Today in sports: another indignity for News of the World, FIFA hands down suspensions for attempted election-rigging, and Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall puts a bounty on his own head.
- A Scotland Yard detective constable revealed Friday that £104,300 of the £150,000 used in an August 2010 News of the World sting operation to expose match-fixing in cricket was lost. The now-shuttered newspaper had fronted the cash while trying to prove an alleged conspiracy between agent Mazhar Majeed and Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif, and Mohammad Amir to fix a match during the Pakistani team's tour of England. That summer, former News of the World investigations editor Mazher Mahmood approached Majeed in the guise of an Indian businessman "with connections to an Asian betting ring" and a desire to fix cricket matches. The prosecution alleges a slice of the money went to Butt (pictured), the team captain, who then instructed his players to throw "no-balls" at specific times during the team's match against England. Asif's barrister Alexander Milne grilled Mahmood about how he got his original tip to go after the players, asking whether the information came from hacked phone messages, which Mahmood denied.“This story had nothing to do with phone hacking," Mahmood said. "I appreciate you are clutching at straws here but there was no phone hacking involved.” Friday was Mahmood's third day on the stand. [The Guardian]
- FIFA's ethics committee banned four members of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football following an investigation into allegation former Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed bin Hammam offered 25 Caribbean soccer officials $40,000 in bribes to support his candidacy to oust longtime FIFA president Sepp Blatter back in May. American official Chuck Blazer blew the whistle on the offers and the subsequent investigation --led by former FBI director Louis Freeh -- resulted in bin Hammam being banned for life. Jamaica's Horace Burrell's six-month ban was the longest handed out. [ESPN]
- A Big East official says the conference is preparing to extend invitations to Boise State, Air Force, Central Florida, and Navy. Boise, Air Force, and Navy would join only for football, while Central Florida would be a member in all sports. [AP]
- The Miami Dolphins are 0-4 and have looked at times like the worst team in the NFL this season. One of their few bright spots is temperamental wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who earlier this year was diagnosed with a borderline personality disorder, a diagnosis that came through months after the Dolphins gave him a $50 million contract extension. But don't count on Marshall making a big impact in the second half of the team's Monday night game against the Jets. "My goal is to get thrown out midway through the second quarter," he told reporters during a curious 12-minute interview at the team's facility in south Florida. "I'm serious," Marshall added. "They want to fine me, it'll probably be like a $50,000 fine. But I'm going to play. That quarter and half I'm out there, I'm going to play like a monster." So watch out for that. [New York Daily News]