Wednesday, May 27
Soccer's governing body raided
ZURICH (AP) — The U.S. government has launched an attack on what it calls deep-seated and brazen corruption in soccer's global governing body. FIFA (FEE'-fuh) executives were pulled out of a luxury Swiss hotel to face racketeering charges and regional offices in Miami were raided.
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 corruption have dogged FIFA throughout the 17-year reign of its president, Sepp Blatter, but he was not named in either investigation. He is scheduled to stand Friday for re-election to a fifth, four-year term, and the organization said the vote would go ahead as planned, despite the latest turmoil.
In Miami, FBI and IRS agents carried computers and boxes out of the headquarters of CONCACAF, the governing body of North and Central America and the Caribbean, whose past and current presidents were among 14 defendants under indictment for corruption.
Swiss police arrested seven soccer officials at the request of American prosecutors and threatened them with extradition to the U.S. Four other soccer and marketing officials agreed to plead guilty.
The Cavs are waiting
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State will take another crack at advancing to the NBA Finals when the Warriors host Houston tonight. The Rockets stay alive in the Western Conference finals with a win at home on Monday. That still left Golden State in command of the series 3-1.
A win tonight, or in any of the remaining three games, will boost the Warriors into the title series against Cleveland. The Cavaliers swept into the championship round by eliminating Atlanta last night.
Ducks look to clinch
CHICAGO (AP) — Anaheim has the opportunity to close out the NHL Western Conference final with the Blackhawks in Game 6 tonight. The Ducks took a 3-2 series lead two nights ago with a 5-4 win in overtime on home ice. The teams have exchanged wins in the series with the Ducks taking Games 1, 3 and 5 while the Blackhawks won Games 2 and 4.
In their Game 5 victory the Ducks took charge early by scoring three first-period goals while holding the Blackhawks scoreless.
A seventh and deciding game would take place in Anaheim Saturday night.
Report: San Jose has decided on a new coach
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks will hire Peter DeBoer as their new head coach. A person familiar with the search says that DeBoer will be formally introduced later this week. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the hire yet.
DeBoer has coached seven seasons in the NHL with Florida and New Jersey. He made the playoffs just one time when he led the Devils to the Stanley Cup finals in 2012 when they lost to Los Angeles. DeBoer was fired by New Jersey last December with a 205-183-70 career record. He would replace Todd McLellan.
UNDATED (AP) — Felix Hernandez is the first eight game winner this season in Major League Baseball. He tossed a four-hitter and Nelson Cruz belted his league leading 18th home run as the Mariners beat the Rays 3-0. The win gave the M's a three-game sweep in St. Petersburg, Florida. The 8-1 Hernandez got four double plays in his second shutout this season.
— Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer to break Lou Gehrig's American League record for career RBIs and the Yankees beat the Royals 4-2 to finish a three-game sweep. Michael Pineda rebounded from consecutive losses and Brian McCann hit a solo shot for the Yankees, who outscored the AL champions 18-4 in the series. New York had lost six in a row and 10 of 11 before the Royals got to town.
— Ryan Vogelsong allowed one run in six innings to win his third straight start, as the Giants topped Milwaukee 3-1. Joe Panik hit a two-run homer to help the Giants complete a three-game sweep and have won 11 of their last 13 games.
— The Indians walked all over the Rangers 12-3. Carlos Santana capped an eight-run third inning with a three-run homer as the Indians snapped the Rangers seven game winning streak. Josh Hamilton singled in the seventh for his first hit since returning to the Rangers on Monday.
— Nolan Arenado hit a three-run homer for the Rockies as they beat the Reds 6-4. The win is the fourth in five games for Colorado, which took two of three from the Reds who have lost 10 of 11.
— Pittsburgh is riding a six game winning streak after a 5-2 win over the Marlins. The Bucs put it away with five runs in the seventh inning. Gerrit Cole got the win to up his record to7-2.
— The surprising Minnesota Twins just keep on winning, beating Boston for the Twins fifth in a row. Aaron Hicks homered for the first time in more than a year for the Twins, who have won nine of 11. Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh) homered twice for the Red Sox, who have lost six of eight.
— Noah Syndergaard pitched six-hit ball into the eighth inning and connected for his first major league home run to lead the Mets over Philadelphia 7-0. Lucas Duda homered twice for New York. Syndergaard struck out six to become the first rookie in Mets history to strike out at least five batters in each of his first four starts. He also went 3 for 3 at the plate, tying a franchise record for hits in a game by a pitcher.
— Adam LaRoche singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning to lead the White Sox over Toronto 5-3. Chicago avoids a three-game sweep. Jose Abreu had three hits with two RBIs and scored the winning run as Chicago won for the second time in nine games.
Uribe, Callaspo move in six-player deal
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have dealt third baseman Juan Uribe (yoo-REE'-bay) to the Atlanta Braves 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 (ky-AS'-poh), left-handers Eric Stults and Ian Thomas, and minor league right-hander Juan Jaime.
The 36-year-old Uribe was batting .247 with one home run and six RBI in 29 games. He became expendable after losing his starting job to veteran Justin Turner and rookie Alex Guerrero, who was hitting .313 with eight homers in 83 at-bats.
Callaspo originally nixed the trade. He agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract with the Braves in December.
Uribe had a career-best .311 average last season, along with nine homers and 54 RBIs in 103 games. He is making $6,925,000 in the final season of a two-year contract.
Day 4 action
PARIS (AP) — The two second-seeds in the French Open were in action on Day 4 in Paris and each won. Men's No. 2 Roger Federer advanced to the third round as did women's second seed and defending champion Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah).
Men's eighth seed Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRINK'-ah) has completed his second match of the tournament and has advanced to the third round.
In an upset, women's No. 3 Simona Halep (HAL'-ehp) has been ousted by an unseeded player.