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BC-AP Sports Digest

May 28, 2019

The highlights of Monday’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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Moe Berg was a major league catcher who became a spy during World War II. Filmmaker Aviva Kempner tells Berg’s story in a new documentary. Kempner speaks with co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg on PodcastOne Sports Now and says Berg was a mysterious character all his life. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast



BOSTON _ Coach Bruce Cassidy’s first move put Boston down two goals in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Instead of the stars, it was fourth-line forward Sean Kuraly and third-pairing defenseman Connor Clifton who helped Boston tie the game against St. Louis and set up the eventual 4-2 win. Almost 80 percent of teams that win Game 1 of the final have gone on to win the Cup. Cassidy, Blues coach Craig Berube and their teams have plenty of adjustments to consider. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 700 words, photos. With HKN--STANLEY CUP (sent), HKN--STANLEY CUP-UNDISCIPLINED BLUES (sent) and HKN--STANLEY CUP-HELMETLESS KRUG (sent).


Bill Buckner was an All-Star and batting champion, a gritty gamer who was welcome on any team. A reliable fielder, too. But a little grounder forever changed his legacy. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. SENT: 900 words, photos. WITH: LEGENDARY LAPSES. (sent)


PARIS _ Naomi Osaka’s bid for a third consecutive Grand Slam title finally gets started on Day 3 of the French Open. The No. 1-seeded Osaka never has been past the third round in three previous appearances at Roland Garros. Developing. With TEN--FRENCH OPEN-THE LATEST, TEN--FRENCH OPEN-GLANCE, sidebars on merits. Play starts at 5 a.m. ET.


CLEVELAND _ Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert remains hospitalized and is “resting comfortably” after suffering a stroke. The 57-year-old was taken to a Detroit-area hospital Sunday by a friend after not feeling well, and he had the stroke while getting medical care, Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner said in a statement Monday night. By Tom Withers. SENT: 320 words, photos.


ARCADIA, Calif. _ A spokesman for the owner of Santa Anita says The Stronach Group is investigating whether new rules were followed before the 26th horse death at the Southern California racetrack. Kochees, a 9-year-old gelding, was euthanized after injuring his left front leg in a race a day earlier. It was the third horse death in nine days. By Racing writer Beth Harris. SENT: 750 words, photos.



BOSTON _ NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the league will consider expanded video review after some high-profile missed calls during the playoffs. Bettman says the league is “very” concerned about slowing down games with extra reviews. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 600 wrods, photos.


OAKLAND, Calif. Klay Thompson has added meditation to his routine as he prepares for games or deals with the pressures of NBA life. For a couple of years now, the Golden State guard has been finding a calm and relaxing his mind through meditation. He has built up to about 30 minutes. Now, he shrugs off a poor performance, far different from his early years when a bad loss might fester and bring him down. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES _ Cody Bellinger hit his 19th homer and threw out two runners from right field, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 9-5 victory over the New York Mets. Chris Taylor and pinch-hitter Kiké Hernández also went deep for the Dodgers, who have won 10 of 12. Kenley Jansen pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings for his 15th save. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 800 words, photos.


PHILADELPHIA _ Sitting at the podium for the postgame press conference, Matt Moore and Michael Kraus bobbed their head along as music blared down the hall. They were eager to rejoin their teammates for a celebration eight years in the making. Moore scored four goals and Virginia won its sixth NCAA lacrosse championship, beating defending champion Yale 13-9 on Monday. SENT: 500 words, photos.


OMAHA, Neb. _ The Omaha Mavericks have overcome a lack of facilities to make the NCAA baseball tournament for the first time. The Mavs’ bid means all three of the state of Nebraska’s Division I schools will be represented in the 64-team tournament. The Nebraska Cornhuskers and Creighton Bluejays also are in. The Mavs are the top fielding team in the nation even though they had to practice on a gym floor when the dome over their practice facility collapsed in February. By Eric Olson. SENT: 600 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ Former St. John’s baseball coach and player Joe Russo, who captained the team to the College World Series in 1966 as a slick-fielding shortstop and returned twice as a coach, has died. He was 74. The university announced in a statement that Russo died Sunday after a long illness. Russo played four years at St. John’s and took over as the coach in 1974. Russo went 612-310 in 22 seasons with St. John’s, including CWS appearances in 1978 and 1980. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 600 words.


Tuesday Time Schedule (EDT)


San Diego at N.Y. Yankees, 6:35 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 6:40 p.m.

St. Louis at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

Detroit at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Cleveland at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

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

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

Washington at Atlanta, 7:20 p.m.

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

Kansas City at Chicago White Sox, comp. of susp. game, 5:40 p.m.

Kansas City at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

Milwaukee at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

Arizona at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Oakland, 10:07 p.m.

Texas at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.


Indiana at Connecticut, 7 p.m.

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