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John Terry puts on show of strength as
Chelsea thrash weakened Wolves
John Terry had an easy night as Chelsea cruised to an emphatic
victory over Wolves in the Capital One Cup Page 2



Aston Villa stun Manchester City as
Roberto Mancini’s anger boils over
Manchester City went down 4-2 to Aston Villa after extra-time
as Roberto Mancini and Paul Lambert were involved in a furious
touchline bust-up Page 3


Nemanja Vidic knee injury leaves
Manchester United in defensive crisis
Nemanja Vidic, Manchester United’s captain, has been ruled out for
at least eight weeks after surgery on his right knee Page 4




Tiger Woods admits to                        Twenty20 2012: West                         Stuart Lancaster looks          Danny McGuire to miss
poor Ryder Cup form                          Indies confident Chris                       to the World Cup                Leeds Rhinos’ play-
but has won well in                        Gayle can overhaul                           and England’s next              off semi-final against
Chicago Page 4                               England Page 6                               generation Page 8               Wigan Page 10

Graeme McDowell is                          Warrington’s Garreth                         Europe’s Ryder Cup              RFU meets Premiership
expecting plenty of                          Carvell and Ben                              team choose image               clubs in attempt to
Ryder Cup noise but no                       Westwood fit for St                         of Seve Ballesteros to          resolve rugby TV deal
hostility Page 5                             Helens clash Page 7                          adorn bags Page 9               row Page 10




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                                                                     Sunday, his involvement against Stoke the previous day having
                                                                     been limited to a few minutes as a substitute, but he had not
John Terry puts on show of strength as                               undertaken any drills with the first-team since last week.
Chelsea thrash weakened Wolves                                           Wolves hardly offered much of a challenge to Terry and his
                                                                     team-mates, and the resistance put up by what was effectively
Dominic Fifield at Stamford Bridge                                   a reserve selection picked by the Championship club – only
                                                                     Slawomir Peszko had started the weekend win at Peterborough
                                                                     – was brushed aside ruthlessly in the opening few exchanges.
                                                                     Yet to have featured at all still felt like a show of strength from
                                                                     Terry. In that respect, it was familiar: where his retirement from
                                                                     international football had been startling in the context of a
                                                                     career that has invariably seen challenges confronted head on,
                                                                     this was a return to the old routine.
                                                                         The crowd, inevitably, had lauded his involvement, the
                                                                     chorus of “One England captain” bellowed from all sides prior
                                                                     to kick-off to prompt an acknowledgement, as if of thanks for
                                                                     continued support, from the defender wearing the armband.
                                                                     The reassuring thwack of a trademark second minute headed
                                                                     clearance must have confirmed to the Wolves forward Björn
                                                                     Sigurdarson that a daunting evening that lay ahead. The
Chelsea’s captain John Terrycelebrates with Ryan Bertrand,
                                                                     real surprise was that it was Gary Cahill, and not Terry, who
obscured, and Ramires, right, after Bertrand’s goal on eight
                                                                     clambered above Richard Stearman at the far post to thump a
minutes. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP
                                                                     header from Juan Mata’s free-kick through Dorus de Vries. That
John Terry will have enjoyed this brief respite. His had been        was a veering from the prescribed script.
a traumatic few days, a tumultuous period scarred by the                 Regardless, Wolves had been breached with the game barely
“heartbreak” of taking leave of international football after nine    four minutes old. They wilted thereafter. Ryan Bertrand, fed
years and 78 caps, and tinged with fury that his position had        by Lucas Piazon’s precise pull-back, and then Mata, added to
apparently been rendered “untenable” by the charges brought          the plunder. The Spaniard’s goal had been the culmination of a
against him by the Football Association. Off the field of play, he   slick move that cut through the Wolves defence, the playmaker
finds himself embroiled yet again in an on-going fight to clear      running riot against back-pedalling opponents. He was a class
his name.                                                            apart in this company, though Chelsea’s three full debutants
    Yet for an hour and a half spent with the majority in this       – Piazon, Victor Moses and César Azpilicueta – all revelled in the
arena frequently chorusing his name with gusto, and pitted           simplicity of their task. The winger secured from Wigan was
against fragile lower league opponents whose priorities              clattered by De Vries after the interval, the calls for Fernando
understandably lie elsewhere, the turmoil of his week to date        Torres to take the resultant penalty ignored and his compatriot,
could be forgotten. All the distractions could go ignored with       Oriol Romeu, converting with ease instead. Torres’ own reward
football instead fixing his focus. This was only ever going to be    came soon afterwards, an unmarked near-post header from
a lull, with Terry due back at Wembley on Wednesday morning,         Mata’s corner, with Moses subsequently guiding home a first
but it must still have felt welcome.                                 Chelsea goal from Oscar’s delivery.
    The defender, now solely of Chelsea and only formerly of             The hosts’ only discomfort had been endured when Peszko
England, would always have been eager to feature here, though        bustled into space, yet the Pole’s aim was off. Terry would have
his inclusion still felt eye-catching. After all, he had spent       been annoyed to have seen the home side breached, but it
the previous two days a frustrated figure in the bowels of the       would hardly have mattered. His own far more significant battle
national stadium in front of a Football Association independent      will resume on Wednesday.
regulatory commission – his attendance amounted to six
hours on Monday and another five on Tuesday morning – as he
confronts that charge of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers’




