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Heather Watson makes history with Japan
Open win over Chang Kai-chen
Heather Watson is set to break into the world’s top 50 after her
Japan Open triumph ended a 24-year lean run for British women
Page 2


Novak Djokovic roars back to deny Andy
Murray in epic Shanghai final
Novak Djokovic salvaged five match points before seeing off Andy
Murray in a pulsating Shanghai Masters final Page 3



McLaren praise ‘heroic’ Lewis Hamilton
but title dreams turn to dust
Lewis Hamilton used all his skill and tenacity to claim a point for
McLaren at the Korean Grand Prix Page 4




Lance Armstrong’s                            Skydiver                                     Ben Botica makes                Pat Crerand on the
lawyer calls for lie                         Baumgartner lands                            mark for Harlequins             space race fails to fill
detector tests all                           safely on Earth after                        and states his England          the football black hole
round Page 5                                 supersonic record                            credentials Page 8              Page 10
                                             Page 6
Roy Hodgson set to                                                                        Rob Baxter’s old-               Lance Armstrong
make six changes                             Sport news in brief                          school Exeter Chiefs            case: Team Sky ‘made
to England team for                          Page 7                                       give Leinster tough             full checks’ on Dutch
Poland match Page 6                                                                       examination Page 9              doctor Page 11




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                                                                       good friends off the court, could lead to a surge in girls playing
                                                                       the sport, helped not only by their tennis but their outgoing
Heather Watson makes history with                                      personalities, too. “I didn’t think about that but I’d like to
Japan Open win over Chang Kai-chen                                     inspire the younger generation to play tennis and to follow
                                                                       their dreams and work hard,” Watson said. “I think I can do that
• Briton adds more glory to year of success                            through my tennis by achieving things and showing them that
for British tennis                                                     anything’s possible.”
                                                                           Watson will leapfrog Robson in the rankings on Monday ,
• Heather Watson set to break into top 50
                                                                       at No50 to Robson’s 52, and the pair are well placed to head
after Japan triumph                                                    towards the top 20 next year. Robson, who does not turn 19
Simon Cambers                                                          until January, reached the fourth round of the US Open while
                                                                       Watson made the third round at Wimbledon this summer.
                                                                           The bookmakers are already taking bets on who will be
                                                                       higher in the rankings next year and Watson says their friendly
                                                                       rivalry – they appeared together in a Gangnam-style video with
                                                                       fellow players last week that has gone viral on YouTube – is
                                                                       spurring each of them on to bigger and better things. “Knowing
                                                                       Laura did so well in China a few weeks ago definitely motivated
                                                                       me this week,” Watson said. “But it’s great we’re really good
                                                                       friends off the court as well.”
                                                                           While Watson came out on top after an epic battle, Murray
                                                                       was unable to make it a double celebration when he was edged
                                                                       out 5-7, 7-6, 6-3 by Novak Djokovic gu.com/p/3b597 in the final
                                                                       of the Shanghai Masters on Sunday. The world No3 Murray
                                                                       had five match points in the second-set tiebreak but Djokovic
Heather Watson kisses the trophy after winning the Japan
                                                                       survived and clinched victory after three hours, 21 minutes, a
Open in Osaka. Photograph: Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images
                                                                       small measure of revenge for his defeat by the Scot in the US
A lot of history has been made in British tennis lately and on         Open final last month. “It’s a disappointing one to lose,” Murray
Sunday Heather Watson added her name to the list when she              said. “But I’m sure I’ll recover from it pretty well.”
became the first woman from these shores to win a WTA Tour
title since 1988 with her victory in the Japan Open in Osaka.
After Andy Murray’s triumphs at the Olympics and the US
Open, where he broke a 76-year men’s grand slam drought,
Watson snapped a 24-year winless streak by beating Chang Kai-
chen of Taiwan 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 gu.com/p/3b54e for the first of what
promises to be many titles to come.
    “I was in the changing room afterwards, changing my
clothes, and I thought to myself, ‘Did I really win?,’” said the 20-
year-old, who won $37,000 (£23,000) and is set to break into the




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world’s top 50 for the first time on Monday. “It’s just starting
to settle in. I’m proud to do it for my country and to represent
them. Recently, we’ve been breaking quite a lot of records so
I’m happy I could break another one today and hopefully I can
break some more.”
    Three weeks ago, the 18-year-old Briton Laura Robson
almost pipped her to the post when she reached the final in
Guangzhou, China, only to fall in three sets. Watson looked to
                                                                         From Beirut to Big Brother,
be heading the same way when Chang served for the match                  Murdoch to Millionaire,
in the third set but she dug deep to save four match points
and then clinched victory in a nail-biting final-set tiebreak
                                                                         discuss the hot topics in the
after three hours, 11 minutes. “I’ve worked so, so hard for this         media on not one, but two blogs
moment, throughout my career,” Watson said. “That’s why I
ran all those miles and lifted all those weights, for moments like
                                                                         Organ Grinder and Greenslade
this.”                                                                   blogs.guardian.co.uk/
    Born and raised in Guernsey, Watson has trained in the
United States, at the Nick Bollettieri academy, since she was
                                                                         organgrinder/
12, part-funded by the Lawn Tennis Association. Bollettieri              blogs.guardian.co.uk/
was the man responsible for discovering Andre Agassi, Maria              greenslade/
Sharapova, Monica Seles and Anna Kournikova and Watson is
another success story for the American.
