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Sports Report: FIFA President Sepp Blatter To Step Down


Sepp Blatter has announced that he will step down as FIFA president within months and called for a fresh election to appoint a successor. Blatter was elected to a fifth term on Friday, just days after a federal indictment detailed apparent bribes from a FIFA account totaling $10 million to senior officials for voting South Africa as the 2010 World Cup host. Blatter could still be a target of U.S. investigators delving into decades of corruption and bribery accusations against FIFA officials.


In baseball, in the American League, Boston blanked Minnesota 1-0, the Yankees topped Seattle 5-3 in 11 innings, Texas blasted the White Sox 15-2, Houston beat Baltimore 6-4, Cleveland edged Kansas City 2-1, Tampa Bay bested the Angels 6-1, and it was Oakland over Detroit 5-3.

In the National League, San Diego beat the Mets 7-2, Pittsuburgh defeated San Francisco 7-4, Arizona slid past Atlanta 7-6, St. Louis edged Milwaukee 1-0, Philadelphia won against Cincinnati 5-4, and it was Miami over the Cubs 5-2. In a double header, Colorado doubled up the Dodgers 6-3 in the first game and then the Dodgers beat Colorado 9-8 in the second.

In interleague play, in a double header Washington topped Toronto 2-0 in the first game and then Toronto won against Washington 7-3 in the second.

Red Sox owner John Henry says watching Boston play this year is "painful." Henry made the comment before last night's game against Minnesota. After finishing last in 2014, the Red Sox committed $183 million to sign free agents Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez during the offseason.


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has made it official: He will hear Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension. The league suspended the Patriots quarterback for his role in the use of deflated footballs by New England in its AFC championship game victory over Indianapolis in January. The players' union had urged Goodell to recuse himself from hearing the appeal on June 23rd.

Adrian Peterson returned to the Vikings on Tuesday and practiced for the first time since September. The running back said he has apologized to the 4-year-old son he struck with a wooden switch and had "learned a lot from my mistake." Peterson was placed on the commissioner's exempt list last September after he was charged with felony child abuse in Texas.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has agreed to a franchise-record $103.8 million, five-year contract extension. A person familiar with negotiations says Newton will earn $67.6 million over the first three years, the most money ever paid to an NFL player during the first three years of a contract. Newton has been to two Pro Bowls and led Carolina to back-to-back NFC South championships since the Panthers made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, but he's just 30-31-1 as a starter.


Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals starts tonight when the Chicago Blackhawks meet the Tampa Bay Lightning at 8 p.m.

The New Jersey Devils have hired John Hynes to coach the club. He becomes the youngest coach in the NHL at 40 years old. General manager Ray Shero announced the hiring yesterday. Hynes has spent the past five seasons coaching Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL, the Penguins' top farm team. Shero is a former Penguins general manager.

Horse Racing:

American Pharoah has arrived in New York to begin final preparations for this weekend's Belmont Stakes, in which the colt will try to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. He made his way to Belmont Park yesterday, after a flight from Louisville, Kentucky, and a van ride from an airport on Long Island to the track. The race is Saturday.


UConn has officially added three off-season acquisitions to its men's basketball team. Guard Sterling Gibbs and forward Shonn Miller have joined the Huskies for a final year of eligibility after graduating from Seton Hall and Cornell. Forward Terry Larrier has transferred from VCU, where he averaged 6.6 points and 3.0 rebounds during his freshman season.

The Times Union reports that UAlbany and Siena men's basketball rivalry has been extended three years. the SEFCU Arena has been selected as the site for the 2016-17 game while the other two games will be played at the Times Union Center.


Eighth seed Stan Wawrinka and No. 14 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga advanced to the French Open men's semifinals, while seventh seed Ana Ivanovic and No. 13 Lucie Safarova reached the women's semis. Wawrinka knocked out second seed Roger Federer, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 and Tsonga dispatched No. 5 Kei Nishikori in five sets. Ivanovic was a 6-3, 6-2 winner against Elina Svitolina and Safarova knocked off Garbine Muguruza, 7-6, 6-3.

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