Fluminense changes coach after series of losses

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Four-time Brazilian champion Fluminense has hired Cristovao Borges as its new coach, replacing former player Renato Gaucho after a series of disappointing results.

Gaucho was fired on Wednesday, three days after the team was eliminated by rival Vasco da Gama in the semifinals of the Rio de Janeiro state championship.

Fluminense, which won two Brazilian league titles in the last four years, also had a disappointing 3-1 first-leg loss to minnow Horizonte in the first round of the Brazilian Cup.

Fluminense has won only one of its last six matches.

Gaucho played for the club in the late 1990s and had already coached the club three times.

The 54-year-old Borges gained notoriety as a coach with Vasco da Gama in 2011. His last team was Bahia.