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Back in the day - in The Irish News on July 18, 1997: Everton set to come up short in hunt for Fabrizio Ravanelli

Fabrizio Ravanelli was on Everton's radar 20 years ago after Middlesbrough's relegation from the English Premiership
Neil Loughran

EVERTON manager Howard Kendall is beginning a fresh search for a new striker following a snub by Middlesbrough’s Fabrizio Ravanelli.

The deal, which has been shrouded in speculation for the past fortnight, finally fell through after the Italian’s agent contacted the Merseyside club to say he was not happy with the personal terms being offered.

Kendall said: “I contacted Ravanelli’s representative because we wanted to sort something out either way.

“We put our offer to him and they came back and said ‘no’. The terms were not agreeable.

“It’s disappointing because we’ve gone so far, but we’ve got other targets and we’ll start pursuing them.”

However, Kendall refused to completely admit defeat over the transfer and said: “If there’s a change of mind on his behalf, then we’ll listen.

“I know he was impressed with the set-up, facilities and ambition at the club, so there were no problems there.

“We had agreed a fee of around £7.5million with Middlesbrough and all that was left was to agree personal terms with the player.”

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DARREN Clarke played one of the rounds of his life yesterday as Royal Troon bared its teeth to the world’s best golfers.

Clarke (28), who loves fast cars, raced to a four-under-par 67 on a day when fierce winds sent scores soaring.

Colin Montgomerie shot 76, defending champion Tom Lehman a 74, US Open champion Ernie Els a 75 and 1991 winner Ian Baker-Finch a mind-blowing 92.

Even world number one Tiger Woods had a seven on his card, but two birdies in the last three holes saw him recover to a 72 which keeps him “in the ball game” and one behind Nick Faldo, who also birdied the 18th.

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Graeme McDowell came up short in the defence of his Ulster Boys’ Open Championship at Shandon Park in 1997

THIS afternoon’s final in the First Trust Ulster Boys’ Open Championship at Shandon Park will be a north-south battle irrespective of what happens in this morning’s semi-finals.

That’s how things have worked out following yesterday’s action during which defending champion Graeme McDowell (Rathmore), last year’s runner-up Ian Griffin (Balbriggan), leading qualifier Aaron Lundy (Portstewart) and fancied David Jones (City of Derry) all bit the dust.

It was local member Gary Wardlow who ended the reign of McDowell with a 3 & 1 win in the quarter-finals.

The match was square at the turn but 17-year-old Wardlow moved ahead with birdie four at the 11th where he steered his two iron approach to just short of the green.

He then won the 16th with par when McDowell three-putted and the 17th in regulation to end the match.

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ANTRIM have named an unchanged line-up for Sunday’s Ulster Minor Football decider against favourites Tyrone.

The team shows three positional switches from the side which defeated Cavan in the provincial semi-final.

Aidan Dunlop has moved from full-forward to the 40, with Gary Flynn switching from midfield to the edge of the square.

Finally, Dermot Niblock relocates from centre-half-forward to centrefield.

Antrim: J Finucane, K Anderson, A Brennan, C Copeland, T Convery (Cpt), T Maguire, F Higgins, P Logan, D Niblock, C Thornbury, A Dunlop, G Ward, L McGonagle, G Flynn, P Close.

Tyrone: A O’Connor, K O’Brien, C Gourley, B Donnelly, A Ball, C McAnallen, D McCrossan (Cpt), K Hughes, C Martin, J Campbell, B O’Neill, S O’Neill, M Harte, R Thornton, B McGuigan.

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