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Balotelli bound for City exit as Juventus
and Milan close in
Manchester City are in negotiations with Milan and Juventus about
Mario Balotelli, who could join on loan before signing permanently
in the summer Page 2

Manu Tuilagi injury leaves England with
Six Nations selection issues
England’s head coach, Stuart Lancaster, has delicate selection
issues as result of the injury to Manu Tuilagi and the absence of
Alex Corbisiero Page 3

Alisher Usmanov criticises board for
turning Arsenal into feeder club
Alisher Usmanov, a major shareholder at Arsenal, has criticised the
club’s board for losing top players and wants Arsène Wenger to be
given more money Page 3

International Cycling                        Andy Murray sets his                         Tiger Woods bags 75th           Olly Kohn could get
Union disbands                               sights on keeping pace                       PGA Tour title with easy        Wales debut in Six
independent doping                           with Novak Djokovic                          win at Torrey Pines Page 9      Nations opener against
commission Page 4                            Page 7                                                                       Ireland Page 10
                                                                                          Start of Operation Puerto
Paul McGinley: I knew                        Ashley Giles aims for                        trial in Madrid postponed       Horse racing tips:
the players wanted me as                     right balance in England’s                   Page 9                          Tuesday 29 January
Ryder Cup captain Page 5                     tilt at Champions Trophy                                                     Page 10
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                                                                      Thursday’s deadline is moot. It is thought, though, that City
                                                                      plan to play a 4-3-3 formation next season, a system that utilises
Balotelli bound for City exit as Juventus                             only one centre-forward, meaning that three strikers for one
and Milan close in                                                    position would be enough.
                                                                         Asked on Monday about Balotelli’s future, David Platt, City’s
• Italian could complete permanent move                               assistant manager, chose his words carefully. “I haven’t heard
in summer                                                             anything,” he said. “I saw that speculation yesterday. It’s a
                                                                      shame Robbie’s [Roberto Mancini] not here. He might know
• David Platt says he has heard nothing
                                                                      more than me but he [Balotelli] is still a Manchester City player.
about a deal                                                          I don’t think anything is going to happen.”
Jamie Jackson                                                            He also claimed that Balotelli is in contention for Tuesday
                                                                      evening’s match following illness. “Mario was back on the
                                                                      training pitch yesterday [Sunday],” Platt said. “He was in the
                                                                      squad for the weekend [at Stoke City], it was only a 24-hour
                                                                      virus he had so he’ll be up for selection.”
                                                                         In reality Balotelli may have played his last game for the
                                                                      club. Last week it emerged that his Cheshire home, which the
                                                                      Italian rents, has been on the market since 11 January, a sign
                                                                      that he was conscious of the need to keep his options open
                                                                      before any potential move away from City. Reports on Monday
                                                                      suggested that Balotelli had a farewell party for friends in
                                                                      Manchester on Sunday night.
                                                                         Balotelli’s off-field misdemeanours during his time at City
                                                                      have included fireworks going off in the bathroom of his home,
                                                                      before last season’s derby at Old Trafford, in which he scored
Mario Balotelli appears to have played his last game for
                                                                      twice in a 6-1 rout of Manchester United.
Manchester City. Photograph: Paul Currie/Action Images
                                                                         This season he has started only seven times in the Premier
Manchester City are in talks with Milan and Juventus over             League, scoring once – in a 2-0 win at Wigan in November
the transfer of Mario Balotelli and are exploring the option of       – and last month he came close to taking City to a tribunal after
loaning the striker out until the summer ahead of a permanent         refusing to accept a two-week fine for the ill-discipline that
move.                                                                 meant he missed 11 games due to suspension last term.
   The champions want around €23m (£19.75m) for the 22-year-             The striker called off the tribunal only at the 11th hour and
old and it is understood that Milan have made an initial offer        finally accepted the £340,000 fine but a fortnight later he
close to €20m. But last night Juventus also entered the bidding       was pictured grappling with Mancini on the training ground
with City hoping their interest would help push up the price. after the manager tried to censure him for
The player is keen to return to his homeland and is willing to        a dangerous tackle on Scott Sinclair. This last episode finally
take what represents a small pay cut regarding the terms on           convinced Mancini, who had become isolated in his support of
offer, which are €5m a year tax-free, plus a sizeable signing-on      Balotelli, that the striker’s future lies elsewhere.
   It is understood that City do not expect any resolution before
Tuesday night’s game with Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road
but a deal could be done before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
Mino Raiola, Balotelli’s agent, is in Manchester to try and seal an
agreement, having already failed earlier this month to persuade
Ferran Soriano, City’s chief executive, to allow the striker to
move on a temporary basis to San Siro until the end of the