                                                                       *
Anton Ferdinand in a west London derby that took place 11
months ago.
    Day two of the hearing was extended by lengthy legal
arguments, the player himself slipping out and away just after
1pm and, presumably, straight to the team hotel. The defence
are only expected to start delivering evidence in Terry’s favour
                                                                       From Beirut to Big Brother,
on Wednesday. This will drag through the week and, as he is            Murdoch to Millionaire,
livid to have been charged at all – given that he was acquitted        discuss the hot topics in the media
of a racially aggravated public order offence over the same
incident back in July – he must be finding the experience
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emotionally draining. On a purely practical level – and that           Grinder and Greenslade
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of events at Wembley – this week’s proceedings have already
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severely disrupted his physical preparations.
    The 31-year-old had trained with a few of his team-mates on
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                                                                    to an abrupt halt by Southampton’s second-half revival on
                                                                    Saturday.There was no lack of confidence in the visitors’
Aston Villa stun Manchester City as                                 attacking play, however.
Roberto Mancini’s anger boils over                                      Andreas Weimann was first to trouble Pantilimon with a
                                                                    instinctive turn and shot from close range into the side netting.
Andy Hunter at Etihad Stadium                                       In the absence of Joe Hart, City’s defenders appeared on a
                                                                    different wavelength to their stand-in keeper at times, although
                                                                    the Romanian saved well when Agbonlahor cut in from the
                                                                    left and unleashed a powerful drive from outside the box. The
                                                                    ball fell to Weimann who crossed low along the face of goal.
                                                                    Benteke, throwing himself towards what seemed a certain goal,
                                                                    managed a touch but it rolled wide.
                                                                        Benteke sliced a good opening high over the City crossbar
                                                                    moments later and then loose control from the Villa right-back,
                                                                    Matthew Lowton, presented them with another opening. Tevez
                                                                    took over and picked out James Milner free on the opposite
                                                                    flank. The former Villa midfielder flicked a pass through
                                                                    the centre of the visitors’ penalty area and must have been
                                                                    surprised by the freedom afforded Balotelli. The City striker had
                                                                    time to control, turn and beat Given convincingly before a Villa
Aston Villa’s Paul Lambert argues with Roberto Mancini
                                                                    defender came close.
after the Manchester City manager waved an imaginary card.
                                                                        A sliced back-pass from Lowton almost let in Tevez at the
Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters
                                                                    start of the second half, Given coming to the defender’s rescue,
The personnel and competition may change but the problems           but Balotelli’s opener and a half-time team talk did little to
remain the same for Roberto Mancini at Manchester City. Again       change the pattern of the contest.
they failed to preserve a lead, again they failed to keep a clean       Fortune surrounded Villa’s equaliser on the hour mark but it
sheet and again they failed to convince. Aston Villa took full      was no less than they deserved. A composed, one-touch move
advantage to give Paul Lambert the finest result of his brief       led to Karim El Ahmadi releasing Weimann down the right.
tenure as manager.                                                  His low cross was only parried by Pantilimon and the loose
   Goals from Charles N’Zogbia and Gabriel Agbonlahor in            ball struck the unwitting Barry and looped into his own net. It
extra-time gave Villa the victory their initial adventure and       has been a long time since Villa supporters felt inclined to sing
ultimately resilient defending merited against the Premier          their former captain’s name in tribute and they did not miss the
League champions. The visitors had been indebted to a fine          opportunity to revel in Barry’s misfortune here.
save by Shay Given in the additional period, the former City            The lead lasted all of five minutes before Ron Vlaar conceded
keeper tipping over Mario Balotelli’s late header on a night        a free-kick 20 yards from the Villa goal. The visiting captain
when the Italian scored and completed a game for the first time     was punished twice, first with a yellow card and then by a
this season, but the home side could have no complaints.            trademark set-piece from Kolarov who whipped a left foot shot
   City’s subdued performance was not the only weakness to          over the wall and beyond the despairing grasp of Given.
reappear. Mancini was involved in a touchline confrontation             But back came Villa. The threat from both Charles N’Zogbia
with Lambert after the Villa manager rightly took exception to      and Gabriel Agbonlahor improved as the tie wore on and a
his opposite number waving an imaginary card in an attempt to       fine run by the latter brought Lambert’s team level once more.
get Christian Benteke booked.                                       Agbonlahor evaded two lame challenges as he ran at the heart
   The Italian had vowed not to repeat that unedifying gesture      of the City defence and with the goal opening up before him,
but that proved the least of his worries. City have now conceded    comfortably beat the unconvincing Pantilimon.
14 goals in seven matches so far this season, their defence
punctured twice more in extra-time when Costel Pantilimon
could only parry Agbonlahor’s shot and N’Zogbia pounced




