Sporting Digest: Football
Thursday 24 December 1998
Corinthians secured the Brazilian championship yesterday after beating Cruzeiro 2-0 in the deciding match of the three-game final series. Both the first and second legs had ended in draws.
FA CARLING PREMIERSHIP SUSPENSIONS (From 23 Dec): R Di Matteo (Chelsea) one match; G Monk (Southampton) one match. (From 26 Dec): P Van Hooijdonk (Nottingham F) three matches; G Neville (Man United) one match; S Osborne (Chelsea) one match; L Bohinen (Derby) one match; B Carbone (Sheff Wed) one match; M Harewood (Nottingham F) one match; M Hughes (Southampton) two matches. (From 27 Dec): P Ince (Liverpool) one match; A Thompson (Aston Villa) one match. (From 28 Dec): G Hamilton (Blackburn) one match. (From 30 Dec): C Riggott (Derby) three matches; D Peacock (Blackburn) one match; D Petrescu (Chelsea) one match; D Wetherall (Leeds) one match; G Neville (Man United) one match.
NATIONWIDE LEAGUE SUSPENSIONS (From 25 Dec): M Lawrence (Wycombe) one match; L Peacock (Mansfield) one match; B Gayle (Shrewsbury) one match. (From 26 Dec): R Mauge (Plymouth) two matches; J Chambes (West Brom) one match; P Carden (Rochdale) one match; S Leitch (Swindon) three matches; L Mills (Bradford) one match; M Johansen (Bolton) one match; C Perkins (Chesterfield) one match; G Di Lella (Hartlepool) one match; G Alexander (Luton) one match; J Lydiate (Scarborough) one match; D Barnard (Barnsley) one match; D Carson (Chester City) one match; D Eadie (Norwich) one match; G Lavin (Millwall) one match; R Newman (Millwall) one match; G Duguild (Colchester) one match; M Tinkler (York) one match. (From 28 Dec): B Hunter (Reading) three matches; C Green (Port Vale) two matches. (From 29 Dec): P Walsham (Tranmere) one match; N Campbell (Scarborough) one match; D Tiatto (Manchester C) four matches; M Gabbiadini (Darlington) three matches; J Bates (Brentford) two matches; M Monington (Rochdale) four matches. (From 30 Dec): I McGuckin (Fulham) one match; H Aljofree (Bolton) one match; A Shelton (Chester) one match; P Simpson (Barnet) one match.
LOAN: Brian Quailey (striker), West Brom to Exeter.
FIFA DECEMBER WORLD RANKINGS (last month's placing in brackets): 1 Brazil 73.44pts (1); 2 France 68.86 (2); 3 Germany 66.87 (3); 4 Croatia 66.75 (4); 5 Argentina 66.22 (5); 6 Yugoslavia 64.70 (7); 7 Italy 63.82 (8); 8 Czech Republic 63.80 (6); 9 England 63.13 (11); 10 Mexico 61.93 (10); 11 Netherlands 61.67 (9); 12 Romania 60.01 (12); 13 Morocco 59.58 (13); 14 Norway 58.99 (14); 15 Spain 58.63 (15); 16 Chile 57.81 (16); 17 South Korea 57.17 (18=); 18 Sweden 56.27 (17); 19 Denmark 55.10 (18=); 20 Japan 55.01 (30). Selected other: 38 Scotland 49.58 (36); 56 Republic of Ireland 42.51 (57); 86 Northern Ireland 34.77 (88); 97 Wales 32.08 (92).
INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY (Tel Aviv): Israel 2 (Tal 57, Abuksis 82) Yugoslavia 0.
CALOR COUNTY ANTRIM SHIELD Quarter Final: Dungannon Swifts 2 Distillery 4.
NORTH WESTERN TRAINS League Cup Second Round: Leek CSOB 3 Newcastle Town 4.
POSTPONED: Ryman League Puma Cup, Second Round: Berkhamsted v Aylesbury. DR MARTENS LEAGUE CUP Second Round: Racing Club Warwick v Sutton Coldfield.
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