Issue 314, July 19 2013 Radar 05 Sneakers pimped Well sort of: a new poster celebrating the trainer. As in the sort you put on your feet
06 All our yesterdays How Ronaldinho, Gilberto Silva and, er, Jô are still gunning for glory at Atlético Mineiro
08 Postman or peacock? The many different guises of Ian Poulter, playing this week in the Open (but what’s he wearing?) oFeatures this coming week
Stuart Broad The man of the moment on how the Ashes have made him even more competitive than ever
22 Ian Bell Speaking exclusively after the first Test, England’s saviour on that innings and that decision
26 Tom Watson The five-time Open champion on why Muirfield is so great, and why we shouldn’t write off Rory
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28 Keri-Anne Payne Back in the water after Olympic heartbreak and out to prove a point in the World Championship
30 Geraint Thomas The Brit on his superhuman effort to remain in the peloton and support Sky’s main man Chris Froome
Extra Time 40 Gadgets A 60-inch telly plus the latest Sony Walkman (not for cassettes)
42 Grooming The best travel packs that you’re allowed to take on board a plane
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las, in it’s 26-episode run, classic kids’ television show The Shoe People stayed focused on the rural idyll of Shoe Town, missing out entirely its much edgier district: Shoeditch. Fear not, for the anthropomorphic hipster footwear that we missed out on watching as kids makes an appearance in the Visual Compendium of Sneakers, a 24 x 36-inch poster featuring illustrations of more than 100 iconic trainers. These range from the
p06 – Ronaldinho inspires Rooster to the Copa Libertadores final
p08– The Postman’s career in words and outfits
surprisingly old (1917) Chuck Taylors, favoured by pre-war basketball players and pubescent Nirvana fans, through to the more garish designs purchased by a mixture of professional athletes, musicians, and cash-laden shoe geeks. There are loads more, but as they’re fond of saying over in Shoeditch: you probably haven’t heard of them. A Visual Compendium of Sneakers, $32, popchartlab.com
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F1 2013 Classic Edition, coming autumn 2013 on Xbox 360 and PS3. Find out more at formula1game.com
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he French market town of Lourdes is famous. It welcomes around five million visitors a year, drawn on pilgrimages by the town’s religious reputation as a site of miraculous healings. Something equally strange is going on in another Lourdes, a neighbourhood of the southern Brazilian city Belo Horizonte. Atlético Mineiro, the town’s football club, are through to the final of the Copa Libertadores – South America’s equivalent of the Champions League – for the first time. And they’ve done it with a squad full of faces familiar to followers of European football. The most famous is Ronaldinho (above), who has revitalised his career since joining Atlético, nicknamed ‘Galo’ (literally, ‘Rooster’), last summer. At 33, the toothy wonder still has lots to offer, and he proved it last year by winning the Golden Ball award for the league’s best player. Manchester City fans will remember striker Jô (top, left), still only 26, as an even bigger flop than Robinho – he scored just once in 21 league games for the Citizens – but he’s hit six Libertadores goals this year to fire his side to the final. In midfield sits a player more fondly remembered by English fans. Gilberto Silva (left) was part of Arsenal’s Invincibles, and returned to his hometown club in December. Galo face Paraguayan side Club Olimpia in the second leg of the final on Wednesday night. Victory will serve as a reminder that there’s life after Europe for football’s star names. And Jô.
etween the stub-nosed death traps of the 1960s and 70s and the aggressivelyaerodynamic carbon fibre monsters of today, you’ll find the golden age of Formula 1. And the cars and tracks of that era will be rightly celebrated in Codemasters’ F1 2013. The third edition of the franchise will include all the 2013 cars and drivers and a host of gameplay improvements. The Classic Edition of the game will feature vehicles driven by the likes of Nigel Mansell in the 1980s and Alain Prost in the 1990s (that same content can be downloaded with the standard edition, if you’re willing to pay for it). You’ll be able to pit these cars against their modern day equivalents on both the current tracks and old favourites like Brands Hatch. With the new classic mode introduced by the legendary Murray Walker, it’s go, go, go! When it’s released in September.
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any people fancy Ian Poulter to be in the hunt for a Claret Jug this weekend, though it might make the chaps at the Royal and Ancient choke on their gin if he made his acceptance speech in any of these outfits. These are some our favourite Poults moments from down the years, but you can find more in Ian Poulter: The Biography of Britain’s Golfing Hero, out now and published by Andre Deutsch (£17.99, amazon.co.uk).
virtual insanity ave you been watching the ribbon of Lycra snaking across the French mountains over the last weeks and thinking: ‘I could do that?’ You’re wrong, of course, but now you can try it out for yourself – with no risk of getting shoved off your bike or covered in urine (unless something goes really wrong). The new and improved ProForm 2013 TDF Centennial is designed to simulate the road racing experience. A combination of iFit Technology, Google Maps and a motorised incline of up to 20 per cent means you can tackle exactly the same ordeals faced by the riders on this year’s Tour. Some of the stages even come with HD video, displayed on the bike’s 7-inch colour screen. The bike is priced at $2,000 in
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the US, and will be coming to the UK soon. Visit proform.com for more. Or you can try out the ProForm bike and get a chance to win one at the Tour de France fan park this weekend. There are also loads of other exhibitors, and a big screen showing the Tour, at Wood Wharf near Canary Wharf. Find out more at tourdefrancefanpark.co.uk For loads more cycling stuff, check out Sport Cycle – a special supplement included with this week’s issue. Introduced by Sir Chris Hoy, it includes advice on nutrition, looking after your bike, and the best rides and sportives across the UK and Europe.
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It is tumbling headlong into the weird twilight world that cycling inhabited for so long: where the sport carries on although everyone knows that a significant proportion of the competitors are cheating. It is an absolute disaster. Ultimately, athletes who ingest a banned substance, in whatever form, have nobody to blame but themselves. In the current era, where testing is so rigorous and the sport needs to be seen to be clean, it is madness to rely on anyone at all, even if they are trusted advisers. Short of having taste testers on hand like medieval kings, the athletes themselves have to ensure that they don’t eat, drink or inject anything that will break the rules. How hard can it be? In the same way, I have zero patience for athletes who somehow contrive to miss drugs tests and then end up with the inevitable disqualification or ban as a result. All you have to do is show up on time. Again: how hard can it be?
So, while it’s pretty devastating for athletics that the list of fastest men of all time is now littered with strikethroughs, the sport has to carry on testing strictly. It has a problem with cheating, so it must leave no stone unturned. And eventually, as with cycling, the public will learn to love the sport again. On the subject of cheating (or not): the case of Stuart Broad. I wish he had walked – it would have set a brilliant example – but I understand why he didn’t. The preamble to the Laws of Cricket states: “Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws but also within the Spirit of the Game. Any action which is seen to abuse this spirit causes injury to the game itself. The major responsibility for ensuring the spirit of fair play rests with the captains.” I can’t really add to that.
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thletics has had a drugs problem for some time. This is hardly news. But when we ﬁnd that sprinters of the calibre of Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell have tested positive, the sport takes more than a backward step.
