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Blatter: French, German presidents tried influence WCup vote

BERLIN (AP) — FIFA president Sepp Blatter said in a Sunday newspaper interview that French and German presidents applied political pressure before the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were awarded to Russia and Qatar, respectively.

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Earnhardt to start on pole after rain washes out qualifying

Race fans take photos of NASCAR auto race driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., left, as he walks to the media center for a news conference at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. earned the pole for Sunday’s race at Daytona International Speedway because his crew chief correctly predicted the weather.

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Locke down: Pirates edge Indians 1-0 behind Jeff Locke

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Locke delivers during the third inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Pittsburgh, Saturday, July 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A lack of efficiency with his pitches was the reason Jeff Locke failed to get past the fifth inning in his previous two starts despite giving up a combined three runs.

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Rangers activate Harrison, send Chi Chi back to minors

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Left-hander Matt Harrison was activated from the disabled list and rookie right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez was sent back to the minors by the Texas Rangers on Saturday.

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Hernandez finally loses in Oakland, Mariners fall 2-0

Oakland Athletics pitcher Kendall Graveman works against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Felix Hernandez turned in another quality start despite not having his best stuff. He still lost a second straight decision for the first time this season.

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