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from close range, and again when another Agbonlahor effort
deflected in off substitute Jeremy Helan.
   City have reached the semi-finals in the past two seasons
under Mancini, and while their priorities lie elsewhere there
was an obvious determination from the manager’s team
selection to go one better this year. New signing Matija Nastasic
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                                                                      Michael Carrick might be called upon to play in central defence
                                                                      as he did earlier this season. For the visit of Newcastle Ferguson
Nemanja Vidic knee injury leaves                                      could call up the inexperienced Michael Keane and Scott
Manchester United in defensive crisis                                 Wooton. Keane, 19, has only one substitute appearance for
                                                                      United, while Wooton is yet to make his debut.
• Defender ruled out for minimum of eight                                 Of Keane, who is United’s Reserve Player of the Year, Evans
weeks                                                                 told mufc.com: “I’ve been really impressed with Michael when
                                                                      he’s stepped up into training with us and I can see him getting a
• Phil Jones and Chris Smalling already out
                                                                      bit of a run-out if things go well.”
injured
Jamie Jackson
                                                                      Tiger Woods admits to poor Ryder Cup
                                                                      form but has won well in Chicago

                                                                      The former world No1 has been on only one
                                                                      United States Ryder Cup winning team but
                                                                      his problems are now behind him
                                                                      Ewan Murray at Medinah




