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Bradley Wiggins the favourite in BBC
award shortlist of stellar quality
The Beeb’s flagship sporting award show can present itself to the
world as a celebration of genuinely grand-scale achievement Page 2

Ben Ainslie finally calls time on his
Olympic career
Ben Ainslie, five times an Olympic sailor and four times a gold
medallist, has confirmed that he will not be going to a sixth Games
at Rio in 2016 Page 3

England keep faith in Chris Robshaw
despite South Africa defeat
The England coach, Stuart Lancaster, has insisted that the team
is united in support of Chris Robshaw, whose role in the defeat to
South Africa has drawn criticism Page 3

Chelsea finally                              Alastair Cook treasures                      Lewis Hamilton leaves           Evan Longoria signs
hold peace talks                             England’s man-of-the-                        McLaren confident he            $100m deal to stay
with referee Mark                            match Kevin Pietersen                        will win at Mercedes            with Tampa Bay Rays
Clattenburg Page 4                           Page 6                                       Page 7                          until 2023 Page 9

‘Embarrassing’                               Ban set for long                             UKA’s Neil Black names          Wales expect long ban
plight of QPR is Harry                       putters as authorities                       coaches to be based at          for All Blacks’ Andrew
Redknapp’s greatest                          get tough with golf’s                        elite Loughborough              Hore over ‘assault’
challenge Page 5                             ‘crutch’ Page 6                              hub Page 8                      Page 10 © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                                         
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                                                                    rowing, Paralympic sports – that are almost invisible outside of
                                                                    the Olympic cycle.
Bradley Wiggins the favourite in BBC                                    The winner of the main award will be decided by public vote
award shortlist of stellar quality                                  during the usual mob-handed live BBC1 show, with this year’s
                                                                    bonanza edition to be broadcast in front of 15,000 people at
The Beeb’s flagship sporting award                                  the ExCeL Arena. As ever ahead of time there will be the usual
show can present itself to the world as                             arguments over what, exactly, the public is supposed to be
                                                                    voting for here, albeit the familiar barbs about use of the word
a celebration of genuinely grand-scale
                                                                    “personality” in this context will be absent, that distinctive
achievement                                                         quality of home counties chumminess having been diluted in
• The Guardian’s SPOTY gallery                                      recent years – notwithstanding the triumph of royal sycophancy
Barney Ronay                                                        that helped Zara Phillips win the main award in 2006.
                                                                        Instead the debate this year is about the nuances of
                                                                    achievement. In terms of sheer, unrepeatable sporting
                                                                    excellence the bookies’ favourite Bradley Wiggins stands out.
                                                                    No Englishman had previously won the Tour de France, the
                                                                    greatest sporting endurance event. A subsequent gold medal in
                                                                    the men’s time trial at London 2012 makes for an unignorable
                                                                    set of laurels. There are other competing extremes too: Andy
                                                                    Murray is the most globally renowned athlete on the list, a
                                                                    first British male tennis grand slam winner since Fred Perry
                                                                    and also a gold medallist this summer. For a one-off spike
                                                                    of individual excellence it is hard to cap Jessica Ennis being
                                                                    crowned the world’s greatest female track and field athlete
                                                                    in winning Olympic heptathlon gold. In terms of success
                                                                    in the face of adversity the Paralympians David Weir, Ellie
The Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medallist                Simmonds and Sarah Storey provide an obvious headline turn.
Bradley Wiggins features in the 12-strong shortlist for the         For longevity the list offers Chris Hoy and Ben Ainslie, one the
BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award. Photograph:             most prolific British Olympic gold medallist ever, the other the
Andrew Milligan/PA                                                  most successful sporting sailor anywhere. Second favourite for
It’s that time of year again. Stand by your phone, steel yourself   the main award behind Wiggins, Mo Farah can already claim
for an unprecedented crop of tear-jerking victory montages,         to be the greatest ever British long distance runner after his
and be prepared for the annual surprise of Gary Lineker’s latest    extraordinarily rousing gold medal performances at 5,000m
gloriously spiffy skin-tight shirt. The shortlist for the BBC       and 10,000m in August.
Sports Personality of the Year Award 2012 has been announced,           If this is perhaps the most triumphantly garlanded lineup
an occasion of heightened interest at the end of a year in          of nominees in the award’s history it is no surprise this should
which British sport has perhaps never shone so brightly. So         be the case in the year of a home Olympics that athletes have
often disparaged for its air of cosy provincialism – what we        been gearing themselves towards for seven years, sped along by
might call The Nigel Mansell Years – this time around the BBC’s     unprecedentedly large targeted funding via the national lottery.
flagship sporting award show can present itself to the world as a   In this regard there is an argument that both the shortlist and
celebration of genuinely grand-scale achievement.                   the grandeur of the Spoty awards show itself reflect what is
    Most notably the summer triumphs of the Olympic and             increasingly the dynamic of British sport: well-funded elite
Paralympic Games are reflected in the 12-person shortlist for the   achievement, twinned with an under-resourced and non-
main award. Of the 12 names only one is not a London Games          participatory wider public. Ten of the 12-strong shortlist were
gold medallist, the golfer Rory McIlroy, who this year won the      eligible for lottery funding, while Wiggins, portrayed so often
US PGA Championship and took part in Europe’s rousing Ryder         as the outsider Kid from Kilburn, does also benefit from the
Cup victory. It is a depth of excellence that is emphasised by      resources of the cycling giant Team Sky.
the meritocratic diversity on show: no footballers, cricketers          For now, though, broader questions such as these will have
or Formula One drivers are included, despite these sports’          to wait. So often an occasion of rather forced in-house gaiety,
disproportionate television coverage and marketing spend.           this year the BBC’s venerable old sporting awards show – 68
Three Paralympians make the cut and five of the 12 athletes are     years old in December – is instead an occasion to perform a
women.                                                              celebratory double-take on a year of genuine and perhaps
    In this last regard the BBC have taken no chances after last    unrepeatable sporting riches.
year producing a shortlist without a single female nominee. The
list on that occasion was culled from the votes of 27 magazines
and newspapers, including those keepers of the Corinthian
flame, Zoo and Nuts. This time an expert panel, including the
likes of Steven Redgrave and Tanni Grey-Thompson, voted on
nominees. Their choices reflect a British sporting year that was
both unusually glorious and unusually diverse, with seven of
those listed competing in disciplines – sailing, women’s boxing, © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                          
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Ben Ainslie finally calls time on his                              England keep faith in Chris Robshaw
Olympic career                                                     despite South Africa defeat