   City are thought to favour a permanent transfer in the
current window but a loan deal remains a possibility. Another
potential stumbling block is Milan’s desire to pay any fee in
six instalments. City, conscious of Uefa’s financial fair play          From Beirut to Big Brother,
regulations, may want a lump sum that can be reinvested
swiftly. However, there is hope in both Milan and Turin that,
                                                                        Murdoch to Millionaire,
given Balotelli’s chequered time at City plus the player’s desire       discuss the hot topics in the media
to move, a deal can be completed before the window closes.              on not one, but two blogs Organ
   Adriano Galliani, Milan’s vice-president, has been in                Grinder and Greenslade
consultation with Raiola regarding the best way to proceed.
Two years ago Raiola was pivotal in the deal that took Zlatan
Ibrahimovic, another of his players, from Barcelona to Milan. 
   If Balotelli were to leave, City would have only three
recognised strikers – Carlos Tevez, Sergio Agüero and Edin
Dzeko. Whether the club would try to replace Balotelli before © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                              
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                                                                      outstanding. But this time last year he didn’t play in the first
                                                                      two games because of a hamstring injury. We want to make
Manu Tuilagi injury leaves England                                    sure he doesn’t break down again. Everything I’ve heard points
with Six Nations selection issues                                     to the fact he will be running fully and changing direction by
                                                                      this weekend. The medical staff have every confidence he’ll be
• England centre struggling with strained                             training fully next week.”
ankle                                                                     Harlequins’ Mike Brown is poised to retain his place in
                                                                      the back three having played conspicuously well on the wing
• Alex Corbisiero will miss entire Six
                                                                      against New Zealand. Alex Goode also proved his fitness at the
Nations                                                               weekend following a shoulder problem; it would be a surprise
Robert Kitson                                                         if he is not retained with Ben Foden offering versatility from
                                                                      the bench. The back five of the scrum is likely to be unchanged,
                                                                      leaving Lancaster a couple of judgment calls in the front row.
                                                                      Dylan Hartley is hopeful of ousting his fast-improving Leicester
                                                                      rival Tom Youngs while Harlequins’ Joe Marler has shown
                                                                      decent form in recent weeks and must be a narrow favourite to
                                                                      pip Saracens’ Mako Vunipola at loosehead. Alex Corbisiero, the
                                                                      first-choice, will miss the entire championship following knee

                                                                      Alisher Usmanov criticises board for
                                                                      turning Arsenal into feeder club

