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Officials Of Soccer's Governing Board Arrested On Corruption Charges

Swiss authorities have arrested several FIFA officials suspected of both receiving and paying bribes. David Greene talks to Matt Apuzzo, one of the reporters working the story for The New York Times.

Top FIFA Officials Arrested In Switzerland On U.S. Corruption Charges

Nine officials from soccer's international governing body are accused of accepting millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks over two decades.

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For Sports Immortality, Third Or Fourth Time's The Charm

Tennis players Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic both have the potential to win Grand Slams, one of the rarest achievements in sports. But it's not an easy feat.

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As The NBA Conference Finals Wind Down, LeBron James Remains Dominant

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with ESPN's Amin Elhassan about the NBA Conference Finals. The Houston Rockets are down 3-0, while the Cleveland Cavaliers are one game away from sweeping the Atlanta Hawks.

Chicago Bears Release Ray McDonald After Arrest For Domestic Violence

It is the defensive end's second arrest in the past nine months. Police in Santa Clara, Calif., say McDonald assaulted a woman while she was holding a baby.

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For Women's World Cup, U.S. Soccer Fans Kick It Up A Notch

They've been supporting the men for years. But for the first time, the American Outlaws — a growing and influential U.S. soccer fan group — will cheer for the women's national team at a World Cup.

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Action Begins At French Open, Tennis' Second Grand Slam

The French Open is in its second day of play in Paris. For a preview of the tournament, Renee Montagne talks with Sports Illustrated tennis writer Courtney Nguyen.

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Trying To Organize A Marathon, An Arab-Israeli Woman Runs Into Opposition

Conservatives in Tira pushed back hard at the idea of women and men running together in a public race. Someone went so far as to shoot at race organizer Haneen Radi's car. For now, the run is off.

Juan Pablo Montoya Wins Second Indy 500

The Colombian native came from dead last to finish first. He won the event in 2000 as a rookie.

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An Iconic Image That Captured A Legendary Knockout

Monday marks the 50th anniversary of the heavyweight boxing title rematch in Maine between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston. Ali, then 23, knocked Liston out in the first round. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Sports Illustrated photographer Neil Leifer, who captured the moment afterward when Ali towered over Liston.

Swiss FIFA Arrests Shake Up Global Soccer

May 27, 2015
Two persons are reflected in the FIFA logo at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Swiss prosecutors opened criminal proceedings into FIFA's awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, only hours after seven soccer officials were arrested Wednesday pending extradition to the U.S. in a separate probe of "rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted" corruption. (AP)

Top officials at soccer’s international governing body FIFA arrested in Switzerland today on charges of racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering and bribery. We’ll dig in.

Boston 2024 Officials Are Meeting With International Olympic Committee

May 27, 2015
The Boston 2024 logo is displayed on a screen before a January news conference about the bid. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Here’s what’s being discussed at the meeting in Switzerland.

Red Sox Struggle Again To Score, Lose 2-1 To Twins

May 27, 2015

Mike Napoli’s single in the second inning scored David Ortiz for Boston’s lone run.

Former Atlanta Mayor Says Olympics Were A Boon To The City

May 26, 2015
Olympic rings adorn both sides of the steel bridge that will span the space from the Centennial Olympic Stadium, left, to the Olympic Cauldron as construction continues at the site in downtown Atlanta in 1996. (Ric Feld/AP)

Young argues that the Atlanta Olympics sparked billions of dollars in investment and development, expanded affordable housing and extended Atlanta’s civil rights legacy.

Brady ‘Deflate-Gate’ Appeal To Pass Deadline

May 26, 2015
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is appealing the four-game suspension he received from the NFL for his alleged role in the use of deflated footballs during the AFC championship game. (Gregory Payan/AP)

Two people familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press that Tom Brady’s appeal won’t be heard by Wednesday’s 10-day deadline.

