MUNICH, Switzerland — Michel Platini, the head of European soccer’s governing body UEFA, is to announce in the next few days that he will stand for the presidency of FIFA, a source close to the former France international told Reuters on Tuesday.
ZURICH, Germany — South Korea’s Chung Mong-joon, who is expected to announce his candidacy for the FIFA presidency next month, met potential rival Michel Platini in the United States on Sunday and called for a ‘fair competition’ should he enter the race. Former FIFA Vice President Chung said last week he was still weighing up a bid to replace Sepp Blatter as the head of world soccer’s scandal-hit governing body and that he was thinking about making an official announcement in mid-August.
TORONTO, Ontario — The United States won the inaugural women’s baseball competition at the Pan American Games on Sunday, while Uruguay beat defending champion Mexico in the men’s soccer final on the closing day of competition. Ecuador’s Andres Chocho, who battled both laryngitis and a stomach problem over the last three weeks, led a Latin American sweep of the podium.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz became the first trio of pitchers inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in the same year as they joined Craig Biggio in Sunday’s Class of 2015 at Cooperstown, New York. Tens of thousands attended the ceremony in the quaint upstate village with the liveliest, loudest contingent coming to support Martinez, the second Dominican after Juan Marichal in 1983 to be enshrined in the Hall.
TORONTO, Ontario — A city that had been largely indifferent to the Pan American Games arrival did not want the party to end on Sunday, as Toronto bid a dazzling goodbye to the largest multi-sport event ever staged in Canada.
CINCINNATI, Ohio — All-Star pitcher Johnny Cueto has been traded by the Cincinnati Reds to the Kansas City Royals for left-handers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed, the teams said on Sunday. The deal, which will also bring Cueto’s new team cash considerations toward his $10 million salary.
Strap yourselves in, Russell Wilson contract extension fans. It promises to be a wild ride until Friday, when the Seahawks open training camp and when a deadline has been set by Wilson’s side for a deal to get done.
L'ALPE D'HUEZ, France — Chris Froome is poised to win a second Tour de France title after being forced to hang on desperately as Colombian Nairo Quintana attacked relentlessly in Saturday's penultimate stage up the iconic Alpe d'Huez.
TORONTO — Canadian sprinting sensation Andre De Grasse won his second Pan American Games gold medal in three days, but it was the United States that dominated the athletics competition on Friday. De Grasse, two days removed from winning the marquee men’s 100 meters final, delivered a stellar performance in the 200m final as he crossed in 19.88 seconds to break his own national record and set a Pan Am Games mark.
BRUSSEL, Belgium — Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday with a blistering lap more than half a second faster than downcast Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg. The two title rivals will line up together on the front row on Sunday, with Ferrari’s four-time champion Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull’s Australian 2014 race winner Daniel Ricciardo behind them on the second row.
ZURICH, Germany — FIFA has passed a resolution offering full support for holding the 2018 World Cup in Russia, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Saturday after a meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. “I would like to inform you that the executive committee has recently adopted a new resolution in which FIFA assures the Russian Federation of its full support in carrying out the World Cup in Russia in 2018,” Blatter said at the meeting in St. Petersburg ahead of the preliminary draw.
SACRAMENTO — The United States posted a confidence-boosting 23-18 win over Japan in the Pacific Nations Cup rugby tournament in Sacramento on Friday. Less than three months before the same two teams clash at the World Cup, where they are in the same group, the United States survived late pressure to record their first win of the tournament.
PHOENIX — Clearly, Randy Johnson is no longer the glowering giant who seemed to be perpetually brooding over some perceived slight — such as any opponent who had the audacity to step to the plate with a bat in his hand.