• Blatter appeal verdict to be announced Monday by CAS

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The verdict in former FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s appeal against a six-year ban for unethical conduct will be announced Monday.

  • Smokeless tobacco to take a dip among big league newcomers

    File - This Aug. 7, 2011 file photo, shows a tin of non-tobacco dip in the pocket of former San Francisco Giants bullpen catcher Bill Hayes as he throws batting practice before a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in San Francisco. That visible circle in the back pockets of big leaguers everywhere, a sure sign of smokeless tobacco, might be far less common next season. Rookies won't be able to dip next year without risk of penalty, a provision under baseball's tentative five-year labor agreement reached late Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — That visible circle in the back pockets of big leaguers — typically a sure sign of smokeless tobacco — might be far less common next season.

  • Only on AP: NFL plans to hire 17 full-time officials

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Get ready for some full-time NFL officials to start throwing yellow flags next year.

  • Clippers coach Doc Rivers fined $15,000 by NBA

    Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers, second from right, is restrained after objecting to a call in the second overtime of the team's NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, in New York. Clippers center DeAndre Jordan is at left rear. Rivers was ejected from the game. The Nets won 127-122. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Thursday for verbally abusing a game official and failing to leaving the court in a timely manner after his ejection.

  • Olympic body loans Hickey money to meet Brazilian bail

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Association of National Olympic Committees says it loaned former IOC member Patrick Hickey bail money so he can be released from legal custody in Brazil.

  • No immediate return for Russia to athletics events

    In this Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 file photo, Sergey Kirdyapkin, of Russia, wins the gold medal in the men's 50-kilometer race walk at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London. Russian walker, Sergei Kirdyapkin, is obliged to pay back a total of at least $90,000 for numerous wins at major competitions after he was banned in 2015. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)

    MONACO (AP) — Russia will stay stuck in track and field’s doghouse, its athletes banned from competing under their own flag, until February at the earliest.

  • IOC: Tokyo’s huge cost could give wrong message

    IOC Vice President John Coates delivers a speech during the closing plenary session of the IOC Debriefing of the Olympic Games Rio 2016, in Tokyo, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. The three-day IOC debriefing ends Wednesday to share knowledge and experiences between the Rio Olympic Games organizers and future host cities, including Tokyo which will host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

    TOKYO (AP) — A top IOC official renewed his demand Thursday that Japanese organizers further reduce their $18 billion budget ceiling for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, saying the figure could scare off cities considering bids for future games.

  • Cuban criticizes officiating in Clippers-Nets game

    DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is again expressing frustration with NBA officials, although this time his criticism has nothing to do with his own team.

  • Former FIFA secretary general is suspect in criminal case

    In this Jan. 24, 2005 file photo Franz Beckenbauer, head of the organizing committee for the Soccer World Cup 2006, and FIFA Secretary General Urs Linsi present an advertising poster for the ticket sale prior to a press conference for the Soccer World Cup 2006 in Germany in Neu-Isenburg near Frankfurt. The office of Switzerland's attorney general said Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 their criminal investigation into FIFA has expanded with former secretary general Urs Linsi becoming a suspect and police searching properties. The case relates to Germany’s staging of the 2006 World Cup.  (AP Photo/Ferdinand Ostrop, file)

    BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Swiss authorities say their criminal investigation into FIFA has expanded and former secretary general Urs Linsi is a suspect.

  • Buffalo Bills tackle Henderson suspended 10 games by NFL

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The NFL has suspended Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson for 10 games for what the player’s agent tells The Associated Press stems from his client using marijuana to relieve the effects of Crohn’s disease.