Athletes react to Usain’s ‘jibe’

Rasheed Dwyer
Jamaica, athletics

It’s very comfortable in the athlete’s village. The people are very friendly
so it’s been nice. The food? I’m happy with it.

Antoine Adams
St Kitts and Nevis, athletics

Other than the weather, which is up and down, it has been great. The people
are great, the village is fun so I’m having a good time so far. II can’t
speak for Usain, but I am having fun here and it’s been a great experience.


Cruz control: David Beckham takes his brand new SUV for a spin as he heads to …

Marc Jackson



He’s made it clear that he can’t get enough of the laid-back Los Angeles lifestyle.

And what better way for David Beckham to get around the exclusive enclave of Beverly Hills than in a mammoth SUV with tinted windows.

The sports icon snubbed a chauffeur and got behind the wheel of his brand new Cadillac Escalade himself as he headed to a friend’s property on Tuesday.

Beckham calling: David arrives a pal's home in his impressive 2015 Cadillac Escalade

Beckham calling: David arrives a pal’s home in his impressive 2015 Cadillac Escalade

Creating a buzz: The retired footballer buzzes himself into the estate in Los Angeles, where he's been staying with his wife Victoria and their four children over the summer

Creating a buzz: The retired footballer buzzes himself into the estate in Los Angeles, where he’s been staying with his wife Victoria and their four children over the summer

The 39-year-old drove right up to the gates of the estate, momentarily giving onlookers a glimpse of himself as he waited to be buzzed in, before driving the luxury SUV on to the property.

However, fans wanting to cruise around in a similar car will have to dig deep – this latest model has a starting price of around £42,000.

Monster wheels: The 39-year-old's latest toy doesn't come cheap - the most recent model of the Escalade boasts a starting price of over £42,000

Monster wheels: The 39-year-old’s latest toy doesn’t come cheap – the most recent model of the Escalade boasts a starting price of over £42,000

His spin around the area came after he hit the road Easy Rider style on Monday with a solo bike ride on his classic Harley Davidson motorcycle on Monday.

The father-of-four – who has sons Brooklyn, 15, Romeo, 11, and Cruz, nine, as well as two-year-old daughter Harper, with his wife Victoria Beckham – looked the part as he zoomed around the quiet streets.

Biker chic: David Beckham goes for a ride around Los Angeles on his Harley Davidson

Biker chic: David Beckham goes for a ride around Los Angeles on his Harley Davidson

The retired footballer is the perfect poster boy for his Belstaff clothing collection and was clad head-to-toe in biker-friendly gear.

David threw on black jeans and a simple T-shirt, brown leather boots with orange laces and a denim waistcoat, which he wore buttoned up to the collar to take his beloved Harley for a spin.

With his mud-splattered helmet, canvas bag and his short sleeves showing off his tattooed upper arms, the retired footballer was the epitome of cool.

Cool rider: The former LA Galaxy player owns an impressive collection of motorcycles

Cool rider: The former LA Galaxy player owns an impressive collection of motorcycles

Victoria, 40, was nowhere to be seen – and unsurprisingly since David has previously confessed that his fashion designer wife isn’t a fan of his extreme hobby and fears for his safety on the roads.

He recently told The Telegraph newspaper: ‘She’s not a fan of me riding. Because we’ve got four children. But I’m a safe rider, I wear the right clothing – at least I wear it the majority of the time.’

In June, the sports star launched a 10-piece capsule menswear range of biker jackets and clothing with Belstaff.

Cruising around: David Beckham takes some time out on his bike

Cruising around: David Beckham takes some time out on his bike

He explained to WWD: ‘My moto capsule collection is a reflection of what I wear day to day when I’m biking or relaxing. I buy a lot of vintage pieces and my collection reflects that feel.’

The Beckhams are taking time out of London and spending their summer in LA during the kids’ school holidays and have been squeezing plenty of family days out into their annual stay.

Victoria recently revealed the gang like to head to SoulCycle together for morning workouts while they are there.


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Glasgow 2014: ‘Great Games – shame about weather and food’

Gordon Shepherd, Scotland women’s hockey coach
It is a phenomenal and truly fantastic city. He obviously hasn’t been out and
it is hugely disrespectful to Glaswegians and also to the Scottish people.
I’ve been out to the mountain biking and the Scotland crowd were cheering on
a Ugandan rider. They have put on a fantastic show and I’m disappointed if
anyone is saying that about Glasgow.

Susannah Townsend, England hockey player
It’s a great city. I love the food, meeting lots of people, the architecture.
If Usain Bolt is from the warmth, then he is entitled to his own opinion.
Glasgow have done it really well.


Commonwealth Games day six: as it happened

21.56 Kenya’s Faith Kibiegon wins gold, Laura Weightman silver
for England and Van Buskirk bronze for Canada.

21.56 Kibiegon sprints down the back straight from Obiri lewading Muir
and Weightman.

21.55 Laura Weightman hits the front after 900m but Obiri responds.

21.54 Slow, tactical start for the first 700m, the three Kenyans at the

21.52 Hannah England runs for … Laura Muir for Scotland. A Weegie
hersel’. Jemma Simpson also runs for England as does the Briish champion
Laura Weightman. Kenya’s Hellen Obiri is the fave rave.

21.49 The last track event of the night is the women’s 1500m final,
which will start in one minute.

21.45 It’s that time of the evening, says Gareth A Davies.

21.40 Earlier, in the decathlon, England’s Ashley Bryant ran a terrific
1500m to take silver. Sprinting to finish third and leaving Grenada’s Kurt
Felix trailing in sixth let him overtake his rival in the last event to
become runner-up to Jamaica’s Damian Warner.

