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blatter now facing bribery case

GENEVA — Sepp Blatter, former president of the sport's governing body (FIFA), is now facing a bribery case, and one of his former vice presidents was fined more than $1 million in a separate investigation into kickbacks. FIFA's ethics committee said Friday it opened proceedings against Blatter, former secretary general Jerome Valcke and ex-finance director Markus Kattner over million-dollar payments in their contracts, some of which were approved by other senior FIFA officials. Ex-VP Jeffrey Webb was fined $1.02 million and banned from soccer for life in another bribery case. He pleaded guilty in a U.S. court last year to racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering.


Iverson, Shaq lead Hall class

Former NBA MVPs Allen Iverson and Shaquille O'Neal headlined the 10-member class that was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. One of the most star-packed classes, it also featured international star Yao Ming, WNBA great Sheryl Swoopes, coach Tom Izzo and owner Jerry Reinsdorf. Iverson stopped often during his free-wheeling 25-minute speech to compose himself. He went through a long litany of "Thank yous" and "I love yous," and credited Georgetown coach John Thompson, one of his three presenters, with "saving my life".

around the nba: Heat guard Josh Richardson was expected to miss the season's start after partially tearing his right MCL during a workout Friday, reports said.


Hockey: The Blackhawks' Patrick Kane and the Sharks' Joe Pavelski each had a goal and an assist as the United States beat Canada 4-2 in a World Cup exhibition at Columbus, Ohio. Lightning goalie Ben Bishop played the third period for the United States and stopped nine of 10 shots.

Paralympics: U.S. wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden's goal to win seven gold medals in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, didn't make it past her first final, the 100. She was second to China's Liu Wenjun. In swimming, St. Petersburg native Brad Snyder tied for silver in the 100 backstroke. The retired Navy lieutenant lost his sight in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2011.

Times wires


Rowdies at Puerto Rico

7:30, Bayamon

Overall records: Rowdies 7-8-7,

Puerto Rico 1-6-6

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