State & National News

May 28, 2015 - 9:55am
6 min 30 sec ago

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Nelson Piquet Jr. will skip the X Games to compete in Formula E, where he's a championship contender in the new fully electric racing series.

Andreas Bakkerud will replace Piquet in the SH Racing Ford Fiesta at next weekend's X Games in Austin, Texas.

Piquet is leading the Formula E standings but is in a four-way battle with three races left. He'll compete June 6 in Moscow instead of participating in the X Games, where he won a...

May 28, 2015 - 9:03am
6 min 30 sec ago

GRAND LEDGE, Mich. (AP) — A wife and husband from Michigan say they both got a hole-in-one in consecutive shots at the same hole.

Tony and Janet Blundy tell the Lansing State Journal ( ) that their aces came while golfing Sunday at Ledge Meadows Golf Course in Grand Ledge. The couple says Tony hit a hole-in-one first at the 16th hole, and Janet then equaled his feat.

The newspaper says two golfers who didn't know the Blundys...

May 28, 2015 - 8:57am
6 min 30 sec ago

ZURICH (AP) — UEFA president Platini says majority of Europeans will vote for Prince Ali for FIFA president.

May 28, 2015 - 8:44am
6 min 30 sec ago

ZURICH (AP) — Former FIFA presidential candidate says Platini asked Blatter to resign, and Blatter refused.

May 28, 2015 - 8:34am
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NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland (AP) — Rory McIlroy can't seem to perform in front of a home crowd.

The Northern Ireland star looked bewildered as he shot a 9-over-par 80 — his worst score of the season — in Thursday's opening round of the Irish Open. He finished the morning at the bottom of the leaderboard, with half the field yet to tee off.

Most struggled with gales and bracing showers at Royal County Down, a seaside links course beside the Mourne...

May 28, 2015 - 8:31am
6 min 30 sec ago

ZURICH (AP) — European soccer nations say they will not boycott the FIFA congress, where Sepp Blatter is up for re-election as president.

Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney says UEFA backed down from its threatened boycott on Thursday, hours before the start of the congress.

Delaney also says English Football Association vice chairman David Gill will reject his seat on the FIFA executive committee if Blatter wins on Friday...

May 28, 2015 - 8:25am
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ZURICH (AP) — The embattled CONCACAF soccer body says it wants the FIFA presidential election to go ahead Friday.

The North American regional body says its 35 FIFA voters are "unanimous that the election should go forward as planned."

FIFA President Sepp Blatter is favored to win re-election against Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan.

European body UEFA has urged postponing the election for six months because of the turmoil...

May 28, 2015 - 8:16am
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ZURICH (AP) — European soccer official John Delaney of Ireland says UEFA will not boycott FIFA congress.

May 28, 2015 - 5:36am
1 hour 36 min ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says the United States is meddling in FIFA's affairs in an attempt to take the 2018 World Cup away from his country.

Putin said in televised comments Thursday that it is "odd" that the probe was launched at the request of U.S. officials for crimes which do not involve its citizens and did not happen in the United States.

In a separate probe, Swiss prosecutors are investigating the awarding of the 2018...

May 28, 2015 - 5:29am
1 hour 36 min ago

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese parliament has enacted a bill to create a ministerial post in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The Olympics minister will coordinate work among related government agencies ahead of the games.

Toshiaki Endo, a former senior vice education minister, is seen as the top candidate and is expected to be appointed in June.

Up until now, the education, culture, sports, science and technology minister served as...

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