What the back pages say on Friday, July 9: Brit's tennis match in 1m betting probel
DAILY MAILFinal fling: Webb takes charge of Sunday's clash Tennis authorities are to launch an investigation into strange betting patterns on a match played on Rhode Island this week by British No 12 Richard Bloomfield, who has reached the quarter-finals of the event. Also: England's Howard Webb has been chosen to referee Sunday's World Cup final. DAILY STARChelsea will open the bidding for Fernando Torres with a cut-price £30m offer after the World Cup final. Also: Avram Grant last night told Matthew Upson: Sign up or clear off. DAILY MIRRORAvram Grant stepped into the West Ham hot seat and warned Matthew Upson: Sign a new deal or go. Also: Roy Hodgson last night revealed that Anfield skipper Steven Gerrard will commit his future to Liverpool. DAILY EXPRESSRoy Hodgson last night allayed fears of Liverpool fans that Steven Gerrard is ready to quit the club. Also: Howard Webb was handed he ultimate accolade last night when he was chosen to referee the World Cup final between Holland and Spain on Sunday. THE SUNManchester City are lining up a £20million bid for Didier Drogba. Also: Howard Webb will attract a new generation to refereeing. THE GUARDIANEngland's dismal failure at the World Cup can be blamed on the Premier League's inability to promote home-grown talent, according to the president of Spain's La Liga. Also: There have been some unforgettable examples of crying in sport - one thinks of Gazza, Jana Novotna and, least movingly, John Terry. But for sheer volume of liquid it would be hard to beat Mark Cavendish yesterday after he sprinted to victory in the fifth stage of the Tour de France. THE TIMESEngland may have failed lamentably to reach the World Cup final, but three Englishmen will take centre stage in Johannesburg on Sunday evening. THE INDEPENDENTThe Liverpool hierarchy will tell Fernando Torres that they have no intention of selling him this summer and that they plan to resist the offers from Chelsea and Manchester City for the Spanish striker. DAILY TELEGRAPHAt the climax to a tournament distinguished largely by English incompetence, it will be up to Howard Webb to attempt to restore a modicum of national pride when he becomes the first Englishman to referee a World Cup final for 36 years on Sunday.
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