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Pep Guardiola snubs Chelsea by opting for
Bayern Munich
Chelsea’s hunt for a permanent manager goes on after Pep
Guardiola opts for Bayern Munich Page 2



Arsène Wenger confirms Arsenal interest
in Edinson Cavani of Napoli
Arsène Wenger has confirmed his interest in Napoli’s Edinson
Cavani but denied bidding for Wilfried Zaha Page 3



Luis Suárez admits diving but says media
use his name to sell papers
Luis Suárez, Liverpool’s Uruguayan striker, has admitted diving
against Stoke City and says it is a ‘cultural thing’ for foreign players
to be treated differently in England Page 3



Lance Armstrong                              Rory McIlroy                               Mo Farah confirms               Lance Armstrong
stripped of Olympic                         struggles to opening                         for 3,000m at British           interview: Dick Pound
bronze time trial                            75 at Abu Dhabi World                        Athletics Grand Prix            not expecting an
medal by IOC Page 4                         Championship Page 5                          Page 6                          apology Page 8

Tour de France 2014:                         Jamie Heaslip                                Manti Te’o girlfriend           Andy Murray shrugs
English route includes                       retained as Ireland                          hoax: NFL player               off Australian heat
London 2012 Olympic                         captain for Six Nations                      claims Lennay Kekua            and João Sousa in
Park Page 4                                  Championship Page 5                          was real Page 7                 second round Page 9




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                                                                     before the appointment of Di Matteo on a full-time basis, as
                                                                     the coach was intent on enjoying six months with his family
Pep Guardiola snubs Chelsea by opting                                in New York before addressing where his future lay. The deal
for Bayern Munich                                                    with Bayern was signed before Christmas and confirmed on
                                                                     Wednesday.
• ‘He chose Bayern because of all the teams                              “Pep Guardiola is one of the most successful coaches
it was the best’                                                     in the world,” said the Bayern chief executive, Karl-Heinz
                                                                     Rummenigge. “We are sure that he can make not just Bayern
• Mourinho, Laudrup, Simeone and Klopp
                                                                     but all of German football shine. We are very pleased that we
in Chelsea frame                                                     have managed to convince someone who was coveted and
Dominic Fifield                                                      contacted by many top clubs to come to Bayern.” Heynckes,
                                                                     who had steered Bayern to a nine-point lead in the Bundesliga
The Premier League’s elite have suffered a painful reality check
                                                                     at the start of the winter break – in his third spell at the club
after Pep Guardiola, the most coveted coach in world football,
                                                                     – had already indicated his intention to retire when his contract
turned his back on a prospective move to England and was
                                                                     expires on 30 June. “Only someone of the calibre of coach Pep
confirmed as the next manager of Bayern Munich.
                                                                     Guardiola could be considered an adequate replacement for
   The former Barcelona coach, who is on a year-long sabbatical
                                                                     Jupp Heynckes,” said the Bayern chairman, Uli Hoeness.
in Manhattan after leaving Camp Nou last summer, has agreed
                                                                         Although City, United and Arsenal boast respected and
a three-year deal with the Bundesliga club and will replace Jupp
                                                                     established managers at the helm, Chelsea are preparing to
Heynckes on 1 July. A number of Premier League clubs had
                                                                     re-enter the market for a permanent successor to Di Matteo.
considered moves for Guardiola at the end of the campaign,
                                                                     The club’s support have made it clear they are unlikely ever
principal among them Chelsea, who are under the interim
                                                                     to accept Benítez, whose record might normally make him a
stewardship of Rafael Benítez, though Bayern’s speed off the
                                                                     candidate and who is contracted until the end of the season,
mark has seen those ambitions dashed.
                                                                     given his previous ties to Liverpool, though the process of
   The 41-year-old’s decision has effectively thrust José
                                                                     unearthing alternatives will begin most likely after the closure
Mourinho, with whom Guardiola endured a fractious
                                                                     of this transfer window.
relationship in La Liga while in charge of Barça, into a stronger
                                                                         Mourinho, whose future at Real Madrid is in doubt, will be
negotiating position should he end up leaving Real Madrid at
                                                                     considered and the credentials of Michael Laudrup at Swansea,
the end of the season. Though Chelsea are expected to sound
                                                                     Diego Simeone at Atlético Madrid and Borussia Dortmund’s
out the Portuguese as they seek a permanent successor to
                                                                     Jürgen Klopp will also be assessed.
Roberto Di Matteo, they could find themselves competing for
his signature with money-flushed Paris Saint-Germain and
possibly even Manchester City, for all that the Premier League
champions retain faith at present in Roberto Mancini.
   Guardiola won three La Liga titles and two European Cups,
together with two Fifa Club World Cup titles and two European
Super Cups, in a glittering four-year spell in charge of Barcelona
after replacing Frank Rijkaard in 2008. The 13 trophies won in
that time established him as the most successful coach in the
club’s history. He also has admirers in the hierarchies at Arsenal




