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BC-AP Sports Digest

May 26, 2019

The highlights of Sunday’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



INDIANAPOLIS _ Simon Pagenaud starts from the pole at the Indianapolis 500 for Roger Penske, who is seeking an 18th victory in one of the biggest races in the world. The field is the closest in race history. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Race started at 12:45 p.m. With CAR--RACE DAY-THE LATEST.


BOSTON _ The NHL has spent the past 15 years tweaking the rules to boost scoring and give the stick wizards room to roam. The upcoming Stanley Cup Final between the big, tough St. Louis Blues and the bigger, tougher Boston Bruins is something of a throwback. There are different blueprints to win a championship and this series promises to show that size and physical play is one way to do it. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m. With HKN--STANLEY CUP-THE LATEST, HKN--AP WAS THERE-1970 STANLEY CUP (both developing).


The first NBA game was in Toronto. And now, the NBA Finals are headed there. Finally. The NBA Finals are set after the Toronto Raptors won the Eastern Conference championship and earned the right to play the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors. It starts Thursday in Canada, the first time a Finals game will be played anywhere other than U.S. soil. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 900 words, photos. With BKN--NBA FINALS-MATCHUPS. Upcoming: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.


PARIS _ Playing his first match at Roland Garros since 2015, Roger Federer had no problem reaching the second round of the French Open. The 20-time Grand Slam champion defeated French Open Lorenzo Sonego 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 on the opening day of the clay-court event. Meanwhile, 2002 runner-up Venus Williams lost her opening match at Roland Garros for the second year in a row. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 850 words, photos. Will be updated. With TEN--FRENCH OPEN-THE LATEST, TEN--FRENCH OPEN-GLANCE, sidebars on merits.


Bart Starr, the gentlemanly quarterback and catalyst of Vince Lombardi’s powerhouse Green Bay Packers teams of the 1960s whose sneak won the famed “Ice Bowl” in 1967, has died at the age of 85. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles, five NFL championships and wins in the first two Super Bowls. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 1,300 words, photos. A writerly version is planned.



MONACO _ Lewis Hamilton’s stressful win at the Monaco Grand Prix extended his championship lead to 17 points after six races, yet perhaps more importantly it reminded him just why he loves Formula One racing. Holding off Max Verstappen on fading tires that made his Mercedes slip around, Hamilton clinched his fourth win of the season and 77th of a glittering career. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 740 words, photos.


CONCORD, N.C. _ William Byron, at 21 years old, is the youngest driver to hold the pole position at the Coca-Cola 600. He’s got plenty of more experienced racers accustomed to success at Charlotte Motor Speedway close behind Sunday night in NASCAR’s longest race. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Race starts at 6 p.m.


FORT WORTH, Texas _ Kevin Na takes the lead into the final round at Colonial, two shots ahead of a group that includes local favorite Jordan Spieth, winless since the 2017 British Open, and 2003 U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk, without a victory since 2015. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 9 p.m.


PITTSFORD, N.Y. _ Defending champion Paul Broadhurst holds a 2-shot lead entering the final round of the $3.25 million Senior PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club’s East Course. Two-time U.S. Open winner Retief Goosen is alone in second. By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 9 p.m.


HARRISON,N.J. _ The United States plays Mexico in the Americans’ final exhibition before they head to France to defend their Women’s World Cup title. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started at 12:15 p.m.


Sunday Time Schedule (EDT)


San Diego at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Cleveland, 1:10 p.m.

Detroit at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m.

Miami at Washington, 1:35 p.m.

Boston at Houston, 2:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Kansas City, 2:15 p.m.

Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

Baltimore at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.

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

Texas at L.A. Angels, 4:07 p.m.

Seattle at Oakland, 4:07 p.m.

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


Los Angeles at Las Vegas, 8 p.m.


Seattle at Sporting Kansas City, 6 p.m.

San Jose at Toronto FC, 7:30 p.m.

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