21.35 Chris Walker-Hebborn, Adam Barrett and Adam Peaty of England
celebrate winning the gold medal in the Men’s 4 x 100m medley relay final.

21.22 England win! In Commonwealth Games record time! Amazing.
Australia take silver, South Africa bronze. Adam Brown needed a lead to hold
off James Magnussen, the fastest 100m free swimmer in the world this year.
England gave it to him and he defended it. Marvellous.

21.20 Adam Barrett is powering away in the fly for England to give Adam
Brown 2.03sec to defend.

21.20 Peaty keeps the lead after the breastroke from Australia but his
lead is 1.24. Will that be enough?

21.19 England lead after the backstroke by 0.19 from Australia and NZ.

21.17 The last race of the gala is the men’s 4x100m medley relay.

21.15 Wales and Northern Ireland have been disqualified for rather too
rapid changeovers.

21.14 Australia win. England silver, Canada bronze. Wales fourth and
Scotland fifth. The England team match the GB record time. Fran Halsall just
cannot hold on as Kate Campbell, the quickest 100m fly swimmer in the world,
outpaced her.

21.13 Siobhan Marie O’Connor on the fly went out fast and holds
England’s lead by 0.10 from Australia.

21.12 Sophie Taylor’s awesome breastroke brings England back into
contention. England lead from Australia and Canada.

21.10 Australia from Wales and Canada after the backstroke.

21.09 Back to the pool for the women’s 4x100m medley relay.

21.07 Gareth A Davies has snapped Scotland’s light weleter fighter Josh
Taylor for your delight.

21.03 In the pool Canada’s Ryan Cochrane defended his men’s 1500m free
title, Mack Horton of Australia claimed silver and Daniel Jervis of Wales
won in a personal best of 14:55.33, 11 seconds quicker than his previous PB.
Daniel is an apprentice painter and decorator. Like Supersonic Syd
Little and Frank McLintock before him, he is a ‘brother of the brush’.

20.59 Here are Kenya’s metal collectors.

20.52 Correction – it was Shane Brathwaite not Ryan who took bronze for
Barbados. The unrelated Brathwaites.

20.49 Will Sharman was leading until he hit hurdle eight with his
trailing leg and lost his momentum. That’s his second successive
Commonwealth silver.

20.47 Andrew Riley wins for Jamaica Will Sharman second for England,
Shane Brathwaite third for Barbados.

20.45 Now we’re building up to the men’s high hurdles. No Andy Turner,
the defending champion, who hit the third barrier in his heat thsi morning
and has been sounding understandably distraught ever since.

20.42 More from Gareth …

Boxing: Men’s Light Welter (64kg) Quarter-Final 2: Josh Taylor (Sco) bt
Zack Davies (Wal) 3-0

Back in the boxing hall a punch perfect, dominant display by Josh Taylor
over Zack Davies. Beautiful brutality. Taylor is heading towards gold in my
book, having looked a potential Olympic medallist even before London 2012.

20.40 Amantle Montsho in lane six went like the clappers and ran
herself to a standstill, going backwards after leading at 300m and ending in

20.36 Stephanie-Anne Mcpherson wins and it’s a 1-2-3 for Jamaica.
Novlene Williams-Mills takes silver and Christine Day bronze.

20.35 The women’s 400m final begins.

20.30 Gareth A Davies is doing sterling work for the rolling blog.
Thanks, Gareth.

Just caught up with Baroness Tanni a Grey-Thompson. Been covering her career
since 1993, since she was Tanni Grey. The winner of 11 Paralympic gold
medals on the track answers the question most people are asking about
Parasport events at these Glasgow Comm Games. Why such a narrow programme of
events? No Jonnie Peacock, Hannah Cockroft and so on.

“I would like more events. But I think what they’ve done is pick
events that are very elite at the top end and then developmental. For most
events it’s quite hard to get the medals.

“But It’s still an amazing platform with huge publicity and people
don’t differentiate. I think it also just reminds people that Rio is on its
way. The Europeans are going to be really good. For a lot of sports the
Europeans are a lot stronger than the Commonwealth.”

Those IPC European Athletic Champs take place in Swansea in two weeks time.
The Baroness has seen it all, from exhibition events wheelchair sprinting to
bring involved when Paralympic sports were included in the Commonwealth
Games for the first time in 2002 in Manchester.

20.24 Big shock in the third men’s 400m semi-final where Lalonde Gordon
wins, followed by Latoy Williams and Isaac Makwala misses out on the final,
as does England’s Nigel Levine.

20.20 Here’s our own Gareth A Davies with Scotland’s para-sport
powerlifter Micky Yule. This inspirational athlete was a staff sergeant
serving with the Royal Engineers in 2010, whe he lost both legs after
stepping on an IED. Gareth urges you to follow him on the Twitter @mickyyule9

20.15 Olympic champion Kirani James wins the second semi in 45.15.

20.10 Martyn Rooney eases to victory in his 400m semi-final. He won
bronze at the European Championships in 2010 and looks back to his best.
He’s sporting a fairly bushy beard which, when paired with his sunglasses,
makes him look like Catterick’s Chris Palmer.

20.00 England’s Laura Samuel shattered her personal best to win a shock
silver medal in the triple jump. The 23-year-old, who was unknown to all bar
hardened athletics fans going into Glasgow 2014, launched herself out to
14.09 metres. The distance was 34 centimetres greater than her previous best
and more than half a metre further than she had jumped this year. It also
sent the Leicester athlete up to third on the British all-time list. Jamaica’s
Kimberly Williams won gold by 12cm.