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and Manchester United and had been contacted by Milan and
Roma in Serie A, with Bayern’s success in luring him to the
Bundesliga a considerable coup. “There were contacts with
clubs which were close, and others which were put on hold
until a decision was taken,” said his agent, Josep Maria Orobitg.
“He chose Bayern because of all the teams from which he had
offers it was the best.”                                               From Beirut to Big Brother,
   The Catalan will become the highest-earning manager in              Murdoch to Millionaire,
the club’s history – it has been mooted that he struck a separate
sponsorship deal with Adidas, Bayern’s kit supplier – at around        discuss the hot topics in the
€10m (£8.3m) a year, a figure he might have eclipsed at any of         media on not one, but two blogs
his other suitors, with Chelsea having made their admiration
clear last March and in the summer.                                    Organ Grinder and Greenslade
   Yet Guardiola appears to have been attracted by the                 blogs.guardian.co.uk/
similarities between Bayern and Barça, both of whom thrive
essentially on bringing players through their youth system and
                                                                       organgrinder/
relying on their managers to oversee the first-team set-up, with       blogs.guardian.co.uk/
others charged with recruitment.
   Contact had first been made with Guardiola’s brother, Pere,
                                                                       greenslade/
last summer when he was approached by Bayern’s sporting
director at the time, Christian Nerlinger.
   That was politely rebuffed, as was the inquiry from Chelsea
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Arsène Wenger confirms Arsenal                                          Luis Suárez admits diving but says
interest in Edinson Cavani of Napoli                                    media use his name to sell papers

• Denies making bid for Crystal Palace’s                                • ‘I was accused of falling inside the box
Wilfried Zaha                                                           and it’s true I did it’
• ‘99% certain’ of agreeing new deal with                               • Liverpool striker believes foreign players
Theo Walcott                                                            are treated differently
Guardian staff and agencies                                             Press Association




Napoli’s Edinson Cavani is a transfer window target for                 Liverpool’s Luis Suárez was accused of diving by the Stoke
Arsenal. Photograph: Cesare Abbate/EPA                                  manager, Tony Pulis, in the aftermath of their Premier League
Arsène Wenger has confirmed his interest in the Napoli striker          encounter. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters
Edinson Cavani but has denied submitting a bid to Crystal               The Liverpool striker Luis Suárez has admitted deliberately
Palace for their in-demand winger Wilfried Zaha.                        going to ground in an attempt to win a penalty against Stoke
    Wenger, asked about speculation linking Arsenal with the            City earlier this season. However, he insisted the criticism he
Napoli striker, who has scored 16 Serie A goals this season, said:      received for his controversial recent goal against Mansfield
“Cavani is a player that I like. Will he cost a lot of money? That’s    was unjust and also accused the press of using his name to sell
for sure. Nobody would deny that. [But] our banker lives just           newspapers.
next to me at the moment and he is ready if we find the right               Not for the first time during his time in England, Suárez
player.”                                                                came under fire after going down theatrically in the penalty
    On Zaha, he said: “We are looking at him, but at the moment         area during October’s goalless Premier League draw at home to
we have not made any bid for him. I don’t know if Manchester            Stoke. Although no penalty was given, the Stoke manager, Tony
United are in for him. Anyway, if you call any club for any             Pulis, called the Uruguay forward “an embarrassment” after the
player, they will tell you Man Utd, Milan, Real Madrid are as well      match.
in for him, but it is always difficult to know if it is true or not.”       Jim Boyce, Britain’s Fifa representative, later described
    Wenger said he was happy to play a waiting game in an effort        Suárez’s dive as “nothing less than cheating”, adding that
to secure his targets at the right price. “The prices always go up      simulation was a “cancer” in the game. Suárez has now
at the start of the transfer market and go down in the last week.       admitted “falling” in an attempt to win a penalty, saying:
Sometimes as well they go up in the last week, but it depends.          “Football is like that. Sometimes you do things on the field that
Most of the time they go down in the last week and you know             later you think, ‘Why the hell did I do that?’
as well that 90% of transfer activity happens in the last week, if          “I was accused of falling inside the box in a match and it’s
not in the last 48 hours.”                                              true I did it that time, because we were drawing against Stoke
    He also revealed that he is now “99% certain” that a contract       at home and we needed anything to win it. But after that
extension can finally be agreed in the coming days with Theo            everybody jumped out to talk – the Stoke coach and the Everton
Walcott.                                                                coach … I understood that the name Suárez sells [papers].”
    Walcott would have been a free agent at the end of the                  Suárez was back in the spotlight recently following his hand
season, and the club have been in negotiations to agree terms           ball in the build-up to his winning goal against Mansfield in the
on a lucrative extension which would make him among the                 FA Cup third round. There were questions as to whether the 25-
highest-paid players at the club.                                       year-old handled the ball deliberately or accidentally.
    “I was scared at some stage, yes, that he could leave because           He said: “The other day a ball hit my hand with no intention
it is like that with the experience I have in negotiations,”            at all and everybody criticised me because I kissed my wrist.
Wenger said. “When things last too long, it is never a good             Suárez sells.
sign. In this case, it took us some time to get where we want to            “That’s why they also talk about Suárez having a chat in
get. It is still not finalised, but hopefully it will be done by this   secret with [Sebastián] Coates in front of [Steven] Gerrard. They
weekend. There is a possibility. My optimism is at 99% now.”            make up anything. Everybody should do what they have to do,
                                                                        to talk about football and not anything else.”
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   Suárez also believes foreign players are treated differently in
England. He said: “It’s tough. As Carlitos [Carlos Tevez] and Kun
[Sergio Agüero] said, the foreigners, and even more the South
                                                                     Tour de France 2014: English route
Americans, receive different treatment than the local ones.          includes London 2012 Olympic Park
   “It’s a cultural thing. They have different behaviours. What
we have to do is play football, do what we know, what we’ve          • Stage one starts in Leeds and takes in
always desired. We fought to be here and suffered a lot to be        Yorkshire Dales
here. We shouldn’t listen to any nonsense they say now.”
                                                                     • Stage three starts at Cambridge and ends
                                                                     on the Mall
Lance Armstrong stripped of Olympic                                  William Fotheringham
bronze time trial medal by IOC

