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 â€” including a copy of a signed deal.
FIFA paid the FAI more than 5 million euros â€” equal to around $7 million at the time of the transaction in January 2010 â€” so that the Irish would quit their plans for a legal appeal.
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.
American Pharoah is poised to make horse-racing history Saturday if he wins the Belmont Stakes and accomplishes that rare feat â€” 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 â€” the Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont â€” are even slimmer. Only 11 horses have ever done it. If American Pharoah wins, he will be the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.
Last October, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill released findings from an internal investigation that revealed approximately 3,000 students â€” mostly student athletes â€” had their grades inflated through sham courses in the school's African and Afro-American studies department over a span of almost 20 years.
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.