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43mGabriele Marcotti

Marcotti: Blatter wins, football loses

Sepp Blatter, the game's master politician, won the FIFA presidential election for his fifth term, but football is the real loser, writes Gab Marcotti.

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1mVaughn McClure

Falcons rookie Shembo charged in dog's death

Falcons rookie linebacker Prince Shembo was arrested Friday on charges of aggravated cruelty to an animal for allegedly killing his girlfriend's dog, police said.

33mKevin Arnovitz

Sefolosha says arrest has hurt his reputation

Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha blames police for the leg injuries he suffered during his April arrest in New York and told ESPN that the incident has damaged his reputation.

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Sharper pleads guilty in sexual assault case

Former New Orleans Saints player Darren Sharper has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from allegations he drugged and assaulted women in four states.

16hDavid Schoenfield

Time for some fearless predictions!

Among the predictions: The San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford will win the NL MVP award and the Los Angeles Dodgers will pick up Aroldis Chapman.

23hLynn Olszowy

Grandmothers power LeBron James fan club

The LeBron James Grandmothers' Fan Club is just what the name implies. None of the women is related to James, but they are all grandmothers who feel a special bond with the Cavs' forward.


Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Royals with three home runs in the first four innings against the Cubs and Jake Arrieta: Escobar, Gordon, Perez. 3-1.

Adam Silver responds to draft proposal

FiveThirtyEight crowdsourced solutions to fix the NBA draft, sent the best one to commissioner Adam Silver and he responded. Even though he said he won't be riding a bear into the lottery room any time soon (as one suggested), he said "there appears to be a growing consensus that we need to reform the draft lottery." No 'tanking' talk

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Rooks add a run for the Cubs

Chicago rookies Addison Russell and Kris Bryant continued to show what a bright future the franchise has by socking doubles in the 3rd to cut the Royals deficit to 2-1. Follow live

WATCH: Bob Ley has had enough

Ley got a little heated on SportsCenter this morning by FIFA's inability to follow its own agenda.


Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

Jordan Spieth posts second-round 64. Currently three shots off the lead. Looking for a first career win in his home state of Texas.

Athletes injured ... by celebrating?

Five years ago today, Kendrys Morales fractured his leg while celebrating a walk-off grand slam. He's not the only athlete to have a freak injury as a result of a celebration. That had to hurt

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Michael Wallace @WallaceNBA_ESPN

Orlando Magic make it official, hire Scott Skiles as new coach. Good fit for feisty young backcourt of Elfrid Payton and Vic Oladipo.

Minority coaches at odds with NCAA rule
Men's College Basketball 

NAFCED (National Association for Coaching Equity and Development) criticized new NCAA eligibility standards taking effect next year for incoming freshmen. John Thompson III is among the coaches saying it will deny too many athletes the opportunity to go to college. Unintended consequence

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Wieters return planned for next Friday

The Orioles' long wait to get their catcher back should end next Friday as Matt Wieters is expected back. Wieters missed most of last season and the start of this one due to Tommy John surgery.

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Long ball hurting Arrieta early

In just two innings, the Royals have slugged two homers off Cubs SP Jake Arrieta. The last time he allowed at least two homers in a game was Sept. 13, 2013. Kansas City leads 2-0 in the second. Follow live

Falcons LB allegedly kills girlfriend's dog

Prince Shembo was charged with aggravated cruelty for allegedly killing his girlfriend's dog on April 15. The investigation concluded yesterday. Shembo played in all 16 games for Atlanta last season as a rookie. Story

SportsCenter's Not Top Plays

A tennis player repeatedly beating his racket against his head is the week's worst play. Also don't miss NBA ref Joey Crawford's tumble.


Man slapped by massive fish

With one violent swing of its tail, this enormous grouper exacted a measure of revenge for all of its sea relatives and served notice to other fisherman. Watch: Fish gets even

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Outsiders: Clady injury won't doom Denver

Think Ryan Clady's injury dooms the Broncos? Think again. Peyton Manning, who has the lowest sack rate (3.07%) in NFL history, is essentially offensive line-proof. Stick any five-man combination in front of him and he'll make it work. Rarely under pressure (Insider)

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Broncos offensive line has a new look

The Broncos may be forced to turn to 2nd-round pick Ty Sambrailo from Colorado State to start in place of the injured Ryan Clady in 2015.


Alex Rios back with Royals on Saturday

Rios is expected to return Saturday from a broken left hand suffered in mid-April. The 12-year vet was hitting .321 before going on the DL. KC's game against the Cubs just begun, with the Royals leading 1-0 in the first. Follow live

Blatter: I'm the president of everybody

Newly-elected president Sepp Blatter addresses the FIFA congress after winning his 5th term as president, but did not discuss this week's indictments of a number of top officials.


Sports tone-deaf hall of fame

FIFA’s re-election of president Sepp Blatter despite scandal after scandal during his reign got us thinking about some other infamously tone-deaf moments in sports. Some of the worst

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Belichick: 'We're on to next year'

Patriots coach Bill Belichick's "short-term focus" was on display today, says Mike Reiss.


Klay Thompson diagnosed with concussion

Said the Warriors in a statement: "[Thompson] will not return to the court until he is symptom-free and cleared under the NBA's concussion protocol guidelines. He will be evaluated daily and there is no timetable for his return."

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