Sport Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, pictured here at an earlier match, refused to comment on the decision

The centre-back has one cap for the national side

Editor who led fight against Brazilian corruption murdered by gunmen

Journalists in Brazil are calling for more protection after a journalist who campaigned against corruption was shot dead, just days after the murder of another journalist.

Venezuela: Chavez mulls US cancer 'plot'

President Hugo Chavez has asked if the US government might somehow be responsible for the rash of cancer cases among Latin American leaders.

Bayern Munich won't sign any more South Americans

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the Bundesliga powerhouse will not sign any more young South American players.

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Alcaraz 'hurting' over spitting ban

Club captain Antolin Alcaraz has issued an apology for the spitting incident that has landed him a three-match ban.

No escape for spitting Alcaraz

Wigan captain Antolin Alcaraz has accepted an Football Association charge for spitting at an opponent during Sunday's 3-1 defeat at Wolves.

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Forlan double seals Uruguay's triumph

Diego Forlan scored twice after Luis Suarez's opening goal as Uruguay beat Paraguay 3-0 to win the Copa America last night and be crowned South American champions for a record 15th time.

New Firm in town as Uruguay eye record 15th Copa

A new order in South American football? Perhaps not, but there is something to savour in the fact that, despite the best efforts of the organisers, tomorrow's Copa America final will be between Uruguay and Paraguay and not, for the third time running, feature Brazil and Argentina.

Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino banished from touchline for Copa America final

Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino will watch the Copa America final from the stands after he was suspended for two games following a brawl at the end of their semi-final win over Venezuela.

Paraguay reach Copa America final after penalties

Paraguay beat Venezuela 5-3 in a penalty shootout to reach the final of the Copa America for the first time since 1979 after a fortunate goalless draw last night.

Paraguay and Venezuela in battle for Copa America final place

Uruguay awaits the winner of Paraguay and Venezuela in the final of the 2011 Copa América.

Menezes pleads for time to get Brazil on track

Mano Menezes has defended his Brazil team, insisting that his record was not "all negative" after they were eliminated in the quarter-final of the Copa America on Sunday night. Brazil lost 2-0 on penalties to Paraguay after drawing 0-0 in 120 minutes. Brazilian newspaper O Globo described it as an act of "historical incompetence".

Brazil lose their bottle to follow Argentina in crashing out of Copa America

Another penalty shoot-out; another giant falls. A day after Argentina went out of the Copa America to Uruguay, holders Brazil also crashed out last night, beaten 2-0 in a shoot-out by Paraguay after a 0-0 draw in their quarter-final in La Plata .

Brazil face Paraguay in a group stage rematch

The penultimate quarter-final of the 2011 Copa América sees Brazil and Paraguay play out a rematch of a Group B clash that ended in a 2-2 draw.

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