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John Terry may feel his ban is ‘quite
lenient’, says Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson has said he believes John Terry may think his
four-match ban is ‘lenient’ and that Roy Hodgson may find it
difficult to recall Rio Ferdinand in the Chelsea defender’s place for
England Page 2

Liverpool’s Luis Suárez accepts
Manchester United penalty decision
Luis Suárez has said he accepts decisions that have gone against
him recently despite his manager, Brendan Rodgers, complaining
to the referees’ board Page 2

McLaren sign Sergio Pérez as a
replacement for Lewis Hamilton
McLaren have confirmed they are signing Sergio Pérez on a multi-
year deal from next season as a replacement for Lewis Hamilton
Page 3

Gloucester’s Freddie                         Ricky Hatton confirms                        NFL’s real referees             Lewis Hamilton set to
Burns only three steps                       24 November                                  return for Baltimore’s          leave McLaren to join
to rugby heaven and                          comeback fight against                       win against Cleveland           Mercedes Page 8
England Page 3                               Ukrainian Page 6                             Page 7
                                                                                                                          Rory McIlroy and
Trent Waterhouse                             Australia’s Quade                            England can recover             Graeme McDowell start
relaxed and ready to                         Cooper and ARU                               and win World                   Europe’s Ryder Cup
guide Warrington past                        continue war of words                        Twenty20, says captain          challenge Page 9
St Helens Page 5                             over Wallabies Page 6                        Stuart Broad Page 7 © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                                         
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John Terry may feel his ban is ‘quite                               Liverpool’s Luis Suárez accepts
lenient’, says Sir Alex Ferguson                                    Manchester United penalty decision

• Manchester United manager surprised at                            • ‘It’s all part and parcel of the game,’ says
four-game ban                                                       Uruguayan
• Rio Ferdinand unlikely to return for                              • Forward hopes to end Liverpool’s winless
England, he adds                                                    start at Norwich
Jamie Jackson                                                       Press Association

Sir Alex Ferguson does not believe Rio Ferdinand will be            Liverpool’s Luis Suárez goes down in the area against
recalled for England after being overlooked by Roy Hodgson          Manchester United but his claims for a penalty were denied
for the European Championship. Photograph: Michael Regan/           in the 2-1 defeat at Anfield. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty
Getty Images                                                        Images
Sir Alex Ferguson believes John Terry may think his four-match      Luis Suárez has said he accepts the refereeing decisions that
ban is “lenient”, and the Manchester United manager feels           have gone against him recently despite his manager, Brendan
that Roy Hodgson may find it difficult if he wishes to recall Rio   Rodgers, complaining to the referees’ board about their
Ferdinand in the Chelsea defender’s place for England.              treatment of the Liverpool forward.
    Terry is now considering whether to appeal the Football             Rodgers revealed on Thursday that he had spoken to Mike
Association’s ban and £220,000 fine. “There is a danger of          Riley, the manager of the Professional Game Match Officials
it resurrecting itself because it has been going on so long,”       Board, about decisions going against his side. In particular
Ferguson said. “But the fact he got a four-game ban, he may         he referenced what he felt were legitimate penalty claims by
consider that is quite lenient considering Luis Suárez got eight.   Suárez which had been turned down with, on one occasion, the
It is time to move on and so should the game.”                      Uruguay international being booked for diving.
    Patrice Evra and Suárez shook hands before United’s game at         Suárez, however, insists he has to accept that mistakes
Liverpool last Sunday following the Liverpool forward’s failure     happen and told Liverpool’s official website: “There are times
to do so last season, after serving his own eight-match ban for     when the referee gets it right and others when he doesn’t but
making racial slurs towards the Manchester United left-back.        that’s all part and parcel of the game.
    Terry was handed the ban by the FA on Thursday after being          “It’s happened in the last few games, like against Manchester
found guilty of using racist language towards Anton Ferdinand,      United when the penalty shout on me wasn’t given and then
Rio’s brother, in Chelsea’s game at QPR last October.               the one on [Antonio] Valencia was.
    Anton Ferdinand reacted to criticism on Twitter on Friday by        “But talking about it doesn’t solve anything – the referee has
saying that the footage of the incident during Chelsea’s game at    a split second to see an incident. Let’s just hope that it doesn’t
Queens Park Rangers last October ‘does not lie’.                    happen again in the future.”
    Ferdinand tweeted: “On a serious note people need 2 read            Suárez is Liverpool’s leading scorer this season with three
the facts before they send stupid tweets 2 me with liar and grass   and that lack of goals – the team have just four in five Premier
in it footage don’t lie!”                                           League matches – has contributed to a winless start and a place
    Regarding Rio Ferdinand getting another England call-up,        in the bottom three heading into Saturday’s game at Norwich.
Ferguson said: “I wouldn’t think he will. Roy Hodgson made his          “It makes it more difficult when your opening fixtures of the
decision before the European Championship and I can’t see him       season are against strong teams like Arsenal, Manchester City
changing that. It would be difficult for him now to go back to      and Manchester United – they are not easy games,” said Suárez.
Rio Ferdinand and welcome him back.”                                    “At the moment, we are not in the position where Liverpool
                                                                    Football Club has to be, which is battling it out at the top end of
                                                                    the league.
                                                                        “But we’ve been a bit unlucky and I still believe, and will
                                                                    continue to believe, that we have a lot of quality here and a
                                                                    manager who is giving everyone the confidence to believe in © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                            
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their opportunities.”                                                  year deal worth a reported £15m a year.
                                                                          Hamilton said: “It is now time for me to take on a fresh
                                                                       challenge and I am very excited to begin a new chapter racing
McLaren sign Sergio Pérez as a                                         for the Mercedes Formula One Team. Mercedes-Benz has such
replacement for Lewis Hamilton                                         an incredible heritage in motorsport, along with a passion for
                                                                       winning, which I share.
                                                                          “Together, we can grow and rise to this new challenge.
• Mexican to leave Sauber and partner                                  I believe that I can help steer the Silver Arrows to the top
Jenson Button in 2013                                                  and achieve our joint ambitions of winning the world
• Whitmarsh: ‘We’ve been monitoring his                                championships.”
progress for months’                                                      Whitmarsh paid tribute to the 27-year-old, who won the
                                                                       2008 drivers’ title with the Woking-based team. “It’s entirely
Press Association
                                                                       appropriate I should take this opportunity to pass on our thanks
                                                                       to Lewis,” Whitmarsh said. “He wrote a huge chapter of his life
                                                                       and career with us, and was, and always will be, a fine member
                                                                       of an exclusive club – the McLaren world champions’ club.
                                                                          “It goes without saying we all wish him well for the future,
                                                                       just as it also goes without saying we hope and believe Sergio,
                                                                       too, will become a member of that exclusive club before too
                                                                          Hamilton will partner his close friend Nico Rosberg
                                                                       at Mercedes, with the veteran former champion Michael
                                                                       Schumacher moving aside and possibly staying on as a brand
                                                                       ambassador for the team.

