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Ashley Cole apologised to me personally
over tweet, says FA chairman
FA chairman David Bernstein has revealed that Ashley Cole
apologised to him personally over his offensive Twitter message
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Owen Coyle sacked as Bolton Wanderers
manager
Bolton Wanderers have sacked their manager Owen Coyle after
the recently relegated club dropped to 18th in the Championship
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Rugby Football Union rules out return for
Sir Clive Woodward
Sir Clive Woodward will not be returning to Twickenham after
leaving the BOA Page 3




Indian TV station                            Sebastian Vettel                             World Golf Finals a             Canterbury Bulldogs
claims to have                               closes gap on                                chance for Turkey to            sponsor angered
unearthed six corrupt                        Fernando Alonso in F1                       show its worth to the           by Channel Nine’s
cricket umpires Page 4                       Page 5                                       world Page 6                    sexism claims Page 8

Laura Robson joins                           Romain Grosjean has                          Amir and Haroon                 Daredevil skydiver
Heather Watson in HP                         only himself to blame,                       Khan thwart                     set to attempt highest
Open second round                            says Lotus team                              carjacking attempt              and fastest free fall
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                                                                         Asked about the possibility of Cole being given the armband
                                                                     to mark the occasion, Bernstein said: “To be absolutely honest
Ashley Cole apologised to me                                         I doubt it. We’ve expressed a view on what we need with regard
personally over tweet, says FA chairman                              to a captain and I doubt it, but we’ll see.
                                                                         “We’ve had issues and we’ve stated publicly many times that
• David Bernstein reveals Cole made                                  we have a very high level of behaviour and so on and so forth
heartfelt apology                                                    required from an English captain.”
                                                                         Bernstein also revealed the FA will not appeal the
• FA to update code of conduct over social
                                                                     punishment handed to Terry by the independent regulatory
media                                                                commission.
Press Association                                                        “The FA I believe will not be appealing it,” he said. “But the
                                                                     thing is still under possible appeal therefore I do not want to
                                                                     talk about the John Terry thing at all. It’s not over yet and John
                                                                     Terry has a right of appeal himself.”
                                                                         In response to the Cole saga, the FA general secretary, Alex
                                                                     Horne, revealed the organisation were looking at social media
                                                                     to be part of the code of conduct.
                                                                         He told Sky Sports News: “The issues of social media are
                                                                     multiple, very personal. You take personal responsibility for
                                                                     what you put out.
                                                                         “Tweeting is effectively like me talking to you and millions
                                                                     of people and they need to understand that and I think they do.
                                                                         “The clubs and England need to help them as much as
                                                                     possible with reiterating guidelines and reiterating safeguards
                                                                     … in terms of think before you tweet … but we are not going to
Ashley Cole is unlikely to be handed the England captaincy
                                                                     over-labour it.
if and when he wins his 100th cap. Photograph: Laurence
                                                                         “There is a policy in place across the FA, there are lines and
Griffiths/Getty Images
                                                                     if you cross them we will charge you. The clubs have their own
The Football Association chairman, David Bernstein, has              policies in place.
revealed that Ashley Cole apologised to him personally on                “We as England will look towards including something on
Monday night over his offensive Twitter message gu.com/              social media in a code of conduct.”
p/3bv2n . Bernstein also stressed that the England manager,
Roy Hodgson, will decide whether the Chelsea full-back plays
against San Marino in Friday’s World Cup qualifier.
    Cole was on Monday charged with misconduct by the
FA over his Twitter outburst on Friday when he responded
angrily to the independent regulatory commission’s damning
judgment on his evidence in the John Terry racial abuse verdict.
    Bernstein, speaking to Radio 5 Live ahead of Tuesday’s




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official opening of the National Football Centre at St George’s
Park in Burton, revealed that Cole had followed up his apology
to the FA on Friday with a personal apology.
    “He apologised immediately on Friday and he came to see
me last night and apologised to me personally,” said Bernstein.
    “He showed real contrition. He said he was really sorry. He is
free to play for England over the coming matches. It is up to the
manager to decide whether he plays or not.”
                                                                       From Beirut to Big Brother,
    Cole was given until 4pm on Thursday to respond to the FA          Murdoch to Millionaire,
charge, the timing far from ideal given the deadline is barely 24
hours before England face San Marino at Wembley.
                                                                       discuss the hot topics in the
    With Bernstein confirming it is up to Hodgson to decide            media on not one, but two blogs
whether or not to play Cole, the only threat to his chances of
winning a 99th cap would appear to be if the England manager
                                                                       Organ Grinder and Greenslade
opts to rest him ahead of the crucial trip to Poland four days         blogs.guardian.co.uk/
later.
    He told Sky Sports News: “It was a serious apology. He
                                                                       organgrinder/
expressed a degree of remorse for what he had done, wished it          blogs.guardian.co.uk/
hadn’t happened. I looked him in the eye and really felt that he       greenslade/
meant it.”
    Bernstein admitted, though, that the Chelsea full-back’s
actions meant he was unlikely to captain England for what
could be his 100th cap against Poland next Tuesday.
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                                                                   very best.”
                                                                      The academy manager Jimmy Phillips and head of academy
Owen Coyle sacked as Bolton                                        coaching and development Lee will take temporary charge of
Wanderers manager                                                  the first-team squad, with their first assignment on Saturday at
                                                                   home against Bristol City.
• Mick McCarthy is bookies’ favourite to
take over
• Coyle leaves Bolton in 18th place in the
                                                                   Rugby Football Union rules out return
Championship                                                       for Sir Clive Woodward
Press Association
                                                                   • Ian Ritchie has no plans for former coach
                                                                   • Woodward recently retired from BOA
                                                                   Paul Rees




