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LONDON -- Playing the 2022 World Cup in the searing summer heat of Qatar is "not rational and reasonable," FIFA President Sepp Blatter said in a newspaper interview. Despite health concerns included in an official report before the vote, the FIFA executive committee opted for the tiny emirates bid in 2010. Blatter has repeatedly refused to say if he backed Qatar. "Whether its the right choice, thats up to the executive committee," Blatter said in an interview published Wednesday in French newspaper LEquipe. "The problem is knowing whether it can be played in June-July in Qatar." Air-conditioned stadiums to beat the 50-degree C (122-degree F) heat were a defining theme of Qatars bid, but the cooling technology only resolves the problem in venues for players, fans and officials. "The World Cup is more than just stadiums, its an array of social and cultural activities around the competition," Blatter said. "What do we do? Its not rational and reasonable to play in June-July. "Our technical report, which was available to all the members of the executive committee before the 2010 vote, exposed these difficulties." Without directly criticizing the decision, Blatter said voters were influenced by the pressure to take the World Cup to the Middle East for the first time. "There were interventions at different levels so that it would go to an Arab country," Blatter said. "Geopolitics did its work." FIFA vice-president Michel Platini voted for Qatar but has previously said that it was not due to pressure from then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy. "Before the awarding of a World Cup or Olympic Games, there is a meeting with the politicians," Blatter said. "We had it here in Zurich. They influence the voters. England didnt get the 2018 World Cup and, ever since, there has been a Cold War with FIFA." FIFAs lead ethics prosecutor, Michael Garcia, has been examining allegations about how Russia and Qatar won hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, respectively, after a series of corruption allegations surrounding the bidding process. But Blatter said "nobody proved that there were payoffs so that Qatar was chosen." "The ethics commission can open an investigation," he said. "That would be good to prove that this was done correctly." Blatters own future remains uncertain, with two years until the FIFA presidential elections. The 77-year-old Swiss recently backed away from a 2011 promise that this would be his fourth and final term running FIFA. Now, though, Blatter appears to be endorsing Platini, the former France great who is president of UEFA. "Hes my natural candidate because we have done it all together," Blatter said. "As soon as I took over the presidency (in 1998), he was my technical adviser. Then we built a sporting policy at FIFA. Then he became president of UEFA (in 2007). Its the right track." The pair, though, have clashed on the use of goal-line technology, with Platini against referees being given high-tech aids. And Blatter adds a caveat with his endorsement of Platini, stressing that his support would only be "if he continues in the direction of universal football." Eli Manning Womens Jersey .Y. -- Sabres forward Drew Stafford has witnessed plenty of turmoil during his eight seasons in Buffalo. Carl Banks Giants Jersey . Aduriz headed home Markel Susaetas cross in the sixth minute to open the scoring at San Mames Stadium. He bettered that with a long-range blast that went in off the goal frame in the 18th, and converted a penalty in the 72nd after Diego Mainz was sent off for fouling Aduriz with only the goalkeeper to beat. . According the Toronto Star, a knee injury will keep Sundin out of the lineup, which includes former teammates Gary Roberts, Darcy Tucker, Tie Domi and Curtis Joseph. 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On Tuesday, Los Angeles took over sole possession of the division lead for the first time since May 10.With the Dodgers trailing 1-0 in the fourth, Gonzalez lined a 3-1 fastball into the seats in right-center field for a three-run homer. Turner singled and Josh Reddick walked to lead off the inning.Gonzalez followed that up with a two-run homer in the seventh after Corey Seager led off the inning with a double. It was the first basemans first multi-homer game of the season and the 20th of his career. Gonzalez, who has 12 homers, extended his hitting streak to 10 games and is 18 for 40 in that span.Turner hit his 22nd home run after Seager singled in the fifth, pushing the Dodgers ahead 5-1.Scott Kazmir (10-6) allowed eight hits and two earned runs in five-plus