WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Twins, 1:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM) NBA playoffs: Rockets at Warriors, 9 p.m. (ESPN) NHL playoffs: Ducks at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Dnipro vs. Sevilla, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Exhibition, Manchester City at Toronto, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: French Open, 5 a.m. (ESPN2)
AROUND THE WEB:
— After decades of rumors and reports about corruption at soccer’s highest levels, 14 soccer executives were indicted Wednesday for their alleged roles in a bribery scandal related to tournaments in the United States and Latin America, and Swiss federal prosecutors opened criminal proceedings regarding the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Six soccer executives, in Switzerland for a FIFA congress and general election, were arrested during an early morning raid at their luxury hotel and detained pending an extradition request from the United States.
Officials in the United States said four people, including former FIFA executive Chuck Blazer, and two sports marketing companies already entered guilty pleas.
“The indictment alleges corruption that is rampant, systematic and deep-rooted both abroad and here in the United States,” U.S. Attorney General Lorretta Lynch said.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who is expected to win a fifth term, was not among those arrested. A FIFA spokesman said the organization would cooperate with authorities and welcomes an opportunity to clean up the organization, but he added that Friday’s election would go on as scheduled and there would be no re-vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
The Swiss Federal Office of Justice released a statement after the arrests, reading: “The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has opened criminal proceedings against persons unknown on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and of money laundering in connection with the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 Football World Cups. In the course of said proceedings, electronic data and documents were seized [Wednesday] at FIFA’s head office in Zurich.”
— Former Saints receiver Joe Horn hasn’t played in seven seasons, but he’s as angry as ever at commissioner Roger Goodell. Horn, who also played for the Chiefs and Falcons during his career from 1996-2007, called Goodell “the devil” when discussing the state of the NFL.
“Here’s what I don’t like. I don’t like what Roger Goodell is doing. He has so much power that he can almost shut people down. I just don’t like him,” Horn told TheFootballGirl.com (via ESPN.com). “And I don’t like that on draft day these kids don’t know that they’re hugging the devil. I hate to see kids that are lost and then happy but they really don’t know that the man they’re hugging will rip their throat apart. If he has an opportunity to take money from them, or there’s a situation where they’re guilty before they go to court, he’ll rip them apart. And there’s nothing no one can do about it. If the owners are happy with Roger Goodell, the fans, the media, no one can take his job from him. I hate it.”
Horn, who was fined $30,000 by Goodell’s predecessor, Paul Tagliabue, for hiding a cell phone in the goalpost padding and taking it out during a touchdown celebration in 2003, said he does not have a problem with Tom Brady trying to “get ahead” for his alleged role in Deflategate. However, Horn said Bill Belichick should be suspended one year for the issue, because the coach “knows what everyone is doing.”
“I’m not trying to really do anything historic here by being with Montreal, I’m just trying to help the team win some games so we can bring the Grey Cup back home,” Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team, told a packed crowd at his press conference.
Asked about his decision to come out after his senior season at Missouri, Sam said he remains comfortable with the way it played out.
“There was a reason why I came out to my team, because I didn’t want to live a life behind the closet anymore,” he said. “Eventually it was going to come out anyway, so I have no regrets. I’m happy with myself. I’m living my life the way I want to live.”
Sam, whose No. 94 Alouettes jersey is for sale on the team’s website, said he understands that it’s important for him to set a good example for players who follow him.
“I’ve set in motion a lot of stuff,” he said. “I have a responsibility to handle myself the right way and carry myself the right way so future athletes who may be straight, gay, bisexual, whatever, they can be inspired just by what I’m doing.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 27, 1985, in the Memorial Day Massacre at Boston Garden, the Celtics routed the Lakers, 148-114, in Game 1 of the NBA finals. Which Celtic set an NBA finals record by shooting 11-for-11 (including four 3-pointers)?
We talk to the newest inductee to the Patriots Hall of Fame, linebacker Willie McGinest.
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Dale, Michael and Jerry talk basketball legacy as Lebron James looks poised to make his 5th straight trip to the NBA finals.
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We wrap up the day with the best in sound that you may have missed from this past weekend.
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Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Ray McDonald situation, another PR hit for the NFL, as well as a little deflategate.
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