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FIFA bans former 2018-2022 WCup inspector for 7 years

FIFA bans 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids inspector Harold Mayne-Nicholls for 7 years
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

GENEVA - The official chosen by FIFA to inspect 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosting candidates was banned from soccer for seven years on Monday for breaking ethics rules.

FIFA's ethics committee gave no reason for its decision to suspend Harold Mayne-Nicholls, a former president of Chile's football federation who is disputing the sanction.

"I will appeal to higher courts established in FIFA statutes and TAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport)," Mayne-Nicholls said. "I wonder why FIFA publishes a sanction that has outstanding resources, as this may be modified by higher courts."

Reports: Canadian Joseph signs with Raptors

Reports: Raptors sign Canadian guard Cory Joseph to four-year deal
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Canadian guard Cory Joseph has agreed to a contract with the Toronto Raptors.

The Pickering, Ont., native agreed to a four-year contract worth US$30 million, according to multiple media reports.

Deals can't become official until Thursday, when the NBA's free agency moratorium ends.

"#WeTheNorth here I come!!!!!" Joseph posted on his verified Twitter account.

McIlroy ruptures ligament in ankle while playing soccer

World's number 1 golfer Rory McIlroy says ruptured ligament in left ankle playing soccer
The Associated Press

LONDON - Rory McIlroy was on crutches Monday with an ankle injury from playing soccer, leaving in doubt the prospects of golf's No. 1 player defending his British Open title next week at St. Andrews.

South Dakota man, 101, competes in National Senior Games

101-year-old retired rancher from South Dakota competes for gold in National Senior Games
The Associated Press

HIGHMORE, S.D. - A South Dakota centenarian taking part in this year's National Senior Games is playing to win.

KSFY-TV ( ) reports that John Zilverberg of Highmore is the oldest athlete in the competition that's being held through July 15 in the Minneapolis area. The South Dakota Senior Games association says Zilverberg will be 102 next month.

Serena beats Venus in 2 sets in 4th round at Wimbledon

Advantage Serena: Serena Williams beats Venus 6-4, 6-3 to reach Wimbledon quarterfinals
Stephen Wilson, The Associated Press

LONDON - Serena Williams extended her mastery over big sister Venus, and kept alive her bid for Grand Slam history.

In the 26th career meeting between the siblings, Serena dominated with her steady serve and big hitting from the back of the court to win 6-4, 6-3 on Centre Court in 1 hour, 8 minutes, extending her Grand Slam winning streak to 25 matches.

CONCACAF details rebuilding plans after FIFA bribery scandal

In crisis during FIFA bribery scandal, CONCACAF details rules to rebuild trust and operations
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

GENEVA - Plunged into crisis by a second FIFA bribery scandal in four years, the CONCACAF soccer body wants to pass sweeping new leadership rules to help rebuild.

The North and Central American and Caribbean governing body published anti-corruption proposals Monday after its past two presidents and general secretaries were implicated in an American federal investigation of racketeering in international soccer.

Shaman Ghost wins Queen's Plate race

Shaman Ghost rallies to capture 156th running of $1-million Queen's Plate
Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - It took seven years but Brian Lynch finally earned his Queen's Plate redemption.

Shaman Ghost rallied to capture the $1-million race Sunday at Woodbine Racetrack. The three-year-old chestnut finished 1 1/4-lengths ahead of Danish Dynaformer in a battle of the two race favourites, delighting an overflow crowd that produced a record handle of $11.06 million, breaking the 2013 mark of $9.7 million.

U.S. thumps Japan in Women's World Cup final

Carli Lloyd's hat trick leads U.S. over Japan in Women's World Cup final
Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - Carli Lloyd caught herself daydreaming before the Women's World Cup.

In between sprints on an empty practice field, she envisioned scoring four goals in the final.

Three turned out to be more than enough.

Lloyd put an exclamation point on her country's stunning four-goal barrage in the opening 16 minutes with an audacious hat-trick strike from the halfway line as the United States demolished Japan 5-2 in Sunday's final for its record third title and first since 1999.

McIlroy ruptures ligament in ankle while playing soccer

World's number 1 golfer Rory McIlroy says ruptured ligament in left ankle playing soccer
The Associated Press

LONDON - World number one Rory McIlroy has ruptured a ligament in his left ankle while playing soccer less than two weeks before the start of his British Open title defence.

The Northern Irish golfer gave no indication how long he would be out in the announcement Monday on his Instagram account, only saying that he is "working hard to get back as soon as I can."

Sunday's Scoreboard

Sunday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

Sunday's Games

Women's World Cup

Final at Vancouver

United States 5 Japan 2



Toronto 42 Saskatchewan 40 (2OT)



American League

Toronto 10 Detroit 5

Tampa Bay 8 N.Y. Yankees 1

Boston 5 Houston 4

Baltimore 9 Chicago White Sox 1

Kansas City 3 Minnesota 2

Seattle 2 Oakland 1

L.A. Angels 12 Texas 6


National League

Milwaukee 6 Cincinnati 1

Pittsburgh 5 Cleveland 3

Philadelphia 4 Atlanta 0 (10 innings)

St. Louis 3 San Diego 1

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