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IT TOOK a while for the full magnitude of last week's big transfer story to sink in at the BBC. Late on Monday, just after Newsnight, they ran their pre-season teaser, a brief film in which an assortment of blokes do sad, aimless things, like traipse around DIY superstores with their wife, or build card castles in the pub, because there's no football to go to or talk about. The good news for the lads, though, was that their 10-week stint in purgatory was almost over, for as Gary Lineker reminded us, "on Saturday, normal service will be resumed".

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I'll tell you what, Gary, this is a sad day for the BBC. But, hey, it's only a game

SO, WHERE were you when you heard the news? Because for some of us, Desmond Lynam's big-money transfer to ITV is news of where-were-you- when-you-heard? status. And mark my words, it won't be long before the conspiracy theories start. "Where were you, and what were you doing, when you heard that JFK had been assassinated?" social historians like to ask. To which they can now add, "And what about when Des left the BBC, where were you then?"

Sports Letter: Foreign lesson

Sir: Arsenal recently transfer-listed four players, two of whom were English. Pundits in the newspapers cried out that this was the latest worrying example of English talent being squeezed out of our leading clubs. Not wanting to be left out in the cold, the sports minister Tony Banks promised to bring Government pressure to restrict the foreign players in domestic leagues.

Football: Cole is likely to partner Shearer

KEVIN KEEGAN was pondering his striking options at Bisham Abbey yesterday. Should he go for pace or muscle? Experience or youth? Penalty- box poacher or roving creator? With Alan Shearer's place apparently cast in stone, as it has been since Gary Lineker's retirement seven years ago, and Michael Owen and Kevin Phillips injured, the decision comes down to who partners the captain out of Andy Cole, Teddy Sheringham, Emile Heskey and Robbie Fowler.

Be smart: take the colour and run

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IT WAS the cake. Lying in bed, bug-eyed and clammy-skinned, at 3 am, I suddenly understand why I'm feeling unusually wakeful. Earlier in the evening, the goalkeeper had produced his own contribution to the evening, homemade to his own special recipe and, politely, I had taken a large slice. Homemade? Special? Ganja cake, of course. Here I am, in my own bed, in my own house, stoned out of my box. No wonder I can't sleep
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