FIFA eases strict rules that guide appointing top officials

GENEVA (AP) — The strict rules FIFA passed in February to oversee its top officials seem to have been relaxed and do not need to be applied to the letter, months after the scandal-scarred soccer body hailed them as crucial to rebuilding trust following the corruption-tainted years of Sepp Blatter's presidency.

  • Written by GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer

Heat forward Chris Bosh fails physical, future in doubt

MIAMI (AP) — Chris Bosh has failed his physical and is not cleared to participate in Miami Heat training camp, a major blow to the All-Star's comeback plans and a decision that will likely add to the tension between the team and its highest-paid player.

  • Written by TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer

Ohio State teammates say Brown's circus catch 'no big deal'

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Noah Brown's circus TD catch against Oklahoma last Saturday was replayed over and over and retweeted for days, but his Ohio State teammates weren't as impressed as everyone else. They've seen it all before.

  • Written by MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer

Panthers, NFL monitoring protests in advance of Sunday game

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Thomas Davis said the Carolina Panthers' game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings should "absolutely" be played as scheduled, even with the city being under a state of emergency due to violent protests over a recent police shooting.

  • Written by STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer