Gianni Infantino elected FIFA president

first_img Gianni Infantino succeeds Sepp Blatter at the helm of football’s world governing body Gianni Infantino is FIFA’s ninth president after being elected at the world governing body’s extraordinary congress in Zurich on Friday.The FIFA presidential election entered a second round of voting for the first time in 42 years after Infantino of Switzerland secured more backing than pre-vote favourite Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al Khalifa of Bahrain in the first round, when a two thirds majority was required to win.A simple majority of more than 50 per cent – 104 votes – was sufficient for victory in the second round.And Infantino secured 115 votes to Sheikh Salman’s 88 to become the second successive Swiss president, after Sepp Blatter.The 45-year-old lawyer is from Brig in the Valais region of Switzerland, less than six miles from Blatter’s hometown of Visp.FIFA has its first new head since 1998, when Blatter was appointed for the first time.Blatter was voted in on five occasions, including last May, but he stepped aside days later amid allegations which led to a six-year ban from football-related activity, which he is contesting.His resignation prompted the world governing body’s extraordinary congress in the most pivotal period of FIFA’s 112-year history.Infantino will serve the remaining term of office for which Blatter was elected last May, meaning there will be a further election in 2019.He told congress: “Dear friends, I cannot express my feelings in this moment. I told you I went through a journey, an exceptional journey, a journey which made me meet a lot of fantastic people, who love football and breath football and live football every day.“We will restore the image of FIFA and the respect of FIFA and everyone in the world will applaud us.“I want to work with all of you together in order to restore and rebuild a new era of FIFA where we can put again football at the centre of the stage.“FIFA has gone through sad times, moments of crisis, but those times are over. We need to implement the reform and implement good governance and transparency. We also need to have respect.“We’re going to win back this respect through hard work, commitment and we’re going to make sure we can finally focus on this wonderful game that is football.”The Football Association offered their backing earlier this month to UEFA general secretary Infantino. 1last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-0)Shift: ▲1Hi: 1Lo: 2Comment: Man, Kareem Hunt is the greatest Kareem in sports history. OK, on second thought… — MarottaNext: at Los Angeles Chargers (Sunday)2. Oakland Raiders (2-0)Shift: ▲2Hi: 2Lo: 4Comment: Beast mode could be the Comeback Player of the Year. — JureckiNext: at Washington (Sunday Night)3. Atlanta Falcons (2-0)Shift: ▲4Hi: 2Lo: 6Comment: Remember that thing I wrote about a Super Bowl hangover? Never mind. — MorganNext: at Detroit (Sunday)4. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0)Shift: ▼1Hi: 1Lo: 5Comment: Vikings defense is legit. With Bryant in the fold the Steelers have too many options. — BurnsNext: at Chicago (Sunday)5. New England Patriots (1-1)Shift: —Hi: 2Lo: 6Comment: Oh hey look – losing in Week 1 didn’t destroy the Patriots’ season. Shocker. — LapinskiNext: vs. Houston (Sunday) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 6. Denver Broncos (2-0)Shift: ▲5Hi: 4Lo: 9Comment: Did what no one else has done so far, including the commish: shut down Zeke. — BurnsNext: at Buffalo (Sunday)7. Baltimore Ravens (2-0)Shift: ▲5Hi: 7Lo: 9Comment: Surprising 2-0 start, defense has forced eight interceptions, Suggs has 3 sacks. — JureckiNext: vs. Jacksonville (Sunday in London)8. Green Bay Packers (1-1)Shift: ▼7Hi: 6Lo: 10Comment: The NFC championship game rematch had a familiar feeling for the Packers. — MorganNext: vs. Cincinnati (Sunday)9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0)Shift: ▲5Hi: 8Lo: 14Comment: I think Koetter’s crew is going to have a great year. — BurnsNext: at Minnesota (Sunday)10. Seattle Seahawks (1-1)Shift: ▼1Hi: 8Lo: 13Comment: One offensive touchdown in two games. Still can’t understand their offensive line strategy. — MarottaNext: at Tennessee (Sunday)11. Carolina Panthers (2-0)Shift: ▲2Hi: 8Lo: 15Comment: Defense has given up 12 points in 2 games, Newton still knocking off the rust from shoulder surgery. — JureckiNext: vs. New Orleans (Sunday)12. Detroit Lions (2-0)Shift: ▲3Hi: 6Lo: 16Comment: Made the playoffs last year and haven’t lost this year. May need to start taking them seriously. — LapinskiNext: vs. Atlanta (Sunday) 13. Dallas Cowboys (1-1)Shift: ▼7Hi: 10Lo: 15Comment: Tough day for Ezekiel Elliott, but at least he didn’t pout. — MarottaNext: at Arizona (Monday Night)14. Tennessee Titans (0-2)Shift: ▲2Hi: 12Lo: 16Comment: Hello, Derrick Henry. — Dave BurnsNext: vs. Seattle (Sunday)15. Philadelphia Eagles (1-1)Shift: ▼6Hi: 8Lo: 16Comment: Only Brady, Rodgers and Brees have thrown for more yards than Carson Wentz this year. — LapinskiNext: vs. New York Giants (Sunday)16. Miami Dolphins (1-0)Shift: ▲5Hi: 14Lo: 21Comment: Jay Cutler was turnover-free in his Dolphins debut as Jay the game manager. — MorganNext: at New York Jets (Sunday)17. Minnesota Vikings (1-1)Shift: ▼7Hi: 15Lo: 20Comment: Dalvin Cook could be in the Offensive Rookie of the Year conversation with Kareem Hunt. — JureckiNext: vs. Tampa Bay (Sunday)18. Arizona Cardinals (1-1)Shift: —Hi: 17Lo: 20Comment: May have saved their season by converting that 3rd-and-20 play on Sunday. — LapinskiNext: vs. Dallas (Monday Night)19. Washington Redskins (1-1)Shift: ▲4Hi: 18Lo: 25Comment: Dominating running performance vs. Rams even with Donald back. — MarottaNext: vs. Oakland (Sunday Night) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 26. Buffalo Bills (1-1)Shift: —Hi: 24Lo: 27Comment: After beating the Jets in Week 1, actually played well on the road against the Panthers. — JureckiNext: vs. Denver (Sunday)27. Cincinnati Bengals (0-2)Shift: —Hi: 26Lo: 29Comment: The worst team in Ohio. — BurnsNext: at Green Bay (Sunday)28. Chicago Bears (0-2)Shift: —Hi: 27Lo: 30Comment: They’re not booing. They’re saying Truuuubisky. — BurnsNext: vs. Pittsburgh (Sunday)29. Cleveland Browns (0-2)Shift: —Hi: 27Lo: 29Comment: Two weeks in, and DeShone Kizer already has headaches. — MarottaNext: at Indianapolis (Sunday)30. Indianapolis Colts (0-2)Shift: ▲1Hi: 28Lo: 31Comment: Jacoby Brissett passed the eye test until he threw an interception in OT to Tyrann Mathieu. — JureckiNext: vs. Cleveland (Sunday)31. San Francisco 49ers (0-2)Shift: ▼1Hi: 30Lo: 31Comment: Over 137 minutes without a TD. I guess an offensive genius still needs players. — MarottaNext: vs. Los Angeles Rams (Thursday Night)32. New York Jets (0-2)Shift: —Hi: 32Lo: 32Comment: Not even close to an NFL-caliber team. — BurnsNext: vs. Miami (Sunday) Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) is congratulated by wide receiver Chris Conley (17) after scoring a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)center_img Top Stories 3 Comments   Share   Here’s the rest of this week’s NFL Power Rankings from will go to the team that receives the majority of higher rankings from our panel.Week 3 CompositeBurns | Jurecki | Lapinski | Marotta | MorganBiggest Risers: Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Miami, Tampa Bay ▲5Biggest Fallers: Dallas, Green Bay, Minnesota ▼7 If this NFL season continues they way it’s started, the top spot in the Arizona Sports Power Rankings will be like youth sports — everyone will get a turn.On the strength of their Week 2 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, and Green Bay’s loss at Atlanta, the Kansas City Chiefs become the third team in as many weeks to occupy the catbird seat. The New England Patriots were No. 1 heading into Week 1 and the Green Bay Packers were on top last week, but fell to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night. 20. Houston Texans (1-1)Shift: ▲5Hi: 15Lo: 22Comment: Deshaun Watson made his first start on the road vs Bengals, had a 49-yard TD run, threw for 125 yards. — JureckiNext: at New England (Sunday)21. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1)Shift: ▼2Hi: 18Lo: 25Comment: Calais Campbell was quiet in Week 2. So were the Jaguars in a blowout loss to Tennessee. — MorganNext: vs. Baltimore (Sunday in London)22. Los Angeles Rams (1-1)Shift: ▼2Hi: 19Lo: 23Comment: It’s clear that getting rid of Jeff Fisher has made them a better football team. — BurnsNext: at San Francisco (Thursday Night)23. New York Giants (0-2)Shift: ▼6Hi: 20Lo: 26Comment: Eli responsible for sloppy QB play. Who’s responsible for Ben McAdoo’s sloppy haircut? — MarottaNext: at Philadelphia (Sunday)24. Los Angeles Chargers (0-2)Shift: —Hi: 21Lo: 26Comment: If Younghoe Koo misses a last-second kick but nobody’s around in the stadium to witness it, does it count? — LapinskiNext: vs. Kansas City (Sunday)25. New Orleans Saints (0-2)Shift: ▼3Hi: 24Lo: 26Comment: The Saints are allowing a league-worst 512.5 yards per game and a league-worst 32.5 points per game Those are not typos. — MorganNext: at Carolina (Sunday) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more