WHAT today’s papers are saying:
THE SUN: Roberto Mancini insists he must splash the cash again this summer - despite spending £210million in two years. Also: Roberto Martinez faces an FA rap after branding linesman Dave Bryan “disgusting” as his Wigan side were robbed at Chelsea...Alex Ferguson believes Rio Ferdinand can play a key part for England at Euro 2012...Andrew Strauss basked in the glow of an England victory and insisted he never thought about quitting as captain.
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Oxford University asked for the 158th Boat Race to be re-staged on the Thames today after yesterday’s extraordinary race was blighted by both a protesting swimmer and a broken oar, and ended with rower Alex Woods being taken to hospital after collapsing through sheer fatigue. Also: Roy Hodgson has revealed a clause could be inserted into a possible new contract at West Bromwich Albion that would enable him to take the England manager’s job.
DAILY MIRROR: Andy Carroll is set to leave Liverpool this summer. Also: Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey can play in the London Olympics - with the blessing of the FA of Wales...Tiger Woods faces the wrath of the Green Jackets after his second temper tantrum at Augusta National in two days.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Sir Alex Ferguson has turned up the heat on rivals Manchester City by insisting that only a unified team can win the Premier League. Also: Wolves will make a move for former Huddersfield Town manager Lee Clark in the summer after deciding Terry Connor is not the long-term answer...Andrew Strauss hopes the issue over his continued leadership of the Test side has finally been put to bed after England secured victory with the final act of what has been a difficult and dispiriting winter.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Luis Suarez saved Liverpool from a disastrous ninth Premier League defeat of 2012 with a late equaliser against Aston Villa at Anfield. Also: Barcelona want to sign Robin van Persie from Arsenal this summer and will use his old team-mate Cesc Fabregas to convince him to switch to the Nou Camp...Graeme Swann and Kevin Pietersen starred as England broke a four-match losing streak to hold on to their world number one status.
THE PEOPLE: Fabrice Muamba will be given the all-clear to start training in the next month in the latest amazing stage of his comeback. Also: Kolo Toure’s Manchester City future has been plunged into doubt after he was axed for today’s trip to Arsenal...Roma have joined the list of clubs eyeing up a move for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez this summer.
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: At the last time of asking on their winter travels, England finally won a Test match yesterday. Also: Chris Hoy was supposed to be British cycling’s star attraction at the Olympics but increasingly Laura Trott looks like taking the plaudits in London after picking up her second world title in just three days.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: The pressure was growing on Kenny Dalglish last night despite a late face-saving equaliser that got his Liverpool side off the hook against struggling Aston Villa at Anfield. Also: The Boat Race, that most quintessentially English of sporting contests, was ruined yesterday by the actions of a single protester.
THE OBSERVER: Celtic clinched the Scottish Premier League title with a style that will have been a cause of as much anticipation as celebration. Also: Whether or not Sir Chris Hoy will defend his Olympic sprint title in London still hangs in the balance and could do for nearly four months.
SUNDAY TIMES: The 158th Boat Race was stopped minutes after the start by a protester swimming between the crews on the Thames, an action that immediately aroused fears the London Olympics could be sabotaged this summer when so many events will be vulnerable to similar disruption. Also: Roberto Mancini has deepened the sense of political unease at Manchester City by reprimanding the club’s hierarchy for failing to solve issues that have led to a series of bust-ups between his players going public.