Owen Coyle’s Bolton Wanderers side have struggled since
being relegated to the Championship in the summer.
Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA
Bolton Wanderers have sacked their manager Owen Coyle after        Sir Clive Woodward still has his supporters on the RFU.
the club’s poor start to the season.                               Photograph: John Cowpland/EPA
   Bolton, relegated from the Premier League last term,            Ian Ritchie, the chief executive of the Rugby Football Union,
currently lie 18th in the Championship after claiming only three   has ruled out a return to Twickenham for Sir Clive Woodward,
wins in their first 10 matches.                                    England’s 2003 World Cup-winning coach who recently
   The former Wolves manager Mick McCarthy was made the            resigned as director of sport at the British Olympic Association.
bookies’ favourite to take over at 11-4 with Ladbrokes who have       The RFU is hosting the 2015 World Cup and Ritchie has
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer at 8-1 and the former manager Sammy           stressed the importance of tapping into the expertise of those
Lee, now on the backroom staff, at 10-1.                           who were involved in last summer’s London Olympics. But
   The club’s chairman, Phil Gartside, said in a statement:        even though the Union is in the middle of an independent
“Owen poured his heart and soul into the job, both on and off      review of its performance department, which is headed by Rob
the pitch, and he led our club with great dignity during some      Andrew, major change looks unlikely.
very challenging times.”                                              Ritchie, who was appointed earlier this year after a
   Gartside added: “It is the right time for a change. We set a    prolonged bout of infighting at Twickenham which started
target at the beginning of the season and want to get back on      over an argument about whether Woodward should be
track.                                                             interviewed for a newly created post of elite performance
   “I would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Owen,    director, was asked during a media briefing at Twickenham on
Sandy Stewart and Steve Davis for all their hard work during       Monday whether he intended to make a move for the available
their time at Bolton Wanderers.”                                   Woodward. The RFU is currently advertising for a head of
   Coyle left Burnley in January 2010 to take charge at the        athletic performance. “We do not have a vacancy and there is
Reebok Stadium on a two-and-a-half-year deal after Gary            no point in talking about the abstract,” he replied. “I respect
Megson was relieved of his duties.                                 totally what Clive did in rugby and the Olympics, but I am not
   He led the club to safety from 18th position, but failed to     going to get into hypotheticals. I am very happy with the way
keep his side in the top flight last campaign.                     things are progressing at the moment.”
   Coyle, who played for Bolton between 1993-95, said: “I have        The review into the performance department has been seen
always been driven to act in the best interests of the club and    as a means of manoeuvring out Andrew and facilitating the
care passionately about it.                                        return of Woodward. It is being carried out by Peter Keen, the
   “I had fantastic times here as a player and it has been a       former UK Sport performance director who was involved in the
privilege to have held the post of manager.                        last two Olympics, and Sir Ian McGeechan, the former Scotland
   “I want to thank the fans for their backing since I returned,   and Lions coach.
the chairman Phil Gartside and the owner Eddie Davies for their       The latest attempt to save the Heineken Cup, meanwhile,
support and friendship and the club’s staff and players for all    which is under threat after English and French clubs served
their effort and commitment.                                       notice to pull out, lasted well into the evening in Rome on
   “I wish everyone connected with Bolton Wanderers all the
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Monday but there will not be a swift resolution, with Ritchie
admitting it could take most of the next two seasons to reach a
compromise. The Premiership clubs raised the temperature last
                                                                    Indian TV station claims to have
month by negotiating a television agreement with BT Vision          unearthed six corrupt cricket umpires
that included rights for ‘European’ matches. The organisers of
the Heineken Cup, European Rugby Cup Ltd, said the deal not         • Umpires are from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and
only breached International Rugby Board rules but was also          Bangladesh
invalid because a contract extension with Sky had already been
                                                                    • ICC calls on TV station to pass on
agreed.
    The gathering in Rome was the second of the ERC
                                                                    information
stakeholders in three weeks and Ritchie said that before            Jason Burke in Delhi
the legalities of the television deals were addressed, a new
                                                                    Asian cricket was thrown into turmoil last night after an Indian
structure for the Heineken Cup had to be worked out. He agreed
