Michel Platini will run for FIFA president and plans to announce his intentions this week. Two officials familiar with Platini’s plans have told The Associated Press that the FIFA vice president has made a decision to try to succeed Sepp Blatter. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because Platini has not announced his candidacy.
The Russian president, speaking with Swiss TV on Monday, said the embattled head of FIFA deserves a Nobel Prize for his work. ”Thank you, President Putin, you make us happy and comfortable,” said Blatter, who was making his first trip outside his native Switzerland since American and Swiss investigations of corruption in soccer were revealed in May.
After all that speculation the past couple of years, the Colorado Rockies finally traded Troy Tulowitzki. Tulowitzki was sent to the Toronto Blue Jays for Jose Reyes and three pitching prospects late Monday night in a stunning swap of star shortstops, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. In addition to Tulowitzki, the Rockies sent 42-year-old reliever LaTroy Hawkins to the Blue Jays.
After coming close to hitting a home run the previous few games, Kris Bryant believed he was due to get one to go out. Bryant’s two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Chicago Cubs to a 9-8 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night. Colorado had taken an 8-7 lead in the ninth inning on a two-run homer by Carlos Gonzalez –
Alex Rodriguez had quite a 40th birthday bash. A-Rod became the fourth player in major league history to homer as a teen and in his 40s, marking his birthday by lining an opposite-field shot to right against his former team to help the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 Monday night. ”It’s amazing, hitting one as a teenager and hitting one here today,” Rodriguez said.