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first_imgBlatter still in chargeZURICH (AP):Sepp Blatter told his staff he has done “nothing illegal or improper” and has no immediate plans to step down, the FIFA president’s legal team said yesterday.Blatter was back at FIFA headquarters three days after being interrogated by Swiss investigators at the scandal-battered governing body’s headquarters.Blatter is expected to hand over power in February when an emergency election is held, triggered by the president’s resignation statement four days after being re-elected for a fifth, four-year term in May.But the 79-year-old Blatter does not appear to be planning any sudden exit despite being the subject of a criminal investigation over his management of world soccer.”President Blatter spoke to FIFA staff today and informed the staff that he was cooperating with the authorities, reiterated that he had done nothing illegal or improper and stated that he would remain as president of FIFA,” Blatter’s attorney, Richard Cullen, said in a statement.Everton rally to beat West Brom 3-2BIRMINGHAM, England (AP):Romelu Lukaku scored two goals and set up another against his former club as Everton rallied from two goals down to beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2 yesterday in the Premier League.Lukaku slotted in the winner in the 84th minute with his second attempt after a cross from Gerard Deulofeu to complete the second-half comeback and lift Everton to fifth in the standings.Saido Berahino and Craig Dawson had put West Brom 2-0 up by the 54th minute, a lead that a Tony Pulis-managed team had never before allowed to turn into a loss in the Premier League. But Lukaku started the fightback almost immediately when he headed in another perfect cross from Deulofeu, who provided a constant threat down the right flank. Lukaku then turned provider with a perfectly weighted pass through the West Brom defence to set up Arouna Kone for the equaliser in the 75th.last_img read more

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Still no PSL joy for Gayle

first_imgSHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Chris Gayle’s run of low scores in the Pakistan Super League continued on Thursday as his Karachi Kings suffered a seven-run defeat to Sunil Narine’s Lahore Qalanders. Chasing a challenging 180 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Kings came up short at 172 for eight, with the veteran left-hander mustering just five, while his West Indies teammate Kieron Pollard also failed, scoring just eight as King suffered a major batting meltdown. Gayle now has 17 runs from three innings in the tournament. Only Sri Lankan star Kumar Sangakkara, with 65 off 45 balls, and Pakistani Shoaib Malik, with a 30-ball 39, showed any resistance in a 101-run, third-wicket stand, which pulled Kings around from 21 for two in the fourth over. Once the partnership was broken, however, Kings slumped again, with six wickets tumbling for just 46 runs down the stretch. Off-spinner Narine, who opened the bowling, finished with two for 32 from his four overs. He also accounted for Pollard, deceived and bowled between bat and pad in the 17th over. Earlier, Qalanders rattled up 179 for eight off their 20 overs after being sent in, with Fakhar Zaman top-scoring with 56. Narine smashed a four and a six in scoring 13 from six deliveries as he opened his shoulders late on.last_img read more

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College roundup: No. 8 Stanford overcomes absence of Wiggins, topples UCLA

first_img Saint Mary’s 70, Pepperdine 64: Maija Lahde had 22points, nine rebounds and seven steals to lead the Gaels to the West Coast Conference win. Teiosha George (Palmdale) led the Waves (12-16, 5-8) with 11 points. MEN’S VOLLEYBALL No. 1 Pepperdine 3, Stanford 0: Paul Carroll’s 15 kills on .423 hitting helped lead the host Waves to a 30-14, 30-22, 30-23 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation victory. It was the ninth straight win for Pepperdine (12-1, 10-1). WOMEN’S WATER POLO No. 1 UCLA 16, No. 4 Hawaii 7: Katie Rulon and Jillian Kraus scored four goals apiece to lead the host Bruins (7-0, 3-0) to the MPSF victory at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. MEN’S SWIMMING Pac-10 Championships: USC’s Larsen Jensen, who has won Olympic and World Championship medals as well as NCAA and U.S. national titles, finally has added a conference crown. Jensen won the 500-yard freestyle in a meet record 4 minutes, 13.52 seconds in Federal Way, Wash. USC is in fourth place midway through the meet with 159points. Stanford leads with 352 points. HANDBALL National Intercollegiate Championships: Top-seeded Brian Carroll from the Dublin Institute of Technology advanced to the men’s second round with a victory against Pacific’s Dan McNabney in the tournament at the Spectrum Club in Canoga Park. Eimear Ni Fhalluin of the University College of Dublin, the women’s top seed, also advanced. The competition continues through Sunday. – Howie Eisenberg 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jayne Appel scored 24 points to help No. 8 Stanford overcome the absence of leading scorer Candice Wiggins and clinch at least a share of its seventh straight Pacific-10 Conference women’s basketball title with a 65-54 victory over UCLA on Thursday night. Stanford (24-4, 16-1 Pac-10) is already assured the top seed in next week’s Pac-10 Tournament because it swept second-place Arizona State. The Cardinal can win the title outright with a Sun Devils loss at Arizona on Saturday or their own win Sunday against USC. Noelle Quinn scored 17points to lead the Bruins, who have lost four straight games. Teammate Lindsey Pluimer added 15 points. California 86, USC 79 (OT): Ashley Walker scored a career-high 32 points, including two crucial free throws at the end of regulation, to spark the Golden Bears to the Pac-10 win. Devanei Hampton added 25 points and eight rebounds for Cal (21-7, 10-6), and Natasha Vital had a double-double with 14 points and 10 assists. Walker also had 11 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the year, and made 14 of 16 free throws. Eshaya Murphy scored 19points for the Trojans (16-11, 10-7) and Jamie Hagiya had a career-high 16, but it was not enough for USC to pull off a win it needed to assure a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Trojans play Stanford on Saturday. Though teams have gotten at-large bids with 12 or 13 losses, they usually have some big wins, and USC’s best victory is against unranked Notre Dame. center_img Wiggins, the two-time conference Player of the Year, missed the game with an injured hamstring. She could also miss Sunday’s regular-season finale and next week’s Pac-10 Tournament as coach Tara VanDerveer said the priority is making sure Wiggins is healthy for the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal did miss Wiggins against UCLA (13-16, 7-10), but used a late 11-2 run to take a 60-50 lead with 1:23 left and put the game away. last_img read more

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