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Sir Alex Ferguson angered by Rio
Ferdinand’s Kick It Out T-shirt snub
Sir Alex Ferguson said Rio Ferdinand faced punishment by
not wearing a Kick It Out T-shirt during the warm-up before
Manchester United’s game with Stoke City Page 2

Chelsea’s Roberto Di Matteo lauds players’
response to John Terry saga
Chelsea’s Roberto Di Matteo praised his players’ response to the
John Terry racism saga Page 2

Saracens enjoy another away day as they
demolish Racing Métro
Saracens, playing a home match in Brussels, proved far too strong
for Racing Métro to claim their second Heineken Cup win of the
season Page 3

Frankel wins Champion                       Doping expert wants                         Kell Brook stuns Hector         Zac Purchase: I’m still
Stakes at Ascot and will                    Team Sky’s drug                              Saldivia to set up IBF          humbled by the post-
be retired unbeaten                          stance put under the                         world title fight Page 8       Olympic glow Page 9
Page 4                                       microscope Page 6
                                                                                          After the Games: Jonny          Pay drivers take a back
Ascot crowds cheer on                       Sports news in brief                        Brownlee goes for              seat in F1’s race for
Frankel as world’s best                     Page 7                                       triathlon world title          financial supremacy
ever horse exits to make                                                                  Page 8                          Page 10
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                                                                       reveal he was wearing a United training shirt. It represented
                                                                       an obvious snub to the anti-racism campaign, and directly
Sir Alex Ferguson angered by Rio                                       contradicted Ferguson’s stance on the matter.
Ferdinand’s Kick It Out T-shirt snub                                      Ferdinand’s brother, Anton, was racially abused by John
                                                                       Terry, for which the Chelsea captain received a four-match ban
• Defender faces punishment for being odd                              and a £220,000 fine from the Football Association. The club
one out                                                                gave Terry their own record fine, but he remains the captain.
                                                                          The Stoke manager, Tony Pulis, defended Ferdinand’s right
• Manager ‘embarrassed’ as his edict is
                                                                       to make a personal stand: “Let me just say this about this
ignored                                                                country, they’ve got the right to say yes or no,” he said.
Jamie Jackson at Old Trafford

                                                                       Chelsea’s Roberto Di Matteo lauds
                                                                       players’ response to John Terry saga

                                                                       • Manager backs club’s decision to retain
                                                                       Terry as captain
                                                                       • André Villas-Boas tips former club for title
                                                                       Daniel Taylor at White Hart Lane

Rio Ferdinand, left, wears a Manchester United top while
Wayne Rooney wears the Kick It Out anti-racism campaign T-
shirt. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA
Rio Ferdinand’s decision to defy the wishes of Sir Alex Ferguson
by refusing to wear a Kick It Out T-shirt during the warm-up to
the Premier League meeting with Stoke City “embarrassed” the
Manchester United manager, who has now hinted darkly that
the defender may be punished for his stance.
    Speaking to United’s in-house TV channel, MUTV, after the
4-2 victory at Old Trafford Ferguson said: “I am disappointed. I
said [on Friday] that the players would be wearing [the T-shirts]      Chelsea’s Roberto Di Matteo has praised his players for
in support of the PFA [Professional Footballers’ Association]          keeping their focus during the John Terry saga. Photograph:
and that every player should adhere to it. And he goes and lets        Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images
us down. We will deal with it, don’t worry.”
                                                                       Roberto Di Matteo praised his Chelsea players for not being
    Ferguson added: “I spoke to the press about it. It is
                                                                       distracted by the John Terry affair after the Premier League
embarrassing for me.”
                                                                       leaders underlined their title credentials by comprehensively
    Ferguson had said his players would wear the shirts and
                                                                       beating Tottenham.
condemned Jason Roberts, who also refused to wear a Kick It
                                                                           Chelsea’s 4-2 win at White Hart Lane led to
Out campaign T-shirt before Reading’s defeat at Liverpool.
                                                                       André Villas-Boas predicting they could sustain an authentic
    Reading’s manager, Brian McDermott, backed Roberts’s
                                                                       title challenge. “This kind of form is what we saw last year
refusal to wear Kick it Out T-shirt, saying: “I spoke to Jason
                                                                       with Man City,” the Spurs manager said of his former club.
about it and he is very clear in his views. I support him 100%.”
                                                                       “They have gone to Arsenal and won, they have come here and
    On Friday Ferguson criticised Roberts, the Reading striker,
                                                                       won. These are difficult places to play in this league but at the for his declaration that he would not wear the
                                                                       moment they are at the top of their game.”
T-shirt because he feels let down by the campaign after the
                                                                           Di Matteo said it was “too early” to consider whether Chelsea
events of the past year, believing Kick It Out has not been strong
                                                                       could hold off the two Manchester clubs but the manager said
enough. “I have to disagree with Jason Roberts, he is making
                                                                       his players deserved credit for such an emphatic performance
the wrong point,” Ferguson said. “Everyone should be united,
                                                                       in their first match since Terry started his four-match ban. “It
all the players in the country wearing the warm-up tops. Yes, all
                                                                       [the Terry issue] has been going on for a long time and we have
my players will wear it. I think all the players will be wearing it.
                                                                       just tried to focus on what is our priority, the football aspect.
I only heard that Jason Roberts is different. He is very different,
                                                                       We haven’t been distracted and just focused on the football. We
he plays his game and is in the studio 20 minutes after it, it’s a
                                                                       have done that well.”
great privilege.”
                                                                           Di Matteo went on to back the club’s decision not to strip
    Ferdinand was the sole United player not to wear the “One
                                                                       Terry of the captaincy after the Football Association ruling
game, One community” T-shirt in the match-day squad, which
                                                                       that the former England captain had racially abused Anton
included Patrice Evra, who was racially abused by Luis Suárez
                                                                       Ferdinand. The club have decided to fine Terry instead and the
last season. Ferdinand eventually took his training top off to © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                              
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Chelsea chairman, Bruce Buck, said it was “by far” the largest
punishment a player from Stamford Bridge had ever received.
    “John will continue to be captain of the club,” Buck said.
                                                                     Saracens enjoy another away day as
“We have taken disciplinary action and we think it is firm           they demolish Racing Métro
disciplinary action and appropriate for the circumstances.”
    Chelsea’s club charter states they have a “zero tolerance”       Saracens 30-13 Racing Métro
policy for anyone found guilty of discrimination and Buck had
                                                                     Michael Aylwin at the Stade Roi Baudouin
to fend off the suggestion that the club had been too soft on
their player.
    “We have kept it mind first of all that a court of criminal
law found him not guilty,” he said. “Of course we also note
the FA decision and we certainly respect that decision. We’ve
kept these factors in mind, we’ve consulted with the owner Mr
[Roman] Abramovich.
    “This is not a decision we’ve taken lightly. It’s not a
decision we took in a half-hour meeting. We discussed it over
a long period of time and we think we’ve taken appropriate
disciplinary action.”
    The club’s chief executive, Ron Gourlay, said Terry’s long
service should also be taken into account. “What you’ve got to
take into consideration as well is John’s played over 550 times
for the club. He’s captained the side over 400 times, he’s led the   Steve Borthwick dives over for a try for Saracens despite being
club and the team tremendously well during these games.              tackled by Olly Barkley and Jacques Cronje against Racing
    “We believe this was an error of judgment, it was out of         Métro. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images
character for John. He did fall below the high standards we
                                                                     If Saracens can ever establish themselves in a fortress of a home
expect. The language used on the day, whatever the context,
                                                                     they will be quite a side. Because on the road – even when the
was wrong. We’ve come down on John very, very heavily.
                                                                     road is home – they continue to rack up the wins. Here they
    “We are not sweeping this under the carpet. We have had to
                                                                     comprehensively beat a Racing Métro side who lose nothing as
deal with this for the last 12 months. John let himself down, he
                                                                     a physical proposition against any of their famously physical
let the club down, the words were inappropriate that he used.”
                                                                     opponents in the Top 14. Saracens’ only regret from their trip
    Di Matteo said: “The board made a decision and I respect the
                                                                     to Brussels will be that they could not claim a bonus point for
board’s decision. I would have respected the decision because
                                                                     such a comfortable win, but their plans were spoilt by one of
I had an input and we had discussions but ultimately they
                                                                     those unannounced 10 minutes of brilliance by the French
                                                                     between the 60th and 70th minute. Sarries came through that
                                                                     examination, though, and spent the final minutes as they had
                                                                     the rest – in possession and looking comfortable in it. They are
                                                                     as serious a contender in this competition as England have.
                                                                         When every game is an away game it breeds a certain
                                                                     spirit, if nothing else. Saracens have clearly had that for some

