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1hGabriele Marcotti

Marcotti: Blatter wins, football loses

Sepp Blatter, the game's master politician, won the FIFA presidential election for his fifth term, but football is the real loser, writes Gab Marcotti.

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5mVaughn McClure

Falcons LB Shembo charged in dog's death

Falcons linebacker Prince Shembo was arrested Friday on charges of felony aggravated cruelty to an animal for allegedly killing his girlfriend's dog, police said.

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50mKevin Arnovitz

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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Sharper pleads guilty in sexual assault case

Former New Orleans Saints player Darren Sharper has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from allegations he drugged and assaulted women in four states.

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16hDavid 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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Photos: Friday Funnies - Celebration Fails

Celebrations can be pretty epic, but for some ... in not such a great way. A look at some of the top celebration fails on the field.

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5hCraig Custance

Buffalo Sabres make 'perfect hire' with an evolved Dan Bylsma

Early on during Team USA’s world championship semifinal against Russia, head coach Todd Richards noticed that the Russians had found a way to effectively counter his set forecheck so that they were attacking the American defensemen with speed.

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3hMatt Walks, ESPN.com

Reimagining NBA mascots as cartoon characters

A two-man, Montreal-based design firm released a batch of 16 reimagined NBA mascots that look like they were taken straight out of Looney Tunes.

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Falcons LB allegedly kills girlfriend's dog
NFL 

Prince Shembo was charged with aggravated cruelty for allegedly killing his girlfriend's dog on April 15. The investigation concluded yesterday. Shembo played in all 16 games for Atlanta last season as a rookie. Story

NFL 

vaughn mcclure @vxmcclure23

Looks like according to Georgia law, Shembo would face 1 to 5 years in prison if found guilty of felony aggravated cruelty to animals.

Homers a rarity for Arrieta -- except today
MLB 

Cubs SP Jake Arrieta entered today with 3 HRs allowed in 58 innings this season. The Royals have matched that number in four innings today as they lead 3-1. Follow live

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MLB 

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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Lakers getting new digs

The Lakers plan on building a new corporate headquarters, practice facility and 750-seat exhibition court in El Segundo on a five-acre property they purchased on Friday. ETA: Spring 2017.

Favre visits Vikings
NFL 

Brett Favre made a visit to his former team on Friday to say hello to a couple old teammates and friends. All indications are that this was a casual visit with no further motives.

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NFL 

NBA Finals: How they got here
NBA 

Missing basketball on the break before the Finals? SportsCenter has you covered.

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NBA 

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Royals with three home runs in the first four innings against the Cubs and Jake Arrieta: Escobar, Gordon, Perez. 3-1.

Adam Silver responds to draft proposal
NBA 

FiveThirtyEight crowdsourced solutions to fix the NBA draft, sent the best one to commissioner Adam Silver and he responded. Even though he said he won't be riding a bear into the lottery room any time soon (as one suggested), he said "there appears to be a growing consensus that we need to reform the draft lottery." No 'tanking' talk

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NBA 

Rooks add a run for the Cubs

Chicago rookies Addison Russell and Kris Bryant continued to show what a bright future the franchise has by socking doubles in the 3rd to cut the Royals deficit to 2-1. Follow live

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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Soccer 

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

Jordan Spieth posts second-round 64. Currently three shots off the lead. Looking for a first career win in his home state of Texas.

Athletes injured ... by celebrating?
MLB 

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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MLB 

Michael Wallace @WallaceNBA_ESPN

Orlando Magic make it official, hire Scott Skiles as new coach. Good fit for feisty young backcourt of Elfrid Payton and Vic Oladipo.

Minority coaches at odds with NCAA rule
Men's College Basketball 

NAFCED (National Association for Coaching Equity and Development) criticized new NCAA eligibility standards taking effect next year for incoming freshmen. John Thompson III is among the coaches saying it will deny too many athletes the opportunity to go to college. Unintended consequence

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Men's College Basketball 

Wieters return planned for next Friday
MLB 

The Orioles' long wait to get their catcher back should end next Friday as Matt Wieters is expected back. Wieters missed most of last season and the start of this one due to Tommy John surgery.

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MLB 

Long ball hurting Arrieta early

In just two innings, the Royals have slugged two homers off Cubs SP Jake Arrieta. The last time he allowed at least two homers in a game was Sept. 13, 2013. Kansas City leads 2-0 in the second. Follow live

SportsCenter's Not Top Plays

A tennis player repeatedly beating his racket against his head is the week's worst play. Also don't miss NBA ref Joey Crawford's tumble.

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Man slapped by massive fish

With one violent swing of its tail, this enormous grouper exacted a measure of revenge for all of its sea relatives and served notice to other fisherman. Watch: Fish gets even

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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 

Broncos offensive line has a new look
NFL 

The Broncos may be forced to turn to 2nd-round pick Ty Sambrailo from Colorado State to start in place of the injured Ryan Clady in 2015.

NFL 

Alex Rios back with Royals on Saturday

Rios is expected to return Saturday from a broken left hand suffered in mid-April. The 12-year vet was hitting .321 before going on the DL. KC's game against the Cubs just begun, with the Royals leading 1-0 in the first. Follow live