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5hIan O'Connor

O'Connor: Kerr eyes title as Jackson drifts further

While Steve Kerr inches closer to an NBA title, Phil Jackson, his mentor and the man who wanted to hire him this past offseason, drifts further away.

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6hJeff Goodman

Goodman: My Top 25 men's hoops ballot

Jeff Goodman offers a look at what his Top 25 ballot would like if he was submitting it right now, and ID's 25 more top teams to be considered.

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9hEamonn Brennan

Looking ahead: Oregon State Beavers

Led by Gary Payton II, the Oregon State Beavers could be heading toward an NCAA tournament bid.

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Doug McIntyre @DougMacESPN

Gulati optimistic that Sepp Blatter will be unseated as FIFA prez in tomorrow’s election. Believes vote will be closer than most expect.

Sunil Gulati @sunilgulati

U.S. Soccer will vote for Prince Ali bin Al Hussein for next president of FIFA. This is a vote for good governance & promise for our game.

Jeff Carlisle @JeffreyCarlisle

Gulati, when interviewing candidates for FIFA prez, said he didn't care about WC slots or financial assistance, only good governance.

U.S. and Canada FIFA vote for Prince Ali
Soccer 

Sunil Gulati, president of the U.S. Soccer Federation and a member of FIFA's executive committee, said Thursday he will cast the U.S. vote for FIFA president for Prince Ali of Jordan. Gulati said Canada will also vote for Ali. Ali is the challenger to incumbent president Sepp Blatter. The vote for president is scheduled for Friday morning.

Soccer 

Dante Fowler has left knee surgery

The Jaguars' No. 3 overall pick had surgery today to repair a torn ACL suffered on the 1st day of rookie minicamp. He's expected to begin rehab next week in Jacksonville but will miss the entire 2015 season.

A look inside the NFLPA Rookie Premiere
NFL 

Rookies learn NFL realities in simulated sessions, including opening a suspension letter for a positive drug test. "When you get that letter ... it strikes a nerve," NFLPA senior manager George Hegamin told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio.

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Tom Thibodeau on Bulls firing

"I appreciate the opportunity that Jerry Reinsdorf gave me. We are proud of our accomplishments, fought through adversity, tried to give our fans the full commitment to excellence they deserve. I love this game and am excited about what's ahead for me with USA Basketball and the next coaching opportunity in the NBA."

How the Warriors enter the Finals

The Golden State Warriors are in the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years. Here's a look back on Game 5 of the Western Conference finals and what the close-out scenario took to get there.

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Kanaan gets car Swift, as in Taylor
NASCAR 

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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NASCAR 

Los Angeles helps books manage losses

Golden State, which opened at 25-1 for the title, got steady support all year, said Jeff Sherman, oddsmaker for the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. But the SuperBook made plenty of money off, believe it or not, Kobe's team. L.A. fans help books

Bay Area bias in Las Vegas

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, which made Golden State the favorites earlier this month, currently have them at 5-12 odds to win it all, with Cleveland getting 2-1 odds to hoist the trophy next month.

Burley: Blatter has to go
Soccer 

ESPN FC's Craig Burley doesn't believe FIFA can rebuild its reputation if Sepp Blatter is still in charge: "This guy has the skin of a rhinoceros."

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Mannings' blindsides now at risk

Both Peyton and Eli Manning will be without their projected starting LTs for extended periods of time this season because of major injuries (torn ACL for Broncos' Ryan Clady; torn pectoral for Giants' Will Beatty).

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Bulls GM: 'Grow into the future'
NBA 

Gar Forman said Chicago fired Tom Thibodeau as head coach because it wanted to change the culture to improve the team in the long run: "It is our strong belief that there needs to be a culture of communication that builds a trust throughout this organization."

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NBA 

Dez present despite tender uncertainty

Dez Bryant took part in a limited portion of Thursday's OTA at Valley Ranch, sources told ESPN's Todd Archer. The Pro Bowl WR still hasn't signed his franchise-tag tender.

Djoker overcomes injury to advance
Tennis 

Novak Djokovic experienced discomfort in his right leg, but went on to beat Gilles Muller in straight sets to advance to the third round in the French Open.

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Tennis 

The LeBron James Grandmothers Fan Club
NBA 

None of the women in the club are related to the Cavs star, but they’re all dedicated to supporting their favorite son of Akron. "We love him," says club president Alder Chapman, who has 6 grandchildren of her own. 'Feels like one of ours'

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NBA 

Highlight: Sale quiets O's to open twinbill
MLB 

Chris Sale struck out 12 batters over 7.2 scoreless innings as the White Sox edged the Orioles 3-2 in Game 1 of a doubleheader.

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Kelly not worried about perception
NFL 

Coach Chip Kelly addresses former Eagles RB LeSean McCoy's comments that race played a role in his personnel decisions: "I know how we run this organization and it's not run that way."

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Kelly: McCoy 'wrong' about race playing role

Chip Kelly, responding to LeSean McCoy's comments about race being a major factor in his personnel moves: "We put a lot of time looking into character and factors that go into selection and retention of players. Color's never been one of them." Chip speaks out

SportsNation: Jordan is the greatest
NBA 

Trail Blazers wing Wes Matthews joined SportsNation to shut down Bill Laimbeer taking LeBron over Michael Jordan: "There's absolutely no questioning the greatness of LeBron ...[But Jordan] was doing it all."

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NBA 

Protection order against Busch upheld
NASCAR 

A judge denied Kurt Busch's appeal of a protective order obtained in February by ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll. The judge ruled that Busch's actions against Driscoll last September in his motorhome at Dover Speedway "constituted an act of abuse."

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NASCAR