                                                                     time, their bonding trips to such places as Brighton and the
                                                                     Oktoberfest have passed if not quite into legend then at least
                                                                     into the handbook for fostering a certain je ne sais quoi among a
                                                                     professional rugby corps.
                                                                         Sarries have long split opinion, although not necessarily
                                                                     down the middle. Indeed, it is a healthy majority who complain
  From Beirut to Big Brother,                                        about their perceived lack of ambition on the field – for all the

  Murdoch to Millionaire,                                            radical envelope pushing vis a vis the location of the field – but
                                                                     it is too often forgotten how easily they can push the try-scoring
  discuss the hot topics in the                                      button. They dazzled on their way to the Premiership title a

  media on not one, but two blogs                                    year and a bit ago, and for all the grief they have suffered this
                                                                     season it should be noted that they are one of only a few teams
  Organ Grinder and Greenslade                                       in Europe to have scored 40 twice already.                                                  The common denominator these days is Charlie Hodgson. So
                                                                     far this season, when he plays Saracens score. England may not
  organgrinder/                                                      be delighted to see Owen Farrell shifted to outside-centre, as                                              he was here, to accommodate him, but Saracens know who the
                                                                     best fly-half in the Premiership is at the moment and are only
  greenslade/                                                        too delighted to play him.
                                                                         There was no try shyness about them, so many miles from
                                                                     home, particularly in the first half. Racing, flush from their
                                                                     win over Munster last week, did not let them off by fielding a © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                            
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team full of second-stringers – as the French so often do when
playing away from home – and, indeed, they had Saracens
under pressure at scrum time.
                                                                    Frankel wins Champion Stakes at Ascot
    But with ball in hand there was only one team in it for the     and will be retired unbeaten
first 40. After Olly Barkley, Racing’s medical joker, and Hodgson
had exchanged penalties, Saracens scored the first try at the       • Brief scare as famous colt starts very
start of the second quarter. Hodgson is not the only playmaker      slowly
in this team. There’s Farrell; Alex Goode’s flashing hands and
                                                                    • Cirrus Des Aigles beaten less than two
feet featured more than a few times; and then there’s the
unlikeliest of them all, the hooker, Schalk Brits. He burst on
to a pass from another of them, Brad Barritt, and was past the      Greg Wood at Ascot
monumental Karim Ghezal with ease, turning the ball inside for
Chris Wyles to score on his 100th game for the club.
    Saracens maintained the tempo andwere on the attack again
a few minutes later, a sweeping, up-tempo affair, featuring
Hodgson as ball-carrier this time, which ended with Steve
Borthwick, of all people, crashing through the half-tackle of
Barkley for Saracens’ second. Hodgson’s second penalty a few
minutes before the break established a 20-3 lead at half-time.
    But, if Sarries frustrate with their fluctuating between
the conservative and adventurous, the French have always
bewildered. Sure enough, they chose for some reason to start
playing only after 60 minutes and the offering up of a 20-point
lead. Then, bang, they burst into life. Two flashes of genius
from Juan Martín Hernández in as many seconds set Juan
                                                                    Tom Queally hugs Frankel after the pair won the Champion
Imhoff streaking clear, and Gaetan Germain’s penalty in the
                                                                    Stakes at Ascot. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian
69th minute pulled the deficit back to 10. More importantly,
they looked several inches taller all of a sudden. And Saracens     By the time his horsebox pulled away from Ascot on Saturday
had shrunk.                                                         evening, Frankel was officially an ex-racehorse. Within a
    But the “home” side rode it out and established position        few months, the taught frame that carried him to 14 straight
in the Racing half in the final 10 minutes, during which an         victories will give way to the more generous girth of a stallion
imperious half-break by Hodgson put Will Fraser over for            and, physically at least, the transition will be complete. In
Saracens’ third. They chased the fourth, but time ran out for       the memory of anyone who saw him win his final start here,
them. Eight tries, though, from two games will do nicely as a       however, he will always be Frankel the four-year-old, the
reminder that there is more to their game than tackling and         supreme athlete who proved to be unbeatable from his first race
kicking. Europeans beyond Belgium will have taken note.             to his last.
                                                                        It was not a case of Frankel first and the rest nowhere, as
                                                                    his four previous victories this season had been, but even after
                                                                    a sluggish start his success in the Qipco Champion Stakes,
                                                                    Britain’s richest race, was never in any real doubt. The only
                                                                    sense of concern in the early stages came from Ian Mongan,
                                                                    on Frankel’s half-brother and pacemaker, Bullet Train, as he
                                                                    tried to establish where Frankel was and how fast he needed
                                                                    to go. Tom Queally, Frankel’s jockey, soon had him settled and

