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John Terry looks to clear his name over
Football Association racism ban
John Terry said he would wait for the FA’s written judgment before
deciding whether to lodge an appeal Page 2



Brendan Rodgers warns that Liverpool
may start diving to get decisions
Liverpool’s frustrated manager said playing fair does not get the
rub of the green as Luis Suárez decisions prompt complaint to head
of referees Page 3


England lose to West Indies after World
Twenty20 run chase falls short
Eoin Morgan top scored but England must win their remaining two
games to have a chance of retaining the title Page 3




José María Olazabál                          Ryder Cup 2012:                              Treble delight for              Horse racing tips:
used ‘Pep talk’ to                           Cheers and tears will                        new trainers’ title             Friday September 28
motivate Europe                              fuel USA, says Bubba                         leader John Gosden at           Page 8
Ryder Cup team Page 4                        Watson Page 5                                Newmarket Page 7
                                                                                                                          Marlins give second
Mercedes team                                Unique Ryder Cup                             NFL fans and players            chance to player
principal Ross Brawn                         gives José María                             relieved at agreement           whose MLB career
‘admits interest’ in                         Olazábal a shot at                           to end referee lockout          ended on first pitch
Lewis Hamilton Page 5                        immortality Page 6                           Page 8                          Page 9




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                                                                     would be a surprise if he backed down and accepted the charge.
                                                                     A statement issued by Terry’s management company said: “Mr
John Terry looks to clear his name over                              Terry is disappointed that the FA regulatory commission has
Football Association racism ban                                      reached a different conclusion to the clear not guilty verdict of
                                                                     a court of law. He has asked for the detailed written reasons of
• Terry banned for four games for abusing                            the decision and will consider them carefully before deciding
Anton Ferdinand                                                      whether to lodge an appeal.”
                                                                        Although the FA’s regulations state that an FA appeal board
• Former England captain likely to appeal
                                                                     decision is final and binding, that may not preclude Terry from
FA suspension                                                        going straight to the court of arbitration for sport and seeking
Stuart James                                                         clarification as to whether Cas could have jurisdiction to rule on
                                                                     the case. The first step, however, would be an FA appeal, which
                                                                     could potentially take place during the international break next
                                                                     month.
                                                                        Terry’s legal team, led by George Carter-Stephenson QC,
                                                                     had felt that the 31-year-old’s acquittal in court in the summer
                                                                     would work in their favour, but the standard of proof was
                                                                     lower in the FA’s investigation, where the four-man panel
                                                                     were working on “the balance of probabilities”, rather than
                                                                     “beyond reasonable doubt”, to establish if an offence had
                                                                     been committed.
                                                                        Chelsea, who have a zero tolerance policy towards racism,
                                                                     issued a brief statement on the back of the verdict. “Chelsea
                                                                     Football Club notes and respects today’s decision by the
                                                                     Football Association regarding John Terry. We also recognise
John Terry drives out of Wembley Stadium on Tuesday after
                                                                     that John has the right to appeal that decision. It is therefore
attending the Football Association hearing. Photograph:
                                                                     inappropriate for us to comment further on the matter at this
Lefteris Pitarakis/AP
                                                                     time.”
John Terry is eager to clear his name after he was found guilty         Joey Barton, who was given a 12-match ban after he was
of racially abusing the Queen Park Rangers defender Anton            found guilty of two charges of violent conduct following his
Ferdinand but the Chelsea captain will await the Football            dismissal at Manchester City on the final day of last season,
Association’s written judgment before deciding whether to            poured scorn on the punishment handed out to Terry. The
appeal against the four-match ban and £220,000 fine he was           Marseille midfielder tweeted: “4 games? A years worth of
given on Thursday.                                                   investigation, a four day FA hearing and only a 4 game ban?
    An independent regulatory commission delivered its verdict       Suarez got 8 didn’t he? WTF’s going on . . . Well I think that
after a four-day hearing in relation to the incident at Loftus       proves a lot. What an absolute farce. 12 games for violent
Road last October, which led to Terry being charged with a           conduct and only 4 for that. FA should be embarrassed. By the
racially aggravated public order offence after he was alleged to     FA’s perverse reckoning, I’d have got less of a ban for racially
have called Ferdinand “a fucking black cunt”.                        abusing the Man City players than tickling them as I did.”
    Terry denied the charge, arguing he was repeating the
words Ferdinand accused him of saying rather than using them
as an insult, and was subsequently cleared at Westminster
magistrates court in July. The FA’s own investigation, however,
has arrived at a different outcome, leaving Terry, who
announced his retirement from international football on the
eve of the hearing, with a stain against his name unless he can




