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Denny Solomona has been reassured by Eddie Jones he remains firmly on England’s radar despite the late-night drinking session that led to the Sale wing and Leicester’s Manu Tuilagi being sent home early from a training camp last month. The England coach has kept in touch with the penitent 23-year-old who insists the incident was a one-off. Solomona, whose dramatic last-gasp try earned England victory on his Test debut in Argentina in June, has even chosen to become a vegan as he seeks to persuade Jones to give him a second chance after his summer indiscretion. “We speak quite often and chat,” said Solomona, who has scored 11 tries in only 15 appearances for Sale after switching codes last season. “He’s a coach but he’s a mentor as well. He’s just said: ‘Knuckle Adidas Authentic Adrian Amos Womens Jerseydown, train hard and play well’ and that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to let my rugby do the talking and go from there.” Competition for wing places in the England squad is intensifying, with Elliot Daly, Anthony Watson and Jack Nowell all featuring for the Lions in their drawn Test series against New Zealand, but Solomona plans to make an instant impact in Sale’s opening Premiership game at Wasps on Saturday having scored a hat-trick of tries against the same opponents last February. Manu Tuilagi’s England return in doubt after drunken night out at camp Read more “That’s what I’m hoping for … to continue the form I had last season,” he said. “Wasps have a lot of class and plenty of English squad players. There’d be nothing better than coming off what’s happened and showing what I can do.” Sale remain fully supportive of Solomona, who stood in front of his club-mates to apologise for the headlines generated by his night out with Tuilagi. “I told them it was a person I put away a long time ago,” said the former Castleford winger. “I told them it was a mistake which has proven costly but I now know what to do. It was definitely out of character, I’m not like that. One slip-up costs you a cap but I can’t dwell on the past. All I can do is get on with it and focus on my team here at Sale.” Steve Diamond also suspects Jones will forgive Solomona as long as the player learns from the experience. “People need a clear directive, particularly young lads,” the Sale director of rugby said. “If it was clear then he’s dropped a bollock; if it wasn’t then he won’t drop the same bollock again. Denny is a massively committed lad. Nobody else is to blame, he’s not been led astray. He’s made an error and he’s paid for it. He apologised to the squad for putting the club’s name, as he thought, in jeopardy. But he hasn’t. It’s one of those things, as Eddie knows. You’ve http://www.authenticcoloradoavalanche.com/authentic-semyon-varlamov-jersey got to give young lads a bit of rope.” In a bid to catch Jones’s eye Solomona has been working hard in the gym and will start the season 5kg heavier. He wants to make himself even tougher to stop – “in my position you only get three or four opportunities and you need to make them count” – while giving up meat and fish in favour of a vegan diet is already paying dividends. “I feel a lot better for it,” he said. “It’s more for health reasons, it’s not saving animals or anything.” The next England training squad is named on 22 September and Solomona remains confident he can challenge Daly, Watson and Nowell. “They’ve got a lot of experience and played a lot of Test match rugby. That’s what I want to do and what I want to become. It’s going to be healthy competition and that can only be good for EnglandWest Indies’ remarkable series-squaring victory at Headingley has not deterred England from promptly naming the same 13-man squad for the third and final Test, despite the week-long wait until it begins. Tom Westley, who averages 20 in four Tests at No3, has been handed a final chance to stake a claim for an Ashes berth. Toby Roland-Jones and Mason Crane, the two unused players at Headingley, are also retained, although the delicate state of the series after West Indies’ five-wicket victory would appear to make a debut for the 20-year-old leg-spinner less likely, even if England Adidas Keith Yandle Womens Jersey are keen to learn of his readiness for the tour of Australia. Shai Hope comes of age with historic double act in West Indies win Read more Hampshire’s Crane is one of three England squad members, along with Warwickshire’s Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad of Nottinghamshire, who have been made available to play in Saturday’s T20 Finals Day. One man who will be at Lord’s for the final Test on 7 September but not on the Ashes tour is the England bowling coach, Ottis Gibson, who has been named as Russell Domingo’s successor as the coach of South Africa. “He is an ambitious man and when this opportunity presented itself it was difficult for him to turn it down,” said Andrew Strauss, the England director of cricket. The 48-year-old Gibson, whose appointment by South Africa had been anticipated, rejoined England in 2015 after holding the position from 2007-10 before he left to coach West Indies. “Ottis has played a vital role in our progress over the past few years,” said Trevor Bayliss, the England coach. “His knowledge of the international game and the way he has supported all our bowlers in their development has been immeasurable.” Bangladesh http://www.authenticfloridapanthers.com/authentic-nick-bjugstad-jersey claim historic Test victory as Australia capitulate Read more Gibson, who was praised by Broad after he became England’s second-highest Test wicket-taker, will be a tough act to follow. Among those in the frame to succeed him are the former England bowlers Richard Johnson (Middlesex’s bowling coach) and Chris Silverwood (the Essex coach) while there is an outside chance of a player-coach role for Jimmy Anderson as he nears 500 Test wickets. Jason Gillespie, who came close to securing Bayliss’s job in 2015 when the coach of Yorkshire, will not be applying