    Watson and Robson are seen as the future of women’s tennis
in Britain and the LTA must be hoping that the two players,
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                                                                         Some of the shot-making was laughably good. As at the US
                                                                      Open, the two traded missiles from the baseline. As he had
Novak Djokovic roars back to deny                                     done against Roger Federer in the semi-finals, Murray’s shots
Andy Murray in epic Shanghai final                                    had that extra bite, with one forehand return clocked at an
                                                                      incredible 104mph. Murray broke for 4-3 in the second set with
• Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray 5-7,                               a brilliant passing shot and two games later he served for the
7-6, 6-3                                                              match.
                                                                         It looked over when the Scot stood at 30-0 only for the
• Scot lets five match points slip in another
                                                                      match to turn on a moment of magic from the Serb. Chasing
classic                                                               back a perfect lob from Murray, Djokovic chose to hit a between-
Simon Cambers                                                         the-legs shot – a “tweener” – which is usually the sign of
                                                                      desperation.
                                                                         It went in and after working his way into the rally, he hit a
                                                                      perfect drop shot to win the point. Djokovic responded with a
                                                                      raised fist and, revitalised, he broke back.
                                                                         Both men held to force a tiebreak and as in the first set of
                                                                      their US Open final, it was an epic. At 6-4, Murray looked home
                                                                      but for once the Scot dropped the ball short and was punished.
                                                                         Somehow, when his back is against the wall, Djokovic is able
                                                                      to produce his best, and four more times he saved match points
                                                                      with pure brilliance. Murray saved three set points himself but
                                                                      finally Djokovic clinched it 13-11 with a wrong-footing drive
                                                                      volley.
                                                                         This time Murray’s racket took a beating and Djokovic looked
                                                                      the fresher. As the pain of being so close to victory spread to his
Andy Murray reacts after losing a point against Novak
                                                                      body, the Scot tried to shorten the points but the Serb stayed
Djokovic during the final of the Shanghai Masters.
                                                                      strong and when Murray netted a forehand, he had the break for
Photograph: Eugene Hoshiko/AP
                                                                      4-3. Murray saved two match points with big serves but sent a
The last point, so the cliche goes, is the hardest one to win. That   backhand long to give Djokovic victory.
can rarely have seemed more true than on Sunday when Andy                The Serb is now almost certain to end the year ranked No1
Murray came within a whisker of winning the Shanghai Masters          and there is no denying that he will deserve it. Surely no one
title for the third time only for Novak Djokovic to snatch it from    plays better when up against it and with so few ranking points
his grasp.                                                            to defend, he seems certain to overtake Federer.
    Five times he stood at match point against the man he                Murray must now decide whether it is wise to put himself
defeated to win his first grand slam title at last month’s US         through the rigours of scheduled events in Basle next week and
Open, and five times the Serb dashed his hopes with nerveless,        then in Paris the following week before returning to London
courageous tennis. After three hours, 20 minutes of another           for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. “It was a
scintillating contest, Murray was beaten 5-7, 7-6, 6-3. He looked     disappointing one to lose,” Murray said. “[But] I’ve lost tougher
livid.                                                                matches than that before in the biggest events. So I’m sure I’ll
    In the aftermath of his US Open victory, Murray had spoken        recover from it pretty well.”
about dealing with pressure and how he generally has no
trouble finishing off matches. The irony was not lost on the
Scot after he failed his task at 5-4 in the second set and after
losing a tie-break of high quality and even higher drama, he was
eventually worn down in the third set. “I had been joking about
when you talk so much about serving matches out, it’s bound
to happen at some stage [that you fail],” Murray, the world No3,




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said.
    It was the second week in succession that he had lost from
match point up – last week it was Milos Raonic in Tokyo who
performed the great escape – but Djokovic hit four winners
and on the fifth he forced a mistake from Murray. “It’s not like I
threw the match away,” he said. “I didn’t make any real glaring
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                                                                      horrendous to drive. That was truly remarkable. My instinct
                                                                      was that we would not get to the end of the race because it
McLaren praise ‘heroic’ Lewis Hamilton                                would eat all the tyres and if we did reach the end we wouldn’t
but title dreams turn to dust                                         be near points.
                                                                          “I’m bitterly disappointed with the afternoon but I am
• Hamilton nurses stricken F1 car to 10th                             immensely proud of his job because in those circumstances it is
place at Korean GP                                                    very easy to not fight like he did.”
                                                                          Hamilton, who had a difficult weekend, with talk in the
• ‘He was incredibly tenacious and heroic,’
                                                                      paddock alleging a deteriorating relationship with McLaren,
say McLaren                                                           initially felt only disappointment at the end of his title
Giles Richards in Yeongam                                             challenge. “It is not easy to deal with because I started training
                                                                      in December and every thought and every day I have woken up
                                                                      has been about winning this championship and how I can do
                                                                      it,” he said.
                                                                          He did agree that it had been worth seeing the race through.
                                                                      “It was a struggle. Pure struggle,” he said. “You try not to lock
                                                                      up or lose any more than you are already losing. I feel pretty
                                                                      good because I remained strong throughout that struggle.”
