Henchmen arrested, but the Joker is still at large: 10 FIFA officials arrested in Switzerland for extradition to the U.S. for a whole host of corruption charges. Sepp Blatter is up for re-election on Friday, but with only one challenger and such rampant corruption, it's a wonder whether or not this will affect his chances.
Rangers Force Game 7 with 7-3 Win Over Lightning: The New York Rangers made short work of the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 7-3 victory to force game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals Tuesday. For the Rangers, Derick Brassard had three goals and two assists and J.T Miller and Rick Nash each had a goal and three assists. Lightning goalie Ben Bishop was pulled in the third with the score 5-1.
LeBron Takes Cavaliers to NBA Finals in First Season Back: The Cleveland Cavaliers swept aside the Atlanta Hawks 118-88 Tuesday night to complete a 4-0 series win, advancing to the NBA Finals for the second time in franchise history. LeBron James had 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. He becomes the first player to reach the Finals five times in a row since Bill Russell and three teammates in the Boston Celtics dynasty of the 1960s.
Phillies GM: Our Fans 'Don't Understand the Game': Hey, Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., the team's 19-28 record stinks and fans would like to see two of your top pitching prospects now at Double A. What do you think about that? "They don't understand the game. They don't understand the process. There's a process. And then they bitch and complain because we don't have a plan. There's a plan in place and we're sticking with the plan. We can't do what's best for the fan. We have to do what's best for the organization so the fan can reap the benefit of it later on. That' the truth."
Blackhawks' Last-Minute Miracle Comeback Foiled in OT: The Chicago Blackhawks were looking at a 3-2 series deficit to the Anaheim Ducks in the Eastern Conference Finals when Jonathan Toews scored two goals in the final two minutes of regulation to tie the game at 4 apiece Monday night. The second goal, with 37 seconds left, was fired from an impossible angle parallel to the goal mouth, yet found its way into Frederik Andersen's skate and the net. But only 45 seconds into overtime, Ducks left wing Matt Beleskey put a rebound past goalie Corey Crawford. And now the Blackhawks are looking at a 3-2 series deficit.
Rockets Avoid Sweep Behind Harden Heroics, Curry Tumble: NBA playoff teams are 0-116 after trailing a series 0-3. The Houston Rockets have taken the first step towards ending that streak, defeating the Golden State Warriors 128-115 at home after going ahead 45-22 in the first quarter. James Harden scored a career playoff-high 45 points and had nine rebounds and five assists. Warriors star Stephen Curry took a frightening head-first spill in the second quarter and was down for several minutes, suffering a head contusion, but came back after halftime. The Western Conference Finals go back to California Wednesday for another elimination game.
LeBron's Epic Night Puts Cavaliers Up 3-0 on Hawks: LeBron James had 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists, historic combined totals for an NBA game, in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 114-11 overtime win over the Atlanta Hawks in game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals Sunday. The Cavs now have an all-but-insurmountable 3-0 series lead. Hawks center Al Horford was ejected shortly before the half ended for throwing an elbow at the Cavs' Matthew Dellavedova after Dellavedova fell roughly into Horford's leg.
Lightning Beat Rangers 2-0, Now Lead 3-2 in Series: The Tampa Bay Lightning shut out the New York Rangers 2-0 Sunday, taking a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. Goaltender Ben Bishop had 26 saves. The Lightning's road win puts the team one victory from its first Stanley Cup Finals appearance since 2004. Steven Stamkos and Valtteri Filppula scored the only goals.
Another Multiple-OT Goal Helps Blackhawks Tie Series with Ducks: After watching a 3-1 lead become a 4-3 deficit in 37 seconds during the third period, the Chicago Blackhawks rallied to tie the Anaheim Ducks and then won on an Antoine Vermette goal in double overtime. The Western finals are now tied at 2. The only faster three goals in NHL playoff history were scored in 23 seconds by the Toronto Maple Leafs over the Atlanta Flames. Chicago coach Joel Quenneville had an assist on the third Leafs goal.
Golden State Routs Houston, Takes Commanding 3-0 Lead: Led by Stephen Curry's 40 points, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Houston Rockets 115-80 and now have a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals. Curry has 59 threes this playoffs, a new NBA record, beating Reggie Miller in nine fewer games. Golden State is one win from its first trip to the NBA Finals since its 1975 championship, back when Rick Barry and Jamaal Wilkes won a sweep as underdogs over the Washington Bullets.
