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first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking COVID-19: FIFA count cost to football Russia: Between poison and vaccine, by Gabriel Agbo Former Fifa executives took bribes in return for voting for Russia and Qatar to host the World Cup, according to US prosecutors. In what could be a highly significant twist in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s long-running investigation into allegations of football corruption, a new indictment was revealed in the US District Court on Monday. The documents claim several former Fifa executive committee members “were offered or received bribes in connection with their votes”. The Department of Justice made allegations against Nicolas Leoz, the former president of South American governing body Conmebol, and ex-Brazil federation supremo Ricardo Teixeira. Both are accused of taking money “in exchange for their votes in favour of Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup”. Disgraced former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago was also allegedly paid £4 million through a host of offshore shell companies to back Russia’s 2018 bid. Russia beat England to win the right to host the most recent World Cup in 2018. Warner was president of the North and Central American and Caribbean confederation Concacaf. Another former Fifa ExCo member – Guatemala football chief Rafael Salguero – was allegedly promised a bribe to vote for Russia. Leoz died last year under house arrest in his native Paraguay, having fought extradition to the US. Teixeira has been banned from the game for life by Fifa for taking bribes for marketing and media rights for football competitions between 2006 and 2012. Teixeira and Warner, who is also banned for life, have avoided extradition to the US. Salguero was banned last year, having admitted corruption. Former executives at US television giant 21st Century Fox have also been charged in the indictment with making payments to South American football officials to secure broadcast rights. “The profiteering and bribery in international soccer have been deep-seated and commonly known practices for decades,” said FBI assistant director-in-charge William Sweeney. “The FBI… are investigating the illicit handshakes and backroom deals hidden in the infrastructure of soccer events, venues and marketing contracts. “The first public charges date back to 2015. This should illustrate to everyone still hoping to score millions corruptly, we’re going to find you.” Almost 10 years have now passed since Fifa controversially voted for Russia and Qatar to host the sport’s showpiece event. But it was only in 2015, following a dramatic dawn raid at a Zurich hotel close to the governing body’s headquarters, that the US Department of Justice announced it was investigating football and TV executives enriching themselves through the game. The scandal sparked the worst crisis in Fifa’s history, with its disgraced president Sepp Blatter eventually standing aside. A total of 42 people have been indicted, with 26 pleading guilty.Tags: briberyCorruptionfbiFederal Bureau of InvestigationFIFAQatarRussiaWorld Cup Hostslast_img read more

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first_img Related Stories 2016 NCAA Tournament: Dayton beat writer breaks down what Syracuse fans should watch forSyracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about No. 7 seed DaytonFormer SU Provost Eric Spina: ‘I have a new love and that’s Dayton’2016 NCAA Tournament: Beat writers hand out superlatives2016 NCAA Tournament: Beat writers fill out their own brackets Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on March 16, 2016 at 2:52 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonaticenter_img Do you remember the last time Syracuse played an NCAA Tournament game in St. Louis?I sure hope not. Syracuse has never played an NCAA Tournament game in St. Louis.Do you remember the last time Syracuse was named a No. 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament?Second verse, same as the first. SU’s never been a No. 10 seed or a double-digit seeded team, for that matter. There’s a first time for everything.Do you remember the last time Syracuse played in the Midwest region?Syracuse last played in the Midwest region back in 2001. The fifth-seeded Orange beat 12th seeded Hawaii, 79-69, but were drubbed in the Round of 32 by fourth-seeded Kansas. Check out all of SU’s results from when it has played in the Midwest since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985:2001 (San Antonio, Texas)First Round — No. 5 SU beats No. 12 Hawaii, 79-69Second Round — No. 4 Kansas beats No. 5 SU, 87-582000 (Auburn Hills, Michigan)First Round — No. 4 SU beats No. 13 Samford, 79-65Second Round — No. 4 SU beats No. 5 Kentucky, 52-50Sweet 16 — No. 1 Michigan State beats No. 4 SU, 75-581995 (Kansas City, Missouri)First Round — No. 7 