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Prosecutors: FIFA Heads Took Bribes

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Zurich — The U.S. government launched an attack on what it called deep-seated and brazen corruption in soccer’s global governing body Wednesday, pulling FIFA executives out of a luxury Swiss hotel to face racketeering charges and raiding regional offices in Miami. Swiss officials also invaded FIFA headquarters, seizing records and computers to investigate whether the decisions to award World Cups to Russia and Qatar were rigged. Scandals and rumors of …

Blackhawks Force Game 7

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Chicago — Duncan Keith had three assists and saved a goal in the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 on Wednesday night to force a Game 7 in the Western Conference finals. Brandon Saad, Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane scored in the second to help the Blackhawks hand …

Commentary: FIFA Must Move On, Minus Blatter

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The two F’s in FIFA, the acronym of soccer’s world governing body, stand officially for “federation” and “football,” although for years there have been growing suspicions that at least one of those F’s might better have stood for “fraud.” Any naiveté or doubt about that further disappeared Wednesday. A cooperative U.S. and Swiss …

Yanks Put KC on Skid

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

New York — Mark Teixeira homered and drove in four runs, Adam Warren pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning and the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 5-1 Tuesday night to send the AL champions …

Lebron, Cavs Earn Finals Spot

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Cleveland — The championship LeBron James craves more than any other, the one he came back home to get, is within reach. The Cavaliers are in the NBA Finals. James scored 23 points, Kyrie Irving provided a boost …

Billy Beane Disputes Pitcher’s Claim

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Oakland, Calif. — A’s general manager Billy Beane doesn’t seem to be buying into former pitcher Dallas Braden’s claim of widespread doctoring of baseballs during his time with Oakland. “I didn’t see the quote, but I have no idea what Dallas is talking about,” Beane said a day …

Twins Trash Kelly, Boston

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Minneapolis — Joe Kelly entered Monday’s game looking as if he had things figured out coming off of two of his best performances of 2015. The Minnesota Twins showed him otherwise. Kelly lasted just 12⁄3 innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits in a 7-2 loss to the …

Indy’s Ideal Idyll

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Indianapolis — Extra! Extra! Juan Pablo Montoya still had to pay $2 to read all about it. On a gray and blustery Monday morning, the Colombian spent more than two hours on the Yard of Bricks taking the customary Indianapolis 500 winner photos. His voice was shot, his …

Hamilton Back With the Rangers, But the Future Is Bigger Concern

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cleveland — The Texas Rangers sent out the welcome wagon for Josh Hamilton on Monday. They gave him the gift of a victory in which all he had to do was run the bases twice. Hamilton’s delayed season …

Russia Will Use Prison Labor for World Cup Projects

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Moscow — Russian authorities want to use prison labor to drive down the costs of holding the 2018 World Cup. The Russian prison service is backing a bid by Alexander Khinshtein, a lawmaker from the ruling United Russia party, to allow prisoners to be taken from their camps …

Chicago Releases DE After Arrest

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

San Francisco — The Chicago Bears released defensive end Ray McDonald following a domestic violence arrest in northern California that police say stemmed from an assault on a woman who was holding a baby. McDonald was taken into …

V. Williams Ends Short Paris Visit With Loss

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Paris — A loss by Venus Williams in the first round at a Grand Slam is no longer the rarity it once was. And, as it happens, the woman who beat Williams at the French Open, Sloane Stephens, …

Tuesday, May 26, 2015