From the Back Pages, February 5: Kevin Pietersen dumped by England as ECB ‘look to the future’

From the back pages
From the back pages

KEVIN PIETERSEN has been left out of the England team to tour the West Indies and take part in the T20 World Cup in a move that brings his international career to an end. (The Express)

Swansea City have sacked their manager Michael Laudrup. Garry Monk, the veteran defender, will take over as head coach alongside the current first-team coach Alan Curtis “for the foreseeable future”. (The Guardian)

Liverpool will receive just 5,168 tickets for their FA Cup fifth round tie with Arsenal on February 16 - despite being entitled to 9,000. (The Mirror)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a wonder goal for Paris Saint-Germian during his team’s French League Cup semi-final match against Nantes. (Daily Mail)

British Basketball, together with six other sports lost its entire elite funding on Tuesday a year after winning it back following UK Sport’s annual investment review of Summer Olympic and Paralympic sports. Funding has also been withdrawn from synchronised swimming, water polo and weightlifting while a number of sports have had their funding increased. (The Telegraph)

Sochi’s controversial slopestyle course claimed a second injury victim today after Marika Enne, the Finnish snowboarder, crash-landed on the final jump of the course. (The Times)

West Ham striker Andy Carroll has quickly let his feelings be known after the FA dismissed his appeal for the red card he received against Swansea. Carroll simply wrote: “DISGRACEFUL!!!” on Twitter as news broke that he would serve a three match ban. (The Independent)