Sepp Blatter

Sepp Blatter

A bomb threat was made against the venue of the FIFA congress and presidential election, according to police in Switzerland.

“An anonymous threat against the FIFA congress was received,” FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke said. “A search was carried out. The premises have been cleared by the authorities.”

Said a Zurich police spokesman: “It was decided that the congress room will be searched by specialists from local police. The police action is still ongoing, but so far no one had to be evacuated.”

FIFA’s presidential elections are set for Friday. Sitting president Sepp Blatter is running for a fifth term in office. Many officials have called for Blatter’s resignation following the corruption scandal that resulted in the arrests of 14 people.

Blatter has refused to resign and is running in what projects to be a particularly close election. The incumbent will face off against Prince Ali bin Hussein of Jordan. U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati has said the the American vote will go to Prince Ali.

In his address to the congress Friday, Blatter defended himself.

“You can’t ask everyone to behave ethically just like that,” Blatter said.

In order to win the election, a candidate must win a two-thirds majority of the 209 voting-eligible members in attendance. If no candidate wins by such a margin, there will be a second vote requiring a simple majority.

Blog Author: 
Josh Slavin

Daily MailThey couldn’t be rattled. They couldn’t be denied. Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar had worked too hard and come close too many times not to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

So they shared the title on Thursday, making history in two different ways.

The bee hadn’t ended in a tie for 52 years — until last year. Now it’s happened for an unprecedented two years running.

Vanya, 13, of Olathe, Kansas, is the first sibling of a past champion to win. Her sister, Kavya, won in 2009.

Vanya’s final word was “scherenschnitte,” which means the art of cutting paper into decorative designs. After being informed he’d be the co-champion if he got the next word right, Gokul didn’t even bother to ask the definition before spelling “nunatak.”

For the record, it means a hill or mountain completely surrounded by glacial ice.

Congratulations, Baby Boomers. Take a bow, Gen-Xers. Good job, good effort, Millennials. This is what all your touchy-feely, self-esteem building, achievement-discouraging social engineering has wrought. This is the Spelling Bee for the participation ribbon generation. For the second year in a row, it ends in a tie.

What happened? Did they run out of words? No one on the panel could log on to and look up some new ones, or did they go through the entire English language? No, they couldn’t be bothered. Or more to the point, no one had the guts because they didn’t want to send poor little Gokul or precious little Vanya home disappointed and damage their delicate psyches.

Well, that’s not the America I grew up in. In my America, being the champion stood for something. It meant you were the best. It was Highlander. There could be only one. The Spelling Bee was a bloodsport. You battled. You kept going until either you or your opponent couldn’t endure another word and one winner stood alone. That’s what made the Spelling Bee championship worth achieving. Now it’s just another pointless exercise in making these little walking Autocorrects feel good about themselves.

Well, guess what. You’ve failed. For the rest of their lives, Gokul and Vanya are going to have to wear the prefix “co-” before the title “winner” like, in the words of Mayor Menino, an Alcatraz around their necks. They’re going to have to bear an asterisk like the Scarlet Letter so the world knows the truth — that neither of them actually won. Do you think for one second Vanya can go home and look her sister Kavya in the eye as equals? Not on your life. Kavya won’t even have to say she won hers outright; they’ll both know. And Vanya will never live it down.

So for all your effort to help these kids you’ve cut up their spirit like scherenschnitte and left their souls as cold an isolated as a nunatak.


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Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

Dwyane Wade‘s future with the Heat apparently is in doubt.

The three-time NBA champion, who has spent his entire career in Miami since being drafted in 2003, is preparing for the possibility of leaving the team this summer. According to The Associated Press, contract talks between the two sides are at “an impasse.”

Wade’s contract would pay him $16.1 million next season, and Wade has the right to opt out and enter free agency. According to an AP source, he has not yet decided whether to opt out.

“He’s trying to figure out how things should transpire and if he can reach another agreement with the Heat,” the person said.

Wade took a pay cut last year, opting out of his contract that had two years and around $41 million remaining, in order to give the team more financial flexibility to retain LeBron James.

When James left anyway, Wade signed a two-year deal for $31 million with an option for the second year (next season). Wade has said repeatedly that he wishes to stay with the Heat for the entirety of his career.

This summer, the Heat also are faced with trying to re-sign point guard Goran Dragic.

