Sporting Digest: Football

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THE Scottish League will award three points for a win next season. Yesterday's annual meeting in Glasgow also received a request from Celtic to stage their home games next season at Hampden Park, while Parkhead is being redeveloped.

DAVE CUSACK is the new manager of the GM Vauxhall Conference club, Dagenham and Redbridge, in succession to John Still, who is now in charge at Peterborough. The former Sheffield Wednesday, Southend, Millwall, Doncaster and Rotherham defender has managed Boston United and Kettering Town.

FRANCISCO MATURANA, the Colombian national team coach, has agreed to join Atletico Madrid next season - becoming the club's 17th coach in the last seven years.

B & Q CUP First-round draw: Queen's Park v Clydebank, East Fife v Ross County, Hamilton v Stenhousemuir, Brechin v Dumfermline, Stranraer v St Mirren, Meadowbank v Montrose, Dundee v Arbroath, Stirling Albion v Albion Rovers, Cowdenbeath v Clyde, Forfar v Alloa, Dumbarton v St Johnstone, Queen of the South v Raith Rovers, Airdrie v Berwick, East Stirling v Ayr. (Ties to be played by 17 September). Byes to second round: Caledonian Thistle, Morton.

RUSSIAN WORLD CUP SQUAD: Goalkeepers: D Kharin (Chelsea), Cherchesov (Dynamo Dresden). Defenders: Galyamin (Espanol), Khlestov, Nikiforov, Onopko, Ternavsky (all Spartak Moscow), Gorlukovich (Bayer Uerdingen). Midfielders: Popov (Racing Santander), Tetradze (Dynamo Moscow), Pyatnitsky, Ledyakhov, Tsymbalar (all Spartak Moscow), Korneyev, D Kuznetsov (both Espanol), Borodyuk (Freiburg). Forwards: Yuran (Benfica), Salenko (Logrones), Beschastnykh, Karpin (both Spartak Moscow), Radchenko (Racing Santander), Mostovoi (Cannes).

TOULON UNDER-21 TOURNAMENT Group A (Aubagne): France 3 (Micoud 2, Baudry 55, Abou 65) England 0; (Brignoles): Russia 5 (Pomezon 8, 28, Nikrassov 53, Berketov 61, Babykin 63) United States 0. Group A standings: 1 France (P 2, Pts 4); 2 Russia (2-2); 3 England (2-2); 4 US (2-0).

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY (Tel Aviv): Israel 0 Argentina 3 (Batistuta 27, 49, Caniggia 53).

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