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  • CAF opposes postponement of FIFA Congress … Reuters - 7 minutes ago

    By Mark Gleeson JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The Confederation of African Football is opposed to any postponement of Friday’s FIFA Congress and presidential election in … More »CAF opposes postponement of FIFA Congress …

    By Mark Gleeson JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The Confederation of African Football is opposed to any postponement of Friday’s FIFA Congress and presidential election in Zurich and reiterated its support for Sepp Blatter’s candidacy, a statement said on Thursday. CAF said a meeting of its members, held in the Swiss city on …

  • FILE - The June 1, 2011 file photo shows Swiss  FIFA President Joseph (Sepp) Blatter during a press conference after the 61st FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland.  Blatter is seeking reelection at the FIFA congress in Zurich. Blatter is not among the six soccer officials who were arrested and detained by Swiss police on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 pending extradition at the request of U.S. authorities after a raid at a luxury hotel. The officials are in Switzerland for the FIFA congress and presidential election.  (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
    Blatter calls crisis meeting, skips … Associated Press - 8 minutes ago

    ZURICH (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter chaired an emergency meeting with continental soccer bodies Thursday while staying out of public view himself. More »Blatter calls crisis meeting, skips …

    FILE - The June 1, 2011 file photo shows Swiss  FIFA President Joseph (Sepp) Blatter during a press conference after the 61st FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland.  Blatter is seeking reelection at the FIFA congress in Zurich. Blatter is not among the six soccer officials who were arrested and detained by Swiss police on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 pending extradition at the request of U.S. authorities after a raid at a luxury hotel. The officials are in Switzerland for the FIFA congress and presidential election.  (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    ZURICH (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter chaired an emergency meeting with continental soccer bodies Thursday while staying out of public view himself.

  • Benitez to leave Napoli amid Real s … Reuters - 10 minutes ago

    NAPLES, Italy (Reuters) - Napoli coach Rafa Benitez has announced he is leaving after two years with the Serie A club amid widespread expectation he is poised to replace … More »Benitez to leave Napoli amid Real s …

    NAPLES, Italy (Reuters) - Napoli coach Rafa Benitez has announced he is leaving after two years with the Serie A club amid widespread expectation he is poised to replace the sacked Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid. Spaniard Benitez, who had a stint in Real's youth set-up in the 1990s, made the announcement at a news conference …

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, May 23, 2012 file photo the newly elected president of CONCACAF Jeffrey Webb talks to FIFA President Sepp Blatter, left, as they arrive at the meeting of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), prior to the two-day congress of FIFA in Budapest, Hungary. Webb is among the soccer officials that were arrested and detained by Swiss police on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the request of U.S. authorities after a raid at Baur au Lac Hotel in Zurich.  (Szilard Koszticsak/MTI via AP, File)
    Visa becomes first FIFA sponsor to warn … Associated Press - 11 minutes ago

    LONDON (AP) — Worried that their reputations will be tarnished by their links to FIFA, major sponsors are demanding that soccer's global governing body clean up its … More »Visa becomes first FIFA sponsor to warn …

    FILE - In this Wednesday, May 23, 2012 file photo the newly elected president of CONCACAF Jeffrey Webb talks to FIFA President Sepp Blatter, left, as they arrive at the meeting of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), prior to the two-day congress of FIFA in Budapest, Hungary. Webb is among the soccer officials that were arrested and detained by Swiss police on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the request of U.S. authorities after a raid at Baur au Lac Hotel in Zurich.  (Szilard Koszticsak/MTI via AP, File)

    LONDON (AP) — Worried that their reputations will be tarnished by their links to FIFA, major sponsors are demanding that soccer's global governing body clean up its act, with Visa even warning it is prepared to jump ship.

  • Kei Nishikori of Japan plays a shot to Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil during their men's singles match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris
    Nishikori through to last 16 after Becker … Reuters - 13 minutes ago

    PARIS (Reuters) - Kei Nishikori became the first player through to the fourth round of the French Open without hitting a ball on Thursday when his third-round opponent … More »Nishikori through to last 16 after Becker …

    Kei Nishikori of Japan plays a shot to Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil during their men's singles match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris

    PARIS (Reuters) - Kei Nishikori became the first player through to the fourth round of the French Open without hitting a ball on Thursday when his third-round opponent Benjamin Becker withdrew injured. The Japanese fifth seed will now get an extended break as his clash with German Becker was scheduled for Friday, meaning …

  • Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic returns the ball to Spain's Silvia Soler-Espinosa during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Thursday May 28, 2015 in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
    The Latest: Kvitova through to French … Associated Press - 14 minutes ago

    PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open: More »The Latest: Kvitova through to French …

    Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic returns the ball to Spain's Silvia Soler-Espinosa during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Thursday May 28, 2015 in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open:

  • Sponsors are piling pressure on FIFA leader Sepp Blatter to clean up world football amid two major corruption scandals
    FIFA sponsors pile pressure on Blatter … AFP News - 14 minutes ago

    Sponsors piled pressure on FIFA leader Sepp Blatter to clean up world football as two major corruption scandals overshadowed the start of a congress Thursday at which … More »FIFA sponsors pile pressure on Blatter …

    Sponsors are piling pressure on FIFA leader Sepp Blatter to clean up world football amid two major corruption scandals

    Sponsors piled pressure on FIFA leader Sepp Blatter to clean up world football as two major corruption scandals overshadowed the start of a congress Thursday at which he will seek a new term. Blatter remains favourite to win the presidential election on Friday however. Credit card giant Visa said it would "reassess" its …

  • FILE - In this May 19, 2015 file photo FIFA President Sepp Blatter attends a press conference in Jerusalem. Blatter is seeking reelection at the FIFA congress in Zurich where six soccer officials were arrested and detained by Swiss police on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 pending extradition at the request of U.S. authorities after a raid at a luxury hotel. The officials are in Switzerland for the FIFA congress and presidential election.   (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
    THE LATEST: CAF backs Blatter, says … Associated Press - 15 minutes ago

    ZURICH (AP) — The Latest on FIFA developments: More »THE LATEST: CAF backs Blatter, says …

    FILE - In this May 19, 2015 file photo FIFA President Sepp Blatter attends a press conference in Jerusalem. Blatter is seeking reelection at the FIFA congress in Zurich where six soccer officials were arrested and detained by Swiss police on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 pending extradition at the request of U.S. authorities after a raid at a luxury hotel. The officials are in Switzerland for the FIFA congress and presidential election.   (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

    ZURICH (AP) — The Latest on FIFA developments:

  • Kvitova struggles to advance into French … Reuters - 16 minutes ago

    PARIS (Reuters) - Czech fourth seed Petra Kvitova labored into the third round of the French Open as she overcame Spain's Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-7(4) 6-4 6-2 on … More »Kvitova struggles to advance into French …

    PARIS (Reuters) - Czech fourth seed Petra Kvitova labored into the third round of the French Open as she overcame Spain's Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-7(4) 6-4 6-2 on Thursday. The double Wimbledon champion, a semi-finalist on the Paris clay in 2012, made 54 unforced errors in a patchy display on a chilly court Suzanne Lenglen. …

  • FIFA president Blatter gestures next to South Africa's Sports Minister Mbalula during a media briefing in Johannesburg
    Blatter chairs emergency FIFA meeting … Reuters - 19 minutes ago

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter chaired an emergency meeting with representatives from FIFA's six confederations on Thursday following the wave of arrests of soccer officials … More »Blatter chairs emergency FIFA meeting …

    FIFA president Blatter gestures next to South Africa's Sports Minister Mbalula during a media briefing in Johannesburg

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter chaired an emergency meeting with representatives from FIFA's six confederations on Thursday following the wave of arrests of soccer officials including two FIFA vice-presidents in Zurich on Wednesday. The FIFA emergency committee rarely meets and two of its nominated members Jeffrey Webb, the …

  • Figueroa, Sagbo released by relegated … Reuters - 26 minutes ago

    LONDON (Reuters) - Hull City, relegated from the Premier League, have released six players, including Honduras international Maynor Figueroa and Ivorian Yannick Sagbo. … More »Figueroa, Sagbo released by relegated …

    LONDON (Reuters) - Hull City, relegated from the Premier League, have released six players, including Honduras international Maynor Figueroa and Ivorian Yannick Sagbo. Defender Figueroa joined the club in 2013 after five years with Wigan Athletic. Striker Sagbo signed from French club Evian two years ago. Among the other …

  • Sepp Blatter has been FIFA president since 1998, weathering a series of scandals
    English FA, government urge Blatter … AFP News - 30 minutes ago

    England's Football Association and government urged FIFA president Sepp Blatter to resign on Thursday, as British investigative journalists were praised for helping to … More »English FA, government urge Blatter …

    Sepp Blatter has been FIFA president since 1998, weathering a series of scandals

    England's Football Association and government urged FIFA president Sepp Blatter to resign on Thursday, as British investigative journalists were praised for helping to expose a major corruption scandal. "Sepp Blatter has to go as FIFA president," Greg Dyke, chairman of the FA, football's governing body in England, told …

  • Julia Goerges of Germany reacts during the  women's singles match against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris
    Caroline Wozniacki joins exodus of women's … Reuters - 35 minutes ago

    By Martyn Herman PARIS (Reuters) - Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki joined the exodus of women's seeds at the French Open on Thursday when the Dane was bundled … More »Caroline Wozniacki joins exodus of women's …

    Julia Goerges of Germany reacts during the  women's singles match against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris

