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THE TIMES: The FA was forced into the embarrassing position of launching an investigation into allegations of racist abuse by John Terry, the England captain, last night after receiving an official complaint from Queen's Park Rangers. Also: Carlos Tevez's legal dispute with Manchester City descended deeper into acrimony last night as the Argentina forward responded to being fined almost £1million by threatening to sue Roberto Mancini for defamation of character.

THE GUARDIAN: The FA is to investigate alleged racist remarks made by John Terry to Anton Ferdinand. Also: The whitewash so craved by the Indian team and public alike after a humiliating tour of England this summer was completed by MS Dhoni's triumphant side in a forbidding atmosphere at Eden Gardens.

THE INDEPENDENT: The desperate lengths that Chelsea have gone to in order to win a crucial vote tomorrow, which will ultimately decide whether they can sell Stamford Bridge and move to a new stadium in west London, can be revealed today by the Independent. Also: Arsenal will this week send representatives to watch the United States international Tim Ream in the Major League Soccer play-offs as the club's manager, Arsene Wenger, considers his options ahead of the January transfer window.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: The Football Association last night launched a formal investigation into the allegation that John Terry racially abused Anton Ferdinand during Sunday's match between Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers. Also: Carlos Tevez has been fined a record £792,000 and warned he will not be allowed to leave Manchester City for less than £40 million after being found guilty of misconduct following events during last month's Champions League defeat at Bayern Munich.

DAILY EXPRESS: The FA are faced with the embarrassment of having to investigate their own England captain John Terry over allegations of racist abuse. Also: Carlos Tevez was told a week before his Munich mutiny that Manchester City would refuse to pay £6million in loyalty payments because he had asked for a transfer last December.

DAILY STAR: Manchester United refused to suffer more embarrassment as they cruised into the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup, winning 3-0 at Aldershot. Also: The FA last night launched an investigation into a QPR complaint that John Terry made alleged racist remarks to defender Anton Ferdinand.

DAILY MIRROR: John Terry could be stripped of the England captaincy if an FA inquiry finds him guilty of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. Also: Michael Owen followed up his double strike at Leeds with another Carling Cup goal to help Manchester United ease into the quarter-finals last night.

DAILY MAIL: John Terry is facing the biggest battle of his career after the FA were yesterday forced to investigate claims that he racially abused Anton Ferdinand. Also: Manchester City last night threw the book at Carlos Tevez after finding the Argentina striker guilty over allegations that he refused to play in last month's Champions League tie against Bayern Munich.

THE SUN: John Terry faces a fight for his England future - after the FA launched a probe into his race row with Anton Ferdinand. Also: Manchester City last night clobbered Carlos Tevez with an £800,000 fine and are ready to let him rot for three years.
 

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DAILY STAR: Ashley Cole will be interviewed by the FA over the John Terry race row. Also: Edin Dzeko hit two as Manchester City went goal crazy again last night.

DAILY EXPRESS: England manager Fabio Capello will be free to pick skipper John Terry for next month's friendly internationals against Spain and Sweden at Wembley. Also: Carlos Tevez has a case for suing Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini for defamation of character, according to a leading lawyer.

DAILY MAIL: John Terry will be confronted by evidence from three QPR players who have backed Anton Ferdinand in the FA's race row inquiry. Also: Manchester City owner Sheik Mansour has told manager Roberto Mancini he will personally pay his legal bills if he is sued by his former captain Carlos Tevez.

DAILY MIRROR: Fabio Capello is ready to pick John Terry and Rio Ferdinand for England duty in 10 days. Also: Manchester City continued their goal-rush last night, demolishing Wolves to reach the Carling Cup quarter-finals.

THE SUN: Ashley Cole will tell the FA he did not hear John Terry making any racist comments to QPR's Anton Ferdinand. Also: Andy Flower's plans for a major shake-up of England's one-day cricket will mean the axe for several players.

THE GUARDIAN: Fabio Capello is unlikely to select Rio Ferdinand for England's friendlies against Spain and Sweden next month, sparing John Terry the awkward situation of linking up with his senior international team-mate while the Football Association is investigating whether he racially abused the Manchester United defender's younger brother, Anton. Also: Manchester City remain unmoved from their stance that Carlos Tevez will not be sold for a cut-price fee in January despite claims to the contrary from Corinthians and the threat of legal action by the player against Roberto Mancini for defamation.

THE INDEPENDENT: Already mired in acrimony with Carlos Tevez, Manchester City are bracing themselves for a battle with another of the club's former captains after it emerged Kolo Toure plans to contest any potential punishment levelled at him for his six-month suspension for a failed drugs test. Also: John Terry will continue to be selected for England, and captain the national team, while he awaits the outcome of a Football Association investigation into his alleged racist abuse of the Queen's Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Graham Henry, New Zealand's World Cup winning coach, does not want Martin Johnson's job, but he would be very interested in talking to the Rugby Football Union about managing a programme to produce better England-qualified coaches. Also: Anton Ferdinand, the QPR defender, should "demonstrate courage", remember the sacrifices black players made in the past and state publicly what he believes Chelsea's John Terry allegedly said to him, according to Lord Ouseley, chairman of the Kick It Out anti-racism group and a Football Association Council member.

THE TIMES: Manchester United served notice of their remarkable strength in depth last night when they thrashed Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-2 at Molineux to reach the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup. Also: Members of the Say No Chelsea Pitch Owners (SNCPO) campaign group expressed concern yesterday that they will lose the crucial vote on Chelsea's proposal to buy back the Stamford Bridge freehold.
 

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THE TIMES: Anton Ferdinand will be interviewed by the FA's disciplinary department today over allegations that he was racially abused by John Terry. Also: Manchester City were forced into an embarrassing climbdown in the Carlos Tevez affair last night after the players' union ruled that there was "no justification" for the club to fine the striker four weeks' wages.

DAILY EXPRESS: Arsene Wenger admitted that he is surrounded by "fear and discontent" at Arsenal. Also: Roman Abramovich was last night given a spectacular bloody nose by Chelsea's fans as they decisively rejected his proposals to buy the freehold of Stamford Bridge.

