From the back pages, June 13: David Warner dropped by Australia after punching Joe Root in a bar

From the back pages
From the back pages

Alastair Cook lined up squarely behind Joe Root this afternoon insisting that the punch thrown at the Yorkshire batsman by David Warner at a bar had been unprovoked. (The Times)

Billy Twelvetrees has been called up by the British and Irish Lions from England’s tour of Argentina to provide back line cover. The 24-year-old, who can play at centre and fly-half, will leave Buenos Aires for Australia today. (The Mirror)

Monaco are ready to make a world record €100m (£85m) bid for Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo has just two years left on his contract at Madrid and is known to be disillusioned with life at the Santiago Bernabeu, at the end of his fourth season there. (The Independent)

REAL MADRID last night shut the door on Cristiano Ronaldo’s £65million switch to Manchester United. President Florentino Perez is ready to offer Ronaldo more than £125million over five years to sign a new deal — and insisted it will be finalised this summer. (The Sun)

Real Madrid will compete with Chelsea and Manchester City for the Napoli forward Edinson Cavani after the Spanish club held preliminary talks with the Uruguayan’s representatives with a view to securing his services before the new season. (The Guardian)

Manchester City’s pursuit of youngster Stephan El Shaarawy may be back on after AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani indicated that the club may cash in on the Italian. (Daily Mail)

WILFRIED ZAHA was turned down by Arsenal before signing for Manchester United in January. (The Express)