Newspaper headlines: EU cash match and rowing gold in Rio

The chancellor's promise to guarantee funding for European Union projects after Brexit and Team GB's golden glory in the rowing make Saturday's front pages.

Several papers lead with the news that Philip Hammond is promising to replace EU funding for farmers, scientists and infrastructure projects after a British exit from the bloc.

The Times says the announcement is at odds with the threats from Remain ministers before the referendum that funding would suddenly disappear if Britain left the EU.

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The Daily Mail claims Mr Hammond's comments "dispel some of the dire warnings delivered by Project Fear during the campaign", while the Financial Times believes the commitment to pay farm subsidies until 2020 will give a degree of certainty to farmers.

But the fact that ministers are considering covering the cost of the funding from Britain's contributions to the EU will increase speculation that the nation will leave the single market, the Daily Telegraph suggests.


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New school rules

The Times reports that plans for new grammar schools in England will be limited to about 20 in working class areas, such as the outskirts of Birmingham and other provincial cities.

It says the new schools are expected to be required to admit a significant proportion of pupils in receipt of free school meals.

The Daily Mail welcomes what it calls the change of attitude in Downing Street on the idea of some form of selection in schools - but insists that the door to selective schools must be kept open to late developers.

It's also encouraged that the government is focussing on poorer areas, where - it argues - brighter children most need the leg-up that selective schools can provide.


Gold rush

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"Britain's rowers strike double gold," says The Guardian after a win in the women's coxless pairs and men's four at the Olympics in Rio.

The Daily Mirror describes how "Britain's blazing paddles became our invincibles on water in 20 minutes of shock and oar".

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, unbeaten in five years and 39 races retained their title in style, the paper says.

Meanwhile, the Telegraph describes how the pair were "inspired to gold" by their coach Robin Williams who battled with cancer two years ago.

"His passion got us gold in this event," Glover says, while Williams describes how the women were "a big, big part of my fight back".

'Fear of failure'

For the men - Mo Sbihi, Alex Gregory, Constantine Louloudis and George Nash - it was the cold dread of failure that carried them to victory, according to the Times.

Britain has held the men's four title since the Sydney games in 2000.

"I didn't want to let this record go," says Gregory, the only defending champion in the boat, adding that he didn't want to have to look rowing legend Sir Steve Redgrave in the eye having come up short.

Many of the papers change their front pages in the later editions to reflect Sir Bradley Wiggins becoming Britain's most decorated Olympian after winning his eighth medal in the men's team cycling pursuit.

Both the Times and the Daily Mirror feature the image of Sir Bradley raising five fingers to celebrate his fifth gold medal.

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The Daily Telegraph is buoyed by the latest success - and looks ahead to what it calls "Super Saturday", posing the question: "Can Team GB dare to hope the Rio medal haul will top London 2012?".

Jessica Ennis-Hill, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah will be in action, hoping to recreate what the Times calls the arguably the nation's greatest sporting moment since the England won the World Cup in 1966.

The action may run late into the night in the UK, says the "I", but there's every reason to stay up to watch.