DAILY MAIL: Manchester City were last night furious with players' union chief executive Gordon Taylor after he forced them to halve Carlos Tevez's £800,000 fine. Also: Roman Abramovich's plan to leave Stamford Bridge was in turmoil last night after Chelsea fans staged a revolt against his bid to buy the land on which the stadium stands.

DAILY MIRROR: Chairman Bruce Buck called for Chelsea to "beat the c**p out of Arsenal" after owner Roman Abramovich was humiliated by his own fans. Also: Players are considering a boycott of the FA-backed anti-racism campaign.

DAILY STAR: FA officials will quiz Anton Ferdinand for a second time today over the John Terry race row. Also: Chelsea fans have delivered an amazing snub to owner Roman Abramovich by rejecting his plans to buy back the club's freehold.

THE SUN: Anton Ferdinand will give evidence to the FA's race row probe today knowing what he says will be a 'point of no return' in the crisis engulfing English football. Also: Graeme Swann has revealed he received death threats following England's 5-0 whitewash in India.

THE GUARDIAN: The Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the club's fans after shareholders in the Chelsea Pitch Owners company rejected a proposal to buy back the land upon which Stamford Bridge is built at a fractious extraordinary general meeting. Also: Manchester City have been dealt a significant blow in their disciplinary proceedings against Carlos Tevez after the Professional Footballers' Association refused to ratify the four-week fine imposed on the Argentina international and backed the striker's argument that he had not declined to play against Bayern Munich.

THE INDEPENDENT: The bid by Chelsea to buy back the freehold of Stamford Bridge was defeated at a stormy meeting yesterday. Also: Arsene Wenger has told Arsenal's fans he understands why the club has been consumed by fear and discontent after a summer in which two of his best players departed.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Anton Ferdinand last night spoke for the first time about the gathering storm surrounding John Terry's alleged racial slur against the Queens Park Rangers defender, describing it as a "crazy" week. Also: Manchester City are furious with Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor and bemused by his union after it claimed there was 'no justification' to fine Carlos Tevez four weeks' wages.
 

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DAILY MAIL: FA investigators will examine footage from 20 Sky cameras in a bid to establish if John Terry racially abused Anton Ferdinand. Also: Kevin Keegan has emerged as a shock target for Leicester City, possibly as part of a management team with Lee Clark.

DAILY MIRROR: Andre Villas-Boas last night leapt to the defence of John Terry, insisting: "You should be PROUD of your England captain." Also: Roberto Mancini has told Mark Hughes: Keep on slagging me off .. and Manchester City will carry on winning!

DAILY EXPRESS: Kevin Keegan has emerged as a surprise contender to replace Sven-Goran Eriksson at Leicester City. Also: Roy Hodgson has revealed that Liverpool were on the verge of going bust during his troubled time there as manager.

DAILY STAR: Adam Johnson is the latest Manchester City star to have a bust-up with Roberto Mancini. Also: Arsene Wenger last night launched an astonishing defence of England race-row skipper John Terry.

THE SUN: Roberto Mancini is to be offered a new £22million four-year deal by Manchester City. Also: Emmanuel Adebayor says his Manchester City days were a "headache" and he has no regrets about leaving the club.

THE INDEPENDENT: Manchester City last night faced the double ignominy of being forced to halve the fine handed out to Carlos Tevez and to allow him further games for the club, if he is not sold in January. Also: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger spares Chelsea captain John Terry and calls for game to crack down on abuse in all its forms.

THE GUARDIAN: John Terry found an unlikely ally in Arsène Wenger who claims players can say things on the pitch they don't mean. Also: Gareth Bale has risked the wrath of Welsh supporters by posing in an Olympic fans' shirt for London 2012.

THE TELEGRAPH: The investigation into John Terry's alleged racist abuse of Anton Ferdinand took a major step forward on Friday when the England captain was interviewed by Football Association officials. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson claims Wayne Rooney will never lose his 'traitor' tag at Goodison Park but insists the Manchester United forward is capable of handling the incessant abuse he faces on his return to Everton on Saturday lunchtime.

THE TIMES: Andre Villas-Boas believes that the country should be proud of John Terry and that the Chelsea and England captain is a positive role model. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Wayne Rooney to silence the Everton hate mob and help to ensure there is no hangover from Manchester United's 6-1 drubbing by Manchester City.
 

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MONDAY OCTOBER 31

DAILY MAIL:

Andre Villas-Boas accused his Chelsea flops of 'broken promises' in a furious training ground outburst yesterday.

Kolo Toure will today contest any decision by Manchester City to give him a substantial fine for his failed drugs test.

DAILY MIRROR:

Manchester City have launched a bizarre bid to take away £1.5million of Kolo Toure's image rights in a bitter battle over his failed drugs test.

Fabio Capello faces a split in the England camp over the John Terry race row.

Everton supremo Bill Kenwright is in talks with the Jain Group - a wealthy Indian company - about becoming his club's financial saviour.

Sean O'Driscoll is set to be named Portsmouth manager after Burnley boss Eddie Howe ruled himself out of the job.

Leicester are weighing up a move to bring former manager Nigel Pearson back as their new manager.

THE SUN:

Steven Gerrard hobbled out of hospital yesterday - amid fears he could be sidelined for over a month.

Andre Villas-Boas must decide whether to pull John Terry out of the firing line this week.

Manchester City are on a collision course with the PFA again today as they put Kolo Toure in the dock.

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has slammed suggestions he made Nazi salutes in Saturday's 5-3 victory over Chelsea.

Andy Carroll last night pleaded with England boss Fabio Capello: Please play me against Spain.

Andre Villas-Boas must decide whether to pull John Terry out of the firing line this week.

Mark Gower is set to be awarded with a new contract at Swansea.

DAILY EXPRESS:

John Terry was last night sweating on Anton Ferdinand going public with his version of events in the racism row.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard left hospital on crutches and with his right ankle in plaster yesterday amid growing fears he faces another lengthy injury lay-off.

