Andy Murray beats Mackenzie McDonald in Washington Open

Andy Murray was playing in his first hard-court match in 16 months

Britain’s Andy Murray beat Mackenzie McDonald 3-6 6-4 7-5 in the Washington Open’s first round in his fourth match following hip surgery in January.

Murray, 31, converted his seventh match point after more than two-and-a-half hours on court against the American.

“Mentally, it was a big one to get through,” said former world number one Murray. “I fought hard and I had to. The movements and stuff were fine.”

He will now play fellow Briton Kyle Edmund, 23, in the second round.

Edmund beat Murray at Eastbourne in the third match of his return during the grass-court season before the Scotsman pulled out of Wimbledon as he felt it was “too soon” to play five-set matches following his rehabilitation.

“I’ll have to play much better if I want to win that match, more aggressively,” Murray said. “It will help having one more match under my belt.”

Murray had been out of action since Wimbledon 2017 before having his operation at the start of this year.

After the Citi Open in Washington he also hopes to play Masters-level events in Toronto and Cincinnati in preparation for the US Open.

‘I enjoyed getting through that one’

He was broken in two of his first three service games on the way to losing the opening set in 40 minutes against 23-year-old McDonald, who is ranked 80th in the world.

In the second set, Murray, whose own world ranking has dropped to 832, broke in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead and served out to take the match to a decider.

He was then 5-4 up and serving for the match in the third set but McDonald saved five match points then converted his second break point to draw level at 5-5.

But Murray immediately broke back – in a game that included a controversial call when McDonald’s racket was adjudged to have crossed the plane of the net with the score 30-30 – before serving out to win a 73-minute set and reach the second round.

“I enjoyed getting through that one. You could see it in the celebration,” Murray said. “That was a tough match. It could have gone either way. It was nice to win it.”

Serve clock a ‘positive change’

The match was Murray’s first on a hard court since March 2017 at Indian Wells and his first experience with a serve clock, which will be used at the US Open from 27 August.

“I hadn’t played in darkness or under the lights in a really long time and I felt my rhythm was off,” Murray said.

“I was struggling on my serve. I cut the unforced errors a little bit in the second set and started serving better.”

The serve clock, which was used at the 2018 Australian Open, allows players 25 seconds to start their service motion from the moment the umpire announces the score after the previous point.

He added: “Without a shot clock, that would have been a three-hour match. It’s a positive change for tennis.”



Jose Mourinho: What is going on – and does he want out of Man Utd?

Mourinho wants two signings, but only expects one

A month ago, when England were looking forward to a World Cup semi-final, and pre-season training for Europe’s major clubs was just getting started, Manchester United’s final US tour match against Real Madrid had a major question mark over it.

Gareth Bale would be involved. But who for?

Fast forward four weeks and, though England did not find their utopia, Bale is happy enough, laughing and joking with his Real team-mates in Miami, his short-term future at the Bernabeu assured by new coach Julen Lopetegui.

But as they prepare for Wednesday’s game, the question mark over United remains. If anything, it is bigger than before.

Manager Jose Mourinho’s comments in the labyrinth of rooms at the Michigan Stadium on Saturday after a 4-1 loss to Liverpool saw to that.

So, it is time to ask the question. What is going on with Mourinho and Manchester United?

Why does Mourinho seem so unhappy?

In front of the cameras, Mourinho has not been a jovial character for some time.

Something – probably the scars of dealing with the Madrid media during his time as Real boss – happened between his first stint at Chelsea and his second. Whatever it was, it has taken away the public geniality of the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’.

Nevertheless, the breadth of the targets he fired at during his tetchy 10-minute post-match news conference after the loss to Liverpool was jaw-dropping.

He lamented the absence of senior players, decried the standard of some of the younger ones who are here, wistfully reflected on a transfer target he will not get, highlighted inactivity on one he still expects to, expressed frustration at injuries, invited senior players to return to training early, and questioned why supporters would pay to watch his team.

In a less well-publicised part of his news conference, he thanked defender Eric Bailly for stepping in to replace another senior player – Chris Smalling – at the weekend, then immediately rejected the Ivorian as a leader. Speaking to United’s TV station, he accused new captain Antonio Valencia of returning from his summer break out of shape. In addition, he ridiculed the standard of a referee who gave two penalties against his team.

