Sporting Digest: Football

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Queen's Park Rangers have parted company with assistant manager John Hollins, as Loftus Road manager Ray Harford restructues he club.

Nottingham Forest are giving a trial to two French midfield players, Stephane Roche and Etienne Mendy.

The former Liverpool and Arsenal winger Jimmy Carter, 32, has been released by First Division Portsmouth after failing to persuade manager Alan Ball he is worth a new contract.

Middlesbrough striker Alun Armstrong has undergone a back operation, after delaying surgery so he could play in the run-in to his club's First Division promotion-winning campaign.

England's women face world champions Norway in a World Cup qualifier at Boundary Park, Oldham next Thursday and must win to keep in touch with group leaders Germany if they are to qualify for next year's finals in the United States.

Everton Ladies will be presented with the FA Women's National Division trophy before the Premiership match against Coventry at Goodison Park.

The first goal in Tuesday's Premiership fixture between Crystal Palace and West Ham has now been officially credited to Frank Lampard and was not a Sasa Curcic own goal as originally stated.

The Arsenal women's team, winners of the League Cup and FA Cup double, hope to clinch runners-up spot in the league from second-placed Doncaster Belles at Highbury tomorrow. Doncaster Belles beat Arsenal 2-1 in the League last November, but were then put out of the quarter-finals of the FA Cup by the Gunners.

The Scottish Third Division club Dumbarton are planning to relocate from Boghead Park to a new purpose-built stadium at Castle Road in the town. The club, who have finished bottom of the Scottish League, also intend to link up with junior clubs Yoker Athletic and Vale of Leven in a bid to attract some of the area's top youngsters.

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