A staggering win for Sussex, a day of rain at Kent and positions of strength for Nottinghamshire and Worcestershire: the race for Division Two’s two promotion spots is bubbling beautifully, and this was a seismic day of action. Sussex’s was an extraordinary win, against Glamorgan – who picked a green team as their big names rested up for T20 Finals Day. Chris Jordan docked the tail to finish with five for 46 as Glamorgan made 182 at their Colwyn Bay ground. Sussex’s pursuit of 209 got off to the worst possible start as Lukas Carey had Luke Wells caught behind first ball and soon enough they were 10 for two. Stiaan van Zyl and Chris Nash rebuilt, before Andrew Salter Sean Doolittle Jersey dismissed Van Zyl (lbw) and Luke Wright (stumped) with successive deliveries to leave Sussex 100 for four. West Indian cricket, declared dead after the rout at Edgbaston 10 days ago, is alive again after the Headingley Test. They beat England by five wickets with 28 balls to spare in a thrilling match that gave a fillip to Test cricket after a string of one-sided matches. They made 322 to win, thanks in large part to a brilliant 118 not out from Shai Hope. It was West Indies’ first Test victory in England since 2000 and it means the series is level, one-all with a third match to come at Lord’s. Whatever happens there it will be a long while before anyone dreams of writing off this West Indian team again. And all that background chatter about cutting Test matches down from five days to four might die down too. The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian's sport coverage Read more Joe Root, then, became the fourth England captain to lose a Test after declaring in the third innings. He had made a strikingly bold decision when he set West Indies 322 to win by calling in Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad so that his bowlers could have six overs at the West Indian batsmen on Monday night. “In hindsight it’s easy to say that the declaration might not have been timed right,” Root admitted, “but I thought last night it was the positive thing to do. We’re a side that wants to go out there and win Test matches and we wanted to put ourselves in a position to do that.” He said that he would stick with those same attacking instincts next time he was in a similar position. “It was a fifth-day wicket,” Root said. “Maybe we slightly misread it but I felt we had the opportunity to win.” He also defended his aggressive field placings during much of the final day, when he kept his slips in place as West Indies closed in on the target. “There was a temptation to be more defensive,” the England captain said, but “I felt that the best chance of slowing things down was to take wickets. It would have been easy to go to a seven-two field and try and go at two runs an over but I wanted to take the positive route.” Root felt http://www.officialathleticshop.com/authentic-54-sonny-gray-jersey.html England’s bigger mistakes were made on the first two days, when they were bowled out for 258 after they won the toss and batted first, then conceded 427. “Being brutally honest, on the first two days we weren’t as good as we can be,” the captain said. “We weren’t good enough first up with the bat. Any time you don’t make 300 when you bat first having won the toss you should be disappointed.” The fact the game had been so entertaining was precious little consolation. “I’m sure it was a great Test match for everyone watching but it wasn’t great to be involved with on the losing side.” West Indies were elated but not entirely surprised by what they had achieved. “We had a really good team meeting after Edgbaston and I could see most of the guys understood a lot more about what was required of them,” Jason Holder, the captain, said. Their coach, Stuart Law, challenged them before the series to “make their own history”. And now they have The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian's sport coverage Read more Nash, who made 68, and Ben Brown put on 55 before both fell as Sussex lost four wickets for five runs. Suddenly they were eight down, needing 49 to win. Fortunately Ollie Robinson – playing his first match of the season and having already taken seven wickets – smote 41 from 37 balls to seal a one-wicket win, even finishing http://www.officialcardinalsbaseball.com/authentic-15-tim-mccarver-jersey.html the job with a six. Nottinghamshire, the leaders, require six Northamptonshire wickets on the final day at Trent Bridge. When Riki Wessels fell for a blistering 88-ball 116 Notts declared on 344 for nine, setting Northants (who are not totally out of the race themselves) 417 to win. By stumps they were 167 for four, with two of those wickets falling in a single Jake Ball over. Worcestershire will hope to make the most of Ravichandran Ashwin’s presence at New Road as they seek eight Gloucestershire wickets. Ashwin picked up two wickets and Joe Leach one late on day three to leave Gloucestershire on 55 for three and chasing 401. That target had been set up by a century for Daryl Mitchell, his fifth in the Championship this summer. Durham were met with resistance when they enforced the follow-on against Derbyshire, but are well placed for a third win of the season. Without Paul Coughlin (who is interesting Hampshire as well as Notts and Warwickshire), missing with a side strain, Durham reduced Derbyshire to 305 for six, still trailing by 11. Luis Reece made his second century of the summer before falling to Keaton Jennings. Advertisement All this Trevor Rosenthal Youth Jersey made it a very bad time for Kent to lose a day against Leicestershire (could we see a contrivance there?) to the ruinous southern downpour. At The Oval, too, there was no play, while only 13 overs were possible at Chelmsford. Essex extended their lead over Somerset to 153 with Adam Wheater making a half-century, and Nick Browne becoming the fourth wicket to fall. He made 83 before being bowled by Tim Groenewald. The only substantial Division One action came at Old Trafford. Liam Livingstone was finally out for 224 (a career-best that takes his average to 52) as Lancashire declared 304 in front on first innings. By stumps, the cellar dwellers Warwickshire were 29 behind, and six down, thanks to an unbeaten 76 from Tim Ambrose. There were two wickets each for Ryan McLaren and the 20-year-old leg-spinner Matt Parkinson, and Lancashire have a golden opportunity to close the gap (36 points going into this round) on Essex, who visit Old Trafford next week