                                                                    television station claimed it had evidence of six international
with Premiership Rugby and the Top 14 clubs in France, that the
                                                                    umpires promising to give decisions in exchange for money.
tournament needed to have more of a meritocratic element.
                                                                        The umpires, from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, were
    “It is important to have a good, highly meritocratic
                                                                    all claimed to have been filmed by undercover reporters for the
competition and whatever the legality of things might be, we
                                                                    little-known India TV channel. A seventh refused the offers
need to get a competition in place,” he said. “Any television
                                                                    made by a disguised journalist, reports in India said on Monday
deal is secondary, in my view, to people getting round the table
                                                                    night. None of the umpires named in the undercover expose
and reaching an agreement.” “We understand that the RFU has
                                                                    were involved in the official games at the recently concluded
the ability to approve whatever deal is in place (with BT Vision)
                                                                    World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. Several have already denied any
and we have made that clear to PRL,” said Ritchie. “We have not
                                                                    wrongdoing.
given that approval and we have not been asked for it.”
                                                                        The International Cricket Council issued a statement on
    Premiership Rugby insists that its deal with BT Vision,
                                                                    Monday night saying that the body “and its relevant members”
who want to take over from Sky from 2014-15 as the principal
                                                                    had been made aware of the allegations made by India TV. The
broadcasters of the Heineken Cup, will increase revenue for
                                                                    ICC also called on the station to pass on any information which
ERC by 50 per cent when taken in conjunction with a television
                                                                    could “assist the ICC’s urgent investigations into this matter”.
deal being negotiated by the French clubs with, reportedly, Al
                                                                        Its statement added: “The ICC reiterates its zero-tolerance
Jazeera.
                                                                    towards corruption whether alleged against players or
    The Premiership clubs are unhappy that only one of them,
                                                                    officials.”
Gloucester, has the opportunity of staging matches in the
                                                                        Such stings are the stock in trade of Indian television
2015 World Cup, which the RFU is hosting. The tournament
                                                                    channels. Many are unreliable but a previous such operation by
organisers, England Rugby 2015, on Monday announced a
                                                                    India TV resulted in five players in the Indian Premier League
17-strong long list of potential venues that included football
                                                                    being suspended by local authorities after an undercover
grounds in Derby, Brighton, Southampton, Sunderland,
                                                                    reporter posed as a representative of a player-management
Leicester, Newcastle, Milton Keynes, Bristol and Coventry, but
                                                                    firm.
excluded the biggest rugby stadium, Welford Road, home of
                                                                        South Asian cricket has been dogged by a series of
Leicester.
                                                                    allegations of spot-fixing. Huge sums are gambled on games
    The Leicester chairman, Peter Tom, described the decision
                                                                    through illicit bookmakers in India and elsewhere.
as both disappointing and confusing after the building of a new
                                                                        Such incidents generate enormous attention – on Monday
£15m stand raised the capacity at the ground to 24,000. Ritchie
                                                                    night the news of the alleged sting was leading all bulletins in
sympathised, but said the shortlist of grounds, which will be
                                                                    India – but do not seem to impact on the popularity of the sport.
reduced to 12, was made on an objective basis that relied on
criteria being met.
    “Welford Road was found not to meet all the facilities
required,” said Ritchie, pointing out that it was not an RFU
decision. “The audit raised issues that could not be addressed