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o walk or not to walk? Is that really a debate? The barbie has been kicked over because Stuart Broad didn’t walk, but as Ian Healy said: “The only time an Australian walks is if his car runs out of petrol.” And quite right. All within the rules of the game. Not cheating. Unlike former 100m world champion Tyson Gay and former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell, who have both failed drug tests. Powell, it should be noted, claims: “I am not now nor have I ever been - a cheat,” while Gay sort of apologised by shrugging: “I basically put my trust in someone and was let down,” We await the results of the B samples but, regardless, athletics is becoming perilously close to cycling in the pharmaceutical medal table. Darren Campbell is calling for a life ban for cheats, while others are calling for a free-for-all anything goes approach. Which, it has to be said, does have a certain appeal if you think about a starting line of pumped-up, frothing man-monster hybrids, muscles like a bag of walnuts in a condom, all straining at the leash to smash the five-second 100m record. But then, no. Not really the point is it? How about this? We test athletes JUST BEFORE they take part. It may well be beyond me (C in my chemistry O-Level and we didn’t even do biology – which probably explains several things) but it is surely within the realms of current scientific
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practice to test them trackside and get an instant result in the same way, for instance, that a drink-driver can be nailed on the spot. There will obviously be reasons why this cannot be done – as with goal-line technology there is always a reason why something can’t be done until it is (see also: banning smoking in pubs and the French Revolution). But still, here’s how it should happen. After the sample has been taken, the athletes are escorted into custom-built cells like kennels and put under armed guard until the race starts. To be sure none of them are up to anything shifty, and this is obviously a better fit for middle or long-distance races, a man on a Vespa with a blue light on his helmet could follow the runners at a distance and pull over those going above their best time or running in an erratic fashion. Makes perfect sense to me. Next! @billborrows
Plank of the Week David Moyes (somewhere in Asia, probably) After telling talkSPORT he and Wayne are tight, as confidently as a shelf-stacker speaking to the Royal Institute of British Architects, Moyes is playing the tough guy by explaining Rooney might as well get used to the bench. Give it up Moyes. You’re George Lazenby and you know it.
love a bit of Twitter drama. I love the spike in emotional posts as something big happens, and I love the judgements that fly in following the incident itself. When this incident is just about fact – like an offside in football – the interest dies off pretty quickly, because someone either got lucky or they didn’t. However, when it revolves around opinion and not fact, that’s when it really becomes a spectator sport. Stuart Broad’s refusal to walk in last week’s first Test was a cracker, as media storms go. While some defended his actions, he was roundly hammered on every possible spoken, written and social media outlet that folk could find. He was labelled a cheat. From the public, I understand this perspective; from their point of view it’s largely cut and dried. And cricket, a game made so endearing by the traditions it refuses to forget, made his actions seem all the more ungentlemanly. But I struggle to read nasty things about Broad in the press. I tread carefully, as these writers are infinitely more experienced than me and they all know a good deal more about cricket. However, the men (in this case) about whom they are paid to write are written about because they are special. Thousands travel to watch them because they are special. This doesn’t, of course, afford them licence to behave as they please, but it does make them different from your average pub batsman. Rugby, at professional level, has a lot to do with pushing boundaries. This does not mean that blokes cheat intentionally, but it does mean they operate very close to the limits. But why do they do this? Partly, I believe, because they are paid to win: it is the business of winning. But also because these instincts are a large part of how these people become elite. Talent is quite important, but most in elite sport agree that relentlessness and work ethic are more so. Elite sport is ruthless, and cricket – just because they wear white and break for tea – is no different. In my view, Broad wasn’t cheating; he was exercising his right to wait for the umpire’s decision. Call it a loophole, but he was giving himself and his team the best chance of winning. This doesn’t mean manners and integrity have no place at the top level – far from it; in fact, the human side of all sport is vital to its continued appeal both for athletes themselves and the viewing, paying public. But ruthlessness, and pushing every law to its limit, is ultimately a significant part of what makes the top guys so inconceivably good. Whatever sport we watch, we acknowledge the elite are a special breed. I just don’t think we can legitimately regard them as freakish examples of the species but not allow them to express that mindset that ultimately got them there, just in case it offends the casual observer. I don’t condone cheating, but I do think trying to get away with things via extreme ‘use’ of the laws of the game is not only acceptable in elite sport, but inevitable. We all want them to be perfect, but gentlemen finish second. And, when it comes down to it, winning just matters. @davidflatman
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One down, nine to go... If each of the remaining matches in this Ashes double-header go the same way, then those of us whose blood pressure can withstand it will surely never be quite the same again. Here, Englandâ€™s man of the match Jimmy Anderson wheels away after Brad Haddin is given out (on review) for England to win a breathless match at Trent Bridge. A nice rain-affected draw would do us all good now. 14 | July 19 2013 |
hero or villain? Stuart Broadâ€™s will to win has landed him in controversy. As the second Test continues, the England bowler tells us how the Ashes have sharpened his competitive edge k Portraits by James Lincoln
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Stuart Broad t’s a peaceful day at the Oval before the tumult of the first Test, and Stuart Broad leans forward intently and invokes the mystical. He refers, half in jest, to an unseen force he calls ‘Mother Cricket’, but it’s safe to say he has enjoyed the benevolent side of her willow touch so far in this Ashes series. Even if you attribute to the hand of fortune umpire Aleem Dar’s failure to see the ball clearly clunk off Broad’s bat on its way to first slip, what followed on day three of the first Test was all the Englishman’s own doing. Broad’s refusal to walk proved a pivotal moment in the first Test (pictured, below). And, rightly or wrongly, could well become one of the defining moments of his career. It would be far from the first mark the Ashes has made on the 27-year-old. Broad’s path has been shaped by the legendary urn – forged in the fires of one of sport’s greatest rivalries.
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series as a torn stomach muscle ruled him out of the last three Tests. “It’s sort of part and parcel of being a fast bowler,” he says. “One morning I woke up and I was living the dream, playing against Australia in Adelaide, and the next I was flying home with a torn ab. That’s the ups and downs of professional sport, and you just have to deal with them as best you can.”
Standing his ground: Broad controversially declines to walk after incorrectly being given not out by umpire Aleem Dar
Broad admits that a younger version of him might have become frustrated when things weren’t going his way. But, at 27, he has matured. There remains a steely determination behind his blue eyes, but he speaks in measured sentences, carefully weighing each word before he delivers it. Broad has learned to keep his emotions in check since he was fined in 2010 for throwing a ball in anger at Pakistan’s Zulqarnain Haider. Immediately after his astonishing reprieve last Friday, Broad was a pillar of calm amid Antipodean fury. He sauntered down the pitch to chat to his batting partner Ian Bell, a fading look of embarrassment perhaps the only echo of what had just happened, like the transient glow of an edge on the HotSpot camera. In conjunction with England’s team psychologist Mark Bawden, Broad k Download the free Sport iPad app from the Apple Newsstand
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Born in 1986, Broad is too young to remember his father’s Ashes tour of that winter first hand, but Chris Broad’s Man of the Series performances in England’s 2-1 win certainly didn’t go unnoticed for long. “My first memories are probably watching those videos, On Top Down Under I think it was called, when I got to age of four or five,” he tells us, one hand resting protectively on his recently recovered (and soon to be re-injured) shoulder. It’s not his father’s performances that made the biggest mark on Broad’s career, though, as he explains: “My first real memories are a lot of the series in England against Australia. Obviously we were getting beaten a lot of the time – all the time – but I really respected the way the Australians played. They had an exciting way of playing cricket, didn’t they? They scored a lot of runs, and then had a very dangerous spinner and fast bowler. They were just exciting to watch, and they won consistently for 20-odd years.” The Nottingham-born bowler learned his fair share from the Aussies, too, and not just about not walking until given out. He singles out legendary quick Glenn McGrath for special praise – he was a particular influence as Broad developed from a batsman into a bowler after a growth spurt at 17. “As a youngster, you’re influenced by successful teams and successful people, and the Australians were [successful]. I tried to follow people like McGrath. He was a fantastic bowler, and I tried to pick up different bits from him.” The blond bowler hasn’t quite attained the same level of consistency: his career has been defined by explosive spells of brilliance, such as the seven-wicket haul against New Zealand in May, interspersed with periods when he has struggled. “I do seem to have this way of having different spells now and again where I just get on a roll and get wickets,” he shrugs. It was one of these spells during the 2009 Ashes that launched Broad into the cricketing stratosphere. With the final Test at the Oval, and the series, in the balance, he took four wickets in 21 balls to clinch it for England to finish with five for 37. He agrees that it was a pivotal moment in his career. “Performing like that here at the Oval certainly stamped my authority on the side a little bit,” he says, gesturing to the pristine outfield with a long arm and a smile. “People started to believe I could perform at international level. To do it in the biggest Test we’d had for four years, or whatever, was pleasing for me because it meant that I could do it under the greatest of pressures.” “I suppose it’s the same as a football striker,” he explains, when we ask whether he feels like he’s bowling differently when he’s on one of his hot streaks. “Some days you might get a hat-trick, and then you might go five games without a goal. With cricket, it’s a lot on whether they nick it, whether they get caught, whether you get a decision go your way. So it’s a lot to do with Mother Cricket, but as long as you’re doing your thing and getting the ball in the right area consistently enough, everything else will look after itself, really.” His performances in England helped secure Broad’s status as one of the leading lights in England’s dominant bowling attack going into his next Ashes series in the winter of 2010/11. Although his country famously retained the urn for the first time since his father’s side in the late 1980s, Broad didn’t play a full part in the
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Broad’s ashes 1986/87 “I’ve certainly played a lot more against other nations, but of course it’s a major part of an England player’s career – playing an Ashes series. I grew up all through my childhood and the the England players I supported never won an Ashes series. It highlights how important and amazing it is to be involved in a win.”
