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FIFA suspends bin Hammam, Warner

May 30, 2011

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Soccer
FIFA suspended senior executive committee members Mohamed bin Hammam and Jack Warner yesterday amid allegations they bribed voters in the presidential election campaign. Soccer’s governing body also cleared FIFA president Sepp Blatter of wrongdoing, paving the way for him to be re-elected unopposed to a fourth term Wednesday despite the gravest corruption crisis in FIFA history. Bin Hammam, a Qatari who leads Asia’s soccer confederation, and Warner, a FIFA vice president from Trinidad, will now face a full inquiry. If found guilty, they could be expelled from FIFA and banned from all soccer activity. The ethics commission said there was sufficient evidence to further investigate allegations that bin Hammam and Warner offered $40,000 bribes to delegates at a Caribbean soccer association meeting May 10-11 in Trinidad. The payments were allegedly made to secure votes for bin Hammam in his campaign to unseat Blatter as the head of FIFA. Bin Hammam withdrew his candidacy hours before the hearing . . . Chris Pontius and Josh Wolff scored second-half goals as DC United beat Portland, 3-2, to end the expansion Timbers’ MLS home winning streak at five. Perry Kitchen also scored for DC United.

Colleges
Northwestern women win national title Northwestern (21-2) won its sixth NCAA Division 1 lacrosse championship in seven years in Stony Brook, N.Y., getting four goals from Shannon Smith in an 8-7 victory over top-ranked Maryland (21-2). Freshman Kara Mupo added two goals for the Wildcats, who avenged last year’s 13-11 loss to Maryland. Beth Glaros scored four goals for Maryland . . . Ian Wild scored four goals as Mercyhurst won its first Division 2 lacrosse title, beating Adelphi, 9-8, in Baltimore . . . Top-ranked West Florida routed Southern Connecticut State, 13-0, in the Division 2 College World Series in Cary, N.C. Facing elimination, the Owls meet Grand Valley State tomorrow . . . The Brown women’s team won the Division 1 rowing championship in Gold River, Calif. Brown and Stanford each had 85 points, but the Bears won the tiebreaker by finishing second in the varsity eight . . . Bowdoin’s Stephen Sullivan and Oscar Pena won the Division 3 tennis doubles title, beating Zhenya Pereverzin and Ronald Wu of host Claremont (Calif.) Mudd Scripps, 6-4, 6-4.

Baseball
Giants’ Posey sidelined for the season Giants catcher Buster Posey is out for the season after having surgery to repair torn ligaments in his ankle sustained in a collision at home plate last week. Head trainer Dave Groeschner said Posey had two screws inserted into his lower leg to stabilize it, and will need a second operation in 8-10 weeks to take them out. The 2010 NL Rookie of the Year broke a bone in his lower left leg and injured the ankle in a collision with Florida’s Scott Cousins. Groeschner believed Posey could be ready for the start of next season . . . The Athletics activated reliever Andrew Bailey (strained right forearm) but plan to ease the two-time All-Star back into the closer’s role. The A’s optioned lefthander Bobby Cramer to Triple A Sacramento . . . One day after tweeting he was “wasting space’’ in the Reds’ bullpen, righthander Sam LeCure was placed on the DL with a strained right forearm . . . The Orioles optioned righthander Brad Bergesen to Triple A Norfolk, and called up lefthander Pedro Viola . . . The Cubs activated catcher Geovany Soto from the 15-day DL and placed outfielder Reed Johnson on the DL with back spasms . . . Nationals third baseman Jerry Hairston was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for making contact with umpire Ed Hickox during Friday’s against the Padres. Hairston appealed the decision.

Miscellany
Contador captures Giro d’Italia crown Alberto Contador secured his second Giro d’Italia cycling title, adding to his 2008 crown by finishing with an overall time of 84:05:14 to beat Michele Scarponi by 6:10. Vincenzo Nibali was third . . . The NHL’s Edmonton Oilers re-signed forward Ryan Jones to a two-year deal, keeping him away from free agency . . . Coco Miller scored 21 points to lead the Atlanta Dream to an 82-51 win over Britain’s national team in an exhibition game in Manchester, England, the first time a WNBA team has played in Europe . . . In Formula One racing, Sebastian Vettel won the Monaco Grand Prix for his fifth victory in six races this season, beating Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button. Vettel leads Lewis Hamilton by 58 points and Red Bull teammate Mark Webber by 64 in the standings. Hamilton, who finished sixth, apologized to stewards after jokingly suggesting he was penalized twice during the race because he is black . . . Former light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage’’ Jackson dominated Matt Hamill Saturday night, winning a unanimous decision at UFC 130 in Las Vegas. In the co-main event, former heavyweight champ Frank Mir beat Roy Nelson in a unanimous decision . . . World decathlon champion Trey Hardee won the 37th edition of the Hypo Meeting in Goetzis, Austria.

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