Wide-ranging is a good description.

The key point is this: does Mourinho harbour a growing sense of genuine unhappiness at all these supposed sources of irritation, is he trying to make points, or is he attempting to deflect attention from a heavy defeat at the hands of a major rival?

If it is the last of those, it is a long-established managerial tactic. The middle one could go either way. But if it is the former, then a stereotypical full-blown third-year explosion – the type Mourinho is always so quick to reject when asked about – is on the way.

Is his relationship with the club strained?

There are two reactions to what Mourinho did on Saturday.

One is to raise an eyebrow, say it is typical of him, express sympathy with his situation and move on.

This is exactly what a number of influential people within the club are doing. After all, the Portuguese signed a new contract in January that not only improved his terms, but extended his tenure to 2020.

The relationship between Mourinho and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has repeatedly been described as strong by both men, so, presumably, potential conflict areas within summer transfer dealings would have been covered within the negotiations. It is also probable a vision for the short-term future would have been agreed. Why would that suddenly change because one transfer target was missed – which is only what has happened in the previous two summers?

An alternative view, and there are other long-standing United figures who are leaning towards this, is Mourinho wants out, and this is the start of his exit strategy.

One thing that is certain is that, for the first time in his illustrious managerial career, Mourinho will not have Rui Faria by his side this season.

The pair have been inseparable since Mourinho appointed Faria – a man he describes as “a brother” – assistant at Uniao Leiria in 2001.

However, last season, Faria – feeling he wasn’t getting to see enough of his family and exhausted by the pressures of day-to-day involvement at the very top of the game – decided to take a break.

Mourinho has opted not to bring in a direct replacement. In Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna, he has added both a club stalwart who has huge knowledge of the game and an appetite to learn, and someone whose reputation at both United and previous club Tottenham is enormous.

Given United finished last season 19 points behind arch-rivals Manchester City – whose manager Pep Guardiola vies with Mourinho for the title of greatest manager of their generation – and have not done much to suggest the gap can be closed, Saturday’s comments are being interpreted by those who have adopted the exit-strategy theory as the start of a long goodbye.

Are United at risk of falling behind their rivals?

United’s only significant signing so far this summer has been Brazilian midfielder Fred. Another central defender is expected, although who that is remains uncertain.

Nevertheless, both men will be among the top six most expensive players United have ever bought.

Of the other four, only Argentine forward Angel di Maria is no longer at the club. In midfielder Paul Pogba and forward Anthony Martial, two remain who have not come close to performing at their top level on a consistent basis.

Mourinho was not responsible for Martial’s arrival from Monaco. His view is the Frenchman goes missing at key times, hence his keenness to sign Croatia’s Ivan Perisic, both last summer and this, from Inter Milan.

The 55-year-old was responsible for Bailly, fellow defender Victor Lindelof and forward Alexis Sanchez – for a combined fee of just under £100m. They are yet to make a significant impact at Old Trafford.

At the same time, there is an element of the unknown about all United’s major rivals.

Manchester City’s only summer signing is Riyad Mahrez, an attacking player the champions arguably do not need. Tottenham have signed no-one yet. Arsenal’s most expensive addition of the brief Unai Emery era so far is Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira who, at £26m, cost just over half the £47m United have spent on Fred. Chelsea did not even appoint their new manager, Maurizio Sarri, until after pre-season training had started.

Of all the major clubs, Liverpool are the ones who appear to have significant forward momentum. Yet three of their four major signings – midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho, and goalkeeper Alisson – have never played in the Premier League before.

So, while it is easy to feel United are going backwards, it can be argued that if Mourinho gets more from the players he has already invested so much in, they won’t be far away from the major prizes.

What does it mean for United’s season?

As with all clubs, results can quickly change perceptions.

The Red Devils open the Premier League as a whole when they entertain Leicester on 10 August.

Mourinho has already highlighted how much easier the build-up to the new campaign has been for Foxes boss Claude Puel, given so few of his players were at the World Cup in Russia.