                                                                    travelling as well as could be expected though the first half-
                                                                    mile, on the heaviest ground he had ever encountered.
                                                                        Once they reached the straight, where the ground was a little
                                                                    less demanding, it was clear that Frankel was travelling best
                                                                    and he swept past Cirrus Des Aigles, last year’s winner of the
                                                                    race, just over a furlong out. He did not power clear, but there
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    Cecil, who has been fighting cancer for six years, struggles
to speak at present as the result of chemotherapy treatment,
but the reaction of the 32,000 spectators spoke loudly of their
                                                                        Ascot crowds cheer on Frankel as
respect and affection for the trainer and his extraordinary             world’s best ever horse exits to make
horse. Frankel is expected to wind down at Warren Place in              £100m at stud
Newmarket over the next few days, before the short trip to his
new home at Prince Khalid Abdulla’s Banstead Manor Stud.
                                                                        Tim Lewis joins the Queen and packed
    Prince Khalid, Frankel’s owner, confirmed within a quarter
of an hour of the race that the colt would move into the
                                                                        grandstands in Berkshire to watch the
breeding side of his operation. “Today was important because            stallion with star quality make history
it was his last race,” Abdulla said. “I knew he was going to win        Tim Lewis
beforehand and I think that he would have been further in front
of the other horses if it hadn’t been for the ground.”
    Queally, Frankel’s partner though his career, spoke of their
“amazing journey” over the last three seasons. “We lost a length
at the start, but a length is nothing to him,” Queally said. “It’s
fair to say that he is better on better ground, but the 4x4 kicked
in and he is everything you could imagine in a horse. Under the
circumstances, I would say that it was up there with his best
    “Frankel is the biggest chapter in my life and it’s great that
it has happened. Sir Henry has had some great jockeys and for
me to be there at that time when the horse of a lifetime comes
along is just amazing. There is pressure, but there is pressure in
all walks of life and I gladly take it all on board.
    “It is unusual for a Flat [racing] crowd to get behind a horse.     Frankel beats Cirrus Des Aigles to win his 14th and final race
You come in and you say to yourself, ‘Wow.’ I went down an              at Ascot. Photograph: Tom Jenkins For The Observer/Tom
extra 100 yards in front of the stands [after the race] to let the      Jenkins
crowd soak it all in and also so I could have another 20 seconds        It was still dark when Sir Henry Cecil peered nervously out of
on his back.”                                                           the window on Saturday morning. When you’ve been in the
    As so often in his career, Frankel was all but unbackable,          game as long as he has, you develop a sense of what to expect,
setting off as an odds-on favourite for the 13th time in his 14-        even before your eyes have time to adjust. There had been
race career. This time, he was a 2-11 chance, despite concerns          rain, but just a few spots, nothing to derail a day that he had
about the heavy ground that had prompted Teddy Grimthorpe,              been building up to for five decades – 43 years to be exact – of
Abdulla’s racing manager, to walk the course on Saturday                nurturing exceptional racehorses.
morning before declaring Frankel a definite runner. The horse’s             Yesterday afternoon, on damp, sludgy ground at Ascot
first start, at Newmarket in 2010 when Nathaniel was the                (technically: “soft, heavy in places”), the 69-year-old Cecil
runner-up, is the only time Frankel has started at odds-against,        watched the final race of Frankel, the once-in-a-lifetime
and even then he was still favourite at 7-4.                            thoroughbred he trains. There was excruciating tension – for
    “I think [retirement] is the correct decision,” Grimthorpe          Cecil, for the 32,000 sell-out crowd, for millions at home and in
said. “He was a champion at two, three and four and if you              betting shops – but as usual Frankel was the coolest head on the
haven’t made your mind up about him now, you never will.                course and streaked home to win by two lengths.
    “Henry’s re-emergence as a trainer is not just one of the               It is a mark of Frankel’s dominance of Flat (as opposed to
greatest stories in sport, but one of the all-time great stories        jump) racing that his greatest challenge was always going to be
generally. He has come back from the Conference to the                  meteorological. Since his maiden run at Newmarket in August
Champions’ League and he is a master of his profession. He is           2010, the four-year-old was unbeaten in 13 races coming into
very determined and his handling of this horse is masterly, as          Ascot’s Qipco Champion Stakes, and commonly thought to be
we saw today.”                                                          unbeatable. The only question was how he would cope running
    Frankel’s retirement means that racing now returns to the           a mile and a quarter through sodden turf, but no one was too
search for the next great star, though it might be 50 years before      surprised that his devastating finishing explosion – when
another horse achieves as much. His brilliance has raised Flat          each stride swallows 22ft and he tops 40mph – was gloriously
racing’s profile, though, and could not have come at a better           unaffected.
time for Champions Day, which was a sellout, 32,48 were here,               Before the race, the horse – deep mahogany with a star on its
at only the second time of asking.                                      forehead and four white socks – was expected to be challenged
    In four years’ time, Frankel’s first crop of foals will arrive on   by the French gelding Cirrus Des Aigles, known to like the
the racecourse and, if there are spectators in the stands who           heavy stuff. But, after a poor start, he won almost without
found racing through Frankel, his legacy will endure on both            breaking sweat. As they entered the winner’s enclosure,
sides of the running rail.                                              Frankel’s jockey, Tom Queally, punched the air and roared with
                                                                            Their prize was £737,230, a share of the richest purse in
                                                                        British horseracing. This added to the £2,261,072 Frankel had © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                               
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already brought home for his owner Khalid Abdullah, a Saudi            and the Cheltenham Festival – will be screened on Channel 4.
Arabian prince. Even these figures are mere oats and carrots           It would have been a small consolation for the corporation that
compared with the riches that the colt will soon be earning            the BBC era ended at the same time as the career of the greatest
