FIND out what today’s UK national papers are saying about the world of sport - Saturday, June 25, 2011.
DAILY EXPRESS: Andy Murray had to battle all the way into the last 16 of Wimbledon last night. Also: New Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish will have to rebuild his squad without all of the £20million Manchester United have paid for Ashley Young.
THE SUN: Andy Murray is the last Brit standing after he spared home blushes yet again. Also: Arsenal are set to make
an £11million swoop for the new Cesc Fabregas - Argy midfielder Ricardo Alvarez.
THE TIMES: Liverpool expect to secure the signing of Charlie Adam in the next 48 hours, with Stewart Downing also moving to Anfield in deals totalling about £24million. Also: Andy Murray is the nearest thing Wimbledon has to a roof-a-holic. For the third time in three years of its operation, the British No 1 played a full match under the most talked-about dome in tennis and lived to fight another day.
THE INDEPENDENT: Andy Murray progressed to the third round after defeating Croatia’s Ivan Ljubicic in four sets under the Centre Court roof late last night. Also: The 22-year-old Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova delivered yesterday’s big upset in the women’s singles draw, knocking out the Russian second seed, Vera Zvonereva 6-2 6-3 on Court Two, to exact revenge for her defeat in last-year’s three-set semi-final.
THE GUARDIAN: Andy Murray is starting to like this indoor grass-court business, and the All England Club must be blessing the day they signed a cheque for £80m to the builders of their Centre Court roof. Also: After disposing of Britain’s brightest female hope Maria Sharapova said: “I always get the young ones it seems. I’m such a veteran.”
DAILY MAIL: Laura Robson gave Maria Sharapova a mighty scare on Wimbledon’s Court No 1 yesterday before falling to a gallant defeat against the 2004 champion. Also: Cesc Fabregas will head to Barcelona on holiday next week and may never return to play for Arsenal again.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: British tennis has a new heroine. Playing the match of her life, Laura Robson, 17, was afforded a standing ovation in Court No 1 at the conclusion of her stirring effort against Maria Sharapova. Also: The controversy over the scheduling of matches at Wimbledon continued yesterday, with top players and officials questioning the decision to make Serena Williams play on Court No 2 on Thursday.
DAILY STAR: Roberto Mancini is set to turn to The Hulk in a bid to add some extra muscle to Manchester City’s title hopes next season. Also: Andy Murray was dancing in the dark as he powered into the second week of Wimbledon.
DAILY MIRROR: Britain’s two surviving women crashed out of Wimbledon - but not before threatening to KO a pair of top seeds. Also: Stewart Downing is ready to hand in a transfer request as he attempts to force through his move to Liverpool.