From the back pages, July 14: Swann and DRS propel England

From the back pages
From the back pages

Except if there is a second intervention of miraculous proportions by their 19 year-old debutant Ashton Agar, Australia will not score the 137 more runs they need to win the opening Ashes Test. England have more battle-hardened warriors, and more self-belief, than their more youthful opponents. (The Telegraph)

STEVAN JOVETIC is on the verge of a £27million Manchester City move. Only personal terms have to be finalised — with the striker, 23, eyeing a five-year £120,000-a-week Etihad deal. (The Sun)

Manchester United have no plans to sit down with Wayne Rooney over a new contract and want to assess the striker’s form and fitness before discussing his future. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool want to clinch a £22million double deal for Ajax stars Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld while Chelsea’s Ryan Bertrand is also on their radar. (The Mirror)

Davd Moyes’s first game in charge of Manchester United ended in defeat as the Barclays Premier League champions were beaten by a Singha All Star XI in the stifling heat of Bangkok. (The Times)

In the raging sun, a blistering performance. James Dasaolu did not just smash the 10-second barrier for the 100m at the British championships in Birmingham; he scragged and garrotted it in a way that suggested he would quickly do so again, and with great pleasure. (The Guardian)

ALUN WYN JONES, the man who captained the British and Irish Lions to their historic series triumph in the Third Test in Australia last Saturday, is backing Warren Gatland to lead them to glory again in New Zealand. (The Express)

It all looks so familiar: just like in 2012, a Team Sky leader has taken the yellow jersey on the first summit finish of the Tour and then swept his rivals from the board with a dramatic time-trial performance. From hereon, we thought, pressing the replay button in our memories, all Sky have to do is keep the race under control as they did so brilliantly last year for two long weeks to Paris and it’s game over. (The Independent)