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BOSTON — The Celtics host the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. This is the second straight conference finals meeting between the teams and eighth playoff matchup between them overall. LeBron James is trying to reach his eighth consecutive NBA Finals. The Celtics are seeking their first trip to the finals since 2010, when they got past James and the Cavs in the East semifinals. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 750 words. Game starts 3:30 p.m.
TAMPA, Fla. — Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals look to win on the road again and take a 2-0 lead over Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference final. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Webb Simpson had a seven-shot lead going into the last round of The Players Championship, a lead from which no one has ever lost in PGA Tour history. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— GLF--Players-Koepka. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 450 words, photo.
— GLF--Players-Notebook. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.
HOUSTON — The Golden State Warriors are in the unfamiliar position of opening on the road as they prepare for Game 1 of the Western Conference finals with the top-seeded Rockets in Houston on Monday night. It’s the first time the No. 2 Warriors have been in a playoff series without home-court advantage since 2014 when they lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 4-3 in the opening round. By Kristie Rieken.
STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Dustin Byfuglien is a big problem for opponents. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Winnipeg defenseman can do it all as the Vegas Golden Knights saw up close when he helped the Jets win Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
HKN--BUILDING THE JETS
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The Winnipeg Jets patiently built one of the NHL’s best teams by sticking with their general manager and coach, drafting well and making some moves that have panned out. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
DETROIT — Seattle’s James Paxton takes the mound for the first time since throwing a no-hitter at Toronto. Blaine Hardy starts for the Tigers. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started at 1:10 p.m.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani faces Fernando Romero in a tantalizing meeting of promising rookie pitchers when the Los Angeles Angels conclude their four-game series with the Minnesota Twins. Ohtani is 3-1 with 32 strikeouts in his first five starts, while Romero hasn’t allowed a run in his first two starts. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4:07 p.m.
CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs go for their sixth straight win when they face the crosstown White Sox in the finale of their weekend series. Kyle Hendricks goes for the Cubs, and Lucas Giolito pitches for the White Sox. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 2:20 p.m.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The nickname that Kevin Harvick was saddled with was supposed to be a playful jab at his occasional temper tantrums. But after setting a NASCAR record by winning for the fifth time in the first 12 races, Happy Harvick is just, well, pretty darn happy. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 750 words, photos.
INDIANAPOLIS — The throwback month is in full swing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Danica Patrick started tuning up for her final race more than a week ago. Helio Castroneves is already fielding questions about becoming the fourth four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500. The seemingly indestructible A.J. Foyt is back less than two months after surviving a second bout with killer bees. For race organizers it’s a dream script. By Michael Marot. SENT: 750 words, photos.
BARCELONA, Spain — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Grand Prix by 20 seconds for his second straight Formula One victory, increasing his championship lead over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 500 words, photos.
HERNING, Denmark — Captain Patrick Kane scored two goals for the second straight game and added an assist to lead the United States to a 9-3 victory over Norway for its sixth straight win at the ice hockey world championship. By Karel Janicek. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— HKO--Worlds-Finland. By Karel Janicek. SENT: 500 words, photos.
LIVERPOOL, England — Liverpool qualified for the Champions League at the expense of Chelsea, Swansea was relegated, and champion Manchester City made it to 100 points as the loose ends were tied up on a typically high-scoring final day of the Premier League season. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 900 words, photos.
ROME — Stan Wawrinka is still struggling to regain his form following surgery on his left knee. Playing his first match since February, the three-time Grand Slam champion lost to 55th-ranked Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the Italian Open. SENT: 300 words.
MADRID — Second-seeded Alexander Zverev beat fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-4 to win the Madrid Open, earning his second title in a week. SENT: 300 words, photos.
— CYC--TOUR OF CALIFORNIA — The sprinters should shine on the opening day of the Tour of California, a fast and flat stage where Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish will have a chance to strike. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 9 p.m.
— CYC--GIRO D’ITALIA — Simon Yates wins ninth stage to keep overall lead at Giro d’Italia. SENT: 400 words, photos.
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
— SOC--MLS CAPSULES
Sunday’s Time Schedule (EDT):
NHL Playoffs (Conference Finals)
Washington at Tampa Bay, 8 p.m.
NBA Playoffs (Conference Finals)
Cleveland at Boston, 3:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 1:05 p.m.
Oakland at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.
Boston at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.
Kansas City at Cleveland, 1:10 p.m.
Seattle at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.
Atlanta at Miami, 1:10 p.m.
N.Y. Mets at Philadelphia, 1:35 p.m.
San Francisco at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m.
Texas at Houston, 2:10 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.
Milwaukee at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.
Minnesota at L.A. Angels, 4:07 p.m.
Cincinnati at L.A. Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.
St. Louis at San Diego, 4:10 p.m.
Washington at Arizona, 8:08 p.m.
Seattle at Portland, 4 p.m.
Atlanta United FC at Orlando City, 6 p.m.
New York City FC at Los Angeles FC, 8:30 p.m.