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Manchester City mount ‘fantastic’
recovery against Tottenham — Mancini
Roberto Mancini was delighted with a ‘huge’ 2-1 win over
Tottenham Hotspur that ended a tough 10 days for Manchester City
Page 2

Wasteful Chelsea are held by Liverpool
after Luis Suárez equaliser
Chelsea were denied a victory over Liverpool at Stamford Bridge by
a Luis Suárez equaliser after John Terry suffered a serious-looking
knee injury Page 3

Carter unstoppable as New Zealand run
six tries past dogged Scotland
Rugby union: Dan Carter was imperious as the All Blacks put
Scotland to the sword at Murrayfield Page 3

England all set for                          LV Cup round-up:                             Flemenstar’s Navan              Horse racing tips:
first Test against                           Matt Garvey of                               win boosts his                  Monday 12 November
India after draw with                        London Irish turns                           Cheltenham Gold Cup             Page 8
Haryana Page 4                               tables on Sale Page 6                        prospects Page 7
                                                                                                                          Dani Pedrosa wins
Ryan Hall                                    Australia aim to raise                       Lance Armstrong                 in Valencia after
orchestrates England                         intensity after France                       releases picture with           new champion Jorge
thrashing of France                          ‘wiped us off the park’                      Tour de France yellow           Lorenzo crashes
with try quartet Page 5                      Page 6                                       jerseys Page 8                  Page 9 © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                                        
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                                                                       are my message, that’s the only thing.
                                                                           “From the [Huddlestone] free-kick we conceded a goal. It
Manchester City mount ‘fantastic’                                      was stupid, like against Arsenal too. We have to improve for
recovery against Tottenham — Mancini                                   sure. After the goal, we played better. We were the better team
                                                                       over the 90 minutes and at the end, we deserved it.”
• ‘I saw same team spirit today as last year’                              Of the comeback that occurred when Mancini switched to
says manager                                                           three at the back, Dzeko said: “It’s not the first time. It showed
                                                                       our character and that we are strong. Even when we are losing,
• Edin Dzeko, scorer of winning goal, ‘not
                                                                       we can come back. I hope next time we start winning 1-0 before
happy’ as substitute                                                   we win the game, because this is much harder to play.”
Jamie Jackson at Etihad Stadium                                            Missing from City’s match-day squad were Samir Nasri, who
                                                                       is ill, Joleon Lescott, due to a back problem, and Mario Balotelli.
                                                                       The absence of the striker, who watched from the stands,
                                                                       was a football matter, David Platt, the City assistant manager,
                                                                       said. “The gaffer [Mancini] can only pick 18 players. Last time
                                                                       I looked, we only had seven on the bench and he made that
                                                                           “I don’t think we are playing to answer questions,” said
                                                                       Platt, standing in for Mancini at the official press conference.
                                                                       “We are playing to win football matches. That’s what our focus
                                                                       is. We don’t get motivated because people want to say things.
                                                                       We get motivated because there is a football match to win.
                                                                           “There is nothing behind it [Mancini not attending the post-
                                                                       match press conference]. He has a flight to Italy.”
                                                                           André Villas-Boas, the Spurs manager, said: “An individual
Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City manager, shares a joke
                                                                       moment of brilliance from Dzeko, which I think is recurrent.
with André Villas-Boas, his Tottenham Hotspur counterpart,
                                                                       He continues to be on the bench and come on to destroy
before City’s 2-1 win. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action
                                                                       opposition.” The Spurs right-back, Kyle Walker, suffered a tight
                                                                       hamstring which may rule him out of the squad for England’s
Roberto Mancini was delighted with a “huge win” over                   friendly against Sweden.
Tottenham Hotspur that ended a tough 10 days for Manchester
City. “It was a difficult moment,” the manager said. “We had a
lot of important players injured and today I saw the same spirit
from the players that I saw last year.
    “In the first half we played well. Tottenham, I didn’t feel, had
chances apart from a couple of set-pieces. We need to improve
there. But after they scored first, I thought we played fantastic.”
    Steven Caulker’s 21st-minute header gave Spurs the lead
following lax defending from a set-piece, before Mancini’s team

