Sporting Digest: Football

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Chris Nicholl, the Northern Ireland Under-21 manager, has called up two uncapped players, the Crystal Palace midfielder Gareth Graham and the Glentoran defender Colin Nixon, to strengthen his squad for today's Euro 2000 qualifier in Moldova.

The West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop made his debut for Trinidad and Tobago, who also fielded Manchester United's Dwight Yorke, in their 2- 0 friendly victory over Jamaica in Port-of-Spain on Sunday.

Mike Flynn, the Stockport captain, has settled his differences with the First Division club and has signed until 2003.

The 20 Premiership chairmen yesterday opted to delay any decision on the appointment next season of full-time referees to the top flight.