Costas Takkas, a former aide to the president of the soccer group comprising North and Central America and the Caribbean, was sentenced Tuesday to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to money laundering in the bribery scandal engulfing FIFA. Takkas, 60, will serve five months behind bars after being given credit for 10 months already served in Switzerland.
Authorities in Argentina have accused former Colombia soccer international Mauricio Serna of being part of a criminal organization devoted to money laundering. Serna was named on Monday along with the widow and son of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, Victoria Henao, and Juan Pablo Escobar Henao . . . Artur started a three-out outburst in the second half shortly after New York City FC went down a man and the Columbus Crew won the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals, 4-1. The Crew was clinging to a 1-0 lead when New York defender Alexander Callens was given a red card in the 52nd minute following a video review of his takedown of Justin Meram.
University of South Dakota football players Danny Rambo, 20, and Dale Williamson, 21, were accused in a sexual assault incident Oct. 22 after bursting into a bedroom of teammate, Adam Harris, who was having consensual sex with a woman and attacked her, court documents allege. The university suspended all three players for last Saturday’s game against Southern Illinois for unspecified violations of team rules . . . Kevin Bannon, the former Rutgers men’s basketball coach, was indicted for diverting thousands of dollars of public money from a nonprofit he controlled as head of the Mercer County (N.J.) Parks Commission . . . Second-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe opened the WTA Elite Trophy in China with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Chinese wild-card entry Peng Shuai . . . Bode Miller, 40, the only American to compete in Alpine skiing at five Winter Games, will work for NBC as an analyst at the Pyeongchang Games next February . . . Fred Beckey, a cult figure in North American mountaineering who wrote the definitive guidebooks to a Pacific Northwest mountain range, died of natural causes on Monday in Seattle. He was 94.
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