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    In a new interview, Blatter confirmed that he will not seek reelection to soccer’s top post — but a leadership change won’t be happening soon.

    Embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter said an election to replace him will probably happen in early 2016, putting to rest weeks of speculation and seemingly contradictory statements about his departure.

    Embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter said an election to replace him will probably happen in early 2016, putting to rest weeks of speculation and seemingly contradictory statements about his departure.

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    Speaking to the Swiss newspaper Walliser Bote, Blatter said that he will not be a candidate for re-election to the top post of soccer's world governing organization, the Associated Press reported.

    "I am not a candidate, but the elected president," Blatter told the newpaper. "And I want to hand over FIFA in good condition."

    However, Blatter said the election to replace him probably wouldn't happen until early 2016. He explained the timing by saying that FIFA rules require a four-month election campaign, noting also that the Club World Cup is scheduled for December.

    The interview with Walliser Bote took place several days ago and was published Saturday.

    Blatter called the decision to leave the post "definitely liberating."

    "It was the only way to take away the pressure from FIFA and my employees, including (pressure) from the sponsors," Blatter said. "To remove FIFA and me personally from the line of fire."

    Blatter made headlines on June 5 when, in the wake of a corruption scandal that rocked FIFA, he apparently announced his resignation. In his statement, Blatter said that FIFA "needs an overhaul" and he would consequently not seek reelection.

    Blatter also said in the statement that he planned to push for an election "at the earliest opportunity."

    Though the announcement was widely described as Blatter's resignation, he later told Swiss newspaper Blick "I did not resign."

    FIFA downplayed the comments, saying they did not contradict his earlier statement.

    News of the case broke in May when police arrested seven officials at a gathering in Zurich, Switzerland. A total of 14 officials and executives were later indicted in the U.S. on corruption charges.

    Blatter was not among those indicted, but officials have said he was the subject of investigation.


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    Valentine Thomas says she is hoping to raise awareness about ocean preservation through her hobby.

    This is 28-year-old Valentine Thomas. She used to work in finance in the United Kingdom, but in her spare time had a pretty intense hobby.

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    Thomas spends her weekends spearfishing, a hobby she picked up about four years ago. She told BuzzFeed News she was hooked by the experience of being in the ocean and eating what you catch.

    "I really encourage sustainable eating and spearfishing is definitely one of its purest forms in my opinion," she said. "You catch exactly what you want to eat and there is no 'collateral damages' to it."

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    The Canadian is already a world record holder in the sport, having speared the world's largest Atlantic Jack.

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    Thomas began posting snaps of her fishing to Facebook and Instagram, and has since become a social media sensation. She said the first time she posted a picture with a fish to Facebook, she woke up to one thousand friend requests.

    "The first reaction is being flattered...and probably vanity I must admit," she said. "But then you realize that you are actually able to reach people and that means you might be able to make an actual difference."

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    Their Women’s World Cup journey is over.

    Australia lost to Japan 1-0 this morning, ending their Women's World Cup campaign.

    Australia lost to Japan 1-0 this morning, ending their Women's World Cup campaign.

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    Australia was outplayed by a strong Japan side throughout the game, but managed to keep the score at 0-0 until just three minutes before the final whistle. A late goal from substitute Mana Iwabuchi sealed the match.

    Australia was outplayed by a strong Japan side throughout the game, but managed to keep the score at 0-0 until just three minutes before the final whistle. A late goal from substitute Mana Iwabuchi sealed the match.

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    We feel you, Michelle Heyman.

    We feel you, Michelle Heyman.

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    "I'm so proud of the girls. We fought till the end. We did make history and did win a knock-out game," she said.

    "We've only had six months together really. Imagine another four years. So much potential."

    The Matildas are a young team, with an average age of 24 and a half.


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    Gronk, or “Big Dawg Bobby G” as he fondly refers to himself, is now rapping. Sort of.

    The NFL's resident Frat Boy, Rob Gronkowski, has been known to bust a move or two in his day.

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    And now, Gronk has found his inner Eminem and is spitting freestyle raps at Georgia bars.

