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SOCCER Santini blasts Spurs' transfer policy JACQUES Santini was embroiled in a furious war of words with Tottenham last night as the club responded angrily to the Frenchman's claims that he left because of a dispute over transfer policy.

SOCCER Santini blasts Spurs' transfer policy JACQUES Santini was embroiled in a furious war of words with Tottenham last night as the club responded angrily to the Frenchman's claims that he left because of a dispute over transfer policy.

Santini controversially walked out of White Hart Lane last week, citing "personal problems" for his return to France.

However, he claimed last night that he had "no massive family problems" and instead blamed a power struggle with director of football Frank Arnesen.

That left Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy expressing his amazement at Santini's outburst, declaring that "the respect I had for Jacques has certainly gone as he's obviously not told me the truth."

Indeed, Levy concluded that the former France coach had evidently not been the right man for the Spurs job after all.

He had been stunned to hear of Santini's comments during an interview with French TV station TPS at half-time in Spurs' 5-4 defeat by Arsenal.

The Frenchman, who had not accepted an invitation to watch the game from the Tottenham directors' box, claimed that he had been misinformed about his job description as coach.

"Perhaps we could have spoken when I signed the contract with the club to really make things clear," he claimed.

"I was told that I would be in charge of all first-team matters, that I would buy and sell the players, and do the coaching.

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"But things were not clearly well-defined because, as soon as I arrived, it became clear that I was only in charge of coaching and not buying."

BOXING Barrett sets sights on European title GALWAY southpaw Francis Barrett believes he is in line for a European title shot, having retained his light welterweight EU belt against Northampton's Alan Bosworth at the Wembley Conference Centre in London on Friday night.

A typical bullish effort from the 27-year-old Wembley-based Irishman, performing in Wembley for the first time, saw him edge the ten rounds on points, 96-95, 96-93 and 97-93.

"I have a lot of time for him (Bosworth) - he put up a good effort and always gives everything," said Barrett after his 16th win in 18 outings. "I only know one way in boxing, and that's forward. It was hard to break him down but I knew I had it.

"Hopefully, I can get a crack now at the full European belt," added Barrett.

HOCKEY Interprovincial issue settled by IHA THE dilemma surrounding the 'on-off' situation facing this month's men's Senior Interprovincials at Grange Road, Dublin has been finally resolved.

The IHA Management Committee has decided to drop their plan to cram the event into two days for this season - which was strongly rebuffed by the Munster and Leinster branches - and will now be played over the weekend of November 26-28.

The decision given by the committee states the decision "was in the best interests of Irish Hockey that the senior interprovincials will be played on the weekend of November 26-28 which allow the players from the three provinces to participate competitively under the watchful eyes of the new Irish coach whose name will be announced next week."

The match line up is: Friday November 26 - Leinster v Munster 8.0; Saturday - Leinster v Ulster 3.0; Sunday - Munster v Ulster 12.0.

In the women's Irish Junior Cup, the fancied sides from Leinster, Old Alex seconds and Trinity, both secured wins over Ulster opposition but last year's beaten finalists Hermes seconds were knocked out by Aer Lingus.

Meanwhile, Glenanne kept their five-point margin on top of the Leinster table intact with a 3-1 win over Corinthians thanks to a hat-trick from Joe Brennan.

Pembroke's John Jermyn also clocked up a hat-trick in their 3-1 win over YMCA while 'Glen's nearest challengers, Monkstown, were 3-1 winners over Clontarf.

BASKETBALL Moberly breaks Crystal at Killester DART KILLESTER maintained their 100 per cent record in the men's Superleague when they accounted for Waterford Crystal at the IWA. Crystal had done exceptionally well to keep it to five points at half time but with their American Jamal Johnson not enjoying the best of the games, Killester made their traditional push for home in the third quarter.

Damion Moberly was again in exceptional form. His 22 rebounds aside, the American also contributed 30 points despite carrying an injury, which he picked up from the ballina game.

And with former Irish international Damien Sealy scoring 14 points in each half, Killester ran out comfortable 121-96 winners to remain top of their conference.

Limerick Lions meanwhile avenged last seasons overtime defeat to Killarney when they defeated Lakers in a scrappy affair while Neptune without the injured Charon Watson and the departed Kenny Gamble made it two wins from two when they shaded a very tight contest in Belfast to defeat MDS Star.

GAELIC GAMES Carrickshock claim Leinster IHC title CARRICKSHOCK (Kilkenny) 2-16 ST PATRICK'S (Wex) 0-7: Carrickshock claimed the Leinster Club Intermediate Hurling championship with a comfortable victory over St Patrick's of Wexford in the final at Camolin, Wexford yesterday.

St Patrick's battled bravely against the Kilkenny champions who fielded a number of county minor and Under-21 All-Ireland winners.

The lively Camolin pitch gave an unusually lively brand of hurling for the time of year. Damien Grannels opened the scoring for the Wexford side in the first minute as Richie Power replied with a brace of frees for Carrickshock.

Stephen Ryan hit three frees for St Pats, while Jamie Power replied for the Kilkennymen with a solitary point who added three quick points through Pat Cleary, James Moran and Pat Farrell before half-time.

After the restart, James Moran added a point for Carrickshock and that was quickly followed by a goal from Jamie Power.

From then on, it was one-way traffic as Richie Power added a further four points, James Moran scored two points, while substitute Seanie Gibbons sealed victory in the dying minutes with a well taken goal. St Pats replied through points from Patrick Curley, Damien Ryan and Stephen Grannels.

RUGBY LEAGUE Noble keeps calm after beating Aussies GREAT Britain coach Brian Noble urged his Australia-conquering side not to "get carried away" after booking a place in the Gillette Tri-Nations Series final.

Britain followed up their victory over New Zealand by beating the Aussies 24-12 at the JJB Stadium last night.

It was Britain's first win against the Australians in eight attempts, with tries from Terry Newton, Stuart Reardon, Stuart Fielden and Keith Senior settling the outcome.

Australia, whose tries came from Luke Rooney and Mark O'Meley, had trailed 18-6 at half-time, but they mounted a fierce second-half fightback until Senior's interception try killed them off.

CRICKET Pakistan beat India in one-day event PAKISTAN beat India by six wickets in a one-day international in Calcutta yesterday to celebrate the Indian cricket board's 75th anniversary. Chasing India's challenging score of 292 for six, Pakistan coasted to 293 for four in 49 overs as Salman Butt overcame a painful leg muscle cramp to lead the victory charge.

Forced to retire in pain on 68, Butt returned to post his maiden century in six one-day internationals in the company of skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq, who scored run-a-ball 75.

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