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

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Alexandre Pato and Neymar ensure Brazil progress at Copa America

Strikers Alexandre Pato and Neymar scored two goals apiece as Brazil beat Ecuador 4-2 to finish top of Group B at the Copa America last night and set up a quarter-final against Paraguay.

Paraguay delighted with Copa America draw

Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino praised his side's performance against Ecuador in the Copa America on Sunday, saying their 0-0 Group B draw was sprinkled with some of the best soccer of the tournament.

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Peñarol 0 Santos 0

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Many outside her native Bolivia may never have heard the name Lidia Gueiler. But women politicians such as Hillary Clinton or Sarah Palin might still like to emulate her as their nation's first female president. Although it was for just eight months in 1979-80 – between two of her nation's traditional coups d'état – Gueiler became only the second female president in the western hemisphere. That was five years after Argentina's Isabel Peró* broke the masculine mould, though she was not averse to playing the grieving-widow card on the back of her late husband Juan Perón's popularity.

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Roque Santa Cruz: 'I couldn't drive a Ferrari. It just wouldn't feel right'

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Blackburn owners vow to stick with manager Steve Kean

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Maria Esther Gatti de Islas: Human-rights activist who sought justice for the victims of South America's 'Dirty War'

When her daughter, son-in-law and baby granddaughter, Mariana, disappeared in Argentina in 1976, Uruguayan María Esther Gatti de Islas did not sit back and grieve as some mothers and grandmothers might. She fought to determine their fate, and the fate of other desaparecidos ("the disappeared") – those arrested by South American military intelligence agents on suspicion of posing a threat to the ruling juntas of the epoch.

Hughes handed £10m to pursue Santa Cruz in transfer window

Fulham's board have told manager Mark Hughes his job is safe and he will be backed in the transfer window next month, despite the club's recent slide down the Premier League table.

Copa Sudamericana Final: Relgation bound Goias cause an upset

Goias 2 Independiente 0

Hanks handed Bigelow her Oscar – now he wants to win one with her

Kathryn Bigelow's first film since winning an Oscar and widespread critical acclaim for The Hurt Locker was always bound to be a big deal. Yesterday anticipation crept up a notch, with the announcement that the Hollywood heavyweight Tom Hanks is to set to be her leading man.

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