Sport in Short: Football

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BRIAN HORTON, the Oxford United manager, has signed a new contract even though he still has a year to run on his present agreement with the Division One club. The Oxford chairman, Pat McGeough, said: 'We have given Brian an on-going contract which is customary in all businesses except football. There is no fixed period, subject to a termination clause on both sides, and we are leading the League in this.'

SHREWSBURY have announced plans for a pounds 6.5m stadium at Preston Boats, on the town's eastern outskirts, though the move is dependent on their selling Gay Meadow to the council for car parking.

GARY LINEKER will make his debut for Grampus Eight on 1 August when the Nagoya club entertain Corinthians of Brazil in a friendly. The former England captain will return for the Japanese season in February.

MELBOURNE police are to mount their tightest security operation for Croatia's first international match against Australia at Olympic Park tomorrow after receiving threats that the game would be disrupted. Brian Church, the acting police chief commissioner, said he would appeal to local Serb and Croat communities not to let the conflict in their homelands spill on to the terraces.

HUNDREDS of Torino supporters protested in front of their club's headquarters for the second consecutive night over the transfer of the 23-year-old forward, GianLuigi Lentini, to Milan.

TRANSFERS: Stewart Bowen, midfielder, West Bromwich Albion to Coventry City, free; Bradley Sandeman, midfielder, Maidstone to Port Vale, free.

SWEDISH LEAGUE: GAIS Gothenburg 3 IFK Gothenburg 0; AIK Stockholm 0 Orebro 1; Malmo 1 Vastra Frolunda 0; Osters Vaxjo 2 Trelleborg 0; IFK Norrkoping 3 Djurgaarden 1. Leading positions: 1 IFK Norrkoping (P 13, Pts 23); 2 Trelleborg (13-22); 3 Malmo (13-21).