• Longtime FIFA president Sepp Blatter's 17-year run in power was interrupted on Thursday when he was suspended for the first time in his four-decade career at soccer's global governing body. Unending corruption allegations finally caught up to the 79-year-old Swiss when he was disciplined by the Ethics Committee, an arm of FIFA once created by Blatter himself.

    The chairman of the committee's adjudicatory chamber, Hans Joachim Eckert, enacted the recommendation of the investigatory chamber that Blatter be provisionally suspended from all soccer activities for 90 days – with a possible extension of another 45 days. In the past week, Blatter had rejected calls from four major FIFA sponsors to step down immediately, rather than in February, as he has said he plans to.

    UEFA president and FIFA vice president Michel Platini was hit with the same disciplinary action, as was FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke, who had already been placed on mandatory leave last month.

    For years, allegations of

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  • A man wears a face mask on a public bus, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Singapore. The haze is caused by the burning of forests in Indonesia's Sumatra and Borneo islands. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)A man wears a face mask on a public bus, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Singapore. The haze is caused by the burning of forests in Indonesia's Sumatra and Borneo islands. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    So it’s the time of year when Singapore and Malaysia get increased air pollution and PSI readings that rise well into the triple digit range. Many people, no matter how healthy they are can feel the effects of the haze.

    Many people including myself feel a dryer throat, and a lower energy level. This is due to the extra work required by our bodies to detoxify the pollutants from the haze, and to repair the damage caused at the cellular level by the toxins.

    The actions used to reduce haze exposure are quite well covered. They are all good ideas
        •    Using a good air filter
        •    Keeping your doors and windows closed
        •    Reducing outdoor activities according to MOH guidelines
        •    Using a N95 mask when outdoors for prolonged periods

    But as with all measures, they are not foolproof and we will all be exposed to more pollutants than usual. This is on top of chemicals from the daily exposure like vehicle emissions, plastics and pesticides. This added burden needs to be dealt

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  • The NBA preseason is a time for teams to sort out their on-court systems and prepare for the season ahead, but it's also by nature a more relaxed atmosphere than what basketball fans usually see on the court. Players are a little looser, fans don't care quite so much about the final score, and coaches only yell for 40 minutes instead of their usual 48. It's basically the pro basketball version of a Casual Friday.

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    If you're a kid, that also means you'll have a better chance to interact with your favorite player. Just look at this group of kids that ran up to LeBron James during a third-quarter replay review in Wednesday's game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati. As LeBron waited at the scorer's table to restart the game, these kids took advantage of the break to grab a memorable moment:

    Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com details how it went down:

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  • Former Manchester United player Lee Sharpe. Photo: Masters Football AsiaFormer Manchester United player Lee Sharpe. Photo: Masters Football Asia

    Manchester United supporters are used to being entertained. Under Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign, the Red Devils associated themselves with swashbuckling, offensive football often played with caution thrown to the wind.

    That has all changed under the charge of current manager Louis van Gaal. Since taking over in 2014, the Dutchman has instilled a lower tempo, possession-based game that has been met with a mixed reception.

    On Sunday, United were hammered 3-0 at Arsenal and former winger Lee Sharpe believes that match exposed the shortcomings of Van Gaal’s style.

    Speaking on the sidelines of the Castlewood Group Battle of the Reds press conference on Tuesday, the 44-year-old is puzzled about how Van Gaal does not recognise the need for the club to play with more pace.

    “How can you buy someone like Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial and have Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia and all these quick players upfront, yet you are giving defenders time to get back into position and be harder to break

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  • MIAMI, FL - December 3: Thabo Sefolosha #25 of the Atlanta Hawks goes for the lay up against James Ennis #32 of the Miami Heat during the game on December 3, 2014 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Isaac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)MIAMI, FL - December 3: Thabo Sefolosha #25 of the Atlanta Hawks goes for the lay up against James Ennis #32 of the Miami Heat during the game on December 3, 2014 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Isaac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)Atlanta Hawks wing Thabo Sefolosha and former teammate Pero Antic took the stand Wednesday as part of the former's attempt to clear his name of charges stemming from the April incident that led to his season-ending broken leg last June. The 31-year-old Sefolosha, a Swiss national set to enter his 10th NBA season, rejected a conditional dismissal of three charges (obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest) in September and claims that his injuries were caused by an improper use of force by members of the New York Police Department.

