37mESPN staff

Criminal case opened on World Cup bids

Swiss federal prosecutors opened criminal proceedings related to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups hours after seven serving FIFA officials were among 14 people indicted in a separate corruption probe.

12hPaul Gutierrez

Kaepernick sorry for insensitive flooding post

Colin Kaepernick, who has nearly 755,000 Twitter followers and 1.3 million followers on Instagram, deleted and apologized Tuesday for a post that trivialized deadly floods in the Houston area.

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2hMark Saxon

Emotional Uribe says trade to Braves complete

Dodgers infielder Juan Uribe said Tuesday night he was told a trade with the Atlanta Braves would be made official either later that night or Wednesday morning.

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Sando: The soaring cost of NFL QB contracts

Mike Sando explains why the cost of quarterback contracts in the NFL will continue to rise -- and what that means for upcoming contract negotiations for Cam Newton and Russell Wilson.

Cavs advance to Finals

Finals big for Cleveland fans (0:55)

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1hAdam Rittenberg

SEC West hasn't lost its luster or bluster

Those within the West say it's only getting tougher despite not putting a team in the title game last season for the first time since the 2008 campaign

MLB Walk-offs

Mets walk off in 10 (0:50)

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19hDavid Purdum

Point spreads play key role in TV ratings

Two economists have shown that the point spread plays a significant role in viewing interest, at times producing 30 percent spikes in TV ratings on noncompetitive games.

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21hBob Ehalt

Baffert seeks to join rare company

At age 75, Billy Turner's the only person on Earth who can say he has trained a Triple Crown winner. He would love to welcome Bob Baffert to that exclusive club.

X Games Austin preview -- Tom Schaar (3:49)

SportsCenter clips

Smith: LeBron best in the world (2:15)

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Experts' picks: AT&T Byron Nelson

Which golfer will win this week's AT&T Byron Nelson? Aussie Marc Leishman seems to be the trendy pick among our experts.

Have You Seen?

Braves shut out by Kershaw, Dodgers (0:37)



Spelling Bee preliminaries live
Spelling Bee 

There are 285 spellers from third to eighth grade currently competing at the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Live on ESPN3

Spelling Bee 

Andy Murray likes mentor role

Murray is relishing the opportunity to act as mentor to some of tennis' brightest young stars -- because that wasn't quite his experience: "Some guys weren't nice. And I remember that, too. ... In the locker room, they would laugh at you or make jokes about you."

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Once indictments and arrests are made, here come the lawyers. Deals will be made; no one is safe. Everything's negotiable. #FIFA

Marcotti: Meaningful change to FIFA?

Will the latest FIFA crisis, which involves a criminal investigation into the World Cup 2018 and 2022 bids, finally bring much-needed reform to FIFA, or will Sepp Blatter remain the Teflon president? Examining the issues

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FIFA execs face corruption charges

Nine top FIFA officials have been indicted for corruption charges involving World Cup bids awarded to Russia and Qatar. FIFA president Sepp Blatter is not involved in the investigation, and his election will go ahead as planned on Friday. Story

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Blatter expected to win vote this week

If the FIFA election takes place as expected this week, Sepp Blatter is still expected to be re-elected as president. Bob Ley said, "It's a simple numbers game. He has great support in Asia and Africa." Jeremy Schaap said that UEFA doesn't have the power to push back the vote.


Why did Switzerland move on FIFA now?

ESPN's Jeremy Schaap explains: "There is more interest in rooting out corruption. There is a sense that FIFA is an embarrassment and Sepp Blatter is an embarrassment to Switzerland."


Hey, SEC: Stop fighting satellite camps
College Football 

Despite the SEC's recent stranglehold on the college football world, it can't seem to wrap its head around satellite camps despite its groaning on the subject falling on deaf ears. Aschoff: SEC needs Plan B

College Football 

Tandon: Federer has a French advantage

Despite being the all-time leading Slam winner and the No. 2 player in the world, Roger Federer wasn't given much of a shot to win the French Open -- but that's no longer the case. 5 reasons he could win

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Cavs celebrate in style (with a hot tub)

After sweeping the Hawks, LeBron James, J.R. Smith and the Cavaliers hit the hot tub, took a news-conference selfie and much more as part of a jubilant postgame celebration. Cavs live it up


Warriors looking to close out Rockets

Golden State is 15-2 all-time with a chance to close out a series at home, best in NBA history. In all, the Warriors have won 5 straight home games with a chance to clinch and haven't lost such a game since the 1976 Western Conference Finals. Game 5 is tonight at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Will arrests impact FIFA election?

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti: "You wonder if there isn't more information that's being held back. More information that they'll try to extract from these gentlemen and how that will impact Sepp Blatter and FIFA."


Caple: Why Stosur could upset Sharapova

Big-hitting Australian Samantha Stosur is on a seven-match winning streak and has cruised so far in Paris. With an under-the-weather Maria Sharapova up next, is an upset brewing? Stosur on a roll

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Clayton: An AP trade won't happen

Adrian Peterson might not want to be in Minnesota, but the Vikings simply can't extract enough value for a deal to make sense -- even to Dallas.

Why he'll stay put

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Braves just what Kershaw needed

In his past 3 starts against them, Clayton Kershaw has struck out 29 batters without walking anyone and has an ERA of just 1.17. He's gone at least 7 innings and struck out at least 9 in all 3 of those starts.

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Schaap: Blatter's a smart guy

ESPN's Jeremy Schaap describes the culture of corruption in FIFA and how Sepp Blatter has been able to stay away from being held criminally liable.