Sporting Digest: Rugby league

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Maurice Lindsay, the new Wigan chairman, has recruited marketing manager Ian Riddoch from Super League Europe. Lindsay, who retired as Super League managing director at the end of the season said, "Ian has been outstanding in Super League. He is full of ideas and is very ambitious for the sport."

The Western Suburbs player, Adrian Rainey, was suspended for two years after being found guilty of taking a performance-enhancing drug. The National Rugby League drugs tribunal back-dated the penalty to the beginning of 1999 when the 20-year-old second-rower resigned from his club after testing positive in December 1998.