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MANCHESTER, England — Governing body FIFA disbanded its anti-racism task force, declaring its work complete despite ongoing concerns about discriminatory behavior at matches in 2018 World Cup host Russia. The task force has "completely fulfilled its temporary mission," FIFA wrote to members. Said member Osasu Obayiuwana, a black lawyer and writer, "I wish I could say that I am shocked by the decision, but unfortunately I am not. … Racism in football remains a burning, very serious and topical (problem) which needs continuous attention."


English PREMIER LEAGUE: Southampton forward Charlie Austin had a goal and an assist, and host West Ham lost its fourth straight 3-0.

FRANCE: With striker Mario Balotelli rested to protect a sore hip, replacement Alassane Plea scored the winner as Nice beat host Nancy 1-0 to stay atop the league.

ITALY: Francesco Totti reached 250 goals in Serie A with a penalty kick in Roma's 3-1 defeat at Torino.


Teen upsets Wawrinka

Alexander Zverev, 19, won his first ATP tour title, beating U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 in the St. Petersburg (Russia) Open final. Zverev was a break down in the deciding set but fought back.

PAN PACIFIC OPEN: Caroline Wozniacki overcame a sore groin to beat Japanese 18-year-old Naomi Osaka 7-5, 6-3 in the final in Tokyo.


GYMNASTICS: Former USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar, who was accused of sexually abusing at least two gymnasts, faces 16 more abuse complaints at Michigan State, where he was a faculty member, the Indianapolis Star reported. Nassar hasn't been charged with a crime and denies wrongdoing. Nassar was fired from the university last week for not complying with "certain employment requirements," it said.

wnba: Courtney Vandersloot had 21 points and 13 assists, Jessica Breland had 20 points and 16 rebounds and host Chicago beat Atlanta 108-98 to advance to the semifinals.

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