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TO THE intense disappointment of people who would prefer it if Manchester United would just go away and leave everyone else to win things, Alex Ferguson signed a new contract yesterday that will keep him at Old Trafford until June 2002. By then the Govan Growler will be 60.

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Manchester United is an important game, but not the most important game. Before the game, if you already have three points, you're more relaxed, and that's why it was important to win at Nottingham Forest.

Football: Shearer heightens Gregory's stress

Newcastle United 2 Shearer 4, Ketsbaia 27 Aston Villa 1 Merson 61 Half-time: 2-0 Attendance: 36,776; Villa continue slide from Premiership primacy as their manager feels the strain of Collymore complications

Football: Charlton attack whingers

THE CHAIRMAN of Charlton Athletic plc, Richard Murray, has told the country's biggest clubs that if they are worried about fixture congestion they should leave the Premier League and play permanently in Europe. Otherwise, he believes, they should use their profits to employ bigger squads and fulfil all their commitments.

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I have dedicated this fight to the greatness of womanhood and that is why I have invited Margaret Thatcher, Mo Mowlam, Hilary Clinton and the president of Ireland to come ringside with me.

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NEWCASTLE UNITED'S little remaining credibility in the City of London was wiped away yesterday when Freddie Shepherd and Douglas Hall, the football club's disgraced shareholders, returned to the board after a nine-month absence, prompting a walk-out by three other directors.

The Saturday Profile: Rod Stewart, Rock Star: Do ya still think I'm sexy?

IT'S SUMMER 1971, and I am with my father at Brands Hatch, the noisy shrine to Formula One motor racing. In the parking lot, two lanes of cars are heading for the exit when their procession is halted by a couple of tough-looking bouncers. They stand before the lead Toyota, extending their hands like traffic policemen, then wave a spectacular yellow Lamborghini Miura through the gates. The queue re-starts. We drive out. And exactly 100 yards up the road, we encounter the canary-hued Italian passion-wagon again, parked on the grass verge. Standing beside it, drinking champagne, oblivious to our staring eyes, is a skinny oik with a large nose, a shiny yellow satin suit and a blonde-goddess girlfriend. Rod Stewart and Dee Harrington have decided that, rather than sit in a traffic jam, they'll while away half an hour with vintage Krug and a little light posing.

Football: Wright and Ferdinand fit for Hammers trip

WEST HAM United's two England stars are expected to shake off strains picked up in the 2-0 defeat of the Czech Republic to be fit to face Derby County at Pride Park this afternoon. Ian Wright (calf) and Rio Ferdinand (back) both missed training on Friday but are in the squad.

Football: Vialli puts new spin on critics of system

GIANLUCA VIALLI has warned his players they will have to "shut up or pay up" over his squad rotation policy. The Chelsea player-manager appealed in his programme notes on Saturday for any disputes over team selection to be discussed within the club and not in the newspapers.
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