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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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7hDavid Schoenfield

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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10hMichael Wallace

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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14hLynn 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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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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Watch: Roger Federer at the French
Tennis 

The 17-time major champion takes on Damir Dzumhur in their third-round match at Roland Garros. Live on ESPN2/WatchESPN

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Tennis 

Bomb threat at FIFA congress confirmed
Soccer 

A bomb threat was received at FIFA's congress meeting today, Zurich police confirmed. The soccer governing body has been under increased scrutiny this week as numerous FIFA officials were arrested in conjunction with a corruption investigation. Story

Soccer 

Qatar proceeding with World Cup plans
Soccer 

The Gulf nation, which is hosting the World Cup in 2022, is going forward with its plans, saying it has "fully complied with every investigation" as Swiss authorities investigate possible corruption in FIFA.

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Soccer 

Cornet rallies for three-set win
Tennis 

Alize Cornet advanced to the Round of 16 for the first time ever at the French Open after rallying today for a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 win over Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

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Tennis 

How the FIFA vote breaks down
Soccer 

Every country in FIFA gets a vote. Africa holds the most with 54, with Europe just behind at 53. 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 

FIFA congress in progress amid crisis
Soccer 

One of the upcoming votes is its presidential election. Sepp Blatter seemed to refer to the U.S. and England in his opening remarks: "If two other countries had emerged from the envelope I think we may not have these problems. But we can't go back in time, we're not prophets, we can't say what would have happened."

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Soccer 

ESPNTennis @ESPNTennis

Quick finish for Gasquet after being held over from last night. He'll face Anderson tomorrow. Meanwhile, Gabashvili wins in straight sets.

ESPNTennis @ESPNTennis

Things looking up for the French. Cornet splits sets with Lucic-Baroni. Gasquet up a break in fifth set of last second round match. #RG15

French Open 3rd round on ESPN2

Having dropped the opening set in each of her first two matches at Roland Garros, 7th-seed Ana Ivanovic looks for a faster start against Donna Vekic. Ivanovic hasn’t made it past the 4th round at the French Open since winning the title in 2008. Live on ESPN2/WatchESPN

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'Crazy how one side has so much power'
NFL 

Adrian Peterson unleashed several tweets Thursday venting about the leverage the Vikings have and argued he should get some protection against the possibility the team eventually will release him with money remaining on his deal. All about the money

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NFL 

Man catches big fish -- a really big fish

Jon Black, from Cape Coral, was able to reel in a goliath grouper from his kayak. Estimated size of the fish? 552 pounds or about the combined weight of J.J Watt (289 lbs) and Bartolo Colon (283 lbs).

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Bee has co-champs for 2nd straight year
Spelling Bee 

For the first time in history, the Scripps National Spelling Bee ends with co-champions two years in a row. Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar correctly spelled "nunatak" and "scherenschnitte" to win the title. Vanya and her sister, Kavya, are the first two sibling champions.

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Spelling Bee 

SportsCenter Spelling Bee
Spelling Bee 

SportsCenter’s Robert Flores hosts a sports-related Spelling Bee with contestants Scott Van Pelt and John Buccigross. Which anchor knows his root words better?

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Spelling Bee 

Burley: Blatter has to go

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."

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.

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 

Name that Eagle
NFL 

The Eagles have undergone widespread roster changes during the offseason. Some Philly fans need some time to get used to their new team.

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NFL 

World Peace tossed from final Italy game
NBA 

Metta World Peace, aka The Panda's Friend, did not have the most ceremonious exit as his team was eliminated from the Serie A playoffs. Metta being Metta

Pallacanestro Cantu Basketball
NBA 

Brad Daugherty: Firing Thibs a mistake
NBA 

"If I was a GM, I would be knocking the door down to get ahold of him."

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NBA 

A-Rod ties Bonds on RBIs list
MLB 

With a sacrifice fly in the 5th inning, Alex Rodriguez tied Barry Bonds for second place on the official all-time RBI list with 1,996. Hank Aaron has the most with 2,297.

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MLB 

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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