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Apr 29, 2013

Analysis: Collins coming out will encourage more to follow suit

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Times are changing for gays in American sports and National Basketball Association (NBA) player Jason Collins’ decision to come out will encourage others in the top leagues to be open about their sexuality.

Two years ago, NBA great Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 for using an anti-gay slur against a referee and on Monday the five-time NBA champion applauded Collins for coming out as the first gay man in a major North American professional sports league.

Apr 25, 2013

Donovan has fallen down U.S. team pecking order: Klinsmann

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Landon Donovan’s return to the U.S. squad for June’s World Cup qualifiers is no certainty as the country’s all-time top scorer dropped down the pecking during his break from the game, coach Juergen Klinsmann said on Wednesday.

Donovan has already missed World Cup qualifiers against Honduras, Costa Rica and Mexico in recent months following his decision last December to take a break from the game.

Apr 24, 2013

Soccer-Donovan has fallen down U.S. team pecking order-Klinsmann

WASHINGTON, April 24 (Reuters) – Landon Donovan’s return to the U.S. squad for June’s World Cup qualifiers is no certainty as the country’s all-time top scorer dropped down the pecking during his break from the game, coach Juergen Klinsmann said on Wednesday.

Donovan has already missed World Cup qualifiers against Honduras, Costa Rica and Mexico in recent months following his decision last December to take a break from the game.

Apr 22, 2013

More trouble for FIFA as key member quits reform process

MIAMI (Reuters) – A leading member of the body set up to advise FIFA on its anti-corruption reforms has resigned saying she does not believe world soccer’s governing body is taking the process of change seriously enough.

Alexandra Wrage, who served on FIFA’s independent governance committee (IGC), which was set up to advise on reform after allegations of corruption in the organization, said she saw no point in continuing her work.

Apr 22, 2013

Soccer-More trouble for FIFA as key member quits reform process

MIAMI, April 22 (Reuters) – A leading member of the body set up to advise FIFA on its anti-corruption reforms has resigned saying she does not believe world soccer’s governing body is taking the process of change seriously enough.

Alexandra Wrage, who served on FIFA’s independent governance committee (IGC), which was set up to advise on reform after allegations of corruption in the organisation, said she saw no point in continuing her work.

Apr 22, 2013

Warner and Blazer face likely legal cases and FBI probe

MIAMI (Reuters) – Former FIFA officials Jack Warner and Chuck Blazer face possible legal action from soccer’s ruling body and probes from the FBI and Internal Revenue Service after a report found they had committed serious acts of fraud.

CONCACAF, which governs the sport in North and Central America and the Caribbean, made public on Friday an Integrity Committee report which highlighted the misuse of millions of dollars from the late 1990s.

Apr 22, 2013

Soccer-Warner and Blazer face likely legal cases and FBI probe

MIAMI, April 22 (Reuters) – Former FIFA officials Jack Warner and Chuck Blazer face possible legal action from soccer’s ruling body and probes from the FBI and Internal Revenue Service after a report found they had committed serious acts of fraud.

CONCACAF, which governs the sport in North and Central America and the Caribbean, made public on Friday an Integrity Committee report which highlighted the misuse of millions of dollars from the late 1990s.

Apr 22, 2013

Bucks left wondering how to stop “efficient” LeBron

MIAMI (Reuters) – LeBron James began the Miami Heat’s playoff campaign with a display of deadly efficiency on Sunday, leading the defending NBA champions to a 110-87 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

James had 27 points, snaffled 10 rebounds and dished eight assists, leading all players in those categories. He also finished nine-of-11 shooting.

Apr 22, 2013

Trinidad’s national security minister, ex-FIFA official Warner quits -official

MIAMI, April 21 (Reuters) – Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner resigned as Trinidad and Tobago’s national security minister on Sunday, two days after an investigation accused him of “fraudulent” management of the CONCACAF soccer confederation, the prime minister’s office said.

Warner, who stepped down as CONCACAF president in 2011 after a “cash-for-votes” scandal, was accused on Friday at a congress of soccer officials in Panama of tricking the body that represents soccer in North America, Central America and the Caribbean out of ownership of the $26 million Centre of Excellence in Port of Spain. He is also facing an FBI probe over a separate issue.

Apr 21, 2013

CONCACAF hopes for new start after “shocking” report

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) – Dogged for years by allegations of corruption, CONCACAF hopes the publication of a report citing “fraudulent” activities by its former leadership will mark the turning of a new page for the soccer body.

CONCACAF, which governs the sport in North and Central America and the Caribbean, made public on Friday an Integrity Committee dossier report which highlighted the misuse of millions of dollars from the late 1990s.

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