Review Category : National Sports

Everyday Heroes: WNBA Star on Raising Her Niece

Abby Bishop(NEW YORK) — On the basketball court, Abby Bishop is a fierce forward in the WNBA, set to make her return this month to the Seattle Storm.

Off the court, Bishop, 26, is still adjusting to life as a single mom to her nearly 2-year-old niece, Zala.

Bishop was able to gain legal guardianship of Zala after a medical condition made it unlikely her sister could care for the child, Bishop said.

Bishop told ABC News, “I decided to take Zala on instead of Zala going into foster care.”

Bishop says she took Zala home from the hospital when the newborn was just two days old in August 2013. At the time, Bishop was playing professional basketball in Australia and found herself in unchartered territory of navigating a rigorous team schedule while juggling the needs of a newborn.

“It wasn’t about me anymore,” Bishop said. “Life changed very quickly for me and I guess Zala definitely put everything into perspective for me.”

With her perspective changed, Bishop decided to withdraw from her team, the Australian Opals, just before the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women in Turkey.

“She was a small baby, and I had just taken on the responsibility of looking after her,” Bishop said. “I couldn’t just take her away and leave her in a hotel with somebody I didn’t really know.”

Bishop has hired a nanny to help with Zala as she brings her basketball talents back to the United States with the Storm.

“It has been a commitment financially [and] emotionally,” Bishop said. “I feel like I’ve missed out on a lot in a way but I haven’t because I’ve got Zala.”

“I’ve made it work purely just by managing it and finding a way,” she said. “I took her knowing that I could still do it, but I also took her knowing that if I was to never play basketball again, it wouldn’t matter to me.”

Bishop said even her own mom had doubts she would be able to balance motherhood with basketball, but she learned to use the doubts against her in her favor.

“There are lots of people that thought that I wouldn’t be able to do it, as well, and I think definitely my mom is one of them,” Bishop said. “She thought I wouldn’t be able to do it but I’m one of those people that thrive, I guess, off people telling me I can’t do things and the doubters — so, yeah, it’s made me work a little bit harder.”

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Ducks Take Series Lead with OT Win over Blackhawks

Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) — The Anaheim Ducks are just one win away from taking the Western Conference and heading to the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Ducks now lead the series 3-2 after a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime Monday night. Left wing Matt Beleskey scored the winning goal 45 seconds into OT during Game 5.

“First of all they’re a great team,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said of the Blackhawks after the game. “You just don’t go out there and say we’re going to win cause we’re good too, so putting them away, you’ve got to play your butt off for 60 minutes.”

The two teams will face off again in Chicago Wednesday night.

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Rockets Keep Season Alive with Game 4 Win over Warriors

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — The Houston Rockets still have a chance at making it to the NBA finals.

Thanks in part to a solid performance by guard James Harden, the team avoided being swept by the Golden State Warriors during Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals Monday night.

Harden scored a playoff career-high of 45 points, helping the Rockets defeat the Warriors 128-115. The Warriors now lead the series 3-1.

“We’ve got to do a better job of being consistent. We’re a really good team when we’re playing together — we’re moving the basketball, defensively we’re locked in — and tonight it showed,” Harden said after the game.

Game 5 is scheduled for Wednesday night in Oakland, California.

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NHL Playoffs: Lightning Stun Rangers, Take 3-2 Series Lead

christian ammann/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Tampa Bay Lightning stunned the crowd at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, beating the New York Rangers in a final score of 2-0.

Rangers fans originally entered the Garden confident the team would be one game away from the Stanley Cup, but they left anxious and angry as the team was blanked by the Lightning.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneaut tried to find a silver lining after his team’s Jekyll-and-Hyde-style offense went silent.

“I’ve got a lot of faith and trust in my players. They know how to prepare and they know how to get ready for games. For us this year, there’s going to be no bigger game than the next one, and I’m confident that we’re going to be ready for it,” he said late Sunday.

The Lightning now has a 3-2 series lead over the Rangers.

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Chicago Bears Release Ray McDonald Following Domestic Violence Arrest

Santa Clara Police Department(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) — The Chicago Bears released Ray McDonald on Monday after the defensive lineman was arrested earlier in the day on domestic violence and child endangerment charges.

McDonald was arrested at approximately 7 a.m. local time in California for allegedly assaulting a woman “while she was holding a baby,” according to Santa Clara police.

