From the back pages, June 27: Sergiy Stakhovsky writes himself into history books

From the back pages
From the back pages

ROGER FEDERER was dethroned as king of Centre Court by Sergiy Stakhovsky in an extraordinary day at Wimbledon. The seven-time champion was unusually subdued and failed to hit the heights as he crashed out in four sets- 7-6, 6-7, 5-7, 6-7. (Express)

The All England Club leapt to the defence of Wimbledon courts described as dangerous after a record seven withdrawals in one day through injury. The head count was led by Steve Darcis, first round conqueror of Rafael Nadal, and no.2 seed Victoria Azarenka, who were forced out of the tournament after failing to recover from heavy first round falls. (The Independent)

On a day of shocks and injuries at SW19 Andy Murray avoided the Wimbledon carnage to move smoothly into the third round with victory over Lu Yen-hsun. By surviving one of the most incident-packed days at Wimbledon in years, Murray has seen his title prospects enhanced, with his potential quarter-final opponent Jo-Wilfried Tsonga one of seven players to pull out injured. (The Mirror)

It was not such a bad start for the Australians. The sun shone; Michael Clarke stayed on the field all day and held a wonderfully athletic catch at slip; the bowlers had a good run and there were no unexpected calamities requiring any more emergency phone calls between Cricket Australia’s HQ in Melbourne and their touring party somewhere in the West Country. (The Guardian)

Whatever lessons Kurtley Beale learnt during his recent spell in rehabilitation for alcohol-related problems, they clearly did not include the suggestion that early nights would be a good idea. Photographs were published yesterday of Beale and James O’Connor, his Australia team-mate, posing with a Lions supporter in a fast-food restaurant at 3.50am yesterday. (The Times)

WAYNE ROONEY’S dream destination is Barcelona if he decides to quit Old Trafford. SunSport revealed yesterday that the Spanish champs are ready to fight for Rooney this summer. (The Sun)

Brighton have named former Barcelona midfielder Oscar Garcia as their new head coach. The Championship club have turned to Garcia, 40, to replace Gus Poyet after the Uruguayan was sacked as manager at the weekend. (Daily Mail)