From the Back Pages, July 16: Manchester City weighed up Manchester United star Angel di Maria before sealing £49m Raheem Sterling transfer

Manchester City considered making a bid for unsettled Manchester United winger Angel di Maria before they clinched a £49m deal for Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling. (Daily Mail)

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Michael Clarke has claimed that the media knew the Australia team before he did for the second Ashes Test at Lord’s starting tomorrow. At his routine pre-match press conference today he said he did not know the starting XI, which reports suggest will feature Mitchell Marsh ahead of Shane Watson as Australia seek to overturn the 1-0 deficit from the first game at Cardiff. (The Times)

TIGER WOODS has not yet reached the stage where his presence at an Open Championship is purely decorative, but there has been a subtle shift in his status over the nine long years since he last won a Claret Jug. (The Express)

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Tom Watson has broken his silence over Phil Mickelson’s barely-veiled criticism of his Ryder Cup captaincy by accusing his fellow American of “sour grapes”. (The Telegraph)

England will press Moeen Ali into service for Thursday’s second Ashes Test at Lord’s, with the captain Alastair Cook hoping the all-rounder can get through the match with a minor side strain after his spin-bowling understudy Adil Rashid declared himself unfit to play. (The Guardian)

Everton will not offer James McCarthy a new deal to ward off Manchester City and Tottenham. (The Mirror)

Chuba Akpom scored a hat-trick as Arsenal began their pre-season tour in convincing fashion with a 4-0 victory over a Singapore Select XI at the Singapore National Stadium. Jack Wilshere, who started the game, also added a penalty. (The Independent)

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