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successfully appeal.
    The exact reasons why Terry was found guilty of “using
abusive language” towards Ferdinand which “included a
reference to colour and/or race”, and why the ban is four games
fewer than the eight-match ban Luis Suárez received for racially       From Beirut to Big Brother,
abusing Patrice Evra last year, will not become clear until the
report is released. That could be early next week, after which
                                                                       Murdoch to Millionaire,
Terry will have 14 days to decide whether to lodge an appeal.          discuss the hot topics in the media
    In the meantime Terry is free to carry on playing for Chelsea,     on not one, but two blogs Organ
starting with Saturday’s Premier League match at Arsenal,              Grinder and Greenslade
when he is expected to lead the side out after completing his
first full training session of the week at Cobham on Friday. An
                                                                       blogs.guardian.co.uk/organgrinder/
FA statement said: “The penalty is suspended until after the           blogs.guardian.co.uk/greenslade/
outcome of any appeal, or the time for appealing expires, or
should Mr Terry decide not to appeal.”
    Given the stance that Terry has adopted up until now, it
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                                                                       Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson admitted Suárez’s
                                                                    reputation for theatrics preceded him after an appeal for a
Brendan Rodgers warns that Liverpool                                penalty against United, following a tackle by Jonny Evans, was
may start diving to get decisions                                   denied by the referee Mark Halsey on Sunday.
                                                                       Rodgers added: “Suárez has had a couple of good penalty
• Frustrated manager says that playing fair                         appeals, he hasn’t dived, they have been legitimate, and he’s
does not pay                                                        actually got booked. He went down at Sunderland and it
                                                                    looked a clear penalty and he ended up getting booked for it.
• Luis Suárez decisions prompt complaint
                                                                    Last weekend in the Manchester United game there was more
to head of referees                                                 contact in his case than there was in Antonio Valencia’s and
Andy Hunter                                                         Valencia gets a penalty and we get nothing other than a hard-
                                                                    luck story.
                                                                       “I’m not sure [Suárez’s reputation is influencing officials]
                                                                    – you’d need to ask the referees – but he is a wonderful talent
                                                                    and irrespective of whether he goes down, if it’s a penalty, it’s
                                                                    a penalty. What I have seen, he certainly doesn’t ever look like
                                                                    he is going to get a decision and that is something which would
                                                                    bother me going forward.”



                                                                    England lose to West Indies after World
                                                                    Twenty20 run chase falls short

                                                                    • West Indies 179-5; England 164-4
Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool may start diving to get              • West Indies win by 15 runs
decisions such as Luis Suárez’s ‘penalty’ against Manchester
United. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA                                Vic Marks in Pallekele

