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US, Swiss target top soccer officials in corruption probe

Soccer officials indicted in US corruption probe; 2018, 2022 World Cup votes also scrutinized
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

ZURICH - The U.S. government launched an attack on what it called deep-seated and brazen corruption in soccer's global governing body Wednesday, pulling FIFA executives out of a luxury Swiss hotel to face racketeering charges and raiding regional offices in Miami.

Swiss officials also invaded FIFA headquarters, seizing records and computers to investigate whether the decisions to award World Cups to Russia and Qatar were rigged.

Ex-FIFA vice-president Warner arrested, granted $2.5M bail

Ex-FIFA vice-president Warner arrested in Trinidad, granted $2.5M bail in US corruption case
Tony Fraser, The Associated Press

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad - Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner was expected to spend Wednesday night in jail after surrendering to face an arrest warrant issued at the request of U.S. authorities, who filed corruption charges against him and 13 others tied to international soccer.

Argos taking cautious approach with Ray

Argos cautious with Ricky Ray as star quarterback recovers from surgery
Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The Toronto Argonauts opened rookie camp Wednesday with no definite timetable regarding the return of veteran quarterback Ricky Ray.

The three-time Grey Cup champion reported to the start of minicamp at York University almost six months after undergoing off-season surgery on his right throwing shoulder. But while the other four quarterbacks wore helmets and shoulder pads, Ray donned a baseball cap and watched as veterans Trevor Harris and Mitchell Gale took the bulk of opening snaps.

Vive la France! Good day for Monfils, Tsonga at French Open

Vive la France! With no French Open men's champ since Noah in '83, host country enjoys big day
Howard Fendrich, The Associated Press

PARIS - Gael Monfils delivered one final ace, his 21st, and closed out his latest raucous, five-set victory on Court Philippe Chatrier to the delight of roaring, partisan spectators.

An entertainer at heart, Monfils pounded his chest with his right fist repeatedly and, after hugging opponent Diego Schwartzman at the net, used his right shoe to etch a sketch of a smiley face on the French Open main stadium's red clay.

Needless to say, his adoring public loved that, too.

Tight spot for sponsors for Women's World Cup

Corruption charges put sponsors of Women's World Cup in tight spot: expert
Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - Corruption allegations against senior FIFA officials have put sponsors of the upcoming Women's World Cup in Canada in a tight spot, says a sports marketing expert.

With less than two weeks to go until the tournament starts, national sponsors including Bell Canada, Labatt Breweries of Canada and Trend Micro have little choice but to go on with the show, says Vijay Setlur, an adjunct sport marketing professor at York University in Toronto.

White Sox beat Blue Jays 5-3 in 10 innings

Blue Jays' three-game winning streak ends with 5-3 loss to White Sox
Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Toronto's Josh Donaldson provided some late drama for a second straight day at Rogers Centre.

This time it wasn't enough for a victory over a plucky Chicago White Sox side.

Once again, Donaldson homered off Chicago closer David Robertson in the ninth inning, but this time no one was on base. The game-tying solo shot forced an extra frame and the White Sox scored a pair off reliever Roberto Osuna in the 10th for a 5-3 win on Wednesday.

Roy says Babcock contract a boon to coaches

Avalanche coach Roy lauds Babcock contract, receives tribute at Memorial Cup
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

QUEBEC CITY, Que. - Count Patrick Roy among the NHL coaches who applaud Mike Babcock's big contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Colorado Avalanche coach said Monday that the eight-year deal at $6.25 million per season Babcock signed last week was overdue and will eventually benefit all members of the profession. He also joked that he might look at asking for an extension when his own contract expires.

The Latest: 5 more seeds, including Halep, exit French Open

The Latest: Third-seeded Simona Halep biggest casualty so far at French Open
The Associated Press

PARIS - The Latest from the French Open:

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Five more seeded players have been sent packing on Day 4 at the French Open.

Four of them in the men's draw — No. 19 Roberto Bautista Agut, No. 24 Ernests Gulbis, No. 28 Fabio Fognini (28) and No. 32 Fernando Verdasco (32) — plus last year's finalist Simona Halep.

AP Source: Sharks to hire Peter DeBoer as head coach

Person familiar with search: Sharks to introduce Peter DeBoer as new head coach this week
Josh Dubow, The Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The San Jose Sharks will hire former New Jersey and Florida coach Peter DeBoer to replace the departed Todd McLellan.

A person familiar with the search said Wednesday that DeBoer will be formally introduced at a news conference Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the hire yet. ESPN first reported the move.

Soccer officials arrested at Swiss hotel in corruption probe

Soccer officials arrested in US corruption probe; 2018, 2022 World Cup votes also scrutinized
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

ZURICH - The U.S. government launched a corruption attack on soccer's global governing body Wednesday, pulling FIFA executives out of a luxury Zurich hotel to face racketeering charges and raiding regional offices in Miami.

Swiss officials also invaded FIFA headquarters, seizing records and computers to investigate whether the decisions to award World Cups to Russia and Qatar were rigged.

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