“We believe in second chances, but when we signed Ray we were very clear what our expectations were if he was to remain a Bears,” general manager Ryan Pace said in a statement from the team. “He was not able to meet the standard and the decision was made to release him.”

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Ray McDonald Arrested on Domestic Violence Charge

Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) — Chicago Bear defensive lineman Ray McDonald has been arrested in Northern California on domestic violence charges, according to Santa Clara police.

McDonald was taken into custody in Santa Clara.

McDonald was signed by the Bears back in March, after being released by the San Francisco 49ers amid several allegations of violence against women.

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NHL Playoffs: Lighting Stun Ranges, Take 3-2 Series Lead

christian ammann/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Tampa Bay Lightning stunned the crowd at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, beating the New York Rangers in a final score of 2-0.

Rangers fans originally entered the Garden confident the team would be one game away from the Stanley Cup, but they left anxious and angry as the team was blanked by the lightning.

Alain Vigneaut tried to find a silver lining after his team’s Jekyl and Hyde-style offense went silent.

“I’ve got a lot of faith and trust in my players. They know how to prepare and they know how to get ready for games. For us this year, there’s going to be no bigger game than the next one, and I’m confident that we’re going to be ready for it,” he said late Sunday.

The Lightning now takes a 3-2 series lead over the Rangers.

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NBA Playoffs: Cleveland Cavaliers Win 114-111, Take 3-0 Series Lead Over Atlanta Hawks

Tar_Heel_Rob/iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) — After winning two games in Atlanta, the Cavaliers returned to Cleveland for an overtime win Sunday over the Hawks.

LeBron James helped to put the Cavaliers ahead with a three-pointer shot in overtime in the 114-111 victory over the Hawks..

James also notched a triple double with 37 points and 13 assists, despite going 0 and 10 from the floor in the early part of the game.

After the game, James spoke of fighting through cramps throughout Game 3.

“I play though exhaustion and I play hard, and I give my teammates, and I give myself as much as I can give and sometimes the body shuts down at times and tonight that’s what happened at one point,” he said.

The Cavaliers hold a commanding 3 to 0 series lead, with Game 4 being held in Cleveland on Tuesday night.

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Indianapolis 500: Juan Pablo Montoya Holds Off Will Power to Win

Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — Juan Pablo Montoya outdueled Will Power and Scott Dixon over the final five laps to win the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

Montoya, who came into the race Verizon IndyCar Series points leader, won the Indy 500 for the second time — his first coming in 2000 when he was a rookie.

The three drivers traded the lead back and forth after a caution was lifted with less than 20 laps to go, and it wasn’t until there were less than three laps left that Montoya pulled ahead to eventually win the race.

From Jeff Gordon to David Letterman, here are some of the other biggest moments from Sunday’s 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

1. Jeff Gordon drives the pace car

NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon switched gears, acting as the official pace car driver for the Indy 500 and sharing the moment on Twitter. Gordon is orifinally from Pittsboro, Indiana.

2. First lap setbacks

In the first lap alone, Alex Taglianai’s car didn’t start and Conor Daly’s car caught fire, according to ABC News affiliate WRTV-TV.

Later on, in turn 2 of the first lap, Takuma Sato tried to pass Sage Karam, and their cars collided. Ryan Briscoe was also involved in the crash.

3. Crash takes Tony Kanaan out of the running

Tony Kanaan, who was considered one of the favorites coming in to the race, lost control and crashed into a wall with just under 50 laps remaining.

Kanaan stepped out of the damaged car and waved to the crowd, but his chances of winning a second Indy championship were gone.

4. David Letterman makes a post-retirement appearance

Just days after starting his retirement, Indianapolis native David Letterman came to show his support at the Indy 500.

Letterman isn’t new to the racing world — he actually began his on-camera career as a pit reporter, and he’s co-owner of the car driven on Sunday by Oriol Servia.

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NHL Playoffs: Blackhawks Outlast Ducks, Tie Series at 2

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Blackhawks outlasted the Anaheim Ducks Saturday night in Chicago, taking a 5-4 double overtime win over Anaheim.

Antoine Vermett scored the winning goal Saturday night, and spoke about it afterward.

“This time of the year you don’t want to make an individual or a personal story,” Vermett said.”The main focus is about the team’s success and that’s what matters. So I’m glad we won tonight.”

The series is tied a two games apiece, and heads back to Anaheim.

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