OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors have reached the NBA Finals for the first time since 1975 by beating the Houston Rockets 104-90 last night. Stephen (STEH’-fehn) Curry overcame a poor shooting night to register 26 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while teammate Harrison Barnes scored 13 of his 24 points in the final period. James Harden had a terrible night for the Rockets, setting an NBA playoff record with 13 turnovers and scoring 14 points on just 2 of 11 shooting.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Ducks 5-2 last night to force a seventh game in the NHL’s Western Conference finals Saturday at Anaheim. Andrew Shaw scored twice, Duncan Keith had three assists and Corey Crawford handled 30 shots as the Hawks staved off elimination. Brandon Saad (sahd), Marian Hossa (HOH’-sah) and Patrick Kane scored during a 3:45 span of the second period to put the Hawks ahead 3-0.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A person familiar with the search says the San Jose Sharks will introduce former Florida and New Jersey bench boss Peter DeBoer (deh-BOHR’) later this week. DeBoer guided the Devils to the 2012 Stanley Cup finals but was fired last December after going 205-183-70 with the team. He would replace Todd McLellan, who was let go after compiling 311-163-66 mark with three division titles and six playoff appearances in seven seasons with San Jose.
ZURICH (AP) — Law enforcement officials pulled FIFA (FEE’-fuh) executives from a luxury Swiss hotel yesterday to face racketeering charges, while regional offices in Miami were raided. Swiss officials also invaded FIFA headquarters, seizing records and computers to investigate whether the decisions to award World Cups to Russia and Qatar were rigged. The raids and charges are part of an attack spearheaded by the U.S. government, which accuses FIFA of deep-seated and brazen corruption in soccer’s global governing body.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves have finally pulled off a trade that was initially nixed when infielder Alberto Callaspo (ky-AS’-poh) exercised a provision in the collective bargaining agreement. The Dodgers get Callaspo, lefty Eric Stults, southpaw Ian Thomas and right-hander Juan Jaime from the Braves for third baseman Juan Uribe (yoo-REE’-bay) and pitcher Chris Withrow. Callaspo finally agreed to the deal after rejecting it under a clause that allows a player to veto any trade on or before June 15th if he signed a free-agent contract the previous offseason.