ZURICH (AP) The future of soccer's embattled governing body was at stake Friday as Sepp Blatter sought a fifth term as FIFA president amid the biggest corruption crisis in the organization's 111-year history.
Voting among the 209 member federations began Friday with the 79-year-old Blatter up for re-election against Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan. Both men gave final speeches just before the vote.
Blatter said he would guide FIFA through the "storm" caused by the investigations.
PARIS (AP) Stepping on center court to take on 88th-ranked Damir Dzumhur, Roger Federer was on his guard.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion had been caught cold at a previous French Open by a player ranked as low as the 23-year-old Bosnian, and he made sure that did not happen again. Federer advanced to the fourth round for the 11th straight year with a clinical 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 win Friday. (MORE)
BRUSSELS (AP) Survivors, relatives of victims and football authorities on Friday marked the 30th anniversary of the Heysel stadium tragedy where 39 people died during fan violence at the 1985 European Cup final between Liverpool and Juventus in Brussels.
With a bugle blowing, flowers and wreaths were laid at a remembrance plaque early Friday at the King Baudouin Stadium, which was renovated and renamed after the tragedy. (MORE)
Dylan Hartley became the second big-name player to be dropped from England's Rugby World Cup squad for disciplinary reasons, paying a heavy price Friday for headbutting an opponent in the combustible hooker's latest on-field indiscretion.
England coach Stuart Lancaster said Hartley will not be considered for selection until his four-week ban is served. The suspension begins in August and expires on Sept. 21, ruling the New Zealand-born hooker out of England's three World Cup warm-up matches and its opening group game against Fiji. (MORE)
LONDON (AP) Joe Launchbury will make his first England appearance in a year after being selected in a team to play the Barbarians on Sunday, when a slew of fringe players can stake a claim for places in the Rugby World Cup squad.
The lock only returned to action for English club Wasps this month after being out since October with a neck injury. (MORE)