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  • 21 May
    FIFA has refused to confirm whether Gianni Infantino is under investigation folllowing reports in a German newspaper. Die Welt have claimed that FIFA investigators are looking into allegations that Infantino ordered recordings of a FIFA council meeting to be destroyed, and that he could face a 90-day suspension if found to have acted inappropriately.The FIFA ethics committee does not usually make any comment at all on the existence of such investigations.However, a spokesman told Sky Sports News HQ: We are not in a position to indicate if we have or have not (begun) preliminary investigatory proceedings against an individual.We would however like to point out that there are no formal proceedings going on against Mr. Infantino.Formerly the general secretary of UEFA, the 46-year-old Infantino was elected FIFA president at an extraordinary congress in February.Infantino was elected with a mandate to reform footballs world governing body, which has been beset by a series of scandals in recent years.The scandals led to the resignation of former president Sepp Blatter, who was subsequently suspended from FIFA activities. Also See: FIFA joy for Kosovo, Gibraltar Glenn impressed with Infantino FIFA advised on human rights Blatter disappointed with exit White Air Max Australia . The No. 1-ranked Nadal tweaked his back warming up for the Australian Open final, which he lost almost four weeks ago in a major upset against Stanislas Wawrinka. His first stop after the layoff is the clay in Rio as he tests the back and tries to stay healthy for the French Open in three months. Air Max Australia Running Shoes .5 million, one-year contract on Friday. Hawkins, who turns 41 in December, will compete with Rex Brothers for the closers role at spring training. . A knee to the thigh might have stung him the most, but his sixth straight double-double made up for the brief burst of pain. Air Max Australia For Sale . -- Matt Ryan needed one of the best games of his career to lead the Falcons and their depleted offence out of their three-game losing streak last week. Discount Air Max Australia . -- Its been a long road back for Sean Bergenheim. WASHINGTON -- Philadelphia pitcher Alec Asher, 24, had a 9.31 ERA last season and served an 80-game suspension this year after a drug suspension.But despite those challenges, the Phillies, who are out of the playoff race, would like to see what the young right-hander can do so he will start on Thursday in Washington against the Nationals.Asher got his butt handed to him last year, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin told last month. He goes down to Triple-A; he never threw the two-seam fastball. He started throwing it. Every report Ive gotten was that its nasty. He actually had success with it.So thats why it was disappointing what happened to him happened because it seemed to be a game-changer for him. We never got to see it. Thats why Id like to see it, added Mackanin, who was drafted by the Washington Senators in 1968.Asher served an 80-game drug suspension that ended Sept. 4. He was allowed to pitch in the Gulf Coast League last month for a Phillies farm team.Last year, Asher had a 9.31 ERA -- the highest mark ever in a season for a Philadelphia pitcher who made at least seven starts.Asher, who is from Lakeland, Fla., has a very small track record against Washington hitters.Daniel Murphy, who seems to hit everyone, is 1-for-1 with a homer and three RBI against Asher and backup catcher Jose Lobaton is also 1-for-1 against Asher. Murphy had three hits on Wednesday for the second day in a row.Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon are 1-for-3 against Asher and Clint Robinson is 1-for-2.Asher was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the fourth round of the 2012 draft and traded to the Phillies in July 2015.He was 0-6 with a 9.31 ERA in seven starts last season as he made his major league debut.Washington will also throw a young right-hander from Florida on Thursday, as A.J. Cole is scheduled to make the start.Cole, also 24, made his big league debut in three games, with one start, last year with the Nationals and was 0-0 with a 5.79 ERA.A fourth-round pick in 2010 by the Natiionals, he spent most of this year at Triple-A Syracuse of the International League.ddddddddddddCole is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in three starts for Washington this year and has seemed much more poised on the big league mound this year.The Nationals rotation appeared to get a lift Wednesday as right-hander Stephen Strasburg came off the 15-day disabled list.We dont really know what his endurance level is, manager Dusty Baker said before the game. Nobody knows better than the pitcher. I know he is a competitor.But then Strasburg was removed from the game in the top of the third after throwing just 42 pitches.Strasburg was not available to the media after the game and he is slated to have an MRI on Thursday, according to Baker.He felt a pinch in the back of his elbow. That was a long walk, Baker said of his trip to the mound in the top of the third to take him out. So I am hoping he is OK. We will find out more tomorrow. He is frustrated and upset. I told you guys earlier ... he said he felt fine (before the game). You dont know until you get into action.Strasburg was a Tommy John surgery patient and so was Lucas Giolito, a rookie right-hander. Baker doesnt think the Wednesday injury is the same area of his elbow that put him on the disabled list last month.I am just hoping Stras is OK, said Giolito, who gave up two runs in 3 1/3 innings as the second reliever to follow Strasburg. It is definitely not the best thing to look at. It is definitely a tough thing.Washington also activated infielder Stephen Drew off the 15-day disabled list after he suffered from vertigo. He came off the bench on Wednesday and was 1-for-1 with a walk.We are glad to have him back. We are not sure what capacity we are going to use him, Baker said. That is a dangerous game out there that we play. Hitting is probably the easiest part right now. Fortunately, we do have enough players. ' ' '