Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) -- Former San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears defensive lineman Ray McDonald was arrested again on Wednesday after allegedly violating a restraining order.
Released on Monday by the Bears after his second arrest on domestic violence charges, police say McDonald was at a Santa Clara residence prohibited by the order, which was issued as a result of the Monday arrest. Police later found him at a nearby restaurant.
He was arrested without incident and taken to the Santa Clara Police Department for processing before being booked at Santa Clara County Jail.
McDonald's Monday arrest came after he allegedly assaulted a woman "while she was holding a baby," Santa Clara police said at the time.
The Bears released McDonald later that day.
Chicago had given the lineman a second chance after being released by the 49ers due to "a pattern of poor behavior."
David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe, who was involved in a horrific crash during practice before the Indianapolis 500 last week, was released from an Indiana hospital on Tuesday.
According to the IndyCar Series, Hinchcliffe had surgery on May 18 and was released on Tuesday. He had suffered left thigh and pelvic injuries when his car crashed with a barrier.
Fellow driver Will Power, who came in second in Sunday's Indy 500, was on hand when Hinchcliffe left Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital Tuesday, according to a photo posted to Instagram.
Photo by Pressefoto Ulmer/ullstein bild via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Amid a U.S. and international investigation of corruption within FIFA, the Union of European Football Associations on Wednesday called for a delayed vote for FIFA's presidency.
The election was set to take place on Friday, with incumbent president Sepp Blatter vying for a fifth term. Blatter has been skewered in recent months on ESPN's Outside the Lines as part of a report by Jeremy Schaap which detailed the shady happenings within the football organization, as well as on HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
UEFA has said that it may boycott the vote altogether.
In a statement, Blatter called it "a difficult time for football, the fans and for FIFA as an organisation." He noted actions taking by FIFA, including an investigation by FIFA's own independent Ethics Committee.
"Let me be clear," Blatter said, "such misconduct has no place in football and we will ensure that those who engage in it are put out of the game." The executives named in the indictment were banned by FIFA on Wednesday.
"We will continue to work with the relevant authorities and we will work vigorously within FIFA in order to root out any misconduct, to regain your trust and ensure that football worldwide is free from wrongdoing," Blatter concluded.
The indictment also implicated an unnamed U.S. sportswear company for being involved in bribes and kickbacks related to the Brazilian national soccer team's sponsorship. The Brazilian team is sponsored by Nike, which said on Wednesday that it "believes in ethical and fair play in both business and sport and strongly opposes any form of manipulation or bribery." Nike says it is cooperating with authorities.
iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(ZURICH) -- In a series of overnight busts, authorities arrested high-ranking FIFA officials over allegations of vast racketeering and corruption involving more than $150 million in bribes and kickbacks spanning two decades in soccer’s controversial governing body, law enforcement officials said.
In all, 14 people, which include a trio of sports marketing executives, have been charged by the Department of Justice for allegedly “foster[ing] a culture of corruption and greed that created an uneven playing field for the biggest sport in the world,” as FBI Director James Comey put it. Police are also in the process of executing a search warrant at a location in Miami related to the investigation.
The investigation grew out of allegations of payoffs to officials who decided where to hold the next two World Cups, the biggest international event in sports, that landed the games in Russia for 2018 and Qatar in 2022, according to three senior U.S. law enforcement officials. The U.S. was the runner up to Qatar’s win.
U.S. officials said that one American FIFA official, Charles Blazer, has already pleaded guilty and reportedly wore an undercover wire to record conversations with fellow soccer officials.
The arrests began Wednesday morning at a luxury hotel in Zurich, where top FIFA officials were gathering for their yearly meeting. Electronic data and documents were also seized at FIFA's head office in Zurich, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice said in a statement. Those arrested defendants were detained pending extradition at the request of the U.S.
The guilty pleas of four individuals and two corporate defendants were also unsealed, including that of Blazer, who the DOJ said has forfeited $1.9 million as part of his plea agreement -- one of two payments he’s expected to make.
