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3:08 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Sepp Blatter Reelected To 5th Term As FIFA President

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 3:18 pm

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2:46 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Indictment Against FIFA Raises Questions About Nike's History In Brazil

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 3:21 pm

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The Two-Way
9:44 am
Fri May 29, 2015

At FIFA Meeting, Israeli And Palestinian Delegates Shake Hands

Palestinian Jibril Rajoub (left) and Israeli Ofer Eini shook hands Friday after FIFA's member groups adopted a plan to work out problems between their soccer associations.
FIFA TV/YouTube

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 9:54 am

Confusion and emotion broke out at Friday's FIFA Congress — and it wasn't over embattled leader Sepp Blatter. The leaders of the Israeli and Palestinian soccer organizations shook hands.

The much-discussed "handshake for peace" happened after the Palestinian Football Association withdrew its proposal that FIFA suspend Israel from international competition.

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Sports
3:18 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Under Cloud Of Scandal, Sepp Blatter Seeks 5th Term As FIFA President

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 6:39 am

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Sports
3:15 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Indictments Bring To Light FIFA's Veil Of Secrecy

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 6:07 am

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Now, many soccer fans reacted to the FIFA arrests with a collective it is about time. But if millions around the world suspected wrongdoing, how might FIFA officials have gotten away with it for so long? Here's NPR's Tom Goldman.

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Business
3:25 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

What Are $26 Million In American Express Rewards Points Worth?

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 7:01 pm

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Sports
3:25 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

FIFA Delegate: Indictment 'Brought A Cloud' On Upcoming Presidential Vote

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 7:01 pm

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The Two-Way
9:43 am
Thu May 28, 2015

FIFA President Blatter: Bribery Scandal Puts 'Long Shadow' Over Soccer

FIFA President Sepp Blatter addresses the audience at the opening ceremony of the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich on Thursday. The leader of soccer's governing body has rejected calls to resign.
Arnd Wiegmann Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 2:18 pm

Embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter is speaking at the beginning of the 65th Congress of soccer's worldwide governing body. Blatter faces a re-election vote Friday, in the face of new corruption and bribery charges against senior members of FIFA.

"These are unprecedented and difficult times for FIFA," Blatter said. "The events of yesterday have cast a long shadow over football and over this league's congress."

It was a somber opening to FIFA's meeting of international sporting bodies, an assembly that was celebrated with flag-bearers and other pageantry.

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The Two-Way
7:38 am
Thu May 28, 2015

FIFA Update: Europe's UEFA Backs Blatter's Opponent; Raids In Brazil

UEFA President Michel Platini says his organization is backing FIFA President Sepp Blatter's opponent in Friday's presidential election. When asked if UEFA might consider leaving FIFA, Platini said, "Of course."
FABRICE COFFRINI AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 11:27 am

One day after a string of bribery arrests and indictments was revealed to center on FIFA, the soccer organization's president, Sepp Blatter, says he will not resign. Accusations of rampant corruption at FIFA came just days before Blatter stands for reelection in Switzerland Friday.

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Business
4:24 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Sponsors Monitor Corruption Charges Against Soccer Officials

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 6:00 am

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Sports
4:10 am
Thu May 28, 2015

After Arrests, Calls For Soccer's Governing Body To Be Overhauled

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 7:41 am

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3:01 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Soccer Indictments Outline Schemes Involving Sports Marking Firms

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 6:00 am

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The Two-Way
11:02 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Golden State Beats Houston, Will Face Cleveland For NBA Title

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors drives on James Harden of the Houston Rockets in the second half of the Warrior's series-clinching win Wednesday night in Oakland, Calif.
Ezra Shaw Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 12:36 am

The Golden State Warriors managed to dominate a stacked Western Conference all season long; with Wednesday night's 104-90 win over the Houston Rockets, they'll get a chance to finish the job in the NBA Finals.

The Warriors got a team-leading 26 points from star point guard Stephen Curry, who had struck his head in a fall in the previous game on Monday. Curry's shot wasn't as accurate as usual, but he made up for it with steals, rebounds and free throws. Harrison Barnes added 24 points for Golden State and Klay Thompson added 20.

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Sports
3:31 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Soccer Fans In Latin America React To FIFA Corruption Charges

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 5:11 pm

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Law
2:45 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

U.S. Justice Department Files Corruption Charges Against FIFA

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 5:11 pm

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Sports
2:33 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Aaron Davidson, Miami Sports Marketing Executive, Charged In FIFA Inquiry

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 5:11 pm

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Sports
2:33 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Indictments Raise Questions About Sepp Blatter's Reign Over FIFA

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 5:11 pm

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3:04 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Officials Of Soccer's Governing Board Arrested On Corruption Charges

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 3:40 pm

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The Two-Way
2:07 am
Wed May 27, 2015

U.S. Indicts 14 In FIFA Corruption Inquiry

The FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. On Wednesday, Swiss police raided a Zurich hotel to detain top FIFA officials as part of a U.S. investigation into corruption.
Philipp Schmidli Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 12:08 am

Updated at 2:50 p.m. ET

Arrest and search warrants have been executed against senior FIFA officials and several executives for what the Justice Department says was a corrupt scheme that gleaned "well over $150 million in bribes and kickbacks" over the course of 24 years.

