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Sunday, 14 October, 2001, 05:25 GMT 06:25 UK
Houllier health scare
A round-up of the top sport stories in the UK papers
Sunday's back pages are dominated by Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier's health problems.

"Houllier in heart scare" is the phrase used by no less than six newspapers.

The 54-year-old was rushed to hospital on Saturday after complaining of chest pains at half-time during Liverpool's 1-1 home draw with Leeds.

Houllier was taken to Royal Liverpool Hospital for tests and later underwent heart surgery, although he did not suffer a heart attack.

Transfer speculation is the main thrust of Sunday's other football headlines.

Liverpool Gerard Houllier
Gerard Houllier had cardiac surgery on Saturday

The Mirror reports that Manchester United are being urged by their plc board to sell England captain David Beckham.

Beckham, valued by the paper at 65m, is stalling on signing a new contract, and the plc fears losing the player for free if a new deal cannot be agreed.

The News of the World claims that Leeds have bid 9m for Arsenal's English international winger Ray Parlour.

According to the paper, Parlour does not want to leave the club that he has been at for 10 years, but feels he is being "frozen out" by manager Arsene Wenger.

"Kev's off to Spurs" screams the back page of The People.

Tottenham boss Glenn Hoddle has secretly negotiated a 12m deal for the Sunderland hit-man according to the report, which could see Sergi Rebrov sold to Italian club Fiorentina to fund the deal.

Away from football, The Mail reports that England cricket tour to India is almost certain to be called off due to fears of terrorist action.

Foreign Office advice is for the squad not to travel on the international tour according to the report.

The news comes after England's confidence-boosting 5-0 thrashing of Zimbabwe in the one-day international series.

The Mail also reports that Anna Kournikova has asked Martina Hingis's mother to help rebuild her game and confidence.

The Russian tennis star has slumped down the rankings in recent months, from world number eight at the beginning of the year, to her current ranking of world number 72.

Elsewhere Ireland's Six Nations victory over Wales, Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix and Ian Woosnam's semi-final victory in the Cisco World Match Play Championship receive wide coverage.

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