“The indictment alleges corruption that is rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted both abroad and here in the United States,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a DOJ statement. “It spans at least two generations of soccer officials who, as alleged, have abused their positions of trust to acquire millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. And it has profoundly harmed a multitude of victims, from the youth leagues and developing countries that should benefit from the revenue generated by the commercial rights these organizations hold, to the fans at home and throughout the world whose support for the game makes those rights valuable.”
In a statement posted on its website, FIFA said it “welcomes actions that can help contribute to rooting out any wrongdoing in football.”
“We are pleased to see that the investigation is being energetically pursued for the good of football and believe that it will help reinforce measures that FIFA has already taken,” the organization said.
News of the Zurich arrests was first reported by The New York Times.
iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- LeBron James is headed back to the NBA finals.
The Cleveland Cavaliers forward scored 23 points during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals Tuesday night to help his team sweep the Atlanta Hawks, 118-88.
"We've worked our tail off all season to get to this point, and to be able to represent the Eastern Conference and the NBA Finals is the ultimate, especially in this city," James told TNT after the game.
James was last in the NBA Finals with the Miami Heat in 2014. The Heat ended up losing to the San Antonio Spurs in five games. After the season ended, James opted out of his contract with the Heat and announced his intentions to rejoin the Cavaliers, a team he had been with since he was drafted in 2003.
James left for Miami in 2010 and won two championships during his time with the Heat.
The Cavaliers last appeared in the NBA Finals in 2007, losing to the Spurs in four games.
James and the Cavaliers won't have to worry about facing off with the Spurs for the championship this time around, however. They will be matched with either the Houston Rockets or Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors lead the Western Conference Finals 3-1. The next game in that series is scheduled for Wednesday night.
Regardless of which team advances to the finals, James says he and the Cavs are ready.
"We have everything it takes to win. I've been there twice," James told TNT Tuesday. "We have grit, we have determination, we have the willingness to want to be great and that's from the first guy all the way down to the 15th. I think our coaching staff is going to prepare us the best way they know how to go against whoever comes out of the Western Conference and we'll be ready to go on June 4."
Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The NHL Eastern Conference is anyone's for the taking.
The New York Rangers dominated the Tampa Bay Lightning during Game 6 Tuesday night, winning 7-3 to tie the series up at 3 a piece.
Rangers center Derick Brassard led the team with three goals and two assists.
"Last game we got shut out in our own building 2-0 and we didn't score any goals so we had to show up and, you know, try to be a difference out there," Brassard said after the game.
The Rangers and Lightning will now face off Friday night to determine who will advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.
"Our fans deserve that Game 7 and the atmosphere is going to be great, and we just have to take advantage of it. Those two days that we have to rest up, I think that's going to be big for our team and we just have to energize our bodies and just come out in Game 7 and be fine," Brassard said.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- INTERLEAGUE San Diego 4, L.A. Angels 0
AMERICAN LEAGUE Houston 4, Baltimore 1 N.Y. Yankees 5, Kansas City 1 Toronto 10, Chi White Sox 9 Seattle 7, Tampa Bay 6, 10 Innings Texas 4, Cleveland 3 Minnesota 2, Boston 1 Detroit 1, Oakland 0
NATIONAL LEAGUE Pittsburgh 5, Miami 1 Chi Cubs 3, Washington 2 Cincinnati 2, Colorado 1 N.Y. Mets 5, Philadelphia 4, 10 Innings San Francisco 6, Milwaukee 3 St. Louis 6, Arizona 4 L.A. Dodgers 8, Atlanta 0
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS Cleveland 118, Atlanta 88
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS N.Y. Rangers 7, Tampa Bay 3
Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(PITTSBURGH) -- The matchup in Week 1 between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots would be better having Tom Brady involved, according to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Roethlisberger was asked on Tuesday’s session of organized team activities if his teammates were sure if Brady won’t be in the lineup, as Brady’s appeal over the “Deflategate” controversy continues to loom.
