Sporting Digest: Football

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Paul Ritchie is to sign for First Division Bolton on a three-month loan. The Scotland defender was out of favour at Hearts and will complete the move to the Reebok Stadium on 28 December.

Switzerland's national team is looking for its fourth coach in as many years after the current manager, Gilbert Gress, turned down a two-year extension to his contract after being refused a pay rise.

Thomas Helmer is returning to Sunderland after the German club Hertha Berlin decided not to extend his loan deal. The 34-year-old former German international defender will not be fit to play again until February because of an Achilles tendon injury.