From the Back Pages, June 9: Manchester United become first club to smash through $1BILLION brand barrier... beating Bayern Munich and Real to No 1 spot

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Manchester United have beaten Bayern Munich and Real Madrid to reclaim their position as the biggest brand in world football, becoming the first club to pass the $1billion mark. Despite another season without silverware, United have overcome Europe’s big-hitters at the top of The Brand Finance Football 50, according to a study released today. (Daily Mail)

Wiggins’ hour ride was illegal, claims previous record holder’s coach. Steve Collins, the coach of the man whose record Sir Bradley Wiggins beat accuses Olympic champion of using illegal bike and claims British Cycling were ‘too involved’ in his bid. (The Telegraph)

THE man chosen to oversee FIFA’s new elections has warned that Russia and Qatar could still lose the right to host the World Cup if any wrongdoing is found. (The Express)

Fernando Alonso was able to offer a smile despite McLaren’s disastrous weekend in Canada. The former world champion finished bottom of the time sheets, one place below team-mate Jenson Button, as McLaren’s nightmare season continued. But Alonso remained in good spirits despite the disappointing result - and poked fun at the situation with a light-hearted tweet to Button. (The Mirror)

Eoin Morgan and Brendon McCullum shared a warm handshake and discussion on the eve of the one-day series between England and New Zealand. The two captains, who became friends at the IPL side Kolkata Knight Riders, will be adversaries once more as they were for a brief time at the World Cup, with England about to embark on a new chapter in the white-ball game amid much talk of a “new brand” of cricket. (The Guardian)

Liverpool announced their second signing of the summer with the capture of Danny Ings on a free from Burnley. He will join James Milner in Brendan Rodgers’ squad next season, another free addition from Manchester City. (The Independent)

Mo Farah will be assessed by British Athletics for evidence of doping after his coach, Alberto Salazar, was accused of using illegal performance enhancers. (The Times)

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