Swiss in­ves­ti­gate pos­si­ble FIFA money laun­der­ing

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Reel­ing from an Amer­i­can fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion of bribery in soc­cer, FIFA was put un­der more pres­sure Wed­nes­day as the scale of a sep­a­rate Swiss in­ves­ti­ga­tion of sus­pected money laun­der­ing was re­vealed.

Banks in Switzer­land have flagged 53 pos­si­ble acts of money laun­der­ing that could be linked to FIFA’s 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid­ding con­tests, the coun­try’s at­tor­ney gen­eral said.

Fu­ture World Cup hosts Rus­sia and Qatar were not im­pli­cated by Swiss fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor Michael Lauber.

Still, the “huge and com­plex” case he out­lined could po­ten­tially force FIFA to re­ex­am­ine tak­ing the world’s most­watched sports event from ei­ther coun­try if new ev­i­dence proves wrong­do­ing.

“I don’t mind if this has some col­lat­eral [dam­age] some­where else,” Lauber said of his in­ves­ti­ga­tion, ad­dress­ing the media for the first time since the dual Swiss and Amer­i­can crim­i­nal probes into FIFA were an­nounced three weeks ago.

Tak­ing ad­van­tage of a bad night by Ney­mar, Colom­bia de­feated Brazil, 1-0, in the Copa Amer­ica, keep­ing its quar­ter­fi­nal hopes alive in the South Amer­i­can tour­na­ment.

Rob­bie Keane scored three goals and the Gal­axy ad­vanced to the fifth round of the U.S. Open Cup with a 6-1 vic­tory over PSA Elite at Stub­Hub Cen­ter.

Se­bas­tian Llet­get, Gyasi Zardes and Bag­gio Hu­sidic each scored for the Gal­axy. Michael Salazar scored the lone goal for PSA Elite, an am­a­teur club based in Irvine.

not hold up to le­gal scru­tiny.

— Sam Farmer

UCLA and Ge­or­gia will play a twogame football se­ries be­gin­ning in 2025.

Seek­ing to bol­ster their non-South­east­ern Con­fer­ence sched­ule, the Bull­dogs will face UCLA at the Rose Bowl on Aug. 30, 2025, and will host the Bru­ins on Sept. 5, 2026.

The schools haven’t played since Ge­or­gia won the 1983 sea­son opener at San­ford Sta­dium.

French Open cham­pion Stan Wawrinka’s eight-match win­ning streak ended at Queen’s Club in Lon­don when Kevin An­der­son edged him, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (11). Alexandr Dol­go­polov failed to fol­low up his first round up­set of Rafael Nadal when the Ukrainian was de­feated, 6-3, 7-6 (4), by Guillermo Gar­cia-Lopez.. ... Roger Fed­erer moved closer to an eighth ti­tle at the Gerry We­ber Open in Halle, Ger­many, by beat­ing Ernests Gul­bis, 6-3, 7-5, to reach the quar­ter­fi­nals.

For­mer world No. 1s Vic­to­ria Azarenka and Ana Ivanovic de­parted from the Ae­gon Clas­sic sin­gles draw, with only Ivanovic con­fi­dent of be­ing ready for Wim­ble­don in 11 days.

Azarenka suf­fered another blow to her chances of re­viv­ing her fal­ter­ing ca­reer when she was forced to with­draw from the tour­na­ment in Birm­ing­ham, Eng­land, with a left foot in­jury. Ivanovic lost to Por­tuguese qual­i­fier Michelle Larcher de Brito, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (6).

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