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Published:Wednesday | October 7, 2015 | 10:00 AM

Spanish prosecutors call for arrest of Messi's father

MADRID (AP):

Barcelona prosecutors are calling for the arrest of Lionel Messi's father in a tax fraud case. Prosecutors have cleared Messi of wrongdoing but are seeking an 18-month prison sentence for his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, for allegedly defrauding Spain's tax office of €4 million (US$4.5 million) in unpaid taxes from 2007-09.

The decision is considered a win for Lionel Messi, who also had been mentioned in the investigation. A Spanish judge had recently rejected an appeal filed by the player's lawyers to drop the Barcelona star from the case.

In the documents made public yesterday, prosecutors also called for a fine of €2 million (US$2.2 million) for the father of the Argentina playmaker.

Klopp could take over at Liverpool

LIVERPOOL, England (AP):

Juergen Klopp appears to be close to taking over as Liverpool manager. Representatives of the former Borussia Dortmund coach are in talks with the Premier League club, which fired Brendan Rodgers on Sunday after the team's 18-month slump since nearly winning the league title in 2014. Liverpool could make a new appointment by the end of the week. The team's next game is against Tottenham on October 17.

The 48-year-old Klopp has been out of work since leaving Dortmund at the end of last season, after winning two German league titles. He is regarded as one of European football's most respected coaches. Former Real Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelotti, is also considered to be a potential candidate to replace Rodgers.

Rio Olympics cutting costs

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP):

Olympic organisers, faced with the reality of a country deep in recession, are trimming costs to keep their budget balanced. To keep spending in line, officials say they will cut back on volunteers, reduce staffing at dozens of test events and trim costs for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

"This is a very strict budget," said Sidney Levy, the organising committee's chief executive officer. "There'll be no excess, but we are not going to compromise the essentials."

News of the budget austerity comes as hundreds of journalists from around the world are in Rio this week visiting Olympic venues and talking with organisers about how the Games will run when they open August 5, 2016.