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England win series 2-1 “My dad obviously gained a lot of experience from that about touring Australia and being successful in high pressure series. He’s very good to have to talk to, and he’s still involved in the game as a match referee, so he knows how it’s changed.”
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England win series 2-1 “I was playing professional cricket, so obviously I was quite busy throughout the days, but I remember watching the highlights. I remember how enthralled people were in watching the cricket, and how nervous I’d get. Certainly the Edgbaston Test stuck out as everyone being very nervous about the result.”
England win series 2-1 “Obviously we had to win that Test match at the Oval to win the series, and we went out and played fantastically well. It was a bit of a swansong for Fred, it was his last Test match, and that’s probably what I remember the series for. Being able to pick up those five wickets in tandem with Swanny at the other end probably kickstarted my career.”
England win series 3-1 “We had six weeks preparation, which was one of the best tours I’ve been on – we played really good cricket in the warm up games and I loved being part of the first two Tests. Then, unfortunately, I managed to rip my ab, so I had to come home. But I still felt like part of the squad.”
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has been working on what he calls ‘warrior mode’ – the right level of controlled aggression to get results, without letting emotion overrun judgement. “It’s something I’ve worked very hard on in the past few years,” he tells us. “You make sure you don’t get too emotional, just enough that you still have enough fire to let the batsman know you have a presence.” It will no doubt prove a useful skill during the remainder of the series. Nicknamed ‘Malfoy’ for his physical resemblance to the Harry Potter scoundrel, Broad has been cast as the villain of the piece. The Australians might feel, given Broad’s transgressions against the spirit of the game, that he is due some divine retribution. If Mother Cricket doesn’t oblige, they’ll have no qualms about dishing it out themselves. He’s been on the receiving end of some controlled Australian aggression already – even before ‘Walkgate’ he’d been forced to sit out much of the Aussies’ first innings after a blow from a bouncer aggravated a shoulder injury. He coped well with that pressure in the first Test, defying the form book to score 65 in the first Test (aided of course by that umpiring howler). It was his first 50 in 24 Test innings, and it’s telling that he is generally no longer referred to as a bowling all-rounder, just a bowler. “Early in my career, my batting average was quite high,” he says. “But that was sort of inflated through no one really knowing any strengths and weaknesses of mine, so I could capitalise on that. It’s always going to even out, and although I’ve had a bit of a tough time in the past year with the bat, I’ve contributed nicely from time to time and I want to do that again.” The fall in batting average is perhaps due in part to a greater focus on his work with the ball, which Broad says has really improved. “I’ve certainly found a good fuller length that I think really suits my bowling,” he tells us. “And 2013 has been a really good year for me. Certainly in the red ball stuff I’ve bowled really well and I feel very confident with where my game’s at. I’m really looking forward to having a good positive influence on the series.”
Characterising Broad’s influence on the first Test as entirely positive is probably a stretch, even for the staunchest trumpetwielding member of the Barmy Army. He is, by all accounts, a positive influence within the dressing room, though. If not for the rough stubble on his chin, he would probably have as much trouble getting served alcohol as Joe Root in a branch of Walkabout. So it’s slightly incongruous to hear the Twenty20 captain talk of mentoring the younger players in the side. “I’ve played 50-odd tests and over 100 one-dayers,” he points out. “But I’ve only just turned 27, so I’m still on that side of things where I feel guys can talk to me. I like to share my experience and give a bit of advice here and there because I’m quite an easy-going guy, and that’s the hardest thing to learn as a youngster: when you have a bad day, not to beat yourself up.” Broad certainly won’t be beating himself up, no matter how bad the abuse gets. He has been called a lot in the past week – you only have to scroll through his Twitter mentions to see the levels of vitriol directed his way. His agent, however, says Broad will be “letting his cricket do the talking” in the wake of the controversy. At the Oval, Broad tells us: “All that matters is the four walls of the changing room. It doesn’t matter what’s written outside of that.” When he takes to the field at Lord’s, millions watching on TV will be willing him to fail. But Broad has overcome such pressure before. The trajectory of his career has been shaped by the Ashes, and he’s thrived in the past with both ball and bat when the heat is on. Whatever you think about him or his actions, one thing is certain: Broad will stand his ground.
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England’s first Test centurion Ian Bell on that Stuart Broad incident and making runs when it counts What was the atmosphere like in the dressing room after the first Test? Did you have a deserved beer, or is it all ice baths and energy drinks these days? “There was definitely half an eye on the match at Lord’s [which began on Thursday], but we always say how hard it is to win Test matches and you should enjoy it. So we certainly had a beer in the dressing room to take in the moment. It was a mixture of excitement and – with the way it ended – a fair bit of relief in there.” It’s been compared with the Edgbaston Test in 2005, which was the tightest by a runs margin in Ashes history. You played in both – did you feel a sense of déjà vu? “I certainly did, 100 per cent. I’m glad we didn’t quite get down to them needing three runs to win, but it had everything you want from a Test. It’s only Ashes cricket that can produce this: we needed four wickets, they needed 100 runs, so you know it’s not going to be a full day’s play – but you turn up on the
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last day and see a full house. A sold-out ground for an hour or two of cricket: that’s unbelievable, and the atmosphere really did remind me of Edgbaston in 2005 [when England survived a last-ditch Australia fightback in the second Test to level the series].” You were batting with Stuart Broad when he was given not-out on that incident on day three. What did he say to you when you met in the middle while Australia were appealing? “Not a lot really, to be honest with you. It all happened so quickly – and, from the angle I was at, it did look to me as if it actually came straight off the keeper’s gloves. When you see it slow-mo’d down and with different TV angles, it is clear then [that Broad hits the ball]. But at full speed from my angle, it just looked like it came straight off Brad Haddin’s gloves. Aleem Dar is one of the best umpires in the world and has been throughout my career, so obviously it’s a shame [for him].”
