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Chris Soules to Serve as Grand Marshal of NASCAR Race

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) — ABC’s most recent “Bachelor,” Chris Soules, will serve as a grand marshal of a NASCAR race this weekend.

Soules, who also competed this spring on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, will make an appearance at a Camping World Truck Series race in his native Iowa on Friday night. The Camping World Truck Series is a third-tier NASCAR series.

Soules will utter the phrase “Drivers, start your engines!” prior to the American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen at Iowa Speedway.

The reality star and farmer will be a guest of Sygenta and Growth Energy, the company behind Enogen corn enzyme technology for ethanol production. He says in a statement, “I am the third generation of our family owned and operated farm, and I am honored to be a part of Syngenta’s story….I’m particularly glad to be part of a great event in my backyard at Iowa Speedway.”

Fox Sports 1 will broadcast Soules’ appearance as part of its coverage of the race.

Soules announced in late May that he and the woman he proposed to on The Bachelor, Whitney Bischoff, had split.

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Andre Iguodala Was Key to Golden State Warriors’ NBA Championship

Jason Miller/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — The MVP of the 2015 NBA Finals isn’t a superstar, lacking the name recognition of Stephen Curry and LeBron James.

The Most Valuable Player wasn’t even a starter this season.

No, the Bill Russell Award was handed to Golden State Warriors shooting guard Andre Iguodala, a steady veteran player who scored 25 points in Tuesday’s championship-clinching 105-97 win.

The Springfield, Illinois native, 31, was drafted in 2004 and played with the Philadelphia 76ers for the first eight seasons of his career. He later spent one season in Denver before signing with Golden State in 2013.

The Warriors’ acquisition of Iguodala marked a flashpoint in the team’s push for its first title since 1975, signaling a shift from a free-agent wasteland to a destination. Iguodala wanting to play for Golden State brought credibility to the team’s ascent and helped to round out the roster beyond backcourt mates Curry and Klay Thompson.

Iguodala averaged 16.3 points, 4 assists and 5.8 rebounds during the Finals. He was also tasked with guarding James, holding the self-described best player in the world to 38.1 percent shooting from the field. He earned his first start of the season in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. The Warriors won that game, 103-82, and the next two after that with Iguodala in the starting lineup.

Iguodala hugged Curry after the Game Six victory, champions at last.

“This was awesome,” Iguodala said following his team’s victory. “We talked about staying strong, stay with it. That was Coach’s motto the whole playoffs. Stay with it. They kept fighting. This is unreal.”

Beyond the court, Iguodala is known for his humanitarian work. He established the Andre Iguodala Disaster Relief Fund in 2006 to assist tornado victims in his hometown. He’s also fashion-focused, offering style insights on his website, Mindofai9.com.

Iguodala won gold medals playing for the USA Men’s National Team at the 2012 Olympics and 2010 FIBA World Championship. Now he has a new item for his trophy case. Following Tuesday’s ceremony, Iguodala let his 7-year-old son, also named Andre, carry the Bill Russell Award.

“He did, like great, very good,” the boy said, echoing his father’s words, a championship cap draped over his ears. “He was balling. Hitting buckets all day.”

“What are we gonna work on?” the father said.

“Free throws,” the son said.

“No love! No love,” the NBA Finals MVP responded.

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Andre Iguodala Was Key to Golden State Warriors’ NBA Championship

Jason Miller/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — The MVP of the 2015 NBA Finals isn’t a superstar, lacking the name recognition of Stephen Curry and LeBron James.

The Most Valuable Player wasn’t even a starter this season.

No, the Bill Russell Award was handed to Golden State Warriors shooting guard Andre Iguodala, a steady veteran player who scored 25 points in Tuesday’s championship-clinching 105-97 win.

The Springfield, Illinois native, 31, was drafted in 2004 and played with the Philadelphia 76ers for the first eight seasons of his career. He later spent one season in Denver before signing with Golden State in 2013.

