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Jimmy Anderson gives England hope of
winning fourth Test in India
Jimmy Anderson was brilliant in restricting India to 87-4 after
England had laboured to a first-innings score of 330 Page 2

Yorkshire to host the start of 2014 Tour de
Yorkshire has won the battle of the British regions to host the start
of the Tour de France in 2014 Page 3

Uefa president Michel Platini considers
appealing Serbia racism fine
Michel Platini is considering an appeal to increase the one-match
spectator ban and €80,000 (£65,000) fine imposed on Serbia
Page 3

BBC Sports Personality of                    Tom Watson appointed                         Magnus Carlsen takes
the Year: Our writers cast                   as United States team                        maximalist approach to
their votes Page 4                           captain for 2014 Ryder                       claim London Classic title
                                             Cup Page 7                                   Page 9
Chelsea’s Frank Lampard
expects to be a free agent                   Jessica Ennis: girls cry                     Harry Fry has Rock
in the summer Page 6                         when they see me, like I                     On Ruby ready for
                                             was in a boyband Page 8                      Cheltenham International
                                                                                          Hurdle Page 10 © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                                        
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                                                                       and he bided his time like an old pro. His judgment was so sure
                                                                       that he could have dispensed with his left pad. He always used
Jimmy Anderson gives England hope of                                   his bat.
winning fourth Test in India                                               This calmness against spin, which he had demonstrated
                                                                       in the nets and in his century for the development squad
• England 330; India 87-4                                             in Mumbai, obviously made a big impression on the tour
• Day two – as it happened                                             management before this Test. It transpires that Alastair Cook
                                                                       had been especially impressed by Root and he was the man to
Vic Marks in Nagpur                                                    open up the idea of a change in England’s lineup, which no one
                                                                           Root’s 73 consolidated England in Nagpur; it also suggested
                                                                       so many possibilities for the future. England’s next Test is in
                                                                       Dunedin in March and it would be a surprise, after this innings,
                                                                       if Root were not in the side against New Zealand, probably as
                                                                       a No6. On the surface this may not be brilliant news for Jonny
                                                                       Bairstow, who was reckoned to be the next cab on the rank – or
                                                                       for Samit Patel and Eoin Morgan for that matter.
                                                                           The emergence of Root should also keep Ian Bell on his toes.
                                                                       Moreover if Nick Compton hits a barren patch Root could revert
                                                                       to his usual role of opening the batting. This bold selection has
                                                                       many consequences.
                                                                           In the short term Root’s effort enhanced England’s chances
Jimmy Anderson was outstanding as India finished day two               of saving the game. Matt Prior batted alongside him for an hour
on 87-4. The Guardian is not publishing live pictures from             before pushing down the wrong line at Ravi Ashwin, who was
the Test series in India in protest against a BCCI decision to         bowling around the wicket – a strange aberration to end a fine
refuse to allow certain picture agencies access to the ground.         innings. In the next over Tim Bresnan played around his front
Photograph: Pat Chapman/Actionplus                                     pad against Ishant Sharma and was palpably lbw for a duck.
                                                                       This expedition will not be remembered as Stuart Broad’s tour,
Jimmy Anderson, an artist given a canvas that most of his
                                                                       nor as Bresnan’s.
kind would abhor, was quite brilliant on Friday evening. On
                                                                           Out came Graeme Swann, who soon encouraged us to
a sluggish, energy-sapping track, where the ball habitually
                                                                       reassess the properties of this pitch. The received wisdom had
declined to bounce above knee-high, he dispatched India’s
                                                                       been that it was impossible to play shots against the spinners on
three most experienced batsmen to give England the prospect
                                                                       such a moribund surface. Not for Swann it wasn’t. Root looked
of winning this Test rather than merely hanging on for the
                                                                       on admiringly as Swann casually lifted a delivery from Ravindra
draw. At the close India were 87 for four in reply to England’s
                                                                       Jadeja over the long-on boundary.
laborious, but distinctly useful 330.
                                                                           In the end it was Piyush Chawla, the most fanciable of
    This is no terror track. In fact it often seems more frightening
                                                                       the India bowlers and the least economical, who picked up
to bowlers than batsmen. It is a slow burner rather than a slow
                                                                       the wickets. Which is often the way. Eventually even Root
turner. Yet Anderson was capable of undermining India’s efforts
                                                                       was tempted. MS Dhoni left acres of space on the leg side
to stay in this series as well as hastening the termination of
                                                                       vacant and Root smelt a single. He turned the face of the bat
Sachin Tendulkar’s Test career .
                                                                       to try to manoeuvre a leg-break on the leg side and gave a
    In his first over Anderson removed Virender Sehwag.
                                                                       straightforward return catch.
There was a hint of in-swing with the new ball; even so a
                                                                           Root had batted 12 minutes short of five hours in his maiden
startled Sehwag played inside the line whereupon his middle
                                                                       Test innings. He is quite a find except for those who crave
stump went missing. Then after Graeme Swann – this time a
                                                                       swashbucklers. An England batting lineup that has Cook, Nick
beneficiary of the absence of DRS – had dismissed Cheteshwar
                                                                       Compton, Jonathan Trott and Root in its first six will take
Pujara, given out caught at short leg, Anderson was recalled
                                                                       some shifting; it could also boost sales in the bars of several
to bowl at Tendulkar. He only needed three balls to dismiss
                                                                       international cricket grounds around the world.
him for the ninth time in his career – no one has dismissed
                                                                           There was time for Swann to post his first half-century for
Tendulkar as often and the other contenders may well be
                                                                       England for three years and to hit Chawla straight for another
running out of time. The decisive ball jagged into Tendulkar
                                                                       six. He struck the ball beautifully with a stream of orthodox
before brushing the inside edge of his bat and knocking back
                                                                       drives, so beautifully indeed that his use of the switch-hit or
the middle stump.