had penalty appeals – for a William Gallas handball and a Tom
Huddlestone shove on Pablo Zabaleta – turned down.
    “We are unlucky with referees at the moment,” the Italian
said. “We made some mistakes in the Champions League but in
football you can never say never. Today we deserved to win this
game, the players were fantastic. The supporters were fantastic
and in the second half they were like the 12th player on the
                                                                         From Beirut to Big Brother,
    The win, after draws against Ajax and West Ham this month,           Murdoch to Millionaire,
maintains City’s unbeaten league record and takes them to
within two points of Manchester United. “The Premier League
                                                                         discuss the hot topics in the
season is long and difficult – there are a lot of teams who can          media on not one, but two blogs
fight for the title. Tottenham can come back and fight for it, as
can Arsenal,” Mancini said.
                                                                         Organ Grinder and Greenslade
    Edin Dzeko’s 88th-minute winner means he has scored        
in nine league games for City as a replacement, with the
team winning them all. “He is not happy [with the role as a
substitute],” Mancini said. “A player who is happy on the bench
does not exist. We had three important strikers today – last year        greenslade/
we won the championship because of goals from our strikers,
today we missed some goals from them but hopefully they can
score again soon.”
    Dzeko, who has scored six this campaign, said: “The goals © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                                
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                                                                     collided and inadvertently released him. Yet, having eased into
                                                                     space, the forward skied his attempt over the bar.
Wasteful Chelsea are held by Liverpool                                  Liverpool had offered little, with Steven Gerrard too
after Luis Suárez equaliser                                          peripheral and the possession they enjoyed spent in deep-lying
                                                                     areas. Anxiety set in whenever Petr Cech came into view, their
Gallery: the best images from Stamford                               route back into the contest a grind as they benefited from the
Bridge                                                               hosts’ profligacy and sought to create a clear-cut chance of
                                                                     their own. When it came, from the substitute Suso’s corner, it
Dominic Fifield at Stamford Bridge                                   was taken. Jamie Carragher, making his first Premier League
                                                                     start of the season, flicked on and Suárez, peeling off Ramires,
                                                                     nodded in a sixth goal in as many league games. The Londoners
                                                                     have now failed to keep a clean sheet in eight games in all
                                                                     competitions, stretching back to early October. Their principal
                                                                     weakness remains clear.
                                                                        Man of the match Brad Jones (Liverpool).

                                                                     Carter unstoppable as New Zealand run
                                                                     six tries past dogged Scotland