England expect Manu Tuilagi, who will miss England’s Six              • Russian wants Arsène Wenger backed in
Nations opener against Scotland, to be training fully by next         transfer market
week. Photograph: David Davies/PA
                                                                      • Shareholder unhappy about the sale of
Filling a hole the size of the powerful Manu Tuilagi is no easy       best players
task but England will have no alternative for their opening
Six Nations fixture against Scotland. The head coach, Stuart          Dominic Fifield
Lancaster, must now identify a new centre pairing as a result
of Tuilagi’s withdrawal with an ankle problem and is also
pondering several other delicate selection issues.
    Tuilagi was always struggling to face the Scots and is not
yet guaranteed to be available for the subsequent away trip
to Ireland, even though there is talk of him returning to full
training next week. He has strained the upper part of his
ankle and Lancaster said he will not play if there is a risk of
aggravating the injury.
    Top of the list of replacement centres to play alongside Brad
Barritt, assuming Lancaster sticks to his policy of deploying
Owen Farrell at fly-half, is Gloucester’s uncapped Billy
Twelvetrees, who appears a likelier starter than London Irish’s
Jonathan Joseph. Twelvetrees has all the running, passing and         Alisher Usmanov says Arsenal should give wantaway players
kicking skills necessary to play international rugby and, at 6ft      bigger contracts. Photograph: Ria Novosti/AP
3in tall and almost 16 stone, possesses a physical presence as
                                                                      The underlying tensions within Arsenal’s ownership structure
                                                                      have resurfaced as time ticks down towards the transfer
    Lancaster is not due to finalise his starting XV until Thursday
                                                                      deadline after the major shareholder, Alisher Usmanov, claimed
but he made a point of stressing that England cannot afford to
                                                                      the board’s lack of spending and inability to hang on to the
be outmuscled by a hefty Scottish outfit. “They’re not a small
                                                                      club’s best players have effectively rendered them a feeder team
side so we need to make sure we match them in that area,”
                                                                      for their rivals.
he said. “I’ve said all along we want some footballers in our
                                                                         Usmanov, who owns just under 30% of Arsenal, has regularly
back line but we also have to have the ability to get across the
                                                                      expressed his frustrations at the running of the club by the
gain-line. I haven’t worried in the past about picking uncapped
                                                                      majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, and offered his latest
players. This time last year there were seven new caps. I don’t
                                                                      outburst in an interview with L’Equipe. Arsenal have not
see a lack of international experience as a barrier to selection.
                                                                      claimed a trophy since the FA Cup in 2005 and have lost the
It’s about what’s best for the team.”
                                                                      likes of Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri and Gaël Clichy to the two
    The absence of Tuilagi, nevertheless, deprives England of
                                                                      Manchester clubs – as well as Cesc Fábregas and Alex Song to
a dangerous strike runner. “I’m not sure there is a like-for-like
                                                                      Barcelona – in recent years.
replacement for Manu so he is a big loss,” conceded Lancaster.
                                                                         “The greatest achievement of Arsène Wenger is to have
“If you look at his performance against New Zealand he was © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                             
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created two teams: the one that now plays for our rivals and the
one that is trying to be among the best in the Premier League,”
Usmanov said. “That’s why I say it’s not enough to merely
                                                                     International Cycling Union disbands
flatter the coach, but to give him the possibility to buy the best   independent doping commission
players, superstars. But not just stars, but those chosen by
Wenger.                                                              • President concedes that inquiry’s
    “For me, he’s one of the best coaches in the world, but it’s     credibility has been lost
not easy for him. I think he deserves that players are brought in
                                                                     • Efforts will now focus on truth and
at Arsenal when they’re needed. The best players, and not being
satisfied with selling our best players to our rivals.
                                                                     reconciliation process
    “If that happens, we can ask everything of him. But, today,      Press Association
he’s sacrificed. Because of the policy and we’re all to blame.
Everything’s in Mr Kroenke’s hands and I hope he succeeds,
even if he doesn’t go along with my ideas.
    “It’s unthinkable that the shareholders get well paid while,
for small clauses in contracts, we lose key players like Robin
van Persie, Mathieu Flamini or Patrick Vieira. We should have
increased their salaries when they started to be courted, started
to look elsewhere. I don’t know why we didn’t propose that to
    Arsenal may now not add to their ranks before the transfer
window shuts on Thursday night, despite interest in the
West Ham United midfielder Mohamed Diamé – a target for
Tottenham Hotspur – and Barcelona’s David Villa, as they seek
to reach the Champions League for a 16th successive season.
                                                                     Pat McQuaid, president of the International Cycling Union,
They currently lie sixth, four points off Tottenham, and host
                                                                     said the UCI’s commission of inquiry might be seen as ‘not
Liverpool on Wednesday. Thomas Vermaelen should be fit to
                                                                     complete or credible’. Photograph: Salvatore Di Nolfi/AP
return for that fixture, but doubts remain over Mikel Arteta’s
involvement.                                                         The International Cycling Union (UCI) has disbanded its own
    Kroenke has consistently stated his support for Wenger,          independent commission set up to investigate any alleged
whose contract has one more season to run, and that he has no        involvement the UCI may have had in the Lance Armstrong
intention of selling the club. Yet Usmanov suggested Thierry         doping scandal.
Henry, Arsenal’s record goalscorer, has urged him to buy out the        The commission was established to look into allegations
American and take control.                                           made against cycling’s world governing body by the United
    “I like many footballers and I’m in contact with some of         States Anti-Doping Agency’s (Usada) investigation into
them,” he added. “Perhaps my favourite of the last 10, 15 years      Armstrong, which shone a light on a decade of drug use in the
is Thierry Henry. He’s pushing me to buy all of Arsenal’s shares,    sport.
but I cannot predict the future.                                        However, both the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) and
    “When I had the chance to buy some shares and become             Usada said they would take no part in the commission inquiry
one of the main shareholders in the club, I didn’t hesitate for      and that turn of events, according to the UCI, would have led to
a second. I was even ready to take total control. That wasn’t        any report being dismissed as “not complete or credible”.
possible because certain people preferred to make a profit and          The UCI president, Pat McQuaid, said: “We have listened
create, using me, an outside enemy. I remain portrayed as a          carefully to the views of Wada, Usada and cycling stakeholders
pirate, an enemy. They have won that game.”                          and have decided that a truth and reconciliation process is the
                                                                     best way to examine the culture of doping in cycling in the past
                                                                     and to clear the air so that cycling can move forward.”
                                                                        McQuaid continued: “Given this development, the UCI

