From the back pages, May 18: Swing king James Anderson hits right notes to join the England chart toppers

From the back pages
From the back pages

At two minutes before 3 o’clock on a bitterly cold Lord’s afternoon, James Anderson looked down at the ball in his hand and stretched out into the rhythmical 15-pace run that has characterised the best years of his England career. Seconds later it had nestled in the hands of Graeme Swann at second slip, via Peter Fulton’s outside edge, giving Anderson his 300th Test wicket. (The Times)

David Beckham could return to the United States as owner of a new club and his advisers have already held talks with Major League Soccer. Beckham announced his retirement from the game on Thursday but has been tight-lipped about his future plans after ending the season with the French club Paris Saint-Germain. (The Guardian)

Cristiano Ronaldo is at the centre of a bidding war after it emerged the Manchester United target is wanted by Chelsea. The £80million Real Madrid forward is on a summer shopping list put together by Chelsea’s incoming manager Jose Mourinho. (Daily Mail)

STOKE have launched an investigation after a bloody PIG’S HEAD was found in Kenwyne Jones’ locker. The Trinidad and Tobago striker’s girlfriend took to Twitter to rant about the training ground prank. (The Sun)

WIGAN boss Roberto Martinez has urged Callum McManaman not to join Liverpool in the summer. (The Express)

Mark Cavendish sprinted to victory in the 13th and longest stage of the Giro d’Italia, and favorite Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall lead to boost his chances of a first victory in his home country’s Grand Tour. (The Independent)

Jonny Wilkinson will be called up by the British and Irish Lions despite rejecting his initial invitation to tour Australia. (The Mirror)