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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Capello takes over Russia reins

Russia have chosen former England manager Fabio Capello to take charge of the national team, the country's FA said yesterday.

The 66-year-old Italian, who quit as England coach in February, said he was happy to work in Russia.

"It will be a wonderful adventure, as Russia is a great country," he said.

Capello will succeed Dick Advocaat after the Dutchman's contract expired following Russia's failure to get past the group phase at Euro 2012.

Russian media reported that the Italian is set to sign a two-year contract, with the possibility of extending it for another two years, for €10m (£7.8m) a year.

Dundee will replace Rangers in the Scottish Premier League after the Glasgow side were demoted following their financial crisis, clubs decided yesterday.

Dundee finished runners-up last season in the Scottish First Division.

Rangers have been told to relaunch in the fourth tier, breaking the stranglehold they and city rivals Celtic have had on the Scottish game for decades.

"It was agreed that Dundee FC would be invited to fill the space vacated by Rangers FC in the Scottish Premier League," the SPL said in a statement after its annual meeting.

Dundee have been out of the SPL since 2005.

Italian players Andrea Ranocchia, Domenico Criscito and Leonardo Bonucci have been questioned by prosecutors who are investigating the country's latest match-fixing scandal.

Ranocchia, an Inter Milan defender, is under investigation for suspicion of wrongdoing while playing with Bari during the 2009-10 season.

The 24-year-old Ranocchia emerged from the 50-minute questioning by the Italian football federation prosecutors, saying only that "everything's okay".

Criscito's hearing lasted an hour and a half.

Criscito was dropped from Italy's European Championship squad after police interrogated him at the national team's training headquarters shortly before the start of the tournament.

He plays for Zenit St Petersburg and is suspected of alleged wrongdoing while at Genoa.

Juventus defender Bonucci was also questioned over his time at Bari, specifically the game at Udinese in May 2010, which finished 3-3.

Bonucci refused to comment after his two-hour hearing, simply telling reporters "I have nothing to say".

Scotland national team captain Kenny Miller has signed with Major League Soccer's Vancouver Whitecaps.

The 32-year-old forward scored 11 goals in 50 games last season with Cardiff.

Miller has 187 goals in 547 career club matches and is one of only five players after World War Two to play for Glasgow rivals Rangers and Celtic.

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