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New Olympic boxing leader

GENEVA - A boxing official described as 'one of Uzbekistan's leading criminals' by US authorities has been named interim president of the Olympic sport's governing body.  The International Boxing Federation (AIBA) said its vice president Gafur Rakhimov was promoted after the 'unexpected resignation' of interim leader Franco Falcinelli.  (AP) MORE:   Brothers' circle Thieves-in-law   Gafur Rakhimov


NCAA bribery probe

NEW YORK - The FBI has arrested 10 people, including 4 NCAA basketball coaches and an Adidas manager, in a bribery investigation involving recruitment efforts.  (CNBC)  MORE:   DoJ press release   Louisville target of FBI sting   Pitino reported fired   Rick Pitino 


Tennis match fixing

Over the last decade, 16 players who have ranked in the top 50 have been repeatedly flagged to the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU)- over suspicions they have thrown matches.  (BBC)   MORE:   The tennis racket   Allegations overshadow    Umpires secretly banned   Secrecy aids corruption    


RIO DE JANEIRO - Police in Brazil have arrested the head of the European Olympic Committees, Irishman Patrick Hickey, in Rio over illegal Olympic ticket sales.   (BBC)   MORE:   Taken to hospital   Irish Olympic ticket controversy   IOC exec accused    Pat Hickey   Empty seats   


Olympics payment

TOKYO - A 7-figure payment from the successful Tokyo Olympic bid team to a notorious account linked to the son of the  former world athletics chief Lamine Diack was apparently made during the race to host the 2020 Games.  (Guardian UK)    PREVIOUS:   2020 Summer Olympics     Lamine Diack 


Russian mafia members detained

LEIRIA - A lawyer says 2 men arrested in Portugal on suspicion of forming part of a Russian mafia group that allegedly infiltrated a Portuguese soccer club to launder money have been denied bail and ordered to remain in preventive custody.  (AP)   UD Leiria   Europol PR

Online gambling part 1

While the Canadian government does little, if anything, to address online sports betting, the US has made efforts to curb what has grown into a multi-billion-dollar business.   (CBC)

Part 2      Part 3

How illegal sports betting works 

US gambling industry worth $240B

American gaming association 

Skill or luck

WTO: US measures affecting cross border supply of gambling and betting services

World Trade Organization 2007 report 

Rise of eSports

Fantasy sports betting

FanDuel   DraftKings

Fantasy sport

Gambling in the US

US gambling industry influence and lobbying

US casinos/gambling lobby party donations

US Indian gaming party donations

Fantasy Sports Trade Association 

Internet companies settle US gambling claims

UIGA exempt some US online gambling

Banker admits bribes

NEW YORK - A former Swiss banker has admitted paying millions of dollars in bribes to Julio Grondona, a former senior executive at FIFA, chairman of football's world governing body's finance committee and president of the Argentinian football association.  (Guardian)

Criminal investigation

 Schmidt     Zwanziger

Beckenbauer     Niersbach

German soccer officials investigated

2006 FIFA World Cup  

Juan Angel Napout

Alfredo Hawit

DoJ -16 additional officials indicted

More arrested  

Cash frozen 

8 year bans

Ex-president admits charges 


2015 FIFA corruption case


Official resigns

Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah

Lai pleads guilty to bribery charges

FIFA audit committee member pleads guilty   

Asking for cash back

Members sold votes multiple times

Scandal deepens 

FIFA was good for us 

Ethics committee

Admits taking bribes

Rafael Callejas

Sepp Blatter 

Jack Warner

Michel Platini

Jerome Valcke

Doubts FIFA can reform itself

US DoJ indictment  .pdf  

Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup bid

2014 FIFA Brazil World Cup

2018 FIFA Russia World Cup


How to win

Criminal case opened

Blatter timeline

Criminal proceedings opened

Possible money laundering

FIFA president resigns

Interpol 'red notice' alert for FIFA linked people

Reporter who chipped away at FIFA corruption

Charles Blazer's testimony, Nov 25, 2013   .pdf 

FIFA scandal explained 

Markus Kattner

Chung Mong-joon

FIFA power politics    

Sex, drugs and bribes 


World Cup clouds

Friendlies at risk from match fixers

Guilty of match-fixing

Jailed for 5 years 

3 held

Filmed admitting match fixing

Sam Sodje 

Dirty business    


Qatar denies allegations

FIFA scandal dwarfs other sports scandals

DOJ press release

Key figures

UK banks probe payments

Match-fixing claims

Watchdog arrested

Audit and Compliance Committee

Rigged match

Kwesi Nyantakyi

6 month investigation

Last bet for modern sport   .pdf

Daughter's bank account

FIFA was good to us

Spot fixing

Desperate for a fix    

New (1997) economics of corruption   .pdf 

FIFA report 'erroneous'

2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup bids  

Luxury watches

'I don't return gifts'  

'Flees arrest'

FIFA partner surrenders 

FIFA partner arrested

Partner didn't break any laws

AFL to go in hard to curb drug use 

Match fixing arrests

Blackest day

Australian Crime Commission

Chinese match-fixing

Shanghai Shenhua

Damning report

Drug use, match-fixing rampant  

'Clockwork' nature of soccer thugs  

Match-fixing gangs set sights on AU

Pakistan cricket fixing controversy  

How gambling is destroying sport

Match-this man

Probe lists suspicious games


Soccer match fixing

Canadian Soccer League  

Canadian soccer an easy target   

Italian match-fixing

19 arrest warrants

Match-fixing scandal 

Guardian: match-fixing

Singapore resident

Match-fixing network uncovered

'We are not corrupt or a mafia organization' 

