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The centre-back has one cap for the national side

Sunderland hopeful of Riveros deal

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce hopes to send out a message of intent within the next week as he attempts to complete a deal for Paraguay international Cristian Riveros.

Former leader to head regional bloc

Former Argentine President, Nestor Kirchner, has been named as the first secretary general of a new union of 12 South American nations.

Baby dies as doctors scuffle

Brazilian authorities are investigating a scuffle between two doctors in a hospital delivery room while a woman was in labour to see whether it contributed to the death of her newborn daughter.

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Brazil power cut traced to massive storm

An investigation was under way yesterday in Brazil into the causes of a giant electricity blackout that plunged cities from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paolo into darkness on Tuesday night and for a short while shut down the entire grid in neighbouring Paraguay.

Maradona slips deeper into mire after loss

It was so nearly the dramatic riposte Diego Maradona needs to silence his growing band of critics. Deep into the death throes of Argentina's World Cup qualifier in Asuncion, with Paraguay winning 1-0, Martin Palermo rose at the far post to head across the box. Breaking in to the area was Rolando Schiavi, introduced a few minutes earlier as a substitute. Maradona's decision to select the pair, respectively a 35-year-old last capped in 1999, and a 36-year-old who was making his international debut, had been highlighted as further evidence that El Diez's expertise as a coach was in inverse proportion to his greatness as a player.

Maradona vows to fight on as Argentina struggle

Diego Maradona, stunned to find himself in serious danger of failing to take Argentina to the World Cup, vowed yesterday to fight on as he watched Paraguay join Brazil in South Africa next year.

Ronaldo and Messi in danger of missing World Cup party as big names struggle for invite

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Ardiles wants Newcastle job

Ossie Ardiles admits he would love the chance to manage Newcastle again, but concedes there is little chance of him re-taking the helm at St James' Park.

Coup leaders lock down Honduras

Capital's airport closed as military enforces curfew

Honduras military ordered to turn back Zelaya's jet

Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya said he was getting on a flight home to reclaim his post today, accompanied by the UN General Assembly president and a group of journalists.

Baltacha heavily beaten by Flipkens

British interest in the women's singles was brought to an abrupt end when when first-round heroine Elena Baltacha let slip an early advantage to lose 7-5 6-1 to former junior Wimbledon champion Kirsten Flipkens.

Hewitt stuns Del Potro

Lleyton Hewitt returned to his old stomping ground at Wimbledon's Centre Court today to score the biggest upset in the men's draw so far with a 6-3 7-5 7-5 win over fifth seed Juan Martin Del Potro.

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