Ex-FIFA of­fi­cial en­ters a plea of not guilty

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS -

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.

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