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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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2hMark 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.


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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."


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


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."


FIFA execs face corruption charges

Nine top FIFA officials have been indicted for corruption charges involving World Cup bids awarded to Russia and Qatar. FIFA president Sepp Blatter is not involved in the investigation, and his election will go ahead as planned on Friday. Story

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Ian Darke @IanDarkeESPN

FIFA must surely be nailed this time. Blatter's position untenable. Has presided over cesspit of corruption. Whole thing stinks.

Early leads are everything for New York

When the Rangers lead after the 2nd period in the regular season and postseason this year, they are 43-0-1, including 7-0 in the playoffs.


Adande: Warriors, Rockets primed

Houston thrives on the edge, and Golden State got a wake-up call with Stephen Curry's spill. Will it all add up to a performance worthy of the West finals? No more complacency

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Reid: Why Gruden's fate is linked to RG III

Jay Gruden wasn't afraid to criticize Robert Griffin III last year, with sometimes brutal honesty in public. Gruden's candor, though, was a bad look -- and now the Washington coach's job security is strongly tied the progress of the flawed QB. Help RG III, help himself

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LeBron: All 15 guys are on the same page

LeBron James has been preaching "sacrifice" since April. And the Cavs followed the script to get to the Finals. How Cleveland got here

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Spelling Bee preliminaries live
Spelling Bee 

There are 285 spellers from third to eighth grade currently competing at the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Live on ESPN3

Spelling Bee 

Andy Murray likes mentor role

Murray is relishing the opportunity to act as mentor to some of tennis' brightest young stars -- because that wasn't quite his experience: "Some guys weren't nice. And I remember that, too. ... In the locker room, they would laugh at you or make jokes about you."

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Andrew Brandt @adbrandt

Once indictments and arrests are made, here come the lawyers. Deals will be made; no one is safe. Everything's negotiable. #FIFA

Marcotti: Meaningful change to FIFA?

Will the latest FIFA crisis, which involves a criminal investigation into the World Cup 2018 and 2022 bids, finally bring much-needed reform to FIFA, or will Sepp Blatter remain the Teflon president? Examining the issues

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Blatter expected to win vote this week

If the FIFA election takes place as expected this week, Sepp Blatter is still expected to be re-elected as president. Bob Ley said, "It's a simple numbers game. He has great support in Asia and Africa." Jeremy Schaap said that UEFA doesn't have the power to push back the vote.


Hey, SEC: Stop fighting satellite camps
College Football 

Despite the SEC's recent stranglehold on the college football world, it can't seem to wrap its head around satellite camps despite its groaning on the subject falling on deaf ears. Aschoff: SEC needs Plan B

College Football 

Tandon: Federer has a French advantage

Despite being the all-time leading Slam winner and the No. 2 player in the world, Roger Federer wasn't given much of a shot to win the French Open -- but that's no longer the case. 5 reasons he could win

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Cavs celebrate in style (with a hot tub)

After sweeping the Hawks, LeBron James, J.R. Smith and the Cavaliers hit the hot tub, took a news-conference selfie and much more as part of a jubilant postgame celebration. Cavs live it up


Warriors looking to close out Rockets

Golden State is 15-2 all-time with a chance to close out a series at home, best in NBA history. In all, the Warriors have won 5 straight home games with a chance to clinch and haven't lost such a game since the 1976 Western Conference Finals. Game 5 is tonight at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.