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Blatter re-elected; Al Hussein steps aside

Sepp Blatter was re-elected to a fifth term as FIFA president, when Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein withdrew from the race following the first round of voting in Zurich.

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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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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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Bin Al Hussein withdraws his candidacy

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein gathered enough votes to deny Sepp Blatter a first-round ballot win of the FIFA presidency, but conceded the race shortly after. Live on ESPN & Watch ESPN

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Missed cut for McIlroy
Golf 

Rory McIlroy will miss the cut at the Irish Open, the seventh time he's missed the cut at an official worldwide event in the 82 weeks he's been ranked No. 1 in the world.

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Golf 

"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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Doug McIntyre @DougMacESPN

Gulati was right: election results closer than many expected. And yet Blatter’s still going to win in a landslide.

WATCH: Bob Ley has had enough
Soccer 

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

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Sepp Blatter received 133 votes to Prince Ali's 73. Blatter falls seven votes short of reaching the two-thirds majority.

FIFA vote going to a second round
Soccer 

Neither Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein nor Sepp Blatter were able to get two-thirds of the 209 ballots cast so there will be a second vote. Now just a simple majority will be enough to win the presidency. Live on ESPN & WatchESPN

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Soccer 

Sepp Blatter's FIFA presidential elections
Soccer 

  • 2015: Faces Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein
  • 2011: Re-elected unopposed
  • 2007: Re-elected unopposed
  • 2002: Defeated Issa Hayatou
  • 1998: Defeated Lennart Johansson

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Soccer 

FIFA's presidential votes are in
Soccer 

All 209 votes are in. Officials are counting the results, literally, by hand. Bob Ley on SportsCenter: "This is basically how you elect a class president in an American high school." Live coverage on ESPN & WatchESPN

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Soccer 

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 

Who is voting for FIFA president?
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 

Paul Carr @PCarrESPN

The first round of FIFA presidential voting is done, from A(fghanistan) to Z(imbabwe).

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 

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.

Golic: Peterson missed chance to lead
NFL 

Mike Golic understands Adrian Peterson's venting about his dissatisfaction with his contract, but asks what did he do to work with the union beforehand?

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What Sepp Blatter needs to win re-election
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. Bob Ley and Jeremy Schaap lead SportsCenter's coverage. Live on ESPN & WatchESPN

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Soccer 

Imagine a world without FIFA
Soccer 

Nate Silver says that institutional power is hard to break, but sometimes money can motivate change. 538: How to break FIFA

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Soccer 

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

Rory McIlroy shot 80 without a double yesterday. Just made double without a bogey yet today. Will MC in likely last start before U.S. Open.

Highlight: Federer into Round of 16
Tennis 

Damir Dzumhur has 16 career match wins. Roger Federer has 17 career major titles. So it's probably not surprising that Federer won today's 3rd-round match at the French Open in straight sets.

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Tennis 

FIFA election winding down
Soccer 

A notary holds a ballot paper with the names of the two candidates for FIFA president. The vote continues, alphabetically. Scotland was just called up. SportsCenter coverage on ESPN

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Soccer 

Expectations for Kyrie Irving?
NBA 

Dave McMenamin believes that if Irving follows the same routine he developed last series with Dr. Andrews, Cavs fans can expect a good bit of production from the guard.

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NBA 

Brady begins a day full of football
NFL 

Tom Brady is passing at the Patriots' organized team activity today, and is later hosting a charity game at 6 p.m. ET. Teammates Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola are also expected to participate.

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