From the back pages, April 4: Classy Ronaldo and Co on course for semi-finals after dispatching Terim’s troops at the Bernabeu

Real Madrid put on a devastating display at the Santiago Bernabeu as Jose Mourinho’s side cruised to a convincing victory. Cristiano Ronaldo put the Spanish champions in front with a sublime chip early in the first half before team-mate Karim Benzema doubled the lead. Gonzalo Higuain added the third to put the tie beyond doubt. (Daily Mail)

Wednesday, 3rd April 2013, 9:58 pm
Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid

Rafa Benitez has dismissed former Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins as an April fool. Wilkins claimed on Monday that Blues left-back Ashley Cole suffered a hamstring injury against Manchester United on Monday due to not playing against Southampton on the weekend. (The Sun)

Sunderland manager Paolo di Canio has bowed to increasing pressure to distance himself from allegations that he is fascist. (The Independent)

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers remains optimistic that Pepe Reina will not try to force through a move away from Anfield in the summer. (The Express)

Sir Alex Ferguson has suggested Robin van Persie is suffering the effects of the intensity of his first season with Manchester United. (The Mirror)

The Manchester City striker Carlos Tévez escaped jail today for serious motoring offences after being told that he was a role model for millions. Tévez, 29, was ordered to complete 250 hours of unpaid community work for driving while disqualified and without insurance. (The Times)

Rory Hamilton-Brown believes that Hove will provide a more caring environment than The Oval in which to rebuild his career after the devastating loss of his friend and flat-mate Tom Maynard last summer. (The Guardian)

The sense of “burnout” that Heather Watson talked about in Miami a fortnight ago has come into clearer focus after Watson was diagnosed with glandular fever. As far as the doctors can tell, the illness has been affecting her for the last couple of months. (The Telegraph)