Theo Walcott has warned Arsenal's rivals the Gunners are capable of beating anybody after putting five past Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

DAILY STAR:

Anton Ferdinand and John Terry will both make their final race-row statements to the FA today.

Harry Redknapp aims to build a team around Scott Parker to restore Tottenham's glory days.

Defender Steven Taylor claims that Newcastle are finally united.

Steven Gerrard is expected to miss England's game with Spain and Sweden next month with an ankle injury.

DAILY TELEGRAPH:

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard could be facing the agony of another lengthy injury lay-off after being diagnosed with an infected ankle.

Anton Ferdinand is seriously considering the release of a public statement today in which he will outline why he has not accepted John Terry's explanation for alleged racist abuse.

THE TIMES:

Andre Villas-Boas last night insisted that he will not change his attacking philosophy despite Chelsea's 5-3 shock home defeat by Arsenal, which has left them nine points behind Manchester City.

THE GUARDIAN:

Roberto Mancini faces yet more player unrest after it was reported that Adam Johnson initially refused to board the team bus after the Carling Cup victory at Molineux last Wednesday night.

DAILY RECORD:

Rangers players have been denied Championship medals - because of a court order.

Dundee United Chairman Stephen Thompson last night blasted put "unanimous and unequivocal" backing to boss Peter Houston.
 

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THE SUN: Arsenal supremo Stan Kroenke has launched a fierce defence of the Glazer family at Manchester United. Also...Anton Ferdinand wants the FA to charge John Terry with making a racist slur against him.

DAILY MAIL: England rugby chiefs want Martin Johnson to stay as manager of the team that flopped so badly at the World Cup - but he will have to agree to a cull of his backroom staff. Also...Audley Harrison is using his curious popularity on Strictly Come Dancing to launch a boxing comeback which he hopes will lead to a world heavyweight championship mega-fight against one of the Klitschko brothers.

THE TIMES: Stan Kroenke has described the Glazer family as ideal owners and said that they have every right to take money out of Manchester United. Also...Demba Ba may have been labelled injury prone when he failed a medical at the Britannia Stadium in January but he certainly made Stoke City feel like the casualties last night.

DAILY EXPRESS: Northampton supremo Jim Mallinder has thrown his hat into the ring to become England's next manager should Martin Johnson leave the job after the World Cup failure. Also...Andre Villas-Boas last night admitted Chelsea had suffered a "disastrous" week but still claimed they can win the Premier League.

THE INDEPENDENT: Stan Kroenke, Arsenal's majority shareholder, believes nobody could have done a better job of running Manchester United than the Glazer family, despite the chronic discontent with their debt-laden regime among the Old Trafford club's fans. Also...Arsenal's rout of Chelsea has lifted the cloud hanging over the club following their humiliation at Old Trafford earlier this season and proved to the players that they have the quality to overcome any side in the Premier League, according to manager Arsene Wenger.

DAILY MIRROR: Anton Ferdinand last night warned John Terry he has made clear to the FA his "strong feelings" about their race row. Also...Carlos Tevez wants to move to another Premier League club if he's forced to leave Manchester City.

DAILY STAR: Anton Ferdinand last night told the FA: You have to investigate the John Terry race row properly. Also...Kolo Toure is facing a £600,000 fine for his failed drugs test.

THE GUARDIAN: It was not what Arsenal supporters, or indeed any supporters of Premier League clubs, might have expected to hear in Stan Kroenke's first interview in England. Also...Andre Villas-Boas has admitted Chelsea are licking their wounds after "a disastrous week" but has insisted his team can recover from successive Premier League defeats to win the title playing the brand of open, attacking football to which he remains committed.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Stan Kroenke, Arsenal's majority owner, has questioned the benefit of billionaire benefactors and praised the Glazers' stewardship of Manchester United. Also...Gloucester's Samoan centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu faces a Rugby Football Union investigation into his latest rant on Twitter, this time aimed at Saracens centre Owen Farrell.
 

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THE SUN: Roberto Mancini last night told Carlos Tevez: "It's easy to say sorry"...Chelsea last night condemned their own supporters as travelling fans gave their disgraceful verdict on the John Terry race row.

DAILY MAIL: Three Pakistani cricketers were last night facing jail sentences for corruption as it emerged that up to five Tests in England last year could have been influenced by the fixers...John Terry's position as England captain was plunged into yet more doubt last night after the Metropolitan Police launched a formal investigation into allegations that he racially abused Anton Ferdinand.

THE GUARDIAN: The spot-fixing net could widen to include other Pakistan cricketers, with international cricket's governing body set to review all the evidence collated by Scotland Yard in securing the convictions of Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt yesterday.

THE TIMES: Fabio Capello will come under mounting pressure to omit John Terry from his squad for the forthcoming friendly internationals against Spain and Sweden after the Metropolitan Police opened an investigation into allegations that the England captain racially abused Anton Ferdinand.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir could face jail terms of up to seven years after being convicted of spot-fixing at a trial that laid bare the culture of corruption at the heart of international cricket...The Metropolitan Police last night launched a formal investigation into allegations that Chelsea captain John Terry racially abused Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.

DAILY EXPRESS: Roberto Mancini gave a shock twist to the Carlos Tevez affair last night by offering him a route back at Manchester City - but only if he says sorry...The ICC will widen the investigation of the Pakistan tour to England last year after three players were convicted of spot-fixing.

DAILY MIRROR: Sir Alex Ferguson has warned Rio Ferdinand he must change his game after losing his pace...Roberto Mancini last night told Carlos Tevez to say sorry and he can play for Manchester City again.

THE INDEPENDENT: The ICC, cricket's governing body, will meet with the Metropolitan Police before deciding whether they can take action against other Pakistan players in the wake of yesterday's conviction of Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif for spot-fixing during the fourth Test against England at Lord's last year...Manchester City yesterday ventured back on to the Continent seeking to banish the memory of their pitifully poor night in Munich, though there was still no forgetting the man, absent from their British Airways flight, who is proving so obstinately difficult to leave behind.

