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Blatter named FIFA president for 5th term

Sepp Blatter won FIFA presidential re-election for an unprecedented fifth term as challenger Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan conceded after failing to win by a two-thirds majority in the first round of voting on Friday.

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Sefolosha says arrest has hurt his reputation

Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha blames police for the leg injuries he suffered during his April arrest in New York and told ESPN that the incident has damaged his reputation.

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33mMike Reiss

Belichick on Deflategate: 'We're on to next year'

Patriots coach Bill Belichick commented publicly for the first time since the NFL levied penalties against the franchise for underinflated footballs, saying he isn't looking back.

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Rory McIlroy crashes out of Irish Open

US Open chances hit as World No.1 misses weekend action for second successive tournament - and third straight year at his home event.

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Analysts like LSU, UCLA to reach CWS

Fifteen of 16 ESPN baseball analysts picked LSU and UCLA to be among the final eight teams in the NCAA baseball tournament.

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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.


"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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NBA mascots ... as cartoon characters

Imagine if these were the characters that filled your TVs on Saturday mornings. Think the Magician and the Wizard would have teamed up? See mascots

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Shelburne: Still the same Clippers

A year ago, Donald Sterling was banished from the NBA and any bad energy was supposed to go away. This team, this year, convinced folks that change had come. People stood up. They let their guard down. And yet ... the Clippers are still the same. The 'Clipper curse'

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Was Rory cut surprising?

Not really, said Michael Collins: "This is his second missed cut in a row, and everyone knows his foundation was the big sponsor group at this event. So all of the work that he had to do prepare not only his game for this week, but for all the hosting duties that go along with it, didn't actually give him the time to do what I would consider the proper preparation for trying to play in an event like this."

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Blatter wins, football loses

Gab Marcotti says Sepp Blatter played a solid political game once again to earn another term as FIFA president, but that the 73 votes against him may be a sign that change could be coming eventually. Credibility questions

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Brett Favre was at Winter Park today, just to visit friends and old teammates. Nothing more eventful than that going on.

Caple: Don't sleep on Sharapova

Sure, Maria Sharapova doesn't have Rafa's resume. But the reigning French Open women's champion was able to battle a cold and Samantha Stosur at the same time today without giving up her throne. Queen of clay

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Novak by the numbers

Novak Djokovic is still seeking his first French Open title, but this could be the year he finishes off the career Grand Slam, thanks in part to his overall dominance and rival Rafael Nadal's struggles. Stats favor Djokovic

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New York vs. Chicago titles are rare

If the Rangers and Blackhawks win their Game 7's, it would be the first-ever Stanley Cup final matchup between the two despite the fact that both are Original Six franchises. The cities of New York and Chicago haven't met for a major championship in 52 years, since the Bears beat the Giants for the NFL title in 1963.

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WATCH: Bob Ley has had enough

Ley got a little heated on SportsCenter this morning by FIFA's inability to follow its own agenda.


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.

Klay Thompson diagnosed with concussion

Said the Warriors in a statement: "[Thompson] will not return to the court until he is symptom-free and cleared under the NBA's concussion protocol guidelines. He will be evaluated daily and there is no timetable for his return."

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Homelessness is 'a real situation'

Rams defensive ends Chris Long and William Hayes spent a day living on the streets dressed as homeless people. Said Long: "You're just trying to gain a little perspective."


ESPN analysts pick their CWS favorites
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There was a lot of love for LSU and UCLA, as 15 of 16 ESPN baseball analysts picked the Tigers and Bruins to be among the final eight teams in the NCAA baseball tournament. Predictions

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Athletes injured ... by celebrating?

Five years ago today, Kendrys Morales fractured his leg while celebrating a walk-off grand slam. He's not the only athlete to have a freak injury as a result of a celebration. That had to hurt

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Blatter held big lead in first ballot

In the first round of voting, 133 ballots went to Sepp Blatter, compared to 73 for Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein. A candidate needed 140 to win. Three ballots were invalidated.


Brady, Garoppolo split reps at OTAs

Jimmy Garoppolo could be pressed into QB duty at the start of this season while Tom Brady serves a four-game suspension for his part in Deflategate. Coach Bill Belichick's take on the matter? "We're on to next year."


Hislop: FIFA election process flawed

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop wonders why Sepp Blatter can even get five terms as FIFA president, when the U.S. president is limited to just two terms.


Big Apple teams big in home Game 7's

The Rangers are a perfect 7-0 when hosting Game 7's. Combined with their fellow Madison Square Garden residents, the Knicks, they are a formidable 11-2 in Game 7's played in Manhattan.

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