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Blatter: FIFA 'storm' unleashed

The time has come: FIFA's members are choosing between longtime incumbent leader Sepp Blatter and challenger Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein as their next president.

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13hBen Goessling

Peterson sounds off on Vikes' contract stance

In a string of tweets on Thursday afternoon, running back Adrian Peterson said NFL players should have the same kind of fully guaranteed contracts that players in other sports receive.

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Spelling bee ends in tie for 2nd year in row

Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar shared the Scripps National Spelling Bee title Thursday night, giving the bee co-champions for an unprecedented two years running.

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Kluber strikes out 13 in Tribe's win (1:05)
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10hDavid 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.

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13hMichael Wallace

Dwyane Wade, Pat Riley at crossroads

Will the two Heat mainstays stick together in Miami, or will a superstar on the decline opt out of the $16.1 million left on his deal and bolt?

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17hLynn 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.

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Keep your eyes on these regionals

The NCAA baseball tournament begins this weekend with the regional round. As always things won't go as planned for all of the favorites. Check out which roads will be the toughest to navigate.

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Maria Sharapova wins first set
Tennis 

The defending champion, who has won 22 of her last 23 matches at Roland Garros, took the first set 6-3 from Sam Stosur. Follow live

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Tennis 

'Crazy how one side has so much power'
NFL 

Adrian Peterson unleashed several tweets Thursday venting about the leverage the Vikings have and argued he should get some protection against the possibility the team eventually will release him with money remaining on his deal. All about the money

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NFL 

FIFA election coverage on SportsCenter
Soccer 

Bob Ley on FIFA's delay before the vote: "They are making it up as they go along right in front of our face. ...They're still on agenda No. 11 and they're supposed to be on 17. ... It makes you wonder what's going on." Live on ESPN & WatchESPN

Soccer 

Outsiders: Clady injury won't doom Denver
NFL 

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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NFL 

Rangers hope to jump ahead early
NHL 

When the Rangers lead after the 2nd period in BOTH the regular and postseason this year, they are 43-0-1, including 7-0 in the playoffs. Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals is tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

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FIFA elections: What you need to know
Soccer 

There is just one other option besides Sepp Blatter for FIFA president: Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein (right). Key facts

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Soccer 

FIFA prepares to vote
Soccer 

There will be a 10-minute break to prepare for the secret ballot. All 209 FIFA members have a vote in the election. Two-thirds of votes are needed to win on the first ballot. A simple majority is needed in subsequent ballots. Live coverage on ESPN FC

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Soccer 

Novak Djokovic dominating in 2015
Tennis 

Djokovic won the year's first major, the Australian Open, and then won all four Masters 1000 tournaments he played in. He's won five tournaments this year, while no one else on the tour has won more than three. By the numbers

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Tennis 

Kanaan gets car Swift, as in Taylor
IndyCar 

Former Indy 500 champion Tony Kanaan will feature the pop superstar on this sick car for the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. Kanaan said: "I'm hoping that some of Taylor's luck we saw last weekend at the Billboard Music Awards will carry over with me into our doubleheader in Detroit."

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IndyCar 

NASCAR chooses Adam Sandler
NASCAR 

The actor will serve as the grand marshal for the Sprint Cup race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 19. Sandler is a native of Manchester and said he used to watch NASCAR with his dad and brother growing up.

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NASCAR 

Bulls eyeing Hoiberg to replace Thibs
NBA 

Chris Broussard says Fred Hoiberg's name has been associated with the Bulls' job almost all season.

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NBA 

Sharapova vs. Stosur at the French
Tennis 

Maria Sharapova has won 22 of her last 23 matches at Roland Garros, and is tied with Serena Williams for most clay-court titles among active players with 11. Sam Stosur is on a 6-match winning streak, but is only 2-14 lifetime against Sharapova, who has claimed the first game of the day. Follow live

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Tennis 

"I need to see Everest with my own eyes"

Of the hundreds of people who climb Mount Everest each year, only one in 11 is a woman. But Chunu Shrestha was determined to be different, to be extraordinary. "My brother asked why I wanted to die. I didn’t want to die. I wanted to do something big for women." The Seven Summits

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Klay Thompson to undergo tests
NBA 

Chris Broussard tells SportsCenter that the Warriors are "confident" Thompson can play in Game 1. Today, Thompson will undergo neurological testing, which he must pass before he can practice.

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FIFA congress in progress amid crisis
Soccer 

One of the upcoming votes is its presidential election. Sepp Blatter seemed to refer to Qatar and Russia receiving upcoming World Cups as the root of the problem: "If two other countries had emerged from the envelope I think we may not have these problems." Live coverage on ESPN FC

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Soccer 

Simon's beautiful lob at the French
Tennis 

Gilles Simon hit a perfect lob over the head of Nicolas Mahut right to the baseline, causing Mahut to drop his racket in dismay. They're currently locked in a third-set tiebreak.

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Tennis 

Coller: Can Bishop outplay Lundqvist?

Ben Bishop has established himself as a solid playoff goalie, but how will he perform tonight during the test of his career? Matthew Coller of Hockey Prospectus dives into the numbers to see whether Bishop can outplay King Henrik. A closer look (Insider)

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How the FIFA vote breaks down
Soccer 

Every country in FIFA gets a vote. Africa holds the most with 54, with Europe just behind at 53. To secure the presidency, a two-thirds majority is necessary on the first ballot, and if no one secures that, a simple majority vote on the second.

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