The Warriors’ acquisition of Iguodala marked a flashpoint in the team’s push for its first title since 1975, signaling a shift from a free-agent wasteland to a destination. Iguodala wanting to play for Golden State brought credibility to the team’s ascent and helped to round out the roster beyond backcourt mates Curry and Klay Thompson.

Iguodala averaged 16.3 points, 4 assists and 5.8 rebounds during the Finals. He was also tasked with guarding James, holding the self-described best player in the world to 38.1 percent shooting from the field. He earned his first start of the season in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. The Warriors won that game, 103-82, and the next two after that with Iguodala in the starting lineup.

Iguodala hugged Curry after the Game Six victory, champions at last.

“This was awesome,” Iguodala said following his team’s victory. “We talked about staying strong, stay with it. That was Coach’s motto the whole playoffs. Stay with it. They kept fighting. This is unreal.”

Beyond the court, Iguodala is known for his humanitarian work. He established the Andre Iguodala Disaster Relief Fund in 2006 to assist tornado victims in his hometown. He’s also fashion-focused, offering style insights on his website, Mindofai9.com.

Iguodala won gold medals playing for the USA Men’s National Team at the 2012 Olympics and 2010 FIBA World Championship. Now he has a new item for his trophy case. Following Tuesday’s ceremony, Iguodala let his 7-year-old son, also named Andre, carry the Bill Russell Award.

“He did, like great, very good,” the boy said, echoing his father’s words, a championship cap draped over his ears. “He was balling. Hitting buckets all day.”

“What are we gonna work on?” the father said.

“Free throws,” the son said.

“No love! No love,” the NBA Finals MVP responded.

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Obama Tweets Congrats to Chicago Blackhawks

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — President Obama took to Twitter to congratulate his Chicago Blackhawks on their Stanley Cup victory.

The Blackhawks won the 2015 Stanley Cup on Monday night, beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 in their third win in six years.

“Congrats to my hometown @NHLBlackhawks on 3 titles in 6 years – we’ll see you and The Cup at the White House,” the President tweeted.

It’s the first time the Blackhawks have won the championship on home ice since 1938.

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Members of Congress Wager On Stanley Cup

US Congress(WASHINGTON) — Congress’ Illinois delegation is going to be eating, drinking and even smoking well at the expense of their Florida colleagues, because of some friendly Stanley Cup wagers that are going to have to be paid out.

Three members of the Florida delegation bet some classic Sunshine State delicacies that their Tampa Bay Lightning would beat the Chicago Blackhawks – and four Illinois House members, led by U.S. Representative Mike Quigley, the co-chair of the Congressional Hockey Caucus, bet against that.

Now, this is what Quigley and his colleagues get to collect:

Rep. David Jolly (FL-13): Grouper sandwiches
Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-15): Fresh-squeezed Florida orange juice and Ybor City cigars
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12): Tarpon Springs Sponges and baklava

The senior senators from the two Stanley Cup finalist states also wagered a bet – Sen. Bill Nelson now has to give Sen. Dick Durbin some Cuban sandwiches. Durbin also took to the Senate floor Tuesday to praise his Hawks: “Last night was so much fun for all of us to watch that victory,” he said.

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Cleveland Cavaliers Star Matthew Dellavedova Befriends Ohio Teen With Cancer After Escorting Her to Prom

Courtesy Julie Custer(CLEVELAND) — Ever since Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Matthew Dellavedova escorted Jackie Custer to a prom earlier this year, they’ve remained friends — and the Canton, Ohio, teen says the hoops star has become an “inspiration” in her battle with leukemia.

The two often communicate on Twitter, where they tweet or direct message each other, Custer, 17, told ABC News on Tuesday. She added that Dellavedova has given her tickets and VIP passes to games to meet him and has even given her a signed jersey.

“He’s a big inspiration for me in the way that he’s stepping up and fighting even harder despite the fact that a lot of former players have left,” Custer said. “He inspires me to keep fighting and never give up in my own battle.”

Custer, who’s also a point guard for her high school’s basketball team, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia last year after she came home with a swollen arm after practice one day, she said.

