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    Messi & Ronaldo have controlled the Ballon d’Or award since 2008. CR7 has three under his belt while Messi has won four in a row.


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    The Real Madrid men promised to give a fan their jerseys if they beat Celta Vigo on Sunday.

    Prior to their match against Celta Vigo on Sunday, Cristiano Ronaldo and Chicharito met Fran, a huge fan, outside the players' hotel in Madrid, where they promised to give him their jerseys after the game.

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    Thanks to two goals from Chicharito, Real Madrid beat Celta Vigo 4–2.

    Thanks to two goals from Chicharito, Real Madrid beat Celta Vigo 4–2.

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    Cristiano stayed true to his word and gave Fran a signed jersey after the game.

    Cristiano stayed true to his word and gave Fran a signed jersey after the game.

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    Chicharito also made his way to Fran after the game with signed goodies.

    Chicharito also made his way to Fran after the game with signed goodies.

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    After dislocating his shoulder in Game 4 against the Boston Celtics, Kevin Love will miss the second round of the playoffs.

    After tangling arms with Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk, Kevin Love grabbed his arm in apparent pain and rushed directly to the locker room.

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    In slow motion, you can see Olynyk roughly grab Love's arm after the rebound.

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    But Olynyk insisted that Love's comments were "ridiculous."

    But Olynyk insisted that Love's comments were "ridiculous."

    Olynyk told the Boston Herald Sunday night: "That's ridiculous. I would never intentionally hurt Kevin or anyone else. He locked my arm up, I locked up his as we were fighting for a loose ball. You lock up arms all the time in this league."

    Olynyk said that he tried to reach Love to apologize through multiple contacts but was unsuccessful.

    "I wish him a very speedy recovery, and I hope he can come back to help his team in the playoffs," Olynyk said.

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    Want to get out of work so you can attend a charity event hosted by J.J. Watt? No worries, he got you.

    Yay sports!

    Yay sports!

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    Money Mayweather or Pac Man, who you got?


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    In a video uploaded to Facebook, former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Lewis tells rioters, “Violence is not the answer; violence has never been the answer.”

    Ray Lewis posted an emotional "message for the rioters in Baltimore" on his Facebook page Tuesday morning.

    Freddie Gray... we don't do nothing for him doing this. We know there is a deeper issue, we know what the jungle looks like. But this isn't it. It's enough of us in the streets trying to change what's going on.

    Baltimore, get off the streets! Kids, go home, stay home!
    You don't have no right to do what you're doing to this city. Too many hardworking people built this city. We put this city together...we put this city on our back.

    We with you, we know what's going on, we know the problems, we know there was wrong done. We know we're not getting the right justice, we know all these answers!


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    As a result of the move, Commissioner Roger Goodell will no longer have to disclose his salary.

    The NFL will give up its tax-exempt status, the league announced Tuesday in a letter to the 32 team owners.

    The NFL will give up its tax-exempt status, the league announced Tuesday in a letter to the 32 team owners.

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

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    As you know, the effects of the tax exempt status of the league office have been mischaracterized repeatedly in recent years. The fact is that the business of the NFL has never been tax exempt. Every dollar of income generated through television rights fees, licensing agreements, sponsorships, ticket sales, and other means is earned by the 32 clubs and is taxable there. This will remain the case even when the league office and Management Council file returns as taxable entities, and the change in filing status will make no material difference to our business.

    The NFL was awarded this privilege in 1966, when a unique clause was added to the tax code that classified "professional football leagues" as 501© nonprofits.

    MLB was once tax-exempt as well, but voluntarily surrendered its status in 2007.

    Politicians have put increased pressure on the league to surrender its tax-exempt status, but the league spends more than $1 million annually on lobbyists, and the status was never seriously threatened through legislation.

    The decision to make the league taxable along with the teams means they no longer have to disclose executive salaries. Goodell's compensation has been reported to be upwards of $44 million in recent years.

