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RON WILSON, coach to the United States ice hockey team, said before these Games that a goaltender could make all the difference in this competition.

Football: Spartan spirit finally broken

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Football: Clarkson quells spirited Spartans

Blackpool 4 Preece 4, Linighan 59, Clarkson 71, 89 Blyth Spartans 3 Henderson 10, Di Lella 44, Atkinson 84 Attendance: 4,814

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`A battle, not for control of a business, but for the heart of my club'

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Leicester's manager, Martin O'Neill, nearly took his players off the pitch during a friendly match in Greece after they were pelted with bottles and coins.

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Peter Shilton's League career appears to be over. His contract with Leyton Orient has been terminated because the former England goalkeeper, who is the only player with 1,000 League games under his belt, can no longer belt the ball far enough.

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