Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In Short

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In Short

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West Brom offer Palace [pounds sterling]2m plus Earnshaw for star Johnson Irish Open pair are disqualified Back rules out appeal over ban F1 set for new qualifying rules Serena is out of French Open WEST BROM are the latest club to be interested in signing striker Andy Johnson from Crystal Palace.

The Midlands club, who stayed up on the final day of the season as Palace were relegated, are said to be offering [pounds sterling]2million plus Welsh international striker Robert Earnshaw in exchange for Johnson (above).

Palace chairman Simon Jordan has already underlined his intention to keep his leading scorer but there is bound to be intense interest in the player with Birmingham also keen to take him back to St Andrews.

PRESTON manager Billy Davies has warned West Ham that all the pressure will be on them in the Coca-Cola Championship playoff final after North End booked their ticket to Cardiff.

A heroic defensive display secured a 0-0 draw and aggregate 2-0 victory against Derby at Pride Park last night.

Davies said: "We have got nothing to lose, whereas West Ham are expected to be there as they are a Premiership club in terms of resources and facilities."

ENGLAND'S Jamie Spence and Swede Christopher Hanell were today disqualified from the Irish Open after the first round.

Spence signed for a wrong score while Hanell had played his ball from an incorrect position on the 10th hole yesterday.

Spence said: "It's the first time I've done that and I'm a silly idiot for not checking the card closer. …

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