From the Back Pages, July 17: Wayne Rooney considering MLS move

From the back pages
From the back pages

Wayne Rooney has admitted he will consider following Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard by moving to the MLS at the end of his Manchester United career. (The Telegraph)

Liverpool are ready to trigger Christian Benteke’s £32.5 million exit clause in the most significant indication yet of the club’s backing of Brendan Rodgers. (The Times)

Everton are close to agreeing a fee with Manchester United for defender Jonny Evans. The Merseyside club are hoping to pay in the region of £7m for the Irish international who has a year left on is Old Trafford contract and has not been offered a new one. Currently on tour in America with United, the 27-year-old will fly home to talk to Everton once a deal is in place. (Daily Mail)

ANDY MURRAY says Britain’s Davis Cup team are now playing at a level where they belong ahead of their World Group quarter-final. (The Express)

Dustin Johnson leads Open after superb 65 as he chases major redemption. (The Guardian)

Lance Armstrong’s shadow hung over the Tour de France peloton like a poison cloud as Chris Froome survived a stormy finish in the Pyrenees. Disgraced dope cheat Armstrong was back in the saddle on Le Tour’s official route – 24 hours ahead of the peloton – on a charity ride with former England footballer Geoff Thomas. (The Mirror)

Australia launched the revival on Thursday. It was merciless, stylish, commanding and laid to rest any suggestion – in reality probably a forlorn hope - that they were all washed up. There is plenty of time to go, plenty of time for England to restate their own credentials and they can cling to the fact that for now they remain 1-0 ahead in the Ashes. But on the first day of the second Investec Test, the series leaders could not claim any of the three sessions. Indeed, they barely won an over. Only a few of the 540 balls bowled offered minor triumphs. (The Independent)

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