SU beats No. 10 Southern Illinois, 96-92Second Round — No. 2 Arkansas beats No. 7 SU, 96-941989 (Minneapolis, Minnesota)First Round — No. 2 SU beats No. 15 Bucknell, 104-81Second Round — No. 2 SU beats No. 10 Colorado State, 65-50Sweet 16 — No. 2 SU beats No. 3 Missouri, 83-80Elite 8 — No. 1 Illinois beats No. 2 SU, 89-86Do you remember the last time Jim Boeheim and Tom Izzo were placed in the same region?That would be 2005, also the same year T.J. Sorrentine went Steph Curry on the Orange and splashed a 3 “from the parking lot,” in the words of Gus Johnson, to sink the dagger in Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament appearance. Boeheim and Izzo never got a chance to face off and Michigan State rolled all the way to the Final Four, where the Spartans lost to North Carolina.Do you remember the last time Syracuse was placed in the same bracket with a No. 1 seed from its conference?You’d have to go back to 1985, the first time the tournament expanded to 64 teams. Syracuse was the No. 7 seed in the East bracket while Georgetown was tabbed as the No. 1 seed. The Orange beat future Big East foe DePaul in the first round of that tournament, but No. 2 seed Georgia Tech beat SU, 70-53. With Syracuse (19-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) set to face Dayton (25-7, 14-4 Atlantic 10) on Friday at 12:15 p.m., check out whether you remember some of Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament history. Do you remember the last time Syracuse played in the 7-10 matchup?Both times Syracuse has played in a game between the No. 7 and No. 10 seeds, it was the No. 7 seed. In 1995, Syracuse beat 10th-seeded Southern Illinois, 96-92. That season, Lawrence Moten scored 19.6 points per game and John Wallace scored 16.8. Wallace led the team with 8.2 rebounds per game. That team went 20-10 overall and finished 12-6 in Big East play.The Orange went on to lose in overtime to No. 2 seed Arkansas, 96-94, in the next round. SU played those games in Austin, Texas and were in the Midwest region, which was hosted by Kansas City, Missouri. Arkansas went to the NCAA championship game, which it lost 89-78 to UCLA.Do you remember the last time Syracuse played a No. 7 seed?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFive years before Syracuse played No. 10 seed Southern Illinois in 1995, the Orange faced No. 7 seed Virginia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Then the No. 2 seed in the Southeast regional, SU crushed 15th-seeded Coppin State, then slipped past UVA, 63-61, in the next round.That team also used a seven-man rotation and only five SU players scored against Virginia. Syracuse’s Derrick Coleman and Billy Owens combined for 35 points and 18 rebounds. Virginia’s Bryant Stith scored 30 points against the Orange. Syracuse lost in the next round to sixth-seeded Minnesota.SU is 1-1 against No. 7 seeds, having lost to Navy in the 1986 NCAA Tournament, when the Orange was pegged as a No. 2 seed.MORE COVERAGE:Dougherty: 1 of Syracuse’s defining characteristics will no longer be enoughSyracuse basketball roundtable: Dayton rematch, what SU needs to do to win and Trevor Cooney’s legacyBeat writers predict mixed outcomes for Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament matchup with Dayton 2016 NCAA Tournament: Play The Daily Orange’s bracket challengelast_img read more

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first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions The Lakers’ return to greatness – or, at least, goodness – continues, wobbly as it is.The team went six games over .500 last week for the first time in six seasons. Not that it was met by rejoicing.In keeping with the ongoing transition from last season’s team of young prospects to next season’s with multiple superstars (they hope), there was more finger-pointing, er, focus, on which Lakers might not fit with LeBron James.Lonzo Ball? How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Unfortunately, when Johnson upbraids his coach and it gets out in decibel-by-decibel detail – and then says Luke “will finish the season” in the closest he comes to reassuring anyone – the press will assume Magic will blame Luke for anything else that goes wrong and “Walton Under Pressure” headlines will bloom like spring flowers.Internet pundits who have never been to a Lakers game will say Luke has “lost the team”– Gee, I had it here a minute ago – a cliche that’s meaningless with players continually sniffing the air to see who management is and isn’t backing, but suggests inner-circle intimacy.Good luck, Lakers. You’re all going to need it.center_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBrandon Ingram?Surely not the recent arrivals, Make ’Em Dance Lance Stephenson, No More Travail JaVale McGee or Ragin’ Rajon Rondo?None of them?Chaotic as it seems with saturation coverage of LeBron teams, the Lakers have to do this, in the rare and