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before 2015, such as the size of the pitch, space around the
ground, player access, media facilities and requirements for
broadcasters. Leicester have modernised their ground, but
you cannot have an objective appraisal of what is necessary for
the World Cup and then ignore it.” “The review is about how           The Guardian digital edition
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Laura Robson joins Heather Watson in                              Sebastian Vettel closes gap on Fernando
HP Open second round                                              Alonso in F1

• No8 seed Robson defeated Eleni                                  Footballers caught up in horserace-fixing
Daniilidou 6-4, 6-2                                               allegations; beer dilemma for Nishikori;
• Fellow Briton Watson wins first-round                           Clásico honours shared
doubles match                                                     Barney Ronay
Press Association




                                                                  German Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull
Laura Robson, 18, has been seeded in a WTA tournament for        Racing celebrates with champagne after winning the Japanese
the first time. Photograph: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images         Grand Prix at Suzuka. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

The British No1 and eighth seed Laura Robson saw off Greece’s     The Formula One season continues to hash up something close
Eleni Daniilidou 6-4 6-2 to reach the second round of the HP      to a Genuine Sport-style exciting finish: Sebastian Vettel’s
Open in Osaka.                                                    victory in the Japanese Grand Prix cut Fernando Alonso’s
   Robson, seeded in a WTA tournament for the first time,         championship lead to four points. Alonso was bundled out on
appeared to be letting her opponent back into the match when      the first bend while novelty makeweights Felipe Massa and
Daniilidou came back from 3-0 down in the second set to the       Kamui Kobayashi – a first Japanese podium finish at Suzuka
brink of levelling at 3-3.                                        since 1990 – took second and third.
   But Robson held a tough service game, re-established her       Footballers caught up in race-fixing allegations
double break at 5-2 and served out at the first attempt to join      You’ve got to know when to hold them. You’ve got to know
compatriot Heather Watson in the second round, where she will     when to fold them. Plus, apparently, you’ve also got to know
face either Japan’s Kurumi Nara or Zhou Yimiao of China.          when to offer bribes, exploit insider information and make
   Britain’s No2, Watson, who won her first-round singles         your horse stop running. Kenny Rogers never mentioned this,
match on Monday, also made it through to the second round of      but it is only a few days since the British Horseracing Authority
the women’s doubles.                                              announced that three footballers and jockey Andrew Heffernan
   The 20-year-old and her 42-year-old Japanese partner           were among nine people facing anti-corruption charges. Most
Kimiko Date-Krumm, who are the fourth seeds, beat Canada’s        notable among the footballers is the Ipswich striker Michael
Eugenie Bouchard and the American Alexa Glatch 6-3, 6-2.          Chopra. Charges include offering bribes, exploiting inside
                                                                  information for personal gain and in the case of Heffernan,
                                                                  three charges that he intentionally failed to ensure a horse was




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                                                                  ridden on its merits.
                                                                  Beer dilemma for Nishikori
                                                                      “I don’t know what I’m going to do with a year’s worth of
                                                                  beer. I don’t even like beer”. Memorable words indeed from
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  Join the Guardian’s health and                                  first-ever triumph for a Japanese player in the Japan Open,
  dieting club, Eat Right and we’ll                               a moment he perhaps hadn’t had time to prepare much of a
                                                                  speech for. Milos Raonic, beaten 7-6, 3-6, 6-0 in the final, was a
  design you a personalised healthy                               surprise victor against Andy Murray in the semis. “Thank you
  eating plan from just £2.99 a week.                             Japan for your support and thank you for inventing sushi,”
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Clásico honours shared                                               until he got some confidence, but F1 is not as patient as a junior
    Another grand week for European football: the latest el          category.
Clásico brought more rarefied drama, Lionel Messi and Cristiano         “As we saw in Spa it was a spectacular accident and it could
Ronaldo scoring twice apiece in a 2-2 draw of almost offensive       have been dramatic – and you cannot accept this. We have
all-round excellence. Barcelona are still eight points clear of      accelerated that programme since Spa, and timing-wise it is
Real Madrid in La Liga. In the good-but-not-quite-so-Clásico,        unfortunate that an incident happened again.”
Internazionale beat stadium-mates Milan 1-0 thanks to a Walter
Samuel goal.
                                                                     World Golf Finals a chance for Turkey to
                                                                     show its worth to the world
Romain Grosjean has only himself to
blame, says Lotus team principal                                     By luring Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy
                                                                     in its inaugural year, the World Golf Finals
• Grosjean was branded a ‘first-lap nutcase’                         aims to prove that Turkey means business
by Mark Webber
                                                                     Ewan Murray in Antalya
• 26-year-old has suffered eight early-race
F1 crashes this year
Press Association