                                                                       the reverse sweep should be banned. For the second time in the
    The crowd was hushed – soon many of them would leave
                                                                       series he essayed a reverse hit and was dismissed by a grateful
the stadium – and in deep contemplation Tendulkar headed off
                                                                       India spinner, this time lbw. Swann has too much talent against
to the distant pavilion. It felt as if we may have just witnessed
                                                                       spin bowling to bother with these shots. It is odd that he has not
his penultimate knock in Test cricket. Then Anderson found
                                                                       recognised this, given how streetwise he is with the ball in his
a flicker of away movement and the outside edge of Gautam
Gambhir’s bat. For the home side there were not enough
plasters for a haemorrhaging batting lineup.
    Joe Root had provided the glue for England in the first part
of the day. No matter who bowled he offered a straight, calm bat © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                              
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                                                                      The initial offer was for two road race stages across Yorkshire
                                                                      – rather than the traditional prologue time trial – with a third to
Yorkshire to host the start of 2014 Tour                              take the race close to the Channel.
de France

• Grand Départ of 2014 race to take place in                         Uefa president Michel Platini considers
Leeds                                                                 appealing Serbia racism fine
• One of three British stages will have
London finish                                                         • Uefa can appeal independent panel’s
William Fotheringham                                                  decision
                                                                      • Platini set to make final decision on
                                                                      return from Japan
                                                                      Owen Gibson

Bradley Wiggins celebrates winning the 19th stage of the
2012 Tour de France. The start of the 2014 race will start in
Yorkshire. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
Yorkshire has won the battle of the British regions to host the       The Serbia player Milos Ninkovic, left, and England player
start of the Tour de France in 2014, the Tour organisers ASO          Danny Rose, right, react during their play-off match.
confirmed on Friday morning, crossing the finish line first           Photograph: Miroslav Todorovic/AP
ahead of a joint “all-British” bid backed by British cycling’s
                                                                      Michel Platini is believed to be considering an appeal to
governing body. It was estimated in June that a Yorkshire bid
                                                                      increase the sanctions imposed on Serbia for racist abuse and
could bring one million people to the roadsides of the area and
                                                                      fighting in the wake of their European Under-21
draw in £300m of economic benefit. It was also revealed that
                                                                      Championship play-off against England in October.
one of the three British stages will have a London finish.
                                                                          The Uefa president has rarely used the option of appealing
    “After an exceptional year for British cycling, marked by
                                                                      against a decision of Uefa’s independent control and
Bradley Wiggins’s historic win in the Tour de France
                                                                      disciplinary panel but he will consider doing so once he receives
p/397hb , the United Kingdom will again be honoured in 2014.
                                                                      the full written reasons, in the wake of widespread criticism of
The Grand Départ of the 101st Tour de France will be on 5 July in
                                                                      the leniency of the €80,000 (£65,000) fine and requirement to
Leeds in the county of Yorkshire,” a statement from ASO said.
                                                                      play a single Under-21 match behind closed doors.
Further details will be announced on 17 January at a joint press
                                                                          The Serbian FA has admitted that Uefa’s prosecuting
conference in Leeds and Paris.
                                                                      inspector had proposed more “drastic” measures and said the
    “It will mean less than two years after hosting the Olympics
                                                                      sanctions amounted to a “final warning”. The English FA has
the British public can look forward to another of the world’s
                                                                      already indicated that it will appeal against the decision to
biggest sporting events coming to the country,” said Gary
                                                                      ban Thomas Ince and Steven Caulker for one and two matches
Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, the agency
                                                                      respectively for their part in the melee that followed the final
behind the bid. “I am in no doubt they will come to Yorkshire
in their millions, lining the length and breadth of the route to
                                                                          Serbia had four players suspended for between two and four
cheer on the champions of world cycling and our home grown
                                                                      matches and two coaches banned for two years.
British heroes.”
                                                                          Platini is likely to come under pressure from within Uefa to
    This will be the second time that Britain has hosted the
                                                                      appeal against the decision from those who believe it sends out
Grand Départ of the Tour after London’s start in 2007, and the
                                                                      the wrong message, despite it being the biggest fine ever levied
fourth time the Tour has visited Britain, with a single stage at
                                                                      by the European governing body for racism.
Plymouth in 1974 and two legs across the south of England in
                                                                          The Uefa president is in Japan for the Club World Cup and
                                                                      a Fifa executive committee meeting ,but is due to return on
    The rival bid, starting in Edinburgh, was for three stages
                                                                      Monday. The full written decision is expected to be delivered in
across the north of England, Wales and the south of England to
                                                                      the early part of next week and all parties will then have three
get within reach of the English Channel for a return to France.
                                                                      days to appeal.
One key strength of the Yorkshire offer is likely to have been
                                                                          Just as the FA decided to overhaul its rulebook in the wake
the fact that it is closer to France meaning that it will remain in
                                                                      of the Luis Suárez and John Terry incidents to increase the
Britain for three stages rather than the alternative bid’s four. © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                               
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penalties for racism, so Uefa is expected to do the same when        Who now would dare claim that women didn’t belong in the
it carries out its annual review of its regulations. Sources said    ring?
that the issue would be one of several considered as part of the        That achievement alone should put Adams on the Sports
annual process.                                                      Personality of the Year podium. And if personality counts
    The Football Association, anti-racism campaigners and the        for anything in an award so nebulous, then Adams – who has
British government all lined up to criticise Uefa for its “paltry”   warmth, radiance and humility to burn – should romp home.
response. The FA’s general secretary, Alex Horne, said he was        Others on the shortlist captured hearts, but the tiny tomboy
disappointed with the sanctions and with Uefa’s decision to          from Leeds won minds too. Sean Ingle
suspend Caulker and Ince as well for unspecified “improper           Ben Ainslie
    “Let’s be clear, racism is unacceptable in any form and              Won fourth gold medal to become most decorated Olympic
should play no part in football. The scenes were deplorable          sailor in history
and we do not believe the sanction sends a strong enough                 Ben Ainslie was magnificent during London 2012. He was
message,” Horne said.                                                suffering severe back pain throughout the regatta and for most
    Players including Rio and Anton Ferdinand immediately            of the event trailed a rival who was enjoying the competition
lambasted Uefa and anti-racism campaigners said that the             of his life (remember the genial Dane Jonas Hogh-Christensen?).
