LONDON - Sepp Blatter and his three FIFA presidential election rivals have been invited to participate in a television debate by the BBC and Sky.
The London-based broadcasters have written to the candidates proposing a one-hour "fans' congress" live on their globally available channels, websites and Facebook ahead of the election in May.
WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets made another move for their playoff run by acquiring winger Lee Stempniak from the New York Rangers for young forward Carl Klingberg on Sunday.
Stempniak, 32, joins his fourth team in two seasons and seventh of his NHL career.
The Buffalo, N.Y., native has nine goals and nine assists in 53 games this season, largely as a bottom-six player.
Stempniak provides more forward depth for a team in the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
CALGARY - Despite being in the playoff picture, the Calgary Flames traded pending-free-agent winger Curtis Glencross to the Washington Capitals for second- and third-round picks.
The 32-year-old found out he was dealt at the Flames' practice Sunday in Philadelphia.
"As tough as it is to say goodbye to everyone in Calgary and the fans — I've had such great support over the years — I'm excited for a new start," Glencross told reporters in Philadelphia prior to joining his new team in Washington.
LIVERPOOL, England - Philippe Coutinho scored a late winner against Manchester City at Anfield for the second straight season as Liverpool won 2-1 on Sunday to dent the champions' chances of hauling in Premier League leader Chelsea.
The in-form Brazilian playmaker capped his latest impressive display by curling in a 25-meter shot in the 75th minute, adding another long-distance strike to his repertoire of recent stunning goals.
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Taking another flyer, the Blue Jays signed outfielder Dayan Viciedo to a minor-league contract Sunday.
The 25-year-old Cuban, released by the White Sox in early February, will be given a chance to show he belongs somewhere on the depth chart.
DUNEDIN, Fla. - R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle will open on the mound Monday in the Blue Jays' intra-squad game.
The seven-inning game at the Florida Auto Exchange Stadium serves as an appetizer for Toronto's start of Grapefruit League play Tuesday.
The Jays host the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday and then visit Pittsburgh and Baltimore before hosting the Orioles on Friday.
MINNEAPOLIS - Kevin Garnett has purchased 1,000 tickets to Minnesota's next game in appreciation of Timberwolves fans for their welcome of his return to the team.
The Timberwolves made the announcement on Sunday morning. They host the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night. The freebies courtesy of the 15-time All-Star power forward will be available on the team's website on Monday morning. The first 500 fans to claim them will get a pair of seats.
CALGARY - The Calgary Flames have claimed defenceman David Schlemko off waivers from the Dallas Stars and placed captain Mark Giordano on injured reserve with an undisclosed upper-body injury.
Giordano, a front-runner to win the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenceman, was listed as out indefinitely several days ago.
With 11 goals and 37 assists for 48 points, Giordano is tied with P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens for the league lead in points among defencemen.
TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs have claimed well-travelled defenceman Tim Erixon off waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks.
Erixon, 24, was once considered a highly touted prospect but will be joining his fourth organization in under six years.
The left-handed-shooting blue-liner has one goal and 12 assists in 78 career NHL games, including a goal and five assists in 27 this season.
Erixon, a 2009 first-round pick of the Calgary Flames, is set to be a restricted free agent this summer.
HOLYWOOD, Northern Ireland - FIFA President Sepp Blatter is concerned by a study that highlighted the scale of Russian soccer's racism problem ahead of the 2018 World Cup, warning there "must be some sanctions" if the extremism is not eradicated.
A report produced by the Fare network, an organization that combats discrimination in football, and the Moscow-based SOVA Center showed that Russia is plagued by a racist and far-right extremist fan culture.