thrilling position of reinventing themselves as in days of yore.Lakers management is definitely excited about something. In-the-loop Kobe Bryant used his appearance at last week’s all-access event to taunt two-time defending champion Golden State (“We’ll be champions before you know it and then we’ll just be laughing at all the Warrior fans, who all of the sudden came out of nowhere.”) The dumb part, of course, would be thinking you can arrive at any conclusions about who fits with LeBron at this point.There’s an intelligent answer to all the questions now posed daily: “We’ll see.”Young players run hot and cold, especially in the all-important 3-point shooting that decides who fits with whom.These decisions are hard. The Lakers had Julius Randle for three full seasons (and a fourth in which he played one game) before letting him walk last summer, thinking he would be a bad fit with James (which, I should note, I agreed with).That left them with nothing to show for their 2014 lottery pick and four-year investment, and they can now see Julius tearing it up in New Orleans, even if he still doesn’t go right or make 3-pointers.There’s an important lesson that no one is in a hurry to tell you:It’s really easy to be wrong about this stuff.Before writing off anyone else for failing the LeBron test, let’s take a closer look at some old faves now under the gun:Brandon IngramNo, really.At last season’s end, the Lakers considered him their best, hardest-working, most grown-up young player.If it was true then, it should be true now, but doubt entered in as soon as he leveled off, early as it is, with arch-supportive Coach Luke Walton acknowledging, “We need him to get better, he knows that.”Since Magic Johnson called Luke out even earlier – the seven-game mark – you begin to see the pressure they feel, from Magic down.Ingram’s drop from 16 points per game to 15 is no biggie with the arrival of a 25-point-per-game scorer. On the other hand, Ingram’s 3-point shooting, which zoomed from 29 percent to 39 percent last season, has wilted to 32 percent.With James, a ball dominator but willing passer who draws defenses, nothing is handier than teammates who make open shots.(Of course, that’s the approach the Lakers resisted to build a better defense – an ongoing challenge as suggested by Friday’s 133-120 loss in San Antonio – and had better rethink.)Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.In LeBron Team style, the questions about Ingram became a media pile-on that included an esoteric NBA.com stat measuring the effectiveness of two-man combinations.With James and Ingram, the Lakers’ offensive rating is a mere 0.4 points per possession higher than their defensive rating.This dovetailed with an unnamed scout telling ESPN that James and Ingram were “not working.”On the other hand, there’s a question of how well any of the Lakers’ top prospects work with James.Going into the weekend, the LeBron-Kyle Kuzma tandem had a mere plus-2.4 net.LeBron and Ball had a 2.7.The best rating for any young Laker with James was 9.4 for LeBron and darkhorse Josh Hart.The Lakers’ three highest net ratings were all with 36-year-old Tyson Chandler, alongside Hart (18.8), Kuzma (17.7) and James (15.6).If you can see why Chandler has taken minutes from McGee, you wouldn’t want the Lakers to bring in a lot more 36-year-olds.Personally, I prefer less-esoteric, more meaningful Old School stats like shooting percentage. Believe this: LeBron and Ingram will work a lot better if Brandon goes back to knocking down 3-pointers.Brandon’s track record suggests he will, but time will tell in 100 percent of cases.Lonzo BallIf it was Ingram’s turn in the barrel last week, it was Lonzo’s the week before.Lakerdom has seen Ball sparkle when he makes 3-pointers and takes the ball to the hoop … and disappear when he’s too deferential.Unfortunately for Lonzo, he has to do this the hard way – amid expectations, sharing his job with Rondo, when healthy, and sharing his playmaker role with James.Insiders say LeBron understands this is a transition, but the expectations pressing so heavily on them all press first and foremost on him. Last week, James told Yahoo’s Chris Haynes he had almost “cracked” under the pressure.James responded by taking over, averaging 32.5 points during the recent four-game winning streak.However, that comes at the expense of Ball’s opportunities, with Lonzo scoring 2-10-7-14 during the streak with assist totals of 4-4-4-9, while going 4 for 16 on 3-point attempts.Luke WaltonI thought pulling last season’s young team out of an 11-27 start to finish 23-20, with ownership doting on him, would earn him a full season of support in this rolling experiment, no matter how bumpy it got.I was wrong. Johnson went off on him after a 2-5 start. Of course, they’re 13-4 since.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers last_img read more

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