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Football Association launches code of
conduct for England players
The Football Association has launched a code of conduct for
England players, making clear the penalties for misbehaviour off
the pitch Page 2


MPs attack Newcastle’s Wonga deal,
dubbing company ‘legal loan shark’
MPs and campaigners against debt are unhappy with Newcastle’s
£24m sponsorship deal with Wonga, a payday loan company
Page 3


Rory McIlroy loses out to Matt Kuchar
after bogey barrage
Rory McIlroy, the world No1, had a poor opening day at the
inaugural World Golf Final, as did Tiger Woods against Charl
Schwartzel Page 3



Amir Khan to fight                           Romain Grosjean                              Horse racing tips:              Tote gambles on
the undefeated                               must cool his                                Wednesday 10                    punter loyalty in
Carlos Molina on 15                          accident-prone ways,                         October Page 7                  raising ‘win’ pool
December Page 4                              say Lotus Page 6                                                             takeout by 22% Page 8
                                                                                          Felix Baumgartner’s
South Africa demand                          Felix Baumgartner                            record-breaking                 Leicester keep faith
apology over claim                           on cancelled space                           jump from the edge of           with Toby Flood for
they provoked Kevin                          jump: ‘there’s no way’                       space aborted Page 8            Heineken Cup trip to
Pietersen Page 5                             he’ll give up Page 7                                                         Toulouse Page 9




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                                                                   dealt with. Sanctions are not laid out in the six-page document
                                                                   but will range from fines to bans and will be decided by the Club
Football Association launches code of                              England management board.
conduct for England players                                            “We’re not going to ban players for life but it will be much
                                                                   clearer to the players, if they offend, what the list of offences
• Behaviour of players is ‘incredibly                              potentially are,” said Bernstein. He also said the FA would
important’, says FA chairman                                       make it clearer to players how the independent disciplinary
                                                                   process works, conceding there are “lessons to be learned”
• New code will clarify rules on using social
                                                                   from the incidents over the past few months. The draft code has
media                                                              been approved by the full FA board and is likely to be in place
Owen Gibson and Dominic Fifield                                    formally by the time the senior squad next meet, in November
                                                                   ahead of the friendly against Sweden.
                                                                       Adrian Bevington, the Club England managing director, said
                                                                   rules on the use of social media had been clarified in the light of
                                                                   Cole’s outburst on Friday when, infuriated by criticisms from
                                                                   an independent regulatory commission over his reliability as a
                                                                   witness in the Terry affair, he described the FA as “a bunch of
                                                                   twats”.
                                                                       “Social media can be a very powerful vehicle for footballers
                                                                   when used in the right way,” said Bevington. “We’ve explained
                                                                   to the players that that’s absolutely fine by us but please
                                                                   understand that if you’re using Twitter when you’re with the
                                                                   team you should do so in conjunction with the team’s media
                                                                   officers. When you’re not with the team, clearly you should
                                                                   avoid any criticism of any organisations or individuals.”
The Duke of Cambridge shares a joke with Ashley Cole at the
                                                                       Cole is to be docked two weeks’ wages – around £240,000 –
launch of the FA’s national training centre, St Georges Park.
                                                                   by Chelsea for breaking the club’s code of conduct and has been
Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
                                                                   charged by the FA for the outburst, but he escaped a potential
England players are to be subject to a tough new code of           ban after apologising in person to Bernstein on Monday night.
conduct, drawn up by the Football Association against a            “Our strong view was that it was unfortunate, and something
backdrop of damaging cases involving John Terry and Ashley         we viewed very seriously, but that it wasn’t a capital offence,”
Cole, which will leave them “under no illusions” about the         said the FA chairman. “As a principle, the idea of not allowing
penalties for misbehaviour off the pitch.                          him to play for England would have been disproportionate.”
   David Bernstein, the FA chairman, believes the new rules,           Roy Hodgson is considering resting Cole for the San
which include separate sections for when players are on            Marino game anyway but admitted relief that the issue has
England duty or with their clubs, should have been brought         been resolved. “The chairman has gracefully accepted the
in “years ago” but would make it “crystal clear” where they        apology from Ashley,” the England manager said. “I know how
stood. England’s senior squad were presented with the code on      disappointed and saddened Ashley was with the situation. He
Monday night in a 10-minute presentation after gathering at the    made a mistake and he’s made it very clear he regrets it.
FA’s new £105m national training centre, St George’s Park, in          “He did it in anger and immediately tried to rectify it, and
Staffordshire ahead of Friday’s World Cup qualifier against San    I’m quite relieved as England manager that this matter has
Marino.                                                            been completely resolved. No one could question Ashley’s
   “The England players are representing their country, they’re    commitment, which made his contrition all the greater that he
role models, their behaviour is incredibly important in respect    might have put his position in jeopardy. I’m glad he hasn’t done
of everything else we’re trying to do,” said Bernstein. “I came    that.” Hodgson is likely to have Jermain Defoe available despite
into this position as chairman with five things I’d identified,    the striker missing training on Tuesday but Frank Lampard,
one of which was respect, in its wider sense, not just towards     who worked apart from the main squad, remains a doubt.
referees but player to player. I’m beginning to think it’s the         Terry is still deliberating over whether to lodge an appeal
most important thing I’ve got to deal with as chairman of the      against the commission’s verdict that he was guilty of racially
FA.”                                                               abusing the Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.