• Sources say IOC have asked Armstrong to
return medal
• US Olympic Committee was informed on
Wednesday
Owen Gibson

Ahead of his “no-holds barred” interview with Oprah Winfrey
gu.com/p/3d556 in which he is expected to admit to doping for
the first time, Lance Armstrong has been told to hand back the
bronze medal he won at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
   It is understood that the International Olympic Committee
                                                                     Leeds hosts the 2014 Tour’s Grand Depart on 5 July.
wrote to the disgraced former cyclist on Wednesday to inform
                                                                     Photograph: John Giles/PA
him he had been stripped of the medal, which the Texan won in
the time trial.                                                      The 2014 Tour de France start in Yorkshire will be tougher
   Sources told the Guardian that the decision was taken in          than usual with a straightforward first stage from Leeds to
principle at December’s executive board meeting but that the         Harrogate on the opening Saturday followed by a stage from
IOC was waiting for confirmation from global governing body,         York to Sheffield which the organiser, Christian Prudhomme,
the UCI, that he had not appealed against Usada’s decision to        compared to the Liege-Bastogne-Liege one day Classic – one of
strip him of his seven Tour de France titles and ban him from        the toughest single-day events on the calendar.
sport for life.                                                         Stage three takes the peloton from Cambridge to central
   The 21 days in which he could have appealed have now              London via Epping Forest and the Olympic Park.
elapsed and the US Olympic Committee was also informed of               As predicted, there will be no prologue time trial in the
the decision last night.                                             2014 route, with a road-race stage instead, which finishes, by
   Tyler Hamilton, one of the 11 former team-mates who               happy coincidence, in the city where Mark Cavendish’s mother
testified against Armstrong, handed back the time-trial gold         resides. After passing through the Yorkshire Dales national
medal that he won at the 2004 Athens Olympics in early 2011,         park, through Kettlewell, Aysgarth, Hawes and Reeth, the first
after he confessed to doping.                                        stage will have a relatively flat run-in to the finish through
                                                                     Ripon.
                                                                        Stage two has a far tougher finale, with six climbs that
                                                                     pepper the final 60km run-in to Sheffield. The race passes
                                                                     through Keighley, Haworth, Hebden Bridge, Elland and
                                                                     Huddersfield before Holmfirth. Further details are set to be
                                                                     announced on Thursday afternoon, but that points to the




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                                                                     inclusion of the iconic climb of Holme Moss, a fixture in the
                                                                     Leeds Classic World Cup race in the 1990s.
                                                                        The riders then transfer to Cambridge for the start of stage
                                                                     three, passing through Epping Forest and the Olympic Park
                                                                     before a finish in central London which is understood to be on
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Stage one                                                                  He followed it with another bogey at the long 2nd and three-
   Leeds — Harewood — Otley — Ilkley — Skipton — Kettlewell            putted the 9th for another, but there were also four birdies on
— Aysgarth — Hawes — Reeth — Leyburn — Ripon — Harrogate               his card compared to McIlroy’s two. It was the ninth time in 12
                                                                       head-to-head clashes that he had shot lower than the Northern
Stage two
                                                                       Irishman.
  York — Knaresborough — Silsden — Keighley — Haworth —
                                                                           Donaldson, already looking forward to his US Masters debut
Hebden Bridge — Elland — Huddersfield — Holmfirth — Sheffield
                                                                       in April after climbing into the world’s top 50 thanks to his Irish
Stage three                                                            Open victory, led by one from the Dane Thorbjorn Olesen, also
   Cambridge — Epping Forest — the Olympic Park — the Mall
                                                                       Augusta-bound, and the Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal.
                                                                           Woods was not surprised that five-under was good enough
                                                                       to lead. “It’s tough out there. Every hole is crosswind and it
Rory McIlroy struggles to opening 75 at                                was a day to survive – you’ve really got to control your ball. The
Abu Dhabi World Championship                                           rough’s up and it’s imperative to keep the ball in the fairway.”


