From the Back Pages, March 12: Alan Pardew banned by FA for seven games after head-butt

Pardew will be bruised by yesterday’s sanction from an independent FA commission — which is more than David Meyler was from arguably the softest “head-butt” in history — but what has hurt him most is his own sense of embarrassment. (The Times)

From the back pages
From the back pages

Munich end Arsenal’s Champions League challenge yet again, winning 3-1 on aggregate. Schweinsteiger scored for Bayern, before Podolski equalised. But it was too little, too late. (The Independent)

Vincent Kompany has called on Manchester City to revive the spirit of their dramatic title win to topple Barcelona, writes David McDonnell in Barcelona. (The Mirror)

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Champions league: Diego Costa scored twice as Atlético crushed the Italians AC Milan to go through 5-1 on aggregate. (The Guardian)

CHARLTON have named Jose Riga as head coach following the dismissal of Chris Powell this morning. (The Express)

West Indies won the second one-day international against England by five wickets. Chris Gayle hit 36 from 30 balls and Dwayne Smith scored 30 off 16 deliveries to get the hosts off to a flying start and despite a little wobble in the middle Darren Sammy’s superb late hitting saw them home. (Daily Mail)

Jessica Harrington rightly celebrated Jezki’s brave victory in Tuesday’s Stan James Champion Hurdle on the opening day of Cheltenham in front of a record 57,098 crowd, but she was mindful that the fatal fall of Our Conor at the third flight had also knocked The New One out of contention to leave a pertinent question still unanswered after the best renewal of the race in a decade. (The Telegraph)