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Bob Baffert parlayed a win by Justify in last year’s Kentucky Derby into his second Triple Crown. The trainer has three horses going in Saturday’s race and discusses a wide open field with co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg on AP’s PodcastOne Sports Now.
RAC--KENTUCKY DERBY-BAFFERT’S FAVORITES
LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ The surprising scratch of Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach leaves trainer Bob Baffert with the top three betting choices in pursuit of a record-tying sixth victory. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. SENT: 600 words, photos.
_ RAC--KENTUCKY DERBY-HORSES TO WATCH _ Game Winner is now the favorite with Omaha Beach gone. By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 700 words, photos.
_ RAC--KENTUCKY DERBY-JAPANESE HORSE _ Master Fencer is first Japan-bred horse to run in Derby. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
SEMENYA-SPORTS WORLD’S DILEMMAS
NEW YORK _ The ruling ordering Olympic champion runner Caster Semenya to reduce her testosterone poses a troublesome issue in sports: How to end discrimination while ensuring fair competition? Semenya’s challenges differ from those facing transgender women. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.
_ ATH--SEMENYA RULING-COE _ Track body will ignore recommendation included in Semenya case. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 550 words, photos.
HKW--WOMEN’S PRO HOCKEY-FUTURE
Unhappy with the status quo, more than 200 of the world’s top female hockey players declare they will not compete in North America next season in a dramatic attempt to establish a single, economically viable professional league. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
_ HKW--WOMEN’S PRO HOCKEY-FUTURE-THE LATEST _ Real-time updates throughout day.
BOSTON _ Celtics President Danny Ainge had a mild heart attack in Milwaukee and is expected to fully recover. The 60-year-old executive is to return to Boston. He also had a mild heart attack in 2009. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 200 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Tyreek Hill’s lawyer writes to the NFL, disputing claims of child abuse by the receiver’s fiancee. The letter, a copy obtained by the AP, offers a point-by-point response to a secret recording of them that was made public last week. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words, photos.
CAR--GREEN GRAND PRIX
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. _ The Green Grand Prix is a rally for alternate-fuel vehicles and hybrids. The goal is to promote environmentally friendly transportation and educate the public. The event is still going strong after 15 years. By John Kekis. SENT: 850 words, photos.
PHILADELPHIA _ In the only game on the NBA schedule, Philadelphia returns home for Game 3 of a series that’s 1-1. Jimmy Butler is delivering for the 76ers, who haven’t won a second-round series since 2001. The Raptors need to shoot a lot better than they did in Game 2. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.
HOUSTON _ James Harden will play in Game 3 on Saturday against Golden State despite injuries to both eyes after being hit by Draymond Green. Last year’s MVP practiced with the Rockets and says he can see better but still has pain. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 120 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
_ BKN--TIPOFF _ Preview of Friday’s two games, both tied 1-1: Milwaukee at Boston; Denver at Portland. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio _ The Bruins try to pull even with the Blue Jackets in Game 4 of their second-round series. Boston needs to find a way to get to Sergei Bobrovsky, who has been superb in goal for Columbus. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.
DENVER _ The Avalanche, intent on cutting turnovers, trail defensively tough San Jose 2-1 going into Game 4 of the second round. San Jose’s Logan Couture is coming off a hat trick and leads the playoffs with nine goals in 10 games. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10 p.m.
_ HKN--FACEOFF_ Preview of Friday’s two games: Islanders (down 3-0) at Carolina; Dallas (tied 2-2) at St. Louis. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose headline the field at Quail Hollow for the Wells Fargo Championship. McIlroy is a two-time winner and playing where he won his first PGA Tour title in 2010. Patrick Reed has a share of the early lead. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
_ GLF--WELLS FARGO-CAMPUS SHOOTING _ Golfers pay tribute to shooting victims at nearby campus. By Steve Reed. SENT: 120 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.
