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Jun 6, 2015

American Pharoah wins Belmont to capture U.S. Triple Crown

ELMONT, New York (Reuters) – American Pharoah entered the pantheon of U.S. thoroughbred racing’s all-time greats by winning the Belmont Stakes on Saturday to become the first horse to capture the coveted Triple Crown in nearly four decades.

In winning his seventh straight race, American Pharoah became the 12th horse to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes and the first since Affirmed in 1978.

Jun 6, 2015

American Pharoah’s date with destiny arrives

ELMONT, New York (Reuters) – American Pharoah seeks to become the first winner of the U.S. Triple Crown in nearly four decades when he takes on seven rivals in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes later on Saturday.

The last horse to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes was Affirmed in 1978 and American Pharoah owner Ahmed Zayat thinks his colt could end the long drought.

Jun 6, 2015

American Pharoah has ‘monster’ workout, says Baffert

ELMONT, New York (Reuters) – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert could hardly contain his elation over the final workout by Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah before Saturday’s $1.5 million Belmont Stakes.

“He looked like a monster out there,” Baffert told reporters after the colt’s gallop on Friday at Belmont Park. “I am really happy with the way he went. He’s still sharp.”

Jun 4, 2015

American Pharoah looks to break Triple Crown jinx

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – American Pharoah is closing in on his chance to end a record drought of Triple Crown winners at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday and guarantee his place in the pantheon of racing greats.

Regally bred and just a little bit skittish, American Pharoah will face seven challengers in the 147th running of the 1-1/2 mile race, aptly dubbed “The Graveyard of Champions.”

Jun 4, 2015

NCAA alleges that University of North Carolina gave athletes improper benefits

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The NCAA alleges the University of North Carolina committed serious academic fraud violations between 2002 and 2011, including a lack of institutional control over staff members who arranged improper benefits for student-athletes.

In some cases, the special arrangements helped ensure the academic eligibility of athletes who were at risk of losing it, particularly in football and men’s and women’s basketball, according to the 59-page notice of allegations released by the university on Thursday.

Jun 2, 2015

NFL chief Goodell will not recuse himself from Brady’s ‘Deflategate’ appeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday rejected a request by the players union that he recuse himself as the arbitrator in the “Deflategate” appeal of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Brady, a four-time Super Bowl champion, was suspended by the NFL for four games next season in connection with a scheme to deflate footballs in January’s AFC championship game.

Jun 1, 2015

Horse racing-Pharoah’s owner ‘pumped’ for Triple Crown

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – American Pharoah’s owner Ahmed Zayat welcomes a field of fresh horses for Saturday’s $1 million Belmont Stakes, saying that his battled-tested colt will “have to earn it” to end a nearly four-decade Triple Crown drought.

“In order to define greatness, you have to do things that have not been done,” Zayat told Reuters in a telephone call. “He needs to prove that he’s a cut above.”

May 29, 2015

U.S. Soccer chief ‘disappointed’ in FIFA election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of U.S. Soccer said he was “disappointed” that Sepp Blatter was re-elected on Friday as president of FIFA but added he would continue to seek “meaningful change” within the embattled organization.

Blatter, 79, secured a fifth term after Jordan’s Prince Ali bin Al Hussein conceded defeat in the vote at the annual congress of world soccer’s governing body in Zurich.

May 29, 2015

U.S. football chief ‘disappointed’ in FIFA election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of U.S. football said he was “disappointed” that Sepp Blatter was re-elected on Friday as president of FIFA but added he would continue to seek “meaningful change” within the embattled organisation.

Blatter, 79, secured a fifth term after Jordan’s Prince Ali bin Al Hussein conceded defeat in the vote at the annual congress of world football’s governing body in Zurich.

May 29, 2015

Soccer-U.S. Soccer chief ‘disappointed’ in FIFA election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of U.S. Soccer said he was “disappointed” that Sepp Blatter was re-elected on Friday as president of FIFA but added he would continue to seek “meaningful change” within the embattled organization.

Blatter, 79, secured a fifth term after Jordan’s Prince Ali bin Al Hussein conceded defeat in the vote at the annual congress of world soccer’s governing body in Zurich.