                                                                          Button had less time to deal with his car. He took a knock
                                                                      from Pérez at turn one about which he was blunt although
                                                                      unconcerned that his team-mate next year may be a handful
                                                                      when he lines up alongside him on a regular basis. “He brakes
                                                                      so late, he misjudged it,” Button said. “I haven’t seen that a
                                                                      lot with him. I am just as annoyed as I would be about anyone
                                                                      chucking it up the inside.”
Lewis Hamilton wrestles with his McLaren under pressure
                                                                          The incident put him out of position heading into turn three,
from Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen during the Korean Grand Prix.
                                                                      where he was hit by Kobayashi. Button branded him an idiot
Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images
                                                                      over the team radio and the Japanese driver apologised, saying:
Sebastian Vettel took the win and with his team-mate, Mark            “I feel very sorry for ruining someone else’s race and certainly
Webber, a Red Bull one-two at the Korean Grand Prix – a result        this was not my intention.”
that moved the German driver six points ahead of Ferrari’s                Button was more sanguine later and accepted the apology,
Fernando Alonso with four races to go.                                while gently referring to the Sauber driver as “Kobacrashi”. “We
    Such was Red Bull’s dominance that, having stretched their        move on,” Button said. “We all have incidents, you just have to
legs early, neither driver was troubled for the rest of the race.     hope that you learn from it.”
Not so for McLaren’s drivers, who endured a torrid afternoon to           It was a generous response in the circumstances, especially
squeeze out a point from 10th place. Yet their race had it all too,   for the team. McLaren are behind Red Bull and Ferrari in the
drama, a triumph of sorts and by the end, for the team’s title        constructors’ championship. Trailing the former by 41 points
hopes, disaster.                                                      going into this race the gap has more than doubled to 83 and
    Jenson Button lasted only to turn three before being rudely       with Ferrari six points ahead, it is a huge blow.
shunted out by a late-breaking Kamui Kobayashi, who ploughed              Christian Horner, despite the form of his Red Bull cars, was
through Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes. It left Lewis Hamilton as            still circumspect about the remaining races. “None of us are
McLaren’s sole hope to score the constructors’ points the team        taking anything for granted,” the team principal said. “We have
desperately needed to stay in touch with Red Bull. It soon            only moved ahead of Fernando by six points. I am sure this title
became clear that even this might be too much, as Hamilton            will go all the way down to the wire and we are going to need to
complained of a lack of grip and that the car was difficult           extract the most we can out of every single weekend.”
to control, resulting in much heavier tyre degradation than               No doubt that is McLaren’s goal too but no longer to the
expected.                                                             same purpose – 10th-place finishes, no matter how heroic, do
    He had to make three stops, beginning his battle with             not win championships. “In motor racing you have some good
the leaders and then moving down the grid through Kimi                days and bad days although I can’t remember them going much
Raikkonnen, Felipe Massa, Nico Hülkenberg, and onwards until          worse than this one,” Whitmarsh said.
he faced the spectre of his replacement at McLaren next year,             He will not admit it yet but, despite all the effort in
Sergio Pérez, looming in his mirrors in the last laps looking to      South Korea, McLaren’s fight for both titles is over, barring
steal that final point.                                               extraordinary circumstances.
    Yet there he was at the end, still fighting against the odds.
Hamilton’s car had suffered a rear rollbar failure that destroyed
its balance and ability to conserve its rubber. It had been a
mighty drive that McLaren’s team principal, Martin Whitmarsh,
acknowledged.
    “It was probably the most hard fought for championship
point that I can remember in the history of this team. Lewis did
a fantastic job. He was incredibly tenacious and heroic,” he said.
    “We did what we could at stops but it must have been
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                                                                      not, several of them are.
                                                                          “I can tell you that many witnesses had contradictory stories
Lance Armstrong’s lawyer calls for lie                                to tell and Lance had incidentally over 600 fellow riders, team
detector tests all round                                              members, trainers, that sort of thing, in his career racing in
                                                                      Europe. Of those, I think 11 came forward, but many others
• Tim Herman calls for 26 witnesses to be                             would and have refuted [sic] many of the allegations.
tested                                                                    “Why would [the witnesses] wait until now [to come
                                                                      forward]? Here’s the answer. It’s because for the most part
• ‘I wouldn’t challenge the results of a test
                                                                      they’ve been given sweetheart deals. They are supposed to be
with good equipment’                                                  suspended for four years, they’re not. They’re suspended for
Press Association                                                     six months commencing in September so they don’t miss a
                                                                      single race.”
                                                                          Despite repeatedly denying accusations of doping, in August
                                                                      Armstrong announced he would not fight the charges filed
                                                                      against him by Usada, saying in a statement he was “finished
                                                                      with this nonsense” and claiming he is innocent.
                                                                          Herman said: “The same allegations, same witnesses,
                                                                      same information, was provided to the United States Justice
                                                                      Department in Los Angeles during their investigation and after
                                                                      two years of unbelievable stress emotionally and financially
                                                                      the Justice Department elected not to go forward with these
                                                                      allegations.
