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Football must not be overlooked in FIFA race

ZURICH, Germany — FIFA presidential candidate Michael Platini will publish his manifesto in the next six to eight weeks and wants to bring football back into the spotlight during the campaign, a source close to the Frenchman said on Wednesday. Although Platini, the UEFA president, agrees that reform of scandal-plagued FIFA has to be the priority in the run-up to the election on Feb. 26, he also believes it should not completely overshadow the sport itself, the source told Reuters.

Bolt-Gatlin II on after duo top times in 200 semis

BEIJING — Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin looked in fine form as they ran the fastest times of the 200 meters semi-finals on Wednesday to set up a mouthwatering second sprint showdown at the world championships. Bolt, who beat Gatlin when they clashed for the first time this year in the 100 meters final, looked relaxed and took time to chat with a fellow competitor as he approached the line to win his heat with his first sub-20 second time of the year.

Galette tears achilles, out for season

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Washington Redskins linebacker Junior Galette suffered a torn Achilles at the end of practice on Wednesday. Galette now faces an six-to-eight month rehabilitation. Galette, 27, was released by New Orleans earlier this summer, less than a year after they signed him to an extension worth up to $41 million. He was arrested in January on charges of domestic violence, but those were later dismissed. Galette’s attorney denies another incident in which it appears Galette strikes a woman.

Day withdraws from Pro-Am with back issue

EDISON, N.J. — PGA Championship winner Jason Day withdrew from Wednesday’s Pro-Am at The Barclays tournament due to a back issue, but should be able to tee off in Thursday’s first round. The withdrawal was a precautionary move, the player’s trainer said in a statement at the first event of the four-tournament, season-ending FedExCup playoffs that start on Thursday at Plainfield Country Club.

Cruz helps Mariners win first series in two weeks

SEATTLE — There were years where getting eight innings of two runs or fewer out of starting pitcher Felix Hernandez wasn't enough to ensure a victory for the Seattle Mariners.

Serena Williams, Djokovic awarded top seeds for U.S. Open

World number ones Serena Williams, aiming to complete the first calendar-year grand slam in 27 years, and Novak Djokovic have been named the top seeds for the U.S. Open championships starting on Monday in New York.

Florida State football star acquitted of battery

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A star running back for Florida State University’s football squad may return to the field on Tuesday, one day after he was acquitted of a misdemeanor battery charge that he punched a young woman in the mouth outside a bar.

Tired Bolt and Gatlin cruise into 200 meters semis

BEIJING — A tired Usain Bolt and an emotionally fatigued Justin Gatlin progressed towards their second blockbuster sprint showdown of the world championships by easing through the 200 meters heats on Tuesday. Bolt, who beat Gatlin to retain his 100 meters title at the Bird’s Nest on Sunday, shot out of the blocks and led for the entire race before easing up over the final 15 meters to cross the line in 20.28 seconds.

U.S. court rules against New Jersey sports betting

NEWARK, N.J. — A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday ruled against a New Jersey law authorizing sports gambling in the state, upholding a lower court ruling that voided the state’s repeal of some prohibitions against sports gambling. Attorneys and advisors had predicted that had New Jersey won, it would have enabled the state to grab a slice of a national market that could be as much as $400 billion and would have had implications beyond the state.

Mathis taken off PUP list

INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts have taken linebacker Robert Mathis off the Physically Unable to Perform list. Mathis was placed on the PUP list at the start of training camp as he continued his rehabilitation from a torn achilles suffered in September 2014.

Wilson saves six lives by donating organs

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Justin Wilson, a 37-year-old IndyCar driver, died Monday night from a head injury siffered when a piece of debris struck him in the head during a race on Sunday. Wilson saved six lives by donating his organs, his brother said on Twitter.

Fifth inning two-out rally dooms Mariners

For a span of about two innings Monday night, it seemed as if the Mariners were en route to a rare nondescript, drama-free victory at Safeco Field.

Patriots sign Wayne

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots have signed free agent wide receiver Reggie Wayne to a one-year deal. Wayne, the leading receiver in most statistical categories for the Indianapolis Colts, played 13 seasons in Indiana.