19.56 Here’s Ben Proud’s second gold medal of the Commonwealth Games.

19.53 Dan Tranter roars loud after winning, to emulate, imitate, Dan

19.52 Tranter wins gold for Australia, Dan Wallace silver and Cahd le
Clos takes bronze.

19.51 Tranter ahead of Wallace and Pavone after the breastroke.

19.51 Le Clos still ahead after the backstroke, beating Rousseau.

19.50 Le Clos beasts the fly leg. He’s 1.14sec ahead.

19.48 Dan Wallace comes out for the men’s 200m IM in a kilt. The crowd
gans wild.

19.44 Joyce Chepkiri wins, Florence Kiplagat silver, Emily Chebet

19.43 Chepkiri wins, Kiplagat second, Chebet third. England’s Kate
Avery outsprints Scotland’s Beth Potter at the tape.

19.42 In Hampden Park we’re coming to the conclusion of the women’s
10,000m, a lap to go and three Kenyan athletes are 100m ahead of the field,
Kiplagat leading at the bell.

19.40 England’s women gymnasts receive their gold medals (left to
right) Hannah Whelan, Ruby Harold, Rebecca Downie, Kelly Simm and Claudia

19.34 Georgia Davies wins for Wales, Lauren Quigley takes silver for
England!. Wales’s second gold in the pool from a woman! Wow. She won in
27.56 a national record. Canada’s Brooklynn Snodgrass was third.

19.32 It’s time for the women’s 50m backstroke.

19.29 Intermission

19.19 Ben Proud wins the sprint freestyle for England, winning the
double! Cameron McEvoy and James Magnusson of Australia take the silver and

19.18 Men’s 50m free, the splash and dash, begins.

19.13 Lauren Boyle wins for New Zealand. Jazz Carlin silver and second,
Australia’s Bronte Barrett third. Hannah Miley finished fourth with a
personal best.

19.11 After 300m Lauren Boyle charges away, leading Carlin by .5sec and
Miley is in third.

19.11 After 200m Lauren Boyle leads by .05 from Jazz Carlin who is
.15sec ahead of Brittany (Bitty) Maclean.

19.10 Miley, as in yesterday’s 800m free, goes out quick.

19.08 We’re getting ready for the women’s 400m freestyle. Remy
Fairweather is in lane five and Lauren Boyle of NZ in lane four. Hannah
Miley is in lane two. Jazz Carlin in seven.

19.04 Back to BBC1. The prestige channel. It would be demeaning to the
event, the viewer and the royal family to keep it on BBC2? Anyway, rant over
about BBC’s pathetic view of what should be on which channel (no one cares
as long as you show it on one or two). Gary Lineker is presenting dressed,
acccording to his Tottenham tastes, as Chas Hodges out of Chas ‘n’ Dave. Or
is he Alfred Dolittle?

19.00 It’s the last night of the swimming gala and at last we have a
sport that’s easily comprehensible to the layperson. here’s what we’ve got
with Jazz Carlin and Hannah Miley up first

19:07 women’s 400m freestyle

19:16 men’s 50m freestyle

19:34 women’s 50m backstroke

19:47 men’s 200m individual medley

20:03 women’s SM10 200m individual medley

20:23 men’s 1500m freestyle

21:02 women’s 4x100m medley relay

21:12 men’s 4x100m medley relay

18.40 England win gold in the women’s team gymnastics. Australia took
silver and Wales bronze.

18.39 Glasgow 2014 is now Scotland’s most successful Commonwealth Games
after Jen McIntosh took silver in the women’s 50 metres rifle three
positions. Team Scotland passed their record for gold medals on Monday –
winning 13 compared to the 11 picked up in 2006 – and on Tuesday moved ahead
of the 33 medals won in Edinburgh in 1986. The breakdown of 13 golds, nine
silvers and 12 bronzes takes them to a net figure of 34 with more than five
days of action still remaining.

18.34 England are guaranteed gold now. Australia should have silver and
Wales are close to bronze.

18.18 This is more like typing than reporting but, any road, Australia
have not excelled on the floor. They have the beam and bars to come.

18.11 Interesting and contrasting news on headguards and their use,
from Gareth:

The leading medical adviser to the England and Great Britain amateur boxing
teams insisted yesterday that male boxers are safer without headguards.,
according to research, but that women practitioners, conversely, are safer
wearing them.

The men at these Commonwealth Games are not wearing protective headgear,
while the women, competing at the Games for the first time, are still
compelled to don the protective head wear.

Dr Mike Loosemore told The Telegraph on Tuesday in Glasgow: “We feel
that taking the headguards off is good for the boxers from a concussion
point of view. Although concussion is very rare in amateur boxing, there is
certainly some very good evidence that suggest the headguards increase the
amount of concussion.”

“Removing the headguards reduces that. We’ve looked at the figures and
that’s the case. There are approximately half the number of concussions
without headguards. That sounds counter-intuitive, but we think it might be
due to several things.”

Loosemore, who oversaw the GB team at London 2012, added: “One, the
head is bigger because of the size of the headguard, which increases the
torque and the amount of force you can put through the brain when you hit
the headguard. Also, your vision is restricted by the edge of the headguard
and often the big blows coming in are hooks from around the side.”

“And I think the biggest factor is that you might feel safer with the
headguard on and therefore be inclined to leave your head where it shouldn’t
be. Certainly, with the headguards off, there has been a change of style in
the boxing and we’ve seen boxers avoid getting hit a lot more.”

As for women, research differs, explained Loosemore. “Because women
don’t punch as hard as men, the concussion rate is even lower than it is
with men. We know that the cut rate does go up when removing the headguards,
so it’s a balance between weighing up whether it’s better to leave the
headguards on, and protect them from cuts, or taking them off and lowering
an already very low rate of concussion. That will be an AIBA decision at the
end of the day, and I’ve got no idea what will happen.”

