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Guatemalan police on Tuesday arrested fugitive former national soccer federation president Brayan Jimenez in connection with a corruption probe into the sport's world governing body FIFA.

Police said they detained Jimenez in an apartment building called Torre Sol in an affluent neighbourhood of Guatemala City. He was due to appear in court later on Tuesday to be formally charged.

Athletics' governing body came under renewed fire on Tuesday following disclosures that top officials were aware of a serious doping problem among Russian athletes as far back as 2009 and appeared to work with the country's federation to minimise the publicity surrounding it.

The Associated Press published a copy of a letter from Pierre Weiss, then the general secretary of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), to Valentin Balakhnichev, the former Russian athletics president who was banned from the sport for life last week.

Serie A side Palermo have named Argentine Guillermo Barros Schelotto as their third coach of the season after firing Davide Ballardini, who fell out with the team.

Ballardini, who had been in charge for just seven games, did not coach Palermo when they beat Verona 1-0 away on Sunday in a key relegation battle.

Italy's attempt to host the 2024 Olympic Games is a chance to clean up the scandal-plagued capital city Rome, the bid's chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo said on Monday.

Some have questioned whether the city can manage the lucrative contracts associated with the Olympics - which cost the last host city London some 9 billion pounds ($13.1 billion) - in a transparent way.

Valencia coach Gary Neville has asked the fans for patience after watching his side stumble to a 2-0 reverse at Real Sociedad in La Liga on Sunday that left him still winless in Spain's top flight.

Appointed last month to replace the sacked Nuno Espirito Santo, Neville has presided over three draws and two defeats in La Liga, as well as seeing Valencia eliminated from the Champions League thanks to a 2-0 loss to Olympique Lyonnais.

Leicester City's over-achieving players will be sold if they lose their focus and slide down the table in the second half of the Premier League season, manager Claudio Ranieri said.

The Foxes were top of the league at Christmas but have slipped to second, two points behind Arsenal, and are goalless in their last three games after losing 1-0 to Liverpool and drawing 0-0 with Manchester City and Bournemouth.

An inspired Milos Raonic toppled Roger Federer 6-4 6-4 to win the Brisbane International on Sunday and avenge his defeat to the Swiss master in last year's final.

Raonic unleashed his usual serving blitz but it was the rangy Canadian's groundstrokes that impressed the most as he outwitted the Swiss with a masterful display of clean hitting from the baseline.

JP Duminy gave the South Africa selectors a timely reminder of his quality by smashing a career-best unbeaten 260 in a four-day provincial match for the Cape Cobras in Paarl on Friday.

Duminy, dropped for the drawn second test against England in Cape Town this week, has been retained in the Proteas squad for the third and fourth matches in Johannesburg and Pretoria later this month.

Defender Brad Smith's second-half goal rescued a 2-2 draw as injury-hit seven-times FA Cup winners Liverpool denied fourth tier Exeter City a notable third round giantkilling scalp on Friday.

The Premier League outfit, playing their third match in less than a week and without 11 injured first-teamers, fielded a barely recognisable second-string side and nearly slipped up against Exeter who are languishing in the bottom half of League Two.

Argentina and neighbouring Uruguay will bid to co-host the 2030 World Cup, Argentine President Mauricio Macri said at a joint news conference on Thursday with Uruguayan leader Tabare Vazquez.

"We have decided that our best opportunity is to jointly nominate ourselves as candidates," Macri said during a visit to Colonia, Uruguay.

Soccer's rule makers have decided to recommend trialling video replays next season to help referees with questionable goals, penalties, red cards and cases of mistaken identity.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) decided at their preliminary meeting on Thursday to recommend to their AGM in March that trials are begun with a view to the system becoming law in two or three years.

Everton drew first blood in their League Cup semi-final against Manchester City as Romelu Lukaku's second-half header secured a potentially precious 2-1 home win in the first leg on Wednesday.

City's Jesus Navas had only moments before cancelled out Ramiro Funes Mori's first-half opener, when Lukaku struck in the 78th minute, rising unchallenged to head home Gareth Barry's arcing left-wing cross.

Sporting and Benfica stormed to 6-0 wins in the Portuguese league on Wednesday while Porto were jeered off the field after being held 1-1 at home by mid-table Rio Ave.

Leaders Sporting demolished Vitoria Setubal with Islam Slimani and Bruno Cesar, making his debut after a move from Estoril, scoring twice and Joao Mario and Alberto Aquilani sharing the other goals.

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is glad India will play three Twenty20 matches in Australia and hopes it will help the team identify the right combination before the World Twenty20 at home in March.

A lone T20 match is mostly the norm for an Indian team in a bilateral series but this time they will have more opportunities to hone their skills after playing five one-day internationals Down Under.

Jordon Ibe came off the bench to drive home the winner as Liverpool took a big step towards reaching the League Cup final with a 1-0 victory at Stoke City in the first leg of their last-four tie on Tuesday.

Ibe was summoned into the action early and the winger fired home left-footed in the first half as Juergen Klopp's side grabbed a narrow but potentially priceless advantage ahead of the return leg on Jan. 26.

Play on day three of the third test between Australia and West Indies was delayed by rain on Tuesday, further disrupting the dead rubber contest after all but 11.2 overs of day two were washed out.

England missed two potentially costly catches in the second test because of the peculiarities of the layout of the Newlands ground, fast bowler Steven Finn said on Monday.

South Africa captain Hashim Amla was dropped twice as he batted through the third day to finish unbeaten on 157 and the hosts finished on 353 for three in reply to England's 629 for six declared.

Southampton have to "change some disciplinary things" and improve their focus if they are to avoid a Premier League relegation fight this season, manager Ronald Koeman said.

The Saints slipped to 13th following a 1-0 defeat by Norwich on Saturday after Victor Wanyama was sent off for a dangerous tackle in the second half, while Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane was dropped from the starting line-up for missing a pre-match meeting.

Shane Watson's international future looked bleak on Monday after the all-rounder was left out of Australia's 13-man squad for this month's one-day series against India on Monday.

The 34-year-old, veteran of 190 ODIs and part of the side that won the World Cup last year, retired from test cricket last September but had hoped to continue playing for his country in the shorter formats.

South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn will miss the second test against England, which starts at Newlands on Saturday, after failing to recover from a shoulder injury, captain Hashim Amla said.

He will be replaced by Kagiso Rabada while Quinton de Kock is likely to return as wicketkeeper, having been dropped for the last five tests, Amla added but said a final decision had still to be to be taken.