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5:29pm

Fri June 5, 2015
The Two-Way

Irish Soccer Details $7 Million FIFA Payment Over Handball

Robbie Keane scored in Ireland's controversial World Cup qualifying match with France on Nov. 18, 2009 — but the country was eliminated by the aggregate score of 2-1. Ireland's soccer association says FIFA paid 5 million euros — $7 million at 2010 exchange rates — over a blatant breaking of the rules by France.
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A day after news emerged that soccer's world body paid Ireland not to protest a blatant handball by France's Thierry Henry in 2009, the Football Association of Ireland is releasing more details about the arrangement — including a copy of a signed deal.

FIFA paid the FAI more than 5 million euros — equal to around $7 million at the time of the transaction in January 2010 — so that the Irish would quit their plans for a legal appeal.

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5:07pm

Fri June 5, 2015
Sports

Women's World Cup Soccer Kicks Off Saturday In Canada

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 6:47 pm

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5:28am

Fri June 5, 2015
Sports

Women's World Cup Soccer Action To Begin Amid FIFA Scandal

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 7:58 am

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5:26am

Fri June 5, 2015
Sports

NBA Game 1: Warriors Beat Cavaliers 108-100 In Overtime

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 7:58 am

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5:06am

Fri June 5, 2015
Latin America

FIFA's Soccer 'Embassy' In Paraguay, Complete With Legal Immunity

Originally published on Sun June 7, 2015 6:14 pm

The headquarters of the South American Football Confederation, or CONMEBOL, in Luque, Paraguay. The confederation has the status of an embassy, which includes legal immunity in Paraguay. Two former heads of CONMEBOL have been indicted in the FIFA scandal, accused of taking bribes and money laundering.
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Experiencing a five-star hotel can sometimes feel like you've been transported to another country. Take the CONMEBOL Bourbon Hotel in Asuncion, Paraguay.

Acoustic music plays while the sun sparkles on the rooftop pool. The view from the top looks down onto the manicured grounds of CONMEBOL, the headquarters of the South American Soccer Federation, where a helicopter pad has pride of place. You could almost ignore the unpaved roads nearby in this, one of South America's poorest countries.

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3:31am

Fri June 5, 2015
Sports

For Thoroughbreds, The Big Payout Can Come Long After The Race

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 1:48 pm

American Pharoah and trainer Bob Baffert at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. American Pharoah will try to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner since 1978.
Seth Wenig AP

American Pharoah is poised to make horse-racing history Saturday if he wins the Belmont Stakes and accomplishes that rare feat — a Triple Crown victory. His owner will also get a nice payday. But the real financial windfall comes later.

In America, thousands of thoroughbreds are born every year, and every year only one gets to win the Kentucky Derby.

The chances of winning the Triple Crown — the Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont — are even slimmer. Only 11 horses have ever done it. If American Pharoah wins, he will be the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.

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8:33pm

Thu June 4, 2015
The Two-Way

University Of North Carolina Charged With 5 'Level 1' Violations By NCAA

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 6:58 am

The Old Well on campus at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. Reports from the school and the NCAA say UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and staff oversaw a student-athlete grade-inflation scheme that lasted almost twenty years.
Gerry Broome AP

Last October, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill released findings from an internal investigation that revealed approximately 3,000 students — mostly student athletes — had their grades inflated through sham courses in the school's African and Afro-American studies department over a span of almost 20 years.

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6:01pm

Thu June 4, 2015
The Two-Way

Lightning Hope Lesson Was Learned In Opening Game Loss To Blackhawks

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 6:57 am

5:57pm

Thu June 4, 2015
Sports

Former Goalie Says U.S. Women's Soccer Team Looks 'Incredibly Strong'

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 8:50 pm

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11:37am

Thu June 4, 2015
The Two-Way

Indicted Former FIFA Official Warner Says He Won't Protect Secrets

Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner discussed records he has amassed about financial dealings in the embattled organization Wednesday.
Andrea De Silva Reuters/Landov

In a televised address titled "The Gloves Are Off," former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner says he told his lawyers to contact law enforcement, and that he has proof FIFA and its leader, Sepp Blatter, influenced Trinidad and Tobago's election in 2010.

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