What the back pages say: Real Madrid to bid £20m for Nemanja Vidic, Cesc Fabregas won't blame Arsene Wenger for fresh injury, Ledley King backs Michael Dawson for World Cup


Liverpool are trying to thrash out a deal with Real Madrid to land Ruud van Nistelrooy on a six-month loan next week.

Liverpool close in on Ruud loan deal

Also: Wasps believe veteran lock Simon Shaw can carry on beyond the Rugby World Cup in 2011, such is the 36-year-old's enthusiasm for the game.

A Shaw thing - Simon showing no signs of quitting

Nemanja Vidic

Real Madrid target: Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic


England is poised to pull out of next year's Commonwealth Games over fears that athletes will be victims of a terrorist attack, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

Also: Real Madrid are preparing a £20million summer bid for Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic.


Steven Gerrard saluted Fernando Torres as the 'best striker in the world' last night.

Also: Danny Cipriani has been warned: Stop listening to the freeloaders around you.


Plague, pestilence and floods notwithstanding - and rain can never be ruled out in Durban - England will take a 1-0 lead by winning the second Test match today.

Also: Ann Quinn, the Australian appointed at the onset of the present LTA regime to revolutionise the approach to sports science in British tennis, has departed at the end of a year in which she spent four months locked out of the country by a visa dispute.


A match full of uncertainty in difficult conditions was aptly decided by a haphazard goal in the third minute of stoppage time.

Also: Portsmouth's season from hell is about to take a turn for the better, according
to the executive director Mark Jacob.


England yesterday enjoyed one of the great days of Test cricket.

Also: Sir Alex Ferguson has rebutted Fabio Capello's claims that Manchester United are not the same force they were last season, declaring that they have only one point fewer than this time last year and that it would be unrealistic to expect more goals from a side which has lost Cristiano Ronaldo.


Fernando Torres kept his cool at snowy Villa Park to give Liverpool a precious away win.

Also: Martin Johnson has been give the go-ahead to take England's rugby squad on its longest summer tour for 10 years.


Fernando Torres scored a crucial injury-time goal for Liverpool last night as they beat Aston Villa 1-0 to reignite their faltering season.

Also: Cesc Fabregas does not blame Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for bringing him
on as a second-half substitute against Aston Villa and the subsequent injury he
picked up in his devastating cameo appearance.


Fernando Torres swept home a stunning injury-time winner for Liverpool at Villa Park last night.

Also: Tottenham skipper Ledley King has backed central defensive partner Michael Dawson to gatecrash England's World Cup party.

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