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BC-AP Sports Digest

May 20, 2019

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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. _ Brooks Koepka should know as well as anyone that nothing in golf comes easily. He spent three days setting records at Bethpage Black in the PGA Championship, and then the toughest day of his career turned into the most rewarding. No sooner did he beat Dustin Johnson by two strokes in the PGA than Koepka was installed as a 5-1 favorite to win the U.S. Open. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 3 a.m.


TORONTO_ Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points, including eight in the second overtime, and the Toronto Raptors beat Milwaukee 118-112 on to cut the Bucks’ lead to 2-1 in the Eastern Conference finals. Pascal Siakam had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Norman Powell scored 19 points before fouling out, and Marc Gasol had 16 points and 12 rebounds. By Ian Harrison. SENT: 800 words, photos.


SAN JOSE, Calif. _ Jaden Schwartz scores three times to help St. Louis beat the San Jose Sharks 5-0 in Game 5 of the Western Conference final, moving the Blues to the brink of their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final in nearly a half-century. Vladimir Tarasenko scored on a penalty shot, and Jordan Binnington made 21 saves. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 950 words, photos.


ASHBURN, Va. _ The Redskins hope their rest and recovery methods and technology prevent and reduce injuries after leading the NFL in most players on season-ending injured reserve last year. Washington’s players have access to laser and cryotherapy, sensory-deprivation float pods and custom mattresses in an effort to be more rested, focused and healthier. Trainer Larry Hess says progress is already being made in cutting down on preventable injuries. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos by 3 a.m.



BALTIMORE _ Trainer Mark Casse says there’s an “extremely good shot” Preakness winner War of Will runs in the Belmont on June 8 in New York. There won’t be a Kentucky Derby rematch with Maximum Security, who was disqualified for interfering with War of Will, or Country House, who was placed first and since been sidelined by illness. Tacitus, surprise Preakness second-place finisher Everfast and third-place Owendale could challenge War of Will. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 730 words, photos.


PORTLAND, Ore._ Draymond Green has taken on a more mature persona in the playoffs while leading the Golden State Warriors to a 3-0 advantage over the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals. The 6-foot-7 power forward has pushed the team in the absence of Kevin Durant. Game 4 is set for Monday. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 850 words, photos.


PORTLAND, Ore. _ Portland’s Damian Lillard says he hurt his ribs in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors. Lillard confirmed the injury a day after the Trail Blazers lost Game 3 to fall behind 3-0 in the series. He says the separated ribs injury is painful but isn’t affecting his game and he will continue to play through it. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 420 words, photos.


BOSTON _ Michael Chavis homered, Xander Bogaerts hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning and the Boston Red Sox averted a sweep against Houston with a 4-3 victory that snapped the Astros’ 10-game winning streak. Mookie Betts scored three runs for Boston, which lost the first two games in the first meeting with the Astros since beating them in the 2018 AL Championship Series. By Ken Powtak. SENT: 850 words, photos.


With players all over the American League’s offensive leaderboards, the Houston Astros have opened a sizable lead in the AL West. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 a.m.


INDIANAPOLIS _ Fernando Alonso and McLaren missed the Indianapolis 500 after a 23-year-old American in a rebuilt race car for an underfunded team snagged the final spot in the field. Kyle Kaiser bumped Alonso out of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” by .02 mph in the “Last Row Shootout” to set the 33-driver field. Max Chilton and Patricio O’Ward were both eliminated with Alonso. Sage Karam and James Hinchcliffe joined Kaiser in the field. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 200 words. SENT: 970 words, photos.


The Greatest Spectacle in Racing has long been synonymous with the Wide World of Sports. But for the first time in the iconic history of the Indianapolis 500, fans will have to flip from ABC to NBC to catch the Memorial Day weekend tradition. The network acquired the rights to the race and the rest of the IndyCar Series. It is ushering in a new era for the race. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 3 a.m.


ROME _ Rafael Nadal is right back where he wants to be. After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Nadal dominated for stretches against his longtime rival, Novak Djokovic, in a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 win Sunday for a record-extending ninth Italian Open title. It marked the first time in an Open Era-record 54 meetings, and in their 142nd set against each other, that Nadal won a set against Djokovic without conceding a game _ otherwise known as a bagel. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 850 words, photos.


Monday Time Schedule (EDT)


Golden State at Portland, 9 p.m.


Boston at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.

Oakland at Cleveland, 6:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Washington at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

Seattle at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Philadelphia at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

Atlanta at San Francisco, 9:45 p.m.

Minnesota at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.

Arizona at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.

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