The Week in Review: Sport

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GAZZA'S BACK] How long for is another question, but his debut for Lazio, in a friendly against his old Spurs team-mates in Rome could not have been scripted better. A splendid goal after 10 minutes, an assist for the second of Lazio's three without reply, and a couple of dazzling runs before taking a bow after 66 minutes was all more than enough to please his new employers and their delirious fans.

Not tremendously delirious at the moment are Liverpool's fans. After a disastrous Premier League start, the Kop were forced to witness the humiliation of Graeme Souness's team by visiting Chesterfield in a Coca-Cola Cup second round, first leg tie. The Third Division (fourth division) side took a 3-0 lead before the Reds scrambled back for a 4-4 draw.

There was a double-edged development in cricket's ball-tampering controversy. The TCCB fined Allan Lamb pounds 5,000 for his allegations about the Pakistani bowlers, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. The following day Waqar's county, Surrey, led by the England vice-captain and erstwhile manager's son, Alec Stewart, were fined pounds 1,000 for 'repeated breaches' of rules relating to ball-tampering.

In the Davis Cup, Britain's hopes of maintaining their World Group status suffered an early blow when Jeremy Bates lost the opening singles in the match against India in New Delhi.

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