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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 31 August, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 31 August, 2003, 12:00am

Ferguson takes over Maple leafs' reins

The Toronto Maple Leafs have named John Ferguson Jnr as their new general manager. Toronto had been without a general manager since coach Pat Quinn gave up the dual role on June 27. The Leafs decided to make the 36-year-old Ferguson the youngest general manager in the NHL. He served as the director of hockey operations for the St Louis Blues since 2001 after five years as the team's assistant general manager, and ran their American Hockey League team. 'I've been preparing for this my entire life,' Ferguson said. 'Make no mistake, I am here to win.' He is the son of John Ferguson, who played on five Stanley Cup-winning teams with the Montreal Canadiens.AFP

Valencia send carew to roma in loan deal

Spanish Primera Liga side Valencia have loaned out Norwegian international striker John Carew to Italian Serie A outfit AS Roma for the season. The deal does not include an option to buy, with the Italian club paying Carew's salary, Valencia sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch specified. The 23-year-old Norwegian arrived at the Spanish side in 2000 but has been told he does not feature in coach Rafael Benitez's plans for the coming season.AFP