READ about this and find out what other top sport stories are making the headlines in the UK’s national newspapers today - Sunday, April 15, 2012.
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: The tragic death of Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Synchronised overshadowed the closest finish in the 173-year history of the Grand National on a day of raw emotion at Aintree. Also: Kenny Dalglish insisted Liverpool’s dramatic FA Cup semi-final victory over Everton yesterday was the perfect riposte to the “battering” his club had taken this season.
THE MAIL ON SUNDAY: Liverpool’s £35million striker Andy Carroll finally repaid the faith of manager Kenny Dalglish by scoring his side’s FA Cup semi-final winner against Everton at Wembley. Also: The Grand National produced the closest finish ever at Aintree yesterday - and a historic third place for woman jockey Katie Walsh on Seabass.
THE OBSERVER: The 165th Grand National produced the closest finish in the history of the race as Neptune Collonges beat Sunnyhill Boy by a nose, but the drama on the run-in was all but obscured by the news that two horses, including Synchronised, the Gold Cup winner at Cheltenham last month, had been put down after suffering injuries during the race. Also: FA Cup semi-finals often have limited appeal. This was a close if undistinguished occasion and the nervousness had been distributed evenly.
THE SUN SUNDAY: Andy Carroll struck a late winner off his ponytail to send Liverpool into the FA Cup final and then declared: “I’ve never lost faith in my ability.” Also: Carlos Tevez smashed a brilliant hat-trick to swing Manchester City back into the title race.
THE SUNDAY TIMES: For the second successive year, a pulsating finish to the Grand National was overshadowed by the death of two horses, forcing the jump racing authorities to mount a defence of their sport and its highest-profile race. Also: Liverpool’s new director of football can expect to work on a summer transfer budget of £20m-£30m with recruitment focused on players under the age of 21.
THE PEOPLE: Wembley hero Andy Carroll is ready to cash-and-carry Liverpool all the way to a fabulous Kop Cup double. Also: Carlos Tevez bagged a hat-trick to push Manchester City within two points of the top but manager Roberto Mancini insisted: The title still won’t be swinging our way.
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: Roberto Mancini last night hailed Carlos Tevez after Manchester City’s 6-1 demolition of Norwich City at Carrow Road. Also: Appropriately enough, with the Grand National being run back home at Aintree, it was a £35m striker much derided as a pony-tailed donkey who provided the thoroughbred moment to settle this Merseyside squabble.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Neptune Collonges and Daryl Jacob won the Grand National after a sensational photo finish. Also: Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson plans to sign one of three wingers in the summer - Athletic Bilbao’s Iker Muniain, 19, Lille’s Eden Hazard, 21, or Benfica’s Argentinian talent Nicolas Gaitan, 24.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Andy Carroll finally claimed centre stage as Liverpool’s goal hero. Also: This is the horrific moment when Gold Cup winner synchronised died at Aintree in the Grand National, won by 33-1 grey Neptune Collonges.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Neptune Collonges won the closest Grand National in history yesterday, becoming the first grey horse to triumph since Nicolaus Silver in 1961. Also: Carlos Tevez kept Manchester City’s title hopes alive yesterday with a sensational hat-trick - followed by another act of defiance.