BC-AP Sports Digest
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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.
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. _ The power. The putting. The poise. Brooks Koepka has it all at this PGA Championship, along with the lowest 36-hole score in major championship history and the largest lead by anyone at the halfway point of a Grand Slam event in 85 years. It was daunting to so many players who watched Koepka pull away to a seven-shot lead at Bethpage Black. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. With notebook and sidebars on Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy, John Daly, Jazz Janewattananond.
MILWAUKEE _Giannis Antetokounmpo started the game with an emphatic dunk. The next possession, a sprawling block to deny Marc Gasol. The next possession, another dunk. The tone was set. And it never changed. The Eastern Conference doesn’t belong to Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks — yet. But they’re two wins away. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
ST. LOUIS _Jordan Binnington made save after save to pull off yet another playoff victory — and make some team history — for the Blues. The rookie goalie stopped 29 shots to set a franchise record with his 10th postseason win this year and St. Louis edged the San Jose Sharks 2-1 to even the Western Conference final at two games apiece. SENT: 800 words, photos.
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. SENT: 790 words, photos. With sidebar on Kevin Durant.
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. With sidebars on race picks, Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, Pimlico-Horse Death, Santa Anita Fatalities.
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.
BBA--PAUL NEWBERRY-TAMPA BAY RAYS
They play in an architectural nightmare of a ballpark. They are treated like pariahs in their own community. They have to get by with one of baseball’s stingiest payrolls. Yet, somehow, the Tampa Bay Rays make it work. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
INDIANAPOLIS _ The pressure of making the Indianapolis 500 amped up considerably on “Fast Friday” as teams desperately searched for the speed needed to make the biggest race of the year. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 710 words, photos.
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.
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.
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 has moved on. She was in goal four years ago when the United States won the Women’s World Cup in Canada. She will be a spectator when the team seeks to defend its title starting June 7 in France. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
Saturday Time Schedule (EDT)
Golden State at Portland, 9 p.m.
Preakness Stakes, Baltimore, 6:48 p.m.
Tampa Bay at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.
Toronto at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.
Colorado at Philadelphia, 4:05 p.m.
St. Louis at Texas, 4:05 p.m.
N.Y. Mets at Miami, 4:10 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at Cincinnati, 4:10 p.m.
Baltimore at Cleveland, 4:10 p.m.
Oakland at Detroit, 4:10 p.m.
Houston at Boston, 7:15 p.m.
Milwaukee at Atlanta, 7:15 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at Washington, 7:15 p.m.
Pittsburgh at San Diego, 8:40 p.m.
Kansas City at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.
Minnesota at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.
San Francisco at Arizona, 10:10 p.m.
New England at Montreal, 1 p.m.
Toronto FC at Real Salt Lake, 3 p.m.
Chicago at San Jose, 3:30 p.m.
Seattle at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Columbus at Minnesota United, 8 p.m.
D.C. United at Houston, 8:30 p.m.
Vancouver at Sporting Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.