This is true. But Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire were away with England until the semi-final stage, and Mahrez has been sold.

Will they cause an upset on the opening day? Perhaps not; it is so long since Leicester won at Old Trafford the match-winner, in 1998, was Tony Cottee.

The Foxes may have won the Premier League more recently than United, yet nothing that has happened since suggests they are close to the level Mourinho’s side are capable of reaching on home soil.

After that, United have trips to Brighton and Burnley, who could be going into the game on the back of a sixth successive Thursday night appearance in the Europa League.

Between those two away fixtures is a Monday night date with Tottenham on 27 August. As well as not making a signing so far this summer, Spurs had eight players involved on the last weekend of the World Cup, compared to United’s seven.

So of all the big clubs expected to be challenging for major honours, Spurs are arguably in an even worse situation than United when it comes to their preparation for what lies ahead.

As Arsenal have matches against Manchester City and Chelsea over the first two weekends, it leaves Liverpool as the only ‘big-six’ club who do not meet a rival before the first international break.

So, while Mourinho has legitimate grounds to grumble at the difficult build-up he is having to work around, most of his managerial adversaries are in a similar position.

By the time that Burnley trip is done and the top-flight season halts for its first international break, much more will be known about where United – and everybody else for that matter – actually are.

From there, Mourinho’s pronouncements will have much more meaning.



Women ‘illegally taking abortion pill bought online’

Image caption Claudia Craig says the pill’s effects began on the journey home from the clinic

Women in England are illegally taking abortion pills they have bought over the internet because they cannot get to clinics to take it, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has been told.

In England, women must take the pill at a hospital or clinic, before travelling home for the abortion process to begin.

But the effects can start within 30 minutes. One woman said she had started to pass her pregnancy in the taxi home.

The Department of Health said it was monitoring the evidence on home use.

Scotland and Wales have both recently changed the law to allow women to take the pill at home.

Over the past three years, drug enforcement officers had seized almost 10,000 sets of abortion pills heading to addresses in Britain, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) told the Victoria Derbyshire programme.

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Women having what is known as an early medical abortion must take two types of tablet, 24 to 48 hours apart.

This means attending the same clinic twice, for each tablet.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has now called on England’s Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, to change the legislation so that women can take the second pill at home.

More than 50 MPs have done the same.

RCOG’s president, Prof Leslie Regan, said: “We know that when women are allowed to take the second tablet at home that it is safe, it’s highly effective and they much, much prefer it.”

Many experts believe current legislation is putting women at risk, due to the risks associated with buying the pills online.

The World Health Organisation recommends home use of the abortion pill.

Some hospitals and clinics in England are now allowing women to take both types of pill on the same day – even though this increases the risk of complications.

‘Extremely nauseous’

Claudia Craig, who had an abortion last year, took a taxi home from hospital after taking the pill, and said within minutes the symptoms had begun.

“I started to feel really unwell and extremely nauseous,” she said.

“I was getting that feeling in my chest like I was about to throw up.”

Shortly after arriving home, following a 15-minute journey, she “started retching and being very unwell on the bathroom floor”, she said.

“And then you lose control of your bowel movements.”

She said had her taxi journey been a few minutes longer, she would not have made it home in time.

“All those symptoms would have been happening on the floor of the taxi.

“I would have been sick in the taxi, I would have stated bleeding in the taxi and I would have lost control of my bowels in the taxi.”

Image caption Zoe Weldon says she had to get off the tube on the way home as she was feeling ill

Another woman, Zoe Weldon, said she had started to feel the effects of the pill “20 minutes into the journey on the Tube towards home”.

“I started to feel nauseous, started to sweat, started to feel really cold, went extremely pale apparently,” she said.

“I had to get off the Tube. I lay down on a bench next to the Tube and basically decided I wasn’t going to move any further.

“It was so painful and so frightening.”

Image caption Kate Guthrie says more than 2,000 women have contacted her asking for pills

Kate Guthrie, who has worked in abortion care for 30 years, now works for a service, Women on Web, which helps women who want to buy the tablets online.

