KEN BATES, the chairman of Chelsea, yesterday warned that the League Cup - which has just secured a pounds 2.25m sponsorship deal with Coca-Cola - could go ahead without the Premier League clubs this season unless a dispute over television income is settled. Bates is demanding a fair share for the 22 Premier clubs from a pounds 24m purse the Football League negotiated over four years with ITV earlier this summer, both for screenings of the new- look Football League and for live coverage of the Coca-Cola League Cup. The Premier League clubs are scheduled to join the competition at the second-round stage next month.
FRIENDSHIP CUP INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT (Los Angeles): Brazil 5 (Bebeto 23, 34, Renato 25, Zinho 39, Sergio 66) Mexico 0; Colombia 1 (Valencia 33) United States 0.
TOUR MATCH (Johannesburg): Jomo Cosmos 2 Flamengo (Bra) 4.
PRESS AND JOURNAL HIGHLAND LEAGUE: Caledonian 2 Rothes 2; Cove Rangers 4 Fort William 1; Deveronvale 2 Forres Mechanics 1; Elgin 2 Keith 2; Fraserburgh 1 Brora 2; Huntly 4 Clachnacuddin 0; Inverness Thistle 0 Buckie 4; Lossiemouth 6 Nairn 2; Ross County 2 Peterhead 1.
TRANSFER: Colin Hill, defender, Sheffield United to Leicester City, pounds 200,000.