What today’s newspapers are saying: Sunday, July 28.
Jessica Ennis-Hill’s hopes of competing at the World Championships next month are hanging in the balance after a persistent Achilles problem marred a return to the track where she won Olympic gold.
Ennis-Hill suspects a ‘last-minute’ decision will determine her presence in Moscow as she races against the clock to get fit.
‘I think [the cut off point to decide] is probably quite late on,’ said Ennis-Hill, who competed in the 100metre hurdles and long-jump yesterday, ‘but it’s only two weeks away now, so I would like to make it sooner rather than later so that I can get myself mentally ready if I am going to compete.
“It’s frustrating because I’ve just picked up this injury at the wrong time and I’m missing some of the sharpness. I just need to see how [the Achilles is] tomorrow and have a real think about it.’
Ennis-Hill was greeted by the roar of 70,000 spectators in the Olympic Stadium as she lined up at the start for her first 100m hurdles race since opening her Olympic heptathlon campaign with a 12.54sec national record.
THE SUN: Jose Mourinho has been handed a £30million war chest to win the battle with Manchester United over Wayne Rooney. Also: Real Madrid were last night preparing a jaw-dropping £95million bid to finally snatch Gareth Bale from Tottenham.
THE INDEPENDENT: A year on, a different name, a different aim. There was no smile from Jessica Ennis-Hill when she was introduced to the gleeful audience shoe-horned into the Olympic stadium, no wave, just a tension-edged stare down the home track. Also: The curtain came down on the 2012 Games with Usain Bolt crossing the line out in front for his third gold.
THE OBSERVER: Gareth Bale has been left distraught by the refusal of Daniel Levy, the Tottenham Hotspur chairman, to consider a world record 100million euro - £86.3million - offer from Real Madrid. Also: Ken Bates says he was abruptly sacked from his tenure as the Leeds United president by the new owners, GFH, after he entered the club into a contract with the private aeroplane company 247 Jet that could be used to fly him to Leeds from his Monaco home.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Tottenham would have to rip up Andre Villas-Boas’ blueprint for this season if they sold Gareth Bale. Also: Michael Clarke and his suffering Aussie pals have been warned: “Your worst Ashes pain and agony is yet to come!”
SUNDAY MIRROR: Joe Kinnear is determined to make Newcastle United a Champions League club. Also: Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan has warned Arsenal that they need Luis Suarez to become genuine title contenders.
SUNDAY PEOPLE: Spurs have told Real Madrid they can buy Gareth Bale - for a world record £100million! Also: Mo Farah, Britain’s iconic double Olympic champion, last night said he will quit the track after next month’s World Championships in Moscow to focus on mastering the marathon.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Cesc Fabregas has agreed to join Manchester United following a secret meeting between the Barcelona star’s agent Darren Dein and Old Trafford chief executive Ed Woodward. Also: Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill is on the verge of pulling out of the World Championships.
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Lord Coe looks poised to become the most powerful man in world athletics after Lamine Diack confirmed that he will be stepping down as president of the International Association of Athletics Federations in 2015 and will recommend a successor without the need for an election. Also: Gareth Bale will fly into London from Hong Kong today for decisive talks with Tottenham over his future after Andre Villas-Boas pointedly refused to deny a Real Madrid offer for the winger.
THE SUNDAY TIMES: Jessica Ennis-Hill’s chances of retaining her world heptathlon title in Moscow are slipping away. Also: Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas stonewalled questions about Gareth Bale’s future as speculation intensified yesterday over Real Madrid’s transfer plans.