   The FA was keen to stress that the code of conduct, which       The Chelsea captain is still seeking advice from his legal team,
encompasses rules on discrimination and the use of social          the club and his representatives and has until 18 October to
media, had been in development since January and there was         make a decision.
no direct link with the Terry or Cole cases. The governing body,       The club are acutely aware of the damage the case continues
which accepts it needs to explain better the independence of its   to cause their image but will await a conclusion to the process
disciplinary process – which will remain separate from the code    before making any comment on the affair. They will, however,
of conduct – has consulted other bodies including the Rugby        offer unflinching support to their long-serving club secretary,
Football Union and the England and Wales Cricket Board.            Dave Barnard, whose involvement in the perceived “evolution”
   It is understood the code encompasses three sections: one       of Cole’s evidence in the case had drawn particular criticism
on general conduct, applicable whether the player is with          from the three-man panel.
England or not; another on conduct and behaviour when
players are with England; and a third on how any breach will be
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                                                                      was “appalled and sickened” that Newcastle would “sign a deal
                                                                      with a legal loan shark”.
MPs attack Newcastle’s Wonga deal,                                       Newcastle MPs including Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck,
dubbing company ‘legal loan shark’                                    and Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle Central, also expressed
                                                                      outrage. “Some of the richest young men in Newcastle to
• Club signs £24m sponsorship with                                    wear shirts calling on the poorest to go to a legal loan shark,”
payday loan company                                                   Onwurah tweeted.
                                                                         Michael Martin, a lifelong Newcastle supporter and editor of
• Newcastle city council leader ‘appalled
                                                                      the long-established True Faith fanzine, said the sponsorship
and sickened’ at deal                                                 was “shameful” and “I really don’t understand what the club is
David Conn                                                            about any more”.
                                                                         The Muslim Council of Britain hopes Newcastle respect the
                                                                      wishes of any Muslim players who ask to wear the shirt without
                                                                      the sponsor’s name. Under Sharia law giving or receiving
                                                                      interest is forbidden.
                                                                         Four Muslim players – Demba Ba, Papiss Cissé, Cheik Tioté
                                                                      and Hatem Ben Arfa – started against Manchester United on
                                                                      Sunday. “Assuming all four are on the pitch at the same time, if
                                                                      you have seven out of 11 [with the sponsor on their shirts] you
                                                                      have sufficient coverage,” Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, assistant
                                                                      secretary general of the MCB, told the Independent. “It is not
                                                                      asking too much, I believe.”



                                                                      Rory McIlroy loses out to Matt Kuchar
Newcastle United’s managing director, Derek Llambias, left,
says the deal will help the club compete for top honours at the
                                                                      after bogey barrage
highest level. Photograph: Serena Taylor/Newcastle Utd via
Getty Images                                                          • Northern Irishman accompanied by
Newcastle United’s £24m four-year sponsorship deal with               Wozniaki
Wonga, the high interest, short-term “payday” loan company,           • Tiger Woods loses out to Charl Schwartzel
has been greeted by a storm of protest from MPs, campaigners
                                                                      Ewan Murray in Antalya
against debt and supporters.
    Derek Llambias, the club’s managing director, said the
deal will provide money for the club’s youth academy and
community work, as well as to boost the first team. It emerged
on Tuesday that the deal also includes naming rights for the
club’s stadium although Wonga will restore the Sports Direct
Arena to its traditional name, St James’ Park.
    “We are building a club that can regularly compete for top
honours at the highest level,” Llambias said. “As everyone
knows, a strong commercial programme is vital to this goal
and I am delighted to welcome Wonga into the fold as our lead
commercial partner.”
    The backlash began even before Newcastle confirmed they
had signed the deal with Wonga, whose loans charge interest
at an average annual percentage rate of 4,214%. Wonga says            Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to his tee shot on the
although that figure is accurate, it does not represent the reality   7th hole at the World Golf Final. Photograph: Warren Little/
of its loans, which are for a maximum 30 days at 1% interest a        Getty Images
day, with compound interest not being charged as for the APR          The arrival of some of the world’s finest players is a rarity in
calculation.                                                          this corner of Turkey. But not as uncommon as the figures that
    However Stella Creasy, the Labour MP for Walthamstow,             appeared on a Rory McIlroy scorecard on day one of the World
who has for two years led a campaign against Wonga, including         Final.
its sponsorship of the Blackpool and Hearts football clubs,              In something for a golfing quiz book, the world No1 was at a
describes payday loan companies as “legal loan sharks”. She           loss when trying to recall when he last went on a three-hole run
wants the government to impose a legal cap on lending rates, at       that read: triple bogey, double bogey, double bogey. Or 7-7-5 in
much lower than 4,214%, as happens in most other European             more blunt terms. Welcome to Turkey, Rory.
countries.                                                               McIlroy’s uncharacteristic capitulation from the 15th tee
    In July the Football Supporters’ Federation called on             meant inevitable defeat by Matt Kuchar in the first round of
the football authorities to ban Wonga from advertising or             the inaugural playing of the event. It also meant a frustrating
sponsorship until such regulation of the industry comes into          scenario for the tournament’s organisers: one where the
force. Nick Forbes, the leader of Newcastle city council, said he
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meeting of McIlroy and Tiger Woods on Wednesday afternoon is
irrelevant in the context of the eight-man competition.
