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Dundee United 0 Everton 1, FC Sion 0 Stoke 1

Everton and Stoke secure victories as Premier League duo count down to season

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UPDATED:

06:36 GMT, 20 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Ross Barkley scored a late winner for Everton as the Toffees saw off Dundee United to make it two preseason wins in two.

The youngster headed in Seamus Coleman's cross with just three minutes to go.

Everton beat Morecambe 4-1 at the weekend and this win will be another boost to David Moyes.

Neither team created many opportunities but there was a lot of exertion as the sides battled evenly.

Winner: Ross Barkley headed home the only goal of the game

Winner: Ross Barkley headed home the only goal of the game

Thanks: Tim Howard and Tony Hibbert salute the fans

Thanks: Tim Howard and Tony Hibbert salute the fans

Tim Howard, Phil Neville and Marouane Fellaini all made their first appearances this season.

Meanwhile Stoke also won by the same
margin, with Matthew Etherington converting from the penalty spot
against Swiss opponents FC Sion.

Twist: Barkley spins away from his opponents

Twist: Barkley spins away from his opponents

Silky: Marouane Fellaini on the ball

Silky: Marouane Fellaini on the ball

The spot kick was awarded after Jose Goncalves handballed under pressure from Kenwyne Jones.

Potters boss Tony Pulis gave 20 players game time in the match, with only Rory Delap and Jones handed a 90-minute workout.

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Andre Villas-Boas eyes longevity to take charge at Liverpool

AVB eyes longevity to take charge at Anfield… but didn't he say that at Chelsea

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UPDATED:

16:02 GMT, 23 May 2012

Andre Villas-Boas, one of the favourites for the vacant Liverpool job, is looking for a club with a 'strong technical plan' which has longevity.

The Portuguese is the front runner to replace Kenny Dalglish but has also been linked with Italian club Roma, whose manager Luis Enrique left the club a week ago after a disappointing eighth-placed finish.

New job: Former Chelsea manager Villas-Boas has been linked with the Liverpool hotseat

New job: Former Chelsea manager Villas-Boas has been linked with the Liverpool hotseat

Villas-Boas himself was dismissed at Chelsea just eight months after signing a three-year contract as Europe's hottest managerial property.

The 34-year-old thought the move to Stamford Bridge would be the start of a long-term project but after being unceremoniously dumped by owner Roman Abramovich he is looking for a new opportunity to re-establish his credentials.

'What we are looking for is a strong technical plan, that is solid and durable,' his agent Carlos Goncalves told romagiallorossa.com.

Axed: Dalglish, seen here at Wentworth on Wednesday, was relieved of his role as Liverpool manager last week

Axed: Dalglish, seen here at Wentworth on Wednesday, was relieved of his role as Liverpool manager last week

'Villas-Boas would like to return to coaching in these conditions, but if these conditions are not available, we would have no problems not working.

'I won't confirm or deny contacts with specific clubs. What we are interested in is a technical project, its outlook and a situation that has longevity.

Going upstairs: Louis van Gaal could be Liverpool's new sporting director

Going upstairs: Louis van Gaal could be Liverpool's new sporting director

'Liverpool Again, we look for a club which is very strong and competitive.

'We will see if there are conditions that will attract us with any club.'

Contact: Martinez has been approached by Liverpool

Contact: Martinez has been approached by Liverpool

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez was one of the first contenders to be revealed and while the Latics boss has now gone on a Caribbean holiday it is thought he is preparing for a meeting with Liverpool's principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner in the coming days.

Reports have linked Louis van Gaal with the sporting director's role at Liverpool after an internal restructuring at the club by Fenway Sports Group divided up the responsibilities previously held by director of football Damien Comolli.

However, suggestions in Holland are that the 60-year-old former Ajax and Holland coach, who has been out of work since he was sacked by Bayern Munich 13 months ago, would prefer the manager's job.

Meanwhile, fans supporting the claims of former manager Rafael Benitez have set up a website in an attempt to persuade FSG to speak to the Champions League-winning Spaniard.

So far there has been no contact with Benitez, who is out of work and living in the area, and the suggestion has been that he would not be considered but a campaign has begun to ask FSG to reconsider.

The creators of www.talktorafa.com claim they have Henry's email address and they are asking fans to fill in a form on their website to tell the American reasons why he should 'Talk to Rafa'.

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London 2012 Olympics: Great Britain dodge America in basketball draw

Team GB dodge mighty Americans as basketball groups drawn in Rio

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UPDATED:

15:37 GMT, 30 April 2012

Great Britain will play Spain, Australia, Brazil and China in the first round of the Olympic men's basketball tournament in London after the draw was made in Rio de Janeiro.

The United States were drawn into Group A, along with Argentina, France and Tunisia, and the first and second teams in the world qualifying tournament, which will be played in Venezuela in July.

Spain are sure to be a tough test for Team GB, having been runners-up to the US in the Beijing Games. The group will also include the third qualifier in Venezuela.

Fate sealed: The basketball draw took place on Monday in Rio de Janeiro

Fate sealed: The basketball draw took place on Monday in Rio de Janeiro

Out of the hat: FIBA director and former basketball star Lubomir Kotleba (left) draws Britain next to former Brazilian basketball players Maria Paula Goncalves da Silva (centre), also known as 'Magic Paula', and Hortencia Marcari

Out of the hat: FIBA director and former basketball star Lubomir Kotleba (left) draws Britain next to former Brazilian basketball players Maria Paula Goncalves da Silva (centre), also known as 'Magic Paula', and Hortencia Marcari

The American women's team were drawn into Group A along with China, Angola and the first, second and fourth teams from the qualifying tournament played in Turkey in June. Group B includes Australia, Brazil, Britain, Russia and the third and fifth qualifiers.

Nice touch: The draw balls resembled miniature basketballs

Nice touch: The draw balls resembled miniature basketballs

Sion docked 36 points by Swiss FA

FC Sion docked 36 points after FIFA threaten to boot out Switzerland

Swiss top flight club FC Sion have been docked an astonishing 36 points by the country”s FA over a row that dates back to the club”s expulsion from the Europa League.

The SFV”s decision ruins any slim hopes Manchester United had of reinstatement to the Champions League.

It comes a fortnight after FIFA threatened to suspend Switzerland if Sion were not punished for fielding six ineligable players who were signed in the summer when the club was subject to a transfer ban.

Previous: FC Sion

Previous: FC Sion”s president Christian Constantin at CAS in September

Sion had also defied FIFA and UEFA statutes by taking their case to the civil courts, at one stage forcing UEFA president Michel Platini to give explanations to a Swiss prosecutor.

“This points deduction is to punish the illegal behaviour of FC Sion, also contrary to the statutes and rules, by illegitimately getting around the transfer ban imposed by FIFAand fielding non-eligible players,” the SFV said in a statement.

FIFA”s executive committee had given the Swiss FA a deadline of January 13 to follow its instructions or facea ban which would also result in FC Basel being expelled from the Champions League.

Out: Sion

Out: Sion”s place in the Europa League went to Scottish side Celtic

The SFV said it had deducted three points for each of the 12 games in which Sion had fielded any of the sixplayers, leaving the team bottom of the league with minus five points and almost certainly condemning them relegation.

However, it stopped short of FIFA”s demand that Sion be punished with 3-0 defeats, saying this would have resulted in other teams being awarded points, distorting the championship.

The case began when Sion signed Stefan Glarner, Jose Goncalves, Mario Mutsch, Pascal Feindouno, Billy Ketkeophomphone and Gabri despite being banned from doing so after FIFA found them guilty of poaching a player from an Egyptian club in 2008.