"He's a guy, I've said for a long time, he's the best in the business, and he proved it again last year winning his fourth [Super Bowl]," Roethlisberger said. "If he's not out there, it's not the same. I have a lot of respect for him on the football field and some of the unbelievable things that he's done. I guess we'll wait and see what's finally going to happen."
The Steelers have faced New England eight times since Roethlisberger was drafted in 2004.
disorderly/iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- Houston Rockets fans had an unexpected, and dangerous encounter after Monday night’s win against the Golden State Warriors when torrential rains caused flash flooding throughout the city.
"All towards the end of the game whenever there was a time out in the last few minutes in the fourth quarter, they made an announcement saying, ‘We strongly advise you to stay in your seats until after the weather passes,’" Narguess Arjomand told ABC News.
Between 6 and 10 inches of rain fell overnight in Houston, leading to major road closures and mass flooding throughout the city so the Toyota Center offered to allow the thousands of fans to wait out the storm inside because they would not be able to get home safely.
"You could even hear the thunder through the stadium," Arjomand said.
"When we were walking out we saw little kids already sleeping on their parents laps," she said.
Even though Arjomand decided to leave about a half hour after the game ended, fellow fan Lee Lonn was one of the ones who stayed until the bitter end.
"I was there till about 7 a.m.," Lonn told ABC News.
"I didn’t lay down. Some people were laying down on the marble floor and on the hard carpet," Lonn said. "I just kind of reclined on the stands on the lower level."
There was some fun at the beginning of the night, with Rockets center Dwight Howard talking to fans and signing autographs, but even he got upstaged. Howard’s young son got on the court and gave the fans a post-game show that they weren’t expecting.
"His kid was busting shots from half court," Lonn, a songwriter, said. "He was doing a cartwheel and an alley-oop." Lonn said many parents were using recharge stations to make calls home to babysitters. Mitch Whitehead, a Texas A&M student who was at the game, said he and his friend saw people sneaking up to the luxury boxes, likely scoping out couches to turn into makeshift beds.
"It was kind of cool; you could see different parts of the stadium that you couldn’t see before, but we didn’t try anything crazy," Whitehead told ABC News.
"As the night kind of got longer and longer I’d say every hour they were kind of like moving us. They started pushing us to one of the sidelines so they could start cleaning and so, eventually, we were just in one section," Whitehead told ABC News.
When it came to food, some concession stands stayed open to serve popcorn, sodas and water, at regular stadium prices.
"It was highly expensive, $5 water bottles, $5 buckets of popcorn," Lonn said.
The staff did work much longer than normal to help out with the stranded fans, and Whitehead said they kept putting old promos and highlight reels on the overhead screenn in between flashes to the local news reports about the weather.
Lonn said staffers brought coffee and bagels for the last remaining fans who were still there by 6 a.m.
In the end, Lonn was happy with his decision to stay the night in the center even though his home is just a seven-minute drive away because his route was completely underwater. Arjomand and Whitehead, who left the stadium at around 2:40 a.m., both ended up staying in hotels along their route home. Whitehead and his friend ended up booking a room in a hotel just "a couple hundred yards" from the stadium.
"We definitely weren’t the only fans there either," he said.
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- The Houston Rockets still have a chance at making it to the NBA finals.
Thanks in part to a solid performance by guard James Harden, the team avoided being swept by the Golden State Warriors during Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals Monday night.
Harden scored a playoff career-high of 45 points, helping the Rockets defeat the Warriors 128-115. The Warriors now lead the series 3-1.
"We've got to do a better job of being consistent. We're a really good team when we're playing together -- we're moving the basketball, defensively we're locked in -- and tonight it showed," Harden said after the game.
Game 5 is scheduled for Wednesday night in Oakland, California.