She told the Victoria Derbyshire programme in the past 18 months 2,212 women had contacted her asking for pills.

Most were single mothers who could not get to clinics because they had children to look after.

And others lived hundreds of miles away from a clinic.

Since the change in law in Scotland, eight out of 10 women are now choosing to take the pill at home, according to NHS Lothian – equivalent to “about 1,000 women”.

One of their consultants, Dr Sharon Cameron, said the figure showed taking the pill at home was “a really popular option and that this is what women want to do”.

She added there had not been an increase in the rate of complications experienced by women.

The Department of Health and Social Care said it was “currently monitoring the proceedings in Scotland closely”.

“We have a tough regulator in place to ensure the care women receive is safe and of the highest quality.”

Watch the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme on weekdays between 09:00 and 11:00 on BBC Two and the BBC News channel in the UK.



Social media and reality TV is ‘bad for body image’, survey suggests

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Image caption Kristy said her boyfriend didn’t want her to have surgery: “He adores me no matter what.”

More than half of 18 to 34-year-olds feel that reality TV and social media have a negative effect on how they see their bodies, a survey has found.

The ComRes survey of 2,000 British adults for BBC 5 Live also suggested that younger people were more likely to consider having cosmetic surgery.

Some 35% of people said shows such as Love Island and The Only Way is Essex were responsible.

This figure rose to 55% in the 18 to 34-year-old age group.

ITV recently defended the advertising around Love Island, after criticism from the head of NHS England about seeing trailers for cosmetic breast surgery.

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The ComRes survey also asked people whether they would consider having plastic surgery or a cosmetic procedure, with the younger respondents more likely than any other group to say they would.

More than a third (35%) of that age group would think about having plastic surgery or a cosmetic procedure, compared with an overall average of 20%.

BBC Radio 5 Live spoke to friends Montanna and Kristy, both 27, from Liverpool.

Image caption Montanna (left) is thinking about having breast implants after her friend Kristy (right) had them

Kristy had breast implants after having a baby: “After the baby my boobs just went like scoops, like witches’ scoops, they were so horrible.

“They had no volume in the top and I thought ‘I’m not going on holiday and wearing a bikini like this, I’d have to put chicken fillets in. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done’.”

Kristy said before the surgery she wouldn’t let her boyfriend see her without a top on: “He adores me no matter what – he was never a boob man before I had them done, but now he’s completely changed.”

Montanna hasn’t had surgery, but seeing Kristy on a recent holiday has made her think more about it: “I just felt completely flat-chested, and you just looked so glamorous and happy and free.

“I’ve wanted a boob job since I was about 16. I’ve always put socks down my bra. I think I’d just be happier in myself, I could just wear different clothes, I wouldn’t be conscious of them, I could just relax a bit more.”

The ComRes survey also suggests a quarter of British adults have either had surgery, or know someone who has had plastic surgery or a cosmetic procedure.

Montanna said they know lots of people who’ve had surgery – and social media plays a big part: “A lot of people have just put themselves into debt for it. They get it on finance, and rather than thinking ‘my priority is to get a nice house’, they’d rather look good for a nice Instagram picture.”

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Media captionMelinda Messenger had a breast enlargement in her 20s before finding fame as a glamour model and TV presenter

Melinda Messenger started out as a glamour model. She said she had breast surgery when she was 24, going from a C cup to a D cup.

“It was so personal that I didn’t tell anyone, I needed to make an adjustment to feel more like myself.”

She said in hindsight, she wishes she had realised that it wasn’t necessary: “There’s a bit of me that goes – I wish I’d recognised that I was fine as I was.”

The TV presenter has three children. Despite her own regrets, she said she would support her daughter having a breast enlargement: “As long as it was thoroughly talked through and understood, and all the risks and consequences understood, then I would support that.”

For Montanna, she said she thinks there’s a lot of pressure to look good.

“Especially up here where we live, every girl is pretty much perfect. They’ve all had their boobs done, they’re all really thin. I think if you said to the majority of girls, ‘I’ll give you a free boob job’, I think you’d be hard pushed to find people who’d turn it down.”

You can hear the full report on the Emma Barnett Show on Radio 5 Live on Tuesday from 10:00 BST and then afterwards on iPlayer Radio.