Matt Prior It was quite an impressive poker face from Broad throughout, though. Should he have walked? “Yeah, I’m pretty sure he must be a good poker player. But as a batsman, I feel you’re entitled to wait for the umpire to make a decision. That’s what the game’s about. It was such a great Test match and there were incidents throughout the game, but hopefully it will be remembered for all the right reasons.” Obviously your century was a key contribution. Is that your most important Test innings? “It’s my best Ashes innings. There’s been a couple of innings in similar situations against other teams, but this was the first Test match of the summer against Australia when we were, I guess, 60-for-four [England had a second-innings lead of 66 when the fourth wicket fell] – so it was obviously a good time
18 England have never lost a match in which Ian Bell has made one of his 18 Test centuries to score a hundred. I’d definitely say, in terms of the moment and the occasion, it was one of my better innings. You’ve always been renowned as a tremendous talent, but in the past people said maybe you scored your runs in comfortable situations, not when the team desperately needed it. Does this innings finally put that idea to bed? “I haven’t really thought about that, to be honest. Maybe that criticism was true in the early stage of my career – I have to hold my hands up and say that I didn’t do it enough at the right time – but I think in
“As a batsman, I feel you’re entitled to wait for the umpire to make a decision”
the past couple of years, I’ve stepped up when the team needed it and that’s very satisfying. As a player, you’re doing it for your teammates and the appreciation you get in the dressing room – and you get that for scoring runs in tight situations. It was great to put an innings together when the team really needed it. Touch wood, hopefully there’s some more to come in the summer.” James Anderson pipped you to the man of the match award. Just how impressive is he? “He’s incredible and has been for a long time now. He’s probably the number one guy that any team would want in their attack, purely because he can swing it when it’s overcast, then if it’s a flat wicket and it’s dry, he gets the ball reverse swinging. He’s got the skills for all conditions now. I’m certainly glad he’s on my team and I don’t have to bat against him.” He came off with cramp on that last day after his 13-over spell. Is there a worry he could get over-bowled this summer? “Obviously we want him fit, and I’m sure Andy Flower and Alastair Cook will be monitoring him. But it comes
down to the Ashes – and we’ve seen it before. I remember Flintoff bowling for long sessions; people are so desperate to do well that they’re more than happy to put themselves on the line. Jimmy leads from the front – and he didn’t want to leave the field with anything left in the tank. He wanted to make sure that we got over the line.” The Lord’s Test will be a day in by the time this comes out. Is it a ground you enjoy playing at? “Definitely. If you ask anyone where the number one place to play in world cricket is, it’s Lord’s. The whole occasion of playing there is special – and when it’s the Ashes, it’s even more so. I remember our first Test match against Australia in 2005 when we started at Lord’s – it’s an incredible feeling to walk through the long room having not done it before, so it will be amazing for some of the younger players in our team. It’s a feeling you don’t get too often and you never forget. This is a special time.” Alex Reid @otheralexreid
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taMing the greatest Hole 9
Muirfield is renowned as one of the finest golf courses in the world. sport looks at the five holes that could play the biggest role in deciding the open chaMpion this weekend David Cannon/Getty Images
559 yards, Par-5 Muirfield's first par-5 comes on the back of a stinker of a par-3, and in theory presents an immediate chance for birdie. But it requires a great drive: ideally down the right with a hint of draw. But that brings its own risk, with fairway bunkers at the landing area. Anything too far left could find a trap too – and they are deep. Avoid those and the green is reachable in two, but beware the bunkers either side. 24 | July 19 2013 |
554 yards Par-5 The second par-5 on the front nine has a new tee, making the hole 45 yards longer than when the Open was last played here in 2002. Out of bounds lurks down the left, though realistically the only time it will be in play will be with the approach, if players are attacking with their second shots. The wind plays a big role on this hole – mostly it’s behind, but if that changes this can be a very difficult par-5.
475 yards Par-4 Not only is this a very long par-4, it’s usually played into the wind. Again, a new tee box has been installed, and this hole is now 30 yards longer. The fairway narrows at around 300 yards – so plenty of players will take 3-wood here to be safe. Anything that misses the green will roll off down banks all around the putting surface, so the tough second shot, with a long iron, will be key.
575 yards Par-5 Muirfield’s two closing holes could see everything change come Sunday afternoon. The 17th is a tough par-5, but should play downwind. It’s a dogleg to the left, and players will try to attack it by cutting off the corner, hopefully giving themselves a reasonable second shot to the green. But a cluster of bunkers lurk in that corner, and landing in any of those would almost certainly rule out a birdie.
470 yards Par-4 One of the best finishing holes in the world. Sir Nick Faldo hit what he described as the greatest 3-iron of his life here in 1992. “I nailed it and literally took the paintwork off the flag,” he said, with no hint of irony. It needs a superb drive to find the fairway, while the green is fiercely protected by bunkers. The most famous of these, the island bunker to the right, has been widened to reduce unplayable lies (they say).
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Talk about your love of Scotland – you won four of your five Opens up there... “It started back in 1975 at my first Open at Carnoustie. I came over with… well, not real high expectations, but with the view I’d like to learn how to play links golf. I’d never played on linksland before, and I didn’t really like it. I didn’t like the bounce of the ball, I didn’t like how luck played such an important part in the game. I played it through the air; didn’t like playing it along the ground. But once I stopped fighting the negative thoughts, it became more enjoyable for me.”
that day. It took him about three minutes to tee up the ball on the first tee. I don’t know if he was just trying to get into my head – he was a very slow player – but I do remember he speeded up a bit around the 11th when I had him by about five shots.”
How highly do you rate Muirfield? “It’s one of my favourite courses in the world, and the reason I like it so much is that it has a variety of directions that the holes play. Many of the courses we play on the Open rota go out in one direction and come back in the other. Muirfield isn’t like that. It goes out clockwise, and comes in anticlockwise, so you play every possible wind direction of that day. It’s a wonderful golf experience.”
“Rory is having a bad stretch right now, but we all have it as we go through the game. He’ll be back”
What do you remember of winning there in 1980? “A special few days. There were a lot of low scores on the Saturday; conditions were soft after a difficult first round when it blew very hard – a hurricane from the east. Both Lee Trevino and I shot 68 that day to pretty much lap the field – the field averaged 78 or 79. That gave us a big lead, but Saturday turned completely around: there was no wind, soft conditions, and Isao Aoki shot 63. I shot a 64 to take the lead and go into the last round with a bit of a cushion. I remember playing with Ken Brown 26 | July 19 2013 |
Who in the modern game is the best links player? “Well Tiger Woods, the best player in the world, and then the rest. Tiger’s the leader of the pack, still, even though he hasn’t dominated quite the way he used to. But he’s won four times this year.
He’s the guy you look for on the leaderboard, just like I always looked for a guy by the name of Jack Nicklaus.” Your rivalry with Jack was one of golf’s defining eras – can the same happen with Tiger and Rory McIlroy? “Well, any era has a top dog, and then there are other dogs snapping at its heels. But Tiger ran away with it – no one was nipping at his heels for a long time. Now, with Rory, the world is nipping at his heels.
