FIND out more about this and other top sports stories making the headlines in today’s UK national newspapers - Sunday, May 22, 2011.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Manchester United have called time on Owen Hargreaves’ career at Old Trafford and will not offer him a new contract. Also: England manager Fabio Capello is gambling on the ability of his most trusted aides to sweet-talk West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green out of quitting international football.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Guus Hiddink - the man wanted by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to replace Carlo Ancelotti - is already on the Stamford Bridge payroll. Also: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will perform an economic U-turn next season after admitting he will spend whatever it takes to bring the best players to the Emirates.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll are out of the England Under-21 squad for this summer’s Euro Championships in Denmark. Also: Newcastle are set to seal long-term deals to keep Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton on Tyneside.
THE OBSERVER: Sir Alex Ferguson will not consider retiring after Saturday’s hotly anticipated Champions League final between Manchester United and Barcelona at Wembley, whatever the result. Also: As football’s reputation continues to be tarnished by soaring debt, political scandal and super injunctions, proof is needed that the sport retains a soul. Step forward AFC Wimbledon.
NEWS OF THE WORLD: Carlo Ancelotti would take on the challenge of relegated West Ham just to stay in English football. Also: Chelsea are ready to fight Manchester United to sign Spurs playmaker Luka Modric.
SUNDAY TIMES: International rugby has shown us nothing like this for years. The epic climax to the club season saw one of the greatest matches, one of the greatest comebacks, one of the greatest individual performances - from Leinster’s Jonny Sexton - and at the end Leinster won the Heineken Cup for the second time in three years, staging a remarkable recovery from a 22-6 half-time deficit to shatter what had looked a dominant Northampton 33-22. Also: According to the 89-year-old evangelical preacher Harold Camping, the world was supposed to end at 6pm last night. For Luton Town’s Alex Lawless and Jason Walker, it caved in 14 minutes early.
THE INDEPENDENT: The form line had always said Leinster would win this Heineken Cup final under the Millennium Stadium roof, as they had a stronger squad than Northampton and had come through a much tougher route. Yet for one half of eye-rubbing, logic-defying rugby, the Saints laughed at the form line. Also: Sam Allardyce and Dave Jones have emerged as front-runners for the West Ham job as they prepare for life in the Championship.
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Leinster produced a stunning second-half comeback to snatch the Heineken Cup from Northampton’s grasp in a thrilling 33-22 victory as records tumbled at the Millennium Stadium. Also: Fabio Capello has selected Bobby Zamora in his provisional squad for England’s Euro 2012 qualifier with Switzerland at Wembley on June 4 and is considering selecting the Fulham striker when he names his final squad tomorrow.
THE PEOPLE: Roberto Mancini has launched a sensational British record £58million bid to land Arsenal World Cup winner Cesc Fabregas. Also: Jack Wilshere’s dream of leading England Under-21s to European Championship glory this summer will lie in tatters if Arsenal finish their Premier League campaign today in fourth place.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Alex McLeish is on relegated West Ham’s shortlist to replace Avram Grant. Also: Andy Carroll won’t play for England in this summer’s Euro Under-21 Championships.