                                                                          “Shortly after that here comes Usada with the same
                                                                      information and with the same witnesses. So faced with a
                                                                      predetermined result, faced with two to three years more
Lance Armstrong may be prepared to take a lie detector test,
                                                                      litigation, stress and expenses, he [Armstrong] elected to move
according to his lawyer. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters
                                                                      forward with the important part of his life which is the fight
Lance Armstrong’s lawyer has revealed the cyclist may take a          against cancer, and that’s all he devotes himself to and has for
lie detector test in an attempt to prove he is innocent of doping     some time.”
allegations, but admitted few people would believe the results            Herman ended the interview in bizarre fashion, saying:
even if they show he is telling the truth.                            “Anyway, it’s been very nice talking to you, well it hasn’t really
    The Texan has been labelled a “serial cheat” and a bully who      been all that nice. I’m just kidding, but I need to run now.”
led “the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful              Meanwhile, the president of cycling’s world governing body,
doping programme that sport has ever seen”, by the United             the UCI, has admitted his anger and shock at Usada’s findings.
States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada), which has stripped him of          Pat McQuaid was quoted by the Daily Telegraph as saying he is
his seven Tour de France titles and banned him for life.              “angry and shocked. That’s as much as I can say”. The UCI said
    His lawyer Tim Herman said he would be keen for the 26            last week it would study all the Usada evidence before issuing a
witnesses who testified against Armstrong to the Usada to take        response.
lie detector tests.
    He told Radio 5 Live: “A lie detector test properly
administered, I’m a proponent of that frankly, just personally.
I wouldn’t challenge the results of a lie detector test with good




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equipment, properly administered by a qualified technician.
That’s a pretty simple answer.”
    Asked if Armstrong would take a lie detector test himself,
Herman said: “We might do that, you never know.”
    He added later: “I don’t know if we would or we wouldn’t.           Eat right
We might.”
    Asked what reason there could be for not submitting to
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    Asked if he was saying all 26 witnesses, 11 of whom were
former team-mates of Armstrong and who revealed their own
doping past by testifying, were lying, Herman said: “No, I’m
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                                                                      That will leave Hodgson travelling east with a party of 23
                                                                   players – they have retained Liverpool’s Jonjo Shelvey – with
Roy Hodgson set to make six changes to                             Theo Walcott also ruled out after bruising a lung early in the
England team for Poland match                                      victory over San Marino. The Arsenal forward was clattered by
                                                                   the San Marino goalkeeper, Aldo Junior Simoncini, and spent
• Gerrard, Johnson, Cole, Lescott, Milner,                         Friday night in hospital after coughing up blood and before
Defoe to return                                                    being released on Saturday afternoon. His Arsenal club-mate,
                                                                   the young right-back Carl Jenkinson, trained with England at
• Frank Lampard and Theo Walcott are
                                                                   London Colney on Sunday to gain experience with the senior
ruled out                                                          squad but will not travel to Warsaw.
Dominic Fifield                                                       Cole, whose wait to secure a century of caps is likely to be
                                                                   extended into 2013, is expected to return despite Baines having
                                                                   started all four of England’s games this season and with his
                                                                   reputation bolstered by excellent form for Everton to date this
                                                                   term. “You’ve got Cole on 98 caps, a fantastic left-back, and
                                                                   then you’ve got the in-form player in the Premier League in
                                                                   Leighton Baines,” said Phil Jagielka. “I think I’d be spinning a
                                                                   coin, heads or tails. I’m glad I don’t have to make that decision.”



                                                                   Skydiver Baumgartner lands safely on
                                                                   Earth after supersonic record

                                                                   Supersonic skydiver breaks three world
Steven Gerrard is set to return to the England team to             records during his descent from balloon 24
face Poland after missing the San Marino game through
                                                                   miles above the Earth’s surface
suspension. Photograph: Carl Recine/Action Images
                                                                   Dominic Rushe in New York
Roy Hodgson will demonstrate his ruthless streak by making up
to six changes to his England line-up for Tuesday’s World Cup      Standing at the edge of space above the deserts of New Mexico,
qualifying tie in Poland, despite seeing his hopes of recalling    Felix Baumgartner paused slightly. It was a small step away
Frank Lampard dashed by his withdrawal with a calf injury.         from the capsule, but a 24-mile drop back down to earth.
    The national manager will welcome back his captain, Steven         “Our guardian angel will take care of you,” said mission
Gerrard, and his first-choice right-back, Glen Johnson, the pair   control, and the man known as Fearless Felix jumped.
having missed Friday’s 5-0 victory over San Marino through             Ten heart-stopping minutes later the Austrian landed back
suspension. The trio of players rested for that fixture as they    on Earth, after reaching speeds of up to 725mph, and breaking
were one yellow card away from suffering their own one-match       three world records, including becoming the world’s first
ban – Joleon Lescott, James Milner and Jermain Defoe – are         supersonic skydiver by breaking the sound barrier at Mach 1.24.
also likely to return to the side in Warsaw while Ashley Cole          “We love you Felix,” cheered the control room as his mother,
is expected to earn his 99th cap at left-back at the expense of    Ava Baumgartner, wept.