• World No1 McIlroy admits feeling ‘a little
bit rusty’                                                             Jamie Heaslip retained as Ireland
• 23-year-old in action for first time since                           captain for Six Nations Championship
November
                                                                       • Declan Kidney names extended 39-player
Press Association
                                                                       squad
                                                                       • Former captain Brian O’Driscoll backs
                                                                       decision
                                                                       Press Association




Rory McIlroy in action at the Abu Dhabi World Championship.
Photograph: Paul Childs/Action Images
Rory McIlroy’s first tournament with his new clubs is in danger
of ending after two days following an opening 75 at the Abu
Dhabi World Championship.                                              Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip has retained the Ireland captaincy.
    All eyes were on the world No1 and the second-ranked Tiger         Photograph: Ken Sutton/Colorsport/ Ken Sutton/Colorsport/
Woods after they were paired for the start of their 2013 seasons,      Colorsport/Corbis
but Woods was not much better – a level-par 72 leaving him five
                                                                       Declan Kidney has retained Jamie Heaslip as captain for the
behind the early clubhouse leader Jamie Donaldson.
                                                                       upcoming Six Nations Championship. The Ireland coach named
    McIlroy, Woods’ new stablemate at Nike, said: “I feel I was
                                                                       an extended squad of 39 players that will be spread out between
just a little bit rusty.”
                                                                       the opener against Wales on 2 February, and the Wolfhounds
    The 23-year-old’s last outing was his DP World Tour victory
                                                                       squad to take on England Saxons.
in Dubai in late November. In that event he finished with five
                                                                           The former captain Brian O’Driscoll, 34 next week, has been
straight birdies, but it was a different story on his return to
                                                                       included and will be hoping to take up a spot at outside centre
action.
                                                                       for the first time since the 60-0 loss to New Zealand last June.
    “I didn’t drive it particularly well and didn’t hole any putts,”
                                                                           Kidney said: “I just felt that it was better to ask Jamie to stay
added McIlroy, whose round included double bogeys at the
                                                                       on as captain with a view to allowing Brian to focus on his own
short 12th – his third – and the 439-yard 3rd, where he drove out
                                                                       game and get himself right. It was not an easy decision but I felt
of bounds.
                                                                       it was right.”
    It was Woods who produced the worst shot of the pair,
                                                                           Stephen Ferris’ omission from the squad is a big blow and
though. After turning in a two-under 34 his mishit drive down
                                                                       may see Sean O’Brien shifted to blindside flanker, with Chris
the 405-yard 1st went barely 120 yards, not even reaching the
                                                                       Henry keeping the openside flanker slot that he took up in the
fairway.
                                                                       46-24 win over Argentina in November.
    “My game plan was three-iron or five-wood and then I
                                                                           Heaslip, who confessed that he learned about his first
changed,” he said afterwards. “I was not committed to the shot
                                                                       captaincy call in November while shopping at Tesco, says he is
– I should have backed off. I had a strategy, I didn’t keep to it
                                                                       incredibly honoured to be asked to stay on in the role.
and paid the price.”
                                                                           He said: “To lead your country is the ultimate in any sport.
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To get the opportunity again, considering what an inspirational
leader Brian is, and the other players who could have been
chosen to captain the team, is even more humbling.”
                                                                     Mo Farah confirms for 3,000m at British
   O’Driscoll said that he talked through the decision with          Athletics Grand Prix
Kidney and despite his reluctance to step away from “a big part
of my career and life”, is fully behind the decision to go with      • Farah to run at Birmingham event in
Heaslip.                                                             February
   He said: “I’ve always known that the World Cup in 2015 was
                                                                     • 3,000m will be Farah’s only indoor race of
most likely a bridge too far for me so at some point a player,
who will most likely be there for the tournament, needs to build
                                                                     year
that captaincy experience.”                                          Press Association
   Kidney also conceded that Paul O’Connell, another former
Ireland captain, is highly unlikely to feature in the Six Nations.
Ireland training squad for Six Nations
   Backs: I Boss (Leinster), D Cave (Ulster), G D’Arcy (Leinster),
K Earls (Munster), L Fitzgerald (Leinster), C Gilroy (Ulster), R
Henshaw (Connacht), P Jackson (Ulster), R Kearney (Leinster), I
Madigan (Leinster), P Marshall (Ulster), F McFadden (Leinster),
D McSharry (Connacht), C Murray (Munster), B O’Driscoll
(Leinster), R O’Gara (Munster), E Reddan (Leinster), J Sexton
(Leinster), A Trimble (Ulster), S Zebo (Munster).
   Forwards: M Bent (Leinster), R Best (Ulster), S Cronin
(Leinster), T Court (Ulster), D Fitzpatrick (Ulster), C Healy
(Leinster), J Heaslip (captain, Leinster), I Henderson (Ulster), C
Henry (Ulster), D Kilcoyne (Munster), M McCarthy (Connacht),         Mo Farah has confirmed he will compete in the 3,000m at
S O’Brien (Leinster), D O’Callaghan (Munster), P O’Mahony            February’s British Athletics Grand Prix. Photograph: Owen
(Munster), M Ross (Leinster), D Ryan (Munster), L Stevenson          Humphreys/PA
(Ulster), R Strauss (Leinster), D Toner (Leinster).
                                                                     Mo Farah has confirmed his participation in the 3,000m at the
                                                                     British Athletics Grand Prix in Birmingham in February – his
                                                                     only indoor race of the year.
                                                                         The 29-year-old, winner of the 5,000m and 10,000m at
                                                                     London 2012, set a British record of 8min 8.07sec when he came
                                                                     second in the same event last year, and is looking forward to
                                                                     performing at the 16 February event at the Birmingham Indoor
                                                                     Arena.
                                                                         “I always love running in Birmingham and have fond




