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The Daily Dirt: FIFA blocks funding to CONCACAF, CONMEBOL

The Americas are losing a chunk of change.

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With a corruption investigation ongoing, Bloomberg News reports soccer's governing body will cut off $20 million in funding to the Americas.

"In light of current proceedings involving individuals related to Conmebol and Concacaf, FIFA has put contributions towards these two confederations on hold until further notice," the global soccer regulator said in an e-mailed statement to Bloomberg News. "We are currently assessing further steps to be taken to increase the level of assurance which may again enable FIFA to release such funds in the future."

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What's happening in The A?

The Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 112-97 win over the Mavericks Monday night. Jeff Teague, who has struggled lately, went off. The point guard scored 32 points on 12-of-15 shooting, and he added eight assists, five rebounds, and one steal.