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Allen Kee / ESPN Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Golden State Warriors' coach Seve Kerr insisted once again that Stephen Curry's two-game slump is not because of Curry's injured right knee, according to ESPN.

Curry's recent poor performance is so unexpected that people are speculating whether he is really bothered by the sprained MCL he suffered in Game 4 of the opening-round series against the Houston Rockets.

"Nobody has said anything about Steph being 70 percent to me," Kerr said referring to a Yahoo! Sports report that quoted a non-Warriors source as saying Curry is playing at 70 percent. "Training staff, relatives, friends, sources with knowledge of the team's thinking -- nobody has told me he's 70 percent. Evidently they told the media but not me."

ESPN reports that Kerr acknowledged Curry has not been as "explosive" during the past two games, but he said it's due to the rigorous series that offers little time for rest and recovery.

"It's the playoffs, and nobody cares," Kerr said of Curry's knee. "Everybody has issues and injuries."

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iStock/Thinkstock(EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.) -- After Wednesday's session of the Minnesots Vikings' organized team activities, kicker Blair Walsh told reporters that he has moved on from that tough miss that brought the Vikings' 2015 season to an end.

Walsh was referring to the 27-yard field goal that he missed wide left in the final seconds of the Vikings' 10-9 wild card loss to the Seattle Seahawks, according to ESPN.

Walsh told reporters that he is no longer thinking about that miss on a daily basis.

"My common message is, it's one moment," Walsh said. "It won't define me."

ESPN reports Walsh will play in the first season of the four-year contract extension he signed with Minnesota last summer.

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Allen Kee / ESPN Images(BUFFALO , N.Y.) -- Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley admitted in a statement he issued Wednesday that he "used a poor choice of words" while discussing whether humans' bodies were made to withstand playing football during a radio interview, ESPN reports.

"Clearly I used a poor choice of words in my comment yesterday [Tuesday] morning," the statement read. "As a former player who has the utmost respect and love for the game, the point that I was trying to make is that football is a physical game and injuries are a part of it."

The statement comes after Whaley responded to a question about whether Bills receiver Sammy Watkins is prone to injuries in an interview with Buffalo radio station WGR 550.

"This is the game of football," Whaley had said. "Injuries are a part of it. It's a violent game that I personally don't think humans are supposed to play."

According to ESPN, Whaley retracted that comment, commending the benefits of playing football and the advances in safety in the league.

"Playing football no doubt is very physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging, and that is all part of what makes the game so compelling to play and watch," he said in the statement. "The game has more protection for players now than ever, thanks largely to the safety advancements and numerous rule changes made by our league and promoted to all levels of football. I believe our game continues to have a bright future and I hope that this statement provides clarity as to the intent of my earlier comment."

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Allen Kee / ESPN Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Don't count them out just yet.

Despite now trailing the Western Conference Finals 3-1 to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry says, "The series isn't over."

"We've got to believe in ourselves," Curry said after his team lost 118-94 to the Thunder in Game 4 Tuesday. "There's obviously frustration."

Tuesday night's defeat was the second straight loss for the Warriors and marked the first time the team, which set an NBA record this year for the most wins (73) in a regular season, lost back to back games.

"It's a terrible feeling once again not stepping up and being ourselves and playing our game," Curry told reporters. "But I think we're a special team. This isn't how we're going to go out."

The Warriors will have a chance to get back in the series on Thursday when they return home to Oakland, California for Game 5. Should Golden State lose, they will be eliminated from the playoffs.

"The idea now is to go home and get one win," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "Do that, and we put some pressure on them and we'll see what happens."

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Courtesy Window World Stinger(INDIANAPOLIS) — The Indianapolis 500 is kicking off its 100-year anniversary by auctioning off an iconic car to help children fighting cancer.

For racing fans, The Stinger is a priceless piece of history. It is an interpretation of the Marmon Wasp, the car known for winning the first-ever Indianapolis 500.

Commissioned by exterior remodeling company Window World, The Stinger celebrates a century of Indy 500 legends. Veteran driver John Andretti traveled thousands of miles across the country to have the car signed by Indy 500 veterans.

With nearly 250 signatures, including those from four-time winners A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears and Al Unser Sr., it is considered to be one of the greatest rolling autograph collections in motorsports.

“This is such a unique car marked by the fearless spirit of so many veteran drivers. We’re confident we will see bidding amounts beyond our wildest dreams — all to help children have a future they deserve,” Andretti said.

The car will be auctioned off May 25, four days ahead of the race at the Dallara IndyCar Factory. All of the money made will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

“We anticipate it will sell for $1 million or more. While The Stinger is a trophy for an elite group of drivers, it is more importantly a symbol of hope for children battling for their lives.”