                                                                     Scotland 22-51 New Zealand
Liverpool’s Luis Suárez heads home his side’s second-half            Robert Kitson
equaliser against Chelsea. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty
The onset of winter is freezing Chelsea’s title pursuit yet again.
Points were wastefully shed to Liverpool, the celebratory mood
that had briefly flared when John Terry marked his return from
domestic suspension with his first goal of the season having
dissipated by the end. The four-point advantage at the top
enjoyed a fortnight ago has been surrendered, with Roberto Di
Matteo’s side now third and playing catch-up.
    This might actually have been worse had Petr Cech not
reacted well to turn José Enrique’s skimmed shot round a post
in stoppage time, with Chelsea’s vulnerability having been
exposed not least by Terry’s absence. The captain had not seen
out the first half, crunched inadvertently by Luis Suárez, who       Dan Carter charges upfield during the Autumn international
had been nudged in the back by Ramires, and left thumping the        between Scotland and New Zealand at Murrayfield
turf in agony. He departed on a stretcher, medical staff left to     Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images
scrutinise the state of his right knee, with concern mounting        Celtic may just have beaten Barcelona but a second Scottish
behind the scenes.                                                   sporting miracle inside a week was always going to be a stretch.
    It was no way to mark his return to the fold, though at least    New Zealand have not lost to their hosts in 107 years and
he had the time to make an impact. This contest was drifting         that sequence never looked like ceasing on a mild Edinburgh
towards the midway stage of the first half when Chelsea won a        afternoon illuminated by a brilliant performance from the All
corner, swung over by Juan Mata, and Terry darted into space to      Black fly-half Dan Carter.
thump a header beyond Brad Jones. Daniel Agger should have               On this evidence the world champions will end 2012
done more to snuff out the home captain’s threat, though the         triumphantly unbeaten and Carter will be the planet’s best
Dane had started the set-piece on the wrong side of his man and      No10 for as long as he laces up his white boots. Scotland,
was blocked off by Glen Johnson and Branislav Ivanovic. By the       admittedly, defended woefully at times but mistakes are
time Terry was charging off to the corner flag in celebration,       inevitable when the point of attack switches as irresistibly as
Agger’s guilt was clear.                                             it did here. In the second quarter, in particular, the All Blacks’s
    Chelsea’s centre-halves have contributed as many Premier         passing was little short of mesmeric as Carter and friends scored
League goals so far this term as their extravagant attacking trio    three dagger-sharp tries in seven minutes to kill the game as a
of Eden Hazard, Mata and Oscar, and the home side should have        contest.
eased further clear thereafter, revelling whenever they sprinted         Scotland did at least collect their first tries against the All
in possession at back-tracking defenders.                            Blacks in seven years, their Dutch-born winger Tim Visser
    Hazard’s dart through the middle, leaving Joe Allen floored,     touching down twice. But the Scotland head coach, Andy
might have prompted a second only for Jones to save well from        Robinson, was left to lament their defensive shortcomings as
Fernando Torres, the Australian thwarting the Spaniard’s close-      well as flanker Ross Rennie’s dislocated shoulder.
range header early in the second half. In between Mata should            “If you sit off New Zealand they’re a very good attacking
have gained personal reward after three visiting defenders           team and they’ll take you apart,” said Robinson. “We dropped © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                             
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off our line speed and allowed them to play.”                       Hore (Coles, 62), O Franks (B Franks, 62), Romano, Whitelock
    Offering Carter and the All Black midfield extra room is        (Williams, 67),Thomson, McCaw (capt), Vito.
effectively the rugby equivalent of giving Butch Cassidy and           Tries Dagg, Savea 2, Jane, Hore, Smith. Cons Carter 6. Pens
the Sundance Kid a few extra sticks of dynamite. It is now          Carter 3.
seven years since an unstoppable Carter took the Lions apart in        Sin-bin Thomson 45.
Wellington with the definitive fly-half display of the modern era      Referee Jérôme Garcès (Fr). Attendance 67,000.
but age has not wearied him.
    “If you give a guy like that time and space he’ll pull the
strings,” said Robinson. “He just sucks you in: pass, pass, pass    England all set for first Test against
and then he’s gone. That’s the quality of the man.” The All Black   India after draw with Haryana
captain, Richie McCaw, felt the same way, without resorting to
hyperbole. “He’s got a pretty good knack of realising when it’s
on. I thought he had a hell of a good game.”
                                                                    • Jonathan Trott hits a century as bowlers
    It was ironic, therefore, that Scotland’s opening try came      get plenty of work
directly from a Carter error, a casual pass going straight to a     • Batsmen continue to get little practice
startled Matt Scott. The inside centre would have struggled to      against local spin
make it himself but Visser is a born finisher and showed the
                                                                    Mike Selvey in Ahmedabad
cover a clean pair of orange-booted heels. The Dutchman scored
two tries on his debut against Fiji in the summer and will be a
strong contender for next year’s Lions tour.
    It takes more than an isolated error of judgment, however,
to ruffle Carter’s customary poise. Barely six minutes later the
All Black playmaker could be found jinking deep into Scottish
territory and cleverly putting the classy Israel Dagg over to
balance his personal ledger. Good players do not dwell on their
mistakes, great ones smoothly click up a couple of gears.
    Even the departure of Dagg following a heavy fall failed to
disrupt New Zealand to any lasting extent. It was easy to forget
they are mixing and matching for the first half of this tour and
were missing influential men like Kieran Read, Aaron Smith and
Conrad Smith. It made no obvious difference once they began
to build a bit of momentum, Julian Savea scored the first of his    England’s Jonathan Trott on his way to a hundred in the tour
two tries and a sublime pass from the impressive Tamati Ellison     match between England and Haryana at the Sardar Patel
helped work Cory Jane over in the right corner. When Andrew         Stadium in Ahmedabad, India. Photograph: Gareth Copley/
Hore crashed over shortly afterwards, New Zealand were 34-10        Getty Images
up and cruising.
                                                                    The warmups are done and their value towards preparations for
    The sin-binning of Adam Thomson briefly stemmed the flow
                                                                    the examination that awaits in the first Test at the Sardar Patel
of points, with the forward inviting trouble by making contact
                                                                    stadium on Thursday can best be described as mixed. All the
with his boot on the head of Alasdair Strokosch. The All Black
                                                                    batsmen have made significant runs, and five of them – Alastair
management felt it was not intentional but the citing officer
                                                                    Cook, Samit Patel, Jonny Bairstow, Kevin Pietersen, and now,
could yet disagree. “Was it malicious intent or reckless?” asked
                                                                    on the final day of this drawn match against Haryana, Jonathan
the All Black coach, Steve Hansen, rhetorically. “I’d suggest
                                                                    Trott, have made centuries.
probably reckless. He placed his foot on the guy’s head, he
                                                                        That can only inspire confidence, although the fact that they
didn’t stomp him.”
                                                                    have faced little in the way of quality spin in any of the three
    Despite a short-range effort from Geoff Cross and Visser’s
                                                                    games (Yuvraj Singh was as good as it got in the first match,
second, from a ruck turnover close to the New Zealand line,
                                                                    and Amit Mishra in the last, although he kept himself out of the
it proved a temporary blip. A deft Carter cross-kick in the
                                                                    firing line while the heat was on from Pietersen) is not helpful
