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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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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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13hJayson Stark

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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Riley makes second podium appearance
NBA 

Stephen Curry brought his daughter Riley with him to the postgame media conference. Later, he told Sage Steele on SportsCenter that Riley was the star of the series and that it was only fitting she get another shot at the podium.

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NBA 

Attorney: No McDonald restraining order
NFL 

The attorney for Ray McDonald, Steve Defilippis, told ESPN's Josina Anderson the former Bears DE was not served with a restraining order and said McDonald was told his fiancee would not be at the house: "He goes there to meet the investigator for a legitimate purpose and the police show up and arrest him." Story

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NFL 

McCaskey: Ray McDonald signing my call
NFL 

Bears chairman George McCaskey explains he was the one who signed off on bringing in McDonald. He trusts the safeguards Chicago has in place to handle players with questionable character will hold up in the future.

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NFL 

Blackhawks, Ducks set for Game 7
NHL 

Barry Melrose breaks down Game 6 of the Western Conference finals and picks the Blackhawks to win Game 7 and advance to the Stanley Cup finals.

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NHL 

Anniversary of 50 Cent's awful pitch
MLB 

One year ago, 50 Cent threw out the first pitch at the Mets game. If you don't remember, it was just a bit outside.

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MLB 

A-Rod now third on all-time RBI list
MLB 

Alex Rodriguez's three-run homer against the Royals gives him sole possession of third place on MLB's official all-time RBIs list with 1,995. He has passed Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

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A-Rod on passing Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth
MLB 

"It's definitely an honor to be mentioned in the same breath as Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth. It is any player's dream; especially it is even more special to do it here at home at Yankee Stadium."

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MLB 

All you need to know: FIFA scandal
Soccer 

The Justice Department's FIFA investigation began with tax evasion charges against former CONCACAF exec Chuck Blazer. The DOJ followed the money, unraveling the corruption. Investigation's history

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Soccer 

HART LETS ONE BY
Soccer 

Manchester City keeper Joe Hart is pretty good at stopping shots, but this foul ball during batting practice with the Blue Jays had him spooked. Check it out!

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Soccer 

Skiles a candidate for Pelicans job
NBA 

Scott Skiles -- widely believed to be the frontrunner for the Magic job -- has joined Alvin Gentry and Jeff Van Gundy as a candidate for the New Orleans coaching vacancy, sources tell ESPN's Marc Stein.

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NBA 

Thibodeau firing grows more likely
NBA 

The Bulls are giving increasing consideration to firing coach Tom Thibodeau and absorbing the corresponding financial hit, league sources told ESPN's Marc Stein. There's nearly $9M left on the coach's contract.

NBA 

'We just want to talk about football'
Women's World Cup 

Abby Wambach and the rest of the U.S. women's national team tried their best during media day to steer conversation away from the indictments of FIFA officials, and toward their chances of winning their first World Cup title since 1999. Fagan: World Cup title or bust

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Women's World Cup 

Other players asked Griner to appeal
WNBA 

Brittney Griner said previously she would not appeal her 7-game suspension for a domestic violence incident involving her partner and fellow player Glory Johnson. However, other WNBA players told her it could set a precedent if she does not appeal.

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WNBA 

Klay with concussion-like symptoms
NBA 

Klay Thompson took an inadvertent knee from Trevor Ariza during Game 5. Thompson was cleared to return, but afterward, the Warriors released this statement: "After the game [Klay] began to not feel well and developed concussion-like symptoms. He will continue to be evaluated by the team’s medical staff tonight."

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NBA 

James Harden reflects after the loss

"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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Most loyal Warriors fans?
NBA 

78-year-olds Marian Ours and Rosemarie Chonzena have taken the train an hour, then walked about a mile to almost every Golden State home game as season-ticket holders ... since 1988.

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NBA 

First-time MVP in the Finals
NBA 

Stephen Curry and LeBron James will meet in the NBA Finals, just the 6th time a first-time MVP reached the NBA Finals in the same season as winning MVP against a multiple-time MVP. It hasn't happened since Karl Malone won MVP honors in 1997 before facing Michael Jordan in the NBA Finals.

NBA 

Sevilla repeats as Europa League champs
Soccer 

Carlos Bacca scored twice for Sevilla as the club beat Dnipro 3-2, making history by winning the competition for a record 4th time. With the title, Sevilla earned a place in next season's Champions League.

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Soccer 

Cleveland close to ending title drought?
NBA 

The city of Cleveland has gone nearly 51 years since winning a major sports title, and when you consider all of their major pro teams, Cleveland franchises have completed 143 SEASONS since last claiming a league championship.

NBA 

Dudley: Kobe hurting L.A., Melo overrated
NBA 

Bucks swingman Jared Dudley didn't shy away from criticizing two of the NBA's most recognizable players, saying Carmelo Anthony is overrated and Kobe Bryant is keeping stars away from L.A Do you agree?

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