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6th April 2012, 08:32am

Roberto Mancini: Making the headlines

Roberto Mancini: Making the headlines

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Lee Westwood was back on familiar territory last night, joining the leaders of the Masters after an explosive start to his first round at Augusta National. Also...Roberto Mancini has claimed he would punch Mario Balotelli every day if he was a team-mate of the Manchester City forward after he admitted he understood why senior players were becoming frustrated with the controversial Italian.

THE TIMES: Roberto Mancini admitted yesterday that if he had been a team-mate of Mario Balotelli he would have given the striker a "punch in the head" every day. Also...Arsene Wenger admitted yesterday that he has questioned himself this season, but believes his most experienced players have helped Arsenal through a rollercoaster campaign.

DAILY EXPRESS: Roberto Mancini admitted last night he would be tempted to punch bad boy Mario Balotelli if he was still a player. Also...Britain's Paul Lawrie paid tribute to his long-time coach Adam Hunter after firing two eagles in three holes to take an early lead at the Masters.

DAILY MAIL: The Football Association are expected to make an official approach inside the next fortnight to the man they hope will be the new England manager, with Harry Redknapp understood to be at the top of their list. Also...World number one Luke Donald survived a worrying scorecard muddle last night that at one point looked like getting him disqualified from the Masters.

THE SUN: Roberto Mancini reckons the title race could be over on Sunday. Also...Luke Donald was at the centre of a dramatic scorecard mix-up at the Masters last night.

DAILY MIRROR: Roberto Mancini admits Mario Balotelli frustrates him so much he could punch him. Also...Tiger Woods admitted his golf swing was a mess after shooting a level-par 72 in the first round of the Masters.

DAILY STAR: Paul Ince has held secret talks about becoming the new manager of Wolves. Also...John Terry is ready to risk his Euro 2012 dream and play for Chelsea with two cracked ribs.

THE INDEPENDENT: Tiger Woods was left ruing "some of the worst shots I've ever hit" as he struggled to a level-par first round at Augusta yesterday. Also...In the glorious history of Test cricket, there has probably never been an over like it.

THE GUARDIAN: Just another fascinating Thursday at Augusta National, a day when the "Tiger and Rory show" opened to mixed reviews and Lee Westwood planted his flag at the top of the leaderboard in the opening round of the 2012 Masters. Also...John Terry has declared himself available for Chelsea's cluttered fixture list despite a scan confirming the defender suffered two fractured ribs in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Benfica last week, an injury he went on to aggravate in the return fixture.

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