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Eckert, Garcia to meet amid FIFA probe crisis

Eckert and Garcia set to meet amid crisis for FIFA World Cup bid corruption case
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

GENEVA - The judge and prosecutor behind FIFA's World Cup bid corruption investigation will meet Thursday in an effort to repair their relations and restore the reputation of a case seemingly in disarray.

The whereabouts of the meeting between FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert and prosecutor Michael Garcia is a secret — as are, against the American lawyer's wishes, his investigation findings.

Hiller solid as Flames rally to shootout win

Jonas Hiller stands tall as Flames rally to 4-3 shootout win over Ducks
Laurence Heinen, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - Things didn't look too good for Jonas Hiller playing against his old team for the first time.

Down 2-0 at the second intermission, the Calgary Flames mounted a furious comeback in the third period on their way to a wild 4-3 shootout victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

Canadian nominated for rugby try of the year

Canadian winger Magali Harvey nominated for rugby try of the year
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Canadian Magali Harvey's banner rugby year just got even better.

The 24-year-old from Quebec City, named the IRB Women’s Player of the Year in August, has been nominated for the International Rugby Players' Association Try of the Year.

Harvey's nominated try saw the Canadian winger race 87 metres, eluding several defenders before crossing the line at the Women's World Cup.

"It was a great try, a timely one," said John Tait, coach of the Canadian women's sevens team.

Bianchi out of artificial coma and taken to France

F1 driver Jules Bianchi out of artificial coma and repatriated from Japan to French hospital
The Associated Press

NICE, France - Formula One driver Jules Bianchi is showing signs of recovery following a life-threatening crash, and is breathing unaided after being taken out of an artificial coma and repatriated from Japan to a French hospital.

Bianchi, who crashed during last month's Japanese Grand Prix, remains in a critical condition with severe head injuries, his parents said in a statement on Wednesday.

Toronto FC parts ways with veteran kitman

Toronto FC parts ways with veteran equipment manager Malcolm Phillips
The Canadian Press

Toronto FC has parted ways with veteran equipment manager Malcolm Phillips.

Phillips had been with Toronto since Day 1 in 2007. The native of Southampton, England, has been associated with the MLS since 1998, starting with Tampa Bay before moving to San Jose.

A club spokesman confirmed Tuesday that Phillips had left the club but declined further comment.

Niagara women's hoops team stranded by storm

Niagara women's basketball team rescued after nearly 30 hours stranded on bus by storm
Doug Feinberg, The Associated Press

Stranded on the highway for more than a day, the Niagara women's basketball team is finally making its journey home.

The team, which includes two Canadians, was stuck on its bus for nearly 30 hours because of a huge storm that dumped 4 feet of snow around Buffalo and was blamed for at least six deaths.

9-time Le Mans champion Tom Kristensen to retire

9-time Le Mans champion Tom Kristensen to retire from racing at end of the month
The Associated Press

COPENHAGEN - Nine-time Le Mans champion Tom Kristensen will retire from racing at the end of the month.

The 47-year-old Dane, one of the greatest endurance racers of all time, said Wednesday that his last race will be the Six Hours of Sao Paulo in Brazil on Nov. 30.

"I have crossed the finish line. I have grown up. I have been told that you know when it's time to stop. I have not had that feeling until now," Kristensen said. "Over the past years I have felt that staying in peak physical condition and keeping my weight down have required more and more from my body."

Alabama rolls to No. 1, race for No. 4 heats up

Alabama rolls to No. 1 in playoff rankings while race for fourth spot comes into focus
Ralph D. Russo, The Associated Press

With just three weeks until the College Football Playoff committee releases its final rankings, Alabama, Oregon and Florida State seem to be in control of their championship chances.

Keeping winning and the Crimson Tide, Ducks and Seminoles should be in.

The race for the fourth and final spot in the playoff is shaping up to be a tussle between four teams.

Alabama jumped from fifth to first after handing previously undefeated and top-ranked Mississippi State its first loss on Saturday. The Bulldogs slid to fourth.

4 suspended after football hazing back as teachers

4 high school coaches suspended in wake of New Jersey hazing probe reinstated as teachers
The Associated Press

SAYREVILLE, N.J. - Four assistant New Jersey high school football coaches who were suspended amid hazing and sexual assault charges filed against players will keep their teaching jobs.

The Sayreville school board on Tuesday reinstated the men as teachers.

But the school board did not make a recommendation about suspended head coach George Najjar, who is a physical education teacher.

The coaches were suspended with pay Oct. 16 after seven players were accused of hazing and sexually assaulting four teammates inside the locker room. The boys will not be tried as adults.

Messi's father downplays hints of Barcelona exit

Lionel Messi's father, who acts as his agent, downplays the star's hints of leaving Barcelona
The Associated Press

BARCELONA, Spain - Lionel Messi's father, who acts as the player's agent, has downplayed the stir his son caused by hinting at an exit from Barcelona.

Jorge Messi tells Barcelona-based La Vanguardia newspaper "the plan is to stay here, but since people read between the lines they exaggerate."

He says "Leo is happy, but if one day the club says, 'We have an offer for you, we want to sell you,' well, we would have to study it."

Lionel Messi said Tuesday that he would like to stay at Barcelona but "sometimes not everything happens the way you want."

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