_ TRUMP-TIGER WOODS _ President Donald Trump to present Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods next week. SENT: 140 words, photos.
_ GLF--LPGA TOUR _ Opening round of Mediheal Championship in Daly City, Calif., with Lydia Ko the defending champion. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 10 p.m.
_ GLF--CHINA OPEN _ Jorge Campillo, eyeing second straight European Tour victory, shares first-round lead in Shenzhen. SENT: 120 words.
CLEVELAND _ The Indians will soon find out how long they’ll be without ace Corey Kluber, whose broken right arm from a line drive could alter their season. The two-time Cy Young Award is in a cast and undergoing more imaging tests. By Tom Withers. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON _ The St. Louis Cardinals, with the best record in the majors, go for their sixth straight victory when they play a Nationals team that has lost three in a row and six of seven. Stephen Strasburg tries to stop the slide for Washington. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4:05 p.m.
Defender Ali Krieger and midfielders Allie Long and Morgan Brian earn spots on the U.S. team that will defend its title at next month’s Women’s World Cup in France. Carli Lloyd made her fourth World Cup squad. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 450 words, photos. With list.
MADRID _ Barcelona has reinvented itself under coach Ernesto Valverde, showing it can change its style and thrive. There was no better example than the 3-0 opening victory against Liverpool in the Champions League semifinals. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 550 words, photos.
_ SOC--MLS-ALL-STAR-ATLETICO MADRID _ MLS All-Star opponent is Atletico Madrid for July 31 game in Orlando, Fla. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 250 words, photos.
_ SOC--CASILLAS-HEART ATTACK _ Star Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas, 37, expected to fully recover from heart attack; future as player unclear. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 450 words, photos.
_ SOC--EUROPA LEAGUE ROUNDUP _ First legs of Europa League semifinals: Arsenal-Valencia, Chelsea-Eintracht Frankfurt. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
NEW YORK _ A former aspiring business manager for NBA players insists he never bribed college basketball coaches to help him get future clients. Christian Dawkins is the last witness at a college basketball corruption trial. SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
_ FBC--GEORGIA-DOOLEY FIELD _ Hall of Fame former coach Vince Dooley to have Sanford Stadium field named in his honor. By Charles Odum. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.
_ SOF--USA SOFTBALL STADIUM RENOVATION _ Renovation of USA Softball Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City on hold during Women’s College World Series. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.
EAGAN, Minn. _ Austin Cutting became the first Air Force player drafted in 20 years, when the Minnesota Vikings took the long snapper in the seventh round. Pursuing pro football, however, will not be so simple. Required military service must be sorted out. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.
_ FBN--LIONS-JOHNSON _ Lions running back Kerryon Johnson confident after season-ending injury. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
OLY--BKO-3 ON 3-QUALIFYING
NEW YORK _ USA Basketball is ready to ramp up its 3-on-3 play in a bid to to qualify for next summer’s Olympics. But it shouldn’t count on LeBron James or Kevin Durant. Qualifying rules pose a big roadblock for the U.S. to use its best players. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 700 words, photos.
_ SPORTS BETTING-RHODE ISLAND _ Rhode Island sued over sports betting; suit says state should have sought voter approval. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 400 words.
_ Tennis tournaments in Munich (men), Prague (women).
_ BKN--NBA PLAYOFF CAPSULES
_ HKN--NHL PLAYOFF CAPSULES
_ BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
Thursday Time Schedule (EDT)
Toronto at Philadelphia, 8 p.m.
Boston at Columbus, 7:30 p.m.
San Jose at Colorado, 10 p.m.
Cincinnati at N.Y. Mets, 12:10 p.m.
San Diego at Atlanta, 12:10 p.m.
Colorado at Milwaukee, 1:10 p.m.
Houston at Minnesota, 1:10 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Kansas City, 2:15 p.m.
St. Louis at Washington, 4:05 p.m.<
Boston at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.
Toronto at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.