for Prince Khalid in retirement, as the world’s most desirable         Flat racehorse of our times.
stallion. The exact stud fee has not been set yet but experts
suggest it could be exorbitant. He would be expected to cover
between 140 and 200 mares each year, leading to a valuation            Doping expert wants Team Sky’s drug
of £100m. Not bad, considering there is no guarantee that any          stance put under the microscope
offspring will inherit Frankel’s obscene acceleration.
    But the appeal of Frankel has never been about money. The
reason Ascot was so rammed, the grandstands full with sharp
                                                                       Dr Michael Ashenden believes greater
suits and extravagant plumages on an overcast afternoon, was           scrutiny and increased vigilance are key to
the chance to watch history. To say you had watched a horse            cycling restoring its credibility
who will now be mentioned in the same breath as Mill Reef and
                                                                       Owen Gibson
Dancing Brave. One spectator, Kelsey Padjen, had painted her
nails in turquoise with a pink sash, to match Frankel’s colours.
The Queen came to see her horse Carlton House in an earlier
race, but no doubt had half an eye on the main event.
    “Frankel’s the most extraordinary horse I’ve seen,” said the
broadcaster Clare Balding, whose father had trained the great
Mill Reef. “What makes him so special is the efficiency of his
stride, his power. But more than that, it’s what he does inside
you – how he wins races. He’s so exciting, he makes the other
horses look ordinary. He’s what I call ‘a jaw-dropper’ – you
watch him and your mouth falls open.”
    At the winning post yesterday, there was extra goodwill for
Cecil, one of the most popular figures in British racing. In the
mid-2000s, his career looked stuck in a downward spiral, as he
struggled to cope with the death of his twin brother, the break-       Blood-doping expert Dr Michael Ashenden says cycling can’t
up of his second marriage and his heavy drinking. Then in 2006,        simply declare Lance Armstrong’s years a “dark era” if the
he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He defeated                sport wants to restore credibility. Photograph: Pierre Andrieu/
that, but he is undergoing chemotherapy for another cancer,            AFP/Getty Images
this time in his stomach. He looked frail in a three-piece suit        One of the world’s leading experts on blood doping, who
and brown trilby yesterday on Saturday, but he is adamant that         worked for cycling’s governing body, the UCI, until April, has
he has no plans to retire along with Frankel.                          called for greater scrutiny of Team Sky’s zero-tolerance stance
    Last week, Cecil said: “There will be a tear in my eye after his   on drugs and warned of the need for increased vigilance if the
final race, because I don’t expect to ever see another like him.       sport’s battered credibility is to be restored.
But I can’t quit, never. I have a family to support and feel I have       Dr Michael Ashenden, who oversaw the introduction of
a few more years left in me.”                                          biological passports to combat blood doping, but who quit
    Even the bookies entered into the spirit yesterday. In a natty     the UCI when he was effectively gagged over talking about his
pinstripe blazer, Big Jim, from Betting With Big Jim, attempted        findings, said cycling’s world body had to regain the trust of its
to lure punters by saying that he would pay out as if Frankel was      members.
not in the race – that is, it was a foregone conclusion who would         “Above all else, the truth needs to come out,” Ashenden
win, so this would at least keep it interesting. “Better rates than    said. “There needs to be two things in place for that to happen.
you’d get at RBS,” he promised. “More guaranteed than RBS,             Firstly, the riders need an organisation that they can trust will
too!”                                                                  apply the rules without fear or favour. Secondly, there needs to
    “Every sport needs heroes, and that’s what Frankel is,” said       be a process for them to tell the truth – whether you call that an
Big Jim. “He’s not been great for the bookies, to be honest, but       amnesty or a truth and reconciliation commission or whatever.
he’s brilliant to watch. We’re going to miss him.”                     But if they don’t trust the organisation, even if that forum is in
    In fact, Frankel has been so much better than his rivals           place, it won’t work.”
that neither punters nor bookies have profited much from                  On Monday, in Geneva, the UCI will announce whether it
his success. After all, where’s the gamble if you know who is          accepts the findings of the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada)
going to win? He has been odds-on in all his races, apart from         and its decision to ban Armstrong for life and strip him of his
his debut: if you had staked £1 on each of his 13 victories, you       seven Tour de France titles. The bloodletting continued on
would have been just £5.78 richer. For the Qipco Champion              Friday, when the Dutch banking group Rabobank ended its
Stakes his odds were a miserly 2-11. For the casual flutterer, the     28-year connection with cycling, claiming it was “no longer
winnings would not even cover the petrol to the betting shop.          convinced” the sport could ever be seen as clean. Ashenden,
    There was another farewell yesterday as the BBC ended its          an expert witness in the 2005 arbitration hearing during which
association with Flat racing and Ascot, a relationship that goes       Usada claims Armstrong perjured himself by denying ever using
back 61 years. For the next four years at least, all the major         drugs, said the Texan’s case had to be a watershed moment.
meetings – including the Grand National, the Derby, Royal Ascot           “There has never been more prominent or irrefutable © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                              
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evidence of this. We’re talking about millions of fans being            Hein Verbruggen, face difficult questions over a $100,000
deceived and tens of millions of dollars being fraudulently             donation made by Armstrong in 2002. His former US Postal
earned by Armstrong. Lessons have to be learned,” said                  team-mates, Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton, have alleged the
Ashenden, who was also an expert witness in the Court of                payment was made to cover up Armstrong’s positive test at the
Arbitration for Sport’s consideration of the Alberto Contador           Tour of Switzerland in 2001.
case this year.                                                            McQuaid has acknowledged that, during 2002, Armstrong
    “The media has to be more vigilant this time around. And            and his team director, Johan Bruyneel, flew to the UCI’s
they must start today. Armstrong fobbed the media off and,              headquarters and made donations totalling more than £62,000
with a few brave exceptions – like [the Sunday Times’s] David           to help the development of cycling. But the UCI “vehemently
Walsh and Paul Kimmage – they failed to pursue him. Be                  denies” that the meeting or payment were in any way tied to a
vigilant and be sceptical.”                                             cover-up of a positive test.
    Ashenden said Sky’s efforts to underline their no-doping
policy by making all team members sign a declaration that they
