From the back pages, August 6: Cook seeks perfect finish to Ashes series

From the back pages
From the back pages

Alastair Cook targeted an outright series victory last night after England retained the Ashes by drawing the third Test at Emirates Old Trafford. (The Times)

For Michael Clarke, the dream is over. But Australia’s captain cut only a mildly crestfallen figure, in contrast to the shell-shocked and devastated cricketer who spoke after their second-Test mauling at Lord’s, as he reacted with the grace and class he has shown throughout the tour to a third consecutive defeat against English opposition – this time the weather – that removed his team’s faint hope of succeeding where their 2010-11 predecessors failed, and regaining the Ashes. (The Guardian)

Ugly scenes marred the end of the Capital One Cup clash between Preston and Blackpool as fans invaded the pitch. Tom Clarke’s 87th minute header was enough for the League One side to beat their Championship rivals, but the drama was upstaged by fans breaking onto the pitch on the final whistle. (Daily Mail)

Wayne Rooney is facing a players’ revolt over his attempt to force a way out of Manchester United. Striker Rooney, a target for Chelsea, was due to fly with his team-mates to Stockholm on Monday for a return to action in a friendly against local side AIK on Tuesday night. (The Mirror)

REAL MADRID defender Pepe is giving nothing away about his future as he continues to be linked with a move to Manchester City. (The Express)

Cesc Fabregas will not join Manchester United - at least not this summer - reveals Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. (The Independent)

Just days before the start of the World Championships in Moscow, athletics was left reeling from yet another doping scandal when the Turkish athletics federation revealed that it had handed two-year drug bans to 31 of its athletes. (The Telegraph)