VICE Sports World News Roundup: July 29
Abou Diaby in his Arsenal days. Credit: Ronnie Macdonald, creative commons.


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VICE Sports World News Roundup: July 29

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July 29, 2015, 12:27pm

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It's the 29th of July, 2015, and Sepp Blatter is still president of FIFA.

Michel Platini, President of UEFA, will run for FIFA President. Nobody should be surprised. He'll be the favorite to win but he's probably not the reform candidate the world wants.

The once great, too-often injured, former Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has a new home. Arsenal released him earlier this summer and yesterday Diaby signed with Olympique de Marseille.

Retired, four-time NBA All Star Vin Baker has fallen on hard times and is now managing a Starbucks in Rhode Island. Read this story. It's bonkers.

The MLS All Star proceedings got underway earlier this week. Last night in the Chipotle ™ Homegrown Game, the MLS Homegrown team played the Club America U-20s to a 1-1 draw (America won on penalties). Landon Donovan coached the Homegrown team, and he proved quite popular with the Club America players, who all wanted a photo with him. The respect/hate relationship Mexico has with Donovan remains a joy, even after his retirement.

It looks likeAC Milan has a new minority owner. After months of negotiations, Thai venture capital magnet Bee Taechaubol is set to spend 500 million euros to acquire 48% of the Italian giant. Milan is in desperate need of the cash.

Montserrat Seara, wife of Rafa Benitez, who took over as coach of Real Madrid earlier this summer, made a crack the other day about Rafa having to clean up Jose Mourinho's mess at Real Madrid. Jose hasn't been coach of Real for 2 years, and he didn't take kindly to the jibe:

"The only club where her husband replaced me was at Inter Milan, where in six months he destroyed the best team in Europe at the time," Mourinho said. "And for her also to think about me and to speak about me, I think she needs to occupy her time, and if she takes care of her husband's diet she will have less time to speak about me."

Jose goes for the throat. He knows no other way.

Liverpool's preseason tour is taking the club around Asia. Normally, on previous tours, the club has been met with sold out stadiums. On this tour, without Steven Gerrard or Raheem Sterling, things are not going so well

A study involving rugby players has linked concussions to a decline in brain function. Much like American football, the future of rugby is threatened by a growing understanding of how concussions damage the brain and the frequency with which they occur.

Dig these photos of underwater rugby tournament in Colombia.