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Soccer officials arrested in Zurich; World Cup votes probed (Yahoo Sports)  

FILE - In this Monday June 8, 1998 file photo, Switzerland's Sepp Blatter next to a replica of the World Cup trophy, waves after being elected FIFA president, the world's soccer governing body, in Paris. FIFA has been routinely called

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. FIFA, meanwhile, said Friday's presidential election would go ahead as planned with Sepp Blatter going for a fifth term. Blatter was not named in either investigation.


 

Last year's runner-up Halep exits French Open (Yahoo Sports)  

Romania's Simona Halep takes a break between games in the second round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Lucic-Baroni won in two sets 7-5, 6-1. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Simona Halep became the highest seeded player to exit the French Open so far as last year's runner-up lost 7-5, 6-1 to Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the second round on Wednesday. The third-seeded Halep, who reached her first major final at Roland Garros in 2014, struggled from the start on Court Suzanne Lenglen and was overpowered in the second set, slumping to her second straight defeat against her 70th-ranked opponent. The Croatian had also beaten Halep at the U.S Open last year.


 

Venus Williams fined at French Open after snubbing media (Yahoo Sports)  

Venus Williams of the U.S. returns in the first round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Sloane Stephens of the U.S. at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Monday, May 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

PARIS (AP) -- Venus Williams has been fined $3,000 by tournament organizers for not showing up at a news conference following her first-round exit at the French Open.


 

LeBron, Cavaliers earn NBA Finals spot by sweeping Hawks (Yahoo Sports)  

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 26: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates after winning the Eastern Conference Final after Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2015 NBA Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks on May 26, 2015 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

LeBron James knew what he left behind when he bolted to Miami five years ago. James scored 23 points, Kyrie Irving provided a boost after missing two games and Cleveland reserved a spot in the NBA Finals with a 118-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night to win the Eastern Conference title. By sweeping the top-seeded Hawks, the Cavs, who overcame adversity from the season's start, earned their second trip to the finals, where they will face either Golden State or Houston starting June 4.


 

Brassard, Lundqvist lead Rangers past Lightning 7-3 (Yahoo Sports)  

New York Rangers left wing Carl Hagelin (62), of Sweden, and right wing Martin St. Louis (26) congratulate center Derick Brassard (16) after his third goal, during the third period of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning, in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. The Rangers won 7-3. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Henrik Lundqvist had lots of help in another season-saving performance for the New York Rangers. The star goalie stopped 36 shots and Derick Brassard had a hat trick for the Presidents' Trophy winners, who forced Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals with a 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. The Rangers, who overcame a 3-1 series deficit to oust the Washington Capitals in the second round, improved to 4-0 in elimination games this postseason.


 

Russell double gives Cubs 3-2 win over Nationals (Yahoo Sports)  

Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo, top and Kris Bryant, right, celebrate with Addison Russell, after Russell's game winning double off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Matt Grace during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Chicago. Jonathan Herrera scored on the play giving the Cubs a 3-2 win. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The moment Kris Bryant made contact, just about everyone in the Cubs' dugout rose to take a look. The winning swing went to Addison Russell. The rookie infielder hit a game-ending RBI double in the ninth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the surging Washington Nationals 3-2 on Tuesday night.


 

Proposed Uribe-for-Callaspo may be back on (Yahoo Sports)  

FILE - In this May 1, 2015, file photo, Atlanta Braves third baseman Alberto Callaspo reaches for a single by Cincinnati Reds' Zack Cozart during a baseball game in Atlanta. A proposed multiplayer trade between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Braves that would have sent third baseman Juan Uribe to Atlanta and Callaspo to Los Angeles has been vetoed by Callaspo. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Alberto Callaspo has been scratched from the Atlanta Braves' starting lineup by manager Fredi Gonzalez for the second consecutive night, an indication the proposed multiplayer trade that would send the infielder to the Los Angeles Dodgers for third baseman Juan Uribe may be back on. The Braves announced about 15 minutes before the first pitch that Pedro Ciriaco was replacing Callaspo at third base and batting in the seventh spot. Callaspo, who played for the Los Angeles Angels from 2010-13, originally nixed the trade.


 

Rockets' Howard won't be suspended for Game 5 vs Warriors (Yahoo Sports)  

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 25: Dwight Howard #12 of the Houston Rockets wears a ripped jersey in the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors during Game Four of the Western Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on May 25, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard will not be suspended for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors after the NBA decided to uphold his flagrant 1 foul. NBA President of Basketball Operations Rod Thorn said in a statement Tuesday night that Howard was trying to free himself from Andrew Bogut when Howard ''recklessly hit him in the face with an open hand.'' Thorn said the contact was deemed unnecessary by game officials, who were aided by replay review, and the league doesn't ''see a reason to modify that call.'' Howard received a flagrant 1 foul early in the third quarter after throwing his left elbow at Bogut's head - connecting with the back of his hand - after the Warriors center made contact with him.


 

All eyes on Johnny as Manziel practices with Browns (Yahoo Sports)  

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel smiles during an NFL football organized team activity, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Except for sporting a tighter haircut under his orange helmet, Johnny Manziel looked pretty much the same. Manziel is back on the football field, where he built his Johnny Football reputation and where he must now prove he belongs. For the first time since a highly publicized, 10-week stay at a rehab facility in Pennsylvania this winter, Manziel practiced in front of journalists on Tuesday as the Browns moved into the next phase of their offseason program.


 

American Pharoah gets 1st work in since winning Preakness (Yahoo Sports)  

Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah, Martin Garcia up, breezes at Churchill Downs in Louisville, K.Y, Tuesday, May 26, 2015. (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography via AP) NO SALES

Trainer Bob Baffert was pleased with Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah's workout on Tuesday as he prepares for the Belmont Stakes and his attempt to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner since 1978. The colt breezed four furlongs in :48 at Churchill Downs after Baffert and American Pharoah's regular exercise rider, jockey Martin Garcia, flew to Kentucky for the work. Jockey Victor Espinoza will again have the mount in the Belmont set for June 6.


 

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