62nd minute fell neatly for Savea to score his second and
                                                                    and of course had Duncan Fletcher’s fingerprints all over it.
Ben Smith added a sixth five minutes from the end. Carter
                                                                        Against that, the England bowlers were made to work hard,
finished with 21 points and the crowd left sensing they had
                                                                    and the seamers in particular concentrated on discovering
witnessed something special. The outcome, sadly, was entirely
                                                                    the best way to get the SG ball to reverse swing as soon in the
predictable. In 29 meetings with the All Blacks the Scots have
                                                                    innings as possible, an important plank in their strategy.
now lost 27 times and drawn twice. The moral of the story is
                                                                        While they found little of consequence until late on in the
pretty obvious.
                                                                    Haryana first innings, and then only slightly, it did begin to
    Scotland Hogg; S Lamont, De Luca (Evans 65), Scott, Visser;
                                                                    go off the straight – slight but still something – as early as the
Laidlaw (Jackson, 67), Blair (Pyrgos, 75); Grant (Jacobsen,
                                                                    ninth over in the second innings. This was a result not of the
67), Ford (S Lawson, 65), Cross, Gray, Hamilton (Kellock, 58),
                                                                    abrasive outfield (the stadium itself has a strong sprinkler
Strokosch, Rennie (Denton, 19), Brown (capt).
                                                                    system and the outfield there could sustain a herd of Jersey
    Tries Visser 2, Cross. Cons Laidlaw 2. Pen Laidlaw.
                                                                    cows) but of abandoning attempts at conventional swing early
    New Zealand Dagg (Barrett, 26); Jane, Smith, Ellison, Savea;
                                                                    and concentrating on bowling a mixture of seam-up and cross-
Carter, Weepu (Kerr-Barlow, 62); Crockett (Woodcock, 73),
                                                                    seam deliveries to scarify the ball. By the final session of the © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                            
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match Tim Bresnan was beating the bat more regularly than any
bowler hitherto had managed.
    The greatest benefit, though, comes in simply turning up
                                                                     Ryan Hall orchestrates England
to a ground to compete. There is the light and the heat and          thrashing of France with try quartet
the ground underfoot to get used to. There is the challenge of
opposition and the physical task of being out in the field or at     England 48-4 France
the crease for sessions at a time. No amount of practice sessions
                                                                     Andy Wilson at Salford City Stadium
in the nets or in training can replicate the rhythm of actually
    The three warmup matches will have served to confirm
in the minds of Cook, Andy Flower and the selectors (Ashley
Giles is the representative on duty here) the outline of the team
they will most likely want to take the field in the first Test.
Nick Compton, who before the tour was earmarked as Cook’s
opening partner, has justified that view by coming back from
two low scores, and Patel has shown he is a batsman who can
turn his arm over rather than being a make-do-and-mend utility
    The composition of the bowling attack has been more up in
the air, with injuries to Steve Finn and Stuart Broad keeping
them sidelined, while Graeme Swann returned home after the
second match in Navi Mumbai because of concerns over his             Ryan Hall scores the third of his four tries for England in
young daughter.                                                      their 48-4 defeat of France. Photograph: Craig Brough/Action
    On Swann’s situation, the news is generally good. He has         Images
already left England and will rejoin the squad on Monday, while
                                                                     Mission accomplished for England, who saved their slickest
Broad and Finn sent down five strenuous overs each, off full
                                                                     performance of the Autumn International Series for the final.
runs, on the practice ground adjacent to the B arena where this
                                                                     Now for mission improbable – reaching, and then winning,
match has been played.
                                                                     the World Cup final across the Manchester Ship Canal at Old
    Broad seems certain to be fit, and Finn may yet make it; the
                                                                     Trafford this time next year.
team physiotherapist, Ben Langley, and the medical staff having
                                                                         There is a genuine belief in the squad that they have the
done wonders to bring him on. So it is quite possible that on
                                                                     ability to repeat the triumph secured by Clive Sullivan’s Great
Thursday England will be able to select their first choice XI.
                                                                     Britain team in Lyon on Remembrance Day 1972, and they insist
    This match finished in the draw that had been on the cards
                                                                     the time spent together training and playing this autumn will
since Haryana were able to extend their first innings to tea on
                                                                     give them a crucial edge.
the third day. But the England bowlers managed to trouble the
                                                                         That will be a moot point until they face Australia at the
opposition in the final two sessions, reducing them to 133 for six
                                                                     Millennium Stadium in October. But there was much to enjoy
before they shook hands with 10 overs still remaining. In theory
                                                                     in this performance, notably four well-taken tries for Ryan Hall
England could have pressed on further for a win, but by then
                                                                     on the left wing, a couple of dazzlers from Sam Tomkins, and an
the bowling coach David Saker had seen all he needed.
                                                                     impeccable kicking display by Kevin Sinfield, who landed eight
    Bresnan in particular showed that, if needs must and he
                                                                     conversions from eight, six of them from wide out.
is selected, then he has a knack of collecting wickets almost
                                                                         It was a subtly but significantly different England team
stealthily, his two cheap wickets second time around giving
                                                                     from the 13 who started against the same opponents in Hull
him five in the match. Stuart Meaker had a good first run out for
                                                                     last week, with Rangi Chase making his first appearance of the
England and dismissed Rahul Dewan, the unbeaten centurion
                                                                     series at scrum half – his first game of any form for more than
from the first innings, with something fast, full and straight.
                                                                     two months – and Sean O’Loughlin also returning from injury at
His pace and skiddy trajectory means that if there is any reverse
                                                                     loose forward.
swing, he can be a handful. Earlier Trott completed his hundred
                                                                         Both were involved in a well-worked opening try in the
before being retired.
                                                                     ninth minute, O’Loughlin sucking in the France defence with
                                                                     a powerful drive before Chase linked with Tomkins to send
                                                                     Hall in at the left corner for his first. However, France, who also
                                                                     made a couple of changes and looked better for them, asked