Several other items will be sold at the auction, including tickets for a private tour of Jay Leno’s garage, an evening at Jimmy Kimmel Live, a Grand Prix of Sonoma weekend package, an Indy 500 Experience package and other memorabilia.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
Tampa Bay 4, Miami 3
Detroit 3, Philadelphia 1
Boston 8, Colorado 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Texas 4, L.A. Angels 1 
Kansas City 7, Minnesota 4 
Cleveland 6, Chi White Sox 2 
Houston 3, Baltimore 2, 13 Innings 
Seattle 6 , Oakland 5 
N-Y Yankees 6, Toronto 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh 12, Arizona 1
L.A. Dodgers 8, Cincinnati 2 
San Francisco 8, San Diego 2 
Washington 7, N-Y Mets 4
Milwaukee 2, Atlanta 1
Chi Cubs 12, St. Louis 3

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Oklahoma City 118, Golden State 94

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Pittsburgh 5, Tampa Bay 2

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Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will sport patriotic designs on their cars when they race at Charlotte Motor Speedway during Memorial Day weekend.

Johnson will have a red, white and blue paint scheme on his No. 48 car, while Earnhardt will have a stars-and-stripes theme on his No. 88 car.

In addition, the nameplates on the windshields of Hendrick Motorsports' four cars will be replaced by the names of fallen soldiers.

“NASCAR has always had a close relationship with the military of our country, and honors a family weekly who has lost someone,” Earnhardt says in a story published on his team's website. “We always have service men and women out to the track as guests. That’s always been an important addition to the weekend. I like that we ramp it up for this particular weekend."

Charlotte Motor Speedway will host the Sprint Cup Series' Coca-Cola 600 this Sunday.

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ESPN(NEW YORK) -- It wouldn't be the ESPYS without the Jimmy V Perseverance Award, and this year's recipient couldn't be more deserving.

Craig Sager, 64, was diagnosed with leukemia just two years ago and has shared his battle with the sports world while still working on the sidelines at TNT.

“Over the last two years, I’ve done everything in my power to live my life as normally as possible. But at times, you need support and I’m so thankful to everyone who has been there for me," the 2016 honoree said Tuesday in a press release from ESPN.

Sager -- who has gotten love and support not only from his co-workers these past two years, but also the players and coaches he covers daily -- will join the likes of the greats, George Karl, Stuart Scott and Leah and Devon Still, all past Jimmy V Award winners.

The announcement fittingly was made Tuesday night during game 4 of the Western Conference Finals, which Sager is covering.

The Jimmy V Award is named in honor of the late, great Jim Valvano, who gave his iconic "never give up" speech at the ESPYS more than 20 years ago.

"I have his speech saved on my phone and, now 23 years later, its impact lives on with me and countless others. There is no greater honor than receiving this award and I am very humbled," Sager added.

Senior Vice President of ESPN Films Connor Schell said Sager's "dedication to continuing the career he loves in spite of this difficult illness is the very definition of perseverance and we’re proud to honor Craig at this year’s ESPYS."

The ESPYS air July 13 on ABC.

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Leon Bennett/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The University of California, Los Angeles, has reached an endorsement deal with Under Armour worth a record $280 million over 15 years.

The deal, which begins July 1, 2017, is the largest apparel deal in the history of the NCAA according to the Los Angeles Times, and it comes after UCLA's Adidas deal was set to expire.

"UCLA has always been about challenging the status quo and breaking through barriers,'' UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said in a statement according to ESPN. "Under Armour shares those core values. They are about more than simply making athletes look good, they constantly pursue innovation in order to make athletes better."

Under Armour is the latest athletic brand to sign a record sponsorship deal. Nike has signed deals with Ohio State and Texas worth about $250 million each, and Michigan switched from Adidas to Nike in a deal worth about $16 million per year for 11 years.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- It's official.

The National Football League announced the sites for Super Bowls 53, 54, 55 on Tuesday during the owners' meetings in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Super Bowl LIII is scheduled to be in Atlanta for the 2019 season, South Florida will host Super Bowl LIV (2020), and Super Bowl LV will be in Los Angeles for 2021.

All three of the cities have upgraded their stadiums or will have new stadiums in time for the hosting gigs.

Los Angeles will be hosting a Super Bowl for the first time since 1993 as the relocated Los Angeles Rams will be in the new Inglewood stadium scheduled to open in 2019.

South Florida last hosted a Super Bowl in 2010 and Atlanta last hosted the game in 2000.

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