European governing body had failed a crucial test.                       But against the odds Ainslie won gold in the last few seconds
    Kick It Out’s chairman, Lord Ouseley, said: “Kick It Out         of that final nail-biting race to become the most decorated
shares the concerns of many in football that abuse aimed at          Olympic sailor of all time. Tremendous bravery, awesome
black players isn’t taken seriously enough. This is a paltry slap    determination. He has retired from Olympic sailing having won
on the wrist and again we haven’t seen decisive action from          four golds in five games (plus one silver) – and you only get one
Uefa.”                                                               chance of a medal at each. A truly amazing record. Plus he’s a
                                                                     good guy, who doesn’t seek the limelight off the water. He’s
                                                                     always ready to explain the intricacies of a very technical sport,
BBC Sports Personality of the Year: Our                              always has time to chat with both fans and young sailors. An
writers cast their votes                                             old-fashioned, no-nonsense type of British action hero. Steven
Twelve Guardian writers make the case for                            Jessica Ennis
the candidate they feel deserves to win the                              Master of all trades and jack of none, Ennis is the finest
                                                                     all-round female athlete on the planet. She responded to being
BBC award on Sunday
                                                                     beaten by Tatyana Chernova at the 2011 world championships
Guardian Sport staff                                                 by becoming better than ever, breaking the British record once
                                                                     in May, and then doing it again when it mattered most, during
                                                                     the Olympics, when she set three personal bests and excelled in
                                                                     two of her weakest events, the long jump and the javelin.
                                                                         The face of the Games, in 2012 she shouldered a weight
                                                                     of expectation that would have broken weaker athletes,
                                                                     prompting Ben Ainslie, who knows a thing or two about
                                                                     pressure, to say that he felt sorry for her “because she’s put
                                                                     up there on a pedestal and is expected to be the star of the
                                                                     Olympics and win a gold medal.” And, all that excellence aside,
                                                                     Ennis, is the best possible role model for women’s sport.
                                                                         She is an outstanding athlete who is witty, pretty, and down-
                                                                     to-earth. And she has wisdom to offer, in her way. “When you’re
                                                                     younger and want to look like everyone else,” she has said,
                                                                     talking about her own fears that all the weights work she has to
The BBC Sports Personality of the Year trophy for 2012 will be
                                                                     do have made her unhappy with her own body shape. “There’s
awarded to the winner at the ExCeL on Sunday. Photograph:
                                                                     a kind of perfect figure that’s put out in magazines but it’s not
David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Ima
                                                                     realistic. If sportswomen are put out there a bit more, it creates
Nicola Adams                                                         a real healthy body image for young girls to aspire to.” Andy
    It is an image for the ages and the history books: Nicola        Bull
Adams puckering up to the gold medal around her neck with
                                                                     Mo Farah
a smile brighter than the flashbulbs dancing around her. Until
                                                                        Despite an impossibly strong field in a stellar year, Mo
1996 women weren’t allowed to box in Britain. Now, half a
                                                                     Farah’s double gold in a truly global discipline dominated
generation later, the country could boast the first ever women’s
                                                                     since 1984 by African winners remains a standout memory.
boxing Olympic gold medallist.
                                                                     To earsplitting roars as he charged down the back straight two
    Adams went into the final against Ren Cancan, the three-
                                                                     weekends in a row, Farah seemed on a mission to turn every
times world champion, as the outsider. But she outfoxed her
                                                                     stereotype about plucky British losers on their heads.
taller Chinese opponent, put her down with a textbook left-
                                                                        Both of his gold medal victories were clinical, highly
hook-right-hand combo, and eased to a points victory as wide
                                                                     professional displays of distance running under extreme
as the Thames. It was one of the performances of London 2012.
                                                                     pressure. As plotted with his coach, Alberto Salazar, he © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                            
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controlled the pace of both races and struck for home at exactly     was upstaged simply because the Olympics sit on 2012’s
the right time.                                                      calendar. Ewan Murray
    Not only did his victories coincide with the imminent birth      Andy Murray
of his twin daughters, but his riposte to a reporter who foolishly       Won Olympic men’s singles gold medal and then the US
questioned whether he would rather be running for Somalia            Open title in September
was priceless. And his joint celebration with Usain Bolt remains         Making a case for Andy Murray is easy: he won an Olympic
one of the defining images of the London Games. Even growing         gold medal and became the first British male to win a grand
irritation at a parade of minor celebrities doing the “Mo-bot”       slam title in 76 years. His victory over Novak Djokovic in the
can’t dull his achievement.                                          final of the US Open brought all his sterling characteristics
    The opening ceremony director Danny Boyle said of the            together in one match, as he wore down the world No1 in the
thousands of volunteers in his show: “They are the best of us”.      first two sets, then resisted his fading fightback at the end.
The same could be said of Farah, both for the sheer sporting             While it is stating the obvious that, like most of the
prowess of his victory and all it represented in Britain’s golden    candidates, Murray hit a peak in the wrong year, had he beaten
summer of sport. Owen Gibson                                         Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final as well, he would have
Katherine Grainger                                                   tied this award up with a big, shiny ribbon.