A staggering win for Sussex, a day of rain at Kent and positions of strength for Nottinghamshire and Worcestershire: the race for Division Two’s two promotion spots is bubbling beautifully, and this was a seismic day of action. Sussex’s was an extraordinary win, against Glamorgan – who picked a green team as their big names rested up for T20 Finals Day. Chris Jordan docked the tail to finish with five for 46 as Glamorgan made 182 at their Colwyn Bay Joe Namath Authentic Jersey ground. Sussex’s pursuit of 209 got off to the worst possible start as Lukas Carey had Luke Wells caught behind first ball and soon enough they were 10 for two. Stiaan van Zyl and Chris Nash rebuilt, before Andrew Salter dismissed Van Zyl (lbw) and Luke Wright (stumped) with successive deliveries to leave Sussex 100 for four. The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian's sport coverage Read more Nash, who made 68, and Ben Brown put on 55 before both fell as Sussex lost four wickets for five runs. Suddenly they were eight down, needing 49 to win. Fortunately Ollie Robinson – playing his first match of the season and having already taken seven wickets – smote 41 from 37 balls to seal a one-wicket win, even finishing the job with a six. Nottinghamshire, the leaders, require six Northamptonshire wickets on the final day at Trent Bridge. When Riki Wessels fell for a blistering 88-ball 116 Notts declared on 344 for nine, setting Northants (who are not totally out of the race themselves) 417 to win. By stumps they were 167 for four, with two of those wickets falling in a single Jake Ball over. Worcestershire will hope to make the most of Ravichandran Ashwin’s presence at New Road as they seek eight Gloucestershire wickets. Ashwin picked up two wickets and Joe Leach one late on day three to leave Gloucestershire on 55 for three and chasing 401. That target had been set up by a century for Daryl Mitchell, his fifth in the Championship this summer. Durham were met with resistance when they enforced the follow-on against Derbyshire, but are well placed for a third win of the season. Without Paul Coughlin (who is interesting Hampshire as well as Notts and Warwickshire), missing with a side strain, Durham reduced Derbyshire to 305 for six, still trailing by 11. Luis Reece made his second century of the summer before falling http://www.authenticflyerstore.com/authentic-32-mark-streit-jersey.html to Keaton Jennings. Advertisement All this made it a very bad time for Kent to lose a day against Leicestershire (could we see a contrivance there?) to the ruinous southern downpour. At The Oval, too, there was no play, while only 13 overs were possible at Chelmsford. Essex extended their lead over Somerset to 153 with Adam Wheater making a half-century, and Nick Browne becoming the fourth wicket to fall. He made 83 before being bowled by Tim Groenewald. The only substantial Division One action came at Old Trafford. Liam Livingstone was finally out for 224 (a career-best that takes his average to 52) as Lancashire declared 304 in front on first innings. By stumps, the cellar dwellers Warwickshire were 29 behind, and six down, thanks to an unbeaten 76 from Tim Ambrose. There were two wickets each for Ryan McLaren and the 20-year-old leg-spinner Matt Parkinson, and Lancashire have a golden opportunity to close the gap (36 points going into this round) on Essex, who visit Old Trafford next weekIt was only going to take one. As an overnight consensus, it was proven spot on. As soon as Bangladesh saw the back of century-maker David Warner and then captain Steve Smith they crashed and bashed through a brittle Australian middle order, recording a famous first Test victory in Matt Wieters Womens Jersey contests between the sides. The locals responded accordingly, both on and off the field. It was only fitting that a riveting four-day contest had a twist in the final stanza, with power-hitting from Pat Cummins taking the tourists to within 21 runs of triumph themselves, but the hosts held their nerve when it mattered most. Matchwinner Shakib Al Hasan’s five wicket bag – in an unchanged spell on the fourth day – gave him 10 for the match, alongside a vital first-innings 84 with the bat, reinforcing his status as the world’s top ranked all-rounder. Bangladesh beat Australia on day four of first Test – as it happened Over-by-over report: Bangladesh claimed their first Test victory over Australia after the tourists’ batting lineup collapsed on day four Read more It doesn’t take a lot of digging to find examples of similar Asian collapses from the Australian side, as recently as the first innings here, for one. Bangalore in February is another, where six wickets were lost for 12 runs to surrender their most recent fourth-innings chase. Today, the damage was a 41-6 turn at the point Bangladesh looked all-but finished with the runs they were defending disappearing fast. To that point, Warner and Smith had been playing a fourth-innings blinder after coming together at 28-2 in need of 265 http://www.officialpadrestore.com/Wil_Myers_Jersey in the most sporting conditions against a trio of finger spinners turning it square on command. Along the way, Warner raised his 19th Test century. It was one of his best, considering the pitch and the context of his dismal record in Asia, exacerbated again by an unflattering first innings demise. The 83 strike-rate he collected his 112 runs transferred the pressure back on the hosts, deploying more defensive fields by the over. They were rattled.