Sergio Pérez, the 22-year-old Mexican, has impressed for the           Gloucester’s Freddie Burns only three
Sauber team this season. Photograph: Mark Thompson/Getty               steps to rugby heaven and England
McLaren have confirmed they are signing Sergio Pérez on a              Cherry and White’s No10 is desperate to
multi-year deal from next season as a replacement for Lewis
                                                                       impress before the 10 November game
Hamilton, who is on his way to Mercedes.
    McLaren have trumped an announcement from Mercedes
                                                                       against Fiji
regarding Hamilton’s switch with their own statement                   Robert Kitson
regarding the 22-year-old Mexican, who will leave Sauber at the
end of this year to drive alongside Jenson Button in the 2013
    The McLaren team principal, Martin Whitmarsh, said:
“We’ve been monitoring his progress carefully for some
months. It was a string of giant-killing performances, a trio of
podiums and a brilliant fastest lap in this year’s Monaco Grand
Prix that showed us that Sergio lacks nothing in terms of speed
and commitment.
    “Uniting Sergio alongside Jenson will give us a very broad
base of driver ability. While Sergio is still developing his palette
of skills, we’re convinced that he’s not only talented and quick,
but also that he’s willing and eager to learn.
    “He’s perfectly poised to develop into a world championship
                                                                       Gloucester’s Freddie Burns is tackled by Bryn Evans, centre,
challenger. His addition to the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
                                                                       and Ofisa Treviranus of London Irish in his team’s 40-31
team provides us with the perfect two-pronged driver line-up
                                                                       victory at the Madejski and to which he contributed 25 points
for the new season.”
                                                                       with the boot. Photograph: Frances Leader/Action Images
    Pérez added: “I’m thrilled and delighted to have become a
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver. The McLaren name is one              The most obvious thing about Freddie Burns is his innate
of the greatest in the history of Formula One. For more than           confidence.
40 years, McLaren has been a team that every racing driver                He must experience a flicker of self-doubt occasionally but, if
has aspired to drive for – I was brought up on the great stories       so, he keeps it well hidden. Not for him the shuffling gait of the
of Ayrton Senna’s many world championship triumphs for                 shy newcomer, nor the nervous frown of a born worrier. There
McLaren – and I’m truly honoured that they’ve chosen me to             are 30-year-olds who would kill for an ounce of his natural
partner Jenson from 2013 onwards.”                                     assurance, never mind a thimble full of his playmaking talent.
    Hamilton has decided to end his 14-year association with              At Gloucester they still recall the youngster’s first senior
McLaren at the end of the season and join Mercedes on a three-         game, when he announced himself by deftly chipping a © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                              
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defender, catching his own kick and coolly flipping it behind             The summer arrival of the calm, knowledgeable Nigel
his back to a colleague. As a statement of intent it was as good      Davies as director of rugby has been another bonus. “He hasn’t
as any. Three years later he still plays rugby with his eyes wide     crowded my head … I get confidence from him because he
open. “I’ve always backed my skills. If I think something is on       trusts my judgment. A natural running game is something I’ve
I’ll do it. I don’t want to be a 10 who sits back in the pocket.”     always had. I can always work on my kicking game. It’s easy to
     A little bit of catch-me-if-you-can swagger from an in-form      drop back but if you’re not comfortable on the gainline you’re
England-qualified fly-half is always welcome. Stuart Lancaster        always going to struggle there. I’m happy with my feel of a
and Andy Farrell both duly name-checked Burns this week and           game.”
the 22-year-old is nudging the selectors at the perfect time.             It depends what England are looking for. South Africa have
Neither Toby Flood nor Owen Farrell is setting the Premiership        just dropped the pedestrian Morne Steyn in favour of the 20-
alight, Charlie Hodgson has retired from Test rugby, George           year-old Johan Goosen. Australia, in Cooper’s absence, have
Ford is not starting regularly for Leicester and Danny Cipriani is    lobbed the No10 jersey to Kurtley Beale. England also need a
a long way from a Test recall. A fiver on Burns featuring in some     ringmaster who is comfortable in the clattering traffic and offers
capacity against Fiji on 10 November is not the world’s worst         a genuine running threat.
investment.                                                               Burns may yet be that man; if not it could one day be his
     If it does come to pass, the least fazed person at Twickenham    18-year-old brother, Billy. Just for a split-second, Freddie’s
will be Burns himself. The son of a Bath plumber, he relishes         bonhomie cracked on Monday when his sibling scored his
pressure, believing it brings the best out of him. “I love it. The    latest try for Gloucester United. “After about five seconds my
more pressure there is, the more I enjoy it. It’s fair to say I’ve    excitement subsided out of fear for my job. I keep telling him he
always been a bit of a show-off. I’m quite chatty, I like giving my   should be a 12.”
opinion. That’s probably why I’m a good fly-half.” Anyone who             For now, though, Freddie has the edge. Gloucester’s next trio
cheerfully refers to himself as a “Colonel Gaddafi lookalike” on      of fixtures — London Welsh, Bath and Leicester — are potentially
his Twitter feed is not exactly the reticent type.                    his three steps to rugby heaven. “The question I get asked most
     He has also crammed a lot into his brief career, which now       at the moment is: ‘When do you think you’ll be playing for
extends to 79 games and 565 points for the Cherry and Whites          England?’ But those decisions are out of my hands. I’m going to
since his formative years with Avon RFC and Oldfield Old Boys.        concentrate on lifting Gloucester into the Premiership top four
Already he has played alongside Carlos Spencer and lined up           and let other people make judgements about me. If the call does
against Quade Cooper when the Wallabies played a midweek              come I’m more than confident in my skill-set.”
game at Kingsholm in 2009. Spencer was among his schoolboy                So let us all dream with him. Imagine if England ever
heroes and training with him did not diminish the legend. “He         produced an outside-half with Stuart Barnes’s instincts, the
used to lean a tractor tyre on the fence and bend a banana kick       straight-backed class of Michael Lynagh, a Wilkinson-esque
straight through it from 30 metres away. Sometimes in training        boot and a big-game temperament to match. Imagine England’s
you’d find the ball in your hands and think: ‘How the hell did        midfield with an extra yard of space in which to operate. It is an
that get there?’ He was like a magician.”                             extravagant wish-list but Burns is aiming high. “I’m not in this
     So far, so flamboyant. The sorcerer’s apprentice, though, is     game to get premiere tickets, I’m in this game to be the best fly-
not just a flash Freddie. There is a nice balance to his game and     half I can be.” If the call comes, Freddie will be ready.
his option-taking is improving fast. He was at the helm of the
Cherry and White backline which tore Toulouse apart in the
Heineken Cup pool stages last January and has successfully
represented England Saxons. Even more educational was
the time he spent on loan to Cinderford as a teenager, having
decamped from the Bath academy because he felt Gloucester
had a better record of blooding young players in their first-
team. “It taught me the values of grassroots rugby. I went