DAILY STAR: Roberto Mancini has performed a shock U-turn and offered Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez an unexpected olive branch...Chelsea's week from hell got even worse last night.
 

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THE SUN: Michael Owen suffered another night of heartbreak at Old Trafford. Also: Yaya Toure bagged a brilliant double as City took a big step towards the knockout stages... John Terry last night pleaded with Fabio Capello to select him for England - despite the Anton Ferdinand race row.

DAILY MAIL: Roberto Mancini left Spain with a headache last night but safe in the knowledge his Manchester City team have finally found their feet in the Champions League. Also: Harry Redknapp was in hospital in London last night after heart surgery, but says he wants to be back at work on Sunday.

THE GUARDIAN: Cricket agent Mazhar Majeed has accused former Pakistan captain Salman Butt of instigating the spot-fixing plot and alleged that bowler Mohammad Asif was already involved in a match-fixing conspiracy with a separate consortium. Also: Martyn Thomas, the Rugby Football Union's acting chief executive, became the latest victim of the bloodletting that has beset Twickenham this year when it was announced that he would next month sever his many ties with the governing body, while a review he last month commissioned into England's poor World Cup campaign was aborted.

THE TIMES: Manchester City's imperious form shows no sign of abating. They enhanced their chances of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League last night with a 3-0 win over Villarreal in Spain. Also: Fabio Capello will name John Terry in the preliminary squad for England's forthcoming friendly matches today, but will take guidance from the FA hierarchy over the next 48 hours before deciding whether to pick the captain, who is the subject of a police investigation into alleged racial abuse.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: The agent at the heart of the Pakistan spot-fixing ring claimed on Wednesday that former captain Salman Butt was the driving force behind the conspiracy, introducing him to an Indian match fixer and encouraging him to organise the corruption of the Lord's and Oval Test matches. Also: Another game, another rout. Manchester City have seemingly forgotten how to make life difficult for themselves and even a Yellow Submarine failed to halt their cruise towards the Champions League knock-out stages.

DAILY EXPRESS: Manchester City sounded a warning to their Champions League rivals with a comfortable 3-0 win away to Villarreal last night. Also: John Terry has told Fabio Capello he is ready to captain England against Spain and Sweden.

DAILY MIRROR: Harry Redknapp vowed a rapid return to White Hart Lane following heart surgery yesterday. Also: Chelsea last night pledged to hunt down fans who disgraced the club with chants aimed at Anton Ferdinand.

THE INDEPENDENT: John Terry is in Fabio Capello's provisional England squad for the internationals against Spain and Sweden this month, although the Italian's deep uncertainty about whether to select him means the Chelsea captain is only 50/50 to play. Also: The British agent convicted of corruption in partnership with three Pakistan cricketers claimed yesterday that it was Salman Butt, the team's former captain, and another unnamed player who first approached him to propose spot-fixing, that the Pakistan team was surrounded by those looking to corrupt players and that there may have been more than one match-fixing ring involved around the team.

DAILY STAR: John Terry will be named in Fabio Capello's England squad on Sunday. Also: Manchester City steamrollered their way to yet another success last night.
 

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THE GUARDIAN: The sight of prison vans leaving Southwark crown court ought to be sending chills down the spine of every professional cricketer in a position to accept the kind of inducements that have brought prison sentences for Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir. Also: Manchester City are putting in place a high-level safety strategy ahead of their Champions League tie against Napoli and taking security advice from several clubs, including Manchester United and Liverpool, whose supporters have been the victims of stabbings on recent trips to Italy.

DAILY STAR: Wayne Rooney has pleaded with England boss Fabio Capello to pick him for next week's glamour clash with Spain at Wembley. Also: Marlon King completed Birmingham's second-half fightback at St Andrew's to boost their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Europa League.

DAILY MIRROR: John Terry's England fate will be determined today by Fabio Capello and the FA's high command. Also: Wayne Rooney has broken his silence on his three-match Euro 2012 ban to admit: "It's my own fault."

THE SUN: Wayne Rooney has been told he is going to Euro 2012 with England. Also: Spurs failed to give boss Harry Redknapp a tonic as they goofed in Russia.

DAILY MAIL: John Terry was forced to call in the police to clear his name after a doctored recording of his voice uttering racist comments was posted on the internet. Also: Fabio Capello has told Wayne Rooney he will not be in his England squad for this month's friendlies against Spain and Sweden - but has assured him he will go to next summer's European Championship.

DAILY EXPRESS: Wayne Rooney has broken his silence on the red card that has cast a cloud over his Euro 2012 - and hopes the FA will today launch their appeal for his ban to be reduced. Also: Sir Ian Botham has challenged the ICC to get tough with the other Pakistan players named in the spot-fixing trial and root out "the core" of corruption in their dressing room.

THE INDEPENDENT: Mohammad Amir refused to give evidence during the spot-fixing trial that ended yesterday with prison sentences being imposed on himself, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif because of "underworld threats" made against him and his family in Pakistan. Also: The decision over whether to appeal Wayne Rooney's Euro 2012 three-match ban will be made today by the Football Association, which finally received the legal reasons behind the judgement from Uefa yesterday.

THE TIMES: Wayne Rooney says he will have only himself to blame if he fails to play in the European Championship finals for England next summer. Also: The day after Mohammad Amir pleaded guilty for the first time, a member of his family was approached in a mosque in Lahore. The message was a simple one: tell Amir to watch his step and watch what he says.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: The disgraced Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were jailed yesterday for a fixing conspiracy that the trial judge said undermined the integrity and image of cricket and meant no fan could ever trust what they saw on the field again. Also: Andre Villas-Boas admitted yesterday that he had had "supportive" recent conversations with Roman Abramovich and, despite Chelsea's dip in form, was adamant that the club would never compromise on their attacking philosophy.
 