Hall of Fame Harlem Globetrotter Marques Haynes Dies: Marques Haynes, the first Harlem Globetrotters player to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, has died in Plano, Texas, at age 89. This New York Times story shows that Haynes was part of some historic moments in sports. He was playing for the Globetrotters when they beat the all-white Minneapolis Lakers and their star center George Mikan in 1948 and 1949, helping lead to basketball's integration. He also appeared with Jesse Owens at Olympic Stadium in 1951, 16 years after Owen's four gold medals showed up Hitler. "He got out of that helicopter, and there was an announcement: Jesse Owens has just arrived. Boy, that stadium went wild," Haynes recalled.
Cavaliers Beat Hawks by 12, Lead Eastern Finals 2-0: LeBron James scored 30 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers took total command of the Eastern Conference Finals, beating the Atlanta Hawks on the road 94-82 and taking a 2-0 series lead. The Cavs didn't have Kyrie Irving but it didn't matter. "The Hawks looked totally outclassed for one of the few times all season," reported AP.
Rangers Beat Lighting 5-1, Tie Eastern Finals at 2-2: Henrik Lundqvist made 38 saves and Rick Nash scored twice to help the New York Rangers defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Tampa. Lightning goalie Ben Bishop allowed 5 goals in two straight games for the first time since 2011.
NFL Moves PAT Kicks Back to 15-Yard Line: The NFL changed a crucial rule for the 2015 season. Extra points are no longer going to be automatic: In 2015, instead of kicking an extra point from the two-yard line, teams will be forced to kick from the 15-yard line. And the defending team will be allowed to score two points if it grabs possession of the ball and takes it back the other way. According to Lindsay Jones of USA Today, only two teams voted against the new rule, which is only in effect for the 2015 season.
Kraft Says Patriots Won't Appeal DeflateGate Punishment: New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft said today that he would "accept reluctantly" the NFL's decision to fine the team $1 million and revoke their 2016 first-round draft pick as a result of the investigation of the team's use of allegedly under inflated footballs. "Although I might disagree with what he decided, I do have respect for the commissioner and believe that he is doing what he believes is in the spirit of the best for the whole 32 [teams]," Kraft said
SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em: Round Two results and Conference Finals Picks. Picks need to be in by 9:00 PM Eastern on Tuesday (tomorrow) before game 1 of the Rockets/Warriors tips off.
Messi goal puts Barcelona past the post: Winning 1-0 over Atletico Madrid, last season's champions, at the Vincente Calderon, clinches the season title despite Real Madrid's 4-1 win today. This is their seventh title in ten years, with the Copa Del Rey and Champions League finals still to play.
NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 3: The NHL conference finals begin Saturday at 1 p.m. Eastern. Pick the two teams that will advance out of their conference and the number of games each series will require: Anaheim vs. Chicago and New York vs Tampa Bay. One extra point on winning picks for getting the number of games right. More extra points: Pick this playoff round's top goal scorer, top power play goal scorer, most penalized player (in minutes) and goalie with the best save percentage (starters only).
Corey Kluber Strikes Out 18 in 8, But Doesn't Pitch 9th: Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber had 18 strikeouts through eight innings last night against the St. Louis Cardinals, a performance ESPN's David Schoenfield suggests might have been "the greatest performance in major league history." He took a no-hitter into the seventh and was at 113 pitches with just one hit. He was two strikeouts from tying the record shared by Roger Clemens and Kerry Wood. But Brad Mills, who took Terry Francona's spot as manager after his ejection during the game, didn't send him out for the ninth. "Millsy knows what he's doing," Francona said afterwards.
NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls: The NFL has issued its punishment for the DeflateGate scandal: Quarterback Tom Brady is suspended four four games, the New England Patriots are fined $1 million and will lose two draft picks (a 2016 first rounder and 2017 fourth rounder). Last year's second-round pick Jimmy Garoppolo is expected get the starting nod against the Pittsburgh Steelers when the season gets underway September 10.
NFL Took Millions from U.S. Government to Salute the Troops: When the New York Jets paused to honor soldiers of the New Jersey Army National Guard at home games during the past four years, it was more than a heartfelt salute to the military -- it was also worth a good stack of taxpayer money, records show. The Department of Defense and the Jersey Guard paid the Jets a total of $377,000 from 2011 to 2014 for the salutes and other advertising, according to federal contracts. Overall, the Defense Department has paid 14 NFL teams $5.4 million during that time, of which $5.3 million was paid by the National Guard to 11 teams under similar contracts.