report: ethics hearing set in blatter corruption case
GENEVA — Facing life bans for corruption, Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini are expected to go before the ethics committee of soccer's world governing body, FIFA, from Dec. 16-18 in Zurich, Switzerland, the Associated Press reported Friday. Blatter, FIFA's president, and Platini, president of Europe's governing body, are serving 90-day interim bans over Platini's $2 million payment from FIFA that Blatter approved in 2011 as backdated salary. They deny wrongdoing.
Spain: Real Madrid was expelled from the Spanish Cup for using an ineligible player. Denis Cheryshev played in Real's 3-1 win at Cadiz on Wednesday despite being suspended for one match in the competition for picking up three yellow cards in the Cup last season while on loan at Villarreal. … Barcelona's Lionel Messi thanked the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry on Instagram for sending him an autographed jersey for reaching 30 million followers on the photo-based social media website.
Spieth takes lead at Hero World Challenge
Jordan Spieth rallied from a rugged start for 6-under 66 that gave him a share of the lead at 11-under 133 with Jimmy Walker (67) and Bill Haas (66) at the Tiger Woods-hosted Hero World Challenge in Nassau, Bahamas.
One shot back were Bubba Watson (67), Patrick Reed (65) and Chris Kirk (65). First-round leader Paul Casey (70) was three shots back with Zach Johnson (70) and Matt Kuchar (66).
Spieth is wrapping up a big year — two major wins, five wins total and the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup title are the headlines — and he seems intent on going out in style. Asked if he wanted to end the year with a bang, Spieth said he was looking forward to ending the year. Period. "I'm ready for some rest," he said.
ALPINE SKIING: American Lindsey Vonn won the season-opening World Cup downhill for her 16th victory at Lake Louise, Alberta. The four-time overall Cup winner finished in 1 minute, 50.5 seconds. Austria's Cornelia Huetter was second in 1:51.08.
AUTOS: Jeff Hanson, an artist from Overland Park, Kan., who is visually impaired due to an optic nerve tumor, won the fan-voted Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award at NASCAR's awards show in Las Vegans. The award honors volunteers dedicated to children's causes; Hanson supports the Children's Tumor Foundation. Among the four finalists was Dunedin's Carl Flatley, who founded the Sepsis Alliance to increase awareness of the systemic infection after his daughter died of it in 2002. The winner's charity gets $100,000; the other finalists' charities get $25,00 each.
BOXING: New heavyweight champion Tyson Fury said on Twitter that he is not a good role model for kids after a video surfaced in which he makes questionable remarks. In the video, posted on YouTube on Nov. 25, Fury was asked about women in sports. As for female boxers, he said: "It's up to everybody what they want to do. I'm all for it; I'm not a sexist. … But I believe a woman's best place is in the kitchen and on her back."
CYCLING: Making good on a pledge he made in winning the Tour de France, Chris Froome released results of laboratory tests on his body to counter skeptics in France who have repeatedly expressed doubts that he is drug free. A lab in London measured how efficiently Froome's body uses oxygen, and his power and endurance. The results were published on the website of Esquire magazine. The 2013 and 2015 Tour winner has never failed a doping test.
HOCKEY: Buffalo, N.Y., will host the 2018 world junior tournament, USA Hockey announced. Tampa Bay had bid for the event but was eliminated from contention in September. Buffalo also hosted the event in 2011.
LUGE: The United States for the first time went 1-2 in a men's race, with Chris Mazdzer besting Tucker West in Lake Placid, N.Y. Two-time Olympic champion Felix Loch of Germany faltered on his final run.
RUGBY: The United States beat New Zealand for the first time in the men's World Rugby Sevens series, winning 14-12 to reach the quarterfinals on points difference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Its reward is to face defending champion South Africa in the quarters today. The other matchups are Fiji-Australia, England-Argentina and New Zealand-Samoa.
TRACK AND FIELD: Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse — who tied with former Gibbs High standout Trayvon Bromell for the 100-meter bronze medal at this year's world championships — said he is turning pro. De Grasse, 21, and Bromell, 20, became the youngest Olympic or world 100 medalists since 2003. De Grasse competed in college at Southern California and won the NCAA outdoor 100- and 200 titles this year, beating Bromell in both.
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