The department announced that it has indicted 14 people from the U.S. and South America — including nine senior officials with FIFA, soccer's international governing body. Seven of the FIFA officials were arrested in Switzerland early Wednesday.

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Sweetness And Light
1:32 am
Wed May 27, 2015

For Sports Immortality, The 3rd Or 4th Time's The Charm

Serena Williams serves the ball to Andrea Hlavackova during the first round of the French Open in Paris.
Christophe Ena AP

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 8:56 am

There is hardly a sport that has not named a version of its annual multiple championships. Two wins is not enough; you have to win three (a "Crown") or four (a "Grand Slam"). For example, if you win the three major races in thoroughbred racing, it's called the Triple Crown. In men's and women's tennis and men's golf, to win all four majors is to earn a Grand Slam.

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The Two-Way
9:54 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

LeBron Books 5th Straight NBA Finals Trip As Cleveland Sweeps Atlanta

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James drives to the lane Tuesday night against Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap,
Tony Dejak AP

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 12:26 am

A roller-coaster season for the Cleveland Cavaliers reached a new peak Tuesday night as the team dominated the Atlanta Hawks, 118-88, to complete a sweep of the Eastern Conference finals.

Making the NBA finals meets the expectations many had for the Cavs from the moment four-time league MVP LeBron James returned to the team — though Cleveland struggled early in the season, finishing the first half just a game over .500.

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Sports
3:27 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

As The NBA Conference Finals Wind Down, LeBron James Remains Dominant

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 4:31 pm

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The Two-Way
2:58 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Chicago Bears Release Ray McDonald After Arrest For Domestic Violence

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 9:06 am

The Chicago Bears released defensive end Ray McDonald Monday after he was arrested on charges of domestic violence in California — his second arrest in the past nine months.

The Chicago Tribune adds:

"McDonald was arrested for misdemeanor domestic violence and child endangerment, the Santa Clara, Calif., police department said. It's the second time since Aug. 31 that he's been arrested as a result of women claiming he assaulted them.

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Sports
1:59 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

For Women's World Cup, U.S. Soccer Fans Kick It Up A Notch

American Outlaws, seen on the big screen, cheer for the U.S. women's national team more than half an hour before kickoff during a match with Mexico on May 17.
Shereen Marisol Meraji NPR

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 4:45 pm

Soccer fans are replacing their favorite club jerseys for national colors as the best female players in the world prepare to face off in Canada for World Cup 2015, which starts on June 6.

The American Outlaws, considered the biggest U.S. national soccer fan association, has already been rocking red, white and blue to cheer on the women's national team.

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Sports
3:29 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Action Begins At French Open, Tennis' Second Grand Slam

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 6:08 am

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Parallels
1:59 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Trying To Organize A Marathon, An Arab-Israeli Woman Runs Into Opposition

Haneen Radi, an Arab Israeli, wants to organize a marathon for her town of Tira, but was told the run couldn't include women. When she insisted, she received threats, and the back window of her car was shot out.
Emily Harris NPR

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 12:57 pm

Haneen Radi learned to run by walking.

"I used to walk," says the 36-year-old mother of four. "I saw people running and said, I'll try that."

Radi took off. In the decade since then she's finished eight marathons, and she now coaches a girls' running club with 80 members.

"I'm another person when running," Radi says. "I'm happy, I'm smiling."

A few months ago, Radi decided to organize a marathon in Tira, her hometown in northern Israel.

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The Two-Way
12:04 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Juan Pablo Montoya Wins Second Indy 500

Juan Pablo Montoya, of Colombia, celebrates after winning the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Darron Cummings AP

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 4:08 am

Juan Pablo Montoya came from last place to win the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.

It was his second victory at the Brickyard — the first was 15 years ago.

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Sports
3:18 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

An Iconic Image That Captured A Legendary Knockout

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 4:54 pm

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One of the most iconic moments in sports history was captured 50 years ago this week. In one corner...

(SOUNDBITE OF BOXING MATCH ANNOUNCEMENT)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: ...The former heavyweight champion and now the challenger, Sonny Liston.

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5:31 am
Sun May 24, 2015

NFL Aims To Spice Up Games With Tweak To Extra Point Rules

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 9:15 am

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6:23 am
Sat May 23, 2015

NBA, NHL Finals Loom: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 7:48 pm

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And what a nice way to make way for sports.

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SIMON: James versus Curry? Maybe. Anaheim versus Tampa Bay? Really. And Bryce Harper on a tear? Definitively. We're joined now by Howard Bryant of espn.com and ESPN the magazine.

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