• Four times gold medallist to miss Rio                            • Robshaw to captain side against New
2016                                                              Zealand
• 35-year-old to concentrate on America’s                          • ‘We stand behind him,’ insists Stuart
Cup bid                                                            Lancaster
Staff and agencies                                                 Robert Kitson

Great Britain’s Ben Ainslie celebrating his fourth and final       The England captain, Chris Robshaw, after the 15-16 defeat to
Olympic gold medal at the London 2012 sailing venue in             South Africa at Twickenham. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the
Weymouth. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA                                Guardian
Ben Ainslie, five times an Olympic sailor and four times a gold    Stuart Lancaster has responded to Saturday’s frustrating defeat
medallist, has confirmed that he will not be going to a sixth      by South Africa by backing his captain, Chris
Games at Rio in 2016 to defend his title as winner of the Finn     Robshaw, and promoting Owen Farrell to the starting line-up
class.                                                             to face New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday. Robshaw
   The British sailor, writing in the Daily Telegraph, said that   has been told his job is safe for the moment, while Farrell will
he had waited for the recent International Sailing Federation      replace the injured Toby Flood at No10.
conference in Dublin to see which race classes would be on             Both decisions reflect Lancaster’s belief that his England
the Olympic programme for 2016 in Brazil, as despite initial       squad are not a million miles away from a significant victory,
suggestions that he would not return, he had had second            despite the fierce debate over Robshaw’s leadership in the tense
thoughts.                                                          closing moments of the 16-15 loss to the Springboks. Players and
   Ainslie, who carried the GB flag at this year’s closing         coaches alike have reassured the Harlequin flanker they still
ceremony and who is on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year      have total faith in him, although Lancaster will not confirm his
shortlist , freely admits that his back is giving   Six Nations captain until late January.
him problems and to race in the Finn class would have been             Robshaw has admitted he found it hard to sleep after
problematic for him in 2016, however if the Star two-handed        Saturday’s game as he pondered his 78th-minute decision to
dinghy had been reinstated he said he might have considered        go for the posts with England trailing 16-12, rather than kicking
entering that with a partner.                                      for the corner. Lancaster now acknowledges it was a flawed call
   Only windsurfing has been brought back for the Rio Games,       but has been unimpressed by the amount of flak Robshaw has
however, and Ainslie, 35, will now focus exclusively on his        received. “The players are ultimately disappointed we didn’t
America’s Cup campaign with JP Morgan BAR, one of whose            make it work for Chris because he is the one who has been
catamarans he will helm at next September’s event.                 given the blame and it’s unfair in our opinion,” said Lancaster.
                                                                   “Games are never won and lost on one moment and we stand
                                                                   behind him. It was not black and white. Either decision could

