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June 3, 2015 - 8:31am
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ZURICH (AP) — A day after announcing his decision to resign, Sepp Blatter was back at work at FIFA headquarters on Wednesday as the worst corruption crisis in the governing body's 111-year history continued to unfold.

Interpol added six men with ties to FIFA to its most wanted list, while South African officials denied they made a $10 million bribe to secure the 2010 World Cup.

Blatter spoke to FIFA staff for about 10 minutes on Wednesday morning,...

June 3, 2015 - 8:16am
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PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open:


2.20 p.m.

Celebrations on court No. 1 as Czech player Lucie Safarova reaches another semifinal, this time in doubles.

Playing alongside American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, she won 7-5, 6-2 against the top-seeded pair of Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza.

Safarova is gunning for two trophies, and plays in the singles semis against Ana Ivanovic on...

June 3, 2015 - 7:48am
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PARIS (AP) — Titleholder Czech Republic will travel to Romania in the first round of the 2016 Fed Cup.

The Czechs have made it to the final again this year, facing Russia in November.

Also, on the weekend of Feb. 6-7, last year's finalist Germany will host Switzerland.

France will open against Italy, and the Netherlands will travel to Russia.

The draw was on Wednesday at Roland Garros.


June 3, 2015 - 7:30am
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MADRID (AP) — Brothers Pau and Marc Gasol have been awarded Spain's Princess of Asturias prize for sports for their "brilliant record" playing basketball for Spain and their respective NBA teams.

The award foundation said in a statement on Wednesday the pair was being recognized for their "sporting standards" as well as being ambassadors for "the Spanish brand."

Pau, aged 34, and Marc, 30, have won world, Olympic, and European championships....

June 3, 2015 - 6:57am
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African sports minister denies $10 million payment was a World Cup bribe.

June 3, 2015 - 6:02am
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1225 GMT (8:25 a.m. EDT)

Hordes of journalists outside FIFA headquarters are sunbathing or taking shade from the baking sun in Zurich, waiting for more news a day after FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced he will resign.

About 100 journalists, including TV crews, have set up camp outside the complex on a tree-lined avenue. One group even had a pizza delivered to them.

Reporters were restricted to asking a group of...

June 3, 2015 - 5:32am
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NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has canceled a meeting in Berlin this weekend where member federations were to discuss ways of opposing a Sepp Blatter-led FIFA.

UEFA President Michel Platini says it is better to await developments after Blatter announced plans to resign.

Platini also noted the "unpredictable nature" of a U.S. federal investigation into corruption in world soccer.

He says "considering new information is revealed...

June 3, 2015 - 5:08am
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Portugal swept imperiously into the knockout rounds of the Under-20 World Cup with a 4-0 win over Qatar on Wednesday, while Mexico revived its campaign after a woeful opening match by defeating Uruguay 2-1.

Two Mexico players were sent off in their first-up, 2-0 loss to Mali, but they demonstrated greater discipline against Uruguay, rallying after conceding a late equalizer to seal the win with a goal in the third minute of stoppage time....

June 3, 2015 - 4:32am
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PARIS (AP) — Interpol has put six men with ties to FIFA on its most wanted list, issuing an international alert for two former FIFA officials and four executives on charges including racketeering and corruption.

The "Red Notices" announced Wednesday were for former FIFA vice president Jack Warner of Trinidad and former executive committee member Nicolas Leoz of Paraguay.

Others listed were Argentinians Alejandro Burzaco and brothers Hugo and Mariano...

June 3, 2015 - 4:18am
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PARIS (AP) — Interpol puts 6 linked to FIFA on most wanted list on racketeering, corruption charges.

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