   When Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins won gold in the              He lost when they went under the roof, where the Swiss
double sculls it also confirmed Grainger as the finest women’s       rules — wretched luck, perhaps, but Murray had his chances.
rower this country has ever produced. She is the first British       He is a most worthy candidate and could win it in 2013, but he
woman, in any sport, to win four Olympic medals at four              will be applauding the 2012 winner from his training camp in
consecutive games. She has been crowned world champion               Florida. Kevin Mitchell
six times and won a gold or a silver medal at each major             Ellie Simmonds
championships for ten years on the trot. Articulate, charismatic,       I bow to no human in my admiration for Bradley Wiggins, a
personable and smart, she is also the only nominee in history        deserved favourite for Spoty, but watching him this summer
to have chosen to write a 100,000-word PhD thesis on the legal       was like sitting in on keyhole surgery: brilliant, compelling yet
treatment of serial killers.                                         somehow emotionally detached. The moment I jumped highest
   At 36, Scotland’s greatest female Olympian had to cope,           from my seat – embarrassing/borderline unprofessional in a
too, with the pressure of knowing this could be her last chance      press box – was when 18-year-old Ellie Simmonds won the S6
to win elusive gold. It was a remarkable achievement. Robert         400m freestyle on the first Saturday night of the Paralympics.
Kitson                                                                  Going to the Aquatics Centre that day, her face glowered out
Sir Chris Hoy                                                        from every billboard; the pressure was barbaric. And the race
    Sir Chris Hoy became the most successful British Olympian        itself was a real brawl: she was behind length after length until
of all time at London 2012 but his remarkable achievements are       she eventually edged ahead at the final turn. At the end she
at risk of being overlooked during this year of years. Six gold      ducked her head in the water to pretend she wasn’t crying – it
medals and one silver in four Games speak for themselves, but        didn’t work. Some of us were too.
as he crossed the line at the velodrome to clinch the keirin gold,      Simmonds had something Wiggins didn’t: a nemesis. The
after his previous success in the team sprint, the relief was        American swimmer Victoria Arlen was a very smiley, well-
palpable.                                                            mannered nemesis, but they bullied each other to unforeseen
    Hoy had been out of form at the world championships in           excellence and produced unparalleled drama. More than that,
April, a sprint victory there masked serious problems and his        they started a party: Paralympic sport was never going to be the
coaches were concerned that despite his past glories he would        same again. Tim Lewis
miss out on the grandest of stages.                                  Sarah Storey
    Doubt remained until Hoy exploded with his renowned                  The greatest single sporting moment of 2012 happened just
power in the keirin final before standing on the podium and          over a mile into the women’s C4-5 Paralympic road race as Sarah
fighting back the tears. The Scot won this award in 2008 after       Storey led a bunched peloton around Brands Hatch. Storey had
his sublime performance in Beijing and could follow Henry            a quick look, a brief think, and stood up on the pedals. She was
Cooper, Damon Hill and Nigel Mansell into the pantheon of            gone. Before two more laps had passed her lead was two-and-
double-winners. James Riach                                          a-half minutes. Then she overtook a men’s event which had
Rory McIlroy                                                         started earlier. The gold was eventually won by seven-and-
   Contrary to widespread belief, golf is no longer an elitist       a-half minutes. It was utterly awe-inspiring, one of the most
game; a matter endorsed by the millions who partake in the           dominant victories ever seen in either Games.
sport ever year in the United Kingdom. The same cannot be                The medal was Storey’s fourth out of four events on the road
said for many of the disciplines Rory McIlroy finds himself          and track and a record-equalling 11th from a career which began
competing against for this award.                                    in 1992 in Barcelona, when she was a teenage swimmer. One of
   For the youngsters among those amateur golfers, McIlroy           the genuinely nicest people in British sport Storey is perhaps
has progressed to the kind of inspirational and iconic level not     unique in that even during this miraculous year for her country
witnessed since Tiger Woods was in his prime. McIlroy is only        she was the one person for whom victory never, even once,
23, yet displays maturity and professionalism way beyond his         seemed in doubt. Peter Walker
years. In 2012 he cantered to a second major win, claimed five
tournaments in total, led the money lists on both sides of the
Atlantic and played a part in the most memorable Ryder Cup
victory in living memory. It would seem unfair if his brilliance © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                            
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David Weir
    The sight of David Weir powering around the final bend of       Chelsea’s Frank Lampard expects to be a
the 5,000m on the night they dubbed the Thriller Thursday of
the Paralympics matched any other sporting event this year for
                                                                    free agent in the summer
adrenaline-fuelled excitement.
    In a summer overladen with Olympic and Paralympic               • Nothing has been said or planned for new
sporting achievements the man they call the Weirwolf topped         deal, says player
the lot. Weir didn’t only take gold in each of his sprints, after
                                                                    • ‘I feel I have two or three years left at the
seven races in nine days he then topped off a glorious Games
with gold in the marathon. He matched Tanni Grey-Thompson’s
                                                                    top level’
record of four golds at one Games, and he did it with verve and     Dominic Fifield in Yokohama
    Many of us didn’t know who Weir was before this summer;
it took us a while to realise the awesome nature of our
Paralympians. Weir was the one who made us sit up and take
notice. Alexandra Topping
Bradley Wiggins
   In other circumstances this would have been the perfect
opportunity to put right last year’s howling injustice with a
Spoty short list consisting of Jessica Ennis, Nicola Adams,
Hannah Cockroft, Katherine Grainger, Sarah Storey, Charlotte
Dujardin and Laura Trott, any of whom would have made a
worthy and welcome winner.