Leighton Baines.                                                       Baumgartner, who claimed the records for the highest
    Their inclusion would leave only five survivors from the       altitude manned balloon flight and the highest altitude skydive,
game at Wembley, where England moved three points ahead            raised his arms in a victory salute to thank his team.
of Montenegro and Poland at the top of Group H. The manager            He was wearing a specially designed survival suit that
had indicated in the build-up to the San Marino fixture that       kept his body intact against the hugely varying pressures that
his selection for that game would be made with Poland in           marked his drop back to earth. Without it, his blood would have
mind as he sought to ensure his side will be fresh and free        boiled and his lungs might have exploded.
of suspensions for one of the more awkward fixtures in the             Baumgartner later told a press conference: “When I was
section. The absence of Lampard, who might also have started       standing there on top of the world, you become so humble, you
the game in the national stadium, still represents a blow.         don’t think about breaking records.” He admitted all he could
    The 34-year-old had returned to Chelsea on Thursday to         think about was getting back alive, but added: “Sometimes you
undergo treatment on a minor calf injury, having initially         have to go up really high to see how small you are.” His other
been discomforted earlier in the week with a knee complaint.       two records were for the highest altitude manned balloon flight
Hodgson had hoped the midfielder, together with his club-mate      and the highest altitude skydive.
Ryan Bertrand, who had been laid low with a virus, would be fit        After two aborted attempts last week, the mission was given
enough to return on Sunday in time to travel to Poland, though     the go-ahead on Sunday morning with the co-operation of the
those aspirations have now been dashed.                            weather. Baumgartner was carried up into crystal clear skies
    Both players linked up at the team’s Hertfordshire hotel       by a gigantic balloon, that measured 30 million square cubic
to be assessed by the England medical staff and, with neither      feet and whose skin was one-tenth the thickness of a sandwich
sufficiently recovered, were released back to Chelsea. The         bag. At the bottom of the balloon was a capsule, in which
Premier League leaders will hope to have both available for the    Baumgartner sat in his suit.
awkward trip to Tottenham on Saturday.                                 As he reached the desired height, Baumgartner went
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through a checklist of 40 items with his mentor Joe Kittinger,         who said that he [Baumgartner] was going to come apart when
the previous holder of the highest altitude manned balloon             he went supersonic.”
flight.                                                                   This will be the last jump, Baumgartner said. He has
    There was some concern that a heater for his visor was not         promised to settle down and enjoy his post-jump years with his
working, causing his visor to fog. “This is very serious, Joe,” he     girlfriend, Nicole Oetl, flying helicopters on rescue missions in
told Kitttinger. “Sometimes it’s getting foggy when I exhale . . . I   the US and Austria.
do not feel heat.”
    But they decided to go ahead, watched by a record 8 million
people as the jump was streamed live on YouTube.                       Sport news in brief
    The two-and-a-half hour journey upwards, during which the
curvature of the earth became visible and the skies gradually          • Big-name athletes at risk of lottery
turned black, was matched with a rather more rapid descent.
    Three cameras attached to Baumgartner’s suit recorded his
                                                                       funding cut
freefall of just over four minutes – which failed to break the         • MotoGP victory for Dani Pedrosa in Japan
existing freefall record for duration – and then the parachute         Press Association
opening.
    The success of the mission, and of the suit, raises the
prospect that astronauts might be able to survive a high altitude
disaster of the type that struck the space shuttle Columbia in
2003 by actually bailing out of their craft.
    Baumgartner’s top medical man in the stunt was 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.
    Baumgartner has made a name for himself with acts of
daring. The former paratrooper has parachuted off buildings
and mountains and once into a 600 foot deep cave. He had
already done two practise freefalls in preparation for this
attempt – one from 71,000 feet in March this year and a second
from 97,000 feet in July. But no feat can possibly have matched        Paula Radcliffe may lose lottery funding as UK Athletes
his jump above the town of Roswell, a suitably chosen place            reduces the number of recipients next season. Photograph:
famed for its connections to UFO sightings.                            Hans Punz/AP
    He was chasing five different records: the first human to ever     Athletics
break the sound barrier in free-fall; the highest free-fall altitude
jump, the highest manned balloon flight and longest free-fall              UK Athletics will on Monday name a reduced group of
and his jump platform is believed to be the largest manned             athletes who will receive lottery funding for next season,
balloon in history.                                                    with the emphasis on those with major championship medal
    The stunt, which was seven years in the planning and               potential over the next four years. The governing body has
sponsored by Red Bull drinks, beat two of Kittinger’s records:         narrowed the focus for a place on its World Class Performance
the retired US air force colonel previously held the high altitude     Programme from athletes with top-eight potential to those who
and speed records for parachuting. Kittinger jumped from a             are top-three contenders. That will mean fewer podium-level
balloon 19 miles above the planet in 1960.                             funded athletes, the highest level of lottery support, which
    Suitably, the only voice in Baumgartner’s radio earpiece           runs from around £13,000 to £26,000 and is in addition to
guiding his ascent was that of Kittinger, now 84.                      non-financial help such as access to coaches, facilities, medical
    Asked after the jump what he wanted to do next,                    staff and training camps. Athletes who failed to achieve the
Baumgartner said: “I want to inspire a generation. I’d like to be      targets set out for them at either the 2011 World Championships
sitting in the same spot in the next four years as Joe Kittinger.      or this summer’s Olympics or those not considered medal
There is a young guy asking me for advice because he wants to          contenders at the Rio Games in 2016 could be cut. That could
break my record.”                                                      mean experienced names such as the world marathon record
    He said the most exciting moment for him had been when             holder Paula Radcliffe and the former world 800 metres
he was standing outside the capsule “on top of the world”. To          bronze medallist Jenny Meadows missing out. The likes of the
laughter, he added: “The most beautiful moment was when                Commonwealth 1500 metres bronze medallist Stephanie Twell,
I was standing on the landing area and Mike Todd [the life             the former European 800m silver medallist Michael Rimmer,
support engineer who dressed Baumgartner in his suit] showed           both of whom have been plagued by terrible problems, and
up and he had a smile on his face like a little kid.”                  400m runner Martyn Rooney could also be under threat.