Loosemore added that conditioning of British boxers also continues to
improve, much needed in a tournament format where they cut weight three or
four times over ten days. “I think there’s no doubt that centralised
training and a good support team and coaching has made a great difference to
the conditioning of the athletes. It’s all much more controlled than it has
ever been, which is really important in these tournament situations where
you need to make weight not once but on four or five or even six different

18.05 The BBC’s gymnastics expert and double Commonwealth champion is
calling it for England.

QuoteI wouldn’t write off the Australians yet because they are good on floor and
beam, but I don’t think they will make up that gap. I think we can pretty
much say that England’s women will match the men and get gold.”

18.00 Here we got to BBC Two, for no reason. Stick the news on BBC Two.
Does anyone really not have both BBC channels these days? It’s such a
meaningless gesture. NEWS MUST BE ON BBC1. Why? No one cares.

17.52 England, Scotland, Wales, one-two-three with Australia and Canada
still to do their fourth rotations.

17.51 Claudia Fragapane, finishing on the floor exercise for England,
has just brought the house to its feet. She scores 14.733.

17.47 There has been another gold medal for India, this time in the
wrestling. England’s Yana Rattigan took silver when beaten by Vinesh in the
freestyle 48kgs at the SECC. Rattigan whose husband Leon won a Commonwealth
Games bronze in Dehli four years ago and will fight here on Wednesday –
recovered from going behind early on to lead 4-2, but trailed 6-4 at the end
of round one.

Scotland’s Fiona Robertson, beaten by Rattigan in their quarter-final, fought
for one of the bronze medals against Rebecca Muambo of Cameroon. Muambo –
who knocked the Scot’s twin sister Donna out earlier in the competition –
controlled the contest, beating the 45-year-old 2002 judo Commonwealth Games
medalist 10-0 in less than two and a half minutes.

In the men’s 57kg, Bolton wrestler Craig Pilling took bronze for Wales when he
beat English teenager Omar Tafail 8-5. The gold went to Amit Kumar of India,
who defeated Nigerian Ebikweminomo Welson 6-2.

17.35 It’s England, Wales, South Africa in one-two-three as England
prepare for four in the women’s team gymnastics.

17.15 What do you think is being said here? All suggestions gratefully

17.10 Apologies for that short absence. To make up her is England’s Dan
Rivers in full Day of the Jackal mode, shooting to gold.

QuoteNow there are certain things I wish to make clear: when you’ve finished the
work, you will hand over all the negatives and all the prints of the
photographs you’ve just taken. You will also forget the name of Duggan, and
the name on the French documents you are going to produce. Is that

16.45 Women’s team final after three rotations is led by Wales from
South Africa.

16.40 Good evening. We seem to be in the middle of the gymnastics. As I
was inquiring last night, any assistance from any reader more qualified than
me, ie one with a BAGA 3, 2 or 1 badge shall be gratefully received.

16.40 I am going to pass you over to the more capable hands of my
colleague Rob Bagchi who can guide you through the evening’s action.

16.35 Natasha Jonas’s defeat may have chalked a potential medal off
England’s tally but Dan Rivers has more than balanced that out with a won a
shock gold in the rifle three positions. The 21-year-old from Didcot was as
surprised as anyone when he won a bronze in the 10m air rifle on Friday. But
he surpassed his own expectations when he saw off Indian duo Sanjeev Rajput
and Gagan Narang in the event which comprises prone, kneeling and standing.

16.00 Here’s Natasha Jonas after her suprise loss to Shelley Watts:

“I think the nervous energy got to me a bit but I’m an experienced
athlete and there’s no excuses. I’m in the shape of my life but the better
person just beat me on the day.”

15.54 England shooter David Luckman has claimed his second gold medal
of Glasgow 2014 in the full-bore rifle Queen’s Prize individual event. And
Luckman doubled his tally in the gruelling three-day long-range discipline
with a Games record score of 401-42, beating Canada’s Jim Paton into second
place with Patel taking bronze for England.

15.47 A big upset in the boxing. Here’s Gareth again:

Shock for England’s lightweight Natasha Jonas as she goes out to Australian
Shelley Watts, who cannot contain her delight. By the way, it’s absolutely
packed in the boxing. Riveting atmosphere.

15.40 Anton Cooper wins the men’s cross country mountain biking after
the Kiwi made a stunning break with 100 metres remaining in a gruelling
battle. His compatriot Samuel Gaze is second and Australia’s Dan McConnell
comes home third. A great great one-two for the Kiwis, who managed to stick
one to the Aussies while they were at it.

15.26 One lap to go in the mountain bike cross country. After 1hr 25
mins of racing just one second separates the first four.

15.22 Wales’ Ben Gregory has won the decathlon pole vault clearing
5.00m. That brings him up to fifth in the overall standings. Canada’s Damian
Warner leads the way with two events remaining. England’s John Lane is
second while Ashley Bryant is also in with a medal shout. The javelin and
the 1500m are still to come – both take place tonight.

15.10 England’s Aaron Heading has claimed the silver medal in the men’s
trap. The 27-year-old reigning Commonwealth Games champion found Australia’s
Adam Vella too hot to handle on the range in Dundee.

14.53 England have now appealed against the disqualification and
Osagie, who did appear to block Thomas off down the inside, said he did
nothing wrong. Here
is the full story of this dispute which began at the end of their 800m heat
earlier on

14.50 It’s shaping up to be classic in the men’s montain biking and I
should know. I used to have a mountain bike. We’re on the fourth lap and
there is practically nothing to separate the top four of Max Plaxton
(Canada), Anton Cooper (New Zealand), Daniel McConnell (Australia) and
Samuel Gaze (New Zealand).

