From the back pages, July 21: Joe Root anchors England’s domination of second Test

From the back pages
From the back pages

Shortly after tea, on a sunlight afternoon, Joe Root cut Ashton Agar to the cover point boundary to become the youngest England player to score an Ashes hundred at Lord’s. It was a moment he will cherish for the rest of his days and for England it was a vindication of their ruthlessness ahead of this series, when they decided to change course and dispense with the services of Nick Compton at the top of the order. (The Times)

GRAEME SWANN destroyed Australia’s batting at Lord’s on Friday, then revealed he feared he would not be able to bowl at all. The Express)

What has already been a magnificent tournament will assume epic proportions if Lee Westwood is the last man standing at Muirfield. The Englishman, seeking a first major victory at 40, goes into the final round of the Open championship with a two-shot lead over Tiger Woods, a golfer chasing a little history of his own, and Hunter Mahan. (The Independent)

On Sunday Chris Froome will ride up the Champs Elysées as the Tour de France winner, having finished third in stage 20 here behind the discovery of the race, Nairo Quintana, who rode away from the race leader a kilometre from the finish, and the Spaniard Joaquim Rodríguez. (The Guardian)

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti expects Cristiano Ronaldo to sign a new contract, despite reports linking him with a move away from the Bernabeu this summer. The Portuguese has been the subject of speculation about a possible return to former club Manchester United, while Paris St Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has publicly stated his interest in the forward. (Daily Mail)

ARSENAL are facing a double whammy from Real Madrid. Spanish giants Real are prepared to offer Liverpool £20million plus Argie striker Gonzalo Higuain for Luis Suarez. (The Sun)

Danny Welbeck benefited from a pep talk from David Moyes to score twice and give the Manchester United boss his first win in the job, writes David McDonnell in Sydney. On the eve of this game, the second of United’s pre-season tour of Australia and the Far East, Moyes admitted he had spent time talking to Welbeck , in a bid to help the striker increase his goal output. (The Mirror)