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                                                                     memories of celebrating my Olympic success with the British
                                                                     fans at Alexander Stadium last August,” he said. “I always run
                                                                     well at the NIA. I won this meet in 2007, 2009 and 2011 and
                                                                     that’s what I’ll be aiming to do for next month at the British
                                                                     Athletics Grand Prix.”
                                                                         Farah’s main aim this year is the defence of his world 5,000m
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                                                                     they were referring to what they had accomplished and what
                                                                     they had done.”
Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax: NFL player                                   However, Reagan Maui’a tinyurl.com/ae9ksyy , a fullback
claims Lennay Kekua was real                                         with the Arizona Cardinals, now claims to have met Kekua in
                                                                     person while doing charity work in American Samoa with other
• Story involving college American                                   team-mates in June 2011.
footballer takes fresh twist                                             “This was before her and Manti,” ESPN reported Maui’a as
                                                                     saying tinyurl.com/a7nk84b . “I don’t think Manti was even in
• Arizona’s Reagan Maui’a: ‘She and I
                                                                     the picture, but she and I became good friends. We would talk
became good friends’                                                 off and on, just checking up on each other kind of thing. I am
Guardian staff                                                       close to her family. When she was going through the loss of her
                                                                     father, I was – I offered a comforting shoulder and just someone
                                                                     to bounce her emotions off. That was just from meeting her in
                                                                     Samoa.”
                                                                         “She was tall,” he added. “Volleyball-type of physique. She
                                                                     was athletic, tall, beautiful. Long hair. Polynesian. She looked
                                                                     like a model.”
                                                                         Te’o’s sole interaction with a woman he described as his
                                                                     girlfriend, whom he loved and whose heartwrenching story he
                                                                     generously shared with a lot of reporters, appears to have been
                                                                     through Twitter. As the internet reacted with astonishment to
                                                                     that news, Notre Dame held a press conference to claim that
                                                                     Te’o was in fact the victim of the elaborate hoax and not its
                                                                     perpetrator.
                                                                         Before losing the BCS title game to the Alabama Crimson
Manti Te’o finished second in the voting for this year’s
                                                                     Tide gu.com/p/3cqpa , Notre Dame had enjoyed an undefeated
Heisman Trophy after a stand-out season with Notre Dame
                                                                     season, thanks in large part to the heroics of Te’o. He was one of
Photograph: Jeff Haynes/Reuters
                                                                     three finalists for this year’s Heisman Trophy gu.com/p/3cdmh
The Notre Dame American football star Manti Te’o, whose              , which is awarded to the best player in college football. He is
on-field excellence after his grandmother and online girlfriend      expected to be a top pick in the NFL draft. He brought great
purportedly died made him a hero in the sports media, was the        accolades to Notre Dame athletics.
victim of a hoax because the girl never existed, the university          Notre Dame responded to Deadspin’s story by releasing a
said gu.com/p/3d5pc .                                                statement tinyurl.com/atrkp3y which said that Te’o, a devout
    But the remarkable story appears to have taken another           Mormon of Samoan descent, had informed the university
twist, after an NFL player claimed to have met the girl in           weeks ago that he been taken in. “On 26 December, Notre Dame
question.                                                            coaches were informed by Manti Te’o and his parents that Manti
    So the story went, the linebacker Te’o had suffered an           had been the victim of what appears to be a hoax in which
unthinkable double tragedy in his personal life. Just hours          someone using the fictitious name Lennay Kekua apparently
after finding out about the death of his beloved grandmother in      ingratiated herself with Manti and then conspired with others
Hawaii, Te’o learned that his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, had also     to lead him to believe she had tragically died of leukemia.”
died, succumbing to the leukemia she had been fighting after a           Certain details of the story Te’o told are difficult to square
near-fatal car crash months earlier. Three days later, Te’o played   with the notion that he was the victim of a hoax. Sports
the game of his life, leading the Fighting Irish to a 20-3 victory   Illustrated reported tinyurl.com/ba7z93p that Te’o slept
over Michigan State.                                                 with a phone, listening to his girlfriend breathe as she was
    An investigation by the sports website Deadspin tinyurl.         convalescing on a cancer ward. Those and other excruciating
com/a5tnwrl established that Kekua never existed, apparently         details of his fictional girlfriend’s painful illness and death,
outside of a fake Twitter account that used a picture stolen from    details Deadspin rounds up from the numerous media outlets
an unwitting woman’s Facebook page.                                  where they were published, appear to have come from the
    “I would refer all of you, if you’re not already familiar with   football star and his family.
it, with both the documentary called Catfish, the MTV show               Te’o has since released a statement, saying:
which is a derivative of that documentary and the sort of                “This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about, but over an
associated things you’ll find online and otherwise about Catfish     extended period of time, I developed an emotional relationship
or ‘catfishing”, said Jack Swarbrick, Notre Dame’s athletic          with a woman I met online. We maintained what I thought to be
director, referring to the 2010 documentary gu.com/p/2ypbn           an authentic relationship by communicating frequently online
– the authenticity of which has been called into question            and on the phone, and I grew to care deeply about her. To
– about a young man who is tricked on Facebook into falling for      realise that I was the victim of what was apparently someone’s
a fictitious woman.                                                  sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating.
    After explaining that the university had hired private           It further pains me that the grief I felt and the sympathies
investigators, Swarbrick added: “Through their work [they]           expressed to me at the time of my grandmother’s death in
were able to discover online chatter among the perpetrators          September were in any way deepened by what I believed to be
that is sort of the ultimate proof of this, the joy they were        another significant loss in my life.”I am enormously grateful
taking, the sort of casualness with which among themselves
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for the support of my family, friends and Notre Dame fans             do in the absence of a positive test.
throughout this year. To think that I shared with them my                 “His efforts to get me kicked out of the IOC and get kicked
happiness about my relationship and details that I thought to         out of Wada were spectacularly unsuccessful,” said Pound.
be true about her just makes me sick. I hope that people can          When he eventually stepped down from Wada in 2007, he said
understand how trying and confusing this whole experience             his one piece of unfinished business was exposing Armstrong as
has been. In retrospect, I obviously should have been much            a drug cheat.
more cautious. If anything good comes of this, I hope it is that          Five years later, the United States Anti-Doping Agency
others will be far more guarded when they engage with people          delivered, producing a huge volume of evidence and describing
online than I was. Fortunately, I have many wonderful things          Armstrong as the ringmaster of the “most sophisticated,
in my life, and I’m looking forward to putting this painful           professionalised and successful doping program that sport has
experience behind me as I focus on preparing for the NFL              ever seen”.
Draft.”                                                                   Pound said: “I’ve never met the guy. He called me out of the
    Deadspin identifies a suspect behind the fake identity and        blue one day and he said: ‘Dick, Lance Armstrong. I just want
fake account. His name is Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, a classmate             you to know I love my sport.’
of the woman whose Facebook photo was apparently stolen.                  “I said: ‘It’s a great sport but it’s got a serious problem as you
Tuiasosopo also was an acquaintance of Te’o’s before the              know and sometimes you need some tough love.’ At that point
linebacker’s rise to stardom.                                         it just trailed off and he ended up writing some general public
    The nature of the relationship between Tuaisosopo and             letters about me being a rat about saying cyclists on the Tour are
Te’o, however, is unclear, leaving the question of the football       using drugs.”
prospect’s complicity in the hoax, if any, an open one.                   But Pound was able to muster some sympathy for an athlete
                                                                      who beat cancer and tried to inspire others.
                                                                          “The platform on which he built all this turns out not to be
Lance Armstrong interview: Dick Pound                                 granite but manure,” said Pound. “As an athlete it is pretty clear
not expecting an apology                                              he was a rigorous and relentless cheater and that he enforced
                                                                      it on his team. He certainly attempted to ruin a whole bunch of
                                                                      people around him – that’s a very, very unattractive side of him.
• Wada’s former head doubts Armstrong                                     “The other side is, he is a guy who dodged a bullet in the
will say sorry to him                                                 cancer side of things and then, in his own way, tried to raise
• Pair were involved in long-running, bitter                          awareness of cancer in the greater community and that’s good
dispute                                                               work. Nobody is either all bad or all good.”

