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Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

FIFA to stick with 32 teams for Qatar World Cup

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be held with 32 participating teams and not an expanded 48 teams, organizers FIFA said on Wednesday. FIFA President Gianni Infantino had proposed expanding the tournament and explored the idea of adding additional host nations.

ATP roundup: Wawrinka among top seeds upset in Geneva

Two-time winner and local favorite Stan Wawrinka was ousted in the Round of 16 at the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open in Switzerland on Wednesday, as Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur rallied past him 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Having worked his way back from injury and the No. 263 world ranking last June to No. 27, the second-seeded Wawrinka needed five set points to close out the first set and then was broken twice to lose the second. He went up a break and led 3-0 in the third but was broken twice in a row and lost 17 of the final 25 points in the match.

Stewart, Gibbs top NASCAR Hall of Fame class

Three-time NASCAR season champion Tony Stewart was elected to the 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame on Wednesday that also includes team owner Joe Gibbs, who joined a second sport's Hall of Fame. Gibbs already was a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame for leading the Washington Redskins to three Super Bowl championships.

MLB notebook: Stanton (calf) shut down for 7-10 days

New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who was scratched from the lineup of a scheduled rehab game Tuesday due to a strained left calf, will be shut down for a week to 10 days, manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday. Stanton believes the injury stemmed from getting hit by a pitch near his left knee during live batting practice on May 16. He made his rehab-game debut with high Class-A Tampa on Monday, hitting a home run.

NFL notebook: Panthers' Newton not throwing, Olsen healthy

Cam Newton was not cleared to throw as the Carolina Panthers worked out together Wednesday, four months after the quarterback had shoulder surgery. Head coach Ron Rivera said the team remains focused on Newton returning at full strength for the start of training camp in July.

Raptors' Nurse: Leonard 'feeling good,' Lowry 'not great'

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard's health is just fine, while point guard Kyle Lowry is fighting through significant pain, head coach Nick Nurse told reporters Wednesday. "He's feeling good," Nurse said of Leonard, who has shown an occasional limp during the Eastern Conference finals against the Milwaukee Bucks. "No concerns at this point. He's good."

Bucks look to reclaim momentum from Raptors in Game 5

The Toronto Raptors have the momentum, but the Milwaukee Bucks will be playing on their home court Thursday night in the pivotal Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Raptors will try to maintain the energy they showed in winning the past two games at home to even the best-of-seven series at 2-2.

WTA roundup: Putintseva rallies to reach quarters in Germany

Top-seeded Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan saved three set points in the first set and went on to defeat Mona Bathel 7-6 (8), 6-1 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Nurnberger Versicherungscup in Germany. Bathel, a German, trailed 0-3 on a double break in the opening set but rallied to force a tiebreaker, staving off four set points before losing the set.

NBA notebook: Rapper Drake accused of trolling Bucks

Is rap star Drake getting into the heads of the Milwaukee Bucks, especially star player Giannis Antetokounmpo? The recording artist and Toronto Raptors fan might take credit for having something to do with the Eastern Conference finals being tied at 2-2 after the Bucks dropped Games 3 and 4 in Toronto.

Canha, A's sweep Indians with sixth straight win

Mark Canha homered and drove in three runs, and Frankie Montas struck out nine over six scoreless innings as the visiting Oakland Athletics completed a sweep of the Cleveland Indians with a 7-2 victory on Wednesday afternoon. Nick Hundley belted a homer among his three hits and joined Robbie Grossman in driving in a pair of runs for the Athletics, who extended their season-high winning streak to six games.

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