EX-CHELSEA star Deco has failed a drugs test in Brazil. The Portuguese midfielder tested positive for banned diuretic furosemide — a drug which can help hide performance-enhancing substances. (The Sun)
No surprises here. It will be an all-German Champions League final at Wembley three weeks on Saturday. In emphatic, persuasive fashion, Bayern Munich sealed the deal begun by Borussia Dortmund in Madrid on Tuesday as all of last week’s claims about the baton passing from La Liga and the Premier League to the Bundesliga had their credibility enhanced. (Daily Mail)
MCC has unveiled a £200m masterplan aimed at ensuring Lord’s is the best ground in the world. It will take 14-years to complete and will involve significant rebuilding of various stands as well as underground car parking and routes for service vehicles. (The Independent)
Sunderland forward Stephane Sessegnon lost his appeal to have his red card overturned at an FA hearing. (The Express)
Fans were left wanting “mour” after a post-match interview with Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho was cut short at the end of the UEFA Champions League live programme Tuesday night. Despite beating Borussia Dortmund 2-0 at the Bernabeu, Mourinho’s Madrid were knocked out of the competition 4-3 on aggregate, and with the programme running down to its conclusion, touchline reporter Gabriel Clarke managed to grab The Special One for a post-match chat. (The Mirror)
England’s humiliating defeat by Wales in the RBS Six Nations Championship has warned Australia of what to expect of Warren Gatland’s Lions squad this summer. Robbie Deans, the Australia head coach, is regarding Wales’ record 30-3 victory as a “benchmark” as he prepares his squad for the three matches against the tourists, whose 37-man squad contains 14 of the side that started against England in Cardiff. (The Times)
Statistics rained down from a blue sky as Joe Root continued his run-drunk start to the season with the second double century of his young career, and Jonny Bairstow ensured that he too will resume battle with New Zealand next week in much better touch than when he suffered a double failure against them during the Auckland Test in March.
Root’s 236 off 336 balls was a career best and the highest score by a Yorkshire batsman at Headingley since Darren Lehmann’s famous 339 against Durham in 2006. After his match-winning century against Durham at the weekend in his only previous appearance this spring, the 22-year-old Root has now scored 527 runs from three innings and is averaging 176. “It’s nice to get some runs early doors,” he said with considerable understatement. “You go out there and try to be as greedy as you can because you don’t know when the next drought is coming.” (The Guardian)