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FIFA elections: Blatter vs. Prince Ali

Originally expected to be a ho-hum affair, FIFA's presidential election has plenty of extra intrigue with scandal swirling around FIFA again this week.

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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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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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7hLynn 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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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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5hEric Sorenson

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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Taylor made: Kanaan gets pop star paint job

Add former Indianapolis 500 champ Tony Kanaan to the list of fans who just can't shake off Taylor Swift as his car at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will feature a Swift-themed paint scheme.

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A's rally past Yankees to snap 2-game skid

Oakland spotted New York a 3-0 lead, but the A's scored 5 straight runs -- thanks in part to home runs from Brett Lawrie and Billy Burns -- to end the Yankees' 3-game win streak. Box score

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Bulls GM: 'Grow into the future'
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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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Bee ends in tie for second straight year

Vanya Shivashankar and Gokul Venkatachalam were named co-champions at the Scripps National Spelling Bee after going through the championship word list with no blemishes.

Giants blank visiting Braves 7-0

Chris Heston and 3 relievers combined for a 4-hit shutout and the Giants' offense went off for 6 runs in the 8th inning to turn what was a close game into a rout. Joe Panik and Hunter Pence each drove in 2 runs for San Francisco. Box score

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Relief spells no end to trouble for Tigers

Tom Gorzelanny relieved Angel Nesbitt in the middle of the 7th and promptly gave up a walk, a hit, another walk and then a grand slam to Chris Iannetta, his third HR of the year and the Halo's first slam of the season. L.A. is cruising 12-1 through 7. Follow live

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Giants plate 6 in the 8th to pull away

Joe Panik's two-run double jump started a 6-run inning for the Giants. Brandon Cunniff relieved Shelby Miller to start the 8th, but lasted just one out and was charged with 5 earned runs. Trailing 7-0, Atlanta needs a big rally in the top of the 9th.

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Corey Kluber has 50 strikeouts over his past four games. He'll be right there in the Cy Young conversation by season's end.

Kluber still sitting batters down
MLB 

With 12 K's tonight, Corey Kluber reached double-digit strikeouts for the 3rd time in his past 4 starts, and it's his 15th game with 10 strikeouts over the past 2 seasons. That's 3 more than any other pitcher in the majors in that span. Follow live

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Angels stretch lead in the 6th

The Angels plated 3 more in the 6th off of 3 hits. L.A. sent Tigers SP Buck Farmer packing on 5 IP, 9 hits and 7 earned runs for his efforts. Follow live

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Pirates pick up 4 more
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The Pirates plated 4 more runs in the 6th off of 4 hits to take an 11-4 lead over the Padres. Andrew McCutchen is up to 3 hits and 2 RBIs on the night and Pittsburgh has netted at least a run in 5 of the 6 innings played. Follow live

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Lonely walk to the dugout for Farmer

After loading the bases, Buck Farmer gave up an infield single to Matt Joyce, scoring Albert Pujols. That was all the Tigers could take as Farmer has been relieved by Angel Nesbitt. The Angels lead the Tigers 5-1 in the bottom of the 6th. Follow live

Lawrie HR off Sabathia ties game

Brett Lawrie drilled a CC Sabathia pitch deep to left for a 2-run homer in bottom of the 6th, pulling the Athletics even with the Yankees 3-3 entering the 7th. Follow live

Christina Kahrl @ChristinaKahrl

Belt made really good contact in all 3 ABs, Maybin had to make a great play in one, no shock to see him crush that pitch into the seats.

Giants' Belt opens scoring in 7th inning

Braves starter Shelby Miller was rolling before Brandon Belt crushed an opposite field home run to break the deadlock. It's Belt's 6th homer of the year and his 2nd in 3 games. Follow live