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DAILY TELEGRAPH: Wayne Rooney is likely to make a personal appearance before UEFA as he desperately attempts to reduce the three-match ban which rules him out of the group stages of next summer's European Championships. Also: Liverpool are embroiled in a row with the Football League after being ordered to play their Carling Cup quarter-final against Chelsea 48 hours after a key Premier League fixture.

THE TIMES: Steve Williams, for 12 years the caddie of Tiger Woods, could find himself fighting for his professional life after apparently making racist comments about his former employer. Also: Fabio Capello wants to name John Terry in the England squad tomorrow and will do so unless the FA hierarchy insists otherwise.

THE INDEPENDENT: It seems ludicrous, but 16 matches into his reign as Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is already under pressure. Also: The Football Association will appeal against Wayne Rooney's three-match UEFA ban, it announced yesterday, and the governing body is not ruling out the prospect of Rooney himself travelling to Switzerland to plead his case.

THE GUARDIAN: Sir Alex Ferguson is thinking back to his first match in charge - "we bloody lost" - and trying to explain why it is, on the eve of his 25th anniversary at Manchester United, that he still has such a remarkable appetite to continue in the job. Also: Arsene Wenger believes December will be the defining month for Arsenal to get back into the title race.

DAILY STAR: Fabio Capello yesterday told the FA: If you want to axe John Terry, then do it yourselves. Also: The FA last night confirmed they will appeal against Wayne Rooney's three-match ban.

THE SUN: Alex Ferguson has been told he is unique - by the Special One. Also: Fabio Capello will name John Terry in his England squad - providing he gets the green light from the FA.

DAILY MIRROR: Fabio Capello last night told Football Association chiefs they have to be the ones to drop John Terry from his England squad. Also: Manchester City may be the new entertainers - but Roberto Mancini says he would be happy with a 1-0 win.

DAILY MAIL: Tiger Woods' former caddie Steve Williams caused outrage at an awards dinner last night when he made a racist remark about his former boss. Also: Neil Warnock has called on Chelsea supporters guilty of taunting Anton Ferdinand on Tuesday night to be jailed.

DAILY EXPRESS: Jack Wilshere has revealed his desire to win a gold medal with the Great Britain football team at next year's Olympics. Also: Wayne Rooney could make a personal plea to UEFA in an attempt to reduce his three-match ban at Euro 2012.
 

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THE MAIL ON SUNDAY: John Terry is unlikely to lead England out against world champions Spain at Wembley on Saturday even though manager Fabio Capello will include him in his squad. Also: Wayne Rooney will use the two-match ban handed to Russia's Andrey Arshavin at Euro 2008 as the cornerstone of his appeal against the longer suspension he received for kicking out at Montenegro's Miodrag Dzudovic in England's final Euro 2012 qualifier last month.

SUNDAY MIRROR: Tottenham aim to block England's interest in Harry Redknapp by offering him a new three-year deal. Also: England coach Fabio Capello last night declared: "Racist problems do not exist with the players".

SUNDAY EXPRESS: England boss Fabio Capello will tonight select his under pressure captain John Terry for the double header against Spain and Sweden - but leave out Anton Ferdinand's brother Rio. Also: David Beckham has called on the FA to appoint an Englishman as the next manager of the national team.

DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Rampant Manchester City maintained their five-point Premier League lead over arch-rivals Man United with a thrilling 3-2 win over QPR last night. Also: Fabio Capello will name John Terry in the England squad tonight because he says his skipper is "innocent until proven guilty".

THE OBSERVER: Fabio Capello will select John Terry for the England squad to face Spain and Sweden, insisting that the captain - who is the subject of Metropolitan police and FA investigations into an allegation of racial abuse - is innocent until presumed guilty. The manager claimed yesterday that he as "never found racism" in the England dressing room. Also: Adam Scott last night faced growing pressure to sack his caddie Steve Williams following his comment about Tiger Woods.

INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: Fabio Capello last night broke his silence on the John Terry affair, declaring his captain "innocent until proven guilty" and available for the forthcoming friendlies against Spain and Sweden. Also: Steve Williams must justify himself in person to Tiger Woods on Tuesday as pressure grows on Adam Scott to sack his caddie for his controversial comments about the former world number one.

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Militant England players threatened to boycott a farewell gala dinner attended by the public over a pay dispute before flying out to take part in the Rugby World Cup. Also: John Terry has been selected in the England squad to face Spain and Sweden, although Fabio Capello has hinted he could leave him out of the meeting with the world champions at Wembley.

SUNDAY TIMES: Manchester City were hailed as better than Barcelona by Neil Warnock, the Queens Park Rangers manager, after a pulsating 3-2 win at Loftus Road sent City into the international break with a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League - and gave Sir Alex Ferguson much to chew over on the weekend of his 25th anniversary in English football. Also: The Australian golfer Adam Scott has defended his caddie Steve Williams after he was forced to apologise for offensive comments made about Tiger Woods at a gold dinner at the HSBC Champions event in Shanghai.

THE PEOPLE: Fabio Capello is standing by John Terry as England skipper and insists the Chelsea star is innocent until proven guilty. Also: Nicolas Anelka will be offered a route out of Chelsea by QPR in January.
 

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Will Man City go for broke in January and bring in a couple of big names or will they stick with what they've got?

I think they've got enough already.
 

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Another defeat for Blackburn Rovers, in May hopefully they will be back where they belong!!!!!!
 

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THE GUARDIAN: Fabio Capello has elevated Daniel Sturridge and Jack Rodwell into the senior England squad for the first time as the national manager seeks to experiment with a more youthful line-up in the forthcoming friendlies against Spain and Sweden. Also: Antolin Alcaraz, the Wigan Athletic captain, is expected to be charged by the Football Association with improper conduct and faces a possible three-match ban after he was caught on camera spitting at the Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Richard Stearman.

DAILY STAR: Wigan skipper Antolin Alcaraz was at the centre of a spitting row last night. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson was kept in the dark over his special 25th anniversary present from Manchester United thanks to a top-secret operation.

