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FIFA scandal reverberating across soccer-crazy South America

In this Nov. 24, 2014 file photo, Sergio Jadue, president of the Chilean Football Association, shows a ballot with Chile’s name as the first pick for group 1, during the draw for the 2015 Copa America tournament in Vina del Mar, Chile. Within hours of the FIFA scandal breaking in late May 2015, Jadue was declaring his innocence, comments that raised eyebrows because he wasn’t formally accused of anything. He was referring to a part of the sweeping U.S. Justice Department indictments that, without specifying them by name, said the 10 presidents of the South American Football Confederation were to receive bribes in exchange for transmission rights to games of the Copa America. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo, File)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Within hours of the FIFA scandal breaking, Sergio Jadue, the president of Chile’s soccer federation, was declaring his innocence even though he wasn’t formally accused of anything.

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Biblical soap opera enjoying ungodly success in Brazil

In this May 13, 2015 photo, Brazilian actresses perform on the set of the Brazilian prime-time soap opera, "The Ten Commandments" at a RecNov studio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Set in ancient Egypt and loosely based on the story of Moses, “The Ten Commandments” is billed as Brazil’s first Biblical soap opera. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The actress agonizes on her deathbed, her hair and makeup impeccable, as the hunky male lead clutches her hand. Tears pour down his face while her eyelids flutter to a final close.

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FIFA probe shines light on middle-man sports marketing firms

Private security guards stand outside the headquarters of sports marketing company Traffic Sports, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, May 28, 2015. U.S. officials say Jose Hawilla, the owner of the Brazil-based sports marketing firm, is one of four men who has pleaded guilty in the U.S. soccer corruption investigation involving bribes totaling more than $100 million. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department’s targeting of FIFA, soccer’s global governing body, has put a spotlight on the powerful role that marketing firms play in the global sports arena.

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5 Players to watch at the Under-20 World Cup

In this Feb. 8, 2015 file photo, Argentina's Giovanni Simeone, is awarded the top scorer trophy at the end of the South America Under-20 soccer championship in Montevideo, Uruguay. The FIFA Under-20 World Cup which starts in New Zealand on Saturday, May 30, will be a showcase of the new generation of talent that will populate those leagues in years to come.  (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico,File)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Five players to watch at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, which kicks off Saturday in New Zealand:

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Visa becomes first FIFA sponsor to warn it could jump ship

In this Wednesday, May 23, 2012 file photo the newly elected president of CONCACAF Jeffrey Webb talks to FIFA President Sepp Blatter, left, as they arrive at the meeting of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), prior to the two-day congress of FIFA in Budapest, Hungary. Webb is among the soccer officials that were arrested and detained by Swiss police on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the request of U.S. authorities after a raid at Baur au Lac Hotel in Zurich.  (Szilard Koszticsak/MTI via AP, File)

LONDON (AP) — Worried that their reputations will be tarnished by their links to FIFA, major sponsors are demanding that soccer’s global governing body clean up its act, with Visa even warning it is prepared to jump ship.

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