Chris Froome took a commanding lead at the Vuelta on Wednesdayas the four-times Tour de France winner finished second on the 187.5km route from Lorca to Observatorio de Calar Alto, won by Colombia’s Miguel ángel López. Froome’s second-placed finish, 14 seconds behind López, was accompanied by six bonus seconds and time gains over many of his rivals as his overall advantage grew to one minute 19 seconds. Froome is seeking to become only the third person to win the Tour-Vuelta double in the same year and the first since 1978. The Tour of Spain was moved from April to its present post-Tour position in 1995. Froome had held a 36-second lead over Colombia’s Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) entering the 11th stage of the race, which finishes in Madrid on 10 September. The mountainous route offered an opportunity for Froome’s rivals to claw back some time but the Briton proved strong once again. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) accelerated on the final ascent but Froome bridged the gap. López surged and Froome, aware the Astana rider is not an overall threat, was content to allow him to push on for the stage win. Nibali, who won La Vuelta in 2010, was then beaten to the line by Froome as the Italian finished third to gain four bonus seconds. Holland’s Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) was fourth, also 14secs behind but without any bonus time. Chaves finished 17th on the stage, 2min 05sec behind López to fall 2:33 behind Froome overall. He dropped to third overall behind Nibali. Ireland’s Nicolas Roche (BMC Racing) had begun the day in third, 36sec behind, but finished 4:17 behind López on the stage to fall to 11th overall, 4:45 adrift, which in effect ends his podium hopes. Advertisement Meanwhile, Team Sky have unveiled a strong six-man squad for the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, led by Geraint Thomas and Michal Kwiatkowski. Thomas and his fellow Welshman Owain Doull were announced in the Team Sky squad last week for the race which begins in Edinburgh on Sunday and finishes in their native Cardiff a week later. Poland’s Kwiatkowski, the 2014 world road race champion, and Belarus’s Vasil Kiryienka, the 2015 world time-trial champion, will also ride for the British team before the Road World Championship in Bergen, Norway towards the end of next month. Italy’s Elia Viviani, the Olympic omnium champion on the track, is http://www.authenticducksstore.com/mike-santorelli-jersey_c-432.html the team’s sprinter and Londoner Tao Geoghegan Hart, who is enjoying a strong first year at Team Sky. Thomas won the opening time-trial of the Tour de France on 1 July to take the race leader’s yellow jersey for the first time in his career. It was a welcome response after the 31-year-old had been forced to abandon May’s Giro d’Italia following a crash, but then Thomas had to quit the Tour with a fractured collarbone. Thomas won two Olympic team pursuit gold medals in 2008 and 2012 and Doull was part of the victorious British team in Rio in 2016. Thomas, racing in the Tour of Britain for the first time since 2011, said: “The support from the British fans is always fantastic and it’s going to be great to race at home. We’ve got a strong squad coming and I’m really looking forward to it. “Coming back to Cardiff is going to be special and it’s something the Welsh guys have been talking about since the route was announced. I’m sure the fans will do us proudEnter Shakib. Enticing Warner to pull off the front foot, some variable bounce was enough to trap the opener and halted his stand with Smith at 130. They had their breakthrough, at last, with 107 runs still Authentic Chris Kaman Womens Jersey to play with. Four overs later they had the captain as well, edging when attempting to cut a fraction too close a delivery that bounced a fraction too much. Game on. Advertisement Peter Handscomb, too smart by half, gifted a catch to slip off third spinner Taijul Islam, who became an awful lot more than that as the day wore on. It was Shakib’s turn again when Wade came and went, the wicketkeeper’s disastrous match complete when missing on the inside edge in a fashion so familiar in Asia. Heading into lunch, Ashton Agar was Taijul’s second, returning a catch, misfiring with his first shot of note. To the interval, hopes rested with Glenn Maxwell who surveyed much of the damage from the other end while looking altogether competent, especially in defence. In a tough moment to watch for fans of the Victorian, he made room for himself by backing away to the legside to the first ball of the fresh session, but his off-stump was clipped when the Shakib’s straighter one didn’t bounce. But that’s no excuse; variable bounce was the norm all day, and it had to be accounted for. Joining Cummins with 66 to get and two wickets left, Nathan Lyon swept and swept until he missed. After his nine wickets, he isn’t where the blame lies. Instead, credit to Mushfiqur Rahim, who brought back 19-year-old wunderkind off-spinner Mehedi Hasan just at the point where Taijul was taking some tap. The 29 runs tallied for that ninth wicket did put Australia vaguely within striking distance. At least that was the case when Cummings went on to take 15 from Mehedi’s next over, including two massive sixes over http://www.officialblazershop.com/authentic-22-clyde-drexler-jersey.html square leg. Suddenly, it was 20 to get. But Shakib’s timely maiden put the injured Josh Hazlewood at the business end for the start of a new over. Taijul was brought back for it, needing only five balls to hit the No11 plum in front. Game over. But what a game. For Bangladesh’s part, they have defeated England and Australia in consecutive Tests at Dhaka – the first time for both occurrences. Their home of cricket is quickly becoming a fortress. Squaring an away series with Sri Lanka between times means they are a team that can never be underestimated again. Meanwhile, Australia’s Asian problem persists. Over the last 10 years, they have won two of 23 matches on the subcontinent. For all the progress made in India earlier in the year, this constitutes a significant setback. They have four days turn it around, the second and final Test of the series starting in Chittagong on Monday