have never been involved in doping was to be welcomed, but              Sports news in brief
should be scrutinised more carefully.
    “There are questions that need to be asked,” he said.               • Kell Brook stuns Hector Saldivia to set up
“They [Sky] have zero tolerance for doping. Great. But what
constitutes doping according to them? Is it an anti-doping rule
                                                                        title fight
violation? Is it grounds for suspicion? Or are they merely relying      • Samantha Stosur into her first final in
on what the athlete tells them?                                         eight months
    “Take Sean Yates as an example, who is pertinent because
of his prominent links to Armstrong and photos of him arm in
arm with ‘Motoman’ [Armstrong’s alleged drugs mule] floating
around on the internet. Let me be clear that I don’t know if he’s
doped in the past or not. But if he tells Sky that he hasn’t, is that
the end of the matter, or do Sky intend to actively investigate
what [team leader David] Brailsford calls reputational risks and
act on what they find if there are grounds to suspect someone
has been associated with doping? It’s a really important issue
because unless they can qualify their position, their statement
isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. If they intend only to act
when a cyclist is sanctioned, they’re being disingenuous to
their fans.”
    Yates denies any involvement with doping programmes and             Kell Brook, right, lands a blow on Hector Saldivia during their
is at no point mentioned in the Usada report.                           IBF welterweight title eliminator in Sheffield. Photograph:
    Ashenden said cycling has a long way to go to deal with the         Scott Heavey/Getty Images
past before it could consider its future. “Everyone seems happy
to declare Armstrong’s years a dark era. Usada talked about 70%         Boxing: Brook stuns Saldivia to set up world title
of podium finishes through to 2010 being tainted by doping.             fight
Blood passports were introduced in 2008 and, from 2008 to                  Kell Brook tore the house down on his biggest night in
today, 30% of podium finishers are implicated in doping. So,            Sheffield, stopping the Argentinian Hector Saldivia inside three
yes, it’s better. But you’ve still got a third of your champions        rounds to book himself a shot at a world title. The hometown
doping. If cycling want a gold medal for that, or a free pass from      hero twice floored his well-regarded opponent, once in the first
media scrutiny, they’re kidding themselves.”                            round with a right hander and then again 28 seconds into the
    Travis Tygart, the Usada chief executive who relentlessly           third with a savage left jab stunning the man who is known as
pursued Armstrong in the face of hostility from the American            El Tigre. Brook is now undefeated in 29 fights and his next will
rider and his entourage, has called on the UCI to hold a truth          be for the IBF world welterweight title early next year – with
and reconciliation process. David Howman, the director general          Randall Bailey or Devon Alexander lying in wait. PA
of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), said an amnesty for             Tennis: Stosur back on track
cheats would merit “serious consideration”. But he added it                Samantha Stosur reached her first final in eight months with
would have to be brought forward by one of its signatories and          a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 fightback against Ana Ivanovic in the Kremlin Cup
adopted by all sports. “We’re moving into uncharted territory. It       semi-finals. The Australian will face Caroline Wozniacki in the
would need to be considered by the board. We’d have to look at          final after the Danish third seed beat Sofia Arvidsson 6-3, 6-7,
it in terms of our whole mandate,” he said.                             6-4. Reuters
    Howman said the UCI had a “great opportunity to do                  Rugby union: Macdonald heart attack
something pivotal”, but admitted the existing model – where                Southland Stags have confirmed that former junior All
federations have to both police and promote their sport                 Black Hoani Macdonald is stable and in an induced coma
– sometimes creates conflict. “The model is … not going to be           after collapsing during their ITM Cup semi-final clash against
changed in a hurry. It’s not perfect,” he said. “We acknowledge         Counties Manukau at Pukekohe, New Zealand. The 34-year-old
the imperfections and try to work with them.”                           suffered a suspected heart attack.PA
    The UCI’s president, Pat McQuaid, and honorary president, © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                               
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Cycling: ‘Mr Clean’ is busted                                       and also helps vindicate his decision to enter a brutal 12-week
    Christophe Bassons, known as “Mr Clean” after his refusal       training camp.
to take drugs and hounded out of the elite ranks by Lance              He has spent the buildup hollering from the rooftops of the
Armstrong, has been handed a one-year ban by the French             Steel City that he is the man to succeed Naseem Hamed as a
federation for missing a drugs test following a mountain bike       world champion from Sheffield, and he stormed into the ring
race on 1 September. Bassons is expected to appeal. PA              riding the crest of a wave generated by a near-capacity crowd at
                                                                    the Motorpoint Arena.
Golf: Els skips Grand Slam
                                                                       Brook looked desperate to prove his new credentials, fizzing
   Ernie Els has pulled out of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf this
                                                                    into his stride with a leading left, with Saldivia looking loose
week in Bermuda because of a minor ankle injury. He will be
                                                                    early on. His lack of a defence would cost him too, with Brook
replaced in the four-man field by Padraig Harrington. AP
                                                                    teeing up a right that floored him for a count of eight.
                                                                       He then had Saldivia wobbling with a right, before getting
Kell Brook stuns Hector Saldivia to set                             him in trouble again at the start of the second, unleashing a left-
                                                                    right-left reel against the ropes. He was then warned for use of
up IBF world title fight                                            the elbow, though, and Saldivia, who has gone off early before,
                                                                    went on the attack, winding up behind a right hand before the
• Sheffield fighter stops Argentinian inside                        bell rang.
three rounds                                                           That suggested the 28-year-old was in it for the long haul,
• Randall Bailey or Devon Alexander next                            but Brook put that to bed just 28 seconds after his rest in the
                                                                    corner, finding Saldivia wide open and putting him down with a
for Brook                                                           venomous jab.
Press Association