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Dick Pound is not expecting an apology from Lance
Armstrong. Photograph: Reuters
Lance Armstrong may be ready to admit to doping and say sorry
for his actions but his old nemesis, the former-World Anti-
doping Agency head Dick Pound, does not expect any apologies
t come his way.
    “I doubt it very much,” Pound said. “But if he did, I guess, if
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                                                                      and those fans who could retreated to the shaded seats. Where
                                                                      it mattered, the action was hot and Sousa, knowing he would
Andy Murray shrugs off Australian heat                                have to catch Murray on a particularly poor day to have any
and João Sousa in second round                                        chance, needed a borderline ace to save in the very first game.
                                                                          A double fault and netted forehand from deep betrayed the
• Murray wins 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 on fiercely hot                           Sousa’s nerves as he gave up serve in the third game; Murray,
Hisense Arena                                                         one of the fittest players on the Tour and usually not bothered
                                                                      about extended rallies against lesser players, was none the less
• World No3 will meet Lithuanian qualifier
                                                                      glad of the gift, aware that there would be stiffer challenges to
Ricardas Berankis next                                                come.
Kevin Mitchell in Melbourne                                               The four Murrayites who had entertained the Rod Laver
                                                                      Arena during his first-round stroll were there again, clapping
                                                                      and singing in their white-vest uniforms like refugees from a
                                                                      glee club, and the mood in the sweltering crowd, subdued as it
                                                                      was, was with the Scot.
                                                                          A blistering Murray backhand down the line on his way to a
                                                                      3-1 lead drew the first proper burst of life from the slumbering
                                                                      spectators.
                                                                          Sousa had neither the power nor the patience to build a
                                                                      point and wore the look of a bewildered guest as he fell three
                                                                      games behind after 20 minutes, with little prospect that his
                                                                      predicament was going to ease.
                                                                          Murray wrapped up the first set in 31 minutes of routine
                                                                      dominance and there can have been only one person in the
                                                                      arena who did not share the sentiment that this was a kill best
Andy Murray eases into the third round of the Australian Open
                                                                      done with merciful speed.
after defeating Joao Sousa of Portugal. Photograph: Ryan
                                                                          A tournament assessor sat in front of the press seats and,
Pierse/Getty
                                                                      whatever marks he awarded the ball-kids or officials, he might
Andy Murray played some smart heatwave tennis to beat João            have give Sousa nine out of 10 for pride and perspiration.
Sousa and go through to the third round of the Australian Open        However, a sublime cross-court backhand that ebbed past his
with his serve, body and spirits all in good working order.           stretched racket at the net must have drained a good deal of his
    “I got up a couple of breaks pretty quickly in the first two      spirit at the start of the second, and he dropped serve for the
sets,” he said after beating the young Portuguese 6-2, 6-2, 6-4       fourth time.
in an hour and 41 minutes in the boiling Hisense Arena. “I tried          The rankings gap between the world No3 and his prey was 97
to shorten the points, which helps. I also served well [with 14       places, but it might as well have been a thousand, and Murray
aces]. I got a lot of free points on my serve. There were very few    was in no mood to ease up on a day better spent indoors than
long rallies. It worked out well, because they was really, really     out.
tough conditions.”                                                        The slaughter abated when Sousa held to love for 1-4 and
    Murray knew little about Sousa, ranked 100 in the world, but      Murray had to fight through deuce twice to hold, but it was no
is friends with his next opponent, the 22-year-old Lithuanian         more than a hiccup and he moved to 5-1 with his fifth ace. After
qualifier Ricardas Berankis, who earlier took only three sets to      an hour and four minutes he had two sets in his pocket and a
beat the 25th seed Florian Mayer in an hour and 17 minutes.           good deal of sweat on his brow, but looked well content.
    “I hit with him a lot,” Murray said. “I trained with him              The third set detained him a further 37 minutes and his level
before the Australian Open last year and practised with him in        dipped only briefly. He is in excellent shape.
Brisbane. I also practised with him a couple times this year, in
Brisbane and here.
    “He is not that tall and he hits the ball pretty big from the     Serena Williams eases injury fears in
back of the court. He plays aggressive, a very flat hitter of the
                                                                      Australian Open second-round win
