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Lorenzo Bevilaqua / ESPN Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson suffered a concussion during Game 5 of the NBA's Western Conference Finals on Wednesday.

The team website says that Thompson underwent neurological tests on Thursday and Friday in order to diagnose him. The all-star shooter will not return to the court until he is cleared using the league's concussion protocol guidelines, the Warriors said.

Fellow star Stephen Curry noted that the team was relatively fortunate to have plenty of time before the NBA Finals begin.

"Thankfully, we have a week off in between games for him to fully recover," Curry said. "He took a nice little blow to the head, so, I'm sure they want to be cautious and make sure he gets the recovery time he needs to get ready. Hopefully by next Thursday, he'll be ready to go."

The Warriors won an NBA-best 67 games this season, and just knocked off the Western Conference's second-seeded Houston Rockets.

They will face LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals beginning next week. It is not yet clear whether Thompson will be cleared to return to the court for Game 1 of that series.

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Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(ORLANDO) -- The Orlando Magic have hired veteran coach Scott Skiles as the 12th head coach in franchise history on Friday.

According to the Magic's team website, General Manager Rob Hennigan said that Skiles "clearly distinguished himself as a tremendous fit." The Magic fired head coach Jacque Vaughn in February, replacing him with interim coach James Borrego.

While Borrego was considered for the full-time job, Hennigan said that the front office was looking for someone "with a solid resume of NBA head coaching experience, great leadership qualities, a motivating communication sytle, and someone with a strong strategic acumen."

Skiles has led the Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks to a combined 443-433 record in parts of 13 seasons as a head coach. His playoff record, however, is an uninspiring 18-24.

He will take over a team with a young core of talent, including guards Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton and center Nikola Vucevic. That team, however, won just 25 games this past season.

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Photo by Bob Chamberlin-Pool/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Former NFL star Darren Sharper pleaded guilty to drug distribution charges on Friday as part of a plea deal involving rape accusations leveled against him by multiple women.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Sharper pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute Alprazolam, Diazepam and Zolpidem and two counts of distributing those substances with intent to commit rape. The maximum penalty for each charge is 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and one year of supervised release.

Sharper, a former safety for the New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers, had been accused of drugging and assaulting women in Los Angeles, Phoenix and New Orleans.

The former pro-bowler was arrested last year on rape charges and has been jailed since February 2014.

Sharper admitted in his guilty plea that he and others had "distributed controlled substances to unsuspecting women," the U.S. Attorney's Office said, and then engaged in sexual relations with the women while they were incapacitated. Sharper also admitted to conspiring with other individuals in those actions.

Sharper is set to be sentenced on August 20.

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter delivers his speech during the opening ceremony of the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland on May 28, 2015. (Photo by Fatih Erel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)(NEW YORK) -- Sepp Blatter was re-elected as the president of FIFA Friday, amid allegations from U.S. and Swiss authorities of alleged corruption and bribery that have plagued soccer's international governing body.

Favored to win, Blatter, the eighth president of FIFA, or the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, beat Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein, of Jordan, at the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich. Blatter has been in office since 1998. Born in Switzerland, the 79-year old oversaw FIFA when Russia was chosen to host the 2018 World Cup and Qatar selected the 2022 tournament.

Among the blocs that voted for Blatter’s challenger was the United States, which was one of the losing bidders for the 2022 World Cup. Blatter won when Ali conceded after the first round of voting failed to yield a two-thirds majority.

On Wednesday, the Justice Department accused 14 people of corruption and racketeering conspiracy in a 47-count indictment. Nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives were indicted, including two current FIFA vice presidents and the current and former presidents of CONCACAF, Jeffrey Webb and Jack Warner.

Andrew Zimbalist, a sports economist from Smith College and author of Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting The Olympics And The World Cup, said Friday's re-election "reinforces the opinion that most soccer-savvy people already have, which is that Blatter has control over the organization, and the organization is corrupt."

"I am willing to accept the president of FIFA is responsible for everything but I would at least like to share that responsibility with everyone," Blatter said earlier in a presidential address on Friday in Zurich, Switzerland. "We cannot constantly supervise everyone in football ... you cannot ask everyone to behave ethically."

Zimbalist said he is skeptical that Blatter has no knowledge of FIFA's wrongdoing.

"I think that all trails lead back to Sepp Blatter," Zimbalist added. "I don't think there's any question about it."


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Chicago Bulls fire coach Tom Thibodeau, cite lack of trust
 
     CHICAGO (AP) - Fired Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has thanked the Bulls and the city and says he looks forward to future opportunities.
 
     Hours after he was dismissed by the Bulls, Thibodeau thanked his staff, players and their families "who have honored me and the Bulls by their effort, love, dedication and professionalism."
 
     Thibodeau also thanked Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, who released a scathing statement earlier in saying the Bulls were moving on from the coach who went 255-139 in five seasons.
 
     Thibodeau says: "We are proud of our many accomplishments, fought through adversity, and tried to give our fans the full commitment to excellence they deserve. I love this game and am excited about what's ahead for me with USA Basketball and the next coaching opportunity in the NBA."





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