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FIFA committee meet amid Garcia crisis

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MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) Amid another crisis at FIFA, President Sepp Blatter and his executive committee opened a two-day meeting Thursday to discuss the sudden resignation of ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia and whether to publish his confidential World Cup report.

Garcia quit Wednesday in protest over the handling of his World Cup bid investigation. The American lawyer's departure could increase pressure on FIFA to publish the 430-page report on the 2010 votes that awarded the World Cup to Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.

The 27 members of the executive committee are split over releasing all or part of Garcia's report, which has led to three of them facing unethical conduct charges.

Carter to join French club Racing Metro

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) All Blacks flyhalf Daniel Carter confirmed Thursday he will end his test career after next year's World Cup and join French club Racing Metro on a deal that could make him rugby's highest-paid player.

The 32-year-old Carter, the most prolific scorer in world rugby with 1,455 points in 102 tests, announced his decision at a news conference to join what is expected to be an exodus of leading test players to European clubs after the World Cup. (MORE)

Reus fined for driving without a license

BERLIN (AP) Germany and Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus has been fined 540,000 euros ($673,000) for repeatedly driving without a license, a German newspaper reported Thursday.

Dortmund prosecutor Henner Kruse told the Bild daily that Reus was fined because he's accused of deliberately driving without a license six times between September 2011 and March this year. (MORE)

Balotelli banned for social media post

LONDON (AP) Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is banned from Sunday's match against Arsenal as punishment for posting racially offensive comments online.

The FA on Thursday imposed the one-match ban and a fine of 25,000 pounds ($39,000), while also ordering Balotelli to attend an education program for the "aggravated breach" of its discrimination rules. (MORE)

Djokovic, Williams win top ITF awards

LONDON (AP) Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been selected as the International Tennis Federation's world champions for 2014.

Djokovic won the annual award for a fourth time, while Williams claimed it for a fifth time. (MORE)

 Ecclestone to continue as F1 chief

 Garcia quits as FIFA ethics prosecutor

 Liverpool, Spurs reach cup semi-finals

 Dortmund held to 2-2 draw by Wolfsburg

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