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Bob Baffert parlayed a win by Justify in last year’s Kentucky Derby into his second Triple Crown. The trainer has three horses going in Saturday’s race and discusses a wide open field with co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg on AP’s PodcastOne Sports Now. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast
LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Rain is forecast for the Kentucky Derby, where trainer Bob Baffert will saddle the top three choices in pursuit of a record-tying sixth victory on Saturday. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.
DOHA, Qatar _ Caster Semenya easily wins what could be the last 800-meter race for the Olympic champion. She responds to her defeat in a landmark court case against track and field’s governing body with a dominant victory at 800 meters. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.
LAS VEGAS _ Canelo Alvarez owns both big Mexican holiday weekends in this gambling town, along with a contract that could make him one of the richest athletes. He’ll own everything at 160 pounds, too, if he gets past Daniel Jacobs in a middleweight title unification fight Saturday night. By Boxing Writer Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 p.m.
Men’s tennis is in turmoil as the French Open approaches. Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka points to a “worrying decline in moral standards” in the sport as “politics have overshadowed the action on the courts.” By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 600 words, photos.
DOVER, Del. _ NASCAR is making its first big play in the world of expanded legal sports betting, hoping a sports data partnership will lead to gamblers being able to bet during races on much more than just who gets the checkered flag. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 750 words, photos.
HKW--WOMEN’S HOCKEY-WHAT’S NEXT?
After pledging to not play in North America this year to try to establish a viable pro league, women<s hockey players hope the NHL steps in to fill the void. If so, will the model of the NBA and the WNBA work for hockey? By Hockey Writers Stephen Whyno and John Wawrow. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
HKN--STEVENS AND DANEYKO
SECAUCUS, N.J. _ After helping the New Jersey Devils win three Stanley Cups, retired defensemen Scott Stevens and Ken Daneyko are together again. They are doing TV at NHL Network, putting their on-ice chemistry over 12 years to a new challenge. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 750 words, photos, video.
RAC--PAUL NEWBERRY-DERBY WORRIES
The Kentucky Derby winner will be the horse that crosses the line first. An even bigger triumph will be for all of these marvelous animals to get safely to the finish. As horse racing prepares for its big day, the sport is holding its breath a bit. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.
RAC--KENTUCKY DERBY-THE PICKS
Even after the scratch of Omaha Beach, one thing is altogether clear about this Kentucky Derby. It is a fantastic betting race, led by Bob Baffert’s the trio of colts _ Game Winner, Roadster and Improbable. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 700 words, photos.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Bellafina leads a 14-horse field as the 2-1 favorite in the 145th Kentucky Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos. Post time 6:12 p.m.
BOSTON _ The Celtics face the Bucks in Game 3 of an even second-round series days after Celtics President Danny Ainge had a mild heart attack. Milwaukee won Game 2, outscoring Boston 39-18 in the third period. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m. With sidebar.
PORTLAND, Ore. _ The Trail Blazers are home for Game 3 after tying the second round in Denver in Game 2 despite Damian Lillard’s off night. Portland has won 11 straight on its own floor. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 10:30 p.m.
_ BKN--TIPOFF _ Preview of Saturday’s lone game: Golden State (up 2-0) at Houston. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
PHOENIX _ Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams will be the new coach of the Phoenix Suns. He succeeds Igor Kokoskov, who was fired after going 19-63 in his one season. Williams was the head coach of New Orleans from 2010 to 2015. By John Marshall. SENT: 400 words, photos.
RALEIGH, N.C. _ The Carolina Hurricanes can complete their first four-game series sweep when they play the Islanders in Game 4 in the second round. New York coach Barry Trotz hasn’t yet said if Robin Lehner _ winless in his career against Carolina _ will start in goal. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.
ST. LOUIS _ Dallas and St. Louis play Game 5 of this rugged second-round playoff that’s even at 2-2. In Game 4, Blues rookie goalie Jordan Binnington responded to a stick poke from Jamie Benn with a forearm to the head of the Stars captain. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 9:30 p.m.
_ HKN--FACEOFF _ Previews of Saturday’s two games: Columbus (tied 2-2) at Boston; Colorado (tied 2-2) at San Jose.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Jason Dufner shoots 63 to build a one-shot lead over Joel Dahmen and Max Homa. Rory McIlroy falls five shots behind with a rough finish. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
_ GLF--WELLS FARGO-DAHMEN _ Joel Dahmen keeps golf in perspective given his ordeal. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
SHENZHEN, China _ He only recently completed his midterm exams at high school. That didn’t stop 14-year-old Kuang Yang of China from making the cut at the China Open. He is the youngest to make the cut at a regular European Tour event. SENT: 300 words.
