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Franz Carr, the 30-year-old Aston Villa and former Nottingham Forest winger, is having a trial with the Italian Serie A club Reggiana.

Frank Stapleton, the former Manchester United, Arsenal and Republic of Ireland centre-forward, has resigned after only nine months as head coach of New England Revolution, who finished bottom of the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference and failed to qualify for the league's inaugural play- offs.

West Bromwich Albion have signed the Grimsby Town goalkeeper Paul Crichton for pounds 250,000, after a spell on loan at The Hawthorns.

Scarborough have signed the former Arsenal and Wimbledon defender John Kay, 32, from Sunderland on a one-year contract.

The Scottish League Second Division club Clyde have appointed Gardner Spiers as their new manager, after a spell in charge as caretaker.

Scotland's World Cup qualifying match against Latvia in Riga on 5 October will now kick-off at 18.15BST so that it can be shown live in Scotland on BBC2.

Bruce Grobbelaar, now Zimbabwe's joint coach, has picked himself to play against Tanzania in Harare tomorrow in an east African international tournament. The Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper had been dropped by his predecessor as coach, Marc Duvillard.

The Aston Villa full-back Fernando Nelson has been included in a 21-man Portuguese squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers against Ukraine on 5 October and Albania on 9 October.

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