Brendan Rodgers has issued a veiled warning that Liverpool
players could resort to unsporting means to win decisions
having been denied “the rub of the green” from referees this
season.
    The Liverpool manager believes Luis Suárez has been
refused legitimate penalties in the past two Premier League
games, against Sunderland and Manchester United, and claims
major decisions have gone against his team since the opening
day of the season at West Bromwich Albion.
    Rodgers phoned Mike Riley, head of Professional Game
Match Officials, to express his grievances on Thursday and
afterwards made the stark admission that, in the absence of
legitimate fouls, players will be tempted to exaggerate contact
to sway referees in future.                                         England fell short in their World Twenty20 run chase
    “I’m concerned that we’ve not had any sort of rub of the        against West Indies despite a top score from Eoin Morgan.
green from officials,” Rodgers said. “We like to think we are       Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images
a sporting team, I have always told my players to do the right      After England’s 15-run defeat late into Thursday night at
thing, not to dive, to play fair. But the fairness we show, it      Pallekele, it looks likely they must now win the next two
seems the decisions pass us by because of it. There are so many     matches in the Super Eights to have a chance of retaining their
decisions that have gone against us.                                World Twenty20 trophy. West Indies prevailed without really
    “I spoke to Mike Riley and he admitted he expected me to        having to break sweat (well, at least Chris Gayle didn’t) on the
call earlier. I didn’t ring after the Manchester United game, I     day the tournament came to life.
wanted to speak to the assessor first on that one, and he hasn’t       It was not quite such a thriller as the Sri Lanka-New Zealand
contacted us yet. But after the West Brom game, I had to call.      game gu.com/p/3am2n earlier in the day, but Eoin Morgan
Jordan Henderson got a horrendous tackle and the player             produced one of those magical, wristy innings at a rate of two
wasn’t even booked, while Andre Wisdom won the ball with a          runs a ball to leave England needing 23 runs from the final over
fair challenge and was booked. Things aren’t going for us at all.   and a theoretical chance of victory. They could manage only
    “It would be a shame if players who respect the rules and       seven against Marlon Samuels’s low-slung off-breaks. It was
managers who are asking players to stay on their feet and not       remarkable that they had come so close after contriving to lose
dive are not getting the decisions because of it. I think it is     two wickets before a run had been scored.
important that referees understand that. It has been a criticism       This time it was not so much a trial by spin for the English
of the last few years of players going down too easy. It is not     batsmen even though the West Indies captain, Darren Sammy,
something we want to encourage but if you’re not going to get       constantly tossed the ball to his slower bowlers. But this game
decisions because of it players may do that.”
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threw up other questions for England.                                 of the West Indies innings. Samuels holed out to cover, Broad
    Most of the sides in this tournament decide who their best        produced a priceless wicket maiden and Wright clung on to a
players are and make sure that they are in the first three in         skier to remove Pollard. But West Indies, with the bonus of that
the order. At the moment it is hard to believe that England’s         double-wicket maiden, had enough.
top three are their best batsmen. Without doubt Eoin Morgan
looked the best on Thursday nightyet he remained in the dug-
out for the first half of their innings. He cracked 71 runs with      José María Olazabál used ‘Pep talk’ to
five sixes from 36 balls. Alex Hales hit 68 from 51 balls but they    motivate Europe Ryder Cup team
were always playing catch-up. It may be that England are not
quite sure who their best players are.
    The start of England’s pursuit of the 180 they required for
                                                                      Europe captain inspired by Pep Guardiola to
victory was not ideal. Ravi Rampaul began with a double-wicket        include Gladiator theme alongside Al Pacino
maiden. This nightmare start comprised an attempted front-            in inspirational video
foot pull by Craig Kieswetter, which spooned gently to cover.
                                                                      Brian Keogh at Medinah
Next ball, Luke Wright tried to withdraw his bat too late and
guided the ball to slip as if he was giving catching practice. In
the first over of three Twenty20 matches England have scored a
total of two runs and lost four wickets.
    There was a 55-run partnership between Hales and Jonny
Bairstow, who came out at No4, but it took a while.
    After such a dream start Sammy shrewdly tossed the ball
to Samuel Badree, the Trinidadian wrist spinner. He bowled
cannily enough, yielding just 20 runs from his four overs,
though the situation was all in his favour. He propels flat leg-
breaks and ensures that the batsmen have no chance to swing
their arms. He is no Abdul Qadir but he knows what he is doing
and his selection was justified.
    Bairstow, in particular, found it hard to accelerate and
eventually, in attempting to hit Gayle for six, he was superbly       José María Olazabál used ‘Pep talk’ to motivate his European
caught by a galloping Kieron Pollard on the long-on boundary.         Ryder Cup team. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters
    At that point England were 55 for three from 10 overs with an     José María Olazábal once described himself as having far more
almost impossible target ahead. Yet they never gave up hope.          in common as a man-manager with the former Barcelona coach
Hales executed some uncomplicated thumps down the ground;             Pep Guardiola than the Real Madrid firebrand José Mourinho.
Morgan was close to his impish best, improvising one moment,          And he proved it this week by taking elements from a
powering the ball over square- leg or long-on the next. They          motivational video Guardiola used to inspire the Catalan giants
added 107 together in a valiant effort. They could not win the        to win 13 of 18 titles under his reign to inspire Europe’s Ryder
game but they rescued England’s net run-rate, which could still       Cup team.
prove important at the end of the Super Eights.                           While Guardiola commissioned a video tinyurl.com/komfl6
    The margin could have been much greater since the West            with the theme of the Russell Crowe sword and sandals epic
Indian batsmen set off as if they were going to break 200.            Gladiator to motivate Lionel Messi and Co before their 2009
England showed hints of the promised aggression with an early         Champions League victory over Manchester United in Rome,
bouncer at Gayle from Jade Dernbach. Steven Finn also bowled          Olazábal used elements of that movie, as well as Al Pacino’s
with hostility.                                                       Any Given Sunday speech, in a seven-minute clip produced by
    But soon Gayle was on his way with muscular pull shots and        European Tour Productions tinyurl.com/6pfmzs to get his team
the odd swat over the covers. Johnson Charles veered between          in the mood this week
the hack and the sublimely timed glide beyond the infield, and            “José wanted to use some of the elements of the videos that
he would go on to crack 84 from 56 balls.                             Pep had used to inspire Barcelona in Rome,” team room liason
    After six overs West Indies were 47 for nought, a score that      Jamie Spence said. “We had a bit of Gladiator combined with
gave their batsmen ominous freedom. Stuart Broad turned to            great Ryder Cup moments from the past, including Seve.
his spinners; Gayle opened his shoulders. He hit Samit Patel for          “There were also lots of great sporting moments – Usain Bolt
three leg-side sixes in an over, the first of which might just have   and other Olympic athletes from London, Spain winning the
been caught by Morgan if he had stayed right on the boundary.         World Cup, great wins in rugby …
    Then Finn dropped a straightforward catch, running in from            “It was my idea to use a bit of the Al Pacino speech for the
long-off to reprieve Charles, and the batsmen ran a single.           American football movie Any Given Sunday, where he says:
    Gayle went for a big hit to the next ball to rub salt in the      ‘Now I can’t make you do it. You gotta look at the guy next to
wound; he did not connect properly and the ball sailed in the         you. Look into his eyes’.”
air towards Finn – again. There was plenty of time for him to             While he’s a Real Sociedad fan to the core, Olazábal regards
consider the consequences of another drop, but this time Finn         Guardiola as a close friend and has invited him to Medinah this
clung on and Gayle departed smiling, having hit 58 from 35            week as a guest rather than a team mascot.
balls.                                                                    But Spence hopes that the Catalan, who stepped down
    England managed to exercise some control in the second half       as Barcelona coach earlier this year and is now spending a

