READ more about this and find out what other top sport stories are making the headlines in the UK’s national newspapers today - Sunday, June 19, 2011.
NEWS OF THE WORLD: Furious Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will tear up any written transfer request from Luka Modric. Also: Andy Murray is taking a leaf out of Jose Mourinho’s book as he bids to become the Special One of British tennis; Jenson Button is being targeted by Ferrari as McLaren face the break-up of their dream team of British world champions; David Haye insists he is not bothered if folk love or hate him; Arsene Wenger is to have his summer transfer kitty swelled to £60million by a property deal.
THE SUNDAY TIMES: Kevin Pietersen raised the spirits of England fans at the Rose Bowl with a dashing 85 to give the home side an 11-run first-innings lead with six wickets remaining and put his team in control of the final Test against Sri Lanka. Also: The Rugby Football Union, the English game’s governing body, is in “meltdown”, according to Francis Baron, its chief executive from 1998 until last year; Tottenham’s failure to qualify for the Champions League could cost them the services of Brazil midfielder as well as Luka Modric.
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: The Rose Bowl’s inaugural Test match was laid open to ridicule yesterday when the match officials chose to take the tea interval just as bright sunshine broke out on a day blighted by regular showers. Also: Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has issued a statement insisting Luka Modric is not for sale “at any price” and expressed his anger with Chelsea for ignoring this and going public with their £22million bid for the player.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Chelsea face the threat of a points deduction - if found guilty of tapping up Luka Modric. Also: Andy Murray is refusing to plot a course to Wimbledon glory; Manchester City are ready to offer Carlos Tevez an escape route back to Argentina; Barcelona have made formal contact with Arsenal about Cesc Fabregas.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Andy Murray believes he is in the form of his life as he takes centre stage of Centre Court tomorrow aiming to become the first Briton in 75 years to win the Wimbledon men’s singles. Also: Spurs last night slammed the White Hart Lane exit door firmly shut on wantaway Luka Modric; Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has asked disgruntled fans to give new boss Alex McLeish time to prove his ability.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Manchester City are looking at a revolutionary plan to keep homesick Carlos Tevez for two more seasons. Also: Chelsea last night launched a stunning £50million bid to sign Atletico Madrid goal ace Sergio Aguero - after it was revealed the player was close to joining Juventus.
THE PEOPLE: Arsene Wenger is weighing up the most astonishing transfer swoop of the summer... for Joey Barton. Also: Andrew Strauss’ nightmare run continued when he flopped again against Sri Lanka in the third Test; Manchester City supremo Garry Cook is ready to quit to live in the USA; Chelsea expect to announce Guus Hiddink as their new boss this week - and he will walk straight into a bitter feud with Tottenham over Luka Modric.
THE MAIL ON SUNDAY: The battle to sign Luka Modric turned ugly yesterday as Tottenham chairman Daniel levy vowed to block the sale of the midfielder to Chelsea. Also: Roger Federer arrived first yesterday, impeccably attired in his monogrammed tracksuit and baseball cap, to lay bare his claim to win Wimbledon for a seventh time.
THE OBSERVER: The full name of Andrew Strauss’s nemesis in this series is Uda Walawwe Mahim Bandaralage Chanaka Asanga Welegedara - or nightmare for short, as the England captain probably knows the Sri Lankan left-armer who has taken his wicket three times in 22 balls. Also: The Hangover Part II was the movie of choice for Rory McIlroy as he departed Congressional Country Club on Friday seeking distraction from the buzz he had created over two sensational days of the 2011 US Open.
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: Relations between Chelsea and Tottenham hit a new low yesterday after Spurs insisted Luka Modric would not be sold to Stamford Bridge “at any price”. Also: Kevin Pietersen might have been spitting feathers in the dressing room last night after missing out on a richly deserved century. But if that was the case, no one outside England’s inner sanctum will ever know.