Sporting Digest: Football

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RONNIE MORAN, the Liverpool coach, has signed a new two-year contract to stay at Anfield. The Liverpool full-back, Steve Harkness, 21, has signed a three- year contract.

ABEDI PELE, Marseille's Ghanaian striker, can leave the club at the end of the season, the French champions said yesterday.

AN ITALIAN judge yesterday ruled that Diego Maradona and his former manager, Guillermo Coppola, must stand trial in Italy on drug charges. Maradona left Napoli in 1991 following a 15-month suspension for cocaine use.

TENNENTS, the Scottish brewers, are to sponsor the Scottish Cup for a further four years, in a deal worth pounds 2.5m.

ZAMBIA have selected a new national team to replace the one killed in a plane crash off the coast of Gabon just over two weeks ago. The new team, comprising of mainly players who took part in the Under-19 African youth championship in Egypt two years ago, meet Malawi in two friendly games this weekend. Fred Mwila, the new coach, expressed his eagerness to return to the World Cup and Africa Cup matches as soon as possible.

HIBERNIAN have released their 41-year- old goalkeeper, John Burridge, who joined them from Newcastle United two years ago.

DAVID O'LEARY FAREWELL MATCH: Arsenal 4 (Campbell 4, Merson 17, Dickov 65, O'Leary 81) Manchester United 4 (Dublin 16, 59, Sharpe 27, 52) (22,117).

NEVILLE OVENDEN COMBINATION Second Division: Swansea 5 Exeter 1.

BASS NORTH WEST COUNTIES First Division: Newcastle Town 2 Prescot 1.

SUNDAY'S LATE RESULTS: World Cup Asian Zone Group E (Riyadh): Kuwait 8 Macao 0; Saudi Arabia 3 Malaysia 0

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