PARIS - A French chair umpire on the futures and challenger tours became the first official to be suspended for corruption by the Tennis Integrity Unit when he received a life ban on Tuesday.
The charges against 22-year-old Morgan Lamri breached four articles of the TIU's anti-corruption program in 2012 and 2013. These involve attempts to influence the outcome of an event, to "facilitate any player not to use his or her best efforts," and to "wager or attempt to wager" on the outcome of a match.
PARIS - The 2016 Tour de France will return home for its "Grand Depart," starting in the wind-battered Manche region.
Manche, in northwestern France, has welcomed the Tour 23 times from 1911 to 2013, when an individual time trial was held between Avranches and Mont-Saint-Michel, one of the country's most famous tourist attraction.
Next year's race will begin in the Dutch City of Utrecht.
This year, it got underway in Yorkshire, where millions of spectators lined the windy roads of northern England.
FRANKFURT - German league chief Reinhard Rauball says he called FIFA president Sepp Blatter to ask him to resign over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
"In contrast to others who just do it via the media, I personally called Mr. Blatter some time ago and urged him to resign," Rauball told this week's Kicker magazine.
Rauball did not say what Blatter's response was. He has been a vocal critic of Blatter on the issue of Qatar.
NEW ORLEANS - With a stutter step and shoulder fake to his right, Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett seemed to throw New Orleans' defence off balance for a moment.
That was all he needed to burst through a hole to his left and sprint 20 yards untouched for a game-sealing touchdown.
"The offensive line did a great job of making those lanes open for me," Forsett said. "I just tried to seize the moment."
DETROIT - Welcome back, Stephen Weiss.
Playing his second game this season after missing much of it with injuries, Weiss had a pair of rebound goals late in Detroit's three-goal second period to lift the Red Wings over the Ottawa Senators 4-3 Monday night.
Weiss scored just two goals last season before hernia surgery sidelined him and he matched that total after returning from a rehab stint with Grand Rapids of the AHL.
N.Y. Jets 38 Buffalo 3 at Detroit
Baltimore 34 New Orleans 27
Pittsburgh 3 Boston 2 (OT)
N.Y. Islanders 1 Philadelphia 0 (SO)
Detroit 4 Ottawa 3
Minnesota 4 Florida 1
Toronto 104 Phoenix 100
Portland 114 Philadelphia 104
L.A. Clippers 113 Charlotte 92
Cleveland 106 Orlando 74
Houston 91 New York 86
Indiana 111 Dallas 100
Chicago 97 Utah 95
TORONTO - The final nail-biting minute of the Toronto Raptors' win over the Phoenix Suns on Monday saw a couple of huge offensive rebounds and a Kyle Lowry steal that saw the point guard go sprawling to floor like a football player for the umpteenth time of the night.
It wasn't pretty, but it did the job. And it vaulted the Raptors into a tie with the Memphis Grizzlies for the best record in the NBA — 12-2.
"Again, we found a way," said Raptors coach Dwane Casey.
DETROIT - Scott Chandler capped an emotionally draining week with a celebration for the folks back home in Buffalo.
After catching a touchdown pass shortly before halftime, he began mimicking a shovelling motion, a nod to Bills fans who have spent the last few days digging out of several feet of snow.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Jonelle Filigno scored her 11th career goal for Canada in a 1-0 victory over Sweden on Monday in the first of two women's international soccer friendlies between the two nations.
Filigno scored late in the first half when she ran onto a through pass by Sophie Schmidt and beat Sweden goalkeeper Carola Soberg who tried running off the line, but in vain, to stop the attempt.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are among 17 newcomers on baseball's 2015 Hall of Fame ballot.
Craig Biggio, who fell two votes short of the 75 per cent needed in the 2014 balloting, tops 17 holdovers on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot announced Monday. That group includes Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines.