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FIFA meets with World Cup candidate cities

TORONTO—While much of the sports world was going into lockdown due to COVID-19, FIFA was in Toronto on Thursday planning for the future.

A FIFA delegation met with Canada Soccer and representatives from Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto -the three Canadian candidate host cities for the 2026 World Cup to be staged in Canada, Mexico and the U.S.

Racers charged in drug scam

NEW YORK — More than two dozen horse trainers, veterinarians and others have been charged in what authorities describe as a widespread international scheme to drug horses to race faster.

The charges were detailed in four indictments unveiled Monday in Manhattan federal court. Charges against 27 individuals include drug adulteration and misbranding conspiracy.

Veteran defensive back Johnson signs one-day contract with Blue Bombers

WINNIPEG — Veteran defensive Jovon Johnson signed a one-day contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Tuesday to retire as a member of the CFL club.

Johnson, 36, spent six of his 12 CFL seasons with Winnipeg (2008-13). During that time, Johnson was twice a CFL all-star and in 2011 captured the league's outstanding defensive player award, becoming the first defensive back to do so.

Canada faces U.S. in U-20 soccer showdown

Canada is no stranger to facing the U.S. at the women's youth soccer level. It's just happening earlier than usual at the CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship.

The two North American rivals face off Wednesday in the Dominican Republic in quarterfinal action. With only the semifinal winners qualifying for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in August, Wednesday's loser is out of luck.