DAILY MIRROR: Harry Redknapp wants to defy doctor's orders and return to the Spurs dug-out within a fortnight. Also: Spitting Wigan skipper Antolin Alcaraz faces a three-match ban after giving Wolves defender Richard Stearman a mouthful.

THE SUN: Fabio Capello is under pressure from the Met Police to stop talking about John Terry. Also: Joe Jordan reckons Tottenham's hard-fought win was a "tester" for Harry Redknapp's ticker.

DAILY MAIL: Fabio Capello is determined to see John Terry lead out his country against Sweden despite insisting the England captain will play no part against Spain on Saturday. Also: The Tiger Woods race row took a dramatic twist last night as it was revealed the former world No 1 and his old caddie Steve Williams will be kept apart at this week's Australian Open.

DAILY EXPRESS: Daniel Agger has delivered a scathing assessment of Liverpool, accusing them of playing like "headless chickens" in the stalemate with Swansea. Also: Wigan captain Antolin Alcaraz could be facing a three-game ban after spitting at Wolves defender Richard Stearman yesterday.

THE INDEPENDENT: Harry Redknapp hopes to resume his full responsibilities as Tottenham Hotspur manager more quickly than his doctors have recommended, with the 64-year-old insisting he will be back in less than a month. Also: Fabio Capello's determination that John Terry should not be judged on a negative reputation means that he may lead out the England side against Sweden a week tomorrow, though Frank Lampard is emerging as the most likely captain to face Spain on Saturday, a game in which Terry will play no part.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Frank Lampard is in line to captain England in Saturday's friendly international against world champions Spain although Fabio Capello appears determined to start John Terry in the fixture three days later against Sweden. Also: The drama of golf's racism row shifted on Sunday night from China to Australia, despite an attempt by the sport's executives to draw a line under Steve Williams' "entirely unacceptable" remarks about Tiger Woods.

THE TIMES: Fabio Capello has told John Terry that he will have the opportunity to lead England out at Wembley again after sitting out the friendly match against Spain on Saturday.
 

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DAILY MAIL: The FA are refusing to give up their fight with FIFA to let England's footballers wear their poppies with pride at Wembley on Saturday. Also: Jack Wilshere has made an astonishing promise to stay with Arsenal for the rest of his career.

DAILY MIRROR: Fabio Capello will take his last shot at England glory by giving his players the freedom of Krakow. Also: Arsene Wenger reckons Manchester City could have the title wrapped up by Christmas.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: The Wags are back. England will allow the players' wives and girlfriends to stay in Krakow, the squad's Euro 2012 base, but they will only be allowed into the team hotel the day after matches. Also: Jack Wilshere has outlined a desire to finish his career with Arsenal and revealed that he hopes to return from his ankle injury by the end of the year.

THE SUN: John Terry could yet feature in Saturday's showpiece Wembley friendly against world champions Spain. Also: Tomasz Kuszczak has launched a stunning attack on Manchester United for making him "a slave".

THE INDEPENDENT: There was a fresh twist to the John Terry saga last night when it emerged that Everton defender Phil Jagielka will have to pull out of the England squad tomorrow, putting pressure on Fabio Capello to pick his captain in Saturday's game against Spain at Wembley. Also: Luis Suarez, the Liverpool forward, has risked the wrath of the Football Association by speaking for the first time about the allegation he racially abused Manchester United's Patrick Evra at Anfield last month.

THE TIMES: Fabio Capello's resolve over John Terry will be tested this week as personnel issues put the defender back into contention for a place in the England side to play Spain on Saturday. Also: The FA was joined by its Welsh counterpart yesterday in a final plea to Fifa for its players to be allowed to wear poppies on their shirts to commemorate Armistice Day this weekend.

DAILY STAR: Tomasz Kuszczak has launched a stunning attack on Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson. Also: Carlos Tevez is refusing to bury the hatchet with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini.

DAILY EXPRESS: Yaya Toure has claimed Manchester City are so good even the club's second string would qualify for the Champions League. Also: Luis Suarez will demand an apology from Patrice Evra if the FA are unable to uphold allegations made by the Manchester United defender that he was subjected to racial abuse by the Liverpool striker.

THE GUARDIAN: England have promised to "do things differently this time" after confirming they will be based in Krakow city centre during Euro 2012. Also: After months of infighting within the Rugby Football Union another battle could be on the horizon over moves to have Jeff Blackett, the chief disciplinary officer, removed from the RFU council.
 

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THE GUARDIAN: England will not be able to defy FIFA's ban on wearing poppies on their shirts for Saturday's friendly against Spain at Wembley, as the referee is under orders from the governing body to call off the match if the emblems are present on their kit. Also: Football fans travelling to Poland and Ukraine for next summer's European Championship may well face travel chaos with major roadworks, train links and airport terminals months behind schedule and workers racing to get them completed in time for the tournament, which starts in Warsaw on 8 June.

DAILY MAIL: The FA's fading hope of displaying poppies on England's shirts to show their respect and support for our armed forces received welcome and dramatic support on Tuesday night - from Germany. Also: Muhammad Ali has led the tributes to Joe Frazier following his death from liver cancer aged 67.

DAILY EXPRESS: Fabio Capello says England cannot hope to match Spain's style as he prepares to take on the world champions with a depleted side. Also: Carlos Tevez will have to apologise to Roberto Mancini in order to play for Manchester City again, despite deciding not to appeal against his club punishment.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: The England team intend to display poppies on their tracksuit jackets and wear black armbands at Wembley on Saturday following FIFA's controversial refusal to allow poppies on their playing shirts. Also: Carlos Tevez is facing a new row with Manchester City and a possible fine of two weeks' wages after returning to Argentina without permission on the same day as telling the club he would accept a two-week fine for his actions at Bayern Munich in September.