    Otherwise, Goodell says "that a change in the tax status will not alter the function or operation" of the NFL.


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    The team also announced their next series will be moved to Tampa.

    In a statement released today, the Baltimore Orioles announced tomorrow's game against the White Sox will be played as scheduled but "closed to the public."

    In a statement released today, the Baltimore Orioles announced tomorrow's game against the White Sox will be played as scheduled but "closed to the public."

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    Their next series, against the Tampa Bay Rays, has been moved to Tampa Bay. The Orioles will play as the home team, despite the relocation.

    According to MLB, this will be the first closed-door game in league history.

    Here is the full statement:

    Here is the full statement:

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    Blaugrana or Bust.

    Mes Que Un Club

    Mes Que Un Club

    Barca is more than a club, it's a lifestyle.

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    Pep Guardiola will forever hold a place in your heart.

    Pep Guardiola will forever hold a place in your heart.

    No matter who he coaches, we know Pep will always be a Cule.

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    This is not just any old high five.

    This is not just any old high five.

    Remember that time we beat Los Blancos...CINCO A CERO?!

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    Tiki Taka is a way of life.

    Tiki Taka is a way of life.

    Take notes from Xavi, kids.

    Sky Sports


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    Jon Jones allegedly collided with a car, injuring its pregnant driver, and then fled on foot.

    UFC fighter Jon Jones has been stripped of his title and suspended indefinitely as a result of his arrest for a hit & run accident in Albuquerque, UFC announced yesterday.

    UFC fighter Jon Jones has been stripped of his title and suspended indefinitely as a result of his arrest for a hit & run accident in Albuquerque, UFC announced yesterday.

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    Witness accounts said that Jones first exited his car and ran toward a nearby hill. He then returned to his car, grabbed a wad of cash and stuffed it down his pants before running back into the hills, the police report said.

    The police found paperwork with Jones' name and MMA affiliation on it when they searched his abandoned car and made several failed attempts to reach him by phone immediately following the collision.

    Jones turned himself into Albuquerque police the next day, according to NBC.

    UFC announced that it has suspended Jon Jones indefinitely and stripped him of the light heavyweight title as a result of violations of the organization's Athlete Code of Conduct Policy. Jones was recently arrested in Albuquerque, N.M. on a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury. As a result of the charge and other violations of the Athlete Code of Conduct Policy, the organization believes it is best to allow Jones time to focus on his pending legal matters.

    UFC feels strongly that its athletes must uphold certain standards both in and out of the Octagon. While there is disappointment in the recent charges, the organization remains supportive of Jones as he works through the legal process.


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    The first ever Major League Baseball game without fans, turned Camden Yards into a surreal deserted landscape.

    BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 29: The Baltimore Orioles play the Chicago White Sox at an empty Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 29, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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    BALTIMORE — On the street side of the towering iron fence, maybe a hundred yards from the Orioles' bullpen inside the gates, stood Orioles fan Les Bowman with his younger brother.

    It was about two hours before the start of the game and Bowman had no chance of getting inside Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Wednesday afternoon. That was no problem for Bowman, who drove nearly three hours from the coast of Virginia that morning to help with the clean-up effort in parts of Baltimore that sorely needed it.

    This was a different sort of gameday, unprecedented in American professional sports history, and Bowman just wanted to witness as much of it as possible. And from this spot outside of the stadium, Bowman and others had as unobstructed a view into the stadium as possible from the surrounding streets.

    "The way I see it," Bowman said, "I have the best seat in the house."

    It was from there where Bowman and a few dozen fans ultimately watched the game, the first in Major League Baseball history without people in the stands [official paid attendance: zero]. They got to root, at times surprisingly loudly, for the home team in an 8-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

    "This was our message to let people know that we support our city," said Brandon Coles, a 29-year-old resident of nearby Elkridge, Maryland. "We're ready to start putting the city back on its feet."

