More Awards For Latapy

Marc Purcell
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MORE awards are pouring in for Scotland-based professional Russell Latapy.

The Hibernian star was honoured by his club's community newspaper, the Evening News, on Sunday evening with the prestigious "Sports Personality of the Year" award.

Last month, the "Little Magician" was also named "Player of the Year" by the Edinburgh club's fan group, the International Hibernian Supporters Club.

Of course, such accolades are not new for the 31-year-old midfielder, all being part of the spin-off from his fine season last year.

After joining the Hibees on a free transfer after leaving Portuguese club Boavista, Latapy led his new club to the First Division title and a place in this year's Premier Division competition.

For those achievements, he was voted as the 1998/99 "Player of the Year" by both the First Division and the club.

And he continues to lead the club by example this season. He is again their major inspiration in the middle this season and his seven goals make him currently one of their top scorers.

Rougier gets his day in sun

Trinidad and Tobago skipper Anthony Rougier got his day in the sun earlier this week.

As he has done all season, the 28-year old utility player was the star of the show for Port Vale in their third FA Cup clash against Premiership giants Leeds United.

Unfortunately though, Rougier simply did not get enough support and Vale were eventually downed 2-0 by their opponents. Rougier, who has been used mainly in the striking position by manager Brian Horton this season, found himself all alone up front for much of the game as Leeds pegged his team back in their own half for much of the game.

However, Vale still managed to hold their Premiership rivals to a 0-0 draw at the halftime interval.

In the first 45 minutes, Vale's best chance came when Rougier, who hounded the Leeds defence with his speed when he got the chance, rounded an over-committed Leeds keeper Nigel Martyn but his shot from a tough angle could not find the net. In the second half, though, Vale could not hold on and they will now have to focus their energies on saving their First Division place.

Wise's SSV win 3-0

Evans Wise and SSV Ulm enjoyed a 3-1 shut out of Kaiserslautern in the German Bundesliga on Saturday.

Wise was among the goalscorers which included Janusz Gora, Hans van der Haar and Tomas Bodog.

Ulm were off to a hot start scoring all three goals after only 23 minutes and Kaiserslautern never looked as if they could fight their way back into the match.

Ulm remain in an uncertain 16th spot, two places above bottom team Arminia Bielefeld. Wise is expected to join the national team in preparation for next year's Gold Cup.

Stern hits post in Forest draw

STRIKER Stern John and Nottingham Forest had to settle for a 0-0 draw with Fulham in their English First Division clash at City Ground yesterday.

John started alongside Dougie Freeman up front and was unlucky not to add to his one goal tally.

For the third time this season, the 23-year-old striker saw his shot come off the woodwork when a chance fell to him in the second half after being set up by Freedman.

Earlier in the first half, John hit inches wide of the mark after stealing possession from a Fulham defender.

John and company remained in 20th spot on the 24-team standings with 22 points, levelled with Anthony Rougier's Port Vale.

They will hope to ease some of manager David Platt's worries with a victory in an FA Cup third round replay against Oxford United on December 21 after both teams drew 1-1 last Friday.