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Chevy makes the best of exec's nervous speech

Chevy makes the best of executive's nervous World Series MVP presentation
Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

DETROIT - Shortly before 9 a.m. on the day after the worst night of his life, Rikk Wilde got the phone call from his big boss at General Motors.

Yes, he committed a nationally televised, major-league blooper while presenting pickup truck keys to the World Series MVP. No, he wouldn't be fired. Now get out there and sell some trucks.

Honda Indy Toronto moves to mid-June

Honda Indy Toronto gets new date on 2015 calendar, down to one race from two
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The Honda Indy Toronto event is moving to a mid-June spot on the 2015 IndyCar calendar and returning to a single-race format.

The street race near Exhibition Place will be held June 14 — over a month earlier than its usual time — so it doesn't conflict with the July 10-26 Pan Am Games.

FIFA cuts World Cup video over Crimea map

FIFA sorry for World Cup 2018 launch video which showed Crimea as part of Russia
The Associated Press

MOSCOW - FIFA has expressed regret on Thursday after its video launching the logo for the 2018 World Cup showed the disputed Crimean peninsula as part of Russia.

The video, broadcast as the logo was beamed onto Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre on Tuesday, included a map of host nation Russia, including Crimea.

The clip was commissioned by Russia's World Cup organizing committee from a "local creative agency" and has now been edited to remove the "short sequence in question," FIFA says.

Bianchi family says injured driver still critical

Bianchi family says injured F1 driver remains in critical condition 1 month after crash
The Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas - The family of injured Formula One driver Jules Bianchi said Thursday he is still in critical condition but stable one month after his crash at the Japanese Grand Prix.

The French driver sustained a severe head injury when his car hit a mobile crane that was inside the trackside barriers to collect another car. He remains in a hospital in Japan.

The family statement was released by team Marussia, which will not race this week at the U.S. Grand Prix because of financial problems.

Lewan makes plea deal in Michigan assault case

Titans rookie Taylor Lewan makes plea deal to resolve assault case involving Ohio State fan
Ed White, The Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Tennessee Titans rookie Taylor Lewan pleaded guilty Thursday to being drunk and disorderly in a plea deal that will put him on probation for a confrontation involving an Ohio State fan.

Lewan, a former Michigan offensive tackle, was accused of hitting the fan, hours after the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines in Ann Arbor last season, 42-41. He was originally charged with aggravated assault and assault and battery.

FIFA launches campaign to combat match-fixing

FIFA, Interpol, FIFPro launch joint campaign to combat match-fixing
The Associated Press

TOKYO - FIFA, international players' union FIFPro and Interpol have launched a campaign to combat match-fixing.

The aim of the campaign, launched at the FIFPro Congress in Tokyo, is to raise awareness of the dangers of match-fixing, to provide positive role models for players and to educate them on how to recognize, resist and report attempts to fix matches.

To start the campaign, the three organizations are releasing a DVD produced by Interpol that provides players with information they need to help fight match-fixing.

Hamburg files criminal complaint against intruder

Hamburg files complaint against pitch intruder who hit Franck Ribery with scarf
The Associated Press

HAMBURG - Hamburger SV says it has filed a criminal complaint against a spectator who ran on to the field and hit Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery in the face with a scarf in added time of their German Cup match Wednesday.

The complaint could lead to criminal charges. The Bundesliga club says it will also impose a stadium ban for the fan, who was not publicly identified.

The man was seized by security guards and turned over to the police. Hamburg, which lost 3-1, apologized to Bayern and Ribery immediately after the match. Bayern said it planned no action.

Giants ace Bumgarner wins World Series MVP

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner gives Royals the Bum's rush, wins World Series MVP with 3 gems
Ben Walker, The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Madison Bumgarner was limbering up at Kauffman Stadium this week, getting loose with his San Francisco teammates near the dugout, when Tim Hudson and Michael Morse sneaked up from behind and ruffled the pitcher's long, scraggly locks.

That was way too hairy for Bumgarner. He quickly spun and playfully sparred with the mischief makers.

They were about the only ones who could touch Bumgarner in this World Series.

Bumgarner, Giants beat KC 3-2 to win World Series

A giant: Bumgarner comes out of 'pen, San Francisco beats Royals 3-2 for 3rd title in 5 years
Ronald Blum, The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A giant, indeed.

Madison Bumgarner punctuated a World Series performance for the ages by pitching the San Francisco Giants to their third championship in five years with a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

The big left-hander came out of the bullpen to throw five scoreless innings on two days' rest, saving a Series pushed to the limit. And by winning Game 7 on the road, Bumgarner and the Giants succeeded where no team had in 3 1/2 decades.

Wednesday's Scoreboard

Wednesday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

Wednesday's Games

(All times Eastern)

World Series Game 7

San Francisco 3 Kansas City 2

(Giants win series 4-3)

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NHL

Detroit 4 Washington 2

Nashville 4 Edmonton 1

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NBA

Charlotte 108 Milwaukee 106

Indiana 103 Philadelphia 91

Boston 121 Brooklyn 105

Miami 107 Washington 95

Toronto 109 Atlanta 102

Memphis 105 Minnesota 101

Chicago 104 New York 80

Denver 89 Detroit 79

Houston 104 Utah 93

Phoenix 119 L.A. Lakers 99

Golden State 95 Sacramento 77

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