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Hull relegated, Newcastle survives on final day of season

Hull relegated, Newcastle survives on final day of EPL season; Allardyce exits West Ham
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

LONDON - Hull was relegated and Newcastle ensured its survival as the Premier League season ended with a series of farewells on Sunday.

The final relegation place was the main matter to be determined, with Hull joining Queens Park Rangers and Burnley in the second tier in August after being held 0-0 by Manchester United.

It prolonged Hull manager Steve Bruce's forlorn record against United, having never won as a coach against the club he captained.

Colorado beats Vancouver to end 11-game home winless streak

Lucas Pittinari scores, Colorado beats Vancouver 1-0 to end 11-game home winless streak
The Associated Press

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - Lucas Pittinari scored his first MLS goal and Colorado beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 on Saturday night to end the Rapids' 11-game home winless streak.

Colorado (2-2-7) won for the first time at home since July 25, 2014, against Chivas USA. Vancouver (6-5-2) lost consecutive matches for the first time this season.

"Should have got a draw," said Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted. "I felt the team showed character through a tough match.

"At the end we didn't get any points, so that's the most important thing and I'm disappointed."

Bid to topple Blatter from FIFA rests with Jordanian prince

Prince Ali faces soccer's toughest match: trying to beat Sepp Blatter for FIFA presidency
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

LONDON - In soccer, the only certain winner seems to be Sepp Blatter.

Every threat to him has been seen off and a stranglehold on the seat of power in the world's most popular sport has been maintained since 1998.

Three men were vying to stop Blatter from winning a fifth term, but only one will now be on the ballot next Friday: Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein of Jordan.

Figo tells AP he is quitting FIFA presidential race

Figo, Van Praag quit FIFA presidential race, leaving Prince Ali alone to challenge Blatter
Barry Hatton, The Associated Press

LISBON, Portugal - Calling FIFA a dictatorship under Sepp Blatter, presidential candidate Luis Figo dropped out of the election race on Thursday.

The Portugal great and former FIFA world player of the year said in a statement sent to The Associated Press that he refuses to go along with an election process that is designed "for the delivery of absolute power to one man" — indicating Blatter, the current FIFA president.

Sepp Blatter set for another win in FIFA election

Blatter set for big presidential win in a rare FIFA election held without corruption claims
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

GENEVA - For once, a major FIFA election is untainted by claims of vote-buying.

There's no need this time.

Sepp Blatter's widely expected re-election on May 29 as president of soccer's world governing body for a fifth term has seldom seemed a real contest. His hold on the top job is so secure that Blatter published no manifesto, declined to debate opponents and rarely engaged with media worldwide.

Sepp Blatter set for another win in FIFA election

Blatter set for big presidential win in a rare FIFA election held without corruption claims
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

GENEVA - For once, a major FIFA election is untainted by claims of vote-buying.

There's no need this time.

Sepp Blatter's widely expected re-election on May 29 as president of soccer's world governing body for a fifth term has seldom seemed a real contest. His hold on the top job is so secure that Blatter published no manifesto, declined to debate opponents and rarely engaged with media worldwide.

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