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East Africa Still Backing Blatter for FIFA Presidency

Kenya and other member countries of the East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) will still vote for Sepp Blatter as FIFA supremo despite the current corruption crisis, sources said Thursday.

Three Football Kenya Federation (FKF) officials led by its president Sam Nyamweya are currently in Zurich for the annual general congress starting on Wednesday, and a spokesman said Kenya would not reverse the decision made collectively with CECAFA to support Blatter for a fifth term.

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Football's Top Sponsors Pressure FIFA to Clean Up

Top football sponsors Coca-Cola, Adidas, McDonald's and Visa pressed FIFA to clean itself up as the newest corruption scandal threatens efforts to market their products through the world's most popular sport.

The companies that pay hundreds of millions of dollars to place their ads around World Cup and other global football venues said FIFA needed stronger ethical standards, after seven of its officials were arrested in Switzerland for bribery.

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Federer Rocks on in Paris, Sharapova Sets up Stosur Rematch

Roger Federer advanced to the third round of the French Open on Wednesday as Maria Sharapova brushed aside fellow Russian Vitalia Diatchenko to also reach the last 32.

Swiss second seed Federer beat Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-2, 7-6 (7/1), 6-3 in front of a packed crowd on Court Suzanne Lenglen that included Angus Young, the guitarist of veteran Australian rock band AC/DC.

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Venus Williams Fined at French Open after Snubbing Media

Venus Williams has been fined $3,000 by tournament organizers for not showing up at a news conference following her first-round exit at the French Open.

After the 15th-seeded Williams lost 7-6 (5), 6-1 to Sloane Stephens on Monday, she snubbed the media, instead issuing a short statement to the press.

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Frenzied Month for American Sprinter Justin Gatlin

Within a matter of days this month, Justin Gatlin had an Olympic relay silver medal stripped, shattered his personal-best mark in the 100 and missed a meet in Beijing over a misunderstanding.

His reaction to each was rather straightforward: He'll chase after more medals.

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LeBron, Cavaliers Earn NBA Finals Spot by Sweeping Hawks

The championship LeBron James craves more than any other, the one he came back home to get, is within reach after Cleveland routed Atlanta 118-88 on Tuesday to complete a series sweep and secure its place in the NBA Finals.

James scored 23 points and Kyrie Irving provided a boost after missing two games as Cleveland cruised to victory and set up a meeting with either Golden State or Houston.

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U.S. Indicts 9 FIFA Officials, 5 Execs in Corruption Probe

The U.S. Justice Department announced conspiracy and corruption charges on Wednesday against nine FIFA officials and five business executives, after Swiss authorities arrested seven suspects based on the indictments.

The 14 officials and executives were charged with a bribery and kickback scheme that spanned over a 24-year period. The Justice Department revealed that four individuals and two companies have already pleaded guilty in the case rocking football's world governing body.

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Ferrer Reaches 300 Claycourt Wins

Spain's David Ferrer won his 300th claycourt match on Tuesday when he swept past Slovakia's Lukas Lacko at the French Open.

Ferrer, 33 and seeded seven, won 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 to become just the second active player behind compatriot Rafael Nadal to win 300 matches on the surface.

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Di Matteo Resigns at Schalke

Roberto di Matteo has stepped down as coach of Schalke after a disappointing season that saw the Gelsenkirchen outfit finish only sixth in the Bundesliga, a club statement announced on Tuesday.

The Italian had been in charge since October after his predecessor Jens Keller was sacked, but last Saturday's 2-0 defeat at home to strugglers Hamburg looks to have been the last straw for Schalke's board.

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Harden Helps Rockets Stay Alive, Beat Warriors 128-115

Houston's James Harden scored a playoff career-high 45 points to lead the Rockets to a start-to-finish 128-115 victory over Golden State on Monday to stave off elimination from the NBA playoffs.

The Rockets scored 45 points in the first quarter — equaling a playoff record — to quickly get on top. They were up by 22 in the second quarter when Warriors star and league MVP Stephen Curry landed on his head in a nasty spill and missed about 12 minutes before returning.

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