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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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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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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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Bay Area bias in Las Vegas
NBA 

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, which made the Warriors the favorites earlier this month, currently have them at 5-12 odds to win it all, with the Cavaliers getting 2-1 odds to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy next month.

NBA 

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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Soccer 

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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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 

Letroy Guion apologizes for arrest
NFL 

The Green Bay NT discussed his February arrest for felony marijuana and gun possession at today's OTA session. "... I'm glad [the Packers] stood by me. I'm glad they stuck behind me and helped me get through this."

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NFL 

Jameis Winston a 'football junkie'
NFL 

At least so says Tampa Bay head coach Lovie Smith, and ESPN's Pat Yasinskas can see why. "The guy just loves football and I think that's definitely been noticed, and hopefully for the Buccaneers it's contagious."

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Honoring a teammate's last wish
High School 

Malik Sparkman died May 17 following a battle with kidney cancer. Before laying him to rest, his fellow Coffee County (Ga.) football players made sure he got to take the field he loved one final time. Poignant tribute

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High School 

Montreal mayor wants 2016 MLB games
MLB 

Denis Coderre met with commish Rob Manfred today and said 6 or 7 teams were interested in playing regular-season games in the Expos' home from 1969-2004. Two April exhibition games at Olympic Stadium drew over 96K fans.

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MLB 

Putin: Arrests made are 'very strange'
Soccer 

Russian president Vladimir Putin accused the U.S. of meddling in FIFA's affairs and hinted that it was part of an attempt to take the 2018 World Cup away from his country.

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Soccer 

Clayton's Quiz: Redskins' best move
NFL 

John Clayton answers the question of which offseason addition will have the biggest impact on Washington. Hint: it's not a player, but he will be focused on the offensive line.

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NFL 

Werth (wrist) reportedly out 2 months
MLB 

A CT scan of Nats OF Jayson Werth's left wrist at the Mayo Clinic revealed 2 small fractures, according to an MLB.com report. Werth was hit by a pitch on May 15. If his rehab goes according to plan, he could return in August.

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MLB 

Team play = nice; A hot goalie = better
NHL 

Keith Yandle said solid team play is key to a Game 7 Rangers win over the Lightning. But, the Rangers have Henrik Lundqvist in net: "It's obviously nice to have the best goalie in the world when you're in a pressure filled game."

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NHL 

John Tortorella: Game 7 about goalies
NHL 

"It's the goalies. It has to be," Tortorella told SportsCenter. He said he wasn't making predictions. But ... Henrik Lundqvist? ... At home at Madison Square Garden? "Scary," said Torts.

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Open competition for Eagles' QB job
NFL 

Sam Bradford (knee) is still limited in practice, leaving Philly's QB situation unsettled. "Mark Sanchez does have an opportunity [to start] and that was not clear before today, really," ESPN's Phil Sheridan says.

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