innings.Jake Thompson (1-2) was the loser.PIRATES 6, GIANTS 5SAN FRANCISCO -- Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run homer, Matt Joyce had a key two-run single and Pittsburgh overcame a four-run deficit against San Francisco to complete a three-game sweep.The Pirates won their fourth straight game and sixth in seven. They remained a game behind St. Louis in the race for the NL wild card.The Giants, who on Tuesday fell out of first place in the NL West for the first time in 97 days, lost their fourth straight. They dropped to 9-21, the worst record in the majors since the All-Star break.McCutchens homer, his 17th, capped a six-run rally in the fifth inning that chased Giants starter Matt Cain (4-8). Jeff Locke (9-7) pitched a scoreless fifth. Tony Watson survived a scoreless ninth after the Giants loaded the bases with no outs for his seventh save since taking over as the closer.CUBS 6, BREWERS 1CHICAGO -- Jorge Soler hit a three-run homer during a five-run first inning, Jon Lester pitched into the seventh and Chicago beat Milwaukee for its 17th victory 20 games.Solers shot capped the inning after RBI singles by Ben Zobrist and Addison Russell.Lester (13-4) got his fourth straight victory, giving up one run and three hits in 6 2/3 innings while striking out seven. David Ross added a solo home run in the third inning for the Cubs, who won their third straight following a doubleheader sweep of the Brewers on Tuesday.Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson (6-13) walked leadoff batter Dexter Fowler then hit Kris Bryant with a pitch to begin the first. Solers homer on a 2-2 pitch was a convincing smash that landed just under the videoboard atop of the left-center field stands.BLUE JAYS 7, YANKEES 4NEW YORK -- J.A. Happ won his 11th consecutive decision to become the first 17-game winner, Melvin Upton Jr. hit a three-run homer and Toronto beat New York.Darwin Barney had an early two-run double, and Russell Martin added three hits, including an RBI single off CC Sabathia. The AL East-leading Blue Jays took two of three in the series, delighting a vocal contingent of Toronto fans at Yankee Stadium.Happ (17-3) pitched into the eighth extended the longest active winning streak in the big leagues. He struck out nine, walked one and yielded solo homers to Gary Sanchez, Starlin Castro and Chase Headley.Signed as a free agent in the offseason to a $36 million, three-year contract, Happ has won five straight starts. The 33-year-old lefty is 3-0 in four outings against the Yankees this year.Happ was lifted after Headleys infield single with one out in the eighth. Joaquin Benoit gave up an RBI single to rookie Aaron Judge that made it 7-4, and Roberto Osuna struck out Didi Gregorius on a 97 mph fastball with two on to end the inning. Osuna got four straight outs for his 27th save.CARDINALS 8, ASTROS 2HOUSTON -- Carlos Martinez took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and Jeremy Hazelbaker and Brandon Moss homered in St. Louis victory over Houston.The Cardinals have won four straight and have a slim hold on the second NL wild-card spot.Martinez (11-7) pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, allowing a run and striking out seven. He retired 15 of the first 16 batters before giving up a leadoff double to Teoscar Hernandez in the sixth.Doug Fister (11-8) allowed four runs in four innings for the Astros. Houston has been outscored 29-11 during a four-game losing streak and surrendered eight or more runs in three straight games for the first time this season.WHITE SOX 10, INDIANS 7CLEVELAND -- Adam Eatons ninth-inning grand slam off closer Cody Allen capped a five-run rally and lifted Chicago past Cleveland.Cleveland was two outs from increasing its AL Central lead over second-place Detroit to seven games, but the White Sox rallied to break a seven-game losing streak against the Indians.Allen (2-5) retired the first hitter, but Chicago loaded the bases on infield singles by Todd Frazier and J.B. Shuck, and a walk to Tim Anderson.Dioner Navarros bloop hit down the left field line scored a run before Eaton homered to right on an 0-2 pitch for his first careeer grand slam.ddddddddddddJacob Turner (1-1) pitched the eighth, and David Robertson retired the final two hitters with two on in the ninth for his 30th save.RED SOX 8, ORIOLES 1, 6 INNINGSBALTIMORE -- David Price allowed four hits before a rainstorm stopped play for good after six innings, and Boston beat Baltimore for its sixth straight victory.Jackie Bradley Jr. homered and drove in four runs for the Red Sox. They swept the two-game series to climb past the Orioles into second place in the AL East.Baltimore