                                                                   have won the game.”
                                                                       The England management also point out Robshaw was his
                                                                   side’s top tackler and top carrier against the Boks, and hit more
                                                                   breakdowns than anyone else. “I don’t know any leader who
                                                                   gets every decision 100% right,” continued Lancaster. “All you
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Cup pool draw in London even if they defeat New Zealand at           official, who always denied wrongdoing.
Twickenham. The All Blacks are unbeaten in 20 games but                  Although no public apology has been issued, despite regular
England are likely to select a largely unchanged side with Farrell   calls from the referees’ union, Prospect, Buck moved to speak
at No10 rather than the in-form Freddie Burns of Gloucester.         with Clattenburg on Monday while visiting the national football
Flood has strained a toe ligament in his kicking foot and is a       centre at St George’s Park in Burton-on-Trent. The Chelsea
definite non-starter.                                                chairman, who met the 16 elite Premier League referees at what
   The uncapped Burns can expect to make his debut off the           was a scheduled training camp for the officials, sought to quell
bench instead, with Lancaster believing there is insufficient        the tension whipped up by the allegation in a move welcomed
time this week for a new fly-half to learn all the calls. “Owen      by all sides. Also in attendance were Richard Scudamore, the
has a lot of credit in the bank from what he achieved for us in      chief executive of the Premier League, and Mike Riley, the
the Six Nations,” said Lancaster. “He had a long, hard season        chief executive of Professional Game Match Officials. The
last season but I don’t think his form dropped off quite as          talks are understood to have progressed well, with statements
dramatically as people made out.”                                    anticipated suggesting all parties are seeking to move on from
   Alex Corbisiero will not train before Thursday but England        the controversy. The Chelsea hierarchy had indicated in the
insist he will be fit for a game which lock Geoff Parling sees as    wake of the FA’s decision not to charge Clattenburg that they
winnable. “We’re going to play to win, not just give it a go,”       would have no objection to the 37-year-old officiating at their
insisted the Leicester lock forward.                                 games in future, including at Stamford Bridge, and that remains
   Wales expect the New Zealand hooker Andrew Hore to be             a possibility, even this season.
given a long suspension when he appears before a disciplinary            The club have privately recognised the damage inflicted
committee on Wednesday charged with felling Bradley Davies           upon Clattenburg’s reputation, with the official having been
from behind at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.                   omitted from the referees’ roster for four consecutive weekends
                                                                     while the FA conducted an inquiry into the alleged incident.
                                                                         He returned as the fourth official for Tottenham Hotspur’s
Chelsea finally hold peace talks with                                victory over West Ham United at White Hart Lane on
referee Mark Clattenburg                                             Sunday and will take charge of Wednesday’s game between
                                                                     Southampton and Norwich at St Mary’s having expressed relief
                                                                     last week that the incident had finally been resolved. Mikel,
• Bruce Buck seeks out official at St                                however, has requested a personal hearing having been charged
George’s Park                                                        with misconduct for allegedly using threatening or abusive
• Chelsea still to issue a public apology to                         words and/or behaviour “in or around the match officials’
official                                                             changing room” following the defeat. If the charge is upheld
                                                                     he will face a ban of a minimum of three matches and if the
Dominic Fifield
                                                                     mitigating circumstances are rejected, that could stretch to five.