                                                                     Rory McIlroy, left, and Tiger Woods will lock horns again at the
                                                                     World Golf Finals in Antalya on Wednesday. Photograph: John
                                                                     Bazemore/AP
The Lotus F1 driver Romain Grosjean must listen to the advice       “Turkey has fantastic golf courses. The problem with Turkey is
of his team principal if he is to avoid further controversy.         that nobody there plays golf.”
Photograph: Diego Azubel/EPA                                             Those were the words of Chubby Chandler, the man charged
The Lotus team principal has ordered Romain Grosjean to take         with overseeing the running of this week’s inaugural Turkish
responsibility for his actions after the Frenchman was branded       Airlines World Golf Finals, at its official launch three weeks
responsible for a series of crashes this season.                     ago. Colin Montgomerie and Nick Faldo are among those who
    Grosjean’s first-corner crash at Sunday’s Japanese Grand         have given their name to courses in Antalya, an area which has
Prix – which ended Mark Webber’s and the world champion              already had some success in coaxing tourists from traditional
Sebastian Vettel’s races and later caused Webber to brand him        golfing destinations in Spain and Portugal.
a “first-lap nutcase” – was his eighth early-race crash of the           Turkey’s current appetite for golf, though, stretches beyond
season.                                                              a desire to see their own population play more of it.
    The 26-year-old had already been forced to sit out the Italian       The country has a dream to host the Olympics in 2020, an
Grand Prix for his part in a pile-up in Belgium, and his superior    aim it hopes will be boosted by the handling of events such as
at Lotus Eric Boullier says enough is enough.                        the World Golf Finals, which start on Tuesday. If nothing else,
    “I have spoken a lot with him,” Boullier told Autosport. “We     this week will serve as a profile-raising exercise.
changed the routine, we tried to make it not more comfortable            Turkish Airlines have duly sponsored the flights and
because I needed a tougher environment for him, and I needed         accommodation in Antalya for selected global journalists – this
to push him, but he is the only one who can fix this. Nobody         one included – in order to maximise coverage. The sponsors, at
else.                                                                least, are serious about what detractors would label merely a
    “He needs to find for himself what he needs to get, to be        golfing exhibition.
good, and relaxed, and on the right focus. He has to find the            The Ryder Cup scenes in Medinah have boosted this
balance. He can do that, not anybody else.”                          tournament’s allure. Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood,
    Boullier is convinced that Grosjean has the talent to become     Justin Rose, Webb Simpson and Matt Kuchar will make their
a success in F1, but admits there are aspects of his driving that    first competitive appearances since playing at the most
need to be addressed.                                                memorable Ryder Cup in living memory. Hunter Mahan and
    “I think Romain has the privilege to be talented, and he has a   Charl Schwartzel, a former Masters champion, complete the
car fast enough to qualify at the front of his grid.                 eight-man field.
    “If you look at his career he was a bit of a hot-headed driver       Those competing in Turkey will do so in an unusual

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professional format. The field has been split into two groups
of four, playing matches against each other in an 18-hole
strokeplay format; two will progress from each section to semi-
                                                                     Amir and Haroon Khan thwart
finals, with the final scheduled for Friday morning.                 carjacking attempt
    Finance, of course, is a pivotal component of the World
Golf Finals. When Westwood, Rose and Simpson spoke at                • Assailants attempted to steal Range Rover
the tournament’s launch, they were honest enough to admit            in Birmingham
lucrative reward played a part in their willingness to come here.
                                                                     • Amir suffered cut lip and car’s rear
By securing the appearances of McIlroy and Woods – images
of the duo adorn every billboard promoting the event – the
                                                                     window was smashed
sponsors have the blue-chip players they wanted. Intrigue now        Guardian staff
surrounds how Antalya will respond.
    The organisers have placed Woods in the same group as
McIlroy to ensure a showdown match on Wednesday afternoon.
As if to highlight how security conscious Turkey now is, those
in charge are thought to have raised an eyebrow that Woods
sought “only” four bodyguards at every public juncture of his
maiden stay.
    Turkish Airways turned to Chandler and made their multi-
million pound budget plain after drawing an initially cool
response from the European Tour. The World Finals are not yet
sanctioned by the tour.
    On top of six-figure appearance fees for certain members
of the field, the winner will receive $1.5m (£940,000), with
the player finishing last still collecting $300,000. Chandler is
                                                                     Amir Khan suffered a cut lip after he and his brother were
adamant the tournament will expand over the next four years,
                                                                     attacked in Birmingham on Monday morning. Photograph:
a matter which could prove invaluable to Turkey’s Olympic
                                                                     David Becker/Getty Images
dream.
    The appearance of European Tour officials and referees, plus     Amir Khan and his brother, Haroon, fought off an armed gang
the fact the Turkish competition comes in the same week as           who tried to carjack his Ranger Rover, according to the Sun.
the sanctioned Portuguese Open, hints at further funds being            The former world champion was returning to his car in the
bestowed on the tour to offset inconvenience. The United             early hours of Monday morning after a night in Birmingham
States’ PGA Tour is not thought to be quite as amused by the         when a gang of at least six men set upon the brothers.
placement of the finals on the same week as the Frys.com Open           The gang used another 4x4 to block in Khan’s vehicle but
in California.                                                       their attack was repelled despite at least one member using
    Yet the initial suggestions are, just as the format of this      wielding cosh.
tournament is far from set in stone, there is flexibility within        Amir and Haroon, also a professional boxer and a
the schedule. The appearance of a Turkish Open in the 2013           Commonwealth Games bronze medallist for Pakistan, are
European Tour calendar must be linked in some way to the             reported to have punched several of the assailants before
coming days in Antalya.                                              forcing them into a retreat.
    There will be scepticism from those who object to players           Amir suffered a cut lip and the car’s rear window was
being coaxed towards events simply by hard cash. Still, in this      smashed.
economic climate and with tournaments disappearing from the             Police confirmed they were called out after reports of a fight
golfing schedule – last month, the Andalucía Masters became          but no arrests have been made.
the latest to fall by the wayside – those governing the game
must be flexible. Or, in short, grab hold of what rich ventures
they can. If nothing else, the World Golf Finals represent fresh
money being poured into golf.




