A round up of sporting headlines with news from national newspapers including news from Manchester United, Manchester City, Barcelona, Queens Park Rangers and Arsenal.
DAILY MAIL: Rory McIlroy took a major step yesterday to becoming the United Kingdom’s first billion-dollar sportsman after he was officially unveiled as a Nike athlete. Also: The linesman who urged Manchester City players to go to salute their fans after winning at Arsenal because they had paid £62 each for their tickets has been pulled from duty tonight.
THE SUN: Samir Nasri suffered a barrage of vile abuse from Arsenal yobs as he ran a gauntlet of hate outside the Emirates. Also: Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp last night sealed a shock £15million swoop for France stars Loic Remy and Yann M’Vila.
THE TIMES: Nicole Cooke, Britain’s greatest female road cyclist, claimed yesterday that doping in the sport has not been restricted to Lance Armstrong and the male peloton but was widespread in women’s racing as well. Also: With the tide seemingly turning against him, Darren Clarke last night made himself unavailable for the captaincy of the 2014 Europe Ryder Cup team - and thus opened the door for what could be a dramatic and unexpected return to the role for Colin Montgomerie.
DAILY MIRROR: Jose Mourinho last night gave another huge hint he plans to return to the Premier League this summer. Also: Golden girl Nicole Cooke bowed out of cycling with a bitter tirade at drug cheat Lance Armstrong last night.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: English football has a special place in the heard of Jose Mourinho, who yesterday voiced his desire to return to manage in the Premier League. Also: Cristiano Ronaldo has ruled out a return to the Premier League this summer by insisting he will see out the remaining two years of his Real Madrid contract, despite claiming that “anxiety” is inescapable at the Bernabeu.
THE GUARDIAN: The apparent inevitability of Paul McGinley being named as Europe’s 2014 Ryder Cup captain this week has been tempered by a late surge for the post by Colin Montgomerie. Also: The former world and Olympic cycling champion Nicole Cooke has retired from the sport with a stinging broadside at Lance Armstrong, Tyler Hamilton and other drug cheats who “robbed” her and other clean riders of victories and prize money during her 11-year professional career.
THE INDEPENDENT: The emergence of Colin Montgomerie as a candidate for the Ryder Cup captaincy has Abu Dhabi in a spin ahead of tonight’s selection meeting. Also: The assistant referee who told Joleon Lescott to thank the Manchester City fans at the Emirates on Sunday has been removed from duty for tonight’s FA Cup third-round replay between West Bromwich Albion and Queens Park Rangers as punishment by referees’ officials.
DAILY EXPRESS: Jose Mourinho has put the Premier League’s elite on alert after flagging up his potential availability in the summer by confirming he wants to manage in England again. Also: Roberto Mancini will step up his search for a new defender if the FA reject Manchester City’s appeal over Vincent Kompany’s red card at Arsenal.
DAILY STAR: Cristiano Ronaldo last night told his Premier League suitors they will have to wait two years to sign him. Also: Manchester United keeper David De Gea is the No. 1 name on a shortlist of top European goalkeepers wanted to by Barcelona.