FIFA bribery scandal

World Cup match fixed  

Cricket heats  

Greed is a guilty habit

Whistleblower retracts story

Corruption u-turn  

Qatar accused of buying 2022 Cup  

Storm clouds gather  

FIFA president to face committee  

Bribery allegations  

Alleged bribes  

Fixing overtakes doping

Indian Premier League

Guilty of race fixing  

Warner resigns, inquiry closed

Warner resigns  

11 found guilty

FIFA finds ‘comprehensive evidence'

Mohammed Hammam   

Host country voting system changed

'FIFA not likely to purge itself

FIFA 'not in crisis'  

FIFA officials took bribes

Media speculation

'Betting scam'   

Match fixing scandal 

Match-fixing trial begins

Match-fixing arrests 

Turkish Football Federation  

Greek match-fixing

Referee took bribes


Convicted match-fixer ran empire

FIFA corruption scandal   

FIFA corruption in bidding process  

Executive members of FIFA accused

FIFA pledges match-fixing crackdown

Players to be questioned under caution

ICC charges and suspends trio  

Suspicion falls on 80 matches  

Cricket match fixing claims  

FIFA officials took bribes  

IOC to probe FIFA corruption

FIFA chief denies bribery claims  

Fake match

FIFA World Cup  

Vote selling claims  

FIFA World Cup bids  

Votes for cash allegations  

Match fixing trial opens

Match-fixing trial opens  

Soccer in hands of gamblers

The problem with the 'big society'

John Higgins 

Betting scandal  



Match fixing scheme  

F1 race-fixing claims


Flavio Briatore 

Formula 1

Warning over match-fixing

Age of complacency over

Suspicious betting detected

Michael Franzese  

Snooker match fixing

Snooker bribe probe

Sports gambling corruption

US protects US gambling


Return of hooliganism

MARSEILLES - The main focus of security ahead of the 2016 European Football Championship was on terrorism. More than 90,000 police and other keepers of the peace have been deployed in France.  Tournament organizers mentioned potential fan violence on the margins, but none of the experts seems to have expected any major incidents. What a mistake.  (DW)

Soccer hooligans

Euro 2016

Russia’s 2018 world cup in doubt

Russian hooligans

Nice hooligans

Wales hooligan banned

Russia given suspended disqualification

Only the hooligans win 

Organized doping

More than 1,000 Russian athletes competing in summer, winter and paralympic sport were involved in or benefited from an institutional conspiracy to conceal positive doping tests, a WADA report said.  The second part of a report by Canadian sports lawyer Richard McLaren provided more details of an elaborate state-sponsored doping scheme operated by Russia.  (Reuters)

Investigation report into Sochi allegations 2

Independent report for 2016 Rio Olympics

Doping conspiracy

Russia agrees to retesting 

Serious failings

Too big to fix

How drug testing works

State-sponsored doping cover-up

No complete ban on Russians   

Richard McLaren  

IOC announces another 45 failed drug tests

WADA independent commission report 1   .pdf

Government complicit in doping

2016 Summer Olympics    Rio 2016   

State-sponsored cheating

Independent investigations report  

Faked medical records leaked 

Blood tests leaked

State-run doing program

2014 Winter Olympics 

Russia still banned

IAAF upholds ban

WADA to investigate

World Anti-Doping Agency

Doping in sport

Doping revelations

Latest doping crisis

Sports would be better with doping

Why I'm ok with doping 


IAAF defends itself 

For US Olympians, medals come with a tax bill

For Canadians hefty taxes are coming 

Drug cheat Russians

Russia says claims are groundless

Corruption file online

SOCHI - An interactive website launched by anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny paints a vivid picture of suspected cost overruns and conflicts of interest at the Sochi Winter Olympics.  (AP)

Alexei Navalny

Sochi corruption file

2014 Winter Olympics 2014

Sochi Olympics costs and corruption

All visitors to Olympics immediately hacked

Hotel horrors

Government warning

Looking for suicide bombers 

Blog of Navalny in English 

Terror free Olympics

How much does a gold metal cost?  

Creative medal count

Controversies at the Olympics

Economics of hosting the Olympics

Jarring images

London Olympic Games


BBC: Olympics

Promise to 'name and shame' 

Securing the heads of state


Living the high life

Leaders live in a different world

IOC members 

Guilty plea

TORONTO - A man has admitted he helped lead a lucrative, illegal sports gambling scheme that grossed more than $100M in 5 years.  David Hair, 50, "was a leading member of the upper-echelon management group" of Platinum Sports Book, "an illegal bookmaking operation" that was run on websites through computers in Costa Rica.  Hair, who pleaded guilty to bookmaking for a criminal organization, will be sentenced to 2 years imprisonment. He also agreed to pay $3M in fines.  (Sun Media) 

More gambling raids

More arrests in gambling probe

18 arrested

Cash in backpack

Guilty plea

Sports book betting site busted

Up again in hours

$2.5M seized

Super bowl party raided

Party raided

Party busted

Illegal gambling website busted

21 charged

Loan must be repaid

Gambling Commission applies brakes

Full Tilt Poker

Full Tilt Poker founders

Pro Line

Justice Minister defends gangster

KUALA LUMPUR - In his signed Dec. 18  letter to Mark Guiliano, the assistant director of the FBI, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi,  Malaysia's top law enforcement official, wrote that Paul Phua Wei Seng, on trial for illegal transmission of betting information and operating an illegal gambling business, was not a member of the famed 14K Triad.  (Asia Sentinel)   


FBI busts illegal world cup betting ring

Ahmad Zahid Hamidi  

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