                                                                    After the Games: Jonny Brownlee goes
                                                                    for triathlon world title

                                                                    Jonny Brownlee can end the year on a high
                                                                    in New Zealand, while Britain’s golden
                                                                    rowers return to Lake Dorney
                                                                    James Riach

Kell Brook, right, lands a blow on Hector Saldivia during their
IBF welterweight title eliminator in Sheffield. Photograph:
Scott Heavey/Getty Images
Kell Brook tore the house down on his biggest night in Sheffield,
stopping the Argentinian Hector Saldivia inside three rounds to
book himself a shot at a world title.
    The hometown hero twice floored his well-regarded
opponent, once in the first round with a right hander and then
again 28 seconds into the third, with a savage left jab stunning
the man known as “El Tigre”.                                        Jonny Brownlee, right, could be crowned world triathlon
    Brook is now undefeated in 29 fights and his next will be for   champion on Sunday, but his brother Alistair will not be
the IBF world welterweight title early next year – with Randall     competing.
Bailey or Devon Alexander lying in wait.                            Photograph: Tom Jenkins
    “There were some demons after my last fight,” Brook said.
                                                                    TRIATHLON Brownlee junior pursues world
“But I knew in the dressing room that I was ready. We’ve been
hitting the numbers and when we go for the world title, we          championship title
will carry on where we have left off. I am ready to turn into a
machine.”                                                               Jonny Brownlee has an excellent chance of finishing the
    Saturday night’s demolition job was a far cry from Brook’s      year on a high by claiming the world title in New Zealand.
last appearance in July when he hung on for a majority verdict      The Olympic bronze medallist holds an 180-point lead over
against Carson Jones, with his bloodied shorts and broken nose      Spain’s Javier Gómez, who took silver in London, going into
not the hallmarks of a man heading for a shot at a belt.            Sunday’s World Triathlon Series Grand Final in Auckland. A
    But he has since honed his physique to a new level,             podium finish would therefore seal the crown and sign off 2012
desperate not to fall into similar traps and to pursue the dream    in style, following his success at the Games. Brownlee’s older
of ruling the world that he has harboured since he was nine.        brother, Alistair, who clinched gold in London this summer, has
    This showing will calm any fears borne out of the Jones fight   dominated the sport in recent years and won his second world © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                            
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title 12 months ago. However, an achilles injury has ruled him
out of contention, handing Jonny a personal fillip ahead of the
season’s denouement. “Whatever happens on Sunday I have
                                                                   Zac Purchase: I’m still humbled by the
had a fantastic year,” he said. “To finish it off with the world   post-Olympic glow
title would really be something special, but I know I have to
stay focused in the lead-up and get everything right if that is    Rower has done just about everything but
going to happen. To win the world title would be incredible,       get back in a boat since winning Olympic
especially to follow Alistair as the champion.”
                                                                   silver at London 2012
ROWING GB elite celebrate jubilee
    Members of Team GB’s Olympic team have returned to             Zac Purchase
Dorney Lake this weekend for the Diamond Jubilee Rowing
Championships, to celebrate 60 years of the Queen’s reign.
Great Britain won four golds, two silvers and three bronzes at
London 2012, making them the most successful Olympic rowing
team for a second successive Games. The gold medallists Kat
Copeland and Alex Gregory are expected to race on Sunday
while Andrew Triggs-Hodge, Pete Reed, David Smith and Naomi
Riches will also be in action. Hopefuls for the Rio Olympics in
2016 have the chance to prove themselves, as the event forms
part of next season’s trials. Olympians and Paralympians will be
racing in their club colours to take on the best domestic rowers
in the country.
… and finally
    Andy Murray is set to be given the freedom of Stirling         Zac Purchase and fiancée Felicity Hill arrive at the Barbican
following his Olympic gold medal, becoming the third person        in London for a gala evening for Opera North’s production of
to receive the honour … The post-London countdown to the           Carousel. Photograph: Sean Dempsey/PA
Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 is already under way,           You think the Olympics are over? Think again. It has been
with Sir Chris Hoy playing a prominent role. Hoy has been          11 weeks since Mark Hunter and I won a silver medal in the
promoting the city’s new velodrome with trials rider Danny         lightweight double sculls but the excitement and enthusiasm
MacAskill …While fellow track cyclist Victoria Pendleton and       around sport is still immense.
the gymnast Louis Smith have been strutting their stuff on            The Olympics and Paralympics left an indelible impression
Strictly Come Dancing, the gold medallist long jumper Greg         on Britain. As athletes, we are so caught up in the rapture of
Rutherford has been laid up in hospital, recovering from           the event during competition time that it has been humbling
a hernia operation. He tweeted: “So I just woke up! I was          to hear first-hand the response and reaction from the public.
terribly uncomfortable last night! Hernia surgery is painful!”…    Everyone seems to have their own memories, stories that will
Jessica Ennis continues to be honoured by her home city of         hopefully be passed from generation to generation in years to
Sheffield. After a stand at Bramall Lane was renamed after the     come.
heptathlete, she now becomes the latest Olympic star to be            I have deliberately not stepped back into a boat since the
tasked with switching on Christmas lights – Ennis will top the     final, choosing instead to take a year off from rowing. After
bill at Meadowhall shopping centre in November.                    the Beijing Games I rushed straight back into training after
                                                                   six weeks and ended up pushing myself into the ground with
                                                                   the desire to win again. This time I want to take things a little

