Re­turn of Women’s Cham­pi­ons League, Evans in Davis Cup, Farah hits the north

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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.

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