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Rose Blooms

by | 17th, July 2003

‘ARSENE Wenger is ‘positive’ that Patrick Vieira will sign a new deal to stay at Arsenal, says the Sun.

‘They call me Leopard…because I’ve still got spots’

Meanwhile, the player is being linked with moves to Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United and Spurs.

Okay, not Spurs – that would be too ridiculous even in this summer of Beckham hype and Chelski madness.

But the most bizarre story so far produced in this non-footballing summer is found in the Sun.

There, lurking on page 74, with no forewarning or advice to avert innocent eyes, is a shot of Michael Owen with a beard.

What happened to the fresh-faced boy from Wales? His cheeks are now covered in a fine down of brown fluff.

At least one thing never alters – football remains the main stock in trade of sports talk.

Even The Open, the apogee of golf, becomes just another excuse to talk about football in the Express’ hands.

The story is that David Beckham (remember him?) ‘could’ be getting golfing lessons from Spanish golfer Sergio Garcia. Why? Because Garcia is a fan of Real Madrid. It’s obvious really.

Meanwhile the Mail is the only tabloid to lead with a story about the 132nd Open Championship from Royal St George’s. News is that Justin Rose, 22, thinks he can win the tournament.

But the real big guns are profiled inside the paper, where South African Ernie Els and American Tiger Woods are threatening to turn the event into a ‘showdown’.

‘Tiger is the best player in the world,’ says Els, the reigning Open champ. ‘But as I begin my defence, I think it’s time for me to look Tiger in the eye a bit more. Maybe it is time for me to look at him…and say: ‘OK, Tiger, let’s get it on.”

The Mirror says that whatever the debate, Woods remains the bookies’ favourite to win, having been cut from odds of 7-2 to 9-4.

Woods have been the favourite to win every Major event he’s played in since the 1997 US Masters, which he won.

That is some record. Of course if he played football, he’d be odds-on to attract a bid from Chelsea.

Perhaps Ian Dowie could teach him how to play?

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