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Beijing the goal ( Bill.

Swimming: British swimmers competing at next week's World Championships in Melbourne are being urged to keep an eye on the ultimate prize of an Olympic medal at the 2008 Beijing Games. National performance director Bill Sweetenham sees the event, which gets under way on March 25, as an opportunity to assess where athletes are in terms of their Olympic build-up with Beijing 18 months away. "These World Championships aren't an end in themselves but just one in a series of preparations ahead of Beijing," he said.

Trump joins elite

SNOOKER: Judd Trump became the youngest player for 14 years to reach the Crucible by beating James Wattana 10-5 in the final qualifying round of the 888.com World Championship in Sheffield yesterday (correct). Trump follows in the footsteps of Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O'Sullivan as the only 17-year-olds to feature in the final stages of snooker's leading event.

Tigers penalty

RUGBY UNION: Leicester have ben deducted one Guinness Premiership point for fielding one of their players who was temporarily registered with another club. Ian Humphreys played for Leicester Tigers on November 18 and 26 while registered as on-loan to Leeds Tykes. They have 14 days to appeal.

Secretaries AGM

GOLF: The north region AGM of the Association of Golf Club Secretaries will take place at the Ponteland club on Thursday (10.45am) followed by a round of golf and an evening meal. For more details, contact Alan Curtis on (0191) 5120002 (after 6pm).

Schu missed

MOTOR RACING: Ferrari's Felipe Massa says Formula One will miss Michael Schumacher when the battle for the championship begins at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne this weekend but is confident tthe sport can move on.

Comeback king

BOXING: Norwich lightweight Jon Thaxton, 32, plans to continue his unlikely resurgence when he puts his British title on the line against Stoke's Scott Lawton at the Norfolk Showgrounds tonight (correct). His career looked over after a car accident in 2002 but after two years out he bounced back with a seven-fight winning streak, including a win over Lee Meager to claim the title.

Murray aware

TENNIS: Andy Murray knows of the threat posed by quarter-final opponent Tommy Haas in the Pacific Life Open. Haas has won 20 and lost just three matches in 2007.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 16, 2007
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