She met Dellavedova last March at “A Prom to Remember” at Akron Children’s Hospital, where a few Cleveland Cavalier and Browns players volunteered to escort patients from their limos to the prom.

“There was a lady there who said I could pick any of the players to escort me to prom, so I chose him,” she said. “It was the greatest night of my life. It was so amazing.”

The escorts also included Cavs power forward Anderson Varejao and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Brian Hartline, but Custer chose Dellavedova, according to a news release from the hospital.

“I told him I was a basketball player, and when he found out I was also a point guard, he was excited that we played the same position,” Custer said. “He also asked me how far I thought the Cavs would go, and I said all the way.”

After the magical night was over, Custer tweeted at the Cavs star to let him know she had an extra copy of their prom picture, she said, adding that she wanted to get it to him at an upcoming game against the Chicago Bulls she planned to attend.

“He messaged me on Twitter and told me he could get my family and I passes to go down and see him at the end of the game,” Custer said. “When I saw him, I gave him the photo and we took lots of pictures, talked about the game. And he even had a little present for me. It was a signed jersey.”

As he prepares for Game 6 of the NBA Finals Tuesday, in which the Cavaliers face possible elimination, Dellavedova did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment. But he has found time for Custer.

Just last night, Dellavedova messaged Custer again, giving her and her father tickets to see him play in tonight’s big game against the Golden State Warriors, she said.

“I just want to tell him, ‘Good luck, and play hard,’ because tonight could be his last game of the season,” Custer said. “I’d also want to tell him to give it 100 percent, but I know he always does.”

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FBI Investigating St. Louis Cardinals for Allegedly Hacking Houston Astros

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The FBI is investigating the St. Louis Cardinals for allegedly hacking a database belonging to the Houston Astros, a federal law enforcement official said.

Major League Baseball said in a statement the league “has been aware of and has fully cooperated with the federal investigation into the illegal breach of the Astros’ baseball operations database.”

The Cardinals, one of baseball’s most celebrated teams, acknowledged the federal probe, saying in a statement, “The St. Louis Cardinals are aware of the investigation into the security breach of the Houston Astros’ database. The team has fully cooperated with the investigation and will continue to do so.” Citing the ongoing investigation, the team declined to comment further.

The database, nicknamed Ground Control according to the Houston Chronicle, was hacked last year. A law enforcement official told ABC News it contained internal information about Houston’s potential trades, scouting reports, contract information and other material that, if compromised, could be to a competing team’s advantage.

The Astros said the team is “actively cooperating” with the federal investigation and declined to comment further.

The commissioner’s office will wait until the investigation is over to determine whether discipline is warranted.

The Cardinals currently have baseball’s best record this season and are playing a home game this afternoon against Minnesota.

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FBI Investigating St. Louis Cardinals for Allegedly Hacking Houston Astros

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The FBI is investigating the St. Louis Cardinals for allegedly hacking a database belonging to the Houston Astros, a federal law enforcement official said.

Major League Baseball said in a statement the league “has been aware of and has fully cooperated with the federal investigation into the illegal breach of the Astros’ baseball operations database.”

The Cardinals, one of baseball’s most celebrated teams, acknowledged the federal probe, saying in a statement, “The St. Louis Cardinals are aware of the investigation into the security breach of the Houston Astros’ database. The team has fully cooperated with the investigation and will continue to do so.” Citing the ongoing investigation, the team declined to comment further.

The database, nicknamed Ground Control according to the Houston Chronicle, was hacked last year. A law enforcement official told ABC News it contained internal information about Houston’s potential trades, scouting reports, contract information and other material that, if compromised, could be to a competing team’s advantage.

The Astros said the team is “actively cooperating” with the federal investigation and declined to comment further.

The commissioner’s office will wait until the investigation is over to determine whether discipline is warranted.

The Cardinals currently have baseball’s best record this season and are playing a home game this afternoon against Minnesota.

