ABUSE VICTIM REACHING OUT
MANCHESTER, England — The man whose harrowing testimony of being sexually abused by a youth coach sparked an ongoing crisis in English soccer wants to take the issue to a global level.
"I can't even begin to give you the numbers of people contacting me directly, not just footballers and ex-footballers but members of the public," Andy Woodward said Monday. "It's everywhere."
If he's not too weary by the sheer scale of the scandal he helped to uncover, Woodward will fly to New York on Wednesday to speak to an American broadcaster about his 30-year journey from abused youth player to an inspiration to millions.
"I personally know that in America, there are certain things which have potentially happened there," Woodward said. "It's just about reaching out to everyone."
Woodward was the first of a growing list of former soccer players to go public over the past three weeks about the ordeals they went through as youngsters. About 450 people have reported incidents of child sexual abuse at soccer clubs to 18 British police forces.
CORRUPTION: The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the six-year ban handed down by FIFA to former president Sepp Blatter over an unethical $2 million payment to one of his former lieutenants.
FIFA LOSES OFFICIAL: The FIFA official in charge of World Cup security and fighting match-fixing in soccer has left the governing body. Ralf Mutschke is no longer its director of security and has not immediately been replaced, FIFA said. Mutschke is a former Interpol director from Germany.
FA CUP: Manchester United will begin its title defense against second-tier Reading, which is managed by former United defender Jaap Stam. Manchester City will visit West Ham, Everton will host Leicester, Hull is at home to Swansea and Burnley is away to Sunderland. The third round takes place from Jan. 6-9.
PREMIER LEAGUE: Gaston Ramirez scored the winner against his former club as host Middlesbrough beat Hull 1-0 to move clear of the relegation zone.
IOC, WADA heads talk
With another report on Russian doping looming at the end of this week, the presidents of the IOC and World Anti-Doping Agency, met in Lausanne, Switzerland to clear the air over their "perceived differences" over the handling of previous evidence of systematic cheating in Russia. IOC president Thomas Bach and WADA head Craig Reedie said they agreed to put aside any disagreements and "move forward together" in tackling doping and protecting clean athletes. "There was a very positive atmosphere in our meeting today, and I am very happy that any perceived misunderstandings could be clarified," Bach said. "We agreed to continue to work closely together to strengthen the fight against doping under the leadership of WADA."
AUTOS: The French Grand Prix will return to the Formula One calendar in 2018 after a 10-year absence. Christian Estrosi, the head of the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region, said the race will be organized at the Paul Ricard circuit in southern France. The world's oldest grand prix was first held in 1906 but was dropped in 2008 because of financial issues.
BASEBALL: A man found dead in his Franklin, Ohio, apartment last month has been identified as a former bookie for baseball hits leader Pete Rose. The Warren County coroner's office said Ronald Peters was found dead Nov. 19 during a welfare check by Franklin police.
JURISPRUDENCE: A former boxing promoter, ex-college basketball coach and founder of a Rhode Island sport institute was convicted of embezzlement in South Kingstown, R.I. Dan Doyle was convicted by a jury of 18 counts.