THE INDEPENDENT: Fabio Capello has his best player banned for three games at Euro 2012, his captain at the centre of racist abuse allegations and his team facing the world champions Spain at Wembley on Saturday, but it emerged yesterday that the England manager is also in trouble at home - he is missing his son's wedding this weekend. Also: England will not be allowed to wear poppies on their shirts for Saturday's friendly against Spain after FIFA rejected a second request from the Football Association for what the world governing body termed "embroidery on the match shirt".

THE TIMES: John Terry believes that he has the backing of the England squad as he meets his international team-mates for the first time tonight since being accused of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand. Also: There is something poignant and morally significant in Joe Frazier's determination to carry on.

DAILY STAR: Carlos Tevez has performed a dramatic U-turn after striking a deal to seal his exit from Manchester City. Also: John Terry will find out today whether there is any animosity towards him in the England camp.

THE SUN: Carlos Tevez has gone AWOL after defying Manchester City's instructions to return from Argentina. Also: Ashley Cole has been ordered by Chelsea to talk with cops about the John Terry race row.

DAILY MIRROR: Rio Ferdinand has reignited the John Terry race issue by accusing FIFA of double standards in their fight to wear poppies on England's shirt. Also: Roberto Mancini last night won the latest round of his battle with Carlos Tevez after the striker accepted his punishment for his Munich mutiny.
 

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THE GUARDIAN: Newcastle's owner, Mike Ashley, faces a potential backlash from supporters after the announcement that St James' Park is to be rebranded as the Sports Direct Arena as part of the club's plan to sell the naming rights to the stadium. Also: England will wear poppies on their black armbands in Saturday's friendly against Spain at Wembley after Prince William, the president of the Football Association, and David Cameron, the prime minister, intervened in the row by writing to the world governing body to voice their disquiet.

DAILY MAIL: FIFA's great poppy climbdown was the talk of football on Wednesday night as the England team were given permission to honour war heroes against Spain on Saturday. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson is prepared to rip the heart from his defence next summer and sell Nemanja Vidic to Real Madrid.

DAILY STAR: Carlos Tevez has been slammed by his own union and told he could face the sack for his latest act of rebellion at Manchester City. Also: Wales boss Gary Speed has urged any of his stars wanting to take part in next summer's Olympics to think again.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Newcastle United's ground is to no longer be called St James' Park after the club announced they would be selling naming rights to the highest bidder. Also: The England players will be allowed to wear poppies on their black armbands for this Saturday's prestige friendly against Spain after Fifa last night reached a surprising compromise with the Football Association.

THE SUN: England were last night written off as a major football power - by manager Fabio Capello. Also: Manchester City will hit Carlos Tevez with a £600,000 fine for going AWOL - and could even sack him if he does not return quickly.

THE INDEPENDENT: It has been too quiet for rather too long at Newcastle United, and with that perhaps in mind, owner Mike Ashley has taken the bold decision to redress the largely good news to have been generated by Alan Pardew's unbeaten side so far this season with a development rather less palatable to supporters, pushing through his long-stated aim to re-name the club's home, one of British football's most iconic venues. Also: Fabio Capello faces a dilemma over whether to play Phil Jagielka against Spain on Saturday with his club, Everton, previously working on the understanding that the defender, who has a broken toe, would be rested for the two friendlies over the next five days.

DAILY EXPRESS: Carlos Tevez has been warned he could face the sack after his latest high-profile disappearing act. Also: Newcastle will today take the bold but controversial decision to erase 119 years of history by removing the name St James' Park from their home.

DAILY MIRROR: Rio Ferdinand has been told he has an England future - and he will go to Poland for Euro 2012. Also: Steve Kean has signed a new contract at Blackburn in a defiant show of confidence by the club's Indian owners Venky's.

THE TIMES: St James' Park was consigned to history last night when Newcastle United officially renamed their historic ground the Sports Direct Arena. Also: Carlos Tevez was preparing to fly back to England last night after a day of claim and counter-claim over his latest row with Manchester City.
 

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THE SUN: Kenny Dalglish has amazingly told Liverpool fans NOT to buy tickets for the Carling Cup clash with Chelsea. Also: You Booties! England stars will stick two fingers up at FIFA by displaying poppies on their boots in tomorrow's friendly with Spain... Joey Barton has blasted Newcastle owner Mike Ashley's stadium name change.

DAILY MAIL: England players promised to honour the nation's war heroes when they wear the poppy at Wembley tomorrow and hope it will inspire them to victory against world champions Spain. Also: John Terry has the full backing of the England squad despite the captain being embroiled in a racism row with Anton Ferdinand.

DAILY MIRROR: Barcelona have stepped up their interest in Gareth Bale - and are ready to make a £35million swoop. Also: Under-fire John Terry was given a huge vote of confidence by his England team-mates yesterday... Carlos Tevez's dispute with Manchester City could end up costing him more than £25million.

DAILY EXPRESS: Barcelona are watching Tottenham star Gareth Bale with a view to making a move for him next summer. Also: Joe Hart last night ignored the plaudits being heaped on world champions Spain and insisted England will not simply roll over at Wembley tomorrow.

DAILY STAR: John Terry has been told his team-mates are fully behind him as England captain. Also: Mike Ashley yesterday stepped up his damage-limitation exercise as his move to ditch the name St James' Park was hit by a storm of protest... Arsenal have admitted for the first time they do not expect to speak with Robin van Persie about a new contract until near the end of the season.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: England goalkeeper Joe Hart responded defiantly last night to the widely expressed suggestion that Spain will run amok in the prestige friendly between the countries at Wembley tomorrow evening. Also: Michael Clarke, Australia's captain, described his team's performance as "disgraceful" after the tourists' last pair saved them from recording the lowest total in Test history on a freakish day of cricket in Cape Town.

THE TIMES: Kenny Dalglish launched a furious tirade at the Football League yesterday over the "disgraceful" timing of Liverpool's Carling Cup quarter-final against Chelsea - only 48 hours after their league fixture with Manchester City. Also: Joe Hart expressed his delight yesterday that FIFA and the FA reached a compromise over England players wearing poppies against Spain tomorrow to end a row that has dominated the build-up to the friendly.