“We have a backcourt that we’re thinking about that I’ll feel very good about,” team president Pat Riley said in his end-of-season interview about the possibility of a full season of a Dragic-Wade backcourt.

Wade is Miami’s career leader in games, points, assists and steals.

Blog Author: 
Josh Slavin

Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Red Sox at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NHL playoffs: Lightning at Rangers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: U-20 World Cup, United States vs. Myanmar, midnight (FS1)
College softball: World Series, LSU vs. Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College softball: World Series, Michigan vs. UCLA, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)


Adrian Peterson brought come clarity to his dispute with the Vikings, tweeting his frustration that his contract is not fully guaranteed.

There had been speculation that Peterson was skipping this week’s voluntary three-day practice session because he felt the Vikings did not support him enough during his legal problems last season. However, he indicated the issue is only about his contract.

Peterson apparently wants the Vikings to guarantee money due in the final two years of his deal, especially after he lost money during last season’s suspension.

Tweeted Peterson: I know hundreds of players that wished their team would’ve HONORED the contract! But instead got threw to the side like trash.

Peterson has three years and about $45 million remaining on his contract. If he is on the roster for Week 1, his $12.75 million salary for 2015 is guaranteed, but not the final two years.

Tweeted Peterson: A lill crazy how one side has so much power that they can do as they please when it comes to the contract! But when the other-side (player’s) feels for whatever reason! Family, Change of scenery or simply – what they feels just might work best for them! Those same laws don’t apply! It’s all about honoring you’re contract! Sounds like free will is being a lil challenged to me!

Peterson later indicated his anger is directed at the players’ lack of power, not at the Vikings in particular.

Wrote Peterson: This is not against the Vikings. I am just frustrated that our union did not get guaranteed contracts for its players.

The Vikings have another set of voluntary practices next week, but Peterson is not required to show up until minicamp that starts June 16.

— Eagles coach Chip Kelly responded to allegations from traded running back LeSean McCoy that he intentionally got rid of the team’s good black players by denying race played a role in any of his offseason decisions.

“I’ve got great respect for LeSean. However, in that situation, I think he’s wrong,” Kelly said Thursday. “We put a lot of time in looking at the characters and factors that go into selection and retention of players, and color’s never been one of them.”

McCoy, the leading rusher in Eagles history, was shipped to Buffalo in March for linebacker Kiko Alonso, and he said, “There’s a reason [Kelly] got rid of all the black players — the good ones — like that.”

“That doesn’t hurt me,” Kelly said. “I’m not governed by the fear of what other people say. Events don’t elicit feelings. I think beliefs elicit feelings, and I understood what my beliefs are and I know who I am.”

Kelly added that he would like to talk to McCoy at some point, but McCoy would not take his phone calls the two times he tried.

— The Broncos got some bad news Thursday, as tests revealed that left tackle Ryan Clady tore his left ACL during Wednesday’s voluntary practice and likely will miss the entire 2015 season.

Clady was setting up to block for Peyton Manning on a pass play when his knee buckled. He stayed in for another snap before leaving.

“We really weren’t that worried [Wednesday] night,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “Thought we’d take a look at it [Thursday]. Unfortunately, we got some horrible news.”

With the four-time Pro Bowler out, the Denver offensive line — already with major turnover — might have to rely on a rookie. Second-round pick Ty Sambrallo took snaps at left tackle Thursday.

“They’re not going to stop the game or give us a mulligan or nothing. We’re expecting to play,” offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said. “Certainly we have a lot of talent. We’re going to win some games.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 29, 1984, the Red Sox held their first official number retirement ceremony, honoring two men: Ted Williams (No. 9) and who else?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It is our strong belief that there needs to be a culture of communication that builds a trust throughout this organization from the players to the coaches to the management and to the front office, a culture where everyone is pulling in the same direction. When that culture is sacrificed, it becomes extremely difficult to evolve and to grow.” Bulls general manager Gar Forman, announcing the team’s decision to fire coach Tom Thibodeau despite his .647 winning percentage in five seasons

STAT OF THE DAY: 3 – Hits allowed by Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez in his major league debut against the Rangers on Thursday night, as he threw 7 2/3 innings of shutout ball in Boston’s 5-1 victory

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Orioles right fielder Adam Jones catches a deep fly and unleashes a bullet to third base to nail White Sox baserunner Adam LaRoche.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Joe Cronin (No. 4)

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Melissa Etheridge was born on this day in 1961.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
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