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Sports Briefs

■ Soccer

Pele's son in drug bust

The son of Brazilian soccer great Pele, Edinho, was detained on Monday during a police raid on suspected drug traffickers, television reports said. Seventeen other people were also taken into custody in the raids in Sao Paulo state, Globo network said. Police accused the suspects of drug trafficking and links to a criminal organization in Rio de Janeiro. Agents seized 11 vehicles as well as weapons. Sao Paulo police gave no details about any suspicions against Edinho, a former goalkeeper who had a short-lived soccer career with the Santos, Portuguesa Santista, Sao Caetano and Ponte Preta clubs. All are Sao Paulo state first division teams. Edinho has been working as a soccer agent and impresario.

■ Olympics

Paris cements lead for 2012

It looks like Paris can't do anything wrong in the race to win the 2012 Olympics. The French capital cemented its front-runner status a month before the vote by receiving a glowing International Olympic Committee (IOC) review on Monday in the most competitive Olympic bid field in history. "Don't expect us to be self-satisfied," Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe said. "Our team is more united, more determined [and] more combative than ever." London and Madrid also earned high praise in the 123-page report by the IOC. New York received a mixed assessment, with concerns over its proposed stadium, while long-shot Moscow took criticism for its lack of detailed plans. The IOC votes on July 6 in Singapore.

■ FIFA World Cup

Artists to unveil posters

Artists from Japan and Ghana are among a group of 13 who have created posters with soccer themes, to be unveiled tomorrow as part of the cultural campaign around the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. The posters will be presented at the "one year to go" festivities in Munich's World Cup stadium -- with Kwesi Owusu-Ankomah of Ghana, Japan's Hisashi Tenmyouya and Germans Norbert Bisky and Tobias Rehberger representing the artists.

■ Soccer

No fans at N Korea match

No North Korean fans will be on hand today inside Bangkok's Supachalasai Stadium to cheer their team in what had been scheduled as a home World Cup qualifying match against Japan. There will be no Japanese fans either. FIFA, soccer's world governing body, last month ordered the game, originally scheduled for the North Korean capital Pyongyang, to be played in Thailand, in a stadium closed to the public. The decision came after fans in North Korea rioted after a World Cup qualifying loss to Iran at Pyongyang. FIFA ordered North Korea to play its next match in a neutral country -- and with no spectators -- for safety reasons and as punishment for crowd trouble against Iran and an earlier match against Bahrain.

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