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Paper Monitor

17:45 UK time, Monday, 28 May 2012

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

Paper Monitor is not late today. Oh, no.

Instead, we are making one of our regular forays into the world of evening papers.

As a cub reporter, Paper Monitor, like many others, did a stint in evening papers. There was always something magical about seeing in the afternoon a story one had written in the morning.

The paper would plop onto everybody's desks and there would be a quick riffle as the hacks looked for what sort of "show" they had. What page was their story on?

Now, of course, the role of the evening paper in the big cities that used to host them is much diminished. They sell fewer copies, have fewer editions, and much attention has now moved on to their website versions.

For logistical reasons - namely BBC News's lack of a helicopter budget for newspaper delivery - we couldn't get hold of actual evenings today.

The good news from Yorkshire is that the county's efforts to bring the Tour de France to the country could be one step closer. Leeds has been bidding with other European cities to stage the start of the annual cycling event. A delegation from the race organisers has recently been in Yorkshire, and the chief executive of Leeds City Council was quoted in the Yorkshire Evening Post as saying that he believes they were impressed with what they saw. A successful bid could bring millions of pounds to the area, the executive said.

The front page of the Manchester Evening News features a friendly at Old Trafford organised by Take That's Robbie Williams to raise money for charity, Unicef. The paper says that the match was "played in good humour", until, that is, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay had to be stretchered off. The paper writes:

It was supposed to be a friendly match for charity at Old Trafford but apparently nobody told Teddy Sheringham. The former Manchester United star barged celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay to the floor in a crunching tackle during Soccer Aid 2012.

The chef, who was taken off the pitch to a standing ovation from the 70,000-strong crowd, had been playing for the Rest Of The World (ROW) side, along with Michael Sheen, Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, Edward Norton and retired boxing champ Joe Calzaghe. Sheringham's England team included Williams and Jamie Theakston.

"Teddy at least attempted to apologise to Gordon while he received medical attention - although at that stage it was probably a bit late for sporting gestures," the paper writes.

At least he tried. And that's what Paper Monitor likes to see - some good, old-fashioned sportsmanship.

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