‘A gentlemen’s agreement’An unsealed superseding indictment released on Monday detailed corruption surrounding the 2010 vote in Zurich which saw FIFA award the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.Blatter told AFP that “there was a gentlemen’s agreement at the heart of FIFA’s executive committee” to award the 2018 tournament to Russia and the 2022 edition to Qatar.”That’s all,” added Blatter who presided over both bidding processes and is currently banned from football.The indictment said former Brazilian FIFA member Ricardo Teixeira and late Paraguayan official Nicolas Leoz, both members of the FIFA committee which voted on the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, received payment of bribes in exchange for voting for Qatar’s bid.In addition, Trinidad’s long-serving FIFA official Jack Warner “was promised and received” bribe payments totaling $5 million to vote for Russia while Guatemala’s Rafael Salguero was promised a $1 million bribe to vote for Russia.Salguero pleaded guilty to multiple corruption charges in 2016 and was banned from FIFA while Warner, who faces charges in the United States, is currently battling extradition to the US from his native Trinidad.In a statement FIFA said it “supports all investigations into alleged acts of criminal wrong-doing regarding either domestic or international football competitions”.”[FIFA] will continue to provide full cooperation to law enforcement officials investigating such matters,” it said.”FIFA has itself been accorded victim status in the US criminal proceedings and senior FIFA officials are in regular contact with the US Department of Justice.” The timings of the competition, due to be held in November and December of 2022, remain unchanged by the coronavirus pandemic which has already forced the postponement of the European football championships and the Tokyo Olympics. Both will now take place in 2021. The latest US legal action centers on two former executives of US media giant Fox who were charged with corruption, bank fraud and money-laundering on Monday.But Federal prosecutors have also shed fresh light on the scandal-tainted bidding war for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Topics : The US legal action is linked to a wide-ranging 2015 corruption scandal that left world governing body FIFA in turmoil and led to the downfall of then-president Sepp Blatter.In the ensuing years, the US government has accused a total of 45 people and various sports companies of more than 90 crimes and of paying or accepting more than $200 million in bribes. “Russia absolutely legally got the right to organize the World Cup,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery said in a statement the allegations “are part of a long-standing case, the subject of which is not the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process.” Qatar and Russia hit back at allegations of bribery on Tuesday after US prosecutors accused them of paying millions in bribes for the rights to host the 2018 and 2022 tournaments.According to US Justice Department documents released Monday, FIFA officials received bribes to vote in favor of awarding the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar.Doha said it “strongly denies the allegations contained within the court papers” while the Kremlin said it “absolutely legally got the right” to host the 2018 global football spectacle.
Bulldogs Claim Blow-Out Victory Over Rushville, 8-2The Bulldogs asserted their will over Rushville on their way to an easy 8-2 victoryIn the first inning, Batesville got their offense started when Sam Voegele drew a walk, scoring one run.Batesville tallied three runs in the fourth inning. Calvin Sherwood had an RBI fielder’s choice in the inning to lead the run scoring.Lane Oesterling (6-0) got the win for the Bulldogs. He allowed three hits and zero runs over six innings, striking out 11 and walking one. Casey Werner threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.Aaron Duncan took the loss for Rushville. He surrendered seven runs on five hits over five innings, striking out four.Sherwood went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Bulldogs in hits. Batesville was sure-handed in the field and didn’t commit a single error.. Caleb Raab had the most chances in the field with ten.After the win, the Bulldogs record is now even at 10-10 and 6-4 in the EIAC.Bats Blistered As Batesville Defeats Hauser, 17-6There were runs aplenty on Tuesday, as Batesville defeated Hauser 17-6.The Bulldogs got things started in the first inning when Batesville scored one run on a stolen base.Batesville tallied five runs in the fourth inning. The Bulldogs big bats were led by Calvin Sherwood, Quinn Werner, and Seth Gausman, all driving in runs in the inning.Shane Meer got the win for the Bulldogs. He allowed one hit and three runs over three and a third innings, striking out two. Riley Zink and Trey Peters entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.Aaron Mee took the loss for Hauser. He surrendered six runs on four hits over two innings, striking out two and walking one.Batesville smacked one home run on the day. Werner had a dinger in the fourth inning. Werner’s third home run on the year.The Bulldogs scattered 12 hits in the game. Trey Heidlage and Sherwood all had multiple hits for Batesville. Heidlage went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Batesville in hits. The Bulldogs were sure-handed in the field and didn’t commit a single error. Sherwood had the most chances in the field with nine.With the win, the Bulldogs have now won five in a row and are 11-10 and 6-4 in the EIAC. The Bulldogs will play Lawrenceburg tomorrow in the EIAC battle.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Justin Tucker.
Stay on target No matter how big of an anime fan you are, chances are you’ve heard of Cowboy Bebop, or you’ve watched it because it’s a classic. Widely considered one of the best out there, the 1998 Japanese series has been inspiring newcomers to the genre for years. And now it’s getting a live action television adaptation by Tomorrow Studios, a new partnership between ITV Studios and Marty Adelstein.That name might not mean that much to you, but he’s a producer and actor known for his work on Prison Break, which he served as executive producer on. He’s worked on several series, to that end, so he’s got plenty of experience under his belt. The live action series will, in fact, be executive produced by Sunset Inc., the same studio that handled the original animated series, as well as by a group called Midnight Radio: Josh Appelbaum, Andre Named, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg.Chris Yost is being tasked with writing the adaptation. Yost has worked on several properties for Marvel and other comic book-related series. This all sounds like a lot of capable people, especially with a comic book writer on board with experience writing several different characters and stories.AdChoices广告Unfortunately, those are the only real facts we have at the moment regarding what might happen with the series. There’s no casting info right now, but let’s hope there’s at the very least some sort of attempt at finding the best people for the roles. And there’s also the hope that it retains its humor and snarkiness and doesn’t attempt to turn into some sort of dark look at bounty hunting in 2071. Spike Spiegel has a certain cool that could be ruined very quickly if too heavy of a hand is taken with the adaptation. We’ll have to wait and see what happens. John Cho Headlines Live-Action ‘Cowboy Bebop’ on NetflixThe Best Dubbed Anime Available