What today’s papers are saying:
THE SUN SUNDAY: English Football is on the brink of civil war following the John Terry racism trial. Also: Fabricio Coloccini last night insisted Newcastle are no one-season wonders and will be challenging for the Champions League again.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Ryan Giggs is preparing to become a manager. Also: Christian Eriksen wants answers from his team Ajax about a big move to Manchester United...Phillips Idowu faces a battle to be fit for the London Olympics after pulling out of yesterday’s Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace at the last minute with a hip injury.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Robin van Persie has been spotted house-hunting in Cheshire to signal that it’s a straight fight between Man City and Man United for his signature. Also: Former England fast bowler Devon Malcolm has told the South Africans: “You guys are history” - and we all know what happened the last time he said that.
THE PEOPLE: Arsene Wenger will order Robin van Persie to travel on Arsenal’s pre-season tour to Asia unless the Gunners have received a concrete offer for him by then. Also: Andre Villas-Boas has declared war on Chelsea - branding them a team with no history...Ryan Giggs is taking his first steps into management with the Team GB squad.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Bradley Wiggins breaks the British record today by wearing the leader’s yellow jersey in the Tour de France for a seventh consecutive stage. Also: Roman Abramovich was last night on the verge of putting the boot in on Andre Villas Boas for a second time - by snatching one of the world’s most exciting young players from him...Phillips Idowu pulled out of the big London Grand Prix yesterday with mystery surrounding his fitness for the Olympic Games...It will be the battle of cricket’s two most-feared bowlers - England’s James Anderson and South Africa’s Dale Steyn.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Football’s rulers will come under huge pressure to charge John Terry with using racially offensive language, despite the former England captain’s acquittal at Westminster Magistrates’ Court last week. Also: Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand has re-ignited football’s racism row by appearing to endorse a Twitter insult aimed at Ashley Cole.
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: The fallout from the John Terry court case looks likely to bring major changes to English football, with the players’ union yesterday calling for their own members to receive red cards if they use foul and abusive language to each other. Also: On a cruise down the Thames last week to promote his scheduled return to action in the Aviva London Grand Prix, Phillips Idowu turned up wearing a Batman T-shirt but proclaimed to the media: “I’m the Invisible Man.” He certainly was yesterday.
THE OBSERVER: In the popular imagination, Mark Cavendish is a nailed-on favourite to win Britain’s first gold medal of the London Olympics at the end of the cycling road race on the first full day of competition. He is the world champion. He is the reigning BBC sports personality of the year. He is more famous than any British cyclist has ever been. What could possibly go wrong? On Saturday, however, one of his most dangerous competitors intimated that the task will be far from straightforward. Also: Phillips Idowu and Tiffany Porter, two of Britain’s major Olympic medal hopes, have suffered injury blows only a fortnight before the start of the Games.
THE SUNDAY TIMES: Football’s racism row refused to go away yesterday after Rio Ferdinand was forced to defend himself against claims that he had applauded a racially loaded comment made about Ashley Cole on Twitter. Also: To the sound of London Calling and aboard a red double-decker bus, the British athletics team were sent on their way in driving rain and mixed spirits yesterday.
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Rio Ferdinand appeared to endorse an accusation that Ashley Cole betrayed his race yesterday for the statements the Chelsea defender gave at John Terry’s trial last week. Also: Christine Ohuruogu defied miserable conditions to win the 400 metres in a season’s best of 50.42 seconds at the Aviva Grand Prix here at Crystal Palace last night on a day