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    Both Sefolosha and Antic, who received a full dismissal of charges on that same September date, followed the defense's line of argument claiming that the defendant had been profiled as "a black man in a hoodie" by police. From Jake Pearson for the Associated Press:

    The Atlanta Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha, whose right leg was fractured in the struggle, said he had been
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  • The 11th Presidents Cup kicks off on Thursday from Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in, as you might guess, Incheon, South Korea. It's the biennial match pitting the Americans against the Internationals, a team formed from picking players born in every country that isn't the United States or Europe.

    The competition, owned and wholly run by the PGA Tour, was first played in 1994, and the Americans have dominated the series. The U.S. has an 8-1-1 record, losing at Royal Melbourne in 1998 and tying at Fancourt in South Africa in 2003 after a sudden-death playoff between Tiger Woods and Ernie Els couldn't settle the issue. 

    Whether you're turning into the Presidents Cup for the first time or you're the rare diehard fan of this lopsided series, here's a primer to get you ready for the matches.

    2015 Presidents Cup 


    United States

    Captain: Jay Haas (first time)

    Automatic qualifiers: Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Jimmy Walker, Patrick Reed, Matt Kuchar, Chris Kirk, Zach Johnson, Rickie

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  • Pat Riley just rolls one big boffo experiment into another – he can’t help it.

    The name (if not “star”)-driven firepower of the 1990s and early aughts Miami Heat bled into a year of almost position-less basketball in Dwyane Wade’s first year, which then allowed Riley to go right back after stars (this guy) names (not stars at the time: Christian Laettner, Antoine Walker, Jason Williams, Gary Payton) to bring in a championship in 2006. This gave both Wade and Riley the capital to clear out and shoot for the moon with LeBron James and Chris Bosh in 2010.

    That trio brought home two titles and four Finals appearances before the top-heavy experiment petered out. Riley, ironically, went in the same oft-criticized direction as the Cavaliers did following LeBron’s move from the Cavaliers in 2010 with his 2014-15 Heat, but that capital (and the presence of three current or former All-Stars) allowed him to elude criticism.

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  • Kobe Bryant continues to dominate the Lakers. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Kobe Bryant continues to dominate the Lakers. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

    Enjoy Kobe Bryant while you still can. One of the greatest players in league history, now 37, is on the last year of a mega-max extension and unlikely to earn a similar deal in the future should he choose to continue playing. Various reports and semi-informed opinions have suggested that Kobe could choose to forgo retirement for at least one more season, but either way this figures to be the final season in which the typically dominant guard will be allowed to act as if he's still one of the best players in the sport. After three straight seasons ended by injury, his reputation can't bear much more.

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    It's a shame, too, because Kobe has always been one of the most continually fascinating players in the league. Even this version of Mamba, as beaten down as he's ever been, cannot help but remain interesting for his strong will and apparent belief that the Lakers should compete for a playoff spot despite being mired in a rebuilding

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  • Gold medals, they're such precious items. Most athletes work their entire lives in hopes of earning one. A few actually pull it off. And when they do...some apparently misplace them.

    That's what seems to have happened with one of Serena Williams's four gold medals. She didn't even realize it, until she decided to clean out her house.

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    "GOLD MEDAL! Cleaning out my house and I stumbled on this great memory. One of my 4 gold medals," she wrote. 

    She added #Olympics2016, reminding everyone that she'll go for her fifth and sixth golds next summer in Rio.  

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  • Sacramento Kings forward Caron Butler's new memoir, "Tuff Juice: My Journey from the Streets to the NBA," hit bookshelves Wednesday. If you're not sure you want to buy the autobiographical tale — which covers Butler's path from rough-and-tumble Racine, Wis., where he dealt drugs at age 11, ran with gangs and landed in juvenile court an estimated 15 times before he turned 15, to a stellar stint at UConn and a distinguished 13-year NBA career that's included two All-Star berths and one NBA championship — you can check out the first chapter here.

    That chapter, which covers his emotions on the night of the 2002 NBA draft, when the Miami Heat selected him 10th overall, isn't the only excerpt Butler's using to promote his new venture. Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post's D.C. Sports Bog shared an excerpt Wednesday that includes Butler's first-person recounting of one of the more alarming and insane incidents in NBA history, an episode that six years later has been relegated to game-show

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