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sabbatical year with his family in a luxurious Manhattan
apartment, will speak to Europe’s players at some stage over the
weekend.
                                                                    Ryder Cup 2012: Cheers and tears will
    “Pep is coming but we don’t know exactly when,” Spence          fuel USA, says Bubba Watson
said. “There’s no firm plan in place to have him talk to the team
but we’d like that. It would be great.”                             • ‘Ryder Cup is one chance I get to
    Guardiola’s cerebral style brought Barcelona unprecedented      represent my country’
success and Olazábal believes they have a similar management
                                                                    • USA player says he will ‘probably cry at
style.
    “I’m more like Guardiola than Mourinho,” Olazábal said this
                                                                    some point’
summer. “My style is based on my feelings and experiences.          Brian Keogh
That’s what it’s all about: being truly able to transmit those
feelings in words, gestures, actions and images. The point is
to try to make the players realise how much this competition
means.”
    As Pacino said: “That’s all it is. Now, whattaya gonna do?”



Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn
‘admits interest’ in Lewis Hamilton

• Brawn says Hamilton is ‘a very good
driver’
• Decision over Michael Schumacher is ‘a
                                                                    ‘Whenever it comes to a sport you get emotional,’ says US
difficult one’                                                      Ryder Cup player Bubba Watson. Photograph: Jamie Squire/
Guardian staff                                                      Getty Images
                                                                    Davis Love may insist that the Ryder Cup is not a war but Bubba
                                                                    Watson – son of a green beret – could not resist.
                                                                        “Well, it’s the United States flag,” he said when asked
                                                                    about his tears at the captain’s dinner on Tuesday and what is
                                                                    motivating him this week. “You know, the military, the military
                                                                    that wears our flag everywhere they go, they give us freedom to
                                                                    play golf, to play the Ryder Cup.
                                                                        “Unless there’s a draft I’m probably not going to be in the
                                                                    military. So for me it’s the one chance I get to represent our
                                                                    country and hopefully represent our country well. So the
                                                                    passion just comes from that; all the people that pull for me,
                                                                    cheer for me; even if people that don’t like me in the US, they
                                                                    cheer for me in this one event.
Mercedes have reportedly admitted their interest in Lewis               “The people that I’ve never met that keep fighting for our
Hamilton. Photograph: Sutton Images/Corbis                          freedom; any time you can represent them and hopefully hit
                                                                    some good shots for them.”
Mercedes have admitted their interest in Lewis Hamilton,
                                                                        Famous for his own brand of “army golf” – left, right, left, on
according to the BBC, placing a question mark over Michael
                                                                    the green – Watson tried hard not to stray from the straight and
Schumacher’s future.
                                                                    narrow in the media centre as the last of the 24 players to speak
   When asked if he would like the British driver in his team,
                                                                    to the press. He said he understands the passion that fuels Ian
the Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn said: “He’s a very good
                                                                    Poulter, who was criticised for saying that he wants to “kill” the
driver. A very good driver.”
                                                                    players he calls friends for the other 51 weeks of the year.
   McLaren recently increased their offer from £10m to £12m for
                                                                        Watson agrees that there is nothing wrong with a bit of
Hamilton to stay. Mercedes, who pay Schumacher £16m a year,
                                                                    passion and he will be making no apologies for getting as
are believed to be ready to match McLaren’s offer with added
                                                                    animated as he did in Wales two years ago, when Jeff Overton
money for image rights.
                                                                    holed out from the fairway in Sunday’s foursomes for the
   “The decision for Michael to stay or not continue is a
                                                                    famous “boom baby” eagle.
difficult one,” Brawn said. “Obviously he’s very involved in that
                                                                        “When it comes to a sport, whatever the sport is, you get
decision, and discussions are on going at the moment.
                                                                    emotional,” he said. “Sometimes you get really excited, and I
   “Michael has been a huge asset to the team, he’s really
                                                                    don’t think it’s over the top, unless you go in their face, I guess.
taken us forward. I do think Michael contributes an awful lot.”
                                                                    Everybody makes fun of what me and Jeff Overton did in Wales.
Mercedes’ other driver, Nico Rosberg, is under contract until
                                                                    But our team was losing. I think every part of our team was
the end of the 2013 season.
                                                                    losing. The other groups were losing … So it was just about
                                                                    trying to get everyone excited about the US. Obviously it didn’t
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work, because we lost. But that was my attempt to try to help.”     Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Justin Rose or Luke Donald lack
    Dubbed Blubba Watson for his propensity to shed a tear,         passion for Europe’s Ryder Cup simply because they are now