                                                                     management committee today decided that the federation
                                                                     could no longer fund a procedure whose outcome is likely
                                                                     to be rejected by such an important stakeholder. We have
                                                                     therefore decided to disband the independent commission with
                                                                     immediate effect.”
  Compare and buy                                                       Wada’s president, John Fahey, expressed his concern with
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  compareandbuy                                                      such a questionable and useless exercise.”
                                                                        On Friday the UCI announced its intention to create a Truth
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doping in professional cycling and Monday’s decision means
the TRC process will launch later this year.
    McQuaid added: “We will now focus our efforts on
                                                                    Paul McGinley: I knew the players
establishing a TRC, with which we expect Wada to be fully           wanted me as Ryder Cup captain
engaged, to look at doping in professional cycling, as well as
the allegations contained in the Usada reasoned decision.           Europe’s leader on his fears of missing out to
“The work that has so far been undertaken by the Independent        Montgomerie, his respect for Tom Watson
Commission will be shared with the TRC.
                                                                    and the Miracle of Medinah
    “This is too important for rushed discussions, or hasty
decisions.It is completely unrealistic to expect that we and        Donald McRae
WADA can sort through all the details of setting up a Truth and
Reconciliation Commission in just a couple of days, based on
an arbitrary deadline set by the Independent Commission of
    “There is still a huge amount to discuss before we can
finalise a detailed legal framework, including how such a TRC,
which is completely unprecedented in sport, should be funded
now that WADA, contrary to earlier indications, refuses to
contribute financially.
    “This is something that will be discussed fully at the
management committee meeting on Friday. I would stress that,
while I am committed to a TRC, it needs to be a process which is
in the best interests of our sport and our federation – and which
also does not bankrupt it.
                                                                    Paul McGinley knew Europe’s players wanted him as captain
    “I hope the lessons learned from the truth and reconciliation
                                                                    for next year’s Ryder Cup. Photograph: Harry How/Getty
process will help in particular to educate young riders and to
help eradicate doping in its entirety from cycling.”
                                                                    “It was in doubt right up until the day of the final meeting,”
                                                                    Paul McGinley says as he remembers the dramatic conclusion
                                                                    to a complicated process which saw him, earlier this month,
                                                                    announced as Europe’s captain for the Ryder Cup next year
                                                           . Fifteen members of the European Tour
                                                                    tournament committee met in Abu Dhabi and, as McGinley
                                                                    reveals, he was anxious that the momentum had swung away
                                                                    from him to Colin Montgomerie.
                                                                        “By all accounts Montgomerie was in pole position. Of
                                                                    course I was deflated. I kept thinking: ‘What’s going to be the
                                                                    reaction of the players if they don’t get their way? Where’s that
                                                                    going to leave team spirit?’ I didn’t say that to anyone but those
                                                                    words were going round in my head: ‘Wow, with all the vocal
                                                                    support I’ve had from [Ian] Poulter and [Justin] Rose and Rory
                                                                    [McIllroy] and Lee [Westwood] and Luke [Donald], what will it
                                                                    mean if they don’t get the captain they want?’”
                                                                        Montgomerie proved himself a successful captain at Celtic

                                                                    Manor in 2010 but he remains a divisive figure – and McGinley’s
                                                                    contrasting popularity was plain. Yet the United States’
                                                                    unlikely choice of Tom Watson as their leader
                                                                    at Gleneagles had startled Europe’s decision-makers. Watson’s
                                                                    majestic feats in the majors, and the affection felt towards him
                                                                    in Scotland, seemed to have sent the European committee
  The Guardian digital edition                                      rushing back towards Montgomerie. His superior playing record
                                                                    and Scottish roots edged him ahead of McGinley.
  Read the Guardian on the web                                          “The word I had from the players [on the European Tour]
  exactly the way it was printed.                                   in South Africa was that it was going to be Montgomerie,”

  With award-winning Guardian                                       McGinley says. “But then, totally unprompted, at his Nike press
                                                                    conference, Rory came out very strongly for me. That’s when
  photography accessible from                                       things turned in my favour and I got back some momentum.”

