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Soccer sponsors dismayed by corruption allegations at FIFA
By Anjali Athavaley NEW YORK (Reuters) - World Cup sponsor Nike Inc said on Wednesday it was cooperating with authorities after bribery and corruption charges against senior FIFA officials were announced by U.S. prosecutors and arrests were made in Switzerland. The indictment said the company had agreed to financial terms not in the initial contract, which included paying an additional $40 million to an affiliate of the team's marketing agent with a Swiss bank account and referring to the amount as "marketing fees." U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch was asked at a news conference if there was any liability for companies that had won marketing rights and if they were being investigated. Lynch said she could not comment on specifics of who else was a target or subject of the investigation "except to say that the investigation is continuing and covers all aspects." She declined to comment when asked if one of the companies was Nike.

Wounded woman testifies in Nevada about trespass killing
Janai Wilson, the shooting survivor and the prosecution's key witness in the murder trial of Wayne Burgarello testifies at the Washoe County District Court, Wednesday, May 27, 2015 in Reno, Nev. Janai Wilson testified in Washoe District Court in Reno before prosecutors rested their case against Wayne Burgarello on charges of murder and attempted murder. (Andy Barron/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP) NO SALES; NEVADA APPEAL OUT; SOUTH RENO WEEKLY OUTRENO, Nev. (AP) — A female trespasser who survived a shooting in a vacant Nevada duplex testified Wednesday that the property owner entered the unit and opened fire without provocation, wounding her three times and killing a man on the floor next to her.

Parisian derby as minnows Oyonnax eye Toulouse
Stade Français hooker Laurent Sempere (3rd R) makes a break from the ruck during the French Top 14 match against Brive on May 23, 2015 at the Amede Domenech stadiumThe quarter-finals of the end-of-season Top 14 play-offs will pitch big-spending Parisian arch-rivals Stade Francais and Racing-Metro together while minnows Oyonnax face the tough task of heading to 19-time French champions Toulouse. Stade suffered a shock 27-0 defeat by Brive in the final game of the regulation season last weekend, but club president Thomas Savare said he was happy not to have been drawn with either Toulouse or Oyonnax come this Friday. "I think Racing are probably the best opponents we could play," Savare said.

Theater gunman's writings alternate between ramblings, plans
This screenshot made from a pdf released by the Colorado Judicial Department on Wed., May 27, 2015, shows a portion of Aurora shooter James Holmes' notebook, after it was presented as evidence in the Holmes murder trial on Tues., May 26, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. The notebook entries on these two pages discuss the pros and cons of various methods and venues for committing mass murder and, at right, is a diagram of the theater in Aurora where Holmes carried out the killings. The notebook was released into public domain as per court procedure. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP Photos)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Colorado theater shooting gunman James Holmes' notebook full of scrawled writings and stick-figure drawings was made public Wednesday, a day after it was introduced as evidence in his trial.

Slow start, gradual improvement for US Internet gambling
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Internet gambling is off to a slow start in the United States, with banks hesitant to handle credit card payments for online bets and some politicians and casino moguls pushing to ban it, but there remains potential for great growth, participants in a major gambling conference agreed Wednesday.

FIFA's commercial partners urged to make their voices heard
FILE - In this May 19, 2015 file photo FIFA President Sepp Blatter attends a press conference in Jerusalem. Blatter is seeking reelection at the FIFA congress in Zurich where six soccer officials were arrested and detained by Swiss police on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 pending extradition at the request of U.S. authorities after a raid at a luxury hotel. The officials are in Switzerland for the FIFA congress and presidential election. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)LONDON (AP) — FIFA's sponsorship paymasters are facing mounting calls to put pressure on soccer's global governing body to clean up its act — and fast — following Wednesday's arrest of seven officials.

Howard could face suspension if Rockets force Game 6
Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard, right, shoots against Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut during the first half of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Dwight Howard could miss Houston's next playoff game after picking up his seventh technical foul of the playoffs.

Asia backs embattled Blatter and endorses FIFA election
By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The Asian Football Confederation has re-affirmed its support for embattled FIFA boss Sepp Blatter and pushed for Friday's presidential election to go ahead despite the corruption scandal that has rocked soccer's global governing body. The AFC, which represents 47 member nations, has been a staunch ally of the 79-year-old Swiss and the bloc's support will be vital for his hopes of clinging to the presidency for a fifth term. "The Asian Football Confederation expresses its disappointment and sadness at Wednesday's events in Zurich whilst opposing any delay in the FIFA Presidential elections to take place on Friday May 29 in Zurich," the AFC said in a statement posted on its website (the-afc.com) on Thursday.

US, Iranian envoys to focus on nuclear deal in weekend talks
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. and Iranian diplomats plan to meet this weekend in Switzerland as efforts intensify to reach a comprehensive nuclear accord.

Dollar soars to 124.25 yen, highest in more than 12 years
US dollar has soared to its highest level against the yen in more than 12 years, powered by expectations for a US interest rate hike and more monetary easing from Japan's central bankThe greenback briefly touched 124.25 yen in Tokyo, its highest level since late 2002, before settling back to 124.14 yen. The dollar has resumed its bull run against the yen on growing expectations that the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates by the end of the year while the Bank of Japan is tipped to launch more stimulus to kickstart a sluggish economy.

Harper, Scherzer power Nationals past Cubs
Washington Nationals starter Max Scherzer delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)CHICAGO (AP) — Bryce Harper hit his 18th home run, Max Scherzer struck out a season-high 13 to outduel Jon Lester and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 3-0 on Wednesday night.

Griner: Fellow WNBA players want her to appeal suspension
FILE - In this July 2, 2014, file photo, Chicago Sky center Markeisha Gatling (9) shoots past Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner (42) during a WNBA basketball game in Phoenix. Glory Johnson had no idea her fight with Griner would become such a big deal. After the engaged WNBA All-Stars stars battled so intensely at their home that the police were called, the couple immediately began working through the incident together. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Brittney Griner has been hearing from players around the WNBA who would like her to change her mind and appeal her seven-game suspension for a domestic violence incident involving her partner Glory Johnson, also a player in the league.

Dodgers send 3B Juan Uribe to Braves in 6-player trade
Atlanta Braves third baseman Pedro Ciriaco, left, holds up the ball after getting Los Angeles Dodger Juan Uribe out on a fielder's choice during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Monday, May 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Hartog)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers dealt third baseman Juan Uribe to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday in a six-player trade that was initially blocked.

Nebraska abolishes death penalty in landmark override vote
Nebraska state Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha speaks in Lincoln, Neb., Wednesday, May 27, 2015, during debate on overriding Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto of a death penalty repeal bill, in a vote that would make it the first traditionally conservative state to abolish capital punishment in more than four decades. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska abolished the death penalty on Wednesday over the governor's objections in a move pushed through the Legislature with unusual backing from conservatives who oppose capital punishment for religious, financial and practical reasons.

LEADING OFF: Hamilton back in Texas; O's-White Sox play 2
Chicago Cubs' Jon Lester throws during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Friday, May 22, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Thursday:

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