Sporting Digest: Football

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LEEDS are to ask the Football Association for permission to play the former Brighton goalkeeper, Mark Beeney, in their final Premier League match of the season, at Coventry on Saturday. Beeney, 25, was signed from Brighton for pounds 350,000 after the March transfer deadline and has been ineligible during Leeds' fight against relegation.

GARY LINEKER, the former England captain, scored twice to help his Japanese team, Nagoya Grampus Eight, to a 3-1 victory over Gremio, of Brazil, in a pre-season friendly in Tokyo.

ALCOHOL will be freely available at next year's United States World Cup games in the Pontiac Silverdome under a proposed law in the Michigan state legislature, which is ignoring warnings that it could spark off violence among fans. Legislation to permit the public to consume alcohol, including hard liquor, in the streets has been approved in Michigan's House of Representatives and Senate.

LIBERTADORES CUP Semi-finals, first leg: Sao Paulo (Bra) 1 Cerro Porteno (Par) 0; Universidad Catolica (Chile) 1 America Cali (Col) 0.

FRENCH CUP Quarter-final draw: Paris St Germain v Bordeaux; Toulouse v Laval; Montpellier v Nantes; St Etienne v Marseille.

ENGLAND UNDER-21 SQUAD (Uefa Under-21 Championship Group Two v Poland, Jastrzebie, 28 May and v Norway, Stavanger, 1 June): Gerrard (Oldham), Watson (Barnsley); R Jones, Redknapp (both Liverpool), Ardley (Wimbledon), Cox, Ehiogu, Small (all Aston Villa), Whelan (Ipswich), Hall (Southampton), Jackson (Everton), Awford (Portsmouth), Flitcroft, Sheron (both Manchester City), Cole, Clark (both Newcastle), Anderton (Tottenham), Sutton (Norwich). Stand-by players: M Oakes (Aston Villa); Summerbee (Swindon), Minto (Charlton), Stewart (Bristol Rovers), Allen (Queen's Park Rangers), S Oakes (Luton).

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