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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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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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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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NFL 

Paying up for pitchers

Cynthia Frelund says it's worth investing in Corey Kluber and Ian Kennedy in daily fantasy baseball leagues tonight, thanks in part to them playing in pitcher-friendly parks.

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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.

Bulls GM: 'Grow into the future'
NBA 

Gar Forman says Chicago fired Tom Thibodeau as head coach because it wanted to change the culture to improve the team in the long run.

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NBA 

Eagles QBs loving OTAs so far
NFL 

  • Sam Bradford: "I think [the offense] fits my style of game, making quick decisions."
  • Tim Tebow: "Being able to go against the defense, run around and throw, it's just so much fun."

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Adrian Peterson @AdrianPeterson

Feels for whatever reason! Family, Change of scenery or simply - what they feels just might work best for them! Those same laws don't apply!

Kevin Seifert @SeifertESPN

NFL players should get every dime they can. Brutal game. From a business perspective, tho, Peterson not in a position of strength.

Adrian Peterson @AdrianPeterson

A lill crazy how one side has so much power that they can do as they please when it come to the contract! But when the other-side (player's)

Adrian Peterson @AdrianPeterson

I know hundreds of player's that wished their team would've HONORED the contract! But instead got threw to the side like like trash.

Adrian Peterson @AdrianPeterson

Ok great two sided! Well why when one party decides ... Mr. ? we wan't you to take a pay cut now or better yet flat out release you!

Adrian Peterson @AdrianPeterson

I love people who think they know it all! Smh, Research how many NFL teams hasn't honored a player's contract & learn something.

Wilbon: Thibs too 'old school'?
NBA 

ESPN's Michael Wilbon on Tom Thibodeau's firing: "It illustrates what a different direction the league is evolving in. This old school way is now being examined and being held up to the light. There are still some old school coaches in the NBA, but you have this movement afoot and Thibs was not of it." (via SVP and Russillo)

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