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Warriors finish Rockets to reach NBA Finals

Golden State is headed to its first Finals since 1975, securing a date with Cleveland after pulling away in the second half to eliminate Houston in five games.

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DE McDonald arrested twice in under 72 hours

Police in California arrested former Chicago Bears defensive end Ray McDonald at 5:35 p.m. local time on Wednesday for violating a restraining order, the Santa Clara Police Department said.

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Outsiders: Why Maclin won't save Chiefs

Football Outsiders identifies the top remaining needs for Kansas City, Denver, Oakland and San Diego, including the Chiefs' lack of a vertical passing game.

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Wednesday's power rankings

Bryce Harper hit his 18th home run of the season as the Nationals continue to win.

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SEC West hasn't lost its luster or bluster

Those within the West say it's only getting tougher despite not putting a team in the title game last season for the first time since the 2008 campaign

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Stark: First-quarter award winners

Now that all 30 teams have finally played 40 games, it's time to look back at the first quarter of a fun season and hand out a little imaginary hardware.

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Braves hold off Dodgers
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Nick Markakis's ground-rule double drove in the game's winning run as Alex Wood (7 IP, ER, 6 K) and the Braves escaped Dodgers Stadium with a win. L.A. starter Zack Greinke (6 IP, ER, 9 K) has allowed only one run in each of his last 4 starts, but is 0-1 over that stretch. Box score

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Padres edge Angels to win series

Justin Upton and Matt Kemp hit back-to-back RBI singles in the 7th to give San Diego the cushion it needed to hold off the Angels 5-4. Box score

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Draymond Green on SportsCenter

"I think that definitely makes a difference, especially going up against LeBron James ... but the one thing we have in our back pocket is we're determined." Draymond Green on the Warriors' lack of experience

Curry on his daughter at the podium

"I think she's taking advantage of the moment for sure. She's way too comfortable." Live on SportsCenter

Stephen Curry (and Riley) at the podium

"We wanted to appreciate the moment and not take it for granted ... We're going to appreciate what we've done. It was tough winning the Western Conference." Live on SportsCenter

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Braves add 2 in the 8th, lead 3-1

Andrelton Simmons scored on a wild pitch and Nick Markakis' ground-rule double brought home Jace Peterson to give the Braves the lead at Dodgers Stadium. Follow live

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SPLASH. The Warriors and their NBA MVP are headed to the Finals. This will be GSW's first trip to the NBA Finals in 40 years.

MVP enjoys the moment
NBA 

Stephen Curry took a moment with his daughter, Riley, soaking in the Game 5 victory and the first NBA Finals appearance for the Warriors in 40 years.

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James Harden at the podium

"Obviously, you want to win the championship. We went through a lot of adversity, a lot of injuries ... this isn't where we wanted it to end at, but this has been a really good season for us."

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Kerr on new blood in the Finals

"It's great for the league. It's fantastic for the fanbases. ... Both fanbases have supported their teams for so many years. It's great to see that loyalty rewarded." Live on SportsCenter

Stephen Curry: 'We're going to enjoy this'
NBA 

“Two years ago we were sitting on this court after a second-round loss to San Antonio thanking [the fans] for their support. Fast forward two years later, we’re four wins away from the goal. So this is pretty special.”

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Steve Kerr at the podium

"Andre Iguodala might have had the greatest 6-point game I've ever seen in my life. ... Andre is one of the smartest defensive players I've ever seen. He reminds me a lot of Scottie Pippen." Live on SportsCenter

Kevin McHale at the podium

"We didn't move the ball the way we needed to tonight. Got a little stagnant. ... I didn't think [Golden State] played great, but we just couldn't muster enough consecutive stuff." Live on SportsCenter

Cardinals walk off thanks to error
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Jason Heyward started off the bottom of the 9th with a game-tying homer and Matt Carpenter scored the winning run on a throwing error as the Cardinals earned their 4th straight win with a 4-3 victory over the D-backs.

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Blackhawks force Game 7 against Ducks
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Chicago tops Anaheim 5-2 in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals to force a Game 7 on Saturday. Duncan Keith had three assists in the decisive win.

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