Tax investigators have begun examining the contents of several lockers sealed during last week's searches of the homes and offices of Indian cricketers, cricket officials and bookies.

Zimbabwe soccer chiefs are to hold emergency talks on how a dozen soccer fans died in a stampede after police fired tear gas at a World Cup qualifier against South Africa.

The ICC has sold the television, sponsorship, licensing, merchandise and internet rights to the next two Cricket World Cups for $550million, according to a report in The Times newspaper.

South African cricket supremo Ali Bacher has alleged that two matches were fixed during last year's World Cup, The Australian newspaper has reported.

The results of a poll of leading sports editors making England favourites to host the 2006 World Cup finals confirmed support had turned their way, Alec McGivan, director of England's bid, has said.

The English Football Association (FA) said on Thursday it was urgently examining the court judgment which overturned a libel damages award to former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar.

The IAAF has elected Lamine Diack as its chief for another two years ? the only candidate standing at the athletics governing body?s congress for president.

FIFA will urge South Korea and Japan to co-host the 2001 Confederations' Cup as a test run for the 2002 World Cup.

A bruising three-month battle for the FIFA presidency reaches a climax on Monday when Sepp Blatter and Lennart Johansson contest the biggest job in soccer.

A team from world soccer governing body FIFA has begun inspecting hotels in eight Nigerian cities to decide if they are good enough to be used at the World Youth Cup in April, organisers have announced.

Dominic Oneya has been unanimously elected the new chairman of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) in Abuja.

Former world rally car champion Colin McRae has urged rally chiefs to adopt a Formula One-style approach to television coverage to increase the popularity of the sport.

At least 11 foreign teams will take part in a soccer tournament beginning in Dhaka on August 27, the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has announced.

Olympic chief Juan Antonio Samaranch has gaven a clean bill of health to Chinese sport and said Beijing was now an example to the world of how to fight against drug cheats.

Manchester United will take another step towards global brand status by opening a chain of retail shops in the Middle East.

Egyptian club Zamalek are asking the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for a switch in the venue of this year's African Super Cup from Ghana because of concerns about safety.

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has awarded full broadcast rights for radio and television to the home World Cup qualifiers involving Angola, Cameroon and Libya to Indicom Sports and Events management through Winners World Wide Sports International Zambia Limited.

Hundreds of youths went on the rampage at a detention centre in northeast Thailand in the early hours of Wednesday after officials prevented them from watching a World Cup soccer match on television, police said.

The trial of four Germans accused of beating a French policeman almost to death at last year's World Cup finals will not affect Germany's bid to host the tournament in 2006, German Football Federation (DFB) President Egidius Braun has said.

Facts about the FIFA vote to decide who stages the 2006 World Cup finals, which will take place on Thursday in Zurich.

Organisers of England's bid to host the 2006 World Cup have shrugged off a report claiming South America had offered its backing to rival bidders South Africa.

South Africa wants the 2006 soccer World Cup, deserves it and is more than ready to make it work, the country's newspapers declared on Thursday as a crucial FIFA inspection got underway in Johannesburg.

England will not be barred from the World Cup finals despite the behaviour of its hooligan fans, FIFA said on Monday.

The beleaguered organisers of the Rugby World Cup have criticised ITV's coverage of the event as a "disgrace" according to a report in the UK?s Guardian newspaper.