    Commissioner Rob Manfred said the decision to play the game in an empty stadium was in the "best interests of fan safety and the deployment of city resources" following riots connected to the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who suffered a major spinal cord injury while in Baltimore police custody. It was a sign of the depth of the turmoil that gripped the city over the past few days managed to puncture the relatively sanitized bubble of professional sports.

    Looming over the decision to play in an empty Camden Yards were the events of Saturday, when thousands of fans were temporarily forced to remain inside the stadium following protests that turned destructive just outside. Games on Monday and Tuesday were canceled and a scheduled weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays was subsequently moved to Florida.

    BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 29: Manager Buck Showalter of the Baltimore Orioles does an interview after defeating the Chicago White Sox at an empty Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 29, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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    "It's not going to be anywhere near the typical sales day for a game," said Craig Ziegenhein, manager of the popular Pickles Pub across the street from the stadium."I just want it to go back to normal. I want baseball back in Baltimore."

    So Wednesday's game went off as promised, with only players, team and stadium staff, and members of the media allowed inside the gates of the stadium.

    The streets and lots surrounding the stadium were a mostly deserted landscape, with none of the vendors, festivities, and fans that have come to typify game days since the Orioles started winning regularly again a couple years ago.

    There was nowhere to get a hot dog or buy an Orioles T-shirt or to listen to jaunty ballpark tunes, even on a picturesque spring day in Baltimore that featured sunny skies and 70-degree temperatures.

    "It's a beautiful day for a ballgame," said Linda Butler, who came with her husband John to redeem their tickets before rushing home to watch on TV. "Can you imagine how much the city has lost by not having these games? This has been a terrible impact to the city."

    A couple hours later, inside those iron gates, the Orioles raced to an early lead in their victory over the White Sox. Baltimore scored six first-inning runs, which definitely would have been something to cheer about had fans been inside the park.

    It was a surreal scene, a sea of empty forest-green seats against the backdrop of Camden Yards.

    The Orioles chose a taped version of the national anthem rather than bringing in a singer. On-field chatter between the players was audible throughout the stadium. The thwack of the bat hitting the ball, and the ball hitting a glove, could be heard around the park. After the game, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he could hear the bullpen phone — which is on the other side of the field — ringing from the dugout.

    Every now and again, that hearty group of Orioles fans beyond the left-center field fence could be heard chanting, "Let's Go O's! Let's Go O's!"


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    Baton Rouge police have asked to question former LSU offensive lineman La’El Collins regarding his ex-girlfriend’s death. Police, though, have reportedly said he is not currently a suspect.

    Once projected to be a first-round pick, offensive lineman La'El Collins' 11th-hour request to withdraw from the 2015 NFL Draft has been turned down.

    Once projected to be a first-round pick, offensive lineman La'El Collins' 11th-hour request to withdraw from the 2015 NFL Draft has been turned down.

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    Collins was contacted by the Baton Rouge police on Tuesday after his ex-girlfriend Brittney Mills was killed on Friday.

    Mills was pregnant at the time of her death, but the child she was carrying survived. Police told NFL.com reporters that they are trying to determine the child's paternity.

    Pointing out that they don't believe Collins had been in contact with Mills since September 2014, police said he is not currently a suspect in the homicide.

    Collins has flown back to Louisiana from Chicago, where the NFL Draft takes place this weekend, to arrange a meeting with investigators.

    Projected as a first-round draft pick, NFL teams have reportedly started to shy away from Collins in the wake of his association with Mills' death. Glazer reports teams want a "full police report clearing him before they are willing to draft him."

    As a result, Collins' agent asked the NFL to allow him to back out of the 2015 draft.

    The Supplemental Draft is intended to allow underclassmen who did not enter the main draft but who cannot continue their college career to enter the league. Collins does not fit that criteria. It is clear his agent saw a potential switch as a better solution than entering his currently "undraftable" client into Thursday night's mix.

    Collins — who, again, is not currently a suspect according to police — will now likely sit and wait into the late rounds to see if he is drafted at all.

    The first round of the draft begins Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.

    This story is developing and will be updated.


