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FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks at the opening ceremony of the FIFA congress in Zuerich, Switzerland, Thursday, May 28, 2015. The FIFA congress with the president's election is scheduled for Friday, May 29, 2015 in Zurich. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP)

FIFA Facing the Nuclear Option: A Boycott of the World Cup

Friday, May 29, 2015

The fallout from the FIFA arrests has only just begun, with renewed calls from politicians and soccer officials for president Sepp Blatter to step down. That’s unlikely: Blatter is expected to win re-election to a fifth term in today’s vote, which will continue despite the organization’s turmoil. But the calls from some previously silent voices are an encouraging sign that the rampant corruption in soccer’s world governing body can no longer be ignored. Yesterday, I asked whether sponsors would speak up against FIFA’s widespread graft, which has resulted in a rigged World Cup bidding process and, by extension, thousands of migrant workers killed in constructing …

U.S.-Swiss Raids on FIFA Timed for Effect

Friday, May 29, 2015

Bern, Switzerland — For months, American and Swiss investigators worked in secret to prepare for the raids that would shake the soccer world. They knew that the moment to strike would come when FIFA, the sport’s governing body, held its annual congress in Zurich, gathering all of its top officials — including the …

Vindication? Not Exactly

Friday, May 29, 2015

Oakland, Calif. — Wearing a black NBA Finals cap and white team T-shirt, Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob waved to a cheering crowd at Oracle Arena as confetti fell all around. Lacob, booed off the same floor three years ago, couldn’t help but smile after the Warriors eliminated the Houston Rockets in …

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 …

Patriots Keep Focus On No. 1 Draft Pick

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — Robert Kraft spent 80 seconds Wednesday making his first public remarks since saying eight days earlier he wouldn’t appeal the Patriots’ punishment for using underinflated footballs. Not one of those seconds was devoted to the …

Pedroia’s Power Not Enough for Red Sox

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Minneapolis — Given an early two-run lead by Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox starter Rick Porcello was trying to provide a shutdown inning. Porcello walked Aaron Hicks with one out. And it led to a big inning for the Twins. The next four batters reached and the Twins grabbed …

LeBron Has Some Unfinished Business

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Cleveland — LeBron James has already proven his ambition by spurning the adoration of a long-suffering, sports-crazed fan base in his home state to win a couple of championships with his buddies, only to leave those buddies behind on the beach to rebuild hope back home. If he …

A-Rod Passes Gehrig

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

New York — Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer to break Lou Gehrig’s American League record for RBIs, and the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2 Wednesday to finish a three-game sweep. Michael Pineda (6-2) …

Home Nation Rules Roost at French Open

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Paris — Gael Monfils delivered one final ace, his 21st, and closed out his latest raucous, five-set victory on Court Philippe Chatrier to the delight of roaring, partisan spectators. An entertainer at heart, Monfils pounded his chest with his right fist repeatedly and, after hugging opponent Diego Schwartzman …

Dodgers, Braves Make Trade

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Los Angeles — The Los Angeles Dodgers dealt third baseman Juan Uribe to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday in a six-player trade that was initially blocked. The Dodgers also sent right-handed pitcher Chris Withrow to the Braves for infielder Alberto Callaspo, left-handers Eric Stults and Ian Thomas, and …

Sam Ready to Make Tackles, Not Waves, in CFL

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Montreal — Michael Sam says his priority is helping the Montreal Alouettes win, not making history as the first openly gay player in the Canadian Football League. Sam signed a two-year deal with the Alouettes last week. “I’m …

Imagine That: An American Who Loves Clay

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Paris — Ah, the French Open, the time of year when a certain question is asked repeatedly by American tennis fans: Why can’t the country’s players, particularly the men, find success on red clay? Now comes along Jack …

Don’t Get a Grip

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A couple of pitchers around baseball were recently suspended using illegal substances while pitching to doctor the ball, and it has brought a long-debated topic back into the forefront. Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Will Smith and Baltimore Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz were each suspended eight games in the past …