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    Sadly, he was kicked off stage before he was about to drop "the best beat ever."

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    Thank you for blessing us with your artistic talents regardless, Big Dawg Bobby G.

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    Do you believe?

    November 30th, 1991: Michelle Akers leads the USWNT to glory in the very first Women's World Cup.

    November 30th, 1991: Michelle Akers leads the USWNT to glory in the very first Women's World Cup.

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    The 32-year-old ballerina has been with the dance company since 2000.

    Misty Copeland was named the American Ballet Theater's first black female principal dancer in the company's 75-year history, the dance group announced Tuesday.

    Misty Copeland was named the American Ballet Theater's first black female principal dancer in the company's 75-year history, the dance group announced Tuesday.

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    The promotion to principal dancer, the highest position a dancer can achieve, caps off a remarkable year for Copeland, who was this year named by Time magazine as one of the world's most influential people.

    The promotion to principal dancer, the highest position a dancer can achieve, caps off a remarkable year for Copeland, who was this year named by Time magazine as one of the world's most influential people.

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    Copeland, 32, has been with the American Ballet Theater since 2000, joining the company as a member of the dance corps in 2001. Six years later, she was elevated to soloist, a position she held until her promotion Tuesday.

    As a soloist with the company, Copeland performed as Juliet in Romeo & Juliet; as Clara, the mischievous main character in the Nutcracker; and notable roles in La Bayadère and Don Quixote.

    Last week, Copeland made her debut as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake to critical acclaim. The New York Times described Copeland's dancing as "courageous," but noted the company's choreography of the traditional ballet left much to be desired.

    The American Ballet Theater is celebrated as one of the world's most pre-eminent ballet companies. However, the dance company is currently in a state of transition, with three of its long-tenured principal ballerinas retiring over the course of the season. Julie Kent, known outside of the ballet world as the fierce instructor in the 2000 film Center Stage, took her final curtain call on June 20.

    In 2014, Copeland released a memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, and a children's book, Firebird.

    Also promoted to principal Tuesday was Stella Abrera, who joined the dance company in 1996 and who has performed across the U.S. and Europe.

    Copeland's performance in Swan Lake was her final dance of the season, as the ABT season draws to a close on July 4.


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    It’s more than just Wambach, Pinoe, and Syd The Kid.

    Who is this?

    Who is this?

    Who is this?

    Who is this?


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    The U.S. played its best game of the tournament, dominating top-ranked Germany.

    The U.S. Women's National Team silenced doubters on Tuesday with a resounding 2-0 win over Germany in the World Cup semi-final.

    The U.S. Women's National Team silenced doubters on Tuesday with a resounding 2-0 win over Germany in the World Cup semi-final.

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    After struggling to come together in earlier matches, the U.S. played its best game of the tournament to dominate Germany, the top-ranked team.

    After struggling to come together in earlier matches, the U.S. played its best game of the tournament to dominate Germany, the top-ranked team.

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    Captain Carli Lloyd led a bold offense, first scoring on a penalty kick and assisting a beautiful clinching goal by Kelly O'Hara.

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    The U.S. will play in the final Sunday against either England or Japan, the team it lost to in the 2011 World Cup final.

    The U.S. will play in the final Sunday against either England or Japan, the team it lost to in the 2011 World Cup final.

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    The Scottish tennis champion throws shade as well as balls.

    When you open the fridge on a hot day.

    When you open the fridge on a hot day.

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    When you're at a party and your ex shows up.

    When you're at a party and your ex shows up.

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    When you're cleaning up your pet's poop and accidentally get some on your hand.

    When you're cleaning up your pet's poop and accidentally get some on your hand.

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    When you open the door of a portaloo on the third day of a festival.

    When you open the door of a portaloo on the third day of a festival.

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    The internet is bleeding red, white, and blue.

    After stunning top-ranked Germany, the U.S. Women's National Team is headed to the FIFA World Cup Final this weekend.

    After stunning top-ranked Germany, the U.S. Women's National Team is headed to the FIFA World Cup Final this weekend.

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    The 2–0 victory was far and away the national team's best performance of the tournament so far.