from Oldfield Old Boys, where it was generally ‘Win, lose, hit
the booze’, to Cinderford, where there was a league position
to maintain. I looked at the back seat of the team bus which
consisted of Mark Cornwell, Andy Deacon and Rob Fidler [all
gnarled former Gloucester forwards] and thought: ‘Right, this
isn’t the place to mess around.’”
     International recognition seemed even more remote when             Compare and buy
he was ignored by the South-west selectors at Under-16 level. “I        Use our free independent
captained Somerset Under-16s but the South-west told me I was
too small and picked our centre at fly-half instead. I remember         comparison services to switch
thinking: ‘I’m not going to get anywhere.’” Eventually, though,         suppliers and save money on
he was invited to an England Under-18 trial and his luck
changed. He scored a try, was courted by Gloucester’s Dean              all your household bills.
Ryan and opted for life away from Bath. “There were some      
tough times when you question leaving your hometown club
but I’m more of a Gloucester boy these days. There’s nothing
better than rocking out 6,500 people in the Shed.” © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                             
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                                                                           Living up to their status as one of Super League’s
                                                                       powerhouse clubs has not been a problem in the Challenge Cup,
Trent Waterhouse relaxed and ready to                                  where Smith’s side have lifted the trophy in three of the past
guide Warrington past St Helens                                        four years, including August’s triumph over Leeds. Whether
                                                                       that has had a subsequent effect on their play-off performances
• First Grand Final is the goal for the Wolves                         has been a source of significant debate, and the lack of a Grand
• Saints set for seventh consecutive trip to                           Final appearance remains a glaring omission.
                                                                           Waterhouse, a former Australian international who has
Old Trafford
                                                                       become more prominent as the season has unfolded, is keen for
Gareth Walker                                                          that to change. “I went to Old Trafford to watch the Champions
                                                                       League game against Galatasary last week. It was fantastic. I’m
                                                                       not a massive soccer fan but we loved it.
                                                                           “I had a couple of seconds imagining what it would be like
                                                                       to play there. You can’t help think like that, especially at this
                                                                       time of the year. It would be an awesome experience. It’s like
                                                                       Wembley – it’s got so much history – and it would be a massive
                                                                           Much could rest on who partners Waterhouse in the Wolves
                                                                       second row, with Ben Westwood, the England international and
                                                                       Man of Steel nominee, hoping to return from a medial ligament
                                                                       injury that has sidelined him in recent weeks.
                                                                           “Ben Westwood is world class,” Waterhouse said. “He
                                                                       wouldn’t look out of place in any team in the world and we’ve
                                                                       missed him over the last couple of weeks. It’ll be a massive lift
Warrington’s Trent Waterhouse will be a key figure in their bid
                                                                       if we can get him back and he’s definitely a big chance to get the
to beat St Helens and reach their first Grand Final. Photograph:
                                                                       Man of Steel.”
Ed Sykes/Action Images
                                                                           St Helens will be able to welcome back their own back-rower
Warrington Wolves’ attempt to reach a maiden Grand Final has           in Chris Flannery, but the game has come too soon for Michael
them facing a St Helens team accustomed to making annual               Shenton, who has a hand injury. They know they have what it
Old Trafford trips. While Saints have reached the past six Grand       takes to reach Super League’s night of destiny in Manchester.
Finals, losing the most recent five, Warrington have, as yet,          For Warrington, that particular hurdle is one they will hope to
failed to fulfill the potential displayed both during impressive       overcome at Langtree Park on Saturday.
league campaigns and in lifting three Challenge Cups at
Wembley since 2009.
    Last year they dominated the Super League season, topping
the table and scoring an average of 40 points per game. When
the play-offs arrived they slipped to a shock 26-24 home defeat
to Leeds, having lost to Huddersfield in similar fashion in 2010.
This season there has been a definite sense of aiming to peak at
the right time, with their coach, Tony Smith, regularly resting
senior players, even to the extent that they were heavily beaten
at Salford and London Broncos. But when this year’s play-offs
began two weeks ago, they suffered defeat, again at home, by a
St Helens team that was defensively outstanding in their 28-6