Rory is having a bad stretch of golf right now; he’s not playing well, but we all have it as we go through the game. People shouldn’t worry – he’ll be back.” You came agonisingly close at Turnberry four years ago. Do you still look back and relive that 72nd hole and how you might have played it differently? Does it give you sleepless nights? It would us... “Well, only when people like you ask me about it… That last hole I felt I’d hit a perfect second shot, but it just trickled over the green. When the ball was in the air, I felt like it was 1977 all over again; when the ball was in the air in 1977, all I wanted to know was whether it was going to be close or not. I kind of felt the same way, although we had a lot more wind at our back in 2009. When the ball landed, all I could say was: ‘I hope it stops.’ It didn’t.” Finally, we have to ask: what is your favourite Open memory of all time? “It has to be walking off the green and having Jack Nicklaus grabbing me around the neck at Turnberry in 1977 [after the famed Duel in the Sun]. He’d made about a 40-foot putt to force me to make my two-and-a-half footer to beat him by a shot. Walking off the green, Jack said to me: ‘Tom, I gave you my best shot, and it wasn’t good enough. Congratulations.’ That was the time when I really felt that I belonged – that I could play against the best in the world.” Tony Hodson @tonyhodson1
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staying out of trouBle
She recovered heroically to finish fourth, missing out on a medal by just fractions of a second. And, despite that agony the 25-year-old tells us that she looks back on the Games with fondness. “Obviously it wasn’t the result that everybody and myself was expecting, but under those circumstances I am immensely proud of how I handled myself during the race to get back up to fourth, and after the race as well.” she says. The South African-born swimmer is accustomed to leading races from the front – her usual tactic is to stay out of trouble by staying ahead of it. There were reports that she was considering a switch to in-pool events – away from germs, bruises and jellyfish stings. But, after a quiet few months, she’s back in the open water with renewed focus. “If you can’t handle it, you’re doing the wrong sport,” she insists. “It’s all part and parcel of it, it’s why I love open water swimming – you’re not just in the pool swimming up and down: you have so many variables to contend with. I mean, there’s the weather, the currents, the sea-life – things that you can’t really do much about.”
After the Olympics, Payne says her mind was instantly over the disappointment, but it took “two or three weeks” for her body to recover from a race in which she used “every last ounce of energy”. She admits that she wasn’t instantly sure that she wanted to continue for another four-year cycle of 10 training sessions and 70,000 metres of swimming a week. “I was really unsure what I wanted to do,” she explains. “I got married in the middle of September, so I didn’t actually get back in the water until the middle of October, and then I was only doing four or five sessions a week. But I started to really enjoy training again – I just really found love for the sport again, and then I got pre-selected for the World Championships, so I thought: ‘Why not? Let’s give it a go.”
After her wedding, Payne moved to Edinburgh to be with her husband (and former Team GB swimmer) David Carry. As a result, she’s joined a new swimming club, and is working with two new coaches, and she agrees the change of scene has helped. “It’s a year after the Olympics and everybody is kind of doing something slightly different, training slightly differently, and this is the year to make changes.” Payne’s close friend Rebecca Adlington called it a day after London, at just 24 years old. Payne knows there’s a long way to go between now and Rio, and refuses to look that far ahead. “I’m 25 now,” she says. “My career has pretty much spanned the past 15 years, so at the moment I’m just taking it a step at a time." That first step will be her shot at retaining her world crown in Barcelona on Tuesday. Amit Katwala @amitkatwala
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Back in the deep end
can of Coca-Cola might seem an unlikely item for a professional athlete to have in their kit bag, but it’s essential for any open-water swimmer on race day: the drink kills off any germs that might have been ingested during the race. That’s just one of the variables Keri-Anne Payne will have to contend with as she attempts to retain her 10km title at this week’s World Aquatics Championships. Feeding stations are another unique aspect, and will be weighing heavily on Payne’s mind. There is something faintly comical – if you’re not taking part, that is – about the sight of dozens of coaches wielding long poles marked with national flags over the water, each with their athlete’s food secured at the end. It’s this melée of churning water and flailing limbs that cost Payne her shot at an Olympic medal almost a year ago. Battling for the lead heading towards the feeding station, she dropped to eighth as the pack swam away from it as, in her own words, she was: “Swum over, hit in the head and completely disorientated.”
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iding the toughest bike race in the world is one thing. Riding it for the team protecting
the Yellow Jersey is tougher still. Riding it with a fractured pelvis, however, is nigh-on unthinkable. But that is exactly what Geraint Thomas, having crashed in a chaotic opening stage in Corsica nearly three weeks ago, is doing for Team Sky and the current leader of the General Classification, Chris Froome. And yet, when Sport catches up with the 27-year-old on the Tour’s second rest day, he insists he’s getting stronger with every kilometre. How are you coping with the pelvis? It must be agony... “It feels a lot better now than it did. That first week was the hardest I’ve had on the bike, but it’s nice to feel like I’m improving. And it’s nice to finally get stuck into the race and do a job for Froomey and the boys.“ Every sinew must have been screaming at you to stop. “Yeah, but the mental side is definitely the hardest bit. I’ve gradually improved over the Tours I’ve done, and I’ve done a lot of work this year on my climbing and being there on the final climbs for Froomey and Ritchie [Porte]. Then all of a sudden, overnight, it’s back to square one again - where I was in 2007, when I rode the Tour for the first time, just struggling round. It’s been almost like survival mode, really.“ Has it occurred to you that you will go down in Tour history for – hopefully – finishing the race? “Yeah, but I think in a way I was fortunate that I could carry on with the fracture, because obviously we lost
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Edvald [Boasson Hagen] when he fractured his shoulder [in a crash on Stage 12] and it was impossible for him to carry on. In a way, I was lucky that I can continue. And on Twitter, when people are saying they’re in the gym or on their bike, and if I’m riding the Tour with this then they can definitely do whatever they’re doing – it’s nice to hear.“ How was climbing Mont Ventoux? You took on the most famous climb in Tour history in 30 degreeheat, after 230km of racing, with thousands of fans lining the route – and all on Bastille Day… “It was unbelievable. The amount of Welsh and British flags was incredible as well. It’s strange – there’s so much noise but you can always pick out the Welsh or British accents. For sure it was a tough day, but it definitely spurs you on with all those fans, that tunnel of noise, all those nationalities and on such a famous climb. You do the last 15km on a bit of a high, really.“ How do you cope with the constant speculation that Froome and Team Sky must be doping because you’re winning? It must take infinite patience. “Yeah, to be honest, for me – I don’t care [about the speculation]. Chris is the one taking the brunt of that. It’s just funny how, on Stage 8, when Froomey won [and Porte finished second], all of a sudden we’re all cheating. Then after Stage 9, when Chris was isolated [after attacks from Movistar and Saxo-Tinkoff left Froome exposed in the front group], we’re all crap. When you’re at the top, everyone wants to have a dig at you. If it wasn’t us winning and it was somebody else, I’m sure it’d be the same for them. We’re paying for the history of the sport and what’s gone on before, which isn’t nice, and it’s not fair. But that’s the way it is. At the end of the day, we know what we’re doing’s right, and people can say what they want.“ Apparently you were effing and blinding at the rest of the team to egg them on in the Team Time Trial? “Yeah, I was just pumped after the first couple of kilometres to still be there and be able to give a few turns. I was just getting up them and trying to get the most out of everyone. Collectively, as a team, it was good for us to pull together and get through.“ What’s been your lowest point? “The second day, for sure. The first time I was on the bike after crashing was unbelievable: I couldn’t get out of the saddle or even really pedal with my left leg. The first 10km, I was at the back of the group already – it was tough going and I thought I’d struggle to finish in the time limit that day, but I managed to get through, just keep going. And here we are.“ Graham Willgoss @grahamwillgoss Geraint Thomas is working with gourmet yoghurt brand The Collective, makers of mind-blowing yoghurt
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The two-time Olympic track champion on protecting the Maillot Jaune, dealing with doping accusations and taking on the Tour with a fractured pelvis
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Six-time Olympic gold medal-winning cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy brings you his personal guide to endurance nutrition with AskHoy.com When Sport spoke to Hoy recently, we asked him why – with the Commonwealth Games on the horizon and the opportunity to compete in the velodrome that bears his name – he chose to retire from competition at the beginning of the summer. “If I felt as if I could have continued, I would have done,” Hoy explained. “But it’s not a choice. London was really hard. But I got there, and I was successful. “But the four years leading up to it, it was getting harder and harder to maintain that level of output. And I realised that I’d got the best out of myself. And to turn up in Glasgow with anything less than 100 per cent form, you’re not going to be competitive. You simply can’t turn up with anything less than your best.” Hoy spent his entire career focused on getting the best out of himself. Now he wants to help you do the same with his new website: AskHoy.com, through which he aims to provide athletes of all levels with his personal guide to endurance nutrition. Simply log on and provide the knight rider with a few details: your sport, how long you train for and what you want to know. He will quickly come back to you with a tailored film explaining the types of nutrition you should be using before, during and after training or racing – and how to use it.
