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Soccer Shorts; Higuain to quit Real for Napoli.

NAPOLI are poised to sign Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain for a reported PS34.5million.

The 25-year-old Argentine scored 107 league goals in six seasons at the Bernabeu.

Also on his way to the Stadio San Paolo is Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina.

ATHE Italian Football Federation have recommended a 54-month ban for Lazio captain Stefano Mauri, 33, for alleged involvement in match-fixing in games against Genoa and Lecce in May 2011.

ASUNDERLAND boss Paolo di Canio has dropped a legal claim against his old club Swindon after agreeing an outof-court settlement.

ACLYDE have given defender Ryan Frances a route back into the game after his last stint ended in a 14-match ban while playing for East Stirling.

AJOHN BEATON will referee the Albion Rovers v Rangers Ramsdens Cup 1st Rd game at Livingston on Sunday. The game kicks off at 4.05pm and is live on BBC ALBA.

Saturday's refs are: Airdrie v Hamilton (C Murray), Alloa v Dundee (K Clancy), Annan v Morton (C Allan), Berwick v Livingston (G Salmond), Clyde v Falkirk (I Brines).

Cowdenbeath v Dunfermline (B Madden), Elgin v Montrose (B Cook), Formartine v East Stirling (C Steven), Forfar v East Fife (A Dallas), Peterhead v Brechin (D Roache).

QofS v Spartans (D Robertson), Queen's Pk v Ayr (P Robertson), Raith Rov v Stirling Alb (E Norris), Stenhousemuir v Arbroath (D Somers), Stranraer v Dumbarton (J McKendrick).

LAST NIGHT Champions League 2nd Qual Rd 2nd leg - Ludogorets 3, Slovan 0 (agg: 4-2); Maribor 2, Birkirkara 0 (agg: 2-0); Legia 1, TNS 0 (agg: 4-1); Partizan 0, Shirak 0 (agg: 1-1 Partizan win on away goal).

Friendlies - Sheff Wed 1, Rangers 0; Dunfermline 1, Dundee Utd 3; Q of South 4, St Mirren 2; Wick Academy 1, Inverness CT 5. FOOTBALL TODAY (7.45 unless stated) Europa League 2nd Qual Rd 2nd leg - Trencin v IFK Goteborg (4.0), AaB v Dila Gori (7.15), Aktobe v Hodd (5.0), Hacken v Sparta Prague (6.0), Botev Plovdiv v Zrinjski Mostar (6.30), Honved v Vojvodina (7.30), Chikhura v Thun (5.0).

Debrecen v Stromsgodset (7.30), Derry City v Trabzonspor, Dacia v Chornomorets (6.15), Milsami v Shakhter (4.0), Utrecht v Differdange (6.30), Sarajevo v Kukesi (8.0), Senica v Mladost Podgorica (6.30), Turnovo v Hajduk Split (4.45), Gefle IF v Anorthosis Famagusta (6.0), Hapoel Tel-Aviv v Beroe (6.0).

Hibs v Malmom, Vestmannaeyjar v Crvena Zvezda (7.30), Inter Baku v Tromso (5.0), Jeunesse Esch v Ventspils (5.0), Khazar Lenkoran v Maccabi Haifa (5.0), Lech Poznan v Honka, Liberec v Skonto (6.0), Linfield v Skoda Xanthi.

Lokomotiva Zagreb v Dinamo Minsk (7.0), Zilina v Olimpija Ljubljana (4.30), Minsk v Valletta (5.0), Omonia Nicosia v Astra Giurgiu (6.0), Pandurii Targu-Jiu v Levadia Tallinn (6.0), Piast Gliwice v Qarabag (4.30), Prestatyn v Rijeka (7.0).

Pyunik v Zalgiris (5.0), Rubin Kazan v Jagodina (5.0), Rudar Pljevlja v Slask Wroclaw (4.30), Sturm Graz v Breidablik (5.0), Siroki Brijeg v Irtysh (7.30), St Johnstone v Rosenborg, Standard Liege v KR Reykjavik (7.30), Vikingur v Petrolul Ploiesti (7.0).
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 25, 2013
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