From the Back Pages, February 9: Wales in World Rugby inquiry over George North concussion

From the back pages
From the back pages

WALES are co-operating with a World Rugby inquiry into the incident which saw George North remain on the pitch against England despite appearing to be knocked out for the second time in the game. (The Express)

England beat Wales in Six Nations opener: Selfless James Haskell epitomises Red Rose revolution. (The Telegraph)

Ashes hero Steve Harmison has been appointed as manager of non-League Ashington. The former Durham and England bowler, who was nicknamed the Ashington Express during his playing career, has taken the surprise move into football management. (The Times)

West Ham United 1 Manchester United 1: Even the most optimistic Manchester United fan will now accept that the Premier League title is beyond them, and those planning to resume their European adventures next season should not renew their passports just yet. Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are on United’s coat-tails in the battle for fourth place, and they will need all of the fighting spirit they showed in summoning a 90th-minute equaliser to qualify for the Champions League given the patchy performance which preceded it. (The Times)

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce was disappointed that his side had failed to hold on for all three points after their 1-1 draw with Manchester United, believing his side were good value for victory and lamenting their inability to deal with “long ball United”. (The Mirror)

IVORY COAST WIN THE 2015 AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS: What an amazing way to finish it. They could not be separated after 90 minutes. They could not be separated after an additional 30. The regular five penalties could not separate them either and it went all the way to the goalkeepers in sudden death. Braimah had his saved by Barry, who then stepped up to score the deciding kick. (The Guardian)

Nigel Pearson sacked: Leicester City manager relieved of his duties with Foxes bottom of the Premier League. (The Independent)