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Monday, 19 August, 2002, 03:41 GMT 04:41 UK
Cole earns 'conman' tag
Arsenal began their title defence with a 2-0 win over Bimingham City but defender Ashley Cole grabs the negative headlines on Monday's back pages.

Television replays suggest that the young full-back may have dived following a challenge by Blues midfielder Aliou Cisse, who was consequently sent off.

The Sun simply leads with the headline "Conman" after David O'Leary commented on Sky Sports that Ashley Cole had "conned the referee" and that his conduct had been "disgraceful".

Aston Villa manager Graham Taylor has reportedly been involved in some unruly behaviour of his own after being caught in a heated row with a fan after his side's defeat by Liverpool.

The Daily Mirror says that Taylor confessed to having uttered "some swear words" during the course of the exchange.

The paper points out that such confrontations are not new to Taylor, who once jumped into the crowd at Sheffield United to resolve another incident.

The law suit threatening Roy Keane takes another turn with the news that the aggrieved Alf Inge Haaland may not have a case.

The Daily Mail reports that Haaland admitted on his own website last May that the career-threatening injury to his left knee was not a result of Keane's horror tackle.

The Norwegian said: "I want to make it clear that it was not the knee that took a knock in the Manchester derby, despite what some papers have reported."

Andrew Caddick
Caddick could be the key to England's success

In cricket, Darren Gough is backing the returning Andrew Caddick to make the difference for England and India in the third Test at Headingley.

Gough says in The Guardian: "If there is any uneven bounce at Headingley... there is only one bloke who is going to get it and that's Andy Caddick."

Finally in rugby, the game of sevens could be set for a major expansion.

The Independent reports Charles Hogbin, the chairman of the Middlesex Charity Sevens, as saying that he believes "we could be seeing the beginnings of a professional sevens circus".

Hogbin's comments come after large crowds watched his tournament at Twickenham on Saturday and also the sevens event at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

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