Sporting Digest: Football

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Mick Brown has resigned as chief scout with Blackburn Rovers and is set to join Manchester United in a similar back-room capacity. It will mark a return to Old Trafford for Brown, who was assistant manager with United under Ron Atkinson.

James Beattie, the 20-year-old striker, has agreed a contract extension with Blackburn until 2000.

Sunderland will increase the capacity of the Stadium of Light by a further 5,000 should they return to the Premiership at the end of the season.

England's Paul Durkin has been appointed as the referee for the Uefa Cup semi-final first leg between Atletico Madrid and Lazio. Mark Warren and Philip Sharp have been named assistant referees with Gary Willard acting as fourth official.

The Portuguese winger Luis Bolinhas has returned home to his club Espinho after a one-week trial with Southampton.

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY (New Haven, Conn, US): Paraguay 1 (Benitez 43) Colombia 1 (Comas 12).

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER: Dallas Burn 2 Columbus Crew 1; Washington DC Utd 1 New England Revolution 1 (DC Utd won shoot-out 3-0).

SUNDAY'S LATE EUROPEAN RESULTS: French League: Metz 0 Lens 2; Cannes 3 Marseille 3. Portuguese League: Estrela da Amadora 2 Sporting Lisbon 1. Italian League: Piacenza 0 Empoli 0. Spanish League: Celta Vigo 3 Barcelona 1.

NATIONWIDE FOOTBALL LEAGUE Fixture changes: Fri 10 Apr: Wycombe v Grimsby (from 11 Apr). Tue 14 Apr: Queen's Park Rangers v Oxford Utd, Luton v Chesterfield, Bournemouth v Walsall (from 13 Apr).

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