14.45 England are guaranteed another medal as Joe Joyce beats Ross
henderson to at least a bronze medal. Here’s Gareth A Davies ..

England’s super heavy Joe Joyce through to the semis and guaranteed a
bronze medal.

Henderson is down twice in the second round through exhaustion and then
dropped by a huge Joyce left hook in the last minute of the second. Joyce

Round three and driven on by a passionate crowd, Henderson has come out all
guns blazing and needs the knockout. Bang ! Kerthwack ! Boom 1 Henderson
down again and the ref waves it off.

I picked out Joyce, from Liverpool, as one to watch this week, and we could
well see him going to Rio to challenge in 2016.

Mentioned this last night, but it’s great with no headguards. The
expressions are there for all to see, as well as the fatigue and pain etched
on their faces. The headguarded boxers were unrecognisable in recent years.
Good move.

14.35 More from Gareth …

As expected, these two huge 91kg+ bruisers Joyce and Henderson swinging for
the fences. The Scotsman Henderson down twice in the opening round. Joyce

14.30 Here’s Gareth A Davies from the boxing arena:

of the big boys here in the boxing hall. England super heavy Joe Joyce is up
now against Scotland’s Ross Henderson. Could be a knockout here …

England’s winning team (minus the injured Sam Oldham)

14.20 England have won the gold medal in the men’s team artistic
gymnastics with a total score of 266.804. Scotland have won silver
with 257.603. Canada claim bronze.

14.00 The men’s mountain bike final is underway. Jonathan
Liew’s excellent piece about Rwanda’s Adrien Niyonshutis,
one of those
finalists, is well worth a read.

13.55 England’s Andrew Osagie has been disqualified from the 800m for
impeding Wales’ Joe Thomas in the final dash for the line. Osagie, who
finished third originally, appeared to cut across Thomas sending him into
the hoarding on the inside of the track. Afterwards Osagie spoke to BBC. “I
would say it wasn’t his space,” he said. “You can go round people
on the outside. He tried to find a gap between me and another athlete. There
wasn’t a gap – you are only going to cause a collision and that happened.”

It hasn’t been seen that way by the officials who have disqualified Osagie and
bumped Thomas up to third.

13.45 It’s looking pretty good for Louis Smith and Co in the men’s team
gymnastics. They have significant lead over second-placed Scotland after
four rotations. Beth Tweddle reckons that’s an unassailable lead. This is
despite an injury to Sam Oldham who landed awkwardly on his ankle. Up next
is the parallel bars.

13.42 Another medal for England as Kristian Callaghan takes bronze in
the 25m rapid fire pistol. The 21-year-old was neck and neck with double
Delhi gold medallist Harpreet Singh of India and Australia’s David Chapman
in a closely fought final. But, needing four hits out of five in the
penultimate round to move into gold-medal position, Callaghan could only
manage one to slip into third. Chapman went on to take gold, with Singh
settling for silver.

13.13 There will be no mountain biking medal for England – Annie Last
has overtaken compatriot Alice Barnes on the final lap to finish in fourth.
Barnes just about makes it home in fifth. Ahead of them there was a Canadian
one-two as Catharine Pendrel takes gold and Emily Batty is second.
Australia’s Rebecca Henderson is third.

13.05 Our dreams of a Donna Robertson-Fiona Robertson wrestling
showdown are over. Fiona goes into the repechage and could still claim
bronze but Donna is out.

12.56 Rudisha wins his heat in 1:46.90. Jamaica’s Cunningham crosses in
second with Rimmer third. They are all guaranteed a place in the semi final.
Scotland’s Guy Learmonth should be OK. Rwanda’s Robert Bagina got his moment
in the sun when he hit the front on the half-way mark to run alongside
Rudisha for a few seconds before dropping back to sixth place.

12.54 And we’re off … Rudisha hits the front early on as is his wont
these days. England’s Rimmer is tucked in behind.

12.52 It’s David Rudisha time. The Kenyan lines up in lane 6 in the
first 800m heat. Scotland’s Guy Learmonth is in lane 5 and will have a tough
job keeping up with his next door neighbour. England’s Michael Rimmer is in
lane 3.

12.49 Kaliese Spencer has also qualified with ease from her 400m
hurdles heat. The Jamaican is Eilidh Child’s biggest challenger for a gold

12.45 Following his disappointing exit in the 110m hurdles defending
champion Andy Turner has said he may call it a day after the European
Championships in Zurich next month. “I am going to go to the Europeans,
in my mind I have been thinking about calling it a day for a while, so if I
do after the Europeans I don’t know, we’ll just have to wait and see how it

12.32 The poster girl from these Games Eilidh Child has strolled
through her heat in the 400m hurdles, looking very comfortable indeed as she
laps up the acclaim of the home crowd.

12.26 Some earlier results for you. Shelly Woods won her heat in the
women’s 1500m T54 with Scotland’s Samantha Kinghorn in third place, which
means she’ll also be in the final.

12.16 Yana Rattigan has proved too strong for Fiona Robertson in what
has proven to be the most disappointing day for Scottish wrestling since
Rowdy Roddy Piper’s disqualification against Mr T at Wrestlemania 2 in 1986.

12.05 Bad news for Donna Robertson. She’s been beaten 11-0 by
Cameroon’s Rebecca Muamba. Her sister Fiona is now in action against
England’s Yana Rattigan.

12.00 David Weir has won his heat in the 1500m T54.

11.50 Here’s more from Ben Bloom who is so happy with how things are
going in Glasgow that he may as well change his name to Ben McBloom.