_ GLF--LPGA TOUR _ Anne van Dam, So Yeon Ryu, Eun-Hee Ji share lead entering second round of LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship in Daly City, Calif. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 10 p.m.
_ GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS _ Defending champion Bernard Langer opens seniors play in Insperity Invitational in The Woodlands, Texas. UPCOMING: 300 words by 8 p.m.
CHICAGO _ The Cardinals, with NL’s best record, open a series against a Cubs team that has won four in a row. St. Louis had won nine of 10 before Thursday’s loss to Washington. The Cardinals start Jack Flaherty (3-1), who has not yielded a run in 12 innings during day games. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 2:20 p.m.
BBA--RED SOX-WHITE SOX
CHICAGO _ Chris Sale, eyeing his first win of the season, meets his former team when the Boston Red Sox play the Chicago White Sox. The seven-time All-Star is 0-5 with a 6.30 ERA in six starts. Reynaldo Lopez, who struck out 14 against Detroit on Sunday, goes for Chicago. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:10 p.m.
BALTIMORE _ The first-place Tampa Bay Rays and unbeaten Tyler Glasnow take on the last-place Baltimore Orioles in the opener of a three-game series between AL East opponents. The 6-foot-8 Glasnow (5-0) leads the AL with a 1.75 ERA. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.
_ BBA--INDIANS-KLUBER _ Indians place star pitcher Corey Kluber on injured list with broken right arm By Tom Withers. SENT: 150 words, photos.. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.
_ BBN--REDS-SENZEL _ Reds bring up top prospect Nick Senzel for debut. By Joe Kay. SENT: 200 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.
COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Clemson splits with basketball assistant Steve Smith, whose voice is heard on a federal wiretap at the ongoing trial in New York into college corruption. Coach Brad Brownell says he supports the school’s decision. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 450 words, photos.
EAGAN, Minn. _ Austin Cutting became the first Air Force player drafted in 20 years, when the Minnesota Vikings took the long snapper in the seventh round. Pursuing pro football, however, will not be so simple. Required military service must be sorted out. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.
GREEN BAY, Wis. _ Offensive lineman Cole Madison is back with the Green Bay Packers, a year after he was a fifth-round draft pick. He was dealing with personal issues exacerbated by the suicide of a former teammate, Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski. SENT: 700 words, photos.
_ FBN--SEAHAWKS-ROOKIE CAMP _ By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 550 words by 7 p.m.
SAN DIEGO _ The fledgling SailGP global league makes its U.S. debut this weekend on San Francisco Bay. The race features an American team with two aspiring Olympians from Southern California and a veteran Australian crew. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
_ TEN--ITALIAN OPEN SERENA WILLIAMS _ Serena Williams set to return from March knee injury at Italian Open, the AP is told. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 350 words, photos.
_ Tournaments in Munich (men), Prague (women).
_ CAR--NASCAR-DOVER _ Qualifying for Sunday’s race. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Qualifying starts 3:40 p.m.
_ CAR--NASCAR-TRUCKS _ UPCOMING: 250 words, photos. Race starts 5 p.m.
_ NCAA-SPORTS-WAGERING _ NCAA rescinds ban on events in states with legal gambling. SENT: 140 words.
_ FBN--REDSKINS PLAYER-DOMESTIC ASSAULT _ Ex-Redskin Curtis Jordan found guilty of assaulting ex-girlfriend. SENT: 140 words.
_ DAZN-HOROWITZ _ Former Fox Sports, ESPN executive Jamie Horowitz hired by DAZN streaming service. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 150 words.
_ SOC--SPAIN-XAVI RETIRES _ Spanish midfield great Xavi to retire after season at 39. SENT: 200 words, photos.
_ Tennis tournaments in Munich (men), Prague (women).
_ BKN--NBA PLAYOFF CAPSULES
_ HKN--NHL PLAYOFF CAPSULES
_ BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
Friday Time Schedule (EDT)
Milwaukee at Boston, 8 p.m.
Denver at Portland, 10:30 p.m.
Dallas at St. Louis, 9:30 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Carolina, 7 p.m.
St. Louis at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.
Minnesota at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.
Oakland at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Washington at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.
Atlanta at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
San Francisco at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.
Kansas City at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.
Seattle at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.
Toronto at Texas, 8:05 p.m.
Boston at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.
N.Y. Mets at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.
Arizona at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.
Vancouver at Colorado, 9 p.m.