered
basketball legend to ensure Americans slam                           his team to victory through sheer will.
dunk their putts against Europe at Medinah                               Of course, not everyone feels that way. Love thought the
                                                                     Jordan-Kite thing was an inspired moment then and continues
Thomas Bonk in San Francisco
                                                                     to do so now. “I thought one of the neatest things I ever saw
                                                                     in the Ryder Cup was Michael riding in the golf cart with Tom
                                                                     Kite,” Love says. “One of the coolest things. I want him to be
                                                                     seen and I want him to be in our team room.”
                                                                         Certainly Jordan’s influence has been broad and even
                                                                     unprecedented, not only in the world of professional sport,
                                                                     but also in the world of commerce, brand marketing and global
                                                                     reach. Jordan’s brand of Nike sneakers have surpassed $1bn
                                                                     in sales and made Jordan a major contributor to Nike’s $19bn
                                                                     worldwide empire. It was Nike who took a gamble in 1984 on
                                                                     the first-year pro basketball player when it signed the 21-year-
                                                                     old Jordan to a 5-year, $25 million contract.The more Jordan’s
                                                                     legend grew, the more success he had, his fans wanted a piece
                                                                     of him, and so that translated into sales of his sneakers. A
Michael Jordan does his best to fire up the USA team at the          phrase arose, ‘Be Like Mike.’ And one of the best ways to be like
2006 Ryder Cup at the K Club in Co Kildare. Photograph: Paul         Mike was to wear the shoes he wore
Childs/Action Images                                                     With Jordan as the star attraction, the Chicago Bulls won six
Is it possible that the only person on the USA side in the Ryder     NBA championships, he was the league’s most valuable player
Cup who will not hit a single drive, line up one putt, play out of   five times, a 14-times All-Star and he also led the NBA in scoring
any bunkers or have his name written on a solitary page of the       11 times. Jordan was considered a great team-mate, although
Ryder Cup record book could end up playing one of the most           he demanded excellence of others, because he made his fellow
pivotal roles this week at Medinah Country Club?                     players better. The Lakers’ Magic Johnson was the same. Jordan
    It does not require an extreme bend of the imagination for       brought out the best in his team-mates, perhaps in no greater
such a scenario to come true, at least not in the mind of the USA    case than that of Scottie Pippen, a little-known college player
captain, Davis Love, who is stirring a special ingredient into       who went from a bit-part performer to a Hall of Fame career
his team mix – a bald, 49-year-old, cigar-chomping, billionaire      that never would have happened without Jordan’s influence
former basketball player named Michael Jordan.                       bringing it out of him.
    He plays neither pro basketball nor Ryder Cup golf but make          Although he has not had much success in his current job as
no mistake, Jordan’s presence as one of Love’s assistants will       head of basketball operations for the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats
somehow affect the outcome. We’ve seen this before. This is          – their 7-59 record last season was the worst of any team in NBA
not the first occasion that Jordan, the one-time superstar of the    history – Jordan remains an iconic figure and enjoys cult status,
National Basketball Association, has been brought on board by a      which is important to Love. And he retains a love affair with
USA captain in international golf competition. Fred Couples had      golf, which is important to Jordan.