Dixons Carphone says data breach affected 10 million

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Dixons Carphone has said a huge data breach that took place last year involved 10 million customers, up from its original estimate of 1.2 million.

The Carphone Warehouse and Currys PC World owner has been investigating the hack since it was discovered in June.

It said personal information, names, addresses and email addresses may have been accessed last year.

However, no bank details were taken and it had found no evidence that fraud had resulted from the breach.

The hackers also got access to records of 5.9 million payments cards, but nearly all of those were protected by the chip and pin system.

Dixons said it was “very sorry for any distress” caused and it would be apologising to customers, although it did not say how or over what timescale it would be contacting them.

New security

Dixons said it had been working with leading cyber security experts and had put in further security measures to safeguard customer information.

The National Crime Agency began investigating the breach last month when it was first revealed. It is working with the National Cyber Security Centre, the Financial Conduct Authority and the UK’s data protection regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Dixons Carphone chief executive Alex Baldock, said: “Since our data security review uncovered last year’s breach, we’ve been working around the clock to put it right.

“That’s included closing off the unauthorised access, adding new security measures and launching an immediate investigation, which has allowed us to build a fuller understanding of the incident that we’re updating on today.

“As a precaution, we’re now also contacting all our customers to apologise and advise on the steps they can take to protect themselves.”



Tom Watson accuses NEC member of being a ‘loud-mouthed bully’

Tom Watson

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson has accused a member of the party’s ruling body of being a “loud-mouthed bully” – after he was recorded criticising members of the Jewish community.

The National Executive Committee’s Peter Willsman suggested Jewish “Trump fanatics” were behind accusations of anti-Semitism in the party.

Mr Watson tweeted to say he was disgusted by the comments.

Mr Willsman, a supporter of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, has apologised.

Earlier this month, more than 60 British rabbis signed an open letter that said anti-Semitism in sections of the Labour Party was “severe and widespread”.

That letter followed criticism of the party’s new code of conduct on anti-Semitism, which critics claimed did not sign up fully to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition.

In a recording published by the Jewish Chronicle, Mr Willsman can be heard discussing the rabbis’ open letter with other NEC members.

Mr Willsman said he did not want to be “lectured to by Trump fanatics”, and argued the NEC should ask the rabbis for “evidence of severe and widespread anti-Semitism” in the party.

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Mr Willsman then asked those at the meeting to raise their hands if they had witnessed anti-Semitism in the Labour party – and said he was “amazed” when some said they had.

Following the publication of the recording, the NEC member said he had supported “the decision to confirm the adoption of the code of conduct on anti-Semitism and to reopen development of the code in consultation with Jewish community organisations”.

He added: “Not all of what I said has been accurately reported.

“But I accept that what I did say, and the way I said it, fell short of the requirement, which I accept, for discussions of contentious issues to be conducted in a fully civil and respectful way.

“I deeply apologise for any offence caused to those present and those to whom my remarks were reported.”

Mr Willsman is secretary of the left-wing group Campaign for Labour Party Democracy.

He is currently seeking re-election to the NEC, which acts as Labour’s governing body and oversees the direction of the party and its policy-making process.

The elections run until 30 August and those elected to the committee will serve two-year terms.

Columnist and Labour supporter Owen Jones tweeted to say there was now “no way” he would vote for Mr Willsman, who is one of nine candidates backed by Momentum – the pro-Corbyn grassroots group.



Aid sector ‘almost complicit’ in sex scandal, say MPs

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Image caption Allegations surfaced about abuse in Haiti after the earthquake in 2010

The aid sector is guilty of “complacency verging on complicity” over an “endemic” sex abuse scandal, a damning report from MPs has said.

International Development Committee chairman Stephen Twigg said charities were “more concerned to protect their own reputation” rather than victims.

In February the Times revealed senior staff at Oxfam had paid survivors of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti for sex.

Charities welcomed the report, and Oxfam said it has “further to go”.

The MPs’ report said “so much more” could have been done to tackle the “open secret” of people working in the aid sector committing such acts.