                                                                   steadier and try to enjoy simple pleasures like weekends and
                                                                   bank holidays for the first time in my life.
                                                                      Nearly three months on you would expect that we would
                                                                   have done our post-race debriefs and race analysis. This is
                                                                   not the case. Neither Mark nor I have felt the need to go over
  Eat right                                                        Saturday 4 August in any great detail: the emotions are still
  Join the Guardian’s health and                                   too raw even after all this time. We had our malfunctioning
  dieting club, Eat Right and we’ll                                seat incident at the start, finished second to the Danes in
                                                                   the restarted race and gave a rather emotional interview to
  design you a personalised healthy                                John Inverdale and Sir Steve Redgrave at the side of the lake
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                                                                   back yet – it is still sitting there on my TV’s hard drive. I am
  lists, menus, expert advice and 24                               immensely proud of my involvement with the team and of
  hour support to help you achieve                                 being part of such a successful Games, even if I will always
  your health and fitness goals.                                   wish we had gone just that little bit faster. I know Mark has                                          only watched the last 100m or so because it was played as his
                                                                   introduction at a dinner he attended. Otherwise I’m sure he
                                                                   would have stayed well away as well. © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                            
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    I have been very fortunate to be part of the post-Games
glow that has enveloped Britain. Many people have asked what
athletes do after racing and for me it is an easy answer: I want
                                                                      Pay drivers take a back seat in F1’s race
to make the most of every opportunity that comes my way.              for financial supremacy
Whether it’s attending West End productions, dropping into
BBC Radio One to play Innuendo Bingo on the Scott Mills show,         Pay drivers have become obsolescent in the
or standing on stage with the other rowers at Last Night of the       modern financial-driven era, conjuring up
Proms singing Rule Britannia, I have been overwhelmed and
                                                                      memories from a bygone age of racing
humbled by the opportunities.
    Along with Ben Ainslie and a few other Olympic sailors            Giles Richards
and rowers I was asked to be part of the opening of the PSP
Southampton Boat Show, an opportunity I simply couldn’t
turn down. I have attended almost every year for as long as
I can remember with my Dad, usually for a spot of window
shopping. I love getting out on the water – preferably in a boat
with sails. We bumped into Formula One’s Eddie Jordan and
Jenson Button. Both are great guys, and Eddie had some really
kind words about the whole team and how much the Olympics
meant to him. It’s moments like that, when a high-profile
individual from a high-profile sport goes out of their way to
support Team GB, that make us feel even more proud to be part
of such an outstanding event. I enjoyed the show so much I
went back again to continue the tradition of window shopping
with my Dad.
                                                                      Pastor Maldonado is typical of the new breed of drivers
    One of the most bizarre experiences I have had came
                                                                      meeting demands on the track, says Williams’ Toto Wolff.
courtesy of Scott Mills’s brief stint on the Radio One breakfast
                                                                      Photograph: Sutton Images/Corbis
show, when I took part in Innuendo Bingo. For those of you who
aren’t regular listeners, the concept involves taking a large gulp    The sight of empty grandstands shivering as bare, scaffolding
of water, holding it in your mouth, facing your opposition and        sentinels at last week’s Korean Grand Prix
doing your best not to laugh when a titillating, Carry On-style       in Yeongam was a reminder for Formula One of the harsh
soundbite is played. It doesn’t take much to set me off, so I was     economic realities facing the sport as a whole.
very glad of the full set of waterproofs I had taken with me.             Financial restraints have also played an important part in
    I seem to have found myself invited to the West End with          racing terms this season, in the number of pay drivers on track
increasing frequency since the Games finished. I love a good          and, with all the leading drives now decided , is
musical and have been to a gala performance of Carousel, the          key to how the final seats will be allocated. While the term pay
Children in Need special of Mamma Mia (featuring Vanessa              drive is still bandied about, its meaning is no longer clear. The
Feltz, Penny Smith and Anneka Rice) and Ghost. I hadn’t seen          problem with such terminology is that it conjures up a bygone
any of them before and even my wife (who is not the world’s           age.
biggest Abba fan) had a brilliant time.                                   Niki Lauda took out a bank loan to fund his first drives
    Of all the events and appearances that I have taken part          and went on to win three titles but it is certainly not the great
in since the end of the Games, the one that will stay with me         Austrian that comes to mind when the term is used. In recent
forever is the Team GB parade. Words do not do justice to how         years, Jean-Denis Délétraz, who stumped up to Larousse in
we felt on that Monday afternoon – to pick three, exhilarating,       the mid-90s and was six seconds off the pace, would certainly
emotional and astonishing still would not come anywhere               do so. As would Ricardo Rosset, who with Tyrell in 1998 was
close. The public support, the spirit of the Games Makers,            famous for such a shocker in qualifying at Monaco tinyurl.
the cheering and smiling were what made the Games truly               com/9alstvl that Autosport reported his mechanics changed the
outstanding, truly British, and it is this in particular that makes   name on his scooter from “Rosset” to: “tosseR”.
me proud of the small part that Mark and I contributed to this            The reality now is that the modern generation of drivers
wonderful summer of sport. Long may it continue.                      would simply not be on the grid were they not of a certain
                                                                      standard. Williams’s two drivers bring income to the team.
                                                                      Pastor Maldonado, who won in Spain this year, and Bruno

