Saturday, October 10, 2015

Leadoff with Lee 10.10.15 #SeppBlatter #ChrisBurns #Sefolosha #LindyInfante

By @cleeverizon

- FIFA has announced it has suspended Sepp Blatter and two other officials for 90 days,citing ongoing investigations into the leagues corruption allegations. Blatter was alleged to have taken bribes in the 1990s regarding the awarding of World Cup TV  rights. UEFA President Michel Platini, who heads up the body which runs European football and the world's leading club competition -- the Champions League -- and FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke, were also banned for 90 days.

- Chris Burns, assistant coach at Bryant University, has come out as gay which makes him the first openly gay coach in Division I men's basketball history. Burns, played for then-Division II Bryant squad that advanced to four straight NCAA tournaments from 2003 to 2007. Burns said he felt his turning point came after attending the 2014 Nike LGBT Sports Summit in Portland, Oregon. The outpour of support he received was "incredibly powerful and inspiring", Burns stated.

- Air Force joins Navy and Army as service academies that will fulfill Big Ten's requirement to play at least one non-conference Power 5 team each year, according to Big Ten associate commissioner Mark Rudner. Connecticut, BYU and Cincinnati also included as qualifiers.

- After deliberating for over a hour on Friday, a jury found Atlanta Hawks guard Thabo Sefolosha not guilty of obstruction of official business, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He suffered a fractured right leg in an April 8 struggle with police, and was accused of repeatedly disobeying the orders of officers telling him to leave the area around the club where another NBA player, Chris Copeland, had been stabbed.

Now that the situation is over, can Sefolosha seek compensation from the city for emotional distress? Will he sue the NYPD? He won one battle with the city, can he win another? He has the money and he has the lawyers.

- Former Browns offensive coordinator Lindy Infante passed away Thursday at the age of 75. He was coach of the Jacksonville Bulls of the now defunct USFL in 1984 and 1985 before taking a job with the Cleveland Browns as offensive coordinator in 1986. He is credited with teaching a young Bernie Kosar on how to read a pre-snap defense. His first NFL head coaching job came in Green Bay from 1988-1991. After leading the Packers to a 10-6 record in 1989 he was named NFL coach of the year. He finished with a overall coaching record of 36-60.

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