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season. We will also have news on defeat for Scotland in their opening

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match of cricket's Twenty20 World Cup.

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Welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will bring tomorrow.

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Michael Booker is the deputy editor of the express. It was a brief

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moment of power. We will start with the Financial Times, Louise. Maria

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Sharapova. She has a few problems. Indeed she does. On the front of the

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Financial Times, there is a brief list of the big sponsors that she

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has lost, or at least who are wondering about their position with

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her. Night, Portia, Tahheuer. -- Porsche. She is the first tennis

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star who has been found to have taken a banned substance. She owned

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something like $20 million in 2015 --... It is the tie-ups with

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companies that have made her far wealthier than the earnings for

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winning tournaments. These are some long-term contract. Nike, supposedly

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a deal worth $7 million over eight years. She has been with them over a

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decade. Tahheuer, the Swiss watchmaker, apparently she has had a

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contract with them since 2005. Porsche, more recent. It is

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interesting how quickly the corporate sponsors have moved to

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suspend her. I just saw the film about Lance Armstrong, and even

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fever in the World Cup, it is surprising how quickly they have

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suspended. -- they have suspended her. She has done very well out of

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these, and they have done very well out of her over the years. Otherwise

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they would have not paid the money. Exactly. They have suspended and

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postponed, mealy-mouthed words from businesses. They always say that.

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But you can imagine, if this is investigated, and yesterday when she

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did the press conference and people were saying, this is her trying to

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seize the narrative of it all, and say, I have made this huge mistake

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to stop it is almost in the please forgive me world. It is like

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choosing, I didn't realise, it was a big mistake. For a decade! She has

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not gone as far as a nit is a health problem. You could see... It's

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better they have suspended her than that they haven't. You can see there

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is our way back for them and there is a way back for hire. It is a

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lucrative business for both of them. That is the next bit. Rush to

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suspend Sharapova shows depth of drug problem, that's in the

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Telegraph. In Australia, where she was tested positive for this drug,

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they says she is a professional, that it is out of character. Great

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integrity. The problem is, she's been taking this drug for ten years,

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and it is suspected of potentially being able to increase blood flow to

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the heart, which gives you extra in June and is. And yet she has

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continued to take it. It was only band at the end of last year. We

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have known about it for one day and it sets off alarm bells. It was an

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angina joke as well. Jazz mac angina drug. Why would you take a drug for

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your heart with all kinds of risks that as if you didn't actually need

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to do it? That is the big question over all of this. You could put the

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headline on this story - they still don't get it. In some of the

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sports... That is what they are saying. People depend on these

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people for so much money that they do try to push it under the carpet.

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That's why, in all of the sports - athletics, tennis - the Russians are

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quoted as saying that this is nonsense and there are no problems.

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When we still have federations like that having that attitude, this will

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keep happening. At the same time, when we have her people, and I

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imagine she has a big team getting paid a lot, and they need her to

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survive and keep the big paycheques coming, they will try to news manage

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this, but reading from Paul Hayward, who has written this piece, they

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don't get it and the rest of us understand that. They live in this

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weird bubble where they think they can get away with it. The stunning

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quote, actually, this is from Steve Simon, head of the women's tennis

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Association, so he the head of the association. His exact quote is: I

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am very saddened to hear this about Maria. One would think he would be

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saddened because of the damage to his board, but that is not what

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saddens him. It is that Maria, again I quote: Maria is our leader, and I

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have always known how to be a woman of great integrity. If that is the

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head of the tennis Association, it kind of says it all. OK. The cartoon

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on the front of the Telegraph. It is quite interesting, isn't it?

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Don't take this if you're driving or if you have a 49 million pounds

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we've all become overnight experts in this banned drug. Reading from

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the people who made it, they say they are this -- that they prescribe

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it for six weeks at a time. She has taken it for ten years. He works for

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the Daily Express, come on! This is the big question. Someone

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has been speculating on Twitter that if this were Serena Williams, we may

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have a different situation. There are a lot of people saying, I told

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you so. With Maria Sharapova, it is the opposite. It is, oh no, she must

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have made a big mistake. That is the world we live in. Not very nice, is

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it. I like the comment from the Telegraph sports writer that the

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Russian tennis Federation says there is nothing... Two of their leading

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sports administrators have committed suicide, have been found dead. I

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like the metro's front-page - game over. It all depends on the band. If

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it is four years, then she is 29, and that probably is it. If it is to

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make years, which a lot of people are suggesting because there was a

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mea culpa, then she could go to the Court of arbitration in sport and

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get it down to one year, in which case Nike and all the others would

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come straight back in. How? If you are found guilty of cheating... I

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just don't get it. She says she has taken it for ten years - why isn't

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it a lifetime ban is like it was only banned at the end of last year.

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Even though there were so many suspicions about it.

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Another sport is a news story. The front page of the matter again.

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Boss covered for Johnson. It is since he was found guilty last week,

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there has been a lot of pressure on Sunderland to save what they knew

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and when. Today, they have come out with this statement. The chief

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executive has designed, is... She saw a note saying that he had

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admitted he had kissed the 15-year-old. Everyone else apart

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from the chief executive was cleansed of guilt at the football

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club. In a subsequent statement, Sunderland have said that Adam

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Johnson lied to them all the way along. He said he was going to plead

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not guilty. She said because he did accept some of the offences before

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the trial. So, it does seem as though she has boxed it all off so

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as not to blame anyone else at Sunderland. If you take it that

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these value, she is the CEO. The buck stops with her. But use smell a

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rat. -- but you smell a rat. It is nicely boxed. She is saying, it is

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all my fault. She has been at Sunderland for a few years and is

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very well thought of in the club, I am not sure about the fans. She has

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taken a bullet for the rest of the team. It seems. To me. It is

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suggested that she saw 834 of these sex texts. Which is difficult to

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say. She saw them and she still thought it was acceptable for him to

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continue. I find that exceedingly odd. 834 - even you and I don't text

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each other that much. Come on, that is a lot of texts. It was a

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struggling football club that needed an England international. So I

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asked, would they do that to their daughters? You are going to be back

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in an hour to look at more of the stories on the front pages. Many

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things that. Much more coming up. Right now, Sportsday.

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Hello and welcome to Sportsday - I'm John Watson.

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Coming up tonight: Arsenal score four as they beat Hull in their FA

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