Nemanja Vidic will miss at least three Champions League
and seven Premier League games for Manchester United.
Photograph: Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images
Nemanja Vidic has been ruled out for a minimum of eight weeks
after surgery on his right knee as Sir Alex Ferguson again faces a
defensive crisis before a crucial period for Manchester United.
    Of his recognised central defenders the manager has only Rio
Ferdinand and Jonny Evans available, each of whom has doubts
over his fitness. Vidic’s injury is to the same knee in which he      Tiger Woods has admitted to a poor Ryder Cup record but has
damaged cruciate ligaments last December in a Champions               won well in Chicago in the past. Photograph: Andy Lyons/
League group game against Basel, causing him to miss the              Getty Images
remainder of the season. This may raise fears regarding the           In previous years Tiger Woods may well have approached the
long-term prognosis for the 30-year-old, with Vidic potentially       Ryder Cup with indifference. This time the 36-year-old has
being unavailable for more than the two months stated by              cause for enthusiasm.
United.                                                                  The last Ryder Cup was probably one of the hardest for
    Vidic was not in the match-day squad for Sunday’s 2-1 win         Woods, played within 12 months of the epic coverage of the
at Liverpool as a precautionary measure after he complained of        personal misdemeanours which had such a damaging effect
tightness in the knee. A statement from the club said: “Nemanja       on the American’s status. When people whispered in galleries
Vidic has had a meniscus operation on his right knee and will be      about Woods in 2010, his on-course talents were not the topic of
out for around eight weeks.                                           conversation. And he knew it.
    “Sir Alex, as a precautionary measure, rested Vidic at               In earlier appearances, too, for the United States against
the weekend, after he complained of tightness in his knee;            Europe Woods had done little to dissuade anyone that he was
however, further medical investigation revealed the underlying        uncomfortable in a team environment. His record is not as
problem. The central defender was operated on this week and           disastrous as some would loosely suggest – 14 points from 29
will be sidelined for about eight weeks.” That will rule him out      matches – but it remains an anomaly that someone with 14
of three Champions League matches and seven Premier League            major wins has been on a Ryder Cup-winning side only once, at
games, including those with Chelsea and Arsenal. United host          Brookline in 1999.
Newcastle United in the League Cup on Wednesday evening                  He did miss the most recent American Ryder Cup win at
and Ferguson will almost certainly rest both Ferdinand and            Valhalla in 2008 while he was recovering from serious knee
Evans in readiness for the Premier League visit of Tottenham          surgery. But on Tuesday morning at Medinah Woods, in a
Hotspur to Old Trafford on Saturday. Ferdinand has to manage a        rare glimpse of self-criticism, offered to take responsibility
back condition and he left Anfield limping while Evans returned       for his relatively poor showing when asked to consider recent
recently from injury and took a knock in the same game.               European successes in this competition.
    Phil Jones is also ruled out for the next eight weeks or so due      “Well, certainly, I am responsible for that because I didn’t
to a knee injury, while Chris Smalling is yet to resume training      earn the points that I was put out there for,” Woods said. “I
after breaking a metatarsal.                                          believe I was out there for five sessions each time and didn’t go
    If Ferdinand or Evans was also to become unavailable,
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5-0 for our side. So I certainly am a part of that and that’s part   “partisan”,”loud” and “raucous”, he is well placed to comment.
of being a team. I needed to go and get points for my team and           “1999 was a big one for me because I had changed my swing
didn’t do it.                                                        in ‘97 and it took basically a year and a half to get it dialled in,”
    “Hopefully I can do that this week, hopefully the other guys     Woods said. “I believe I won eight times that year but to win my
do the same and we can get this thing rolling.”                      second major was so important. It validated my first and gave
    From one member of the European team there was a viable          me the confidence that I could go ahead with this swing. And lo
explanation for the relative Ryder Cup struggles of Woods.           and behold, 2000 came around and things got rolling after that.
    “I kind of liken it to playing Premier League football for           “I’ve always loved coming here. I enjoy playing in Chicago
the biggest teams – Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea,           and, for some reason, I have had a lot of success here. I don’t
Arsenal,” said Graeme McDowell. “Any lesser team that comes          know why it is but I just seem to be very, very comfortable
to play these guys has a tendency to raise their game. It’s a huge   here.” The Europeans have been warned.
game for an underdog to play Tiger Woods and they get up for
it. They’re not expected to win.
    “When expectation levels drop, your game tends to improve.       Graeme McDowell is expecting plenty of
I think a guy who plays Tiger Woods doesn’t expect to win so         Ryder Cup noise but no hostility
he lets it all go, plays out of his skin and gets the upset. Golf
is a very individual sport. Tiger Woods is perhaps the best
player to play the game of golf. What he does individually is so
                                                                     After the War by the Shore and the Battle
phenomenal it would be very hard to emulate that at the Ryder        of Brookline players would like to have
Cup.”                                                                chivalry in Chicago
    Still Woods himself appears in a better place now than at
                                                                     Brian Keogh at Medinah
almost any time over the past five years. He continually asserts
how strong his health and fitness are and he has won three
times on the PGA Tour this season.
    He tied third at the Open Championship at Royal Lytham &
St Annes this summer, his best finish in that event since 2007.
Woods also has a natural Ryder Cup partner nowadays in Steve
Stricker, with whom he is unbeaten.
    It may well be, therefore, that Woods views the 39th Ryder
Cup as a further opportunity to endorse the progress he is
adamant he is making. And if that is in an environment where
he has previously toiled, all the better to prove a point.
    “This is very similar to what we did in college,” Woods
added. “We played for our university at the time but for us to
represent the United States of America, and our team-mates, it
is something else. In all these practice sessions we want to get     Graeme McDowell of Europe is expecting plenty of American
to know each other and get our games right to be ready for the       crowd noise but no hostility in this year’s Ryder Cup. Ross
Ryder Cup.                                                           Kinnaird/Getty Images
    “There is so much heat on you, which is very different to        The “War by the Shore” of 1991 and the “Battle of Brookline” of
playing by yourself. Playing for your team-mates just adds that      1999 will for ever be marked in the annals of Ryder Cup infamy.
element. It means so much because it is our country.”                But whether Chicago will add its name to the list of nefarious
    If Woods did not believe that, he is an even better spoofer      American venues or go down in history as Europe’s kind of
than he is routinely given credit for. There was also a warm         town remains to be seen.
recollection of 13 years ago, when he was part of a stunning             Colin Montgomerie, the Mrs Doubtfire caricature who was
final-day comeback by the United States.                             a favourite target of abuse for US fans for years, has led a small
    “The way we did it on that Sunday, no one has ever seen it,”     chorus of European voices who believe that some of José María
Woods said. “And to be a part of that, a part of that rush; Hal      Olazábal’s troops will be singled out in one of America’s greatest
Sutton started us off, then Tom Lehman, then David Duval. I          sporting cities.
think I was fourth or fifth match out.                                   The US captain Davis Love III wants the 40,000 fans from the
    “These matches were being not just won but we were               home of the Bulls, the Cubs, the White Sox, the Bears and the
winning by such huge margins. We were blowing these matches          Blackhawks to make themselves heard. “When we travel over
out, which added to the atmosphere.                                  there, it’s tough on us,” he said. “When they travel over here,
    “That was certainly an experience. I’ve never been part of       it’s tough on them. Chicago is an incredible sports town and the
anything like that. I have never seen a comeback like that in        fans are going to be fired up. The first tee could be the loudest
golf, in a team atmosphere. It is something that I will never,       any of these guys have ever seen.”
ever forget.”                                                            Loud is one thing. But hostile and abusive? Only
    Chicago, and Medinah specifically, also hold special             Montgomerie and Lee Westwood fear that things could get out
significance for Woods. He won two USPGA Championships               of hand again and that more than the odd lone lunatic will try
here, in 1999 and 2006, and has claimed the same number              and get under European skins.
of BMW Championships at nearby Cog Hill. When Woods                      The fact is that times have changed. Eight of the 12-strong
describes the likelihood of the Medinah atmosphere being             European team now have homes in America and seven of them

