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BC-AP Sports Digest

May 23, 2019

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Moe Berg was a big league catcher who became a big time spy during World War II. Filmmaker Aviva Kempner tells his story in a new documentary, and tells PodcastOne Sports Now that he was a mysterious character throughout his life. Listen at podcastonesports.com, the podcastone app and apple podcasts. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast

Coming off a surprising appearance in the Big Ten title game, Northwestern and coach Pat Fitzgerald replace a four-year starting quarterback with former five-star recruit this season. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Fitzgerald plays it coy with the Wildcats’ quarterback competition, but tackles college football’s transfer issues and talks about why the NFL couldn’t pull him away from his alma mater. Listen at podcastonesports.com, the podcastone app and apple podcasts. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast



MILWAUKEE _ The Bucks are back in Milwaukee looking to regain momentum in the Eastern Conference finals. Coach Mike Budenholzer believes the play of his bench will be a major factor in what happens against Toronto in Game 5 on Thursday. By Keith Jenkins. SENT: 890 words, photos.


Ada Hegerberg is the best player in women’s soccer but she will not be at the Women’s World Cup. The striker has chosen not to play for Norway since 2017 because of what she perceives to be a general disregard for women’s soccer in her country. It’s a blow for FIFA because Hegerberg has become a household name through her scoring exploits and for becoming the first ever female winner of the Ballon d’Or. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 870 words, photos by 3 a.m.


INDIANAPOLIS _ Folks like to wax poetic at the Indianapolis 500 about its traditions, whether it’s the three-wide starting grid or the milk in Victory Lane. But there has been a push recently for guaranteed starting positions, jeopardizing the tradition of “bump day.” And while old-timers may blanche at such an idea, the truth is plenty of traditions have gone by the wayside. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 a.m. With sidebars on Sage Karam, Jarrett Andretti.


NEW YORK _ It’s been a busy offseason for the WNBA with big names changing places, a new commissioner and sadly a few injuries to some of the games’ greatest players. The league will tip off its 23rd season on Friday with many teams hoping to win the championship this year. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 720 words, photos by 3 a.m. With preview capsules.



HOMER GLEN, Ill. _ Dan Carcillo isn’t fine and he knows it. Repeated blows to the head during his NHL career made him a different person at times during and certainly after he hung up his skates for good. Like a growing number of retired players, Carcillo doesn’t think much of how the league has handled head injuries and Gary Bettman’s steadfast refusal to acknowledge any link between blows to the head and mental health problems. Even with a recent court victory in hand, the NHL has not seen the controversial topic fade away even as it celebrates another Stanley Cup Final. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos, video by 3 a.m. With abridged version.


All these years later, men’s tennis is still all about the Big 3 as the sport heads to the French Open on May 26. Roger Federer returns to Roland Garros for the first time since 2015. Rafael Nadal seeks a record-extending _ and hard-to-fathom _ 12th title in Paris. Novak Djokovic bids to claim a fourth Grand Slam trophy in a row for the second time in his career, something neither of his two great rivals ever did even once. How much longer can this terrific trio continue to thrive? By Howard Fendrich and Andrew Dampf. SENT: 840 words, photos. With trivia quiz, men’s and women’s capsules, glance. All sent.



KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. _ NFL owners gave the competition committee the go-ahead Wednesday to decide whether to refine the new rule allowing replay challenges involving pass interference. The proposed tweak would take the decision on whether to review in the final two minutes of each half out of the hands of the officials. Reviews in the final two minutes would instead require a coach’s challenge. By Steven Wine. SENT: 910 words, photos. With coverage of organized team activities of select teams.


NEW YORK _ Rajai Davis took batting practice Wednesday afternoon in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The 38-year-old outfielder ended his night hitting a three-run homer that capped a thrilling eighth-inning rally for the New York Mets. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


BOSTON _ It’s been more than three months since the last championship parade in Boston, and the city is getting antsy. Sure, the Red Sox won the World Series last October. And the New England Patriots earned their sixth Super Bowl victory in February. But since then: Nothing. And Boston’s sports fans are counting on the Bruins to end the interminable title drought. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 630 words, photos.


NASCAR announced the $2 billion purchase of International Speedway Corp. on Wednesday, an aggressive move to gain control of key racetracks and set itself up for sweeping changes that could save America’s most popular racing series. By Mark Long. SENT: 940 words, photos. With CAR--NASCAR-Hall of Fame.


FIFA scrapped plans to expand the 2022 Qatar World Cup to 48 nations, deciding Wednesday to stick with 32 countries due to the political and logistical complexities of using another Persian Gulf nation. By Soccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 520 words, photos.


LAUSANNE, Switzerland _ Dealing a blow to Olympic boxing officials after months of investigations, the IOC has set up a vote next month on removing the sport’s governing body AIBA from organizing bouts at the 2020 Tokyo Games. However, the IOC intends to keep boxing’s 13 medal events on the Tokyo program. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 740 words, photos.


Thursday Time Schedule (EDT)

NBA Playoffs

Toronto at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m.


Washington at N.Y. Mets, 12:10 p.m.

Colorado at Pittsburgh, 12:35 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 12:35 p.m.

Boston at Toronto, 12:37 p.m.

Miami at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

Atlanta at San Francisco, 3:45 p.m.

Minnesota at L.A. Angels, 4:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Cleveland, 6:10 p.m.

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

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