Return of Women’s Champions League, Evans in Davis Cup, Farah hits the north
Champions League is back
It’s a big week for women’s football. Following swiftly on from today’s kick- off of the revamped WSL ( see pages 12- 13), matters European get under way on Wednesday as England’s semi- semi finalists from last season’s Women’s Champions League begin gin their campaigns. Manchester er City – beaten in the last four ur by the eventual winners, Lyon – travel to Atlético Madrid. Elsewhere, e, Emma
Hayes’s double- ouble- winning Chelsea side de play their first leg at SFK 2000 Sarajevo. The signs are good for or the side which h beat Juventus 3- 0 in a pre- season n friendly after switching ching to a back four . “Now w we have so many options for r how we can play and we also so have a Plan B and
C if we start art a game badly,” their 22- year- ear- old defender Magdalena a Eriksson ( right) said. “I like e that. We built something g last year but instead of getting stuck in our ways we have spiced it up .”
Tennis Evans makes a return
No Andy Murray or Kyle Edmund in the GB Davis Cup side to face Uzbekistan in Glasgow from Friday. But Dan Evans, Cameron Norrie and Jay Clarke are in Leon Smith’s team for the World Group play- off tie, along with the doubles specialists Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot . It will be Evans’s first Davis Cup involvement since returning from a year- long ban after testing positive for cocaine. “He’s got good Davis Cup experience and indoor is a good surface for him, so I don’t have any reservations about him at all,” Smith said.
Athletics Farah looks north
We all love a mobot and Mo Farah can be sure to unfurl his sign ature move – win or lose – today when he goes in search of a fifth consecutive Great North Run victory . The fourtimes Olympic champion is part of a strong field in Newcastle as he readies himself for the far stiffer challenge of October’s Chicago Marathon. Among the runners today will be the New Zealander Jake Robinson, who, after finishing second last year, memorably proposed to his girlfriend, Magdalyne Masai, who had finished fourth in the women’s race.