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FBI Investigating St. Louis Cardinals in Houston Astros’ Data Breach

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The FBI is investigating an illegal breach of the Houston Astros baseball operations database by the St. Louis Cardinals.

The database contains internal information about trades, statistics and scouting reports.

Corporate espionage is commonly investigated by the FBI but this is the first known case involving one professional sports team’s alleged hack of another.

In a statement Tuesday, Major League Baseball said it would wait until the investigation is over before deciding what to do.

“Major League Baseball has been aware of and has fully cooperated with the federal investigation into the illegal breach of the Astros’ baseball operations database,” the league said. “Once the investigative process has been completed by federal law enforcement officials, we will evaluate the next steps and will make decisions promptly.”

The Cardinals, meanwhile, said in a statement that the team “has fully cooperated with the investigation and will continue to do so.”

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Olympian Bode Miller Is Fine Becoming a ‘Stay At Home Dad’

MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — For Bode Miller, family has always come first and always will.

“My family was first when I was 10 … and my family was first when I was 20 and 30,” he told ABC News on Monday. “As I come to the end of my career, more or less, it comes easier and easier.”

Now, with a family of his own, Miller has three children — daughter Neesyn and son Samuel (also called Nate), both from previous relationships, and newborn son Nash, who Miller’s wife Morgan welcomed this past May.

At age 37 with six Olympic medals to his storied career, Miller is fine spending more and more time at home. It’s something he learned from his father.

“My dad and mom weren’t 9-5ers,” he said. “As I grew up, I got to spend much more time with my dad, one-on-one than most kids do. That’s something I’m sort of passing on to my kids. I’ve made it a priority and a huge effort in my life to just spend the daily hours … just being able to be with them and sort of share things with no time restrictions.”

Miller didn’t comment specifically on his 2-year-old son Samuel, who the skier and his ex Sara McKenna co-parent after a lengthy custody battle last year. But, following a tough 2014 that included a lot of headlines in the media about Samuel, along with back surgery and a leg injury in 2015, Miller is focusing on the positives.

“I could see myself basically being essentially a stay at home dad,” adding that he isn’t worried about transitioning away from sports. “It’s an amazing life to undertake … it’s a huge responsibility to be there for your kids and to be able to commit that time … you’re there everyday, you never let them down.”

He added, “I couldn’t be in a better place … As I transition out of sports at a professional level, I just look forward to being able to have more time.”

“This is the most grounded and well-balanced I’ve been,” he continued. “Sports is not a natural homeostasis for people, there’s just a lot of stuff going on … now, my entire priority base and my life style is focused on things much closer to home … I’m not having to bend over backwards except for the people I love the most.”

Miller said his kids couldn’t be happier, as well.

“My daughter [born in 2008] is just a model young child,” he said. “She takes care of her little brother and watches after him. I would say she behaves better when she’s around him than she does when she’s by herself, because she is trying to be a role model for him or she tries to to correct his behavior or tell him how to do things, therefore does it better himself.”

The five-time Olympian spoke to ABC News in celebration of Father’s Day with Jose Cuervo’s Reserva de la Familia. Miller sat down to chat with his father Woody right by his side after giving his father a special Cuervo box with photos from his childhood.

“We both celebrate big events and celebrate our lives, our relationships with our family and with each other and our kids,” Miller said about his father. “[This event] is more just celebrating the relationships of fathers and sons. … It’s not that often you get to show appreciation for your dad, I think moms get it more. I love to show my appreciation.”

“I respect both my parents for making that choice, that they were really not gonna be helicopter parents,” he said of his father. “They let me make my own mistakes at a really young age.”

Speaking of mistakes and public perception, Miller said: “I think there have been a lot of misconceptions,” but that it has never mattered to him except that “[my father] he’s had to watch the judgement, I know that would be hard for me with my kids. Watching the world judge my kids and I would know different.”

Woody said, “I think it’s a little disturbing how people can think they know somebody from the media … I’ve always known who he is and there’s been no doubt in my mind to who Bode Miller is.”

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