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play the PGA Tour full-time. The world No1, Rory McIlroy, is          a bomb going off and putts that go in this weekend will be like
arguably the most popular golfer in America and his friend,           someone’s got the silencer on. It’s kind of a muted applause.”
Graeme McDowell, speaks with such a strong mid-Atlantic                  Putting his fingers to his lips in a shushing gesture, he said:
twang since his student days in Alabama that he could be              “We’ve got to make sure we give them plenty of that.”
mistaken for a good ol’ boy.
    Even Luke Donald, who comes across as that most English of
Englishmen, graduated from Northwestern University and lives          Twenty20 2012: West Indies confident
in Chicago with his wife and two children, the closest player         Chris Gayle can overhaul England
from either team relative to the course. It is all far removed
from those early European raiding parties that beached on
American shores.
                                                                      • ‘We have strong belief in ourselves,’ says
    Moreover, just three European team members flew into              West Indies captain
the United States on Monday. The rest were already in their           • Finn: Sole T20 win against Windies
second home, such as the 2010 US Open winner McDowell,                ‘means nothing’
who believes that the days of hostility have gone the way of
                                                                      Andy Wilson in Colombo
persimmon and balata.
    “To me, the only thing that Davis can do this week is to set
the golf course up for scoring to get the crowds on their feet,
and to get them charged up from the word go . . . so I’d say
he’s trying to get the crowd on his side as best he can, because
there’s no doubt, as much golf as the Europeans play here in the
States, I think the crowds like the European golfers. They have
embraced them as PGA Tour players.
    “You know, the days of hostility are gone. Of course, the
crowd are going to be on the Americans’ side, that’s inevitable,
but the hostility is gone to a certain extent.”
    Indeed, McDowell cannot remember a single negative
incident from his Ryder Cup debut in Kentucky in 2008. “I’ve
never really experienced any hostility,” he said. “You get the
odd stupid comment but they don’t even merit a response. You          West Indies believe Chris Gayle has the skills to make a
will miss a putt and it will be cheered but you have to expect        big difference against England at the World Twenty20
that, it just goes with the territory.                                tournament. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images
    “I think the days of hostility are over but I could be wrong.
                                                                      After shivering and suffering through much of the first half
Perhaps they are all going to be given a little script when they
                                                                      of the English summer the West Indies have identified the Sri
walk in the door – here’s things to say to the Europeans. Nah. I
                                                                      Lankan hills as the perfect venue to claim a slice of revenge,
feel like our team is very well respected in this part of the world
                                                                      served warm if not necessarily dry.
now.”
                                                                          Darren Sammy’s team have not even played a full match in
    From the American side, Jim Furyk expects the Chicago
                                                                      a tournament that has yet to get going, having lost to Australia
fans to drown out the visitors, just like in Valhalla. “I know that
                                                                      on Duckworth-Lewis before a second wet night out of three
37,000 Americans can drown out 3,000 Europeans if they want
                                                                      at the Premadasa Stadium denied them a bat against Ireland.
to and that’s kind of what happened at Valhalla. They let them
                                                                      But they have made it to the Super Eights, in much the same
have their fun for a while, and then when they got tired of it,
                                                                      unsatisfactory and unconvincing manner as England did in the
they just started, ‘USA, USA’ and made enough noise that you
                                                                      2010 tournament they would go on to win.
couldn’t hear them anymore.”
                                                                          Now they face England in Thursday’s first round of matches
    I have been abused from start to finish. What happens when
                                                                      in a group that includes New Zealand and Sri Lanka, and Sammy
the beer starts to flow remains to be seen. Westwood simply
                                                                      appears to be smiling even more broadly than usual at the
laughed at the fan dressed as a ghost who leapt out in front of
                                                                      prospect.
him and shouted “Boo” in his face four years ago at Valhalla.
                                                                          “We have a strong belief in ourselves,” said the West Indies
    But unlike McDowell, the 39-year-old was left fuming
                                                                      captain. “The first hurdle is overcome then the real business
over other incidents during Europe’s defeat, complaining
                                                                      starts. We’ve got England in our first game and we’re looking
afterwards: “He’s more phlegmatic these days, confessing,
                                                                      to start off very well. We’ve played them a few times in the last
“I don’t Some of the stuff that’s been said to me this week is
                                                                      few months and we believe we can go out and beat them.”
shameful. There was one particularly offensive reference to my
                                                                          The two most obvious threats to England come from Chris
mother on the 12th tee. To me that’s not golf.”
                                                                      Gayle’s bludgeoning bat and the mystery spin of Sunil Narine.
    get too wound up any more, and in any case, he too has now
                                                                      Gayle has generated the loudest roars at the Premadasa so far,
moved his family to Florida.McDowell, meanwhile, believes
                                                                      whether through his explosive batting against Australia or the
there is one simple way not to become riled by the US fans
                                                                      gentle Jamaican jig with which he celebrated each of his two
and that is to keep them quiet in the first place. “There’s no
                                                                      wickets against Ireland.
doubt, there’s a world of difference between playing in front
                                                                          Even Steve Finn, who will open the bowling against him
of your home fans and playing in front of the US fans,” he said.
                                                                      in Pallekele, has been impressed. “When he’s out there in the
“Putts that drop in front of your home fans [in Europe] are like
                                                                      middle he’s got an aura about him and when you’re watching
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him on TV he’s got a massive aura about him,” Finn said before
England boarded the bus from Colombo for the long ride into
the hills, where they will be based for the next week.
                                                                     Warrington’s Garreth Carvell and Ben
    “He just seems like he enjoys his cricket and it’s nice to see   Westwood fit for St Helens clash
that. There’s not too many happy cricketers out there. I see it
as a great challenge to be able to go out there and bowl at one      • Both should start Super League semi-final
of the best, if not the best, Twenty20 batsmen in the world. It’s    after injury
going to be up to me to set the tone.”
                                                                     • Michael Shenton will be St Helens’ only
    Finn and England can point to a notable success against
Gayle and West Indies in their sole T20 meeting in the summer.
                                                                     absentee
He managed two singles from seven balls at Trent Bridge in           Press Association
June before top-edging a hook in Finn’s second over, with
Jonny Bairstow taking a cool pressure catch – and England
going on to win by seven wickets with two balls to spare, thanks
largely to Alex Hales’s 99.
    “Means nothing now,” Finn said. “That was a long time ago.
We’ll have to approach this as a blank canvas.”
    England also had a first look at Narine in the summer, as the
young Trinidadian arrived fresh from making a huge impact in
the Indian Premier League to take a single wicket for 199 from
35 overs in one Test appearance, a couple of one-dayers and that
Trent Bridge T20.
    But, said Sammy with a twinkle: “He got a lot of tricks up his
sleeve, you know? He practises new stuff, new run-ups, new
actions and he just looks to improve his game all the time.
                                                                     Warrington’s Ben Westwood, left, and Lee Briers celebrate
    “I think Narine loves when the batsmen are looking to attack
                                                                     with the Challenge Cup after beating Leeds at Wembley.
him. I guess with the scoreboard pressure and the requirement
                                                                     Photograph: Steve Bardens/FA via Getty Images
to score in Twenty20 it gives him the edge with all the tricks he
has up his sleeve. [Shane] Watson played him well in the last        Warrington expect to be at full strength for Saturday’s Super
game but I believe once the wicket is assisting him he will be a     League semi-final against St Helens at Langtree Park.
handful to put away.”                                                    The prop forward Garreth Carvell is set to return after
    England may also have to contend with Gayle’s less               missing the 24-12 win over Hull at the weekend with back
mysterious off-spin, which used to be more than occasional           spasms, and the coach, Tony Smith, is confident the second-
– he has taken a total of 238 wickets for the West Indies in all     row Ben Westwood will also return after being out for a month
forms of cricket – but had not been seen since at international      with a knee injury. “There’s a chance of both of them playing so,
level for almost 20 months before he took two for 21 against         aside from Gareth O’Brien, we could be at full strength,” Smith
Ireland, including Surrey’s Gary Wilson caught behind off an         said.
outswinging arm ball.                                                    “I’m pretty confident Carvs will be available to us and there’s
    Throw in the all-round skills of Marlon Samuels, another         a fair chance Benny might make it too, so we’ve got a pretty
supercool Jamaican who can bowl, and the other power-hitters         clean bill of health and some real problems in selection.”
Andre Russell and Kieron Pollard, and it is easy to see why              Westwood, one of three players shortlisted for the Man of
Sammy believes his team have all bases covered – even if it          Steel award tinyurl.com/4sk6 , has not played since damaging
rains.                                                               a knee in Warrington’s Challenge Cup final win over Leeds at
    “Gayle and Pollard and these other guys would love to go         Wembley and was sorely missed in their home play-off defeat
out and bat seven overs, and smack the ball around,” he said.        by Saints.
England have been warned.                                                “He’s had a great year,” Smith said. “I’m not surprised he’s
                                                                     up for Man of Steel. He’s deserved that nomination.
                                                                         “He’s in there with some pretty high-calibre players and he’s
                                                                     not out of place in my eyes.




