What today’s papers are saying:
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Choreography of London’s triumphant Olympic opening ceremony gave way to disappointment on the first full day of competition as Mark Cavendish’s efforts to win Britain’s first gold of the Games were frustrated. Also: Tottenham’s Gareth Bale was at the centre of a new injury scare last night after a crude challenge by Liverpool’s Charlie Adam reignited a year-old feud between the pair.
THE SUN SUNDAY: Britain was reduced to tears during a day of high drama as the Olympics action got started. Also: Ledley King cried when he learned his career was over.
SUNDAY MIRROR: The hopes of the host nation were dashed by a convicted drugs cheat, who beat Britain’s Mark Cavendish to cycling gold. Also: Hannah Miley finished fifth in the 400 metres individual medley final last night.
SUNDAY PEOPLE: Mark Cavendish’s dreams of golden glory were shattered on the streets of London. Also: Manchester United are seriously considering a shock bid for Chelsea’s Ashley Cole.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Great Britain cyclist Mark Cavendish was a gold medal flop yesterday - in stark contrast to team-mate Bradley Wiggins’ historic Tour de France triumph last Sunday. Also: Robin van Persie will join Man United if he’s promised the same mega-wages as Wayne Rooney.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: The Olympic dream of superstar cycling Mark Cavendish was crushed yesterday on The Mall. Also: Robin van Persie is ready to join Manchester United... as long as his wages match the £220,000 a week that Wayne Rooney earns.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Paula Radcliffe will be forced to make the heartbreaking decision this week to withdraw from the London Olympics. Also: Hannah Miley’s bold mission to deliver Britain’s first medal at the Games in the Olympic Pool last night ended in disappointment.
SUNDAY TIMES: Ryan Lochte assumed the mantle of the best all-round swimmer in the world last night at the London aquatics centre. Also: The dream scenario, guiding Mark Cavendish into The Mall so he could unleash a gold medal-winning sprint, never materialised but it was not for the want of trying.
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: No gold at the end of the rainbow, only bruised egos and disbelief. Also: Injury-plagued Owen Hargreaves is training with QPR following his release from Manchester City at the end of last season.
THE OBSERVER: After the euphoria of the past nine months, this was the reality check. Also: Gareth Bale was caught up in a fresh injury scare as temperatures were raised in America during Tottenham’s goalless pre-season friendly against Liverpool last night.