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Serge Aurier given Home Office clearance to sign for Tottenham Read more Pep Guardiola worked with Sánchez at Barcelona during the 2011-12 season and he has made it plain to the City hierarchy that he wants a reunion with him. They are keen to oblige. Raheem Sterling, the City forward, was mentioned on Tuesday as a possible makeweight in the deal but that will not happen. Sánchez is in Chile, preparing for his country’s World Cup qualifier against Paraguay on Thursday night. Wenger has agreed to let Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain join Liverpool for £40m while he will try to move out Lucas Pérez and Joel Campbell on deadline day. The latter does not want another loan but he might have to accept such a move. Shkodran Mustafi is set to stay at Arsenal, after talks over a possible move to Internazionale broke down. 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Oxlade-Chamberlain believes he has a better chance of a regular starting role in central midfield at Anfield and that it could lead to him playing for England in his preferred position. Southgate is not so wedded to the new policy that it means there will never be occasions when injuries and availability lead him to bending his own rules, one example being Luke Shaw’s call-up for the Germany friendly in March at a time when he was struggling to get a look-in at Manchester United. However, Southgate’s message to the players has been clear, saying they need to be involved regularly in the Premier League if they want to go to the World Cup with England next summer and that he does not intend to include players who are not prominently involved for their clubs. His team could guarantee their participation in Russia if they win their next two games and his squad for the qualifiers in Malta on Friday, followed by Slovakia’s visit to Wembley on Monday, reflects the manager’s thinking. That policy has already had repercussions for Wayne Rooney’s international career and differs greatly from Roy Hodgson’s stance when it became the norm for England to feature players who had been reduced to a fringe role at their clubs. Of Southgate’s initial 28-man party, Chris Smalling of Manchester United is the only player who has not started a Premier League fixture so far this season. Smalling http://www.nflbengalsofficialshop.com/Nike-Carlos-Dunlap-Jersey.html was made available for transfer at Old Trafford during the summer, and though a move never materialised, his club situation will duly influence Southgate’s thinking at a time when Phil Jones has re?established himself in the centre of José Mourinho’s defence. Jones has started all three of United’s league fixtures and is more likely to start against Slovakia, the team second in Group F, in the qualifying fixture that could present England with the opportunity to confirm their place in the World Cup with two games to spare. England need to win both their games while hoping Slovakia do not beat Slovenia on Friday
there was a lighter side to a week in which doping dominated the sports headlines, it came in the discovery of O-desmethyltramadol in a sample taken from a horse called Wotadoll. Sitting in judgment, the British Horseracing Authority’s disciplinary committee accepted the explanation that the metabolite of the opioid tramadol – detected after the three-year-old bay filly finished unplaced at Wolverhampton – could be sourced to the urine of a groom who peed in the horse’s box after taking the medication for pain relief. Boos ring out at Justin Gatlin’s moved 100m medal ceremony Read more The Racing Post called it “an embarrassing leak” but peeing in a horse’s straw is apparently a common practice among Britain’s incontinent stable lads when they are supposed to be mucking out. The horse’s trainer, Dean Ivory, was fined £750. Later he announced his staff will be reminded of the proximity of the toilet block and, just to be on the safe side, encouraged to wear gloves. There was also a four-legged animal involved in the announcement of Alberto Contador’s retirement: the creature from which, according to the multiple winner of cycling’s grand tours, a piece of meat had been taken and carried from Spain by a friend to provide him with a Pat Elflein Authentic Jersey nourishing steak dinner during the 2010 Tour de France. Contador’s explanation of the clenbuterol found by drug testers failed to avert a two-year suspension and an expunged third victory in the world’s biggest bike race. Some admirers of his attacking style wanted to give the Spaniard the benefit of the doubt but his departure will sever another link with the era of Operación Puerto. We ought to be beyond the stage of giggling at claims of cocaine traces picked up by a tennis player through kissing a girl in a Miami nightclub (Richard Gasquet in 2009, who was cleared of all charges by the court of arbitration for sport) or too much sex on his wife’s birthday producing an unnaturally elevated level of testosterone in a sprinter (Dennis Mitchell in 1998). It was certainly easier to keep a straight face while reading about the two-month suspension handed this week to Sara Errani, formerly the world’s No5 female tennis player. A test had revealed traces of letrozole, a drug used to treat her mother’s breast cancer and apparently picked up from a kitchen work surface. But neither laughter nor compassion seemed an appropriate response to the soap opera of the men’s 100m final in the world championships last weekend, when the “two-time drugs cheat” Justin Gatlin helped deprive Usain Bolt of a golden farewell to the event in which the Jamaican is a triple Olympic champion. That is because there is no appropriate single response. Gatlin’s case is an awkward one, exposing the layers of moral complexity that can defeat the human urge to make a clean separation between right and wrongGatlin’s first offence, at the age of 19, was for traces of amphetamine, said to have been given to him since childhood as part of a treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Non-medical people might