What the papers say

  • Last Updated: October 1 2012, 8:49 BST

THE SUN: Rory McIlroy almost cost Europe any chance of Ryder Cup glory before a ball was hit yesterday. Also: Patrice Evra says his team could face a Transylvanian horror unless they get their "Man United face" back on quickly.

The Ryder Cup: Making the headlines

DAILY MAIL: Europe staged a record-breaking fightback to win the Ryder Cup here last night 14.5-13.5 - after Rory McIlroy had to race to the course in a police car to make his singles match tee-time. Also: Sergio Aguero has accused Barclays Premier League referees of anti-foreigner bias when it comes to spotting divers.

DAILY MIRROR: Europe conjured up the spirit of Seve Ballesteros to win the Ryder Cup in sensational style last night. Also: Alan Shearer is set for talks with Blackburn about returning as manager - battling his old skipper Tim Sherwood for the job.

DAILY EXPRESS: Rory McIlroy came within 20 minutes of being disqualified from the singles of the Ryder Cup last night after a tee-time blunder. Also: Sergio Aguero has accused Premier League referees of being biased towards English players when it comes to awarding penalties.

DAILY STAR: Rio Ferdinand has given up on his England dream after learning Roy Hodgson will NOT pick him. Also: Rory McIlroy overcame a clock cock-up to give Team Europe a fighting chance in the Ryder Cup last night.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: One thing seemed certain as the Ryder Cup approached its climax last night - Ian Poulter is the best Ryder Cup player in operation. Also: This was a tale of Darren Bent's third touch and a touchy situation. This was a classic tale of a seemingly spurned star striker rising from the bench, equalising quickly, so making a point in every sense.

THE TIMES: Rory McIlroy's failure to realise what time zone he was in almost proved disastrous for Europe's hopes of retaining the Ryder Cup after the team's leading player had to be hurried to the golf course by police escort, arriving with only minutes to spare before his tee-time. Also, several hours after he had watched St Helens, his former club, lose out on a seventh successive Old Trafford appearance in a 36-18 defeat by Warrington Wolves, James Graham, the ENGLAND and Canterbury Bulldogs prop, sank his teeth into Billy Slater, the darling of the Australian game, in an incident described by The Sydney Telegraph as "the grubbiest in Grand Final memory".

THE GUARDIAN: Rory McIlroy came within 11 minutes of entering the annals of sporting notoriety, after almost missing his tee time for his final match in the Ryder Cup. Also: On a day when Darren Bent endured the disappointment of being dropped in front of the England manager, the Aston Villa striker provided the best possible riposte as he came off the substitutes' bench to score 10 minutes from time and deny West Bromwich Albion the victory that would have lifted them to third in the table.

THE INDEPENDENT: Where's Rory? Not a question you want to hear from your captain on this day of days. What better way to start than with a statement? Europe's was emphatic. It was the Laurel and Hardy variety. They had mislaid their best player. No-one knew where he was. It turned out he was in bed watching the golf on TV tuned into the wrong time zone. No problem. Scramble the police. McIlroy arrived in a convoy, sirens blazing, with minutes to spare. Also: West Bromwich Albion arrived here yesterday looking to emphasise their newly-acquired status as Midlands' football's top dogs - and they very nearly rubbed Aston Villa's noses in it.