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Roma appoint Hamm to board

Roma have announced that former United States women's international Mia Hamm has joined the club's board of directors.

The 42-year-old who led the Americans to two World Cup titles before retiring from the game 10 years ago is among several newcomers to the board at the Stadio Olimpico.

The new board is a diverse and committed group of industry leaders from international investment, marketing and sports sectors.

They will work with ownership and management toward the continued mission of making AS Roma one of the world's greatest football clubs, on and off the field.

– Roma statement

Green takes confidence into tricky games

Goalkeeper Rob Green believes Monday night's victory over Aston Villa will see the QPR squad regain their confidence ahead of the west London derby with Chelsea.

A brace from Charlie Austin saw Rangers pick up their second win of the season and move off the bottom of the Barclays Premier League - moving to within three points of Villa in the process.

It is pleasing to get the win, I'm delighted for everyone," he said.

It gives you that little bit of a lift going into two tough games. If we hadn't won you'd be looking at the next two games with a bit more concern.

I think games at home in this respect are key so it is that bit more pleasing. It reinstalls the belief you've got.

Particularly at home, you play against teams and if you really give it a go and put it to teams then sometimes they can't come up with answers.

– Rob Green


Napoli considering move for Liverpool's Balotelli

Italian club Napoli are eyeing a move for Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli in the January transfer window, according to reports.

Metro reports that Rafa Benitez would be willing to pay his former club £10m for the forward, who has struggled for goals since his return to England.

Forest close on Ince

Tom Ince
Tom Ince has failed to make an impact at Hull. Credit: PA

Nottingham Forest are in talks with Hull about a potential loan deal for Tom Ince, Press Association Sport understands.

Reds boss Stuart Pearce is keen to breathe new life into his side's promotion push, following a seven-match winless run in the Sky Bet Championship, and he hopes to sign the 22-year-old winger on an initial month-long loan.


Callejon closes on Napoli record

Napoli forward Jose Callejon will join Diego Maradona in the club's record books on Wednesday if he scores at Atalanta.

The Spaniard has found the back of the net in his team's last five league games and another goal in Bergamo would see him equal Maradona's mark of scoring in six straight league games, which he managed in the 1987-88 campaign.

Callejon, who joined Napoli from Real Madrid in 2013 and has scored 27 times in 65 appearances, has proved a lucky charm for Rafa Benitez's side.

Napoli have yet to lose a game when Callejon scores.

Mellon looking to learn

Shrewsbury boss Micky Mellon admits he might be "Special Brew" to Jose Mourinho's "Special One" but believes Town can give Chelsea a cup hangover.

The Shrews host the Barclays Premier League leaders in the Capital One Cup fourth round on Tuesday aiming for one of the competition's biggest shocks.

If he's the Special One, I'm more Special Brew. It'll be terrific to have Jose here.

I'm determined to get everything we can as a football club.

I want to learn everything about how the best in the business operates.

If we can take anything from that and make this wonderful football club better.

Then I'm determined to that, I want to take any opportunity to move us forwards.

Jose deserves and probably loves his nickname.

– Micky Mellon
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