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Ex-CONMEBOL chief Nicolas Leoz extradition to U.S. cleared in FIFA case

UEFA chief Michel Platini has failed in his bid to see his 90-day ban from all football activity overturned.

ASUNCION, Paraguay -- Nicolas Leoz, the former head of the South American football confederation, is being extradited to the United States to face corruption charges linked to FIFA.

A Paraguay appeals court approved the extradition on Tuesday.

Leoz has been under house arrest in his native Paraguay since being indicted by U.S. authorities in May, charged with taking millions in bribes as the head of CONMEBOL, and as a member of FIFA's executive committee.

Leoz headed CONMEBOL from 1986-2013. His...

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Hulk's early goal helps Brazil defeat Costa Rica in friendly

Hulk scored in the 10th minute after an early stretch of Brazil dominance and the five-time world champions beat Costa Rica 1-0 on Saturday in a friendly in Harrison, N.J.

Despite Costa Rica employing five defenders, Brazil clearly had the better of play throughout, with the Ticos only occassionally managing to get forward on counters.

Brazil used a somewhat experimental lineup with Hulk as the lead striker. Manager Dunga stayed with his starters until the middle of the second half. He used six...

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Arturo Vidal insists he left Chile squad for 'personal problems'

Bayern Munich star Arturo Vidal denied rumours out of Chile on Wednesday his departure from the national team for Saturday's friendly against Paraguay was down to indiscipline and insisted that he was returning to Germany because of personal problems.

"I am leaving due to personal problems but I will be back for the [CONMEBOL] qualifier," Vidal told reporters who were camped out in front of his house in Santiago.

Vidal implored reporters "to not make things up" after an avalanche of reports in Chile...

Judge throws out Nicolas Leoz request to halt extradition to U.S.

ASUNCION, Paraguay -- A judge in Paraguay has thrown out a request that proceedings for extradition to the United States be dropped against Nicolas Leoz, the former head of the South American football confederation.

Judge Humberto Otazu told reporters on Thursday he had turned down the request from Ricardo Preda, the lawyer for Leoz.

Leoz, 86, is one of 14 people indicted by the U.S. Justice Department on charges of bribery, racketeering and money-laundering. The 86-year-old is being held under...