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May 17, 2019

The highlights of Friday’s AP Sports report. An up-to-the minute listing of all stories planned, including games and events, is available in Coverage Plan on AP Newsroom, http://newsroom.ap.org/coverageplan You can also find a link to Coverage Plan on the left navigation of the Newsroom home page, http://newsroom.ap.org . For access to AP Newsroom and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

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Deontay Wilder defends his piece of the heavyweight title Saturday against Dominic Breazeale in New York. He tells PodcastOne Sports now co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg he wants to punish Breazeale for speaking badly about him.

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TOP STORIES

GLF--PGA CHAMPIONSHIP  

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. _ Defending champion Brooks Koepka, coming off a course-record 63, takes a one-stroke lead over Danny Lee into the second of the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. Tiger Woods, in his first tournament since his Masters victory, is nine back. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 7:30 p.m. With The Latest, sidebars on Rory McIlroy, John Daly.

OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR

COLUMBUS, Ohio _ At least 177 men were sexually abused by a team doctor at Ohio State from 1979 to 1997, with athletes from at least 16 sports involved. The findings by a law firm conclude school leaders knew at the time. The doctor killed himself in 2005. By Kantele Franko and Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 800 words, photos. With The Latest.

BKN--RAPTORS-BUCKS

MILWAUKEE _ The Milwaukee Bucks, their defense and rebounding offsetting poor shooting in an opening win, play the Raptors in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. For Toronto, Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard can’t be the only ones hitting shots. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

BKN--TAKING A CHARGE

OAKLAND, Calif. _ Taking a charge can turn the momentum of a game, but it can be difficult to pull off given the pace of NBA games. Not every player, however, is willing to put his body on the line and absorb the punishment. Some players and coaches believe it<s a lost art. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

HKN--SHARKS-BLUES

ST. LOUIS _ The Blues look to bounce back after a contentious goal in overtime sent them to a loss against San Jose. The Sharks, up 2-1 entering Game 4 of the Western Conference final, had forced overtime on Logan Couture’s goal with 61 seconds left in the third period. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

RAC--PREAKNESS PREVIEW

BALTIMORE _ For the first time since 1996, there’s no Kentucky Derby winner and no Triple Crown possibility on the line at the Preakness. While the race may have lost much of its shine, it’s as wide open as ever. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 850 words, photos, video, graphic by 5 p.m. With sidebars on jockey shuffle, race picks, Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (post time 5 p.m.).

SOC--GREECE-SOCCER REFUGEES

LESBOS, Greece _ A short walk from Europe’s largest refugee camp is a nondescript soccer field. It’s where asylum seekers can find brief respite and think about corner kicks and throw-ins. It’s also where one 15-year-old African refugee went on to sign with a pro Greek club. By Derek Gatopoulos and Thanassis Stavrakis. SENT: 900 words, photos.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

SOF--HALEY’S HOPE

Haley Harrison was taught all her life to be mentally strong, never show any weakness. It helped the Idaho State senior on the softball field, but wreaked havoc on her mind as she struggled with mental illness. By John Marshall. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

BBA--PAUL NEWBERRY-TAMPA BAY RAYS

They have a terrible stadium, hardly any fans and one of baseball’s smallest payrolls. Yet, somehow, the Tampa Bay Rays stay competitive year after year. It is one of the most compelling stories in sports, even if few people notice. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.

NOTABLE

BKN--WARRIORS-TRAIL BLAZERS PREVIEW

PORTLAND, Ore. _ Damian Lillard says the Warriors did their job and protected home court. Now the Trail Blazers need to do the same. The Western Conference finals shifts to Portland on Saturday, with Golden State leading 2-0. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

BOX--WILDER-BREAZEALE

NEW YORK _ Whatever disappointment Deontay Wilder may have had in not next facing Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury is gone. He has anger toward Dominic Breazeale and can’t wait to defend his heavyweight title against him Saturday night. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BBM--TEBOW’S JOURNEY

SYRACUSE, N.Y. _ Six weeks into his latest baseball adventure, Tim Tebow is struggling to find his stroke in the top tier of the minors. He is batting .158, last in the International League, and that’s after a bit of a burst. He remains unflappable despite the numbers. By John Kekis. SENT: 900 words, photos.

CAR--INDY 500

INDIANAPOLIS _ Fast Friday brings a boost of horsepower to qualifying runs for the Indianapolis 500. The stakes are high _ three drivers won’t make the field _ and McLaren is off to a miserable start. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

TEN--ITALIAN OPEN

ROME _ Rafael Nadal reaches the Italian Open semifinals on a day Roger Federer (leg) and top-ranked Naomi Osaka (hand) withdraw before their quarterfinals because of injuries. It’s only the fourth time Federer has lost in a walkover. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 650 words, photos.

SOC--WWCUP-SOLO MOVES ON

Hope Solo was in goal four years ago in Canada when the U.S. won the Women’s World Cup. She has no regrets about her acrimonious break with the team, which will be defending its title starting next month in France. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words. photos by 6 p.m.

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Friday Time Schedule (EDT)

NBA Playoffs

Toronto at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m.

NHL Playoffs

San Jose at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Baseball

Tampa Bay at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

Colorado at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

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

Baltimore at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

Houston at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Oakland at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.

Milwaukee at Atlanta, 7:20 p.m.

St. Louis at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

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

San Francisco at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

Kansas City at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.

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

Minnesota at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.