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Hoy himself not only used SiS products throughout his career, but his degree is in Applied Sports Science and he has worked with SiS for years to help develop and test their range. Hoy is now a brand ambassador for SiS, and together they are keen to share his knowledge to help better endurance athletes of all levels. And Hoy, who will take on a mentoring role for the Scottish track cycling team for the Commonwealth Games, knows a thing or two about taking yourself beyond what you might believe is possible as an athlete. “There’s so many times you have injuries that put a spanner in the works, you have crashes, you lose form; you get beaten,” said Hoy. “But I spent the vast majority of my career going beyond what people thought was the drop-off point in terms of my success.” So whatever your endurance sport – be it cycling, running or triathlon – Hoy and SiS are committed to getting the best nutritional advice to you. And, like Hoy, you won’t turn up with anything less than your best either. Endurance nutrition. Without compromise. | 31
7 Days OUR PICK OF THE ACTION FROM THE SPORTING WEEK AHEAD
JUL 19-JUL 25 HIGHLIGHTS » Boxing: Dereck Chisora v Malik Scott » p34 » Diving: FINA World Championships »p34 » Darts: PDC World Matchplay 2013 » p36 » Rugby League: St Helens v Wigan Warriors » p36 » Athletics: Herculis Diamond League meeting » p37
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SATURDAY > ATHLETICS | IPC ATHLETICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS | STADIUM OF PARILLY, LYON | MORE 4 2.15PM
Golden Brits back in action
Jonnie Peacock (100m T44), Hannah Cockroft
100m final at London 2012. He'll also be aware of the
(100m and 200m T34), Aled Davies (discus and a
sizeable threat from the USA's Richard Browne Jr.
bronze for the shot put F42) and Richard Whitehead
The silver medallist behind Peacock in London,
(200m T42) are among those selected in Britain's
Browne equalled the Brit's record of 10.85s in an
46-strong team for the biennial competition.
able-bodied 100m race in Florida last month, but has
However, all eyes will be on Brazil's Alan Fonteles Oliveira (T43) who became the fastest male leg
already thrown 10.5s out there as a possible time. A double-gold medallist in London and world
amputee in the world when he broke the 100m world
record holder in the T34 100m, 200m, 400m and
record last month. His time of 10.77s is 0.08s faster
800m, wheelchair racer 'Hurricane' Hannah
than Jonnie Peacock's T44 record, and 0.14s quicker
Cockroft is one of Team GB's Paralympic stars and
A week before the Anniversary Games sends us all
than the record set by fellow double-leg amputee
goes to Lyon looking to defend the 100m and 200m
back to the summer of 2012, when Team GB ruled
Oscar Pistorius in 2007.
world titles she won in New Zealand two years ago.
the world (sort of) and small talk with strangers
The latter won't be in Lyon, but the former
China topped this competition's medal table in
on London's Tube became temporarily socially
certainly will be. The T43 and T44 classifications are
2011, taking home 21 gold, 22 silver and 15 bronze
acceptable, the Paralympic stars of 2012 make
often combined in Paralympic competition, so
medals, but they're taking a relatively small team of
their comeback – at the IPC Athletics World
Peacock is looking forward to a rematch against the
24 athletes to Lyon. That will offer Team GB some
Championships in Lyon. Gold medal-winning Brits
athlete who could only finish seventh in the T44
hope of usurping the superpower this time around.
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Dereck Chisora is the latest
to do to me. These American
in the fairly lengthy list of
fighters think they are so great,
but I'll expose Scott and take his
In possession of good boxing
unbeaten record. I'm in the best
fundamentals, a solid chin and
shape of my life and I'm going to
heart, he's been let down in the
smash him to bits.”
past by poor conditioning or his
If he really is in top condition,
fruitcake behaviour outside of
Chisora has the skills to mix it
the ring. However former British
with the best (as he showed in
champ Chisora (below, left) will
pushing Vitali Klitschko the
need to be both physically and
distance last year), but you're
mentally right for Saturday and
never quite sure what you'll get
his crossroads fight against
with Del Boy. All these
Philadelphia's Malik Scott, who
ingredients add up to a tasty,
is unbeaten in 36 fights. The
even-money clash that headlines
tattooed, 32-year-old Scott has
a strong bill. The undercard
had his own fitness troubles in
entertaining fans at Wembley
the past, but cuts a more athletic
Arena or viewers on BoxNation
figure now and is 6ft 4in tall
includes a trio of undefeated
with a handy jab. He's also been
young Brits: classy, Barry
talking big in the build-up,
labelling Chisora a “freak show”.
bantamweight Carl Frampton;
Chisora, not a man easily
2008 Olympian and current
cowed, has responded in lively
British middleweight champ
fashion: "I can't wait for this
Billy Joe Saunders; plus
Scott boy to get in the ring with
London's hard-hitting super-
me and let's see if he backs up
middleweight prospect Frank
what he's been saying he's going
Buglioni. First-rate fisticuffs.
Del aims to spank Yank
Sunday > Diving | FinA WorlD ChAmpionships | pAlAu sAnt JorDi, BArCelonA | British eurosport 8Am
We do love a fairytale here at Sport, and while Rebecca Gallantree and Alicia Blagg's season might not be scripted by whatever pen name JK Rowling is going by this week, the British duo (above, but heading this way) are certainly making waves. Having been paired up after Blagg's original partner Hannah Starling suffered an early season injury, Gallantree and the 16-year-old Blagg took silver in two legs of the World Series before securing bronze at last month's European Championships. Their 3m synchronised springboard preliminaries kick off the week's action in Barcelona on Saturday. If medals prove hard to come by for our heroic duo, the more experienced duo of Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow might be the best bet for glory. They won silver at the Europeans and get their 10m synchro challenge under way on Monday, before each taking to the Tom Daley, meanwhile, has recovered from the tricep injury he suffered in April and will be back on the 10m platform, where World Championship debutant 16-year-old Daniel Goodfellow will be pleased to have Daley's experience to help show him the ropes. Their event doesn't begin until next Saturday, but the men's competition could bring in the medals for GB before then, as Jack Laugher – fresh from winning his first major senior medal in May – takes on the 1m (Saturday) and 3m (Thursday) springboard. There are no guarantees of a fairytale ending to the next nine days, but there's set to be plenty of twists and turns along the way.
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Twin tungsten titans Phil Taylor is the tungsten-clawed Freddy Krueger of the darts world. Just when his arrow-chucking rivals think they've seen the end of him, he digs his nails in and comes back to haunt their nightmares once again. The mercurially gifted 24-year-old Dutchman Michael van Gerwen went into the 2013 World Championship final as odds-on favourite, but wily old Taylor (pictured) gritted it out to take his 14th world crown. 'The Power' did, however, lose 10-8 to van Gerwen in the final of May's Premier League of Darts. This sets the scene deliciously for the World Matchplay – the second most prestigious title on the PDC calendar – which begins this weekend. Of the two favourites, van Gerwen has the more glamorous first-round tie. Taylor, now 52 years young, faces debutant Stuart Kellett, while MvG takes on former world number one Colin Lloyd. 'Jaws' is now at 22 in the PDC Order of Merit, but there are a number of other opening-round clashes that look highly competitive. The 2007 Matchplay winner James Wade takes on three-time world champ John Part, while big guns Mervyn King and Gary Anderson will also slug it out for a place in the last 16. Still, you'd be a brave man to bet against it being one of Taylor or van Gerwen claiming either their 14th or first Matchplay titles in next Sunday's final.