    The controversial play-off system, incorporating the ClubCall
gimmick that allowed the league leaders, Wigan, to play Leeds,
means the same two sides meet again, with Saints having
enjoyed a weekend off while the Wolves regrouped to beat Hull
FC 24-12.
    The nature of that recent defeat by Saturday’s opponents             The Guardian digital edition
has again raised questions of Warrington’s temperament at
this stage of the season. “We learned a valuable lesson in the
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than capable of getting the job done.” © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                               
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Ricky Hatton confirms 24 November                                   Australia’s Quade Cooper and ARU
comeback fight against Ukrainian                                    continue war of words over Wallabies

• Former world champion to meet                                     • Fly-half says team environment is
Vyacheslav Senchenko                                                ‘destroying me as a person’
• MEN Arena in Manchester is venue for                              • ARU chief executive says he is ‘utterly
comeback fight                                                      confused’ by criticism
Press Association                                                   Associated Press

Ricky Hatton will return to the ring over three years after his     Quade Cooper in action for Australia against Argentina in the
last fight, the defeat to Manny Pacquiao. Photograph: Jason         Rugby Championship on 15 September. Photograph: Chris
Cairnduff/Action Images                                             Hyde/Getty Images
Ricky Hatton has confirmed that his comeback fight on 24            Quade Cooper has added to his “toxic environment” claims
November will be against the Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko.        about the Australia squad, criticising the training facilities and
    Speaking at a press conference on Friday morning Hatton,        questioning whether he will ever play for the Wallabies again.
33, who is coming out of retirement following three and a half           The injured fly-half said in a television interview that the
years away from the ring, announced that the 35-year-old            “environment is sort of destroying me as a person and as a
Senchenko would be his first opponent in a welterweight bout        player”. He added that there were “a number of things” that
at the Manchester Evening News Arena.                               need to be addressed with the team, starting with the facilities
    Largely unknown on British shores, Senchenko, like Hatton,      available to the Wallabies to prepare for international matches.
is a former world welterweight champion. He lost the belt                Cooper told The Rugby Club program on Thursday that
in his last bout, his first career loss, to the American Paulie     “other people feel the same but there’s going to be people that
Malignaggi.                                                         are happy with the environment and some that are not happy
    That was his first defeat in his 33rd fight, losing to a man    . . . My comments were not designed to add more division to
Hatton himself beat in his penultimate match-up before              the team.”
retirement. His next outing was the convincing defeat by                 He added: “My hope and intent is that things are fixed from
Manny Pacquiao, a setback which sent him on a downward              this point on and makes it a better environment for people
spiral that saw him encounter problems with alcohol and drugs.      moving forward whether I’m involved or not.”
    After a lengthy absence from the sport he confirmed his              On Friday, the Australian Rugby Union’s chief executive,
retirement last year, only to announce two weeks ago that he        John O’Neill, said in a statement he was “utterly confused” by
was returning to the ring.                                          Cooper’s new criticism. “Most disturbingly, he was firm about
    Entering the media gathering to a video of his brutal           not playing for the Wallabies unless things change,” O’Neill
dismantling by Pacquiao, Hatton went on to state his belief that    said. “If that is how he feels, then that is his choice.
he has selected the toughest-possible opponent.                          “Quade wants more of a say in the game plan, he wants
    “I can’t wait to get in the ring now,” said Hatton. “I’m sure   to play his style of game. He certainly made that clear. Yet he
that Vyacheslav will give me a good fight, but it’s one I am        also said he could adapt if required. He talks of an unhappy
confident I can win. I believe this was as good an opponent as I    environment without elaborating.”
could have had.                                                          O’Neill said use of the word toxic was “an extremely strong
    “Senchenko lost the last time he fought but he has a good       descriptor … However, when pressed on the issues, he turned
pedigree. But I’m in great shape, I’m feeling good and I know I     to facilities and the Wallabies not having a dedicated place
can put on a performance for those watching.”                       to train. We’ve never had these concerns raised previously.
    Hatton also choked up when adding that the bout, his first      Suggesting the Wallabies are under-resourced has equally come
at the MEN Arena since his famous win over Kosta Tszyu in           out of the blue.”
2005, had sold out. “I cannot thank the people of Manchester             Cooper, who has talked about the possibility of switching to
enough,” he said.                                                   rugby league to play with his close friend the former All Black
                                                                    Sonny Bill Williams, has not signed a new ARU contact despite © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                            
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having an offer for two months.                                      game. As they walked on to the field, they received a round of
   “The reality is a decision on whether or not he stays in          applause and shouts of encouragement.
Australian rugby has to this point rested with him since he              Then, before the pregame coin toss, referee Gene Steratore
received an ARU offer in early July,” O’Neill added.                 greeted the players at midfield by saying: “Good evening, men,
   The 24-year-old Cooper recently reinjured the right knee          it’s good to be back.”
that he first damaged during the third-place playoff in last             The fans waited until the third quarter to boo the officials.
year’s Rugby World Cup against Wales. He underwent anterior          On a 13-yard completion from Weeden to Benjamin Watson,
cruciate ligament surgery for the initial injury and was sidelined   the Ravens safety Bernard Pollard was called for a helmet-to-
for seven months, missing most of the Super 15 campaign with         helmet hit. The crowd jeered the call but replays appeared to
the Queensland Reds.                                                 confirm the penalty.
   The most recent injury – a small chip of floating cartilage in        The 15-yard mark-off set up a 51-yard field goal by Phil
his knee – could force him to miss the Wallabies’ season-ending      Dawson that got the Browns back to 16-10.
tour of Europe, even if he was to return to favour with the ARU.         Late in the quarter, Williams took the interception down the
                                                                     right sideline for a touchdown and 13-point lead that gave the
                                                                     hosts a game-winning buffer.
NFL’s real referees return for Baltimore’s                               It was the 13th consecutive home win for the Ravens, the
win against Cleveland                                                longest current run in the NFL, and their streak of 10 straight
                                                                     wins in the division is also the most of any team.
                                                                         Weeden went 25 for 52 for 320 yards, and rookie running
• Ravens beat Browns 23-16 in game ending                            back Trent Richardson gained only 47 yards rushing on 14
with Hail Mary                                                       carries. Dawson kicked field goals of 51, 50 and 52 yards; the last
• Officials cheered on to pitch three days                           one, with 4:33 left, made it 23-16.
after Seattle debacle
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                                                                     England can recover and win World
                                                                     Twenty20, says captain Stuart Broad

                                                                     • First-over wickets loss against West
                                                                     Indies ‘unacceptable’
                                                                     • Broad backs top-order batsmen to find
                                                                     form against Kiwis
                                                                     Press Association