Chelsea’s chairman Bruce Buck has sought to defuse the row
with PGMO by speaking to Mark Clattenburg at St George’s
Park. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian
The Chelsea chairman, Bruce Buck, held face-to-face talks with
Mark Clattenburg yesterday as the Premier League club took the
first significant step towards brokering peace with the referee
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                                                                       The 65-year-old is at least used to walking in on a crisis and
                                                                   has initially been a firefighter in each of his last four jobs, but his
‘Embarrassing’ plight of QPR is Harry                              admission that this is his greatest challenge to date was telling.
Redknapp’s greatest challenge                                      David Beckham sent a text on Saturday wishing him luck. Levy
                                                                   telephoned offering the same. He may need it.
• New manager hopes revival will start at                              Ideally the revival will spark at Sunderland on Tuesday,
Sunderland                                                         the new manager’s first task to coax spirit from a team whose
                                                                   confidence feels brittle. “People keep saying we have a good
• The players ‘should be embarrassed by
                                                                   team, but how do you only have four points at this stage?” he
our position’                                                      said. “Something’s got to be lacking. It’s different to Tottenham
Dominic Fifield                                                    where I went eight games into the season [in 2008 when they
                                                                   were bottom with two points] but they had a squad full of
                                                                   ability. Here, we are short but we know what we have come
                                                                   into. We have to find a way to bring the group together and win
                                                                   some matches.
                                                                       “They should be embarrassed by our position. You can
                                                                   talk to players all day and those who aren’t playing will blame
                                                                   those who are playing. Those who are in the team will blame
                                                                   somebody else. But something has got to be wrong. An
                                                                   excellent manager has got the sack, and I’ve got to put this right
                                                                   quickly. We need effort and people having a go. I’ve got no time
                                                                   for people losing the ball and throwing their arms up in the air,
                                                                   or standing around with their hands on their hips. We’re in a
                                                                   relegation battle. We’ve got four points. It’s their fault, nobody
                                                                   else’s. I need to see people chasing, working, running and
‘It’s their fault, nobody else’s,’ says Harry Redknapp about the
                                                                   closing down.” This is back to basics though, after the year he
QPR players. ‘I need to see people chasing, working, running
                                                                   has endured, that might just suit Redknapp.
and closing down.’ Photograph: Tony O’Brien/Action Images
                                                                       The veteran, accompanied again by Kevin Bond and Joe
Harry Redknapp was late in to training at Harlington on Monday     Jordan, might privately be wondering how it has come to this.
morning, his trek from the south coast reduced to a crawl in the   That is not a slight on QPR, who are an ambitious club backed
gloom of the M25. The gridlock offered time for contemplation      by rich owners who envisaged this campaign being one of
to the swish of the windscreen wipers as the rain pattered         consolidation rather than toil at the foot. But, back in the early
down, though, for once, it might have been wiser to forget.        spring, Redknapp had been competing for the title. He had been
Queens Park Rangers prop up the Premier League, their points       considered the favourite to succeed Fabio Capello as England
tally a miserable four with over a third of the season spent.      manager, particularly after he emerged acquitted from his
“Embarrassing,” said the manager once the traffic had cleared.     tax evasion trial at Southwark crown court. And then, within
“This is going to be hard. A real challenge.”                      weeks, it all slipped out of his grasp and he found himself cast
    And yet it is one he has accepted with typical relish. It is   into the wilderness.
a little over five months since Redknapp was summoned by               He has tended to stay away from Premier League games
the Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy, and his employment            since, preferring instead to pop down to the Fitness First
terminated , a fourth-place finish having           Stadium to chat with counterparts in the lower leagues:
failed to yield the desired return to the Champions League.        the man who receives texts from Becks is more than happy
The months since had been spent on the golf course, flirting       shooting the breeze with the likes of Dagenham and Redbridge’s
with football in an advisory role at AFC Bournemouth or in         John Still. “If I turned up at games people would think: ‘What’s
punditry, before a two-way struggle for his services flared last   he doing here? He’s after my job.’ I loved pootling along to
week. Ukraine wanted him to revive a faltering World Cup           Bournemouth, having a cup of tea with the managers. A bit of
qualification campaign, potentially at England’s expense. QPR’s    reality.
owners sacked Mark Hughes and, sensing they might lose their           “I guess the whole year has been a bit bizarre, how it all
saviour apparent, swiftly offered up a return to the top flight.   finished up for me at Tottenham … but that’s life. The day Roy
Redknapp watched his new charges muster rare resistance at         [Hodgson] got the England job I didn’t go and lock myself up in
Old Trafford on Saturday before they eventually succumbed to       a room. It’s only a game, only a job. The night Daniel sacked me
familiar failings.                                                 at Spurs I didn’t want to jump off the climb in Bournemouth. No
    Theirs is a desperate situation. A squad flung together over   grudges. I went and played golf.”
three splurges in as many transfer windows by two                      That did not tally with the picture he had painted moments
    different managers feels imbalanced, blunted by the loss       earlier of a manager who is “knocked for six” every time a
of a pair of former England strikers to long-term injury and       game is lost, but such are the contradictions in Redknapp. His
undermined by a porous defence. Rangers have not won away          assertion that he had not discussed transfer targets for the
from home in the league for more than a year, their overall        mid-winter window should also be taken with a pinch of salt,
record one of weak underachievement damning an experienced         though it is clear Rangers should be happy to have him. Had
squad struggling to accept life in a relegation battle. Derby      they dawdled, he might have been attending a press conference
accumulated only 11 points in 2007-08 but even they had more,      in Kyiv as Oleh Blokhin’s replacement.
six, at this stage of the campaign. © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                               
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    “I was excited about it and spoke to Andriy Shevchenko,               career.
and would have taken it had this not come along,” he said.                   “It is special to be part of this team. The dressing room is
“Sure, the England game [in September 2013] would have been               united. It is fun and we are having a great time on this trip.”
difficult. But, if I’d been in charge, it’s not as if you can say: ‘Oh,      Cook also pointed to the immense contribution of the
it doesn’t matter if we don’t win.’ I would have been sent down           spinners Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann who shared 19
the salt mines.                                                           wickets in the match. They took the last three Indian wickets
    “But now I’m here, and I’ve not come for a short-term fix.            between them within 40 minutes on Monday morning, leaving
I want to build a side. Look at West Bromwich Albion: it took             England requiring only 57 for victory, a target knocked off with
them three or four years, but they have found players who                 some disdain in 58 balls.
complement each other. You can’t just throw a group of players               “The way Swanny and Monty bowled under pressure to
together and say: ‘There’s a team.’ It just doesn’t work that way.        perform was fantastic, especially as we didn’t want to be
No, this really is a challenge.” Rangers must hope the recovery           chasing a lot on that wicket,” said Cook.
is kickstarted on Wearside.                                                  India’s captain, MS Dhoni, was particularly impressed with
                                                                          the contribution of Panesar. “Monty was different to all the
                                                                          other bowlers,” he said. “They were getting enough bounce and
Alastair Cook treasures England’s man-                                    turn but Monty was bowling at pace, close to 95 [kph] and he
of-the-match Kevin Pietersen                                              was still able to get some turn.
                                                                             “The others never looked to bother the batsmen as much as
                                                                          Monty did so I think a big credit goes to him. We didn’t get the
• ‘[His innings] was the difference,’ says                                same purchase from the track”
• India’s MS Dhoni hails Monty Panesar’s
contribution                                                              Ban set for long putters as authorities
Vic Marks in Mumbai
                                                                          get tough with golf’s ‘crutch’

