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FIFA president Sepp Blatter has been awarded damages for defamatory statements made against him, while three national associations - in Somali, Burundi and Puerto Rico - have had cash grants suspended, world football's governing body said on Wednesday.
Lleyton Hewitt has accused the body that runs the world tennis tour of persecuting him for years, at one point allegedly trying to dupe him into refusing a drug test in a ploy that would have copped him a two-year playing ban.
FIFA has entered its centennial year of 2004 on a solid financial footing after recording a profit of 141mil Swiss francs (US$111.1mil) last year, world football's governing body said.
Lance Armstrong displayed his well-known determined side, but in bizarre fashion here yesterday after chasing down an early attack by Italian Filippo Simeoni on the 18th stage of the Tour de France.