But despite the charities knowing about the problem, the committee said there had been a “collective failure of leadership”, and action only when there was a crisis.

The committee said this “episodic” response had been “reactive, patchy and sluggish”, and meant safeguarding policies were created but never effectively implemented.

The report also said leaders were “self-deluded” in thinking they had addressed problems before they became public.

The Charity Commission has called for the sector to show a “real commitment to lasting and demonstrable change”.

MPs called for more resources to be given to tackling the issue – and said victims had to be at the “heart of solutions”, or the response could be “harmful”.

The committee said charities needed to focus on four areas:

  • Empowerment – ensuring the beneficiaries of humanitarian aid have knowledge and confidence in their rights
  • Reporting – reports of sexual exploitation and abuse should be proactively sought and responded to robustly with feedback to victims and survivors
  • Accountability – a zero tolerance culture on sexual exploitation and abuse is the least that victims should expect
  • Screening – it is imperative that known perpetrators of sexual exploitation and abuse, identified through improved reporting and accountability, are prevented from moving into new positions

The MPs also recommended the appointment of an independent aid ombudsman to provide assistance to victims and survivors if these other areas fail.

“The sector’s movement on preventing sexual exploitation and abuse in the past few months is welcome but it is also long overdue,” they said.

“We are yet to be reassured that the momentum will be maintained.”

‘Horror must be confronted’

The committee chairman Stephen Twigg described the report as “damning”, but said it was just a “small, first step”.

“Take note,” he added. “We are putting all the relevant authorities on notice.

“No matter how insurmountable this looks, solutions must be found. This horror must be confronted.”

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Image caption Oxfam’s chair of trustees, Caroline Thomson, apologised to “vulnerable women” in Haiti.

Caroline Thomson, the chair of trustees at Oxfam, said that while the report was “incredibly painful reading”, it was welcome.

She said she was “truly sorry” for the organisation’s failure to protect vulnerable women in Haiti, adding: “We have made improvements since 2011 but recognise we have further to go.”

Ms Thomson praised the committee for challenging all in the sector to do better, and agreed that victims and survivors “must be at the heart of our approach”.

Allegations emerge

A number of other incidents at charities emerged after the Oxfam revelations, including allegations against Brendan Cox, the husband of murdered MP Jo Cox.

In 2015, the Mail on Sunday reported that Mr Cox had stepped down from his position as chief strategist at Save the Children over allegations of “inappropriate behaviour” towards female colleagues – which he at the time denied.

After further allegations against him, Mr Cox resigned from two charities he set up in his wife’s memory, again denying the accusations but admitting he “made mistakes” whilst working for Save the Children

Kevin Watkins, chief executive officer of Save the Children UK, said the charity had commissioned an independent internal review, adding: “We have made mistakes in our own handling of historical sexual harassment complaints from staff in the UK.

“Although some progress has been made in creating a more respectful working culture, there is a great deal more to do.”

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Image caption International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt has welcomed the report

Mr Twigg said the Department for International Development should report annually on the safeguarding performance of the sector and ensure the Charity Commission has enough resources to police it.

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt welcomed the report, saying: “Until the sector is fully prepared to address the power imbalance, cultures, and behaviours that allow sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment to happen, we will never stamp it out.”

Michelle Russell, director of investigations, monitoring and enforcement at the Charity Commission, added: “The charity sector must go further than simply box-ticking against their legal duties or improving processes and policies.”

An international summit on the issue is due to take place in October, and Ms Mordaunt has called for the sector to demonstrate the progress they have made by then.



England v India: Adil Rashid return ‘a stab in the chest for county cricket’

Adil Rashid is back in the England Test squad for the first time since 2016
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Former England captain Michael Vaughan has reiterated his criticism of Adil Rashid’s Test recall, saying it is “a stab in the chest” for county cricket.

Rashid, 30, has not played Test cricket since December 2016, and in February signed a contract to play only limited-overs matches for Yorkshire.

Vaughan initially said Rashid’s recall was “ridiculous”, a comment the spinner described as “stupid”.

On Monday, Vaughan responded: “I don’t think he has prepared well enough.”

