READ more about this and find out what other top sport stories are making the headlines in today’s UK national newspapers - Saturday, August 25, 2012.
THE SUN: Alex Ferguson has warned his Manchester United stars their places are not safe. Also: Lance Armstrong’s reputation lay in the gutter last night - after he refused to contest he is a drugs cheat.
DAILY MIRROR: Michael Dawson has dug his heels in and is refusing to leave Tottenham. Also: Theo Walcott and Arsenal are finally discussing a new deal.
DAILY STAR: Roberto Mancini says his multi-million pound Manchester City squad cannot compete this season. Also: Roy Hodgson has told John Terry he will be in his next England squad.
THE INDEPENDENT: Roberto Mancini will clearly need more evidence before he accepts the suggestion that Mario Balotelli is a reformed character. Also: Roberto Di Matteo insisted yesterday that he is confident that Chelsea are capable of keeping David Luiz out of Barcelona’s clutches.
THE GUARDIAN: Lance Armstrong, the most decorated, celebrated and controversial rider in cycling history, has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after refusing to contest charges of doping, drug trafficking, and administering of drugs to others, according to the United States Anti-Doping Agency. Also: Arsenal have reopened contract negotiations with Theo Walcott and they are hopeful of securing him to a new five-year deal.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: The reputation of Lance Armstrong, the most successful cyclist in history and a role model to millions for the way he overcame cancer, lay in tatters on Friday night as he was stripped of his seven Tour de France victories by United States anti-doping officials. Also: Shy, self-critical and engaging. Not the qualities supporters beyond Anfield associate with Luis Suarez.
THE TIMES: Frank Lampard has warned that an English culture of giving teenage footballers “too much too soon” is proving harmful to their development as some become distracted by the trappings of their first professional contract. Also: His immediate concern is to defeat Newcastle United, a task that did not prove straightforward last season, but Roberto Di Matteo is bullish about Chelsea’s prospects of succeeding where Arsene Wenger has failed and warding off Barcelona’s advances for David Luiz this month.
DAILY EXPRESS: Roberto Di Matteo last night told Barcelona: “David Luiz is not for sale at any price.” Also: ECB bosses are privately fuming about Kevin Pietersen accepting a commentary job during the World Twenty20 and will warn him before he leaves for Sri Lanka next month to choose his words carefully.
DAILY MAIL: Lance Armstrong’s status as an icon of sport was in tatters last night after he was stripped of his seven Tour de France victories amid allegations he was a systematic doping cheat. Also: Mark Hughes has backed Robert Green to cope with the double pressure of a nightmare debut for Queens Park Rangers and the mocking message from his fellow goalkeeper Paddy Kenny.