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fifa: cup bribes were made, give us money back in corruption case

GENEVA — The sport's world governing body acknowledged Wednesday that past World Cups were awarded based on bribes, and it wants U.S. prosecutors to give it "tens of millions of dollars" seized from former officials who took the cash.

The body, FIFA, submitted a 22-page claim to the U.S. Attorney's Office in New York on Tuesday that seeks a big share in restitution from more than $190 million forfeited by soccer and marketing officials who pleaded guilty in the sprawling corruption case.

Tens of millions of dollars more is likely to be collected by U.S. authorities when sentences are handed down, and from dozens of officials who have been indicted but who have denied bribery charges or are fighting extradition.

FIFA said it is the victim of corrupt individuals despite widespread criticism that bribe-taking was embedded in its culture in the presidencies of Joao Havelange and Sepp Blatter, who was forced from office last year after 17 years by this scandal. Among the money FIFA are $28.2 million for years of payments, including bonuses, flights and daily expenses, to officials it now says are corrupt, and $10 million for the "theft" of money that FIFA officials transferred as bribes to then-executive committee members to vote for South Africa as 2010 World Cup host.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Barcelona's big three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar scored to beat visiting Arsenal 3-1 Wednesday, sending the defending champions into the quarterfinals for a ninth consecutive season with a 5-1 victory on aggregate. Bayern Munich fought back to beat Juventus 4-2 in extra time to advance on 6-4 aggregate.


Safety Hill gets drug ban, Ravens release

Ravens safety Will Hill was suspended for 10 games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, his fourth ban since he came into the NFL in 2012, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Hill, 26, was released by the Ravens on Wednesday before news of his suspension surfaced, the Sun said. Team officials were clear with Hill that he couldn't afford any missteps when they signed him in July 2014 after he was released by the Giants and facing his third suspension in as many years.

Browns: Hours after making its first notable signing in free agency, the team released veteran linebacker Karlos Dansby and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, two players who don't fit into the new front office's rebuilding plan. Inside linebacker Demario Davis signed a two-year free agent contract.

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College football: University of Illinois trustees approved a contract that could pay new coach Lovie Smith as much as $29 million over six years. The former Bucs coach, fired after last season, will be paid a $1 million bonus if he remains at Illinois for three seasons and again if he stays all six seasons. He could also be paid up to $1 million every season in performance bonuses.

Skiing: Switzerland's Lara Gut made her overall World Cup title official when she finished 13th in a downhill at the Cup final in St. Moritz, Switzerland. American Lindsey Vonn clinched the downhill title for her 20th total Cup title before a super-G crash last month ended her season. She broke the mark of 19 titles held by Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark.

Tennis: Rafael Nadal rallied from a set down and fought off a match point in the third set to beat Alexander Zverev 6-7 (8-10), 6-0, 7-5 and reach the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, Calif. David Goffin upset Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5). Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams played later.

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