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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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