ball. He’s obviously playing well to beat a guy like Mayer that
comfortably. It was a very good win. He works hard, and is a
really nice guy. Good to see him do well.”                            • Five-times champion beats Spain’s
    Berankis, the son of a taxi driver and post office worker from    Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-0
Vilnius and regarded as his little country’s best ever player, has,   • Swollen lip helps Williams take mind off
however, slipped from a career-high ranking of 73 at the start of     her injured right ankle
last year to 110.
                                                                      • Victoria Azarenka, the No1 seed, also wins
    On Thursday’s showing Murray should not be delayed long
when they meet on Saturday, most probably during the day,
                                                                      easily
although certainly not in such searing heat. Rarely troubled, he      Press Association
played well within himself, moved with ease and struck the ball
                                                                      Serena Williams’s suspect right ankle was hardly tested as
cleanly.
                                                                      she eased to a 6-2, 6-0 win over the Spanish teenager Garbine
    The thin clouds gave way to the full force of the sun over
                                                                      Muguruza in the second round of the Australian Open.
the Hisense Arena as Murray and Sousa warmed up (literally),
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    Williams went over on the ankle during her first-round
whitewash gu.com/p/3d4ca of the Romanian Edina Gallovits-
Hall, but if there were any lingering effects of that moment,
                                                                     Laura Robson cool ahead of Petra
Muguruza could not exploit them. The 19-year-old showed              Kvitova match at Australian Open
moments of promise in the first set but when Williams broke to
open the second the Spaniard’s resistance all but ended and the      • Briton excited about facing No8 seed in
American could rest easy knowing her ankle had held up.              Rod Laver Arena
    “It feels better,” she said. “I was doing everything you can
                                                                     • ‘It’s going to be a tough match, but I’m
do from icing to massage. I woke up this morning and I was like:
‘Oh my god, it’s pretty good.’ I’ll keep playing and see what
                                                                     looking forward to it’
happens.”                                                            Kevin Mitchell in Melbourne
    As on Tuesday, the biggest danger to Williams’s progression
was injury – hitting herself in the face with her racket as she
reached for a wide forehand in the sixth game.
    “One day I twist my ankle, today I hit myself in the face
– I don’t know what’s going to happen on Saturday,” said the
five-times Australian Open champion, who plays Ayumi Morita
next. “I’m hoping maybe I’ll just hit some winners. I thought if
it’s swollen, at least I’ll get super-sexy lips, right?”
    Williams followed the No1 seed Victoria Azarenka on to Rod
Laver Arena – the Belarusian taking only 55 minutes to see off
Eleni Daniilidou 6-1, 6-0. Having struggled to put away her first-
round opponent Monica Niculescu, Azarenka was in no mood to
offer any freebies to the Greek Daniilidou, who won their only
previous meeting in 2008.
                                                                     Laura Robson will play her first night match in the Rod Laver
    Azarenka has developed into one of the major forces in the
                                                                     Arena when she meets Petra Kvitova in the second round of
game since then and the gulf in class was evident. Daniilidou
                                                                     the Australian Open. Photograph: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters
did not get on the board until the sixth game and the broad grin
and raised finger suggested she was already accepting of her         Laura Robson, whose career began in a blaze as a Wimbledon
fate.                                                                starlet four years ago, is becoming accustomed to the big stage.
    Azarenka won the first set in 24 minutes and although the        After seeing off Kim Clijsters in the Arthur Ashe cauldron at
second was marginally more competitive, despite the scoreline,       Flushing Meadows in the Belgian’s farewell appearance four
there was only ever going to be one winner as the Belarusian         months ago, she has been assigned the Rod Laver Arena for
advanced to a match with the American Jamie Hampton.                 her second-round match against the eighth seed and former
“Today was much better,” said the world No1 and defending            Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova on Thursday.
champion. “I am back in competitive mode, 100%, and was                  Following Roger Federer in the second night match (at about
really focused. That was the best part of the game for me.”          10.30am GMT) does not bother her, either. “That’s pretty cool,”
    Kimiko Date-Krumm showed no sign of slowing down, the            she said, after seeing the schedule. It will be cool, literally, as
42-year-old moving through with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Shahar           well, given the near-century temperatures forecast during the
Peer. The Japanese’s win over Nadia Petrova on Tuesday               day.
made her the oldest woman to win a singles match in the                  “Sure I’m excited. It’s definitely going to be a tough match,
tournament’s history and she again impressed despite the             but I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully people will stick around
brutally hot conditions.                                             and not leave after Federer [who plays Nikolay Davydenko].
                                                                         “I love big occasions. I think it is easy to play on a big court
                                                                     with a big crowd when you have nothing to lose. It is enjoyable.
                                                                         “I have never played a night match [on the main court]




