MONACO - Michel D'Hooghe, FIFA's medical chief, is "not happy" with drug-testing plans for this summer's World Cup in Brazil because samples must be flown across to Switzerland for analysis.
FIFA had to turn to the Swiss because the Brazilian lab expected to analyze samples has repeatedly failed to comply with World Anti-Doping Agency standards.
"We always managed to have the (anti-doping test) results before the next game of the team," D'Hooghe said. "I am not quite sure (results will come back quick enough this year). I hate this. I'm really not happy with that. I attacked this point in the last meeting of the organizing committee, where I was ... disappointed."
Champions League: Real Madrid hosts Bayern Munich on April 22 and Atletico Madrid hosts Chelsea on April 23 in the first legs of the semifinals after Friday's draw. The seconds legs are April 29 and 30.
Bradley, Pacquiao seek redemption in rematch
WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley weighed in at 145-1/2 pounds and Manny Pacquiao 145 for tonight's title bout in Las Vegas (9, HBO pay-per-view). Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) beat Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) in a controversial split decision June 9, 2012. "I always believed you only get one chance," said Bradley, who added he never imagined he would have to avenge a win. "But it's my second chance to be a part of greatness." Since that loss, Pacquiao was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez and beat Brandon Rios by unanimous decision. "This time ... I have to finish the business first before I become friendly to (Bradley)," he said. "We have our business to do in the ring."
Cycling: American Chris Horner, who won September's Spanish Vuelta, sustained a punctured lung and four broken ribs in a biking accident in northern Italy. His team, Lampre-Merida, said details "are still to be evaluated, however it seems that ... he was probably hit by a car." His status for July's Tour de France hasn't been determined.
Horses: Two-time horse of the year Wise Dan, in his first race since winning the Breeders' Cup Mile on Nov. 2, won the $300,000 Maker's 46 Mile at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. The 7-year-old gelding beat Kaigun by three-fourths of a length and ran a mile in 1:34.91. ... Close Hatches won the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap for older fillies and mares by 1-1/4 lengths over On Fire Baby at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. She ran 11/16 miles in 1:42.75