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Blatter stands down as FIFA president2008 champion Ivanovic back in semifinals at French Open (Yahoo Sports)

Re-elected FIFA President Blatter gestures during a news conference after an extraordinary Executive Committee meeting in ZurichSepp Blatter resigned as FIFA president on Tuesday, four days after being re-elected to a fifth term. Blatter, 79, announced the decision at a news conference in Zurich, six days after the FBI raided a hotel in Zurich and arrested several FIFA officials. (Reporting by Brian Homewood, editing by Mitch Phillips:)


Serbia's Ana Ivanovic reacts as she plays Ukraine's Elina Svitolina during their quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Tuesday, June 2, 2015 in Paris. Ivanovic won 6-3, 6-2. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Ana Ivanovic advanced to the semifinals of a major tournament for the first time since winning her only Grand Slam title at the French Open seven years ago with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Elina Svitolina on Tuesday. The seventh-seeded Ivanovic played aggressively throughout and compensated for her many mistakes with 37 winners to extend her unbeaten record against her 20-year-old opponent to seven. After sealing her win with a forehand passing shot - her 28th forehand winner of the match - the 2008 champion at Roland Garros said: ''I don't know if I should feel very old or very happy.'' With windy conditions on Court Philippe Chatrier, a large piece of paneling later fell off a giant TV screen, holding up the quarterfinal match between Kei Nishikori and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for about 40 minutes after the Frenchman took a 6-1, 5-2 lead.


Poll: Clinton's trustworthiness takes hit among AmericansFIFA says Valcke not behind $10M payment in corruption probe (Yahoo Sports)


FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, left, and Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko attend a press conference in St.Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Local Organising Committee (Russia 2018 LOC) is holding its 5th Management Board meeting with FIFA participation in St.Petersburg. The Board's role is to jointly govern the preparations for FIFA World Cup 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Amid a deepening corruption crisis within soccer's governing body, FIFA defended its second-in-command on Tuesday by trying to distance him from claims he helped authorize $10 million in bribes for World Cup bidding votes. FIFA said the three payments totaling $10 million mentioned in a U.S. federal indictment, which are at the heart of a Department of Justice probe, were approved in 2007 by Julio Grondona, the former chairman of the finance committee who died last year. The FIFA statement follows a New York Times report that American law enforcement officials believe secretary general Jerome Valcke transferred the money in 2008 to accounts controlled by Jack Warner, the former CONCACAF president and FIFA vice president who faces corruption charges in the U.S. The report cited unidentified law enforcement officials.


NSA phone collection bill clears Senate hurdleAdrian Peterson returns to Minnesota Vikings (Yahoo Sports)

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 2, 2015, to call for the 28 classified pages of the 9-11 report to be declassified. Paul has been voicing his dissent in the Senate against a House bill backed by the president that would end the National Security Agency's collection of American calling records while preserving other surveillance authorities. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate sped toward passage Tuesday of legislation to end the National Security Agency's collection of Americans' calling records while preserving other surveillance authorities. But House leaders warned their Senate counterparts not to proceed with planned changes to a House version.


FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson leaves the field after an NFL preseason football game against the Oakland Raiders in Minneapolis. The Minnesota Vikings will open their optional team practices this week without Peterson. The star running back has told coach Mike Zimmer that he will not attend the three days of team work that begin Tuesday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Sunday, May 24, 2015. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the issue. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Adrian Peterson is coming back to the Minnesota Vikings, telling The Associated Press that he will participate in the team's voluntary practice on Tuesday and still has love for his team after nine months away. ''I've been away from the game for an entire season,'' Peterson wrote to the AP. ''I wanted the chance to be around the players and coaches, the guys that really matter to me.'' After skipping the three practices last week, Peterson tweeted that he was looking for more long-term security on a contract that has three years and roughly $45 million left on it, none of which is guaranteed.


Report tells of rapid capsize on China cruise shipNow, UAB begins rebuilding process for football (Yahoo Sports)

A diver (C) walks into the water as rescue teams search for survivors from the Dongfangzhixing or "Eastern Star" vessel which sank in the Yangtze river on June 2, 2015Tour guide Zhang Hui "had 30 seconds to grab a life jacket," before the ship overturned in China's mighty Yangtze river during a storm Monday night, the Xinhua news agency reported Tuesday. The 43-year old and a colleague "grabbed everything they could reach and kept their heads above water" as the ship sank, Xinhua said. More than a dozen people have been been saved from the Dongfangzhixing, or "Eastern Star," which went down on the popular tourist route from the eastern city of Nanjing to the southwestern city of Chongqing, Xinhua said.


FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2014 file photo, a worker erases the UAB Blazers logo from the end zone after the final home game of the season at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. UAB president Ray Watts is bringing the football program back. He told The Associated Press that he decided on Monday, June 1, 2015 to reverse the earlier decision after meetings with UAB supporters continued through the weekend. He says donors have pledged to make up the estimated $17.2 million deficit over the next five years if football is restored. (AP Photo/ AL.com, Mark Almond, File)

UAB's decision to revive the football program is just the beginning of a formidable task. University President Ray Watts announced his intentions Monday to bring back football, a day short of six months after dropping the programs. Now, coach Bill Clark must find enough players to field a team as early as 2016.


Exclusive: Detainee alleges CIA sexual abuse, torture beyond Senate findingsTeixeira's grand slam gives Yankees 7-2 win over Seattle (Yahoo Sports)

Handout photo shows Guantanamo Bay detainee turned government witness Majid Khan at Guantanamo BayBy David Rohde NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency used a wider array of sexual abuse and other forms of torture than was disclosed in a Senate report last year, according to a Guantanamo Bay detainee turned government cooperating witness. Majid Khan said interrogators poured ice water on his genitals, twice videotaped him naked and repeatedly touched his "private parts" – none of which was described in the Senate report. Interrogators, some of whom smelled of alcohol, also threatened to beat him with a hammer, baseball bats, sticks and leather belts, Khan said.


Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez (34) watches as New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira rounds the bases on a grand slam in the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 1, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The overwhelming feeling from Mark Teixeira and his New York teammates was to savor what happened on Monday night. Scoring seven runs off Seattle ace Felix Hernandez - capped by Teixeira's ninth career grand slam - is a rare occurrence. ''You never really know what you're going to get with a guy like Felix,'' Teixeira said.




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