From the Back Pages, April 24: Tottenham Hotspur in talks over hosting NFL franchise at new White Hart Lane

From the back pages
From the back pages

Tottenham Hotspur hope to share their ground with a new NFL franchise in London by using a retractable pitch that would allow grass and artificial turf to be alternated in a new state-of-the-art stadium at White Hart Lane. (The Times)

Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea manager, is hoping to be handed a double boost ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash against Arsenal with Didier Drogba and Diego Costa both aiming to declare themselves fit. (The Telegraph)

Jack Grealish has assured Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood he will not repeat his mistake of inhaling nitrous oxide through a balloon. (Daily Mail)

Arsene Wenger has expressed regret at Cesc Fabregas leaving Arsenal in 2011. The then Gunners captain opted to move to Barcelona in a £30m deal despite the club wanting to retain his services. (The Independent)

West Indies v England LIVE: Root reaches a century as England survive wobble. (The Express)

Tickets for the long-awaited fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao sold out in less than a minute on Thursday afternoon. (The Guardian)

Voice trembling at first, but soon regaining the promoter’s gift of the gab, Kellie Maloney announced her return to boxing. But as the hustler formerly known as Frank Maloney, who guided Lennox Lewis to the world heavyweight title 22 years ago, acknowledged: “I was once manager of Manchester United, but now I’m managing Nuneaton Borough.” (The Mirror)