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May 12, 2019

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Just when it seemed Kawhi Leonard couldn’t get better, along come the NBA playoffs. Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse tells PodcastOne Sports Now hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg “it’s been a privilege” watching Leonard raise his game.

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TOP STORIES

BKN--TRAIL BLAZERS-NUGGETS

DENVER _ Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets face off against Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 7 to see which team gets to meet defending NBA champion Golden State in the Western Conference finals. By Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 3:30 p.m.

BKN--76ERS-RAPTORS

TORONTO _ Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors host Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 7, with a berth in the Eastern Conference finals on the line. The winner faces the Milwaukee Bucks. By Ian Harrison. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

HKN--HURRICANES-BRUINS

BOSTON _ Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy returns for the second game of the Eastern Conference finals against the Carolina Hurricanes. He missed the opener while serving a one-game suspension for an illegal hit in the second-round finale against Columbus. Boston won 5-2 in Game 1. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 3 p.m.

SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP

Manchester City retains the Premier League trophy after coming from behind to beat Brighton 4-1 and hold off Liverpool’s relentless challenge on the final day of the season. City required a 14th straight league victory to finish a point above a Liverpool side chasing a first championship crown in 29 years. By Rob Harris and Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 p.m.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

BBM--TRIPLE-A POWER SURGE

Triple-A baseball is seeing a dramatic increase in home runs with the major league ball being used for the first time at the highest level of the minor leagues. Home runs among the 30 Triple-A teams were up 64% over a comparable period in 2018. The Triple-A per-game average of 1.28 is nearly even with the major league average and a 47% increase from the 2018 Triple-A full-season average of zero point eight seven. By Eric Olson. SENT: 960 words, photos.

NHL

HKN--BLUES-SHARKS PREVIEW

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ The postseason seems to bring out the best in San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture, who leads the league in goals after scoring two more in a Game 1 win over St. Louis in the Western Conference final. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.

BASEBALL

BBN--BREWERS-CUBS

CHICAGO _ Jhoulys Chacin and the Milwaukee Brewers take on Jon Lester and the Chicago Cubs in the rubber game of their weekend series. Chicago beat Milwaukee 2-1 on Saturday on Willson Contreras’ homer in the 15th inning. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

Also:

_ BBA--MARINERS-HERNANDEZ-INJURED LIST _ RHP Felix Hernandez goes on IL day after collecting 2,500th strikeout. SENT: 150 words, photo.

TENNIS

TEN--MADRID OPEN

MADRID _ Novak Djokovic defeats Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 to win his third Madrid Open title, tying Rafael Nadal for most Masters 1000 trophies with 33. It was the second title of the season for the top-ranked Djokovic, adding to his triumph in the Australian Open. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

TEN--NADAL’S SLUMP

MADRID _ Rafael Nadal is enduring an unusual slump on clay but says he is not too concerned with the streak of disappointing results on his favorite surface. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 600 words, photos.

GOLF

GLF--PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. _ Major championship golf returns to Bethpage Black and finds it just as it left it 10 years ago _ soaking wet from rain. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m.

GLF--BYRON NELSON

DALLAS _ Matt Every went from a four-stroke deficit to a one-stroke lead after getting to play only half of the third round at the Byron Nelson. He has 27 holes to play Sunday to try to win the tournament because of a long rain delay a day earlier. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 9 p.m.

Also:

_ GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS _ Storms force postponement of Regions Tradition final round until Monday. SENT: 150 words, photos.

_ GLF--BRITISH MASTERS _ Marcus Kinhult of Sweden wins 1st European Tour title at British Masters. SENT: 250 words.

AP Sports Extra: PGA Championship: A paginated preview of the PGA Championship, which starts Thursday, is available in AP Newsroom by searching for “Sports Extra” or “SE” under the Graphics tab. The page focuses on Tiger Woods, who is playing for the first time since his comeback victory at the Masters. The bulk of the content is new but versions of the Facts & Figures and Player Capsules sections have been sent on the wire. For questions, contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan@ap.org.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-BOWMAN’S BUMMER

KANSAS CITY, Kan. _ Alex Bowman quite literally had his first NASCAR Cup Series victory in his sights, ticking off the laps in his No. 88 Chevrolet, only to finish second yet again. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

CAR--F1-SPANISH GP

MONTMELO, Spain _ Lewis Hamilton beats teammate Valtteri Bottas to win the Spanish Grand Prix for a third consecutive year, securing a fifth one-two finish for Mercedes to start the Formula One season. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 730 words, photos.

SOCCER

SOC--SOUTH AFRICA-US

SANTA CLARA, California _ The U.S. women’s soccer team starts its World Cup tuneup with a match against South Africa. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 4:30 p.m.

Also:

_ SOC--CONCACAF U17-PANAMA-US _ The U.S. plays Panama in Bradenton, Florida, for a berth in the Under-17 World Cup. UPCOMING: 250 words. Game started at 2 p.m.

OTHER

_ BRITAIN-MEXICAN WRESTLER _ Lucha Libre wrestler Silver King dies at London performance. SENT: 250 words.

_ FBN--DOLPHINS-WALTON _ Following 3 arrests, Mark Walton gets another chance with Dolphins. SENT: 140 words, photo.

_ CYC--GIRO D’ITALIA _ Pascal Ackermann of Germany sprints to 1st Giro d’Italia stage win, Primoz Roglic of Slovenia in overall lead. SENT: 320 words, photos.

_ HKO--WORLDS _ U.S. routs France, Russia shuts out Austria at hockey worlds in Slovakia. SENT: 340 words, photos.

_ ATH--WORLD RELAYS _ U.S. wins 3 finals to finish first at track’s world relays in Japan. SENT: 180 words, photos.

CAPSULES

_ BKN--NBA PLAYOFF CAPSULES

_ BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

_ SOC--MLS CAPSULES

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Sunday Time Schedule (EDT)

NBA Playoffs

Philadelphia at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Portland at Denver, 3:30 p.m.

NHL Playoffs

Carolina at Boston, 3 p.m.

Baseball

L.A. Angels at Baltimore, 1:05 p.m.

Seattle at Boston, 1:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Tampa Bay, 1:10 p.m.

Miami at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m., ppd

Texas at Houston, 2:10 p.m.

Detroit at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at Kansas City, 2:15 p.m.

Pittsburgh at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m.

San Diego at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.

Cincinnati at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.

Cleveland at Oakland, 4:07 p.m.

Atlanta at Arizona, 4:10 p.m.

Washington at L.A. Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.

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

MLS

Orlando City at Atlanta, 2:30 p.m.

Sporting Kansas City at D.C. United, 7 p.m.