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Victims of FIFA’s scandal: small clubs, youth, local leagues

A soccer ball with different colored flags, including the South African national flag, right, painted on a wall in the township of Khayelitsha, South Africa, Thursday, May 28, 2015. The image of South Africa’s 2010 World Cup has been shattered by allegations that its bid over a decade ago was involved in bribes of more than $10 million to secure FIFA votes _ possibly with the knowledge or involvement of the South African government. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The accused in the FIFA scandal are easy to spot: globe-trotting executives charged with diverting millions meant to build the game to their personal accounts. Those who feel victimized aren’t as obvious: Youth players with hand-me-down equipment, semi-pro clubs that can’t afford to travel and developmental leagues that can’t pay referees.

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B.B. King funeral to take place Saturday in Mississippi

The hearse with the casket bearing the body of blues legend B.B. King leaves the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center after a day of public viewing, Friday, May 29, 2015 in Indianola, Miss. The visitation comes a day before the funeral for the man who influenced generations of singers and guitarists. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

INDIANOLA, Miss. (AP) — Hundreds of people filled a church in the Mississippi Delta for the funeral Saturday of B.B. King, who rose from sharecropper in the area’s flat cotton fields to worldwide fame as a blues singer and guitarist who influenced generations of entertainers.

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Nationals put Stephen Strasburg on DL with stiff neck

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws in the second inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Friday, May 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Washington Nationals put Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday, a day after he had to leave a start after 16 pitches because of a stiff neck.

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Murray extends clay streak to reach French Open 4th round

Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts as she plays Belarus' Victoria Azarenka during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Saturday, May 30, 2015 in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

PARIS (AP) — Top-seeded Serena Williams won the final six games and 10 of the last 12, coming back to beat Victoria Azarenka 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 Saturday in a third-round French Open match filled with momentum swings and a contentious exchange between the two players.

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Arkansas State’s Livingston charged with punching officer

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas State basketball player is charged with punching a police officer in the throat at a medical facility.

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