And The Winner Is...

Marc Purcell
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And the winner of the Russell Latapy sweepstakes is... (drum roll please), Hibernian in the Scottish First division. Russell Latapy has signed with the Scottish first division giants and is expected to start this weekend.

The signing ends months of speculation of where he would end up playing this season.
Russell who was pursued by Bolton, turned down deals from Luton Town and was left dangling by Aston Villa. Other clubs in the fray included Blackburn, Tottenham, Ipswich and Barnsley

All that is needed is for Russell to pass a mere physical in order for him to start versus Ayr United this weekend.

Latapy impressed management at the Edinburgh based club earlier this week in a closed door practice. According to team manager Alex McLeish: "In the trial match everything looked effortless for him. His passing and composure was excellent, and he has great experience. He is a play maker and his moves off the front players and link-up play is something I like in my teams. He is quality and the sort of player we want."

With Latapy joining Hibernian he should provide some relief for Tony Rougier who has been suffering from an ankle injury lately. Circle November 7th on your calendars. That is when the Scottish edition of the "Trinidad and Tobago derby" is scheduled when Latapy, Rougier and Hibs play Marvin Andrews and Raith Rovers at Starks Park.

It will also mark the first time Rougier returns to the place that gave him his first professional contract and where he was almost run out of town by fans who blamed him for there demotion into the first division two years ago.

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John's season ends with whimper.

Stern John and the Columbus Crew have ended there MLS cup run with a whimper. After forcing game three on Sunday, they were bounced out with a 3-0 lost to DC United. DC United now face Chicago on Sunday in the final.

There is one last time that Stern John will play in a Columbus uniform when he is expected to suits up for the US Open Cup final. The Crew will play Chicago at Solider Field in the "Windy City" on October 30th at 9:00pm.

After that game John is expected to head over to Europe on a transfer to Charlton Athletic. Also headed there is John's cousin Ansil Elcock, who is expected to tryout with the team. Also in the works is Marvin Raeburn's loan to Auxerre in France and a possible transfer to Europe for Mickey Trotman next year.

Yorke and ManU in European romp.

The dream season continues for Dwight Yorke. After completing a 5-1 win in English League action last weekend, Yorke and "murderers row" walked all over Brody at home in Champions League action on Wednesday.

They defeated Denmark's top team 6-2 on the strength of three goals inside the first half hour. The win propelled them to the top of group D with five points, one point ahead of both Catalan giants Barcelona and German powerhouse Bayern Munich. However, Manchester United have a superior goal difference of +4.

The barrage started in just the second minute of play with a Roy Giggs score. He added his name again to the scoring sheet in the 21st minute. Dwight Yorke scored in the 61st minute on a header that slipped through the grasp of the hapless Danish goalie. It was his second goal in consecutive games easing fears that he could not score in European competition.

In other European action, Jerren Nixon and FC Zurich look in good shape to progress to the third round of the UEFA cup. They walked into Scottish giants Glasgow Celtic home ground and came away with a well fought 1-1 draw. The play the return leg at home on November 3rd.

T&T drop in rankings.

Trinidad and Tobago have dropped in the Fifa world rankings. The downward movement is attributed to tournaments in Asia, Africa and Euro 2000 qualifiers. The "Calypso Boys" are now ranked 47th, falling three places from last month.

T&T are ranked behind Mexico(11th), the USA(17th) and Jamaica (32nd) in Concacaf.

In the shooting range...

Clint Marcelle came on in the second half of Barnsley's game with Tranmere Rovers. Barnsley lost 3-0.

In the starting lineup...

Manchester United and Dwight Yorke fresh from there victories in Europe play Derby County on the road.

Shaka Hislop and West Ham face Charlton Athletic.

In the English first division Clint Marcelle and Barnsley face Portsmouth.

In Scotland all eyes will be on Easter Road as Russell Latapy will be looking to make his return to competitive action when he along with Tony Rougier and Hibernian face Ayr United.

Marvin Andrews and Raith Rovers are off this weekend.

In Switzerland, Jerren Nixon and FC Zurich face Xaxmax. In Portugal, Leonson Lewis and Amadora face Boavista.