Just days before the vote scheduled for Thursday, three FIFA executives who will help decide where 2018 and 2022 World Cup soccer is played were accused by European media of having received secret payments.
Executive committee members Ricardo Teixeira of Brazil, Nicolas Leoz of Paraguay, and Issa Hayatou of Cameroon were named as having allegedly received payoffs from world soccer's former marketing agency. FIFA suspended two executive committee members earlier this month following allegations of wrongdoing.
Philadelphia is among cities in the running as a site for the 2022 games.
David Villa scored twice as host Barcelona ripped Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid apart in a 5-0 rout to go top of La Liga thanks to a record fifth straight Clasico win over its bitter rival in Spain. Xavi Hernandez, Pedro Rodriguez, and substitute Jeffren Suarez also scored.
D.C. United announced that Ben Olsen
is getting the head coaching job on a permanent basis after being the interim for the final 21/2 months of last season.
SKIING: Tobias Gruenenfelder of Switzerland raced to his first World Cup victory in a super-giant slalom in Lake Louise, Canada. Bode Miller was the top American, finishing 12th.
NASCAR: Australian Marcos Ambrose outdistanced the competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series to post a season-leading 19 incidents in FanHouse.com's "championship" of yellow-flag crashes and spins. Tied for fewest incidents at four each, were Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth.
COMPETITIVE EATING: University of Maryland students have founded what could be the nation's first collegiate competitive eating club.
"The University of Maryland motto is 'Fear the Turtle,' " said club founder and president Keith Solomon. "Our motto is 'Feed the Turtle.' "
The group gained club status from the school administration last week.
Solomon is trying to develop a network of competitive eating clubs at other colleges that could become rivals.
- Staff and wire reports