Ex-FIFA official enters a plea of not guilty
A former high-ranking official in the governing body of the world’s most popular sport appeared before a judge Saturday in New York, entering a not guilty plea in a massive racketeering and bribery case that rocked international soccer.
Jeffrey Webb will not be the last charged in the far-reaching corruption case to see the inside of a U.S. courtroom if prosecutors have their way— six more FIFA officials are charged and fighting extradition.
Webb posted a $10 million bond at his arraignment in federal court. He surrendered three passports— two from Britain and one from the Cayman Islands— and will be required to wear an electronic monitoring device as a condition of his release.
Webb’s bond was secured by 10 people, including his wife and her parents, who were in the courtroom. They posted real estate, retirement accounts, automobiles and jewelry as part of the bond. He did not speak except to say “Yes, your honor” when the judge asked whether he understood the charges. Afterward, Webb’s lawyer,
Edward O’Callaghan, did not comment. Prosecutors also declined comment.
Webb, 50, was among seven FIFA officials detained in Switzerland last spring. Prosecutors allege the defendants plotted to pay bribes of more than $150 million— tied to the award of broadcasting and hosting rights for the World Cup and other tournaments— over a 24year period. . . .
Pele successfully underwent back surgery for nerve root decompression and his postoperative recovery is satisfactory, the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo said.
The hospital said in a statement Pele, 74, was hospitalized Monday, and the “previously scheduled” surgery was performed Tuesday.
Paul Kemsley, Pele’s manager, said in an e-mail to the Associated Press that Pele “underwent elective surgery to fix discomfort in his back and hip. This is the first of two corrective procedures that will be done in Brazil over the next fewmonths to ensure Pele is strong and healthy for the Rio Olympics and all of its related
travel. Perhaps he’ll even play!”
Three-time MV Pquarter back
Brett Favre was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in a ceremony inside Lambeau Field that also included the retirement of his No. 4 jersey. It was the first time in the franchise’s storied history that a player received both honors at the same time.
“It was like I never left. It was a great feeling. It was kind of weird because I had been here for a couple of hours and just walked off of Lambeau,” Favre said before the ceremony. “It’s kind of funny how things are triggered. And then it was kind of a sigh of relief almost.”
It was a moment some Packers fans thought would never come, not after the “will he-or-won’t he retire” drama that marked the end of his 16-year tenure in Titletown. He was traded to the New York Jets in 2008, then played two more seasons with division rival Minnesota starting in 2009 before calling it quits for good.
Airport delays forced the postponement of Saturday night’s WNBA game between the Indiana Fever and Connecticut Sun.
Indiana played in Washington on Friday night and was set to travel to Hartford on Saturday morning. The Fever said the team’s commercial flight was held on the tarmac for nearly two hours because of weather and mechanical problems before finally returning to the gate.
The Fever could not make it to Connecticut for the 7 p.m. EDT start, and the league agreed to the postponement. The WNBA and the teams are working on a make update. . . . The Toronto Raptors signed
Bismack Biyombo, a free agent center who played last season with the Charlotte Hornets.
The Raptors did not disclose terms of the contract beyond saying it is for more than one year.
Second-seeded Ivo Karlovic advanced to the final of the Hall of Fame Championships in Newport, R.I., for the second straight year, beating No. 4 Jack
Sock, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4. The 36-yearold Karlovic will face American
Rajeev Ram, a semifinal winner over Australian John-Patrick
Smith, 6-4, 7-6(7-4). . . . Belgium and Argentina set up a Davis Cup semifinal in September, while Britain took the lead against France, and Australia stayed alive in the event’s quarterfinals. . . .
Josephus Lyles of T.C. Williams High qualified fourth for Sunday’s final in the 200 meters in a personal-best 20.93 seconds at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colo mbia. He already has a silver medal in the 400. Bowie’s
Maxwell Willis was disqualified in the semifnals for a lane infringement.