READ about this and find out what other top sport stories are making the headlines in today’s national UK papers - Saturday, June 18, 2011.
THE GUARDIAN: Rory McIlroy returned to Congressional country club yesterday after one of the greatest rounds of his young life and almost did it again, turning in a US Open encore that did not need a scorer but a historian. Also: Chris Tremlett’s destruction of Sri Lanka in the first two rain-ravaged days of the third Test left England’s bowling coach, David Saker, relishing the challenge that he can lay down to India if he is presented with fast, bouncy pitches when the summer reaches its height.
THE INDEPENDENT: Rory McIlroy is gone, he’s out of sight, in a different country, on another dimension, doing his finest impression of Tiger Woods in his heyday. Also: You could tell the start of the 125th Championships was only three days away here yesterday.
THE TIMES: Tottenham Hotspur came under renewed pressure to sell Luka Modric last night when Chelsea raised their offer to about £25million. Also: Rory McIlroy powered his way clear at the top of the leaderboard in the second round of the US Open at Congressional Country Club yesterday with the best 36-hole performance in the history of the championship.
DAILY EXPRESS: Runaway leader Rory McIlroy ripped up the record books at the US Open as he continued his spectacular pursuit of his first Major championship yesterday. Also: Andy Murray completed his preparations to try to become the first British man to lift the Wimbledon title since 1936 with a show of confidence which included another hot-dog shot in his final warm-up match.
DAILY MIRROR: Alex McLeish completed his controversial switch from Birmingham to Aston Villa yesterday - but the legal row still rages. Also: Newcastle and Arsenal - who served up the match of the season in a 4-4 thriller in February - meet again on the opening weekend of the Premier League season on 13 August.
DAILY MAIL: Luka Modric last night dropped a bombshell on Tottenham when he told Sportsmail he wants to leave White Hart Lane and sign for Chelsea. Also: Rory McIlroy blew away the field at the US Open yesterday to take a massive lead into the weekend.
THE SUN: Rory McIlroy has torn up the US Open record books. Also: Alex McLeish walked into Aston Villa yesterday - and will pocket a 150 per cent pay rise.
DAILY STAR: New Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish has pleaded with the club’s fans: Give me a chance to prove you wrong. Also: Stuart Pearce has urged England to conquer their fear and remember Italia 90 tomorrow night.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: The authorities at Congressional ought to consider a warrant for the arrest of Rory McIlroy for crimes against the United States Golf Association. Also: World and European triple jump champion Phillips Idowu has received a dressing down from UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee after using his Twitter account to announce his withdrawal from this weekend’s European Team Championships