Watson knows he will have the waterworks going this week            based on this side of the Atlantic. Poulter, in particular, relishes
as he recalls his late father, who last saw him play at the 2010    a meeting with the USA more than anything. Nonetheless, the
Ryder Cup.                                                          epic growth of the Ryder Cup as a tournament – and commercial
    “I’m probably going to cry at some point this week because      monster – belies the fact those featuring in it are generally close
I just cry every week it seems like,” he said. “So there’s going    acquaintances. Neighbours, even.
to be good shots I’m going to cry about, there’s going to be bad        “A lot of us are friends, so there is probably less edge. It is not
shots I cry about, and hopefully I do everything in a respectful    like ‘them and us’,” Westwood said. Similar thoughts emerged
way.”                                                               from Watson, once he moved on from his praise of the armed
                                                                    forces. “We’re friends with all of them,” the Masters champion
                                                                    said. “We have played golf with all of them for years. We know
Unique Ryder Cup gives José María                                   them all. We know their families.”
Olazábal a shot at immortality                                          The Ryder Cup lacks the divisive characters of its past, which
                                                                    is perhaps an explanation of the strong sentiment that has been
                                                                    abroad in recent days. The players want to be viewed as fierce
Medinah has heard talk of marked men and                            rivals and strong competitors, not blokes who wave at each
bullseyes on backs as Europe and the USA                            other while completing their school run in Florida.
meet in an event unlike all others                                      The hosts have plenty of cause for motivation this time
                                                                    around. Six defeats in eight Ryder Cup matches have wounded
Ewan Murray at Medinah
                                                                    the USA to an extent that has been perfectly plain even during
                                                                    practice rounds at Medinah. The galleries are visibly keyed up,
                                                                    a factor that will be endorsed by a spine-tingling atmosphere
                                                                    around the 1st tee when Europe formally open the competition
                                                                    first thing on Friday morning.
                                                                        It may well be folly for European hopes to rest heavily on
                                                                    the inexperience of their opponents. The USA have four rookies
                                                                    but had three at Valhalla in 2008 when Europe were defeated
                                                                    by five points. That said, Nick Faldo’s glaring shortcomings as a
                                                                    captain will not be repeated by the impressive Olazábal.
                                                                        As ever, there is no lack of on-course subplots. Intrigue will
                                                                    surround how Rory McIlroy handles intense scrutiny in a team
                                                                    environment, whether or not Tiger Woods can finally revel
                                                                    in the Ryder Cup and if Davis Love III can keep his emotions
José María Olazábal leads his team into a Ryder Cup that            suitably in check. Already, the USA captain has had to fight
bears little resemblance to the 38 before it. Photograph: Ross     back tears in a mundane press conference. Love could show no
Kinnaird/Getty Images                                               such restraint over dinner earlier in the week, with Watson also
It can be said without fear of contradiction that the narrative     reaching for his handkerchief.
to the 39th Ryder Cup so far bears no resemblance to the 38             This Ryder Cup should be more notable than most for
that have gone before. Soft golfing souls would be entitled         excitement. Medinah retains a brilliant closing stretch, the sort
to question what exactly is going on in this corner of Illinois.    that will trigger scintillating matchplay denouements. The
There had already been talk of marked men, bullseyes on backs,      complete lack of anything closely resembling rough opens up
killing and beating brains in before Bubba Watson sauntered         birdie opportunities at every corner of the course. It also brings
into the Ryder Cup media centre on Thursday morning and paid        the recovery shot, the most exciting in the game, back into play.
a glowing tribute to the United States military.                        Some argue this set-up automatically favours the Americans,
    If this was not entirely in keeping with the obscure            a notion that is particularly backed up by reality. Love has
discussion that had gone before, Watson’s comments would            placed an emphasis on length but Medinah’s relatively small
have been met with widespread bemusement.                           greens and sloping fairways mean it would be folly to ignore the
    The start on Friday of the actual golf, one of sport’s finest   value of accuracy.
spectacles, will hopefully offer both distraction and sanity. One       Europe retain four of the five top-ranked players in world
of the most evenly matched Ryder Cups in living memory has          golf, a tribute to their respective abilities to compete in different
that wonderful quality of being virtually impossible to predict.    countries and on varying types of course. McIlroy, twice, and
Which does not deter plenty from trying.                            McDowell have won major championships in the USA within
    Perhaps the loose language of competitors in the buildup        the last two years.
has been entirely deliberate. Gone are the days, after all, when        Olazábal will field eight players with overall winning Ryder
the Ryder Cup was a clear and obvious battle between players        Cup points records; not a single USA team member has likewise.
based in separate continents. When the Europe team landed in            As a constant backdrop, there is the lingering image of Seve
Chicago from Heathrow on Monday, José María Olazábal had            Ballesteros. The first Ryder Cup since his death cannot and will
only three of his players for company; the remainder could be       not pass without regular reminders of the Spaniard’s brilliance
classed as local commuters.                                         in and adoration of the event. In short, Ballesteros loved
    There can be no reasonable claim that Ian Poulter, Lee          nothing more than beating the USA.

