Switzerland's attorney general opened criminal proceedings against FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Friday, saying world soccer's most powerful man will be charged with "suspicion of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation."
Blatter, 79, who has run FIFA since 1998, denied any wrongdoing. He was questioned by Swiss authorities Friday, and FIFA is cooperating with the investigation.
The case involves a contract Blatter signed in 2005 that assigned World Cup television rights to the control of an indicted former FIFA official, Jack Warner. That contract, excerpts of which were posted on the website of Swiss broadcaster SRF two weeks ago, awarded Warner's Caribbean Football Union the rights to the 2010 and 2014 World Cups for $600,000. Warner then licensed those rights and sold them for $20 million.
In 2011, when Warner left FIFA after being implicated in a bribery scheme, he claimed that FIFA had given him cheap World Cup rights in exchange for helping Blatter win reelection as the organization's president.
Brees won't play Sunday
Drew Brees will be sidelined for New Orleans' game at Carolina on Sunday, when the Saints will try to avoid falling to 0-3.
Brees, who is recovering from a bruised rotator cuff in his right (throwing) shoulder, will be replaced in the lineup by 12-year veteran Luke McCown.
... Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly is expected to miss his second consecutive game because of a concussion. ... Packers' running back Eddie Lacy and receiver Davante Adams returned to practice after missing a day because of ankle injuries.
... Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (ribs) and tight end Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday night's game against Denver. ... Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and receiver Alshon Jeffery won't play Sunday against the Seahawks, with both still dealing with hamstring issues.
... Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor is expected to play Sunday against the Bears after ending his holdout earlier this week. ... Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall is expected to miss at least three to four weeks because of a sprained toe on his right foot.
Stenson leads by 3 strokes
Henrik Stenson overcame a few mistakes off the tee and was solid on the back nine for a 2-under 68 at the Tour Championship, stretching his lead to three shots over Jordan Spieth going into the weekend and moving closer to his first win of the year — and a $10 million bonus for claiming the FedEx Cup.
Stenson had his sixth straight round under par at East Lake, a course where the Swede has led after every round he has played. He was at 9-under 131.
Spieth has made only one bogey over two rounds, and a pair of par saves on consecutive holes on the front nine felt just as valuable as his four birdies in a round of 66. The average score was 71.6 on a wet day that yielded only four rounds under par.
Paul Casey made bogey from the bunker on the 18th for a 70 and was four shots behind, while British Open champion Zach Johnson birdied three of his last four holes to overcome a double bogey on the par-5 ninth. He had a 70 and was at 4-under 136.
Jason Day, in his first event as No. 1 in the world, finally looked human. He felt flat, wasn't sharp off the tee or into the greens, and shot a 71. It was his third round over par in his last 10 tournaments, and it left him nine shots behind.
... Jesper Parnevik birdied three of his last four holes at Poppy Hills for a share of the lead with Tom Byrum in the Champions Tour's First Tee Open.Mark McNulty was third at 4 under after a 68 at Pebble Beach, the site of the final round. Colin Montgomerie, Sandy Lyle and Woody Austin shot 68 at Poppy Hills to reach 3 under.
Evidence bag was a hoax
The mysterious bag that led to allegations of evidence tampering in the Patrick Kane rape investigation was an "elaborate hoax" by the accuser's mother, prosecutors said.
The announcement comes two days after the accuser's lawyer alleged an evidence bag that once contained the rape kit from the case had been anonymously left at the home of the accuser's mother. Attorney Thomas Eoannou, however, retracted the allegation late Thursday, saying he no longer believed the account provided by the mother and therefore was ethically obligated to withdraw from the case.
Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III said at a news conference that the bag was given to the accuser's mother when she accompanied her daughter to a local hospital to have a rape kit done Aug. 2. She was the last known person to have the bag, he said.
Sedita walked reporters through a detailed timeline and surveillance video, showing the rape kit's chain of custody.
Video recordings show the kit was put in a box and never placed in a bag, he said.
The sideshow shouldn't impact the ongoing sexual assault investigation, Sedita said, unless prosecutors determine that the accuser participated in the hoax.
Edwards wins pole
Carl Edwards continued Joe Gibbs Racing's dominance with a lap of 137.980 mph to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Kevin Harvick took second and Kurt Busch was third.
... Larry Dixon took the Top Fuel qualifying lead in the NHRA Midwestern Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park. Dixon had a 3.756-second run at a track-record 328.06 mph.
Jack Beckman topped the Funny Car field, Greg Anderson was the fastest in Pro Stock, and Jerry Savoie led in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
AROUND THE HORN
NBA: Mike Dunleavy, the Bulls' projected starting small forward, underwent a low back microdiscectom and will miss eight to 10 weeks. ... Hornets center Al Jefferson dropped 25 pounds over the summer hoping to take pressure off his knees and ankles and extend his NBA career. Jefferson, who played at 289 pounds last season, said he feels amazing. "It's like somebody took a 25-pound man off my back," Jefferson said.
Boxing: Wladimir Klitschko pulled out of his heavyweight title defense against Tyson Fury because of a torn tendon in his left calf.