                                                                          • Ban on long putters expected within days
                                                                          • R&A and USGA to announce joint ruling
                                                                          Ewan Murray

England’s Kevin Pietersen, right, plays a shot during England’s
previous Test victory at Mumbai in 2006. Due to the BCCI’s
restrictions on agency photographers operating during the
current series the Guardian is not using live images from the
Test. Photograph: Rajesh Nirgude/AP
                                                                          Ernie Els, holding his long putter, prepares for a shot during
Alastair Cook heaped praise on the re-integrated Kevin
                                                                          his final round at this year’s Open Championship. Photograph:
Pietersen after England completed an astonishing 10-wicket
                                                                          David Levene
victory in the second Test against India to level the four-match
series.                                                                   The R&A and USGA are expected to announce a ban on long
   Pietersen picked up the man of the match award after                   putters within the next few days.
his outstanding 186 laid the foundations for victory. It was a                Strong speculation in golf circles in Dubai over the weekend
staggering knock following his struggles in the first Test when           suggested the decision has finally been made to prohibit players
he was all at sea against India’s spinners. This after months of          from using the controversial putting tools, after months of talks
uncertainty over whether he would ever play for England again.            between the ruling bodies on either side of the Atlantic. The
   “There are not many people in the world, who could do                  authorities have focussed their efforts on the “anchoring” of
what Kev did,” said Cook. It [Pietersen’s 186] was the difference         the putter to parts of the body, rather than simply club length,
between the two teams. He took the game away from India.”                 as the potential means of outlawing long putters.
   England’s No4 was equally complimentary about his captain                  All that remains to be seen is the timescale set for the ban,
who scored his second successive Test century. “Cook has not              and whether both amateur and professional players are offered
spoken about himself much but he is only 27 and he has got 22             a phase-out period before the putters can no longer be used. If
Test hundreds [both Cook and Pietersen reached this landmark              golf’s major tours swiftly adopt the ruling, professionals could
here. No Englishman has scored more]. There is no reason why              be stopped from playing with long putters from the start of
he shouldn’t get 35 to 40 Test hundreds and have a wonderful              2013. The date widely reported for amateur outlawing of the © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                                 
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club is 2016.
    The move is guaranteed to cause controversy given the
number of top-level players who have adopted a long putter.
                                                                       Lewis Hamilton leaves McLaren
Ernie Els won this year’s Open Championship             confident he will win at Mercedes
with one, the third such major champion in the last year.
    George O’Grady, the chief executive of the European Tour,          • Briton says his technical input will mould
confirmed his body would accept whatever is decided by the             a winning team
R&A. “I would urge the Tour to follow the rules as laid down by
                                                                       • Jenson Button relishes Hamilton’s
the governing bodies,” he said. “There’s been a lot of discussion
throughout the year with the USGA, the R&A and the PGA Tour.
I think the rules-making bodies have to do what they think is          Paul Weaver in São Paulo
right for the game, and the view of our leading members and
our players must be listened to. But I haven’t heard one of our
members want to break away at the moment. They want to be
connected to the game.”
    When asked about the issue in July, the R&A’s chief
executive, Peter Dawson, said: “Anchoring is what we’re looking
at – method of stroke – and it’s all about putting around a fixed
pivot point, whether that is in your belly or under your chin or
on your chest.
    “It has dramatically increased and we’re also seeing now
people who can putt perfectly well in the conventional way
thinking that an anchored stroke gives them an advantage. I
think that’s the fundamental change that we’ve witnessed in
the last couple of years.
                                                                       Lewis Hamilton, right, and Jenson Button pose with the
    “The objections I find from those at elite level are, ‘If people
                                                                       McLaren team after the Brazilian Grand Prix, the last race of
have become failed putters in the conventional way, why
                                                                       the 2012 season. Photograph: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty
should they have a crutch to come back and compete against
me when I haven’t failed in the conventional way?’”
                                                                       Lewis Hamilton is confident that he can help build a winning
                                                                       car at Mercedes next year – even though he is a driver better
                                                                       known for his sheer speed than his technical input.
                                                                          After crashing out of his final race with McLaren here on
                                                                       Sunday – he was leading the race when shunted by Force India’s
                                                                       Nico Hülkenberg – Hamilton said: “I have no doubts in my mind
                                                                       that I can win a lot more races.
                                                                          “Going to Mercedes, I have just got a lot of work to do to help