  anywhere in the world.                                                McIlroy’s influence, as world No1, was decisive as he also
                                                                    tweeted his support for McGinley .                                     “There’s no doubt Twitter played a big part in this selection,”
                                                                    McGinley says. “On Twitter Luke Donald could have his say
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very powerful because, once he puts it out on Twitter, it’s on         was in place the week before the Ryder Cup. We got a real feel
the ground in Abu Dhabi within minutes and everyone’s talking          for the magnitude of the event.
about it. Twitter is Twitter but the bottom line is that, behind           “Afterwards we got in the car and Sam brought out a bottle of
Twitter, it’s the voice of the players.”                               champagne and two glasses in the back of his big 7-series BMW
    McGinley was tempted repeatedly to speak out but he also           that he had chauffeur-driven. During that car journey back to
knew that a dignified silence would be more appropriate. “It           London he told me his plans for the week. My role was to play
was hard and difficult for me, no doubt. I really wanted to get        three matches and I’d start on the afternoon of the first day. It
involved in the arguments but I realised at Medinah [where             was a sign of the trust he placed in me as a rookie player and I
Europe retained the Ryder Cup last September            clearly benefited.”
], after the guys spoke privately to me, that they all wanted              McGinley famously sank the putt which won the Ryder Cup
me as captain. So I knew I had that support. I didn’t want to be that year and he remembers being inspired by
beating my own drum. The players’ drum was going to be a lot           Torrance’s simple phrase – “Do it for me” – as he prepared to
louder than mine.                                                      make golfing history. “The sense inside me grew so strong – that
    “But I wanted to say that we don’t have anyone of Tom              I wanted to do it for Sam. I love looking back at the psychology
Watson’s stature in Europe, so whoever goes against him is             of it and, if you study that putt, you’ll see the first thing I did
going to be an underdog in terms of their playing record. If you       afterwards was to put my arms in the air and turn straight to the
look at the great managers in football, few of them were great         players and Sam.
players. Show me the correlation between a brilliant player,               “I jumped up in the air – looking at them. I don’t understand
whether in football or golf, and a brilliant manager? But I            football players who score and then run away from their team-
couldn’t say that in public.”                                          mates towards the crowd. Surely you’re doing it for your team-
    McGinley stresses that the 63-year-old Watson was his              mates and not the crowd? Look at Poulter. When he holed that
boyhood hero while also suggesting that there may have been            putt at Medinah last year he immediately turned to the team.
some desperation in the US’s reappointment of him. “I was              That’s the body language of a great team player.”
surprised. I think they felt they had to do something drastic and          McGinley’s unbeaten record in the Ryder Cup is exemplary
different because their strategies weren’t working. So I admire        for he has won three as a player and two as vice-captain – but
their bravery. But the bravery is born out of the fact they’ve lost    he singles out the last victory as the most important. “Medinah
seven out of the last nine Ryder Cups.”                                was a massive learning curve and a humbling experience.
    The 46-year-old Dubliner believes he holds a clear advantage       I don’t think we got a million things wrong in terms of our
over Watson. “One of the facets I’m quite strong about is that         tactics but the Americans came out so strong and we slightly
players who are still competitive on tour have an insight that         underestimated them. As much as we thought we were on a
others don’t. I have that advantage over Tom because he’s not          wave when it came to winning the Ryder Cup we got battered
playing the main tour any more. I am.                                  for two days.
    “But, as a boy, Tom Watson was my hero – not just because              “If Medinah had been a boxing match, the referee would
he used to win but because of the way he won, the class he             have been thinking of stopping it. And if we had lost the
personified, his endurance under pressure. That authority was          Saturday afternoon session, it would have been all over – but we
very impressive – as was that air of destiny when he walked            didn’t because Luke and Sergio [García] managed to get through
down the fairway. That always appealed to me. And I devoured           and Poulter followed that with his absolute heroics
what he had to say in the golf magazines. If there was one player      p/3anhy . There’s a lovely and poignant story – and I haven’t
I tried to model myself on, it would have been Tom Watson.             seen it told before. Poulter holed his putt on the last to mean
    “I wrote down his words about ‘desire, dedication,                 we were only four behind [going into the last day’s singles]. We
determination and a little bit of talent’ being needed to succeed      knew teams have come back from four points down. They’ve
on the back of my copy books. He made talent insignificant and         never come back from five. Twenty minutes later, in our locker
I identified with that. I wasn’t born to play this game. I’m not       room, the music was blaring, the caddies were jumping around,
6ft 2in, I don’t hit the ball a million miles and I felt those words   the players were bear-hugging. I thought: ‘Wow, is this team
summed me up.”                                                         winning or losing by four?’
    It is fitting that McGinley should identify so strongly with           “Poulter came in and said, ‘We have a pulse.’ I thought
another understated man, Sam Torrance, as the Ryder Cup                that was so powerful: ‘We have a pulse.’ Before then we were
captain who taught him the most about leadership             basically on life support. And now we had a pulse. The boys
x5nh5 . “It was my first Ryder Cup [in 2002] and it had been           were flying. For the first time we could see light. We didn’t need
delayed a year because of 9/11. Sam had four players, me               to say much in the team meeting that night.”
included, who were off form. Twelve months earlier we were                 McGinley will wait until this time next year before he
in the midst of a great season but a year on I was very mediocre       announces his four vice-captains. Montgomerie is unlikely to
– languishing about 40th in the order of merit. I was really           be one of them but, for now, McGinley says: “Everyone’s under
worried but Sam helped me come out flying. I played to a level         consideration. I could probably list 20 guys I’d be happy with as
that week that I hadn’t come close to doing all year.                  vice-captain. My only problem will be narrowing it down.”
    “Sam wasn’t about team speeches and speaking like                      His immediate task is to decide how much he might change
Braveheart for half an hour. His captaincy was much more               the selection process of the team – which currently uses three
subtle. His first step with me was to offer a real sense of            wild- card picks to supplement the leading nine golfers on the
inclusivity. Lee Westwood was also off-form and there was a            European order of merit. “I have to present my ideas at the
big world event we hadn’t qualified for. So we went and played         Scottish Open [in July]. If I’m going to change the qualifying
with Sam at The Belfry. All the stands were up and everything          system I want to see what impact it would’ve had on previous © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                               
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Ryder Cups – so I’m doing lots of research. I’ve got a whole load
of permutations going on and I’ll formulate them into a plan
and make my recommendations.”
                                                                     Andy Murray sets his sights on keeping
   Could he suggest something totally fresh? “Absolutely. I          pace with Novak Djokovic
have carte blanche to come up with a whole new qualification
process but we’ve won seven out of the last nine. So if it ain’t     • Scot aims to bounce back quickly from
broke, why fix it? I would say you’ll see a tweaking to the          Australian Open
system rather than a radical change.”
                                                                     • World No3 wary of the threat returning
   McGinley’s enthusiasm is as obvious as his success in team
competitions. “As a professional I’ve won everything as a team
                                                                     Rafael Nadal
member. But I’ve had brilliant team-mates and been involved          Kevin Mitchell in Melbourne
with great teams.”
   As a captain, McGinley also steered Britain and Ireland to
successive victories against Europe in the Seve Trophy in 2009
and 2011.
   “In the first one we were real underdogs and Rory and
Graeme McDowell hadn’t won majors at the time and weren’t
the players they are now. Rory wasn’t even in the top 50 in the
world then. So it was a monumental achievement to win it and,
to me, that was a very important week for me becoming Ryder
Cup captain. Before then I didn’t know whether I was going to
be any good or if I was going to enjoy it. But we got such a team-
bond and we thrived on that and had great fun together. If we
do that again, in the Ryder Cup, we won’t go wrong.”