    The odds are also now stacked against McIlroy and Woods,
                                                                     Amir Khan to fight the undefeated
who lost to the South African Charl Schwartzel on Tuesday,           Carlos Molina on 15 December
together progressing from their group to the last four.
    That, needless to say, did not form part of the grand plan       • Bout will be Khan’s first with Virgil Hunter
when the medal matchplay format of the World Final was               as trainer
devised.
                                                                     • Khan: ‘He needs to teach me to stick to a
    “There we are all-square with four to go, he hits it right and
makes triple-bogey,” said Kuchar. “I go three up with three to
                                                                     gameplan’
go and I think both of us lost a little interest at that point.”     Barry Glendenning
    The American bettered McIlroy’s 76 by six strokes. McIlroy
did not disagree with his opponent’s assessment, albeit he
did not seem overly upset by the result. “That was the match
basically,” the Northern Irishman said of his seven on the 15th.
“I lost a bit of concentration, went a few behind and gave up a
bit.
    “To go from level to three behind with three to play, then
you hit your tee shot left on 16 into the water hazard as well,
you resign yourself to losing and getting yourself ready for the
next two matches. It could be a blessing, that I’m not going to
be complacent. I will go out there and give it my best.”
    In his defence – or in highlighting how seriously he is taking
things – McIlroy had his first glance of the Sultan Course on
Tuesday morning. Not even the appearance of his girlfriend, the
                                                                     Amir Khan has announced that he will fight the Californian
tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, for all of 18 holes could boost
                                                                     Carlos Molina in Los Angeles on 15 December. Photograph:
the McIlroy cause.
                                                                     Jonathan Brady/PA
    Woods’s 70 was one shot more than Schwartzel, with the 36-
year-old also racking up a seven, this time on the par-four 9th.     Two days after he and his little brother were forced to deploy
“You don’t see Tiger do things like that very often,” the 2011       their pugilistic skills in order to make a gang of thieves rue the
US Masters winner said. “That took me from one behind to two         evening they attempted to steal a deposed world champion
ahead.”                                                              boxer’s Range Rover, Amir Khan convened a press conference
    As was permitted, Lee Westwood donned shorts – as did            in London to announce the details of his next, considerably less
Kuchar, Schwartzel and Hunter Mahan – for his one-shot victory       impromptu fight.
over Webb Simpson. In the day’s other match, Justin Rose fared           Fresh and unmarked after decking several unknown
four strokes better than Mahan.                                      opponents on a Birmingham street, the Bolton fighter
    Decent crowds and favourable weather marked the start of         confirmed that his next bout will take place in the more familiar
this event but there was a shred of embarrassment, too, for its      environs of the boxing ring, on 15 December, when he will take
organisers. A principal aim of the World Final, after all, is to     on the undefeated Californian Carlos Molina at the LA Sports
portray Turkey’s ability to host prominent events in a positive      Arena in a contest to be broadcast live on Showtime in the USA
light with its bid for the 2020 Olympics in mind.                    and Sky Sports closer to home.
    Ahmet Agaoglu, the president of the Turkish Golf                     Despite suffering back-to-back defeats at the hands of
Federation, has been accused of assaulting a local reporter amid     Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, Khan remains box office
a skirmish on the 1st tee before Woods’s match.                      in the USA, but his career is at a crossroads. With this in mind,
    Agaoglu disputes a report in Turkey that he headbutted the       he has dispensed with the services of Freddie Roach and taken
reporter and broke his glasses, instead describing the somewhat      up with Virgil Hunter, the highly regarded American trainer
tawdry affair as a pushing match. Woods and Schwartzel were          who steered Andre Ward to his Super Six final victory over Carl
blissfully unaware of the minor fracas.                              Froch.
    “They [the press] had been warned by the security guards a           In a recent interview with World Boxing News, Hunter
couple of times to pull back,” Agaoglu said. “They resisted the      said that he had concluded from watching his new charge’s
guards. I said: ‘Please get back and don’t resist the guards.’ He    fights that, while Khan is a good boxer, “he doesn’t have an
said: ‘Who are you’ and ‘we can go here’ and pushed me in the        understanding of boxing”. As withering an assessment as it
chest. It is just a reaction when someone pushes you – you push      sounds, it is not one with which Khan disagreed. “My main
them back. Unluckily, there was something behind him and he          style was that of a good boxer, using my brains,” he said. “But
stumbled. I didn’t hit him and I didn’t headbutt him.”               when you start winning fights comfortably you sometimes
    McIlroy and Woods must summon a different kind of fight          forget the meaning of being a boxer. I think what Virgil wants
for their meeting to prove meaningful.                               me to do is go back to boxing again, but be a smart boxer and
                                                                     understand what I’m doing.
