Angry football supporters wearing red noses protested outside headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) on Tuesday after the four-times world champions' shock defeat by Honduras the day before.

Latin American pay-TV sports network PSN is to broadcast more than 100 matches from two of the region’s soccer tournaments – the Copa Mercosur and the Copa Merconorte.

Television distributor Venevision International has been chosen by satellite broadcaster DirecTV to sub-license the rights to the 2002 soccer World Cup in a number of Latin American nations.

Colombian Football Federation president Alvaro Fina said he would personally ask South America's top players to come to his troubled nation to take part in next year's Copa America.

The Copa America will take place in Colombia this month as originally planned, reversing a decision to postpone the tournament due to violence in the Andean country, the organisers said on Thursday.

Argentine officials admitted on Thursday that they were pessimistic about the chances of a quick end to the players' strike, the second to hit the domestic game this year.

South America's latest club soccer tournament, a made-for-television affair called the Mercosur Cup, was met with stunning indifference as it kicked off this week.

New Zealand has pulled out of an international soccer tournament scheduled for India in January, saying it had had difficulty confirming travel and competition details with organisers.

FIFA concerns have 1999 Pan American Games organisers scrambling to save their soccer tournament in next summer's multi-sport extravaganza.

Les McDonald, president of the International Triathlon Union (ITU), the world governing body of the Olympic sport, has been forced into a court case in Vancouver, British Columbia, over allegations that recent elections to his organisation were fixed, with some national federations being denied their right to vote.

Soccer's international governing body has approved Winnipeg's plans for next July's Pan American Games soccer matches, after organisers agreed to improve the facilities.

ESPN International is to broadcast live coverage of all four rounds of the 2000 World Golf Championship ? EMC World Cup.

Brazilian politicians have announced a $34 million refurbishment for the world famous Maracana stadium.

India will host a 16-nation soccer tournament from January 10 to 25 next year, the president of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has said.

Fox Sports World Espanol, the only U.S Spanish-language sports cable network, have recorded a ratings success with last month's Copa America.

ESPN is to broadcast live coverage of a major golf tournament in Argentina later this year.

The Argentine domestic season will finally get under way at the weekend two weeks later than planned after the second players' strike of the year delayed the start.