NFL officials take the field before the start of the Baltimore
Ravens’ game against the Cleveland Browns. Photograph: Rob
Carr/Getty Images
The Baltimore Ravens never trailed in a 23-16 victory over the
winless Cleveland Browns on Thursday as the NFL’s regular
referees returned to action following a labour dispute.
    Sure enough, the game came down to a Hail Mary pass, just
like the one in the Green Bay-Seattle game on Monday that
led to an outrageous botched call, and prompted the NFL and
referees to start urgent talks to end the lockout.                   Stuart Broad shows his dismay as England slip to defeat
    Down 23-16, Cleveland began their final drive with 1min          against West Indies in the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.
05sec to go on their own 10-yard line. Brandon Weeden, their         Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images
rookie quarterback, moved the Browns to the Baltimore 33             Stuart Broad believes England can still defend their ICC World
before a fourth-down pass into the end zone fell incomplete.         Twenty20 title, despite defeats in their past two matches that
But a personal foul penalty on Paul Kruger gave Cleveland one        leave them on the brink of elimination.
more chance. That pass sailed out of the end zone, however.              Broad, the captain, said he regretted the “unacceptable” loss
    The Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco went 28 for 46 for 356         of two wickets in the first over of his side’s opening Super Eight
yards, threw one touchdown and ran for another. Yet it was not       match against West Indies on Thursday, which undermined
until Cary Williams returned an interception 63 yards for a score    England’s attempt to chase a victory target of 180 in Pallekele.
at the end of the third quarter that Baltimore (who now have             Even after Eoin Morgan, with a fine unbeaten 71, and opener
three wins and one defeat) put some distance between itself          Alex Hales, with 68, had kept faint hope alive in a century
and the young Browns (who have lost all four games).                 stand, Broad’s team fell 15 runs short of what they thought
    The referees got a rare taste of fan appreciation before the     might be an achievable target. © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                              
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    England know they must now defeat New Zealand back at
the same venue on Saturday if they are to retain realistic hopes
of returning to Colombo next week for the knockout stages.
                                                                     Lewis Hamilton set to leave McLaren to
    Broad, however, remains upbeat. “We hope we’ve got four          join Mercedes
games left in this World Cup,” he said. “We back the guys up
there [at the top of the order]; we know they’re all dangerous       • Driver will sign three-year deal with
players. But losing wickets in the first over, especially, is not    Germans
                                                                     • Mercedes have won only one grand prix
    England’s latest setback followed a record defeat against
India in their final Group A match last weekend, and was all the
                                                                     this season
more dispiriting because they thought they had done well to          Paul Weaver
restrict West Indies to 179 for five. “It’s disappointing,” Broad
said. “At the halfway stage, we thought we’d done a good job,
especially after the start they got, on an absolutely belting
track. Batsmen would have wanted to roll it up, and take it with
them everywhere.”
    The openers Johnson Charles and Chris Gayle both made
half-centuries, and shared a 100-partnership for the first wicket.
But Broad said: “We thought we had them probably just below
par, very chaseable. So to then lose two wickets like we did, in a
disappointing manner, was frustrating, but I thought we rebuilt
pretty well.
    “It was always going to take some overs out of the game,
because we couldn’t afford to lose more. We still tried to keep
wickets in hand, and explode in the last eight, but we didn’t
                                                                     McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton chats to Nico Rosberg of Mercedes.
quite get there.”
                                                                     Photograph: Tim Chong/Reuters
                                                                     Lewis Hamilton will walk out on McLaren, the Formula One
                                                                     team who have nurtured his extraordinary talent for more than
                                                                     half of his lifetime, and sign for Mercedes, the German car giant
                                                                     is expected to announce later on Friday.
                                                                         Contrary to widespread speculation that the 27-year-old
                                                                     Hamilton was about to re-sign for McLaren, the team he
                                                                     joined as a 13-year-old and with whom he won the world
                                                                     championship in 2008, the fastest and most gifted driver of his
                                                                     generation has decided to join Mercedes, despite the fact that
                                                                     they have won only one championship race this season and
                                                                     languish in mid-table in the constructors’ title race.
                                                                         Mercedes are expected to announce that seven-times
                                                                     world champion Michael Schumacher will quit the team at the
                                                                     end of the season in November, making room for Hamilton’s

                                                                     sensational switch, a move that will reverberate through the
                                                                     Formula One paddock for the remainder of this season.
                                                                         Hamilton will sign for Mercedes on a three-year deal worth
                                                                     £15m a year. The irony of that is that it is not significantly more
                                                                     than Hamilton is being paid at the moment. He is coming to
                                                                     the end of a five-year deal that has been repeatedly reported
  Fantasy League Classic                                             as being worth £75m, or £15m a year, but which in fact is worth

  Manage a squad of 16 players                                       about £13m-£14m per annum.
                                                                         McLaren, who have been caught out by Mercedes from the
  and a budget of £75 million.                                       start and described the original story linking their star driver

