From the back pages, April 19: Falcao dampens Manchester United talk

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RADAMEL FALCAO has played down speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United. SunSport revealed on Sunday that Alex Ferguson would NOT join the race to sign the £48million-rated Atletico Madrid hitman this summer. (The Sun)

Sir Chris Hoy tried hard not to glance at the two screens displaying his finest velodrome sprints as the emotions of his farewell to cycling began to take hold amid all the fond salutes to a sporting hero at Murrayfield Stadium. (The Telegraph)

More than two thirds of the Premier League’s record £2.4bn income in 2011-12 was paid out in wages, according to the most recently published accounts of all 20 clubs. The Guardian’s annual special report of Premier League clubs’ finances shows they spent £1.6bn on wages last season, most of it to players. (Guardian)

The Crown Prince of Bahrain strode through the Formula One paddock last night to tell drivers and teams that they are welcome in his country, despite threats from pro-democracy activists. As F1 prepared for the Bahrain Grand Prix, which gets into action with two practice sessions today, Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa admitted his nation had problems but reassured the sport that his people backed the event. A poll among Bahrainis last year found 77 per cent wanted the race, which the Prince founded, to go ahead. (The Times)

Mo Farah has turned on his critics and slammed claims he is only running the Virgin London Marathon for the money, writes Alex Spink. Double Olympic champion Farah has a two-year deal with race chiefs worth an estimated £450,000, despite the fact he will stop at halfway on Sunday. (The Mirror)

Manchester United flop Bebe has revealed the woeful state his of relationship with boss Sir Alex Ferguson and made the astonishing claim that he has never taken life at Old Trafford seriously. (Daily Mail)

Champion jockey AP McCoy has been rushed to hospital after taking a heavy fall at Cheltenham. (The Express)

The nature of John Terry’s relationship with Chelsea was once very simple: when he was fit he played and even when he was not fit, a lot of the time, he played too. A divisive figure away from Stamford Bridge, the club’s training ground at Cobham was his domain. He survived and thrived in the years that saw Chelsea’s transformation from Premier League elite wannabes to European champions. (The Independent)