    By Martyn Herman PARIS (Reuters) - Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki joined the exodus of women's seeds at the French Open on Thursday when the Dane was bundled out in the second round by Germany's Julia Goerges. Wozniacki, seeded five, joined Romanian third seed Simona Halep, last year's runner-up, and number …

  • Julia Goerges of Germany plays a shot to Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during their women's singles match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris
    Wozniacki joins exodus of women's … Reuters - 35 minutes ago

    By Martyn Herman PARIS (Reuters) - Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki joined the exodus of women's seeds at the French Open on Thursday when the Dane was bundled … More »Wozniacki joins exodus of women's …

    Julia Goerges of Germany plays a shot to Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during their women's singles match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris

    By Martyn Herman PARIS (Reuters) - Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki joined the exodus of women's seeds at the French Open on Thursday when the Dane was bundled out in the second round by Germany's Julia Goerges. Wozniacki, seeded five, joined Romanian third seed Simona Halep, last year's runner-up, and number …

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he speaks at the 10th business forum "Business Russia" in Moscow on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Putin has encouraged businesses to expand domestically before Western nations lift economic sanctions, allowing once again the sale of many foreign goods in Russia. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
    Putin accuses US of meddling into FIFA … Associated Press - 41 minutes ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of meddling in FIFA's affairs and hinted that it was part of an attempt to take the 2018 … More »Putin accuses US of meddling into FIFA …

    Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he speaks at the 10th business forum "Business Russia" in Moscow on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Putin has encouraged businesses to expand domestically before Western nations lift economic sanctions, allowing once again the sale of many foreign goods in Russia. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of meddling in FIFA's affairs and hinted that it was part of an attempt to take the 2018 World Cup away from his country.

  • Visa threatens to ditch FIFA as sponsor … Reuters - 43 minutes ago

    By Anjali Athavaley and Emma Thomasson NEW YORK/BERLIN (Reuters) - Visa Inc has told FIFA it could end its sponsorship if football's governing body does not act fast … More »Visa threatens to ditch FIFA as sponsor …

    By Anjali Athavaley and Emma Thomasson NEW YORK/BERLIN (Reuters) - Visa Inc has told FIFA it could end its sponsorship if football's governing body does not act fast to restore the reputation of the game after senior officials were arrested on corruption charges. The statement from Visa was the strongest so far as sponsors …

  • Caroline Wozniacki returns the ball to Julia Gorges at Roland Garros on May 28, 2015
    Wozniacki out of French Open AFP News - 47 minutes ago

    Caroline Wozniacki became the third top six seed to be knocked out of the French Open when she slumped to a 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) loss to Germany's Julia Goerges on Thu … More »Wozniacki out of French Open

    Caroline Wozniacki returns the ball to Julia Gorges at Roland Garros on May 28, 2015

    Caroline Wozniacki became the third top six seed to be knocked out of the French Open when she slumped to a 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) loss to Germany's Julia Goerges on Thursday.

  • Palestine has been calling for FIFA to expel Israel over its restrictions on the movement of Palestinian players
    Palestinians 'open' as Israel … AFP News - 55 minutes ago

    Palestinian football chief Jibril Rajoub on Thursday appeared to soften his stance on a threatened vote at the FIFA congress to expel Israel from world football's governing … More »Palestinians 'open' as Israel …

    Palestine has been calling for FIFA to expel Israel over its restrictions on the movement of Palestinian players

    Palestinian football chief Jibril Rajoub on Thursday appeared to soften his stance on a threatened vote at the FIFA congress to expel Israel from world football's governing body. "Everything is possible and we are open to every scenario," added Rajoub, who met with embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Wednesday. Palestine, …

  • Indonesia hopes to escape possible ban … Reuters - 1 hour 1 minute ago

    Indonesia is optimistic of escaping a possible FIFA ban over an administrative row on Friday as soccer's world governing body finds itself embroiled in a massive scandal … More »Indonesia hopes to escape possible ban …

    Indonesia is optimistic of escaping a possible FIFA ban over an administrative row on Friday as soccer's world governing body finds itself embroiled in a massive scandal after its senior officials were arrested on bribery and corruption charges. Indonesia is unlikely to meet Friday's deadline set by FIFA to resolve a dispute …

  • FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks at the 26th AFC Congress in Manama
    Pressure mounts on Blatter as FIFA scandal … Reuters - 1 hour 6 minutes ago

    By Mike Collett and Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - Pressure mounted on FIFA President Sepp Blatter on Thursday as the corruption scandal engulfing world soccer's … More »Pressure mounts on Blatter as FIFA scandal …

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks at the 26th AFC Congress in Manama

    By Mike Collett and Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - Pressure mounted on FIFA President Sepp Blatter on Thursday as the corruption scandal engulfing world soccer's governing body deepened, with warnings from big sponsors and growing criticism from senior Western politicians. Despite FIFA statements that it was business …