Rashid has been named in the 13-man England squad for the first Test with India at Edgbaston, which begins on Wednesday.

Vaughan, who played alongside Rashid for Yorkshire, believes the leg-spinner should have played in the recent Championship match against Lancashire at Old Trafford, as Test players including Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler and James Anderson had done.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live’s Tuffers and Vaughan programme, he added: “If I’m stupid to suggest that he should have played a four-day game leading into a Test series against the number one team in the world – I firmly believe the cricketing world has gone nuts if he thinks he doesn’t have to do that.

“This all could have been put to bed if England had sat him down and said he has to play in that four-day game.

“I cannot be wrong that I’m asking someone to prepare their body, their mind.

“It’s not just me that has criticised him so he can come at me all he wants, but it’s our job to have an opinion and my opinion is that if someone is not playing four-day cricket in our schooling ground to prepare Test match cricketers, I don’t think you should be able to play in a Test match.”

Rashid was England’s leading wicket-taker in the recent one-day series victory against India, taking six wickets at an average of 24, but has not played a first-class match since September 2017.

Vaughan added: “I think this has been a real stab in the chest to county players that are out there busting a gut, playing the formats, getting on those buses up and down the country for someone who has not been bothering to play four-day cricket.”

Fellow Test Match Special commentator Geoffrey Boycott backed Vaughan, calling Rashid a “spoilt brat” and telling him to “keep his mouth shut”.

Writing in the Telegraph, the 77-year-old former England batsman said: “He should never have been handed a Test recall.

“Let me tell Adil that Vaughan will be remembered as one of the greatest England captains… in 10 years nobody will remember Adil’s Test-match performances.”

‘He’s a quality bowler’

Meanwhile, England opener Alastair Cook says he sympathises with Rashid over his controversial selection.

Cook told BBC Sport: “I feel a bit sorry for Adil being caught up in this mess, the off-field political stuff.”

The 33-year-old, who warmed up for the first Test of the five-match series by hitting 180 runs for the England Lions in a win over India A earlier this month, added: “He didn’t ask to be selected – he’s earned his right on merit in a different way, and there’s hullabaloo about it.

“He’s a quality bowler. Is it ideal that he hasn’t played red ball cricket? I don’t think it is ideal.”

Rashid has taken 38 wickets at an average of 42.78 in 10 Tests for England, the most recent of which came in India in December 2016.

England national selector Ed Smith has insisted his selection does not devalue county cricket, called it a “one-off” and said players must play first-class cricket next year to feature for the Test side.

Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon has described it as a “crazy situation” – with Rashid unavailable for the club’s forthcoming T20 Blast matches – and said the county will hold talks with the player’s agent about his future.

Speaking on the day of his selection, Rashid said: “It was not an easy decision, but when your country wants you and asks if you are available, you cannot just say no.”

Cook one of England’s best ever

Cook has also spoken of his delight at being named in the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) best ever men’s Test XI.

The team was compiled in commemoration of England’s 1,000th Test, which takes place at Edgbaston this week, and their record run-scorer was named as one of the openers after an online survey completed by 6,108 supporters.

Captain Root and record wicket-taker Anderson were the other current players to be included.

“I’ve got to thank my dad for voting as many times as he did,” Cook joked. “They are the great names of English cricket to to be named up there, I’m quite rightly proud.”

ECB best-ever men’s Test XI: Alastair Cook, Sir Leonard Hutton, David Gower, Kevin Pietersen, Joe Root, Sir Ian Botham, Alan Knott (wkt), Graeme Swann, Fred Trueman, James Anderson, Bob Willis.



Corrie Mckeague: Airman ‘somewhere in Suffolk waste disposal system’

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Image caption Corrie Mckeague, from Dunfermline, Fife, was last seen at 03:25 BST on 24 September 2016

Missing airman Corrie Mckeague is “somewhere in the Suffolk waste disposal system”, his father has said.

Corrie Mckeague was 23 years old when he vanished on a night out in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, on 24 September 2016.

Police believe he climbed into a waste bin and was taken away by a refuse lorry.

Writing on Facebook, Martin Mckeague said: “Corrie is no longer missing… after looking at all of the facts and evidence we now know what happened.”

