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SPORT IN BRIEF

<strong>Blades crash out of Carling Cup</strong><br />FOOTBALL: League Two minnows Port Vale caused the shock of the night in the Carling Cup first round after beating Sheffield United 2-1 at Bramall Lane.<br /><br />A costly error from Blades keeper Ian Bennett allowed Marc Richards to notch a brace and hand Vale a famous victory against the Championship title chasers. Rotherham United also pulled off a surprise result, beating Nigel Clough&rsquo;s Derby 2-1, while League One Gillingham put paid to Plymouth.<br /><br />Roy Keane&rsquo;s young Ipswich side were taken to penalties after a 3-3 draw at Shrewsbury before coming through 4-2, while Charlton crashed 1-0 at Hereford after extra time.<br /><br /><strong>Lescott bid rejected </strong><br />FOOTBALL: Defender Joleon Lescott is set for a showdown with Everton bosses after the club turned down his transfer request yesterday. The Toffees have already rejected offers of &pound;15m and &pound;18m from Manchester City for the centre-half, inset, who is currently on England duty in Amsterdam.<br /><br />Manager David Moyes said: &ldquo;I have always said that we are not selling any players and that has not changed.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>Murray eases through </strong><br />TENNIS: Andy Murray enjoyed a winning comeback after he swept into the third round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.<br /><br />Playing in his first match since Wimbledon, the world No3 secured breaks of serve in the opening game of both sets before coming away with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over brave Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.<br /><br />Murray now takes on either Gael Monfils or Juan Carlos Ferrero in the third round.<br /><br /><strong>Williams handed an appeal</strong><br />RUGBY UNION: Harlequins winger Tom Williams will attend an appeal hearing on Monday against the length of his ban for feigning a blood injury.<br /><br />Williams was handed a 12-month ban by Heineken Cup organisers, European Rugby Cup, following the incident in April. The incident also led to the Quins receiving a &pound;215,000 fine and contributed to the resignation of director of rugby Dean Richards last weekend.<br /><br /><strong>Hatton hints at Khan bout</strong><br />BOXING: Ricky Hatton has given the strongest hint yet that he would be willing to fight Amir Khan &ndash; but insists he would have to promote it himself.<br /><br />&ldquo;The Hitman&rdquo; is still to decide whether to fight again after his second-round knock-out against Manny Pacquiao in May, but said: &ldquo;If I choose to fight again and he&rsquo;s still up there &ndash; which I certainly hope he is, as a personal friend &ndash; then it&rsquo;s a possibility.<br /><br />&ldquo;But with the greatest of respect, it would only be if I promoted it.&rdquo;