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    The first round of the 2015 NFL Draft takes place in Chicago on Thursday.


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    John Urschel’s NFL career gives him a larger platform to explore his other passion: math.

    John Urschel is the quintessential mathlete.

    John Urschel is the quintessential mathlete.

    Twitter: @MathMeetsFball

    The 23-year-old guard for the Baltimore Ravens has a master's in mathematics from Penn State, which he earned while keeping a 4.0 average.

    During last night's first round of the 2015 Draft, Urschel took over General Electric's Twitter account to live-tweet advanced calculations about players' speed, agility, and strength.

    The formula Urschel used is complex to those of us not versed in advanced mathematics, but the impact is simple: Titans wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has a job catching passes that would cause most of us to duck and hide.


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    The two welterweight boxers squared off during a long-anticipated bout in Las Vegas Saturday night.

    Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, trades blows with Manny Pacquiao Saturday in Las Vegas.

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    The fight was the most anticipated boxing match in recent years. It began with what the New York Times referred to as a "feel-out" with "no significant punches landed." The fight picked up in the fourth and fifth rounds, according to the Times.

    Ultimately, Mayweather won by a unanimous decision from the three judges.

    Moments after the fight ended, Pacquiao said "I thought I won the fight."

    "He didn't do nothing," Pacquiao added of Mayweather.

    The Associated Press characterized Mayweather's strategy as defensive, while Pacquiao tended to "rush forward."

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    Mayweather held onto belts from the World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council belts, and won the top spot in the World Boxing Organization.


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    Steph Curry with the shot boiiiiiiii.

    This is Steph Curry.

    This is Steph Curry.

    Twitter: @juliephayer

    He's a point guard for the Golden State Warriors.

    He's a point guard for the Golden State Warriors.

    NBA

    And he's pretty good.

    And he's pretty good.

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    Like ridiculously good.

    Like ridiculously good.

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    The Golden State Warriors point guard has had an outright explosive season.

    The NBA has announced Steph Curry has been named league MVP.

    The NBA has announced Steph Curry has been named league MVP.

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    James Harden was the runner up, but Curry blew his competition out of the water:

    James Harden was the runner up, but Curry blew his competition out of the water:

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    His teammate, Klay Thompson, trailed behind with 239.

    Steph's 286 threes give him sole possession of the record for most threes in a season.

    Curry also led the league in the following categories:

    - 3-point attempts: 646
    - Steals: 163
    - Free-throw percentage: .914
    - Value over replacement player: 7.9

    He averaged 23.8 points per game through the regular season, and has averaged 31.5 points per game through five playoff games this postseason.

    Steph's 44% 3-point percentage trails just two players in league history: Hubert Davis, and his current coach, Steve Kerr (.45.4%).

    Here are a few more reasons Steph is undoubtedly the MVP, by the numbers:

    Here are a few more reasons Steph is undoubtedly the MVP, by the numbers:

    Twitter: @ESPNStatsInfo


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    After defeating Manny Pacquiao this past weekend, the welterweight champ announced his final fight would be in September.


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    The boxer may also face a fine or suspension for failing to reveal a significant shoulder injury on a pre-fight medical form.

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    Read the lawsuit here:

    Manny Pacquiao fought and lost against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2 with a shoulder injury, according to a statement released by his camp.

    The boxer could face disciplinary action from Nevada sporting officials for not disclosing his injury a day before the richest fight in boxing history.

    Pacquiao was suffering from a right shoulder injury he got during training, the statement from his promoters said. However, he checked "no" in response to a question about a shoulder injury on the pre-fight medical questionnaire, the Associated Press reported.

    The form requires fighters to list their medical history, injuries, and medications they're on to prevent boxers from fighting with pre-existing injuries, True Ink Boxing reported. A copy of Pacquiao's form, which he filled himself, is available on True Ink.

    The state attorney general's office will be looking into this, the Nevada Athletic Commission's chairman told the AP.

