Newspaper headlines: Froome and Green dominate front pages

By Victoria King
BBC News

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Two men dominate the front pages, but for very different reasons and with very different assessments - Chris Froome and Sir Philip Green.

After winning his third Tour de France, Froome's smiling picture has captions such as "cup of cheer" in the Times, while the i newspaper's headline is "Froome glides to glory".

The Financial Times says the British cyclist has joined the elite with his victory, while the Guardian describes him as "the calm star that clean cycling needs".

The Daily Telegraph says the public is warming to him as a fighter, a winner, and a "decent person".

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However, the headlines are very different for the former BHS owner, Sir Philip - or, as the Daily Mirror names him, "Sir Philip Greed".

It thinks he represents "cowboy capitalism of the worst kind" and says his reputation is shattered.

For the Daily Mail he is "Sir Shifty". The paper says today's report by two committees of MPs sets out shady property deals and a web of offshore firms designed to help avoid tax.

The Mail asks "how long can he cling on to his gong?" The paper describes the demise of BHS as "a tale of rapacious capitalism, which has exposed the rotten culture of greed and irresponsibility which still infects areas of big business and the city".

The paper's city editor, Alex Brummer, calls it a once-in-a-decade scandal, saying "everyone involved in this messy affair must at the very minimum be driven out of finance forever".

The Guardian says the tycoon's business reputation has been "torn apart" by the report.

It says MPs found there was "little to support the reputation for retail acumen for which he received his knighthood".

'Torn apart'

The future of that knighthood is the focus for several papers.

The Sun is among those papers saying Sir Philip must be stripped of his knighthood if he does not pay the BHS pension bill.

"No ifs or buts", it argues, he must "bail out staff made jobless by his asset-stripping".

In its editorial, the Times says removing his title would be a symbolic rather than practical move, but it argues: "Symbols matter".

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On the paper's business pages, Marcus Leroux says stripping Sir Philip of his knighthood would be to rewrite history - and the personal greed cited by the MPs' report was the avarice of an entire era, spurred on by the reckless optimism of the city.

The Daily Telegraph says "Green must pay for BHS plunder", while the Daily Mirror says he is being warned he must pay £571m to plug the firm's pensions black hole - or face losing his title.

But the criticism is spread more widely in some quarters.

The Financial Times highlights the role Goldman Sachs played in lending a "lustre of credibility" to the sale of BHS to Dominic Chappell.

Olympic cowardice

The papers give a similarly scathing verdict on the International Olympic Committee (IOC), for deciding not to ban the entire Russian team over a state-sponsored doping programme.

The Daily Mail labels it "the day they destroyed the Olympics".

The Times, meanwhile, says the IOC was "cowardly" and "passed the buck" to individual sports to decide on Russian involvement, and it suggests the Rio Games next month will now carry the "stench of deceit".

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The Mirror agrees it represents a missed chance for what it calls a ground zero games and for a line to be drawn, saying the IOC "bottled it" and proved they are not up to the job.

Chief sports writer at the Telegraph, Paul Hayward, says "the white flag of capitulation flies over the IOC".

It backed away from Russian power and influence, he says, gambling that the global audience would not back away in disgust.

"They are deluding themselves if they think public trust can withstand any scandal," he says

There is a warning of "legal chaos" in the Sun, with some Russian athletes barred if they have previously failed tests, while former cheats such as America's Justin Gatlin can take part in the Rio games.

'Brexit hate crime'

The weekend of delays and tailbacks at Dover revived the Dunkirk spirit, according to the Mail.

It describes how families trying to go to France on holiday found themselves barbecuing sausages and playing with beach balls next to the motorway in Kent.

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The Times reports how a charity that normally provides aid in the aftermath of natural disasters handed out bottles of water to stranded motorists.

Meanwhile the Mirror is one of several papers asking if the delays were French revenge for the vote to leave the EU.

It quotes one driver calling it a "Brexit hate crime".

The Sun says ministers were warned about the chaos, saying the new government has failed its first test.

In its editorial, it says it's time for Prime Minister Theresa May to show her reputation for competence is justified.

'Labour on the brink'

Labour's leader in the House of Lords, Lady Smith, tells the Guardian she has abandoned support for leader Jeremy Corbyn because she does not think he can persuade people of his cause, or win a general election.

The paper says Angela Smith has gone from being enthusiastic about her leader to being surprised by his lack of energy and failure to play an active role in opposing the government.

"It is not good having the right values", she says, "if you can't articulate and persuade other people."

The Daily Telegraph editorial says shadow chancellor John McDonnell's television appeal for help in stopping people he said wanted to destroy Labour was "one of the more bizarre moments in modern politics".

It says he and Mr Corbyn have dragged Labour to the brink of schism.