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    The success of this event, then, could be of longer-term
benefit to the European Tour. There is absolutely no question it
would prove likewise to Turkey.
    Ewan Murray travelled to Antalya courtesy of Turkish Airlines,
which is sponsoring the World Golf Final
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                                                                      Johnston went on to describe apologies made last week by
                                                                   the Bulldogs’ chief executive Todd Greenberg and chairman
Canterbury Bulldogs sponsor angered                                Ray Dib – who delivered flowers to Azzopardi at Nine – as a
by Channel Nine’s sexism claims                                    “kneejerk” reaction.
                                                                      Only last week Canterbury courted controversy after the
• Bulldogs employees said to have abused                           former St Helens captain James Graham was handed a 12-match
female reporter                                                    ban for biting Billy Slater’s ear.
                                                                      Graham, who is in his first season with Canterbury, was
• Sponsor says there is no evidence to
                                                                   accused by the Melbourne full-back following a fracas during
make allegations                                                   last Sunday’s NRL Grand Final, which the Bulldogs lost 14-4.
Guardian staff                                                     The 27-year-old prop denied the offence but he was found
                                                                   guilty following a lengthy hearing in Sydney.
                                                                      Graham was named in England coach Steve McNamara’s
                                                                   24-man squad this week and was due to link up with them on
                                                                   Wednesday for a 10-day training camp in South Africa.
                                                                      He will miss England’s opening game against Wales in
                                                                   Wrexham on 27 October and the international against France a
                                                                   week later, as well as the final on 10 November if McNamara’s
                                                                   men get there.



                                                                   Daredevil skydiver set to attempt
                                                                   highest and fastest free fall

The Canterbury Bulldogs CEO Todd Greenberg has already             Former military parachutist Felix
apologised to Jayne Azzopardi. Photograph: Cameron                 Baumgartner will jump from balloon-lifted
Spencer/Getty Images
                                                                   capsule 23 miles up in attempt to break the
Under-fire Sydney rugby league side Canterbury Bulldogs            sound barrier
are to seek an apology from Channel Nine after the television
station last week claimed players had verbally abused a reporter   Associated Press in Roswell
tinyurl.com/95yekhj .                                              The Austrian skydiver and extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner
   Unidentified players or club officials were claimed to have     hopes to take the leap of his life on Tuesday, when he attempts
directed lewd comments and threats of violence at Jayne            the highest, fastest free fall in history. If he survives, “Fearless
Azzopardi, and the Australian Rugby League Commission has          Felix” could be the first skydiver to break the sound barrier. If
ordered a Aus$30,000 (£19,000) donation to charity.                he doesn’t, a tragic fall could be live-streamed on the Internet
   But Gary Johnston, the owner of the Bulldogs main sponsor,      for the world to see.
said that the Bullldogs had uncovered no evidence that any             The 43-year-old former military parachutist is scheduled to
players abused Azzopardi with obscene comments captured by         jump from a balloon-hoisted capsule 23 miles (37 kilometers)
a Nine camera and microphone while she was stationed outside       above Roswell. He wants to break a record that was set in 1960
Belmore Sports Ground following their grand final defeat to        by Joe Kittinger, who jumped from an open gondola at an
Melbourne.                                                         altitude of 19.5 miles (31km). Kittinger’s speed of 614mph was
   The club has refused to comment on who the culprit or           just shy of breaking the sound barrier.
culprits were or if they have been identified.                         Baumgartner, who has been preparing for the jump for five
   “I think Channel Nine should definitely apologise for           years, has made two practice jumps in the Roswell area, from 15
what they’ve done, as far as inflaming a lot of aggravation        miles (24km) in March and 18 miles (28.97km) in July.
over what was very little evidence that there was any abusive          While he and his team of experts recognize the worst-case