                                                                     plenty of questions of the England defence in the rest of a hard-
                                                                     fought first half, with their young scrum-half, William Barthau,
                                                                     showing real promise.
                                                                         Barthau was let down by his more experienced half-back
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                                                                     to lay on a second for Hall. England lost the veteran prop Adrian
                                                                     Morley after a clash of heads with Gareth Ellis early in the © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                             
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second half, which meant a longer stint than expected in the         with a 42-15 victory over London Welsh in the LV=Cup. The
front row for his Warrington team-mate Chris Hill.                   Warriors scored four of their six tries in the final quarter, with
   Ellis floated a long pass for Josh Charnley to score the fourth   Nic Sestaret and Jack Nowell both going over twice, to thrash
try in the right corner, and within minutes France were badly        their hosts who had led 9-8 at half-time.
caught out on the opposite flank, this time Chase providing the          Will Carrick-Smith and Mark Foster touched down for Exeter
service for Hall to complete his hat-trick.                          before their late blitz, with Henry Slade adding 12 points from
   After throwing another dummy to score his second, Tomkins         the boot. The Exiles, who retained 10 players from the team
supported a Chase break to send the Leeds wing over for his          that met Bath last time out, relied on Gordon Ross to kick all of
fourth, and Rob Burrow completed the scoring with a popular          their points.
try. Good fun, although not for the valiant but outclassed               The hosts had no answer to the young Chiefs who were a
French, who at least claimed a consolation try through Mathias       revelation, showing huge enterprise, and had they showed a
Pala. Roll on next autumn.                                           little more composure in the first half then Welsh would have
   England Tomkins (Wigan); Charnley (Wigan), Watkins                suffered an even greater defeat. Exeter did not include any of
(Leeds), Cudjoe (Huddersfield), Hall (Leeds); Sinfield (Leeds,       their players who started last week’s Premiership game against
capt), Chase (Castleford); Mossop (Wigan), McIlorum (Wigan),         Worcester.
Hill (Warrington), Jones-Buchanan (Leeds), Ellis (Hull),
O’Loughlin (Wigan). Interchange Burrow (Leeds), Ablett
(Leeds), Hock (Wigan), Morley (Warrington).                          Australia aim to raise intensity after
   France Soubeyras; Saddaoui, Larroyer, Duport, Pala; Bosc,         France ‘wiped us off the park’
Barthau; Fakir, K Bentley, Casty, Elima (capt), Raguin, Baitieri.
Interchange Bousquet, Bemba, Gigot, Griffi.
   Referee Shane Rehm (NZ)
                                                                     • Kurtley Beale says Wallabies must
                                                                     improve to beat England
                                                                     • France savour their biggest defeat of
LV Cup round-up: Matt Garvey of                                      Australia in 36 years
London Irish turns tables on Sale                                    Agencies