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Saintly struggles On the face of it there should be only one winner
St Helens have been badly hit by injuries, with
when St Helens take on old rivals Wigan Warriors
star hooker James Roby out for the rest of the
in one of rugby league’s greatest derby matches.
regular season with another ankle injury. They are
Saints are currently enduring their worst season
missing a raft of other first choice players too,
ever in Super League.
including hard-hitting forward Sia Soliola.
Having never finished lower than eighth, they
But the abysmal performance against Hull
currently occupy seventh place and are by no
Kingston Rovers in their last home match
means certain of qualifying for the playoffs.
prompted a tough statement by chairman
Wigan, by contrast, top the table and dispatched
Eamonn McManus that galvanised them into
Widnes Vikings 48-4 on Monday to move into the
winning 24-40 at Castleford, with a hat-trick from
semi finals of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup.
After a couple of defeats at the end of June, the
They have had two weeks’ rest since then and,
Warriors are back on track with England wing Josh
in livewire Jonny Lomax, have a potential
Charnley (pictured, ball in hand) claiming a first
match-winner in their ranks. A victory against
half hat-trick in the Widnes match – a game that
Wigan would be like winning the cup for Saints
also saw the return from injury of Sam Tomkins,
fans at the moment, and in the highly-charged
Lee Mossop and Sean O'Loughlin.
atmosphere of Langtree Park, anything is possible.
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FrIday athletics | hercUlis DiaMonD leaGUe MeetinG | loUis ii staDiUM, Monaco | BBc three 7pM
The games go on It was originally billed as a battle between a former world champion and the fastest man in the world this year over 100m: Tyson Gay and Olympic bronze medallist Justin Gatlin. But tonight's Diamond League meeting in Monaco became a one-man – and one-story – show when the news of Gay's positive drugs test broke last weekend. At time of writing, former drugs cheat Gatlin is still just that: a former transgressor. He finished second to Gay at the US National Championships last month but claimed he was suffering with a strained hamstring; if true, his time of 9.89s suggests he'll be tough to beat when fully fit. In Monaco, Gatlin's main threat is now most likely to come from Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre. The 2012 European champion will be the crowd favourite, but with a PB of 9.92s, he'll need to be at the top of his game if he's to challenge the American. British interest in the Principality is provided by Mo Farah, who's running in his first 1,500m race of 2013, Dai Greene in the 400m hurdles and possibly Jessica Ennis-Hill in the 100m hurdles – although that looks less likely after she pulled out of last weekend's British trials with an ankle injury.
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W I N A N ENG LA N D O R S C OT LA N D TEAM ADAM!
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ENglaND v ScotlaND
the fans face off ngland and Scotland players have been preparing to renew their historic rivalry at Wembley Stadium on August 14 – a match you can hear live commentary of on talkSPORT – by designing their own team cars. As team sponsor of both national sides, Vauxhall have given both England and Scotland their own completely customisable Adam to transform into one-off models. Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, Daniel Sturridge, Jill Scott and Sophie Bradley have all put their skills to use on the England Team Adam, while Robert Snodgrass, Barry Bannan and Gary Mackay-Steven have done the same on the Scotland Team Adam. Go to the Vauxhall Football YouTube channel www.youtube.com/ user/vauxhallfootballtv and Facebook page to watch them hard at work. They won’t get to keep their finished products, though, because Vauxhall are giving you, the fans, a chance to own either
the England Team Adam or the Scotland Team Adam. To be in with a chance of winning, send a photo of yourself supporting your team via www.vauxhallfootball.co.uk and keep your eye on Twitter: @VauxhallEngland and @VauxhallScot, for the chance to win exclusive prizes including footballs and signed shirts. Everyone who enters has the chance to be involved with the car’s design, with a selection of photos being added to the main design. By the time of the big match, 10 England winners and 10 Scotland winners will be chosen – each winning two tickets to the game at Wembley. Their photos will be judged by the Senior Women’s teams from both nations with one England and one Scotland fan picked to take part in a penalty shootout at half time of England v Scotland to see who will win their nation’s Adam. Vauxhall supports the best supporters, so back your team to be in with a chance of winning an Adam your team will be proud of.
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o get your hands on a Vauxhall Adam that shows off your England or Scotland football allegiance, simply take a photo of yourself posing in full support mode and head to www.vauxhallfootball.co.uk. Upload your image via the relevant team page and stay tuned to @VauxhallEngland or @VauxhallScot for updates. 10 England winners and 10 Scotland winners will each win a pair of tickets to England v Scotland at Wembley on August 14 and have their photos judged by the Senior Women’s Teams, who will pick two finalists – one England fan and one Scotland fan. At half-time, the two finalists will go head-to-head in a penalty shootout on the hallowed Wembley turf to win their nation’s Adam.
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Extra timE Making the most of your time and money
P46 Pegg has blood on his hands in The World’s End. actually, it’s more like ink
Light up a room Philips Elevation 60-inch television
Earlier this year, Philips released colour-changing light bulbs that you can control with your smartphone. And their mission to make everyone’s living room look like a seedy bar in the Blade Runner universe continues with the Elevation TV, which includes Ambilight technology (that’s the glow you can see behind the screen) for a more immersive experience. As well as being just 13.5mm thin (about half an inch), it can also connect – over wi-fi – with any colour-changing lightbulbs you might have nearby, extended what Philips calls ‘Ambilight’ to the whole room. Plus, the back-lit glow makes the TV appear to float on the wall, which is a positive thing – we guess? £2,800 from autumn 2013
Sony Walkman NWZ-E580
Check out this big-shot fancy Walkman. It thinks it’s so great just because it plays videos as well as MP3s and actually fits in your pocket and doesn’t skip every time your bus goes over a bump. It’s got nothing on our good old-fashioned Walkman: it doesn’t even play cassettes. £TBC | End of July, sony.co.uk 40 | July 19 2013 |
Beats by Dre Powerbeats
All good doctors recommend plenty of exercise, and Dre is no exception. His Powerbeats range is designed for exercise and, as such, will stay put while you’re active. Two speakers provide killer highs and crunching lows, but they also let in ambient noise for safety’s sake. £120 | beatsbydre.com
Being the massive geeks that we are on the gadgets desk, our main motivation for exercising comes from little devices such as the Withings Pulse, which tracks your activity and uploads the data to a smartphone app via Bluetooth. Must dash – we have to make an infographic of our latest workout. £90 | withings.com/en/pulse Download the free Sport iPad app from the Apple Newsstand
HaVE Sun – wiLL TraVEL
Our pick of travel packs you can take on the ﬂight with you: because it’s important to make a good, clean ﬁrst impression on foreign soil
1. Bulldog Face wash, with green tea extract; shave gel, with aloe vera; moisturiser, with vitamin E (all 30ml) £10 | meetthebulldog.com and Boots stores 2. Jack Black Jet Set Supreme Cream shave lather with macadamia nut oil (88ml); Pure Clean facial cleanser with sage leaf (88ml); Double-Duty moisturiser with blue algae extract and sea parsley (SPF20, 44ml) £22 | jacksmalegrooming.com 3. Molton Brown London Edition Fresh Bushkan
Citrus and Re-charge Black Pepper Body Wash (both 100ml); Deep-Clean Mineral Ions Face Wash, Olibanum Aftershave, Ultra Light Bai Ji Hydrator (all 30ml); Protecting Lipsaver (7ml) and Re-charge Black Pepper EDT (5ml) £40 | nivenandjoshua.com 4. VitaMan Travel Pod Face Mud Masque, with clay mud; Face Moisturiser, with plant extracts and Face Scrub £47 | vitamangrooming.co.uk 5. Groomed Tea tree, menthol and peppermint hair and body wash; shave cream, with organic cocoa butter; face wash with aloe vera; and post-shave balm, with menthol and peppermint £5 | ASDA stores 42 | July 19 2013 |
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Win! TickeTs for The GreaT BriTish Beer fesTival Thanks To american PisTachios!