                                                                         “I think that’s going to be a big part of our relationship – he
                                                                     has to teach me what he wants me to do. He needs to teach me
                                                                     to stick to a game plan because at times when I see red, I forget
                                                                     the gameplan and start firing shots from all angles. Being a
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young fighter and a hungry and aggressive fighter, we do make
a lot of mistakes. I put my hand up – in my last two fights I did
make mistakes.”
                                                                       South Africa demand apology over
    Explaining his decision to part from Roach, the 25-year-old        claim they provoked Kevin Pietersen
said he was frustrated at featuring behind Manny Pacquiao on
the trainer’s list of priorities and cited a lack of training time     • Graeme Smith denies ‘deliberate policy’
with the American as the main reason for a split he stressed was       to entrap batsman
amicable.
                                                                       • We play hard but we play fair, says South
    “Freddie’s a great trainer, but I just wasn’t getting everything
I wanted from him,” Khan said. “I was personally the one who
                                                                       Africa captain
called Freddie on the phone and I said: ‘Look, I’m no longer           Reuters
going to be training with you. I’m going to move trainers and
train with Virgil Hunter.’ He wished me all the very best and we
just moved on from there.”
    Undefeated in 17 fights, Molina is fast and skilful but not
renowned as a big puncher. Going toe to toe with Khan will
represent a big step up for the Californian but, with his career
on the line, the Englishman is humble enough to recognise
that he too has much to fear. “I’ve never taken any fight lightly
and after two defeats it’s important I come back stronger,” he
said. “Mentally I’m prepared and I know I’ve made mistakes, so
I’m going to be training a hundred times harder than I’ve ever
trained before.”
    Improving his defence while maintaining his trademark
aggression will be Khan’s new modus operandi and he is
                                                                       Graeme Smith, the South Africa captain, says any suggestion
confident his new trainer can help him do just that. “That is
                                                                       his team targeted Kevin Pietersen is ‘unwarranted’.
what we are going to be working on and we know exactly what
                                                                       Photograph: Philip Brown/Reuters
we have to do,” he said. “We have never really had a defence if
you think about it.” A frank admission from a fighter with much        South Africa’s Test captain, Graeme Smith, has strongly denied
to prove, even if certain luckless car-jackers may not concur.         suggestions he or his team deliberately provoked the England
                                                                       batsman Kevin Pietersen into sending “provocative” text
                                                                       messages to the Proteas players during the recent Test series
                                                                       between the sides.
                                                                           The England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive, David
                                                                       Collier, said in a radio interview on Sunday that there had been
                                                                       a “deliberate policy” to entrap Pietersen. South Africa’s players
                                                                       want an apology from Collier.
                                                                           “In the Proteas we pride ourselves on being a sporting and
                                                                       ethical team,” Smith said in a statement released by the South
                                                                       African Cricketers’ Association.
                                                                           “We talk a lot about values and our approach to the game.
                                                                       We play hard but we play fair and any suggestions that we did
                                                                       this as a tactic is totally unwarranted and unnecessary.”
                                                                           The Saca chief executive, Tony Irish, confirmed that he and




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                                                                       the national players are expecting an apology from Collier.
                                                                           “Our players are angered by David Collier’s claims that they
                                                                       employed unfair and unsporting tactics against Kevin,” said
                                                                       Irish. “By his own admission Mr Collier never saw any text
                                                                       messages, or correspondence, and we know that Kevin himself
                                                                       has never suggested that he was provoked, so where is the
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                                                                       or at least Boullier said: “Not yet. But I expect to see an
                                                                       improvement,” while insisting that it was up to Grosjean to
Romain Grosjean must cool his                                          find ways improve. “He needs to find what makes him relaxed
accident-prone ways, say Lotus                                         and how to be good and to concentrate on the right person. He
                                                                       needs to find that balance. It is not about fixing things like the
• Frenchman has taken the flak after a host                            car setup, it is about trying to make the kid confident and self-
of F1 crashes                                                          aware so that he controls his starts.”
                                                                           Grosjean acknowledged ahead of the next race, here in South
• Lotus principal: ‘He must make sure that
                                                                       Korea on Sunday, that he would be under scrutiny and that
he cools down’                                                         he had to do better. “It was a stupid mistake,” he said. “Mark
Giles Richards in Yeongam                                              [Webber] came to see me after the race and was obviously not
                                                                       happy, but I apologised and we have to move on. I’ve sat down
                                                                       and looked at things again with the team; it’s still an area we
                                                                       need to improve. We’re clearly focusing on this area for the next
                                                                       races.”