  £75,000 worth of prizes to be                                      with their opponents as “fantasy” earlier this month, felt
                                                                     confident that Hamilton would renew his contract as the team
  won in weekly, monthly and                                         left Singapore on Monday following the latest grand prix.
  overall competitions. Beat your                                        Hamilton, it seems, never really wanted to leave McLaren
                                                                     but after being offered a mere two-thirds of his original pay
  nearest and dearest in a friends                                   packet – and, it is alleged, asked to increase an already heavy
  league.                                                            load of sponsorship commitments, he has changed his mind. It
                                                                     is a huge gamble for the driver.                                           McLaren, who have won five races this season and have had
                                                                     the fastest car for the last four races, on very different circuits,
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competing for longer – and have topped the podium in one of         extraordinary clubhouse. Instead they did it the traditional
ever four races in which they have competed.                        way, each man making a speech characterised by a dignity and
   Mercedes, as a works team, are expected to be more               modesty not always in evidence on these occasions.
competitive when major regulation changes are introduced in             All too often the Ryder Cup opens in a blaze of patriotic
2014. But there is no guarantee of that.                            zeal, explicitly linking the efforts of golfers with those of the
   But it is, perhaps, an even bigger gamble for McLaren to         military and encouraging spectators to express their support
lose the biggest box office attraction in the sport. Even if they   in an excessive fashion. The 48-year-old Love, who competed
succeed in signing Sergio Pérez – the favourite for the vacant      six times as a player, demonstrated that he has seen through all
seat – or one of the Force India pair of Nico Hülkenberg or Paul    that nonsense.
Di Resta – Hamilton is simply irreplaceable. And sponsors may           “We should remember that these matches are not life and
come to the same conclusion.                                        death,” he told his listeners. “Golf should be played in a spirit
                                                                    of graciousness, or it is not golf at all. Nobody should confuse
                                                                    these matches with any sort of battle except an athletic one.”
Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell                                        His audience included Corey Pavin, who infamously wore a
start Europe’s Ryder Cup challenge                                  Desert Storm cap during the 1991 contest at Kiawah Island, and
                                                                    Hal Sutton, who invited the commander of a US Navy aircraft
                                                                    carrier known as the Big Stick to give the invocation at Oakland
• Tiger Woods and Ian Poulter drawn                                 Hills in 2004. This was a change of tone and a significant one.
together in first foursomes                                             Love’s conciliatory approach was reflected in the words of
• Let’s play with grace, says Davis Love III                        his opposite number. Olazábal, who represented Europe seven
in opening ceremony                                                 times as a player, spoke of “a team spirit and a camaraderie
                                                                    between both sides [which] is something that I shall cherish for
Richard Williams at Medinah
                                                                        Not that the competition will be any less ferocious. “I know
                                                                    you want to win this lovely gold trophy,” Olazábal warned Love,
                                                                    “but I can tell you that we have every intention of taking it
                                                                    home with us.”
                                                                        In another break with tradition, the players made their way
                                                                    to the stage separately from the procession of their “spouses
                                                                    and significant others”, as they are now described in the official
                                                                    documents. Presumably this is to avoid embarrassing those,
                                                                    such as Woods, whose personal life has been the stuff of tabloid
                                                                        Those to whom the competition extends into the realms
                                                                    of fashion will want to know that the US women were clad
                                                                    in buttermilk tops and gold skirts while their European
Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, seen here at the opening          counterparts wore very chic charcoal sheath dresses.
