The week in review

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WINDS of change and foreboding swept England as the rugby union manager resigned, the football coach chose his first squad and the cricket team were hammered as never before.

Geoff Cooke announced that this Five Nations' Championship would be his finale as the brains behind the team who haven't scored a try for a year.

Terry Venables took his scythe to his predecessor Graham Taylor's England squad, then there was room for Peter Beardsley, Matthew Le Tissier, Graeme Le Saux and Darren Anderton.

In Kingstown, St Vincent, in one of the most idyllic settings in world cricket, the England captain Mike Atherton asked the West Indies to bat in the third one- day international then watched his bowlers disappear for 313. The reply fell short by a record margin and the hosts went 2-1 up in the five-match series.

Manchester Unstoppable stayed on course for the treble by beating Sheffield Wednesday in the semi- finals of the Coca-Cola Cup. Their opponents at Wembley will be Aston Villa, who defeated Tranmere Rovers.

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