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Swimming: National performance director Bill Sweetenham has agreed a new four-year contract with British Swimming. The deal means Sweetenham will be in charge of the British team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The 54-year-old took over in November 2000 following the Sydney Games, when Britain did not claim a single medal. Sweetenham has since presided over a remarkable turnaround in fortunes. Just a year into his tenure the team won seven medals at the World Championships in Fukuoka, and secured eight medals in Barcelona last year.

GOLF: World number one Annika Sorenstam will be chasing her third Evian Masters title in five years when the event gets underway at Evians-Les-Bains in France today. The Swede is also gearing up for the defence of her Weetabix British Women's Open title at Sunningdale next week.

CRICKET: Twenty20 Cup holders Surrey will face Lancashire in the semi-final of this year's Twenty20 Cup on finals day at Edgbaston. In last night's draw, Leicestershire were paired with Glamorgan in the second semi. The final takes place on the same evening, Saturday, August 7.

RUGBY UNION: The South African Rugby Football Union has reached agreement with the Springbok players regarding contractual issues which threatened to disrupt their Tri-Nations preparations. The dispute concerned the side's current payment structure and associated benefits.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 21, 2004
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