   But Bradley Wiggins went and won the Tour de France,
ensuring that one of the world’s great sporting spectacles          Frank Lampard, clapping supporters at the Club World Cup
would not celebrate its 100th edition next summer without a         semi-final, says the ball is in Chelsea’s court regarding a new
British name on its roll of immortals. The result of a sustained    deal. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA
campaign of self-realisation, Wiggins’s historic triumph made
                                                                    Frank Lampard expects to end his 12-year association with
him an overnight folk hero: sideburns and mod roundels were
                                                                    Chelsea next summer. The England midfielder is approaching
everywhere. Then, on a sunlit afternoon in front of Hampton
                                                                    the final six months of his contract with the European
Court Palace, he topped it off with a victory in the London 2012
                                                                    champions and no negotiations are scheduled to discuss an
time trial, providing one of the defining images of the Olympic
year. On every level, including that of personality, he is beyond
                                                                       Lampard, who has appeared as a substitute in the wins over
challenge. Richard Williams
                                                                    Sunderland and Monterrey after a six-week absence with a calf
                                                                    injury, believes he can play for two or three more years at the
                                                                    top level and is eager for regular involvement, though it appears
                                                                    that will have to be at another club.
                                                                       The 34-year-old was a key member of Roberto Di Matteo’s
                                                                    Chelsea side who won the Champions League in May but,
                                                                    with the club’s hierarchy intent on refreshing the squad with
                                                                    younger players, he has drawn his own conclusions from the
                                                                    lack of dialogue over a new deal.
                                                                       “I’m a Chelsea player but at the minute nothing else has been

                                                                    said,” he said. “Talks about a one-year or two-year extension
                                                                    don’t exist because nothing has been said and nothing is
                                                                    planned, as far as I know. There have been no talks about
                                                                    anything or about an extension.
                                                                       “The ball is in Chelsea’s court. I feel like I have two or three
                                                                    years at least in me at the top level but it is not for me to decide
  Compare and buy                                                   on this one. It’s up to the club. Whatever happens, I have had a

  Use our free independent                                          great time at Chelsea. Maybe things don’t last forever, although
                                                                    I want it to.
  comparison services to switch                                        “I’m not the kind of player to see out my time and sit with
  suppliers and save money on                                       my bum on the bench too much. I want to be involved. That’s
                                                                    my character. I will keep trying to do that, whatever the
  all your household bills.                                         circumstances. I feel like I’ve had a good year, particularly from                                             where we were in February to playing what I like to think was
                                                                    a big part [in the European Cup success]. “Obviously Didier
  compareandbuy                                                     [Drogba] played the biggest part but we were the players who
                                                                    came back in [under Di Matteo], who were out a bit [under
                                                                    André Villas-Boas], and made a difference.” © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                             
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    Lampard is Chelsea’s third highest goalscorer, with 189
goals in 611 appearances in all competitions, after joining for
£11m from West Ham United in 2001. Interest has been lodged
                                                                      Tom Watson appointed as United States
for his services by the Chinese side Guizhou Renhe, and clubs         team captain for 2014 Ryder Cup
from Major League Soccer, in particular Los Angeles Galaxy are
likely to step forward when he becomes available. Chelsea’s           • 63-year-old will be 65 at Gleneagles and
interim first-team manager, Rafael Benítez, who is contracted         oldest-ever captain
himself only until the summer, had confirmed two days into his
                                                                      • Veteran led USA to famous victory at The
employment that he assumed both Lampard and Ashley Cole
would leave the club at the end of the season.
                                                                      Belfry in 1993
    The latter is expected to join Paris St-Germain but, while        Ewan Murray
Benítez picked David Luiz in midfield ahead of Lampard in the
3-1 win over Monterrey , both players will have
significant roles in the months ahead. Lampard, left (after the
match), said he was fit to start against the Mexicans.
    “It was the manager’s decision,” he said, Benítez having
made his selection possibly with Sunday’s final against
Corinthians in mind. “People say when you are older you
shouldn’t play so many games but you need some sort of
regularity to playing. Any player will tell you that. That’s why
Paul Scholes retired at one point; he felt he was sitting on the
bench and, as he got older, he found it more difficult to sit there
and be expected to come on and turn it straight on.” Benítez
was booed again by some of the 1,000 Chelsea fans and the
recently adopted 16th-minute clapped tribute to Di Matteo
                                                                      Tom Watson displays the Ryder Cup after captaining the
was maintained. “Players have to concentrate on our game,
                                                                      United States to victory over Europe at The Belfry in 1993.
regardless, but obviously we know the atmosphere is different,”
                                                                      Photograph: PA
said Lampard, who had witnessed from the stand back at
Stamford Bridge the crowd’s hostility towards the new man.            It is a move some will describe as born out of inspiration and
    “Maybe it doesn’t help us quite so much. But Chelsea is the       others will claim it is one that looks like simply desperation.
fans. You have to respect how they feel, you have to respect          Either way the confirmation of Tom Watson’s appointment as
Roberto Di Matteo and at the same time respect that Rafa is           the USA Ryder Cup captain for 2014 has set up the fascinating
going to try to do the best job he can at Chelsea.”                   reality of an emotional return to Scotland.
                                                                          Watson, currently 63, will be the oldest captain in Ryder Cup
                                                                      history by the time the USA begin their attempt to claim back
                                                                      the trophy at Gleneagles. Yet it would be foolish to dismiss the
                                                                      significance of this move by the United States PGA; Watson won
                                                                      four of his five Open Championships in Scotland, where he is
                                                                      adored by the golfing public.
                                                                          “I was waiting 20 years to get the call again,” Watson said. “I
                                                                      think it brings to the table maybe a little bit more of a calm to
                                                                      the team members, that I’ve done well over there.
                                                                          “The way I look at being a captain, it’s like being a stage
                                                                      manager. These guys are the actors, they will go out and figure

                                                                      the golf course out themselves. But I think it may give them a
                                                                      sense, this guy has been there before and he’s been successful
                                                                      before and we’re going to be a success because he’s there
                                                                      leading us.”
                                                                          Watson was the last American captain to lead a side to
                                                                      Ryder Cup victory on foreign soil, at The Belfry in 1993. During
  The Guardian digital edition                                        recent times the USA have employed a policy of selecting active

  Read the Guardian on the web                                        playing captains in their late 40s but the outcomes have been
                                                                      poor. Europe have been defeated only twice since Watson’s last
  exactly the way it was printed.                                     captaincy.