conversation to the Channel Nine people,’’ Johnston said.          scenarios – including “boiling” blood and exploding lungs – they
   “It could have been [directed to] someone inside the            have confidence in their solutions. NASA is watching closely,
building, in fact that’s the more likely explanation. Channel      as the space agency is interested in the potential for escape
Nine were secretly recording that conversation without the         systems on future rocket ships.
knowledge of the people inside the building so it was Channel          Baumgartner’s top medical advisor is Dr Jonathan Clark, a
Nine’ s conceit that assumed that they were talking to [her].      former NASA flight surgeon whose wife, Laurel Clark, died in
They had no evidence that that conversation was directed to        the space-shuttle Columbia accident in 2003. Clark is dedicated
someone on the outside of the building.                            to improving astronauts’ chances of survival in a high-altitude
   “They were stupid for going there in the first place when       disaster.
they weren’t invited. Channel Nine are trying to drive                 The team’s No1 fear is a breach of Baumgartner’s suit, which
something that wasn’t there.”                                      could cause potentially lethal bubbles to form in his bodily
   Johnston added: “Canterbury are approaching Channel 9 to        fluids, a condition known as boiling blood. There are is also the
seek an apology for the way that Channel 9 has ‘conveniently’      risk that he could spin out of control, causing other problems.
interpreted this matter. I for one will be surprised if the Dogs       The venture is being sponsored by the energy-drink maker
get a reply.”
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Red Bull. Organizers say that 30 video and still cameras will
record the jump, including five attached to Baumgartner’s
pressure suit.
                                                                      Orioles and Cardinals tie MLB playoff
   Red Bull has been promoting a live internet stream of the          series with Yankees and Nationals
event tinyurl.com/97mwwjs , which will come from all cameras
except those on Baumgartner’s body. Organizers said there             Baltimore Orioles edge out New York
would be a 20-second delay in their broadcast, in case of             Yankees 3-2 in game two, while St Louis
accident.
                                                                      Cardinals rout Washington Nationals 12-4 to
   Whether Baumgartner can make what he vows will be his
final jump at all will depend on the weather. A cold front that
                                                                      tie NLDS 1-1
brought winds to the area at the weekend prompted the jump            Steve Busfield and AP
to be moved from Monday to Tuesday.
   Baumgartner’s team remain optimistic, however, about
getting the mission off the ground.
   “From what we are looking at so far, we are on schedule
[for Tuesday],” meteorologist Don Day said at a media briefing
Sunday.
   Weather permitting, Baumgartner will be lifted into the
stratosphere around 7am MDT by a helium balloon that will
stretch 55 stories high. Once he reaches his target altitude, he
will open the hatch of his capsule and make a gentle, bunny-
style jump. Any contact with the capsule on his exit could
break open the pressurized suit that will protect him from
temperatures as low as -70C and a lack of oxygen. He hopes to
reach a speed of 690mph, in order to break the sound barrier.
                                                                      Jon Jay of the St. Louis Cardinals makes a catch against the
   Baumgartner, who has made more than 2,500 jumps from
                                                                      wall against the Washington Nationals during Game Two of the
planes, helicopters, landmarks and skyscrapers over the past
                                                                      National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October
25 years, says that this jump will be his last. He says he plans to
                                                                      8, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. Photograph: Dilip Vishwanat/
settle down with his girlfriend and fly helicopters on mountain
                                                                      Getty
rescue and firefighting missions in the US and Austria.
                                                                      The Baltimore Orioles and the St Louis Cardinals tied up
                                                                      their divisional series with the New York Yankees and the
                                                                      Washington Nationals.
                                                                          St Louis Cardinals 12, Washington Nationals 4NLDS tied 1-
                                                                      1Box score tinyurl.com/8mbeatn
                                                                          Carlos Beltran hit the last two of the St Louis Cardinals’ four
                                                                      homers in a 12-4 rout of the Washington Nationals that tied
                                                                      their NL division series at 1-1.