                                                                           Boullier added: “We have been speaking to him, especially
                                                                       since Spa. I think he will eventually learn.” However, it is the
                                                                       somewhat nebulous “eventually” that will concern many
                                                                       drivers, especially at the business end of the grid. With five
                                                                       races to go and only four points separating Fernando Alonso
                                                                       and Sebastian Vettel in the world championship, a potentially
                                                                       thrilling end to the season may be ruined should either be
                                                                       knocked out in Korea at the first corner.
                                                                           Alonso’s principal, Stefano Domenicali, meanwhile, has
                                                                       admitted his team must push development harder if they are
The Lotus F1 driver Romain Grosjean must listen to the advice
                                                                       to match Red Bull in the fight for the title. “We need to think
of his team principal if he is to avoid further controversy.
                                                                       differently now, because that race advantage is not there. But it
Photograph: Diego Azubel/EPA
                                                                       [the title fight] is still in our control,” he said.
The Lotus team principal, Eric Boullier, has said Romain                   With the points cushion Alonso had enjoyed until his failures
Grosjean must solve the problems that have led to a host of            to finish in Belgium and Japan now gone, Domenicali noted that
accidents this year.                                                   it was imperative Ferrari move up the grid. “We saw Red Bull
    Grosjean has been involved in eight incidents this season,         this weekend was impressive, so we need to see what we can do
with five on the first lap, including the huge crash that put          to match their development – or see if this track was better for
Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton out at Spa and resulted in          them. We need to keep the positive pressure on our engineers
a one-race ban.                                                        to make sure we deliver the development,” he said. “When I
    The reaction after he punted Mark Webber out in Japan on           hear that we have not developed the car for many grands prix,
Sunday was widespread, negative and strongly suggestive                it is not true. The truth is that the level of development is very
that action against the driver should be taken. Webber himself         high, but we need to start higher because when you start there
branded him a “nutcase”; the Red Bull principal, Christian             [in the middle of the grid] anything can happen.”
Horner, said that it was “unacceptable” and that “his team need
to get him under a bit more control”; while Jenson Button said
he should “sort his shit out”.
    “We can work with him,” Boullier said. “I speak to him. We
try to create a tough environment because I need to push him,
[but] he has to find it within himself, nobody else can do that.
He understands what he did wrong. He has to because that




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needs to be fixed. We can just help him, but we cannot fix it.”
    Grosjean is a quick driver and has put his car in the front five
of the grid six times this season but has also gained a reputation
for what Button described as being a “win or crash” driver,
which Boullier also acknowledged. “If you look at his career, he         Fantasy League Classic
was always a little bit hot [hot-headed driver] but I thought if he
got some confidence, then he would cool down. He [has] won
                                                                         Manage a squad of 16 players and
championships before. That means he knows how to start a race            a budget of £75 million. £75,000
and win a race. The only worry is to make sure he cools down.”           worth of prizes to be won in weekly,
    What little patience there was will have been further tested         monthly and overall competitions.
after Boullier’s comments, because he is not only the French
driver’s boss but also effectively his manager, since the team
                                                                         Beat your nearest and dearest in a
principal is chief executive of Gravity Sports Management,               friends league.
which looks after the driver, and Boullier was personally                guardian.co.uk/fantasyleague
instrumental in bringing him to Lotus.
    Nonetheless, the driver’s seat for 2013 is not at risk,
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                                                                  caffeinated drinks brand Red Bull, had postponed his first
                                                                  attempt on Monday, also after high winds.
Felix Baumgartner on cancelled space                                  There was, unsurprisingly, little sign that he was
jump: ‘there’s no way’ he’ll give up                              contemplating giving up. On the mission’s official Twitter feed
                                                                  tinyurl.com/9s4ah4d , Baumgartner issued a simple statement
Sky dive from 23 miles above Earth called                         promising the attempt would go ahead at some stage. “It’s all
off due to high winds, but team looks to                          about what we do now and accomplish now. We’ve made it so
                                                                  far, there’s no way turning back,” he said.
Thursday to attempt record-breaking
                                                                      If successful Baumgartner’s feat will raise the prospect that
freefall                                                          stricken astronauts might be able to survive a disaster of the
Paul Harris in New York                                           type that hit the space shuttle Columbia in 2003 by actually
                                                                  bailing out of their craft. Baumgartner’s top medical man in
                                                                  the stunt is Dr Jonathan Clark, whose wife Laurel Clark died in
                                                                  the Columbia accident. Clark is now dedicated to improving
                                                                  astronauts’ chances of survival in a high-altitude disaster.



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Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner’s attempt to parachute to
earth from the edge of space has been postponed for at least 48
hours after gusty winds in New Mexico hampered the launch of
the balloon that would take him skywards.
    Baumgartner, a 43-year-old former soldier, was aiming to
jump from 23 miles above the Earth in a specially pressurised
suit, plummetting to the ground at speeds that would break the
sound barrier before he triggers his parachute.