He added: “We are certain he is somewhere in the Suffolk waste disposal system, but his remains are essentially irretrievable.”

  • The tragedy that shaped Corrie Mckeague

Mr Mckeague said his son was “known to sleep in and on top of bins, a fact that has been corroborated by Suffolk Police from their interviews”.

He also said the bin had a recorded weight of 116kg – “an unusually high number for this bin, which tells us my son was inside”.

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Image caption Corrie Mckeague, pictured with his mother, was last seen in Bury St Edmunds

Mr Mckeague, originally from Dunfermline and serving at RAF Honington in Suffolk, disappeared after a night out in Bury St Edmunds.

No trace of him has been found, and police said in March that the investigation was being handed to a cold case team.

His father wrote that police came to visit the family in Scotland to review the facts of the investigation in detail in October and February.

He said he had been presented with evidence that was “as thorough as it was compelling” and experts had “concluded beyond any doubt that Corrie had ended up in the Suffolk waste disposal system”.

“Accepting that conclusion has clearly not been easy for the Mckeague family in Scotland, nor anyone else,” he wrote.

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Image caption The airman was last seen on CCTV pictures walking through Bury St Edmunds after a night out

Mr Mckeague said the remaining areas were either “too toxic to search” or “so vast it could take years to do so”.

He added: “We thought there might be a small glimmer of hope for the Mckeague family that a card reader could be used to identify the whereabouts of Corrie’s bank card in the landfill site.

“I myself searched the internet to see if that technology could help but found nothing to support that theory.

“It was also the view of the National Crime Agency and Suffolk Police… there is no technology currently available that can, in these case circumstances, undertake such a task.”

Mr Mckeague said there are plans for a memorial for his son.

In March, police said in March there were “no realistic lines of inquiry left” in the investigation.

The investigation into the disappearance has cost £2.1m and Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner said the government had agreed to contribute with a special grant, expected to be about £800,000.



Lombok earthquake: More than 500 hikers evacuated from Mt Rinjani

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Media captionThe earthquake triggered landslides

More than 500 hikers who were stranded on a mountain on the Indonesian island of Lombok after an earthquake have been safely evacuated.

The 6.4 magnitude quake on Sunday triggered landslides around Mount Rinjani, cutting off escape routes.

Most of the hikers and guides were able to walk down after a safe route was found for them but some were flown out by helicopter.

At least 16 people were killed in the quake and more than 330 were injured.

Rescue workers are still waiting to bring down the body of an Indonesian hiker who was killed by falling rocks. A Malaysian tourist also died.

The volcano, which rises 3,726m (12,224ft) above sea level and is the second-highest one in Indonesia, is a favourite among sightseers.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it lies on the Ring of Fire – a horse-shoe-shaped string of volcanoes, earthquake sites and tectonic plates that circles virtually the entire Pacific rim.

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Image caption Some hikers needed medical treatment

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told AFP that 543 people had arrived back at the foot of the mountain by Monday night.

I Gusti Lanang Wiswananda, a spokesman for Mataram search and rescue agency, told AFP that they were all “tired but in good condition”.

Hundreds of people in Lombok have been left homeless and are staying in temporary camps amid continuing aftershocks.

‘I need to be strong’

Rebecca Henschke, BBC News, Lombok

Living in the shadow of a volcano means people here are no strangers to natural disasters, but Sunday’s powerful quake and the hundreds of aftershocks have people on edge.

The community is quickly pulling together, though, to repair damaged buildings, including the town’s only health clinic. Electricity and clean water are being restored to villages in Sambalia that were cut off.

Gita Dwipayasantri had arrived at a makeshift medical tent here in Sembalun to ask for doctors’ advice.

Her four-year-old daughter clings to her. She is worried there is going to be another big earthquake and her mother tells me she’s traumatised. “I am frightened too, but I need to be strong for her,” she says.

This is an area that increasingly relies on tourism and now that the mountain is closed to hikers, businesses are worried.

“I have had so many international cancellations,” says Hugeng, who runs a hotel at the base of Mount Rinjani. “I hope local people will still come and relax here.”