Germany's bid to host the soccer World Cup in 2006 has received a boost after the Finance Ministry declared it would not tax the huge revenue the tournament would generate.

African soccer officials will meet in Johannesburg next Wednesday to discuss the recent spate of crowd deaths at soccer stadiums on the continent.

The hosts of the 2004 African Nations Cup will be announced in Cairo on Monday, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has said.

Movie star Hugh Grant and former England star Gary Lineker were among the star names at a special send-off to the FIFA team inspecting England's chances of hosting the 2006 World Cup.

Soccer legend Pele has confirmed his support for South Africa's bid to stage the 2006 World Cup, saying he thought Brazil could be ready to stage the finals four years later.

Morocco plans to bid to stage the 2010 World Cup finals, its fourth attempt to secure soccer's showcase event, the country's sports minister has said.

Germany and South Africa emerged as clear joint favourites to stage the 2006 World Cup on Friday after the leaking of a confidential FIFA report ranking them as technically the best bids.

The campaign team behind South Africa's bid to host the 2006 World Cup will end its global charm offensive in the coming week with visits to Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Morocco, which reaffirmed its bid to stage the 2006 World Cup finals this week by dismissing South African calls to quit the race, has despatched a delegation to Paraguay to lobby for South America's support.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has said that grounds which fail to guarantee the safety of players and umpires could be stripped of their international status.

South Africa's black-led National Sports Council (NSC) has rescinded its call for an international boycott of the the nation's rugby union team following the resignation of white rugby leader Louis Luyt.

Security for athletes at next month's World Cup has been discussed at the highest level, a spokesman for President Nelson Mandela, Parks Mankahlana, has said.

South African cricket boss Ali Bacher will deliver a message from president Nelson Mandela when he takes part in negotiations in London to save the West Indies tour on Friday.

Former European champions Ajax Amsterdam is to form an affiliated squad in Cape Town, the Dutch club has announced.

Phil Hayes-Brown has been named the new managing director of the NBA in the UK.

FIFA will be reporting to the United Nations Conference this week in Durban, South Africa, on moves to eliminate racism in soccer.

UK broadcaster, BBC Radio has secured the commentary rights for the cricket World Cup until 2007 for its Radio Five Live station.

FIFA is set to call a special meeting of its emergency committee tomorrow to discuss the crisis at its marketing partner ISMM ? parent company of ISL.

World heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis could meet Mike Tyson on July 21, Lewis's business manager Adrian Ogun said.

South Africa cricket chief Ali Bacher has said a proposal for a seeding system for the 2003 World Cup would be put to the International Cricket Council.

A Swiss court could reopen the race for the world Superbike title this week, or allow American Colin Edwards to celebrate his first world crown.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson has welcomed a move by the French soccer club Strasbourg to take legal action against some supporters for incitement to racial hatred.

Danny Jordaan, head of South Africa?s failed bid for the 2006 World Cup is to be one of the big names at this October?s Soccerex 2000 conference and exhibition.

FIFA's executive committee will discuss an overhaul of the system for selecting hosts for future World Cups at its meeting next month..