From the Back Pages, May 6: Manchester United utility man Phil Jones is the best young central defender in Europe

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Phil Jones is the Europe’s best central defender aged 23 and under, a surprising new study has found. The Manchester United utility man ranks above Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Jose Gimenez of Atletico in rankings compiled by CIES Football Observatory. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has had an operation on his hip joint in an attempt to reach full fitness ahead of next season. (The Telegraph)

Manny Pacquiao could face action from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) after failing to disclose that he had a shoulder injury in a medical questionnaire before his bout with Floyd Mayweather at the weekend. (The Times)

Tevez gives Juventus the edge after goals from Morata and Ronaldo in Turin. (The Independent)

FABRICIO Coloccini has issued a grovelling apology for the nightmare run that threatens Newcastle’s Premier League future. (The Express)

The domestic season may be drawing to a close but for Joe Launchbury it is finally beginning in earnest. The England lock will be back on the bench for Wasps’ significant Premiership game with Leicester this weekend after six months on the sidelines and is itching to make up for lost time with both club and country. (The Guardian)

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has said he still wants to buy Arsenal despite failing in a 2010 bid to acquire a stake in the club. (The Mirror)