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  • July 19, 2018 12:37 AM PDT

    GENEVA -- FIFA President Gianni Infantino is open to a 40-team World Cup in 2026, with several countries serving as co-hosts. Cheap NBA Jerseys .With key World Cup talks due next month, Infantinos comments Tuesday show that FIFA will consider co-hosting by the United States, Canada and Mexico.The North American neighbors have long been expected bidders for 2026, even competing against each other, because the CONCACAF region is favored to host for the first time since 1994. Then, 24 teams played in the U.S.In his presidential election campaign, Infantino supported expanding the tournament and hosting across a region.These two topics will certainly be on the table for discussion, Infantino said, looking ahead to a meeting of the FIFA Council he will chair on Oct. 13-14 in Zurich.Asked about a potential U.S.-Canada-Mexico project for 2026, the former UEFA general secretary noted that his previous organization chose to hold the 2020 European Championship in 13 different host nations.So, there is, I would say, no limit to whatever is good for football, Infantino said on the sidelines of a meeting of European clubs. We will see, but its true that CONCACAF did not have the World Cup for a long time.FIFA rules currently bar back-to-back hosting by continents, ruling out Asian bidders for 2026 after Qatar hosts in 2022, and has previously weighed requiring confederations to sit out two bidding contests.Infantino declined to suggest if UEFA could encourage its members to skip the 2026 process with Russia hosting the 2018 World Cup.The 2026 World Cup hosting vote is set for 2020, with FIFA member federations choosing from a shortlist drafted by the ruling council.For the moment I think everything is open. My opinion on the 40 teams has not changed, Infantino said after meeting the European Club Association, many of whose members oppose releasing more of their players to an expanded World Cup.While at UEFA, Infantino also helped oversee an expanded Euro 2016 with 24 teams for the first time instead of the 16-team formatWe have seen it again at the Euro in France with eight more teams, what kind of enthusiasm this generated in many, many countries, he said. We need to realize that these kinds of events are more than just a competition, they are real social events in the whole world.In Zurich next month, Infantino will lead the first meeting of a FIFA Council being expanded to include 36 members elected by the six confederations.Two European members have been scrutinized in recent weeks by the FIFA ethics committee.Wolfgang Niersbach of Germany cannot attend in Zurich while he serves a one-year ban, imposed for failing to report suspected wrongdoing by 2006 World Cup organizers. Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko was implicated by a World Anti-Doping Agency inquiry report in covering up soccer players doping cases. FIFA ethics investigators said it would get the report and examine it thoroughly.I have no concerns at all with the council, Infantino said. It is our job not to let ourselves be distracted from what we have to do, which is implement the reforms and show we are a new FIFA. Cheap Celtics Jerseys . -- Most satisfying to Russ Smith about No. Cheap Celtics Jerseys China . In the lead up - which seemed to begin the moment Mike Geiger blew the whistle in Houston last Thursday night - the Impact rumour mill went into overdrive. The speculation went into meltdown mode, of the golden nugget variety. ;. Already owning gold from competition in Vancouver in 2010, Loch posted a combined four-run time of 3:27.526. That included a track-record third run of 51. ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Game has lost its luster in recent years.Ohio State has dominated Michigan, winning four straight and 11 of 12 to diminish intrigue in one of the greatest rivalries in sports.The third-ranked Wolverines (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten) have a chance to change the conversation Saturday against the second-ranked Buckeyes (10-1, 7-1) in the Horseshoe, where they havent won since 2000.This rivalry is going to be relevant, Michigan tight end Jake Butt, who is from Pickerington, Ohio, said Monday. It never wont be relevant.Even if Michigan loses, dropping 12 of the last 13 meetings in the series?Were not thinking about losing, Butt said. Its a must-win game . We understand that. We have to win this.That wont be easy.Ohio State is favored by about a touchdown perhaps in part because the Wolverines may be without standout quarterback Wilton Speight, who missed Saturdays 20-10 win over Indiana with an injured left shoulder.To my eye, he has looked better every day, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said.Speights backup, John OKorn , struggled to sustain the success the offense was having against the Hoosiers. OKorn was 7 of 16 yards for just 59 yards, the fewest yards passing for Michigan since John Navarre threw for 58 in a win over Wisconsin on Nov. 17, 2001. OKorn transferred to Michigan last year after starting 16 games at Houston over his freshman and sophomore seasons.If OKorn is pressed into playing again and cant make the Buckeyes respect the pass, it is difficult to envision the Wolverines being able to move the ball well enough only on the ground to earn a win.Michigan leads the all-time series 58-48-6, but is mired in the worst slump in a storied series that dates to 1897.Harbaugh has been hailed for coming back to the school where he wass a star quarterback and guaranteed a win over the rival Buckeyes in 1986, backing it up with a win. Wholesale Celtics Jerseys. But he and his proud program must upset Ohio State to show significant signs of progress this season. In his debut as a coach in the rivalry, Ohio State routed Michigan 42-13 last season at the Big House.At his weekly news conference ahead of the highly anticipated game, Harbaugh wasnt in the mood to make predictions or discuss the showdown in detail.Its a great opportunity and tremendous challenge, he said in one of his many brief answers.Michigan, college footballs winningest program, has an opportunity to move a big step toward ending its longest championship drought since going without one from 1950 to 1964. Beat the Buckeyes and the discussion can continue this season.Its very important, cornerback Jourdan Lewis said. I dont know how many wins we got this decade. It would be very important, especially for our season. This determines whos going to go to the Big Ten championship game. Its a big stake.With a win, the Wolverines would in fact earn a spot in the Big Ten title game and be another victory away from its first conference championship since 2004. With two more wins, they would be in the College Football Playoff with a shot to earn its first national championship since 1997.A loss to the Buckeyes, though, would lead to more questions about whether signature wins and coveted championships will ever catch up to the hype Harbaugh has brought to Ann Arbor.---More AP college football: and Larry Lage on Twitter at  href="">Nike NFL Jerseys China Jerseys NFL Cheap Cheap NFL T-shirts Wholesale NFL White Jerseys Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys China Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China ' ' '