Tuesday's Morning Mashup: Stanley Cup arrives late to Blackhawks' party

June 16, 2015 - 4:14 am

Welcome to Tuesday's Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire. TUESDAY'S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: MLB: Braves at Red Sox, 4:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM) MLB: Mariners at Giants, 3:45 p.m. (MLB Network) MLB: Nationals at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network) MLB: Diamondbacks at Angels, 10:05 p.m. (MLB Network) NBA: Finals, Warriors at Cavaliers, 9 p.m. (ABC; WEEI-AM) Soccer: Women's World Cup, Nigeria vs. United States, 8 p.m. (Fox) Soccer: Women's World Cup, Ecuador vs. Japan, 5 p.m. (FS1) Soccer: Women's World Cup, Australia vs. Sweden, 8 p.m. (FS1) AROUND THE WEB: -- The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup with Monday's Game 6 win over the Lightning, but when the game ended there was no Stanley Cup in the building. Due in part to flooding and road closures in Chicago, the Cup was late to the party. It left its hotel outside the city at puck drop, but even a police escort that reportedly reached speeds of 100 mph couldn't get it to the United Center on time. "Mother Nature was not a hockey fan tonight," Cup supervisor Phil Pritchard told ESPN.com. The Cup eventually arrived about 10 minutes after the Blackhawks closed out their 2-0 victory, and the players were able to celebrate with it in the usual fashion, parading it around the ice. While the Blackhawks have won three championships in the past six seasons, this marked the first time they have clinched the title at home since 1938. Coincidentally, when Chicago won in 1938, the Cup was not there -- reportedly having been kept in Toronto in anticipation of the heavily favored Maple Leafs winning the series. -- The Warriors are looking to close out the NBA Finals in Tuesday night's Game 6 against the injury-depleted Cavaliers, and one of the topics of discussion over the past couple of days has been: Will LeBron James win the MVP even if his team loses? The last losing player to win a Finals MVP was Jerry West, after his Lakers lost to the Celtics in 1969, and James appears poised to become the next -- unless he can lead a Cleveland resurgence, or unless Warriors star Steph Curry has a huge closeout game to make up for his mid-series struggles. According to a chart compiled by the website fivethirtyeight.com, James -- averaging a near triple-double at 36.6 points, 12.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists -- is having the best Finals of the past 30 years. Following Kyrie Irving's series-ending injury late in Game 1, James has had to carry the Cavs -- in Game 5 he was involved in 70 of his team's 91 points via his shooting and passing. James isn't ready to give in, noting after Sunday's Game 5 loss in which he had 40 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, "I feel confident because I'm the best player in the world. It's that simple." Said Cavaliers coach David Blatt: "LeBron has been tremendous -- [that is] even an understatement for how he's played in the series. Under the current set of circumstances, that's what we've got to get, and he's bringing it. You don't see that every day, what he's doing. You've got to take your hat off to him, too." James finished third in balloting for regular-season MVP, behind Curry and Rockets guard James Harden. -- Former FIFA official Chuck Blazer was working as an informant for the FBI the last four years as part of a plea deal with investigators who suspected him of corruption, according to court documents unsealed Monday. Blazer, who agreed to plead guilty to 10 bribery and tax-related charges, is expected to receive a lighter sentence -- possibly no jail time -- for his cooperation that led to the indictment of 14 soccer executives and business associates. Blazer also will forfeit almost $2 million he allegedly received in bribes, kickbacks and illegal sales of World Cup tickets, and pay the IRS $11 million he owed in unpaid taxes. The 70-year-old served as CONCACAF's secretary general from 1990 until 2011 and as a member of FIFA's executive committee from 1997 until 2013. In testimony released two weeks ago (but with Blazer identified only as "Co-Conspirator #1"), Blazer admitted that he and others took bribes fro the 1998 and 2010 World Cups and five Gold Cups. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 16, 1978, which Red Sox player announced he was quitting the team, directing his anger at manager Don Zimmer and general manager Haywood Sullivan, only to return the following day? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "We won it for each other, for the city. In so many ways, winning a championship like this in our home city, I think really transcends the sport. Everyone wants to be a part of it. It's amazing." -- Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews, after Chicago won its third Stanley Cup in six seasons with Monday's 2-0 victory over the Lightning STAT OF THE DAY: 7 -- Consecutive losses for the Red Sox, after Monday's 4-2 loss to the Braves 'NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The Mets rally for two runs with two outs in the 11th inning for a walkoff win over the Blue Jays, ending Toronto's 11-game winning streak. Astros outfielder George Springer hits two home runs and make two great catches in right field in a win over the Rockies. Braves left fielder Jonny Gomes lays out in left field to steal a hit from former Red Sox teammate Dustin Pedroia. Diamondbacks infielder Cliff Pennington fills in as an emergency left fielder and enjoys his time there, making a catch and throwing out an Angles runner at second base. TRIVIA ANSWER: Pitcher Bill Lee SOOTHING SOUNDS: Gino Vannelli was born on this day in 1952.

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