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    During the game, silent prayers were sent up:

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    Anyone with a custom jersey threw it on:

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    I’m not crying, you’re crying.

    England's Laura Bassett scored on her own goal in the final moments of the Women's World Cup Semifinals on Wednesday, bringing the match with Japan to an unbelievable and heartbreaking close.

    England's Laura Bassett scored on her own goal in the final moments of the Women's World Cup Semifinals on Wednesday, bringing the match with Japan to an unbelievable and heartbreaking close.

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    The teams were tied 1-1 as they headed into stoppage time.

    The teams were tied 1-1 as they headed into stoppage time.

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    Bassett played for the ball as several Japanese players neared the goal, accidentally knocking it against the top pole and bouncing it in.

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    The accidental goal means Japan will move on to the finals against the U.S. on Sunday, a rematch of 2011's cup.

    The accidental goal means Japan will move on to the finals against the U.S. on Sunday, a rematch of 2011's cup.

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    NASCAR called it an “unprecedented collaboration among the tracks that host its national series events.”

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    NASCAR has received full cooperation with its industry members — the governing bodies of its affiliated speedways — in its decision to request fans "refrain from displaying the Confederate Flag" at NASCAR events, they announced in a press release today.

    The industry members "are committed to providing a welcoming atmosphere free of offensive symbols," according to the release.

    "This is an opportunity for NASCAR Nation to demonstrate its sense of mutual respect and acceptance for all who attend our events while collectively sharing the tremendous experience of NASCAR racing."

    The full list of signatories includes the International Speedway Corporation, Speedway Motorsports Inc., and eight other independent speedways.

    On June 23, NASCAR released a statement on the representation of the Confederate Flag at its events: "NASCAR will continue our long-standing policy to disallow the use of the Confederate Flag symbol in any official NASCAR capacity."

    Fans will have the option to exchange a Confederate Flag for an American flag at this weekends's Daytona events, the speedway announced earlier this week.

    According to NASCAR.com, Dale Earnhardt Jr. spoke out about the Confederate Flag at NASCAR events last week:

    "I've made my comments about the Confederate flag several times, and I stand behind NASCAR's stance to remove it. I think if it's offensive to an entire race, it really does nothing for anybody to be there flying. It belongs in the history books, that's about it."


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    It’s Wimbledon, which means it’s time to remember that Roger Federer is an alien.


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    We’re all #ProudOfBassett.

    England defender Laura Bassett's own goal sent the Lionesses out of the Women's World Cup in the early hours of Thursday morning.

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    The heartbreaking stoppage-time goal saw England lose 2-1 to Japan in the semi-final in Canada.

    The heartbreaking stoppage-time goal saw England lose 2-1 to Japan in the semi-final in Canada.

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    The club have won new fans around the world after unveiling their kit for next season.

    Rayo are a top flight Spanish club based in a working class neighbourhood in Madrid.

    Rayo are a top flight Spanish club based in a working class neighbourhood in Madrid.

    They are one of Spain's best-known left-wing clubs, and their supporters are world famous.

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    The fans see themselves as a giant family, and regularly protest and march in support of what they believe in.

    The fans see themselves as a giant family, and regularly protest and march in support of what they believe in.

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    Every individual colour of the rainbow on their new 2015/16 away kit represents a different group.

    Every individual colour of the rainbow on their new 2015/16 away kit represents a different group.

    The club tweeted a statement to explain which groups they are supporting and donating money to.

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    The English have united behind their team, despite their 2-1 loss to Japan.


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    Are you a top dog like Chelsea, or a legend like Manchester United?

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    Seriously, good luck.


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    The United States takes on Japan this Sunday in an epic rematch of the 2011 World Cup final, with USA hoping to capture a win in this arena for the first time since 1999.

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    WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

    Megan Rapinoe has become one of the most recognizable players on the U.S. Women's National Soccer team (and not just for her shock of platinum hair).

    Megan Rapinoe has become one of the most recognizable players on the U.S. Women's National Soccer team (and not just for her shock of platinum hair).

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    The midfielder's explosive and creative playing style has saved the squad on many occasions. Ahem:

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