• Sale Sharks 28-34 London Irish
• London Welsh 15-42 Exeter Chiefs
Press Association

                                                                     Wesley Fofana, left, scores France’ second try against
                                                                     Australia in the home side’s 33-6 victory on Saturday.
                                                                     Photograph: Benoit Tessier/REUTERS
                                                                     Robbie Deans took a slice of the blame and highlighted
                                                                     Australia’s “inaccuracies” after their biggest defeat by France
Matt Garvey of London Irish, right, scores the first of two tries
                                                                     in 36 years. “It was an arm-wrestle there for a period and we
against Sale Sharks at the Madejski Stadium. Photograph: Paul
                                                                     opened the door in some ways with our inaccuracies,” the
Harding/Action Images
                                                                     coach said. “They grew in confidence off the back of that and
Matt Garvey scored two tries as London Irish overturned an           created a lot of momentum.
18-10 half-time deficit against Sale Sharks and opened their LV=         “Earlier on, we should have played a bit more field position
Cup campaign with a 34-28 win at the Madejski Stadium on             – I’ll take a bit of ownership on that. The gaps were there and
Sunday.                                                              there was a lot of space there to play so, as a backline, that’s
    The lock George Skivington and centre Shane Geraghty             what we set out to do … but they shut it down very well. Earlier
scored the Exiles’ other tries with the fly-half Ian Humphreys       on wWe should have kicked the corners and played the game in
kicking 14 points. Danny Cipriani scored 18 points for Sale with     their half.’’
a try, three penalties and two conversions after the out-of-             Les Bleus, who were demolished 59-16 by the Wallabies in
favour Wales scrum-half Dwayne Peel’s try gave the visitors          their last match against them two years ago, took full revenge
an early lead. Sale salvaged a losing bonus point with winger        at Stade de France to claim their first victory in seven years
Charlie Amesbury’s last-ditch try, converted by Cipriani.            against Australia. France scored three tries on the back of a
    Exeter gained a measure of revenge for their Aviva               dominant performance by their scrum, while Frédéric Michalak
Premiership defeat at the Kassam Stadium earlier this season         kicked 15 points. © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                             
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    “French rugby is a bit like that. When we’re scared we do
great things,” their coach Philippe Saint-André said. “It’s a true
                                                                     Flemenstar’s Navan win boosts his
    France’s win was their biggest over Australia since their        Cheltenham Gold Cup prospects
34-6 win at the Parc des Princes in 1976. “It’s not every day that
you score 30 points against Australia,” Saint-André said. “Let’s     • Flemenstar top-priced 10-1 for Gold Cup
savour this.”                                                        in March
    France face Argentina on Saturday, who they beat 49-10
                                                                     • In control throughout, producing several
in June on the back of a 23-20 defeat. Argentina, match-
hardened after their debut in the southern hemisphere Rugby
                                                                     excellent jumps
Championship, stunned Wales on Saturday. “We need to be              Greg Wood
humble if we want to win our three [November] matches,”
Saint-André said. “We need to be as scared next Saturday as we
were today.”
    France will need to produce the same kind of performance,
a mix of raw power and flair, that unsettled Australia. The
Wallabies captain, Nathan Sharpe, said his team had failed to
match the French. “We always figured they were going to come
with a lot of intensity. I thought our intensity was good but our
execution let us down a lot. It is very hard to build pressure on
teams, build points, when you keep turning the ball over.’’
    The Australia playmaker, Kurtley Beale, said his side must
fight harder to avoid being embarrassed against England at
Twickenham next weekend. “They [France] showed a lot
more guts, a lot more passion, they were very physical at the
                                                                     Andrew Lynch, the rider of Flemenstar, took his mount
breakdown and their defence was very disciplined,” Beale told
                                                                     straight into the lead at Navan and the partnership remained
the Sydney Morning Herald.
                                                                     in control. Photograph: Scott Heavey/Getty Images
    “The gaps were there but they closed it very quickly,
they did their homework very well and stuck to it. We tried          Flemenstar, the leading staying novice over fences in Ireland
everything but I think a few little dropped balls didn’t really go   last season, made an impressive return to action in the Fortria
our way.                                                             Chase at Navan on Sunday and is now top-priced at 10-1 to win
    “It’s tough. They just came at us with everything and pretty     the Gold Cup at Cheltenham in March.
much wiped us off the park.”                                            Peter Casey’s chaser won five times in his novice season,
    Deans had no complaints. “It was a very complete                 which concluded with victory in the Powers Gold Cup at
performance from the French, they were too good for us.”             Fairyhouse in April, but has yet to race outside Ireland, beyond
                                                                     two-and-a-half miles.
                                                                        He could make his first start over three miles in the Lexus
                                                                     Chase at Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting, which was won
                                                                     last year by Synchronised, the subsequent Gold Cup winner.
                                                                        Sunday’s race was at the minimum trip of two miles, and
                                                                     Flemenstar, the 10-11 favourite, was sent straight into the lead
                                                                     by Andrew Lynch. He was in control throughout, producing
                                                                     several excellent jumps to maintain his advantage, and though
                                                                     his rivals included Big Zeb, who was attempting to win the race

                                                                     for the fourth year running, Flemenstar emerged as an easy
                                                                     winner, with seven lengths to spare over the former Queen
                                                                     Mother Champion Chase winner at the line.
                                                                        “When he is fit he’ll be a good one,” Casey, who had made it
                                                                     clear before the race that Flemenstar was short of peak fitness,
                                                                     said after the race. “He will go for the John Durkan now at
  The Guardian digital edition                                       Punchestown [on 9 December].

  Read the Guardian on the web                                          “He has got stronger since last year but he was only 80% fit
                                                                     today. He got beat here the last two years but I slept well last
  exactly the way it was printed.                                    night, I wasn’t worried about him.
  With award-winning Guardian                                           “After he goes over two-and-a-half in the Durkan, we will
                                                                     think about running him over three miles. He should get three
  photography accessible from                                        miles on breeding.”
  anywhere in the world.                                                There was a surprise result in the Grade Two Lismullen
                                                                     Hurdle when the 1-7 favourite Voler La Vedette, who was                                      attempting to win the race for the second year running, failed to
                                                                     catch the front-running Whatuthink, a 25-1 outsider.
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others was the key,” Oliver McKiernan, Whatuthink’s trainer,      bronze medal from the 2000 Games.
said. “He was tipping away all summer while the others were           Armstrong did not cooperate with the Usada investigation
just starting out.”                                               and has always denied wrongdoing and though he has since
   Sizing Rio, trained by Henry de Bromhead, took the Grade       removed the line ‘seven-time Tour de France champion’
Three For Auction Novice Hurdle, and was cut from 25-1 to 20-1    from his Twitter profile, today’s picture is sure to be seen as
by Stan James for the Supreme Novice Hurdle at Cheltenham         provocative.
in March. He too is likely to run at Leopardstown’s Christmas         The fall-out from Usada’s verdict has been extensive, with
meeting ahead of a possible run at the Festival in the spring.    11 of Armstrong’s former team-mates receiving six-month
                                                                  bans after admitting doping offences in the course of their
                                                                  testimonies against him. South African mountain-biker David
Lance Armstrong releases picture with                             George, who rode with US Postal from 1999 to 2000, was
Tour de France yellow jerseys                                     provisionally suspended on Tuesday after testing positive for
                                                                  the banned blood-booster EPO.