                                                                       mould them into a winning team and I believe they have the
                                                                       potential. That is why I made the decision. I am going to mould
                                                                       that car to how I like it.”
                                                                          When reminded that his gifts were more instinctive than
                                                                       technical, he replied: “I guarantee you that is not the case. I
                                                                       don’t need to blow smoke up my own arse. I know what I am
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                                                                       long winter and develop the new car. It shows we are in a very
                                                                       good position with the car. This has not been our year. I’ve had
                                                                       some tricky races as well. © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                               
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   “The three wins have been phenomenal. One at the start,
one at the end and one in the middle, it was very exciting.
   “It was a pity that Lewis was not on the podium as well. We
                                                                    UKA’s Neil Black names coaches to be
had a good fight out there, especially over the first 10 laps.      based at elite Loughborough hub
   “We were racing wheel to wheel, it was tough but there was
real respect between team-mates. It’s sad that he’s leaving but I   • Five coaches announced in performance
wish him well.”                                                     roles so far
   Button’s victory on Sunday means that in his three years
                                                                    • Loughborough to be central base for elite
at McLaren he has outscored the more fancied Hamilton by 15
                                                                    athletes and coaches
   “I wanted to beat him when he was my team-mate. Mercedes         Press Association
are getting a very quick driver and he is going to help them, but
they have a big job on their hands.
   “I hope that one day we will be racing again wheel to wheel. I
look forward to that challenge.”
   Martin Whitmarsh, the McLaren team principal, said of
Hamilton: “Not to peer through his visor in Melbourne just
before the start of a race, which I’ve been doing since GP2, will
be a strange experience.
   “I might just nip down and – hopefully not upsetting
Mercedes – do it anyway.
   “Of course it’s emotional, he’s been here for many, many
years. I’m very sad about it.
   “I’ve known him personally for over 15 years, and seen him
through some great, great moments. He’s a great human being,
                                                                    Toni Minichello, the coach of Olympic heptathlon champion,
a great asset for any team.
                                                                    Jessica Ennis, is still waiting to hear if he will have an elite
   “We are very, very sad to see him go but we wish him well
                                                                    coaching role. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images
and will be watching with interest.”
                                                                    The UK Athletics performance director, Neil Black, has
                                                                    confirmed restructuring plans around a single high
                                                                    performance institute and revealed the first coaches to be based
                                                                    in Loughborough.
                                                                        But Toni Minichiello, the coach of the Olympic heptathlon
                                                                    champion Jessica Ennis, is still waiting to hear what role – if any
                                                                    – he will have.
                                                                        The performance coaches employed by UKA will work in a
                                                                    full-time capacity from Loughborough, but two further forms of
                                                                    support will be offered to coaches of athletes on the World Class
                                                                    Performance Programme (WCPP).
                                                                        Under “Coach Based Support,” coaches who lead a group
                                                                    of potential world level medallists will be employed full time

                                                                    in that coaching capacity. And under “Athlete Based Support,”
                                                                    coaches who work with individual athletes who have world-
                                                                    level medal performances or potential will receive “financial
                                                                        That category would appear to fit Minichiello, who was
                                                                    employed by UKA as an Olympic coach and named Coach of the
  Fantasy League Classic                                            Year earlier this month.

