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■ SoccerScotland coach resigns

Berti Vogts has resigned as Scotland coach after two-and-a-half years in charge, the Scottish Football Association (SFA) said on Monday. "The Scottish FA confirms that Berti Vogts has today offered his resignation as Scotland's national coach. His resignat-ion has been accepted by the Scottish FA Board and he leaves his position by mutual consent," the SFA said in a statement. Vogts, who led his native Germany to victory at Euro 96, had been under increasing pressure after a poor start to Scotland's World Cup qualifying campaign when they picked up just two points from their first three games. Former Rangers and Everton manager Walter Smith and ex-Southampton coach Gordon Strachan are among the men tipped to take over.

■ Soccer

Mutu doesn't want to quit

Disgraced Romanian international Adrian Mutu, who faces an FA hearing tomorrow after being sacked by Chelsea following a positive test for cocaine, says he has no intention of quitting soccer. "Mr. Mutu intends to accept whatever is the outcome of the FA hearing and to work hard to return to the game, if banned, as a stronger player all-round, and at the highest possible level," said a statement from his lawyers Campbell Hooper on Monday. "Our client sincerely regrets having taken a prohibited substance. Although he believes and appreciates that this behavior was unacceptable, he had been suffering severe personal difficulties at the time." Mutu was sacked by the Premier League club last month for gross misconduct after he tested positive for the drug.

■ Soccer

Bert Trautmann gets OBE

German goalkeeper Bert Trautmann, who famously played in the 1956 FA Cup final for Manchester City with a broken neck, on Monday received the Order of the British Empire honor from Britain's ambassador to Germany, Sir Peter Torry. Trautmann, 82, made a stunning transformation from Prisoner of War (which brought him to Britain) to fan favorite at Manchester City and English Footballer of the Year in 1956. "I am proud and feel very honored," Trautmann said. "It is a great honor but not the most important thing in life." Trautmann's hiring by City just four years after the end of World War II in 1949 led to an outcry and massive protests. But Trautmann won the hearts of the fans with strong showings and his Cup final heroics in 1956 when he played the last 15 minutes of Manchester City's 3-1 win at Wembley over Birmingham City. A few months later Trautmann became the first non-English player to win the Footballer of Year award.

■ Athletics

Not guilty, says Kenteris

Greek doping suspect Kostadinos Kenteris said early on Monday he was looking forward to facing possible charges over avoiding a pre-Olympics drugs test, seeing it as a chance to prove his innocence. "If a decision is taken to have charges filed against me, I will accept it gladly," the 200m sprinter told Greek private television station Alter. "A prosecution means that the case will be cleared ... I want to go to the end and then we'll see who's right and who isn't," said the 2000 Sydney Olympics champion. Athens prosecutors Spyros Mouz-akitis and Athena Theodor-opoulou, and senior pros-ecutor Dimitris Papangel-opoulos is widely expected in the coming days to file charges against Kenteris and training partner Ekaterini Thanou.

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