Inside Lines: 'Axed' Aldridge ready to splash out with new teen dive partner

Britain's new Russian diving performance director, Alexei Evangulov, has a pressing matter in his in-tray when he takes up his post tomorrow. He must decide whether to end the partnership of Tom Daley and Blake Aldridge after a declaration by Tom's father, Rob, that the pair are finally out of synch.

Apparently this is a result of Aldridge , who had a famous falling out with the Daleys in Beijing, being beaten up in a Southampton nightclub. Daley Snr says he will not allow Tom, 14, "to be drawn into further controversy", but Aldridge, 26, is still hoping they can resume their twosome. "I've been told nothing about being axed and in any case it is up to the new director," he tells us. "I've been painted as the black sheep again but the attack was unprovoked. All I remember is stepping on to the dancefloor and waking up lying in a pool of blood." Three men have been arrested and will appear in court on assault charges. Aldridge adds: "The main thing is I'm fit and diving again. What happened shouldn't detract from our achievements. If the new man wants results, surely the best way is to keep us together." But if there is to be a parting of the waves, Aldridge says he could be challenging Daley with another schoolboy partner, the 16-year-old Max Brick. "In terms of prodigies he's the next best thing to Tom, and while he's not as consistent, this will come. We'd do well together."

Spurs fans flying flag

Tottenham fans will have a flag day at today's Carling Cup final. The club are putting more than 40,000 blue-and- white flags on fans' seats to raise awareness for the Tottenham Foundation, the Spurs charity which creates opportunities for local youngsters ranging from cooking to football. Let's hope the Spurs players don't flag on the Wembley pitch.



Farewell to snapper

Peter Jay was not only a good friend but also a great sports photo-grapher who worked for 'The Independent' and 'The Independent on Sunday' for 10 years, producing memorable, award-winning pictures which reflected his stylish professionalism. Sadly, he died in tragic circumstances recently. A memorial service will be held at St Mary's Church, St Mary's Road, Wimbledon at 1pm on Friday, close to the All England Club where Pete took so many of what he liked to term his "belters". A programme in tribute to another icon of sports journalism, the late Reg Gutteridge, will be shown on ITV4 at 7pm on Saturday.



Audley offers to make Haye

As James DeGale and his fellow Olympians made their pro debuts last night, fingers were crossed that all would fare considerably better than Britain's previous gold medallist, Audley Harrison (pictured below), whose plummeting career has been a textbook example of how not to do it your way. Yet the A-Force, nowadays more a spent force, is determined not to be written off. With David Haye's hopes of fighting either Klitschko brother receding, the desperate Harrison, 37, has written to his one-time spar-mate offering his services as an opponent. Plenty of punters would pay to see Audley stiffened, and we hear the Hayemaker anxious to get his heavyweight show back on the road, is seriously considering it for the O2 this summer.



insidelines@ independent .co.uk

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Voices
Oscar Pistorius is led out of court in Pretoria. Pistorius received a five-year prison sentence for culpable homicide by judge Thokozile Masipais for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
voicesThokozile Masipa simply had no choice but to jail the athlete
Arts and Entertainment
Sister Cristina Scuccia sings 'Like a Virgin' in Venice
music

Like Madonna, Sister Cristina Scuccia's video is also set in Venice

Arts and Entertainment
James Blunt's debut album Back to Bedlam shot him to fame in 2004
music

Singer says the track was 'force-fed down people's throats'

News
i100
Life and Style
The Tinder app has around 10 million users worldwide

techThe original free dating app will remain the same, developers say

Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

IT Project Manager

Competitive: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client based in Chelmsford a...

Business Intelligence Specialist - work from home

£40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: An established and growing IT Consultancy fir...

Business Intelligence Specialist - work from home

£40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: An established and growing IT Consultancy fir...

IT Manager

£40000 - £45000 per annum + pension, healthcare,25 days: Ashdown Group: An est...

Day In a Page

Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album