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                                                                          Allen Craig and Daniel Descalso also went deep to help
                                                                      the defending World Series champions build a big lead that
                                                                      compensated for a two-inning start from an ailing Jaime Garcia.
                                                                      Craig hit his fifth career postseason homer and scored three
                                                                      times.
                                                                          Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche hit consecutive
  Mystified by mortgages?                                             homers in the fifth for the Nationals, who head home for the
                                                                      remainder of the best-of-five series. But the NL East champions
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                                                                          Beltran homered twice in the postseason for the third time
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  a question to them, at                                              outstanding catch at the center-field wall to deprive Danny
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    Baltimore Orioles 3, New York Yankees 2ALDS tied 1-1As it             qualifying and he could only start from ninth on the grid. Then
happened gu.com/p/3bxbm Box score tinyurl.com/8vqwqsu                     he struggled with understeer for half of the race itself before
    Pitching his first postseason game, Baltimore Orioles’ Wei-           the car improved and he fought back to fifth. “The car was
Yin Chen claimed victory over Andy Pettitte playing his 43rd              very, very quick but something went wrong in qualifying. For
playoff, in a tight 3-2 victory at Camden Yards.                          whatever reason it came back in halfway through the race,” he
    The New York Yankees took an early lead through a neat                said.
pirouette around the catcher Matt Wieters at home plate                       However, without taking a win and capitalising on Alonso’s
by Ichiro Suzuki. But then Chris Davis and Mark Reynolds                  failure to score, Vettel’s maximum had realistically turned the
delivered key hits for Baltimore.                                         championship into a two-way title fight. “Anything can happen
    In Game One the Yankees delivered against closer Jim                  but at the moment it kind of is a two-horse race because there
Johnson in the ninth inning but there was to be no repeat.                are two guys there that are battling it out,” said Hamilton.
    Game Three will be in NY on Wednesday with the series tied                Button, who had qualified in third but started from eighth
1-1.                                                                      after a five-place grid penalty, was honest about his car’s
                                                                          overall performance. “I don’t think we were quick enough this
                                                                          weekend. I think if we’d started where we qualified, we would
Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton                                          have finished on the podium,” he said. “I think behind the
admit McLaren F1 title hopes are over                                     two Red Bulls, I reckon we would have got second at the start
                                                                          because our start was amazing. But that wasn’t to be, we started
                                                                          down in eighth.”
• Hamilton forced to climbdown after                                          He had chased down Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi to challenge
Twitter confusion                                                         for third at the death but ran out of laps to make the pass, which
• Driver had accused Button of                                            despite the British driver’s affection for Japan and the home
disrespecting him                                                         fans urging on the Japanese driver, was a move he would have
                                                                          made. “I do love Japan but when you’re out there you’re out
Giles Richards in Tokyo
                                                                          there to win, to do the best you can for yourself and the team.
                                                                          Your view doesn’t change because you’re racing on a certain
                                                                          circuit,” he said.
                                                                              “I still wanted to beat him. It’s motor racing, it’s what we do,
                                                                          but no, congratulations to him.”
                                                                              After a strong start to the season, winning the opener in
                                                                          Australia and taking second at the race in China, it was the
                                                                          following races that cost Button dearly. After China he scored
                                                                          seven points in six races. Not enough, even given his strong
                                                                          scoring in the second-half of the season, to challenge Vettel and
                                                                          Alonso, agreeing – “looks that way” – to Hamilton’s assertion
                                                                          that it was now a two-horse race.
                                                                              Equally, Kobayashi’s podium was significant for Sauber but
                                                                          ominous for Hamilton. It was the team’s 14th points-scoring
Lewis Hamilton, right, has been forced into an embarrassing               position of the season and has moved them to within 20 points
climbdown after accusing McLaren team-mate Jenson Button                  of Mercedes in the constructors’ championship, for whom the
of disrespecting him on Twitter. Photograph: Martin Rickett/              British driver will be racing next year. While illustrating how
PA                                                                        strongly Sauber have been performing this season it is also
                                                                          demonstrative of how far the German team have been off the
The McLaren drivers, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, have
                                                                          pace. If Sauber pass them, Mercedes will finish sixth in the
admitted that their bids to win the world championship this
                                                                          championship, not the position Hamilton has been accustomed
year are over in the wake of a Japanese Grand Prix, where they
                                                                          to at McLaren.
only managed to finish fourth and fifth respectively.
                                                                              These last weeks with the team may yet be even more
    The race was won by Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, who
                                                                          uncomfortable, meanwhile. Hamilton is already known for
is now only four points behind the championship leader,
                                                                          his erratic behaviour on Twitter, having upset McLaren at the
Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard scored no points after suffering
                                                                          Belgian Grand Prix when he tweeted a telemetry sheet, and on
a puncture at Turn One when Kimi Raikkonen clipped the
                                                                          Sunday he may have made the relationship with his team-mate
Ferrari’s left-rear wheel, ending his race. Hamilton is now 42
                                                                          even worse.
points behind Fernando Alonso and Button is 63 in arrears, with
                                                                              Led to believe that Button had unfollowed him on Twitter,
five races remaining.
                                                                          Hamilton tweeted: “Just noticed @jensonbutton unfollowed,
    Before the race Hamilton had been happy and relaxed,
                                                                          thats a shame. After 3 years as teammates, I thought we
having finally settled his move to Mercedes and was optimistic
                                                                          respected one another but clearly he doesn’t.” continuing:
that he could still fight for the title. “It’s a tall order to win this
                                                                          “Funny thing is, we are STILL teammates! All good tho, I plan
world championship but its not impossible,” he said in Tokyo
                                                                          on giving this team & fans all I got til I cross the finish line in
last Wednesday. “The car’s looking pretty awesome at the
                                                                          brazil!!!” However, someone then pointed out to the driver that
moment, so if we can improve on our reliability then it would
                                                                          Button had, in fact, never followed him on Twitter, forcing him
be great to go out with a bang.”
                                                                          to back down: “My bad, just found out Jenson never followed
    However a late set-up change unbalanced his car for
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me. Don’t blame him! Need to be on Twitter more!”
   Back on the track, within the two-way fight that the two
McLaren drivers have now acknowledged is the reality of the
championship battle, the advantage lies firmly with Red Bull.
New brake ducts and associated aero improvements brought
to Suzuka, clearly paid off in downforce terms, while Ferrari
are still struggling to improve their car which remains firmly
behind both McLaren and Red Bull on pace.
   Vettel, however is remaining cautious of overconfidence. “I
am very careful. I think we had a long journey so far. It has been
a tough year and there are still many races to go,” he said.
   But the reality of this two-horse race is that Alonso’s ride is
most certainly not prancing while Vettel is certainly atop the
thoroughbred.




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