Ex-CONCACAF aide sentenced in soccer scandal
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.
The former CONCACAF accountant and former secretary general of the Cayman Islands Football Association, also faces deportation. ‘‘I should have known better than to take actions that I did,’’ he said before hearing his sentence in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y. Takkas, who was among seven soccer officials arrested in May 2015 at a Zurich hotel two days before FIFA’s presidential election, pleaded guilty in May to laundering $3 million in bribes from marketing firms to then CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb in a sprawling US corruption case charging more than 40 soccer officials, marketing executives, associates and entities.
Ex-Colombia star linked to drug money laundering ring
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.
. . . France coach Didier Deschamps was given a two-year contract extension. The deal will keep Deschamps with the national team through the 2020 European Championship regardless of France’s outcome at next year’s World Cup in Russia . . . Watford striker Troy Deeney was banned three games for grabbing the face of Stoke midfielder Joe Allen during an English Premier League match on Saturday. Deeney admitted to a charge of violent conduct for the incident, which took place in stoppage time of Stoke’s 1-0 win at Vicarage Road.
Two South Dakota football players accused in assault
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.
. . . Austrian ski jumper Gregor Schlierenzauer, a 53-time World Cup winner, is out indefinitely and will miss the start of the World Cup season after damaging his right knee in training . . . Iowa freshman point guard Connor McCaffery, the 6-foot-5-inch son of Hawkeyes head coach Fran McCaffey, opted not to redshirt and has decided to play this season after the departure of backup point guard Christian Williams last week left the program thin at the position . . . Former Marquette deputy athletic director Brian Hardin, a native of Des Moines, Iowa, who also worked at Ball State and Notre Dame, was hired as Drake’s athletic director.
Logano’s crew chief accepts blame for costly mistake
Joey Logano’s crew chief, Todd Gordon, said he “missed the call” and accepted blame for not pitting his driver because of a tire issue with 12 laps left in Sunday’s race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Logano was running third, out of championship contention, with 12 laps remaining when contact with race winner Kyle Busch created a tire rub on Logano’s car. Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski was leading and seemed to have a victory and a slot in the season finale championship race in hand. But Gordon’s decision not to pit resulted in Logano’s blown tire and spin out, bringing out a caution that cost Keselowski a chance to win the race.