Ex-FIFA VP to be brought to Uruguay, not the U.S.

Former FIFA vice president Eugenio Figueredo will be extradited to his native Uruguay instead of the United States, though he won’t avoid prosecution for allegedly getting American citizenship through fraud.

Switzerland’s justice ministry said Friday it gave priority to the request from Uruguay, which also has long-running investigations into bribery and corruptly awarded soccer broadcasting rights.

Figueredo, now 83, was also indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice in May after he “falsely stated that he had severe dementia” to avoid English language and civics tests when he got American citizenship in 2006.

U.S. MEN’S TEAM: Midfielder Michael Bradley won the U.S. Player of the Year Award for the first time.

The American captain had three goals and six assists in 18 appearances in 2015.

MLS: The Portland Timbers traded midfielder Will Johnson to Toronto FC for allocation money and a 2017 draft pick.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Club Crystal Palace confirmed a long-awaited deal with American sports tycoons David Blitzer and Josh Harris, who co-own the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and the NHL’s New Jersey Devils.

The duo, which had been in talks with the London side for more than a year about buying a stake, will join chairman Steve Parish in control.


SOLHEIM CUP: Juli Inkster was introduced as U.S. captain during a surprise announcement at Des Moines Country Club, the Iowa course that will host the 2017 matches. She is the fourth American to be captain a second time, and she will try to join Judy Rankin as the only captain of two winning teams.


UCI: The Tour de France and other major races are being pulled from the International Cycling Union’s elite calendar in 2017 in a renewed fight for control of the sport.

Amaury Sport Organisation, the organizer of the Tour, last month rejected the UCI’s proposed reforms for the 2017 WorldTour, and has the support of a majority of race organizers in its bid to be free of cycling’s governing body.


WORLD CUP: Swiss skier Lara Gut beat American Lindsey Vonn by .01 seconds to win a thrilling super-combined race at Val d’Isere, France, and deprive Vonn of a fifth straight win.

Vonn led after the morning’s downhill section, with Gut .38 seconds behind in second place. But after Gut beat Michaela Kirchgasser’s leading mark to take the race lead, the pressure was on Vonn.

 Aksel Lund Svindal led a Norwegian sweep of the podium in a men’s super-G at Val Gardena, Italy.

Adding to his record with a fourth career win in this race, Svindal clocked 1 minute, 28.12 seconds for a .34-second advantage over teammate Kjetil Jansrud.


IAAF: The Russian doping scandal took a new twist when a French newspaper reported that former IAAF President Lamine Diack asked Russia for $1.6 million to fund the political opposition in his native Senegal.

Diack told French police that he asked for the money in 2011 to help finance the opposition ahead of Senegal’s presidential election, Le Monde reported.

The request came when the International Association of Athletics Federations was dealing with a slew of suspected Russian doping cases.

– From news service reports