had been in first or second place since opening day. The Orioles 39-19 home record is the best in the AL, but they are 2-4 against Boston at Camden Yards.Price (11-8) was cruising until a driving storm stopped play. The game was called after a delay of 1 hour, 17 minutes. Baltimore rookie Dylan Bundy (6-4) was the loser.Sandy Leon hit a two-run shot in the fifth.ROYALS 4, TIGERS 1DETROIT -- Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to lift Kansas City pastDetroit for a three-game sweep.Hosmer broke up Anibal Sanchezs no-hit bid with a double in the seventh inning after spoiling his perfect game with a walk in the fifth.Sanchez threw seven shutout innings after allowing eight runs in four innings in his previous start. He struck out six and walked two Wednesday.In the ninth, Shane Greene (2-3) allowed a one-out single to Lorenzo Cain before Hosmers line drive into the right-field stands. Drew Butera added an RBI single.Matt Strahm (1-0) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and Kelvin Herrera worked the ninth for his sixth save.RANGERS 6, ATHLETICS 2ARLINGTON, Texas -- Yu Darvish struck out nine and Texas beat Oakland, giving the right-hander his first victory in his last 11 starts against the Athletics.Darvish (4-3) had a demonstrative show of emotion, pumping his fist and letting out a shout, after striking out Coco Crisp to end the seventh inning. Darvish came back for the eighth, but was pulled after Danny Valencias leadoff double.Crisp struck out three times after homering on the second pitch of the game. Jake Smolinski went deep leading off the fifth for the only other run off Darvish.All-Star center fielder Ian Desmond and recently acquired Jonathan Lucroy each had three RBI to help the AL-best Rangers complete a three-game series sweep.Sean Manaea (4-8) was the loser.ROCKIES 12, NATIONALS 10DENVER -- D.J. LeMahieu kept tormenting Washington with two hits, Gerardo Parra drove in four runs and Colorado beat Stephen Strasburg.Tony Wolters homered and had three hits, and Charlie Blackmon extended his hitting streak to 12 games.LeMahieu singled in his first at-bat to stretch his on-base streak to 10 plate appearances, the fourth longest in club history. The streak stopped when he struck out to end the seven-run first inning.Strasburg (15-4) had the shortest outing of the season at 1 2/3 innings. The first six batters reached against Strasburg, Colorado sent 11 to the plate in the first and eight in the second to take a 9-2 lead.Boone Logan (2-2) struck out Daniel Murphy and Bryce Harper to end the eighth before Scott Oberg allowed a solo home run to Chris Heisey before closing it out for his first save.REDS 3, MARLINS 2CINCINNATI -- Brandon Phillips drove in two runs with his second double of the game and Cincinnati rallied to beat Miami.Billy Hamilton was on second base and Joey Votto on first after being walked intentionally in the seventh inning when Phillips lined a pitch from Nick Wittgen (3-2) to the gap in right-center field to drive in the go-ahead runs.Josh Smith (2-1) set up the comeback with two innings of scoreless relief after the Marlins took a 2-1 lead on third baseman Eugenio Suarezs two-out error of Marcell Ozunas routine grounder in the fifth. That allowed Christian Yelich to score from second.Blake Wood pitched a perfect eighth, and Tony Cingrani worked the ninth for his 15th save.RAYS 2, PADRES 0ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Chris Archer struck out nine in 7 1/3 innings, Brad Miller homered again and Tampa Bay beat San Diego to complete a three-game sweep.Archer (7-16) allowed four hits and a walk. Hes at risk of becoming the majors first 20-game loser since Detroits Mike Maroth (21) in 2003, but also leads the AL with 186 strikeouts.Miller hit his 25h homer in the first inning after going deep twice in a 15-1 rout Tuesday night.Alex Colome got the final four outs for his 28th save.Christian Friedrich (4-9) was the loser. The Padres have lost five straight and eight of 10.TWINS 10, BRAVES 3ATLANTA -- Kyle Gibson threw his first nine-inning complete game and Minnesota overcame two hits from Dansby Swanson in his big league debut to beat Atlanta.Juan Centeno drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth, and Minnesota swept the two-game series between the major leagues worst teams.The Braves showed why theyre five games worse than the Twins, dropping to 18-41 at home despite Swansons strong debut in his hometown.Gibson (5-7) began the night with a 7.98 ERA in three starts this month. Eric OFlaherty (1-4) gave up three runs over one inning for Atlanta. ' ' '

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