  Manage a squad of 16 players                                          However, it is understood that the level of financial support
                                                                    would require Minichiello to seek other work and therefore cut
  and a budget of £75 million.                                      down on the time he can spend with Ennis. Black said last week

  £75,000 worth of prizes to be                                     that the restructuring plans were the “harder and sharper”
                                                                    focus required to ensure Britain’s athletes win more medals at
  won in weekly, monthly and                                        the highest level.
  overall competitions. Beat your                                       Loughborough will be used as a central hub for elite athletes
                                                                    and coaches, a move which will lead to some coaches being
  nearest and dearest in a friends                                  made redundant. And although the likes of Ennis and Mo Farah,
  league.                                                           who are based in Sheffield and Oregon respectively, will not be
                                                                    required to move to Loughborough, Black believes centralising                                      services is vital.
                                                                        After confirming the appointments of Rana Reider, Terrence
                                                                    Mahon, Aston Moore, Fuzz Ahmed and Steve Fudge, Black said: © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                            
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“Bringing all of our very best staff together into a single centre
is absolutely central to the vision for investing national lottery
and UK Sport support in order to maximise British athletics
                                                                     Evan Longoria signs $100m deal to stay
medals in future years, in particular in Rio 2016 and at the World   with Tampa Bay Rays until 2023
Championships in London in 2017.
    “The coaches appointed are selected for their proven             All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria joins
technical ability allied to their ability to work across multiple    $100m club as Tampa Bay Rays look to
disciplines with multiple athletes at varying stages of their
                                                                     ‘accomplish great things’
    “Having these coaches alongside our world-leading sport          Martin Pengelly
science and medical team means every British athlete will have
a single venue which they can build their training around and
means we will be able to offer tailored support to more athletes,
more effectively than before.
    “The variety of ways we can now employ coaches to do what
they do best means that we will be in a position to directly
support more coach-athlete pairs of genuine medal prospects
than ever.
    “It is important to stress that we do not expect every athlete
to locate full time at the institute. Some spend long periods
abroad, either in warm weather training or at altitude, and
others have alternative UK bases that offer a better solution
than relocation.
    “Because of this I am also allocating resources to support
                                                                     Evan Longoria has signed to stay with the Tampa Bay Rays
coaches and athletes to continue to operate where they are
                                                                     until 2022, or possibly 2023. Photograph: Steve Nesius/Reuters
most effective, using the Institute periodically where it adds
most value to their programmes, which are all overseen by            The All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria has signed a $100m
myself and the head coaches for the Olympic and Paralympic           contract extension with the Tampa Bay Rays that could keep
programmes.”                                                         him with the club until the end of the 2023 season. The deal
    The world junior 100m champion, Adam Gemili, has already         maintains the terms of the 27-year-old’s current contract, which
indicated he will not move to Loughborough and will continue         runs to the end of the 2016 season, and then extends his stay to
to work with his coach Michael Afilaka, who is understood to         2022 for an additional $100m. The Rays also have an option for
have missed out on the position of sprints coach to Fudge.           2023.
                                                                         Stuart Sternberg, the Rays’ principal owner, said:
The coaches confirmed in performance roles so far
                                                                     “We drafted Evan in 2006 with the belief that he and the
are                                                                  organization would grow with each other and together
    Rana Reider The 2011 USA Track and Field coach of the
                                                                     accomplish great things. That is why the Rays and Evan signed
year was coach to Olympic triple jump champion Christian
                                                                     a long-term contract in 2008, and it is why we are extending our
Taylor, world 100m hurdles silver medallist Danielle Carruthers
                                                                     commitments today. Evan has clearly become a cornerstone
and Britain’s world indoor long jump bronze medallist Shara
                                                                     player and a fixture in our organization. We are proud of what
Proctor. Reider will oversee the sprints, sprint hurdles,
                                                                     we have accomplished these past seven years, and I expect the
horizontal jumps and relays programmes from the Institute.
                                                                     best is yet to come.”
    Terrence Mahon Coach to the American 1500m athlete
                                                                         The Rays’ executive vice president of baseball operations,
Morgan Uceny and former coach of 2004 Olympic Marathon
                                                                     Andrew Friedman, said: “Evan has all of the attributes we seek
bronze medallist Deena Kastor. Mahon will work as an
                                                                     in a player. His determination and work ethic inspire others
endurance coach.
                                                                     around him. He is devoted to his craft and strives to improve
    Aston Moore Coach to former World and European triple
                                                                     himself every year, and he defines success in terms of team
jump champion Phillips Idowu. Moore was previously the
                                                                     performance and achievement.”
national event coach in the triple jump and will be based at the
                                                                         Longoria, who was drafted third overall in 2006, had a .289
Institute as the horizontal jumps coach.
                                                                     batting average with 17 home runs – three of them in the final
    Fuzz Ahmed Coach to 2012 Olympic bronze medallist and
                                                                     game, against the Baltimore Orioles on 3 October – and 55 runs
European champion Robbie Grabarz, as well as 400m runner
                                                                     batted in in 2012, a season in which he played only 74 games,
Martyn Rooney. Ahmed will run the vertical jumps programme
                                                                     due to a partially torn hamstring.
at the Institute.
                                                                         A three-time All-Star, he was won two Gold Gloves at third
    Steve Fudge Coach to sprinters James Dasaolu, Leon
                                                                     base and in 2008 he was the American League rookie of the
Baptiste, Richard Buck and Chris Clarke. Fudge has worked
                                                                     year. In five Major League seasons he has reached second on
as an apprentice coach in Loughborough and will work as a
                                                                     the Rays’ all-time home-run list, with 130, 33 behind Carlos
performance coach for sprints.
                                                                     Peña. Longoria has now joined a not-particularly exclusive club
                                                                     of baseball players to have signed contracts worth $100m or
                                                                     (occasionally considerably) more .
                                                                         The Rays finished the 2012 season third in the American
                                                                     League East , three games behind the © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                           
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Orioles and five behind the New York Yankees, and thus missed        would see Wales drop to ninth in the world rankings and into
out on a playoff spot.                                               the third group of seeds for next week’s World Cup draw. Davies
                                                                     and Alun Wyn Jones are out while Ian Evans is a doubt because
                                                                     of a knee injury and team selection has been delayed by 48
Wales expect long ban for All Blacks’                                hours until Thursday. Jarvis has been ruled out, leaving Wales
Andrew Hore over ‘assault’                                           down to their third-choice tighthead prop, while Jamie Roberts,
                                                                     George North and Ryan Jones are having treatment.
                                                                        “We are not thinking about the rankings,” said Howley. “We
• New Zealand hooker felled Bradley                                  were on the pool of death in New Zealand last year and whether
Davies in the first minute                                           you are in the second or third group of seeds, you will be in a
• ‘It was an absolute disgrace,’ says Rob                            tough group. We are focusing on our performance and winning
Howley                                                               this Saturday and we need to start with the pace and intensity
                                                                     that we showed in the last 30 minutes against the All Blacks.”
Paul Rees
                                                                        The Wales centre Scott Williams, who scored a try from a
                                                                     13-man lineout that nonplussed New Zealand, said that facing
                                                                     the All Blacks was a step up from the Six Nations because of the
                                                                     tempo at which the World Cup holders played.
                                                                        “It took us a while to get used to it,” he said. “New Zealand
                                                                     play at a much higher intensity than any team in the world, but
                                                                     when we became used to it and realised we could keep up with
                                                                     them, we played far better. When you play the likes of the All
                                                                     Blacks and Australia, the pace is higher than in the Six Nations
                                                                     and you get punished when you make mistakes. We have to be
                                                                     switched on for the whole 80 minutes on Saturday.”