Britain is on a mission to embarrass the world of athletics. A capacity
Hampden Park crowd has spent the morning standing, cheering and revelling in
a series of T54 1500m heats and decathlon 110m hurdles races. Compare the
scene with last year’s World Championships in Moscow when the number of
empty seats for some of the finals outnumbered the total number of
spectators inside the stadium. The London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics were
an unmitigated track and field success and the 2017 World Championships in
London are almost certain to be the same. Can we just have everything in
Britain please? Yes? Great. No more expensive air fares.

11.45 Our wrestling correspondent Ben Bloom has written some words on
the potential showdown between twin sisters Donna and Fiona Robertson. You
can read
about it here
. Their qualifiers are coming up any minute now.

11.22 Chris Tomlinson’s 7.89m jump is enough to get him a place in
tomorrow’s final as the sixth-place qualifier. Here are the top eight

11.20 More on Nigerian weightlifter Chika Amalaha’s failed drugs test.
Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Mike Hooper said:

“We [have] issued a formal notice of disclosure to an athlete
following an adverse analytical finding as a consequence of an
in-competition test.

“That athlete is Nigerian weightlifter Chika Amalaha who was tested on
July 25th. That athlete has now been suspended from the Commonwealth Games
in Glasgow.”

“[the substances] are diuretics and masking agents. In general terms,
these substances are on the prohibited list for two reasons – firstly in
weight category sports they can be used to unfairly aid weight loss… and
secondly, their use has been reported in attempts to mask the presence in
the body of other prohibited substances.

“The relevant processes, as detailed in our anti-doping standard for
the Games, are now being followed and Ms Amalaha has pursued her right to
have her ‘B’ sample tested.

“This will take place at an accredited laboratory in London tomorrow,
July 30. Upon receipt of those results the process will continue.”

11.17 England have beaten Trinidad and Tobago 70-24 in the netball.

11.10 England’s Ellie Faulkner has also reached the final of the 400m
freestyle, sneaking in as the eighth qualifier. The Aussies remain the team
to beat however. They’re like dolphins.

11.05 In the lawn bowls Sam Tolchard of England has beaten Wales’s Rob
Weale 21-12 in what will surely go down as a classic encounter. Of the three
lawn bowls matches I’ve ever seen it’s certainly one of the best.

A disconsolate Andy Turner after pulling up in his 110m hurdles heat

10.55 Disaster for defending champion Andy Turner in the 110m hurdles.
He pulls up after hitting the first two hurdles in his heat and he’s sitting
on the track fighting back the tears. He has had a horrible year personally
and professionally and it’s not getting any better now. Credit to him for
stopping for an interview but he’s clearly upset: “Make a mistake like
that at the first hurdle and it’s very difficult to come back. Schoolboy
error. Idiot. I’m really disappointed not to put on a better show. That was

10.52 News just breaking that Nigeria’s teenage weightlifting gold
medalist Chika Amalaha has failed a doping test at the Games and has been
provisionally suspended .

10.45 In the pool, Scotland’s Hannah Miley and the brilliantly named
Jazz Carlin of Wales have finished second and third respectively behind
Brittany MacLean in their women’s 400m freestyle heat.

10.30 Full time: England 1 New Zealand 2. England now have two wins
from three matches so all is not lost but New Zealand, who were dominated
for the most part, maintain their 100 per cent record. England are now
looking at the possibility of a semi-final against Australia.

10.26 Goal for New Zealand. It’s a great finish by Simon Child and New
Zealand lead 2-1 with just two minutes remaining. Disaster for England.

10.22 Meanwhile in the men’s hockey England have equalised with a
stunning Adam Dixon goal and are now pushing for a winner with six minutes

10.20 Greg Rutherford is up and running (or up, running and
jumping to be more precise) landing a jump of 8.05m in his first attempt in
the long jump. Job done. He’s in the final. Chris Tomlinson is up
next and he record 7.89m which he’s not too happy with – it’s also just shy
of the automatic qualification mark but may still be enough to get him a
place in the final once the shakedown comes.

In ther men’s decathlon Canada’s Damian Warner has stormed to victory
in his 110m hurdles in a time of 13.51sec. There’s not even another person
in the camera shot as he crosses the finish line.

10.13 The Commonwealth Games is making headlines worldwide, or at least
it is in Illawarra, Australia where they are celebrating the success of Emma
McKeon and her brother David.

10.08 A penalty to New Zealand in the men’s hockey and a controversial
one at that after a referral to the video referee. Andy Hayward makes no
mistake from the spot and England trail 0-1 despite having totally dominated
the match. Just 19 minutes remain.

09.45 It’s the end of the first quarter in the netball and England lead
Trinidad and Tobago 15-5. At half time in the hockey it’s 0-0 while in the
lawn bowls Sam Tolchard leads Rob Weale 11-5 after 12 ends. Weale is being
forced into some high risk moves like the backhand draw. It may look
tranquil, but take my word for it, that’s some high stakes lawn bowls

09.36 The women’s netball match between England and Trinidad and Tobago
is just getting underway. England need to win both their remaining games to
keep their gold medal hopes alive. The England women’s netball team, like
the England men’s football team, have a player called Jo hart. This is
something I’ve just learnt. The netball team seem a little bit better than
Roy Hodgosn’s lot, however. They’ve stormed into a 4-0 lead. Meanwhile, in
the men’s hockey it’s still England 0 New Zealand 0 with three
minutes remaining in the first half.

09.25 The big Wales v England lawn bowls grudge match is underway.
Wales’s Rob Weale currently leads Sam Tolchard 5-4 after seven ends.

09.10 The men’s hockey preliminary match between England and New
Zealand has just begun on a slightly chillier Glasgow morning than the past
few days. It’s still 0-0 but New Zealand goalkeeper Devon Manchester has
already been forced to make an impressive save low to his right.

