<strong>FAwarn Benitez over gesture</strong><br />FOOTBALL: Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has escaped with a warning for making an offensive gesture in relation to referee Phil Dowd.<br /><br />Benitez responded to a question about Dowd&rsquo;s performance following a 2-1 defeat to Tottenham in August by removing his glasses from a pocket and inspecting them.<br /><br />The Football Association deemed the gesture &ldquo;objectively offensive&rdquo; and found him guilty of one charge of misconduct, but cleared him of two others.<br /><br />Benitez had been angry at having two penalty appeals rejected in the match.<br /><br /><strong>Sussex fall to &lsquo;super-over&rsquo; defeat</strong><br />CRICKET: English champions Sussex crashed out of the inaugural Champions League last night after a dramatic defeat to South African side Diamond Eagles.<br /><br />The match went to a deciding &lsquo;super-over&rsquo; after both teams made 119 from their 20 overs in Delhi. Eagles batted first and made 9-1 against Yasir Arafat. But Sussex&rsquo;s reply collapsed instantly, CJ de Villiers clean bowling Dwayne Smith and Rory Hamilton-Brown in the first two balls, ending the contest.<br /><br /><strong>Foxes look to snare Hoggard</strong><br />CRICKET: Leicestershire are set to holds talks with former Yorkshire and England fast bowler Matthew Hoggard in the next few days.<br /><br />Hoggard, 33, was stunned on Monday to discover he had failed to win a new contract despite spending 15 years with the Tykes.<br /><br />Foxes chief executive David Smith confirmed: &ldquo;Our head coach Tim Boon will talk with Matthew. The two know each other very well from their England days.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>Belgian cyclist found dead at 34</strong><br />CYCLING: Belgian cyclist Frank Vandenbroucke has been found dead while on holiday in Senegal at the age of 34.<br /><br />Vandenbroucke recorded over 50 wins in his 15-year professional career, which was marred by a doping scandal in 2002.<br /><br />Reports suggest he may have suffered a blood clot in his lungs.