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Shane Parker, Middlesbrough's Australian star, has been banned for two weeks after being caught using an oversized engine in a Premier League match. Middlesbrough have also paid the penalty, with the 10 points he scored in last Thursday's win over Edinburgh being deducted from the final score and turning the result into their 14th League defeat in 15 matches.

FOUR-TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP First leg: Ipswich 33 King's Lynn; Peterborough 25 Coventry 9. Second leg: Hull 30 Edinburgh 26; Glasgow 25 Middlesbrough 15. Progressive scores: Hull 59 Glasgow 55; Edinburgh 52 Middlesbrough 26; Bradford 63 Sheffield 53; Long Eaton 40 Belle Vue 36.