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    The odds are stacked against Olazábal paying the ultimate               Havana Gold’s success in the Group Three Tattersall Stakes
tribute to Ballesteros by retaining the trophy Europe won two            was his fourth in five starts and he is unfortunate not to be
years ago in Wales. But the truth is he has every chance of doing        unbeaten as he was a length clear at Deauville in August when
precisely that. It would be no further exaggeration of language          his saddle slipped and he unseated his jockey.
to point out, in such a scenario, golfing immortality would                 “He’s a very nice horse, for next year especially,” Richard
beckon.                                                                  Hannon Jr, representing his father, said. “He’ll definitely stay a
                                                                         mile. He’s very relaxed, a little bit too relaxed sometimes.”
                                                                            The last three winners of the eight-furlong maiden that
Treble delight for new trainers’ title                                   opens the meeting – Dandy, Auden and Fareej – have managed
leader John Gosden at Newmarket                                          to win a combined total of one subsequent race between
                                                                         them and that was a three-runner novice on the all-weather.
                                                                         Telescope, though, could be the colt to revive its reputation
• Handler heads Aidan O’Brien after Listed                               and Sir Michael Stoute’s colt is generally a 20-1 chance for
race wins                                                                next year’s Derby after he quickened away from his field for a
• Havana Gold wins feature event on card                                 comfortable two-and-a-quarter length success.
for Richard Hannon                                                          ARC, the owner of Folkestone racecourse, said in a statement
                                                                         on Thursday that it was “disappointed” by the decision
Greg Wood at Newmarket
                                                                         of Shepway council to proceed with its core strategy local
                                                                         plan without any provision for enhancement of the track.
                                                                         Folkestone is due to close at the end of the year and has already
                                                                         abandoned its final scheduled Flat meeting next Tuesday due to
                                                                         waterlogging.
                                                                            ARC insists that it is still keen to explore ways in which
                                                                         racing can be retained. “We intend to continue discussing the
                                                                         future of the racecourse with the council who, we believe,
                                                                         remain committed to racing continuing,” its statement said,
                                                                         “but a favourable outcome in the short term has been made
                                                                         more difficult to achieve.”




Richard Hughes steers Havana Gold to a smooth victory in
the Tattersall Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday. Photograph:
Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
Richard Hannon, the champion trainer for the last two seasons,
took the feature race on the opening day of the Cambridgeshire
meeting here on Thursday with Havana Gold but, as so often
this year, it was John Gosden, one of the two trainers competing
to succeed him, who emerged as the biggest winner on the day.
    Gosden moved ahead of Aidan O’Brien in the title race
thanks to a 57.5-1 double in the card’s two Listed events, worth
a combined total of nearly £30,000. First, Gallipot showed an
impressive turn of foot to take the Richard Hambro Stakes,