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    His only public stumble in recent years was possibly his
2009 speech when he was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame,
curiously turning the occasion into an opportunity to say
                                                                     Ryder Cup 2012: Rory McIlroy puts his
something bad about everyone he perceived to have wronged            feet up after Snedeker cashes in
him somewhere along the way.
    But in the golf world Jordan is unassailable and also valuable   • McIlroy has a day off before reporting to
for what he seems to offer to captains such as Love and Couples.     Medinah
Jordan is devoted to golf, he represents success and he gains
                                                                     • USA rookie moves up to No10 in world
even more traction with the players because he is both instantly
recognisable and authoritative. He established a bond with
                                                                     rankings
the younger USA players Sean O’Hair and Hunter Mahan at the          Ewan Murray in Chicago
Presidents Cup, although neither are in the team at Medinah.
    Tiger Woods, however, is in the USA team and Jordan was
one of Woods’ earliest friends and boosters, largely because of
their business affiliation with Nike. Woods still refers to Jordan
as MJ and considered him a close confidante because of their
shared superstardom in their particular sports. They are no
longer as close, largely because Woods tightened his inner circle
after his personal meltdown in 2009.
    But as the ultimate professional from a team sport, this
week Jordan may fill a major need to help bring together as a
team golfers who are accustomed to playing the game purely as
individuals.
    As for Jordan’s view of what he brings to the table, he
offered a rare insight into his thoughts about individuals in
                                                                     Rory McIlroy and his caddie JP Fitzgerald, left, on Monday
sports and team sports at the Presidents Cup. “When I walk
                                                                     enjoyed a long-awaited day off before the buildup to Medinah
away from this … I know that as a team you have leaders, you
                                                                     and the 2012 Ryder Cup. Photograph: Chris Condon/US PGA
have followers, you have certain role players within a team …
                                                                     Tour
any championship team I ever played on, everybody makes
their own contribution,” Jordan said. “That means a lot when         Heading into Sunday at the Tour Championship, there was
you talk about winning. It’s about bringing that guy up … to         scope for an ideal European scenario. That was Justin Rose
take guys who had not really been successful on certain days         would win the event at East Lake and Rory McIlroy would finish
… giving them confidence to help them rebound and get back           prominently enough to claim the $10m FedEx playoff prize.
to their game form. That, to me, symbolises what a team is all       Neither, of course, came to pass because of the interventions of
about.”                                                              Brandt Snedeker and a troubled final round for McIlroy.
    That may be the way the play is drawn up on paper for the           The Northern Irishman enjoyed a day off on Monday after
USA side. If Jordan can influence one extra putt to disappear        insisting that the dynamic of the Ryder Cup will briskly remove
into the hole, it may all be worthwhile and he will be then free     any lingering sense of disappointment. “I’m looking forward
to pass out more cigars.                                             to meeting up with all the guys, to getting back into that team
    Thomas Bonk has covered golf since 1988. He has worked for       atmosphere and team spirit,” McIlroy said. “It should be good
the Los Angeles Times, Golf Digest Digital and is a past president   fun. I’m just going to go there and enjoy it and try and help
of the Golf Writers Association of America.                          team Europe out as much as I can.”
                                                                        McIlroy insisted he will have enough energy left to cope with
                                                                     the rigours of Medinah. Which for José María Olazábal is just
                                                                     as well; Europe’s captain will rely on the 23-year-old to a heavy
                                                                     extent, despite his tender years.
                                                                        In truth McIlroy was due a relatively lean weekend given
                                                                     his stunning spell of success since the US PGA Championship.




  *
                                                                     Olazábal, clearly, prefers that it came in Atlanta instead of at the
                                                                     Ryder Cup.
                                                                        Snedeker flew to Illinois filled with confidence following the
                                                                     biggest win of his career. He now lies 10th in the world rankings
                                                                     but Rose’s rise to No5 means Europe will have four of the top
  Are you getting the best deal on                                   five players this weekend. “I’m not under any illusion of being
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                                                                     where he failed to score better than 72 having battled the effects
                                                                     of heat stroke. “I have played well at Medinah in the past,” the
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Englishman said. “It’s a different type of grass, different type of
green [to East Lake]. I struggled to see the lines on the greens in
Atlanta – I don’t play on them very often so I had to get used to
that. Medinah will be completely different.”
    He also played down fears voiced by Colin Montgomerie, the
2010 European captain, that the Medinah crowd could become
overly boisterous. “Chicago is a great sporting town – they get
right behind their teams,” Westwood added. “I don’t see this
being any different. You know you are against the crowd as well
as the US team when you play in the States but that is what
makes it more satisfying when you come out as the winners.”
    Tiger Woods, meanwhile, has offered some straightforward
advice to the four rookies in the USA team. “Just go out there
and win your point, period,” said the former world No1. “The
golf doesn’t change, just because the atmosphere is slightly
different – it’s still the same. Put the ball on the fairway, put the
ball on the green, hole every putt, and get your point.”
    Woods is the one USA playing member who has a close
association with Olazábal, struck up during tutorial sessions in
practice rounds for the Masters.
    “I got to play with Sevé Ballesteros at Augusta, and for
me that’s when my friendship with Ollie started,” Woods
explained. “He was so nice, the same as Sevé. They were great,
showing me how to hit shots around the greens. Back then
Augusta was very different around the greens. You had to hit
shots, and they were running through all the repertoire.
    “Over the years I’ve picked his brain so many times about
shots around the greens and how he played it and why the
bounce does this and that and the body positioning and the
hands and all these different things. We’ve had just a great
friendship.”




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