The U.S. government launched an attack on what it called deep-seated and brazen corruption in soccer's global governing body Wednesday, pulling FIFA executives out of a luxury Swiss hotel to face racketeering charges and raiding regional offices in Miami. Swiss officials also invaded FIFA headquarters, seizing records and computers to investigate whether the decisions to award World Cups to Russia and Qatar were rigged. Scandals and rumors of corruption have dogged FIFA throughout the 17-year reign of its president, Sepp Blatter, but he was not named in either investigation.
Noah Syndergaard took care of birthday gifts for his dad and manager with one scintillating start. The Mets' prized prospect pitched six-hit ball into the eighth inning and connected for his first major league home run, and the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-0 Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep. ''Tomorrow is my dad's birthday and when I asked him what he wanted all he asked for was a 'W','' Syndergaard said.
Alex Rodriguez checked off another age-old milestone in a comeback season that's surpassing almost anyone's expectations. The three-time MVP hit a three-run homer to break Lou Gehrig's American League record for RBIs, and the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2 Wednesday to finish a three-game sweep.