READ all about it and find out what other top sport stories are making the headlines in the UK’s national newspapers today - Sunday, September 30, 2012.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Worksop’s Lee Westwood was dramatically dropped yesterday by Europe after suffering a RECORD Ryder Cup defeat at Medinah.
Westwood’s miserable tournament continued as he and Luke Donald were beaten in just 12 holes by Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson – a 7&6 defeat which equalled the heaviest in team format.
“They got a bit of momentum from yesterday and they started off quickly today. We didn’t play well enough and put enough pressure on them,” admitted Westwood.
THE SUN SUNDAY: Alex Ferguson has urged Rio Ferdinand to end his England career - and save himself for Manchester United. Also: Ian Poulter issued a stirring call to action after another tough Ryder Cup session for Jose Maria Olazabal’s European team; Andre Villas-Boas started the party as Clint Dempsey’s winner gave Tottenham a first league victory at Manchester United since 1989.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Andre Villas-Boas was ecstatic last night as Clint Dempsey’s winner secured victory and a piece of history for Spurs. Also: Ashley Cole will be offered a pre-contract agreement with Paris St Germain in January; Martin O’Neill has hailed Steven Fletcher as Sunderland’s “bargain buy”.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Tottenham had not won at Old Trafford since Terry Venables was their boss and Jive Bunny topped the pop charts. Also: Newcastle and Liverpool are considering a sensational January swop deal: £35m Kop flop Andy Carroll returning to Tyneside with Demba Ba quitting Toon for Anfield.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Sir Alex Ferguson has urged Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand to call time on his England career despite the vacancy left by John Terry’s international retirement. Also: The visiting supporters tramped the fairways of Medinah, singing their songs and flaunting their flags of blue. But their gleeful confidence was little more than bravado. For in this sun-dappled corner of America’s mid-West, the cream of European golf was taking a hell of a beating.
THE SUNDAY TIMES: For two days the sun has shone at Medinah Country Club but, sadly, not on the European team in the 39th Ryder Cup. Also: Andre Villas-Boas hailed his players for achieving Tottenham’s first win at Old Trafford in 23 years, saying: “Today we wrote history for our team.”
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Luke Donald and Lee Westwood were the victims of a record-equalling defeat as the United States built up an ominous lead on the second day of the Ryder Cup. Also: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo insisted he had made “the right choice” in selecting captain John Terry for yesterday’s impressive 2-1 victory away to Arsenal that kept the European champions at the top of the Premier League; Andre Villas-Boas saluted his “exhausted” Tottenham players after Clint Dempsey’s second-half goal ended the club’s 23-year-wait for a victory at Manchester United.
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: A dispiriting opening day bled into abject decline on the second morning at Medinah. Also: Tottenham’s manager, Andre Villas-Boas, yesterday secured his finest moment in English football by masterminding Tottenham’s first win at Manchester United for 23 years.
THE OBSERVER: The United States are firmly on course to dish out some severe sporting retribution. Also: Roberto Di Matteo watched the Premier League leaders make a statement of intent with a 2-1 victory at Arsenal and suggested more is to come from his emerging Chelsea team.
THE PEOPLE: Roman Abramovich has planted a ticking timebomb at Chelsea - with Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole in the immediate blast zone. Also: Rio Ferdinand fluffed his audition in front of England boss Roy Hodgson as Manchester United slumped to a shock 3-2 defeat by Tottenham; Beaming Brendan Rodgers hailed his Liverpool marksmen as they finally found their shooting boots - and earned him a first league win of the season.