                                                                      Senna (both are yet to be re-signed) are typical of the new breed
                                                                      meeting demands on the track, according to the team’s chief
                                                                      executive, Toto Wolff. “The classic pay driver was one who was
                                                                      clearly underperforming but had a big budget,” he said. “There
                                                                      are no drivers who are clearly underperforming. Most have
  Fantasy League Classic                                              either won championships before, or races, there is no one who
  Manage a squad of 16 players and a budget                           is a waste of time.
  of £75 million. £75,000 worth of prizes to                              “You simply can’t afford to put a complete loser in the car
  be won in weekly, monthly and overall                               who is two seconds off the pace because it is going to hit you
  competitions. Beat your nearest and                                 hard in the long term.”
                                                                          By which he means the commercial long-term. Almost all © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                             
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the teams that are funded through sponsorship have faced new
challenges raising money, especially since tobacco advertising
was banned. Wolff said: “We are getting more creative in terms
of what we are offering to our partners. It’s not straightforward
– put a sticker on the car and buy 20 paddock club tickets
– that’s not working anymore.”
    The search for new income streams has come when drivers
rising up the racing ranks have also changed. They are certainly
more acquainted with the relationship between money and
racing. “The sport has changed in the junior categories,” said
Wolff. “If you want to do a proper go-kart season you spend
about €100,000 to €200,000; Formula Renault is something
like €300,000 to €400,000; GP3, €600,000; then there is GP2
which is nearer to €2m than €1.5m. So the drivers that are
knocking on the door of F1 have been used to raising money to
find partners for sponsorship.”
    Many drivers, then, are coming to the sport already supplied
with backers as an imperative of just getting close to F1. But
as attractive as this may be, it is not the deciding factor. If the
money is there, teams want to employ the drivers who have
that extra two-tenths of pace. Sauber, for example, now just
20 points behind Mercedes in the constructors’ championship , will be hedging their bets on a replacement
for Sergio Pérez. If they pass the German squad the extra
revenue would ease their need to hire a driver with backing. No
wonder they are waiting, for teams in their position these are
now crucial financial decisions.
    “It would be foolish not to look at the economic background
of a driver. Having said that, priority No1 is performance,” said
Wolff. “I wouldn’t like to compromise on performance, because
you lose the money at the end by losing partners and losing
constructors’ money.”
    Performance then is still key but now the commercial
complexities are so blurred, simple catch-all descriptions like
pay drives no longer suffice. Santander followed Fernando
Alonso to Ferrari for example, he is no pay driver but his value is
clear. Then there is McLaren signing Pérez, an
“income stream” at Sauber of undoubted raw talent, but who
McLaren will now pay a reported £20m for a multi-year deal.
Yet it is also hard not to imagine the attractive new sponsorship
possibilities and markets that having a non-British driver will
offer, nor that, behind the scenes, the team have not already
done some deal with the Mexican telecommunications group,
Telmex, that were bankrolling him.
    It is an emotive issue, fans simply want to see the best
drivers. Caterham received a lot of stick when looking to take
Vitaly Petrov over Jarno Trulli for 2012, yet when both ran the
same car early in the year, their times were nearly identical.
Petrov also brought backing, so was the obvious choice and over
the season his race-pace has been almost on a par with non pay
driver Heikki Kovalainen, while further Russian sponsors have
since come onboard. Caterham fans have been placated and it
made a good decision for the team, especially in the long-term
financial sense. A choice that reflects the modern reality within
F1, a reality no longer well-served by the throwaway simplicity
of a dated phrase. © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                  

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