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                                                                         “He works hard for us and performs well on each and every
                                                                     occasion. We’ve shown we can cope without him but it would
                                                                     be nice to have him there with us.”
                                                                         Mike Cooper and Simon Grix are the players likely to make
  The Guardian digital edition                                       way, enabling Smith to field his Wembley line-up.
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                                                                     the last match of the regular season, which proved to be his last
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                                                                     for retirement.
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    “He has a chance of coming back but obviously we had a
good performance last time out,” said St Helens’ caretaker
coach, Mike Rush.
                                                                    Stuart Lancaster looks to the World Cup
    “He’ll be in the squad but we won’t pick a team until           and England’s next generation
Thursday evening or Friday morning. He’s training very hard so
he’s given himself every chance.                                    • England head coach unveils new
    “He probably could have played in the last game if it was do    performance academy
or die and he’s trained for the last two weeks.”
                                                                    • Lancaster refuses to confirm Chris
    Saints lead 2-1 in head-to-head meetings this year but
victories for the away team on each occasion suggest home
                                                                    Robshaw as captain
advantage will count for little, and Rush says he is not reading    Robert Kitson
too much into his side’s 28-6 victory at the Halliwell Jones
Stadium 10 days ago.
    “We can’t just expect to turn up and expect the same
performance,” he said. “The attitude, the mentality and
everything else has to be right up there this week because it’s a
do-or-die game.
    “Nobody is going to leave anything in the changing rooms,
it’s all going to be spilt on that field.”
    Smith admits his side will need to find a marked
improvement from their last meeting, especially on attack.
“We probably need to make some adjustments,” he said. “We
certainly need to be a bit more patient with the ball and respect
the very good defence that Saints have got.
    “I thought both teams defended pretty well last time but,
                                                                    Elliot Daly is one of 30 promising young players selected to
attack wise, we were way off where we needed to be. We’d like
                                                                    join England’s new perfomance academy. Photograph: Scott
to ask a few more questions of Saints if we can.”
                                                                    Heavey/Getty Images
                                                                    English rugby unveiled a shiny new initiative for the future on
                                                                    Tuesday in the shape of a new performance academy for its
                                                                    brightest talent, a reminder to the senior squad that everyone
                                                                    has a shelf life. When the country’s current elite players gather
                                                                    for autumn Test training duty next month they will also
                                                                    discover on-field expectations have risen, with the head coach,
                                                                    Stuart Lancaster, seeking victories over all the major southern
                                                                    hemisphere powers at Twickenham.
                                                                        Lancaster would dearly love to beat Fiji, Australia, South




