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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.

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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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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: What to pay QBs Wilson, Newton

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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

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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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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.

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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.

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FBI raids CONCACAF offices in Miami
Soccer 

An FBI agent retrieves equipment from a van as he prepares to re-enter the CONCACAF offices, following the arrest of nine FIFA officials on corruption charges.

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Soccer 

U.S. officials talking tough to FIFA
Soccer 

FBI Director James Comey: "Nobody is above or beyond the law. We will not stop." Live on ESPN & WatchESPN

Soccer 

Soccer corruption has long history
Soccer 

IRS Chief of Criminal Investigation Richard Weber: "I'm incredibly proud of the tremendous work of my agents. Years of hard work and that work is not done. Today is a great day for soccer fans. ... Whether you call it soccer or football, you should not have to worry about officials corrupting your sport."

Soccer 

Watch: FIFA indictment unsealed
Soccer 

The indictment against nine FIFA officials arrested on corruption charges will be unsealed during a Department of Justice press conference in Brooklyn, N.Y. Watch SportsCenter's continuing coverage. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

Soccer 

Will arrests impact FIFA election?
Soccer 

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."

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Soccer 

2010 World Cup also impacted by bribes
Soccer 

Kelly T. Currie, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said there were bribes taken with the selection of South Africa hosting the 2010 World Cup. "This sort of bribery ... has been going on for two decades. ... This is the beginning of our effort, not the end."

Soccer 

Graham Parker @KidWeil

What's surprising is not corruption, but moment of seeing light shone on that corruption. FIFA's arrogant sense of impunity shaken.

14 defendants indicted
Soccer 

U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch: "All of these defendants abused the U.S. financial system and broke the law."

Soccer 

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

U.S. attorney general says there has been $150 million forfeited already in FIFA case. No telling what final # could be.

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

Attorney General Loretta Lynch alleges there was $110 million in bribes to get the Copa America to the U.S. in 2016 alone

Officials served their own interests
Soccer 

U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch said theirs was a "long-winding investigation." They found soccer officials who "were entrusted for keeping soccer open and accessible for all," who ended up corrupting "the business of worldwide soccer for their own interests."

Soccer 

Why did Switzerland move on FIFA now?
Soccer 

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."

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Soccer 

FIFA execs face corruption charges
Soccer 

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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Soccer 

Ian Darke @IanDarkeESPN

FIFA must surely be nailed this time. Blatter's position untenable. Has presided over cesspit of corruption. Whole thing stinks.

Early leads are everything for New York
NHL 

When the Rangers lead after the 2nd period in the regular season and postseason this year, they are 43-0-1, including 7-0 in the playoffs.

NHL 

Adande: Warriors, Rockets primed
NBA 

Houston thrives on the edge, and Golden State got a wake-up call with Stephen Curry's spill. Will it all add up to a performance worthy of the West finals? No more complacency

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NBA 

Reid: Why Gruden's fate is linked to RG III
NFL 

Jay Gruden wasn't afraid to criticize Robert Griffin III last year, with sometimes brutal honesty in public. Gruden's candor, though, was a bad look -- and now the Washington coach's job security is strongly tied the progress of the flawed QB. Help RG III, help himself

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NFL 

LeBron: All 15 guys are on the same page
NBA 

LeBron James has been preaching "sacrifice" since April. And the Cavs followed the script to get to the Finals. How Cleveland got here

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NBA 

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
Tennis 

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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Tennis 

Andrew Brandt @adbrandt

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