  With award-winning Guardian                                             David Toms had been the clear favourite to lead the USA to
                                                                      Scotland before Watson emerged late and from left field. His
  photography accessible from                                         position was confirmed at a media conference in the Empire
  anywhere in the world.                                              State Building.
                                                                          “This responsibility is a challenge but I’ve been there before                                       and I welcome it,” Watson added. “The idea of being captain
                                                                      for a team of youngsters will be questioned: Why is Watson,
                                                                      being the old guy, being the captain? I deflect that very simply © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                              
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by saying: we play the same game. I play against these kids at
the Masters. I play against them at the Open Championship, the
Greenbrier Classic. We play the same game and they understand
                                                                      Jessica Ennis: girls cry when they see
that. I understand that.                                              me, like I was in a boyband
    “And it’s my challenge simply to maybe set the stage with
a little extra inspiration for them to go out along with some         Life since winning the Olympic heptathlon
Watson luck that I think propelled us to victory in 1993. It’s a      has been a series of weird experiences, the
great honour to be the captain, I look forward to it. It’s going to
                                                                      BBC Sport Personality contender says
be a great journey these next couple years, and I hope that we
will change the tide of losing the Ryder Cup seven out of the last    Anna Kessel
nine years.”
    Watson was critical – including by personal letter – of Tiger
Woods amid the turmoil which engulfed the former world No1’s
private life. Yet Watson was unequivocal on Thursday that he
wants Woods as part of his side. “If he’s not on the team for any
unforeseen reason, and I’m sure he will be, you can bet that he’s
going to be No1 on my pick list,” Watson said.
    In the immediate aftermath of the New York announcement
Woods also issued a statement in support of Watson.
    “I’d like to congratulate Tom Watson on his selection as
Ryder Cup captain,” said Woods. “I think he’s a really good
choice. Tom knows what it takes to win and that’s our ultimate
goal. I hope I have the privilege of joining him on the 2014
United States team.”
                                                                      Jessica Ennis sheds tears of her own after winning Olympic
    It now remains to be seen what, if any, impact Watson’s
                                                                      gold. Looking back at the winning performances now, ‘it feels
appointment will have on Europe’s own captaincy choice for
                                                                      like I was never a part of it, it doesn’t feel like me’. Photograph:
                                                                      Tom Jenkins for the Guardian
    Some would argue Darren Clarke’s candidature has been
endorsed by the need for a European equivalent with high-             “It’s a lot different,” says Jessica Ennis, reflecting on how life
profile status but Paul McGinley retains a strong chance, not         has changed since winning Olympic gold , “a lot
least on account of recent changes on the European Tour’s             different to the way it was before the Games.” Only the other
players’ committee. Rory McIlroy, the world’s top-ranked              day, a bunch of schoolchildren wanted to hug her. “I was like:
player, has also now declared his support for McGinley. He            ‘Why do they want to hug me?’” She laughs, in the confused
tweeted: “Congrats to Tom Watson, 2014 US Ryder Cup                   but chuffed sort of way that befits the heptathlete who quietly
captain. I would love to see Paul McGinley go up against him as       embodies two extremes: the face of London 2012 and the girl
European Captain at Gleneagles!”                                      next door who just happened to capture the imagination of a
                                                                      nation, shrugging off the incalculable weight of pressure and
                                                                      expectation on her petite frame to win gold at her first ever

                                                                      Olympic Games.
                                                                          Touring the country to promote her autobiography tinyurl.
                                                                      com/c4dbrm4 , she has been greeted by queues of people, long
                                                                      lines snaking beyond the warmth of the bookshops and out into
                                                                      the freezing cold, all patiently waiting to meet athletics’ answer
                                                                      to the people’s princess. “I’ve never experienced anything like
  Eat right                                                           that before, meeting that amount of people. I just find it weird
                                                                      that people get really excited to meet me,” says the 26-year-old,
  Join the Guardian’s health and                                      reeling off a list of examples of gifts she has been presented
  dieting club, Eat Right and                                         with. The strangest thing, though, which she says she still can’t
                                                                      quite get her head around, are the girls who cry at the sight of
  we’ll design you a personalised                                     her. “Yeah, properly crying!” she says. “I felt like I was [in] a
  healthy eating plan from just                                       boyband. I said: ‘Why are you crying?’ And they couldn’t even
                                                                      talk. Then I felt like I was going to cry. I was like: ‘Oh, you’re not
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  includes shopping lists, menus,                                         In the streets, at the shops, they call her name, loudly,

  expert advice and 24 hour                                           quietly; some are discreet, some are excited. But everyone
                                                                      wants a to have a look, or take a picture, or get an autograph.
  support to help you achieve                                         “The little kids call me ‘JessicaEnnis’,” she says, jamming first

  your health and fitness goals.                                      and second name tightly together in the way that kids at school
                                                                      like to do. “It’s always: ‘JessicaEnnisJessicaEnnis!’” She laughs.                                             “But a lot of people, especially at home in Sheffield, they feel
                                                                      like they really know me so a lot of people just call me ‘Jess’.