09.00 If you’re going to get photobombed it may as well be from Prince
Harry …

08.45 So the celebration of the Games so far surely goes to this guy.
Those crazy ping pong players, eh?

08.30 Morning all. Welcome to day six of the Games. There is a big day
ahead of us, one full of quality sporting action on the track, in the pool,
on the mat, in the sand and across the pommel horse. There are old scores to
be settled as Greg Rutherford and Chris Tomlinson meet in the long jump and
we may well end up with the biggest sibling wrestling match since Brett ‘The
Hitman’ Hart met Owen Hart if Scottish twins Fiona and Donna Robertson
progress to face each other. Here
is the full schedule for today
with a few highlights picked out below.
We will also have David Rudisha in action around lunchtime in the 800m.

Three events not to miss today

1 Mountain bike finals, 11.30am
Mountain biking returns after it was dropped for Delhi four years ago and
all the nations will be out to halt the Canadians, who have won three of the
four gold medals available in Commonwealth Games history.

2 Gymnastics (artistic) team final, 4.30pm
London 2012 silver medallist Louis Smith is now almost better known for
his Strictly Come Dancing exploits than his Olympic pedigree, but he will
hope to make the podium on his comeback as the team event reaches its

3 Men’s 1500m freestyle final, 8.23pm
The longest event on the swimming programme, the gruelling 1500m freestyle
takes a full 15 minutes to complete and Scotland’s Stephen Milne qualified
second-fastest for the final.


Today in Toronto: True Stories Told Live, Blood Orange, LUV, OUTrageous …

Today in TorontoToday in Toronto aka land of outdoor movie screenings, LUV starring Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, Meagan Good, and newcomer Michael Rainey, Jr plays for free outside at Regent Park (bring some cash for popcorn). At True Stories Told Live five people who have had things happen to them will recount these things for an audience at the Garrison without the aid of notes or Google glasses.

The Art Gallery of Ontario’s free night includes the official opening of Before and after the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes, a showcase of contemporary and traditional Anishinaabe art by Norval Morrisseau, Bonnie Devine, and many more. Artifacts such as birchbark wall pockets and beaded bags are juxtaposed with contemporary painting work. The nations of Algonquin, Mississauga, Nippissing, Ojibwe (Chippewa), Odawa (Ottawa), Potawatomi and Saulteaux make up the Anishinaabe’s region. For more events, click on over to our events section.

Have an event you’d like to plug? Submit your own listing to the blogTO Toronto events calendar or contact us directly.

Image from LUV


The top 10 glasses and bowls of punch in Toronto

punch torontoPunch in Toronto is yet another recently-revived cocktail trend – right alongside Tiki drinks and slushies. The benefits are obvious. The drink is prepared in advance, with the flavours given time to macerate (preferably overnight), creating a delicious beverage that is easy to serve. Punches can be presented as an individual serving from a master blend, or as a drink for several people to share at once. Now that summer is in full swing, expect to see many more punches on menus as the harvest intensifies, creating a veritable cornucopia of fresh local fruits to brighten up any cocktail list.

Here are my picks for the top bars and restaurants at which to drink punch in Toronto.

Eastside Social
This East Coast comfort food haven in Leslieville only just opened its doors, but have already gotten on the punch train, with a house punch bowl ($21 for 2, $35 for 4) served in a small silver vessel and ladled into crystal cups. It’s a blend of gin, vodka, port and rum with grapefruit juice and chamomile syrup.

Rasa Bar
Chanel Wood’s drink offerings at Harbord’s new Middle Eastern spot include a glass from her gigantic punch tank. Bolted onto the wall, it could pass as either a big punch bowl, or a neat way of offering a cocktail on tap. She says it’s the former. Expect the prices to fluctuate with the ingredients, which, knowing her cocktails, will feature all manner of seasonal herbs and fruits.

The County General
Presented in a gigantic one litre mason jar, the County Rum Punch ($23) looks like a jumbo version of one of their individual cocktails, though it’s designed for sharing between two or three people at one of their cosy tables. Fusing white and dark rum with mangoes, strawberries, orange,pineapple, lime, and grenadine, it’s a boozy affair, not unlike a gigantic Navy Grog. Also available is a giant bourbon cocktail with fresh cherries and ginger ale, aptly named the Washington Monument.

Hudson Kitchen
The Fish House Punch is one of the oldest punch recipes still in use today, originating from the Schuylkill Fishing Company men’s club, one of the oldest men’s clubs in America. A heady mixture of dark and light rums with brandy, brown sugar, and lime and lemon juices, this boozy tipple has been enjoyed by some of the most prominent men in US history. Jay Myers’ version ups the fruit by switching out the brandy for apricot brandy.

Queen West’s Barchef has been championing the art of fine punch service for quite a while, and offers four different versions at all times. Fifty bucks gets you a small bowl, containing four to six servings, while ninety will score you the large bowl, which should serve between seven to ten. The herbaceous and floral Summer’s Eve is an excellent way to start a night out, with vodka, elderflower presse, chamomile, cucumber, watermelon, soda, basil, and mint.

Wes Galloway’s beautiful drinks at Byblos don’t stop with the delicately spiced cocktails crafted to complement the middle eastern food on offer. He also produces a punch of the day, the market-priced “Flowing Bowl”, designed to cater for anywhere between three to six people at a time. Though the recipes change every day, his ornate antique punch bowls and cups merit a visit by themselves.

Though you might not expect it from a dedicated ping-pong bar, there’s actually pretty decent food and beverage options at this King West hangout. They offer three different punches, all requiring a minimum of four people for an order. The Wimbledon ($52) is basically a gigantic Pimm’s Cup made with cucumber, mint, lemonade and fresh fruit.