    Team spokeswoman Sarah Anderson later said no new
launch attempt would be made before Thursday. She said
Wednesday had been ruled out due to further weather concerns
and to give the mission’s support crew a day off.                 Ludlow stages jump racing on Wednesday. Photograph: David
    The stunt, if successful, would break five world records.     Davies/PA
Baumgartner would become the first human to ever break the
                                                                  Kempton
sound barrier in free-fall; make the highest free-fall altitude
                                                                     5.30 Hardy Blue 6.00 Daring Damsel 6.30 Secret Art 7.00
jump, ride the highest manned balloon flight and longest free-
                                                                  Syrenka 7.30 Majuro 8.00 George Cinq 8.30 Beat Route 9.00
fall and his jump platform is believed to be the largest manned
                                                                  Wyndham Wave
balloon in history.
    Baumgartner has made a name for himself with acts of          Ludlow
derring-do. The former paratrooper, known as “Fearless Felix”        2.10 Haymarket 2.40 Coronea Lilly 3.10 I’m The Decider
for reasons that need no explanation, has parachuted off          3.40 Dark Spirit 4.10 Savant Bleu 4.40 Street Runner 5.10
buildings and mountains and once into a 600 foot deep cave.       Darkestbeforedawn
Baumgartner had already done two practise freefalls – one from    Nottingham
71,000 feet in March this year and a second from 97,000 feet in      2.30 Cara Gina 3.00 Dutch Masterpiece 3.30 Berkeley Street
July.                                                             4.00 Supreme Luxury (nap) 4.30 Sunpass 5.00 Danube River
    Tuesday’s jump was due to take place far above an airfield    Towcester
near the town of Roswell, which is famous for its UFO sighting.      2.20 South Stack 2.50 Thanks For Coming 3.20 Jawhary
All had appeared well as Baumgartner donned his special suit,     3.50 Buxom 4.20 Hit The Switch (nb) 4.50 Royale Knight 5.20
climbed into the capsule and then waited for the balloon to       Looking Hopeful 5.50 Celtic Agent
inflate. “I am strapped into the capsule and I am ready to go,”
he had told the stunt’s mission control team.
    However, as the slivery balloon began to be inflated it was
buffeted by heavy winds and the mission was postponed.
Baumgartner, whose attempt is sponsored and run by the
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                                                                     type that hit the space shuttle Columbia in 2003 by actually
                                                                     bailing out of their craft. Baumgartner’s top medical man in
Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking                                  the stunt is Dr. Jonathan Clark, whose wife Laurel Clark died
jump from the edge of space aborted                                  in the Columbia accident. Clark is now dedicated to improving
                                                                     astronauts’ chances of survival in a high-altitude disaster.
High winds force daredevil to delay his
attempt to break the sound barrier in a
freefall from 23 miles above Earth
                                                                     Tote gambles on punter loyalty in
                                                                     raising ‘win’ pool takeout by 22%
Paul Harris in New York

                                                                     • Managing director Siers claims pools will
                                                                     become more robust
                                                                     • Former chairman Peter Jones deplores
                                                                     decision -
                                                                     Greg Wood




Felix Baumgartner will likely try his stunt again Wednesday if
the weather improves. Photograph: Matt York/AP
Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner’s attempt to parachute to
earth from the edge of space has been postponed for the second
day running after gusty winds in New Mexico hampered the
launch of the balloon that would take him skywards.
    Baumgartner, a 43-year-old former soldier, was aiming to
                                                                     Peter Jones, a former chairman of the Tote, said it was ‘a
jump from 23 miles above the Earth in a specially pressurised
                                                                     sad day’ when the business offered less value to punters.
suit, plummetting to the ground at speeds that would break the
                                                                     Photograph: Frank Baron for the Guardian
sound barrier before he triggers his parachute.
    The stunt, if successful, would break five world records.        The payouts from successful win bets on the Tote will diminish
Baumgartner would become the first human to ever break the           significantly later this month, following a decision by the
sound barrier in free-fall; make the highest free-fall altitude      recently privatised pool-betting business to increase the
jump, ride the highest manned balloon flight and longest free-       deduction from its win pools by 22% from 22 October.
fall and his jump platform is believed to be the largest manned          Totepool, which currently holds a monopoly licence to
balloon in history.                                                  operate pool betting in Britain, was sold to the bookmaker Fred
    Baumgartner has made a name for himself with acts of             Done for £265m in June 2011. The company said on Tuesday
derring-do. The former paratrooper, known as “Fearless Felix”        that the sudden jump in the deductions from its win pools,
for reasons that need no explanation, has parachuted off             from 13.5% to 16.5%, is designed to encourage “co-mingling”
buildings and mountains and once into a 600 foot deep cave.          of bets from overseas punters in British pools to increase their
Baumgartner had already done two practise freefalls – one from       overall strength and stability. There will also be a small cut in
71,000 feet in March this year and a second from 97,000 feet in      the deduction from two pools, the Exacta and Trifecta, from
July.                                                                26% to 25%.