• Picture is entitled: Back in Austin and just
layin’ around                                                     Horse racing tips: Monday 12 November
• Rider’s results from 1998 were expunged
from record books                                                 Kim Bailey’s six-year-old mare Set In Her
Press Association                                                 Ways holds a sound chance in the Southwell
                                                                  2.45 contest
                                                                  Greg Wood

Lance Armstrong poses with seven framed Tour de France
yellow jerseys in his Austin home. Photograph: Franck Fife/
AFP/Getty Images
                                                                  Noel Fehily is scheduled to partner Joseph Lister for trainer
Lance Armstrong has posted a picture on Twitter of himself        Charlie Longsdon in the 2.15 at Southwell. Photograph: Alan
relaxing surrounded by his tainted Tour de France yellow          Crowhurst/Getty Images
jerseys. The Texan was stripped of the seven titles after an
investigation by the United States Anti-doping Agency found
                                                                     12.50 Tipsy Dara 1.20 Mitchell’s Way
him guilty of using performance-enhancing drugs.
                                                                     1.55 The Magic Bishop 2.25 Across The Bay
   But the image he shared on the social networking site, below
                                                                     2.55 Definite Dream 3.30 Kruzhlinin
the heading “Back in Austin and just layin’ around …”, shows
                                                                     4.00 No Deal
him lounging on his sofa below the seven jerseys of his now
discredited Tour titles .                     Southwell
   The jerseys are hanging in frames on the walls near the L-        12.40 Tournade D’Estruval 1.10 Kilvergan Boy
shaped sofa, each picked out by an individual lightbulb, with a      1.45 Makari 2.15 Joseph Lister (nb)
pair of curtains left open to clearly display the last of them.      2.45 Set In Her Ways (nap) 3.20 Liberate
   Last month the International Cycling Union (UCI) ratified         3.50 Ethics Girl
the sanctions recommended by Usada, which concluded
Armstrong and his US Postal team ran “the most sophisticated,

professionalised and successful doping programme that sport
has ever seen”.
   All Armstrong’s results from 1 August, 1998, were expunged
from the record books, including his seven consecutive Tour
de France “wins” from 1999 to 2005, and the 41-year-old was         Eat right
banned for life.                                                    Join the Guardian’s health and dieting
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Dani Pedrosa wins in Valencia after new                           Rory McIlroy’s third place in Singapore
champion Jorge Lorenzo crashes                                    Open secures money list double

• Pedrosa finishes 37 seconds ahead of                            • World No1 adds European title to United
Katsuyuki Nakasuga                                                States crown
• Ex-world champion Casey Stoner third in                         • McIlroy ‘humbled’ by latest achievement
final MotoGP race                                                 Agencies

                                                                  Rory McIlroy celebrates during his final round at the
Jorge Lorenzo, the newly crowned world champion, crashes          Singapore Open on Sunday. Photograph: Stephen Morrison/
near halfway while leading the MotoGP grand prix in Valencia.     EPA
Photograph: Alberto S Iz/AP                                       Rory McIlroy followed Luke Donald when he became the
A spectacular crash by MotoGP’s new champion, Jorge Lorenzo,      second player to win the money list titles in Europe and the
allowed Dani Pedrosa to claim victory in the final race of the    United States.
season in wet conditions at Valencia.                                 The world No1 finished third at the Singapore Open to amass
    The Spaniard wrapped up the title last month but was          a lead of more than €1m over Peter Hanson and secure the
unable to register a seventh win of the season. The Yamaha        European Tour Race to Dubai title with two events remaining.
rider led from Pedrosa but crashed near the halfway point as he       Last year Donald became the first player to achieve the
attempted a tricky overtaking manoeuvre on a back marker.         double but McIlroy, 23, is the youngest European No1 since
    From that moment Pedrosa, who started from the pit            Sandy Lyle in 1979, who was 21 when he won his first of three
lane on slick tyres, started to open up a gap on Katsuyuki        order of merit titles. “Winning a second major already made it
Nakasuga. Pedrosa, who was already guaranteed second place        a fabulous season but then to follow Luke in becoming number
in the championship, finished nearly 37 seconds ahead of the      one in both Europe and the States is the icing on the cake after a
Japanese.                                                         fabulous season,” he said.
    The two-times world champion Casey Stoner finished third          “I feel so proud and humbled to have joined so many
in his last race.                                                 fabulous names in Europe who have won the order of merit,”
                                                                  said McIlroy, the second Northern Irishman to win the title after
                                                                  Ronan Rafferty in 1989.
Joe Egan, the great Wigan hooker, has                                 Matteo Manassero of Italy won the Singapore Open on the
                                                                  third play-off hole from Louis Oosthuizen.
died at the age of 93

