What today’s papers are saying, Sunday July 21, 2013.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Joe Root was England’s batting hero as Australia were ground into the dust yesterday. Also: Worksop’s Lee Westwood has millions of reasons to land the biggest pay day of his life in The Open today........Wayne Rooney has moved closer to leaving Manchester United - despite a series of transworld telephone calls from new manager David Moyes.
THE OBSERVER: Joe Root, pragmatic, plucky and eventually rather perky, cemented his position at the top of England’s batting order. Also: Chris Froome will ride up the Champs Elysees this evening as Britain’s second Tour de France winner in two years.......This Open Championship, this war of attrition, will be handed the finale that befits arguably the finest golf course in the world.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: England starlet Joe Root smashed a superb unbeaten 178 as the Aussies were annihilated at Lord’s. Also: Man United last night triggered a transfer war with Arsenal by increasing their offer for Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas to £30m plus a potential £5m in add-ons......Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini wants to land Real Madrid central defender Pepe for £22m taking his summer spending spree to a massive £114m.
THE PEOPLE: Joe Root annihilated Australia with an unbeaten 178 - on a day British sport sizzled once more. Also: Lee Westwood is itching to finally win his first Major today - and ditch his tag as golf’s Nearly Man......Cesc Fabregas is ready to join Manchester United.
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: Cricket Australia have opened an investigation into how an obscene message regarding an umpiring decision in the Second Test made its way on to their official Twitter feed. Also: What has already been a magnificent tournament will assume epic proportions today if Lee Westwood is the last man standing at Muirfield......Joe Root, the 22-year-old blond batsman, made a monumental century for Australia against England yesterday.
THE MAIL ON SUNDAY: Lee Westwood, the nearly man of golf’s major titles, is convinced that treating today’s as ‘just another 18 holes’ will see him crowned Open champion - and earn him a £3million jackpot. Also: Joe Root hailed the greatest day of his short cricketing life as he became the youngest England batsman ever to score an Ashes hundred at Lord’s on another humbling day for Australia......Last year it was the king of cool, the mod-on-a-bike, Bradley Wiggins. This year it’s the boy-next-door, Chris Froome.
THE SUN SUNDAY: David Moyes is a man under siege as the battle surrounding Wayne Rooney, Cesc Fabregas and Cristiano Ronaldo hots up. Also: Lee Westwood promises there will be no mistakes today as he bids to end a 20-year wait for a Major....Chris Froome made certain of Tour de France victory - then vowed to dominate the race for years.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Lee Westwood could cap a memorable summer of sport for Britain as he takes a two-shot lead today into the final round of The Open Championship at Muirfield. Also: Joe Root became the youngest player to score an Ashes century at Lord’s as England enjoyed another day of domination against Australia......Britain’s Chris Froome admitted he could not believe he has all but secured victory in the 100th Tour de France, finishing yesterday’s stage with a lead of more than five minutes.
THE SUNDAY TIMES: Wayne Rooney is believed to be close to joining Chelsea in a deal that would net him about £200,000 a week. Also: Joe Root became the youngest England batsman to score an Ashes century at Lord’s, an unbeaten 178, as he put his side in command of the second Test against Australia, although English optimism was tempered by news that Kevin Pietersen is likely to miss the next match.......Lee Westwood took a firm but by no means crushing grip on the Open Championship at Muirfield yesterday when he completed a superb 70 to lead by two strokes going into today’s fourth and concluding round.
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Chelsea are discussing what they consider would be a “knockout” £40million bid to sign Wayne Rooney. Also: Joe Root’s first Ashes hundred put England in a commanding position to take a 2-0 lead in the series but the second Test was marred by yet more umpiring controversy..........This was Lee Westwood’s day and now the world will tune in to see if it is, at last, his moment.