Corruption in sports

FILE - In this April 28, 2015 file photo, Kevin Jonas, of the group The Jonas Brothers, attends the AOL NewFront 2015 in New York. Jonas turned up in the courtroom for a trial of three South American soccer officials, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, to bolster testimony that one of the defendants had been bribed with tickets to a Paul McCartney concert in Argentina in 2010. Jonas didn’t have personal knowledge of the bribes but confirmed the ex-Beatle's concert had taken place as prosecutors said. The soccer officials have pleaded not guilty to bribery charges stemming from an investigation of FIFA, soccer’s governing body. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
December 07, 2017 - 7:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. trial of three former South American soccer officials charged in the FIFA corruption scandal took another odd twist Thursday with surprise testimony by pop star Kevin Jonas about attending a Paul McCartney show in Argentina. Prosecutors called the former member of the Jonas...
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December 06, 2017 - 2:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A turning point in the investigation of soccer's governing body came with a 6 a.m. wake-up call by the FBI to the five-star Miami hotel room of a Brazilian sports marketing executive named Jose Hawilla. A startled Hawilla, after learning he was a target of the probe, eventually...
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FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2014 file photo a man carries the Russian national flag past the burning Olympic cauldron at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Russia could be banned from competing at the Pyeongchang Olympics. The decision will come on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 when the International Olympic Committee executive board meets in Lausanne, less than nine weeks before the games open on Feb. 9 in South Korea. (AP Photo/Peter Delong, file)
December 05, 2017 - 9:13 pm
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on Russian doping (all times local): ___ 3:30 a.m. Organizers of the Pyeongchang Olympics have issued a statement saying they accept and respect the International Olympic Committee's decision to allow Russian athletes to compete under a neutral flag at the...
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December 04, 2017 - 1:18 am
As the trial detailing widespread corruption in world soccer enters a fourth week, prosecutors are close to concluding their case in a Brooklyn federal courthouse. One sleepy juror was dismissed last week, one defendant was admonished by the judge, and the FIFA president thanked American...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, Brazilian soccer legend Pele, center, and Argentinian soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona pose for a photo prior to the 2018 soccer World Cup draw in the Kremlin in Moscow, Friday Dec. 1, 2017. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
December 01, 2017 - 6:18 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — A World Cup shrouded in corruption controversies and struggling to attract sponsors could have the dreariest of starts. Host Russia and Saudi Arabia play June 14 at Moscow in an opener lacking global appeal, but things pick up the next day when 2010 champion Spain and defending...
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Vitaly Mutko, Russian Federation Deputy Prime Minister & Local Organising Committee Chairman gestures during a press conference ahead of the 2018 soccer World Cup draw in the Kremlin in Moscow, Friday Dec. 1, 2017. (AP Photo)
December 01, 2017 - 1:36 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — In a combative mood hours before the World Cup draw, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko defended himself and his country amid an ongoing Olympic doping scandal. Mutko aimed barbs at the IOC and international media, and singled out other countries' doping issues, in a 77-minute...
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The World Cup trophy is placed on stage during the 2018 soccer World Cup draw in the Kremlin in Moscow, Friday Dec. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
December 01, 2017 - 11:53 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the World Cup draw (all times local): ___ 8:50 p.m. Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson wants a divorce from Croatia. Drawn to play the Croats yet again, Hallgrimsson says "we seem to be a married couple." Iceland won its qualifying group ahead of runner-up Croatia, and...
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November 29, 2017 - 8:52 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — An Argentinian accountant described on Wednesday how he handled the payment of millions of dollars in bribes to former South American soccer officials, including former FIFA vice president Julio Grondona, by using wire transfers, offshore accounts and money couriers. Eladio...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, Sergei Chudinov of Russia during the men's skeleton competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Sergei Chudinov placed fifth in skeleton at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, but has failed a doping test and according to an IOC statement issued Monday Nov. 27, 2017, Chudinov is banned from all future Olympics. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, FILE)
November 28, 2017 - 6:32 pm
Diary entries from the key whistleblower in the Russian doping scandal recount several meetings with powerful government officials, and are expected to be used as further evidence when the IOC decides Russia's fate for the upcoming Olympics. The New York Times obtained entries from the diary kept...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, Russia's relay team from left, Yana Romanova, Olga Zaitseva, Ekaterina Shumilova and Olga Vilukhina, celebrate winning the silver for the women's biathlon 4x6k relay at the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Yana Romanova and Olga Vilukhina have tested positive for doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, their silver medals are forfeit and according to an IOC statement issued Monday Nov. 27, 2017, they are among five Russian athletes now banned from all future Olympics. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, FILE)
November 27, 2017 - 5:27 pm
GENEVA (AP) — In a blow to the credibility of Russia's denials that it operated state-backed Olympic doping, an IOC judging panel has endorsed a key whistleblower and the investigator who exposed the plot. Orchestrated cheating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games was "a conspiracy which infected and...
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