• Egan was last survivor of 1946 GB tourists
• Hooker played 362 times and lifted Cup in

Andy Wilson

Joe Egan, the great Wigan hooker who was the last survivor
of the 1946 Great Britain tour party who were known as
the Indomitables having sailed to Australia on the aircraft
                                                                    Are you getting the best deal on your
carrier of that name, has died at the age of 93. Egan made 362
appearances for Wigan between 1938-50, lifting the Challenge
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as writing for the Wigan Evening Post and Daily Express.            find the best deal for you.
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                                                                    Tolchard, playing as a batsman, produced 142, perhaps the most
                                                                    important stand of the series, with Tolchard making 67 in 5½
How England managed to emerge                                       hours. None of this was pretty, but it was what it took.
victorious on the 1976/77 tour to India                                 Beyond this, it still may be that the course of the series was
                                                                    dictated by one incident in the final session of the second day of
Tony Greig’s team won by being patient,                             the first Test.
playing their own game, and making the                                  India were responding well to England’s total and together
                                                                    the Indian openers Sunil Gavaskar and Anshuman Gaekwad had
most of any seam movement
                                                                    added 43 in 11 overs without trouble. Then the ball, which had
Mike Selvey                                                         provided no assistance for any of England’s three seamers – Bob
                                                                    Willis, Chris Old and John Lever – went out of shape. Lever’s
                                                                    first delivery with the replacement, sent off on the same line he
                                                                    had been using for several overs, hooped alarmingly down the
                                                                    legside. Lever adjusted his line – “Bung it out here, JK,” advised
                                                                    Keith Fletcher, his county captain, standing at second slip – and
                                                                    in the space of 16 balls, India found themselves 49 for four, a
                                                                    position from which they never recovered.
                                                                        Lever, on his debut, finished the innings with seven for
                                                                    46, got 10 for 70 in the match, and was to end the series with
                                                                    26 at 14.61 apiece. His success drew forth a desperate slur
                                                                    from Bedi, who suggested Lever was using Vaseline on the
                                                                    ball to aid swing. It was a scurrilous, groundless accusation
                                                                    from a drowning man as the third Test – and with it the series
                                                                    – unravelled before him. His side were bowled out for 164 and
Keith Fletcher (left), Mike Selvey (centre) and John Lever relax
                                                                    83 at Madras’s Chepauk Stadium.
at the Centaur Hotel in Bombay during the 1976/77 tour of
                                                                        England were able to base their attack around the genius of
India. Photograph: Patrick Eagar
                                                                    Derek Underwood, who on the crusty pitches took 29 wickets
History can tell us much, and there are lessons to be learned       in the series at just over 17 apiece. The lesson, though, is that
even now from the most successful tour ever undertaken to           – spinners or no spinners in the opposition – the new ball in
India by an England team. In essence they are these: play to and    particular may swing, and certainly the seam will bite on dusty
trust your own strengths rather than try and replicate those        surfaces.
of the opposition; and a Test match is not a sprint, with any           At times there was no answer to the pace and awkward
imperative to score quickly very much secondary to occupation       bounce of Willis, who finished the series with 20 wickets at
of the crease and a competitive total at all costs.                 16.75, including five for 27 after India had won a vital toss at
    Even as the side was selected, Tony Greig understood            Eden Gardens. It is not hard to understand why England are
this. He made some controversial selections, most notably           desperate to get Steve Finn fit.
the omission of David Steele, who had battled magnificently
against the Australia and West Indies attacks, on account of

his perceived weakness against spin (a ruthless call by Greig
at whose instigation Steele was given a Test career in the first
place). There was also the selection of Roger Tolchard, an
indifferent wicketkeeper, as Alan Knott’s understudy, on the
basis that he was a quicksilver player of spin.
    Against perhaps the best spin attack the game has ever seen
– perm any three from Bishen Bedi, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar,             Mystified by mortgages?
Erapalli Prasanna, and Srinivas Venkataraghavan – and in
conditions specially prepared to suit the opposition, Greig’s         Perplexes by pensions?
team won the first three of five Tests by an innings and 25 runs;     Confused about your consumer
10 wickets; and, in a low-scoring match, 200 runs.
    Two outstanding innings, one of them ranking as one of            rights?
the greatest played by an England batsman in India, were              Our experts are on hand to
fundamental to the success. Batting first in the opening Test at
Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi, England subsided to 65 for
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four against Bedi and Chandrasekhar before Dennis Amiss made          and legal questions, so you
179 in more than 8½ hours to take England to 381.
    Then, in the second Test in Calcutta, having bowled India
                                                                      don’t need to be baffled any
out on a disgraceful pitch prepared with the aid of wirebrushes,      more. Read their advice, or put
it was Greig himself who held the innings together.
    Running a high temperature, he batted through the entire
                                                                      a question to them, at
second day for 94,opting early on to play no attacking shots on
the front foot, and completed his century on the third morning,
his eventual 103 coming in 7¼ hours. His partnership with © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                           

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