    The jump was due to take place far above an airfield near the        The announcement marks a complete reversal of the last
town of Roswell, which is famous for its UFO sighting. All had       significant change to pool betting’s payout structure in March
appeared well as Baumgartner donned his special suit, climbed        2003, when the takeout from the win pool was cut from 16%
into the capsule and then waited for the balloon to inflate. “I am   to 13.5%, also with the intention of improving the liquidity of
strapped into the capsule and I am ready to go,” he had told the     the pools. The rise in totepool’s takeout, previously among the
stunt’s mission control team.                                        lowest in the world, moves it closer to the figure which applies
    However, as the slivery balloon began to be inflated it was      in countries such as South Africa, where the deduction from
buffeted by heavy winds and the mission was postponed.               win pools is 20%, or Australia, where it is 16.5%.
Depending on weather conditions, another attempt is likely               However, the pari-mutuel systems, the equivalent of
to be made on Wednesday. Baumgartner, whose attempt is               Britain’s totepool, which operate in most major racing nations
sponsored and run by the caffeinated drinks brand Red Bull,          enjoy a monopoly on off-course betting, while in Britain
had postponed his first attempt on Monday, also after high           pool betting faces fierce competition from both traditional
winds.                                                               bookmakers and, more recently, betting exchanges such as
    If successful Baumgartner’s feat will raise the prospect that    Betfair.
stricken astronauts might be able to survive a disaster of the           Phil Siers, managing director of totepool, insists that
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gamblers will eventually enjoy a much improved betting
product as a result of the change. “This is a move which will
benefit punters in the long term,” he said. “We’ve had problems
                                                                     Leicester keep faith with Toby Flood for
trying to get the big international totes co-mingling into ours      Heineken Cup trip to Toulouse
because the rates are pretty different. What this will mean
is that those customers who are betting with us will have a          • England fly-half given nod over George
product that is much more stable.                                    Ford
    “[At present], the guy who wants £1,000 on a 12.00 shot will
                                                                     • Teenager impressed in win at Sale last
invariably see it move from 12.00 to 6.00 or 5.00 [as a result of
the bet distorting the pool]. With the extra money in the pools,
                                                                     week
the punter will find instead that they are getting 11.60.            Mike Averis
    “We would hope that co-mingling will improve annual
overall take by between £100m and £200m, which is a very
significant amount of money.”
    However, Peter Jones, the chairman of the Tote from 1997 to
2007, said that the jump in deductions is “a surprising thing to
do”.
    “All the research we ever did suggested that the win pool is
more elastic in its demand than the Trifecta and Exacta pools,”
Jones said. “We thought at the time [when the deduction was
cut to 13.5%] that it was very much a matter of credibility and
trying to maintain the Tote’s presence in the market and its
share of it. There is a segment of the racecourse market which is
not price sensitive at all, but the off-course punter is much more
value-conscious. It’s a bit of a shame to cut punter value back
                                                                     Toby Flood’s experience will be vital for the difficult trip to
again. It’s a sad day, in many respects.”
                                                                     Toulouse. Photograph: Craig Brough/Action Images
    The ultimate success, or otherwise, of totepool’s move on
deductions will probably be measured over years rather than          Leicester have cut short any speculation about their fly-half
months, but a 22% rise in the cost of any product is unlikely to     pecking order going into Europe, revealing that Toby Flood will
stimulate demand in the short term. If many millions do indeed       wear the No10 shirt for Sunday’s opening Heineken Cup game
arrive from overseas, it will improve the quality and stability of   in Toulouse.
the pools, though the interest of foreign punters is most likely        England’s double European champions travel to the south
to focus on top-quality Flat racing such as the Derby and Royal      of France to meet the winners from 1996, 2003, 2005 and 2010,
Ascot. The pools for novice hurdles at Fakenham in January           and current French champions, knowing a bonus point would
are unlikely to receive a big injection of cash from Hong Kong       make passage through to the knockout rounds after Christmas a
or Australia, yet gamblers will still suffer the higher rate of      whole lot easier.
deductions.                                                             At this stage last year they visited Clermont Auvergne, lost
    Perhaps totepool’s British customers will embrace higher         30-12 without the sniff of a bonus point and failed to make
deductions if the pools are more robust. Then again, unlike          the quarter-finals. On Tuesday Richard Cockerill, Leicester’s
their counterparts in most major racing nations, they do have a      director of rugby, made it clear that he does not intend
choice.                                                              gambling, even on the considerable talents of the 19-year-old
                                                                     George Ford. Instead he will go with the experience of 27-year-
                                                                     old Flood, capped 50 times for England.
                                                                        “You have to go to Toulouse with some experienced players




  *
                                                                     and manage the game. It’s not a place to go and blood young
                                                                     blokes who have never done it,” Cockerill said. “Floodie will be
                                                                     our first choice going into Europe. He’s very experienced.”