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while an hour later Caucus took the Jockey Club Rose Bowl
Stakes at 12-1. He then added a third winner with Hezmah in the
final race of the day.
    Gosden did his best to feign indifference when reminded
that he had overtaken O’Brien after Gallipot’s success, though it
was not entirely convincing. “There’s a long way to go,” he said.
“I’ll tell you what’s going to happen in that at about five o’clock
on Champions Day, until then it’s all in the air. We’ve been top
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second. That’s life, it’s all just a game, isn’t it?”
    Coral cut Gosden’s odds for the championship twice after
                                                                           exactly the way it was printed.
Thursday’s successes, first from 2-1 to 13-8 and then to 5-4.              With award-winning Guardian
Champions Day at Ascot on 20 October, when the prizes on                   photography accessible from
offer include £1.3m in the Champion Stakes and £1m in the
Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, seems likely to decide the outcome.             anywhere in the world.
O’Brien, who is expected to saddle Excelebration, one of the               guardian.co.uk/digitaledition
favourites, in the QEII is still their favourite for the title at 4-7,
although Paddy Power offer both Gosden and O’Brien at 5-6.
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                                                                    between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns,
                                                                    ahead of a vote on Saturday by the referees union that is
NFL fans and players relieved at                                    expected to officially ratify the deal.
agreement to end referee lockout                                       In a joint statement with the NFL Referees Association, NFL
                                                                    commissioner Roger Goodell said the deal would bring stability
After weeks of botched calls by                                     back to the game. “This agreement supports long-term reforms
replacements, even Barack Obama says he’s                           that will make officiating better. The teams, players and fans
                                                                    want and deserve both consistency and quality in officiating,”
‘very pleased’ sides have reached agreement
                                                                    Goodell said. “Now it’s time to put the focus back on the teams
Paul Harris and agencies                                            and players where it belongs.”
                                                                       The move will begin the process of rebuilding the league’s
                                                                    image. The replacement referees, drawn from the ranks of lower
                                                                    division college, high school and semi-professional football,
                                                                    were clearly no match for the regular, unionised, referees.
                                                                    Some of the bad calls they made led to open disputes with team
                                                                    managers. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was fined
                                                                    for making contact with a referee on Sunday, while Denver
                                                                    Broncos coach John Fox and the team’s defensive coordinator,
                                                                    Jack Del Rio, were also fined for publicly criticising officials
                                                                    following a loss.
                                                                       The main bone of contention in the dispute had been
                                                                    pensions. The deal now assures current referees that their
                                                                    pension plans will continue, but new officials brought into the
                                                                    system will instead get a 401(k) retirement savings plan. That
Touchdown: fans, players – everyone’s happy the regular
                                                                    will allow the NFL to gradually wither away the pension scheme
referees will be back on the field. Now it’s time to rebuild the
                                                                    as current officials retire or otherwise leave the sport.
NFL’s image. Photograph: Andy King/AP
NFL players and fans have reacted with relief to an agreement
ending the league’s bitter dispute with referees that had           Horse racing tips: Friday September 28
disrupted the start of the season with a flood of embarrassing
bad calls by hastily drafted in replacements.
    The NFL’s regular referees had been locked out by the
                                                                    Sea Of Heartbreak at Newmarket is the best
league after failing to reach an agreement on a new collective      bet of the day
bargaining agreement, especially over the issue of pension          Will Hayler
payments.
    Football is the nation’s most popular sport and also one of
the most lucrative, and there had been a fear that the ongoing
bad calls could have damaged the sport’s reputation and
finances alike.
    “Welcome back,” said Tennessee Titans’ backup quarterback
Matt Hasselbeck on his Twitter page. Even the White House got
in on the action. Jay Carney, President Barack Obama’s official
spokesman, said: “The president’s very pleased that the two
sides have come together. It is a great day for America.”
    The fight disrupted the start of the 2012-2013 season with
a series of gaffes by the inexperienced replacement referees
that outraged fans, sports commentators and team managers,
several of whom have recently had high-profile spats with
officials.                                                          They race on Friday at Newmarket, above, where Sea Of
    But the trouble really reached boiling point on Monday night    Heartbreak is the best bet of the day. Photograph: Alan
when a game-winning last-second touchdown was wrongly               Crowhurst/Getty Images
awarded to the Seattle Seahawks as they battled with the Green      Haydock
Bay Packers.                                                           2.00 Pallasator 2.30 De Rigueur 3.05 Golden Secret 3.35 Bond
    That call sparked widespread outrage and tabloid front          Club 4.10 Megaleka 4.45 Leviathan 5.20 Dazzling Valentine
pages that labelled it as one of the worst refereeing decisions        Newmarket
in the sport’s history. The New York Post newspaper even ran           1.15 Waterway Run 1.45 Thistle Bird (nb) 2.20 Joviality 2.55
a cartoon showing the replacement referees as being blind,          Winsili 3.25 Mawj Tamy 4.00 Sea Of Heartbreak (nap) 4.35
complete with guide dogs and canes.                                 Classic Colori 5.10 The Tiger
    But in the wake of the furore the two sides have now settled       Stratford
on a new eight year deal that gives officials higher salaries and      12.00 Shomberg 12.30 Roll The Dice 1.05 Magical Legend 1.35
improved retirement benefits.The regular officials will now         West Brit 2.10 Peckhamecho 2.40 Cevaro
return to the field beginning on Thursday night at a game              Wolverhampton
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   5.45 Medam 6.15 Dissent 6.45 Gold Rules 7.15 Shore               the ninth inning as a pinch hitter and had not previously taken
Performer 7.45 Noble Deed 8.15 Wrecking Ball 8.45 Ryedale           the field during the game. New rules mean that next Tuesday’s
Dancer 9.15 Opera Buff                                              appearance, during which he will likely feature late in the game
                                                                    in a single inning, will count as his first official at bat.
                                                                        “From the bottom of my heart, I’ll be ready for it,” Greenberg
Marlins give second chance to player                                said on NBC’s Today Show.
whose MLB career ended on first pitch                                   Addressing David Samson, the Marlins president, on the
                                                                    show, he added: “I can’t express how much it means to me and
                                                                    all the people that are around me. You don’t have to do this.
Adam Greenberg, who suffered a severe                               The Marlins organisation, baseball in general, doesn’t owe me
concussion when hit by a pitch, will get                            anything.”
another opportunity for a major league at-                              Greenberg, who represented Israel in the qualifying rounds
bat                                                                 of last year’s Baseball World Classic, remains the only player in
                                                                    history whose major league baseball career was ended on the
Richard Luscombe in Miami
                                                                    first pitch.
                                                                        More than 22,000 people signed a change.org petition calling
                                                                    for Greenberg to get another chance after baseball historian
                                                                    Matt Liston launched a campaign on a website, oneatbat.com,
                                                                    early in the summer.
                                                                        “He called Adam out of the blue six or eight months ago
                                                                    and said he was excited about the whole possibility,” Mark
                                                                    Greenberg, the player’s father, told the Middletown Press. “We
                                                                    didn’t know if it was ever going to actually happen.”



