Blatter wants more African and Asian teams at World Cup
FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes there should be more places at the soccer World Cup for African and Asian countries.
Blatter, writing in the governing body’s new weekly magazine, said it was wrong that Europe and South America dominated the tournament when they had fewer member associations than other territories.
“From a purely sporting perspective I would like to see globalisation finally taken seriously and the African and Asian national associations accorded the status they deserve at the FIFA World Cup,” Blatter wrote in the magazine published on Friday.
“It cannot be that the European and South American confederations lay claim to the majority of the berths at the World Cup (18 or 19 teams) because taken together they account for significantly fewer member associations (63) than Africa and Asia (100).”
Cubs to interview Wedge
The Chicago Cubs plan to interview former Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge next week for their vacant managerial job, MLB.com reported Friday.
Wedge, 45, went 561-573 (.495) with the Indians (2003-09) and 213-273 (.438) with the Mariners (2011-13). He stepped down as the Mariners manager late in the season because he did not believe he was part of the club’s future. He also missed 27 games this season after having a minor stroke.
The Cubs have already interviewed Dave Martinez, Rick Renteria, A.J. Hinch and Manny Acta. Renteria, 51, also interviewed Thursday for the Mariners’ job.
Nash’s health a concern for Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers are concerned about the health of point guard Steve Nash.
Nash, 39, is coming off a season in which he had a leg fracture and complications from his degenerative back condition. Until Thursday, he had not fully practiced this preseason.
Nash is averaging just 3.5 points and 3.5 assists in 16.7 minutes per game in the preseason, including missing a game.
“I’m a little bit concerned because I want him to be healthy, I want him to play,” teammate Pau Gasol told ESPN Los Angeles. “I want him to play and I want him to do well. I want him to help us. I hope that he can.”
Even though Nash made it through practice Thursday, coach Mike D’Antoni said he could be held out the Lakers’ preseason finale Friday night in Anaheim.
Nash acknowledged that he is not the player he used to be.
Dolphins LB Jenkins fined $15,750
Miami Dolphins linebacker Jelani Jenkins was fined $15,750 by the NFL for a roughing the passer penalty against Buffalo Bills quarterback Thad Lewis last Sunday.
Jenkins got Lewis on a helmet-to-helmet hit that knocked Lewis’ helmet off his head. Lewis completed a 17-yard pass for a first down on the play. The Bills won 23-21.
Florida State’s Wilder ruled out
Florida State running back James Wilder Jr. will miss Saturday’s game against North Carolina State due to a concussion.
Coach Jimbo Fisher said Friday that Wilder was not cleared to play.
Wilder was injured last Saturday against Clemson, a Seminoles’ win that gave them the No. 2 spot in the first BCS standings of the season. Wilder was considered day-to-day throughout the week.