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FIFA launches campaign to combat match-fixing

FIFA, Interpol, FIFPro launch joint campaign to combat match-fixing
The Associated Press

TOKYO - FIFA, international players' union FIFPro and Interpol have launched a campaign to combat match-fixing.

The aim of the campaign, launched at the FIFPro Congress in Tokyo, is to raise awareness of the dangers of match-fixing, to provide positive role models for players and to educate them on how to recognize, resist and report attempts to fix matches.

To start the campaign, the three organizations are releasing a DVD produced by Interpol that provides players with information they need to help fight match-fixing.

Hamburg files criminal complaint against intruder

Hamburg files complaint against pitch intruder who hit Franck Ribery with scarf
The Associated Press

HAMBURG - Hamburger SV says it has filed a criminal complaint against a spectator who ran on to the field and hit Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery in the face with a scarf in added time of their German Cup match Wednesday.

The complaint could lead to criminal charges. The Bundesliga club says it will also impose a stadium ban for the fan, who was not publicly identified.

The man was seized by security guards and turned over to the police. Hamburg, which lost 3-1, apologized to Bayern and Ribery immediately after the match. Bayern said it planned no action.

Giants ace Bumgarner wins World Series MVP

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner gives Royals the Bum's rush, wins World Series MVP with 3 gems
Ben Walker, The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Madison Bumgarner was limbering up at Kauffman Stadium this week, getting loose with his San Francisco teammates near the dugout, when Tim Hudson and Michael Morse sneaked up from behind and ruffled the pitcher's long, scraggly locks.

That was way too hairy for Bumgarner. He quickly spun and playfully sparred with the mischief makers.

They were about the only ones who could touch Bumgarner in this World Series.

Bumgarner, Giants beat KC 3-2 to win World Series

A giant: Bumgarner comes out of 'pen, San Francisco beats Royals 3-2 for 3rd title in 5 years
Ronald Blum, The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A giant, indeed.

Madison Bumgarner punctuated a World Series performance for the ages by pitching the San Francisco Giants to their third championship in five years with a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

The big left-hander came out of the bullpen to throw five scoreless innings on two days' rest, saving a Series pushed to the limit. And by winning Game 7 on the road, Bumgarner and the Giants succeeded where no team had in 3 1/2 decades.

Wednesday's Scoreboard

Wednesday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

Wednesday's Games

(All times Eastern)

World Series Game 7

San Francisco 3 Kansas City 2

(Giants win series 4-3)

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NHL

Detroit 4 Washington 2

Nashville 4 Edmonton 1

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NBA

Charlotte 108 Milwaukee 106

Indiana 103 Philadelphia 91

Boston 121 Brooklyn 105

Miami 107 Washington 95

Toronto 109 Atlanta 102

Memphis 105 Minnesota 101

Chicago 104 New York 80

Denver 89 Detroit 79

Houston 104 Utah 93

Phoenix 119 L.A. Lakers 99

Golden State 95 Sacramento 77

DeRozan records double-double despite struggles

DeRozan struggles from field, contributes elsewhere in Raptors' win over Hawks
Dhiren Mahiban, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - DeMar DeRozan hopes to expand his skill set on the court this season.

DeRozan reached a career-high 11 rebounds and added six steals to go along with 15 points for his fourth career double-double on Wednesday to help the Toronto Raptors to an opening night 109-102 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

"That's my job. I'm trying not to be just a scorer," said DeRozan, who went 4 of 16 from the field. "Got to understand when we're not making shots, not just myself, we all got to figure out other ways to impact the game in a big way. That was what I was trying to do."

Morris beats de Cruz at Masters curling

Calgary's John Morris tops Switzerland's Peter de Cruz at the Masters
The Canadian Press

SELKIRK, Man. - Calgary's John Morris fended off a late charge by Switzerland's Peter de Cruz for a 6-5 win on Wednesday night in Draw 5 of the Masters Grand Slam of Curling.

Morris scored a triple in the first and a deuce in the third to take a 5-1 lead.

De Cruz and Morris traded singles in the fourth and fifth ends and the Swiss rink added a double in the seventh to make it 6-4.

In the eighth, De Cruz had two rocks sitting in the house but Morris had the hammer and stuck with his final shot to give up one but secure the victory.

Smith leads Predators past Oilers 4-1

Craig Smith leads Predators past Oilers 4-1; Edmonton's win streak ends at four
Shane Jones, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON - Being in the Western Conference doesn't make life easy for the Edmonton Oilers.

Craig Smith had a pair of goals as the Nashville Predators bounced back from their first regulation loss of the season, defeating the Oilers 4-1 on Wednesday.

Taylor Hall scored the lone goal for the Oilers (4-5-1), who have yet to defeat a fellow Western Conference team this season.

Toronto FC coach Vanney lays out blueprint

Toronto FC coach Vanney lays out blueprint, says more is expected from players
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Head coach Greg Vanney laid out his blueprint for Toronto FC on Wednesday, saying players will have to meet higher standards next season and embrace the team culture or find the door.

Vanney, who went 2-6-2 after succeeding the fired Ryan Nelsen, made no secret that he was unimpressed by the culture he inherited — from fitness to commitment.

Royals' dream season falls short in World Series

After 29-year playoff drought, Royals fall to Bumgarner, Giants in Game 7 of World Series
Dave Skretta, The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Alex Gordon saw the ball skipping past Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco and all the way to the wall, and the Royals' homegrown star put his head down and churned toward third base.

For just a moment, thousands of fans thought he might try to score — one last dash for home, and a tying run for the ages in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 7 of the World Series.

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