                                                                        Ford started his first league game of the season last Friday
                                                                     night, playing all 80 minutes and kicking five penalties as
  Mystified by mortgages?                                            Leicester came from behind to inflict a sixth successive league
  Perplexes by pensions? Confused                                    defeat on Sale. Before that there had been suggestions, some
                                                                     from former Leicester players, that Ford ought to move to a club
  about your consumer rights?                                        that would give him more game time. Cockerill dealt with that
  Our experts are on hand to answer                                  on Tuesday, saying that, with Flood away for England’s autumn
  all kinds of financial and legal                                   internationals, Ford will get plenty of action.
  questions, so you don’t need to be                                    “Ford will get games. In three or four weeks he’ll get a run of
                                                                     games.”
  baffled any more. Read their advice,                                  Last summer, after consultation with Cockerill, Ford was
  or put a question to them, at                                      allowed to stay in Leicester in an attempt to bulk up rather than
  guardian.co.uk/money                                               tour South Africa with England. The result is a fly-half four or
                                                                     five kilogrammes heavier and more able to handle the physical
                                                                     side of being one of the smaller players on the field. “On Friday
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night I wanted George to play through,” he added. “We were
under pressure and George did really well. He faced a pretty
physical midfield and dealt with it.”
                                                                    Tom Daley wins three-metre synchro
   However, Toulouse on Sunday is clearly another matter.           world juniors with Jack Laugher
“The pool stages are not a procession like some football
competitions and right from the start you have to perform,”         • Victory for Olympic bronze medallist in
said Cockerill. “These are big games. If this was a quarter-final   rare springboard foray
or a semi-final you wouldn’t be surprised.
                                                                    • Jack Laugher wins fourth world junior
   “At this stage it’s about managing the pool, not going there
with all guns blazing and trying to outplay them because if you
                                                                    title
don’t get it right you can get yourself into trouble.               Press Association
   “Against Clermont we went a score behind and all of a
sudden you start chasing the game and you’re playing too much
because you are trying to get back into it and suddenly you give
them opportunities to score and the game gets right away from
you. Then it’s impossible.”



David Miller guides Yorkshire to win in
Champions League qualifying

• South African scored unbeaten 39 despite
being hit in face
• Steven Patterson and Moin Ashraf both
                                                                    Tom Daley can win a second world junior title in Adelaide in
take two wickets                                                    the 10m platform later in the week. Photograph: Clive Rose/
Press Association                                                   Getty Images
                                                                    Tom Daley made a victorious return to action by winning the
                                                                    3m springboard synchro alongside Jack Laugher at the World
                                                                    Junior Diving Championships in Adelaide, finishing 30.93
                                                                    points clear of the Russian silver medallists Ilia Kuzmin and
                                                                    Maxim Popkov. In the 18-year-old’s first appearance since
                                                                    winning bronze at the London Olympics, Daley secured his first
                                                                    junior world title and continued a stellar year in which he has
                                                                    been crowned European and World Series platform champion.
                                                                    Victory was Laugher’s second in two days after he won the
                                                                    individual 3m springboard on Monday. The 17-year-old from
                                                                    Ripon, who has been tipped as a future world champion by the
                                                                    American diving great Greg Louganis, has now won four junior
                                                                    world crowns. Daley and Laugher overwhelmed their rivals
David Miller retired hurt after being hit in the face but           with a score of 338.85. The Russian duo Ilia Kuzmin and Maxim
returned to lead Yorkshire to victory with against Uva Next in      Popkov were their closest challengers, 30.83 behind.
Johannesburg. Photograph: Gallo Images/Getty Images                    It was a rare appearance on the springboard for Daley but
                                                                    marked a possible future direction for the Plymouth diver; he
David Miller recovered from being hit in the face to guide
                                                                    and Laugher began training together for the synchro only after
Yorkshire to a five-wicket victory over the Sri Lankan side Uva
                                                                    the Olympics.
Next in their opening Twenty20 Champions League qualifier.
                                                                       Daley will look to claim his second gold medal later this week
Miller was unbeaten on 22, with Yorkshire on 91 for four and
                                                                    when he competes in the 10m platform, the event at which he
chasing 151 to win, when he was hit as he attempted to pull a
                                                                    was crowned senior world champion as a 15-year-old in 2009.
short ball from Umar Gul.
                                                                       “It was a crazy competition,” Daley said. “I don’t usually do
   The South African retired hurt for treatment but returned
                                                                    springboard and Jack rarely does synchro so we weren’t sure
with Yorkshire requiring 18 from 12 balls – and he promptly
                                                                    how we would get on beforehand..
struck two fours and a six from his first three deliveries.
                                                                       “We had a slightly easier list than some of our competitors
Miller hit the winning single to finish unbeaten on 39 from 29
                                                                    but we executed all the dives well and steadily built a lead
deliveries.
                                                                    throughout the competition. It’s my first gold medal at a junior
   Uva Next posted 150 for seven, with Thilina Kandamby
                                                                    worlds and it is great to say I am junior world champion.”
scoring an unbeaten 29 and the West Indies batsman Shivnarine
Chanderpaul contributing 27. Steven Patterson and Moin Ashraf
took two wickets apiece for Yorkshire.



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