                                                                     Andy Murray, right, knows he has to put his defeat to Novak
                                                                     Djokovic in the Australian Open final defeat behind him.
                                                                     Photograph: Jason O’Brien/Action Images
                                                                     Andy Murray left Melbourne beaten but not bowed. He did not
                                                                     add a second grand slam title to his portfolio after his triumph
                                                                     in New York four months ago but, after analysing his defeat by
                                                                     Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final ,
                                                                     he knows what he needs to do to keep pace with the world No1,
                                                                     and to see off the challenge of Roger Federer, whom he beat in
                                                                     the semi-final , and Rafael Nadal, who returns
                                                                     from seven months out through injury in Chile this week.
                                                                         Nevertheless Murray, still third in the world, reckons it will

                                                                     be harder than ever to get to No1 – a goal many good judges
                                                                     reckon is within his grasp in 2013, including Andre Agassi and
                                                                     Boris Becker.
                                                                         “It’s tough,” Murray said. “If I had won here I would have
                                                                     two slams, a Wimbledon final and Olympic gold and still been
                                                                     well behind Novak.”
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                                                                         “I’ve realised in the last year or so that when I set myself
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  support to help you achieve                                        Previously after every slam I would look way ahead to the next
                                                                     one and kind of take my eye off the ball with the other events
  your health and fitness goals.                                     so that’s the immediate goal and also slightly think about the                                            French Open. It’s a tournament I’m capable of doing well in but
                                                                     for me it takes a lot of practice, a lot of hours on clay to get used
                                                                     to it. So that’s a major goal for me but I’ve got to do well in the
                                                                     next few months.
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French last year. Indian Wells wasn’t good so there’s obviously      Buttler also played a couple of matches each, and the whole
potential to pick up points and improve my ranking. The way          team, including the captain, Alastair Cook, have received an
the rankings are, I think these should be the events that dictate    education in the new priorities of 50-over cricket arising from
the majority of the rankings but that’s not always the way it        the changes in fielding regulations – notably from MS Dhoni
works.”                                                              with his whirlwind innings in the second match in Kochi.
   He has some fine-tuning to do and is slightly disappointed            “We’ve seen a lot of different guys and learnt a lot of
that he did not build on his first-set lead against Djokovic in      different things even in games we’ve lost,” said Giles. “Woakes
Sunday’s final.                                                      has come in and Buttler has taken the gloves, Root has been
   “Maybe not so much with tactics,” he said. “I will have a         phenomenal. So we are finding out more about the guys as the
think about why I maybe didn’t create as many chances on the         series has gone on.”
return as I’ve done in the past, but the way I was striking the          England now move on to New Zealand, first for a three-
ball was fine. My tactics were right, I just didn’t give myself      match Twenty20 series under the captaincy of Broad before
enough opportunities on his serve. I have to try and improve         Cook resumes control for three more ODIs – the last before
my return.”                                                          they name their Champions Trophy squad in May. That should
   As for Davis Cup commitments in 2013, Murray said, “I’m           provide more clues towards England’s likely approach, with
going to discuss it with [Great Britain’s captain, Leon Smith]       Giles suggesting that they are likely to revert to the strategy
once I get back from here. I spoke to him in Miami, so we will       of playing four specialist seam bowlers as they did with such
talk about it again.”                                                success against Australia, West Indies and South Africa last
                                                                     summer. Fiddling 10 overs from the secondary spin of Root
                                                                     and Samit Patel was designed for India only, and has often left
Ashley Giles aims for right balance in                               England looking exposed.
England’s tilt at Champions Trophy                                       “The balance will be something we look at in New Zealand
                                                                     because conditions will be similar to the Champions Trophy,”
                                                                     added Giles. “There’s always that balance between what you
• Joe Root and James Tredwell impressed                              can score and what you can save. Often when you pick five
in India                                                             bowlers they know their roles. Picking more bowlers can
• Kieswetter and Dernbach may have                                   muddle it for everyone. With five top-quality bowlers they have
squandered chance                                                    to do the job for you.”
                                                                         That could be bad news for Patel and possibly also for
Andy Wilson in Dharamsala
                                                                     Tredwell, despite his excellent record in India. “With Trott back
                                                                     and all the bowlers, and of course Swann coming back in, it
                                                                     might be tough on him [Tredwell],” said Giles, hinting that the
                                                                     senior spinner will retain his role for the first match of that ODI
                                                                     series in Hamilton on 17 February. However, he also suggested
                                                                     that England could now consider playing both specialist off-
                                                                     spinners. “That’s not a non-starter,” he said. “It’s worth talking
                                                                     about because they are two of our best bowlers in one-day
                                                                     international cricket. I can’t see a place where they both won’t
                                                                     be in the squad.”
                                                                         From this distance, the starting team for England’s first game
                                                                     in the Champions Trophy against Australia at Edgbaston on 8
                                                                     June – Sri Lanka and New Zealand complete their qualifying
                                                                     group – would seem likely to have a top five of Cook, Ian Bell,
Ashley Giles says England will use New Zealand games to              Trott, Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan, with Root in reserve.
fine tune their preparations for the Champions Trophy.               Bairstow remains ahead of Buttler to bat at six and keep wicket,
Photograph: Tom Shaw/Getty Images                                    and the bowling attack would probably be led by Anderson,
                                                                     Broad, Swann and Steven Finn. That leaves one place to be
Five games into Ashley Giles’s reign as England’s one-day
                                                                     filled at number seven, ideally by a seam-bowling all-rounder.
coach, and the squad that will bid to win a first major limited-
                                                                         Tim Bresnan is still in the box seat, and showed why with a
overs tournament on home soil in the Champions Trophy this
                                                                     bustling four-wicket performance in favourable conditions in
summer is taking shape.
                                                                     Dharamsala despite the elbow problem that has ruled him out
   England may have lost their position at the top of the official
                                                                     of the New Zealand trip. But that injury has opened another
one-day rankings to India as a result of their 3-2 series defeat
                                                                     window of opportunity for Woakes, and there is another
but Giles and the national selector, Geoff Miller, have a much
                                                                     intriguing outsider for the position following the inclusion of
clearer idea of the 15 players they want for the Trophy than
                                                                     his Warwickshire team-mate Rikki Clarke in the Lions squad
they would have done if they had taken a full-strength squad.
                                                                     who play a five-match 50-over series in Australia next month.
The absence of five likely inclusions – Graeme Swann, James
                                                                         “We wouldn’t pick him unless the door was open,” said
Anderson, Stuart Broad, Jonathan Trott and Jonny Bairstow
                                                                     Giles, who has supervised Clarke’s reinvention at Edgbaston in
– has allowed them to put a number of fringe players to the test.
                                                                     the past two seasons and will fly to Australia at the end of the
   Of those contenders, Joe Root and James Tredwell have
                                                                     New Zealand series to watch the Lions’ last two matches. “It is
seized the opportunity while Craig Kieswetter and Jade
                                                                     open to all these guys. The important thing is the balance of the
Dernbach have squandered theirs. Chris Woakes and Jos © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                             
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team. So if we need someone to fill the No7 spot, whether in          second place alongside Josh Teater, who also carded a three-
the Champions Trophy or World Cup in 2015, there are a certain        under-par round today.
number of guys in the country who can fill that spot. Rikki               Watney was perhaps the best placed to challenge Woods but
Clarke is the type of cricketer who could fill that spot. He has an   four bogeys in 10 holes undermined his assault and he finished
opportunity in Australia.”                                            in joint fourth, alongside Jimmy Walker on nine under.
                                                                          American duo Robert Garrigus and Rickie Fowler and
                                                                      Australia’s Aaron Baddeley finished a shot further back.
Tiger Woods bags 75th PGA Tour title
with easy win at Torrey Pines
                                                                      Start of Operation Puerto trial in Madrid
• World No2 secures comfortable victory                               postponed
despite ragged play
• Brandt Snedeker is four shots behind in                             • Dr Fuentes accused of masterminding
second place                                                          doping ring
                                                                      • Judge rescheduled start of testimony for
Press Association

