From the back pages, March 8: Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez will give Spurs a fright says Stewart Downing

Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing thinks Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge could prove to be a real handful for Spurs. The two teams meet on Sunday at Anfield, and though Spurs appear to be heading towards a top-four finish, Liverpool harbour European ambitions of their own and are five points off fifth-placed Arsenal. (The Express)

Edin Dzeko’s hopes of a return to the Bundesliga this summer have been dashed by Borussia Dortmund’s policy on ages and wages. The Manchester City striker was reported to be on the verge of heading back to Germany, but Sportsmail can reveal that Dortmund have slammed the door on his chances of being a long-term replacement for Robert Lewandowski. (Daily Mail)

Chugging Chelsea beaten in Romania in opening leg of Europa League last-16 tie. Lacklustre Blues will have to do better than this at Stamford Bridge to see off Steaua after Ryan Bertrand concedes penalty for night’s only goal. (The Mirror)

by Thom Gibbs. An entirely deserved and wholly enjoyable big win for Spurs against an Inter side that really looked like they couldn’t be bothered. As Massive Europa League nights go, that was not strong. Newcastle dug in, but it was horrible to watch and Chelsea were vile. But Spurs give us all hope. (The Sun)

Tennis is to introduce an athlete biological passport programme this year to boost the sport’s fight against doping. The International Tennis Federation, which manages and administers the anti-doping programme, made the announcement on Thursday following a meeting of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme working group earlier in the week. (The Daily Telegraph)

Wayne Rooney is fighting to save his Manchester United career, with his manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s profound doubts about the player’s approach to his work now a cause of daily tension between the two. (The Independet)

Rio Ferdinand will not face disciplinary action after sarcastically clapping Cüneyt Çakir, the referee, at the end of the Champions League last-16 defeat by Real Madrid, Uefa has confirmed. (The Times)