    Baumgartner said that he had come to feel like Todd’s son,         Motor cycling
adding: “He was so happy that I was alive.”                               Dani Pedrosa further closed the gap on his Spanish
    Earlier, Todd had told the press conference: “The world            compatriot Jorge Lorenzo at the top of the MotoGP standings
needs a hero right now, and they got one in Felix Baumgartner.”        after claiming victory in Japan on Sunday.
    To further laughter at the press conference, Kittinger said:          The in-form Pedrosa, who saw pole snatched away from him
“I would like to give a special one fingered salute to all the folk    by Lorenzo late in Saturday’s qualifying session, claimed his
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fourth victory in his last five races after finishing just ahead of   totems, Dimitri Yachvili and Imanol Harinordoquy, but sticking
Lorenzo and another Spaniard, Alvaro Bautista, on the Motegi          four tries past their main rivals in Pool 3 allows Quins to look
circuit. Pedrosa’s fifth triumph of the season means the Repsol       ahead with genuine optimism, assuming they avoid a repeat of
Honda rider is now 28 points behind Lorenzo, who continued            their ruinous defeat in Galway last season. Even if Evans’s ankle
his hugely impressive campaign in which he has finished in the        problem does sideline him for a number of weeks, Botica’s boot
top two of every race except for Assen when he failed to finish.      and calm distribution skills will bother plenty of opponents. “I
Golf                                                                  wasn’t nervous at all,” said the newcomer. “For some reason it
                                                                      just felt good.”
   Ireland’s Shane Lowry became only the second player to win             He is also hungry to make a lasting impression having been
on the European Tour as both an amateur and a professional on         rejected by the Auckland Blues. Last season he found himself
Sunday. The 25-year-old, who won the Irish Open in an amazing         playing in the French second division for Périgueux, having
Tour debut three years ago, took the Portugal Masters by a            also represented Biarritz Under-21s during a previous “life
stroke in Vilamoura when England’s Ross Fisher three-putted           experience” spell in Europe, but he holds a British passport
the final hole.                                                       having lived in England for eight years as a child, when his
   Lowry joins the Spaniard Pablo Martín, who won the 2007            father was playing rugby league for Wigan.
Portuguese Open in his amateur days and then the Alfred                   As a result, Botica junior is open to the idea of representing
Dunhill Championship in South Africa two years later. “I cannot       England one day, an ambition which may raise eyebrows among
believe this,” he said after coming from four behind Austria’s        the Farrells and Fords of this world. “I’m pretty sure I’m eligible
Bernd Wiesberger in the final round. “I can’t explain how I feel      but it’s one step at a time. I just want to play consistently for
really. It’s a dream come true.”                                      Harlequins and take my chances when they come. My old man
                                                                      taught me how to kick but if you’re not playing well teams
                                                                      aren’t going to pick you, no matter who your father was or what
Ben Botica makes mark for Harlequins                                  your last name is.”
                                                                          The youngster also had the advantage of playing behind a
and states his England credentials                                    pack stung by their travails in Exeter the previous week. Nick
                                                                      Easter and Joe Marler were both outstanding and Danny Care
• Harlequins 40–13 Biarritz                                           and Mike Brown also made compelling cases for inclusion in
                                                                      England’s starting lineups this autumn.
Robert Kitson at the Stoop
                                                                          Easter, for now, remains on the outer but, along with
                                                                      Exeter’s Richie Baxter, continues to blaze a trail for thirty-
                                                                      something No8s. “He’ll keep on knocking on the door until
                                                                      someone answers,” said O’Shea. “He’s still desperate to play for
                                                                      England.”
                                                                          It may also interest Stuart Lancaster that all four of Quins’
                                                                      try-scorers were English-qualified. He knows plenty about Care
                                                                      and Jordan Turner-Hall, while the hooker Rob Buchanan looks
                                                                      another handy prospect in the absence of the England summer
                                                                      tourist Joe Gray. The latter may well miss the autumn Tests
                                                                      with an abdominal strain which threatens to sideline him for
                                                                      between three and eight weeks.
                                                                          Quins’s overriding priority, though, is to avenge last season’s
                                                                      Galway mugging. O’Shea acknowledges that “the date Jan 20th
Ben Botica of Harlequins, centre, breaks during their                 is etched in our memory” and Botica already detects a sense
Heineken Cup win against Biarritz at the Stoop. Photograph:           of steely purpose in the dressing-room. “I’m sure the boys are
David Rogers/Getty Images                                             going to be up for it, having lost to them last year and being
Fly-halves from famous rugby families are suddenly                    kicked out of the tournament.” On this evidence, Connacht
everywhere. Owen Farrell at Saracens and George Ford at               should batten down the batches.
