Political issues

October 05, 2019 - 11:38 am
ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine is unhappy with Kent State's investigation of a decision to cut short a tied women's field hockey game to make way for fireworks for a football game. Kent State said Friday that an investigation by its Office of Compliance, Equal Opportunity and...
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Re-elected Swiss Federal Prosecutor Michael Lauber, on the left, receives congratulations from Nicoletta della Valle, Director Fedpol, right, during the autumn session of the Swiss Federal Council in Bern, Switzerland, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. Switzerland’s lawmakers have given attorney general Michael Lauber four more years in office, he was renewed for a third mandate. (Peter Schneider/Keystone via AP)
September 25, 2019 - 8:07 am
ZURICH (AP) — Embattled attorney general Michael Lauber has been given four more years in office by Switzerland's lawmakers despite criticism of his handling of corruption investigations linked to soccer governing body FIFA. Lauber was renewed for a third mandate with the support of 129 federal...
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FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2018 file photo, Iranian women cheer as they wave their country's flag after authorities in a rare move allowed a select group of women into Azadi stadium to watch a friendly soccer match between Iran and Bolivia, in Tehran, Iran. Sahar Khodayari, an Iranian female soccer fan died after setting herself on fire outside a court after learning she may have to serve a six-month sentence for trying to enter a soccer stadium where women are banned, a semi-official news agency reported Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. The 30-year-old was known as the "Blue Girl" on social media for the colors of her favorite Iranian soccer team, Esteghlal. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
September 19, 2019 - 4:28 am
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA president Gianni Infantino has raised hopes that Iran will lift a ban on women entering soccer stadiums before a World Cup qualifying game next month. Attention on the ban intensified when a 29-year-old activist, Sahar Khodayari, died this month after setting herself on fire...
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September 10, 2019 - 2:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A former Adidas consultant was sentenced Tuesday to one year of probation after prosecutors credited him with helping secure convictions against an executive for the shoe company and two others in a college basketball corruption scandal. Thomas "T.J." Gassnola had pleaded guilty to...
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In this July 21, 2019, photo, a sign that reads "Anti-Facist Always Seattle Anti-Racist" is displayed in the supporters section during an MLS soccer match between the Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers in Seattle. Major League Soccer's new policy that bans political displays at matches is drawing attention in the Pacific Northwest, where supporters' culture is often intertwined with politics and social issues. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
August 10, 2019 - 10:14 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Major League Soccer's new policy that bans political displays at matches is stirring controversy in the Pacific Northwest, where supporters' culture is often intertwined with politics and social issues. The Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers have banned signs and flags...
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Former Auburn University assistant basketball coach Chuck Person arrives at federal court in New York for sentencing in a bribery scandal that has touched some of the biggest schools in college basketball, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
July 17, 2019 - 1:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Former Auburn University assistant basketball coach and NBA star Chuck Person's lifelong generosity may have driven him to the poorhouse, but it saved him from the jailhouse Wednesday when a judge sentenced him in a bribery scandal that touched some of the biggest college basketball...
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Venezuela's coach Rafael Dudamel attends a practice session in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Venezuela will face Argentina at a quarter-final Copa America soccer match, on June 28. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
June 27, 2019 - 4:47 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Venezuela coach Rafael Dudamel almost left his job for political reasons after his team beat Argentina 3-1 in March in a friendly game in Madrid. One day before he faces Lionel Messi again — this time in the quarterfinals of the Copa América — Dudamel was more relaxed Thursday...
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Police officers guard the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police headquarters in Nanterre, outside Paris,Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been arrested in relation to a corruption probe into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, a judicial official said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
June 18, 2019 - 9:16 am
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French investigation involving Michel Platini (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he insisted for years that a meeting in Paris involving then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Michel Platini and Qatar's future Emir swayed the 2022...
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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2018 file photo, Confederation of African Football president Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar, right, and FIFA president Gianni Infantino attend the opening of the Confederation of African Football general assembly in Casablanca, Morocco. FIFA vice president Ahmad was detained by French authorities on Thursday June 6, 2019 in the latest criminal investigation to hit soccer's governing body. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar, File)
June 06, 2019 - 3:40 pm
PARIS (AP) — FIFA vice president Ahmad was detained and questioned by French authorities on Thursday in the latest criminal investigation to hit officials in positions of power within the governing body of world soccer. Ahmad was in Paris for the FIFA Congress and start of the Women's World Cup...
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino walks on the stage before the start of the 69th FIFA congress in Paris, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
June 05, 2019 - 2:50 am
PARIS (AP) — Ahead of his re-election as FIFA president on Wednesday, Gianni Infantino said he has banished scandals and corruption from the soccer body despite losing members of his council for misconduct. Infantino faced no opposition for a second presidential term through 2023, which was...
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