                                                                      That’s quite nice.” © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                                 
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    On Sunday evening the public will vote for their BBC Sports              When it comes to Spoty, Ennis says it is “an honour and
Personality of the Year, choosing from the most competitive              a privilege” just to have made the BBC shortlist in such a
shortlist ever assembled. Ennis, who has twice finished third            competitive year. She would love to win, of course, but she has
in previous years, is among the bookmakers’ choices to claim             already realised her life ambition in winning Olympic gold: “If
the top spot. For every athlete shortlisted there is a unique and        I come away with nothing but that this year I will be happy for
compelling argument as to why they most deserve the accolade             ever.” . With Ennis much of it comes down to the way
she handled the inexorable levels of pressure, perhaps the only
athlete for whom silver would have been deemed a failure.                Magnus Carlsen takes maximalist
Even Prince Harry passed comment when meeting Ennis at                   approach to claim London Classic title
the athletes’ village ahead of the Games. “So there’s not a lot of
pressure on you then?” he joked. Perhaps he too had seen the
                                                                         Leonard Barden
enormous image of her painted on a field under the Heathrow
flight path – a spectacle that her fellow heptathlete Jessica                                              A revealing moment in Magnus
Zelinka described as the “Jessica Ennis theme park”.                                                       Carlsen’s record-breaking
    Somehow Ennis managed to shrug off the pressure and                                                    performance at the London
flourish in that stadium, trouncing the competition with the                                               Classic came in Monday’s
third largest winning margin in an Olympic heptathlon, and a                                               final round. The 22-year-old’s
British record to boot. She says she coped by blocking it out,                                             Russian rival Vlad Kramnik gave
avoiding newspapers and the internet, and retreating to the                                                up the chase early with a quick
holding camp in Portugal ahead of the Games. “It’s only now                                                draw, conceding the €50,000
that I realise that my mum and my dad and [fiance] Andy,                                                   first prize to the Norwegian.
everyone was pretty worried and stressed about me. They                                                    Yet Carlsen still tried to win for
didn’t want to see me upset. They knew how much it meant                 3284: V Anand v H                 another two hours against the
to me, they worried a lot about how much pressure was being              Nakamura, London Classic.         world champion Vishy Anand
piled on me, but I was unaware of it at that stage.”                     Queen against rook and            before halving out.
    Perhaps most surreal of all, says Ennis, is watching back            three pawns was a draw after          This maximalist approach
her gold-medal winning performances in London. All seven of              the US No1 (Black, to play)       echoed past legends such as
them. From the hurdles, to the high jump, the shot put, 200m,            missed a winning move here. Alexander Alekhine who, with
the dreaded javelin and long jump, and the gruelling 800m                Can you do better?                a record margin secure at San
final slog, Ennis says she barely recognises herself. “It feels like     Photograph: Graphic               Remo 1930, ground out a final
I was never a part of it, it doesn’t feel like me, it’s quite weird. I                                     round win; or Bobby Fischer,
just feel like I’m watching someone else and I’m thinking: ‘Oh,          who went for clean 6-0 sweeps in his 1971 candidate matches.
they’re doing really good! I’m really happy for them!’ It just               Carlsen’s rating is now 2,861, more than 50 points clear of
feels so surreal.”                                                       his nearest rivals and consigning Garry Kasparov’s 2,851 mark
    She says it is the first time she has ever felt so disconnected      to the history books. His next target will be to seize the world
from the person she watched back as part of her championship             crown from Anand by winning the eight-player candidates
reviews, undertaken with her coach, Toni Minichiello. “I’ve              tournament in London in March then beating the Indian in the
always watched championships back to look at things I need               title series. It won’t be a pushover as Anand, despite his current
to improve and work on, but this is definitely the first time            poor form, is still a feared match specialist.
I’ve looked back and thought it doesn’t feel like me. I think                Kramnik captured the world No2 spot, and at age 37 he has
it’s just because it’s an Olympics, it’s so different to any other       revitalised his playing style which used to be dull and technical
championship. I’d always heard stories about the Games but I’d           but is now rich in creative tactics. Giving up rook for bishop or
never been part of one so it was hard to imagine it before you’ve        knight was a Soviet speciality which Kramnik used in a zestful
ever experienced it yourself.”                                           king hunt against Luke McShane then in a subtle endgame
    After all those years in tracksuits, performing lung busting         against Gawain Jones. The Muscovite was world champion from
drills of cold hill runs up in her home town of Sheffield in the         2000 to 2007, and remains ambitious to regain his crown.
depths of winter, how does it feel now to be a celebrity, touring            Michael Adams, the England No1, was the other big winner
the chatshow circuit with her gold medal? “Er, I don’t feel that         at the Classic. Adams tied for third, beat the reigning world
I’m a celebrity,” she says, despite the singer Jessie J’s recent         champion, and lost only to Carlsen. It could have been a truly
tweet that described Ennis as her “twin sister” after the two            sensational result but that Adams, at age 41, visibly tired in the
met on Alan Carr’s Chatty Man. Will she be making extra room             fifth hour during which he missed two simple wins and let the
on the guest list for celebrities to attend her wedding to Andy          draw slip against Carlsen. If he had taken all those chances he
next spring? “No, no, no, no,” she says, sounding genuinely              could have won the tournament.
horrified. “It’s exactly the same as it was before, close friends            It was the fourth Classic at London’s Kensington Olympia,
and family only.                                                         and the most successful yet with inspired fighting chess,
    “Ultimately I’m an athlete. I want to be known for what I do         capacity audiences at the venue and tens of thousands
and that’s athletics and my performances. All the other things           watching the games free and live online. The problem now will
are just nice to dip in and out of. It’s really weird being on these     be how to maintain this momentum in 2013.
chatshows and things, it’s very surreal – you know I’m normally              Below, Luke McShane went wrong with 17 . . . Rc8? when
at home watching them on TV.”                                            Nxa1! 18 Qa4+ is level. As played, Kramnik’s knights dominated
                                                                         after 20 Rxc4! while the final attack launched by 31 Rxd4! © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                                  
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chased the black king from h6 to a7. Near the end 47 Qb6+! Ka8           Rock On Ruby’s success helped to persuade Fry that it was
48 Bd5+ is a faster win.                                             time to take out a licence of his own, which he did with the
   V Kramnik v L McShane                                             support of Richard Barber, the owner of the Seaborough yard.