Tiger Woods celebrates on the 18th green after winning the
Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, California. Photograph:
Mike Blake/REUTERS                                                    Dr Eufemiano Fuentes, centre and pictured in 2006.
Tiger Woods wrapped up his 75th PGA Tour title despite a few          Photograph: Juan Carlos Hidalgo/AP
nervy moments towards the end of his round in the Farmers             The high-profile and delayed trial of a Spanish doctor accused
Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.                                       of masterminding a doping ring in cycling got off to an anti-
    Woods came into the fifth day of play with a six-shot lead        climactic start on Monday when his testimony was postponed
over his nearest challengers, Brandt Snedeker and Nick Watney,        until Tuesday.
and with only 11 holes to play, it would have taken a shock to            Dr Eufemiano Fuentes and four other defendants – his sister
deprive the world No2. He was far from his fluent best but, even      and three other cycling coaches – are appearing in a Madrid
though he dropped four strokes in three holes from the 15th,          court almost seven years after police seized anabolic steroids,
it did not derail his progress to victory and he finished on 14       transfusion equipment and 200 blood bags as part of an
under par – four strokes clear of last year’s winner, Snedeker. “It   investigation code-named Operation Puerto.
got a little ugly towards the end,” admitted Woods. “I just lost          Amid farcical scenes outside the court on Monday, Fuentes
my concentration a little bit.” Play was brought into a fifth day     was mobbed by camera crews and photographers as he arrived
due to severe fog on Saturday and Woods needed only to keep           at about 9am.
his composure to land his first PGA Tour victory of the season.           Judge Julia Santamaria met the defendants and their lawyers
    He began his round yesterday and three birdies in his first       for an initial discussion before calling a halt to proceedings at
seven holes strengthened his challenge before darkness fell.          about 2pm and rescheduling the start of Fuentes’s testimony
    The 37-year-old parred his first five holes today with the        for Tuesday morning.
minimum of fuss before birdieing the 13th after two-putting
from 52 feet.