    Pacquiao could face a fine or suspension for filling out the form inaccurately.


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    A Seattle Times report said the Seahawks did not speak with two women who said they witnessed a 2014 alleged domestic violence incident by their top pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

    Over the weekend, the Seattle Seahawks used their first pick in the NFL Draft to select defensive end Frank Clark out of Michigan.

    Over the weekend, the Seattle Seahawks used their first pick in the NFL Draft to select defensive end Frank Clark out of Michigan.

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    Clark was originally charged with two misdemeanors for domestic violence and assault, though prosecutors told BuzzFeed News that he recently took a deal to plead guilty to persistent disorderly conduct, a lesser charge. He was sentenced to a $250 fine and the two days he already served in prison.

    According to a police report from the arrest in November, Clark and Hurt began arguing and she threw a television remote control at him then biting him when he tried to hold her down on the bed. Clark allegedly responded by punching her in the face.

    Photos of Clark included in the police report show a laceration on his nose that appears consistent with Hurt's report that she bit him. Photos of Hurt show her blood-streaked face and the early signs of bruising on her neck.

    The NFL has been scrambling to address and properly punish players who have been accused – and convicted – of violence against women, and that includes taking steps to interview people who were victims of or witnessed such incidents. And Seahawks coach Pete Carroll even starred in the league's publicly released presentation on violence against women that all players, personnel, and incoming rookies were required to watch.

    But the report by the Seattle Times said the Seahawks failed to speak to two witnesses, Lis Babson and Kristie Colie. They who spoke with the newspaper about the night at the hotel:

    [T]hey heard loud banging, yelling and screaming coming from Clark's room. Babson says she immediately sensed something was terribly wrong, ran outside and pounded on the door until Clark opened it.

    Babson says she immediately sensed something was terribly wrong, ran outside and pounded on the door until Clark opened it.

    In an interview with The Seattle Times on Monday, Babson said an enraged Clark tried to quickly slam the door in her face, but she caught it before it could close.

    Colie, who had followed Babson into the hallway, said the woman on the floor inside the room "was definitely beat up" and initially didn't move.

    "She looked unconscious,'' Colie said. "She looked like she was knocked out, and then she started to move slowly.''

    Hurt's brother, who was in the room at the time of the alleged assault, told police Clark "grabbed her by the throat, picked her up off the ground and slammed her to the ground while also landing on top of her.''

    Our organization has an in-depth understanding of Frank Clark's situation and background. We have done a ton of research on this young man. There hasn't been one player in this draft that we have spent more time researching and scrutinizing more than Frank. That's why we have provided Frank with this opportunity and are looking forward to him succeeding in our culture here in Seattle.

    However, the Seahawks told the Seattle Times they did not "speak directly to any witnesses from that night.''

    The Times also reported that the Perkins Township Police Department didn't contact the two witnesses after they gave their initial statements.

    The details revealed by the Times' report echo another curiously conducted vetting process of another NFL rookie: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers allegedly interviewed 75 people to determine quarterback Jameis Winston's character before drafting him first overall, but did not interview Erica Kinsman, who accused him of raping her in 2012.

    When pressed by Sports Illustrated's Peter King about this detail, Buccaneers GM Jason Licht said:

    "We are not talking about this now… but we read the depositions. We knew what she was going to say. This was a thorough investigation."

    In a column published the day before the Seattle Times released their report, espnW's Jane McManus pointed at the inconsistencies between the NFL's new initiatives to investigate and punish players accused of violence against women and how individual teams are handling individual players:

    The teams seem to be at odds with the league on this. The NFL wants to be seen as a leader on this issue, but teams still want to win and women are still seen through the gaze of suspicion.

    The NFL has hired people like investigator Lisa Friel and Vice President of Social Responsibility Anna Isaacson to serve as voices from outside the bubble and break down the insulated thinking that brought the league so much criticism after a two-game suspension for [Ray] Rice. But individual teams don't have many women involved in the scouting and vetting process.


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