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June 11, 2018

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SHOWCASE

SOC--WCUP-STICKERS

SAO PAULO — A sticker book that challenges fans to collect little pictures of players, stadiums and flags is growing new fans in Brazil and other countries ahead of the World Cup in Russia. One teacher is even using the World Cup sticker book with his eighth-grade students to help teach them Portuguese by studying the teams. The book has stayed popular even as it’s become more expensive. By Mauricio Savarese. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 a.m.

TOP STORIES

TEN--FRENCH OPEN-WHAT WE LEARNED

PARIS — Rafael Nadal’s 11th French Open title raised his Grand Slam trophy count to 17, three away from the men’s record held by Roger Federer. That doesn’t necessarily mean Nadal is fixated on catching his rival. Nadal’s uncle Toni, his former coach, thinks pulling even with Federer might be possible. But Toni Nadal also figures Federer could raise his total to 21 at Wimbledon next month. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 790 words, photos by 3 a.m.

GLF--US OPEN-KEY ANNIVERSARIES

A look at some of the anniversaries this year at the U.S. Open, like when World War I and World War II got in the way, and moments that involve Lee Trevino, Lee Janzen twice and Tiger Woods’ determined effort on a shattered left leg. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 1000 words, photos by 3 a.m.

GLF--ST JUDE CLASSIC

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Dustin Johnson emphatically reclaimed the No. 1 ranking, holing out for eagle from 170 yards on the final hole for a six-stroke victory in the St. Jude Classic. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 860 words, photos.

SOC--WCUP-TACTICS

The World Cup has a tough act to follow after a thrill-a-minute Champions League campaign that featured a record number of goals. FIFA is hoping for a festival of football in Russia but the international game has lagged behind the club game for decades. There can be in-built conservatism at major tournaments, especially with weaker teams and nations with limited preparation time. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 910 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

GLF--TIM DAHLBERG-TIGER WOODS

As Tiger Woods docks his yacht near Shinnecock Hills this week, he’s still a golfing enigma of sorts. His scores are decent, if not spectacular, but he’s yet to win and has only been in serious contention once in nine tournaments this year. Is the real Tiger finally back? By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 880 words, photos by 3 a.m.

— With:

— GLF--TRACKING TIGER — SENT

GOLF

GLF--US OPEN

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Shinnecock Hills was a lot bigger than Graeme McDowell expected. But not too big. He says the U.S. Open course will put a premium on iron play and that the toughest test in golf will restore the ‘U.S. Open mentality.’ By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 740 words, photos.

GLF--US OPEN-SCOTT

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Six days after Adam Scott qualified for the U.S. Open, he shows up at Shinnecock Hills with a new caddie. Scott has parted way with David Clark and is using a club caddie he has used before in casual rounds at Shinnecock, including the time he set the course record. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 430 words, photos.

HORSE RACING

RAC--TRIPLE CROWN-JUSTIFY

NEW YORK — Triple Crown winner Justify will get a well-deserved break and then race again this year. Elliott Walden of WinStar Farm says the multi-owner group that controls Justify wants to share the horse with the public by racing him. No date or location has been targeted yet after the colt came out of his Belmont Stakes victory in good condition. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. SENT: 680 words, photos.

SOCCER

SOC--WCUP-SPAIN

MADRID — The remaining stars of Spain’s golden generation could be facing a last stand at the World Cup after recent struggles at major tournaments. Coach Julen Lopetegui successfully blended emerging talent with the experience provided by veterans to qualify Spain for an 11th straight World Cup. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 690 words, photos.

SOC--WCUP-URUGUAY

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Uruguay’s priority will be keeping Luiz Suarez under control at this year’s World Cup. After the striker was expelled from the 2014 tournament in disgrace for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini, Uruguay was eliminated by Colombia in the round of 16. Suarez promises he is a reformed character and will be better behaved in Russia than in Brazil, where he scored twice before being banned. By Leonardo Haberkorn. SENT: 620 words, photos.

SOC--WCUP-RUSSIA

MOSCOW — Russia goes into its home World Cup on a seven-game winless run and with expectations to match. Expectations have plummeted since Russia won the right to host the World Cup eight years ago. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 860 words, photos.

— Also:

— SOC--WCUP-MOROCCO

— SOC--WCUP-IRAN

— SOC--WCUP-EGYPT

— SOC--WCUP-SAUDI ARABIA

BASEBALL

BBO--This Week In Baseball

A look back at the last two decades of the baseball draft, and which picks in the first round have been worth the most. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 a.m.

BBO--LEADING OFF

A look at what’s happening around the majors. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 3 a.m.

BBN--METS-CESPEDES

NEW YORK — Yoenis Cespedes’ rehab assignment has been cut short after a setback, and the plummeting New York Mets have also lost Asdrubal Cabrera due to a tight left hamstring. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 720 words, photos.

— With:

— BBN--METS-GONZALEZ — Looking to spark their stagnant lineup, the New York Mets are making a change at first base. Slumping veteran Adrian Gonzalez was released following a 2-0 victory over the Yankees on Sunday night, and the Mets will recall Dominic Smith from Triple-A Las Vegas. SENT: 300 words, photos.

AUTO RACING

CAR--F1-CANADIAN GP

MONTREAL — Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has won the Canadian Grand Prix after leading the race from the pole to the botched checkered flag. With the victory Vettel took a one-point lead over Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in the Formula One standings. The race was officially two laps short because the checkered flag was brought out too soon. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 840 words, photos.

CAR--NASCAR-MICHIGAN

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Clint Bowyer raced to his second NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season when Sunday’s event at Michigan was called early because of rain. By Noah Trister. SENT: 720 words, photos.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

BBC--NCAA-SUPER REGIONALS-RDP

Washington will make its first appearance in the College World Series after beating host Cal State Fullerton 6-5 in Game 3 of their super regional. The Huskies join fellow Pac-12 member Oregon State and North Carolina in the CWS. The rest of the field will be determined after four super-regional Game 3s on Monday. By Eric Olson. SENT: 1030 words, photos.

BOXING

BOX--HALL OF FAME-INDUCTIONS

CANASTOTA, N.Y. — Former heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko honored brother Wladimir in his induction speech at International Boxing Hall of Fame. The Soviet-trained fighter was one of nine people inducted Sunday. SENT: 620 words, photos.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BKL--WINLESS FEVER

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — It’s been a tough start to the season for the Indiana Fever. The team has lost its first eight games — the worst start in franchise history. Indiana had a good shot at its first victory Sunday but fell to New York 78-75. With the game tied in the final 20 seconds, the Fever couldn’t get a much-needed stop and then didn’t get a good look on the other end to try and tie the game. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 470 words, photos by 3 a.m.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

— BKL--WNBA CAPSULES

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Monday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

BASEBALL

Boston at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Toronto at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

San Francisco at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.

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

San Diego at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

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