THE GUARDIAN: England's players have presented a united front to allay fears that the selection of John Terry, the subject of separate investigations by the Metropolitan police and the Football Association into allegations of racial abuse, may prove divisive. Also: Kenny Dalglish has branded as "disgraceful" the decision to schedule Liverpool's Carling Cup quarter-final at Chelsea only 48 hours after his team play Manchester City at Anfield.

THE INDEPENDENT: Carlos Tevez failed to offer an explanation of his unauthorised absence in Argentina yesterday and played right into Roberto Mancini's hands by giving the manager every reason not to allow him to wear the Manchester City shirt on a field of play again. Also: It's one thing to appreciate how far Phil Jones has come in professional football at the tender age of 19, it is quite another to hear him spell out just how young he is in relation to the current generation of English footballers.
 

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THE GUARDIAN: Secret plans to transform European domestic rugby union are being considered by French and English sides keen to put the professional club game on a firmer financial footing. One leading official from a Premiership club is warning of a possible "violent breakaway" by wealthier European clubs. Also: Fabio Capello harbours no regrets about his reappointment of John Terry as England's permanent captain, and has confirmed the Chelsea centre-half will regain the armband after this evening's friendly against Spain.

THE INDEPENDENT: Fabio Capello yesterday threw his full support behind his embattled captain John Terry by declaring that he had "no regrets" at reappointing the player to the position in March, and announcing that Terry will lead England out against Sweden on Tuesday. Also: Two years after Thierry Henry's handball and 10 years after their last qualification, Ireland are now 90 minutes away from Euro 2012... Manchester City have announced they are prepared to take a calculated risk by not entering into discussions on a new contract for midfielder Nigel de Jong until next summer.

THE SUN: Frank Lampard insists John Terry is not racist. Also: Furious England chiefs sacked Mike Tindall because he refused to say sorry for his boozy night out at the World Cup.

DAILY EXPRESS: Fabio Capello insists he has no regrets over restoring John Terry as England captain - despite the fact Frank Lampard will lead the team out against Spain today. Also: Mike Tindall will appeal against his record £25,000 fine after his England career ended in disgrace with his ejection from the squad for his World Cup bar-room incidents in New Zealand.

DAILY MIRROR: Fabio Capello has taken John Terry out of the firing line at Wembley tonight - but he will wear the captain's armband next week. Also: Mike Tindall last night vowed to fight the RFU after being fined £25,000 and dumped from the England squad... Aaron Ramsey insists he can still play for Team GB at the Olympics and be a committed Wales captain.

DAILY STAR: Fabio Capello last night insisted: I don't regret giving the England captaincy back to John Terry. Also: The Republic of Ireland virtually booked their place in Euro 2012 with a stunning first-leg play-off win in Estonia last night... London landed the 2017 World Athletics Championship yesterday after beating off a mega-bucks bid by Doha.

DAILY MAIL: England's rugby players have been warned that any future drunken behaviour and indiscipline could see them suffer the same fate as Mike Tindall. Also: Frank Lampard says England would have considered standing up to FIFA if they hadn't agreed to putting poppies on armbands.

THE TIMES: Lord Coe ushered in a golden decade for British sport after London won its duel with Doha for the right to stage the 2017 World Athletics Championships yesterday. Also: For a manager who likes to keep his cards close to his chest, Fabio Capello was unusually eager yesterday to declare his hand.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: England have wrapped arms of support around their besieged leader, John Terry, with Frank Lampard, captain against Spain this evening, saying that the defender was "absolutely not" a racist. Also: From glory to ignominy, Mike Tindall's England career apparently ended in disgrace yesterday.
 

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MAIL ON SUNDAY: Martin Johnson's future will be decided within days after further damaging details in the Mike Tindall affair were revealed to the England team manager during a bruising Twickenham inquiry into the World Cup debacle...Fabio Capello missed his son's wedding - but enjoyed the rare treat of seeing England beat the world champions at Wembley.

SUNDAY EXPRESS: Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque put the boot firmly into England's hopes of Euro glory last night...Dumped England skipper Mike Tindall is fearing for his club future - as Gloucester also consider whether to keep the shamed rugby star.

SUNDAY MIRROR: Frank Lampard hailed an historic win as England beat the world champions at Wembley...Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias stunned Toon Army fans by unleashing an astonishing, foul-mouthed rant in public on Geordie icons Alan Shearer and Kevin Keegan.

DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Stand-in England skipper Frank Lampard stooped to conquer World and European champions Spain at Wembley last night...Nigel de Jong is a shock £20m target for Real Madrid...Sir Alex Ferguson has pin-pointed Ajax teenage midfield sensation Christian Eriksen as Manchester United's top transfer target.

THE PEOPLE: Manchester City believe Carlos Tevez, AWOL in Argentina, will never return to the club...Frank Lampard headed England to a shock victory over Spain - their first victory over a team of reigning world champions for 31 years.

THE OBSERVER: At least Fabio Capello can stick out his chin and look his family in the eye after England beat Spain...An afternoon that got off to an inauspicious start, when stewards confiscated a banner protesting against Welsh involvement in Team GB at the Olympic Games, ended on a much happier note, as Gary Speed celebrated another highly impressive performance from a side who are growing in confidence with every game.

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Fabio Capello has vowed to take England's new generation to Euro 2012 after they helped England to a surprise win over World and European champions Spain at Wembley yesterday...Double world record-holder Usain Bolt wants to win a total of four gold medals at next summer's London Olympics by adding the 4x400 metres relay to his race schedule.

INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: Harry Redknapp, the favourite to succeed Fabio Capello as England manager next year, will face trial in January on charges of tax evasion....Two former Pakistan cricketers convicted of fixing part of a Test match against England have asked to be returned to their home country, to serve the remainder of their sentence.

SUNDAY TIMES: Fabio Capello hailed Scott Parker as "incredible" and talked up a new generation of players after shocking Spain at Wembley...Harry Redknapp, the Tottenham manager, will stand trial for tax evasion on January 23, 2012.
 
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