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Published:Saturday | June 4, 2016 | 12:00 AM

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP):

Cameroon became the third team to qualify for next year's African Cup of Nations after Edgar Salli's long-range winner beat Mauritania 1-0 yesterday.

Salli hit his shot into the top corner in the 29th minute to lead four-time champions Cameroon to the finals in Gabon and dent Mauritania's hopes of a first appearance at the continental championship. Mauritania could still qualify as one of the two best second-place teams from the 13 qualifying groups.

Cameroon joined Morocco and Algeria, who had already qualified. Gabon have a place as hosts.

Also, Tunisia won in Djibouti 3-0 to go top of Group A, a point ahead of Liberia, who play Togo tomorrow. Morocco drew with Libya 1-1 in Tripoli, with Libya equalising in injury time through Sanad Ouerfeli.

More problems for FIFA


Sepp Blatter's $12 million bonus from the 2014 World Cup and yet another police raid for evidence of financial crimes at FIFA revealed the turmoil at football's world body was far from over.

The scale of Blatter's pay deal at the end of his 17-year presidency was finally confirmed by FIFA itself in a stunning opening of its financial books yesterday.

The now-banned Blatter and two recently fired top officials - secretary general Jerome Valcke and finance director Markus Kattner - awarded themselves raises, bonuses, and future golden handshakes totalling tens of millions of dollars.

Some of the contracted payments appear to break Swiss law, lawyers for FIFA said.

American federal prosecutors, whose ongoing investigation of FIFA corruption could threaten to shut down the body overseeing the world's favourite sport, will get to see documents and electronic data seized on Thursday for a separate probe by Switzerland's attorney general.

ICC committee rejects trial of concussion substitute

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP):

A recommendation for a concussion substitute trial suggested by Cricket Australia has been rejected by the International Cricket Council's cricket committee.

The recommendation came out of a review into the November 2014 death of Australian Test cricketer Phillip Hughes from a short-pitched delivery during a first-class match in Sydney. It suggested trialing short-term concussion substitutes for two seasons in the Sheffield Shield so that batters or bowlers hurt during a match can be replaced while they're being medically assessed.

While it acknowledged the seriousness of the issue, the ICC's cricket committee said after a two-day meeting in London that the existing laws and playing conditions allowed players to receive the "best possible medical treatment", and further change to the regulations were not required "at this time".