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                                                                    Africa and New Zealand in consecutive weeks to ensure a
                                                                    top-four seeding when the pool draw for the 2015 World Cup
                                                                    is made in early December. On top of that it is clear his young
                                                                    team can no longer regard themselves as a work in progress.
                                                                    Lancaster, after 10 months in charge, has thrown away his
                                                                    international L-plates and wants England to follow suit.
  Eat right                                                             As a further signal that no one’s place is safe he is even
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                                                                        “Clearly Chris has done a fantastic job and there’s no reason
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  guardian.co.uk/eatright                                           said Lancaster. “But it’s too early to say this guy is going to be
                                                                    captain. He could get injured as he was for the third Test in
                                                                    South Africa when Dylan stepped up. Whilst Chris was missed
                                                                    on the field, Dylan did a fantastic job captaining the side. That
                                                                    we got a performance out of the team on the back of a long hard
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season for English rugby was credit to Dylan and the rest of the
players in that team.”
    Lancaster now wants to take the next step, conscious the
                                                                     Europe’s Ryder Cup team choose image
clock is already ticking in terms of identifying his 2015 World      of Seve Ballesteros to adorn bags
Cup squad. He and his coaches plan to attend next month’s
Championship Test between South Africa and New Zealand in            • José María Olazábal uses Seve silhouette
Soweto and have already been discussing the different tactical       as rallying point
obstacles heading their way. “There are some great challenges
                                                                     • ‘He has meant a lot to me and the rest of
coming and the aim will be to win the games,” stressed
Lancaster. “As the squad matures, quite rightly we should be
                                                                     the team’
confident about taking these sides on.”                              Ewan Murray at Medinah
    He is also planning to ring the selectorial changes in a
couple of positions, with injuries casting doubt over certain
individuals. Ben Foden is already sidelined while Tom Croft’s
recovery from a neck problem is unlikely to see him back in
competitive action until the end of October at the earliest. Ben
Youngs, Alex Corbisiero and Louis Deacon, however, are all
hoping to be fit within the next three weeks while Bath’s David
Wilson has been elevated to the senior EPS squad in place of
Matt Stevens, who has retired from international rugby.
    Saracens’ Mako Vunipola has been promoted to the Saxons
and others may follow if their form demands it. “The side which
starts against Fiji won’t be the one that finishes against New
Zealand,” confirmed Lancaster.
    The coaching team has already been rejigged, with Mike
                                                                     This image of Seve Ballesteros on the bag of European team
Catt now a permanent fixture as skills coach and Andy Farrell
                                                                     captain José María Olazábal was unveiled at the Medinah
back in the fold. Lancaster, a former back-row forward, was
                                                                     Country Club. Photograph: David J. Phillip/AP
refreshingly honest about Catt’s hiring, aware England’s
attacking game needs sharpening. “It’s an area where I felt          The legend of Seve Ballesteros will be alongside the European
I couldn’t deliver enough detail. I’d worked on the overall          team as they attempt to retain the Ryder Cup, with images of
attacking framework but I was struggling to give the detail to       the late Spaniard having been silhouetted on to each player’s
the players in terms of improving their attacking skills. Mike has   golf bag.
clearly come in to look at that area, not just in the senior squad      It was already expected that Europe’s team will don the
but in those players who will potentially join them in the next      navy and white colours favoured by Ballesteros for their singles
12 months.”                                                          matches against USA on Sunday. But on Tuesday morning at
    Accelerating the development of the next generation is also      their first appearance on the Medinah course, the bag design
the rationale behind the performance academy – sponsored             was also revealed. It displays Ballesteros punching the air after
by BMW – with Leicester’s George Ford, Wasps’ Elliot Daly            his memorable Open Championship win of 1984.
and Joe Launchbury and London Irish’s Anthony Watson                    “The silhouette was pretty obvious,” said José María
among the 30 inductees. All are regarded as potential senior         Olazábal, Europe’s captain. “He always said that was the
internationals and will receive relevant support, including          sweetest moment in his career, winning at St Andrews, making
personal development training, work experience and even              that putt to beat Tom Watson. It’s tough for me, it’s the first
driving lessons, to help them maximise their potential on and        time Seve is not going to be with us at the Ryder Cup. He
off the field.                                                       has meant a lot to me and to the team, and I wanted to have
                                                                     something that was present to each and every player.We came
                                                                     up with the idea that it would be nice to have Seve’s silhouette,
                                                                     and so every time somebody gets to grab a club or something




