From the Back Pages, May 14: Gianluigi Buffon SLAMS Sir Alex for letting Paul Pogba quit Manchester United

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GIANLUIGI BUFFON has delivered a scathing “you must have needed specs” message to Sir Alex Ferguson for letting Paul Pogba quit Manchester United. (The Express)

Massimiliano Allegri had warned his team would face “95 long and interminable minutes” at the Santiago Bernabéu, and so it proved. But the reward at the end of it was huge. Italy’s Old Lady is heading to Berlin to face Barcelona, the first time they have reached the Champions League final since 2003. Much had been made in Spain of the fact Real Madrid needed only one goal to overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first leg and progress but that was founded upon the premise that Juventus would not score – and score they did. (The Guardian)

The members of the United States men’s 4 x 100 metres relay team who won Olympic silver in 2012 have been stripped of their medals following the doping conviction of sprinter Tyson Gay, the United States Olympic Committee said on Wednesday. (The Telegraph)

Kia Oval (final day of four): Surrey (24 pts) beat Leicestershire (5) by seven wickets: On what may prove to have been Kevin Pietersen’s last day of first-class cricket, he did not even take the field, but was at least able to watch his Surrey team-mates clinch their first victory of the season in the LV= County Championship second division. A challenging target of 216 in 27 overs was chased down Twenty20 style with as many as 34 balls to spare thanks to Steven Davies scoring 115 not out from 69 balls. (The Times)

Manny Pacquiao has made a triumphant return to the Philippines, taking to a motorcade vehicle resembling something from the new Mad Max movie, following his fight with Floyd Mayweather. (The Independent)

Arsenal are understood to have made contact with Ilkay Gundogan’s family ahead of a possible summer transfer from Borussia Dortmund. (Daily Mail)

Steven Gerrard has admitted that he has thought about being Liverpool manager one day. The outgoing Reds skipper will play his final game at Anfield on Saturday, before moving to LA Galaxy at the end of the season. (The Mirror)

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