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."
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.
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.
HIGHMORE, S.D. - A South Dakota centenarian taking part in this year's National Senior Games is playing to win.
KSFY-TV (http://bit.ly/1H9RTWL ) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Women's World Cup
Final at Vancouver
United States 5 Japan 2
Toronto 42 Saskatchewan 40 (2OT)
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
Milwaukee 6 Cincinnati 1
Pittsburgh 5 Cleveland 3
Philadelphia 4 Atlanta 0 (10 innings)
St. Louis 3 San Diego 1