    But he dropped back immediately afterwards when he found
a greenside bunker with his lay-up and then double bogeyed
the par-four 15th after being forced to take a penalty drop.
    Woods dropped another shot on the 17th and missed a 15ft
birdie putt on the last — but it mattered little, his level-par 72      Fantasy League Classic
enough for victory.                                                     Manage a squad of 16 players and a budget
    Snedeker had just five holes today to try and put some sort         of £75 million. £75,000 worth of prizes to
of pressure on Woods, but he could produce no late heroics
                                                                        be won in weekly, monthly and overall
and had to settle for a final-round 69 and a tie for second place © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                             
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                                                                          a coach, but Gats has made his decision, and I am abiding by
                                                                          it,” said Edwards. “I am not going to forget how much Warren
Olly Kohn could get Wales debut in Six                                    Gatland has done for me over the last 10 years. Most of the
Nations opener against Ireland                                            things I have achieved in coaching have been through him. He
                                                                          has been a great mentor for me, and I hope he will continue
• Kohn ‘will potentially get his chance,’                                 to be that in the future. He has made a decision which went
says Shaun Edwards                                                        against me, but there is no way my loyalty will be questioned.”
                                                                              Wales have Leigh Halfpenny available at full-back, seven
• Halfpenny ready to return from
                                                                          weeks after he lost the feeling in his left arm after trying to
‘frightening’ arm injury                                                  make a try-saving tackle against Australia. “It was frightening,”
Paul Rees                                                                 he said. “I lost feeling in my arm for half-an-hour and did
                                                                          not know what was going on. It was a huge relief when scans
                                                                          showed there was no nerve damage. I have played a few games
                                                                          this month and thrown myself into tackles. I have just learned
                                                                          not to go in head first!”
                                                                              Halfpenny will be up against his main rivals for the Lions’
                                                                          Test 15 jersey, Rob Kearney, but said he was not interested in
                                                                          personal gain. “It is about the team, not individuals. If I am
                                                                          picked, it is about doing the jersey justice. The frustration
                                                                          we felt in the autumn has been replaced by a determination
                                                                          to defend our trophy. Starting with a victory would give us
                                                                          confidence and momentum.”

                                                                          Horse racing tips: Tuesday 29 January
Harlequins’ Olly Kohn qualifies to represent Wales because
on of his grandfathers was born in the Rhymney Valley.
Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images                                     Kyllachykov (Wolverhampton 4.30) was
Wales are considering including Olly Kohn in their match-day
                                                                          disappointing on turf but this track’s
23 for Saturday’s Six Nations opener against Ireland at the               artificial surface clearly brings out the best
Millennium Stadium, even though the Harlequins’ second-row                in him
started training with the squad only this week.
                                                                          Chris Cook
   The 31-year old was called up by Wales on Friday, a couple
of weeks after they learned he qualified through a grandfather
who was born in the Rhymney Valley. With Alun Wyn Jones,
Luke Charteris and Bradley Davies ruled out of at least part of
the campaign and Ian Evans not having played for two months,
the Six Nations champions are short of options in the second
   “Olly plays for the team who are the Premiership champions
and the No1 seeds in the Heineken Cup, so he is operating
at quite a high level,” said the Wales defence coach, Shaun
Edwards. “He is a very powerful scrummaging, genuine
tighthead second-row, and there are not that many of them
about. We felt we needed beefing up in that area and in the next
few weeks, he will potentially get his chance.
   “Olly has had his first training session with us today and he          Daniel Tudhope, above, rides the hat-trick seeking
will only have five days with the rest of the squad before the            Kyllachykov in the 3.30 race at Wolverhampton. Photograph:
Ireland game and whether that is enough time is a valid point,            Julian Herbert/Getty Images
but he plays for an excellent team and in the dark arts of tight-         Lingfield
five play a lot of it is on instinct as well.. He is a smart operator.”      1.20 Giveagirlachance 1.50 Representingceltic
Wales are considering starting with Evans, knowing he would                  2.20 Ransom Note 2.50 Samarkand 3.20 Shuil Royale
need to be replaced in the second-half, while another option in              3.50 Natural Spring (nb) 4.20 Guest Of Honour
the second row, Ryan Jones, dislocated his thumb two weeks
ago. They took a full part in training on Monday and will be
                                                                             2.00 Stormy Morning 2.30 Climaxfortackle
assessed this evening.
                                                                             3.00 Stand Guard 3.30 Temuco 4.00 Pacific Ridge
   Edwards said he was more determined than ever to succeed
                                                                             4.30 Kyllachykov (nap) 5.00 Daunt 5.30 Maggie Pink
with Wales after overlooked for this summer’s Lions tour to
Australia after the head coach Warren Gatland, who is taking
a sabbatical from Wales in the Six Nations, opted to take Andy
Farrell as defence coach.
   “Everyone wants to go on a Lions tour, as a player and as © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012                                                                 

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