be surprised to find amphetamine used as a remedy for ADHD but that is apparently the reality of it and the authorities reinstated him halfway through a two-year suspension, while warning that any further offence http://www.minnesotavikingsauthorizedstore.com/paul-krause-jersey-elite would trigger a life ban. But by the time he was pinged for testosterone in 2006, while being coached by the notorious Trevor Graham, the rules had changed and he was given an eight-year ban which his lawyers succeeded in getting halved on appeal. So now we have Bolt retiring when clearly past his best at 30 and Gatlin – who is currently coached by none other than Mitchell – running faster than anyone at 35. An hour or so before Gatlin celebrated his victory by raising an admonitory finger to his lips in response to the London crowd’s boos, Almaz Ayana had surged away from her rivals with a solo attack a mere 4km into the women’s 10,000m final. The Ethiopian ran the next 3km at a speed that would have won all but one of the women’s 3,000m races run throughout the world this year. The last 3km were barely any slower. To anyone not taking that into consideration it was a beautiful sight – like watching Michael Johnson in Atlanta in 1996, for instance. Such unanswerable dominance always takes the breath away until, as with Ayana, one is reminded of what it may mean. Those who had read Martha Kelner’s investigation into drug Men Jersey testing in Ethiopian athletics – or rather the inefficiency of it – in these pages that very morning may have been rather less starry-eyed. They may even have wondered if this was a clear demonstration of the old maxim that, if something looks too good to be true, it almost certainly is. Ayana, of course, has previously declared herself “crystal clear” when answering inevitable questions in post-race press conferences. Only Jesus and training, she said, were responsible for her success. Icarus film finds more than Greek tragedy in Russia doping scandal Sean Ingle Sean Ingle Read more And then there is Icarus, the documentary about the Russian government’s involvement in doping made available on Netflix and given a limited cinema release in this of all weeks. Bryan Fogel’s two-hour film starts small, with an experiment to see if he can improve his own performance as a competitive amateur cyclist through following the full Lance Armstrong menu of performance-enhancing drugs. But his encounter with Grigory Rodchenkov, who ran Russia’s anti-doping lab while simultaneously helping the country’s athletes to give it the swerve, leads him down another path, one that exposes the biggest state-run PED programme since the Berlin Wall came down. The film traces a line from Rodchenkov and his colleagues http://www.officialwinnipegjets.com/T-Shirtsthrough Vitaly Mutko, then the country’s sports minister and now its deputy prime minister, all the way to Vladimir Putin, who has used sport to help build his image as the embodiment of a newly virile Russia. The all-shootin’, all-fishin’, all-ridin’ Putin flashes his pecs at the world to emphasise that dominance – whether of an Olympic podium or in the annexation of neighbouring territory – is his nation’s natural and rightful characteristic. The fact that Rodchenkov and his fellow whistle-blowers Yuliya and Vitaly Stepanov are in a US witness-protection programme illustrates the scale and gravity of the problem for sport. We are not in Iffley Road now, watching a medical student and his chums achieve immortality. We are in the world of strong-arm geopolitics, where people can be made to fear for their lives. As it turned out, all the EPO and testosterone in the world could not make Fogel into a great bike racer. In fact they made him worse. In any other film that might have raised a laugh – but not in this film, not in this week, not in this world
A furious row has broken out between racing’s ruling body and a firm of solicitors whose client, the Yorkshire trainer Patrik Nemeth Jersey John Wainwright, was cleared of corruption by a disciplinary panel on Thursday. The British Horseracing Authority was forced to deny an accusation that it had a “win at all costs” attitude to disciplinary cases, following the end of a case in which the evidence of the former jockey Adam Carter proved to be unreliable. Carter was found guilty of a stopping ride on Blazeofenchantment at Southwell in June 2014, described by the independent disciplinary panel as “about as blatant an example of a non-trier as one could get”. His friend Paul Bradley, a stable lad, admitted Carter had told him of his intention to stop the horse and that he then passed that information on to a gambler, Peter Bennett. Bennett denied corruption charges but was found by the panel to have layed the horse through a betting exchange, risking £1,999 to win £2,000 when the horse finished unplaced. Carter, Bradley and Bennett were found guilty of engaging in a corrupt or fraudulent practice, their punishments to be determined after additional procedure. Adam Carter tells horse ‘stopping’ inquiry his ride was due to ‘brain fade’ Read more But Wainwright, who trained and owned Blazeofenchantment, and a gambler called John Wright were cleared by the panel. It found that Carter, who implicated them at an early stage before changing his story, had been unreliable “in every version of events he has given”. This prompted a wrathful statement directed at the BHA’s prosecutors from Stewart-Moore solicitors, acting for both Wright and Wainwright. The firm had issued a http://www.officialdallasstars.com/Adidas-Tyler-Seguin-Jerseystatement last month, pointing out the inconsistencies in Carter’s evidence and arguing that pursuing charges against their two clients was “a complete waste of everyone’s time”. Harry Stewart-Moore said the BHA case had been based “entirely on the evidence of a jockey who even the BHA believes has been lying from the outset and … has never managed to tell the same story twice. The BHA would do well to remember that as a regulator its job is not to secure a conviction at all costs but rather to ensure that a fair outcome is reached. Advertisement “With that in mind, we were extremely