                                                                    Surrey want Graeme Smith to succeed
                                                                    Rory Hamilton-Brown as captain
Adam Greenberg slides safely into home plate after scoring
on a base hit in the World Baseball Classic in September.
                                                                    • South African said to be top of Surrey’s list
Photograph: Alan Diaz/AP                                            of replacements
A baseball player whose professional career ended was ended
                                                                    • Surrey would prefer him to reduce South
by injury when he was hit in the head by the first pitch he faced   Africa role
has been granted his wish of returning to the major leagues for a   Andy Wilson
special one-off appearance.
    The Miami Marlins signed Adam Greenberg, 31, to a one-day
contract so he can take the field in their home game against the
New York Mets on Tuesday.
    Greenberg, then a player for the Chicago Cubs, was struck in
the back of the head by a 92mph fastball from Marlins pitcher
Valerio de los Santos on his first appearance at the plate on 9
July 2005.
    He suffered a concussion and was later affected by severe
vision problems and vertigo, spending the rest of the season on
the disabled list before the Cubs released him at the end of the
year.
    Although he spent several seasons in the minor leagues and
playing for semi-professional clubs, he was never able to return
to the major leagues and retired last year.                         Graeme Smith is thought to be top of Surrey’s list for a captain
    “I’m extremely proud to extend this opportunity to Adam,”       to replace Rory Hamilton-Brown. Photograph: Gareth Copley/
said Jeffrey Loria, owner of the Miami Marlins.                     Getty Images
    “He has earned this chance as his love and passion for the      Surrey are reported to have offered Graeme Smith the chance
game never diminished, despite his career tragically being cut      to become their captain, ideally if he is prepared to reduce his
short. I look forward to seeing Adam step up to the plate and       international commitments with South Africa to take control at
realising his comeback dream next Tuesday night.”                   The Oval.
    Greenberg, from New Haven, Connecticut, will donate his            Rory Hamilton-Brown resigned as captain after the death of
undisclosed one-day salary to the Sports Legacy Institute,          his flat-mate Tom Maynard midway through the 2012 season,
which promotes research into and treatment of traumatic brain       and has since left the club.
injuries among athletes.                                               Surrey have already signed the experienced former England
    Greenberg, who signed for the Cubs in 2001, was never           batsman Vikram Solanki from Worcestershire for next season
credited with a major league “at bat” because he came on in         and been linked with a number of other players. However, ESPN
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CricInfo claimed on Thursday that Smith, arguably the most              Robert Havlin having been on board when the filly finished
respected captain in world cricket after leading South Africa           second at Ascot last time out.
to the top of the world Test rankings following their victory in           That ride wasn’t Havlin’s finest hour as he gave Winsili
England, is at the top of their list.                                   plenty to do in settling her off the pace behind slow early
    Smith, who has played for Somerset, certainly has fond              fractions. But at least she will have learnt plenty from the
memories of The Oval, having scored a century in his 100th Test         experience and it was encouraging to see her able to make up
there three months ago.                                                 some ground despite the contest having not gone her way.
    There is a theory that after the birth of his first child shortly      Certify heads the betting here and rightly so on the strength
after that match, he may be tempted by the opportunity to               of her staying performance in the May Hill Stakes last time out.
settle for a while in London with his Irish wife. He has already        She gets every yard of this one-mile trip. But there isn’t a lot
lost his place in South Africa’s Twenty20 team and handed the           between her and Ollie Olga on collateral form with Sky Lantern
captaincy to AB de Villiers in 50-over cricket.                         and neither appear exceptional fillies at this stage, so any
    He has also spoken of a desire to end his Test career back          further improvement from Winsili should place put her right in
in the ranks, which would cast doubts on Surrey’s chances of            the mix.
success.                                                                   1.15 Unexposed fillies, many of whom are making notable
    Yorkshire have beaten off competition from several other            climbs in grade, and not easy to predict which possesses
counties to sign Jack Brooks, the England Lions seamer                  the most potential. However there was nothing not to like
who had exercised a release clause in his contract with                 about Waterway Run’s dominant display at York on her
Northamptonshire.                                                       latest start and she would have won by some distance but for
    Brooks, a 28-year-old who has become one of the more                being eased up close home. Michael Murphy, probably the
recognisable players on the county circuit in a white headband          hottest apprentice find of the season, retains his partnership
similar to the one worn by John McEnroe at Wimbledon, has               with Annie’s Fortune, but is unable to draw his usual weight
signed a three-year contract. Yorkshire will return to Division         allowance in this company.
One next season, their 150th anniversary year.                             1.45 A late improver, Thistle Bird has gone from strength
                                                                        to strength this season and was a shade unlucky to be mugged
                                                                        by the rallying Premio Loco, who blindsided her at Goodwood
Winsili is the best bet on Friday’s                                     two runs ago. She is versatile groundwise and impressed when
Channel 4 Newmarket TV card                                             fighting off the experienced Fulbright at Haydock subsequently.
                                                                        The improving Dank is the other who fits most clearly into the
                                                                        fast-improving category.
William Buick can ride winner of the                                       2.20 Having never before tackled male company in pattern
meeting’s feature race                                                  races, Joviality makes an interesting move into this level.
Will Hayler                                                             She did best of those ridden handily when third in a valuable
                                                                        contest in Chicago on her latest start, but perhaps didn’t quite
                                                                        get home over the mile and a quarter trip, and comes back to
                                                                        the mile over which she took the notable scalp of Chachamaidee
                                                                        at Royal Ascot in June. If Most Improved could be guaranteed to
                                                                        repeat the form of his victory at the same meeting, he would be
                                                                        hard to beat, but his latest laboured effort is hard to excuse.




They race on Friday at Newmarket, above, where Winsili is the
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