ceremony, led off Europe’s Ryder Cup challenge. Photograph:             The ceremony took place by a lake, not far from what is
Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images                                         surely the most bizarre landmark in the competition’s history.
                                                                    This morning the players will emerge from a vast red and
Rory McIlroy, the world’s No1 golfer, and Graeme McDowell,
                                                                    yellow brick mosque, complete with domes, green-tiled roofs,
who sank the putt that regained the Ryder Cup for Europe at
                                                                    Italianate colonnades and a Tuscan campanile.
Celtic Manor two years ago, will step out for the first match in
                                                                        Critics claim that it resembles a suburban crematorium and
the opening foursomes round of the 2012 tournament . The pair
                                                                    someone’s hopes will certainly be incinerated there on Sunday
from Northern Ireland will face Jim Furyk, a member of the
United States team for the eighth time, and Brandt Snedeker,
                                                                        The clue to the eccentric architecture is in Medinah’s name:
a rookie in the competition whose victory in last week’s FedEx
                                                                    it was built in the 1920s by local members of the Ancient Arabic
Cup swelled his bank balance by the little matter of $10m.
                                                                    Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, better known as the
    The remaining three matches pit Luke Donald and Sergio
                                                                    Shriners, a branch of freemasonry established by a doctor and
García against Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, Lee
                                                                    an actor in New York in 1870.
Westwood and Francesco Molinari against Zach Johnson and
                                                                        The Shriners have no connection with Islam but were
Jason Dufner, and – in a potentially electrifying climax to the
                                                                    inspired by the Arab theme of a party in France attended by one
morning session – Ian Poulter and Justin Rose against Tiger
                                                                    of the founders, and members wear a red fez – although not, on
Woods and Steve Stricker.
                                                                    the evidence to date, while attending golf matches.
    The two captains, Davis Love III and José María Olazabal,
                                                                        Chicago, however, is a beer-and-hotdogs town, and there
revealed their pairings at Thursday’s opening ceremony, when
                                                                    will be nothing mystical about the events of the next three
fanfares were played, flags raised and tears shed at the mention
                                                                    days, which will take place on fairways parched to the firmness
of the name of Seve Ballesteros, whose image appears on the
                                                                    of concrete by a dry summer and, at Love’s behest, so denuded
golf bags of the European players.
                                                                    of anything resembling rough that they appear to have been
    It might have been fun to have Olazabal and Love make
                                                                    given a Brazilian wax.
their announcements from the muezzin’s platform near the
                                                                        Olazábal thanked Medinah’s greenkeeper and his staff for
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their efforts. His view on Sunday night will be interesting to        lifetime.”
hear.                                                                     Woods’s final practice session, on Thursday afternoon, did
                                                                      not end in ideal circumstances. The former world No1’s wild
                                                                      drive on the 18th hole hit a spectator on the head.
Ryder Cup 2012: Tiger Woods and Rory                                      Ryder Cup: tee times and pairings for Friday’s opening
McIlroy kept apart for foursomes                                      foursomes (all times BST; USA names first)
                                                                          1:20pm Jim Furyk & Brandt Snedeker v Rory McIlroy &
                                                                      Graeme McDowell
• Poulter and Rose play Tiger Woods and                                   1:35pm Phil Mickelson & Keegan Bradley v Luke Donald &
Steve Stricker                                                        Sergio Garcia
• McIlroy and McDowell face Jim Furyk                                     1:50pm Jason Dufner & Zach Johnson v Lee Westwood &
and Brandt Snedeker                                                   Francesco Molinari
                                                                          2:05pm Steve Stricker & Tiger Woods v Ian Poulter & Justin
Ewan Murray at Medinah

