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5 investigated in FIFA WCup bid corruption probe

A Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 photo from files showing FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter announcing that Qatar will be hosting the 2022 Soccer World Cup, during the FIFA  2018 and 2022 World Cup Bid Announcement in Zurich, Switzerland. Five officials, including three long-serving FIFA executive committee members, are being investigated in the corruption probe into the bidding contests for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. A person familiar with the cases confirmed the names Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, to The Associated Press after the five were identified in European media reports. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the FIFA probe is confidential. FIFA President Sepp Blatter has backed the view that evidence in a 430-page report submitted by an investigations team cannot be disclosed. (AP Photo/Keystone/Walter Bieri, File)

GENEVA (AP) — Five officials, including three long-serving FIFA executive committee members, are being investigated in the corruption probe into the bidding contests for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

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Spain soccer team starts fund for evicted woman

In this Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, file photo, Carmen Martinez Ayudo, 85, cries during her eviction in Madrid, Spain. Carmen Martinez Ayudo, who lives with a pension of euro 630 a month ($ 783) lost her foreclosed apartment to a moneylender after she could not afford to pay her debt and the high interest rates due to her financial situation after her son lost his job. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish soccer team opened a bank account to collect donations for an 85-year-old woman whose eviction last week from her Madrid apartment sparked an outcry, team officials said.

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Hanyu aiming to secure GP Final spot at NHK Trophy

In this Feb. 20, 2014, file photo, Gracie Gold of the United States blows a kiss to spectators as she waits in the results area after completing her routine in the women's free skate figure skating finals at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The U.S. Olympic Committee signed an extension to its sponsorship deal with Nike that will last through the Tokyo Games six years from now. USOC chief marketing officer Lisa Baird said the deal, announced Monday, Nov. 24, is even more valuable because of Nike's worldwide reach and its advertising campaigns that use Olympic athletes. Some athletes in Nike's most recent ad launches include Alyson Felix, Sanya Richards-Ross and Gold. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Olympic and world champion Yuzuru Hanyu just needs a podium finish at the NHK Trophy this weekend to secure a spot in figure skating’s Grand Prix Final.

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Messi gains Champions League record with hat trick

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates with teammates scoring his side's 4th goal during a Champions League Group F soccer match between APOEL and FC Barcelona at GSP stadium, in Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Lionel Messi added the Champions League career scoring record to the La Liga mark he set last weekend, getting his 28th Barcelona hat trick in a 4-0 win Tuesday night at APOEL Nicosia.

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Messi sets European record with 74 goals

APOEL's Efstathios Aloneftis fights for the ball with Barcelona's Lionel Messi during a Champions League Group F soccer match between APOEL and FC Barcelona at GSP stadium, in Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Barcelona’s Lionel Messi scored a hat trick to shatter the Champions League goalscoring record on Tuesday by taking his tally in the competition to 74. The previous record of 71 had been set by former Real Madrid and Schalke striker Raul over the course of 142 matches.

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