merican Pistachio Growers has partnered with this year’s Great British Beer Festival to host a delicious beer and pistachio tasting session. The session, hosted by beer expert Jane Peyton, will introduce snack fans to the best beer and pistachio combinations. To celebrate the partnership, American Pistachio Growers is offering four Sport readers the chance to win two tickets to the Great British Beer Festival, which takes place from August 13 to 17 at London’s Olympia, along with a month’s supply of pistachio nuts. For a tasty and healthy snack, you can’t go wrong with a handful of American pistachio nuts packed full of goodness. Whether you prefer a fruity, bitter or sweet tasting tipple, there’s a tasty pistachio recipe to complement your favourite brew. From teriyaki & dijon mustard to thyme & garlic, there are lots of tasty ways you can spice up this little green nut. Pistachios are bursting with flavour and nutritious benefits, making them the perfect snack to enjoy with or without a beer.
To enTer, simPly ansWer The folloWinG quesTion Q. How many Grams of Protein are tHere in a 2-ounce servinG of PistacHio nuts? a. 1 Gram B. 8 Grams c. 12 Grams for your chance To Win, jusT TexT ‘nuTs’ your ansWer a, B or c and your name To 81089 to find out more about the health benefits of pistachio nuts and the answer to the above question, visit www.americanpistachios.co.uk, tweet @PistachioPower or visit www.gbbf.org.uk Competition closes Thursday July 25, 2013. A month's supply will include 30 packs of pistachios. Great British Beer Festival admission tickets are not valid during the trade session. Full terms and conditions at sport-magazine.co.uk/competitions
Extra time Charlotte Jackson
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Fabulous Magazine/News Syndication
harlotte Jackson is a busy girl. When she’s not presenting Sky Sports News, she’s learning how to dive (as a contestant in Tom Daley’s Splash), freezing as a presenter of 71 Degrees North or showing oﬀ her sporting knowledge in A League Of Their Own. And now she’s planning to add another string to her bow: Jackson is planning an acting career after a cameo role in Keith Lemon: The Movie. But it’s her sporting knowledge (her brother refers to her as ‘Statto’) that sets apart the girl known to her friends as ‘Action’ Jackson. A former county tennis and lacrosse player, she spends most of her free time on the golf course (Sport can testify you should never play the 20-handicapper for money) and recently completed 100 holes in one day for charity, starting at 4.15am. “It was a killer,” she said, although she escaped with just a blister, as beﬁts someone who trained to be a doctor before opting for a career in TV. But the thing she’s proudest of? Her ﬂy-ﬁshing, 100-year-old grandad. Bless. Charlotte Jackson is represented by ROAR Sport @ROARSport1
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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reignite their bromance to ﬁght oﬀ an alien invasion, meanwhile fans sing The Boss’ praises
It may appear on the surface to be Shaun of the Dead with aliens (so, Marshaun of the Dead... oh, stop groaning), but Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s latest is a subtly diﬀerent yet still gratifying and mirthful aﬀair. Boasting the acting talent of Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Eddie Marsan, the ﬁlm centres on ﬁve former school pals reuniting to head homewards in order to complete a legendary pub crawl. However not only have they grown up (well, most of them) but their home
Slow Focus F*** Buttons
Bristol duo with the naughty title and dab hand with electronica tunes had two songs played loud at the London 2012 opening and closing ceremonies – but they’re clearly pretty ticked oﬀ that the Olympics is over. Third album Slow Focus has a menacing tone – all grinding synths and throbbing drumbeats. It’s kind of darkly, hypnotically superb, mind. Out Monday 46 | July 19 2013 |
town seems eerily diﬀerent. Soon, the middle-aged beer-swillers are battling oﬀ blue-blooded robo-aliens in ﬁght scenes imaginatively handled by director Edgar Wright. Primarily a sci-ﬁ comedy, The World’s End also acts as a piercingly accurate look at nostalgia – and how it can be both potent and fairly pathetic (particularly through the vessel of Pegg’s ageing jack-the-lad, Gary “the once and future” King). Soak in the poignancy, in between the apocalyptic belly laughs. Out today
The Newsroom Season One
Aaron ‘The West Wing’ Sorkin’s HBO drama about a news anchor who gets into hot water with a surprise outburst of truth got a mixed critical reaction. However it bristles with energy and ideas, while Jeﬀ Daniels radiates a hangdog charisma in the lead role. With season two opening to positive reviews, this is the ideal time to catch up on round one. Out Monday
Springsteen & I
They call him ‘The Boss’: not because he approves expenses, but because he’s spent over 40 years entertaining devotees with ﬁery renditions of his blue-collar anthems. This Ridley Scottproduced documentary, packed with live footage and fans’ views on Bruce Springsteen, makes for an intimate, insightful and stirring tribute to a rock icon. Out Monday
Ostland David Thomas
This ambitious novel about a brilliant detective in wartime Berlin who becomes a mass murderer makes for a delightful romcom – or, rather, a chilling but intriguing thriller. Based on the true story of Georg Hauser, who hunted down a serial killer but was eventually prosecuted as a war criminal, David Thomas has crafted a riveting read. Out now
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Jo Lopez, Frank Ashberg
The World’s End
A Hollywood remake is in the works for this stylish crime ﬂick – but as the originals always rule (and the US version is set to star Zac Efron), you should catch the Swedish version pronto. Easy Money interweaves the story of three men connected to the underworld: social climber JW, who’s leading a double life, wooing Stockholm’s elite; on-therun convict Jorge; plus Mrado, a maﬁa enforcer, ﬁercely protective of his daughter. As these three outsiders meet and their plans entwine, the double-crosses mount up – but to director Daniel Espinosa’s credit, the ﬁlm retains its clarity even as the action gets more frenetic. No easy task at all. Out today
Best Dad in the World? You will be with the new Fiat 500L Trekking. Arm your kids with the perfect playground verbal ammunition when you scoop them and all their mates up. This 5-seater cruiser has a range of features including beefy 17" diamond-ﬁnished alloy wheels with bold arches, tinted windows, City Brake Control, plus Traction+ for when the great British summer goes south. Dad 1. The Rest 0. End of.
fiat.co.uk Fiat, the car brand with the lowest average CO2 emissions in Europe^. Fuel consumption figures for the Fiat 500L Trekking range in mpg (l/100km): Urban 33.6 (8.4) – 60.1 (4.7); Extra Urban 53.3 (5.3) – 74.3 (3.8); Combined 44.1 (6.4) – 67.3 (4.2). CO2 emissions 149 – 109 g/km. Fuel consumption and CO2 figures based on standard EU tests for comparative purposes and may not reflect real driving results.^Source: JATO Dynamics. Based on volume-weighted average CO2 emissions (g/km) of the best selling brands in Europe, full year 2012.
Published on Jul 17, 2013
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