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SOCCER

It's official: BeckenbauER investigated

German soccer great Franz Beckenbauer and FIFA vice president Angel Maria Villar have been investigated by ethics prosecutors and are awaiting verdicts in their cases, the governing body's ethics panel said Wednesday. Both Beckenbauer and Villar — now serving as FIFA's No. 2 official while president Sepp Blatter is suspended — have previously been identified by media as targets of the investigation into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Both ace sanctions for obstructing then-FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcia's investigation, ethics committee spokesman Marc Tenbuecken said. With Garcia's inquiry failing to find evidence of corruption involving Russia and Qatar, it falls to a criminal investigation of suspected money laundering led by Switzerland's attorney general to ascertain whether there was any financial wrongdoing in those Cup bidding contests. The Russian and Qatari awards have been tainted by five years of so-far unproven allegations. The official disclosure Wednesday inflicts more damage on FIFA, reeling from waves of corruption allegations that led the ethics committee suspending Blatter and the frontrunner to succeed him as president, Michel Platini.

MORE SOCCER: Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic struggled as visiting Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain played to a 0-0 draw in the Champions League, while host Manchester City found a way to earn a late 2-1 win against Sevilla. Atletico Madrid, Wolfsburg and Galatasaray all won, while Manchester United had a 1-1 draw at CSKA Moscow.

Horses

Pharoah leads Breeders' field

Triple Crown champ American Pharoah, two-time Breeders' Cup winner Beholder and Travers winner Keen Ice will square off in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic next week. They're among the 200 horses — one less than last year's record — pre-entered for the $26 million, 13-race Breeders' Cup world championships at Keene­land in Lexington, Ky., on Oct. 30 and 31. Ten were pre-entered for the 1¼-mile Classic.

ET CETERA

DARTS: Richie Burnett, a Welshman who won the world championship in 1995, tested positive for cocaine in an in-competition test in November 2014 and has been banned for 18 months by the UK Anti-Doping agency.

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