BLAT­TER LOSES AP­PEAL AGAINST BAN BY FIFA

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geneva» Sepp Blat­ter lost his ap­peal at the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport against a six-year ban by FIFA.

Blat­ter said in a state­ment Mon­day it is “dif­fi­cult” to ac­cept but that “the way the case pro­gressed, no other ver­dict could be ex­pected.”

The for­mer FIFA pres­i­dent, who was banned for ap­prov­ing a $2 mil­lion pay­ment to Michel Pla­tini in 2011, said he will ac­cept the de­ci­sion.

The ver­dict ended Blat­ter’s hopes of be­com­ing hon­orary pres­i­dent of the soc­cer body he left in dis­grace.

Blat­ter could have ap­pealed the CAS rul­ing to Switzer­land’s supreme court. It can an­nul ver­dicts if le­gal process was abused.

Still, his le­gal prob­lems are far from over.

Blat­ter now faces a sep­a­rate FIFA ethics in­ves­ti­ga­tion into sus­pected bribery linked to multi-mil­lion dol­lar bonuses in top ex­ec­u­tives’ con­tracts. Swiss prose­cu­tors also opened crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings against Blat­ter for the Pla­tini pay­ment, and a sale of World Cup tele­vi­sion rights.

Blat­ter de­nies any wrong­do­ing.

FIFA parts with head of se­cu­rity

B zurich» The FIFA of­fi­cial in charge of World Cup se­cu­rity and fight­ing match-fix­ing in soc­cer has left the gov­ern­ing body.

Ralf Mutschke is no longer its di­rec­tor of se­cu­rity and has not im­me­di­ately been re­placed, FIFA said.

Mutschke, a for­mer In­ter­pol di­rec­tor from Ger­many, is the lat­est se­nior man­ager hired dur­ing Sepp Blat­ter’s pres­i­dency to exit with lit­tle no­tice in re­cent weeks.

He leaves 18 months be­fore Rus­sia is to host the World Cup.

Mutschke joined FIFA in 2012 af­ter more than 30 years of ser­vice with Ger­many’s fed­eral po­lice. He re­placed Chris Ea­ton, an Aus­tralian re­cruited from In­ter­pol who led a high-pro­file cam­paign to pub­li­cize the match-fix­ing threat.

In a change of strat­egy, Mutschke aimed to ed­u­cate FIFA mem­ber fed­er­a­tions and help them lead their own in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Wy­oming beats CCU.

Ju­nior for­ward Alan Hern­don scored 15 points off the bench to help Wy­oming hang on to a 67-60 vic­tory over Colorado Chris­tian.

Hern­don took a game-high 10 shots and made six to go along with shoot­ing 50 per­cent from be­yond the arc.

•Deonte Bur­ton scored 20 points and No. 25 Iowa State pum­meled Ne­braska-Omaha 91-47, snap­ping a twogame los­ing streak.

Dono­van Jack­son had 15 for the Cy­clones (6-2), who hit 15-of-29 3point­ers and rolled to their third win of 40 or more points this sea­son.

• Chris­tian Vi­tal made two free throws with 2.2 sec­onds to play to give Con­necti­cut a 52-50 vic­tory over Syra­cuse at Madi­son Square Gar­den.

Wy­oming’s Roberts hon­ored

B laramie» Wy­oming guard Liv Roberts was named the Moun­tain West women’s bas­ket­ball player of the week.

Roberts is the first Cow­girls player to win the weekly honor since Mar­quelle Dent won the award in De­cem­ber 2015.

Roberts led the Cow­girls to two wins this past week­end, over South­ern Utah and South Dakota. Wy­oming im­proved to 6-2 and is 6-0 at home.

Roberts scored a to­tal of 40 points and grabbed 19 re­bounds in those two vic­to­ries.

DePaul routs Prairie View A&M

B chicago» Ash­ton Mil­len­der and Jac­qui Grant scored 15 points each to lead the No. 16 DePaul women to a 94-62 win over Prairie View A&M.

Tanita Allen added 12 points and 10 re­bounds and Jes­sica Jan­uary added 12 points and seven as­sists for DePaul, which scored 30 points off 21 Prairie View A&M turnovers and out­re­bounded the Pan­thers 49-37.

• Sid­ney Cook scored 17 points, Re­gan Ma­gar­ity had 10 points and 13 re­bounds, and No. 25 Vir­ginia Tech beat Gard­ner-Webb 76-42.

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