Leicester have already made positive impressions at senior level          Harlequins: Brown; Williams, Hopper, Turner-Hall, Monye
and on Saturday it was the turn of Ben Botica, the 23-year-old        (Stegmann, 61); Evans (Botica, 18), Care; Marler (Lambert, 76),
son of the former Wigan and All Blacks stand-off Frano.               Buchanan, Johnston (Collier, 77), Kohn, Robson, Fa’asavalu
   Harlequins will be without their injured playmaker Nick            (Guest, 57), Robshaw (capt; Ward, 76), Easter.
Evans in Connacht this weekend but his deputy is already                  Tries: Care, Buchanan,Turner-Hall, Stegmann. Cons: Evans,
making a name for himself. As nerveless Heineken Cup debuts           Botica 3. Pens: Evans, Botica 3.
go, Botica’s performance was right up there. Not only did he              Biarritz: Balshaw; Ngwenya, Haylett-Petty (Traille, 65),
help his side score 27 unanswered points after half-time to           Burotu (Gimenez, 54), Brew; Peyrelongue, Lesgourgues;
secure a crucial bonus-point victory, he also seems to possess        Barcella (Blaauw, 60), Heguy, Gomez Kodela (Synaeghel, 71), E
a big-game temperament to match his left-footed kicking               Lund, Dubarry (Taele, 52), M Lund (capt), Lauret, Gray (Guyot,
prowess.                                                              35).
   While Quins have endured disappointing defeats to Saracens             Try: Heguy. Con: Peyrelongue. Pens: Peyrelongue 2.
and Exeter, their European campaign could not have started                Sin-bin: Haylett-Petty 17.
much better. It helped that Biarritz were missing their two               Referee: G Clancy (Ireland). Att: 13,815.

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                                                                    competitive domestic league that the English power-brokers
                                                                    don’t talk about when they demand reform to the Heineken
Rob Baxter’s old-school Exeter Chiefs                               Cup.
give Leinster tough examination                                         “The more we play,” Schmidt said, “the more confident I’d
                                                                    be that we can put better performances together. Leo [Cullen]
• Leinster 9-6 Exeter Chiefs                                       hadn’t played for a couple of weeks; Cian Healy hadn’t. There’s
                                                                    nothing like match conditioning. We knew that a number of
Michael Aylwin at the RDS
                                                                    units of Exeter’s team had played every game this year. They’re
                                                                    still fresh but they were conditioned enough to have more
                                                                    organisation and continuity than we did.”
                                                                        That dynamic will have shifted by the time the return fixture
                                                                    comes around in January. Who knows what state either side
                                                                    will be in by then. Of one thing we can be sure though. If the
                                                                    Leinster boys want a good night out in Exeter after the game,
                                                                    they will be shown it.
                                                                        Leinster Madigan; Conway, O’Driscoll, McFadden, Nacewa;
                                                                    Sexton, Reddan; Healy (Van der Merwe 54), Strauss (Cronin 74),
                                                                    Ross, Cullen (capt), Browne (Toner 54), McLaughlin, Jennings,
                                                                    Heaslip
                                                                        Pens Sexton 3
                                                                        Exeter Arscott; Whitten, Dollman, Shoemark (Naqelevuki
Jonathan Sexton of Leinster is tackled by Will Chudley and          54), Jess; Steenson (Mieres 66), Thomas (Chudley 54); Sturgess
Ian Whitten of Exeter Chiefs during the Heineken Cup at             (Moon 72), Alcott (Whitehead 66), Rimmer (Budgen 76),
Royal Dublin Society on October 13, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland.        Hayes (capt), Hanks (Muldowney 72), Johnson (Mumm 59),
Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images                               Scaysbrook, Baxter
                                                                        Pens Steenson 2
The Exeter team doctor, Adam Reuben, looked on affectionately
                                                                        Referee Pascal Gaüzère (Fr) Attendance 17,520
at his players — his patients, perhaps we should call them — as
they enjoyed a few pints of stout, having announced their
arrival in the Heineken Cup with a thorough examination of
the champions on their own turf. “They just love being in each
other’s company,” he said. “Even if they’d been offered the
option of going home tonight, they wouldn’t have wanted to
take it. It’s what they do after every game. Including the home
ones.”
    There is certainly something of the old school about
Exeter, something amateur, dare we say. But, far from being
a weakness, it is one of the secrets to their hugely convincing
campaign to be considered at home among rugby’s elite. On
paper, this set-to was a no contest; on grass, Exeter turned it
into so much of a contest that they were unlucky to emerge
from it with only a losing bonus point.
    So far the Chiefs, buoyed by their colourful army of chanting
fans, whose ubiquity and raucousness impress even Irish rugby




                                                                      *
followers, are negotiating each level of their ascent from junior
rugby to the top with some confidence. “We didn’t just arrive
in the Premiership as if it was a dream,” the Chiefs’ coach, Rob
Baxter, said. “We didn’t just wake up here. We’ve worked a long
time and we’ve worked very hard to get into the Heineken Cup.