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                                                                     from the bag they can see the silhouette. I thought it was
                                                                     important for us to have Seve’s memory and presence during
                                                                     this week.”
                                                                        A further tribute to Ballesteros arrived from Justin Rose,
                                                                     who will play in Olazábal’s team. “He was one of the few guys,
  Fantasy League Classic                                             I would say, when I was struggling on tour when I first turned
  Manage a squad of 16 players and                                   pro, to put his arm around me in a sense, more metaphorically,
  a budget of £75 million. £75,000                                   but just to give me some words of encouragement,” the
  worth of prizes to be won in weekly,                               Englishman explained.”One of my favourite memories is
                                                                     winning my first tournament, the Memorial Tournament, and
  monthly and overall competitions.                                  Seve was the guy being honoured that year from the Memorial
  Beat your nearest and dearest in a                                 Tournament.”
  friends league.

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Danny McGuire to miss Leeds Rhinos’                                  RFU meets Premiership clubs in
play-off semi-final against Wigan                                    attempt to resolve rugby TV deal row

• Half-back fined and hit with one-match                             • Controversial BT Vision deal could end up
ban for high tackle                                                  in European courts
• Player will be available for final if Leeds                        • Fears grow that issue could rumble on for
win at DW Stadium                                                    months
Ian Laybourn                                                         Robert Kitson




Leeds Rhinos’ Danny McGuire was banned because his                  RFU chairman Bill Beaumont has offered to mediate in the TV
tackle was deemed ‘reckless’ by the RFL disciplinary panel.         deal row and has a history of negotiating peace settlements.
Photograph: John Clifton/Action Images                               Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images for Rugby NZ 2011
Leeds Rhinos’ hopes of reaching a second successive grand final      The long-winded process of trying to find a resolution to
have been dealt a heavy blow with the loss of Danny McGuire          European rugby’s ongoing power struggle will continue on
through suspension.                                                  Wednesday at a meeting of English stakeholders comprising
    The 29-year-old half-back has been handed a one-match ban,       senior figures from the Rugby Football Union, club owners and
and a £300 fine, after being found guilty by the Rugby Football      Premiership rugby representatives.
League’s disciplinary committee yesterday of a reckless high             With the English clubs having signed a £152m broadcasting
tackle.                                                              deal with BT Vision for domestic and European television
    It means that McGuire, who was put on report for the tackle      rights without the approval of the union, there will be much to
on Louis Anderson during the champions’ 27-20 win over               discuss amid fears the issue could rumble on for months. One
Catalan Dragons last Friday, will miss this Friday’s play-off        RFU official suggested on Tuesday a resolution might not even
semi-final against Wigan at the DW Stadium, although Leeds           be forthcoming before next September. It will take even longer
may appeal. A Rhinos spokesman said McGuire, who pleaded             if the dispute ends up in the European courts.
not guilty, would make a decision on Wednesday morning on                Bill Beaumont, the RFU chairman, has already offered
whether to appeal.                                                   to mediate between the clubs and European Rugby Cup
    McGuire could have been handed a two-match ban after             organisers, who run the Heineken Cup and insist Premiership
being charged by the RFL’s match-review panel with a grade B         Rugby’s agreement with BT Vision to show European matches
offence, so he will be available for the final if Leeds win at the   from 2014 is illegal. Beaumont was previously involved in
DW Stadium.                                                          negotiating a peace settlement in 1999 over a pint in a Glasgow
    Leeds’s coach, Brian McDermott, who spoke on behalf of his       pub which prevented England being expelled from the Six
player at the hearing, claimed it was a careless act and an “open-   Nations Championship.
handed tackle” in an effort to prevent an offload by Anderson.           The club owners remain in bullish mood, though. They
Although McGuire hit Anderson’s head, McDermott argued that          claim their deal is not just valid but financially beneficial for
he was aiming for the ball and his arm would have made contact       every European rugby nation. While Premiership Rugby (PRL)
with the ball but for his opponent falling in the tackle.            says the meeting is a pre-arranged get-together designed for
    The committee, chaired by the high court judge Peter             “constructive discussions” on a range of issues, the RFU will,
Charlesworth, ruled that the offence was at the lower end of         in turn, be seeking further details about the exact nature of the
reckless but merited a ban because direct contact was made           lucrative BT Vision agreement.
with the head of the opponent.                                           The union will also be interested to hear whether the French
    McGuire, who served a one-match ban this season for a            clubs are standing firm alongside their English counterparts.
dangerous tackle, broke his former team-mate Keith Senior’s          Both PRL and the Ligue Nationale de Rugby have already served
all-time Super League record with his 200th try in the opening       notice of their intention to quit the Heineken Cup from 2014,
play-off win over Wakefield. And he further demonstrated             unhappy with the current qualification process.
his importance to the Rhinos with the crucial try against the            They would prefer a new 20-team tournament which would
Catalans before clinching the win with a late drop goal.             not guarantee places for Scottish or Italian teams. Having this
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week invited France to stage the Heineken Cup and Amlin
Challenge Cup finals in 2014, ERC remains hopeful the French
Federation will ultimately persuade their leading clubs to
reconsider.




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