From the back pages, August 10: No win for Moyes on home debut

From the back pages
From the back pages

David Moyes and Rio Ferdinand saw their big night out ruined as Seville played the part of party-poopers to perfection at Old Trafford. The new Manchester United boss and the club’s long-serving defender will not look back on their evening with much relish after the visitors claimed a 3-1 victory. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea’s £25m bid for Wayne Rooney has been branded “an insult” by former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson. (The Mirror)

Despite the lack of progress, Real Madrid are still negotiating a deal with Tottenham to sign winger Gareth Bale even though club president Florentino Perez cast doubt on the move yesterday due to the hefty fee being demanded by Spurs. (The Independent)

FORMER Tottenham boss Juande Ramos has backed Gareth Bale to succeed at Real Madrid. (The Independent)

Emirates Durham (first day of five: England won toss) England have scored 239 for nine wickets against Australia The locals probably wondered what all the fuss was about. This was the biggest match in Durham’s history, their first Ashes Test, but for the first half of the day there was an absence of blood and thunder, just the grim spectacle of out of touch batsmen battling to find form, and a diet of right-arm fast-medium bowlers nagging away expectantly. A bit like watching Durham in the early days of first-class cricket. (The Times)

Jonathan Trott refused to take solace from Durham’s record as a low-scoring ground and conceded that England’s batsmen were culpable for a collective batting flop that has left Australia with a clear advantage at the end of the first day of Ashes cricket in the north-east. (The Guardian)

Surrey captain Gareth Batty out of T20 finals day after two-match suspension for ‘appalling’ behaviour. (The Telegraph)