blatter has a 'small breakdown'
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Sepp Blatter remained hospitalized Wednesday after what his spokesman called a "small breakdown." The suspended president of the sport's governing body, FIFA, is expected to leave the hospital Monday, Klaus Stoehlker said.
Blatter "will be back officially in business on Tuesday next week," Stoehlker said.
Blatter's American lawyer said Friday that Blatter, 79, was at a hospital.
Blatter is appealing his 90-day ban by the FIFA ethics committee over suspected financial misconduct. He hopes to host the European player of the year award ceremony in Zurich on Jan. 11, after the suspension expires, his aide Walter Gagg said.
U.S. UNDER-23: Gabriel scored in the 42nd minute, Luan in the 47th and Brazil beat the United States 2-1 in a men's under-23 exhibition game in Recife, Brazil. Jerome Kiesewetter converted a penalty kick in the 60th minute for the Americans, who are preparing for a two-leg playoff against Colombia in March for a berth in next year's Olympics.
Putin orders Russian inquest
Facing allegations that Russia engages in extensive, state-sponsored doping, President Vladimir Putin called on sports officials to carry out an internal investigation but said clean athletes shouldn't be punished for the actions of those who take banned drugs. Putin's comments at a meeting in Sochi, which hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics, reflected concerns that Russia's track and field athletes could be banned from next year's Summer Games. Putin ordered Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko and "all colleagues connected with sport" to pay close attention to the doping allegations and for an internal investigation to be conducted, one that guaranteed full cooperation with international antidoping bodies. The meeting came in the wake of Monday's report by an independent commission appointed by the World Anti-Doping Agency that said Russian sports is plagued by extensive, state-sanctioned doping. As a result, Putin is now up against a Friday deadline for track's governing body to decide whether to suspend Russia, a first step toward excluding its athletes from next year's Olympics.
autos: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's office said it is cutting nearly $6 million in funding for the U.S. Grand Prix, raising questions about the Formula One race's future and F1's future in the United States.
tennis: Novak Djokovic won the ATP World Tour No. 1 award for the second straight year and fourth overall. Roger Federer was voted by his peers as the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award winner for the 11th time. He also got the fans' favorite award for a 13th straight year.