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                                                                     before. I was supposed to play a doubles night match with Sally
                                                                     Peers here, second on after Tsonga-Djokovic gu.com/p/2e5m6
                                                                     , and they took so long so they moved us the Margaret Court
                                                                     Arena, because I had a junior match next morning at 10am.
  Mystified by mortgages?                                                Her junior days are behind her, as she makes serious noise on
                                                                     the full circuit. And she could hardly feel more at home than in
  Perplexes by pensions? Confused                                    the city where she was born, leaving for the UK with her parents
  about your consumer rights?                                        when she was six.
  Our experts are on hand to answer                                      “I have family who have flown in from Perth,” she said, “but
  all kinds of financial and legal                                   I treat it like every other tournament. I do enjoy it here because
                                                                     it is a nice place.
  questions, so you don’t need to be                                     My sister lives here but, no, I don’t get recognised in the
  baffled any more. Read their advice,                               street. I prefer to keep a low profile so hopefully that won’t
  or put a question to them, at                                      change.
                                                                         “I have had night matches at smaller tournaments. At
                                                                     Guangzhou I played at 8pm a few times. I think it will be a bit
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later here because there is the men’s match before me.”
    Kvitova has struggled a little here, partly because of her
lingering asthma and she complained of dizziness during her
first-round win over Francesca Schiavone.
    Robson was in fine touch defeating the American Melanie
Oudin 6-2, 6-3 in the first round gu.com/p/3d4by and, if Kvitova
is at all hampered by her condition, Robson has a wonderful
chance to advance to the third round and a possible match
against another highly rated young American, Sloane Stephens,
who beat her in Tasmania last week gu.com/p/3cq8a .




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