Now we’ve got to work very hard to be a successful part of it.”
    Leinster were relieved that Ignacio Mieres’s last-minute
penalty from just short of halfway flew wide, denying Exeter
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    Joe Schmidt, Leinster’s coach, conceded that his side
were short of match practice, which is one advantage of a
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                                                                   whose ball distribution played a big part in United’s successes
                                                                   in the early 1960s. “I think there’s people out there somewhere,
Pat Crerand on the space race fails to fill                        and one of the reasons they don’t make connection with us is
the football black hole                                            because we’re always killing each other.”
                                                                       Paddy added that 1970 was also notable for Ted Heath’s
The hours drag by on a weekend with no                             election as prime minister, “which I wasn’t happy about”. Who
top-flight football, so in desperation I turned                    knew? That was a tight election, as I recall, and if Crerand had
                                                                   made his views known at the time, he could maybe have swung
to MUTV and some boxing on Channel Five
                                                                   it.
Martin Kelner                                                          The mind was free to concentrate on such issues, with no
                                                                   top-flight football at the weekend. I hate those weekends: no
                                                                   Match Of The Day, no Ray Stubbs on ESPN with his little grey
                                                                   goatee beard, nothing much to laugh at at all. It is not even
                                                                   as if England are fun to watch, especially against teams like
                                                                   San Marino, where collectively they remind one of someone
                                                                   struggling to get into a packet marked “tear here” but with no
                                                                   proper perforations, eventually resorting to a pair of scissors
                                                                   – or Andy Carroll, in the case of England.
                                                                       (Mark Lawrenson, also sporting a little grey goatee – is this
                                                                   some charity thing I have missed? – said on Football Focus
                                                                   that San Marino “should be in their own group with the
                                                                   Liechtensteins”, who I remember as a charming couple who ran
                                                                   a small delicatessen round the corner from us.)
                                                                       And so, in the absence of MOTD, to the boxing on
Pat Crerand’s football talent is well documented, but did you
                                                                   Channel 5, who got lucky with their European super-
know his views on politics and the space race? Photograph: PA
                                                                   middleweight title fight between James DeGale and Hadillah
Photos/PA Archive/PA Images
                                                                   Mohoumadi. Mohoumadi is the French champion, which I
It’s not exactly what you would call sticking it to the Man, but   gather is about as significant as being Albania’s top crown green
I did save myself a premium rate phone call and a few bob in       bowls player, but 5 promised us he would give DeGale a decent
subscriptions by not watching the Audley Harrison fight at         fight and, unusually for boxing, this was not just hype.
the weekend. Boxing has its own channel now, BoxNation,                Not that the night was entirely free of the bombast fight
where for a small fee you can watch pasty-faced Eastenders, or     game fans love. Profiled before the contest, DeGale asked:
African-Americans you have never heard of, knocking seven          “What does the future hold for me? This maybe sounds big, but:
bells out of each other any hour of the day or night, and Audley   Greatness.” Boxers, eh, you can’t help liking them.
was their big attraction on Saturday night, fighting David Price       Tyson Fury is another British boxer not greatly troubled by
for the British and Commonwealth heavyweight title.                self-doubt, and Channel 5 was fortunate enough to catch him in
    As a consummate professional, I felt I ought to be among       the crowd for some inter-round chit-chat – or not, depending on
those present and set about accessing it, but they needed my       how active m’learned friends are in the area of banter between
Sky viewing card number which would have meant taking the          boxers. Despite reminders he was “live on Channel 5”, Fury was
card out of the digital box just as the rest of the family was     uninhibited in his assessment of Harrison’s conqueror, David
gathered round the set for Strictly Come Dancing and those         Price: “You see, you plumber from Liverpool, it’s personal
other Saturday night family bonding programmes that have           between me and you, and I’m going to do you some serious
replaced the sing-song round the piano we enjoyed when I was       harm, you big stiff. They’re going to need 10 plumbers to do you
a lad – or would have had we had a piano.                          up, when I’ve finished with you.”
    Also, with a lot of these subscriptions the onus is on the         Less controversially, he described Harrison as “the biggest
subscriber to cancel, and I never get round to it. As a result     bum inside boxing”. The commentator Dave Farrar added that
there are direct debits on my bank statement that are a            the Harrison fight had lasted just 82 seconds. Result: another
complete mystery to me. I really do not need my monthly copy       lifetime commitment sidestepped.
of Philately and Philatelist, having given up stamp collecting
some 50 years ago, and I could probably do without MUTV as




                                                                     *
well.
    Still, if you were ever curious about what political and
general world views underpinned the stylish midfield play
of Scottish international and Manchester United legend Pat
Crerand, the channel enlightened us this week. They’re running
                                                                     Mystified by mortgages?
a programme called The Football League Files, in which Jim
Rosenthal looks back at the history of the world, much like
                                                                     Perplexes by pensions? Confused about
Andrew Marr, but with more focus on United.                          your consumer rights?
    This week it was 1970, and Jim took us back to the aborted       Our experts are on hand to answer all
Apollo 13 space mission, on which Crerand’s views were sought:       kinds of financial and legal questions, so
“I was always interested in the space race because I’m a great       you don’t need to be baffled any more.
believer we’re not the only ones,” said the elegant wing-half
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