surprised that the BHA did not withdraw the charges against our clients after Mr Carter’s extraordinary oral evidence but instead relied on some frankly very odd arguments in an attempt to fill the void where its case ought to have been.” He added that there had been “serious problems” with the BHA’s approach to disclosure and suggested little had changed after the Quinlan review of BHA procedures last year. Stewart-Moore also conducted the defence of Jim Best, a trainer who was suspended after an acrimonious case last year. The BHA insisted it had been justified in pursuing its charges and pointed to a line in the panel’s reasons recording that it had wanted to hear from Wright and Wainwright. A statement said: “The BHA does not ever set out to seek a conviction at all costs and procedural fairness is at the core of the BHA’s regulatory processes. “The BHA has a duty as a responsible regulator to bring cases before the disciplinary panel where there is sufficient evidence to be considered. We will not shy from this responsibility, especially where there are serious threats to the integrity of the sport. “The BHA strongly refutes the suggestion of impropriety related to disclosure. All relevant disclosable material was provided and the BHA instructed http://www.officialsstlouisblues.com/Adidas-Wayne-Gretzky-Jersey junior counsel with the responsibility of reviewing disclosure throughout these proceedings. The BHA is committed to robust but transparent and consistent procedures. “As a result of the Quinlan review and the BHA’s commitment to implement its recommendations, the BHA has been working on and will soon publish its disclosure policy, underlining its commitment to a progressive approach to regulatory reform.” An earlier BHA statement said it would soon implement “a fast-track investigation protocol which will allow us to deal with minor rule breaches more swiftly and appropriately. This will free up resource for more complex corruption enquiries to ensure they are completed more quickly.” Wainwright said he had endured “a nightmare” few months. “It’s been a trying time, especially once I heard there was going to be an inquiry. It was an investigation that had gone on three years and obviously the jockey has changed his story three or four times. “I was very surprised it went on but I’m glad it’s all over now.” Of Carter, he said: “He’s out of racing now, so it won’t affect him. He wasn’t a bad lad. He was an average jockey but a good work-rider and he rode his winners. Looking at it, they did it for very little money. “The main Customized Authentic Jerseything is to just get on with life. I’ve got a young family and I can focus on the job now
The trainer who embarrassed racing by saddling the wrong horse to victory at Yarmouth a fortnight ago has said he Robin Yount Authentic Jersey will use the proceeds of a bet on the “winner” to help pay his fine. Charlie McBride was fined £1,500 at a disciplinary panel hearing on Thursday, having told the panel he had had a “fun bet” of £10 each-way at 50-1. “I’m still £1,000 out of pocket,” McBride said, cheerfully. “I’ve no complaints. I expected it to be something like that anyway, because of all the outcry in the press and everything. But it was an honest mistake and it could happen to anybody.” Extra scanning at British racecourses to avoid another wrong horse fiasco Read more The panel chairman, Patrick Milmo QC, pointed out during his summing up that £2,000 was the ceiling on the level of fines for such an offence set out in the guidelines of the British Horseracing Authority. He said McBride was guilty of a “high level of carelessness” but the panel had found him to be truthful in asserting he had saddled the wrong horse entirely by mistake, running a three-year-old, Millie’s Kiss, in a race in which his two-year-old Mandarin Princess was supposed to be taking part. “It has to be said we had some difficulty in accepting what Mr McBride told us,” Milmo said. This was because of evidence produced by the BHA showing the significant difference in appearance between the two fillies. While Millie’s Kiss has no white markings, Mandarin Princess has a white star on her forehead, a white snip on her nose and significant white markings on two legs. “There was plenty of opportunity for Mr McBride to notice these http://www.authenticmilwaukeebrewers.com/Ryan-Braun-Jersey distinctions,” Milmo said. The BHA view, presented to the panel by Lauren Robinson, was that “anyone would be able to tell them apart by sight”. McBride attempted to reassure the panel by saying: “If you stood the two of them in front of me, I could absolutely tell the difference. But on the day, with all that pressure going on, I missed it.” In attempting to explain this, he appeared to seek to share responsibility for what happened with a young member of his staff, a groom who led out Millie’s Kiss to be saddled by the trainer instead of Mandarin Princess, as well as the jockey John Egan. Egan, who had to sweat off some weight in the sauna, kept McBride waiting for 20 minutes before weighing out and handing him the saddle, leaving the trainer little time before his horse was required to enter the parade ring. “It didn’t occur to me that she could lead out the wrong horse,” McBride said of the groom’s actions. “I’ve been in racing 50-odd years and I have never seen anybody lead out the wrong horse before. My brain could not take it all in. Wrong horse Tony Gwynn Womens Jersey wins race: investigation into Yarmouth impostor controversy Read more “We’ve tried not to get her too much involved because she’s only a young girl and we don’t want to be too hard on her. At the end of the day, the buck stops with me. She’s made a mistake, I’m sure she won’t make the same mistake again and neither will I.” McBride also complained that the time between races is too short and about the fact Egan was using an elasticated girth, “which I hate”, to save weight. “That put me further in a bad mood,” he said. He said he and the horse’s owners had been “on Cloud 29, not Cloud 9” after she won. But his celebratory orange juice was cut short by a call from the stipendiary steward, who told him simply: “Wrong horse.” “Mandarin Princess” has been disqualified from her victory but the news comes too late for many backers of Fyre Cay, sent off at odds-on and now elevated to first http://www.authenticsandiegopadres.com/Trevor-Cahill-Jersey place. The error was spotted too late for the result to be amended on the day, although some bookmakers have made ex gratia payments to their clients