                                                                      Ryder Cup 2012: Europe pen pix

                                                                      The captain, José María Olazábal, has a
                                                                      mixed bag of talent in his team as they take
                                                                      on the United States on Friday
                                                                      Andrew Lawton

Europe’s Ian Poulter and Justin Rose, left, will play Tiger
Woods and Steve Stricker in the Ryder Cup foursomes.
Photograph: Paul Childs/Action Images
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have been kept apart in the first
Ryder Cup session but Ian Poulter and Justin Rose will face an
eye-catching meeting with the United States’ most prominent
    Poulter and Rose will take on Woods and Steve Stricker in
the final match of Friday morning’s foursomes. Poulter has
lost only three times in the Ryder Cup; two of those matches          Europe’s Sergio Garcia, left, and Rory McIlroy during a
featured Woods as an opponent.                                        practice round at the Medinah Country Club ahead of the
    The honour of hitting the first shot of the 39th Ryder Cup        Ryder Cup. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters
will fall to either McIlroy or Graeme McDowell, who begin the
competition in a meeting with Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker,
                                                                      Nicolas Colsaerts, Belgium
                                                                         Age: 29; Ryder Cups: 0; World rank: 35
the FedEx Cup winner.
                                                                         First Belgian to represent Europe is statistically the longest
    In the second match England’s Luke Donald will team up
                                                                      hitter on either side at Medinah, averaging 318 yards per drive
with Sergio García – with whom he holds an unbeaten Ryder
Cup record – to take on Phil Mickelson and one of the US              Luke Donald, England
rookies, Keegan Bradley. The remaining tie, at 7.50am local              Age: 34; Ryder Cups: 3; World rank: 3
time, sees Lee Westwood and Francesco Molinari face Jason                Closest thing to a Chicago native on either side, having lived
Dufner and Zach Johnson.                                              there for 15 years. Never lost a Ryder Cup, missing Valhalla in
    It is likely that José María Olazábal, the Europe captain, will   2008
shuffle his pack for Friday afternoon’s fourballs. Paul Lawrie is     Sergio García, Spain
expected to feature at that point, with Peter Hanson and Nicolas         Age: 32; Ryder Cups: 5; World rank: 19
Colsaerts possible partners for the Scot.                                Raring to go after missing out in 2010; has never lost a
    “When I look at foursomes, I want to have players who are         foursomes match and loves Medinah after almost winning US
consistent and are steady from tee to green,” Olazábal said.          PGA in 1999
    “There were no surprises from [USA captain] Davis Love,
                                                                      Peter Hanson, Sweden
they are all strong pairings and some of those have played
                                                                         Age: 34; Ryder Cups: 1; World rank: 25
before. The way my players are playing is the most important
                                                                         Bubba Watson won but Hanson led Masters going into the
thing. They believe we can win here even though the US have
                                                                      final day this year; lost two of three matches on 2010 Ryder Cup
the crowd advantage and the experience of playing here. I will
tell my players to remember it is a special event and will leave
moments that are unique to this event and ones that will last a © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                              
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Martin Kaymer, Germany
    Age: 27; Ryder Cups: 1; World rank: 32
    Former world No1 bang out of form and lucky to make team.
Won 2½ points at Celtic Manor before losing to Dustin Johnson
in singles
Paul Lawrie, Scotland
  Age: 43; Ryder Cups: 1; World rank: 28
  Hasn’t featured in a Ryder Cup since 1999. Also the oldest
member of the European team by four years
Graeme McDowell, N Ireland
   Age: 33; Ryder Cups: 2; World rank: 18
   G-Mac sank winning putt at Celtic Manor in 2010, won the
US Open the same year. Has a US girlfriend, interior designer
Kristin Stape
Rory McIlroy, N Ireland
   Age: 23; Ryder Cups: 1; World rank: 1
   Having won US PGA, golden boy of golf has spent the week
saying he doesn’t mind “being targeted” or wearing a “bullseye
on his back”
Francesco Molinari, Italy
   Age: 30; Ryder Cups: 1; World rank: 31
   First appearance was on winning European side in Wales two
years ago; has sworn off Twitter for duration of 2012 event
Ian Poulter, England
   Age: 36; Ryder Cups: 3; World rank: 26
   Likely to attract ire of US crowds this weekend after saying
Europeans needed to fist pump and go bananas every time they
hole a putt
Justin Rose, England
   Age: 32; Ryder Cups: 1; World rank: 5
   Another who missed out last time around; has an impressive
Ryder Cup record with three points from a possible four in
losing team in 2008
Lee Westwood,
   Age: 29; Ryder Cups: 7; World rank: 4
   Has won five of the seven Ryder Cups he’s contested; last
time in the States was accosted by US fan dressed as a ghost
who yelled boo at him © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                

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