Joe Kelly Tagged By Twins, Red Sox Drop Opener 7-2

May 26, 2015
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly leaves in the second inning of the game after giving up seven runs to the Twins. (Jim Mone/AP)

Kelly allowed seven runs on eight hits in a 7-2 loss to the Twins on Monday. The loss snapped any momentum the Red Sox had after picking up two straight wins against the Angels over the weekend.

Napoli Homers Again, Drives In 4; Red Sox Beat Angels 6-1

May 24, 2015
Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli hits a two-run double during the eighth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Mike Napoli hit his fourth homer of the series and drove in four runs, Wade Miley allowed one run in eight innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-1 on Sunday.

Napoli Blasts 2 HRs In Boston’s 8-3 Win Over Angels

May 24, 2015
Red Sox's Mike Napoli, right, celebrates his solo home run during the second inning  against the Los Angeles Angels in Boston, Saturday, May 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Mike Napoli smacked two homers and drove in three runs, Steven Wright pitched six-plus solid innings and the Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak with an 8-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night.

Patriots Fans Rallying At Stadium In Support Of Tom Brady

May 23, 2015

The “Free Tom Brady” rally is scheduled to take place Sunday at Gillette Stadium from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to a recently-created Facebook page.

Competitive Hoop Rolling: A Wellesley College Tradition

May 23, 2015
Class of 2014 seniors storm the course at the start of the race. (Arthur Pollock/Boston Herald)

For ages, children rolled hoops for fun. The game has faded from popular culture, but at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, a hoop rolling competition has survived. And as society has evolved, so has the definition of what it means to win. Wellesley graduate Zoë Sobel has our story.

‘League Of Outsider Baseball’ And The Sino-Japanese War

May 23, 2015

Baseball has plenty of well-known heroes — guys like Ted Williams and Babe Ruth. But what about the game’s obscure and unappreciated stars? You’ll find some of them in Gary Cieradkowski’s new book, “The League of Outsider Baseball.” The author joins Bill Littlefield to share the story of two pitchers — one Japanese, one Chinese — who went head-to-head in the Pacific Coast League during the Sino-Japanese War.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

May 23, 2015
The Tampa Bay Lightning have gone to some unusual lengths to make sure no one in the stands is wearing New York Rangers gear. (Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Which league has been worse on the concussion issue, the NHL or the NFL? Can the Lightning silence New York Rangers fans in Tampa Bay? Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce joined Bill Littlefield to discuss the week’s news in sports.

‘(Dis)Honesty’ Explores Why People — And Athletes — Cheat

May 23, 2015
Tim Donaghy was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison after the 2007 NBA betting scandal. (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

A new film titled “(Dis)Honesty — The Truth About Lies” looks at why we cheat. Disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy and Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke, join Bill Littlefield to discuss dishonesty in sports.

Can A Love Of Horse Racing And A Love Of Animals Co-Exist?

May 23, 2015
Horse racing writer Teresa Genaro arranged for Tie Break to retire in 2011 after his trainer could no longer afford to keep him. The 14-year-old lives at Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue in Pawling, N.Y. (Courtesy Teresa Genaro)

With American Pharoah preparing to race for the Triple Crown on June 6 in the Belmont Stakes, we asked turf writer Teresa Genaro to tell us about how she balances her love of horse racing — a sport where the stars are sometimes mistreated — with her love of animals.

American Pharoah Could Win Triple Crown … But Won’t Save Racing

May 23, 2015
(Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Jennie Rees of the Louisville Courier-Journal joins Bill Littlefield to predict whether American Pharaoh will be the first to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978.

Sport Is Politics For 73-Year-Old FC Barcelona Fan

May 23, 2015
Paris Saint-Germain v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: First Leg

Sixty-six years ago, Marti Dalmases’ father signed him up as a member of the FC Barcelona fan club. The 73-year-old estimates he’s now seen about 2,500 matches. He talked with Only A Game’s Ian Mount about the politics of soccer in Spain, archrival Real Madrid and next week’s Copa Del Rey Final, which Barca will be looking to win.

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