   1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 Nc3 a6 5 g3 dxc4 6 a4 e6 7 Bg2 c5     And training was all he ever wanted to do, yet even now he
8 O-O cxd4 9 Nxd4 Nbd7 10 Nc2 Qc7 11 Bf4 e5 12 Bd2 Nc5 13            still seems a little surprised by the speed with which it has all
Bg5 Be6 14 Bxf6 gxf6 15 Nd5 Qd8 16 Nce3 Nb3 17 a5 Rc8? 18 Ra4        happened.
Nd4 19 Nb6 Rc7 20 Rxc4! Bxc4 21 Nexc4 Nb5 22 Qb1 Qd4 23 Rd1              “I didn’t expect it, it’s come much earlier than I thought,”
Qc5 24 e3 Be7 25 Qf5 Kf8 26 Bd5 Kg7 27 Qg4+ Kh6 28 e4 Nd4 29         Fry says. “I always thought that if I was training at 30, that
Ne3 f5 30 Qh3+ Kg7 31 Rxd4! exd4 32 Nxf5+ Kf8 33 Qh6+ Ke8 34         would be great, but I was very much about being in the right
Bxf7+ Kd8 35 Qg7 Rf8 36 Nxd4 Rc6 37 Nxc6+ bxc6 38 Qg4 Kc7            place at the right time and being able to seize the moment.
39 Qd7+ Kb8 40 Qd2 Kc7 41 Qd7+ Kb8 42 Kg2 Bd6 43 b4 Qd4 44               “Seaborough is where I got into racing from the age of 13,
Qxc6 Ka7 45 Kh3 Qd1 46 Nc8+ Rxc8 47 Qxc8 Qf1+ 48 Kg4 h5+ 49          I spent every spare minute out of school there and worked
Kxh5 1-0                                                             for Richard in my gap year, riding in point-to-points. I was
   3284 1 . . . Qc6! (threat Qc7+) leaves White no safe rook         supposed to go to university but I only lasted four days. It was
square. The longest line is 2 Rb1 Qc5+ 3 Kf4 Qd4+ 4 Kg5 Qe3+ 5       freshers’ week and I got to the first lecture, then decided that
Kh4 Qe4+ and Qxb1.                                                   that was enough for me about halfway through it.
                                                                         “I was supposed to be doing international equine and
                                                                     business studies, which was related in terms of racechorses, but
Harry Fry has Rock On Ruby ready for                                 it wasn’t going to make a scrap of difference to whether I could
Cheltenham International Hurdle                                      train one or not.”
                                                                         Fry joined the staff at Nicholls’s main yard at Ditcheat before
                                                                     most of his fellow students had emerged from lecture number
Britain’s youngest trainer lines up the                              two.
Champion Hurdler for his seasonal                                        “I had four unbelievable years there, at a time when Kauto
reappearance at Prestbury Park on Saturday                           Star and Denman were at the peak of their powers, Master
                                                                     Minded and Twist Magic were there too and Big Buck’s was
Greg Wood
                                                                     coming through. It was awe-inspiring, and I’ll be forever
                                                                     indebted to Paul and all his team for being able to be a part of
                                                                         “What I learned first and foremost from Paul is dedication
                                                                     and commitment to the job in hand, and his enthusiasm for it.
                                                                     He still shows that just as much now as he did the first time that
                                                                     I met him, and he shows that if you want to go all the way to the
                                                                     top, you have to be driven and totally single-minded about it,
                                                                     and focused to the point of obsessed.”
                                                                         If Fry still looks impossibly young among his fellow trainers
                                                                     in the paddock, it could also be argued that he is a rarity in his
                                                                     profession as he has chosen the ideal time to start out. Ciara
                                                                     O’Connor, his assistant, is also his girlfriend, and they have no
                                                                     distractions as they direct their attention entirely towards the
Harry Fry faces an important day on Saturday when Champion           21 horses in the yard.
Hurdler Rock On Ruby runs at Cheltenham. Photograph: Alan                The results so far are impressive, with six winners from just
Crowhurst/Getty Images                                               26 runners, while nearly 50% of their starters have finished in
Most young trainers start out in the business with a few             the first three.
veterans and cast-offs in half a dozen boxes. They graft for years       “We’re very fortunate to be taking on an established yard
on end in the hope that, eventually, they will get the one good      with a gallop and team of staff that know the horses,” Fry says.
horse that might take them to the next level. Then, if they keep     “Now’s not the time to be putting 10 boxes in a field and filling
working hard and their luck holds, they might just win a major       them from scratch. With Rock On Ruby in the yard, there’s a lot
race.                                                                more publicity than there would be for any normal first-season
   Harry Fry has managed to skip stage one, and switch stages        trainer,” Fry says, “but for me, it’s not that I’ve suddenly got
two and three. The youngest trainer in the country – he is 26        landed with a Champion Hurdle winner. I’ve been handling
on Tuesday – was not officially a trainer at all when he saddled     him for the last two seasons, so I know the horse inside out and
Rock On Ruby to win the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in             so does the team, including Ciara. She knows him better than
March.                                                               anyone, she’s a big part of what we’re doing and I wouldn’t be
   Instead, Paul Nicholls received the historical credit for         doing it without her.
a horse who was stabled at his satellite yard at Seaborough              “These are the most productive years, when you are up early
in Dorset, though the champion trainer was the first to              in the morning and in the office until late at night. Ciara’s there
acknowledge that it was Fry who deserved the applause. But on        with me, but we’re only 25, so family is a bit of a way around the
Saturday it is Fry’s name in the racecard as Rock On Ruby makes      corner yet and it’s great that we can kick on and really focus on
a delayed seasonal debut in the International          the job in hand.
Hurdle at Cheltenham.                                                    “We’re 100% committed, and you’ve got to go at it like that, © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                             
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like the Olympians we’ve seen being successful all summer.
That is their life, it’s all that they do and that’s why they’re
successful.” © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                

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