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Watch live: FIFA election

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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Sources: Magic pushing to sign Skiles as coach

The Magic have entered into contract discussions with Scott Skiles and expect to soon complete his hiring as the team's next coach, according to league sources.

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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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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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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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Conferences announce earnings
College Football 

The SEC will distribute $435M out of an NCAA-record $455 million in revenues between its 14 institutions, sources told ESPN. Each league member will receive $31.07M, an increase of more than $10M per school from last year. The Big 12 will distribute "north of $250 million."

College Football 

Orioles crossing color lines
MLB 

Manager Buck Showalter: "Sports is supposed to be ahead of the other parts of society because you have to know each other, have to work toward that goal, every day, all day. If we could use sports more as a model more often of what is possible, we'd have a lot fewer problems." Mag: Talking in the locker room

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MLB 

FIFA vote about to begin
Soccer 

Each of the 209 nations' votes count equally. 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.

Soccer 

The secret life of a hockey pioneer
NHL 

In the summer of 2013-14, the NHL started taking stat guys seriously. It should have been a moment for celebration. But just as the summer of fancy stats took off, the community took a massive blow: Pioneer Tore Purdy, someone who should have had his pick of NHL jobs, died at 28. A trailblazer

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Mike Mazzeo @MazzESPN

Country music in #NYR dressing room. Mood light. You wouldn't know Game 7 starts in nine hours in here.

Magic expect to hire Scott Skiles

Orlando has entered into contract discussions with Skiles and expects to shortly complete his hiring as the team's next coach, league sources told ESPN's Marc Stein. The deal could come as soon as today. Skiles also interviewed with the Pelicans.

LeBron delivers focused message
NBA 

Dave McMenamin tells SportsCenter that LeBron James has mastered the art of underselling and over-delivering.

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NBA 

Sepp Blatter speaking at FIFA congress
Soccer 

"We don't need revolutions, but we always need evolutions. I am being held accountable for the current storm, OK, so be it, I will shoulder that responsibility. ... And I want to fix FIFA together with you." Live on ESPN & WatchESPN

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Soccer 

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Prince Ali's closing remark: "When you cast your ballot today, I ask you only to listen to your conscience and listen to your hearts."

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This Prince Ali speech is the speech lots of people want to hear...but probably not most of the people who he'd need to vote for him.

Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein's final pitch
Soccer 

"It will take a committed leader to fix this mess we're in. ... If you give me the honor of your vote, I will take full responsibility and hold myself accountable to all of you and the world." SportsCenter live on ESPN & WatchESPN

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Soccer 

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.

NHL 

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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