- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015


NEW YORK (AP) - Former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer told a U.S. federal judge that he and others on the governing body’s ruling panel agreed to receive bribes in the votes for the hosts of the 1998 and 2010 World Cups.

Prosecutors unsealed a 40-page transcript Wednesday of the hearing in U.S. District Court on Nov. 25, 2013, when Blazer pleaded guilty to racketeering and other charges.

Four sections of the transcript were redacted by prosecutors, presumably to protect avenues of their investigation.

Blazer, in admitting 10 counts of illegal conduct, told the court of his conduct surrounding the vote that made South Africa the first nation on that continent to host soccer’s premier event.



ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is done talking about Chip Kelly, and says people can make up their own minds about his former coach’s motivations to part ways with several Philadelphia Eagles stars.

McCoy says he has no regrets about the comments he made suggesting Kelly might have showed racial bias in how he retooled Philadelphia’s roster the past two years. And McCoy sees no reason to explain himself further because he’s now in Buffalo.

McCoy spoke after a voluntary practice Wednesday. It was the first time he met with reporters since creating a stir by telling ESPN The Magazine that there was “a reason (Kelly) got rid of all the black players.”

The sixth-year player and 2013 NFL rushing leader was traded to Buffalo in March.

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Greg Hardy missed practice Wednesday because he was sick, so the latest chance for the Dallas defensive end to meet with reporters ended the same way as the first two.

There’s still no word from the player facing a 10-game suspension to start the season for his role in a domestic violence case.

It’s the second time in less than a week that Hardy has missed an offseason workout. He was in Washington last week for the hearing on his appeal.

Otherwise, the former Carolina player has been a steady presence at the Cowboys’ Valley Ranch headquarters since signing as a free agent. And he’s left the impression with teammates that he’s ready to work.



KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Major League Baseball has apologized to the Kansas City Royals for a breakdown in its replay process during a crucial moment in a 2-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

The issue occurred in the eighth inning of a tied game Tuesday night, when first base umpire Bob Davidson ruled the Indians’ Jose Ramirez had beaten out a relay throw to prevent a double play. Replays showed Ramirez was out, but the call stood after a nearly 3-minute review.

The Indians wound up scoring the go-ahead run later in the inning.

MLB said Wednesday that the “super slow motion view” was delayed in getting to the replay crew in New York, so umpires there had to render a decision without that information.

MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Marlins have been slow out of the gate this year, and their new custom-designed team plane has yet to take off.

The Marlins leased a Boeing 767-200 from a private company during the offseason and ordered it retrofitted with extra-large seats, couches, a massage table and card tables. But officials are still waiting on the plane, and team President David Samson said Wednesday they might not get it this season.

Samson says the parties to the contract have been unable to fill their side of it.

The Marlins still plan to fly in a custom-designed plane, but it might not happen until next season. In the meantime, Samson says the team has been flying in a 767 with more space and seats than a year ago.



PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Penguins co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle have hired investment bank Morgan Stanley to explore their options.

The owners said in a statement Wednesday night they are in the middle of a feeling out process that could include anything from an outright sale to selling a share of the team or standing pat. The hiring of Morgan Stanley was first reported by TSN.

Lemieux, a Hall of Famer who led the franchise to consecutive Stanley Cups as a player in 1991 and 1992, and Burkle led an investment group that purchased the team out of federal bankruptcy court in 1999.

The Penguins nearly left Pittsburgh in the 2000s before undergoing a renaissance that included the drafting of eventual MVPs Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, another Stanley Cup in 2009 and the opening of Consol Energy Center in 2010.



LAS VEGAS (AP) - After six days of playing poker and outlasting 22,374 others, Lance “Cord” Garcia of Houston is the winner of the World Series of Poker’s Colossus event.

On Wednesday his pair of fours turned into a full house making him $638,880 richer against Bradley McFarland of Whitehall, Pennsylvania.

The event was closely watched for its relatively affordable $565 buy-in, which attracted 5,664 players who had never played in the World Series of Poker before.

Colossus is one of 68 events happening throughout the 51-day World Series of Poker that started last week and culminates with the closely watched Main Event.

The $11.2 million prize pool was spread out among 2,241 players.



WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Alex Morgan was back for the U.S. national team’s first practice in Canada in preparation for the Women’s World Cup.

Morgan had been limited in practice and held out of the team’s last three matches as a precaution because of a bone bruise in her left knee. During the brief part of training open to the media on Wednesday afternoon, Morgan appeared agile.

The United States will need her proven scoring ability as the team tries to win its third World Cup title, and first since 1999.

To date, Morgan has 51 goals and 32 assists in 84 international appearances.

The tournament opens on Saturday with host Canada’s group stage match against China. The United States opens play on Monday against Australia.



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