FIFA suspended its top official Jerome Valcke and ordered an investigation into alleged unethical conduct Thursday, throwing world soccer's scandal-scarred governing body into further turmoil.
Valcke, FIFA's secretary general for the past eight years under President Sepp Blatter, was hours earlier the subject of allegations over a deal for 2014 World Cup ticket sales on the black market.
"FIFA today announced that its Secretary-General Jerome Valcke has been put on leave and released from his duties effective immediately until further notice," it said in a brief statement which did not specify details.
"Further, FIFA has been made aware of a series of allegations involving the secretary general and has requested a formal investigation by the FIFA Ethics Committee."
Earlier Thursday, a former FIFA ticketing partner made allegations about being supplied by Valcke to sell top-tier World Cup tickets at three times face value.
Day at 10 under before play halted
Jason Day began his latest quest to reach No. 1 in the world by holing out from a fairway bunker for eagle and powering his way to nine birdies at the BMW Championships. The PGA champion was 10-under par through 17 holes when the first round at Conway Farms was halted because of approaching storms.
Day had just hammered a tee shot 346 yards with the wind at his back, leaving him 44 yards to the hole at No. 9. He needed to hole that shot for a 59, and he had to wait until Friday morning for that. The round was to resume at 7:30 a.m.
The Australian was four shots ahead of PGA Tour rookie Daniel Berger, who had a 6-under 65. Jordan Spieth had a hole-in-one and followed with a chip-in from 80 feet for birdie to get his game on track. He was at 5 under.
… Jim Furyk called it a day at the BMW Championship when a left wrist injury forced him off the course at Conway Farms after just six holes. Furyk, a former U.S. Open champion and the FedEx Cup champion in 2010, was 1-over par at the time.
Spain moves into finals
Pau Gasol overwhelmed titleholder France, scoring 40 points in an 80-75 victory in overtime that put Spain into the final of the European basketball championship. Spain, champion in 2009 and 2011, will play the winner of Friday's semifinal between Serbia and Lithuania.
France star Tony Parker had a poor night, going 4-for-17 from the field for 10 points and six assists. Earlier, Greece rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat Latvia 97-90 and finish fifth. Italy beat the Czech Republic 85-70 to place sixth.
… Kobe Bryant, recovering from a rotator cuff injury, was medically cleared to participate in all basketball activities.
AROUND THE HORN
Baseball: Milo Hamilton, a Hall of Fame broadcaster whose radio calls for seven major league teams included 11 no-hitters and Hank Aaron's historic 715th home run in 1974, died Thursday. He was 88. Hamilton joined the Astros in 1985 and retired following the 2012 season. … Rafael Palmeiro signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League and plans to play alongside his son Patrick for the remainder of this season.
NHL: Panthers' leading scorer Jonathan Huberdeau signed a two-year, $6.5 million deal, one day before the team's first on-ice session of camp.
Soccer: Carli Lloyd added three more goals to her remarkable 2015 tally, leading the United States to another rout on its Women's World Cup victory tour, 5-0 over Haiti.