This week, federal investigators in New York put it in writing for the first time: Accusing Qatar and Russia of paying multimillion dollar bribes to FIFA voters so those two countries could win the hosting rights for World Cups 2018 and 2022.
The general response was this: We’re not shocked. At all. And I totally understand why that’s the case. But just because big news isn’t surprising doesn’t mean it’s not important. The FIFA vote that took place just over nine years ago is one of the dirtiest days in sports history, and a U.S. investigation that has shaken FIFA to its core now says it has evidence of what really happened. Qatar and Russia are denying that, of course, and there’s no way to turn back time and prevent the 2018 World Cup from happening in Russia.
But there still is time to take it out of Qatar. Look, there are a bunch of reasons why Qatar shouldn’t host a World Cup, whether it’s the inhumane treatment of workers there or its anti-gay laws. But if the U.S. Department of Justice can show the evidence the Qatar did indeed bribe its way to victory, FIFA should yank the World Cup from Qatar and put it somewhere else. That won’t happen. But it should.
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A tip of the cap to the doctors, nurses and staff at Swedish Hospital.
Last night, Scott and Jill Servais provided dinner for those working to keep the community safe—thanks to an assist from Mariners clubhouse chef Jeremy Bryant and his crew at @RainCityCater. pic.twitter.com/GwPWnCtHCc— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) April 7, 2020 Around the league...
BREAKING: @sportico_social exclusive: Little League is telling regional directors that the Little League World Series won't be held, source says. If possible, U.S. teams will play through regional tournaments. LLWS was scheduled for Aug. 20-30 in Williamsport, PA. #SportsBiz— Scott Soshnick (@soshnick) April 8, 2020 Anders’ picks...
David Schoenfield breaks down the accomplishments of a 2001 Seattle Mariners team that was unable to win the World Series that season. (1:46)
After an elite eight marked by one if-it-were-real historic comeback, we're down to the two LCS matchups. While we'll let you discover the identity of the four remaining teams by reading on, it seems to be a quartet of survivors appropriate to the theme of this tournament. All four were very good, perhaps great, clubs who fell short of a title. The reasons for all four were different, but all had plenty of reasons for lingering regret. Of course, getting this far is potentially bittersweet: It's the last hump that matters for these near-miss teams.
Read on for a series-by-series recap of the third round, and to see who advanced to the LCS. We'll unveil those results tomorrow.