Josephine Gordon, the reigning champion apprentice, has said she will not follow Hayley Turner’s example and seek to take advantage of the weight allowance offered to female jockeys by French racing. While Turner said on Saturday that it is “a no-brainer” for her to exploit the 2kg advantage by riding in France this winter, Gordon is planning to spend the off-season in Britain, with perhaps an occasional foray to the Middle East, and has no plans to use the profile she has gained in the past year to break into France. “If Hugo Palmer or another trainer was sending a horse over to France and wanted me to ride it, of course I’d do that,” Gordon said. “If I find myself riding there, then of course I’d embrace it [the allowance]. Hayley Steven Matz Youth Jersey Turner to race in France due to female jockeys’ weight allowance Read more “But I’ve never gone away for the winter. I think that’s the time when you can build up your connections in this country, riding on the all-weather. I did go out to Dubai for a weekend last winter and I may possibly go out there again.” Indeed, it would be no surprise if Gordon were a frequent participant in the Dubai Carnival in the early months of next year, having become a regular in the blue silks of Godolphin this year. Having described the French allowance as “a bit offensive” six months ago when it was first announced, Gordon says her feelings on the subject have not changed, although she acknowledges statistics from France-Galop that show female jockeys have had more rides and more winners as a result. But she rejects the idea that any similar scheme would be appropriate in Britain. “I think it’s a lot different here. If you were looking at the situation here 10 years ago, then maybe it would be something to consider. But there are a lot more female jockeys around now compared to when the likes of Hayley were starting.” It is a sign of where Gordon is in her career that she has had to give up her place in Saturday’s novelty Shergar Cup event because Palmer has Group-race entrants at Haydock and Newmarket and will need her at one of those venues. Any young jockey would seize on the chance to ride in a Group race, although Gordon must have had mixed feelings on the subject, having told this reporter two hours before news of her switch that she had been looking forward to the Shergar Cup for three months. Advertisement Turner immediately stepped in to take the vacant slot in the Ascot jockeys competition. She will combine riding in http://www.officialmetsproshop.com/Stolmy_Pimentel_Jerseyfive races with being a part of the ITV presenting team. Meanwhile, the British Horseracing Authority is to give its first formal consideration to the question of a weight allowance for female jockeys as a result of a “Diversity in racing steering group” that is now being recruited. “We continue to monitor the developments in France with interest,” a BHA spokesman said. “When the group is established, one item on their agenda will be to conduct a benchmarking exercise to see what steps international horse racing authorities have taken to encourage diversity, including in relation to the career progression of female jockeys.” The BHA also announced some changes to novice chases in time for the core jumps season that will start this autumn. Most notably, the handicapper will not now be allowed to raise the rating of beaten horses in all but the best novice chases. “A preconception exists among trainers that running in close proximity to a higher-rated opponent in novice chases may result in a significant rise in a horse’s handicap rating,” a spokesman said. “To encourage more horses to run in weight-for-age novice chases, trainers’ preconceptions of the handicappers’ reaction needs to be addressed.” Nicky Henderson, the champion jumps trainer, welcomed the changes as “really excellent” and said they would “help the good horses to come through the system. The very good http://www.officialmarinershop.com/Hisashi_Iwakuma_Jerseyhorses have always been well catered for but it’s the ‘good without being really top-class’ horses that will now be so much better catered forCoronation Day, a one-and-a-half length winner at Brighton earlier in the month, seems sure to start favourite here from a 7lb higher mark and could well find the necessary improvement as her last outing was also her first at a sprint trip since her two-year-old days. Davy Russell punching his horse was a serious blow to racing’s image Read more Brighton also shares some characteristics with Epsom, but it is not quite the same thing and Coronation Day faces two horses with strong form at today’s track. Highland Acclaim and Huntsmans Close were separated by a short-head over course and distance in July and while Highland Acclaim came out on top and the two horses now meet on identical terms, Highland Acclaim has run below form on two subsequent starts. Huntsmans Close, by contast, ran up to form at Yarmouth on 1 August and Ichiro Suzuki Jerseyreturns to a track where he has run well on all four of his previous starts. Cordite (4.20) has run 34 times without success since taking a Leicester maiden as a juvenile in 2013, but has been impressively consistent through his career and ran one of his best races when fourth at Windsor last time out. He is edging towards a winning mark and is in a weak race by Epsom standards this afternoon, while Flyboy (3.45) and Av A Word (4.50) also have plenty to recommend them on the same card. Euro Mac (6.45) got off the mark in her 15th race last time out, finding some improvement in the process, and she could follow up on the card at Carlisle this evening, while Veejay (3.25) and Theglasgowwarrior (5.30) both look solid on the card at Ripon this afternoon
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