Wales’s Bradley Davies receives treatment after being hit by
New Zealand’s Andrew Hore during the All Blacks’ victory at
the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: David Davies/PA
Wales expect the New Zealand hooker Andrew Hore to be
given a long suspension when he appears before a disciplinary
committee on Wednesday charged with felling Bradley Davies
from behind in the opening minute at the Millennium Stadium
on Saturday . The second row suffered a severe
concussion that has ruled him out of this weekend’s Test
against Australia.

    Robert Howley, the Wales attack coach, described the alleged
assault by Hore, which happened as Davies appeared to block
off his run to a ruck, as disgraceful and said he was sure the
disciplinary panel would deal with the matter appropriately.
    “We are disappointed the way it happened in a game of that
magnitude,” said Howley. “Losing Bradley so early on, and then
Aaron Jarvis through injury, had huge implications on how the
match went early on. What Hore did has no place on a rugby
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                                                                       and legal questions, so you
Bradley, he would have taken action. When a player goes down           don’t need to be baffled any
like that, it is pretty obvious something went on. It happened         more. Read their advice, or put
on a rugby field and we have not made a complaint to the
police. We were very surprised by the action of the player             a question to them, at
[Hore] because it is not what a good team like the All Blacks do.”
    Wales have a potential injury crisis in the second row ahead
of what is a crucial match against the Wallabies because defeat © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                           

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