Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The true champion of the 2015 NBA Playoffs isn't a player with the Golden State Warriors or Cleveland Cavaliers, the two teams facing off for the title.
No, this postseason belongs to Riley Curry, the 2-year-old daughter of Warriors guard Stephen Curry. Riley stole the spotlight again on Wednesday, celebrating on the court after her father’s team won the Western Conference Finals -- then later singing, reaching for the microphone and walking around lackadaisically during the post-game press conference.
Riley opened the press conference with a giant yawn before resting her head on the table.
She also asked her father for help with her bracelet.
“Dada, help me,” she said.
Riley -- who also appeared at a press conference last week, following Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals -- waved and mumbled into the microphone Wednesday. At times she walked around, owning the moment.
Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 Wednesday night, forcing a Game 7 in the Western Conference Final.
Blackhawks right wing Andrew Shaw scored two goals in the third period and Brandon Saad, Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane each scored a goal in the second period. Defenseman Duncan Keith had an assist on all three goals scored in the second period.
The Blackhawks and Ducks will go at it again on Saturday in Anaheim, California to determine who will advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Whichever team wins will face off against either the New York Rangers or Tampa Bay Lightning. That series is also tied 3-3.
Jerry Markland/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Three Sprint Cup teams have been penalized for infractions at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which hosted the Coca-Cola 600 last weekend.
NASCAR on Wednesday placed Jamie McMurray's crew chief, Matt McCall, on probation through the end of the year because the right rear quarter panel wheel opening for McMurray's car was modified after qualifying inspection for the Coca-Cola 600.
Jimmie Johnson will have one of the last two picks for a pit stall at this weekend's race at Dover, after his team received a written warning for the second consecutive race. The latter warning was for the number of times it took for the team to pass pre-qualifying inspection.
Justin Allgaier's team was similarly penalized for the same reason.
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.