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Criminal case opened on World Cup bids

Swiss federal prosecutors opened criminal proceedings related to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups hours after seven serving FIFA officials were among 14 people indicted in a separate corruption probe.

13hPaul Gutierrez

Kaepernick sorry for insensitive flooding post

Colin Kaepernick, who has nearly 755,000 Twitter followers and 1.3 million followers on Instagram, deleted and apologized Tuesday for a post that trivialized deadly floods in the Houston area.

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3hMark Saxon

Emotional Uribe says trade to Braves complete

Dodgers infielder Juan Uribe said Tuesday night he was told a trade with the Atlanta Braves would be made official either later that night or Wednesday morning.

Mike Sando

Sando: What to pay QBs Wilson, Newton

Mike Sando explains why the cost of quarterback contracts in the NFL will continue to rise -- and what that means for upcoming contract negotiations for Cam Newton and Russell Wilson.

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2hAdam Rittenberg

SEC West hasn't lost its luster or bluster

Those within the West say it's only getting tougher despite not putting a team in the title game last season for the first time since the 2008 campaign

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19hDavid Purdum

Point spreads play key role in TV ratings

Two economists have shown that the point spread plays a significant role in viewing interest, at times producing 30 percent spikes in TV ratings on noncompetitive games.

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22hBob Ehalt

Baffert seeks to join rare company

At age 75, Billy Turner's the only person on Earth who can say he has trained a Triple Crown winner. He would love to welcome Bob Baffert to that exclusive club.

X Games Austin preview -- Tom Schaar (3:49)
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Experts' picks: AT&T Byron Nelson

Which golfer will win this week's AT&T Byron Nelson? Aussie Marc Leishman seems to be the trendy pick among our experts.


Watch: FIFA indictment unsealed

The indictment against nine FIFA officials arrested on corruption charges will be unsealed during a Department of Justice press conference in Brooklyn, N.Y. Watch SportsCenter's continuing coverage. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN


Mariota smart, but has a lot to learn

Mark Brunell says there's a learning curve for Titans QB Marcus Mariota: "I imagine Marcus has a lot on his mind."


FIFA corruption 'spanned two decades'

U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch unloads the details of the 47-count indictment. The 14 defendants include FIFA officials and corporate executives and the charges include racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering.


Jeremy Schaap @JeremySchaap

Extraordinary to see Lynch and Comey lending authority of their offices to these proceedings with their presence.

U.S. officials talking tough to FIFA

FBI Director James Comey: "Nobody is above or beyond the law. We will not stop." Live on ESPN & WatchESPN


Blatter challenger speaks out

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, the only candidate challenging Sepp Blatter in Friday's presidential election, said the arrests of seven FIFA officials in Zurich show that FIFA needs new leadership. "We cannot continue with the crisis in FIFA.''

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Ian Darke @IanDarkeESPN

Football owes Justice Dept, FBI , IRS huge debt of gratitude for expose of FIFA " culture of corruption ".

Bonnie D. Ford @Bonnie_D_Ford

Restating obvious, WWC to be played on artificial turf when grass could have been installed for fraction of one defendant's slush fund.

IRS: 'This is the world cup of fraud'

IRS Chief of Criminal Investigation Richard Weber: "As the best financial investigators in the world, [the IRS found] tens of millions of dollars hidden away in offshore accounts. This is the world cup of fraud. Today we are issuing FIFA a red card."


Garber: Steve Johnson a rare bright spot

Although most of the Americans in the French Open field are already prepping for the lawns of Wimbledon, Johnson is continuing to show his clay-court prowess. Showing toughness

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Texans selected for 'Hard Knocks'

This will be the first time Houston is the subject of the show, which has been around since 2001, though they did make a cameo last season when they hosted the Falcons for joint practices during training camp. (via ESPN's Tania Ganguli)

FBI raids CONCACAF offices in Miami

An FBI agent retrieves equipment from a van as he prepares to re-enter the CONCACAF offices, following the arrest of nine FIFA officials on corruption charges.


Soccer corruption has long history

IRS Chief of Criminal Investigation Richard Weber: "I'm incredibly proud of the tremendous work of my agents. Years of hard work and that work is not done. Today is a great day for soccer fans. ... Whether you call it soccer or football, you should not have to worry about officials corrupting your sport."


Will arrests impact FIFA election?

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti: "You wonder if there isn't more information that's being held back. More information that they'll try to extract from these gentlemen and how that will impact Sepp Blatter and FIFA."


2010 World Cup also impacted by bribes

Kelly T. Currie, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said there were bribes taken with the selection of South Africa hosting the 2010 World Cup. "This sort of bribery ... has been going on for two decades. ... This is the beginning of our effort, not the end."


Graham Parker @KidWeil

What's surprising is not corruption, but moment of seeing light shone on that corruption. FIFA's arrogant sense of impunity shaken.

14 defendants indicted

U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch: "All of these defendants abused the U.S. financial system and broke the law."


Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

U.S. attorney general says there has been $150 million forfeited already in FIFA case. No telling what final # could be.

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch alleges there was $110 million in bribes to get the Copa America to the U.S. in 2016 alone

Officials served their own interests

U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch said theirs was a "long-winding investigation." They found soccer officials who "were entrusted for keeping soccer open and accessible for all," who ended up corrupting "the business of worldwide soccer for their own interests."


Why did Switzerland move on FIFA now?

ESPN's Jeremy Schaap explains: "There is more interest in rooting out corruption. There is a sense that FIFA is an embarrassment and Sepp Blatter is an embarrassment to Switzerland."