Momofuku Daisho
Daisho and Nikai offer three different punches, all at different sizes and price points. The Citrus Zinger ($70/$110) will serve either ten or nineteen drinks, and combines gin with citrus fruits, raspberry, and pineapple. The Darling Club Punch ($90/$150) will get either twelve or twenty three drinks, and contains vodka, jasmine, apricots and cognac. Finally, the Purple Drink ($80/$130) serves eleven or twenty two drinks, and is a mixture of rum, blueberry, vanilla, and lemon.

Red Sauce
Although not commonplace in the summer months, milk punches are surprisingly refreshing on a hot day They use a boiled milk, which thins out upon combination with acidic ingredients, allowing you to skim the mixture to something much lighter than you might expect. Red Sauce pre-mix the non alcoholic ingredients in their Mango Milk Punch ($9) before stirring with your choice of tequila, white rum, or vodka. Mango is steeped with English breakfast black tea, simple syrup, and boiled milk, and this mixture is added to the alcohol with a few drops of lactic acid for balance. The drink is served with a clear rock of hand-cut ice.

This Dundas West cocktail bar has been making waves since opening last year, and the punch created by bartender Charlie Boyland adds to a fine roster of creative drinks. The White Bread rum punch ($9), named after a Elmore Leonard novel, combines Mount Gay rum, apricot liqueur, sherry, housemade rosemary grenadine, pineapple shrub, lime, ginger and angostura bitters.

Did I miss any? Leave your favourite place to have punch in the comments. Photo of the punch at Eastside Social.


Glasgow 2014 gossip: David Luckman wins another gold as mountain biking …

  • Cheruiyot Ferguson Rotich must love being in Glasgow after changing his name to honour Sir Alex Ferguson
  • The full-bore rifle Queen’s Prize individual event proved a happy hunting ground for David Luckman
  • Olympic silver medallist Emma Pooley will retire from cycling after competing for England in Sunday’s road race

David Kent



Weightlifter Michael Francois of the Turks and Caicos Islands came bottom of the men’s 94kg, but he’s still the ‘strongest policeman’ on the Turks.

The 29-year-old, a sergeant in the island’s police force, arrived in Glasgow fresh from arresting a drug dealer, after all.

Francois said: ‘Whenever there’s trouble, who do you think they’re going to call? Me. ‘In July we had to do a drug bust. I fought the dealer, kept him on the ground and took away his drugs. ‘Don’t worry there is no crime (on Turks). Because I’m there.’

Fergie: Ferguson Rotich (centre) in action during the men's 800m heat on Tuesday

Fergie: Ferguson Rotich (centre) in action during the men’s 800m heat on Tuesday

Kenyan 800m runner Cheruiyot Ferguson Rotich, who was second in his heat on Tuesday, must love being in Glasgow after changing his name to honour one of the city’s most famous sons — Sir Alex Ferguson.

Why the change? ‘Because they can’t stop winning,’ he said. Clearly the name change occurred pre-2013.


England table tennis player Tin-Tin Ho, 15, won her two matches in the preliminary round of the women’s singles on Tuesday and then delivered a lesson in her art. She’s a ‘penholder’, apparently, meaning her thumb and index fingers grip the racket handle.

‘Penhold style runs in the family,’ she said, ‘because my dad used to play and he was a penholder as well, so he taught me and my brother that way — it’s just how I started.’


The full-bore rifle Queen’s Prize individual event is one of the quirkier events in Glasgow, but it proved a happy hunting ground for England’s David Luckman.

The 38-year-old, competing at his first Commonwealth Games, claimed his second gold in four days after winning the pairs with Parag Patel on Saturday.

As might be expected of an event that began in 1860, tradition dictated that Luckman was transported to the medal ceremony in a Sedan chair carried by his opponents.

Joy: David Luckman claimed his second gold medal in the full-bore rifle Queen's Prize individual event

Joy: David Luckman claimed his second gold medal in the full-bore rifle Queen’s Prize individual event

Olympic silver medallist Emma Pooley will retire from cycling after competing for England in Sunday’s road race. The 31-year-old won time-trial Olympic silver in Beijing in 2008 after helping Nicole Cooke to road-race gold.

She said: ‘I considered retiring after the London Olympics, but I didn’t feel I was ready. The Commonwealth Games is the perfect opportunity — it’s a big event, almost at home, and I want to go out properly with no regrets.’


Dan Rivers added another gold for England after a successful day at the shooting. His victory in the 50m Rifle 3 Positions came just four days after winning a bronze in the 10m Air Rifle. ‘I didn’t think it could get much better than the bronze, but it has,’ he said.

‘It’s an amazing feeling. The air rifle was a surprise, but this is my strongest event.’ Rivers’ sporting hero is apparently Sir Bradley Wiggins and now he has a medal that still eludes the great cyclist — a Commonwealth Gold.


Shock: England's Daniel Rivers celebrates winning the gold medal in the 50m Rifle three Positions

Shock: England’s Daniel Rivers celebrates winning the gold medal in the 50m Rifle three Positions

Mountain Biking made a return to the Games after an eight-year absence, but it ended in disappointment for the home nations.

England’s Annie Last finished fourth in the women’s event while Scotland’s Grant Ferguson came fifth in the men’s. Liam Killeen won gold for England the last time it was contested in Melbourne but, despite being one of the pre-event favourites, could only manage sixth.

Shooter Jen McIntosh became the first Scottish woman to win five Commonwealth medals after adding silver in the 50m Rifle 3 Positions to her 50m Rifle Prone bronze. The previous Scottish record holder? Her mum, and fellow shooter, Shirley.

His name might be X-rated but he put in a performance to match. England’s Chinu Xxx (yes, really) defeated Kenya’s Hollis Mkanga to win bronze in the FS 125kg wrestling.

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